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AISF condemns lathi charge on Punjabi University students,

In protest burns effigy of Pb.Govt. & Uni. Admn.

Accept demands of students, failing agitation will be intensified : Dhaban & Dharmuwala

By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, November 26: The members of All India Students Federation (AISF) and Sarv Bharat Naujawan Sabha District Council Fazilka, condemned the lathi charge on the students of Punjabi University Patiala, on Tuesday, who were protesting against the registration of false cases and not fulfilling their demands.
Later, they burned the effigy of Punjab Government and University Administration to register their protest and shouted slogans.
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By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, November 26: The members of All India Students Federation (AISF) and Sarv Bharat Naujawan Sabha District Council Fazilka, condemned the lathi charge on the students of Punjabi University Patiala, on Tuesday, who were protesting against the registration of false cases and not fulfilling their demands.
Later, they burned the effigy of Punjab Government and University Administration to register their protest and shouted slogans.
On this occasion Paramjit Singh Dhaban, President, Sarv Bharat Naujawan Sabha Punjab, Harbhajan Chappriwala, District President, Sukhdev Dharmuwala, State Joint Secretary AISF and others were present.
Dhaban and Dharmuwala demanded to honour the demands of the students immediate by the Punjab Government and Punjabi University and withdraw the false police cases against them.
Giving a warning, they said, in case their demands are not accepted, they will intensify the agitation.
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She will assume as Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs on 28.02.2015

Pb. cadre IAS Anjuly Chib Duggal to be Special Secy. Ministry of Corporate Affaris

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New Delhi, November 25: Govt. of India has posted Punjab Cadre IAS Anjuly Chib Duggal IAS (PB:81) Special Secretary Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance as Special Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs against the newly created post and as Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs vice Naved Masood, IAS (MT:77) on his retirement on 28.02.2015.
Besides this UP Cadre IAS Rajive Kumar has been posted as Secretary Ministry of Shipp....
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New Delhi, November 25: Govt. of India has posted Punjab Cadre IAS Anjuly Chib Duggal IAS (PB:81) Special Secretary Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance as Special Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs against the newly created post and as Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs vice Naved Masood, IAS (MT:77) on his retirement on 28.02.2015.
Besides this UP Cadre IAS Rajive Kumar has been posted as Secretary Ministry of Shipping vice Vishwapati Trivedi, IAS (MP:77) on his retirement on 30.11.2014.
Similarly, Sunil Soni IAS (MH:81) has been posted as Special Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs with immediate effect against newly created post and as Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Indian vice Prem Narain, IAS (UP:78) on his retirement on 31.12.2014.
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Preparation is vital to reduce the damage of disasters : Maj Pardeep

Disaster Management Awareness Programme organized under NDMA

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Ferozepur, November 25: The Disaster Management awareness program under the NDMA Act 2005 has been conducted at Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Buttar in Moga District, by Major Pardeep Kumar (Retd) National Resource Person-cum Master Trainer.
He informed that as per the guidelines the National Disaster Management (NDMA) Act and National school safety programme launched by Punjab Disaster Management Authority .
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By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, November 25: The Disaster Management awareness program under the NDMA Act 2005 has been conducted at Govt. Sr. Sec. School, Buttar in Moga District, by Major Pardeep Kumar (Retd) National Resource Person-cum Master Trainer.
He informed that as per the guidelines the National Disaster Management (NDMA) Act and National school safety programme launched by Punjab Disaster Management Authority .
In the series of these programme, a one day awareness programme was organized today. During this programme almost 20 villagers and 100 students participated in this programme.
Major Pardeep Kumar shared information about the reason of various National as well as manmade disasters like earthquakes, cyclones, floods, fire tregedies, bomb explosion and soil erosion etc. He informed participants about the causes, effects and methods of reducing the damage of these disasters.
He explained that preparation awareness and practice with moke drill plays vital role in reducing the damage caused by these disasters.
Jasvinder Singh , Resource person also shared information about the importance of first Aid and this four hour programme was very appreciated by the participants.
Ashwani Kumar Chawla, Principal also appreciated the programme and laid emphasis on the importance of such programme.
Apart from the above Sh Sanjeeve Kumar, Madhu Bala ,Manpreet kaur,Sunita Rani and Staff members and Biker Singh,Harpreet Singh, Basant singh,Veer singh, Sita, Nahar Singh, Nirmal Singh, Jangir Singh chand Singh Bikram Singh, Hernek Singh, Sarpanch Nirmal Singh Kernel Babu Singh ,Darshan Singh Gajan Singh villagers were also present.
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Uproarious scenes witnessed in Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha

Both houses of Parliament face disruptions over black money issue

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New Delhi, November 25: Both the houses faced adjournment today following uproarious scenes on black money issue by Opposition members. In Lok Sabha, as soon as the House met for today’s business, Members from Trinamool Congress, RJD, Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, Aam Admi Party and Samajwadi party raised the issue demanding suspension of question hour and discussion on the issue.
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New Delhi, November 25: Both the houses faced adjournment today following uproarious scenes on black money issue by Opposition members. In Lok Sabha, as soon as the House met for today’s business, Members from Trinamool Congress, RJD, Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, Aam Admi Party and Samajwadi party raised the issue demanding suspension of question hour and discussion on the issue.
Media reports that quoting rules Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected their plea. Members trooped into the well raising slogans of bring back black money. Some of them were carrying umbrellas having slogans on black money. The Speaker tried to conduct question hour amidst noisy scenes. Her repeated appeals for maintaining order were unheeded, forcing the speaker to adjourn the House.
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Result available on its website

DDA flagship Housing Scheme-2014 draw complete: 25000 flats offered

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New Delhi, November 25: The much awaited draw of lots for Delhi Development Authority, DDA's flagship Housing Scheme-2014 successfully completed today. People can see their result on the DDA website. Over 10 lakh people had applied for the scheme which offered over 25,000 flats across various categories in different parts of the city.
Media reports that after the draw, Vice Chairman of DDA, Balvinder Kumar said, this is the first time tha....
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New Delhi, November 25: The much awaited draw of lots for Delhi Development Authority, DDA's flagship Housing Scheme-2014 successfully completed today. People can see their result on the DDA website. Over 10 lakh people had applied for the scheme which offered over 25,000 flats across various categories in different parts of the city.
Media reports that after the draw, Vice Chairman of DDA, Balvinder Kumar said, this is the first time that draw was held under the supervision of a retired judge of Delhi High Court and an IIT Professor of Delhi, to make the process transparent.

He said, lucky candidates are required to submit the whole payment within one year. Mr Kumar said, the deposit money of the unsuccessful candidates will be returned to their accounts within one month.....
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Mithu Singh Brar was father of Ram Singh Brar INLD Media Incharge

Eminent personalities paid tribute to Late Mithu Singh Brar

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Chandigarh, November 25: Rich tributes were paid to late Mithu Singh Brar at his Bhog & Antim ceremony at Mandi Dabwali today. Late Mithu Singh Brar was father of INLD Media Incharge Ram Singh Brar.
The eminent personalities including leader of Opposition in Haryana Vidhan Sabha Abhay Singh Chautala, INLD National President Digvijay Chautala and INLD President Ashok Arora while addressing the congregation lauded contribution of Mithu Sin....
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Chandigarh, November 25: Rich tributes were paid to late Mithu Singh Brar at his Bhog & Antim ceremony at Mandi Dabwali today. Late Mithu Singh Brar was father of INLD Media Incharge Ram Singh Brar.
The eminent personalities including leader of Opposition in Haryana Vidhan Sabha Abhay Singh Chautala, INLD National President Digvijay Chautala and INLD President Ashok Arora while addressing the congregation lauded contribution of Mithu Singh Brar to the society. The other leaders and senior journalists who attended the bhog ceremony and paid their homage included Former Agriculture Minister Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, MLA Balwan Singh Daulatpuria, Editor Babushahi.com Baljit Balli, Zila Parishad Chairman Dr. Sita Ram, Khushal Lalli and Amarjit Singh. Besides this Congress State Incharge and former MP Ashok Tanwar, Hoshiari Lal Sharma, Press Club, Nagar Council Sirsa, representatives of social organizations of Ram Hans Charitable Trust Sirsa, Bhagwan Parshuram Brahman Sabha Satgr Gurpartap Singh Jal Sewa Samiti attended the ceremony.
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178 Master cadre teachers given stations as per their choice

