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Parking woes to be thing of past 
Feroze Gandhi market to have automated multi-level parking lot for 250 cars 
Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, August 25
In the wake of ever-rising population and proliferation of the number of vehicles with far too inadequate parking spaces in the industrial capital of the state, there is good news for city residents. The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has chalked out an ambitious plan to provide a multi-level parking facility-cum-commercial complex in the upmarket commercial and business centre of the Feroze Gandhi market.

To be constructed on 0.68 acre (2,529 square metres) on design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis, the parking lot will have automated parking facility for 250 cars along with sufficient parking space — at least 450 square metre — for two-wheelers and an integrated commercial complex. Officials said the MC had received technical bids for the project and the process for shortlisting bidders was on.

Stating the aims and objects while inviting proposals from technically and financially sound experienced companies, the RPF (request for proposal) document of the MC said like many other metropolitan cities of the country, the largest city in the state of Punjab (Ludhiana) is also under constant pressure to manage the existing infrastructure services and provide for the best of these services for its increasing population.

It was emphasised that amongst these services, the management of traffic and transportation in the city as well as catering to the parking demand is one of the crucial segments.

“Lack of planned shopping centres with organised parking arrangements has given birth to the mushrooming of commercial activities along the frontage of important roads, streets and the spillover of related parking to the main roads, creating conditions of chaos and mismanagement,” the RPF document stated. In the Feroze Gandhi market, there are four parking lots available along with on-road surface parking. However, the capacity of the parking lots is not sufficient to cater to the present demand which results in parking of vehicles along the roads, thereby creating a major bottleneck in the smooth flow of traffic, the RPF document stated.

Officials of the MC said multi-level parking lot at a strategic location along with a rational parking fee was an inevitable solution towards providing a relative parking space for the growing number of vehicles in the market.

That the MC is now inclined towards encouraging PPP (public-private partnership) is evident from the offer in the bid document which says that in addition to the proposed facilities (multi-level parking-cum-commercial complex) to be developed, the successful developer will also be required to operate and maintain other surface parking facilities in the Feroze Gandhi market currently being maintained by the MC itself.

As per the bid document, the proposed multi-level parking project along with existing surface parking lots were being offered for maintenance and operation for a period of 40 years from commencement. The tentative parking fee structure proposed in the RPF for four-wheelers is Rs 20 up to a period of three hours, Rs 30 for three to six hours and Rs 40 for six to 12 hours. For two-wheelers, the parking fee would be 50 per cent of that to be charged from four-wheelers.

Tentative parking fee

The tentative parking fee structure proposed in the RPF for four-wheelers is 
Rs 20 up to a period of three hours, Rs 30 for three to six hours and Rs 40 for six to 12 hours. For two-wheelers, the parking fee will be 50 per cent of that to be charged from four-wheelers. To be constructed on 0.68 acre (2,529 square metres) on design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis, the parking lot will have automated parking facility for 250 cars along with sufficient parking space - at least 450 square metre - for two-wheelers and an integrated commercial complex


12-year-old boy killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
A 12-year-old boy was crushed to death by a speeding tractor trolley-trailer near Chhabra Colony on Pakhowal road today.

The victim, a Class VI student of DAV Public School, Sarabha Nagar Extension, was identified as Tripatjit Singh. He was a resident of Basant Nagar.

The incident took place this afternoon when he was riding pillion on his father Satwinder Singh’s scooter.

Eyewitness said the tractor-trailer hit the scooter from the rear. Satwinder lost control and both of them fell on the road.

Before Tirpatjit could react, he was crushed under the wheels of the tractor-trailer.

Tirpatjit was rushed to the DMCH where doctors declared him brought dead.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Balvir Singh, a resident of Sangrur, fled leaving behind the vehicle.

A police official said hunt was on to nab the accused.

Satwinder Singh, who was inconsolable, said he was taking his son for tuition classes.

Around a month ago, Mansimran, a medical student of DAV School, BRS Nagar, was killed in a freak incident while she was riding a scooter to attend her tuition classes.

The victim's father Satwinder Singh is deputy district attorney (Prosecution) in Ludhiana.

