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CIA wing sets up office on disputed land
Claimant alleges police high-handedness

Ludhiana, November 30
Hardly a week after being set up, the CIA wing of the Ludhiana police at Dhandari in Focal Point has run into a major controversy with an old villager alleging that the police, in an abject case of high-handedness.

A view of the disputed plot and the building in which the new CIA wing of the Ludhiana police has been set up.
A view of the disputed plot and the building in which the new CIA wing of the Ludhiana police has been set up.
— Photo Inderjeet Verma

Woman sells grandsons to farmers
Kids made drug addicts
Ludhiana, November 30
A woman of Jindra village in Dharamkot tehsil of Moga district has allegedly sold two of her grandsons to two farmers for an annual ‘remuneration’ of Rs 2500 and Rs 1500. The two children are reportedly still in the custody of the farmers where they are working as ‘bonded labourers’.


PSEB staff to observe fast from Dec 4
Ludhiana, November 30
The Employees Federation of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has decided to intensify its agitation to press pending demands and highlight the anti-employees attitude of the management.

Raagis perform kirtan at Gurudwara Dukh Niwaran in Ludhiana on Gurpurab; and right women prepare langar for the occasion. Report on Page 1. IV

Gurpurab celebrated with fervour
Ludhiana, November 30
Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, was observed with religious fervour and zeal all over the city and in surrounding villages and towns today.

Army Band to perform at closing ceremony of National Games
Ludhiana, November 30
Whether it is war or time for celebration, the soldiers never lag behind to discharge their duties. During the closing ceremony of the prestigious 31st National Games at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium, Ludhiana, spectators can enjoy some of the favourite tunes to be played by the Territorial Army Sikh Allies Regiment Band on the occasion.
From left: The Territorial Army Sikh allies Band rehearses at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium for the closing ceremony of the 31st National Games, and the base drum of the band on which names of places outside the country have been painted, where the band had performed before Independence. — RB

Horse ‘play’ for National Games concluding function
Ludhiana, November 30
For giving a colourful ending to the closing ceremony function of the 31st National Games to be held tomorrow, Tota Singh, an eight-year-old horse, would depict the cultural heritage of Punjab by dancing to the beat of Punjabi dhol.

Horse Tota Singh dances to the tune of dhol while rehearsing at Guru Nanak Dev Stadium for the concluding day function of the National Games in Ludhiana. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi


today is world aids day
AIDS: biggest challenge to humanity
Ludhiana, November 30
AIDS knows no favourites and it kills males, females, rich or old and children of all races and communities. It kills without conscience and without remorse. December 1 is the World’s AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) Day. According to a UN report: “Asia faces the threat of ‘major, generalised epidemic’ of AIDS, driven by unsafe sex, intravenous drugs and tainted blood.”

Sikh museum opened
Ludhiana, November 30
On the occasion of Gurpurab, a Sikh museum on the subject of ‘ardaas’ was opened today at gurdwara Shri Guru Singh Sabha at Kartar Singh Sarabha Nagar here.

A view of the Sikh museum which was inaugurated at Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo D.B. Chopra

Study reveals preference for male child
Ludhiana, November 30
Preferring male child and the simultaneous rejection of the girl child is reflected in the adoption of methods to beget a male child and subsequent resort to female foeticide. In a survey conducted in 2001, 33 per cent of households (with couples in their reproductive age) acknowledged having undergone sex determination tests. 

VRTC refutes allegations
Ludhiana, November 30
The Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre (VRTC), Kitchlu Nagar, here has refuted the allegations levelled by Mr Rajesh Mohan, representative of the Handicapped Institution Employees Federation (HIEF), that the VRTC was exploiting the handicapped employees by giving them meagre salaries and taking immense work from them.

Polybag factory creating health hazards, allege residents
Ludhiana, November 30
A polybag factory in Gaspura locality along the GT Road is proving a great health hazard for the residents. The residents said that the factory owner was making recycled polybags and flouting all pollution control norms. Although they had brought the problem into the notice of the Pollution Control Board (PCB) officials, no action was taken.

DC proposes, minister disposes
Ludhiana, November 30
It is a typical case of minister proposing and official disposing. That is what happened to an inquiry ordered by Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, S. K. Sandhu into the allegations of embezzlement in the sale of girders of a school in Shakur village.

Police harassment alleged
Ludhiana, November 30
Harbhajan Singh, a resident of Khanna, alleged that the police had declared him a history-sheeter although he had not been involved in any criminal activity for the last seven years. Besides, he said, he had been acquitted in all the cases before that.


Woman booked in beating case
Ludhiana, November 30
The Focal Point police has registered a case under Sections 324,323 and 34 of the IPC against a woman, Sukhdeep Kaur alias Deepi, a resident of Moti Nagar, for beating another woman, a tenant of her’s with an iron rod yesterday.


Machine tools industry asked to meet global challenges
Ludhiana, November 30
Mr S.K. Singla, Head of the Department of Business Management in Punjab Agricultural University here, has emphasised the utilisation of available resources at the optimum level and austerity measures to check the deteriorating economic condition of the country.



Jasmine excels at national exhibition
Ludhiana, November 30
Jasmine Anand, a Class X student from Scared Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, has won the first prize in Sanskriti-2001, a National Exhibition of Art for Children and Youth, organised at Hyderabad recently.



CMC makes strides in emergency stroke-care facilities
Ludhiana, November 30
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the world, and in many cases patients end with partial/complete disability for the rest of their life. Now complete reversal of paralysis, that is, complete normalcy can be attained if the patients receive emergency medical care within three hours on the onset of symptoms. 

Pulse polio campaign
Ludhiana, November 30
About five lakh children (0-5 years) of the district will be given pulse polio drops on December 2, 2001, and January 20, 2002.

Healthy baby show
Ludhiana, November 30
A healthy baby show was organised at Suman Nursing Home, Model Town, here today. Over 60 children below the age of five years were assessed by Dr Neeraj Thapar, Dr Vani Thapar and Ms Pratibha. The kids were adjudged on the basis of growth and development, hygiene and social behaviour. 

Diabetes check-up camp
Ludhiana, November 30
A free diabetes check-up camp was organised at Gurdwara Sahib, Housing Board Colony, BRS Nagar, here today.


Women athletes sad to leave Punjab
Ludhiana, November 30
Now that the National Games are coming to an end, the young female participants are sad to bid adieu to the city. From the far-flung island of Nicobar, the young teenaged cycling team found Punjab and Punjabis amazing. They went into raptures over the Punjabi cuisine, The velodrome located at Punjab Agricultural University took their breath away.


Special drive to improve hygiene
Ludhiana, November 30
A special drive has been launched to upgrade general hygiene level and control jaundice in the Haquiqat Nagar and New Patel Nagar areas of the city. This was stated by Mr S.K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, Mr Sandhu, Mr R.L. Kalsia, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation and the Civil Surgeon, along with the teams of doctors and officials, visited the New patel Nagar and Haquiqat Nagar areas.

Ownership rights for tenants sought
Mandi Gobindgarh, November 30
The Chief Secretary, Punjab, had issued directions to municipal councils in the state in March this year to transfer ownership rights to the holders/tenants on the payment of 20 per cent value of the property fixed by the Deputy Commissioners concerned on which general deeds were executed. However, the implementation of the order is still awaited.


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