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Ruling party ‘above’ rules
Ludhiana, February 18
Posters of political leaders in power on direction boards in the city have become a common sight. When it comes to the display of banners and posters, it seems the ruling party i.e. SAD-BJP alliance has been "exempted" from all laws.

Posters of political leaders in power on direction boards in the city have become a common sight. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

No power cuts from March 1
Ludhiana, February 18
After having a bad summer and even worse winter season with power cuts of several hours becoming a routine, people of Punjab can look forward to some relief from March onwards. 



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Artistes from Poland perform a dance during a cultural exchange programme at the DMCH heart centre in Ludhiana\
Artistes from Poland perform a dance during a cultural exchange programme at the DMCH heart centre in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photo: Rajesh Bhambi

Advertisement Tax Scam
MC fails to initiate probe

Ludhiana, February 18
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has failed to initiate probe into the Rs 752-crore advertisement scam despite directions of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, said the president of BJP Punjab State Investor Cell, Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal.

Commuters face tough time as buses used for SOI rally
Ludhiana, February 18
Commuters, who depend on private buses to reach their destinations everyday, had a harrowing time today when most of these buses remained off road as these buses were forced to carry workers to a rally organised by the Students’ Organisation of India (SOI) in Patiala today.

1 dead, 5 hurt in mishap
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 18
The bus that collided with a truck at Akbarpur Chhanna near Ahmedgarh. Timely help by passers by and the police saved the lives of the five persons who sustained injuries when a private bus collided with a truck and a car dashed against the truck at Akbarpur village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road near here yesterday evening. The truck driver, however, died on the spot.





The bus that collided with a truck at Akbarpur Chhanna near Ahmedgarh. Photo: Mahesh Sharma

PSEB raiding team faces public ire
Charged with burning electricity meter deliberately 
Ludhiana, February 18
The raiding team of the enforcement staff of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had to face public wrath as a meter caught fire during inspection at a departmental store in Haibowal locality yesterday.

Staff crunch hits construction works at PAU
Ludhiana, February 18
The engineering wing of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), which apart from undertaking works of the farm varsity used to execute works of outside agencies too, is facing acute staff crunch.

Interest on water bills to be waived off: Minister 
Ludhiana, February 18
In order to give a boost to the municipal corporations in collection of revenues, the Local Bodies Department has decided to waive off interest on the bills of water and sewerage. The defaulters can submit their payments till March 31 to get the benefit.

City Concerns
Shifting of rly station only way out 

Commuters face problems while travelling to and from the local railway station every day due to huge rush on roads. The migrant labourers form the largest section of the rush. Also put to extreme discomfort are the daily commuters on the road outside the station. The authorities are planning to shift the railway station to Dhandari Kalan. This is what a cross section of city residents have to say on the issue.

COMMUNITY

Sukhbir’s visit: Industry disappointed
Deputy Chief Minister talked about his ‘vision’ 
Ludhiana, February 18
Commenting on the outcome of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s visit to the city on Monday, PD Sharma, president, APEX Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Punjab, said: “They talk of future and neglect the present.”

Government trying to push vote-on-account: Tewari 
Ludhiana, February 18
Reacting to newspaper report that the state government was trying to present a vote-on-account instead of regular Budget, the National Spokesperson of Congress Manish Tewari said: “It’s the height of misgovernance by the Akali -BJP. To postpone the presentation of the regular Budget beyond the Lok Sabha poll clearly reflects the ulterior motive of the state government to hike taxes and impose new taxes in the regular Budget.

Former Cong MP Galib to join SAD
Ludhiana, February 18
Gurcharan Singh Galib, a former Congress MP, has finally decided to join the SAD during a rally to be organised by his supporters at Mullanpur on February 20. SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be present on the occasion.

BJYM to felicitate young voters
Ludhiana, February 18
The Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of BJP, will hold a felicitation function for young voters here on February 22. Senior party leaders will inform youngsters about the significance of their votes and motivate them to take active part in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Sekhon opens bridge at Sahauli 
Mullanpur Dakha, February 18
Irrigation Minister of Punjab S Janmeja Singh Sekhon inaugurated water works at Sahauli village to be developed at the cost of Rs 37.29 lakh that was given as a grant by Zila Parishad Chairman Manpreet Singh Ayali.

New SSP vows to fight drug menace 
Doraha, February 18
Sukhminder Singh Mann, who recently took over as the SSP of Khanna, has vowed to fight the menace of dug mafia and save those who are getting addicted to  the drugs.

Faith keeps ‘kawarias’ moving 
Ludhiana, February 18
It’s their faith in God which keeps them going. Every year these “kawarias” bring the holy waters of the Ganges to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva on Shivratri. Last year numbers of “kawarias” were crushed to death on the busy roads but it failed to deter them. And this year, too, they have turned out in large numbers.

‘Kawarias’ return from Haridwar after taking a holy dip in Ganga. A Tribune photograph

Jasbir Singh with daughter Kuljit Ghuman NRI wants to promote sports 
Ludhiana, February 18
He started his journey from the tracks and now owns a successful chain of hotels and restaurants in the US. NRI Jasbir Singh, who won a gold medal in the 400m hurdles at the 1975 Asian Track and Field Meet in Seoul, yesterday feels pity over the state of affairs of sports in the country.

