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It will be held at Gurudwara Jeevan Prakash model town Bathinda

Bhog & Antim Ardas of mother of Ex Mayor Baljit Singh Birbehman on November 30

By Amritpal Brar

Bathinda: November 27: The bhog and Antim Ardas of mother of former Bathinda Mayor Baljit Singh Birbehman, late Charanjit Kaur who left for heavenly abode on 20th November will be held on 30th November (Sunday) at 1:00 P.M. at Gurudwara Jeevan Prakash, Model Town Phase I, Bathinda.....
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Bathinda: November 27: The bhog and Antim Ardas of mother of former Bathinda Mayor Baljit Singh Birbehman, late Charanjit Kaur who left for heavenly abode on 20th November will be held on 30th November (Sunday) at 1:00 P.M. at Gurudwara Jeevan Prakash, Model Town Phase I, Bathinda.....
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Land was under illegal possession since the last 40 yrs

In a swift action, DFO Bti Sanjeev Tiwari gets 6 acre land worth Rs 2 crore freed from illegal possession

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Bathinda: November 27: In a swift action, the Divisional Forest Officer of Bathinda Sanjeev Tiwari IFS with the help of police department gets a forest land measuring 6 acres which is worth Rs 2 crores, freed from the illegal possession of Harmander Singh and Karamjeet Singh of Puhla village. The action was launched following a stay vacation order passed by the SDM Bathinda.

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By Amritpal Brar

Bathinda: November 27: In a swift action, the Divisional Forest Officer of Bathinda Sanjeev Tiwari IFS with the help of police department gets a forest land measuring 6 acres which is worth Rs 2 crores, freed from the illegal possession of Harmander Singh and Karamjeet Singh of Puhla village. The action was launched following a stay vacation order passed by the SDM Bathinda.

Harmander Singh had got allotted the forest land in his name allegedly with the connivance of the revenue officials at Puhla village near Rampura, when forest department came to know about it they got the allotment cancelled through a court order. On several occasions the accused destroyed the plants planted by forest department on same land. Two FIRs had already been lodged by forest department against the same.

On Tuesday, Sanjeev Tiwari Divisional Forest Officer, Bathinda along with heavy police force including revenue officials and his staff led by Gurpal Singh range officer Rampura reached the Puhla village and took the possession of the land and put 3000 saplings on the said land. According to a forest official, the forest department is planning to establish a nursery over this land. It is pertinent to mention, that the said land was under illegal possession since the last 40 years.
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Group of employees files case in Pb. & Hry High Court, Hearing on Nov 28

Khattar Govt. decision of lowering retirement age from 60 to 58 challenged in HC

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Chandigarh, November 27: A group of employees has challenged the decision of the Haryana Cabinet for lowering the retirement age from 60 to 58 through their counsel Rajiv Atma Ram. The case is in the court of Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa and fixed for hearing on Friday, November 28, 2014.....
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Chandigarh, November 27: A group of employees has challenged the decision of the Haryana Cabinet for lowering the retirement age from 60 to 58 through their counsel Rajiv Atma Ram. The case is in the court of Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa and fixed for hearing on Friday, November 28, 2014.....
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Badal asks DC & Civil Surgeon Ludhiana to inquire about health of ailing Jassowal

Punjab government to bear entire expenditure on treatment of Jassowal

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Chandigarh, November 27: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today deputed the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Civil Surgeon Ludhiana to visit the DMC Hospital and inquire about the health of former MLA Mr. Jagdev Singh Jassowal.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Mr. Badal asked both the officers to ensure that Mr. Jassowal was given the best treatment by the Hospital auth....
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Chandigarh, November 27: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today deputed the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Civil Surgeon Ludhiana to visit the DMC Hospital and inquire about the health of former MLA Mr. Jagdev Singh Jassowal.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that Mr. Badal asked both the officers to ensure that Mr. Jassowal was given the best treatment by the Hospital authorities. The spokesperson further said that keeping in view the outstanding services rendered by Mr. Jassowal for preserving the rich cultural legacy of the state, the Punjab government would bear the entire expenditure incurred on the treatment of the veteran leader.
The Chief Minister also prayed to the Almighty for speedy recovery of Mr. Jassowal, added the spokesperson.
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Doon International School celebrated Founder’s Day A Nuance of Ecstasy at Tagore Theater

Pb. Education Minister Daljit Cheema honours Doon School students

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Chandigarh, November 27: Doon International School, Sector 69, celebrated their 10th Founder’s Day ‘A Nuance of Ecstasy’ 2014, with great exuberance and gusto in Tagore Theatre. The function was illuminated with the august presence of Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema, Education Minister. The program commenced with the auspicious lighting of the lamp to invoke the blessing of almighty. The theatre put on a festive look with students depicting a conco....
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Chandigarh, November 27: Doon International School, Sector 69, celebrated their 10th Founder’s Day ‘A Nuance of Ecstasy’ 2014, with great exuberance and gusto in Tagore Theatre. The function was illuminated with the august presence of Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema, Education Minister. The program commenced with the auspicious lighting of the lamp to invoke the blessing of almighty. The theatre put on a festive look with students depicting a concoction of varied hues. Rendition of Ganesh Vandana, a psalm of ecstasy, was followed by Student Council Members reading out the Annual Report. The cultural program comprised of the theme of ‘Nav Ras’, an addition to the glory of life, depicted by Students in colorful and elaborate costumes displaying their talent and potential through lively and energetic dances on the stage. A patriotic qawaali titled ‘Shama –e-watan’ was followed by a heart rending play based on Post Partition sufferings and trauma the people underwent at that time. It portrayed the humans, that in spite of all conflicts, they understood the conditions and rendered help to each other thereby embracing the human life.
The students were honored with prizes for reaching the pinnacles of glory with their diligence and devotion, by the Education Minister, Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema . The prize distribution was followed sharing pearls of his wisdom with the students by Chief Guest Cheema.
The show stealer was the scintillating Bhangra performance by the senior students unleashing the unique cultural heritage of Punjab. While appreciating the efforts of students and teachers Director, Doon School C.S. Mann said that Sky is not the limit. The youth of today must explore the heights beyond sky if they want their dreams to be true in such a competitive world. ....
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Leaders of ABP Sanjha Channel blames Badal Government for suppressing voice of media

