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Road recarpeted overnight
Bhog of MLA’s father speeds up move
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
Does the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, prefer to cater to the needs of VIPs alone? The answer seems to be in the affirmative if the overnight recarpeting of road connecting Damoria bridge to Daresi, where the bhog ceremony of the father of a city MLA took place, is any indication.

As a galaxy of various politicians and VIPs reached SAN Jain School at Daresi to pay tributes to the deceased father of Mr Surinder Dawer, a city MLA and a parliamentary secretary, the municipal employees worked overnight to lay the road afresh. Although the commuters were demanding the recarpeting for last many months as it was in bad condition, their requests were finally heeded to yesterday, thanks to the VIPs’ visit to the city.

By the morning the road was laid smooth, with sides demarcated with lime powder. Residents said that while a road recarpeting project normally took months for completion as the process had to pass through bureaucratic wranglings, it took just a night for the corporation to do it.

Sources in the corporation said that this road was not recarpeted by a contractor as it would have required the corporation to invite tenders, then allot the contract and finally get it relaid. This also would have been too late for the occasion. So the authorities got the work done by getting the material required from the pre-mix unit of the MC and availing the services of some employees in the thick of night.

The work started late last evening and by this morning the entire stretch till Arya School was recarpeted. The rest of road was given patch work only. The old road was, however, swept clean.

Residents of many areas who were suffering because of bad roads, said that it was really surprising that in a city, where the work moved at a snail’s pace, a road was relaid overnight.

A resident of Model Town said that in their area a patch of road in front of a commercial complex, which was allegedly owned by a government official, was recarpeted while all other roads were left as such although those demanded immediate attention.

A resident of Sarabha Nagar also said that in their area, the roads were dug more than a year ago but they were not recarpeted as yet. A fortnight ago, all roads there were dug once again to recarpet, the work was yet to be completed.

“There are many death traps on the roads. Anybody can fall in to them anytime. But who cares.

To live comfortably in this country, one needs to be a VIP. Otherwise this is not a place for a common man.” rued a resident.



Teachers oppose electoral rolls duties
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 23
The spokespersons for the Government Primary Teachers Association, Punjab, the Government Senior Secondary Teachers Union and Government Teachers Union have stated in a press note that teachers have been assigned duties to prepare new electorol rolls. The teachers have been assigned to do these duties in a most shocking manner. The teachers have criticised the method of enrolling the teachers for the duties.

Head teachers of primary schools along with 10 teachers have to reach DEOs’ office to get material as well as instructions for their new duties. But perhaps the fact which has been forgotten is that maximum number of teachers in a primary school are not more than four or five and in some schools the number of teachers are just one or two

Similarly in secondary schools barring two or three teachers , rest of teachers are put on duty and have been asked to come to the office. Mr Baldev Kishen Maudgil, Mr Dhann Singh Sabbadi and Mr Charan Singh have threatened the Deputy Commissioner and Tehsildar that if they duties were not withdrawn, the teachers would stage a protest on October 27 in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner from 1 to 3 pm .

The spokespersons said that the women teachers were supposed to be exempt for these duties, but no decision to this effect has been made by the Deputy Commissioner. So the delegation will meet the Deputy Commissioner tomorrow and ask him to withdraw the duties.



Rift in badminton body intensifies
Faction to lodge complaint against sports officer
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 23
The scuffle between two factions of the Ludhiana District Badminton Association (LDBA) took a new twist today when one group deciding to lodge a written complaint against the association joint secretary and District Sports Officer (DSO), Mr Gianinder Singh.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Anupam Kumaria, an executive committee member of the LDBA, said that their group would lodge a complaint with the Director, Sports, Punjab, Mr Pargat Singh, against Mr Gianinder Singh for using his office for the association purposes.

The faction led by Mr Chand Kapoor has been holding its meetings in the DSO's office, he alleged. The telephone at the DSO's office is being used for association matters, Mr Kumaria added

Elaborating upon the issue, Mr Kumaria said they had approached the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Verma, with a complaint against four persons - Mr Chand Kapoor, Mr R. S. Behal, Mr Ashok Aggarwal and Mr Gianinder Singh, president, honorary general secretary, finance secretary and joint secretary, respectively of the LDBA- to inquire into the accounts and functioning of the association.

