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Iron trader stabbed, Rs 1.85 lakh looted
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
A Mandi Gobindgarh-based iron trader was literally stabbed in the back by his friend. He was robbed of Rs 1.85 lakh after being stabbed nearly 15 times by three armed robbers, including a friend, on the outskirts of Baheru village near Doraha late last night.

The man was left for dead by the robbers. He, however, showed grit and determination and walked to a petrol pump half a mile away and managed to reach a hospital in Khanna.

The victim, Gurmeet Singh, was shifted to DMC hospital today morning in critical condition. One of the alleged robbers, Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Neo Majri village in Khanna, was the victim’s friend and used to frequent his house also.

According to Mr Surjit Singh, a close relative of the victim, the iron trader was returning to Mandi Gobindgarh from Doraha after collecting the payment from his clients. He met Jaswinder Singh, a taxi driver, on the GT Road. Jaswinder invited him to travel in his car.

There were two other passengers in the car. Jaswinder told Gurmeet that he would drop the passengers in some village and then they would head towards his home.

However, near Baheru village, they attacked the trader and looted the money.

He was stabbed at least 15 times. Police sources said the robbers tried to kill him as he knew Jaswinder.

However, providence helped the man when the robbers fled after seeing lights of some vehicle from a distance. The vehicle driver, however, could not see the victim lying on the side of the road. Mr Surjit Singh said, the well-built victim gained consciousness after some time and managed to reach a petrol pump on the road.

From there, he called up his family members. The petrol pump staff helped him by shifting him to a hospital in Khanna.

The victim was operated upon by the DMC doctors today afternoon and was stated to be in a serious condition.

“We are more shocked at the treachery of his friend than over the loss of money ’’ said the relatives.

Police sources said the incident seemed to be a planned robbery. They said Jaswinder, being the victim’s friend, knew about the collection of payment and had hatched the conspiracy to loot him. The police is conducting raids to nab the culprits.



Rental business boom in city
Vimal Sumbly
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
While migrant labourers from different parts of the country, particularly Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, are earning their livelihood here, they are also contributing to the local economy in reasonable proportions. It is estimated that on an average migrant labourers are paying at least Rs 20 crore as rent to landlords in the city. The estimates are said to be conservative and the amount may touch even Rs 30 crore during the peak season. This makes it an over Rs 300 crore business annually.

When the turnover happens to be on such a large scale no wonder a number of people join the business of providing rented accommodation to the migrant labourers. A large number of houses, called jaal locally, have already come up in the city suburbs where the migrant labourers are putting up. The jaals consist of about 50 to 100 rooms. Some of these are much bigger comprising 200 rooms.

Each room costs about Rs 300 to Rs 400 a month and shared by at least two or three labourers. Some rooms are even shared by six, who work in different shifts. A simple house with 100 rooms fetches Rs 30,000 to 40,000 for the owner. But compared to the handsome returns landlords do not provide much facilities to the tenants. There are only a few bathrooms and toilets and no kitchens.

The congestion leads to poor sanitation. But the labourers seem to be prepared for it.

Ram Lal Yadav of Samastipur district in Bihar, has been living in such a room in Jamalpur area for the past 12 years. He has been sharing the room with three labourers. Ram Lal said, “the surrroundings hardly matters .Usually I work for 12 hours, spend a few hours outside and come here only to sleep”, adding that “I am too tired to take note of anything...besides I have to pay only Rs 100 per month.”

The landlords seldom visit these jaals. They appoint some representative who collects rent. It is not only the local people but even people from Jalandhar, Ferozepore, Jagraon and Moga have constructed jaals here.

One such landlord disclosed that they found migrant labourers very good in business dealings. “Whether they have the money for food or not, they will ensure that they pay the rent on time,” said Mr Bajinder Singh of Ferozepore, who owns about 50 rooms. He added that usually all rooms in his jaal remain occupied.



Awaiting birth and death certificates
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Their application for a birth certificate has proved to be a jinx for them. Since the day they applied for a birth certificate it has been eluding them.
This is the plight of some city residents who were instrumental in helping the district administration in unearthing a major scandal in the office of SDM (East) and Local Registrar, Births and Deaths, Municipal Corporation, in which some employees of the office had allegedly forged the signatures of former SDM (E) Bhawna Garg and minted money by preparing fake certificates.

The residents for no fault of theirs were at the receiving end because they depended on an agent to get their work done. They are moving from pillar to post to get their certificates prepared afresh to prove that they had no role in the scandal.

