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Dejected man commits suicide
Son killed in March, wife had left him
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Nearly five months after his son was killed in a fight on account of personal enmity, a man committed suicide by consuming poison yesterday. The victim, identified as Jagdish Chander, consumed some poisonous substance at his office in the railway quarters near Chaura Bazar. He died at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here the previous evening.

According to the suicide note recovered by the police, the victim accused his wife Seema Sharma, mother-in-law Prem Lata, brothers-in-law Vijay, Soni and Raju and their wives of forcing him to commit suicide.

The persons named by him were on the run, said the investigating officer. It was learnt that there had been constant trouble between him and his wife following the death of their son Chandan Sharma at Rishi Nagar in March this year.

Sources said Seema, a railway employee, had recently deserted Jagdish and started living with her parents. It was also learnt that Jagdish was a chronic alcoholic and used to harass his wife for money, which led to their separation.

Jagdish called up his brother the previous afternoon and informed him that he had consumed poison. His brother rushed to the house and took Jagdish to hospital, where the latter breathed his last.

During investigations, the police found the suicide note lying in the room. The police was on the lookout of the persons named in the note. Kotwali SHO Amandeep Singh said the autopsy was conducted today and the report was awaited.

Fatal attraction

The cold-blooded murder of Jagdish’s son Chandan, a 21-year-old property dealer, has turned out to be a love triangle ending in a crime of passion. The prime suspect is the fiancé of the girl with whom the victim had had an affair. Chandan bled to death in front of a school a few yards from his house at Rishi Nagar on March 13. The police had then booked Shivraj, a resident of Chander Nagar, and some other assailants, who could not be identified.


Chinese rakhis
Dragon breaks into tradition
Hemdeep Kaur

Ludhiana, August 7
Chinese rakhis are a rage among youngsters in the city. These rakhis come in a variety of shapes and colours. Most interestingly, these have a fun element hard to miss.

“Children love cartoon characters like Alladin, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Tom and Jerry, Doremon and Shin Chan. When they get to see these on rakhis, they choose instantly,” says Prachi Saxena, a young mother. Her five-year-old daughter has already bought her cartoon-rakhis for her younger brother.

Rakhis with lights that flicker on contact are also a hot favourite among kids. They love to buy these rakhis, says a shopkeeper at Ghumar Mandi here.

“My daughter has already collected a variety of rakhis. In fact, she keeps pestering me to buy a rakhi for her every time she sees one at a shop. She says she wants to collect all kinds of rakhi and tie these on her brother’s wrist,” says Payal Gupta, a homemaker.

For the older group, ‘chandan’ rakhis and rakhis with beads are the preferred lot. A rakhi ‘thali’ is another must-buy for many women. It comes complete with ‘sindoor’ and ‘diyas’.

There are Ganesh rakhi ‘thalis’, coconut rakhi ‘thalis’ and ‘swastika’ rakhi ‘thalis’, says the manager of a karyana store at Ghumar Mandi. Silver rakhis are also liked by many, though these are not easy on the pocket.

Chetna, a lecturer at the Khalsa College for Women, says the festival signifies close ties between brother and sister.

“In this age of commercialisation, the festival is getting increasingly commercialised. Yet, it retains its sanctity because it has ages of tradition behind it,” she says.



Rain, humidity bring viral fever, cold to city
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
With the city still midway through the monsoon season, people complaining of high fever, body ache, cold and cough have been thronging the city’s hospitals and clinics. Many patients have reported symptoms of jaundice, typhoid, cholera, malaria and other infectious diseases.

Dr Kamal Masih, medical superintendent of Christian Medical College & Hospital, said: "Every day we receive about 20 patients suffering from high viral fever at our hospital. With the rainy season in full swing their number has only increased."

"If some one contacts viral fever he can’t do much. He should take antibiotics only if there is a secondary infection. He should also take adequate rest along with medicines prescribed by the doctor as well as increase intake of liquids, vitamin C, fruits and milk”.

Dr Harkamal Sidhu, head of medicine at BL Kapoor Memorial Hospital, stated: "We get 20 to 30 cases of viral fever every day. Many people also come with complaints of severe headache. People suffering from viral fever should have an adequate diet along with medicines prescribed by the doctor."

