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

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

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

Badals behind attack on Navjot Sidhu in Jammu alleges Bajwa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ban on three web-based taxi service in Chandigarh

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

Diploma Engineers Association agitation enters 4th day

By Harish Monga

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

Giving this information, Er.Sachin Anand President and Er.Gurmukh Singh, General Secretary informed that on the first day of agitation, three Chief Engineers had verbally agreed to accept all the demands during discussions across the table but State President, Er.Satnam Singh informed that des....
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By Harish Monga

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Punjab Vidhan Sabha session to commence from December 22

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

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

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

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

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

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Chandigarh, December 18, 2014: Leading academic institutions of Northern India and IT industries today met over “Round Table Meet” and discussed the measures and roadmap to bridge the gap between the Industry and Academia in the IT sector at Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh.
The Meet was jointly organised by DST- Centre for Policy Research at PU and British Deputy High Commission Chandigarh at the ICSSR Complex. The participants of ....
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By Babushahi Bureau

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

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

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New Delhi, December 18, 2014: There is no proposal under consideration of Government to reduce the retirement age from 60 to 58 years for its employees.
The retirement age for Central Government employees was revised from 58 to 60 years in 1997 on the basis of recommendations of the 5th Central Pay Commission.
The Centre’s total wages and salaries bill for its employees for the year 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 is Rs. 85,963.50 crore, Rs. 92,264.88 crore and Rs. 1,04,759.71 cro....
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By Babushahi Bureau

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

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

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

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

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

By Amritpal Brar

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

Disclosing this here today, Deputy Commissioner Anindita Mitra said that all the 655 upper and primary schools of the district had been provided toilets for girl students. She said tha....
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By Amritpal Brar

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

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

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

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

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

Jathedar Ajit Singh Kohar included as member in Core Committee

By Gagandeep Sohal

Chandigarh, December 18: The Shiromani Akali Dal President and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has decided to include Punjab Cabinet Minister and senior leader Jathedar Ajit Singh Kohar as member in Core Committee of the party. Jathedar Ajit Singh Kohar is already serving the party as District President of Jalandhar urban unit. This was disclosed by the party Secretary and Spokeman and Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh ....
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By Gagandeep Sohal

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

Sukhbir Badal constitutes Political Affairs Committee of SAD

By Gagandeep Sohal

Chandigarh, December 18 : The Shiromani Akali Dal President and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal has announced constitution of Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the party.
In a statement released from the party head office here today, the SAD Secretary and Spokesman and Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said that SAD has already announced its office-bearers and District Presidents and now pa....
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By Gagandeep Sohal

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

Gems Cambridge International School mourns brutally killings of students in Pak

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

Sonali Giri: An upcoming effective woman bureaucrat of Punjab

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

By Amritpal Brar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harsimrat Badal & Sukhbir Badal flag off Bathinda-Delhi Shatabadi

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

Youth given up drug addiction, honored by Punjab Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upset Hindus urge withdrawal of goddess Kali mural from Brooklyn Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Punjab amends syllabus of Departmental Examination for PCS (Judicial)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Punjab to provide free education to the children of deceased government employees

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

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

By Gagandeep Sohal

Chandigarh December 18: Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr. Surjit Kumar Jayani has directed the health department officials to take emergent precautionary measures to check the outbreak of the dreaded avian influenza, H5N1 in Punjab.
Expressing concern over the confirmed cause of the dying ducks suffering from H5N1 and bird flu in the Sukhna lake Chandigarh, Mr. Jayani said that the teams of Medical officers from Mohali have been dep....
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By Gagandeep Sohal

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

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

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

10 DSP level PPS officers of Punjab shifted

By Gagandeep Sohal

December : Punjab govt has shifted 10 DSP level PPS oficers. List is attached in PDF....
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Delhi High court gets 4 New Judges

Justice P S Teji takes over as Delhi High Court Judge

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New Delhi , December 18,2014 : Four newly appointed Judges of Delhi High court assumed the charge after being sworn in recently .
The newly appointed judges are:
(1) Shri P.S. Teji, who was District & Sessions Judge of Karkardooma Court (East district) in Delhi.
(2) Shri I.S. Mehta, who was District & Sessions Judge of Patiala House Court (New Delhi district) in Delhi.
(3) Shri R.K. Gauba, who was District & Sessions Judge of Dwarka Court (South district) in Delhi.<....
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New Delhi , December 18,2014 : Four newly appointed Judges of Delhi High court assumed the charge after being sworn in recently .
The newly appointed judges are:
(1) Shri P.S. Teji, who was District & Sessions Judge of Karkardooma Court (East district) in Delhi.
(2) Shri I.S. Mehta, who was District & Sessions Judge of Patiala House Court (New Delhi district) in Delhi.
(3) Shri R.K. Gauba, who was District & Sessions Judge of Dwarka Court (South district) in Delhi.
(4) Ms. Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, who was the Registrar General of Delhi High Court since 16.04.2013.
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Terrorists can’t be human-beings :Ruchi Sharma

DCM Group of Schools students' paid tributes to children killed in Peshawar massacre

By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, December 18: There was a pall of gloom all over the world over the incident at Peshawar in Pakistan in which 140 school children of Army School were killed mercilessly by the terrorists. Terrorism cannot be accepted in any form and it needs to be condemned irrespective of its victim of any country.
With these views, the students of DCM Group observed two minutes silence while paying condolence to the victims of this incident by lighting the candles in the campus.
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By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, December 18: There was a pall of gloom all over the world over the incident at Peshawar in Pakistan in which 140 school children of Army School were killed mercilessly by the terrorists. Terrorism cannot be accepted in any form and it needs to be condemned irrespective of its victim of any country.
With these views, the students of DCM Group observed two minutes silence while paying condolence to the victims of this incident by lighting the candles in the campus.
Speaking on this occasion, Ruchhi Sharma, Principal said, now the time has come to unite by all governments to fight against the devils of terrorism by rising above the international border boundaries.
She said, the too much condemning of killing of students look to be too less. The heartfelt feelings of condolence of the students and teachers are with the victims of this incident. She is hopeful of end of terrorism from the world by devils like terrorists.
Present on this occasion were, Avinash Singh, Manish Banga, Himani Sharma, Anu Sharma, and staff members of DCM International and Dass & Brown World Schools.

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Tense situation over filing of nomination papers

Cantt Board Elections, Flag March by police to maintain law & Order

Flag March are part of confidence-building measures among voters

By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, December 18 : As a part of confidence-building measures among the voters, Punjab Police conducted a flag march ahead of Cantonment Board elections in Ferozepur being held after seven years.

Giving this information, Vibhore Kumar Sharma, DSP(HQ) informed that to maintain law and order and peace in the cantonment area, police conducted a flag march in view of Cantt Board elections.

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By Harish Monga

Ferozepur, December 18 : As a part of confidence-building measures among the voters, Punjab Police conducted a flag march ahead of Cantonment Board elections in Ferozepur being held after seven years.

Giving this information, Vibhore Kumar Sharma, DSP(HQ) informed that to maintain law and order and peace in the cantonment area, police conducted a flag march in view of Cantt Board elections.

He said, the flag march started from police complex and ended here after passing through RakeshKamboj Pilot Chowk, Main Bazar, Lal Kurti Adda, Wazir Wali Building, Gandhi Garden.

This was done as per the orders of police chief, H.S.Mann and the idea was to enhance the confidence level of voters, so that they can come out and caste their franchise without any fear.

It may be mentioned that there was a controversy over filing of nomination forms between political parties and had leveled charges against each other.

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Five Singh Sahibaans to meet on December 20

Fresh controversy may hit Sikh calendar

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Amritsar,December 17,2014 ( Courtesy HT BY Harkirat Singh ) : With a section of the Sant Samaj (a group of Sikh religious leaders) unhappy with the amended Nanakshahi calendar, a fresh controversy is in the offing.

Last December, Damdami Taksal head of the Sant Samaj Harnam Singh Dhuma moved an application before Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to revert to the traditional Bikrami calender, which the Sikhs followed before the Nanakshahi calender came into effect.
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Amritsar,December 17,2014 ( Courtesy HT BY Harkirat Singh ) : With a section of the Sant Samaj (a group of Sikh religious leaders) unhappy with the amended Nanakshahi calendar, a fresh controversy is in the offing.

Last December, Damdami Taksal head of the Sant Samaj Harnam Singh Dhuma moved an application before Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to revert to the traditional Bikrami calender, which the Sikhs followed before the Nanakshahi calender came into effect.

But, the jathedar continues to maintain silence over the issue even as the clergy’s last meeting of the year is scheduled for December 20.

SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar said the Akal Takht would take a final call on the matter.

The amendments to the Nanakshahi calendar carried out in 2010 at the behest of the Akal Takht jathedar have led to more discrepancies rather than offer clarity over significant dates in Sikh history.

The Sikhs in Pakistan and other parts of the world continue to observe events according to the 'original' Nanakshahi calendar, despite jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh’s directive in 2010 to all Sikhs to follow the amended version.

While the Sikh community abroad observed the fifth guru's martyrdom day on June 16 this year, those in India followed the Akal Takht and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee’s (SGPC) instruction and observed it on June 1.

The 2003 calendar mentions Gurpurab, the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, as January 5, while the Nanakshahi version mentions it as December 28.

Going by past experience, even if the issue is taken up in the upcoming meeting, at most the jathedar may instruct the SGPC to set up a panel of experts to study the amended calender and make suggestions.

Dal Khalsa leader Kanwarpal Singh said the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was behind Dhuma’s application. He claimed, “The jathedar is aware that any move to revert to the Bikrami calendar will generate a fresh controversy and cause embarrassment to the clergy.”

