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City turning into den of bookies
Ludhiana, May 17
The city police has swung into action following the arrest of three cricketers, including S Sreesanth, for spot fixing during the Indian Primer League (IPL) matches. Sources say the betting business in the city runs into several hundred crores. Bookies operating from Delhi, Mumbai and Dubai operate through their cronies in the city.

Daughter-in-law or imposter by law?
Samrala/Ludhiana, May 17
A lovelorn woman came all the way from Italy to India to tie the nuptial knot with a man, who she claimed, had promised to marry her. However, the man's family, while terming her an imposter, turned her away. The man currently lives in Austria, while his parents stay at a village in Samrala.


MC keeps LIT building as collateral security
Ludhiana, May 17
The Zone D office of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation, which it had kept as a collateral security with the bank for seeking Rs 100 crore loan, is a property of the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT). The Zone D office building remained in news ever since it was constructed in Sarabha Nagar by the MC.

The Zone D office of the MC in Sarabha Nagar. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Rape victim’s parents protest
Ludhiana, May 17
High drama was witnessed outside a school in the Salem Tabri area after a rape victim’s parents staged a dharna against the school authorities today. The parents blamed the school authorities for sheltering the rape accused, a former teacher at the school. They alleged that the school authorities were deliberately not disclosing the accused’s whereabouts.

Goods worth crores gutted
Ludhiana, May 17
Goods worth crores were gutted in a fire that broke out at a cycle parts’ export factory in Phase VI, Focal Point, in the wee hours of Friday. Fire brigade officials suspect that the fore broke out due to short circuit. A security guard at the factory saw flames coming out of the godown at 3 am. He immediately informed the owner of the factory and the fire brigade.

Firemen try to douse flames in a factory at Focal Point in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune Photograph


Zila parishad polls
Reign of terror must end: Youth Cong chief
Ludhiana, May 17
The Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) president, Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, today visited DMCH to enquire about the well-being of Congress leader Malkit Singh’s son Rajwinder Singh, who is contesting the zila parishad polls from Bhairoopa zone. Rajwinder Singh was injured in a firing incident at Adampur in Bhatinda yesterday.

Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, Punjab Youth Congress president, enquires about the well-being of Congress candidate Rajwinder Singh at the DMCH in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Returning officers busy making last-minute arrangements
Ludhiana, May 17
The 12 returning officers, along with the assistant returning officers in the district, are busy accomplishing the tasks given to them ahead of the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections on May 19. While many returning officers said ballot papers were being properly kept in kits, at other locations the officers conducted rehearsals for the counting staff.

ADC’s appointment major step towards development of
Khanna: Akali leader

Khanna, May 17
The setting up of the office of an Additional Deputy Commissioner in Khanna is the major achievement the Akali Dal leaders are trying to emphasise on to woo voters before the upcoming zila parishad elections. Former MLA Ranjit Singh Talwandi, who is leading the Akali Dal campaign, while addressing a rally at Goh village in support of party candidate Gurdip Singh Sarpanch Libra, said the ADC’s appointment was a major step towards the development of the area. The residents had been demanding the same for long, as traveling to Ludhiana to get their works done consumed time and money.

Emotions, spirituality, femininity on display at city galleries
Ludhiana, May 17
Thirteen artists today showcased their works at an exhibition, ‘Expressions: A Symphony of Art’, at Gallery Artmosphere. Paintings, inspired from various themes including nature, human emotions, spirituality and femininity, were on display.

Visitors enjoy works of art at an exhibition in Gallery Artmosphere, Ludhiana, on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

ICSE exams
Prikshit, Diksha top Class X
Ludhiana, May 17
Prikshit Goel of Sacred Heart Convent School, Jamalpur, and Diksha Samsukha of Sat Paul Mittal School have topped the district by scoring 97 per cent marks in the Class X exams of the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), the results of which were declared today.

Diksha, a student of Sat Paul Mittal School, who topped the ICSE Class X exams in the Ludhiana district, with her parents in Ludhiana on Friday. A Tribune photograph

College, students standoff continues
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 17
Stalemate between the management of the Guru Nanak College of Education, Gopalpur, and a group of students over the issue of overcharging of fee and imposition of fines continued on the second day.

Health dept starts drive against seasonal diseases
Ludhiana, May 17
On the instructions of Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari and Civil Surgeon Subhash Batta, the district health department has started a drive against seasonal diseases. Under the supervision of Dr Puneet Juneja and Dr Anil Verma, the drive was started from the Field Gunj area today. Carts selling fruits and other eatable items were checked by the department officials. Those eatables which were found unfit for consumption were destroyed by the team.

Deputy Mayor’s car challaned
Ludhiana, May 17
A vehicle bearing the name plate of Deputy Mayor was challaned for jumping red light near the Mini-Secretariat here this afternoon. The incident took place when ACP (Traffic) Dhruman Nimbale, on coming out of the Mini-Secretariat after addressing a press conference, spotted a white Nissan Micra, bearing Deputy Mayor RD Sharma’s name plate, jump red light.

The Deputy Mayor’s car, which was challaned for jumping red light near the Mini-Secretariat in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

World Hypertension Day observed in city
Ludhiana, May 17
On World Hypertension Day, city doctors came forward to sensitise people about the problems caused by high blood pressure. It is one of the key reasons behind premature death worldwide, claiming nearly 9.4 million lives every year.

Mid-day meal cook suffers 35 pc burns
Ludhiana, May 17
A woman suffered burns while cooking mid-day meal at a government school in Ladhowal area here today. The woman, identified as Jatinder Kaur was rushed to the Civil Hospital. The 26-year-old woman is reported to have suffered 35 per cent burn injuries. She reportedly suffered burns after a pressure cooker, in which she was cooking food for children on the school premises, exploded. — TNS


Blind murder case cracked
Ludhiana, May 17
The city police today cracked the blind murder case of a labourer and nabbed a youth in this connection. The accused, identified as Rajesh Kumar (20), alleged the victim was forcing him to establish physical relationship with him.

City police busts gang of thieves
Ludhiana, May 17
The interrogation of Ajay Kumar, who was involved in a series of theft incidents in the city, has led to the arrest of his two accomplices -- Satnam Singh Satta and Aditya Kumar, both residents of Jalandhar - and recovery of stolen items worth lakhs of rupees. Ajay Kumar, alias Sonu, was brought from the Jalandhar jail on a production warrant.

Three thieves, along with the stolen items, in the police custody in Ludhiana on Friday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Father, son die in road accident
Ludhiana, May 17
A father-son duo died in a road accident near Chaunta village on Chandigarh Road here this evening. The victims, identified as Raghubir Singh (65) and Harbir Singh (35) of New Samrala village, were returning home on a motorcycle after visiting their relatives. A speeding truck hit their motorcycle from the rear side, and ran over them. They were rushed to hospital but were declared brought dead. The police has registered a case against the unidentified truck driver. — TNS




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