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August, 2008



Chandigarh August 8, 2008

Punjab Government has announced the programme for unfurling the National Flag and taking salute on the Independence Day the 15th August, 2008.

Punjab Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal will unfurl National Flag in a state level function at Ludhiana on 15th August, 2008.

Whereas Speaker Punjab Vidhan Sabha S. Nirmal Singh Kahlon will unfurl the National Flag at Gurdaspur, Mr. Manoranjan Kalia Local Government and Industries Minister at Amritsar, S. Ranjit Singh Brahampura Rural Development and Panchayat Minister at Tarn Taran, Capt. Kanwaljit Singh Co-operation Minister at Patiala, Mr. Manpreet Singh Badal Finance Minister at Jalandhar, Sh. Tikshan Sud Medical Education and Research Minister at Hoshiarpur, Dr. Upinderjit Kaur Education Minister at Ferozepur, S. Adesh Partap Singh Kairon Food & Civil Supplies Minister at S.A.S Nagar, Mrs. Lakshmi Kanta Chawla Health Minster Punjab at Fatehgarh Sahib, S. Ajit Singh Kohar Revenue Minister at Nawanshahr, Master Mohan Lal Transport Minister at Barnala, S. Gulzar Singh Ranike Animal Husbandry Minister at Mansa, S. Parminder Singh Dhindsa PWD (B&R) Minister at Faridkot, Ch. Swarna Ram Social Security Minister at Kapurthala, S. Sucha Singh Langah Agriculture Minister at Mukatsar, S. Janmeja Singh Sekhon Irrigation Minister Bathinda, Mr. Hira Singh Gabbria Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister at Sangrur, S. Bikram Singh Majithia Information & Public Relations Minister at Ropar,

Similarly Deputy Speaker and Chief Parliamentary Secretaries will unfurl National Flag as follows, Sh. Satpal Gosain Deputy Speaker at Moga, Sh. Jagdish Sahni at Batala, Harish Rai Dhanda at Malerkotla, Sh. Sarwan Singh Phillaur at Phillaur, Sh. Jagdeep Singh Nakai At Rampura Phul, S. Sheetal Singh at Bagha Purana, Smt. Mohinder Kaur Josh at Dasuya, Sh. Arunesh Shakar at Mukerian, S.Bikramjit Singh Khalsa at Khanna, S. Sher Singh Ghubiaya at Abohar, Sh. Avinash Chander at Jagraon, S.Sukhpal Singh at Zira, Sh. Raj Kumar Khurana at Rajpura, Sh. Desh Raj Dhugga at Garhshankar and Sh. Nand Lal at Pathankot.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today called upon the Punjabi writers, intellectuals and artists to extend whole hearted support and cooperation to the state government in eradicating the social evils from the society on one hand and to promote the cause of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat not only in the country but across the globe on the other.

Addressing a "Shiromani Sahitkar Puraskar" function organized by Punjab Languages department held here at the Law auditorium of the Panjab University, Mr. Badal who was the guest of the honour said that the government would introduce a bill for the legislation of the amended Punjab State Languages Act in the forthcoming monsoon assembly session to make it more effective besides to take steps to ensure working in Punjabi in all the Government offices and take punitive action against errant officials, from top to bottom, violating these guidelines. He commended all the political parties for the enactment of this Act cutting across the political affiliations. He said that it was a land mark decision to give due honour and recognition to the Punjabi language with the passing of this legislation.

Appreciating the Punjabis for their indomitable spirit of leadership and entrepreneurship, Mr. Badal pointed out that they have carved out a special place for themselves where ever they settled in the world. He bemoaned that we had been denied our legitimate rights despite our immense contribution to the extent of 70% in the national food pool. He also mentioned that Punjabis had made over 80% sacrifices in the Indian freedom struggle but none had ever recognized our contribution rather they tried to marginalized us and some times branded us communal and separatist. He stressed the need to initiate a vigorous movement to wipe out this misconception from the minds of the people by instilling the feeling that Punjabis were patriots to the core and therefore he asked the Punjabi intelligentsia to play a pro-active role in this behalf.

