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We inherited a Rs 2.08 lakh crore debt: Amarinder

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Chandigarh, June 19 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Monday that his government had inherited a debt burden of over Rs 2.08 lakh crore from the decade-long rule of the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP rule in the state.

“My government had inherited a shocking Rs. 2,08,051.96 crore debt, as per the White Paper tabled in the House, and the crisis was worse than anyone had anticipated or imagine,” he told the Punjab assembly.

Earlier, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal tabled a ‘White Paper’ in the house giving details of the finances and total debt of Punjab.

Amarinder said that despite the state’s poor financial condition, he had announced the waiver of loans for small and marginal farmers to take forward several of his pre-poll promises to the people.

Based on the interim report of an experts group under economist Dr. T Haque, the Chief Minister on Monday announced waiver of crop loans Afor small, marginal farmers up to 5 acres, with Rs 2 lakh relief for other marginal farmers, irrespective of their loan amount.

He also announced hike in ex-gratia for families of the farmers who suicide families to Rs. 5 lakh from the existing Rs 3 lakh. While announcing continuation of free power subsidy for farmers, he appealed to the big farmers to give up the same voluntarily and immediately announced that he was doing so for his own farms.

Coming down heavily on the erstwhile Akali Dal government for “the total mess it had left the state in”, the Chief Minister said: “The ‘White Paper’ clearly brings out the financial mis-management, imprudence and bankruptcy of thoughts and skills of the previous regime, and shows that the Congress government has inherited an empty treasury.

“The fiscal deficit of the State as on March 31, 2017 stood at Rs. 26,801 crore, which is likely to increase after actual figures of 2016-17 are available.”

Amarinder also announced a new Lok Pal bill, which would bring the Chief Minister, ministers and all bureaucrats in its ambit.

Even as the Akali Dal legislators walked out, Amarinder lashed out at the opposition “for raising unfounded issues out of restlessness”.

He demanded that the the opposition leaders y should come clean with the names of those involved in sand mine auctions during their regime.

Amarinder reiterated his government’s stand on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal, saying they would not allow the canal to be constructed at any cost as the state had no surplus water to share with others.

Citing facts and figures to show the success of the government’s war on drugs, the Chief Minister appealed to the opposition to join hands in the effort. He warned all those involved in drugs to quit or face stringent action.

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BJP MLA’s brother booked for abusing J&K CM in rally

“A video had gone viral on social networking sites in which Rajinder Choudhary alias Bubby is heard hurling choicest invective against Mufti,” sources said.

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Jammu, May 21 : Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday registered a case against the brother of BJP MLA and former minister Choudhary Lal Singh for allegedly abusing Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti during ‘Dogra Swabhiman’ rally organised on May 20 in Kathua district.

“A video had gone viral on social networking sites in which Rajinder Choudhary alias Bubby is heard hurling choicest invective against Mufti,” sources said.

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Mercury soars to 48 degrees in Maharashtra; rush at hill, sea resorts

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Mumbai, May 21: With the mercury rising above 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of Maharashtra and even 48 degrees at one place on Monday, people took for the cooler climes of hill stations or sea resorts to escape the heat.

Temperatures touched 48 degrees in Chandrapur, which became the hottest in the state, while many parts of Vidarbha like Gadchiroli was 47 degrees, Nagpur and Wardha were at 46 degrees, and Akola, Yavatmal and Amravati were 45 degrees.

Several other districts in Marathwada like Parbhani notched 45 degrees and Aurangabad, Nanded and Osmanabad recorded 42 degrees and many other parts of north and west Maharashtra, were in the 40-plus degrees range, according to India Meteorological Department data.

Mumbai and adjoining coastal belt districts were a sweltering 34-36 degrees with the high humidity making life miserable for the people.

Skymet Weather has attributed the high temperatures in most parts of the state due to the prevalence of dry and hot northwesterly winds sweeping over the region from the hotter areas of Sindh and Baluchistan.

However, it expects a brief respite from hot weather conditions in Vidarbha which are likely to be hit by rains and thundershowers over the next couple of days.

The hot weather had driven people to the cool climes of hill stations or sea resorts across the state with most places recording full bookings as the summer holiday season veers to and end within a fortnight.

According to a Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) official, most popular hill-stations like Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani (Satara), Matheran (Raigad), Jawhar (Palghar), Lonaval-Khandala (Pune), Amboli (Sindhudurg), Bhandardara (Ahmednagar), Chikhaldhara (Amravati), among others have recorded full turnout of tourists spelling boomtime for hoteliers and allied tourism services.

The weekdays are also going full in most places including sea resorts like Dahanu, Thane, Palghar, Alibag, Kihim, Murud-Janjira, Harnai, Ganpatipule and others on the Konkan region where tourists cool out in the Arabian Sea waters.

Meanwhile, according to weather officials, a a low-pressure area has built up over the south-west Arabian Sea with an upper air cyclonic circulation extending upto 3.6 kms above the sea-level.

This could concentrate into a depression in the next 48 hours with the likelihood of intensifying into a cyclonic moving towards west-north-west and towards northern Africa over the next three days.

Accordingly, warnings have been issued to fishermen against venturing out in the high seas over the next couple of days.

With the mercury rising above 40 degrees Celsius in many parts of Maharashtra and even 48 degrees at one place on Monday, people took for the cooler climes of hill stations or sea resorts to escape the heat.

Temperatures touched 48 degrees in Chandrapur, which became the hottest in the state, while many parts of Vidarbha like Gadchiroli was 47 degrees, Nagpur and Wardha were at 46 degrees, and Akola, Yavatmal and Amravati were 45 degrees.

Several other districts in Marathwada like Parbhani notched 45 degrees and Aurangabad, Nanded and Osmanabad recorded 42 degrees and many other parts of north and west Maharashtra, were in the 40-plus degrees range, according to India Meteorological Department data.

Mumbai and adjoining coastal belt districts were a sweltering 34-36 degrees with the high humidity making life miserable for the people.

Skymet Weather has attributed the high temperatures in most parts of the state due to the prevalence of dry and hot northwesterly winds sweeping over the region from the hotter areas of Sindh and Baluchistan.

However, it expects a brief respite from hot weather conditions in Vidarbha which are likely to be hit by rains and thundershowers over the next couple of days.

The hot weather had driven people to the cool climes of hill stations or sea resorts across the state with most places recording full bookings as the summer holiday season veers to and end within a fortnight.

According to a Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) official, most popular hill-stations like Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani (Satara), Matheran (Raigad), Jawhar (Palghar), Lonaval-Khandala (Pune), Amboli (Sindhudurg), Bhandardara (Ahmednagar), Chikhaldhara (Amravati), among others have recorded full turnout of tourists spelling boomtime for hoteliers and allied tourism services.

The weekdays are also going full in most places including sea resorts like Dahanu, Thane, Palghar, Alibag, Kihim, Murud-Janjira, Harnai, Ganpatipule and others on the Konkan region where tourists cool out in the Arabian Sea waters.

Meanwhile, according to weather officials, a a low-pressure area has built up over the south-west Arabian Sea with an upper air cyclonic circulation extending upto 3.6 kms above the sea-level.

This could concentrate into a depression in the next 48 hours with the likelihood of intensifying into a cyclonic moving towards west-north-west and towards northern Africa over the next three days.

Accordingly, warnings have been issued to fishermen against venturing out in the high seas over the next couple of days.

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.1 hit Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur

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New Delhi, May 21: An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 hit Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur district at 4.21 p.m on Monday, reported news agency ANI.

No casualties have been reported so far.

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