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MC polls: SAD-B rebels face uphill task in three wards(From left) Harpreet Singh Bedi, Veera Bedi & Gurdeep Singh Leel are contesting as Independents

MC polls: SAD-B rebels face uphill task in three wards

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Though several keen contests are on the cards in the upcoming Municipal Corporation (MC) elections here on February 24, when the SAD-B and BJP is concerned, focus is mainly on Wards No.

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Kuldip Bhatia

Ludhiana, February 20

Though several keen contests are on the cards in the upcoming Municipal Corporation (MC) elections here on February 24, when the SAD-B and BJP is concerned, focus is mainly on Wards No. 72, 73 and 74, where rebels are posing a challenge to official candidates of both the parties.

Harpreet Singh Bedi, former councillor Veera Bedi (wife of Harpreet Singh Bedi) and Gurpreet Singh Leel, all SAD-B leaders, who were expelled from the party for defiance, are in the poll fray.

Of the three rebels in the race, Harpreet Bedi is in a piquant situation as he was nominated official candidate from Ward No. 72 by the SAD-B and was also allotted party symbol (scales). However, upon his failure to withdraw the candidature of his wife Veera Devi (an outgoing councillor) as an independent from Ward No. 73 within the deadline, the SAD-B expelled the husband-wife duo from the party and announced to lend its support to an independent Ravinder Kaushik, reportedly close to the Congress.

Harpreet Bedi is pitted against former councillor and a retired PAU scientist, Dr Hari Singh Brar (Congress), besides Pawandeep Singh Sehgal of AAP and Ravinder Kaushik, an independent candidate supported by SAD-B in Ward No. 72.

In Ward No. 73 Bedi’s wife Veera is locked in a triangular contest against Seema Kapoor (Congress) and Anupam Bhanot (BJP). Being the outgoing councillor, Veera could have an edge, but sources in the SAD-BJP claimed that she would pay the price for rebellion against her party. Cadres of both the parties would stand behind the BJP nominee from this ward, they added.

Paramjit Kaur Shivalik of the SAD-B, also an outgoing councillor and wife of former legislator Darhshan Singh Shivalik is facing challenge from rebel Akali candidate Gurpreet Singh Leel (now expelled from party) in Ward No. 74. Others in the electoral arena are Pankaj Kaka (Congress), Parminder Singh (LIP) and Shinderjit Singh (Independent). Shivalik is banking on the traditional vote bank of the SAD-BJP alliance. Leel claimed that Akali cadres was upset with the autocratic way of working of the new SAD-B leadership and would be able to win their trust.

A general impression among voters of these three wards was that if the rebel candidates were not able to emerge as game-changers then they could at least act as spoil sport in some cases through division of votes.

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Attack on MLA:Police file DDR against Karwal, aides

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Following the complaint filed by Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) chief and MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, who on Sunday alleged that he was attacked by Congressmen led by Kamaljit Singh Karwal, the police filed daily diary register (DDR) report against Karwal, the Congress candidate from Ward No.

Two groups resort to firing on Chandigarh road

Two groups resort to firing on Chandigarh road

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Two groups indulged in clash and resorted to firing in Sector 32 on Chandigarh Road on Tuesday evening. One person is said to have sustained bullet injury, but no one turned up before the police to file complaint. The police have launched a probe in the case.

FIR against Bedi for misusing party symbol

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) rebel, Harpreet Singh Bedi, who was shown the door by the party, faces FIR for misusing the party symbol.

Abduction bid: Two days on, police fail to arrest suspects

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

PAYAL: Two days have passed, but the police has failed to arrest the suspects involved in unsuccessful abduction of a girl from Bhikhi by two motorcyclists.

Feb 24 declared paid holiday

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Paid holiday has been declared in all factories, shops and other commercial establishments on February 24 when the polling for 95 wards of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and bypolls of two wards in Payal and Jagraon Municipal Councils in the district will be held.

10-year jail for rapist under POCSO Act

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Additional Sessions Judge Virinder Aggarwal has convicted Rama Kant of Sunet village under POCSO Act for exploiting a 13-year-old girl.

