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SAD to oppose digging of SYL Canal: Sukhbir 
Ludhiana, April 2
Coming down heavily upon the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for his statement on the floor of the Assembly that the government would abide by the verdict of the Apex Court on Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal (SYL), the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) General Secretary and a Member of Rajya Sabha, Mr Sukhbir Badal, made it clear that his party was prepared, not only for opposing the move, but physically stopping the digging of the SYL Canal as well.

New session begins
BACK TO SCHOOL: Children look out of the window of an auto-rickshaw as they return home after attending school on the first day of the new session. — Photo Pradeep Tewari


Doraha MC poll: Opposition candidates allege intimidation 
Ludhiana, April 2
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and the BJP nominees, contesting municipal council elections in Doraha town, have alleged that they have been facing threats and intimidation by the ruling party functionaries right since the day of filing nominations.

1 lakh SAD youth members to be enrolled
Jugiana, April 2
“The youth wing of the SAD will enroll 1 lakh members as a part of its drive to strengthen and harness youth power in the state. The members will be recruited at all levels and entrusted with highlighting the failure of the present regime which has frittered a way its mandate in just one year,” asserts SAD General Secretary and MP Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Colonisers cheat farmers of crores
Ludhiana, April 2
A number of colonisers in Ludhiana are learnt to be owing crores of rupees to farmers whose land they took over for developing residential colonies. Name any coloniser or his colony and there will be acres of land which have been taken possession of, but without all dues having been paid to the real owners of the land.

Getting passport will now be easy
Ludhiana, April 2
Getting a passport will now be much easier. The waiting period will also be reduced by at least 10 days after the linking of the passport branch in the Deputy Commissioner’s office with the Regional Passport Office (RPO), Chandigarh, via Internet. The city’s Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anurag Aggarwal, on Wednesday formally inaugurated the linking facility.


Controversy mars new contract for ferrying passengers
Mattewara (Ludhiana), April 2
The annual contract allotted to a contractor to ferry passengers across the Sutlej from Mattewara bandh has run into a controversy with the former lessee claiming that the contract was allotted in an underhand manner and the residents of at least 10 villages near here were facing inconvenience because the new lessee was not able to provide proper boats for them.
Small boats have been deployed to ferry passengers across the Sutlej. — Photo Pradeep Tewari
Small boats have been deployed to ferry passengers across the Sutlej

‘Congress mood upbeat’
The District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (Urban) President, Mr K.K. Bawa, on Wednesday claimed that the mood among grassroot workers of the Congress was upbeat and the party was certain to sweep the coming Assembly elections in different states, including Delhi, and the Parliament elections scheduled for next year.

Approach roads cry for maintenance
Ahmedgarh, April 2
The approach roads to this township from all sides, including Ludhiana, Malerkotla, Payal, Raikot and Sandaur are in a bad condition. All requests by local leaders to the authorities to take action have been in vain. Deteriorating condition of roads have resulted in many fatal accidents.

A BUMPY RIDE: The deplorable condition of the Malerkotla road near Mandi Ahmedgarh.  A Tribune photograph.


Navratras — period of fasting
Ludhiana, April 2
“We keep fasts during Navratras for strength and to control ourselves and our desires. For the entire period , we abstain from consuming alcohol and eating non-vegetarian food. We eat a special kind of food, permissible during fasting, like ‘kuttu ka atta’ and fruits.

Promoting alcoholism

OME March 31 and the thekas in every nook and corner can be seen offering heavy discounts on liquor. The sales promotion campaign of booze in the last week of March through attractive banners and loud speakers at such places tempt the people to drink, and it is no wonder that all the ahatas are overcrowded.

Employees seek release of salary
Ludhiana, April 2
Employees of the Health Department have condemned Treasury branch officials for not dealing with the pay bills of Class III and IV employees of the Health Department.

‘World on threshold of enlightenment’
Ludhiana, April 2
Dadi Manohar Indira of the Brahma Kumaris Mission yesterday said the world was on the threshold of enlightenment and the golden period of the human history was about to come. She was speaking at a function organised by the local unit of the mission here.


Rs 1.5 lakh looted
Bishanpura, April 2
Three unidentified car-borne robbers snatched Rs 1.5 lakh from Mr Jagtar Singh, an employee of a milk supplying company, near here, today afternoon. Mr Jagtar Singh of Buana village was returning to his village on a scooter after withdrawing the money from the Punjab and Sindh Bank, Doraha.


Animal welfare camp held
Ludhiana, April 2
The Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension, PAU, organised an animal welfare camp at Patter Kalan village in collaboration with the Farmers Advisory Service Scheme (FASS), Jalandhar, and the KVK, Kapurthala, under the Technical Assessment and Refinement Project.


BVM kids celebrate Vikram Samvat
Ludhiana, April 2
To mark the beginning of Vikram Samvat-2060, over 2500 students and staff members of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) organised a procession here today.
Students of the school were divided into three groups. The first group marched on foot.

Students of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir perform a dance to mark the beginning of Vikram Samvat-2060 in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Students of Bharatiya Vidya Mandir perform a dance to mark the beginning of


Young lawyers stage dharna
Ludhiana, April 2
Members of the Organisation of Young Lawyers (OYL) staged a dharna in the front of the Bar room of the old courts complex, demanding the deletion of the names of those lawyers from the voters' list of the District Bar Association(DBA) who are practicing outside Ludhiana and are the members of any other Bar association.
Members of the Organisation of the Young Lawyers stage a dharna
Members of the Organisation of the Young Lawyers stage a dharna at the old court complex in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo  Inderjit Verma 



Ban on sale of gutkha sought
Ludhiana, April 2
A special meeting of the Directorate of Social and Health Services and Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, Ludhiana, was held here today in which a ban on gutkha and other chewable tobacco products and their open sale on tea stalls and illegally encroached upon canteens in and around the residential areas as well as around academic and religious institutions was sought.

CMC-run hospital at Rauwal
Ludhiana, April 2
It was a joyous moment for people of Rauwal village when Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) started an OPD clinic in the hospital built by villagers with the help of two of their NRI friends.


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