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Sidhu blasts Amarinder on Vikas Yatra
Jalandhar, November 28
Criticising the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for spending public money worth crores of rupees on the Vikas Yatra, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said today that the Chief Minister had nothing to show to people in the name of development and performance of his government.

Navjot Singh Sidhu
Navjot Singh Sidhu

Bandh in Kapurthala, case registered against 4
Kapurthala, November 28
Total bandh was observed in the city today in protest against the incident of forcing an Amritdhari Sikh to drink liquor following the bus he was driving hit a motor cycle parked outside a shop near Old Hospital on here last evening. Agitated mob raising slogans during the bandh on Tuesday against the Kapurthala incident.
Agitated mob raising slogans during the bandh on Tuesday against the Kapurthala incident. — Tribune photo by Pawan Sharma




 

 

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A MiG 23 is on display at Pushpa Gujral Science City, near Kapurthala
A MiG 23 is on display at Pushpa Gujral Science City, near Kapurthala. The aircraft, manufactured on August 25, 1980, was used in Operation Brasstacks and Safed Sagar (Kargil). Photo: S.S. Chopra

Cooperative Department plans to extend more loans
Jalandhar, November 28
With a view to enabling farmers of the state to fulfil their farm-related needs, the Punjab Cooperative Department has planned to extend loans worth Rs 2,877 crore to them during the financial year.

Courts to deal with NRI land cases
Phagwara, November 28
In order to secure speedy justice for the land cases of non-resident Indians (NRIs), the state government has established fast-track courts and the District Revenue Officers have been conferred with the powers of Assistant Collector (First Grade) for cluster of districts.

LPG distributors submit memo
Nawanshahr, November 28
Resentment prevails among HP cooking gas distributors of the state over the erratic supply of LPG from the plant despite the statements of the Union Petroleum Minister claiming that there is no shortage of LPG supply. Mr Arvind Chaudhary, vice-president, All Punjab HP Gas Distributors, said today that the distributors had been getting almost half of the required supply of refill cylinders, creating a difficulty for them to ensure regular supply of cylinders to the consumers. A delegation of the association submitted a memorandum to the Chief Regional Manager, Mr Chhattar Singh, in this regard.

‘No plan to acquire land around Bein’
Kapurthala, November 28
There is no plan of the Punjab Government to acquire land around the Kali Bein. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raminder Singh, while giving replies to the queries of members of the District Planning and Development Board here today. — TNS

 

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Sidhu blasts Amarinder on Vikas Yatra
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 28
Criticising the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, for spending public money worth crores of rupees on the Vikas Yatra, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said today that the Chief Minister had nothing to show to people in the name of development and performance of his government.

He also asserted that he would shun his TV programmes for about two months so that he could meet people and expose the “false claims” of development being made by Capt Amarinder Singh and his team.

Addressing a press conference here today, Sidhu said Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government had failed to provide even a single job to people of the state.

“Can Capt Amarinder Singh show a sample of what he calls development? While industry of the state is suffering, the government has accorded land to the Reliance group at throwaway prices at Goindwal. The common man is forced to buy dal at Rs 60 a kilogram, whereas Reliance has been able to get costly land for a meager sum of Rs 60 per square yard. Is it the way to ensure development of the state?” questioned Sidhu.

He alleged that Capt Amarinder Singh had distanced himself from people for over four and a half years, but now all of a sudden he was trying to woo them by reaching at their doorsteps through the Vikas Yatra in his bid to seek votes.

“What people will get out of this yatra? Why Capt Amarinder Singh is spending Rs 200 to 300 crore of public money on his yatra? These are questions for which the public want answer from the Chief Minister.

I am ready to enter into any debate with any of nominee of Capt Amarinder Singh on the issue of development. Now I will go to maximum number of people during the next two and a half months and tell them how they are being befooled by the government. For this purpose, I have already conveyed it to people at different TV channels that I will not be available for them for next few months,” said Sidhu.

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Bandh in Kapurthala, case registered against 4
Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, November 28
Total bandh was observed in the city today in protest against the incident of forcing an Amritdhari Sikh to drink liquor following the bus he was driving hit a motor cycle parked outside a shop near Old Hospital on here last evening.

