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City under cops’ vigil
Checks carried out in all commercial areas, particularly the cinema halls, in wake of Delhi blasts

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
The security has been beefed up in the city in the wake of the serial blasts which shattered the capital last evening.

SSP R K Jaiswal toady conducted an SHOs’ meeting and took a stock of the situation. The security was tightened outside the malls and hotels in the city. Door frame metal detectors were also installed at some major malls and hotels.

In a major drive, a close check was carried out in all commercial areas, particularly the cinema halls. "We are careful after the Shingar blast because the cinema halls, apart from the PVRs, are soft targets", a senior police official said.

"We are keeping a close watch on the garbage bins all over the city. People have been urged to act in a responsible manner and keep a watch. Dustbins have been used as effective places of keeping bombs and active citizen participation will be of immense use in preventing any untoward incident. Market associations are also being urged to cooperate with the police in keeping a close watch on any unidentified objects," Jaiswal said.

The police also made careful checks at the heavily crowded places, particularly the railway station and bus stand. Police personnel were divided into different units to carry out the searches in different parts of the city.

"We have carried out a close inspection at the crowded places in the city. There were special instructions to have a careful look at the malls because of heavy rush", a senior official said.

"The checks reveal that the situation in the city is under control. Special personnel have been deputed to keep a close watch on the situation", the officer added. Continuous announcement were made through the public address system, cautioning people to stay away from unclaimed items and inform the police about any suspicious activity.

Special checks were also conducted by police parties at major shopping malls and busy markets. The dog squad was also pressed into service.

The security was also tightened at Chaura Bazar, Ghumar Mandi, Sarabha Nagar and some of the major spots, known for street food. A senior official said, "We have beefed up security at all sensitive points to curb any untoward incident."


A gate of discord
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
Installing of an iron gate on road by residents of block C of Model Town Extension to keep away drunkards today became a bone of contention among residents of Dr Ambedkar Nagar as well as the M.T. extension.

Tension started in the morning in the area when residents of Dr Ambedkar Nagar protested against locking of the gate.

Angry residents of Dr Ambedkar Nagar, an unauthorised colony also known as Dhakka colony staged a protest, hurled abuses and tried to break the lock. The protest that was heated up continued for more than two hours. Some persons were seen collecting stones lying on the road to throw these at the gate.

It was only after the intervention of SHO, Model Town Extension, Beant Juneja, that the matter was sorted out. He asked the residents of M.T. extension to unlock the gate as it was illegal to block MC road during the day.

Residents of M.T. extension said they had to install the gate as many bootleggers were using the road everyday. Moreover, the road connected Dr Ambedkar Nagar to a liquor vend. Many people, who got inebriated, created ruckus on their streets. Ajit Singh, a resident, said they had sought the permission to install the gate from a superintending engineer of the municipal corporation. He said they had cited security reasons behind their motive. The permission was granted, he claimed.

On the other hand, the residents of Dhakka colony said the MC road was a thoroughfare and nobody had the right to block it. They claimed earlier the residents used to lock it only at nights but they did it today morning also. Many residents were inconvenienced at this.

The residents of M.T. extension said they opened the gate but would take up the matter with the authorities. ‘‘We do not want inebriated men to behave badly with our daughters and women. We will not allow this to happen. If the police forces us to do so then we would ask for a round-the-clock police patrolling so that no untoward incident takes place. What is our fault if we live in the vicinity of an unauthorised colony?’’ asked Ajit Singh.

Juneja said they would listen to both parties as he had called a meeting tomorrow. ‘‘Then we will sort out the matter amicably,’’ he said.



Chhapar Mela
Conferences, a lacklustre affair
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 14
Thousands of devotees thronged the Chhapar Mela for the second day today. However, the short spell of rain in the afternoon spoilt the business of a few stall owners after devotees started leaving the venue. The helipad prepared for the Chief Minister was also washed out. The organisers had to deploy large number of tractor trolleys for putting dry earth all over the venue.

Leaders of various political parties also took part in various conferences. Though, they had to take the help of singers and “dhadis” for attracting the crowd. With none of the conferences nearing success, tents of a few parties, including that of the SAD wore a deserted look.

Local leaders of political parties like the Congress, SAD, SAD (A) and the Lok Bhalai Party addressed their respective conferences. Whereas the SAD leaders recounted the achievements of the Union and state governments, the Opposition leaders termed the government as a complete failure.

Santa Singh Umaidpuri, president, Jagdish Singh Garcha, former MLA, Mann Singh Garcha, SVP, and Sukhwant Singh Tillu, SAD, Bal Anand, former Ambassador, Jagpal Singh Khangura, Jasbir Singh Khangura, MLA, Kilaraipur (Congress), Ajit Singh Auloarakh, SAD (A) leader, and Avtar Singh Mullanpuri, Lok Bhalai Party, addressed the gathering.



