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Entry tax to replace octroi from June 1 : Lal Singh
Ludhiana, March 11
The Punjab Government will abolish octroi from June 1 and impose an entry tax of two per cent to make up for the loss of revenue. This was stated by the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, while talking to mediapersons at the SDP College for Women here today.

Missing businessman returns home
Ludhiana, March 11
A city businessman, Mr Ramesh Kumar, who had gone missing three weeks ago, returned home last evening under mysterious circumstances. He has no idea of his whereabouts all these days.
Police personnel wait outside the house of Ramesh Kumar Police personnel wait outside the house of Ramesh Kumar, who returned home after his mysterious disappearance from Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph


Parks a picture of neglect
Ludhiana, March 11
The move to privatise maintenance of parks in the city having failed due to the state government throwing a spanner in the works, parks in the mega city, almost without exception, present a picture of neglect. Lack of proper maintenance, misuse of the once lush green stretches and rampant encroachments on parks are vividly visible.

Traffic blocked near SDM office
Ludhiana, March 11
Hundred of supporters of defeated candidates in the civic polls and that of Ward Nos. 12 and 19, who alleged bungling in the results by the Returning Officer under the pressure of the ruling party, led by Mr Bhag Singh Mallah, Akali MLA, and Mr Brij Lal Rinwa , president of the state BJP, today took out a procession raising slogans against the police and the civil administration and later sat on a dharna on the GT Road, near the office of the local SDM, blocking traffic for about two hours.

EVER wondered the spellings programmed in a computer suggest the name of the Prime Minister of India, Mr Vajpayee as Mr Vampire, that of Mr Modi as Mr Moody, Mr Togadia as Mr Toady, Ms Mamta Banerjee as Ms Bannered, Bhadaur market as Bandar market, Captain Amarinder Singh as Captain Mariner Singh and the like?
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  • Police PR
  • Jail inmates’ appeal
  • Repeated classifieds
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  • Novel protest
  • Why politicians?
  • Hockey sticks
  • Students sad
  • Tailpiece


BKU to move court on sugar cane price
Ludhiana, March 11
The Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) has threatened to move the court if the government failed to pay Rs 100 per quintal as the price of sugar cane. This was stated today by Prof Manjit Singh Qadian, Secretary-General of the Union.

People not satisfied with govt: Sukhbir
Ayali Khurd, March 11
“The Congress has frittered away the mandate of the people in just one year since no section of the society is satisfied with the functioning of the government which is marked by a sense of total alienation among the people,” asserts MP and SAD general secretary Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Row over induction of new ministers
Ludhiana, March 11
While one section of the District Congress Committee (DCC) has demanded action against the DCC President, Mr K K Bawa for speaking against the induction of Mr Harnam Dass Johar and Mr Milkiat Singh Birmi into the ministry, the other section loyal to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh is learnt to have been tacitly supporting him.

Increase in medical allowance sought
Ludhiana, March 11
In a memorandum submitted to the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh, pensioners have sought a hike in medical allowance as promised in the Congress manifesto for the last Assembly elections.

Punters at it again!
Ludhiana, March 11
Although the India-Sri Lanka match played at Johannesburg concluded along the expected lines, thousands of punters are intrigued over some developments in the match which they suspect were deliberate.

City resident recalls SA tour
Ludhiana, March 11
Dr Sunil Lakhotia, a city resident, could have never imagined that he would get an opportunity to go abroad to see a World Cup match, courtesy — ‘Britannia Khao, World Cup Jao’ scheme. He had won a four-day stay and a free ticket to South Africa to witness the match between India and Pakistan.


Public overpowers bag snatcher
Ludhiana, March 11
A snatching bid by an alleged thief in Ghumar Mandi this morning was foiled by the victim and passersby, who caught the accused and handed him over to the police. Balwant Singh, a stamp vendor, was passing through the Ghumar Mandi market on foot around 11.00 a.m., when a youth, identified as Surinder Singh of Thrike village, reportedly snatched a bag containing Rs 30,400 besides some documents from him.


NATP workshop on bed planting systems
Ludhiana, March 11
A two-day annual workshop of the National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP) on the topic ‘Development of bed planting systems for increasing the yield and input use of efficiencies under different cropping systems: was inaugurated in the wheat auditorium of Punjab Agricultural University here yesterday.


PTU to renew tie-up with study centres
Ludhiana, March 11
Punjab Technical University (PTU) has decided to soon renew its tie-up with all study centres that have been set up to provide distance education. A committee has been set up to formulate new guidelines and strict regulations for them. All those, which will abide by these, will only retain their tie-up with the university.

Ectopia begins  at DMCH
Ludhiana, March 11
A colourful cultural festival, Ectopia 03, began at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here today. The inauguration took place with much fanfare in the presence of staff and medical students in the jam-packed Dumra Auditorium. During the three-day festival, undergraduate medical students will display their talent in various competitions.

Students receive degrees, certificates
Ludhiana, March 11
More than 100 students of B.Tech and 15 students of Postgraduate diploma in Information Technology received degrees and certificates during the convocation of the College of Agricultural Engineering at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today.

Seminar on Punjabi literature
Doraha, March 11
A seminar on changing trends in Punjabi literature was organised by the postgraduate Punjabi Department of Guru Nanak National College, Doraha, yesterday.

Recarpeting of PAU roads
Ludhiana, March 11
Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, PAU, today inaugurated the project of recarpeting of campus roads with pre-mix. He appreciated the efforts of the PAU Teachers’ Association (PAUTA), particularly Dr Hari Singh Brar, former president, PAUTA, for taking keen interest in the project.


Police remand for ultra



Allegations against Ayurveda officials
Ludhiana, March 11
The Ayurvedic Drug Manufacturers Association (ADMA) today alleged that some corrupt officials in the department of Ayurveda were trying to harass them after the association had started exposing them in the media.


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