PUNJAB, CANADA VOW TO WORK COLLECTIVELY
TO FACE THE GLOBAL MELTDOWN
Chandigarh, January 6:
Mr. Sukh Dhaliwal, Member Canadian Federal
Parliament from British Columbia today called on Punjab
Co-operation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit Singh here at Punjab Bhawan
and deliberated on various issues of bilateral interests especially
the need for more exchange in the fields of education, latest agri-
techniques, agro processing, agro forestry, packaging and power
Welcoming the Canadian MP, Capt. Kanwaljit Singh
appreciated the concerted efforts being made by the Punjabis in
strengthening the Canadian economy and underscored the need to have
closer co-operation between the two countries. He stressed the need
to chalk out collective strategy to meet the challenges posed by
global economic meltdown. He further said that keeping in view the
fact that Punjab and British Columbia, both have agriculture as
their mainstay, could compliment each other's efforts.
Taking part in the deliberation, Mr. Dhaliwal evinced
keen interest in playing a significant role in enhancing the cooperation
between two states and was quite impressed with the strides made
by the Punjab in upgrading its infrastructure. Both the leaders
also discussed at length the impact of economic recession throughout
the world and expressed confidence that this trend would not continue
for a longer period
VIGILANCE NABBED 2 GOs & 13 NGOs, TWO
CONVICTED IN GRAFT CASES
Chandigarh January 6:
State Vigilance Bureau, in a drive against corruption in public
life, arrested two Gazzetted Officers (GOs) and thirteen Non-Gazzetted
Officers (NGOs) in fourteen different cases in last month and was
able to secure the conviction of two accused in two vigilance cases.
Disclosing this here today Mr. Harcharn Singh Bhullar, SSP-cum-Joint
Director (Admn.) Vigilance Bureau Punjab, said that Bureau has put
up its best efforts to eradicate corruption amongst public servants
and others in every sphere in the State. In this direction, the
Vigilance officers have registered trap cases, disproportionate
assets cases and criminal cases and ensured that suspect did not
escape judicial punishment in the various courts in the State.
Mr. Bhullar added that during the last month of December the Vigilance
had nabbed fifteen corrupt public servants which includes three
Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) officials, two revenue officials
and three health department employees red handed accepting bribes
in different cases. During this period VB had registered three criminal
cases and two vigilance enquiries against the suspect officials
to probe into the allegations during the month of December 2008.
Giving details he added that the special courts have sentenced
two NGOs in two different vigilance cases after finding them guilty
for one year to two years imprisonment.
Badal takes up issue
of CCI's withdrawal from cotton procurement
PM directs CCI to start procurement from tomorrow
Chandigarh January 6:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today sought Prime
Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's personal intervention to direct the
Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) to immediately resume its purchase
and procurement operations of cotton in wake of its sudden withdrawal
from these operations.
Mr. Badal raised the issue of withdrawal of Cotton Corporation
of India from the purchase and procurement operations of cotton
in Punjab during the high level meeting of Chief Minister's and
Home Minister's to discuss the issues relating to preparedness of
nation to prevent terrorists attack under the Chairmanship of Dr.
Manmohan Singh held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi saying that the
arbitrary action of CCI has not only created hardships to the cotton
grower of the state but has also resulted in the law and order situation
in the state in general and particularly in the Malwa belt.
Responding to the concern expressed by Mr. Badal, the Prime Minister
directed the authorities of CCI to resume its Purchase and Procurement
operation of Cotton in the state tomorrow and assured Mr. Badal
that the Centre was committed to complete the entire procurement
operations of cotton to be undertaken by CCI without any inconvenience
either to the farmers or the state administration.
Later during the lunch session Mr. Badal also briefed the Prime
Minister about the law and order situation arising out of the apathetic
attitude of CCI towards Punjab Farmer's. Dr. Manmohan Singh assured
Mr. Badal that he would personally intervene the matter and monitor
its progress so that the entire procurement operations were not
only completed in time but also ensure that the cotton procure from
farmers at the prescribed minimum support price.
