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Multi-storey building gutted
Ludhiana, April 30
Property worth crores was gutted in a major fire that broke out in a multi-storey building at Basti Jodhewal at around 6.30 am today.

Fire-fighters douse flames; and  residents along with fire department officials in a rescue operation at Basti Jodhewal in Ludhiana on Thursday.
Fire-fighters douse flames; and (right) residents along with fire department officials in a rescue operation at Basti Jodhewal in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma


Gang of car thieves busted
n17 cars recovered nSeven accused in the net nFake documents and computerised RCs seized
The stolen cars at the Police Lines in Ludhiana on Thursday.Ludhiana, April 30
The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA)-1 of the police has nabbed seven persons and claimed to have busted an inter-state gang of car thieves, who used to sell stolen cars by preparing fake documents and registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle.

The stolen cars at the Police Lines in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photos: Inderjit Verma

Fire safety not small traders’ priority
Ludhiana, April 30
The key for fire safety in congested and populated city of Ludhiana lies with residents only. “Precautions by you can help you as well as others to be safe,” said former chief fire officer, Punjab, A.K. Tiwari.


Drastic fall in commercial property rentals
A few retail outlets, banks have wrapped up their business due to the negative scenario prevailing in market
Ludhiana, April 30
Rentals and property prices for commercial space have drastically reduced in the region-between 35 and 45 per cent-in the first quarter of 2009. And, if experts are to be believed, the slump in the real estate is expected to continue and the capital and rental values of commercial property will reduce over the next six to 12 months.

CM stays away from sewer men cremation
Ludhiana, April 30
Even as Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s itinerary included the city and its neighbouring villages today, he failed to pay a visit to the grief-stricken families of the sewer men who died in Mansa yesterday.

CME on neurosurgery
Ludhiana, April 30
A CME on neurosurgery and endocrinology update was organised by the Indian Medical Association, Ludhiana, last evening at Indian Medical Association house.

A PCO owner has started a courier business side by side to bear losses after STD became free of cost on all landlines of BSNL. Free STD: PCOs facing closure
Ludhiana, April 30
With STD being given free of cost to all subscribers of BSNL on landlines, PCO owners are bearing the brunt. Their customers have now been restricted to the ISD users only. Nearly 50 per cent of the PCOs’ owners have shutdown their operations. Others have started supplementary business side by side.

A PCO owner has started a courier business side by side to bear losses after STD became free of cost on all landlines of BSNL. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Swine flu advisory
‘Avoid links with foreigners’
Ludhiana, April 30
Cautioning residents against the H1N1 “swine flu”, the district health department has called upon the people to avoid direct contact with foreigners/NRIs coming from affected nations.

Power sop to industry
Poll in mind, peak load hour exemption extended till May 31
Ludhiana, April 30
Forced by political compulsions, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has extended the peak load hour exemption to large supply consumers in the state by one month.

Farmers protest poor supply
Amloh, April 30
In wake of protest against the poor power supply, farmers staged a dharna and blocked the traffic for about an hour on the Amloh-Gobindgarh road here today.

Saragarhi Memorial Row
Forum seeks govt’s intervention
Ludhiana, April 30
The Saragarhi Memorials and Ethos Promotion Forum has sought the intervention of the Punjab government in thwarting the alleged grab of the Saragarhi Memorial at Ferozepur by a dera. The dera functionaries are making efforts to grab this historic place with the connivance of the ruling party politicians, the forum has alleged.

‘London Dreams’ 
Manifestation of father’s dreams
Ludhiana, April 30
The upcoming movie “London Dreams” would have been a dream-come-true for Pali Mangat’s father Kulwant Singh, who always wanted to see his son make it big in Bollywood.

City Concerns
Elect persons with clean image
This is what a cross-section of the city residents have to say on what they think about politicians sticking to their poll promises after the elections. The letters also carry suggestions to make them more accountable

Galib ridicules Tewari’s leaflet
Ludhiana, April 30
Reiterating the charge of "outsider" and a "parachute" candidate against Congress nominee Manish Tewari, SAD-BJP candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat Gurcharan Singh Galib today said the distribution of leaflets in newspapers, wherein Tewari sought to draw his local links, only strengthened the common belief of his being an outsider.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal addresses an election rally at Jagraon on Thursday.SAD-BJP rally draws crowd
Jagraon, April 30
Around 4,000 Akali-BJP workers gathered at new grain market, Jagraon, to attend a rally addressed by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today. To show solidarity with the Akali-BJP alliance, candidate Gurcharan Singh Galib and Bhag Singh Malla had organised the rally.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal addresses an election rally at Jagraon on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

SAD intensifies campaigning for Galib
Ludhiana, April 30
Former member of Lok Sabha Amrik Singh Aliwal today claimed that SAD candidate from Ludhiana Gurcharan Singh Galib would win the election with a huge margin and could also create history in the Punjab’s political scenario.

