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Fund Crunch
MC to mortgage Rs 214-cr property for Rs 50-cr loan

Ludhiana, April 11
The fund-starved Ludhiana Municipal Corporation is ready to pledge its property worth Rs 214 crore for a meager loan Rs 50 crore. According to sources, the Municipal Corporation has in a letter written to the State Urban Development Agency this week, an agency under JNNURM, sought Rs 50 crore loan as they were reeling under severe fund shortage.

Lok Sabha Poll: Disabled seek separate polling booths
Physically challenged persons protest against the parities failure to include their issues in their manifestos.Ludhiana, April 11
Tough on their resolve for separate polling booths in the forthcoming parliamentary elections

Physically challenged persons protest against the parities failure to include their issues in their manifestos. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Sleepy Warrior: A kid dressed up as a “Panj Payara” yawns during the nagar kirtan taken out on the eve of Baisakhi in Ludhiana on Saturday.
Sleepy Warrior: A kid dressed up as a “Panj Payara” yawns during the nagar kirtan taken out on the eve of Baisakhi in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

Man gets 2-yr jail for cheque bounce
Ludhiana, April 11
Court of Judicial Magistrate Yukti Goyal has convicted Naresh Kumar of Chowni Mohalla in a cheque bounce case. He has been sentenced to undergo two years imprisonment. The court also ordered the accused to pay Rs 10,000 as a fine.

NRI remarries, booked for rape 
Ludhiana, April 11
A 55- year- old London-based NRI has been booked in a rape case for solemnising his second marriage with a city- based woman, without divorcing his first wife. This is for the first time that the NRI police station has booked an NRI in the rape case. The case has been registered after a yearlong inquiry into the matter.

Now, parties put banners on trees
Ludhiana, April 11
Trees in the forest area were made to bear the brunt of the SAD rally at a marriage palace in Pandori village near Mullanpur Dakha here today, when most of these were used as poles for supporting the banners of Akali leaders in violation of code of conduct.

City Concerns
Majority of the promises made during the election campaign turn out to be ones that are never kept. The bulk of election manifesto and speeches holds ground only during the election process.


Aliwal’s return leaves several red faces in SAD
Mullanpur Dakha, April 11
While the homecoming of Amrik Singh Aliwal was a much celebrated affair at Mullanpur Dakha, there were several red faces in the SAD, who had opposed his rejoining the party on the plea that deserters should not be embraced.

Drama, says Congress
Ludhiana, April 11
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee former secretary Krishan Kumar Bawa has termed the return of Amrik Singh Aliwal a drama. “It is just a political drama played by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal,” he said here today. He said politicians like Aliwal were joining the SAD again just to gain fame for the party in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

VC, two board members at loggerheads
Kang asks Dhindsa to tender apology
Ludhiana, April 11
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) authorities are at loggerheads with two members of the board of management. The Vice-Chancellor, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, has asked Avtar Singh Dhindsa, a member of the board of management, to publicly apologise for making derogatory statements against him and Dr Harjit Singh.

Economic Slowdown
Govt should revise fiscal policies: Experts
Doraha, April 11
A panel discussion on ‘Global economic slowdown and its impact on Indian economy’ was organised for the students of MBA, BBA and BCA at Doraha Institute of Management and Technology today.

’84 Riots
Gurcharan Singh Leaders accused of exploiting victims’ sentiments
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 11
Accusing leaders of exploiting sentiments of the 1984 riot victims, Gurcharan Singh of Kanpur (UP), a victim of the riots, has regretted that successive governments headed by the BJP and the Congress had failed to balm their wounds.
   Gurcharan Singh

Relief as kiln owners resume sale of bricks
Give five-day window to police for action
Ludhiana, April 11
The construction industry as well as those carrying out construction activity on their premises heaved a sigh of relief today after brick kiln owners across the state opened the sale of bricks for five days.

