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Master plan to be altered for 6,000 small-scale units
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Amidst the controversy surrounding the master plan that the local government had not prepared its draft and had announced it under pressure from High Court, as many as 6,000 owners of small-scale industries located at Shimla Puri are being sent feelers that the plan would be amended to give them relief.

Pawan Kumar
Pawan Kumar

The 6,000 SSI units in Janta Nagar, New Janta Nagar and Shimla Puri are on the verge of closure as their area was marked as predominantly residential in the master plan. Hundreds of industrialists and workers who depend on these units for their livelihood had threatened to launch a statewide massive protest against this a few days ago.

Sensing trouble, as the industrialists had also levelled allegations against senior leaders of accepting money from them during elections, leaders have now assured them that their area would be marked as a “mixed land use” instead of residential.

The assurance was also given yesterday by minister for jails, Hira Singh Gabria, who pacified a delegation of hundreds of industrialists and workers stating he would take up the matter at the highest level.

While the assurance was made, it remains to be seen whether the amendment could be possible at this point of time. There were also allegations that the master plan had not been prepared as yet and only tall claims were made due to the deadline set by the High Court.

The Small Scale Industrialists Association, led by its president Gurwant Singh, had claimed that the units had come up in the areas two decades ago when not many people lived in that area. As the city expanded, more and more people constructed houses. Things came to such a pass that in the master plan the area was marked as residential.

‘‘What is our fault? We came here first and not the residents. Why should we be shifted? Shifting for us would mean closure for us and unemployment for thousands of workers,’’ said Gurwant Singh.

He said they were happy at the assurance was being given to them but they would not take it lying down if their units were closed down. ‘‘We would go to any level to protest. After all it is a matter of not only our life but also our children’s life too. How will we survive if we are asked to close these units?’’ he asked.


Tax Evasion
DRI seizes Rs 3 cr from two firms
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized cash and valuables worth Rs 3 crore from two leading industrial units engaged in manufacturing of yarn and hosiery goods here.

Suspecting tax evasion, officials of the department conducted search and seizure operations on 17 premises and survey operations on eight premises yesterday. The officials found “unaccounted money and incriminating documents” during the search.

According to the directorate, a few lockers have also been seized. The department suspected assessees to be concealing their income by infusing capital and loans into their businesses and also by making heavy investments towards and buildings.

The documents procured from search operations were being analysed, the officials said.



Tribune Impact
Hope floats for blast victim
BVP to provide an artificial foot to Pawan Kumar, who lost his left leg in the Shingar tragedy
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Shingar cinema blast victim Pawan Kumar, who lost his left leg in the incident last year, would soon be walking without the help of crutches as the Bharatiya Vikas Parishad (BVP) has decided to provide him an artificial foot free-of-cost.

Moved by the plight of the blast victim highlighted in these columns on Wednesday, BVP national president Yashpal Gupta announced the decision to provide him an artificial foot within a few days.

Gupta said they would call him to their charitable prosthetics centre at Rishi Nagar tomorrow and take the size. “Within a few days, the foot would be prepared and he would be able to walk without the help of crutches,” he said.

Pawan, a 22-year-old migrant from Bihar, had paid Rs 7,000 to a private centre near the Christian Medical College and Hospital and was arranging for another Rs 7,000 to get an artificial foot. The announcement brought cheers for the blast victim. “It is a happiest moment after a year of darkness in my life,” said elated Pawan.

He said his handicap was coming in the way of his marriage. His elder and younger brothers were married and nobody was willing to marry him. “I hope some girl would accept my proposal,” Pawan added

Honorary president of the BVP R.P. Gupta said their organisation provides free artificial limbs to the physically challenged during the special camp organised on the second Sunday of every month at the Rishi Nagar centre.



SGPC chief pledges eyes
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Endorsing the idea of organ donation for the welfare of humanity, SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar today pledged his eyes during a function organised at DMCH on World day for Organ Donation and Transplantation.
World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation celebrated at DMCH in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
World Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation celebrated at DMCH in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Finance minister, Manpreet Singh Badal, while applauding the cause of organ donation, voluntarily signed the donor's card. He appreciated the effort of school students for their innovative ideas in making posters on organ donation.

