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Chandigarh, March 15:

                Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today launched a new Highway Patrol Scheme by flagging off 50 new Royal Enfield Motor Cycles equipped with latest gadgets such as GPS system, Wireless and Mobile Phones and warning lights, with a view to make National Highways more safer, user friendly and improving the flow of ever increasing traffic, the Punjab.

          Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that these Motor Cycles have been introduced on 534 Kms.  National Highways (NH) falling in the State from Shambhu to Jalandhar, Jalandhar to Amritsar and Jalandhar to Pathankot besides roads connecting these highways to Airports at Amritsar and SAS Nagar.

          He revealed that two officers of the rank of AIG designated as AIG-NH-1 and AIG-NH-II have been deployed to monitor the working of these patrol parties and these Motor Cycles has been equipped with latest gadgets such as GPS system, Wireless and Mobile Phones, warning lights and sirens besides other aids required for traffic management and control. The Motor cycle component would patrol the 30 Kms. sections between the 17 Highway Traffic Aid Posts vehicles, Cranes and Ambulances, he added.

                Punjab DGP Mr. P.S.Gill gave a brief account of some other initiatives undertaken to ensure road security during the last three years which includes constitution of road safety council headed by Chief Minister, Punjab and Centralized notification for Speed Limits or various types of roads.  He further said that power to compound 11 types of frequently committed traffic violations under section 177 of the Motor Vehicle Act. 1988 have been given to police officials deployed on traffic duty of the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector and above. A notification to remove encroachments from the highways has also been issued which has yielded very good results, he added.   

            It may be mentioned here that Traffic Warden Scheme in major cities had already been introduced and district level traffic advisory committees represented by respectable citizens from all walks of life have been constituted.

 Mr. Rajinder Singh, ADGP/Rules and Mr. R.P.Singh, IG/Traffic was also present on the occasion.  


Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Mr. Naresh Gujral has filed their nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha seats

Chandigarh March 15:-

            Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Mr. Naresh Gujral has filed their nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha seats from Punjab today.

            Disclosing this here today Ms. Kusumjit Sidhu, Chief Electoral Officer Punjab said that both the nominee presented their nomination papers to the Secretary, Punjab Vidhan Sabha who has been appointed as Returning Officer for the said election. Mr. Dhindsa and Mr. Gujral filed their nomination papers on behalf of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), she added.

            Tomorrow would be the last day for filing of nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha seats from Punjab and election would be held on March 26, she added.


Punjab Vidhan Sabha declare Punjabi UT's first language

Punjabi assembly demands setting up of Punjabi Sahitya Academy in the City

Chandigarh, March 15:

            The Punjab Vidhan Sabha today unanimously adopted aresolution to accord Punjabi as the first language status in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

           The resolution was moved by the Punjab Education Minister Dr. Upinderjit Kaur. The resolution said that the Chandigarh city was established over nearly 30,000 acres of land of 28 villages of erstwhile Punjab. But the Punjabi, the mother tongue of Punjabis was never accorded its due respect, significance and recognition. It is being treated with indifference and neglect. The resolution demanded the first language status should be accorded to the Punjabi language in the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Punjabi should be made compulsory and taught from class 1st to 10th in all the schools.

          The resolution also demanded the setting up of a Punjabi Sahitya Academy in Chandigarh for the promotion of Punjabi literature, heritage and culture. Official work should be discharged in Punjabi along with other languages. All the sign boards/nameplates of all the government offices, roads and public places should be displayed in Punjabi. Later on the members of the Vidhan Sabha unanimously decided to call on the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to impress him to secure second language status for Punjabi in all the neighboring state.

          Earlier response to the issue raised by the Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Capt. Balbir Singh Bath who demanded first language status for Punjabi in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

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Chandigarh, March 15:

            The Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal would lead an All Party delegation to the Punjab Governor Mr. Shivraj V Patil tomorrow to press the demand for getting the first language status for Punjabi in the Union Territory of  Chandigarh.

