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Cong, BJP supporters clash over I-cards
Ludhiana, January 27
Confusion among voters over photo identity cards and a sense of urgency to get themselves photographed led to a brawl between BJP and Congress supporters at the Kidwai Nagar area of the Ludhiana East Assembly segment yesterday. The police has to intervene to diffuse situation as the activists of the two parties were accusing each other of interference into the process.

Congress candidate from Ludhiana (East) Surinder Dawer pacifies partymen after a confrontation broke out between the Congress and BJP supporters for getting themselves photographed for the voter identity card at Kidwai Nagar in Ludhiana. — Photo Inderjeet Verma




Wakf land cleared of encroachment
Rajasthani Samaj says it will approach court
Ludhiana, January 27
Upholding the claims of the local Wakf Board regarding its ownership of a large plot opposite Civil Hospital in the Field Gunj, the Division No 2 police, in agreement with the District Administration removed hundreds of members of the Rajasthani Samaj who had forcibly occupied the plot two days ago claiming that they were the rightful owner of it.

Taxi driver admits to murder
Ludhiana, January 27
Mystery shrouding the monthold disappearance of Kuldeep Sharma, an official with Modgill Hosiery Mill in Basti Jodhewal, has been cleared with the arrest of the suspect, Satish Kumar, a taxi driver, who had taken the deceased in his taxi to Himachal Pradesh and strangulated him to death on the return journey in a forest near Phillaur last month.

PSEB penalised for deficient services
Ludhiana, January 27
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board to pay Rs 2,000 as compensation on account of deficiency in services to Mr Sikandar Singh, a resident of Rattowal. The forum has also directed the PSEB to restore the electricity connection within seven days and to pay Rs 500 as cost of litigation.

How efficient can cops be!
Ludhiana, January 27
While the district police authorities have directed SHOs to take prompt action on complaints made by the public, a woman has had a different experience. Ms Ranjit Kaur, a resident of Model Town, had complained to the police that her purse, containing Rs 2000, gold jewellery and some important documents, had been snatched by some persons near the Model Town Extension area. She claimed that the police had refused to lodge an FIR, saying there was no need as the purse would be located.

ADGP influencing voters: Garcha
Ludhiana, January 27
As electioneering has intensified, allegations and counter allegations have already started pouring in. Recently, the Minister for Technical Education, Mr Jagdish Singh Garcha, who is contesting as the candidate of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance from the Kila Raipur Assembly segment, has alleged that a senior police officer is influencing the police and voters to support the Congress.


Finance Minister unfurls flag
Ludhiana, January 27
Republic Day was celebrated in Ludhiana as well as other parts of the district with full zeal and enthusiasm. The Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, unfurled the Tricolour and took the salute of the various marching contingent. Several tableaux made by various government departments and other organisations added colour to the function.
Punjab Finance Minister, Capt Kanwaljit Singh, takes the salute at the Republic Day function in Ludhiana on Saturday.

Parties on R-Day: Why not?
Ludhiana, January 27
Hotels and clubs celebrate functions like the Valentine’s Day, and Halloween by arranging dance parties, where noted singers or famous film celebrities are invited. The dress code is set. A D.J. of repute is arranged for. The city is abuzz with excitement as young teeny-hoppers are busy pondering over which dress to wear and where to buy from. Some even make a quick dash to Delhi to purchase a new slinky dress. But there are no such parties to celebrate our Republic Day or Independence Day. Are these not appropriate days to for a mega party?

6 in fray from Samrala
Khamano, January 27
There are six contestants for the Samrala constituency. They are Mr Amrik Singh Dhillon of the Congress, Mr Kirpal Singh Khirnian of the SAD, Mr Gurtejpal Singh of the Panthic Morcha, Ms Kulwant Kaur of the BSP, Mr Kamaljit Puri of the Shiv Sena and Mr Harbans Lal as Independent.

SPCA holds camp for animals
Ludhiana, January 27
The Society for Prevention Cruelty to Animals organised a free camp for the benefit of sick animals at Dandi Swami Chowk this morning. Veterinary doctors treated animals and distributed the medicines free of cost among the owners. Dr Jaswant Singh advised the owners to vaccinate their dogs against deadly diseases like distemper, paro, and rabies.

  • Suicide case

  • Fraud alleged

  • Assault cases

  • Forcible possession

  • Two arrested

  • Liquor vend looted


SBP nets 20,000 cr business
Mandi Gobindgarh, January 27
The State Bank of Patiala has crossed a total business level of Rs 20,000 crore. This was stated by Mr A. K. Purwar, Managing-Director, State Bank of Patiala, at a customer interaction programme organised for industrialists at Gobindgarh Club yesterday.



School singing contest
Ludhiana, January 27
Parampara — the people for music, a non-profit, non-political and non-religious organisation is organising an inter-school patriotic songs competition on January 30 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Convent Senior Secondary School, Sarabha Nagar, in connection with the Republic Day celebrations. The competition is being organised with a view to encourage talented children to instill the spirit of patriotism among the younger generations.



Seminar highlights benefits of arthroplastry
Ludhiana, January 27
A seminar on arthroplastry organised by the district unit of the National Integrated Medical Association today at Hotel Marriat, Dugri Road. This was stated by the secretary of NIMA unit, Dr Surendra Gupta, in a press note issued today.


Double Decker XI win cricket tourney
Ludhiana, January 27
Double Decker XI defeated Aditya XI by three wickets to win the sixth Rajeev Gandhi and first Master Vishav Walia Memorial Cricket Tournament organised by the Shastri Young Society at Daresi ground here today.

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