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Debt-ridden Punjab all set for Rs 100-crore binge on luxury cars

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Chandigarh, Nov 13 : At a time when the debt-ridden Punjab government is unable to pay salaries and pensions to its serving and former employees, or allocate funds for subsidies and social welfare schemes on time, it is all set for a nearly Rs 100 crore luxury ride.

The Congress government in the state led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, which harped a lot last year on shunning VIP culture and wasteful expenditure after it came to power, is all set to splurge on buying 434 new luxury cars for the Chief Minister, ministers, legislators, top officers and a few other functionaries.

Sources in the government told IANS that the Finance Department, which had been objecting even to the practice of serving tea in government offices to cut down on expenses, has approved the purchase of the luxury cars.

The Punjab government is said to be under an ever-mounting debt of over Rs 2 lakh crore.

Amarinder Singh, who is otherwise well-known for flying in the state government helicopter and aircraft within the state and to New Delhi and other places, will get 16 brand new bullet proof Toyota Land Cruiser luxury SUVs in his fleet.

The Chief Minister enjoys Z-plus category security cover.

“Each of these vehicles will cost over Rs 1.70 crore with the bullet-proofing and other works inside,” a senior officer told IANS.

The new purchases are being justified in official files by pointing out that the earlier vehicles have outlived their utility or have run the maximum permissible mileage under state government rules.

The security vehicles in the Chief Minister’s fleet will also be replaced with SUVs and multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) like the Toyota Crysta.

The 17 cabinet ministers will get Toyota Fortuners.

Nearly 100 Toyota Crysta MPVs are being bought for the legislators in the 117-member assembly (the remaining legislators are ministers and government functionaries and are entitled to better vehicles). These include over 30 opposition legislators too. Each MPV is priced between Rs 20-24 lakh.

Five vehicles of the Punjab Raj Bhawan (Governor’s House) are also being replaced.

Punjab’s Advocate General and the state Chief Secretary will also get better comfort with the government approving the purchase of the new Toyota Fortuner SUVs for them. These vehicles cost around Rs 35 lakh each.

Other top bureaucrats and officers in the government will also get 29 new Toyota Crysta MPVs.

Several other cars are planned to be bought for senior and middle-level officers of the Punjab government. These include Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Dezire and Ertiga vehicles.

But not everyone is happy about the list of officers and functionaries prepared by the Punjab transport department who will get the new vehicles.

“The cars of several departments, commissions and other state government undertakings have outlived their utility in recent years. There is no sign of replacing them as the state government does not have money. Many field officers, who have to make genuine trips across Punjab, too are not getting vehicles,” one officer pointed out.

For the chosen ones, in the days to come, the ride is all set to get more luxurious and comfortable.

(Jaideep Sarin can be contacted at [email protected])

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After Singhu and Tikri borders, Chilla border closed as well

While the Tikri border, Jharoda Border, Jhatikra Border are closed for any traffic movement, the Badusarai Border is open only for two wheeler traffic.

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New Delhi, Dec 1: The Delhi Police on Tuesday closed the Chilla border connecting Delhi to the UP link road towards Noida due to the farmers’ protest.

The Singhu and Tikri borders are already closed by Delhi Traffic police for any vehicular movement which has caused traffic diversions at various points in the national capital region as the farmers agitation entered its sixth day.

The Delhi Traffic Police after closing the Chilla border advised motorists to take alternative routes towards Noida after taking a U-turn from under the Ghazipur, Akshardham flyover and also from Sarai Kale Khan.

While the Tikri border, Jharoda Border, Jhatikra Border are closed for any traffic movement, the Badusarai Border is open only for two wheeler traffic.

“Available Open Borders to Haryana are Dhansa, Daurala, Kapashera, Rajokri NH-8,Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera,” said a senior Traffic police officer.

“Singhu Border is still closed from both sides. Please take alternative route.Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba Chowk and GTK road. Traffic is very very heavy. Please avoid outer ring road from Signature Bridge to Rohini and vice versa, GTK road, NH 44 and Singhu border,” the Delhi Traffic Police Twitter handle tweeted.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday headed the government side in the much-awaited talks with over 30 farmer unions on the sixth day of the ongoing farmers’ protest.

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Mentally challenged minor raped in Uttar Pradesh

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Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh), Dec 1 : A 13-year-old mentally challenged girl was allegedly raped by a man in a village under the Sungarhi police circle.


