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Two factories gutted 
Material worth crores reduced to ashes 
A fire fighter tries to douse flames at MK Hoisery in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, April 27
The staff-crunched fire department of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation was caught in a difficult situation with two fires incidents reported in the city today morning.

A fire fighter tries to douse flames at MK Hoisery in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Fire dept understaffed, ill-equipped
Due to the absence of ladders, fire fighters use each other’s shoulders to climb a wall in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, April 27
The fire department in Ludhiana has a staff of only 75 persons, including senior officers, to cater to 35-lakh population of the city, courtesy the “indifferent” attitude of the state government and Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. Despite repeated media reports and requests of fire officials, nothing has come their way for the past over two-and-a-half-year.

Due to the absence of ladders, fire fighters use each other’s shoulders to climb a wall in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


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Old-age home inmates to boycott poll
Lament hollow promises by successive govts
Inmates of Biradh Ashram at Karamsar near Ahmedgarh. Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 27
Elderly people deserted by their children in old age has become an election issue in this part of the state. A large number of senior citizens of North India, who have been staying in old-age homes, have decided against voting in the Lok Sabha elections till the government undertakes the responsibility of ameliorating their lot.

Inmates of Biradh Ashram at Karamsar near Ahmedgarh. Photo by the writer

30 left in fray
Ludhiana, April 27
Thirty candidates were left in the fray for the 15th Lok Sabha elections in the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency, as three withdrew their nominations on the last day of withdrawal here today.

COMMUNITY

Residents stay indoors as mercury rises
Girls relish ice candies on a hot sunny day in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, April 27
With mercury hovering around 42 degrees celsius in the city, residents prefer to stay indoors during the peak working hours. Unbearable heat, along with dry spell, have added misery to their lives. The busy and congested roads in the city have started giving a deserted look due to the extreme weather conditions.

Girls relish ice candies on a hot sunny day in Ludhiana on Monday. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma

Pay panel flayed
Ludhiana, April 27
The Punjab State Ministerial Services Union announced here today formation of a high-powered committee to fight against the recommendation for the clerical grade by the Fifth Pay Commission.

Voters spammed with poll SMSes 
Dealers of cell phone cos receive offers for supplying lists of subscribers 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 27
This election, mobile phone users in this part of Malwa can expect to be spammed with SMSes to not merely vote for a particular candidate or a political party, but also to consider issues such as the recent Mumbai blasts and the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Degrees conferred on 850 students
Students with degrees at the SCD Government College in Ludhiana on Monday.Ludhiana, April 27
The convocation ceremony of SCD Government College was organised here today. Dr Kanwarjit Singh, former DPI (colleges), Punjab, was the chief guest. Principal Dr Malkiat Singh presented the annual report, highlighting achievements of students and faculty. A total of 850 degrees were awarded to students.

Students with degrees at the SCD Government College in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Club distributes books to students
Amloh, April 27
Students should plant atleast one sapling on special occasions, Punjab Sabhyacharak Club chief Roshan Lal Sood said during a book distribution function at Government Model High School, Mangewal, today. Around 250 students from neighbouring schools were given exercise books of all subjects. Club secretary Balbir Singh Ghuman said the club had been providing books and clothes to the students for the past 17 years. School principal Mukand Singh extended a vote of thanks to guests. —OC

Corporate help in education sought
Ludhiana, April 27
Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University Dr Rajneesh Arora released a book on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Atam Vallabh Jain College, Hussainpura, recently.

Bank branch shifted
Ludhiana, April 27
The Oriental Bank of Commerce shifted its Millerganj branch to 692, Industrial Area-B, Millerganj today. The new office has an ATM facility.

Cancer patient needs help
Ludhiana, April 27
Anil Kumar (35), who is suffering from cancer, hails from a poor family in Jalandhar. He was brought to Christian Medical College and Hospital in a serious condition, where he was diagnosed with rectal Cancer.

City Mayor’s ward included in new constituency
Ludhiana, April 27
The city Mayor's ward, Giaspura, has been included in the Fatehgarh Sahib parliamentary constituency after the delimitation process this time.

