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All set for panchayat poll
Ludhiana, June 28
Poll parties have been despatched to all 721 villages where panchayat elections are to be held tomorrow. The required election material has been handed over to them by the respective Returning Officers under the supervision of the SDMs concerned. Giving details, Deputy Commissioner Anurag Verma said the poll parties would put up for the night in the same village where they had been deputed to conduct the poll.

Husbands lead as women  candidates take back seat
Women empowerment
Jandiali Khurd  (Ludhiana), June 28
The idea behind reserving seats for women in panchayat election as a step towards women empowerment is far from being realised, gauging the condition of women candidates in the forthcoming panchayat elections.

Women empowerment: A veiled woman candidate, Ms Surinder Kaur, is captured on lens by Tribune lensman Pradeep Tewari at Jandiali Khurd village, Ludhiana, on Saturday.


Liquor days are here again
Ludhiana, June 28
Liquor contractors in Punjab are a happy lot as according to rough estimates countrymade liquor worth more than Rs 50 crore has been sold in rural areas in the past 10 days, thanks to the panchayat poll.

MC pulled up for ‘flouting’ CM’s orders
Ludhiana, June 28
The state government has taken a serious note of various populist proposals adopted in the general house of the Municipal Corporation and sent to the government for statutory approval before being given effect.

Woman found murdered 
Ludhiana, June 28
A middle-aged woman was found murdered at her house in Model Town here late last evening. She was watching TV when certain persons entered her house and slit her throat.
A police officer questions a neighbour of Amarjit Kaur A police officer questions a neighbour of Amarjit Kaur, who was murdered; and (right) relatives mourn her death in Ludhiana on Friday. — A Tribune photograph

Allegations fly thick
Mandi Ahmedgarh/ Ludhiana, June 28
Even as the administration has made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the panchayat poll tomorrow allegations of changing of ballot boxes, intimidation by policemen and partiality in the collection of firearms from villages in the district continued to fly thick here today.


Let judicial panel probe corruption charges: Tohra
Amloh, June 28
“Capt Amarinder Singh has set a wrong precedent by harming, defaming and demoralising his political rivals, their kins and supporters who may follow suit whenever they come to power and try to pay their opponents in the same coin.

Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Member of the Rajya Sabha, addresses an election rally at Chinarthal Kalan village in Amloh constituency on Saturday. — Photo Bhushan Sood
Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra, Member of the Rajya Sabha

Cong committed to provide better amenities
Ludhiana, June 28
The Congress legislator, Mr Surinder Davar, has reiterated the commitment of the Punjab Government and the civic body in the city to bring about qualitative improvement in the civic amenities being provided to the urban population.

Shopkeepers deny encroachment charge

Ludhiana, June 28
Shopkeepers of the Talab Mandir market today refuted the allegation that they had extended the area of their shops by encroaching upon covered portion of a nullah there.

Mr Mohinder Pal Jain, chairman, and other functionaries of the Talab Mandir Road Shopkeepers Association at a press conference in Ludhiana on Saturday. — IV

Mr Mohinder Pal Jain, chairman, and other functionaries of the Talab Mandir Road Shopkeepers Association

Of Mt Everest and its climbers
he Himalayas make the longest, highest and widest range of mountains. India and China rank among the few theatres of ancient civilisation and culture. Mountains, seas and rivers make geographical barriers. 


Robbers strike at Hussainpur
Ludhiana, June 28
As many as 10 armed robbers looted six houses of cash and valuables and left one person injured at Hussainpur village last evening. According to delayed information received here today, the robbers were armed with guns, swords and rods. 

96 bottles of liquor seized





Student unions flay hike in fee
Ludhiana, June 28
Akhil Bharatiya Vidayarthi Parishad (ABVP), the Punjab Students’ Union (PSU) and the Government College Students’ Association today held a dharna at Government College for Boys against the government decision to increase fee.
Representatives of different student unions present a memorandum of their demands to Mr V.P. Gaur, Principal, Government College for Boys, Ludhiana, on Saturday. — IV
Representatives of different student unions present a memorandum of their demands to Mr V.P. Gaur, Principal

Where education means business
Sahnewal, June 28
With the number of coaching centres increasing schools and colleges have been reduced to mere examination-conducting branches. They have been to made to take a back seat as the tuition centres have gained immense popularity.

Students display creations
Ludhiana, June 28
An exhibition and prize distribution function marked the end of a week-long summer camp organised by the Paradise School of Arts at Punjab Mata Nagar here today. Students displayed the work done by them during the week.

Training programme for CMC students
Ludhiana, June 28
A basic community health training programme for the third batch of students ended at the Christian Medical College and Hospital here today. The 21-day workshop also aimed at imparting basic health care knowledge to social and religious workers hailing from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Ludhiana, Jammu and Himachal Pradesh, so that they could spread knowledge to the remotest areas of the country.

School named after freedom fighter
Machhiwara, June 28
Efforts by Master Manohar Lal, a social worker, yielded results when after a lot of struggle he was able to persuade the state government to name the local Government Senior Secondary School after the name of a Machhiwara born freedom fighter, late Shankar Dass, who had also received a “tamarpatar” from the Government of India.

Problems of primary teachers discussed
Ludhiana, June 28
Representatives of Primary Elementary Shiksha Bachao Front , Punjab, met Mr Jagtar Singh Khattra, Director, Primary Education, in his office to discuss their problems. Present at the meeting was Deputy Inspector, Ms Inder Varsha too. Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, Mr Baldev Krishan Moudgil, Mr Pritpal Singh, Mr Balbir Singh, Mr Jaswinder Singh represented the front.

Rajeev Logani tops in BCA (III) exam
Ludhiana, June 28
Rajeev Logani, a final year student of BCA, the Punjab College of Technical Education (PCTE), has bagged the first position in the examination conducted by the Punjab Technical University this year. Rajeev has scored 92 per cent marks (644 marks out of 700). Aman Sethi, another student of the same college, has obtained the third position in the university with 91 per cent marks.

PU BA(I) results out
Ludhiana, June 28
The results of BA (I) were declared today by Panjab University. The pass percentage has improved this year as compared to last year’s. It has jumped to 53 per cent as compared to last year’s 46 per cent.

Workshop for students


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