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Driver beaten up by woman SI
Terror-struck onlookers watch helplessly
Ludhiana, February 13
When cops run amuck, what can people do? Nothing, but watch helplessly. This is precisely what happened at around 12.30 p.m. today outside the Arya College polling booth on the DMC Road here, when the SHO of the Division Number 8 (Kailash Chowk police station), Surinderjit Kaur, assisted by two constables, mercilessly thrashed the driver of a car in front of hundreds of people.

Refusing help, he came on his own to vote
Kila Raipur, February 13
Fifty-five-year-old Balbir Singh Grewal, alias Bhiri, is a physically challenged man with both his legs paralysed. Today he had three offers that he would be ferried from his house to the polling booth located at Government Secondary School on the outskirts of the village. 
Balbir Singh Grewal on his way to cast vote at a polling booth in 
Kila Raipur on Wednesday. 


On duty, they miss their voting right
Ludhiana, February 13
While nearly 12,000 government employees on poll duty in 2,140 polling stations of the district were busy the whole day, helping residents cast their votes, majority of such employees could not avail themselves of the chance to vote.

Impersonation, omissions — the day had it all
Ludhiana, February 13
It has been a five-year wait in vain. Thousands of city residents who were waiting to exercise their franchise were in for a shock today when they found their names missing from the list of voters with the polling officers. A majority of these persons had revealed their minds in advance and had decided to vote against ruling party nominees.


Excitement missing on polling day
Ludhiana, February 13
The district administration had issued a holiday notice asking shops, offices, educational institutions, government offices to remain closed to avoid any untoward incident on the polling day. The administration had deployed a total of 11,902 personnel all over the city for the security of voters today.

VGRM condemns use of religion for wooing voters
Ludhiana, February 13
The Vishwa Guru Ravidass Mission(VGRM) has condemned and opposed the use of the picture of Guru Ravidass for seeking votes in the state Assembly election by a Congress candidate, Ms Gurdial Kaur Khangura, from the Kila Raipur constituency. The VGRM has demanded that the strict action should be taken against the defaulters, so that in future nobody could hurt the religious sentiments of the people.

Sena threats fail to deter lovers
Ludhiana, February 13
Despite threats by the Shiv Sena and other outfits, who view Valentine’s Day as a Western festival and should not be celebrated in the country, the youth is all set to celebrate the day with gusto.

Doctor in active politics
Ludhiana, February 13
Dr Param Navdeep Singh is a practising postgraduate doctor for whom politics remains a full-time fascination. The General Secretary of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee and a member of the All India Congress Committee (AICC), she was here as party observer for Ludhiana Rural Assembly segment.

Coal merchant missing
Ludhiana, February 13
Mr Hem Raj Singla, a 56-year-old a Panchkula-based coal merchant, who came to the city on Sunday last to collect a payment, has gone missing under suspicious circumstances. Mr Krishan Gopal Aggarwal, his brother, told Ludhiana Tribune today that Mr Hem Raj had left Chandigarh at around 12 noon and had assured his family members that he would be back in the evening. 

Bank employees threaten stir
Ludhiana, February 13
The Punjab unit of the All-India Central Bank Employees Congress has threatened to go on a strike on January 15 in protest against the non-acceptance of their demands.


One killed in land dispute, two booked
Amloh, February 13
The police has registered a case against Rajinder Singh and Kala Singh, sons of Karnail Singh of Ranghari village, under Sections 302, 201 and 34, IPC, on the statement of Mr Baljit Singh, Ranghari Kalan village. No arrest has been made so far.


Cultural bonanza courtesy SPIC MACAY
Ludhiana, February 13
The Ludhiana chapter of SPIC MACAY came into existence 20 years ago through efforts of Dr Ishita Arora and Dr M.A. Zahir of the PAU. It is one of the most active chapters. To celebrate the silver jubilee year SPIC MACAY brings forth a cultural bonanza. The pot-pourri of cultural events will have maestros of various performing arts, and theatre personalities. The theatre lovers of Ludhiana also have a treat in store. 
Amjad Ali Khan
Amjad Ali Khan


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