Body found near mela site

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 14
Mystery shrouds the death of a local youth whose body was recovered from a car lying deserted at the Chhapar mela site today morning.

Driver of the car, whose is suspected to have fled after youth’s death is yet to be identified? Naresh Kumar (28) was found dead in his Indica car deserted near a barricade at the Chhapar mela site today morning.

According to a report registered at the Dehlon police station on the statement of Havildar Surjit Singh, Naresh was sitting on the front seat at the time of his death.

Though there were no injury marks on his body, blood was oozing out of his nose. It is suspected that Naresh Kumar might have consumed liquor along with his friends.

Either he or a few of his fellows had vomited in the car. Presence of liquor bottles and other eatables suggested that the victim and his fellows were in merry making mood.

He was identified on the basis of identity cards and other slips present in his pockets. Naresh’s body was handed over to his parents after a postmortem under Section 174 of the Cr.PC.



SI hurt as pistol goes off
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
A sub-inspector allegedly shot himself in the head late last night.

Surjit Chand Sharma, who was posted in Zira as sub-inspector, allegedly shot himself in the head at his residence in Atam Nagar, Model Town, here, late last night.

The sub-inspector was rushed to DMC Hospital where his condition is stated to be serious.

However, it still remains unclear whether it was a suicide attempt or it was an attack at on him.

While talking to the Tribune, Beant Juneja, SHO, Model Town, said the condition of the sub-inspector was critical. "We cannot say anything till he regains consciousness. The actual cause of the injury could be ascertained, only after his statement."

The police has taken the service revolver of the SI in possession. It is also said the revolver could have went off accidentally while cleaning.

Sources in the police department said Sharma was under stress due to the prolonged family dispute.



Flaunting brands the latest trend
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
Ludhianvis are smitten by style and love to flaunt the brands they are wearing. Be it clothes, shoes or accessories like bags, sunglasses, jewellery and perfumes, they want everything to be branded and chic. While some prefer brands for sheer comfort, others like to show off their brand consciousness. In the city, even kids are at their branded best. Some follow in the footsteps of their fathers or mothers, for others cricket sensations are their idols and for the remaining, actors are their inspirations.

Everybody wants to look good and nobody wants to take a chance when it comes to wearing clothes and accessories. "Gone are the days of tailor-made clothes, today's generation is branded. Clothes must jell with your personality as they depict your persona", says Amanpreet Singh, working with Ludhiana Stock Exchange.

Surbhi, boutique manager of Montblanc in the city, added that Ludhianvis are aware of every brand in any segment. “People here are besotted when it comes to brands. We have customers of all age groups coming to our boutique”, she adds. Montblanc provide pens, sunglasses, perfumes, belts, small and large leather goods and silver jewellery for men and women.

Harleen, while buying sunglasses at Montblanc, said she bought branded accessories due to sheer comfort. “I buy branded sunglasses only as the normal ones give me rashes on my skin. So no compromise with my skin and I prefer buying the branded ones only”, she quips.

Jaspreet Singh, a businessman in his thirties, says that whenever he is abroad he buys his branded clothes and accessories in bulk. “Calvin Klein, Louis Phillip, Van Heusen are my favourite brands. During winters, my wardrobe is full of Pringle and Monte Carlo. Non-branded clothes are just out of question for me”, he added.

For Harkirat, a student of class V at Guru Nanak Public School, branded clothes are her style mantra. She imitates her mother and wants to wear an Allen Solley shirt once she grows up. However, for today she is contented with her Gini and Jony and Liliput brands. For this girl even the slippers have to be branded and she wears nothing less than Adidas.

With the opening of the malls, people here are getting lot of options to explore as many brands have come under one roof.

Initially, some brand-alert people used to visit Delhi and Mumbai for their shopping but now they can shop in the city itself.

“Pepe, Octave, Vibes, Less Femme, Guilty Jeans are my brands and all of them are available in the leading malls today so no more shopping hassles from Delhi and Mumbai”, adds Daman, a working woman.



Delhi Blasts
State on alert, says Majithia
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
Bikram Singh Majithia, minister for information and public relations, water and sanitation, science & technology, Punjab, said in the wake of yesterday's serial bomb blasts in New Delhi, the state government was exercising full alert in Punjab and asserted that no body would be allowed to disrupt peace, harmony and mutual brotherhood at any cost.

Majithia was interacting with mediamen after distributing ration among the poor families at a function organised by Sri Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha here today.

Strongly criticising the serial bomb blasts incident in Delhi in which around 24 persons have lost their lives, he said it was most shamelful and cowardly act of anti-national and anti-social elements, which had no respect for the human values. He added that such incidents should be condemned from all quarters irrespective of political affiliations.

The minister has given a grant of Rs 31,000 and five computers to the sabha for the students. Anil Thakar, revenue minister, Haryana, appreciating the social services of the Gyan Sthal Mandir Sabha announced a grant of Rs 51,000.



