CRICKETER HARBHAJAN SINGH OFFERS TO SET UP SPORTS ACADEMY IN PUNJAB
Chandigarh, January 30, 2011:
Mr. Harbhajan Singh popularly known as Bhajji, the famous off spinner of Indian Cricket team, who belongs to Jallandhar, has offered to set up a multi-disciplinary Sports Academy in Punjab.
Mr. Harbhajan Singh today met Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, who is Minister of Sports also, with the proposal to set up Sports Academy in the state where the budding talent of different sports could be nurtured and honed for international competitions. He said that after getting recognition in the Cricket it is my duty that I should also give back to the game that has fetched me International appreciation. He said that he was envisioning a Multi Disciplinary Sports Academy in which he would provide International level playing facilities to the players and also try to create family like atmosphere where that talent of budding players would bloom. He said that he was already in touch with international players of different games, who would pool their efforts and expertise for setting up this Academy and providing coaching to the players.
Appreciating the proposal of Harbhajan Singh Mr. Badal asked him to submit a detailed project report of the proposed Sports Academy so that government could move forward after processing the same. He assured that Punjab government would provide total support to the Sports Academy and it was already setting up four sports schools and one sports college with the same purpose. Mr. Badal sought the help of Harbhajan in scouting talent from the rural area in different games that could be provided specialized training in the proposed sports school.
Mr. Harbhajan Singh offered his full support to the Deputy Chief Minister in providing training to the students in proposed schools and colleges.
Mr. Badal informed for the first time Punjab government is organising Hockey IPL so that hockey players should get monetary benefit of open economy and their talent should be Internationally recognised. Mr. Harbhajan Singh told Deputy Chief Minister that after World Cup Kabbadi organised by the Punjab government, the Kabbadi game has got International recognition and he has got queries from even countries like Newzealand and South Africa seeking details about game of Kabbadi.
Mr. P.S Aujla, Secretary, Sports and Mr. Pargat Singh Director, Sports were also present in the meeting.
BATH FOR IMMEDIATE DISPOSAL OF NRI PROPERTY CASES
Chandigarh January 28:
Mr. Balbir Singh Bath, NRI Affairs Minister Punjab, while presiding over a meeting of the officers of the
departments of NRI Affairs, Home, Revenue and Police, has asked the civil and police officers of the state to immediately respond to the grievances of the NRIs so that they are not harassed and their
grievances are redressed instantaneously.
Reiterating the Punjab Government's resolve to watch the interests of the NRI fraternity, the Minister said that the government has initiated many new steps for the welfare of the NRIs in the state. In order to safeguard their properties in Punjab, East Punjab Rent Act has been amended empowering NRIs to get their property on rent vacated from the tenants. Moreover, every district in Punjab was having separate revenue court for the NRIs. Besides this exclusive NRI police stations have been setup in 6 districts having predominant NRI population. One court for NRI population has been opened in Jalandhar in consultation with Punjab and Haryana High Court. Mr. Bath has asked Mr. sanjay Kumar Secretary Revenue to especially look into the property cases of the NRIs lying pending with the Fast Track Revenue Courts set up for the NRIs and ensute their disposal within a stipulated time frame. He further said that all the land records would be computerized till 31st of March this year. The Minister further said that camps would be organized in 6 most affected districts of the state where on the grievances of the NRIs would be redressed on the spot.
Adding further, he said that dedicated police-stations for NRIs have been established and Exclusive and fast track courts have been set up to resolve their disputes. He said that the government has already done away with the unnecessary but cumbersome practice of filing affidavits in many spheres. He said Punjab had now emerged as the world's the most preferred investment destination with tremendous opportunities where the NRIs could invest in power, renewable energy, infrastructure and industrial growth sector and state government would provide single window service to process their investment proposals.
He said Punjab had now emerged as the world's the most preferred investment destination with tremendous opportunities where the NRIs could invest in power, renewable energy, infrastructure and industrial growth sector and state government would provide single window service to process their investment proposals.
Mr. Vikas Pratap, Secretary NRI Affairs, Mr.K.S.Pannu IG Crime, Mr. Sanjay Kumar. Secretary Revenue and Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra representing NRI Community were also present in the meeting.
