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Review tax penalty provision
: Industry: The Punjab unit of the Apex Chamber of Commerce and Industry has sought amendments in certain provisions cleared in the Union Budget recently. In a statement, association president PD Sharma said the Budget had a provision of prosecution in cases where tax evasion exceeded Rs 50 lakh. This, he claimed, had created a fear in the industrial sector. He alleged the medium enterprises had the feeling that big business houses enjoying the government's confidence were immune to action under these provisions. He demanded that these provisions, introduced in a “haste”, should be reviewed.

‘Implement RTE Act strictly in state’: While welcoming the notices served by the Education Department on 473 private schools accused of violating the Right to Education Act by not reserving seats for weaker sections, the Chamar Mahan Sabha on Monday said the “warning” should be translated into action. Sabha president Paramjit Singh Kainth said the notices should not be served only to appease the weaker sections. Instead, the Act should be implemented strictly, he demanded.

Man crushed to death by PRTC bus:
A speeding PRTC bus crushed a 47-year-old man to death near Leela Bhawan Chowk here on Monday. The deceased has been identified as Kulwinder Singh Bittu, a meat seller near the railway crossing market. A case has been registered against the bus driver, who fled from the spot. 

Returning officers for panchayat poll: The district administration on Monday declared the schedule for the upcoming Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti elections, with a change in the returning officers for Patran and Ghanaur sub-divisions. Deputy Commissioner GK Singh said Parneet Kaur Shergill would be Assistant Returning Officer for Ghanaur and Tejinder Singh Dhaliwal would for Patran. For the May 19 elections, the officials will have to be present in their respective sub-divisions by May 3 when the process of filing nominations starts. 



Social activist KL Sehgal has been appointed as a member of the Ambala District Telephone Advisory Committee. Sehgal, son of a former MLA of Ambala Cantonment, is a practising lawyer in Ambala. After his appointment, Sehgal said he would try to understand the problems of the telephone consumers of Ambala and try to narrow down the distance between the Telecom Department and its consumers. 

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