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Two youths found murdered
Maid found dead in bathroom
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Brutal murders of two youths and mysterious death of a maid in the house of her employer in Sarabha Nagar rocked the city today.

The murder of youths, Hari Chand, a worker with Rishi Dhaba, and Vishal Masih, a glow sign worker, took place at different places but with the same modus operandi. Both had their throats slit wide open.

In the third case, Rani (name changed) was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a bathroom at the second floor of house where she worked as a maid.

Her relatives said she was killed or she ended her life after she was raped or an attempt was made to outrage her modesty. However, SHO Navreet Singh said the employers claimed the girl was upset and committed suicide by locking herself in the bathroom.

The Shima Puri police investigating the murder of dhaba employee, Hari Chand, said he seemed to have killed over some personal enmity. It said the deceased, along with other employees, lived in the same building which housed the eaterie.

He had gone to his room at about midnight but was found lying dead in a pool of blood today morning. Surprisingly, though the rooms were situated close enough, no one heard his cries.

Vishal Masih had been missing for two days. His body was found from near railway track near Dugri.

She and other family members had lodged a report two days ago. They said he had gone to collect payment from someone and had not returned. The police found his bike near Arora Palace.



F&CC Committee
Gabria warns Cong councillors
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Giving a befitting reply to Congress councillors, the SAD-BJP today threatened that if councillors failed to behave properly, they would be expelled from the house.

Seemingly incensed by the threats of the Congress councillors that they would agitate if the Municipal Corporation failed to constitute committees within a week, SAD leaders today said the Congress councillors had used the mayor's office for addressing a press conference after their meeting in contravention of the MC Act.

Addressing the media in the evening today, jails, tourism and cultural affairs minister Hira Singh Gabria, without naming the Congress, said the councillors were hanging around the mayor's chair while threatening that they would resort to agitation.

‘‘This is disrespect to the mayor's chair. They can be expelled from the house for doing so. But we are leaving them after warning that if they do so they can be expelled. There is a provision in the MC Act’’, said Gabria as mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura and deputy mayor Parveen Bansal seemed to agree.

Giving credence to the reports that the MC was trying to keep the constitution of the F&CC committee aside, Gabria said Jalandhar and Amritsar MCs have worked without these committees in the past.

He said, however, they would call the meeting of general house soon and ensure that the city got many development projects. ‘‘We were just busy in bringing projects like metro rail to the city. That is why we delayed the house meeting, ’’ said Gabria.

‘‘The MC Act has no provision for time-bound constitution of committees. As long as the development of the city does not suffer, there is no problem, ’’ he added.

The mayor said they would not allow any encroachers to thrive in the city. The MC would not even spare the councillors who would stop the demolition squad from razing the illegal structures. Interestingly, the mayor could not say anything when he was told that only today some councillors had stopped a demolition squad to raze a building in the city.



City lad in teleserial ‘Jersey No 10’
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 13
The industrial town got a feather in the cap with city boy Abhinav Shukla bagging the lead role in a tele serial being aired on Sab Sony TV.

For Shukla's family, the achievement is a moment of immense joy and they are flooded with congratulatory calls.

"We are quite happy as Abhinav has managed to make it on his own. He was not a trained actor, neither did he have any connections in the industry. Adding to it is the encouraging response that the serial is getting," said his uncle Sudhir Moudgill, adding that, "Soon as the first episode was telecast, he got a call from Ekta Kapoor for a role."

A former student of Guru Nanak Public School (GNPS), Shukla plays the role of Arjun in the serial, “Jersey No 10”, which is a story based on cricket. The serial is produced by leading production house Cinevistas Private Limited and has, among others, actors like Rituraj, who plays Arjun's father.

For Abhinav, the journey to the glamour world started with a modelling assignment for a deodorant. "Then on, he kept making efforts and shifted base to Mumbai. The road was not easy for him but rather than feeling helpless, he put his best and the results are out."

Not being trained in acting was never a bottleneck for him as "he is a born actor", say his friends.

He participated in various activities in school and also during his engineering. "He has a slight resemblance to John Abraham due to which people around him always told him to get into acting. We are quite hopeful of a bright future."



Talent shows shouldn’t create cultural divide: Mahadevan
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Renowned singer Shankar Mahadevan feels that television channels should not use talent hunt shows to create cultural divide among people.

“These shows are a good medium to find talent, but they indulge in a lot of publicity stunts, which are a darker side to them,” said Mahadevan, who was in city for his first live show here along with Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa.

People in large numbers gathered at the local multiplex for a glimpse of the music trio, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. There was a thunderous applause as the three arrived at the mall.They entertained the audience with “Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe...”

Unhappy that most composers in Bollywood were copying Hollywood, the ‘breathless’ singer said an artist should be original in his expressions.t

"We are a combination of rock, jazz and classical, which is what makes us complete," said Loy. And the first thing that comes to their minds when they think of a song is "the way it gels with the story. In films you cannot look at music in isolation."

On talent hunt shows, Mahadevan said these were a medium to find good singers but did not necessarily come out with very talented ones. "Besides, the winners have to keep in mind that winning a contest does not make them a celebrity. It is then on that their journey begins."

The trio is all for giving opportunity to freshers. Among those they have given a chance are Rehan, Salim Shehzada and Harish. They will be working with Indian Idol fame Abhijit Sawant soon.

The group that has produced music for films like “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom”, “Don”, “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna”, “Salaam-e-Ishq” , “Mission Kashmir” , “Dil Chahta Hai”, “Kal Ho Naa Ho” and “Bunty Aur Bubbly” is keen on experimentation.