Mr Verma marked their application to the SSP, Ludhiana for action who directed the SHO, Division no 5 to look into the matter. Their complaint was lodged with the police and ASI Surjit Singh has already recorded their version last week, Mr Kumaria said.

He further alleged that the other faction had collected funds which Mr Behal had promised would be given to Rachna, widow of former national doubles champion, Harish Chander who died in a road accident last year in Kolkata .But except for Rs 12,000, no financial assistance was given to the aggrieved family.

Mr Anupam Kumaria said that the Additional Civil Judge (Senior Division), Mr Tarsem Mangla, passed an order on September 26 this year, restraining the other group from functioning itself as the Ludhiana District Badminton Association and from holding any meeting or tournament, collecting funds and organising trials or camps under the name of the LDBA.

Mr Mohinder Kumar Chopra, former vice president of the LDBA and executive members- former veteran champion Arun Dhand, Mr Ravi Jain, Mr Anupam Kumaria and Mr Kamal Sood, were also present during the press conference.

However, when contacted, Mr Gianinder Singh denied the allegations. He said that he never used his office as the meeting venue for the meetings of LDBA. When some persons call upon him in his office, that do not mean that the LDBA meeting was held there, the DSO clarified.



City doc treats rare case of urinary incontinence
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 23
A rare case of urinary incontinence has been successfully treated by Dr Nitin Agarwal, a renowned urologist of the city here.

A 19-year-old female patient was brought to the urology OPD at Shree Balaji Nursing Home in BRS Nagar colony in the city a couple of days back. She had a complaint of continuous leakage of urine since birth.

For the first few years, her parents did not pay much attention to the problem but when her problem persisted till she was seven-eight years old they consulted some doctors but without any result.

She was also admitted to a local hospital for about two weeks and tests like cystoscopy were conducted. But no definite diagnosis could be made. By this time, Randeep's parents were quite upset and impatient about the problem as the problem could lead to difficulty in her married life too.

According to Dr Agarwal, the patient was diagnosed as a case of ectopic ureter, what in layman's language meant that the pipe draining the kidney was opening into private parts. The OPD diagnosis was confirmed after routine investigations as IVP and cystoscopy.

‘‘After confirmation of the diagnosis of ectopic ureter, she was operated upon for left ureteric reimplantation. The leaking pipe was corrected and the patient showed remarkable recovery during the post operative period. For the patient, as well as her parents, it was nothing short of a miracle.’’

Dr Agarwal, who is also a visiting urologist at SAS Grewal Mediscan Hospital and Deep Hospital here, said ‘‘ectopic ureter was a rare diagnosis and whenever a patient with a chronic problem was brought for treatment, it is imperative for the doctor to keep in mind the rare complications. A careful history from the patient, as well as his family members, along with proper physical examination, can lead to the diagnosis of the rare disease easily. Only after proper diagnosis, investigations should be ordered carefully in a cost-effective manner and follow up treatment should be given to bring relief to the patient’’, he added.



Domestic help booked for raping minor
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
The Shimla Puri police today booked a domestic help on the charges of raping a minor girl in a shop in Janta Nagar last evening.

The 10-year-old girl was an employee in a suitcase manufacturing shop in the colony. She had gone there for the evening shift. The servant, Ravi, took her in a room and allegedly raped her.

The girl reported the matter to her parents in the morning who lodged a complaint with the police. The servant has not been yet arrested.


Ludhiana Calling

After trying in vain for several days to contact a Punjab Police officer, a city journalist finally manage to track him. The officer had a witty explanation for his non-availability. “Actually, we public servants remain busy in meeting, eating and cheating’’ he said. But just when the journalist started believing it was a candid confession, the officer added: “That is what mediapersons and the general public believes we do most of the time.” Well, the sentinel leaves it for the masses to decide.

Dear onions!

