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Bowing to pressure
MC plans demolition, but halted midway

The construction that is going on at Transport Nagar, in violation of orders, in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, May 8
The municipal corporation that had finally decided to initiate action against the illegal construction going on at Transport Nagar, today had to step back reportedly owing to political pressure.


The construction that is going on at Transport Nagar, in violation of orders, in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Security beefed up ahead of VVIP visits
Ludhiana, May 8
The city is set to be turned into a fortress over the weekend with a galaxy of high-profile politicians descending here to support their respective party candidates ahead of the fifth phase of polling scheduled for May 13.


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LPG-laden truck collides with car, 3 hurt
A truck carrying LPG cylinders that overturned after colliding with a car near Akbarpur Chhanna on the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road on Friday. Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 8
A major tragedy was averted when timely action by the police and passersby prevented 300 LPG cylinders from bursting after the truck carrying those collided with a car coming from the opposite side near Akbarpur Chhanna village on the Ludhiana-Malerkotla road, near here, today morning.

A truck carrying LPG cylinders that overturned after colliding with a car near Akbarpur Chhanna on the Malerkotla-Ludhiana road on Friday. Photo: Mahesh Sharma

12 trapped in hotel lift
Rescued after an hour
Ludhiana, May 8 }
As many as 12 persons, including seven mediapersons, were trapped in the lift of a five-star hotel for over an hour when they were returning after attending a press conference of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal here this afternoon.

Robbers beat up woman, decamp with Rs 2.5 lakh
Ludhiana, May 8
In a daylight robbery three robbers entered into a house in Sector-32, Chandigarh road, beat up a woman and decamped with jewellery and cash worth Rs 2.5 lakh today.

COMMUNITY

Blood Banks - IV
NGOs need to be trained
Ludhiana, May 8
The word “voluntary” is missing from the blood donation movement in the state as even social organisations working for the cause of blood donation have failed to motivate family members of patients in need for on-the-spot blood donation.

Councillor forcibly gets relative’s house vacated
Ludhiana, May 8
Tension prevailed in the Jamalpur area after Akali councillor,Pal Singh Grewal, was accused of using his ‘‘muscle power’’ to get the house of his relative vacated from a tenant.

Camp for thalassemic kids at DMCH
Ludhiana, May 8
Nearly 150 units of blood was collected on 18th International Thalassemia Day during a blood donation camp organised at DMCH here today. The camp was an initiative of the department of transfusion medicine and paediatrics.

Exhibition on new kitchen concepts
Ludhiana, May 8
A four-day exhibition, “Kitchen & Beyond 2009”, organised by CII commenced here today. The exhibition features various options for attractive and user-friendly kitchens, in which products catering to the needs of contemporary lifestyles have been put up on display.

War games under way at Jagraon
Jagraon, May 8
The area is these days buzzing with tanks and vehicles ferrying Army personnel. It is commonplace for residents to see Army exercises in the area after the harvest season but, this time, the tank regiment has been engaging in peacetime exercises.

Tanks that are part of a peacetime war exercise at Jagraon.
Tanks that are part of a peacetime war exercise at Jagraon. Photo by writer

Village youths do their bit for nature
Set up nests, install CFLS
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 8
With successive governments having failed to keep promises of undertaking development at Kup Kalan village, near here, the Village Naujwan Sabha has launched a move to save flora and fauna of the locality using grants announced by their chief ministers.

Cong leaders engage in Badal-bashing
Latala (Ludhiana), May 8
“Public in general and the Akalis in particular will no longer be fooled by the Badals. In spite of our party differences, I can say that Badals are not even a remote shadow of the great leaders of the SAD, including founder figure Kharagh Singh and Gurcharan Singh Tohra.”

Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh brandishes a sword during a Congress rally at Latala village, Ludhiana, on Friday. Photo: Himanshu Mahajan
Former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh brandishes a sword during a Congress rally at Latala village, Ludhiana, on Friday.

Endless rallies hit commuters
Ludhiana, May 8
Congress and Akali rallies at various places in the district today affected the common man as most private buses were used to ferry people to the rallies.

Parties at it again
Woo voters with liquor
Ludhiana, May 8
Even though the parties have yet to start distributing liquor free of cost in urban areas, electorates in rural areas are already receiving it freely along with the gifts.

