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SAD-BJP Coordination committee decides, joint statement issued

SAD-BJP to contest Punjab civic polls jointly on existing arrangements

Resolves to fight off baseless propagand by rootless congress

Joint committee formed with Dr Daljit Singh Cheema and former Minister Shri Tikshan Sood as members

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Chandigarh November 26 - The Shiromani Akali Dal- Bhartiya Janata
Party today declared that they would jointly contest the forthcoming
civic elections in the state as per the existing arrangement.
The two parties also decided to set up district level
coordination committees for any local adjustments and for streamlining
the election campaign process.

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Chandigarh November 26 - The Shiromani Akali Dal- Bhartiya Janata
Party today declared that they would jointly contest the forthcoming
civic elections in the state as per the existing arrangement.
The two parties also decided to set up district level
coordination committees for any local adjustments and for streamlining
the election campaign process.

A state level coordination committee has also been set by the
two parties, comprising the SAD Secretary and Education Minister Dr
Daljit Singh Cheema and former Minister Shri Tikshan Sood.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting of
the coordination Committee of the SAD-BJP Alliance held at CM
residence here late this evening.

A joint statement at the end of the meeting said that The two
parties also resolved to give "a befitting a response to the
mischievous, baseless and motivated propaganda misinformation campaign
of what the meeting described as "the frustrated, rejected and
rootless congress party" on various issues."


Giving details of the meeting newsmen, Party General Secretary
Mr Harcharan Bains said that the two parties were fully geared to
sweep the civic poll. He said that the the meeting was presided over
by the Punjab Chief Minster Mr Parkash Singh Badal. The SAD president
Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal, the BJP ( Punjab) president Mr Kamal
Sharma, senior SAD and BJP leaders including Mr Ranjit SIngh
Brahampura, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Mr Balwidner SIngh Bhunder,
Jahedar Tota Singh, Mr. Mahesh Inder SIngh Grewal, Dr Daljit SIngh
Cheema and Mr Harcharan Bains from the SAD.

The BJP was represented, apart from Mr Kamal Sharma, by Bhagat Chuni
Lal, Mr Rajinder Bhandari, Mr Ashwani Sharma, Mr. Tikshan Sood. and Mr
Narotam Dev Ratti.


The SAD meanwhile announced its list of district-level observers for
further strengthening coordination between the two parties at the
grassroots level throughout the state

A joint statement issued a end of the meeting said that the two
parties "shared a complete unanimity of approach in addressing all
issues concerning the people and the state. The meeting dismissed as
"wildly speculative and utterly baseless" rumors being spread by
vested interests. "These canards run contrary to the spirit of strong
emotional and ideological bonds between the two parties who symbolize
age old social cohesion and communal harmony in the state.

The meeting also accepted in principle report of the six-member
SAD-BJP panel that had set up to suggest ways to further streamline
governance in the state.

While the BJP will announce its list of district level observers
tomorrow, the SAD Observers include Sh. Surjit Singh Rakhra, Amritsar
(City)

Sh. Sohan Singh Thandal, Amritsar (Rural)

Sh. Parkash Chand Garg, Bathinda ( City and Rural)

Sh. Sikandar Singh Malooka, Barnala (City and Rural)

Sh. Santa Singh Umedpur, Fatehgarh (City and Rural)

Sh. Harmeet Singh Sandhu, Faridkot (City and Rural)

Prof. Virsa Singh Valtoha, Ferozepur (City and Rural)

Sh. Mantar Singh Brar, Fazilka (Cirty and Rural)

Bibi Jagir kaur, Gurdaspur (City and Rural)

Sh. Hira Singh Gabaria, Hoshiarpur (City and Rural)

Sh. Bikram Singh Majithia, Jalandhar (City and Rural)

Sh. Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Kapurthala (City and Rural)

Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema, Ludhiana (City)

Jathedar Tota Singh, Ludhiana (Rural)

Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra, Mansa (City and Rural)

Sh. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Moga (City and Rural)

Sh. Maheshinder Singh Grewal, Mohali (City and Rural)

Sh. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Sri Muktsar Sahib (City and Rural)

Sh. Ajit Singh Kohar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (City and Rural)

Sh. Sucha Singh Langah, Pathankot (City and Rural)

Sh. Janmeja Singh Sekhon, Patiala (City and Rural)

Sh. Iqbal Singh Jhuda, Ropar (City and Rural)

Sh. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Sangrur (City and Rural)

Sh. Sewa Singh Sekhwan, Tran Taran (City and Rural)....
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Despite vigil, smugglers managed to transport heroin

Punjab Police recovers 21 kg heroin worth Rs.105 crore from Malout, 7 persons arrested, 4 escaped

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Malout, November 26 : The Malout police got a success when it claimed to have recovered 21 kg heroin worth Rs.105 crore and arrest of 7 persons.
However, it is surprising that despite strict vigil by Border Security Force cops along the Indo-Pak border, the smugglers managed to receive the consignment on the Indian side and transport for its distribution to other parts of the country.
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Malout, November 26 : The Malout police got a success when it claimed to have recovered 21 kg heroin worth Rs.105 crore and arrest of 7 persons.
However, it is surprising that despite strict vigil by Border Security Force cops along the Indo-Pak border, the smugglers managed to receive the consignment on the Indian side and transport for its distribution to other parts of the country.
According to the FIR registered at police station Malout, the police team on getting a tip-off had put up a ‘naka’ near village Rakhria when a vehicle from Dabwali side coming at high speed managed to cross the barrier by breaking it and later on, the police working with intelligence however, stopped vehicle No.PB-60-6441 and asked all the four for searching them. But when they stressed for getting the search from some gazetted officer, DSP Malout Manvinder Singh was called and on searching the bags in the vehicle, 21 packets containing heroin were found which has value of Rs.105 crore in the international market.
The police also recovered from the arrested persons, one Pakistani SIM with mobile, currency in cash and during the preliminary investigation, the heroin consignment is said to be received through Rajasthan border.
The police have registered a case under NDPS Act against the arrested persons namely Jagbir Singh Pehalwan of Dassuwala in Tarn Taran, Jagraj Singh of Amritsar, Sandeep Singh and Amarjit Singh of Keria from Fazilka and others boarded on another vehicle Amolak Singh, Amandeep Singh and Inderjit Singh including 4 unidentified persons and started further investigation into the matter.

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Haryana Darbar

Haryana Govt. reduces age of superannuation from 60 to 58

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Chandigarh, November 26: Haryana Government has reduced the age of superannuation of all its employees from 60 years to 58 years except in the case of Judicial Officers. Similarly, the age of superannuation for Class-IV employees has been reduced from 62 years to 60 years with immediate effect.
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Chandigarh, November 26: Haryana Government has reduced the age of superannuation of all its employees from 60 years to 58 years except in the case of Judicial Officers. Similarly, the age of superannuation for Class-IV employees has been reduced from 62 years to 60 years with immediate effect.
According to the instructions issued by the Chief Secretary office, the State Government has also reduced the age of superannuation for blind and physically disabled or challenged employees from 62 years to 60 years with immediate effect.
It is further decided that the employees who had reached the superannuation age, but could not be retired till date due to the enhanced superannuation age, will now be retired on November 30, 2014. This decision would be applicable on all departments, boards, corporations and universities.....
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Haryana Darbar

Tohana MLA Subhash Barala to be new President of Haryana BJP

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Chandigarh, November 26: BJP High command has appointed Tohana MLA Subhash Barala as new President of Haryana Bhartiya Janta Party. ....
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Chandigarh, November 26: BJP High command has appointed Tohana MLA Subhash Barala as new President of Haryana Bhartiya Janta Party. ....
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RSS National Leader, Former CJI give away award at New Delhi

Rajesh Bagha receives Guru Ravidass Ratan National Award

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Chandigarh, November 26: Chairman Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes Rajesh Bagha today received National Guru Ravidass Rattan Award for his immense efforts and contribution to safeguard the interests and rights of Scheduled Castes students besides motivating them towards higher education.
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Chandigarh, November 26: Chairman Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes Rajesh Bagha today received National Guru Ravidass Rattan Award for his immense efforts and contribution to safeguard the interests and rights of Scheduled Castes students besides motivating them towards higher education.
This prestigious award has been bestowed on him jointly by Indresh Kumar, Senior RSS leader and former Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan at a function organised by Babu Jagjiwan Ram Kala Sanskriti and Sahit Academy at New Delhi. The academy lauded the initiatives taken by Bagha in the field of education for poverty stricken students of society especially from Scheduled Castes community.
In his address President of academy Suraj Bhan Kataria said the academy had conducted a survey in the country to identify the personalities contributing the society on varied fronts. He said in Punjab Bagha worked day and night for the implementation of Post Matric Scholarship Scheme in true spirit securing future of thousands of SC students. He said in view of his commitment, he has been chosen for this prestigious award for the year 2014.
Indresh Kumar said that Bagha has played a pivotal role to convert the vision and dreams envisioned by father of constitution Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Dalit Icon Babu Jagjiwan Ram into reality. He also gave a call to political, social and religious leaders to come forward for ensuring education to deprived sections of society.
The spokesperson of SC Commission said that prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla, Sat Narayan Jatia, Dr. Sanjay Paswan, both former Union Ministers, Sanjay Joshi, National RSS leader and thinkers and Scholars from Nepal as well as various states of India.

