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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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Hindu group attacks Christmas carol singers in MP

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Satna (Madhya Pradesh), Dec 15 : Alleging religious conversion, a mob linked to a right-wing Hindu group attacked Catholic carol singers in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district and also set a priest’s car ablaze.

The incident occurred on Thursday evening. Instead of taking action against the attackers, the police detained the Christian singers, a priest said.

Father Rene Verghese told IANS on Friday: “A group of students training to become priests was moving around Satna town, visiting Christian institutions and singing carols.

“Some 15 km from here in Dara Kalan village church they were getting ready for the Christmas celebrations, when a group of people attacked them, accusing them of carrying out religious conversion.”

Verghese said the Hindu group raised slogans and called the Civil Lines police station.

All 32 carollers, accompanied by two priests, who were singing carols were picked up and taken to the police station. Eight priests who later went to the police station to enquire into the matter were also taken into custody, he said.

The agitating mob attacked the Christian students inside the police station, and set fire to the priest’s car parked outside.

Verghese denied any attempt at religious conversion. He said singing carols is a common practice around the time of Christmas. “We were just doing that and preparing for the Christmas celebrations.”

However, City Superintendent of Police D.D. Pande told IANS: “One Dharmendra Dohad has registered a complaint with us that he was paid Rs 5,000 and converted to a Christian.

“He was given a holy dip in a pond and his name was changed to Dharmendra Thomas, the complainant said. They also asked him to pray to Lord Christ,” he said.

A case has been registered against one identified person and five unknown persons in the conversion case, Pande said.

They are also investigating the vandalism carried out by the mob.

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One-way traffic restored on Jammu-Srinagar highway

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Jammu, Dec 15: Authorities allowed only one way-traffic movements on the strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Friday due of bad road conditions, officials said.

“One-way traffic will be allowed on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. Vehicles will be allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu and no vehicle will be allowed to move from the opposite direction,” news agency IANS quoted an official of the traffic department was saying.

“This precaution has been taken keeping the safety of the commuters in mind,” he added.

Since all essentials of life are connected to the landlocked Kashmir Valley through this highway, temporary closures because of snowfall and landslides often result in profiteers and black marketeers hoarding goods to hike prices.

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Delhi Govt reserves 50% beds for Delhiites at GB Pant Hospital

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New Delhi, Dec 15: Half of beds at the Delhi government’s flagship super-specialty G B Pant Hospital will be reserved for the city’s residents in a bid to provide timely and best available treatment to the patients. 

The order was issued by the Delhi government ‘s Health and Family Welfare Department on December 12.

“To provide timely and best available treatment for patients who are resident of Delhi, in GB Pant Hopsital (GIPMER), which is the flagship Super-speciality hospital of GNCTD, it has been decided that 50% of the total beds shall be reserved for the patients, particularly residents of Delhi”, the order said.

To avail this facility, patient should have been referred by another Delhi government hospital and admission should be required for only special treatment or for planned surgeries.

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