Saturday, August 19, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Boy drowns in MC pool
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 — A 20-year-old youth reportedly drowned in the Municipal Corporation pool near Rakh Bagh here last night. It is alleged that the life guard-cumswimming pool in charge was not present at the pool when the accident occurred.

Gaurav Arora, a resident of Shivaji Nagar here, was a member of the pool and had been learning swimming for the past one month. He was an arts first year student in a local college and was said to be polio stricken.

According to information available, Gaurav along with his younger brother, Sandeep was swimming in the pool during the 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. shift. While Sandeep and the other swimmers during this shift got out of the pool around 7:45 p.m., the Gaurav decided to stay on for a while.

Informed a grief stricken Naveen Arora, elder brother of the deceased, “After two minutes, when Sandeep again went to the pool to check up on Gaurav, he could not find him anywhere and then went out to look for the life guard, Sarabjit Singh. It was after five minutes when he returned with the guard that they found the body of Gaurav.”

It is learnt that after trying to revive the youth himself, the rushed him to Arora Neuro Centre, where he was declared brought dead.

It is learnt that the pool is of international standards — 15 feet deep and 21x 15 metres in size. It is also learnt that for a pool of international standards, the statutory requirement is to have at least one life guard and a swimming coach present for ensuring the safety of the swimmers.

Meanwhile, the constable deputed at the pool by the MC, Mr Harpal Singh , told mediapersons this morning that he had informed the police at police station division no. 5 about the accident, the police arrived at Arora Hospital almost an hour after the accident. Even then no case was registered by the police. The deceased was cremated at the Gau Ghat crematorium this morning.


Short of funds, PAU pays salaries from PF
Officiating VC feigns ignorance

From Surbhi Bhalla

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 — Due to acute paucity of funds, Punjab Agriculture University here has been paying the salary to its staff from the employees provident fund account. During the past few months, the university is reported to have withdrawn over Rs 20 crore from the PF account to pay salary to the employees.

Of the total annual budget of about Rs 130 crore the university spends about Rs 107 crore on the salary only. The university has not been able to get the required grants from the state government, the main funding agency. Having no option, the university decided to pay its employees from the PF account.

Well-placed sources disclosed that the university has not so far deposited the 50 per cent arrears on account of the implementation of the Fifth Pay Commission recommendations in the PF account. However, the university is reportedly updating the accounts of its employees. The entries in their accounts show proper deposits, while these may not match with the total deposits in the PF account of the university.

While some employees have been objecting to the practice of making payments from PF account, the Comptroller, Mr S. K. Bhatia, said that it was mere adjustment of accounts. He pointed out that a since the university was maintaining the PF account itself, there was nothing unethical or illegal in paying monthly salaries to the employees from this account.

He disclosed that the expenditure is made according to the priorities, adding at the same time that no employee has been refused his PF. Quoting an example he said one of the employees who retired recently got the full payment of Rs 12 lakh which was in his PF account. Similarly, the university also gives loan to the employees from the PF. The university is currently paying an interest at the rate of 13.8 per cent on the PF deposit of the employees.

The university gets 78 per cent grant from the central government, while about 15 per cent is provided by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research. The remaining grant is met from the revolving funds and other projects sponsored by various agencies. Since the state government is itself facing acute financial problems, its repercussions are being felt in the university also.

Mr Bhatia appeared confident that the university was likely to get the required funds and the amount withdrawn from the PF account will soon be deposited. In fact, the university is reported to have received a grant of Rs 20 crore from the ICAR and Rs 5 crore from the state government against the sanctioned Rs21crore.

Surprisingly, the officiating Vice- Chancellor Dr K S Aulakh feigned ignorance about the entire matter. In fact he was not prepared to speak on the subject.


108 trees to be axed for widening road
From Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 — As another jolt to the already deteriorating environment of the city, a rich green strip near Punjab Agriculture University, having as many as 108 eucalyptus and other trees is all set to pass into oblivion as the Municipal Corporation today auctioned these trees for removal to make way for four-laning of the Ludhiana- Habbowal road.

The fully grown trees fetched Rs 1.83 lakh to the MC. The bidders have deposited one-thirds of the amount. The case has been sent to the Commissioner, MC, for formal approval to go ahead with the chopping down of the trees. According to sources the trees are likely to be axed by next month.

