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Screening of Film Nanak Shah Fakir stopped by producer himself

Film Nanak Shah Fakir withdrawn by Producer Sikka after meeting with Jathedar Akal Takhat today.Sikka says film will be released after clearance from Akal Takhat

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Amritsar, April 21,2015 : The controversial Film Nanak Shah Fakir has been withdrawn by the Producer company of the film . The producer Mr Harinder Singh Sikka announced that the film will be released / screened after clearance from Akal Takhat Sahib . The decision was taken after he met the Jathedar Aakal Takhat Giani Gurbachan Singh here today.
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Amritsar, April 21,2015 : The controversial Film Nanak Shah Fakir has been withdrawn by the Producer company of the film . The producer Mr Harinder Singh Sikka announced that the film will be released / screened after clearance from Akal Takhat Sahib . The decision was taken after he met the Jathedar Aakal Takhat Giani Gurbachan Singh here today.
Talking to Babushahi.com, Mr Sikka told that he was obeying the direction of the Sri Akal Takhat Sahib. He said that the Jathedar Akal Takhat have directed that there are some portion to be edited/ deleted from the film before screening. He said that Jathedar Akal Takhat told him that he will be informed in this regard by tomorrow.
Mr. Sikka said that he accepted the supremacy of Akal Takhat as a humble Sikh. He said he has bowed before the direction of Akal Takhat and stopped the screening of the film despite the fact that it was doing well in many parts of India especially in Delhi and abroad also .
Mr. Sikka said that he felt sorry for the fact that those who have watched the film , were praising it but the persons and organizations who have not seen the film were criticizing. He said he was committed to spent the earnings from the film on Langar for the poor .




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Dr. Gandhi removed, Bhagwant is new Lok Sabha leader of AAP

Bhagawant Mann appointed leader of Parliamentary Group of AAP after removing Dr Gandhi

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New Delhi, April 21,2105 : AAP MP from Sangrur Bhagawant Mann has been appointed leader of Parliamentary Group of Aam Aadmi Party after removing Dr Dharamvir Gandhi from this post . Party Convenor Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Speaker Lok Sabha on Monday recommending the name of Bhagwant Man as new leader of AAP in Lok Sabha which was reportedly accepted by the speaker.
Bhagwant Mann talking to Babushahi.com today confirmed the development.
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New Delhi, April 21,2105 : AAP MP from Sangrur Bhagawant Mann has been appointed leader of Parliamentary Group of Aam Aadmi Party after removing Dr Dharamvir Gandhi from this post . Party Convenor Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Speaker Lok Sabha on Monday recommending the name of Bhagwant Man as new leader of AAP in Lok Sabha which was reportedly accepted by the speaker.
Bhagwant Mann talking to Babushahi.com today confirmed the development.
Meanwhile , Dr Gandhi while talking to Babushahi.com from Delhi on phone told he has no knowldge of such decision so far but added that it makes no difference for him as he had already offered to quit from this post . He said did not join the AAP for such offices or even being elected an MP. He was there for mission.
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All four rebels shunted out from AAP

AAP Rebels Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar and Ajit Jha expelled from party

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New Delhi, April,2015 : Following is the text of the official release of AAP about the expulsion of four rebel leaders:

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The National Disciplinary Committee met on April 20, 2015 at 6 pm at 514, VP House to decide on the complaints against Mr. Yogendra Yadav, Mr. Prashant Bhushan, Mr. Anand Kumar and Mr. Ajit Jha.
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New Delhi, April,2015 : Following is the text of the official release of AAP about the expulsion of four rebel leaders:

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The National Disciplinary Committee met on April 20, 2015 at 6 pm at 514, VP House to decide on the complaints against Mr. Yogendra Yadav, Mr. Prashant Bhushan, Mr. Anand Kumar and Mr. Ajit Jha.
On the request of the respondents, the Committee had earlier extended the deadline for submitting their explanations by one day, that is, to 3 pm on April 20, 2015. However the committee received the responses of Mr. Yadav, Mr. Bhushan and Kumar while Mr. Jha failed to furnish his response within the prescribed time.
The Committee carefully considered responses furnished by Mr. Yogendra Yadav, Mr. Prashant Bhushan and Mr. Anand Kumar and found them unsatisfactory.
The Committee reached the unanimous conclusion that Mr. Yogendra Yadav, Mr. Prashant Bhushan and Mr. Anand Kumar had indulged in gross indiscipline and anti-party activities. They have violated the Code of Conduct detailed in Article VI A (a) of Party’s Constitution.
The Committee is of the view that Mr. Ajit Jha failed to furnish his response in stipulated time despite sufficient time to his disposal. After examining the evidence put before it, the Committee is of unanimous view that Mr. Ajit Jha is also guilty of gross indiscipline and indulging into anti-party activities.
The Committee, therefore, has decided to expel all the four members from the party.

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Good News for Blind Candidates appearing in HPSC Exams

Blind candidates to get extra 20 minutes per hour in HPSC exams

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015 (Courtesy: HT) : Coming to the aid of a blind candidate, the state commissioner for persons with disabilities has directed the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) to give additional 20 minutes per hour to blind candidates appearing in competitive examinations conducted by the Commission.
In his April 8 court order, commissioner for persons with disabilities, Haryana, Phool Chand Yadav said the complainant, C....
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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015 (Courtesy: HT) : Coming to the aid of a blind candidate, the state commissioner for persons with disabilities has directed the Haryana Public Service Commission (HPSC) to give additional 20 minutes per hour to blind candidates appearing in competitive examinations conducted by the Commission.
In his April 8 court order, commissioner for persons with disabilities, Haryana, Phool Chand Yadav said the complainant, Chirag Mittal of Hisar, a blind candidate has contended that HPSC was providing only 10 minutes per hour to the blind candidates appearing for competitive examinations which is not suitable as the blind person has to get help for reading the question paper as well as giving dictation. The complainant relied on the August 19, 2014 judgment of Delhi high court in this regard.
“In my opinion the present case is fit for issuance of directions to HPSC to comply with the judgments/orders because of the fact that action of the Commission is discriminatory towards persons with disabilities. Mentally retarded and those having locomotor disabilities ( disability of muscles, bones and joints causing restriction of movement of the limbs or any form of Cerebral Palsy) are given 20 minutes per hour whereas the blind are given 10 minutes,’’ the order said.
It further said that the HPSC is directed to provide every blind candidate appearing for competitive examination 20 minutes per hour as per law laid down by the Delhi high court and Supreme Court and guidelines issued by the chief commissioner for persons with disabilities.....
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Panjab University Syndicate Meeting

