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festive season
Special trains to cater to rush
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, October 17
The Railways have introduced 23 pairs of trains to clear the extra rush of passengers during the festival season. Most of the long route trains are running full to capacity for over a month.

Passengers from the city will now have more options to travel to distant places like Barauni and Saharsa in Bihar, Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Bandra Terminus (Mumbai), Nanded (Maharashtra), Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Bikaner (Rajasthan) and Jammu (Jammu and Kashmir) for Dasehra, Diwali, Durga Pooja and Chhat Pooja.

Moreover, additional coaches have been added to several regular trains to enhance the passenger carrying capacity during the festival season.

Railway officials said a special train will run between Amritsar and Barauni on Sundays from November 4 to 25 from Amritsar and on Mondays from November 5 to 26. Trains numbers 02207 and 02208 will run between Ahmedabad and Jammu on Fridays from October 5 to November 30 from Ahmedabad and on Thursdays from October 4 to November 29 from Jammu.

Similarly, train numbers 04502 and 04501 will run between Ludhiana and Saharsa on October 27, 28, 30 and 31 from Ludhiana and October 28, 29, November 3, 4 from Saharsa. A weekly train 02422/02421 will run between Jammu and Nanded on Mondays from October 1 to November 26 from Jammu and on Wednesdays from October 3 to November 28. Trains nos 04734/04733 will run between Bikaner and Pathankot on Thursdays from September 6 to November 29 from Bikaner and Fridays from september 7 to November 30 from Pathankot.

Yet another weekly train 09021/09022 will be available for travel between Bandra Terminus and Jammu which will run on Mondays from October 1 to November 26 from Bandra and Wednesdays from October 3 to November 28. A bi-weekly train 05043/05044 will run between Gorakhpur and Jammu on Mondays and Wednesdays from October 15 to November 28 from Gorakhpur and Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 16 to November 29 from Jammu.

Senior Divisional Commercial Manager, Northern Railway MM Singh said that 134 additional coaches had been added to 47 pairs of regular trains on different routes to cope with the festival rush of passengers.


Civic body starts GIS mapping of city
To help in better planning, implementation of development schemes
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
For better urban planning of the industrial city, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has started the geographic information system (GIS) mapping of the city.

Once prepared, the civic body will be able to get the exact details of the size and location of roads, buildings, houses, parks, and almost everything in the city.

The GIS mapping will also help better enforcement of property tax as the MC will have the exact size of houses and commercial buildings in the city.

Maps of most of the wards falling under Zone D have been prepared by the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre at Punjab Agricultural University, while the work is on for preparing the data of other three wards.

Once the project is complete, Ludhiana will become the first city in the region where people will be able to get the entire information related to property at a click of the mouse. A 17-digit unique ID would be provided to owners of properties.

The MC Commissioner has attached town planner Harpreet Ghai, executive engineer MPS Kalra and other officials to the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre.

MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma said that for one reason or the other, the project was getting delayed. "But now I have deputed some officials who will oversee this project on daily basis. With a click of the mouse, we will be able to know the exact size and location of any building or road in the city. Once we get the mapping done, we will also be able to keep a check on encroachments and illegal constructions and several others."

He said: "Once we get the digital mapping done, we will be able to calculate the property tax sitting in the office. We will also update the information about roads, such as the date on which it was constructed and number of times it was re-carpeted." Once the project is complete, it will not only help in better urban planning, but also in effective implementation of developmental schemes, he added.

Property information a click away

Ludhiana will become the first city in the region where people will be able to get the entire information related to property at a click of the mouse. A 17-digit unique ID will be provided to owners of properties. The GIS mapping will help in calculating the property tax as the MC will have the exact size of houses and commercial buildings in the city.



MBD Neopolis penalised Rs 4.94 lakh
Violation of building bylaws detected in construction of banquet hall
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has imposed a penalty of Rs 4.94 lakh on MBD Neopolis, a shopping mall-cum-multiplex on Ferozepur Road for illegal construction on its premises.

Violation of building bylaws were detected in the construction of a banquet hall in the mall when the MC authorities visited the mall following a complaint by a local resident.

When contacted, MC assistant town planner (ATP) Surinder Singh Bindra confirmed that the fine had been imposed on the mall due to illegal construction. "The fine has already been deposited and we hope they do not indulge in illegal construction activity in future," said the ATP.

