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Eunuchs booked for castrating youth
Four other youths also ‘victimised’ by gang
Ludhiana, September 26
The Phillaur police has finally come to the aid of a city youth who had alleged that he had been kidnapped by a gang of eunuchs, castrated and forced to live as a eunuch at a place near Phillaur for about seven months. The allegations assumed serious proportions today when the boy revealed to the Ludhiana Tribune that at least four other ‘normal’ boys were forcibly operated upon and were living with eunuchs near Phillaur.

New guest at Tiger Safari
Ludhiana, September 26
A fawn recovered from some villagers by P.F.A., Jalandhar was released in friendly surroundings of Tiger Safari here today. The residents of Dhilwan village had rescued the fawn from a group of migrant labourers.
A fawn that was recovered from a village near Jalandhar being attended to at the Tiger Safari
A fawn that was recovered from a village near Jalandhar being attended to at the Tiger Safari in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph


2 ex-chiefs of MC, tehsildars booked
Amloh, September 26
Two former chiefs of the Municipal Council — Mr Tejwant Singh Advocate and Mr Baldev Sedha — and two former tehsildars — Mr Kuldeep Singh and Mr Satinder Kumar Khera — have been booked under Sections 419, 420, 465, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC for fraudulently obtaining a Backward Caste (BC) certificate, on the basis of which Mr Baldev Sedha managed to occupy the post of president of the council for a period of nearly two year.

Poor response to bandh
Ludhiana, September 26
Barring sporadic demonstrations by the ABVP and the Shiv Sena, there was poor response to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)-sponsored bandh in the city with all offices, shops, business establishments and educational institutions functioned normally. Traffic also plied on roads in the normal course.

Activists of the Shiv Sena burn an effigy of terrorists in Ludhiana on Thursday in protest against the killings in Gujarat.— Photo Inderjeet Verma
Activists of the Shiv Sena burn an effigy of terrorists in Ludhiana

Heavy betting for India-SA ODI
Ludhiana, September 26
The unpredictable results of the last two one-day international cricket matches played against England and South Africa by the Indians have left thousands of punters in the region shocked and aghast with most of them losing a lot of money.


MC financial health better: Commissioner
Ludhiana, September 26
The Municipal Corporation contractors and other agencies who were virtually boycotting tender bids of the civic body in view of its precarious financial health and mounting outstanding bills for the execution of development works are now showing interest in the MC works.

BJP workers seek security
Ludhiana, September 26
Organisers of the BJP state workers orientation camp at Khanna have demanded adequate security in view of the agitation call given by various farmers’ outfits when some senior BJP leaders will arrive tomorrow to inaugurate the ‘Gaon chalo abhiyan’.

Animal trade hit at Chhapar Mela
Ahmedgarh, September 26
Even as Mandi Ahmedgarh, earlier known as Mandi Chhapar, was known all over the country for its cattle market and equestrian show, the state government has paid no attention to maintain its importance in the field of animal trade. While it has frustrated the cattle lovers, the government also loses substantial revenue which it could have earned as cess and fee on each sale.

Officials “harassing” dhaba owners
Ludhiana, September 26
The Punjab Dhaba Owners Association has alleged undue harassment by officials of the Sales Tax Department over charging of 8 per cent sales tax. The dhaba owners have been maintaining that the issue was yet to be settled and officials had been harassing them without any reason.

He restored power to Golden Temple
Ludhiana, September 26
He is a man who lighted up the Golden Temple Complex in Amritsar when it got damaged in the Operation Bluestar and its electric supply got disrupted. He was the one who was given the job of rewiring the temple complex.

Arya Samaj annual festival begins
Ludhiana, September 26
The 81st annual utsav of Arya Samaj, which gets underway here tomorrow at Arya Samaj mandir in Dal Bazar, according to Mr Dev Pal Arya, general secretary of the samaj.

Brawl at recruitment rally
Ludhiana, September 26
At least three persons, including two young candidates and a soldier, suffered minor injuries in a brawl between Army personnel and a group of youths, who had come to attend a recruitment rally of the Army at Dholewal Chowk here today.


PSEB employee threatened, beaten up
Sahnewal, September 26
A PSEB employee was allegedly threatened and attacked by a man of Jandiali village near here, last evening. The SDO of the PSEB, Kohara, has complained to the Sahnewal police that Bhag Singh, a Junior Engineer of his staff, was working on electric lines at Jandiali village when Malkit Singh of the same village opened fire on him with his rifle, beat him and threatened him.


Steel industrialists shifting base to Orissa 
Ludhiana, September 26
As many as six steel industrialists of Ludhiana and Chandigarh are setting up steel plants in Orissa, thanks to the availability of cheap raw material and power supply. According to information, one large-scale unit of Ludhiana has already purchased a piece of land and started the construction work on the project which will cost about Rs 200 crore.



Talent Hunt-2002 a big draw
Ludhiana, September 26
Talent Hunt-2002 was organised by the local Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College today.
Prof P. S. Sethi, Dean Cultural Activities, welcomed the Principal and highlighted the objectives of the competition. The guest of honour, Mrs S. Verma, Principal, SDP College for Women, inaugurated the function.

Koshish-2002 kicks off today
Ludhiana, September 26
Koshish-2002, intra college cultural festival, will be inaugurated by Mr Tej Parkash Sing, Cabinet Minister of Transport, Punjab, at Punjab College of Technical Education here tomorrow at 9.00 a.m. Mr Malkiat Singh Dakha, MLA will preside over the function.



New block of Civil Hospital to start soon
Ludhiana, September 26
But for an electricity connection by the PSEB, the new 100-bed block of the Civil Hospital here would have started functioning by now. The PSEB has, so far, not provided electricity connections to the new block, which was otherwise to start functioning from August. However, according to Dr Y.C. Markan, Senior Medical Officer, the newly-constructed building christened as Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital will soon be made functional for the patients.
The newly constructed 100-bed block of the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. — IV
The newly constructed 100-bed block of the Civil Hospital


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