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Park mishap case: 4 JEs, 1 SDO suspended; more heads to roll
Ludhiana, November 2
The Municipal Corporation has ordered suspension of four Junior Engineers (JEs) and one SDO in the park mishap case, which had claimed the life of a girl child in Model Town Extension locality here on October 21. 

Mr R.L. Kalsia, MC Commissioner, flanked by Mr Raminder Singh and Mr S.K. Sharma, Additional Commissiners, addresses a news conference at Circuit House in Ludhiana on Friday.— RB

Trespass case: inquiry panel for expulsion of student
Ludhiana, November 2
A Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) student who had trespassed into the house of the Vice-Chancellor on October 28 midnight, in what was said to be a case of accidental straying, had actually allegedly manhandled a professor before slipping into the VC’s residence to escape the ire of teachers.





Cable network accuses two operators of blackmail
Ludhiana, November 2
The Ludhiana Cable Network Private Limited (LCN) has levelled charges of blackmailing and propaganda against Mr Ramesh Maini, a cable operator in Haibowal, and Mr Kamlesh Bhardwaj of Chandan Nagar.
The LCN has demanded an inquiry by the district administration against the said persons.

Students forced to take tuitions
Ludhiana, November 2
There seems to be a growing trend among teachers coercing their students into private tuitions. Several cases of victimisation of students refusing to join tuitions have come to light.
A majority of such cases have been reported in the girls’ colleges at Civil Lines and Model Town where teachers are taking tuitions within the college premises.


SHSYAD men demand punishment for guilty of ’84 riots
Ludhiana, November 2
Activists of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Youth Akali Dal today took out a protest march from Gurdwara Mai Nand Kaur at Ghumar Mandi to the Mini Secretariat here and later submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, demanding punishment for those responsible for ‘systematic massacre’ of Sikhs in Delhi and elsewhere in November 1984.
Activists of the SHSYAD present a memorandum, demanding punishment for guilty of ’84 riots, to the Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu, in Ludhiana on Friday. —IV

DCC (Urban) unit reconstituted
Ludhiana, November 2
The president of the District Congress Committee (Urban), Mr Surinder Dawar, has reconstituted the party unit and the new office-bearers, nominated with the approval of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, include 12 vice-presidents, one treasure, 16 general secretaries, an office-secretary and a press secretary, both with the designation of general secretaries, 30 secretaries, 22 members of executive committee and 36 permanent invitees.

Power houses to generate 216 lakh units daily
Ludhiana, November 2
Bhakra power houses will generate 165 lakh units while Pong Dam will generate 51 lakh units of power daily during November. The two house reservoirs will release 16000 to 17000 cusecs and 10000 cusecs of water, respectively, in the month to meet the irrigation requirement for wheat sowing of beneficiary states. The decision to release water from the reservoir and generate power was taken by the Bhakra Beas Management Board Technical Committee at Chandigarh.

Check pedigree before buying a pup
Ludhiana, November 2
Ludhianivis’ love for dogs has grown. Keeping a dog these days has become a status symbol. Dogs definitely provide an umberalla of security.
Dog-breeding has turned into a lucrative business. Many people have started kennels and made a business of selling pups. Many middlemen, petshops and even veterinary doctors are into the business of selling pups. The seller of the dog has to give a pedigree certificate of both the parents of the pup, date of birth, and all the markings.

Tyre godown gutted
Ludhiana, November 2
An old tyres’ godown in Laxmi Puri mohalla of the Salem Tabri locality was gutted in a fire that broke out as a result of cracker bursting by children of the area last night. However, no loss of life was reported as the godown was not surrounded by any residential quarters. 

Flames emanate from a tyres’ godown after it was gutted at Salem Tabri in Ludhiana on Friday. 
— Photo Rajesh Bhambi  


Illegible crime files
Ludhiana, November 2
Of late,crime reporters of the city are facing a new problem on account of the daily crime file issued by the Press Information Centre (PIC) of the city police.
The copies of the crime file, which used to be distributed among the reporters of various newspapers by the PIC, until a couple of weeks ago, are now being forwarded to the office of the District Public Relations Officer (DPRO).


Machine that chops straw, saves environment
Ludhiana, November 2
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has developed a new post-harvest-technology machine that helps farmers in the incorporation of paddy straw in the fields.
The chopping machine is the first of its kind that has been developed in the region. The management of stubble is the biggest problem in the harvest of paddy. The incorporation of stubble is a time-consuming and difficult task, so, farmers prefer to burn the straw in the fields, posing a threat to the environment and the health of the soil.