The function was organised by GLODAS INDIA (Gift of Life and Organ Donation Awareness Society), in association with DMCH. Students from 35 schools, 20 nursing schools and colleges participated in the poster-making and slogan-writing competitions.

Dr Baldev Singh Aulakh, Professor of urology and President of GLODAS, emphasised on the need for more donations. “To motivate people to come forward for organ donation of brain-dead patients is the need of the hour. But there is still a social stigma against the practice,” Aulakh said.

Dr LS Chawla, former principal DMCH and patron GLODAS, Dr Daljit Singh principal DMCH and Member Parliament Sharanjit Singh Dhillon were amongst other dignitaries present on the occasion.



Come Diwali, BSNL out to woo consumers
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is introducing new consumer-friendly schemes as it is facing tough competition with private companies like Airtel, Reliance in the fray.

With the onset of the festival season, BSNL is out to woo the customers. It is offering one-month GPRS (Internet) facility for free to the mobile consumers. The landline subscribers will also get one-month Internet facility for free.

Talking to The Tribune, S.K. Aggarwal, general manager, Telecom, Ludhiana, said they had already introduced the EVDO card system for the Internet users for the past one-and-a-half month. The EVDO card was like a pen drive and the Internet subscribers could make use of this on their laptop anywhere. The EVDO card costs Rs 3,500 with fixed monthly charges of Rs 550 for Internet. This has a very high speed upto 2Mbps. BSNL has also introduced NIC card (Rs 2800) for mobile services with a less speed of 144 Kbps with Rs 250 monthly charges for Internet.

When asked about the complaints regarding hefty bills of the Broadband services, Aggarwal explained: “Sometimes children keep watching movies and playing games on Internet and as a result, the charges go high.”

The general manager claimed that they had not received complaints regarding the inflated bills. As it was a government organisation, there was no question of anything hanky-panky in the bills. Moreover, the entire billing system was computerised, he added.

The consumers feel that sometimes there is a network problem in the BSNL mobile system due to which the service remains suspended for hours together. Sabbar, a BSNL mobile consumer, says that he is happy with the service, but occasionally the failure of network for two-three hours causes a lot of inconvenience. Bhupinder Singh, a local businessman, who had BSNL mobile connection, had to forego it because of the network problem.



Sangat Darshan
Elderly man’s voice remains unheard
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
At the time when Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was showering grants during his sangat darshan at the Jain Public School here today, there was an elderly man sitting outside the venue who wanted to meet him.

Sixty-three-year-old Krishan Lal, whose son committed suicide three years back, said he wanted to urge the CM to help him and his wife as they had no source of income.

The CM, who hurried to leave the venue after talking to mediapersons, seemed too busy and “ignored” the greybeard.

Talking to The Tribune, Krishan Lal said, “I live with my wife Pushpa Rani at the Ram Nagar Colony. My son committed suicide by hanging himself and since then we have no source of income.”

The distressed father said he and his wife were forced to beg for meals. “We don't know where to go. And the CM, on whom we had pinned our hopes, didn't even hear us," he said in a stammering voice.

Present at the venue with his and his wife's voter cards and son's death certificate, Krishan said, "Life has become a hell for us after the death of our only son.” He is also not getting the old-age pension as he is not aware of any such scheme.

As soon as MLA Satpal Gosain saw the elderly talking to mediapersons, he directed the officials to bring him to the Punjab Trade Centre, the next venue of the sangat darshan. However, the elderly was not seen at there and his voice remained unheard at the sangat darshan, which the CM claims is the best method to address public grievances.



CM gets generous, announces funds
Jyotika Sood
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Refraining himself from mediapersons, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, today said he was in the city just to listen public grievances through his sangat darshans.

The meetings, which were convened in the BJP MLA Satpal Gosain's constituency here today, witnessed a huge number of people turning up for the sangat darshan mostly with individual problems. Gosain urged the CM to grant Rs 312.79 lakh for various works in his constituency.

The CM, despite a financial crunch in the state, was quite generous while announcing the funds to those who had come to seek financial aid. He asked the municipal corporation, Ludhiana, to give Rs 2 lakh to Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Public Senior Secondary School for construction of a building and computers.

The CM announced grants of Rs 7 crore, including Rs 1.12 crore for roads, Rs 2.13 crore for water supply, to wards No 36 and 39.

