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April 04, 2008



Chandigarh April 4, 2008
Shikha Nehra

; A Pakistan delegation headed by Mr.Ansar Burney, Former Federal Minister for Human Rights, Pakistan and Member Advisory Committee, United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva today called on

Justice R.S. Mongia , Chairman Punjab State Human Rights Commission at Chandigarh and discussed vital issues concerning human rights in the state of Punjab and Pakistan.

Mr. Burney said that his priority was to strengthen the Indo-Pak relationships, promote mutual understanding, goodwill and amity between the two neighborly countries. He said that his visit to India was intended primarily to discuss issues relating to peace, justice and human rights. He said that nobody wanted terrorism, war, and any kid of discrimination between the people of these two countries in the region. He made a fervent appeal to the people of both countries to strengthen the existing relationships

through frequent interaction, exchange of ideas and free movement between the two sovereign states.

Referring to the Pakistani prisoners in various jails of Punjab, he said that steps were being taken to expeditious their repatriation to Pakistan. The Punjab Govt. has promised to take up the issue with the Govt. of India regarding the release of all the 49 prisoners who have completed their sentence in Punjab jails.

Speaking on the occasion Justice R.S.Mongia, Chairman PSHRC said that during a recent inspection, 46 internees belonging to foreign countries were found lodged in the transit camp at the Central Jail, Amritsar. Most of the internees were complaining that though they had already completed the term of their imprisonment, but they were not being deported to the country of their origin. The Jail authorities offered the explanation that they had already informed the authorities concerned of the Union Government for deportation of the internees, but due to certain technical problems, deportation was being delayed. Some of the internees said that they were having valid passports and entered India legally. They over-stayed or did not go back to their country due to certain reasons beyond their control. They requested that their case might be dealt with separately. The Jail authorities were asked to expedite their cases in accordance with law and deport them to the country of their origin as soon as possible in order to avoid violation of their human rights.

Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia. Information and Public Relations Minister Punjab, Mr.B.C.Rajput, Justice R.L.Anand, Mr K.K.Bhatnagar all members of PSHRC and Mr. B.Sarkar, Secretary PSHRC were also present on the occasion.




Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of a veteran journalist Mr.Gurbax Singh Banuana popularly know as 'Baba Banuana', who died at Nakodar after a prolonged illness this morning. He was 80 and is survived by his widow a son and a daughter.

In a condolence message, Mr.Badal said that Mr. Banuana was an outstanding journalist who performed his professional duties with utmost dedication, commitment and sincerity. In his death the journalist fraternity has lost a gem and a vacuum has been created which was difficult to be filled.

Mr. Badal expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to grant peace to the departed soul and give strength and courage to them to bear this irreparable loss.

Meanwhile, Member Parliament and President Shiromani Akali Dal Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal also condoled the death of Mr.Gurbax Singh Banuana.

Information & Public Relations Minister Mr.Bikram Singh Majithia also shared his condolences with the family of Mr.Banuana and described him a multi faceted personality dedicated to the cause of freedom of the press.

Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr.Harcharan Bains also mourned the death of Mr.Banuana. He said; 'Mr.Banuana was a journalist to the core and a social activist who sincerely propagated the ethics of journalism'.

Meanwhile, Principal Secretary Information & Public Relations Mr. DS Jaspal and Director Information & Public Relations Mr.Tejveer Singh also mourned the sad demise of Mr.Banuana.

It may be recalled that Mr.Banuana worked as journalist in Nawan Zamana, Ajit and Akali Patrika and presently he was an editor of Punjabi managzine 'Virsa' published by Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall Committee, Jalandhar. He also edited 'Gadar Goonjan' and many books on freedom movement. He was honoured with an award of 'Shiormani Patarkar' by the Punjab Government.



Chandigarh, April 4, 2008

Under the dynamic leadership of Punjab Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal, Technical Education and Industrial Training Department was always keen to impart professional training to youth of the state so that they could avail better job opportunities.

Disclosing this here today Ch. Swarna Ram, Technical Education & Industrial Training Minister Punjab said that centrally sponsored schemes such as "up gradation of Government ITI's in to Centre of Excellence and up gradation of government ITI's through Public Private Partnership were also initiated in the Institutions of the State. Under these Schemes all government Industrial Training Institutions were being upgraded.