But even after a year of repeated visits to the offices’ concerned they have not been able to get the certificates despite the fact that they have got their applications verified from the SDM concerned. To add to their miseries many of them had to produce birth certificates to some foreign embassies to migrate and some of them had to submit the death certificates in legal matters.

Most of these residents did not wish to come on record, fearing that their work would be delayed further. One of them Mr Balkrishan, a hosiery industrialist, came on record after much persuasion by TNS. He had applied for a birth certificate of his daughter who was married to a boy in Italy. For migration she required a birth certificate.

Mr Balkrishan hired the services of an agent by paying him Rs 1,700. The agent had assured him that he would provide the certificate within 15 days. He received the certificate, but to his disgust he received a communication from the SDM’s office that his certificate was fake and hence cancelled.

Although no case was registered against him by the police, his daughter has not been able to migrate.

“We have to submit it by October 30. If we fail to do so the entire process of preparing the papers will start again. Her union with her husband is getting delayed for none of her fault, "said Mr Balkrishan.

Her case had been cleared by former SDM Harjinder Singh and present SDM Prem Chand and referred to the Registrar, Births and Deaths.

“I have visited the SDM and Registrar’s office a number of times, but in vain. What should I do now, I fail to understand,” he added. The scandal involving the certificates had been unearthed a year ago. 



Dengue claims another life in city
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 21
Batko, a 40-year-old migrant labourer, who was admitted to the Civil Hospital yesterday with symptoms of dengue, died here last night. The deceased was an anaemic and was brought to the hospital in serious condition. Dengue has claimed four lives so far.

Dr Manjit Kaur, Senior Medical Officer, Civil Hospital, said Batko was given two units of blood in a few hours but still could not survive. At present more than seven dengue patients are admitted at the hospital. “Daily two-three patients having similar symptoms are reported at the hospital,” she said.

More than 30 cases of dengue have been reported at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in the past 24 hours. With this the total number of cases reported from Ludhiana has increased to 296. More than 480 cases of dengue have been reported at DMCH so far, of which 239 have already been discharged.

These cases have been reported from various areas, including Durga Puri, Haibowal Kalan, Madho Puri, Model Town, Prabhat Nagar, Civil Lines, Bhagwan Nagar, Focal Point, Kichlu Nagar, Giaspura, Millar Ganj, Haibowal Khurd, etc.

Dr Sandeep Puri, Medical Superintendent, DMCH, said the viral epidemic (dengue) has been recurring since 1996. “This year it has taken an epidemic form. It is basically a viral fever and the mosquito transmits this virus,” said Dr Puri.

A number of patients have also been admitted at Mohan Dai Cancer Hospital.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports suggest that thousands of city residents are suffering from dengue fever these days. 



A night of music, masti
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 21
Last night was full of fun, music and “masti” for Ludhianvis at the sprawling lawns of Sutlej Club, where Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi entertained them with his hit numbers. The musical evening was organised by Radiant Toyota to celebrate 1,000,000 cars on Indian roads.
The venue had been tastefully decorated.

Clad in white shirt and blue jeans, Jassi started the performance with Awwal allah noor upaye, a tribute to the Almighty and his gurus. His all-time hits challa and ik tara vajda were appreciated by the audience. He surprised the audience by singing Hindi numbers like dholi taro dhol baje, jai jai shiv shankar but the audience gave feeble response. Several lucky draws were held for the club members on the occasion.

Mrs and Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, were the chief guests on the occasion.




Whenever there are any pop-music performances, Ludhianvis expect their favourite pop-stars to be dressed in dazzling outfits. To have an impact on their audience, the female and male pop-stars always try to be ‘heavily’ dressed with leather jeans, jackets, shimmery gowns, colourful turbans etc. But last night at Sutlej Club, Ludhianvis were surprised to see the simplicity of their favourite Punjabi pop-star Jasbir Jassi. The singer looked like just any other ordinary man, wearing plain white shirt and blue jeans. One of the girls, who was eagerly waiting for her favourite singer to come on the stage, when she saw Jassi, said: “Oh my God, he is so simple. I could never imagine pop-stars to be so sober”.

Weather blues

The weather is causing a serious concern for many in the city. While many people are jubilant that the summers and all its associated problems are over, there are the elders who dread the approaching winters. But between this changeover there are many from among the young and the old who have been caught by the changing weather and fallen prey to illnesses like coughs and colds. From eye flue to cough and colds, people now feel that they have to live with diseases that remain despite a change in the season.