Hospitals and clinics in and around the city are also getting a lot of patients infected with malaria, typhoid and gastroenteritis. Said Dr Rajinder Gulati, a pediatrician at Civil Hospital, Raikot: "Cases of viral fever are on rise these days. Patients come with complaints of sore throat and low fever, which typically indicate the onset of viral fever. These symptoms are often followed by nasal discharge, cough and rise in fever. In most cases self remittance is witnessed within 5 to 7 days. Asthmatic patients may get an acute attack”.



Attending pvt colleges costlier than govt ones
‘Liberal’ PU approach on fee structures questioned again
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Studying for a BCom or MCom degree at any of the city’s government colleges costs about Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 per academic year while for doing the same course from a privately run institution will cost a student about Rs 30,000 per year. This marked difference in fees for academic programs has raised questions about Panjab University's supposedly "lenient approach" on allowing private colleges affiliated with it to frame their own rules including free structures.

Due to the lesser charges, SCD Government College and Government College for Women remain the preferred institutions for undergraduate studies for both students and their parents. "There’s more discipline in government colleges. Besides, the exorbitant fee structure in privately run colleges was the major reason why students prefer government colleges over private ones. About two to three years ago a PU admissions committee had also raised objections over the "non-recommended" fee structures adopted by private colleges", said a senior commerce faculty member at SCD Government College.

Aarti Goel (name changed), who is enrolled in the BCom course at a local women’s college, said last year when admissions were not online she secured admission at that particular college. "I had gone to the Government College for Women first, but due to the high merit list there I couldn’t get admission. Students were asked to pay about Rs 17,000, which gave an impression it was the fees for the entire one-year course. But after six months the authorities again asked students to deposit the second installment (about Rs 17,000), which came as a shock. Since we were in the middle of the session, we were left with no other choice but to succumb to the pressure. A student studying at Government College for Women or SCD Government College will pay anything up to Rs 3,500 for the same course while we have to pay about Rs 34,000 per year", rued Aarti.

However, privately run colleges maintain their fee structures cannot match those of government institutions since they were not getting any government grants.

A senior lecturer at a women’s college in Model Town said: “As the government doesn’t provide any financial aid to privately run unaided colleges, their entire expenses have to borne by them and the burden is indirectly passed on to students. Private institutions have to pay teachers’ salaries and incur other expenses, so the fee structures of various courses can’t be compared with those of government colleges, which get everything from the government. However, the teacher admitted the financial burden on parents of students at private colleges was heavy.



Alms out, books in
65 dropouts-turned-beggars are back to school
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
As many as 65 school dropouts have been enrolled at a school being run by an NGO and a trust at BRS Nagar here.

Continuing their efforts to bring children begging on roads back to school, the Noble Foundation Trust and the Shri Durga Mata Mandir Trust are running the school in a room on the temple premises.

Rajinder Sharma, founder of the trust, said, “Earlier, these kids used to beg from devotees. They are all school dropouts. One day, I discussed their plight with TK Passi, president of the trust.”

He added, “We planned to open a school for them on the temple premises. About a month ago, with the efforts of the NGO and the trust, this school started functioning.”

Today, the deputy general manager of the circle office of the Punjab National Bank, Yashpal, distributed books and notebooks among the children.

Babita, one of the students, said, “We are seven siblings. My parents are labourers. Now, I do not beg for money or eatables as I have been coming to school. I have learnt all alphabets of English.”

Seven-year-old Mausami said, “A few days back, I was offered Rs 80 by an auntie who came to visit the temple. I refused to accept it, saying now I did not come here to beg, but to study.”

Their teacher, a postgraduate in English, with them from 8 am to 12 noon said, “I love to teach these children.” Interestingly, there was a government primary school in the area, not far from the temple.

Earlier, the NGO had started a similar school at the cycle stand of the Shri Durga Mata Mandir near Jagraon bridge. More than 45 children, mostly from families of labourers, had been enrolled there.

NGO runs 12 schools

The trust runs 12 schools for children of slum areas. Of these, nine are in the city and one each at Abohar, Guruharsahay and Jalalabad. About 2,000 students are being taught by 43 voluntary teachers at these schools. These schools, running for the past five years, bear the name ‘Ma Sharda Vidya Peeth’.



‘Inspired’ by film, schoolkids try their hands at extortion
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The stammer of Chandu Don, the extortionist, which had became a nightmare for former Congress councillor Rakesh Jain alias Navkar Jain, was actually that of class 10 students. Currently in police custody on charges of demanding Rs 25 lakh from Jain, the duo of Mani and Rahul, both 16-year-old students of a private school in Jodhewal Basti, confessed the idea of extortion came to them while watching a south Indian movie.