At the second sangat darshan, Badal released a grant of around Rs 4 crore and asked municipal commissioner G.S. Ghuman to immediately prepare a detailed plan for covering open drains in the old city. Similarly, he cleared development projects costing Rs 6 crore for the ward of municipal councillor Sarabjit Singh Kaka.

Talking about three-wheelers, the CM said he had requested the Centre to allow CNG supply to Ludhiana, which would help to solve the problem.



Officers absent from Mini Secretariat
Sheetal Chawla
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
There has been practically no work in the deputy commissioner’s office for the past six days. On October 10, Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal was in Ludhiana for sangat darshan. The deputy commissioner, additional deputy commissioner and other officers of the district were busy with the Chief Minister. Even senior police officers were busy in making security arrangements. Saturday and Sunday being holidays, no official work could be done. 

On Monday, October 13, again no work could be carried on in the DC office as the officers were busy in making the security and other arrangements for the CM's visit, who came to Ludhiana to participate in the Valmiki Jayanti celebrations. Tuesday was again a holiday because of Valmiki Jayanti. Today, also the Chief Minister was in Ludhiana to hold the sangat darshan in the constituency of Vidhan Sabha deputy speaker Satpal Gosain.

During a visit to Mini Secretariat today, this staffer found that senior officers, including DC, ADC and other officers, were not available in their offices. The reporter had visited Mini Secretariat on Monday also and none of these officers were available even then.

Mini Secretariat houses the offices of the state government besides the offices of the DC, DTO (district transport officer), district education officer (both primary and secondary), excise and taxation department and SSP. All these officers deal with the general public and on an average, 5,000 persons visit the complex daily. 



Karva Chauth
Right from boutiques, beauty parlours to small shops and busy shopping arcades, the show is completely run by women
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Karva Chauth is the occasion where women take the lead in every sphere, including the fiscal gains in big and small enterprise. Oblivious to the plunge in the sensex, the women are zealously involved in trading. Right from boutiques, beauty parlours to small shops and busy shopping arcades, the show is completely manoeuvred by women.

Boutiques cater to all income groups and retain their steady clientele by prettifying every outfit.

Vandana, a boutique owner, while revealing her trade secrets, said, "I have a regular clientele for 10 years as I keep myself updated and blend it with the individual's tastes. Karva Chauth alone fetches me a business of six months and I look forward to it as it is a pleasure beautifying women," she added.

Beauty clinics witness a heavy rush as women are strong contenders when it comes to availing Karvachauth packages even for promotional gimmicks like “special slimming package for Karva Chauth”. Don't be surprised if established beauty salons refuse to give you an appointment for mehndi, light make-up or hair styling.

It's the woman priest that groups of ladies prefer for the evening “katha” as Monica puts it: "We have a ‘panditain’ who recites the Karva story to women in our locality for the past 15 years. It's a pleasure listening to her and then rewarding her with cash, saris and eatables."

However, things are different for some working women who have no time for indulging in “frivolous acts”. It was a straight no to fasting for a full time PRO but sharing her keenness for shopping, she said: "I have a stipulated budget for the occasion and I just love to pamper myself on this specific day. My husband, who is a strong believer of equality, takes me out for a movie followed by a dinner," disclosed the woman. 



Mehndi, Bollywood style
Manav Ghuman/Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
With Karva Chauth round the corner, women have for numerous choices in hand when it comes to mehndi. Experts have already arrived in the city from various parts of the country while city parlours are also ready with various designs to woo the city's elite crowd.

Harsha is a popular name in Bollywood when it comes to mehndi. After applying mehndi to the actress like Rani Mukherjee, Karisma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Hema Malini and Tanuja, she is here to add that glitter on the palms of eves. Women and girls can now have that “filmi” feeling by getting the mehndi applied from Harsha.

Though Harsha has been to the city several times, it is the first time that she will be rendering her services, especially for Karva Chauth. She says: "This time it will be the designer mehndi that is in vogue. I will be applying Mumbai-style mehndi and rose pattern is the most in thing these days. For those who want temporary mehndi, I will add a little sparkle here and there".

Recently, Harsha had applied mehndi to Rani Mukherjee for her two movies “Babul” and “Laga chunari meni daag”. "I had to be there all through the shooting as mehndi I applied to Rani was the temporary one and needed to be corrected whenever it chipped off. Usually, I have four assistants along with me but during the shooting I did the job myself alone", she shares.

