Himachal Speaker meets law minister

Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha Speaker Brij Bihari Butail met Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar in New Delhi on Wednesday, and discussed issues relating to parliamentary functioning, including role of the three organs of the Constitution - legislature, executive and judiciary. Recently, Butail met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and expressed gratitude to the Nehru-Gandhi family for taking keen interest in the development of the state by providing liberal financial assistance and making it a model hill state of the country, said an official release.

Farmers' body wants relief for apple damage

Shimla: Himachal Seb Utpadak Sangh, a farmers' organisation, has urged the government to compensate apple, apricot and peach farmers for their loss caused by the recent snowfall in the state. The loss has been estimated at over Rs 1,000 crore. The Sangh also urged the government to conduct a survey of the losses. President of the Sangh, Rakesh Singha, while asking the government to suspend the recovery of Kisan Credit Card loans for a year from farmers, also warned that protests will be held across the state if farmers were not compensated by March 15.

Faridkot minor case: 2 get bail

Faridkot: Two accused of the Faridkot minor abduction case were granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday. Faridkot resident Kulwinder Kaur and Moga resident Pardeep Kumar claimed in the court of M M Singh Bedi that they were innocent. The action committee members stated that they would appeal against the bail, because the car involved in the alleged abduction was procured from Kumar's house.

Seven illegal colonies demolished

Jalandhar: On the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, seven illegal colonies that were erected some time ago, were demolished in various villages on Wednesday. Sub-Divisional Magistrate Iqbal Singh Sandhu issued the orders to the Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA). Demolished colonies were located in Shahpur, Dhanal Kalan, Pholriwal, Fatehpur and Kadianwali.

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