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Cong, SAD pay heavily for anti-incumbency, rebels
Shamsher Singh Dullo’s defeat, Jassi Khangura’s win major surprises
Ludhiana, February 27
The Congress as well as SAD seem to have paid a heavy price owing to the anti-incumbency factor that played a predominant role in the outcome of the electoral battle in rural and urban constituencies of Ludhiana. Both the parties also suffered equally because of the presence of rebel candidates in two separate constituencies. 
Supporters of candidates burst crackers to celebrate their victory in the Punjab Assembly elections Supporters of candidates burst crackers to celebrate their victory in the Punjab Assembly elections. — Tribune photos by Sayeed Ahmed

Prominent losers
Prominent losers







Harish Rai Dhanda seeks the blessings of Harnam Dass Johar whom he defeated in the Assembly elections from Ludhiana
Harish Rai Dhanda seeks the blessings of Harnam Dass Johar whom he defeated in the Assembly elections from Ludhiana West.  Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed




Razia’s Sultanate
Hathoa (Mandi Ahmedgarh), February 27
Thousands of residents of the area, including Congress activists, thronged this nondescript village of Malerkotla constituency after the victory of its daughter Razia Sultana.



Winning candidate from Malerkotla constituency Razia Sultana waves at her supporters at Hathoa village, near Ahmedgarh, on Tuesday. — Photo by Mahesh Sharma
Winning candidate from Malerkotla constituency Razia Sultana waves at her supporters at Hathoa village, near Ahmedgarh,

Dharamsot takes Amloh
Mandi Gobindgarh,  February 27 Congress candidate Sadhu Singh Dharamsot was declared elected from 78-Amloh reserved constituency by SDM-cum-returning officer G.S. Ghuman today.

Tej Prakash retains Payal
Doraha, February 27
Sitting Congress MLA Tej Prakash Singh Kotli was re-elected from Payal constituency here today. He defeated his closest rival, SAD’s Maheshinder Singh Grewal, by 16,119 votes.

Celebrations, gloom follow poll results
Ludhiana, February 27

Celebrations at some places and gloom at others summed up the mood of the city as soon as the results of the assembly elections started pouring in here today.





Congress candidate Jassi Khangoora from Kila Raipur makes victory sign in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — A Tribune photograph

Congress candidate Jassi Khangoora from Kila Raipur makes victory sign in Ludhiana

Bagga factor upsets Pandey's applecart
Ludhiana, February 27
The ‘‘Bagga’’ factor played a spoilsport for Congress leader Rakesh Pandey, who was returned to the Assembly thrice by the electorate of Ludhiana North.

Gabria thanks voters
Sahnewal, February 27
SAD candidate Hira Singh Gabria defeated his Congress rival Malkiat Singh Birmi from Ludhiana (rural) seat today.

Kheernian takes Samrala seat
Samrala, February 27
SAD candidate Jagjiwan Singh Kheernian defeated Congress candidate and sitting MLA Amrik Singh Dhillon by 14,289 votes, a record for Samrala constituency, here today.


SAD candidate Jagjiwan Singh Kheernian acknowledges the greetings of his supporters after winning the Samrala seat in the Assembly elections on Wednesday
SAD candidate Jagjiwan Singh Kheernian acknowledges the greetings of his supporters after winning the Samrala seat in the Assembly elections



Hooliganism mars celebrations 
Ludhiana, February 27
Hooliganism marred celebrations in the Ludhiana West constituency after supporters of the newly elected SAD candidate Harish Rai Dhanda openly fired shots in the air outside the counting centre on the Rani Jhansi road soon after the results were declared.






A weapon brandished openly on Rani Jhansi Road in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

A weapon brandished openly on Rani Jhansi Road in Ludhiana

IT surveys yield Rs 1 crore
Ludhiana, February 27
Simultaneous surveys by several teams of Income Tax officials on business premises of a weaving factory and two plywood manufacturers in different parts of the city yesterday led to the disclosure of unaccounted income of Rs 1 crore by a business house, while investigations against two other firms were still continuing.

COMMUNITY

Holi set to be smart, modern
Ludhiana, February 27
This year Holi has been coloured in additional hues of political shades. With the election results declared close to the festival of colours , there has been an additional charm in the air. Obviously for those who are on the winning side. But even for those who are on the other side of the fence, Holi will certainly cheer them up with varied hues and colours.


Children buy colours and other material for Holi in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed
Children buy colours and other material for Holi in Ludhiana

Fauji Beat
Rashtriya Rifles needs restructuring 
The necessity to raise a force like the Army was felt in the early nineties when militancy in Punjab was at its peak and the Army in large numbers (about nine divisions) was deployed there to quell insurgency. To release pressure on the Army of counter insurgency duties, six Rashtriya Rifles (RR) battalions were raised in 1991, by drawing manpower from various arms and services. 


War Memorial at Nowshera
War Memorial at Nowshera

 

BUSINESS

Hotelier to get leadership award
Ludhiana February 27
N.S. Nanda, president, Hotel and Restaurant Association of Punjab, will be conferred upon the Hotel Industry Leadership Award 2007, by Indian Development and Research Association, New Delhi, at a function to be organised on April 10 at New Delhi, keeping in view his meritorious services towards hotel and tourism industry.

 
AGRICULTURE

PAU Kisan Club meeting tomorrow
Ludhiana February 27
The state-level meeting of the PAU Kisan Club working under the guidance of the Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, will be held on March 1, 2007 in Pal Auditorium of the university. PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr K.S.Aulakh will preside over the meeting and Mohinder Singh Grewal, a progressive farmer and member, Agricultural Cost and Price Commission, will participate as a guest of honour.

EDUCATION

Expressions 2007 at GNIMT
Ludhiana, February 27
The Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, will organise a two-day management and technical mega fest "Expressions-2007" on March 1 and 2.

DIMT invites career experts
Doraha, February 27
The Doraha Institute of Management and Technology, Doraha, has been organising a series of seminars on careers and courses for the past few months, said Dr R.K. Lekhi in a press statement issued here.

Book exhibition begins 
Ludhiana, February 27
A two-day book exhibition organised by the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) was inaugurated by the vice-chancellor of the university, Dr V.K. Taneja, at the examination hall of the College of Veterinary Science, here, today.

Students learn about healthy living without medicines
Ludhiana, February 27
A programme on naturopathy, including yoga and herbal use, was organised for students of Government Polytechnic College for Girls, Rishi Nagar, recently. Approximately 200 girl students attended the programme. Starting in the morning, the programme continued till late in the evening.

SIEC to assist students on education abroad
Ludhiana February 27
In the era of globalisation and in the face of a fast-changing corporate world, the need for international education has become a necessity rather than a luxury.

 

HEALTH

700 examined at cardiac camps
Ludhiana, February 27
As part of its community outreach programme, Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) organised two free cardiac check-up and awareness camps in two different localities in the city while another camp was organised at Rampura Phul.

Conference at DMCH from March 3 
Ludhiana, February 27
The 6th annual conference of Indian Society of Psychiatric Nurses (ISPN) will be held from March 3 to 5 at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here.

CMCH holds free camp on chest diseases
Ludhiana, February 27
A super-specialty medical camp for persons suffering from chest diseases was held by the Department of Community Medicine, in collaboration with the unit of chest diseases of the Christian Medical College and Hospital, in Kucha No-16 of Field Ganj locality here on Sunday.

 
SPORTS

Trail of destruction at sports centre
Ludhiana, February 27
The storing of EVMs and poll counting at the multi-purpose hall of Guru Nanak sports complex has left a trail of destruction with litter strewn all around and damage done to the wooden floor, walls, and seating place.

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