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3 quintal of spurious ghee seized
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Residents should check the purity of desi ghee before buying it from the market, especially sweetmeat shops. A joint team of the Kotwali police and the district Food and Civil Supplies Department seized several tins containing three quintal of spurious branded desi ghee.

The SHO, Kotwali, Mr Harjinder Singh, said Sanjeev Kumar Aggarwal and Naveen Kumar Aggarwal had been arrested while efforts were on to trace more such persons indulging in the sale of adulterated ghee.

The accused used to mix other oils and passed it on to sweet shops.

According to Inspector Sharanjit Singh of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, it was worrisome that the accused had sold off a large quantity of the adulterated product in the market. It would not be possible to retrieve all of it from the market.

Only those using adulterated ghee could tell the police about such ghee and further raids could be conducted.

Samples of the recovered ghee have been sent for examination to find out the contents. Department officials have so far found that Dalda ghee, refined oil and some kind of powder was being mixed in the desi ghee.

A tempo truck in which the tins were being transported has been impounded.



Singers drugged, robbed
Tribune News Service

Singer Husanpreet Kaur under treatment at the Civil Hospital
Singer Husanpreet Kaur under treatment at the Civil Hospital. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Ludhiana, August 6
A city-based singer couple who had gone to a hotel near Clock Tower last evening in connection with a musical programme were robbed of their jewellery, cash and other valuables.

A group of tricksters had called Husanpreet and her husband Jaswinder Jassi to City View Hotel last evening where the victims drank a drug-laced milk, which left them unconscious for over 16 hours.

Police sources revealed that the hotel staff was the first to know about the incident when at midnight some one noticed that the couple was still in the room while a person named Vicky, who had booked the room, was missing with his friends.

The hotel staff rushed the couple to the Civil Hospital. The victims were still in a semi-conscious state. They could not reveal the exact details. They only have a hazy recollection that Vicky had called them to the hotel room to finalise a programme deal. The man was offering them a good deal but wanted her to come all decked up .

After exchanging pleasantries, Vicky offered ‘milk badam’ to them, who fell unconscious after drinking it.

The Kotwali police has lodged a complaint.



Supporting family with incense sticks
D.B. Chopra

Ludhiana, August 6
He was a happy school kid in Dugri. Being the eldest of the three children, he was very dear to his father who would come to his school every day to take him back home. Neither of them had an inkling that a tragedy would strike them and little Chaman would have to fend for the family.

About six years ago, his father met with a train accident while taking his son back home from school and lost both legs. The treatment was expensive and led to the sale of the truck. Circumstances forced the family to leave Dugri and go to their ancestral house at Khanna.

With no bread-earner for the family of six, Chaman Kumar had to take to selling incense sticks from door to door at the tender age of 10. His father repairs cycles and Chaman leaves the house at 7 am everyday by bus to be in Ludhiana by 8 am.

He goes to a wholesale shop from where he buys packets of incense sticks before going on a two-hour round of residential and market areas. He says that it was because of his earnings over the past four years that the family has a house of its own at Khanna.

Does he not want to resume his education? Chaman says that his younger brother, who is 11, has not been to school. Now the family is planning to send him to a school and also his nine-year-old sister.

He cannot think of going to school himself as he is the chief bread-winner of the family.

On an average, he makes a sale of Rs 1,000 or so every day out of which he gain a profit of about Rs 200 a day which he thinks is good enough for the 12-hour of hard-work that he puts in everyday.



Parents stage dharna against fee hike
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, August 6
The parents committee staged a dharna in front of Nankana Sahib Public School here today. They were protesting against the failure of the school to revoke the fee hike.

Mr Jangjasbir Singh Gill, president, Parents’ Committee, said Mr Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Additional Secretary, Nankana Sahib Education Trust, had assured the parents that fees for the services which were not being provided to the students would be refunded/adjusted. On directions of the Additional Secretary, the quarterly results of students were being withheld or students were kept waiting outside the classes to force them to deposit the entire fees by the acting Principal of the school, Ms Inderjit Kaur Chawla.

The dharna was also addressed by Mr Pritpal Singh Doabia, Mr Gormohan Singh Sarpanch, Mr Kulwinder Singh Sarpanch, Mr Anand Priya, Mr Gurmail Singh Mandle, Mr Charan Singh Sarabha, Mr Raghbir Singh, Mr Ranjodh Singh, Mr Gurcharan Singh Heera, Mr Karmjit Singh.



City residents can now tune in to FM
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
City residents, can now have access to FM channels on the All-India Radio (AIR), Chandigarh, at 107.2 mhz.
These programmes will be available through AIR’s high-power transmitter located in Kasauli.