Awards for PAU scientists
Ludhiana, November 2
On the basis of their research work presented in the National Congress of the Indian Society for the Study of Animal Reproduction (ISSAR) held at Jodhpur, scientists of the Department of Animal Reproduction, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Punjab Agricultural University, have won the meritorious awards of international repute.

Priyanka adjudged best painter
Ludhiana, November 2
Painting, fancy dress and dance contests were organised for students from different schools at Fun Fair-2001 here yesterday.
Students from over 20 schools participated in the contest. In the paiting contest, students were divided into two categories.


Sunita Jain gets exemption for husband
Ludhiana, November 2
Sunita Jain, wife of murder accused Anil Jain, gave an undertaking in the court of Mr Rajesh Ahluwalia, Judicial Magistrate (First Class) of Ludhiana, here yesterday that her husband would be in the court on November 6. She also sought that the accused be exempted from personal presence in the court in a case of criminal trespass.


Workshop on winter fashion forecast for European markets
Ludhiana, November 2
Exporters of Ludhiana will have to concentrate on changing fashions in the coming winter in the European market to partially combat the ongoing recession. Buyers in Europe are expected to be governed by “chic trash”, “nostalgic” and “subconscious” mood. There is an urge for flashy colours, which could capture the casual spirit of the youth.

Accepting success with modesty
Ludhiana, November 2
Success has come easily for Sunidhi Chauhan. She has no background or training in music, yet she ranks among the popular singers. She does not bother about all that as long as success comes her way.
Eighteen-year-old Sunidhi was here today in connection with her performance on the eve of Karva Chauth. She remains a down-to-earth girl without any airs of greatness about her.In an interaction with mediapersons here today, Sunidhi said she was grateful to her parents who had encouraged her. Her father, Mr Dushant Kumar Chauhan, manages her programmes. He accompanies her to all programmes and recordings.

Sunidhi Chauhan

Vinod Rathod regrets fall in music standards
Ludhiana, November 2
Noted playback singer Vinod Rathod regrets the fall in the musical standards in the country. And he attributes this decline primarily to the popularity of the pop culture that he shuns with all aversion while describing the pop singers as ‘barsati mendhaks’, whose days are numbered.

Fine arts, music events mark youth festival
Ludhiana, November 2
Music contests and fine arts events marked the first day of the Panjab University Zone -C youth festival at Guru Hargobind Khalsa College, Gurusar Sudhar, here today.
The contest was inaugurated by Mr Balkar Singh Sandhu, SSP, Jagraon. Students from over 10 colleges participated in shabad singing, group song, vaar singing, painting, rangoli and other fine arts events.

A dance with ghosts and ghouls
Ludhiana, November 2
Tattoo makers welcomed the guests at a Halloween party held at a hotel here. The faces of the guests were painted white, red and black to make them look awesome and ghoulish. The waiters, captains and managers were all dressed up in masks and paints reminding one of Red Indians. The captain received the guests with weird-looking masks, false teeth, gleaming eyelids, a catterpillar and snakes buttoned on to their coats.


Symposium on prostate diseases
Ludhiana, November 2
The Dr L.H. Lobo Memorial Trust has been organising the Lobo memorial oration and a scientific symposium at the Christian Medical College and Hospital. The CMC has organised a scientific symposium as part of the annual day function every year for the past 18 years for the advancement of medical education in memory of the late Dr L.H. Lobo, an eminent and renowned orthopaedic surgeon and former principal of the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, said Dr S.K. Chopra, honorary secretary, Dr L.H. Lobo Memorial trust.


City Sport
Sacred Heart retain table tennis title
Ludhiana, November 2
The team of Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar, retained the under-19 team championship title in the CBSE Cluster XII Table Tennis Tournament held at Bhavan SL Public School, in Amritsar from October 29 to November 1, according to Mr O.S. Nagi, sports officer of the school.


Admn bans sale of crackers
Ludhiana, November 2
The District Magistrate, Mr S.K. Sandhu, has banned the manufacturing, sale or use of fire crackers, generating noise level exceeding 125 db (AI) or 145 db (C) at a four meters’ distance from the point of bursting of the fire crackers.
While addressing a meeting of the fire cracker dealers and the district officers, he said that these orders were issued following the Supreme Court directions regarding the control of noise pollution caused by bursting of fire crackers.


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