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Valaya keen to work with Ludhiana industry
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Leading fashion designer J.J.Valaya feels the textile industry in Ludhiana needs to tie up with leading designers to cater the high-end fashion market. He said he would welcome such an opportunity from industrialists here.

“If I get a person here who understands high fashion, I would love to work with him,” he said.

Valaya said fashion designers needed to explore opportunities in diverse areas- be it movies, global fashion or domestic markets.

“Practically, one should exercise creativity and work hard and make efforts to grab opportunities instead of waiting for them to come one’s way,” he said, adding that “even I was a student and initially, the going is tough. Creativity needs to be pursued with passion.”

He said the industry’s initiative to come out with professional training institutes was a welcome move which needed to be encouraged. “If you are talking about NIFT or IIT that have become brands, I agree they have churned out excellent professionals but we cannot deny that you are talking about the time when there was monopoly. The new institutes that are coming up are providing excellent facilities and training on a par with international standards,” he said.

Talking about pret, he said the day was not far when pret couture would be affordable to all. “The fashion designing industry has witnessed tremendous changes in the past decade or so. India today is visible on the global map and designers are working towards making their collections available to all,” he said.

On questions being raised on the success of fashion weeks in India, Valaya said Indian fashion weeks were turning out to be as successful as fashion weeks across the globe. “Every fashion week launches a collection six months prior to its marketing. Even in India it is so. The response is excellent. It would be unjust to say that fashion weeks here are not successful,” he said.

With over 16 years of experience, the designer, who is known for his knack to combine colours and silhouettes, has had successful solo shows in New York, London, Paris, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and several cities in India.



Rail barrier set up
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 2
The Northern Railways has finally installed a railway barrier at the crossing near Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar. Three persons lost their lives in a train-car collision on Saturday last.

The barrier became functional last evening much to the relief of residents of Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar, Baba Deep Singh Nagar and several other colonies. Just after the accident the residents had blocked the Ludhiana-Hisar train for over three hours.

Another group of residents mainly belonging to Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar was however pressing for the installation of the railway barrier at the 66-feet road site. Dispute between the two groups had delayed the installation of the barrier causing numerous accidents.



Sophomores confused over syllabi
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, August 2
Even as 20 days have passed since the new academic session started in colleges, teachers and students of some particular subjects are either doubtful or ignorant about the syllabus.

A major portion of the syllabus of BA II history has been found missing while that of political science has been added in the syllabi for BA and BSc (general) second year examination 2006 released by Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Prof Williamjit Singh, Head of History Department, GNN College, Doraha, told this correspondent that “while in the appendix of the syllabus book the syllabus of history has been mentioned at page No.57, but page Nos. 57 and 58 are nowhere to be found. Only a part of the syllabus is contained on page No. 59. In such a case it becomes very difficult to decide whether to carry on with the old book or to wait for a new one.”

Teachers and students of political science are facing a similar problem. Prof Gursharan Kaur, head of the postgraduate Department of Political Science, while expressing resentment over the callous attitude of the university officials said, “In the syllabi of BA II examination there are two separate syllabi for the same class. Two pages marked 60 contain the syllabus for 2006 and they are completely different. We are confused in the absence of an intimation from the university.”

The head of the English Department, Prof Mohinder Kaur, said in a letter from the university to the colleges it had been indicated that the syllabi for BA II and BA III classes of English (compulsory) will remain the same as last year. “But according to the latest edition of the poetry book ,“The Silent Song ”, meant for BA III (compulsory) English students, eight new poems have been added to the existing 15. As there is no intimation from the university, we are at a loss to understand which book to follow. Further, the syllabus of BA I English (compulsory) has still not arrived,” she added.



Dullo to form panels
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 2
The newly-nominated President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, today said that the Congress government in Punjab, headed by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, was committed towards the welfare of all sections of society and all-round development in the state.

Mr Dullo was addressing party functionaries and workers at the Samrala Chowk here.

Outlining his plans for the reorganisation of the party right up to the grass-roots level, he said ward-level committees in towns and cities and village level coordination committees would be set up in the state to propagate the policies, programmes and achievements of the ruling Congress. Depending on the size of the village or wards, the committees would have 11 to 31 members each.

Mr Davar said that the new PPCC President had risen to this status from an ordinary worker of the party which had enthused the party workers. He said it was solely due to close associates of Beant Singh like Mr Dullo that the people of Punjab had seen the last of dark days of terrorism and were living in peace.