It all started on a week ago when Jain received a phone call from an anonymous cell number. The caller referred to himself as Chandu Don and threatened the councillor with dire consequences if he failed to come with Rs 50 lakh.

Initially, Jain, who owns a local hosiery unit, took the threat to be a prank. But soon the extortion calls became more frequent.

"A few days ago Jain called back and abused both of us. I got scared and began stammering. I threatened him and told him I would set his factory as well as his house on fire," said Mani, who was the brain behind the extortion drama.

On Saturday Jain brought the matter to the notice of the police. It was then decided he would hand over Rs 25 lakh to the extortionist in five installments.

Jodhewal Basti SHO Jatinder Singh said: "We couldn’t leave anything to chance. We put some currency notes along with paper wads in a bag. The extortionist called up again this morning and told us to keep the bag near Shifali Public School located in the Jodhewal locality."

Additional police deputy commissioner Sushil Kumar and ACP Nilambari Vijay Jagadale said the police laid a trap and kept a watch on the bag. In the meantime two children turned up at the scene. The police was surprised to see the extortionists were none other than two schoolchildren. They were nabbed red handed while they were trying to flee with the bag.

During questioning the suspects cracked soon and confessed to hatching and executing the extortion conspiracy. Saying he had planned the extortion bid, Mani said: "While sitting at home I saw a dubbed Hindi version of a south Indian film in which the bad guy named Chandu Don gets away with a huge amount of money after threatening an industrialist," he said.

Mani and Rahul were good friends and used to meet during tuition classes that were held from 6 pm to 9 pm every day. Mani discussed the idea of extorting money from a local factory owner with Rahul; the latter agreed and both of them started looking for a target.

The two boys along with their parents visited Jain’s factory. While Mani's father is an embroiderer, Rahul's father runs a tea stall. The teenagers then decided to make an extortion call to Jainand purchased a cellular SIM card by submitting fake documents.

The two suspects were later booked by the police under section 387 of the Indian Penal Code.

Too late for Rahul

Rahul, who was excited to see Mani making the extortion threats, has now realized the seriousness of their action and is repenting his folly of being a partner in the crime. While being produced before a local magistrate he blamed Mani for landing him in trouble.

Mani a ‘gambler’

Mani had recently lost nearly Rs 10,000 in bets on cricket matches but it is not yet known how he managed to lay his hands on so much money. He told the police he had been placing the bets for over two years.



LIT spends wastefully on road carpeting in monsoon
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
In a typical negligent manner, about 1.5-km stretch at Rishi Nagar B Block is being carpeted in monsoon -- the season when even the common people prefer to postpone their ongoing construction works due to rains. The experts suggest that road carpeting must not be done in this season as within days of construction pot-holes start appearing on the roads.

Expressing shock over such lax approach of the authorities, former area councillor Balkar Singh said he was getting a number of complaints by the residents. He informed that about Rs 18 lakh were being spent on the road carpeting. “A common man also knows that roads cannot be carpeted during the rainy season, but the LIT does not seems to be bothered. It is the sheer wastage of public money. After a few months, the road will again be in a miserable condition,” said Balkar Singh.

One of the area residents, Narinder Singh, said premix was being laid on the road from the past two days. “Due to rain in the past 48 hours the road has become wet and muddy and the premix cannot settle on such roads. It is not advisable to continue road construction in the rainy weather. I wonder what the authorities concerned want to prove with this kind of development,” said Narinder Singh.

Madan Mohan Vyas, chairman of the LIT, when contacted said he was unaware about any such construction. “I had spoken to the engineering branch after being told about the construction, who said it had already been stopped. In case it was still being continued, the contractor concerned would bear the losses,” said Vyas.



Delay in road construction work irks commuters
Businessmen and students worst hit
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, August 7
The extended delay in the ongoing road construction work being carried out at the local College Road has been causing inconvenience to commuters as well as area residents. The commuters and the area residents have been forced to pay through the nose due to the avoidable delay in the ongoing work of fixing interlocking tiles on the College Road.

It is the students from various educational institutes situated on this road who are worst hit by the delay in the construction work, as they have to face many hardships to reach their college or school. Apart from Lajpat Rai DAV College, some other schools, including RK High School, DAV School and Government High School for girls are also situated on this road and hundreds of students pass through this road everyday to reach college and schools.