Cheers for city MC

On many occasion, dignitaries are honoured for their outstanding contribution to society. But the most prominent among them in recent times has been Mr S.K. Sharma, Municipal Commissioner of the city, who has been receiving accolades from various quarters for achievements that include turning cash deficit corporation into a cash surplus body having funds of Rs 28 crore for various projects. His praise started by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has continued from Governor Justice O.P. Verma and Mr A.P. Pandey, Punjab’s Vigilance Chief. This has raised people’s expectations from Mr Sharma who was recently awarded the manager of the year by the Ludhiana Management Association.

Clubs or gambling dens?

The elite clubs of the city (including the ladies clubs) have become favourite places for gambling for city residents these days. To celebrate “good Divali”, gentlemen as well as the ladies, finish all their ‘assignments’ before noon and then its time for cards. Proper tables are laid and enthusiastic card lovers make it a point to be on their seats well in time. During their sessions, they are served with plenty of drinks and eatables. Thousands or even lakhs of rupees are exchanged by Ludhianvis during the festival of lights. Indeed, an elite way to celebrate the festival, isn’t it?

Abi to mein jawan hoon

It was fun time for the hoteliers and restaurateurs who had gathered here to celebrate an evening together. The people who provide entertainment to others round the clock round the year had taken out some time for themselves. And among them happened to be some jolly fellows like Mr N.S. Nanda, president of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab, and many veterans of the hotel industry. With due respect to their age, they never let anyone feel that they were in any way less enthusiastic than their younger counterparts. And Mr Nanda is always poetic and jovial. He and his elderly colleagues enthralled the audience not only with their dance but with romantically beautiful couplets. It reminded one of the famous Malika Pukhraj number, ‘Abhi to mein jawan hoon’........

Darr di Rabb Rabb kar di

‘Darr di Rabb Rabb kar di’, ‘loki kende chhoyi mooyi’........ His own popular number might be haunting the fugitive pop singer Daler Menhdi. Although he happens to be on the run, his numbers continue to be played at all parties. Only recently during a Divali party at Satluj Club, the organisers tuned in the Darr di number. Although a coincidence, people howled and whistled over the number as it happened to fit the famous singer’s present plight.


Most ministers like themselves to be honoured by the general public. But they hardly write it on paper. Recently, when the Minister of Agriculture, Republic of Nigeria, visited Punjab Agricultural University, he was told to write his remarks on a visitor’s book. He asked for a pen. He was given a red pen but he refused to accept it for he said that only the President of his country could write with it. He asked for a green pen as he said that all ministers wrote with it in Nigeria. In his note he thanked the university authorities for his cooperation. When he wrote his designation in the end, it said “Honourable Minister of Agriculture”.


The audience of Ludhiana seems difficult to be impressed. This at least appeared so in the Jassi nite held in a club last night. Jassi began with a prayer and then continued with some slow Punjabi songs which failed to enthuse the crowds. While there was a huge dance floor, not a single couple turned up on the stage to dance to his tunes for almost first two hours. He even sang some Hindi numbers which too failed to impress the crowds who preferred to keep themselves busy with food and other activities. Even the kids who are the first to take to dance were found sleeping here and there.

Discredited credit cards

These days the credit card business seems to be a flourishing one. All the leading banks and financial institutions have hired hundreds of people to seek applications from people interested in credit cards. Almost every day there is a representative from one institution or the another coming with the offer promising so much. But regretfully there are certain categories who remain discredited for the credit card companies. It is learnt that these institutions and banks have an unwritten law that journalists, lawyers and the police personnel are not to be issued credit cards for the reasons best known to them (the financial institutions and the banks). But this does not seem to deter the representatives from filing the applications from these categories.

Lustreless gold

Those planning to buy 22 carat gold jewellery this festival season, beware. For they can be taken for a ride by jewellers. Many women have already had a taste of it. When many of them had bought designer jewellery to win admiring glances they were shocked to learn that the gold they were wearing were much less than 22 carat. They happened to go to a jeweller who had a meter to test the purity of gold. But then nothing could be done. Now these women are spearheading a campaign through word of mouth in making others careful while buying a jewellery. Now they are demanding that such meters should be installed at every jewellers’ shop. Sentinel



Lok Bhalai Party raises voice against human trafficking
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
The Lok Bhalai Party (LBP) has urged the government to book the Punjabi singers, travel agents and political leaders involved in human-trafficking racket for the past many years.