PU Syndicate approves fee structure, admission process & other issues

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Chandigarh April 20, 2015: Panjab University (PU), Syndicate has congratulated the PU Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover on getting the extension and thanked the University Chancellor to have given the extension of three years to Prof Grover.
Earlier, at the outset of the meeting, Senior Syndicate member Sh. Gopal Chatrath thanked the Chancellor to have given extension to Prof Grover, who had contributed immensely to take the P....
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Chandigarh April 20, 2015: Panjab University (PU), Syndicate has congratulated the PU Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover on getting the extension and thanked the University Chancellor to have given the extension of three years to Prof Grover.
Earlier, at the outset of the meeting, Senior Syndicate member Sh. Gopal Chatrath thanked the Chancellor to have given extension to Prof Grover, who had contributed immensely to take the PU to the newer heights on the international map. The views were endorsed by senior Syndic Sh. Ashok Goyal and all other Syndicate members.
PU Syndicate today approved the fee structures, admission process for the MDS courses. PU is starting Master in Dental Surgery (MDS) courses at Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences (HSJIDS) with 14 seats. The admission would be based on merit in All India Post Graduate Dental Entrance Examination (AIPGDEE).
PU Syndicate also approved the committee recommendations to setup Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies at the Department of Laws, PU. The Syndicate also accepted the endowment of Rs. 6 lakh made by Mr Yogender Anand and Mr Ram Anand for Institution of Endowment of ‘Professor BM Anand Memorial Fund’.
The resolution regarding the creation of two additional seats for border area and one additional for rural area students was discussed. The Syndicate decided to forward the proposal for legal opinion.
PU Syndicate has approved the selections of Chief Vigilance Officer, Chief of
University Security and various other teaching positions.
PU Syndicate also approved various promotions and extensions to various teachers.
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Punjab CM takes stock of schemes in a High Powered State Level Committee

Badal for speedy implementation of Welfare Schemes for SCs in Punjab

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called for the need to give wide publicity to the various welfare schemes for the SC/ST population in the state besides creating awareness amongst them for the legal and judicial remedies available under the SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today called for the need to give wide publicity to the various welfare schemes for the SC/ST population in the state besides creating awareness amongst them for the legal and judicial remedies available under the SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Presiding over the meeting of high powered State Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committee for SCs/STs here at Punjab Bhawan this evening, Mr. Badal said that a vigorous publicity campaign should be launched to sensitize the SC/ST population in the state about their rights in order to save them from undue social exploitation and harassment in the society.
The Chief Minister thus directed the welfare department to publish printed material in the format of booklets and brochures besides releasing advertisements in the print and electronic media to bring awareness amongst the SC/ST population, which almost constituted nearly 32% of state’s total population.
Badal also asked the Secretary Welfare to ensure that the meeting of the high powered state level vigilance and monitoring committee must be convened regularly after every six months as provided in the law. Likewise, he also directed the welfare department to ensure that the concerned Deputy Commissioners of all the districts must convene quarterly meetings to monitor the progress of welfare schemes meant for scheduled castes besides keeping themselves updated regarding the position of cases registered under the SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 to ensure prompt dispensation of justice.
Mr. Badal also gave approval to appoint Secretary Welfare as the nodal officer to regularly review the progress of pending cases related to the atrocities against SC/ST population in the state besides coordinating with the GoI to ensure strict implementation of the this act as mandated under the provisions of the said law.
The Chief Minister also asked the Chief Secretary to ensure that the funds under the Shagun Scheme must be sanctioned and allocated in advance by one month so as to enable the district administration to ensure its timely payment to the concerned beneficiaries at the time of marriage of their daughters. Mr. Badal was also apprised that the state government has already earmarked a budgetary provision of Rs.90 crore annually in the state budget.
The Chief Minister also directed the welfare department to ensure the participation of the local MLAs and other eminent personalities from different walks of life including top academicians, social thinkers, legal luminaries and jurists in the seminars to be organized for bringing awareness amongst the SCs/STs to safeguard their rights. He also highly emphasized the need to educate these people about the available options under the legal provisions of SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 and Protection of Civil Rights (PCR) Act, 1955 so as to enable them to lead a life with self-esteem and dignity.
Meanwhile, the Secretary Welfare apprised Mr. Badal in the meeting that under the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana a sum Rs. 35 crore has been released for 100 villages during the year 2014-15. Mr. Badal was also informed that the state government has already agreed to the proposal of GoI to contribute Rs.20 lac as state’s share equivalent to the Centre’s grant i.e. Rs. 20 lac under this scheme to avail additional benefit of Rs.5 lac from GoI. Thus every village under this scheme would be entitled a lump-sum grant of Rs.45 lac. He also asked the welfare department to include villages with maximum SC population on priority to be developed under Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojana. He said it was the matter of great satisfaction that Punjab has been included for the first time under this prestigious scheme and all the 2811 villages with maximum SC population would be covered in a phased manner.
To streamline the procedure and bring far more transparency in the disbursement of Post Matric Scholarship of SC students, the Chief Minister constituted a committee comprising Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Som Parkash, MLA Justice (Retd.) Nirmal Singh and Chief Secretary & Secretary Expenditure as Members. The committee has been mandated to explore ways and means to ensure uniform pattern of fees structure in the private educational institutions.
The Chief Minister also gave nod to appoint OSD Litigation in the welfare department with immediate effect to meticulously pursue the Court Cases, Roster Checking and Backlog of SC posts in various departments.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Cabinet Ministers Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Mr. Sohal Singh Thandal, Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Mr. Som Parkash, Mrs. Mohinder Kaur Josh, MLAs Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Justice (Retd.) Nirmal Singh, Mr. Darshan Singh Shiwalik, Mrs. Harchand Kaur, Mrs. Rajwinder Kaur besides Chief Secretary Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Jagpal Singh Sandhu, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. S.K. Sandhu, DGP Punjab Mr. Sumedh Singh, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. K.J.S. Cheema, Secretary Welfare Mrs. Seema Jain, Director Welfare Mrs. Alaknanda Dayal and Director National Commission for SC/ST Mr. Raj Kumar Chhanena.....
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Rs. 84 Crore released for Old Age Pension Beneficiaries

Punjab Govt. directs DCs to ensure timely disbursement of old age pensions

Approximately Rs. 200 Crore sanctioned till March 31

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: The Punjab government has directed all the Deputy Commissioners of the state to ensure timely disbursement of the old age pensions to the beneficiaries in their respective districts.
In a statement issued here today a spokesperson of the Social Security department said that an amount of Rs. 84 Crore has been released for the disbursement of about 19.82 lakh beneficiaries across the state.
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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: The Punjab government has directed all the Deputy Commissioners of the state to ensure timely disbursement of the old age pensions to the beneficiaries in their respective districts.
In a statement issued here today a spokesperson of the Social Security department said that an amount of Rs. 84 Crore has been released for the disbursement of about 19.82 lakh beneficiaries across the state.
The spokesperson also said that besides this the Finance department has also sanctioned approximately Rs. 200 crore to be disbursed as old age pensions to the identified and eligible beneficiaries up to March 31. He also said that the DCs have been asked to submit the compliance report by April 23 in the Social Security department. They have also been asked to ensure that the amount be given to the beneficiaries alone and be deposited in their bank accounts.
The district Social Security Officers have also been asked to extend cooperation to the district administration so as to avoid any further delay in this matter.....
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Pro-farmer credentials of Badal and BJP stand thoroughly exposed alleges Bajwa

Bajwa exposes Badal's double speak on various farmers’ issues

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: The Punjab Congress President, Partap Singh Bajwa, today lashed out at the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for cheating the people and said his alliance partner BJP’s so called pro-farmer credentials had already been completely exposed not only with regard to the land acquisition act but also on the issue of hike in minimum support prices of the farm produce.

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: The Punjab Congress President, Partap Singh Bajwa, today lashed out at the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for cheating the people and said his alliance partner BJP’s so called pro-farmer credentials had already been completely exposed not only with regard to the land acquisition act but also on the issue of hike in minimum support prices of the farm produce.

“One fails to understand with what face you term yesterday’s farmers rally as political gimmick that was organised to protest the land acquisition act amendments as your own party had announced the decision to oppose the bill in the Lok Sabha. Your party had issued a detailed press note recommending more than a dozen suggestions. However, the very next day, your MPs unashamedly supported the same bill in the Lok Sabha. Can you share with the people whether Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal had registered her protest when the issue came up in the cabinet or not. You cannot befool the people all the time and on every issue”, he told Mr Badal.

