BHOG OF S. GURDEV SINGH BAINS ON FEBRUARY 27
Chandigarh February 24, 08
Senior Leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal and dignitaries from different
walks of life shared their heartfelt condolences with the Media
Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Mr. Harcharan Bains over the
sudden demise his elder brother Mr. Gurdev Singh Bains at his
official residence sector 39 here on Saturday.
Prominent amongst others who expressed their sympathies with
the members of the bereaved family included Secretary General
of SAD & former Union Minister Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa,
President Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee S. Avtar Singh
Makkar, former MP & SAD General Secretary Prof. Prem Singh
Chandumajra, former President of SGPC Mr. Kirpal Singh Badungar,
Ex-MLA Surjit Singh Rakhra, Ex- Minister Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur,
National President Anti Terrorist Front Mr. Maninderjit Singh
Bitta, Tourism Minister Mr. Hira Singh Gabbria, Chairman Punjab
School Education Board Mr. Dalbir Singh Dhillon besides senior
officers of civil and police administration and party workers
of different political parties.
Mourners prayed to the Almighty to give strength and courage to
the members of the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss
and grant peace to the departed soul.
According to the family sources Bhog and Antim Ardas of S. Gurdev
Singh Bains, who breathed his last on February 20 would be held
on February 27 from 11:10 AM to 12:10PM in Gurdwara Sant Sar,
Sector-38 West Chandigarh.
FIRST PATIALA FEEDER CANAL REMODELLED PART OF
RS. 123 CR PROJECT
Chandigarh, 23rd February 2008
The Irrigation Department today formally released water into
1st Patiala Feeder which has been remodeled by the State Government.
At a brief ceremony at Manpur headworks near Doraha in Ludhiana
district, water was released slowly in the remodeled canal. The
Government has spent a total sum of Rs. 25 cr on the strengthening
and remodeling of 25 km section of the canal.
Congratulating the officials of the Irrigation Department, Punjab
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal stated that the project would
provide great relief to the farmers of Malwa region in Patiala,
Sangrur and Mansa districts which were largely dependent on canal
irrigation. He further stated that the augmentation of the canal's
carrying capacity would help optimally utilize the water available
for surface irrigation and also help arrest the alarming decline
in the ground water in the region. The Government was committed
to rejuvenating the old irrigation system to provide a fresh boost
to agriculture in the State, he added.
Irrigation Minister Janmeja Singh Sekhon stated that the Department
had prepared an ambitious project of Rs. 3243 cr for upgradation
of the State's irrigation system including Rs. 1500 cr on creation
and lining of water channels. He complemented the Department's
engineers for completing the work in record time of around 3 weeks
of closure. The Department would be undertaking major works on
both remodeling of old canals systems, lining of water channels
and anti-water logging operations in the coming year, he added.
With the remodeled section of the 1st Patiala Feeder, the canal's
carrying capacity has increased by over around 1300 cusecs which
would immensely benefit the farmers of Malwa who had been deprived
over the years of their due water allowance. It is learnt that
the Kotla Branch and 2nd Patiala Feeder are likely to taken up
for upgradation in the next few months. These works have been
undertaken under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme
where the Centre contributes 25% of the funds and State Government
contributes 75% of the funds for a particular project. Punjab
Government has been repeatedly urging the Central Government to
provide special dispensation under its national programmes for
assisting the State for upgrading its century old canal irrigation
system. Punjab Chief Minister had also raised the matter in the
last meeting of National Development Council in December 2007
as well as with Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, earlier
PUNJAB TO SET UP INSTITUTE OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT
CHANDIGARH FEBRUARY 22, 2008
The Punjab Government today decided in principle to set up a
state-of-the-art Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) at Bathinda
to cater academic facilities in the diverse field of hotel management,
catering, nutrition and hospitability.
A decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting
chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal this morning.
It was also decided in the meeting to get the Institute of Hotel
Management Catering and Nutrition Society, Bathinda registered
forthwith so that the funds to the tune of Rs.10 crore to be received
from GoI could be transferred to the society for the timely implementation
of the project.
