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Citizens commence work on Sukhdev memorial
Tribune News Service

The ancestral house of martyr Sukhdev Thapar in a dilapidated condition at Nau Ghara Mohalla
The ancestral house of martyr Sukhdev Thapar in a dilapidated condition at Nau Ghara Mohalla in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, February 18
City residents have set an example worth emulating by initiating the construction work of a memorial of Ghadar fame martyr Sukhdev Thapar at his ancestral house at Nau Ghara Mohalla.

The local Shaheed Sukhdev Yadgar Committee, today launched the construction of the memorial. It announced that it would be completed before March 23, the martyrdom day of the martyr. Without any assistance from any government agency, the committee under the aegis of the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee, Jalandhar, in collaboration with a Britain-based NRI organisation, the ‘Indian worker’s Association, has initiated the project.

The preservation work of the memorial was inaugurated here today by a kin of martyr, senior advocate Mohan Lal Jhanji and his nephew Bharat Bhushan Thapar. Dr Hardip Singh, convener of the Shaheed Sukhdev Yadgar Committee, in the presence of family members of Shaheed Sukhdev, said that the construction of the memorial would be done in a phased manner.

The work on the first phase started today. The front of the house will be renovated and a statue of the martyr will be installed. In the second phase, a memorial gate will also be constructed at the historic Mohalla Naughara. A memorial gate will be erected at the entry to Nau Ghara at Chaura Bazar.

Mr Thapar, while addressing the gathering, said that he was sore over the attitude of the state government who had not bothered to do anything about the preservation. Dr Hardip appealed to all organisations and individuals to cooperate with the NGO.

While the inauguration was in the progress, tenants living in the house created a scene there. Though Dr Hardip Singh had already said that they would not displace the poor family living inside the house, the woman, presently occupying the house, tried to stop the work on the memorial. She was seen protesting against the construction at the site. Dr Hardip Singh assured her once again that the NGO would first make arrangements to rehabilitate her before getting the house vacated.

Sukhdev, who was executed alongwith Bhagat Singh and Rajguru, was born in the Chaura Bazar area called Nau Ghara in the city. While the house remained unknown to anybody till three years ago, the Thapars of the city set up a trust named Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Memorial Trust to look after the historical place and to create awareness among people about the martyr. The Thapars and the district administration then decided to set a memorial at his birthplace. It was another matter that nothing came out of it so far.



Shivaratri celebrated with fervour
Our Correspondent

Long queues at the Sanglawala Shivala Temple on the occasion of Shivaratri, in Ludhiana
Long queues at the Sanglawala Shivala Temple on the occasion of Shivaratri, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari

''Bhang ki tikki'' being sold on the occasion of Shivaratri
''Bhang ki tikki'' being sold on the occasion of Shivaratri in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Blooming Kindergarten dressed up as Lord Shiva and Parvati during the Shivaratri celebrations in Ludhiana
Students of Blooming Kindergarten dressed up as Lord Shiva and Parvati during the Shivaratri celebrations in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Ludhiana, February 18
Shivaratri was celebrated with usual religious fervour and devotion in the city today.
Devotees started thronging the ancient Sanglan Wala Shivalaya in the old city and several other Shiva temples of the city since early morning they offered water, milk and “ber” to Lord Shiva at the shivalingams on the occasion. There were long queues of devotees awaiting their turn to make their offerings, at Sanglan Wala Shivalaya.

Langars were held all over the town where Bhang pakoras and other preparations were served. Sales at liquor shops also went up as booze lovers celebrated the festival by guzzling the heady stuff.

Today being a holiday, migrants turned out in large numbers at the cinema halls which did brisk business.

A big shobha yatra was taken out from the Daresi grounds in the afternoon by the Shivaratri Mahotsav Committee yesterday.

Several tableaux, hundreds of schoolchildren and hymn-singing parties took part in the shobha yatra.

Meanwhile, students of Blooming Kindergarten of New SMD celebrated Shivaratri Mahotsav here on Wednesday.

Little ones dressed as Shankar and Parvati came to school and the celebrated the occasion under the guidance of their teacher, Ms Rashmi. The Shankars were made to sit on the pendulum decorated with flowers. The Parvatis then performed ‘aarti’ of Shankars. The school manager also performed the ‘aarti’ of Shiva, the Lord of decency, decorum and destruction.

Mr R.C. Godayal, Principal, said the toddlers about Lord Shiva.

MANDI AHMEDGARH: Shivaratri was celebrated in various temples of the town and surrounding villages.