He advised Mr Badal to propose to his government at the centre to replicate the Punjab land act which he was describing as the best model in the country. “You need not tell us the merit of the Punjab legislation but convince the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi about it. Why are you reluctant to meet him these days”, he asked.

He reminded Mr Badal that the hike in the MSP has been much higher proportionately during the Congress regime as against the NDA regime and figure were there for him to compare. He said it was Badal and his party that had promised in the manifesto to get the MSP fixed on the Swaminathan committee formula. He wanted to know why his government at the centre had now backtracked from it and what was he doing to protect the interests of the farmers now. He could not go on berating the Congress at the time when his own party was part of the government at the centre. The people wanted to know what he was doing now when the Modi government had ditched the farmers.

He said Mr Badal should come out specifically even one decision of this government that was pro-farmer and pro-farm workers. He pointed out that it was only now that Punjab had started feeling the pinch of discrimination and that too when Mr Badal’s own government was ruling at the centre in which his daughter-in-law was the Minister.

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Transfer of ED Official Niranjan Singh also to be held on April 27

Bhola drug case: Hearing adjourned till April 27 by Punjab & Haryana HC

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: The Punjab and Haryana High Court adjourned the hearing in the multi-crore Bhola drug racket case till April 27. Two status reports were filed by Punjab government and Election directorate.
The transfer of key ED official Niranjan Singh will also be heard on April 27. During the last hearing, Singh had opposed his transfer orders.
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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: The Punjab and Haryana High Court adjourned the hearing in the multi-crore Bhola drug racket case till April 27. Two status reports were filed by Punjab government and Election directorate.
The transfer of key ED official Niranjan Singh will also be heard on April 27. During the last hearing, Singh had opposed his transfer orders.
The drug racket case is being investigated by the Punjab police and the high court is monitoring the probe. The ED has launched a parallel investigation to probe the money laundering allegations in the drug scam.
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Three Councillors of newly elected MC had challenged the Govt. decision

SAS Nagar: Pb. & Hry HC sets aside reserved seat for women for Mayor Election

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SAS Nagar, April 20, 2015: Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday struck down woman reservation for mayor's post in Mohali municipal corporation on Monday.
Three councillors of the newly-elected MC had challenged the government decision of keeping the mayor’s post reserved for women.The petitioners had contended that the government’s decision was contrary to the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976 and the 1996 rules framed on the reservation of mayor's offices in corporations.
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SAS Nagar, April 20, 2015: Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday struck down woman reservation for mayor's post in Mohali municipal corporation on Monday.
Three councillors of the newly-elected MC had challenged the government decision of keeping the mayor’s post reserved for women.The petitioners had contended that the government’s decision was contrary to the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976 and the 1996 rules framed on the reservation of mayor's offices in corporations.
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Delegation of CSS officers meets Union Minister of State (DoNER) & MoS PMO

CSS Officers demand parity with IAS and other Services

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New Delhi, April 20, 2015: A delegation of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) employees today met Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and demanded parity in pay/salary, promotion and perks with IAS and other services.

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New Delhi, April 20, 2015: A delegation of Central Secretariat Service (CSS) employees today met Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh and demanded parity in pay/salary, promotion and perks with IAS and other services.

Shri R.K. Ojha, the representatives of the Central Secretariat Service Forum led the delegation and said that Central Secretariat Service Group ‘A’ has a cadre strength of over 2200 officers starting from Under Secretary level up to the Deputy Secretary, Director, Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary. Prior to the 6th CPC, the only facility which was permitted to other organised Group ‘A’ services was provision of Junior Administrative Grade (JAG) or Non-Functional Selection Grade (NFSG). However, the 4th, 5th and 6th Pay Commission Reports have never said that the benefits which are given to organised Group ‘A’ service will not be available to Central Secretariat Service. Therefore, in the interest of harmonious relationship between different officers of same rank and different services, it is important to have a proper harmony and parity as far as environment and conditions of work are concerned. In a memorandum to the Minister, the CSS forum pointed out a number of anomalies and said that in certain cases, a Deputy Secretary of CSS who has put in more than 15 years of service neither gets the same pay scale nor promotion as Joint Secretary nor the Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU).

Dr. Jitendra Singh gave a patient hearing and said, the Central Secretariat Service is one of the earliest organised services in the country and an important constituent of the Central Government machinery. While important structural changes have been made several times since the inception of the service, one common thread running through all the stages of the evolution of the service has been the role of the service in ensuring continuity of administration in the Central Secretariat. He said that it is responsibility of the government to create a congenial working environment for them.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has, in the last ten months, taken several steps for improving the service conditions of its employees and the same approach will also be followed in case of CSS employees who provide strength to the set- up at middle management level of the government. The demands and proposal put forth by them will be processed sympathetically and sought to be addressed to the maximum extent, he assured. ....
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Petitioner had challenged the green panel’s jurisdiction & sought stay from Apex Court

Supreme Court dismisses plea against NGT order of ban on 15 yr old vehicles

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New Delhi, April 20, 2015: The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition challenging the National Green Tribunal's orders that prohibit petrol vehicles older than 15 years and 10-year-old diesel vehicles from the National Capital Region. Dismissing the petition by a private party Chief Justice of India HL Dattu said, NGT is trying to do something good for the people. So tribunal should be assisted and not discouraged on the matter. In September 2....
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New Delhi, April 20, 2015: The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition challenging the National Green Tribunal's orders that prohibit petrol vehicles older than 15 years and 10-year-old diesel vehicles from the National Capital Region. Dismissing the petition by a private party Chief Justice of India HL Dattu said, NGT is trying to do something good for the people. So tribunal should be assisted and not discouraged on the matter. In September 2014, the green court had directed Delhi and it's neighbouring states to ban petrol vehicles that are older than 15 years. More recently, on April 8, it ordered diesel vehicles that are over ten years old to be taken off the roads in Delhi and its neigbouring states.

Media reports that the petitioner, had challenged the green panel's jurisdiction and sought a stay from the top court on the implementation of the panel's directives. But the Apex court countered his argument by saying, the tribunal is only repeating orders passed by constitutional courts. Such a ban was first imposed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court earlier.
Both the orders of the green court are likely to affect lakhs of private and commercial vehicles. On April 13, Delhi government which was struggling to execute the ban, told the court that it would need more time since it directly affected essential services including vegetable supply and garbage clearance. The tribunal, which has temporarily stayed it's order for two weeks, has asked the government to suggest ways to enforce the ban by May 1. It has also asked the government to recommend incentives for those who scrap polluting diesel vehicles.
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MoS Parliamentary Affairs countered allegations of the Congress for misleading the people on the issue

Govt tables Land Ordinance copy in Lok Sabha amidst strong protest

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New Delhi, April 20, 2015: The government has tabled a copy of the Ordinance promulgated on the Land Acquisition in the Lok Sabha. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy tabled the document amidst strong protests from the opposition. Micro, Small and Medium Industries Kalraj Mishra introduced the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (amendment) Bill, 2015.
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New Delhi, April 20, 2015: The government has tabled a copy of the Ordinance promulgated on the Land Acquisition in the Lok Sabha. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy tabled the document amidst strong protests from the opposition. Micro, Small and Medium Industries Kalraj Mishra introduced the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (amendment) Bill, 2015.
Media reports that meanwhile, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy has said the NDA government is trying to take a number of measures for the interest of the poor farmers. He was countering the allegations made by senior Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge in the Lok Sabha today. As soon as the House met in the post-lunch session, Mr Kharge opposed the ordinance promulgated on Land Acquisition.

