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EC watchdogs to keep hawk eye on poll
Ludhiana, January 11
The Election Commission of India has planned to keep a hawk eye on each polling booth on January 30. In its latest instructions to the election officers, it has directed that all polling booths and stations will be covered by one of the following watchdogs apart from the district, the police (paramilitary forces, state armed police, cameras or micro-observers (senior Central government employees, who observe the proceedings on the poll day and report directly to the observers in case any foul play).

Ludhiana East
Sword of rebel(lion) hangs on Cong, SAD candidates
Ludhiana, January 11
At least for once Gurmel Singh Pehalwan of the Congress and Ranjit Singh Dhillon of the SAD, who are contesting the Assembly elections from the Ludhiana East Assembly constituency, are in an equally disadvantageous position as both of them are facing rebellion from within the party to such an extent which could have a significant bearing on their prospects.


It’s all in the stars, feel politicians
Ludhiana, January 11
Suddenly, politicians are getting interested in number crunching and star gazing. With January 30, the date of the Punjab Assembly poll, drawing closer, politicians are making a beeline for astrologers and soothsayers. Since the announcement of the election date, politicians have gone into an overdrive, says Rupinder Saggoo, astrologer and numerologist. “Politicians, cutting across party lines, are visiting us. Usually, they have three questions, the probability of their win, the probability of the win of their party and whether they will get a post in the new government,” says Pawan Kumar Sharma, a local astrologer.

Festive spirit
Students of Green Land School celebrate Lohri in Ludhiana on Wednesday
Students of Green Land School celebrate Lohri in Ludhiana on Wednesday. A Tribune photograph

Traders in a fix over carrying cash in pvt vehicles
Ludhiana, January 11
Confusion prevails among businessmen over the limit fixed for carrying cash as the election code of conduct has been enforced due to the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections. The industrialists are still confused though the limit for carrying cash in hand has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh. Most of them want to know whether the limit will remain the same even if more than one person is travelling in a private vehicle.

Watchman’s murder: Three migrants arrested
Ludhiana, January 11
The police claims to have solved the murder of Raju Sharma (22), a watchman, with the arrest of three accused, Baldev Singh and Sachin Kumar, natives of Bihar, presently residing in Islam Ganj as well as Bablu Dube, a native of Jharkhand presently residing in Moti Nagar.


Assembly elections
77 candidates file nomination papers today
Ludhiana, January 11
As many as 77 candidates belonging to various political parties filed their nomination papers from various constituencies here today. Today was the fifth day of filing the papers. The process started on January 7 and will end tomorrow.
Rs 6 lakh, 1.8-gm gold recovered

Cong rebels field Bagga as Independent
Ludhiana, January 11
Against the candidature of Surinder Dawar, rebel Congress councillors, who had threatened to resign from their posts if Dawar’s ticket was not cancelled, have fielded Ashok Bagga as an Independent candidate from the Central constituency against Dawar and Gosain. On the issue of the resignation, they, however, took a U-turn saying the Congress was their party, why should they resign? While Ashok Bagga claimed that all rebel councillors will resign in his favour.

Poll keeps health officials on their toes
Ludhiana, January 11
The Drug Controller of state today pulled up wholesale dealers of Pindi Street and directed them to submit the records of the habit-forming drugs within a week.

Abdul from Kashmir displays a shawl in LudhianaA home away from home
Ludhiana, January 11
For some Kashmiris, Ludhiana has become a second home. They keep coming to the city every six months to sell their exclusive produce-shawls.

Abdul from Kashmir displays a shawl in Ludhiana. photo: inderjeet verma

Teachers not paid salary for six months
Ludhiana, January 11
On the one hand, the SAD-BJP government is boasting of establishing 21 new colleges while on the other teachers at these institutions have not received salary for the past six months.

Research papers presented
Ludhiana: Scientists of the department of veterinary pathology, College of Veterinary Science, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University attended the XXVIII Annual Conference of Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists( IAVP) and National Symposium on “Innovative Research Approaches for Diagnostic Pathology” at Madras Veterinary College, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai. During the symposium, a research paper entitled “Molecular subtyping of canine mammary tumours and its prognostic significance” presented by Kuldip Gupta and co-authored by Naresh Kumar Sood and Amarjit Singh received

Commissioner suspends cop for whiling away time
Ludhiana, January 11
Commissioner of Police Ishwar Chander suspended an Inspector, who was not found in his seat by him, yesterday morning. Inspector Raj Kuamr, deployed in the PC branch, was reportedly found sitting with head clerk Madan Mohan.