Opposition within SGPC

Dhuma's suggestions are being opposed by a large section even within the SGPC.

It is no secret that when the calendar was amended in 2010 and the mandate of the executive was sought, member Karnail Singh Panjoli and SGPC general secretary Sukhdev Singh Bhaur had raised objections. They are both strong supporters of Purewal’s version.

The Dal Khalsa which supports reverting to the 2003 calendar has claimed that Dhuma's move is aimed at pleasing the Hindutva forces. Kanwarpal Singh said it did not make sense to revert to the Bikrami calendar at a time when SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Giani Gurbachan Singh have demanded amending Article 25 (b) of the constitution which clubs Sikhs with Hindus.

Meanwhile, former SGPC secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta felt the controversy could have been averted had the Akal Takht stood by the 2003 version. “Originality is lost by making amendments. We cannot call the 2010 version as our calendar.”

• The original Nanakshahi, a solar calendar, was charted by Canada-based scholar Pal Singh Purewal in 1999. The dates of all events including Diwali, Holi and Guru Nanak’s birthday were different from those mentioned in the Bikrami lunar calendar. Owing to the confusion, Purewal agreed to fix the dates according to the lunar calendar.

• The Nanakshahi calendar was amended in 2010 after Sikhs outside Punjab, and the jathedars of Takht Patna Sahib and Takht Hazoor Sahib continued to celebrate events as per the Bikrami calendar.

• It was changed to include dates of Holi, Diwali, Guru Nanak's birthday and a few other important events according to the Bikrami calender. However, Sikhs abroad continue to follow Purewal’s calendar.....
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Nankshahi Calender row

Takhat Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh likely to be removed, security withdrwan

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Chandigarh, December 17 : Takhat Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh likely to be removed, security withdrwan
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Chandigarh, December 17 : Takhat Damdama Sahib Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh likely to be removed, security withdrwan
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Delhi Darbar

IAS K K Sharma's appointment orders as Addl. Secy. cancelled by Govt. of India

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New Delhi, December 17, 2014: Govt. of India has cancelled the orders of appointment of Kewal Kumar Sharma IAS (UT:83) as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development without debarment.
Besides this Govt. has also approved the proposal for extension of Central deputation tenure of Ms. Nalini Jayaseelan, IAS (UT:80) as Member Secretary National Capital Regional Planning Board (NCPRB ) From 16.3.2014 to 31.12.2014....
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New Delhi, December 17, 2014: Govt. of India has cancelled the orders of appointment of Kewal Kumar Sharma IAS (UT:83) as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development without debarment.
Besides this Govt. has also approved the proposal for extension of Central deputation tenure of Ms. Nalini Jayaseelan, IAS (UT:80) as Member Secretary National Capital Regional Planning Board (NCPRB ) From 16.3.2014 to 31.12.2014....
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SGPC Chief Jathedar Avtar Singh urges Punjab Govt. for inquiry in to burning of holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib in Jodhpur Gurdwara in Taran Tarn District

SGPC Executive meet condemns innocent killings in Peshawar School

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The SGPC Executive Committee held under the chairmanship of Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar at Sri Fatehgarh Sahib strongly condemned the killing of innocents in Peshawar School and made an appeal to the Sangat to observe martyrdom fortnight should be observed by organizing solemn functions. Jathedar Avtar Singh said that the SGPC meeting has expressed deep regrets over the unfortunate incident of burning of holy Sri Gu....
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The SGPC Executive Committee held under the chairmanship of Jathedar Avtar Singh Makkar at Sri Fatehgarh Sahib strongly condemned the killing of innocents in Peshawar School and made an appeal to the Sangat to observe martyrdom fortnight should be observed by organizing solemn functions. Jathedar Avtar Singh said that the SGPC meeting has expressed deep regrets over the unfortunate incident of burning of holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib at village Jodhpur (Taran Tarn) Gurdwara Sahib and organized ‘Sri Akhand Paath Sahib’ by SGPC. He appealed to the Punjab Govt. for detailed investigation on this issue. Various other issues also figured in the meeting.....
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Row over Construction of Memorial in Golden Temple: SAD & Congress MPs clash

Row over 'Construction of Memorial' in Golden Temple in Lok Sabha: Chandumajra refutes allegations of Bittu

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: Senior Akali leader and MP Prem Singh Chandumajra while raising the issue during Zero Hour on construction of Memorial in the Golden Temple refutes allegations of Ravneet Singh Bittu Congress MP and criticized him for misrepresenting the facts in which the later had stated that photographs of terrorists had been displayed there. Contradicting the version of Congress MP Chandumajra clarifies that there are no photogr....
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: Senior Akali leader and MP Prem Singh Chandumajra while raising the issue during Zero Hour on construction of Memorial in the Golden Temple refutes allegations of Ravneet Singh Bittu Congress MP and criticized him for misrepresenting the facts in which the later had stated that photographs of terrorists had been displayed there. Contradicting the version of Congress MP Chandumajra clarifies that there are no photographs other than holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the Golden Temple. Heated exchanges followed between Akali Dal and Congress members on this issue. ....
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Minister of Personnel replies in Lok Sabha

CBI registered 45 cases against VVIPs in the last 3 years up to 31.10.14

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New Delhi, December 17, 2014: CBI has registered during the last three years and upto 31.10.2014 of the current year, a total of 45 cases (41 RCs and 4 PEs) against the Central Govt. Ministers, MPs and Ex-Ministers of State and Central Government. The year wise break-up of these cases is as under:-

2011 12
2012 15
2013 9
2014 (upto 31.10.2014) 9
Total 45

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New Delhi, December 17, 2014: CBI has registered during the last three years and upto 31.10.2014 of the current year, a total of 45 cases (41 RCs and 4 PEs) against the Central Govt. Ministers, MPs and Ex-Ministers of State and Central Government. The year wise break-up of these cases is as under:-

2011 12
2012 15
2013 9
2014 (upto 31.10.2014) 9
Total 45

Out of above 45 cases, 25 cases are under trial and 14 cases are under investigation. Five cases have been closed by CBI and in one case, CBI has gone on Appeal against the order of the Court.

After completion of investigation, the action is taken in accordance with law. In a series of judgements, the Hon’ble Supreme Court has directed that CBI be given full independence/autonomy while conducting any investigation. Government does not interfere with the investigation of cases by the CBI and does not intervene in the judicial functioning of the Hon’ble Courts.
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to Shri Kalyan Banerjee in the Lok Sabha today.....
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Guiding the endeavour of Civil Services aspirants

MGSIPAP achieves landmark: 30 candidates figure in PCS main exam result list

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPAP) which has emerged as a pioneering institution for reorientation and in service training programmes , has come up with novel solutions for guiding the Endeavour of aspirants of civil services competitive examinations. This year, it has achieved laurels by enabling 30 candidates out of 72 declared successful in PCS main examination, the result of which....
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration (MGSIPAP) which has emerged as a pioneering institution for reorientation and in service training programmes , has come up with novel solutions for guiding the Endeavour of aspirants of civil services competitive examinations. This year, it has achieved laurels by enabling 30 candidates out of 72 declared successful in PCS main examination, the result of which has recently been declared by the Punjab Public Service Commission.
The Civil services Coaching Centre which was setup 3 years back in the Institute by the Punjab Government has been imparting quality training by excellent faculty. The record of the last three years shows that 68 students of the institute got place in the final list of PCS and allied services examination held in 2012, 58 students in such exam held by PPSC in 2013. It is creditable that 12 students of the Institute figured in the final list of IAS and allied services in 2013 and 8 students in these premier services in 2014, the results for which was declared by the UPSC.
In furtherance of the objectives of the Institute, the MGSIPAP is going to conduct Mock interviews and Counseling sessions FROM December 24-28,2014 and also subsequently if found necessary.
Complementing the successful candidates in the mains PCS examination, Punjab Chief Secretary and Director General MGSIPAP, Shri Sarvesh Kaushal and Director Mrs. Raji Shrivastva said that Punjab had enough talents to crack the tough civil services examinations being conducted by PPSC and UPSC. The institute has taken up this responsibility to explore and nurture talent who can pay back to the society in a significant manner. The institute is coordinating with high caliber professionals who are experienced over the years in framing and grooming students into efficient civil servants, deeply concerned to the cause of the Indian society.
The MGSIPAP has recently launched imaginatively structured self employment training programmes which was inaugurated by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal a few days back. The programme has been well received by the stakeholders and follow-up action is on to encourage more and more unemployed youth to undertake self employment ventures.....
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Social activist H C Arora had approached High Court for not deploying female police constables in State Transport Vehicles