The accused, who is a family friend, took the girl away on the pretext of buying toffees and raped her.

The crime was committed on November 27, but the girl’s family avoided lodging a complaint, fearing loss of family reputation.

An FIR was finally lodged by the victim’s family on Sunday evening and the girl was sent for medical examination on Monday to the district hospital.

SHO Atar Singh said that the accused has been booked under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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Dibrugarh University BEd CET 2020 result likely to be released on December 7, Check here

Dibrugarh University BEd CET 2020 result likely to be released on December 7, Check here

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Dibrugarh University BEd CET 2020 result release date has been out and now, the Dibrugarh University BEd CET Result is likely to be announced by December 7, 2020, as per the official notice. Candidates who have taken the exam can check their Dibrugarh University BEd CET 2020 at the official website of the varsity– dibru.ac.in.

Dibrugarh BEd CET: Exam dates

Initially, the Dibrugarh BEd CET result was slated to be released on November 30, 2020. The exam was conducted on November 24, 2020, for admission to the BEd course in the varsity. DUPGET 2020 results have been declared.

The official notice reads, “Due to unavoidable circumstances, the result of BEd CET held on November 24, 2020, scheduled to be declared on November 30, 2020, shall be declared on or before December 7, 2020.”https://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads?guci=2.2.0.0.2.2.0.0&client=ca-pub-6039423691284147&output=html&h=170&slotname=9588982469&adk=1439586165&adf=279087228&pi=t.ma~as.9588982469&w=680&fwrn=4&lmt=1606817151&rafmt=11&psa=0&format=680×170&url=https%3A%2F%2Fnewsd.in%2Fdibrugarh-university-bed-cet-2020-result-likely-to-be-released-on-december-7-check-here%2F&flash=0&wgl=1&tt_state=W3siaXNzdWVyT3JpZ2luIjoiaHR0cHM6Ly9hZHNlcnZpY2UuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbSIsInN0YXRlIjowfSx7Imlzc3Vlck9yaWdpbiI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXR0ZXN0YXRpb24uYW5kcm9pZC5jb20iLCJzdGF0ZSI6MH1d&dt=1606816629941&bpp=2&bdt=84323&idt=94991&shv=r20201112&cbv=r20190131&ptt=9&saldr=aa&abxe=1&cookie=ID%3Dda0ed9f6fa4b0d60-227e4bd0f7c4000a%3AT%3D1606815454%3ART%3D1606815454%3AS%3DALNI_MYIA0ftpKfjQaDi461IO7N_D2I8Ag&prev_fmts=0x0%2C728x90%2C305x250%2C160x600&nras=1&correlator=6107752515759&frm=20&pv=1&ga_vid=1156099266.1606814944&ga_sid=1606814944&ga_hid=472033039&ga_fc=1&iag=0&icsg=8933580908784&dssz=48&mdo=0&mso=0&rplot=4&u_tz=330&u_his=8&u_java=0&u_h=768&u_w=1366&u_ah=728&u_aw=1366&u_cd=24&u_nplug=3&u_nmime=4&adx=241&ady=1631&biw=1349&bih=577&scr_x=0&scr_y=0&eid=21067493&oid=3&pvsid=2256060905428732&pem=590&wsm=1&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fnewsd.in%2Fsangwan-withdraws-support-to-haryana-govt-over-farmers-protest%2F&rx=0&eae=0&fc=1920&brdim=0%2C0%2C0%2C0%2C1366%2C0%2C1366%2C728%2C1366%2C577&vis=1&rsz=%7C%7CpeEbr%7C&abl=CS&pfx=0&fu=8320&bc=31&ifi=3&uci=a!3&btvi=2&fsb=1&xpc=TZIazvvFmI&p=https%3A//newsd.in&dtd=M

The Dibrugarh University Post Graduate Entrance Test, DUPGET 2020 result has been announced that were conducted on November 17 and 18. Candidates can check their DUPGET 2020 result from the official website.

About Dibrugarh BEd CET exam:

The exam was held for candidates seeking admission to various postgraduate courses in the university. According to the official notice, the scores for DUPGET 2020 are valid only for admission to 2020-21 session only.

Those who have taken the exam may check the results online at dibru.ac.in. On the new window, key in the roll number and select the programme to check your results.

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