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Punjab lost Rs 2,500 cr advertising revenue under Akali rule: Sidhu

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Chandigarh, Aug 12 Continuing his campaign to expose the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP rule in the state, Punjab Local Bodies and Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu alleged on Saturday that Punjab suffered a loss of Rs 2,500 crore in advertising revenue during the 10-year Akali Dal rule.

Comparing the advertising revenue of Punjab with neighbouring Haryana, Sidhu pointed out that while Haryana, which had only 80 towns and cities, earned an annual revenue of Rs 150 crore, while Punjab, with 164 towns and cities, generated a total revenue of a mere Rs 25 crore.

He said that of this Rs 25 crore, Mohali and Zirakpur towns, adjoining Chandigarh, generated advertising revenue of Rs 11 and Rs 2.5 crore respectively.

“We are bringing a new law. It will take 2-3 months (to make). The revenue from advertising will jump from Rs 25 crore to Rs 300 crore annually,” Sidhu claimed.

He said that if the loss of the previous 10 years of Akali Dal-BJP rule (2007-2017) was calculated at Rs 250 crore annually, the loss suffered by Punjab comes to Rs 2,500 crore.

He said that the Punjab government will soon come with a law to establish an advertisement directorate this year.

Sidhu said that the entire amount should have gone to the Road Safety Fund, but not a single penny was contributed.

He gave instances of some advertising companies, having links to ministers in the Akali government, cornering lucrative contracts at the cost of the state exchequer.

The minister had earlier alleged that a cable TV company Fastway, had evaded taxes of over Rs 2,000 crore during the Akali Dal-BJP rule.

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DMK protests against Tamil Nadu Governor, Stalin detained

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Chennai, June 23: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Saturday staged a protest against Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

During agitation DMK working President MK Stalin was detained by the state police.

He told media “Protest is against Guv’s interference in federal structure”.

On Thursday, around 192 DMK cadres were detained in Trichy while they were holding a black-flag protest against Governor.

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Lalu Yadav’s provisional bail extended till July 3

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Ranchi, June 22: The Ranchi Court on Friday extended a provisional bail of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav till 3rd July.

Besides this, the court fixed June 29 to hear the plea of extending the bail period.

Earlier in the month, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Chief returned to Patna from Mumbai, where was undergoing treatment for his heart-related problem.

However, he was brought to Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai on Tuesday, following chest pain and low hemoglobin count.

On a related note, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi awarded 37 accused to jail terms between three to 14 years in April, in connection with the aforementioned case.

Among the 37 people, public servant O. P. Diwakar was sentenced to imprisonment of 14 years and a fine of Rs 2 crore; while 15 other public servants were given seven years imprisonment and a fine of Rs1 crore each.

The case was filed by the probe agency on April 15, 1996, in compliance with the orders of the Patna High Court.

It involves fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 34.91 crore from the treasury of Bihar’s Dumka between 1991 and 1996.

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Kejriwal attacks Modi, Says How can PM deny time to elected CM

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New Delhi, June 22: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for denying time to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and termed it “unprecedented high-handedness”.

Kejriwal raised the issue while referring to a media report on Twitter which claimed that the Prime Minister’s Office has refused an appointment to the Kerala Chief Minister for the fourth time in a row.

“How can duly elected Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan be denied time by the Prime Minister. They wanted to discuss important issue of ration concerning poor people. The Prime Minister refusing to meet a Chief Minister for four times in a row! Unprecedented high-handedness. Whither federalism?” Kejriwal tweeted.

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