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May 20, 2008




The Sun Group of the UK today unveiled an ambitious institutional investments and infrastructure development plan for the State, embracing diverse sectors of energy, mining, real estate, technology, infrastructure, hotel ring and beverages. The outlines of the multi-billions dollars business vision from Punjab were discussed at a high level meeting between the representatives of the State Government and the Sun Group at the official residence of Punjab Chief Minister, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal. The Sun delegation was lead by the Chairman Mr. Nand Khemka.

Giving details of the meeting, Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Harcharan Bains said that as a first concrete gesture, the Sun Group firmed up an Rs.550 Crore multi facility project in Mohali. The Sun Group would bring in investment of Rs.200 crore in Mohali to develop a hotel besides a shopping mall and a plaza.

It may be recalled that the Sun Group had already made investment of Rs.73.23 crore to revive the unit of M/s Punjab Wireless Systems Ltd., Mohali (PUNWIRE) for production of Defence Electronics and Civil Telecom items through subsidiary M/s Elcom Systems Pvt. Ltd.

The Media Advisor disclosed that Mr.Udhay Kehmka introduced the Chief Executive Officer of Doha based Barwa International Group Mr. Ghassan Al Binali to the Chief Minister, who put forth a proposal of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in real estate in the region. Mr. Binali informed the Chief Minister that the Barwa real estate was mostly known for building development that include commercial buildings, residential areas, retail complexes and business centres and group had so far made investments worth 2.6 million US dollars worldwide.

"The group is jubilant with the investor friendly and congenial atmosphere in the state and has future plans to replicate such investment in other parts of the state viz. Jalandhar, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Bathinda", said Mr.Uday Khemka.

Mr.Uday Khemka pointed out that $ 1.5 billion Sun Group and Barwa International were considering a joint venture in real estates in high growth corridors in India with an objective of developing foreign direct investment policy compliant projects. He also mentioned that the First Investor (TFI) based in Doha, was an investment banking firm, licensed and regulated by Qatar Central Bank (QCB) providing its client base with a range of financial services. With its wide distribution network and strategic alliances, TFI's services included acting as financial advisor, underwriter and manager of debt and equity transactions.

Industries Minister Mr. Manoranjan Kalia assured the Sun Group and Barwa International that the state government was committed to boost overall growth and development in the state through synergizing its efforts with the worldwide key-players in the field of industry, infrastructure and realty.

Chief Secretary Mr.Ramesh Inder Singh hoped that the initiative taken by these groups would be reciprocated as a welcome gesture to strengthen the state's economy. On the insistence of Chief Minister, Mr. RI Singh immediately held a meeting of the representatives of Sun Group and Barwa International with the concerned senior officers of the departments for expeditious clearances of these projects as per proposals mooted by them.

Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting included Principal Secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru, Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce SS Channy, Managing Director PIDB and Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister KJS Cheema, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Ajay Kumar Mahajan.

The Chief Executive Officer SUN Real Estate London Dennis Lopez, Director India Operations Prakash Kalothia and Vice President London Office Ms. Swati Jayadevan represented the Sun Group. Director Business Development Asia Naeem Ur Rashib and Head of Business Development India Ms. Medha Ashtekar of Barwa International were also present besides CEO Mr.Mohammad Al Saad and Head of Investment Banking Mr. Gary Griffith of the First Investor.

Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab

Chandigarh: May 20, 2008

The Election Commission of India has directed that all the electors in 19-Amritsar South Assembly Constituency, who have been issued their Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPICs), shall have to produce these cards to exercise their franchise, when they come to the polling stations for voting at the current bye-election to the Legislative Assembly. The Election Commission has also directed that such residual voters, whose names are there on the electoral rolls but who have not received their EPICs, may be permitted to use alternative ID documents. The documents specified by the Commission are:

(i) Passports,

(ii) Driving Licenses,

(iii) Income Tax Identity (PAN) Cards,

(iv) Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to its employees by State/Central Government, Public Sector Undertakings or Public Limited Companies,

(v) Passbooks issued by Public Sector Banks/Post Office and Kisan Passbooks (Accounts opened on or before 31-3-2008),

(vi) Property Documents such as Pattas, Registered Deeds, etc,

(vii) Ration Cards issued on or before 31-3-2008 with photograph,

(viii) SC/ST/OBC Certificates issued by competent authority on or before 31-3-2008,

(ix) Pension Documents such as ex-servicemen's Pension Book/Pension Payment Order, ex-servicemen's Widow/Dependent Certificates, Old Age Pension Order, Widow Pension Order,

(x) Freedom Fighter Identity Cards,

(xi) Arms Licenses issued on or before 31-3-2008,

(xii) Certificate of Physical Handicap by Competent Authority issued on or before 31-3-2008,

(xiii) Air Force/Navy/Army personnel identification cards with photograph.