Tewari reiterates his challenge to Galib
Ludhiana, April 27
Congress candidate from Ludhiana parliamentary constituency Manish Tewari today reiterated his challenge to his main opponent Gurcharan Singh Galib of the SAD to prove that he ever raised a question in parliament during his 10-year stint.

BJP opens three new offices
Ludhiana, April 27
The BJP today opened three offices for poll canvassing of the SAD-BJP candidate, Gurcharan Singh Galib, from Ludhiana constituency.

Ludhiana constituency remains male bastion
Ludhiana, April 27
With no woman candidate in the fray, the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency continues to be a male bastion.

Billboards being put up on the eve of BSP rally in Ludhiana on Monday. BSP campaign from today
Ludhiana, April 27
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati will launch the party election campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in Punjab tomorrow. The party will take out a rally at Grain Market near the Jalandhar bypass chowk. General secretary of the state unit of the party Ramanjit Lally was present at the venue of the rally to check the final arrangements.

Billboards being put up on the eve of BSP rally in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

SAD, BSP, Cong booked for defacing property
Mullanpur Dakha, April 26
A poll observer, on visit to villages of the Ludhiana constituency, slapped cases on three major political parties for defacing government as well as private property.

Quack flourishes as health authorities look away
The illegal drug store at Dashmesh Charitable Hospital being run by a midwife and her son on the Barewal Road in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, April 27
The district health authorities have failed to take action against a midwife (trained dai) who is illegally running a hospital and a drug store under the name of Dashmesh Charitable Hospital on the Barewal road, Ludhiana, thereby endangering the lives of hundreds of area residents.

The illegal drug store at Dashmesh Charitable Hospital being run by a midwife and her son on the Barewal Road in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Scam alleged in coal supplies 
Ludhiana, April 27
If the statement of Deputy Speaker Satpal Gosain is to be believed, the state industry might face closure, as the coal supply meant to be distributed under the Tiny Consumer Quota Policy was sold by private players in the open market at a premium.

Retail outlets’ closure
Owners of commercial units feel the pinch
Closed outlets of Subhiksha and Reliance Fresh in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, April 27
With a view to countering the prevailing economic meltdown, the efforts of the marriage palace owners on the Shingar Cinema road to convert the area into a shopping street seem to have gone down the drain due to recession.


Closed outlets of Subhiksha and Reliance Fresh in Ludhiana. Tribune photographs

Granthi Murder 
Kin block traffic
Khanna, April 27
Relatives of a 60-year-old granthi Inder Singh blocked the Rahon-Doraha road, here today, demanding an immediate arrest of the accused. He was murdered in Selkiana village over a panchayati land dispute in which seven others got injured. As per police records, Inder used to do farming on 2.5 acres with the consent of the panchayat. Another villager Teja Singh objected to this and often quarreled with Inder over the issue. Inder and some other villagers were harvesting crop when Teja allegedly attacked him along with 10 goons. —TNS

Personality development camp
Ludhiana, April 27
About 200 students from different colleges of the PAU participated in a two-day personality development camp, organised by Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle. The editor of "Sada Virsa Sada Gaurav" said students should meditate and exercise regularly and could attain solace by reciting Gurbani. Religious movie "Sada Chir Jeevo" was also screened for the students. Important features of personality development were explained to the students on the second day of the camp. —TNS

Feroz Khan was ‘real royal’ of Bollywood
In 1991, when I visited Bangalore with the Punjab Billiards and Snooker team as a team manager to participate in the National Billiards and Snookers’ Championship hosted by the Karnataka State Billiards Association, the only actor I knew was Feroz Khan. He was a snooker lover and the then vice-president of the association.


CRIME

Truck hits bike, 11-yr-old dies
Raikot, April 27
A boy was killed on Saturday when his motorcycle was hit by a truck. The victim, Gurbir Singh (11), of Littar village was going to Raikot on his motor cycle (PB-10-CE-5950) with his uncle and cousins Hardeep Singh and Gurpreet Singh riding pillion.


 






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