However, an official spokesperson of MBD Neopolis claimed that the mall authorities had themselves informed the MC about some change in the building plan of the banquet hall. "We had written to the MC that we are making some change in the building plan after which their team visited the site and calculated the compounding fees. We have deposited the compounding fee of Rs 4.94 lakh," claimed the spokesperson.

But ATP Bindra said the MBD Neopolis authorities were fined during a surprise check. "We had acted on a complaint," said Surinder Singh Bindra.



42-yr-old man sets himself ablaze, dies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Taking an extreme step, 42-year-old Inderpal Singh, a resident of Amarpura, committed suicide by setting himself ablaze.

Station house officer (SHO) Gurpreet Singh said the deceased was under severe depression and was an alcoholic. Inderpal went under depression after his son was murdered around six months ago. Though a case under Section 302 of the IPC was registered at the Ladowal police station against his son’s killers, no arrest was made so far.

Following the tragic incident, Inderpal lost his mental balance and became alcoholic. A few months ago, Inderpal fractured his hip and was passing through a bad phase.

One of his neighbours in said: "Inderpal was shattered after the murder of his son. He went into depression and started consuming drugs and liquor. And today he ended his life.”



Married woman ends life
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
A 30-year-old married woman, Harpreet, reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling today.

The deceased was a resident of Street Number 2, Amarpura, Division Number 2. Harpreet was under severe depression due to marital discord.

Gurpreet Singh, SHO, Division Number 2, said the husband and mother-in-law of the deceased said that since her four-year-old son was suffering from diabetes, she was under depression.

"We have registered a case under Section 306 of the IPC against the husband and mother-in-law of Harpreet. As per the statement of the mother of the deceased, the couple was having strained relations. A case was also filed with the Women Cell due to their marital dispute. Today, Harpreet called her mother and told that her husband Amarpreet had beaten her up. We have registered a case against her husband and mother-in-law," said the SHO.



festive spirit
Markets abuzz with activity
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Bazaars of the city are abuzz with activity, be it Ghumar Mandi, Model Town or even Chaura Bazar. Markets are crowded and decorated. To celebrate the arrival of festival season, shops are giving discount offers to customers.

Almost every shop in the market is adorned and the entrance is all decked up. Ornamental gates with frills and flowers are captivating.

"We are ushering in the festival season. During festivals we all decorate our houses so in the same manner we have decorated our shops," said Harvinder Singh, a shopkeeper at Ghumar Mandi.

This is the time the sale of goods reaches its peak. Be it crockery, electronic goods, garments everything sells like hot cakes. Discount offers and schemes are being offered by the store owners to lure customers.

"It is the best time of the year. The best is available during this time. The whole year I wait for this time. We get good pieces of crockery and white goods at this time and that too at affordable prices," added Nimrit, a city resident and teacher by profession.

Sale of earthen lamps and diyas go up during the season. "All through the year we wait for this time to come. This is the time when we manage to earn some bucks. Otherwise, nobody buys earthen diyas.

Even shape and form of diyas have changed over the times. Now, diyas are made of different shapes and colours. Today, nobody likes the humble form of diya, which was popular few years ago," said Raja, a potter from the city.



Traditional atmosphere make fairs special
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Since the festivities have begun with the onset of Navratras, the evenings have come to life with fairs being organised in different parts of the city.

The grounds have merry-go-rounds and pendulums in addition to other interesting and exciting swings that are attracting young and the old alike.

"For me the festival season begins only when I see the swings and lights that enliven the evenings," says Anjali, a resident of Dugri. "It is great fun as everyone enjoys," says 13-year-old Arjun. "I come with my friends here as it is in my neighbourhood," he said.

The hustle-bustle is something I eagerly await for," said Rahul, a student. One might enjoy these swings at fun parks, but the atmosphere at the fair is perfect, he said.

"There is right blend of modernity and tradition here. Youngsters must get the feel of tradition," says Subhash, another resident of Dugri. "The nature of melas has changed as we now have sophisticated swings, yet it is the traditional atmosphere marking these fairs makes it special," he said.



Chocolates, dry fruits take over mithai
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Chocolates and dry fruits have taken over the traditional mithai (sweetmeat) today. It is only for the pooja that people buy mithai while for the custom of exchanging sweets and consumption at home: it is either chocolates or dry fruits.

