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Election rallies choke city roads
Ludhiana, April 20
Rallies being organised by political parties and Independent candidates in the congested areas in the city have added to traffic chaos.

Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam near AC Market as workers take out an election rally in Ludhiana on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Three rape cases registered in city, one arrested
Ludhiana, April 20
Three rape cases were registered in different parts of the city today. In the first case, four persons, including two women, were booked for rape under section 5 of the Child Marriage Restraint Act and section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Abuse Act 2012.

Land scam
Role of revenue official under the scanner
Ludhiana, April 20
The arrest of industrialist Jagjit Singh in a Rs 47 crore land scam case has brought the role of the then Sub-Registrar under the scanner. The Sub-Registrar showed unnecessary urgency in transferring the land in the name of Jagjit Singh without verifying the authenticity of the two imposters, who posed as the sellers of the 17,000 sq yd property in Jugiana village.


Labour pangs for garment industry
Ludhiana, April 20
The garment industry is passing through a bad patch these days. Apart from harvesting time, which has forced labour to return to their native places, the Lok Sabha elections are the other reason behind labour shortage in the industry.

Young voters feel casting vote their responsibility
Ludhiana, April 20
With so much political activity going on in and around the city and the administration making extra efforts to make people aware of their right to franchise, there in an increased level of enthusiasm among voters, especially youngsters. Young people, both men and women, are now showing interest in politics and elections. It was not the case a decade ago. They are also taking notice of the young brigade seeking mandate.

Headmistress transferred again
Ludhiana, April 20
Finally, the Directorate of Public Instruction (Secondary) has chargesheeted and transferred Surinder Kaur Dyal, Headmistress, Government High School (boys), Gill, for campaigning for the Akali-BJP candidate, Manpreet Singh Ayali.


No respite to residents from traffic woes
Jagraon, April 20
There seems to be no end to the traffic woes of the residents of Jagraon as well as the commuters travelling on various city roads. There is hardly any road in the city which is free from the problem of traffic jams. The frequent traffic jams have become the order of the day on most of the city roads thus causing a lot of problems for the commuters. One can often see long queues of vehicles struck in traffic jams on various city roads, including Tehsil Road, Rani Jhansi Chowk, Sadan Market, Old Sabzi Mandi Road, Raikot Road, Lajpat Rai Road, Railway Road and College Road.

Umbrellas pave way for netas to sway
It was no less than a scene of a movie shoot when Bollywood actor and Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Chandigarh Gul Panag visited the city to campaign in favour of AAP candidate HS Phoolka. Rains came pouring down during the road show and immediately umbrellas were opened for the celebrity guest recreating a scene of a movie shoot. Neither the people who had gathered around to have a glimpse of the actor got aside and nor did Gul Panag.

AAP candidate Gulkirat Panag in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Ludhiana votes 2014
Modi wave caused devastation in Gujarat: Karat
Ludhiana, April 20
Senior leader and general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Prakash Karat today launched scathing attacks on both the Congress-led UPA and the BJP for corruption.

General secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Prakash Karat (centre) in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Modi is main accused in Gujarat riots: BSP
Ludhiana, April 20
BSP general secretary Narinder Kashyap today alleged that Narendra Modi was the main accused in Gujarat riots. He said BSP supremo Mayawati would not let Modi become the PM of the country. He sought support for party candidate Navjot Singh Mander Jarg. Kashyap said the Congress was responsible for corruption, inflation and unemployment in the country.

SAD deprived poor of facilities: Bhattal
Ludhiana, April 20
Senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal campaigned for party candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu today. Bhattal addressed a rally organised by Ambedkar Ekta Mission at Deepak Cinema Road. She said the ruling government had failed to release pension. The poor were deprived of various benefits under the Shagun Scheme.

Fashion in vogue: (Clockwise from top): A woman takes a look at wedges; jewellery on display; designer clutches and footwear catch the fancy of visitors; and a woman takes her pick during an exhibition, High Life Season II, in Ludhiana. Tribune photos: HImanshu Mahajan

Will generate employment: Bittu
Ludhiana, April 20
Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu said his aim was to generate employment in the city. He said being associated with the youth at the grassroots level, he was aware of their problems. He stated that due to wrong policies of the state government, the industry was moving out of the district. At Tihara village in Jagraon, he said the SAD government was responsible for drug addiction in the state. He added that by levying inordinate taxes, the government was driving the people of the state to bankruptcy.

Supporting SAD means more funds: Ayali
Ludhiana, April 20
SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali said in order to rid the country of corrupt Congress, Narendra Modi's win was very important. He said people should vote for the SAD so that they could get more grants from the Centre. Ram Shankar Gupta from Punjab Youth Congress and Congress members Gurdial Singh, Raj Kumar joined the party.

Increased moisture content hampers sale of wheat
Khanna, April 20
Untimely rains have increased the moisture content of wheat arriving at the Asia’s biggest grain market in Khanna. Jagtar Singh, mandi supervisor, said, “Despite of rain, the purchase of wheat continued in the main grain market but the moisture content in the crop was clearly visible.”

State govt made false promises: Bains
Ludhiana, April 20
Independent candidate for the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat Simarjit Singh Bains took out rallies at various places in the city today. During an election rally at Gurdev Nagar, Bains appealed to residents to support him. He said he would rid the state of corruption.

From schools
City lad gets into IIM
Ludhiana: City student Akshay Bhatia brought laurels to his alma mater Sacred Heart Convent School by getting selected in the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. After doing computer engineering from Thapar University he is presently working in a global consulting firm at Gurgaon.

Govts’ failure to fulfil promises appals voters
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 20
For the first time, voters are in a fix over choosing a candidate. Reason: Failure of the Centre and state government to solve their problems. A group of educated unemployed youths led by Jashanpreet Singh Jajjie said they could not comprehend the situation as the state government and the Union Government had failed to generate employment.

Good news for PAU students
Ludhiana, April 20
The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) authorities are trying hard to make sure that the students don’t suffer due to shortage of hostel seats inside the campus. The situation is such that it has already been printed in its prospectus that no hostel facility will be provided to the students by the varsity.

Ludhiana scan
Jalsa-e-Paigam was organised in Ludhiana on Saturday evening. Shahi Imam of Punjab was also present on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, Shahi Imam said Muslim religion imparts the message of brotherhood and harmony and a true Muslim was the one who fights all odds in his life but does not get astray from the path of religion.

School comes forward to preserve environment
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 20
Anand Isher Public Senior Secondary School, Chhapar, has launched a movement to sensitise residents about preservation of environment. Besides organising meetings to spread awareness about its causes and consequences, the organisation started planting saplings of shade and fruit trees at vacant places.

New bakery opens in city
Ludhiana: Raju Departmental Store opened a new bakery near Vishal Tower at Ferozepur Road in Ludhiana on Sunday. On the opening of Sid’s Bake House, Sidarth, owner, claimed that it would provide quality bakery products, including cakes, pastries, cookies and chocolates.


Crime briefs
4 arrested with 3,600 litres of kerosene
Ludhiana, April 20
The police has arrested four persons with 18 containers of kerosene (3,600 litres). The accused have been identified as Jagmohan Singh of Bassi Pathana, Harjinder Singh, Tarun Kumar both from Qilla Mohalla and Kamlesh Kumar. The police received a tip-off that the accused collected subsidised kerosene from depot holders and sold it to migrant labourers at much higher prices.

Mushaira held
Ludhiana: A mushiara was organised by Navrang Bazme Adab. The mushiara was started by Janab Azmal Ansari with his soulful rendering. Ehsane Hiyat, a shayari book written by Naami Nadri, was also released on the occasion. — TNS





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