Eve teasing: Contempt notices to DGPs of Punjab & Haryana by HC claims Arora

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: HC Contempt notices to DGPs of Punjab and Haryana and also to IGP Chandigarh Police-for not deploying female Police Constables in State Transport Vehicles-for preventing eve-teasing:-
Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu today issued contempt notices for 23.3.2015 to (i) Sumesh Singh Saini, DGP, Punjab: (ii) Sriniwas Vashisht,DGP, Haryana, and Rajender P. Upadhyaya, IG Police, Chandigarh-in a Contempt petition filed....
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: HC Contempt notices to DGPs of Punjab and Haryana and also to IGP Chandigarh Police-for not deploying female Police Constables in State Transport Vehicles-for preventing eve-teasing:-
Justice Harinder Singh Sidhu today issued contempt notices for 23.3.2015 to (i) Sumesh Singh Saini, DGP, Punjab: (ii) Sriniwas Vashisht,DGP, Haryana, and Rajender P. Upadhyaya, IG Police, Chandigarh-in a Contempt petition filed by Advocate H.C. Arora-appearing in person, for deliberate non-compliance with directions issued by Apex Court on 30.11.2012 in the case titled “Deputy Inspector General of Police v. S. Samuthiram”, and reiterated by a Division Bench of the HC in its decision dated 2.4.2013 in a bunch of cases, including “Court on its own motion v. State of Punjab and others”, on issue of preventing and dealing with incidents of crime against women, and those of eve-teasing.
The petitioner has submitted in the Contempt petition that the Apex Court in its judgment dated 30.11.2012 had, inter-alia, issued a direction that “ All the State Governments and Union Territories are directed to depute plain clothed female police officers in the precincts of bus-stands and stops, railway stations, metro stations, cinema theatres, shopping malls, parks, beaches, public service vehicles, places of worship etc. so as to monitor and supervise incidents of eve-teasing.” Subsequently, a division Bench of HC had reiaterated the above directions by observing that “States of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory, Chandigarh to follow such directions in letter and spirit.”
The petitioner has stated that he had filed applications under RTI in offices of the three respondents, to know as to wether aforesaid directions of Apex Court and HC were being complied with or not, and he was informed that instructions have been issued to SSPs etc to ensure deployment of plain-clothed female Police officers in Buses. The petitioner, however, got a clue from the incident in Rohtak on 24.11.2014 when two sisters Aarti and Pooja, had to face alleged molestation at the hands of three persons, while travelling in a Haryana Roadways Bus, from Rohtak to Sonepat. No female police personnel were deployed in the Haryana Roadways Bus in which the aforesaid shocking incident take place, nor any CCTV camera was installed in the Public Transport Vehicle.
In these circumstances, the petitioner, along with his colleague advocates, Shri J.S. Rana, and Shri Ankit Chauhan visited Sector-17 and Sector-43 , Chandigarh Bus Stands, and talked to Conductors and Drivers of one dozen Buses of Punjab Roadways/ Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation, Haryana Roadways, and Chandigarh Transport Undertaking Buses, which were having passengers, and were just to leave from the aforesaid Bus Stands for their respective destinations in Punjab, Haryana, and within Chandigarh itself. The petitioner came to know that no plain-clothed Police Constables were deployed in any of these Buses. The Drivers and Conductors of all those Buses told the petitioner, that such deployment of Policemen/women was never made in the recent years in their Buses. The staff at Bus Adda, Sector-43, Chandigarh informed the petitioner that there was no deployment of Policemen/women in any of the Buses leaving from the said Bus Stand. The petitioner has also got done video-recording of entire conversation with Bus Drivers/Conductors. Thus, it is clear that respondents have not made any deployment of Polic personnel in the Public Transport Buses within their respective jurisdictions, and have thus, committed contempt of the orders issued by the Hon’ble Court.
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Khalsa College Governing Council mourns loss of lives of children & staff members in Peshawar attack

Various outfits condemns killing of students in Pakistan

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Amritsar, December 17, 2014: Condemning the attack on a school in Peshawar in which at least 132 kids were killed, Radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa said there is never a justification for such killings and must condemned by all.
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Amritsar, December 17, 2014: Condemning the attack on a school in Peshawar in which at least 132 kids were killed, Radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa said there is never a justification for such killings and must condemned by all.
No words are strong enough to condemn what can be described as the heinous crime against humanity in which more than 132 students of the Army Public School in Peshawar in Pakistan were killed by the Taliban, said Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh in a condolence message to all the family members of those who lost their dear ones. This is sheer barbarism. Our heart goes out to the affected families & the people of Pakistan, said he and added that the members of their group. Hope the almighty gives them the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss.

The two minutes mourn was today observed at all the 17 educational institutions being run by Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) over the `horrific and inhuman’ massacre of students and staff members of Pakistan Army School at Peshawar (Pakistan). The management, principals and staff expressed deep anguish and grief over the school children’s barbaric and brutal killing which has shaken up the whole world.

KCGC honourary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina, said in statement issued here that the killing was `barbaric’ and beyond explanation with no justification of making the school children target of the ill-thought violence. ``Our heart shakes as we hear the cries of the family members of those killed in the brutal incident’’, said Chhina. He said

Pakistan must also understand that there is no `our terrorists’ and `their terrorists’ and terrorism is the greatest threat to the mankind today and we all must fight it out with strong hands.

Chhina said the innocent students were studying their lessons when the terrorists in the garb of Army uniforms entered the school and fired indiscriminately wit the only motive to kill maximum. ``All the school children under our management prayed for the peaceful abode of the children and prayed to the almighty to give strength top the families to bear the loss’’, said Chhina.

Meanwhile, BJP Punjab Chief Kamal Sharma and Vice President Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina organize prayers here for peaceful abode of school children killed at Peshawar in Pakistan

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To make all-women mobile police teams more effective, wasps to be integrated with PCR motorcycles

Women Mobile Police Teams strengthened with modern gadgets : Dinkar Gupta

181 Police Helpline providing support & assistance to women to be integrated with PCRs & all-women mobile police teams

By Babushahi Bureau

Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: There have been reports over the last few days in certain sections of media about the Women Armed Special Protection Squad (WASPS) losing their significance, particularly in the Malwa.The Punjab police has clarified that the news items regarding insignificance and ineffectiveness of Women Armed Special Protection Squad (WASPS) published in a section of media are incorrect and not based on facts. Contrary to these me....
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: There have been reports over the last few days in certain sections of media about the Women Armed Special Protection Squad (WASPS) losing their significance, particularly in the Malwa.The Punjab police has clarified that the news items regarding insignificance and ineffectiveness of Women Armed Special Protection Squad (WASPS) published in a section of media are incorrect and not based on facts. Contrary to these media reports, a comprehensive review of the functioning of these scooter and motorcycle borne All-Women Mobile Police teams, which were launched in major cities and town of the State in April 2013 has revealed that there has not been even a single reported incident of eve teasing of WASPS anywhere in the State.
In a press release issued by Dinkar Gupta, Addl. DGP Law & Order claimed that presently, 15 All-Women Mobile Police teams are operational in Amritsar, 20 in Ludhiana, 15 in Jalandhar, 10 in Patiala, 10 in Bathinda, 3 in Sangrur, 6 in Gurdaspur, 10 in Ferozepur, 8 in Muktsar, 10 in Moga, 11 in Fazilka, 10 in Mansa, 9 in Faridkot, 10 in SAS Nagar. These teams which were specifically assigned the task of instilling sense of security amongst school and college going women/girls by deploying such All-Women Mobile Police teams at women colleges, schools, coaching centers, co-ed colleges, girls hostels, working women hostels and busy markets have proved to be highly effective in providing a safe living and working environment and preventing violence and harassment against women. In Amritsar, a fleet of 15 WASPS Activas’ is being operated by 35 lady constables, which covers 20 schools and 16 colleges. After school hours, these teams are being deployed near Coaching centres and Shopping areas/bazaars. The review has also revealed that offences such as eve teasing, molestation, stalking of women and chain snatching etc have gone down considerably over the last year-and-a-half since the All-Women Mobile Police teams became operational in the State.
To make these All-Women Mobile Police teams more effective, it had now been decided to integrate the PCR motorcycles, and even four-wheelers (in certain cases), with All-Women Mobile Police teams, depending upon the local needs and requirements.
It has also been decided that the SHOs would personally patrol vulnerable women educational institutions, coaching centres, girls hostels, working women hostels and busy markets/bazaars.
In addition to the above initiatives, 181 Police Helpline is also working round-the-clock to provide support and assistance to various kinds of distress calls by women. During the last 15 months, about 52% of the complainants on the Helpline (40724) were women, who called to report domestic violence (7382 cases), dowry related harassment (3755 cases), obscene calls/SMS (2285 cases), rape and rape attempt (852), eve-teasing (638) and sexual harassment (265), and obscene calls/SMS and stalking. All these cases were given top priority, and were dealt with due sensitivity and care. About 81% women callers have reported their satisfaction with the working of the helpline after their issues were resolved effectively in a time bound manner. Efforts are being made that women related cases are handled mostly by women police officers. More than 1111 women have already availed of counseling services being provided 24x7 by trained counselors and clinical psychologists available at 181 Punjab Police Helpline.
The Commissioners of Police and SSPs have been directed to personally supervise these arrangements to instill a sense of security in school/college going girls and as well as in women and also to prevent any offensive against women.....
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Candle march expressing solidarity against ghastly act

Patiala Media Club holds prayer: Pay homage to terrorist attack victims in Pak

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Patiala, December 17, 2014: Patiala Media Club held a prayer and candle
march for innocent Army Public School students of Pakistan, killed in
Terrorist Attack in Peshawar, Pakistan yesterday. Patiala Media Club members
rendered a special prayer of peace and lit candles as an act of respect and
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Patiala, December 17, 2014: Patiala Media Club held a prayer and candle
march for innocent Army Public School students of Pakistan, killed in
Terrorist Attack in Peshawar, Pakistan yesterday. Patiala Media Club members
rendered a special prayer of peace and lit candles as an act of respect and
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Describes it as a sheer barbarism

Dal Khalsa condemns massacare of 132 students in Peshwar

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Gurdaspur, December 17, 2014: Strongly condemning the attack on a school in Peshawar in which at least 132 kids were slaughtered, Dal Khalsa said there is never a justification for such killings and must condemned by all.
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Gurdaspur, December 17, 2014: Strongly condemning the attack on a school in Peshawar in which at least 132 kids were slaughtered, Dal Khalsa said there is never a justification for such killings and must condemned by all.
No words are strong enough to condemn what can be described as the heinous crime against humanity in which more than 132 students of the Army Public School in Peshawar in Pakistan were killed by the Taliban, said Kanwar Pal Singh in a condolence message to all the family members of those who lost their dear ones. This is sheer barbarism. Our heart goes out to the affected families & the people of Pakistan, said he and added that the members of their group hope the almighty gives them the courage and fortitude to bear their irreparable loss.

