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Inauguration of unit for publication of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in National Sikh Mission Center

SGPC Delegation led by SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar arrives in Yuba City

Attorney Jaspreet Singh welcomed the SGPC delegation in California Airport

By Babushahi Bureau

Yuba City, California, October 30: SGPC Delegation led by its President Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar arrived in Yuba City to inaugurate unit for Printing of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in National Sikh Mission Center which is under construction. Attorney Jaspreet Singh who has been instrumental in completing all the official procedures and processes for this prestigious Project, welcomed the SGPC delegation, including Raghujit Singh Virk, Sukhdev Singh ....
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Yuba City, California, October 30: SGPC Delegation led by its President Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar arrived in Yuba City to inaugurate unit for Printing of Sri Guru Granth Sahib in National Sikh Mission Center which is under construction. Attorney Jaspreet Singh who has been instrumental in completing all the official procedures and processes for this prestigious Project, welcomed the SGPC delegation, including Raghujit Singh Virk, Sukhdev Singh Bhaur and Rajinder Singh Mehta. It is worthwhile to mention that prominent NRI Didar Singh Bains has donated 13 acre of land for the Sikh Mission Center. Besides setting up unit for publication of Sri Guru Granth Sahib, a museum and school will also be created as part of this project. A Trust under the Chairmanship of Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar has been setup for this project with Raghujit Singh Virk as Vice President and Didar Singh Bains as its Treasurer. A bank account has also been opened of the Trust namely Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee USA Incorporation in America.....
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MSP must be fixed taking into account cost of inputs and Dr. Swaminathan Commission recommendations

SAD president to Centre: Enhance MSP of wheat by Rs 150 per quintal

By Babushahi Bureau

Chandigarh, October 30: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the Rs fifty increase in minimum support price (MSP) of wheat was not commensurate with the increase in cost of inputs and should be revised forthwith to protect the interests of the farming community.

"The SAD urges that the msp of wheat be enhanced by at least Rs 150 per quintal to take into account the inputs spent by farmers as well as the recommendations of the Dr Swaminathan Commissio....
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Chandigarh, October 30: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the Rs fifty increase in minimum support price (MSP) of wheat was not commensurate with the increase in cost of inputs and should be revised forthwith to protect the interests of the farming community.

"The SAD urges that the msp of wheat be enhanced by at least Rs 150 per quintal to take into account the inputs spent by farmers as well as the recommendations of the Dr Swaminathan Commission", the SAD president said in a statement here.

Mr Sukhbir Badal said the earlier Congress led UPA government had discriminated against the farming community. "Since the erstwhile UPA government refused to increase the msp of wheat and paddy despite the steep increase in inputs, it is now our responsibility to bring about parity in this regard".

The Deputy CM said the SAD had always maintained that the recommendations of the Dr Swaminathan Commission should be taken into consideration while finalising msp of foodgrains. "The Swaminathan Commission calls for giving a fifty per cent profit on inputs to farmers and this should be put into practice", he added.

Mr Badal said agriculture in Punjab as well as the country was passing through a crisis and needed support from the centre in the form of enhanced msp. "Farmer debts are on the increase and agriculture as a profession is no longer a profitable venture. Only a reasonable and consistent increase in msp can save the rural economy from collapse", he added.....
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ACC Appointments

IAS Arvind Mayaram to be Secy. Minority Affairs & Lalit K Panwar Secy. Tourism

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New Delhi, October 30: Govt. of India has cancelled the order of appointment of Arvind Mayaram, IAS (RJ:78), Finance Secretary and Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism. He has now been posted as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs as Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs vice Dr. Lalit K.Panwar, IAS(RJ:79), on his relinquishing the charge of the post. Dr. Lalit K. Panwar, IAS(RJ:79), Secretary, Mini....
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New Delhi, October 30: Govt. of India has cancelled the order of appointment of Arvind Mayaram, IAS (RJ:78), Finance Secretary and Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism. He has now been posted as Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs as Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs vice Dr. Lalit K.Panwar, IAS(RJ:79), on his relinquishing the charge of the post. Dr. Lalit K. Panwar, IAS(RJ:79), Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs has been posted as Secretary, Ministry of Tourism in the vacancy of Shri Parvez Dewan, IAS (JK:77).
Meanwhile, Govt. of India has ordered the assignment of additional charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance to Ratan P.Watal, IAS(AP:78), Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance for a period of one month with immediate effect or until the assumption of charge of the post of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs by Rajiv Mehrishi, IAS(RJ:78) or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
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Gold & Silver jewelery weighing 23 kgs and 400 gms and Rs. 60,000 recovered

Hayana Police cracks Gohana PNB lockers burglary : 3 Criminals arrested

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Chandigarh, October 30: Haryana Police has cracked Gohana Punjab National Bank lockers burglary case with the arrest of three criminals and recovered gold and silver jewellery weighing 23kgs and 400 grams and Rs. sixty thousand.
While stating this here today, a spokesman of Police Department said that those arrested included Surinder son of Jagdish, Balraj son of Dharampal and Satish son of Ram Krishan all residents of Village Kat....
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Chandigarh, October 30: Haryana Police has cracked Gohana Punjab National Bank lockers burglary case with the arrest of three criminals and recovered gold and silver jewellery weighing 23kgs and 400 grams and Rs. sixty thousand.
While stating this here today, a spokesman of Police Department said that those arrested included Surinder son of Jagdish, Balraj son of Dharampal and Satish son of Ram Krishan all residents of Village Katwal, Sonipat. The other accused who have been found involved in the crime during investigations are Rajesh son of Krishan resident of village Katwal, Sonipat and Mahipal resident of village Kasandi, Sonipat.
He said that to maintain transparency, a committee of five locker holders as well as a Magistrate remained present during recovery of stolen property. Still photography and videography have also been conducted of the recovery of stolen jewellary. The investigation is still on and efforts are being made to arrest the remaining accused persons and to recover rest of the stolen property.
He said that a large number of police teams worked day and night to pursue the clues received during investigation and solved the case within 48 hours.
He said that DGP Haryana, Mr Shriniwas Vashisht had visited the site of burglary on the same day. In order to get the maximum possible assistance in solving the case, the DGP declared a reward of Rs.10 lakh for giving clue regarding the identity of the accused involved in this daring heist. He also assured that complete recovery of stolen property and its proper restoration to the owners will be carried out on priority basis and police officials will be suitably rewarded for their good work.....
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Senior leaders say this is not first time Bajwa is accused of criminal misconduct

SAD to Bajwa: Explain your criminal activities instead of making smear campaign excuses

By Babushahi Bureau

Chandigarh, October 30 : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked Punjab Congress president Partap Bajwa to come clean and tell the people why he was enmeshed in serious criminal activities one after the other instead of hiding behind the excuse of an “akali smear campaign”.
Senior SAD leaders including Ministers Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema besides party spokesman Maheshinder Singh Grewal said in....
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Chandigarh, October 30 : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked Punjab Congress president Partap Bajwa to come clean and tell the people why he was enmeshed in serious criminal activities one after the other instead of hiding behind the excuse of an “akali smear campaign”.
Senior SAD leaders including Ministers Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Dr Daljit Singh Cheema besides party spokesman Maheshinder Singh Grewal said instead of crying wolf, Bajwa should explain why he was in continuous touch, for minutes together, with the alleged son of a neighbor who was involved in criminal activities. “What could have been the topic of discussion between an arms racketeer and the president of a State political party? It could obviously not be politics”, the leaders said adding it had already been revealed that the arms racketeer – Gurtej Pannu had hired the services of the infamous Paras gang at Bajwa’s instance to keep the latter’s opponents away from Congress president Rahul Gandhi during his recent visit to the city.
The SAD leaders said it was interesting that Bajwa had not tried to deny receiving phone calls from Pannu but had made it seem as if they were casual calls. “This is furthest from the truth. The phone calls were made at crucial times when the members of the Paras gang were hired for the assignment or were being taken to a safe house or being brought to Chandigarh. The very fact that Bajwa kept a tab on the movements of the gang members proves that he not only hired the gang to terrorize his political opponents but also that he regularly hobnobs with criminals”, the leaders said.
Mr Maheshinder Grewal meanwhile asked Mr Bajwa not to try to brow beat security officials by threatening them with dire consequences, saying the entire issue had come to light following a arms seizure haul during the course of which a criminal Pala Brar had disclosed that he and his gang members had also been hired for an assignment by the PCC president. Mr Grewal said instead of coming clean on his links with goons Bajwa was accusing the akalis of launching a smear campaign against him.
“Did we launch a smear campaign against you when you were accused by your own party men of being involved in a dubious and shady racket in Gujarat or even the bitumen scam?”, the SAD leaders asked Bajwa. They also asked him to tell the people who had accused him of being a drug smuggler in a letter to the Congress president. “Was it not former PCC president Capt Amarinder Singh?” they said. The leaders said even the recent land grab case involving the PCC president in which it was revealed that he had taken over common village land belonging to poor villagers had been indirectly exposed by a Congress leader.
Asking Mr Bajwa not to make excuses after being exposed, the akali leaders said the PCC president to instead explain to the people why he alone was involved in one criminal activity after another. “Why has your name alone become synonymous with corruption and criminal activities?” they asked. ....
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Haryana Darbar

HALSA decides to organize National Lok Aalat in State at all levels on Dec 6

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Chandigarh October 30: Haryana State Legal Services Authority (HALSA) has decided to organize National Lok Adalat in the State at all levels on December 6, 2014 to expeditiously dispose all types of cases.
While giving this information here today, a spokesman of HALSA said that in the National Lok Adalat all type of cases will be taken up especially Criminal Compoundable cases, NI Act under section 138, MACT including AIR (Accid....
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Chandigarh October 30: Haryana State Legal Services Authority (HALSA) has decided to organize National Lok Adalat in the State at all levels on December 6, 2014 to expeditiously dispose all types of cases.
While giving this information here today, a spokesman of HALSA said that in the National Lok Adalat all type of cases will be taken up especially Criminal Compoundable cases, NI Act under section 138, MACT including AIR (Accident Information Report) Cases and Transport Cases, Matrimonial, Labour Disputes, Land Acquisition, Rent, Bank Recovery, Easementary Rights, Revenue, MNREGA, Electricity and Water Bills, Forest Act, Disaster Compensation etc and all other cases found suitable for disposal in Lok Adalat.
He said that necessary directions has been issued to all the concerned at district and Sub-Division level for Coordination with the District and Sub Divisional Judicial Officers for success of National Lok Adalat in the State.
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Haryana Darbar

Haryana Cabinet to meet under Chairmanship of CM Khattar on Nov 5

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Chandigarh, October 30 :Haryana Cabinet will meet under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal at Committee Room, 4th Floor, Haryana Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh on November 5, 2014 at 4 p.m.....
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Chandigarh, October 30 :Haryana Cabinet will meet under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal at Committee Room, 4th Floor, Haryana Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh on November 5, 2014 at 4 p.m.....
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We will provide hearing aids, artificial limbs etc: ADC

DDRC to organise Mega camp in Bathinda to provide support to disabled: Sonali Giri IAS

By Amritpal Brar

Bathinda: October 30: The District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC) Bathinda is planning to organise a mega camp to provide support and rehabilitate the disabled persons belonging to Bathinda and nearby districts. This was stated by Sonali Giri IAS ADC (D) Bathinda on Thursday.

ADC (D) Sonali said “The aim of the District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs) is to provide rehabilitative support to persons with disabilities through providing training to persons with disab....
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By Amritpal Brar

Bathinda: October 30: The District Disability Rehabilitation Centre (DDRC) Bathinda is planning to organise a mega camp to provide support and rehabilitate the disabled persons belonging to Bathinda and nearby districts. This was stated by Sonali Giri IAS ADC (D) Bathinda on Thursday.

ADC (D) Sonali said “The aim of the District Disability Rehabilitation Centres (DDRCs) is to provide rehabilitative support to persons with disabilities through providing training to persons with disabilities for early motivation and early stimulation for vocational training and employment”. The aims include make out suitable vocations for persons with disabilities, keeping in view local resources and designing and providing vocational training and identifying suitable jobs, so as to make them economically independent.

The date for the camp will be decided within next few days said Sonali. “We will provide hearing aids, artificial limbs and other equipments which are needed by beneficiaries in this camp, 237 people were identified during the four camps held at Bhagta, Rampura, Talwandi Sabo and Bathinda last month” added Sonali.

The Persons with disabilities comprise a significant section of our population whose potentialities need to be utilized to the maximum. As per the countrywide sample survey conducted by National Sample Survey Organization in 1991, about 16 million physically disabled persons in India are suffering from visual/ speech/ hearing/ loco motor disabilities.
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Meagre Rs. 50 per quintal hike in procurement price of wheat was as a cruel joke on farmers says Bajwa

Bajwa demands MSP on Swaminathan committee formula

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Chandigarh, October 30: The Punjab Pradesh Congress President, Partap Singh Bajwa, today rejected what he described as a meagre Rs. 50 per quintal hike in the procurement price of wheat and said it was as a cruel joke on the farmers who feed the nation.

Addressing a press conference here, he said that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, had given full page advertisement in the newspapers in the run up to the Lok Sabha election promising the farmers to implement the MS Swamin....
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Chandigarh, October 30: The Punjab Pradesh Congress President, Partap Singh Bajwa, today rejected what he described as a meagre Rs. 50 per quintal hike in the procurement price of wheat and said it was as a cruel joke on the farmers who feed the nation.

Addressing a press conference here, he said that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, had given full page advertisement in the newspapers in the run up to the Lok Sabha election promising the farmers to implement the MS Swaminathan committee report which had recommended at least 50 per cent profit to the farmers above the cost of production.

He proposed that the Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, should lead an all-party delegation to the Prime Minister on this issue of urgent and immediate importance. He said it was shocking that Badal had maintained a stony silence. He pointed out that during the NDA regime from 1999-2000 to 2003-04, the MSP of wheat had been increased only by Rs. 50. However, as against this, the farmers benefitted to the tune of Rs. 645 per quintal on wheat during the Congress led UPA regime from 2004-05 to 2012-13 which proved that the NDA had never watched the interests of the farmers.

