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Two ‘double’ voters detected
But several others get away easily
Ludhiana, September 18
Manpreet Singh, with shorn hair, being detained at the ITI College in Ludhiana. After The Tribune highlighted the fact that the names of hundreds of people have been repeated in voter lists of the Ludhiana (south) constituency, poll officials on duty at booth number 10 (located in Simlapuri) were able to trace two men who had cast their ballot more than once on Sunday. However, many “duplicate” voters managed to cast their ballot twice and leave before the poll staff on duty realized what was happening.

Manpreet Singh, with shorn hair, being detained at the ITI College in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Many ‘orthodox’ Sikhs off list
Mandi Ahmedgarh/Mullanpur, September 18
Notwithstanding the state government’s claims about the SGPC elections being conducted in a free and fair manner, several ‘patits’ (those deemed as “lapsed” Sikhs), who had registered themselves as “bona fide” Sikh voters managed to cast their ballot in various constituencies.


Clean-shaven men also cast votes
Jagraon, September 18
Massive irregularities came to the fore during the Shiromani Gurduwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections in the Jagraon and Sidhwan Bet constituencies today as several Sikh voters, who were eligible for voting, were allegedly not allowed to cast their vote by certain polling agents.

Ex-councillor accuses polling agent of assault
Mandi Ahmedgarh,September 18
Former councillor Darshan Singh Dhaliwal shows his broken molar at the Civil Hospital Darshan Singh Dhaliwal, a former councillor of Amarpura locality, accused Avtar Singh Jassal, a polling agent of SAD candidate Jai Pal Mandia, and his accomplice of assaulting him while he was going to the polling station to inquire reasons behind deletion of votes of his family members.
Former councillor Darshan Singh Dhaliwal shows his broken molar at the Civil Hospital 
in Ahmedgarh on Sunday. Photo by writer

SGPC poll: Women outnumber men 
A man helps an elderly woman to a polling booth Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 18
Contrary to the expectations of large-scale rigging and violence by the SAD, the SGPC elections in this politically active region of Malwa passed off peacefully with no major incident of violence having been reported till late in the evening.

A man helps an elderly woman to a polling booth

Names of ex-MLA’s family members missing in voter list 
Jagraon, September 18
It was a bizarre experience for SAD’s Jagraon constituency in-charge and former MLA from Jagraon Bhag Singh Mallha when he found his name and that of his family members missing from the voter list of the Shiromani Gurduwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections from ward number 11, where he resides.

Fake voters keep police on toes
Mullanpur Dakha, September 18 The police remained on its toes as it dealt with complaints regarding attempts of casting fake votes. Thesenior police officers, including SSP Amar Singh Chahal, Ludhiana rural, were seen visiting various booths to resolve the issues after receiving complaints by representatives of independent candidates and those launched by the Panthic Morcha.

Polling peaceful in Doraha
Doraha, September 18
The polling for the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections in the Doraha constituency was peaceful. Returning officer Harbir Singh said the entire voting process was peaceful and no untoward incident or unpleasant situation was reported from any booth.

PM’s wife asks MC chief to get drain near sister’s home fixed
Ludhiana, September 18
Gursharan Kaur With the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur calling up the municipal corporation’s officiating commissioner, Malwinder Singh Jaggi, asking him to speed up work on repairing a defunct storm drain near her sister’s house in the city, which she said got flooded every monsoon. This development has raised the issue whether she can actually instruct civic officials to undertake any personal work.

High gold price, not shraadh, dents jewellery sales
Ludhiana, September 18
Jewellers in the city have attributed the sudden slump in their business to skyrocketing gold prices and dismissed the notion that the “inauspicious” Hindu ritual of ‘shraadh’ had affected sales.


Inflation puts dent in common man’s pocket
Ludhiana, September 18
The continuous inflation has put a dent in the common man’s pocket. The prices of all products have reached to an all-time high. The prices of fuel, cooking gas, milk, fruits and vegetables have increased manifold. But economists believe that unless the Central government paid attention towards managing the “mismanagement” of demand and supply of products, inflation cannot be stopped.

Prices of commodities head north
Ludhiana, September 18
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away. But what if when the painkiller costs Rs 5 and apple cost Rs 80 per kg. The past decade has been decisive in terms of inflation. Never in past the prices of essential commodities skyrocketed in a single decade.

Farmers, traders miffed over rising prices
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 18
Office-bearers and activists of the Punjab Kissan Sabha held a meeting at Chhappar village, near here, to discuss the rising prices of essential commodities, including recent hike in prices of petrol.

