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Industry observes bandh against VAT
Ludhiana, March 30
Shops and industrial units in the city remained closed on the first day of the three-day nationwide bandh in protest against the implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT). The bandh was marked by protest demonstrations and rallies and various associations burnt effigy of VAT.
Chaura Bazar wears a deserted look as shops were closed in protest against VAT in Ludhiana on Wednesday Chaura Bazar wears a deserted look as shops were closed in protest against VAT in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — A Tribune photograph

Strike against VAT in Khanna

Three brothers’ bid to grab govt land
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 30
To grab government land worth Rs 50 lakh three brothers connived with a patwari and a lambardar of Abdullapur village in Sangrur district to show themselves sons of an unmarried person who had died without leaving a will regarding his property. The fraud could have remained undetected had a revenue officer not noticed pedigrees with three brothers having two fathers.


Property dealer’s family refuses to buy suicide theory
Ludhiana, March 30
Family members of a deceased property dealer who was found dead under mysterious circumstances yesterday at Surya Towers building have refused to buy the suicide theory behind his death as claimed by the police.

One killed, two injured in road mishap
Jagraon, March 30
A woman was killed her husband and daughter injured in a road accident. According to the information Amrik Singh of Malsihan Bajan was going on his scooter along with his wife Balwinder Kaur and minor daughter when a fast driven TATA 907 vehicle hit their scooter in the area of Leelan Megh Singh killing his wife Balwinder Kaur at the spot and injuring her husband and daughter.

Acid attack accused arrested
Khanna, March 30
The police here has arrested Karn Maheshwari accused of acid attack in which a class XIth student was injured on the eve of Holi. A case was registered on the charges of attempt of murder against four persons at city police station.

Passing Thru


Cong leaders welcome MC budget
Ludhiana, March 30
Mr Rajinder Singh Basant, Chairman, Trade and Industry Cell, PPCC, and Co-Chairman, Punjab Labour Welfare Board, Mr Ramesh Joshi, secretary, PPCC, Mr Pawan Dewan, senior vice president, Pradesh Youth Congress, and Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, ex-president, DCC (U), in a joint statement issued here today appreciated the provision of substantial funds i.e. Rs 175.65 crore for the development of the city in the budget of the local municipal corporation against the last year’s Rs 113.54 crore registering an increase of 31 per cent for development.

Shiv Sena holds rally against pollution
Ludhiana, March 30
Due to alarming level of pollution in the industrial hub of the state, the Shiv Sena (Hindustan) today took out an awareness rally here and also burnt an effigy of pollution. The event also marked the completion of two years of the establishment of the party.

Special counters set up for Income Tax returns
Ludhiana, March 30
The Income Tax Department has set up special counters at its headquarters at Aay Kar Bhawan in Rishi Nagar here for receiving income tax returns from the assessees as the current financial year draws to an end.

Female foeticide ‘is a curse’
Ludhiana, March 30
“Female Foeticide is a curse for the humanity and can only be overcome if we educate our youth about the effects of the curse on our existence....” said Dr J.S. Sohal, Principal before a campaign was inaugurated at Ludhiana College of Engineering and Technology (LCET) Campus here yesterday. The campaign was organised in association with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Cheques distributed to war veterans
Jagraon, March 30
The India Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, organised a rally at Lopon Ashram here and appealed to all ex-servicemen not to get divided by forming small groups and be led by dirty politics since the government has been using them according to its wish.


3 booked for rape
Ludhiana, March 30
A youth, his sister and her husband have been booked by the police for allegedly physically exploiting a girl, belonging to a high profile socialite family, for the past three years and later making false promise of marriage to her. The boy allegedly injured the girl yesterday when he rammed his scooter into her scooter causing a fracture in her arm.



Govt urged to release grants to colleges
Ludhiana, March 30
Mr S C Sanwalka, President and Prof Gurbir Singh Sama, General Secretary of the Non-Government College management Federation of Punjab and Chandigarh in a rejoinder to the recent statement of Mrs Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for higher education regarding stopping of the 95 per cent grants to the private aided colleges in a phased manner have stated that 95 per cent grant-in-aid scheme was introduced by the Punjab Government in 1978

GNIMT Director given farewell
Ludhiana, March 30
Dr A.S. Bansal, Director, GNIMT, will relinquish his charge tomorrow. He was given a warm send-off by the management, faculty and students of the institute. Dr Bansal joined the GNIMT on September 1, 2000, after his superannuation from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Agricultural Engineering, PAU.

School function held
Ludhiana, March 30

Gagan Public Secondary School, Tajpur Road, organised an annual prize distribution function here today. The students presented a very colourful cultural programme.

Prof K.B. Razdan from the University of Jammu speaks during a UGC-sponsored seminar at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College in Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma
Prof K.B. Razdan from the University of Jammu speaks during a UGC-sponsored seminar at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College

Scholars dwell on humanism in literature
Ludhiana, March 30
A two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on “Humanistic concerns in Indian English fiction” at Gujranwala Guru Nanak Khalsa College started on an impressive note as a galaxy of scholars hailing from prestigious universities and colleges from all over India graced the occasion. Prof K.B. Razdan from the University of Jammu delivered the inaugural address.


Bar wants court restored
Jagraon, March 30
The local bar association has resolved unanimously that the judicial court, which has withdrawal after the transfer of Mr B.S. Deol, Civil Judge, Jagraon, be restored immediately.



Does your doctor get it right?
Ludhiana, March 30
The qualification and reputation of your doctor does not necessarily guarantee that he diagnoses the disease right. In a number of cases, reputed doctors have got it wrong. Senior doctors say it may be oversight at times or overconfidence.


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