Besides, business of hundreds of shopkeepers situated on this road is also being affected adversely due to delay in the work as customers avoid the mud-covered road. Moreover, the work going on is also leading to traffic chaos and traffic jams have become a common sight here.

“We are literally fed up with the construction work. I fail to understand as to why it is taking so much time to complete less then 100 meter stretch”, said local shopkeeper Jagmohan Singh Rana.

More than a month has passed since the construction work began on this road and so far the contractor has constructed only half of the road.

The commuters coming from Sherpur side are the worst hit. The people coming from villages like Sherpur, Galib Kalan, Kokri, Sheikhdaulat, Kaleran can reach the town only via this road and they have to pass through the muddy uneven path to reach their destinations. All types of vehicles try to pass through this stretch thus often leading to jams. The condition becomes more pitiable during the rainy season.

“Though we know that once the road is constructed it is going to make our traveling more comfortable. The work has unnecessarily been delayed.We were expecting the work to finish in 10 to 15 days. We are forced to undergo unnecessary hassles for no fault of ours,” said Manjit Singh, a resident of the College Road.

Meanwhile, MC president Baldev Krishan Dhir said that the construction work was delayed because of the rainy season as the work of fixing interlocking tiles could not be done during the rainy season. He assured that he would take up the matter with the contractor and get the work finished as soon as possible.

Work half done

More than a month has passed since the construction work began on this road and so far the contractor has constructed only half of the road. The commuters coming from Sherpur side are the worst hit. The people coming from villages like Sherpur, Galib Kalan, Kokri, Sheikhdaulat, Kaleran can reach the town only via this road and they have to pass through the muddy uneven path to reach their destinations



Farmers lash out at govt for signing ties with Monsato
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The state government and the political parties in Punjab have been asked to spell out their vision and road map for Punjabi farming. Environmental activists and many farmer leaders condemned the recent partnerships that the state government had entered into with Monsanto for improving maize productivity.

They said through such deals the government was facilitating the expansion market for Monsanto, a large American multinational company, whose sole aim was to establish its control over the world’s food production system while lakhs of farmers in Punjab would become puppets in the hands of few big corporations.

During a meeting of farmer leaders and environmentalists held here today, Umendra Dutt, an environmentalist, while launching a scathing attack on successive governments’ faulty agricultural policies, said while other states were charting out more sustainable pathways of development of their farmers based on lessons of disaster gleaned from Punjab and other such places, it was unfortunate that policy makers in Punjab were unwilling to acknowledge or learn from its past mistakes.

Dutt said, “While other states are disallowing open air field trials of GM crops after taking a considered policy view on the matter, Punjab is reportedly in the favour of such trials in state. There is enough evidence to show that GM crops are hazardous in a variety of ways. And particular product like Monsanto’s GM maize, if allowed for field trials in the state, poses many health and environmental risks.”

Balwinder Singh Jaisinghwala from Bathinda district said like-minded people were welcome to support Monsanto Quit India Campaign. “Monsanto had even stated that -No food shall be grown, that we do not own- the slogan itself reflects profiteering ambitions. Such people must not be allowed to establish their hold in Punjab -- the agricultural state providing food security to the nation,” he said.

y Farmers say through such deals the government was facilitating the expansion market for Monsanto, an American multinational company, whose sole aim was to establish its control over the world’s food production system while lakhs of farmers in Punjab would become puppets in the hands of few big corporations.



City nights come alive with Ramazan
Gurvinder Singh

Ludhiana, August 7
It is time for Ramazan and the nights in some of the areas in the city are abuzz with activity. The festive atmosphere pervades in Janakpuri, Tibba Road and Sherpur Muslim Colony and the festivities are set to become more special, particularly during the last few “Rozas”.

These are the days when nights come to life with narrations of Quran Sharief at gatherings, namaaz, worship of Allah, special feasts and shopping after observation of day-time fasts. Muslim men and women, young and old, all are observing the 30-day “Rozas”.

City residents from all religions have set an example of communal harmony and brotherhood by participating in religious ceremonies of one another. “Our brothers from all religions send their well wishes to us during the month. They send us fruits and delicacies during the evenings to break the fast,” said Mohammad Usman Rehmani Ludhianvi, Chairman of Religious Affairs, Punjab Waqf Board, and also the Deputy Shahi Imam.

