08032019-LT-01.qxd 3/8/2019 12:31 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAGE 2 Khush Foundation awards 65 scholarships and merit certificates, 11 travel grants and one team award. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY Ludhiana: The city police have booked a man on the charge of attacking a junior clerk of the Municipal Corporation. Complainant Harpreet Singh said he dealt with sale files of Rajguru Nagar and Bhagat Singh Nagar. A file of the suspect was also in his possession, he added. On March 1, the suspect entered his office and attacked him. He also hurled abuses on him. TNS FIVE BOOKED FOR ASSAULT Ludhiana: The Division No. 5 police have arrested a drug peddler and recovered 250 gram of opium from him. The suspect has been identified as Sarfraj, alias Mota, a resident of UP. After receiving a tip-off, the smuggler was stopped at a naka outside ESI Hospital. During his checking, drug was recovered. The suspect was on way to deliver consignment. TNS FUEL PRICES PETROL ~72.61 DIESEL ~66.85 WHAT’S ON LUDHIANA SEMINAR ON INT’L WOMEN’S DAY: Devki Devi Jain B.Ed College; 9.45 am. MUSICAL DRAMA ‘SAHIR-KAHAAN HO TUM’: Guru Nanak Dev Bhavan; 6:30 pm to 9 pm. INT’L HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM CONCLAVE: Institute of Hotel Management, PCTE Group of Institutes; 12:30 pm SUNIL, VIRPAL ADJUDJED BEST ATHLETES IN TWO-DAY EVENT Sunil Bind and Virpal Kaur declared best athletes at Satish Chander Dhawan Government College meet. MAX 22°C | MIN 10°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24°C | MIN 11°C INBRIEF ONE BOOKED FOR ASSAULTING CLERK PAGE 3 FARMERS BLOCK ROAD TO PROTEST STRAY CATTLE MENACE Traffic disrupted in Samrala as farmers not allowed to leave for Chandigarh with herded stray animals. SCHOLARSHIPS, CERTIFICATES AWARDED AT CEREMONY IN PAU SUNSET FRIDAY 6:29 PM INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Social media pressure fails to dampen women’s spirit Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 7 The social media plays a major role in shaping personality of women today. Earlier, women were confined to the four-walls of home. Now, they are well-connected with hundreds of persons through different channels on social media, including Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and other apps. And this independence in connectivity and communication has given women a new identity, confidence and exposure. They are enjoying the unlimited and unimaginable options provided by the social media. “At the same time, there is a pressure somewhere to look good, perform and show-off in a better manner, but women are enjoying this demand,” say psychiatrists. “The social media has provided a platform to women, where they open up easily. They feel free to accept or reject a friend’s request. They dress-up to look the best, they motivate and encourage each other by uploading posts of their businesses, achievements and motivation,” said Dr Rajiv Gupta, a citybased psychiatrist. “Today, because of social media women have become more good looking, independent, well-connected and aware. Their self esteem has grown,” Dr Gupta added. “It has its negative side too. Women are developing extramarital relations. They are Continued on Page 2 Poverty stricken, they work hard to make both ends meet Raju Bai and her daughter make brooms near Jodhewal Basti in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 7 A 45-year-old Raju Bai is unaware about International Women’s Day. However, she wants to know where and how it is celebrated. Living in the slum area along the National Highway No. 1, she makes and sells brooms along the road. She is mother of nine children – six daughters and three sons – while her husband is unable to work as he met with an accident last year. Government must provide houses to homeless “My daughters help me in making brooms. We work hard as our focus remains in making and selling brooms the whole day. We sell around 20 to 25 brooms daily. Each broom costs Rs 10 to run our family,” she said. “We came to Punjab from Rajasthan in search of work some years ago. If Women’s Day is really observed, the government should also reach us. As we have no house, we want the government to make arrangements for homeless people like us,” she added. Going to school is still a distant dream To study in a school remains a distant dream for 15-yearold Bhagwati. Now, she works hard for making artificial flower bouquets. “I don’t know what is objective of International Women’s Day and where it is celebrated. Nobody has told us about this day. Even, I have no information what are rights of a woman,” she said. “In all, I financially help my family by making and selling artificial flowers bouquets. These bouquets are sold at road sides,” she added. Continued on Page 2 Women too want identity in male dominated industry Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 7 The industrial hub of Punjab has several women entrepreneurs, who have established their own identity and prominence by overcoming challenges of life. Though it is difficult to establish own identity in the so called maledominated society, women rule the roost of many businesses. Ludhiana Tribune talks to women entrepreneurs, who are running their own ventures in the city. My need turned into passion Suman Goyal (37), who owns a designer boutique “Libas by Suman” on the Ferozepur road, is one of the women entrepreneurs in the industrial hub. A native of Lucknow, Suman shifted to Ludhiana after marrying Ashutosh Goyal. Despite doing her MCom, she did not opt for