"It is futile to buy mithai these days as one is not sure about the ingredients being used. Incidents of sweet makers using spurious khoya and colours for preparing sweets have become common. So I have switched over to dry fruits while for pooja, mithai is prepared at our home," said Tarun Jain, working at an insurance company.

With dry fruits available in different flavours and essences people are quickly taking to it. "Almonds are available in different flavours like rose, kesar, elaichi and are a hot favourite among the masses. People are retreating from mithai these days," said Gaya Parsad, a salesman at a departmental store.

Chocolates are ruling the roost. It is popular among the youth and the old.They are in great demand this festive season.

"I think chocolates are a better option than mithai. Atleast chocolates are safe and I know I am giving something safe to my near and dear ones. To make a few extra bucks, the sweetmeat shop owners play with the lives of people by using spurious ingredients. I know a bakery which prepares chocolates in bulk and place order with them every Diwali," said Sakshi, a city resident.



Fruit sellers all smiles
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
With the onset of Navratras, the sale of fruits has gone up. The people can be seen making a beeline to the fruits shops.

"It is the best time of the year for us. Sale of the fruits has goes up manifold. Devotees buy fruits not only to consume but also make offering at the temple," said Mian Razaq, a fruit seller of Aggar Nagar.

Ashima, who is observing fast on all the days of Navratras said, "I avoid eating fried food during fast and instead binge on fruits as they are a good source of fiber and also do not let me gain weight".

Fast but don’t starve

Eat fruits and vegetables: While fasting, you should binge on fresh fruits like banana and apple as they keep you full for a longer time and control cravings. You can have these fruits with milk or plain yogurt. Raw vegetables like cucumber and tomatoes can be included in the list. To stay healthy during Navratra, have fruits or fruit juice every two hours to avoid acidity. Drink lots of water and fluids like fruit juices and buttermilk. To prevent acidity eat fruits or dry fruits every two hours. Packaged food like potato chips and wafers should be avoided. Fried food like pakodas, kheer, sabudana khichdi and kheer, are not advisable as they are low in fibre.

Take care of your health: Many people do not have the stamina to fast for all nine days. Headache, vomiting, indigestion, improper bowel movements, bloating, weakness and acidity are common health problems people face while fasting. People who suffer from diabetes, hyper acidity or gastroenteritis should avoid fasting.

Don't starve: While fasting, many people skip meals completely and rely on water. Don't starve as your body needs vitamin and nutrient supplements. Prolonged fasting can lead to weakness, acidity, fatigue etc. So, see that you are not depriving your body of energy that is required.



Good news for farmers
Technology and Product Sale Centre comes up on PAU campus
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The Technology and Product Sale Centre was inaugurated at Punjab Agricultural University by Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal today. The new centre will facilitate information and support to farmers.

"With the inauguration of the centre, farmers will not have to go to different departments," said Dr HS Sehgal, Additional Director, Communication. As the university keeps developing new agricultural technologies, the new products will all be now available at the new centre.

Offices of scientists will also be there at the centre. The new building will also have a seminar hall for presentations. A video-conference will facilitate direct communication with 17 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). Farmers will be provided better yield-quality seeds, disease-free saplings, flowers, rhizobium culture for pulses and mushrooms.

The new building will also house the communication centre of the university. All publications that are being produced and any correspondence with farmers will now be done from the centre. Agricultural literature will be available there. The centre will also have facilities for testing of soil and water samples brought by farmers. Devices like tensiometer and leaf-colour chart will also be available for sale at the centre.

A building will also house a museum. With the centre, information through different experts about farming, practice and techniques will be available under one roof. Ease of access to the centre was lauded by farmers. "It is good that the communication centre has been shifted as earlier it will be much easier to get information now," said a farmer.

Deputy CM arrives late

Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal reached the venue late. He was supposed to arrive at 10.30 am. Apologising to the audience and dignitaries, he said he got late at the Delhi Airport as the Vice-President was to catch a flight from there. As per the protocol, no flight is allowed when either the President or the Vice-President of India are to board a flight, so he had to wait for a couple of hours before boarding the flight.



