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NRI, in-laws in dowry web
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
In a dowry case, the police has booked 14 persons, including a Canada-based NRI and his parents, for demanding articles worth $ 1 million from a newlywed.
The accused have been identified as complainant’s husband Maneet Singh, father-in-law Jasvir Singh, mother-in-law Surjit Kaur and the others, all natives of Anand Vihar near Hari Nagar in Delhi. Presently, the accused are residing in Toronto.

The victim Sandeep Kaur Chandoke, a resident Model House said she got married to Maneet on January 13 this year. She said the alliance was made through a matrimonial website.

Sandeep said her widow mother agreed to the demands of her in- laws and arranged a lavish wedding ceremony.

Soon after the wedding, her husband and in-laws started pressing her to bring more dowry. Sandeep said that her in-laws used give examples of how unemployed youths from Canada were minting money by contract marriages.

In March, Maneet and his parents returned to Canada and told Sandeep that they would take her abroad only after she arranges $ 1 million.

When Sandeep's mother expressed her inability to meet their demands, Maneet threatened to divorce Sandeep.

Sandeep approached the police and lodged a complaint. The police registered a case against 14 persons, including the NRI husband, under Sections 420, 406 and 498-A of the IPC.

Murder case registered

The man who went missing on November 29 last year, was gagged and thrown in Sirhind Canal.

The police on Sunday registered a murder case against unidentified persons and started investigations.

After a few months, the Morinda police found Arvinder's bag lying near Sirhind Canal.

After an autopsy, the Haryana police cremated the body on December 7, 2012.

The viscera report shocked the family. It was stated that Arvinder was gagged to death. Traces of liquor were also found in his blood.

Harpal Singh Grewal, SHO, Sarabha Nagar, said the police had registered the case under Section 302 of the IPC against unidentified persons.

The case has been registered on the complaint of the victim's wife, Harshwinder Kaur. 

Dowry death

In a suspected dowry death, a 25-year-old woman who was allegedly set afire at her in-laws’ house in Guru Arjan Dev Nagar near Samrala chowk on Saturday night, succumbed to her injuries at a hospital on Sunday. The victim was identified as Puja Sharma. The police has registered a case of dowry death against the victim's husband, Kamal Sharma, and her father-in-law. 


‘Dead’ woman keeps police in a spin, traced to Uttar Pradesh

Machhiwara, October 20
In nothing less than a Bollywood pot-boiler, a woman leaves a suicide note at her house and disappears. Smelling rat, the police registers a case against her husband and sister-in-law.

Now the climax: The Machhiwara police traces the woman to Uttar Pradesh after six months following a tip-off. The police presents her in a court at Samrala and she expresses her desire to go with her husband. Her husband, too, accepts her.

The police said the woman was working in a spinning mill near Machhiwara and she got into a relationship an official of the factory, who was from other state and got married to him.

The couple did not get along and she wrote a suicide note and disappeared. She named her husband and sister-in-law in the suicide note.

Though the police booked her husband and sister-in-law, but failed to trace her. SHO of the Machhiwara police station Harjinder Singh Benipal said the police got information that the woman was alive and was living in Uttar Pradesh.

A team was constituted and the woman was traced on the basis of her call details. She was staying with her husband’s relative.

The court allowed her to stay with her husband. The case will come up for hearing tomorrow, said the SHO. 

The vanishing act

As the couple did not get along, the woman wrote a suicide note naming her husband and sister-in-law. Though the police booked her husband and sister-in-law, it failed to trace her. The SHO of the Machhiwara police station said the police received information that the woman was alive and was seen in Uttar Pradesh.



Fund starved civic body to auction land for SCOs
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
The cash-strapped Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is set to generate revenue by auctioning its prime land near Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar on Pakhowal Road on October 25.

The MC will auction land for 15 shop-cum-offices (SCOs), each measuring 100 sq yard. Each SCO will be 5.48 X 15.24 m (18 ft by 50 ft) in size and will have a covered area of 83.61 sq m (100 sq yards).

