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Now that Galib has quit party,
Congress remembers his poor track record

Ludhiana, April 24
In a major development, the spokesperson for the All India Congress Committee, Manish Tewari, has challenged his SAD rival Gurcharan Singh Galib that he would withdraw his candidature from the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections if Galib could prove that he had asked even a single question or participated in any debate during his two terms in the House.

PSEB technical staff put on poll duty
Directions violated 

Jarag (Ludhiana), April 24
Flouting directions of the Chief Election Officer (CEO), Punjab, the Ludhiana District Election Officer has put technical staff of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) on election duty.


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EC order was flouted, but DSP says no 
Ludhiana, April 24
In what seems to be a mere eyewash, the DSP, who was asked by the district election officer to explain the presence of more than five persons during the filing of the nomination papers by SAD candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib on April 22, has said the Election Commission’s order was not flouted.

Plastic bags consume cattle
Ludhiana, April 24
The unabated use of plastic bags in violation of the Punjab Plastic Bags Control Act is responsible for the death of dozens of cattlehead in the city and its periphery.

COMMUNITY

Badal to canvass for Galib tomorrow
Ludhiana, April 24
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will provide a boost to the election campaign of the SAD-BJP candidate from Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat Gurcharan Singh Galib here on Sunday with his presence in around 25 meetings to be organised in different parts of the city. Badal will discuss the electoral strategy with party activists at the residence of Galib early in the morning. 

40 candidates in fray
Ludhiana, April 24
A total of 40 candidates are in the fray for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat on the last day of filing nomination papers.

Atwal opens office at Khamano
Khamano, April 24
SAD-BJP candidate from the Fatehgarh Sahib constituency Charanjit Singh Atwal opened an election office here today.

Khalsa Panchayat backs Cong
Ludhiana, April 24
The Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat, a radical Sikh body and an adversary of Akali leadership, especially Parkash Singh Badal, has appealed to the people, particularly the Sikhs, to vote for the Congress-led UPA.

Fire chars machinery worth crores
The unit owner shows the roof and machinery that were gutted in LudhianaLudhiana, April 24
Material worth Rs 1.5 crore was gutted in a fire that broke out in a unit at Rahon Road last evening. According to eyewitnesses, the unit caught fire around 6.15 pm. Labourers tried to douse the flame with fire-extinguishers but the situation got out of hand and a fire waggon was pressed into service.

The unit owner shows the roof and machinery that were gutted in Ludhiana. Photo: IV

‘Radiation can cause variation in crops’
Ludhiana, April 24
"Plant breeding is driven by variation and radiation can induce variation", this was stated by Dr BS Ahluwalia, former consultant FAO-International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria, while delivering a lecture on “Radiation-induced mutation in crop improvement” in the auditorium of Dr MS Randhawa Library, PAU, here yesterday.

660 wheat bags found overweight
Commission agent, weighing in charge fined
Farmers protest against overweighing of wheat at the grain market at Dalla village. Jagraon, April 24
Farmers staged a protest after 660 bags of wheat were found overweight at the grain market of Dalla village, near here. Earlier, a farmser of the village had accused a commission agent of the market of overweighing grains. The agent is a high-profile Akali leader of Jagraon.

Farmers protest against overweighing of wheat at the grain market at Dalla village. A Tribune photograph

BSNL staff observe fast
Ludhiana, April 24
Non-executive staff of the BSNL observed a day’s fast to press on the management for an early wage revision here today. The fast was observed by the staff members even as they continued to perform their duties.

Draughtsmen cry foul
Ludhiana, April 24
The Punjab Draughtsman Association president Gurcharan Singh Heera today said the report submitted by the pay commission to the Punjab government was incomplete as the pay scale recommended by their organisation in its memorandum was not incorporated.

Excise association new chief welcomed
Ludhiana, April 24
Members of the Central Excise Inspectors' Association organised a party at the Sutlej Club here yesterday to celebrate the election of Ashok Sharma as president of the Customs and Central Excise Gazetted Executive Officers' Association, Chandigarh zone.

