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The Empowered Committee under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, today approved 13 new Mega Projects to be set up in Punjab with an investment of about Rs.21278.77 crore with an employment potential of about 65,094 persons.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that these approved projects included; two manufacturing projects viz. Nector Lifesciences Limited (Rs.600 crore) at village Khanpur in district Patiala and Tayal Energy Limited (Rs.335.36 crore) at Kotakpura in Faridkot district with a total investment of Rs.935.36 crore thereby generating total employment potential of 2100 persons.

The spokesman further said that the two Industrial Park projects approved included one, Rhythm Textile and Apparels Park Limited (Rs.134.56 crore) in district Nawanshehar and another CCI Industrial Estate and Cluster Co-operative Industrial Society Limited (Rs.105.61 crore) in Mohali district with a total investment of Rs.240.17 crore and employment generation of 35000 jobs.

Three Multiplexes of M/s. Prime Infrawell Private Limited, Patiala and M/s.Stadia Infrastructure Project Private Limited and two Hotel projects of M/s. Fantasy Hotels India Limited in districts of Patiala, Jalandhar & Amritsar with an investment of Rs.791.44 crore had also been approved with an employment generation capacity of 1754 jobs.

The spokesman further said that four projects of Super Mega Mix Use Integrated IT/Industrial Park projects including VAR Realtors Private Limited, Ludhiana (Rs. 4321 crore), Pravesh Promoters Private Limited, Jalandhar (Rs.10555 crore), PACL India Limited, Ludhiana (Rs.2186 crore) and PACL India Limited, Patiala (Rs.2218 crore) were also approved with a total investment of Rs.19280 crore thereby generating total employment potential for 35,000 persons.

The empowered committee also approved an Agro based Industrial project namely Chahal Spintex Limited at village Kotshamir in district Bathinda with an investment of Rs.31.80 crore having employment potential of 140 persons.

The Empowered Committee had so far approved 19 projects in its various meetings with total investment of about Rs.11825.14 crore. The projects sanctioned so far were coming up in the districts of Nawanshehar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bhatinda, Sangrur, Ferozepur, Faridkot and Panthankot (Gurdaspur district) and were under various stages of implementation.

With the approval of 14 new Mega Projects total number of approved projects had now gone up to 27 with the total investment of Rs.330103.91 crore, the spokesman added.

Prominent amongst others who attended the meeting included; Local Government Minister Mr. Manoranjan Kalia, Finance Minister Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal, Agriculture Minister Mr. Sucha Singh Langah, Forest Minister Mr. Tiksan Sud, Tourism Minister Mr. Hira Singh Gabria, Revenue Minister Mr.Ajit Singh Kohar, Transport Minister Master Mohan Lal, PWD (B&R) Minister Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Chief Secretary Mr. R.I. Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr.D.S.Guru, Financial Commissioner Revenue, Ms.Romila Dubey, Financial Commissioner Development Mr.R.S.Sandhu, Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce Mr. S.S.Channey, Principal Secretary Irrigation & Power Mr.Suresh Kumar, Secreary Housing & Urban Development Mr.Arun Goyal, Principal Secretary Forests Mr.R.C. Nayyar and Managing Director Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Mr. S.K.Sandhu.No.


Chandigarh September 3, 2008

The Punjab Government today announced state awards to the sixteen teachers of government and aided schools of the state.

Disclosing this here today Dr. Upinderjit Kaur Education and Languages Minister Punjab said that the state awardees were selected strictly on the basis of merit and their superb performance in the field of education by the various sub committees of the department constituted in this regard. The committees have personally visited the respective schools to judge and enquire about the performance of the teachers who applied for the awards.

She said that the suggestions of these sub committees were again scrutinised by the state committee and recommended the ten state awards to secondary teachers. Only six state awardees were selected from elementary teachers who were eligible in the merit above 60 % in their academic achievements.