FIRST PHASE OF THE WORLD BANK PROJECT ON ROAD NETWORK TO BE COMPLETED BY APRIL 2011-DHINDSA
Chandigarh January 28:-
Mr. Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Public Works Minister Punjab said that with the assistance of World Bank the upgradation of Kharar-Banur-Tepla and Ludhiana-Malerkotla-Sangrur road would be completed by April this year. The Minister was presiding over a two day International Conference on Output and Performance based on Road Contracts (OPRC).
A World Bank delegation comprising of Mr. Ben L.J. Eijbergen, Country Sector Coordinator Infrastructure (World Bank) for India, Dr. Yitzhak Kamhi, Senior Advisor/Consultant World Bank, Mr. Tony Porter and Mr. Rowan Kyle both consultants is on a visit to Punjab to monitor the performance of the ongoing World Bank project on road network in the state.
Addressing the august gathering comprising of national and international delegates, World Bank officers and officers of the Punjab Public Works, Mr. Dhindsa said that the World Bank has approved Punjab State Road Sector Project (PSRSP) at a cost of Rs. 1500 crore. This project is the largest ever road sector project under taken in the state in which 900 KM of roads shall be improved in a phased manner. During the first phase about 150KM of upgradation, 200 KM of rehabilitation and 350KM of periodic maintenance at a cost of Rs. 700 crore had already been completed.
Phase 2 of the project is envisaged to take a road network on OPRC for 10 years. The first such contract of 200KM road amounting to cost of 700 crores is being procured for which the bid documents have already been submitted to the World Bank for the approval. The work on this project is likely to start by August 2011, said Mr. Dhindsa.
Elaborating further Mr. Dhindsa said that OPRC is relatively a new concept designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the road operations in the state. He said that in OPRC the contractor is paid for the outputs of works carried out to pre-defined standards and his performance to ensure certain quality level on the road network for certain duration of time.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Ben L.J. Eijbergen, Country Sector Coordinator Infrastructure (World Bank) for India appreciated the dedication and hard work put in by the Punjabis in executing the guidelines of the World Bank in completing the tasks in time. He said that the World Bank has five billion dollars commitment in India. The World Bank is happy to extend assistance to the prestigious projects undertaken for the overall development of the state. He also appreciated the state of Punjab for its progressive approach.
Prominent among others who were present on the occasion included Mr. S.K Sandhu Secretary Public Works Department Punjab, Mr. Yogesh Gupta Project Director, Mr. Paramjit Singh Sra, Secretary Punjab Mandi Board and Lt. Gen. B.S. Dhaliwal Technical Advisor to the Chief Minister Punjab.
REGIONAL CONSULTATION ON ELECTORAL REFORMS ON FEBRUARY 5,
CHANDIGARH, JANUARY 28:
Ministry of Law & Justice Government of India is organizing a regional consultation on electoral reforms at Chandigarh on February 5, 2011. Disclosing this here today a spokesman of Election Department Punjab said that this consultation would be co-sponsored by the Election Commission of India and aimed to eliciting views and suggestion from different categories of citizens such as civil societies, political parties, journalists, legal experts and government officials.
Zonal Seminar on Revival of Agricultural Development Banks at Chandigarh on 1st and 2nd February
CHANDIGARH, JANUARY 28:
National Cooperative Agriculture and Rural Development Banks Federation, Mumbai with the collaboration of Punjab State Cooperative Agriculture Development Bank and Haryana State Cooperative Agriculture Development Bank is organizing a Zonal Seminar at Chandigarh on 1st and 2nd February, 2011 on the subject of Revival of Agricultural Development Banks
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of Punjab State Co-operative Agricultural Development Bank Ltd. said that Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister Punjab, Cooperation Minister Haryana and Financial Commissioners, Secretaries, Registrars of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh and prominent functionaries of Cooperative Sectors would participate in the seminar.
ROTATIONAL IRRIGATION PROGRAMME FOR RABI SEASON ANNOUNCED
Chandigarh, January 28:
The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational Programme for irrigation for the current Rabi Season through Canal water from 30-1-2011 to 06-02-2011. The channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on the priority basis from Patiala feeder, Abohar Branch, Sidhwan Branch, Bathinda Branch and Bist Doab Canal respectively.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the irrigation department said that Ghaggar link and its off taking channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' being in the first preference will run to their indent. Balance water supplies available will be utilized in direct distributaries of Bhakra Main Line in group 'A' respectively.