Firm launches on-road protector policy
Ludhiana, April 24
After the successful launch of the on-road protector, add on to the auto-protector policy in the northern market; IFFCO-Tokio General Insurance Company Limited (ITGI) launched a road assistance policy in Ludhiana yesterday.

Sitar player enchants audience 
Ludhiana, April 24
A function was organised to promote Indian classical music and culture among youth by an organisation started by Bhaini Sahib, SPIC MACAY, near here yesterday.

Tabla instructor declared Mr Singh
Nanak with his wife and other contestants after winning Mr Singh title in Delhi Doraha, April 24
Nanak Singh Deol won the title of Mr Singh 2009-10 in a competition organised in Delhi recently. Only 100 contestants were called in for interviews out of 500 nominees. Of these, 16 proceeded to the semifinals.



Nanak with his wife and other contestants after winning Mr Singh title in Delhi recently. A Tribune photograph

Biotechnology school to boost agriculture
l Improve crops l Produce diseasefree planting material through micropropagation. l Vaccines for cattle and poultry  l Disease diagnostic kits l Bio- fertiliser l Bio-insecticides l Bio-fuels and energy l Bio-electricity l Use of compost and straw to generate biogas
Ludhiana, April 24
Punjab Agricultural University has set up a school of biotechnology to give boost to research in agriculture and allied subjects. Biotechnology has major implications in medicine, veterinary, agriculture, forestry and environment, particularly in the removal of pollutants. According to a recent report, the global added value of biotechnology would reach 22 billion dollars by 2010.

Kendriya Vidyalaya celebrates annual day 
Students perform folk dance at the annual function in Ludhiana Mullanpur Dakha, April 24
Kendriya Vidyala No. 1 at AD Halwara celebrated its annual day last evening. Group Captain Vikram Singh was the chief guest and Dr Aarti Singh was the guest of honour.



Students perform folk dance at the annual function in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Placement drive at KIMT
Ludhiana, April 24
The training and placement cell at KIMT organised a placement drive for its students on the campus yesterday.

Students inspired to save earth
Children share a light moment after a graduation ceremony at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, LudhianaLudhiana, April 24
As a part of the Earth Day celebrations, BCM Senior Secondary School showed movies to students. The movies highlighted the continuous degradation of environment. School principal DP Guleria encouraged the students to save the earth.

Children share a light moment after a graduation ceremony at Green Land Senior Secondary Public School, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


CRIME

Bid to abduct girl, youth held
Ludhiana, April 24
Tension prevailed at the Mall Road when a youth allegedly tried to abduct a girl in his car here today. The youth was nabbed and handed over to the police.

Policemen inspect the scene where bullet shells were found after a firing incident in Ludhiana on Thursday evening; and (inset) Manvir Singh. Hairstylist hurt in shootout
Ludhiana, April 24
A man received a bullet injury in a shootout here last night. Sources said the shootout was in retaliation to an earlier incident, in which three bullets were fired at Manvir, a resident of Gill village, by Jasvir Singh, Inderjeet Singh, Bhagwant, and Gurdeep of Shajad village at the district court complex.


Policemen inspect the scene where bullet shells were found after a firing incident in Ludhiana on Thursday evening; and (inset) Manvir Singh. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan.

Minor raped
Ludhiana, April 24
A 13-year-old minor was allegedly raped by a youth in a shanty situated near a petrol station here last evening. The matter came to light today when the Haibowal police booked the accused for rape.

Sandeep, Gaurav script Ludhiana win
Ludhiana, April 24
The jubilant team after winning a cricket match in Ludhiana A fine batting display by Rohan Marwaha (179), Shiv Luv (51) and Navneet Singh (45) went in vain, as hosts Ludhiana defeated Amritsar by 30 runs in the opening match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-16) for the ML Markan Trophy at MGM Public School here today.



The jubilant team after winning a cricket match in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

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