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May 13, 2008


Counting postponed in those panchayat samitis and zila parishad zones
where adjournment of polling or repolling to be held on 26th May

Chandigarh May 13. 2008

The State Election Commission Punjab today directed that counting of votes in respective Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishad zones would not take place on Wednesday 14th May 2008 in which such polling booths are located where adjournment/ cancellation of polling had been ordered in the state on account of directions of the High Court or re-polling would held on 26th 2008 due to election related incidents.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the State Election Commission Punjab said that the directions in this regard has already been issued to all the District Electoral Officers-cum-Deputy Commissioners, all Addl. District Electoral Officers-cum-Addl. Deputy Commissioners (Dev.) in the State.

He added that pursuant to the directions of Hon'ble Punjab and Haryana High Court and on account of adjournment/ cancellation of polling in some of the booths on 12.05.2008, re-poll in all such polling stations have been ordered on 26.05.2008. As the counting of Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishad votes is scheduled to be held on 14th May, 2008 but with a view to ensure peaceful and orderly conduct of re-poll at the concerned Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad polling booths, it has been decided that counting of the respective Panchayat Samiti and Zila Parishad zones would not take place in which such polling booths were located.

Adding further "if re-poll has been ordered in different booths falling in four or more different zones of any Panchayat Samiti or Zila Parishad, then the counting for the entire Panchayat Samiti or Zila Parishad shall stand postponed wherein such polling stations/ booths are located" he said.

On the recommendation of concerned Additional Deputy Commissioners (Dev.)-cum-Additional District Electoral Officers about reported poll violations and disturbance of election process in the state on 12th May, the Commission today ordered repoll in eleven more Polling Stations. The repoll would take place on 26.05.2008 between 8.00 AM to 4.00 PM at the polling stations already set up. The concerned Returning Officers would fix date, time and place of counting of votes and send notices to this effect to all the contesting candidates.

The epelling has been ordered today in Polling Station No.4 village Dhulka in Panchayat Samiti Zone No.17 Sangatpura and Zila Parishad Zone No.17 Tangra, Polling Station No.6 village Kaleke in Panchayat Samiti Zone No.19 Kaleke and Zila Parishad Zone No.17 Tangra, Polling Station No.7 village Kaleke in Panchayat Samiti Zone No.19 Kaleke and Zila Parishad Zone No.17 Tangra, Polling Station No.69 Dandrala Kharod in Panchayat Samiti Zone No.14 Barch and Zila Parishad Zone No.2 Challella, Polling Station No.196 Rampur Sahiwal in Panchayat Samiti Zone No.15 Tohra and Zila Parishad Zone No.2 Challella in distt Patiala and in Lambi epelling would take place at Polling Station No.35, Polling Station No.37, Polling Station No.79, Polling Station No.79-A, Polling Station No.80 and Polling Station No.80-A.

It may be mentioned here that the state commission had already ordered to repoll at 17 polling stations due to poll violations and disturbance of election process during polling in the state on Monday 12th May. The Election Commission, on the orders of H'ble Punjab and Haryana High Court, had already postponed the elections in four zones of three Zila Parishads and one each in fifteen Panchayat Samitis to 26th May.




Chandigarh May 13, 2008

The Chief Secretary Punjab Mr. R.I. Singh assured Mrs. Santosh Chaudhary, Chairperson of National Commission for Safai Karmacharis in a meeting held here today, that the state government would provide all basic facilities to the Safai Karamcharis like giving them identity cards, uniforms and timely & regular wages. Besides this he said that the state government would also ensure them regular health checkups all over the state.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Chaudhary said that the existing contract system should be abolished in order to check the increased exploitation of the Safai Karamcharis at the hands of the contractor and the supervisors. She took stock of the cleanliness and hygienic surroundings of the Punjab Civil Secretariat and said that the interests of the Safai Karamcharis would be safeguarded and she asked them to be regular and honest in discharging their duties dedicatedly and devotedly. She urged the state government to make new recruitments of the Safai Karmacharis wherever there was a shortage of the staff.



Chandigarh May 13, 2008
Naginder Singh

Educating farming community regarding the ill effects of burning of wheat stubble an official spokesman of Agriculture Department Punjab said that besides air and land pollution it causes incidents of fire, loss to the fertility of the soil and environmental degradation.

Farmers should know that Micronutrients, which could be made available to the soil from wheat stubble, were lost and the high temperature caused due to fire also reduced the fertility of the soil.

Some friendly insects and worms that were found in moist earth were also burnt to death due to the heat, he added.

He appealed to the farming community to stop the practice of burning wheat stubble.




The Punjab Governor and Administrator, Union Territory, Chandigarh, Gen. (Retd.) S.F. Rodrigues, PVSM VSM, while presiding over the meeting of Board of Governors, Punjab Public School, Nabha, here today voiced his serious concern over the growing trend of fulfillment of personal ambitions and short term goals by individuals and that we have to reverse this trend, by developing innovative educational programmes that inculcate a sense of ownership and belonging among our students and serve the national purpose. There is a need for initiating holistic result-oriented programmes, by our education institutions aimed at instilling among the students, a feeling of "us" instead of "we" and "they" and cementing their loyalty to our Country, besides reminding them of our traditional values.

Strongly advocating the need for reinventing our approaches and restructuring the syllabi of our higher and secondary education, General Rodrigues said that this process has already started and the focus is on making our young students professionally competent and confident personalities, alongwith the literary aspects. He said
that a low priority to a value system and good citizenship in our existing education system is diminishing us as a nation, and needs serious attention.

Emphasising the need for further improving Career counselling programmes, General Rodrigues called for proper orientation towards army career and lectures, by experts from different fields should be periodically organized to motivate the students for higher professional studies. He expressed happiness when the Headmaster pointed out that this year three students made it to National Defence Academy (NDA). He stressed the need for forging tie up arrangements with Western Command, Army Headquarters, Univesities and corporate houses to provide an opportunity to the students of the institution to broaden their vision, and advise them about career selection.
General Rodrigues also emphasized the need to strengthen contacts with the alumni of the institution to seek their help and support in terms of their expertise, knowledge and experience in different fields for the further development of the institution.

Sh. Manpreet Badal, Finance Minister, Punjab, while taking part in the deliberations, informed that he will give a grant of Rs. 5.00 lakhs to the corporate fund, for each student who makes to NDA from PPS Nabha. He also assured more financial support, to the school, for promotion its academic programmes.
Various issues including approval of budget for the year, 2008-09 were discussed in the meeting and it was resolved to further improve academic and sport standards in the School. The construction work of the Indoor multi-facility sports complex is in full swing and will be completed in the stipulated time frame.

Commodore (Retd.) I.L. Sayal, Headmaster of Public School Nabha gave a detailed account of the activities and achievements of the Institution.

Prominent among others who attended the meeting included Mr. K.N. Singh, IAS (Retd.), Mr. S.C. Agrawal, Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce, Punjab, Mr. K.S. Sidhu, Principal Secretary Higher Education, Punjab, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Vijay Oberoi, Mr. M.P. Singh, Secretary to Governor, Mr. Pawan Munjal, a leading industrialist and Brig Sukhjit Singh, MVC from Kapurthala.



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