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I-T dept halts refunds, genuine taxpayers hit
Ludhiana, December 9
In the wake of a scam involving fake applications for tax refunds, the income tax department has decided to stop payment of all refunds that are pending for clearing and submission at banks even as genuine taxpayers are suffering.

‘Peti’ mafia shifts base to small rly stations
Ludhiana, December 9
Scattered boxes and consignments at the railway station in Ahmedgarh. With the Sales Tax Department stepping up vigil at the Ludhiana Railway Station, the “peti” mafia has shifted their nefarious activities to smaller railway stations in located in the district.

Scattered boxes and consignments at the railway station in Ahmedgarh. Photo: Mahesh Sharma




Two class V girl students go missing
Ludhiana, December 9
Two pre-teen girl students of BCM School, Shastri Nagar, are feared to have been abducted from outside their school here today. The girls, identified as Kajal and Sneha,both students of class V, went missing under mysterious circumstances after they came out of the school.

Work begins on replacing century-old bridge
Ludhiana, December 9
A 100-year-old bridge, constructed during the British Raj, being demolished by the MC in Ludhiana on Thursday In order to provide better connectivity between various areas of the city the municipal corporation has commenced construct work on constructing a new bridge over the Buddha Nullah that will replace a 100-year-old one built during the British Raj.

A 100-year-old bridge, constructed during the British Raj, being demolished by the MC in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Rly ticket examiners go on mass casual leave
Ludhiana, December 9
The row between a couple of chief inspector tickets (CITs) and travelling ticket examiners (TTEs) on one side and the senior divisional commercial manager of the Ferozepur division of Northern Railway Dharmendra Kumar on the other has taken yet another turn, with more than 100 TTEs, including CITs, having gone on mass casual leave from yesterday.


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Students against employing retirees
Ludhiana, December 9
The recent advertisement by department of agriculture, Punjab, inviting applications for various posts in a section of media, has not gone well with the members of the Punjab Agricultural University Students’ Association (PAUSA) here, who feel that the age limit of 62 was kept to adjust “blue-eyed” persons, while qualified youth will continue to remain unemployed.

Health talk for rural masses
Ludhiana, December 9
More than 60 village residents attended health awareness talk organised by SPS Apollo Hospitals at Panchayat Bhawan in Ghudani Kalan village here today.Sarpanch Harinder Pal Singh co-ordinated the programme.

National voters’ day
Amloh, December 9
On the direction of Election Commissioner of India to celebrate January 26 as the National Voters' Day (NVD) across the country, SDM Poonamdeep Kaur called a meeting of heads of different departments in her office here today. She also stressed upon organising functions at polling stations to spread awareness among people.

Fog makes commuting on NH-I tough
Doraha, December 9
Numerous fatal accidents have taken place at diversions put up by the NHAI as it becomes impossible to see these from a distance due to the fog. The fog, especially during the mornings and towards the evenings, has once again made commuting on the National Highway No.1 difficult. This can mainly be attributed to the widening of the road and lack of preparedness on the part of authorities, who despite setting in of the winter, are yet to take precautionary measures in this regard.

Numerous fatal accidents have taken place at diversions put up by the NHAI as it becomes impossible to see these from a distance due to the fog. Photo: Lovleen Bains

Varanasi Blast
Police on high alert
Mandi Ahmedgarh, December 9
The security in and around public places and in areas falling under the jurisdiction of Ludhiana (rural), Ludhiana (urban), Sangrur and the Khanna police districts has beefed up in the wake of the recent blast at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

Pvt transporters seek hike in bus fare
Ludhiana, December 9
In the wake of increase in prices of diesel, tyres and spare parts, private bus operators have urged for hike in bus fare by at least 15 paise per kilometre.During a press conference a leading transporter and spokesperson of the transport companies Fateh Singh Libra (Libra Bus Service) said the prices of fuel, tyres and spare parts had increased manifold during the past few years while the bus fare 39 paise per kilometre in 1999 had marginally gone up during the last decade with the present fare being 56 paise (up by 43 per cent).

