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Centre must return more taxes to states: Manpreet
Chandigarh, September 30
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal has strongly pleaded his case before the 13th Finance Commission set up to look into the issue of sharing of taxes between the Union and the states.

‘UPA has been good to Punjab’
Manpreet Singh Badal Chandigarh, September 30
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal may be crying hoarse against discrimination by the Centre, but his nephew and state finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal says “to be honest, we have no problem with the Union government”.

Manpreet Singh Badal

Trust Scam
VB raids houses of Jagjit Singh, Sharma
Amritsar, September 30
Vigilance Bureau’s special investigation team (SIT) today conducted a series of raids on the residences or prospective hideouts of Jugal Kishor Sharma, former chairman of the Improvement Trust, Amritsar, Chaudhary Jagjit

Chaudhary Jagjit Singh
Chaudhary Jagjit Singh

Jugal Kishor Sharma
Jugal Kishor Sharma

Singh, former local government minister, and those involved in the scam involving exemption to 32 acres from acquisition for a trust scheme during the Congress regime.



Journalists’ Insurance Scheme
State govt to contribute 50 pc premium
Chandigarh, September 30
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal today announced that the state government would contribute 50 per cent of the premium required to provide a comprehensive health insurance cover to journalist members of the Chandigarh Press Club. The benefit would also be extended to the families of the members.


No unbundling of PSEB yet: Badal
Patiala, September 30
In what comes as a relief to thousands of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) employees, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has finally declared that the state government will not resort to unbundling of the PSEB without taking the board engineers into confidence.

Pvt traders looting us, say cotton farmers
Bathinda, September 30
Cotton farmers have pinned hopes on getting remunerative price for their produce from tomorrow when the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI), that has announced an MSP of Rs 2,800 per quintal, is expected to enter the market. Initially, the CCI was supposed to come on the scene on October 1, but latest reports indicated that its officers were having second thoughts.
A farmer with his cotton produce in Bathinda on Tuesday.
A farmer with his cotton produce in Bathinda on Tuesday. — Tribune photo by Kulbir Beera

Row over subsidy payment to mill
Amritsar, September 30
Director, industries, V.K. Janjua has placed Gurdev Singh Mahal, block-level extension officer, posted at District Industries Centre, Amritsar, for allegedly demanding bribe from owners of RC Paper Mill (now Khanna Paper Mill) for handing over a draft of Rs 30 lakh, meant for subsidy.

Gurdaspur rice mill owners go on strike
Gurdaspur, September 30
Rice mill owners of this district today went on a strike in protest against the alleged faulty milling policy of the state government and the declaration of 80 per cent rice mills as defaulter.

Pak co. makes film on gurdwara trees
Amritsar, September 30
This will probably be a unique project of producing a documentary on trees of religious and cultural importance situated in various gurdwaras and other religious shrines across the two sides of the Indo-Pak border. Pakistan-based Serendip Productions (Pvt) Limited, which had earlier produced a number of documentaries, including one on the earthquake that took thousands of lives across Pakistan and PoK, has decided to take up this task which will be based on the upcoming book written by D.S. Jaspal, secretary, Public Relations, Punjab. Dr Farooq Beg from the UK will direct the documentary.
A Pakistan team shoots for documentary “Tryst with Trees” on the Golden Temple premises in Amritsar.
A Pakistan team shoots for documentary “Tryst with Trees” on the Golden Temple premises in Amritsar. — A Tribune photograph

Protection Act
Docs thank CM
Patiala, September 30
The Patiala Allopathic Practioners Association (PAPA) has expressed happiness over Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s concern for protection of private doctors and clinics owned by them.



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