Security beefed up ahead of polls
86 companies of paramilitary forces deployed
Ludhiana, April 30
Security has been beefed up in Punjab following an alert sounded by intelligence agencies about possible attempts by militants to disrupt elections in the state. There is also a possibility of attacks on the VIPs during campaigning.

Parties dole booze, gifts to lure voters
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 30
Despite appeals by the Jathedar of Akal Takht to all parties not to distribute liquor or drugs and the commitment of the Election Commission to conduct fair polls, only some candidates have paid heed to the plea, as most of them are trying to turn tables by luring voters in every possible way.

Graffiti on Wall
SAD-BJP activists in the dock
Ludhiana, April 30
A day after the city police received a whip from Election Commission observers for not taking action against political parties for defacing the public and government property by pasting posters of their candidates, the police today registered three cases against SAD-BJP workers for defacing the public property.

EC told to suspend MC commissioner
Ludhiana, April 30
The legal cell of the District Congress Committee today registered a complaint with the Chief Election Commissioner of India against the commissioner of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation for violation of rules and regulations.

Engineers irked over pay panel bias
Ludhiana, April 30
The Council of Diploma Engineers’ Association of PWD (B&R) today stated that junior engineers cadre has been given step-motherly treatment by the pay commission.

SBI ATM at Kohara
Samrala, April 30
The State Bank of India will install 450 new ATMs in villages up to 2010. Ashok Gupta, general manager, SBI, Chandigarh, inaugurated an ATM at Kohara. 

From Schools
Gaurav, Sovia head student council
Students of Bal Bharati participate in a story-telling competition in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, April 30
SAN Jain Model Senior Secondary School formed its students’ council for the smooth working of all activities throughout the year. Students from different classes participated with great enthusiasm. On-the-spot written test was held and response of the students was quite appreciable.

Students of Bal Bharati participate in a story-telling competition in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Varsity bids adieu to superintendent
Ludhiana, April 30
A warm farewell function was organised by Centre for Communication and International Linkages of PAU, Ludhiana, on the eve of superannuation of Joga Singh, superintendent of the centre. All faculty and staff members were present on the function.

No sign of dengue in city
Ludhiana, April 30
The district health department has swung into action after the first case of dengue was reported in the city yesterday. Teams of health officials are involved in conducting awareness campaigns throughout the city.


3 booked in acid attack case
Jagraon, April 30
The Jagraon police has booked three persons in an acid attack case. The victim, Karamjit Singh of Sherpur Khurd village, was attacked with acid by two persons near Kular village, when he was going to meet his wife Satwinder Kaur at a gurdwara near Sudhar village on the evening of April 28.

Attempt to break ATM
Khanna, April 30
Some unidentified miscreants broke the ATM of a nationalised bank situated on the GT Road last night. The miscreants failed to take away the money from the machine. The accused could not be identified.


Tenant Row
Slogans raised against Dhanda
Ludhiana, April 30
The district administration today ordered a magisterial inquiry into a dispute between a landlord and a tenant in Janta Enclave, Dugri, that took an ugly turn late last night.

Markan Trophy
Chandigarh beat Ludhiana by 188 runs
A Chandigarh team batsman in action against hosts Ludhiana on Thursday.Ludhiana, April 30
Facing an uphill task against Chandigarh's first innings mammoth total of 482 runs, host Ludhiana wilted under pressure as they could muster only 294 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the stipulated 95 overs on the second day of the third match of the two-day Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-16) for the ML Markan Trophy being played at MGM Public School, Dugri, here today.

A Chandigarh team batsman in action against hosts Ludhiana on Thursday. A Tribune photograph

TT Meet
Gurleen, Yashi storm into final
Ludhiana, April 30
Gurleen Kaur of Alpine International Senior Secondary School, along with Yashi from BVM School, Udham Singh Nagar branch, overpowered their respective opponents to book berths in the final in the cadet girls' section on the opening day of the three-day Ludhiana Schools’ Open Table Tennis Tournament, which got off to a colourful start on the Alpine International School campus here today.

Cricket trials on May 3
Ludhiana, April 30
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) will conduct trials to select the Ludhiana probables (seniors) here at MGM Public School, Phase I, Dugri, on May 3 at 4 pm. According to Vinod Chitkara, general secretary, LDCA, the Ludhiana team will be finalised from these probables for the forthcoming Punjab State Inter-District Katoch Shield Cricket Tournament to be organised by the Punjab Cricket Association from third week of May at different venues in the state. —OC




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