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March 26, 2008



Ludhiana, March 26, 2008

Prominent Punjabi writers Dr. Surjit Patar, Prof. Ravinder Bhattal and Prof. Gurbhajjan Gill respectively President, General Secretary and Vice President of Punjabi Sahitya Akademy in a press release issued here today have highly appreciated the two resolutions passed in Punjab Vidhan Sabha yesterday to make the teaching Punjabi compulsory in all schools in State up to Matriculation and to strictly implement Punjabi in Govt. offices for all official work.

They said that the Govt. headed by S. Parkash Singh Badal chief Minister Punjab had fulfilled the promise made with the people during the elections and the demand presented by Punjabi Sahitya Akademy in its memorandum presented to Chief Minister. They said that it was also appreciable that the provision of strict punishment to those officers/employees who found guilty of violating the decision of the Govt. These writers said that this decision has given satisfaction to the Punjabi lovers, who had been pressurizing the respective governments time to time for the strict implementation of Punjabi as a state language for official work. They felt that now the proper environment for the development of Punjabi language will be created in the state and mother tongue will get full respect at all levels. They said that the role of Education Minister Dr. Upinderjit Kaur who made special efforts in getting the resolutions presented and passed in Vidhan Sabha was fully commendable.

Dr. Patar further suggested the Govt. to immediately constitute a Special Panel based upon prominent Punjabi writers and Language Experts, so that unjabi Language Act could be prepared at the earliest for its passage from the Assembly.

He also demanded that Punjab Public Laibrary Act should also be got passed and implemented, so that book literature could be further promoted in Punjab



A 24-member high powered delegation of Singapore Government led by its Senior Minister Mr.Goh Chok Tong called on Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal at his residence on Tuesday evening and put forth proposals to make investments in infrastructure development in Punjab by the Singapore Government.

According to Media Advisor to the Chief Minister Mr. Harcharn Bains the Singapore Minister had detailed deliberations with Mr. Badal, who evinced keen interest for making huge investment in Airport, Power, roads & bridges and housing sector in Punjab to boost the bilateral trade and investment as a follow up to the economic agreement signed by the Prime Ministers of India and Singapore. It may be recalled the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) in 2005 to boost bilateral trade and investment besides opening up the banking industry, liberalizing the services sector and easing visa restrictions for professionals of the two countries was signed between the premiers of both countries. The signing of Agreement was aimed to pave the way for the two countries to enhance their two-way trade to over $ 10 billion by the end of 2005-06 and to $ 50 billion by 2010. Mr. Tong informed the Chief Minister that PHD chamber of commerce would soon lead a delegation of eminent industrialists and investors from Punjab to Singapore to visualize the investment potential there. He also extended an invitation to Mr. Badal to lead a Government delegation to Singapore to study the development in different facets of Singapore economy.

Mr. Tong informed Mr. Badal that the delegation would have one to one interaction with the officers of the state government to further explore the possibilities of mutual cooperation on technology sharing and making investments in collaboration with the state government in the Industrial and infrastructural sector.

Mr. Badal informed the Singapore Senior Minister that Singapore based company - Jurong international had already conceptualized various mega housing and shopping mall projects in Punjab besides preparing master plans for Mohali, Ludhiana and Amritsar. He also asked the Singapore Government to make investments in the power sector as the state government had already floated global tenders for two thermal plants out of three to be set up at Talwandi Sabo and Rajpura.

The Chief Minister assured Mr. Tong that the Punjab Government would extend all possible assistance to the Singapore government for setting up of new joint venture of mutual interest and cooperation, added Mr. Bains.

Meanwhile, Industries & Local Government Minister Mr. Manoranjan Kalia also had an extensive interaction with the members of the visiting delegation about the prospects and scope of future investments in the state.

Prominent amongst others who are present on the occasion included Chief Secretary Punjab Mr. R.I. Singh, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. D.S. Guru and Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister A.K. Mahajan. The other eminent members of the Singapore delegation included Senior Minister of State Dr. Balaji Sadasivan, Member of Parliament Mr. K. Shanmugam and Singapore High Commissioner Calvin Eu.


Chandigarh 25 March: SAD President S.Sukhbir Singh Badal today finally prevailed upon the country's renowned infrastructure & realty company – Omaxe to sponsor a celebrated athlete Ms. Manjeet Kaur working as an Inspector with Punjab Police Headquarters at Jalandhar who is strenuously preparing for the forthcoming Beijing Olympics-2008 (China), Common Wealth Games-2010 (New Delhi and 16th Asian Games-2010 (Doha).