Taking part in the deliberations, the Chief Minister directed
the Finance department to allocate state's share as a matching
grant for this project. Mr.Badal had also telephonic conversation
with Union Tourism Minister Mrs. Ambika Soni and urged her for
granting early clearances from the GoI in this regard. The Chief
Minister also asked the Department of Tourism to chalk out an
action plan for the preservation of prestigious town hall building
at Amritsar as a heritage monument. He also announced a grant
of Rs.5 crore from Additional Central Assistance (ACA) for developing
a Heritage Village at Amritsar to perpetuate the rich cultural
legacy amongst our future generation.
Principal Secretary Tourism Mrs.Geetika Kalha informed in the
meeting that IHM would offer programmes viz. B.Sc. (Hospitality
and Hotel Administration), Diploma to Accommodation Operations,
Diploma in Food Production, Diploma in Food & Beverage Service,
Diploma in Front Office besides Post Graduate Diploma in Accommodation
Operation, Diploma in Districts, Travel & Tourism Management
and Tailor made short term courses for working employees.
Prominent amongst others who were present in the meeting included;
Local Government Minister Manoranjan Kalia, Principal Secretary
to Chief Minister DS Guru, Secretary Personnel SS Rajput, Secretary
Technical Education & Employment Generation NS Kalsi, Special
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister KJS Cheema and Deputy Commissioner
PUNJAB CM CONDOLES THE DEMISE OF SARDARNI CHATTIN
CHANDIGARH FEBRUARY 22, 2008
Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today expressed
profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Sardarni Chattin
Kaur mother of the Senior Akali Leader and Former Punjab Minister
Mr. Sikinder Singh Maluka who passed away at Bathinda this morning
after a brief illness. She was 84 and is survived by two sons
and a daughter.
Mr.Badal expressed his heartfelt sympathies with the members
of the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty to give courage
to bear this irreparable loss and grant peace to the departed
Meanwhile, Member Parliament and President Shiromani Akali Dal
Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal also condoled the death of Sardarni Chattin
Kaur. Information & Public Relations Minister Mr.Bikram Singh
Majithia also shared his condolences with the bereaved family.
Advisor to the Chief Minister Harcharan Bains, also mourned
the death of Sardarni Chattin Kaur.
According to the family sources, the cremation of Sardarni Chattin
Kaur will take place at 10am on February 23 (Saturday) at village
Maluka in Bathinda district.
Punjab Constitutes 32 Member State
Advisory Board of Languages Department
Chandigarh, February 22, 2008
The Punjab Government today constituted State Advisory Board
for Language Department Punjab comprising of 32 members from Punjabi,
Hindi and Urdu literature and languages, media and eminent personalities.
Disclosing this here today Dr. Upinderjit Kaur, Education and
Languages Minister, Punjab said that 16 more members have been
included by virtue of their designation/offices. A six member
screening committee has been constituted to short list the recommended
Shiromani awards. The term of this Board would be for three years
but State Govt. reserves the powers to remove any member/members
from this Board in any exigency.
The Minister further added that the state Govt. has also enhanced
the honrarium for nonofficial nominated members and they would
get Rs. 1000/- per meeting instead of Rs. 500/-. They could also
avail TA at par with 'A' group officers.
Giving details she added that Prof. Gudial Singh, Mr. Tirlochan
Singh Member Parliament, Dr. Dalip Kaur Tiwana, Bhai Baldip Singh
New Delhi, Mr. Gulzar Singh Sandhu, Dr. Kamlesh Uppal, Mr. Gurdas
Mann, Dr. Dhanwant Kaur Punjabi Development Department, Punjabi
University Patiala, Dr. Karnail Singh Thind (Mohali), Mr. Jasbir
Singh Bhullar, Dr. Deepak Manmohan Singh and Dr. Satinder Singh
Noor have been nominated as members from Punjabi literature and
From Hindi language Mr. Harminder Singh Bedi, former head Hindi
Department GNDU Amritsar, Principal M.L Anand Ludhiana and Dr.
