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Forgot college Mr Badal? Ab hamaari bari

27-yr-old foundation stone stares SAD chief in the face
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 28
Authorities may have forgotten to build the government college 27 years after then Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal laid its foundation stone, but residents ensure that SAD leaders and supporters flocking the area these days are put to shame.
The foundation stone of the degree college laid in 1979 The foundation stone of the degree college laid in 1979.
— Photo by Mahesh Sharma





EARLIER STORIES


Even as the mercury rose in the past week, fog made a surprise appearance in Ludhiana on Saturday night
Even as the mercury rose in the past week, fog made a surprise appearance in Ludhiana on Saturday night. Here is what the Jagraon bridge looked like around midnight. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Stressed nominees take to meditation
Ludhiana, January 28
After slugging it out throughout the day to ensure their victory in the elections, it is either meditation or exercise that comes to the rescue of candidates who get highly stressed after day's hard work.

Hotelier’s missing driver found dead
Ludhiana, January 28
The Shimla Police yesterday found the body of Chander Masih -- the missing driver of hotelier Mr Rajinder Basant -- near the hill town. The driver had gone missing from Shimla on December 18 where he had gone with his employer.

Police shielding guilty, say farmers’ kin
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 28
Families of three farmers mowed down by a speeding car over a year ago have accused the Latala police and senior Congress leaders of Kila Raipur of protecting the suspects.


Balwinder Singh, son of one of the farmers killed in the mishap, at Ahmedgarh on Sunday.
— Photo by Mahesh Sharma

Balwinder Singh, son of one of the farmers killed in the mishap, at Ahmedgarh

It’s raining discounts and consumers are loving it
Ludhiana, January 28
Announcements like “Flat 50+30 per cent off on all items”, “End of the season sale - 50 per cent off”, “Buy two pairs of shoes, get one free”, “Sale on sale” etc. are a common sight in newspapers, magazines and during Siti Cable programmes these days. Banners outside showrooms and shops also make such proclamations.

PUNJAB VOTES '07

Subdivision a hot issue in Malerkotla, Raikot
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 28
“Subdivision” has emerged as a major issue in the election campaign in Malerkotla and Raikot constituencies. While the SAD nominee in Malerkotla is blamed for opposing the decision to upgrade the town to subdivision during his tenure, Congressmen of the Raikot Assembly segment are accusing the SAD candidate of having tried to mobilise people for demanding the inclusion of the subdivision into Barnala district.

NRIs back Khangura from Kila Raipur
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 28
Admitting that majority of the NRIs coming in support of the Congress nominee from Kila Raipur Assembly segment, Mr Jasbir Singh Khangura, lacked personal relations with the electorate of the constituency, the more privileged enthusiasts claimed their presence would extend at least moral support to their contender.
Mr Hanuman Singla speaks about NRI support to Mr Jasbir Singh Khangura, Congress nominee from Kila Raipur, at Mandi Ahmedgarh
Mr Hanuman Singla speaks about NRI support to Mr Jasbir Singh Khangura, Congress nominee from Kila Raipur, at Mandi Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Mr Vijay Sharma and Mr Harminder Gill are also in picture. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma

Industrialists put weight behind Dhanda
Ludhiana, January 28
A prominent segment of the Ludhiana industry offered its active support to the SAD-BJP candidate from the Ludhiana West constituency, Mr Harish Rai Dhanda, during a meeting organised by different industrial organisations here today.

Poll observer appointed
Ludhiana, January 28
The Election Commission of India has appointed Mr Sydein Abasi as the Observer for constituency 59 (Ludhiana East) in place of Mr Anil Kumar Sachan. This information was provided by the District Election Officer-cum- Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta.

CAMPAIGN MATERIAL ALL OVER : As the election fever tightens its grip, sale of campaign material has picked up in Ludhiana
CAMPAIGN MATERIAL ALL OVER : As the election fever tightens its grip, sale of campaign material has picked up in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Gosain accuses Dawar of concealing info
Ludhiana, January 28
The BJP candidate from the Ludhiana (East) constituency, Mr Satpal Gosain, today accused his arch rival and Congress candidate, Mr Surinder Dawar, of concealing important information regarding a defamation case against him from the Returning Officer while filing his nomination papers.

JD(U) offers support to Gabria
Ludhiana, January 28
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate from the Ludhiana (rural) constituency, Mr Hira Singh Gabria, today got a shot in the arm when leaders of the Janta Dal (United) announced their support to him in particular and SAD in general.

No posters on houses without owners’ consent
Ludhiana, January 28
District Election Officer-cum- Deputy Commissioner Ashok Kumar Gupta has said no candidate could put his posters or banners or hoardings on the private property without the written consent of the owner.

Residents are a happy lot, thanks to the strict enforcement of the election code of conduct. Gone are the days when loudspeakers pitched atop auto-rickshaws or cars blared ear-piercing praise of candidates and sought votes through the high-decibel requests. A few walls are being defaced with posters and banners. Election rallies are controlled to such an extent that it doesn't seem to be election season. Residents are happy but politicians are not, "The Election Commission doesn't leave any breathing space," rued one of them.

 
AGRICULTURE

Farmers against forcible land acquisition
Ludhiana, January 28
A joint convention of various organisations of farmers was held here today. The farmers demanded scrapping of the policy of forcible acquisition of land for big industrial houses. The convention was attended by representatives of the Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta (Sidhupur), the All-India Kirti Kisan Sabha, the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, the Punjab Kisan Sabha and the Khetibari Kisan Front.

EDUCATION


MGM school honours its achievers
Ludhiana, January 28
Students showcased their talent and versatility at the third annual prize distribution function of MGM Public School, Urban Estate Dugri here today. Dr Kulwant Singh Gill, managing director of the Australian Academy of Management Science and Technology, announced the school’s affiliation to the Australian Academy.

Tiny tots, attired in fancy dresses, wait for their turn during the annual prize distribution function at MGM Public School, Dugri, Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma
Tiny tots, attired in fancy dresses, wait for their turn during the annual prize distribution function at MGM Public School, Dugri, Ludhiana

Healthy woman, happy family: Club
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 28
Rotary Club Vancouver deputy director Kuldip Singh Rangi called upon office-bearers of local NGOs to make optimum use of resources to upgrade the standard of education and health of women.
Rotary Club Vancouver deputy director Kuldip Rangi with representatives of social organisations at Ahmedgarh
Rotary Club Vancouver deputy director Kuldip Rangi with representatives of social organisations at Ahmedgarh on Saturday. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma

Leaders exploiting youth: SSF(Mehta)
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 28
Terming the present political system as producer of all social evils, leaders of the Sikh Students Federation (Mehta) called upon youth to seek guidance from religion. The federation accused religious and political leaders of forcing the youth into hell for their gains.

SPORTS

Smooth sailing for seeded players
Ludhiana, January 28
Seeded players faced a little resistence in their respective matches and sailed into the third round of the inaugural edition of the Yonex PAU Total Tennis Championship being played on the Punjab Agricultural University campus here today.





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