Pb. Education initiates process of station allocation to master cadre teachers

Dr. Cheema says schedule uploads on official website

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Chandigarh, November 25: The Punjab Education Department today started allotment of stations to 2574 master cadre teachers in phased manner by issuing allotment letters with desired stations to 116 math and 62 science teachers.
Disclosing this here today Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said government had recruited 2574 master cadre teachers to bring more efficiency and improvement in higher education. He said allotment o....
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Chandigarh, November 25: The Punjab Education Department today started allotment of stations to 2574 master cadre teachers in phased manner by issuing allotment letters with desired stations to 116 math and 62 science teachers.
Disclosing this here today Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said government had recruited 2574 master cadre teachers to bring more efficiency and improvement in higher education. He said allotment of stations has been started and stations as per the submitted desires of all candidates have been uploaded on www.ssapunjab.org and www.educationrecruitmentboard.com. He said this process will be concluded by 6, 2014.
In his message to newly recruited teachers Dr. Cheema asked them to deliver their duties with full zeal and zest in order to ensure delivery of effective, quality and efficient education to lakhs of students. He said appointment letters would be given to teachers as per the schedule uploaded on the website. ....
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Punjab CM writes to Union Fertilizer Minister Ananth Kumar

Badal again takes up issue of timely supply of urea for Rabi 2014-15

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Chandigarh, November 25: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today reiterated his request to the Union Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister Mr. Ananth Kumar to ensure the timely supply of the balance requirement of urea for the state for ensuring that Rabi crops for the year 2014-15 were not adversely affected.
In a letter to Mr. Ananth Kumar, the Chief Minister reemphasized iterated that as per allocations made by the Ministry of Chemi....
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Chandigarh, November 25: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today reiterated his request to the Union Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister Mr. Ananth Kumar to ensure the timely supply of the balance requirement of urea for the state for ensuring that Rabi crops for the year 2014-15 were not adversely affected.
In a letter to Mr. Ananth Kumar, the Chief Minister reemphasized iterated that as per allocations made by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India, Punjab was required to receive 3,35,900 MTs of Urea against which the state has received only 2,40,819 MTs, leaving a monthly deficit of 95,081 MTs. He further said that for November 2014, the Ministry allocated 3,36,750 MTs against which the state has received only 87,658 MTs so far. Mr. Badal said that in this way, there was a total deficit of 3,44,173 MTs which was required to be covered by November 30, 2014. However, Mr. Badal said that after reviewing the current position again they have found that Punjab has received only 1,23,435 MTs of urea, leaving a shortfall of 2,17,738 MTs of urea to be supplied by November 30, 2014.
The Chief Minister urged Mr. Ananth Kumar that supplies of urea to Punjab may be increased to make up the shortfall of 2,17,738 MTs. He also requested the Union Minister to advise the concerned officials of the Ministry to keep this shortfall in view while making allocation of Urea and DAP to Punjab for the month of December, 2014.
Expressing concern over the slow movement of fertilizers required by Punjab for Rabi season 2014-15, the Chief Minister said that it could impair the financial health of the farmers. He informed the Union Minister that sowing of wheat crop was at its peak now and the farmers of the State were required to be given timely supplies of urea failing which the area under wheat was likely to be adversely affected. Mr. Badal said that constrained and delayed availability of urea at this stage would not only affect the prospects of the Rabi crop, but it might also lead to panic buying by the farmers thereby distorting the market and creating unrest amongst the farmers.
The Chief Minister also informed Mr. Ananth Kumar that the officers of the state Agriculture Department have, time and again, met the concerned officers of the Union Ministry, requesting them to hasten supplies of urea in requisite quantities. However, he bemoaned that despite repeated requests, the supplies were still slow and insufficient. “I, therefore, request for your indulgence in the matter to ensure timely supplies of the balance requirement of urea for the state” reiterated Badal.
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Turnout of voters in Jharkhand registered over 62%

J&K records over 70% voting in first phase of Assembly polls

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New Delhi, November 25: Polling for the first phase of assembly elections for 13 seats in Jharkhand and 15 segments in Jammu and Kashmir ended peacefully today.
Media reports that over 70 per cent polling was recorded in the first phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir today. Briefing reporters in New Delhi this evening, Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi said, the final figure is likely to go up. The polling passed off pe....
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New Delhi, November 25: Polling for the first phase of assembly elections for 13 seats in Jharkhand and 15 segments in Jammu and Kashmir ended peacefully today.
Media reports that over 70 per cent polling was recorded in the first phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir today. Briefing reporters in New Delhi this evening, Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi said, the final figure is likely to go up. The polling passed off peacefully. Mr. Zutshi said, there has not been any report of poll boycott in the state. Bandipore recorded a 70.3 percent voter turnout, and Ganderbal, 68 percent. The poll percentage in Kishtwar was 70 percent and in Leh, 57 percent.
According to officials sources no major incident of violence has been reported from anywhere. Although polling ended at 4 pm., voters who entered the polling station by that time are entitled to vote. While more than 50 per cent of the 10.52 lakh electorate exercised their franchise till 2 pm, serpentine queues could be seen at many polling stations as voters waited for their turn. In the 2008 Assembly elections, an average of over 60 per cent polling was witnessed.
Twelve sitting MLAs, including seven ministers, are among 123 candidates trying their luck in the 15 constituencies where polling in underway in all three regions of the state.

While six constituencies in Jammu division have gone to polls, electorate in five segments in Kashmir and four in Ladakh will decide the political fortunes of the aspirants in the polling. Separatist groups like all factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF have called for a boycott of the polls. Our Correspondent reports that the heavy turnout of voters in the first phase is a clear rebuff to separatists who had given a call for poll boycott.

In Jharkhand also, the polling was by and large peaceful. About 62 per cent turnout was recorded in the first phase of Assembly elections in the state. About 62 percent of 33 lakh, 60 thousand voters exercised their franchise. AIR Correspondent reports that people came out in good numbers despite boycott call given by the naxals. Nearly 40 thousand security personnel of Central and State police forces were deployed for this phase of elections.

Enthusiasm for polling in the naxal affected areas of Jharkhand was evident since seven in the morning when the poll started. In the overall 62 percent figure of state, poling in Bhawnathpur was highest with nearly 70 percent and in Chatra, it was lowest with 54 percent. The policy of handing over all the sensitive booths to Central Police Forces worked well, as no serious untoward incidence was reported.