Migrant labourers sitting outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Ludhiana. Five labourers made hostage
Ludhiana, December 9
At least 50 labourers along their with children from Rajgarh village near Sahnewal pitched tents outside the Deputy Commissioner’s residence and demanded action against a brick kiln owner for making five persons hostage last night.

Migrant labourers sitting outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Audit Objections
Addl commissioner pulls up MC staff
Ludhiana, December 9
The Additional Municipal Commissioner, irked over tardy attitude of Municipal Corporation staff in replying to audit objections worth Rs 150 crore raised by the finance department of the state department, has pulled up officials of various branches.

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Woman complains against sarpanch
Amloh, December 9
Irrespective of the law and formation of various commissions to safeguard women’s interests, this section still remains pitiable condition in rural areas. This is evident from a complaint lodged by Surinder Kaur, wife of Zora Singh, a resident of Manngarh (Amloh) village, with the Amloh SHO and the district police chief, Fatehgarh Sahib, on November 30. The chairman of the Punjab Human Rights Commission and the women commission endorsed these copies. This correspondent has retained one of its copies.

Army aspirants using performance boosting drugs
Ludhiana, December 9
Candidates participate in the 1600 metre run during an Army recruitment rally in Ludhiana on Thursday.After experimenting with various performance enhancing drugs, the indigenous Punjabi youths have moved on to trying ‘ayurvedic’ drugs to secure a berth in the Indian army.According to recruitment director Sharad Dhindaw, the army medical team had begun nabbing candidates who were caught taking performance enhancing drugs.

Candidates participate in the 1600 metre run during an Army recruitment rally in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Meritorious graduates, too, opt for soldiers’ post
Minimum qualification required is matriculation and 10+2
Ludhiana, December 9
For getting jobs in different categories of soldiers in the Indian Army, the qualification of which is matriculation and 10+2, meritorious students scoring about 90 per cent in BA, BCom and BSc, too, have been trying their luck.

PSPCL staff strike continues
Ludhiana, December 9
The two-day strike by employees of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) continued for the second day today with the supervisory officials putting in great efforts to maintain normal power supply in the city and the areas falling under central zone.

Pending arrears of water supply, sewerage
MC recovers Rs 9 lakh
Ludhiana, December 9
In order to recover the pending arrears of water supply and sewerage the municipal corporation (MC) continued its drive today also during which staff of the civic body recovered more than ` 9 lakh from all four zones, apart from disconnecting five connections of water and sewerage.

Function postponed
Ludhiana, December 9
The function to release the reprinted 10 novels of Prof Niranjan Tasneem, which were to be released on December 12 at Punjabi Bhawan, has been postponed due to an accident of the author.

PAU Notes
Training for farmers
: Directorate of extension education, PAU, will organise a three-month training course for farmers in integrated crop production from January 3 to April 4 at Kairon Kisan Ghar, PAU.

From Schools
Noble gesture
: Helping and reaching out to the poor and needy can really make a difference and affect the lives of many underprivileged people in India. The same was depicted when students from Ryan International School contributed generously for ‘HelpAge India’.

Seminar on accounting standards
Ludhiana, December 9
The Ludhiana Branch of Northern India Regional Council of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India held a workshop on accounting standards here today.Amrit Mohan Singh Makkar was the resource person. He discussed in detail about the applicability of present accounting standards, AS-1, disclosure of accounting standards, AS-2, inventory valuation and AS-5, net profit or loss for the period, prior period items and changes in accounting policies.The accounting standards are undergoing drastic changes.The proposed changes to be brought into Indian accounting standards 1, 2, and 5 in convergence with IFRS were also covered in detail by the speaker.The programme was attended by 100 chartered accountants.Managing committee member Arun Rattan was also present.



Setting up of family court at district headquaters
Bar association to protest
Samrala, December 9
A meeting of the different sub-divisional bar associations of Punjab was held at Samrala to discuss the issue of transfer of cases from sub-divisional courts to family courts.

Bar members to go on strike from today
Ludhiana, December 9
An urgent meeting of the Bar Association, Khanna, was held today in which presidents and representatives of bar associations of various sub-divisions of Punjab participated. During the meeting it was decided that the lawyers would go on indefinite strike from December 10.




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