ABP Sanjha employees hold candle march protest at Sector 17 Chandigarh

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Chandigarh, November 27: The ABP Sanjha TV Channel employees showing solidarity with the terminated employees organized a candle march as a protest for closing the Punjabi Channel in Sector 17 here this evening. They also staged a protest against the Badal Government. It may be recalled that last night ABP Sanjha has abruptly announced to close its service after the Fastway cable network Punjab has refused to accommodate in pursuing its business.....
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Chandigarh, November 27: The ABP Sanjha TV Channel employees showing solidarity with the terminated employees organized a candle march as a protest for closing the Punjabi Channel in Sector 17 here this evening. They also staged a protest against the Badal Government. It may be recalled that last night ABP Sanjha has abruptly announced to close its service after the Fastway cable network Punjab has refused to accommodate in pursuing its business.
The ABP Media Channel employees blamed the Badal Government for its pressurizing tactics to suppress voice of Punjabi Channel. The speakers castigated Badal Government for allegedly controlling cable network.The media employees while addressing the gathering appealed the press fraternity to fight collectively against the alleged anti-media policies of the Badal Government.
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Decision taken after meeting Health Minister Today

PCMS Doctors withdraw strike scheduled to be started on November 28

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Ludhiana, November 27: The PCMS-SDA has withdrawn its scheduled strike to be started on the 28th of November.
The decision to this effect was taken after having an assurance by the Health Minister Punjab Mr. Surjeet Kumar Jayani to PCMS-SDA state president Dr. Kashmir Singh Sohal and Ludhiana district President Dr. Avinash Jindal that they would be given a tolerant hearing considering their genuine demands in the Ludhiana case. The PCM....
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Ludhiana, November 27: The PCMS-SDA has withdrawn its scheduled strike to be started on the 28th of November.
The decision to this effect was taken after having an assurance by the Health Minister Punjab Mr. Surjeet Kumar Jayani to PCMS-SDA state president Dr. Kashmir Singh Sohal and Ludhiana district President Dr. Avinash Jindal that they would be given a tolerant hearing considering their genuine demands in the Ludhiana case. The PCMS doctors have also informed that the government doctors have decided to call off the strikein larger public interest.
The doctors informed that they apprised Health Minister Mr. Surjeet Kumar Jayani that doctors in Civil Hospitals are overburdened with meager Para medical staff to assist and the infrastructure is also not comparable to big private hospitals. The doctors also informed that the Health minister Mr. Surjeet Kumar Jayani has also called them in a meeting at Chandigarh in the coming days to solve their other long pending demands
"The work load is remarkably high, not only this, we are dealing with poorest section of society and very sick patients, those who cannot avail any health facility outside.” “We have requested the Health Minister to keep everything in mind while deciding the President case. He has assured us that full justice would be given. So, we withdraw the Strike," Dr. Avinash Jindal, district president, PCMS-SDA said.....
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Hassel free service for a tourist in India

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launches E-visa facility for 43 countries

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New Delhi, November 27: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today launched the tourist visa on arrival facility enabled by electronic travel authorization. The system will be applicable for 43 countries. It will make travel seamless and hassle-free for foreign tourist in India. Addressing the function, Mr Singh said, India has been center of attraction since ages and due to it spirituality, seasons and geographical location. He said government has change....
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New Delhi, November 27: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today launched the tourist visa on arrival facility enabled by electronic travel authorization. The system will be applicable for 43 countries. It will make travel seamless and hassle-free for foreign tourist in India. Addressing the function, Mr Singh said, India has been center of attraction since ages and due to it spirituality, seasons and geographical location. He said government has changed the manual system to IT based system for the benefit of tourists. Home Minister said that the step will bring the revolution in the tourism sector and boost the economy.
Speaking on the occasion Tourism Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma said, the facility will boost the tourism sector. He said that his Ministry is focusing more on safety of tourists and cleanliness of the monuments. Dr Sharma added that Swachh Bharat- Swachh Smarak (CLEAN INDIA-CLEAN MONUMENT) programme will be started by Tourism Ministry.
To apply for e-visa facility a foreign tourist will have to apply online at the Web site, upload a photo and passport and pay a fee online and within 72 hours, the applicant will receive an Electronic Travel Authorization, ETA by e-mail. The 30-day permit will include sightseeing, visiting friends and family, recreation, short duration medical treatment, and casual business visit. Through the facility, foreign tourists will be allowed to enter and depart from nine airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Goa.....
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11-year old case for job bribery

Former PPSC Chairman Sidhu gets bail in cash-for-job bribery case

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Chandigarh, November 27 (Courtesy: HT) : Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, former Punjab Public Services Commission (PPSC) chairman on Thursday granted bail by Punjab and Haryana high court in 11-year-old cash-for-job bribery case.
Sidhu, who is at present in Rupnagar jail, was on July 15 sentenced to six years imprisonment and was, slapped a fine of Rs. 1.5 lakh by the Runagar special trial court.
As per the allegations, Sidhu had raised a demand of Rs. 35 lakh bribe, on March 24, 2002, f....
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Chandigarh, November 27 (Courtesy: HT) : Ravinder Pal Singh Sidhu, former Punjab Public Services Commission (PPSC) chairman on Thursday granted bail by Punjab and Haryana high court in 11-year-old cash-for-job bribery case.
Sidhu, who is at present in Rupnagar jail, was on July 15 sentenced to six years imprisonment and was, slapped a fine of Rs. 1.5 lakh by the Runagar special trial court.
As per the allegations, Sidhu had raised a demand of Rs. 35 lakh bribe, on March 24, 2002, from then excise and taxation inspector Bhupjit Singh for selecting him as a Punjab Civil Services (executive) officer. Sidhu was caught red-handed by the Punjab vigilance bureau on March 25, 2002, while accepting Rs. 5 lakh bribe money at his residence in Sector-39, Chandigarh.
The case was registered at SAS Nagar vigilance bureau police station. When the state vigilance bureau had opened his five bank lockers on April 19, 2002, an amount of Rs. 8.19 crore was recovered. It was in November 2002 that the Rupnagar court had framed charges and the trial had begun in the case.
Sidhu, a journalist with national daily, was appointed chairman of PPSC in 1996 because of his close proximity to then Congress chief minister Harcharan Singh Brar.
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Delhi Darbar

