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Punjab : 10 Bills passed in 1 hour as Budget session ends. Is the Budget Session is satisfactory ?

Chandigarh : The Aam Admi Party (AAP), led by Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira, on Wednesday cornered Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for not cutting down on its fleet of advisers and OSDs to lessen fiscal burden on the state exchequer.
The issue was raised when Parliamentary Affairs and Health Minister Brahm Mohindra moved the Salaries and Allowances of Deputy Ministers, Punjab (Amendment) Bill, the East Punjab Ministers’ Salaries, (Amendment) Bill, the Salary and Allowances of Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly (Amendment) Bill, by which now the income tax of Chief Minister, other ministers and Leader of Opposition would be paid by themselves from March onwards.
While supporting the move of the government that would save Rs 11.08 crore on account of their income tax, Khaira said the government should cut the army of advisers and OSDs.
Punjab Laws (Special Provisions for Regulation of Unauthorised Colonies) Bill to regularise 8,000 illegal colonies developed up to March 19, 2018. The government plans to mop up at least Rs 500-600 crore as fee and penalty by charging the colonies as well as the plots and houses within them.
Punjab Police (Amendment) Bill, 2018, to replace the Punjab Police (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, to change the nomenclature of the supervisory level posts at zonal levels in the Punjab Police. It will allow posting of a DIG/IGP rank officers on supervisory posts in different zones.
It is aimed at establishing special operations group capable of countering and neutralising those indulging in crimes.
Punjab Transparency and Accountability in Delivery of Public Service Bill: It aims at providing all services to the citizens through online mode in a transparent and time-bound manner with effective use of digital technology. The new legislation will replace the existing Right to Service Act, 2011.
Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) (Punjab Amendment) Bill: It is aimed at prohibition of hookah/sheesha bars across the state.
Punjab Roads and Bridges Development Board (Amendment) Bill, 2018: It aims at providing for the payment of salary and other miscellaneous expenditure of the board from the Punjab Roads and Bridges Development Board Fund. The board shall be able to do so with the approval of the state government.
SC/BC Welfare Bill withdrawn
Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot came up with the amendment that would enable the government to reduce the strength of members of the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled castes from 10 to three. The Bill was withdrawn after SAD MLA Pawan Kumar Tinu and BJP MLA Som Parkash objected to it.
Inquiry ordered
In reply to a question on widespread farmer harassment due to use of “spurious” herbicides raised by Akali MLA Bikram Singh Majithia, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh announced a thorough probe into the sale and supply of spurious pesticides and herbicides to farmers, warning of strict action against those found guilty.
‘Biased’ Speaker
Akali MLA Lakhbir Singh Lodhinangal alleged that the Speaker did not, fairly, give equal time to all members. “No work has been carried out in my constituency. Many civil works there show open corruption. We need a Vigilance inquiry. But I and many like me are not allowed any time in the House,” he said.
Showdown between Speaker, Channi
As soon as motion to reconstitute the elected committee of the Vidhan Sabha for 2018-219 was tabled, Congress leader Charanjit Singh Channi objected to under representation of the Dalit MLAs in all committees. He expressed displeasure at the Speaker over giving under-representation to the Dalit MLAs. Amid the war of words between the two, the motion to reconstitute the committee on public accounts, estimates, public undertaking and SC/BC Welfare of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Class were passed. 
Selective hunting of wild animals allowed
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said following a notification dated March 15, SDMs have been empowered to allow licences to farmers to enable them to kill wild animals except swamp deer. This has been done to prevent crop loss in the foothills of the Shivaliks mainly due to wild boar and roz-antelope. Replying to a “Calling Attention Notice” on the menace of the wild animals by MLA Amarjit Singh Sandoa, the CM said Rs 8.16 crore was raised for barbed fencing in the last financial year.
CM fails to address query on cable mafia
Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday assured the House of a thorough prrobe into the alleged blackout of a private Punjabi TV channel by Fastway. However, he failed to address another MLA’s query on cable mafia. MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa earlier raised the issue of the reported blackout, which he termed as a blatant attack on the autonomy of media. However, MLA Kanwar Sandhu’s question on the delay in nailing the cable mafia by imposing entertainment tax was not replied by the CM. 
Rabi procurement arrangements reviewed
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday reviewed the arrangements for wheat procurement and directed the DGP to take effective steps to counter any attempt to obstruct the procurement process. Directing the civil and police administration to ensure smooth procurement of wheat during the Rabi season, he said nobody would be allowed to disrupt the movement of transport during the lifting process.