Inhuman act: CPI
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 14
The CPI has strongly condemned serial blasts in Delhi, causing loss of precious human lives and injuring many.

In a press note issued here today, the district unit of the party has made an appeal to all sections to stand united and fight back the nefarious designs of inhuman and disruptive forces. Assistant secretary of the party Arun Mitra said the government should work for strengthening its intelligence network, without which, it would not be possible to effectively deal with the terrorism.

“It is also right time for strengthening bilateral relations with the neighbours and chalk out common strategy to curb the cult of violence,” the party observed.



Security beefed up at Chhapar Mela
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 14
“Kisse anpachhati cheej nun nan chhero. Eh bamb ho sakdi hai. Shakk hon te ehnan phone numberan te police nun soochna devo.” (Don’t touch unclaimed object. It can be a bomb. In case of suspicion, inform the police at these telephone numbers).

Taking notice of an alert sounded in the state after serial blasts in New Delhi, the Ludhiana (Rural) police does not want to take any chance for devotees visiting the Chhapar Mela today.

Beefing up the security, the police expanded its security arrangements to fields and tube wells situated around the mela site. Special teams, supervised by DSP Paramjit Singh Gorayan combed the area, besides enhancing search of vehicles reaching the mela site.

A number of fire brigade vehicles and crisis management vehicles were also called.

Investigations revealed that the police had beefed up security arrangements in and around the mela site shortly after sounding an alert last night.

Special teams were deployed to keep a vigil on tube wells and building situated near the site.

Sniffer dogs were pressed into service to rule out any possibility of implanting bombs and explosives.



City cries for power, water
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, September 14
Power cuts ranging from six to eight hours in the city and disruption of water supply during this period has made the life of residents miserable in the wake of hot and humid weather conditions.

While the morning power cut from 7.30 to 8.30 AM puts the routine of office-goers, home makers and schoolchildren out of gear as they have to go without water supply as well, the continuous five hour cut from 12 noon to 5 PM disturbs the cooking activities and frequently leads to the refrigerated food items getting spoilt.

Says Prabha, a home make and resident of Civil Lines, "Under the prevailing schedule of six-hour power cut in the city, we get water supply till 7.30 in the morning. Though the power supply is restored at 8.30 AM, it takes about 20 minutes for the tubewells to fill the water pipes and after a short while, the water supply is cut off as per the prevailing schedule."

Several other residents of different colonies in the city wondered as to why the civic administration had not waken up till now to reschedule the timing of water supply in the light of power cut schedule which was continuing unaltered for quite some time now.

"In all fairness, the duration of water supply in the morning ought to be increased for the time the power supply remains off, and further, the tubewells in the city localities should be run for some more time in the forenoon as five-hour power cut takes effect from 12 noon and water supply also remains elusive during this period," said Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Maharani Jhansi Road.

The residents also felt that the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities should also split the five-hour power cut from 12 noon to 5 PM into two or three cuts of an hour or at the most two hours each with restoration of electricity for an hour in between each outage.

"With power going off for such a long period at a stretch, food items in the kitchen and even those kept in the refrigerator get spoilt," complained Sartaj Singh, a resident of Model Town Extension locality.

PSEB officials said the power cut schedule was finalised at headquarters in Patiala on the basis of availability of power and demand every day. "We will, however, take up the matter with the higher officials and apprise them with the problems being faced by the people," a senior PSEB official assured.



Jaswinder takes charge as civic body chief
Our Correspondent

Sahnewal, September 14
Sahnewal ultimately has a new president in the form of Jaswinder Kaur Sandhu who took charge of the office last evening.

Apart from Akali councillors, cabinet minister Jathedar Heera Singh Gabria, former cabinet minister Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, former MP Rajinder Kaur Bulara and Pawanpreet Singh Gill, vice-president, Youth Wing, were present.

The newly elected chief thanked the people of the town for bestowing full faith in him and electing him to such a responsible post. She said he would try to come up to their expectations.

The newly elected council chief, while talking to the Press, said she would work primarily for the development of the town. Her consideration is providing clean drinking water and timely clearance of sullage with which the streets of Sahnewal often remain flooded and the residents have to face a tough time.

Further the ensurance of cleanliness and sanitation for the town would be looked into, assured the newly elected chief.

Apart from this, Jaswinder Kaur claimed that with the due assistance of his fellow councillors, she would try to provide sewerage facility to residents at the earliest.

Further the repair of roads, lighting facility, through upkeep of low-lying areas, timely clearance of dirt and waste around the town would form an integral part of her duties as the president of the town.



PAU to hold kisan mela from Sept 18
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
The theme of this year’s kisan mela to be organised at Punjab Agricultural University from September 18 to 19 is "Save Environment- Save Punjab". Pamphlets, literature along with banners and placards will be used to spread awareness about environmental degradation among the farmers.