It is clarified that any document, as enumerated above, which is available only for the Head of Family, shall be allowed for the purpose of identification of other members of the family provided that all the members come together and are identified by the head of the family.

For those electors who have been issued EPICs, but are not able to produce it, any of the above mentioned alternative documents which has photograph of the elector on it, shall be accepted for their identification.


CHANDIGARH, May 20, 2008

The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational Irrigation Programme for the Kharif Season through Canal water from 21 May to 28 May, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on priority basis from Bist Doab Canal, Sidhwan Branch, Bhatinda Branch, Patiala feeder and Abohar Branch respectively.

Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman of the Irrigation Department said that direct distributaries of Bhakra Main Line, in Group 'A' being in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance water supplies would be utilised in Ghaggar link and its off taking channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' respectively.

The spokesman further said that the Punjab channels off taking from Harika and Ferozepur Head Works & Branches i.e. all the direct distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in-group "A" being in the first preference would run to their indent. Balance water supplies would be utilised in Abohar Branch off taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries/minors in-group "B".

The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from Upper Bari Doab Canal i.e. Lahore Branch with its distributaries being in first Preference would run to their indent. Balance Surplus water available would be utilised in Main Branch Lower, Kasur Branch Lower and Sabraon Branch with its distributaries.


Chandigarh May 20, 2008

The State Election Commission, Punjab today postponed the elections to nineteen Gram Panchayats in five districts, which were scheduled to be held on 26th May 2008 in the state and ordered to remove six election officers.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the State Election Commission, Punjab said that the polls to Gram Panchayat Talwara in Ludhiana district is countermanded and fresh date for polls would be notified separately. Besides the elections to Gram Panchayats Daulatpura and Sularpur in Jalandhar district were also postponed. In Tarntarn district 13 Gram Panchayats namely Baikan, Baikan Khurd, Tatle, Sugga, Bua Patti, Abadi Bhagwanpur, Balher, Blehar Khurd, Saddra, Kale, Marri Kamboke, Marri Udoke and Darajke, in district Sangrur Gram Panchayat Mohala and Jhundan and Gram Panchayat Saidoke in district Moga were also postponed and fresh date for polls would be notified separately.

The Eelction Commission in the case of Gram Panchayat Talwara in Ludhiana district has ordered to remove Shri Amarjit Singh Returning Officer and directed the Additional District Electoral Officer, Ludhiana to send a panel of three names for the selection of the Returning Officer. Further, Shri Amarjit Singh has been suspended for dereliction of election duty and disciplinary action initiated against him. The Commission has also concluded that Shri Gurlavleen Singh, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Jagraon has failed to discharge his duties and shown a careless and negligent attitude even when the complaint was referred to him by the State Election Commission.

The Commission on the report of the Election Observer regarding Gram Panchayat Mohaala in District Sangrur, has removed both the Returning Officer and Assistant Returning Officer and the District Electoral Officer, Sangrur has been directed to lodge a FIR to fix responsibility in the matter alleged tampering. The disciplinary action would also be taken against both the Returning Officer and Assistant Returning Officer.

He added that the Commission has also recommended to postpone the panchayat elections of Village Jhudan in District Sangrur and the Deputy Commissioner, Sangrur has been directed to lodge FIR with the police as per the recommendations of the Observer to fix responsibility for tampering of the police record and further the Returning Officer and Assistant Returning Officer has been immediately removed. The disciplinary action would be taken against both the Returning Officer and Assistant Returning Officer.

He said that the Commission, in the case of Gram Panchayat Saidoke, has removed the Returning Officer block Nihal Singh Wala District Moga who has acted in extremely irresponsible and illegal manner and directed the District Electoral Officer Moga that disciplinary action for imposition of major penalty be initiated against him. Further action in this behalf may be taken under intimation to the Commission.



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