ITS (1991) Tapan Mazumder to be Director in Department of Commerce, Delhi

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New Delhi, November 27: Govt. of India has appointed Indian Trade Service (1991), Tapan Mazumder as Director in the Department of Commerce, Delhi under Central Staffing scheme for a period of 5 years. ....
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New Delhi, November 27: Govt. of India has appointed Indian Trade Service (1991), Tapan Mazumder as Director in the Department of Commerce, Delhi under Central Staffing scheme for a period of 5 years. ....
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Delhi Darbar

UP IAS Navdeep Rinwa appointed as Private Secretary to MoS for AYUSH

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New Delhi, November 27: Govt. of India has appointed IAS (UP:1989) Navdeep Rinwa as Private Secretary to Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH( Shri Shripad Yesso Naik) in Ministry of AYUSH.....
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New Delhi, November 27: Govt. of India has appointed IAS (UP:1989) Navdeep Rinwa as Private Secretary to Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH( Shri Shripad Yesso Naik) in Ministry of AYUSH.....
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7 Companies involved in this project

Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) doing well in Punjab: Jayani

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Chandigarh, November 27: While revealing details about the performance under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna in Punjab state, Surjit Kumar Jyani, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab here today clarified that there was a problem in the early years but the scheme is doing reasonably well now in the State of Punjab. Scheme is under implementation from the last six years. So far, 7 companies have been involved out of which 4 are public sector co....
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Chandigarh, November 27: While revealing details about the performance under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna in Punjab state, Surjit Kumar Jyani, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab here today clarified that there was a problem in the early years but the scheme is doing reasonably well now in the State of Punjab. Scheme is under implementation from the last six years. So far, 7 companies have been involved out of which 4 are public sector companies and 3 are private companies. Allotment is made in favour of bidder quoting the least premium. He further added that the amount of premium being paid to Insurance Company is continuously coming down. The premium has come down from Rs.670/- into Rs.238/- per family per annum. He stated that overall for all the years together, the State has paid Rs. 43.46 Crores as a permium or Rs.37.54 Crores as effective premium (This means the premium paid to the Insurance Co. less the cost of the smart card i.e. Rs.60/-), against which the claims are to the tune Rs.23.57 Crores and claims ratio is 62.80%.
Sh Jyani clarified that fewer claims were lodged in the initial years due to poor awareness regarding the scheme. He told that at present the claim ratio has increased to 106.47%. During the FY 2013-14, we have paid Rs.3.46 Crores effective premium to the company against which the claims are to the tune of Rs. 3.68 Crores. He further told that the State has taken various initiative for popularizing this scheme through press and electronic media and that as a result of these measures the BPL families enrolled under the scheme will benefit further.....
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Delegation to explore possibility of exchanging programmes in Teaching & Research

Canadian Delegation from Sheridan visits Panjab University Chandigarh

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Chandigarh, November 27: A Canadian delegation from Sheridan, leading postsecondary institutions of Ontario, visited Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh today. The delegation was here to explore the possibility of exchange of teaching and research programmes with PU. Founded in 1967, Sheridan is educating approximately 18,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing and part-time studies students every year on four campuses in three Ontario cities.
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Chandigarh, November 27: A Canadian delegation from Sheridan, leading postsecondary institutions of Ontario, visited Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh today. The delegation was here to explore the possibility of exchange of teaching and research programmes with PU. Founded in 1967, Sheridan is educating approximately 18,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing and part-time studies students every year on four campuses in three Ontario cities.
The delegation comprised of Associate Vice President, Academic Quality, Dr. Melanie Spence-Ariemma, Director International Services Andrew F. Ness and Dean, Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, Richard Finch. The delegation met PU Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover, Dean University Instructions Prof A K Bhandari, PU Controller of Examination Prof Parvinder Singh and Dean Arts Prof Ronki Ram and discussed areas of mutual concern and cooperation. The delegation was highly impressed with the rich heritage and legacy of the PU. They appreciated the efforts of the faculty and the VC in providing academic leadership. They also appreciated the examinations reforms by the University taken in recent past.....
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Father & wife of Bittu Aulakh issued press statement (PDF attached)

Kins of Bittu Aulakh allegedly involved in drug case denies naming any person before ED

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Chandigarh, November 27: The kins of Bittu Aulkah allegedly involved in drug case have denied for making any statements naming any person before the Enforcement Directorate as reported in a section of press. Bittu Aulakh is in the custody of Punjab Police in FIR No. 56/2013 registered at Banur, District Patiala.
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Chandigarh, November 27: The kins of Bittu Aulkah allegedly involved in drug case have denied for making any statements naming any person before the Enforcement Directorate as reported in a section of press. Bittu Aulakh is in the custody of Punjab Police in FIR No. 56/2013 registered at Banur, District Patiala.
In a press release, issued under the signatures of Bittu Aulakh’s father Master Partap Singh son of Charan Singh and his wife Jagminder Kaur said that it is completely baseless to allege that we had named any person by name. Words have been put in our mouth for causing gains to some interested persons, the statement reads. They also said that they are issuing legal notice to the newspaper and Sukhpal Singh Khaira of the Congress through their counsel for appropriate remedies under law. The detailed statement is in attached PDF.
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Hawala allegations case

Bajwa cautions Sukhbir against harassment of Sukhpal Khaira

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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa today cautioned the Punjab police against any attempt to the harass senior party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira and said such nefarious designs would be opposed tooth and nail.

In a statement, Bajwa refuted the allegations levelled against Khaira by the Inspector General of Police, Gaurav Yadav as utterly malicious to scuttle his campaign against the revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the drug smuggling....
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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa today cautioned the Punjab police against any attempt to the harass senior party leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira and said such nefarious designs would be opposed tooth and nail.

In a statement, Bajwa refuted the allegations levelled against Khaira by the Inspector General of Police, Gaurav Yadav as utterly malicious to scuttle his campaign against the revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the drug smuggling case. He alleged that the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was trying to stop him through police. He asserted that law must be allowed to take its own course. He said Khaira was known for exposing misdeeds of Sukhbir Badal.

He said Khaira had challenged the state government to order judicial probe by a sitting judge of the High Court into his role and that of Majithia as this was the best solution under the given situation.

He said it was a clear case of vendetta as it was Mr Khaira who had approached the Supreme Court in 2008 to shift the trials of the Badals outside Punjab. Yet he had filed another case challenging the grant of Lawrence School, Sanawar by Mr Sukhbir Badal.

