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Galib rally brings traffic to halt again
Ludhiana, April 22
Residents bore the brunt of the nomination papers filed by SAD candidate GS Galib as traffic jams remained the order of the day and the mini secretariat gates were closed in view of VIP security. Also, a large number of buses were used in the show of strength, forcing people to wait for autorickshaws to reach their destinations.
A rally being taken out by SAD candidate GS Galib in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A rally being taken out by SAD candidate GS Galib in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo Himanshu Mahajan

Two die, 23 fall ill after eating gol gappas
Ludhiana, April 22
Two persons died and 23 fell ill after eating adulterated gol gappas at New Gautam Colony near Basti Jodhewal here last night.



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Man held for shooting cousin
Accused’s father struggles for life
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 22
A man shot his cousin, identified as Kuldip Singh Lucky (36), and injured his father when they tried to save the accused’s wife at their house last evening.

Dowry Death
Man gets 10-yr-jail
Ludhiana, April 22
Additional Sessions Judge AS Grewal has convicted Harchand Singh of Sangowal village in a dowry death case. He has been sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.

Poll Duty Rehearsals
Most banks remain closed
Ludhiana, April 22
Banking operations were badly hit in the state today with a majority of bank employees away on poll duty rehearsal.
A notice outside the SBI branch at the Mini Secretariat, saying that the staff is away for poll duty rehearsal most banks wore a deserted look in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
(Left) A notice outside the SBI branch at the Mini Secretariat, saying that the staff is away for poll duty rehearsal; and most banks wore a deserted look in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Photos: 
Inderjeet Verma

Activists of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation protest in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Trade union launches agitation
Ludhiana, April 22
Five activists of the district unit of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF) today sat on a 24-hour fast at the Mini Secretariat here, demanding the implementation of the pay commission report.


Activists of the Punjab Subordinate Services Federation protest in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

3 hurt as cylinder explodes
Ludhiana, April 22
Three persons were injured, two critically, after an illegal cylinder exploded at Muslim Colony near Sherpur Chowk here today.



COMMUNITY

Swindler Girls
Taped conversation points needle at gang leader’s wife
Ludhiana, April 22
City resident Rishi Sood’s recorded telephonic conversation with the wife of a gang leader, Raman Rana, has unmasked the presence an organised gang of swindler girls in the city.

2,000 officials attend rehearsal
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 22
The first rehearsal of the staff put on poll duty in connection with the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections was conducted under the supervision of respective Assistant Election Returning Officers at Payal, Raikot and Malerkotla subdivisions, near here, today. An official demonstrates the use of EVM at Payal, near Ahmedgarh, on Wednesday.
An official demonstrates the use of EVM at Payal, near Ahmedgarh, on Wednesday. Photo: 
Mahesh Sharma

Women staff allege raw deal
Doraha, April 22
If women staff engaged in the rehearsal of poll duties here are to be believed, their colleagues of the opposite sex have been spared in some departments in contravention of the election commission guidelines, which state that women can only be engaged for the purpose in the face of a severe shortage of male staff.

800 vehicles in Galib’s motorcade!
Jagraon, April 22
Throwing election commission’s guidelines on the use of vehicles for campaigning out of window, 800 vehicles escorted SAD-BJP alliance candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat Gurcharan Singh Galib to Ludhiana for filing of nomination papers today.

Vehicles that were part of SAD candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib’s motorcade bear “private vechicle” stickers at Jagraon on Wednesday. Photo by writer
Vehicles that were part of SAD candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib’s motorcade bear “private vechicle” stickers at Jagraon on Wednesday.

SAD councillor joins Congress
Ludhiana, April 22
Gurdeep Kaur, two-time SAD councillor from ward No. 61 (Dugri), today quit her party and joined the Congress.

Election office opened
Jagraon, April 22
Shiromani Akali Dal candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat Gurcharan Singh Galib opened his office here today. Though he and his son were not present at the opening ceremony — as Galib was away to Ludhiana file his nomination papers — the office was inaugurated by Sant Jagjit Singh Lopon, while Bhag Singh Malla along with the local leadership organised the ceremony. Akali workers at the opening of an office of Gurcharan Singh Galib at Raikot on Wednesday.
Akali workers at the opening of an office of Gurcharan Singh Galib at Raikot on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

SSF to oppose SAD
Jagraon, April 22
The National President of the Sehajdhari Sikh Federation (SSF), Dr Paramjeet Singh Ranu, yesterday condemned the Akalis for calling the Sehajdhari Sikhs as Patits (Non-Sikhs).