He attacked the state government for the harassment of the farmers in the mandis resulting from tardy procurement. He said in Bathinda, the constituency of the Union Minister s Harsiat Kaur Badal, there was no space in the mandis and the farmers were unloading their produce on the roadsides. Basmati was selling at Rs 1000 per quintal less than last year. He said similar was the fate of the cotton growers. The millers had also been hit hard as the centre had reduced the shelling charges from Rs. 15 to Rs. 10 per quintal. He said already, 18770 factories had been closed down in the state and similar fate awaited the rice shelling industry.

Bajwa proposed that the all-party delegation should take up the issue of transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab which was built as the capital of this state. He pointed out that this issue had also been raised by the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party which was part of the ruling alliance in Punjab and headed the governments at the centre and in Haryana. He said Badal should get the seek assurance from Modi for the transfer of the city by January 26, 2015 as a new year gift to his state from a friendly government at the centre.

He also wanted the delegation to raise the issue of Punjabi farmers settled in Gujarat being facing uncertainty regarding their lands as they were under threat of being uprooted from their lands which they had turned cultivable through their hard labour. Moreover, they were settled there on the invitation of the then central government. He said the main hurdle was the appeal filed by the Gujarat government against the verdict of the Gujarat High Court in favour of the farmers. The Chief Minister at that time was Modi. It was the Gujarat government that went in appeal against the High Court verdict. He said the matter could be settled with the Gujarat government withdrawing its appeal.

He also demanded industrial concessions to Punjab on the pattern of the neighbouring states which were given by the Atal Behari Vajpayee government. He also demanded withdrawal of 12.5 per cent service tax on foreign remittances. He expressed the apprehension that this tax would encourage illegal hawala transactions. He wanted the all-party delegation to take up these two issues also.

He wanted withdrawal of VAT on diesel and said the tax on petrol be brought at par with Chandigarh. Regarding the issuance of no objection certificates for the regularisation of colonies, he said the Badal government had once again cheated the people. While the promise was to give a year’s time frame, now only a period of three months has been given while the fee had been doubled. He alleged it was during the periods 1997-02 and again after 2007 that illegal colonies had mushroomed in the state due to unfriendly policies of the Akali Dal-BJP government. The procedure had been simplified during the Congress regime from 2002 to 2007 and as the fee was also negligible, the colonisers preferred to develop approved colonies.

Bajwa called upon the government to regularise all colonies that had come up after 2007 without any fee as the people should not be penalised for the wrong policies of this government.....
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Seeks intensified legal proceedings to ensure justice for Sikhs

Sukhbir welcomes financial assistance of Rs. 5 lakh to kin of’ 84 riots victim

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Chandigarh, October 30 : President Shiromani Akali Dal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today thanked and welcomed the sympathetic gesture shown by NDA Government by announcing to give Rs. 5 lakh to the kin of each of 3325 victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
In a statement issued here the SAD President welcoming the initiative of NDA government said that this monetary help is a step towards healing up the wounds of 1984 anti-Sik....
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Chandigarh, October 30 : President Shiromani Akali Dal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today thanked and welcomed the sympathetic gesture shown by NDA Government by announcing to give Rs. 5 lakh to the kin of each of 3325 victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
In a statement issued here the SAD President welcoming the initiative of NDA government said that this monetary help is a step towards healing up the wounds of 1984 anti-Sikh riots but the Union Government should intensify the legal proceedings to secure justice for Sikh community by awarding exemplary punishments to the perpetrators of Sikh pogrom. He said this initiative has left a reflection that NDA government was firm to deliver justice for Sikh community.
Badal said besides this legal proceedings pertaining to 1984 Sikhs genocide should be intensified and expedited to award severe punishments for architects of anti-Sikh riots. He said that more than 3000 families were struggling legal battles for getting justice but Congress Party was working day and night to save their leaders.
He added that SAD will soon discuss the whole issue and ongoing proceedings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to speed up the cases with fast track hearings so the perpetrators could be put behind bars. He said that SAD was confident that NDA Government would ensure delivery of justice as early as possible to heal the wounds of Sikhs.....
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Transfers/Postings

Punjab shifts 3 IPS and 15 PPS officers

By Gagandeep Sohal

Chandigarh October 30: The Punjab Government today issued transfer orders of 3 IPS and 15 PPS Officers.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesman said that Mr. Sukhdev Singh Bhatti IPS has been posted as Assistant Inspector General of Police InformationTechnology-2 Punjab, Mr. Harcharan Singh, Bhullar IPS posted as Commandant 3rd commando Battalion SAS Nagar, Mr. Gurpreet Singh Gill IPS posted as Commandant 4thcommando Ba....
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Chandigarh October 30: The Punjab Government today issued transfer orders of 3 IPS and 15 PPS Officers.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesman said that Mr. Sukhdev Singh Bhatti IPS has been posted as Assistant Inspector General of Police InformationTechnology-2 Punjab, Mr. Harcharan Singh, Bhullar IPS posted as Commandant 3rd commando Battalion SAS Nagar, Mr. Gurpreet Singh Gill IPS posted as Commandant 4thcommando Battalion SAS Nagar, Mr.Ashwani Kumar PPS posted as Assistant Inspector General police/Tele Communication, Punjab, Mr. Swarndeep Singh PPS posted as AIG police/Special Branch Investigation-1 Punjab. Similarly, Mr.Mandhir Singh PPS AIG Informaation Technology Punjab, Snehdeep Sharma AIG police/NRI and women wing Punjab SAS Nagar, Mr. Naresh Kumar as District Community Police Officer Hoshiarpur, Mr.Gurdeep Singh PPS as District Community Police Officer Commissionerate Ludhiana, Mr.Amarjit Singh PPS as Assistant Commandant 4th IRB Kapurthala, Harpreet Singh PPS, AIG Special Protection Unit Punjab Chandigarh and Additional charge of Staff Officer DGP Punjab, Swaran Singh PPS as SP Investigations Barnala, Lakhwinder Pal Singh PPS SP/GRP Punjab Jalandhar, Amrik Singh Powar PPS as SP Investigations Batala, Harwinder Singh PPS SP Headquarters Taran Tarn, Ranbir Singh PPS as SP/Investigation Ludhiana Rural, Navjot Singh PPS SP cum Sports Secretary PAP Jalandhar and Manohar Lal attached with SSP Amritsar (Rural).
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4-day Inter-Zonal Youth Festival of GNDU concluded

Lyllpur Khalsa College won Overall Championship Trophy

By Jagmohan Singh

Amritsar, October 30 : Lyllpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar lifted Overall Championship Trophy while APJ College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar & BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar remained Runners-up brackted and DAV College, Jalandhar stood third in the Inter-Zonal Youth Festival of the Guru Nanak Dev University. Total 77 team participated in 34 itmes of Music, Theatre, Dance, Literary & Fine Arts. The winners of this festival will participate in North ....
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By Jagmohan Singh

Amritsar, October 30 : Lyllpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar lifted Overall Championship Trophy while APJ College of Fine Arts, Jalandhar & BBK DAV College for Women, Amritsar remained Runners-up brackted and DAV College, Jalandhar stood third in the Inter-Zonal Youth Festival of the Guru Nanak Dev University. Total 77 team participated in 34 itmes of Music, Theatre, Dance, Literary & Fine Arts. The winners of this festival will participate in North Zone Inter-University Youth Festival scheduled to be held at Jammu.

Higher Education Minister, Surjit Singh Rakhra was the chief guest at the valedictory function. Prof. A.S. Brar, Vice-Chancellor presided over.

Addressing the student artists Surjit Singh Rakhra said that students should embibe the teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev in their conduct. He also congratulated Prof. Brar and his team for the all round achievements of the University. He also announced a grant of Rs. 20 Crore for the more development of the University.

He said that in the era of science and technology, today students are enjoying all modern facilities as compare to old time. He exhorted the students that in this competitive age, focus should be on enhancing capabilities and confidence to achieve excellence through commitment, vision, determination and hard work. He said parents and teachers should mould the minds of the youth and create desire in their mind to also know about spiritual values and inner knowledge along with education and cultural activities. He said that student could achive anything in their lives with strong determination and will.....
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Rampura Phul Veterinary College & Hospital to prove milestone for Animal Husbandry in State: Badal

Badal lays foundation stone of Rampura Phul Veterinary College

Badal reiterates pledge for overall development and corrupt free state

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Classes in technical university from next session

Rampura Phul, October 30 : Reiterating his pledged for over all development of state and providing clean and corrupt free environment safeguarding constitutional rights of an individual, the Chief Minister today said that the Rampura Phul Veterinary College and Hospital would prove to be a milestone for the development of Punjab, especially animal husbandry in the state.
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Classes in technical university from next session

Rampura Phul, October 30 : Reiterating his pledged for over all development of state and providing clean and corrupt free environment safeguarding constitutional rights of an individual, the Chief Minister today said that the Rampura Phul Veterinary College and Hospital would prove to be a milestone for the development of Punjab, especially animal husbandry in the state.
While addressing the audience after laying foundation stone of the Rampura Phul Veterinary College and Hospital said the agriculture business has reached point of saturation and to supplement their sources of income, the farmers will have to adopt allied business like dairy farming and animal husbandry. He said that the Veterinary College and Hospital coming up at Rampura Phul will herald in a new revolution in terms of animal husbandry in state. He added that the institute would be completed and commissioned within given time frame.
Mr Badal said that his government was completely dedicated towards development of the state and this could happen only when the state’s main occupation farming is turned into a profitable business. He said that the agriculture allied practices played major role in improving the economic condition of farmers and farm laborers and this institute will play major role in making animal rearing a successful venture.
The Chief Minister said that Punjab has registered growth and development during Akali regime only. He added that once considered a backward area, Bathinda has today registered remarkable growth of medical facilities and education. He said that with the formation of Central University of Punjab (CUP) and technical University it has become an epicenter of educational activities adding that the Technical University will start its classes from next academic session onwards. He added that the three thermal power plants in the Malwa area have become major contributors in power production in state.
Mr Badal appealed the people of Punjab to vote to SAD-BJP government for continuing the pace of development. He asked people to vote for the SAD-BJP candidates in forthcoming local bodies elections so that the state’s governance could be run in a better way.
Talking to media persons while laying the foundation stone of Veterinary College and Hospital, he said that that the institute was being constructed at a cost of Rs 70 cr in 62 acres of land and it would be affiliated to Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Science University (GADVASU). Besides having a five years degree course, the institute will also run diploma courses. Also besides teaching about the animal sciences, the institute will have modern laboratories and operations theaters to cater to the needs of farmers in and around Bathinda.
SAD general secretary and MP Rajya Sabha Mr Balwinder Singh Bhunder said that under the guidance of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal state has witnessed unprecedented growth.
Earlier, the area MLA and cabinet minister Mr Sikandar Singh Maluka welcomed the Chief Minister and people at the occasion and said that the people of Bathinda would forever be indebted to CM Mr Parkash Singh Badal for the projects he has given to the area. He added that the institute will not only be of immense help for the people of Bathinda and surrounding areas who will get better treatment at the government institute, albeit it would also be highly beneficial for the students seeking studies in animal sciences.
Former MP Canada Ruby Dhalla and vice-chancellor GADVASU Dr Vijay Kumar Taneja was also present at the event.....
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First time CM who won his debut election with a huge margin from Karnal

With Khattar as BJP's first CM, there are many first in Haryana

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Chandigarh, October 30 : Days into his new avatar as Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal, prefers to carry on his simplicity demeanors, even in the corridors of power. At a lunch hosted at the chief minister’s residence on the day he stepped into his new house after the ceremonious Hawan and puja, everyone was left amazed as Khattar stood up to join the queue with a plate and cutlery in his hand. He waited patiently for his turn to grab a bi....
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Chandigarh, October 30 : Days into his new avatar as Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal, prefers to carry on his simplicity demeanors, even in the corridors of power. At a lunch hosted at the chief minister’s residence on the day he stepped into his new house after the ceremonious Hawan and puja, everyone was left amazed as Khattar stood up to join the queue with a plate and cutlery in his hand. He waited patiently for his turn to grab a bite along with other party workers and leaders even as his colleagues and senior staffers continued unsuccessfully impress upon him to let the butlers serve him food on the table. Khattar moved around like a commoner interacting with his staff and party men over lunch.
In a state that has long witnessed an overdose of VVIP culture and outrageous paraphernalia for those in power, Khattar preferred to rationalize all of this soon after taking over charge of his office. Sources said, the chief minister has ordered to prune his security and cavalcade to the bare necessity with a hope that others in the cabinet and officialdom follow suit. The idea, said sources, is also to mellow down the unfriendly disposition that invariably creeps in with the stature of a chief minister.
Khattar has a lot of ‘firsts to his credit’ and advantage. As first time MLA and CM, it was for the first time in his life that Khattar entered the Haryana civil secretariat as well as the Chief Ministers Office on Sunday. It was also the first time that he entered the CM’s residence. It is for the first time that a CM officially observed Mangal Sain Jayanti in the state. The first time Chief Minister who won his debut election with a huge margin from Karnal is also the first CM to stay at the CM’s residence without his family of brothers, sisters and other relatives.
Having spent a lifetime grounded working at the grass root level, Khattar has sent the message loud and clear. During his impressive swearing in ceremony attended by Prime Minister Modi at Panchkula on Sunday, Khattar’s brothers and other relatives sat like the others in the public in the general gallery area, although they had a choice to suit in the VIP gallery. Manohar Lal has asked his relatives to meet him as Manohar Lal not as CM Haryana. ....
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Grewal appealed to all Indians to participate in 'Run for Unity' on Oct 31

Birthday celebrations of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on Oct 31 : Grewal

