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Punjab News: 2010





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21st  March 2010

 The Biannual elections to the Governing Body of Chandigarh Senior Citizens' Association for the term 2010-2012 concluded today at the Auditorium of Government Museum and Art Gallery, in Sector 10. The record turnout of over 51% is an index of enthusiasm among members several of whom came on wheel chairs or with walkers. 98 years old Sh KD Dhawan, convalescing after a recent illness, however preferred to walk the 50 meters from the car park. 

Of the nine posts, to be filled by direct election, six had already been returned unopposed. As such elections were held only for the posts of President, Vice President and Secretary Public Relations. The following were declared elected:

 President                           Brig. (Retd) Keshav Chandra
Vice President                    Smt. Surjit Kaur
Secretary Public Relations   Sh. Joginder Singh Jogi

 The nine members elected unopposed are:

Secretary Projects              Smt Promila Mahna
Secretary Medical               Dr GL Goyal
Secretary Welfare               Smt Harbir Kaur
Secretary Organization        Er RA Sakuja
Secretary Media                 Sh Surinder Verma
Chief Convener                  Sh SC Passi

Sd/-  DS Grewal
Secretary General

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Demand for scrapping of article 370 raised in the function

Madhopur (Pathankot), March 20

The Nation today paid glorious tributes to Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookherjee, first Martyr of independent India, who laid down his life for a principle of one nation, one flag, one constitution. Thousands of people led by Mr. Mohan Rao Bhagwat, Sar Sanghchalak, Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, Mr. Lal Krishan Advani, former Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, National President BJP and Mr. Prem Kumar Dhumal Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh fondly remembered the selfless sacrifice of Dr. Mookherjee at the border point of Punjab-J&K border, from where in 1953 he started his campaign to make J&K integral part of India, to make it possible for every Indian citizen to visit J&K without permit.

       To perpetuate the contribution of Dr. Mookherjee towards unity and integrity of the country, his life size statue was unveiled here by all leaders naming the place as Ekta Sathal.

       As the leaders recalled the sacrifice of Dr. Mookherjee, the Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that countries that keep alive the memory of their martyrs make over all progress.  

       Speaking on occasion Mr. Mohan Bhagwat gave a call to launch a second struggle to abolish Article 370, the last remaining symbol of disintegration. Mr. Bhagwat also demanded respectable rehabilitation of 3.5 Lac Kashmiri Hindu migrants back in valley, who were suffering in different part of country. Appreciating the Punjab Government for making glorious attempt to perpetuate the memory of Dr. Mookherjee, Mr. Bhagwat criticised Union Govt. for soft peddling Pakistan on issue of terror. Mr. Bhagwat gave a call to launch second struggle to complete the integration of J&K with India.

       Speaking on the Occasion former Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Lal Krishan Advani said that the struggle that Dr. Shayamal Prasad started in 1953 would complete only if Article 370 was repealed from the constitution. He said that we became victim of British policy of disintegrating India, even after partition of Pakistan. He recalled the contribution of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, then Home Minister for integrating princely states back into India. He said that the demand for autonomy for J&K or restoring pre 1953 status would be suicidal for the integrity of the country.

       Paying glorious tributes to Dr. Mookherjee, Mr. Nitin Gadkari, National President BJP rued the fact that India has failed to settle J&K issue even 62 years after independence. He said that appeasement policies of UPA government were encouraging terrorism and naxalism in the country. Flaying UPA for starting talks with Pakistan under pressure of foreign countries Mr. Gadkari said that talks with Pakistan would be futile till Pakistan was fomenting terrorism from its soil. Demanding the immediate repealing of Article 370, Mr. Gadkari said that Dr. Mookherjee's sacrifice would not go in vein. The BJP President also recalled the sacrifice of 4 Sahibzadas of Guru Gobind Singh, Guru Tegbahadur Ji and described Guru Gobind Singh as national hero.

