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Family members had died before fire
Murder theory strengthened

Ludhiana, February 3
Four members of a family, found charred to death yesterday, were allegedly killed before being set on fire, police and post-mortem examination revealed today. This has laid to rest all speculations that the members died in a suicide pact or were the victims of an accidental fire.

A boy pulls a motorcycle with three persons on it during the annual games at Kila Raipur on Saturday. Rare Feat: A boy pulls a motorcycle with three persons on it during the annual games at Kila Raipur on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Election Observer recalled
Pleasure trip at government expense costs dear
Ludhiana, February 3
While taking a serious view of the alleged pleasure trip by an Election Observer to Himachal Pradesh, the Election Commission of India has recalled the officer and warned that violation of the guidelines given to the Central Observers would not be tolerated.

The sun sets on the horizon on a hazy day in Ludhiana on Saturday.
The sun sets on the horizon on a hazy day in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

EARLIER STORIES


Three faces of rural muscle

A man allows a tractor to roll ovder his legs during the Kila Raipur games on Saturday.
A man allows a tractor to roll ovder his legs during the Kila Raipur games on Saturday. 
A young Nihang displays martial art at the anual games.
A young Nihang displays martial art at the anual games. 
A man pulls a car with his teeth at Kila Raipur on Saturday.
A man pulls a car with his teeth at Kila Raipur on Saturday. — Tribune photos: Sayeed Ahmed

PM rally venue kicks up row
Ludhiana, February 3
The scheduled rally of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on February 6 in the city to campaign for the Congress candidates, has kicked up a controversy with the selection of Government College for Girls, Rakh Bagh, as the venue.

29 vehicles impounded for code violation
Ludhiana, February 3
The city police has tightened the noose around poll violators with as many as 29 vehicles confiscated today for violating the model code of conduct. A police spokesperson said 13 auto-rickshaws, four jeeps and 12 two-wheelers have been impounded, besides several flags and flagsticks used by the supporters of different parties.

40 companies to supervise city poll
Ludhiana, February 3
As many as 40 companies of the police and paramilitary forces will be manning the Ludhiana Range in the elections.

Kila Raipur: Vet staff accused of indifference
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 3
Accusing the veterinary medical staff of indifferent attitude towards animals getting injured at Kila Raipur Games at Grewal Sports Stadium near here, the owner of a bullock that was injured in an accident during a race yesterday has urged the higher authorities to initiate action against the erring officials.

PUNJAB VOTES '07

Election season on, voters' problems gone

Ludhiana, February 3
For five years their demands fell on deaf ears but now in the election season they seem to be the cynosure of the political parties. Notwithstanding the enforcement of model code of conduct, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has started laying sewerage in Dr Ambedkar Nagar in the west Assembly segment.





Hanging of buntings, laying of sewers and the countdown to elections begins in Dr Ambedkar Nagar in Ludhiana on Saturday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Hanging of buntings, laying of sewers and the countdown to elections begins in Dr Ambedkar Nagar in Ludhiana on Saturday.

Staff on poll duty reluctant to cast vote due to ‘’tedious’’ process
Ludhiana February 3

It seems that a majority of the employees of the state, Central governments and various banks, who have been deputed on election duties, may not be able to exercise their franchise because of the "tedious" arrangements made for them to cast their votes.

Social organisations assure support to Congress candidate

Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 3
The election campaign of Ms Razia Sultana, Congress nominee from Malerkotla, gained momentum with a substantial number of activists of various social and commercial organisations announcing to support her.


Ms Razia Sultana, Congress nominee from Malerkotla, addresses an election meeting at the Chhapar road in Mandi Ahmedgarh on Saturday. — A Tribune photo

Ms Razia Sultana, Congress nominee from Malerkotla, addresses an election meeting at the Chhapar road in Mandi Ahmedgarh on Saturday.