With the chopping down of these trees, this highly polluted industrial city will sacrifice another green cover at the altar of development. Already scores of other such strips were removed to make way for bridges, widening of roads or construction of houses and industries. Particular mention should be made of the gree strip near the Jagraon bridge and almost eery other bridge. There used to be a well maintained garden near historical Ghanta Ghar which has now vanished.

Old timers reveal that the city had suddenly started expanding from all sides after the end of terrorism era. The inflow of capita brought by traders and businessmen brought development. But while the city had provided immense employment and business opportunities it also began eating on the forests.

Only a few green areas had been left of which the strip in question was a prominent one. This time the pressing need is to facilitate smooth flow of traffic from the Ferozepore road to Habbowal. The narrow road was prone to traffic jams and accidents which necessitated its widening .

The road widening project undertaken by the MC was going on war-footing in other areas but was delayed due to the presence of these trees in its way along PAU.

Earlier, there was proposal to take land of the university for this purpose but then it was decided that the MC will take land belonging to Hathi Complex, a residential colony of PAU and would give equal area from Rose Graden to the colony.

While Commissioner of the civic body S. S. Sandhu could not be contacted, Executive Engineer, Horticulture, Jaswinder Singh Bilga said no doubt the cutting down of trees would not be beneficial for the environment but in order to save several human lives which are lost in accidents on the narrow road the project had to be undertaken. He said the Horticulture Department of the MC had already planted trees in several pockets of the city to make up for the losses.


Release Sikh youths,demands AISSF
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 —The All-India Sikh Students Federation (Badal) has called upon the state government to initiate immediate measures for the release of the Sikh youth languishing in jails in Punjab and elsewhere for the past 15 years.

Addressing a meeting of the federation here today, AISSF president Tejinder Singh Sandhu hailed the statement of Punjab BJP chief Brij Lal Rinwa and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on the issue.

He said the cases of those Sikh youth detained under TADA should be taken up for review and the detainees, who had no serious charges against them, should be released without any further delay. The move, while providing these Sikhs an opportunity to start their life afresh, would also improve the atmosphere of amity and brotherhood.

Mr Sandhu asked if the Governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu could enter into dialogue with the forest brigand Veerappan and his associates, who were responsible for mass killings and many other heinous crimes, then there should no hitch in according a similar treatment to the detained sikh youths.

Mr Harinder Singh Narang, legal adviser of the AISSF, echoing the demand made by the federation president, announced that a memorandum demanding the release of the Sikh detainees would be soon submitted to Punjab Chief Minister and SAD President Parkash Singh Badal.

Mr Sandhu said preparations were on for observing the 56th anniversary of the AISSF in a befitting manner.

The old functionaries of the federation would be honoured at this occasion and services of many others rendered to strengthen the organisation, would be recognised.

Prominent among those present at the meeting were Mr Kulwant Singh Ranike, Mr Kuldip Singh Gujjarwal, Mr Tejinder Singh Bhupi, Mr Devinder Singh Sodhi, Mr Parampreet Singh Sandhu, Mr Jasvir Singh Khalsa and Mr Balbir Singh.


When a tragedy was averted tactfully 
By Sat Bir Chouda

I was born at Bhalwal (District Sargodha), now in Pakistan. I passed my matriculation examinations from the Panjab University, Lahore, in 1946. Then I joined S.D. College, Lahore, in 1946 to pursue further studies, but unfortunately the partition of the country followed soon after.

It was in the month of June,1947, when a procession of S.D. College students, including myself, proceeded to D.A.V. College. The students of Dayal Singh College, F.C.College and Law College etc. also joined up at Gol Bagh where a big demonstration was held. The police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the students, but the students repulsed the police with their own lathis. After some time, more police force, fully armed, arrived in three buses and dispersed the students.

In the evening, the news about the clash was broadcast on All India Radio which created panic in Lahore and some other places in Punjab. Perhaps this was the beginning of the riots in Lahore, which then spread to the whole of Punjab. Next day, a curfew was clamped, and thereafter, martial law was declared.

Perhaps I made the last trunk call from Sargodha, after which the trunk calls were banned on the plea that it spread rumours which caused panic among the people.

The hostel students were not allowed to go out of their hostels. Looking at the grave situation, all the colleges in Lahore were closed for an indefinite period. The hostels were got vacated. The students left for their home-towns in small batches in view of the bad law and order situation. We also left in a batch of six students fully, armed with lathis and hocky sticks.

