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Bid to rob bank, four held
Ludhiana, January 29
The Focal Point police is on the look out for an unidentified employee of the Punjab and Sind Bank, Sherpur Branch, who was allegedly hand in glove with a gang of robbers and was set to give information to the gang about the time when the bank could be robbed.

Cinema owners shower freebies on VIPs
Ludhiana, January 29
The district administration as well as the police has often been accused of not doing enough to check the black marketing of cinema tickets and to take action against the cinema canteen owners for selling eatables at exorbitant rates. This raises the question whether one of the reasons for the administration’s inaction is suggested by the freebies offered to the government officials by cinema owners’.

Parties cut corners with plastic buntings
Residents fear aftermath of poll campaign
Ludhiana, January 29
Since the Election Commission has set an expenditure limit, the various political parties have found an economical method to make their election campaign more effective this time. The buntings, flags and banners made of plastic are selling like hot cake as the plastic material is cheap and durable.



PLASTIC PROMISES: City is full of campaign material made of plastic being used by various political parties. — Photos Rajesh Bhambi

Industry plays it safe with donations
Hefty contributions to SAD, BJP and Congress funds
Ludhiana, January 29
After a three-day hectic tour by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of various constituencies in this district, the fact which has emerged is that Mr Badal is making frantic efforts to fix his party’s image that has taken a sharp beating due to allegations of corruption and misrule by his political opponents and party dissidents. At least this is the impression that prevails among people.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal addresses a gathering in the industrial area in Ludhiana On Monday. IV

Bogus mediclaims drain insurance companies
Ludhiana, January 29
Several clients of insurance agencies continue to fleece the agencies of huge amounts of money everyday by presenting fraudulent claims, all in connivance with some unscrupulous doctors who issue false certificates of illness to healthy persons for the sole purpose of obtaining a claim. Some insurance agents too are involved in the racket, making the practice flourish in and around the city.

TO believe or not to believe. Politicians always promise the moon. And yet their promises and commitments go unaccounted far. The countdown for the February 13 Assembly elections has already begun. Electioneering is also picking up at a fast momentum. All the mainstream and peripheral political parties like the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), the Congress, the Panthic Morcha, the Bharatiya Janata Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party have been claiming they will come to power.
  • Traffic hazards
  • Beggars
  • Pressure horns
  • Election benefits
  • Tractor time
  • Professional compulsion
  • Republic Day or Independence Day?


Kids’ choice, parents’ worry
Ludhiana, January 29
The violence and terror in the Kashmir Valley is having a negative impact on the children’s psyche there. Most of the children prefer toy guns to toy cars, dolls and other toys. Two families from the Valley, who were on a trip to the city for the treatment of a relative, told this to Ludhiana Tribune. They said peace had returned to the Valley to a large extent after the deployment of the Army on the border.
From left: Rehana Khan, Muddassir Khan, Bilal Ahmed Khan, and Gurmeet Singh Bhatia who were in the city recently. RB

Poll campaign at feverish pitch
Ludhiana, January 29
With the process of withdrawal of nomination papers over and the final battle lines being drawn, the campaign for February 13 Assembly elections has hotted up with the respective candidates trying all sorts of tricks to woo the electorate.

Panthic Morcha manifesto on Feb 2
Ludhiana, January 29
The Panthic Morcha will uphold the supremacy of Akal Takhat and strive to set up ‘halimi raj’ (equality for all sections of the society). This is the crux of the manifesto of the Panthic Morcha (Akali Dal) which will be released soon.

BSP will hold balance of power in Punjab: Kanshi
Ludhiana, January 29
The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo, Mr Kanshi Ram, today claimed that his party would hold the balance of power in Punjab after elections to the Assembly scheduled for February 13. He claimed that the BSP was emerging a forceful alternative to the Akali-BJP alliance and the Congress in the state.

 BSP supremo Mr Kanshi Ram, with party leaders at a rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

Pity these records!
Ludhiana, January 29
Public Cause, a forum voicing common problems of people, has alleged that records being maintained at the office of Sub-Registrar of Ludhiana in the basement of Mini Secretariat building were lying in a deplorable condition.

‘Vote sensibly’
LL voters must consider the merit of a candidate before voting for him, feels Dr Ashish, a city based dentist. The voters must know about his/her past experience and educational background before voting for a particular candidate, he believes.


Brothers attacked by eve-teasers
Ludhiana, January 29
In a daring act here yesterday, two brothers, who went to lodge a report against some eve-teasers at the Salem Tabri police station, were attacked outside the police station by the accused.
  • Beaten up

  • One arrested

  • Woman injured

  • Burn victim dies

  • Accident victim dies

  • Suicide bid

  • Liquor seized

  • One held with knife



Discussion on role of ayurveda in preventing diabetes
Ludhiana, January 29
The Ayurveda Study Circle, Punjab organised a CME on the role of ayurveda in prevention and treatment of diabetes here. Noted ayurvedist and writer Dr R. Vatsyayan, while initiating the discussion, explained the role of CMEs for updating the knowledge of practicing physicians. He said that acharaya Charak also advocated that physicians should meet and discuss various viewpoints and should gain from other’s knowledge and experiences.Top

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