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Sarpanch’s election declared void
Amloh, March 13
While declaring the election of Harmel Singh as Sarpanch of Baraichan village (Amloh) as void and set-aside under section 90(a) of the Punjab State Election Commission Act 1994, Mr M.P. Arora Election Tribunal-cum-ADC, Fatehgarh Sahib, declared Mohan Singh as the duly elected sarpanch of Baraichan village, tehsil, Amloh, A photo copy of the decision and order passed by the Block Development and Panchayat officer (BDPO ) for the transfer of charge was presented to the mediapersons here today by Mr Mohan Singh.

Minister warns corrupt officials
Ludhiana, March 13
The Minister of State for Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Mr Ashwani Sekhri, has said that several officials have been forced to return illegal gratification after the matter has been brought to his notice.
Leaders of the local unit of the Congress honour the Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, Mr Ashwani Sekhri, in Ludhiana.
Leaders of the local unit of the Congress honour the Minister of State for Cultural Affairs, Mr Ashwani Sekhri, in Ludhiana.

Roses in full bloom attract visitors at the Rose Garden in Ludhiana
Roses in full bloom attract visitors at the Rose Garden in Ludhiana —Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Meeting to discuss BJP’s poll debacle
Ludhiana, March 13
The district executive of the BJP, which is to meet here tomorrow to discuss the performance of the party in the recently held Assembly elections and the ensuing civic poll, among other things, will in all probability, give further momentum to the ongoing campaign for the removal of the district (Urban) chief, Mr Harbans Lal Sethi, who is being held responsible for the party’s poll debacle.

Compensation sought for negligence in tubectomy
Khanna, March 13
A Dalit resident of Nolari Kalan village, Jarnail Singh, has alleged that Khanna Civil Hospital authorities had performed tubectomy on his wife negligently as she had conceived and subsequently given birth to a child.

Golden Forests directed to refund money
Ludhiana, March 13
In an ex-parte order, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Golden Forests India Limited (GFIL) to pay Rs 6,000 as maturity amount of a fixed deposit of Rs 3,000, to Ms Jyoti Khanna, a resident of Partap Colony.

Raid on ultrasound clinic
Ludhiana, March 13
For the strict implementation of Pre Natal Diagnostic Test (PNDT) Act 1994, the Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Civil Hospital, Phillaur, with the help of members of the Volunteers for Social Justice, a non-government organisation, raided an ultra-sound clinic at Jandiala today.

One shot in Gill village
Ludhiana, March 13
One person was shot dead, while two received serious gunshot injuries, in an incident that occurred at Gill village, on the outskirts of the city, here this evening. According to police officials, the deceased, Kulwant Singh, had a dispute with the suspect, Kulwinder Singh, over a purported false case. 


CPM workers hold rally, flay Budget
Ludhiana, March 13
Hundreds of CPM workers participated in a protest rally today and flayed the BJP-led NDA government in the Centre for bringing in an anti-people Budget. Various speakers, including Mr Mohinder Singh Neelon Kalan, Mrs Manjit Kaur Koom Kalan, Mr Om Parkash, Mr Raghbir Singh Benipal, Mr Amar Nath Koom Kalan, Ms Jasbir Jodhan, Mr Vijay Dogran, Ms Gurmeet Kaur Jawaddi, Mr Baldev Singh Latala and Mr Sanjeev Verma, condemned the Budget which, they observed, had put the common people under a financial burden of Rs 11,760 crore.

BKU plans stir to safeguard river waters
Ludhiana, March 13
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) will launch a mass agitation to safeguard the river waters of Punjab and the detailed programme of the agitation will be announced on March 15. This was stated by Mr Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, President, BKU, in a press note issued here today.

Devotees high on ‘bhang’ prasad
Ludhiana, March 13
Shivratri spirit was high last night as most of the city residents went high on one or the other “bhang” preparations that were served at most of the temples as “prasad” of the dhatura-eating Lord.

