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July, 2008



Chandigarh, July 10, 2008

The construction work on 24 Railway Over Bridges (ROB) in Punjab was put on fast track as PWD (B&R) and Railway authorities today held a joint meeting to sort out problems being faced in the expeditious completion of these vital bridges.

Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, PWD (B&R) Minister today held a detailed meeting with Railway authorities at Civil Secretariat and reviewed the progress of each ROB. The Minister pointed out that with the increasing traffic and expansion of road network; the incomplete Railway Over Bridges were acting as traffic bottle necks. He pointed out that though work on 50 percent of Railway Over Bridges was slightly behind the schedule but in others the delay was quite long. It was pointed out that Railway authorities should sort out problems with concerned contractors for ROB Beas, ROB Morinda bye pass, ROB Jagraon, ROB Tanda, ROB Suche pind, ROB Jalandhar city (Maksoodan) as construction was quite tardy. The Minister requested the railway authorities to allot the work expeditiously on various ROBs and also sort out contractual problems with past contractors.

Mr. Dhindsa pointed out that PWD department has already completed its part of work on most of the Railway Over Bridges and Railway has to get the work completed on their portion. He said that due to delay in the completion of ROBs, besides cost escalation, public at large was being put to quite inconvenience as service roads constructed beside the bridge have also caved in.

The Minister also sought the intervention of Railway authorities in early completion of two ROBs in Bhatinda beside one Railway Under Bridge. The Railway was requested to expedite work on Railway Under Bridge Mansa and ROB Phagwara.

The Divisional Railway Manager, Ambala Mr. H.K. Jaggi assured the Minister that he would coordinate with various agencies and Divisions of Railway to get the work on these 24 ROBs completed at the earliest.

The Minister also requested the Railway to introduce sufficient shuttle trains on Ludhiana-Chandigarh route to relieve public from road traffic congestion. The Railway was also requested to reconstruct bridges and culverts on water channels on sharing basis. The Minister also made a plea for introducing computerized ticket reservation from Sunam Railway Station. A request was made to upgrade maximum number of Railway Stations in Punjab in view of increased rail traffic.

Besides Senior officials of PWD department, Mr. Gulshan, Senior Division Operational Manager and Mr. Karam Singh, Senior Division Commercial Manager also participated in the meeting.


Chandigarh, July 10:Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Science, Technology, Environment & NCES Minister today asked PEDA to take steps to expedite various renewable energy projects in Punjab to meet its commitments to achieve 10% renewable energy share of the total installed capacity in the State.

Reviewing the progress of renewable energy projects being set up / facilitated by PEDA in the biomass, hydro, cogeneration and solar sector, Mr. Majithia said that in present time of power shortage being faced by the State, it becomes imperative for PEDA to expedite its project to contribute maximum power in the power kitty.

The Chief Executive, PEDA, Sh.T.P.S.Sidhu, and other senior officers of the PEDA gave a detailed presentation about the present status and tentative completion dates for various renewable energy projects. The Minister was informed that 60MW co-generation projects in addition to 104 MW already commissioned in the month of March,2008, would start generating power by March 2009.

The Minister also reviewed the progress of biomass power projects, cogeneration and hydel projects taht have been allotted to various developers. He directed PEDA officials to extend all assistance to private developers for completing these projects in time bound manner. PEDA Chief Executive informed that five projects of capacity 3.9MW on Sidhwan branch canal are at advance stage of completion and will be commissioned by March 2009. He said that the work will commence at mini hydel project Khanpur, Sadhar, Akhara, Channowal and Gholian on Abohar branch canal during this month and these projects of total 5.5 MW capacity will be completed by Dec.2009. The PEDA officials assured the minister that it will provide required assistance, clearances to the developers in a time bound manner and will ensure the completion of the projects on time

Mr. Majithia was also given a presentation by M/s Banayan Environment Innovations Pvt. Ltd. Hyderabad, alongwith PSEB officials for providing CFL in the domestic sector through Clean Development Mechanism. The Minister asked the PSEB officials to move fast on energy conservation programme and work out the modalities so that energy efficiency in the lighting sector could be achieved by providing CFL.

Mr. A.S. Chhatwal, Secretary Science & Technology was also present in the meeting.



Chandigarh (10/07/08)

Chandigarh based Aryans Group of Institutes (AGOI) after achieving remarkable progress in the past one year, is now planning to target SAARC countries for its new courses. On the one hand, the Aryans Group is targeting SAARC countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh etc. for its intake. On the other hand, the Group is making collaborative arrangements with Organizations of USA, Canada, UK etc. for sending students abroad for higher studies as well as for the placements. The group has taken affiliation from Yashwantrao Chawan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nasik to admit NRI or foreign students. It is to be mentioned here that YCMOU is one of the the largest university of the Country having 15.5 lakh students on roll. The Group has also obtained approval of the Punjab Government to offer YCMOU Courses.

