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VAT: traders down shutters
Jalandhar, February 21
The Industrial Area and markets of the city wore a deserted look today as almost all ventures remained closed on the call of Bharat Bandh given by the Akhil Bhartiya Beopar Mandal in protest against the proposed implementation of the value added tax system from April 1.

Traders and industrialists of Jalandhar burn copies of the VAT document on Monday to register their protest against its proposed implementation from April 1. Traders and industrialists of Jalandhar burn copies of the VAT document on Monday to register their protest against its proposed implementation from April 1.
— A Tribune photograph

Govt open on talks over VAT, says minister
Ludhiana, February 21
Punjab Finance Minister Surinder Singla said here yesterday that the state government was prepared to talk to anyone seeking any clarification about the value added tax system coming into force in the state from April.

National institute on Guru Granth Sahib okayed
Amritsar, February 21
The National Institute of Studies in Guru Granth Sahib on Guru Nanak Dev University campus has got the final nod from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the University Grants Commission. The institute will be the first of its kind in the world as no such centre entirely dedicated to any one religious scripture has been established so far.

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Summon K.P.S. Gill, says Khalra’s wife
Chandigarh, February 21
The wife of missing human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra today asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to seek the summoning of Punjab’s former Director-General of Police K.P.S. Gill for his alleged involvement in “encouraging custodial deaths and fake encounters” during the period of militancy.

Badals vow vengeance against Amarinder
Ajnala, February 21
The Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) today accused the Congress party of engineering anti-Sikh riots and Operation Bluestar besides being instrumental in raising the demand for Khalistan.

Badals exploiting religious sentiments, says Capt
Chamiari (Amritsar), February 21
The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today lashed out at the SAD chief, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and his son Mr Sukhbir Badal at a rally at this village saying the father-son duo were neck-deep in corruption and were exploiting the religious sentiments of people to promote their vested interests.

Public school a long way off: French Sikhs
Patiala, February 21
French Sikhs today said a Sikh Public School was a long way off and that laying of a foundation stone of such a school did not in any way mean resolution of the problem arising out of the ban on the turban in government schools there.


Cong policies causing demographic changes: BJP
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 21
The state unit of the BJP has accused a section of bureaucrats of allegedly promoting the ‘hidden agenda’ of the Congress to Islamise the nation. It has warned that the country would prove to be a hell for other communities if a joint crusade was not launched against such designs.


Panel restrains SGPC secretary from functioning
Amritsar, February 21
The Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission today restrained Mr Dalmegh Singh and Mr Major Singh from working as secretary and assistant secretary of the SGPC, respectively, for the loss of six gold spades and silver bowls during kar sewa of the holy tank of the Golden Temple.

Row over function to mark 40 Muktas’ martyrdom
Muktsar, February 21
The proposed function pertaining to the tercentenary of the martyrdom of 40 Muktas (liberated ones) in May 1705 scheduled to be held in May this year has run into a controversy.

Swedish delegation meets Governor
Chandigarh, February 22
A delegation from Sweden called on Punjab Governor Gen S. F. Rodrigues at Punjab Raj Bhavan this afternoon and shared views on subjects of mutual interest, including constitutional status and democratic functioning of the governments.

1 killed, 10 hurt as bus overturns
Bathinda, February 21
One person died on the spot while 10 others were injured, one of them seriously, when a mini bus coming from Danewala village of this district overturned near a local cinema on the Bathinda-Goniana road today.

Majdoor Sabha stages dharna
Moga, February 21
Hundreds of activists of the Punjab Khet Majdoor Sabha today staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here in favour of their demands. Addressing the protesters, Guljar Singh, general secretary of the sabha, demanded that the dues of old age, widow and disabled pensions be paid soon and the pension amount be hiked to Rs 600 per month.
Punjab Khet Majdoor Sabha activists stage dharna in front of the DC office in Moga on Monday.
Punjab Khet Majdoor Sabha activists stage dharna in front of the DC office in Moga on Monday. — Photo by Iqbal Singh

Christian body’s charge against S.K. Sinha
Jalandhar, February 21
And now it is Mr S.K. Sinha, former Home Secretary, Punjab, who has been dragged into a controversy arising after the death of Fr. Mark. The Catholic Christian Welfare Action Committee has accused him of being “in connivance with land mafia”, “hijacking Fr. Mark’s sister Ms Annie Walkling” and “misleading” her.

Dubey, Sinha take charge
Chandigarh, February 21
Mr A. K. Dubey today took over as Principal Secretary, Home and Justice Affairs Department.

Holiday on March 25
Chandigarh, February 21
The Punjab Government today declared March 25 as a holiday on account of Holi and Good Friday. Both festivals fall on the same day.

Pensioners demand pay commission
Ludhiana, February 21
The Government Pensioners Association, Punjab, has sought the setting up of fifth pay commission to listen to the financial problems of the government employees and pensioners in view of the ever increasing price rise, inflationary trends and various other factors.

Dharna by hospital staff
Patiala, February 21
Doctors, paramedical staff and other employees of the Mata Kaushalya Hospital today held a dharna at the hospital gate to protest against police inaction into the alleged beating up of two hospital employees by attendants of a patient on February 15.


Theft accused to be produced in court today
Kharar, February 21
A Kharar court today remanded the gang of five thieves arrested by the Mohali police yesterday to one-day police custody. The gang which had links in Uttar Pradesh had been found to be responsible for at least 15 burglaries in Mohali.


Making money out of worms
Perch (Ropar), February 21
Exploiting local environs, a local farmer has set up a vermiculture project, which is paying rich dividends. Besides using the compost in his fields, he sells the produce in the market yielding decent financial gains.


MC executive officer, AME found absent
Kharar, February 21
The Executive Officer and the Assistant Municipal Engineer of the local Municipal Council were found absent from the office during a surprise check made by SDM, Sukhvinder Singh Gill, here today.


Institute issuing fake degrees unearthed
Moga, February 21
A case of issuing fake medical degrees by an institute based at Nihalsinghwala has come to light after a student’s father lodged a complaint with the SSP in this connection.

6 thieves held, goods worth Rs 12 lakh recovered
Sangrur, February 21
The district police today claimed to have busted a six-member gang of thieves/dacoits by arresting all of them from the Bhamabadi drain, near Badrukhan village. The police also reportedly recovered stolen articles worth Rs 12 lakh from their possession. 

Heroin worth Rs 39 lakh seized
Batala, February 21
The police has busted an international gang of smugglers which used to smuggle heroin from across the Indo-Pak border via Jammu and Kashmir and would supply in different parts of the country.


Honour for PAU Vice-Chancellor
Ludhiana, February 21
The Union Government has bestowed upon Dr K.S. Aulakh the honorary rank of Colonel in the National Cadet Corps for the duration of his office as Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University. This information has been passed on to Dr Aulakh by Lt-Gen M.C. Bhandari, Director-General of the NCC.

Mother tongue helps understand other languages
Patiala, February 21
Understanding one’s mother tongue always helped in understanding other languages was the message given by scholars on the occasion of the Mother Tongue Day. Giani Lal Singh Memorial Lecture was also organised in Punjabi University today.

5 students make it to NDA
Kapurthala, February 21
Five students of Sainik School, Kapurthala, have brought laurels to the institute by clearing their admission test to the National Defence Academy (NDA) this year.

Syndicate to take up issue of Governor’s letter
Amritsar, February 21
Even as the controversy over the Governor’s letter to Guru Nanak Dev University rages, the matter of alleged interference in the controversial issue of headship of university departments by the Governor would be taken up at the syndicate meeting scheduled for tomorrow.


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