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Amarinder throws open challenge to SAD (B)
Samrala/Payal, February 1
Throwing an open challenge to the Shiromani Akali Dal (B) in the forthcoming Assembly polls, the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today claimed that the Congress would make history by forming a government for another term.

Participants at the rally organised by the Congress at Samrala on Thursday Participants at the rally organised by the Congress at Samrala on Thursday.

I am still with Cong: Rehman
Ludhiana, February 1
Setting at rest all rumours, a prominent Muslim leader of the city, Mr Atiq-Ur-Rehman, today said he had not left the Congress and was a loyal soldier of the party.

Manmohan to visit city on February 6
Ludhiana, February 1
The Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, will visit the city on February 6 to address rallies in favour of the Congress candidates. He will address a rally at 11 am in the city.

Candidates directed to stick to code of conduct
Ludhiana, February 1
Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, District Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, has asked the contesting candidates to strictly abide by the directions of the Election Commission of India given in the model code of conduct, while carrying out their election campaigning so that the free fair and peaceful elections could be conducted in the district.





Ramp Show
Students of Khalsa College for Women walk on the ramp during a fashion show in Ludhiana on Thursday
Students of Khalsa College for Women walk on the ramp during a fashion show in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

EARLIER STORIES


Enticing voters by drugs won’t pay, says study
Ludhiana, February 1
Many political parties are wooing voters by offering them drugs. But do not think these voters will faithfully vote for such parties.





Prof Balwinder Pal Singh and Dr Deepinder Singh reveal their findings of a study on “Luring voters by offering them drugs during elections in Punjab”. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma
Prof Balwinder Pal Singh and Dr Deepinder Singh reveal their findings of a study on “Luring voters by offering them drugs during elections in Punjab”

Poll officers draw flak from PGCTA 
Ludhiana, February 1
The Punjab Government College Teachers Association (PGCTA) has condemned district election officers for violating the spirit of Election Commission of India while assigning election duties to Punjab education service (Class-I) cadre.

Cong bashing rules Grewal's campaigning
Doraha, February 1
Mr Mahesh Inder Grewal, SAD candidate from Payal, completed his first round of election campaign today as he covered 99 villages of Payal constituency, including Doraha and Maloud. Mr Grewal asked the people to analyse for themselves the progress made before the Congress' coming to power and the regression that followed thereafter.

Election activity gains momentum
Ludhiana, February 1
With the withdrawl of nomination papers on January 29, election activity in this district has picked up. The candidates are now busy organising their election offices and the polling offices in their respective constituencies.

Poll fever grips student leaders, too 
Ludhiana, February 1
While politicians strive to harness power of the youth in elections, student strength in colleges has significantly declined with a lot of students getting busy in campaign-related activities."We are quite busy these days in rallies and other campaign-related work. Arranging things is relatively simpler for us as youngsters do not mind working for long hours. Elections are a time we consider an opportunity to know those in power as it would ultimately help us only later," said Amarinder Singh, president, Ludhiana Students Union.

‘Selective’ seizure of arms: Akalis threaten stir
Ludhiana, February 1
The police move to confiscate weapons to check poll-related violence has backfired with a number of Akali leaders accusing the former of playing a partisan role by seizing Akalis’ arms and sparing the Congress leaders.

Building bylaw violators have a field day
Ludhiana, February 1
As the entire government machinery is busy during the election season, violators of building bylaws are having a field day. A number of buildings in violation of bylaws are coming up in different parts of the city.

A building coming up in contravention of building bylaws in Ludhiana on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma
A building coming up in contravention of building bylaws in Ludhiana on Thursday

Reema Jain murder: 1 witness examined
Ludhiana, February 1
Mr H.P.S. Mahal, Additional Sessions Judge, today recorded the evidence of a prosecution witness in the Reema Jain murder trial. Surinder Kumar Jain was examined as witness by the prosecution to prove the alleged recoveries made in his presence by the police on February 22, 2006. The recording of statement had started at the last hearing, when the first witness was examined.

Timely surgery restores vision of child
Ludhiana, February 1
An innovative and timely surgery performed in the Department of Eye and Vitreoretina at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here has restored the vision of a four-year-old child.