“The programmes will initially be broadcast from 6 am to 12 noon. At later stages the duration can be increased,” said Dr K.C. Dubey, station director, AIR, Chandigarh.

“The very concept of FM is different, and in fact, far more interesting. One can listen to the latest music and the presentation is also much livelier and different as these are youth-oriented channels,” says Sangeeta, a college-student.

Among the programmes that residents would be able to listen are Pop Times, phone-in programmes like Hello City Beautiful and Hello Chandigarh and also The Tribune Aaj ka Akhbaar. 



Passing Thru

Manas Chakravarthy
Prof Manas Chakravarthy Senior Faculty, ICFAI, Hyderabad.

How can teachers become mentors?

Teachers have a greater role to play as mentors in the face of increasing challenges in today’s world. They have an enormous task of educating the youth and equipping it with the knowledge and skills to become tomorrow’s productive citizens. Teachers can always influence the young and evolving minds.

Are teachers providing education to students in the true sense today?

Yes, a majority of teachers provide value-based education to their students and they are committed. They become role models by teaching them goal-oriented activities. I agree the certain people are not providing value-based education to students but that segment is very low. Dedication is must to build a strong student-teacher relationship.

What is the importance of faculty development programmes?

These programmes are unique and help faculty members update themselves with current developments in the context of far-reaching changes taking place in the economy and their impact on education and career opportunities. They also provide a platform to discuss the role of teachers in guiding students.

— Shivani Bhakoo



At the Crossroads
The man who knew too much

It is good to know a lot but it is disturbing to know too much. Dr Atam Hamrahi had encyclopaedic knowledge which he wanted to disseminate without any delay. That was the reason why, after his retirement in 1993, he engaged himself in writing ‘Shahnama Punjab’, ‘Maha Punjab’ and ‘Ludhiana Bolda Hai’, although he had already contributed much to Punjabi literature. Primarily he was a poet with 11 collections of poems to his credit. His poetic creations earned him kudos during the course of his literary career. Still the 350 poetic pen-portraits (Bawni), which he published in five collections, stand apart as the mark of his crowning glory. His research work in the fields of Punjabi culture, literature and folklore is unparalleled.

Dr Hamrahi led a life full of struggle but he faced the hardships without flinching. He had faith in his potentialities and he lived up to their proper realisation. What were his views about the course of his life? “My priorities have been to learn and to earn. I knew even when I was a child that my future lay in my hand that held the pen. Initially I was attracted to my family profession of carpentry but then I drifted to the profession nearer to my heart’s desire. Teaching school children made me feel like growing up with the times.”

He had been endowed with a computerised brain that could reel off reams of information at a short notice. Even his talk on the phone defied punctuation marks. He was restless both in mind and body. Ever on his feet to attend to his vocational duties and to take part in the literary and cultural activities, he received a severe jolt when his foot was amputated due to gangrene. Still he did not lose heart and continued his research work single-mindedly. He had accomplished much but he was aware of ‘the vast undone.’

I recall the day I visited him when his leg was in bandages. Around him were racks and almirahs full of books and manuscripts. He did not allow me to express sympathy with him for the poor state of his health. Instantly he started naming the books which were in the press as well as with the book-binder, apart from the ones taking shape in his mind. At that time he was down but not out. But the amputation of his second foot made him feel miserable.

Dr Atam Hamrahi received the State Award in 1976, Punjabi Sahit Akademi Dhaliwal Award in 1993 and Shiromani Punjabi Sahitkar Award in 1999. He had been granted Fellowship by Punjabi University, Patiala for accomplishing the epical work, ‘Shahnama Punjab’. He received his Ph.D. degree while still teaching in a school. Later he guided 11 research scholars for their doctors of philosophy degrees.

The time for bidding him adieu this Sunday reminds me of the Shakespearean comment on the destiny of human beings on this planet - “Men must endure their going hence, even as their coming hither. Ripeness is all”.

N.S. Tasneem



Yeh dosti nahi todenge
K.S. Chawla

Ludhiana, August 6
Their love for each other has not lessened with the passage of time. But on the contrary the warmth for each other has intensified. Their friendship started more than 60 years ago. They have shared everything — joys, sorrows and wealth. They are Balraj Kumar Verma and Gian Chand Dhawan of York Hosiery fame.

Their friendship has stood the test of time and no earthly power could ever create any misunderstanding between the two septuagenarian. Both are now 76.

Balraj and Gian were together in school. They did their graduation from government college. Balraj was the general secretary of the Punjab Students Congress while Gian was his active supporter.