Director extension education, Punjab Agricultural University, N.S.Malhi, said during the mela, lakhs of farmers would visit the university for upgrading their knowledge on farming, equipment, technologies, seeds etc. Farmers from states like Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh would also visit the mela.

"We must adopt an integrated approach to conserve natural resources. These days, farmers take keen interest in upgrading their knowledge for their own benefit. During the mela, we will request them to go for resource conservation technology. It is not that they don’t listen to our advice, there is a need to be focused so that they (farmers) understand things easily", Malhi added.

Jagtar Dhiman, additional director, communications, said agriculture in Punjab was facing both ecological as well as economic crisis.

Natural resources were being badly affected due to use of insecticides and pesticides. Not only soil fertility was getting disturbed but the groundwater was depleting at an alarming proportion.

"Farmers, may not be that educated but they understand whatever we tell them. We will tell them not to pollute environment by burning paddy straw.

Natural resource technology will be demonstrated to them to create awareness. Literature, articles, pamphlets are all ready to be distributed among farmers,” Dhiman added.



Talent hunt at Partap college
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
A talent hunt competition was hosted in Partap College of Education, Hambran Road, here yesterday. The function was presided over by Dr. Balwant Singh, principal, Partap College of Education.

The students presented a colorful cultural programme in which shabad, solo dance, group dance, skits, poetry recitation, choreography and variety of other items were included.

The performance was judged by Dr. Ranbir Singh Kingra, principal, M.M.S. College, Kotkapura, and Prof. Mukand Kamal. Daljeet Singh, assistant mangaer, Subros Industries, Noida, was the special guest.

Dr. Kingra gave valuable tips to the students and also spellbound the audience with his melodious voice by singing “Heer”. At the conclusion of the function, college principal Balwant Singh congratulated all participants and urged them to be good students.



Online gaming, a craze among youngsters
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
Cashing in on the craze among youngsters for online gaming, market players are coming out with innovative ideas for reaching out to their targeted customers.

More games and attractive pricing is what those in the industry are banking on right now. “We will differentiate ourselves in the market by following a three-point strategy, providing world class games, making game CDs available at very low prices and offering a wide range of games for varied categories of customers,” said Rohit Sharma, chief operating officer, Zapak Digital Entertainment, a Reliance ADA group venture, which has come out with CDs starting from a price of Rs 49.

The company, by offering CDs at low rates, intends to extend the gaming phenomenon to the masses through offline modes as well.

Apart from CDs, the company has come out with DVDs priced at Rs 99. Pricing, a critical decision making factor, has also been a reason most buyers stayed away from making their own purchases. “Only till some time ago, CDs and DVDs of games were available for not less than Rs 300. I used to borrow them from my friends. Now, I can afford to buy my own games which also gives me more options,” said Saurabh Misra, who spends a lot of time playing online games.

Giving details of their plans on making the games available in different locations across the country, Sharma said in Ludhiana alone these CDs can be procured from 118 stores.

“To cater to the requirement of more variety, the company has launched 47 titles. By the end of the year, Zapak Game CDs will launch 1 million CDs and 150+ titles in phases across the country,” added Sharma.



Hindi Day at New GMT
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
Hindi Day was celebrated at New GMT Public School here today.

Hindi calligraphy competition was organised on the occasion.

Students from various houses took part in the competition and recited poems in Hindi.

Teachers told students about the importance of Hindi Day.

Nikita of Class VII gave a speech in Hindi. Principal Jasbeer Kaur Bhalla also highlighted the importance of our mother tongue.



Varsity topper to receive award

Mandi Gobindgarh, September 14
In BAMS second professional examination conducted by the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences in May/June, Kulvinder Kaur of the Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, stood first in the university by securing 1587/1900 (84 per cent) marks. Jyoti Bala stood 3rd in the university and second in the college by securing 1577/1900 (83/%) marks and Jasjit Kaur stood third by obtaining 1482/1900 (78%) marks. Loveleen Kaur Ahuja, college principal, announced that Freedom Fighter Lal Singh Memorial award would be given to the toppers. — OC



Medium traders’ ignored as board meets today
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
When the industrial board of medium enterprises holds its first meeting tomorrow, its members will be unclear on the issues they are to discuss. The industry has been crying hoarse over "multiple" problems that have been threatening its existence.

The meeting is to be held tomorrow in Chandigarh but board representatives did not invite suggestions from the industry regarding its problems, alleged industrialists.

It has come as a shock to many members that the board did not even consult them in order to discuss matters of importance. Even during all these months of its formation, the industrialists said they were not asked even once about the problems being faced by enterprises here.

"We got information that the meeting is scheduled for September 15. The board should have consulted members and talked about the problems with them," said member of the board S.C. Ralhan.

The SAD-BJP government had proudly announced the formation of the industrial board a couple of months ago.The idea of forming these, that include representatives of the industry and the government, was to provide a platform to the industry to put forth its problems with the government.