Dal Khalsa leader was lin town to attend the function organized to pay homage to Bhai Sukhdev Singh of Ballagan village near Gurdaspur. Sukhdev was picked up by Gurdaspur police in 1992 and killed in a fake encounter. The ceremony was organized by his family members to mark his 22nd death anniversary.


Terming it utterly non-sense the justification given by the Taliban in Pakistan for killing the innocent school children, he said no group of fighters rooted in any religious doctrine can justify these killings as no religion sanction such retaliations.

In a statement to media, he said its harsh fact that security forces all over the world are prone to committing excesses and rights violations against the innocents in their anti-militants operations, including in India.


"State is considered to be brutal and cruel. Rather the excesses by the security forces are known to have created more militants. We have numerous examples in Punjab too.However, killings of school children in retaliation was no way justified rather its highly deplorable.
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Alleges Modi Govt. for injection poison in the secular body politic of India: Bajwa

PPCC Chief forcefully opposes conversions saying it would hit social fabric

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The Punjab Congress resident, Partap Singh Bajwa, today forcefully opposed the agenda of conversions being pushed by the Sangh Parivar outfits headed by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh after the formation of the BJP government at the centre headed by Narendra Modi while expressing apprehension that it might hit the delicate social fabric of the country and communalise the situation.
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The Punjab Congress resident, Partap Singh Bajwa, today forcefully opposed the agenda of conversions being pushed by the Sangh Parivar outfits headed by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh after the formation of the BJP government at the centre headed by Narendra Modi while expressing apprehension that it might hit the delicate social fabric of the country and communalise the situation.
In a statement, Bajwa said during the election campaign, the BJP and Modi only sold dreams of development to the people and bring back black money keeping such nefarious designs like conversions hidden. Now when the party had succeeded in grabbing power, the party MPs and ministers was advancing one point agenda which was injecting poison in the secular body politic of the country to vitiate the political discourse.
He referred to the use of expletives by the Minister of State for Food Processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, recently from the Akali Dal stage itself while addressing a political conference in Delhi. Other MPs from the saffron brigade and the Sangh Parivar outfits were unabashedly pursuing their Ghar Vapsi agenda to forcibly convert people as had happened recently in Agra provoking all round outrage.
He said efforts were on to change history and saffronise the education system which was all the more dangerous trend as none could be allowed to play with history and the rich socio-cultural traditions of this country known for its unity in diversity. The BJP was now determined to shatter this unity with no respect for traditions and the values with which this great country is associated.
Bajwa said the mild chastising of his party leaders by Modi yesterday was not enough as what was a needed was a strong signal to the Sangh Parivar outfits telling them in strong words to desist from raising communal tension as the country had already paid a very heavy price.
He also lambasted Sakshi Maharaj , a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party & RSS and Member of Parliament from Unnao, trying to glorify people like Nathu Ram Godse, the killer of Mahatama Gandhi and said that mere withdrawal of these remarks by the MP had little meaning as the basic issue was the mindset of BJP leaders on such sensitive issues. The apology could be for public consumption but there was no indication that there had been a change in the mindset of the person eulogising the killer of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.
To prove his sincerity of respect for the father of the nation, Modi should expel Sakhsi Maharaj from the primary membership of BJP, he said.
He warned the Sangh Parivar against the communal agenda saying the communal elements would not be forgiven by the people. Keeping in view the explosive political situation in Pakistan and Punjab being a border state, RSS should refrain from any step which is seen as anti minority and can cause strain in social relationships he cautioned.....
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Punjab Vidhan Sabha speaker bats for NRIs Investment in State

Speaker of British Columbia calls on C S Atwal: Emphasize on promoting trade ties

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The Speaker of British Columbia, Raj Chouhan today called on Dr. Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, at Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretariat. An M.L.A. from Burnaby-Edmonds in Canada, Mr. Chouhan had a constructive discussion with Dr. Atwal on whole range of issues laying stress on promoting relations between the two countries.
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The Speaker of British Columbia, Raj Chouhan today called on Dr. Charanjit Singh Atwal, Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, at Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretariat. An M.L.A. from Burnaby-Edmonds in Canada, Mr. Chouhan had a constructive discussion with Dr. Atwal on whole range of issues laying stress on promoting relations between the two countries.
During the meeting, Dr. Atwal emphasized the idea of investment opportunities for Non-Resident Indians, especially for Canada settled Punjabi community, by promising them ideal atmosphere. Mr. Chouhan was accompanied by the General Secretary of Shiromani Akali Dal, Canada andPresident of Indian Minorities and Dalit Front, Canada, Mr. Balbir Singh Changiara.
During the meeting Rural Development and Panchayat Minister, Punjab, Sikander Singh Maluka, Tourism and Culture, Jail Minister, Punjab, Sohan Singh Thandal and Harpreet Singh, M.L.A. were also present.
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100% Potable drinking water for villages by end of next year

Badal for making state open defecation-free within two years

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: Punjab would be made open defecation Free State within two years and would be provided with 100% potable drinking water in all the villages by end of next year.
This decision was taken at a high level meeting to review the World Bank assisted Rs 2200 crore Punjab Rural Water and Sanitation sector Improvement Program (Phase 2) chaired by the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here at his residence, this evening.
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: Punjab would be made open defecation Free State within two years and would be provided with 100% potable drinking water in all the villages by end of next year.
This decision was taken at a high level meeting to review the World Bank assisted Rs 2200 crore Punjab Rural Water and Sanitation sector Improvement Program (Phase 2) chaired by the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here at his residence, this evening.
Taking part in the deliberations, the Chief Minister asked the Principal Secretary Rural Water Supply to implement all the schemes of total sanitation including facilities sewerage and tap drinking water besides providing toilets in all the rural households as per the guidelines state government’s Rural water supply and sanitation policy. He also asked the officers of Water Supply and Sanitation department to take full responsibility for ensuring quality works with the active participation, support and supervision of the village level committees. Mr. Badal also said that the MLAs of the respective assembly segments should ensure overall monitoring of these schemes so that the huge financial resources spent on these development works may not go down the drain adding he said that they should undertake random checking with the concerned officers of the water supply and sanitation department not below the rank of Chief Engineer or Superintendent Engineer.
The Chief Minister categorically said that the quality of construction especially the usage of sub standard material in the toilets and drinking water schemes should not be compromised at any cost and the erring officer/ official flouting the specified norms must be dealt with sternly. He also asked the officers to get these civil works executed from the contractors firmly as per stipulated quality construction guidelines and specifications adding that any sort of nexus between the contractors and officers would not be tolerated. ....
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State level monitoring committee of Rajiv Awas Yojana

Haryana clears housing projects worth Rs 317.54 crore for slum dwellers

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New Delhi, December 17, 2014 (Courtesy :HT) : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved five projects costing Rs 317.54 crore for providing housing facilities to poor people living in slums in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh and Rohtak towns.
Under this, 7241 multi-storey units would be constructed and basic amenities would be provided to slums of these towns.
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New Delhi, December 17, 2014 (Courtesy :HT) : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved five projects costing Rs 317.54 crore for providing housing facilities to poor people living in slums in Faridabad, Gurgaon, Bahadurgarh and Rohtak towns.
Under this, 7241 multi-storey units would be constructed and basic amenities would be provided to slums of these towns.
Presiding over the second meeting of State level Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee of Rajiv Awas Yojana today at Chandigarh he also directed the officers to prepare slum free city plan of all nine Municipal Corporation towns as well as Sirsa and Hansi with in a period of six months.
It was also informed in the meeting that under this yojana, seven projects costing Rs 475.35 crore has been sanctioned for six towns, namely, Sirsa, Ambala, Rohtak, Yamunanagar, Hisar and Hansi for construction of 7842 dwelling units besides providing basic amenities in slums. The Chief Minister reviewed housing projects of other towns also.
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Famous criminal psychologist Anuja describes it a shameful & disgraceful act towards humanity

Horrible attack on innocent children is highly condemnable: Anuja Kapur

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014 (Kulbir Singh Kalsi): Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 132 people, officials said, is the worst attack to hit the country in years. The majority of the victims are innocent children who came to attend the school as per their schedule but the cruel and ill mentality of the coward terrorists. This is one of the most horrendous attack which s....
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014 (Kulbir Singh Kalsi): Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 132 people, officials said, is the worst attack to hit the country in years. The majority of the victims are innocent children who came to attend the school as per their schedule but the cruel and ill mentality of the coward terrorists. This is one of the most horrendous attack which shook the world and left people in tears.

The horrific attack, carried out by a relatively small number of militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban group, a Pakistani militant group. Pakistani P.M Nawaj Sharif rushed to the spot and condemned the assault. This horrifying attack on innocent people is getting criticism from all around the world. Famous criminal psychologist Mrs. Anuja Kapur said about the attack that, “I am shocked, angry, devastated, humiliated and sad. Just could not understand the purpose of inhumanity towards the young and innocent children who does not realise the politics, terrorism, jihad. What have Taliban achieved with Peshawar massacre? They might feel powerful after this incident but the cries and grief of many mothers will not let them die in peace. It is shameful and disgraceful act towards humanity which can never be forgotten and forgiven. This is not the right way to access of heaven. May God give courage to the parents and peace to the souls of the children”.

