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Bland campaign for no-issue poll ends
Star campaigners of all parties stay away
Ludhiana, May 17
With the campaigning for the municipal elections coming to an end here today, nearly 500 candidates in 70 wards took to door-to-door canvassing.
Mr Madal Lal Bagga of the Congress takes out a rally
Mr Madal Lal Bagga of the Congress takes out a rally in his ward on the last day of campaigning for the municipal elections in Ludhiana on Friday. — Photo Inderjeet Verma

Candidates make last-ditch attempts
Ludhiana, May 17
The District Youth Congress has claimed that the Congress will score a thumping win in the municipal elections to be held here on May 19 and the district leadership has predicted a minimum of 60 seats for the party in the new House of 70 councillors.

Cong expels 22 rebels
Ludhiana, May 17
Coming down heavily on the rebels, the Congress has expelled 22 rebels who were contesting against official party candidates in the MC elections.


Promises of freebies, but voters aren’t buying
Ludhiana, May 17
“I will ensure overall development of not only my ward but also entire city.” Such tall claims by candidates for the municipal elections here, it seems, are having no effect on voters.

Police books 12 for defacing public property
Ludhiana, May 17
In the first ever major action against persons or politicians indulging in defacement of public property, the district police has booked as many as 12 candidates along with several of their unidentified workers for pasting posters on walls, buildings, signboards and even telephone boxes.


Police playing partisan role, say complainants
Ludhiana, May 17
Despite the indictment of some officials of the Pamal Cooperative Society in an inquiry by the Directorate, Enforcement Department, Punjab, the Jagraon police is sitting on the recommendation of the registration of a case in the matter. Harassed complainants in the case after moving from pillar to post have now sought the help of the district administration.

Persons who live in the Pakhowal road area queue
Persons who live in the Pakhowal road area queue up on Friday to fetch water which is in short supply  due to heat wave in Ludhiana. — IV

Lunch turns bad six months after
Ludhiana, May 17
Lunch served to journalists at the 31st National Games in November 2001 continues to upset them six months later, with the district administration having asked most of them if they were there for the feast that had cost the exchequer Rs 4 lakh.

Human institution called Clock Tower
one is the hour-glass. Nearly forgotten is the sun-clock. Clock Tower is standing at its place. Its hands have been exercising both the choices: whether to move or stop. As time twins, their efforts coordinated resulting in unison. For difference in angular velocities, they look to be out of step.

Counselling of mothers, kids a must: study
Ludhiana, May 17
The quality of home environment and temperament of children can be significantly improved with timely intervention. Proper counselling of mothers and their kids can lead to better overall development of the children.

Ex-services league supports Cong
Ludhiana, May 17
The Indian Ex-services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, will support all Congress-sponsored candidates in the ensuing municipal elections as it had done in the Assembly elections.


Cop booked for corruption
Ludhiana, May 17
The Sadar police has booked constable Kulwant Singh under the Anti Corruption Act for allegedly receiving a gratification of Rs 500 from a resident of Ayali village. Mr Gurcharan Singh alleged that he had paid the money to the constable in connection with the serving of a court summons after being forced by the cop to do so.


PNB exceeds targets
Ludhiana, May 17
Punjab National Bank has exceeded business of Rs 18434.88 crore in the Punjab zone up to March 2002. This was disclosed here on Tuesday by Mr. P.N Khurana, General Manager, Punjab zone, while delivering an address at a seminar for the small scale industry associations and entrepreneurs.



Jungle party for tiny tots
Ludhiana, May 17
It was a day of fun and frolic for tiny tots of Children’s Valley School, Pakhowal Road, who participated in a jungle party organised here today.
On the occasion, the school was decorated like a small jungle with cut-outs of trees, shrubs, twigs, creepers and straw lying here and there.
Tiny tots of Children’s Valley School participate in a jungle party organised by the school in Ludhiana on Friday. — IV
Tiny tots of Children’s Valley School

Students visit phone exchange
Ludhiana, May 17
On the occasion of World Telecom Day (WTD), the Mata Rani Telephone Exchange here was thrown open to public, especially students of schools and colleges, so that they could understand its functioning.

Employees’ federation to meet today
Ludhiana, May 17
A meeting of the Universities and Education Board Employees Federation (UNEBEF) will be held tomorrow in the office of the PAU Employees Union here.


PSEB fined for raising wrong demand 
Ludhiana, May 17
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) to pay Rs 4,000 as compensation to Mr Sukhdev Raj, a resident of Daulat Colony, for raising a wrong demand.



DMCH to launch health programme for rural masses 
Ludhiana, May 17
Dayanand Medical College and Hospital has decided to extend its health services to rural masses. To achieve this aim, the hospital will launch a programme ‘Good Health for All’.



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