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Punjab news digest: Cop thrashed for ‘abusing’ woman; Khaira takes dig at Cong, SAD; and fate of farm debt

Been away? Need the news in one go? Here’s a wrap-up from Punjab, the neighbourhood and the diaspora for July 22.

punjab Updated: Jul 22, 2017 21:10 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Punjab news,Hindustan Times,Sukhpal Khaira

Co-passengers thrash drunk cop after he ‘abuses’ woman on Sangrur-Patran bus

Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Didar Singh, posted with Government Railway Police, Sangrur, was beaten up by a co-passenger and others for allegedly misbehaving with a woman on a state-run Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), at Patran on Friday evening. A video of the incident went viral on social media on Saturday, though the Patiala district police said they were waiting for a formal complaint before registering a case. Read more

Chandigarh Housing Board to build 10,000 flats, possession by July 2019

To provide affordable housing in the UT, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) will begin construction of 10,000 flats in October this year. The flats are being built at Maloya, Dhanas and Mauli Jagran under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana — Housing for All (Urban). The UT administration has shortlisted 51,000 people out of 1.23 lakh applicants earlier this year.Of these, 10,000 will get flats in the first phase. The possession is expected to be given by July 2019. Read more

Congress, SAD ‘politicising’ issue of GST on langar, says AAP’s Sukhpal Khaira

The opposition Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday hit out at the Congress-led Punjab government and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) for “politicising” Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposition on ‘langar sewa’, and said such services in all religions should be kept out of the ambit of taxation. It also sought GST exemption for charitable societies like ‘Pingalwara’ (house for destitutes), orphanages and old age homes, while demanding for the formation of Punjab Vidhan Sabha committee to identify such places to push for tax exemption. Read more

Punjab govt can’t take over farm debt, must take loan for it: Bankers’ panel

Saying that the Punjab government could not take over farmer’s outstanding debt, as there was no precedent for this anywhere in the country, the State-Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) has pressed it to settle the waiver issue at the earliest. The bankers, instead, want the state government to raise loans or bonds, of the amount it wanted to waive off the farmers debt. Significantly, the state’s finances are not in pink of health. Read more

Three SGPC employees among 6 held for immoral acts in serai room

Three employees of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) are among six people arrested for hurting religious feelings after they were found in an objectionable position with a woman at a serai room in Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo on Friday night. The accused are Dharminder Singh from Kube in Sangrur, Kuldeep Singh from Talwandi Sabo — both working with the security department in Takht Damdama Sahib; Pal Singh from Budhlada in Mansa employed as helper and Pargat Singh who does ‘Kar Sewa’ with a dera. All four were held in the room with a woman from Bathinda. Read more

Major railway stations in Punjab without escalators

The Ferozepur railway division of Northern Railways has failed to make its railway stations conducive for the physically challenged and elderly. Only Amritsar railway station of the division has two escalators, only one of which is working. The work at other railway stations is still in the pipeline. The division caters to 235 stations falling in Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir and parts of Himachal Pradesh. Read more

Punjab-origin man convicted of using fake identity to obtain US citizenship

An Indian man, who was ordered deported, has been convicted for using fake identity to obtain American citizenship, an acting US attorney has said. Balbir Singh aka Ranjit Singh, 50, faces up to 10 years in federal prison, a maximum $250,000 possible fine, revocation of his citizenship and enforcement of his outstanding deportation order. Read more

Woman burns 4-yr-old granddaughter’s private parts for not being a boy

Upset over not having a baby boy in the family, a woman in her fifties allegedly burnt private parts of her four-year-old granddaughter at Mojukhera village near Ding town in Haryana’s Sirsa district. The victim is the third girl child of her parents. The incident, which took place about 10 days ago, came to light on Friday after the district child protection committee officials received a tip-off about this. Read more

First Published: Jul 22, 2017 21:10 IST