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Bandh against VAT evokes partial response
Ludhiana, April 29
The fact that the valued added tax (VAT) has taken effect in the state from April 1 notwithstanding, the bandh call given against the new tax regime by the Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal and supported by the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal evoked a partial response here today.

Jasmeet topper in plus two commerce
Ludhiana, April 29
Jasmeet Kaur Jindal of R.S. Model Senior Secondary School, Shastri Nagar, has topped the plus two in the commerce stream, conducted by the Punjab School Education Boards. The results for the commerce and science streams were declared here today.
Jasmeet Kaur shares sweets with her family and Principal M.L. Kalra Jasmeet Kaur shares sweets with her family and Principal M.L. Kalra (extreme left) in Ludhiana on Friday.


Lapse on part of PU costs students dear
Ludhiana, April 29
Nearly 210 students of B Com (part I) of S.C.D Government College faced a tough time today when the college authorities did not allow them to take their exam of Environment as the university had not send their names in the cut list.

Question paper outside syllabus, say students
Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 29
The students appearing in annual examination of M.A. Part I (History) by Punjabi University, Patiala, were shocked to note that the question paper they received for second paper contained many questions that were outside the syllabus. They have urged the university authorities to either give grace marks or cancel the old paper and take afresh examination.

Passing Thru


Cure of diseases claimed through meditation
Ludhiana, April 29
The ‘Sarb Rog Ka Aukhad Naam’ (treatment of diseases through recitation of Gurbani and meditation) Mission has claimed that several persons in the city and elsewhere, some of them suffering from incurable or other life-threatening diseases, had been completely cured and they were living a normal life now.
Br Balwant Singh, secretary, Sarb Rog Ka Aukhad Naam Mission, with some of the patients who had benefited from meditation therapy in Ludhiana on Friday
Br Balwant Singh, secretary, Sarb Rog Ka Aukhad Naam Mission, with some of the patients who had benefited from meditation therapy in Ludhiana on Friday.

At the crossroads
The Song of Seasons

Ludhiana, April 29
Seasons influence the human mind in an uncanny manner. With the change of season, the rhythm of life, too, undergoes a change. In winter chilly winds drive human beings to home and hearth. When winter comes, spring cannot be far behind. In this season hope springs eternal in the human heart. When winter comes, spring cannot be far behind.

Sikhs demand ban on ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’
Ludhiana, April 29
The Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle has criticised the makers of the film “Jo Bole So Nihal” for portraying Sikhs in the bad light. The Circle said they would not allow any such films to be screened in future.

Seminar on VAT on May 1


Gang busted, fake currency seized
Ludhiana, April 29
Just a day after fake currency notes of the denomination of Rs 500 were seized by the city police, another three-member gang indulging in circulating counterfeit notes of Rs 100 denomination has been busted by the CIA-wing-II of the city police. Fake currency worth Rs 72,000 has been recovered from the gang.


Bank declares Rs 1410.12 cr profit
Ludhiana, April 29
Punjab National Bank has posted profit of Rs.1410.12 crore at the end of March, 2005, compared to Rs. 1108.69 crore during the corresponding period last year. The bank has registered a growth of 27.2 per cent.


Punjab paying for Green Revolution: Aulakh
Ludhiana, April 29
Inaugurating the “Soil Conservation Officers’ Workshop”, organised by the Directorate of Extension Education yesterday at the Pal Auditorium of the Punjab Agricultural University, Dr Kirpal Singh Aulakh, Vice-Chancellor, said Punjab had to pay a very heavy price for ushering the Green Revolution to the state, as its natural resources had been over exploited.


Students, resent ‘casual’ approach of paper setters
Doraha, April 29
Glaring mistakes, found either in style or matter, in most of the Panjab University annual examination question papers this year, have brought to the fore the negligence and a casual approach of most of the paper-setters towards the future of those who sit for these exams.

Teachers oppose govt’s move to privatise education
Ludhiana, April 29
Teachers of government schools have launched an agitation against the government’s move to privatise education. The blatant commercialisation by the mushrooming pre-nursery, nursery and KG schools has irked the city educationists and concerned citizens.



Lease rates of shamlat lands fixed
Ludhiana, April 29
The district administration has fixed the minimum annual lease rates of shamlat lands in the villages to enhance the income of the panchayats. Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, said no shamlat land would be auctioned below these rates for the current financial year. The rates had been fixed after a thorough discussion at a special meeting of the SDMs of all subdivisions held here today.

SSP orders probe into credit card fraud case
Ludhiana, April 29
SSP Ludhiana-Narinder Pal Singh today ordered a highlevel probe with the arrest of a city lawyer in a credit card fraud case. S.P. City-I, R.K. Jaiswal has been ordered to submit the report within five days after the inquiry.


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