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Take us into confidence: industrialists
Ludhiana, February 25
Hailing the victory of the Congress, industry and trade associations here have urged the new government to prepare a blueprint to boost industrialisation in the state. Since the growth in the agriculture sector has already plateaued, they say, only aggressive development in the industrial and service sector can address the problems of unemployment, state debt and stagnation in the economy.

Soul-searching time for BJP
Ludhiana, February 25
The election results declared on Sunday have come as a severe shock for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with the party being wiped out from Ludhiana, the political and commercial capital of the state. 

Experts favour funds for diversification
Ludhiana, February 25
Agriculture experts and economists have high hopes from the soon-to-be-formed government. Most experts favour allocation of funds for encouraging diversification under a different head in the budgetary allocation for the farm sector. They lay stress on investment in research and development of infrastructure.


Professional for a decent life
Ludhiana, February 25
City residents, who have voted the Congress to power with a huge margin, have many expectations from the new government. Though these expectations are not new or high, the residents feel, unlike the previous government there should not be any biases in framing policies for the rural and urban population and both should be treated equally.

BJP East Mandal chief resigns
Ludhiana, February 25
Owing moral responsibility for the defeat of the party candidate and Punjab Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker, Mr Sat Pal Gosain, from Ludhiana East Assembly segment, the BJP East Mandal chief, Dr Subhash Verma, has resigned from his post.


Party time for Cong workers
Ludhiana, February 25
The Congress and Youth Congress activists celebrated the victory of their party in the Assembly poll in Punjab and Uttaranchal. Party workers danced to the tunes of dhol, took out processions and distributed ‘laddoos’ at several places in the city.

PSEB revenue rises by Rs 325 crore
Ludhiana, February 25
Despite free supply of power to the agriculture sector and no increase in its tariff in the recent past, the PSEB has succeeded in improving its bottom line by launching a successful campaign against power theft in the state.

MC head’s certificate fake: Welfare Dept
Amloh, February 25
In a significant decision, the Welfare Department Punjab, has declared as fake the Backward Caste (BC) certificate of Mr Baldev Sedha, who was elected as President of the Municipal Council, Amloh, reserved for BC candidate.

Last date for filing IT returns March 31
Ludhiana, February 25
In a move to increase the income tax assessee base, the Income Tax Department has once again extended the last date for filing returns to March 31. The date had earlier been extended in October to November 31.

Shobha yatra on March 11
Ludhiana, February 25
A shobha yatra in connection with the Shivaratri festival will be taken out from the Daresi grounds on March 11 at 11 am by the Shivaratri Mahotsav Committee, according to a press release.


25 kg poppy husk seized, two held
Ludhiana, February 25
The Sadar police on Saturday arrested Naginder Singh alias Bhola and Mangat Ram, both residents of Rangian village, and seized 25 kg of poppy husk from them. A case under Sections 15,61 and 85, NDPS Act, has been registered.



Two-day flower show inaugurated 
Ludhiana, February 25
Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, today inaugurated the two-day Annual Flower Show-cum-Competition organised by the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping.
Some entires at the annual flower show-cum-competition on the Punjab Agricultural University campus in Ludhiana on Monday.
Some entires at the annual flower show-cum-competition on the Punjab Agricultural University campus in Ludhiana on Monday.— Photos Inderjit Verma


BSNL asked to compensate  for poor service
Ludhiana, February 25
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation on account of deficiency in services to Mr Geeraj Singh, a resident of Ranjit Nagar.



Staff leader’s transfer: strike spreads
Ludhiana, February 25
Striking employees of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Officers Clerical Association received a shot in the arm when members of other state units joined the dharna here today.

Employees of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Officers Clerical Association protest against the transfer of district president, Mr Sukhwinder Singh, in Ludhiana on Monday.— Photo Inderjeet Verma
Employees of the Punjab Health Department Subordinate Officers Clerical Association protest against the transfer of district president, Mr Sukhwinder Singh, in Ludhiana on Monday.

Warning of the brain
Ludhiana, February 25
“If a person has acute headache along with stiffness in the neck, he or she should visit a doctor, as this is the sign of bleeding in the brain. About 2 per cent of the population suffers from this disease called aneurysm (abnormally dilated blood vessel),” Dr M.K. Sobti, director of a neuro centre here, told reporters.

IMA for capable health minister
Ludhiana, February 25
Congratulating the Congress for coming back to power in Punjab, the district unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) today called upon the party leadership to decide upon a person who had the experience and capabilities to address problems related to the health and medical fraternity as health minister.


Punjab Bridge Championship
Ludhiana, February 25
The local Sutlej Club was the venue for the Punjab Bridge Championship for the national pairs-at-home for N.P. Ubhyakar Trophy, 2002, held on Sunday. The meet was played simultaneously at various centres.


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