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May 29, 2008



Chandigarh May 29, 2008

A Deputation of the Federation of Aarhti Associations of Punjab led by its President Mr. Ravinder Singh Cheema today called on Punjab Chief Secretary Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh and submitted a detailed charter of demands for sympathetic consideration.

Taking part in the deliberations, Mr. R.I Singh assured the members of the delegation that all their genuine demands including hassle free lifting of food grains, prompt payment of their produce and relaxation of specifications in terms of moisture contends in paddy would be thoroughly reviewed at the concerned quarters before taking a final decision at the level of the Punjab Chief Minister.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Punjab, Mr. D.S Guru, Principal Secretary, Food & Civil Supplies Mr. R.P.S Pawar and MD Markfed Mr. G.S Grewal along with the representatives of various Purchase Agencies.


Chandigarh, 29 May, 2008

A spokesman of Punjab Government disclosed here today that the Deputy Commissioner Amritsar Mr. Tejveer Singh, IAS has been transferred and posted as Director, Information & Public Relations and in addition Special Secretary, Planning against the vacant posts. Mr. Kahan Singh Pannu, IAS has been posted as Deputy Commissioner, Amritsar on return from leave.

Set own house in order before quarrelling with neighbors: Badal to Bhattal


The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today described the UT administration's token detention of some Congressmen as totally unnecessary. Mr. Badal asked the UT authorities to immediately "annul the action and not to persist with such needless tokenism." He however did not rule out the possibility of the entire show being stage-managed between the Congress leaders and the authorities in the UT which is administered by the Congress-led UPA Government at the centre. He said that the Congress show was the result merely of their internal battles for supremacy by indulging in louder and louder anti-Akali-ism and anti-Badalism. "But I am not sure how impressed Mrs. Sonia Gandhi would be with these pathetic theatricals of her party men and women," said the CM.

At the same time, the Chief Minister also reiterated his offer to meet "our Congress brethren and sisters anywhere they want me to come. If the UT police does not permit them to meet me in a large delegation, they are more than welcome to do so at any place of their choosing in Punjab. I will personally see to it that not only are our honoured opposition leaders allowed to meet me or lodge whatever protest they want to lodge but also that they are extended the fullest courtesy and hospitality which every Opposition party is fully entitled to," Mr. Badal told newsmen at a hurriedly convened press conference at his residence this afternoon.

The Chief Minister had cancelled all his engagements for the day to be available to the Opposition legislators during their protest visit to his residence. He had rushed his Media Advisor Harcharan Bains from Jalandhar in the early hours of this morning to make "the most wholesome arrangements for welcoming the Congress leaders and extending them the traditional Punjabi hospitality. Mr. Bains was asked to leave Jalandhar at 3.30 am so as to be present at the Chief Minter's residence before day break. Mr. Bains said that the CM had rescheduled even his visit to Karnataka and the swearing in ceremony of the Amritsar South victorious SAD candidate Inderbir Singh Bularia. The CM, who ws scheduled to leave for Bangalore at 12.30 eventually flew at five PM, said Mr. Bains.

Mr. Badal said he wondered how frustration generated in the minds of the Congress leaders in the wake of their humiliating defeat in each and every election since February 2007 had driven them to gimmicks unworthy of senior leaders but "I stand by their right to give any democratic expression to their feelings. We live in a Punjab which is a far cry from what it used to be between 2002 and 2007 when the Opposition leaders were thrown behind bars, cane charged and even water-cannoned. We do not want and will not allow Punjab to return to those dark days," said the Chief Minister.

Mr. Badal reiterated that his "long political life was nothing if it was not a battle for democracy, human rights and dignity of individuals, especially the elected representatives of the people. But understandably, the congress leaders find it difficult to understand and believe this. I do not blame them. Their attitude is born out of their long experience as dictatorial rulers," said the CM.

When asked whether he missed a " a prominent Congress face (Amarinder Singh) in the Opposition's protests, Mr. Badal retorted with characteristic benign sarcasm, "That prominent face is busy with more engaging commitments and a 'bigger cause.' He can sacrifice his party, his province and even his country for the sake of his 'self-chosen Cause'. But we need not be surprised. After all, the history of Kings is replete with instances when rulers threw away their thrones and responsibility towards their people for the sake of affairs of the heart," said Mr. Badal, quoting a well-known instance from British history.

The Chief Minister appeared to be at his relaxed best patronizingly advising Mrs. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal to "set her own house in order before resorting to publicizing her quarrels with her good political rivals. After all, it is the duty of every head of the family to smoothen family affairs before picking up quarrels with 'neighbours," said Mr. Badal.



Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr. Nirmal Singh Kahlon today administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly elected MLA from Amritsar South Mr. Inderbir Singh Bolaria in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here in his chamber at a simple but impressive ceremony.

Disclosing this here today a spokesmen of the Punjab government said that Mr. Badal blessed Mr. Bolaria and wished him a bright future to serve the people of his constituency with firm commitment and missionary zeal, who had reposed faith in him.