Caption: National RSS leader Indresh Kumar, Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla, former Union Minister Sanjay Paswan and Former CJI Justice K.G. Balakrishnan giving away Guru Ravidass Ratan Award to Punjab SC Commission Chairman Rajesh Bagha at New Delhi.
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SGPC President Jathedar Avtar Singh to be the Chief Guest

GNIET to organize 12th Annual function at Ludhiana on Nov 27

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Chandigarh, November 26: Guru Nanak International Education Trust (GNIET), England has planned to celebration of 12th Annual Function on November 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan, Ludhiana. Jathedar Avtar Singh President SGPC will be the Chief Guest on the occasion. The other dignitaries who are scheduled to grace the occasion included Sant Baba Jaswant Singh Ji Nanaksar and Sewa Panthi Mahant Kahan Singh Ji, Guniana Mandi. The trustees o....
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Chandigarh, November 26: Guru Nanak International Education Trust (GNIET), England has planned to celebration of 12th Annual Function on November 27 at 1:00 p.m. at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan, Ludhiana. Jathedar Avtar Singh President SGPC will be the Chief Guest on the occasion. The other dignitaries who are scheduled to grace the occasion included Sant Baba Jaswant Singh Ji Nanaksar and Sewa Panthi Mahant Kahan Singh Ji, Guniana Mandi. The trustees of Guru Nanak International Education Trust will also join the celebrations. ....
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Rumour of Bikram Majithia’s summon by ED in drug racket case

Badal rules out Majithia’s resignation for ‘lack of evidence’

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Chandigarh, November 26 (Courtesy: HT): Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said that his cabinet minister Bikram Majithia would not be resigning from the state council of ministers “in absence of evidence”.
“How could the resignation be sought on the basis of mere newspaper reports, when there is no evidence (against Majithia)?” Badal stated while talking to reporters after the state cabinet meeting here.
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Chandigarh, November 26 (Courtesy: HT): Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said that his cabinet minister Bikram Majithia would not be resigning from the state council of ministers “in absence of evidence”.
“How could the resignation be sought on the basis of mere newspaper reports, when there is no evidence (against Majithia)?” Badal stated while talking to reporters after the state cabinet meeting here.
He parried away a query on the role of the enforcement directorate (ED), the agency that hit the headlines on the chances of Bikram Majithia to be summoned in the Bhola drug racket case.
“I do not want to go into such things,” Badal quipped, when asked to comment on the West bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee’s assertions that the ED was being used by the central BP leadership against its rival political parties and leaders.
While the chief minister was reluctant to reply to any further question on the drug menace in Punjab, his deputy chief minister son Sukhbir Badal straightaway avoided the media while coming out of the cabinet meeting.
The ED has so far summoned some bigwigs in the drug racket investigations who mainly included Sarwan Singh Phillaur, who quit as the cabinet minister after his summoning, Phillaur’s son Damanvir Singh, chief parliamentary secretary Avinash Chander, industrialist Chunni Lal Gabba, Gabba’s son Gurmesh Gabba, a local Akali leader in Goraya, and a Jalandhar-based hotelier Kamaljeet Hayer.
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Strong rumours agog with Bikram Majithia by Enforcement Directorate for investigation in Jagdish Bhola drug racket case

ED versus Majithia: Drug racket real issue or political game-plan of BJP

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Chandigarh, November 26: The much-publicized Rs. 6000 Crore Bhola drug racket has taken an interesting turn with the strong rumours of calling Punjab Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia by the Enforcement Directorate for investigation. This rumour has created upheaval in political circles. The Akali Dal seems to be on back foot on this issue as the opposition Congress party has launched a campaign of asking Majithia’s resignation from the Pu....
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Chandigarh, November 26: The much-publicized Rs. 6000 Crore Bhola drug racket has taken an interesting turn with the strong rumours of calling Punjab Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia by the Enforcement Directorate for investigation. This rumour has created upheaval in political circles. The Akali Dal seems to be on back foot on this issue as the opposition Congress party has launched a campaign of asking Majithia’s resignation from the Punjab Cabinet. Though the alliance partner BJP is at present silent on this issue yet the political observers feel that it is preparing for a political game plan to target the SAD leadership on this issue.
It is learnt that the Enforcement Directorate has deliberately leaked the information of calling Majithia to join investigation and it is waiting for Union Finance Ministry’s nod on this issue. The political observers also feel that the Union Finance Ministry may not give its consent immediately as there are elections in J&K and Delhi which has a huge chunk of Sikh voters and wants to use the SAD’s leadership’s influence in these states. The political circles feel that with the BJP’s intervention of ensuring ED’s summons to Majithia will serve its various purposes. Linking it with other issues of differences between alliance partners of SAD and BJP, the later is preparing ground for separation from the SAD and may contest elections at its own.
The BJP has already started its membership drive in a big way in Rural & Urban areas of Punjab. The Congress is also giving this issue a political colour and wants to expose Majithia’s alleged role in drug racket. Meanwhile, the ED officers say that if Majithia is issued summons by the Directorate, it does not mean that there is his involvement in drug racket. The ED summons, sources said will focus on Majithia’s property in foreign lands and also his alleged links with NRI drug peddlers.
Bikram Majithia has already denied that he has no role in drug racket or any money laundering cases. His name is being dragged by his political opponents under a planned conspiracy. ....
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PPP leader Manpreet Badal points out questionnaire for Majithia

Majithia must go for a fair probe in drug racket: Manpreet

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Chandigarh, November 26: People’s Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal today said Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia must go failing which he should be sacked for a fair probe into the drug racket in which his name has surfaced during the investigation by the Enforcement Directorate.
“Justice must not only be done but seem to be done. With Majithia’s sister Harsimrat Kaur Badal being a member of the Union cabinet and his b....
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Chandigarh, November 26: People’s Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal today said Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia must go failing which he should be sacked for a fair probe into the drug racket in which his name has surfaced during the investigation by the Enforcement Directorate.
“Justice must not only be done but seem to be done. With Majithia’s sister Harsimrat Kaur Badal being a member of the Union cabinet and his brother-in-law Sukhbir Singh Badal the Deputy Chief Minister, how can the people expect free and fair probe as the investigating agency officials would be under a lot of pressure. The situation demands that he should follow the example of then Cultural Affairs Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur who had to resign despite the fact that it was not his name that had been linked to the same scandal but that of his son. There should not be two sets of norms in the same government”, he added.
Manpreet pointed out that with the Enforcement Directorate having prepared an elaborate questionnaire for him to take the investigation to the logical conclusion, it was clear that there was some substance in the allegations. However, in case nothing came out of further investigation against him, he would get a clean chit and that would be to his advantage.
He called upon Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to clarify the situation in the context of earlier resignation by Phillaur and the same norms not being adopted in this case simply because Majithia happened to be the most powerful minister in his cabinet.
He said even the Bharatiya Janata Party, the alliance partner of the Akali Dal, which had resolved to eradicate the drug menace in this state, was adopting a different line in this case. The party had been demanding the resignation of Chief Parliamentary Secretary Avinash Chander for the same reason but had reserved its comments in this case. He asserted it was the welfare of the people which should be above political interests and moreover, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has been concerned about the gravity of situation in this state.
He said drug smuggling was a crime against humanity and the future of the youth was being ruined in Punjab and as such, no leniency should be shown in handling this case, without caring for the political clout of the persons whose names have cropped up during investigation. ....
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Personal intervention of PM must in this issue of utmost public importance

Bajwa writes to Modi : Seeks probe in drug racket by CBI or sitting SC Judge

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Chandigarh, November 26: Partap Singh Bajwa, President PPCC today wrote a letter to Narendra Modi, PM seeking probe of CBI or a sitting Supreme Court judge in the massive drug racket in Punjab.

The letter is enclosed.
Bajwa sought Modi’s personal intervention in this issue of utmost public importance that cannot be looked through the political prism as it concerns the very future of Punjab which all along had the distinction of being the sword arm and the food bowl of the....
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Chandigarh, November 26: Partap Singh Bajwa, President PPCC today wrote a letter to Narendra Modi, PM seeking probe of CBI or a sitting Supreme Court judge in the massive drug racket in Punjab.

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Bajwa sought Modi’s personal intervention in this issue of utmost public importance that cannot be looked through the political prism as it concerns the very future of Punjab which all along had the distinction of being the sword arm and the food bowl of the country.

He reminded the PM about his promise made to the people of Punjab during the Lok Sabha polls to eradicate drug trafficking and eradicate the mafia rule in the state. “Your party had issued advertisements in papers making this promise to the beleaguered people” he said.

He said that the name of the Punjab Revenue Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia has figured in the investigation in drug smuggling. The accused arrested so far have revealed his name and their association with him. As reported, the ED has already prepared an elaborate questionnaire but the ED seem to be dithering due to the alleged involvement of such a high profile minister whose sister happens to be your cabinet colleague.

S. Bajwa in the letter said that Sh. Modi so poignantly pointed out during a pre-election rally in Punjab that the drug mafia, particularly in this state, is destroying the country’s youth for the sake of money and the politically well-connected families misusing their authority to place themselves and their kin above the law.

S. Bajwa said that the fact that Mr. Majithia is apparently beyond the purview of justice as well as the brother of Cabinet Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and the brother-in-law of Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Mr. Sukhbir Badal proves that your words were true, if not exactly well directed.

