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Fire at cosmetics shop
Short-circuit led to incident; goods worth Rs 40 lakh gutted, says shop owner
Tribune News Service

Shopkeepers of the area shift their goods.
Shopkeepers of the area shift their goods.

Ludhiana, January 3
Goods worth lakhs were gutted when a fire broke out at a cosmetics shop near Gur Mandi, here this afternoon. Short-circuit is believed to be the reason behind the incident and the owner has claimed to have suffered a loss of Rs 40 lakh.

The goods lying inside the shop were reduced to ashes. On coming to know about the fire, four-fire tenders were rushed to the spot and it took them one hour to douse the flames.

Shop owner Jatinderpal Sareen said that when he was sitting inside his cosmetics shop, the fire broke out suddenly. “All of us sitting inside the shop ran for safety and some nearby shopkeepers even tried to douse the flames themselves,” said Sareen. It is learnt that the fire spread fast as a large number of perfume and deodorant bottles were lying inside the shop.

When the fire broke out, nearby shopkeepers began shifting their goods to a safer place fearing that even those would catch fire.

Fire brigade officials said that a short-circuit could be the reason behind the fire incident. “The exact extent of loss will be ascertained later,” said the fire brigade officials.There has been no loss of life in the incident.


CBSE non-med topper invited for R-Day parade
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
It is a proud moment for the city as CBSE non-medical stream topper Ritish Goyal has been invited to witness the Republic Day parade 2014 from the Prime Minister’s Box. He is among the very few students from all over India who has been invited for the function.

“It will be once in a lifetime opportunity and I am really looking forward to it. I am blessed to get this opportunity. I will be a part of the audience during the Republic Day parade,” said an elated Ritish.

Adding further Ritish’s father, Dr Anil K Goyal, said that it was a proud moment not only for their family but for the entire city as a very few students were invited from all over the country to witness the Republic Day parade. I am proud of my son, as he will be sitting in the Prime Minister’s Box to witness the Republic Day parade,” said he.

Ritish Goyal had topped in the non-medical stream from the city and managed to score 98.6 per cent. The son of a doctor, Ritish aims to become a computer engineer and is alumnus of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School. 



Jilted lover sets 16-year-old girl afire
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
In a shocking incident, a jilted lover along with his accomplice set a 16-year-old girl on fire near shanties located on Pahowal Road today.

The victim identified as Puja sustained 25 per cent burn injuries. Balbir Singh, in-charge, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Chowki, said the girl was rushed to Civil Hospital. She is out of danger, claimed the officer.Balbir Singh further added that Baniya, son of Putti Lal, who also lives in the shanties located on Pakhowal Road, along with his accomplice overpowered her and threw kerosene on her.

After throwing kerosene on her, he set the girl afire and fled the scene along with his aide.

The residents of the shanty came to her rescue. They doused the fire and rushed her to a hospital.

Sources said that Baniya was upset after Puja was engaged to a boy there.

Balbir Singh said that the police have recorded the victim's statement and registered a case under Section 307 of the IPC and launched a manhunt to nab the accused. It is the second gruesome attack on a woman in the last one month. Earlier, on December 7 last year, 22-year-old Harpreet Kaur had fallen victim of an acid attack. 



Abandoned baby girl handed over to NGO
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
The abandoned baby girl who was found in a toilet of a hospital at Gill road yesterday was handed over to a non-government organisation (NGO) here today by the hospital authorities.

Kuldip Singh, secretary, and Jasbir Kaur, president of the NGO, Swami Ganganand Bhuriwale International Foundation, Dham Talwandi Khurd, took the custody of the baby girl from the hospital authorities this afternoon. Kuldip Singh said, “We got the information about the abandoned baby girl from the district administration and today we reached here to take the baby with us.”

Dr Puja Juneja who was taking care of the child since yesterday said, “The incident came to light when an attendant of a patient heard the cries of the child. On opening the toilet, he saw the child wrapped in a piece of cloth lying near the lavatory. He raised the alarm and called the hospital staff. The doctors at the hospital conducted the medical check-up of the child and found that the child was delivered only about an hour ago as the umbilical cord was also found to be intact.”She further said that since the baby was lying in the toilet, she developed infection in the blood. We have administered her antibiotics. Dr Puja said, “The office-bearers of the NGO have assured us that they would get the child treated.”



