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3 IAS of Haryana P K Gupta, Sarban Singh & R C Verma figures in the list of officers of different state cadres retiring in India

23 IAS including Pb. IAS D S Grewal & Yashvir Mahajan to retire on Dec 31

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New Delhi, December 18, 2014: As many as 23 Senior IAS officers from different state cadres will retire on December 31, 2014 after attaining the age of superannuation. The list includes 2 Punjab IAS officers including Dharamjit Singh Grewal of 1994 batch and Yashvir Mahajan of 2001 batch. Besides this 3 IAS officers of Haryana including Parveen Kumar Gupta (1981 batch), Sarban Singh (1983 batch) and Ramesh Chand Verma of 2001 batch are also in th....
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New Delhi, December 18, 2014: As many as 23 Senior IAS officers from different state cadres will retire on December 31, 2014 after attaining the age of superannuation. The list includes 2 Punjab IAS officers including Dharamjit Singh Grewal of 1994 batch and Yashvir Mahajan of 2001 batch. Besides this 3 IAS officers of Haryana including Parveen Kumar Gupta (1981 batch), Sarban Singh (1983 batch) and Ramesh Chand Verma of 2001 batch are also in the list of officers retiring this month.....
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PPCC Chief strongly condemns attack on BJP leader Navjot Sidhu

Badals behind attack on Navjot Sidhu in Jammu alleges Bajwa

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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: Strongly condemning the attack on senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today in Jammu, the state Congress President Partap Singh Bajwa expressed the apprehension that the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal could be behind it. He said this was the second attack against the BJP leader from Punjab in that state.

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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: Strongly condemning the attack on senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former MP Navjot Singh Sidhu today in Jammu, the state Congress President Partap Singh Bajwa expressed the apprehension that the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal could be behind it. He said this was the second attack against the BJP leader from Punjab in that state.

In a statement, Bajwa said Sidhu was one of the most vocal critics of the Badals in the BJP and it was at their behest that he was denied ticket in the Lok Sabha election from Amritsar from where he had been victorious thrice.

He said the protesters had attacked him in Jammu on an issue which he had already clarified and was no more being raised in his native state in general and Amritsar in particular. The basic issue was political.

He said such attacks were against all norms of democracy and it was an authoritarian tendency to crush dissent.
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Former Cricketer and BJP leader is busy in party’s election campaign in J&K

BJP Navjot Sidhu’s convoy again attacked in J&K

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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: For the second time in J&K assembly elections campaign, the BJP leader from Punjab Navjot Singh Sidhu’s convoy attacked by unidentified people leading to damage of windscreens of some cars.
It may be recalled that he was also roughed up by unidentified Sikh youths after he addressed a rally in favour of BJP in J&K elections. Sidhu is reportedly criticizing the Congress, PDP and National Conference during ....
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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: For the second time in J&K assembly elections campaign, the BJP leader from Punjab Navjot Singh Sidhu’s convoy attacked by unidentified people leading to damage of windscreens of some cars.
It may be recalled that he was also roughed up by unidentified Sikh youths after he addressed a rally in favour of BJP in J&K elections. Sidhu is reportedly criticizing the Congress, PDP and National Conference during his election rally campaigns in J&K. ....
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Sukhna Lake to be out of bound for tourists in the next few days

Visitors to Chandigarh Sukhna Lake not allowed due to positive Bird Flu test

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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: After the reported positive dead duck test as positive for bird flu virus, the Chandigarh Sukhna Lake area was cordoned off and the police personnel were deployed at the lake complex. The police sources said that visitors will not be allowed to enter the cordoned of area as a precautionary measure in the next few days. It may be recalled that about 25 ducks and geese were found dead at the Lake under mysterious cir....
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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: After the reported positive dead duck test as positive for bird flu virus, the Chandigarh Sukhna Lake area was cordoned off and the police personnel were deployed at the lake complex. The police sources said that visitors will not be allowed to enter the cordoned of area as a precautionary measure in the next few days. It may be recalled that about 25 ducks and geese were found dead at the Lake under mysterious circumstances recently.
The Bhopal Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD) has confirmed the presence of H5N1 virus in a sample from one dead duck.
The Chandigarh administration spokesman said that as there is no assessment of any outbreak of bird flu in Chandigarh and the position is being monitored. The spokesman added that there is no need of panic.
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Only 3 authorised registered radio taxi companies namely Mega Cabs, RBTS Cabs & Fab Cabs operational in city

Ban on three web-based taxi service in Chandigarh

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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014 (Courtesy: HT) : Keeping in view the decision taken by the Centre, the Chandigarh administration has decided to ban all web-based taxis operating in the city, including OLA Cabs, Taxi for Sure and Meru Cabs.
After the ban, only three authorised registered radio taxi companies namely Mega Cabs, RBTS Cabs and Fab Cabs, will be operational in the city.
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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014 (Courtesy: HT) : Keeping in view the decision taken by the Centre, the Chandigarh administration has decided to ban all web-based taxis operating in the city, including OLA Cabs, Taxi for Sure and Meru Cabs.
After the ban, only three authorised registered radio taxi companies namely Mega Cabs, RBTS Cabs and Fab Cabs, will be operational in the city.
The UT administration has issued a release that it is advisable not to travel in any unauthorised cab service and should use or hire only authorised radio taxi services, which are allowed by the State Transport Authority, UT.
The UT State Transport Authority (STA) had launched a drive against unauthorised taxies in the city, with over 50 taxi drivers fined in past week for violating rules.
Moreover, 10 web-based cabs were impounded in the city for plying without permit.
Uber, Meru and Taxi for Sure's cabs were also impounded in the UT administration's crackdown. The STA has already issued notices to Meru and Taxi for Sure for their violations.
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Despite accepting demands in various meetings but not yet implemented

Diploma Engineers Association agitation enters 4th day

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Ferozepur, December 18: On a call from Punjab Diploma Engineers Association, the engineering official of Ferozepur – JE, AE and SDE – participated in protest which entered 4th day today.

Giving this information, Er.Sachin Anand President and Er.Gurmukh Singh, General Secretary informed that on the first day of agitation, three Chief Engineers had verbally agreed to accept all the demands during discussions across the table but State President, Er.Satnam Singh informed that des....
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Ferozepur, December 18: On a call from Punjab Diploma Engineers Association, the engineering official of Ferozepur – JE, AE and SDE – participated in protest which entered 4th day today.

Giving this information, Er.Sachin Anand President and Er.Gurmukh Singh, General Secretary informed that on the first day of agitation, three Chief Engineers had verbally agreed to accept all the demands during discussions across the table but State President, Er.Satnam Singh informed that despite showing consent over the acceptance of demands in the meetings on Feb. 27,2013 with Principal Secretary, on June 11, 2014 with Special Secretary and on October 27, 2014 with Chief Engineer, the demands have not been given the practical shape.

Giving a warning, the Association leaders have threatened to intensify the agitation in case their demands are not implemented.

In the protest, Er.Baldev Singh, SDO, Er.Ashok Sehgal, Er.Sat Pal, Sr.Vice President, Er.Jaswant Singh, Chief Advisor Er.Labh Singh including JE, AE and SDE of Zone Ferozepur were present.