Chander Trikha former President Hindi Acedemy Haryana whereas
Dr. Ganesh Dutt Bhardwaj Chairman V.V.B.I.S.&.I.S. Sanskrit
Department Punjab University Hoshiarpur, Prof. Damodar Jha, former
Chairman Sanskrit Department and Dr. Ravinder Kaur Prof and Head
Hindi Department Punjabi University Patiala would be the members
from Sanskrit Language.
She further added that Sardar Panchhi, Dr. Banvaid Ali Urdu
and Persian Department GNDU Amritsar and Advocate Gazi Muhamad
Umaid Malerkotla have been nominated from Urdu language. From
media Mr. Satnam Singh Manak (Ajit), Mr. G.S. Sidhu Damdami Chief
Editor Punjabi Tribune, Mr. Amarjit Komal Senior Jounalist, Mr.
Iqbal Singh Dhillon Film Producer and Mr. N.S. Parwana Punjab
Kesari have also be inducted as members.
In the general category Dr. Satinder Singh Prof. Emirates GNDU
Amritsar, Mr. Brij Lal Rinwa Abohar, Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa
Hazuri Ragi Sri Darbar Sahib Amritsar, Dr. H.K Manmohan Singh
Ex-Vice Chancellor, Dr. Manmohan Singh Senior Cardiologist and
former Prof. and Head of Cardiology Department of Govt. Medical
College Patiala and Bibi Kairanjit Kaur Amritsar would be the
members of this Board, she said.
The members who would be in this board by virtue of their offices
include Education and Languages Minister, Mrs. Anjali Bhawara,
Secretary Higher Education and Languages Department, Mr. D.S.
Kalha, Principal Secretary Finance Punjab Govt. or his representative
not below the rank of Additional Secretary, Mrs. Geetika Kalha
Principal Secretary Culture Affairs Department, Vice-Chancellors
of Punjabi University Patiala and GNDU Amritsar or their representatives
not below the rank of Deans, Mr. Shiv Singh President Punjabi
Kala Acedamy, Mr. Chhotu Ram Moudgill Director Haryana Sahit Acedemy,
Dr. Ravel Singh Secretary Punjabi Acedemy New Delhi, Dr. Karanjit
Kaur Director Punjabi Sahit Sabha New Delhi, Mr. Ajmer Aulakh
President Kendari Punjabi Lekhik Sabha, Mr. Jaswant Singh Kanwal
President Kendari Punjabi Lekhik Sabha (Sekhon), Dr. Gopi Chand
Narang President Natak Sangeet Acedemy New Delhi and Mr. Balbir
Kaur Director Languages Department Punjab Patiala.
The Minister further added that the screening committee members
include Prof. Gurdial Singh, Dr. Depak Manmohan Singh, Principal
M.L.Anand, Dr. Ganesh Dutt Bhardwaj, Dr. Satinder Singh (Prof),
Dr. Dalip Kaur Tiwana and Director Languages Department.
THE FORTH CENSUS OF MICRO, SMALL & MEDIUM
TO BE CONDUCTED IN PUNJAB
Chandigarh February 22, 2008
The Forth Census of micro, small & medium enterprises was
being conducted in Punjab at the instance of Government of India.
All the registered/filed EM Enterprises would be surveyed. The
enumerators authorized by the Directorate of Industries &
Commerce Punjab would approach the enterprise for data collection
during March-June 2008.
Giving this information here today Mr. V.K. Janjua, Director,
Industries and Commerce Punjab said that information on production,
raw material, fuels, employment, exports fixed assets, plant &
machinery/equipment, products/services, net worth, loan taken
by the enterprise and outstanding with them and a few classificatory
characteristics would be collected in the Forth Census. An assessment
of sick, incipiently sick micro and small enterprises would also
be made through the Census data. All the concerned entrepreneurs
are requested to cooperate fully and furnish accurate information
to the enumerators. The information collected in Forth Census
would be kept confidential and would be used for statistical purposes
The entrepreneurs of micro, small & medium, enterprises
registered permanently or filed EM till 31.03.2007 may report
at the following address, in case no enumerator has approached
the unit for data collection during the above period.