BADAL FELICITATES DR. MANN ON ACHIEVING
PUNJAB'S DOCTOR GETS TOP US AWARD ON DENTAL IMPLANTS
CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 21: A Punjab cadre dentist Dr. Randeep Singh
Mann B.D.S, PCMS-I presently on deputation with UT Administration,
Chandigarh has got the rare US award on Dental Implants.
Dr. Mann is the first doctor of Punjab and Chandigarh to receive
this illustrious Fellowship of International Congress of Oral
Implantology. The award is bestowed by the Congress after scrutinizing
Oral Implants received from all over the World. Dr. Mann has been
invited by the International congress to receive the award at
a special ceremony to be held at 11th Implant Prosthetic Symposium
being held at Chicago Illinois on August 24, 2008.
The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today congratulated
Dr. Mann for achieving this global distinction.
Dr. Mann was recently honoured by Punjab Government with the
State Award on Independence Day at Ludhiana. He was also been
decorated by UT Administration Chandigarh on 26th January, 2008
for meritorious services.
Dr. Mann has also been appointed as Visiting Oberver Faculty
in the department of Dentistry at Yale-New-Haven Hospital and
Department of Surgery (Dental) Yale School of Medicine.
CABINET APPROVES LAND POOLING SCHEME -REVIEWS
FLOOD RELIEF MEASURES,
CM TO SEEK SPECIAL PACKAGE FROM CENTRE
CHANDIGARH AUGUST 21, 2008
The Cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister
Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today approved the land pooling scheme
for the purpose of land for the purpose of acquisition of land
for public purposes.
Disclosing this here today Chief Minister's Media Advisor Mr.
Harcharan Bains said that the said scheme would enable the land
owners to get developed land in addition to the compensation to
be given at market price.
The Cabinet also gave approval for summoning of 5th session of
13th Punjab Vidhan Sabha from 4 to 10 September, 2008. The session
would begin with Obituary References on September 4.
The Cabinet also reviewed the flood relief measures being undertaken
in full swing by the state government and appreciated the role
of Army in this hour of crisis to bail out the flood affected
persons. The Cabinet assured that full compensation would be paid
to the flood victims for the damage caused to the crops, property
and loss of human life. The Cabinet also urged the Chief Minister
to take up the matter with the Union Home and Agriculture Ministers
immediately to seek maximum financial assistance from the Centre
as a relief to be provided to the beleaguered families, besides
impressing upon the Centre to relax its stringent norms to make
Punjab eligible for adequate compensation in terms of extensive
damage caused to the crops, shops and other infrastructure as
a 'special case,.
The Cabinet also gave approval for the construction of the world
class Cricket Stadium/Sports Complex at Bathinda through Competitive
Private Participation over 25 acres of land.
The Cabinet also gave a green signal for the revival and filling
up of 100 posts of Medical Officers (General) and 147 posts of
specialists through direct recruitment to be conducted by Punjab
Public Service Commission. Likewise, the Cabinet also approved
to fill 21 vacant posts of Chemical Examiner, Public Analyst and
Assistant Chemical Examiner by direct recruitment in the food
drugs and excise laboratories in the state. Apart from this, the
Cabinet also approved to re-employ the willing medical/dental/Ayurvedic
teachers who retired since 2003 onwards to overcome the present
precariously grim situation in the state health sciences institutions
in which about 107 posts were lying vacant over past the several
The Cabinet also approved to transfer 9 out of 13 properties
of Punjab Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) to be taken over
on disinvestment to the department of Tourism on lease through
Punjab Infrastructure Development Board in a transparent manner.
The proceeds accrued on account of lease of these properties would
go to the Punjab Heritage & Tourism Promotion Board for the
promotion and development of tourism.
In order to improve the VAT revenue of the Punjab Government,
the Cabinet approved to engage the services of a consultant –
Price Water House Coopers to assist the state Government on Revenue
The Cabinet also approved to cover sale promotion employees
within the definition of 'workman' under section 2(s) of the Industrial
Disputes Act, 1947.