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New Delhi, October 30 : National Secretary BJP Kisan Morcha and Prabhari Himachal Pardesh Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal has appealed to all the Indians to participate in 'Run for Unity' on tomorrow, 31st of October as a tribute to 'Loh Purush' Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. Talking with the media persons here today, Grewal said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi would himself take to the streets to be a part of 'Run for Unity' as celebrations for Sa....
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New Delhi, October 30 : National Secretary BJP Kisan Morcha and Prabhari Himachal Pardesh Sukhminderpal Singh Grewal has appealed to all the Indians to participate in 'Run for Unity' on tomorrow, 31st of October as a tribute to 'Loh Purush' Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. Talking with the media persons here today, Grewal said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi would himself take to the streets to be a part of 'Run for Unity' as celebrations for Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel's birthday. He told that Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call to the Nation to observe the birthday of the great leader 'Loh Purush' Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel as 'Rashtriya Ekta Divas' National Unity Day and has appealed to take part in 'Run for Unity' on that day. Grewal said that as per the programme and on the appeals issued by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and BJP National President Shri Amit Shah, 'Run for Unity' would be organised by people across the country in around 1500 cities. Grewal told that all Union Ministers, National office-bearers, senior leaders, Members of Parliament of BJP, State Presidents and other important functionaries of the party would be themselves leading the 'Run for Unity' so as to celebrate it like an 'utsav' as desired by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He said that the initiative of the Hon'ble Prime Minister will help people realise the crucial role played by 'Loh Purush' Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel in keeping the nation united. Grewal told that the Prime Minister would also be addressing the nation through a radio address on that day. Grewal blamed India's first Prime Minister Pandit Shri Jawahar Lal Nehru for mishandling the Kashmir issue. He said that everyone knows that it was Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel who played a vital role for keeping the nation together. Grewal said that Congress, for its vested interests and to keep the Nehru and Gandhi family in limelight, it's had been hailing Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru even as he committed blunders. He appealed to the people to come out in large numbers and participate in Run for Unity in order to foster awareness and recognise the monumental contribution made by 'Loh Purush' Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel in all over the world.....
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Announces subsidy too for manufacturers promote mechanization

Punjab farmers to get subsidised agriculture machinery

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Chandigarh, October 30: The Punjab government has finalised a program to provide agriculture machinery to the farmers in the state on subsidised rates besides announcing subsidy too for manufacturers of agriculture machinery.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson said that with a view to shortage of labour during peak sowing and harvesting seasons the state has decided to mechanise the agriculture sector by providing necessa....
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Chandigarh, October 30: The Punjab government has finalised a program to provide agriculture machinery to the farmers in the state on subsidised rates besides announcing subsidy too for manufacturers of agriculture machinery.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson said that with a view to shortage of labour during peak sowing and harvesting seasons the state has decided to mechanise the agriculture sector by providing necessary agriculture apparatus besides encouraging farmers to adopt latest technologies to maximise agriculture production in the state. He said that for this purpose the government has invited applications on or before November 5, 2014 from the agricultural manufacturers for empanelment of the firms for supplying Cotton seed drills, planters, vertical conveyer reaper, sugarcane ridger, paddy transplanter walk behind, Paddy transplanter self propelled, Nursery tray, Nursery seeder and Hydraulic M.B.Plough on subsidy to the farmers in the state.
The spokesman of the Punjab government said that those implements will be approved which are as per the technical specifications of the department and are tested by the institutions/agencies approved by the central or state governments. He further said the prescribed format of specifications are available on the website www.agripb.gov.in.....
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Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

Pb. Govt. to observe Birth Anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Oct 31

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Chandigarh, October 30: The Punjab government has decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel falling on October 31 as the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas as per the guidelines of the government of India.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the government said the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) would be observed every year. He said that there would be a pledge taking ceremony in all the government offices, pu....
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Chandigarh, October 30: The Punjab government has decided to observe the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel falling on October 31 as the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas as per the guidelines of the government of India.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the government said the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) would be observed every year. He said that there would be a pledge taking ceremony in all the government offices, public sector undertakings and other public institutions. The Pledge would be taken by all officers/officials and other employees to preserve the unity integrity and security of the nation and also strive hard to spread this message among all fellow countrymen. The vision and actions of Sardar Patel and his dedication towards ensuring the internal security of the country would be remembered on this day, he added. He also said that the motive of these programs is to inculcate the feeling of national unity, integrity and security among all Indians.
He also said that all the administrative secretaries, directors, district administration and the heads of all the educational institutions under the Punjab government have been asked to ensure the implementation of the directive of the government in both letter and spirit.....
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Deputy CM to inaugurate Country’s maiden pollution free Rs. 350 crore solar energy project

Punjab to generate pollution free solar power : Sukhbir Badal

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Chandigarh/Sri Mukatsar Sahib, October 30: Punjab is all set to generate pollution free power through Solar Power Project as Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal will inaugurate Solar Energy Project at village Panjava of Lambi constituency on Friday at a cost of Rs. 350 crore.

Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal accompanied by Punjab Non Conventional Energy Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia will inaugurate the project, which would generate 34 MW so....
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Chandigarh/Sri Mukatsar Sahib, October 30: Punjab is all set to generate pollution free power through Solar Power Project as Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal will inaugurate Solar Energy Project at village Panjava of Lambi constituency on Friday at a cost of Rs. 350 crore.

Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal accompanied by Punjab Non Conventional Energy Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia will inaugurate the project, which would generate 34 MW solar power to cater the electricity needs of more than 1 lakh families.
According to an official spokesperson Mr. Badal, himself, laid the foundation stone of this unique solar power project in the month of January and it has been completed 4 months before its set date of completion. He informed renowned house in solar power sector Azure has setup this first of its own kind project. The Punjab Energy Development Agency had signed a MoU with Azure last year to put Punjab on the lane of solar power projects. He said this project has been setup on the boundary of village Panjava and Sikhwala on 170 acres non-cultivable land.
Giving further information regarding project, the spokesperson said that this pollution free will cater the electricity needs of 250 villages equal to more than 1 lakh families besides preventing generation of 49000 metric tonne of carbon dioxide annually. He said that Punjab has signed various MoUs with this venture to bring investment of Rs. 1500 crore besides generation of 150 MW power through solar power projects.
He disclosed that with the restless efforts of Non-Conventional Energy Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Punjab was scripting new chapters in the area of Solar Power Projects and very soon these efforts would enlist Punjab in most advanced states in solar power generation.
Meanwhile Chairman of Company Mr. H.S. Wadhwa, CEO Mr. Inderpreet Wadhwa and co-founder Mr. Preet Sandhu thanked Punjab Government for formulating investors’ friendly solar power policy.....
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Appoints nodal officers in all Municipal Corporations of State

Anil Joshi puts Swachh Bharat Mission on Fast Track

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Chandigarh, October 30: Putting the Swachh Bharat Mission on fast track, Local Bodies Minister Mr Anil Joshi has designated Nodal Officers in all ten Municipal Corporations of the state. These Nodal Officers would be of Chief Engineer level and would monitor the ongoing Swachh Bharat Mission.
Disclosing this today, Mr Anil Joshi, in a press release issued here today, said that this decision has been taken so that Prime Minister....
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Chandigarh, October 30: Putting the Swachh Bharat Mission on fast track, Local Bodies Minister Mr Anil Joshi has designated Nodal Officers in all ten Municipal Corporations of the state. These Nodal Officers would be of Chief Engineer level and would monitor the ongoing Swachh Bharat Mission.
Disclosing this today, Mr Anil Joshi, in a press release issued here today, said that this decision has been taken so that Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi's vision of a cleaner India is successful. "These Nodal Officers would be appointed in the Municipal Corporations of Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala, Bathinda, Moga, Pathankot, Phagwara, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar and Hoshiarpur. These officers would not only monitor the ongoing Swachh Bharat Mission, but would also involve city residents for the success of Mr Modi's vision," said Mr Joshi.
He said that public participation is necessary for the success of the Swachh Bharat Mission and people from all walks of life should join hands for its success.
The Minister also issued directions to Nagar Councils and Nagar Panchayats to appoint dedicated staff for the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.....
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Agriculture meet of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

CPA meet on Agriculture Supports food & input subsidies to tackle rural poverty

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Chandigarh, October 30: The agriculture meet of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association today supported continuance of subsidies on food and agricultural inputs besides employment guarantee programmes to tackle the challenge of increasing rural poverty of the world. The third session of second day of three-day international meet, the agricultural economists collectively gave a call to tackle rural poverty by aggressively promoting employment gener....
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Chandigarh, October 30: The agriculture meet of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association today supported continuance of subsidies on food and agricultural inputs besides employment guarantee programmes to tackle the challenge of increasing rural poverty of the world. The third session of second day of three-day international meet, the agricultural economists collectively gave a call to tackle rural poverty by aggressively promoting employment generating schemes besides tackling the problems of small farmers.
In his presentation Mr P S Birthal from National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, New Delhi, said that poverty has been identified as biggest problem in Asia with East Asia having 54.3% rural poor, South Asia with maximum 80.7% rural poor and South East Asia 74.5% rural poor. He said that small size farm holdings were bane of poverty with 84% of farmers of India having a farm holding less than 1.3 hectares.
Giving a call for making collective efforts to safeguard the interest of farmers of small landholdings, he said that small holders were custodians of food security as 69% of milk supply, 32% of pulse production, 38% of oilseed production, 49% of spices production, 52% of wheat production, 54% of coarse grain production, 55% of fruit production, 62% of paddy production and 70% of vegetable production comes from farmers having small landholding.
Expressing concern over problems being faced by small farmers who are finding it difficult to cope with globalisation, high and volatile prices, competitiveness, the international economist said that agriculture growth was the only weapon that can bring them out of web of poverty.
Supporting market diversification and strengthening of infrastructure to tackle the problem of rural poverty Mr Birthal said that strengthening roads, communication, storage, processing and ensuring institutional credit and insurance cover to all and reducing marketing costs, transaction risks could improve the status of small farmers.
Advocating diverse models for linking farmers to markets in India, Mr Birthal said that direct marketing models like "Apni Mandi", co-operative model like NDDB, producers association model, contract farming model, could be adopted keeping in view area specific requirements.
Emphasising on improving market access and insurance against risk, Mr P S Birthal gave a call for building value change to help small farmers.....
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Predicts Asia as Agriculture Growth engine of next four decades

CPA finalises action plan to enhance 50% agriculture production by 2030

Focuses on low water consuming crops

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Chandigarh, October 30: The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) meeting on Agriculture on its second day held a brainstorming session on impending food crisis of the world due to explosion of population and finalised a blueprint to enhance agriculture production by atleast 50% by the year 2030 on the same area of land. The meet also raised concern over high water consuming crops after the advent of green revolution and asked the scientis....
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Chandigarh, October 30: The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) meeting on Agriculture on its second day held a brainstorming session on impending food crisis of the world due to explosion of population and finalised a blueprint to enhance agriculture production by atleast 50% by the year 2030 on the same area of land. The meet also raised concern over high water consuming crops after the advent of green revolution and asked the scientists to come out with the strains of low water consuming, heat-resistant high-production crops.
The second day of meet moved with the focussed approach to discus global agricultural situation, challenges and ways and means to tackle the impending food crisis.
Giving a detailed presentation, Prof Guy Poulter of Natural Resource Institute of University of Greenwich (UK) outlined a grim scenario and said that it was matter of great concern that over 1.2 billion people on the world live on less than one dollar a day. He said that with the population growth projected from 6-9 billion by the year 2050 and Asia's population growth from 4.4-5.2 billion, the world would have to produce 50% more food and energy on same area of land by 2030. Projecting a dismal scenario on availability of fresh water and energy, Prof Poulter said that currently agriculture sector was using 70% of fresh water supply and this projected increase in production with the same type of seeds would require 30% more fresh water triggering a water crisis in the world. He said that we should learn a lesson from the pitfalls of green revolution and focus on low water consuming heat resistant and high yielding crops.
Describing Asia as future agriculture growth engine of the world, Prof Poulter said that Asia's economic rise after 60s has been momentous and with increasing prosperity the world would have to brace for feeding more mouths who have become prosper enough to take more food. He said that presently even after this prosperity, a quarter billion people of Asia go to bed hungry every night and we should prepare ourselves to meet the food requirement of this strata of society when they would be earning enough to purchase their food. He said that with 80% Asians dependent on agriculture sector and 87% of farmers having small farms, the new policy should have more dispersing effect.
Expressing concern over the stagnation of food production after 1990, Prof Guy Poulter asked that agriculture scientists would have to focus on increasing production at par with increasing population. Prof Poulter also focussed on giving a boost to agriculture production sector, value addition of agriculture produce, opening FDI in agriculture sector, strengthening the role of women in agriculture sector, tackling malnutrition in the population and fulfilling the aspirations of small farmers.
Giving a call to parliamentarians for coming out with institutional network for the agriculture growth Prof Poulter stressed upon review of agriculture laws, policies coming in the way of growth of agriculture sector.
Painting a grim scenario of climatic changes, he said that with the expected rise of 4 degree Celsius rise in global temperature and dependence of 65% of Asia's agriculture on rain, countries would have to come out with more accurate weather forecasting system. he also emphasised on boosting open pollinated hybrid seeds and genetically modified (GM) crops, he said that the fruits of research in agriculture sector needed to be taken to form and countries would have to strengthen their extension network in the villages. ....
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Recalls Sant Fateh Singh’s immense contribution for formation of Modern Day Punjab

Badal reiterates pledge to get back Chandigarh & Punjabi speaking areas

To raise these issues with NDA Government at Centre

Seeks upward revision of Wheat MSP

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Calls for proper territorial, linguistic demarcation of States

No difference in SAD-BJP ties post Haryana Election results

Badiala (Maur), October 30: The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today paid rich tributes to Sant Fateh Singh on his 42nd death anniversary at a state level function organised here at his native village.
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Calls for proper territorial, linguistic demarcation of States