In my town, Bhalwal, there were only 13 policemen, including 5 Muslims in the police station, under the charge of Mr Bakhshi. Chaudhry Ram Singh was the then Superintendent Police at Sargodha.

My town was a peaceful place with a population of 12 to 14, 000, a majority of whom were Hindus. But on August 10, 1947, the town was surrounded by a Muslim mob, from the surrounding villages, which was quite visible from our rooftops. This news was also broadcast over All India Radio in the evening. The incident created great fear in the minds of the Hindus, which finally caused them to shift to Sargodha camp and later to migrate to India.

In view of the mob around the town, Mr Bakhshi informed the S.P., Sargodha, on telephone, who then rushed to the spot with three busloads of armed men. In the meantime, Mr Bakhshi called the leaders of the mob and engaged them in conversation till the arrival of the police force. A flag march was held in the town and the neighbouring villages. Thus a great tragedy was averted with the tactful handling of the situation and the wisdom of Mr Bakhshi and Chaudhary Ram Singh .

There was a transit camp at Sargodha under the charge of Dr Lehna Singh, Liaison Officer, who later became a minister in the East Punjab Government. Dr Singh looked after the Hindus who were migrating to India.

My family also shifted to Sargodha and migrated to India in parts. I with some of my family members shifted to Chaniot in a military vehicle. On way to Chaniot, we passed a police post which wanted to check our luggage, but our Gorkha commander did not allow it. Both the forces took up positions, which worried us greatly. Finally, a sum of Rs. 300 was paid to the police as a settlement to move on.

From Chaniot we left by train for India. When our train reached the Sheikhupura railway station, we found another train ahead of us. A mob of Muslims was swarming around the railway station to attack the train. Our train was under the charge of a European commander. He stopped his train at the outer signal and ordered his jawans to take up positions. He also took charge of the other train. He negotiated with the Muslim leaders and got both the trains to leave for Lahore and then to Amritsar. Thus, another great tragedy was averted. The passengers of both the trains thanked him and Almighty God when they crossed into India at Wagah.

My elder brother came last with Dr Lehna Singh after the closure of the camp at Sargodha.


Grievances cells demanded
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 — The Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union (PCCTU) has demanded the setting up of women’s grievances cells in the colleges affiliated to different universities of the state to combat “ruthless exploitation and harassment of women lecturers and students”.

In a letter to Mr Mohan Lal, Minister for Higher Education, Punjab, copies of which were released to the press here today, the association president, Mr K.B.S. Sodhi, stated that in non-government colleges of the state, women lecturers were being exploited in a number of ways.

He said that women lecturers were being exploited by way of under payment of wages, forcible donations, faulty fixation of salaries, irregular payment of salaries, denial of basic amenities in college campuses and mental torture by resorting to allotment of excessive work-load and irrational allotment of time table by the authorities.

Mr Sodhi stated that female students were also being exploited in a number of ways. While they were being subjected to excessive fees and funds, over crowding in classes, heavy fines and forcible donations, little attention was being paid to basic amenities necessary for them on college campuses and in hostels. He said female students were also being subjected to uncalled for restrictions by the managements of these colleges.

He said he had received specific complaints in this regard from colleges in Bhatinda, Mansa, Ferozepore, Amritsar, Nawan Shehar and Ludhiana districts. A large number of such cases were not even reported because of the fear and awe created by the authorities of these colleges, he added.

Mr Sodhi further said that setting up of grievances cells in the colleges would prove to be a progressive and radical measure to “combat the injustice being meted out to women lecturers and students and safeguard their rights” which would be in conformity with the UGC guidelines issued from time to time.

Mr Sodhi hoped that the minister would take up the matter with the Vice-Chancellor of various universities and ensure the establishment of such centres in the interest of smooth functioning of the colleges and raising of academic standards.


All districts to have NRI Sabha offices
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 — With a view to solve the problems of the NRIs at the earliest, Subdivision level branches of the NRI Sabha would be set up, where proper record would kept regarding their complaints and regular follow up would be maintained with the departments concerned till the final disposal of the matter.

