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Excise office tightens noose around cable operators
Ludhiana, February 8
Acting tough on cable operators who have been evading service tax by not issuing receipts of monthly subscriptions to the subscribers, the Central Excise Commissionerate has started a drive to detect such tax evaders.

SC notice on cellphone calls brings relief to subscribers
Ludhiana, February 8
The Supreme Court notice to the Centre, cellular operators and multinational banks on a public interest litigation seeking a ban on unsolicited calls to customers has brought cheer among residents. While cellular operators have said t`ey support a complete ban, residents said they were relieved as unsolicited calls had become a headache.

Groom’s family pays Rs 2 lakh to buy peace
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 8
A groom and his family who had allegedly manhandled and humiliated the family of a bride of Ber Kalan village in Ludhiana district on Friday had to pay around Rs 2 lakh as compensation the bride family to avoid a criminal case. 



Young hearts get ready for Valentine’s Day
Valentine gifts on display at a shop in Ludhiana. Ludhiana, February 8
School and college students have started preparing themselves for Valentine’s Day. They are busy chalking out plans to celebrate the day with their valentines. Markets and shopping malls are flooded with a variety of gift items. Young lovers have already started making purchases for their valentines.

Valentine gifts on display at a shop in Ludhiana. 
— Tribune photo by Sayeed Ahmed

BDPO, JE caught taking bribe
Ludhiana, February 8
BDPO Gurmittar Singh being taken away by officials of the Vigilance Bureau after he was caught taking bribe from a former sarpanch of Chakhi village on Tuesday. The Ludhiana Vigilance Bureau today arrested a Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO) and a Junior Engineer (JE) posted at Machhiwara under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly taking bribe from a former sarpanch of Chakhi village.

BDPO Gurmittar Singh (centre) being taken away by officials of the Vigilance Bureau after he was caught taking bribe from a former sarpanch of Chakhi village on Tuesday. —  A Tribune photograph

6 premises of shawl maker raided, Rs 1 cr seized
Ludhiana, February 8
Undeclared cash, jewellery and bank FDRs to the tune Rs 1 crore were seized by a team of the Income Tax Department from a local shawl manufacturer. The raid that began early this morning was conducted by more than 50 income tax personnel from Panipat, Panchkula, Karnal, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana. The I T personnel raided six premises, including the residence of the Mochpura Bazaar-based shawl manufacturer, Mamta Shawls.

When it comes to money-making ideas, city residents probably have a plethora of these. A small eating joint in Ghumar Mandi, frequented by college students, has an innovative idea of making money. Pasted on its wall is a notice that says "Rs 50 would be charged for sitting idle."

  • No to watermelons

  • Mud-slinging contest

  • Rose blues

  • Status without perks

  • Poor reading habits

  • Media trials

  • Stray dogs


Preserve heritage sites, says Shatrujit
Ludhiana, February 8
Tikka Shatrujit Singh The nation, especially Punjab, has erred in not preserving its historical buildings, sites and artifacts which are a window to our past. Since the government has little expertise and enthusiasm in maintaining these, it is the duty of individuals to come forward so that our children can have a physical remnant of our rich and glorious past, says Tikka Shatrujit Singh, a scion of the erstwhile Kapurthala royal family.

NRI donates Rs 1.5 cr for ayurvedic college
Mr Hoshiar Singh Grewal, an NRI, lays the foundation stone of the girls hostel at the Kartar Singh Sarabha Memorial Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Sarabha, on Tuesday. Sarabha (Ludhiana), February 8
An NRI from this village of martyr Kartar Singh Sarabha today donated Rs 1.5 crore for upgrading the local charitable ayurvedic and medical college and hospital. Mr Hoshiar Singh Grewal, a UK-based businessman, paid the amount for the Kartar Singh Sarabha Memorial Ayurvedic College and Hospital in a simple ceremony organised here.

Mr Hoshiar Singh Grewal, an NRI, lays the foundation stone of the girls hostel at the Kartar Singh Sarabha Memorial Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Sarabha, on Tuesday.
 — Photo by Inderjit Verma

Family awaits compensation for loss of household goods
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 8
A family of Halwara village, near Raikot, has been running from pillar to post for over five months to get compensation for the loss of their household goods that got destroyed when the dome of a religious place fell on their house.

Rural-urban rift threatens SAD existence in city
Ludhiana, February 8
The rural-urban divide within the Shiromani Akali Dal is threatening the very existence of the party in city. It has become quite pronounced in the recent days with the leaders on the two sides trying to assert their respective positions and authority.

Sack Goa Governor, demands BJP
Ludhiana, February 8
The Ludhiana district unit of the BJP today submitted a memorandum to the President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, seeking the dismissal of the Goa Governor, Mr S.C. Jamir, for dismissing the government led by Mr Manohar Parriker.

‘Gurbani Anusar Sajo’ campaign launched
Ludhiana, February 8
Mr S.J.S. Pall, Income Tax Chief Commissioner, Ludhiana, today inaugurated the “Gurbani Anusar Sajo” campaign of the Alag Shabad Yug International Charitable Trust. He appreciated the selfless services of Dr Sarup Singh Alag, chairman of the trust.

An apology for a hospital
Machhiwara, February 8
Vacant posts of doctor, shortage of medicines and deserted wards have affected the health services at the Civil Hospital in this block. The Health Director had asked for two more doctors on deputation but nothing has come out of it.

FDI hike in telecom sector condemned
Ludhiana, February 8
Protesting against the increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the telecom sector from 49 per cent to 74 per cent, members of the All-India BSNL Executive Association, the BSNL Employees Union and the Sanchar Nigam Executive Association held a demonstration in front of the office of the General Manager, Telecom, Ludhiana today.

Paramedics to stage dharna
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 8
Employees of paramedical and health services will hold a dharna in front of the office of the Civil Surgeon, Patiala on February 10. This was stated by Mr Gurmeet Singh, secretary of the union, at a preparatory meeting of the employees at Mandi Gobindgarh today.



Students of Atam Public Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana. Hamara School
Stress is on Jain philosophy
Schools are the footsteps that lead a nation to the pinnacle of glory. The type of education given in school determines not only the foundation of the nation but also the skills, character and outlook of the future generation.

Students of Atam Public Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana. — A Tribune photograph

Ms Usha Jain Principalspeak
All-round development must for child
The school is unique in the sense that it is a blend of modern eduaitonal values and those of ancient Indian gurukul system. Teachers apply innovative ideas to develop students’ capabilities for learning. Stress is also laid on the celebration of festivals and historical days, annual function and sports. 

From Schools and Colleges
Teachers observe anti-victimisation day
Ludhiana, February 8
On a call of the PCCTU, college teachers observed the anti-victimisation day today by boycotting classes. Prof Parminder Singh, secretary, and Prof V.K.Bhardwaj, district president, of the union appealed to the college managements that instead of "victimising" the teachers, they should support them in their struggle against the government to get justice for higher education. The union appealed for an early reinstatement of suspended teachers.

  • Farewell to students

  • Grooming workshop

  • Sports Day

  • Technical education workshop

IGNOU to start master’s course in dietetics
Ludhiana, February 8
The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will start a master’s programme in Dietetics and Food Service Management (M.Sc in DFSM) from July, 2005. The two year programme will be offered through distance learning mode of education.


Guru Har Krishan School sports meet ends
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 8
The third annual sports meet of Guru Har Krishan Public School and the College for Women, Phallewal, concluded at the school campus here yesterday. Rupinder Kaur and Harpreet Kaur bagged first two positions in the long jump and Rupinder and Mandeep Kaur were declared the first and the second winners, respectively, in the 800 m race.Top

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