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44-yr-old NRI crushed to death
Was hit by speeding tractor-trolley; wife, daughter hospitalised; traffic stuck for 2 hrs
Ludhiana, June 9
Policemen investigating the accident site. A 44-year- old NRI was crushed to death by a speeding tractor trolley near the Jagraon Bridge today. The victim identified as Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Muradpura near Dhuri Line.

Policemen investigating the accident site. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


Spinning mill gutted
Ludhiana, June 9
Cotton yarn and fabric worth crore of rupees were destroyed in a fire that broke out at a spinning mill near the Cheema Chowk today evening. A multi-storied building of Manisha Spinning Mill is located near the Cheema Chowk. The fire started from one of the floors of this mill and slowly engulfed the entire building.

Bouncers hit big in MC poll
Ludhiana, June 9
You might have noticed unusually huge men accompanying candidates knocking at your doorsteps for seeking votes in the municipal corporation election. Well these men in “kurta pajama” are none other than the notorious bouncers, who could be spotted at shopping malls and while throwing mischief mongers out of discotheques. The muscle power of wrestlers, bodybuilders and ‘kabaddi’ players is making its presence felt in this election. Candidates are making full use of these men to ward off trouble while canvassing in their respective constituencies. These huge men are paid fat pay package. Sources said a few of them had even charged Rs 30,000 for accompanying the candidates during the electioneering.


MC raids fail to deter roadside vendors
Sale of eatables in unhygienic conditions still goes on unchecked at Jagraon
Jagraon, June 9
Notwithstanding the directions issued by the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari and Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta about maintaining cleanliness and keeping a check on the sale of eatables being sold under unhygienic conditions to prevent the outbreak of diseases of summers and rainy season, the practice of selling eatables in unhygienic conditions is going unchecked in Jagraon. Besides, there is no improvement in the cleanliness level of the town.

City students excel in PU exams
Ludhiana, June 9
The students from different colleges in the city have excelled in various examinations conducted by the Panjab University, Chandigarh, in April. Several students bagged top positions in the university and made their institutions and parents proud with their stupendous success. The principals, faculty members of the colleges and parents of successful students have expressed happiness over their good results.

Greenery neglected, residents’ bodies maintain most parks
Ludhiana, June 9
The green cover of the industrial city is depleting and it seems that our candidates contesting the Municipal Corporation elections do not consider it as an “issue” to please the voters. That is why, while campaigning, majority of the candidates are stressing on issues such as roads, sewerage, streetlights and other such, but the issue related to depleting green cover in the city has taken a backseat. There are several green belts and parks of the city, which are either encroached or ill maintained.

Long uneasy day for candidates, new tie-ups come up
Ludhiana, June 9
From fast heart beats to butterflies in stomachs, it was a long day for candidates contesting municipal corporation elections, scheduled for tomorrow. Most candidates, who had spent around 10 days campaigning in the scorching heat, preferred to stay indoors and held meetings with their supporters. Candidates were also seen making last-minute efforts to ensure that they remained in touch with supporters.

Independent candidate Harmandeep Singh Billa announces support for ward 59 SAD candidate Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal in Ludhiana. A Tribune Photograph

Craze to speak English
Ludhiana, June 9
Realising that learning English is as a ladder to growth in national and international job markets, rural youth of Punjab are thronging English learning centres in the city. Students from the peripheries of the city are making beeline for English learning centres to learn the language.

1) Police personnel rest under the shade in Ludhiana on Saturday. Tribune Photos: Himanshu Mahajan 2) and 5) Election staff check EVMs in Ludhiana on Saturday. 3) Two policemen relax in Ludhiana on Saturday. 4) A policeman checks his gun in Ludhiana on Saturday.

PAU runs short of finances
Ludhiana, June 9
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) employees also have expectations from Ludhiana Municipal Corporation as they feel that the university has been contributing a lot in the development of the city but the civic body does not pay back anything to the university. Maintenance of roads, poor sanitation, menace of stray dogs and lifting of garbage are the major problems on the PAU campus. The university has to manage all these issues and infrastructure by spending own funds.