“At the end of the “Rozas” during the Id-ul-Fitr, we invite religious leaders of all religions to celebrate with us,” he added. Jama Masjid in the Field Ganj is more than 150 years old with temples, gurdwaras and churches in close vicinity.

“Ordained by the last prophet Hazrat Mohammad, this month is considered as the “Rehmaan ka maheena” - the month of God. This is the month when Muslims follow some rules staunchly like not eating anything and not drinking even water after sunrise till the sunset. Complete abstinence from lying, backbiting, harbouring hatred for anyone has to be observed. They are supposed to help the poor, their neighbours and go for namaaz five times a day,” said the Deputy Shahi Imam.

“When your stomach is empty, no evil enters your mind. So the main reason for observation of the fast is to become better and purer human beings by being disciplined,” he added.

During the fast, the mornings before the dawn begin with “sehri-the morning food”. After observing the fast during the day, it is traditionally broken by consuming dates after the sunset “as dates were the favourite of Hazrat Mohammad,” said the Deputy Shahi Imam. This is the time to catch some sleep before waking up for namaaz the next day.



A fitness freak, this cyclist is different
Eco-friendly Deputy Commissioner pedals around on weekends
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Do not just pass off a cyclist pedalling ahead of you as someone who cannot afford a motorcycle. He may be the Deputy Commissioner (DC), out on roads to check problems plaguing the industrial capital.

Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari, a fitness freak, can easily be spotted cycling on weekends. He pedals nearly 10 km every weekend.

According to sources, the top bureaucrat of the city has already measured the length and breath of the city.

His cycle ride is not causing inconvenience to security guards of the IAS officer as he quietly sneaks away and merges with the crowd.

“I want to go to office on bicycle, but people will think that I want to grab media attention. I prefer to use my official vehicle to avoid controversy,” said the candid DC.

His endeavour has given a major source of encouragement to environmentalists, who have been campaigning against the chopping of trees in the city.

“He came to my shop today for refilling air in his cycle tyre. I recognised him and asked him if he was the DC. He smiled, nodded and pedalled away,” said Deep Chand, a cycle mechanic, who spotted and recognised the DC. Cycling was not a new fixation for the DC as he had been doing it for nearly a year, but kept his passion a secret.

“I believe that if residents switch to cycling for short-distance travel, half our traffic problems will be solved. Every member in the upper-middle class has a personal car and hits the road during peak hours, which adds to traffic,” said the administrator. His son, inheriting his habit, enjoyed to go on a cycle trip with his father. “Due to heavy traffic, I avoid taking my son to busy roads,” said the DC.



Doctors discuss issues concerning gynaecology
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The department of obstetrics and gynaecology, Christian Medical College and Hospital, conducted a CME on ‘Controversies of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’ here today. This quarterly meet of Northern Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India was held under the guidance of professor and head Dr Kumkum Avasthi and director of the institute Dr Abraham G Thomas.

A wide array of debatable issues in obstetrics and gynaecology were discussed and nearly 200 local practitioners as well as medical fraternity from nearby medical colleges attended the CME.

The gathering was addressed by chief guest Dr Abraham G Thomas. Dr Lakhbir Dhaliwal, president of NOGSI, complimented the CMC for organising the quarterly meet and emphasised upon the role of FOGSI in women’s health. The occasion was also graced by Dr GS Grewal, member of the Punjab Medical Council.

The conference covered debatable issues in obstetrics ranging from changing trends in breech and instrumental delivery to recurrent pregnancy loss and IUGR management. Burning issues in gynaecology providing insight to infertility, HPV vaccination and misuse of emergency contraception were also covered. Eminent speakers from all over north India deliberated on the same.

The conference cleared a lot of misconceptions on the controversial issues on the subject.



220 screened at diabetes camp
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
NIMA organised a diabetes screening camp here today at Shivpuri. Dr Surinder Gupta, secretary, NIMA, Ludhiana district, and managing director of the ‘Diabetes Free World’ said 220 patients were given free services.

A team of NIMA Ludhiana doctors, led by Dr Surinder Gupta, Dr Rajesh Thapar, Dr Inder Sharma, Dr Diwaker Sharma, Dr KK Kharbanda, Dr Neeraj Sood, Dr Rahul Jain, Dr Ish Handa and Dr Ramandeep Singh examined the patients.

