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MLAs boycott meeting on property tax
Ludhiana, February 28
A meeting of the Deputy Commissioner with members of the committee on property tax, including MLAs and a nominee of the local MP, could not be held today as all local MLAs and a nominee of the MP decided to boycott the meeting citing improper zoning of properties for the purpose of property tax, which is proposed to be levied from April. The Deputy Commissioner later held a meeting with MC officials.

Rates to be announced by March 4
Ludhiana, February 28
Deputy Commissioner-cum-chairman of the Property Tax Committee (District) Rahul Tiwari today held a meeting with higher officials of the municipal corporation, the Deputy Director, Local Bodies and SDMs to draft the rates of land/ floor area for the purpose of calculating property tax, which is to be implemented from April 1 in Punjab. Though the drafted rates will be formally announced by March 4, the “proposed” rates for the eight zones in Ludhiana city will vary between Rs 20,000 and Rs 2 lakh per sq yard, depending on the zone.


City gives thumbs down to Budget
Ludhiana, February 28
The city has termed the Budget as a "dull Budget", which they will forget at the end of the day. It has brought no cheer to the local industry with the knitwear segment being an exception. The hope for a hike in the income tax exemption limit was also dashed. Ludhianvis, known for their class and style, will now have to shell out more for eating out, buying SUVs and smart phones.

Pay more for eating out
Loosen purse strings to buy SUVs, cellphones
A Budget in name only, say residents

A policeman at the site where Sandeep Kumar committed suicide in the Field Gunj area in Ludhiana Man’s mutilated body found hanging from fan
Ludhiana, February 28
Panic gripped the Field Gunj area after the badly mutilated body of a 25-year-old man, who was missing for the past 10 days, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a textile shop godown.

A policeman at the site where Sandeep Kumar committed suicide in the Field Gunj area in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Man bludgeons wife to death
Ludhiana, February 28
A psycho allegedly bludgeoned his wife to death and locked her body in a room at Sarabha Nagar.

Day 3: Civic body pulls down 225 illegal structures
Ludhiana, February 28
Illegal structures being demolished in the Jawahar Nagar Camp area in Ludhiana on Thursday The municipal corporation today razed 225 illegal structures, including extensions of shops and houses raised on government land, in the Jawahar Nagar Camp area on the concluding day of a three-day anti-encroachment drive. The MC had demolished around 360 structures during the first two days of the drive. The drive was carried out on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Illegal structures being demolished in the Jawahar Nagar Camp area in Ludhiana on Thursday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan


GLADA auction gets good response
Ludhiana, February 28
Unlike the earlier auctions of commercial properties and big chunks of land, which failed to draw the desired response, the public auction of 20 residential flats in Sector 40 on Chandigarh Road today turned out to be a huge success. All the flats on offer were sold for a whopping premium of 89 per cent during the auction, which was conducted by GLADA.

Embezzlement charges rock MC meeting
Jagraon, February 28
Allegations of massive embezzlement of funds meant for various development works of the town resurfaced again during the monthly general house meeting of Jagraon Municipal Council held today.

Workers stage dharna against cop
Members of the Labour Union argue with a police official at the PAU police station in Ludhiana Ludhiana, February 28
Members of the Labour Union staged a dharna against a policeman and demanded his suspension. A leader, DP Maur, who led the protest, alleged that a Head Constable, Balwinder Singh, assaulted Arjun Parsad and took away Rs 10,000 that the migrant labourer had borrowed for his daughter's treatment.

Members of the Labour Union argue with a police official at the PAU police station in Ludhiana. Tribune Photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Knitwear industry upbeat
Ludhiana, February 28
The knitwear industry is in a cheerful mood with excise duty on branded garments withdrawn in the Budget.

Class XII exams begin today
Ludhiana, February 28
The class XII examinations of the Central Board of School Education (CBSE) and the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) will start tomorrow.

EPF board meeting held
Ludhiana, February 28
A meting of the Central Board of Trustees of the Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) was held under the chairmanship of Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge.

Districts way behind revenue targets
Ludhiana, February 28
The Revenue Department is expected to suffer a setback with major revenue districts being way behind their given targets. Though this financial year ends by March 31 and the revenue figures are expected to increase a bit, there has been less revenue generation due to "an overall slump in the market" till December, 2012.

MLA inaugurates lawyers' chambers
Jagraon, February 28
A building housing lawyers' chambers in the Judicial Complex of Jagraon was inaugurated yesterday. Jagraon MLA SR Kaler was the chief guest on the occasion. He inaugurated the lawyers' chambers.

11 challaned for smoking in public
Ludhiana, February 28
The anti-tobacco task force today challaned 11 persons for smoking at public places in the city. The team included the District Epidemiologist, Dr Anil Verma, Drug Inspector Sukhbeer Chand, Food Safety Officer Harpreet Kaur, Additional Deputy Attorney Amandeep Singh and NGO representative Krishan Lal Malik.

ludhiana scan
Swine flu case
Ludhiana: A woman patient admitted to the CMC from Ludhiana tested positive for swine flu. So far, Ludhiana district has received 22 cases, of which six patients died.

from colleges
Prize distribution ceremony
Ludhiana: The annual prize distribution function of the Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women was organised today. Janak Raj Dhiman, Deputy Registrar, Panjab University, was the chief guest on the occasion. As many as 400 students were awarded by the chief guest for their excellence in academics.

from schools
National Science Day celebrated
Ludhiana: The National Science Day was observed with full enthusiasm and fervour in Spring Dale Public School on Thursday to mark the great discovery of 'Raman Effect' by the Indian Physicist CV Raman. Manpreet Kaur of Class X, for having won first prize in the state level essay writing contest organised by the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology on the topic "Chemistry in Kitchen", was honoured on the occasion.


14-year-old kidnapped
Ludhiana, February 28
The police has booked Raju, a resident of Dholewal village, for kidnapping a 14-year-old girl on the pretext on marrying her.

Two arrested with drugs
Ludhiana, February 28
The police has arrested two persons and seized a huge quantity of psychotropic drugs, including injections, cough syrups and tablets from their possession. The accused have been identified as Suresh Kumar and Vijay Kumar, who runs a medical store at Daba.

12 booked for forging documents
Mandi Ahmedgarh, February 28
The local police has booked as many as 12 members of a gang of swindlers.

Students take part in a tug-of-war contest during the Annual Inter-Batch Athletics Meet of the DMCH in Ludhiana
Students take part in a tug-of-war contest during the Annual Inter-Batch Athletics Meet of the DMCH in Ludhiana. A Tribune photograph

Dhanya, Ganga best athletes
Ludhiana, February 28
Ganga Gautam and Dhanya were declared the best athletes among the girls' and boys' sections, respectively, in the 66th Annual Athletics Meet of Arya College which concluded here yesterday. Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal distributed the prizes among the winners. Shanta Singh Umedhpuri, Chairman, Subordinate Staff Selection Board, Punjab, was guest of honour at the prize-distribution function.




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