Important leaders whose fate was sealed today in the EVM machine is Congress state President Sukhdev Bhagat, Minister K N Tripathy, AJSU K K Bhagat, RJD state President Grinath Singh and Anant Pratap Dev and Radha Krishna Kishore of the BJP.....
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Nepal-India friendship passenger bus

Modi & Sushil Koirala flags off Kathmandu-Delhi bus service

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New Delhi, November 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepal counterpart Sushil Koirala jointly flagged off Nepal-India friendship passenger bus service which will run on daily basis between Kathmandu and New Delhi from today on wards.
Media reports that Modi said that the bus service will be another link between the two countries for the comfort of their people. The Prime Minister also presented a Dhruv helicopter to Nepal at Kathmandu.
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New Delhi, November 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepal counterpart Sushil Koirala jointly flagged off Nepal-India friendship passenger bus service which will run on daily basis between Kathmandu and New Delhi from today on wards.
Media reports that Modi said that the bus service will be another link between the two countries for the comfort of their people. The Prime Minister also presented a Dhruv helicopter to Nepal at Kathmandu.
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi today inaugurated a trauma centre in Nepal. The eight-storey National Trauma Centre at Kathmandu's Bir Hospital, has a capacity of 200 beds. Mr Modi who is in Kathmandu to attend the two-day SAARC Summit beginning tomorrow, termed the trauma centre as an example of live relations between India and Nepal.
He said, India is always ready to save human lives in Nepal. The Prime Minister said, it is an honour for India that it can save lives of Nepalese people. Mr Modi said, New Delhi will help Kathmandu develop its infrastructure and technology. He announced that a thousand megawatt power plant will be started soon, adding that it will help brighten up Nepal. .

Prior to his departure for Kathmandu, Mr Modi said that development of close relations with India’s neighbours is a key priority for his government. India has always emphasized the importance of greater regional integration at all levels for the socio-economic development of the South Asian region, he said.

Stating that New Delhi has undertaken several socio-economic developmental initiatives on bilateral, sub-regional and regional basis, he promised to continue to do more. Mr. Modi expressed hope that the SAARC Summit will lead to concrete outcomes, particularly on enhancing connectivity that have been under discussion for a long time.

He said he is looking forward to holding bilateral discussions with other South Asian Heads of State and Government on the margins of the Summit.....
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BJP High Command must clear its stand for hurting sentiments of Sikhs by Sidhu : Federation Grewal

Navjot Sidhu caught in Gurbani row, Federation Grewal burns his effigy

Federation discussed with Heads of religious institutions, shortly announce next course of action

By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, November, 25: Few days back, Navjot Sidhu, a turbaned Sikh, a BJP leader, cricketer-turned-politician, TV personality and former MP once again in the headlines and in the eye of a political storm after being accused of wrongly attributing the words of Gurbani by the fifth Sikh master, Guru Arjan Dev, during his speech at Ludhiana. Navjot Sidhu in fact, attributed the Guru’s words to Arjun of the Mahabharata, which led to allegations of profane talk.

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By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, November, 25: Few days back, Navjot Sidhu, a turbaned Sikh, a BJP leader, cricketer-turned-politician, TV personality and former MP once again in the headlines and in the eye of a political storm after being accused of wrongly attributing the words of Gurbani by the fifth Sikh master, Guru Arjan Dev, during his speech at Ludhiana. Navjot Sidhu in fact, attributed the Guru’s words to Arjun of the Mahabharata, which led to allegations of profane talk.

Today, members of Sikh Students Federation Grewal, in protest, burned the effigy of Navjot Sidhu led by Bhai Gurcharan Singh Grewal. He said, BJP High Command should clear its stand on hurting the sentiments of Sikhs by Sidhu.

Earlier also, the Federation had make it clear that they will not take any matter casually especially where there is a negligence in respecting the Gurus and Gurbani, Grewal said.

Grewal said, BJP should take a serious note of negligence on the party of Navjot Sidhu as they have a government at the centre and alliance in Punjab.

He further said, they will wait for the action on the sentiments conveyed to the BJP High Command by the Federation leaders.

Grewal said, the Federation had already discussed with the heads of religious institutions and shortly the next course of action will be announced.

On this occasion, number of Federation members was present.
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New Documentary finds more than half of Northern India's Water Supply Loss is due to Groundwater Depletion

EcoSikh expresses concern about groundwater depletion in Punjab & California

By Babushahi Bureau

Washington, DC, November 25: EcoSikh, a Washington based organization, has raised concern over the severe groundwater depletion of Punjab and other parts of Northern India. This week, 60 Minutes, a renowned news program from CBS News, showed the recent findings through satellite and newly developed devices which track the amount of groundwater. Punjab and rest of the India has lost groundwater at a alarming rate and it is facing a impending disaster.

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Washington, DC, November 25: EcoSikh, a Washington based organization, has raised concern over the severe groundwater depletion of Punjab and other parts of Northern India. This week, 60 Minutes, a renowned news program from CBS News, showed the recent findings through satellite and newly developed devices which track the amount of groundwater. Punjab and rest of the India has lost groundwater at a alarming rate and it is facing a impending disaster.

Dr. Rajwant Singh, President of EcoSikh, citing this news magazine which was relayed on TV across US, said, "The evidence is credible that the food basket of India is in serious danger and this issue should be treated with urgency and with immediate action. This would require a massive awareness campaign and also managing water sources and regulating water usage. This is no longer a political issue. It is a survival of the land which is valuable and is the major food source for India. Similar action ought to be seriously taken by the California government."

"When people in Punjab do not have access to water because it is being overused, the results will be disastrous," said India Project Manager, Ravneet Singh. "This problem is not only happening in Punjab, but all over the world. We see this in the United States too. Singh continued, saying that, "groundwater depletion is a major problem for agricultural societies, like in Punjab; they are most affected. Our land, our food, our life depends on food and water. Without water, the future of Punjab is in jeopardy."

The program highlights how groundwater, which is located beneath the earth's surface, is being drilled because other more accessible sources of water have dried up due to droughts and overuse. Agricultural work also contributed to loss of groundwater since irrigation uses many water resources. When more accessible water resources are gone, farmers will tap into water that is in the ground.

"Groundwater is like a savings account - something you draw on when in a time of need," said the CBS News program. "Much of the earth is in danger of a groundwater overdraft."



Punjab is not the only region where groundwater depletion has a serious toll on the welfare of individuals and the economy. In the U.S., California is facing its fourth year of summer droughts, which has forced residents to take major steps to conserve water, such as not irrigating their land and taking shorter showers.

"Californians are well aware of how much our Earth is suffering. Every year Californians have had to see their lawns go dry, take short showers, and conserve how much water they use because of water scarcity. When groundwater drilling occurs, we are stressing our already low water resources. It is like we are withdrawing from an account that is already in debt," said US Program Manager, Sumeet Kaur.

Like in Punjab, Californian farmers must find new ways to conserve water, or else face major water droughts that will leave their plots of land like deserts.

Some methods to avoid overuse of groundwater are to shift to using river water, which would allow for underground aquifers to rebound from frequent exploitation. Conservation of water resources, along with planting vegetation that does not require a lot of irrigation are other ways.

EcoSikh's Punjab Team is actively working to teach locals about how and why they should conserve water and live in harmony with the Earth.

"Our Green Nagar Kirtan is one way EcoSikh is trying to educate the public on how to conserve water resources. EcoSikh recently held a series of Green Nagar Kirtans, the fourth being in Ludhiana, where many stalls used eco-friendly paper plates, and steel glasses to distribute langar. These smalls steps are meaningful toward the overall goal of waste reduction, resource conservation, and living a green life," said Punjab Convener, Ranjodh Singh.
Sumeet Kaur listed ways by which change can occur ensuring water availability for future. Those are:

Governments need to regulate water usage in India and the U.S.

Governments need to set provisions on how deep water drilling may go.

Farmers need to adopt sustainable irrigation practices.

Educational institutions need to teach students and farmers conservation techniques and sustainable resource management methods.

The Punjabi diaspora should relay environmentally-friendly practices to their counterparts in India by teaching them how to farm plants that use less groundwater.

