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Voter’s Day today
19.5 lakh voters to decide fate of 18 candidates; 8,500 personnel put on poll duty; 1,855 polling stations set up; EVMs with two balloting units to be used
Ludhiana, May 9
All is set for polling tomorrow in the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency. Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner-cum- District Election Officer, said all arrangements had been made in the district for the smooth conduct of the elections. The polling will start at 7 in the morning and continue till 5 in the evening.

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Polling booths in Ludhiana West shifted
Ludhiana, May 9
The Assistant Returning Officer of Ludhiana West Assembly segment has shifted some polling stations in the area for the Lok Sabha elections on May 10 due to certain administrative reasons.


Liquor washes ban aside
Ludhiana, May 9
While liquor shops in the state remained closed for the common man, its flow continues for most of the political parties as well as Independent candidates. Be it the Congress, the Akalis or peripheral groups, no one appears to be prepared to take the risk of not supplying the golden liquid. 

Don’t vote for drink, urge academicians
Ludhiana, May 9
Padam Shree Dr S.S. Johl, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, Dr Sukhdev Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Prof G.S. Dua, Dean, Guru Nanak Dev University, Principal Manjinder Kaur (Kotan), Prof B.P. Singh, economist, and many other academicians of the state have appealed to the people not to vote for the political parties and candidates who have distributed alcohol and other drugs to lure voters.

Muslim body to support Dhillon
Ludhiana, May 9
The SAD-BJP candidate, Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, today claimed that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s appeal to the electorate to vote for stability at yesterday’s rally had consolidated his mass base.

Congress  workers honour Tiwari’s mother
Sahnewal, May 9
Dr Amritpal Kaur, mother of the Congress candidate, Mr Manish Tiwari, was honoured at Nandpur village, near Sahnewal, last evening at a gathering of the Congress. Captain Sukhjit Singh Hara, Ludhiana block president of the Congress, and other party workers honoured Mr Tiwari’s mother by given her Rs 21,000 and sweets. The workers assured support to the congress candidate.

Slum-dwellers glum, others happy as campaigning ends
Ludhiana, May 9
The end of campaigning has brought relief to most Ludhianvis, especially after yesterday’s nightmarish experience, while for others it means no more freebies or brisk business.

MiG crash victims’ kin get Rs 62 lakh as relief
Ludhiana, May 9
More than a year after MiG-23 aircraft crashed into a locality in Mullanpur Dakha, killing seven persons besides damaging property, the Indian Air Force authorities disbursed cheques worth Rs 62 lakh among relatives of the victims of the tragedy and those who lost their property.

Evasion of Rs 69.48 lakh  customs duty detected
Ludhiana, May 9
The Central Excise Commissionerate, Ludhiana, has detected a case of fraudulent evasion of customs duty amounting to Rs 69.48 lakh by a local unit. The commissionerate has arrested one of the partners in the company.


Probe sought into SAD leader’s death
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 9
The Akali Dal (A) has demanded a probe into the sequence of events that led to a stampede at an SAD rally at Malerkotla on Friday, which was followed by the death of an SAD leader under mysterious circumstances. However, SAD leaders have termed their leader’s death as natural and blamed the police for disrupting their rally.

Commitment, perseverance stood them in good stead
Ludhiana, May 9
At the end of the day is commitment, conviction and perseverance that stood Gagandeep Gambhir and Madhur Verma in good stead in their unfailing pursuit to make it to the final list of the Indian Civil Services. While Gagandeep has scored eighty-fifth rank, Madhur has been placed at 206 position.

Fawn attacked by dogs rescued
Ludhiana, May 9
A vigilant security officer of Punjab Agricultural University posted at Laddowal Farms saved a fawn from some stray dogs on the “hadda rori” of Laddowal village, near here, today. The fawn was injured by the dogs and its rear left leg was fractured. Two veterinary doctors of the district surgically mended its leg.
A fawn, rescued by a security officer of PAU in Laddowal, after receiving treatment on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Pradeep Tewari
A fawn, rescued by a security officer of PAU in Laddowal, after receiving treatment

Cotton saree contest organised
Ludhiana, May 9
A cotton saree competition was organised by members of the Gitanjali Ladies Club here yesterday. The members were divided into three different age groups. The ladies wore smart starched sarees. They walked down the ramp elegantly.
Members of the Gitanjali Ladies Club walk down the ramp displaying their sarees at a cotton saree competition held at the club on Saturday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Members of the Gitanjali Ladies Club walk down the ramp displaying their sarees at a cotton saree competition

Another fire victim dies
Ludhiana, May 9
The second victim of the Field Ganj fire tragedy has died due to unavailability of medicines and appropriate medical aid. The tragedy had occurred after firecrackers burst in a house in Field Ganj few days ago. One person had died in the incident.


Petrol station worker shot, 4.3 lakh looted
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 9
Five armed miscreants shot dead a petrol station employee and snatched Rs 4.36 lakh from the owner at a level crossing at Jitwal Kalan village, near here, last night. The police has registered an FIR under Section 396 of the IPC and the Arms Act.


Centre, state to blame for rising steel prices: chamber
Ludhiana, May 9
The Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has strongly reacted to the blame game being played by political parties to the detriment of trade and industry, and decried their indifference to the crisis-like situation created by faulty policies of the government.



Little Angels School celebrates Mother’s Day
Ludhiana, May 9
Mother’s Day was celebrated in various schools here today. Little children hugged and kissed their mothers as they were told in the schools by their teachers about Mother’s Day . SMSs about what mothers mean were sent to mothers. A message said the letter M in mother stands for “motivation” O for “only one”, T for “tender love”, H for “heart”, E for “efforts” a mother makes and , R for “responsibilities” the mother undertakes.


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