Man’s body fished out from canal
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
In another incident, the body of BSNL employee, Sukhminder Singh, who had jumped into Sidhwan Canal two days ago, was fished out from the South City area.

The son of the victim, Harmeet Singh, alleged that his father had committed suicide as he was being harassed by his daughter-in-law.

Harpal Singh Grewal, SHO, said the police had registered a case against Ravinder Singh Rana Advocate, his daughter and wife under Section 306 of the IPC for abetment to suicide.

The victim family alleged that advocate Rana's daughter was trying to implicate the family in a dowry harassment case.



Cop dies under mysterious circumstances
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
A 25-year-old Punjab Police constable died under mysterious circumstances after consuming a poisonous substance at his house in Beela village, falling under the jurisdiction of the Dehlon police station.

The victim has been identified as Raghuvir Singh. He was rushed to the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital last evening. He was rushed to the emergency where he succumbed during treatment.

Raghuvir's body was handed over to his family members. Raghuvir’s postmortem was not conducted. Raghuvir, who was recruited recently, was posted at the Basant Avenue police chowki.

He had returned home yesterday after finishing his training. Investigating Officer Desraj maintained that Raghuvir Singh consumed poison by mistake.

The Investigating Officer could not explain how the constable consumed the poison by mistake and what the nature of the poisonous substance was. However, the residents of the village said that Raghuvir was upset after his paramour dumped him and so he was under depression.

On the other hand, the parents remained tightlipped and did not divulge any detail about the incident.



Suvidha Centre engages company to make PAN cards of residents
Manav Mander
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
City residents who are yet to get their Permanent Account Number (PAN) can get their cards made at Suvidha Centre. The Suvidha Centre’s Sukhmani Society has tied up with the company that is engaged in making of PAN.

“We have received good response from the people and everyday receive nearly 10 to 15 applications for the making of PAN. People can not only get their PAN made, but can also apply for rectification, if any, in their existing PAN and can also apply for duplicate PAN,” said Jarnail Singh, administrator of Suvidha Centre.

The forms are available free of cost and the applicants are also helped in filing the forms. One needs two pictures, resident proof and identity proof for filing the 49 (a) form for making PAN.

“Now there is no need for any middleman for getting my PAN made. The work for making PAN has been simplified at the Suvidha Centre,” said Saakhsi, who was there to get her PAN made.

Documents for identify accepted by the Income Tax Department include the elector's photo identity card, ration card having photograph of the applicant, passport, driving license, arms license and photo identity card issued by the government or a public sector undertaking.

Documents for address proof include electricity bill, landline telephone or broadband connection bill, consumer gas connection card or book or piped gas bill, bank account statement, passport of applicant or even spouse, among others.

Aadhaar Card can be used as Id proof
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued a notification expanding the list of documents admissible as proof of identity and address by including the Aadhaar Card. The Income Tax Department will now be accepting Aadhaar Card as a proof of identity and address for issuance of a Permanent Account Number card.



challan of vehicle
Commuter overcharged
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
High drama took place at Suvidha Centre at the Mini Secretariat today as a commuter complained of being overcharged for challan.

Gurpreet Kaur, an NRI from Sweden, said despite showing driving licence and the registration certificate (RC) of the car to the District Transport Officer (DTO) she was charged for not presenting the documents.

Narrating the incident, Gurpreet Kaur, said that yesterday she visited a shopping mall at Ferozepur Road along with her mother. When Gurpreet returned, she came to know that the police had towed away her car.

She went to the police lines and received the challan of wrong parking of the vehicle.

"After receiving the challan, I went to the District Transport OfficerOffice this morning and showed my driving licence and the RC of the car to District Transport Officer Anil Garg. He signed on my challan and I went to Suvidha Centre to submit the fees. But I was shocked when the Suvidha Centre employee charged me Rs 1,200, which included "not producing the RC and driving licence," said Gurpreet Kaur.

She told the Suvidha Centre employee that she had already shown these documents to the District Transport Officer.

"But the employee was adamant and charged Rs 1,200. I told the employee to return the challan, but he did not. Without wasting time, I returned to the District Transport Officer Office with a copy of the challan," complained Gurpreet Kaur.

The District Transport Officer again mentioned on the copy of the challan that he had seen the documents, but the Suvidha Centre employee refused to refund the money.

