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Total bandh against VAT
Ludhiana, March 31
Entire business activity came to standstill as all shops and other business establishments remained closed today in response to the nationwide bandh call given by various trade and industrial associations against the introduction of the value added tax and the central excise. 
Traders burn an effigy of VAT Traders burn an effigy of VAT at Ghanta Ghar Chowk, Ludhiana, on Monday. 
— Photo Inderjit Verma 

Left parties condemn US war on Iraq
Ludhiana, March 31
CPI and CPM activists carry anti-war placardsActivists of the Communist Party of India and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) today held a demonstration and a rally to protest against the “brutal” war launched on Iraq by the USA and British forces.
CPI and CPM activists carry anti-war placards in Ludhiana on Monday to protest against the US war on Iraq. — IV



Youth’s murder: post-mortem inconclusive
Ludhiana, March 31
The post-mortem examination of the body of an unidentified youth, who was found murdered near Kot Mandiala Kalan village in Khanna police district five days ago, remained inconclusive as to whether the youth was tortured before being done to death or his private parts were severed after killing him.

Cheap liquor, frenzied buyers
Liquor flows like waterLudhiana, March 31
With the existing liquor vends to make way for the new ones coming into business from April 1, the prices of both the Indian made foreign liquor and country liquor have literally fallen during the past few days, making the bacchus lovers the happiest lot.

Liquor flows like water: Liquor prices were drastically slashed and drum beaters used to attract buyers on the last working day of existing liquor vends in Ludhiana on Monday. — Photo Pradeep Tewari



Witness in Tangri case goes unheard
Ludhiana, March 31
Even as the district police is leaving no stone unturned to get Jagdish Tangri and his associates convicted on charges of rioting, running a duplicate CD racket and supplying arms to rioters in Gujarat, the police has not entertained the request of a 90-year-old man, who wants to be included as a co-complainant or witness against the accused.

Tribune lensman Pradeep Tewari captures a ladybird beetle
Tribune lensman Pradeep Tewari captures a ladybird beetle while it feeds on an aphid, an insect harmful to wheat, at a farm in Ludhiana on Monday.

Stray animals create nuisance
Ludhiana, March 31
Stray cattle can be seen roaming on busy roads, making life difficult for residents and vehicular traffic. Though cows are held sacred, hardly any social organisation in the city has made efforts to provide shelter for them.

‘Remote-controlled’ meter seized
Ludhiana, March 31
Officials of the Enforcement Directorate of the Punjab State Electricity Board have reportedly seized the meter of a flour mill in Jagraon, around 25 km from here. The ED officials claimed that the meter was being operated and manipulated through a remote.

Cong upbeat about victory in MC poll
Doraha, March 31
Mr Tej Parkash Singh Kothi, Transport Minister, Punjab, has said the victory of the Congress is certain in the elections to the Doraha Municipal Council. Mr Kothi was here to inaugurate the election office of Mr Bant Singh Daburjee, former chairman, Budhewal Sugar Mills, who is a Congress candidate from Ward No. 11 at Lakkar Mandi. 

8.5 cr for road repair
Amloh, March 31
Mr Randeep Singh, MLA, Nabha, today announced Rs 8.5 crore under the NABARD scheme for the repair of the road from Bhadson village to Bhawanigarh, via Nabha for which the work would start from April next month. The MLA was addressing a gathering at Lok Darbar organised at Bhadson village near here.

Army recruitment rally
Ludhiana, March 31
The Army will be organising a rally for recruitment of soldier general duty, soldier technical and soldier clerk for the candidates of Ludhiana and Ropar districts at Doraha from April 13 to 20. This was stated today by Col. B.S. Bisht, Director Recruiting BRO, Ludhiana, who said that the candidates were required to report on April 13 at Doraha.

Musical evening for senior citizens
Ludhiana, March 31
Inmates of the Red Cross Senior Citizens’ Home, Sarabha Nagar, had a pleasant evening yesterday, for a change, listening to melodies of yesteryears. An evening programme ‘Suhani raat dhal chuki’ was organised by members of the Asian Club International.

Don’t mix politics with bravery

HE government took a decision in the second week of March that a national war memorial would be set up along Central Vista, New Delhi, to commemorate those gallant soldiers who laid down their lives for the country after Independence in 1947. No doubt, this decision, though much belated, is a welcome one. But what is galling for a soldier is that the government gives political colour even to his bravery.

Animal welfare camps
Ludhiana, March 31
An animal welfare camp was inaugurated by Dr Kamal Sharma, Senior Veterinary Officer, Jagraon, at Aligarh village. According to Dr Paramjeet Singh, Veterinary Officer, it was sixth such camp at Jagraon sub-division during the year 2002-03 by the Animal Husbandry Department.



School teachers oppose govt move
Ludhiana, March 31
The Punjab Government, through a notification on October 28, 2002, had decided to start two types of schools in the state under the new education policy. The state has four types of schools at present. Implementing its notification the government had decided to merge the present primary and middle schools to form the elementary schools. 

PAU don retires
Surjan SinghLudhiana, March 31
Dr Surjan Singh, Senior Vegetable Breeder and former Head of the Department of Vegetable Crops, Punjab Agricultural University, retired here today after rendering meritorious service for about 38 years.

Orientation course for teachers
Ludhiana, March 31
A national orientation course for teachers teaching in regular schools to facilitate integration of the visually-impaired children, being conducted by the Vocational Rehabilitation Training Centre for Blind/Disabled, Haibowal Road, opposite Kitchlu Nagar, here in collaboration with the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, started today.



NGOs urged to create health awareness
Ludhiana, March 31
Mr Sardara Singh Johal, Chairman, Chief Minister’s Advisory Committee on Agriculture and Restructuring Committee, Punjab, has exhorted voluntary organisations, particularly those engaged in providing health facilities to people to create awareness about general health and preventive measures to keep diseases away, as with the latest improvement in the diagnostic system and induction of costly medical equipment the treatment has gone out of reach of the ordinary people.

Symposium on diarrhoea held
Ludhiana, March 31
The local branch of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics organised a CME on diarrhoea, here yesterday. The CME was attended by over 45 paediatricians from the district.



Cricket lovers get prizes
Ludhiana, March 31
A “Cricket World Cup Promotion” programme was organised at Champs, a sports bar and tea lounge at Majestic Park Plaza. The participants had been asked to give their choice for the man of the match, the winning team, highest scorer, etc during the World Cup each time they visited the outlet.Top

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