This was announced by Mr S. K. Sandhu, Deputy Commissioner, and Chairman the NRI Sabha, Ludhiana, while addressing a gathering of NRIs at Jagroan, 45 km from here today, after inaugurating the office of first subdivision level branch of the sabha.

He said the district administration would accord priority to settle the problems of NRIs and all the government departments had been directed accordingly. He said NRI centres would be opened in those villages also from where more than 50 families were residing abroad to deal with their local problems and added that these centers would also help to provide correct information about the specific cases.

He stated that the NRI Sabha would also set up an information cell to educate the people regarding the prospects of employment opportunities and prevailing laws in different countries. He advised the people to definitely procure a receipt while paying fees to the agents so that in case of any kind of fraud the guilty agent could be suitably punished.

The Deputy Commissioner said that the NRI Sabha, through its well established contacts in different countries, could also provide the full information with regard to matrimonial matters in foreign countries so that instances of marrying off on the basis of wrong or concealed information could be brought to an end.

He called upon the office-bearers of the sabha to persuade the affluent NRIs to make liberal contributions for the development of their native villages. He said the state government would make a contribution of 25 per cent of the money provided by the NRIs for developments works in their respective villages. He called upon the family members of those settled abroad to motivate the NRIs to adopt poor brilliant students from their native villages for quality education.

The Deputy Commissioner said the Sabha would make all-out efforts to keep the coming generation of NRIs deeply tied to their roots in Punjab.

Mr Jaskaran Singh SSP Jagroan assured that police officers would be directed to accord special attention to redress the grievances of NRIs in Jagraon area and informed that a special centre for NRIs had already been set up in his office. He advised that an information cell should be set up by the sabha to properly educate the public.

Mr Pritam Singh Deol, district president the Sabha, informed that in all, “there were 81 lakhs Indians living in different countries all over the world”, who were anxious to keep themselves and their children in constant touch with their native villages. Most of them were willing to make substantial contributions for the development projects in village.

He said that the sabha would launch an awareness campaign among the people not to madly run after any NRI for marrying their daughters with the sole attraction to settle the whole family abroad. He said the people should make sufficient inquiries about the prospective NRI grooms before settling the matrimony of their daughters.

According to Mr Deol, the sabha had the arrangements to provide full information about the NRI boys living in any country which could be made available on specific request within 15 days.

Among others who addressed the function were Mr Jaspal Mittal, SDM, Jagraon and others.


PAU beat
Farmers warned against bollworm attack

From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 — The surveillance teams constituted by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to survey the condition of the cotton crop and monitor the incidence of pests and disease have reported that the condition of cotton crop is good, However, the population of insect pests has started building up in the crop.

At some places bollworms (American bollworm, particularly spotted bollworm) have reached the damaging stage (11 to 40 per cent) in American cotton. Spotted bollworm was the dominating species on desi cotton and at CRS Abohar as high as 28 per cent damage was recorded. Though American bollworm has not assumed the pest status at many places, yet mixed attack of American bollworm and spotted bollworm has been noticed in some pockets of Bathinda district.

The farmers are advised to be vigilant and manage cotton bollworms as per the PAU recommendations and avoid the use of mixtures of pesticides. It has come to notice of the teams that at some places cotton whitefly and jassid have assumed the pest status. The experts have advised that cotton whitefly should be managed by using ethion (800 ml in 125-130 litres of water/acre) or triazophos (600 ml in 125-150 litres of water/acre) as these insecticides also known to control bollworms.

For the management of cotton jassid at fruiting stage, use of monocrotophos (500 ml in 125-150 litres of water/acre) should be preferred. Farmers should also examine their fields twice a week in order to ensure that bollworms damage does not exceed 5 per cent among fruiting bodies (squares, buds and young bolls). For this purpose divide the field into four quarters and collect 25 freshly shed fruiting bodies at random in each quarter. The fruiting bodies damaged by bollworms will have feeding holes or their larvae.

Even after the spray, if the damage exceeds 5 per cent, the crop should be sprayed again immediately and thereafter follow the 10 days interval. If it rains within 24 hours of the spray, repeat the spray immediately. In case, the farmers notice the isolated plants of cotton infected with cotton leafcurl virus, those could be uprooted to avoid further spread in the field. Leafcurl virus incidence has also been recorded ranging between 1 to 11 pe cent in Bathinda, Mansa, Moga, Faridkot and Muktsar districts of the State. Farmers are advised not to spray any chemical for the control of leafcurl diseases in cotton since no chemical cure is available for this malady.