Sweetmeat workshop still running from residential area
Work on despite premises being sealed thrice
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Though the Division Number 4 police had booked a sweetmeat shop owner for breaking the seals of his shop that were put by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation officials on June 25, residents of the area feel that the problem has not been solved yet. The residents of Adarsh Lane in Haibowal have been on loggerheads with a sweetmeat shop owner because the latter has been running a workshop from the residential area, which is illegal.

After receiving complaints from the residents, Amar Sweets in Haibowal has been sealed thrice till date, in May and November last year and on June 25 again this year.

In November, the main door of this workshop was sealed by the MC team. But the owners started using another entry point to run their workshop. So on November 9, the MC team led by the then Assistant Town Planner Kamaljit Kaur sealed the entire workshop.

But the area residents rue that the main issue has not been solved as the owner of Amar Sweets is running a workshop from a residential area.

SP Sharma, an office-bearer of the Adarsh Lane Welfare Society, alleged that the workshop was sealed by MC officials thrice.

“Even an FIR was registered against the owner of Amar Sweets on September 6 because he had broken the seals put by the MC. But this has not solved any purpose because the officials from the Division Number 4 Police Station claim that the FIR was registered because the owner of Amar Sweets broke the MC seals and not because he was running a workshop from the residential area. The MC has miserably failed to take any action against the owner as he continues to operate from the residential area,” rued Sharma.

The members of the Adarsh Lane Welfare Society have planned to protest outside the camp office of MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma tomorrow. MC Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Verma assured that if the owner of Amar Sweets was still running a workshop from the residential area, the MC would initiate action against him.



City most preferred destination for foodies
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
As World Food Day is celebrated, Ludhiana is emerging as a food hotspot on the food map of the region, not only for its own array and legacy of finger-licking city food, but also for bringing into its fold a number of multi-cuisine and world-class restaurants.

The city has been known for its street food culture as even now all people from different backgrounds enjoy the street food. Street food has continued to draw hordes of people, says Abhishek, a resident. Even though I eat occasionally and enjoy the food at the restaurants, street food of the city has its own flavour and we as family love having the tikkis, golgappas and pau bhaji.

In the past few years, new restaurants have come up, much to the delight of foodies. "We really had to go out to Chandigarh to have good food a few years ago, but now with the host of good restaurants having opened in the city, we rather invite our friends from Chandigarh to dine out with us," says Preeti, a resident of Civil Lines. Even multinational food chains have opened multiple outlets in various parts of the city.

"People now have a good variety of restaurants in the city to go to. Apart from the established South Indian restaurants, a couple of South Indian restaurants also opened in the past few months, offering authentic South Indian food. There are a couple of Italian restaurants," she said.



Four-laning of Ludhiana-Ferozepur Highway
42 shops to be razed
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 17
The Administration is all set to demolish the structures which are obstructing the four-laning of the Ludhiana-Ferozepur Highway.

Under the project, the road from Baddowal near Ludhiana to Talwandi will be four-laned.

The structures will be demolished on October 22. Jagraon SDM Gurmit Singh stated this during a meeting of officials of the municipal council, police department and company undertaking the project.

Giving details of the project, the SDM said as per instructions issued by the National Highway Authority of India, 100 feet land would be vacated.

"As many as 42 shops, seven petrol stations, two religious places, a government primary school, two police posts, 18 electricity poles and some other structures situated around the Main Chowk, Jagraon, would be demolished to accomplish the project. We have already served many notices to owners of these buildings asking them to get their properties vacated before October 22," stated the SDM.

He appealed to shopkeepers and owners to pull down the illegal structures on their own. While assuring that all structures would be vacated till October 22, the SDM added, "I will meet the administrators of religious places asking them to cooperate with the Administration."

He also instructed the officials of the company undertaking the project to arrange maximum machinery and labour on October 22 for demolishing the structures. The SDM also asked the police department to provide police force on the said day to deal with any resistance during the demolition drive.

Assistant project manager Kamlesh Shukla said the deadline to complete the project was September, 2014.



Teachers, students have a field day
As a few parents turn up for parent-teacher meeting at govt schools
Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, October 17
Parent-teacher meeting (PTM) turned out to be fun day for both students and teachers of government schools. With very less number of parents visiting schools for enquiring about the performance of their wards, a majority of teachers preferred to complete their pending clerical work instead of devoting available time for formal teaching.

Teams of the Administration officials inspecting various schools of the region, though unhappy over the situation, preferred to take lenient view of the alleged irresponsible role of teachers.