It may be recalled that S. Sukhbir Singh Badal was instrumental in securing the sponsorship of recently held "Triumph-08', T20 Charity Cricket match between the SAD-BJP & Congress at PAC Cricket Stadium Mohali by OMAXE for the welfare of paralympians.

Ms. Manjeet Kaur is a distinguished athlete who had already made a mark at international by winning one gold and one silver medal in 15th Asian Games-Doha, 2006 (Qatar). She has also bagged silver medal in Common Wealth Games- Melbourne (Australia), besides participating in Athens Olympics-2004, championships Encheon-2005 (South Korea). She has many more titles/records to her credit at international and national level. She was conferred upon Arjuna Award recently for her rare and outstanding achievements.

S.Sukhbir Badal pointed out that Ms. Manjeet Kaur was a potential athlete likely to win medals in the forthcoming Olympics, Asian Games and Common Wealth Games and therefore the Omaxe Group had been requested to bear an expenditure of Rs.34 lac for her training from VS Athletics Track Club, California alongwith her coach to be trained under famous Sprinter Cedric Hill. S.Badal hoped that Ms. Kaur would certainly excel in these international competitions thereby bringing glory to our country in general and Punjab in particular.

S. Sukhbir Singh Badal appealed to the corporates to come forward for such bold initiatives which would not only enhance their brand value but also encourage the upcoming sports persons to excel in the international fora.

On the occasion, Chairman and MD OMAXE Ltd. Rohtas Goel handed over a cheque of Rs.34 lac to Ms. Manjeet Kaur and assured fulsome support and cooperation to her for achieving this rare fete.


Chandigarh, March 24:

State Vigilance Bureau, during its ongoing campaign against rampant corruption today arrested two Junior Engineers (JEs) and one Assistant Lineman PSEB Garhdiwala under Prevention of Corruption Act.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of Vigilance Bureau Punjab said that Mr. Ajit Singh and Sukhjit, both JEs and Mr. Shivcharan Assistant Lineman, posted at PSEB Garhdiwala have been arrested on the charges of accepting bribe from complainant Amandeep Singh for installing a domestic electric connection and to ignore excess meter reading of his Atta Chakki.

A Vigilance team led by Mr. Daljit Singh, DSP/VB, has arrested the accused after verifying the corruption charges leveled against them in a complaint number 09/07 registered at VB office Hoshiarpur. It was found that the above accused in connivance with each other had accepted bribe of Rs. 30,000/- from complainant Mr. Amandeep Singh.

A case under Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) at Police Station /VB Jalandhar has been registered against them and further investigation was under process.



The Haemophilic Welfare Society of Chandigarh organized a daylong open clinic for patients with Haemophilia (PWHs) for an effective treatment and management of the disease on Sunday.

Presiding over the function Mr.Pardeep Chhabra, Mayor Chandigarh Corporation asked the members of the society to submit a charter of their demands so that he could take up this matter with the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and UT Administration Chandigarh to evolve a joint action programme to provide timely and adequate treatment through the concerned medical authorities. He assured the society that he would plead their case before the administrator for allotment of a plot for the society to discharge its day-to-day functions in a meaningful and result oriented manner. He assured the executive of the society to lead a delegation to PGI to impress upon the Director Dr.KK Talwar to treat the patients of Haemophila at par with the patients of Thalesemia thereby earmarking a special ward, doctors and para medics for the PWHs. He also assured full cooperation and support for organizing such medical camps to bring awareness for the effective management of the dieses amongst the PWHs. The mayor also said that he would take up the issue of opening a special clinic for the PWHs in the PGI to ensure timely treatment to them.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. J.G.Jolly, Emeritus Professor Transfusion Medicine and formally professor of Transfusion Medicine PGIMER, Chandigarh and Chairman of the Society said that the state governments of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Chandigarh should immediately address to the problems of PWHs and chalk out a strategy to give adequate financial, medical and moral support to them in order to cope up with this mental trauma. He pointed out Haemophilia was a hereditary disease characterized by deficient activity of blood clotting factors of VIII & IX. Dr. Jolly emphasized on the need to provide necessary backup support to the affected parents to enable them to cope with the tremendous psychological stress from the day one when their child was diagnosed as a Haemophiliac. To achieve this objective NGOs and other social and voluntary organizations could play a vital role in overcoming the stress encountered by these hapless parents for none of their fault. Similarly, PWHs should also be encouraged and motivated considerably to lead a happy and normal life by giving them timely care and treatment and concerted efforts should be made by the parents, teachers and medical fraternity to boost their morale so as to lead them a normal; life without developing a feeling of inferiority complex amongst them.