State-level competition

The varsity is organising a state-level competition on August 22 in collaboration with the S. Sobha Singh Memorial Foundation and the Fine Arts and Photography Club.

It will be held at Guru Nanak Polytechnic

There will be two categories —the junior category from standard VIII to standard XII and the senior category comprising graduates and postgraduate students.

The subject for the juniors will be portrait painting. Three cash prizes will be given in each category.

The students will have to carry their own colours, brushes, boards. Any medium can be used by the participants.


‘30 pc farm produce goes waste’ 
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 — Dr K.S. Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, has said that in order to maintain self-sufficiency in food, we must maintain high production levels of foodgrains and at the same time control population. Dr Aulakh made these remarks while inaugurating a two-day ‘Agricultural officers workshop of rabi crops’ in the PAU auditorium here today.

He said that we can attain a growth rate of 4 per cent envisaged in the new agricultural policy of the government. However, if we do not control our population, this agricultural growth will be meaningless. Dr Aulakh congratulated scientists, agricultural officers and farmers for producing a record of 254 lakh tonnes of foodgrains, fruits and vegetables. At the same time he lamented that as much 25-30 per cent of the produce is wasted in the absence of suitable processing and storage facilities. He urged the government to develop better storage/processing facilities.

Highlighting the productivity gaps in different districts, Dr Aulakh emphasised the need to overcome these gaps in order to boost production. The challenge before scientists and farmers of Punjab today is to maintain the high level of production while decreasing the cost of production, he added.

Captain Deep Singh Sahota, Director, Agriculture, Punjab, said Punjab this year has produced a record 1.69 crore tonnes of foodgrains which is unparalleled. He cautioned the farmers against excessive use of inputs, which was increasing the cost of production of the one hand and polluting the environment of the other. He also highlighted the problem of micronutrient deficiency in Punjab soils and urged the university scientists to check this problem. Captain Sahota further said that farm machinery utilisation in Punjab was not efficient and called upon agricultural engineers to develop a 15 hp tractor which could be effectively utilised by farmers.

Highlighting the research achievement of the university, Dr M.S. Bajwa, Director of Research, said that the PBW343 variety of wheat has done well during the last season but full potential of this variety has not been up to mark. He urged the participants to popularise winter maize in Punjab as it can give returns equivalent to that of wheat and is thus a good substitute for wheat. He cautioned that Kandiali Palak weed was proving to be a big menace for the farmers and informed that the university has developed a new insecticide which effectively controls and suppresses the growth of the weed.

In his thanksgiving remarks, Dr Jaspinder Singh Kolar, Director of Extension Education, PAU, Ludhiana, informed that the new recommendations finalised in the two-day workshop will be shared with the farmers of Punjab during a series of kisan melas to be held next month. He said that the university will organise kisan melas at Ballowal Saunkhri (September 8,) Rauni, Patiala (September 14,), Bathinda (September 26,), and Gurdaspur (September 29,).

Earlier, Dr Paul Singh Sidhu, Dean College of Agriculture, welcomed the chief guest and the participants. Dr Gurdev Singh Momi, Head, Department of the Extension Education, conducted the proceedings of the inaugural session. 


Four hurt in mishaps
From Our Correspondent

DORAHA, Aug 18 — Mr Mohan Singh of Aloona Miana village was seriously injured when his scooter met with an accident at Gurthali Bridge. He was rescued by the first aid team, Doraha. After being given first aid, he was taken to Sidhu Hospital, where his condition worsened. He was then shifted to DMC, Ludhiana.

In another accident, Mr Rajbir Singh of Daburji was injured near Jaipura village. He was given first aid and then taken to a hospital.

Mr Sukhdev Singh of Barmalipur who was on his scooter (PB-10G-9987), broke his arm when his scooter collided with another because of the failure of brakes. He was admitted to a hospital at Doraha.

In yet another case Mr Avtar Singh of Chankoian Kala met with a serious accident when a dog came in front of his scooter (PB10-0485) and he lost control. He received serious head injury. A first aid team from Doraha reached the spot immediately and put him on oxygen. He was brought to Sidhu Hospital where he has been admitted to the emergency ward.