Habitual offender arrested

The city police has nabbed a habitual offender while he was trying to rob a man at a knifepoint at the Vishnu Puri area on Sunday. The accused, identified as Harwinder Singh, alias Dhmeri, was out on bail, was nabbed while he was trying to rob a migrant, Samir Khan, on knifepoint. 

Tragic end

Eyewitnesses said the tractor-trailer hit the scooter from the rear. Satwinder lost control and both of them fell on the road. Before Tirpatjit could react, he was crushed under the wheels of the tractor-trailer. 



Hanspal blamed for playing divisionary politics
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
It has been nearly 10 days since Namdhari sect chief Thakur Uday Singh was attacked in the UK, but the controversy refuses to die down.

The International Namdhari Sangat, the faction supported by Thakur Dalip Singh, today dragged senior Congress leader HS Hanspal into the controversy.

The faction has accused the senior leader of indulging in divisionary politics.

Hanspal had recently written letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid urging them to increase security cover to sect chief Satguru Uday Singh following the attack.

The International Namdhari Sangat today wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, the copy of which is with The Tribune, in which they have accused Hanspal of creating fissures in the sect.

Jaswinder Singh and Navtej Singh, chairman and president of the International Namdhari Sangat, said Thakur Uday Singh had no threat from external forces, rather internal forces were conspiring against him.

"You can save the sect chief from external forces, but what about the enemies within the sect," questioned Navtej. The International Namdhari Sangat said the sect needs to be protected from people like HS Hanspal, who are playing divisionary politics and created problem between two brother, i;e Thakur Uday Singh and Thakur Dalip Singh.

HS Hanspal, who is in Banguluru with Satguru Thakur Uday Singh, refused to comment.

"These people (Navtej and Jaswinder) always indulge in petty politics and try to drag people into controversy. I do not want to comment. Let them say whatever they want to. I am currently with the Satguru in Banguluru," said Hanspal. 



42-year-old man jumps off fourth floor of hospital, dies 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
In a shocking incident a 42-year-old man committed suicide by jumping off the fourth floor of a multi-specialty hospital located at Shepur Chowk.

The deceased was identified as Jagtar Singh, a resident of Mandi Gobindgarh. He had come to the hospital to enquire about his father-in-law’s health.

The victim’s wife Gurmeet Kaur said Jagtar was under depression crashed himself against a window in the hospital.

The window shattered into pieces and Jagtar fell from the fourth floor.

The police has initiated inquest proceeding under Section 174 of the CrPC.

This is second such incident in past one month. Earlier, a man had jumped off the third floor of a hospital in Haibowal and had died.



Students’ protest continues through weekend
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Students of Punjab Agricultural University continued with their chain hunger strike against the university authorities even during the weekend.

However, the number of protesting students was very less on Saturday and Sunday as most them left for their respective villages. A number of girl hostellers also participated in the hunger strike.

Dilpreet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Jasandeep Singh, who were rusticated from the university, were seen studying and making notes during the hunger strike.

Harpreet Singh, one of the rusticated students, said: "I love to read in the free time. We are sitting free so I decided to complete my work. We hope that the Vice-Chancellor reviews his decision and allows us to sit in class.”

The authorities have called the parents of the protesting students to the university on Monday. Sources said the university authorities were planning to show the pictures of students which were clicked by morning walkers on July 22 morning.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor mailed the photographs to media houses to convince them that the students have consumed liquor.

Karmavir Singh, vice-president of PAUSA, said: “We have already told our parents about the intention of the authorities. The allegations of the authorities are baseless. The photographs do not tell that the students had consumed liquor.” 



Imported fruits taste bitter
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The next time you reach out for imported apples, oranges and kiwis, you may want to think twice. The price of imported fruits has shot up, thanks to the weakening rupee.

Imports have become more expensive and fruit sales have dropped.

As the prices of imported fruits have doubled, residents are left with no option but to cut down on consumption.

Apples imported from Washington which available at Rs 100 per kilogram are now priced at Rs 200 per kg. The California grapes now cost Rs 350 per kg instead of Rs 200 per kg.