Mr Bajwa made it clear that the Congress would stand like a rock behind every leader of the party and would never tolerate such attempts by the Parkash Singh Badal government to browbeat them. The Congress would continue to raise its voice against the misdeeds of those in power, how-so-ever high they might be, he added.....
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Seek end of blasphemy law against minorities & rehab of victims

Christian community burns Pak Flag in protest against atrocities on minority groups

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Ferozepur, November 27: Today, Christian community, burned Pak flag in protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s office, against the atrocities on minorities in Pakistan and putting an end of blasphemy law besides rehabilitation of victims.
Alvin Bhatti spokesperson of Christian community, Jeet Sarwar Sandhu, Mukhtiar Singh, Babu Lal, Madan Lal and Mohan Lal speaking against the blasphemy law said, the minority people in Pakistan are being harassed.
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Ferozepur, November 27: Today, Christian community, burned Pak flag in protest in front of the deputy commissioner’s office, against the atrocities on minorities in Pakistan and putting an end of blasphemy law besides rehabilitation of victims.
Alvin Bhatti spokesperson of Christian community, Jeet Sarwar Sandhu, Mukhtiar Singh, Babu Lal, Madan Lal and Mohan Lal speaking against the blasphemy law said, the minority people in Pakistan are being harassed.
They said, in the Punjab area in Pakistan, when one brick kiln labourer asked for his wages from the owner, he was thrown in the fire pockets if the kiln. They said, hundreds of people of Christian community, under the influence of black law have been put in the Pak jails.
Addressing the protesters, Paster Stephen, Paster Bobby, Rita RAni and Veena said, Pakistan government should immediately end the blasphemy law and make arrangements for the rehabilitation of the victims of this law. They further demanded that Indian Prime Minister, Narendera Modi should also talk to Pakistan Government for the safety of minority groups.

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More than 4 lakh enrolled as BJP member against target of 21 lakh

Kamal Sharma BJP President inaugurates BJP digital national membership drive of 4 districts

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Ferozepur, November 27 : Today, Punjab BJP President, Kamal Sharma inaugurated digital national membership drive of Bhartiya Janata Party in four districts – Ferozepur, Fazila, Moga and Jagraon, from Ferozepur where Brij Lal Rinwa, former BJP Punjab President, Vinod Sharma, Incharge Membership Campaign & Vice President, Punjab BJP, Bhain Umesh Shankar, Santosh Kalra, Kewal Krishan, Jiwan Gupta, D.P,Chandan, Ashok Bharti, Mohan Lal Sethi and Dau....
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Ferozepur, November 27 : Today, Punjab BJP President, Kamal Sharma inaugurated digital national membership drive of Bhartiya Janata Party in four districts – Ferozepur, Fazila, Moga and Jagraon, from Ferozepur where Brij Lal Rinwa, former BJP Punjab President, Vinod Sharma, Incharge Membership Campaign & Vice President, Punjab BJP, Bhain Umesh Shankar, Santosh Kalra, Kewal Krishan, Jiwan Gupta, D.P,Chandan, Ashok Bharti, Mohan Lal Sethi and Daulat Ram Chairman Planning Board and Presidents of four District BJP President – Sita Ram from Fazilka, Rakesh Sharma from Moga, Dr.Shrishti Garg from Jagraon and Jugraj Singh Katora from Ferozepur.


Speaking on this occasion, Kamal Sharma said, there is great enthusiasm among the people to get digital national membership both at rural and urban level.

He said, keeping in view the interest of the people, a target of 21 lakh membership has been fixed and as of now, more than 4 lakh members have already got the online membership.
Kamal Sharma said, for getting BJP membership, anybody can get membership by dialing the toll free number – 1800-266-2020 – or by sending the SMS.

He said, BJP is at present number one political party which has pledged to eradicate inflation, unemployment and corruption and expressed his pleasure that the people all over the country are happy with the policies of the BJP.

In this campaign, a good number of BJP workers were present and got enrolled as digital national member of the party.



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As recommended by parliamentary standing Committee on Urban Development

Shift all dump yards including Bhagtawala dump from residential area: NGO

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Amritsar, November 27: Patron Amritsar Vikas Manch (NGO) Dr. Charanjit Singh Gumtala, has demanded shifting of all dump yards including Bhagtanwala (Amritsar) dump yard from the residential area throughout Punjab as recommended by the parliamentary standing committee on urban development.

In separate letters to Prime Minister. Narinder Modi, finance Minister Arun Jaitly, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and others ,Manch leader stated that in the 27threport, the parliamenta....
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Amritsar, November 27: Patron Amritsar Vikas Manch (NGO) Dr. Charanjit Singh Gumtala, has demanded shifting of all dump yards including Bhagtanwala (Amritsar) dump yard from the residential area throughout Punjab as recommended by the parliamentary standing committee on urban development.

In separate letters to Prime Minister. Narinder Modi, finance Minister Arun Jaitly, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and others ,Manch leader stated that in the 27threport, the parliamentary committee on urban development has recommended to close all waste plants in residential areas throughout the country because hazardous emission from the municipal incinerators cause serious health problems to people living not only near them but even those living thousands of kilometers away from the source. Report was placed in the Rajya Sabha on February 13,2014 and presented to the Lok Sabha on February 16,2014.The manual on municipal solid waste management and the report on technology advisory group on municipal solid waste indicate that flue gas generated from waste-to-energy plants will contain a number of pollutants in various concentrations like "carbon monoxide (CO), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (PM) containing heavy metal compounds and dioxins".

This dump yard is only 1800 meter away from the Golden temple and government is going to establish solid waste plant here in violation of the above recommendation. Solid waste plant will not only damage the building of the Harimander Sahib and other religious and heritage buildings but will have adverse effect on the health of the people living many kilometers away, said Gumtala.

