05092017-LT-01.qxd 9/5/2017 12:25 AM Page 1 TUESDAY | 5 SEPTEMBER 2017 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Subsidised housing Easy win for Ludhiana Talent abound Govt starts process for providing subsidised houses to the urban poor under Punjab Shehri Awas Yojana. P4 Ludhiana defeat Gurdaspur and earn seven points in the first match of Katoch Shield tourney. P4 Students perform at the annual prize distribution function at Guru Nanak Public School. P3 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 33°C MIN 25°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6:45 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:05 AM Female bonding—where all other strong bonds fail Women from the city share how their friendship has given a new meaning to their lives in this materialistic world Shivani Bhakoo relish each ❝Wecompany so other’s Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 4 They do not share any blood relation, nor are they attached with each other out of any compulsion, yet the bond shared by these friends is above all and unique. When they are together, they forget everything and share the best of moments by discussing their activities, their families, their friends and what not. Such passion and true care for each other is certainly not witnessed in today’s materialistic world. There are few women in the city, whose friendship has become the talk of the town for the simple reason that they are sincere to each other. Meet Ritu Mehta and Meenu Thukral. Their friendship started in 2015 as both are passionate about cycling. It is through cycling that they came in contact with each other. The age gap between them is also approximately 10 years as Meenu is elder to Ritu, still the bonding is amazing. As Ritu says: “Meenu Didi has made me a strong woman today. She has taught me much that we have started leaving kitties. It is good to have one good and true friend than plenty, with no emotional attachment MEENU ❝ ❞ Jaswant and Naresh share a warm bond, which they feel is too necessary at this age; and (right) Ritu and Meenu require none else as they believe that true friendship is the blessing by God. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN/INDERJEET VERMA what true friendship means. I cry, I laugh, I share my sorrows and joys with her because she is a true friend, always guiding me for my betterment. Touch wood! Our better-halves have taken this friendship in very positive manner. Meenu Didi has got a tattoo made on her ankle, which further makes the bond strong. RM is written on BRIEFLY Three booked for murder Ludhiana: The Koomkalan police have registered a murder case against three persons under Section 302 of the IPC. Daleep Singh, a resident of Koomkalan, complained to the police that his son Harnek Singh was thrashed by a few miscreants in the market with iron rods. He suffered severe injuries. He was rushed to Civil Hospital where the doctors referred him to another hospital. He died on the way. The accused have been identified as brothers Satish Kumar, Shiv Kumar, Omkar Singh of Koomkalan. TNS 3 held with 50 liquor cartons Ludhiana: Three persons were arrested with illicit liquor in the Giaspura area. The police signalled a vehicle in the area to stop. Its search yielded 50 cartons of liquor from. The accused have been identified as Tejinder Singh and Khushi Ram of Maed Chakki Daba, and Munna of Mahadev Nagar. The Focal Point police have registered a case against them. TNS Officers nabbed taking bribe DSP-Vigilance, Fatehgarh Sahib, Lakhvir Singh (centre) along with the arrested officers. TRIBUNE PHOTO it, which gives a feeling that in this selfish world, there are exceptional persons who care for you”. While Meenu said initially all took the tattoo with a big surprise but later they realised that both of them shared a good bond. Other friends tried to come in between this friendship but they do not steal anything and discuss and sort out the issues, if any. “Through cycling we came close and it has been over two years, we give each other a tough competition in cycling. We go for shopping together, dine together with families, if she likes something, I will specially cook for her and send and vice versa. We relish each other’s company so well that Khamano, September 4 A team of the Vigilance Bureau, Fatehgrah Sahib, today arrested an Assistant Food and Civil Supplies Officer (AFSO) and an Inspector while they were accepting bribe at Khamano. They have been identified as AFSO Balraj Singh and Inspector Mukesh Kumar Shukla. The DSP-Vigilance, Fatehgarh Sahib, Lakhvir Singh, said Devinder, a government depot holder at Saidpura village, had complained that the two officials were demanding bribe from him for releasing the government quota of wheat meant for the poor. The bureau formed a special team that caught the officers while they were receiving 4,000 from the complainant in their office at Khamano. Lakhvir said the officer had earlier taken Rs 2,500 from Devinder as bribe and they demanded more money for releasing the wheat quota. A case has been registered and further investigation was on. we have started leaving the kitties. It is good to have one good and true friend than plenty, with no emotional attachment”, says Meenu. And today, their friendship is talked about in the city. Jaswant Kaur and Naresh Mahendru – the senior citizens whose children are well settled in life, share a warm bond, no matter they have become the grandmothers too. They are “thickest” friends and the journey started way back in 1982-83. Since then the bond is being stronger as Jaswant Kaur says, “The families of both respect this friendship. Today if my son has to take me on a vacation