The MC has fixed Rs 1.5 per sq as the reserve price for a piece of land for each SCO. The MC has in the past auctioned land for SCOs at a much higher price, with the highest bid going as high as Rs 2.10 lakh per sq yard for a corner plot. The buyers were to deposit 10 per cent of the total amount in first 24 hours, 15 per cent in a month and the remaining 75 per cent in six half-yearly instalments.

The MC had started auctioning land for SCOs at the said site in November last year. Land for 55 SCOs has been auctioned to date. However, the MC has failed to give possession of the land to the bidders.

Assistant Town Planner (Zone D) Rajinder Sharma said the auction would start at 11 am on October 25. “We will auction land for SCO numbers 57 to 70, besides land for a few SCOs that was not auctioned. We expect a good response from residents this time as the land is along side the main road,” he said. 



Hosiery goods worth lakhs gutted
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Goods worth lakhs were gutted after a fire broke out at a three-storeyed hosiery unit in the Shivpuri area of the city this evening. Precious time was lost as fire tenders could not reach the spot due to narrow lanes.

The fire broke out on the premises of Sky Land Hosiery. No one was present at the hosiery unit at the time of incident. The fire department was got a call around 6 pm and fire tenders from all fire stations were rushed to the spot.

But the vehicles could not enter the narrow lanes where the hosiery unit was located. A temporary pipeline was laid to douse the flames, said a fire official.

Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria also reached the spot. The owner of the unit had stored around two truckloads of wood on the top floor of the building which also fuelled the fire.

Additional divisional fire officer Bhupinder Singh Sandhu, who also holds the additional charge of Mohali, was not in the city today.

“The state government will be urged to appoint a full-time additional divisional fire in Ludhiana. The fire equipment will also be upgraded,” said the Mayor

The additional divisional fire officer said: “The fire-fighters toiled to douse the flames as the hosiery unit is located in a narrow street where a fire tender cannot enter.” 



41test positive for dengue
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
A total of 41 persons tested positive for dengue in the city today. Out of these, 26 are from Ludhiana.
The other patients are from Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur, Jalandhar, Nawanshahr, Mansa and Barnala. Three patients are form from Jammu and Kashmir and one each from Haryana and Rajasthan.

With this, the number of dengue patients in city hospitals has reached 715, out of which 386 are from Ludhiana district, 232 from other districts and 97 from other states.

A team of the health department visited Ward Numbers 50, 60 and 2 and Jawaddi Kalan, Model Gram and Vikas Nagar. The team held 20 group meetings with residents.

The team also checked 104 coolers and 164 containers and distributed pamphlets on prevention of dengue. Pyrethrum spray was also done in affected areas. 



Mayor’s chiding works magic
Officials of the Punjab sewerage board start work on missing link
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
A week after the Mayor held a meeting with officials of the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, the work on missing sewerage link near Phullanwal village on Pakhowal Road has started. The traffic had to be diverted due to the laying of sewer line.

Sewer line on the 300 feet road (Dugri to Ferozepur Road) was laid a few years ago. But the work on 500 feet stretch of Pakhowal Road and another road near Lodhi Club was not completed. Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal, Akali councillor from ward number 59, said the missing link was being constructed at a cost of Rs 1 crore. "The 84 inch wide sewer line will dispose of sewage at Sewerage Treatment Plant in Balloke village. Residents had started disposing of sewage into the incomplete sewer line. "I had raised the issue in the MC General House," he said. As the sewer line was incomplete, the residents were banking on private septic tanks while some had connected their sewer connections with the line. "With the completion of the work, area residents will heave a sigh of relief,"said Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal.

A few days ago, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria had pulled up the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board officials and had directed them to complete all the work. It was after the meeting that the work on the missing link was started. 



Anger spills onto road
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, October 20
Following the non-lifting of discoloured paddy, farmers of the area blocked traffic on the Machhiwara-Samrala road for over an hour causing much inconvenience to commuters.
The protesters raised slogans against the state and Central governments and accused them of being responsible for the non-lifting of the paddy. They alleged that because of them, farmers were forced to sit in the grain markets for several days.

The protesters were led by leaders of the CPI, CPM and Punjab Kisan Sabha.

Bhajan Singh, Manjit Singh Udhowal, Sundar Lal and other leaders of parties demanded that the state and Centre government should purchase the discolored paddy at the fixed rate and not at a lower rate, as paddy had discolored due to climate and not because of their fault.

