Sunday, October 29, 2000,
Chandigarh, India
L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


Students present Vallabh darbar
From Our Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Oct 28 — To mark the 131st birth anniversary of Jain Acharya Vijay Vallabh Surishwar Ji Maharaj, a vallabh darbar was organised at Shri Atma Nand Jain Senior Secondary School, Daresi Road, here today.

Students of 12 schools of Ludhiana, Ambala, Nakodar and Jandiala took part in the contest. Teams from each school had to present one of the three items: group song, qawwali and folk song. Of the total 12 teams, five teams presented group song, six teams took part in qawwali and the team from Sanatan Vidya Mandir presented a Rajasthani folk dance.

In a group song, KVM team bagged the first prize, followed by the team from SAN Jain Senior Secondary School. In qawwali, the students of SAN Jain Model Senior Secondary School cliched the first prize and teams of SAN Jain School, Jandiala, and Jain Girls Senior Secondary School were awarded the second prize.

The judges on the occasion were Mr Partap Singh Arora, retired music teacher, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan; Ms Gurinder Kaur, former professor, SDP College for Women and Ms Pavitra from Ramgarhia Girls’ College.

The chief guest on the occasion was Lala Lajpat Rai, Member Parliament. Others present were Principal Y.P. Jain of the host SAN Jain Senior Secondary School, Principal Swaran Kanta Jain of SAN Jain Model Senior Secondary School, Kashmiri Lal Jain, presdent of the management, and Sikandar Lal Jain, general secretary.



City tops in number of lawyers
From A Correspondent

LUDHIANA, Oct 28 — Ludhiana is at the top of all the law Bar districts in Punjab. We have the maximum number of lawyers (around 2000) in the district out of which, about 1500 are actively practicing law. Only 30 of these practicing lawyers are women, that configures to 2.1 per cent. When inquired the lawyers — consented that the scarcity was not due to the work culture for, women are treated equally and their is a healthy professional rivalry. Some implied that bias is only found in the clients’ mind i.e. about the competence of a woman lawyer during the initial stages of the case. Later, as the case progresses and the clients see the lawyer in action they too are fair minded and learn to rely on their lawyers.

Lawyers at purani kachehri felt that the scarcity of the fairer gender was due to familial pressures, female interns getting married and then dropping practice all together, other domestic and personal reasons, etc. Also the odd hours required in the job and meeting people from all walks of life in this line of work are not approved of by the family. Most of the female interns just fold under all these pressures. “The girls are neither bold nor determined enough. Many of them have a negative approach in their own minds.” said a lawyer on the condition of anonymity.

Not to mention that of the 30 currently practicing only eight or 10 are independently practicing women lawyers. The rest are at the junior levels under some other lawyers or they are associated with some other colleagues. “In the past five years many girls have ventured into the Ludhiana courts but they are hesitant to start their own practice even after a couple of years as interns under someone.” observed Mrs M. Shai.

Jalandhar has about 60 women lawyers out of 1300 currently active and Chandigarh has roughly 100 out of 1600 lawyers. Ludhiana is sadly lagging behind in numbers.


Home | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Editorial |
Business | Sport | World | Mailbag | In Spotlight | Chandigarh Tribune | Ludhiana Tribune
50 years of Independence | Tercentenary Celebrations |
120 Years of Trust | Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |