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Kabaddi cup cancelled at last moment; fans upset
Ludhiana, February 5
Hundreds of fans were left high and dry after the much-awaited Canada-America Kabaddi Cup was cancelled as the sports department officials refused to install a stage in the middle of Guru Nanak Stadium for the performance of Punjabi singers. Babbu Mann and Satinder Sartaj were scheduled to perform after the kabaddi matches.

Disappointed sports lovers take a look at the kabaddi cup posters pasted at the entrance of Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. Disappointed sports lovers take a look at the kabaddi cup posters pasted at the entrance of Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


Assembly election results
After voters, anxious candidates now turn to the Heavens
Ludhiana, February 5
Even as the results of the state Assembly elections would be declared on March 6, several candidates are on “religious-resolution” spree for “wish fulfilment” as they anxiously await the results. Several candidates are organising “akhand path” as well as havan for a favourable result.

A day later, encroachments back at Akalgarh Market
Ludhiana, February 5
A day after Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) officials removed temporary encroachments from Akalgarh Market, the encroachments have “resurfaced” in some parts of the market again. The MC team had carried out a comprehensive anti-encroachment drive in the Akalgarh Market yesterday and had confiscated eight truckloads of goods.
Encroachments have resurfaced in Akalgarh Market even though the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had removed them only a day earlier on Saturday.
Encroachments have resurfaced in Akalgarh Market even though the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation had removed them only a day earlier on Saturday. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

ASI under scanner in car theft case
Ludhiana, February 5
An inter-state nexus between vehicle lifters and a policeman has put the role of an Assistant Sub-Inspector from Jandiala Guru near Amritsar under scanner.

Govt buying equipment from other states
Local industry hit adversely as items cheaper in the absence of VAT
Ludhiana, February 5
The local industry engaged in making transformers, towers, conductors, wires, cables and meters are going through a rough phase due to the high-tax regime in the state. The state government prefers to procure these equipment from other states as they are cheaper since no VAT is applicable on them.

Drink kanji to keep digestion on track
Traditional drink made of black carrots improves immune system
Ludhiana, February 5
People usually complain either of lack of appetite or flatulence due to overeating. To keep digestion on the right track, they prefer to take cold drinks or other alternatives, but have forgotten the traditional drink “kanji”, which is made of black carrots, rai, pepper, salt and water. However, hing can also be used after roasting for better effects.

Couple sets itself afire after tiff, wife serious
Ludhiana, February 5
A couple set themselves afire following a heated quarrel in their house on the Gill Road here this evening. The police has not ruled out the possibility of the husband setting his wife on fire and later pouring some kerosene on himself to make it seem like a suicide pact.


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Probe demanded
The Youth Akali Dal (Delhi) has urged the head priest of Sri Akal Takht to hold a thorough probe into the manhandling and roughing up of ‘gursikhs’ by the so-called task force of the SGPC. State president of the YAD, Gurdip Singh Gosha, and president of the trade cell, Balwinder Singh Bhullar, have said in a statement that the ruling group of the SGPC raised a hue and cry over the incidents in foreign countries where the turban was disrespected. "But under the very nose of the SGPC, the goonda elements in the SGPC task force were tossing turbans of gursikhs and beating them up for their attempt to expose sacrilege of the holy gutkas of the gurbani."

Dilapidated roads causing problems to commuters
Samrala, February 5
A view of the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road near Manderan village. Almost all the main roads of the area are in a bad condition with the authorities adopting a callous attitude towards the problem. The Defence Road, linking Machiwara to Khanna via Samrala, is in pitiable situation, having huge potholes at several places near Samrala, Otalan, Balion and Khanna. There is a heavy rush of traffic on the road, with a large number of trucks daily passing over it, but officials and political leaders seem to be unaware about the problem.

A view of the Ludhiana-Chandigarh Road near Manderan village. A Tribune photograph

Rotarians bat for Indo-Pak peace
Ludhiana , February 5
Activists and office bearers of over 70 units of Rotary Club falling under RI district 3090 comprising major parts of Punjab, Haryana, and Rajasthan vowed to dedicate their lives for fostering Indo-Pak peace and fraternity, and eradicating communal and racial hatred from the region.

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Septuagenarian support for media
Newspaper offices are flooded with news/press releases. Though the reporters make sure that each and every news is sent for publication, still at times certain news cannot be published due to space constraints and the persons to whom the news matter, feel disappointed. A senior citizen came to the office to hand over a press note regarding the appointment of certain office-bearers, which could not be published.