Addressing the Press Conference in Hotel Jullundur today, Anshu kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group said that recently a team of Aryans group visited Nepal and Bangladesh. In the 3rd week of July, the team is proposed to meet delegates in Sri Lanka and Bangkok. The group has also signed MoU with Nepal based leading educational consultancy organization i.e. Nepal International Educational Consultancy (NIEC), Kathmandu for the intake as there is no visa requirements for Nepali students.

Kataria also said that the Group has designed 2 different strategies for its international collaboration. One is to target under-developed countries for admissions in various courses like MBA, MCA, E-MBA, BBA, BCA, B.Sc (IT) etc. Another is to tie up with organizations of developed countries for higher studies as well as for international placements. Aryans School of International studies (ASIS), an international arm of Aryans Group has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with London School of Management Education (LSME), London. The delegates from London would also be visiting Chandigarh on 19th July, 08 & is planning to organize Seminars on 22nd July, 08.

The Group has signed MoU with a US based IT giant 'Outline Systems Inc.' for the placement of its students. According to MoU, 20 students from ABS will be placed in India or US according to the requirements of the company at a very handsome salary, Kataria added.

Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group, said that India is considered as a hot destination for higher learning for students of various Countries like USA, UK, Fiji, South Africa, Dubai and SAARC Countries. Now the dream for NRI parents has reversed with sending their children to India for better education. The major attraction for NRI students is the good quality and low cost of living of education in India.

The Press Conference was also addressed by Dr. S.P. Singh (Mentor, ABS), Dr. K. K. Mangla (Director, ASM), and Dr. Parveen Kataria (Director, ABS).


• Aryans Group to target SAARC Countries like Nepal, Bangladesh for its intake in various courses.

• A team of Aryans Group is also proposed to meet delegates in Sri Lanka and Bangkok for admissions of NRI or Foreign students.

• Aryans Group has also tied up with Yashwantrao Chawan

Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU), Nasik for admitting NRI or

Foreign students.

• ASIS, which is formed under Aryans Group has signed MoU

with LSME, London for offering higher studies.

• The Group has signed MoU with a US based IT giant 'Outline

Systems Inc.' for the placement of its students.

Ludhiana to be soon linked up with Mumbai and Kolkatta through special Railway Freight Corridors

Ludhiana July 10, 2008

On the constant persuasion of the Punjab Government, the Center has agreed in principle to allot another Railway Freight Corridor from Mumbai to Ludhiana –an industrial hub of the state, in addition to the Railway Freight Corridor from Kotlkatta to Ludhiana already approved by the Ministry of Railways.

After laying the a series of foundation stones of various infrastructure and development projects in an around Ludhiana city at a total cost of Rs 56 crore, as a part of Mega development plan of Rs 1000 crore, Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal made an announcement to this effect, while addressing the public gathering here today. He hoped that the industrial growth would further gain momentum in Punjab with the setting up of these two Railway Freight Corridors, as these would facilitate the transportation of manufactured goods and raw materials from different destination of state to other parts of the country. Mr. Badal also pointed out the Rail link from Chandigarh to Ludhiana would soon be completed, as the Ministry of Railways had already earmarked adequate funds in the Union budget during the current financial year to extend this link from Morinda to Shanewal, which would ultimately connect it with Ludhiana. He also mentioned that a high level team of Ministry of Railways was scheduled to meet him within a day or two to discuss the modalities to finalize projects of the Ludhiana- Mumbai Railway Freight Corridor, besides the direct rail-link for Chandigarh to Ludhiana.

Making a firm resolve to ensure all round development and economic growth in the state, Mr. Badal said that Punjab Government was already in the mode to prepare master plans for all the cities and towns with the provision of water supply, sanitation and sewerage facilities to the inhabitants. The basic objective to prepare these master plans was to ensure integrated and planned urban growth in view of long term perceptive. He said as many as 7000 dwelling units for the economically weaker sections would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 92 crores in Ludhiana city. Under the first phase, Mr.. Badal said he had today launched the scheme at village Gyaspur and Mundian to construct 4000 such units at a cost of Rs 40 crore and would be completed within next two years, besides he also laid the foundation stone of the fly over at Gill Chowk at a cost of Rs 16 core to de-congest the vehicular traffic in the city.