"This is fleecing. I kept shuttling from one office to another but to no avail," rued Gurpreet Kaur.



What’s in the name, picture says it all
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
Under the Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme, the state government presents bicycles to girls, but when it comes to telling them who Mai Bhago was, it does not have any answer.

Youngsters want to know why the scheme has been named after her, but the government seems to be in no mood to answer their queries. Rather the government has been promoting its own 'face' with the picture of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal pasted under the label of 'Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme' on the bicycles.

For the ceremonial function, 10 bicycles with the picture of Parkash Singh Badal on the front carrier with the title 'Mai Bhago Vidya Scheme' were put on display. When asked, none of the girls studying in classes XI and XII knew who Mai Bhago was. All the xstudents drew a blank on the question. One of the students said Mai Bhago was the woman who had sent the bicycles. Around 62 girls were given free bicycles under the scheme by BJP leaders Parveen Bansal and Rajinder Bhandari.

Although Bansal and Bhandari while distributing the bicycles exhorted the children to follow good values, participate in co-curricular activities and have a high aim, even they didn't mention anything about Mai Bhago. They didn't miss the opportunity to promote the government saying the motto of their government was 'Raaj Nahi Sewa'.

A couple of girls receiving the bicycles rather said they were happy that 'Badal sarkar' had provided them bicycles.

About Mai Bhago
Mai Bhago, also known as Mata Bhag Kaur, was a Sikh woman, who led Sikh soldiers against the Mughals in 1705. She killed several enemy soldiers on the battlefield. Mai Bhago was a descendant of Bhai Pero Shah, the younger brother of Bhai Langah, a Dhillon Jatt, a chief of 84 villages, who had converted to Sikhism during the time of Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Guru.



Civic body’s gift to city — a call centre
Complaints will be registered through toll-free line
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation will start a call centre to benefit residents. The call centre will have a dedicated toll-free line where residents can call and register their complaints. The MC has already got the number which will be operational from January 31.

The centre will be set up at the room vacated by a bank inside Zone A office near Mata Rani Chowk. A team of seven will be recruited for the purpose.

"Out of the seven, six will be telephone operators while one will be the supervisor. Besides, we are also getting a software developed through which residents will get an SMS the moment their complaint is registered," MC Additional Commissioner Dr Sumit Jarangal told The Tribune.

For getting the toll-free number, the MC has already deposited Rs 50,000 with the BSNL and they expect the number will be allotted to them in the next few days.

Dr Sumit Jarangal said one person each will attend to calls and register complaints of a particular MC branch.

"For example, if a resident has any complaint regarding streetlights in his area, he will call up at our toll-free number. The software will then ask them the branch under which the complainant wants to register his complaint. Once the complaint is registered, a telephone operator will seek details such as address and phone number and the complainant will receive an SMS stating his complaint number," said Dr Sumit.

Under the plan, the MC wants to redress all complaints within 72 hours. "This is the maximum time limit under which a complaint will be redressed and we have made it clear to our staff that no delay will be tolerated," he stated.



MC team catches violators by surprise
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
A team of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation impounded a car, a scooter and a generator from the service lane on Ferozepur Road.

Besides, three cars were challaned for wrong parking and violating the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders.

The action was taken when MC Commissioner Rahul Tewari, accompanied by MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia, Superintendent of the Tehbazaari wing Jasdev Singh Sekhon and other officials conducted a surprise check on Ferozepur Road this evening.

A car was towed away from outside Pizza Hut as it was parked on the service lane, while a generator set and a two-wheeler were removed from outside a shop near Circuit House. Three cars parked illegally in the service lane were also challaned by the MC team.

Later, the MC Commissioner checked parking lots alongside Ferozepur Road. He also visited Feroze Gandhi Market.

Speaking to The Tribune, MC Commissioner Rahul Tewari said alternative parking arrangements made by Embassy Palace, Hotel Nagpal and Hotel Friends were also checked following the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders.

The MC has decided to widen the road in Bhadaur House before a portion of Lakkar Bridge is thrown open for traffic. This will be done to avoid chaos on Old GT Road. For widening the road, the MC will acquire the space in front of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust shops, said MC Commissioner Rahul Tewari, who visited the under construction Lakkar Bridge. “I have asked the building branch officials to hold a meeting with shopkeepers of the area. Arrangements will be made to avoid traffic congestion at Mata Rani Chowk,” he said. 