No difference in SAD-BJP ties post Haryana Election results

Badiala (Maur), October 30: The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today paid rich tributes to Sant Fateh Singh on his 42nd death anniversary at a state level function organised here at his native village.
Remembering the founder of modern day Punjab for his unprecedented contribution towards formation ofthe state, the Chief Minister said that Sant Fateh Singh has immense contribution towards formation of Punjab as Punjabi speaking state. He announced that the death anniversary of Sant Fateh Singh would be observed each year as a state level function. Badal further said that we should retain 'golden state' which was a result of the untiring efforts of Sant Fateh Singh.
Later on interacting with the media persons, the Chief Minister while reiterating the firm commitment of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to get back the Punjabi speaking areas and Chandigarh, hitherto deprived of the state, said that no stone would be left unturned for getting this demand met from the NDA led Government of India (GoI). “In all other linguistic states the parent state has retained capital, which has not happened in case of Punjab due to the apathetic attitude of the then Congress regime. It is high time that historical mistakes are rectified and Punjab state is given its right,” he said.
The Chief Minister further said that SAD-BJP led Punjab government would take up matter of upward revision of the wheat’s Minimum Support Price (MSP) from Rs 50 per quintal announced recently. He said that implementation of the formula given by the renowned agro-expert Dr. MS Swaminathan, who had mooted costs of inputs plus 50% profit as basis for the MSP, was the need of the hour to bail out the farmers from current agrarian crisis. Badal said that both the SAD and the BJP had been a votary of the Swaminathan formula and it was the high time that the GoI must implement it in the larger interests of the farmers. “More than 80 percent of people in Punjab are directly or indirectly related to agriculture making it mandatory for the center government to hike MSP to the level where the mismatch between input costs of agriculture produce and MSP announced for these was removed,” he said.
Answering a query on the equation of SAD-BJP post the results of Haryana assembly elections, the Chief Minister said that SAD-BJP enjoys a cemented bond and would continue to do so, as the alliance between both the parties was everlasting.
Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for modernization of cattle fair ground at Maur, which would be tenth in state to be modernized. To be constructed at a cost of Rs 11.48 crore this modern cattle fair ground would have controlled traffic, facilities to load and unload animals from vehicles, covered and uncovered sheds for animals, drinking water arrangements for animals, water, toilets, canteen and lodging arrangements for animal traders.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated sewerage treatment plant with five Million Litres Daily (MLD) capacity. Based on modern technology, the water treated at STP could be used in agriculture and construction purposes. The treated water would be carried through pipe having 500 mm radius laid over 16 kms of area, which would provide water for irrigation to the fields and remaining would be emptied into Lasara drain near Mandi Kalan village. It would relieve problem of sewage overflow in the village.
Prominent among others present on the occasion included Cabinet Minister Mr Janmeja Singh Sekhon, MP Rajya Sabha Balwinder Singh Bhunder MLA Mr Jeet Mohinder Sidhu, Chairman Milkfed Mr Amarjit Singh Sidhu, former chairman SSB Board Mr Tejinder Pal Singh Sandhu, SGPC member Gurtej Singh Dhadde, BJP organizing secretary Mr Dyal Singh Sodhi, SAD Bathinda press secretary Dr Om Prakash Sharma and others.
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1984 Anti Sikh riots

Modi govt to pay Rs 5 Lakh per family as compensation to 3325 families of 1984 anti Sikh riot victims

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Chandigarh, October 30 : Modi govt to pay Rs 5 Lakh per family as compensation to 3325 families of 1984 anti Sikh riot victims....
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Chandigarh, October 30 : Modi govt to pay Rs 5 Lakh per family as compensation to 3325 families of 1984 anti Sikh riot victims....
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Badal should meet PM Modi for transfer of Chandigarh to Punjab

Badal should convene all party meeting on Chandigarh issue : Bajwa

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Chandigarh October 30 : Badal should convene all party meeting on Chandigarh issue : Bajwa

Badal should meet PM Modi for transfer of Chandigarh and other issues related to Punjab.
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Chandigarh October 30 : Badal should convene all party meeting on Chandigarh issue : Bajwa

Badal should meet PM Modi for transfer of Chandigarh and other issues related to Punjab.
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Khattar Darbar : Jawahar Yadav appointed OSD to CM Haryna

Sanjive Kaushal appointed PS to CM, Mrs Sumita Misra and Rakesh Gupta are news additional PS to CM

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Chandigarh, October 30,2014 – The Haryana Government has appointed Mr.Sanjeev Kaushal, Principal Secretary, PW (B and R) and Architecture Departments as Principal Secretary to Chief Minister in place of Mr. S. S. Dhillon while Jawahar Yadav appointed as OSD to CM Haryna.

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Chandigarh, October 30,2014 – The Haryana Government has appointed Mr.Sanjeev Kaushal, Principal Secretary, PW (B and R) and Architecture Departments as Principal Secretary to Chief Minister in place of Mr. S. S. Dhillon while Jawahar Yadav appointed as OSD to CM Haryna.

Mrs. Sumita Misra, Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Development Corporation Limited, Director General and Secretary, Tourism and Hospitality Departments and Managing Director, Dairy Development Cooperative Federation has been appointed as Additional Principal Secretary-1 to Chief Minister against a vacant post.
Mr. Rakesh Gupta, Secretary, Health Department, Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Commissioner, Food and Drugs Administration and Secretary, Administrative Reforms Department has been appointed as Additional Principal Secretary-II to Chief Minister against a vacant post.
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First Aid Training to drivers & conductors will be in social and public interest: DTO

DTOs to check imparting of First Aid training by Driving Training Schools

By Harish Monga

Ferozepur October 30: State Transport Commissioner, Punjab, on the proposal of the Indian Red Cross Society Punjab, has directed all the District Transport Officers to check as to whether the driving schools or establishments are imparting training required for driving of vehicle including First Aid.
It is presumed that if the first aid training is imparted, we can save many lives.
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Ferozepur October 30: State Transport Commissioner, Punjab, on the proposal of the Indian Red Cross Society Punjab, has directed all the District Transport Officers to check as to whether the driving schools or establishments are imparting training required for driving of vehicle including First Aid.
It is presumed that if the first aid training is imparted, we can save many lives.
Presently, under rule 22(iii) of the Punjab Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 it is mandatory for every applicant to attach a certificate of first aid issued by the St. John Ambulance Association or any of its Unit in the prescribed form along with the application for getting conductor license.
Under rule 31 of the same Rules, it is also compulsory to carry a First Aid Box. The Board of Inspection while issuing or renewing a Certificate of Fitness is supposed to ensure that q First Aid Box is kept in the vehicle as specified under Rule 40 of the Punjab Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989.
Since the certificate of first aid is being attached by the applicant or getting conductor licence, the State Transport Commissioner, Punjab in its circular to all DTOs on 27th May, 2014, has directed all the District Transport Officers to check all such driving training schools/ establishment to check as to whether they are imparting training required for driving o vehicle including First Aid or not.
The practical and theoretical training of First Aid, is already being imparted to the conductors by a trained District Training Instructor of St. John Ambulance Association and the with the latest instructions, the drivers will also be including in the training programme, said Charandeep Singh,Dsitrict Transport Officer.
While this will have contribution in generating the funds for the Red Cross Society, to be used for the needy persons from time to time, the first aid training will also be in social and public interest especially when the number of accidents are increasing in view of heavy rush of vehicles on road, he added.



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Headlines from newspapers – Thursday, October 30, 2014

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• SC gets black money list, names to remain secret – Hindustan Times
• Now, Badal cold-shoulders Haryana CM, governor – Hindustan Times
• 4 Congress block presidents removed for opposing Bajwa – Hindustan Times
• Tarn Taran clash: 2 gunmen of Nurmahal sect arrested – Hindustan Times
• No space in market, paddy unloaded on Bathinda roads – Hindustan Times
• 5 of gang held in Amritsar; arms seized – Hindustan Times
• Anti-Muslim g....
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• SC gets black money list, names to remain secret – Hindustan Times
• Now, Badal cold-shoulders Haryana CM, governor – Hindustan Times
• 4 Congress block presidents removed for opposing Bajwa – Hindustan Times
• Tarn Taran clash: 2 gunmen of Nurmahal sect arrested – Hindustan Times
• No space in market, paddy unloaded on Bathinda roads – Hindustan Times
• 5 of gang held in Amritsar; arms seized – Hindustan Times
• Anti-Muslim graffiti put on gurdwara in Australia – Hindustan Times
• Vadra’s former ‘aide’ booked for fraud in Faridabad – Hindustan Times
• Bangladesh to hang Jamaat chief Nizami for war crimes – Hindustan Times
• Shia rebels capture central Yemeni city – Hindustan Times
• Jihadists execute 46 tribesmen in Iraq’s Anbar – Hindustan Times
• Govt allows 100% FDI in construction – The Tribune
• White House computer network breached – The Tribune
• Hoshiarpur’s Hundal in race for Mayor’s post in US – The Tribune
• Chail to be developed into township, says CM – The Tribune
• ONGC becomes highest ranked Indian energy firm – The Tribune
• India ranks 142 in WB ‘Doing Business’ report – The Tribune
• Indian-origin taxi driver jailed for sex attack in UK – The Tribune
• Over 100 feared dead, 300 missing in Lanka landslide – The Tribune
• US supply rocket for space station explodes on liftoff – The Tribune
• Beant killer may not be in Thailand: Army chief – The Times of India
• Endangered turtle found in Patiala – The Times of India
• Four Indian sailors under house arrest in Kuwait – The Times of India
• India tops consumer index again – The Times of India
• BJP may ask its leaders holding ‘unproductive posts’ in Punjab to quit – The Indian Express
• Capt, Bajwa supporters clash in Ludhiana – The Indian Express
• NRIs protest service tax on remittances – The Indian Express
• Post-Diwali, Ludhiana ‘most polluted’ – The Indian Express
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Governments fall short in efforts to combat impunity in journalists' murders

90 % of murderers walk free, threatening press freedom, CPJ report finds

By Narpal Shergill

London,29th October- As disclosed by the Committee to Protect Journalist, USA in its new report released recently, despite increased international attention to the murder of journalists, governments have failed to take meaningful action to reduce the high rates of targeted violence and impunity against media persons.
In the past 10 years, 370 journalists have been murdered in direct retaliation for their work. The vast majority were local....
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By Narpal Shergill

London,29th October- As disclosed by the Committee to Protect Journalist, USA in its new report released recently, despite increased international attention to the murder of journalists, governments have failed to take meaningful action to reduce the high rates of targeted violence and impunity against media persons.
In the past 10 years, 370 journalists have been murdered in direct retaliation for their work. The vast majority were local journalists reporting on corruption, crime, human rights, politics, or war. In 90 percent of cases there is total impunity-no convictions of any perpetrator.
"The unchecked, unsolved murders of journalists who seek to inform their societies and the world is one of the greatest threats to press freedom today," said Elisabeth Witchel, lead author of the report and CPJ's consultant on its Global Campaign Against Impunity. "It is crucial that national governments and the United Nations system provide the resources and political support to break the cycle of impunity in the killing of journalists."
The report, "The Road to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Impunity in the Killing of Journalists," marks the first U.N.-recognized International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists on November 2. It combines data analysis with the views of international experts, journalists, family members of victims, and press freedom advocates, and find that while conflict, corruption, and weak institutions all feed impunity, lack of political will is the most prevalent impediment to justice.
The report looks closely at climates in which CPJ has recorded the highest rates of anti-press violence and impunity, such as Iraq, Somalia, the Philippines, Mexico, and Russia, as well as countries where journalists have been targeted in disturbing numbers, like Syria. It also highlights countries that are starting to show improvements-Colombia and Brazil, for example-and the challenges they continue to face.
Based on its findings, CPJ has made a series of recommendations, including calling on national governments and political leaders to condemn publicly and unequivocally all acts of violence against journalists. United Nations entities and regional intergovernmental bodies are urged to take concrete steps to hold member states accountable to their commitments to combat impunity, and local and international journalists are called on to monitor and report on implementation of those pledges.
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Run to be flagged off at 7:30 a.m. in PU Campus

Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan : PU to host Cleanath on October 30

By Babushahi Bureau

Chandigarh, October 29: Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh has decided to launch “Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan” campaign in the PU Campus in a big way.
As part of the national campaign, University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) would
organise a run for awareness, ‘Cleanathon’, for the cause of “Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan” on October 30. The run will be flagged off at 7.30 AM. The run, being organized by the UILS Cultural Committee under the leadership of UILS
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Chandigarh, October 29: Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh has decided to launch “Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan” campaign in the PU Campus in a big way.
As part of the national campaign, University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) would
organise a run for awareness, ‘Cleanathon’, for the cause of “Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan” on October 30. The run will be flagged off at 7.30 AM. The run, being organized by the UILS Cultural Committee under the leadership of UILS
Director, Prof Sangita Bhalla, will start from UILS and go around the campus to end at UILS itself. The ‘Cleanathon’ will pass through Arts Block-I,
Administrative Block, Kastoorba Hall and Ankur School in the PU Campus. Six winners will be awarded, 3 from males and 3 from females. The student contribution made in the registration of runners will be used to put up
dustbins around the PU Campus. NCC Army Wing of the PU would launch the “Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan” at 11 AM on October 30. PU VC Prof Arun Kumar Grover and Registrar Col. G S Chadha would motivate the NCC Cadets. The cadets would be administered the oath and later the students would participate in the cleanliness drive at the PU Students Centre. ....
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Proposed Act to empower these schools toward degrees through an Act of Parliament

Modi Cabinet’s nod for introducing School of Planning & Architecture Bill, 2014

By Babushahi Bureau

New Delhi, October 29: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today gave its approval to introduce the School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014 in the Parliament to bring all three Schools of Planningand Architecture(SPAs) within the ambit of the School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014. The Bill would adhere to Government policies on reservations fromtime to time. The proposed Act will empower these Schools ....
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By Babushahi Bureau

New Delhi, October 29: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today gave its approval to introduce the School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014 in the Parliament to bring all three Schools of Planningand Architecture(SPAs) within the ambit of the School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014. The Bill would adhere to Government policies on reservations fromtime to time. The proposed Act will empower these Schools toward degrees through an Act of Parliament.
This would enable the School of Planning and Architecture to become centres of excellence like IITs, NITs and help fulfill the need of the country for quality manpower in the field of architecture and planning.
All the money spent from public exchequer will be accounted for and audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General ofIndia. Annual Report and Audited Accounts of each SPA willbe placed before Parliament.
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CCEA chaired by Modi approves MSP for Rabi Crops 2014-15 Season