Inter-school youth festival Uniquest-12 organised at DBI
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 5
Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences organised an Inter School Youth Festival ‘Uniquest-12’, a one-day mega youth festival, for school students of the region. The program included competitions in 30 events relating to the field of singing, dancing, acting, modelling, painting, cartoon making, collage making, Giddha, Bhangra, creative writing, etc. Teams from 35 senior secondary schools participated in different competitions and exhibited their talents.

A confectionery shop doing brisk business at Meena Bazaar. Series: City Bazaars-IV
Damsels in balconies, smell of roses filled streets of Meena Bazaar

Ludhiana, February 5
About eight decades old, Meena Bazaar, located next to Chaura Bazaar offer many things from candies for children to shrouds for the old. The Meena bazaar has shops of confectioners, toys and general merchants, besides some cardboard factories. Many card and box packaging shops have also come up at Meena Bazar.

A confectionery shop doing brisk business at Meena Bazaar. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Fun and frolic at Basant Utsav
Students perform during the Basant Utsav at Bal Bharati Public School in Ludhiana.Ludhiana, February 5
Basant Utsav was celebrated at Bal Bharati Public School. Students performed ‘bhangra’ and ‘giddha’ during the celebrations. The vibrant Rajasthani dance on the tunes of ‘Assi gaj ka mora ghagra’. Children at the fair began to enjoy various game stalls like shoe-fly shoe, chocolate wheel, hoola, hit me, quotes, magnetic charm, bull’s eye, kill the rat.

Students perform during the Basant Utsav at Bal Bharati Public School in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

SCD college being used as store for keeping EVMs
Hampering studies of students, says principal
Ludhiana, February 5
The Hindi department at SCD Government College is being used for the purpose of keeping EVMs and security personnel by the Election Commission.It is disrupting the studies of students of the department at the college.

Teachers to screen students’ eyesight
Health dept to train 32,000 teachers
Ludhiana, February 5
The health department has chosen an effective method to control blindness in the state. The department has started a project in collaboration with schoolteachers to screen schoolchildren’s eyesight. In this project, the department will train more than 32,000 teachers all over the state.

Strengthen brotherhood and follow path of truth: Shahi Imam
Ludhiana, February 5
The Shahi Imam of Punjab ,Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Sani Ludhianvi, today asked the Muslims to strengthen mutual brotherhood and follow the path of truth and honesty as shown by the Prophet Mohammed.

Lecture at RIMT
Mandi Gobindgarh February 5
An interactive session on ‘Global Education Environment’ and the importance of having an optimistic yet rational approach towards settling abroad was recently organised by the RIMT Management Campus.

Delay in dues upsets Pensioners
Doraha, February 5
A meeting of the Government Pensioners Association was held at Com KK Kaushal Memorial Bhawan Doraha. Pawan Kumar Kaushal presided over the meeting.

120 physically challenged get artificial limbs
Ludhiana, February 5
As many as 120 physically challenged persons were provided artificial limbs, calipers, wheel chairs, tricycles and hearing aids free of cost at a free artificial limb distribution camp organised by Maharaja Aggarsain Sewa Sangh at Shree Laxmi Narain Mandir Dharamshala in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar here today. The technical assistance for the camp was provided by Bharat Vikas Parishad Trust.

A volunteer of the Maharaja Aggarsain Sewa Sangh assists a physically challenged person with an artifical limb at a camp in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Book on Hindi criticism released at seminar
Ludhiana, February 5
Unesco Club of Punjab organised a literary seminar at Punjabi Bhawan here today wherein Sahitya Academy Award winner noted novelist Prof Niranjan Tasneem met his fans and readers and shared his life experiences as a novelist.

‘Life more enjoyable without drugs’
Ludhiana, February 5
Boys looked like robots as they danced to the tunes of "electric" music and drew applause from the audience. Another performer performed tricks with his feet up in the air as he danced upside down. A fete with the theme of "Fight against Drugs" was organised at SCD Government College here today.

Camp to exchange currency notes
HDFC Bank conducted ‘Coin and Notes Exchange Camp’ at Amloh Branch on Saturday. The Camp was organised by Bank's Chandigarh Currency Chest and was inaugurated by Artia Association Chairman Jeewan Puri.




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