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18 candidates withdraw nominations
Ludhiana, January 16
Eighteen candidates withdrew their nominations in the district from the electoral battle on the last day of the withdrawal today. Now, a total of 139 candidates are in the fray for the coming Assembly elections in Punjab on January 30.

Candidates arranging bhoj/feast to bear expenses: Election Commission
Ludhiana, January 16
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has made it very clear that the expenditure on the community functions will be treated as election expenses of a candidate and will be added to his account only if the candidate attends such functions to woo the voters or organises such functions.

Heating arguments over poll symbols
Ludhiana, January 16
Heated arguments were witnessed during the allotment of election symbols for independent candidates from the Atam Nagar constituency. It is learnt that some of the independent candidates, including Simarjit Singh Bains, were demanding same election symbols, due to which the returning officer PS Ghuman had to go for the lottery system for allotting the election symbol.


13 Observers to watch violations
Ludhiana, January 16
There are 13 observers in Ludhiana district who shall be keeping an eye on the run-up to the January 30 polls. Apart from five expenditure observers and three police observers, who have been entrusted the task of specifically monitoring expenditure and security issues, five general observers have been sent to the district by the ECI, who shall be monitoring the overall poll scenario and the preparations of the district administration and police officials for the elections.

Wives take to campaigning
Ludhiana/Khanna/Jagraon January 16
Tives of many candidates have left their kitchens and are on election campaign in the area in support of their husbands. Kamlesh Kaur, wife of Lakhbeer Singh Lakha, the Congress candidate from Payal constituency, started campaign in favour of her husband about four days ago. Busy in visiting one village after another, she has been telling the voters as to how her husband can be “beneficial” for the area as the MLA.

City youth killed in Athens in December
Ludhiana, January 16
There seems to be no end to the rising incidents of killing of youths of Indian origin abroad. In the latest incident, parents of 26-year-old Rajgurdeep Singh, alias Happy, who was found dead in an industrial shed in Athens, Greece, on December 11 last year, have alleged that their son was killed for money.
The grieving parents of Rajgurdeep Singh in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph
The grieving parents of Rajgurdeep Singh in Ludhiana on Monday

Police cremates identified body
Ludhiana, January 16
The city police and Civil Hospital employees are at loggerheads following a swap of two bodies. The goof-up led to the cremation of an identified body of a Chawni Mohalla resident instead of the unidentified body that is still kept at the Civil Hospital mortuary.

SAI schemes to promote sports in state
Ludhiana, January 16
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has introduced "Come and play" and "Akhara" under the special area games (SAG) scheme for promoting sports in the urban and rural areas of the state in which qualified sportspersons would be selected for for various sports competitions.


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Constituency Watch: khanna
khanna in need of major spruce-up

Ludhiana, January 16
A town in Ludhiana district that is vying for the status of district, Khanna has its share of development-related issues. The areas falling in ward numbers 3, 4 and 5 here are the worst affected. Insanitary conditions, roads in bad shape.

AS High School at Khanna. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

AS High School at Khanna

Women care for day-to-day issues
Khanna, January 16
There is no hint of politics when these women talk of the battle of ballot. It is only regarding the issues that they are worried about. These issues are 'here and now', the issues which affect their lives every day.

Businessmen turn to currency transfer companies
Ludhiana, January 16
While the businessmen in the city are passing through tough times owing to limit on carrying cash due to the implementation of Election Code of Conduct, it is the currency transfer companies that are making quick bucks.

Dream ride

A motorcyclist on way to work on a misty morning in Ludhiana on Monday
A motorcyclist on way to work on a misty morning in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Beating the cold

People light a bonfire to keep themselves warm in Ludhiana on Monday
People light a bonfire to keep themselves warm in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

In preparation of Republic Day

Ludhiana DC Rahul Tewari holds a meeting with district officials to prepare for Republic Day
Ludhiana DC Rahul Tewari holds a meeting with district officials to prepare for Republic Day. A Tribune photo

Poll staff pays refreshment expense from their pocket
Jagraon, January 16
A large number of employees deployed on duty for the coming assembly elections had to bear their expense from their own pocket for the refreshment during the election rehearsal. The rehearsl took place at Lajpat Rai DAV College, Jagraon, yesterday.

‘Reject candidates who provide liquor’
Ludhiana, January 16
Senior Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka, talking to The Tribune yesterday, said that in the coming 15 days, liquor and poppy husk worth around Rs 300 crore would be distributed in the state. “People should either reject the candidate distributing drugs or should urge them to instead invest this money in education and health,” he said.

Political parties ignoring health sector: Medical associations
Ludhiana, January 16
Like past elections, this time too the political parties are ignoring the health sector. Different state level medical associations are feeling it strongly and want that coming government should come up with a good budget for the development of this sector which has always been meted out step-motherly treatment.

‘Elections to be contested on plank of good governance’
Ludhiana, January 16
A section of industry here feels that the coming assembly polls in the state will be fought on the issues of good governance and development. Inderjit Singh Pardhan, chairman, Punjab Small Scale Industry Development Board, who is also the president of the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU), today applauded the ruling combine in the state for its governance. He said the elections on January 30 would be fought on a positive agenda of all-round development.

Seven-year-old heart patient needs help
Ludhiana, January 16
Anil (7), son of Dev Nandan and Pano Devi, was born with one of his two pumping chambers of the heart absent. Due to this, his growth has stopped and he is constantly blue. These days he is under treatment at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).

It pays to be a kid in Ludhiana!
Ludhiana, January 16
Nitin, son of a Ludhiana-based industrialist, gets pocket money that makes many of his friends and classmates envious as they barely get about half of what he does. According to a survey, children in the city get more pocket money than kids in other districts of the country.

Industry told to give change of land-use certificate
Ludhiana, January 16
Though the submission of the "change of land use" certificate for setting up industrial units in the approved master plan of Ludhiana has been waived off, the industry has been asked to submit the same.

Class X student wins bronze medal in national meet
Ludhiana, January 16
Prashant Sharma, a resident of Salem Tabri, returned with the bronze medal in the National Rural Athletic Meet held in Kolkatta, West Bengal. Prashant won the medal in the team event of 4X400 relay. The competition was organised by the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. 60 players from Punjab participated in the event.

IMC team visits CIPHET facilities
Ludhiana, January 16
To evaluate the progress of the institute and chalking out future strategies, a meting of the Institute Management Committee (IMC) was today organised at Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) at its campus. The team members also visited the various laboratories and institute facilities.

FOSWAC seeks revamping of education, medical facilities
Chandigarh, January 16
Concerned over the growing need of the UT administration to look into major issues related to the city, the Federation of Sector Welfare Association, Chandigarh (FOSWAC), has made a representation to the Advisor to the UT administrator attracting his attention towards the need of revamping the education and medical facilities in the city.

UGC gives go-ahead to research project
Doraha, January 16
A research project, proposed by Manoj Kumar Chaudhary, assistant professor and head of Nano Research Laboratory, department of Chemistry, Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, has been accepted by the University Grants Commission (UGC).




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