COMMUNITY

Order on arms: Farmers feel vulnerable
Ludhiana February 1
With political violence already claiming one life in Beas, the administration in Ludhiana, like in other parts of the state, seems over-cautious. In Jagraon police district, the police administration has gone a step ahead by asking people to deposit their weapons. But this is not being accepted by the people having licensed weapons, particularly the farming community as they perceive threat to their lives.

SAD (A) for scrapping Land Acquisition Act
Ludhiana, February 1
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) today demanded scrapping of the Land Acquisition Act as it was being misused by various governments.




Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu, vice-president, and Prof Jagmohan Singh, candidates of the SAD (Amritsar) address mediapersons in Ludhiana on Thursday.  — Photo by IV
Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu, vice-president, and Prof Jagmohan Singh, candidates of the SAD address mediapersons in Ludhiana on Thursday

Youngsters turning to religion: Swami
Ludhiana, February 1
"Young people are turning to religion and spiritualism to find solace"said Swami Nityanand. He is in the city to celebrate the first birth centenary of Baba Muktanand.

17 attend workshop on quality improvement 
Ludhiana, February 1
The Automotive Component Manufacturers’ Association of India conducted a workshop on quality circles here yesterday. Addressing the participants, Mr U.S. Ahuja, group Managing Director, New Swan Enterprises, emphasised on training for improving quality.

 

CRIME

Two mobile phone thieves arrested
Ludhiana, February 1
The Ludhiana police has arrested Aman of Chhawani Mohalla and Jaswinder for stealing mobile phones. Addressing a press conference, Mr Rakesh Aggarwal, SP, City(I), said six mobile phones were recovered from them.

 
AGRICULTURE

Use only recommended herbicides, warn experts
Ludhiana, February 1
As per the reports reaching Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), farmers in different parts of Punjab are using herbicides that are not recommended for controlling weeds in the wheat crop.

EDUCATION

PAU plays host to 6 US students
Ludhiana February 1
Punjab Agricultural University played host to a group of six students---Markham, Twila Starofpiak, Britni Haywardi, Pathany Mugritge, Jeff and Jeffrey Fuller---from Michigan State University, USA. These students were on a study tour to learn Punjab and its agriculture and environment.

From Schools
An attempt to inculcate reading habits among children

Ludhiana, February 1
A Scholastic book fair was held at BCM Senior Secondary School, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana. The fair, which started on January 29, ended today. The fair was inaugurated by the principal of the school, Mr S.D. Kalia. Mr Kalia said these types of fairs were organised to enhance the reading habits among children.



Children at a book fair held in BCM School, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Children at a book fair held in BCM School, Chandigarh Road, Ludhiana

LCET job fair today

COURTS

Conviction upheld in cheque bounce case
One year jail for firm owner
Ludhiana, February 1
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr H P S Mahal, has dismissed the appeal filed by Pritam Singh, owner of Agro Diesels, Transport Nagar, here against the sentence awarded by a trial court in cheque bounce case.

 

CULTURE

Enthralling performances at Baithak
Ludhiana, February 1
Dancing Vibes — Ms Sangita's studio of performing arts in Sarabha Nagar, organised their periodic programme ‘Baithak’ here on Tuesday. The programme started with the lighting of the lamp by Cdr V.R. Dahake, the scientist in charge of MERADO, Ludhiana, and bhajan by master Bhasker Bagga from Jalandhar. Students recited Sarasvati vandana ‘Var de varde veena vadvi var de’.

HEALTH

Concessional dialysis
Ludhiana, February 1
Ludhiana Mediciti Hospital here has announced concessional dialysis for renal failure patients. According to Dr P.M. Sohal, Head of Nephrology Department, concession of 25 per cent will be given to patients for each dialysis in February.

 
SPORTS

PU cricket: GP College, Alour, enter final
Ludhiana, February 1
Devastating spells of bowling by Navdeep and Mandeep steered GP College, Alour, to an easy eight-wicket win over Government College, Zira, in the first semifinal of the Panjab University Cricket Championship (Division B) being played at GTB National College, Dakha, near here today. Navdeep and Mandeep sent down six overs each and conceded 23 and 17 runs, respectively, and scalped three victims each.

 

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