Mr Paramjit Singh Sidhwan, general secretary of the unit, said the involvement of top singers in the racket had exposed how youth were taken by the performers as a part of their troupes and were left behind. Similarly, political and spiritual leaders too were involved in this racket as there had been instances of persons being taken for discourses or as part of these leaders personal staff and allowed to slip away.

He said their party was on the forefront of exposing such figures and their campaign had been vindicated with the arrest of certain prominent singers. “We have been pressing the government to make the penalties against such offenders more stringent so that it could be a deterrent for others”, he added.

The recent developments had also cast their shadow on the prospects of genuine immigrants since the embassies were now viewing all applications with suspicion. The image of Indians too has taken a beating globally with even established artistes being asked to furnish additional details. In many cases, the concerts had to be cancelled disappointing Indian audiences abroad, he added.

The party has also highlighted the plight of more than 50, 000 families who were victims of the travel agents. “We urge the government to establish fast track courts to deal with such cases and will soon submit a list of fraudulent travel agents all over the state. It is sad that the youth are crazy for settling abroad and even force their families to sell whatever land they possess”, he lamented.

The government should also take steps to get the property of such offenders, who have amassed huge amounts of money, attached so that it could be auctioned to pay back the hard-earned money of the victims.



VHP men burn Mulayam’s effigy
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
Workers of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and other organisations today staged a demonstration against the alleged high handedness of the Uttar Pradesh Government in dealing with kar sevaks on October 17 at Ramsevakpuram near Ayodhya. They submitted a memorandum, addressed to the President, to the Deputy Commissioner, demanding the dismissal of the Mulayam Singh government. They also burnt an effigy of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.

Expressing disappointment over the indifference of the Central Government, the memorandum urged the President to call a special session of Parliament so that a law was enacted and the entire Ramjanambhoomi complex handed over to the Ramjanambhoomi Nyas in wake of the findings of the Archaeological Survey of India.

The VHP activists alleged that the Mulayam Singh government had yet again unleashed a reign of terror on unarmed and peaceful kar sevaks who had come from different parts of the country. They said the Uttar Pradesh Government was playing with the sentiments of the people and demanded the dismissal of officials who had allegedly misbehaved with Mr Ashok Singhal.



Functions on Police Commemoration Day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 21
The Police Commemoration Day was observed at various places in the district here today. Impressive functions were organised at Ludhiana, Jagraon, and Khanna.

The day is observed in the memory of policemen killed on duty in 1959 at the Indo-China border in an encounter with Chinese forces.

A parade was held at Police Lines, here. The function was presided over by Mr Narinder Pal  Singh, SSP, Ludhiana, and attended by officers, SHOs and police personnel from all units of the district.

The contingent, led by Mr B.S. Dhillon, DSP, Shanewal, paid tributes to martyrs. Mr Arun Pal Singh, SSP Headquarters, Ludhiana, read out the names of 956 martyrs, who had laid down their lives while on duty.

This was followed by wreath-laying ceremony at the martyr’s memorial. About 100 families of martyrs attended the function and paid tributes. The officers interacted with the families during a function organised after the parade. Families were assured of all kinds of help by the authorities.

JAGRAON: In a function held at Police Lines, the Police Commemoration Day was observed. It was presided over by Mr Gurcharan Singh Galib, MP. Mr Gurdeep Singh Bhaini, ex-MLA, Mr D.S. Brar, general secretary, PPCC, and Mr M.S. Chhinna, SSP, laid wreaths.

Relatives of police martyrs also offered flowers. Mr M.S. Chhinna, SSP, while addressing the gathering, gave brief history of the day.

Mr Galib referred to the period of extremism in Punjab and the attack on Parliament in which Rapid Action Force-personnel had lost their lives. He also referred to the sacrifices made by Mr Beant Singh, a former Chief Minister, Punjab.

Widows and mothers of martyrs were also honoured during the function. Prominent among those present were Mr Gurmeet Singh, SDM, Mr Mohinder Singh Sidhwan, advocate, Mr Devinder Kathuria, president, Municipal Council, Mr Vijay Janji, Mr Shamsher Singh Dangian, Dr Deepak Kalyani and Dr Kanwaljit Singh.

KHANNA: A function was organised here to remember martyrs at the SSP office complex. The SSP, Khanna, Mr Kapil Dav, presided over the function and family members of martyrs were honoured on the occasion.

