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Entry tax
: The Punjab Cotton Factories and Ginners Association has lauded local MLA Sunil Jakhar for raising voice against entry tax in the Vidhan Sabha. State president Bhagwan Bansal and executive member Suresh Bansal in a release here on Wednesday said the traders could now hope of getting some relief. For the present government’s imposition of entry tax in addition to the VAT, many industrialists in Punjab were planning to establish new units in the neighbouring states, as they offer subsidy of Rs 1,000 on sales and income tax.

GND varsity closed on Dec 21: All branches of the Administrative Block and non-teaching departments of Guru Nanak Dev University will remain closed on December 21 on the eve of Id festival, according to a notification issued by the registrar of the university issued here on Wednesday.

Meeting held
: Bahujan Samaj Party held a meeting in village Ganga (Ablu ki), under the chairmanship of Mohinder Singh Bhatti, district president of BSP, in which they discussed the issues regarding unemployment and deceitful schemes of government towards Dalits. Appealing to the party workers to work hard, Bhatti said the Bahujan Samaj Party is the only alternative.

Punjabi NRI Sammelan
: Ramesh Inder Singh, chief secretary, Punjab, on Monday reviewed arrangements for the Punjabi NRI Sammelan being organised on January 5 and 6 at Chandigarh and Jalandhar, respectively. He stated this at a high-level meeting of senior IAS officers from Chandigarh and Jalandhar division and representatives of the PHD Chamber of Commerce. He said a conference would be held at Hotel Taj on January 5. More than 200 NRI delegates were expected to attend it. A larger conference would be held in Jalandhar on January 6 for which invitation cards could be collected from the commissioner, NRI, or from deputy commissioners of respective districts later in the week.

Body found
: The police today recovered a body lying near cremation ground in Malwal village which was later identified as that of Krishan Kumar, a rickshaw-puller, who was residing in the gurudwara village for the past some time. According to the information, the body bore injury marks and had no clothes on when the police reached the spot. The police later sent the body for post-mortem and an investigation has been initiated to solve the case and identify the culprits.

Case registered: The police has registered a case under section 307/34 of the IPC against four persons identified as Angrej Singh, Balvir Singh, Ajmer Singh and Sonu on the basis of a compliant lodged by Gurdev Singh of Aashiye Ke village. In his complaint, Gurdev alleged that while he was coming back from a marriage party on Friday last, four people came in an Indica car and fired at him from a .12 bore gun which hit his shoulder.

Union chief dies: 
President of District Numberdars Union and younger brother of president of Janta Dal (S), Punjab, Ch Inderjit Singh Saini, Balbir Raj Kaku (65) died at a private hospital at Jalandhar on Wednesday. He had a stroke on last Sunday and was admitted to a hospital at Jalandhar.

Man accused of abduction: On the complaint of Kulwant Kaur of Mohalla Gautam Nagar, the city police last night booked Jaspal Singh of Subhash Nagar under sections 363 and 366 A of the IPC for abducting her teenaged daughter. According to police sources, Jaspal Singh had allegedly abducted Kulwant Kaur's daughter Surbi Sandhu (13) on December 14, 2007. The family members searched for Surbi, but all their efforts were in vain.

Vehicle lifters  in police net
: The CIA staff of the district police nabbed two vehicle lifters and recovered a stolen motorcycle from their possession. CIA staff in charge inspector Harinder Singh said vehicle lifters Vatandeep Singh and Monu of the Mehtabgarh and Aarfwala localities of Kapurthala were nabbed from a canal near Basti Bawa Khel after a tip-off.

: Deputy commissioner Surjeet Singh Dhillon on Wednesday informed that 60 per cent construction work of the overbridge, being constructed at the cost of Rs 17 crore on the Delhi-Bathinda railway line here had been completed. The traffic would be restored after its completion, he added.



: Dr Suresh Kumar Tondon took over as 18th vice-chairman of the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) at an impressive function in board’s complex on Tuesday. Dr Tondon had previously occupied posts like principal of Gobindgarh Public College, Alour (Khanna), member senate, Punjab University, Chandigarh.

Free eye camp: An eye camp in the memory of youngest Sahibzada Fateh Singh was organised day on Monday at Perch village by the SAS Free Polyclinic Trust in association with Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib (charitable) Eye Hospital, Sohana, which was inaugurated by Sukhdev Singh Libra, member parliament (Lok Sabha). Libra appreciated the good work being done by the trustees, doctors and donors who contributed towards this noble cause. General secretary Balbir Singh intimated that over 150 persons were examined during the camp and 11 patients would be operated upon for cataract at Sohana Eye Hospital. He said those operated would be given dark glasses and power glasses besides the medicines.