Protesters threatened to widen their struggle, for the lifting of paddy, if their demands were not fulfiled at the earliest.

A memorandum was also submitted to the tehsildar, Samrala, regarding the issue.

After lifting the traffic blockade after an hour, protesters threw some discolored paddy in the Sirhand canal as a mark of protest.

Meanwhile, commuters had to face inconvenience due to traffic blockade and had to pass through diverted routes.

As per the station house officer, Machhiwara, traffic was diverted for the convenience of commuters. It was restored after the blockade was lifted, said the SHO of the region.



Singer Sherry Mann’s city connection

Ludhiana, October 20
Singer-turned-actor Sherry Mann said as a youngster in 90s, he used to come to Ludhiana trying looking for work, as the city was home to some of the popular singers.

In his upcoming Punjabi movie Ishq Garaari, he has essayed a role of an aspiring singer.

So it was not a difficult role for him, he said.

The starcast of the upcoming Punjbai movie Ishq Garaari was in the city.

Actor Gulzar Chahal said, "Popular singers are preferred by producers, for they already have a fan following, which adds to the audience count watching the movie." On the flip side, it is also true that only those singer-turned-actors have been successful who are good at acting and the remaining have floundered and their movies have not done well, he adds.

Actor Mandy Takkhar said it was her fifth movie. She plays an innocent girl in the movie who is a die-hard fan of singer Miss Pooja and wants to emulate her. Talking about her dream role, she said she wanted to do an action movie.

"Punjabi cinema is growing, it is great that people from Bollywood are now aspiring to work in Punjabi films," she said. — TNS



Development not possible without women’s participation: Experts
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
"Without an active participation of women in social and political setup, development of the society is not possible," said Kushal Bhaura, general secretary of Punjab Istri Sabha, during a state-level Young Women Convention organised at the Punjabi Bhawan today. "And active participation of women is not possible until young women don't understand their rights and responsibilities and they don't stand up for the nation, society and fellow women," she said.

She said that young women can play an important role in the elevation of women in the society. Women comprise half of the world's population, but despite that there is discrimination with women and are not considered equal to men and crime against them and their harassment in increasing, she said.

President of the district unit of the Punjab Istri Sabha Gurcharan Kaur Kochhar in addition to advocate Rekha Sharma, Ravinderjit Kaur Patiala, Dr Narjeet Kaur, convener of Working Women Forum among many others addressed the gathering during the convention.

Gurcharan Kaur said discrimination with women happens across India. Despite agitations and complaints, there is no let up in the crimes against women. In fact, the crimes against them continue to increase. For these women must become aware of their rights and duties. So many women have to face discrimination in various fields and men are always considered superior, she said. Their work hours are longer and they are paid much lesser as compared to their male counterparts in various areas. Many face sexual harassment, but endure it silently because talking about it only boomerangs on her because of the social setup favour men.

But women must speak up and bring a change in the opinion of the society and women as a hole, she said. They must also become aware of their duties and utilise their rights responsibly. There has been misuse of the Dowry Act as well, and must become aware, fight for their rights and act responsibly, she added.



More than 60 companies participate in Expo-2013
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
‘Expo 2013’, a multi-themed exhibition which is being held at Government College for Girls entered second day today.
Expo-2013 has seen participation from more than 60 companies from all over the country, many of which are well-known brands. Few companies are here to appoint their dealers/franchises.

Some of the prominent ones participating in the exhibition are Toyota Material Handling.

The company, TMHIN has come into force to cater to specific segment of material handling equipments and components.



Residents remember father of modern Punjabi poetry
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Just eight years he spent in Ludhiana are enough for local residents and they remember his every moment. He was Professor Mohan Singh, who was the father of modern Punjabi poetry.

The city residents do not forget to celebrate Prof Mohan Singh’s birthday and other such occasions. Besides, they organise ‘Professor Mohan Singh Yaadgari Mela’ in Ludhiana in his memory.