The attack began in the morning hours, with about half a dozen gunmen entering the school - and shooting at random. Army commandos quickly arrived at the scene and started exchanging fire with the gunmen.....
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Special case officers/employees been granted extension for one more year i.e. till Dec 31, 2015 for LTC

Punjab Government issues new instructions on LTC

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The Punjab Government today issued fresh guidelines regarding the LTC. Disclosing this an official spokesperson said that those employees who did not avail the LTC during the year 2010 to 13 and who have got permission from their departments for the extension of LTC till December 31, 2014 have been granted the facility to avail the LTC.
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The Punjab Government today issued fresh guidelines regarding the LTC. Disclosing this an official spokesperson said that those employees who did not avail the LTC during the year 2010 to 13 and who have got permission from their departments for the extension of LTC till December 31, 2014 have been granted the facility to avail the LTC.
He said that considering these kind of cases as special case these officers/employees have been granted extension for one more year i.e. till December 31, 2015 for availing the facility of LTC. Written instruction in this regard has been forwarded to all the Head of Department, Registrar Punjab & Haryana High Court, Commissioners of Divisions and SDMs.
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Congress leaders paid tribute by lighting candles in Congress Bhawan Chandigarh

Punjab congress mourns the killing of innocent school children in Peshawar

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: Punjab Congress today mourned the ghastly and barbaric killing of more than 130 school children in Peshawar by terrorists. Congress leaders paid tribute by lighting candles in Congress Bhawan Chandigarh. S. Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa General Secretary PPCC said that this act of terrorism is the worst in the recent history. Everybody is shocked and dismayed at the barbaric act which needs to be condemned at all levels.

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: Punjab Congress today mourned the ghastly and barbaric killing of more than 130 school children in Peshawar by terrorists. Congress leaders paid tribute by lighting candles in Congress Bhawan Chandigarh. S. Fateh Jang Singh Bajwa General Secretary PPCC said that this act of terrorism is the worst in the recent history. Everybody is shocked and dismayed at the barbaric act which needs to be condemned at all levels.

He said that Congress party has always been opposed to all forms of terrorism and our senior leaders Smt Indira Gandhi, Sh. Rajiv Gandhi and S. Beant Singh sacrificed their lives fighting the terrorism.

Those who were present include S. Jasbir Singh Gill General Secretary PPCC, Smt. Lakhwinder Kaur Garcha General Secretary PPCC, S. Gurpartap Singh Mann Secretary PPCC, Sh. Jang Bahdur Singh General Secretary SC Department PPCC and others.....
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Interacting with students in a friendly environment, sought suggestions to make existing education system

Dr. Cheema becomes Teacher & Guide for Langroya Students During His Surprise Visit to School

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Langroya (SBS Nagar), December 17, 2014: Departing from the conventional path, Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljeet Singh Cheema took the students of Government Senior Secondary School Langroya by surprise by conducting a non formal visit to acquaint himself by the state of affairs in government schools.
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Langroya (SBS Nagar), December 17, 2014: Departing from the conventional path, Punjab Education Minister Dr. Daljeet Singh Cheema took the students of Government Senior Secondary School Langroya by surprise by conducting a non formal visit to acquaint himself by the state of affairs in government schools.
The visit was totally a non formal and contrary to usual surprise checks, the minister did not seek the attendance registers or other records, rather he straightway went to the classes and started to interact with the students about their education and other activities.
It was more surprise for the students to have a teacher cum guide as the State Education Minister. Interacting with the students in a friendly environment, he sought suggestions from the students to make existing education system more effective. Apart from that, he also apprised all of them of the career opportunities after completing their schooling adding that state has also started vocational courses in 100 schools of the state including three schools of the SBS Nagar district, from class 9 to 10+2 as per the new avenues in the industrial, Hospitality, Automobile, Security and Paramedics etc. with the help of National Skill Development Corporation. Soon the acccess of these vocational courses to be increased to other schools by next session, he added.
Discussing the successful working of Six Schools For Meritorious Students started at SAS Nagar, Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali, Amrisar and Bathinda, he calls upon the students to work hard and on getting above 80 percent marks in 10+2, they would also be eligible to get admission in these schools at free of cost.
He also directed the educational officials to go to remote schools and know the ground realities and hiccups to implement education schemes so that the schemes accordingly be devised.
He expressed satisfaction over the management and performance of the staff and students of the school.
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League matches concluded; Anil Joshi mark the day as Chief Guest

5th World Kabaddi Cup: English men & Danish eves enters Semifinal

India, Pakistan, Iran and England makes their entry in last four in Men

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Mehta Chowk (Amritsar), December 17, 2014: The league matches for 5th World Kabbadi Cup today concluded with the matches played here today at Shaheed Captain Manjinder Singh Bhinder Stadium. The Adams of India, England and Pakistan and in Eves India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Denmark got their entry into Semifinals. In the men league matches played today, Pakistan with its fifth
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Mehta Chowk (Amritsar), December 17, 2014: The league matches for 5th World Kabbadi Cup today concluded with the matches played here today at Shaheed Captain Manjinder Singh Bhinder Stadium. The Adams of India, England and Pakistan and in Eves India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Denmark got their entry into Semifinals. In the men league matches played today, Pakistan with its fifth
victory and England with its 4th victory got entry for semifinals. Canada team failed to enter semifinal despite registering 3rd victory. In the women league matches, Denmark got entry into semifinals with its 2nd victory whereas England said its goodbye with its maiden victory.
Mr. Anil Joshi marked the day as Chief Guest. He thanked the Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal for organsing league matches at Mehta Chowk. He said that these were efforts of Punjab government that now Kabbadi has been known worldwide. He also honored Mrs. Gurnam Kaur mother of Shaheed Captain Manjinder Singh Bhinder.
Prominent amongst others, Mr. Baljit Singh Jalalusma, MLA, Veer Singh Lopoke, Chairman District planning board and former minister Capt Balbir Singh Bath were also present on the occasion. As per final results of league matches for men, England defeated Denmark by 44-21, Canada defeated Sweden by 42-16, Pakistan defeated Argentina by 45-20 .In women, England defeated Mexico by 38-27 and
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Harsimrat Badal meet Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu

Bathinda-Delhi Shatabdi express to halt Mansa : Minister assures Harsimrat Badal

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Bathinda, December 17, 2014: Bathinda Member of Parliament (MP) Harsimrat Kaur Badal met union railways minister Suresh Prabhu, on Tuesday, and reportedly extracted an assurance from him about the halt of the Bathinda-Delhi Shatabdi express at Mansa, which is also part of her Lok Sabha constituency.
Harsimrat swung into action after HT published a report on Tuesday about Mansa missing an halt of the train despite its three halts in Haryana.
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Bathinda, December 17, 2014: Bathinda Member of Parliament (MP) Harsimrat Kaur Badal met union railways minister Suresh Prabhu, on Tuesday, and reportedly extracted an assurance from him about the halt of the Bathinda-Delhi Shatabdi express at Mansa, which is also part of her Lok Sabha constituency.
Harsimrat swung into action after HT published a report on Tuesday about Mansa missing an halt of the train despite its three halts in Haryana.
In a press note issued on Tuesday, the office of the district public relations office, Mansa, claimed that Harsimrat was making strenuous efforts to ensure a halt of the train at Mansa and she met Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday to ensure a halt of the train there.
“Suresh Prabhu has assured Harsimrat that the train will halt at the Mansa railway station,” reads the press note.
However, no amended schedule has been issued so far and Mansa deputy commissioner Parveen Kumar Thind has only ‘hoped’ that Harsimrat’s efforts would succeed.
It would be interesting to see if the train will halt at Mansa on its first journey scheduled on December 18.
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Alliance partners are blaming each other for the situation alleges Bajwa

Modi should clarify the real position on drug smuggling in Punjab: Bajwa

By Gagandeep Sohal

Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: With the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal directly blaming the centre and the BJP run states for drug smuggling in this border state, the Congress President Partap Singh Bajwa today called upon the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi to clarify the situation to end this confusion.

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: With the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal directly blaming the centre and the BJP run states for drug smuggling in this border state, the Congress President Partap Singh Bajwa today called upon the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi to clarify the situation to end this confusion.

“The Chief Minister has written a letter to the Union Home Minister Mr Rajnath Singh urging him to take appropriate steps to tighten the vigil on the border to stop the smuggling of drugs from across the border while his Deputy Chief Minister son has demanded that the BJP ruled states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan should impose ban on poppy cultivation as these states were the source of smuggling of opium and poppy husk to Punjab. The alliance partners are blaming each other for the situation. It is for the Prime Minister to state the real position as entire information is with the central agencies”, he added.

The PPCC chief said it was now Mr Modi who had realised the gravity of situation in Punjab in his Man Ki Baat programme in which he had been frank enough to share his feel of the ground situation as conveyed to him by the hapless mothers whose sons had become addicts. Earlier, the anguish expressed by the Congress vice-president, Mr Rahul Gandhi, before the Lok Sabha election was construed to be the criticism of the Badal government. The Badal government went into counter-offensive mode. Now it was the Prime Minister had virtually reiterated what Mr Gandhi had stated earlier.

Mr Bajwa said both father and son were trying to pass the buck. The Chief Minister had virtually held the centre responsibility by alleging laxity by the Border Security Forces saying drugs were being smuggled via Samjhauta Express and the Delhi-Lahore bus. This amounted to blaming the centre directly for smuggling. He said the Deputy Chief Minister who was also the Home Minister had washed his hands off by attacking the BJP run states. It was a strange case of the alliance partners blaming each other for a situation which was affecting the future of this border state.

Under such a situation, it was the responsibility of the Prime Minister to clarify the ground situation and tell the people as to from where the drugs being used in this state emanated. He said as per the studies, the drugs prevalent in thus state were mainly synthetic, opium and poppy husk with a small number hooked to heroine. It was mainly heroine that was being smuggled from across the border. One of the main drug lords arrested by the police who had divulged the names of some Punjab ministers had been smuggling synthetic drugs and as per the information given out by the police, his drug racket had gone up to Rs 6000 crore, he added.

