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DC Garg sent packing
Had ‘bailed out’ Galib while filing papers
Ludhiana, May 3
Barely three months after former Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana Sumer Singh Gurjar faced an unceremonious exit from the city, similar treatment was meted out to incumbent Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg, who was asked to swap places with Nawanshahr Deputy Commissioner following directions by the Chief Election Commissioner.

Property worth Rs 25 cr reduced to ashes
Ludhiana, May 3
Fire-fighters at a knitwear unit in Ludhiana on Sunday A fire broke out at Eastend Knitwears in Sunder Nagar here today at around 4 am. Machine and materials worth Rs 25 crore were reduced to ashes.

Fire-fighters at a knitwear unit in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Remarks over ’92 Assembly polls
Tewari faces partymen’s wrath
Manish TewariLudhiana, May 3
A group of Congress workers today burnt the effigy of party candidate in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls Manish Tewari over his remark that the party had won the 1992 elections in Punjab by default. In an angry protest at Haibowal chowk here today, the agitated party workers charged Tewari with being an outsider to Punjab and knowing nothing of the history and background of the party in the state.

Poll observer inspects city for violations
Ludhiana, May 3
Election observer Abha Shukla today inspected several areas in the city and took note of violations pertaining to the code of conduct. Accompanied by a battery of officials, Abha went to Shimlapuri, Atam Nagar and Atam Public School to take stock of the situation.

Suicide By Youth
Angry residents attack police station
Ludhiana, May 3
Angry relatives of a 23-year-old youth, who committed suicide last evening, pelted division No. 6 police station with stones in protest against police inaction against the victim’s wife, who allegedly drove him to take the step, here today.

12-yr-old killed in accident
Jagraon, May 3
A boy was killed when his bicycle was hit by a tempo last evening. The victim has been identified as Manpreet Singh (12) of Janetpura village, near here.


Over 3,500 students take CET
Ludhiana, May 3
Over 3,500 students took their Combined Entrance Exam (CET) here today. The test is conducted by the Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, every year. The university had made about 13 centres to accommodate candidates.

A stand-up comedian Papa CJ performs at Guru Nanak Bhawan in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Flu scare hits travel industry
Ludhiana, May 3
The spread of Swine flu in European countries has put the travelling plans of city residents on hold for the time being. However, those traveling to these countries are not canceling their air tickets, but the panic about the flu has sent the travel industry into the jitters, which is already grappling with the recession.

Experts give tips to keep asthma at bay
Ludhiana, May 3
A free asthma camp was organised at the DMCH here today to commemorate World Asthma Day that falls on May 5. Over 150 patients, including adults and children, were examined, and spirometry test was conducted on about 65 patients. 

CME on stunted growth in kids
Ludhiana, May 3
The district branch of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) today conducted a continuing medical education (CME) programme on paediatric endocrinology in which growth-related problems among children were discussed by specialists.

Eager to join poll campaign, farmers continue to burn wheat stubble
Wheat stubble being burnt in a field at Jurahan village near Ahmedgarh on Saturday night. Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 3
In an effort to join the poll campaigns of their candidates, farmers of the area falling under the Sangrur and Ludhiana districts continue to burn wheat stubble in their fields. Despite warnings by environmentalists and farm scientists against the burning of stubble and the ban imposed by the district administration the farmers remain unconcerned with the deteriorating environment and soil fertility.
Wheat stubble being burnt in a field at Jurahan village near Ahmedgarh on Saturday night. A Tribune photograph 

Sangrur candidates play with well-diggers’ sentiments
Dhadewara (Mandi Ahmedgarh), May 3
Residents of Dhadhwara village near Ahmedgarh in Sangrur district narrate their woes Almost all candidates from the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency are ready to take on Parliament for the rights of people of their constituencies after their victory, but none has answer to woes of dozens of families of this nondescript village whose kin were buried alive while increasing the depth of the wells for bringing depleting water table within farmers’ reach during the past several years.

