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Poll code delays Dugri bridge inauguration
Ludhiana, April 13
Election code of conduct is coming in the way of formal inauguration of Dugri bridge over Sidhwan canal that would provide a much-needed relief to the commuters towards Dugri. The bridge, built at the cost of Rs 1.75 crore, is ready for the commuters. The SAD-BJP led government is not planning to inaugurate it formally for the time being in view of the imposition of code of conduct.

Dugri bridge between Model Town and Urban Estate is almost complete and ready for commuters Dugri bridge between Model Town and Urban Estate is almost complete and ready for commuters. Tribune photo: Rajesh Bhambi



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SAD moves EC against Tewari
Ludhiana, April 13
The legal wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal has filed a complaint with the Election Commission against Manish Tewari, the Congress candidate for Ludhiana parliamentary constituency, alleging him of alluring voters on the basis of religion by organising election functions at religious places.
A poster of Maish Tewari that had provoked the SAD legal wing to file a complaint against him. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
A poster of Maish Tewari that had provoked the SAD legal wing to file a complaint against him

Wheat Procurement
Officials threaten to stall work
Accuse contractor of misbehaviour, seek action
Khamano, April 13
The district managers of six procuring agencies and a deputy director yesterday lodged a complaint with the police against a transportation and labour contractor and demanded strict action against him.

55-yr-old commits suicide
Ludhiana, April 13
A 55-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling rod at his residence in Jagdev Colony near Dugri road. The victim was identified as Inderjeet Singh, who was running a nut-bolt manufacturing business at his residence.


DSP Bhupinder Singh inspects the room where the 55-year-old man (inset) committed suicide. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
DSP Bhupinder Singh inspects the room where the 55-year-old man (inset) committed suicide

Woman set afire; 4 booked
Ludhiana, April 13
A woman was allegedly set afire by her neighbours at Geeta Nagar near Tibba road last evening. The victim, Gyan Kaur (45), was rushed to the civil hospital where her condition is stated to be serious.

Fire at hosiery unit
Goods worth Rs 1 cr gutted
Ludhiana, April 13
In a major fire accident on the Noorwala road late last night, machinery and goods in the four-storeyed Resham Hosiery were destroyed. At least 12 fire engines were pressed into service around 1 am. The fire could be controlled by 7 am today.

The destroyed goods at a hosiery unit in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

The destroyed goods at a hosiery unit in Ludhiana

Unfulfilled Promises
Jagraon residents resort to prayers
Jagraon, April 13
Upset over drawing a blank in their fight against government red-tape, voters in Jagraon town have resorted to a unique way of protest by holding prayers for the politicians.

Dubious Deals In LIT
Allotment of plots assumes scandalous proportions
Ludhiana, April 13
All is not well in the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) if one goes through the long list of shady deals that are being probed. The ongoing inquiry into allotments of plots to housing societies and locally displaced persons (LDPs) by the LIT.

COMMUNITY

LS Polls
Arrangements over for smooth elections: DC
Ludhiana, April 13
Vikas Garg, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Electoral Officer, today informed that to conduct free, fair, smooth and impartial elections, all arrangements have been completed in the district.

Libra gets support from social bodies
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 13
Various social and political organisations extended their support to Sukhdev Singh Libra, the Congress nominee from the Fatehgarh Sahib Lok Sabha constituency. The Kalgidhar Federation, The Baba Budha Gurmat Prachar Trust, The Brahman Sabha said Libra had saved pride of the nation on the nuclear pact issue.
Sukhdev Singh Libra (in the audience) listens to a speaker at a meeting held at Ahmedgarh grain market. A Tribune photograph
Sukhdev Singh Libra (in the audience) listens to a speaker at a meeting held at Ahmedgarh grain market

Unhappy nullah panel chief deserts SAD
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 13
The alleged non-cooperation by the SAD-BJP government in the state to clean the polluted Budha Nullah in Ludhiana forced a die-hard Akali, who was the convener of the Buddha Darya Development Committee, to leave the SAD, a party served by his father and relatives.

Youth Akali leader resigns
Blames it on police atrocities
Raikot, April 13
The alleged police atrocities today lead a Youth Akali Dal leader resigned from his post. Pardeep Singh was presently holding the post of secretary, the Youth Akali Dal, Ludhiana Rural, since January 25, 2007.

Pensioners’ body sceptic of fair poll
Ludhiana, April 13
The Northern Railway Pensioners’ Welfare Association has expressed doubts over free and fair Lok Sabha polls due to prevailing political set up. The association has also exhorted the people to vote for the deserving candidates who have vision, dignity, clean track record and an earnest desire to serve the people with dedication and commitment.

Vote against Cong, BJP: MCPI (U)
Doraha, April 13
The state committee of the Marxist Communist Party of India (United) — MCPI (U) — has called upon the people not to vote or the Congress and the BJP in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

No end to miseries of rape victim
Bihar police refuses to reunite girl with her parents
Ludhiana, April 13
The miseries of the 13-year-old girl from Khanpur Patwara near Purnia in Bihar does not seem to end as the Bihar Police has to time to reunite her with her family. The girl was separated from her parents after floods in Kosi river and was allegedly forced into prostitution by a couple, from where a social activist rescued her and took her to the Jodhewal police station.