Without seeing a word, they can light up the dark
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
"A for Apple, B for Ball." Sapna was not seeing the letters, but moving her little fingers over the embossed dots to feel and read what she had just punched.

In the visually dark world of millions of people, Braille has been the eyes of imagination, the script that has been the gateway to the knowledge for persons deprived of the gift of sight. Like Sapna, hundreds of children at Vocational Rehabilitation, a training centre, continue to learn reading and writing through Braille.

"It has been an emancipation and a liberation for the visually impaired and allowing them to gain knowledge through Braille for more than 110 years, when it was invented by Louis Braille," said Sarah Johnson, principal of the centre.

"It includes six dots and it is the different arrangements of the six dots that make the different alphabet allowing the children to read through feeling the dots. Any subject and language can be learnt through Braille," she said.

Jaswinder Kaur, another teacher at the centre, said the children used Braille slate. "Grown ups use Braille typewriter that allows them to write faster. A special sheet is used," she said.

Braille is enabling the visually impaired to work in society. "Thanks to the script and training here, some of our students are now studying in mainstream schools and colleges," said Johnson.

Maya, a visually impaired teacher at the centre, said Braille enabled them to read various books and magazines.

Society and the government need to be more empathetic towards the visually impaired. In some of the western countries, even the products of general use have information written in Braille. This shows the concerned about the inclusiveness of the people with disabilities.

"Although the government has made provisions like job reservations, there isn't enough empathy from society at large. But Braille is enabling us to get into mainstream society," said another faculty member at the centre.



Women contestants stay away from PAU polls
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
The women staff in the union of employees in Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have not yet come forward to get a hold of their rights. A good number of women employees work in the non-teaching staff at Punjab Agricultural University, but the domination of male employees is quite noticeable.

In the upcoming election of the Punjab Agricultural University Employees Union, not a single woman has come forward to contest for the elections. Moreover, during the election campaigns women are not even seen participating in the election march and rallies.

The women employees cast vote and also participate in the agitations against state government or Punjab Agricultural University administration but when it comes to contest in the election no one has come forward till now.

Chairman of Punjab Agricultural UniversityEmployees Democratic Front Surinder Gujjar said, “We have made sincere efforts to nominate the women candidates, but we did not find a positive response from them. We want that at least 33 per cent women contest in the Punjab Agricultural University elections.”

A contestant for the post of president, Harbans Singh Mundi, said, “We usually select two women after winning the election, who further represent the women employees. But no one is coming forward to contest for the elections, reasons best known to them.”



Police darbar: 150 complaints taken up
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
On the lines of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's popular ‘Sangat Darshan’, the Commissioner of Police, Nirmal Singh Dhillon, convened a Complaint Darbar at a marriage palace in Hargobind Nagar near the CMC Hospital here today.

The complaint darbar was organised to redress the complaints of residents.

The Commissioner arrived at 11.30 pm and stayed there till 4 pm. Officers from Division Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, Salem Tabri and Daresi were asked to remain present during the occasion.

According to the officials, Commissioner listened to nearly 150 complaints. Majority of the complaints were handed over to the respective Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACPs') for a thorough investigation. Commissioner of Police Nirmal Singh Dhillon said the purpose behind organising the programme was to redress the complaints on the spot.

Policemen in spot

The complaint darbar organised by the police put the Division No 3 Station House Officer (SHO) Brij Mohan in a spot of bother after a 75-year-old woman levelled serious allegations on the cop saying that he had implicated her in a false theft case. She said she had a dispute with her tenants, who had formulated fake documents of her property. In order to pressurise her to vacate the property, she alleged that the SHO implicated her in a false theft case. The Commissioner of Police has marked an inquiry to ACP (Central) Deepak Hillori in this regard.

Similarly, Tripta (60) fell unconscious during the proceedings of the complaint darbar. When she regained consciousness, she told the police that the officers at woman cell were not acting on her complaint and whenever she visited the woman cell she was always ill-treated at the hands of the officers deployed. She alleged that her daughter got married in Nakodar and her in-laws were allegedly harassing her for bringing in more dowry. The CP ordered an immediate registration of an FIR in the matter.