Though some teachers were found absent from their duties during the surprise checking, their heads later tried to shield them on the pretext of sending them on official duty to various offices, including Block Primary Education Offices.

Malerkotla SDM Rajesh Tripathi had deployed some teams, each led by an executive magistrate to check working of various government elementary and primary schools of the local town and surrounding localities.

Though none of the teams found ideal atmosphere suggesting regular parent-teacher meeting at any of the schools, the teams did not take action against the erring teachers and heads.

Students at some schools informed the officials that their teachers frequently missed classes on various pretexts.

Manjit Singh, Naib Tehsildar, said the situation was disappointing at a majority of schools. "We issued a warning to teachers this time. Though we have not recommended action against any of the teachers, we have apprised our seniors of the exact situation," said Manjit Singh. Manjit added that he would be inspecting the school soon to confirm if directions of the higher officials are being implemented in letter and spirit.



Work of laying inter-locking tiles on College Road begins
Jaswant Shetra

Jagraon, October 17
The Jagraon Municipal Council has started the work of fixing inter-locking tiles on the remaining portion of the College Road.

Though the tiles were laid on a portion of the road ahead of the Assembly elections early this year, the remaining portion of the road needed repairs.

Due to the delay caused by the municipal council in starting the construction work on the remaining portion of the road, area residents had to face a lot of inconvenience. With the municipal council starting the work, residents have heaved a sigh of relief.

"The road has not been re-carpeted for years," said Amarjeet Singh, a resident.

Satish Kumar, a shopkeeper at the College Road, said, "We heaved a sigh of 
relief on seeing labourers at work."

The municipal council had allotted tenders for fixing inter-locking tiles on the remaining portion of the College Road in July.

Though the work of laying inter-locking tiles on some other roads was started immediately, work on the College Road was started after three months.

The residents have appealed to the municipal council to get the work competed at the earliest.

Municipal council president Baldev Krishan Dhir said the work would be completed on time.



Special cover on Punjab cheers philatelists
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The upcoming special cover to celebrate the golden jubilee of Punjab Agricultural University has brought cheer to philatelists in the city.

“It is rare that a stamp or special cover on Punjab and that too of some place or personality in Ludhiana is being brought out by the department of post. It is a matter of elation for philatelists here,” says Mukesh, a philatelist in the city. Now, the city philatelists are waiting for the arrival of the special cover to be released.

An official with the postal department confirmed that the special cover would be released. The official without confirming the date said it would be released shortly.

“It is a matter of pride that a special cover to commemorate Punjab Agricultural University’s golden jubilee is being brought out. The university has played a path breaking role in steering the state and the country towards green revolution and continues to be one of the most prestigious agricultural universities. It is only fitting that a special cover to commemorate the golden jubilee was brought out,” said another philatelist. It would surely be cherished among the top in my philately collection as something to be proud of as a resident of Ludhiana, he said.



Manufacturers not happy with 0% import duty
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Though the proposed trade ties with Pakistan will definitely give a boost to business in both the countries, still the manufacturers here feel that "under the garb" of 0 per cent import duty with the neighbouring country, many other countries will start routing their products to India through Pakistan, which will cause losses to the local manufacturers.

President of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association (FOPSIA) Badish K Jindal said under the South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA), the duties were to be brought at 20 per cent and by 2012, duties were to be brought to 0 per cent by imposing an annual cut.

"If we get duty free products from Pakistan through Wagah Border, other countries such as China, too, can en route their products through Wagah Border to India to give local manufacturers a tough competition. These products can be auto parts, electronic products, garments and cycle parts. The trader will not bear the brunt, but it will be the manufacturers who will be in losses as cheaper products will be easily available in India," said Jindal.

A local manufacturer, Suresh Kumar, said the industry would get a setback if products started flooding from Pakistan, Bangladesh and China.



Megha claims top spot in debate
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
Students of Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, Ludhiana, have bagged seven first prizes, seven second prizes and two third prizes in Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival held on October 15 and 16.

First-prize winners

Folk song: Jasmeen Akhtar; classical song: Ravneet Kaur; gazal: Amandeep Kaur; story writing: Karishma Sharma; debate: Megha Jain; elocution: Arshdeep Kaur; sitar playing: Kulwinder Kaur.