Mr Dimple Rana, president, District Youth Congress, Mr Ramesh Joshi, secretary, PPCC, Mr Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Mr Sushil Parashar, Mr Ashok Parashar Pappi, Mr Jasbir Singh Chadha, Mr Sanjay Talwar, Ms Malkiat Kaur, Mr Rajinder Soi, Mr Varinder Joshi, Mr Ashok Makkar and Mr Pawan Mehta were also present.



50 jaundice cases
Our Correspondent

Mandi Gobindgarh
A door-to-door survey was conducted on Tuesday by the Civil Surgeon, Fatehgarh Sahib, Dr Harkirtanpal Singh Sandhu, the District Health Officer, Dr Inderjit Singh Dhaliwal, the senior medical officer, Dr Avtar Singh Bhullar, along with medical staff at Sham Nagar, Vikas Nagar, Nasrali, Adarsh Nagar and other jaundice-affected areas of Mandi Gobindgarh. As many as 50 cases of jaundice and other water-borne diseases were detected. Local councillors Suresh Babli and Harchand Singh Nasrali accompanied the team.



Sarabha Nagar roads bad
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
More than a year after roads were dug to lay sewer line in Sarabha Nagar, these are yet to be recarpeted even as rains have compounded the problem.
After heavy rains in the city yesterday, the uncarpeted roads caved in, causing problems for commuters. The residents had to put up signboards on the roads to warn commuters.

“It was during last monsoon that the roads were dug up. We had protested then also against the digging up of the roads as the monsoon was around the corner. These have not been repaired even after a year,” said an angry resident.

“We have suffered throughout the year due to bad roads. The shockers of our cars have also been damaged, but the civic body prefers not to listen to us. ”

The residents had launched a signature campaign, demanding that these roads should be repaired soon but this also fell on deaf ears. “I think out area should be rechristened as Sarabha village instead of Sarabha Nagar,” said another resident.

Last year, roads on Sarabha Nagar and BRS Nagar were dug up to lay sewer. The roads in BRS Nagar were recarpeted before the monsoon this year but that in posh Sarabha Nagar are yet to get the same treatment. 



Guru Nanak’s b’day to be celebrated as tourism day
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab has thanked UNESCO for conferring the Asia Pacific Heritage Award to the historical gurdwara at Lakhpat in Kutch district of Gujarat.

It was built in the memory of Guru Nanak Dev who stayed there for one night. The association has decided to celebrate tourism day on the birthday of Guru Nanak Dev every year.

Mr N.S.Nanda, president of the association, said more stress should be laid upon the promotion of religious and domestic tourism. He asked the Punjab and Himachal Governments to build a ropeway between Naina Devi and Anandpur Sahib for religious tourists.



Dadar Express cancelled
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 2
Commuters travelling between Amritsar and Patiala have been put to inconvenience as the Dadar Express - the only mail train running between these stations- has been tentatively cancelled till August 6.

According to Railway sources, the train has been cancelled due to heavy rains in Mumbai.

As a result of the cancellation, thousands of commuters on the Ludhiana-Dhuri- Patiala stretch, have to take an alternative mode . Since this is the lone train connecting Ludhiana, Jallandhar and Amritsar directly with Patiala , hundreds of businessmen have also been affected.

Commuter Gulzar Mohammad says ,instead of cancelling the train ,its run could have been limited between Delhi and Amritsar.



Gas agency owner booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
The Jagraon police has registered a case against a gas agency owner for violating LPG control order.
According to officials of the District Food and Supplies Controller, a check was carried out at the outlets of four gas agencies in the city following directions from Food and Supply Minister Avtar Henry in this connection.

Following this, officials recommended the registration of a case against M/s Sidhu Gas Agency. The agency had empty cylinders unaccounted for. The owner was also not giving a rebate of Rs 8 for ex-godown delivery. In addition to this, no identity cards had been issued to the delivery boys of the distributor.

On the premises of M/s Jagraon Gas Agency fire extinguishers were not functional and the weighing scales had not been calibrated since June by the Weights and Measurement Department. A notice has been issued in this regard. At Randhawa Gas Agency, Kaunke Kalan, the officials found that the weighing scales of this agency too had not been calibrated for the past many months. Notice for the same was issued. The departments concerned and the oil companies would be asked to initiate action against the defaulters.

The officials said the Food and Supply Minister had stated that the rebate for ex-godown delivery should be prominently displayed at the office and godown premises.


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