with his family, first he has to ask dates from Naresh, so that I get my good company. We maintain a balance in friendship and family and are very happy that at this age, there is someone with whom you can share feelings”. She also added that children/grandchildren in both families too respect us a lot. Voicing similar views, Naresh said God forbid! If someone is unwell in the family, the other person takes the MC ensures no bumpy ride for CM Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 4 To present a neat and clean picture of the city during the visit of the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, on September 6, no stone is being left unturned by the authorities. This is the maiden visit of the Chief Minister after coming into power in the state. Patchwork on roads was being carried out in areas through which the Chief Minister's convoy will pass. Though it was not a sunny day today, the authorities made sure that patchwork was complete. Satbinder Singh, a shopkeeper on Ferozepur Road, said: “Thank God! The road is being carpeted by the Municipal Corporation. Let us see for how long patchwork remains intact. But at least for a few days, we will get respite from bumpy rides on the road.” Residents said whenever a VVIP is scheduled to visit the city, all of a sudden, the “cash-starved” MC stirs into action. Otherwise, they always had the excuse that recarpeting or patchwork couldn't be done because of paucity of funds. The residents said it would be better if Amarinder's convoy cov- road ❝Thank God! Theby the is being recarpeted Municipal Corporation. Let us see for how long patchwork remains intact. But at least for a few days, we will get respite from bumpy rides on the road. ❞ ered the entire city. At least, the potholed roads will get a new lease of life, they said. Sources said Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Aggarwal had a meeting with the officials of all departments at the Circuit House with regard to preparations for Amarinder's visit. The Chief Minister will be landing at the PAU and then he will be taken to various areas. It was learnt that Minister for Local Bodies Navjot Singh Sidhu will accompany him. “Since it is his first visit to the city after coming into power, we are more cautious this time than before. At the same time, we want to show the actual picture of the city,” said one of the officials of the MC. whole responsibility and sends food, takes care of children/grandchildren etc. “It feels so good when we get upset, we talk to each other and cool down. Though I am 12 years younger to Jaswant, life is too good to have such a wonderful friend,” said Naresh, adding that if you have a true friend, you forget all your sorrows. Khamano BDPO office working under a cloud Gurminder Singh Grewal SATBINDER SINGH, A shopkeeper on Ferozepur Road JAGRAON BRIDGE ROAD ON MONDAY BEFORE Patchwork on roads is in full swing in Ludhiana ahead of the Chief Minister’s visit. PHOTOS: INDERJEET VERMA Khamano, September 4 Working at the office of BDPO, Khamano, has come under a cloud after the recovery of objectionable material and allegations of bribe levelled by a member of the Block Samiti. However, the BDPO, Kulwinder Singh Randhawa, has refuted the allegations. Following complaints against the BDPO, Chairman of Zila Parishad Baljeet Singh Bhutta today visited the office of BDPO along with his team. They allegedly found contraceptives from the back of the office. Lakhvir Singh Lakhi, a member the Block Samiti, who was present there, levelled allegations of bribe against the BDPO. A few days ago, a woman employee had made a complaint in writing to Chairperson of Block Samiti Kulwinder Kaur, in which she had accused the BDPO of sexual harassment. The matter was discussed at a meeting of the Block Samiti. The Continued on page 3 Mall Road residents dread rain Minna Zutshi Our Correspondent ❞ We maintain a balance in friendship and family and are very happy that at this age, there is someone with whom you can share feelings JASWANT KAUR ❝The problem of water-logging ❝Is this the on the road makes our life difficult. I fail to understand why this is not being addressed despite our repeated requests. Swachh Bharat we talk about? Garbage is not only an eyesore but it reeks of foul smell also. MANMOHAN BERRY, Resident SHRANICK JAIN, Resident Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 4 Pedestrians, shoppers and commuters frequenting this stretch of the Mall Road dread rains. A few minutes of rain turns the road into a water-logged mess. “The water-logging on the road blocks the entrance to my house. If I’m out of my house, my own house becomes inaccessible to me. Yesterday, a customer wanted to visit our shop. As the road near the entrance was waterlogged, I had to get my car and drive him to our shop,” ❞ says Mohak Berry, an area resident. He claims that the area councillor has been requested many times to c m y b ❞ address the problem, but to no avail. The drain remains perennially blocked, complains Berry. “To make the matters worse, the construction material of an unfinished building has still not been cleared,” he rues. Another resident, Shranick Jain, who is into garment business, says that stagnant rainwater on the road is the breeding ground for mosquitoes. The garbage littered around the houses makes it all the more worse for the area residents. Berry and Jain say they had approached the Municipal Corporation authorities for the redressal of their complaints, but it turned out to be an exercise in futility. A resident points towards the water-logged Mall Road in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA
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