Second-prize winners

Sarangi playing: Baljeet Kaur; poetry recitation: Karishma Sharma; clay modelling: Pawandeep Kaur; knitting: Amandeep Kaur; cross stitch: Jyoti Rani; shabad (individual): Amandeep Kaur; shabad (group).

Third-prize winner

Orchestra: Jyoti Sharma

Drama marks youth fest

The third day of the four-day Panjab University Zonal Youth and Heritage Festival at Ramgarhia Girls College, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, witnessed drama, mime, histrionics, skits, mimicry and quiz. Dr Sardara Singh Johal, Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, Bhatinda, Dr SP Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, GNDU, Amritsar, were the guests on the occasion. 



Ludhiana scan


Maruti Suzuki India Limited today launched Alto 800 at Stan Wheels. Those, who had booked the car, were handed over the keys. Managing director of Stan Wheels

Dr Naresh Malhotra said, "We expect its contemporary design and impressive fuel economy to generate good response in the market."

Pensioners raise demand

The Punjab government pensioners and family pensioners have urged the state government to release instalment of DA relief of 7 per cent to make the total DA relief from 65 to 72 per cent with effect from July 1, 2012. BR Kaushal, chairman, Pensioners Information Centre Management Committee, said the DA relief had already been given to the Central government pensioners over a month ago and the Punjab government ought to follow suit.

Farewell party

Four employees of the judicial department, Mohan Lal, judgement writer, Gulshan Kumar, reader, Ram Sarup and Joginder Pal, were given a warm send-off by their colleagues on their retirement. At the farewell party organised by the Judicial Employees Welfare Association, District and Sessions Judge Gobinder Singh and Additional District and Sessions Judge Sunil Kumar Arora presented bouquets and mementos to the retired employees.

Strengthening ties

Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) while welcoming Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard has demanded that Australia should not supply uranium to India for any purpose. Dr LS Chawla, president, Dr Arun Mitra, general secretary and Dr Bharti Uppal, finance secretary of IDPD, said there were many fields where both countries could strengthen trade relations to their mutual benefit.

Ramlila promoting dying theatre art

Claiming that characters in Ramlila portrayed ideals and roles of human beings in various capacities, organisers of Ramlila in the local town and surrounding villages have called upon residents to imbibe principles from lives of Lord Rama, Lakshmana and Sita. Staging Ramlila, besides replaying episodes of Ramayana, helped in promoting the dying theatre art, claimed the organisers. Activists of various dramatic and art clubs have been staging episodes from Ramayana at MGMN Senior Secondary School and surrounding towns. Deepak Noni and Vikas Tondon, chairman and president of committee, respectively, organising Ramlila at Gandhi School, called upon the residents to imbibe benevolent traits from the lives of various characters of Ramayana. — Tribune Reporters



School notes

Fancy-dress contest

Ludhiana: Shri Harkrishan Sahib Public Senior Secondary School, Daba Road, organised a fancy-dress competition Wednesday. Students were dressed as Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Goddess Durga, Ravana, lawyer, traffic policeman, clown and parrot. Director Prem Singh Sokhi and principal Manjit Kaur Lotey distributed prizes among winners and participants. Meanwhile, students of Sat Paul Mittal School celebrated the 75th birth anniversary of Lt Col Dr DB Sharma, director of the school, on Wednesday. A party was organised at the Nehru Sidhant Kendra.

Science exhibition

Everest Public Senior Secondary School organised an annual science exhibition on Wednesday. More than 200 students displayed models and charts. Ranjit Singh Dhillon, MLA, was the chief guest. Prof Harlal Singh, former director, PSEB, and Sukhdev Singh Gill, councillor, were the guests of honour. The exhibition had many sections like industry, transport and communication, conservation of natural resources, information and educational technology, mathematics and community health and environment. Rajinder Sharma, president, Association of the PSEB-Affiliated Schools, Punjab, said the school had been organising the science fair for the past 15 years. The judges were Ritu Rishi, science teacher, Government Senior Secondary School, Miller Ganj, and Sujata, science teacher, Government Senior Secondary School, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana. Models on water pollution, air pollution and noise pollution were also displayed.