Dr. Jolly attributed this disease as purely a genetic disorder and had nothing do with a good or bad luck. He pointed out that it was the bounden duty of the parents to prepare their children psychologically to muster enough courage to bear the brunt of the disease. He advised the PWHs to get them regularly medically checked so as to maintain the base line of the factor VIII or IX. He also urged the society to update the data of the PWHs for the research and reference purposes. He also impressed upon the doctors of the PGI and research scientists who were present on the occasion to regularly hold such open clinics for the well being and benefit of the PWHs. He also urged the members of society to form a core group to take up various matters with the Chandigarh administration and the PGI authorities in an effective and result oriented manner.

Mrs.Indira Venkatraman, Executive member of Haemophilic Federation of India (HFI) appealed to the Central and State Governments to provide adequate medical and financial help to the Haemophilics. She also called upon the electronic and the print media to promote awareness about Haemophilia among public in general, doctors, paramedical staff and NGOs so as to minimize the sufferings of hemophilics. She also urged the UT administration of Chandigarh and the Governments of Punjab and Haryana to issue a notification for providing free factor VIII and IX to the PWHs of below poverty line and above poverty line families on the pattern of Delhi government.

Dr.Pallavi Saini Physiotherapist underscored to hold such clinics regularly and should be located in the hospital out patients thereby offering consultation in all necessary areas of specialized knowledge; hematological, surgical and orthopedic, physical and physiotherapeutic, dental, social and psychological & educational. Dr.Saini Physiotherapist practically demonstrated few exercises to the PWHs for improving the mobility of their joints.

As many as 350 patients were clinically checked up on the spot and all of them were infused free Factor-VIII & IX besides vaccination of Hepatitis-B to 50 patients and booster dose to 150 patients.

Speaking on the occasion, Head Fund Raising Haemophilic Society of UK Mr.Oliver Kemp asked the HFI to provide financial assistance to its affiliated chapters to serve the poor and needy patients with a missionary zeal. He said that ministry of health should come forward to direct the medical institutions like PGI and AIIMS to impart specialized training to the doctors treating Haemophilics.

Earlier, Dr. Maghar Singh, Finance Secretary presented the financial report of the society for the year 2007-08 on the occasion. The annual general body meeting unanimously elected the members and office bearers for the year 2008-09. He demanded that the Factor VIII and IX should be exempted from VAT to enable the patients to get this life saving drug at affordable price. He said that the society had been supplying factor VIII and IX to the needy patients on almost no loss no profit basis. As a large number of families were living below the poverty line, which could not afford to procure it from the open market even from the chapter. He urged the government to adequately subsidize factor VII and IX for the poor patients. He also mentioned that the Hemophilic patients were denied the benefit of reservation available to the handicapped people in the govt. service. It would be just and fair to categorize haemophilics patients as handicapped, so that they could also become eligible to avail of this benefit. He further said that the Haemophilic Federation was constituted in 1983 and it had 63 chapters in different cities throughout India. The sole aim of the Federation was to create awareness amongst haemophilics and to make arrangements for the treatment of poor patients because the treatment of this disease was very costly.

A delegation comprising of 3-members from Haemophilic Federation of India (HFI) and Haemophilic Society UK namely Volunteer Mr.Tom A Head Resource Mobilisation, HFI, Mr.Sameer Srivastva and Resource Executive (North) Ms.Rosalin also attended the clinic and addressed the patients.

The society also constituted a core group comprising of Dr. Maghar Singh, Rajesh Sood, Neki Ram, Lal Singh, Rohit Sharma, Balbir Singh and Prabh Dyal to peruse the pending references with the authorities of Chandigarh administration and PGIMER. On the occasion, few PWHs shared their experiences with a team of doctors from PGI and advised to lead a happy and normal life through keeping their children busy and channelising their unbounded energy in to constrictive and productive means.



