PPCB starts online help desk for units
LUDHIANA: The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) on Thursday announced a online help desk for the large and medium industry units to facilitate approvals and improve day-to-day communication. The help desk was formally inaugurated by PPCB Chairman Ravinder Singh at the Boards Gill Road office. This facility is optional for small scale industries,but compulsory for the large and medium units. With this,no one needs to run to the office,all approvals will be given online only.
Sadhu castration: HC notices to CBI,cops
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Central Bureau of Investigation and superintendents of police of Fatehabad and Sirsa on a petition accusing Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Ram Raheem Singh giving directions to castrate the petitioner,Hans Raj Chauhan,and 400 sadhus. Advocate Navkiran Singh,counsel for the petitioner,has alleged that the sadhus were castrated by giving false hope that they would be able to achieve God through the Dera Chief. The Dera chief has neither been made a respondent in the petition nor has he been issued notices by the Court.
MLA Sidhu condemns SAD govt for taxes
CHANDIGARH: Balbir Singh Sidhu,MLA from Mohali,on Thursday condemned the Akali-BJP government for levying huge taxes on consumable items like sugar and mobile phones. After increasing the electricity tarrif to the tune of 12 per cent,the 15 per cent VAT and surcharge levied on sugar and 8 per cent lump sum tax on mobile phones and its accessories will severely hit people of Punjab. The Badal government,which is critical of the Centre,has been acting contrary to what it preaches, Sidhu said. He warned the government that if it did not roll back the taxes,then his party would be compelled to protest.
Punjab Cong hails Rahuls role in party
Chandigarh: The Punjab Congress on Thursday welcomed AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhis decision to play a more proactive role in the party and the government. This is the right time for Rahul Gandhi to assume a proactive role both in the government and the party as the youth of the country are looking forward towards his leadership, state party chief Capt Amarinder Singh said.
Three die in Patiala of acute gastroenteritis
CHANDIGARH: Three persons,including a woman,died on Wednesday due to acute gastroenteritis spread in Badungar Colony,Patiala. Till date,125 cases have been reported. Naraiyan Singh (75),Gurdyal Singh (65) and Gurdev Kaur (72) were being treated for the past three days.
Haryana fixes GPF rate of interest
CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government has decided to fix the rate of interest at 8.8 per cent per annum on deposits in General Provident Fund (GPF) and other similar funds for the financial year 2012-13. The government has also fixed the rate of interest at 9.8 per cent on various loans and advances granted or sanctioned during 2012-13. In case of underutilisation of any loan,penal interest at the rate of 10 per cent per annum will be charged from the employee over and above normal rate of interest. The prescribed rate of interest for the third advance will be 2 per cent above the normal rate of interest on marriage,conveyance and computer advance.
N-plant: More farmers get compensation
CHANDIGARH: More farmers accepted the compensation award in lieu of their land acquired by the state government to set up a nuclear power plant in Gorakhpur village,Fatehabad,on the second day of the announcement of award for land acquisition. According to the governments spokesperson,a compensation of over Rs 21.49 crore had been given to 63 farmers so far.
Hand over Guru Gobind Singhs belongings
AMRITSAR: SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar has written a letter to Punjab chief minister demanding that the attire and weapons belonging to Guru Gobind Singh,that have been lying at Qila Mubaraq,Patiala,be handed over to SGPC. Makkar said the deteriorating condition of the Gurus belongings was a matter of concern,and it needed to be preserved.
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