Under Centre of excellence Schemes up-gradation of 20 ITIs has been started in which latest technology training programme has been started. Besides this three more institutions would start the training during the month of August, 2008. During the year of 2007-08, 23 institutions were also given the status of Centre of Excellence by Central government in the year of 2008-09, 10 to 11 more institutions would be given the status of Centre of Excellence. Under this scheme Rs. 3.5 crore outlay was kept for each centre of excellence of in which 75 percent grant was provide by the Centre Government which would benefit 7000 apprentice, he added.

The Minister further said that remaining 70 ITIs were being upgraded under "up gradation of Government ITI's through Public private partnership scheme Rs. 50 Crores has been allotted for the up-gradation of 20 ITIs of the state during this month. Under this scheme 3000 apprentice would get the benefits and after the implementation of these schemes skilled labour could meet the requirements of Industrial units in the state.


Chandigarh, 4 April, 2008
Naginder Singh

State Government has made all arrangements to supply 7.93 lac MT of fertilisers to farmers during Kharif season 2008, so that they could get maximum yield from their crops.

Disclosing this here today Mr. Sucha singh Langah, Agriculture Minister Punjab said that 6.27 lac MT of Nitrogen , 1.26 lac MTof Phosphorus and 0.40 lac MTs of Pottash would be provided timely to farmers of the state. The Minister said to ensure proper distribution of fertiliser 10546 sale points have been identified out of which Cooperation agencies was allotted 3644 sale points, PAFC 19 while private agencies would distribute fertilizer from 6884 sale points in the state.

During Kharif 2007 total 7.10 lac MT of fertilizer was consumed. There would be no shortage of fertilizers during Kharif season assured the Minister.



Chandigarh, 4 April, 2008

The Punjab Government has decided to start semester system in colleges in Post Graduate Courses from this academic year. Under-Graduate courses would be covered by the semester system from the next academic year i.e 2009-2010.

This decision was taken by Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Education Minister Punjab in a meeting with Vice Chancellors of all the Universities of the state held here today. The Vice Chancellors accepted the proposal of higher Education department Punjab to hold the Semester System in PG Courses in the colleges as well as in University neighbourhood campuses. It may be added here that semester system was already in place in all the University campuses.

It was also decided in the meeting that these universities would coordinate with each other for uniform syllabus and standardization of courses being run by the Universities.

The Education Minister has instructed the Secretary Higher Education and Vice Chancellors to send their suggestions / objections to the National Council for Teacher Education New Delhi regarding dilution in the academic and building norms for running of B.Ed Colleges in the State.

It was also decided to rationalise the various posts in the Government colleges where strength of students is not up to the norms on University Grants Commission (UGC). The number of students for a subject in Urban and Rural Colleges were also fixed to run a course.

In this meeting among others Mrs. Anjali Bhawra, Secretary Higher Education, Mr. Jaspal Singh, Vice Chancellor Punjabi University, Mr. R.P. Sobti, Vice Chancellor Punjab University and Mr. R.S. Bawa, Registrar Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and Kanwarjit Singh DPI Colleges Punjab were also present in the meeting.


Chandigarh April 4, 2008

:State Vigilance Bureau in a drive against corruption in public life arrested 7 Non-Gazzetted Officers (NGOs) in 7 different cases last month and was able to secure the conviction of 4 corrupt officials in 2 different cases. Those convicted by special courts included a Panchayat Officer, Panchayat Secretary, former Sarpanch and a Revenue Patwari for two years and one year imprisonment each on embezzlement and graft charges respectively in two different cases.

Disclosing this here today Mr. Harcharn Singh Bhullar, Joint Dierctor (Admn.) Vigilance Bureau Punjab, said that Bureau has put up its best efforts to eradicate corruption amongst public servants and others in every sphere in the State. In this direction, the Vigilance officers have registered trap cases, disproportionate assets cases and criminal cases and ensured that suspect did not escape judicial punishment in the various courts in the State. During this period VB has registered 7 Vigilance Enquiries and 9 criminal cases to probe into the allegations.

Giving details he added that in the last month Mr. Tirlok Singh Panchayat Officer, Mr. Mukhtiar Singh Panchayat Secretary, Mr. Balwant Singh former Sarpanch of village Mianwind distt. Tarntarn have been sentenced by the court of Mr H.S Dhaliwal Additional Sessions Judge Tarntarn after finding them guilty in an embezzlement case for two years imprisonment with fine of Rs. 3000/- each. In another corruption case Mr. Amarjit Ram Revenue Patwari, Mal Halqua, Bhandal Himat, Distt Jalandhar has been convicted by the court of Sh. S.K Mehta Additional Sessions Judge Jalandhar for one year imprisonment with fine Rs. 1000/- in a corruption case registered against him.



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