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Cong flag flutters high in civic poll
Violence mars polling; bungling alleged
Ludhiana, March 10
During polling and counting of votes in the Jagraon municipal elections here, the atmosphere in some wards remained tense.

Congress goes in for publicity blitz 
Ludhiana, March 10
The Congress has gone in for a massive publicity blitz all over the state, erecting giant hoardings highlighting achievements of the Capt Amarinder Singh government during its first year in power.

SPRING SEASON: Flowers in full bloom on the PAU campus in Ludhiana. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


‘Cong unfair means’ led to SAD debacle
Kariana (Kum Kalan), March 10
“The debacle of SAD in the Municipal Council Polls is not due to any erosion of the mass base of the party but an indication of the strong arm tactics used by the ruling party to win the polls at any cost,” maintains SAD chief and former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
The SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at a rally organised to celebrate the 359th birth anniversary of Bhai Mani Singh at Kariana village, near Kum Kalan, on Monday.— A Tribune photograph
The SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, at a rally organised to celebrate the 359th birth anniversary of Bhai Mani Singh

Chinks in Cong over 2 new ministers
Ludhiana, March 10
Factionalism within the District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (urban), today came to the fore, with the DCC president, Mr Krishen Kumar Bawa, opposing the induction of two Ludhiana legislators, Mr Harnam Dass Johar and Mr Milkiat Singh Birmi, in the ministry.

Who branded the undertrial?
Ludhiana, March 10
The medical examination in the Central Jail undertrial branding case conducted by a board of doctors at the Civil Hospital here today has indicated that the branding took place about one and a half months ago. The branding was done with a sharp-edged tool and the wounds were not very deep.

Fear grips liquor contractors
Ludhiana, March 10
Despite assurance from senior officers of the Excise Department that the auction of liquor shops will be fair and transparent, fear has gripped liquor contractors of the state that UP liquor barons might get the major share due to their political clout and money power.

English-medium students get papers in Punjabi
Ludhiana, March 10
It was utter confusion for over 200 English-medium students of Class X, who appeared for their mathematics paper of the Punjab School Education Board at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Punjab Agricultural University, when they got question papers in Punjabi medium here today.


SGPC poll not before Nov
Ludhiana, March 10
More than 57 lakh voters, including 7.52 lakh Sehajdhari Sikhs, have been registered in Punjab for the election to the general house of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee by January. In Haryana, the number of voters registered is 34 lakh, including 5 lakh Sehajdhari Sikhs.

Ultra’s arrest highlights need for tenant verification
Ludhiana, March 10
The police revelation that some terrorists and their accomplices were living in rented apartments in the city for the past several months and were frequented by agents of Pakistan’s ISI has once again brought to the fore the need for strict implementation of the tenant verification scheme of the local police.

Yuva Morcha rally on March 21
Ludhiana, March 10
The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) will hold a state-level convention in the city on March 21 to focus on the problems of the people and ‘anti-people policies’ of the Congress government, headed by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Among other senior party leaders, the national president of the morcha, Mr G. Krishna Reddy, would address the convention.

Rally by ex-servicemen
Ludhiana, March 10
A rally of ex-servicemen was organised by the All India Ex-Servicemen Action Committee here at Neelon Bridge today. The rally was presided over by Committee’s president Brig. H.S. Yadav.

Stress laid on crop diversification
Doraha, March 10
As many as 5,000 farmers participated in a novel scientific agricultural mela organised by the Young Blood Organisation and Welfare Club in collaboration with the Agriculture Department, Ludhiana, at Baldev Honey Farm, Landa, today, to discuss the changing equations of agricultural production in the context of globalisation and to gain people’s participation in imparting practical and technical know-how in this direction.

Partition in retrospect
Ludhiana, March 10
Partition was the most traumatic historic event that caused the deaths of 5 million people and migration of 12 million people of India and Pakistan. It was the biggest-ever migration recorded in the history of mankind. This was stated by Dr Prithi Pal Singh Kapoor, former Pro Vice- Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University.

PSEB pensioners discuss demands
Ludhiana, March 10
A meeting of the Joint Action Committee of the All PSEB Pensioners Association was held under the presidentship of Mr V.N. Sharma here recently to discuss their various demands. The meeting was attended by all PSEB members of the state.

Cubs to be released in safari
Ludhiana, March 10
The local Tiger Safari on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar highway will have two naughty attractions for the visitors soon. Two tiger cubs, that were born in this zoo in August last, will soon be released in the safari for the visitors.



Modernise, industry exhorted
Ludhiana, March 10
Mr S.K. Sandhu, Director (Industries), Punjab, has exhorted industrialists to make the maximum use of facilities announced by the state government to modernise and induct the latest technology in the industry under the new industrial policy of the state.

SSIs allege govt apathy
Ludhiana, March 10
Taking exception to a meeting of Mr A.S. Chatha, Adviser to the Punjab Chief Minister on Industry, with representatives of the big industry, the Ludhiana Electroplaters Association has charged the state government with being indifferent to the tiny and the small-scale sectors of the industry.

City lad wins ticket to S. Africa
Ludhiana, March 10
Mr Naveen Goel, a local resident, has won the Pepsi ticket to World Cup. He would be visiting South Africa to watch the World Cup final. The draw was taken out at a local restaurant in the presence of hundreds of people and officials of Pepsi.



GNIMT students shine
Ludhiana, March 10
Students of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here, have bagged overall six ranks among top 10 students of 1999-2002 BBA batch and three positions in 1999-2002 BCA batch of Punjab Technical University.

Fashion designing exhibition


Army man gets 10-yr RI in dowry death case
Ludhiana, March 10
Mr S.M.S. Mahal, Additional Sessions Judge, has sentenced Pritpal Singh, an army man of Ghaloti village, to 10 years’ of rigorous imprisonment in a dowry death case. His wife, Pritpal Kaur, died of burn injuries just after seven months of their marriage. The Judge also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on the accused.



Seminar on neurology
Ludhiana, March 10
Stroke is emerging as one of the most common killers in the country. On an average, 2,000 people suffer a stroke (in the brain) in the country everyday. This was stated by experts at a seminar, ‘Neuro Update, organised by Deep Hospital here last night.


Soccer trials on March 13
Ludhiana, March 10
The District Football Association (DFA), Ludhiana, will conduct trials to select the district team on March 13 here at the Guru Nanak Stadium at 10 am., according to Mr Tara Singh Lotey, honorary secretary of the association. The selected players will represent Ludhiana in the coming Punjab State Senior Football Championship to be held at Bassi Pathana, from March 19 to 23.


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