S. Bajwa said that “I write to remind you of the solemn promise you made to the people of Punjab not much more than six months ago to eradicate drug trafficking and demand that you acknowledge your promise and order CBI probe or constitute a judicial enquiry headed by a sitting judge of the Hon’ble Supreme Court to examine all allegations. The people of Punjab expect from you that the guilty would finally be brought to book, no matter how well connected or politically powerful the person might be.”....
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Press Council of India gets new head

Justice C. K. Prasad, Retd. Judge of SC appointed as Chairman PCI

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New Delhi, November 26: Government of India has notified the nomination of Justice C.K. Prasad, retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India, as the Chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI).....
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New Delhi, November 26: Government of India has notified the nomination of Justice C.K. Prasad, retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India, as the Chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI).....
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Congress remained mum on questioning of MP Jalandhar Santokh Singh Chaudhary

SAD questions double standards of Congress on seeking resignations

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Chandigarh, November 26: Shiromani Akali Dal today charged Congress party for
deliberately adopting double standards while seeking the resignations of SAD leaders.
Sikandar Singh Maluka, Rural Development and Panchayats Minister and General Secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal and Mr Virsa Singh Valtoha, Chief Parliamentary Secretary and Spokesperson of SAD, today ridiculed the Congress party for raking up issues to settle their intra-party war of supremacy to hog headlines. The leaders ....
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Chandigarh, November 26: Shiromani Akali Dal today charged Congress party for
deliberately adopting double standards while seeking the resignations of SAD leaders.
Sikandar Singh Maluka, Rural Development and Panchayats Minister and General Secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal and Mr Virsa Singh Valtoha, Chief Parliamentary Secretary and Spokesperson of SAD, today ridiculed the Congress party for raking up issues to settle their intra-party war of supremacy to hog headlines. The leaders said that if allegations of knowing the alleged accused was yardstick for seeking resignation, the series of resignations should have started from top in the UPA under whose ministries and mentorship multi lakh crores
scams shook the total economic structure of India.
They questioned Congress party's deliberate silence when its Member
Parliament from Jalandhar Santokh Singh Chaudhary was questioned by Enforcement Directorate but the defunct and rejected party was seeking
the resignation of SAD leaders on speculative reports of their likely questioning. They said that the Congress party can only have moral authority of seeking resignation if they had already submitted the resignation of its MP from Jalandhar to Speaker Lok Sabha and thrown him out of Party.
The leaders said that it is surprising that CLP leader Mr Sunil Jakhar while defending Congress MLA from Gidderbaha in the Vidhan Sabha stated that a politician knowing a smuggler or a criminal is not an offence and then uses the same plea to seek resignation of SAD leaders for just allegations of alleged
accused. They said that if one has to resign just because of knowing an alleged accused, the resignations in Congress party would flow right from top in UPA to present PCC President and scores of Congress MLA's. They said that first the Congress party should clean its house by seeking their resignations, only then it has the moral authority to seek resignations of SAD leaders.
They said that the Congress party was an issueless party and was catching straws in the wind to stay afloat as a political entity. They said that recent mutually contradictory statements by different Congress leaders in different tones suggest that intra party politics of Congress was dictating their behaviour rather than any public interest.
The leaders said that the unemployed, underworked Congress leaders have themselves assumed the responsibility of Spokesman of Enforcement Directorate. They said that Congress is seeking Oxygen from speculative stories being planted by vested interests to survive in ICU in which electorate had dumped them in Vidhan Sabha elections in 2012 and later in Lok Sabha elections 2014.
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CBI Director will be selected by a panel comprising PM, leader of opposition Lok Sabha or leader of single largest party & Chief Justice of India

Appointment of CBI Chief : LS passes Amendment bill

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New Delhi, November 26: The Lok Sabha today passed the Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014 by voice vote. As per the new provisions, CBI director will be selected by a panel which will comprise of Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha or the leader of the Single largest party in the House and Chief Justice of India or any Supreme Court Judge. Earlier, there was no provision of the leader of the single largest....
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New Delhi, November 26: The Lok Sabha today passed the Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill, 2014 by voice vote. As per the new provisions, CBI director will be selected by a panel which will comprise of Prime Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha or the leader of the Single largest party in the House and Chief Justice of India or any Supreme Court Judge. Earlier, there was no provision of the leader of the single largest party in the panel. The Bill also makes a provision that no appointment will be invalid merely because of vacancy or absence of a member of the panel.
Media reports that replying to the debate Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said that the Bill intends to bring transparency and smooth appointment of CBI Director. The Minister also rejected the allegations of Opposition members that government is pushing its agenda through this Bill.The Congress which is single largest party in the Lok Sabha could not get the post of leader of opposition due to lack of requisite numbers.
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Alarming drop in the countries sex ratio: Apex Court take serious note

Failure of states to stop female foeticide earns ire of Supreme Court

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New Delhi, November 26: The Supreme Court has severely criticised various states for their failure to stop female foeticide leading to an alarming drop in the country's sex ratio. A bench of justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit asked the two Joint Secretaries and one Additional Secretary of Union Health Ministry to convene a meeting of senior officials of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and National Capital Territory Delhi on 3rd of December to check releva....
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New Delhi, November 26: The Supreme Court has severely criticised various states for their failure to stop female foeticide leading to an alarming drop in the country's sex ratio. A bench of justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit asked the two Joint Secretaries and one Additional Secretary of Union Health Ministry to convene a meeting of senior officials of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and National Capital Territory Delhi on 3rd of December to check relevant registers and records that had formed the basis of the sex-ratio data provided by them. It also asked the states to produce the relevant registers before the said committee and the report of the said committee shall be filed by December 10.
The apex court further wanted to know as to whether the states have any plan to give individual incentives to the families to save the girl child. The bench said that is unfortunate that nobody is taking it seriously. It observed that some states have not filed the affidavit and this shows their lackadaisical attitude and asked the states like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Goa and Gujarat to file their responses, along with suggestions, within two weeks. Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for petitioner, said there is severe decline in the sex-ratio and almost all the states, which have filed the affidavits, have admitted this.
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Accuses misuse of office by CBI Director Ranjit Sinha

AAP leader Prashant Bhusan files complaint against CBI Chief

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New Delhi, November 26: Aam Aadmi Party has filed a complaint with Delhi Anti-Corruption Branch against CBI Director Ranjit Sinha accusing him of abusing his office in the ongoing probe in several scam. In a complaint, AAP leader Prashant Bhusan yesterday alleged that Mr. Sinha deliberately tried to save certain influential persons from prosecution in the 2G scam, coal scam and others by abusing his position.
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New Delhi, November 26: Aam Aadmi Party has filed a complaint with Delhi Anti-Corruption Branch against CBI Director Ranjit Sinha accusing him of abusing his office in the ongoing probe in several scam. In a complaint, AAP leader Prashant Bhusan yesterday alleged that Mr. Sinha deliberately tried to save certain influential persons from prosecution in the 2G scam, coal scam and others by abusing his position.
He charged the CBI Chief with committing offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act in these cases. Mr. Bhusan also urged the Anti-Corruption Branch for impartially investigation after registering an FIR against Mr. Sinha.
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Nabbed red handed while accepting bribe

Punjab VB nabs Patwari KUldip Kumar receiving bribe of Rs. 7500

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Chandigarh, November 26: The Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a Patwari red handed while receiving bribe of Rs. 7500.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said that Patwari Kuldip Kumar deputed at Revenue area Mehron district Moga has been nabbed on the complaint of Ravinder Kumar of village Mehron. The complainant alleged that the patwari was demanding bribe of Rs. 10,000 for mutation of land and the deal was struck at Rs. 8000.
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Chandigarh, November 26: The Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a Patwari red handed while receiving bribe of Rs. 7500.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said that Patwari Kuldip Kumar deputed at Revenue area Mehron district Moga has been nabbed on the complaint of Ravinder Kumar of village Mehron. The complainant alleged that the patwari was demanding bribe of Rs. 10,000 for mutation of land and the deal was struck at Rs. 8000.
On the tip off by the complainant a team of vigilance bureau laid a trap and patwari Kuldip Kumar was nabbed red handed receiving bribe.
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Dr. Munjal is one of the very few orthodontists in the country having earned the Diplomate status

City Orthodontist Dr Gautam Munjal is Chairman of Indian Board of Orthodontics

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Chandigarh, November 26: Dr. Gautam Munjal, a practising orthodontist of the city has taken over as Chairman of the Indian Board of Orthodontics (IOB) at the recently concluded 49th Indian Orthodontic Conference at Kolkata.
Dr. Munjal is one of the very few orthodontists in the country having earned the Diplomate status in its very first batch in 1999 and was elected Director in 2010 of Indian Board of Orthodontics, which is one of the eig....
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Chandigarh, November 26: Dr. Gautam Munjal, a practising orthodontist of the city has taken over as Chairman of the Indian Board of Orthodontics (IOB) at the recently concluded 49th Indian Orthodontic Conference at Kolkata.
Dr. Munjal is one of the very few orthodontists in the country having earned the Diplomate status in its very first batch in 1999 and was elected Director in 2010 of Indian Board of Orthodontics, which is one of the eight boards in the world, and the third one to be formed in India in 1999.
The objective of IOB is to stimulate the spirit of self-improvement amongst teachers, practitioners and students of Orthodontics, and encourages continued professional review, elevation of standards of education and treatment in orthodontics throughout ones professional career.
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Absence of local Congress MLA made Bajwa uncomfortable

Bajwa offers condolences to family of Anoop Singh former DCC F’Pur died few days

Pb. Govt. becomes penniless because of its wrong policies: Bajwa

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Ferozepur, November 27: Badals have ruined the Punjab and because of wrong policies of wrong policies of the government, the Punjab has become bankrupt as is evident from the fact that employees are not getting their wages while other beneficiaries of old age, widow and dependent pensioners are also crying for payment and penniless government because of its wrong policies, has also put a ban on government payments.