A three-day general medical check-up camp for police employees was organised at the SSP Office complex from October 16 to 18 under the supervision of the SSP, Khanna.

Police personnel were examined up by Dr Sudhir Sethi and Mr N.K. Singla, orthopaedic specialists, Dr V.K. Aggarwal, chest specialist, Dr S.P. Dhussa, medical specialist, Dr Suresh Verma, psychiatrist, Dr Ranjit Khanna and Dr Gulshan Rai.

As many as 665 police personnel were checked at the camp.

The Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, was the chief guest on the occasion. A de-addition seminar was also organised in association with Sant Daljit Singh Chhicagowale during the camp.



“Parbhat pheris” to mark Gurpurb
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 21
A meeting of the managing committee of Gurdwara Guru Nanak Dev Sat Sang Sabha, Guru Nanak Pura, Civil Lines, which was held last night decided to take out a series of “parbhat pheris” in connection with the birthday celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev ji, according to a press note issued here today.

The first “parbhat pheri” would start from the gurdwara and move through New Kundan Puri, Upkar Nagar, Deep Nagar, Chander Nagar and the Bindraban Road.

These would be taken out everyday till November 6.

An “akhand path” would start from November 6 at the gurdwara and a religious congregation would be held on November 8.

Mr Narain Singh, head sewadar, Mr Dharam Singh Khalsa, Mr Jaswant Singh, Mr Lakhdev Singh, Mr Paramjit Singh, Mr Harbhajan Singh Kapur and Mr Harjinder Singh were among those who attended the meeting.



2 women killed in road mishaps
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 21
On the statement of Mr Ajmer Singh, a resident of Indira Colony on the Chandigarh Road, the Focal Point police yesterday registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against an unidentified scooterist who hit his scooter in front of the Oswal Mill on Monday when he was going along with his wife. Ajmer Singh was injured and his wife died on the spot. However, no arrest has been made so far.

The Division Number 7 police registered a case under Sections 279,427 and 304-A of the IPC on the statement of Mr Rajinder Kumar, a resident of EWS Colony on the Chandigarh Road, against an unidentified driver of a Tata-407 vehicle who hit his scooter while he was going with his wife and his sister on Monday. While Rajinder Kumar and his wife suffered injuries, his sister Kamlesh Rani died on the spot. No arrest has been made so far.

Assault cases: The Haibowal police had registered a case under sections 454,506,323 and 34 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Sarban Kumar, a resident of Rajesh Nagar, against Suraj Kumar, a resident of Durga Puri, and Joginder Kumar, a resident of Haqiqat Nagar. The complainant had alleged that the accused came to his house on Monday and assaulted him. No arrest has been made so far.

Another case of alleged assault was registered at the same police station under sections 452, 454, 380, 323, 427, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Ankur Sahni, a resident of Durga Puri, against Sukhwinder Singh, Deepak, Yogal, Rozi and an unknown person accompanying them. The complainant had alleged that the accused came to at his house, and assaulted and threatened him. The accused also took away one gold chain, Rs 18,000 and also damaged some household items before leaving, added the complainant. No arrest has been made so far in this regard.

Booked for rape bid: The Focal Point police has registered a case under Sections 376, 511 and 342 of the IPC on the statement of Ms. Chand Muni Devi, a migrant woman from Bihar now living in Kanganwal village, against Sunil Kumar, a resident of the same village. The woman had alleged that the accused had tried to rape her five-year-old daughter on Monday.

Beggars held: The Division Number 3 police yesterday arrested Baba Laxmi Giri, a resident of Mohalla Sant Pura on the Dhuri Lines, Baba Kishori, Sidar and Vino Tati, all migrants from Bihar and booked them under section 283 of the IPC. The police said today the accused were begging on the road and were blocking the traffic.

Booked: The Kotwali police registered three cases under Section 283 of the IPC against some persons who were arrested yesterday on the charge of obstructing and jamming traffic in its area.

The first case was registered against Moti Lal, a migrant from Bihar, Rakesh Kumar, Ramesh Kumar Dasu Mukhiam, Ram Parkash, a resident of Islam Ganj and Anup Singh, a resident of Fatehgarh Churian village in Gurdaspur district. The police said today that the accused were sitting on the road at Girja Ghar chowk on Monday evening and were disrupting the movement of traffic.

Those arrested and booked in the second case have been identified as Raj Kumar, Ramesh Ram, Vinod Sharma, Suresh, Arvind Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Sanjay Singh, all migrants from UP and Bihar. The accused were sitting on the road near Raikhy Cinema chowk and blocking traffic, said the police.