Power employees oppose sale of assets

Ludhiana, January 3
Engineers working with Punjab State Power Corporation Limited and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited have opposed the decision of the government and the management of the power corporation to sell assets.

They have resented the move to transfer land of the organisation in Ludhiana to the GLADA for commercial exploration.

At a meeting held today, the PSEB Engineers Association decided to join the agitation launched by the PSEB Employees Forum against the transfer of PSPCL land to GLADA.

Bhupinder Singh, vice-president of the body, said the administrative set-up of the power utility had virtually collapsed due to staff crunch both at the sub-division and division levels.

The members were of the view that dictatorial attitude of the management and action being taken against the engineers on flimsy grounds ought to be curbed as the power engineers were working in worst conditions due to staff shortage and manifold increase in the workload. — OC



Power panel ‘bias’ against stakeholders
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission should be headed by a neutral person, said Avtar Singh, president of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU).

In a release issued here today, Avtar Singh said the function of the regulatory commission was to determine the tariff for generation, supply, transmission and wheeling of electricity.

He said that objections raised by stakeholders should be presented in writing and presented during the public hearing before the commission to determine tariff. He said proposals by Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) were always considered the commission while determining power tariff. 



Hospital staff asked to pull up socks
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
Director Health Services (Punjab) Dr Karamjit Singh has asked the authorities of Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital to streamline the system of working for the admissions of newborns to the hospital nursery.

Dr Singh, who recently visited Civil Hospitals of the state, said, “At Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, I observed that the nursery had a few newborns. After enquiring, I found that the babies were of those patients who delivered them at the hospital. So, I asked the hospital authorities to admit the babies of the patients who did not get the deliveries done at the hospital.”

He said the hospital had enough facility for neonatology and moreover the special care required for the newborns was very expensive in the private hospitals. So, it would be beneficial if the facility would be availed by a maximum lot.

Sources revealed that there were 10 trained nurses for the newborn section but due to staff crunch they have to look after post natal and labour room patients also.

Senior Medical Officer of the hospital Dr Raj Krishan Karkra said, “We usually have a good number of babies in the nursery. We will make public aware about the facility in our hospital through media, one-to-one interaction and by holding meetings with them.”

It pertinent to mention here that a 100 bedded Mother-Child Hospital is also under construction on the premises of the Lord Mahavir Civil Hospital.

Meanwhile, Director Health Services (Punjab) said, “We have sent an LCD and have asked them to install it in the OPD ward, where awareness-based documentaries, related to various diseases will be shown to public.”

The officer who has recently visited a few Civil Hospitals in the Malwa belt, including Guruharsahay, Mamdot and Jalalabad said, “There is staff crunch in these hospitals. More specialists are required in these hospitals, especially at Guruharsahay.”



Reconsider list or face protest, Congress leaders to Sonia Gandhi

Ludhiana, January 3
A meeting of Congress workers was organised today where the party leaders, including Rakesh Pandey, Parminder Mehta, Malkit Singh Birmi, Jagmohan Sharma and Ashok Parashar vociferously aired their grievances against the list of office-bearers released by the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC). Also, they announced that the death anniversary of Joginder Pandey would be observed by the party on January 19.

They said the seniority of the leaders had not been considered while making the list and offered to resign from any party positions. “We won’t leave the party. But we want the respect that Rakesh Pandey and other leaders are be given for serving the party for a long time,” said Mehta.

“We have already written to the party High Command, Sonia Gandhi, to reconsider the list, the ultimatum for which has been given till January 19,” said Mehta.

He said those who had been working for the party for more than 25 years had been ignored, while those who were in the party for merely 25 days had been given prestigious positions in the party.

Youth Congress leaders, including Lucky Kapoor and Ashwini Walia, said they would go on a hunger-strike against the disrespect of the senior party leaders. Twenty-four district office-bearers apart from block presidents, including Manpreet grewal, Rocky Bhatia, Sanjay Sharma and Kanwaljit Pappi claim to have submitted their resignations from the positions they were serving.

Party insiders however said that internal rift of the party had surfaced yet again. “Those who are backed by Manish Tewari have got a raw deal and those backed by Bajwa have been promoted to the party positions,” alleged a Congress leader. — TNS



nagar council polls
Top posts go to Akali Dal
Our Correspondent

Machhiwara, January 3
Harminder Kaur Baweja of the Akali Dal was today elected as the senior vice-president of Nagar Council, Machhiwara, while Narinder Singh Dhanoa also of the Akali Dal was elected as the vice-president. The election was held on the directions of the High Court. The election for the above mentioned posts was held two times earlier as well but was declared illegal.

