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Chase begins for Mayor’s post
Ludhiana, May 20
After the Congress emerged victorious in Sunday’s elections to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, all eyes are now on the election of the Mayor. 
Ludhiana MP Gurcharan Singh Ghalib addressing a meeting
Ludhiana MP Gurcharan Singh Ghalib addressing a meeting of the newly elected party councillors of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

Many rebels haunt Congress
Ludhiana, May 20
Quite contrary to the expectations of a massive sweep, the Congress merely managed to limp to victory in the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections, with the party being able to win just 37 of the 70 seats.

New MC House to have several first-timers
Ludhiana, May 20
With the Congress adding to its strength and barely managing a simple majority in the MC House of 70 in the civic elections held in the mega city on May 19, the decks have been cleared for the city to have a Congress Mayor for the first time since the inception of the Municipal Corporation in 1992.


Congress leaves Mayor issue to high command
Ludhiana, May 20
In order to avoid any possible confrontation on the issue of selection of Mayor, the District Congress Committee (DCC) today left the decision to the party high command saying whatever was decided by them would be acceptable to all.

PHRC to the rescue of dowry victim
Ludhiana, May 20
The Punjab Human Rights Commission (PHRC) has come to the rescue of a city-based transporter, Mewa Singh, in an alleged dowry harassment case of his daughter at the hands of her NRI in-laws in the USA by restraining the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ludhiana from submitting a controversial inquiry report by the ADGP (Crime) in a court of law.

Several takers for Lodhi Fort
Ludhiana, May 20
The vacant prime land of the historical Lodhi Fort near Daresi Grounds is attracting several takers. While the Knitwear Club and the National Institute of Fashion Designing had already been lobbying hard for getting the land on lease, authorities of Punjab Police Academy at Phillaur have also written to the state government to transfer the dilapidated Lodhi Fort to them.


Another feat by Kailey
Ludhiana, May 20
Pavan Kailey, a school dropout and tailor from Garayan, has come out with a new invention. He has created a photo album, measuring slightly less than 6 inches. Pavan, who loves to work at night, says that all his original ideas strike him between 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. Kailey says,” When I get an idea, I start working on it. 


Former Deputy Mayor booked for poll violence
Ludhiana, May 20
The district police has booked a former Deputy Mayor of the local Municipal Corporation, a General Secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee, an Independent candidate, along with several of their workers on charges of indulging in violence or obstructing police or government officials from doing their duty during yesterday’s MC poll in the city.

Woman commits suicide, in-laws booked
Machhiwara, May 20
A married woman of Akalgarh village committed suicide yesterday. The cause of the suicide is reported to be a clash between Gurpreet Kaur, the victim, and her husband, Sarbjeet, over some matter yesterday.



Teachers urge govt not to quash appointments
Ludhiana, May 20
A special meeting of Government College Selected Lecturers Association (GCSLA) was held at Punjabi Bhavan yesterday. About 200 lecturers attended the meeting. The convener of the association, Mr Shailendra Singh, requested the government not to quash their appointments.

PAU library likely to get special status from ICAR
Ludhiana, May 20
The library of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is likely to be soon declared as the regional library of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR). Giving this information, Mr S.C. Uppal, Librarian of PAU, said the university had already sent a proposal in this regard to the ICAR, which was now considering various aspects for the tie-up.

Students participate in a cultural programme
Students participate in a cultural programme during the art and craft exhibition held at Param Institute in Ludhiana on Monday. — IV

Career designing in dentistry
Ludhiana, May 20
The Institute of Career Designing in Dentistry (ICCD) was launched at Christian Dental College and Hospital here today. This is a brainchild of four veteran dental professionals namely Dr. Bhagwant Singh, Dr J.S. Judge, Dr Gajinder Singh and Dr J.S. Kharbanda.

14 centres for JET exam
Ludhiana, May 20
The Punjab State Board of Technical Education has set up 14 centres for conducting the Joint Entrance Test on May 26 for admission to various polytechnic courses.


Bank penalised for deficiency in services
Ludhiana, May 20
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Punjab National Bank (PNB) to pay Rs 1,000 on account of deficiency in services to Mr Anil Kumar Kundra, a resident of Guru Nanak Pura, Civil Lines. The forum has also directed the PNB to pay Rs 400 as the cost of litigation to the consumer.


Writings inspired by common man’s idiom
Ludhiana, May 20
Sirjandhara, literary organisation, organised a programme with the collaboration of Punjabi Sahitya Akademi at Punjabi Bhavan recently. The programme was chaired by Dr S. Tarsem, President, Kendriya Punjabi Lekhak Sabha.


Most kids with congenital heart problems have a cure
Ludhiana, May 20
Over 1.2 lakh newborns are diagnosed with various congenital heart diseases (CHD) in India every year. Fortunately, up to 85 per cent of these CHD among children can be controlled if detected timely. 

354 patients visit medical camp
Ludhiana, May 20
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital launched its health welfare programme ‘Good Health for All’ by organising a medical and surgical camp at Pakhowal village yesterday.

Series of medical check-up camps
Ludhiana, May 20
With a view to provide better medical facilities to the areas, a special campaign of general medical check-up camps is being jointly launched in the city by Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Charitable Hospital and Ludhiana District Cooperative Milk Producers Union, where expert doctors would thoroughly examine the patients and free medicines will be given to them.


Dullet bags golf title
Ludhiana, May 20
International junior golfer and India No. 2 Jaskirat Singh Dullet gave a stupendous performance to bag the overall championship in the Friendship Cup Hot Weather Golf Tournament organised by the Ranjitgarh Golf Club of the Punjab Police Academy, Phillaur.


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