CS ASSURES FEDERATION OF AARHTI ASSOCIATIONS
OF PUNJAB OF FULL JUSTICE
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
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.
TEJVEER SINGH POSTED AS DIPR
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
CHANDIGARH MAY 29, 2008
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
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. 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
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.
BOLARIA SWORN IN AS MLA FROM AMRITSAR SOUTH
CHANDIGARH MAY 29, 2008
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
PUNJAB CONSTITUTES TOBACCO CONTROL COMMITTEES
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,
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.
8TH PASS MINIMUM QUALIFICATION TO GET
FOR TRANSPORT VEHICLES
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.
30th ANNUAL AWARD GIVING FUNCTION OF LUDHIANA MANAGEMENT
GENERAL RODRIGUES CALLS UPON INDUSTRIAL COMMUNITY TO TAKE LEADERSHIP
ROLE IN EMPOWERING PEOPLE THROUGH EDUCATION
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
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
He emphasized the need for strengthening collaboration between
Government and private sectors for achieving better results.
PB. RAJ BHAVAN