A high powered 18-member delegation of progressive farmers from Pakistan led by Vice Chairman Farmers Associates Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi today called on Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal and evinced keen interest for technology transfer in the field of agriculture to increase the production of wheat, cotton, maize, barley and sugarcane both qualitatively and quantitatively.

The members of the delegation shared their experiences with the Chief Minister that how they have improved the quality of these crops substantially in Pakistan. They also dwelled on the prospects of allied agriculture in terms of animal husbandry, fishery, dairy, bee-keeping, horticulture and floriculture as traditional agriculture was no more remunerative and profitable in Pakistan also alike India.

Showing deep concern over the depletion of ground water table especially in Indian Punjab, the delegation urged the Chief Minister to take effective measures to reverse this trend otherwise it would create an abnormal situation beyond one's control and jeopardize the future of our generations. Mr.Gardezi informed the Chief Minister that 92% of Pakistan's agriculture depended on canal irrigation which was quite efficient and hardly 8 to 10% relied on tubewell irrigation. He invited Mr.Badal to lead a delegation of progressive farmers to study the cropping pattern of Pakistan and impressed upon him to initiate steps for technology transfer between the Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana and Agricultural University Faislabad especially in the crops of cotton in which their country had excelled in the production of long staple cotton. Likewise Indian Punjab had made significant contribution in the production of wheat and sugarcane with high quality and maximum yield per acre as compared to Pakistan. Mr.Badal also pointed out that Punjab had a proven track record and rich experience of quality production of kinow which could be replicated in Pakistan too as both countries had almost same soil texture and climatic conditions.

The Chief Minister also asked the delegation to undertake a programme to improve the quality of milch cattle through a technology exchange programme between the Guru Angad Dev University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Ludhiana and University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore. Mr.Badal said that the buffalo breed of Nilli Ravi and Murrah besides Sahiwal breed of cows could be further improved in Punjab through mutual cooperation in research and development programme.

The visiting delegation was on week-long workshop on Total Agriculture-cum Field Visits: Farmers Connecting India and Pakistan through knowledge-sharing on agriculture from March 23-29, 2008 at Centre for Research in Rural & Industrial Development (CRRID).

Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Financial Commissioner Agriculture RS Sandhu, Chairman Punjab State Farmers Commission Dr.GS Kalkat, Hony. Senior Advisor CRRID Dr.SK Mangal and Principal Advisor CRRID PS Sahai. The other members of the delegation included Chief Coordinator Farmers Associates Pakistan Muhammad Idrees, Director Punjab Institute of Agriculture Marketing Munir Ahmed, Deputy Managing Director Punjab Seed Corporation Abdul Shakoor Shaad, CEO Punjab Agriculture Research Board Dr.Mubarik Ali and Vice Chancellor University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Prof. Muhammad Nawaz.




Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today assured the Bazigar Sewa Dal that the members of the Bazigar community would be soon bestowed upon the ownership rights of the houses.

Addressing a gathering of bazigar community here at SAD Office, Sector 28, Mr.Badal said that the SAD-BJP government immediately coming into power ordered to undertake a survey of the bazigar community to ascertain the number of eligible beneficiaries who had constructed houses after their settlement in the different parts of the state but could not get the ownership rights of the houses occupied by them. The Chief Minster said that he had already directed the Chief Secretary to immediately get the survey completed to enable the government to bestow these ownership rights on the eligible members of the community. He also assured the members of the bazigar community that state government would soon find out ways and means to allot plots of 5 marla for the construction of houses who did not have any land for the purpose.

Lashing at the Congress for instigating people for disturbing peace in the state and its indulgence in divisive politics, Mr.Badal said that the people had already realized that Congress's policy of 'divide and rule' which it has adopted not only in Centre but in the states too pursue its political agenda. Mr.Badal lamented that after 60 years of freedom, Congress government during its successive terms in Centre and even in Punjab had not been able to provide the basic civic amenities to the common man. He said that poor and lower strata of the society had been completely ignored by the Congress because it was least concerned about their welfare. He said that our government was committed for the overall development of the state and its people. He said that SAD being a party of a common man sensitized to the problems of the people at the grass root level was committed to serve them in the right earnest.

Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion included Advisor to the Chief Minister Dr.DS Cheema, besides the members of the Bazigar Sewa Dal included National President Bazigar Sewa Dal of SAD Makhan Singh Lalka, Gurnam Singh Raikot, Joginder Singh jalla, Dr.Mulakh Raj Lalka, Malinder Singh Batala, Jagbir Singh, Dana Singh and Rattan Ratti.