Khanna Grain Market
Rainwater wreaks havoc on piled-up crop
Khanna, April 22
Farmers here have been at the receiving end as rainwater has been damaging crop piled up in the low-lying areas of the local grain market. The inundation of low-lying pockets during rains has led to damage to crop laid out on the floor for cleaning.

Jewellers pin hopes on Akshaya Trithiya
Ludhiana, April 22
Jewellers are pinning hopes on Akshaya Trithiya, which falls on April 27, for bringing them good fortune by ensuring handsome sales. At a time of recession, such festivals are expected to bring a relief to traders. However, rising prices of gold may prove damper for those in business.

Specialised nano lab a boon for farmers
Ludhiana, April 22
Nanotechnology can bring revolutionary changes in the field of agriculture as scientists can now develop technologies relevant to agriculture and food systems by employing high-resolution imaging facilities available at the Electron Microscopy and Nanoscience Laboratory (EMN).

Glut-like situation still at grain market
Khanna, April 22
Glut-like situation still prevails in the grain market here with lakhs of gunny bags filled with wheat lying unpicked. As many as 3.5 lakh bags are still lying in the Asia’s biggest grain market.

A farmer lying on unpicked gunny bags at Khanna grain market where glut-like situation still prevails. Tribune photo : Vicky Gharu 
A farmer lying on unpicked gunny bags at Khanna grain market where glut-like situation still prevails.

Earth Day
Wordsworth House best in eco-project
Ludhiana, April 22
As a part of the Earth Day celebrations, the GD Goenka Public School organised an eco-project competition here today. Four houses viz Shakespeare, Keats, Shelley and Wordsworth participated in the contest. They prepared posters, collages, paintings and incorporated captions, slogans and interesting facts about earth and environment.
Students of BCM Arya Model School pledge to save the earth in Ludhiana on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan
Students of BCM Arya Model School pledge to save the earth in Ludhiana on Wednesday.


Go Green, say students
Mullanpur Dakha, April 22
In a bid to preserve environment, the Peace Public School celebrated the week as ‘Environment Week’. In the morning assembly, students today presented ideas to save the environment. The students and teachers greeted each other with ‘Go Green’ slogan and wore a green badge depicting the same message.

Students resolve to make earth a heaven at Peace Public School in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Students resolve to make earth a heaven at Peace Public School in Ludhiana on Wednesday.

PAU joins in
Ludhiana, April 22
Earth Day was celebrated on the PAU campus today. The programme was organised by the department of agricultural meteorology in collaboration with the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India.

PAU officials accused of impropriety
Ludhiana, April 22
The Non-Teaching Employees’ Union of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is up in arms against the alleged misbehaviour of officials against the employees.

Social bodies to honour former SDM
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 22
Local social organisations will felicitate former SDM Dr Indu for launching a scheme to preserve environment. Dr Indu had initiated a move to present saplings to newly wed couples three years ago. This was decided on the concluding session of the Earth Day celebrations, jointly organised by the Eco Club, Rotary Club, CB Welfare Association and Green Brigade at the MGMN Senior Secondary School here today.

Office-bearers of social organisations plant a sapling at a school in Ahmedgarh on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph
Office-bearers of social organisations plant a sapling at a school in Ahmedgarh on Wednesday.

Union members seek pending salaries
Khamano, April 22
A meeting of the SC/BC Union, Fatehgarh Sahib, was held under the chairmanship of district organiser Bhagat Singh here today.

Mammography machine at DMCH
Ludhiana, April 22
A mammography machine with stereo-tactic biopsy system was installed at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here. This latest diagnostic equipment will help in prompt and accurate detection of breast cancer that in turn may extend a patient’s life by about 20 years.

Alumni assn formed at PAU
Ludhiana, April 22
The department of journalism, languages and culture, Punjab Agricultural University, has launched an alumni association to facilitate interaction between the students and its alumni.

No training for teachers on election days
Ludhiana, April 22
There will be no teacher-training under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan on election days in Punjab. The decision has been taken to facilitate teachers to cast their votes and to perform election duties. The training under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan for primary teachers is being conducted from April 15 to May 28 and from April 15 to May 19 for primary teachers.

Theft at Verka booth
Ludhiana, April 22
A gang of thieves stole Rs 12,000 from the locker of a Verka booth, situated at the Jalandhar bypass on Monday.

City Concerns - II
Manifestos cloaked to impress
This is what a cross section of Ludhiana residents have to say on what they thought about politicians sticking to their poll promises after the elections. The letters also carry suggestions to make them more answerable.


Bodybuilding
Punjab squad for national meet
Ludhiana, April 22
The Punjab Amateur Bodybuilding Association (PABA) has announced a seven-member Punjab team for the upcoming Senior National Bodybuilding Championship to be held from April 23 to 25 in Mumbai.

 






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