Vice-chairman of the board Satish Dhanda said the report on industrial enterprises was the key agenda. "It is a report on the industry and the state of economy, which we will discuss. I have also chalked out four major issues that will be taken up at the meeting," said Dhanda.

Dhanda, however, remembered only two of the four "major " industry's issues will be taken up. "Rationalisation of VAT and problems related to infrastructure will be discussed," he said. He added that after the meeting the board would contact industrial enterprises across the state.



Toll barriers gone, but not tax
Lovleen Bains

Doraha, September 14
It has been more than a month now when the toll barrier was shifted from Doraha to Ladowal, but commuters of buses say that the passenger toll is still being charged from them on the Ludhiana-Patiala route.

The commuters were being charged approximately Rs 1 for 10 to 20 Kms between the toll limits and hence if a passenger had to ply from Ludhiana to Patiala he would have to pay Rs 5 to 6 extra in the form of toll fee, which now is entirely illegal, the commuters allege.

Some of the commuters have a daily altercation with conductors and drivers over the issue but the latter express their helplessness in the absence of any orders from the authorities.

They rue that since the toll barrier has been lifted from Doraha, the authorities should waive the passenger toll fee too. One such passenger complained, "If the government does not pay heed and continue with the open exploitation of the passengers, we will not sit quiet".

Meanwhile, Lakhwinder Singh Buani and Pawan Kumar Kaushal, district general secretary and state committee member of the MCPI (U) have urged the government to revert the passenger toll since there is now no toll barrier on this route.

The members of the Youth Forum and the Federation of Democratic Youth of Doraha too have demanded the early lifting of the passenger toll failing which no private or government bus will be allowed to ply on this route. The commuters and residents of Doraha particularly have urged the government to revert the passenger toll at the earliest.



Unique hip replacement surgery
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
Dr Sarvesh Mathur and his team at Deepak-Satluj Hospital, Ludhiana, performed a unique total hip replacement. For the first time, a combination of ceramic head with ultra-short stem was used with a metallic insert of acetabulum.

The main advantage of using such a combination is the longevity of the implants. Till now, the implants available had a life of 15 years.

Now, with the use of ceramics with metallic acetabulum insert and ultra-short stem, the life of the implant has increased to 25 years. Therefore, there is no need for another surgery, particularly in young patients.

Sukhdarshan Singh (51), an agriculturist from Raikot, district Ludhiana, was admitted to the hospital with avascular necrosis of femoral head following a fractured neck fermur 16 years ago.

There were gross changes in the head of femur and acetabulum. Movement was extremely painful and Sukhdarshan Singh could barely move.

Dr Mathur successfully conducted the latest third generation total hip replacement on Sukhdarshan Singh. This surgery is minimally invasive and will enable Sukhdarhan to walk without support.



Awareness on ENT diseases soon
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 14
Terming ear, nose and throat as gateways to many fatal diseases, Dr Gurjit Singh, president, the ENT, Head and Neck Surgeons Forum, said there was need to launch coordinated move to check genesis and spread of these ailments.

He called upon office-bearers of various medical, social and educational organisations to launch awareness movement soon.

After assuming the charge of office of the president, Dr Gurjit Singh regretted that India had highest incidence of mouth and throat cancer.

"Unfortunately, people do not understand consequences of ignoring disorders of ear, nose and throat. Instead of getting proper treatment of these organs, they try to seek relief in general pain killers.



At the Crossroads
Sadness as creative energy

One seeks happiness in life but settles down with sadness. When the area of ignorance dwindles in the mind, happiness tries to sneak out. It is not possible to remain happy when one becomes aware of the misery around you. With the passage of time the bliss, which is mostly the product of ignorance, evaporates like dewdrops at the sunrise. It happens without any conscious effort and is mostly imperceptible. This idea has been summed up beautifully in a Persian couplet --

Cheh gona mardum-e-aagah shadmaan bashand

Ke shadmaaniye har kas bkadre - ghaflat-e-aust

(How can enlightened persons remain happy as the happiness of a person depends, more or less, upon the degree of his ignorance?)

In view of this, the element of sadness in songs and poems can be rationalised in terms of the poet’s awareness of human predicament. The romantic poets are generally in a melancholic state of mind as they find that the cup has been dealt to them ‘in another measure.’ Shelley envies the people who call life pleasure. Coleridge at times found himself in dejection and in that mood he tried to console his wife who, too, was in a pensive mood ---

My pensive Sara,

Thy cheek thus reclined on my arm,

How soothing sweet it is!

It’s ‘the eternal note of sadness’, of Matthew Arnold’s conception, that is at the root of all creative work. When one is in a thoughtful mood, one takes pen or brush or chisel in one’s hand. Michelangelo must have painted his murals or chiselled his sculptures when he found himself in a melancholic mood. In a hilarious state of mind, one wants to move mountains or cross the sea on foot or fly in the sky like a bird. One is not in one’s true self, when one rejoices at one’s successes. One’s imagination runs riot at such moments. Indeed, a person’s true nature comes into being when achievements fall short of one’s expectations.

