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The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued a notice, on a contempt of court petition, to secretary, Department of Culture, Punjab, for not complying with its order directing the government to declare the first official headquarters of the revolutionary party led by martyr Bhagat Singh as a protected monument in Toori Bazar, Ferozepur.
In his contempt petition, advocate H C Arora submitted that the plea on the subject was earlier disposed of by the high court on January 15 last year when the under secretary of the department concerned filed an affidavit that preliminary notification for declaring the building as protected monument was issued on December 12 last year. Arora submitted that despite the fact that the government did not receive any objection from the public, the department has not issued final notification for declaring the building as a protected monument under Punjab Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains Act, 1964. The case would now come up for hearing on February 26 next.
Sugar mills directed to disburse payment to farmers in 15 days
The High Court on Tuesday directed the six private sugar mills in Punjab to disburse pending payment to sugarcane farmers within 15 days and not to compel the court to take serious action against them. A division bench comprising Justices S K Mittal and Shekhar Dhawan directed the sugar mills to complete requirements for a soft loan, as required by the banks, and to further make the payments.
The directions came when the state government informed the court that it had issued the notification, urging banks to provide soft loans to these sugar mills, a long time ago but these mills have not even applied for the loans. However, the court was informed that all the cooperative sugar mills in the state have disbursed complete payment to the sugarcane farmers.
The Haryana government, on its part, informed the court that it has released Rs 23 crore to sugar mills to further make payments to the farmers but the only case pending was that of the Naraingarh Sugar Mill because of the litigation. On this, the court said that the Haryana Cooperative Apex Bank Employees Association had no right to indulge in litigation when the bank was ready to give a loan to the company. The case would now come up for hearing on January 7.
Haryana bans use of liquid nicotine
After Punjab and Chandigarh authorities, Haryana government has also issued the notification banning liquid nicotine in the state which is mainly used in Hookah Bars. Haryana government informed the High Court on Tuesday that in the month of October, liquid nicotine has been notified as poison under the Poison Act and it has been banned. Punjab government informed the court that it has conducted raids at several places and is initiating action against the defaulters using liquid nicotine. The development took place during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation highlighting use of nicotine in hookah bars in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.