Commenting on the change in the design patterns in mehndi, she adds that initially it was the intricate designs with mostly the pattern of leaves but now women like fusion of traditional and modern designs. Rajasthani, Arabian, golden, silver, Marwari and Mumbai styles are in rage these days, she says. Harsha will also visit Sutlej Club on karva chauth at the bangle and mehndi festival.

The city's Grace Beauty Parlour is also offering various patterns for the festival. Indira Ahluwalia, director of the parlour, added that this year it is the thick and thin pattern that I would be putting in shape.

Meanwhile, many mehndi artists from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Lucknow have appeared on roadsides. Sanjay Kumar, an artist, said, "I apply Rajsthani and Arabian mehndi and kokila super is my speciality which paints one's hands almost black". In addition to this, he can also apply red, black, silver and golden mehndi.



PAU, Syngenta sign MoU
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Under its public-private partnership programme, Punjab Agricultural University yesterday entered into partnership with Syngenta India to jointly undertake projects aimed towards sustainable development. An MoU was signed by PAU VC Dr Manjit Singh Kang and president of Syngenta India Prakash Apte.

Terming the event as a historic one, Dr Kang said the public-private partnership was must for bringing second green revolution. Dr Kang revealed that collaborative projects would be initiated jointly by the PAU and Syngenta aimed at enhancing productivity and quality of farm produce. Dr Kang said he had known Syngenta as an innovative company and hoped that this partnership would benefit Punjab farmers.

Prakash Apte said in order to uplift the farmers, academic knowledge must be used for their betterment."Together we can come out with some novel ideas to tackle farmers' problem", he said. Giving introduction of the firm, Apte said Syngenta was a world-leading agri-business firm that provided technological solution for better agronomic practices to improve farm productivity.

PAU director of Extension Education Dr. N.S.Malhi, Director of Research P.S.Minhas and several deans and heads of departments were present on this occasion.



First Zonal Livestock Show
Shahrukh is the best foal
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Baddowal (Ludhiana), October 15
Shahrukh Raja, a two-and-a-half-year-old foal was awarded the “best foal” (Marwari) award during the first zonal “Livestock show and competition” organised by the animal husbandry department at Baddowal Sports Stadium here today. The proud owner of Raja, Jagdeep Singh of Nawan Pind, Gobindpura (Payal), said he had purchased the horse by paying a hefty amount of Rs 3 lakh. Raja defeated seven other horses to get the title for the best breed.

The show was organised by the state government in which animals from three districts, namely Barnala, Ludhiana and Moga, participated. Other similar livestock shows will be organised at Patiala, Amritsar and Bathinda in the coming days.

Kamaljit Singh Sidhu, president the Fish Farmers Association, Punjab, told The Tribune that now agriculture had reached a plateau and there was need for diversification. “Animal husbandry, fish farming etc, remain the best option for the farmers. Such livestock shows not only exhibited the best of animals but boosted the morale of the farmers as well,” he said.

The show was inaugurated by Harsh Rai Dhanda, chief parliamentary secretary. In his address he stressed on the need of such competitions of livestock in rural areas of Punjab.

As numerous farmers flocked to the show, about 50 exhibition stalls from different departments, including GADVASU, PAU, MILKFED, dairy development, fisheries, pharmaceutical companies, business organisations etc had been put up. Dr Sukhwant Singh, a veterinary doctor, entertained the farmers with his folk songs.

Amongst others present included, Dr Usha R. Sharma, secretary, animal husbandry, Dr B. S. Sidhu, director, animal husbandry, Dr Paramjit Singh and Dr Ashok Sharma.



Dalits to boycott Lok Sabha polls’
Ludhiana: The B.R. Ambedkar Mission Ekta Club president, Bobby Vandaliya, has said the Dalits would boycott the Lok Sabha elections, scheduled to be held next year. He accused the state and the Central governments of ignoring the Dalits. — TNS



Slump in steel prices troubles producers
Business hit as large manufacturers not slashing rates
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The local manufacturers are feeling the heat following a slump in global steel prices as the big manufacturers have not slashed the prices accordingly. The buyers are, however, seeking lower rates.

The secondary steel producers in Mandi Gobindgarh and Ludhiana, who have slashed prices, too, are adopting a wait-and-watch policy as a result of the trends in domestic markets.

