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Populist compulsion to the fore
Ludhiana, March 28
Mr Surinder Singla, Chairman, Finance Commission, Punjab, a colleague of Dr Manmohan Singh and champion of liberalisation, seems to have succumbed to populist pressures. 
Participants at a seminar ‘Punjab Economy Challenges Ahead’, organised by the LMA here on Thursday.
Participants at a seminar ‘Punjab Economy Challenges Ahead’, organised by the LMA here on Thursday. —IV

PSEB demand for Rs 76,509 quashed
Ludhiana, March 28
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has quashed a demand by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) for Rs 76,509 from Ms Kuldip Kaur, a resident of New Shivaji Nagar. The forum further directed the PSEB to restore the electricity connection of the consumer within 10 days. The forum has also directed the respondent to pay an interest on the amount deposited against the demand at the rate of 12 per cent per annum from date of deposit till actual payment.


...Holi hai! Holi hai! Holi hai!...

Confusion about the dates of the festival of colours notwithstanding, children and youngsters splash colours on each other as they celebrate Holi in Ludhiana on Thursday. —Photos Inderjeet Verma

City Scan
Rich in literature, but poor in art
atch the canvas from the unit of person or family, village or town, city or metro. It is a continuation of imagery. Some images stick. A composition of economic, social and cultural forces make strong and sharp images. Some places, through persistent imagery, graduate to earn one symbol or the other. Our medieval metros carry heritage of symbology.

Punjab cops delighted
Ludhiana, March 28
The Punjab police is overjoyed at the several welfare schemes and grants announced by the state government for their benefit. While the officer rank is happy at the recreation of 18 posts of SP and 32 of DSP, the non-gazetted officers (NGOs) are jubiliated at the free bus travel facility and scholarships for the families of the martyrs as well as for the provision of special grant for the marriage of the girls belonging to the martyr’s family.

Educating adolescents necessary
dolescence education is necessary for teenagers. Adolescence is that period of growth during which there is transition from childhood to maturity. It is a complex but vital period bringing bodily and mental changes. The onset of the first menstrual period (menarche) may occur at any time during adolescence and it does not always coincide with sexual maturity. 

Spreading book culture
Ludhiana, March 28
National Book Trust in association with the Punjabi Sahit Academy organised a two-day National Seminar on “A review of Punjabi Literature after Independence”. Dr Deepak Manmohan Singh, Head Sheikh Farid Chair, presided over the seminar on the second day. 

YC reacts
Ludhiana, March 28
The District Youth Congress president, Mr Parminder Mehta, today criticised the district and police administrations for according VIP treatment to the controversial godman Chandraswamy.


Migrant stabbed, robbed of Rs 800
Ludhiana, March 28
A migrant labourer, Rajinder Kumar, was stabbed and robbed of Rs 800 near the Dhuri lines last night. According to information, the migrant was on his way back to his house in Islam Ganj when he was attacked. He has been admitted to the Civil Hospital.


Event management catching on in Punjab
he market of event management — handling of stage shows, launch of products, road shows, entertainment programmes and theme-based parties has picked up over the past few years in the state. After Delhi and Chandigarh, Ludhiana is fast emerging as a big centre for organising events in addition to Amritsar and Jalandhar.

Lack of awareness stunts e-business
Ludhiana, March 28
Lack of awareness among consumers in the city towards the advantages of e-business, their hesitation in using credit cards on the Internet for making purchases, uncertainty regarding delivery as well as quality of products and low penetration of personal computers are the major factors contributing to poor growth of e-business in city.



Discussion on energy sources
Ludhiana, March 28
A three-week faculty training programme of the Department of Farm Power and Machinery, PAU, concluded here on Thursday. The programme was held under the aegis of the Centre of Advance Studies (CAS) for the teachers of agricultural engineering institutions and colleges of agricultural universities and the ICAR institutes.

Beant, Sarbjit best students
Ludhiana, March 28
GHG Khalsa College, Gurusar Sadhar, today organised its annual prize distribution function at Nihang Shamsher Singh Hall of the college. Prof Ramesh Kapoor, Dean, College Development Council, Panjab University, Chandigarh, was the chief guest.


Seminar, plays mark World Theatre Day
Ludhiana, March 28
“The problems of theatre, specially of Punjabi theatre are the lack of proper lights sound equipment and stage, lack of funds as well as interest of government agencies and people,” said members of the Ludhiana Rangmanch Sansthan at a seminar organised on World Theatre Day here at Punjabi Bhavan yesterday.

Handling myths in Jagtar style
Ludhiana, March 28
He is different. For this reason, he wants to be known as Dr Jagtar only. No Middle or last names for him. Period. He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his book “Diva Dariya” the only Punjabi book of ghazals to be awarded so far. He is well known among the Punjabi literary fraternity in the world. 



Warm send-off to athletics coach
Ludhiana, March 28
Mr Amarjit Singh Kahlon, senior athletics coach, Ludhiana, was given a warm send off by the staff of the Sports Department here yesterday. Mr Kahlon, a coach with the Sports Authority of India (SAI), who had been on deputation with the Punjab Sports Department, retired after putting in about 40 years of service.
Mr S. L. Lotey, DSO, Ludhiana (left) presents a bouquet to Mr Amarjit Singh Kahlon, a senior athletics coach, who retired after putting in about 40 years of service, at a farewell function organised in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Mr S. L. Lotey, DSO, Ludhiana (left) presents a bouquet to Mr Amarjit Singh Kahlon

Trials for under-12 players on March 31
Ludhiana, March 28
The Ludhiana District Cricket Association will conduct trials to select the players (u-12) under the Punjab Cricket Association Coaching Scheme.


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