Archive for May, 2011

Cricketer Reetinder Singh Sodhi marries Ludhiana girl

May 30th, 2011

LUDHIANA: A former IPL Player of Patiala tied a knot with a Ludhiana-based girl in a local hotel on Saturday afternoon.
The marriage was solemnized in the presence of nearly 500 residents, including a few television artistes. Reetinder Singh Sodhi had played for India in 2002 and for Kings XI Punjab.

”It was love at first sight and we got married within a month. I always preferred a girl from Ludhiana which why we got our wedding solemnized here,” said the groom.
Bride Heena said her classmate Lilly, Reetinder’s sister, approached her in April. ”It was a grand surprise,” Heena said.

”Ricky (Reetinder) visited me on April 24. I always wanted to marry a cricketer and it was like a dream come true,” said the girl, with a broad smile.
Lilly said, ”All in the family were searching for a match for my brother. I decided to talk to Heena.”
The bride’s parents said they were happy to have a beautiful and an educated girl in the family.

Facebook, Orkut, Twitter and Hi5 are the latest names given by Ludhianvis to their pets

May 28th, 2011

LUDHIANA: If you thought ‘Facebook’, ‘Orkut’, ‘Twitter’ and ‘Hi5’ are networking sites, here’s news for you ‘ they are the latest names that are doing rounds among pet owners in the city. Known for doing things differently, Ludhianvis are on the lookout for names of pets that raise eyebrows.
Surender Singh, a resident of Model Town, has two Saint Bernard dogs at home and has named them ‘Orkut’ and ‘Twitter’. ”Actually I bought them one year ago when these social networking sites were very popular. I love my pets’ names as it not only sounds very modern/contemporary but also makes me feel cool among my friends,” he said.

Raj Guru Nagar-resident Neeraj Chaddha has had two pets for a long time now but it has been only a couple of months since he has rechristened them as ‘Twitter’ and ‘Facebook’. Talking about how his dogs got new names, Neeraj said, ”While I spend a lot of time on networking sites, my mom is forced to take care of the pets. So she started calling the dogs ‘Twitter’ and ‘Facebook’ to tease me and stop me from spending so much time online. The names stuck to the dogs and that’s what everybody calls them now.”

Ludhiana gets it’s own White House

May 25th, 2011

LUDHIANA: It took him 26 years to plan and build his dream house and 4 years to construct it. Ravi Grewal, an NRI, who lives in the US, has made an attempt to build a house that looks like the White House to fulfill his dream of building it and also to keep alive his connection to his motherland.

Grewal who has been living in Los Angeles, along with his entire family for the past 26 years, has made this house in 2 acres of land in South City area of Ludhiana, along with his brothers.

While talking to TOI, Grewal said that though he comes to India 4 times a year, however the house was very close to his heart as he had made it with love, besides he wanted to be different and ahead of others.

He said that most of the designing of the house was done by him, while two of his close friends helped him out with it. Grewal let in that he and his elder brother Narinder wanted to build this house in Ludhiana to stay connected to their roots as the family hails from village Dhandra in Ludhiana district. Grewal said he had wanted to make a house that looked like the White House since the time he settled down in the US but the reason for choosing Ludhiana was to make his city proud, he said.

Giving details of the house, Grewal said that the house had 8 rooms including 5 bedrooms, a theatre room, a room for indoor sports, besides a hall and stairs.

“My entire family including my two elder brothers Charanjeet Singh and Narinder Singh – who too live in the US – and their wives Jasjit Kaur and Pritpal Kaur respectively besides our mother and kids of all the three brothers visit the country during December every year and spend time in the house”, he said, while adding that the kids love the house and want him to build such a house in Los Angeles too. He however admitted, “It’s not so easy to build such a house in the US”.

“The most precious thing for me in the world is the happiness of my mother Bachan Kaur. And I feel very happy when she proudly tells others about her successful sons and their ‘White House’ in Ludhiana and I feel grateful that she likes the house. She loves the house and likes to spend maximum time here only”, he said.
“Money was not a consideration while building the house as my dream and the happiness of my family was more important to me than the money spent on it “, he said.

Jagjit Singh, Grewal’s relative from village Dhandra said that he was proud of his relatives for attempting to build a house that looks like the White House. “I am lucky to have such nice kin who are still connected to their roots”, he said.

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Ludhianvis can now call DC for complaints against ragging

May 24th, 2011

Ludhiana: Students who are subjected to ragging can now lodge their complaints directly with the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of the city. All they need to do is to call or text their complaint at the DC’s mobile phone (no 9988113236) and the DC would take the required action after communicating the complaint to the anti-ragging committee of the concerned college.

The Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, Rahul Tiwari, held a meeting with officials of educational institutions of city’s colleges to put a check on the growing menace of ragging. Citing Supreme Court rulings in earlier cases of ragging, the DC said the terrible practice will not be allowed.

He asked all educational institutions to take strong measures against ragging and said that action will be taken not only against guilty students but also against the concerned institution.

Assistant Commissioner J K Jain and SDM (Khanna) Indrajit Kaur Kang also took part in the meeting.

From dirty water to no water in Focal point, Ludhiana

May 24th, 2011

LUDHIANA: Water problems don’t seem to end for industrialists in Phase V of Focal point. First it was the poblem of contamination and now the supply has stopped altogether.

