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Badal ready to face judicial panel
Ludhiana, May 5
The President of the Shiromani Akali Dal and former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, is ready to face any inquiry but with a condition. Talking to reporters here today Mr Badal said the Congress had promised in its election manifesto that it would hold inquiry against corruption during his regime through a sitting judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court but it had not done so.

Beeline for Congress tickets
Ludhiana, May 5
While on the one hand there is hectic activity and heavy rush of applicants seeking Congress nomination for the elections to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, the other parties seem to be in search of candidates and there seems to be less activity in these parties with not many aspirants for the party tickets.

SAD-BJP meet on ticket distribution
Ludhiana, May 5
A joint meeting of leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal and the Bharatiya Janata Party was held here today to finalise the seat-sharing arrangement for the forthcoming elections to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, scheduled for May 19. Some BSP leaders also attended the meeting.

SHADE AND COLOUR: A sea of umbrellas at the sabzi mandi in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Tribune photo Pradeep Tewari

Solve petty issues, ICAR tells PAU
Ludhiana, May 5
“Solve your problems at home and don’t bother the Central Government for your petty issues.” This is the message that has been conveyed to the employees and authorities of all state agricultural universities (SAUs) in the country by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the premier agricultural research organisation of the country.

Bitter facts about sweet fruits
Ludhiana, May 5
In spite of a ban on the use of a commonly used chemical ripening agent, the local fruit dealers are using the same with impunity. 

Terrorist blames it on brother-in-law
Ludhiana, May 5
Karamjit Singh, alias Laddi, an alleged terrorist belonging to the Bhindrawala Tiger Force, who was arrested by the local police yesterday, has told investigating officers that he was initiated into the world of terrorism by his brother-in-law.


Satguru clarifies on succession
Ludhiana, May 5
Satguru Jagjit Singh, head of the Namdhari sect, today clarified that he had not nominated a successor as he is hail and hearty. In a signed statement the head of the Namdhari sect said that wrong propaganda was being made that he was not keeping good health and that he had nominated someone as his successor.


Scooter-borne youths gun down one
Sahnewal, May 5
Two turbaned youths opened fire at Harnek Singh Naik of Bibipur village with a gun. The man breathed his last on the spot. The scooter-borne miscreants then ran towards Turmuri-Jarg village, according to one of the field workers, a witness to the crime.

Man beaten to death
Machhiwara, May 5
In a heinous incident Kaunke village, near here, last afternoon, two men allegedly murdered Jagir Singh, a resident of the same village, by beating him mercilessly.


Dev Dildar enchants audience
Ludhiana, May 5
“I did take out an album of pop songs in the past. Looking back, I think it was a ‘paap’ album”, said singer Dev Dildar.” I will never again sing ‘pop songs’ as I want to promote Punjabi and Punjabiyat,.” he said.


Eyes donated
Ludhiana, May 5
Relatives of Sagar Singh, a resident of Bhanohar village, donated his eyes to Eye Bank Mansuran, after the latter’s sudden demise. Dr Ramesh, director, Eye Bank Mansuran, in a press statement today said that the relatives of Sagar Singh were motivated by Mr Balwinder Singh Bhattal, a social worker, posted at the SSP office in Ludhiana.


Souvenir released, turf wicket inaugurated 
Ludhiana, May 5
A souvenir in connection with the Duleep Trophy one-day cricket match between North Zone and East Zone, organised by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) under the aegis of the Punjab Cricket Association at the Punjab Agricultural University ground in February, was released at a function held today at the Arya College for Boys ground. The Additional District and Session Judge, Mr B.K. Mehta, and the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (East), Mr Kuldeep Singh, jointly released the souvenir.
Team members of the Ludhiana XI  with their coach Charanjit Saini
Team members of the Ludhiana XI (under-16) with their coach Charanjit Saini in jubilant mood after winning their match against the Moga XI at the ‘inauguration’ of turf wicket at the Arya College ground, Ludhiana, on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph



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