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Unauthorised colonies to be regularised: Singla
Chandigarh, March 7
In a decision of far reaching economic and social consequences, the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today announced in the Budget speech that all unauthorised residential colonies and slums in the state will be regularised. The only condition is that these colonies and slums should not be located on public land.

Renewal programme for small farmers
Chandigarh, March 7
In his budget presented in the State Assembly today, the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, has focused on the agriculture sector, backbone of the state’s economy.

Govt not in denial mode, says Singla
Chandigarh, March 7
The Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today refuted the allegation that the State Government remained in a denial mode as far as providing delivery system in education, health, and other service sectors was concerned.

No announcement on ending of octroi
Chandigarh, March 7
There is a new thinking in the Punjab Government over the abolition of octroi. The State Government was to make an announcement regarding its abolition in its Budget statement today. However, the announcement was held back for certain reasons.


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Rs 924 crore for power sector
Chandigarh, March 7
Laying emphasis on the power infrastructure, the Punjab Finance Minister, Mr Surinder Singla, today announced that Rs 924 crore, or 23.11 per cent of the total Plan size, is to be provided for generation purposes and strengthening of transmission and distribution of electricity.

Rs 4.51 cr spent on PSSSB, for no work
Chandigarh, March 7 
A sum of Rs 4.51 crore was spent just to maintain and run the Punjab Subordinate Services Selection Board in the past three years and two months. And during this period the board was not called upon even once to make any selection or recruitment for the Punjab Government.

Rs 7 cr for soldiers’ widows
Chandigarh, March 7
The Punjab Government has earmarked Rs 7 crore in the 2006-07 Annual Plan for paying a compensatory grant of Rs 5 lakh each to widows of soldiers killed in action and soldiers who have suffered 100 per cent disability.

Truck operators’ ultimatum to govt
Nangal, March 7
The situation continued to be tense here on the third day as the Punjab State Transporters Union gave 72 hours’ ultimatum to the government to withdraw all cases registered against 22 Nangal truck operators for their involvement in the burning of buses and trucks of Himachal.

Minor boy tortured by police
Abohar, March 7
The minor Dalit boy who was tortured allegedly in illegal police custody last night has been admitted to the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here. The police allegedly gave him electric shocks.


BJP organises rally
Dhar (Gurdaspur), March 7
The Bhartiya Janata Party today organised a rally at Dhar to protest against apathy of the government towards farmers of the Kandi area. BJP workers led by former ministers Mohan Lal and Satpal Saini gathered at Dhar crossing for the rally.


Hunting of wild boars, blue bulls allowed 
Gurdaspur March 7
Under pressure from the lobby of hunters, the Punjab Government has allowed hunting of endangered species of blue bull and wild boars. A notification in this regard was issued by the government yesterday.

Govt to allow killing of animals destroying crops
Chandigarh, March 7
In a move that may raise the hackles of animal rights activists, the Punjab Government will allow farmers to shoot animals invading the fields and destroying standing crops. This problem is experienced more in the kandi belt of the state all along the border with Himachal Pradesh.

Breach in thermal plant channel
Ropar, March 7
About 50-feet breach today occurred in the channel carrying dirty water from the thermal plant here to the Sutlej. About 200 feet stretch of the channel got damaged after the breach. The construction work on the 3-km channel was completed in March at a cost of about Rs 8 crore.

Grants worth Rs 1 cr distributed
Fatehgarh Sahib, March 7
Dr Harbans Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, at a public function at Bassi Pathana today distributed grants worth Rs 1 crore to the Municipal Council, Bassi Pathana, adjoining village panchyats and various organisations of the area for development purpose.

Fire in forest


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Patiala SSP, Punsup chief asked to be present in court

Chandigarh, March 7 
The Punjab and Haryana High Court today directed the Senior Superintendent of Police, Patiala, Mr A.S. Rai, and the Managing Director, Punsup, Mr Surinder Singh Ghuman, to be present in court on March 9 to explain why despite court orders to stop any further construction activity of a multi-storeyed commercial complex in the New Lal Bagh area of Patiala, construction has not been stopped.


Three robbers arrested
Barnala, March 7
The police here claimed to have busted a gang allegedly involved in five bank robberies in the state recently. While talking to reporters here today, SSP G. Nageshwar Rao said the police had arrested three persons — Jasbir singh, Navdeep Singh and Nirbhai Singh —and Rs 8 lakh had been seized from their possession.

Villager killed in road mishap
Kharar, March 7
A 56-year-old man of Pacci Rurki village was killed when a car coming from the opposite direction hit him on the Kharar-Morinda road late last night. The victim, Surinder Singh, died on the spot. He was going to his village when the accident took place. A case under Sections 279, 304 and 337 of the IPC has been registered. 


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