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Ferozepur, November 27: Badals have ruined the Punjab and because of wrong policies of wrong policies of the government, the Punjab has become bankrupt as is evident from the fact that employees are not getting their wages while other beneficiaries of old age, widow and dependent pensioners are also crying for payment and penniless government because of its wrong policies, has also put a ban on government payments.

Partap Singh Bajwa, President, Punjab Congress Committee leveled these charges while speaking to media persons at the residence of former District Congress President, late Anoop Singh who had died to illness few days back.

Bajwa was here to offer condolences to Anoop Singh’s family accompanied by Chamaur Singh Dhindsa, District Congress President, Jathedar Inderjit Singh Zira, Presdient, Kissan Mazdoor Cell, Rajinder Chhabra, leader of Punjab Congress Beopar Cell, Balwinder Singh and Arpinder Singh sons of late Anoop Singh, Ajit Singh, District Vice President, Ulfat Rai Sahota, Tarlok Pilot, Bhajan Singh Syan, Amarjit Ghjaru, Tilak Raj Arthia and Mukhtiar Singh and others.

Replying to the queries from media persons, Bajwa said, Punjab is in debt of Rs.1,13,000 crore and about Rs.78,000 crore is payable to various corporations of Punjab. He said, the income of Punjab Government is about Rs.33,000 crore against the expenditure of Rs.44,000 crore.

To another question, Bajwa said, Enforcement Directorate (ED) has found guilty Vikram Singh Majithia, Cabinet Minister Punjab in the case of drug smuggling and the alliance leaders of SAD-BJP are keeping mum over the issue. He said, since the ED comes under Arun Jaitly, Home Minister, he should immediately order arrest of Majithia and order investigation from CBI for having links with drug mafia.

Expressing his concern over the death of youths due to the net work of supply of drugs by the drug mafia and fighting between life and death and putting the responsibility of drug mafia, the government should register cases against such persons, Bajwa said.

Bajwa said, BJP is asking the resignation of BJP but why not asking of Vikram Singh Majithia.

Over a question of controversy of hurting the sentiments of Sikhs by Navjot Singh Sidhu, MP he said, “I don’t want to make any comments on this as the matter is under consideration of Jathedar Sahiban of Sri Akal Takht”. But I will say to this extent only that Majithia must be called at Sri Akal Takht keeping in view of the report of Enforcement Directorate.

Bajwa said, Punjab Government led by Badals – both father-son duo, is supporting the unscrupulous elements doing the illegal business in the state by having control over transport, cable, sand PVR and hotel business and the common man is badly affected.

Predicting over the future of SAD-BJP, Bajwa said, both these parties will be at loggerheads near the elections.

However, Bajwa was uncomfortable when the absence of local MLA Parminder Singh Pinki was questioned by few journalists. Covering the issue, Bajwa said, the MLA Parminder Singh Pinki has played an influential role in starting of this train and very soon he shall also be joining this agitation.

Later the Punjab Congress President went to boost the morale of NSUI and Youth Congress workers, who are sitting on a dharna for initiation of Chandigarh-Ferozepur Express since 27th October.
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Box to be opened by the minister himself on every Tuesday

Jayani gets complaints/suggestions box installed at Health Directorate

Hands over appointment letters on compassionate grounds

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Chandigarh November 26: Punjab Health Minister Mr. Surjit Kumar Jyani today got a complaint/suggestion box installed at Health Directorate in sector 34 here with a focus to streamline the functioning of department
The complaint box having contact numbers of Mr. Jyani 99157-08000 and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Navjot Kaur Sidhu 94784-66666 would be opened by the minister himself on every Tuesday in the presence of senior officers.
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Chandigarh November 26: Punjab Health Minister Mr. Surjit Kumar Jyani today got a complaint/suggestion box installed at Health Directorate in sector 34 here with a focus to streamline the functioning of department
The complaint box having contact numbers of Mr. Jyani 99157-08000 and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Navjot Kaur Sidhu 94784-66666 would be opened by the minister himself on every Tuesday in the presence of senior officers.
Giving details in this regard, Mr. Jyani said there was a sole aim behind installation of this box to keep a close tap on the functioning of department and check corruption at ground level besides addressing the plaints of general masses. The complaints received would be redressed within 15 days ensuring necessary action. The Minister has asked the director Dr. Karanjit Singh to ensure the presence of senior officers at the time of opening the box. He also said that every complaint would be attended and followed minutely. He, however, said that on the request of the complainant the name and credentials would be kept secret even anonymous letters would be considered.
Mr. Jyani said this complaint box would help to have better understanding and coordination between him and general public with a view to make functioning of health department more effective. He said it would also help to have better monitoring on the department’s work besides sorting out problems being faced by general masses in public hospitals.
Later the Minister handed over appointment letters to seven newly recruited officials in the department on compassionate grounds. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister asked the officials to work with full dedication to serve the state.
Referring to the pressure being mounted by doctors’ associations in Ludhiana incident, the Minister said this incident has not only brought bad name to the department but the entire medical fraternity. He said a committee under Deputy Commissioner has already been constituted to look into the matter and preliminary enquiry reveals that the concerned doctor was not available despite repeated calls.
“Associations can initiate a dialogue with government to prove the doctor innocent in the incident. Government is only trying to deliver justice to the people, who are suffering at the hands of erring officers by awarding a minor punishment to them” he added. ....
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Prof Puri recalled his association with University & appreciated fast growth of University at global level

Noted UK Industrialist & Renowned Philanthropist Prof. Nat Puri visited PU

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Chandigarh, November 26: Panjab University (PU), Alumnus, noted UK Industrialist & Entrepreneur and Renowned Philanthropist Prof. Nat Puri today visited PU Campus. During his visit to PU, Prof Puri, whose real name is Nathu Puri, was welcomed by PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Arun Kumar Grover at the PU VC office. Dean University Instructions (DUI), Prof AK Bhandari, Dean Alumni, Prof Anil Monga were also present on the occasion.
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Chandigarh, November 26: Panjab University (PU), Alumnus, noted UK Industrialist & Entrepreneur and Renowned Philanthropist Prof. Nat Puri today visited PU Campus. During his visit to PU, Prof Puri, whose real name is Nathu Puri, was welcomed by PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Arun Kumar Grover at the PU VC office. Dean University Instructions (DUI), Prof AK Bhandari, Dean Alumni, Prof Anil Monga were also present on the occasion.
In the meeting, Prof Puri recalled his association with the University and appreciated the fast growth of the University at the global level. Prof Grover informed Prof Puri about various initiatives being taken up by PU for enhancing the productivity of the University.
In his message to the students and PU fraternity, Prof Puri said, “I came here and
learnt that you have to got to make your way. The only person who can succeed is you and everybody can succeed if you prepare mind to it.” Work hard, believe in yourself, and never let anybody tell you (that) it is not possible, he added.
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2,174 sewa kendras to be set up in villages and town

249 citizen centric services to be made online by July 2015 : Sukhbir Badal

Sukhbir Badal conferred with title of \"Fakhar-e-Punjab\"

CCTV cameras to be installed on all prominent roads

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Muslim community to be given due representation in boards and corporations

Member from Gujjar community to be nominated as director in Milkfed

Chandigarh/Ludhiana, November 26: Taking the administrative reforms a step forward, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal asserted that by July 2015, more than 249 citizen centric services would be provided online through 2,174 Sewa Kendras being set up in villages and towns and the residents need not have to v....
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Muslim community to be given due representation in boards and corporations

Member from Gujjar community to be nominated as director in Milkfed

Chandigarh/Ludhiana, November 26: Taking the administrative reforms a step forward, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal asserted that by July 2015, more than 249 citizen centric services would be provided online through 2,174 Sewa Kendras being set up in villages and towns and the residents need not have to visit any government office. Stating Punjab would be the first state in the country implementing online services Mr Badal assured that administrative reforms would be completed within next two years to provide hassle free services to the citizens.
While speaking to media persons after the function of Muslim community held here today, Mr Badal said that state has achieved status of having sufficient power and after sorting out coal problem Punjab will be the power surplus state in next year.
Giving a major thrust to road infrastructure, Deputy Chief Minister said that a major revamp in this regard is on the cards and the work on it has already begun. "All major roads leading to major cities would be made four laned very soon," adding he said that special emphasis would be given on overall development of both urban and rural areas of the state.
The Deputy CM said that to keep a check on road accidents in the state, CCTV cameras would be installed on all major roads. "If any person breaks rules or indulges into over speeding or rash driving, his activities would be automatically recorded in the CCTV's and the challan would be mailed to his address. A proper plan in this regard would be launched very shortly," he said.
Showing displeasure over the kind of work performed by the private company having contract of Solid Waste Management in Ludhiana, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal said that if the company fails to pull up its socks, the state government would cancel its contract.
"Under the Swachh Punjab" campaign, state has been divided into eight clusters, some of which such as Bathinda cluster are performing exceptionally well and many others have already started. The remaining clusters would start functioning shortly," assured the Deputy CM.
Terming the recent deaths of five children at Ludhiana's "Mother Child Hospital" very unfortunate, Mr Badal said that the Health Minister has already taken strict action against the erring staff.
He also said that a vernacular daily published from Jalandhar had misreported a statement of Cabinet Minister Mr Tota Singh few days back. "The minister has already sent a notice to that vernacular daily today as they misreported the facts," he said.
While addressing the function organised by Muslim community in Guru Gobind Singh Nagar, Tibba Road, here today, the Deputy CM said that the members of Muslim community would be given due representation in all government boards and corporations. He also said that the Punjab government would nominate a member from Gujjar community as Director in Milkfed shortly. During the function, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal was also conferred with the title of "Fakhar-E-Punjab" by the Muslim community.
Issuing a strict warning to those involved in drug trade, Mr Sukhbir Badal said that such people should mend their ways else they would be put behind bars. "In the last two years, we have arrested more than 30,000 people who were directly involved in drug trade. "I want to make it very clear that ours is not a campaign or drive, but a war where no one would be spared. Punjab is suffering from this menace because it is main transit for drugs coming in from Pakistan," he said.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included former DGP and former chairman Punjab Wakf Board Mr Mohd Izhar Alam, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Fatima Nisara Khatun, Ludhiana (East) MLA Mr Ranjit Singh Dhillon, SAD district presidents Mr Madan Lal Bagga and Mr Harbhajan Singh Dang, Director Information & Public Relations Punjab Mr Rahul Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner Mr Rajat Agarwal, DIG Ludhiana Range Mr G S Dhillon, Police Commissioner Mr Promod Ban. ....
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900 Animals registered in the fair: Sonali Giri ADC