He alleged that the government is forcefully imposing the ordinance on the poor farmers. He said the government tried a backdoor entry to get the bill passed. He demanded that the ordinance be withdrawn. Meanwhile, members belonging to Trinamool Congress staged a walkout opposing the ordinance on land acquisition.....
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Punjab Darbar

Punjab appoints Nidharak Singh Brar as State Information Commissioner

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: The Punjab Government today appointed Mr. Nidharak Singh Brar as State Information Commissioner of the Punjab State Information Commissioner.
According to an official spokesman Punjab Governor Mr. Kaptan Singh Solanki will administer the oath of office and secrecy to newly appointed State Information Commissioner on April 23 at 10 am. He said that terms and condition of his appointment as State Info....
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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: The Punjab Government today appointed Mr. Nidharak Singh Brar as State Information Commissioner of the Punjab State Information Commissioner.
According to an official spokesman Punjab Governor Mr. Kaptan Singh Solanki will administer the oath of office and secrecy to newly appointed State Information Commissioner on April 23 at 10 am. He said that terms and condition of his appointment as State Information Commissioner will be notified in due course. It is pertinent to mention here that Moga based Mr. Brar has been office bearer of various leading social organisations of Moga. ....
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Rationalization Policy Finalized

Suggestions of Teachers’ Associations Considered: Dr. Cheema

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema today at a high level meeting of the department has finalized the rationalization policy in accordance with the suggestions submitted by the Teachers’ Associations in this regard.
In a statement issued here today, Dr. Cheema said that in order to derive maximum out of the resources available in the education sector, a well balanced rationalization policy has be....
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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema today at a high level meeting of the department has finalized the rationalization policy in accordance with the suggestions submitted by the Teachers’ Associations in this regard.
In a statement issued here today, Dr. Cheema said that in order to derive maximum out of the resources available in the education sector, a well balanced rationalization policy has been formulated focused on a more conducive atmosphere in state government schools. He said that while finalizing the policy advice was sought from the teaching fraternity and the same procedure for rationalization would be adopted after every three years. The rationalization formulated during the current academic session would remain implemented for three years, said Dr. Cheema.
Adding further, he said that the number of periods ion the schools have also been increased from eight to nine per day. Clarifying further he said that no change has been made in the school timings. He also said that cut out date for the rationalization was taken as February 28, 2015. Keeping in mind the suggestions of the Teachers’ Associations, the schools which had increased strength of students after the cut out date would also be considered in the new policy of rationalization, he added.
Dr. Cheema said that keeping in view the administrative assignments given to the the cluster in- charge Principals of Senior Secondary Schools, the government has decided to exempt them from taking regular periods. Similarly, the specialized subjects of the Principals and Head Teachers would not be included in the rationalization policy. Accepting another suggestion of the Teachers’ Associations, Dr. Cheema said that the rationalization of the Primary Schools would be implemented in consultation with the Panchayati Raj Institutions, Local Bodies and Education Department.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included Principal Secretary Education C. Roul, Director General school Education Mr. Pradeep Aggarwal, Special Secretary Mr. Gurdeep Singh. DPI Secondary Mr. Balbir Singh, DPI Elementary Mrs. Darshan Kaur, Director SCERT Mrs. Pankaj Sharma, Deputy Director School Administration, Mr. Jaswinder Singh Nayyar, Mr. Bhagwant Singh and Mr. Amrish Sharma.....
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Congress when in power never bothered about interests of farmer and common Man

Congress is staging drama to make Rahul the Party Chief

Majithia distributes grants worth Rs. 1 Cr 26 Lakh for development of 5 villages

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Majitha, April 20, 2015: Terming the demonstration by Congress on the Land Acquisition Bill as a “Drama”, Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia Revenue and Public Relations Minister Punjab said that this is nothing but a poor attempt in fact a flop show by Congress in a bid to make Rahul the Party Chief.
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Majitha, April 20, 2015: Terming the demonstration by Congress on the Land Acquisition Bill as a “Drama”, Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia Revenue and Public Relations Minister Punjab said that this is nothing but a poor attempt in fact a flop show by Congress in a bid to make Rahul the Party Chief.
Mr Majithia was talking to media after laying the foundation stone of developmental works and distributing grants worth Rs. 1 crore 26 lakh to Panchyats for development of villages in Majitha constituency.
Mr. Majithia, General Secy. of Shiromani Akali Dal said that Congress organized the complete drama just to save its existence and make its present felt in media. He added that had the congress paid heed to problems of farmers during its tenure then it would not have been in such a pathetic state of affairs. He said that Congress has failed to acquire the status of opposition leader in the centre and in many states it has been wiped away in such a manner that its re-emergence in those states is beyond conception.
Taking big at internal strike in Congress, Mr. Majithia said that the rift is evident not just in the rank and file of Congress but also in the mother-son duo and an environment of distrust is looming large over the party.
Earlier, Mr Majitha distributed grants worth Rs1 crore 26 lakh all the development of 5 villages including Rs. 40 lakh for Abadi Varpal, Rs. 36 lakh for Sohian Kalan, Rs.30 Lakh for Pander Kalan, Rs 10.5 lakh for village Pander Khurd and Rs.9.5 lakh for village Johal. He informed that road to Bhallowali via village Madipur will be made 18 ft. from the existing 10 ft at a cost of Rs. 3.25 crore and the approval for the same has been given by the Government. He said that Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and Dy. Chief Minster Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal are fulfilling all the promises made to the people. He said that they are trying to reach the people in their villages, assess their needs and there after issue grants for the development works. He said that by the year 2017 all the approach roads to deras in Majitha Constituency would be strengthened.
He was accompanied by Mr. Raj Mohinder Singh Majitha former member Rajya Sabha, Talbir Singh Gill, Jodh Singh Samra, Major Shivi, Harvinder Singh Bhullar, Pappu Kotla, Chairman Balbir Singh Chandi, Gurpreet Randhawa, prof. sarchand singh and a host of other local leaders.....
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Civil Services Day at MGSIPA Campus, Chandigarh

Punjab CS Sarvesh Kaushal emphasizes on Citizen-Centric Governance on Civil Services Day

