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Of racing cars & awestruck men – Punjab RC Club meets Gadgets and more

January 24th, 2012

LUDHIANA: Here’s one that will make all Ludhianvis puff with pride: The city is home to Punjab’s first Radio Control (RC) Racing Club that boast of some of the best racing cars in the world.

On Monday afternoon, when owners of Radio Control street trucks and racing coupes met members of a tech-savvy club, ‘Gadgets & more’ in South City, they were left awestruck by the display of gadgets. Even passers-by were pretty amazed to see helicopters and planes that flew 200 metres up in the sky.

There was a small car that ran at a speed of more than 100km per hour. “It was an amazing experience with the RC Club. We got to experience amazing machines and the day was unforgettable,” said Nishant Jairath, creator of ‘Gadgets and More’ and resident of Sarabha Nagar.

Gurdev Nagar-resident Harjinder Singh said, “As a gadget freak and member of ‘Gadgets and More,’ I expanded my knowledge and interest. I plan to own radio controlled car and race it on Ludhiana streets.”

Harkirat Singh Ryait, owner of RC racing club and resident of BRS Nagar, said he has a passion for fast moving cars. “I have the world’s largest radio controlled car named ‘Baja 5 T’,” he said.

The adventure of flying a radio controlled helicopter or racing a radio controlled car is unmatchable,” said Ankit Dadu, a resident of Shamsher Avenue.

SOURCE : Times of India

Ludhiana catches Facebook fever, ‘I Love Ludhiana’ page gets thousands of Likes

January 12th, 2012

LUDHIANA: There’s a new address in town that Ludhianvis are scampering to – an ‘I love Ludhiana’ page on Facebook. With over a lakh hits every day and 33,500 likes from residents, the page is fast becoming the page to be on among netizens in the city. Friends Raman Singh and Harjinder Singh Kukreja – the hands and mind behind the page – are not really surprised.

“Social networking is a strong medium. If used sensibly it can help save lives,” said Harjinder, a restauranteur and co-administrator of the page.

Tapping the power and reach of social networking sites, the friends are using the page to invoke Ludhianvi pride, promote events in the city, broadcast social and religious messages and highlight problems faced by city residents. “The page has more readership than some newspapers,” added Harjinder, a resident of Gurdev Nagar.

The other administrator of the page, Raman said it is very satisfying to reach thousands of people from their home city every day. “For us this is an opportunity to reach out and inspire fellow Ludhianvis to make a positive difference in society,” added Raman, a final year student of Khalsa College.

The tech-savvy duo want to transform the way Ludhiana connects with their page. “By the end of 2012, we are aiming at one lakh ‘likes’ for the page,” said Raman, who lives in Sargodha Colony.

Talking about the benefits of the medium, Harjinder said he had once shared information about friend’s grandfather’s health and that he urgently required blood. “My friend got more than 50 phone calls from willing donors within 30 minutes of the information going online,” he said.

Nodding in agreement, Raman said he promoted an artist friend’s exhibition on the page and among those who showed up at the exhibition, about 100 people said they got to know about the event from the Facebook page. “And for Ludhianvis living abroad, this page is a connect back home, with their city and it’s pulse just a click away,” Raman added.


About 60% users on page are between 18 and 24 years old while less than 6% are above 35. Only 31% users are females compared to the 69% males on the page. Over 5,000 users on the page are Ludhianvis living in Canada, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

To join the Ludhiana bandwagon, search for I Love Ludhiana or visit

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