He said as Mr Badal had written to the Union Home Minister to tighten vigil on the border to check drug smuggling, now it was for Mr Modi to come out with the facts. It was no more an issue relating to internal wrangling between the two alliance partners. The people should not be allowed to suffer as the Prime Minister had himself made reference as to what was happening in Punjab, he added.....
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State to sign MOU with companies to provide cement on control rates

Punjab villages to witness complete facelift in next 5 years : Sukhbir Badal

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Chandigarh/Sham Khera (Sri Mukatsar Sahib) December 17, 2014 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today announced that all villages will witness complete facelift in next 5 years as CC flouring to be laid in the streets.
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Chandigarh/Sham Khera (Sri Mukatsar Sahib) December 17, 2014 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today announced that all villages will witness complete facelift in next 5 years as CC flouring to be laid in the streets.
This was stated by Deputy Chief Minister today while visiting village Sham Khera in Sri Mukatsar Sahib district where all streets having 4 km length were constructed with CC flouring at a cost of Rs. 16.61 crore besides 100 % drinking water facilities costing Rs. 26.62 crore. Mr. Badal said that it would be second biggest project being initiated by the SAD-BJP Government after making the Punjab a power surplus state across the nation. It is mentioned here that earlier Ratta Khera and Mandi Kilianwali villages in this district have CC flooring in the streets.
Deputy CM said CC flooring project would be implemented in a phased manner by the Rural Development and Panchayats Department by kicking off in another 35 villages of Lambi constituency as ordinary bricks streets were not durable due to water logging in these areas.
Terming it a dream project Mr. Badal asked the Rural Development and Panchayats Department officials to come up with a detailed proposal within a month, besides exploring the possibilities to engage village panchayats in this noble cause.
Mr. Badal also said that Punjab Government would sign memorandum of understanding (MOU) with cement companies to provide cement on control rates for public works especially CC flouring and construction of water works to reduce the project costs. Mr. Badal has also said that cement bags available at control rate would have different colour to check sale of control rate cement in open market.
Talking about the world Kabbadi cup final, he said that village Badal has fully geared up for this mega event and all preparations have already been made. He said that to provide sports facilities and give a push to sports activities in semi urban areas and villages, state government has decided to organize world kabbadi cup matches mostly small towns. Deputy Commissioner Mr. Jaskiran Singh was also present on the occasion.
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Special arrangements made on Wahga Border to facilitate Pakistani Guests

1st Group of Pakistani Jalsa Salana Qadian to cross border on December 18

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Qadian, December 17, 2014 (Ch.Maqbool Ahmad): First group of the Pakistani Jalsa Salana Qadian participants will cross Wahga Border on 18thDecember 2014. Chaudhry Abdul Wasay Chatta Deputy Secretary Internal Affairs Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Qadian told this correspondent that all the preparations to receive the Pakistani Jalsa Salana participants have been completed. Special arrangements have been made on Wahga Border to facilitate the Pakistani g....
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Qadian, December 17, 2014 (Ch.Maqbool Ahmad): First group of the Pakistani Jalsa Salana Qadian participants will cross Wahga Border on 18thDecember 2014. Chaudhry Abdul Wasay Chatta Deputy Secretary Internal Affairs Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Qadian told this correspondent that all the preparations to receive the Pakistani Jalsa Salana participants have been completed. Special arrangements have been made on Wahga Border to facilitate the Pakistani guests. He further told that special buses will bring the entire guest from Wahga Border. On the other hand Naeem Ahmad Nasir told that we have made special arrangements for guest for their breakfast and lunch at Wahga Border.....
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Swachh Bharat Mission

Weeding out of Obsolete Record: Punjab seeks compliance report from Deptts.

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The Punjab Government has accelerated the activity of weeding out of obsolete record and proper maintenance & upkeep of record as part of Swachh Bharat Mission from all departments of the state. All the departments had earlier been instructed to weed out the redundant and obsolete record biting dust since decades now the Punjab Government has sought compliance report form all the departments.
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The Punjab Government has accelerated the activity of weeding out of obsolete record and proper maintenance & upkeep of record as part of Swachh Bharat Mission from all departments of the state. All the departments had earlier been instructed to weed out the redundant and obsolete record biting dust since decades now the Punjab Government has sought compliance report form all the departments.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson of the General Administration Department said that all the departments have been asked to explain the detail of record that has been weeded out and what kind of initiatives have been taken for the proper upkeep the record using scientific method and modern technology. The information sought must be in word format and to be emailed at gurnam1001@gmaill.com.
The spokesperson said that the Punjab Government has taken this initiative to weed out old and obsolete record as a part of Swachh Bharat Mission launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He said that the compliance report thus received from all the department would be forwarded to the Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal for further action.....
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Punjab Chief Secretary to be Chairperson of this Committee

Punjab constitutes Apex Committee to monitor Digital India Programme Projects

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The Punjab Government has constituted a State Apex Committee with an aim to monitor the various ongoing Digital India Programme projects and to prioritize the execution of these projects. Chief Secretary, Punjab has been made the Chairperson of this Committee.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson of the Governance Reform Department said that this Committee has been mandated to evaluate and moni....
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: The Punjab Government has constituted a State Apex Committee with an aim to monitor the various ongoing Digital India Programme projects and to prioritize the execution of these projects. Chief Secretary, Punjab has been made the Chairperson of this Committee.
Disclosing this here today an official spokesperson of the Governance Reform Department said that this Committee has been mandated to evaluate and monitor the Digital India Programme and to prioritize the projects. He said that Principal Secretary, Governance Reforms, Principal Secretary, Finance, Principal Secretary, Planning, Secretary,Personnel, State Information Officer, NIC, Punjab Unit have been nominated as Members in this committee. Director Governance Reforms would be the Member Secretary whereas Secretaries of concerned E-Governance projects and Domain/Technical Experts would be the Invitees in this committee.
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Pakistani players demonstrates their anguish by wearing black bands

5th World Kabaddi Cup : Players mourns the brutal killings of school kids

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Mehta Chowk (Amritsar)/Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: Kabaddi players today demonstrated their solidarity with the aggrieved families during league matches of 5th world kabbadi cup and observed two minutes silence to mourn the brutal killings of school kids by terrorists in Peshawar city, Pakistan.
During introduction session with players of Pakistan and Argentina here today, Mr. Baljit Singh Jalalusma MLA, Mr Veer Singh Lopoke, Chairman d....
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Mehta Chowk (Amritsar)/Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: Kabaddi players today demonstrated their solidarity with the aggrieved families during league matches of 5th world kabbadi cup and observed two minutes silence to mourn the brutal killings of school kids by terrorists in Peshawar city, Pakistan.
During introduction session with players of Pakistan and Argentina here today, Mr. Baljit Singh Jalalusma MLA, Mr Veer Singh Lopoke, Chairman district planning board and Capt Balbir Singh Bath former minister observed silence for 2 minutes along with players and audience to mourn this heinous act and prayed almighty to grant peace to the departed souls.
Meanwhile, the players of Pakistan Kabbadi team demonstrated their anguish by wearing black bands while playing their match with Argentina.
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Department has collected 340 pesticides samples, 153 fertilizers samples & 303 seeds samples

Farmers are being provided unadulterated seeds, Fertilizers: Chief Agri Officer

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Bathinda, December 17, 2014: The agriculture department is committed to provide farmers unadulterated agriculture inputs to lessen their input costs and increase their productivity. In order to provide best quality of agriculture inputs and for quality control the agriculture department collects samples of pesticides, fertilizers and seeds from time-to-time.
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Bathinda, December 17, 2014: The agriculture department is committed to provide farmers unadulterated agriculture inputs to lessen their input costs and increase their productivity. In order to provide best quality of agriculture inputs and for quality control the agriculture department collects samples of pesticides, fertilizers and seeds from time-to-time.
Divulging this information here today, the Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) Dr Rajinder Singh Brar said that under this campaign, during the year 2014, the agriculture department collected samples of pesticides, fertilizers and seeds from different places.
Said that 340 samples of pesticides, 153 samples of fertilizers and 303 samples of seeds were collected. Of this ten samples of seeds failed, six samples of pesticides and one sample of fertilizer failed.
Dr Brar added that all the collected samples were tested from government certified laboratories. As per the state government guidelines the samples of fertilizers and pesticides would be tested again from laboratories outside Punjab, while notices have been issued to the seeds companies according to the act.
Giving information about the campaign started to test the samples of soil and water he added that during year 2014 till November, 8904 samples of soil and 2618 samples of water were tested. These samples were tested at the soil testing laboratories in Bathinda, Rampura and Talwandi Sabo. During the kharif season, the agriculture department selected three villages in every block and ran this campaign of testing soil and water. Besides testing the water and soil maples free of cost, the farmers were also told about importance of using farm chemicals in a regulated way thereby controlling its consumption in fields.
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Asks Home Minister to delete all names who are not required for any crime in Punjab

Sukhbir urges Rajnath to review black list of Sikhs maintained by Union Home Ministry

