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Exodus of doctors from CMC
Ludhiana, May 27
Perceived as a major setback to the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), about a dozen senior faculty members from this prestigious institution have quit over the past few months to join a new upcoming super-speciality medical institute at Pondicherry. 

Was the polling staff allowed to vote?
Chandigarh, May 27
A presiding officer in the recently-held Ludhiana Municipal Corporation elections has made a ''serious'' allegation of polling staff having been denied the right to vote as the Returning Officer had not issued postal ballots.

Civic poll leads to polarisation in Cong
Ludhiana, May 27
The MC elections in Ludhiana seem to have led to polarisation within the Congress with various factions in the party pulling up in different directions. The recent charges levelled by the Ludhiana Rural MLA, Mr Milkiat Singh Birmi, against the District Congress Committee (DCC) president, Mr K.K. Bawa, and the local MP, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib, have further complicated the problem for the party.


WATER BABIES: Tiny tots of Guru Nanak International Public School, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, splash water on one another and have fun at a pool party on the school campus in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Ticket issue: Congress rules out probe
Ludhiana, May 27
Mr Lal Singh, senior Congress leader and the Minister for Finance, Planning and Food and Civil Supplies, said here today that any inquiry at this stage into the allegations of corruption in the allotment of tickets for the recent municipal elections was ruled out. He said it was an internal matter of the party which could not to be discussed in public.

DC reviews arrangements for Zila Parishad poll
Ludhiana, May 27
The district administration has made arrangements for the smooth conduct of elections for 23 members of the Ludhiana Zila Parishad and 201 members of 12 panchayat samitis in the district to be held on June 9. For this purpose, 1,115 polling booths have been set up and around 7,500 government officials put on duty.

Rahul tops in science, Kajal in commerce
Ludhiana, May 27
Rahul Arora from SD Government College and Kajal Gupta from the Government College for Women have bagged the first positions in science and commerce streams, respectively, from the district in Class XII examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board this year. While Rahul has scored 397 marks out of the total 450, Kajal obtained 364 marks.

MC clerk caught taking bribe
Ludhiana, May 27
The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau caught Devinder Kumar, a clerk in the office of the Registrar Births and Deaths of the Municipal Corporation, here today on the charge of demanding bribe from a person for issuing a birth certificate.

Mr Simerjeet Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Vigilance, (left), grills Devinder Kumar, an MC clerk arrested on the charge of taking bribe, in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Mr Simerjeet Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Vigilance, (left), grills Devinder Kumar, an MC clerk arrested on the charge of taking bribe


Mini Rose Garden issue: YC activists hold dharna, seek probe

Ludhiana, May 27
Activists of the District Youth Congress, led by senior vice-president Sarbjit Singh Bunty and general secretary G.S. Arora today took out a protest march and later staged a dharna near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the premises of the civic body to press for a demand for a high-level inquiry into development of Mini Rose Garden in Kidwai Nagar locality here.

YC activists stage a dharna to demand a probe into the misappropriation of MC funds in the development of Mini Rose Garden, in Ludhiana on Monday. — IV

Govt to announce austerity measures soon
Ludhiana, May 27
The Punjab Government would shortly be announcing several austerity measures to bring the state out of the present financial muddle. Notwithstanding the opposition raised by the PCMS and other associations of the medical fraternity, the state government is in a strong mood to allow the doctors employed in state hospitals to do private practice and thus save about Rs 80 crore per month which is paid as non-practising allowance to the doctors.

‘Electrification work to be finished by Sept’
Ludhiana, May 27
“By the end of September this year the electrification of rail track from Ludhiana to Jalandhar would be completed as part of the Ludhiana to Amritsar electrification project”. This was stated here today by the recently appointed Divisional Railway Manager of Ferozepure division, Mr S.C. Punia, during his first visit to the city railway station.

Choice of city Mayor: minister meets councillors

Ludhiana, May 27
In an elaborate but non-productive exercise to select the city Mayor, the Punjab Finance, Planning and Food and Supplies Minister, Mr Lal Singh, interacted with the party councillors for more than two hours to have an idea about the possibility of consensus over the new Mayor.

Mr Lal Singh, Finance, Planning and Food and Supplies Minister, flanked by Mr Rakesh Pandey, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib and party legislators at the meeting with Congress councillors in Ludhiana on Monday. — IV

Mr Lal Singh, Finance, Planning and Food and Supplies Minister, flanked by Mr Rakesh Pandey, Mr Gurcharan Singh Ghalib and party legislators at the meeting with Congress councillors in Ludhiana on Monday.

A dearth of principled persons
IFE and news coexist. News-worthiness is decided by experts who study the validity of a scenario and the requirement of readership. No news is good news as time-tried axiom. A news is a news, good or bad. A bad news supersedes the good one. The newspapers are primarily news-based, the periodicals are views-based. The editorial makes you think, articles are opinion-makers.

He visions clean city, smooth governance
Ludhiana, May 27
The newly appointed Commissioner of Municipal Corporation, Mr S.K. Sharma, brings with him the reputation of a “wonder man” with particular reference to the matter of mobilisation of revenue and resources. With a rich and varied experience behind him, he has proved his mettle in various capacities in different departments of the state before joining as Additional Commissioner in the civic body here about two years back, a position which he has occupied with great competence and deftness.

A visually challenged visionary
Ludhiana, May 27
A middle-aged professor, whose life revolved round reading , writing, and teaching loses his eyesight due to ‘eales disease’. This disease causes haemorrhage from the cornea and gradually one loses vision. Prof Kirpal Singh Kasel, lecturer of Punjabi in Government College, with an excellent academic record, found himself sightless even after an able doctor from Holland, Dr. Simon Frinkin, Head of the Ophthalmic Department in Christian Medical College & Hospital, tried to save his eyes by three successive operations.

‘Mobile shops’ at traffic lights
Ludhiana, May 27
Shopping is not restrained to the markets or footpaths only, but one can shop these days sitting inside a car or from bus windows when the light turns red at crossroads. A horde of young boys, men and women surround your car and cajole you into buying. The stuff they are selling is varied. The season has to do a lot with the things being sold at crossroads.

Young boys sell coconut slices at a traffic light point, in Ludhiana.

Young boys sell coconut slices at a traffic light point, in Ludhiana.



Amway opens Ludhiana office
Ludhiana, May 27
Amway India Enterprises, the country’s largest direct selling company, inaugurated its new office in the city. According to Mr William S Pinckney, Managing Director, Amway, the opening up of a new office at Ludhiana is in accordance with Amway’s philosophy of being present where customers are.



New faces in PCCTU
Ludhiana, May 27
In a bipolar contest of the PCCTU (Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union) held in Jalandhar today, the panel led by Mr S.S. Hundal made a clean sweep of the executive posts.



LCC — in service of needy
Ludhiana, May 27
The Ludhiana Citizens’ Council (regd), an NGO, has been serving the poor people of the society, as well as sick, chronic patients, infirm and invalids since the riots of 1984. A handful of people, seeing the angst and fundamentalism of the two communities during terrorism in Punjab, decided to float the Ludhiana Citizens’ Council with an aim to promote unity among the communities and provide service to the humanity as they felt that ‘manukhta di sewa sab tu uttam sewa'.

Tussle between DMCH and union continues
Ludhiana, May 27
The ongoing tussle between the management and the employees’ union of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital over the shifting of gastroenterology ward to Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDMCHI) continues. According to the union, instead of admitting patients suffering from gastric problems to the gastroenterology ward, the hospital authorities were admitting them to Medical 2 and 3 wards.


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