Summer bonanza for many
Ludhana, June 9
Gone by week was not less than a summer bonanza in majority of the state government offices. Although it is five days a week in government offices but this week, employees had to work only two days, as the remaining days were holidays and election rehearsals. The week started with holiday on Kabeer Jayanti on Monday. On Tuesday, it was second rehearsal day for the employees who have been deputed for election duty. With this majority of government offices wore deserted look. It was observed that some of the remaining staff (who were not deputed for election duty) also did not work whole-heartedly while some proceeded on leave.

Now, android application for election candidates
Ludhiana, June 9
For the first time ever in the MC elections in the city, Elections Watch Punjab, in collaboration with city-based IT Company has developed an application for Android OS that would allow residents to check out information regarding the candidates during.

Shivalik gets mall's rear gate closed
Ludhiana, June 9
Politicians can go to any extent to please voters, especially when it is election time. While campaigning for his wife, Gill MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik has taken the authorities of a shopping mall-cum-multiplex on the Ferozepur road here head on.

From housewife to politician
Ludhiana, June 9
From the kitty party circuit to the bustling election scene, it has been an interesting journey for Priyanka Basant, Congress candidate from ward 57, which comprises Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar and other adjoining localities.

From schools
Arts students excel in PSEB
Ludhiana: The Class XII students of Arts stream in Master Tara Singh Memorial Collegiate Senior Secondary Public School got a 100 per cent result in the Punjab School Education Board examinations, held earlier this year. Poonam Ratta and Taranjot Kaur shared the first position in the school with 80 per cent marks.

Kids during a pool party at Daffodil IWS Pre-School in Ludhiana on Saturday. a tribune photograph

Ludhiana scan
South-Indian food festival
Ludhiana: "Dosa Fest", a South-Indian food festival is being organised at Keys Cafe from till June 20 at Hotel Keys. The menu has been created by the hotels executive chef, who has put together list of dishes from South-India that has traditionally been popular. A variety of dosas including chili paneer tikka dosa, chicken tikka dosa, Mexican roast Dosa, Mysore butter dosa are on the menu during the South India dosa festival.

Fate to be sealed today
Ludhiana, June 9
The fate of at least 543 candidates in the fray for the municipal corporation elections will be decided by 7.30 pm tomorrow. More than 9 lakh voters in 75 wards would cast their votes at 964 booths between 8 am and 4 pm.

Candidates' kin accuse rivals of vehicle damage
Ludhiana, June 9
The kin of two candidates levelled allegations of damaging their vehicles against SAD candidates.

CIA nabs two youths with pistol
Ludhiana, June 9
The CIA sleuth of the railways nabbed two persons and recovered .315 country-made pistol from their possession. According to the police, the accused have been identified as Pramod Kumar and Bhoggi Shah during the routine checking by the police.


Two arrested from Amritsar
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 9
A proclaimed offender and one of his accomplices were arrested from Amritsar last evening. He was wanted in a case registered against him at various police stations four years ago.


Punjab Chess: Harjap upsets top seed Vibhor

Chess players during the Punjab State Sub-Junior and Junior Chess ChampionshipLudhiana, June 9
Top seed Vibhor Sharma of Amritsar went down against unseeded Harjap Singh from Jalandhar in the under 17 years category on the opening day of the 3rd DD Khosla Memorial Punjab State Chess Championship (sub-junior and junior boys and girls) being held at St. Thomas Senior Secondary School, Brown road, today.

Chess players during the Punjab State Sub-Junior and Junior Chess Championship organised in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Cricket Tournament
Day 1: Mohali score 290 for 4
Ludhiana, June 9
Poor fielding, coupled with dropped catches, facilitated Mohali to score 290 for the loss of four wickets after 95 overs in the first innings on the opening day of the four-day match against Ludhiana in the in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (u-22) being organised by the Punjab Cricket Association at PAU, here today.

Swimming trials on June 13
Ludhiana, June 9
The Ludhiana District Swimming Association will hold trials to select the swimmers (boys and girls) in the sub-junior category at the municipal corporation’s swimming pool near Rakh Bagh on June 13 from 3 pm onwards. This was stated by honorary general secretary of the association Balraj Sharma.



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