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Haryana’s CM, India, Iran Sports Ministers would reach

Timings of World Kabaddi Cup finals changed, closing ceremony to begin at 3 pm

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Badal (Sri Muktsar Sahib)/Bathinda, December 18, 2014: Keeping in view the weather, the timings for final day matches of the 5th World Kabaddi Cup have been changed. Giving this information here today the Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal also oversaw the arrangements going on for the final match as well as the closing ceremony.
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Badal (Sri Muktsar Sahib)/Bathinda, December 18, 2014: Keeping in view the weather, the timings for final day matches of the 5th World Kabaddi Cup have been changed. Giving this information here today the Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal also oversaw the arrangements going on for the final match as well as the closing ceremony.
The Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the cultural bonanza to be held at the closing ceremony would begin at 3 pm on December 30 and thereafter the final matches for men and women section would be held at 4 pm. Besides the Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal, the Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal Khattar too would be at the closing ceremony. Also the Minister of State for Sports Government of India Mr Sarbananda Sonowal and Revenue Minister of Iran Mr Mohammad Reza would especially reach for the gala event. He added that Punjabi performers Gippy Grewal and Miss Pooja would perform. The American motorcyclists would be center of attraction of the star studded evening.
He was accompanied by the secretary sports Mr Ashok Gupta, Deputy Commissioner Sri Muktsar Sahib Mr Jaskiran Singh, SSP Mr Kuldeep Chahal, Mr Tejinder Singh Middukhera and others.
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Ninth Punjab Vidhan Session at 2:00 p.m.

Punjab Vidhan Sabha session to commence from December 22

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Chandigarh December 18, 2014: The Fourteenth Punjab Vidhan Sabha has been summoned by the Governor Punjab on December 22, 2014.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson of the Punjab government said that the Ninth Session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha would commence at 2 pm in Punjab Vidhan Sabha hall.
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Chandigarh December 18, 2014: The Fourteenth Punjab Vidhan Sabha has been summoned by the Governor Punjab on December 22, 2014.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson of the Punjab government said that the Ninth Session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha would commence at 2 pm in Punjab Vidhan Sabha hall.
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Fencing around 6 wildlife sanctuaries going on at full swing

Policy framed for compensating crop damage by wild animals: Bhagat Chunni Lal

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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: The Forest and Wildlife Protection Minister, Punjab, Bhagat Chunni Lal today said that any damage caused to the crops by the animals and any loss of life and property will be compensated by the Government.
The Minister further said that to implement this, a policy has been framed by the government and the farmers of the state have benefitted from it. The minister also informed that in case of death by snake b....
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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: The Forest and Wildlife Protection Minister, Punjab, Bhagat Chunni Lal today said that any damage caused to the crops by the animals and any loss of life and property will be compensated by the Government.
The Minister further said that to implement this, a policy has been framed by the government and the farmers of the state have benefitted from it. The minister also informed that in case of death by snake bite a sum of Rs. 2 lakh as compensation has also been approved and covered under this policy. He said that due to the effective implementation of wildlife (protection) act, 1972 the number of wild animals has been on increase in the state and due to the loss of natural habitat of the animals because of construction projects, the animals have been inadvertently wandering into the fields thereby damaging the crops.

The minister also said that strong implementation of the act has also resulted in the increase in the number of wild pigs who often damage the crops by venturing into the fields. To keep the population of wild pigs in check, The Punjab Government has framed a policy of allowing restricted hunting of pigs under which the farmers will have to intimate the number of wild pigs in their fields and get a resolution passed by their village Panchayat and after that get permission for limited hunting from Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) and concerned Forest Divisional Officer. The minister informed that this policy is applicable throughout the state.
Divulging further details, he said that the farmers have demanded fencing around their fields to stop damage to their crops. He informed that in Patiala District out of 6 wild life sanctuaries, fencing work around bir mehas, bir bhunarheri and bir bhadson is on at full swing. The chain link fencing around bir gurdialpura, bir motibagh and bir dosanjh is going on and will be completed according to availability of budget.This work is being carried on with the assistance of central government. He said that inspite of that if the crops of farmers are still damaged by wild animals then the affected farmers can make a representation to the nearest forest divisional officer and get compensation.....
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PU & British High Commission organizes round-table meet

Roundtable meet in PU on Bridging Industry-Academia Gap in IT Sector

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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: Leading academic institutions of Northern India and IT industries today met over “Round Table Meet” and discussed the measures and roadmap to bridge the gap between the Industry and Academia in the IT sector at Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh.
The Meet was jointly organised by DST- Centre for Policy Research at PU and British Deputy High Commission Chandigarh at the ICSSR Complex. The participants of ....
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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: Leading academic institutions of Northern India and IT industries today met over “Round Table Meet” and discussed the measures and roadmap to bridge the gap between the Industry and Academia in the IT sector at Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh.
The Meet was jointly organised by DST- Centre for Policy Research at PU and British Deputy High Commission Chandigarh at the ICSSR Complex. The participants of the Meet came up with several concrete recommendations and initiatives to make a head start towards bridging the gap between the Industry and Academia in the IT sector. PU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Arun K Grover presided over the meet, which was attended by British Deputy High Commissioner Chandigarh, Mr. David Lelliot OBE, Sr. Scientist at Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, Government of India Dr. Akhilesh Mishra. Many Directors and Senior Officials of Engineering Institutes situated in and around Chandigarh and representatives of the IT industry participated in the prestigious meet.
In the meeting, senior functionaries from leading industries like HCL, Infosys, IDS
Infotech, NetSolutions, Drish Infotech, NetSmartz, Gray Cell Technologies and CII,
Chandigarh discussed issues of Strengths of Existing Industry-Academia Relationship, Gaps and future possibilities regarding Industry-Academia Relationship with academic counterparts. Academic Institutes like PEC Univesity of Technology, Chandigarh, IIT-BHU, Varanasi, ISB, Mohali, Association of Colleges, UK, Jaypee University of IT, Solan, Thapar University, Patiala, Baddi University of Emerging Sciences and Technology, Baddi, UIET, PU and Aston University, UK represented the academic institutions.
Earlier, in his welcome address, PU VC Prof. Arun K. Grover emphasised the need and importance of innovation in sustainable growth of national economy for competing at the international level. He described innovation as the need of the hour. In his opening remarks, Mr. David Lelliot said that the UK is very keen to support the Skills Agenda. “We have a number of organizations with great experience to offer. It was good to have a chance to hear views today on what is needed and explore how we might work together to address the skills gap”, he added.
Dr. Akhilesh Mishra emphasized on the need to translate University Research into
Commercial Products that would generate wealth for the country. He said “Private sector will need to play a defining role for foster, sustainable and inclusive growth of the country.” Taking into reference the White Paper on Stimulation of Private sector into R&D in India he encouraged the SME’s to take advantage of the incentives being provided by the Government of India.
India ‎VP & Global Head of Corporate Communications at HCL Technologies, Mr. Ajay Davessar said that the academia should also understand the concerns and expectations of the industry. He invited scientists from in and around Chandigarh to come with HCL in solving customer problems and adding value to industry. Dr. Sameer Goel, Past Chairman CII, Chandigarh Council proposed floating of projects by the IT industry as a consortium to a combined academic network for problem solving and thus enabling them to work together in continuity. Mr. Sameer Jain, Net Solutions Chandigarh, threw light on the importance of the SME sector which has the capability to train and hire graduates at a more rapid pace.
Prof. R. Tewari, Co-ordinator, DST-Centre for Policy Research at PU, suggested that young faculty members in the academia should be encouraged to go on short sabbatical leave to the industry so as to understand the environment and needs of the industry, so that they could be addressed by the researchers of the University.
Mr. Harshvir Singh, Drish Infotech, Chandigarh remarked that it is imperative to tap the Institute Alumni for developing stronger linkages between the Industry and Academia. The moderator of the Meet Mr. D.N.V Kumara Guru emphasized the importance of having members of both the Academia and Industry on the Advisory Boards of the respective councils and urged the entrepreneurs for regular interactions with the faculty and students.....
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Union Minister of State replies in Rajya Sabha