Hailing from Rawalpindi in Pakistan, Mohan started new era of the Punjabi poetry. Earlier, the poetry was based on spiritual and religious sentiments and beliefs. Mohan wrote romantic and modern poetry and many poets of Punjabi language followed him. He is known for releasing Punjabi poetry from spiritual boundaries.

As his birth anniversary is being celebrated today the poets, writers, singers and lovers of poetry gathered at Prof Mohan Singh Chowk of Ludhiana at Ferozepur road, where his statute is established, and remembered the great poet.

Various cultural events, including seminars and kavi darbar, were organised across the state.

The event of singing of mela professor Mohan Singh provides platform for struggling singers while the established singers get recognition by participating in this cultural event.

Mohan Singh's poem 'Ambi da boota' and some more poems have status of folk songs.

Gurbhajan Singh Gill, president of the Punjabi Sahit Akademi, said, “Mohan had a unique identity in the Punjabi literature. He was the first among the Punjabi poets who wrote about the ground realities and social issues.”

Jagdev Singh Jassowal, founder of the Professor Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation said, he was born in Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan), studied in Lahore, served at Amritsar, started publishing newspaper from Jalandhar, worked as professor in Patiala and then served at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

“He was the cultural ambassador of Punjab. Mohan Singh wrote on several issues of society, brotherhood, peace, discrimination and many such issues,” said Jasowal.



PAU staff receive salary after 20 days
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Finally, the faculty and employees of Punjab Agricultural University have received their salaries and retirees received their pensions on Friday evening. According to information, the PAU authorities received the cheque of grants and the authorities deposited the salaries and pensions in bank account of the employees.

Confirming the disbursement salaries, Gulzar Singh Pandher, general secretary of the Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union said, “We have received sms on our mobile phones that the salaries have been deposited in our bank accounts.”

However, the employees and pensioners are still not satisfied as they want permanent solution of this routine delay.

Jaswant Zirakh, a pensioner of the PAU said, “The delay of 20 days in the salaries and pensions is not justified. Government releases grant-in-aid to the university from which the authorities disburse the salaries and pensions. We want our salaries and pensioners should be released from the treasury instead of grant-in aid every month.”

“The payment has provided a great relief. I was worried about the festival of Diwali. I have planned to whitewash the house. With the delay in salary, the whitewashing work also got delayed. Now, the contractor has been demanding more money as the rates have been increased. The salary should be released on time,” said an employee. 



Night camp on climate change awareness
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
In a unique effort to reach the farmers during their leisure hours, the School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology of the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Fatehgarh Sahib, organised a night camp at Balari Kalan village to spread awareness about paddy straw burning, its implications and remedial measures. The farmers and villagers were shown a documentary video film on climate change, its implications and adaptation strategies.

Dr SS Kukal, Director of the School of Climate Change and Agricultural Meteorology, discussed the importance of water in the daily life. He highlighted the implications of fast depleting water resources and made the farmers aware about various techniques of judicial water use in agriculture. Dr Kukal disclosed, “In Punjab, more than 22 million tonnes of paddy straw is produced annually.” The field burning of paddy straw is a major contributor to reduced air quality and human respiratory ailments apart from substantial loss of plant nutrients and organic carbon which is important for soil health, he observed.

Dr Harinder Singh, Deputy Director, KVK, Fatehgarh Sahib, shared the positive response of the farmers who used Happy Seeder technique for sowing wheat crop without burning rice stubbles.

Dr Sandeep Singh Sandhu, Assistant Agronomist, explained other options of wheat sowing after rice without burning of paddy straw.

Dr Prabhjyot Kaur, agro-meteorologist, discussed the issue of climate change and its impact on agriculture in Punjab. She pointed out that burning of paddy straw by the farmers not only aggravates the environmental pollution but also leads to deterioration of soil health.

The farmers of the village took keen interest in all the presentations, and interacted with the scientists. They appreciated the efforts of PAU scientists in organising this unique awareness programme. After watching the video film and climate change presentations, the farmers pledged not to burn rice stubbles in their fields.