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: To mark the Civil Services Day being celebrated at national level, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab and Department of Personnel today organised an In-service training programme for IAS/IFS and PCS on the theme of Citizen-centric Services. Over 70 officers from the State and District headquarters participated in the event.
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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: To mark the Civil Services Day being celebrated at national level, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab and Department of Personnel today organised an In-service training programme for IAS/IFS and PCS on the theme of Citizen-centric Services. Over 70 officers from the State and District headquarters participated in the event.
Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr Sarvesh Kaushal, in his inaugural address encouraged the officers to update their knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of time and ensure speedy delivery of services to the citizens. He asked the officers to enhance their professional efficiency, competence and capacity to give outstanding performance in different areas. He also emphasized the need for transparency and accountability in the process of carrying out their official business so that the efficient and humane side of the civil service is evident to the public.
Quoting Rabindranath Tagore's poem "Where the mind is without fear and the head held high............. let my country be awake", Mr Kaushal said that it covers all the goals of Indian polity. He emphasized that we must develop a positive approach and good habits to serve the people and make huge impact on the quality of services delivery by fostering citizen's confidence in Government functioning. He further said that the officers must update themselves on various laws and statutory provisions for ensuring justice to every individual in delivery of services.
Dr.Upneet Lalli, Honorary Director, Institute of Correctional Administration, Chandigarh while speaking on the topic "Gender Issues in the Workplace" highlighted various social and legal remedies for protection of women by creating ideal environment by the employers and heads of the organisations. She said that there are various challenges which could be overcome by generating awareness and changing the attitudes and behavioural pattern of the people.
Mr Rakesh Verma, Secretary, Governance Reforms, Punjab, while making a presentation on “Citizen-centric Governance: Challenges in delivering citizen services”, discussed the roadmap for providing citizen-centric governance in the State of Punjab. The setting up of 2300 unified service delivery centres, known as Sewa Kendras, was in the offing and would be operational both in urban and rural areas in Punjab by July 2015.
He stressed upon the role of the State Portal, where all services are available at one place for citizens. The State Portal is already in place and providing some services. Soon, all the departments would be providing services from a single interface through the State Portal.
Mr Verma dwelt upon the challenges in providing citizen-centric governance, namely, inadequate infrastructure, manual working, coordinating with multiple departments, etc. Another complexity of providing citizen-centric governance is hybrid systems in the government. He talked of how various departments and ministries have successfully migrated from manual processes and systems to fully automated systems – like, railways, banking, housing and urban development, etc.
Mr Verma also spoke about various strategies and issues related to the implementation of the National eGovernace Plan (NeGP).
Shri R K Kaushik, Special Secretary (Home), spoke on“Nuggets from the history of the civil services”. He briefly spoke on the Indian Civil Service, which was in place during colonial rule. When the ICS was started in 1855, only Britons were considered for this service and from 1855 to 1921, the entrance competition was held only in London.The predominant role of the Deputy Commissioner in British rule also came to be discussed. Democracy and the cessation of imperial rules resulted in many changes in the civil service.
Mr Jaspal Singh, Secretary (Planning), Punjab, eloborated upon the process of Plan formulation and budget preparation in the State Government. He further elaborated on the system of various accounts – consolidated fund, contingency fund and public account. He also discussed the receipts and expenditure of the Punjab Government.
Shri Vipin Pubby, Editor, Indian Express, spoke on media in transition. He felt that digitization has been around and the newspaper, which used to be the primary source of information, has become the last source of information, with the mobile phone and the laptop, being the instant source of information for most the citizens. He referred to various innovative technologies for speedier dissemination of information to the public.....
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After 30 years wheat crop harvested in village

Punjab government’s initiative brings prosperity to village Ratta Khera

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Muktsar, April 20, 2015: Village Ratta Khera, where water logging has been playing havoc since 1986, this season has seen the best of wheat crop yield in last 30 years following the consistent efforts of Punjab government’s agriculture department that used deep sowing technique in 100 acres of land bringing back prosperity to the village.

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Muktsar, April 20, 2015: Village Ratta Khera, where water logging has been playing havoc since 1986, this season has seen the best of wheat crop yield in last 30 years following the consistent efforts of Punjab government’s agriculture department that used deep sowing technique in 100 acres of land bringing back prosperity to the village.

The Chief Minister Punjab Mr Parkash Singh Badal took up village’s development under model village scheme following which the agriculture department started working on developing the water logged area for farming. Happy with the results received, village farmer Gurdyal Singh said that the agriculture department first got the fields deeply dug and the wheat was sown. The seeds sown with this technique have now developed into rich crops. He is happy that after over 30 years the fields are once again snug with the wheat crop.

Village sarpanch Narinder Singh said that around 205 acres of the village’s land has been rendered useless due to water logging. Under the Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Beant Singh, the agriculture department has put in efforts whose results are there for all to see.

The Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Beant Singh said that in absence of proper farming practices, the crust of earth had turned hard and could not be ploughed. The department used different tools to plough deep that resulted in the standing water being drained into earth’s interior carrying away the salts that made farming difficult. He added that an appreciable yield of mustard and wheat has been obtained from the fields and now the same experience would be replicated in other areas.

The Deputy Commissioner Sri Muktsar Sahib Mr. Jaskiran Singh said that now moong and jantar are being sown so that the organic composition of soil is improved and its fertility is restored.

At the village, Dr. Sukhjinder Singh, Dr Mukhtiar Singh, Dr Gurmail Singh, Dr Gaganjit Singh Mann etc accompanied the CAO during fields’ examination.
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Only aim of my life is that I have always taken a firm stand during the rival circumstances and not fought : Dhillon

Kala Peeth organizes Face to Face with Dharshan Singh Dhillon Editor ‘Charcha Punjab’

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Ferozepur, April 20: Kala Peeth Ferozepur, A literary institution, committed for spreading “Word Culture” in a small town on Indo-Pak Hussainiwla border organized FACE TO FACE WITH DARSHAN SINGH DHILLON, known migrant writer and Editor of ‘Charcha Punjab’ this Sunday.
The impressive and simple ceremony was presided over by Prof.Jaspal Ghai while M.K.Rahi, Satirist and Deepak Sharma joined as special guests.
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Ferozepur, April 20: Kala Peeth Ferozepur, A literary institution, committed for spreading “Word Culture” in a small town on Indo-Pak Hussainiwla border organized FACE TO FACE WITH DARSHAN SINGH DHILLON, known migrant writer and Editor of ‘Charcha Punjab’ this Sunday.
The impressive and simple ceremony was presided over by Prof.Jaspal Ghai while M.K.Rahi, Satirist and Deepak Sharma joined as special guests.
Anil Aadim highlighted the activities of the Kala Peeth in the field of literature and language.
After the formal welcome by Prof. Jaspal Ghai and reading out of compositions by Dev Hasan, Renu Sodhi, Vijay Victor, Surinder Dhillon and Vinod Garg – Darshan Singh Dhillon had a face to face talk with the audience.
Sharing his life history, Dhillon said, the only aim of my life is that I have always taken a firm stand during the rival circumstances and not fought. Despite my odd circumstances, a BA pass student had been a Counselor and Deputy Mayor for 16 years in England by virtue of my intellectual ideology.
During the Moga fire incident in 1972, I was influenced towards leftist philosophy and till today I am following that view point. During terrorism, the people-popular writers and the audience were provided a platform in England with the start of ‘Charcha Punjab’ which programme is still a regular feature. Tolerating the sorrows of migration, the project for opening of Libraries was started in Bharti Punjab for the development of Punjabi.
Appreciating the activities of the Kala Peeth, Dhillon said, now when the people-popular powers are in pomp and grandeur, the bazaar have taken a place in our minds instead of houses, then the responsibility and importance of these small institutions become more vital.
On this occasion, Dhillon was honoured with a ‘Shawl’ as a token of love and affection by Prof.Jaspal Ghai, Anil Aadm, Deepak Sharma, Harmit Vidhyarthi, Kuldip and Surinder Kamboj on behalf of Kala Peeth, Ferozepur besides presentation of a set of books of writes of Ferozepur.
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Total number of Judges in Punjab & Haryana High Court including Justice Jain has become 55