The three,who were on a promotional tour for McDowells, gave a live performance in South City later in the evening.



SRK’s six packs latest fad among youths
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester stallone, Sunny Deol and Hrithik Roshan, move aside for SRK. Yes, Shah Rukh Khan, till now known for his romantic charisma, has caught the fancy of youngsters, especially those who go to gym regularly, thinking till now that "muscle power" was an easy way to damsels world.

But aspirations of those bulging muscles and throbbing triceps, or the famous V-shape body are on the decline. Instead, the youngsters are specifically asking for the king Khan kind of six-pack abs.

Gym instructors and private physical trainers are increasingly getting demands of a training schedule to get that kind of body. "Ever since his six packs are screaming for attention through posters of his film, many of the existing trainers at my gym and some new ones have sought an exercise schedule for having a similar packs" revealed Surinder Sharma, owner and trainer of Universal Health Gym.

Though he doesn’t consider Khan's body as something great. "It doesn’t seem a balanced one. Six packs will look better with more muscular arms and thin face. It makes him look old," he opined. But whatever his personal opinion is, he is busy guiding youths about the schedule.

"It is the in-thing," says Aman, another trainer, " I think I have to put up his posters in the gym instead of Arnold or Ronnie Coleman, till now the most famous among body bulding buffs."

Females have aired mixed opinion about his new look, " Yak, he looks creepy," said Sonali, once an ardent fan of Khan, " He was my prince charming but no one seems to have all knots of nerves and veins. Sorry, I don’t like such bodies."



He fought insurgency but can’t battle tenant
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
A brigadier, who is fighting insurgency in Kashmir, is forced to fight a battle of sorts for removing a tenant from his house in Sarabha Nagar, even after the lease period expired in September.

Brig D.P.S. Sandhu, posted as Deputy GO, Doda, who retires in February, had issued a notice to his tenant to vacate the house. But the Brigadier is reduced to making rounds of police officials, who are not helping matters.

‘‘My tenant had asked me to give him the house on lease so that he could get his parents treated at a local hospital. He had said he would soon vacate the house. But he did not do that. Neither is he giving us rent, nor is he paying the electricity bills,’’ said the exasperated Brigadier.

The wife of the officer is forced to stay in the servant quarters of the house. ‘‘She lives in fear as the tyres of her car are deflated and abusive language used against her, ’’ he alleged.

‘‘Police officials are calling up to effect a compromise on the issue but how can there be a compromise,” said the Brigadier, adding it was easier fighting insurgency than “these people”. ‘‘I have sent letters to the CM, DC and DIG,” he said.



BSNL employees stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Employees of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) (Group B and A) held a dharna in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands here today.

Members of the All-India BSNL Employees Executive Association (AIBSNLEA), the National Telecom Executive Association (NTEA) and the Sanchar Nigam Executive Association (SNEA) participated in the dharna under a united forum. The employees demanded withdrawal of management trainees recruitment rules, absorption of Indian Telecom Services (group A ) immediately, regularisation of all senior time scale ad hoc and filling of all vacancies.

Among those who addressed the employees were MS Dhaliwal, district secretary, AIBSNLEA, Sanjiv Gupta, district secretary, Sanchar Nigam Executive Association (SNEA), and Kulwinder Mangat.



National award for two NGOs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
Sat Paul Mittal National Award for outstanding service to humanity was presented to The Banyan, Chennai, and D.R. Mehta, Jaipur.

The Banyan has rehabilitated and rescued around 1,800 mentally ill women and has re-united 850 of them to their families. The Banyan has a network of professionally handled organisations that provide help and succour to the destitutes and help them lead a normal life.

D.R. Mehta, a bureaucrat-turned social worker, had started the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sahayata Samiti in 1975.

Dr Mehta has turned the organisation into the world's largest limb and calipers fitting organisation.

Every year 50,000 people from India and abroad are benefited from this NGO.

The organisation "Jaipur Foot" is now a house hold name and has a global presence. An amount of Rs 2 lakh with a citation, medal and biography of late Sat Paul Mittal was presented to The Banyan and D.R. Mehta.



City boy gets bravery award
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 14
City boy Ilamjot Singh, alias Harry, was given a bravery award by the Punjab Child Welfare Council in Chandigarh today.

A student of Class X in GNPS, Harry received the award from the Governor, Punjab, Gen J.F. Rodrigues.

The award was given to him for foiling thefts in his colony. Harry was quick to act and prevented the crime that was planned.

The theives broke open the locks of several houses on upper floors before entering one of the houses where Harry confronted them. They had to leave behind goods worth lakhs which they had stolen from the houses.




Upright officer

The appointment of Mukesh Sharma to head the section of the revenue department where registration deeds are executed has not gone down well with local property dealers.

Sharma has plugged the loopholes in the system to curb the activities of touts and check corruption. The president of the Property Dealers’ Association went so far as to tell him to get himself transferred or go on a long leave.

Known for his honesty and sincerity, Sharma informed the tainted estate dealers that he was morally bound to execute his duty, according to the laid down norms.

That the registration fee has been hiked 300 per cent is not Sharma's doing. Property dealers’ ire against the sub-registrar is woefully misplaced. Rather, they should take up the issue of the hike in the registeration fee with the Punjab Chief Minister. The masses want that there should be more honest officers like Sharma.

Dr I S Kalra,

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