Varsity student bags ICAR-international fellowship

Jiffinvir Singh Khosa, MSc (vegetable science) pass-out, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has made his alma mater proud by bagging the prestigious ‘ICAR-International Fellowship 2013-14’. He is among the 15 successful candidates from the country to have won this competitive fellowship, which is awarded for three years to pursue doctoral degree in agricultural and allied sciences in the recognised overseas Universities/Institutions having strong research and teaching capabilities. The amount of the fellowship is US $20,200 per annum. J Khosa’s passion to pursue doctoral research on onion has helped him to secure ICAR-International Fellowship.

As a part of this fellowship, the PAU student will be pursuing research on “Genome Wide Association for Flowering in Bulb Onion and Allied Species” under the supervision of Dr Richard Macknight and Dr John McCallum at Otago University and Institute for Plant and Food Research, New Zealand, respectively.

The work will help in understanding the major genes involved in controlling bulb formation and flowering in alliums. J Khosa, a meritorious student in academic and sports, is also a recipient of “Sukhdev Singh Prize for Essay and Oration 2010-11” at PAU. He did his MSc on the topic ‘Morphological and Molecular Characterisation of Onion and Allied Species’ from the PAU Department of Vegetable Science (with 8.67 OCPA) under the supervision of Dr Ajmer Singh Dhatt, a senior vegetable breeder.



reporters’ diary
Wooing mediapersons with gifts

Media fraternity gets plenty of invitations on daily basis from several schools, colleges, social and religious organisations, clubs etc, who want a "good coverage" in the newspapers. And the reporters are often lured by many organisations, which, in their invites also mention "please stay for lunch," "high tea will be served to media-friends," etc. But going a step further, one of the organisations here sent text messages to reporters which read, "It was a pleasure to have a good turnout from the press fraternity for the meet. We missed you people (those who could not attend the late evening spot), your gifts are lying with us, kindly let us know where we can get these delivered.” Such organisers forget that it is the job of the reporters to do the needful and for which they are being paid by their respective organisations. And the "gifts" hardly lure them!

Ridiculous demand

A group of disgruntled people, led by a "self-styled" dalit leader, who stands expelled from a political party for anti-party activities, are running an agitation and resorting to hunger strike as well as blockage of vehiclular traffic on the National Highway 1 (GT road) over the demand for providing reservation in government tenders. While making such a ridiculous demand, the protesters tend to forget that tenders issued by the government department are an open bidding process and the lowest bidder qualifies to get the contract. If reservation is made in award of government works without competitive bids, the very purpose of inviting tenders from eligible contractors and agencies will be defeated. The government and the administration ought to deal sternly with such undesirable elements who hold the city population to ransom time and again over their ill-conceived demands and personal gains.

Sound of old spinning wheel

During the ongoing festival season, I got a chance to visit a local fair. Like any other fair, there were also many stalls of games, eatables and of course lot of stuff for entertaining people. Suddenly, I heard the voice of spinning wheel (charkha) on the background. As I turned around I, saw a small merry go round which was being operated manually. Listening to this sound, I went down the memory lane and recalled my childhood days when my grandmother used to spin cotton on "Charkha" and we used to enjoy the sound of that old spinning wheel. And whenever, I got the chance, I also tried my hands on the same and produce the same sound.

On-road education

Although the traffic police has taken a commendable initiative for educating the citizens about traffic rules and the measures to take while driving by installing loudspeakers at busiest points like Bhai Wala Chowk and Jagraon bridge, many residents say that the recording is very long. “Even being long is not a problem, but one is not able to listen to all that is being said as the signal turns traffic light signal turns green before it is over," said a resident. Moreover, the speaker at Bhai Wala Chowk speaks in so low voice that the listeners at the other end are not able to hear. It is rare that the administration actually takes good initiatives. But when these are taken, these should be implemented well, not just to fill record books, said another resident.

Contributed by: Shivani Bhakoo, Kuldip Bhatia, Anupam Bhagria and Gurvinder Singh



Police officers accused of giving preferential treatment
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Former cheif of the District Youth Congress and general secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Komal Khanna has blamed the police for preferential treatment in the process of allotment of sites for the sale of crackers.

The last date for the allotment of cracker booths in nine locations is October 25. The allotment will be carried out through a lucky draw.

The Congress leader said ADCP (headquarters) Sukhpal Singh Brar, who has been entrusted with the work pertaining to the allotment, has given a green signal to the setting up of 16 cracker booths at a private site in Phoolanwal village.