Giving details Dr. Upinderjit Kaur said that from secondary teachers Ms. Sangita, Lecturer English, Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School Panjgrain Kalan Distt. Faridkot, Dr. Satinder Singh, Lecturer Commerce, Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School (GGSSS), Ferozepur, Gurmeet Singh Lecturer Commerce Govt. Model Senior Secondary School, Kharar, Joginder Kaur Head Mistress, Govt. High School, Muradpura District Amritsar, Harjit Singh Balari Lecturer Economics & Incharge Principal, Govt. Senior Secondary School (GSSS) Issru District Ludhiana, Karnail Singh SS Master, GSSS, Bir Hodla Kalan District Mansa, Rana Preet Kaur Principal. GGSSS, Mandi Gobindgarh District Fatehgarh Sahib, Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Hindi Master & Incharge Principal, GSSS, Reond Kalan District Mansa, Bhupinder Kaur Headmistress, Guru Nanak Mahavidyalya, Sr. Secondary School Ahmedgarh, District Sangrur and Mann Singh Principal Bhai Gurdas GSSS Basarke Gillan Distt. Amritsar would be awarded.

Adding further the Minister said that from elementary schools Amarjit Singh EET Teacher, Govt Elementary School (GES) Bugga Distt. Tarntarn, Amarjit Kaur Bhatti Head Teacher, GES Gopal Nagar Distt. Amaritsar, Gurprit Singh Incharge Head Master, Govt. Middle School Zafarkot Distt. Amritsar, Sarbjit Singh ETT Teacher, GES Jawandpur Distt. Tarntarn and Varinderjeet Kaur Punjabi Mistress, GES Makhewala Distt. Mansa would also be honoured with state awards.

The Minister said that the state awards would be presented to the awardees on Friday 5th September, the Teachers Day, being organised at SAS Nagar (Mohali) at 11 AM. On the occasion S. Sukhbir Singh Badal Member Parliament and President Shiromani Akali Dal would be the Chief Guest and Bibi Harsimrat Kaur Badal would also grace the occasion as a guest of honour.


Parliamentary Delegation of Bhutan calls on Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha

Chandigarh, September 3, 2008

: 19 members delegation headed by MR. H.E. Lyonp Jigme Tshultim, speaker of the National Assembly Bhuttan, today called on Mr. Nirmal Singh Kahlon, speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha in his Vidhan Sabha chamber.

The delegation was on study tour and discussed at length the working of Punjab Vidhan Sabha, with the speaker and appreciated the smooth working of the Vidhan Sabha. He said we would also bring certain changes in our parliamentary functioning to improve it further.

Earlier welcoming the delegation Mr. Kahlon invitied the delegation at his residence for dinner.

Mr. Madan Mohan, Secretary Vidhan Sabha was also present in the meeting.

Other prominent members of the delegation includes Mrs. Aurn Pema Choden, wife of Mr. Lyonp Jigme Tshultim, Mrs. Sonam Penjor, Mrs. Sonam Penjor, Mr. Choida Jamtsho, Mr. Rinchem Dorji, Mr. Ugyen Dorji, Ms. Karma Lhamo, Mr. Ugay Tshering, Mr. Ugen Wangdi, Ms. Lila Pradhan, Mr. Kesang Namgyel, Dr. Mani Kumar Rai, Ms. Pema Lhamo, Miss Jigme (Daughter of Speaker0, Mr. S. Chatterjee, Mr. Ram Lal Yada, Mr. Hemant Kumar.




In a landmark decision, the Punjab Cabinet today cleared the draft bill for the Punjab Languages (Amendment) Act to make the study of Punjabi compulsory up to class X Government and private schools.

Giving details, Mr. Harcharan Bains Media Advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal said that the Bill, once becomes an Act, would apply equally to the schools affiliated to the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Indian Certificate Secondary Examination (ICSE) through out Punjab. Similarly, all the official work in the government offices and semi-government institutions would be carried on in Punjabi. All official correspondence and the official work in all Colleges and Universities in the state would also be carried in the Punjab Language, Mr. Bains said.

While presiding over the Cabinet meeting, Mr. Badal described this decision as "One of the happiest decisions of my life", Mr. Badal said that, " the Cabinet has in effect saluted the entire unmatched history and tradition of the Punjabi people. Today's decision has profound historical and cultural dimensions and is our humble tribute to the Language, which symbolizes the unparalleled spiritual legacy of our great Masters. Our great Gurus poured out their divine message to the entire mankind, bestowing upon it the stature of Gurmukhi (the language of the Gurus)", said Mr. Badal describing September 3 as the a red letter day in the history of the people of Punjab.

Mr. Badal said that the Punjabis all over the world would celebrate the occasion with illumination of their houses on the pattern of the Diwali.

The Bill, the draft of which was piloted in the Cabinet meeting by the Education Minister Dr. Upinderjit Kaur would be introduced in the forthcoming session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha beginning tomorrow.

