Friday, August 2, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Uneasy calm at sant’s deras
Police security stepped up
Noormahal, August 1
An uneasy calm prevailed in two deras of controversial and self-styled saint Maharaja Ashutosh at Noormahal, near Phillaur, here today following yesterday’s violent incident at Malout even as the followers of the sect were quite tense over the developments.

Private students’ fate hangs in balance
Denied admission to polytechnic courses
Ludhiana, August 1
Hundreds of students who had appeared privately in matric examinations and are now seeking admission to diploma-level engineering courses in government polytechnic colleges of Punjab have been denied admission by the State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training this year.

2 cholera, 42 gastro cases confirmed
Ludhiana, August 1
Notwithstanding the Health Department’s claim about tackling the oft-recurring problems of cholera and gastroenteritis, two cases of cholera and 42 gastroenteritis cases have been confirmed by the department officials themselves today. 



I don’t need rain
I don’t need rain: The child seems to be saying this to his mother while taking bath in Ludhiana on Thursday. — photo Inderjit Verma

Slashed Maruti prices hit second-hand sales
Ludhiana, August 1
The slashed prices of Maruti 800 seem to have hit the sales of second-hand cars in the region. At the same time it has also led to sharp increase in the sales of the new Maruti cars.

Punjab Roadways buses to remain off road today
Ludhiana, August 1
All buses of the Punjab Roadways will stay off the road in the state tomorrow as a protest against the proposed privatisation of the roadways by the state government. 

No major shortfall in paddy yield likely: Johl
Ludhiana, August 1
Dr S.S. Johl, a noted scientist and Agricultural Adviser to the Punjab Government, does not apprehend any major shortfall in the paddy production in Punjab because of poor monsoon. However, this optimism is sounded with caution.

Biomedical waste project nearing completion
Ludhiana, August 1
With the biomedical waste disposal project in an advanced stage of completion, the hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions like veterinary hospitals and slaughter houses, generating biomedical waste, would have the facility of proper disposal by early September.

Construction work in full swing for the biomedical waste disposal project in Ludhiana.

Construction work in full swing for the biomedical waste disposal project in Ludhiana.



Chaos rules city roads
Ludhiana, August 1
How long does it take to travel a kilometer or two in Ludhiana? Well usually it should take not more than two or three minutes given the city roads. But it can take anywhere up to an hour if the overzealous city traffic cops are managing the roads. This is exactly what happened on Tuesday morning when it took residents almost an hour to reach their destinations if they made the “mistake” of passing by the Fountain Chowk.

DMCH issue will be resolved soon: DC
Ludhiana, August 1
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, has asked all political parties to give a few days time to the administration to sort out the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital controversy. 

65-yr-old thrown out of house
Khanna, August 1
A 65-year-old widow, her physically challenged son and her minor grandchildren are forced to live under the sky in the streets of city as their landlord had thrown their belongings out of the house to get it vacated despite the status quo orders issued by a local court.

‘Art of Living world’s biggest NGO’
Ludhiana, August 1
The United Nations has accredited Art of Living as the biggest NGO with it and has been given a special consultative status attached to the Economics and Social Council. This was disclosed here today by Mr Ram Laxman, media incharge of the NGO in the city. 

Constable found dead
Ludhiana, August 1
Mystery shrouds the death of a Home Guards Constable who was found dead at his residence in Threeke village today early morning.

Society flays rituals


One held in rape case
Ludhiana, August 1
An alleged rapist was caught by Sherpur police today morning. He was accused of attempting to rape a 6-year-old girl in the area. He was handed over to the police by the family members of the victim.



Moneylenders, too, disappear
Ludhiana, August 1
Even as the monsoon remains elusive adding to the woes of farmers, moneylenders and commission agents have gone in hiding owing to repeated requests of farmers for money


Imposter’s remand extended
Khanna, August 1
The police remand of a fake income tax officer was extended for two days by the court of the local additional civil judge, Mr G.S. Dhillon, after listening the arguments of the public prosecutor.



Jaskanwal SohiBudding poetess with love for nature
Ludhiana, August 1
light of the future
forced to sulk in the dark.
She is a mother
apostle of sacrifice.
She is a wife
who reads her husband
like a book.
This is one of the poems of Jaskanwal Sohi, a promising young budding poetess depicting her freshness and simplicity of her deep emotional feelings revolving around nature.


Medical camp by bank
Ludhiana, August 1
A free medical camp was inaugurated by Mr S. Jha, General Manager, UCO Bank, at Ayali Kalan village to mark the diamond jubilee year of the bank. Mr Jha said the bank had earned a net profit of Rs 165 crore in the year 2001-2002. The bank did a business of 31,000 crore in the financial year 2001-2002 and it was expected to reach 40,000 crore in the current financial year.Top

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