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PM unlikely to make any concessions
Ludhiana, February 5
Congressmen, especially those contesting on the party ticket, are all charged up since they feel that with the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here tomorrow half the electoral battle has been won.
Preparations in full swing on Monday in view of the visit of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh to Ludhiana on Tuesday Getting ready: Preparations in full swing on Monday in view of the visit of the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh to Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Election duty: Women likely to get relaxation
Ludhiana, February 5
Women employees may be given relaxation in election duties this time. Taking a soft stance, the Election Office is considering cancellation of duties of women for polling subject to availability of manpower the decision would be taken soon.






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Voters in a dilemma over wrong I-cards
Mr Harpreet Singh (inset) is issued an identity card bearing a photograph of a female Ludhiana, February 5
Several hundreds of voters will not be able to exercise their franchise in the coming Assembly elections on February 13 due to the wrong voter identity-cards issued by the Election Commission of India. Despite making frequent rounds at the offices of the concerned officials to rectify the mistake, the voters are being given the answer "we are sorry as nothing can be done at this moment".

Mr Harpreet Singh (inset) is issued an identity card bearing a photograph of a female. — A Tribune photograph

Working overtime to upset Cong applecart
Ludhiana, February 5
High on secular agenda in the city this time, the SAD-BJP combine is working overtime to harvest its benefits in the coming elections.

Boycott Congress, says Mayawati
Nihangs are all ears to Ms Mayawati’s address during a rally in Ludhiana on Monday Ludhiana, February 5
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms Mayawati today made an emotional appeal to people to boycott Congress in coming elections as Congress-led UPA government had not announced national mourning after her predecessor Kanshi Ram's death.


Nihangs are all ears to Ms Mayawati’s address during a rally in Ludhiana on Monday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

‘SAD will not allow land acquisition’
Amloh, February 5
“No land will be allowed to be acquired by the government around Amloh”, this was stated by SAD chief Parkash Singh Badal here today. He was addressing the election rally of SAD candidate Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal organised at grain market here. He also released a calendar of the Karamchari Dal on the occasion. On the demand of the residents of the area, he promised to erect a boundary wall around the local Bir (forest).

Mr Om Parkash Singh Chautala, former Chief Minister, Haryana addresses a rally at Latala on Monday ‘Cong govt destabilising national economy’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, 5 February
The SAD nominee from Kilaraipur received a shot in the arm, when a large number of activists and leaders of the party and it ally party BJP thronged the grain market, Latala, the native village of the Congress nominee.

Mr Om Parkash Singh Chautala, former Chief Minister, Haryana addresses a rally at Latala on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Khirnia to work as ‘sewak not leader’
Khamano, February 5
The Akali Dal-BJP candidate from the Samrala constituency area was weighed against coins in every village of the tour programme.

Votes yes, liquor no!
Ludhiana, February 5
He is an educationist and a human rights activist-turned-politician. Armed with his experience in various fields, Prof. Jagmohan Singh, a SAD (Amritsar) candidate from Ludhiana West, ‘‘wants to make a difference in Punjab politics.’’

Defacing of private property irks house owners
Posters of different candidates pasted on the outer walls of houses in different areas in Ludhiana Ludhiana February 5
Ignoring the instructions given by the Election Commission candidates belonging to various political parties are continuing to deface private property by pasting posters on walls of houses in different localities in the city.
Posters of different candidates pasted on the outer walls of houses in different areas in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Voter disillusioned, but where is the alternative?
Ludhiana, February 4
The Punjab elections have put the electorate to serious thinking as to which of the two major political parties - Akali Dal and the Congress - is sincere to the state as well as the electorate. The present government of politicians of both the parties has been responsible for serious crises in pre-Punjabi Suba and the post-Punjabi suba periods.


COMMUNITY

Probe sought into death of woman
Relatives console the mother of Shashi Bala, who had been killed allegedly by her husband in Ahmedabad Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 5
Various social, constitutional and religious organisations of the town have urged the state and Union governments to impress upon the Gujarat Government to conduct a probe into the death of a local woman, who, according to her parents, had been killed by her husband who allegedly pushed her from the sixth floor of a building. The Gujarat Police is allegedly trying to shield the suspect.
Relatives console the mother of Shashi Bala, who had been killed allegedly by her husband in Ahmedabad. — A Tribune photograph

Harried customers wait outside a bank branch Ludhiana on Monday Poll duty keeps bank staff away, customers waiting
Ludhiana, February 5
Bank customers in the city had to face inconvenience today as cash transaction was stopped at a number of branches due to a large number of staff members being put on election duty. Not only was common man hassled as most banking business came to a halt due to this but business units also suffered.


Harried customers wait outside a bank branch Ludhiana on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Computerised railway booking office opened
Ludhiana, February 5
The Department of Railways opened a computerised railway office on Gill Road, here, today. The office was inaugurated by Chief Booking Supervisor Ashok Kumar.


 

BUSINESS

Steel price hike makes going tough for engineering units
Ludhiana, February 5
Steep hike in steel prices is causing hardship to engineering industry which has urged the Steel Ministry to take corrective measures in this regard.


 

EDUCATION

Advances in transfusion medicine discussed
Ludhiana, February 5
As a part of the ongoing 'Faculty Exchange Programme', introduced recently by Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, for sharing expertise of the faculty within the medical colleges of the university, guest lectures were recently held at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and the Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here.

Ectopia-2007 gets off to a colourful start
Ludhiana, February 5
The three-day annual cultural programme 'Ectopia-2007' got off to a colourful start at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) with much fanfare at Dumra Auditorium here today. During the three-day festival, undergraduate medical students will vie with one-another for top honours in various talent hunt competitions.

Students of BCM School, Dugri, participate in Chunaavi Manch organised on school premises on Monday A lesson on election process for students
Ludhiana, February 5
BCM School, Dugri, organised a Chunaavi Manch here today depicting a simulation of election scenario to educate students about the election proceedings.

Students of BCM School, Dugri, participate in Chunaavi Manch organised on school premises on Monday. — A Tribune photograph

Women gets 3-yr RI for causing death
Ludhiana, February 5
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr A.K. Mehta has sentenced Kanta Rani(32) of Street no: 1, Seikhewal, to three years imprisonment on the charges of causing the death of her neighbour Sital Dass.


 
SPORTS

Jaspreet Kaur, Jaspreet Singh fastest runners
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 5 Jaspreet Kaur of Saddopur and Jaspreet Singh of Amritsar emerged as the fastest runners at annual sports games organised by Sports Club Kanganwal at the village stadium. The event was inaugurated by Sinder Singh, Chairman, Market Committee, Ahmedgarh. Ms Razia Sultana, MLA, Malerkotla, gave away the prizes on concluding day.

 

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