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July, 2008


Rs. 80 crore for the major up gradation of road network of the holy city Amritsar

Amritsar, July 24, 2008

Reiterating his firm resolve to develop holy city of Amritsar as a World class tourist destination, Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today formally launched the beautification and maintenance project and laid the foundation stone for the major up gradation of road network of the holy city.

Talking to media persons Mr. Badal informed that Rs. 80 crore would be spent on this project whereby within a short span of 12 months the major roads of Amritsar would be landscaped, have footpaths, street lights, traffic signals and sign indicator boards. The project will be executed by Rohan and Rajdeep, a firm of National repute, he added. Besides, a sum of Rs. 20 crore each would be spent on dry brick flooring in the periphery wards , concrete flooring in various wards, solid waste management project and Rs.11 crore for ornamental tree plantation in the city as a part of beautification and clean environment project.

"We owe a moral duty to develop Amritsar as one of the finest cities across the globe in view its historical and religious importance. The development of this city can not the quantified in terms of money rather it is the sheer devotion and faith to bring spectacular all round development here as lacs of devotees daily visit Sri Darbar Shaib to pay their obeisance in order to seek the blessings of Almighty"said Mr. Badal. The Chief Minister also highlighted significance of over all development and growth of Amritsar in the context of the improved Indo-Pak relations which would further give a fillip to the bilateral trade between two countries in general and Punjab in particular.

Mr. Badal said that a policy would be formulated for the development of Amritsar in such a manner that balanced growth of the city is ensured without ignoring the outer wards. He said that the State Government had initiated concerted efforts towards an integrated development of the Corporate cities of Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali and Bathinda for which the services of renowned planners and architects were being taken to prepare the master plans of the cities.

Mr. Badal lamented that even after 60 years of Independence, the Centre had not been able to provide the basic civic amenities to our people. He said any society or nation could not progress without education and health facilities. He said his Government had embarked and ambitious plan to modernize the Government Guru Nanak Hospital and Medical College at a cost of 130 crore and probably it would the one of the best hospitals in the World.

Answering a query regarding irregular supply of power, Mr. Badal said that concerted efforts are being made to bridge the gap between demand and supply of power. Later, replying to a question related to the recent political scenario, Mr. Badal said that UPA has won but democracy has failed miserably.

Earlier talking to media persons, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he would keep his word given to the people of Amritsar at all costs to develop this historic city on the ultra modern lines. He said that the development of Amritsar was a pointer towards the development of not only India but of entire World as it reflected the cosmopolitan culture and rich heritage binding the humanity.

Prominent amongst other who were also present on the occasion included Mr. Manoranjan Kalia, Industry and Local Body Minister Punjab, Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Information & Public Relations Minister Punjab, Prof. Laxmi Kanta Chawla, Minister for Health, Mayor Er. Shwet Malik, all local MLAs, Mr. D.S. Bains, Principal Secretary Local Government, Mr. Kahan Singh Pannu, Deputy Commissioner and Mr. D.P.S. Kharbanda, Commissioner Municipal Corporation Amritsar.

Majithia criticize the sole MP, Mr. Sukhdev Singh Libra Nuclear deal vote

Ludhiana July 24, 2008

Shiromani Akali Dal would shortly honor those MPs of SAD, who in spite of the offer of huge consideration have voted against Confidence Motion in Parliament honoring the decision of party.

This was revealed by Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia Minister for Information and Public Relations, Water Supply and Sanitation, Science and Technology Punjab and Patter Youth Akali Dal, while addressing the well attended gathering after inaugurating a Blood Donation Camp part of " Jiwan Dan" Program organized by Youth Akali Dal Rural at Mullanpur 15 kms from here, today. In the Blood donation camp, 200 units of blood were donated by YAD workers belonging to Dakha Vidhan Sabha Constituency.

Mr. Majithia denouncing the Nuclear deal which was still undisclosed to the country said that it smelt out to be a deep rooted conspiracy hatched by the congress government to sell out national interest. Strongly criticizing the sole MP, Mr. Sukhdev Singh Libra for violating the directive of the party for lofting consideration, Mr. Majithia said that the party had given honor of being MLAs, Member Rajya Sabha and two time MPs and he had betrayed the party at the crucial time and brought dishonor to the people of the stat.

Mr. Majithia referring to the Jiwan Dan Campaign said that it had met the tremendous response from the youth and the series of Blood donation camp will be continue in different constituencies of the state. By Youth Akali Dal to exceed the fix target of 51000 blood units. He added that the YAD and SOI will also shortly launch an impressive drive against the female feticide menace in the state to ensure that not even a single female feticide was aborted.
Referring to the development plan of the government, the Minister said that after establishing full supremacy in elections to the PRIs and Municipal Councils of the state, the government. was all set to speed up the development process. He disclosed that a prestigious World Bank Assisted 'Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Project' of Rs. 1280.30 Crore were being implemented in Punjab, which will finance new water supply schemes for 2124 villages and upgrade existing water supply schemes in 920 villages. He claimed that new power projects with cpacity of 6000 MW of power generation were also being commissioned in the coming four years. He said that the work on a Thermal Plant with 22200 MW capacity was being started shortly. He also added that Govt. was also going to implement Non Conventional Power project of 1000 MW capacity in the state.

