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7 killed, three injured in accidents
Ludhiana, April 8
The Wednesday morning turned out to be black for five families, as four people were killed and one was seriously injured when a truck (PB 08F4807) ran over them around 9 am near Basti Jodhewal here today.
Relative of one of the deceased weep after identifying the body at the civil hospital. Mangled remains of the car that met with an accident at Raikot.
Relative of one of the deceased weep after identifying the body 
at the civil hospital. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan
Mangled remains of the car that met with an accident at Raikot. A Tribune photograph


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Parties take Election Commission for a ride
Banners resurface on Ferozepur road
Two of the three billboards with the SAD-BJP party symbols that have been erected on the Ferozepur road. Ludhiana, April 8
Despite strict directions issued by the election commission, the SAD-BJP alliance continue to violate poll code of conduct.


Two of the three billboards with the SAD-BJP party symbols that have been erected on the Ferozepur road. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Commissioner returns 35 bills
Contractors threaten to go on strike from Saturday
Ludhiana, April 8
In a major setback to the nexus between municipal officials and contractors, municipal commissioner GS Ghuman has returned almost 35 road construction bills the payments of which are still pending. He had returned the bills after raising objections under Section MW-4.

Congress ticket to Tytler, Sajjan
SSF activists block rail traffic for over 3 hrs
Ludhiana, April 8
Rail traffic on the Ludhiana-Delhi trunk route was disrupted for more than three hours today with several trains either getting delayed or being terminated as hundreds of the Sikh Students Federation (SSF) activists squatted on the rail track near Giaspura on the outskirts of the city in protest against the Congress move to give ticket to Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar for the Lok Sabha elections.
Activists of the Sikh Student Federation (Gerwal and Mehta groups) stage dharnas at the Gill Road and at the Gaispura level crossing in Ludhian on Wednesday. Activists of the Sikh Student Federation (Gerwal and Mehta groups) stage dharnas at the Gill Road and at the Gaispura level crossing in Ludhian on Wednesday.
Activists of the Sikh Student Federation (Gerwal and Mehta groups) stage dharnas at the Gill Road and at the Gaispura level crossing in Ludhian on Wednesday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma, Himanshu Mahajan

3 get life term for double murder
Ludhiana, April 8
Three youths in their 20's have been sentenced to undergo rigorous life imprisonment on the charges of killing a couple after committing robbery at their residence in BRS Nagar, Ludhiana.



COMMUNITY

Ex-SAD councillor joins Cong
Ludhiana, April 8
Former Akali councillor Niranjan Singh Toor today joined the Congress along with several supporters. A function was organised by local councillor Hemraj Aggarwal to welcome him at Haibowal.

Sikh activists block traffic for 2 hours
Jagraon, April 8
Activists of Sikh Students Federation and the Akali Dal today protested against the clean chit given to Jagdish Tytler, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots accused, by the CBI. The protesting bodies felicitated the act of Jarnail Singh who hurled a shoe at the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.


Activists of the Sikh Students Federation and the Akali Dal burn the effigies of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar at Jagraon on Wednesday. Photo: 
Rakesh Gupta
Activists of the Sikh Students Federation and the Akali Dal burn the effigies of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar at Jagraon on Wednesday.

Youth body flays Cong over Tytler
Ludhiana, April 8
The dirty politics being played by the political parties would hamper free and fair poll in the state. This was stated by the Youth Organisation of India (YOI) in a press note issued here today.

Youth leaders for infusing young blood
Ludhiana, April 8
With the Lok Sabha elections round the corner, leaders of major parties are trying hard to grab the attention of the youth by offering them “lucrative” opportunities. They realise that youth form a significant portion of electorate and may prove decisive for candidates.

Campaign to target youth
Ludhiana, April 8
Bhartiya Jantaa Yuva Morcha, Ludhiana, feels that no one could match the BJP/NDA prime ministerial candidate, LK Advani in conviction, integrity and record of service to the nation.


