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Kila Raipur Assembly declared sensitive
Ludhiana, February 11
Apprehending violence in Kila Raipur, the Election Commission has declared the entire Assembly segment as sensitive. The commission has already issued guidelines and instructions to state election officials to take preventive measures to ensure fair and peaceful elections in the constituency.

Candidates’ wives battle it out, too
Ludhiana, February 11
While men candidates are toiling it out in their own way, their wives are not lagging behind in their efforts to make them successful. Not only wives, but also daughters, sisters and even daughters-in-law have been canvassing. Ms Vijay Rai Dhanda, wife of an Independent candidate from Ludhiana West, Mr Harish Rai Dhanda, has been canvassing door to door and contacting residents to listen their views.



Way to voter’s heart is through stomach!
Ludhiana, February 11
It is about three in the afternoon when the Deepak Cinema road witnesses some unusual activity. Opposite Society Cinema, at a roadside election office of a Congress candidate (Mr Rakesh Pandey), there is a small crowd comprising rickshaw-pullers, residents and children from nearby Nalli mohalla and, of course, hungry passersby who have stopped at the sight of free distribution of sweetened rice.

Liquor sold after deadline
Ludhiana, February 11
In utter violation of the orders of the District Magistrate, a number of liquor vends remained opened in the evening today and continued to sell liquor.

Liquor being sold at vends on Monday after 5 p.m. in contravention of orders of the District Magistrate. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

PAU seeks explanation from canvassing staff
Ludhiana, February 11
The authorities of Punjab Agricultural University today sought the explanation from the PAU Teachers Association and PAU Employees Union for openly supporting and canvassing for certain candidates.


PICK OF THE DAY: Unware of the peril: Two kids in a playful mood in Ludhiana on Monday.

It’s development vs experience
Machhiwara, February 11
As the election day approaches near, the position of various political parties is becoming clearer. Prominent candidates from this Koomkalan constituency include Mr Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal of the SAD-BJP-BKU (Lakhowal), Congress’s Ishar Singh Meharban, Dr Harjinder Singh Jakhu of the Panthic Morcha and BSP’s Inderjeet Singh.

‘Govt provided relief to industry’
Ludhiana, February 11
With the conviction that simplification of taxation laws was a precondition for providing any relief to trade and industry, the SAD-BJP government had taken several effective measures to make the tax structure less cumbersome and transparent. The ruling combine had further made many promises to continue the process for cutting down procedural wrangles and to make the tax structure hassle free.

Campaigning comes to close
Ludhiana, February 11
Campaigning for the February 13 Assembly elections came to a close today with all contesting candidates and the political parties making last-minute efforts to woo the voters. Although the din and noise that usually accompanies the campaigning has come to an end, the candidates are now concentrating on personal contact with the voters.

Khangura complains against ‘defamatory’ posters
Ludhiana, February 11
Close on the heels of controversy over pasting of posters depicting 1984 anti-Sikh riots in various parts of the Kila Raipur constituency, another poster giving alleged details of the past of Ms Gurdial Kaur Khangura, Congress candidate from the constituency, has sparked off a row.

Govinda ‘dances’ to Cong tunes
Says bahu (Sonia) has become beti of the nation
Ludhiana, February 11
Filmstar Govinda entertained thousands of people with his dance numbers which were sprinkled with brief, but regular comic dialogues from his own movies. For a while it looked as if the entire old city had converged on the Daresi Grounds, venue of the Congress rally organised by the Pradesh Youth Congress in support of party candidates in Ludhiana.

DANCING TO THE CONGRESS TUNE: Filmstar Govinda performs at a rally in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo Rajesh Bhambi

Cong wraps it up with ‘chetna march’
Ludhiana, February 11
The District Congress Committee (Urban) today organised a ‘chetna march’ in the city to mark the conclusion of electioneering for the Assembly elections to be held on Wednesday. Led by the acting president of the DCC, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, the march commenced from the Jagraon bridge and paraded through the Old GT Road to conclude again at the starting point.