Two new gram, maize varieties approved
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 — The state variety approval committee at its meeting held here under the chairmanship of Capt Deep Singh Sahota, Director Agriculture, Punjab, has approved two maize and gram improved varieties evolved by scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).

Dr M.S. Bajwa, Director of Research, PAU, said new maize variety Sheetal is a cold-tolerant hybrid with medium tall plants and medium ear placement. It has relatively better tolerance to common rust. Leaves are medium sized and dark green. The tassel is open and of medium size. The glumes are green and anthers are cream in colour. Ears are uniform with medium length and girth with slightly blank tips. The grains are yellow orange flint with few caps. It matures in 180 days.

Mr Bajwa revealed that new gram variety PDG-4 is recommended for sowing under rainfed/limited moisture conditions. Its plants are erect with dark green foliage. It bears long fruiting branches arising from the base. It has bold seeds and matures in about 160 days. It is fairly resistant to wilt, foot-rot, root-rot.

Dr Bajwa also requested the Director Agriculture and representatives of the Punjab State Seed Corporation to produce sufficient seeds of the recommended varieties of maize, cotton, pulses and oilseeds so that the objectives of diversifying agriculture may be achieved. Captain Sahota assured to take all the necessary steps in this direction.

The meeting was also attended by Dr J.S. Kolar, Director of Extension Education and scientists of PAU and the Department of Agriculture.


‘Siti Cable cashing in on KBC’
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 — The Punjab Cable Operators Welfare Council has expressed resentment over the superimposition of advertisements in Star Plus mega serial Kaun Banega Crorepati for the last few days in the city.

Mr Sarbjit Singh, president, and Mr Amar Pal Singh Pali, general secretary of the council, have said in a joint statement that the local cable channel, Siti Cable, was superimposing advertisements of some of its clients during the telecast of the serial starring Amitabh Bachchan.

This was not only an unauthorised act but also irked the viewers, who in turn blamed their cable operators for the interference, they said.

The welfare council has also taken up the matter with the satellite channel, Star Plus, and the district administration to intervene and ensure and end to this illegal practice, which was also an act of discrimination against other cable channels.



The first Independence Day of the new millennium passed off peacefully under tight security, much to the relief of one and all. The city’s function took place at the Government College for Men. Mr Balramji Das Tondon, Minister for Local Bodies, inspected the guard of honour. The march past was followed by a cultural programme. Numerous Independence Day functions were held in various parts of the city, and in schools and colleges.

Even though the city was traumatised by the bomb blast in the sessions court, halwais and fruit sellers had set up huge shamianas to sell sweets of all kinds. Fruit sellers had also decorated their stalls beautifully. There was brisk sale of sweets as well as fruits on the occasion of rakhi. Life goes on under all the circumstances.

Ragging is on in the colleges. It has become known that in some colleges, teachers too are indulging in ragging. When the students get down to ragging, they do not recognise their limits. The spirit of ragging should be in a lighter vein and should not turn malicious.

‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ is still the hot topic. But on second thoughts, maybe its novelty and Big B’s charm is wearing off. The programme did not find mention in this column all this time as one hoped against hope that some Ludhianvi would do us proud by being in the hot seat opposite Bachchan. Now tell us whether

a) A Ludhianvi will get in.

b) He/she will not get in.

c) Chances are 50-50.

d) Cannot say with surety

Only after getting a sure, confident and final response, will we lock the answer. In the meanwhile, Ludhianvis should keep their fingers crossed.

A fashion festival on the same lines as the ones held in Rome, Paris, and New York started in Delhi Thursday. Definitely one expected it to make its impact on Punjab, specially on Ludhiana, a very fashion-conscious city. But alas, it was a damp squib. The fashion scene is rather dull. The only thing making waves and driving girls crazy are the different kinds of nail polishes in double shades with shiny granules. You name it and the company has it.

The latest movie in town is Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya, starring Abhishek Bachchan and a new find, Kirti Reddy. The film promos are promising. Abhishek it is seen has to succeed. He has the potential and, he has inherited the acting genes from his parents.

The much hyped war of the DJs was enjoyed by the youngsters who turned out in large numbers. Claims and counter-claims were made but good music was the winner. The teenagers danced into the wee hours of the morning. Much to the relief of everyone, the function ended in good spirit.