Members of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha address mediapersons in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Members of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha address mediapersons in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Ex-servicemen rally behind candidate
Jagraon, April 8
Ex-services’ League candidate for the Lok Sabha elections Col Bhag Singh Tihara (retd) organised a rally at Lala Lajpat Rai municipal park, Jhansi Rani Chowk, here today.

MCPI seeks relief for farmers
Ludhiana, April 8
The Marxist Communist Party of India-United (MCPI-U), while expressing its serious concern over massive crop losses caused by unseasonal rains and hailstorm in many parts of the state, has urged the Punjab Government to grant adequate and immediate compensation to farmers.

Duping of Customers
Cops, magistrates get power to verify records
DM orders bills for sale above Rs 99
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 8
Taking cognizance of reports of alleged nexus between sales tax authorities and owners of commercial establishments, in duping customers, the district magistrate at Sangrur has passed orders to issue bills for all sales for Rs 100 and above.

SMO calls for better emergency services
Ludhiana, April 8
The district health authorities, city hospitals and the Indian Medical Association(IMA), organised orientation programmes followed by special medical camps to observe the World Health Day 2009 with the theme “Save Lives: Make hospitals safe in emergencies” here yesterday.

Pvt firm lifting effluents, say electroplaters
Ludhiana, April 8
Members of the Ludhiana Electroplaters’ Association have said the effluent of all association members is being lifted by JBR Technologies Private Limited, the operator of the common effluent treatment plant (CETP), Focal Point, Phase VIII, Ludhiana, and is also being treated there.

Chief secy assures reservation for mentally challenged
Ludhiana, April 8
The industrialists in Ludhiana should come forward to create employment for the mentally/physically impaired persons who are undergoing vocational training at special schools in the city, stated Chief Secretary, Punjab, Ramesh Inder Singh.



Mentally challenged children perform at the annual function in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan
Mentally challenged children perform at the annual function in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Relief for dealers, buyers as SBI stir called off
Nano booking from today
Ludhiana, April 8
With the All-India State Bank Officers’ Federation (AISBOF) calling off the strike scheduled for April 8 and 9, city residents are upbeat about the booking for the world’s cheapest car, Nano, that begins tomorrow.

Fee Hike
Stir continues as talks fail
Hindu-Sikh Jagriti Sena, parents rally in front of DC’s office
Ludhiana, April 8
The second round of talks, on the issue of the hefty fee hike and exorbitant charges for accessories between the parents and school managements, failed to provide any solution. Thus, the talks arranged by Additional Deputy Commissioner Kuldeep Singh remained inconclusive.


Activists get their heads shaved against the fee hike in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Activists get their heads shaved against the fee hike in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

Pitcher continues to hold ground
Ludhiana, April 8
Nothing tastes as sweet as earthen pitcher’s water. In this age of science and technology, which has seen growth in leaps and bounds, this still seems to hold good. Which is the reason why Phool Mohammad, who resides at Bullara village, has been surviving in this business for the past 15 years.


A potter makes earthen pots at Bullara village on the outskirts of Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Rajesh Bhambi
A  potter makes earthen pots at Bullara village on the outskirts of Ludhiana.

First Row brings plethora of designer labels
Ludhiana, April 8
Style came to Ludhiana with “First Row” exhibiting designer labels for discerning fashion conscious people at Sutlej Club. Garments, bags, shoes and accessories by renowned designers like Ashish Soni, Rohit Bal, Shantanu & Nikhil, Mandira Wirk, Malini Ramani were displayed at attractive prices.

City Concerns
Voters decide nation’s fate
With elections around the corner, voters, once again, become a witness to colourful election speeches, which promise stability, reforms and development giving reasons why has progress eluded the country. Allegations against political foes, blaming each other for everything wrong in the countries continue to form a major part of the political debates. The voters have a strong opinion against unkept promises made in elaborate agendas. This is what a cross section of the city voters say on the issue.

 






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