The third case was registered against Amar Bahadur, Sarup Chand, Anil Kumar,Sukhdev, Pappu, Shan Bahadur and Murgesh, all migrants without an address in the city. They were arrested for sitting near the Lakkar Bridge and blocking the movements of traffic on Monday, the police said today.

Meter stolen: The Division Number 2 police yesterday registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC on the statement of Mr Davinder Pal Singh , a resident of Kitchlu Nagar, against some unidentified who entered his house by breaking open the lock and took away the electricity meter from there on the intervening night of October 1 and 2. No arrest has been made so far.

Shimla resident held: Rajinder Kumar, a resident of Cart Road, Shimla, was arrested by the Sahnewal police yesterday and booked under section 279 of the IPC and Section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act. The police said today that the accused was negligently driving a car near Katani Kalan village.

Gamblers held: The Division Number 7 police yesterday arrested Ajay Khanna, Lalit Kumar, Munish and Pawan Kumar, residents of Kirpal Nagar, while they were gambling and booked them under the Gambling Act. A sum of Rs 5,500 was recovered from their possession, added the police.

Liquor seized: The Model Town police arrested Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Shaheed Karnail Singh Nagar and seized 19 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession.

The Division Number 7 police arrested Parwinder Singh, a resident of Guru Arjan Dev Nagar and seized 17 bottles of illicit liquor from his possession.

Knife seized: The Division Number 2 police yesterday arrested Raju, who lives near the Jagraon Bridge and booked him under the Arms act after a kamanidar knife was recovered from his possession.



Air Canada organises road show
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 21
Air Canada today organised a road show in Ludhiana to create awareness about the start of daily non-stop flights from New Delhi to Toronto and destinations in USA. The road show was organised in Punjab keeping in view the increasing number of Punjabis travelling from Canada to India and back during the winter season.

The road show would also cover, Kapurthala, Ferozepore, Faridkot, Bathinda, Sangrur and Patiala apart from various other remote locations in Punjab.

Air Canada commenced its daily non-stop service seven days a week between New Delhi and Toronto from October 19.

This is the only non-stop link between North America and India and it will save five hours and offer travellers the convenience of early arrivals times that allow for connections to many key onwards destinations.

Air Canada is noted for the quality of its in-flight restaurant style service, all new-inflight entertainment, gracious service and spacious seats.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Ratindra Jang, General Manager — India, Air Canada, said, “With 60 per cent of traffic expected from Punjab and the festive season around the corner, the daily non-stop flight to Toronto will provide the much needed relief to the Canada and US bound travellers as the New Delhi -Toronto flight does away with the hassles of stopovers in Europe or Middle East.

The direct flight also saves the first time international travellers from any inconvenience even if they are travelling alone, particularly the aged travellers who would want to go to meet their relatives in Canada or USA. Furthermore, the flight features both Punjabi and Hindi speaking crew, Indian cuisine and Hindi films and music for entertainment.”

Air Canada flight AC051 leaves Toronto at 17.15 and arrives in New Delhi at 17.45 the next day with convenient connections to Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Colombo.

From Delhi, AC052 leaves at 01.10 and arrives in Toronto at 06.10 the same day providing customers convenient connections on Air Canada’s extensive network throughout North America.



‘Torans’ flood city markets
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 21
City residents are busy in their shopping spree for Divali. Markets at Gur Mandi, Ghumar Mandi, Model Town Market, Chaura Bazar etc are flooded with colourful ‘torans’ — welcome arches. Earlier, the torans came from Rajasthan and Gujarat but this year the markets are flooded with ‘torans’ of different designs and shapes from other areas too. These markets are showcasing at least hundreds of varieties of ‘torans’ ranging from Rs 60 onwards.

The ‘torans’ are made with cowrie shells, mirrors, tassels and using wide range of colours. They are also available in shiny papers to give different shapes. As one enters Gur Mandi, the shimmer and glitter of wall hangings, paper lamps just dazzle the shoppers. The variety in string hangings is just mind boggling. The rainbow-coloured strings makes the choice difficult and what baffles the customers is the varying prizes of the same article in different shops.

Candles specially the gel candles, in different shapes of glassware are stunning. The decorative candles with bunches of grapes attached to it just rivet the attention of the buyer. Small earthenpots with cuts filled with wax make nice ‘diyas’ for Divali puja.


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