RUPEES 1 CRORE CONTRIBUTED TOWARDS CM'S
CHANDIGARH AUGUST 21, 2008
In response to an appeal of the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash
Singh Badal to make liberal contributions towards the Chief Minister's
Relief Fund to effectively combat the flood situation and to extend
all out help to the flood victims in the state, Agriculture Minister
S. Sucha Singh Langha today presented Cheques worth Rs.1 crore
to Mr. Badal towards the relief fund on behalf of Warehousing
According to Chief Minister's Media Advisor Harcharan Bains,
the fund would be utilized to bail out the affected persons for
giving them adequate compensation for the loss suffered in terms
of crops, property and human life.
Mr. Iqbal Singh Sidhu, Managing Director Warehousing Corporation
is also present on the occasion.
PUNJAB GOVT. TO SOON INTRODUCE E-STAMPING
AS A PILOT PROJECT
IN MAJOR CITIES OF STATE
CHANDIGARH AUGUST 21, 2008
In a significant move to revamp the system of collection of stamp
duty and plug the leakage of revenue through modern procedures,
the Punjab Government would soon introduce e-stamping in the state.
A decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting chaired
by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal in CMO this morning
after a detailed presentation made by Director Land Records Settlement
& Consolidation and Land Acquisition Arvinder Singh Bains.
Mr. Badal said that the e-stamping system would be applicable
for all non-judicial stamp duty payments and was likely to be
launched as a pilot project from the major cities of Punjab. He
hoped that e-stamping being an excellent example of how technology
could be used for the benefit of common man and would be a frontrunner
in the upcoming e-governance projects in the near future.
The Punjab Government would soon ink an agreement with Stock
Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL) to launch and implement
e-Stamping across the State.
It may be recalled that the Central Government has mandated SHCIL
to act as a Central Record-keeping Agency (CRA) and authorized
to undertake the project in the states that were willing to join
the e-Stamping system envisaged by SHCIL.
It was also informed in the meeting that SHCIL had already launched
e-stamping in the states of Gujarat, Karnataka, NCT of Delhi and
recently in Maharashtra. The state of NCT of Delhi government
had made e-Stamping compulsory giving a further boost to the efforts
of automating the administration process of the Government.
Taking part in the deliberations, Financial Commissioner Revenue
Mrs. Romilla Dubey pointed out that the e-stamping system implemented
by SHCIL, was a web based application, giving the public the convenience
of paying stamp duty to the Government without undergoing the
hassles associated with the physical stamp paper and without the
risk of losing revenue. The certificate of stamp duty or the e-stamp
could be printed by a specified printer once the software application
receives the document details.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included
Revenue Minister Ajit Singh Kohar, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh
Badal, Chief Minister's Media Advisor Harcharan Bains and Principal
Secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru.
DR. KIRAN MAZUMDAR OFFERS TO SETUP BIOCOM'S
R&D UNIT IN PUNJAB
CHANDIGARH AUGUST 21, 2008
Dr. Kiran Mazumdar, Chairperson and Managing Director of M/S
Biocom Ltd. Bangalore called on Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash
Singh Badal here late last evening and shown keep interest to
set up its R&D center in Punjab with an investment near Rs.
100 crore having an employment potential for about 200 scientists.
Dr. Mazumdar emphasized the need to chalk out a joint action
programme to involve state's Industry with Universities to work
together for overcoming all the practical hardships being faced
by both the sectors in the field of Bio-Technology, added that
the clinical research in the medical units must be promoted with
the involvement of Pharmaceutical Industry. This would also boost
the local Industry to work in unison with educational institutes
in the arena of Biotechnology as a partner.
Taking part in the deliberations, Mr. Badal said that the Punjab
was taking major initiative for the promotion of Biotechnology
in the state including the setting up of National Agri-Food Biotechnology
Institute, Bio-Processing Unit and Biotechnology Park in Knowledge
City, Mohali. He assured Dr. Mazumdar that state government would
extend fulsome support and cooperation to them for setting up
of Biocom's R&D unit in Punjab.
Prominent among others who were present on the occasion included
Science & Technology, Environment and Information & Public
Relations Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Vice Chairman, Punjab
State Planning Board Prof. J.S. Bajaj, , Punjab Chief Secretary
Mr. RI Singh, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. D.S.
Guru, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr.
A.K. Mahajan, Secretary Industries and Commerce Mr. S.S. Channi,
Secretary Science & Technology and Non-Conventional Energy
Mr. A.S. Chhatwal, Managing Director PIDB Dr. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu
and Chief Administrative GMADA Mr. Vivek Partap Singh besides
the senior functionaries from different departments.