At the cross roads
A professor of mathematics writes novels
The other day I had an opportunity to talk to Prof M.L. Sood who had been my colleague at the local government college for some years. During those days his debut novel, Fire in the Cupboard (1977), was being much talked about, in which he had depicted disillusionment born out of a clash between generations because of their life-style. The novelist in fact, wanted to pinpoint what is perennial in the transitory process of human existence.
Flavour of the week
Rain drops pitter-pattered on window panes, them turned into a drizzle and later to a downpour on the eve of the New Year. Let us consider the showers to be God’s new year gift to the farmers for the showers are good for the crops. Even the hands of hosiery traders must have gone up in a silent prayer of thanks to the rain god.
Remove illegal bus stand: residents
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — People know the place as ‘bassan wali sadak’. The residents of the Jawahar Nagar road near Government Senior Secondary School for Boys allege that the roads have been neglected by the authorities concerned for a long time. They have demanded that these should be included in the list of roads earmarked for the removal of encroachments and action should be taken against the encroachers.
A peace mission on cycles
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — Two adventurous cyclists, Travis Saunders (28 years) and Darren Mcaven (24 years) from Australia and New Zealand respectively, are currently passing through Punjab on their cycles on way to Islamabad in Pakistan on a peace-cum-adventure trip.
Kinnows score over oranges
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — Kinnows have flooded the market. And there is demand in the market making the oranges almost vanish. According to Sham Lal, a kinnow seller on the Sherpur road, there has been a great demand for kinnow over oranges. Kinnow sells between Rs 24 to Rs 30 per dozen in the retail market.
Parking at railway station costly
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — The paid parking lots at the city Railway station are overcharging. The fixed rate of parking vehicle for less than four hours is Rs 4, but they charge Rs 5 to Rs 10, depending on the will of the parking contractor.
CICU concerned over illegal import of yarn
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — The Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings has expressed concern over the plight of the textile industry as it has been camouflaged by the illicit incoming of acrylic fibre and yarn via Nepal resulting into unprecedented recession and uncertain break down in the consistency in the production activities of the industry.
Closure of meat plant opposed
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — Several farmers have opposed the closure of the meat processing plant at Dera Bassi. Some of the progressive farmers of Punjab who attended the convention on “Agrarian Crises in Punjab in view of the WTO”, at the PAU expressed resentment over the closure of the plant.
Buses checked to detect octroi evasion
Ludhiana, Jan 5 — In a bid to check large-scale octroi evasion here, staff of the Municipal Corporation have resorted to checking of private deluxe buses, plying during the night.
Phones play hookey
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — Nearly 1,600 phones in the city are dead following a snag in the underground cables of the Telecom Department. It is learnt the snag occurred due to digging done by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board and HFCL Infotel Ltd, which are laying sewerage pipes and telephone lines, respectively, in the city.
Mandi Gobindgarh residents seek train halt
LUDHIANA, Jan 5 — The business community of Mandi Gobindgarh, known as the Steel Town, has submitted a memorandum to the Minister for Railways, Ms Mamta Banerjee, today demanding the stoppage of Superfast Train nos. 1681DN and 1682 at Mandi Gobindgarh.