Meanwhile, the police has registered an FIR against four persons - Anil, Arun, Vickey and Amish - under Sections 323, 295, 506, 298 and 341 of IPC after recording the statement of the victim, Veer Singh. Subsequently, Anil and Arun were arrested but later released on bail, said the Kapurthala SSP, Mr Rajiv Ahir, while talking to The Tribune.

In the meantime, most of the shops in all main bazaars remained closed. The protesters made rounds of the bazaars forcing shopkeepers to close their shops.

According to unconfirmed reports, stones were also pelted by the mob on some of the open shops in different markets. However, the SSP claimed that no such incident happened anywhere in the town.

Several groups of agitated persons gathered in front of the bus stand after making rounds of the main bazaars and blocked the traffic. Buses could not ply from the bus stand, creating problems for passengers.

Elaborate security arrangements were made to avoid any untoward incident.

Mr Ahir said the situation remained in control as the police remained in close touch with leaders of the protesters, who also cooperated with it.

In the meantime, the district president of the SAD, Mr Raghubir Singh, condemned the incident of forcing the baptised Sikh to drink liquor. 

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Cooperative Department plans to extend more loans
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 28
With a view to enabling farmers of the state to fulfil their farm-related needs, the Punjab Cooperative Department has planned to extend loans worth Rs 2,877 crore to them during the financial year.

Of the total earmarked loan amount of Rs 2,877 crore, loans worth Rs 656 crore have already been extended to farmers.

This was stated by Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Minister for Cooperation, while addressing a gathering at a loan mela organised by Jalandhar Central Cooperative Bank Limited here today. The mela was organised in association with Sharma-Vikram Motors.

Loans worth Rs 5.07 crore were distributed among people under various schemes during the mela held under the leadership of a senior Congress leader, Mr Anil Dutta, who is also the Managing Director of the bank.

Mr Shital Vij, president, Sri Devi Talab Temple Management Committee, was the chief guest.

Mr Samra said the cooperative banks not only extended loans to farmers, but also to unemployed youths.

“Cooperative banks have given loans worth Rs 26.22 crore to 5,109 unemployed youths during this financial year. Youngsters should not run after government jobs, but they should exhibit their enterprising spirit by starting their own businesses with the help of cooperative banks,” said Mr Samra.

Mr Dutta said the bank had already received permission to fill vacant posts of clerks.

“We are going to fill these posts in a short period and purely on merit. Ours is the only cooperative bank of Punjab which has started Sunday banking in the urban area to serve the people. Loans have been disbursed among the poor so that they could raise their economic standards,” said Mr Dutta.

Commending the efforts of the bank management, Mr Vij advised the people to return the loans well within stipulated period.

He said such loan melas could generate awareness among people about financial help which could be attained from cooperative banks. 

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Courts to deal with NRI land cases
Tribune News Service

Phagwara, November 28
In order to secure speedy justice for the land cases of non-resident Indians (NRIs), the state government has established fast-track courts and the District Revenue Officers have been conferred with the powers of Assistant Collector (First Grade) for cluster of districts.

Stating this here yesterday, Mr K.K. Bhatnagar, Financial Commissioner, Revenue, said District Revenue Officer, Jalandhar, would settled cases of Jalandhar, Amritsar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana and Tarn Taran districts, while the District Revenue Officer, Hoshiarpur, would cover Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur districts.

Similarly, the District Revenue Officer, Moga, will cover Moga, Muktsar, Faridkot, Bathinda, Mansa, Sangrur and Ferozepore districts, while the District Revenue Officer of Nawanshahr would see cases of Nawanshahr, Ropar, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib and SAS Nagar.

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LPG distributors submit memo
Our Correspondent

Nawanshahr, November 28
Resentment prevails among HP cooking gas distributors of the state over the erratic supply of LPG from the plant despite the statements of the Union Petroleum Minister claiming that there is no shortage of LPG supply. Mr Arvind Chaudhary, vice-president, All Punjab HP Gas Distributors, said today that the distributors had been getting almost half of the required supply of refill cylinders, creating a difficulty for them to ensure regular supply of cylinders to the consumers. A delegation of the association submitted a memorandum to the Chief Regional Manager, Mr Chhattar Singh, in this regard.

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‘No plan to acquire land around Bein’

Kapurthala, November 28
There is no plan of the Punjab Government to acquire land around the Kali Bein. This was stated by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Raminder Singh, while giving replies to the queries of members of the District Planning and Development Board here today.— TNS

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