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With fate sealed, candidates keep fingers crossed
Ludhiana February 14
If wishes were horses, all those contesting the elections would ride to victory. Despite knowing well that only one candidate would win from one constituency, all the contestants would make everyone believe that he or she was sure to win.

Rain takes its toll on city roads
A pothole on the road near Damoria Bridge poses a serious threat to motorists in Ludhiana Ludhiana, February 14
The rain in the past three days has taken the toll on a number of city roads, thanks to the poor drainage system, leading to accumulation of water on the roads.
A pothole on the road near Damoria Bridge poses a serious threat to motorists in Ludhiana. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed


A cyclist tries to protect himself from rain in Ludhiana
A cyclist tries to protect himself from rain in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed 

Drama in school over teacher’s sack
Ludhiana, February 14
High drama was witnessed in GMT Public School, Jalandhar byepass chowk, this morning over the ouster of a teacher from the school, forcing the authorities to call the police when the teacher protested that she had not been given a month's notice.

Ludhiana (West) in limelight for mud-slinging
Ludhiana, February 14
Though known for the most educated electorate and candidates, the Ludhiana (West) constituency hogged headlines for wrong reasons during these elections.

Cupid strikes young hearts
Youngsters make purchases on Valentine’s Day in Ludhiana on Wednesday Ludhiana February 14
The teenage passion about Valentine appears to be crossing all limits, at least when it comes to buying gifts for the loved ones. A random survey of some gift shops in Sarbaha Nagar, Ghumar Mandi and Mall Road by this reporter revealed that the youngsters were buying gifts as expensive as Rs 5,000. In some cases, even diamonds were gifted and presented to girlfriends. But those were only exceptions.
Youngsters make purchases on Valentine’s Day in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed



Rain gods dampen love birds’ enthusiasm
Ludhiana, February 14
Cupid came calling but it was rain gods that ruled the day keeping many love birds homebound on the occasion of Valentine’s Day. Most of the city markets, that are abuzz with activity even in routine, only waited for couples, most of whom stayed indoors due to rain that continued for most part of the day.

A shop decorated on Valentine’s Day awaits customers in Ludhiana on Wednesday
A shop decorated on Valentine’s Day awaits customers in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Restaurants remain deserted on Valentine’s Day due to inclement weather in Ludhiana
Restaurants remain deserted on Valentine’s Day due to inclement weather in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Honour for city-based surgeon in USA
Ludhiana, February 14
It was a proud moment for city-based cardiac surgeon Harinder Singh Bedi who was specially mentioned at the 43rd Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Conference held from January 29 to February 1 at San Diego (USA).

Focus on epilepsy at Indo-Pak colloquium
Ludhiana, February 14
The first ever Indo-Pak Neuroscience Colloquium and International Symposium on Epilepsy was held at Chandigarh on Monday. The Union Minister of State for Finance, Mr Pawan Bansal, inaugurated the conference while Prof Daljit Singh, Principal, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Ludhiana, was the guest of honour.

Girls purchase jewellery at an exhibition in Ludhiana
Girls purchase jewellery at an exhibition in Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Recruitment rally
Ludhiana, February 14
Mr Rajiv Sah, Lieutenant Colonel, Adjutant for Commanding Officer, 103 Infantry Battalion (TA) Sikh LI, has informed that the battalion was carrying out a recruitment rally for the enrolment for 15 soldiers and three tradesmen (cook, safaiwala and washerman) at their unit located on GT Road, Miller Ganj, Ludhiana, from February 19 to 23 and those who are domiciles of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territory of Delhi can report at 7 am on February 19.

Cong favoured over Akali-BJP alliance in cities: Survey
Doraha, February 14
Many interesting facts have surfaced in the election survey conducted by the Political Science Department of GNN College, Doraha, today.

2,500 could not vote in Sarabha Nagar
Ludhiana, February 14
Mr Iqbal Singh Gill, an office-bearer of the legal cell of the Shiromani Akali Dal, has complained that around 2500 votes were not polled in J and K blocks of Sarabha Nagar as the district administration had allegedly changed the polling stations of those voters allegedly in connivance with the sitting MLA.

Senior citizens denied voting right: Body
Ludhiana, February 14
Dr S.K. Thaman, organising secretary of the All-India Senior Citizen Organisation, Rishi Nagar, through a press note sought to draw the attention of the Election Commission to the fact that despite having old and new voters I-cards several senior citizens were not allowed to cast their votes as their names were not in the voters' list. They were disappointed as in the past Assembly elections they had enjoyed their franchise but this time they found their names missing.



Gulshan Kumar, who was arrested in connection with some thefts committed at Mandi Ahmedgarh Man held, confesses to thefts
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 14
The local police has solved some theft cases, including burglaries committed in some mobile shops. Gulshan Kumar, a resident of Jagera Road area here, arrested by the local police at a naka, admitted to have committed many thefts, including burglaries in some mobile shops and the main branch of the post office here about a fortnight ago.

Gulshan Kumar, who was arrested in connection with some thefts committed at Mandi Ahmedgarh. — A Tribune photograph

SAD men booked for assault
Jagraon, February 14
On the eve of the state Assembly elections Buta Singh, Gora Singh, Jagdev Singh, Balraj Singh, Raman Singh, Harminder Singh, Tej Singh, Jagdeep Singh, Meet Singh, all of Bruj Kulara, accompanied by 10 others allegedly entered the house of Bakhshish Singh of the same village and assaulted him with weapons.



Rs 8 lakh for university research project
Ludhiana, February 14
Dr VK Taneja, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), has informed that Rs 8 lakh had been allocated to the varsity by the Punjab Farmer's Commission for fisheries research project - Utilization of Inland Saline Waters of Southwest Punjab for Aquaculture.

DB Ayurvedic College organises Medifest-2007
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 14
The three-day college annual sports and cultural meet, “Medifest-2007”, got started at Desh Bhagat Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh, today to mark its 10 years of existence.

Blood donation camp
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 14
A blood donation camp was organised today at Desh Bhagat College of Education, Mandi Gobindgarh. It was organised under the guidance Dr Cornel R.S. Shah, Director, Blood Bank Society Research Centre, Chandigarh.

Students honoured
Samrala, February 14
A function was organised at Guru Harkrishan Public School in Raipur Majri village, 10 km from here, by the school running society on Wednesday. Students of the school, who had won the first prize in a tehsil-level competition held at the Khamanon grain market last week, were honoured at the function.



Dept gears up for Pulse Polio drive on Feb 18
Ludhiana, February 14
The Health Department here is gearing up for the second round of Pulse Polio drive on February 18.

100 examined at eye camp
Samrala, February 14
An eye check-up camp was organised by the Gurprasad Sadan Society in Kheri Naudh Singh village, 12 km from here, on Wednesday. A team of doctors from Guru Harkrishan Hospital, Sohana, checked up more than 100 patients. A lecture on female foeticide was delivered by a gynocologist. Senior citizens were also honoured and the President of the society, Mr Shambu Nath, thanked the participants.


KCW eves win hockey title
Ludhiana, February 14
Two goals each by Sapandeep and Mandeep Kaur enabled Khalsa College for Women, Civil Lines, Ludhiana, to drub Government College for Women, Ludhiana, 5-1 in the final of the Ranjodh Kaur Grewal Memorial Women’s Hockey Tournament played at Guru Nanak Stadium here on Monday.





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