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Budget Allocation
FM pumps in 100 pc energy

Chandigarh, March 17
Conscious of the fact that Punjab cannot achieve much in terms of agriculture and industrial growth in the absence of energy availability, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal has increased the allocation to the energy sector by 100 per cent over the last fiscal.

Budget provides bima yojna to BPL families
Chandigarh, March 17
Fulfilling its social sector responsibility, the budget for the 2008-09 fiscal has provided for the introduction of Janshree Bima Yojana (a government of India scheme) in 2008-09 for providing an insurance cover of Rs 75, 000 for accidental death and Rs 30,000 for natural death through LIC for the below poverty line (BPL) families.

Loan waiver: Include us, small farmers to govt
Chandigarh, March 17
Insisting on their inclusion in the loan waiver scheme, small and marginal farmers who have taken loans from money lenders, blocked a road in Sector 17 here today for over an hour even as the Punjab government presented the budget in the Assembly.

Farmers’ protest in Chandigarh
Ice-candy men: Farmers’ protest in Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Manoj Mahajan



Sarabjit: Residents express solidarity
Bhikhiwind, March 17
Residents of this border town to express solidarity with family members of Sarabjit Singh, on death row in Pakistan, organised a dharna here today. BJP leaders Sadanand Chopra and Raj Kumar Sharma and SAD leader Arjan Dal Kalsi urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convince Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to show magnanimity and benevolence towards Sarabjit, as he had shown in the case of Kashmir Singh.

PM urged to intervene
Appeals pending

Sukhpreet Kaur holds a photograph of her husband Sarabjit Singh at their residence in Bhikhiwind village on Monday.—AFP

Sukhpreet Kaur holds a photograph of her husband Sarabjit Singh at their residence in Bhikhiwind village

Kidney Trade Still Thriving
PO’s interrogation leads to arrest of 6
Amritsar, March 17
The chance arrest of a proclaimed offender (PO) and his subsequent interrogation in an NPSA case today led to the arrest of five persons, including middlemen, which established beyond doubt that the kidney scam is still thriving in the holy city. Much before Gurgaon, Amritsar was the hub of kidney racket, which flourished with the connivance of doctors and officials.

Economic Survey of Punjab
Slowdown in agriculture, manufacturing
Chandigarh, March 17
The economic survey of Punjab reveals a slowdown not just in agriculture, but also in the manufacturing sector. Though there is an increase in gross state domestic product (GSDP) and per capita income, agriculture production and power generation has shown a negligible increase.

State Concerns
Rising debt, expenditure on police
Chandigarh, March 17
What should cause a major worry for the SAD-BJP government in Punjab is the mounting debt and shooting expenditure on the police. As per the budget estimates, the debt by the end of the next fiscal year will touch Rs 57,369 crore that will be 278.49 per cent of the revenue receipts and more than 50 per cent of the total gross state domestic product of the state.


Another ’84 victim points finger at Sajjan
Mohali, March 17
Another victim of the 1984 riots in Delhi has spoken up for the first time and accused Congress leader Sajjan Kumar of instigating mobs to attack gurdwaras and Sikhs in Delhi. Harvinder Singh Kohli of Dera Bassi said at a press conference here today that he wanted to become an eyewitness in the case and demanded action against Sajjan Kumar.

Traffic blocked to seek Parveen’s release
Patiala, March 17
Supporters of Parveen Kaur, a resident of the Mata Gujri Sahara Trust Hostel, who was arrested by the Haryana police allegedly for being a human bomb to kill Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, here today blocked traffic for several hours on the Sheranwala Gate Chowk.

Integrated checkpost
Notices to land owners
Amritsar, March 17
The government has issued notices to farmers and land owners, both within the fence area and outside on the border with Pakistan, for setting up a modern integrated checkpost at Attari to facilitate trade with Pakistan.

Protest over water crisis
Sangrur, March 17
Some areas, including Piran Wala Gate, Purani Kachehari and Kalidas Basti, of Sunam town, 13 km from here, have been facing serious drinking water crisis for the past two to three days.


Moga Sex Scam
Verdict reserved on anticipatory bail plea of Tota Singh’s son
Chandigarh, March 17
Justice Mahesh Grover of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today reserved the verdict on anticipatory bail petition filed by Barjinder Singh, son of Punjab’s former minister and senior Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) leader Tota Singh, in Moga sex scam.

Installation of Electricity Poles
Residents can’t object, says HC
Chandigarh, March 17
The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in a vital judgement, has differentiated between nuisance and inconvenience. It has also made it clear that inconvenience necessarily does not warrant court’s interference.

Liquor Vend Allotment
‘Rules bent to favour Chadha group’
Chandigarh, March 17
In a petition filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, four liquor contractors have alleged that liquor vend allotment rules were bent in Ropar district to favour the Chadha group.


Driver killed, 17 students hurt in mishap
Amritsar, March 17
As many as 17 students of Mohali-based Nursing College were injured while the driver of the bus in which they were travelling was killed in a head-on collision with a Punjab Roadways bus near Khalchian today.


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