Voters sensitised on ‘refuse to vote’ right
Ludhiana, May 8
In the course of its drive to educate the electorate about their right to refuse to vote for any candidate in the Lok Sabha elections, activists of International Democratic Party (IDP) today campaigned in the city asking voters to exercise their right under Section 49 (O) of the Peoples Representation Act 1961 in the next phase of election on May 13.
IDP activists mobilise voters to exercise their right of “refuse to vote” during parliamentary elections in Ludhiana on Friday.
IDP activists mobilise voters to exercise their right of “refuse to vote” during parliamentary elections in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

‘I wish I were a voter’
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 8
Zamalo, a widow at Bhathlan village of Ludhiana district, along with her nine children is living in a thatched hut in the fields of a farmer, even as many like her stay in houses provided under various Awas Yojnas of the government.

‘PM deserves another term’
Ludhiana, May 8
Former president of the District Congress Committee (DCC) Krishan Kumar Bawa today said that people of Punjab would rise above political considerations to reinstall Dr Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister.

Top NDA leaders to address rally
Ludhiana, May 8
In a last ditch effort to boost the prospects of SAD-BJP candidates and to woo the Punjab voters, the top brass of the NDA is coming to the city for addressing a massive rally on May 10. AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi will address a rally in favour Manish Tewari’s favour tomorrow.

Dental college authorities accused of impropriety
Ludhiana, May 8
The ongoing controversy of Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College, Ludhiana, took a serious turn today with interns at the college accusing the college authorities of exploitation of girl students.

From Schools
Gurpreet, Asis bag gold
Ludhiana, May 8
Two students Gurpreet Singh of class XII (non-medical) and Asis Kaur of class VI of a local school recently won gold medals in a special programme, “Choti Umrey Vaadey Kam”, organised by the Mata Kaulan Taksal in association with “300 Saal Gurbani Kanth de Naal” part II programme.

Kids get fruity
Ludhiana, May 8
Children of Chanda Mama Play School modelled on the theme of fruits at a function organised by the school here today. It was an effort to encourage children to inculcate healthy food habits instead of eating junk food. The children were dressed up as mango, apple, pineapple, grapes, orange, banana, cherry and peach. The children and teachers recited rhymes on different types of fruits. —TNS
Students of a playschool dressed up as fruits in Ludhiana on Friday.
Students of a playschool dressed up as fruits in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma

Rescheduled Exam
Students call off strike
Ludhiana, May 8
The students of Agricultural Engineering of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) called off their strike here today. They were demanding to hold an examination of Soil Water Engineering again, as they could not take it earlier.

Students celebrate Mother’s Day
Mullanpur Dakha, May 8
Students of Peace Public School celebrated Mother’s Day here today. They performed various cultural items like speeches, poems, skits and dance, etc. Several greeting cards and gifts were prepared by students.


Students of Peace Public School display salads made by them on Mother’s Day in Mullanpur Dhaka on Friday. A Tribune photograph
Students of Peace Public School display salads made by them on Mother’s Day in Mullanpur Dhaka on Friday.

Human resource expert to visit PAU
Ludhiana, May 8
An expert of human resource development planning, Ministry of Public Service and Information, Swaziland government, Prof Dr Ashok Kumar Chandra, will visit Punjab Agricultural University on May 11.

Sharman adjudged Mr Farewell
Ludhiana, May 8
Students of the BBA and the BCA of the Guru Nanak Institute of Management Technology organised a farewell for the outgoing batch here today.

Bizword
Cable unit commissioned
Ludhiana, May 8
KEI Industries Limited, the Rs 980-crore cable manufacturing company in India, which has successfully commissioned 100 per cent export-oriented unit in Chopanki (Rajasthan) early this year, is now capable of manufacturing EHV cables.

CRIME

Rs 65 lakh jewellery seized, man held
Ludhiana, May 8
A Jaipur-based jeweller was arrested and unaccounted jewellery worth Rs 65 lakh was recovered from him when he alighted at the local bus stand yesterday evening.

15 gram smack seized, 2 held
Khanna, May 8
Two persons, who were on their way to Samrala on a scooter, were stopped by the police near the Samrala chowk yesterday. On being frisked, they were found to be in possession of smack. A case under the NDPS Act registered against them. Those arrested have been identified as Jarnail Singh and Kulwinder Singh, both residents of Samrala. About 15 grams of smack was recovered from their possession. Later on, they were produced before the magistrate.  —TNS

Cricket Meet
GSSS, St Paul set up title clash
Ludhiana, May 8
Government Senior Secondary School, Haibowal Khurd, defeated SAN Jain Model Senior Secondary School, Circular road, by 55 runs to set up the title clash with St Paul International School, Malerkotla, who beat BCM Arya Model Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, by seven wickets in their respective semi final matches on the second-last day of the first edition of the Open Inter-School Rajgadh Estates Prize Money Cricket Cup Tournament (U-19), being played at the SDP College for Women, Circular Road, near Daresi ground, today.

 






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