With the prices of onions going up with every passing day, the housewives are having a tough time in managing their finances well. The shortage is also leading to hoarding by residents, who are rushing to grocers for buying onions in bulk. Everyday rumours are doing rounds that the poor man's apple will tough Rs 100 per kg mark. A local woman has even decided to make a paste of onions and sell it as long as the shortage persists. Maybe the shortage becomes a success story for her.

Deadly smog

With farmers resorting to burning of paddy, the city has started witnessing cloudy mornings and evenings. Everyday, a thick blanket of smog hovers over the city, causing a number of diseases among city residents. Many people are reporting to various hospitals with respiratory and eye ailments. While smog is becoming a regular feature for the past many years, there seems to be no respite from the pollution. Even the farmers are not paying any heed to the warnings by environmentalists and agriculture experts. It is high time that a strict action is taken against such farmers and environment be saved.

Traffic hazard on Karva Chauth

The traffic on Karva Chauth had totally gone haywire. Women had come out for last-minute shopping for the fast. The mehndi artists, the karva sellers, coconut sellers had encroached on the roads further causing bottle necks in traffic.

Hordes of girls and women were getting mehndi applied on their palms. The most amusing thing was that many boys on motor cycles were just standing and watching what was happening. This further added to traffic problems.

Ludhiana is turning a nightmarish city to live as far as traffic woes are concerned. Could something be done to ease traffic problems so that the people can be a little more at ease ?

Earthen lamps still popular

The potters of the city are busy moulding the clay into earthen lamps. ( see potter in picture) He is oblivious of his surroundings and is making diyas after diyas on his potter's wheel so that he can sell them before Divali and make some good money. People feel light given by earthen lamp is far superior than any other light even if it is Chinese and hence traditional “diyas” are used for Divali poojan. Cheers to the potters who light our homes.

Locked gate irks parents

At an annual function of a very prestigious school, the parents were asked to wait till the function was over and then only to collect their wards from their respective rooms.

The parents, on the other hand, were eager to collect their wards just after their wards had performed. Some parents could see their children standing across a locked gate, which was separating them 

Sentinel heard one athletic looking parent say:“ Why can't I jump over the gate and get my child. There is no notice that says parents cannot jump?




Mass marriages solemnised
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 23
Arranging a single marriage is a tough task involving a lot of preparation and planning, and one can well imagine the effort that would go into arranging 101 marriages. But not so for Sant Baba Jaspal Singh, Chairman of the Bhai Kanhiya Singh Charitable Trust, Gurmail Singh, president of the trust and Dr Balwinder Singh, secretary of the trust. These men are adept in solemnising mass marriages . One such function was organised today under the aegis of he trust at Baddowal where parents of both brides and grooms and their guests were all thrilled to watch 101 marriages being soleminised as per Sikh rites.

Volunteers who had donated sums of Rs 21,000 and 11,000 were honoured on the occasion.

The Deputy Chief Minister, Ms Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, gave blessings to the newly weds.

Dr Balwinder, while talking to Ludhiana Tribune said, ‘‘We have kirtans and satsangs not only in Punjab, but in Haryana, Rajasthan, and Himachal Pradesh as well. After the stasangs, forms are distributed to be filled up by parents of poor boys and girls of marriageable age. The forms are then verified and certified by Tehsildar/ sarpanch / counseller/Lambardar. Then the parents fix the marriages of their wards and the Trust informs them of the date when the marriages would be solemnised.’’



Tributes paid to Charan Das Dawer
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
Tributes were paid to the late Charan Das Dawer, father of Parliamentary Secretary, Punjab, Surinder Dawer, here today.

Among those who attended the kirya were Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development, Mrs Parneet Kaur MP, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister, Mr Tej Parkash Singh, ex-minister, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, Mr D. R Bhatti and Mr Pritpal Singh Pali, president, Gurdawara Dukh Niwaran Sahib.

Paying tributes, Mr Azad said the late Charan Dass Dawer was a dedicated social worker who throughout his life had served the down- trodden.