Mashal March held to attract students to govt schools

Mashal March held to attract students to govt schools

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Under the ‘Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab’ project, a Mashal March was taken out, here today, with an aim to increase the number of enrolled students in government schools.

Aussie envoy stresses on deepening ties in agri sector

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu stressed on deepening ties between India and Australia in agriculture sector, during her visit to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today.

COLLEGE NOTES

Seminar held at Govt College for Girls

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

The Department of Botany at Government College for Girls Ludhiana organised a national seminar on ‘Biodiversity Conservation in a Megadiverse Country: Issues, Challenges & Solutions’.

Washrooms locked, patients harried at Civil Hospital

Washrooms locked, patients harried at Civil Hospital

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: The patients in the OPD and their attendants are facing a tough time as they have to search a washroom to attend nature’s call as most of the washrooms at the Civil Hospital and Mother and Child Hospital (located inside the hospital) remain locked most of the times.

Activists hail PPCB decision to reward whistle-blowers

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Environmental activists have hailed the decision of the Punjab Pollution Control Board to award whistleblowers with cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, who would report the release of effluents from factories into the borewells.

Experts share thoughts on bio-medical waste at DMCH

Experts share thoughts on bio-medical waste at DMCH

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: A one-day sensitisation programme was held at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) for district administrators of ‘model district’ Ludhiana regarding effective disposal of bio-medical waste.

Malerkotla-Ahmedgarh bus service to bring respite to passengers

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

AHMEDGARH: Residents of Mandi Ahmedgarh and surrounding villages breathed a sigh of relief with introduction of five shuttle routes of two buses between Malerkotla and Ahmedgarh bus stand.

MC poll: Khaira campaigns for AAP-LIP candidates

MC poll: Khaira campaigns for AAP-LIP candidates

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Leader of the Opposition in Vidhan Sabha, Sukhpal Singh Khaira, today campaigned in favour of candidates contesting Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (MC) elections on the tickets of Aam Aadmi Party-Lok Insaf Party alliance.

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21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Punjabi Sahit Akademi will celebrate International Mother-tongue Day at Punjabi Bhawan tomorrow. President of the academy Sukhdev Singh Sirsa said it would be a day dedicated to mother-tongue of all Punjabis.

FOPSIA flays RBI over frauds

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association (FOPSIA) has expressed concern over the increasing number of bank frauds.

Smart city meeting today

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: The fourth meeting of board of directors of Ludhiana Smart City Limited under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary of Local Government will be held in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Mazdoor Sangh protests govt’s ‘anti-labour’ policies

Mazdoor Sangh protests govt’s ‘anti-labour’ policies

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Activists of the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh carried out a protest march against the “anti-labourer” policies of the NDA government here today.

Left parties seek free, fair elections

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: A joint meeting of the left parties — Communist Party of India (CPI), CPI (M), Revolutionary Marxist Party of India (RMPI), MCPI (U) — was held today.

Videography at polling stations

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: Strict measures are being taken to ensure free and fair Ludhiana Municipal Corporation election and by-elections of two wards of Payal and Jagraon Municipal Councils.

Nine teams to check illegal hoardings at private property

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has formed nine teams to check the unauthorised hoardings, posters and other campaigning material installed at private properties in the city.

Advocate accuses BJP candidate of defacing his house in Deep Nagar

Advocate accuses BJP candidate of defacing his house in Deep Nagar

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: City-based advocate Ajay Jindal has filed a complaint against a BJP candidate for defacing his property in Deep Nagar.

Woman hangs herself to death

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

A 40-year-old woman reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Subash Nagar on Tuesday evening.

Keep volume of speakers low, DCasks religious establishments

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: In view of the exams of students, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pradeep Kumar Agrawal has asked managers of all religious establishments to keep the volume of loudspeakers low so that students preparing for exams are not affected.

6 trains cancelled, 5 rescheduled

6 trains cancelled, 5 rescheduled

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: There seems to be no end to the woes of passengers as the rail traffic in the region remains erratic due to operational and other constraints.