       Paying his humble tribute, Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal Deputy Chief Minister said that the present generation indebted to freedom fighters who laid down their lives in the prime of their youth so that we could all breathe in peace. He said that this statue of Dr. Shayama Prasad Mookherjee would continue to guide and motivate present generation about the value of his sacrifice in keeping India intact. Mr. Badal said that martyrs belong to whole nation and does not belong to any religion, cast or region. He said that nations' who keep alive the memory of their martyrs, always prosper. Mr. Badal said that Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal was eagerly waiting for this momentous day but could not come here personally due to ill health.

       Earlier, the leaders unveiled the statue of Dr. Shayama Prasad Mookherjee that has been erected at the joint border of Punjab, Himachal and J&K. A photo gallery showing the pictorial history of Dr. Mookherjee's contribution in freedom struggle was also inaugurated on the occasion.

       Prominent amongst those who also participated in the function included Mr. Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister Himachal Pradesh, Mr. Shanta Kumar, former Chief Minister Himachal Pradesh, Mr. Chaman Lal Gupta, former Minister of J&K, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu and Mr. Avinash Rai Khanna, both MPs, Mr. Ashwani Sharma, State President BJP, Mr. Balbir Punj, Incharge BJP Punjab affairs, Mr. J. P. Nadda (HP), Mr. Tarun Vijay, Spokesman BJP, Mr. Ram Lal, Mr. Kamal Sharma, General Secretaries.

       From the state cabinet all BJP ministers including Mr. Manoranjan Kalia, Master Mohan Lal, Mr. Tikshan Sud, Mrs. Lakshmikant Chawla, Mr. Swarna Ram and CPS Mr. Jagdish Sahni were also present.

       Thousands of people from Punjab, Haryana and J&K paid glorious tributes to Dr. Mookherjee.


Offices of district attorneys to be computerized-Upinderjit Kaur

Chandigarh March 20: For quick disposal of judicial and administrative work, the Punjab Government would computerize the offices of District Attorneys in the state. Besides, 28 more posts of Assistant District Attorneys would be filled soon.

             This was disclosed by Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Education, and Justice, Minister Punjab here today. She was speaking on the inauguration of 5 day training programme for newly appointed Assistant District Attorneys in the Prosecution and Litigation Department, Punjab commenced today in the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Punjab, (MGSIPAP) Chandigarh.
 She said that justice delivery system is an important organ of democracy and the Public Prosecutors play an important role in it.

Speaking on the steps taken by the State Government for speedy delivery of justice,  the Minister told that 92  Assistant District Attorneys have already been recruited  and 28 more posts of Assistant District Attorneys have also been created. The vacant posts in the Prosecution and Litigation department would be filled up by promotions very soon.

 The Minister further said that offices of District Attorneys in the Punjab would be computerized shortly which would result in quick disposal of judicial and administrative work. The State Government was committed to provide basic facilities and required infrastructure in judicial Court Complexes in the State, She added.

 She exhorted the Judicial Officers to work in Punjabi in the subordinate Courts as the Punjab Government had already promulgated the Punjab State Language (Amendment) Act 2008 which ensures that all judicial work would be conducted and pronounced in Punjabi Language in the State.

    Sh. B.K.Srivastava, Director General, MGSIPAP in his welcome address expressed hope that this programme would be quite helpful to the newly appointed ADAs and it would bring efficiency in their work. Mr. Avtar Singh Sandhu, Director, Prosecution and Litigation, hoped that the Public Prosecutors would perform their duties with efficiently and sincerely so that the public may get speedy justice Mr. J.R.Singla, Director, Centre for Law, Justice and Governance of MGSIPAP thanked Minister and other officers. Mr. Amar Ashok Pathak, Joint Director, Prosecution/Crime and Mr. Pardeep Mehta, Joint Director, Vigilance Bureau delivered lectures on Evidence Act and Prevention of Corruption Act and shared their experience as Public Prosecutors with the trainees. Among others Mr. H.S.Sindhu, former Director, Prosecution and Litigation and Mr. Arvinder Singh Rai, Additional Director, Prosecution and litigation, Punjab also participated in the programme.





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