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Paswan assures Capt on review of Rs 31,000-cr debtChief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh meets Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan in New Delhi on Tuesday. Tribune photo

Paswan assures Capt on review of Rs 31,000-cr debt

Food Minister promises to plead case with Finance Ministry23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

NEW DELHI: Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today assured Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh that he would make a recommendation to the Finance Ministry about reviewing the state’s debt burden of Rs 31,000 crore, incurred on the purchase of foodgrains for the Central pool.

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Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 22

Union Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today assured Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh that he would make a recommendation to the Finance Ministry about reviewing the state’s debt burden of Rs 31,000 crore, incurred on the purchase of foodgrains for the Central pool. During a meeting with Paswan here, the CM sought the Centre’s help to settle the debt burden by examining the matter afresh.

Paswan said: “There was confusion over the findings of the Jha Committee, which was set up by the Centre in April 2016 to examine the state’s claims of Rs 20,000-crore foodgrain dues.”

PK Jha, Additional Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, had headed the committee comprising officials from the Food Corporation of India (FCI), Finance Ministry, and the state government.

The Punjab and Central governments had not been on the same page over the expenses incurred on the transportation of grains, labour and packaging. This had resulted in delayed payments by the Centre.

During the meeting, Capt Amarinder said the failure to resolve the issue ahead of the procurement season had compelled the state government to convert about Rs 29,920 crore (as on March 31 this year) into a “clean term loan”. Consequently, the state was burdened with an annual debt-servicing liability of Rs 3,240 crore for the next 12 years.

He said the Rs 31,000-crore debt, which includes a component of Rs 18,500 crore, had arisen due to a difference in actual cost and provisional/final cost approved by the Centre. A state government functionary said the state wanted rationalisation of the interest amount.

Meanwhile, Paswan agreed to allow higher user charges on account of depreciation of once-used gunny bags for the forthcoming kharif season. He said an order to this effect would be issued next week.

Actress Rakhi Sawant gets bail

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LUDHIANA: A local court granted Bollywood actress Rakhi Sawant bail on Wednesday in a case that pertained to some remarks she allegedly made against Bhagwan Valmiki.

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JALANDHAR:Those not comfortable with the gender they are born with have a legal option of undergoing a sex-change surgery to become who they feel they really are.

Vigilance to seek CM nod for action against two IAS officers

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Vigilance Bureau will seek permission from Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to proceed against two senior IAS officers who allegedly played a major role in illegal allotment of works in the Irrigation Department.

CM flouting foreign travel ‘ban’: Khaira

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Khaira said today that Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh was setting a wrong precedent by undertaking a foreign tour less than six months after assuming office.

Graft: 14 held in 50 days

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Vigilance Bureau, as part of its ongoing drive against corruption, has nabbed 14 officials and two individuals while allegedly accepting bride since July, an official press release said here on Monday.

Raninder’s I-T case adjourned till Oct 4

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

LUDHIANA: Chief Judicial Magistrate Jaapinder Singh today adjourned the hearing in the Income Tax case of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh till October 4.

Ask Centre to give tax holiday: Channi to SAD

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

ROPAR: State Technical Education minister Charanjit Singh Channi has asked Shiormani Akali Dal leaders to put pressure on the Centre to extend the tax holiday to the industry in the state on the pattern of hill states.

Nihang shot by rivals in Barnala, 6 booked

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23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

BARNALA: The deputy chief of the Budha Dal of Baba Surjit Singh faction was shot dead at Kahneke village in the district last night.

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BATHINDA: The district police arrested gangster Gurbax Singh Sewewala after an encounter at Paras Ram Nagar here last night.

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23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

AMRITSAR: Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh today appeared in a local court in connection with the defamation case filed by former Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

AAP to protest against Harsimrat in Delhi

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: State MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), led by Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira will stage a dharna outside the official residence of Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal in Delhi on August 24.

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23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

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DGP tours 8 dists, appeals for calm

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23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

BATHINDA/MOGA: Ahead of a CBI court’s verdict on Friday in a rape case against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, DGP Suresh Arora today appealed to the people to maintain peace.

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23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

BARNALA: After a major rally in the grain market here, seven farmer organisations of Punjab today announced a five-day dharna in front of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s residence in Patiala from September 22 if the state government failed to make announcement on complete debt waiver and in issuing notification for Rs2-lakh waiver.

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23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

GURDASPUR: Tension gripped the historic Gurdwara Ghallughara Sahib after the issue of its control acquired political contours.

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23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to get the incident of shifting of Guru Granth Sahib from the precincts of Gurdwara Gurudongmar in Sikkim to another place inquired.

SC scholarships: Audit to weed out fake claimants

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Congress government has initiated a major exercise to audit the reimbursement of the post-matric scholarship paid to 11 lakh Scheduled Caste (SC) students.

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23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

CHANDIGARH: A team of health officials had a narrow escape when they were attacked by a dog at an illegal drug rehabilitation centre at Alipur village in Mohali district.

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23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

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Daughter of arrested Adarsh schools’ chairman stages dharna, seeks release

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

FARIDKOT: Three days after the police arrested the chairman of three Government Adarsh Schools for allegedly molesting a woman teacher and extorting money from her, his daughter today staged a dharna with school employees in front of the SSP’s office.

Moga college signs MoU with NIPER

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

MOGA: The Indo-Soviet Friendship College of Pharmacy, Moga, has signed an MoU with Mohali-based National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), joining hands for research in development of new drugs and update research students of pharmacy on latest developments in this field.

March of the faithful

March of the faithful

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

The SGPC celebrated Parkash Purab of Guru Granth Sahib at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Tuesday, in accordance with the amended version of the Nanakshahi calendar.

