Poll duty may hamper varsity exams
Doraha, April 25
Employees of both government and private-aided colleges of the district have received orders by the Election Commission for performing election duties and attending rehearsals, which they contend is bound to affect the smooth conduct of university examinations.
Wave in favour of combine, claims BJP leader
Ludhiana, April 25
The state secretary and media in charge of the BJP, Mr Anil Sareen, has claimed that the wave was in the favour of the SAD-BJP combine and the coalition would make a clean sweep in Punjab and Chandigarh during the Lok Sabha poll.
SAD youth leader joins Congress
Amloh, April 25
The election campaign of Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, Congress nominee from the Ropar (Reserved) parliamentary constituency, got a boost when Mr Jaswant Singh Jassu state vice-president, SAD (Youth Wing), announced to relinquish his post and join the Congress along with his supporters at an election rally at Mazri Kishnewali village, near here, on Friday.
Environment goes up in smoke as administration sleeps
|Ludhiana, April 25
While farmers of the district are burning wheat straw, posing a threat to the environment and soil health, the district administration is yet to ban the practice this year.
The fires send up in smoke all advice of agricultural experts to the contrary, who have been educating the farmers on the issue. Farmers resort to this practice to prepare their fields quickly for the next crop.
A visit to villages on the Ludhiana-Ferozepore highway revealed that the menace
was wide spread. This was despite the fact that most farmers were aware of the
environmental hazard in the form of the harm the fires do to the soil as well as
friendly insects and worms.
Wheat stubble set ablaze in Pamalui village in Ludhiana on Sunday.
— Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
Brick-kilns feel the heat
Ludhiana, April 25
More than 2,500 brick-kilns in Punjab will be forced to close down on April 30 for an indefinite period if the state government fails to take timely measures and solve the crisis gripping the industry due to various reasons. Besides affecting a workforce of over five lakh, the closure will adversely affect the building industry in Punjab.