Friday, January 10, 2003, Chandigarh, India

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Park development panels cease functioning
Govt apathy, MC indifference main reasons
Ludhiana, January 9
The much-touted three-year-old Parks Development Scheme (PDS), initiated by the Municipal Corporation amid much fanfare, has come a cropper, threatening the maintenance of about 400 green belts in the highly polluted industrial city.

Drive to spruce up PAU campus
Ludhiana, January 9
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has launched massive operations to clean, landscape and green its campus by utilising the services of nearly 85 employees who are otherwise rendered without work at this time of the year.

‘Guilty’ students’ fate to be decided today
Ludhiana, January 9
Fate of 19 students from local colleges involved in the fake re-evaluation certificate racket is likely to be decided in a meeting of a PU committee tomorrow. The meeting will be held at Chandigarh.


MC junior engineer suspended
Ludhiana, January 9
Taking a serious note of the allegations levelled against Sukhdev Singh Chohan, Junior Engineer (Horticulture), by two subordinate employees, the Commissioner, Mr S.K. Sharma, has ordered his suspension after a preliminary inquiry by the Assistant Commissioner indicted him.

B.S. LayalpuriAkali leader booked for fraud
Ludhiana, January 9
A former Mandi Board director and general secretary of the district unit of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Mr Balwinder Singh Layalpuri, was today booked by the district police on the charges of cheating and fraud along with three close associates.

Gurpurb celebrated with fervour
Ludhiana, January 9
The birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh was celebrated with religious fervour and zeal all over the city and its surrounding villages today. All the city gurdwaras were tastefully decorated with lights.

So many hands trying to reach out for the parsad being distributed on the occasion of the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh, in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
So many hands trying to reach out for the parsad being distributed on the occasion of the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh


Move to withdraw case against Dhakki Sahib dera chief
Ludhiana, January 9
Commensurate with the changed political scenario in the state, a move has been initiated by the state government to withdraw the case of violation of the Wild Life Act registered against the head of Dhakki Sahib dera, near Maqsudran village, during the tenure of the SAD-BJP government.

Satta operators back in business
Ludhiana, January 9
After a brief lull lasting a few months in the wake of the campaign launched against them by the police, satta operators of the city have once again started their business with renewed vigour.

Busy time for bookies, punters
Ludhiana, January 9
With so many cricket matches going on between various cricket-playing countries, it is busy time for the bookies and punters. The daily transactions on betting are said to be running into crores of rupees. However, the India-New Zealand series is proving to be too dear for the punters as the results have either remained uncertain or the matches have remained one-sided, leaving little scope for the punters to earn much.

Patenting of cow urine condemned
Ludhiana, January 9
Patenting of cow urine by the United States of America has ruffled the feathers of various religious organisations in the state. The organisations have condemned the Union Government for sitting idle while the USA got one of the oldest Indian therapeutic patented.

‘Give social security to labourers’
Ludhiana, January 9
The various trade unions have demanded that the minimum wages for labourers working in private factories should be fixed at Rs 5,000 each and labour laws should be implemented strictly to ensure social security to the workers and labourers.

Demolished wall reconstructed
Ludhiana, January 9
A day after the local Municipal Corporation demolished a wall constructed by a local resident after encroaching upon a part of a road in New Kirpal Nagar, the wall has once again been reconstructed by the owner at the same place today.

The wall being reconstructed at the same place where it was demolished in New Kirpal Nagar in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo Inderjit Verma
The wall being reconstructed at the same place where it was demolished in New Kirpal Nagar

DA relief for pensioners
Ludhiana, January 9
The Government Pensioners Association has expressed its satisfaction at the release of one more instalment of dearness relief at 3 per cent by the Punjab Finance Department for its pensioners and family pensioners with effect from July 1, 2002.


Three held for printing fake currency notes
Ahmedgarh, January 9
Allured by the glamorous lifestyle of gangsters in Bollywood movies, three unemployed rural youths with small land-holdings started printing counterfeit currency notes, but their hopes of becoming millionaire overnight were dashed when they were nabbed by the cops and are now behind bars.

Gang of thieves busted
Ludhiana, January 9
The Jagraon police today claimed to have solved several burglaries and thefts that had taken place in the Mullanpur Dakha and adjoining areas in the past few months, with the busting of a notorious gang of criminals.

Injured woman dies in hospital
Ludhiana, January 9
Ms Tara Devi, wife of Mr Chaman Lal, a resident of Subhash Nagar falling under Basti Jodhewal police station, who was admitted to the DMC Hospital on December 27 last in a serious condition following an accident near Dasuya, died yesterday.


Sunil LakhotraDoctor wins World Cup ticket
Ludhiana, January 9
Dr Sunil Lakhotra of Harmilap Nursing Home will soon embark to South Africa to witness the Cricket World Cup. He has recently won the Britannia World Cup offer and will soon be leaving for South Africa on an all-expenses-paid trip.


Gurbhajan Gill given award
Ludhiana, January 9
Mr Gurbhajan Gill, Editor, Punjabi, Communication Centre, Punjab Agricultural University, has been awarded the Prof Puran Singh Memorial Poetry Award by the Punjabi Sahit Kala Sangam, New Delhi, at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi. The award has been instituted by Mr Kartar Singh Dhaliwal’s family of Rakhra village in Patiala. This award consists of Rs 21,000, a shawl and a citation. It was presented by Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Minister for Fertilizers and Chemicals.


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