PUNJAB HOME SECRETARY BREAVED,
BADAL CONDOLES SAD DEMISE OF J.P. MITTAL
Chandigarh December 8, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today condoled the
sad demise of Mr. J.P. Mittal Senior Retd. IAS Officer of Uttar
Pradesh Cadre and father of Punjab Home Secretary Mr. Sudhir Mittal
who died at Dehradun this morning after a brief illness.
Mr. Badal expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the members
of the bereaved family and prayed to the
Almighty to grant strength and courage to bear this irreparable
loss and grant piece to the departed soul.
His cremation would be held at Dehradun tomorrow, according to
the family sources.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Secretary Mr. R.I Singh and President
of the Punjab State IAS Officers Association Mrs. Tejinder Kaur
also shared their condolences with the members of the bereaved family
on the passing away of Mr. J.P. Mittal.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTER SUSPENDS TWO OFFICERS
OF MUNICIPAL COUNCILS
Chandigarh December 8, 2008
Local Government Minister Punjab Mr. Manoranjan Kalia has suspended
Mr. Girish Verma, the then Executive Officer and Mr. Nirmalpreet
Singh, Assistant Town Planner Municipal Council Zirakpur in an effort
to curb the corrupt practices adopted by the officials. It had come
to notice that officials of MC Zirakpur had allowed construction
of housing units in peace meals rather than taking the case as a
group housing scheme or residential colony which would have ensured
deposition of requisite fee and leaving of open land in the complex
for common utility services Mr. A.K. Prabhakar, Chief Vigilance
Officer, Department of Local Government, Punjab conducted an enquiry
into the construction of residential colony at Preet Colony, Zirakpur.
Delhi experience will strengthen the base
Sukhbir thanked the voters
Chandigarh December 8, 2008
Shiromani Akali Dal President Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal thanked
the voters in Delhi for helping the Party in putting up a tough
fight against the Congress. He said that electoral exercise helped
the Shiromani Akali Dal in creating and strengthening the base in
In a statement here Mr. Badal said that this was the first time
since the formation of the Shiromani Akali Dal that the Party had
contested in Delhi, considering that this was our maiden entry into
electoral field in the capital. We got overwhelming response and
came close to winning the seat which we had contested at our own
symbol. He said that the electoral exercise has helped the Shiromani
Akali Dal in creating a grass root cadre which will help us in our
Mr. Badal also thanked the leaders, office bearers and the rank
and file of the Party for the dedication and commitments with which
they conducted the election campaign. He said that the Party would
initiate steps to consolidate the base which have been created through
this election campaign.
IRRIGATION PROGRAMME FOR RABI SEASON ANNOUNCED
CHANDIGARH, December 06:
The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational
irrigation Programme for the Rabi Season through Canal water from
7th December to 14th December, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal
System would run on priority basis from Abohar Branch, Patiala Feeder,Bathinda
Branch Bist Doab Canal, and Sidhwan Branch respectively.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the Irrigation department
said that direct distributaries Ghaggar link and its off taking
channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' being
in the 1st preference will run to thir indent. Balance water supplies
available will be utilized in direct distributaries of B.M.L. of
The spokesman further said that the Abohar branch off taking from
Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries in Group 'B' being in the
first preference would run to their indent. Balance water supplies
would be utilised in direct distributaries of Group 'A'.
The spokesman further said that its distributaries being in the
channels of first Preference would run to their indent. Balance
water supplies available would be utilised in Main Branch Lower,
Kasur Branch Lower, Sabraon Branch with their distributaries respectively.
Alliance President to visit India in February
Capt. Kanwaljit Singh meets representatives
of different countries
Chandigar, December 6, 2008
President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) Mr.
Ivano Barbaini will visit India in the end of February next year.
He gave this assurance to Punjab Cooperation Minister Capt. Kanwaljit
Singh who had extended a warm invitation to him to visit India particularly
Capt. Singh, who is leading a high level Indian delegation to
Vietnam, called on him at the meeting of the 8th ICA-AP General
Assembly and 5th Asia Pacific Cooperative forum yesterday. He invited
him to inaugrated a national seminar on the revival of credit cooperative
structure with Punjab would be hosting. President ICA happily accepted
the invitation and stated that he looked forward to seing Punjab's
During the bilateral discussions with Mr. Ivano, Punjab Minister
informed him about the recent initiatives in Punjab in the Cooperative
Sector focussed primarily on the economic growth of the rural and
agricultural sector with a specail emphasis on the financial and
social empowerment of women. He also told him about the practical
approach adopted to extending the scope and reach of the cooperative
network specially in the areas of providing sufficient cheap credit
to the rural sector, micro finance to women, self help groups, lower
agricultural machinery to all members was highly appreciated by
Mr. Barbaini who observed that this was in the true spirit of cooperation
where even the weakest member is given support by the group.
Capt. Singh informed the President ICA that Punjab has one of
the most successful track records in managing profitable cooperative
which deliever in a strong socially useful way. He told him that
state has three profitable mega cooperatives Markfed, Milkfed and
Cooperative Banks give us a huge asset and instrument for social
upliftment without comprising on quality, profitability and standards.
President ICA noted that India is one of the best examples of
the cooperative movement having over 5 lac cooperatives and Punjab's
initiatives would serve as models for other cooperatives to follow
Meanwhile Capt. Kanwaljit Singh also had meetings with representatives
of different countries including Israel. He called on Mr. Yehudapaz
of Israel. Both shared ideas on areas of mutual concern specially
in the areas of agricultural productivity, conservation of water,
water harvesting, drip irrigation, optimum usage of fertilizer and
agro chemicals, newsly developed high yielding varieties of wheat
which use up 30% less water.
Mr. Yehudapaz invited Capt. Singh to visit Israel which has developed
a global leadership role in water harvesting and conservation techniques.
Badal terms cut in petrol,
diesel prices as "grossly inadequate"
Urges PM to reduce prices of all petroleum products by 30%
Chandigarh, December 6, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today strongly criticized
the Union Government for the "nominal" reduction in prices
of petrol and diesel by Rs. 5 and 2 per litre respectively.
Terming the long-overdue reduction as "grossly inadequate",
Badal stated that the recent reduction was in effect a "cruel
joke" on the people of the country. Elaborating further, the
Chief Minister said that he had written to the Prime Minister some
time back that in view of the fallen international prices of crude
oil from a peak of $147 per barrel to around $46 per barrel, the
Union Government was duty-bound to pass on the benefit to the country's
people who had been forced to endure the increased prices since
The Chief Minister stated that the prices of petrol and diesel
as well as LPG and kerosene must be reduced by at least 30% in view
of the nearly two-third reduction in international crude oil prices
during the year. He lamented that while the Union Government had
provided only "nominal cut" in petrol and diesel prices,
it had completely chosen to bypass the need to reduce LPG and kerosene
prices. "Both kerosene and LPG impact directly upon the lives
of the country's entire households, be it rich and poor, and thus
their prices deserve to be reduced immediately" said Badal.
On the other hand, Punjab being an agrarian state, was dependent
upon use of diesel for its farming operations, said the Chief Minister.
The meager reduction in diesel would also affect the entire transport
sector as well as the common commuter. He urged Prime Minister Dr.
Manmohan Singh to review this "unfriendly decision" at
the earliest and announce at least 30% reduction in prices of all
petroleum products in the country.