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Punjab News: 2010

New state level Telecom Towers Regulatory Policy

CHANDIGARH, March 9, 2010

                   For drafting a state level Telecom Towers Regulatory Policy, the Punjab Information Technology Department will carry out a comprehensive census of all existing telecommunication towers in the State in the next one month. This was decided in a meeting chaired by Information Technology Minister S. Adaish Partap Singh Kairon and attended by  senior officers of departments of Information Technology, Local Self Government, Rural Development and Panchayats, Industries, Punjab Small Industries & Export Corporation, Punjab State Electricity Board and Punjab Pollution Control Board. 

                   A state level census of existing telecom towers has been ordered because at present, none of the five or six departments receiving applications related to construction of such towers have complete statistics about the number of such towers which have cropped up all over the State without any permission. 

                   Mr. Kairon also emphasized the need to insist upon multiple usage of the telecom towers so that every telecom company does not set up its own telecom towers to cover the same area and generate unnecessary congestion, noise and vibrations  arising out of accompanying generators . For that purpose, a study group has been constituted under Principal Secretary Information Technology Mr. Sarvesh Kaushal to explore as to how many telecom towers are required to cover the entire geographical area of the State and the minimum optimum number of nodal telecom towers which should be jointly used by all telecom service providers.

                   The state policy would include comprehensive guidelines for setting up telecom towers in residential areas, commercial areas as well as in the rural areas of Punjab.  The policy will prescribe strict specifications regarding natural disaster and earthquake resistant structural design, construction material and least polluting telephony and electricity generating equipment and recommend uniform fee structure.  The issues related to receipt of applications at centralized single windows, prescribing timelines for various processes and fees etc. will also be duly addressed while drafting the policy.



Chandigarh, 9 March:

Prof. Luxmi Kanta Chawla, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Punjab has decided to increase the incentive for decoy patients from Rs. 20000 to Rs. 50000 each to nab centers indulging in alleged sex determination.

                   This was stated here today by the Minister while presiding over a meeting with the senior officers of the department, for initiating further steps to improve sex-ratio in the State. She said that the State Government would also initiate dialogue with the Central Government to enhance the prize money for outstanding village panchayats that improve sex-ratio to more that 1000 in a year from Rs 1.5 lac to 2 lac in the next financial year.

                   Adding further She said that the funds for this purpose would be provided from National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) budget being allocated by the Central Government.


CEO Punjab issues notification for Five Rajya Sabha seats


Chandigarh March 9:

                   Office of the Chief Electoral Officer Punjab has issued a notification for two biennial elections to fill up five vacancies arising from the State of Punjab on 9th April, 2010, one biennial election is to fill three vacancies of Sh. Ashwani Kumar, Sh. Naresh Gujral and Sh. Dharam Pal and the other biennial election is for filing up the two vacancies of Sh. Manohar Singh Gill and Sh. Varinder Singh.

                   Disclosing this here today Ms. Kusumjit Sidhu, Chief Electoral Punjab said that nomination would be filed upto March 16, 2010 and scrutiny would be held on March 17, 2010. Last date for withdrawal of candidatures has been fixed for March 19, 2010, whereas poll would be held on March 26, 2010 from 9:00 AM to 4:00PM.

                   She further said that secretary Punjab Vidhan Sabha has been appointed as returning officer for the poll. Nominations could be filed with effect from March 9 to March 16, 2010 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM except public holidays. Elections process would be completed upto March 29, 2010, she added.




Chandigarh, March 9

Shiromani Akali Dal Member Parliament from Bathinda constituency Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal today urged the Union Agricultural Minister Mr. Sharad Pawar to take an urgent call to allow relaxation in Out Turn Ratio of paddy to rice from 67 to 62 percent as 40 lac tones of paddy was rotting in Punjab.

          In a communiqué to Union Agriculture Minister, Mrs. Badal brought to his notice that with harvesting season of Rabi Crop approaching fast, Punjab was facing tough situation of storage with the failure of Food Corporation of India (FCI) to lift 40 lakh tonnes of paddy that was rotting in Punjab, at the time thousands of poor of the country going hungry every day.

           She brought to the notice of Agriculture Minister that FCI was not lifting the PAU 201 variety of rice claiming that the damage was higher than accepted norm of 5 percent. Mrs. Badal said that this higher in yield and less water consuming variety of rice was duly certified by ICAR study conducted by CIPHET Ludhiana. She said that even one laboratory had passed the samples drawn by officials of PFA.

          Referring to the relaxation granted in out turn ratio of paddy to rice from 67 to 64 percent in the year 2001-2002 amid change in climate conditions, Mrs. Badal said that inspite of 65 percent less rainfall in Punjab during last summer, together the farmers and Punjab government put in all their resources to ensure the food security of nation. She said that fighting with worst ever drought of the centaury, with the combined efforts, Punjab produced 168.35 lakh tons of paddy, whereas, there was shortage of paddy in the rest of the country. She said that in view of the drought situation, leaving alone the appreciation for hard work, neither the farmers not the state has been compensated.

          Mrs. Badal said that Mr. Sharad Pawar should intervene at the earliest and allow this relaxation on one time basis to solve the crisis being faced by granary of the country.





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