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Farmers to get loan worth Rs 2,500 cr: Minister
Our Correspondent

Amloh, August 2
The SAD-BJP government has purchased power worth Rs 3,000 crore from other states and was providing it for Rs 3.25 per unit to consumers, besides free power supply to the agriculture sector, said Capt Kanwaljit Singh, minister for cooperation, while talking to mediapersons here today.

He held the previous government responsible for the 30 per cent deficit in wheat and paddy production, which had brought about a financial crunch for the current government.

On account of wrong policies of the previous government, Nabard had declared cooperative banks of Patiala, Amritsar, Ropar, Mohali and Taran Tarn defaulters, thus denying loans to farmers.

He said he held a meeting with Nabard chairman and got a relief for the first three districts by getting Rs 550 crores released. The remaining would get relief within 20 days, he added.

Rural development banks would release loans worth Rs 2,500 crore to farmers out of which Rs 2,300 crore had been sanctioned by the Reserve Bank, he added.

On municipal corporation elections, he said the SAD-BJP alliance had launched a common campaign and would win the elections.

Capt Kanwaljit Singh later addressed a function organised by the directors of the Amloh Agriculture Development Bank to celebrate the victory of the SAD in the bank elections.

MP Sukhdev Singh Libra, former MP Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwali, former MLA Balwant Singh Shahpur, SAD working committee member Randhir Singh Bhambri, Karmchari Front state president Karamjit Singh Bhagrana, Youth Akali Dal general secretary Jasjeet Singh Banni and others also spoke.

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From Schools
80 participate in Teej festival
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, August 2
Art and Cultural programme was held in premises of Tiny Tots of Kiddies Paradise school on Thursday. Nearly 80 boys and girls participated in the programme. School management had invited a professional dancer from Rajasthan to train the students. School director, Randhir Singh, appreciated and encouraged the students on this occasion.

Programme

Almost 270 participants contested on the second day of the Talent Hunt programme at KVM here on Thursday. A group folk dance and pure classical in solo was presented here. The efforts of the house masters who had been working the early hours of school and even after school were behind the success of the show which was rated excellent by the Incharge Sonia Verma. The judges Shobha from Master Tara Singh College and Anuradha from Arya College for girls were impressed by the presentations. 

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PSEB topper honoured
Our Correspondent

Doraha, August 2
Hardeep Kaur of Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Doraha, was honoured by the State Bank of Patiala today. She stood third in the Class X examination conducted by Punjab School Education Board. She was given a cash prize of Rs 5,000 and a memento.

Among those who honoured the student were Dinkar, CGM of the bank, A.K. Pasricha, DGM, Balwinder Kumar, ACM, and B.K. Das, branch manager, Doraha branch.

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