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Akhilesh says SP-BSP alliance intact, will benefit from Mayawati’s ‘age, experience’; Does this alliance get Success ?

Lucknow : The newfound friendship between the two archrivals seems to have hit a rough patch after BSP’s Bhim Rao Ambedkar last week lost the Rajya Sabha poll to BJP despite the backing of SP and the Congress.

“I will take the benefit of age and experience and show a large heart when the time comes,” Yadav said on Tuesday during a discussion on the state budget in the Vidhan Parishad.

His didn’t name Mayawati but the remarks were seen as a response to the BSP leader’s statement that the 44-year-old lacked political experience. “Had Akhilesh Yadav been mature enough, he would have focused on the victory of the BSP candidate more than his own candidate,” she said at a press conference after the Rajya Sabha loss.

The defeat of Ambedkar was a setback especially after the two parties had managed to embarrass the ruling BJP by winning the prestigious Gorakhpur and Phulpur assembly bypolls.

The BJP was upset over the SP-BSP joining hands and was trying to drive a wedge between the two partners but the alliance was going to stay, Yadav said. The Phulpur and Gorakhpur outcomes reflected the general mood in the country, he said.

While calling for a grand alliance to take on the BJP in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Mayawati on Monday asked party cadres to focus on the national election instead of bypolls, which virtually rules out a repeat of the SP-BSP tie-up in near future.

Speaking in the House, Yadav took on the state government over loan waiver, police encounters and other issues. Farmer suicides continued unchecked as the government had failed to fulfil its promise of writing off their debt. Twenty-seven farmers had killed themselves in Mahoba district alone, the SP leader said.

He was also dismissive of the recent investors’ meet, saying it was unlikely that the agreements that were signed would convert into real investment. “But I am happy that during the investors’ summit the Lucknow-Agra expressway that the SP government made was showcased as the country’s biggest road,” he said.

Yadav also raised concern over the spurt in gunfights involving police and criminals. Strengthening Dial 100 service, and not elimination of criminals, would instill a sense of security in people, he said, counting the police helpline among the biggest achievements of his government.

The campaign against exam cheats had led to the harassment of students and teachers, the former chief minister alleged. “Think of introducing open book exams using technology, many countries are doing this,” Yadav said.

Uttar Pradesh is notorious for mass copying and the Adityanath government installed CCTVs in a large of number of exam halls and tightened screening for recent school board examinations.

More than 500,000 students left the exams for Class 10 and 12 midway or in the first two days due to the crackdown, officials have said.

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All major markets in Delhi shut today as traders begin protest. Is Sealing issue is affecting lives of Traders ?

New Delhi :
M Rasik, a 71-year-old trader from Turkman Gate, says: “I work in a small handicrafts shop. If it shuts down, what will I eat? No government cares about the poor.”
M Rasik, a 71-year-old trader from Turkman Gate, says: “I work in a small handicrafts shop. If it shuts down, what will I eat? No government cares about the poor.” 

All major markets in New Delhi will remain closed on Wednesday to protest the ongoing sealing of commercial establishments on the directions of Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee.

Members of the associations of traders from across the city will congregate at Ramlila Ground in central Delhi to hold a protest rally on Wednesday, starting 11 am.

Joint commissioner of Delhi police (traffic) Garima Bhatnagar said, “We are expecting jam in morning hours here due to the rally at Ramlila Ground. We have made arrangements to manage the traffic and depending on the turnout more staff will be engaged,” she said. “But no traffic advisory has been issued because we are not expecting more than 7,000 people,”she said.

Traders from Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, South Extension, Defence Colony, Greater Kailash,Green Park, Khan Market, Sadar Bazar, Chawri Bazar, Kamla Nagar, Karol Bagh, Kashmiri Gate, Paharganj, Rajouri Garden, Rohini, Ashok Vihar, Pitampura, Shalimar Bagh, Model Town, Gandhi Nagar, Preet Vihar and Amar Colony have agreed to keep their shops shut, representatives of market associations said.

Vibha Sharma said : Traders Rally: Sonu Kohli, a shopkeeper from double storey market, Lajpat Nagar IV finding it hard to pay salary of 10 employees after sealing of her three garments shops 20 days back.

Markets that were not affected by the sealing drive have also confirmed their participation.