Their business friendship began in 1953 when they went to Burma to export hosiery goods. In 1954 they started York Hosiery on a small scale which later turned into a private limited concern. It was during this time that their friendship consolidated and their business flourished. There were no differences and they had one motto,“ ek ne kaha, doosre ne mana”.

Their friendship was so strong that they would wear the same colour and same type of safari suits. In the office also they used to sit side by side. They were the first to explore the possibility of exporting hosiery goods to the erstwhile Soviet Union. But with its collapse, the hosiery export received a setback. Both Balraj and Gian maintained their friendship in all adverse situations and a stage came when they separated their businesses. This was not due to any difference but as their children were growing up they thought the latter might not share the same relationship.

But this did not change them. If one falls sick, the other accompanies him to the hospital or to a doctor. They go to social gatherings together and above all they do not miss any such social event in the town.

Both Balraj and Gian have been associated with a number of social and educational organisations of the town. They are associated with the management of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital since its inception in 1964. Balraj has served as senior vice-president of the DMCH and also as secretary of the Indo-Soviet Cultural Society, which was formed to promote relations between the two countries. Both are among the founders of the new senior secondary school — an English medium school.

What kept their friendship strong all these years? Gian maintains, “The friendship has continued due to respect and regard for each other and faith in each other.”

Long live their friendship, we pray. 



Five booked for abducting minor
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, August 6
A 13-year-old girl and resident of Malerkotla road, Raikot, has been allegedly abducted. The police has registered a case against five persons, including her friend, under Sections 363, 366A and 120-B, IPC.

According to Atma Singh, father of the victim, his daughter had got a call from her friend Manpreet Kaur, saying that she should come to a beauty parlour. Rani, the owner of the parlour, Chand Singh driver of Burj Hari Singh and Gurpreet Singh of Raikot were present there. All are alleged to have abducted her.

No arrest has been made so far.

Pistols seized: Sahib Singh of Kadon P.S. city Taran Taran, has been arrested from Jandi village. A country-made pistol and two cartridges have been seized. A case under Sections 25, 54 and 59, Arms Act, has been registered.

In another incident, the police seized a .315 bore country-made pistol from Harmit Singh of Sarwind from Jandi.

Opium seized: The Sidhwanbet police has arrested Santokh Singh of Madarpura for possessing 800 gm of opium. The police has allegedly seized 700 gm of the contraband from the possession of Chetan Singh. Cases under the NDPS Act have been registered.

The Sahnewal police has seized a knife from Sikander Kumar of Kachnarie Bariar in Nepal when he was allegedly up to some mischief at Mangli Nicki village. He has been booked under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.

One crushed: Jeet Singh of Jandiali village has alleged that the driver of a Tata Sumo killed his brother Kuldip Singh who was crossing the road on Friday evening. While Kuldip Singh died on the spot, the driver escaped. A case has been registered against him under Sections 279 and 304-A of IPC.

Attacked: The police has registered a case against Charanjit Singh, Jugraj Singh and some others for allegedly attacking. Rachpal Singh and injuring him with sharp-edged weapons. An old dispute is said to be reason. No arrests have been made so far. 



House looted
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Five or more persons looted cash and jewellery, from an industrialist’s house in Raghunath Enclave late last evening.
The family of the industrialist, Mr Pawan Jindal, were not at home when the crime was committed. Only two servants were at home when the accused barged in. They tied them up and looted the house.



Tata Safari DICOR
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
Tata Motors today launched its premium SUV, Tata Safari, with a new look and equipped with an indigenously developed direct injection common rail (DICOR) engine.

Latest in diesel technology, the vehicle has a power output of 115 PS, according to the company.

Available in three models and 4x2 as well as 2x4 versions, the Safari DICOR is priced between Rs 7.84 lakh and Rs 12.72 lakh.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr S.G. Saxena, AGM - Utility Vehicle Group, Tata Motors, said, "With the launch of a new generation common rail engine, one of the long standing demands of our customers has been addressed".



Power cut on industry condemned
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 6
The Ludhiana Welfare Society while condemning the Punjab State Electricity Board’s (PSEB) decision to impose a two-day compulsory weekly off on industry, said today that the electricity board should, instead, adopt measures to curb the use of air conditioners.

The society also pointed out that use of glow signs also led to the wastage of electricity and hence should be stopped. The president of the Ludhiana Welfare Society, Mr Manjit Singh Matharoo, said here today that a two-day compulsory weekly off would have an adverse impact on industrialists. He said for a sound economy, it was important that industry functioned smoothly and PSEB should not have imposed this two-day compulsory off.

Instead, the electricity board needs to take strong measures to check the wastage of electricity through air conditioners and glow signs, Mr Matharoo added.


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