Wednesday, March 20, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Where elderly fear to tread after dark
Ludhiana, March 19
The murder of an old woman and the robbery at her house in South City here yesterday has spread panic among those who live here. Most of them are elderly and live alone. Though the city police has decided to organise public meetings in the area to reassure them, most of them are still concerned about their safety in the absence of any security cover.

Change in weather brings diseases
Ludhiana, March 19
The change in weather has led to a spurt in cases of viral diarrhoea, viral bronchitis, gastroenteritis and viral enanthem in the city. Doctors say that viral infections have increased because of the rise in temperature, pollution and the presence of allergy-causing agents and suspended particles in air.

Peak season for coaching centres
Ludhiana, March 19
With only two days left for Class XII examinations to be over, scores of entrance-tests-coaching centres in the city seem to be gearing up for having fresh batches.


Ousted teachers create scene
Ludhiana, March 19
The two terminated teachers of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today embarrassed the authorities by protesting and airing their grievances in front of the guests at the Regional Workshop on Media and Human Development organised at the university, when they entered the venue shouting slogans against the Vice-Chancellor.

NHAI fails to justify toll tax 
Ludhiana, March 19
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in the Ministry of Surface Transport, which receives about Rs 1 lakh per day in the form of toll tax from barriers on the Sutlej on the outskirts of the city, has so far failed to provide any infrastructure or beautification in the area despite collecting a handsome amount daily.

Gate on civic land removed
Ludhiana, March 19
Responding swiftly to a complaint lodged by shopkeepers around the Old Tonga Stand near Lakshmi cinema here, staff of the municipal corporation removed a gate, which had been put up after demolition of a toilet block on civic body land, adjoining a piece of PUDA land which had been sold in auction about two years back.

THE judiciary is generally believed to be very media shy, but sometimes judicial officers feel that the media can facilitate their role in acting as watchdogs of society by working in tandem with them.
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Cash prizes for firemen
Ludhiana, March 19
Mr Harjinder Singh, Joint Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, and Mr Kartar Singh, Assistant Divisional Fire Officer, were among the 37 civic body officials who were given cash awards for their work during a massive cracker fire in Jawahar Nagar here in November 2001.


Poppy husk seized, three held
Ludhiana, March 19
The Ghumar Mandi police, of the Division No 5 police station, yesterday nabbed three of the four poppy husk smugglers at a naka near the Rose Garden and seized 64.5 kg of contraband from their possession. While the arrested persons have been identified as Rakesh Kumar alias Kesha and Mohinder Singh, both residents of Kakowal village, and Raju, a resident of Bahadurke village, the man who managed to escape has been identified as Karnail Singh, a havaldar with the Punjab Police posted at the local Police Lines.


‘Agriculture growth targets unrealistic’
Ludhiana, March 19
The Union Government’s economic growth strategy, based on agriculture growth rate, is faulty and unrealistic, as it is almost impossible to achieve 4 per cent annual growth rate in the agriculture sector.


Farewell party for tiny tots
Ludhiana, March 19
It was time to say goodbye to the outgoing children of Lovely Lotus Nursery School who were given farewell at a function held here today. Children came to the school wearing bright, colourful clothes and their teachers embellished them further. 

Tiny tots of Lovely Lotus Nursery School say goodbye to their teachers at a farewell party in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Tiny tots of Lovely Lotus Nursery School say goodbye to their teachers at a farewell party in Ludhiana on Tuesday.


The bard at his poetic best
Ludhiana, March 19
The eminent writer and winner of the Sahitya Kala Akademi award, Dr Surjit Patar, was at his poetic best to receive the guests who had arrived here from different parts of the country to participate in the regional workshop on media and human development.


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