Leonardo da Vinci must have painted Mona Lisa, with her enigmatic smile, when he had been frustrated in his love. Shakespeare composed most of his sonnets when the ‘dark lady’ deserted him. His comedies have all elements of tragedy. Lord Byron’s wife once addressed her husband with the words - ‘At heart you are the most melancholy of mankind, and often when apparently gayest.’

In Punjabi Sufi poetry, viyog (separation) is the dominant theme. It is the craving of the lover to give vent to his feelings in a poetic composition. Before long, the sensual desire yields itself to romantic agony and then to divine ecstasy. Shah Hussain ever longed for his union, as a bride, with God, as the bridegroom. He celebrated birha in his own unique manner. He expressed the pain he suffered in separation by diffusing his inner self with the deity--

Rabba mere haal da mehram toon

Ander toon hain bahar toon

Toon hain tana toon hain bana

Sub kuchh mera toon

Kahe Hussain Faqir Sain-da

Main nahin sub toon.

(O’God! You are aware of my pitiable condition. You dwell inside as well as outside. You dwell in the pores of my body. You are the warp, you are the weft. You are all-in-all for me. Hussain, the mendicant of God, says - ‘Not I, but you are everything.’)

Sahir Ludhianvi is a wistful poet. He longs for the days when his beloved would respond to his love without any reservation. He believes that the big hiatus between labour and capital is the cause of all the ills of humanity. He visualises a system that can make life worth living.

He does not want to see his beloved in a pensive mood. In his poem, ‘Kisi ko udaas dekh kar’, he consoles her in endearing terms --

Tumhein udaas si paata hun main kye din se

Na jaane kaun se sadme uthha rahi ho tum

Woh shokhian woh tabassum woh kehkhe na rahe

Har ikk cheez ko hasrat se dekhti ho tum

Indeed, sadness is such a state of the mind as can engage a person in some creative activity.

— N.S. Tasneem



Lok Sabha Poll
SAD favours Pandhi’s name
Our Correspondent

Amloh, September 14
Keeping in view the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, activists of the SAD in a meeting here today have recommended the name of former minister Dalip Singh Pandhi for the newly carved Fatehgarh Sabhib Lok Sabha constituency. Raghbir Sukla said Pandhi was returned four times from Amloh constituency and commands support from advocates, national integrated medical association, teachers and is popular among masses as he had been meeting people on each Saturday since 1969 to sort out their problems.

Jathedar Hari Singh Shamshpur also hailed Pandhi’s contribution in party activities. The newly carved Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha constituency consists of Amloh, Fatehgarh Sahib, Bassi Pathana, Khanna, Samrala, Amargarh, Raikot, Payal and Sahnewal assemblies.



Fashion show organised
Tribune News Service

Khanna, September 14
A fashion show was organised by the Graduate Institute of Fashion Technology in which a large number of girls participated.

Gurpreet was declared the winner in the contest, Harneet stood second and Simranjit bagged third position. Organisers said the show was organised to encourage the girls and prizes were distributed among the girls.




Hassle-free driving

The municipal corporation should remove all roadside encroachments and 20-foot wide service lane, opposite to the Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-Ferozepur road up to Sarabha Nagar and western bye-pass left unattended by the Improvement Trust should be recarpeted at the earliest. Besides this, the corporation should also construct a chowk by opening the Ludhiana- Ferozepur road for the western Sarabha Nagar


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Rs 2.60 lakh stolen from SHO’s house
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
Krishan Bhadur of Nepalese origin allegedly stole Rs 2.60 lakh from the house, Sandeep Vadera, SHO, Sidhma Bait,located in Vishal Nagar, Pakhowal Road.

The servant was recruited only two days ago. But, the SHO had failed to verify the antecedents of Krishan Bhadur, a domestic help.

The incident took place around noon, when SHO's wife left the home open and went to pick the children from a school. Before going, she had told her maidservant to after the house in her absence, who was washing the clothes.

Krishan Bhadur saw this as an opportunity and fled away with the cash. The Sarabha Nagar police has registered a theft case against Bhadur. But, the theft of such a big amount has made senior officials suspicious. "It is indeed strange. What prompted the SHO to keep such a huge amount of cash at home," said an officer.

Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, SSP, Jagraon, said, "I have just been informed about the matter. First I will talk to Sandeep Vadera. Then only will I be able to say something on this issue."



5 booked for abusing bus driver
Tribune News Service

Khanna, September 14
The Khanna police has booked five persons for breaking windowpanes of a bus and abusing the bus driver.

