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Smart farmer runs parallel ‘toll tax’ route
Doraha (Ludhiana) March 23
Cashing in on the people’s need to avoid the “hefty” toll tax at the barrier on the National Highway No 1, near here, an ingenious farmer has cleared a path through his fields to allow people a thoroughfare at a meagre tax of Rs 10 per vehicle.

Flower farming is picking up in Punjab Flower farming is picking up in Punjab. A farmer in his fields in Ahmedgarh, near Ludhiana. — Photo Pradeep Tewari

Traders plan nationwide stir 
Ludhiana, March 23
Traders and Industrialists across the country have announced to shut their units on March 31 and April 1 in protest against the introduction of VAT and central excise tax in the country


Interaction on VAT stressed
Ludhiana, March 23
The Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association has welcomed the decision of the Punjab Government to defer the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) that was earlier scheduled to come into force from April 1. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced the decision to defer the implementation of VAT for the time being while inaugurating a kisan mela at PAU here yesterday.

Top priority to industry: minister
Ludhiana, March 23
The Minister for Jails and Urban Development and Housing, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, has asserted that the state government is committed to solving the problems of industrialists. He said the government had accorded top priority to crop diversification and industrialisation, and the new industrial policy of the government was a right step in this direction.
The Minister for Jails and Urban Development, Mr Malkiat Singh Birmi, at a felicitation ceremony in Ludhiana on Saturday. — A Tribune photograph.
The Minister for Jails and Urban Development

TB claims 5 lakh lives every year
Ludhiana, March 23
Forty per cent of the Indian population is afflicted with tuberculosis and over 22 lakh new patients get added to this pool every year. According to reports, tuberculosis is a major health problem in India accounting for one-third of the global TB burden.

Parking lot contractor told to pay damages
Ludhiana, March 23
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has penalised a contractor of a parking lot for overcharging customers and not printing prescribed rates on slips issued to them. The forum has directed the owner of the parking stand to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation to the aggrieved consumer.

His faith defies his appearance
Lalheri (Khanna) March 23
Karamjit Singh in his usual turban and an overflowing beard may look like any other Sikh gentleman. His external disposition notwithstanding, his faith defies his appearance.


Class IV staff all set for rally
Amloh, March 23
The Class IV Government Employees Association, at a meeting chaired by its state president in the Canal Rest House complex here on Saturday, assigned duties to its workers for the success of the rally to be held on Monday in front of the office of the Director Food and Civil Supplies at Chandigarh.

Tributes paid to martyrs
Ludhiana, March 23
The martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh , Sukhdev and Raj Guru was observed by several organisations, and people of the city turned up in large numbers to pay homage to the three brave sons of India.

A visionary scholar

t is a rare book of appreciative landmark. Noted academician and scholar Prof Kirpal Singh Kasel celebrated his 75th birth anniversary on March 19 at Bhaini Sahib (Ludhiana). The event was historic, different as never before. He was presented Prof Kirpal Singh Kasel - Abhinandan Granth. 

Steps needed to avert N-war: ex-VC
Ludhiana, March 23
“If India and Pakistan have a nuclear war, the whole of Pakistan and about two-thirds of India will be destroyed” These observations were made by Dr Livtar Singh Chawla, founder Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, and president, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), while delivering the keynote address at a three-day global conference on nuclear weapons held in Adelaide, Australia, recently.


Man commits suicide
Doraha, March 23
A resident of Rampur village, near Doraha, committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of his house yesterday evening. The police has sent the body for a post-mortem examination and the investigation has begun under Section 174 of the CrPC. The deceased, Gulzar Singh (70), was a drunkard, according to his wife, Mohinder Kaur. She said her husband was in depression.


Reduce area under paddy cultivation: Aulakh 
Ludhiana, March 23
The PAU Vice-Chancellor, Dr K.S. Aulakh, has called upon the farmers to reduce the area under paddy cultivation even if it causes financial loss to them, as it can be compensated by growing pulses, fruits and vegetables and curtailing expenditure on alcohol and other intoxicants.

Serving farmers’ cause for 11 yrs
Ludhiana, March 23
Hartej Singh, a farmer of Himmatpura, Moga, has not only the unique distinction of visiting all kisan melas held by PAU here during the past 11 years but also has a rich collection of calendars, recommendations for rabi and kharif crops, mela posters and literature related to exhibitions for these years.


Computer, sports to be compulsory subjects
Ludhiana, March 23
Computer education and sports will become compulsory subjects in all schools from the current year. This was stated by Mr Khushal Behl, Education Minister, while addressing the students of Government College for Boys at their annual prize distribution function held today.

Mr Khushal Behl, Education Minister, gives away a prize to a student at the prize distribution function of the Government College for Boys, Ludhiana, on Sunday. — IV

Mr Khushal Behl, Education Minister, gives away a prize to a student

Spreading fragrance and dispelling darkness
Knowledge is power and to channelise this power for the best resources and fruitful results, Punjab Kesari, Yugvir, Jain Acharya, Shri Vijay Vallabh, Surishwar Ji Maharaj, founded S.A.N. Jain Senior Secondary School, Daresi Road, Ludhiana, in 1933, to spread fragrance of learning and dispel darkness from the inner recesses of mankind.
Building of S.A.N. Jain Senior Secondary School, Daresi Road, Ludhiana. — Photo Pardeep Tewari
Building of S.A.N. Jain Senior Secondary School, Daresi Road

‘Greatest religion is the science of humanity’
rom a village school teacher to the principal of SAN Jain Senior Secondary School, Daresi Road, Ludhiana, Mr. Shiv Chander Malhotra, has covered a long distance in the field of teaching.


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