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Reappear note shocks PTU students
Ludhiana, March 25
Scores of students doing graduate, postgraduate and diploma courses through distance education programme from Punjab Technical University who were feeling relaxed after taking their examination were in for a shock when they recently received a notification asking them to reappear in the examination.

Protests against J&K massacre
Ludhiana, March 25
Activists of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front (AIATF), led by the district president, Mr Anil Sharma, held a protest march through the Guru Nanak Pura, Kundan Puri and Upkar Nagar localities in the Civil Lines here today and burnt an effigy of terrorism at Bindraban Road later in protest against the massacre of Hindus in the Kashmir valley.
Activists of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front burn an effigy of ‘terrorism’ Activists of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front burn an effigy of ‘terrorism’ in protest against the recent massacre of Hindus in Kashmir, in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — Photo Inderjit Verma


Budget proposals draw flak
Ludhiana, March 25
The BJP has flayed the Congress government in Punjab for the imposition of sales tax on land line and mobile telephones, and the proposed cut in subsidies on health and education in the Budget for the next financial year.

Budget anti-farmer: BKU
Ludhiana, March 25
The BKU has flayed the Punjab Budget as being anti- farmer since it offers no concessions or relief to the farmers despite claims to the contrary by the state government.

Accident jams traffic at Damoria
Ludhiana, March 25
It was a day of traffic chaos near the Damoria bridge as traffic remained blocked for more than three hours causing inconvenience to hundreds of commuters here today. Traffic cops remained on their toes trying to regulate traffic, but to no avail.

A scene of a traffic jam near Damoria Bridge in Ludhiana on Tuesday. — IV

A scene of a traffic jam near Damoria Bridge in Ludhiana on Tuesday

Too much hue and cry is being raised over the introduction of the Value Added Tax and the Central Excise duty. Although it would be introduced nationwide, the traders and other businessmen in Ludhiana probably believe that only they have to pay it.
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Severe power cuts this summer likely
Ludhiana, March 25
With the temperature in the region rising every day, city residents are gearing up to face imminent power cuts and shortage of water supply in the city. During last year, the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) authorities had resorted to heavy power cuts on urban feeders to meet the increased demand for electricity by the farm sector.

Relevance of books in electronic age
N this age of electronic media, books appear to have taken a back seat. The prime hours of a person’s life are being taken away by the small screen. Television provides much entertainment, latest information and up-to-date knowledge. Once engrossed in the idiot box, the viewer becomes oblivious of the outside world. 

Pensioner seeks early payment of bill
Ahmedgarh, March 25
A state government pensioner has sought the intervention of higher authorities to enable her to get reimbursement in lieu of a medical bill worth Rs 10,5527, which is lying pending for more than three years.

Manch organises seminar
Ludhiana, March 25
To pay homage to three great martyrs, Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, a seminar on War, Fascism and Heritage of Bhagat Singh was organised at Punjabi Bhavan yesterday by the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Manch. A two-minute silence was observed to pay tributes to the martyrs.

Missing boy untraced
Ludhiana, March 25
More than a month after a 13-year-old boy went missing from his house in the local Kitchlu Nagar, there is no trace of the boy. Inderpreet Singh, alias Kukki, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Baddowal, had gone missing on February 6. He had left the house in the morning that day for school, but never reached there. He did not return home also.



‘Industry in state of metamorphosis’
Ludhiana, March 25
The Indian industry is in a state of metamorphosis. The vision of a global village is no more a thing of the future. With the smoothing of trade barriers and industry-friendly policies the world over, India now has a chance of actualising its dreams of being a world economy and a force to be reckoned with.

Govt committed to traders’ welfare: Hanspal 
Ludhiana, March 25
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, Mr Harwinder Singh Hanspal, has assured traders that the government is committed to their welfare and will take all possible steps to give a boost to commerce and industry in the state.

Businesses shift to Civil Lines
Ludhiana, March 25
With Ludhiana growing and expanding by leaps and bounds, the traditional business centres of the city have started shifting to other parts, which have better approach and accessibility, besides better parking space. No wonder, a number of elite departmental stores have come up along the Mall Road, the College Road and more recently the Cemetery Road.


Farmers warned against pest attack
Ludhiana, March 25
Punjab Agricultural University has advised farmers to protect their fruit crops from an attack by pests. In a press note of the Centre for Communication, Languages and Culture of the university, it has been stated that recent surveys conducted by experts have informed about a severe attack of psylla and whitefly on citrus and of aphids on peach and pear plantations.


Nursing graduates pass out
Ludhiana, March 25
It was a moment to rejoice when graduates of the College of Nursing, CMCH, handed over the light to the fresher of the college. In its traditional mannerism, established in year 1889, the College of Nursing, CMCH, inducted yet a new batch for the course in general nursing. Dr D.P.S. Sandhu, Director, Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, who was the chief guest at the function, gave away the prizes.

Fill posts, say teachers
Ludhiana, March 25
The Government College Teachers’ Association (GCTA) at its first meeting of the state council held under the newly elected President, Prof Bhag Singh Sandhu, at Government College for Women today demanded that all vacant posts of lecturers, principals and Librarians in all government colleges of Punjab be filled.

Teachers hail govt decision


Compensate passenger, Roadways told
Ludhiana, March 25
In a significant decision, the Consumer Forum has penalised Punjab Roadways for not providing comfortable seating during journey to a passenger. As per the complaint, the passenger travelled from Moga to Ludhiana on a rainy day.



CMC Medicity project takes off
Ludhiana, March 25
The multi-speciality CMC Ajit Singh Lottey Medicity project got underway formally with the release of a brochure at the Christian Medical College and Hospital here recently. The project would be one of its kind in India, said Dr Silas Charles, Director, CMCH, while speaking on the occasion.

Straight contest in DMCH poll
Ludhiana, March 25
The contest for electing various office-bearers of the Managing Society Dayanand Medical College and Hospital is now inevitable as talks for having amicable settlement of the same have failed. The election of the office-bearers and members of the governing board of the DMCH will take place now on March 28 through a secret ballot. Today, was the last date for withdrawal of nominations.

Blood donation camp held
Ludhiana, March 25
The AFFWA (L), Halwara, organised a blood donation camp at the Air Force Station, Halwara, yesterday. A large number of people donated blood for thalassaemic children getting treatment at the thalassaemia unit of the DMCH.


Basketball meet from March 26
Ludhiana, March 25
More than 30 teams have confirmed their participation for the 53rd Punjab State Basketball Championship for men and women slated to be held from March 26 to 29 at Samana, according to Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal, honorary general secretary, Punjab Basketball Association. 


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