The spokesman further said that Abohar Branch off-taking from Sirhind Feeder and distributries in Group "B" being in the First preference will run to their ident. Balance water supplies available would be utilised in direct distributaries of Group 'A'.
The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from upper Bari Doab Canal i.e. Lahore Branch with its distributaries being in the first Preference would run to their indent .Balance water supplies water available would be utilised in Main Branch Lower, Kasur Branch Lower, Sabraon Branch with their distributaries respectively.
SUKHBIR PAYS TRIBUTES TO LALA LAJPAT RAI · DHUDIKE MEMORIAL TO BE TORCH BEARER FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
· WORLD CUP KABADDI TO BE HELD IN NOVEMBER
· PUNJAB TO HOST KABADDI LEAGUE ALSO
· HOCKEY IPL ALSO IN OFFING
· RECORD 100 CRORE ALLOCATION FOR 13 WORLD CLASS SPORTS STADIUMS
Dhudike (Moga), January 28: Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister today led the people of Punjab to pay tributes to Lala Lajpat Rai at his native village on his 146th birth anniversary and said that nation was indebted to him for his unparalleled martyrdom for securing freedom of the country.
Paying tributes to Lala ji by laying after wreath on his statue here today, Mr. Badal said that his sacrifice for the country would continue to guide the future generations for years to come.
Later speaking after prize distribution function in a sports tournament organized here today, Mr. Badal said that 13 countries have given their consent for World Cup Kabaddi to be held in Punjab in the month of November this year.
Mr. Badal said that SAD- BJP Government has brought Kabaddi on the World scene by organizing World Cup Kabaddi last year. Mr. Badal said that beside World Cup, Kabaddi League also organized in Punjab soon. Speaking of about traditional games of Punjab Mr. Badal said that new Sports Policy was focused on providing sufficient number of Astroturf surfaces all over the state so that budding talent of Hockey could get practice on Astroturf. He said that government was committed to restore preeminence of Punjab Hockey players in Indian Hockey team. Hesaid that Punjab government would also organise Hockey IPL soon. Focusing on nurturing traditional games at grass root level Mr. Badal said that for the first time Punjab Government is organizing Shaheed – e- Azam Bhagat Singh Punjab Games from February 28 in which players of ten disciplines of the games would vie for Rs. 25 Lakh price in each game. Mr. Badal said that for the first time after independence Rs. 100 crore have been year marked for sports department. He said that 13 World Class Stadiums including stadium in Jalandhar would be ready by 15 August 2011.
Mr. Badal said that Punjab under the SAD BJP Government has made unprecedented development in all areas that has made Congress party jittery and their hue and cry on non issues reflect their frustration. Mr. Badal said that right from Rs.82000 crore projects including Rs. 20000 croe Bathinda refinery, Five Thermal Plants, set to generate 9000 MW power, Punjab was on path of development. Mr. Badal said that all national and International surveys have rated Punjab No.1 State in the country as far as infrastructural development during last four year was concerned. He said that Punjab has already achieved substantial progress in linking all cities with 4/6 lane roads at the cost of Rs. 6669 crores. He said that during last four years 33 ROBs / RUBs have been constrtucted at the cost of Rs. 702 crore and work on 24 more ROBs was in advanced stage of construction that would be completed within this year.
Mr. Badal said that Amarinder during his 5 years tenure could not recruit a single employee where as SAD BJP Government recruited 48000 teachers, 11000 constables in Police and has made thousands of recruitment in food and supply , Excise and Taxation , Revenue and all other departments. He said that it is matter of record that all these recruitments have been done in most transparent manner and every candidate has been selected on pure merit. He said that he was happy that son of cobbler and Safai Karamchari could be recruited as Food and Supply Inspector because these recruitments were purely on merit. He regretted that Amarinder in the very first cabinet meeting imposed ban on recruitment and left schools in shambles with 45000 vacancies. He said that due to no recruitment in the government department most of the candidates waiting for government jobs got overage and their frustration was just because of wrong policies of Amarinder led Congress Government.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Mr. Jagtar Singh Rajeana, Mr. Mahes Inder Singh Nihal Singh Wala, Mr. Nidharak Singh Brar and Mr. Tirath Singh Mahla.