Presiding over the function, Education & Language Minister Dr.Upinderjit Kaur highlighted the role of Punjabi in the Indian literature and underscored the need to translate the Punjabi literature in all the foreign languages recognized by the UNO. She complimented the Chief Minister for acceding to the request of the state languages department to be named after its first Director and a noted Punjabi writer Giani Lal Singh.

As many as 28 literary personalities from different fields were honoured for various 14 Shiromani Awards for the years 2007 and 2008. The name of Punjabi Sahit Shiromani Award had been rechristened as Punjabi Sahit Rattan. The prize money for the Punjabi Sahit Rattan Award had been doubled from Rs. 2.5 lac to Rs. 5 lac and for other Shiromani awards, it had been increased from Rs. 1 lac to 2.5 lac. The Punjabi Sahit Rattan Awards for the years 2007 and 2008 had been presented to novelist Mr. Jaswant Singh Kanwal and writer Dr. Dalip Kaur Tiwana respectively.

Mr. Kartar Singh Suri and Mr. Pargat Singh Sidhu had been honoured for Shiromani Punjabi Sahitkar Award for the year 2007 and 2008, Dr. Chander Trikha (2007) and Mrs. Virender Sandhu (2008) for Shiromani Hindi Sahitkar Award, Mr. Prem Kumar (2007) and Dr. Nashir Naqvi (2008) for Shiromani Urdu Sahitkar Award, Dr. Brij Bihari Choube (2007) and Dr. Ravinder Kaur (2008) for Shiromani Sanskrit Sahitkar Award. Dr. Harinder Singh Mehboob and Mrs. Sukhwinder Amrit had been honoured for Shiromani Punjabi Kavi (poet) Award for the years 2007 and 2008 respectively, Dr. Karnail Singh Thind (2007) and Dr. Jaswinder Singh (2008) for Shiromani Punjabi Gyan Sahitkar/Alochik Award, Mr. Parminder Sodhi (Japan) (2007) and Janab Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan) (2008) for Shiromani Punjabi Sahitkar (overseas) Award, Mr. S Saki (2007) and Mr. Chotu Ram Moudgil (2008) for Shiromani Punjabi Sahitkar Award (out of Punjab), Dr. Sukhwant Kaur Mann (2007) and Mr. Jasbir Singh Jass (2008) for Shiromani Punjabi Bal Sahitkar Lekhak (writer) Award, Mr. G.S. Sidhu Damdami (Punjabi Tribune) (2007) and Mr. Paramjit Singh Sasan (Ajit) (2008) for Shiromani Punjabi Patarkar Award, Bhai Banta Singh Ragi (2007) and Bhai Gursharn Singh Ragi (2008) for Shiromani Ragi/Dhadi/Kavishar Award, Mrs. Gurmeet Bawa (2007) and Mr. G.S.Sachdev (flute) (2008) for Shiromani Punjabi Singer/Musician Award, Mr. Amrik Gill and Mr. Jatinder Brar had been honoured for Shiromani Punjabi TV/Radio/ Theater/ Natak/ Actor/Producer/Writer Award for the years 2007 and 2008 respectively.


16 Executive Officers Promoted

Chandigarh, August 8, 2008
Naginder Singh

Local Government Department Punjab today promoted 16 class-3 Executive Officers working in different Nagar councils and Nagar Panchayat as Executive Officer Class-2 with pay scale of Rs. 7220-10980.

Disclosing this here today Mr. Manoranjan Kalia said that officers and officials of the Department, whose promotions are due would also be promoted, in due course of time.