No reduction in retirement age: Dr. Jitendra Singh MoS Personnel

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New Delhi, December 18, 2014: There is no proposal under consideration of Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years for its employees.
The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58 to 60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission.
The Centre’s total wages and salaries bill for its employees for the year 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is Rs. 85,963.50 crore, Rs. 92,264.88 crore and Rs. 1,04,759.71 cro....
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New Delhi, December 18, 2014: There is no proposal under consideration of Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years for its employees.
The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58 to 60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission.
The Centre’s total wages and salaries bill for its employees for the year 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is Rs. 85,963.50 crore, Rs. 92,264.88 crore and Rs. 1,04,759.71 crore, respectively.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Sardar Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Dr. T Subbarami Reddy and Smt. Ambika Soni in Rajya Sabha, today.....
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Delhi Darbar

Govt. of India appoints Prof. Ashutosh Sharma as Secy. Science & Technology

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New Delhi, December 18, 2014: Govt. of India has appointed Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT, Kanpur as Secretary, Department of Science & Technology for a period of five years from the date of assumption of change or until further orders, whichever is earlier. ....
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New Delhi, December 18, 2014: Govt. of India has appointed Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT, Kanpur as Secretary, Department of Science & Technology for a period of five years from the date of assumption of change or until further orders, whichever is earlier. ....
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Another feather in the cap of SBS Nagar district administration

SBS nagar leads the state having girl’s toilet in all govt. schools of district

Rs 3.44 Crore had been spent to complete the project: Anindita

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Nawanshahr, December 18 : In another feather in the cap of SBS Nagar district, it has become leading district of the state to by accomplishing the gigantic task of providing girls' toilets in all the government schools. Credit goes to Anindita for efficient and well organized supervision of the schemes.

Disclosing this here today, Deputy Commissioner Anindita Mitra said that all the 655 upper and primary schools of the district had been provided toilets for girl students. She said tha....
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Nawanshahr, December 18 : In another feather in the cap of SBS Nagar district, it has become leading district of the state to by accomplishing the gigantic task of providing girls' toilets in all the government schools. Credit goes to Anindita for efficient and well organized supervision of the schemes.

Disclosing this here today, Deputy Commissioner Anindita Mitra said that all the 655 upper and primary schools of the district had been provided toilets for girl students. She said that our Prime Minister in his maiden speech at Red Fort on previous Independence Day had made a appeal to provide this basic necessity in all the schools of the country so that more girl students could be enrolled and got education. Following his appeal, Punjab was the first state where Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal had welcomed the PM's decision and directed education authorities to make ensure the facility of toilets for girl child in all the state run schools, she added.

Anindita said that the district had 442 Government Primary Schools, 112 Government Middle Schools, 58 Government High Schools and 43 Government Schools in total and no school out of these schools sans such facility for girl students. A total of Rs 3.44 Crore had been spent to complete the project, she added.

Applauding the concerted efforts of District Education Officer Dinesh Kumar and his team for this commendable work, she added that now the stress is being given on the 'Disabled Friendly Toilets' and by now, a total of 304 toilets had been provided in the district's schools.

Exhorting the people of the district to send their wards especially girl child to government schools, she said that state had already announced education of girls in government schools, from first to eighth standard, free of cost besides Uniform and other scholarship schemes.
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He is already serving party as District President of Jalandhar urban unit

Jathedar Ajit Singh Kohar included as member in Core Committee

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Chandigarh, December 18: The Shiromani Akali Dal President and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has decided to include Punjab Cabinet Minister and senior leader Jathedar Ajit Singh Kohar as member in Core Committee of the party. Jathedar Ajit Singh Kohar is already serving the party as District President of Jalandhar urban unit. This was disclosed by the party Secretary and Spokeman and Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh ....
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Chandigarh, December 18: The Shiromani Akali Dal President and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has decided to include Punjab Cabinet Minister and senior leader Jathedar Ajit Singh Kohar as member in Core Committee of the party. Jathedar Ajit Singh Kohar is already serving the party as District President of Jalandhar urban unit. This was disclosed by the party Secretary and Spokeman and Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema in a statement released from the party head office here today. ....
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Representation to each District & every section of society

Sukhbir Badal constitutes Political Affairs Committee of SAD

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Chandigarh, December 18 : The Shiromani Akali Dal President and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal has announced constitution of Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the party.
In a statement released from the party head office here today, the SAD Secretary and Spokesman and Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said that SAD has already announced its office-bearers and District Presidents and now pa....
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Chandigarh, December 18 : The Shiromani Akali Dal President and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal has announced constitution of Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the party.
In a statement released from the party head office here today, the SAD Secretary and Spokesman and Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said that SAD has already announced its office-bearers and District Presidents and now party has constituted PAC in which Senior old time leaders and new leaders have been included who are working hard for the party. He said that apart from the leaders from each district of the state and every section of the society, leaders from outside Punjab has also been included in the PAC.
Members of the PAC are Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar former President SGPC, Kuldip Singh Wadala, Surjit Singh Rakhra Cabinet Minister, Sohan Singh Thandal Cabinet Minister, AdeshPartap Singh Kairon Cabinet Minister, Parminder Singh Dhindsa Cabinet Minister, Gulzar Singh Ranike Cabinet Minister, Sher Singh Ghubaya MP, Harmel Singh Tohra former minister, Jagdish Singh Garch former minister, Jasjit Singh thiara former minister, Randhir Singh Cheema former minister, Gurbachan Singh Bachi, Jathedar Kirpal Singh Khirnia, Bhai Manjit Singh, Mohinder Kaur Josh Chief parliamentary Secretary, Gurbachan Singh Babehali Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Capt. Balbir Singh Bath former minister, Prof. Virsa Singh Valtoha chief parliamentary secretary, Sant Balbir singh Ghunas chief parliamentary secretary, F Nisara Khatoon chief parliantary secretary, Biba Amarjit Kaur former MP, Satwant Kaur Sandhi former minister, Parmjit Kaur Gulshan former MP, Satwinder Kaur Dhaliwal former MP, Sukhdev Singh Libra former MP, Deep Malhotra MLA, Jeetmohinder Singh Sidhu MLA, Joginderpal Jain MLA, Pargat Singh MLA, Lakhbir singh Lodhinangal former MLA, IQbal Singh Jhunda MLA, Jagdip singh Nakai former MLA, Parmjit Singh sandhu former MLA, Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur former minister, Balwant Singh Shahpur former MLA, Bhag Singh Malha former MLA, Ranjit Singh Talwandi former MLA, Sheetal Singh Advocate former MLA, Sukhdarshan Singh Marar former MLA, Surjit Singh Kohli former minister, Manmohan Singh Brar former MLA, Harnek Singh Gharuan former minister, Harbans Lal former minister, Ajit Singh Shant former MLA, Ravinder Singh Babbal former MLA, Ramesh Singla former MLA, Baldev Singh Balamgarh former MLA, Ishar Singh Meharban former MLA, Sukhdev Singh Dhillon former minister, Gurdev Singh Sangha former chairperson, Mohinder Singh Romana Faridkot, Sarup Singh Sehgal Patiala, Sukhdev Singh Bhour member SGPC, Harbhajan Singh Cheema Uttrakhand, Surjit Singh Kang Rajasthan, Didar Singh Bhatti former MLA, Kiranbir Singh Kang, Baba Ajit Singh, Jiwan Dhawan and Joginderpal Singla Mandi Gobindgarh.....
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Two minutes silence observed to pay homage to the departed souls