A meeting to elect the office-bearers was today held in the office of the Municipal Corporation under the leadership of SDM, Samrala, Jatinderpal Singh in which 10 out of 13 councillors participated. Also, a Congress MLA from Samrala took part in the meeting while two councillors of the Akali Dal and one from the BJP remained absent.

Council president Daljit Singh presented the name of Harminder Kaur Baweja for the post of senior vice-president and he was elected unopposed.

Similarly, for the post of vice-president, a councillor Paramjit Pammi presented the name of Narinder Singh Dhanoa and he was elected unanimously. Out of 10 councillors, five belongs to the Akali Dal and five belongs to the Congress.



Police take initiative to curb crime
Ask traders to install CCTV cameras and auto dialers
Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 3
With intent to harness the latest state-of-the-art technology for preventing crime in the city, the police have asked traders to install CCTV cameras, panic buttons and auto dialers on their premises without further delay.

Authorities at branches of commercial banks have also been advised to ensure that caretakers should be deployed during night hours along with the installation of CCTV cameras in ATMs.

A team of police led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Amargarh, Gurmit Singh and SHO city Mandhir Singh interacted with the office-bearers of various organisations of traders and inspected all markets to study security lapses and advised them to install the CCTV cameras on their premises.

It was suggested that motion sensors should be installed along with the CCTV cameras so

Appreciating concern of the police, office-bearers of Social Welfare Organisations, Chaura Bazar Shopkeepers Association and Karyana Merchants Association said they would act upon the advice of the police in letter and spirit.

“We have already identified some strategic points for installation of the CCTV cameras,” said Tarsem Garg and Pawan Goyal, representatives of traders. The tradersalso decided to minimise the threat of robberies by transacting business through banks to avoid movement of huge cash amounts.



Sholay: A class apart
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
The blockbuster and classic movie Sholay was released in 3D version today. People of all ages went to watch the refurbished movie. There is an initial buzz for the refurbished all-time classic.

“Although people have not been very comfortable with 3D movies, as not many of such movies have been successful after the initial buzz about 3D, people will flock to multiplexes to watch Sholay,” said actor Jaswinder Bhalla.

Mughal-e-Azam was made all-colour, but the others weren’t. Whether this sets a trend of turning classics into 3D will depend on the response from the audience.”

Hamir Singh (70) made sure he didn’t miss watching his favourite movie on the first day of its release. He came to watch the movie along with his family. “I watched the movie 40-years-ago in Delhi. It was nostalgic watching the movie on the big screen after decades. This version of the movie is much clearer than the earlier one,” he said.

“I had seen the movie only on television and loved it. But now seeing it in a multiplex was a great experience. My admiration for the makers of the film and actors has only increased. No wonder it is called a classic movie,” said Ashutosh Julka, a student.

“The effects in the movie were good and it was great watching the movie again and that too in 3D. I love this idea as remaking of the movie has added another level of interest in the movie,” said Vimal Kairwal, a resident.

“Technically, a 3D movie should be shot in 3D for the genuine 3D effects. So I didn’t enjoy it from that angle. But because it is a great all-time classic, it was worth going to cinema to watch it again,” said Ashwini Chaitly.

“I had not seen the movie earlier, but had only heard about it being a great movie. But having watched the movie, I can now appreciate why it is called a legendary movie. I loved the 3D movie of an old movie. The quality was also good,” said Taran Cheema, a businessman.

“Watching it in a multiplex with all the latest screen quality and sound systems was a different experience all together. The movies made these days hold no water to the classic movie,” said Khushi Matta, a student.

“I watched it with my cousins. There isn’t a moment when you feel bored. Apart from the plot, acting and action, it was great watching the movie,” said Harsehejdeep Singh, a student.



