Tuesday, October 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India


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Girl killed as slide collapses
Ludhiana, October 22
A five-and-a-half-year-old-girl was killed when the slide on which she was playing in a park here fell, last night. The girl died on the spot as her head hit a pointed stone. Daughter of a transporter living in Model Town Extension, she was a student of Guru Nanak Public School.

The slide in a park in Model Town Extension, Ludhiana, which collapsed on Sunday, causing the death of Gursimran Kaur (inset). The slide in a park in Model Town Extension, Ludhiana, which collapsed on Sunday, causing the death of Gursimran Kaur (inset).

Encroachments on rise in Model Town Extension
Ludhiana, October 22

The Model Town Extension, Block-A, here is supposed to be a posh residential area. However, as one enters from near the Krishna Mandir road one finds that the spaces on the road side have been occupied by vendors of coconuts, temple offerings and toys, among others.

The open space in front of the market in Model Town Extension, Block-A, Ludhiana, which has been encroached upon by roadside vendors.
The open space in front of the market in Model Town Extension, Block-A, Ludhiana, which has been encroached upon by roadside vendors.





Youth dies as gun goes off
Ludhiana, October 22
Bickerings between an aged couple took a bitter turn at Dugdi village, near Payal, this morning when the couple’s young son was killed when he tried to snatch a gun from his father.

197 lakh tonnes of paddy straw burnt every year
Burning of paddy stubble on at a village near Ludhiana.Ludhiana, October 22
Contrary to the claims of the Deputy Commissioner that the appearance of smog during this time of the year is a normal process, scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have established that the paddy straw burnt by the farmers was the main reason behind it.

Burning of paddy stubble on at a village near Ludhiana.

Steps against anthrax reviewed
Ludhiana, October 22
A special meeting was today convened by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, to review the measures being taken against a possible anthrax threat.

Mystery shrouds youth’s death
Ludhiana, October 22
Mystery shrouds the death of a youth whose body was found near the Civil Hospital here today.

Coal shortage hits power generation
Ludhiana, October 22
Thermal plants of the Punjab State Electricity Board are faced with the serious problems of shortage of coal, thanks to the financial crises gripping the PSEB. The PSEB has not been able to make the payment of arrears to Coal India Limited and the Railways.

Two assault cases registered
Ludhiana, October 22
The Sadar police has registered a case under Sections 341, 506, 323, 120-B, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Gurmit Ram, a resident of Hajuri Bagh mohalla, Chattian colony, against Manoj Kumar, Rajinder Singh, Satnam Singh, Kaka Singh and Chaman Lal. According to the complainant, the accused had beaten him up and threatened him.

Traffic blocked as 3 vehicles collide
Ludhiana, October 22
Traffic was obstructed at a bridge over the Sidhwan canal, near Verka Milk Plant, this afternoon after an accident.


Freedom fighters, social workers honoured
Ludhiana, October 22
The Shri Nand Lal Ahuja Memorial Award, set up in the memory of a veteran freedom fighter from the city, was presented to Ek Prayas, a voluntary social organisation, for its significant contribution to the rehabilitation of mentally challenged children at a function organised by the District Youth Congress at Sawan Public School, Noorwala Road, here yesterday.

Dilbagh SinghDisabled, but not in despair
Ludhiana, October 22
A frail man of 56 regularly visits the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC) in his wheelchair all the way from a village near Guraya. While moving along the highway with traffic zooming all around him, he is generally not sure whether he will be able to reach the hospital for his check-up or not. He has had a surgery recently to remove a blockage in his urinary tract. He has been visiting this hospital for the past 27 years.Generators play with health

Generators play with health
Ludhiana, October 22
Smoke generated by generators and burning of paddy stubble is causing increase in incidence of eye irritation and difficulty in breathing among local residents.

Inauguration of Valmiki Bhavan on Nov 4
Ludhiana, October 22
The four-storey Valmiki Bhavan, first of its kind in the region, built at a cost of Rs 2 crore, would be formally dedicated to the city at a state-level function here on November 4, which would also mark the Valmiki Jayanti. The Punjab Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, his cabinet colleagues and prominent members of the Valmiki community, would attend the function.

Atwal promises to do his best
Ludhiana, October 22
Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker of the Punjab Legislative Assembly and newly elected Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) yesterday said he would do his best to come up to the expectations of member-countries. Addressing a press conference here, he said it was an honour for democratic and liberal Indian traditions.

Seminar on copyright law
Ludhiana, October 22
A two-day national-level seminar on “Copyright Law with Industry and Users” organised by the Kaka Bhagwant Rai Memorial Social Welfare Society and the District Bar Association, concluded here yesterday. Mr Justice G.S. Singhvi of the Punjab and Haryana High Court opened it.

PWD workers flay govt
Ludhiana, October 22
The PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union, Ludhiana, has condemned the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, for not taking any note of the ‘morcha’ put up by the Daily Wage and Work Charge Regular Employees Action Committee in Chandigarh for the past two months in protest against the non-acceptance of demands.

Fresh realignments in city Cong
Ludhiana, October 22
With elections approaching, there seems to be fresh realignments in the Congress in Ludhiana.

A view of Ramlila staged in LudhianaEternal appeal of saga of good vs evil
Ludhiana, October 22
Despite cultural invasion by the foreign media with the help of the cable TV network, the craze for watching Ramlila among the people has remained unaffected in the city. In every nook and corner of the city these days almost everybody including housewives, children and old people of the family are busy discussing the classic story of a perfect hero Rama and a true representative of evil Ravana.

A view of Ramlila staged in Ludhiana

Lamps are ready but sans light
Ludhiana, October 22
Potters all over Ludhiana are preparing ‘diyas’ (earthen lamps) in anticipation of Divali. They are also busy churning out ‘karvas’, a round receptacle used for drinking water after breaking the ‘Karwa Chouth’ fast.

Infantry Day



Declamation contest held
Ludhiana, October 22
Students from more than 15 schools participated in an inter-school declamation contest organised by the Private School Welfare Association here yesterday.

Release salary, demand teachers
Ludhiana, October 22
Mr Harnek Singh Grewal, president, Government Primary Teachers Association, yesterday condemned the state government for not paying salaries to thousands of teachers working under ‘Operation Black Board’ for the past five months.


Contests for visually impaired
Ludhiana, October 22
Over 35 visually impaired students participated in cultural contests organised by the Maa Saraswati Cultural Society for the Blind at Gurdwara Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib, Link Road, here today.


Ludhiana IMA talks tough
Ludhiana, October 22
The Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has taken a tough stand against harassment and intimidation of doctors and said, it would fight it on legal grounds. However, it regretted that their case was not being heard properly.


Dhruve beats Ashish in snooker
Ludhiana, October 22
Dhruve Verma, a junior national player, scored an upset victory over Ashish Dhanda, a senior national player, to secure his berth in the snooker semi-finals of the sports carnival being organised at the Sutlej Club, here today.

Spikers welcomed
Ludhiana, October 22
Members of the Punjab team who won the National Youth Basketball Championship were accorded a warm welcome when they reached here today. The Punjab contingent scored their maiden title victory at Indore yesterday.

‘Need for clear-cut policy on sports’
Ludhiana, October 22
After India’s triumph in the Junior Hockey World Cup, local residents and veteran sportspersons want Indian hockey players to bring such laurels again.

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