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92 issued notices to return pension
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 27
Residents of Rachhin and Maherna villages have been shocked to receive notices from the District Social Security Officer of the Social Security Women and Child Welfare Department directing them to return thousands of rupees given to them as old-age pension or under different schemes of the Punjab Government.

BJP decries use of water cannons against Akalis
Ludhiana, February 27
The Bharitya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today accused the Congress government in Punjab of all- round failure. The leaders also condemned the use of water cannons against a delegation of Akali leaders led by the party president, Mr Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh yesterday.
Activists of the Bharatiya Yuva Janata Morcha at a rally in Ludhiana on Sunday Activists of the Bharatiya Yuva Janata Morcha at a rally in Ludhiana on Sunday.— Photo by Sayeed Ahmed


CPI condemns use of force against SAD leaders
Ludhiana, February 27
The state secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI), Dr Joginder Dayal today condemned the use of water cannons against former Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal at Chandigarh, when he was going to meet the Governor. Mr Dayal demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident by the Union Home Ministry.

EC decision on Ajnala hasty, says Hanspal
Mandi, Ahmedgarh, February 27
The Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee has termed the action taken by the Election Commission to stagger the counting of votes in connection with Ajnala by-election, to be an action taken under undue haste.

Rs 5.50 cr to improve sports in schools
Ludhiana, February 27
Mr Harnam Das Johar, Education Minister, Punjab, has announced to Rs 5.50 crore spent to provide modern sports equipment and create other facilities in Government schools in Punjab during the current year to improve sports.

Sarpanches loyal to Congress seek more funds
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 27
More than 30 sarpanches of Dehlon and Payal blocks owing alliance to the congress party have urged the authorities to give more financial powers to the elected heads of the village bodies to enable them to undertake development projects more efficiently.

Boy ends life
Ludhiana, February 27
A 15-year-old boy was found dead under mysterious circumstances. He was hanging from a ceiling fan in his house in Manjit Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, here this morning. The police suspected it to be a case of suicide but was waiting for the statement of his parents for final word.


Infighting stalls construction work
Khanna, February 27
Infighting between Congress workers, especially between a contractor of the Improvement Trust and a member of the trust has led to the stopping of the construction work on the Railway Road commercial scheme for the past two months. The contractor of the trust Tarsem is known as a loyalist of former Congress MP, Mr Shamsher Singh Dullo, and former Chairman, Improvement Trust, Bhalinder Singh while the member of the trust Mr Shashi Vardhan is known as close to sitting Congress MLA Ms Harbans Kaur Dullo.

Chemists to oppose ‘police repression’
Ludhiana, February 27
The Punjab Chemists Association President, Mr Surjit Mehta, today made it clear that the medicine trade in the state would stand united against any kind of high-handedness by the police under the garb of the NDPS Act and any undesirable action or harassment of the chemists would be strongly resisted.

India not shining for majority, says former policy maker
Ludhiana, February 27
There are vast areas of neglect in the country in spite of phenomenal growth taking place in different sectors. India may be shining for very few people but to most of its poor, the position is far from being rosy.’

Dr Harsh Mander, a former bureaucrat, addresses a meeting on Public Policy and Development, in Ludhiana. — Photo by IV
Dr Harsh Mander, a former bureaucrat, addresses a meeting on Public Policy

New pay panel demanded
Ludhiana, February 27
At a joint meeting held here, the Punjab Government Employees and Pensioners have urged the state government to announce the setting up of the fifth Punjab pay commission while presenting the Budget for 2005-2006 in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

Johar disburses grants to hospitals
Ludhiana, February 27
Under a special programme of the state government to release grants for the development and welfare projects, the Punjab Education Minister, Mr Harnam Das Johar, today distributed grants amounting to Rs 10.5 lakh among several organisations, most of them charitable hospitals in the city.

Rotary celebrates 100 years
Ludhiana, February 27

To celebrate 100 years of the Rotary International, Rotary Club of Ludhiana-North with Rotaract Club Government College for Women, GGN Khalsa College, BNSM College of Technical College, Alamgir (Ludhiana) and other Rotaract Clubs of Dist. 3070 organised a conference at Government College for Women Auditorium here today.
Rotarians celebrate 100 years of Rotary International in Government College for Women in Ludhiana on Sunday. — Photo by I.V.
Rotarians celebrate 100 years of Rotary International in Government College for Women

Child killed while flying kite
Khanna, February 27
One child was killed and another was injured while they were flying kites at two different places here this afternoon. It is learnt that a five-and-a-half-year-old boy, while flying a kite, fell from the roof of his house and received a head injury. Lal Babu, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and father of the deceased, said the boy was taken to the local Civil Hospital, where the doctor declared him brought dead.


Poppy husk seized
Jagraon, February 27
ASI Jasmer Singh arrested Baldev Singh of Kalyan Ahmedgarh police station while patrolling at canal bridge, Johlan, and seized 21 kg poppy husk from him. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against Baldev.

Two brothers killed in mishap
Jagraon, February 27
Two brothers were killed in a collision between a car and a tractor-trailer here. Shanti Sarup and Tilak Ram of B. Block, Sirsa, were travelling in a car (DL-4CC-4631) driven by Balwinder Singh of Raikot when it was hit by tractor-trailer driven by Surjit Singh of Bhandra. A case under Sections 304-A and 427 of the IPC was registered at Raikot. 


Demand to make city special economic zone
Ludhiana, February 27
Until Value-Added Tax (VAT) is implemented throughout the country, it will not be possible to do away with the other taxes. While the Punjab Government has endeavoured to simplify provisions in the VAT draft, there are several issues that will be taken up at a higher level to make things easier and ensure proper implementation of VAT.



PTU organises Jashan-2005
Ludhiana, February 27
The PTU Regional Learning and Facilitation Centres (RLFC), Quest Infosys and Invasions today organised a mega cultural competition festival, Jashan 2005, of the students studying under distance education mode.

Conference on commerce opens
Ludhiana, February 27
The Punjab Commerce and Management Association (PCMA) organised a three-day annual conference at SCD Government College here today. This academic exercise is being undertaken in collaboration with the Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes, GNA-IMT and SCD Government College.

School gets Rs 10 lakh grant
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 27
The Kartar Singh Dukki Senior Secondary School at Latala village was given Rs 10 lakh grant for the developing various faculties. Ms Krishana Sharda Principal of the school, told that Mr Harnam Dass Johar, Education Minister of the Punjab Government, had presented a cheque for Rs 10 lakh for the school at a function at Ludhiana.


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