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Poll duty hits bank work
Banks to remain shut on Jan 26, weekend and Jan 30
Ludhiana, January 25
Customers were inconvenienced as some nationalised banks remained shut due to election duty today. The banks will also not be operational on January 26, the coming weekend and January 30, the day of polling. Even clearing in these bank branches has been put on hold as the entire staff has been put on election duty.

Son sets house afire after tiff with father
Ludhiana, January 25
In a freak incident, a 25-year-old frustrated youth tried to set his house on fire following a dispute with his father at Rajguru Nagar here today. The youth, identified as Ajay Kumar, collected household material from his father’s room and set it on fire this afternoon.

Crackers go off as dream girl comes calling
Ludhiana, January 25
Crackers were being burst on the arrival of “dream girl” Hema Malini at Janakpuri here today. It seemed like Divali during the day. The glamour queen was in the city to campaign for the BJP candidate from Ludhiana Central, Sat Pal Gosain.


Surjeet Patar Padma Shree for poet Surjit Patar
Ludhiana, January 25
City-based Punjabi poet Surjeet Patar has been selected for the Padam Shri award. Delighted over the announcement, Patar said whenever any award was announced for him, he felt it was for his mother tongue, Punjabi. “I feel pleased to see art and poetry being a part of news. More and more youth are drawn to it. The younger generation loves glamour and if poetry is part of news, they will automatically get attracted to it,” he said.

Maintain record, cyber cafe owners told
Ludhiana, January 25
To keep a check on the misuse of cyber cafes by anti-social elements, the Additional District Magistrate, Rupanjali Kartik, has issued orders under Section 144 to cyber cafe owners not to allow any stranger to operate from the cafes.


A child holds the Tricolour during a rally held by Anna Hazare’s supporters in Ludhiana.
A child holds the Tricolour during a rally held by Anna Hazare’s supporters in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Campaign trail: Raikot constituency
Candidates promise the moon At meetings
Raikot, January 25
In the newly reserved Assembly segment of Raikot, one-time SAD legislator from the Khanna constituency, Bikram Jit Singh Khalsa, faces comparatively older but first timer Congress candidate Gurcharan Singh Boparai.

Poster war leads to tension at Tibba Road
Argument broke out over pasting of rival candidate’s poster near Badal Jr's venue
Ludhiana, January 25
High-drama was witnessed at Tibba road when the supporters of independent candidate Daljit Grewal and SAD candidate Ranjit Dhillon went up in arms few hours before SAD Supremeo Sukhbir Badal was to address a rally on a vacant plot in Tibba Road here today.

He dedicates his songs to the electoral process
Ludhiana, January 25
Lyricists write songs on different subjects but very rarely they write on electoral process of their country. Here is a Punjabi teacher Karamjeet Grewal posted at Government High School, Kheri Jhameri (Ludhiana district), who has recently written three songs dedicated to the electoral process of India.

Fight for unipoles between rivals intensifies
Ludhiana, January 25
As the state Assembly elections are less than a week away the poster war among candidates in the Atam Nagar constituency seem to have begun full throttle. This “mad race” has reached to such an extent that in some places, the candidates have installed their hoardings right next to each other’s.

Students of NIFD participate in a poster-making competition in Ludhiana.From colleges
Student wins bronze medal
Ludhiana: Simranjit Singh, BA first year student of Guru Teg Bahadur National College Dakha stood third in the inter-college Panjab University competition in 85-kg category and won the bronze medal. Seminar on Ramayana
The GGN Institute of Management and Technology (GGNIMT) organised a seminar on "findings of international research on Ramayana" here on Wednesday. Ashok Kumar Kainth, an international researcher, was the guest speaker.

Students of NIFD participate in a poster-making competition in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

From schools
Schools adorned with Tricolour
Ludhiana: Spring Dale School organised a patriotic programme. Students of the junior section danced to the tune of “Nanha Munna Rahi Hun”. A group dance was presented by students of Class I. Students participated in collage making. Prizes were given to participants.

Blast from the past:
Manjit Singh, an avid coin collector, shows the currency issued in 1950 when India became a Republic, in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Poll buzz
Muslims hold road show for Pehalwan
Ludhiana, January 25
A large number of members of the Muslim community on Wednesday took out a road show in Ludhiana East Assembly segment in support of Congress candidate Gurmail Singh Pehalwan. Led by Almuddin Saifi, the road show took off from GT Road bypass and passed through Tibba Road, Kabir Nagar, Gurmel Park before concluding at Gopal Nagar. The area residents and shopkeepers accorded a warm welcome to the road show on its entire route.

DIMT organises Spark-2012
Doraha, January 25
A Mega event Spark-2012 was organized by Doraha Institute of Management and Technology Doraha today. The PowerPoint Presentation Competition on the topic “Vision of Punjab 2020”was the main attraction of the show. Arjun Thukral of Shri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management Ludhiana was declared first in the competition while Natasha Dua from Khalsa College For Women Ludhiana was the first runner up. — OC


Man held for stealing truck
5 tonnes of iron seized from vehicle
Ludhiana, January 25
The police has arrested a snatcher identified as Lakhwinder Singh, alias Sunny, a resident of LIG Flats, Jamalpur, who along with four others, fled away with a truck loaded with 5 tonnes of iron from Focal Point.




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