The price of cherry has gone up to Rs 1,600 per kg from Rs 1,100 per kg, while imported guavas are now available at Rs 300 per kg instead of Rs 200 per kg.

“Since the value of rupee is depreciating, the price of imported fruits has gone up. Consumers now prefer Indian fruits to imported ones till the prices stabilise," said Mohammad Ahmed, a fruit vendor from Civil Lines.

"Opting for canned fruit juice is a better option than buying raw fruits. Since my children are in their growing years, I make it sure that they consume fruits. But going by the price of fruits, I have substituted them with canned fruit juices for the time being,” said Shikha Dhawan, a city resident.

Krutika, who is fond of imported fruits, especially apples, is finding it difficult to adjust with the taste of local apples. “I have not stopped buying imported apples. But I have cut down on consumption. I hope the prices come down soon," she added.



13-yr-old girl rescued, kidnapper arrested
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The Salem Tabri police has arrested a person for allegedly kidnapping a 13-year-old girl from the Hambra area. The girl has also been rescued.

The accused has been identified as 22-year-old Rajesh Paswan, a resident of Chawni Mohalla. He had allegedly kidnapped the girl from the locality three days ago.

Initially, the girl's parents kept searching for her, but were unable to trace her. Finally, they informed the police today.

Dharampal, SHO of the Salem Tabri police station said the police conducted a search and nabbed the accused from the Hambra area. Besides kidnapping, a case of rape has also been registered against the accused, he said. 



Garbage problem: Who cares?
Overflowing dumps across city emit foul smell, pose health hazard
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Failure of the Municipal Corporation to clear the garbage bins installed across the city is not only leading to foul smell but also posing a health hazard.

With the city receiving rainfall regularly, water gets mixed with garbage, emanating a foul smell that suffocates the passers-by and residents. Flies and mosquitoes have also found a habit in the polluted water that oozes out of the bins, thus raising a concern about the spread of diseases.

Throughout the previous week, it was observed garbage was not lifted from various sites including Kailash Chowk near the extension library, near the Zone-D office and Field Ganj. Santosh Kumar, a resident who passes by the extension library said, "I have changed my way to the office as these bins stink badly. Passing by these bins in the morning makes you sick."

The site is at a distance of less than at a half kilometer from the Civil Surgeon office. Officials of the health department claim they did not receive any report about the stinking garbage dumps from the medical officer concerned.

District Epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, "Medical officers of different areas report to us daily about the garbage problem, stagnant water and other such issues. We forward these reports to the Municipal Corporation for their timely redressal. I did not get any report about the overflowing garbage bins. I will look into the matter and inform the Municipal Corporation accordingly."

It has also been observed that when the garbage bins are cleaned, lime powder is not sprinkled there. It is sprinkled only when a VIP is to pass by that route.

Health officer of the MC Dr Charanjit Uppal said, "The garbage bins are cleaned by the A2Z company once in 24 hours. I examined a few places yesterday and saw garbage was being lifted from there. We will ensure that lime powder is sprinkled after the garbage is lifting from these dumps."

Dr Uppal also appealed to the public to cooperate with the MC in keeping the city clean.



Punjab minister to address investors at Delhi conclave
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Punjab-based industrialists will be attending a mega conclave, Invest North, being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at New Delhi on August 27.

Minister for Industries and Commerce, Punjab, Anil Joshi, along with principal secretary Karan A Singh, will address domestic and global businessmen in an endeavour to invite investments to the state.

The conclave will showcase various pioneering projects from the state of Punjab in diverse fields including manufacturing and industrial infrastructure; IT hardware; plastics; jewellery; agro-processing; light engineering hubs; export promotion industrial, textile and apparel and multi-modal logistics parks; country-dedicated investment zones; knowledge-based industry; IT and bio-technology parks; centres of excellence on education; R&D hubs; recreation, sports and stadiums; and hydel energy projects.

The conclave aims to showcase and promote investment opportunities in the northern states and provide a platform to domestic and global investors to engage with various state governments.