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today urged Union Home minister Rajnath Singh to review the black list of Sikhs maintained by his ministry and delete all names who were not required for any crime in Punjab.
Disclosing this here today, the Deputy CM's Media Advisor Jangveer Singh said Mr Badal had written to the Union Home minister to draw the latter's attention to the black l....
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today urged Union Home minister Rajnath Singh to review the black list of Sikhs maintained by his ministry and delete all names who were not required for any crime in Punjab.
Disclosing this here today, the Deputy CM's Media Advisor Jangveer Singh said Mr Badal had written to the Union Home minister to draw the latter's attention to the black list maintained by the Foreigners Division of the Home ministry which was causing harassment to Sikhs because it was full of discrepancies and inaccuracies.
The letter said Sikhs with names similar to those contained in the black list were being harassed at various airports. Mr Badal said foreign nationals also did not understand differences in appearances of Sikhs which resulted in a sense of discrimination among those who were type cast as anti nationals for no fault of theirs.
The Deputy CM also brought to the notice of the Home minister that the Punjab government was continuously receiving complaints from Punjabis settled abroad that the maintenance of the black list was causing problems for everyone. "They have demanded that this list should be reviewed and even done away with", Mr Badal said.
The letter said according to information available with the Punjab government, there were 63 foreign nationals on the black list maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs (as communicated to the Punjab government) for the purpose of visa restrictions. He said out of these the identity of 31 persons could not be ascertained in the absence of complete particulars. "Out of the remaining 32 persons also there is a need to review the list in consultation with the Punjab government for deletion of names of all persons who are not required for any crime in Punjab", he added.
Mr Badal also brought to the notice of Mr Rajnath Singh that presently there was no mechanism to review the black list periodically. "You would also agree that there is no tangible benefit in keeping names of persons whose identities are not fully determined on the black list. In fact the maintenance of this list has resulted in alienation of a section of Sikh diaspora without any substantial national security advantages", he said in the letter.
Requesting that the names of persons against whom there were no cases or legal proceedings pending should be removed from the black list, Mr Badal also urged for a review of the list on a regular basis.....
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Board condemns terrorist attack on children in Pakistan

DTOs asked to submit details of Private School bus drivers within 15 days

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Chandigarh December 17: The Punjab Government has directed all the District Transport Officers to submit the complete report, regarding the school buses plying in their respective districts, within 15 days.
Addressing a meeting of the members of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Punjab, Mr. Sukesh Kalia Chairman, said that the DTOs have been directed to present the complete record of the school buses like fitness certific....
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Chandigarh December 17: The Punjab Government has directed all the District Transport Officers to submit the complete report, regarding the school buses plying in their respective districts, within 15 days.
Addressing a meeting of the members of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Punjab, Mr. Sukesh Kalia Chairman, said that the DTOs have been directed to present the complete record of the school buses like fitness certificate, registration certificate, driving license number of the driver and the details of the conductor to the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Punjab. Addressing a meeting of the members of the Commission, Mr. Kalia said that strict action would be taken against the transport officers not submitting the details within 15 days. The DTOs have also been directed to ensure and certify that all school buses plying in their respective districts are complying with Supreme Court Guidelines.
Expressing concern over the casual approach and negligent driving of the school bus drivers plying vehicles without any valid documents, Mr. Kalia said that it was painful to note that the private school authorities have not been taking caution in ensuring the security of the children while commuting in school buses. Referring to the recent accident case of a school bus turned down and killing one 4 year old child at Jallandhar, Mr. Kalia said that after investigations it was found that the driver was without license.
Taking serious note of the management committees recruiting untrained drivers without any valid documents and certificates, Mr. Kalia has urged the appointing authorities to be more vigilant in recruiting the drivers. Only experienced and trained drivers so that the safety of the children could be ensured.
Mr. Kalia further pointed out that the coaching and day care centres were lacking in the basic amenities. He has also asked that authorities to make sure the proper seating arrangements, toilets, drinking water facilities and congenial atmosphere in these commercial centers. He also said that the commission would randomly check the institutes and take appropriate action against them if the basic amenities were not ensured.
The Board also condemned the recent barbaric terrorist activity in Pakistan killing more than 100 children. Mr. Kalia said that the children are the future of any country and they should not be harmed in the larger interest of the countries.
Sumer Singh Gurjjar, Secretary of the Commission, Deputy Director Mr. Rajwinder Singh Gill, members Dr. Jaswinder Singh, Mrs. Sheela Devi were present along with other officers.
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Union Agriculture Minister urges Badal to personally receive the award

Punjab bags Krishi Karman award 2013-14 as best performing in Food Grains Production

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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: In another major shot in arm of the state, Punjab has been selected by the Union government for the Krishi Karman Award 2013-14 as the best performing state in overall food grains production.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that in a communiqué, the Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Radha Mohan Singh apprised the state government with regard to this deci....
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Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: In another major shot in arm of the state, Punjab has been selected by the Union government for the Krishi Karman Award 2013-14 as the best performing state in overall food grains production.
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that in a communiqué, the Union Agriculture Minister Mr. Radha Mohan Singh apprised the state government with regard to this decision. He said that the Union government would soon organize a function to felicitate the state for this rare feat. Appreciating the state government for this achievement, Mr. Radha Mohan Singh urged the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal to receive this award on the behalf of the state.
Pertinently, this prestigious award consists of a trophy, citation and a cash award of Rs 5 crore.
It may be recalled that under the dynamic, visionary and far sighted leadership of the Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal the state has also bagged “Krishi Karman Award” for record production of food grains during year 2010-11.....
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Move aimed at giving major boost to Food Processing industry in the State

Badal gives nod for opening ‘Food Processing Training & Business Incubation centre’ at Bathinda

Hopeful of changing fortune of farmers through these Centres

Asks officers to launch special campaign for making people aware about huge potential of Food Processing Industry

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Three more such centres to come across the state

Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: With a twin objective of promoting Food Processing Industry in the state on one hand and opening new vistas of employment for youth on the other, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave nod for setting up ‘Food Processing Training and Business Incubation Centre’ at Bathinda.
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Three more such centres to come across the state

Chandigarh, December 17, 2014: With a twin objective of promoting Food Processing Industry in the state on one hand and opening new vistas of employment for youth on the other, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today gave nod for setting up ‘Food Processing Training and Business Incubation Centre’ at Bathinda.
Presiding over a high level meeting to encourage Food Processing Industry in the state here at his office, this morning, the Chief Minister said that this ‘Food Processing Training and Business Incubation Centre’ to be set up by the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) would go a long way in transforming the destiny of the beleaguered peasantry of the state, which was on the brink of economic disaster due to day-by-day squeezing margins of profit. He said that this ambitious centre to come up on the land of Bathinda Research Centre of the Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) at a cost of about Rs 7 crore would impart training to the farmers, women and youth about the innovative techniques regarding the value addition of fruits, vegetables, coarse grains and others through Food Processing, so that they could earn huge profits from it. Mr. Badal hoped that this centre to be set up on the pattern of Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), Thanjvur would change the fortunes of the Punjabi farmers in the coming years.
The Chief Minister said that in the first phase training would be imparted for the processing of fruits and vegetables into jams, jellies, pickles, juices and others whereas in the second phase to be initiated later on training for Bakery and confectionary products would be given. Underscoring the need for providing adequate marketing facilities for the products to be manufactured in this centre, he said that the PAU must construct outlets on its land in Bathinda to sell the products manufactured from this centre. Mr. Badal said that keeping in view huge scope of Food Processing Industry, Punjabi farmers could be duly benefitted from it.
Expressing concern over the lack of awareness amongst the people regarding the tremendous potential in Food processing Industry, the Chief Minister said that the state government must embark a special campaign for making the people aware about the enormous benefits they could get from this industry. He also emphasised the need for strengthening the extension services of both the PAU and Agriculture department to make the people especially the farmers aware about the huge scope in the Food Processing Industry.
During the meeting Vice Chancellor of PAU Dr BS Dhillon apprised the Chief Minister that the University would soon set up two more such centres at Hoshiarpur and Gurdaspur besides upgrading the existing one at Ludhiana.
Prominent amongst other present in the meeting included Financial Commissioner Development Mr. Suresh Kumar, Principal Secretary Food Processing Mr. SR Ladhar, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gaggandip Singh Brar, Director Horticulture Dr. Gurkanwal Singh, VC PAU Dr. BS Dhillon and Assistant General Manager (AGM) Punjab Agro Mr. Rajesh Tuli. ....
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DC conducts first meeting with newly formed Advisory Committees

Advisory Committees an integral part of Government: DC, Bathinda

Govt can work better with the contribution of Advisory Committees, DC

Members of District Level Advisory Committees distributed Identity Cards

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Bathinda, December 17, 2014: The Deputy Commissioner Bathinda Dr Basant Garg today conducted first meeting of the newly formed district level advisory committees. Interacting with the members of advisory committees in the meeting he said that these committees are an integral part of the government and their vital contribution can help government do better works.
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Bathinda, December 17, 2014: The Deputy Commissioner Bathinda Dr Basant Garg today conducted first meeting of the newly formed district level advisory committees. Interacting with the members of advisory committees in the meeting he said that these committees are an integral part of the government and their vital contribution can help government do better works.
He appealed all the members of advisory committees to give their valuable suggestions so that this people oriented government could be run in more effective manner. He said that 30 members have been nominated in each of the committee. All the members are those who have been working very well in their respective fields and are representatives of common man in true words. He directed the government officers and employees present at the meeting to take suggestions of committees’ members on government policies and try to implement the same. He added that the meetings of different committees would be conducted soon.
In the first meeting convened today, the deputy commissioner distributed identity cards to members of police affairs committee, revenue, public health, food and civil supplies, urban infrastructure and municipal services, excise and taxation, health, SC, BC and social welfare, power, cooperative and education department.
Prominent among others present at the meeting included DDPO Mr Rajinder Batra, DFSC Mr A P Singh and other officers.
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Condemned the decision of SAD Govt. to pay only basic salary to new recruits during first 2 years