About 50 thousand residents near the Bhagtanwala dump yard in Amritsar are protesting for the last one month for shifting of this dump yard, but Punjab govt. is not listening to their voice, though senior deputy mayor Avtar Singh and chief parliament secretary Inderbir Singh Bularia are supporting the genuine cause of the agitating people and are in favour of shifting of Bhagtanwala dump . Punjab govt. is going to construct a wall around to dump to pacify the agitators but this wall cannot check poisonous gases. So Punjab Govt. should shift all dump yards including Bhagtanwala from the residential area, Gumtala quipped.....
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Punjab Govt. extends one year service of Baljit Singh Grewal

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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Government has granted extension in service to Major Gen. (Retd.) Mr. Baljit Singh Grewal, Director Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute, Mohali.
Stating this here today a spokesman said that his services has been extended for a term of one year till October 17, 2015.
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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Government has granted extension in service to Major Gen. (Retd.) Mr. Baljit Singh Grewal, Director Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute, Mohali.
Stating this here today a spokesman said that his services has been extended for a term of one year till October 17, 2015.
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Impart hands on training on Dec 8 & 9 to make online delivery of services easier

Punjab to impart ‘hands on training’ to all ADCs for RTSIS

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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Right to Service Commission has finalised two day training program for all Additional Deputy Commissioners of Punjab on December 8 and 9 to make them familiar with new software Right to Service Information System launched by National Informatics Center.
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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Right to Service Commission has finalised two day training program for all Additional Deputy Commissioners of Punjab on December 8 and 9 to make them familiar with new software Right to Service Information System launched by National Informatics Center.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson today stated this ‘hands on training’ program will be conducted at Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration complex for Additional Deputy Commissioners (General), District Informatics Officers of NIC and District Suwidha Administrators to launch unique software Right to Service Information System (RTSIS). He said the sole aim of training program was to give details about RTSIS and its use in the online delivery of services. He said with the implementation of RTSIS the applicants seeking public services could get their desired public services online in a minimum time frame without visiting government offices.
The spokesperson informed that as per the schedule Commissioner Right to Service Commission Dr. Dalbir Singh Verka would deliver general introduction regarding Punjab Right to Service Commission and RTSIS while Mr. Sanjay Puri, Scientist-C NIC would give introduction to RTSIS, its functioning, results and salient features. He said an interactive session would also take place where Mr. S.M. Sharma, Mr. Iqbal Singh Sidhu and Dr. Dalbir Singh Verka, all Commissioners would be giving information about new software during hands on training program.
Giving information about the commission, the spokesman said it has received more than 3 Crore applications out of which 1.06 Crore have been sorted out. He added Punjab would be first in getting such a system in place by becoming frontrunner in launching RTSIS.
He informed that the new system has been operational in Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali) on pilot basis and after training program it would be operational in all districts.
He said a total 6334 issues including birth/death certificates, driving license, residential certificates, demarcation of lands, arm licence, ration card building plans, water and sewerage connection etc. lying pending between general public and various government authorities from different districts of the state have also been resolved with the active intervention of the Commission.
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Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana visits ailing Cultural Icon Jagdev Singh Jassowal

Punjab Govt. directs doctors to provide best treatment to Jassowal

DC inquires about his health from doctors & prays for his speedy recovery

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Ludhiana, November 27: On behalf of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Commissioner Mr Rajat Agarwal today visited ailing Cultural icon and former MLA Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, here. The Deputy Commissioner inquired about Jassowal's health from the doctors at DMCH.
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Ludhiana, November 27: On behalf of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Commissioner Mr Rajat Agarwal today visited ailing Cultural icon and former MLA Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, here. The Deputy Commissioner inquired about Jassowal's health from the doctors at DMCH.
He was accompanied by Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, medical superintendent, DMCH and asked him to keep him informed about Jassowal's health status. He also directed the doctors to make sure Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal, founder of Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation, gets best medical treatment. Jassowal is famously known as "Baba Bohar" of Punjabi culture and literature.
Few days ago, Cultural Affairs Minister Mr Sohan Singh Thandal had also inquired about Jassowal's health.
Prominent among those present in the hospital included Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Foundation president Mr Krishan Kumar Bawa, Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation president Mr Pargat Singh Grewal, Master Sadhu Singh, besides several others.
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Exhorts people to plant atleast one tree on joyous occasion of Child’s birth

Badal for launching ‘Evergreen Revolution’ to make country clean, green & pollution free

One of its kind mini FRI at ladhowal to give boost to agro-forestry in State

Seeks support of FRI & ICFRE to encourage farm forestry in water logged areas of Punjab

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Inaugurates National Stakeholders meet on ‘Trees Outside Forests and wood-based Enterprise
Dehradun (Uttarakhand), November 27: Giving a clarion call, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the countrymen to launch a vigorous campaign for ushering in an ‘Evergreen Revolution’ by planting more and more trees to make our nation clean, green and pollution free.
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Inaugurates National Stakeholders meet on ‘Trees Outside Forests and wood-based Enterprise
Dehradun (Uttarakhand), November 27: Giving a clarion call, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the countrymen to launch a vigorous campaign for ushering in an ‘Evergreen Revolution’ by planting more and more trees to make our nation clean, green and pollution free.
In his inaugural address on the national stakeholders meet on ‘Trees Outside Forests and Wood-based Enterprise here at the Forest Research Institute (FRI), the Chief Minister appealed the people to plant atleast one tree in the premises of their homes to mark the joyous occasion of birth of every child besides planting trees around their locality as an integral part of the mass movement to protect our environment and maintain ecological balance. He emphasized the need to bring awareness amongst the masses about the significance of trees in normal life adding he said that the Punjab government was determined to enhance the area under agro-forestry from existing 6.3% to 15% in the coming years, with the help and active support of the FRI. Mr. Badal said that the upcoming Mini FRI at Ladowal in Ludhiana district of the state was a right step in this direction, which would be instrumental in bringing ‘second green revolution’ or precisely ‘evergreen revolution’ by promoting the concept of agro-forestry in a big way. “I invite all of you to hold the next FRI meet at mini FRI, as it would give a boost to the agro-forestry in the state” he added.
The Chief Minister said that agro-farm forestry was the need of the hour especially at this critical juncture when Punjab’s traditional agriculture has already reached a point of saturation. He said that the state government has initiated many bold steps for the promotion of agro-forestry by launching ‘Greening Punjab Mission’, establishing wood Mandis and clonal nurseries to provide the quality and disease resistant saplings to the farmers. Mr. Badal envisaged support and guidance from FRI and Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) to encourage agro-farm forestry on a mass scale especially in the water logged areas of south west Punjab.
The Chief Minister impressed upon the leading industrial houses which were in the business of paper and pulp to come forward for extending the much needed marketing support by way of minimum support Price to the farmers for their produce in the open markets. Likewise, he also called upon such industrialists to help both the state governments as well as the farmers in assuring the best prices of their harvest through value addition. The Chief Minister urged the Chairman of Avantha Group Mr. Gautam Thapar, present on dais, to establish paper industry in the state besides lending a helping hand to the timber growers by providing marketing and logistics support to them.
On the occasion the Chief Minister also felicitated two eminent foresters from Punjab Mr. Piare Lal and Mr. Hardeep Singh Gujral with lifetime achievement award for their outstanding contribution in the field of Forestry and environment.
On the occasion the Director General ICFRE Dr. Ashwani Kumar thanked the Chief Minister for gracing the occasion and described this workshop on the theme of Trees Outside the Forest as fruitful and meaningful, which would pave a way for sensitising all the stakeholders to adopt the emerging innovations and best practices in agro-farm forestry.
In his welcome address, Director FRI Dr. PP Bhojvaid lauded the vision of Chief Minister in promoting agro-farm forestry in Punjab and hoped that the upcoming mini FRI at Ladowal would give much needed to the agro-forestry in the country. He said that the unique initiative of state government to set ‘Greening Punjab Fund’ would prove to be a milestone in promoting Trees Outside Forest. Dr. Bhojvaid also envisioned that the upcoming mini FRI, first of its kind in the country, would further intensify the Research and Development activities in the field of forestry in general and agro-farm forestry and wood based industry in particular.
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Irrigation Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon inaugurates crushing season