City lags behind in tourism, needs to buck up

Ludhiana lacks places of cultural interest, and so I think the city is in a dire need to develop tourism and cultural centres at the earliest. Even though signages have been placed but even then the sites have not been properly maintained. People have so many galleries to visit in Chandigarh and other cities, but when it comes to our city, there are hardly any places to visit. The government must bump up efforts to develop tourism in the state and Ludhiana must be considered at the forefront.
Rajdeep Singh,
a student 

Punjabi culture is so rich, but the youngsters in the city do not have any places to visit in order to get in touch with their roots. A cultural hub must be developed by the government, wherein Punjabi culture including fine arts and performing arts should have an exclusive corner to not only display these arts but also to promote and develop these further so as to reach out to the youth.
Nirmal Singh,
a student 

There are so many historical monuments in the district, but nobody knows about them so well because these have not been promoted or developed as tourist destinations. The government must develop a cultural hub and make it mandatory to make fascinating cultural activities happen there. All the information about the cultural activities taking place in the district should be disseminated among the public from the key location itself. Very often we come to know about art exhibitions only after they conclude. This information should be shared much in advance so that people are well-informed way before. The government must have a centre to coordinate these cultural activities and promote the same thereafter.
Pritpal Singh,
a resident 

There should be better system to maintain the sanctity of monuments and places of historical interest. Museums like the one at PAU should be maintained well and other places like old forts must not be neglected and left to gather dust. The government needs to do more on cultural front to develop Ludhiana. The hopes of city people must not be let down.
Richa Mehta, 
a resident 

Some signages have been placed, but the exact location for these places is not known. Maps of the prominent places for the development of the sites should be placed in busy market areas including Sarabha Nagar, Model Town and BRS Nagar for the promotion of tourism in the state. There is no promotion about the sites of historical interest and people are not aware about the same. I have been living in the city for the last 40 years, but even I don't know the exact location of historical and tourist. This is enough to reflect upon the attention that has been bestowed on such sites. These sites must be preserved so as to make our coming generation identify their rich culture and heritage. The authorities must do something at the earliest.
Jaspal Kaur,
a resident 

There should be amusement parks for people to enjoy. Special markets should be developed with a special focus on cultural things that are both informative and attractive for visitors. Besides these it should also help in preserving the cultural heritage. More art galleries need to be developed and opened to promote culture. A theatre should be developed where plays are staged on daily or weekly basis. Only through a lively art and an active cultural scene, the city can look beautiful.
Manju Chawla,
a resident

Ludhiana is an industrial hub and people from all places visit the city. As Bathinda is being developed as a tourist destination, steps should be taken to develop Ludhiana as a tourist hub as well. Places of larger interest like Dukh Niwaran Sahib should further be developed to attract tourists, both from within the country and outside. There are hardly any good picnic spots. Hardy's World was there, but even its development has come to a standstill.
a resident



NSS camps conclude

A seven-day NSS camp of SAS College, Khanna, ended on a high note. As many as 120 volunteers participated in the camp at Lalouri Kalan village. On the occasion, the volunteers conducted cleanliness drive in the village school and health centre.

During the camp, volunteers performed various types of duties assigned to them. Dr AK Singla and Dr Gurmit Singh delivered lectures to the volunteers. The volunteers organised peace march in the village on the penultimate day. The volunteers entertained the guests with their songs and speeches. On the concluding day, the volunteers were presented with medals and appreciated for their efforts. A NSS camp also concluded at Government College for Girls. A valedictory function was organised in which the volunteers shared their seven-day experiences and a powerpoint presentation on various camp activities was also presented by the volunteers. An entertaining cultural programme was the highlight of the evening. The chief guest of the day, college principal, Gurminder Kaur, distributed the prizes to the winners of talent hunt competition and to the executive members. — TNS



Sales of TVS Motor go up by 2 per cent

TVS Motor Company recorded 2 per cent increase in the total sales in the month of December 2013, registering 1,59,495 units against 1,56,221 units recorded in the month of December in 2012. Spokesperson for the company said the company’s total exports grew by 27 per cent with sales increasing from 20,251 units in the month of December 2012 to 25,797 units in December 2013. Two wheeler exports registered a growth of 21 per cent with sales growing from 17,169 units in December 2012 to 20,694 units in December 2013.