Disclosing this here toady a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that the Deputy Chief Minister along with Education Minister Dr. Upinderjit Kaur would be accompanied by leader of the opposition Mrs. Rajinder Kaur Bhattal besides the MLAs of SAD-BJP and Congress party.

            The All Party delegation would demand due respect and recognition to the Punjabi language besides making Punjabi as compulsory subject  in the classes from 1st to 10th in all the schools of Chandigarh. The delegation would also demand for establishing the Punjabi Sahitya Academy in Chandigarh for the promotion and development of Punjabi language, literature and culture. The delegation would  also urge upon the Punjab Governor to direct the Chandigarh Administration for declaring  Punjabi as and official language and displaying Punjabi signboards and name plates in all the Government offices, roads and public places in Chandigarh.

It may be recalled that the Legislative members today unanimously adopted a resolution in Punjab Vidhan Sabha to declare 1st language status for Punjabi in the Union Territory  Chandigarh.


                                                   SHIROMANI AKALI DAL

The Patron of Shiromani Akali Dal and Chief Minister, Punjab, Sh. Parkash Singh Badal has cleared the names of Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Mr. Naresh Gujral for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Punjab. It may be recalled that the Core Committee of Shiromani Akali Dal had authorized Sh. Parkash Singh Badal to finalise the names of two candidates for the Rajya Sabha from Punjab. Consequently  upon the finalization of the names by the Patron of Shiromani Akali Dal, Sh. Parkash Singh Badal, the candidates namely Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Mr. Naresh Gujral has filed the nomination papers today. Sh. Badal has nominated both the candidates keeping in view their distinguished services for the party and in the interest of Punjab. Mr. Dhindsa has been Union Minister, Cabinet Minister, and is Secretary General Shiromani Akali Dal. Similarly, Mr. Naresh Gujral has always strongly pleaded the cause of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat in national scene. He had also been a member of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha from Punjab. 


            Women Health Awareness Camp at Indus

Mega - Gynaecology Camp At Indus

Last week was all about celebrating the power of the woman - what with the Women's Bill hitting a high at the Rajya Sabha on Women's day. To further these, Indus Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali, held a Mega - Gynaecology Camp to spread awareness on the importance of health in a woman's life. The camp held on Sunday, 14th March was a grand success with nearly 75 womencoming in to avail free Gynaecology consultation being given by eminent specialists, Dr RitambhraBhalla and Dr Seema Sharma. The ladies were also given free Hb, blood sugar and BP check-up.Cancer screening tests like Pap smear and breast examination was also done. Various counselling sessions were held to discuss problems ranging from teenage girls to menopausal women. Video-colposcopy and ultrasounds were conducted at special discounts. The CEO and COO of the Hospital, Dr SP Singh and Dr Kavita Sant announced special discount packages for women.



 Amends Recruitment Rule for Punjabi type test


          The Council of Ministers today approved the presentation of State Budget for the year 2010-11 during the 9th Session of 13th Vidhan Sabha on March 16, 2010.  

A decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal this evening, as the Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal has been advised rest for some time more.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the Punjab Government said that the Cabinet also gave approval to lay the reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India relating to Civil, Commercial and Revenue Receipts of Punjab Government for the year 2008-09, besides Finance Accounts and Appropriation Accounts of Punjab Government for the year 2008-09 on the table of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. 

The Cabinet also gave nod to amend the rule-15(2) of the Punjab Civil Services (General & Common Conditions of Service) Rules 1994.  According to the new rules, persons seeking appointment as clerks would have the option to clear the Punjabi typing test either on or manual type-writer or computer.

            The Cabinet also gave approval to amend the Punjab Advocates Welfare Fund Act, 2002 by submitting the Punjab Advocates Welfare Fund (Amendment) Ordinance, 2010 (Punjab Ordinance No.3 of 2010) to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha for amending the size of the stamp 28 mm x 39 mm instead of 1" x 2" and to convert this Ordinance into an Act.  