The patients were given free services in the form of free blood sugar test, neuropathy, BMI consultation, dietary advice and free medicines.

While interacting with diabetes patients Dr Gupta said once detected, a person should try diet and lifestyle modification recommendations of diabetologist.



Amanpreet emerges winner in Miss Teej contest
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 7
Amanpreet Kaur and Gursharanpreet Kaur were adjudged winner and runners up respectively in Miss Teej competition held at Guru Har Gobind Khalsa Senior Secondary School here yesterday.

Hardev Singh presided over the concluding session of the function and state awardee Bhupinder Kaur was the chief guest.

Appreciating the role of teachers in preparing students for the events, various speakers highlighted the need of preserving cultural heritage of the state.

According to Gursharan Kaur, convener of the function, Harpreet Kaur and Sumanpreet Kaur were declared second runners-up and Daljit Kaur was declared winner in the mehndi application contest.

Prize winners at GHG Senior Secondary School Ahmedgarh. Mandi Ahmedgarh: Sukhjiwan Kaur of PGDCA and Manjinder Kaur of DCA were adjudged winners and runners up in Miss Teej contest organised at the Victoria Technical Centre, Dehlon, yesterday.

Suman Dhand presided over the concluding session of the function and SP Sofat vice -chairman of the Victoria Educational Trust was the chief guest. According to Paramjit Kaur, chief judge of the contest, Parminder Kaur of BCA was declared winner in the menhdi application contest and Jaspreet Kaur of MBA won the singing competition. Skit on illiteracy was presented by a team led by Jaspreet Kaur of BCA was appreciated by all. Mamta Singla and Harjit Kaur were also felicitated for their outstanding performance.



reporters diary
No unnecessary publicity, please!

While publicity seekers do not miss an opportunity to highlight their "achievements", PAU VC has asked its communication department not to bother newspapers with too many press notes. The predecessors at the farm university may have believed in "sharing" even the smallest of news items with the media, but the new VC feels that extreme publicity could also be one of the reasons of the "present condition" of the university. "We must share the news which has any relevance to the farmers or the readers but why should we waste newspapers' space unnecessarily? , " he asked.

Love thy pets

Quite a few animal lovers often bemoan the cruelty and ill-treatment of animals - be they pets or stray ones, and this is true also in most cases. But then at times, one comes across a few others, who will go to great length to treat their pet animals with love, affection and dignity as well, to the extent of even sharing their food items with the quadrupeds. On a very hot and humid day, a shabbily dressed middle-aged person, with a cute looking monkey in tow, walked into an eatery on the GADVASU campus and asked for a cold drink. After having a few swigs, he muttered something to his companion (the monkey), who started jumping while also nodding its head. The man took out a Pet glass from his shoulder bag, filled it with the soft drink and handed it to the monkey who sipped it in style to the amazement of several onlookers.

Living life a distant dream

AkhileshI was looking at Akhilesh’s photograph, who was mowed down by the MC killer truck near Guru Arjan Dev Nagar on Saturday. He was such a charming and good-looking child. My heart goes out to his parents in the time of grief. I hope God gives them strength to cope up with the tragic loss. At the same time, my mind reflected on as to how man keeps on planning about the future and cruel fate wrecks the whole plan. Lokesh, father of Akhilesh, might be seeing a future doctor in his son and a hunky-dory life ahead, but destiny had some other plans. The grief has engulfed Akhilesh’s parents. I do not know who will bring back smiles on their faces. Looking back at the fatalities we had in road accidents in the recent past, I believe that in Ludhiana it is a battle for survival and living life is a distant dream. I wish and pray the policymaker- the babus and the politicians- would act together and make the city roads safe for commuters, before any one of them fall victim to deadly accidents! Amen

No girlfriend, no tension!

On Sunday, the city youngsters were busy celebrating Friendship Day by holding parties and get-togethers. Many were busy buying and exchanging gifts and friendship bands with their friends. All the malls, markets, cinema halls and of course the city roads witnessed heavy rush of people specially youngsters. Making a way out of the crowd, an auto driver was carrying a message on his auto and gave a food for thought to many. The message read, "No girlfriend, no Tension!

