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February 24, 2008



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.


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 this week.



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 Rahul Tiwari.



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 soul.

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 language.

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.



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 only.

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.




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