Non-procurement of wheat
Farmers block traffic for half an hour
Farmers stage a dharna on the Amloh-Nabha road seeking wheat procurement at Amloh grain market on Saturday.Amloh, April 11
Farmers staged a dharna and blocked traffic for half an hour on the Amloh-Nabha Road adjacent to grain market here today in protest against the non-procurement of wheat in the mandi. SDM Poonamdeep Kaur reached at the site immediately and persuaded the agitators to sort out their grievances.

Farmers stage a dharna on the Amloh-Nabha road seeking wheat procurement at Amloh grain market on Saturday. Photo: Bhushan Sood

BKU to canvass for SAD, BJP
Ludhiana, April 11
The Bharti Kisan Union has started its series of block meetings in various parts of Punjab to ensure victory of candidates belonging to the SAD-BJP alliance in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Hindu manch raps Cong, BJP
Ludhiana, April 11
The Rashtriya Hindu Manch has condemned the Congress and the BJP for extending helping hand only to victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and leaving aside Hindus who were killed in ter this regard had been on numerous occasions sent to the bank authorities but a few, among them, had had not employed the security guard till date.

Disabled Rights Group not to cast vote
Khanna, April 11
The Disabled Rights Group of Punjab today alleged discrimination by various successive state governments of Punjab. At a meeting held today, the group said various state governments had failed to provide any facility to the disabled.

Fee Hike
We belong to respectable families: Dang
Eunuchs protest against the fee hike in Ludhiana on Saturday.Principal calls protestors ‘cheap’
Ludhiana, April 11
Although parents fighting against the hefty fee hike by the CBSE affiliated schools were not satisfied with the progress of enquiry being conducted by the district administration, they had not lost heart to continue the stir.

Eunuchs protest against the fee hike in Ludhiana on Saturday. A Tribune photograph

From Schools
Baisakhi celebrated with fervour
Kids of Everest Playway School celebrate Baisakhi in Ludhiana on Saturday.Ludhiana, April 11
The ‘Baisakhi Festival-2009’ was jointly organised by Everest Play Way & Nursery School and play way wing of Everest Public Senior Secondary School, Moti Nagar, here today. Rajinder Sharma, president, Association of the PSEB Affiliated Schools, Punjab (Regd), was the chief guest on this occasion. A fancy dress competition was organised on this occasion.

Kids of Everest Playway School celebrate Baisakhi in Ludhiana on Saturday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Anniversary celebrations
Ludhiana, April 11
The Advance Scientific Homoeopathic Association (ASHA) at Lord Mahavira Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Rajpura Road, Haibowal, yesterday organised a function to commemorate Hahnemann Day, the birth anniversary of Dr Samuel Hahnemann, founder of homoeopathy.

Women more prone to thyroid, says Homoeopath
Ludhiana, April 11
Dr Bandish Ambani, a homoeopathy practitioner from Mumbai, vouched 75-80 per cent success rate in hyperthyroid and hypothyroid cases. The doctor was in the city to examine thyroid patients at a clinic on the birth anniversary of Dr Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of Homoeopathy.

Failure to install CCTV, guard
Cops get Central bank closed
Ludhiana, April 11
The Central Bank of India, Kailash Nagar, was closed today after the bank authorities failed to deploy a security guard. The police party headed by SHO Maninder Bedi reached the spot and didn’t allow the customers to enter the bank. However, those inside the bank were allowed to complete their job.


Man held with 1.5-kg opium
Ludhiana, April 11
The accused in police custody.
The local police trapped Bhupinder Jit Singh alias Bhinda with 1.5 kg of opium at a special naka laid here last night. Inspector Maninder Bedi set the trap near Dushera ground in Upkar Nagar on a tip off when the accused arrived in a silver coloured Alto (PB 29E- 5897). The driver tried to escape when asked to stop. However, he failed to break the police net. He later disclosed that he had brought the consignment from Rajasthan and was supposed to deliver the same to different persons in the city.—TNS

The accused in police custody. A Tribune photograph




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