GCW seeks financial help to install ACs
Ludhiana, September 18
The Government College for Women (GCW) is seeking financial help to get air conditioners (ACs) installed in their auditorium. The college authorities are looking for financial support from industrialists, politicians and corporate houses. But “unfortunately” politicians are busy in the SGPC election and getting ACs installed may not be included in their agenda.

‘Abolish duty on readymade garments’
Ludhiana, September 18
Ludhiana MP and Congress national spokesperson Manish Tewari has demanded abolition of the central excise duty on readymade garments and garments made up from textiles.

“Keep it clean, it's your mother tongue”
Ludhiana, September 18
Language today is increasingly becoming infested with invectives. It is particularly of Punjabi. Talk to the male youth in boys' colleges and youngsters spit out dirty words at the drop of a hat.

CCE registers reach schools
Ludhiana, September 18
Although sessions in government schools have reached midway, comprehensive continuous evaluation (CCE) registers for evaluating children are reaching schools now. Some of the schools are yet to receive the evaluation registers.

School students prefer taking up vocational courses
Ludhiana, September 18
Many students at the higher-secondary level are opting for vocational courses and subjects that provide professional exposure.

League office-bearers elected
Newly elected president Col Bhag Singh (third from left) with the elected team of Ex-service League Punjab. Ludhiana, September 18
The annual general meeting of the Indian Ex-Service League, Punjab and Chandigarh, was held at the Pensioner Bhawan here today. The meeting was presided over by Col Bhag Singh, president of Ex-Service League, and various important issues were discussed at the meeting.

Newly elected president Col Bhag Singh (third from left) with the elected team of Ex-service League Punjab. Photo: Inderjeet Singh

Stray dog menace at GADVASU, PAU
Ludhiana, September 18
GADVASU, PAU have become a safe haven for stray dog. By missing a consistent sterilisation drive, the number of dogs has grown in the recent times. Students and employees are in terror after the recent incident of duck killing. The authorities are concerned and are turning to municipal corporation (MC) for help to ensure safety both for livestock and the students.

Contractors lock horns with Municipal Council
Mandi Ahmedgarh, September 18
Contractors of the town have locked horns with the Municipal Council (MC) authorities over the non-payment of their pending bills.

Students bunk classes to enjoy video games!
Mandi Ahmedgarh,September 18
A section of students has been playing truant to enjoy video games at parlours situated near a majority of educational institutes here.

80 patients to get free knee, hip replacement
Ludhiana, September 18
Eighty patients have been selected for free hip and knee replacement surgeries during a screening camp organised at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital under “Operation Walk 2012”. The surgeries will be carried out in association with a team of doctors from the USA. More patients will be selected from all over Punjab after extensive recruitment camps.

Prayer rooms in hospitals spreading communal harmony 
Ludhiana, September 18
A prayer room at the DMCH in Ludhiana Pain knows no boundaries, religion and cast. The living example of this has been set up by different hospitals of the city, where people from different religions pray for their suffering relatives under treatment. This is creating an atmosphere of communal harmony in the hospitals as the motive behind each prayer is recovery from sickness and good health of a relative.

A prayer room at the DMCH in Ludhiana. — A tribune photograph

Dance is akin to divinity, says Purva
Ludhiana, September 18
Dance expert Purva Puri vouches for a holistic approach to life. Letting your profession usurp all your time and energy is not fair, she says. Yet, you cannot let your dreams shrivel up. So, the best way is to work at a pace that’s comfortable for you, she adds.

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Accident victim succumbs to injuries
Ludhiana, September 18
Vivek Kumar (18), a migrant labourer, who was hit by a Tata 407 on the Kakowal road here last evening, was thrown on the road when he succumbed to his injuries while on the way to a hospital by the vehicle’s driver.


BSF Jalandhar, Toronto Academy win NBA Challenge
Ludhiana, September 18
The closing ceremony of Mahindra NBA Challenge League was held at Guru Nanak indoor basketball stadium here today. Season- II league started on July 30 and concluded today. On this occasion, RS Gill, (ex-DGP, Punjab) president, Basketball Federation of India and Punjab Basketball Association, Pargat Singh, director, sports, Punjab, Teja Singh Dhaliwal, general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association and others were present.

Three cheers for Sidhwan college kho-kho team
Jagraon, September 18
The team of Khalsa College for Women, Sidhwan Khurd, near here, has emerged victorious in the Inter-College Kho-Kho Championship of Panjab University, Chandigarh.



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