Red lights create impatience

Ludhiana, an over crowded city, can manage to stop for a while only on red lights and that too when a traffic police is standing at the corner of the road. The red lights make people more impatient as the scene on the red light is as follows: A man notices the yellow light first, he accelerates the speed of his vehicle as much as he can. Ohhhh!!!!! He fails to cross because the light turns red. Now his defeat makes him so angry that with his one eye he gazes at the policeman and from another at the man standing besides him. He makes hundred types of faces in a minute. Finally, its time for green light to blink but the "defeated" man cannot wait any more. He starts blowing the horn of his vehicle before the light turns green and drives as if he is participating in a race till he reaches his destination.

Contributed by: Shivani Bhakoo, Kuldip Bhatia, Mohit Khanna, Anupam Bhagria and Hemdeep Kaur



Photograph gets Popular Choice Award
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 7
Success of the World Bank-sponsored Punjab Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project launched by the district project management cell, Ludhiana, has brought fame to the civic body of Jodhan village.

One of the pictures highlighting necessity of pure drinking water sent by the department in the India Photo Contest 2010 organised by the Public Information Center, World Bank; has won the Popular Choice Award.

Perusal of records revealed that the photograph tagged ‘I have Quenched My Thirst What About You, my Dear Friend’

It's "Nirmal Jal, has been adjudged winner by the jury recently and award will be presented at a national-level function which will be organised soon.

The photograph was taken by Mohammad Ishfaq, district programme officer and Amarjit Singh at Jodhan village on November 22, 2010, and was sent for competition along with some other pictures.

Pictures depicted solution to long-pending demand of villagers for supply of pure drinking water. Earlier, the water supply was inadequate and unsafe and after implementation of the scheme villagers were provided clean and safe water.



Wage disparity removed, says Manish Tiwari
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The disparity in the grant of minimum wages between four districts, including Ludhiana and other districts in the state, has been removed after the gazette notification of July 28, 2011.

Giving details in a statement, ManishTewari, Ludhiana MP, and the national spokesperson of the Congress said that four districts in Punjab, including Ludhiana were notified for minimum wage of Rs 153 but the minimum wages were Rs 123 only putting the daily wage earners in the districts at a disadvantage. He said that the minimum wages may vary from state to state, but cannot vary within the state in accordance to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.



Italian food festival
Hemdeep Kaur

Ludhiana, August 7
Ivana Institute of Hotel Management here organised a food festival, 'Italian Food Festa', today. The food festival was conceptualised by chef Robinder from Macau. He trained the students to make different Italian dishes and taught different cooking methods.

Students practised the recipes of different dishes in his presence and also served those dishes to all the guests. The guests were served with soup, salads and desserts. The Italian foods comprised soup-zuppa Toscana Florence, made with cannelline beans and garnished with parsely. Salads served included the exotic insalata russa, pollo lattunga insalata and many more.



Staff of medical lab body holds dharna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
Regular and contract employees of the Medical Laboratory Technicians Association, Punjab, today held a dharna in front of the residence of the health and Family Welfare Minister Satpal Gosain.

Addressing the employees, general secretary of the association Jaswant Singh said, "We have told the health minister that if our long-pending demands, including regularisation of contract staff, rent-free accommodation and risk allowance etc should be fulfilled by August 18, failing which the employees will go on mass casual leave on August 19 and the state government will be held responsible for this."

The political secretary of the health minister, Jaswant Rai Sawaddi, said, "The health minister has assured to fulfil all their demands by August 9."



200 students take out environment rally
Tribune news service

Ludhiana, August 7
The first week of August was celebrated as the “Environment Awareness And Protection Week” at DAV Public School, Pakhowal Road. Around 200 students from classes VI to IX took out a rally to save nature and natural resources.

They distributed pamphlets to spread awareness on environmental issues. An inter-house quiz competition on environment protection and conservation was conducted for classes VI to XI.



School officers’ bodies to go on hunger strike on August 18
Our Correspondent

Amloh, August 7
Continuing their agitation, the Senior School officers Association and Gazetted School Officers Association, have given a call to sit on hunger strike and stage dharnas in front of the Deputy Commissioner offices, on August 18, at Patiala, Jalandhar and Bathinda.

A batch of 51 employers will sit on huger strike from 9 am to 5 pm and 200 persons will participate in the dharna said association patron Joginder singh Aulkh to mediapersons after a meeting here today.

He further said that the associations had been forced to adopt the path of agitation, as the government had failed to reinstate three suspended officers of the education department in ETT paper leak case.



