Thursday, October 18, 2001,  Chandigarh, India





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Drug trade even better in jail
Here, cops are partners
Ludhiana, October 17
A sachet of chewing tobacco (zarda) that costs Rs 2 in the market, sells at Rs 50 here.
A Parvon capsule, another favourite of drug addicts and sold at retail outlets at Rs. 1.25, is sold at Rs 5 here. A bottle of country liquor, that can be bought anywhere at Rs 100 or so cannot be bought at anything less than Rs 300 here.

Badal announces development grants
Ludhiana, October 17
In a bid to acquire a toehold in the Ludhiana North assembly constituency in the old city, a Congress bastion, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today spent the entire day interacting with people and doling out development grants in five different sessions of sangat darshan programme at Arya Senior Secondary School in Old Sabzi Mandi, Baba Gajja Jain Dharamshala in Sunder Nagar, Government High School Karabara, Tootian Wali Dharamshala in Shiv Puri and Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya in Haibowal locality.
An agitated activist of the Danga Peerit Association argues with police personnel after a heated exchange with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during the sangat darshan programme in Ludhiana on Wednesday. An agitated activist of the Danga Peerit Association argues with police personnel after a heated exchange with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during the sangat darshan programme in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — IV



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Naseeruddin Shah and family captivate Ludhianvis
Ludhiana, October 17
The theatre lovers of Ludhiana last night had a visual treat when they watched the art of story telling by three versatile members of Shah family at Guru Nanak Bhavan. All stories came under the title ‘Ismat Aap Ke Naam’.

Naseeruddin, Ratna and Heeba Shah during a performance of ‘Ismat Aap Ke Naam’ in Ludhiana.
Naseeruddin, Ratna and Heeba Shah during a performance of ‘Ismat Aap Ke Naam’ in Ludhiana. — Photos Rajesh Bhambi

Auto-rickshaw drivers enjoying ‘election immunity’
Ludhiana, October 17
The traffic police and the district transport officials have not taken any action against more than 5,000 auto-rickshaw drivers who are operating without permits and largely responsible for polluting the city air. Officials said, under political pressure in view of the coming Assembly elections in the state, the campaign of challaning defaulting drivers and vehicle owners had been suspended.

One arrested in kidnapping case
Jagraon, October 17
The Raikot police arrested Nishan Singh of Jaspur Gelianwala in Moga district for kidnapping Raj Kumar of Khiroli in Balian district of Uttar Pradesh, and an attempt to murder. It has registered a case against him.

Kidney racket: verifications begin
Ludhiana, October 17
The district police and DMC authorities have begun verification of the records of the donors in the infamous kidney racket. The police has also handed over the inquiry to SP (Traffic) Arunpal Singh who has recalled all the records of the case yesterday.

 

COMMUNITY

Dasehra preparations in full swing
Preparations for Dasehra on in Ludhiana.
Preparations for Dasehra on in Ludhiana. — RB
Ludhiana, October 17
The preparations for Dasehra festival in the mega city are picking up at different venues. These include Daresi Ground, Kichlu Nagar, Focal Point, Aggar Nagar, Sarabha Nagar and Moti Nagar. A large number of craftsmen, who have come from places like Saharanpur and Muzzaffarnagar in Uttar Pardesh, are working day and night to make effigies so that people could enjoy the real spirit of the festival.

Societies flout gratuity rules
Ludhiana, October 17
Even though all trusts and societies employing 10 or more persons have been brought under the purview of the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972, employees are not getting any gratuity at the time of resigning or retirement. According to the notification issued on August 20, 1997, by the Union Government, all such organisations are liable to pay gratuity to all those employees having a service of five years or more than that. 

Annie ThomasNo one can exploit you against your wish: Annie
Ludhiana, October 17
Annie Thomas, runners up, Miss India 1998, feels that no profession is good or bad. It depends on you how you take it. ‘‘I am into modeling because I enjoy my work. If people have objections against the profession, its their problem not mine,’’ said Annie, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune. She was in the city recently to take part in a fashion show, organised by the International Trade and Exhibition Group.

PAU given Nabha jail land
Ludhiana, October 17
Punjab Agricultural University has finally got the Nabha Jail land which was proposed to be transferred to the university for starting a seed farm.
According to sources in the PAU, the authorities have received a letter from the Principal Secretary (Home), Mr Bikramjit Singh, asking the university to start its project there.

 
CRIME

3 cases of beating registered
Ludhiana, October 17
There was a spate of beating cases in the city yesterday.
The division No. one police registered a case under Sections 323, 325, 506 and 34, IPC, on the statement by Mr Tejinder Bedi, a resident of Anand Nagar, Haibowal, against Sandeep Kumar Bhandari, a resident of Chander Nagar, and another person. The complainant had alleged that the accused had beaten him up near Bhadaur House market.

Patwari arrested on graft charge
Ludhiana, October 17
The Vigilance Bureau has booked a patwari while he was accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from a local resident for getting some papers from the revenue department. Baljeet Singh, the patwari, was caught redhanded by a team led by DSP Harmanbir Gill while he was accepting the bribe from Hargurpreet Singh, a resident of Good Friends Colony.


 

EDUCATION

Manganiyars of Rajasthan delight schoolchildren
Ludhiana, October 17
The Manganiyars of Rajasthan, the only existing tribe that has been carrying Sufi & instrumental music for the past 150 years from generation to generation, performed for the students of Guru Nanak Public School this morning.


A girl of the Kalbalia tribe performs snake dance in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — RB


A girl of the Kalbalia tribe performs snake dance in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

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