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PM’s rally draws poor response
Severe dressing down to DCC Chief
Ludhiana, February 6
There were many red faces in the Congress after the alleged poor organisational skills of the District Congress Committee resulted in an average turnout at the rally of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here this noon.
A less-than-average turnout at the Prime Minister’s rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
A less-than-average turnout at the Prime Minister’s rally in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Punters, bookies making the best of elections
Ludhiana, February 6
Candidates might be unsure of their fate in the forthcoming polls but punters and bookies are minting money on the likely outcome of the polls.




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Women exempted from poll duties
Shirking staff gets warning
Ludhiana, February 6
The District Election Officer has exempted all women from election duties. Over 600 women employees from various departments had been assigned duties.

Mudslinging disturbing peace: mandal chief
Ludhiana, February 6
Mr Tulsidas Jaitwani, President, Punjab Beopar Mandal, today appealed to the political parties and particularly to the Congress and to the Shiromini Akali Dal not to disturb peace of the state and to work in unison for the welfare of the state.

Trench threatens houses
Ludhiana, February 6
With the Municipal Corporation authorities digging a road for laying sewerage pipes in Shastri Nagar in Model Gram a fortnight ago, some residents are fearing that their houses might collapse as the unattended trench was caving in gradually from both the sides. The residents said that the workers had dug trenches a fortnight ago and had left it without laying pipes. Water started collecting in the trenches after it started leaking from water supply pipes after these were damaged during digging.


A resident shows a trench left unattended in Ludhiana. —  Photo by Inderjeet Verma
A resident shows a trench left unattended in Ludhiana.

Non-performance Achilles’ heel for Congress candidates
Ludhiana, February 6
Congress candidates in Ludhiana city may have to pay dearly for the non-performing bureaucrats posted at various key posts during the Congress regime.

‘Ailing’ rural health services frustrate docs
Ludhiana, February 6
The much hyped privatisation of rural health services under which dispensaries were handed over to zila parishads and doctors along with supporting staff were recruited on contract basis all over the state in July 2006, has apparently failed to produce the desired results if the disenchantment and frustration among service provider doctors and other components of health care delivery system is any indication.

Punjab VOTES ’07

PM’s visit hits work at courts
Ludhiana, February 6
The visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may or may not help the Congress candidates but it surely hit the common man hard. It badly hit the working of courts, particularly the criminal cases. The undertrials whose cases were fixed for today could not be produced before the courts.

An empty “bakshikhana” in Ludhiana as undertrials could not be brought to the courts in view of the security arrangements made during the Prime Minister’s visit
An empty “bakshikhana” in Ludhiana as undertrials could not be brought to the courts in view of the security arrangements made during the Prime Minister’s visit

Lack of issues or deja vu?
Ludhiana, February 6
The voter, they say, has the last laugh and this time around Punjabis are weighing their options very carefully, keeping their cards close to their chest.

He promises to work for the disabled
Ludhiana, February 6
This candidate is probably the only one who is taking up the issue of ‘differently abled’ children and youth. In a city where getting a normal child admitted to a good school is a hell of a task, Mr Harish Rai Dhanda, SAD nominee from Ludhiana West, has promised quality education for the differently abled especially autistic children.
Harish Rai Dhanda

Jagmohan to take care of pollution
Ludhiana, February 6
Prof Jagmohan Singh candidate of the Akali Dal (Amritsar) from Ludhiana West segment has promised to take care of the environmental C of Ludhiana town and provide a clean and efficient civic administration.

COMMUNITY

Bollywood fails to charm this charming model
Ludhiana, February 6
"I never thought of joining Bollywood. Films are not meant for me, perhaps this is the reason why I have refused a glamorous role opposite Akshay Kumar in Sajid Khan's movie recently". Ms Amanpreet Wahi, Gladrags Model 2004, expressed her views here today at Kirtilals Gold and Diamond Jewellers.


Amanpreet Wahi presents keys of Swift car to Dr S.S Bedi, winner of Kirtilal's promotional scheme, 'Dazzle and Drive Campaign', in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph 
Amanpreet Wahi presents keys of Swift car to Dr S.S Bedi, winner of Kirtilal's promotional scheme, 'Dazzle and Drive Campaign', in Ludhiana on Tuesday.

 

CRIME

1 held with 30 kg poppy husk
Jagraon, February 6
Sukhminder Singh, alias Binder, of Parjian, was arrested by the Sidhwan Bet police in the Saffipur area. The police recovered 30 kg of poppy husk from his possession. A case under Sections 15, 61, 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.

 
AGRICULTURE

Talk on agriculture diversification

Ludhiana February 6
Everybody needs some extra knowledge than regular academic studies. To enhance the knowledge of students, an extension lecture was organised by P G Department of Economics of Kamla Lohtia S.D. College here today.


Dr S.S. Johl addresses a gathering at Kamla Lohtia College in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo: I.V.

Dr S.S. Johl addresses a gathering at Kamla Lohtia College in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: I.V.

‘Use only tested weedicides’
Ludhiana February 6
A state-level meeting of agricultural extension experts and university scientists was organised at Punjab Agricultural University here yesterday. Director of Extension Education N.S. Malhi stated that farmers were using weedicides on wheat which had not been recommended.

EDUCATION

Placements: Reputed firms visit institute
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 6
The ongoing joint campus placement drive at the RIMT Institute of Management and Computer Technology, got a momentum when three companies- Religare, Malwa Industries, Ludhiana and Yes Bank-visited the campus. More than 200 students from the reputed management institutes of the region participated in the drive.

Literary seminar at Guru Nanak college
Ludhiana, February 6
The PG Department of English, Guru Nanak Khalsa College for Women, here organised a literary seminar on the college campus today. The lectures were delivered by Prof Manju Jaidka from Panjab University and Dr Anil Raina, Chairperson, Department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

 

HEALTH

Tips on healthy lifestyle
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 6
Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, has been organising community awareness meetings, free medical check up camps and yoga camps for the past one year. All these are being held in collaboration with the Department of Ayush, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi.

800 attend medical camp
Ludhiana, February 6
More than 800 patients were examined and medicines were given to them free of cost at a medical and diabetes check-up camp organised by the district branch of the National Integrated Medical Association (NIMA) in collaboration with Manav Kalyan Sanstha in Shivpuri locality here today.

 
SPORTS

GTB lads do it for the sixth time

Ludhiana, February 6
Hurricane innings by Devinder Singh and Vikram helped GTB National College, Dakha, to demolish Gobindgarh Public College, Alour, by 114 runs in the final of the Panjab University Cricket Championship (Division B) played at G T B National College, Dakha, near here yesterday.

A participant leaps to clear the bar in long jump event during the annual athletics meet of S.D. Government College, Ludhiana, on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

School honours table soccer team
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 6
The winning team of Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, Jalalpur, Mandi Gobindgarh, which took part in national table soccer championship, held from February 2 to February 4 at DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-C, Chandigarh, was given a warm welcome today.

Contests keep Ectopia-2007 spirit soaring
Ludhiana, February 6
The second day of the 3-day cultural bonanza 'Ectopia-2007' at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here featured several absorbing segments like Motor Mouth (just a minute talk), Crossfire (debate-English), faculty antakshri and T-hirt slogan writing competitions.

Soccer championship
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 6
The Indo-Nepal Table Soccer International Championship was held in Nepal (Viratnagar ) from December 29-30,2006.

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