any private job. Rather she decided to establish her name in business. “When I first started my boutique about six years ago in Asha Puri, I took a showroom on rent and shifted to Aggar Nagar. I had only one worker during my days of struggle. Now, my efforts have borne fruit. I opened showroom on my own property, which has 25 workers. My customers come from Punjab, Gujarat and UP I will . also be opening my showroom in Surat (Gujarat) soon,” said Suman. “Due to losses in my husband’s business, I decided to start my own boutique to help my family. It was my need when I started my boutique, but now my need has turned into passion. I am here to conquer the world,” she added. “As fashion industry is changing every day it is tough to sustain in this field. One has to update himself/herself according to the industry and customer demands,” she said. Own identity also matters the most Pooja Mago (40), wife of Vishesh Mago (owner of Kitty Bread), started her career in 2007 at a modest scale with just two workers at hand and a unique style of her own. Her qualifications (PG from NIIFT/internship at Orient Craft, Gurgaon) and hard work led her to start her own label – Visions by Pooja Mago – which she ran from a rented home for about five years. A vibrant fashion journey that includes participation in numerous exhibitions and fashion shows and an acute sense of design and style gradually won her clients both in India and abroad. Continued on Page 2 c m y b SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:44 AM 28-year-old slits mother’s throat Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 7 A 45-year-old woman was killed by her son, who slit her throat with a kitchen knife at their house in Daresi. The deceased has been identified as Usha Sharma. The suspect has been identified as Neeraj Sharma (28), who is a daily wager. ADCP Gurpreet Singh said the woman, who was also taking medicinal drug and sometimes used to drink liquor, was not at good terms with her son. The suspect had no liking for his mother because of her bad habits. Mother and son used to frequently indulge in scuffle at home. Usha stole some money WHAT TRANSPIRED The victim stole money from her son’s pocket, who warned her not to repeat the mistake again. This infuriated her and she hit her son with a stick. The suspect brought a knife from kitchen and slit his mother’s throat. from her son’s pocket today. When the latter came to know, he warned his mother not to repeat it again. On this, Usha turned furious and hit her son with a wooden stick on his head. Later, her son brought a knife from the kitchen and slit her throat. The woman bled profusely and died on the spot. As per the police, Usha’s husband died about 13 years back following which she started taking drugs and consuming liquor. Her son also reportedly had doubts that his mother had an extra marital affair. The family otherwise belongs to Kaithal (Haryana). PAGE 4 FRIDAY | 8 MARCH 2019 | LUDHIANA 70-year-old farmer shot dead by youth Had filed plaint against suspect for firing into air Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 7 A 70-year-old farmer was shot dead by a youth after the former filed a complaint of firing in air against the latter at Noorwala village. The deceased has been identified as Balvir Singh. The suspect has been identified as Jagdev Singh DC (32). The suspect fired four gunshots from his licenced weapon one of which hit the elderly man’s jaw, which led to his death. ADCP Jaswinder Singh and ACP Davinder Chaudhary reached the crime spot for investigation. A kin of the deceased, Daljit Singh, stated that in the recent panchayat elections, villagers had chosen his nephew unanimously as sarpanch of the village, but their neighbour, who was also the suspect, Jagdev, was nurturing an enmity with them. “The suspect is criminal minded. To exert his influence in the village, he used to fire gun shots in the air from his rooftop. On Wednesday night too the suspect fired gunshots in the air following which I and Balvir went to the Meharban police station to file a complaint against him,” said Daljit. “A cop from the Meharban police station reached the spot to verify the complaint next morning on Thursday, but he left after meeting the suspect,” alleged Daljit. Police inspect the site on the Noorwala road where the vicitm (inset) was shot on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Later, Balvir asked the cop why he did not arrest the suspect, said Daljit. The cop told the victim that that suspect was asked to deposit his weapon at the police station in the evening, he added. However, the lethargic and negligent approach of the cop actually cost the life of Balvir, he said. “A few minutes after the cop left the suspect’s house he entered Balvir’s place with his licenced weapon and opened fire leaving the victim in a pool of blood. The suspect fled from the spot after committing the crime,” alleged the victim’s kin. Immediately after the incident, victim’s kin called the same cop and told him that Jagdev had shot Balvir. Instead reaching the spot, the cop first went to the police station and then came back. The victim was rushed to the DMC Hospital where he was declared brought dead by doctors. Had the cop confiscated licenced weapon of the suspect in the morning, he would not have killed Balvir, stated victim’s kin. ACP Davinder Singh said raid was on to nab the suspect. The role of the cop against whom villagers had leveled allegation of lethargic approach would also be probed, he added.
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