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Rs 133.43 cr for development works
Rs 418.43-crore MC Budget presented

Ludhiana, March 15
With the government allocating around Rs 700 crore for the municipal corporation for various projects under the City Development Plan, Ludhiana may witness all around development during the next fiscal year. The work will start as soon as the grant arrives and the MC will contribute its bit by curtailing expenditure on other development projects or by generating revenue from other sources, including the sale of property.

Students take part in tug-of-war during the annual sports meet of BJS Dental College and Hospital, Ludhiana, on Thursday Students take part in tug-of-war during the annual sports meet of BJS Dental College and Hospital, Ludhiana, on Thursday. — Photo by Inderjit Verma


PSEB to issue spot electricity bills
Ludhiana, March 15
City is set to become the first city in the state to issue spot electricity bills. The Punjab State Electricity board (PSEB), which would get this work done from a private party, has already issued more than 50 hand held computers to a special team for generating bills on the spot.

Three power board men injured
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 15
Three PSEB linemen Nirmal Singh, Darshan Singh and Gurnam Singh were injured due to electrocution during the repair work being conducted at the feeders in the Prem Nagar locality of Mandi Gobindgarh on Wednesday.

Ruckus over uncovered manholes
Ludhiana, March 15
Noisy scenes were witnessed on the floor of the municipal corporation House when councillor from ward number -3 Rajiv Katna raised the issue of uncovered manholes in the city stating that nobody cared for these death traps.

IT swoop yields Rs 1.61 cr
Ludhiana, March 15
In the course of a stepped-up drive to unearth concealed income and enforce tax compliance, the surveys conducted by income-tax officials on a couple of business houses all through Wednesday, led to surrender of Rs 1.61 crore.

Rain damage assessed
Ludhiana, March 15
S. S. Channy, principal secretary, department of labour and employment, today visited around a dozen villages of Samrala sub division and assessed the extent of damage to wheat and other crops because of the recent hail storm and heavy rains. He was accompanied by Sumer Singh Gurjar, deputy commissioner, Baldev Singh, SDM, Samrala and other revenue officers.


Cong ignored development works: SAD
Amloh, March 15
People of the state have given verdict against the anti-people policies of the previous Congress government which did not care for development but adopted vindictive attitude against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leadership, asserted former Minister Harmail Singh Tohra.

Ranbir’s parents rue his transfer to Chandigarh
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 15
It is our misfortune that our son, who had bravely fought with anti-social elements and extremists during the dark days of militancy in the state, was shifted to Chandigarh to be shot by a colleague on Monday night, wail old parents of Ranbir Singh of Shanker village.

Jhammat is tempo union president
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 15
Newly elected legislator from the Kilaraipur constituency and Youth Congress leader Jassi Khangura received another jolt when SAD leader Prit Pal Singh Jhammat was selected president of the Tempo Operators Union by party leaders, led by Mann Singh Garcha, a confidant of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal today.
Mann Singh Garcha of the SVP-SAD with the newly elected office- bearers of the Tempo Union Ahmedgarh on Wednesday
Mann Singh Garcha of the SVP-SAD with the newly elected office- bearers of the Tempo Union Ahmedgarh on Wednesday.

Citizens council poll on March 31
Ludhiana, March 15
The election for the post of chairman of Ludhiana Citizens Council (LCC) for a five-year term (2007-12) will be held at Hotel Baron here on March 31. According to the LCC secretary general Ashok Juneja, the elections will be conducted by the returning officer, Ravi Kant Gupta, who has been nominated as returning officer for this purpose.



Tricksters offering to double money nabbed
Ludhiana, March 15
The focal point police has nabbed four tricksters who were allegedly duping people by offering to double their money. The accused gave them fake currency, with one side plain and other of Rs 50 denomination, in lieu of the actual money.

SP (Detective) Harish Kumar presents the accused who tricked labourers by offering to double their money. — Photo by Sayeed Ahmed
SP Harish Kumar presents the accused who tricked labourers by offering to double their money

One held with opium 
Jagraon, March 15
Ajmer Singh of Dalla was arrested by the local police from Agwar Khawaja Baju. The police recovered 180 g of opium from his possession during patrolling. Case under section 18, 61, 85 of NDPS Act has been registered.