Acting Chief Justice administers oath of office to Justice Ramendra Jain

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: Acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mr. Justice S. J. Vazifdar today administered the oath of office to Sh. Ramendra Jain, as the Additional Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a simple but impressive ceremony here today. The ceremony was attended by the several Judges and Advocates of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Now the total number of Judges in Punjab and Haryana High Court inc....
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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: Acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Mr. Justice S. J. Vazifdar today administered the oath of office to Sh. Ramendra Jain, as the Additional Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a simple but impressive ceremony here today. The ceremony was attended by the several Judges and Advocates of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Now the total number of Judges in Punjab and Haryana High Court including Justice Jain has become 55.....
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Punjab Darbar

Punjab promotes 13 Assistant Controller as Deputy Controller (F&A)

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: Punjab Government today promoted 13 Assistant Controller (Finance & Accounts) as Deputy Controller (Finance & Accounts).
According to spokesperson of the State Government, Mr. Shashi Puri and Sudesh Kumar posted in IAO Chandigarh as Deputy Controller (F&A), Vijay K. Batra and Krishan Chand in BBMB Nangal, Nirmal singh in Director Education Department (School) Mohali, Paramjit Singh in ESI CHD, Kuldeep....
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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: Punjab Government today promoted 13 Assistant Controller (Finance & Accounts) as Deputy Controller (Finance & Accounts).
According to spokesperson of the State Government, Mr. Shashi Puri and Sudesh Kumar posted in IAO Chandigarh as Deputy Controller (F&A), Vijay K. Batra and Krishan Chand in BBMB Nangal, Nirmal singh in Director Education Department (School) Mohali, Paramjit Singh in ESI CHD, Kuldeep S. Banwait in Urban Devl & Panchayat Mohali, Jatinder Singh in Punjab Human Right Commission Chandigarh, Surinder Pal Singh Grover in PUDA, Mohali, Jaspal Singh in IAO (R) Gurdadpur, Jasmer Singh in Director Social Welfare Punjab, Gurdhian Singh in Director Social Security Punjab, Kehar Singh in IAO (R) Bathinda and Gurnam Singh deputed in Director Education Department (Colleges).
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Punjab Government orders Class 4 employees to wear uniform during Duty

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: Cracking the whip on all such class 4 employees who are ignoring the official decorum by not wearing the uniform during duty hours, the Punjab government has instructed them to wear uniform while on duty. Disclosing this an official spokesperson of the Punjab government said that it has been found that class 4 employees did not wear uniform which ultimately amounts breach in official decorum and non compliance of the g....
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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: Cracking the whip on all such class 4 employees who are ignoring the official decorum by not wearing the uniform during duty hours, the Punjab government has instructed them to wear uniform while on duty. Disclosing this an official spokesperson of the Punjab government said that it has been found that class 4 employees did not wear uniform which ultimately amounts breach in official decorum and non compliance of the government orders.
He said that the Punjab government has been incurring huge amount on the uniforms of these employees. He said that the notification in this regard has been issued and all the divisional head have been instructed to ensure the compliance.
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Fourth Convocation of LPU

Badal lauds Modi for making stupendous efforts to make India a frontrunner country in World

Exhorts youth to join hands with Government for accomplishing this mission

Governor envisions youth as fate of country and fortune of World

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Phagwara (Kapurthala), April 20, 2015: Lauding the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making all out efforts to make India a leading country in the world, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today exhorted the youth to work whole heartedly for achieving this target.
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Phagwara (Kapurthala), April 20, 2015: Lauding the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making all out efforts to make India a leading country in the world, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today exhorted the youth to work whole heartedly for achieving this target.
Addressing the gathering during the fourth convocation of Lovely Professional University (LPU) here today, the Chief Minister said that country was fortunate to have a visionary and dynamic Prime Minister like Mr. Modi, who has envisioned to make India as Number one in every field. However, he said that the dream of Prime Minister could only be fulfilled with the active support and cooperation of the public especially the youth. “All us have to jointly make efforts for fulfilling the dream of Prime Minster by further putting the country on high growth trajectory” added Mr. Badal.
The Chief Minister said that today’s era was an era of science and technology, so the need of the day was to impart result oriented skill education to the youth. He said that it was all the more important to make the youth self reliant by providing them opportunities of gainful employment. Mr. Badal said that the state government has planned to open a number of skill centers in the state that would impart world class skill training to the youth in various sectors so as to enable them to earn their livelihood besides producing a pool of skilled manpower so as to cope up with the need of industry of the state.
The Chief Minister said that these centre, to be established under the Punjab State Skill Development Mission, would act as a game changer by changing the fortunes of the youth of the state. Mr. Badal said that he had series of parleys with the Industrialists of the state to set up integrated skill training centers that could provide specialized skill training to the youth. “It is the high time to infuse the scientific temper amongst our youth to make the Punjab a frontrunner state” he added.
Listing the achievements of the state government in the field of education, the Chief Minister said thatthe state government was fully sensitized about the need of providing quality education to the students to enable them to meet the challenges across the globe. He said that due to concerted efforts of the state government Punjab was today leading the country in the field of education. Mr. Badal said that Education was one of the key priorities of the state Government and no stone would be left unturned for providing world class education to the students.
The Chief Minister said that the all out efforts being made by the state government had fructified as the state has got premier institutes like IIM, IIT, IIIT, Indian School of Business and others which would give major fillip to the education in the state. He said that ever since assuming power the state government has set up 12 new Universities and 19 Degree Colleges in the state. Mr. Badal said that in order to boost technical education in the Malwa hinterland of the state Maharaja Ranjit Singh Technical University Bathinda was being set up by the state government.
The Chief Minister further said that in order to open new vistas for the children of weaker sections of the society, the state government has been laying special thrust on imparting quality education to them. He said that apart from upgrading the infra structure in all the government schools, six new schools have been opened for the bright students of the weaker sections, who secure 80% or more marks in tenth class from the government schools. Mr. Badal said that the state government was providing free education to these students along with boarding and lodging facilities.
In his address the Governor of Punjab Prof. Kaptaan Singh Solanki said that the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has initiated a number of programs like Made in India, Digital India and Swacch Bharat, which were aimed at holistic development of the country. However, he said that all these targets could not be achieved without the active support and cooperation of the youth. “Students are the fate of the country and fortune of the world so you have to play an important role for the transformation of the country” Prof. Solanki added.
Prof. Solanki, said that Education in India has been seen as an effective tool for social change, for empowerment of the people, and for sustained economic development. He said institutions should continuously learn, improve and upgrade their knowledge, to face the emerging challenges of globalization. The Governor said that Professional Institutions should focus on all levels of teachings, research, extension and consultancy.
The Governor hailed the Lovely Professional University for providing a complete, meaningful and relevant education to the youth of Punjab and the neighbouring States. Congratulating all the students who received their degrees today, Prof. Solanki, said the Convocation was an important milestone in the educational journey of the students. He implored them to face the challenges of the outside world with a positive attitude. The Governor exhorted the students that in this competitive age, focus should be on enhancing capabilities and confidence to achieve excellence through commitment, vision, determination and hard work.
Proposing a vote of thanks for all the dignitaries, the Editor-in-Chief of Ajit group of Newspapers Dr. Barjinder Singh Hamdard expressed gratitude towards President of Maurituous Mr. Kailash Purryag, Punjab Governor Prof. Kaptaan Singh Solanki and Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal for sparing their valuable time to felicitate the students. He also recalled the age old ties between the people of Mauritius and India.
Prominent amongst other present on the occasion included Advisor to Chief Minister on National Affairs and Media Mr. Harcharan Bains, Deputy Commissioner Kapurthala Mr. DS Mangat, Chancellor LPU Mr. Ashok Mittal and Pro-Vice Chancellor LPU Mrs. Rashmi Mittal.....
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Rajan Zed points that it would be a “step in positive direction” in view of presence of a substantial number of Hindu students

Hindus want Prayer Room at Princeton University in New Jersey

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Nevada (USA), April 20, 2015: Hindus have asked for a permanent and exclusive Prayer Room at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Princeton should respond to the requirements of its Hindu students to provide designated prayer-meditation hall for rituals, quiet reflection, festivals and spiritual exercise, which would help in their personal growth.