Making a fervent appeal to the residents of Ludhiana especially the industrialists not to discharge untreated effluents and municipal waste in the Budha Nala, which was causing havoc with the health of lacs of people in the state, who were residing along the banks of Satluj river. He also stated that the pollutants in the rivers, canals and ground water had rendered water not only unfit for human consumption, but for irrigation purposes due the high level of toxicity. He said, " state government alone can not check this menace rather people should launch a mass awareness campaign to tackle this problem of high magnitude resulting in the poor health of the people day by day even proving to be fatal in some rare cases. Mr. Badal also announced to construct an elevated road over the Sidhwan Canal to ensure the smooth flow of traffic to and fro from the city.

On the power front, Mr. Badal blamed the previous Conress government for blatantly ignoring this core sector and for the reasons best known to them. He said our government had planned to set up four new thermal plants at Rajpura, Bathinda, Giddarbaha and Goindwal Sahib in the state within next four years with an additional generation capacity of 7500 MW, besides the existing capacity of 6200 MW. He also stated that the Center had also given green signal to set up Sharpur Kandi Hydro- power project declaring it as the " National Project".

Mr. Manoranjan Kalia Local Government and Industries Minister said that the development and prosperity in the state was synonymous with the SAD- BJP government. He mentioned that Ludhiana City would soon emerge as one of the best Metropolitan cites of the country. He also announced that Inter- city Bus service would be launched in the mid of August to facilitate the local commuters to have hassle free travel in and around city.

Earlier the Chief Minister addressed the annual convocation at Master Tara Singh Memorial college for Women and exhorted the students to excel in the fields of academics as Punjab had tremendous opportunities for them with a superb net work of technical educational institutions in the state. He said the Punjab government has already chalked out a policy to ensure its strict implementation of the 10% total seats exclusively reserved for the brilliant and economically poor with rural back ground in the private engineering colleges.

Outlining the prospects of higher education, Mr. Badal said a World Class University would be soon set up at Amritsar to impart the state-of-the-art education to our youth to enable them to compete globally. He also said that a team from Ministry of Human Resource Development was likely to visit Punjab this week to finalize the site for setting up of a Central University in the state, which had already been approved by the Government of India. Mr. Badal announced a grant of Rs 10 lakhs to the Management of the college for the up-gradation infrastructure and expansion of the building. He also assured the Management of the College that the local Municipal Corporation would soon finalize the modalities to transfer the adjoining vacant land to the college for expansion of the campus .

Later addressing the media persons, Mr. Badal said that the state government had already asked all the Municipal Corporations and Improvement Trusts to identify the vacant land in their possession, so that these sites could be suitably utilized in the public interest.

Asked to clarify on Shiromani Akali Dal's stand on the Nuclear deal, Mr. Badal categorically said that his party's stand on this issue was crystal clear as SAD would go with the NDA. However, he said the final decision would be taken at the party level meeting , which was scheduled to be held on 15th July.

Prominent among others who addressed the function included Mr. Hira Singh Gabria Jails Minister, Mr. Harish Rai Dhanda CPS, Mr. D S Bains Principal Secretary Local Bodies Government, Mr. Harish Bedi MLA, Mr. S S Dhillon MP, Mr. Hakam Singh Gyaspura Mayor MC,

Mr. Harcharan Bains Media Advisor to CM Punjab, Principal Special Secretary to CM Mr. KJS Cheema, District SAD President Santa Singh Umedpuri, District BJP O P Bhardwaj, besides the Senior Officers of Civil and Police administration


Chandigarh, 10 July:

The Punjab Government today ordered posting and transfers of four IAS Officer with immediate effect.

Mr. Surinderjit Singh Sandhu, IAS, Presiding Officer, State Colleges & State Schools Tribunal has been transferred and posted as Secretary, Revenue and in addition Presiding Officer, State Colleges and State Schools Tribunal.

Mrs. Jaspreet Talwar, IAS, Special Secretary Finance has been transferred and posted as Special Secretary, Finance and in addition Special Secretary, Tourism vice Mr. Hussan Lal, IAS.

The services of Mr. Hussan Lal, IAS Executive Director, Punjab Sate SC Land Dev. & Finance Corporation & in addition Director, Welfare of SCs/ BCs in addition Special Secretary Tourism has been placed at the disposal of the department of Power for appointment as Secretary PSEB, Patiala vice Mr. Kumar Rahul, IAS (on training).

Mrs. Rakhee Gupta Bhandari, IAS, Director, Social Security, Women & Children Development has been transferred and posted as Director, Social Security, Women & Children Dev. & in addition executive Director, Punjab State SC Land Dev. & Finance Corporation & in addition Director, Welfare of SCs/BCs . vice Mr. Hussan Lal, IAS.




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