Illegal kerosene lands man in jail
Ludhiana, March 15
Charanjeet Arora, judicial magistrate, has sentenced Hans Raj of Ram Bihari Colony, Tajpur Road, Ludhiana, to imprisonment for six months on the charges of possessing huge quantity of blue-colour kerosene oil illegally without any licence.



Industry sees red over CST blues
Ludhiana, March 15
Phasing out of Central Sales Tax (CST) is getting delayed, industry representatives said today. They also rued that despite continuous demands by industry, the shortage of C-forms continues and demanded that last date for submitting these forms be extended by six months.

Kashmiri shawl-sellers make big bucks
Ludhiana, March 15
It may sound unbelievable but it is true that every year Kashmiri shawl-sellers (each) do business to the tune of Rs 30 lakh in this industrial city in less than seven months time.


Dairy, poultry farmers to be honoured
Ludhiana, March 15
Balraj Singh Khaira, a progressive dairy farmer of Malsian, and Ranjit Singh Sidhu, an innovative poultry farmer of Naudhrani, from the districts of Jalandhar and Sangrur, respectively, will be jointly felicitated with the Chief Minister’s award in animal husbandry during the Pashu Palan Mela on March 17 and 18 at the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana.


Menace of copying under check: DEO
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 14
The education department has claimed to have managed to check the menace of copying in examinations being conducted by the Punjab School Education Board at various centres in the area these days.

Function for deaf and dumb students held
Mandi Gobindgarh, March 15
To encourage physically challenged children a programme ‘Rendezvous with Deaf and Dumb children’ was organised at Desh Bhagat Institute of Management and Computer Sciences here today.

PAU Kisan Mela to focus on ecology
Ludhiana March 15
The main focus of the Punjab Agricultural University Kisan Mela this year would be to save environment. The theme of the mela, according to the Vice Chancellor, KS Aulakh is Save Environment Save Punjab. The two day mela would be inaugurated by the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Vijendra Jain, on March 17.

Buy books at your price!
Ludhiana March 15
A special book stall is being set up by S. S. Dosanj of the Readership Movement, at the Kisan Mela on February l7 on the Punjab Agricultural University campus. The special feature of the book stall would be that the farmers would be able to buy books of their favourite authors at the price which they deem fit. This book-cornucopia will have books worth more than Rs one lakh. Farmers can buy the and put the amount, which they think is worthy of the book and fits their pocket in a "golak" (tin box).

Kitchen contests at Kisan Mela
Ludhiana, March 15
The two-day PAU Kisan mela scheduled to be held from March 17 is set to attract a number of farm-women at the sprawling PAU campus. The Home Science College will hold competitions in the use of peeler and chopping board, preparation of products from sprouted pulses, use of left over fabrics etc.

Painting  exhibition
Ludhiana, March 15
Exhibition of paintings in oil, madhubani, watercolors and artifacts organised by Akriti Club of Fine Arts and Home Science Departments of Ramgarhia Girls College was inaugurated by Rita S Gabria on Wednesday.

From Colleges
ICFAI’s job fair from March 17

Ludhiana, March 14
The ICFAI, in collaboration with the Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus, will organise a combined ‘Job Mart’ for management, computer and ordinary graduates of all the colleges of Punjab on March 17 and 18, 2007.


FCI badminton meet
City shuttlers in last eight

Ludhiana, March 15
Ludhiana survived some anxious moments before romping home victorious against Ferozepur in the men's section and advanced into the last eight stage of the 7th Food Corporation of India Inter-District Badminton Tournament, which began at Punjab Agricultural University campus grounds here today. Hosts managed to prevail over their opponents 3-2 to assure themselves a berth in the quarter finals.

A shuttler in action during the 7th FCI Inter-District Badminton Tournament at PAU, Ludhiana, on Thursday. — A Tribune photograph

A shuttler in action during the 7th FCI Inter-District Badminton Tournament at PAU, Ludhiana, on Thursday

Sports meet opens with football match
Ludhiana, March 15
Exhibition matches between interns and faculty members were the highlights of the opening day of the annual sports meet of Baba Jaswant Singh Dental College and Hospital today. Baba Jaswant Singh, chairman of the college declared the meet open.



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