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Entry tax on goods upsets industry
Ludhiana, February 1
The state government's recent decision of levying entry tax on several goods with effect from February 5 has further aggravated the woes of industry. With a view to "protecting" the interests of industry and "securing" revenue to the state exchequer, the Government of Punjab may have levied entry tax on more than a dozen items, but industry feels that the former is adamant on "destroying" the industry in Punjab.

NGO wins RTI battle against civic body
MC to launch 1st phase of website on April 1
Ludhiana, February 1
A protracted legal battle for right to information by an NGO, Resurgence India, lasting four years and involving 19 hearings at the Punjab State Information Commission is finally going to bear fruit for millions of residents in Ludhiana and other cities. Municipal commissioner AK Sinha has given a categorical undertaking to the commission that the civic body would launch the first phase of its website, on which disclosures under the RTI Act would be made, on April 1 this year.


Artistes from Thailand all set to perform during the Punjab International Folk Festival in Ludhiana
Artistes from Thailand all set to perform during the Punjab International Folk Festival in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

No regular supply of anti-rabies vaccine in govt hospitals
Ludhiana, February 1
The failure on part of the government to evolve a foolproof policy to check the growth of stray dogs makes thousands of people suffer from dog bites every year. What is worse is the fact that the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab, has failed to make the provision of regular supply of the anti-rabies vaccine at the civil hospitals and health centres, forcing people to buy expensive "human immunoglobins" from outside.

Increase in VAT
Traders will have to change billing software
Ludhiana, February 1
With the increase in VAT from 4 to 5 per cent, traders billing on computers will have to change their software. This will dig a hole in their pockets. According to the new notifications of the state government, VAT has been increased from 4 to 5 per cent. The traders will now have to pay 5 per cent VAT on all goods.

Artistes pledge their eyes
Ludhiana, February 1
An amalgam of lyrics and music is the best language to endorse a cause as noble as the eye donation, feels Toronto-based Punjabi lyricist Makhan Brar and singer Gill Hardeep. The duo today pledged their eyes at a function organised at Punarjot Eye Bank Society, a city-based NGO, working for the cause of eye donation in Punjab.
Artistes pledge their eyes at Punarjot Eye Bank Society, Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjit Verma
Artistes pledge their eyes at Punarjot Eye Bank Society, Ludhiana

Burning of Waste in Garden
Morning walkers feel suffocated
Ludhiana, February 1
Morning walkers had a suffocating session today when gardeners of Rakh Bagh set its waste on fire, leaving thick fumes of smoke. The morning walkers' paradise was ruined when the walkers said they felt choked and it became impossible for them to breathe.
Morning walkers in Rakh Bagh felt suffocated when gardeners set park waste on fire in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Morning walkers in Rakh Bagh felt suffocated when gardeners set park waste on fire in Ludhiana


Trade union decries govt for price rise, privatisation
Ludhiana, February 1
Thousands of industrial and farm workers, farmers, railway and other employees, led by activists of Joint Platform of Mass Organisations (JPMO) today took out a protest march from the Railway Colony to the Mini Secretariat to lodge their protest against spurt in prices of essential commodities and failure of the Centre as well as state governments to act against the hoarders.

Activists of the JPMO during a rally against price rise in Ludhiana
Activists of the JPMO during a rally against price rise in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjit Verma

40 pc cancers can be prevented by lifestyle modifications: Experts
Ludhiana, February 1
The College of Nursing, DMCH, today organised a seminar on the World Cancer Day observed on February 4 every year. Principal, College of Nursing, Dr Jasbir Kaur, Dr Devinder Singh Sandhu, associate professor of oncology and executive chairman of the Cancer Council of India and Dr BK Gill, professor and head of obstetrics/ gynaecology, were amongst the prominent speakers of the day.

Faulty diet pattern leads to gastric disorders: Doc
Ludhiana, February 1
NIMA, Ludhiana, organised a seminar on gastroenterology under the continuing medical education (CME). Dr Rajoo Singh Chhinna, head, department of gastroenteorlogy at DMCH, was the guest speaker, while Dr Gurnit S Chhina, renowned radiologist, was the guest of honour.

Killing of Crow
Wildlife activist shoots off letter to PAU V-C
Ludhiana, February 1
Taking strong notice of the reports of a crow carcass found hung from a pole in the PAU research farms to scare away birds, Dr Sandeep Jain, member, Punjab State Board for Wildlife and office-bearer of CAPE-India, has shot off a letter to PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr Majit Singh Kang, demanding immediate action against those responsible for the cruelty.

Dip in veggie prices brings relief
Ludhiana, February 1
The recent decline in the prices of vegetables has brought relief to the homemakers after a long time. The prices of potato and onion have dipped and vegetable vendors maintain that the prices will remain stable for the next few days.

Reporters' Diary
Just can’t do without mobile even in toilet!
City residents have become so addicted to mobile phones that many can’t do without them when visiting toilets. Others finding it embarrassing to hear background noises in the washroom. Recently when I called up someone to discuss a story idea, his son picked up the phone.