Jasbir Singh with daughter Kuljit Ghuman

Singhjit Singh and Charu Sija Mathur perform under lecture-cum-demonstration series of SPIC MACAY in Ludhiana. Singhjit Singh mesmerises audience
Narangwal, February 18
Padma Shree awardee Guru Singhjit Singh (76) and his wife Charu Sija Mathur along with their troupe weaved a hypnotic spell around audience as they performed various forms of Manipuri dance at Drishti School in Narangwal.




Singhjit Singh and Charu Sija Mathur perform under lecture-cum-demonstration series of SPIC MACAY in Ludhiana. Tribune phogograph

Pt Birju Maharaj to perform in city on March 1
Ludhiana, February 18
Celebrating 10 years of its foundation, Ludhiana Sanskritik Samagam (LSS) is bringing trilogy of programmes for people of Ludhiana.

Chak Kalan gets Rs 40 lakh for development
Mullanpur Dakha, February 18
Manpreet Singh Ayali, chairman, Zila Parishad, inaugurated the science block of Government High School at Chak Kalan near here today. The block has been developed under the Nabard scheme at a cost of Rs 40 lakh. Besides this, he also inaugurated various development works of the village, including streets and drains (Rs 4 lakh), toilets for the below poverty line residents (Rs 2 lakh), water supply scheme pipes (Rs 4 lakh) and the sewage systems of the village (Rs 8 lakh).

Meeting of Mission Shakti
Ludhiana, February 18
A special meeting of Mission Shakti, an NGO, was organised here today. The meeting was presided over by president of the Punjab unit of the mission Varinder Sachdeva. All executive members of the Punjab unit were present.

6 quintal Thai Magur seized
Ludhiana, February 18
Despite serious efforts made by the department of fisheries to curb the menace of Thai Magur, smuggling of this banned variety of fish continued unabated. During a raid conducted by department officials under the supervision of assistant director fisheries RK Verma, over six quintal of Thai Magur was seized today from the Sherpur fish market.
Though accompanied with police personnel, the officials had to face the wrath of public and fishermen during the raid.—TNS

Youth run over by bus
Jagraon, February 18
A youth lost his life when the bus he was boarding ran over him, while stepping down here today.

Kidney patient needs financial help
Ludhiana, February 18
The life of Rakesh Kumar, a city resident and the sole bread-earner of his family, hangs in balance and he looks towards generosity of kind-hearted people to make a complete recovery from a life-threatening illness even after an expensive surgery.

Baby python rescued
Ludhiana, February 18
A sand boa snake, protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, was rescued by a resident and member of the Punjab State Board for Wildlife here today.

Lecture on laser spectroscopy
Ludhiana,February 18
Dr Sae Chae Jeoung, director, Centre for Advanced Measurement and Instrumentation, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here yesterday. He delivered a special lecture on laser spectroscopy, which was organised by the PAU science club.

Contests to test teaching skills
Doraha, February 18
A student-teacher being honoured during the Panjab University Zonal ‘Skill in teaching’ and ‘On-the-spot teaching aid preparation’ competitions organised at Doraha College of Educatio The Doraha College of Education hosted a series of Panjab University Zonal “Skill in teaching” and “On-the-spot teaching aid preparation” competitions for teaching of commerce, science, mathematics and economics. All colleges of Zone 'A' participated in the contests.

A student-teacher being honoured during the Panjab University Zonal ‘Skill in teaching’ and ‘On-the-spot teaching aid preparation’ competitions organised at Doraha College of Education on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Examination Blues
CBSE uploads film to distress students

Ludhiana, February 18
The CBSE has made all efforts to be students’ friendly by bringing out a film entitled, “Smile your way through exams”. This nine-minute film has been uploaded on the board website.

Educational trip for students
Tiny tots of MGM Public School enjoy swings in the recess time in Dugri Ludhiana, February 18
Students of GD Goenka Public School paid a visit to Punjab Agricultural University on Monday. They visited Kairon kisan ghar and water and power projects. The projects related to science were explained to the students.


Tiny tots of MGM Public School enjoy swings in the recess time in Dugri on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph


CRIME

Six booked for abducting minor
Jagraon, February 18
Six persons have been booked for abducting a minor girl. Balbir Singh of Malla village near here has in a complaint lodged with the Kaunke police post alleged that his daughter (17) has allegedly been abducted by Gurpreet Singh, alias Seera of Prem Nagar Barnala, in connivance of his family.

Rimpledeep enters semifinal
Jagraon, February 18
The main draw quarter matches of the Harvest Tennis Academy - AITA Championship Series Tennis Tournament commenced today at the Harvest Tennis Academy at Jassowal. Punjab's Rimpledeep Kaur, a trainee of the Harvest Tennis Academy, stormed into the semifinals of both girls under-16 and under-18 events. In under-16 it was an easy win for the top seed Rimpledeep, as she defeated Priyanka Rawat 6-1, 6-0.

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