Homage paid
Students of Kundan Vidya Mandir perform during the Founder’s Day in Ludhiana on Wednesday
Students of Kundan Vidya Mandir perform during the Founder’s Day in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Kundan Vidya Mandir paid homage to its founder Shri Kundan Lal by organising a function in the school auditorium. HS Sohi, director, Investigation Wing (Income Tax) was the chief guest. The school was decorated. The chief guest inspected a guard of honour. The function started with lighting of the ceremonial lamp. Students presented an English song 'Fly High in the Sky'. Navita Puri, principal, read out the annual report. She enlisted the school's achievements in various fields. Ashwani Kumar, school manager, proposed a vote of thanks. — TNS



Man robbed of Rs 14,000
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
A man was robbed by three unidentified persons riding on a motorcycle at Kashmir Nagar here at around 11 am.

Ashok Gupta, who works with Gillson Gas Agency, was going with refill-cylinders to deliver to residents in the Kashmir Nagar area. Gupta said, as the area was deserted, three persons on a motorcycle stopped him and asked him to hand-over the cash he was carrying. When Gupta resisted, one of them took out his pistol and snatched the bag in which the cash was lying. They fled with 14,000 cash.

SHO Brij Mohan said that the police was looking into the matter. "The man was robbed at 11 am while the complaint was lodged to the police two hours after the incident took place. We are getting all the details", said Brij Mohan.



One booked for rape
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 17
The Ladowal police has registered a case under Section 376 of the IPC (rape) against Sunil Kumar, a resident of Salemtabri, here today.

According to information, Sunil Kumar had an affair with Monika (name changed), a 21-year-old woman, who worked with Kumar in a factory. The man allegedly took the woman to a deserted area and raped her with a promise to marry her soon.

But the woman came to know that Sunil Kumar was getting married on October 21 and she reportedly took some poisonous substance.

She was admitted to a private clinic in Daresi and the police recorded her statement. On the basis of her statement, a case has been registered against Sunil Kumar.



Man gets 1-yr term in cheque-bounce case
Rajneesh Lakhanpal

Ludhiana, October 17
The Court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Dr Balwinder Kumar Sharma has convicted Ramji Lal, an employee of PWD, Ludhiana, in a cheque-bounce case of Rs 1 lakh. He has been sentenced to a one-year imprisonment.

The court has also ordered him to pay Rs 2 lakh to the complainant.

"The convict has used the cheque amount for about six and a half years. If the cheque amount had been placed in terms of FDR, the amount must have doubled by now," remarked the Judge while awarding compensation.

The orders were pronounced by the court while deciding the complaint filed by Harjit Singh of Netaji Nagar, Ludhiana.

The complainant had submitted that the accused had taken loan from him. Thereafter, the accused issued cheques for Rs 1 lakh on June 6, 2006, in favour of him, with the assurance that the same would be encahsed on its presentation to his bank.

But when the cheque was presented to the banker of the accused, the same was dishonoured with the remarks "insufficient funds", meaning thereby that the accused was not having sufficient funds in his account to honour the cheque. Despite serving a legal notice, the accused failed to make the payment, added the complainant.

The accused denied the allegations but failed to prove his contentions.



women’s cricket
Jalandhar eves come out triumphant
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 17
Jalandhar district remained undefeated in the league phase and eventually came out as champions, getting better of Moga district by 79 runs in the final of the Punjab State Inter-District Senior Women's Cricket Tournament that concluded at Green Land Stadium, Manj Phagowal on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar road, here today.

In the league stage, Jalandhar eves drubbed Amritsar district and also pipped Combined Districts XI to enter the final.

Jalandhar district batted first after winning the toss and made 148 runs in the stipulated 50 overs, losing eight wickets. The main contributors were Meenu and Sharanjit who scored 44 and 31 runs, respectively while Reva made 13 runs.

For Moga district, Harman and Jagdeep Kaur got rid off three players each after conceding 24 and 38 runs, respectively.

In reply, Jalandhar district could gather just 69 runs after consuming 40.5 overs in which the main contributions came from Harman and Parvin Khan who chipped in with 22 and 13 runs, respectively.

For the winners, Reva grabbed two wickets for 14 runs while Mehak claimed two for 5 and Reva captured two for four to help their team to come out victorious with ease.

Jalandhar won the toss and elected to bat

Jalandhar district batted first after winning the toss and made 148 runs in the stipulated 50 overs, losing eight wickets. The main contributors were Meenu and Sharanjit who scored 44 and 31 runs, respectively while Reva made 13 runs.



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