I-card hassles disappoint 80-year-old
Ludhiana, February 3
Eighty-year-old Jaswant Singh has never missed a chance to cast his vote. But this time he is unsure. Not that his disillusionment, like that of many others, is with politicians. He feels he might not be lucky enough to get his voter identity card.

Petroleum dealers not to back Singla
Ludhiana, February 3
Sore over the fact that their demands are not being met, petroleum dealers said today that they would ask people not to support Mr Surinder Singla in the forthcoming elections.

COMMUNITY

Shobha yatra marks Ravidass Jayanti
Ludhiana, February 3
The 630th parkash diwas of Guru Ravidass was celebrated by the Vishwa Guru Ravidass Mission, here, yesterday. A huge shobha yatra was organised and tableaus depicting the life of Ravidass were the main attractions. The tableaus and kirtan Jathas were honoured by the mission.

Tributes to patriots through poster
Ludhiana, February 3
The Shaheed Memorial Sewa Society has released a poster to honour the martyrs of the country. Mr Vajinder Singh, president of the trust, said the society had come out with the poster to inculcate the feeling of patriotism among youth.

Dr Jagdish Chander Dewan, a freedom fighter, releases the poster to pay homage to the martyrs. It is being handed over to him by Mr Vajinder Singh. — A Tribune photograph
Dr Jagdish Chander Dewan, a freedom fighter, releases the poster to pay homage to the martyrs. It is being handed over to him by Mr Vajinder Singh.

Kang seeks divine blessings
Mohali, February 3
Congress candidate from Morinda constituency Jagmohan Singh Kang visited Mata Jayanti Devi temple with his family members to pay obeisance at the temple.

 

BUSINESS

Chamber opposes reservation in private sector
Ludhiana, February 3
Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry today condemned the Centre for putting "undue pressure on industry to ensure reservation in private sector". Mr P.D. Sharma, president of the chamber, said reservation would make private sector inefficient and politicised.

 
AGRICULTURE

Timely harvesting, proper grading his success mantra
Ludhiana, February 3
Winner of national award for innovative farming and Dalip Singh Dhaliwal Memorial Award, Mr Sukhpal Singh Bhullar attributes his success to growing organic fruits and their self marketing.

EDUCATION

Wylie School to play host to UK teachers
Ludhiana, February 3
In keeping with its policy of forging international links for better educational benefits to students and teachers, Wylie Memorial High School will play a host to teachers from the Aylesbury High School, England, from February 11.

From Schools
Warm send-off for outgoing class
Ludhiana, February 3
The Principal of Tagore Public School (TPS) joined the staff and students to give a warm send-off to Class XII students here yesterday. The outgoing class was given a warm welcome as their juniors arranged a colourful fiesta for them.

 

CULTURE

A unique cultural mela
Ludhiana, February 3
The Lok Boli Mela was held at Punjabi Bhavan by the Lok Boli Mela Trust here today. Mr Janmeja Singh Johal, president of the trust, said, “We wanted to convey through this mela that Punjabi culture is vast but unfortunately things that were popular earlier and were very essential part of our tradition were being pushed to the background.”

Folk artistes perform with traditional musical instruments at the Lok Boli Mela on Saturday at Punjabi Bhavan. — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Folk artistes perform with traditional musical instruments at the Lok Boli Mela on Saturday at Punjabi Bhavan.

HEALTH

American rotary team pays visit to Sidhu Hospital
Doraha, February 3
A five-member team of Rotary district No. 5630, Nebraska, USA, led by Rotarian Thomas L. Kraus arrived here on February 1 for a three-day visit to Sidhu Hospital Doraha, Ludhiana.

 
SPORTS

Stage set for Ludhiana Marathon
Ludhiana, February 3
The stage is set for the first Ludhiana Marathon to be held on Sunday. Around 2000 participants have registered their names for this mega event to be organised by the Bharat Vikas Parishad. Arrangements made for the smooth conduct of this marathon were reviewed at a meeting of the organising committee here this afternoon.

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