60 Minutes , the primetime CBS News program that aired nationally across the U.S. this week is available to watch below. This program goes into great detail on how the amount of groundwater has changed over the last decade, the areas that are most affected by water loss, and the root causes of this problem.....
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Haryana Darbar: Doctors with longer stay to be transferred

Hry Health Minister Anil Vij for rationalization of doctors transfers

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Chandigarh, November 25: Haryana Health Minister, Anil Vij said that the doctors posted at headquarter for a long period would be transferred to serve in other parts of the state. Besides this, a report would also be prepared to know the exact detail of doctors serving on deputation in other departments and places.
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Chandigarh, November 25: Haryana Health Minister, Anil Vij said that the doctors posted at headquarter for a long period would be transferred to serve in other parts of the state. Besides this, a report would also be prepared to know the exact detail of doctors serving on deputation in other departments and places.
Stating this here today, Mr Vij said that these steps would be taken to solve the shortage of doctors in the hospitals of the state. He said that about 60 to 70 doctors are posted at headquarter and many are on deputation to different places for a long period. To make use of their ability they would be posted at the state hospitals, he added.
Mr Vij said that alternative medicine system would be adopted to provide complete healthcare to people of the state. For this, yoga would be encouraged among people to remain healthy and reduce the occurrence of diseases. Yog Guru Baba Ramdev would be contacted so that yoga could be spread among people through hospitals. Besides this, budget on health sector would be increased substantially, he added.
Health Minister said that for the complete healthcare of all, the present government would make the AYUSH department more active. Under this, special steps would be taken to encourage alternate medical practices like homeopathy, Unani, Yoga and Ayurveda. He said that Ayush wing would be established in all government hospitals of the state and those already existing ayush would be strengthened.....
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Haryana Darbar

Haryana VB nabs Head Constable Parmod Kumar accepting bribe of Rs. 10000/-

By Babushahi Bureau

Chandigarh November 25: In a raid conducted by Haryana State Vigilance Bureau, Head Constable Parmod Kumar was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs. 10,000 from Khushi Ram, a resident of village Silani, district Jhajjar for compromise of his son and his daughter in-law.
Stating this here today, a spokesman of the State Vigilance Bureau (SVB), Haryana said that a case has been registered against the accused under sectio....
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Chandigarh November 25: In a raid conducted by Haryana State Vigilance Bureau, Head Constable Parmod Kumar was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs. 10,000 from Khushi Ram, a resident of village Silani, district Jhajjar for compromise of his son and his daughter in-law.
Stating this here today, a spokesman of the State Vigilance Bureau (SVB), Haryana said that a case has been registered against the accused under section 7/13 of Prevention of Corruption Act at Bureau’s Police Station, Rohtak.
In order to make all possible efforts to check corruption in the state, Director General, SVB, Mr Yash Pal Singal has requested the general public to send the information against corrupt officer or officials on toll free number 18001802022/1064 or website www.haryanavigilance.gov.in. He said that with the active cooperation of public it would be possible to check corruption. He further added that strict action would continue against the corrupt officer or officials by SVB, Haryana.....
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Both are Union Minister in Modi Government

Bye-elections of 2 RS seats in Haryana: Birender & Prabhu files nominations

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Chandigarh November 25: Union Ministers Birender Singh & Suresh Prabhu filed their nomination papers for bye-election to two Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana in the presence of Speaker Kanwarpal Gujjar and Chief Minister Manohar Lal at Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.
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Chandigarh November 25: Union Ministers Birender Singh & Suresh Prabhu filed their nomination papers for bye-election to two Rajya Sabha seats from Haryana in the presence of Speaker Kanwarpal Gujjar and Chief Minister Manohar Lal at Haryana Vidhan Sabha here today.
Union Minister for Rural Development and Pachayati Raj Mr Birender Singh and Union Minister for Railways Mr Suresh Prabhu presented two sets of nomination papers each to the Returning Officer of Haryana Vidhan Sabha, Mr Sumit Kumar. Speaker Mr Kanwarpal, Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal and Incharge of BJP Affairs in Haryana Mr Anil Jain congratulated them on their filing nominations for Rajya Sabha seats.
Haryana has five seats in Rajya Sabha and at present, three members are representing Haryana in the Rajya Sabha. They included Mr Shadi Lal Batra and Kumari Selja of Congress and Mr Ram Kumar of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD).
Ministers, MLAs and other distinguished personalities including Mrs Uma Prabhu, wife of Mr Suresh Prabu were also present on this occasion.
Later, while interacting with the media persons Mr Birender Singh and Mr Prabhu hoped that they would unanimously be elected to Rajya Sabha.
In reply to a question, Union Minister for Railways Mr Suresh Prabhu said that it was a matter of pride that he has got an opportunity to file nomination to Rajya Sabha from Haryana. Earlier, he had been elected as Member of Parliament from Maharashtra on four occasions. He said that Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi has an aim to ensure the overall development of all the States. In the same series, the people of Haryana have chosen a new path of development by electing the BJP government in the State under the able leadership of Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal.
Describing Haryana as a prosperous State, Mr Prabhu assured that besides contributing for the development of the country, he and his Cabinet colleague Mr Birender Singh would jointly strive to take Haryana further ahead on the path of development. Apart from this, they would also ensure that Haryana also gets the benefit of various schemes and programmes being implemented by the Central Government.
When Mr Birender Singh was asked to comment on how he feels on being moved to Rajya Sabha after becoming the Cabinet Minister, he said that there is nothing new as he was a Member of Rajya Sabha earlier also. On asked to comment on a statement in which he had said that Rajya Sabha seats are available for Rs 100 crore, in Haryana, Mr Birender said he has spent only Rs 100 for the same in BJP.....
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Describes him ‘Promoter and Patron ‘of Drug Mafia

SAD launches all out offensive against Bajwa

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Chandigarh, November 25: Shiromani Akali Dal today launched a frontal attack on Partap Singh Bajwa led Congress party for indirectly weakening the SAD-BJP continued offensive against Narcotics Mafia in the state by deliberately dragging in names of Akali Dal leadership in it.
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Chandigarh, November 25: Shiromani Akali Dal today launched a frontal attack on Partap Singh Bajwa led Congress party for indirectly weakening the SAD-BJP continued offensive against Narcotics Mafia in the state by deliberately dragging in names of Akali Dal leadership in it.
In a joint statement issued here today, Mr Avtar Singh Brar, General Secretary, Shiromani Akali Dal and former senior Congress leader, Ex Deputy Speaker Prof Darbari Lal today said that Partap Singh Bajwa whose family thrived on Narcotics trade throughout their life, was deliberately confusing this issue to scuttle the campaign launched by SAD-BJP government on nefarious drug trade.
They said that when Mr Bikram Singh Majithia hailing from reputed Majithia clan has himself asked for inquiry of highest order by any independent agency, the harping of Majithia name by Bajwa suggests his inherent linkage with his old paymasters. They said that even former CM and Deputy Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Capt Amarinder Singh in his communication to Congress President Mrs Sonia Gandhi had raised question mark on the character and integrity of Mr Partap Singh Bajwa due to his alleged connivance with drug mafia and people with terror links.
They said that deliberate silence of Congress party on this issue of alleged links of Mr Bajwa with drug trade and not a single rebuttal by "10 Janpath" has put a stamp of authenticity on the allegations levelled by Capt Amarinder Singh on Partap Singh Bajwa.
Daring Bajwa to come clean on his old connections and intimacy with drug lord Bhola, the Akali leaders said that when three separate FIR's were registered in Rampura Phul Police Station against drug lord Bhola by the then SAD-BJP government in 2001, it was Bajwa who got him exonerated immediately after formation of Congress government in year 2002. They said that Bhola is now parroting the names of Akali leadership after his fresh arrest on the command of his old boss Partap Singh Bajwa for repaying his old debt.
The leaders said that Congress leadership need to rewind their memory tape when the pictures swollen limbs of Partap's brother Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa were published in National News Magazine "Frontline" when he was questioned for conspiring to attack the then PCC President and former Chief Minister Punjab Mr Beant Singh.
They said that Partap Singh Bajwa had to submit potency certificate to the investigating agencies when he was charged of rape during his Gujarat sojourns by his own Congress government. They said that real character of Bajwa family was exposed by veteran Congress leader, freedom fighter and Member of Parliament Chaudhary Sundar Singh at the obituary and Bhog ceremony of Partap's father Satnam Singh Bajwa. They said that Chaudhary Sundar Singh, when told to pay tributes to Satnam Singh Bajwa commented on the stage, "I am pained that a renowned narcotic drug lord who died in a gang war is being described as a martyr by other speakers. His death is a good riddance for the Society as he has ruined the lives and families of thousands of innocent youth of Punjab by making them addicted to drugs."
They said that using criminal elements to suppress his party men and than using these elements to attack his political opponents is the old functioning style of Bajwa as it has been recently exposed in the arrest of Pannu, his close aide, in Faridkot Gun House robbery case. They said that Bajwa can go to the extent of endangering the life of his mentor and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi as he engineered Pannu's entry on to Rahul Gandhi's stage by issuing him a fake identity card. They said that Bajwa, who is not loyal to his own masters, cannot be expected to be loyal to the State and the Country.
The leaders said that SAD-BJP leadership never wanted to indulge in mudslinging or name calling as party under the visionary leadership of Mr Parkash Singh Badal and Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal believed in development agenda to take Punjab on the rapid path of growth and prosperity.
They said that the resolve of Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal in the Golden Temple to make state drug free has perhaps hit the business interests of certain Congress leaders led by Partap Singh Bajwa who were now trying to derail this war by unsuccessfully involving SAD leadership in it.
The Akali leaders warned Mr Bajwa that those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others. They said that Bajwa's repeated outbursts are exposing his real face to the public and SAD-BJP government would not allow his game to derail the state's war against drug trade.....
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We still have faith in Assa Ram, denied all charges leveled against him : Followers

