Friday, November 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India

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Sidhwan canal dying a slow death
Ludhiana, November 22
A water body is always a source of attraction but visitors to this city, especially participants of the 31st National Games, are dismayed at the polluted Sidhwan Canal and its dirty banks, which emanate foul smell making a stroll along the canal a painful experience.

MC house scraps quality control agency
Ludhiana, November 22
The general house of the Municipal Corporation today unanimously voted against the retention of the quality supervision agency — Ms SGS India Ltd — and called for an inquiry into the doctored inspection reports of various development projects in the city and extra payment made to the agency.

Rape victim’s mother seeks justice
Ludhiana, November 22
The mother of a seven-year-old girl today alleged that her daughter was raped by a provisional store owner in the Salim Tabri area about 4 months ago and the police was going mild in the case. She alleged ever since she had lodged a complaint with the police, the accused had been threatening her of dire consequences if she did not withdraw the case against him. 

XXXI National Games, Punjab-2001

Hard work, determination took her to the top
Ludhiana, November 22
After five years of continuous sweat and toil, Hardeep Kaur (20) finally succeeded in creating history in the sport of hammer throw. Nobody could imagine that one day this girl from Ludhiana would set a record in hammer throw.

Hardeep in a jubilant mood after receiving the gold in hammer throw (left); and the player in action while marking her name in the history of the National Games in Ludhiana. Photos Rajesh Bhambi

Society allowed to put up posters
Ludhiana, November 22
After much confrontation between the Aas Kiran Society, an NGO working for the cause of deaddiction and the organisers of the National Games, banners of the society conveying a message to avoid drugs were put up at venue here today.
A banner, ‘Sports not drugs’, put up at the venue of the National Games after a confrontation between the Aas Kiran Society and organisers. —Photo Inderjit Verma

Geesh Kumar of Kerala, who won the gold in the pole vault event at the National Games in Ludhiana. He missed the national record only by 20 cm after touching a height of 4.9 metre. RB

City police gets new look
Ludhiana, November 22
After a gap of couple of years, the city police is getting a new look as several police officials, both gazetted and non-gazetted, who had remained posted here since long have been transferred and new officials have taken over their place.


Are the US sex-selection kits targeting Indians?
Ludhiana, November 22
With the sex ratio in India already dwindling to 933, a US company has given yet another blow to corrective measures by introducing a sex-selection kit called ‘Gen-Select’ which claims to influence the “natural gender selection process in a couple’s favour” before conception, with a success rate of “96 per cent”.

‘Ads negating female foeticide ban’
Ludhiana, November 22
Doctors, social activists and human right experts attending the state-level workshop on female foeticide at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have expressed deep apprehension at the jeopardising of the save girl child movement by certain agencies and pharmaceutical companies based in countries abroad trading in selling the ‘sure-short male child drugs’ in different parts of the world, especially India.

Give girls a chance to take birth and live
Ludhiana, November 22
“Is Punjab only for men of Punjab and not for the women of Punjab? Can’t Punjabis, who are known for their valour, protect and respect their women? If they were respecting their women and protecting them, there would not have been an alarming drop in the female-male ratio in Punjab,” said Ms Gita Athrey of UNICEF.

Self-employment, the key to survival
Ludhiana, November 22
With growing unemployment in the city in the wake of recession and global competition and with industrial units reducing manpower, self-employment would be the key to survival for the unemployed. Or so it seems.

‘Allot ticket to the deserving’
Ludhiana, November 22
Senior Youth Congress leader and state vice-president, Mr Amarjit Singh Tikka today urged the party high command to ensure that only genuine and deserving candidates were allotted tickets for the coming elections to the assembly.

Striking employees to meet on Nov 24
Ludhiana, November 22
A state-level emergency meeting of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Offices Clerical Association will be held on November 24 at the Civil Surgeon’s Office here in protest against the “wrong recruitment” of two senior assistants in the department.

YC flays punishment to players
Ludhiana, November 22
The national chairman of the Indian Youth Congress (Urban Development cell), Mr Pawan, Dewan has criticised the discriminatory punishment given to five Indian cricketers by match referee Mike Dennis and the refusal of the International Cricket Council (ICC) to change him for the next match. 

Electroplaters express resentment
Ludhiana, November 22
The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association has strongly condemned the directions of the Chief Engineer (Commercial) of the Punjab State Electricity Board which stated that only electronic meters would be acceptable.

Probe ordered against EO
Ludhiana, November 22
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sandhu today ordered an inquiry against the Executive Officer and the president of the Jagaraon Municipal Committee following allegations of harassment of traders and detaining of their goods at the octroi posts.



Row over extension to principal
Ludhiana, November 22
The controversy over extension of the services of Principal Kuldip Singh of Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College seems to be taking a serious turn with the college teachers threatening protest to and blaming the management of promoting nepotism in the college.

Ph.D, M.Phil teachers seek 10 pc quota
Ludhiana, November 22
Demanding 10 per cent reservation for Ph.D and M.Phil qualified teachers while appointing government school teachers, the Ph.D and M.Phil School Teachers’ Association held a meeting with the Education Minister, the Education Secretary and the DPI (schools) yesterday.

Prize distribution at GGN Public School
Ludhiana, November 22
Over 400 students from Gujranwala Guru Nanak (GGN) Public School, Civil Lines, received prizes for academic, sports and cultural performance at a function held here today.
Students of GGN Public School, Civil Lines, present a cultural programme in Ludhiana on Thursday. —Photo Inderjit Verma



English band to perform in city
Ludhiana, November 22
A nine-piece band, Maroon Town, will perform in the city on November 25 at Sutlej Club, according to Mr Sunil Kant, president of the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam.
It is an Afro-Caribbean band from the UK combining breakbeat, ska, rap, reggae and dub in a high energy musical fusion.


Folic acid: must for mums-to-be!
Ludhiana, November 22
Sushma, who conceived after eight years of her marriage, was in the seventh heaven. The gynaecologist prescribed a host of multi-vitamins and iron tablets , but when the baby was born, it had no brains and died immediately. Experiments have conclusively proved that folic acid is required before pregnancy and is necessary for neuro-tubal development.

File photos of babies born with inadequate brain development due to deficiency of folic acid.

Doctor demands justice
Ludhiana, November 22
Much to the embarrassment of the organisers, the state level workshop on Female Foeticide, organised at Farmers Seva Centre, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) was taken over by a protest rally taken out by the relatives of a woman who was allegedly being harassed by her in-laws for dowry.


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