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Traders hold protest rally

NEW DELHI: The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) staged a trader-consumer Value Added Tax protest rally at Jantar Mantar here on Friday demanding that the Delhi Government take cognisance of the objections raised by the trading community.

According to CAIT release, the demonstrators led by the CAIT chairman, Vijay Goel,

tried to march towards the residence of the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, but were stopped by the police. The Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party president, Harsh Vardhan, and BJP's State secretary, Ramesh Vidhuri, also participated in the rally.

Baisakhi

NEW DELHI: The International Punjabi Society will organise a Baisakhi festival at Chelmsford Club here this coming Sunday. While the Delhi Lieutenant-Governor, B.L. Joshi, will be the chief guest, many well-known artists would also perform on the occasion. According to the Society's general secretary, P.S. Bedi, among those expected to perform include Shankar Sahney and Bhuppi.

Railway Week

NEW DELHI : Northern Railway on Friday celebrated the 50th Annual Railway Week in the Capital. On the occasion, the Northern Railway General Manager, R R Jaruhar, who is also Member (Engineering), Railway Board, awarded 101 railway employees for their outstanding performance of its five divisions. Lauding role of railwaymen in efficient functioning of Indian Railways, Mr. Jaruhar said opening of the Jammu-Udhampur rail line in Jammu and Kashmir has made this year historic for them while work on other projects was going on well.

Holiday

NEW DELHI : The Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi, B.L.Joshi, on Friday announced that the coming Monday, April 18, would be a public holiday in the Capital on account of Ram Navami.

All Government offices, including local/autonomous bodies under the Delhi Government would remain closed.

Decision hailed

NEW DELHI: The PHDCCI president, K.N. Memani, has welcomed the Delhi Government's decision to exempt life saving medicines from taxation under VAT regime. In a statement, Mr. Memani said the move would go a long way in providing succour to the citizens as it would have become very difficult for them to meet their medical expenses due to the hardening of drug prices post VAT regime.

In the absence of social security and effective medical cover to a majority of Delhi's population, the Government's step would pave the way for their access to affordable life saving drugs in the city, he added.

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