Modi Govt hikes MSP for wheat by Rs 50, fixed Rs 1450 per quintal for 2014-15

By Babushahi Bureau

New Delhi, October 29: Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for Rabi Crops of 2014-15 season to be marketed in 2015-16.
The MSP for wheat for 2014-15 has been fixed as 1450 against 1400 during 2013-14 marking increase of Rs. 50 per quintal. For Barley the MSP is Rs. 1150, Gram, 3175, Masur (Lentil) 3075, Rapeseed/Mustard 3100 and Sunflower 3050.
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New Delhi, October 29: Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for Rabi Crops of 2014-15 season to be marketed in 2015-16.
The MSP for wheat for 2014-15 has been fixed as 1450 against 1400 during 2013-14 marking increase of Rs. 50 per quintal. For Barley the MSP is Rs. 1150, Gram, 3175, Masur (Lentil) 3075, Rapeseed/Mustard 3100 and Sunflower 3050.
The prices are on the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP). This will help in higher production through assured remunerative prices to the farmers.
The National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation (NAFED), National Cooperative Consumers’ Federation (NCCF), Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and Small Farmers Agri Business Consortium (SFAC) will be the nodal agencies for procurement of oilseeds and pulses, and losses if any, incurred by the nodal agencies in such operations would be fully reimbursed.....
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Governments fall short in efforts to combat impunity in Journalists' murders

90% of murderers walk free, threatening press freedom, CPJ report finds

By Narpal Shergill

London, October 29: As disclosed by the Committee to Protect Journalist, USA in its new report released recently, despite increased international attention to the murder of journalists, governments have failed to take meaningful action to reduce the high rates of targeted violence and impunity against media persons.
In the past 10 years, 370 journalists have been murdered in direct retaliation for their work. The vast majority were local ....
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By Narpal Shergill

London, October 29: As disclosed by the Committee to Protect Journalist, USA in its new report released recently, despite increased international attention to the murder of journalists, governments have failed to take meaningful action to reduce the high rates of targeted violence and impunity against media persons.
In the past 10 years, 370 journalists have been murdered in direct retaliation for their work. The vast majority were local journalists reporting on corruption, crime, human rights, politics, or war. In 90 percent of cases there is total impunity-no convictions of any perpetrator.
"The unchecked, unsolved murders of journalists who seek to inform their societies and the world is one of the greatest threats to press freedom today," said Elisabeth Witchel, lead author of the report and CPJ's consultant on its Global Campaign Against Impunity. "It is crucial that national governments and the United Nations system provide the resources and political support to break the cycle of impunity in the killing of journalists."
The report, "The Road to Justice: Breaking the Cycle of Impunity in the Killing of Journalists," marks the first U.N.-recognized International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists on November 2. It combines data analysis with the views of international experts, journalists, family members of victims, and press freedom advocates, and find that while conflict, corruption, and weak institutions all feed impunity, lack of political will is the most prevalent impediment to justice.
The report looks closely at climates in which CPJ has recorded the highest rates of anti-press violence and impunity, such as Iraq, Somalia, the Philippines, Mexico, and Russia, as well as countries where journalists have been targeted in disturbing numbers, like Syria. It also highlights countries that are starting to show improvements-Colombia and Brazil, for example-and the challenges they continue to face.
Based on its findings, CPJ has made a series of recommendations, including calling on national governments and political leaders to condemn publicly and unequivocally all acts of violence against journalists. United Nations entities and regional intergovernmental bodies are urged to take concrete steps to hold member states accountable to their commitments to combat impunity, and local and international journalists are called on to monitor and report on implementation of those pledges.
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Union Cabinet chaired by Modi decides

Agreement to be signed on abolition of visa requirement for holders of diplomatic & official/service passports between India Albania

By Babushahi Bureau

New Delhi, October 29: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for signing of the agreement on the abolition of visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and official/service passports between India Albania.
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New Delhi, October 29: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for signing of the agreement on the abolition of visa requirement for holders of diplomatic and official/service passports between India Albania.
The agreement will facilitate Visa-free travel for diplomatic and official/ service passport holders of one country while entering into, transiting through, exiting from or staying for up to 90 days in the territory of the other country.....
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UPA-II upgraded school to benefit poor of 10 nearby villages

Congress Mazdoor Cell condemns relocation of GMS Sukhewala

By Babushahi Bureau

Ferozepur, October 29: Jathedar Inderjeet Singh Zira, Ex-MLA and President of Kissan Congress Cell today addressed the media persons and showed his resentment over the probable relocation plan of Government Middle School at Village Sukhewala, near Zira.

Addressing the media persons Inderjeet Singh Zira said that the Middle school under RAMSA situated at Village Sukhewala was upgraded in the UPA-II regime to provide benefit to the poor and deprived students of 10 nearby villages. B....
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Ferozepur, October 29: Jathedar Inderjeet Singh Zira, Ex-MLA and President of Kissan Congress Cell today addressed the media persons and showed his resentment over the probable relocation plan of Government Middle School at Village Sukhewala, near Zira.

Addressing the media persons Inderjeet Singh Zira said that the Middle school under RAMSA situated at Village Sukhewala was upgraded in the UPA-II regime to provide benefit to the poor and deprived students of 10 nearby villages. But it has come to his notice that few miscreants are planning to move the School in some other area.

Strongly condemning this idea, Inderjeet Singh Zira said that the Congress Majdoor Cell shall perform agitation and will make things worse for such wicked elements.

Inderjeet Singh Zira was accompanied by Gursewak Singh Sandhu, Kuldeep Singh Gill, Pargat Singh, Gurmeet Singh Gill, Bakhshish Singh, Maan Singh, Karnail Singh and others.

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Some Pakistani militants tried to enter Indian Territory : DIG Jaiswal

Pakistani militant allegedly killed in BSF firing at BOP Taas

By Manan Saini

Gurdaspur, October 29: Rangers of Border Security force allegedly killed a Pakistani militant while intruding into the Indian territory at BOP Taas near village Lasiyan today at 11:30 AM.
While talking to the correspondent, DIG Jaiswal, said that Today our rangers saw suspicious activity on Border Of Pillar Taas at village Lasiyan and get alert. They saw some Pakistani militants tried to enter into the Indian territory. While they challeng....
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By Manan Saini

Gurdaspur, October 29: Rangers of Border Security force allegedly killed a Pakistani militant while intruding into the Indian territory at BOP Taas near village Lasiyan today at 11:30 AM.
While talking to the correspondent, DIG Jaiswal, said that Today our rangers saw suspicious activity on Border Of Pillar Taas at village Lasiyan and get alert. They saw some Pakistani militants tried to enter into the Indian territory. While they challenged them start firing, In this firing one Pakistani militant died on the spot while others were managed to escape from the scene. SI Bhoop Singh who was also in the shooting team said that when bullet fired into one of their militant all work together to bring back his body with them but they failed due to regular firing conducted by us. They took his bag and other important documents along with them and fled from the spot.
DIG Jaiswal said that the dead body of the decreased sent to Civil Hospital Gurdaspur for conducting postmortem. No ammunition or other important document recovered from their possession he added.....
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Bajwa warns S S Kahlon SSP Faridkot for concocting allegations

PPCC President Bajwa dares to prove malicious allegations against him

By Babushahi Bureau

Chandigarh, October 29: The Punjab Congress President, Partap Singh Bajwa, today strongly condemned what he described as the malicious, motivated and highly mischievous smear campaign against him dictated by ruling party conspirators to malign him and tarnish his image by levelling allegations against him of the so called links with anti-social elements through the Faridkot Senior Superintendent of Police Mr S S Kahlon.
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Chandigarh, October 29: The Punjab Congress President, Partap Singh Bajwa, today strongly condemned what he described as the malicious, motivated and highly mischievous smear campaign against him dictated by ruling party conspirators to malign him and tarnish his image by levelling allegations against him of the so called links with anti-social elements through the Faridkot Senior Superintendent of Police Mr S S Kahlon.
He warned Mr Kahlon against functioning as part of the private militia of the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, who had stooped this low to level fabricated, concocted and contrived allegations against his political adversaries to discredit them as he wanted to crush every opposition to his government.
“Such unfounded and unsubstantiated allegations have been levelled against me every time the Congress in the state gets into the gear to mobilise people who are fed up with the Badal government. I throw an open challenge to all such forces and will not allow these nasty and wicked people to derail our campaign by levelling such unfounded and baseless charges against me. I will not be cowed down by such personal attacks”, he added.
The PPCC chief challenged the Faridkot SSP to prove this grave allegation against him or be prepared to face the consequences as what he had done was not only immoral and unethical but also illegal as he had tried to tarnish his reputation without any proof.


He asked where was the need for him to bring in anti-social people during interaction of the party vice-president, Mr Rahul Gandhi, with the party men at every level in the Punjab Congress Bhavan. It was shocking that the SSP was unaware of even the basic drill during the visit of SPG protectee.
He said the SSP had crossed all limits by saying that these antisocial elements arrested by the Faridkot Police had confessed that they had entered the Punjab Congress Bhavan on assignment from Mr Bajwa. He said he pitied Mr Kahlon as he had not only exposed himself in the process but also given indications enough as to the forces behind this vilification campaign. He made it clear this smear campaign would be confronted at every level.....
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Indian protesters burn Pak Flag, PM’s effigy

CCRO warns of befitting reply to Pakistan for violation of ceasefire

By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, October 29: Today, Crime & Corruption Reforms Organization burned the effigy of Nawas Sharif, Prime Minister, Pakistan and former President Parvez Musharaff in protest against the frequently violation of ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir and anti-India conspiracies.

Vipan Kumar Kakkar, Punjab President, CCRO, Aman Nayyar, Kishore Kumar, Gagan Kakkar, Parmod Kumar,Bhupinder Singh, Parmod Kumar, Jassu, Sonu Monga and Jagtar Singh said, Pakistan wants to disturb the unity an....
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By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, October 29: Today, Crime & Corruption Reforms Organization burned the effigy of Nawas Sharif, Prime Minister, Pakistan and former President Parvez Musharaff in protest against the frequently violation of ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir and anti-India conspiracies.

Vipan Kumar Kakkar, Punjab President, CCRO, Aman Nayyar, Kishore Kumar, Gagan Kakkar, Parmod Kumar,Bhupinder Singh, Parmod Kumar, Jassu, Sonu Monga and Jagtar Singh said, Pakistan wants to disturb the unity and integrity of India by violating the international treaties and ruin the young generation by smuggling of heroin and intoxicated materials.

They said, the Pakistan army, on cues from Nawaz Sharif Prime Minister is continuously firing in Jammu and Kashmir in violation of the ceasefire while former President Parvez Musharaff is instigating against India.

The office bearer said, the Indian Army and 125 crore population of India is in full confidence and incase Pakistan does not amend its attitude; the people will stand with the army to give a befitting reply to Pakistan.
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Deadline for investigation under the IT Act on these accounts is March 31, 2015

627 Bank accounts will be assessed by March 2015: Mukul Rohatgi

By Babushahi Bureau

New Delhi, October 29: With the Centre submitting a list of 627 account holders in foreign banks to Supreme Court in the blackmoney case, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Wednesday said that the deadline for investigation under the Income Tax Act into these accounts is 31st March 2015.
Media reports that he the court directed that the sealed envelope with the names be given to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and also allowed the Cent....
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New Delhi, October 29: With the Centre submitting a list of 627 account holders in foreign banks to Supreme Court in the blackmoney case, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Wednesday said that the deadline for investigation under the Income Tax Act into these accounts is 31st March 2015.
Media reports that he the court directed that the sealed envelope with the names be given to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and also allowed the Centre to put its "problems regarding treaties with foreign nations" before the SIT.
"After that we shall request them to submit the report in the court by November 30," the AG said on Wednesday.
"There are about 627-628 accounts along with a status report which we have submitted in the Supreme Court today in a sealed cover. Last date for investigation and assessment into all these accounts is March 31, 2015.

"The court after hearing both sides, did not open the cover but directed that the sealed envelope be given to the SIT itself. The SIT will thereafter see what it has to do and proceed in accordance with law," Rohatgi said.

Speaking to the media immediately after the hearing, the AG also said that this same list had been submitted to the SIT in June earlier this year.

"The apex court has asked SIT to verify the list given by the government and carry on with probe in accordance with law," he said, adding, "The court has permitted us to place our problems regarding treaties with foreign nations before the SIT".
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Run for Unity symbolizes expression of solidarity & unity amongst citizens of Country : Home Secy. Anil Kumar

Run for Unity from Sukhna Lake to Rock Garden on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas Oct 31

By Babushahi Bureau

Chandigarh, October 29 : Chandigarh Administration has decided to celebrate National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) on 31st October 2014 by organizing a “Run for Unity” at 7.30 am from Sukhna Lake to Rock Garden and back. According to Home Secretary, Sh. Anil Kumar IAS , the Run for Unity symbolizes the expression of solidarity and unity amongst the citizens of this Country with varied cultural and traditional background. Chandigarh being ....
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Chandigarh, October 29 : Chandigarh Administration has decided to celebrate National Unity Day (Rashtriya Ekta Diwas) on 31st October 2014 by organizing a “Run for Unity” at 7.30 am from Sukhna Lake to Rock Garden and back. According to Home Secretary, Sh. Anil Kumar IAS , the Run for Unity symbolizes the expression of solidarity and unity amongst the citizens of this Country with varied cultural and traditional background. Chandigarh being a cosmopolitan city truly reflects the Unity in Cultural diversity and surely the people and youngsters will join the Run in the Morning of 31st October, which is also Sardar Patel’s Birth Anniversary.
It is expected that all citizens of tricity will throng to Sukhna Lake to join the Run and celebrate the Spirit of Unity. On National level, the Government of India shall also celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Iron Man of India.....
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1750 rural centers to be set up in rural areas

Sukhbir to CS : Start Unified Service Delivery Centres in villages by mid 2015

By Babushahi Bureau

Chandigarh, October 29: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today asked Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal to start citizen centric services through Unified Service Delivery Centres in rural areas by mid 2015 so that rural population could get hassle free needful services in minutes.
While finalising the draft outline and internal setup of the centres, Mr. Badal asked the Chief Secretary to ensure the functioning of these ce....
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Chandigarh, October 29: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today asked Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal to start citizen centric services through Unified Service Delivery Centres in rural areas by mid 2015 so that rural population could get hassle free needful services in minutes.
While finalising the draft outline and internal setup of the centres, Mr. Badal asked the Chief Secretary to ensure the functioning of these centres as per the deadline to provide citizen centric services in a minimum time. He directed the officers present in the meeting that Punjab had fixed deadline to initiate this project with existing services in rural areas, which should be completed in positive manner. He said that all formalities in this regard should be completed within a month besides concluding construction of these 1750 rural service centres by coming May.
The Deputy CM asked the Chief Secretary to identify sites on outer roads of villages. He said that all concerned departments would work in tandem with Chief Secretary for early completion of this project.
Mr. Badal was also apprised about the design criteria for rural centers . The chief secretary said that the analysis, validation, finalisation of internal layout with outer facade was on advanced stage of completion.
Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting included Chief Secretary Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal, Principal Secretary Governance Reforms Mr. C. Roul, Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister Mr. P.S. Aujla and Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar Special Principal Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister.
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Birthday celebrations of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on October 31

Participate in 'Run for Unity' to pay tribute to Sardar Patel: Tarun Chugh

By Babushahi Bureau

Chandigarh, October 29: BJP National Secretary Tarun Chugh has appealed to all the Indians to participate in 'Run for Unity' on 31st of October as a tribute to 'Loh Purush' Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

Chugh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call to the nation to observe the birthday of the great leader Sardar Patel as 'Rashtriya Ekta Divas' (National Unity Day) and has appealed to take part in 'Run for Unity' on that day.