Animal Fair & Milking competition 2014 begins

Jeet Mohinder Sidhu MLA inaugurates the event in Bathinda

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Bathinda, November 26: The district level animal husbandry and milking competitions 2014 started at Bathinda today wherein the MLA Talwandi Sabo Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu inaugurated the event.

Speaking at the occasion, Jeet Mohinder Sidhu said that such fairs are held to usher in agriculture diversification, provide updated knowlegde to dairy farmers and impart training to the animal owners.

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Bathinda, November 26: The district level animal husbandry and milking competitions 2014 started at Bathinda today wherein the MLA Talwandi Sabo Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu inaugurated the event.

Speaking at the occasion, Jeet Mohinder Sidhu said that such fairs are held to usher in agriculture diversification, provide updated knowlegde to dairy farmers and impart training to the animal owners.

Congratulating the officers and employees of the animal husbandry department he said that the animal owners are being given right information at the animal fair. He added that the event was also an opportunity for the progressive dairy farmers and other animal owners to know more about rearing their animals and drawing maximum benefit out of them.

On the first day today, competitions of different kinds of horses, goats and HF Cross calves were conducted. The animal husbandry department has made arrangements to provide drinking water facilities, food and other facilities for the visitors to fair. The additional deputy commissioner (development Sonali Giri and deputy director animal husbandry department Dr Pradeep Bansal said that this time the animal fair has drawn people in large numbers. While last year only 500 animals’ participation was registered, this year today itself 900 animals were registered.

Dr Bansal added that six rings have been set up for conducting animals’ competitions. These include two rings allocated for horses and one each allocated for cows, goats, murrah buffaloes and dogs. He added that on November 27, the dancing mares and camels and the canine show would be center of attraction of the fair.

The results of competitions conducted today so far are as follows:

The prize for best horse calf went to the equestrian of Jagjit Singh and Harvinder Singh from village Sirewala, the awrad for best marwari horse calf went to the animal of Sukhchain Singh and Gurcharan Singh from village Gillpatti, the awrad for best indigeneous breed he-goat went to the animal of Billu Singh and Janta Singh from village Dhelwan, the award for best HF cross calf female went to animal of Ekam Singh and Resham Singh from Mehraj village, the award for best indigeneous breed she-goat went to the animal of Baljit Khan from Bhucho Khurd and the award for best HF cross female calf went to Harjit Singh and Basant Singh from village Sooch.
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Rs 60 lacs grant approved by Ministry of Social Justice

SBS Nagar to soon have 'Children Home' for destitute children: Anindita

DC monitors functioning of Bonded and Child Labour Committees

Directs labour dept to ensure basic amenties by brick kilns to labourers

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Nawanshahr, November 26 : SBS Nagar to soon have its first 'Children Home' for destitute and out of school children as the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GOI, has approved the request of the district administration for setting up of the same.

Divulging the details while presiding over the meeting of Monitoring Committees on Bonded and Child Labour in the district, Anindita Mitra said “We are awaiting a grant of Rs 60 lakh which has been the approved by the ministry. As ....
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Nawanshahr, November 26 : SBS Nagar to soon have its first 'Children Home' for destitute and out of school children as the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, GOI, has approved the request of the district administration for setting up of the same.

Divulging the details while presiding over the meeting of Monitoring Committees on Bonded and Child Labour in the district, Anindita Mitra said “We are awaiting a grant of Rs 60 lakh which has been the approved by the ministry. As soon as, the requisite grant is received, construction of the 'Children Home' would be started at the already identified land for the project” she added.

She also directed the labour department to take up the matter with the ministry for setting up of schools under 'National Child Labour Project' in the district so that weaker section of the society may be provided with the facility designed for uplifting their living standard.

Apart from that, the Deputy Commissioner directed the Assistant Labour Commissioner S.S. Randhawa to ensure all the basic facilities required to brick kiln laborers and their families’ viz. toilets, power connections and medical etc. through the brick kiln owners. She said that as soon as the working of brick kiln starts in the district, the availability of basic needs to be checked upon by visiting the brick kiln sites.

The Deputy Commissioner asked the District Health Officer to send special medical teams to examine the pregnant women members of the families of labourers at brick kiln.

Apart from that all the brick kilns asked to maintain proper records of the wages paid to the labourers so that they could show in case of any bonded labour complaint.

Others who attennd the meeting include SP (H) Gagan Ajit Singh, SDMs Arvind Kumar M.K. Banga, Jiwan jagjot Nawanshahr and Jagjit Singh Balachaur, Geetika Singh AC (G), Deputy DEO Kartar Singh, GM DIC Rajesh Kumar, LDM S. R. Garg and DTO Tarlochan Singh Sahota besides EOs of Nagar Councils.
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World Anti Obesity Day

200 take part in Max Hospital Anti-Obesity walkathon at Sec-42 Lake

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Chandigarh, November 26: As many as 200 people including sr citizens, doctors, nurses and staff of Max Super Speciality Hospital (MSSH), Mohali participated in an anti- obesity walkathon at Sector -42 Lake here today. The walkathon was conducted by MSSH in association with Mohali Sr Citizen Association & Sr. Citizens Association Manimajra to mark World Anti Obesity Day. The walkthon focused on the concept of ‘Flab is Bad’ which was an ability of shedding weight by walking.

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Chandigarh, November 26: As many as 200 people including sr citizens, doctors, nurses and staff of Max Super Speciality Hospital (MSSH), Mohali participated in an anti- obesity walkathon at Sector -42 Lake here today. The walkathon was conducted by MSSH in association with Mohali Sr Citizen Association & Sr. Citizens Association Manimajra to mark World Anti Obesity Day. The walkthon focused on the concept of ‘Flab is Bad’ which was an ability of shedding weight by walking.

It was flagged off by Mr. Sandeep Dogra, VP-Operations, MSSH and Chief Guest of occasion , Ms. Urvija Goel, IPS, ASP- South Division, Chandigarh. During occasion, a patient information booklet ‘There is so much to gain by Loosing’ was also unveiled by the doctors from General surgery team of Max Hospital comprising of Dr NM Gupta, Dr Manmohan Singh Bedi, Dr KS Dhillon and Ms. Shivani Gulati, Sr. Clinical Nutritionist and Weight Management Specialist. The docs later conducted a health seminar for the participants and disseminated important information on weight loss and diet control. The launch of ‘Max Obesity Clinic’ was announced during occasion.
Speaking during occasion, Ms. Goel said that aaccording to a study published in ‘Lancet’, India was the 3rd most obese country in the world, just behind US and China. It was shocking for a country where 270 million people live below the poverty line.”
Mr. Gill commented that more and more people were falling prey to excess body weight courtesy lifestyle disorders. Younger people were developing joint disorders and knee pain. Excessive weight was associated with a series of health problems, including bp, diabetes , cardiovascular ailments and osteoarthritis. The prevalence of obesity was greater in urban areas and women were more affected than men.”
Dr NM Gupta, Principal Consultant, GI Surgery, MSSH said that according to 2007 national health family survey data, 30.3 per cent of males and 37.5 per cent females were obese in Punjab. Traditionally known for malnutrition, Indians now reported more frequently with overweight, obesity, and their consequences. The percentage of women who were overweight or obese was highest in Punjab with nearly 30%.

Giving information on bariatric surgery Dr Manmohan Bedi explained that Bariatric surgery included a variety of procedures performed on people who were unable to lose weight through dieting.

