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EC to maintain record of those who decide not to vote
Ludhiana, January 15
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has told the Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab to maintain a record of the electors who may decide not to vote after his/her electoral roll number is duly entered in the register of voters in Form 17 A and who has put his signature or thumb impression thereon.

Plethora of candidates makes returning officers tense
Ludhiana, January 15
With the scrutiny of candidates getting over on January 13, the returning officers (ROs) of constituency number 60 (Ludhiana East) and 62 (Atam Nagar) are a worried lot.




Candidates adopt innovative methods
Ludhiana, January 15
A public address system installed atop a candidate’s SUV in Ludhiana. Due to strict check by the Election Commission regarding the expenditure by candidates for the upcoming state assembly elections, the candidates are using innovative means to cut down their expenses. Some of them have installed public address systems in their SUVs, while others are using hand-held public address systems.

A public address system installed atop a candidate’s SUV in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

I-T dept expenditure observers in city
Ludhiana, January 15
Five expenditure observers from the income tax (I-T) department are keeping a strict vigil over the expenses incurred by different candidates for the coming Assembly elections.

Incessant rain forces residents indoors...
Ludhiana, January 15
A rickahsw-puller caught in rain in Ludhiana on Sunday. Incessant rain, coupled with chilly weather, forced residents to confine themselves within the four walls of their homes here today. Though the maximum and minimum temperatures did not witness a major change, the mild rain was enough to force the residents to spend their Sunday indoors.

A rickahsw-puller caught in rain in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

But fails to dampen the spirit of candidates
Supporters of a candidate from Ludhiana west busy canvassing despite incessant rain in Ludhiana on Sunday. Ludhiana, January 15
Despite incessant rains, candidates of different political parties continued their canvassing with enthusiasm even today. Holding umbrellas in hand, supporters of different candidates along with party workers and candidates kept visiting various areas in their respective constituencies.

Supporters of a candidate from Ludhiana west busy canvassing despite incessant rain in Ludhiana on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Janakpuri area den of gamblers
Ludhiana, January 15
The arrest of 41 gamblers has yet again brought to fore how the Janakpuri area of the city is fast turning into a den of gamblers. Their arrest has brought a much-needed respite to the area residents. The area also witnesses illegal activities like gambling, smuggling and hoarding of illicit liquor.


No space for sewage disposal in town
Doraha, January 15
The land for an advanced training institute being used for sewage water disposal at Doraha. There is simply no space for sewerage disposal in the Doraha town of Payal Constituency. As a result, the residents have to throw sewer on the roads, in the streets and sometimes even inside their houses especially, in some of the wards of the town. In the absence of any space for the sewerage disposal, several acres of land, specifically allocated for setting up of an Advanced Training Institute, has been transformed into a dumping ground.

The land for an advanced training institute being used for sewage water disposal at Doraha. photo by writer

Vocational teachers without training
Ludhiana, January 15
On one hand, The Central Government has introduced Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) to set eligibility criteria to recruit teachers in the government schools, on the other hand, the Punjab Government has recruited vocational and computer teachers without any teacher training by ignoring the guidelines of the RTE Act. According to educationists, teacher-training should be mandatory for all the teachers to assure the quality of education.

Rural voters show more keenness to learn EVM use
Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 15
Orientation Program on using electronic voting machines (EVM) organised by the Election Commission (EC), this time, has received a good response among voters of the area. The voters from rural habitation showed more interest in learning use of the machine than their counterparts in the urban localities.

Steel price hike creating artificial scarcity: CICU
Ludhiana, January 15
Rising steel prices has become a major cause of concern for the industry. Indian steel manufacturers comprising SAIL, Essar, Ispat, TATA and JSW have hiked prices of steel products by more than Rs 2,000 per tonne during the short span.

Exams, a testing time for students
Ludhiana, January 15
As the exams are coming nearer, majority of the students have started complaining of forgetting, unable to memorise and lack of appetite. All these are the typical symptoms of examination stress. But parents can play an important role in managing increased level of stress.

