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Punjab CM Amarinder Singh asks farmers not to worry about farm loans

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Chandigarh, June 29 :  Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday asked the farmers not to worry about farm loans.

Addressing a meeting of various organisations of farmer here, the Chief Minister assured them that his government would engage with them in a continuous dialogue to resolve the crises.

He said the government was committed to waiving off the loans of the farmers, “even though the state’s debt burden had turned out to be much higher than anticipated”.

Amarinder asserted that his government would fulfill each of the 49-point agenda for farmers in the Congress poll manifesto to make agriculture profitable.

The meeting was informed that the process of loan waiver as announced in the budget would start within two months.

With all the organisations urging the state government to push the central government into implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report without further delay, Amarinder assured them that this was high on his agenda and he would do everything in his power to alleviate the sufferings of the farmers.

He said that the Punjab government would continue to pressurise the Centre for implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission.

“A cabinet sub-committee had already been formed to speak to the arthiyas to resolve the issue of non-institutional loans,” Amarinder told the farmers while responding to concerns expressed on this count.

The Punjab government made a budget allocation of only Rs 1,500 crore for this year (2017-18) against a loan of nearly Rs 90,000 crore outstanding against debt-ridden Punjab farmers.

The opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Shiromani Akali Dal have condemned the Amarinder Singh government for not fulfilling the complete loan waiver promise.

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Uttar Pradesh: Girls gets weapon training as a part of self defense

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Aligarh, June 18: Girls from different parts of the country are participating in weapon training as a part of self-defense in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh.

The training in camp includes weapons, physical, mental and intellectual training, news agency ANI reported.

The 18-day-long camp is organised by Rashtra Sevika Samiti at Saraswati Vidya Mandir Sr. Sec. School.

Earlier, it was reported that Bajrang Dal the youth wing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad is providing arms training to its cadre in Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh district in a bid to fight against alleged ‘anti-nationals and love jihadist’.

The camp was organised from May 3 to May 11, where the selected members from 32 districts were given the training to use rifles, swords, and lathis to ‘tackle anti-national, love jihad elements.’

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7 killed as SUV rams into truck in Punjab

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Chandigarh, June 18: At least seven people were killed on Monday when the sports utility vehicle (SUV) they were travelling in rammed into a truck near Punjab’s Amritsar city, news agency IANS quoted police official as saying.

The victims included one child and three women; the report said.

Eight passengers in the SUV were returning to Delhi after a pilgrimage trip from Himachal Pradesh and the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

The accident took place near Khalchian village on the National Highway connecting Amritsar and Delhi.

The police added that a three-year-old child survived but was hospitalised in Amritsar with serious injuries.

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Delhi: Firing in Burari, 3 Killed

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New Delhi, June 18: Three people, including a woman, were killed and five others were injured in a shootout in gang war here on Monday, police said.

A police official said the incident took place in north Delhi’s Burari area as a result of a showdown between two groups led by Gogi and Tillu.

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