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June, 2008



CHANDIGARH 23 JUNE: A high level delegation led by Shiromani Akali Dal President S. Sukhbir Singh Badal will rush to Mumbai tomorrow where it will meet the members of the family of S. Balkar Singh the innocent Sikh who was killed in a tragic and barbaric incident there. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Core Committee of Shiromani Akali Dal which was presided over by its patron and the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal.

Disclosing this, Chief Minster's Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains said that the delegation would also call on Chief Minister of Maharastra Mr.Vilas Rao Deshmukh to urge him to take strictest possible action against the culprits responsible for this incident. The delegation would also impress upon the Chief Minister of Maharastra to take immediate administrative measures to safeguard the life and property of the minority Sikh community there. Shiromani Akali Dal has appealed to all the countrymen including the Sikhs to maintain the atmosphere of peace, communal harmony and amity at all costs as preached by the Great Gurus. The delegation would also meet the injured in this unfortunate incident and their family members.

The delegation will comprise senior leaders of SAD including S.Charanjit Singh Atwal, S.Sewa Singh Sekhwan, S.Prem Singh Chandumajra, S.Maheshinder Singh Grewal, S.Manjit Singh Greater Kailash, S.Avtar Singh Hit, S.Onkar Singh Thapar and Dr.Daljeet Singh Cheema.


Chandigarh 23 June: Shiromani Akali Dal and Bhartiya Janta Party today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the tragic and barbaric killing of the innocent Sikh Youth Balkar Singh recently in Mumbai and demanded a strictest possible action against the guilty involved in the incident.

The Coordination Committee of the two parties met at the official residence of the Punjab Chief Minister Mr.. Parkash Singh Badal who presided over the meeting.

Giving details of the meeting, Chief Minster's Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains said that the two parties appealed to all the sections of society to maintain peace, communal harmony and amity at all costs. He said that SAD-BJP government reiterated its firm commitment to maintain peace in the state under all circumstances. "No one will be allowed to disturb the hard earned atmosphere of peace, Punjabi unity and communal harmony in the state," the coordination committee declared in a joint statement issued later.




Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today paid glowing tributes to the legendary leader Panth Rattan Master Tara Singh and described him as one of the key architects of modern India. "It is due only to Master Tara Singh ji that the western borders of India did not shrink upto Yamuna as the great leader waged a long and relentless battle for preserving the present geographical entity of the country", said Mr. Badal in a statement here on the eve of 124th birth anniversary of Master Tara Singh.

Meanwhile, the Shiromani Akali Dal President Mr.Sukhbir Singh Badal also paid rich tributes to the legacy of the great leader and described him as an icon for new generation. Mr. Sukhbir Singh said that the coming generations will always remember Master Tara Singh ji with deep gratitude and respect.

In his statement, the Chief Minister recalled recalled the singular role played by Master Tara Singh for securing justice for Punjab after independence. He spearheaded the movement for linguistic reorganization of Punjab (Punjabi Suba) and also for safeguarding the interests of the Sikh community as a minority in India. He signed the historic Master Tara Singh – Nehru pact which prohibits the Central Government from taking any decision involving the religious rights of the Sikhs without the prior consent of the SGPC.

The Chief Minister however regreted that the Congress governments at the Centre always betrayed the commitments made to the Punjabis in general and Sikhs in particular forcing them to undertake long and difficult struggles to get justice. Mr. Badal appealed to the younger generations to follow the example set by the legendary Master Tara Singh for the Chardi Kala of Sikh Panth.




Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today strongly condemned the Chandigarh administration's action against peacefully protesting the BJP leaders and workers in the city this morning against the unprecedented price hike that had affected one and all. He also condemned the registration of the case against the BJP leader and Member of Parliament Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu.

In a statement here, Mr.Badal said that the Chandigarh Administration ran against the basic norms of democratic functioning. He demanded immediate withdrawal of the case and asked the UT administration to act with restraint while dealing such peaceful demonstrations.



Chandigarh June 23, 2008

The Department of AYUSH, Government of India has decided to organize a series of workshops to sensitize health administrators, surgeons, medical scholars and patients about the centuries old Kashar-Sutra therapy to cure ano-rectal disorders. The first workshop will be held in Mohali on June 28.

Disclosing this here today an official spokesman said that this therapy was already been used by the allopathic doctors and surgeons of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMER), AIIMS New Delhi and PGIMER, Chandigarh for management of Fistula-in-ano and found it 14% more effective than classical surgery with minimal/negligible post-operative complications. The spokesman said that it has been decided to popularize this ancient method of treatment to benefit larger strata of population living in remote rural areas.

It is noteworthy that some prestigious hospitals in the country including Vardha Medical College, J.J. Hospital Mumbai, Apollo Hospital New Delhi have established separate Kashar Sutra treatment units. Kashar-sutra was presently also being practiced in various countries including Japan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Describing the strategy to take the benefits of this therapy to the maximum people, the spokesman said that AIIMS New Delhi has agreed to compile total data in this therapy at national level through Internet and various centers can get registered with AIIMS for this purpose.

It may be added that the department had already held workshops on the theme of Homoeopathy for mother and child health, yoga for mental health, Unani medicine for skin, Ayurveda for Geriatric care and quality assurance of Ayush Drugs.


Sukhbir Badal also hails landslide victory in Bathinda MC Elections


Chandigarh June 23, 2008

The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today described the sweeping victory of SAD-BJP alliance in the Bathinda Municipal Corporation election as a "forceful mandate for peace and development in the state."

In a statement here, Mr.Badal also thanked the people of Bathinda city for their overwhelming support for the policies and programmes of the ruling alliance.

Mr. Badal resolved that the Government was committed for the all-round development of Bathinda and would strive towards putting Bathinda on the international map through world-class infrastructure and industrial development.

The Chief Minister reiterated his government's commitment to serve the people with even greater resolve and stated that the government
would work towards the overall development of Bathinda.

He especially congratulated and thanked the workers and leaders of
the SAD-BJP alliance for converting the peoples support into concrete
results. He said that the fact that the Congress could win only 6
seats out of the 50 seats was itself a proof that the Party had been
totally isolated from the people.

It may be added that the SAD-BJP Alliance was able to secure three-fourths victory by winning 38 of the total 50 wards, with Congress winning in only 6 seats.

Meanwhile Member Parliament & Shiromani Akali Dal President Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal also hailed the landslide victory of SAD-BJP Alliance in the Bathinda Municipal Corporation Election. He termed the people's mandate as a testimony to their unflinching trust and confidence in the polices and programmes of the SAD-BJP Government. He also congratulated the leaders and workers of SAD as well as BJP for this superb victory. He stated that the crushing defeat of the congress party in these elections was a pointer towards its complete isolation and rejection in the political circle of Punjab.



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