It may be recalled here that the state Chief Minister and the
President Shiromani Akali Dal Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal had a several
rounds of meeting with the Prime Minister, Union Agriculture Minister
and Union Textile Minister to resolve this issue at the earliest
as it could foment the law and order situation in the state.
Chandigarh January 6:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today strongly advocated
the need for putting the proposed National Investigating Agency
a coordinating role for controlling the menace of terrorism in the
country. While addressing the conference of all the Chief Ministers
of the states today in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Mr. Badal also
advocated that the State Police Forces be adequately equipped and
modernized as only a state police force was in a position to understand
the ground realities.
Referring to the Mumbai terrorist strikes, Mr. Badal said that
these tragic incidents has enforced the case for equipping the local
security infrastructure. He said that if care had been taken to
prepare the local police for dealing with terrorism, "we would
not have been forced to fly commandos from Delhi and Chandi Mandir
to deal with the foreign terrorist. Precious time was lost in sending
commandos to Mumbai. As every body knows, time is of the greatest
essence in dealing with terror".
Mr. Badal assured the gathering that Punjab would continue to
remain in the fore front of any battle forced on the country. He
recalled the sacrifices made by Punjabis before and since Independence
for the national cause.
Striking an emotional chord, Mr. Badal said, "We in Punjab
are inspired by the patriotic example set before us by our great
heroes like Sardar Bhagat Singh and by the vision of our great Gurus."
Mr. Badal said that the centre needed to make a significant investment
in strengthening the state police forces. Up to now, he said, the
role of the Centre in this regard has been short of expectation.
Referring to cross border terrorism, Mr.Badal said that there was
an urgent need for fine tuning the intelligence net work. "One
of the greatest weapons in the hands of the terrorists is the element
of surprise. The only way to neutralize this is to have advance
information about their activities and designs." The Chief
Minister vehemently pleaded the case for the release of a special
package of Rs.300 crore for the modernization of State Police Machinery
to make it efficient, result oriented in order to effectively combat
the terrorism within the state and onslaught of external insurgency
across the border.
Raising the issue of cross border terrorism Mr. Badal also mentioned
that geographically we are close to the terrorism exporting countries
as the Drug Mafia and Smugglers dealing in illegal trafficking of
arms & ammunitions had created an atmosphere of unrest and insurgency
in our state. He advocated that this aspect which had lot many social
& economic manifestations should be addressed on top priority
and dealt with severely.
Distinguishing between domestic and external terrorism, Mr. Badal
said that we need to understand reasons that lead our own people
to take to arms. This, he said, has to be seen as a separate form
The Chief Minister said that the threat to internal security also
comes from left wing extremism which was on the rise in the country.
Major reasons for this are poverty; unemployment had economic disparity,
lack of basic amenities like housing, health etc. proper education
and affordable medical treatment to the poor has gone out of reach
of the common man. The forces of left wing extremism are exploiting
this situation, Mr. Badal added.
EDUCATION MINISTER UPINDERJIT KAUR CONDOLES- THE DEATH
OF KANWAR IMTIAZ
Chandigarh, January 6, 2008
The Education and Languages Minister Punjab Dr. Upinderjit Kaur
today expressed profound grief and sorrow at the sad demise of noted
Punjabi writer Mr Kanwar Imtiaz. who passed away today at his house
at Sidhwan Dona in distt Kapurthala after heart attack.
In a condolence message Dr. Upinderjit Kaur condoled that in the
death of Mr Kanwar Imtiaz, Punjab as well as literary world has
lost a writer and critic, whose writings gave it a new identity
and a social purpose. Mr Kanwar Imtiaz, as pillar of Punjabi literature
had contributed a lot to the Punjabi language and literature with
his literary books, would be ever remembered by one and all, she
The Education Minister expressed heartfelt sympathy with the bereaved
family and prayed to the Almighty to give strength and courage to
bear this irreparable loss and grant peace to the departed soul.