Gems Cambridge International School mourns brutally killings of students in Pak

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Batala, December 18, 2014: The Students and Staff of Gems Cambridge International School, Batala have mourned the brutal killing of 132 students and 9 teachers of Army School in Peshawar in Pakistan on December 16.
A condolence meeting was organized in the school campus in which staff and students condemned the militant attack on the school students and expressed sympathy with the bereaved families.
They also spread the message of peace while lighting the candles.
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Batala, December 18, 2014: The Students and Staff of Gems Cambridge International School, Batala have mourned the brutal killing of 132 students and 9 teachers of Army School in Peshawar in Pakistan on December 16.
A condolence meeting was organized in the school campus in which staff and students condemned the militant attack on the school students and expressed sympathy with the bereaved families.
They also spread the message of peace while lighting the candles.
A two minutes silence was also observed to pay the homage to the departed souls in the condolence meeting.
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Bureaucrats shadow & trail

Sonali Giri: An upcoming effective woman bureaucrat of Punjab

Whatever you do, you should do it with feeling : Sonali

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By Amritpal Brar

Bathinda: December 18: Sonali Giri a woman IAS officer of 2009 batch has successfully shaped a niche for herself in the hearts of the people with her constant and devoted hard work as Additional Deputy Commissioner (development) of Bathinda since 2nd October 2013. Her practical approach, accessibility & taking quick decisions on imperative issues, which reach her office has made her a very popular bureaucrat in almost all sections of the society.

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By Amritpal Brar

Bathinda: December 18: Sonali Giri a woman IAS officer of 2009 batch has successfully shaped a niche for herself in the hearts of the people with her constant and devoted hard work as Additional Deputy Commissioner (development) of Bathinda since 2nd October 2013. Her practical approach, accessibility & taking quick decisions on imperative issues, which reach her office has made her a very popular bureaucrat in almost all sections of the society.

Rare are the people in the bureaucracy who gets the tag of recognition or popularity. Many people walk in and out, but only few of them leave footprints in the hearts of the people. This rep of babushahi.com has chitchat with a variety of people from media persons to politicians, councillors to village heads who visit her office, every one spoke well of her.

Sonali Giri belongs to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. Her father is IG of U.P Police and younger sister is also an IAS officer serving in Rajasthan cadre. She is maths graduate from Lucknow University and a merit holder with highest marks in science stream. Sonali has done her MBA finance from Punjab University Chandigarh. She had cleared the civil services exam in 2008 and secured 42nd rank in all India and 8th rank among the women. Initially, she was allocated Gujarat cadre and later on she shifted to Punjab on marriage grounds.

Babushahi news team reached her office and followed her day schedule on Tuesday from 9.30 to 3.00 pm; Earlier the babushahi team has trailed Isha Kalia ADC Mansa, Varinder Sharma C.A of BDA and Anindita Mitra DC of Nawanshahr. There was huge list of engagements on the table of ADC Sonali.

Sonali Giri has joined Punjab in September 2011 and served as SDM of Dhuri, Malerkotla and Abohar. Sonali came into news, during her posting at Malerkotla, when she cracked down heavily on the restaurants & factories that have violated child labour act. “Yes we have raided many units which have engaged child as labour in Malerkotla sub-division” said Sonali. “Many children were freed and given back to the families and later we got them enrolled into the government schools” added Sonali.

Great minds thrash out ideas; this has been proved by Sonali during the recently held Lok Sabha elections. She and husband Vipul who is also her batch mate had made-up a user friendly mobile-app for Punjab voters, a first of its kind application in the country, which was highly praised by the high ups. It was approved by the election commission of India as pilot project in Punjab.

Quoting her first experience regarding handling elections Sonali said “The toughest task I feel was the 2012 assembly elections, because of the sensitive demography of the place and the contestants were from highly placed high profile families with police background”.

“We kept vigil during day and night all through the election process and had special raid teams along with extra flying squads to check any suspicious activity and concluding the elections without any violence and high turnout ratio was a success for me itself being my first brush with the elections” added Sonali Giri.

Speaking regarding her tenure as SDM Abohar Sonali said “I was transferred to Abohar on 25th April 2012 as SDM. I focused on streamlining the sewerage network in the city as it has been a constant concern in the city. But I couldn't do much as my daughter was born on 29th may 2012 and I took maternity leave after that” added Sonali.

Sonali Giri’s day schedule started with a review meeting with District Social Security officer and his subordinates. The agenda was to utilize a central grant of Rs 20 lacs for strengthening the Anganwari net work in the district. Sonali meticulously examined and pore over the note put up by the department and pointed out various errors and flaws. Later on she called the officials of the Zila Parishad the check the status of the case related with construction of a state of art office building of Zila Parishad. “It will be first of its kind office building which will include multidimensional features at par with international standards of green existence. A shopping complex is also planned in the complex with an aim to generate maximum revenue for maintenance & other purposes” said Sonali.

Sonali also met large number of sarpanches & panches, take note of their problems and directed the concerned BDPOs for redress. She also reviewed the work of the revision of the voter lists of newly formed nagar panchayats of the district. She also examined and checked the status of the loan cases being provided to women by the dairy development & animal husbandry department. “Whatever you do, you should do it with feeling” said Sonali with a smiling face, at the end of the encounter.
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Train would usher in an era of Economic development & prosperity in region : Sukhbir

