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Heads likely to roll for PM rally fiasco
Ludhiana, February 8
Poor performance in the Prime Minister's rally is going to haunt the rank and file of the Congress party post elections as many heads are likely to roll for not being able to make the rally a success.

Blame game on

Congress days numbered, says Shanta Kumar
Ludhiana, February 8
Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister and Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Shanta Kumar today said days of the Congress were numbered in the state as was evident from the fact that the leaders were not able to arrange a decent show in the rallies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi.
Shanta Kumar, former Himachal Chief Minister, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph
Shanta Kumar, former Himachal Chief Minister, addresses a press conference in Ludhiana on Thursday


Protest against free liquor, drugs 
Ludhiana, February 8
Politicians, in order to win elections, are freely distributing drugs and alcohol. To make the general people aware of the ill effects of drugs and alcohol, a rally was taken out by students, staff and officials of Gurmat Gyan Missionary College (GGMC) here today.

Truant poll staff will not be spared: EO
Ludhiana, February 8
Getting tough with the employees not turning up for rehearsals of poll duties, the District Election Officer has issued notices to employees and in many cases, to departmental heads instructing charge-sheeting of absentees from poll duties.

‘SAD plundering pockets of peasants’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 8
Accusing the SAD of promoting divisive forces in the state, Mr Sachin Pilot, MP, called upon various sections of society to join hand against the communal forces that according to him were bent on destabilising the economy of the nation.

Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, Ludhiana, addresses a Congress rally at Pakhowal on Wednesday. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma
Mr Nahar Singh Gill, Mayor, Ludhiana, addresses a Congress rally at Pakhowal on Wednesday

SAD-BJP alliance harmful for state : Bansal
Ludhiana, February 8
The Union State Finance Minster Pawan Bansal has appealed to the masses to cast their votes in favour of the Congress candidates. He said the future of Punjab was safe in the hands of the Congress government. He criticised the SAD-BJP alliance terming their policies to be harmful for the state.

Rally in full swing
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann supremo addressing a rally in favour of Prof Jagmohan Singh, Ludhiana West candidate, on Wednesday
Mr Simranjit Singh Mann (A) supremo addressing a rally in favour of Prof Jagmohan Singh, Ludhiana West candidate, on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Razia Sultana gets support
Sacha Sauda activists to back her
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 8
Ms Razia Sultana, Congress nominee from Malerkotla, received a shot in arm when of the Sacha Sauda, showing solidarity, vowed to make every effort for her and called upon the followers to abide by the dictate of the chief and support the candidate for welfare of members of the cult. “Now when the Legal Wing of our sect, acting on the suggestions of our members, has taken decision to support Congress nominees in assembly elections, it has become our prestige to gather support for Ms Razia Sultana and send her to the legislative assembly,” said Mr Pawan Kumar and Mr Sarwan Kumar, the office-bearers of the block level unit adding that the dictate came in wider interest of the followers.

Election office that hides more than it shows
Ludhiana, February 8
In offices of candidates there is one job that even an expert eye would fail to detect. It is portraying a humble picture of the office so as to hide the actual expenditure. The limit of Rs 10 lakh on spending, termed unrealistic by most, has put on job not only those taking care of accounts but also those engaged in routine duties like fetching publicity material or arranging transportation for campaigning.

Women assert themselves
Have come out of their husbands shadows
Ludhiana February 8
Like in any other field, the women have started asserting themselves while making the political choices. While in the past it usually happened that women would vote along with their men while subscribing to their choice, now they have started thinking independently.

Khirnia, Dhillon lock horns in Samrala
Khamano, February 8
The Samrala constituency is all set for a direct contest between the Akalidal-BJP candidate Jagjivan Singh Khirnia and the sitting two time MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon of the Congress.

Poll: Basic issues ‘ignored’
Ludhiana, February 8
The International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO) has expressed its concern over the trend of politics during the Assembly elections, in which the Congress and the Akali Dal (Badal) are the main players. It has degenerated into chaos, favouritism, opportunism, corruption and antipathy.

Authorities tighten noose
Mohali, February 8
Reacting to the allegations by candidates contesting the Punjab Assembly elections that liquor was being served at poll rallies, the district administration has taken stringent measures.

‘Remove slums,  get support’
Ludhiana, February 8
It is a hobson's choice for the candidates of Ludhiana Rural constituency. The residents of SBS Nagar would vote the candidate promising removal of slums and the slum dwellers would opt for the one who ensures that they stay put.

Mudslinging on in Kilaraipur constituency
Mandi Ahmedgarh, November 7
The trend of hitting below the belt is not confined to trading charges by supremos of the SAD and the Congress in the state. In has trickled down to the Kilaraipur constituency, with the Khanguras and the Garchas trading charges against each other publicly, it is obvious that it is being done to please the voters.

Resentment against poll duty
Ludhiana, February 8
There is anger and resentment among primary school teachers as they have been given poll duties about 50 km away from their schools. Mr Piara Singh Dhillon, president of Government Primary Teachers Association, said through a press note issued here that if the schools were closed during the elections due to teachers being sent out for poll duties, then the teachers would stage a protest outside the Deputy Commissioner's Office.

Police takes out flag march
Doraha, February 8

A flag march was taken out by the district police in order to educate the voters about the safety measures being undertaken by it in view of the forthcoming elections. Mr Sunil Kumar, SP(D), police district, Khanna, Mr Kuldip Singh, DSP (Payal), Mr Bhupinder Singh, in charge, Payal police station, and Mr Devinder Singh, in charge, Doraha Chowki, organised a flag march that started from Khanna and culminated at Payal after crossing through Machhiwara and Doraha.
Flag march being taken out by police in Khanna on Thursday
Flag march being taken out by police in Khanna on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph



Danga peerat society chief booked
Raikot, February 8
Acting on the directions of the Returning Officer, the local police has registered an FIR under section 125 of People's Representative Act, 1951, and Section 188 of the IPC against a group of persons, including president of Danga Peerat Welfare Society, Ludhiana, for allegedly creating nuisance in society by provoking sentiments of a particular community and spreading hatred among masses.
The vehicle carrying posters and banners about ’84 riots
The vehicle carrying posters and banners about ’84 riots. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma


Abhishek shines in CTSE exam
Ludhiana, February 8
Abhishek Singla of K.B.D.A.V. School, Chandigarh, topped the CTSE exam conducted on January 4, 2007. Sahil Khajuna of B.V.M. School, Kitchlu Nagar, Ludhiana, and Avtar Kaur of Guru Nanak international School, Ludhiana, bagged second and third positions respectively. They have earned a cash prize of Rs. 5000, Rs. 2500 and Rs. 1500, respectively.


Bank gunman gets life-term for killing wife
Ludhiana, February 8
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr H.P.S Mahal, has sentenced Kulwant Singh of Gujjarwal village, a former gunman of UCO Bank, Ayali, to undergo rigorous life imprisonment on the charges of killing his wife, Charanjit Kaur in 2003.



Mughal art inspires designer
Ludhiana, February 8
Roopa Vohra, a Mumbai-based jewellery designer, has put up an exhibition of her designs in the city. She is also presenting her latest collection titled “Timeless Classics”.She said she was getting an overwhelming response.


Aspirin, brufen ‘leading cause’ of ulcers
Ludhiana, February 8
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, brufen and diclofenac are the leading cause of gastrointestinal side effects like peptic ulcers, gastrointestinal bleed, etc.

British orthodontist at CDC
Ludhiana, February 8
The Christian Dental College (CDC) here, a premier institute of North India, will have a noted orthodontist from Scotland (UK) available for consultation for a period of 10 days till February 17.




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