Thursday, September 12, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Police gives in to violent protesters
SAD, BJP men hold rally against govt
Ludhiana, September 11
The district level protest march and dharna by SAD and BJP activists at the mini-secretariat here today turned out to be a battle of wits between the activists of the two parties and the heavy police force deployed at the district administrative complex with the police ultimately giving in to the aggressive postures of political functionaries.

SAD activists being stopped by the police at the entrance to the mini-secretariat; and a scuffle between policemen and protesters
SAD activists being stopped by the police at the entrance to the mini-secretariat; and (right) a scuffle between policemen and protesters in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photos Pradeep Tewari and Inderjit Verma

Where touts rule the roost
Ahmedgarh, September 11
Touts of various hues in connivance with the local police continue to rule the roost in this town by picking up poor and extorting money from them on one pretext or the other.


Ban on open sale of crackers
Ludhiana, September 11
Keeping in view heavy loss to life and property in the past due to breaking out of fire in unauthorised stores of crackers in congested areas, the local District Magistrate, Ludhiana has imposed a complete ban on the open sale of crackers in Ludhiana city and earmarked five places for the purpose. 

FIR in corporal punishment case
Ludhiana, September 11
At long last the police has registered an FIR against the Principal, Vice Principal and the class in charge of the Nauhriamal Jain Senior Secondary School in a case related to the corporal punishment of a class nine student Rajni Sharma, who has suffered partial paralysis.

Ultrasound clinics inspected
Ludhiana, September 11
For the strict enforcement of the Supreme Court guidelines regarding the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test (PNDT) Act, a five-member team from the Centre, in coordination with the Appropriate Authority Civil Surgeon, inspected two ultrasound clinics here today.

Elderly woman hacked to death
Ludhiana, September 11
In a gruesome incident, an elderly woman, Gurnam Kaur, was hacked to death by robbers at her residence in the Model Town area today. The incident reportedly occurred when she was alone in the house.


MC kudos for Commissioner
Ludhiana, September 11
Excellent financial showing by the Municipal Corporation during the past four months, which had seen the civic body clearing pending liabilities worth around Rs 17 crore with surplus of more than Rs 6 crore, was under focus at the first business meeting of its general house held here today. Cutting across party lines, the councillors placed on record the deft financial management of the Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, ever since he took over the reins in May.

Cong workers burn Jaya’s effigy
Ludhiana, September 11
Punjab Minister for Finance and Food and Civil Supplies Lal Singh today said all arrangements for the procurement of paddy in the state had been completed and all procurement agencies were prepared for the procurement. He assured that there would not be any difficulty to farmers to sell paddy.

BKU to hold protest on Sept 17
Ludhiana, September 11
The BKU, while condemning the government’s decision to withdraw the facility of free power to the farm sector, has decided to intensify its stir to safeguard the interests of farmers.

Ozone layer — value and challenges
Ludhiana, September 11
For the last few years, the environmental balance has been disturbed due to increase in population, urbanisation and industrialisation. It has not only pushed our planet towards destruction, but has caused a serious threat to human health and existence.

Good Luck plants in vogue
Ludhiana, September 11
Good Luck plants have arrived here from China recently. The art of Feng Shui recommends them as plants that can be kept everywhere as these symbolise good-luck. 

Harassment by cable operators
HE residents of Ludhiana are being held to ransom by the cable operators who are themselves divided into two groups. Besides manipulating to wash out the rival channels, these operators are trying to force only particular channels on the customers.



Cinema halls going empty
Ludhiana, September 11
Cinema halls here are proving to be white elephants for the owners due to high excise rates levied on tickets and falling audience. So as a last ditch attempt, the District Administration was asked by the cinema-owners to come to their aid by allowing them to slash the prices of tickets to attract more audience.

Hotel industry seeks package
Ludhiana, September 11
A meeting of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab was held here under the chairmanship of its president, Mr N.S. Nanda. The meeting passed several resolutions concerning the hotel industry.

‘Excise Dept creating problems’
Ludhiana, September 11
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has alleged that Excise and Taxation Department, Punjab, is creating problems for industry and trade. In a statement, the president of the chamber, Mr P.D. Sharma said some time back the Punjab Government had identified a few iron and steel items for levying sales tax at first stage. This list included B.P. sheet and pipe and pipe fitting.


All set for paddy procurement
Amloh, September 11
The Punjab Government has made all arrangements for the procurement of paddy in the state, but the Central Government has neither fixed the procurement price nor fixed any rate for procurement.


Classes for nurses from October 1
Ludhiana, September 11
The Bengal Institute of Health Sciences, Raikot, recognised by the state government, will start classes for staff nurses form October 1. Dr A.K. Banerjee, director of the institute, in a press note, said today that the institute was approved to organise the staff nurse course by the Punjab Nurses Registration Council and the Indian Nursing Council, New Delhi, the apex bodies controlling nursing education in India.

Ways to cope with stress
Ludhiana, September 11
“Can you put two litres of milk in a container of half-litres capacity?” No, but this is what is happening in the present-day stressful world. This is what Dr Rajeev Gupta, noted psychiatrist, said while delivering his guest lecture on “stress management” to the students of MBA at the Gujjarkhan Guru Nanak Institute of Management Technology here today.

Literacy day celebrated
Ludhiana, September 11
International literacy coordinators and the gram panchayat organised a function at Government Primary School, Mangarh to celebrate International Literacy Day.
The students presented a cultural programme. A play by Rajkumar, “So Kyo Manda Akheeye”, described the struggle in the minds of women. 



Don’t ignore symptoms of drug abuse
anjit Singh, a 17-year-old, student of plus II was showing some changes in his behaviour. He was losing interest in studies and had started sleeping less at night and remained slow and sleepy during the day. His class test grades were also falling.

Tips on brushing off ailments
Ludhiana, September 11
“Everyone can have a million-dollar smile these days. All women participating in beauty contests have their teeth restructured to flash a winsome smile. If a tooth is broken in an accident, do not throw it. Put it in milk and take it within an hour to the dentist, he can fix it.
Dr Vikas Jindal of the Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Dental Association addresses teachers of Kundan Vidya Mandir on dental health awareness
Dr Vikas Jindal of the Ludhiana chapter of the Indian Dental Association addresses teachers of Kundan Vidya Mandir on dental health awareness on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

CMC’s stoma therapy unit a boon for people
Ludhiana, September 11
Most of the patients who undergo surgical treatment (ulcerative colitis, chronic inflammatory diseases, rectal cancer, complex gynaecological procedures resulting in injury to colon, uterine cancer) end up getting a permanent or temporary stoma (bag) on the abdominal wall for passing stools for the rest of their lives.


Lakhvinder, Sukhpreet win badminton title
Ludhiana, September 11
Lakhvinder Singh prevailed over Sunil Sekhri 15-7, 15-11, while Sukhpreet Kaur survived anxious moments before emerging winner against Ashwinder Kaur 7-11, 11-3, 11-7 to bag the men’s and women’s sections, respectively, in the Wings Webtech Ludhiana District Badminton Championship which concluded at the Shastri Hall near Guru Nanak Stadium here on Tuesday.

Cricket trials
Ludhiana, September 11
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) conducted trials to select the Ludhiana team (U-19) for the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for Dhruve Pandove Trophy to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at different venues from September 13.


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