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Traders up in arms against ST Dept 
Ludhiana, January 3
Local traders are up in arms against the local Sales Tax Department as they claim that the department has started collecting tax in advance from them owing to the revenue losses faced by it during the current financial year.

BKU seeks special session 
Taxing of agriculture sector
Ludhiana, January 3
In view of the Kelkar Committee’s recommendation to tax agriculture sector, the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) has urged the Punjab CM and the leader of the Opposition to convene a special session of the Assembly to oppose the move.

Tigers in a playful mood at Chhat Bir Zoo, near Chandigarh Tigers in a playful mood at Chhat Bir Zoo, near Chandigarh, on Friday. A Tribune photograph


SP-rank official to hold probe 
Sexual harassment of college lecturer
Ludhiana, January 3
The alleged case of sexual harassment of a city lecturer has taken a new turn with the Punjab State Woman Commission (PSWC) directing the city SSP to appoint an SP-rank official for conducting inquiry into the case. The orders dated December 18 and received here today also direct the city police to complete the inquiry within 15 days.

Shopkeepers to fight it out with PUDA
Ludhiana, January 3
The issue of auctioned PUDA land near Jagraon Bridge took a new turn with affected shopkeepers alleging that a scam involving crores had been committed by a private builder in collusion with senior bureaucrats and district officials.

A bonfire to beat the chill
A bonfire to beat the chill. — Tribune photo Karam Singh

Chilly winds cause ailments
Ludhiana, January 3
City residents have started developing symptoms of various ailments due to climatic change in this part of the region. The snowy winds during the past few days have brought the temperature down and people have been complaining of cough, cold, fever, body-ache, bronchitis etc.

Icy winds chill petty business
Ludhiana, January 3
Boisterous celebrations to usher in the New Year notwithstanding, inclement weather for the past three days has badly hit hundreds of daily wagers who find it impossible to venture out in the icy cold.

Fog likely to persist
Ludhiana, January 3
It is chilling in Ludhiana with the day and night temperatures falling to a record low. Intense cold and dense fog is likely to continue at least for another two days before the region gets reprieve.


Bairagi Mandal’s plea to Cong
Ludhiana, January 3
The Bairagi Mahan Mandal, Punjab, today urged the Congress high command to ensure due representation to backward classes in the forthcoming municipal elections in Punjab. Addressing a meeting of the body in Rajguru Nagar here, its state president, Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, also called upon the government to provide reservation to BCs, based on their population, in the panchayats, municipal committees, Assembly and Parliament.

Lepers given blankets
Ludhiana January 3
As part of the welfare programme of the District Red Cross Society to help the poor, Mrs Sunil Agarwal, chairperson of the society, distributed blankets among lepers in Kusht Ashram and inmates of Nishkam Virdh Kender at Dad village today.


Computer centre was gangsters’ den: cops
Ahmedgarh, January 3
The police crackdown on a computer centre at Kup Da Tota, a small hamlet, near here, has revealed that what seemed to be a training centre was the den of a gang involved in printing of counterfeit currency.

NRI and brother shot at, one held
Ludhiana, January 3
The Model Town police arrested Resham Singh, a resident of Jawaddi village, for allegedly shooting at an NRI and his brother yesterday. It also seized his licensed gun and cartridges.

Two youths stab man, loot Rs 10,000
Ludhiana, January 3
Two scooter-borne youths stabbed and looted an employee of a cloth merchant of about Rs 10,000 at Chander Nagar here late last nigh. The victim, identified as Uttam Singh, was admitted to DMC hospital with serious injuries last night.


Lottery lovers get another dose
Ludhiana, January 3
Ultra-modern gambling helped and assisted by software technology is promising millions of rupees to the winners. To be precise, at least Rs 50 crore as the first prize. The amount happens to be the minimum assured and can always go up in case it is not hit in the first draw.


Farmers’ training on Jan 6
Ludhiana, January 3
Under the Adarsh Gram Scheme, jointly launched by the Animal Husbandry, the Fisheries and the Dairy Development Departments, a camp was organised at Kaddon village to identify young dairy farmers for training. Mr Gurkirat Singh Kotli, general secretary, Punjab Pradesh Youth Congress Committee, inaugurated the camp.


Inter-college contest results
Ludhiana, January 3
In the inter-college recitation competition organised by Master Tara Singh Memorial College, 12 teams participated. The following are the results: Jaskanwal Sohi of the Government College for Women 1; Aditi of DD Jain College 2; and Sarabjit Kaur of the GHG College of Education 3. Arshpreet and Amandeep of Ramgarhia College and Aditi of SDP College bagged consolation prizes. The judges were Mr Kulwant Jagraon, Ms Kusum Verma and Prof Bindu Sharma.

Retired teachers not paid dues
Ahmedgarh, January 3
Retired teachers of a local private government-aided senior secondary school are awaiting the release of pension and other superannuation payments even after two years of their retirement.

Hindi declamation contest
Ludhiana, January 3
A Hindi declamation contest was organised by the Junior Humanities Forum in Kundan Vidya Mandir, here today. The judges for the contest were Ms Rama Sharma and Ms Meera Mittal. They were impressed by the performance of the participants.


Cultural festival organised
Doraha, January 3
The Tapinder Gurmit Memorial Cultural Festival was organised by the Tapinder Gurmit Sports and Cultural Club at Bhairomunna village yesterday. The function was presided over by Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal, former Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, and inaugurated by Jathedar Santa Singh Umaidpuri, Chairman, Market Committee, Sahnewal, and Baba Jagroop Singh, circle president, SAD.

Budding poetess impresses Kalam
Jimmy Khullar ‘Pratibha’ Ludhiana, January 3
“Seekh lo, dilo se dil ki duri kam karne ki, phir har cheez laggegi haseen uday hote surya ki tarah, Bas zara haseen nazaria seekh lo” were the lines from the poem ‘Seekh’ penned by Jimmy Khullar ‘Pratibha’. These lines were appreciated by President APJ Abdul Kalam. The President wrote back to Pratibha on a letter pad of Rashtrapati Bhawan that he liked her anthology of poems titled ‘Chal Akela’. Besides Seekh, the other poem he liked was Janamashtami.


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