Harsimrat Badal & Sukhbir Badal flag off Bathinda-Delhi Shatabadi

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Bathinda/ Mansa, December 18, 2014: Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal today flagged off Shatabdi Express train between Bathinda-New Delhi to facilitate the people of the Malwa region with much fanfare along with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal.
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Bathinda/ Mansa, December 18, 2014: Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal today flagged off Shatabdi Express train between Bathinda-New Delhi to facilitate the people of the Malwa region with much fanfare along with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal.
After the flagging off ceremony, Mrs Harsimrat Badal said she had urged the Union Railway minister to attach extra bogeys with refrigeration facility in the passenger train for transportation of fresh fruits and vegetables and processed food items to various parts of the country to give boost to the food processing sector. Mrs. Badal also promised to take up the issue with Railway ministry to make the train run entire week and also proposed to extend it up to Ferozepur.
While talking to media-persons, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab Sukhbir Badal said the starting of this train would usher in an era of economic development and prosperity in the region. He said rail connectivity to Delhi had become a major requirement with the commissioning of Guru Gobind Singh Refinery as Bathinda had emerged as a petro-chemical hub. He said besides this the establishment of prestigious projects like Talwandi Sabo Thermal Power Plant, Central University of Punjab and Hotel Management Institute Bathinda had necessitated the sanctioning of Shatabdi Express train on this route.
Earlier, prominent persons and large number of enthusiastic area people received the train at Bathinda Railway station in a jubilation mood. The residents of Bathinda and surrounding areas had for a long time been demanding Shatabadi between Bathinda and Delhi Route via Jakhal-Rohtak to facilitate the people of Malwa belt.
Earlier in the morning, Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal along with Union Minister for Railway Suresh Prabhu had flagged off the train at New Delhi Railway station.
Mrs. Harsimrat said that the people of the region, especially the residents of Bathinda had been demanding this train since long adding that that the local residents had been continuously impressing upon her to take up the matter with the Ministry of Railways to run a Shatabdi Express from Bathinda to Delhi via Jakhal-Rohtak to facilitate the people of region for a comfortable and speedy journey towards the national capital. Mrs. Badal also pointed out that as several people from the area have to go to Delhi for boarding international flights therefore this train was all the more important for them. She also informed that as the people from other states, especially the Army and Air Force personnel, frequently visit Bathinda due to Air Force Station and Army Cantonment located here to enable them a hassle free journey to the city.
The Bathinda-Delhi route will be covered in 4 hours and 45 minutes. The train will leave from New Delhi to Bathinda at 9 am in the morning and reach Bathinda at 1.45 pm. The same train will leave for Delhi from Bathinda at 4.15 pm in the evening and reach Delhi railway station at 9 pm in the night. The Shatabdi Express between Bathinda and Delhi was announced by the then Union Railway Minister Sadananda Gauda in his maiden rail budget speech earlier this year.
The residents of areas in and around the city eagerly waited for the Shatabdi Express and jump in celebration mood on the arrival of train at Platform Number 5. The train not only provides another link to the people of Bathinda and surrounding areas, but almost the entire Malwa region, with a stoppage at Mansa and parts of Haryana including the areas surrounding Jind and Rohtak.
Expressing happiness over the development, the area people thanked the Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Rajya Sabha MP Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder along with senior party leaders travelled from Delhi to Bathinda. Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr Sarup Chand Singla, MLA Mr Darshan Singh Kotfatta, former chairman Bathinda Improvement Trust Mr Mohan Lal Garg, former Mayor Mr Baljit Singh Beerbehman, Deputy Commissioner Bathinda Dr. Basant Garg, DIG Bathinda Amar Singh Chahal, SSP Mr Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti, press secretary SAD Bathinda Dr Om Prakash Sharma, DRM Mr Anil Kumar Kathpal, and senior Railway officials were also present on the occasion.
Meanwhile at Mansa, MLA Mr Prem Mittal, MLA Mr Chatin Singh Samao, Deputy Commissioner Mansa Mr Praveen Kumar Thind, SSP Mr Bhupinder Singh Khattra and others were also present.
Travellers elated as Shatabdi comes to Bathinda:
When Shatabdi Express pulled into platform number 5 at Bathinda station on Thursday for the first time, passengers went ecstatic. For those who were waiting for it to happen, it signaled an end of a long and excruciating wait.
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More than 6000 Jail inmates come out of drug trap, Govt. to ensure their release: Thandal

Youth given up drug addiction, honored by Punjab Government

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Chandigarh/Hoshiarpur, December 18, 2014: ‘The Punjab Government fully committed for the rehabilitation of the youth, who have successfully come out of the trap of drug addiction. Strenuous efforts of the government in this regard have borne fruits as number of youth have come back to the mainstream by giving up the drug addiction’. It was disclosed by Mr. Sohan Singh Thandal, Minister for Tourism and Cultural affairs, Punjab, while addressin....
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Chandigarh/Hoshiarpur, December 18, 2014: ‘The Punjab Government fully committed for the rehabilitation of the youth, who have successfully come out of the trap of drug addiction. Strenuous efforts of the government in this regard have borne fruits as number of youth have come back to the mainstream by giving up the drug addiction’. It was disclosed by Mr. Sohan Singh Thandal, Minister for Tourism and Cultural affairs, Punjab, while addressing the gathering at a special function organized at Hoshiarpur to honour more than two dozen youth of Chabbewal constituency, who have given up drug addiction.
The minister said that besides drug de-addiction centers at various hospitals of the state, the Punjab government has also opened up such drug de addiction centers in the Jails of Punjab. He said in jails the psychiatrists do the counseling of the addicted youth and then medical treatment is provided to them free of cost. He said that till date more than 6000 habitual drug addicts have given up the drugs. He said that keeping in mind all the legalities, the state government would try to ensure release of such inmates. He said that to check the drug trafficking commendable job has been done by the state government. He said that in the whole of country, Punjab has nabbed the highest number of drug traffickers till date.
Mr. Thandal called upon all the political parties and leaders to rise above the party line and join hands with the state government to make the state ‘drug free’. He said that it is highly unethical that other political parties have been tarnishing the image of Punjab by projecting the drug issue with ulterior motives. He said state government has now started the second phase of its drug de addiction campaign. “Under this campaign special search teams would visit every nook and corner of the state and anyone found indulged in the sale of banned drugs would be brought to the books, at the same time financial help to start subsidiary occupation would be extended to those who have given up drug addiction” he added.
Among the youth who were today honored for giving up drug addiction was Ram Chander from Mahilpur. Narrating his tale of getting into the drug trap, he said that he is MA pass and he started drinking in the bad company of friends. He said that he has become so addicted that his family parted ways with him; even his wife and children had decided to get away from him. He said that his situation had become suicidal that he made firm resolve to give up the habbit of drinking. Similar stories were narrated by 26 years old Gurpreet Singh from Chabbewal, who was a noted footwall player before getting into the trap of drug addiction. Visually ecstatic he said that he has got new lease of life after he gave up drug addiction with all his family members and friends are around him.....
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University Pro-Chancellor Tajinder Kaur congratulates students over their achievement

DBU students win Gold & Bronze medals in Power Lifting (Junior) Competition

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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: Faculty of Engineering and Technology students Balkar Singh and Gagandeep Singh and Faculty of Law student Karan Bahadur have brought glory to the university by winning Gold and Bronze Medals respectively, in the Punjab State Junior Power Lifting Competition held recently at Patiala. Balkar Singh won his Gold Medal during very tough competition in 74 Kg. category, while Gagandeep and Karan Bahadur won their bronze m....
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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: Faculty of Engineering and Technology students Balkar Singh and Gagandeep Singh and Faculty of Law student Karan Bahadur have brought glory to the university by winning Gold and Bronze Medals respectively, in the Punjab State Junior Power Lifting Competition held recently at Patiala. Balkar Singh won his Gold Medal during very tough competition in 74 Kg. category, while Gagandeep and Karan Bahadur won their bronze medals in 83 Kg. and 66 Kg. categories respectively. This was disclosed by Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University, Dr. Zora Singh. While felicitating the students, he said that these students are role models for other students and they have proved that hard work and dedication always bears fruit. He expressed the view that games and sports are an integral part of our education and to promote the same among students, Desh Bhagat University provides all types of incentives and facilities to the outstanding players.
University Pro-Chancellor Tajinder Kaur, Director Faculty of Engineering & Technology Dr. P. S. Cheema and Director Faculty of Law Dr. S. S. Saluja while congratulating the students over their achievement said that university gives full importance not only to research, innovation and other scholastic activities but also to sports and other co-curricular activities. Controller Examinations & in-charge (Sports) Dr. I. S. Sethi said that all these students are multi-talented and have been taking part in other activities also. All three students gave whole credit for their achievements to the sports facilities available in the university and the able guidance of his coach Mr. Nandan Singh.....
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Nanakshahi calendar was manifestation of distinct & separate identity of Sikhs says Dal Khalsa head H S Dhami

Nanaksar Samparda behind latest move to revert Nanakshahi calendar to Bikrami: Dal Khalsa

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Amritsar, December 18, 2014: Adding a new dimension to the on-going calendar controversy, the Dal Khalsa has claimed that Nanaksar Samparda was pressing upon the Badal family to revert Nanakshahi to Bikrami calendar.