What is Invest North

The conclave organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry on August 27 aims to promote investment opportunities in the northern states of India and provide a platform to domestic and global investors to engage with various state governments.



reporters’ diary
Teach the children, do not confuse them 

Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan Everyday we get press releases from nursery schools about the celebration of fruit day, salad day, Teej and other such occasions. The pictures sent along show tiny tots dressed up for the occasion while they look confused and seem wondering about the occasion. I wonder if celebrating these days make children aware of the importance of the day, or it is just a futile effort and wastage of time, money and energy of all the people involved--be it tiny tots, teachers or parents. Whenever there is some festival or special day, children should be given relaxation from their routine activities and should be told about the importance of the day through audio-visual aids; today's children are techno-savvy from a young age. They should be made to understand the importance of the day rather than make them wear heavy outfits, just for the sake of getting news and photos published in newspapers.

Power utility needs to pull up its socks

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited needs to pull up its socks and address the ever-increasing number of complaints against the frequent failure of the main server due to which residents have to wait for hours together to pay their electricity bills. Despite making tall claims of being consumer-friendly, the power utility has failed to provide the basic facility of online payment of bills. Most of the times, moreover, consumers are unable to view their latest electricity bills on the website of the power utility. As a result, even those consumers who have the means to make payment of their bills online through e-banking have to personally visit the counters or send someone with cash to make the payment, which remains a time-consuming procedure. All this thanks to an indifferent attitude of the top brass of the corporation and the inefficiency on the part of the private operator providing software solutions to the power utility.

How about a town for canines?

As population of dogs continues to rise everyday, some residents were heard discussing ways to handle this problem. Some elderly people said stray dogs should be captured and shifted to another place. A “dog town” should be created, they said. The government can train them and make them useful for the society. It would be better than these dogs chasing vehicles and biting residents, they said. The move will also please animal welfare activists, chipped in a resident.

Contributed by Kuldip Bhatia, Gurvinder Singh and Manav Mander



Joint Action Committee to redress grievances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
General body meeting of the association of the Punjab Senior Education Board (PSEB) affiliated schools was held at Shri Guru Gobind Singh Senior Secondary School. The meeting was presided over by Rajinder Sharma, the president of the association.

During the meeting it was decided that the schools must submit an application to the board by August 30, if they wanted to upgrade, as the board has passed an order to upgrade the affiliated schools from Classes VIII to X and from Classes X to XII. An official said the facility is only a one-time opportunity and only for those schools that cover an area measuring 2,000 square meter and are affiliated with the PSEB since 2009.

Schools had been allegedly unsuccessful in meeting the decision of the High Court regarding the basic pay and hence it was decided that the case should be discussed on proper forums viz. fee committee constituted by the Hon'ble High Court and the Punjab Government.

The president of the association has also sent a memorandum to the chairman, fee committee and Justice Ranjit Singh (retd.) and apprised the Justice of the functioning of the affiliated schools and the problems faced by them in running these schools. Another letter was also written which was to be sent to the chairman and fee committee. Both the letters were read in the meeting and all the members unanimously approved them.

The members were informed that a Joint Action Committee of all the three Associations of the Punjab has been formed. It will chalk out a strategy to take up the problems confronted by the affiliated schools of the state at a proper forum.

Members also urged the government to give due regard for their contribution to the field of education and excuse them from paying the commercial charges of various facilities such as electricity, water and sewerage.



Campaigns launched to fight social evils
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, August 25
Hundreds of followers of Sant Isher Singh Rare Wale vowed to launch a coordinated move against drug addiction and various other social evils, such as female foeticide and illiteracy.

The oath was taken in response to a call given by the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during the commemoration of death anniversary of Sant Isher Singh, which concluded at Gurdwara Karamsar today.

Scores of Sikh devotees attended the three-day programme. A large number of persons were also baptised for imbibing tenets of Guru Granth Sahib. Recollecting contributions made by Sant Isher Singh and his followers, the Chief Minister said, “Besides motivating masses to live a pious life, the sect has been serving the society through various educational institutes and hospitals set up across the town.”