Mahila Uththan Mandal of Sant Assa Ram Bapu raises voice against social evils

It’s a conspiracy against Bapu to mitigate Hindu culture: Gargi

By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, November 25 : The Mahila Mandal - Few members of Mahila Uththan Mandal of Controversial God Man Assa Ram, today addressed the media persons in ferozepur. Aasa Ram, is presently in jail and has been refused for bail even on health grounds. Gargi Sharma, a young follower and PRO of Ashram, however, denied all the charged leveled against Aasa Ram and said there might be some conspiracy behind the charges leveled against the saint.

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Ferozepur, November 25 : The Mahila Mandal - Few members of Mahila Uththan Mandal of Controversial God Man Assa Ram, today addressed the media persons in ferozepur. Aasa Ram, is presently in jail and has been refused for bail even on health grounds. Gargi Sharma, a young follower and PRO of Ashram, however, denied all the charged leveled against Aasa Ram and said there might be some conspiracy behind the charges leveled against the saint.

During the discussion, she also revealed the social works being done by the Mahila Uththan Mandal including and described how the sansthan is raising its voice against social evils in the society by organizing various programmes like Yuva Yuvti Abhiyan, Drug-free campaign, Mother-Father Day celebrations, Cow Security Campaign, Yoga and Higher Moral Values.

Gargi said, during this campaign, the Mahila Uthan Mandal will oppose the increase vulgarity in the society with a message to give importance of the Indian culture besides criticizing the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act. She said, apart from this 2 days State Level Mahila Overall Development Shivir will be organized at Ludhiana to give them the tips.

In reply to the queries from media, Gargi said, the followers have due respect for the media but the language used by the electronic media in presenting the whole episode was not appreciable.

“Yes, it could be part of high-level conspiracy against Bapu for involving him various charges as so far no authentic proof has so far been presented to prove the charges against him. Rather, it’s a conspiracy against Bapu to mitigate the Hindu culture”, she said adding that despite controversy on Bapu’s involvement, still there are 4 crore his followers.
Regarding illegal construction, she said, it was only a small portion which was allowed to be demolished.

In the absence of Bapu in the Ashram, Gargi said, the Ashram is being run by the senior followers and but no ‘Diksha’ – a giving of a mantra or an initiation by the guru in Indian religions – is given.

On asking about his status in Jail, she said, jail inmates are impressed with his association and even he is guiding them and providing them the medicines.
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Offers cross subsidy to impart quality education in border area schools

Punjab to setup Skill Development University : Sukhbir Badal

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Chandigarh, November 25 : With a view to impart need based skill education and training, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal proposed to setup special university dedicated to skill development in the state to provide skilled manpower to the industry. He also assured fast track approvals to private players interested in setting up such higher institute in state.
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Chandigarh, November 25 : With a view to impart need based skill education and training, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal proposed to setup special university dedicated to skill development in the state to provide skilled manpower to the industry. He also assured fast track approvals to private players interested in setting up such higher institute in state.
In a meeting with IL&FS education and technology services, Mr. Badal informed that Punjab was focusing on to equip the youth with latest skill education and training so that they could avail vast employment opportunities in industrial sector. He said that availability of skilled manpower is critical so as to achieve and sustain high growth in the coming decades.
Stressing on the need to develop quality education nurseries in border areas, Mr. Badal said that Punjab government could offer cross subsidy and other such measures to attract more and more private institutions to become partner in imparting free quality education in border area schools.
Assuring full support from the state Deputy CM stressed that government, industry and educational trainers should work together on need based skill development. He gave a clarion call to private players to play a constructive role in this direction. Appreciating the initiatives of state government to impart skill education, the IL&FS representatives offered to establish skill development centers and provide courses on the demand of industry. They also promised to help in designing the syllabi for professional and skill courses according to needs of industry.
Prominent among others present in the meeting included Mr. N.K. Sharma Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal Chief Secretary, Mr C. Roul Principal Secretary School Education and Rakesh Verma Secretary Governance Reforms.....
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Course on theme of “Higher Education Teaching & Research: The Indian Context”

UGC-Academic Staff College, PU, Chandigarh starts Orientation Course

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Chandigarh, November 25: UGC-Academic Staff College, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh today started Orientation Course on the theme of “Higher Education Teaching and Research: The Indian Context” at the University Campus.
As many as fifty six participants from various education institutes from different
States like Assam, Rajasthan, Uttranchal, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab & Chandigarh are participating in the in-service programme.
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Chandigarh, November 25: UGC-Academic Staff College, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh today started Orientation Course on the theme of “Higher Education Teaching and Research: The Indian Context” at the University Campus.
As many as fifty six participants from various education institutes from different
States like Assam, Rajasthan, Uttranchal, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab & Chandigarh are participating in the in-service programme.
Professor Director of the IAS Examination Coaching Centre and Professor in Statistics Ravi K. Mahajan inaugurated the course. He highlighted the challenges being faced by today’s teachers which are unprecedented and unforeseen. He inspired the teachers by small anecdotes and mythological stories. All the ills in the society as well as all the excellence in the society is due to good or bad teachers and the teachers have a significant role to play, he added.
Director, UGC-Academic Staff Colleges Prof Karamjeet Singh said that through ‘ASK’ i.e. Attitude, Skill and Knowledge enhancement the teaching can become effective. He announced that publication of a book would be taken up by the ASC on Higher Education, shortly.....
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Delegations comprised of Students of Alice Eleonoren Schule and Schule of Bergerstral, Darmstadt from Germany

