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Dispute over ownership of MC land
Construction of shops resumes near bypass

Ludhiana, April 19
Construction under way at Transport Nagar in Ludhiana on Sunday. The construction of shops at Transport Nagar, which was stopped by the municipal corporation last Thursday, was restarted by Anil Gupta, who claims to own the land, reportedly at the behest of BJP councillors and MLAs here today.

Construction under way at Transport Nagar in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

2 years gone, but no work on grain market yet
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 19
Non-construction of the grain market, even after 28 months of the laying of its foundation stone along the Jagera road has emerged as a poll issue among commission agents and farmers of the area.



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A mobile liquor vend!
Ludhiana, April 19
A truck being used as a mobile liquor vend in Ludhiana. Bacchus lovers had never had it so good. An innovative liquor dealer has started a mobile liquor vend from a truck in contravention of excise norms. The truck sells liquor and chilled beer and also offers snacks. Being a Sunday, several liquor enthusiasts were pleasantly surprised to see the truck parked on the Humbran road.

A truck being used as a mobile liquor vend in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Liquidity crunch hits real estate
Ludhiana, April 19
There seems to be no looking up for the real estate sector in the face of the economic meltdown. Not only private land and built-up properties, but also prime chunks of government land and built-up properties are finding no takers. In a worst-ever liquidity crunch, the real estate market is devoid of much activity here.


COMMUNITY

Take to PAU 201, advise experts
Ludhiana, April 19
Scientists from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have urged farmers to accept PAU 201, a new variety of paddy, as it is better and high yielding (average yield 30 quintal per acre) than other varieties.

Zora, Navdeep win turban-tying contest
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 19
Participants of the turban-tying competition at DAV School in Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Zora Singh Sohi of Sohian, Harkomal Singh of Pohir and Navdeep Singh of Gujjarwal were declared “sunder Sikh naujawans” (handsome Sikh youth) in their respective categories at annual “dastar sajauan” (turban tying) competition organised at DAV Senior Secondary School here today.

Participants of the turban-tying competition at DAV School in Ahmedgarh on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Mgmt body brushes skills on legal environment
Ludhiana, April 19
The Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) organised a workshop for its members on the topic “Basics of Legal Environment”. The workshop was conducted by Rohit Das, managing partner, Rohit Das and Associates, Kolkata.

‘Implement pay panel report’
Ludhiana, April 19
A protest rally was today taken out by CRPF Class III and IV staff at Dugri against the non-implementation of the pay commission report.

NRI accuses wife of fraud
Says she married him to reach Canada
NRI Gurkaran Singh Isshpunani addresses mediapersons in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, April 19
NRI Gurkaran Singh Isshpunani had alleged that his wife had duped him by marrying him as she just wanted his help to reach Canada. Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, Isshpunani said, “I and my wife Gurpreet got married on April 20 last year in Punjab and stayed together for around six weeks in India.

NRI Gurkaran Singh Isshpunani addresses mediapersons in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Companies visit mgmt, IT institute
Mandi Gobindgarh, April 19
Top Indian companies like Tata Indicom and Aditya Durobuild recently visited Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences for campus placement as well as interaction with the future professionals and entrepreneurs of the country.

Pay panel: PAU delegation meets Sukhbir
Ludhiana, April 19
A delegation of the PAU Employees Union led by its president Harbans Singh Mundi met Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal here yesterday.

Obesity issues discussed at DMCH
Ludhiana, April 19
A support group on obesity at the DMCH in Ludhiana. About 100 patients attended the first patient support group meeting organised by the DMCH here. Obesity and its implications were discussed at the meeting. The meeting was the first of its kind, where the patients who had undergone bariatric surgery shared their experiences with those who planned to get a weight-loss surgery done.

A support group on obesity at the DMCH in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Poignancy marks ‘The Suit’
Ludhiana, April 19
The Suit, an English and Punjabi play directed by Chandigarh-based theatre director Neelam Mansingh, was received with open arms by the audience in Ludhiana.

Defamatory remarks against PM
Congressmen seek apology from Dhanda
Ludhiana, April 19
A few Congress leaders today sought public apology from Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda for his provocative and defamatory remarks against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a public meeting organised in support of the Akali candidate from the Ludhiana parliamentary constituency Gurcharan Singh Galib.