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Chandigarh, October 29: BJP National Secretary Tarun Chugh has appealed to all the Indians to participate in 'Run for Unity' on 31st of October as a tribute to 'Loh Purush' Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

Chugh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a call to the nation to observe the birthday of the great leader Sardar Patel as 'Rashtriya Ekta Divas' (National Unity Day) and has appealed to take part in 'Run for Unity' on that day.

He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would himself take to the streets to be a part of 'Run for Unity' as celebrations for Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel's birthday.

He said that as per the programme and on the appeals issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, 'Run for Unity' would be organised by people across the country in around 1500 cities.

He said that the initiative of the PM will help people realise the crucial role played by Sardar Patel in keeping the nation united.

Chugh said that all Union Ministers, National office-bearers, senior leaders, Members of Parliament of BJP, State Presidents and other important functionaries of the party would be themselves leading the 'Run for Unity' so as to celebrate it like an 'utsav' as desired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The National Secretary of the BJP informed that the Prime Minister would also be addressing the nation through a radio address on that day.

Blaming India's first prime minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru for mishandling the Kashmir issue, Chugh said that everyone knows that it was Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel who played a vital role for keeping the nation together.

Chugh said that Congress, for its vested interests and to keep the Nehru-Gandhi family in limelight, had been hailing Pandit Nehru even as he committed blunders. He appealed to the people to come out in large numbers and participate in 'Run for Unity' in order to foster awareness and recognise the monumental contribution made by Sardar Patel.....
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2.69 lakh intoxicated tablets and capsules recovered during 2013

Father-son duo awarded 10 yrs sentence & fine of Rs.1 lakh each under NDPS Act

By Babushahi Bureau



Ferozepur, October, 29: Local Ferozepur Court today announced punishment to both father and son ten years imprisonment and fine of Rs.1 lakh each booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act) in 2013.

As per the information, J.S.Marok, Additional District & Sessions Judge, Ferozpeur announcing the judgement today awarded both father and son for ten years imprisonment and fine of Rs.1 lakh each and in the event of not in a position to d....
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Ferozepur, October, 29: Local Ferozepur Court today announced punishment to both father and son ten years imprisonment and fine of Rs.1 lakh each booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act) in 2013.

As per the information, J.S.Marok, Additional District & Sessions Judge, Ferozpeur announcing the judgement today awarded both father and son for ten years imprisonment and fine of Rs.1 lakh each and in the event of not in a position to deposit this amount, they have to go for another one years’ imprisonment.

It may be added that during 2013, Hardev Singh, the then ASI of Narcotic Control Cell, Ferozepur had recovered 2,63,000 intoxicated tablets and 6,000 capsules from father and son on a motor cycle and a case under NDPS Act was booked at PS Makhu.

The accused identified are Amrinder Singh son of Gurdev Singh and Gurdev Singh son of Banta Singbh of village Rasoolpur.



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Election Commission of India Hosts the 2014 General Assembly Meeting of AAEA

ECI elected Chair of Association of Asian Election Authorities (AAEA)

By Babushahi Bureau

New Delhi, October 29: The General Assembly of Association of Asian Election Authorities today elected Election Commission of India as Chair of the organisation for the next two years. Commissioner Cho Byoung-Hun of South Korea (outgoing Chair) felicitated Mr. V. S. Sampath, the Chief Election Commissioner of India, and assured him of full cooperation of S. Korea in strengthening AAEA and expanding its activities. The host of the meeting held in ....
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New Delhi, October 29: The General Assembly of Association of Asian Election Authorities today elected Election Commission of India as Chair of the organisation for the next two years. Commissioner Cho Byoung-Hun of South Korea (outgoing Chair) felicitated Mr. V. S. Sampath, the Chief Election Commissioner of India, and assured him of full cooperation of S. Korea in strengthening AAEA and expanding its activities. The host of the meeting held in New Delhi, Election Commission of India was represented by Mr. V.S. Sampath, Chief Election Commissioner of India and Election Commissioners Mr. H.S. Brahma, and Dr. Nasim Zaidi.
V. S. Sampath accepted the responsibility of Chair, and thanked the members for the trust and confidence reposed in ECI. He underlined the importance of Asia as home of more than 60% of the world population and some of the strongest economies in the world. He stressed that AAEA should maintain a prominent profile in the fields of democracy and election management. He shared his vision of expanding AAEA and making it truly representative by admitting several Asian countries, which are eligible to become members. He also reiterated ECI’s commitment to experience sharing and capacity building of EMBs in the region.

The Executive Board comprising S. Korea, India, the Philippines, Taiwan and Kazakhstan which met earlier in the day, decided to endorse, among other things, admission of the Russian Federation as a new member of AAEA. The Executive Board meets annually to discuss important issues and report to the General Assembly of the Association which meets every two years.

The General Assembly elected the Philippines as Vice Chair and designated it as host for the next General Assembly. Mongolia, Bhutan and S. Korea (outgoing Chair) were also elected as Executive Members. The General Assembly also admitted the Russian Federation, Uzbekistan and Maldives as new members, reviewed the activities of AAEA, received a report from the AAEA Secretariat and approved some amendments to the AAEA Charter to streamline selection of Executive Board members, their tenure and functioning of the Secretariat. Matters relating to Financing and future activities of AAEA were also discussed.

Election Commissioners Mr. H.S. Brahma and Dr. Nasim Zaidi chaired a special session of the delegates, where Mr. Brahma briefed the delegates about India’s successful conduct of the 2014 General Election. India International Institute of Democracy & Election Management (IIIDEM) also made a presentation about its capacity building programmes, and use of technology in Elections by ECI. The delegates were particularly impressed by the demonstration of the Electronic Voting Machine and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail equipment used by ECI.

India is a founding member of AAEA which was established in 1998 and, with admission of three new members, now has 20 member-countries. Besides India, other members are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The organisation’s vision is to promote and institutionalise open and transparent elections, independent and impartial election authorities, professionalization of Asian election authorities, citizen participation in the electoral and civic process, information sharing, and the development of resources for election-related information and research.....
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Summon letters to eligible candidates being issued shortly

UPSC to conduct Interviews/Personality test for Combined Geo-Scientist & Geologist Examination, 2014 from November 10 to 21

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New Delhi, October 29: The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting Interviews/Personality Tests for Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination, 2014 –from 10-11-2014 to 21-11-2014 in the Commission’s 0ffice at New Delhi. Summon Letters for PT/Interview to all the eligible candidates are being issued shortly.
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New Delhi, October 29: The Union Public Service Commission will be conducting Interviews/Personality Tests for Combined Geo-Scientist and Geologist Examination, 2014 –from 10-11-2014 to 21-11-2014 in the Commission’s 0ffice at New Delhi. Summon Letters for PT/Interview to all the eligible candidates are being issued shortly.
If any candidate has not received summon letter for PT/Interview, he/she may contact on Tel. No. 011-23386267 or can send message on Fax No. 011-23387310. He/ She may also contact UPSC Facilitation Counter near Gate ‘C’ of its campus in person or over Telephone Nos. 011-23385271/011-23381125/011-23098543 on all working days between 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. The schedule of Interviews/Personality Tests is also available on UPSC Website at http://www.upsc.gov.in....
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Meeting held on October 29, 2014 in Delhi

Central Press Accreditation Committee (CPAC) clears 125 accreditation cases

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New Delhi, October 29: The 172nd meeting of the Central Press Accreditation Committee (CPAC) was held here today at the National Media Centre, New Delhi. The committee comprises 25 members drawn from the media fraternity with the Director General (Media and Communications) of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) as its Chairperson. At its meeting held today, the CPAC cleared a total of 125 cases of accreditation. ....
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New Delhi, October 29: The 172nd meeting of the Central Press Accreditation Committee (CPAC) was held here today at the National Media Centre, New Delhi. The committee comprises 25 members drawn from the media fraternity with the Director General (Media and Communications) of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) as its Chairperson. At its meeting held today, the CPAC cleared a total of 125 cases of accreditation. ....
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High Commissioner Appointment

Madhava Chandra also to be High Commissioner of India to Solomon Islands

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New Delhi, October 29: Madhava Chandra, presently High Commissioner of India to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Solomon Islands, with residence in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea).....
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New Delhi, October 29: Madhava Chandra, presently High Commissioner of India to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Solomon Islands, with residence in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea).....
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High Commissioner Appointment

Anumula Gitesh Sarma also to be High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Vanuatu

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New Delhi, October 29: Anumula Gitesh Sarma, presently High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji, has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Vanuatu with residence in Suva (Fiji).....
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New Delhi, October 29: Anumula Gitesh Sarma, presently High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji, has been concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Vanuatu with residence in Suva (Fiji).....
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CVO Appointment

Govt. of India declines extension to IAS Gitanjali Gupta Kundra

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New Delhi, October 29: Govt. of India has declined to the proposal of Ministry of Home Affairs for extension of tenure of Smt. Gitanjali Gupta Kundra, IAS (AGMUT-96) as CVO in DTC, Delhi.....
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New Delhi, October 29: Govt. of India has declined to the proposal of Ministry of Home Affairs for extension of tenure of Smt. Gitanjali Gupta Kundra, IAS (AGMUT-96) as CVO in DTC, Delhi.....
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Ram Bilas Sharma, Om Prakash Dhankar, Rao Narbir Singh & Capt Abhimanyu assumed

Haryana CM M L Khattar formally inducts 4 Ministers at Civil Secretariat

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Chandigarh, October 29: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today formally inducted four Ministers who assumed charge of their respective offices in his presence at Haryana Civil Secretariat here today.
Mr Khattar visited the office of Education and Transport Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, Agriculture and Development and Panchayats Minister Mr Om Prakash Dhankar, Public Works (Building and Roads) and Public Health Enginee....
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Chandigarh, October 29: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today formally inducted four Ministers who assumed charge of their respective offices in his presence at Haryana Civil Secretariat here today.
Mr Khattar visited the office of Education and Transport Minister Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, Agriculture and Development and Panchayats Minister Mr Om Prakash Dhankar, Public Works (Building and Roads) and Public Health Engineering Minister Rao Narbir Singh and Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu and remained present there while they assumed the charge of their respective departments. The Chief Minister congratulated them and the Ministers offered him sweets.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr Khattar said that the new State Government would work as a team. He said that people of the State have high hopes from his government and all out efforts would be made to ensure their welfare.....
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Haryana Govt. is committed to protect the interest of farmers : Haryana CM

First priority of Govt. to ensure welfare of 2.5 crore people of Haryana: Khattar

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Chandigarh, October 29: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that the first priority of his government is to ensure the welfare of 2.5 crore people of the State and added that the remaining issues would also be taken up on priority basis.
Khattar was interacting with the media persons during the Workshop for Parliamentary Agriculture Committees in the India, Asia and South East Asia Region at Punjab and Haryana Vidhan Sabha Complex here today.
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Chandigarh, October 29: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said that the first priority of his government is to ensure the welfare of 2.5 crore people of the State and added that the remaining issues would also be taken up on priority basis.
Khattar was interacting with the media persons during the Workshop for Parliamentary Agriculture Committees in the India, Asia and South East Asia Region at Punjab and Haryana Vidhan Sabha Complex here today.
In reply to a question, Mr Khattar said that the State Government is committed to protect the interest of farmers also. On being asked about the procurement of paddy, he said that efforts would be made to ensure that farmers get remunerative prices of their produce.....
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These institutes were dream projects to restore pristine glory of gallantry services rendered by Punjabis says Badal

Mai Bhago Institute Armed Forces preparatory Institute to be functional from next Academic Session

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SAS Nagar (Mohali), October 29 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal envisioned showcasing the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (MRSAFPI) as a world class institution in view of its growing popularity in the country being the best training institute for the cadets desirous of joining Armed Forces as their career.
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SAS Nagar (Mohali), October 29 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal envisioned showcasing the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Preparatory Institute (MRSAFPI) as a world class institution in view of its growing popularity in the country being the best training institute for the cadets desirous of joining Armed Forces as their career.
Addressing the cadets undergoing training in the MRSAFPI here last evening, the Chief Minister said that it was a matter of great satisfaction and honor for the Punjabis that as many as 23 cadets have been selected in NDA from Punjab during the current year. He said that a similar institute for girls namely Mai Bhago Institute Armed Forces Preparatory Institute would be made functional from the next academic session. Badal said that these institutes were his dream projects to restore the pristine glory of gallantry services rendered by the Punjabis in the armed forces, which had gradually faded away with the passage of time.
The Chief Minister however said that these institutes would surely go a long way in grooming the boys and girls from the state to join Armed forces thereby making every Punjabi proud. He called upon the cadets to imbibe the spirit of nationalism and patriotism after being trained from this institute which has its motto- 'Cradle of Military Leadership'. Badal also asked its Director to arrange meetings/ interactions with the top Army Officers who had brought laurels for the country during their distinguished career of marshal service in different wings of the Armed forces, so that they could be duly motivated.
Earlier, the Chief Minister while presiding over the meeting of Governing body asked the Chief Administrator (CA) GMADA to entrust the task of maintenance and upkeep this institute to some reputed agency besides executing the construction work of main road linking the academy and completing the remaining portion of boundary wall. He also asked the Director to launch vigorous publicity campaign in the media to bring awareness amongst the people about the academy and its achievements.
Prominent amongst others present on the occasion included Director MRSAFPI Major General (Retd.) BS Grewal, Technical Advisor to Chief Minister Lieutenant General (Retd.) BS Dhaliwal, Lieutenant General (Retd.) RS Sujlana, Air Marshall (Retd.) TS Randhawa, Director Dashmesh Academy Sri Anandpur Sahib Major General (Retd.) JS Ghuman, Secretary Expenditure Jaspal Singh, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister KJS Cheema, CA gmada AK Sinha and Deputy Commissioner TPS Sidhu.....
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Women Empowerment not possible without securing their rights