Devotees started pouring at the local Shiv Mandir, Shri Ram Mandir, Sat Narayan Mandir, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Geeta Bhavan and Shiv Mandir at Pohir, Chhapar, Barundi and Kanganwal villages. “Bhang” and fruits were distributed among devotees. Shiv Bhajan were recited and jagran was organised at Pohir.

Besides religious organisation, some social organisations also organised “bhandaras”. The CB Welfare Association and the Cattle Feed Manufacturers Association organised “bhandara” at Grain Market.



‘System’ foils initiative of foreign builders
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 18
The visit of representatives of four Malaysian construction companies in the city on Tuesday to assess the possibility of creating infrastructure like elevated roads, developing residential and commercial complexes, ring roads is not likely to bear fruits. Thanks to bureaucratic and political hurdles nothing concrete was expected to come out of it.

It was officially stated that the team of Malaysian builders, comprising representatives of PGI Overseas Limited, Binari Housing System, ACPI Company and Syarikat Makhan Lal, was on a visit to the city on the invitation of Minister of State for Jails, Housing and Urban Development Mr Malkiat Singh Beermi.

After visiting a number of sites for development projects, the team held discussions with City Mayor Nahar Singh Gill, MC Commissioner S.K. Sharma, Additional Director-General of Police (Jails) A.P. Bhatnagar and Additional Chief Administrator Rakhi Gupta Bhandari.

Informed sources, however, told Ludhiana Tribune that such visits of foreign builders or consortia of companies, including NRI’s, keen on investing in infrastructure development are not translated into deeds. Once the foreign companies or consortia are exposed to red tape, babudom and the wrangles of licensing, controls and corruption they make a hasty retreat.

“Moreover, even if the decision is taken at the highest level by the state government or by PUDA, the Local Government Department or the State Infrastructure Development Board for execution of any development project, it can not simply be offered to any particular company under the rules,” maintained the sources. Each and every project, to be executed by government departments or local bodies, was governed by relevant rules and had to be advertised. Technical and financial bids are to be invited before the work was allotted to the lowest bidder, who should be, otherwise, technically competent.

The sources further maintained that due to massive financial involvement in the infrastructural development projects and the stringent rules governing award of contracts, it would be too much to expect anything to materialise from the visit of the Malaysian builders.

Even for those projects coming up under ‘build, operate and transfer’ (BOT) in many towns and cities of Punjab, it was mandatory for the department concerned to provide equal opportunities to all bidders. 



Legal notice to BSNL on Sikh jokes
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, February 18
Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor, a former Pro Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, and Administrator of the Chief Khalsa Diwan, has served a legal notice on the Secretary, Government of India, the Department of Communication, the Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), and the General Manager, BSNL, Ludhiana in protest against joke line “Sardarji jokes”, describing the jokes as derogatory, insulting and humiliating for the Sikh community. He has sought strict punishment for officers responsible for launching this joke service and an apology from them.

The notice says that the BSNL is running telecom network throughout India, including Ludhiana, and started the joke line with effect from December 12, 2003, in which there are insulting jokes in English about the Sikh community under the heading “Sardarji jokes”.

Citing some of the jokes, the notice alleges that the jokes indicate that an institution of the Government of India is out to humiliate insult, defame and annoy the entire Sikh community in a planned manner and there is resentment amongst the community about the jokes.

The notice state that it does not behove the Government of India and organisations like the BSNL to record such jokes with an intention to insult the Sikh community and humiliate them regarding their educational, intellectual, psychological understandings and other senses.

The action of the BSNL was against the spirit of the Constitution of India, said Prof Prithipal Singh Kapoor.



Ikwinder’s family to continue fight 
Tribune News Service

Kalsan (Raikot), February 18
The family of alleged dowry-death victim, Ikwinder Kaur, has decided to knock the doors of judiciary again to seek justice after the police refused to lodge an FIR against her in-laws citing jurisdiction problems.

Shocked at the advice given by legal experts on the basis of which the police ruled out lodging the FIR, the family has expressed its determination to fight the case to a logical conclusion.

“The decision of the police is wrong. Dowry harassment started here and the victim’s mother-in-law, Amrik Kaur, was a co-conspirator, even though she was living here,” said Mr Keval Kaushik, Delhi-based lawyer of the victim’s family.

He said Amrik Kaur was the first to inform the family about Ikwinder Kaur's death and was in the know-how of things all the time. He said the woman had informed victim’s father Karnail Singh that Ikwinder had died in an accident whereas her husband claimed she committed suicide.

Karnail Singh, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune at his residence here today, said the decision of the police was a setback but they would continue their fight for justice. “We now have a social purpose. If we succeed in spreading awareness about such cases, more girls would be saved” he said.