“The Punjab government has laid a special focus on the development of towns holding a historical significance and various religious institutions in the state to perpetuate the legacy of great religious leaders,” said the CM.

The Chief Minister also visited Bhora Sahib to seek the blessings of Baba Teja Singh. The organisers of the programme felicitated Parkash Singh Badal and presented him a memento and Siropa.



Lizard found in cold drink
Our Correspondent

Khanna, August 25
In a shocking incident at a function in Khanna, a lizard was spotted in a bottle of a cold drink. The function of an opening of a new Chamber of Advocate Deepak Sahota was in progress, when the organisers of the show opened a box of cold drinks and found the reptile in a bottle which was half-filled.

Some social activists of Khanna area, including Advocates Jaspreet Singh and Narinder Sharma, had earlier demanded that the cold drinks and other materials should be checked properly before they are used for the consumption by the public.

The District Health Officer, Ludhiana, Dr Avinash, said, “I can initiate an action only after a written complaint is given to me in this regard.” While Chief Medical Officer, Ludhiana, was unavailable.



Trend of gifting plants picks up
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The trend of gifting plants is on a rise in the city. Not only large, but dish-plants are also catching the fancy of residents for home decor as well as gifting purpose.

“Plants are increasingly being used for gifting purposes these days,” said Juhi Bakshi from the Technocare nursery. “People have started gifting dish-plants as well, as these combine the purpose of a plant, a show piece and serve as a beautiful gift as well,” she said.

These are also called table-top gardens, and may be grown in variety of trays, dishes or other containers. Water, gravel and other materials are used to create these plants. For dish-plants, any plant that is small, has slow growth and grows in shallow soil are generally used as a dish plant. Syngonium, Sansivaria dwarf varieties of grass, ferns, succulents and crotons are being used. For keeping in water, plants like black beauty serve well, said Bakshi. Plants that are rough and have a tough look like sansivera, adenium are used with gravel. Herbs are also used for table-top gardens, but for a limited period of time in our climate. Lavender, basil, oregano, camomile are generally used. Plants like asparus, dracaena, chlorophytum potula are used and can be covered with glass.

“The dish-plants can be decorated with all kinds of interior design and decor,” said Vineet, a city-based interior designer.



‘Rising prices a jolt to economy’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Office-bearers of the Laghu Udyog Bharti held a meeting to discuss about the rise in prices of goods and services. The members alleged a sheer failure on the part of the Central Government and said the government had failed to curb the depreciating value of rupee and the rising prices.

"The rise in the value of the US dollar in the last one month has shaken the Indian economy. With depreciating value of rupee, the prices of petrol, diesel, steel, rubber, carbon black and yarn have taken a hike as well, which has resulted in an increase in the production cost, leaving the country in the clutches of a high inflation," said Rajeev Jain, president of the Laghu Udyog Bharti.

The basic increase in freight has resulted in an increase in the food commodities. Steel prices have gone up which has affected the construction businesses. The basic needs for survival has become out of reach for the common man today," said Dinesh Lakra, state president.

Overseas buyers are also cancelling the orders and are demanding discounts on the items received or on items which are due for payments. Small and micro-industry which rely on big units are facing crunch due to heavy inflation and are finding themselves in dark future, said Rajeev Jain.



Blood donation camp
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, August 25
Arya Club of Arya Samaj, Model Town, in association with Zindagi Live Foundation organised a blood donation camp on the concluding day of ‘Ved Saptah’ at Arya Samaj, Model Town, Ludhiana. The camp was organised with an aim to create awareness on the significance of blood donation and extend support to thalassemic patients.

As many as 101 units of blood were collected by a team led by Dr Parmod Mittal from CMCH.

Medical camp organised

Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI), Nanaksar, Jagraon, organised a free-of-cost medical check-up camp. Around 150 patients were examined by Dr Rohit Tandon and Dr Vivudh. Motive of the camp was to generate awareness about common heart problems and their prevention. 