Memorandum to Shivraj Patil on 16 March for

implementation of Punjabi as an official language of Chandigarh

  Chandigarh March 14:

             A delegation of eminent writers, under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister Punjab S. Sukhbir Singh Badal President Shriromani Akali Dal, along with Dr Upinderjit Kaur Education and Languages Minister Punjab, will submit a memorandum to Mr. Shivraj Patil Administrator of UT Chandigarh and Governor of Punjab for implementation of Punjabi as an official language of UT Chandigarh and to make it compulsory in all its education institutions up to matriculation standard.

Disclosing this here today, Mrs Balbir Kaur, Director Languages Department Punjab said that all noted writers and journalists, who are members of the Punjab State Language Board, would assemble at Punjab Bhawan on March 16 at 4.00 PM and proceed as a Punjabi Caravan to Punjab Raj Bhawan to submit a resolution demanding proper use of Punjabi in all the Offices, Boards, Corporations, educational institutes and Subordinate Courts in the territory of Chandigarh and making it compulsory subject in all the schools.

She further said that the Chandigarh city was setup on 30,000 acre land belonging to 28 villages of Punjab after displacing its large population. But after reorganization of Punjab and Haryana states, the status of 'City Beautiful' was changed as Union Territory and declared it as a joint capital of both the states. Being the original Punjabi mother land, its official language must be a Punjabi language, she remarked.


Prof Laxmi Kanta Chawla advocates for pay-parity to Ayurvedic Doctors.

 Chandigarh, 14th March:

 Prof. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Health & Family Welfare Minister, Punjab has strongly urged the centre govt. to hold a separate entrance test for Ayurveda stream and also to ensure complete pay parity for Ayurvedic Doctors in comparison to the other doctors of the Modern system of the Medicine. She reiterated that the new era would be the period of Ayurveda.

The Minister was in New Delhi, yesterday to inaugurate the 16th Convocation and National Seminar on "Preventive Cardiology in Ayurveda" organized by Rashtriya Ayurveda Vidyapeeth (RAV). Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, MP (Rajya Sabha), Smt. S.Jalaja, Secretary, Department of AYUSH, Govt. of India, Prof. P.N.V.Kurup, President of Governing Body and Dr.V.V.Prasad, Director, RAV also participated in the function.

Dr Rakesh Sharma, Director Ayurveda, Punjab here today informed that the full-packed audience comprising of Gurus, Sishya's, Administrators and policy makers appreciated and applauded the concern and views of the Health Minister, Prof Chawla. He added that the function was well attended by many doctors from the field of Ayurveda and other medical sciences.

The highlight of the function was felicitating 'Padma Vibhushan Rajvaidya Brihaspati Dev Triguna' with the title "Living Legend of Ayurveda", who is a doyen in the field of Ayurveda. During the occasion, RAV also felicitated 15 luminaries, who have achieved exceptional milestones in the field of Ayurveda.

He added that Dr Dinanath Uppadhya, President Ayurved Mahasamelan Maharashtra also extended invitation to Prof Chawla for inaugurating the function scheduled to be held in Mumbai in the month of March.







Amritsar, March 13:

Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal Deputy Chief Minister today demanded that Supreme Court should immediately order day to day trial of 25 years old cases of '84 anti Sikh carnage to expedite the justice delivery system. Mr. Badal said that SAD would also request Supreme Court to monitor the trial of '84 riot cases on day to day basis as being done in 2002 Gujarat riot cases, to ensure justice to the families of 7000 innocent Sikh victims.

            Talking to media persons after 104th annual convocation of Khalsa college after conferring degrees and medals to 364 students here today, Mr Badal said that people of India have lost faith in impartiality of CBI and Shiromani Akali Dal would request Supreme Court to constitute Special Investigation Team of police officers with impeccable record to investigate the 25 years old case, collect evidence, provide protection to the witnesses and to pursue the cases for prosecution till all culprits were provided exemplary punishment.