Among others who were addressed the function included Mr. Sharanjit Singh Dhilon MP, Mr. Manpreet Singh Iyali newly elected Chairman Zila Parishid, Mr. Darshan Singh Shivalik, Mr. Jagjiwan Singh Khirnia ( both MLAs), Mr. Inder Mohan Singh Kadia District President YAD rural, Mr. Harpreet Singh Garcha member SGPC, Mr. Raju Khanna President SOI, Mr. Jagjit Singh Talwandi and Mr. Kamaljit Singh Malha.


Chandigarh July 24, 2008

The Punjab Government today constituted Governing Council of Centre for Training and Employment of Punjab Youth (C-PYTE)M, to exercise general control and give directions for the efficient and effective implementation of C-PYTE schemes in the State.

According to an official spokesman the committee headed by Chief Minister, Punjab would have Minister-in-charge of the Department of Employment Generation & Training as Vice President and Chief Secretary, Secretary, Department of Employment Generation & Training, Principal Secretary Finance , Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Secretary Department of Rural Development & Panchayats, Secretary Planning, Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce, Commissioner, Patiala Division, Commissioner, Ferozepur Division, Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, Commissioner, Faridkot Division, Inspector General of Police (HQs), Director, Technical Education and Industrial Training, Director, Information and Public Relations, Director, Employment Generation and Training, Deputy Director general (Recruitment), Commanding Officer, Chandigarh Naval Unit NCC, Station Commander, Air Force, Chandigarh, Managing Director, PESCO as members.

Brig, Sukhjit Singh, MVC (Retd.) would be Non-official Member and Director General, C-PYTE would be Member Secretary.

The Governing Council will consider the annual report prepared by the Executive Board and also consider the balance sheet and annual audited accounts. It would constitute adhoc/special board or committees for disposal of any business of the Centre, or for advice on my matter pertaining to the Centre and perform such other functions as are entrusted to it under these Rules. The Governing Council shall meet at least once in a year.



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed deep shock and profound sorrow over the tragic private bus-harvest combine accident at Naushera Pannuan in Tarn Taran district in which six persons were killed and 12 injured out of them two seriously injured.

Meanwhile, Mr. Badal announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs. One lac each for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs.50,000 and Rs.25,000 each for mishap victim with serious and minor injuries respectively.

Mr. Badal also expressed his heart felt sympathies with the members of the bereaved families and prayed to the Almighty to give strength to bear this irreparable loss and grant peace to the departed souls. He asked the Deputy Commissioner Tarn Taran to ensure free treatment to the injured and transportation of the bodies to their destination.



Chandigarh, July 24, 2008

Senior BJP leader and Punjab's Medical Education Minister Mr. Tikshan Sud today questioned the legal sanctity of affidavit on a sensitive issue like Ram Setu submitted by UPA Government, standing on the crutches of illegally cast votes in Parliament

In a statement issued here today Mr. Sud said that UPA headed by Italian born Catholic lady was out to push Vatican Agenda by degrading Lord Sri Rama and His religious and mythological symbols, hurting the feelings of billions of Hindus having faith in Hindu religion. He said that UPA government was already on ventilator in ICU, surviving on oxygen provided by illegally cast votes by illegally defected MPs, has no legal and constitutional right, to take any major policy decision, especially those hurting the feelings of majority of Indian population.

Issuing a stern warning to the UPA Government against playing with the religious sentiments of Hindus, the BJP leader said that any action by the Government affecting the holy structure of Ram Setu would be resisted by crores of Hindus and they would intensify nationwide agitation to scuttle this Christian conspiracy. He said that by issuing contradictory affidavit on this historic and mythological fact, the UPA Government was trying to create confusion in the minds of Hindus, under a well planned strategy and we would not allow it.

Demanding the immediate dismissal of unconstitutional Government of UPA, Mr. Sud said that President of India Mrs. Pratibha Patil should immediately dismiss this Government and order General Elections in the country before UPA could inflict more damage to the social and religious fabric of this multi-religious and multi-cultural country. He said that the President should also summon the tape of sting operation by IBN-7 showing Samajwadi Party offering money to BJP MPs, for voting in favour of UPA Government and order the registration of criminal case against the guilty.

Mr. Sud reiterated that BJP under the leadership of Sarv/Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishan Advani, and Rajnath Singh was committed to fight for reconstruction of Ram Mandir and protection of Ram Setu and any provocation by the Government would be rebutted by the all strongly.

Dr. Upinderjit Kaur releasing a Punjabi literary book " Lok Tamashe-Rang Te Roop" written by Prof. Jaswinder Dhanansu of Govt. College Ludhiana at Chandigarh on 24 July, 2008. Mr. Jaswant Singh Chhappa President Baba Farid Foundation and President Budha Darya Development Committee Punjab, Mr. Jagtar Singh Khattra DPI (S) and Jaswinder Dhanansu also seen in the picture.




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