Punjab making timely payments to sugarcane farmers : Dhillon

29th crushing season starts at co-operative sugar mill, Budhewal

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Kohara (Ludhiana), November 27: The 29th crushing season started at Co-operative Sugar Mill, Budhewal, near here today. The crushing season was inaugurated by Punjab Irrigation Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon in the presence of sugarcane farmers.
While addressing the farmers, Dhillon said that the state government is focussing on crop diversification in the state and the government is promoting crops such as sugarcane, maize and others.
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Kohara (Ludhiana), November 27: The 29th crushing season started at Co-operative Sugar Mill, Budhewal, near here today. The crushing season was inaugurated by Punjab Irrigation Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon in the presence of sugarcane farmers.
While addressing the farmers, Dhillon said that the state government is focussing on crop diversification in the state and the government is promoting crops such as sugarcane, maize and others.
Dhillon said that for the benefit of sugarcane farmers and sugar mills, the state government has decided to allocate a special grant in the annual budget. The minister asserted that all due payments to the sugarcane farmers have been cleared by the state government and from next year onwards, the payments would be made side by side.
He said that it is due to the pro-farmer policies of the state government that Punjab has given more rate per quintal than the centre government. "The centre government had fixed a rate of Rs 220 per quintal but the state government is paying up to Rs 295 per quintal to the farmers. In this season, the Budhewal mill has set a target of crushing 16 lakh quintals of sugarcane," he informed.
Harinder Singh Lakhowal, chairman, Co-operative Sugar Mill, Budhewal, informed that all arrangements have been put in place and the sugarcane farmers would not face any problem.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Santa Singh Umedpuri, chairman, Punjab SS Board, Bhag Singh Maangarh, chairman, Zila Parishad, Ludhiana, Ajmer Singh Bhagpur, chairman, Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, besides several others.
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Renames Chamkaur Sahib & Machhiwara as Sri Chamkaur Sahib & Machhiwara Sahib

Punjab Government perpetuates sacrifice of Sahibzadas

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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Government today issued notifications renaming historic holy cities of Chamkaur Sahib (District Rupnagar) and Machhiwara (Ludhiana) as Sri Chamkaur Sahib and Machhiwara Sahib with immediate effect.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesman said that this decision has been as a humble tribute to the unparalleled martyrdom of (Sahibzadas) Baba Ajit Singh and Baba Jujhar Singh, elder sons of Guru Gob....
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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Government today issued notifications renaming historic holy cities of Chamkaur Sahib (District Rupnagar) and Machhiwara (Ludhiana) as Sri Chamkaur Sahib and Machhiwara Sahib with immediate effect.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesman said that this decision has been as a humble tribute to the unparalleled martyrdom of (Sahibzadas) Baba Ajit Singh and Baba Jujhar Singh, elder sons of Guru Gobind Singh. It may be mentioned here that the elder Sahibzadas attained martyrdom while fighting Mughal forces at Sri Chamkaur Sahib and Guru Gobind Singh ji rested in forests located in Machhiwara for some time after the battle of Chamkaur Sahib.
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ALL DC's & SSP's instructed to impose Tobacco Control Act strictly

Punjab to impose complete ban on sale of flavoured Tobacco

Sale of E-Cigarette banned throughout the State

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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab government today issued a notification banning the sale of flavoured tobacco throughout the state with immediate effect. By another notification, the Punjab government also imposed complete ban on sale of e-cigarettes throughout the state.
Reviewing the implementation of measures undertaken to control tobacco in a state level coordination committee meeting, Mr Hussan Lal, secretary, Health, s....
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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab government today issued a notification banning the sale of flavoured tobacco throughout the state with immediate effect. By another notification, the Punjab government also imposed complete ban on sale of e-cigarettes throughout the state.
Reviewing the implementation of measures undertaken to control tobacco in a state level coordination committee meeting, Mr Hussan Lal, secretary, Health, said that these measures have been taken as various firms were bypassing tobacco control act by selling flavoured and scented tobacco in the state. He said that state government received the feedback that there was increasing sale of e-cigarettes and now notification has been issued for banning e-cigarette under Drugs and Cosmetics Act and any commercial institution including e-commerce companies can be booked under this act for selling e-cigarettes.
He said that ban of nicotine in chemical form in e-cigarettes has been prohibited and all districts have been issued advisory to strictly implement cigarettes and other tobacco product act 2003 with iron hand.
Expressing concern over sale of cigarettes near educational institutions especially colleges and coaching institutes, Mr. Hussan Lal directed all DC's and education department to strictly impose the ban on sale of tobacco within 200 meters of education institutions and anybody violating that would be dealt with strictly.
Seeking the cooperation of Deputy Commissioners in banning cigarettes in loose form, the health secretary said that the sale of cigarette in single sticks has been banned by the union government to discourage habit formation in teenagers and it was imperative for deputy commissioners to enforce the ban.
He asked deputy commissioners to seek the help the NGOs to strictly impose COTPA Act and enforce smoking in the public places strictly.
Asking police authorities to launch state-wide ban and enforce COTPA Act, Mr. Hussan Lal said that Punjab has to emerge as first smoke free- state in next three months.
Showing concern over increasing addiction to tobacco and tobacco products, Mr. Hussan Lal said that 90% oral cancer cases were just because of chewing tobacco and everyday 2,200 Indians die because of tobacco addiction. He said that it was matter of great concern that 12% population of Punjab consumes tobacco in any form and this has to be checked strictly. He also sought cooperation of social welfare department to launch special drive for de-addiction of tobacco besides de-addiction of drugs. All deputy commissioners were asked to organize counseling camps to help people to leave smoking.
Asking all departments to display no smoking area signages in all public places, Mr. Hussan Lal said that collective will of the people and the government would make no tobacco campaign a great success.
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Punjab Government amends rules for emoluments of Welfare Officers