He said he had struggled hard to attain a respectful position for his family in the society and always fought for the cause of human values.

Mr Azad further said that he had also inculcated the spirit of service and moral values among his son, who was following in his footsteps to serve the people earnestly and honestly.

Ms Parneet Kaur, while paying tributes on behalf of Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab, said that the late Mr Dawer not only achieved heights in the fields of trade and industry but also won the hearts of the poor by serving them with dedication.



Brand, features, not female models drive men to buy products
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, October 23
A study, “Effectiveness of TV advertisements with female models in men’s personal care product”, conducted by an MBA student of Punjab College of Technical Education shows that men in the city liked the portrayal of attractive female models on the products of their use, but when comes to buying, they go for the features, benefits and brand of the products.

The study conducted by Ashish Jetli, under the guidance of Mr Sandhir Sharma, Assistant Professor, PCTE, reveals that majority of people felt that women portrayal on men's products was causing harmful impact on the minds of youngsters. Mr Jetli stressed,” People feel that women portrayed in ads are generally used as sex objects.

They are shown in a glamorous manner to attract the attention of men. Neither are they appropriate to the product nor to the service being advertised”.

Mr Jetli said in some of men’s personal care advertisements, there was no need for women but they were still there because people liked to see them and advertisers also exploited this tendency of human beings.

“Hundred respondents were selected from the city to fill the questionnaire for data collection. The sampling was done to select the most accessible population.

The respondents represented age group from 18 to 50 years. The respondents were personally interviewed and were asked to fill the questionnaire later”, said Mr Jetli.

The products for study included personal things of men like shaving creams, deodorants, perfumes, soaps, gels and razors.

The study revealed that brand name and product features were the two important factors that forced men to buy things and not the attractive female models.

Mr Jetli further suggested that study could be useful for advertising agencies and ad-makers in knowing the extent to which women could be portrayed in advertisements in future.

“Ad-makers can portray women models but should emphasise more on features of the products.

It is the product which people buy so ads should concentrate more on the benefits which consumer can avail from it”, he said.



Pahwa group sweeps cycle association poll
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
The G.L. Pahwa group swept the elections to the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association held here yesterday. The group won seven of the eight seats in the association. While Mr Pahwa defeated Mr Joginder Kumar by a margin of 76 votes, Mr Varinder Kapoor of his group defeated Mr D.S. Chawla by a slim margin of two votes for the post of general secretary.

Of the 1808 votes, 1523 were polled. It was a close contest.

But for the post of the finance secretary, which was won by Mr J.S. Birdi of the Joginder Kumar, the Pahwa group had made a clean sweep. It was obvious from the pattern that the members resorted to cross-voting. It was the individual standing of the members than the group affiliation which mattered at the time of polling. This was too obvious with Mr Chawla getting at least 70 votes more than Mr Kumar.

Others who won the election included Mr Inderjit Singh Navyug, Mr Chander Parkash Sabharwal, Mr Manmohan Singh Ubi, Mr Pradeep Wadwan, and Mr Ajit Kumar.



NSS camp at SCD college
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, October 23
A one-day camp was organised by the NSS unit of SCD Government College to beautify the campus here today.

The camp was conducted under the guidance of Mr Rajdeep Singh Gill, Dr Rajinder Jain and Ms Santosh. The volunteers cleaned the lawns, classrooms in the PG block and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) building. More than 125 volunteers attended the camp. 



‘Legend from Scotland’ presented
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 23
The Seagram’s 100 Pipers presented ‘The Legend from Scotland’ here last night. It was the first of the seven live concerts presented by Sunny Jain Collective. The string of concerts will travel from Ludhiana to Chandigarh and subsequently to Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

Sunny Jain’s unique sound is filled with subtlety, energy and versatility. His sense of originality transcends mere technical prowess and is instead captured in the overall picture of composition. Recognised internationally as a musician with a distinct and recognisable sound, Sunny Jain has performed with artists like Kenny Barron, Seamus Blake, Kyle Eastwoord, Norah Jones, Lonnie Plaxico and Kenny Wollesen.


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