"For the past 10 years, shopkeepers have been setting up stalls at Sector 39 near Chandigarh Road, Dugri Phase I, Dugri-II, Model Town, Pakhowal near Sidhwan Canal, Rishi Nagar, Dairy Complex Hambran Road, Tajpur Road, Sahnewal and Shimlapuri. The police has given no information about the 10th site. And discreetly these booths were given to people who are closely associated with police officers," said Khanna.

He said the police bent the rules to benefit their acquaintances. Khanna stated, "If the police is not siding with anybody, why the announcements of only nine sites was made and why the interested bidders were not told about the 10th site."

The ADCP (headquarters) refuted the allegation levelled by Khanna. The officer said, "The process of allotting booths for selling crackers was transparent. Earlier too, the crackers were sold at a private site near Lodhi Club. The permission was given after the venue was shifted to Phoolanwal village. The issue of favouring someone does not arise."

Khanna said earlier crackers used to be sold at Daresi, Gur Mandi, Dandi Swami and other private sites, then why only a handful of persons have been allowed to run the crackers business at a private site.



Probe panel yet to record official’s statement
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
A month after an MC superintendent was slapped by two sanitation workers, the three-member probe committee is yet to come to a conclusion.
Leave aside the completion of the inquiry, the committee has not even recorded the statement of the victim.

On September 24, MC superintendent Rajiv Bharadwaj was slapped by two MC sweepers in his office. Bharadwaj claimed that a compromise had been struck, but later he claimed that he was forcibly made to sign compromise papers. He filed a complaint with the MC Commissioner and the Commissioner of Police.

Three days after the incident, the ministerial staff formed the Ludhiana Corporation Ministerial Union and appointed Bharadwaj the president.

Bharadwaj claimed that the MC officials were trying to hush up the matter. "If the police can record my statement, why can't the MC do it? Yesterday, I received a letter stating that the committee had asked be to appear before it on October 21.

The two workers had slapped me in front of the staff, how can they get a

He said he was being stalked and was even asked to withdraw the complaint.

"I have informed the police about the threat calls. I will not give in to such tactics," stated Bharadwaj.

MC Additional Commissioner Davinder Singh, who is a member of the committee, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts while MC Commissioner Rahul Tewari claimed that he would speak to the three-member committee and would ask it to complete the inquiry on time.



Development projects derailed, only a few take shape
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
Development of the city railway station seems a distant dream.
A number of projects have been hanging fire. Recently, the work on tracks 6 and 7 was started. It was learnt that the Railways was allocated Rs 1 crore for carrying out work on both the tracks.

The other tracks (1, 2, 3 and 4) were repaired a few years ago. The area between the tracks will be filled with concrete.

Rats have been another nuisance. Not even a single pest management company was given the contract to free the tracks of rodents. Sanitation is not given importance.

"The workers found it difficult to clean the tracks. It will no longer be an arduous task. The new tracks will be easy to clean. The stinky portion will be removed," said Rajesh, a Railway Worker.

Citing technical reasons for the delay, Station Superintendent Ravinder Sharma said the work would be completed on time an the other problems would also be solved. 



It’s time to fast and feast
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

A man helps a girl sip cold coffee at a henna stall in Ludhiana.
A man helps a girl sip cold coffee at a henna stall in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana, October 20
Lit-up markets are a sight to behold. It is that time of the year when fragrance of mehndi pervades the city.
With only a day left for Karwa Chauth, women are making a beeline for henna stalls.

While a henna artist applies mehndi on their palms, their husbands are seen helping them have grub. A variety of sweets are on the platter.

Gift stores have displayed their best items. Chocolates have always been a favourite with women.