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Chandigarh, November 27 : The Punjab Government amended the Punjab Welfare Officers (Recruitment and Conditions Of Service) rules, 1952.
Disclosing this, a spokesperson of the Government said that according to the amendment the Chief Welfare Officer rank officials have been placed in the pay band of Rs. 15600-39100. Their grade pay will be 5400 and they shall be getting the initial pay of Rs. 21000. Similarly for the Welfare Officer rank o....
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Chandigarh, November 27 : The Punjab Government amended the Punjab Welfare Officers (Recruitment and Conditions Of Service) rules, 1952.
Disclosing this, a spokesperson of the Government said that according to the amendment the Chief Welfare Officer rank officials have been placed in the pay band of Rs. 15600-39100. Their grade pay will be 5400 and they shall be getting the initial pay of Rs. 21000. Similarly for the Welfare Officer rank officials, pay band 10300-34800 will apply. They shall be entitled to the grade pay of Rs. 5000. Their initial pay will be Rs. 18450.
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Under relevant act, Deputy Commissioner can exercise powers of State Government

DCs authorized to grant temporary release, on furlough to prisoners: Thandal

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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Government today issued Notification authorising all Deputy Commissioners to grant temporary release, on furlough to the prisoners lodged in the jails located in their districts. This step has been taken to cut the Red Tape ushering in an era of Governance Reforms in the Jails department.
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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Government today issued Notification authorising all Deputy Commissioners to grant temporary release, on furlough to the prisoners lodged in the jails located in their districts. This step has been taken to cut the Red Tape ushering in an era of Governance Reforms in the Jails department.
Disclosing this here today by Mr. Sohan Singh Thandal, Minister for Jails said that he had been receiving representation from the Prisoners and their families that the process of temporarily release was tedious, time consuming and complicated. They had been complaining that in case medical emergency and other unforeseen emergency in the immediate family of prisoners the long time taken in sanction of temporary release defeat the very purpose of seeking release. He said that he consulted this issue with Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal who gave his nod to delegate this power to Deputy Commissioners of those districts where these jails were located to facilitate the early sanction.
He said that Deputy Commissioners have also been authorized to exercise the power of the State Government under sub section (4) of section 3 of the Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Act, 1962 (Punjab Act No. 11 of 1962). He said that now the Deputy Commissioners could exercise the powers of the State Government in respect of the grounds specified in clause (a),(b) and (c) of the sub section (1) of the aforesaid section.
Mr. Thandal said that Deputy Commissioner while exercising the powers of the State Government could grant temporary release, on furlough to any prisoner lodged in the jails of their district subject to the conditions laid down in the section 4 of the Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Act, 1962. He said that DCs could exercise these powers in accordance of the Act, Rules made their under and guidelines issued by the State Government from time to time and under the over-all supervision of the State Government and Additional Director General of Police cum Inspector General of Police (Jails).
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Punjab Government hikes allowances of Gallantry Award winners by 20%

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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Government has hiked the allowances given to the Paramvir Chakkar, Ashok Chakkar, Mahavir Chakkar, Kirti Chakkar, Vir Chakkar and Shauraya Chakkar by 20 percent. The notification in this regard has also been issued.
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Chandigarh, November 27: The Punjab Government has hiked the allowances given to the Paramvir Chakkar, Ashok Chakkar, Mahavir Chakkar, Kirti Chakkar, Vir Chakkar and Shauraya Chakkar by 20 percent. The notification in this regard has also been issued.
Disclosing this here today, an official spokesperson of the Defence Services Welfare said that this decision has been taken keeping in mind the selfless services rendered by the defence personnel for safeguarding the boundaries of their motherland. He said that the enhanced amount of allowance would be given w.e.f. April 1, 2013.
Divulging the detail, the spokesperson said that at present Paramvir Chakkar winner is getting Rs. 19250 per month as allowance which has now been hiked to Rs. 23100 pm. Similarly the allowance to the Ashoka Chakkar winner has been enhanced from Rs. 15400 to Rs. 18480 per month, for Mahavir Chakkar winner from Rs. 14630 to Rs. 17556 pm, for Kirti Chakkar winner from Rs. 11550 to Rs. 13860 pm, for Vir Chakkar winner from Rs. 8470 to Rs. 10164 pm and for the winner of Shauraya Chakkar this monthly allowance has been increased from Rs. 5400 to Rs. 6480.....
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Invites industrial giants to promote 'Make in Punjab'

Sukhbir gives nod to setup Industrial Parks, E-commerce & Banking hubs in Punjab

Hosts deliberations with top industrialists for making Punjab a most favoured investment destination

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Chandigarh/New Delhi, November 27: In a bid to attract more investments and create employment opportunities, the Punjab government will focus on Agro and Food Processing, IT, Bio Sciences, Healthcare, Textiles, Electronic Hardware, Automobiles, Garments, sports goods and leather industry generating about 1.5 lakh direct and indirect job opportunities in next two years. Besides, this, government has gave its nod to setup private industrial parks i....
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Chandigarh/New Delhi, November 27: In a bid to attract more investments and create employment opportunities, the Punjab government will focus on Agro and Food Processing, IT, Bio Sciences, Healthcare, Textiles, Electronic Hardware, Automobiles, Garments, sports goods and leather industry generating about 1.5 lakh direct and indirect job opportunities in next two years. Besides, this, government has gave its nod to setup private industrial parks in the state vis-a-vis developing e-commerce and banking hubs at SAS Nagar.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the chairman of Punjab Investment Advisory Council today held a brainstorming session here with ace industrialists to realise the dream of making Punjab a most favoured investment destination. Inviting the industrial giants to promote 'Make in Punjab', Mr. Badal emphasised that being agrarian state Punjab have immense potential to exploit in every sector and offered all support to set up ventures.

