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Chaotic day for taxpayers
Ludhiana, March 31
It was raining chaos at the income tax office today. Taxpayers had a tough time filing their income tax returns as the website developed a snag.

Taxpayers await their turn at the Income Tax office in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Bacchus lovers on a high
Ludhiana, March 31
The prices of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) and country made liquor were slashed on the last day of the financial year. Cartons of liquor were being sold at cheap prices.

Residents flock to liquor vends after rates were slashed in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma


MC to serve notice on erring contractors
Ludhiana, March 31
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation will serve show-cause notices to contractors for using 'substandard' material in the construction of nine roads in the city. Additional Commissioner Dr Sumit Jarangal said samples of the material collected from Pakhowal Road had failed the test.

Pakhowal Road where substandard material was used. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Festival of fasting, feasting begins
Ludhiana, March 31
Thousands of devotees paid obeisance to Goddess Durga on the first Navratra today. Religious fervour pervaded the city. Illuminated and decked-up temples were a sight to behold. Buyers flocked to markets to buy idols of Goddess Durga. Those observing fast were seen buying fruits and flowers.

14,148 employees put on election duty
Ludhiana, March 31
As many as 14,148 employees have been put on election duty in the state. With the elections scheduled for April 30, employees from more than 130 government and semi-government offices, including banks and insurance companies, have been assigned the work.

Teachers denounce government
Ludhiana, March 31
The Government-Aided College Teachers Union and Government College Teachers Union have decided to boycott university examination while the ETT Teachers Union has decided to lay siege to district treasury offices.

Thieves take away car at knifepoint
Ludhiana, March 31
A gang of vehicle thieves took off with a Maruti Swift car after threatening the owner with a knife in the wee hours yesterday. The car owner, Shekhar Chander, who works as a manager in a Jatwal Kalaan-based company, lodged a complaint at the PAU police station. Chander, a resident of Malaud village near Khanna, stated he along with one Manjit Singh was going to Delhi and stopped near Sunet to pick up one of his relatives at around 3 am on Sunday, when the gang of five targeted him. Assistant Sub-Inspector Jasvir Singh, who is investigating the case, said a case under Section 392 of the IPC had been registered against five unidentified persons. TNS


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Cong’s Jagraon unit stands united
Jagraon, March 31
Faction-ridden Jagraon unit of the Congress put up a united front during the visit of Ravneet Singh Bittu, Congress candidate from the Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency. Almost all senior party leaders, including former MLAs Gurdeep Singh Bhaini and Darshan Singh Brar, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) general secretary Major Singh Bhaini, Jagraon block Congress president Gopal Sharma and former vice-president of municipal council Ravinder Kumar Sabharwal, were present at the event.

Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu addresses party workers in Jagraon on Monday. A Tribune photograph

SarvA Shiksha Abhiyan
Dept begins distribution of books
Ludhiana, March 31
Finally after getting the approval of the Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, the Education Department has started distributing free books to school students sponsored by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. About two weeks ago, the department had stopped distributing these books and wrote to the Chief Electoral Officer to give permission for the same.

Workers carry books from a truck for distribution under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

A village sans public transport
Jagraon, March 31
At the time when the state government is planning to start the Metro Service in Ludhiana in the near future, there is a village in the same district which still lacks public transport service. In the absence of public transport service, the residents of this village feel alienated from the rest of world.

The link road connecting Muhamadpur village to Raikot in a bad shape. A Tribune photograph

National training on farming concludes
Ludhiana: The national training on ‘Ground and Remote Sensors Based Precision Farming for Small Fields’ concluded at the Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering (FMPE), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The training was sponsored by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research under the World Bank funded National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP). A sub-project on ‘Development, Adaptation and Evaluation of Spectral Based Sensors for Precision Farming’ has been operational in the department under NAIP and will finish in March 2014.

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Harpreet Grewal and Dharminder Bajwa have been appointed as the chairman and ward president of the Active Anti-Corruption Group, respectively. Sarup Singh has been appointed as secretary general, Satnam Singh as cashier, while Ranjit Singh, Pritpal Singh, Harman Singh, Major Singh, Pushpinder Singh and Pardeep Kumar as executive members.

Artistes perform at the 13th shastriya sangeet sammelan in Ludhiana on Sunday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

SC students may be forced to leave studies midway
Doraha, March 31
The students belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC) category seem to be literally caught up between the devil and the deep sea. A number of them are still in the process of completion of their respective courses but a majority of them, due to non release of the much awaited scholarships and stipends, especially formulated by the Punjab Government to provide financial assistance to this category, have decided to drop their studies midway.

600 examined at medical and heart check-up camp
Ludhiana, March 31
A free mega medical and heart check-up camp was organised by Hero DMC Heart Institute at RSD Raj Rattan Public School. Team of doctors, including Dr GS Wander, chief cardiologist (HDHI), Dr Rohit Tandon and Dr Rakendra examined around 600 patients at the camp.

Dr GS Wander examines a patient during a free mega medical and heart check-up camp at RSD Raj Rattan Public School in Ludhiana. A tribune photograph

Market Committee secy seizes auction books
Ludhiana, March 31
Office-bearers of the Ludhiana Sabzi Mandi Arhtiya Association alleged that the secretary of the Market Committee had taken away the auction books from them at Bhadurke Road vegetable market.

