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Punjab trucks ply; strike fizzling out
Ludhiana, August 25

The five-day strike by truckers seems to have started fizzling out in Ludhiana and surrounding districts. Hundreds of trucks were seen plying on the GT Road as well as along internal routes today.

Man gets 7-year RI in rape case
Ludhiana, August 25

A fast-track court today sentenced Chandresh Kumar, hailing from Uttar Pradesh, to rigorous imprisonment for seven years on the charge of kidnapping and raping a minor girl in October, 2002.

Disciplinary action likely against Birmi
Ludhiana, August 25

The Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today hinted at disciplinary action against the Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Milkiat Singh Birmi, for his alleged anti-party activities.


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City emerging as major cricket centre
Ludhiana, August 25
Ludhiana, which has produced a number of cricketers of regional and national repute, is fast emerging as a major centre for the promotion of the game. The Ludhiana District Cricket Association has initiated a number of measures to bring the city on the national cricket map.

 
COMMUNITY

Claim on VAT far from truth: Bar members
Ludhiana, August 25
The District Taxation Bar Association (Direct Taxes) has strongly reacted to claims of the senior officers of the Excise and Taxation Department on the introduction of value added tax, terming these as misleading and aimed at creating confusion.

It will simplify tax structure: Ralhan
Ludhiana, August 25
The objective of VAT is to simplify the tax system on the global lines and to make it easy for the tax payees to save them from the existing pattern of tax, said Mr S.K. Ralhan, Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner, Punjab, here yesterday. Moreover, neither the trade and nor the state should be afraid of the implications of VAT once it is implemented, he added.

Youth SAD to have political affairs panel
Ludhiana, August 25
The youth wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal will now have a political affairs committee on the lines of its parent organisation. State SAD Youth chief and MP Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said the committee, to be constituted shortly, would have 11 members initially, which would be raised to 21 later.

LJP rally deferred to Sept 23
Ludhiana, August 25
The mobilisation rally of the Lok Janshakti Party, scheduled for September 2 at Grain Market, Bathinda, has been deferred to September 23. Stating this here yesterday, LJP secretary general Kartar Singh Patna said state president of the party Amar Singh Mehmi was holding meetings with office-bearers at the respective district headquarters to mobilise party ranks for the rally.

March against use of tobacco
Ludhiana, August 25
The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle held a march to generate awareness among city residents about the risks of consuming tobacco products like cigarettes, gutkha, paan, etc. and their ill effects on students, here today.


A rally being taken out by students under the aegis of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle against drugs in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
— Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

A rally being taken out by students under the aegis of the Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle against drugs in Ludhiana

PFA abhors move to kill blue bull
Ludhiana, August 25
The local chapter of the People for Animals has expressed shock at the move of the Punjab Government to issue permits to shoot blue bull in the state. Admitting that herds of these animals were known to cause havoc to crops of farmers, the president of PFA, Dr Sandeep K. Jain, said the move would put the existence of these animals in danger.

 
CRIME

Six booked for rape of minor
Ludhiana, August 25
The Haibowal police yesterday registered a case under Sections 376 and 120-B of the IPC on the statement of a resident of New Patel Nagar against Anita, who lives in New Deep Nagar, Shakti and four others.

BUSINESS

Reliance slaps Internet charges on users
Ludhiana, August 25
Reliance Infocomm, the for runners among mobile and basic telephone service providers in the region, seem to be literally following the punch line in their corporate ads — “kar lo duniya muthi mein”, albeit in a different manner and context.

Steel consumer not benefited by cut in prices
Ludhiana, August 25
Despite reduction in prices by main steel producers of the country, the impact of the same has not been witnessed much by local steel consumers. The steel prices have fallen by about Rs 1,000 per metric tonnes.

New car models
Ludhiana, August 25
Ford India today launched two new models in Ludhiana. The new Ikon LXI and EXI have been added to the model range along with a new and enhanced version of the Ford Ikon ZXI and Flair.

 
AGRICULTURE

Plant clinic a boon for farmers
Ludhiana, August 25
The PAU Plant Clinic, situated at the Farmers’ Service Centre, has come a long way since it was set up in 1993 under the guidance of Dr Nachhattar Singh Butter, Senior Plant Pathologist.

EDUCATION


Students do their bit for SOS children
Ludhiana, August 25
SOS children’s villages are run on donations and grants. The organisation has 36 such homes all over the country and Rajpura has one such home. Volunteers of the SOS have been visiting different colleges of the city, selling rakhis to raise funds for those orphan, destitute and abandoned children who are being taken care of in the home.


Students of Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, buy rakhis to help orphans living in SOS homes on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Students of Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, buy rakhis to help orphans living in SOS homes

From Schools & Colleges
Workshop on Linux gets under way
Ludhiana, August 25
A workshop on Linux got under way at the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology, Gujarkhan Campus, Model Town, here on Monday. The workshop is being conducted in association with Sucharu Systems, a non-profit NGO, aiming at implementing Linux and software solutions.

Chitvan, Shikha crowned Miss Fresher
Ludhiana, August 25
Chitvan of Class XI (medical stream) was adjudged Miss Fresher, while Ashneet of Class XI (non-medical stream) and Gurkeerat BCom-I were declared first and second runners-up at a Ms Fresher contest held at Guru Nanak Girls College here this morning.

 

Shikha (right), who was crowned Ms Fresher, and Sakshi, who finished first runner-up, during a Ms Fresher contest held at Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana, on Wednesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed

Shikha, who was crowned Ms Fresher, and Sakshi, who finished first runner-up, during a Ms Fresher contest held at Guru Nanak Girls College, Ludhiana

Six city teachers in PU Senate poll fray
Ludhiana, August 25
The Panjab University Senate elections are going to be held on September 19. For the lecturers constituency, eight college teachers will be elected. There are 19 candidates in the fray.

A voter enquires about his vote from polling agents during PAUTA elections on the Punjab Agricultural University campus in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed


A voter enquires about his vote from polling agents during PAUTA elections on the Punjab Agricultural University campus in Ludhiana

COURTS

Grant for district bar
Ludhiana, August 25
Mr Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, member, Parliament, yesterday announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh for the District Bar Association for installation of a lift at the Lawyers’ Chamber Complex.
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