In another decision of major significance, the Cabinet gave its approval to the setting up of Ayurvedic University in the State. The University would be located in the foot- hills of the Shivalik range in Hoshiarpur district known for its rich and exotic fauna and flora. The district had been chosen since its soil is congenial for the growth of herbal medicine parks which were supplementary and complementary for the promotion of Ayush in Punjab. The need for this university which would be only the 3rd in the world of its kind was felt in view of the growing awareness of alternative system of medicine to promote Ayush which covered Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani Siddha and Homoeopathy apart from Ayurveda which were earlier popular in large number of states of our country have now caught global imagination with many countries of Asian, European and American continents evincing deep interest in these. With growing popularity and wide acceptability of Ayurvedic and Yoga, India had now become a major medical Tourism Center for international tourists as a sizable chunk of Medical Tourists prefered Ayurvedic medicinal treatment as a traditional health care system.

The Cabinet also approved the Punjab Protection of Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Prevention of Violence and Damage to Property) Bill 2008 to be placed in the coming session of Vidhan Sabha for its enactment providing for punishment to offenders who indulged in violence against Medicare Service Persons or damage the property in Medical Service Institutions etc.

It may be recalled that Chief Minister's Media Advisor Mr. Harcharan Bains gave an assurance to this effect on behalf of the Chief Minister to a deputation of striking doctors including office bearers of the Indian Medical Association, Punjab to bring this legislation on the pattern of Andhra Pradesh to safeguard the interests of the medical fraternity.

Mr. Bains also disclosed that the Cabinet also placed on record its appreciation for Mr. Badal for commencement of work on Punjab's ever biggest 1980 MW Thermal Power Plant at Banawali (Talwandi Sabo) as a major step towards ushering in an era of power revolution on one hand and making Punjab a 'Power Surplus State' on the other. The cabinet also commended the officers and officials of the state government and Punjab State Electricity Board for the timely initiation of this prestigious project and expressed gratitude to the people of Punjab who attended the function of the historic launch of this project in teeming lacs.

The Cabinet also gave its nod for the conversion of the Punjab Value Added Tax (Amendment) Ordinance, 2008 into an act through presentation of the bill in the forthcoming session of the Punjab Assembly. Likewise, the cabinet also gave approval for amending Section 13 of the Punjab Value Added Tax Act, 2005 regarding provision for input tax credit through presentation of a Bill in the coming session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

The Punjab Government today released the installment of Rs. 11 crore as a 50% Dearness Allowance merger in the basic pay of Government aided colleges in the state

Chandigarh, September 3, 2008

Besides, the Carrier Advance Scheme (CAS) for the Librarians and Physical Education Lecturers of Aided Colleges has also been implemented.

Disclosing this here today Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Education & Languages Minister, Punjab said that the higher education department has received a memorandum of Punjab and Chandigarh College Teachers Union in this regard and acceded to their genuine demands by releasing the pending installment for 50% D.A. merger since 2002. She said that the CAS for aided colleges have also been implemented from 6 August, 2008.

The Minister added that the UGC letter no. 1/94(PS) dated 12-2-2008, regarding participation in refresher courses/summer institutes each having duration of three/four weeks, have also been implemented by the higher education department from 6-8-2008.

Adding further Dr. Upinderjit Kaur said that the state government is committed to provide quality education to the students and asked the teaching faculty to devote their full attention in imparting better study to the students.

Called Press Conference:


Convener Secretary
Dr. Manmohan Singh Prof. J.S. Sidhu
I.A.S. (Retd.) Former Secretary,
Former Secretary, Higher Education Pb. Punjab School Edu. Board.
Former D.P.1. (Colleges) Pb.& Tel. No. 0172 - 2212339
Former Director Technical Education Pb.
Tel. No. 0172 – 2274842


Dear Editor / Bureau Chief / Correspondent,

Punjab Govt. have withdrawn its letter of consent for changing the status of Punjab University to that of a Central University. Some vested interest are still spreading distortions and disinformation through media and otherwise. In order to make people aware of the correct perspective and clarify doubts / misgivings being spread, some senior senior educationists will hold a press conference on 04/09/2008 at 11:00 A.M. in the Seminar Hall of Punjab Book Centre, Sector – 22B, Chandigarh.
You are requested to attend or depute your representative to cover this Press Conference.
Thanking you.
Yours sincerely,

(Prof. J. S. Sidhu)
H.No. 2002, Phase – X,




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