Traders air their grievances
Ludhiana, April 19
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal while addressing a delegation of traders' associations in the city said yesterday that the Congress was clear on aims and objectives as it had not made right decisions while giving ticket to its candidates in Punjab. It is strange the Congress candidates contesting from Bathinda, Faridkot, Amritsar and Ludhiana belonged to other areas, he added.

Collegium should appoint CBI director: SAD
Party to release its manifesto today
Ludhiana, April 19
The SAD wants that the CBI director should be selected on the pattern of Supreme Court judges or the Chief Vigilance Commissioner. The Supreme Court judges are selected by a collegium. This is the part of the SAD’s agenda and the election manifesto, which would be released tomorrow. 

Talwandi meets traders
Ludhiana, April 19
SAD leader Ranjit Singh Talwandi held meetings with various shopkeepers and traders in the New Shiv Puri road here yesterday in support of Akali candidate for Lok Sabha poll Gurcharan Singh Galib.Urging residents to support Galib, he said Congress candidate Manish Tewari was an outstation candidate and should not be supported. 

‘Education not on politicians’ priority list’ 
Ludhiana, April 19
Education seems to have taken a back seat in Punjab. In terms of the literacy rate, state stands at 10th position in the country. Education has not been on the priority list of most of the candidates even today. The educationists, students and other sections of society feel that country will never reach the top unless its citizens are educated.

Vote wisely, says Babbu Mann
Babbu MannLudhiana, April 19
With elections round the corner, everybody is discussing political agendas. It seems poll fever has griped even celebrities. While performing at Lodhi Club yesterday, singer Babbu Mann said, “Do not get lured by liquor or money as it is the matter of the entire nation. Voting for the right candidate is important for everyone.”

MC forms panel for preparing report
Ludhiana, April 19
The Municipal Commissioner has formed a four-member committee for preparing a detail project report of various development works going on in the city. This report has been sought by HUDCO officials for sanctioning a loan worth Rs 60-70 crore for the civic body.
Activists of the Majilis-e-Ahrar protest against derigotary remarks against Shahi Imam in Ludhiana on Sunday
Activists of the Majilis-e-Ahrar protest against derigotary remarks against Shahi Imam in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Jains seek minority status
Ludhiana, April 19
Jains are feeling cheated as the Congress and the Akali Dal have not kept their promises of granting the status of religious minority to them.

Hate Speeches Forum seek uniform yardstick
Ludhiana, April 19
The People Awareness Forum, an NGO, today lashed out at all senior leaders of various political parties for indulging in the mud-slinging in the wake of the Lok Sabha elections. The general body of the forum which met under presidentship Prof Prithipal Singh Kapur urged the politicians to behave and don’t set examples of poor leadership by hurling abuses against one another.

Closure of level crossing for four days
Residents seek action against railway authorities
Occupants of a car look out for an alternative route to reach their destination after they were stranded at the level crossing on the Jandali road at Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 19
Upset over the failure of the railway authorities to reopen a level crossing at the Jandali Road which joins the local town with about 40 villages, commuters have urged the higher authorities to impress upon officials concerned to open the barrier as early as possible.

Occupants of a car look out for an alternative route to reach their destination after they were stranded at the level crossing on the Jandali road at Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Photo by writer


Twenty20
Ludhiana Media XI register 7-wkt win
Ludhiana, April 19
Sunny smashed 50 runs with the help of three sixes and six hits over the ropes as Ludhiana Media XI scored an easy seven-wicket win over State Bank of Patiala in a Twenty20 cricket match played at Arya College ground here today.

Soccer: CS school bags 12 gold medals
Winners of table soccer championship at CS International School in Ludhiana. Mandi Gobindgarh, April 19
Students of CS International School brought laurels to their institution by winning 12 gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze medals in the District Table Soccer Championship 2009, which concluded at Mata Sundri Public School, Fatehgarh Sahib, yesterday.

Winners of table soccer championship at CS International School in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

34 recalled for hockey camp
Ramandeep Singh GrewalLudhiana, April 19
Indian hockey team is determined to give excellent performance in the forthcoming Asia Cup, slated to be held from May 9 to 16 in Malaysia. The preparatory coaching camp for the team is being organised at Bhopal from April 19 to 30. The team will depart for Malaysia on May 2. Ramandeep Singh Grewal, an Olympian, former captain of the National Hockey Squad and coach of the team, said 34 players had been recalled for the camp.


 






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