“Large producers are not slashing prices. This has hit our business as buyers are seeking rates according to the prevailing international prices," said Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma, president of the United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers’ Association.

Earlier, too, fluctuations in steel prices have been causing problems for manufacturing units. Instability in prices makes it tough for producers to fix steel prices.

According to manufacturers, prices of round have come down from Rs 45 per kilogram to around Rs 34 per kilogram. In the secondary market, rates of ingot have seen a downfall from Rs 38,000 to Rs 29,000 within a short span. However, as the downward trend in international prices continues, manufacturers have been expecting prices to come down further.

“Demand has been hit as manufacturers are looking forward to another decline. But the secondary producers are now resisting from slashing the prices further. The move is causing an adverse impact on industry. It would hit the manufacturing activity in the region in coming months," said an engineering unit owner.



Doraha man killed in mishap
Tribune News Service

Khanna, October 15
Malkit Singh, a Doraha resident, was killed in an accident while he was returning home from Samrala. He was hit by a speeding Bolero, driven by a Rahon resident, Davinder.

The incident took place around 11 am. Some passersby informed the police.

The victim was rushed to the Samrala civil hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.

A case under various Sections of the IPC has been registered. The police is investigating the matter. 



ETO dies mysteriously
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
An excise and taxation officer, Jasmail Singh, died under mysterious circumstances at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital yesterday. A resident of Shastri Nagar, the ETO was taken to the hospital in the morning by his family where he breathed his last.

The family sources said he was with his friends last evening. When he came back, he was not feeling well. Autopsy on his body was to be performed today. His viscera would be sent for the examination at the Patiala chemical laboratory. 



13 colleges to take part in zonal youth fest
Our Correspondent

Doraha, October 15
Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, will host the youth and heritage festival of Panjab University, Ludhiana Zone-A, starting from October 17.

Principal of the college Dr Narinder Singh Sidhu stated that a total of 13 colleges, including A.S. College, Khanna; Malwa College, Bondali, Samrala; Gobindgarh Public College, Alour; Government College, Karamsar, Rara Sahib; BSSG Government College, Sidhsar; GGN Khalsa College, Ludhiana; Arya College, Ludhiana; SCD Government College, Ludhiana; Government Evening College, Ludhiana; Mata Gurdev Kaur Memorial Shahi and Sports College of Physical Education, Samrala; KLSD College, Ludhiana; Sri Aurbindo College of Commerce and Management, Jhande; Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana; Guru Nanak College of Law, Gopalpur, besides the host college, were participating in the fest.

S.M. Kant, director, department of youth welfare, Panjab University, Chandigarh, said: "The basic motive behind organising these festivals is to revive the elapsed cultural heritage, especially in youngsters."

According to organising secretary Harwinder Kaur, around 1,200 artistes will be participating in more than 43 items in the four-day festival which will continue till October 20.

Music items along with collage making, clay modelling, poster making, cartooning, rangoli, painting, will be organised on October 17. Dance items, quiz and creating writing shall be conducted on the second day of the fest. Theatrical items, including drama, skit, mime, mimicry, besides poetry recitation, debate and elocution will be conducted on the 19th.



Conference on toxicology today
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The 28th annual conference of the Society of Toxicology (Stox), India and International Symposium on "Monitoring and Modulating Global Resources of Environmental and Food Contaminants: Nature versus Chemicals" organised by the Department of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology in the College of Veterinary Science at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University will be inaugurated tomorrow.

Dr Hardyal Singh, former director, research and medical education, Punjab, will the chief guest and Dr V.K.Taneja, VC, GADVASU, will preside over the inaugural function. This conference will be organised to bring the scientists and research workers from various disciplines to discuss matters relating adverse effects of chemicals and drugs on health of people, domestic animals and wildlife.

The conference will offer an opportunity for the scientists, teachers and students to interact with eminent toxicologists of India and abroad. There will be nine technical sessions with special focus on challenging issues.



From Schools & Colleges
Gurdwara inaugurated at school
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Gujranwala Guru Nanak Public School, Rose Garden, wore a festive look today as it celebrated 300 years of Gurta Gaddi Divas. A gurdwara was inaugurated on the school premises.

The occasion was graced by Prof Manjit Singh, former jathedar, Akal Takht, Amritsar, and Baba Iqbal Singh, Baru Sahib.