German Schools students visit PU Gandhian Studies Department

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Chandigarh, November 25: A delegation of International Students today visited Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh and interacted with the Faculty Members, Students and Research Scholars. The delegations comprised of Students of Alice Eleonoren Schule and Schule of Bergerstral, Darmstadt from Germany.
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Chandigarh, November 25: A delegation of International Students today visited Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies, Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh and interacted with the Faculty Members, Students and Research Scholars. The delegations comprised of Students of Alice Eleonoren Schule and Schule of Bergerstral, Darmstadt from Germany.
The International students asked many questions on the Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and his relevance for the coming generations. They also visited the Departmental Library and the Committee Room, where the exhibition on thoughts related to Vashnav elements was also appreciated by them.
The delegation was part of Vivek High Schools project on understanding our borders and expressing it through. This project is under the aegis of Deutsches Indisches Klassenzimmer 2014 initiative by the Max Muller Bhavan, New Delhi and is sponsored by the Robert Bosch Foundation.
PU Controller of Examination Prof Parvinder Singh and Chairperson of the Department of Gandhian and Peace Studies, Dr. Manish Sharma received and welcomed the Delegates on behalf of the University and Department.
In the end, Prof Parvinder Singh thanked all the Delegates and the faculty members from the Vivek High School for visiting the campus and Gandhi Bhawan.
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Appreciated candid admission by Agriculture Minister Tota Singh about bankruptcy of State Government

Admission of bankruptcy by Agriculture Minister exposes Punjab Govt: Manpreet

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Chandigarh/Hoshiarpur, November 25: People’s Party of Punjab Chief Manpreet Singh Badal today appreciated candid admission by Agriculture Minister Tota Singh about bankruptcy of the state government and asserted this had in the process contradicted the stand taken by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal all along that all was well.
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Chandigarh/Hoshiarpur, November 25: People’s Party of Punjab Chief Manpreet Singh Badal today appreciated candid admission by Agriculture Minister Tota Singh about bankruptcy of the state government and asserted this had in the process contradicted the stand taken by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal all along that all was well.
In a statement, Manpreet referred to the minister’s interaction with a delegation of teachers from various categories at Faridkot yesterday who have not been paid salaries for the last four months. Tota Singh is reported to have told them, “The state government is bankrupt as there is no money in the treasury. The government is in deep crisis. The situation has further been complicated by the problems being faced in paddy procurement”.
The PPP chief said this has been the state of affairs over the years from which, as the finance minister, he had tried to take this state out. During the last several years, it was for the first time that a member of the Parkash Singh Badal had exhibited guts to speak the truth about the financial position. The situation had become so critical due to mishandling and mismanagement that the government was in no position to pay even salaries to its employees.
Manpreet said ironically, both the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister had repeatedly been saying that there was nothing basically wrong with the state finances and churning out misleading figures. They had now been publicly contradicted by Tota Singh who had portrayed real situation before the teachers.
He recalled the statements made by Badal during the campaign to the Lok Sabha elections that the formation of the BJP government at the centre with Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister was the remedy to all the ills of Punjab. However, the Modi government had now understood the real situation in this state arising out of the gross mismanagement of the economy and lopsided policies which had resulted in this mess. It was not without reason that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had refused to come to the aid of the Badal government by rejecting the demand for a special package, he added.
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Appoints Dr. Renu as Medical Superintendent Civil Hospital Ludhiana

Jayani directs Civil Surgeons to personally monitor functioning of hospitals

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Chandigarh November 25: Taking immediate steps to check the growing indiscipline in the civil hospital Ludhiana following the unfortunate deaths of infants for the last two days, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab Mr. Surjeet Kumar Jayani has posted Dr. Renu as the Medical Superintendent at Civil Hospital Ludhiana after suspending Dr. Alka Mittal for negligence and carelessness bringing a bad name to the government as well as the departmen....
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Chandigarh November 25: Taking immediate steps to check the growing indiscipline in the civil hospital Ludhiana following the unfortunate deaths of infants for the last two days, Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab Mr. Surjeet Kumar Jayani has posted Dr. Renu as the Medical Superintendent at Civil Hospital Ludhiana after suspending Dr. Alka Mittal for negligence and carelessness bringing a bad name to the government as well as the department.
Decision to this effect was taken at a high level emergent meeting of the Health department to take stock of the latest updates in Ludhiana incident presided over by the Minister. Mr. Jayani has asked the civil surgeons to personally monitor the functioning of the government hospitals besides conducting periodic surprise checks in their respective districts. Any laxity on the part of the doctors causing any harm to the patients would not be spared. He has also directed the Deputy Commissioner Ludhiana to submit the inquiry report in this matter within seven days. He also said that strict action would be taken against the doctors found responsible of the ill-fated offense causing deaths of the infants. Adding further, the Minister said that he has already taken up the issue of appointing more doctors in the state with the Chief Minister and the posts lying vacant all across the state would be filled at the earliest. Meanwhile he has asked that Civil Surgeons to identify the hospitals with shortage of staff and has also asked them to fill the posts on the basis of user charges. Mr. Jayani has directed the Director Health services and Family Welfare to make sure the accuracy in appointing the staff in the hospitals besides individually supervising each and every health institution in the state. He has also asked him to keep a close tab on the overall functioning of the health institutes to avoid occurrence of such untoward incidents.
Taking strong view of the reluctance on the part of the specialized surgeons to operate during the procedures in the government hospitals, Mr. Jayani asked them to remain present in the OTs especially while handling serious delivery cases. Quoting statistics, the Minister said that the number of institutional deliveries has risen to 2 lakh per year as compared to merely 40,000 in the year 2009.
Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Mrs. Vinni Mahajan, MD NRHM and PHSC, Mr. Husan Lal, Special Secretary Health, Mr. Vikas Garg, Director Health Services Dr. Karanjeet Singh and Director Family welfare Dr. Jatinder Kaur were present in the meeting.....
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Addressing a meeting of PPCC which had been summoned to chalk out strategy for these elections

Congress to contest local bodies’ elections on party symbol: Bajwa

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Chandigarh, November 25: The Punjab Congress would contest the forthcoming local bodies elections on the party symbol. The announcement to this effect was made by the state party chief Mr Partap Singh Bajwa while addressing a meeting of the PPCC which had been summoned to chalk out strategy for these elections.

The local leaders would have the option to have alliance with non-Akali and non-BJP parties.

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Chandigarh, November 25: The Punjab Congress would contest the forthcoming local bodies elections on the party symbol. The announcement to this effect was made by the state party chief Mr Partap Singh Bajwa while addressing a meeting of the PPCC which had been summoned to chalk out strategy for these elections.

The local leaders would have the option to have alliance with non-Akali and non-BJP parties.

Addressing the meeting, Mr Bajwa said the tsunami of anger was sweeping the length and breadth of the state and the people who were fed up with the present administration wanted change. The Congress would have to unitedly approach them to initiate the process of change beginning with the local bodies elections.

He said such was the situation that the Bharatiya Janata Party was trying for some escape route so that only the Akalis faced the brunt of anti-incumbency. The Congress would make the people aware about this hidden design of the BJP in the state which might try to befool them by breaking the alliance. However, the two parties might join hands after the Assembly elections in case such a situation arose, he added.

He asserted that the state had been the most peaceful under the Congress rule and always on a higher tangent of growth. He debunked the Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, who had been defending the alliance as the best guarantor of communal harmony.

The AICC Secretary Mr Harish Chaudhary called upon the party leaders to strengthen the party at the grassroots and prepare for the elections by setting up 11-member booth level committees. He did not rule out early Assembly elections in Punjab.

He stressed the need to empower workers upto the lowest level as that would be the basic strength of the party.