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Nevada (USA), April 20, 2015: Hindus have asked for a permanent and exclusive Prayer Room at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that Princeton should respond to the requirements of its Hindu students to provide designated prayer-meditation hall for rituals, quiet reflection, festivals and spiritual exercise, which would help in their personal growth.

Princeton reportedly already has a University Chapel, Muslim Prayer Room and Interfaith Prayer Room.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that it would be a “step in the positive direction” in view of presence of a substantial number of Hindu students at Princeton, as it was important to meet the spiritual needs of these students. Some other universities/colleges in USA now offered Hindu prayer rooms.

Rajan Zed urged all USA and Canadian universities, both public and private, to respond to the needs of their considerable Hindu student bodies and offer prayer facility. Princeton needed to recognize the intersection of spirituality and education, which was important in Hinduism, Zed added.

Many Princeton students, Hindus as well non-Hindus, in a recent survey, reportedly expressed interest in creation of Hindu prayer space and supported the idea.

Chartered in 1746 and spread in 500 acres, Ivy League world-renowned research university Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in USA. Many of its faculty/staff have won Nobel Prizes. Its library holdings are over 14 million and its students number around 7,910. Christopher L. Eisgruber and Kathryn A. Hall are Princeton’s President and Board Chair respectively.

Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in USA.....
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Instructions to maintain record of applications & fee received form applicants for information under RTI, Act

Punjab Govt. to departments: Furnish information under RTI on time

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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: The Punjab Government has instructed all the departments to implement Right to Information Act in its true spirits by providing the information in time.
Taking cognizance of reports regarding delay from different social organisations, strict instructions have been issued to adhere to timeline as specified in RTI Act-2005. Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson said that certain NGOs hav....
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Chandigarh, April 20, 2015: The Punjab Government has instructed all the departments to implement Right to Information Act in its true spirits by providing the information in time.
Taking cognizance of reports regarding delay from different social organisations, strict instructions have been issued to adhere to timeline as specified in RTI Act-2005. Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson said that certain NGOs have brought this issue into the notice of the State Government that Some Public Authorities/ State Information Officers have been blatantly violating the provisions of the RTI, Act-2005. These NGOs have alleged that Public Authorities/ State Information Officers of some department have wilfully ignoring to implement the Sub sections 2(j),3,4(4),5(1),6(3),18(1),19(5),20(1), and 20(2) of the RTI, Act-2005. It has been alleged that in the absence of these provisions Public Authorities/ State Information Officers withhold the information or delay the information tacitly.
The Spokesperson said that the State Government has taken serious note of the lackadaisical approach of Public Authorities/ State Information Officers in implementing the sub section of the RTI, Act-2005. In written instruction to all the departmental heads it has been directed to personally ensure the implementation of the RTI, Act in true spirits. Terming the delay in proving information as a serious blot on the working of the State Government, department has now been directed to maintain the record of all the applications and fee received from the applicants on prescribed Performa.
He further said that Departmental Heads have been asked to further issue written instruction to the Public Information Officers and First Appellate Authorities to implement the provisions of RTI, Act-2005 and to maintain the records as per the provisions under rule 3(3) and 4(6) of Punjab State Information Rule, 2007 with intimation to Governance Reforms Department.....
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Ferozepur-Patti Rail Track looks to be a distance dream

Punjab Government fails to provide land and sharing of 50 per cent cost of Rs.148 crore

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Ferozepur, April 20, 2015: While there was a credit war over the sanction of Ferozepur-Patti rail line in the past and all section of people – importers, exporters and residents have welcomed on the announcement of Ferozepur-Patti 80 Km rail line during the rail budget 2013 but it still looks to be a distance dream as the Punjab Government has failed to provide land free of cost for the track besides commitment to contribute to 50 per cent matc....
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Ferozepur, April 20, 2015: While there was a credit war over the sanction of Ferozepur-Patti rail line in the past and all section of people – importers, exporters and residents have welcomed on the announcement of Ferozepur-Patti 80 Km rail line during the rail budget 2013 but it still looks to be a distance dream as the Punjab Government has failed to provide land free of cost for the track besides commitment to contribute to 50 per cent matching amount of total project cost of Rs.148 crore.
This was stated by Anuj Parkash, Divisional Rail Manager, Ferozepur Division in a press conference called to highlight the achievements of Ferozepur Division during the Railway Week celebrations for the year 2015 on April 22.
Speaking to the media persons, DRM said, though the rail link stands approved in the budget but due to basic formalities like providing of land free of cost for the track and sharing of 50 percent cost of the total project of Rs.148 crore, the project is getting a final nod from the authorities.
The Ferozepur-Patti rail link announcement has sparked a credit war between the SAD Minister and Congress MP and the Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly. But with the revealing of actual facts which were not earlier made public, the proverb – Out of the frying pan into the fire – fits well and the dream of the people of Punjab - which was claimed to be continuous and tireless efforts of leaders – looks to be a distanced dream.
It may however, be added that Ferozepur-Patti rail link (say 30 Km from Makhu-Patti) would connect the people of Malwa with Majha and it would also be a boon for the rest of the country as it will shorten the distance between the Northern States including Punjab to the trade capitals of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
As per the information, about 20,000 containers of basmati rice valued at around Rs 6,000 crore are exported from the holy city via Kandla port in Gujarat. Presently, exporters prefer to ferry the merchandise through trucks as they save about Rs 5000 on a truckload of 24 tonnes of goods in comparison to goods train. “The Patti-Ferozepur line would link Amritsar with the country’s financial capital and Gujarat and would prompt the exporters to switch over to freight trains.
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Central University of Haryana gets new V-C

Prof. R.C. Kuhad appointed Vice Chancellor of Central University of Haryana

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Chandigarh, April 20 – Prof. R.C. Kuhad has been appointed as Vice Chancellor of Central University of Haryana located at Jant-Pali village in Mahendergarh district.

Prior to join as Vice Chancellor of Central University of Haryana, Prof. Kuhad was a senior professor at Microbiology Department at Delhi University. Besides, he has also served as the Joint Director of Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL), Delhi University. He has also been felicitated as Fellow of B....
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Chandigarh, April 20 – Prof. R.C. Kuhad has been appointed as Vice Chancellor of Central University of Haryana located at Jant-Pali village in Mahendergarh district.