Hailing Walking as a calorie burner, Dr KS Dhillon, Sr. Consultant, General Surgery said that walking helped to burn those unwanted pounds in an effective manner. Tips on healthy diet and nutrition were given out by Ms. Gulati.....
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Decision to hike VAT on diesel is anti-farmer, anti-people and inflationary

Khattar’s a roll-back govt, says Kiran Choudhry

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Chandigarh, November 26: Branding the Manohar Lal Khattar’s as a “roll-back government”, the Haryana Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, Ms Kiran Choudhry, has flayed its anti-farmer, anti-poor and anti-employees approach.
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Chandigarh, November 26: Branding the Manohar Lal Khattar’s as a “roll-back government”, the Haryana Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader, Ms Kiran Choudhry, has flayed its anti-farmer, anti-poor and anti-employees approach.
The decision to hike VAT on diesel is anti-farmer, anti-people and inflationary. Taken under pressure from the petroleum lobby in Punjab, it will have a cascading effect on the prices of farm inputs and essential commodities. While the farmers will have to pay more for farm inputs, the cost of living will go up as a result of the inflation moving in tandem with the hike in diesel prices. The farmers are already suffering from dry weather conditions and losses on account of poor MSP, Ms Choudhry said in a statement issued here today. While diesel prices in the global market are coming down, the government, instead of passing the benefit to the consumers, especially farmers, has decided to add to their burden.
“So long as I was the Excise and Taxation Minister in the Congress Government, I never allowed VAT to be increased on diesel knowing full well the overall impact it would have on the prices which would head north”, she added.
The decision to roll back the age of retirement of government employees from 60 years to 58 reflects the anti-employee stand of the BJP Government. And for Class IV employees and persons with disabilities, the retirement age has been lowered to 60 from 62 years. “Is it the beginning of the Achhee Din oft-promised by the BJP in the run-up to the polls”, she asked.
Claims to the contrary notwithstanding, the first month of the BJP Government in office, has been marked by anti-people decisions and a spate of reversals born out of vendetta. “The government has failed to fulfil the promises made to the people in its manifesto. The BJP had promised to double the old age pension to Rs 2,000 but it has raised it by only Rs 200, taking it to Rs 1,200 per month. The people have already begun to feel let down”, she said.
“If its early acts and intentions are any indication, the BJP Government will go down as one of reversals and rollbacks. Rollbacks and reversal of earlier decisions stand for negativity and negative decisions can never bring positive vibes, vital for any society”, Ms Choudhry commented.....
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Live stock fair would be organised on professional lines with cooperation of PHD chamber of Commerce & Industries

Progressive Punjab Live Stock Expo-2015 in Sri Mukatsar Sahib from Jan 8 to 13

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Chandigarh, November 26: The Progressive Punjab Live stock Expo-2015 which would be organised from January 8 to 13 at Sri Mukatsar Sahib next year would be a National event. This live stock fair would be organised on professional lines with the cooperation of PHD chamber of commerce and industries. It was disclosed by Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Animal Husbandry in a press communiqué.
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Chandigarh, November 26: The Progressive Punjab Live stock Expo-2015 which would be organised from January 8 to 13 at Sri Mukatsar Sahib next year would be a National event. This live stock fair would be organised on professional lines with the cooperation of PHD chamber of commerce and industries. It was disclosed by Mr. Gulzar Singh Ranike, Animal Husbandry in a press communiqué.
The Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike today presided over a meeting with the senior officers of the department and directed them to organise rapid awareness campaign in order to encourage and motivate people to participate in the forthcoming event. They also directed them to constitute different committees to assist and educate the farmers in this regard, so that maximum farmers can take advantage of this mega event. He said that a special milking competition would also be held during the event besides dancing competition of horses. He said that genetically improved breeds of the buffaloes, cows would also be showcased at this fare. He said that exhibitions would be arranged by PHD chamber of commerce and industries on no-profit, no-loss basis.

Mr. Ranike said that the livestock championship aimed to bring awareness among the farmers to improve livestock breed of various cattle head as viable alternatives for diversification of agriculture. He said that state government has taken number of steps to improve the conditions of livestock and cash would be given to the animals who would win in the competition.

Mr. Ranike said that Horses, Buffalos, Cows, Sheeps, Goats from various States including Gujrat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab Haryana and Himachal Pradesh would be participating in the competition. The Minister further said that the instructions have been issued to all concerned officials to provide free green fodder for livestock during the fair. He said that free lodging and boarding would also be provided to livestock owners.
Prominent who were present in the meeting included Mr. G Vajralingam, Financial Commissioner, Animal Husbandry, Dr. H S Sanda, Director, Animal Husbandry, Mr. Inderjit Singh Director, Dairy, Mr. B K Sood Director, Fishery and representatives from PHD chamber of commerce and industries.
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Children join hands to make toilets

NGO Clean India hands over toilets to the village

Another set of toilets handed over to villagers

Village dispensary to have new toilets, courtesy ‘Clean India’

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Children concerned about lack of toilets in villages
Chandigarh, November 26: The NGO Clean India today handed over the newly constructed toilets to the dispensary in the village Mauli Baidwan for use of poor patients. Children working for “Clean India”, a voluntary organization under the aegis of “HEART Foundation” got together to construct toilets for this dispensary. Toilets were made with active participation of villagers and w....
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Children concerned about lack of toilets in villages
Chandigarh, November 26: The NGO Clean India today handed over the newly constructed toilets to the dispensary in the village Mauli Baidwan for use of poor patients. Children working for “Clean India”, a voluntary organization under the aegis of “HEART Foundation” got together to construct toilets for this dispensary. Toilets were made with active participation of villagers and with close collaboration of the local Panchayat. Sarpanch and other members of the Panchayat were present on the occasion.
At the handing over function of these toilets ,a public health education program to educate children was also organized. Shreya Bali, Class 10th who is a founder member of Clean India spearheaded the entire program. Speaking on this occasion she said that she along with other children feel sorry at the poor state of sanitation facility in large parts of our country. She said that Clean India has pledged to set up series of such facilities in different villages around the Tricity to create awareness about this problem.
Puneeta Sharma another member of Clean India said that Mauli Baidwan is situated on the outskirt of Chandigarh and like thousands of similar villages across the country is devoid of basic sanitary facilities. Poor patients coming to the dispensary in this village are severely inconvenienced by lack of toilets. The project at Mauli Baidwan village is second in this series. "We have already constructed and handed over four highly sophisticated toilet in Tirha village in Mullanpur district. Villagers of that village are regularly using these toilets and they no more have to go for open defecation," she added.
Mrinalni Singla another founder member of ‘Clean India ‘ had played a very crucial role in Tirha Village toilet project.She said it is unfortunate that when India is aspiring to be superpowers, lack of basic sanitation facility for large population is staring at us like a sore thumb. Priyanjali Bakshi added that youth can play a major role in educating the masses and help in eradicating this problem. Clean India has lined up a number of events including charity shows in the tricity to create awareness and generate funds for this venture.....
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Its a shock to me but I have complete faith in Pakistan’s higher courts and judiciary: Veena Malik

Actress Veena Malik shocked with the sentence of 26 years in prison

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November 26: Pakistani actress Veena Malik who made her mark in bollywood, has enjoyed the stardom and then selected to live a happily married life with her husband Asad Bashir Khatak and her new born baby. It seems that Veena Malik was quite happy in her life but suddenly controversy never seem to leave her away as her problems are not coming to an end till now. Recently Veena Malik and her husband was awarded by the court for 26-year incarcera....
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November 26: Pakistani actress Veena Malik who made her mark in bollywood, has enjoyed the stardom and then selected to live a happily married life with her husband Asad Bashir Khatak and her new born baby. It seems that Veena Malik was quite happy in her life but suddenly controversy never seem to leave her away as her problems are not coming to an end till now. Recently Veena Malik and her husband was awarded by the court for 26-year incarcerations and was also fined them Rs. 1.3 million Pakistani money. A Pakistan court on Tuesday sentenced the owner of the country’s biggest media group Geo TV to 26 years in prison for broadcasting a show which they said it was blasphemous. The verdict against Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman along with the host of the show and two guests, including Veena Malik, was announced by an anti-terror court in the city of Gilgit, which is controlled by Pakistan territory but also part of the Kashmir region which India also claims. The morning show was broadcasted live on Geo TV in May featuring Malik dancing with her new husband while a group of Sufi musicians sang a devotional song about the wedding of the Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) daughter. Malik returned to Dubai two weeks ago from the US after giving birth to a baby boy. Her lawyer has already started the work to appeal against the verdict in higher courts.


Shocked Veena Malik said, " Its a shock to me but I have complete faith in Pakistan’s higher courts and judiciary … This court works separately from the other courts in Pakistan. There are higher courts in Pakistan such as the Supreme Court. Whenever there is an issue a court will look into the facts of the case. We were not even present in the court at the time of the verdict. I have belief and trust in courts.”


Geo Television Network was accused of blasphemy after it ran a program insulting the family of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The four people including Mir Shakeel ur Rehman, Shaista lodhi, Veena Malik and her husband Asad Bashir Khatak convicted were also ordered to pay a fine by selling their properties and surrender their passports, according to a copy of the court order. Veena maintains that she’s innocent and would never commit blasphemy. “We are planning to return to Pakistan in December. I have always been a person who faced troubles by looking it in the eye. I have faced highs and lows in my life. But I am sure I haven’t done anything wrong.”....
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For effective implementation of various development schemes & projects of Haryana Govt.

