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72 cellphones, arms recovered
Ludhiana, February 11
The police has claimed to have solved around 200 cases of snatching and theft with the arrest four members of a gang.

The nabbed gang members in police custody. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

The nabbed gang members in police custody.





LAST DAY, LAST-DITCH EFFORTS
Rain was hardly a deterrent for these these women who remained busy campaigning for their candidate ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections in Ludhiana on Sunday.Rain fails to lessen poll heat
Ludhiana, February 11
Rain could not deter candidates and their supporters from venturing out for canvassing. As it was the last day of campaigning, candidates and their supporters canvassed till the last minute today.

Rain was hardly a deterrent for these these women who remained busy campaigning for their candidate ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Guess, who was the happiest when supporters of a Congress candidate distributed laddoos to people in Ghumar Mandi? Not the ones who could contribute to the vote bank, it were kids who had most of the fun. One of them was heard saying, “Kisi ka birthday hai..” (It is someone’s birthday). The kid was little bothered even when his father, a vegetable vendor, clarified that the sweets were not on account of birthday celebration. He preferred to run away to get a few more laddoos.
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DC’s residence faces threat from Sukhbir Badal
Ludhiana, February 11
If the Shiromani Akali Dal general secretary, Mr Sukhbir Badal, is to be believed, the Deputy Commissioner's residence in the Rakh Bagh area is all set to be demolished and the space to be allocated to the Satluj Club, Ludhiana, if his party comes to power. The announcement was made by Mr Sukhbir Badal during a dinner meeting with the members of the club recently.

Punjab VOTES ’07

Biggest constituency in a multi-cornered contest
Ludhiana, February 11
The Ludhiana Rural constituency- the biggest in the state- is in for a direct contest between sitting Congress MLA Malkiat Singh Birmi and SAD candidate Hira Singh Gabria. Two candidates from the BSP and the Rashtriya Jan Morcha may affect the mandate. The candidates are as follows:

SAD (A) man will make Ludhiana (W) contest tough
Ludhiana, February 11
Ludhiana (West) constituency is heading for a direct contest between Congress stalwart Harnam Dass Johar and SAD nominee Harish Rai Dhanda.

A resident of Ahmedgarh reads the brochure listing the achievements of the Congress nominee, Ms Razia Sultana. Razia’s booklet of achievements
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 11
To enhance integrity of claims made by supporters of the Congress nominee from Malerkotla, Ms Razia Sultana, regarding massive development undertaken by her, a social organization has published a booklet highlighting achievements of the candidate.

 

A resident of Ahmedgarh reads the brochure listing the achievements of the Congress nominee, Ms Razia Sultana.

“Congress rule must to sustain development”
Mr Sushil Shinde, Union Minister, addresses a rally in support of Congress candidate for Kila Raipur at Latala on Friday. Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 11
Terming the return of the Congress in the state as a prerequisite for completion of the current developmental phase, senior party leaders called upon the residents of Kila Raipur constituency to vote for Mr Jasvir Khangura, the party nominee, who, on winning would inspire more NRIs to contribute in restructuring the infrastructure of Punjab.

Mr Sushil Shinde, Union Minister, addresses a rally in support of Congress candidate for Kila Raipur at Latala on Friday. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma

Jassi promises to improve healthcare, education, agriculture
Ludhiana February 11
The Congress candidate from the Kila Raipur Assembly segment, Mr Jassi Khangura, today promised to improve the rural healthcare, education and the agricultural sector in his area.

DC issues directions to returning officers
Ludhiana, February 11
District Election Officer Ashok Kumar Gupta has directed that all Returning Officers and the supervisory teams to strictly enforce the directions of the Election Commission on the polling day, including that of setting up of polling booths of the candidates, issuing of slips etc.
Commuters had a tough time as unseasonal rain disrupted life in Ludhiana and adjoining areas on Sunday.
Commuters had a tough time as unseasonal rain disrupted life in Ludhiana and adjoining areas on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Docs to back party that supports their cause
Ludhiana, February 11
The ongoing electioneering for the Assembly polls has witnessed a positive phenomenon, the educated community like doctors have come forward in the open to support some of the deserving candidates, irrespective of their party affiliations.