These include Sarojini Nagar and Chandni Chowk.

The shopkeepers, their employees and their families will join the traders at the rally in Ramlila Ground.

“Inclusion of family members in the rally will indicate how sealing of one shop affects the livelihood of about 20 families. In all, about 40 lakh people in Delhi are being affected by the sealing” said Paveen Khandelwal secretary-general, Confederatiuon of All India Traders.

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Body recovered in Pinjore: Three Forest Hill employees held for murder of CTU employee; Is the suspects gets the hard prison ?

Mohali : The Mohali police have arrested three Forest Hill Resort employees in the case. Sandhu’s name has also been included in the FIR though no charges have been pressed against him.

Victim Abhishek Guleria, 28, had gone missing after visiting a relative’s house in Nayagaon on March 14. His body was recovered from along the Pinjore-Baddi road on March 25.

During questioning in the area, the Mohali police zeroed in on the Forest Hill Resort employees — liasoning officer Gurdeep Bains, his assistant Tarsem Singh and security in-charge Balwinder Singh.

The three alleged they had found Guleria’s body in the tank of resort’s sewage treatment plant, following which they informed Sandhu, who asked them to dispose of the body to avoid controversy.

The trio allegedly wrapped the body and drove to the Pinjore-Baddi road in a Tata Pickup to dump it on the night of March 22.

How did the victim enter a gated resort; CCTV footage is inconclusive
Was he murdered or did he commit suicide; postmortem report is awaited
Did someone else dump the body at resort, as claimed by Forest Hill Resort representative
Why didn’t Lt Col Sandhu, staff inform the police
Fails to join probe

A case under Sections 302 (murder), 201(destruction of evidence) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered at the Nayagaon police station.

“We have arrested three employees of Forest Hill Resort. The victim’s body has been sent to Patiala for postmortem. The report will come on Wednesday. We have raided Sandhu’s house in Sector 68, but it was locked,” said Mohali senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal.

Police even summoned Sandhu for questioning on Tuesday, but he didn’t turn up. Meanwhile, court sent the three employees to two-day police remand for further questioning.

Sources privy to the investigation said closed-circuit television footage (CCTV) shows Guleria passing the front gate of the resort. How he reached inside the resort is being probed, they said. The Tata Pickup used to dispose of the body and a Mahindra Scorpio have also been seized.

Victim went missing on March 14

Abhishek Guleria, a Burail resident who was from Himachal Pradesh, had been working at the CTU workshop for the past six years.

Police said he had gone to a relative’s house in Nayagaon on March 13, where he was drinking till past midnight. He left from there early morning but didn’t reach home. His brother Rahul approached the police on March 15.

On March 25, Haryana Police informed the Mohail SSP about a body recovered along the Pinjore-Baddi road.

The SSP asked all police stations about reports on missing persons. Meanwhile, the Nayagaon police registered a kidnapping case and took Guleria’s family for identification of the body on March 26. After identification, police took the body in their custody. During probe in the area, police rounded up the Forest Hill Resort employees.

While Sandhu was not available for comment, Forest Hill Resort brand and corporate head Digvijay Jamwal alleged: “After committing the crime, someone deliberately dumped the body in the resort. The security in-charge came to know about it because of the foul smell and decided to dump the body at a faraway place.” Lt Col Sandhu’s son Devinder Sandhu is also lodged in the Amritsar jail in the suicide case of Khalsa Diwan chief’s son Inderpreet Chadha. His bail plea was to come up for hearing this week.

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IDBI Bank discloses Rs 772 crore loan fraud, sends shares falling; In India Bank Frauds are common ?

Mumbai :
IDBI Bank Ltd said fraudulent loans worth Rs 772 crore were issued from five of its branches in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Tuesday night, sending its shares spiraling down on Wednesday.

Some of the loans, which were issued during fiscal years 2009-2013 for fish farming businesses, were obtained against fake lease documents of non-existent fish ponds and by inflating the value of collateral, the company said.

The bank found major lapses in processing and disbursing the loans by two of its officials. The lender dismissed one of the officials, while the other official had already retired, it said.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has registered cases for two of the five complaints, relating to branches at Basheerbagh and Guntur, the company said.

The bank said earlier on Tuesday it initiated a quality assurance audit, expected to be completed by April.

IDBI shares fell as much as 3.5% to Rs 73.6 rupees by 10.45 am, while Nifty PSU Bank index dropped as much as 1.8%.

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