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Voters keep cards close to chest
EVMs being carried to polling stations on the eve of the Lok Sabha elections in Ludhiana on Tuesday.Ludhiana, May 12
With just a few hours to go for elections in the Ludhiana Parliamentary constituency, the voters, especially in rural areas, are not speaking their mind out.

EVMs being carried to polling stations on the eve of the Lok Sabha elections in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph

More forces deployed at Shimlapuri
5 booked for carrying weapons
Ludhiana, May 12
A day after SAD councillor and his six supporters were booked for an attempt to murder former Congress councillor Palwinder Singh Taggar and his brother while they were distributing voter slips in the Shimlapuri area, five Congressmen were booked by the Shimlapuri police for preventive measure today.


EARLIER STORIES


Liquor flows on city roads
DM’s orders flouted
Ludhiana, May 12
In gross violation of District Magistrate orders, liquor was being consumed openly in several city areas last night, two days before the Lok Sabha elections in the city.

Galib, Tewari in for close fight
Ludhiana, May 12
The fate of 30 candidates will be sealed in the EVMs tomorrow in 1,328 polling stations across the constituency. Two EVMs will be used at every polling booth with one having buttons for 16 candidates and the other for 14.

Party autos at your command
Ludhiana, May 12
The low turnout of voters in all four phases of elections has put pressure on SAD and the Congress as close contest in Ludhiana is on the expected lines. In the constituency where every vote matters, leaders of both political parties were visiting door to door urging people to cast vote.

Private buses off road, courtesy EC
Private buses being used for poll activity on the eve of the Lok Sabha poll in Ludhiana on Tuesday.Ludhiana, May 12
After the use of private buses for rallies, today it was the turn of the Election Commission to take away private buses from the common man so as to ferry officials put on poll duties. More than 100 private buses, including mini-buses, were hired by the Election Commission at Rs 3,750 per day, exclusive of fuel charges.

Private buses being used for poll activity on the eve of the Lok Sabha poll in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph


COMMUNITY

Officials check poll material at Government Senior Secondary School, Payal, on Tuesday. 800 polling parties dispatched
Mandi Ahmedgarh/Raikot, May 12
The administration claimed to have made the arrangements for free and fair voting in this part of the Malwa belt falling under Ludhiana and Sangrur districts.


Officials check poll material at Government Senior Secondary School, Payal, on Tuesday. Photo by the writer

It was party time for boozers 
Jagraon, May 12
It was the time the addicts waited for. Whether it was opium, liquor, poppy husk or any demand of the addicts, everything was available promptly without any limitation of quantity to be consumed.

Candidates relax as canvassing ends
Ludhiana, May 12
After two months of hectic parleys to woo voters, the candidates had a relaxed day today as they mostly remained indoors sitting in the cool environs of their homes.

Raikot MLA accuses admn of inaction
Raikot, May 12
The Raikot sitting MLA has lodged a formal complaint with Election Commissioner, Punjab. In the complaint with Kusamjit Kaur Sidhu, he has levelled serious allegations against the local administrative officials of inaction. 

Lack of enthusiasm at NDA rally
Ludhiana, May 12
Although the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was able to put up a united face at its mega rally held here yesterday, it does not seem to have made much impact on the electorate. The electorate has already made up its mind and is not ready to open its cards, said a professor of Punjab Agricultural University.

Democratic way to reject politicians
Exercising rule 49-O of Conduct of Election Rules
Ludhiana, May 12
Wednesday would be an important day for residents of the city, as the Ludhiana constituency goes for polling and would decide the future of the district for the next five years.

Officials play it safe, residents suffer
Skirt work fearing EC wrath
Ludhiana, May 12
The firmness of the Election Commission (EC) has had a major impact on the government officials with majority of them refraining from official work fearing violation of Model Code of Conduct.

Demand for registration on allotment rates
Conveyance deeds of plots, flats
Ludhiana, May 12
Allottees of plots and flats from government agencies like PUDA and improvement trusts have called upon the government to continue the registration of conveyance deeds of plots and flats on the allotment rates as against the collector's rates, which are higher than the reserve price.

Litigants read the notice of boycott pasted by lawyers outside the court of Judicial Magistrate Pooja Andotra in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Lawyers boycott court
Ludhiana, May 12
Lawyers boycotted the court of Judicial Magistrate Pooja Andotra accusing her of misbehaving with a senior lawyer here today. The District Bar Association (DBA) announced that they would continue to boycott this court until the matter was resolved.


Litigants read the notice of boycott pasted by lawyers outside the court of Judicial Magistrate Pooja Andotra in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Jamalpur students top in Class VIII exam
Pankaj Kumar, Satvir Singh and Amarjeet Singh, the Class VIII district toppers of BCM school, Jamalpur, in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, May 12
The Punjab School Education Board declared the results of Class VIII examination. Many top positions in the district have been bagged by the students of BCM Senior Secondary School, Jamalpur.



Pankaj Kumar, Satvir Singh and Amarjeet Singh, the Class VIII district toppers of BCM school, Jamalpur, in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

From Colleges
250 examined at eye camp
Ludhiana, May 12
An eye check-up camp was organised at the GMT College of Education here today. Dr GS Bajwa, head, department of ophthalmology, DMCH, inaugurated the camp.

Stress on quality nursing at community level
Ludhiana, May 12
International Nurses Day was celebrated at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital on the occasion of birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. The theme of the day was “Delivering quality serving communities: nurses leading care innovation”.

CRIME

Man booked under dowry act
Mullanpur Dakha, May 12
A man was booked for allegedly seeking dowry from his wife. In her complaint lodged with the marriage dispute cell of Ludhiana, Sarika Jain, a resident of Old Mandi, Mullanpur Dakha, had accused her husband and in-laws of beating her up and demanding dowry.

One killed in accident
Khanna, May 12
A resident of Bhammadi village died after he was hit by an unidentified vehicle near Mohanpur village late last night.

A volleyball match in progress at Spring Dale Senior Secondary in Ludhiana on Tuesday. Lions XI victorious
Ludhiana, May 12
To inculcate sports spirit among students, Spring Dale Senior Secondary Public School, organised different sports events. In this sequence, a volleyball match was conducted at the school premises, near Sherpur Chowk, in which two teams comprising students of Class XI, namely Lions XI, led by Ravishek, and Tigers XI, led by Gurdarshan Sandhu, battled it out for top honours here today.

A volleyball match in progress at Spring Dale Senior Secondary in Ludhiana on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph


 






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