Decorated earthen lamps add glitter to the festivities. Raju, a potter, said this was the time when they could earn some money. "It is during the festive season that people visit my stall, which otherwise witnesses no customer," he said. Shruti said she loved exchanging gifts during the festive season.



from schools
Shabad gayan competition

Ludhiana: Guru Gobind Singh Public School (GGSPS) won the second position shabad gayan competition. The team of school made hat trick by winning the shabad gayan competition which was organised by Gurmati Sangeet Bench, Punjabi University, Patiala. The competition was annually organised by the bench to promote Gurmatisangeet among the school youths. This was the second year in which the team of Guru Gobind Singh Public School won the second position again. The competition was attended by various school and college teams across Punjab. Earlier, team had won shabad gayan competitions at Sahodaya events and Tarantaran. The school management and principal, Manjit Kaur blessed the team members for securing the second place in the shabad gayan competition.

Fancy dress contest marks annual function
Children perform dance during the annual function of TSSM Primary School in Ludhiana on Sunday.
Children perform dance during the annual function of TSSM Primary School in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune Photograph

It is said that every person is gifted with some art or talent by God and it is necessary to test this talent and polish it. Many programmes and activities are organised in the school in which the students explore their talent by taking part in these activities. An annual function was held here on Sunday at Teja Singh Sutantar Memorial Primary School (TSSM). Many students participated in it with great zeal and enthusiasm. Besides, a fancy dress competition and poetry recitation (based on drug addiction) were organised on the occasion. Dramas were presented on the subjects of women empowerment and unity in diversity. At last, Punjab's folk dance bhangra was performed. Principal, Gurbachan Singh Grewal, made a speech and thanked the guests. — TNS 



Drugs seized

Officials of the Health department conducted a raid at four shops in the Pindi street on Saturday and seized as many as 600 injections of steroids and 264 anti rabies injections valued to be around Rs 1.84 lakh. The raid was conducted at Gautam Medical Hall, Gumbar Medical Hall, Capital Pharma and JMD Medical Hall. The president of Retail Chemists Association, Ludhiana, Aman Ahuja, said, “We are totally against the sale of habit forming drugs. But if any injustice was done to any retail chemist, we will strongly oppose it.” Retail Chemists Association will also be contesting for the next Lok Sabha elections.

Awareness camp

The Rising Youth Association organised an awareness camp with Dr Sonepreet Grewal at Model Gram on Sunday. As many as 40 patients attended the awareness camp. Dr Grewal said, “Osteoporosis is a chronic condition caused by a slow loss of bone density, which results in bones becoming fragile, porous and brittle and hence more prone to fractures, usually around the wrist, spine and hips. He advised the gathering to exercise regularly, ensure a rich diet in bone-healthy nutrients, avoid negative lifestyle habits and maintain a healthy weight. Gurinder Chahal, president of the NGO, was also present on this occasion

Gyan Kranti Samaroh

Gyan Kranti Samaroh was organised by Akhil Vishwa Gayatri Parivar at Guru Nanak Bhawan on Sunday. Dr Pranav Pandya, head of Akhil Vishwa Gayatri Parivar, addressed residents on the occasion.

Meditation camp

The founder of the Art of Living organisation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, will be visiting Ludhiana. A mahasatsang titled, Anand ki Leher, will be held in the presence of the spiritual leader. Singers Chitra Roy and Manikantan will also perform from 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm at the Kissan Mela grounds, PAU, Ludhiana. Entry is open to all. PAU gate no. 1, 2 and 4 will be open for convenient entry. Elaborated parking arrangements have been made inside the University for the Convenience of public.

DC assures of redressing grievances

Following a 12-day dharna by protesters demanding a share in the government tenders, protesters blocked the Jalandhar bypass and national highway for nearly three hours on Sunday. A discussion was held with Deputy Commissioner regarding the issue and the administration was given two days time to do the needed. The blockade on the national highway was lifted after the DC assured the protesters that he would draft a charter of their demands, which will be then further forwarded to the Chief Minister.

Fair announced

Chairman of Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation, Jagdev Singh Jassowal, announced a fair to be organised in the memory of Prof Mohan Singh in Bathinda this year. Jassowal said literary discussions during the fair will be held at Guru Kanshi University.

Interactive seminar

A special interactive seminar was organised by the Hindu Utthan Parishad on drugs and corruption on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, national president, Vinod Jain said drugs are the main cause of concern at present and corruption is another termite which is eating away our system. “The ones who give bribery are also the culprits,” said Jain, the president of the Hindu Utthan Parishad.

