Friday, October 19, 2001,  Chandigarh, India


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A tale of cunning and deceit
Ludhiana, October 18
Charanjit KaurIt is a tale of cunning and deceit. A man conceives a plan to divorce an unsuspecting wife by not only committing fraud, but also getting himself declared as HIV positive. Apparently, having no reason to get rid of his wife, who could not conceive even after 12 years of marriage, a man in Prem Colony here sought the divorce from her by claiming in the court that he had been suffering from AIDS and could not continue to live with his wife.

Kidney racket suspects still at large
VVIP visits hamper police working
Ludhiana, October 18
VVIP visits to the city during the past one week have proved a boon for at least five suspects in the infamous kidney racket, who managed to slip away before a police party could actually move in to nab them.



Multi-crore gambling gets off to frantic start
Ludhiana, October 18
Although Divali is almost a month away, gambling has already touched new heights in Ludhiana, with amounts involved in the bids running in crores. A few leading and luxurious hotels, some elite clubs and private places of some top industrialists have already become gambling dens where crores of rupees are transacted daily.

Panel urges PAU to hand over molestation case to police
Ludhiana, October 18
The International Human Rights Organisation has urged the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to direct the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to follow the guidelines prescribed by the Supreme Court (SC) and hand over the molestation case of an M.Sc student to the police, alleging that the PAU teachers association was pressurising the university authorities to get the teacher, who was suspended and chargesheeted for sexual harassment, exonerated.

R.L. KalsiaMC Commissioner to focus on development, civic amenities
Ludhiana, October 18
The new Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Mr R.L. Kalsia, who assumed office here this morning, appears to be buzzing with several ideas to not only maintain the tempo of ongoing major development works here but to also give further impetus to the process of development and civic amenities.


No need to panic over anthrax: experts
Ludhiana, October 18
As the anthrax scare spreads across the world, medical fraternity in the city advises residents not to panic. Anthrax already exists in the Indian environment, but does not affect human beings unless specifically directed as a weapon of biological warfare. The only people susceptible are those involved in trade of animal hide.

Sikh education conference on Oct 21
Ludhiana, October 18
Students, staff and management representatives from several Sikh educational institutions of India will participate in a Sikh academic conference to be held at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Civil Lines, here on October 21.

Dharna by BSNL employees
Ludhiana, October 18
A dharna was held here today in front of the office of the General Manager Telecom on a call given by centre headquarters of the BSNL Employees Union.
Mr Balwinder Singh, district secretary of the union, in a press statement said that the dharna was held against the government’s policies of disinvestment and privatisation of the BSNL. He said the government had adopted dilly-dallying attitude and was not considering their genuine demands.


1 kg opium seized, one held
Ludhiana, October 18
The CIA wing of the city police arrested a resident of Haryana from the Sarabha Nagar area yesterday with 1 Kg of opium. A case under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused at the Sarabha Nagar police station.

Two-year-old girl raped
Ludhiana, October 18
In a shocking incident, a two-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 30-year-old man in Dabur Colony in Basti Jodhewal last night. The case came to light this evening when the girl’s parents came for her medical examination at the local Civil Hospital.

5 booked for demanding dowry
Ahmedgarh, October 18
On a complaint lodged by Mrs Randeep, the local police has booked her husband Ranjodh Singh, father-in-law Jitender Singh, mother-in-law Harbans Kaur, sister-in-law Ashwinder Kaur and brother-in-law Amolakh Singh for demanding dowry.


CII fair starts today
Ludhiana, October 18
The third Ludhiana fair of the Confederation of Indian Industry would be inaugurated by the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here tomorrow. About 100 companies in the automobile, health, infotech and consumer durables sector are expected to exhibit their products in this four-day fair.



R & D polytechnic centre inaugurated
Ludhiana, October 18
The Ludhiana city may lose another chance of getting Central assistance worth Rs 20 crore to set up an apparel park as the Department of Industries has not even prepared a project proposal asked by the Textile Ministry about two months ago.
Mr D.S. Guru, Secretary, Department of Industries, addresses a gathering at the inauguration ceremony of the R&D Polytechnic Centre in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Mr D.S. Guru, Secretary, Department of Industries, addresses a gathering at the inauguration ceremony of the R&D Polytechnic Centre in Ludhiana on Thursday. — IV

Govt teachers hold rally
Ludhiana, October 18
The Democratic Teachers’ Front, Punjab, organised a rally at Mini Secretariat today to demand immediate filling of the vacant posts in government schools, appointment of the ETT trained youth and timely disbursement of salaries.

Lecture on graphology
Ludhiana, October 18
A lecture on ‘Graphology in service of mankind’ was held at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Civil Lines, here today.
Mr I.S. Chadha, graphologist, said that human behaviour could be easily judged from a person’s handwriting. He said that hand writing was an indicator of a man’s confidence, dedication, honesty, efficiency, intelligence and helpfulness.

Founder’s day celebrated
Ludhiana, October 18
The students, staff and management of Kundan Vidya Mandir celebrated founder’s day at functions held here yesterday and today.
The programme began with Natraj Aradhana, a dance recital. An action song, ‘We are young, we want our freedom’, was presented by the tiny tots of nursery and KG. Janu Sharma and Ruchu Katyal presented a Punjabi duet, ‘Ter bina langdiyan nahin rattan chananiyan’.
Students of Kundan Vidya Mandir present Shikha Vati, a Rajasthani folk dance, at founder’s day celebrations in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Students of Kundan Vidya Mandir present Shikha Vati, a Rajasthani folk dance, at founder’s day celebrations in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma


Sports carnival from Oct 20
Ludhiana, October 18
A three-day sports carnival will be organised by the Sutlej Club, Ludhiana, from October 20 to 22. The carnival will be inaugurated on October 20 at 4.30 p.m. and the prize distribution function will be held on October 22 at 8 p.m.

Ludhiana TT team announced
Ludhiana, October 18
The following paddlers have been selected to represent the city in the 42nd Punjab State Inter-District and Open Table Tennis Championship scheduled to be held here at the Shastri Indoor Hall of Guru Nanak Stadium from October 23 to 28, according to a press note issued today by Mr Fang Jenn Chiu, honorary secretary, Ludhiana District Table Tennis Association.


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