Haryana to constitute 11-member Monitoring Committee at District Level

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Chandigarh, November 26: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today announced that an eleven member Monitoring Committee would be constituted at district level in the State for the effective implementation of various development schemes and projects of the State Government.
The Chief Minister who was presiding over the meeting of representatives of BJP at Karnal today said that this committee would be in addition to District Public Relations and Grievances Redressal Committees.
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Chandigarh, November 26: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal today announced that an eleven member Monitoring Committee would be constituted at district level in the State for the effective implementation of various development schemes and projects of the State Government.
The Chief Minister who was presiding over the meeting of representatives of BJP at Karnal today said that this committee would be in addition to District Public Relations and Grievances Redressal Committees.
He said that Monitoring Committee would consist of non-official members and would apprise its local MLAs about the progress of various development projects. Besides, they would also give them feedback about the working of concerned officers and officials.
Mr Manohar Lal said that today, his government has completed its one month. He reminded that before assuming the office of Chief Minister of the State, he has a plan to visit his constituency twice in a month and today, it is his second visit to Karnal. He said that whenever he visits Karnal, people should consider him as MLA and nothing more than that as he is their representative.
Exhorting the workers not be complacent after the formation of BJP Government in the State, he said that they should work to further strengthen the party organization in the State. He said that BJP is aiming to enroll atleast 10 per cent electors as its members at each assembly segment. Anyone could become the member of BJP by giving a miss call on toll free number 18002662020. On this occasion, he himself spelled out this number and urged the party workers to popularize this number so that maximum number of members could be enrolled.
While underlining the importance of party workers, the Chief Minister said that government could not run alone without their support. He said that people have high hopes from the government and efforts would be made to fulfill the promise made them during the elections in a time bound manner.
He said that today he has presided over a meeting with senior officers of the district administration concerning various ongoing development works and gave necessary directions for early completion of works. He said that he has also directed the concerned officers to identify four or five places on the outskirt of city for setting up milk dairy for the convenience of people.
Earlier, Mayor of Municipal Corporation Panipat, Sardar Bhupinder Singh Joined BJP alongwith his supporters in the presence of Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal.
Minister of State for Food and Supplies Mr Karan Dev Kamboj, MLA Gharaunda Mr Harinder Kalyan, MLA Nilokheri Bhagwan Das Kabirpanthi, MLA Assandh Mr Bakshish Singh, MLA Israna Mr Krishan Lal Pawar, former MP Mr I.D Swami, BJP leader Mr Rajiv Sharma, District BJP President Mr Ashok Sukhija, former MLA Mr Shashipal Mehta and other senior leaders and office bearers of the Party were also present on this occasion.....
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Institutes found demanding tuition fee from SC students would be penalised: Bagha

Punjab SC Commission helps a student to get back her tuition fee @ 60000

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Chandigarh, November 26: The swift and timely intervention of the Scheduled Caste Commission has helped a poor student to get back her tuition fee illegally received by a nursing college.
Narrating the incident in a press communiqué Mr. Rajesh Bagha, Chairmen, Punjab Scheduled Caste Commission said that Sukhwinder Kaur who belonged to SC category had to deposit Rs. 60000 as tuition fee even after presenting her SC certificate and income c....
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Chandigarh, November 26: The swift and timely intervention of the Scheduled Caste Commission has helped a poor student to get back her tuition fee illegally received by a nursing college.
Narrating the incident in a press communiqué Mr. Rajesh Bagha, Chairmen, Punjab Scheduled Caste Commission said that Sukhwinder Kaur who belonged to SC category had to deposit Rs. 60000 as tuition fee even after presenting her SC certificate and income certificate. She complained about this to the SC Commission which acting quickly on her complaint sought full report from the college National Institute of Nursing Patiala road, Sangrur. After going through the report, the commission instructed the Principal of the college to waive the full fees of the student and return the fees deposited by her earlier.
Mr. Bagha said that the Punjab Government, under the Post Matric Scholarship Scheme has instructed all the government and private colleges not to demand tuition fee from the students belonging to SC category. He said that if any institution found demanding or receiving tuition fee from SC students, legal action would be initiated against such erring institutes.
Mr. Bagha also appealed all the students to approach the commission in case of any student belonging to SC category having a grievance regarding fees.....
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Punjab CM, Deputy CM and Majithia condoles sad demise of Jagjit Singh Roranwali

Special Principal Secy. to Deputy CM Manvesh Sidhu bereaved, father-in-law passes

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Chandigarh, November 26 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal expressed deep grief over the sad demise of Mr. Jagjit Singh Roranwali, father-in-law of Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, IAS, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister.
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Chandigarh, November 26 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal expressed deep grief over the sad demise of Mr. Jagjit Singh Roranwali, father-in-law of Mr. Manvesh Singh Sidhu, IAS, Special Principal Secretary to Deputy Chief Minister.
Jagjit Singh, 74, breathed his last here today in the PGI after brief illness. His cremation would take place on Thursday November 27 at his native village Roranwali of Malout. He is survived by two sons and two daughters.
In a condolence message Chief Minister and Deputy CM said the passing away of dedicated social worker Mr. Jagjit Singh Maan was a great loss to families and people of the area, which could never be filled. Meanwhile, Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Revenue Minister, Punjab also mourned the passing away of Mr. Jagjit Singh.....
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Huge catch of heroine by Counter Intelligence team under the supervision of IG Jain

Bathinda Counter Intelligence Police seizes heroine worth Rs 105 Crore

Five international smugglers arrested: Dr Jatinder Jain IG

CI Police team was led by AIG Ajay Maluja

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Bathinda, November 26: In a major breakthrough, continuing the persistent efforts of Punjab government in tightening noose around the drug peddlers, the Bathinda Counter Intelligence (CI) wing Police have seized 21 kilogram heroin worth Rs. 105 cr smuggled from Pakistan along with three SIM cards of Pakistan, six mobile phones, drug money and arrested five international smugglers.

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Bathinda, November 26: In a major breakthrough, continuing the persistent efforts of Punjab government in tightening noose around the drug peddlers, the Bathinda Counter Intelligence (CI) wing Police have seized 21 kilogram heroin worth Rs. 105 cr smuggled from Pakistan along with three SIM cards of Pakistan, six mobile phones, drug money and arrested five international smugglers.

Disclosing this here on Wednesday at press conference, Inspector General of Police (Counter Intelligence), Dr. Jitendra Jain said the Counter Intelligence team led by AIG Ajay Maluja has arrested five drug smugglers and recovered 21 kg of heroin that was seized in 21 packets. The haul is worth Rs 105 crores in international market.

Besides this the CI Bathinda wing had recovered drug money of Rs 1.10 lacs, three SIM cards of Pakistan and six mobile phones. The heroin was brought from Pakistan through village Chakk 22 MD Mandi Ghadsana, district Ganganagar, of Rajasthan state.

Among the arrested are accused Jugraj Singh of Amritsar, Jagveer Singh of Amritsar, two real brothers Sandeep Singh and Amarjeet Singh of Fazilka, who all are accomplices of main drug peddler Amolak Singh, who is at large. The fifth accused Inderjit Singh, who is nephew of Amolak Singh, managed to escape from the spot but was later nabbed by the CI Bathinda wing. The kingpin of drug racket Amolak Singh and his another nephew Amandeep Singh managed to escape in Innova Car (pb-02VZ-3665) and Swift Desire (Pb 30M-8905). Raids to nab these accused are going on by the CI Wing Bathinda and accused would soon be arrested, said IG Dr Jain.

Amolak Singh of Harike, Tarn Taran district was one of the listed top category smugglers with Punjab police but following the fear of arrest Amolak has shifted his base for smuggling from Punjab border to Rajasthan border.

All the accused have been booked under sections 21/25/29/61/85 of NDPS Act (FIR – 173 – dated November 25, 2014) at Police station Malout in Muktsar district.

The arrested accused had admitted that kingpin Amolak Singh was wanted in several cases of drug smuggling but following his fear of arrest he shifted his base in Rajasthan and started smuggling from there. The recovered heroin was being supplied in national and international market. All the arrested smugglers have links with Pakistani counterpart Ahmadeen alias Ahmi of district Kasur, Pakistan from long time and the heroin was supplied to these accused by their counterpart on night of November 23, 2014.

The special squad from Rajasthan followed the accused from Rajasthan and recovered the heroin along with accused from their car (Toyota Corrolla number PB 60 – 6441).....
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SSP Sanmeet launches action against illegal sand mining

Nawanshahr Police registers case under mining act against 5 persons

Police seizes 11 tippers and 5 tractor trolleys on the spot

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Nawanshahr: November 26: The district Nawanshahr police led by S.S.P Sanmeet Kaur IPS has embarked on strong action against the illegal sand mining in village Issapur under Rahon police station. A team of police officials under the supervision of SSP Sanmeet Kaur on Wednesday raided the village Issapur and arrested five persons for illegal mining.The midnight police operation was monitored by SSP Sanmeet Kaur

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Nawanshahr: November 26: The district Nawanshahr police led by S.S.P Sanmeet Kaur IPS has embarked on strong action against the illegal sand mining in village Issapur under Rahon police station. A team of police officials under the supervision of SSP Sanmeet Kaur on Wednesday raided the village Issapur and arrested five persons for illegal mining.The midnight police operation was monitored by SSP Sanmeet Kaur

The police have registered case under various sections of the mining act including section 397 IPC against all the accused. The police have also seized 11 tippers and 5 tractor trolleys on the spot. The police have impounded a balero and few other vehicles involved in the illegal mining. This was disclosed by SSP Sanmeet Kaur in a query to babushahi news.

Divulging the details after its successful completion, SSP Sanmeet Kaur said that working on a tip off, she planned a surprise raid with police force of Rahon and Nawanshahr Sadar Police stations in the wee hours of today morning. Other senior police officers including SP (D) Dilbagh Singh Pannu and DSP Sub Dvision Nawanshahr Rupinder Kaur Bhatti besides SHOs Grudial Singh of Rahon PS and Prem Singh of PS Sadar Nawanshahr also accompanied SSP.

