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August, 2008




The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal had directed the entire state machinery to keep a close tab on the flood situation to fight out any sort of eventuality arising on account of heavy rains in the State in the last 72 hours.

Mr. Badal asked the state Chief Secretary to regularly monitor the situation and should direct the deputy commissioner to accord top priority to it and added not a single life should be lost and damage to the property, if any should be effectively controlled. The Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners have been told to personally visit the vulnerable spots within their jurisdiction to control the flood situation.

The Chief Minister said that where ever the Army needed should be requested to aid the civil administration in fighting this menace.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had already directed the Deputy Commissioners to undertake a Special Girdawari in order to assess the damage caused to crops in the State on this account. The Revenue Department had also released a sum of Rs. 10.71 crore from the Calamity Relief Fund to all Deputy Commissioners.



The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Jammu & Kashmir Governor Mr. NN Vohra urging effective and immediate administrative measures to protect the life and property of the members of the minority Sikh community in J&K.

Mr. Badal also spoke to the former J&K Chief Minister Mr. Farukh Abdullah in this regard and asked to lead political and community efforts to instill a sense of security in the minds of the Sikhs who had been living peacefully in that state for centuries and have not only contributed immensely to the development there but had also played a very meaningful role in creating atmosphere of peace and communal harmony amongst the people of J&K.

The Punjab Chief Minister is also in touch with community leaders from various segment to help create better understanding amongst people belonging to various religious affiliations. The Chief Minister said that Kashmir was traditionally an oasis of peace, communal brotherhood and human understanding and it was unfortunate that a situation had been allowed to be created which has disturbed age-old bonds amongst Kashmiris professing different beliefs.

Meanwhile, Member Parliament and Shiromani Akali Dal President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal has appealed for peace and communal harmony in the valley and Jammu.

In a statement here Mr. Sukhbir Singh said that the youth volunteer of his party have been instructed to play a pro-active role in removing misunderstanding and help in bringing the traditionally tranquil state back to its idyllic position.




The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has said that the peace and communal harmony in the state will be maintained at all costs.

Mr. Badal was reacting to a reported incident of violence between followers of Sirsa Dera and the locals near Bhadaur in Barnala district this afternoon.

In a statement, the Chief Minister said that no one would be allowed to disturb the hard earned atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in the state. Mr. Badal has directed the local civil and police authorities to maintain strict vigil and not allow any mischievous element to hurt the sentiments of any community.


Chandigarh August 14, 2008

State Institute of Science Education (SCERT) Punjab, would conduct the State Level Merit Scholarship Examination for the Year 2008 on 16-11-08 to select 2210 students from class 8th in the state.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Education Department Punjab said that in this Scholarship Examination, students studying in 8th Class in the State Govt schools, Govt aided and Local Bodies Schools situated in Punjab would be eligible, who have secured minimum 55 % marks for general category and 50 % marks for SC/ST/Physically challenged students in 7th class annual examination. The medium of examination would be Punjabi/English.

He added that the successful students would got scholarship of Rs. 6000/- per month from class 9th to class 12th, but only those students, whose parents annual income does not exceed Rs. 1, 50.000/-, would be eligible to sit in the examination.

He added that there would be two question papers namely Mental Ability Test (MAT) and Subjects Eligibility Test for total 90 marks having one number marks each. Under the subject eligibility test, seven subjects namely Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, History, Geography, Civics would be compulsory.

He further added that admission forms could be down loaded from the website The Admission forms duly filled in and complete in all respects should reach the Principal of the school (Examination center) as given in the admission form by 10.9.08 where examination center in the concerned District is situated. No forms/ requests would be entertained at the State Institute of Science Education, Punjab, at Chandigarh.
It is necessary for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled tribes Category to attach the attested copy of the certificate regarding reserved caste issued by SDM/Tehsildar with the admission form. There would be 25 % reservation for Scheduled Castes, 5% for Scheduled tribes and 3% reservation for physically challenged candidates i.e 1% for each namely hearing impaired, physically and visually challenged irrespective of caste category (General, SC, ST). Candidates belonging to physically challenged category must attach one attested copy of certificate issued by the competent authority stating that the child suffers from 40% or more disability as per the PWD Act, 1995 and the disability is of permanent/temporary nature.


Chandigarh August 14, 2008

The M.C Zoological Park Chhatbir Zoo would be closed on 15th August 2008 on Independence Day.
Disclosing this here today a Spokesman of the Conservator of Forests
(Wildlife) Punjab said that the Chhatbir Zoo would remain closed due to National holiday on the Independence Day.


Chandigarh August 14, 2008
Shikha Nehra

Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh Chief Secretary Punjab has directed senior officers of all the departments of the state to take adequate flood preparedness measures during current monsoon season so that the loss incurred by heavy rains could be minimized due to the timely preventive steps taken on the part of the administration.

While presiding over a high level meeting with the senior officers of the departments of Revenue, Health and Family Welfare, Home, Animal Husbandry, Irrigation and Power, Water Supply and Sewerage, Local Bodies and Information and Public Relations to review the status of flood protection measures being taken all over the state here today, Mr. Singh asked the officers to take effective necessary preparedness measures to mitigate the impact of natural calamities.

The Chief Secretary has especially asked the deputy commissioners of the concerned districts to issue necessary alerts in the flood prone areas and evacuate the people living in hamlets along the Dhusi bands to avoid any mishap due to predicted heavy rains at least till 22nd of this month. Advising the people of Punjab, Mr. Singh said that presently the government was focused to protect human lives, infrastructure and the crops during the monsoons and the situation was well under control. Directing the deputy commissioners of major flood prone cities, Mr. Singh said that municipal corporations of these cities must be guided to take special measures on war footing to clean the sewerage system and ensure overall cleanliness including the safe drinking water in the areas for the next 72 hours.
Speaking on the occasion, he identified the list of priority flood protection works like erection of bands, studs, spurs and strengthening of banks of river beds, canals and desilting of river beds / drains, maintaining the reservoirs etc. He said that the state government has already provided necessary funds as per the requirements of the district administration and the delay in executing the works undertaken as a part of the flood protection in the state would not be allowed at any cost. He has asked the deputy commissioners to immediately identify flood prone districts and villages and take stock of the expected emergent situations during heavy rainfall forecast. There should not be any shortage of rescue and evacuation equipment, said Mr. Singh. District control rooms have been activated and equipped properly to disseminate timely warning and to supply necessary information to the high-ups, he added.



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