The Jagraon police had yesterday declined the plea of the Ikwinder Kaur’s parents of registration of a case against her Manila based husband for want of jurisdiction. It also announced that no case was possible against the victim’s mother-in-law, Amrik Kaur, who lived in Dakha village here as she had never been to Manila and was not present at the scene of the alleged crime.



Repair of jail wall begins
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
The repair of the 100-feet breach in the wall of Central Jail here finally began today with masons laying the foundation for the wall. The work began following a promise made to the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the State Prisons Department in this connection.

The breach which was not attended for more than a year become a cause of concern for the jail authorities. The Ludhiana Tribune had highlighted the security threat because of the broken wall after the Burail jailbreak incident. The jail authorities had written to the state government and the District and Sessions Judge here to take up the work.

Mr Jagjit Singh, Superintendent, Central Jail, said the State Public Works Department had undertaken the construction work of the wall. The work would be completed in six weeks. A contract of Rs 5 lakh has been given to a contractor.



PCTE boy bags top rank in BCA
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 18
Aman Sethi, a BCA student of the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), has bagged overall first position in the 2000-03 batch of Punjab Technical University.
Aman Sethi has won a gold medal by scoring 3,635 marks out of 4200. Munish Dhawan from the same college has been declared fourth with 3610 marks and Rajiv Logani has stood on overall sixth rank with 3558 marks.

Dr K.N.S. Kang, Director, PCTE, has congratulated the students. He said this was the second time that a student from this college had bagged a gold medal in the BCA. Aman Sethi said this was due to hard work and commitment towards the studies.

Meanwhile, the silver medal in BCA for overall second position in the outgoing batch has gone to Supriya Jain of the Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT), and Ritika Gupta of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management.



105-year-old granny passes away
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, February 18
After living through three centuries and spending 105 years on this planet, the oldest granny of Samana, a small town near Patiala, passed off peacefully at her residence in Samana on Sunday.

Atma Devi, the oldest granny of town, was born in 19th century, lived through the 20th century and died in 21st century. She was born on September 7, 1899, and saw the advent of two centuries during her lifetime.

She was born at Dhandari Kalan in Ludhiana and was a freedom fighter besides being a staunch supporter of khadi movement. She even wore khadi on her wedding. The town would bid adieu to the departed soul on February 20 when her bhog ceremony would be organised at Aggarwal Dharamshala at Samana. She is survived by a son and a daughter, six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Her son, Mr Sadhu Ram, an eminent educationist and social worker of Samana town, while recalling the time of her life said that her secret to longevity was hard work and ‘lassi’ (buttermilk). He said that not even a single day passed when she did not have lassi. She used to do all her chores herself. She was not dependent on anybody despite her old age. He further said that she had never consumed sugar in her lifetime. She had never taken sweet tea. She used to cut down on salt intake also.

He said that till the last fortnight of her life she was quite active. She died of high blood pressure followed by renal failure. Recalling her days of yore he said that Atma Devi was an unsung propagator of khadi movement started by Mahatama Gandhi in the country before the nation got freedom. He said that she wore khadi on her wedding day and even took khadi with her to her inlaws house as a bride. She impressed upon many other people in her life to discard foreign made stuff and go for khadi.

Raja Malwinder Singh, younger brother of Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh has mourned the death.



New mobile handsets launched
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, February 18
LG Electronics launched two new mobile set models in the GSM segment, G7100 and G3100 here today.
Launching the handsets, Mr Praveen Valecha, product group head, mobile phones, said the hand sets were unique in features and price range. The company would launch more models for all segments of the market. “In addition, we will also introduce new models in the colour phone segment,” he added.

He said LG would focus on a unique retail partnership approach with network of more than 400 retail partners across the country.

According to Mr Vipul Shah, zonal head, Punjab, LG has elicited a positive response in the country. “Punjab is a key market for the company and has always shown encouraging response to our products. In fact, this has encouraged us to initiate a fresh and aggressive retail thrust for our mobile business,” he said.

Clothe dryer: IFB has launched India’s first fully automatic 100 per cent clothe dryer. Ideal for winters and rainy season, the new product would also get rid of the dampness related problem of unsettling odour in clothes.

According to a company official, the dryer will be available in two temperature settings, regular for heavy and durable garments such as towels and bed sheets and delicate for garments prone to shrinking like synthetics and undergarments. “The unique air flow system of the dryer ensures that clothes are relatively crease free so even ironing becomes less of a hassle. In the unlikely event of the dryer overheating, the temperature activator safety cutout device takes over.”

Weighing approximately 26 kg, the dryer has the maximum capacity of 5.5 kg of dry clothes and is equipped with an electro mechanical-timer.


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