Executive Officers who got promotions included, Sh. Rajneish Kalra posted at Gobindgarh / Suda, Sh. Shakti Kumar at Lougowal, Sh. Parvinder Singh at Cheema, Sh. Tejinder Singh at Khamano, Sh. Paramjit Singh at Phagwara, Sh. Sarbjit Singh at Garhshankar, Sh. Rajpal Makkar at Bhueho Mandi, Sh. Sandip Tiwari at Hoshiarpur, Sh. Manmohan Singh at Randhawa, Ajnala, Sh. Barinder Kumar Jain at Rajpura, Sh. Satrajit Sharma at Sahnewal, Sh. Kulwinder Kumar (S.C) at Amloh, Sh. Balwinder Singh (S.C) at Dhilwan, Sh. Pardip Kumar (S.C) at Goraya, Sh. Ramesh Kumar (S.C) at Kartarpur.


Chandigarh August 8, 2008

The Punjab government has evolved a massive plan to strengthen the existing health care services in the state by appointing 100 medical officers and 147 doctors of various specializations in the state.

Stating this here today Prof.Lakshmi Kanta Chawla Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab said that although there was a shortage of 600 doctors in Punjab but the health department has been given the approval to immediately fill 247 posts of doctors. Keeping in view the acute shortage of doctors in the state in general and in Malwa region in particular, the Minister said that doctors would be appointed for this region on priority.

Referring to the steps taken by the government towards child and maternal care in the state, the minister said that the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in Punjab was 49 in contrast to 60 of the country. The state has made a big achievement in the indicator of fully-immunized child as per the report of the Rapid House-hold Survey vide which the state was placed at 3rd position amongst the bigger states. She agreed that Majority of the infant deaths occur in the early neo-natal period and accordingly steps were being taken by the authorities to enhance social mobilization and awareness for promotion of institutional deliveries and care of the newborn, deliveries by skilled birth attendants and re-sensitization of birth attendants at the PHC/ Mini PHC level by medical officers was being constantly ensured. The minister also said that timely supply of delivery kits to the birth attendants has also being planned much in advance. The Multi-year Plan under the Strengthening of Immunization Project under the NRHM has been launched for assured 100% immunization coverage with stress on dropouts from BCG to Measles by repeated sensitization of the authorities concerned during review meetings at state head quarter and district level monthly meetings, said the minister.

The minister also said that the government was equally concerned about the maternal health. The MMR in Punjab was 2 in contrast to 4 at the National level. The objective of the programme launched for safe motherhood was to bring down the MMR further by promoting complete check-up and increase in number of institutional deliveries as also to enhance health care of the women during the reproductive period. The minister sought the involvement of Link Workers from the community with provision of cash incentives for promoting early registration of pregnant women, ANC checkups, and institutional deliveries. Sensitization of these link workers should be done through organised workshops, she stressed. To encourage the workers the Punjab government has initiated Best Worker Award at Block/ District and State level on annual basis. To reduce the unwanted maternal deaths MTP services would be provided at least in 50 Primary Health Centres of the state. Effective implementation of MTP Act through regular monitoring and supervision has been thoroughly ensured, assured Prof. Chawla.




The Punjab Government has constituted a five-member panel headed by Special Secretary Irrigation Alok Shekhar to undertake a survey of the entire reach of river Satluj and the Sirhind canal system to identify the various sources of pollution and to recommend remedial measures. The other members of the panel would be Chief Engineer (Canals), Chief Engineer (Drainage), Chief Engineer (Water & Sanitation) and the Member Secretary of Punjab Pollution Control Board. The panel had been asked to submit its report positively within a fortnight.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the state government said that a decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting held on Wednesday chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal to review the progress of the cleaning of Buddha Nullah.

The panel had also been asked to undertake a survey to identify the unauthorized discharge of effluents into the rivers and canals on one hand and the treated effluents being discharged in the rivers which did not comply the prescribed pollution norms as well as the municipal/domestic waste on the other.



Pb Govt to Organise State Level Function on Birthday of Ishmeet


The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced to set up a state-of-the-art auditorium in the memory of noted playwright Mr. Harpal Tiwana to perpetuate his vision and passion for Punjabi theatre for generations to come.