Prior to join as Vice Chancellor of Central University of Haryana, Prof. Kuhad was a senior professor at Microbiology Department at Delhi University. Besides, he has also served as the Joint Director of Institute of Life Long Learning (ILLL), Delhi University. He has also been felicitated as Fellow of Biotech Research Society (FBRS) and Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (FNAAS).
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Petitions of Manjit Singh Sethi and Harpal Singh Channa, both councilors of Mohali allowed by HC

Punjab Govt's decision to reserve Mohali Mayor post for women set aside by HC

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Chandigarh ,April 20,2015 : Punjab Govt's decision to reserve Mohali Mayor post for women has been set aside by Punjab and Haryana High Court today .The petitions challenging the reservation allowed by Justice Jaswant Singh.The process of electing the mayor was earlier stayed by Justice Jaswant Singh during the hearing on two petitions. In one of the petitions, Amrik Singh had sought directions for quashing a letter whereby the mayor’s post sto....
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Chandigarh ,April 20,2015 : Punjab Govt's decision to reserve Mohali Mayor post for women has been set aside by Punjab and Haryana High Court today .The petitions challenging the reservation allowed by Justice Jaswant Singh.The process of electing the mayor was earlier stayed by Justice Jaswant Singh during the hearing on two petitions. In one of the petitions, Amrik Singh had sought directions for quashing a letter whereby the mayor’s post stood reserved for woman.
Counsel for the petitioners Deepinder Singh Patwalia and Puneet Gupta contended that the action was “totally contrary” to the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976, as well as the 1996 Rules framed there under, on reservation of the mayor’s offices in the corporations.
Taking up two separate petitions filed on 9/3/15 in Punjab and Haryana HC by Manjit Singh Sethi and Harpal Singh Channa, both councilors of MC, Mohali challenging the the reservation of Mohali Mayoral post for women, justice Jaswant Singh of HC today allowed the petitions.
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Fzr-Chd train timings & manning unmanned railway crossings are under active consideration of railways : DRM

60th Railway Week Celebrations on April 22, Ferozepur Division gets 6 Achievement Awards

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Ferozepur, April 20, 2015: The Railway Week celebrations are being organized in Ferozepur Division on 22nd April, 2015 and in view of the outstanding performance in the year 2014-15, the Ferozepur Division have been awarded with six prestigious awards at the ceremony at Zonal Headquarters in Baroda House, New Delhi on April 17.
Giving this information to the media persons, Anuj Parkash, Divisional Rail Manager, Ferozepur Division said, th....
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Ferozepur, April 20, 2015: The Railway Week celebrations are being organized in Ferozepur Division on 22nd April, 2015 and in view of the outstanding performance in the year 2014-15, the Ferozepur Division have been awarded with six prestigious awards at the ceremony at Zonal Headquarters in Baroda House, New Delhi on April 17.
Giving this information to the media persons, Anuj Parkash, Divisional Rail Manager, Ferozepur Division said, the awards are in the field of Energy Conservation – non traction, Accident Relief Medical Van, Freight Operation, Rake Terminal Management, Security and Passenger Security Shield.
While Atul Kumar Singh, SR.DSTE was awarded by the Railway Minister, the other 11 officers – Jitendera Kumar, DEE(G)/JAT, Rajesh Kumar Gupta, ADSTE/JAT, Dr.Kamal Kumar, ADMO, Nana Ji Kaur, CHC (Time Table), Parkash Yadav SSE(Mech) DSLSHED /LDH, Satnam Singh, SSE(C&W) DEMU/BDGM, Madan Lal, JE (M&)) DEMU/BDGM, Kuldeep Singh, Tech-I/DSL (Token No.142) DMU/JUC, Javed Ahmad Dhar, Sr.Protocol Assistant/BDGM, Amatjit Singh, Tech./I/TRS/LDH, Pyar Singh Cook RPF Fzr.
He further said, 11 employees of Ferozepur Division including 3 officers have been honoured with certificates and cash awards for their outstanding performance and commendable services during the year 2014-15. This year about 608 employees of Ferozepur Division have been selected, to be rewarded for their meritorious services, he added.
DRM also highlighted the achievements during the year 2014-15 which include Opening of new line 25 Km upto Katra by the Prime Minister on July 7, 2014, introduction of six new trains in the division, evacuating of 63,000 persons after the flash floods in Kashmir valley on 4/5 September 2014, record loading of 1224 wagons on October 29, 2014, conversion of JRC stations to an energy efficient stations by replacing all the luminaries with LED luminaries, provision of Solar Power Plants at 9 stations – Talwandi, Dasuya, Chak Dayala, Manwal, Jiwanarian, Fazilka, Pathankot, Dalhousie Road, Jhok Tehal Singh with total 40.02 KWp, providing of Sola Panel System at 4 stations, providing of 4 NG GS Green Coaches at Pathankot, implementation of change of aspect from Close to Road Traffic to Open to Road Traffic, commissioning of RRI work at Ferozepur station, arrest of 3442 outsiders with realization of Rs.3.85 lakh on account of various offences, removal of 504 beggars, recovery of Rs.17.81 lakh from 4459 persons ticketless passengers.
In reply to the queries from the media persons, DRM said, the change in departure and arrival timings of Ferozepur-Chandigarh are under active consideration for the convenience of the passengers.
To another questions of unmanned railway crossings, he said, there are in total 1150 unmanned railway crossings in the division, out of which only 350 have been manned. However, they are working on others for railway over bridges or under bridges besides educating the people by organizing seminars in the area of unmanned railway crossings. He however, appreciated the idea of arranging a red light by linking it with the nearest railway station at the time of passing of the train to create consciousness among the persons crossing the open track.
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Convocation at SBS Tech. Campus : Wearing of old British time dress code - Black Gown & Hat replaced with ‘Phulkari’

Shaheed Bhagat Singh Technical Campus to get status of University : Badal

CM inaugurated of 24 Lectures Halls, lays foundation stone of Computer Centre and Library

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Ferozepur, April 20,2015 : The old tradition of wearing of black gowns of British time were replaced with Phulkaris while conferring the degrees to pass-out students of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Technical Campus at 4th Convocation, by the Chief Minister, Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, on Sunday.
During his address after handing over the degrees to the students, Badal said, the government is taking lot of important steps to provide the quality edu....
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Ferozepur, April 20,2015 : The old tradition of wearing of black gowns of British time were replaced with Phulkaris while conferring the degrees to pass-out students of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Technical Campus at 4th Convocation, by the Chief Minister, Punjab, Parkash Singh Badal, on Sunday.
During his address after handing over the degrees to the students, Badal said, the government is taking lot of important steps to provide the quality education to the youths of Punjab so that the name of Punjab could figure at the global level.
He said, keeping in view bright future of the youths of border areas, the SBS Technical Campus would be given the status of University.
The attracting feature of the Convocation was the replacement of old traditional of wearing of black gown and hat with Phulkari round the neck at the time of conferring of degrees to the pass-out students of the Campus.
In all, 305 graduates and postgraduates were conferred degrees at the convocation. These included 28 of M.Tech, 24 of MBA/MCA/ BCA/BSc (IT) courses and 250 of B.Tech. Three PhD degrees were also awarded.
Badal made a specific mention of Dinesh Lakra, Chairman, BoG SBS Technical Camps, for extending his services for the development of the institution.
Earlier, Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister inaugurated 24 Lecture Halls at a cost of Rs.7 crore to accommodate for sitting of about 2000 students. Badal also laid the foundation stone of Computer Center and Library to be constructed in the campus at a cost of Rs.6 crore.
Present on this occasion included Cabinet Minister Mr. Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Adviser to Chief Minister on National Affairs and Media Mr. Harcharan Bains, Lok Sabha MP Mr. Sher Singh Ghubaya, MLAs Mr. Hari Singh Zira and Mr. Joginder Singh Jindu, Deputy Commissioner Mr. DPS Kharbanda, Dinesh Lakra, Chairman, BOG, Shaheed Bhagat Singh State Technical Campus and Dr. TS Sidhu, Director Campus. ....
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