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Posted at: Feb 12, 2019, 6:57 AM; last updated: Feb 12, 2019, 7:49 AM (IST)BRIEFLY

Farmer commits suicide

Farmer commits suicide

FEROZEPUR: Succumbing to financial crisis, a farmer belonging to this border area committed suicide by consuming poison. The deceased has been identified as Karamjit Singh (46) of Mehma village, 15 km from the district headquarters. As per information, Karamjit was under stress due to the staggering debt. Sources said he owned 2-3 acres of agriculture land while he owed Rs 20-22 lakh to commission agents and banks, which he was unable to repay. They said recently he sold a chunk of his land to pay the debt, but his situation did not improve, forcing him to take the extreme step. Rs 50-lakh relief has been sought for the kin. OC

MoU for biofuel project

Chandigarh: Giving a fillip to its efforts to check stubble-burning and boost the renewable energy sector, the state on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Virgo Corporation for a Rs 630-crore biofuel project. The technology will be provided by the US giant Honeywell. Virgo will use the technology to extract bio jet fuel from rice husk to set up a rapid thermal processing plant, which will provide over 150 direct and 500 indirect jobs. The project will pave the way for potential future collaborations in terms of investments, technology transfer etc between Punjab and the US, an official spokesperson said. TNS

Double farm aid: MP

New Delhi: Akali Dal Member of Parliament Prem Singh Chandumajra, speaking on the Budget discussion in the Lok Sabha, on Monday said financial aid to farmers should be doubled from the promised Rs 6,000 per annum to Rs 12,000 per annum and separately, the states should be asked to give matching grants. Chandumajra, MP from Anandpur Sahib, said GST on farm implements should be done away with. He asked for extension of hill-state benefits like taxation to lower hills (called kandi area) of Punjab. Chandumajra further suggested that the use of rainwater harvesting and storage has to be increased. TNS

Labourer dupedof Rs 10,000

Kharar: A man living near Jhungian village lost Rs 10,000 to a fraudster. He had received a call from an unknown person, who informed him that he had won an online lottery worth Rs 25 lakh.Ravinder Pondi, a labourer belonging to Bihar, said he had received the call around 9 am on February 8. The caller, who identified himself as Rana, told him that he had won the online lottery and the amount would be deposited in his bank, for which he sought Rs 10,000 to be deposited in a bank account of Kolkata with his IFSC number. TNS

Drive to check drug menace launched

Fatehgarh Sahib: To check the drug menace, the district administration launched a drive. NGOs, religious and social organisations besides Buddy Groups have been roped in for it. To create awareness on the issue among students, 17,894 Buddy Groups have been formed in schools, colleges and universities of the district. This was stated by Shivdular Singh Dhillon, Deputy Commissioner, while talking to mediapersons after an interaction with Buddy Groups. OC

Man arrested with 10,000 tablets 

Sangrur: The Lehra police confiscated  10,000 habit-forming tables and arrested a person on Sunday night. “We arrested Hardeep Singh from Jakhal road and confiscated 10,000 habit-forming tablets from him. We have registered a case against him and are conducting further investigations to zero in on the source,” said ASI Amarjeet Kaur. TNS

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