CPA meet focuses on Women Land Rights

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Chandigarh, October 29: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association workshop of agriculture committees today called upon policy makers of legislative bodies to bring out necessary legislative changes to give more land rights to women of Commonwealth countries.
Speaking in a session on women in agriculture, Dr Neelam Grewal, Director, ICAR, Bhubaneswar said that it was matter of great worry that with increasing share of women in agr....
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Chandigarh, October 29: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association workshop of agriculture committees today called upon policy makers of legislative bodies to bring out necessary legislative changes to give more land rights to women of Commonwealth countries.
Speaking in a session on women in agriculture, Dr Neelam Grewal, Director, ICAR, Bhubaneswar said that it was matter of great worry that with increasing share of women in agriculture workforce, there has been corresponding increase in gender inequality. She said that as compared to 65% of total women workforce working in agriculture sector, 36% were cultivators whereas 46.27% were languishing as agricultural labourers.
Emphasising on empowering Women in agriculture sector, she said that land holding of women was negligible and financially unviable. She said that the state of women in agriculture sector could be gauged from the date that shows that 50% of women have only land holding of half hectare whereas only 0.05% women were having land holding more than 20 hectares. She said that across the region, women were less likely to be independent owners/cultivators.
Expressing concern over decreasing gender inequality, Dr Grewal said that it has been found that with increasing land holding, there has been substantial increase in gender inequality.
Calling upon policy makers to focus on policy framework to give more land rights to thr women, she said that with the mechanisation of agriculture, change switching of tradition cropping to monoculture and male migration, there has been substantial erosion of women livelihood in agriculture sector. Giving a call for grassroot level changes she said that policy changes in the landholding should be gender sensitive, participative focussing on empowering women in the largest employment sector of country.
Participating in the session, Dr Naveen Kumar, director (Monitoring and Evaluation), Landesa Rural Development Institute, said that extent of rural poverty could be judged from the fact that 20 million rural households were completely landless. He said that though 80% of rural women were engaged in agriculture work, but only 10% rural women were owning land. He said that women are responsible for 60-80% food production and 90% of dairy production in country despite that they don't own land. He decreed that despite legal provisions, girls almost never get land under inheritance due to patriarchal social practices.
Painting a grim picture of state of women in agriculture sector, Dr Kumar said that only 5% women have Kisan Credit Card and agricultural policy do not recognise women as farmers. He said that there was gender insensitivity in the society as amendment to Hindu Succession Act 2005 has not yet been implemented by many states.
Underlining the need for legal and policy framework to empower women economically he said that women land rights have ability to challenge social and political gender inequalities.
Calling upon policy makers to evolve policies to ensure land access for absolutely landless families, ensuring women and girls legal rights to land ownership, liberalising land leasing in favour of poor and designing and implementing legal aid programme to resolve insecurity of land Mr Kumar said that political will was needed to usher a new era for women who have been silently suffering since last 67 years.....
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64th Annual Convocation of Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh

President Pranab Mukherjee to Grace PU Convocation in March 2015

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Chandigarh, October 29: President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has given his “in principal” consent to attend the 64th Annual Convocation of Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh.
This was communicated to PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Arun Kumar Grover by the Private Secretary to the President. PU VC Prof Grover has earlier requested the President to grace the Annual Convocation of the PU in March 2015. The final confirmation and exact ....
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Chandigarh, October 29: President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has given his “in principal” consent to attend the 64th Annual Convocation of Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh.
This was communicated to PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Arun Kumar Grover by the Private Secretary to the President. PU VC Prof Grover has earlier requested the President to grace the Annual Convocation of the PU in March 2015. The final confirmation and exact date and timing will be intimated later, the Rashtrapati Bhawan communiqué added.
PU VC Prof Grover said that the consent from the President was a matter of great pride for the University students, faculty and staff members and it would motivate the University to further excel in the field of academics, research, sports and other co-curricular activities. “President Pranab Mukherjee has earlier called upon the Indian Universities to break into the top 200 varsities of the world. PU is working on the strategy to achieve the goal and this visit would boost our efforts in that direction”,
Prof Grover added. It may be recalled that PU has been ranking as the top Indian University for the last two years in the prestigious Times Higher Education Global Ranking. PU was ranked in the bracket of 226-250 and 276-300 in World Ranking 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively.
PU Spokesman informed that the University has already started its preparations for the visit. PU Syndicate had recently approved for conferring the PU Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) to noted Children Rights Activist and 2014 Noble Peace Prize Laureate Sh Kailash Satyarthi and PU Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) to 2009 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Prof Venkaraman Ramakrishnan and 2014 Field Medal winner and noted athematician Prof Manjul Bhargava. The Honrary Degrees are likely to be conferred to the distinguished personalities in the upcoming Convocation, PU Spokesman further informed.....
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Ashutosh case

HC reserves judgment on petitions seeking post-mortem and release of Ashutosh Maharaj’s body - HT/Punjab.ht

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Chandigarh, October 29 : HC reserves judgment on petitions seeking post-mortem and release of Ashutosh Maharaj’s body today. ....
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Ashutosh Maharaj of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan at Nurmahal in Jalandhar district

HC reserves judgment on petitions seeking post-mortem & release of Ashutosh Maharaj’s body - HT/Punjab.ht

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Chandigarh, October 29 (Courtesy: HT): The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment on petitions seeking post-mortem and release of the dead body of Ashutosh Maharaj of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan at Nurmahal in Jalandhar district.....
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Chandigarh, October 29 (Courtesy: HT): The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment on petitions seeking post-mortem and release of the dead body of Ashutosh Maharaj of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan at Nurmahal in Jalandhar district.....
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Dr. Deepak Kauda murder case :

Dr. Deepak Kauda murder case : Mohali court awards life term to 3 convicts

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Maheshinder Grewal asks Bajwa why he used hardened criminals to brow beat opponents during Rahul visit

Explain your dealings with criminals : SAD to Partap Bajwa

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Chandigarh, October 29 : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked Punjab Congress president Partap Bajwa to explain his dealings with criminals as well as disclose why he used hardened criminals to brow beat his opponents in the party during Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to the city.
“The cat is out of the bag and it is now a proven fact that Mr Bajwa routinely hob nobs with criminals and even uses them to settle....
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Chandigarh, October 29 : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today asked Punjab Congress president Partap Bajwa to explain his dealings with criminals as well as disclose why he used hardened criminals to brow beat his opponents in the party during Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s recent visit to the city.
“The cat is out of the bag and it is now a proven fact that Mr Bajwa routinely hob nobs with criminals and even uses them to settle political scores”, said SAD general secretary Maheshinder Singh Grewal while speaking about recent revelations that a gangster of the notorious Paras gang – Pala Brar was especially summoned by the PCC chief to the Punjab Congress bhawan during Rahul Gandhi’s visit.
The SAD leader said Bajwa not only used the members of the Paras gang but also one Gurtej Singh Pannu, a known arms racketeer, to keep Congressmen who were inimical towards him away from the Congress Vice President. “According to the revelations, Pannu provided shelter to Pala Brar and his gang members at his farm house in Jabli in Himachal Pradesh, summoned them to the Punjab Congress bhawan and also ensured their entry into the function on the basis of fake identity cards”.

Grewal said the recent revelations exposed the real nature of the PCC president who even kept himself abreast about the plans being made to keep his opponents away from Rahul Gandhi by exchanging ten telephone calls with Pannu. “Mr Bajwa owes an explanation to the people of Punjab. He cannot brush away this issue by saying he did not know Pannu especially when Pannu was allowed access to the entire venue, which was restricted even for legislators. Does anyone allow this kind of access, including that to the stage during such an important function, to a mere son of a former neighbor as Bajwa is claiming?” the SAD leader asked.

Claiming there was more than met the eye, the akali leader said it should now be ascertained whether the PCC president’s tie up with notorious gangsters was a one odd affair or a full-fledged partnership. “I suspect the latter and urge the security agencies to get to the bottom of the case”, he said while asserting that no one should be allowed to pollute politics in Punjab by openly hobnobbing with goons and nefarious elements.

Grewal meanwhile also urged Rahul Gandhi to verify the recent revelations as it was his security which had been compromised by Bajwa’s patronage to gangsters. “Such people can turn against anyone” the SAD leader said while urging Rahul to find out why Pannu was allowed access to the stage and why fake identity cards were provided to gangsters to facilitate their entry into a function addressed by him.....
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Urges party high command to remove him to save party in Punjab

Hundreds of Congress workers led by Akshay Bhanot show black flags to Bajwa

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Ludhiana, October 29: Hundreds of Congress workers led by former PCC secretary Akshay Bhanot today staged protest demonstration against PCC president Partap Singh Bajwa asking him to go back and urging the party high command to remove him to save the party in Punjab. They also waved black flags to register their protest.
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Ludhiana, October 29: Hundreds of Congress workers led by former PCC secretary Akshay Bhanot today staged protest demonstration against PCC president Partap Singh Bajwa asking him to go back and urging the party high command to remove him to save the party in Punjab. They also waved black flags to register their protest.
The protestors were waiting in the Feroze Gandhi Market. They stopped his car and raised slogans asking him to leave Ludhiana. Some of his henchmen tried to bully and browbeat the Congress workers. One of the party workers Pradeep Kumar was manhandled by Bajwa’s henchmen.
Talking to reporters Bhanot said, they had nothing personal against Bajwa but they wanted him to resign as he had not been able to lead the party and take along everyone with him. “The very fact that we have been forced to come on roads to protest and seek his removal is a testimony towards his failure as the PCC president”, he said while asserting, his replacement was in the interest of the party.
Bhanot said, Bajwa knew it himself as he was not getting any response from any workers. He said, after his initial failure to attract crowds, he now decided to visit the homes of the workers and leaders instead of organising public functions. He claimed that there was lot of resentment against Bajwa and they had deliberately restricted the protests as every party worker wanted to come on roads.
Bajwa, who is here for last four days, has been facing regular protests every day. While his first day marked the launching of the signature campaign for his removal, the subsequent days were marked by protests and burning of his effigies.
Today, however, the protestors directly confronted him with the black flags, banners and posters asking him to go back and urging the party high command to remove him to save the party in Punjab.
Present on this occasion included, Inderjit Tony Kapoor, Rohit Pahwa, Navneesh Malhotra, Gopal Garg, Maninderpal Titu, G.S Mand, Sunil Shukla, Rajesh Soni.....
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Move aimed at creating a mechanism for exchange of ideas, experiences & future strategies

Badal for constituting working group of Commonwealth Nations with a Permanent Headquarters in State

Justifies need for giving subsidies to farmers

Parliamentary Agricultural committees have to play assertive role to sustain agricultural production : Sukhbir Badal