In his complaint to the police, bus driver Jagroop Singh, a resident of Nangal, alleged that five persons in a car stopped the bus when he was taking passengers to Samrala. The incident took place last evening when the bus driver failed to provide way to the five occupants of the car.

The five accused identified as Gagandeep, Ranbir, Manpreet of Majara village, Jagdeep of Katani Kalan village and Manmohan of Landa Pind.

Police officials said no arrests had been made in this connection as the investigating officials were conducting raids to arrest the culprits.



Minor abducted, 1 booked
Tribune News Service

Khanna, September 14
The police for abducting a minor girl from the Dhaba Road has booked a local resident. The accused has been identified as Mahesh Kumar, a migrant from Bihar, who allegedly abducted a 14-year-old girl from the city. Pyare Lal, the girl’s father, alleged that Mahesh had abducted his daughter from his house. A case has also been registered in this regard.



2,507 cases settled in lok adalat
Rakesh Gupta

Jagraon, September 14
Lok Adalat was held at Subdivisional Courts, Jagraon, where 2,507 cases were settled. A total of 2,844 cases were presented before various authorities of Lok Adalat. Disputes involving Rs 1.48 crore were settled.

Thousands of litigants thronged the court complex to get rid of unnecessary delays. Out of 99 civil suits/appeals 89 were settled involving almost Rs 51 lakh. Six rent cases, six executions, 12 cases U/s 125 Cr.PC. 42 Negotiable Instrument Act cases and 557 cases of Shop Act/traffic were settled.

As many as 113 reports out of 134 were also cancelled. There was a major relief for banks where 175 loan cases out of 224 presented were settled involving a sum of Rs. 81 lakh. Besides this, out of 1,198, 1109 mutations were sanctioned by revenue officers of Jagraon and Sidhwan Bet and 392 cases of Women Cell and Police Act were also settled.

Ranjeev Kumar, Civil Judge, Mandeep Kaur, Additional Civil Judge, Rajinder Oberai, tehsildar, Jagraon, and Women Cell in charge Amarjit Kaur presided over the Lok Adalat.

Mandeep Kaur encouraged the litigants to settle their cases amicably. It not only saves their time and money but reduces the work load on the courts.

The initiative of the judge even united a couple who were otherwise separated. Even the final settlement payment were also made by the husband. Both of them happily proceeded to their home reunited.



Katoch Shield
Ludhiana enter final
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 14
A powerful 72 runs by Karan Goel and an equally useful contribution of 46 runs by skipper, Ankur Kakkar steered Ludhiana to a two-wicket win over Amritsar in the semifinal of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament for the Katoch Shield which organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at the Punjab Agricultural University concluded today.

Requiring 230 runs for victory, hosts began the fourth day’s proceedings at 37 for 2. After surviving a scare, they surpassed the visitors’ total (233 for 8) in 71.2 over which assured them a place in the title clash with Chandigarh which defeated Mohali in the second semifinal, played today at PCA Stadium, Mohali.

This is Ludhiana’s second consecutive entry into the final and third during the past five editions of the championship. The final is slated to start on September 16 at Mohali.

Ludhiana suffered a quick blow as the overnight not out batsman, Geetansh Khera was out in the very first over without adding any run to the total.

Ludhiana lost the fourth wicket at 75 runs when Gaurav Marwaha, who had scored 13 on Saturday, returned to the pavilion after contributing 29 runs.

Then, Karan Goel and Ankur Kakkar steadied the innings and in the process, added 97 valuable runs for the fifth wicket. Karan hit 72 runs off 96 balls with the help of three sixes and seven boundaries while Ankur played the role of second fiddle, scoring 46 runs which included six hits to the fence.

Bharat Malhotra and Gagandeep Singh scored 18 and 7 runs, respectively, and after their departure, Gagandeep Dhand added 22 more runs, which helped Ludhiana to reach the target. He faced 16 deliveries and smashed 5 fours to enable Ludhiana to wrap up the thriller by two wickets.



Guru Angad school lift Wushu title
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 14
Guru Angad Dev Public School, Shimlapuri, lifted the fifth district Wushu championship title which was played at Ram Lal Bhasin Public School here today.

Shamrock Public School won the second place, while the host Ram Lal Bhasin Public School got the third prize in the event where competitions were held according to weight categories. Nishpreet, Harpreet and Damanpreet, all of GAD Public School, won gold medals in below 40 kg category, whereas Jasmeet of the same school secured a silver in the same category. Similarly, Akriti Arora of the host school, too,won a gold in the below 40 kg category.

Among other gold medalists are: Navpreet Sharma (below 24 kg), Karanpreet (28 kg), Gurpratap Singh (32 kg), Jasmeet (36 kg), Sourav (38 kg), Gursirjan Singh (24 kg), Jashan (26 kg) Arush (48 kg), Ankit Adya (52 kg).