It may be recalled that Mr. Inderbir Singh Bolaria has been elected as a Shiromani Akali Dal MLA from Amritsar South constituency which had fallen vacant after the death of his father SAD MLA Raminder Singh Bolaria .

On the occasion the Mr. Kalhon presented a kit containing the relevant documents and material to Mr. Inderbir Singh Bolaria to enable him to acquaint with the rules, regulations and procedures of Punjab Assembly.

The swearing in ceremony was attended by Rural Development & Panchayat Minister Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Revenue Minister Ajit Singh Kohar, Information, Public Relations and Water Supply & Sanitation Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Health & Family Welfare Avinash Chander, Advisor to Chief Minister Dr.Daljit Singh Cheema, MLA Tarn Taran Harmit Singh Sandhu, MLA Valtoha Virsa Singh Valtoha, MLA Verka Dr. Dalbir Singh. The family members of Mr.Bolaria including his mother Smt.Harinder Kaur, sister Jyotbir and brother-in-law Bikramjit Singh Brar was also present.


Chandigarh, May 29, 2008

With a view to evaluate the implementation of the Anti-Tobacco Laws and activities regarding educating the people about the ill-effects of Tabacco and other Tabacco products in the State, the Punjab government has constituted a state level Tabacco Control Committee and district level Tobacco Control Committees.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of Punjab government said that Principle Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Punjab will be the Chairman of Sate level Committee and Managing Director NRHM Punjab will be its vice Chairman. State Nodal Officer, O/o District Health & Family Welfare, Punjab will be member Secretary. Other members of the Committee will be Director General of Police Punjab, Director Local Bodies Punjab, Director Education Punjab, Director Tourism Punjab, Director Prosecution & Litigation Punjab, Director Public Relations Punjab, Director of Factories, Punjab.

The Chairman of District Tambacco Control Committees will be the Deputy Commissioner of the district and the members of Committees will be Civil Surgeon of the district, District Health Officer/ Drug Inspector (Department of Health) and District Education Officer, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), District Attorney, District Local Bodies Officer, District Public Relations Officer, and District Labour Commissioner. Three Youth Leaders, Three Activists and three Religious personalities will be non official members of these committees, the spokesman added.


Chandigarh May 29, 2008

According to a notification issued by Road Transport and Highways Deportment Govt. of India now minimum educational qualification to get driving license to drive Transport Vehicles has been fixed 8th Class passed. This has been done after amending 8th Clause of Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989. Vehicles which falls under Transport vehicles category includes, Goods Carrier Truck, Tanker, Buses, Mini Buses, Tractor, Motor Cabs, Maxi cabs etc. Driving Licence issued before this amendment need not to fulfill this condition of passing eighth class at the time of renewal of Driving Licence or entering other vehicles in the Licence.



CHANDIGARH, MAY 29: Impressing upon the industrial and business community the need to actively participate in building a new life for our people, the Punjab Governor, Gen. (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, PVSM VSM appealed to the members of Ludhiana Management Association (LMA) to take a leadership role in empowering the people living below the poverty line through education, to make them equal partners in our development and social transformation.

Addressing the 30th Annual Function of LMA, today at Ludhiana General Rodrigues said that India is emerging as the World's third largest economy, with a targeted 9% growth rate and the other nations are looking to us for skilled manpower and management techniques. Our people have the potential, capabilities and capacities and the need is to stretch their abilities by giving them opportunities of improving their knowledge, confidence and competence. It is, therefore, imperative that we reinvent and restructure our approach with the focus on developing new techniques of equipping our youth with professional and entrepreneur skills.

Reminding the people of the various challenges faced by the Country in the post-Independence era, General Rodrigues said that major problems, like the integration of various States into one nation, shattered economy and restoring sense of unity among the people of different regions, religions and cultures confronted our national polity. It was because of the commitment and sincerity of our people that India emerged as a homogenous nation, surpassing various odds and obstacles. Today, after 60 years of Independence, our country has a distinct position in the comity of nations and huge opportunities to move forward on the path of progress and prosperity.
We all must come forward to play a participative role in the developmental process for improving the quality of life and building of a prosperous future. We have to create a feeling of "us", instead of "we" and "they", in tackling the various tasks before the Nation.

General Rodrigues presented LMA Vardhman Award for Entrepreneur of the year, 2007 to Dr. Gopal Munjal, LMA-Dayanand Munal Award for Manager of the year, 2007 to Mr. P.K. Markandey, LMA-Trident Award for Young Innovative Entrepreneur of the year 2007 to Mr. Rishi Oswal, and LMA-Satpal Mittal Life Time Achievement Award for the year
2007 to Mr. Mahashay Dharampal. He also released a Annual Journal of the LMA.

Dr. Gopal Munjal, who presented keynote address on the occasion highlighted the features of Vision 2020 with focus on restructuring our strategies for promoting agriculture, industrial economy, restructuring education system and improving Service Delivery Systems alongwith tackling various problems of fast rising population, budget deficits and prevailing corrupt practices in different fields.
He emphasized the need for strengthening collaboration between Government and private sectors for achieving better results.





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