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Budget disappoints middle class
Ludhiana, February 28
Mr Yashwant Sinha’s long term and growth-oriented Budget, as claimed by him, has totally disappointed the salaried middle class and small businessmen here. They were expecting an increase in income tax limit and some relaxation in excise duty to boost their sagging disposable incomes.

Tradition at its sporty best
Kila Raipur (Ludhiana), February 28
Kila Raipur has carved out its own identity. The name has become synonymous with rural sports in India, drawing sportsmen and sports lovers from across the country. 
Bullock-cart race at Kila Raipur rural games on Wednesday.
Bullock-cart race at Kila Raipur rural games on Wednesday.— Photo Rajesh Bhambi

4 per cent excise duty stuns cycle units
Ludhiana, February 28
Thousands of bicycle and bicycle part units here have been stunned by 4 per cent excise duty proposed by the Union Finance Minister, Mr Yashwant Sinha, in the Budget today.


Are doctors fleecing patients ?
Ludhiana, February 28
There are growing number of complaints by patients, who after visiting the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) here say that some doctors at the hospital are forcing them to undergo expensive treatment, while cheaper alternatives are available. 

Girls’ hostels closing time extended
Ludhiana, February 28
The authorities of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have finally extended the deadline of the girls’ hostels after students hold a dharna in front of the home science girls’ hostel last night.


City residents face parking blues
Ludhiana, February 28
The increasing number of vehicles and unmanageable traffic in the mega city has created many related problems with acute scarcity of parking space and total lack of regulations and enforcement on the notified parking lots being the biggest of them all.

A Ludhiana road. —Photo Inderjit Verma 

A Ludhiana road.

Land grab: villagers stage dharna
Amloh, February 28
Residents of Salana Dulla Singh Wala village, 5 km from here, led by Mr Dalip Singh Pandhi, a former minister, and Mr Surinder Singh, sarpanch of the village, staged a dharna in front of the SDM’s office here today in protest against the forced occupation of 9.5 acre common land.

Anti-riot squads in sensitive areas
Ludhiana, February 28
Fearing any spillover in the city of the communal tension and rioting in Gujarat, the district police today posted anti-riot police squads in sensitive places, especially where the Muslim population was significant. In a late evening crackdown, the police detained an unspecified number of people, who could have instigated tension in the city.

Spurt in car-stereo thefts outside PAU
Ludhiana, February 28
Morning walkers at Punjab Agricultural University are a harassed lot these days due to the spurt in incidents of stereo theft from the cars parked outside the varsity gates. A large number of such incidents have taken place in the past few weeks, causing a sense of insecurity among the walkers and affecting the routine of the health freaks.


Kidnapped man rescued, four held
Ludhiana, February 28
The Model Town police has claimed to have rescued a kidnapped person and arrested the four alleged kidnappers after a raid in Grain market, Moga, and booked them under Sections 364 and 342 of the IPC.

2 held for looting youth, pistol seized
Jagraon, February 28
The Raikot police has arrested Chamkaur Singh and Malkiat Singh, both residents of Chhajawal village, in connection with a case registered against them under Sections 392, IPC, and 25, 54 and 59, Arms Act.



Plague brings village in focus
Kansal, February 28
Disasters like the one that hit Kansal village a stone’s throw away from Chandigarh, could be thanks to there being no primary health care centre here. There is only a homoeopathic dispensary in the village which, “does not serve the purpose” say residents.



Maintenance of streetlights privatised
Mandi Gobindgarh,  February 28
The Municipal Council here today decided to privatise the maintenance of streetlights in the town. Mr Sukhwinder Singh Bhambri, the president of the Council, after the general house meeting of the Council told the mediapersons that this step would reduce the expenses of the council up to 50 per cent.


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