Since Saturday afternoon the area has not had any water supply. Residents said the MC employees had cleaned the water tanks and also snapped a few water connections to solve the problem of contamination and cut water supply in the process.

Those working in Focal point’s industrial units said the MC authorities had said the water supply would come back to normal by Saturday evening but till Sunday evening there was no water. Though a water tanker had come to the area for supplying water on Saturday night, people had to struggle throughout Sunday as even the tankers were not provided.

Executive engineer of operation and maintenance cell (O&M) Kamlesh Bansal said, ”We conducted a complete survey in the area and found a few faults in the water pipelines therefore we disconnected the supply but the residents would get supply by Monday.” Bansal added that in the meanwhile they are supplying water through water tankers.

But residents complain that they do not have any water in the area and they are facing a tough time. Businessman Bhupinder Singh said, ”First there was contaminated water for almost one-and-a-half months and now the supply has also been snapped. Either way we are in deep trouble.”

Industrialist Gurdeep Singh accused the authorities of trying to trouble residents. ”After complaining so many times they came to rectify the water contamination and now the water supply has become a problem,” he said.

The problem of water contamination had been plaguing industrialists in Focal point phase V but despite several complaints the MC authorities were not taking any action. However, when TOI highlighted the problem the employees were asked to solve the problem of residents but the employees are still struggling to normalize things.

Source: Times of India

Banquet Hall at The Yellow Chilli, Ludhiana

May 22nd, 2011

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Punjab to get uninterrupted power supply in summer

May 18th, 2011

Ludhiana, May 19 (PTI) Punjab would get uninterrupted power supply this summer for all types of consumers, including industry and agricultural sectors, Punjab State Power Corp (PSPCL) CMD K D Chaudhry said today. He claimed that PSPCL had made all arrangements to meet the demand for power. Chaudhry disclosed that an MoU had been signed for the purchase of power from other sources at low rate. Chaudhry expressed satisfaction at the progress of work being done at all the three new thermal power projects to make the state surplus in power. He said that the first of these at Talwandi Sabo would be commissioned in the month of September 2012.

Sikhs challenged in Amritsar: Baptized Sikh employees asked not to wear ‘kirpan’ near aircrafts

May 13th, 2011

AMRITSAR: Central Industrial Security Force has banned Sikh employees to wear ‘kirpan’, Sikh’s religious symbol, while performing their duties on airside at Sri Guru Ram Dass International Airport. The force is entrusted with the task of airport security.
“Amritsar is one of the ultra sensitive international airports in the country and we can’t take chances with the security of passengers” said commandant of the Force, Sharad Kumar, while talking to TOI on Thrusday. He said Sikh employees were allowed to wear ‘kirpan’ in Airport terminal building and other places but not near the aircraft.
The issue came to fore after Central Industrial Security Force prevented an airport employee Nirmal Singh to work near the aircraft while wearing his ‘kirpan’. Nirmal Singh, a baptized Sikh, also lodged a complaint with Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee , Sikh’s single largest representative body, to take notice of this interference into the religious affairs of the Sikhs. he also said that he had been working at airport since 2001. “On April 28th, a security force constable prevented me to work near the aircraft on the plea that I was wearing a kirpan” he said.
Sharad Kumar made it clear that security was of paramount issue for them. “It is not a religious but security issue” he insisted.
Meanwhile, showing its concern on the issue, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee president Avtar Singh Makkar demanded from government to immediately withdraw any such orders. “Kirpan is an essential part of Sikh’s dresscode and can’t be seprated from Sikhs” he said. He questioned if Sikh passangers could travel in the aircraft wearing six inch ‘kirpan’ then why an employee wearing it couldn’t work near the a aircraft. He said that all the 19 Amritdhari Sikh employees of airport were under trememdous mental tension due to Force’s orders.

SOURCE: Times of India

Ludhiana gets Dabur’s first exclusive store in Punjab

May 10th, 2011

Ludhiana: Dabur has opened its first exclusive store in Punjab in Ludhiana. The outlet is situated on the DMC road and the dealership is owned by Mukim Medical Agencies.
Various Ayurvedic, healthcare and cosmetics products have been displayed at the store. Dabur is the topmost company in the country in terms of sale of Ayurvedic products.
The territory sales manager of the company Sandesh Sharma was also present on the occasion. He said that the company could open more such outlets depending on the success of this endeavour.
Praveen Aggrawal from Mukim Medical Agencies said that they have the dealership of several top companies of the country. They have opened the showroom in the interior part of the city for the convenience of the people. The entire range of Ayurvedic products has been provided under one roof.

Ludhiana actor gets back to his roots

May 9th, 2011

LUDHIANA: He’s walked the ramp, acted in some soaps, done a couple of advertisements and shared screen space with Hollywood stars. Finally, city-resident Chetan Sood has got back to his roots and done a Punjabi movie. The movie has already been released in America and is supposed to release here in July.
Remembering the beginning of his career, Sood, who stays in Shivpuri, said, ‘I did television commercials for a motorcycle company and also a camera brand. When I see them now on TV I feel proud about what a long way I have come.”
Sood said he had started his career as a model and walked the ramp for designers like Himmat Singh, Aslam Khan, Rocky S, Manish Malhotra and Aruna Singh among others. He has also won titles including Mr Photogenic, 2008, at the Gladrags Manhunt Megamodel contest.

SOURCE: Sandeep Dua, Times of India

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