Gadvani’s play staged for 41st time 
Tribune News Service

Artistes stage the play “2 to Tango, 3 to Jive” at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana on Saturday.
Artistes stage the play “2 to Tango, 3 to Jive” at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, August 25
Ashvin Gidwani's play '2 to Tango, 3 to Jive' was staged at Guru Nanak Bhawan last evening. The play directed by Saurabh Shukla was attended by eminent city-based personalities. Organised by the Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam, the play by Shukla was staged for the 41st time.

Saurabh Shukla, Preiti Mermaim, Achint Kaur, Sadia Siddiqui played different characters. This play shows how the equation of life changes when third person enters in the life of a married couple. Mundane life of Parminder Singh Sethi changes when another woman enters his life. The comedy play shows how an internal recess of mind yearns for a change, and how it turns into an endless search.

"Life becomes like a wilder dance form Jive from a smooth Tango, with the third person entering into a couple's life," said Shukla.



Sanjay Kak sees himself as a political filmmaker
Minna Zutshi
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
Counter-narratives are documentary filmmaker Sanjay Kak’s forte. But for a man with over 25 years into filmmaking on social and political issues, the counter-narrative is not an ideological statement. It’s an argument meant to provoke, to stir up the public opinion.

In Ludhiana for the screening of his latest documentary film “Red Ant Dream”, he says as a filmmaker, he steers clear of a prescriptive role.

His brand of filmmaking is argumentative, provoking and it takes a definitive position. A disinterested documentation may be a virtue for some filmmakers, but Kak’s documentaries occupy a space that’s contrarian.

“A documentary film is not an opinion. It’s an argument. I don’t say that my argument is the gospel of truth. But I’ll work hard to make my argument incontrovertible. You can dismiss it. That’s the choice you have,” says the filmmaker.

There’s no such thing as “innocent viewing” (of films and documentaries). All viewing is trained by ideology, class and a multitude of other variables that factor in, he adds.

Do his documentaries have any message? “If I had to convey a message, I would put it on a piece of paper,” is the cryptic reply.

In our message-addled society, the audience keeps asking him about the message he wants to get across through the documentaries he makes. But this Delhi-based filmmaker, who is originally from Kashmir, is ever-reluctant to give the audience the comfort of delivering a “message” that could have been reassuring to them.

“I want the audience to return home troubled and thoughtful,” says the documentary filmmaker

The documentaries he makes are open-ended arguments, replete with ambiguities and complexities. He believes that this is a cogent way of engaging with the audience. “I see myself as a political filmmaker and not as a pamphleteer.”

Talking about his film “Jashn-e-Azadi” on Kashmir, he says the nearly three-hour film is not an easy viewing for the audience. Yet the viewers, even those from rural areas of Bihar and Odisha, have related to the film.

“This reinforces my belief that documentaries do not necessarily have to be balanced. You can offer a spiky, provocative narrative and still the audience will engage in your narrative,” he says. 



Naxalite movement in focus

Ludhiana, August 25
A documentary film, Red Ant Dream (Maati Ke Laal), based on the Naxalite issue was screened at Punjabi Bhawan here today.

The film highlights the nexus of politicians, industrialists and armed forces in the areas affected by the Naxalite insurgency.

After the screening, director of the film Sanjay Kak said, "It is true that there is no such insurgency in Punjab. However, such conditions did prevail for a period in 1970s. This land also produced great revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh. We can still hear the slogans of Inqalab Zindabad". Kak had made a documentary film on Punjab, ‘Punjab, Second Chapter’, in 1980s. — TNS



Have fun with fusion
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

The fusion of Indian and western designs is in vogue.
The fusion of Indian and western designs is in vogue. A file photo

Ludhiana, August 25
Fusion is the flavour of fashion these days. Pick up a pair of trousers and a matching kurti from your wardrobe and you have something that is quickly turning into the fashion statement this season, says Gurjit Kaur Sidhu, a teacher at the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD).

Fashion from the Victorian era is also lending a new touch to the Punjabi suits with leg of mutton sleeves being in fashion. Band necks and long slits are merging with traditional suits for making a great fashion statement, says Kuldeep Kaur, another faculty at the INIFD.

Adorn the lacy shrugs during the cooler weather to add oomph to your attire. Larger prints can combine with plain kurtis for a great look, says fashion designer Sonu Gandhi.