Ghasiram Kotwal, a play by Vijay Tendulkar, also made news in the city. The audience lapped it up. The play had a powerful script, good acting, good costumes and good make up. In fact, every thing was excellent.

The rains have left us yearning for more. Sawan is over and Bhadon has started and the city is preparing to herald the birth of Lord Krishna as Janamashtmi is drawing near and falls on the 23rd of this month.

Life is following its routine with both sorrows and joys in its fold.

— Asha Ahuja


Traffic police to check cruelty to animals
Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 — The city traffic policemen were today sensitised on various aspects of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, in a lecture organised jointly by the People For Animals and the traffic police authorities.

Mr Gurinder Jit Singh, Inspector, traffic police, announced after the lecture that they will soon start challaning of persons violating the Act.

Dr Radhey Shyam, chief advisor, PFA, initiating the lecture informed the gathering about the various forms of cruelty to animals. Later, Dr Sandeep K. Jain speaking on the occasion said horse-cart and bullock-cart drivers were the main violators of the Act. He said these drivers put loads equal to three times the prescribed limit on the carts to be pulled by the hapless animals.

He informed that according to the norms, 750 kilograms was the limit for horse-carts while 1000 was the limit for bullock-carts. He also informed that beating of animals, taking work from injured or sick animals or keeping them tied for long periods or depriving them proper food and shelter also amounted to violation of the Act.

Dr Shyam said all these violators were culpable for punishement and it was the traffic police which could enforce the law.


City roads need repairs

I have read the front page news item regarding the work having commenced on the Dhuri line Railway Bridge in Ludhiana. Really, it is a matter of immense satisfaction that a long-pending demand of the residents is going to be met ultimately.

But the authorities have failed to remove the encroachments and repair the damaged roads where traffic has been diverted. Heavy vehicles have been diverted from the link road, to Pahwa Hospital Road, Gill Road, Dugri Canal Road and finally to the bus stand from Atam Park Chowk.

After little showers in the city, Pahwa Hospital Road, Gill Road and Dugri Road come under knee-deep water and with heavy vehicles diverted on to them, Pahwa Hospital Road had been completely damaged. Dugri Road from the Dugri Canal to Atam park Chowk was already in a bad condition. Big potholes could be seen on it. The car decoration shops were doing their business on the road itself. The damaged road with encroachments and heavy traffic diverted on to it poses serious problems to the residents of Atam Park, Model Town, Model Extension and Dugri.

Before any major mishap or accident takes place, the authorities should recarpet the roads immediately. The encroachments on Dugri Road should also be removed.

“As the construction of the bridge has to be completed within a two-year time frame, the earlier the corrective steps are taken the better it will be to facilitate easy and uninterrupted movement of traffic on the already busy roads which are being used for diversion of heavy traffic.

Satinder Mahajan,



Team inspects Khamanon mandi
From Our Correspondent

KHAMANON, Aug 18 — A Punjab Mandikaran Board team led by its S.E., Mr R.S. Gill, visited the Khamanon grain market yesterday, after receiving reports about its bad condition.

The team, along with the Local Market Committee officers, saw the muddy water stagnating in various parts of the mandi and inspected the roads in need of repairs. When questioned about the bad condition of the mandi and the roads, the team said that the chairman and secretary of the Market Committee were competent to undertake repair work, but the secretary did not give any explanation. The team directed him to take necessary steps to check the flow of muddy water from the market. It also indicated that the roads would be repaired as soon as possible.

It is noteworthy that even after completing more than three years in office, the Akali-BJP government has failed to announce the name of the chairman of the Market Committee, Khamanon.



ornaments worth 1.5 lakh stolen

Tribune News Service

LUDHIANA, Aug 18 — Gold ornaments worth over Rs. 1.5 lakh were allegedly stolen from a car parked outside a sweets shop in Ghumar Mandi last afternoon. According to the information available, Mr Davinder Singh, a resident of Major Gurdial Singh Road, had parked his car around 2 p.m. It was alleged that someone broke open his car and decamped with the gold ornaments kept inside.

Liquor seized: Nine bottles of illicit country-made liquor were seized from Sokha and Vijay Kumar from Manewal village during a special checking by Head Constable Chain Singh.

Car recovered: The focal point police has recovered a car stolen by Mukesh Kumar and Avtar Singh from outside Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi, in July and also arrested the two accused. A case under Section 411 of the IPC has been registered.Back

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