BJP launches Naya Bharat Yatra

BJP launches Naya Bharat Yatra

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

The BJP kickstarted the two-day Naya Bharat Sankalp Yatra from Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar on Tuesday. State party chief Vijay Sampla presided over the event, while Bikram Singh Majithia and other SAD leaders paid tributes at the memorial.

Erring SI sent to Police Lines

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

JALANDHAR: A day after the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMIC) Puneet Mohinia found that a police file submitted by Sub-Inspector Gagandeep Singh, incharge of the bus stand police post, carried 10 blank papers which he had got signed from an accused, he has been sent to the Police Lines.

Farmers stage protest outside MLA’s house

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23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

TARN TARAN: Farmers, under the banner of the Zamhoori Kisan Sabha (ZKS), staged a protest today outside the residence of Congress MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki at Sheikhchak village.

Arhtiyas on strike over suicide case

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

MUKTSAR: Commission agents and pesticide dealers today observed a strike after the police booked their colleague for abetment to suicide of a farmer of Maha Badhar village.

Trader defies truck union, thrashed

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

MUKTSAR: A truck operator, a mechanic and 65-70 unidentified persons today allegedly thrashed the owner of a factory and took away his goods loaded in a canter.

Vet killed in road accident

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

ABOHAR: Sandeep Kumar (24), veterinary surgeon of Chanankhera village, died on the spot when the motorcycle he was riding on collided with a canter on the Abohar-Sriganganagar road on Monday evening.

Moga youth gets 10-year jail for rape

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

MOGA: Additional District and Sessions Judge of Moga Lakhwinder Kaur Duggal today sentenced a 25-year-old youth to 10 years of imprisonment for raping a differently abled minor Dalit girl at Bambiha Bhai village in Moga district.

75 cartons of liquor seized

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

ABOHAR: The police on Monday claimed to have seized 75 cartons of Punjab-made liquor by intercepting a car near the Seetogunno road rail crossing.

Expired pesticides sold as fresh, godown sealed

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

MUKTSAR: A joint team of the Agriculture Department and police conducted a raid at Kisaan Beej Bhandar at Satta Bazaar in Gidderbaha yesterday and sealed its “unauthorised” godown after finding some expired pesticides being sold as fresh by changing their shelf dates.

Trailer crushes girl in grain market

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

BATHINDA: A three-year-old girl was killed and two persons were injured as a truck trailer carrying foodgrain ran over people sleeping in the grain market last night.

Carcasses of two cows, ox found

23 Aug 2017 | 2:03 AM

MUKTSAR: The carcasses of two cows and an ox were found along the railway tracks on the Ballamgarh road here today.

AAP to hold dharna outside Harsimrat Badal's Delhi residence

AAP to hold dharna outside Harsimrat Badal's Delhi residence

22 Aug 2017 | 8:25 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab's main opposition party, the AAP, today threatened to stage a dharna outside Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal's residence in Delhi on August 24 to protest against the Centre's decision of extending "industrial incentives" to the hill states.

Amarinder meets Paswan, urges food procurement debt review

Amarinder meets Paswan, urges food procurement debt review

23 Aug 2017 | 2:11 AM

NEW DELHI: Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday met Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and urged him to review the food procurement debt of the state.

Punjab farmers hold rally, slam govt for ‘going back’ on debt waiver

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22 Aug 2017 | 9:24 PM

BARNALA: Seven farmer organisations of Punjab organised the Karza Mukti Maharally at the grain market here on Tuesday. A large number of farmers participated in the rally.

Punjabi poet Surjit Patar appointed Punjab Arts Council chairman

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22 Aug 2017 | 7:14 PM

LUDHIANA: Celebrated Punjabi poet Surjit Patar was on Tuesday appointed as Chairman of Punjab Arts Council in place of television anchor Satinder Satti.

Ludhiana man arrested with 11 kg of poppy in J&K’s Poonch

Ludhiana man arrested with 11 kg of poppy in J&K’s Poonch

22 Aug 2017 | 12:25 PM

JAMMU: A man has been arrested on charges of drug possession and 11 kg of poppy was seized from his truck in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, the police said on Tuesday.

Nihang shot dead at community centre in Barnala village

Nihang shot dead at community centre in Barnala village

22 Aug 2017 | 11:41 AM

BARNALA: Armed men shot dead a Nihang Sikh while he was sleeping at the community hall at Kahneke village in Barnala district. Tapa DSP AR Sharma reached the spot after getting information about the murder of 60-year-old Bahadur Singh. Singh belonged to the Surjeet Singh group of Nihangs. A group of Nihangs had been camping in the village for the past two days.

Patiala techie made cooker bombs for revenge

Patiala techie made cooker bombs for revenge

22 Aug 2017 | 3:07 PM

PATIALA:More than two months after the probe into the death of young techie Rajatvir Singh Sodhi, who is believed to have shot himself, the Patiala police are ready with a challan to be submitted in a local court any time.

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State gets its first AMRIT pharmacy

22 Aug 2017 | 1:19 AM

Faridkot: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda on Monday inaugurated the state’s first AMRIT Retail Pharmacy at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital here through video-conferencing.

2 youths held for harassing girls

22 Aug 2017 | 1:19 AM

CHANDIGARH:The police have arrested two Punjab youths, who took a lift from two girls at the night food street, for harassment.

Two members of Jaipal gang held

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22 Aug 2017 | 1:19 AM

CHANDIGARH: The UT Police yesterday arrested two members of the Jaipal gang with 304-gm heroin, a .315-bore country-made pistol and a live cartridge.

Satti replaced as Arts Council chief?

22 Aug 2017 | 1:19 AM

Chandigarh: Sidhu is learnt to have initiated the move to replace Satinder Satti as chairperson of the Punjab Arts Council.

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