In a policy statement released to the media, the Dal Khalsa head H S Dhami vowed that they would oppose any such move and would also expose those forces working behind the curtain. He reaffirmed that the Nanakshahi calendar was the manifestation of distinct and sepa....
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Amritsar, December 18, 2014: Adding a new dimension to the on-going calendar controversy, the Dal Khalsa has claimed that Nanaksar Samparda was pressing upon the Badal family to revert Nanakshahi to Bikrami calendar.

In a policy statement released to the media, the Dal Khalsa head H S Dhami vowed that they would oppose any such move and would also expose those forces working behind the curtain. He reaffirmed that the Nanakshahi calendar was the manifestation of distinct and separate identity of the Sikhs.

Dhami said Sant Samaj pressed the Badals in 2010 and succeeded in “mixing Nanakshahi with Bikrami through amendments". However, this time the move to revert back to Bikrami was the brainchild of another religious sect that doesn't follow the Akal Takht approved Sikh Rehat Maryada.

"Sant Samaj only killed the letter and spirit of the original calendar through amendments, where as this sect wants to kill Nanakshahi calendar itself and give another blow to the distinct identity of the Sikhs", said he.

The withdrawal of security cover from Jathedar Balwant Singh Nanadgarh should be seen in this context, said he. "Badals using pressure tactics to make Nanadgarh fall in line as Jathedar Akal Takht and SGPC head were considered to be their "yes man".

He said family members of Badal especially husband and wife (Union Cabinet minister) were disciple of this “influential and cash-rich” sect.

Going further, he said Badals has used the services of Sant Samaj to petition at Akal Takht to revert to Bikrami.

He said the mixing of Nanakshahi with Bikrami has already created a mess and confusion. Hence, he appealed to the Jathedar Akal Takht to implement the original calendar approved by Khalsa Panth and released by SGPC in 2003.

He said Sikhs have been striving to get honourable recognition to their separate identity since long and reverting back to Bikrami would be a set-back to their just struggle.
"Sikhs would not sit back quietly if their own premier institutions would take any unprincipled stance that dilutes their unique identity", said he. ....
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Goddess Kali highly revered in Hinduism & meant to worshipped in temples or home shrines says Rajan Zed

Upset Hindus urge withdrawal of goddess Kali mural from Brooklyn Museum

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Nevada (USA), December 18, 2014: Hindus are upset over “inappropriate” portrayal of Hindu goddess Kali in a mural at Brooklyn Museum (New York).

This 60-foot mixed-media goddess Kali wall mural is part of recently opened “Eyes of Time” exhibition at Brooklyn Museum which is scheduled till July 12. It shows Kali with three legs, three breasts and six arms. Its face is a clock with no actual time.

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Nevada (USA), December 18, 2014: Hindus are upset over “inappropriate” portrayal of Hindu goddess Kali in a mural at Brooklyn Museum (New York).

This 60-foot mixed-media goddess Kali wall mural is part of recently opened “Eyes of Time” exhibition at Brooklyn Museum which is scheduled till July 12. It shows Kali with three legs, three breasts and six arms. Its face is a clock with no actual time.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, said that goddess Kali was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be thrown around loosely in reimagined versions for dramatic effects on museum walls. Such absurd depiction of goddess Kali with no scriptural backing was hurtful to the devotees.

Such trivialization of goddess Kali was disturbing to the devotees world over, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stated and urged Brooklyn Museum to withdraw it. Zed also asked Museum’s Director Arnold L. Lehman to tender a formal public apology.

Rajan Zed stressed that Hindus were for free speech as much as anybody else if not more. But faith was something sacred and attempts at belittling it hurt the devotees. Museums should be more sensitive while handling faith related subjects, Zed added.

Hindus welcomed museums and artists to immerse in Hinduism but taking it seriously and respectfully and not just for indecorous showing of Hindu symbols and concepts to advance their selfish agenda. Casual flirting sometimes resulted in pillaging serious spiritual doctrines and revered symbols and hurting the devotees, Zed pointed out.

Rajan Zed noted that Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken frivolously. No faith, larger or smaller, should be ridiculed at; Zed said and added that if museums needed any assistance about Hinduism, he or other Hindu scholars would be glad to help.

Goddess Kali, who personifies Shakti or divine energy and considered the goddess of time and change, is widely worshipped in Hinduism. There are about three million Hindus in USA.

Museum seems to have three Kali paintings in its permanent collection, which includes "Siddha Lakhsmi with Kali" painting from 1600s. This exhibition is organized by Assistant Curator Saisha M. Grayson.

The Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and largest art museums in USA, whose roots extend back to 1823. Its permanent collection includes “ancient Egyptian masterpieces, African art, European painting, decorative arts, period rooms, and contemporary art”. Elizabeth A. Sackler is Museum’s Board of Trustees Chair while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio serves on its Executive Committee as Ex-Officio. ....
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According to notification, Paper-3 Constitution Law of India & Paper-4 Punjabi abolished

Punjab amends syllabus of Departmental Examination for PCS (Judicial)

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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: The Punjab government has amended the syllabus of departmental examination for PCS (Judicial) as per the recommendations of Punjab & Haryana High Court by issuing a notification in this regard.
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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: The Punjab government has amended the syllabus of departmental examination for PCS (Judicial) as per the recommendations of Punjab & Haryana High Court by issuing a notification in this regard.
According to the notification, Paper -3 Constitution Law of India and Paper-4 Punjabi have been abolished as the candidates who has passed Matriculation with Punjabi subject need not to be appear in Punjabi paper of departmental examination of PCS (Judicial Branch). In Paper-1 of Civil Law, The Right to Information Act, 2005 and The Legal Services Authorities Act , 1987 have been introduced while deleting Punjab Relief of Indebtness Act , 7 of 1934 and Punjab Debtors Protection Act, 2 of 1936 have been deleted from syllabus. Besides this, in Paper-2 Revenue Law-1stPaper , The Punjab Abolition of Ala Malikiayt and Talukadari Rights Act, 1953 as amended by Punjab Act 21 of 1961, The Pepsu Abolition of AI Malikiayt Rights Act, 1954, as amended by Punjab Act, 20 of 1961 and Rules there under and Punjab Bhudan Yojna Act,1955, as amended by Punjab Act No.23 of 1957 and Rules there under have been abolished. Similarly in Paper-5 of Criminal Law, The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005, The Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2000, The Negotiable Instruments Act, 1981, The Information Technology Act, 2000 and The Punjab Excise Act, 1914 have been introduced.....
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4 Laning of Ludhiana-Moga-Ferozepur National Highway would start soon