Others who attended the meeting included Mr K Raju Chairman SC Department AICC, District Incharges Sh Brahm Mohindra, Vice President, PPCC, Dr. Amar Singh Vice President, PPCC, S. Surinder Pal Singh Sibia, Vice President PPCC, S. Sardul Singh, Vice President, PPCC , S. Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Vice President, S. Sangat Singh Gilzian, Vice President, PPCC , S Jasbir Singh Dimpa, General Secretary, PPCC, Sh Yoginder Pal Dhingra, General Secretary, PPCC, S Rajanbir Singh, General Secretary, PPCC, S. Joginder Singh Mann, General Secretary, PPCC, PPCC, , Sh. Hans Raj Josan, General Secretary, PPCC, S Amarinder Singh Warring, General Secretary, PPCC, Sh. Pawan Adia, General Secretary, PPCC, PPCC, Sh Bharat Bhushan Ashu, General Secretary, PPCC, Sh. Surinder Kumar Dawar, General Secretary, PPCC, Sh Rajinder Deepa, Secretary, PPCC, S Paramjit Singh Randhawa, Secretary, Sh. Anil Dutta, Secretary, PPCC, Prof Gurwinder Singh Mamanke, Secretary, PPCC, S Inderpal Singh Dhanna, Chairman, Legal Cell, PPCC, District Presidents Sh. Rajiv Bhagat (Advocate), Sh. Gurjit Singh Aujla , Sh. Sukhjinder S Randhawa, MLA, Sh. Anil Vij , Sh. Sham Sunder Arora, MLA , Sh Dharampal Bangar, Sh. Prem Krishan Puri, Sh. Hardyal S Kamboj, MLA, Sh. Navtej S Cheema, MLA, Sh. Malkiat Singh Dakha,Sh. Balbir Singh Sidhu, MLA , Sh. Lakhvir Singh Lakha, S. Paramjit Singh Maan, Mai Roop Kaur, Sh. Bikram Mofar, Sh. Mohan Lal Aggarwal , Sh. Gura Singh Tungwali, Sh. Joginder S Panjgrahian, MLA , Sh. Sukhpal Singh Bhullar , Sh. Gurmeet Singh Khudian , Sh. Darshan Singh Brar , Sh. Harbhag Singh Saini , Sh.Chamkaur Singh , Sh. Rajinder Berry, S. Jagbir Singh Brar, S. Harinder Singh Bhambri and Block Observers and heads of cells and Frontal Organisations and Mrs Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha, General Secretary PPCC, and Mr Gurpartap Singh Mann, Secretary.

The meeting also reviewed the progress of the membership drive and the assembly level workers meetings to be addressed by the state party chief in the coming months.....
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Criticizing Badal for failing in his promise to pay a monthly compensation of Rs 20,000 each to the hostages’ families

Capt Amarinder’s SOS to GOI over safety of 40 Indians captive with ISIS

By Jagmohan Singh

Amritsar, November 25: Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh has expressed grave concern over the safety of 40 Indians being held captive by the militants of Islamic State. He asked the government of India to issue a status report about these people as their relatives were being kept in absolute dark so far.
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Amritsar, November 25: Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh has expressed grave concern over the safety of 40 Indians being held captive by the militants of Islamic State. He asked the government of India to issue a status report about these people as their relatives were being kept in absolute dark so far.
Criticizing Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for failing in his promise to pay a monthly compensation of Rs 20,000 each to the hostages’ families. He said, the compensation was paid for one month only after which the government backed out.
In a statement Capt Amarinder drew the attention of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the External Affairs Minister Ms Sushma Swaraj towards the plight of the families of the captives. “Their relatives have told me that the government officials, both in Punjab and at the centre, have stopped taking their calls even”, he revealed, while referring to the callous indifference being shown towards these helpless people by some officials.
The Congress LS Deputy Leader said, it is five months since these people have been kidnapped and nothing is known about them. They were kidnapped on June 11 last while they were working for a construction company in Mosul, Iraq, when it fell to ISIS.
Sharing the concern and anxiety of the relatives of the hostages, most of whom are from Punjab, he said, he will raise the matter in the ongoing session of the parliament also. However, he added, it is the duty of the government of India to keep the relatives updated and in the loop about what it was doing to save these people.
Capt Amarinder said, while he understood the gravity of the situation in Iraq, at the same time the government of India did not appear to be doing enough to save these people. He also criticised the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal who, he said, was only restricting his efforts to getting photographed with the hostages’ relatives without any follow up. ....
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Asks officers to get ready to provide viable self employment opportunities to youth

Badal coins Slogan ‘Employment for Every Hand’

National Workshop on promotion of self-employment in Punjab

Calls upon CS to prepare time bound action plan with back up support to youth for self employment

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Mai Bhago Preparatory academy for defence services to be made operational from next academic session

CS asks senior officers to adopt group of five youth for motivating them to take up self employment ventures

Experts from diverse fields gave vital inputs to promote self employment for sustainable livelihood

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Mai Bhago Preparatory academy for defence services to be made operational from next academic session

CS asks senior officers to adopt group of five youth for motivating them to take up self employment ventures

Experts from diverse fields gave vital inputs to promote self employment for sustainable livelihood

Chandigarh, November 25: With an aim to ensuring ‘employment for every hand’, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today asked the officers of the state government to get ready to achieve this gigantic task by providing requisite frame work to the unemployed youth to empower them with viable self-employment opportunities.
In his inaugural address on the day long ‘National Workshop on Promotion of Self-employment in Punjab’ in association with National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD), Markfed and Punjab Agro here at Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPA), Mr. Badal said that this objective could only be achieved after a thoughtful deliberations followed by a series of such meetings with the leading mentors in the field of self-employment and inclusive development. He asked the Chief Secretary to prepare a time bound action plan to offer huge opportunities to the unemployed youth for self employment clearly stipulating a self sustaining mechanism to offer back up support to impart them skill training, tie up for finances from the banks and other financial institutions by the government functionaries besides focusing on critical factors such as guidance, planning and survey to identify the needs of the local market/industry.
The Chief Minister further said that our rural youth was very receptive to emerging technologies, innovations and new ideas and was confident that they would certainly put their soul and mind in transforming their aspirations into reality provided they were properly guided by the experts in the field of self employment, skill development and entrepreneurship. Sharing his experiences, Mr. Badal said that recently he led a high powered delegation of progressive fish farmers to China to adopt new practices of fish farming and value addition to supplement their income. He mentioned that Chinese fish farmers were getting 35 tonnes of fish production per hectare as compared to just 6 tonnes per hectare in Punjab. Likewise, he also recalled how he motivated our youth to join armed forces by setting up Maharaja Ranjit Singh Preparatory Academy for Defence Services at Mohali. Riding on the success of this novel experiment, our government was now setting up another Mai Bhago Preparatory Academy for defence services exclusively for girls which would be made functional from the next academic session. He said that these academies would help the state in restoring its pristine glory in the defence services by sending majority of youth to the country’s prestigious armed forces which had been severely plummeted over the past several years.
Divulging his perspective for skill development program in health sector, the Chief Minister said that the state government had already initiated several certificate/diploma/degree/skill courses in health sectors and para medics in the government medical colleges of Patiala, Amritsar and Faridkot keeping in view its huge demand in the healthcare sector. He pointed out that Punjab government recently inked a MoU with the Healthcare Sector Skill Council – an arm of National Skill Development Council at New Delhi to further enhance the scope of skill development opportunities in this emerging core sector.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the State Chief Secretary Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal shared the theme of the self employment and strategies of the state government in skill development and related field. He asked all the senior officers to adopt a group of five youth to motivate them for self employed avenues by providing them the requisite back up support right from initiation of their project to its establishment. The Chief Secretary also announced to adopt such five youth for this noble venture, adding he said that the interaction with the experts and practitioners, NGOs, SHGs and youth during the workshop would facilitate innovation and adoption of better practices. Mr. Kaushal assured the Chief Minister that he would personally review the progress of self employment, skill development and entrepreneurship development program and update him regularly from time to time.
While proposing a vote of thanks during her concluding remarks, the Director MGSIP Mrs. Raji P. Shrivastava said that today’s workshop was a prelude to state government’s endeavor for creating tremendous potential of self employment, skill development and capacity building and these efforts would be further intensified to realize the vision of Chief Minister. She said that the vital inputs which were given by the several experts and participants in the workshop would be duly forwarded to the concerned departments for timely action and implementation in the right earnest.
Meanwhile, experts from fields such as agriculture, dairy research, fisheries, poultry, handicraft and home based industries including the Head National Dairy Research Institution Karnal Mr. AK Singh, Principal Scientist Central Institute of Fisheries Technology Cochin Dr. P Praveen, Chief General Manager NABARD Chandigarh Mr. Naresh Gupta, Sister Pratibha Pandya, Member Self Employed Women Association (SEWA) Ahmadabad, Adivsor Udyogini New Delhi Dr. Veena Vishwanath, Senior Vice President ACCESS Development Services New Delhi Dr. Surymani Roul, Executive Direcor, State Disability Resource Centre Raipur Chattishgarh Dr. Rajesh Tiwari, Director Central Poultry Development Organization Ministry of GoI Dr. K.Ravvi Kumaar and Principal Consultant Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development Sector Chandigarh Mr. Paramjit Singh shared their views on financing of self employment ventures, bottlenecks in setting up small units and their resolution, skill gaps and how to overcome them, technical knowhow and mutual cooperation. On the occasion, principals of IIT Ludhiana, Ropar and Pathankot gave power point presentation on the emerging trades and technologies in consonance with the requirements of the industry especially the automobile.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Transport and Employment Generation Minister Mr. Ajit Singh Kohar, Advisor Dairying and Fishers Dr. PK Uppal and Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. KJS Cheema. ....
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Final Voters’ list to be published in December 15