Campaigning: Rain did not deter them
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 11
Despite incessant rain, candidates and their supporters tried their best to make full use of the last day for canvassing. However, the organisers had to cancel some of the scheduled rallies and meetings.

A car painted with the election symbol and picture of a local candidate in Ludhiana.
A car painted with the election symbol and picture of a local candidate in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Harish Dhanda’s assurance to sports fraternity
Ludhiana, February 11
Mr Harish Rai Dhanda has promised the sports fraternity that if the SAD-BJP combine is voted to power, he will make efforts to evolve a sports policy in the state. Mr Dhanda, the combine candidate for the Ludhiana West constituency, expressed these views while interacting with sportspersons, organisers and representatives of different sports associations here today.

7,000 security personnel for poll day
Ludhiana, February 11
Seven thousand police and paramilitary personnel would be deployed to take care of the law and order situation in the district on the day of Assembly elections.

Three observers appointed
Ludhiana, February 11
District election officer Ashok Kumar Gupta stated that three new observers for Jagraon, Koom Kalan and Kila Raipur, appointed by the Election Commission of India, had arrived here today.

COMMUNITY

A joyous Ms Jaspreet with her new-born baby at a hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday. Bliss of motherhood after 12 years
Ludhiana, February 11
For Ms Jaspreet (29), wife of a city-based police personnel, the mental agony of more than a decade of not being able to conceive came to end when she delivered a male child on February 2 with the help of assisted reproductive technology (ART) at Dr Ruchika Fertility and Test Tube Baby Centre of Dr Rama Sofat Hospital here. According to Dr Rama Sofat, the woman was brought to her with complaint of infertility and inability of conceiving even after treatment at several hospitals.

A joyous Ms Jaspreet with her new-born baby at a hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday. — A Tribune photograph

Birth anniversary of Swami Dayanand celebrated
Ludhiana, February 11
BCM celebrated the 183rd birth anniversary of Maharishi Dayanand on the school premises here today. To mark the 183rd birth anniversary of Maharishi Dayanand, founder of Arya Samaj, students and staff of BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School paid tributes to the clarion of Arya Samaj in the form of speeches, bhajans and poems.


 

EDUCATION

Inter-college extravaganza delights onlookers
Ludhiana, February 11
The inter-college contests at the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, concluded here yesterday. The two-day extravaganza witnessed multifarious events ranging from Indian classical dance to skit and histrionics. Dr Jaswinder Bhalla, a leading Punjabi comedian, was the chief guest on this occasion.

Training course on sustaining natural resources
Ludhiana, February 11
A three-week training programme on sustainable conservation and management of natural resources concluded at Punjab Agricultural University here. Twelve scientists from different agricultural universities participated in this programme which was organized by the Soil Department's Centre of Advanced Studies in Soil Sciences.

Kids perform well on annual day
Ludhiana, February 11
DAV Public School wore a festive look as the kindergarten school presented colourful items on the annual day held here yesterday. Mr R.S. Patial, Manager-cum-RD, presided over the function.

 

HEALTH

GTB Hospital management going back on pact: Union
Ludhiana, February 11
Demanding payscales and other facilities on a par with the state government staff, employees of Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Charitable Hospital here continued their dharna for the second day today on the hospital premises.

 
SPORTS

Kiranjit basks in glory
Ludhiana, February 11
Kiranjit Kaur, a trainee of the Baba Lodhiana Academy being run here by the Punjab Basketball Association, has brought fame to the nation as she was declared the most valuable player in the 18th FIBA-Asia Junior Women's Baskebtall Championship held in Bangkok recently.

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