Duke launches winter active wear collection

Duke has unveiled its latest range of yoga, fitness, leisure, sports and sleep wear named active wear collection 2013-14. With focus on style and comfort, the collection is an array of special fabrics that look chic and comfortable especially for winter conditions. With fresh and vibrant colours this collection from duke is not only celebrating the new season, but also reflecting the new trends and looks. — TNS



ludhiana scan
Dengue case

Ludhiana: A patient belonging to Khanna has been confirmed positive for dengue at the Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital, Banur, on Friday. With this the count of patients from Ludhiana district has reached to 1,033 along with 489 patients from other districts and 143 from other states in various hospitals of Ludhiana.

Election rally

A speaker addresses an election rally organised by the PAU Employees’ Forum in Ludhiana on Friday.An election rally was taken out by the PAU Employees Forum on Friday. Addressing the rally, Paramjit Singh Gill, chairman of the forum, said if they would come in power they would work for the welfare of the employees. He said their main agenda was to increase the pay scale, decrease the years of experience required for the promotion of technical staff and to upgrade the technical assistant’s pay grade to Rs 4,800.

A speaker addresses an election rally organised by the PAU Employees’ Forum in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Hunger strike

The hunger strike of PUDA Mulazim Taal Mel Sangharsh Committee entered the seventh day on Friday. Employees are determined to go on strike until their demands are fulfilled. The main demands of the employees include starting family pension, to allot plots to employees working in PUDA and to implement the retiring age for PUDA employees as well.

Aadhaar card camp

A camp was organised at Lohara village on Friday where forms for Aadhaar cards were filled and bank accounts were also opened. Punjab and Sind Bank, zonal manager, Jagjit Singh Bhalla said the camp was being organised for unlimited time. Today forms were filled for the making Aadhaar cards and side by side bank accounts were also opened. Aadhaar cards will be linked to bank account only then they can get the subsidy for the LPG. Nearly, 50 banks from the district are there at the camp.

Nagar kirtan

A nagar kirtan was today taken out in view of the forthcoming Parkash Utsav of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. The procession was taken out from Model Town extension and passed through various parts of the city. Devotees greeted the nagar kirtan and also received prasad.

Woollens distributed

Woollens were today distributed at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Miller Gunj, Dohlewal, by Shree Guru Nanak Mission, Sewadal. “It is our duty to help the students in need and with the chill and fog season going in we should help those students who cannot afford woolens to keep themselves warm,” said Charanjit Singh from Sewadal. — TNS



Woman dupes trader of Rs 5.7 lakh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
The police have booked a woman for duping a businessman of Rs 5.70 lakh. The accused, Payal Sharma, alias Navjit Kaur, posed as a bank employee.

The complainant, Varinder Kumar, said the woman and her accomplice Ashok Kumar, alias Harjot Sahnewalia, approached him a few days ago.

The woman introduced herself as Payal Sharma and claimed that she was from a bank and wanted to open a new account in his name. Varidner issued two cheques for Rs 10,000 and Rs 11,000, but the woman forged the figures and encashed the cheques by opening a fake account at a bank located in Ajitwal village, Moga.

The Division No 5 police have registered a case and started a probe.

Drug peddler nabbed

The police have arrested Harpal Singh and seized 25 gm of heroin from his possession. ACP Satish Malhotra said the accused was nabbed last evening and heroin worth Rs 12 lakh was recovered from him.

Thieves arrested

The Jodhewal police arrested two domestic helps, who had stolen cash and valuables worth Rs 5 lakh from their employer's house on the New Year's Eve.

The accused have been identified as Inderjot and Karma. They had burgled the house when the owner of the house, Surinder Kumar Jain, was not at home. The police have recovered the stolen cash and valuables.



City basks in Amritpal Singh’s glory
Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 3
Amritpal Singh, a budding athlete, has done the city proud by winning two medals in the recently held 59th Punjab State Athletics Meet. He has been selected for the National School Games to be held at Ranchi.

Amritpal won a gold medal in the 400-m race in the U-17 category. He won another medal in the 4X100m relay race.

A student of Class X, Amritpal has been practising for the past four years and has won several medals in the state and district-level games. He had participated in the School National Games in 2011, but could not win a medal.

In-form Amritpal said: "I want to clinch a medal in the National Games. I have been working hard for it."

Sanjeev Sharma, coach at Guru Nanak Stadium, said, "Amritpal is a hard working player. He has been performing well and will continue to do so. He is hopeful of striking a medal in the National Games."

"Five athletes from our academy have been selected for the National School Games. We want these players to set an example for the others," stated Sharma.



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