Work begins on revision of Nagar Panchayat Lists

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Bathinda, November 25: The State Election Commission has issued schedule for revision of voters’ lists of nagar panchayats Chauke, Mandi Kalan, Rampura, Balianwali, Nathana, Kotshamir and Lehra Mohabbat. Giving information in this context here today, the additional deputy commissioner –cum-additional district election officer Bathinda Mrs Sonali Giri stated that the voters’ lists would be revised on the basis of Lok Sabha 2014 elections lis....
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Bathinda, November 25: The State Election Commission has issued schedule for revision of voters’ lists of nagar panchayats Chauke, Mandi Kalan, Rampura, Balianwali, Nathana, Kotshamir and Lehra Mohabbat. Giving information in this context here today, the additional deputy commissioner –cum-additional district election officer Bathinda Mrs Sonali Giri stated that the voters’ lists would be revised on the basis of Lok Sabha 2014 elections lists. As per the schedule the lists would be prepared by November 26 and preliminary printing would be done on November 27. The objections and suggestions could be filed by December 12 and the final lists would be published on December 15.
Mrs Sonali Giri directed the officials to fill in the designated proformas for verification of votes in these nagar panchayats ward wise so that the preliminary lists could be published soon. She directed that the work should be completed within given time frame.
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Says Punjab creates eco-system in academic area

Quality education should be foremost priority : Sukhbir Badal

Inaugurates LM Thapar School of Management campus

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Dera Bassi (SAS Nagar), November 25 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today exhorted educational institutions to provide quality education to translate nation’s dream of becoming ‘superpower’ into reality in coming years.
Addressing the students of LM Thapar School of Management campus of Thapar University after its inauguration here, Mr. Badal said quality education with a sense of responsibility was need of the hou....
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Dera Bassi (SAS Nagar), November 25 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today exhorted educational institutions to provide quality education to translate nation’s dream of becoming ‘superpower’ into reality in coming years.
Addressing the students of LM Thapar School of Management campus of Thapar University after its inauguration here, Mr. Badal said quality education with a sense of responsibility was need of the hour. He urged that all educational institutes should serve the nation by imparting quality education bringing massive transformation in educational sector. The Deputy CM also gave a call to purge away the ‘quantity’ education from academic system to tap great talent amongst Indian students.
Expressing his thoughts Mr. Badal said that eco-system for education should be created and it was sole mission of Punjab Government to establish this productivity system in New Chandigarh. He said Punjab was creating Educity and Medicity in New Chandigarh where Airtel and Mahindra & Mahindra are coming with world class professional educational institutes while Fortis, Vedanta and Apollo would setup their medical educational ventures in Medi-City. Adding he said Punjab was also setting up world class infrastructure in education and other sectors to facilitate the incoming industrial houses besides enabling our students to compete at global level.
Describing IT as spine of current tech era, Deputy CM said Punjab is going to launch the concept of ‘Sewa Kenders’ throughout the state to provide 249 citizen centric services at village level. He said State government is providing more than 160 citizen services through suwidha centers which would be extended to 249 by the end of 2015 by establishing more than 2600 Sewa Kenders in the state.
Mr Badal said that Punjab was also taking phenomenal stride to build basic infrastructure including sufficient power generation, 4/6 lane road network, air connectivity etc. “Our state has become power surplus and now by the end of next year we would have complete world class road network. SAS Nagar and Bathinda airports are ready to become operational, which would further give impetus to state’s growth” he added.
Extending congratulations to Thapar University President and Chairman Avantha Group Mr. Gautam Thapar, his team and his vision, Mr. Badal expressed confidence that this business school would meet the requisite aspirations of tech graduates vis-a-vis quality education as this group is well known for delivering quality products.
Lauding the resolve of Deputy CM to make Punjab No. 1 state, Mr. Gautam Thapar said the time has come to put Punjab ahead of other states. Appreciating the vision of Mr Badal to enlist Punjab in the leading states, he said their focus was to produce business professional for all round development of state by giving appropriate solutions to emerging business and industrial issues.
On the occasion among others Mr N.K. Sharma Chief Parliamentary Secretary and Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost and President, Trinity College Dublin, with which Thapar University has signed an agreement to promote academic collaboration in the key areas of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, research and faculty development was also present. Director Dr Padmakumar Nair, Director Prof Prakash Gopalan, LM Thapar School of Management and other delegates of the university accorded a warm welcome to the Deputy Chief Minister.....
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Anmol of 7TH class has brought laurels to institute by winning First position in poster making competition

Desh Bhagat Global school student Anmol wins gold in poster competition

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Chandigarh, November 25: Desh Bhagat Global School student, Anmol of 7TH class has brought laurels to the institute by winning First position in poster making competition held recently at Amloh. The competition was organised by Axis Bank and in this competition nearly 75 students from different schools participated. While giving details, Desh Bhagat Global School Principal, Mrs. Manjinder Kaur Kalsi said that the winning poster will be sent to Mu....
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Chandigarh, November 25: Desh Bhagat Global School student, Anmol of 7TH class has brought laurels to the institute by winning First position in poster making competition held recently at Amloh. The competition was organised by Axis Bank and in this competition nearly 75 students from different schools participated. While giving details, Desh Bhagat Global School Principal, Mrs. Manjinder Kaur Kalsi said that the winning poster will be sent to Mumbai for further short-listing and the final winner of the competition will get scholarship and the poster will be published in the bank calendar. She said that it is the result of hard work of the student, dedication of the whole staff members and state-of-the-art infrastructure available in the school. She also informed that the students who have achieved distinctions in different fields will be honoured during the Annual Function of the school scheduled to be held on 29th of this month.
Desh Bhagat Group of Institutes Chairman, Dr. Zora Singh and Vice Chairperson Tejinder Kaur congratulated the whole staff of the school on this achievement. They said that the main objective of this school is to provide concrete base and impart quality education to its students, so that they may become great achievers and responsible citizens in their future life.....
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