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Congress may change Jagraon candidate
Party rally cancelled at eleventh hour
Ludhiana, January 19
The last minute cancellation of the Congress rally at Gurdwara Bhaini Sahib, near here, as the PPCC chief, Capt Amarinder Singh, was summoned to Delhi has led to the speculation that the candidates for some seats might be changed. Capt Amarinder Singh was supposed to formally kick off the election campaign in the state from this historic gurdwara after seeking the blessings of Baba Jagjit Singh.

Devotees take part in nagar kirtan
Ludhiana, January 19
An impressive nagar kirtan was taken out from Gurdwara Kalgidhar in Field Ganj through the old city in connection with the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh here this evening.
Schoolchildren dressed as “Panj Piare” at a nagar kirtan in Ludhiana on Saturday in connection with the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.


Viklang Kendra, residents at loggerheads over park
Ludhiana, January 19
The management of the Viklang Sahayta Kendra run by the Bharat Vikas Parishad in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, and residents of C Block of the locality are at loggerheads over the maintenance of a park adjoining the kendra.

Loan defaulters bleed banks
Ludhiana, January 19
Local bank branches have failed to recover more than Rs 150 crore from defaulters due to lengthy legal battles and cumbersome banking norms to recover loans. The one-time settlement scheme launched by the RBI has also failed to drastically decrease non-performing assets.


Dissidence headache for Makkar
Ludhiana, January 19
Notwithstanding the claims of some Akali dissidents about fielding a rebel candidate, the final battlelines seem to have been drawn in the Ludhiana West Assembly segment. The contest seems to be direct between the Congress candidate, Mr Harnam Dass Johar, an old political heavyweight who has served as a minister and Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, and Mr Avtar Singh Makkar of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance.

Not so, claims SAD candidate
Ludhiana, January 19
The acting district president of the SAD and party nominee from the Ludhiana West Assembly segment has claimed that party rebels would not make much impact on his prospects in the poll.

Gosain, Khalsa file papers
Ludhiana, January 19
The Deputy Speaker in the Vidhan Sabha and the BJP candidate from Ludhiana East, Mr Satpal Gosain, today filed his nomination papers amidst much fanfare. He was accompanied by hundreds of BJP and Akali workers, who were shouting slogans in support of the alliance victory.

Unchecked flow corruption waters: Bhattal
Ludhiana, January 19
Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today lashed out at the SAD-BJP government in the state, alleging that it had crossed all limits of corruption. She remarked, “The sixth river of corruption has been added to the existing five in Punjab”.

14 years later, he’s uprooted again
Ahmedgarh, January 19
Mr Kaur Chand, a migrant from Gharsana town in Rajasthan, 8 km from the border with Pakistan, will have to re-establish himself. About 14 years back, he had to leave his parental property at Shehna due to terrorism.



Factory worker forced to quit
Ludhiana, January 19
Local industrialists seem to have devised new ways to cut down on labour costs by getting rid of old workers, to whom they have to pay more salary than new workers. These workers have also to be paid other benefits under labour laws.



10 students get awards
Ludhiana, January 19
The Swami Vivekanand Study Circle today organised a function to give away Role Model Award to 10 students from Punjab at the Government College for Women. Prof Vinay Sofat, secretary, Ludhiana chapter, stated that the Circle had decided to honour one student from every educational institution in the city.

Children in fancy clothes at a function held by the Swami Vivekanand Study Circle in Ludhiana on Saturday.—Photo Rajesh Bhambi


LDCA XI, Star Paradise Club enter quarterfinals
Ludhiana, January 19
LDCA XI and Star Paradise Club registered emphatic victories in their respective matches to enter the quarterfinals of the 6th Rajeev Gandhi and Ist Master Vishav Walia Memorial Cricket Tournament being played at Daresi ground, here today.


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