            Mr. Badal said that SAD would soon approach the Apex court seeking immediate cancellation of bail to Sajjan Kumar as he through his musclemen and agents was threatening witnesses to withdraw or change deposition against him.

            Mr. Badal wondered that why a dreaded criminal like Mr. Sajjan Kumar has been let loose to pressurize, induce, influence and threaten the witnesses who already had been suffering since last 25 years. Mr. Badal said that CBI as prosecution agency has deliberately half heartedly opposed the bail plea without putting forward relevant evidences to ensure smooth bail for Sajjan Kumar. Mr. Badal said that CBI on the direction of Congress high command was hell bent to scuttle the trial of this case. He also questioned the motive of CBI of deliberately letting off Tytler from the hook.

            Commenting on refusal of Union finance Minster to roll back oil prices, Mr. Badal said that Congress party by ignoring even the pleas of its allies including TMC besides all opposition parties was reflecting the arrogance and big brother attitude. He said that Congress following its old motto of divide and rule and on the bidding of its old ally CPM was not fulfilling the wishes of Mamta Banerjee to decimate her in ensuing West Bengal elections.

         Criticising the Union government for ignoring Punjab's interests in the union budget, Mr. Badal said that non declaration of Punjab as Special Agricultural Zone (SAZ), non inclusion of granary of India in second green revolution push, making Punjab highly taxed island amidst tax holiday enjoying neighboring hill states, was a big set back for Punjab. He said that this budget reflects the continuance of discriminatory policies of Congress led Union governments against Punjab. Mr. Badal said that Punjab was seeking drastic changes in age old formula of devolving Central taxes share to the states. He said that this formula was biased against performing and less populated states like Punjab with sole motive of rewarding non achievers. Mr. Badal said that his government was seeking enhancement of state shares from present 1.3 percent to at least 50 percent.

            Criticising Union government for its failure to chalk out any specific youth related program in the budget, Mr. Badal said that union budget by ignoring youth under the age of 40 years constituting 65 percent of total population has reflected the hollowness of Union government policies. He wondered that how 'Aam Aadmi ki Sarkar' can move forward by keeping back its 65 percent population.

            Describing the Union budget as an elitist document, Mr. Badal said that this 'Aam Aadmi Ki Sarkar' has betrayed 'Aam Aadmi' by giving no relief to those having income upto Rs. 3 Lakh but ensuring Rs. 50 thousand income tax relief to those enjoying income upto Rs. 10 Lakh.

            Earlier addressing the students in his convocation address, Mr. Badal called upon youth to channelise their analytical mind and energy to build strong India that can compete with economic superpowers. He said that India was the youngest nation in the world with 65 population under the age of 40. He said that Indian youth blessed with best analytical power were set to lead the world in the coming decades. He said that India has shown to the world that with cyber revolution the country has potential to enslave even superpowers. He said that after industrial revolution that changed the face of world e-revolution led by India would put world on higher trajectory of economic growth.

            Mr. Badal said that according to UN study India with highest skilled population would emerge biggest exporter of human resource to developed countries. He said that Punjab with top most technical institute IIT being setup with investment of Rs. 1000 crores and Indian School of Business in Mohali, was committed to hone the skills of Punjabi youth. Mr. Badal said that Punjab government would sympathetically to consider the case of Khalsa college for declaring it as a full fledged university.


Punjab Sports Policy soon: Later in the day while addressing the students in 40th annual sports prize distribution function organized at Dashmesh Auditorium of Guru Nanak Dev University, Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal informed that the sports policy of Punjab government would be announced immediately after the on going budget session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha. He said that the proposed sports policy was comprehensive and each aspect including promotion of sports, creation of world class sports infrastructure, nurturing of talent from early age and provision of recruitment of sports persons in different government departments to retain the talent within state.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that the state government after granting recognition to Kabaddi was now all set to host world Kabaddi Championship from next month in the 10 districts of the state. He said that teams from 10 countries like Canada, America, UK, Pakistan and Iran etc would vie for record prize money of Rs. 1 crore for winner, Rs. 51 Lakh for runner up and 25 Lakh for second runner up.