Teachers’ body seeks new pay scales
Ludhiana, February 1
Teachers of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) are up in arms against the university authorities for the non-implementation of the revised pay scales.

Computer teachers hold protest
Ludhiana, February 1
The Computer Teachers' Union (contractual), Ludhiana, held a protest rally here today to press for their long-pending demands. Computer teachers from all over the district participated in the rally.

Computer teachers hold a rally in support of their demands in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Computer teachers hold a rally in support of their demands in Ludhiana

From Schools & Colleges
Students rally against drug addiction
Ludhiana, February 1
To spread awareness among the youth about drug de-addiction, a rally was organised by the women forum of the Government College for Women here today. College principal RK Aulakh flagged off the rally, which started from the college and concluding at the Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner's office.

Students of Government College hold an awareness rally on drug addiction in Ludhiana
Students of Government College hold an awareness rally on drug addiction in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Folk Festival
International artistes captivate audience
Ludhiana, February 1
The multicultural extravaganza by artistes, featuring folk traditions of four nations i.e. Poland, Argentina, Thailand and India, was the cynosure of all eyes during “the Punjab International folk festival 2010”, organised by the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council (PCPC) at Ramgarhia Girls College here today.

9 selected in placement drive
Mandi Gobindgarh, February 1
Nine MBA students were selected by ICFAI Flexi Education Services as the placement cell of the management campus of RIMT held campus placements here today. ICFAI Flexi Education Services selected students for various departments.

Conference on skin diseases
Jagraon, February 1
Hair transplant is a permanent solution to baldness, said Dr Aman Dua from AK Clinics, a leading hair transplant surgeon and founder member of the Association of Hair Restoration Surgeons of India (AHRS), at a recently organised conference on skin diseases by NIMA branch, Jagraon.

675 patients examined
Ludhiana, February 1
A team of doctors, in association with NGO Rising Youth Association, held a medical camp and examined 675 patients here recently. After examination, the team of doctors also distributed free medicines and conducted diagnostic tests like ECG, Spirometry and blood sugar free of cost.

Factionalism in Brahmin Sabha to fore
Ludhiana, February 1
Factionalism marred the Shri Brahmin Sabha when a group, led by RL Joshi, yesterday conducted elections of the body even as Devi Dyal Prashar was unanimously elected president in the city recently.

De-addiction centre inspected
Ludhiana, February 1
A charitable drug de-addiction centre run by Dr Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital, Salem Tabri, Ludhiana, was inspected by DD Tarnech, director, Social Security, Woman and Child Development, Punjab. Charanjit Singh Mann, deputy director and Inderpreet Kaur, district social security officer, Ludhiana, also accompanied the team.


25 booked for trespass
Ludhiana, February 1
As many as 25 persons allegedly occupied a piece of land by force. They demolished the wall of a property worth crores, which belonged to a mother-daughter duo in the White House Commercial Complex near the bus stand. They forcibly trespassed in to their house and threatened them with dire consequences last night.

3 booked for cheating
Jagraon, February 1
The Sidhwan Bet police has booked three persons, including a women, for cheating a person to the tune of Rs 7 lakh. The person alleged that they were luring to send his son to Germany.

Three held for drinking at public place
Jagraon, February 1
The Jagraon police booked three persons on the charge of consuming liquor in public place. The accused identified as Sukhwinder Singh of Koom Kalan, Tersem Verma of Sahnewal and Karamjit Singh of Bhokari Kalan were consuming liquor and had kept the bottle on the bonnet of their Jeep (PB 15 B 1272) last evening in Agwar Gujran, which is a residential colony, on the national highway.

Car of ex-judicial official stolen
Ludhiana, February 1
A Maruti 800 car with prized number - PB-10U-0001 - belonging to former Additional Advocate General, Punjab, Harpreet Sandhu was stolen from the Mall Road locality. In his complaint to the police, the former AAG said his wife, along with his mother-in-law, had gone to the Mall Road on Saturday evening for shopping.

Motorcyclist killed
Khamano, February 1
A youth was killed in an accident on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road near Manderan village last night. Dinesh Dogra (31), a resident of Laxmi Nagar, Delhi, was going on his motorcycle towards Ludhiana. When he reached near Manderan village, a speeding Indica car hit his bike, killing him on the spot.

GGS hockey tourney from tomorrow
Ludhiana, February 1
Namdhari XI of Bhaini Sahib along with Punjab and Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, Delhi, Border Security Force, Jalandhar, and Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Punjab Police, Jalandhar, and Indian Air Force XI, Delhi, will fight it out in the men's section of the 6th edition of the All-India Guru Gobind Singh Hockey Tournament scheduled to be held at the Prithipal Singh Memorial AstroTurf Stadium of Punjab Agricultural University here from February 3 to 8.

Office-bearers of the Ludhiana Sportsmen Welfare Association at a press conference
Office-bearers of the Ludhiana Sportsmen Welfare Association at a press conference on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma



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