"Less is more this season. Minimum embroidery and appropriate placement is what matters," says designer Sonu Gandhi. 



New styles colour city’s fashion canvas
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The cuts, designs and colours make all the difference to your persona if worn according to the latest trends. So whether the city residents hop into, slip into or wriggle into their outfits, they know how to reconcile their fashion statement with the need for comfort.

Young city residents become aware of the latest fashions through their peers on college campuses. Women even postpone their kitty parties in order to visit fashion exhibitions, organised regularly in the city, that help them in keeping abreast with the latest trends.

Open your eyes to the variety of colours and you will find neon shades make for the latest style statement.

"The bright and conspicuous colours make you stand out and more visible. Neon shades juxtaposed with soft pastels are the in thing these days," says city-based fashion designer Meenakshi.

In the Indian wear, Anarkali suits continue to rule the roost with light fabrics including georgette and net, she says.

Exquisite cuts of blouses in bright colours to go with sarees are also the latest fad. Wraparound sarees are much in vogue nowadays.

All you have to do is drape it around, rather than going through the hassle of having to tie it around. Although one can make out the difference, the ready-to-wear, drape-around saree is a hybrid of a suit and a saree, making it much more comfortable to wear while retaining the traditional look, says another fashion designer from the city.

In the western wear, basic silhouettes with no frills or slits are winning the hearts of girls and women alike.

"Simplicity is the key on the fashion scene these days," says Gurjit Kaur Sidhu, a teacher at the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD).

Checks and lines are making a comeback and are being used in newer and interesting ways to bring out a contemporary look, says Sidhu. Animal prints and tribal designs along with floral prints are equally popular this season, she says.

Jeggings are edging out jeans this fashion season, says Sidhu. These are light, stretchable, look light and are available in varieties of colour, says the fashion design teacher. 

Pump it up

In footwear, gladiators and pumps (see picture) are in, this season. The brighter the better, says Kuldeep Kaur, a teacher at the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD). "Gladiators are being sported by many girls these days. Pump shoes in bright colours are also the latest fad," she says. Bright and neon shades are ruling the roost when it comes to handbags. Contrasting styles are in demand. Long sling bags can be used during informal occasions. For the formal ones, tots handbags are sought after more, says Kaur. Canvas and printed handbags can also be carried for a casual look.

where fashion meets comfort

This season, slip into palazzos to get a feel of fashion as well as comfort. The high-waist dresses have become popular this season. "The best thing about palazzos is that these give the look of long skirts or a loose pair of trousers, depending on how wide you want to keep them," says Bhavleen, a fashion design student. "Nothing can beat the feeling of wearing a long gown. To me, the high-waist palazzos give a similar feeling. Not only these look graceful, these are also contemporary and comfortable to wear," she says. These are being made from georgette and light flowing fabrics, says Bhavleen.

Traditional jewellery makes a comeback

Ludhiana: For the formal look, traditional jewellery is back in vogue. Polki diamonds and the traditional Indian designs are luring women these days. For 
the casual look, lighter contemporary designs are being worn, says Jatin, owner of a jewellery store in the city. — TNS

Do not accessorise too much

City-based fashion designer Sonu Gandhi says that while dressing up, one should not accessorise too much.

"Have just one focal point through a rich or accentuated wear, whether it's your clutch, purse, shoes or neckpiece; the rest should be muted.

Too much of everything may make you look jarring or like a museum of accessories," says Gandhi.

A flowery affair

Not only floral designs but flowers are also becoming a part of the fashion statement. Flowers adorn the tresses. Whether real or decorative, floral hair clips bloom among the dark 'gardens'. Wear these for a classic-contemporary look, says Meenakshi, a city-based fashion designer.



Ludhiana Scan

Dr AR Sharma, CMD, Ricela Health Foods Ltd, has been appointed as a member of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). FSSAI regulates the food sector by laying down guidelines and standards to be followed by food businesses. It also specifies procedure for accreditation of laboratories and gives advice to central and state government in matters relating to food safety. FSSAI has been created under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. It is an integrated food law that lays down standards and guidelines for consumer safety, protection of consumer health and regulation of the food sector.