Abdul Sattar ‘Tari’ Khan performs at Gurdwara Gyan Prakash in Jawaddi Tabla maestro enthrals music aficionados
Ludhiana, January 11
Abdul Sattar “Tari” Khan, the world-renowned tabla maestro, accompanied with Balbir Kaur, performed at the Gurdwara Gyan Prakash at Jawaddi. The prowess and pace at which his fingers were playing tabla were enough to announce to audience that they were listening to the performance of a maestro. Appreciative smiles on the faces of music aficionados spoke volumes about the rapturous music they were listening to.

Abdul Sattar ‘Tari’ Khan performs at Gurdwara Gyan Prakash in Jawaddi. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Stress on processing of honey before marketing
Ludhiana, January 11
Processing of honey plays a vital role in maintaining its quality, which further depends on the type of honey as well as the machinery used. To maintain the natural quality and to prevent spoilage, it is necessary to process the honey before marketing.

Comedian Kapil rattles Hindu body
Ludhiana, January 11
Though, comedian Kapil Sharma has won many a heart with his spontaneous jokes, but it has also rattled activists of a Hindu organisation. It has demanded police action against the comedian for mocking at Hindu sages.

Tribune impact
Health dept cancels licence of medical store owner
Ludhiana, January 11
The health department has cancelled the licence of Naveen Medicos, as columns of the Tribune published a report regarding the sale of psychotropic drugs at Naveen Medicos near the city bus stand.

From schools
Class X students bring laurels to school
Ludhiana, January 11
Class-X students of Bhartiya Vidya Mandir (BVM) School, Udham Singh Nagar, brought laurels to the school by achieving 100 per cent result. A total of 174 students appeared in the first semester examination. Thirty-five students got 90 per cent marks and above, 85 students were placed between 80 per cent and 89 per cent, 45 students between 70 per cent and 79 per cent and six students between 60 per cent and 69 per cent. Principal Bandana Sethi congratulated the students, their parents and teachers.

From colleges
Folk songs mark Lohri celebrations
Ludhiana, January 11
Lohri, depicting seasonal change, was celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm at the Government College for Women (GCW), Ludhiana, here on Wednesday.

Constituency Watch: Raikot
Bad roads, drug mafia plaguing region
A view of the Hari Singh Nalwa Chowk in RaikotLudhiana, January 11
The newly reserved constituency of Raikot has been merged with 73 villages. Voters of this constituency have a number of civic problems like bad condition of roads, poor health infrastructure and the area is under the influence of the drug mafia as many youths are addicted to drugs.

A view of the Hari Singh Nalwa Chowk in Raikot. a tribune photograph

Youngsters involved in drugs, police cases
The area is poorly developed and youths here are addicted to drugs. Psychotropic drugs are being sold openly in the area. The drug mafia’s has strong influence in the region and during election days they make brisk business from country-made whisky, poppy husk, and opium. Youngsters in the area also face problems as there is no college for higher education.

Poll Buzz
Sonia pacifies disappointed Pawan Dewan
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has assured District Congress Committee, Ludhiana (urban), president Pawan Dewan a suitable position once the Congress forms the government in the state.

Khadi jackets and kurtas are in hot demand in Ludhiana Khadi selling like hot cakes as elections draw close
Ludhiana, January 11
With the Assembly polls drawing near, the demand for khadi kurta-pyjama is picking up. Political leaders and workers of different political parties prefer to wear this outfit that has become a style statement.

Khadi jackets and kurtas are in hot demand in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Inderjeet Verma


Thieves decamp with 12-tola gold
Ludhiana, January 11
In the latest incident of theft, thieves struck at a temple and decamped with 12 tolas of gold jewellery and cash worth Rs 2 lakh.

Two killed in road accidents
Ludhiana, January 10
Two youths died in separate road mishaps that occurred in the city in the last 24 hours.

Winners of the National Baseball Championship strike a pose with the medalsBaseball Meet 
Double delight for Punjab
Ludhiana, January 11
Punjab baseball teams cornered glory in the 26th edition of the National Baseball Championship clinching gold medals in the men as well as women’s sections held at Indore in Madhya Pradesh from January 5 to 9.

Winners of the National Baseball Championship strike a pose with the medals. A Tribune photograph

Harjeet strikes silver in boxing meet
Jagraon, January 11
Harjeet Singh, a 17-year-old budding pugilist and a trainee of Sher-e-Punjab Sports Academy, Chakar near Jagraon, brought laurels to the village and Ludhiana district by striking a silver medal at the 57th Junior National Boxing Championship held at New Delhi recently.




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