Friendship Day celebrated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 7
The Laughter Club celebrated Friendship Day with morning walkers and daily commuters by distributing sweets. On this occasion, the office-bearers of the Laughter Club, Krishan Kumar Bawa, asked people to promote love, friendship and loyalty.

He said, "All spiritual and religious hymns teach lesson of love and humanity. We all should follow the positive message of all religions."



Little Masters XI prove good for Still Young Club
Anil Datt
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 7
Little Masters XI defeated Still Young Club 3-0 in the Night Cricket Series organised by the Rishi Nagar F Block Welfare Association here last night. Little Masters XI comprised of players under 20 years while Still Young Club consisted those above 40 years.

The series was held under the patronage of Balkar Singh Sandhu, a former councillor, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana. The aim of the series was to convey the message to the youth as well as the seniors to shun drugs.

Speaking on the occasion, Sandhu said this would be a regular feature and the matches would be organised on weekends in all blocks of Rishi Nagar.

In the first match of 11 overs each side, Little Masters XI beat Still Young Club by 22 runs.

Batting first, Little Masters XI scored 59 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the stipulated overs.

The main contributors were Aku Arora and Sahil who made 27 and 17 runs, respectively. For the Still Young Club, Sandeep Salwan captured two for 3 runs.

In reply, Still Young Club’s innings culminated at 36 runs after 9.2 overs in which Rajnish Kalra chipped in with 8 runs while Little Masters conceded 13 extras.

For the winning side, Meenu Arora was the pick of bowlers who claimed three wickets for just two runs.

In the second match, Little Masters XI registered an emphatic six-wicket victory to 2-0 lead.

Still Young Club won the toss and chose to bat first. However, their decision turned out to be a miscalculated one as they were bowled out for a meagre total of 22 runs with main contributions coming through Rajeev Aora and Adish Jain who scored 10 and 8 runs, respectively.

For the Little Masters XI, Pannu Kakkar and Sarthak Dutt ripped apart rival’s batting line-up grabbing three wickets each and by giving away a single run.

Little Masters XI surpassed the opponents’ total in 7.5 overs after losing four wickets. Abhinav Dawar (16 runs) was the architect of Little Masters XI’s victory.

In the third match, Little Masters XI romped home comfortably by six wickets to make a clean sweep of 3-0.

Put to bat, Still Young Club scored 36 runs in 10.2 overs. Raman Gogna made 10 runs while Vinay Garg contributed 9 runs and Harsh Soni scored 8 runs.

For the Little Masters XI, Sahil took three wickets while Sarthak Dutt scalped two victims to contain rivals to a modest total of 36 runs.

Little Masters XI achieved the target in just 8.3 overs after losing four wickets. Sahil top scored with 25 runs and Pannu Takkar contributed 10 runs.

For his all round performance, Sahil was adjudged the player of the series.



SDP lads advance into final
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, August 7
SDP Senior Secondary School, Hazuri Road branch, defeated Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines, and Sargodha Public School to march into the final in the under 19 group in the Ludhiana Inter-School Cricket Tournament (PAU Zone) being held on Government Model Senior Secondary School ground of Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.

In the quarterfinals, SDP School won the toss and invited Kundan Vidya Mandir to bat. In the allotted 10 overs, they made 72 runs at the loss of four wickets.

Their innings revolved around Sunny Pandey and Chirag Maria who made 32 (not out) and 22 runs, respectively. For SDP School, Mohd Asif and Piyush Likhi shared the bowling honours claiming two wickets each.

SDP School made the required runs in 9.3 overs with six wickets in hand. Piyush Likhi and Mohd Asif remained unbeaten on 27 and 10 runs, respectively, while Malkit Singh made 12 runs.

For the losing side, Kunal was the lone successful bowler who captured two wickets for 10 runs in two overs. In the semifinal also Piyush Likhi excelled as SDP School beat Sargodha Public School by seven wickets. Batting first after winning the toss, Sargodha Public School made 76 runs with the help of Pawan (13), Raju (12) and Mukesh (11).

For SDP School, Mohd Asif, Piyush Likhi and Deepak chipped in with three wickets each to restrict Sargodha Public School to a small total of 76 runs.

In reply, SDP School scored 77 runs for three wickets in 12.3 overs. The main scorers were Piyush Likhi (33), Ravinder (13 not out) and Pankaj (12 not out). For Sargodha Public School, Charanpreet sent down two overs, grabbed one wicket for 10 runs while Arif captured one wicket for 17 runs.



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