Indian Bank organised a camp under the Financial Inclusion Programme of the Government of India in the localities of Bhoura, Aman Nagar, Maskeen Nagar, Chander Nagar and Varinder Nagar in Ward No. 1 for an easy access to the banking facilities. All types of loan facilities were also offered, according to a bank representative.


A meeting of executive body of Northern Railway Pensioners' Welfare Association was organised on Sunday. It was chaired by the president of the Association, SM Sharma. Chairman Sher Singh said even though the Apex Court gave judgments to disqualify tainted MLA's and MP's, but the UPA government made amendments to nullify Apex Court judgment


The Environmental and Welfare Association has sent a letter to the District Food and District Controller and Deputy Commissioner to commonly approve the rate list of fruits and vegetables across the city by fixing equal and reasonable rates thrice a week, which should be displayed in front of their kiosks and shops. The letter was sent on behalf the of the association by president Sher Singh.


The Terapanth Yuvak Parishad organised a Barah Vrat workshop at the Terapanth Bhawan. As many as 250 devotees participated in the workshop. It was aimed at making the participants understand the importance of Barah Vrat.

Green drive

The BJP Shivpuri Mandal started green drive. The Press secretary of the BJP in the district, Neeraj Verma, inaugurated the campaign for planting saplings in order to make the city green. It has been started for purification of polluted city air, he said.

Death mourned

BJP members and other politicians mourned the demise of Jugal Kishore, a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). People from different religious, social and political organisations mourned his demise. —TNS

Faculty development

Kamla Lohtia SD College organised a one-day faculty development programme.

Dr SK Chadha from University Business School, Chandigarh, was the resource person. Dr Chadha shared his views on the new trends in education in colleges and universities. He emphasised on teamwork, good leadership and proper alignment of individual goals with organisational goals through.

Dr Chadha said the faculty should keep on updating their skills through continuous learning. He made the session interactive through various behavioural games.

Medical camp

Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI), Nanaksar, Jagraon, organised a free-of-cost medical check-up camp.

As many as 150 patients were examined by Dr Rohit Tandon and Dr Vivudh.

The motive of the camp was to generate awareness among people about common heart problems and their prevention. — TNS



62-yr-old found murdered
Our Correspondent

Khanna August 25
Mystery shrouds the death of a 62-year-old man who was found murdered in a dhaba at Khanna under mysterious circumstances today morning. The deceased has been identified as Gurdev Singh, a resident of Amloh, Khanna.

As per the information, the victim was running the Nanda Punjabi dhaba on the Amloh road, Khanna. The dhaba had been opened recently. He was reportedly attacked with a sharp-edged weapon while he was sleeping which resulted in his death.

According to Harjit Singh, the son of the deceased, his father had consumed alcohol with a cousin last night. On his complaint, the police has registered a case of murder against the cousin who has been absconding after the murder.

The Senior Superintendent of Police, Khanna, Sushil Kumar and Superintendent of Police (Detective) Rajwinder Singh, along with other police officials, reached the scene of the crime and took stock of the situation.

The body of the deceased has been handed over to his guardians after conducting a post-mortem. We are looking at other angles too, investigations are on to nab the culprit, said the SSP.



Woman drug peddler held
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 25
The city police nabbed a woman drug peddler and seized 8-kg poppy husk from her possession.

The accused has been identified as Malkit Kaur, alias Malkito. She was arrested this afternoon by the Sadar police from Gill Bypass.

Station house office, Sadar, Amandeep Singh Brar said the accused was coming from the Gill railway station. She was carrying a sack containing the contraband on her head.

On seeing the police, she panicked and turned back. The policemen, however, got suspicious and intercepted her.

Malkito is a resident of Janta Colony near Gill village, which is notorious for drug peddling.

3 hurt in group clash

Three persons were injured following a clash between two groups over gurdwara elections in the city on Sunday. The injured have been identified as Davinder Singh, Sarabjit Singh and Udampal Singh. They exchanged blows on the Civil Hospital premises. 



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