Dr Kulwant Singh Local doctor to contest for MCI seat
Ludhiana, March 31
Dr Kulwant Singh, a cardiologist, is contesting to become a member of the Medical Council of India (MCI). He is the lone contestant from Ludhiana and is being backed by Indian Medical Association (IMA). One member is elected from Punjab while one is nominated. Apart from Kulwant Singh, seven other doctors are contesting for the post from different cities.
Dr Kulwant Singh

Two Class X students caught copying
Ludhiana, March 31
Two students were caught copying during the Class X mathematics exam conducted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) here today. It is the sixth case in the district, when students were caught using mobilephones for cheating. Kuldeep Singh, superintendent at Government Senior Secondary School, Behlolpur, found active bluetooth device connectivity in the examination centre.

Students discuss the question paper after the Class X mathematics exam of the PSEB in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

MC staff refuse to accept enrolment forms in bulk
Ludhiana, March 31
Staff at the municipal corporation’s Zone A office today refused to accept enrolment forms brought by some persons in bulk. The persons, in turn, left after emptying the two bags carrying these forms on the office premises. Around 1,000 such forms were left scattered on the second floor of the office building.

Social media plays pivotal role in poll campaign
Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 31
Social media is proving to be one of the most effective tools to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in the region. Although youngsters and urban population are most likely to be tapped through the online media, the elderly and rural population are no exception to the tendency.

Best Price observes National Safety Week
Ludhiana: National Safety Week was observed in all 20 Best Price Modern Wholesale stores, owned and operated by Wal-Mart India Private Limited, from March 4 to 10. More than 2,000 employees participated in the week-long campaign. With the objective of reiterating the company’s commitment to health and safety of employees and members, the campaign in the stores raised awareness of the right safety interventions and focussed on continuous assessments to prevent injuries and damages.

Comedian Jaswinder Bhalla inaugurates Heat Fitness Health Club at Pakhowal Road in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

from colleges
Students excel in exams
Ludhiana: Students of Post Graduate Diploma in International Business (PGDIB) at Kamla Lohtia SD College once again came up with great results for Semester I declared by Panjab University, Chandigarh. Harman Preet Kaur stood first bagging 492 marks, followed by Rajat Mishra securing 487 and Shreyans Jain 479 out of the total of 600. Principal Dr Shiv Mohan Sharma said the course was highly professional and job oriented.

Manpreet Singh Ayali makes poll pitch across city
Ludhiana, March 31
SAD-BJP candidate from the Ludhiana constituency Manpreet Singh Ayali today addressed a public meeting at Atam Nagar in Ward No. 48. The meeting was organised by Amarjit Singh Makkar and Jaswinder Singh.

SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali with supporters during a meeting at Atam Nagar in Ludhiana on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Timely action averts encroachment on govt land
Ludhiana, March 31
Taking serious note of reports regarding attempts being made to encroach upon government land falling along the river at Kutbewal Araian village, the district administration took effective action to prevent the land from falling into the hands of certain vested interests.

2 held with 25 boxes of liquor
Ludhiana, March 31
The police have arrested two persons and recovered 25 cartons of illicit liquor from them. The accused have been identified as Satish Kumar, alias Sunny (24), a resident of New Suraj Ganj, and Jatinder Singh, alias Garry (26), a resident of Dashmesh Nagar. The two were caught smuggling liquor in an SUV. They told the police that they had purchased the liquor from Ludhiana and were going to Jalandhar. Sub-inspector Harbans Singh said they had set up a naka near Jalandhar bypass. "Satish Kumar owns a bakery while Jatinder owns a networking trading company in Jalandhar," said Harbans Singh. A case under Sections 6, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered at the Salem Tabri police station. TNS

Fraudsters booked
Ludhiana, March 31
The police have booked a gang involved in using fraudulent means to get bail. The gang used to produce forged land documents in the court. An FIR has been registered against Avtar Singh, a resident of Shimlapuri, and some unknown persons under Sections 420, 200, 199 and 120 B of the IPC. An inquiry was conducted by Additional Deputy Commissioner following a complaint filed by Jaswinder Singh, a resident of Vishal Nagar. The police stated that the accused had even set up a counter in the District Courts Complex. They said Avtar charged an applicant Rs 20,000. No arrests have been made so far. — TNS

Abandoned baby gets caretaker
Ludhiana, March 31
The one-month-old boy left at Sarabha Nagar-based Panghura Ghar on Saturday night was today handed over to members of Swami Ganga Nand Bhuri Wale International Foundation. The foundation runs a children’s home at Talwandi Dham. Earlier, the child was rushed to a private hospital, from where he was taken to the civil hospital on the Deputy Commissioner’s orders yesterday. The child, reportedly, suffered from some illness and had a blister on his back besides some other medical issues. TNS

The Civil Hospital staff hand over the one-month-old boy to members of Swami Ganga Nand Bhuri Wale International Foundation in Ludhiana on Monday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma




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