Punjab Chief Minister Mr.Parkash Singh Badal today appreciated the pro-active role of Sanjivani -a non-government organization (NGOs) in curbing the menace the deadly dieses of tuberculosis on the occasion of world T.B. day.

Speaking on the occasion after releasing a Souvenir of Sanjivani, Mr.Badal asked the NGOs, voluntary and social organizations to follow the foot steps of Sanjivani and said: "Until TB is controlled, World TB day won't be a celebration. But it is valuable opportunity to educate the public about the devastation TB can spread and how it can be stopped".

Mr.Badal underscored the need to bring awareness about the international health threat presented by tuberculosis (TB).

Dr.Pawan Sharma, Project Director, Sanjivani urged the people to rededicate themselves to light the lamp of hope, compassion and sympathy in the lives of the patients suffering from this dreaded disease. The mission of Sanjivani to bring awareness about the AIDS/HIV and the eradication of TB would be un-abated till its aspiration of a healthy society was cherished, added Dr.Sharma.

On the occasion the Chief Minister was accompanied by his Media Advisor Mr.Harcharan Bains.


Chandigarh, March 24: Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia , Information & Public Relations Minister, Punjab today exhorted the girl students to shun white collared jobs and opt for technical and vocational courses to compete in fast growing job market in national and international fora.

Speaking in the Annual function of the Sri Guru Gobind Singh College for Girls Sector 26, here today Mr. Majithia said that the time has come that girls should give equal fight to their male counterparts to emerge victorious in every field of the economy. He said that girls should not remain confined to traditional careers but opt for technical and vocational careers to emerge victorious in growing economy.

The youngest Minister in Punjab Cabinet said that history was propounded by such examples. The recent example of Kalpna Chawla, Sunita Williams who had who had shown to the world that women can accomplish much more than men. In our own country, Sarojni Naidu, P.T.Usha, Sania Mirza and Bichendri Pal have excelled in the field of their own choice.

The Minister said that the priority of the Punjab Government was to introduce vocational education in the State and to open Adarsh Schools to prepare self-reliant and brilliant students. He said that state has chalked out a future plans of action with adequate caution and utmost vigilance to prepare our students to face the growing challenges ahead at the national and international fora.

Advising the young students to go for self-employment ventures rather than to opt for table jobs, Mr. Majithia said that self employment makes one self dependent and provides courage to face odds of life at various stages.. He said that there was a vast potential for self employment avenues on our country that an individual can tap with imagination and hard work and it would give an opportunity to realize our hidden potential .

Mr. Majithia said that it was unfortunate that northern India has to fight the stigma of disparity in male-female ratio. The Minister said that with more and more girls becoming economically independent, this would bring an attitudinal change in the parents towards girl child.

On this occasion Mr. Majitha released a Souvenir to commemorate 35 years of the college. Mr. Majithia honoured over 800 students for excelling in academics, sports and other activities. 135 Academic prizes, 111 Cultural prizes and 130 Sport prizes were given on the occasion. 18 meritorious students were also awarded scholarships worth Rs. 30,000. Amanpreet Kaur, a student of BCA-II, was selected the Best All-Rounder Student of the year. Vidhushi Sharma, a B.A III student was given the award of Best Flier (Air Wing). She is the only student who has been selected for the Air Force Officers Training and she flies solo Zen micro-light plane. The Roll of Honor was presented to Harveen Sarao, Kulbeer Kaur and, Gurbinder Kaur, students of B.A-III. Leela Bhatt, a student of BA-III was selected the All Round Best Sportswoman and Anita of B.P.Ed. was selected the All Round Best Outgoing Sportswoman. He also announced a grant of Rs. 3 lacs for the college.

Dr. (Mrs.) Harinderjit Kaur, Principal, welcomed the distinguished guests and the students. She read out the College Annual Report, highlighting the manifold achievements of the college. The college has secured the first position among 176 colleges in Punjab University Sport competitions, for the first time.

S. Gurdev Singh Brar, President, and Maj. (Retd.) Mohinder Singh, Joint Secretary, Sikh Education Society, were also present on the occasion. All the staff members who have completed 25 years of service in the college were honored.

S. Virsa Singh Valtoha, (MLA, Tarn Taran) was the Guest of Hon


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