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Rate of interest up from 7 to 9 pc
NABARD’s decision on farm loans shocks state

Chandigarh, July 7
The decision of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to raise the rate of interest from 7 per cent to 9 per cent on long term loans for the agriculture sector has come as a big shock for Punjab. Interestingly, the new rate of interest will be applicable from April 1 this year.

Punjab to have NRI police stns
Patiala, July 7
The Punjab government has cleared the proposal to set non-resident Indian (NRI) police stations. These will cater to the problems of NRIs and will have jurisdiction all over the state. They will function under the Ministry for NRIs.
SAD working president Sukhbir Badal flags off a cavalcade of buses carrying pilgrims for the Amarnath yatra in Patiala on Saturday
SAD working president Sukhbir Badal flags off a cavalcade of buses carrying pilgrims for the Amarnath yatra in Patiala on Saturday. — Tribune photo by Rajesh Sachar

Fatehgarh Sahib



Contaminated underground water
78 deaths; DC says not aware 

Mal Singh Wala (Mansa), July 7
For residents of this village bordering Haryana, life seems tough as the underground water here is unfit for farming and drinking. This has led to as many as 78 deaths due to cancer in the past few years, physical deformities, defects in the reproductive system of women and skin diseases.

Govt to sell power to states in 5 years: CM
Machhiwara , July 7
A high-level team of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) will soon visit the state to finalise sites for setting up two thermal plants in the state. Work on three thermal plants at Sri Goindwal Sahib, Talwandi Sabo and Nabha is under way. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal made this announcement after inaugurating a 66-KV sub-station at Hedon Bet, about 10 km from here, today. 
                                                                 Parkash Singh Badal
Parkash Singh Badal

Aided school staff may hit back against govt

Chandigarh, July 7
The BJP, partner of the Shiromani Akali Dal ( SAD) in the Punjab government, is likely to face the music in the Municipal Corporation elections in the second week of next month because of the failure of the government to concede the demands of employees of government recognised aided schools. 



Amarinder may return to vote in Prez poll
Chandigarh, July 7
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, under treatment in London, is expected here to cast his vote in the presidential election on July 19.

Pratibha seeks support of Punjab MLAs
Chandigarh, July 7
Presidential nominee Pratibha Patil today met MLAs from Punjab and sought their cooperation in winning the election.


Power banking saves PSEB Rs 600 cr
Patiala, July 7
Power banking has saved the PSEB about Rs 600 crore this year. With the liberty provided in trading power under the new electricity Act, the board had deposited extra power available with it during lean period with deficit states. Now, the board is withdrawing that power from those states, which has helped it meet the peak season demand in view of paddy cultivation.

Minister’s assurance to health staff
Fazilka, July 7
At a meeting with members of the coordination committee of paramedical and health employees, health minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla assured them that the decision of the previous Congress regime to give control of 1,193 rural health dispensaries to zila parishads would be reviewed.

First de-addiction centre for women
Patiala, July 7
Patiala is the first district in the country to get a drug de-addiction centre dedicated exclusively to women. The centre has already been started by the Red Cross. A project for financial assistance to the centre has been sent to the Union Ministry for Social Security by deputy commissioner, Patiala, D. S. Grewal.

Dera follower dies
Chak Attar Singh Wala (Bathinda), July 7
The body of Jaswinder Singh, a follower of Dera Sacha Sauda, who attempted self-immolation on July 2 and succumbed to his injuries last night in Delhi, was cremated at the local cremation ground amid tight security late this evening.

Rights panel notice to DGP
Bathinda, July 7
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has served a notice on the DGP, Punjab police, asking him to submit his report to it within four weeks into the alleged repression of a Dalit family of Malout in Muktsar district in April.

Fruit processing unit opened
Hoshiarpur, July 7
Fissures between the SAD and the BJP came to the fore on the occasion of the 58th state-level Van Mahotsav organised by the Punjab Forest Department in the home town of the forest minister here today.

Lyricist alleges being tricked by director, singer
Moga, July 7
A Punjabi song writer has alleged that he was hoodwinked by the director of a music company in connivance with a female singer and her father by releasing the audio cassette in another name from a private music company.

KAC for unconditional apology
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 7
Convener of the Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) Bhai Mohkam Singh said here today that the dera row could not be resolved till the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda tendered an unconditional apology to Akal Takht. Speaking to mediapersons at Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib, Bhai Mohkam Singh, accompanied by SGPC member Karnail Singh Panjoli, said SGPC chief Avtar Singh should join the committee. — TNS


PPSC scam
8.3 cr counted in court
Ropar, July 7
A sum of Rs 83,040,450, recovered from former chairperson of Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Ravi Sidhu, was counted in the court of Ropar special judge G.S. Saran today.


Scent of money lands cops in jail
Rampura (Bathinda), July 7
Lust for possessing ill-gotten money has landed two Punjab police officials, assistant sub-inspector Baldev Singh and head constable Kuldeep Singh, of Chauke police post in the district, into jail.


IET Bhaddal student succumbs to injuries
Ropar, July 7
Ankit Chopra, a final-year student of electrical engineering at the IET, Bhaddal, who had received injuries during an attack by students from the same institute on June 20, succumbed to his injuries at a private hospital in Mohali today.


NRIs fuel business of used cars in Malwa
Moga, July 7
Malwa area’s NRIs are behind the success of used car market organised every Sunday in this agriculture dependent town.On Sundays one finds cars of different makes parked under tents on either side of the Moga-Ludhiana road. Educated unemployed youths with little investment have taken to this business in a big way.
NRIs on returning home prefer to have a vehicle for easy mobility here and sell it before their return.


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