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Kashmiri Pandits resent rehabilitation move
Ludhiana, March 26
Shocked at the killing of 24 members of their community in Kashmir, the Kashmiri Pandits here have resented the moves of the Mufti government to rehabilitate them in the valley.

Mixed response to Punjab Budget
Ludhiana, March 26
There has been a mixed response to the Punjab Budget presented by the Finance Minister, Mr Lal Singh in the state Assembly on March 24.

With the rise in temperature, such ‘piaos’ have become a common sight in Ludhiana With the rise in temperature, such ‘piaos’ have become a common sight in Ludhiana these days. — A Tribune photograph


MC restores DMCH sewerage connection
Ludhiana, March 26
After two days of hectic lobbying, the sewerage of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has been finally restored. The Municipal Corporation (MC) authorities agreed to restore the disconnected sewerage line of the hospital after getting a cheque for Rs 21 lakh as part payment against the total arrears of Rs 85 lakh here today.

Businessmen’s conviction upheld
Chandigarh, March 26
Upholding the conviction of three Ludhiana businessmen in a bank embezzlement case, Mr Justice K.S. Grewal of the Punjab and Haryana High Court held that they were liable to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh each. Another accused in the case, N.K. Manon, an accountant, was, meanwhile, acquitted of the charges framed against him.


Bush’s effigy burnt
Ahmedgarh, March 26
Activists of various organisations took out a protest march that passed through Vishwakarma Nagar, Galla Mandi, Bhagat Singh Chowk and Railway Road localities here today. They also burnt effigies of the US President and terrorism at Grain Market in protest against the recent massacre of Hindus in Kashmir and the US attack on Iraq. 

People outraged over Iraq war
Ludhiana, March 26
The invasion of Iraq by the allied forces of the USA and Britain has shaken the people all over the world. The war has reached the living rooms of the people through televisions and the crumbling of buildings, the deaths of soldiers, the anguished cries of the wounded are tormenting the people of Ludhiana.

Protests by PSEB employees
Ludhiana, March 26
Employees of the Punjab State Electricity Board staged gate rallies and dharnas in the district in support of a strike call given by various employee organisations in protest against the proposed privatisation of the board.

Protesting PSEB employees hold a gate rally at one of the substations in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph
Protesting PSEB employees hold a gate rally at one of the substations in Ludhiana

DMCH poll: residents want consensus
Ludhiana, March 26
While the rival factions of the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital Managing Society are busy with election campaigning, prominent residents of the city, including medical professionals and industrialists are sore over the emergence of groupism in the premier health institute of North India. The residents want that elections should be avoided at all costs and unanimity and harmony should prevail in the managing society.

The excise-industry relationship

HESE days excise officers are personally visiting small, medium and big units to ask the units to pay excise duty in cash and not to avail the Cenvat Credit. They are also kind enough to bargain the ratio of Cenvat credit and cash deposit, depending upon the capacity of unit, if the Cenvat credit is available and cash duty is not payable. They are doing this to meet their revenue collection targets.
  • DPDO clarification
  • Bumpy ride for Model Town residents
  • Frequent poll a national wastage
  • Railway pensioners
Rs 50 lakh ‘surrendered’



Imposition of VAT opposed
Ludhiana, March 26
The Focal Point Industrial Sheds Association has expressed concern over the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the country. In a statement issued here today, the President of the association, Mr Rajnish Ahuja, said although the decision to implement VAT in Punjab has been deferred, it has created a sense of fear among businessmen.



GNIMT to become coeducational
Ludhiana, March 26
The Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, that has been functioning as a girls’ college for the past few years, will become coeducational from the new session.

Teachers to launch stir
Ludhiana, March 26
The Government Primary Teachers Association, Punjab, along with seven other teachers’ unions, has decided to launch an agitation against the new education policy to be introduced from April 1.

Teachers to boycott exams


Lok adalat for  traffic challans
Ludhiana, March 26
The Legal Services Authority will organise a lok adalat for disposing of traffic challans on April 5, which will be presided over by Mr Baldev Singh, District and Sessions Judge and Chairman of the authority.



Amendments to make docs more vigilant
Ludhiana, March 26
The amendments to the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1994, have been made in such a manner that it will reduce the problems of the patients while shifting the onus of implementation of the Act to ultrasonologists, manufacturers of ultrasound machines, gynaecologists, vaids and hakims.


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