Thirteen-year-old rape victim with her rescuer Mahavir Singh in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Thirteen-year-old rape victim with her rescuer Mahavir Singh in Ludhiana

Baisakhi celebrated with zeal
Ludhiana, April 13
Founder's day and Baisakhi were celebrated with full zeal at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School today. Staff and students of the school accorded a warm welcome to founder of the school, Rajesh Rudhra, chairman-cum-director of the Group of Green Land Schools.
Students of Greenland Senior Secondary School celebrate the founder’s day and Baisakhi in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Inderjit Verma

Students of Greenland Senior Secondary School celebrate the founder’s day and Baisakhi in Ludhiana

Baisakhi celebrations on sets
Ludhiana, April 13
With the production houses celebrating festivals on the sets of their serials, it has proved to be a home away from home for the artistes working in these serials. The sets of many TV serials are buzzing with activity Baisakhi celebrations.

Stir against fee hike suspended
Ludhiana, April 13
The Hindu Sikh Jagriti Sena has suspended its agitation against the hefty fee hike by the CBSE-affiliated schools following assurance by the Deputy Commissioner that inquiry by the Additional Deputy Commissioner will be completed by April 20 and the school managements will not implement the hike till then.

Riot Victims’ Fund
SAD leader accuses SGPC chief of fraud
Ludhiana, April 13
Charging the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar and president of riot victims’ body Surjit Singh of a fraud on the victims of anti-Sikh riots of 1984, Amarjit Singh Rajpal, a member of general council of the SAD and himself a riot victim, today said that president of the riot victims’ body had misappropriated crores of rupees in the name of rehabilitation of the victims.

Riot victims’ representatives join Congress
Ludhiana, April 13
The representatives of 1984 riot victims today thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi for withdrawing the candidature of Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar. They said their hurt feelings had been ameliorated and now they had come in support of the party.

Preeti, Sanobar’s performance rocks city
Ludhiana, April 13
It was a scintillating performance by Bollywood divas, Preeti Jhangiani and Sanobar Kabir, which made Sutlej Club members enthralled throughout the performance on Baisakhi nite organised at the club.
Bollywood actresses Preeti Jhangiani and (left) Sanobar Kabir perform during the Baisakhi celebrations at the Sutlej Club in Ludhiana
Bollywood actresses Preeti Jhangiani and (left) Sanobar Kabir perform during the Baisakhi celebrations at the Sutlej Club in Ludhiana. Tribune photographs

70,220 quintal wheat purchased
Khamano, April 13
Principal secretary DS Guru visited the grain market to check the purchase of wheat by the agencies. Deputy Commissioner Fatehgarh Sahib Surjit Singh and other concerned officials also accompanied him.

Reporters' Diary
Farmer with a difference
Though people from all walks of life board trains or buses to get to work every morning, our farmer Baldev Singh Mattewara from Mattewara village boards a small boat every morning to cross the Sutlej to get to his workplace, 12-acre field across the river. According to him, farming gets a pride of place among all professions, and he sure knows how to discharge his duties as a farmer. Apart from doing everything to enhance the yield, the 65-year-old never forgets to treat his co-passengers on the boat and his friends to “Gud wali kheer, and Gud wale chawal” on the eve of Baisakhi, and pays his gratitude to weather this way.

Another stem cell surgery at DMCH
Ludhiana, April 13
Dr Sandeep Jasuja, assistant professor of oncology, DMCH, today performed a stem cell transplant in multiple myeloma (a type of blood cancer) in a 60-year-old male patient.

Infants undergo open-heart surgery
Ludhiana, April 13
Bhagheshwari (5) and Pawan Preet (1) were recently operated at CMCH for major cardiac surgery. Having been admitted with almost similar heart defects, the duo had large holes in their hearts along with defective valves.

Tributes paid to Dr Hahnemann
Ludhiana, April 13
Tributes were paid to Dr Hahnemann, founder of homoeopathic system of medicine, on his 254th birthday at a function organised in Lord Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital here today.

Ex-fire officer extends help to deal with exigencies
Ludhiana, April 13
Moved by the sacrifice of 66 officers of the Mumbai Fire Brigade, who lost their lives in the 1947 Fort Stikine Ship fire, a retired fire officer, RK Sharma, has offered to help the city residents prevent and handle fire exigencies.

UCPMA criticises PSEB policy
Ludhiana, April 13
A meeting of the United Cycle Parts and Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) was held here today. In the meeting Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, president, and other members strongly criticised the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) policy to withheld exemption of peak load hours restrictions of the Lok Sabha consumers from May 1 whereas there is no electricity power shortage.

Special students get scholarships
Ludhiana, April 13
The National Federation of Blind today distributed 25 scholarships to visually handicapped students studying in various colleges of the state here today.

CRIME

19 booked for assault
Khanna, April 13
The Khanna police today booked 19 persons for beating and intimidating a woman from Rupalon village. In her complaint lodged to the police, she alleged that a group of some unscrupulous elements headed by Jagjit Singh, a resident of Rupalon village, attacked her.

 





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