Club election on March 31
Ludhiana, March 13
The annual election of the Sutlej Club will be held on March 31. This was announced by Mr Anurag Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner and president of the club, at a meeting held here last evening.


Proclaimed offender held
Ludhiana, March 13
The Division No. 2 police station, on a tip-off from the special Proclaimed Offenders’ wing, arrested Prabhjot Singh, a resident of Lal Bagh Colony, Ferozepore Road, on Monday. The accused was booked under Section 406 of the IPC on September 1,1996, after which the accused had jumped bail.


Seminar on fashion trends in European market
Ludhiana, March 13
The European market will witness new fashion trends in the coming spring and summer season. An urbanised vision of contemporary living with digital art is expected to take over with geometric, angular and chaotic signals in the coming season. These views were expressed by fashion experts at a biannual seminar on ‘‘Fashion forecast for spring and summer season — 2003 in the European market’’ organised here today.
Participants at a seminar on fashion forecast for spring/summer collections in Ludhiana.
Participants at a seminar on fashion forecast for spring/summer collections in Ludhiana.

Spring collection launched
Ludhiana, March 13
Satya Paul, the complete women's wear premier designer brand unveiled its spring summer collection 2002 at Kalamandir in Ludhiana. Presenting an exquisite line of fabrics, saries, scarves, stoles, fabric and a pret collection, bags and accessories the collection ushers in the freshness and vibrancy of spring, which is apparent in the choice of colors, fabrics and design.
Models display spring collection.
Models display spring collection.


Krishi cards worth Rs 65 lakh issued
Ludhiana, March 13
The nationalised banks are finding it difficult to achieve target of issuing krishi cards to farmers in the state due to high rate of defaulters and lack of proper land records.


Seasons — music of a different kind
Ludhiana, March 13
It has colour. It has music but of a different kind. Dr Jasbir Dhanoa, Principal of Christian Medical College & Hospital, says,” This year students are experimenting with choir singing and choreography. 

Music, masti mark farewell parties
Ludhiana, March 13
Farewell functions were held today for the final year students of the SDP College for Women and the Khalsa College for Women. The farewell party at the SDP College for Women, was organised for the outgoing batch of BA and BCom. The programme began with a solo dance performance by Babita on the Hindi number ‘Aayeeye aa jayeeye’.

Second year students of the Khalsa College for Women present a group dance at a farewell party.
Photo Inderjeet Verma
Second year students of the Khalsa College for Women present a group dance at a farewell party

Students organise handicrafts’  exhibition
Ludhiana, March 13
Students of the Department of Fashion Technology of Guru Nanak Girls’ College, Model Town, organised an exhibition of handicrafts here today. The exhibits were divided into various sections like paintings, embroidery work and kids’ section. 

Foundation stone laid
Ludhiana, March 13
Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, laid the foundation stone of Prototype Production Centre, here today. Dr Aulakh said the purpose of the centre would be production of newly developed equipment at research institutes for popularisation and pilot introduction, developing connection between researchers and manufacturers for dissemination of knowledge about developed prototypes.


City Scan
Sahir — transcending the  realms of time
ahir’s birthday coincided with the International Women’s Day, March 8. Abdul Hayee was born on March 8, 1921, at Ludhiana. Incidently, besides the place and date of birth, he shared the time of birth (3 pm) with a fast friend of his, Harkrishan Lall, the renowned painter-artist. Ironically, both the friends were bachelors.

Problems that artists face
Ludhiana, March 13
“I had to take the exhibition of my paintings to Patiala and later to Chandigarh for the simple reason that there is no art gallery to display one work. It is a shame that my own city, Ludhiana, lacks an art gallery so I have to take my exhibits outside,” said Savi. 

‘Jashn-e-Sahir 2002’ celebrations
Ludhiana, March 13
The Adeeb International (Sahir Cultural Academy) and the local Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust will organise ‘Jashn-e-Sahir 2002’ on the occasion of 81st birth anniversary of Sahir Ludhianvi at Nehru Sidhant Kender Auditorium, here on March 16. An annual mushaira will also be held.


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