12 shortlisted for bodybuilding c’ship
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, September 14
The Punjab Amateur Bodybuilding Association conducted trials here today at Flex Body Line, Dugri, in which 55 aspirants participated and 12 players were shortlisted for the coming 47th National Bodybuilding Championship to be held at Pune from September 24 to 28.

The selection panel comprising Prem Chand Degra, former Mr World, national judge, Navneet Singh and the Guinness Book of World Records holder in skipping Ranjit Pal Pabla selected the following bodybuilders for the national meet.

50-60 kg: Ramdeep Singh of Amritsar and Amit Bhatia of Ludhiana; 60-65 kg: Vishal Sharma of Amritsar, Vaneet Kumar of Hoshiarpur, Rahul Sharma, Charanjit Singh and Vivek from Ludhiana; 70-75 kg: Surinder Kumar of Ludhiana; 75-80 kg: Jagtar Singh of Ludhiana; 80-85 kg: Raghu Raj of Ludhiana; 85-90 kg: Sandeep Kumar of Ludhiana; plus 90 kg: Dharminder of Hoshiarpur.



Malwa school thrash Moga A 8-0
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 14
Nirmaljeet Singh scored a hat-trick as Malwa School Hockey Wing, Ludhiana, overwhelmed Moga A 8-0 in a group A match in the u-14 years section of the Punjab State Weekend Hockey Tournament being organised by the Punjab Sports Department at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium at Punjab Agricultural University, here today.

Moga A lads looked clueless against the winning players as the later went dictating the terms throughout and came out triumphant without being challenged.

The winners went into an early lead when Nirmaljeet Singh scored a field goal. He again struck in the ninth minute and added another one two minutes later to complete his hat-trick.

In the very next minute, Sarabjit Singh converted a penalty corner to enhance the lead 4-0 while Manjot Singh sounded the board in the 14th minute to consolidate the lead.

Sabhar Ali converted a penalty corner in the 20th minute and then sounded the board in the 37th minute to score a brace (7-0). Harman pumped in a goal in the 38th minute which sealed Moga A lads' fate 8-0.

In another match of group A (u-16), Gurukul Mehta Academy of Doraha drew 1-1 with Malwa School hockey wing,Ludhiana.

Malwa School hockey wing surged ahead in the 5th minute through a field goal scored by Kanwarpreet Singh. They squandered away the lead three minutes later as Ramanbir Singh of Doraha scored the equaliser.

Both teams toiled hard to score the much needed goal but failed to capitalise on the opportunities which came their way and eventually the issue remained unresolved.

Earlier, in the first match of the day in group C (u-16), Khaira XI scored an easy 6-0 win against Patiala XI. All goals were scored in the first half.

Judgepreet Singh opened the account in the 7th minute through a penalty corner conversion and Gurpreet increased the lead two minutes later. Judgepreet scored his second goal through a penalty stroke to make it 3-0.

Gurpreet found the target again in the 18th minute and Ranjot Singh was on the mark in the 27th minute while Karanpreet Singh scored in the 32nd minute to complete the rout (6-0).

In the last match (u-14) of the day, Moga B defeated Khaira XI 3-1 in group B. Khaira XI went into the lead in the 22nd minute through a field goal scored by Ranjot Singh.

Moga B lads restored parity in the 26th minute through Pawanpreet Singh. He put his side ahead in the 34th minute while Sumanpreet Singh converted a penalty corner in the 43rd minute to guide Moga B to romp home victorious.



For them, cricket is their life line
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Karan Goel
Karan Goel

Gagandeep Singh
Gagandeep Singh

Ludhiana, September 14
For these two budding players, cricket is their life line. After playing for Kings XI in the Indian Premiere League (IPL) their spirits are high and they are looking forward to make a place for themselves in the national team.

Karan Goel (22) and Gagandeep Singh (27) were part of the Ludhiana team which won the Katoch Shield, an inter-district cricket tournament of Punjab, which concluded in Ludhiana on Sunday. Sharing their experiences, the cricketers said IPL had given a new dimension to their careers as it gave them international exposure and recognition.

Gagandeep Singh said he played four games during the championship and his best performance was when he bold Shahid Afridi and H. Gibbs while playing against Hyderabad.

A right-arm medium pacer Gagandeep is now-a-days concentrating on speed. He said fast bowlers are an asset to the team and he wishes to earn fame. He said he had been participating in various national and international tournaments for the past nine years, adding that he took 243 wickets in the 59 first-class matches he had played till date.

Similarly, left hand batsman Karan Goel said he had been playing cricket since the age of eight and has been signed by the Kings XI for four years. He added that during the IPL matches, senior players played a supporting role and guided him which would help him to polish his skills.

The duo added that domestic cricket had always been supportive. They had played for Dilip and Deodar trophies which had immensely contributed in their game. Looking forward to get a berth in Punjab team in the Ranji trophy scheduled for November, the players said “we are tyring hard to give our best during the matches in Ranji as it would help in our selection for the national team.”



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