Flanked with Punjab Finance Minister Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Member Parliament Mr. Naresh Gujral, Punjab Chief Secretary Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal, Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal of Hero Group, Mr. Onkar Singh Kanwar, Apollo Group, Mr. Atul Punj of Punj Llyods, Mr. Rajinder Gupta of Trident Group, Mr. Kamal Oswal of Nahar Industries and galaxy of senior officers, Deputy CM asked Chief Secretary and CEO Punjab Bureau of Investment Promotion Mr Anirudh Tiwari to submit a proposal for amendments in labour laws and other issues related to the industry by December 15. He also asked Mr. Tiwari to curtail the time limit for provisioning of all clearances and NOCs from 41 days to less than a month.

In detailed deliberations to encourage food processing industry in the state, Mr. Munjal suggested to setup a cluster of food parks and to promote organic farming as more than 20,000 acres of land were already under organic farming. Mr. Badal informed that food processing units would come on a total 550 acres of land at Fazilka, Ladhowal, Kapurthala very soon while Mohali, Gurdaspur and Nawan Shahr would also get food parks. He said Kapurthala would have one of the largest mega food park of north India at a cost of Rs. 800 crore being setup by ITC.

On the demand of M/s Field Fresh Food to change the definition of new units vis-a-vis expansion units for incentive purposes and exclusion of distilleries, brewing, bottling and canning plant from the negative list, Mr. Badal on the spot gave directions to authorities concerned to notify these changes within two weeks.

During deliberations seeking amendments in current norms, Mr. Kamal Oswal offered to setup world class private industrial park and informed that a group of top industrial houses were also eager to establish such parks in the state. Mr. Badal asked Chief Secretary to convene a meeting in this regard so that the necessary action could be initiated at the earliest.

Proposing to have a meet with leaders of e-commerce sector, Mr. Onkar Singh Kanwar said there should be e-commerce hub near Mohali. He suggested that small and medium industries of Punjab could provide the required products to e-commerce companies at affordable prices. Mr. Rajinder Gupta emphasised to bring banking hub in the satellite towns of Chandigarh to cater the commercial needs of industries pertaining to banking sector.

Assuring industrialists good results in this regard, Mr. Badal asked PBIP CEO to prepare a detailed report in this regard to establish both hubs at SAS Nagar after meeting with heads of e-commerce companies and bankers.

Deputy Chief Minister on the request of Mr. Oswal directed PBIP to take collections of cancer funds also from the investors in the office of Bureau instead of depositing it in the treasury or banks.

Reviewing the status of projects being setup in the state, Mr. Badal said 125 projects worth Rs. 6000 crore have been processed while 10 proposals with an estimated investment of Rs. 2000 crore were under active processing. Clearances to 62 projects have been awarded, which would generate expected direct and indirect employment for 60000 persons.

Prominent amongst other present in the meeting included Mr. Suresh Kumar, Financial Commisioner Development, Mr. Karan Avtar Singh, Principal Secretary Investment Promotion, Mrs. Kalpana Mittal Baruah, Principal Resident Commissioner, Mr. Vishwajit Khanna Principal Secretary Labour, Mr. P.S. Aujla, Principal Secretary to Deputy CM, Mr. A.Venu Prasad, Secretary Housing, Mr. S.R. Ladhar, Secretary Food Processing, Mr. KAP Sinha, Secretary Science & Technology and Environment, Mr. K. Shiva Prasad, Resident Commissioner and Mr. D.K. Tiwari, Director Investment Promotion.....
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Meeting of Bathinda District Crisis Group held

District Disaster Management Plan to be ready soon: Dr Sumeet Jarangal ADC

Bathinda district had nine major accident hazard units

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Bathinda, Nov 27: The meeting of District Crisis Group was held under the chairmanship of ADC Dr Sumeet Jarangal on Thursday. Presiding over the meeting held with heads of various industrial units and district administrative officials in district Dr Jarangal said that in event of any accident an effective and well-laid out disaster management plan should be prepared and that the plan for Bathinda would be prepared soon.

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Bathinda, Nov 27: The meeting of District Crisis Group was held under the chairmanship of ADC Dr Sumeet Jarangal on Thursday. Presiding over the meeting held with heads of various industrial units and district administrative officials in district Dr Jarangal said that in event of any accident an effective and well-laid out disaster management plan should be prepared and that the plan for Bathinda would be prepared soon.

He laid emphasis on conducting mock drills in-site and offsite the industrial units, educating people and raising awareness in educational institutions about the ways to mitigate disaster such as an accident of high impact, chemical leakage, earthquake or any other natural or manmade disaster.

He said that the Bathinda district had nine major accident hazard units including oil depots of Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum, LPG bottling plant of Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum, Guru Gobind Singh Refinery, National Fertilizers Limited, Guru Nana Dev Thermal Plant, Guru Hargobind Singh Thermal Power Plant and Hindustan Insecticides. He said that these units conduct their own in-site disaster management mock drills every three months and the need of hours was to formulate an off-site plan, which would include people living around these establishments. He added that the district administration will conduct surprise off-site mock drills of the major accident hazardous units to see efficiency and preparedness of these units in mitigating disasters.

He directed the industrial units’ representatives and the disaster management cell to upgrade the already existing disaster management plan as per the current need of Bathinda district. Once finalized, the plan would be circulated to all stake holders and their feedback would be invited.

He suggested that every industrial unit should adopt villages around their establishments to create awareness and train people on responding in event of an accident.

He directed the disaster management cell to prepare a module for the state departments such as health, police, animal husbandry, public health, civil defence, home guard etc making them aware of the roles they have to play in event of a disaster.

SDM Bathinda Damanjit Singh Mann, district transport officer Mr Latif Ahmed, AGM HR Guru Gobind Singh Refinery Ravi Yadav, AGM constructions Rajiv Parmar, AGM fire and safety Ramesh Nandan, Deputy manager fire and safety Aman Chopra, public relations officer Waheguru Pal, assistant director factories Vishal Singla, District response center professional disaster management cell Puneet Bansal, officers from Bharat Petroleum, Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum, army, NDRF, Punjab Pollution Control Board, health, education, police, public health, water supply and sewerage board, civil defence were also present at the meeting.
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