Basic salary decision proves Badal Government’s bankruptcy: Manpreet

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Chandigarh, December 17: People’s Party of Punjab Chief Manpreet Singh Badal today strongly condemned the decision of the Parkash Singh Badal government in the state to pay only basic salary to the new recruits during the first two years saying it would not only affect governance but also breed corruption.
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Chandigarh, December 17: People’s Party of Punjab Chief Manpreet Singh Badal today strongly condemned the decision of the Parkash Singh Badal government in the state to pay only basic salary to the new recruits during the first two years saying it would not only affect governance but also breed corruption.
“This decision has conclusively proved that the Punjab government has become bankrupt and there is no hope of improvement in the situation over the years. What is all the more ironic that the state government has resorted to this extreme step when the Akali Dal is partner in the government at the centre and the Chief Minister had been promising in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections free flow of funds to the state after Narendra Modi took over as the Prime Minister”, he added.
Manpreet expressed the apprehension in a statement that it would not matter much in the departments or posts that were considered lucrative but at the same time, it would further breed corruption. The BJP government at the centre had been laying stress on ending corruption and providing transparent governance but the state government in which this party was a partner was only institutionalising corruption through such decisions. This was now also clear that the Badal government had lost all hope of getting financial assistance from the centre.
He asked as to why experts and specialists like engineers and doctors would be attracted to the government service on basic salary when they could get much more money in the private sector which was expanding at a fast pace. This might affect the quality of governance in the long run.
The former finance minister proposed that the both the civil and the police administration in the state were top heavy. It was difficult to count the DGPs and Additional DGPs, forget the number of IGs. The law and order situation, on the other hand, continued to deteriorate despite such a top heavy structure. Similar was the case with the civil administration. He said the government should have gone in for cuts at this level rather than starting with the savings at the lowest level.
He said on the one hand, it was being claimed that Punjab was among the most peaceful states in the country but on the other, the superstructure created during militancy by way of additional police districts continued to exist. In civil administration, small and smaller districts had been created which had only added burden on the state exchequer without improving the quality of governance.....
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Print Technology Exhibition at Kuala Lumpur, under the banner of AIFMP on 14-18 August, 2014

AIFMP distributes Rs. 9,00,397 to delegates who visited Print Technology Exhibition

By SK Vyas

Jalandhar, December 17, 2014: For the first time ever in the 65 year history of the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) an amount of Rs. 9,00,397 has been distributed to the delegates who visited Print Technology Exhibition at Kuala Lumpur, under the banner of AIFMP on 14-18 August, 2014. Giving this information, Kamal Chopra, Chairman International Cooperation said, we have already received the said grant from the Government of India....
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By SK Vyas

Jalandhar, December 17, 2014: For the first time ever in the 65 year history of the All India Federation of Master Printers (AIFMP) an amount of Rs. 9,00,397 has been distributed to the delegates who visited Print Technology Exhibition at Kuala Lumpur, under the banner of AIFMP on 14-18 August, 2014. Giving this information, Kamal Chopra, Chairman International Cooperation said, we have already received the said grant from the Government of India, Ministry of MSME under international cooperation scheme. He said, distribution ceremony for this grant-in-aid from the GoI will be arranged where this amount will be distributed to the eligible entrepreneurs who visited Print Technology Exhibition last August under the banner of AIFMP.
Speaking on the occasion, Chopra intimated that under the international cooperation scheme of the Government of India, 75 to 85 per cent of the airfare is reimbursed to the eligible registered entrepreneur possessing EM Part-2 certificate after following the prescribed procedure of submitting the feedback report and outcome of the visit. Under this scheme the entrepreneurs are encouraged to visit overseas exhibitions to learn and understand the latest developments so as to increase quality production to withstand the increasing global competition.
Speaking on the occasion, Dev Nair, President AIFMP said, it is a known fact that India is fast emerging as the factory of printing and packaging, the group members were interested to find out interested companies to get their work done from India. In these days of out-sourcing, India can become a hub of providing printing and packaging services to the world. We have an excellent potential for export of these services, but there is a need to cost competitive and leverage our capacities in this sector for this purpose. Printing and packaging industry is developing at a very fast pace and India has the advantage of having the largest English known young population. With 12.5 per cent growth per annum, Indian Printing and Packaging Industry can generate phenomenal increase in employment opportunities also. With the visit to this exhibition the delegation wanted to know and understand the latest developments and the things to come in the Printing and Packaging Industry so as to implement it in our own country.
Anand Limaye, HGS AIFMP, thanked Government of India, Ministry of MSME for providing such opportunities for the overall development of the SMEs of the country. He said, it was possible only with this small encouragement of the GoI for the smaller units to explore the overseas market, I am thankful to the ministry for such an efforts and for such kind of encouraging schemes, Anand added.....
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Deputy Commissioner Bathinda thanks the donors

Rs 1 lac donated to Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf & Dumb Children

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Bathinda, December 17, 2014: Two donors today donated Rs 1 lac to the Red Cross Society run Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf and Dumb Children. The Deputy Commissioner Bathinda-cum-chairman District red Cross Society Dr Basant Garg said that Mr Rakesh from Grey Matters and VP operations from the Max Superspeciality Hospital donated Rs 50, 000 each for the school.
Appreciating the efforts of donors he said that all of us should use one-....
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Bathinda, December 17, 2014: Two donors today donated Rs 1 lac to the Red Cross Society run Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf and Dumb Children. The Deputy Commissioner Bathinda-cum-chairman District red Cross Society Dr Basant Garg said that Mr Rakesh from Grey Matters and VP operations from the Max Superspeciality Hospital donated Rs 50, 000 each for the school.
Appreciating the efforts of donors he said that all of us should use one-tenth part of our income in philanthropic activities. He said that at Mahant Gurbanta Dass School for Deaf and Dumb Children, these special students are imparted education and skills to bring them at par with the normal children. He added that currently 186 children are studying at the school of which 86 live in the school’s hostel. The children are imparted education on the pattern of Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) and are also imparted vocational skills. He appealed people to help for the betterment of these children.....
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Haryana govt decides to celebrate December 25 as Governance Day

By Gagandeep Sohal

Chandigarh, Dec 17- Haryana Government has decided to celebrate December 25, 2014 as 'Governance Day' on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Stating this here today, an official spokesman said that on this occasion, the government would launch new system of registration in all tehsil offices so as to make the registration work favourable, easy and transparent for the people. Under the system, t....
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By Gagandeep Sohal

Chandigarh, Dec 17- Haryana Government has decided to celebrate December 25, 2014 as 'Governance Day' on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Stating this here today, an official spokesman said that on this occasion, the government would launch new system of registration in all tehsil offices so as to make the registration work favourable, easy and transparent for the people. Under the system, the registration would be carried out through the medium of e-disha centres where concerned people could come on a scheduled timing with their documents for speedy registration. In the first phase, this system would be introduced in district tehsils of Jagadhri, Thanesar, Kaithal, Jind, Karnal, Rohtak, Rewari and Faridabad.
He said that by December 25, all long pending undisputed mutations would be settled. With a view to increase the pace of work in future, the days from 12th to 26th of every month have been fixed to bring the number of undisputed mutations at zero.
He said that on this occasion, 'CM Web Portal' would be inaugurated to reduce the gap between government and people through the medium of information technology. 'CM Window' would also be inaugurated at all district headquarters so that the grievances of the people directly reach the government for redressal, he added.
Besides this, in all parliamentary constituency of all districts, 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' would be organised with the involvement of MLAs and other elected representatives concerned. This Abhiyan would also be supported by Urban Local Bodies and Development and Panchayats Departments, he added.....
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Including 4 AAGs, 19 Deputy AGs and 17 AAGs.

Khattar Govt appoints 40 Law officers

By Gagandeep Sohal

Chandigarh, December 17- Haryana Government has engaged 40 advocates in the office of the Advocate General, Haryana. As many as four advocates have been engaged as Additional Advocate General, 19 as Deputy Advocate General and 17 as Assistant Advocate General.
Stating this here today, an official spokesman said that advocates who have been designated as Additional Advocate General are Mr Ajay Jain, Mr Ashish Yadav, Mr Deepak Sabharwal and Mr Hitesh Pandit.
He sa....
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By Gagandeep Sohal

Chandigarh, December 17- Haryana Government has engaged 40 advocates in the office of the Advocate General, Haryana. As many as four advocates have been engaged as Additional Advocate General, 19 as Deputy Advocate General and 17 as Assistant Advocate General.
Stating this here today, an official spokesman said that advocates who have been designated as Additional Advocate General are Mr Ajay Jain, Mr Ashish Yadav, Mr Deepak Sabharwal and Mr Hitesh Pandit.
He said that the 19 designated Deputy Advocate General are Mr Ashok Kumar Pashrija, Dr Sushil Gautam, Mr Naresh Kumar Sharma, Mr Lal Chand Yadav, Mr Sidarth Sanwalia, Mr Naveen Kumar, Mr Dhanpat Rai Singla, Mr Baljinder Singh Virk, Mr Surinder Pal Singh, Mr Surender Singh Pannu, Mr Jasbir Singh Thol, Mr Pradeep Prakash Chahar, Mr Ajay Sharma, Mr Ashwani Kumar Saini, Mr Raj Kumar Yadav, Mr Anil Kumar Chahal, Mr Rath Tilak Redhu, Mr Gurdas Singh Salwara and Ms Kirti Singh Dalal.
He said that the 17 designated Assistant Advocate General are Mr Rajeev Kumar Doon, Ms Dimple Jain, Mr Gaurav Goel, Mr Bhupender Pawar, Mr Arun Tewatia, Mr Narender Kumar Parmar, Mr Neeraj Poswal, Mr Ajit Kumar Bhardwaj, Mr Munish Sharma, Mr Manoj Dhankar, Mr Vijesh Sharma, Mr Saurabh Sachdeva, Mr Ravi Pratap Singh, Mr Vivek Saini, Mr Pardeep Sharma, Mr Aayuwan Singh and Mr Harkesh Kumar.....
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