Tuesday, May 14, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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A moment of pride and grief for martyrs’ kin
Ludhiana, May 13
It was a moment of grief as well as pride for family members and widows of war martyrs belonging to the Sikh Regiment. For the first time since Independence, the 152 Infantry Battalion (TA) Sikh was honouring the war widows. Their heads were held high but their eyes were moist with tears ready to explode anytime.

499 in fray for 70 city wards
Independent candidates hold the key
Ludhiana, May 13
With the date for withdrawal of nomination papers for the coming municipal elections in the city over, as many as 499 candidates have been left in the field for 70 wards in the city. The voting will be held on May 19.

Cong mayoral nominees fear internal sabotage
Ludhiana, May 13
Riding high on the popularity wave, thanks to the exposure of corruption in the Punjab Public Service Commission, under the chairmanship of Mr Ravi Sidhu during the Akali-BJP regime, most of the Congress candidates contesting the elections to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation are in an upbeat mood. 


Cell pleads for support to Congress candidates
Ludhiana, May 13
The Labour and Employment Cell of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) has appealed to working class and government employees to extend their support to Congress candidates in the coming civic elections in four towns of Punjab.

Cong, SAD-BJP workers clash at Bachat Bhavan
Ludhiana, May 13
Activists of the Congress and the Akali-BJP combine today clashed with each other at the Bachat Bhavan in Mini Secretariat. The rival supporters almost came to exchanging blows with each other. However, timely intervention by the saner elements from both the sides prevented the situation from taking an ugly turn.

Activists of the Congress and the SAD-BJP combine raise slogans against each other during a meeting of the candidates contesting the Municipal Corporation elections in Ludhiana on Monday. — IV
Activists of the Congress and the SAD-BJP combine raise slogans against each other

VC issues show-cause notice to teacher
Ludhiana, May 13
Taking action in the infamous PAU molestation case, the Punjab Agricultural University has finally issued a show-cause notice to the accused teacher asking him to reply within 15 days as to why he should not be dismissed from service for the act.


Barely out posters back on walls
Ludhiana, May 13
Barely over with operation cleanup after the recent Assembly elections in the state, everyone here is, once again, faced with defacement of property — this time by candidates for the municipal elections.

GONE TODAY, HERE TOMORROW: A domestic servant removes election-campaign posters put up on the wall of a palatial house near the Government College for Women, Ludhiana, on Monday. — A Tribune photograph


Shopkeepers protest against cop’s highhandedness 
Ludhiana, May 13
Tension prevailed in Maharaj Nagar, opposite Gate No 3 of Punjab Agricultural University, since today morning when a large number of shopkeepers staged a demonstration and closed their shops in protest against the alleged highhandedness of a Punjab Police ASI and a building inspector of the municipal corporation for forcibly stopping construction work of a house in the colony.
Shopkeepers of a market opposite gate no. 3 of the PAU
Shopkeepers of a market opposite gate no. 3 of the PAU raise slogans against the police and the municipal corporation in protest against the alleged highhandedness of an ASI and an MC building inspector. — A Tribune photograph

Plea to review taxation laws
Ludhiana, May 13
The first state convention of the Punjab Pardesh Aggarwal Sammelan yesterday called for review of taxation laws, scrapping of primitive legislations like the Essential Commodities Act and to curb the arbitrary powers of the officials of Income Tax, Excise and Taxation and Customs Departments.


Two booked for snatching chain
Ludhiana, May 13
The Civil Lines police has registered a case of snatching against two unidentified motorcycle-borne persons on the complaint of Ms Anjali Gupta, a resident of Aggar Nagar Enclave. Ms Gupta had stated that while she was shopping at Ghumar Mandi on Saturday, the culprits snatched her gold chain and fled.



Scientists use mango bark for fast dyeing
Ludhiana, May 13
With the aim to reviving the art of dyeing with natural colours and eliminating the use of synthetic dyes that produce hazardous carcinogenics, polluting and non-biodegradable byproducts, scientists from Punjab Agricultural University have developed a standardised technique for dyeing wool with dry mango bark.


A music feast for Ludhianvis
Ludhiana, May 13
Last evening, the Ludhianivis had a feast of music. A talent search contest, “Banja Stara Yaara”, was organised by Pepsi at South City. Out of 3,000 entries, six candidates were short-listed. It was after a set of closely contested semifinals which were conducted in Jalandhar and Patiala that these six singers got the chance to show their talent.
Shankar Sawhney performs at the Pepsi Banja Stara Yaara contest in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph
Shankar Sawhney performs at the Pepsi Banja


Clinics doing MTP to be registered
Ludhiana, May 13
The Civil Surgeon, Dr J.S. Bhullar, has asked the nursing homes, clinics and hospitals performing medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) to get themselves registered under the MTP Act 1971.

4.46 lakh kids get polio drops
Ludhiana, May 13
Over 4,46,000 children, below the age of five years, were administered polio drops in the district during the five-day polio mop-up campaign which concluded here on May 11.


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