Guru Granth Sahib was welcomed with a shower of petals by students as it reached the school campus led by the Panj Pyaras. Shabad Kirtan by the school choir created a divine atmosphere.

Prof Manjit Singh spoke about the importance of Guru Granth Sahib's teachings and Baba Iqbal Singh advised the students to follow the teachings of the Sikh gurus.

Mandi Ahmedgarh: VISIT TO STOCK EXCHANGE: Business administration students of Bhutta College of Engineering and Technology (BCET), Bhutta, imbibed elements of speculative business and investment in an interaction with financial experts of the Ludhiana Stock Exchange (LSE) during an educational tour yesterday. They decided to be cautious while venturing into shares and commodity trading in their lives.

According to Dr. V. K. Sharma, principal, and Dr. R. S. Gupta, head of the business management department, Pooja Sharma and Ravinder Singh, senior executive in the LSE, illustrated various concepts of the subject with the help of online trading being done in their departments.

Besides learning historical perspective of stock exchanges in India and abroad, the students studied various rules and regulations issued by SEBI from time to time.

They were explained how the SEBI acted as a supervisory body to prevent scams and financial hijackings. Stocks option and derivative trading were explained through a live demonstration. 



Chanan Da Tikka released
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
"Chanan Da Tikka", an anthology of Punjabi poems by PAU zoologist Dr Devinder Dilroop, was released at a special function organised by the Centre for Communication and International Linkages, PAU, here today.

PAU VC Dr Manjit Singh Kang was the chief guest while Dr Surjit Patar, former president of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi, presided over the function. Former member of the Punjab Public Service Commission Amarjit Singh Chawla was the guest of honour.

Dr Kang complimented Dr Dilroop for having highlighted socially relevant issues through her writings. He said PAU had always seen agriculture and culture going hand-in-hand. He presented the first copy of the book to Chawla and Dr Raghubir Singh Bains.

Chawla drew attention of the litterateurs present towards social evils such as dowry, declining respect for elders, craving for false publicity, pursuit of material gains.

Dr Surjit Patar said PAU was proud to have eminent writers such as Prof Mohan Singh, Sant Singh Sekhon, Krishan Adeeb, Ajaib Chitrakar, V.B. Arun, Mohanjit, etc., who created a literary atmosphere much better than the traditional language universities.

Dr Raghubir Singh Bains, an eminent thinker from Canada, presented a vote 
of thanks. 



The men who add zing to the fest
Manav Ghuman
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
Karva Chauth may be an all-women festival but it is incomplete without men. The men, who play a vital role in making the festival special for women, are mehndi artists, men at salons, bangle shops and apparel stores.

Mehndi artists from Lucknow, UP, and Rajasthan have arrived in the city for the special day. Rajiv Ahmed, a resident of Lucknow, is in the city these days to give that special look to the palms of the women. "I am in the city for the past few days," he said.

Munna Bhai, another mehndi artist at the main Sarabha Nagar market, said although Karva Chauth was round the corner, girls and women have already started coming to him for mehndi in Rajasthani, Arabian, golden, silver, Marwari and Mumbai styles that are in demand this season. "Karva Chauth holds no charm without mehndi so the presence of the mehndi artists is a must. The celebrations will be incomplete without us," says Munna Bhai.

There is nothing like the melodious clink of glass bangles on Karva Chauth. The elegance of glass bangles is unmistakable universal appeal. Their glow reaches the face of the women and makes her look even more graceful. But these bangles reach her wrists through the shopkeepers.

Elaborating on the ongoing trend in bangles Rahul Abhi, owner of Lakshmi store at Fountain Chowk, says that bangles with dabka, Jodhpuri bangles with kundan are in vogue these days. Lakh bangles as always look chic and stylish so have many takers.

"For the newlyweds, we have a royal collection which includes bangles that are a mix and match of red and maroon bangles", adds Rahul. Without bangles the women's festival would have been a lacklustre affair.

The city's apparel shops are all decked up for the coming festival. Dresses in red and maroon can be seen displayed at the windows. Discussing the trend, Sanjay Arora, owner of Kala Mandir, added that a special collection for Karva Chauth arrived in their stores. "Net sarees with embroidery and suits with velvet patch-work will be in vogue this time," adds Arora.