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LS Speaker lauds role of Parliamentary Committees in Democratic System
Atwal terms agriculture as foundation of Civilization
Chandigarh, October 29 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today mooted a proposal to form a working group of members of Commonwealth nations with a permanent headquarters in the state to create a mechanism for the exchange of ideas, experiences and future strategies.
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LS Speaker lauds role of Parliamentary Committees in Democratic System
Atwal terms agriculture as foundation of Civilization
Chandigarh, October 29 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today mooted a proposal to form a working group of members of Commonwealth nations with a permanent headquarters in the state to create a mechanism for the exchange of ideas, experiences and future strategies.
In his keynote address during the inauguration of three days Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) workshop for Chairpersons and Members of Parliamentary Agriculture Committees for India, Asia and South East Asia regions here at Punjab Vidhan Sabha this morning, the Chief Minister said that countries taking part in this conference had almost similar social-economic conditions and were confronted with nearly similar challenges. He sought cooperation and support from the Lok Sabha Speaker Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan for establishing a permanent Headquarter of CPA in Punjab, the state known for the most advanced agriculture practices on one hand and its enormous contribution in the country's food bowl by making it self reliant in food production on the other.
Pleading for ameliorating the lot of beleaguered peasantry in the entire region, the Chief Minister hoped that the deliberations during this conference would be extremely result oriented paving the way for closer cooperation in agriculture at all levels. Badal said that he was sure that the discussions in this workshop would surely go a long way in enhancing understanding amongst people of different countries and offering solutions to the vexed agriculture scenario to make it economically viable and self sustainable.
Dwelling on the Indian agriculture scenario, the Chief Minister said that our national economy was predominantly agrarian in nature, with more than 60% of its population still relying on farming but unfortunately the share of agriculture in national income had been constantly falling. In 1965-66, 65% population depended on agriculture and contributed almost 65% of GDP however now nearly 60% population was still dependent on agriculture but its contribution to GDP had drastically dropped to 17%. He pointed out that in India, a system of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for assured marketing was initiated to increase productivity for meeting nation's food needs. Even in the most advanced countries governments provide liberal income support to save their agriculture economy.
Referring to the plight of farmers, the Chief Minister justified the need for giving incentives to them as they were at receiving end because the economic condition of majority of them in several countries was pitiable due to non-remunerative and diminishing returns. Moreover in India, Agriculture was faced with shrinking land holdings, depleting water resources and deteriorating soil health whereas input cost have been rising sharply thus the prices of farm produce were not keeping pace with the shooting costs. Badal said, "We in Punjab had made humble efforts through giving free power for Tube wells to incentivize our hard working and resilient farmers despite severe criticism from different quarters including media. We are of the firm view that this must continue to bail our distressed farmers from current agrarian crisis". Substantiating his affirmation on this count, the Chief Minister even referred to his conversation on the dais with Speaker of Bangladesh and Chairperson of CPA Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhary of extending similar incentives to their farmers in Bangladesh. She said India and Bangladesh could forge alliances for sharing their expertise and technological skills in the agriculture and allied sectors to mutually adopt the most advanced and scientific agri practices.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in his address laid stress on the role of parliamentary agricultural committees in formulating policies and giving directions to sustain agricultural production besides creating a check on the excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers. Giving a brief account of contribution made by Punjab and its farmers in making India self reliant in food production, Badal described the sacrifices made by Punjab peasantry for enhancing agricultural production. He said that for Punjab farmers crops were alike to their kids and despite natural calamities they never let the fall in agricultural yield.
Badal said that in India, agricultural was never considered as priority sector. He added that if you look at any budget least amount was reserved for agricultural research and development. Adding further he said that the biggest economic issue being faced by farmers was a price fixation of their crops. He said that the policy makers paid least attention to the higher prices of agricultural inputs and used to fix the crop prices keeping in mind the interest of consumers only. “We are the people who make decisions, so we have to keep it in mind that if farmers collapses whole market would cave in”, he added.
Highlighting the major issues being faced by the farming community, deputy Chief Minister said that it should be made compulsory that soil quality and other related factors should be examined on regular basis to find suitable requirements of agri inputs for particular crops in the specific zones. He asserted that this was the only solution to sustain our agricultural production while keeping our environment safe.
He said that excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers created scarcity of drinking water and if these critical situations prevailed in future, public war could be erupted due to scarcity of water after next few years. “I remember the days when I often used to go to my farms. At that time there were lots of birds and animals. These days all of them disappeared as they were get killed by excessive use of pesticides and insecticides”, said Badal.
At last, Badal stressed that strong agricultural groups were need of the hour to ease out the problems being faced by the agricultural sector. He also appealed the national and international agricultural committees to play an assertive role in policy and decision making in their respective parliaments for the upliftment of farmers.
In her inaugural address, Lok Sabha Speaker Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan said that in a Parliamentary system, the Parliamentary Committees were a much needed institutional arrangements that allowed Parliament to exercise its role more effectively and efficiently besides assuring accountability of the Executive to the people. She said that these committees also served as the vital link in policy formulation by way of recommending recourse to seeking public opinion on any issue or legislation under its consideration. Our Parliamentary Agriculture Committee had recommended that any new modern technology should be adopted only after examining its suitability to societal and local needs, its viability in different climatic conditions and that it should confirm to the laws, regulations and policies of the government. Mrs. Mahajan hoped that this workshop would felicitate knowledge sharing and learning besides adoption of best practices to promote the cause and interest of agriculture and allied sphere.
In her address Speaker of Bangladesh and Chairperson of CPA Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhary said that agriculture was the lifeline of any nation and its development was of paramount significance. Advocating the cause to help the peasantry in general and the poor farmers in particular, she said all the governments both at state and national level should come forward to bail them out from the existing worldwide crisis by extending liberal incentives. Dr. Chaudhary quoted the instance of Bangladesh government as how it was helping the poor farmers through its pro-farmer pragmatic policies.
In his address, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Madan Mohan Mittal lauded the initiative of CPA for holding three days workshop on Agriculture in Punjab, which was truly a befitting salute to the brave farmers of the state who by dint of their sweat and toil had made our country self sustainable in food production. He appreciated the Chief Minister for his keen interest in development of agriculture and prosperity of farmers. Mittal also lauded the enormous contribution of Punjabi farmers in heralding an era of Green Revolution in Mid 60s thereby transforming our nation from food deficit to food surplus.
Speaking on the occasion, the Leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha Sunil Jakhar said that the allocation for agriculture sector in union budget should not be linked with the GDP rather it should be realistically enhanced to empower the farming community across the country by implementing pro-farmer policies in the right earnest. He said that this workshop could offer a healthy platform to evolve a consensus for guidelines to be uniformly followed by the CPA for determining the quantum of budget keeping in view the ground realities and the challenges faced by the disadvantaged peasantry.
Earlier in his welcome address Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Dr. Charanjit Singh Atwal termed it as a great moment, which was aimed at deliberating the crisis faced by the modern agriculture. Expressing his gratitude to CPA for choosing the capital city of Punjab for this historic workshop, he said that it was an apt choice because Punjab was synonym of agriculture growth and progress. Terming agriculture as foundation of civilization, Dr. Atwal said that nothing was possible without agriculture be it industry or food sector.
The Speaker said that growth in the agricultural sector has a crucial role to play in reducing poverty. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) estimates that seven out of ten of the world's poor, still live in rural areas. They include small-holders, landless labourers and marginalized groups such as refugees, indigenous peoples and female-headed households. Their incomes could be boosted by pro-poor measures, such as ensuring fair access to land, water and other assets and inputs, and to services, including education and health. He expressed hope that the discussions during this workshop would go a long way in helping the commonwealth countries for eradicating the poverty.
Later, the Chief Minister along with all the dignitaries on the dais released a souvenir published by the CPA in commemoration of the gala event in the region. ....
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LPG rate hiked by Rs 3 per cylinder

By Babushahi Bureau

New Delhi, October 29 : Prices of subsidised LPG cylinders have been hiked by ₹3 a cylinder due to the increase in commission paid to dealers. The hike was done last week and was effective from midnight October 22-October 23.

After the hike, prices of subsidised LPG cylinders in Delhi is now ₹417 a cylinder, ₹419 a cylinder in Kolkata, ₹452 a cylinder in Mumbai and ₹404.50 a cylinder in Chennai.

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New Delhi, October 29 : Prices of subsidised LPG cylinders have been hiked by ₹3 a cylinder due to the increase in commission paid to dealers. The hike was done last week and was effective from midnight October 22-October 23.

After the hike, prices of subsidised LPG cylinders in Delhi is now ₹417 a cylinder, ₹419 a cylinder in Kolkata, ₹452 a cylinder in Mumbai and ₹404.50 a cylinder in Chennai.

According to the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell, dealer commissions were ₹40.71 a cylinder for 14.2-kg cylinders in December 2013, which have now been increased to ₹43.71 a cylinder.

Dealers’ commission has also resulted in the rate of non-subsidised LPG, which a consumer buys after consuming his quota of 12 cylinders at below-market rates, being hiked to ₹883.50 a cylinder in Delhi from ₹880 previously.....
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Black Money Issue

List of 627 illegal foreign account holders submitted to SC

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New Delhi, October 29 : List of 627 illegal foreign account holders submitted to SC by Union govt today. A list of 627 Indians with bank accounts at HSBC in Switzerland has been given in a sealed envelope to the Supreme Court, which yesterday sharply rebuked the government for its handling of attempts to recover untaxed or black money stashed abroad. "We can't leave the issue of bringing back black money to the government. It will never happen during our time," the judges said.

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New Delhi, October 29 : List of 627 illegal foreign account holders submitted to SC by Union govt today. A list of 627 Indians with bank accounts at HSBC in Switzerland has been given in a sealed envelope to the Supreme Court, which yesterday sharply rebuked the government for its handling of attempts to recover untaxed or black money stashed abroad. "We can't leave the issue of bringing back black money to the government. It will never happen during our time," the judges said.

The court set a deadline of March 2015 to complete the probe into whether these account holders have violated tax laws. In a signal that it does not intend to disclose the names, the Supreme Court said the list will be given to the top officials of a panel it has set up of retired judges and regulators to map the recovery of black money. ....
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CPA seeks supportive policy framework for sustained agricultural growth

Badal calls Commonwealth Parliamentarians to plead cause of Agriculturists

By Gagandeep Sohal

Chandigarh, October 29 : Chandigarh, October 29-

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today mooted a proposal to form a working group of members of Commonwealth nations with a permanent headquarters in the state to create a mechanism for the exchange of ideas, experiences and future strategies.

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Chandigarh, October 29 : Chandigarh, October 29-

Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today mooted a proposal to form a working group of members of Commonwealth nations with a permanent headquarters in the state to create a mechanism for the exchange of ideas, experiences and future strategies.

In his keynote address during the inauguration of three days Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) workshop for Chairpersons and Members of Parliamentary Agriculture Committees for India, Asia and South East Asia regions here at Punjab Vidhan Sabha this morning, the Chief Minister said that countries taking part in this conference had almost similar social-economic conditions and were confronted with nearly similar challenges. He sought cooperation and support from the Lok Sabha Speaker Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan for establishing a permanent Headquarter of CPA in Punjab, the state known for the most advanced agriculture practices on one hand and its enormous contribution in the country's food bowl by making it self reliant in food production on the other.

Pleading for ameliorating the lot of beleaguered peasantry in the entire region, the Chief Minister hoped that the deliberations during this conference would be extremely result oriented paving the way for closer cooperation in agriculture at all levels. Mr. Badal said that he was sure that the discussions in this workshop would surely go a long way in enhancing understanding amongst people of different countries and offering solutions to the vexed agriculture scenario to make it economically viable and self sustainable.

Dwelling on the Indian agriculture scenario, the Chief Minister said that our national economy was predominantly agrarian in nature, with more than 60% of its population still relying on farming but unfortunately the share of agriculture in national income had been constantly falling. In 1965-66, 65% population depended on agriculture and contributed almost 65% of GDP however now nearly 60% population was still dependent on agriculture but its contribution to GDP had drastically dropped to 17%.

Referring to the plight of farmers, the Chief Minister justified the need for giving incentives to them as they were at receiving end because the economic condition of majority of them in several countries was pitiable due to non-remunerative and diminishing returns. Moreover in India, Agriculture was faced with shrinking land holdings, depleting water resources and deteriorating soil health whereas input cost have been rising sharply thus the prices of farm produce were not keeping pace with the shooting costs. Mr. Badal said, "We in Punjab had made humble efforts through giving free power for Tube wells to incentivize our hard working and resilient farmers despite severe criticism from different quarters including media. We are of the firm view that this must continue to bail our distressed farmers from current agrarian crisis". Substantiating his affirmation on this count, the Chief Minister even referred to his conversation on the dais with Speaker of Bangladesh and Chairperson of CPA Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhary of extending similar incentives to their farmers in Bangladesh. She said India and Bangladesh could forge alliances for sharing their expertise and technological skills in the agriculture and allied sectors to mutually adopt the most advanced and scientific agri practices.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal in his address laid stress on the role of parliamentary agricultural committees in formulating policies and giving directions to sustain agricultural production besides creating a check on the excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers. Giving a brief account of contribution made by Punjab and its farmers in making India self reliant in food production, Mr. Badal described the sacrifices made by Punjab peasantry for enhancing agricultural production. He said that for Punjab farmers crops were alike to their kids and despite natural calamities they never let the fall in agricultural yield.

Mr. Badal said that in India, agricultural was never considered as priority sector. He added that if you look at any budget least amount was reserved for agricultural research and development. “We are the people who make decisions, so we have to keep it in mind that if farmers collapses whole market would cave in”, he added.
He said that excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers created scarcity of drinking water and if these critical situations prevailed in future, public war could be erupted due to scarcity of water after next few years. “I remember the days when I often used to go to my farms. At that time there were lots of birds and animals. These days all of them disappeared as they were get killed by excessive use of pesticides and insecticides”, said Mr. Badal.

At last, Mr. Badal stressed that strong agricultural groups were need of the hour to ease out the problems being faced by the agricultural sector. He also appealed the national and international agricultural committees to play an assertive role in policy and decision making in their respective parliaments for the upliftment of farmers.

In her inaugural address, Lok Sabha Speaker Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan said that in a Parliamentary system, the Parliamentary Committees were a much needed institutional arrangements that allowed Parliament to exercise its role more effectively and efficiently besides assuring accountability of the Executive to the people. She said that these committees also served as the vital link in policy formulation by way of recommending recourse to seeking public opinion on any issue or legislation under its consideration. Our Parliamentary Agriculture Committee had recommended that any new modern technology should be adopted only after examining its suitability to societal and local needs, its viability in different climatic conditions and that it should confirm to the laws, regulations and policies of the government.

In her address Speaker of Bangladesh and Chairperson of CPA Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhary said that agriculture was the lifeline of any nation and its development was of paramount significance. Advocating the cause to help the peasantry in general and the poor farmers in particular, she said all the governments both at state and national level should come forward to bail them out from the existing worldwide crisis by extending liberal incentives.

In his address, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal lauded the initiative of CPA for holding three days workshop on Agriculture in Punjab, which was truly a befitting salute to the brave farmers of the state who by dint of their sweat and toil had made our country self sustainable in food production. He appreciated the Chief Minister for his keen interest in development of agriculture and prosperity of farmers. Mr. Mittal also lauded the enormous contribution of Punjabi farmers in heralding an era of Green Revolution in Mid 60s thereby transforming our nation from food deficit to food surplus.

Speaking on the occasion, the Leader of Opposition in Punjab Vidhan Sabha Mr. Sunil Jakhar said that the allocation for agriculture sector in union budget should not be linked with the GDP rather it should be realistically enhanced to empower the farming community across the country by implementing pro-farmer policies in the right earnest. He said that this workshop could offer a healthy platform to evolve a consensus for guidelines to be uniformly followed by the CPA for determining the quantum of budget keeping in view the ground realities and the challenges faced by the disadvantaged peasantry.

Earlier in his welcome address Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Dr. Charanjit Singh Atwal termed it as a great moment, which was aimed at deliberating the crisis faced by the modern agriculture. Expressing his gratitude to CPA for choosing the capital city of Punjab for this historic workshop, he said that it was an apt choice because Punjab was synonym of agriculture growth and progress. Terming agriculture as foundation of civilization, Dr. Atwal said that nothing was possible without agriculture be it industry or food sector.

The Speaker said that growth in the agricultural sector has a crucial role to play in reducing poverty. The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) estimates that seven out of ten of the world's poor, still live in rural areas. They include small-holders, landless labourers and marginalized groups such as refugees, indigenous peoples and female-headed households. Their incomes could be boosted by pro-poor measures, such as ensuring fair access to land, water and other assets and inputs, and to services, including education and health. He expressed hope that the discussions during this workshop would go a long way in helping the commonwealth countries for eradicating the poverty.

Later, the Chief Minister along with all the dignitaries on the dais released a souvenir published by the CPA in commemoration of the gala event in the region. ....
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