Auction: The office of the district transport authority will hold the auction for reserve vehicle registration numbers on January 11 instead of December 21. According to a press note, the auction had to be postponed because December 21 had been declared a holiday because of Id-ul-Zuha. Interested persons can submit their applications along with demand drafts by January 9. The auction will be held for the remaining numbers of the PB 65 F, E, D, C, B and A series.

Remanded: A local court, on Wednesday, remanded Ranvir Singh, a travel agent, arrested by the Mohali police to a day in police remand. The accused, a resident of Phase 11, was arrested on Tuesday. He was facing allegations that he had taken Rs 2 lakh from Jalandhar resident Gurnam Singh promising to send him abroad in 2001. He, however, did not sent him abroad and returned only Rs 40,000 of the total amount.

: Dr Jai Kishan, director, state tuberculosis training and demonstration centre, TB Hospital, Patiala, has been nominated as a member of the Central Committee of TB Association of India. Dr Jai Kishan delivered a guest lecture on “International Standard of TB Care and National TB Control Programme of India” in a NATCON-2007 Conference, which was organised at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, and was inaugurated by union minister of health and family planning A. Ramadoss.

Workshop: The biotechnology division of the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology, Chandigarh, organised a workshop in collaboration with Science and Technology Entrepreneur’s Park at Thapar University, on Wednesday. As many as 50 persons, including officials and field staff of the department of forests, Punjab, and farmers from Patiala, Sangrur, Bathinda, Faridkot, Mansa and Fatehgarh Sahib districts took part in this workshop. Shailender Kaur, DFO, Sangrur, and P. Anand Kumar, DFO, Bathinda, also expressed their views.

Installed: Parminderpal Kaur was installed 64th president of the Rotary Club for the year 2007-08 on Tuesday. A.C. Varma, managing director of State Bank of Patiala, was the chief guest and deputy commissioner D.S. Grewal was the guest of honour. Varma said State Bank of Patiala had always been in the forefront for helping social causes. He also released a souvenir. ADC (Development) Shivdular Singh Dhillon, Dr B.M. Dhir, presidents and secretaries from Nabha, Samana, Mansa and Rajpura of the clubs were also present.


: The Ambala unit of Haryana Janhit Congress took out a protest march against the survey of BPL cards in which a number of deserving people were overlooked. A memorandum was submitted to DC addressed to Governor, Haryana. The party alleged in the memorandum that the leaders of the ruling party had managed to issue yellow and pink cards to their supporters whereas the real allegeable people were not taken into consideration. A fresh survey was demanded. Senior leaders of the party were also present.

: Advocate Avinash Sardana has unanimously been elected president of the BKPM (kahrod pakka mahasabha) today. His term would continue for three years. The meeting also appointed R.C. Mehtani of Bhiwani as chief patron and Kailash Andani as treasurer of the mahasabha.

Seminar from Dec 22: DAV Girls College here will organise a three-day UGC sponsored international seminar on ‘1857 in literary imagination’ from December 22. Principal of the college Dr Sushma Arya on Tuesday said no university or institute had ever organised any seminar on 1857 from literary point of view. Prof B.S. Dahiya, former vice-chancellor, Kurukshetra University, said eminent scholars from different universities of the country and abroad would be participating in the seminar.

Cops on bikes
: The district police has constituted a special motorcycle riders’ team in wake of the increasing incidents of thefts. Motorcycle-borne cops would be armed with walkie-talkies so that they remain in contact the police control room. The team consists of 72 cops and 18 motorcycles. A senior police official claimed that the riders would be able to check the increasing incidents of theft in the district.



Concern over Magam violence
: Expressing grave concern over continued violence in Magam in Budgam district, convener of the People's Union for Civil Liberties Balraj Puri has urged the state government to hold an inquiry. Puri underlined the need of prescribing norms for opening colleges instead of taking arbitrary decisions on political considerations.

3-member panel: Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Aijaz Ahmad Khan has directed for constitution of three-member committee headed by the deputy director, local bodies, to look into the functioning of the Banihal Municipal Committee and submit its report to him. Aijaz also ordered inquiry into the appointments of sweepers in the Municipal Committee Udhampur.

Selected for award: Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Dr Rafeeq Masoodi has been selected for Bharat Gaurav Award, 2007 for outstanding contribution to the development of art, culture and languages of the state.

171 cross sides across LoC
: As many as 171 passengers crossed sides at the trans-Line of Control (LoC) crossing point at Chakkan-da-Bagh during its fortnightly opening here on Monday morning. An official spokesman told TNS that at Chakkan-da-Bagh 93 passengers from the Indian side crossed over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Chief education officer
: As different political groups cornering the government for not appointing adequate staff in the newly created districts, the coalition regime has decided to appoint officers to make these new administrative units functional. On Tuesday the government appointed the first chief education officer (CEO) in Reasi district.


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