The final touch will be given by salons and parlours. Women will be seen heading towards the nearest parlours for that glamorous look. Shiv Kumar Sharma of Shape-Up at Sarabha Nagar adds that women have already started advance booking for the festival.



Remembering Faraaz
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The Dhvani, a cultural organisation, organised “Anjuman”, a ghazal evening, in memory of eminent poet Ahmad Faraaz. Singers associated with the Dhvani mesmerised the audience with melodious compositions yesterday at Punjabi Bhawan.

Mohit was at his best as he sang “Abke hum bichharein to shayad kabhi” while Dr Vikram transcended the music lovers in a world of melody with “Zindagi se yeh gila hai mujhe”.

Ahmad Faraaz , the noted poet who died in August this year after a brief illness, is known for his romantic and radical verses. All renowned singers, including Mehdi Hassan, Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, Malika Pukhraj gave voice to Faraaz's poetry.



Yoga to counter stress

As reported in Ludhiana Tribune (September 20) “Stress takes toll on cops, 2 commit suicide”, is a vexed issue. The duty hours of cops are longer and there is no proper duty roster as all of a sudden they are put on VIP duty, besides performing their routine obligations. This is making cops alcoholic, thereby causing health-related problems. The top brass the police should chalk out a plan to make cops healthy by including morning exercises in their daily routine and provide them healthy diet. To counter stress, the cops should go in for yoga sessions.

Sher Singh, Gill Road, Ludhiana

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Two held with illicit liquor
Tribune News Service

Khanna, October 15
The Khanna police today arrested two persons with 22 bottles of illicit liquor. The accused have been identified as Balwinder Singh and Shibba of Stabgarh village of Jodhewal in Ludhiana.

ASI Jaswinder Singh laid a naka near Stabgarh and arrested Balwinder with 12 bottles of XXX Rum and Shibba with 10 bottles of English wine. The police is investigating the matter.

Thieves nabbed

The Khanna police today arrested two persons with a stolen bike. The accused have been identified as Harish Kumar, a resident of Samrala, and Hardeep Singh, a resident of Ludhiana.

The cops got a tip-off about the thieves who were coming towards Khanna from Rara Sahib on a bike. Cops laid a naka and arrested the suspects. A case has been registered. The police is investigating the matter.



Cracker Fire
BJP leader booked
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 15
The police has registered a case against BJP leader Goldy Sabharwal for allegedly storing fire crackers in a godown in densely populated Field Ganj, here.

SHO Surinder Mann said the case was registered against Goldy yesterday under Sections 188, 286, 337 and 338 of the IPC.



Jarkhar overwhelm Ludhiana 9-1
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, October 15
Jarkhar Acadmey overwhelmed Ludhiana 9-1 on the second day of the 9th All-India Mata Surjit Kaur Hockey League being held at the Mata Sahib Kaur Stadium, Jarkhar, about 15 km from here today.

After wasting a couple of scoring chances, Jarkhar Academy lads went into the lead in the 19th minute through a penalty corner conversion by Lovepreet Singh and four minutes later, Prabhjeet made it 2-0. He again struck in the 31st minute to increase the lead 3-0.

After changing ends, Sukhbir Singh and Prabhpreet Singh added goals in the 40th and 48th minute, respectively, to further cement the lead 5-0. Sukhbir Singh again sounded the board in the 50th minute while Sukhraj Singh found the target in the 55th minute to read it 7-0.

Jarkhar Academy pumped in two more goals through Prabhpreet Singh in the 57th and 59th minute to complete the rout. The lone goal for the losers came off Hirdaypal Singh's stick with just three minutes to go for the long whistle.

The second match of the day was played between Sangrur Academy and Jalandhar in which the former romped home victors 4-0 after leading by three goals at half time.

Amandeep Singh put Sangrur Academy into the lead in the 11th minute and two minutes he enhanced the lead 2-0. Narinder Singh made it 3-0 in the 16th minute while Parminder Singh struck in the 41st minute to enable Sangrur Academy to wrap up the issue quite easily.

In the third match, DAV School, Chandigarh, outplayed Dalla Brothers XI of Moga 5-2.

The fourth match was played between, Jagtar XI, Jarkhar and Singhu Academy of Delhi was also resolved through a tiebreaker as the score sheet read 3-all at the end of 70 minutes regular period.



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