She further told that illegal sand mining was done by these persons from Machhiwara side so that District Police may be kept in dark from their unlawful activities. After surprise raid, most of drivers got succeed to flee in darkness while five persons were nabbed by the police. These persons could not present any document regarding mining and mineral excavation. After that, district police booked all these persons under Punjab Mining and Minerals Rules 2015 and Mining and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act 1957's sections 4(1) and 21(1) and 379 of IPC on the complaint of Senior Industries Promotion Officer (SIPO) Sudesh Kumar.

The persons nabbed from the site include Jang Singh of Jodhewal of Machhiwara, Tejinder Singh and Harpreet Singh of Chandigarh, Daljit Singh of dasmesh Nagar Machhiwara and Sukhdev Singh of Khernia (Samrala). Police has also recovered an amount of Rs 2.50 Lakh besides a revolver from these persons, she added.
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Punjab Cabinet approves to establish State affordable housing development authority

Cabinet decides to set up Maharaja Ranjit Singh Technical University at Bathinda

VAT on heavy machinery including cranes and earth moving equipment reduced to 5.5% from 13%

118 posts of civil judge (junior division)-cum-judicial magistrate taken out of purview of PPSC

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• Gives nod for setting up three FSLs at Bathinda, Ludhiana and Jalandhar
• Four citrus councils wound up
• Services of pharmacists and class iv service providers extended
• Powers for rationalizing VAT on cotton yarn given to Dy CM
• Disabled national Kabaddi player gets government job

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• Four citrus councils wound up
• Services of pharmacists and class iv service providers extended
• Powers for rationalizing VAT on cotton yarn given to Dy CM
• Disabled national Kabaddi player gets government job

Chandigarh, November 26,2014 :The Punjab Cabinet today approved the setting up of Punjab State Affordable Housing Development Authority under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister for providing "affordable housing for all".
A decision to this effect was taken by the Cabinet in a meeting held under the chairmanship of the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here at CMO, this morning.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that the authority would construct one lakh dwelling units for the poor in the state in next two years with special emphasis to provide housing to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), Lower Income Group (LIG) and other vulnerable sections of society such as Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes, Minorities, senior citizens and physically challenged persons in the state to ensure that no individual was left shelter less. The authority would also comprise Deputy Chief Minister or Housing and Urban Development Minister, Local Government Minister, Finance Minister, Labour and Employment Minister, Rural Development Minister and Chief Secretary as its Members while Secretary Housing and Urban Development would be its Member Secretary.
The Cabinet also approved the establishment of three new Forensic Science Laboratories (FSLs) at Bathinda, Ludhiana and Jalandhar in the state along with the creation of 33 posts of A, B, C and D categories. This would reduce the time taken for testing of NDPS samples and also curtail the pendency of testing NDPS samples and help in intensifying the ongoing efforts to curb the drug menace in the state. With this decision there would be now four laboratories in the state as one of them was already functioning at SAS Nagar (Mohali).
The Cabinet also okayed the proposal to entrust the work of selection of 118 posts of Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate to the Punjab and Haryana High Court Committee after taking these posts out of the purview of the Punjab Public Service Commission.
Keeping in view the importance and urgency of the work load in the Finance department a new post of Director Budget has been created.
In a major relief to the trade of heavy machinery including cranes and earth moving equipments in the state, the Cabinet approved to slash the rate of VAT from existing 13% plus 10% surcharge to 5.5% plus 10% surcharge. Similarly the Cabinet also gave green signal for including these items in schedule B of the Punjab VAT Act 2005. With this move the VAT rates have been brought at par with the neighboring states and it was hoped that it would help sale of these items in the state.
In a bid to provide subsidized Atta/ Dal to the economically weaker sections of the society, the Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval for amending the Atta-Dal scheme of the state to implement National Food Security Act- 2013/ New Atta Dal scheme in the state. The move was likely to benefit 31 lakh identified beneficiary families under the scheme. The Cabinet also decided the verification of all existing cards would be carried out by January 15, 2015 by the Deputy Commissioners across the state and no new card would be issued till then. It would be ensured that only genuine beneficiaries get the benefit of this scheme. It was also decided that the verification of the genuine pensioners under all pension schemes should be completed by February 1, 2015.
In a move aimed at imparting high quality technical education to the students of the Malwa region, the Cabinet also gave approval to promulgate an ordinance for setting up Maharaja Ranjit Singh Technical University at Bathinda. The territorial jurisdiction of this university would be Bathinda, Barnala, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Mansa, Moga, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Patiala and Sangrur districts of the state.
The Cabinet also approved to transfer 13 acre of agriculture land of Central Jail Bathinda to PUDA for developing an Urban estate at the place. This move was likely to generate additional revenue of Rs 127 crore for PUDA.
The Cabinet also gave nod for amending section 6 of the Punjab State Cancer and Drug Addiction Treatment Infrastructure Fund Bill- 2013 to check the further spread of Cancer and rising tendencies towards drugs and also for the treatment and rehabilitation of patients suffering from such disease besides ensuring the up-gradation of Hospitals. The amendment stipulates that the cess would also be leviable on such properties which were sold through 'allotment also'. The Cancer cess amount would be levied on the bidder/ purchaser of the land rather than on the collecting agency. The amendment would also stipulate the agencies which were notified by the government from time to time for the collection of cess.
In a step aimed at safeguarding rights of the Child efficaciously, the Cabinet also gave nod for amending the Commission of Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005 for the creating a post of Vice Chairperson in the Punjab State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights.
In a bid to reduce avoidable burden on the state government, the Cabinet also gave approval for winding up the Council for Citrus and Agri Juicing, Council of Viticulture, Council for Value Added Horticulture and Organic Farming Council of Punjab. The work of these councils, which were totally dependent on the state government for the financial assistance, would be transferred to the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation.
Keeping in view the larger public interest, the Cabinet also gave green signal for extending the services of Pharmacists and Class IV service providers, working on contract, in 1186 Subsidiary Health centers under the control of Zila Parishad across the state till May 31, 2015 or till the regularization of their services, which ever was earlier.
The Cabinet also okayed the amendment in the Punjab Affiliated Colleges (Security of Services) Act, 1974 thereby fixing the term of office of the Chairman and Members of the Punjab Educational Tribunal to three years or upto the attaining of sixty five years of age, whichever happens earlier.
In a bid to provide level playing field and offer competitive market to the local cotton spinners, the Cabinet considered rationalization of VAT on cotton and other types of yarn (excluding 100% polyester filament yarn) in the state. This decision would give boost to employment opportunities and would also expand spinning business in the state. The Cabinet authorized the Deputy Chief Minister to take a decision in this regard.
The Cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval in respect of repealing of rules for the departmental examination of Assistant Commissioner, extra Assistant Commissioner and candidates for the post of extra Assistant Commissioner in Punjab by framing Civil Services (Departmental examination) Punjab Rules, 2014.
The Cabinet also gave approval to recruit National Kabaddi player Ms. Jaspreet Kaur as Class IV employee by giving relaxation in the existing rules for direct recruitment of category Class IV under sports quota. It may be recalled that she was rendered 100% physically disabled due to a fatal injury during the National Games at Patiala on November 25, 2001.

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Why Indira Gandhi International airport not renamed it after Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib ?

Dal Khalsa objects to the proposal of DSGMC to change the name of Aurangzeb road of Delhi

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AMRITSAR : Dal Khalsa took exception over the manner the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has petitioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi for changing the name of Aurangzeb road in Delhi after Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib's name.

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Strongly disagreeing with DSGMC, the Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said president Manjit Singh GK’s proposal on the subject was unwise and uncalled for.

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AMRITSAR : Dal Khalsa took exception over the manner the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has petitioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi for changing the name of Aurangzeb road in Delhi after Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib's name.

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Strongly disagreeing with DSGMC, the Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said president Manjit Singh GK’s proposal on the subject was unwise and uncalled for.

Reasserting that the sacrifice of the Ninth Lord Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib was unparalleled in the annals of the recent history, he said the guru tasted martyrdom to fight against tyranny and to protect the oppressed class irrespective of their religion.

While admitting that the Sikhs had bitter historical hangover with Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, he said, the idea to change the name of the road was in bad taste that would set wrong precedent and create fresh divide between followers of Islam and Sikhism.

“If one goes by the logic of the DSGMC leadership that Aurangzeb was a cruel ruler so a public place named after him in secular India is inappropriate, Kanwar Pal Singh said why Manjit Singh and Manjinder Singh Sirsa has not petitioned before the Modi Sarkar to change the name of the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport and renamed it after Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib or any other Guru.

"Indira Gandhi too was a cruel ruler who not only ordered the Indian armed forces to storm the Golden Temple that led to bringing the Akal Takht to rubble but also imposed Emergency in the country trampling and crushing the basic and fundamental rights of every citizen".

“Why DSGMC leaders have not objected to naming the chowk in Delhi after Rajiv Gandhi- whose hands were dipped in the bloods of innocent Sikhs and Tamils too”? “Why this double standards”, he asked.

He urged the DSGMC to set up a museum at Gurdwara Rakhabganj where portraits of alleged perpetrators of Nov 1984 carnage that includes late PM Rajiv Gandhi & PV Narsima Rao (then Home Minister), Arjun Dass, Lalit Makhen, Kamal Nath, Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler, then Lt Governor, police chief and many more be displayed. “Let the present and coming generation knows the cruel faces of these leaders who allegedly engineered the massacre of thousands of Sikhs in broad day light”. ....
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