PUNJAB CM CONDOLES THE SAD DEMISE OF HINDI JOURNALIST balram dutt sharma CHANDIGARH, JANUARY 30:
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of a noted Hindi journalist , a columnist and the former senior assistant editor of 'Danik Triburne' Mr. Balram Dutt Sharma who passed away at his residence in Panchkula this morning after a prolonged illness.
He was 70 and is survived by a daughter and four sons. In a condolence message, Mr. Badal said that Mr. Balram Dutt Sharma was an Institution in himself and would be remembered by one and all for his outstanding services in the field of Hindi Journalism. Mr. Badal described him as a outstanding journalist who performed his professional duties with utmost dedication, commitment and sincerity there by upholding the ethics of Journalism. In his death a void has been created in the journalist fraternity which was difficult to be filled.Mr. Badal shared his heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to give strength and courage to them to bear this irreparable loss and grant peace to the departed soul
sohan singh thandal bereaved
CHANDIGARH: JANUARY 30
Chief Parliamentary Secretary S. Sohan Singh Thandal was bereaved when he lost his Brother in law (Jija ji) S.Kewal Singh who expired today He was serving in Border Road Organization and posted at Guvahati, Assam. Punjab Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal , Punjab Deputy Chief Minister S. Sukhbir Singh Badal and Agriculture Minister expressed his heart felt sympathies with S. Sohan Singh Thandal.
SUKHBIR CONDOLES THE DEATH OF BALRAM DATT SHARMA
Chandigarh, January 30:
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab today expresswd deep shock at the demise of Mr. Balram Datt Sharma (70), former News editor of Dainik Tribune and Divya Himachal, who expired at Panchkula today after a prolonged illness.
In a condolence message Mr. Badal said that Mr. Balram Datt Sharma had a long distinguished career in Hindi journalism and was known for objective analysis of complex political scenario.
He expressed heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty to give peace to the departed soul and strength to them to bear this irreparable loss.
EACH DEEMED UNIVERSITY WOULD ADOPT TEN ADARSH SCHOOLS
UNIVERSITIES OFFER TOTAL SUPPORT TO SUKHBIR TO MAKE ADARSH SCHOOL EXPERIMENT A GREAT SUCCESS
Chandigarh, January 30:
Each Deemed University in Punjab would adopt minimum 10 Adarsh Schools and all these Adarsh Schools would be commissioned by June 2011.
Representatives of various Deemed Universities and Private Engineering Colleges today called on Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal and offered to set up minimum 10 Adarsh Schools in Punjab. In a high level meeting with Deputy Chief Minister they said that they were interested in setting up Adarsh Schools because besides providing free education to the economically poor students of Punjab, these Adarsh Schools would also become feeding channel for their up coming universities. They sought the help of Deputy Chief Minister in allotment of sites for setting up Adarsh Schools at the earliest so that construction work could be started there.
Some representative of Engineering colleges also offered to set up Adarsh Schools especially in the 30 km periphery of their college and sought the help of Deputy Chief Minister in allotment of sites. Mr. Krishan Kumar Director General School Education assured Deputy Chief Minister that he would find out 160 more sites that would be allotted for construction to the Deemed Universities within one month.
The Deputy Chief Minister appreciating their gesture asked the Secretary Education to put a precondition for granting a license to Deemed University that they would operationalize five Adarsh Schools within one year of getting license and another five within two years. He said that it was imperative for each Deemed Universities to become active partner for the achieving the basic goal of “Education for All”. The Education Secretary informed in the meeting that there are 16 pending applications for Deemed Universities and one Chitkara University has been recently granted the status of Deemed University. Moreover 4/5 Engineering colleges have also evinced interest in setting up of Adarsh Schools.
Giving the progress of ongoing work of Adarsh Schools Mr. Krishan Kumar Director General School Education informed that out of 61 alloted sites, 31 Adarsh Schools would be operational by June 2011 whereas another 30 would be operational by October 2011.