Candidates make last-ditch effort to woo voters
Ludhiana, February 11
“A sweeping victory for the Congress is a foregone conclusion and the tremendous response of the electorate is ample indication that people have made up their minds for a change of government in Punjab”, said former Punjab Assembly Speaker and Congress candidate from Ludhiana West Harnam Das Johar while addressing meetings in the constituency on the last day of electioneering.

Samrala set for direct contest
Khamano, February 11
Direct contest is expected in Samrala constituency between Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnia, SAD candidate, and Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon of the Congress. Although there are four other candidates in the constituency — Gurtejpal Singh Bhagwanpura of Panthic Morcha, Kulwant Kaur of BSP, Kamaljit Puri of Shiv Sena and Swarn Kumar of Nationalist Congress, the SAD and Congress candidates are the main contestants. Family members of Jathedar Khirnia and Mr Dhillon are playing a key role in convincing the voters. Flags, banners and posters can be seen all over the constituency.

Accessories can enhance your car’s look
Ludhiana, February 11
Ever since the finance schemes have facilitated buying of cars, every Tom, Dick and Harry possess a car. Seeing a large number of cars of different colours and shades running bumper-to-bumper, the one that stands out is the one that has outstanding accessories. One surveying the cavalcade of cars notices that many owners wish to be individualistic and spend thousands of rupees to make their cars standout. They begin from number plates. They are fitted with blue nuts and give out light. Fancy fog lights are a necessity for those who travel a lot.

Valentine’s party held
Ludhiana, February 11
The Lodhi Club organised a Valentine’s Day party at the lawns of the club here last evening. The musical extravaganza was attended by over 2,000 people. Mr B.M. Mahajan, general secretary, in a press statement today said party lovers danced for over two hours to various tunes played by DJ Bhanu.



Bharti promises efficient services
Ludhiana, February 11
Mr Rakesh Mittal Bharti, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Bharti Enterprise, has said that Air Tel will try to provide best possible mobile telephone services to its consumers in the state.

Mr Rakesh Mittal Bharti, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Enterprises, hands over a mobile phone to Mr Aneesh Dhawan at an inaugural function in Ludhiana.

PAU: sow sugarcane from mid February
Ludhiana, February 11
The PAU experts have advised farmers to start the sowing of sugarcane from second fortnight of this month. They have recommended the use of varieties, including CoJ-85, CoJ-86, CoJ-83, CoJ-64 (early maturing), CoJ-82, CoS-8436 for mid-season and Co-1148 (late maturing variety).


Workshop on computers by PAU
Ludhiana, February 11
Punjab Agricultural University organised a one-day workshop on ‘Basics of computer and Internet applications’ under the aegies of the European-Indian Cross Cultural Innovation Network Project here today.

Kids have a gala time
Ludhiana, February 11
With interview sessions for school admissions closed, it was part time for kids at Lovely Lotus Nursery School, BRS Nagar, here today. The school authorities threw a party for kids to rejoice and be at their normal best, free from anxiety, stress and burden of interviews.

Kids of Lovely Lotus Nursery School at a function in Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjit Verma


SPIC MACAY turns 25
Ludhiana, February 11
SPIC MACAY — The Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst the Youth — entered its silver jubilee year in January 2002. The movement started in 1977 when a group of committed young enthusiasts decided to do something about the ‘deculturisation’ that was fast setting in the society.


Book released
Ludhiana, February 11
Dr Rajeev Gupta’s new book “Freedom from Stress”, was released during a doctors’ meet at a local hotel by Mr Kamleshwar Sinha, Associate Editor of The Tribune, here yesterday. The meet was attended by more than 150 doctors .



Admn turns deaf ear to residents’ plea
Ludhiana, February 11
Both the district authorities and the civic administration remain unresponsive to a long-standing demand of residents of several adjoining localities for installing traffic lights at the Karabara and New Grain Market intersection, which has led to growing discontentment among the people.

Arrangements in place for poll : DC
Ludhiana, February 11
All arrangements have been completed in this district for free and fair polling on February 13. The Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer, Mr S.K. Sandhu, said as many as 2,140 polling stations had been set up in 12 Assembly segments where 19,24,999 voters could exercise franchise.


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