            Reiterating his commitment to create quality sports infrastructure in the state, Mr. Badal said that the state government has decided to setup three state level institutes of sports on the pattern of national institute of sports. Mr. Badal also gave away cash prizes to the tune of Rs. 25 Lakh to 370 budding players who brought laurel to the university.

            Prominent amongst others who attended these functions included Mr. Rajmohinder Singh Majitha, Member Parliament, Dr. Ajaib Singh Brar, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Inderjit Singh, Registrar, Prof. Kanwaljit Singh, Director Sports and Dr. Daljit Singh, Principal Khalsa College.


Speech By Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Justice, Education, Languages, Civil Aviation and Vigilance Minister Punjab on the occasion of International Conference of Jurists, organized by Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana, held at Panchkula on 13-03-10,.

Hon'ble Judges, Senior Advocates, Esteemed delegates,

Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a matter of great satisfaction that Bar Council of Punjab &Haryana is organizing "International Conference of Jurists on Judicial Reforms". I deem it a great honour and proud privilege to be present here amongst the eminent jurists and galaxy of legal luminaries from all over the world.

Criminal Justice System is the combination of various organs of Government entrusted with the job of ensuring justice to all. Criminal Justice System is one of the main pillars in the democratic set up and if the system is strengthened and full infrastructure is provided then the edifice of democracy could attain great heights. But unfortunately, the criminal justice system, in the matter of speedy delivery of justice, has not been successful, largely because of the explosion in litigation, non-production of witnesses, absconding of accused, lack luster approach by the investigating officers, inadequacy of Judges, adjournment culture etc.

The whole system needs overhauling and many drastic steps are required to be taken in order to remove the short comings prevalent in it. Judicial pendency erodes public confidence in the rule of law and its direct ramification reflects in emergence of alternative justice mechanism for extra judicial measures.

It is a matter of great satisfaction that Hon'ble Dr.M. Veerapa Moily, Hon'ble Union Minister for Law and Justice on October 24, 2009 presented a vision statement to Chief Justice of India to reduce delay and arrears in the justice delivery system. In this vision statement, steps to be taken by Judiciary and Governments, both Central and States, have been delineated apart from role of Bar Councils and lawyers to achieve the object.

In the action plan stress has been laid to increase number of courts, to fill up vacancies in the judiciary, to provide more buildings and infrastructure to the judiciary, computerization, establishment of e-courts and to examine witnesses through video conferencing apart from some other procedural, management and administrative changes. It is hoped that vision statement would capture the imagination of all functionaries which include all stake holders, the judicial system, the Bar, the litigants and the Governments, both Central and States.

To achieve the above objective, Govt. of Punjab is committed to fill up vacant posts of Judicial and Prosecuting Officers and to provide modern buildings and infrastructure to the courts besides taking other steps that may be necessary to strengthen the justice delivery system. At the end, I applaud the role of Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana for its positive role in initiating and furthering a meaningful dialogue to strengthen the objectives of justice delivery system by organizing this Conference on Judicial Reforms.

I trust that deliberations during this two-day Conference would highlight innovative ideas and suggestions which, when implemented, would go a long way to speed up the justice delivery system.

I extend my best wishes for the fruitful deliberations during the Conclave. I also extend warm welcome to all distinguished dignitaries on behalf of our worthy Chief Minister, Sardar Parkash Singh Ji Badal. He sends his deepest regards to each one present here in particular the Hon'be Chief Justice of India, who has steered the judiciary through these momentous years and has taken major steps to enhance the image of the judiciary keeping in view the public aspirations.





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