A motorcyclists moves past a hoarding stating “No parking, tyres would be deflated” on Dr Sham Singh Road in Ludhiana, on Sunday. Cornered resident hit back
Ludhiana, January 15
‘No parking; tyres will be deflated’, says a warning sign in front of houses at Dr Sham Singh Road here. It has been catching the attention of commuters visiting the treasury branch of the State Bank of India nearby.

A motorcyclists moves past a hoarding stating “No parking, tyres would be deflated” on Dr Sham Singh Road in Ludhiana, on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Kin of victim stage dharna
Ludhiana, January 15
A day after 32-year-old man was thrashed to death by three persons over a petty issue; the relatives of the victim staged a protest in front of Tajpur Chowki demanding the arrest of the accused persons.

Police bans entry of vehicles to market
Ludhiana, January 15
Visitors to Sarabha Nagar were in for a surprise when the police did not allow vehicles to enter the market past evening. The traffic restrictions of the police were also being enforced today till the time of the filing of this report.

Mercury down, stroke cases up
Ludhiana, January 15
Winter witnesses the maximum cases of stroke. There are varied reasons for a stroke to occur, but there are more cases in winter as blood gets thickened, leading to stroke.

Nagma (left) and Sandhya. Nagma, Sandhya cage for future
Ludhiana, January 15
It is not the greener pastures but the sheer love for basketball that made the duo travel to make the city their next home. A sheer coincidence has brought the two together and has so far been charting the similar footsteps of  dribbles, baskets, passes and points.

                   Nagma (left) and Sandhya. A Tribune Photograph

Constituency Watch: SAHNEWAL
Basic amenities, development works elude town
Sahnewal, January 15
The entrance to Sahnewal. The Sahnewal constituency is a new constituency carved out of the erstwhile Koomkalan constituency and almost half of the Ludhiana Rural constituency. The constituency consists of 142 villages and about 70 colonies, with Sahnewal Kala, Jamalpur, Mundian Kala, Dhandari Khurd, Mattewara, villages Kohara, Jandiali and Ramgarh, Mangli having large space. About two-thirds of the area is rural and the rest semi-urban.

The entrance to Sahnewal. A Tribune photograph

Youth demand better education facilities, job opportunities
Sahnewal, January 15
The youth decry lack of opportunities for them to earn and learn. Many rue that there are few open spaces for playing. "There are no government colleges or technical institutes for higher education. We have to commute between the town and Ludhiana for higher education, thereby wasting precious time and money. Colleges at Katani and Doraha are too far for us," says Harry Bhatia.

This small hamlet cut off from rest of world
Non-functional and broken solar lights lying in a room. Ludhiana, January 14
Although Kotli Afgana, a small village in the Payal constituency, has political significance as it has produced Chief Minister Late Beant Singh and later his son Tej Parkash as transport minister, but in reality it is has been cut off from the outer world.

Non-functional and broken solar lights lying in a room.

Habit-Forming Drugs: Drug controller cracks the whip
Ludhiana, January 15
The Drug Controller of state recently pulled up wholesale dealers of Pindi Street and directed them to submit the records of the habit-forming drugs within a week.

For a noble cause

Residents carry out a march against drug abuse in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune
Residents carry out a march against drug abuse in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

from SCHOOLS & colleges
Fusion of world cultures
Phillaur: An international event, fusion of world cultures, was organised by Punjab Cultural Promotion Council at DRV DAV Public School, Phillaur. Various folk cultures were performed by international folk artists from the USA, Poland and Punjab.

gadvasu notes
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.


2 nabbed, intoxicants worth Rs 10 lakh recovered
Khanna January 15
The Khanna police has seized a large quantity of intoxicants that were going to be sold in Khanna and the periphery areas. The police has also claimed to have arrested father and son. The police officials said market value of the seized intoxicants was about Rs 10 lakh. 


Local lad brings gold in judo national
Bhupinder Singh Ludhiana, January 15
The year began with success for judo player, Bhupinder Singh, who won the gold medal in the National Judo Championship (seniors) held in Kolkatta in West Bengal, recently. Bhupinder clinched the gold in the 60 kg category. He says the win has uplifted his morale which would help him maintain the game. A resident of the Mall road, Bhupinder said that in the national competition, judo players from all over the country had participated in the competition and he was lucky to win the gold in such a tough competition.

                                                                                   Bhupinder Singh



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