Work on the stretches of NH-1 falls in Punjab initiated

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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: The commuters from Punjab would enjoy the smooth and bumpy less ride to and fro from New Delhi to Amritsar as the National Highway Authority has initiated the construction work on the main chunks of this NH falling in Punjab. This 470 km of National Highway-1, which is considered as the backbone of Punjab trade and industry would be completed byMay 15 next year.
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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: The commuters from Punjab would enjoy the smooth and bumpy less ride to and fro from New Delhi to Amritsar as the National Highway Authority has initiated the construction work on the main chunks of this NH falling in Punjab. This 470 km of National Highway-1, which is considered as the backbone of Punjab trade and industry would be completed byMay 15 next year.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson of the Punjab Government said that Punjab State has been urging National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) since long to accelerate the construction on the National Highway network in the state, which was hampered by several bottlenecks. He said that now the situation has become agreeable and acceding to the demands of the Punjab State, The National Highway Authority of India has started construction work on the Dera Bassi flyover. The estimated cost on this flyover would be Rs. 130 crore, similarly work on the six km stretch of Ludhiana-Ferozpur road has also been started. The spokesperson said that the remaining 6 km stretch between Ludhiana-Chandigarh would also be completed by February 15 next year. He said that the NHAI has also initiated work on the 20 km stretch of NH-1 from Bidhipur Railway crossing to Dhilwan and Amritsar-Pathankot National Highway.
The spokesperson further said that National Authority has assured the Punjab State that the much awaited four-laning work of the Ludhiana-Moga-Ferozepur National Highway, which had been abandoned by a private construction company would soon be initiated as the company has now agreed to restore the work.
“Under National Highways Development Project (NDDP) the major 4-laning projects in the state worth Rs. 1314 crore have been completed” he added. Divulging the details of such projects he said that 4-laning of 44.600 km of Kurali-Kiratpur Sahib has been completed with the cost of Rs. 309 crore. 4- laning of 44 km long Bhogpur-Mukerian Section has been completed in December, 2013 with the cost of Rs. 300 crore. Similarly 4- laning of 102.420 km of Pathankot-Amritsar road has been completed in November, 2014 with the cost of Rs. 705 core. He said that in total Rs. 1314 crore has been incurred on these major 4-laning projects.....
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Every Department should challan at least 10 people every month : ADC

651 People challaned, Rs 39,255 fine imposed under COTPA : ADC

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Bathinda, December 18, 2014: Implementing the state government’s stricture that controls use of tobacco and its products, the Bathinda district has issued challans to 651 people and collected Rs 39255 as fine imposed under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) till November 2014.
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Bathinda, December 18, 2014: Implementing the state government’s stricture that controls use of tobacco and its products, the Bathinda district has issued challans to 651 people and collected Rs 39255 as fine imposed under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) till November 2014.
The ADC (development) Mrs Sonali Giri said this while presiding over meeting of District Task Force stake holders under the Tobacco Control Act today. ADC, who is also the chairperson of District Task Force, strictly directed the stake holders including officers from PRTC, Municipal Corporation Bathinda, Block Development Officers, executive officers of municipal councils, police officers and others to implement the various sections of act effectively.
She said that the every department should issue at least ten challans each. She also appealed people to not use tobacco for keeping cancer and TB at an arms length. She directed the education department officials to ensure that the school children are educated about COTPA Act so that they can spread awareness amongst their families, neighborhood and relatives.
She added that departments can seek police help, whenever needed, while issuing the challans. The act is meant for prohibiting the usage of tobacco in order to curb second hand smoking, keep children away from the tobacco and provide non-smokers a healthier air to breathe. Under the act, tobacco or its products could not be sold within 100 m radius of an educational institution. Also selling tobacco or its products to children below 18 years is an offence.
Discussing report of the year 2014 till the month of November she said that in month of January 64 people were penalized and Rs 5150 fine was collected. Similarly in February 78 people were challaned and Rs 4640 fine was collected. In the month of March 45 people were challaned and Rs 2450 fine was collected. In April 39 people were challaned and Rs 2600 fine was collected. In May 65 people were challaned and Rs 6010 fine was collected, in June 51 people were challaned and Rs 3400 fine was collected, in July 86 people were challaned and Rs 3430 fine was collected, in August 30 people were challaned and Rs 1950 fine was collected, in September 55 people were challaned and Rs 4390 fine was collected, in October 111 people were challaned and Rs 4075 fine was collected and in the month of November 27 people were challaned and Rs 1160 fine was collected.
The district assistant nodal officer-cum-assistant civil surgeon Dr Rajkumar said that school students are being trained regarding this. The teachers and students are shown slides regarding ill effects of tobacco.....
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Punjab institute of sports to nurture sports talent from grass root level

Punjab all set to become nursery of sports in country: Sukhbir Badal

Sports centres to be set up in all 146 blocks of State

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Chandigarh/Dirba (Sangrur), December 18, 2014: In a bid to promote sports from grass root level and developing Punjab as the nursery of Sports in India, Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that Punjab Institute of Sports will develop 11 sports disciplines in the state. From the next academic session this institute will select 500 budding sports persons to provide them excellent training and coaching free of cost.
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Chandigarh/Dirba (Sangrur), December 18, 2014: In a bid to promote sports from grass root level and developing Punjab as the nursery of Sports in India, Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that Punjab Institute of Sports will develop 11 sports disciplines in the state. From the next academic session this institute will select 500 budding sports persons to provide them excellent training and coaching free of cost.
Stating this the Deputy CM, who was the chief guest at the semi finals of fifth Kabaddi World Cup at Dirba (Sangrur), said that national and international level coaches would be hired by the state government so that best players could be developed at the grass root level. "My main aim is that the Indian contingent for Rio Olympics 2016 would have maximum participation from Punjab state," the Deputy CM said while addressing a jam packed Shaheed Bachan Singh Memorial Stadium, at Dirba on Thursday.
The Deputy CM said that in the first batch, 500 budding sportspersons would be admitted in sports institute and the state government would spend for their boarding, lodging and training.
Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the sportspersons would be trained in all 11 affiliated sports. He said that in the next cabinet meeting traditional martial art Gatka would be approved as an affiliated game.
He also informed that all 146 blocks of Punjab would have sports centres that would be ultra modern and state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor playing facilities, where training would be provided to sportspersons.
He said that land for the setting up of these sports centres have also been earmarked in 20 blocks where construction would start from next month onwards. He also informed that each sports centre would be set up with a cost of Rs 1.60 crore.
Rajya Sabha member Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who was the guest of honour, thanked the Deputy CM for organising semi finals at Dirba, which is nursery of Kabaddi in the region.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Sant Balbir Singh Ghunas also thanked the Deputy CM on behalf of Dirba residents.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Rural Development Minister Mr Sikandar Singh Maluka, Administrative Member of PSPCL Mr Gurbachan Singh Bachi, DC Mr Arshdeep Singh Thind, SSP Mr Mandeep Singh Sidhu, former minister Mr Gobind Singh Longowal, Special Secretary (Sports) Mrs Amrit Kaur Gill besides several others.....
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Punjab to provide free education to the children of deceased government employees

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Chandigarh, December 18:
The Punjab Government has in principal decided to continue the facility of free education to the children of deceased government employees.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson said that free education would be imparted with subject to certain conditions. Divulging the details he said that if the spouse of the deceased employee before his/her death has been working in government institutions, boards/corporations/tribun....
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Chandigarh, December 18:
The Punjab Government has in principal decided to continue the facility of free education to the children of deceased government employees.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson said that free education would be imparted with subject to certain conditions. Divulging the details he said that if the spouse of the deceased employee before his/her death has been working in government institutions, boards/corporations/tribunal/commission, semi government, cooperative and municipal organisation on regular basis than the children of the deceased employee would not be eligible for free education.
He said that in case after the death of an employee any of his family member has been given class A or B job, in that case also the children of the deceased employee would not be eligible for free education under the scheme. “The children would get free education in case the family member of the deceased employee has been posted on class C or D job” he added.
The spokesman further said that besides these certain conditions the free education would continue as per previous terms and conditions. Instructions in this regard have been issued to all the Deputy Commissioners, departmental heads, Commissioners of divisions, Registrar Punjab and Haryana High Court and all the sessions’ judges.....
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Bird Flue alert!