Protest held

Moulder and Steel Workers’ Union staged a protest against the increasing number of taxes imposed by the government on Sunday. Government is on spree of collecting money from people by imposing various taxes such as property tax, house tax, said president of the union, Harjinder Singh. Instead of curbing inflation government is imposing more taxes, alleged the president.

Martyr remembered

The martyrdom day of Jassa Singh Alhuwalia was observed by Alhuwalia Youth Welfare Society on Sunday. Floral tributes were paid to the general. Gagandeep Singh, speaking on the occasion, said he was a noble soul and lived for the welfare and upliftment of his community.

Karwa Chauth celebrated

The Lodhi club celebrated Karwa Chauth on Sunday. The chief guest, Ritu Aggarwal, wife of Deputy Commisisoner Rajat Aggarwal, lit up the inauguration lamp on the occasion. The executive committee announced gifts for all members. Couple photography was the highlight of the function. — TNS



Accused on transit remand
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20
In one of the high-profile cases of fraud involving a city-based industrialist, Rajesh Mehra, director of Rajit Paints, who was recently arrested by the Delhi police from a private hospital, the local court has allowed transit remand of the accused.

Harpreet Sandhu, who appeared as counsel on behalf of the accused, said the court of Amarinder Pal Singh, Judicial Magistrate First Class, directed the Delhi police to provide medical care to the industrialist, if required, during the journey.

Rajesh Mehra was recently arrested following a joint raid conducted by the Delhi and Mumbai police.

Mehra was wanted in a case of 138 Negotiable Instrument Act, after the arrest warrants were issued by the court of Metropolitan Magistrate, Rohini Courts, Delhi, in an offence of a cheque-bounce case amounting to financial embezzlement worth crores of rupees.

As Rajesh was unwell he was rushed to the hospital, but the Delhi police arrested the accused.

Harpreet Sandhu said the court had also directed the Delhi police to produce the accused before the court of Duty Magistrate at Rohini, New Delhi. 



Easy win for Sukhram School
Anil Datt

Ludhiana, October 20
Sukhram Memorial School, Hisar, and Amity International, Gurgaon, scored facile victories in football while Shah Satnam Ji Girls School, Sirsa, recorded an emphatic win in handball on the second day of the CBSE North Zone-II Handball and Football Tournaments being held at Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar.

In football, the first match was played between Sukh Ram Memorial School, Hisar, and Bal Bharti School, Rohtak, turned out to be a mismatch as the former emerged victorious without being challenged (6-0).

In the second match, Bal Bharti School, Rohtak, again failed to cope with their opponents from Amity International School, Gurgaon, as they lost the verdict 0-5.

The third match was held between Maharaja Aggarsain Public School, Hisar, and Shri Harkrishan International School, Amritsar, in which the former proved their superiority winning it 10-0, giving no chance to their rivals to even settle down. In handball (boys U-19), Dashmesh Public School, Faridkot, went down fighting 15-24 against HD Senior Secondary School, Jhajjar, while YS Public School, Barnala, outplayed Guru Nanak Dev DAV School, Amritsar, in a one-sided affair 13-2.

In the other matches, Shiksha Bharti Vidya Niketan, Kalayat, trounced Uma Rana Public School, Fatehgarh Sahib, 23-14; Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar, survived a scare against Police DAV School, Hisar, before emerging winners with a narrow margin of 17-15; Police DAV Public School, Jalandhar, pipped HD Senior Secondary School, Jhajjar, 13-11; St Sophia School, Hisar, outnumbered DCM Presidency, Ludhiana, 13-3 and Police DAV public School, Patiala, routed YS Public School, Barnaka, in a similar fashion (13-3).

In the boys U-14 category, YS Public School, Barnala, had to toil hard to outplay St Sophia Senior Secondary School, Hisar, 9-7. In handball (girls U-19), Shah Satnam Ji Girls School, Sirsa, proved too good for MGN Public School, Jalandhar, whom they drubbed 20-0 while in the girls U-14 category, Shree Krishna Pranani School, Bhiwani, blanked MGN Public School, Jalandhar, 8-0 and MDN Public School, Rohtak, got the better of Guru Nanak Public School, Ludhiana, 6-3.



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