Khushpreet is fastest runner at Shanti Tara College

Khushpreet is fastest runner at Shanti Tara College

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

AHMEDGARH: Khushpreet Kaur emerged the fastest runner of the Shanti Tara College for Women during the 23rd annual sports meet held on the college campus.

Briefly

Two get five-year jail for snatching purse

21 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

Ludhiana: Additional Sessions Judge Rajiv K Beri has convicted two —Vivek Sharma of Malerkotla and Avinash of Ludhiana — on the charges of the snatching purse of a teacher.

School notes

Religious trip

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

SISJMPS:Blossoms Convent School, Sidhwan Bet Road, Jagraon, organised a religious trip for students of Classes X and XII and prayed for the upcoming final exams.

New MC House must ensure timely cleaning of drainswater accumulation

New MC House must ensure timely cleaning of drains

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

LUDHIANA:The problem of accumulation of water in residential areas and markets is one of the major issues being faced by the residents of Ludhiana during the rainy season.

BRIEFLY

Man booked for raping minor

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

Ludhiana: A 19-year-old man was booked for allegedly raping a minor girl on the pretext of marriage.

Voter awareness drive

Voter awareness drive

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

LUDHIANA:The students of Bajaj College in collaboration with NGO ‘Initiators of change’ organised a nukkad natak at Jawahar Nagar Camp and in Sarabha Nagar market to create awareness related to civic body poll.

Students told about ways to deal with stress

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

LUDHIANA:The counselling cell of Khalsa College for Women held a special workshop on ‘Stress Bursting Strategies for Holistic Health’ for faculty and students.

Teachers oppose move to affiliate colleges of Haryana with PU

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

DORAHA:The Punjab Educationists Forum led by former Principal Tarsem Bahia took a serious note of the move of Haryana to re-affiliate some of its colleges to Panjab University, Chandigarh, and cautioned that it can widen the inter-state gap and the ignoring of interests of Punjab.

BUSINESS NEWS

Hero Cycles to spruce up plant in Sri Lanka

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

Ludhiana: In a major move to consolidate and power its continued surge in the premium and performance bicycle category in India and Europe, Hero Cycles Ltd.

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Take no stress, wait for your time

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2 charged with abduction bid

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

PAYAL:The Payal police have initiated a probe into an incident in which two youths had tried to abduct a girl of Bhikhi village yesterday.

Oz envoy launches app for dairy farmers

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

LUDHIANA:Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu launched a mobile app “Project Mooo” during her visit to the city.

MC House must ensure timely cleaning of drains

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

LUDHIANA: Absence of advance planning and faulty design of the roads and streets are among the major factors responsible for the problem of water accumulation, say residents

Thieves swill beer, decamp with Rs 65,000

20 Feb 2018 | 1:18 AM

LUDHIANA: A few burglars reportedly broke into a liquor store at Palm Enclave at Sangowal village and decamped with Rs 65,000.

Former councillor's son booked for threatening traffic cop

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

LUDHIANA: Following the complaint by a constable, the police have booked a man for allegedly threatening a traffic policeman and also obstructing him from performing his duty at the Phullanwal Chowk here.

DSGMC chief flays CM for reluctance to meet Trudeau

DSGMC chief flays CM for reluctance to meet Trudeau

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

LUDHIANA: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s reluctance to meet the visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was unfortunate.

Seven trains cancelled, five rescheduled

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

LUDHIANA: There was no relief for rail passengers in the region as seven trains remained cancelled and five were rescheduled for late departure while a dozen long-route trains were running late.

Beware of fraud travel agents: Brampton MP to Punjabi youth

Beware of fraud travel agents: Brampton MP to Punjabi youth

20 Feb 2018 | 1:17 AM

AHMEDGARH: Brampton (Canada) MP Ruby Sahota, a senior member of a delegation led by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, said the main aim of the ensuing visit was to strengthen bonds among people of the two countries, besides promoting cultural exchange.

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