Jayani asks health dept to take precautionary measures to check Bird Flu outbreak

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Chandigarh December 18: Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr. Surjit Kumar Jayani has directed the health department officials to take emergent precautionary measures to check the outbreak of the dreaded avian influenza, H5N1 in Punjab.
Expressing concern over the confirmed cause of the dying ducks suffering from H5N1 and bird flu in the Sukhna lake Chandigarh, Mr. Jayani said that the teams of Medical officers from Mohali have been dep....
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Chandigarh December 18: Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr. Surjit Kumar Jayani has directed the health department officials to take emergent precautionary measures to check the outbreak of the dreaded avian influenza, H5N1 in Punjab.
Expressing concern over the confirmed cause of the dying ducks suffering from H5N1 and bird flu in the Sukhna lake Chandigarh, Mr. Jayani said that the teams of Medical officers from Mohali have been deputed to conduct a survey in the adjoining areas of Punjab around Chandigarh especially in Kansal and Naya Gaon . They have been asked to check the habitats especially in those villages touching the boundary of Sukhna Lake areas which are close to Chandigarh.
The Minister has also directed the civil surgeons especially the districts around Chandigarh to be ready with the entire required health infrastructure and create special isolation wards in the government hospitals. The special dedicated teams of doctors have been constituted to check any kind of eventuality of the eruption of bird flu.
The Minister also said that as precautionary measures the poultry products entering Punjab from Chandigarh would be checked at the entry points. He said that Food Analysis Inspectors would conduct surprise inspections in Poultry shops to ensure that there was no fresh supply of poultry products and poultry feed from areas around Chandigarh. He also directed to maintain special surveillance in areas around Poultry farms located in Chandigarh periphery areas.....
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Badal urges Khattar for a joint action plan for cleaning of river Ghaggar

Badal and Khattar agree to resolve inter-state issues by sitting together

By Gagandeep Sohal

CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 18: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today urged his Haryana counterpart Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar to jointly chalk out a time bound action plan to clean the river Ghaggar and make it pollution free on war footing.
A high level meeting between the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar attended by the top brass of both the state governments on t....
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CHANDIGARH DECEMBER 18: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today urged his Haryana counterpart Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar to jointly chalk out a time bound action plan to clean the river Ghaggar and make it pollution free on war footing.
A high level meeting between the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal and Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar attended by the top brass of both the state governments on the issue of controlling pollution in river Ghaggar held here at Punjab Bhawan this morning. Mr. Khattar was accompanied by the Haryana Forest & Environment Minister Capt. Abhimanyu.
Welcoming the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Badal apprised him that it was the high time for both the states to intensify their ongoing efforts to save the people from the scourge of polluted river water. He avowed to make the river Ghaggar pollution free within one-and-half year.
Taking part in the deliberations, Punjab Chief Minister impressed upon Mr. Khattar to initiate immediate remedial measures through installation of STPs/up-gradation of existing STPs based on new technology to bring down the Bio-chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) level to 10 mg per liter before discharge of treated sewage/effluents into river Ghaggar to rejuvenate the quality of water of the river to safely utilize its water for irrigation purposes.
Mr.Badal further underlined the need to stick to the level of BOD 10mg/per liter instead of 30mg/per liter and asked the Haryana government to achieve the same standards fixed by PPCB otherwise it would adversely affect the quality of soil and crops. Even the treated effluent with BOD 30mg/per liter may affect the human life in case the treated effluent/sewage was discharged into rivers thus posing a major health hazard.
The Chief Minister suggested to constitute a committee of the Chief Secretaries of both the states to closely monitor and review the progress for installation of STPs in a time bound manner besides enforcement by the regulatory body to ensure the achievement of standards and not to allow any discharge from industries into rivers. Mr. Badal also assured his Haryana counterpart that he would soon request the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister to take a call on this issue for curtailing the discharge from the industrial and domestic sources from the Parwanoo, Nahan and Kala Amb. After taking Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister into confidence in this regard, a joint meeting of three states would be held shortly to ensure that this mission mode program could be taken to its logical end.
It may be recalled that Punjab Chief Minister had a detailed meeting with the Administrator of Union Territory Chandigarh Mr. Shiv Raj V Patil on December 9, to take effective measures to plug the ten vulnerable outlets of untreated sewage and sub standard treated wastewater of Chandigarh region being carried by Sukhna Choe into Ghaggar river in the state.
Listing the major initiatives taken by the Punjab government for the cleaning of rivers in the state, the Chief Minister said that a massive program has already been embarked to ensure no discharge of industrial effluents/domestic sewage was flown into the rivers. He further said that a vast network of STPs and ETPs conforming to the standards of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) was being set up in all the towns and cities including industries to treat the polluted sewage/effluents to the permissible levels for making it fit for irrigation.
Extending fulsome support and cooperation to Mr. Badal for this great initiative, the Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal Khattar said that the state government would support every endeavour of Punjab government in this regard. He also agreed to the suggestion put forth by Mr. Badal to maintain the BOD level of 10 mg/per liter for the discharge of treated sewage through STPs in Haryana area in a phased manner.
Evoking historic importance the Ghaggar river, Mr. Khattar said that the highly revered Sarswati river was once a part of this river in ancient times and thus we all were duty bound to maintain and rejuvenate its quality of water.
Both the Chief Ministers also agreed to sit together to resolve other interstate issues affecting the people of both the states in the larger public interest.
Earlier, the Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Punjab Mr. SK Sandhu gave a power point presentation highlighting the status of pollution through various sources from both the states including Union Territory Chandigarh and also mentioned the effective steps taken by the state government for the installation of STPs across the river Ghaggar besides the control of pollution by the industries on the basis of zero liquid discharge and further installation of CTPs to achieve the stringent standards and achievement of standards at all the times. Likewise Principal Secretary Environment-cum-chairman HSPCB Haryana Mr. Amit Jha gave a detailed presentation regarding the pollution sources from both the states including Union Territory and Himachal Pradesh area. He also elaborated efforts made by the government of Haryana for the installation of STPs for the towns located on river Ghaggar and initiative of the industries to control pollution.
Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting included Chief Secretary Punjab Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal, Principal Secretary to CM Mr. SK Sandhu, Secretary Irrigation Mr. KS Pannu, Secretary Science Technology & Environment Mrs. Seema Jain, Chairman PPCB Mr. Ravinder Singh, Member Secretary Mr. Babu Ram, CEO Punjab Water Supply & Sewerage Board Mr. DK Tiwari, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. S.Karna Raju.
Meanwhile, the Haryana government was represented by the officers including Chief Secretary Mr. PK Gupta, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Sanjiv Kaushal, Principal Secretary Irrigation Dr. Avtar Singh, Principal Secretary Public Health Mr.Alok Nigam, Director Environment Mr. Sanjiv Verma, IEC Public Health Mr. A Khaterpal and Chief Engineer Irrigation Mr. Vijay Jain.....
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