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Congress retains Ludhiana seat
Ludhiana, May 16
The rural-urban divide is hard to miss in the poll results of the four-cornered contest of the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency where Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu has won with a thin margin of 19,709 votes defeating HS Phoolka who finished a close second with 2,80,750 votes. Bittu polled 3,00,459 votes.

Congress leader Ravneet Singh Bittu with his supporters after winning the Ludhiana seat; and (right) AAP candidate HS Phoolka comes out of a counting centre at Punjab Agricultural University. Tribune Photo


Residents have high hopes from new representative 
Ludhiana was one of the most keenly contested constituencies. It saw a four-cornered fight and was one of the most talked about election. 

Ravneet Bittu survives many anxious moments
Ludhiana, may 16
Though sitting MP from Anandpur Sahib and Congress candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat Ravneet Singh Bittu emerged victorious today, he survived many anxious moments as the counting progressed. Ravneet Bittu went into an early lead but his rivals Harvinder Singh Phoolka from the AAP, Manpreet Singh Ayali from the SAD and Independent Simarjit Singh Bains surged ahead on many occasions.

Celebrations in Cong, BJP camps 
Ludhiana, May 16
There were celebrations in both the Congress and the BJP camps in the city. The Congress celebrated the victory of Ravneet Singh Bittu from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency, while the BJP celebrated the win of Narendra Modi at the Centre. The BJP’s celebrations over the impressive seat tally in the Lok Sabha elections overshadowed the defeat of the SAD-BJP combine candidate in Ludhiana.

Tough going for counting staff, police personnel
Ludhiana, May 16
Counting of votes in progress at Gymnasium Hall, PAU, in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune Photo It was a hectic day for the polling staff who reached their respective counting centres on the Punjab Agricultural University campus early morning. While milk vendors were passing the Ferozepur Road at around 5 am, the campus was abuzz with activity. The last and third training of the poll staff took place just before the counting process started.

Counting of votes in progress at Gymnasium Hall, PAU, in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune Photo

Senior jail official’s son crushed under speeding bus 
Ludhiana, May 16
A 30-year-old son of an Assistant Inspector General (AIG) was crushed to death allegedly under the wheels of a speeding bus belonging to Orbit Transport Company on the Gill Chowk flyover here today.


A new game for children- politics 
Ludhiana, May 16
Nowadays, children too are taking interest in politics, which earlier used to be a cup of tea for oldies. Schoolchildren looked enthusiastic and curious to know that who would be the leader to run the country.

Sarcastic messages tickle funny bone of residents
Ludhiana, May 16
Hilarious text messages on Whatsapp and Facebook kept everybody busy today. Laced with sarcastic comments, minute-to-minute updates on winning and losing candidates kept all laughing. Some of the texts read: "The BJP will travel by an airbus (320 seats), the Congress will travel by train (72 seats) while the AAP will travel by an auto (four seats)." While another message states: "Jodhpur se Asaram Bapu aage chal rahein hain aur 4-5 police wale peeche."

On duty, cops remain updated
Ludhiana, May 16
On their toes to prevent any untoward incident, police personnel deployed on the PAU campus could not keep themselves off television sets.

Namesake candidates make hay
Ludhiana, May 16
Namesake candidates contesting the elections from the Ludhiana constituency polled 8,504 votes.

NRIs too enthusiastic 
Mandi Ahmedgarh, May 16
NRIs from this part of Malwa showed interest in the outcome of the Lok Sabha election, counting for which was held today.

Youngsters happy with AAP's performance 
Ludhiana, May 16
Youths in the city said they were happy with the AAP's performance as most of them had voted for Harvinder Singh Phoolka.

IMA bandh hits OPD services at health facilities
Ludhiana, May 16
On a call for a statewide bandh given by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Punjab, outpatient department (OPD) services remained suspended at local hospitals and nursing homes run by the IMA fraternity. Emergency services, however, were provided to the patients.

Farm university turns into a fortress 
Ludhiana, May 16
As morning walkers were not allowed to enter the PAU today, they had to go to other parks, including Rakh Bagh and Rose Garden.

From schools

Ludhiana scan


Taxi driver found murdered at house
Ludhiana, May 16
A 33-year-old taxi driver was stabbed to death at his house in the Gandhi Colony area near Model Gram Station here this evening.

Police rule out robbery
Deceased Suresh Goel and Shimla Goel. Ludhiana, May 16
A day after an unidentified man killed veteran Congress leader Suresh Goel and his wife, Shimla Goel, and injured the couple’s granddaughter Shaguna, the police have ruled out the robbery angle.

Deceased Suresh Goel and Shimla Goel.




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