Addressing a galaxy of eminent artists and Punjabi singers here at Punjab Bhawan after releasing a book titled 'Oh Jo Si' authored by his wife Mrs Neena Tiwana on the life and works of late Mr. Harpal Tiwala on his 73rd birthday, the Chief Minister said that the state government was committed to promote the Punjabi performing arts and culture in a fulfilment of a dream nurtured by Harpal Tiwana. Mr. Badal asked the Harpal Tiwana Foundation to submit the detailed report of the project for setting up a theatre either at Patiala or Mohali as per its choice. He asked the foundation to work out the finer details in consultation with the prominent artists to make this auditorium as one of the best auditoriums in the country.

Mr. Badal said that Mr. Harpal Tiwana's superb contribution for the promotion of Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat would be ever remembered by one and all for the times to come. He said that the setting up of this auditorium would not only cherish the aspirations of the foundation but also further propagate the Punjabi theatre movement in every nook and corner of not only in the country but abroad also.

The Chief Minister also announced to commemorate the birthday of 'Voice of India' late Ishmeet Singh which falls on September 2 to pay befitting tributes to the budding singer youngster. He also mentioned that the state government had already decided to set up a 'Sangeet Academy' dedicated to Ishmeet for his outstanding performance in promotion of Punjabi culture. He solicited the cooperation from the renowned singers to advise the government for conceptualization and planning of this academy.

Earlier welcoming Mr. Badal, the chairperson of the foundation Mrs.Neena Tiwana said that Harpal was the true custodian and champion of the Punjabi theatre movement whose legacy would continue to inspire future generations. "In paying tribute to him, we pay tribute to God's very own artistic son", said Mrs.Tiwana adding he was born for theatre and died for it.

Speaking on the occasion, creative director of the foundation and Harpal Tiwana's son Manpal Tiwana said that the aim of the Harpal Tiwana Foundation was to create a permanent legacy that would honour Harpal Tiwana's commitment to Punjabi performing arts and to preserve, enhance and promote Punjabi culture through the medium of performing arts.

Mr. Om Puri, Internationally acclaimed actor Miss Nirmal Rishi, acclaimed cine actress and eminent Punjabi singer Gurdas Mann paid their rich tributes through sharing their experiences with Harpal Tiwana.

Others who spoke on the occasion included Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra and Mr. Amarjit Singh Sidhu (both senior Akali Leaders). The function was attended by renowned artists and singers including Hans Raj Hans, Dr. S. Anjum Bhatti, Mr. Pammi Bai and Mr.Bhagwant Mann.


Chandigarh August 8, 2008

Senior BJP leader and Punjab's Medical Education & Research Minister, Mr. Tikshan Sud today demanded the immediate recall of J & K Governor Mr. N.N.Vohra, whose first ever controversial decision of taking back land from Amarnath Shrine Board sparked off nationwide protests.

In a statement issued here today Mr. Sud said that Mr. Vohra who was touch with various militant groups in J & K as an official emissary appointed by U.P.A. Government prior to his appointment as J & K Governor, has been blinded by anti-Hindu charade of separatist groups and this decision of taking back land from Shrine Board was under the pressure of separatist lobby. Mr. Sud wondered that Congress has been so much blinded by the appeasement policy towards Muslims that it is failing to even listen to the demand of Congress Unit of Jammu of sacking Vohra.

Threatening to intensify the agitation in every nook and corner of the country, Mr. Sud informed that Punjab BJP would organize a DHARNA at Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on August 11 demanding immediate restoration of land to Shrine Board including recall of N.N.Vohra.

The BJP leader warned UPA government to desist from appeasement of minorities keeping vote bank in mind otherwise Hindus of this Country would unitedly dig the grave of Congress and its allies in ensuing Vidhan Sabha Elections in six States and also in Lok Sabha Elections.




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