Residents of Dhadhwara village near Ahmedgarh in Sangrur district narrate their woes. Photo by writer

City’s lost proposed intl airport to Mohali, says Tewari
Ludhiana, May 3
The city has lost the proposed international airport at Halwara to Mohali. Manish Tewari, Congress candidate for the forthcoming parliamentary elections, while addressing a press conference here today, sated this.

Terror threat during elections
Internet café owners told to keep check on outsiders
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 3
Apprehending that a few terrorists or anti-social elements might mislead security forces or investigating agencies by using Internet facilities at various commercial establishments, the administration has directed owners of the Internet cafes not to allow unknown people to use this facility.

Protest over opening of tavern
Residents protest against the opening of a tavern alongside a liquor vend in Ludhiana on SundayLudhiana, May 3
Residents and shopkeepers of Dugri Phase-I held a dharna and protested against the opening up of a tavern along with a liquor shop in their area. The residents and shopkeepers, including Avinash Rai Chadha, Gurcharan Singh Bansal, Rajkumar Raju and Dharam Singh Chawla, complained that with the opening of tavern in the locality, it would not be safe for them to live in the area.

Residents protest against the opening of a tavern alongside a liquor vend in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan 

NRI dies in jail
Ludhiana, May 3
A 30-year-old NRI, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, died following a cardiac arrest at Central Jail here today. The inmate, identified as Amarjeet Singh, a resident of Punjabi Bagh Jalandhar, was undergoing a jail term in a murder case. He died in his cell this morning.

Youth killed, 4 hurt in accident
Mullanpur Dakha, May 3
A youth, Deepak, was killed while four others were injured when a Maruti car rammed into a stationary Army trailer on the Jagraon road last night. The car (PB 25 A 4645), driven by Pankaj (27) of New Delhi, hit the Army vehicle on the outskirts of Mullanpur Dakha, near Dhatt village.

Focus on inventory mgmt
Ludhiana, May 3
A seminar on “how to be more competitive in business by releasing capital from inventories?” was held at the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) yesterday. Avtar Singh, CICU general secretary, emphasised that in present scenario, organisations should focus on inventory education and management practices for increasing profitability. Speakers SK Sharma and Dr AK Saihpal gave presentations. About 45 participants attended the seminar. — TNS


Estate owner’s son booked for grabbing father’s property
Mullanpur Dakha, May 3
The famous (later infamous) Deol’s estate seems to be felling apart. There seems to be war of supremacy going on within family with each trying to take grab as much property as they can by hook or crook. Pritam Singh Deol, who originally hailed from Boparai village, was once a leading transporter (Deol Road Carriers). He had 300-truck trolley in his fleet beside overseas business in money exchange (DFE Traders Pvt Ltd) and Authorized TATA Service Station (Deol Motors Ltd) at their headquarters Deol Estates near Bhanohar village after returning from Canada in 1996.

Haibowal Khurd school register win

Ludhiana, May 3
Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd, defeated GMT Public School by two wickets on the second day of the first edition of the Ludhiana District Inter-School Rajgadh Estates Prize Money Cricket Cup Tournament (U-19) being played at SDP College for Women, Circular Road.

Cricket trials
Ludhiana, May 3
At least 70 aspirants turned up for the trials conducted by the Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) at MGM Public School, Dugri, here today.

Media XI humble Cremica XI
Ludhiana, May 3
Another hurricane innings of 90 runs off just 37 balls by Mohit Khanna and devastating bowling by Tarsem Devgan (5 for 20) steered Ludhiana Media XI to a comfortable 71-run victory over Cremica XI in a Twenty20 cricket match played at Arya College ground here today.

ML Markan Trophy
Manpreet, Shivam propel Patiala into final
Ludhiana, May 3
Fine centuries by Manpreet Singh and Shivam Goel helped Patiala register win over Ludhiana on the basis of their first innings lead of 136 runs in the semifinal of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-16) for the ML Markan Trophy organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at Dhruv Pandove Stadium, Patiala today.




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