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Punjab news digest: Chandigarh bans loud crackers; industrial power tariff at Rs 5 per unit; and more

Been away? Need the news in one go? Here’s a wrap-up of top stories from Punjab for October 16

punjab Updated: Oct 16, 2017 21:39 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Diwali,cracker ban,Chandigarh news

After restricted timings for bursting crackers, Chandigarh bans loud crackers

Following the Punjab and Haryana high court’s restrictions on bursting of crackers ahead of Diwali, the UT administration on Sunday banned manufacture, sale and use of noisy crackers. District magistrate Ajit Balaji Joshi issued the orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which empowers him to take pre-emptive measures in urgent cases of apprehended danger. These will remain in effect till October 26. Read full story here

Punjab industry to get power at Rs 5 a unit; cabinet also okays one-time settlement of loans

The council of ministers in Punjab on Monday approved the New Industrial and Business Development Policy 2017, paving way for fixing of industrial power tariff at Rs 5 per unit and a one-time settlement of industrial loans. The tariff at present is up to Rs 8 per unit. The creation of a Rs 100 crore fund to promote start-up culture, establishment of a skills university and industry-specific skill development centres, are other highlights of this policy. Read full story here

Punjab to use development fees levied on farm produce to fund crop loan waiver

Having failed so far to make any headway in getting the state’s borrowing limit increased from the Centre to fund a promised loan waiver to farmers, Punjab’s Congress government on Monday turned towards its own resources and decided to use rural development fund and market fee charged on sale of agriculture produce towards funding the crop loan waiver. Read full story here

Congress wins Gurdaspur now, but will Jakhar-Bajwa turf war see replay in 2019?

Sometimes not having what you want is a stroke of luck. The saying seems to have come true for Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar who was last year vying for a Rajya Sabha nomination after being removed as the leader of opposition in the state assembly. Jakhar and then Congress state chief Partap Bajwa had both lost the 2014 parliamentary elections from their home turfs, Ferozepur and Gurdaspur, respectively, while Captain Amarinder Singh defeated BJP’s Arun Jaitley from Amritsar. Read full story here

Punjab cabinet approves entertainment tax on DTH, cable connections

The Punjab cabinet on Monday approved the levy of “nominal” entertainment tax by urban and rural local bodies on direct-to-home (DTH) and local cable connections. The Punjab government proposes to bring ‘The Punjab Entertainments and Amusements Taxes (Levy and Collection by Local Bodies) Bill, 2017’ on the issue in the next state assembly session. The bill, once passed, will facilitate levy of a nominal entertainment tax of Rs 5 per DTH and Rs 2 per local cable connection per month, a government spokesperson said. Read full story here

Punjab police launch foot patrolling in all districts

In a bid to check criminal activities in the state, Punjab police on Monday launched an initiative whereby police personnel will patrol designated areas on foot to keep a watch on anti-social elements. According to a senior police official, the aim of this initiative is to reduce incidence of crime by increasing the presence of police in vulnerable locations. Read full story here