Strong Punjab contingent
for 'India Calling' in Canada
High Commissioner calls on CM
CHANDIGARH MAY 21, 2008
:Punjab will send a strong and high- powered delegation to represent
the state at the India Calling Conference in Canada from June
14 to 19 this year. The Conference is being organized at Vancouver
The delegation, to be led by a Cabinet Minister, would comprise
leading lights from the world of trade, commerce, industry, agriculture,
education, literature, healthcare, infrastructure development,
NRI welfare and information technology.
The decision was taken after the Canadian High Commissioner
in India, Mr. David Malone called on the Punjab Chief MinisterMr.
Parkash Singh Badal here this morning.
Disclosing this, Mr Harcharan Bains, Media Advisor to Punjab
Chief Minister said that although this year's Conference would
focus on Education, ICT, Alterative Sources of Energy and Life
Sciences, Punjab would use this opportunity both to showcase the
advances made by the state in various spheres of development as
well as to step up the state government's bonding with the Punjabi
Diaspora in Canada. In addition, the delegation would also seek
to attract material and intellectual inputs from different fields
to reinforce its own thrust towards achieving global standards
for the people of the state, said Mr. Bains.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Chief Secretary, Mr. Ramesh Inder Singh
has said that the composition of the delegation would also reflect
the state government's efforts towards fully implementing the
decisions taken at the NRI Sammelan held at Chandigarh and Jalandhar
earlier this year. One of the decisions taken at the Sammelan
was to hold 'Sangat Darshans' to redress the problems of the NRIs
at the places of their settlement. The state government would
tie up with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Northern Region
in constitute the delegation, said the Chief Secretary.
In the morning's meeting, the High Commissioner made a strong
plea for increased inter-low of what he called "human synergies"
between the people of Punjab and Canada. Mr. Malone said that
there was a ' a whole world of opportunities in various fields
for the people of the two regions for through constructive collaboration.'
The High Commissioner was accompanied by Consul General Ms. Helen
Economo Amundsn and Trade Commissioner Service Mr. Gurbans Sobti
of local Consulate General of Canada.
Mr. Bains said that the Chief Minister and the High Commissioner
saw a lot of merit in the vision offered by the organizers of
the Conference who chose the Canadian soil for hosting the Conference
as they felt that Canada and India have a lot of common interests.
Canada is home for more than one million people of Indian origin,
a majority of them Punjabis who have led from the front in the
world of politics, business, industry and education.
The Chief Minister said that since both Canada and Punjab are
strong and growing economies, the two can work together for integrated
development, especially as they shared a large number of strengths
and weaknesses. It may be recalled that Canada is a part of NAFTA,
a free trade area consisting of more than 450 million people;
and it has an internationally competitive tax and fiscal regime.
As such, Punjab saw an opportunity in expanding bilateral trade
and investment with the entire zone through Canada, said Mr. Bains.
Mr. Badal also asked the High Commissioner to set up some mechanism
in his country to facilitate tie-ups between educational institutions
here and reputed places of learning in Canada, like the University
of Saskatchewan and the premier educational institutions of British
Columbia and Ontario to impart quality education to our youth.
Mr. Malone said that his stress would be in evolving a mechanism
for channeling the Punjabi students to only the accredited and
acclaimed places of learning in his country. He also offered to
explore the possibility of training courses for the Punjab teachers
in disciplines in which Canada was known to be a world leader.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru and Commissioner
NRI Affairs AS Chhatwal also attended the meeting.
ELECTION COMMISSION ORDERS TO SHIFT A
DSP AND SHO
ELECTIONS TO 7 PANCHAYATS POSTPONED -TWO ROs REMOVED
Chandigarh May 21, 2008
The State Election Commission, Punjab today ordered to shift DSP
Bagha Purana and SHO Samalsar (Moga) immediately and postponed
the general elections to seven Gram Panchayats in five districts,
which were scheduled to be held on 26th May in the state. Besides
two election officers has been removed.
Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the State Election
Commission, Punjab said that the Commission has ordered the DIG
Ferozpur to shift Joginder Singh DSP Bagha Purana and Gurpiar
Singh SHO Samalsar to the stations where they could not interfere
in the smooth conduct of elections. It was complained to the Electoral
officers by the representatives of huge cluster of villages that
Sh. Joginder Singh Deputy Superintendent of Police Baga Purana
and Sh. Gurpiar Singh Station House Officer, Smalsar were blatantly
acting in a partisan way. So much so, it has also been alleged
that large scale violence was engineered by the above officials
during the Block Samiti and Zila Parishad elections. The residents
of the area in strength have made a grave apprehension of violence.
The Commission feels that the incumbency of these officials at
their respective posts in the face of grave resentment of voters
was not conducive to a free and fair conduct of elections in the
areas under their jurisdiction. Accordingly, The Deputy Inspector
General of Police, Ferozepur Range and Senior Superintendent of
Police, Moga has been directed to shift both to the places where
they could not interfere in the smooth conduct of elections and
compliance report be sent the Commission by 22.05.2008 positively.
He added that the polls to eight Gram Panchayats namely Gram
Panchayat Bhattian and Gram Panchayat Mand Jodhwal both Block
Machhiwara, district Ludhiana, Gram Panchayat Ranjitgarh district
Gurdaspur, Gram Panchayat Dera Baba Jaimal Singh, Beas district
Amritsar, Gram Panchayat Village Karamgarh district Muktsar and
Gram Panchayat Bilaspur, and Gram Panchayat Deena Sahib in district
Moga have been postponed and fresh election schedule would be
The Commission has directed the District Electoral Officer-cum-Deputy
Commissioner, Amritsar to remove Shri Harpal Singh Returning Officer
Baba Bakala who has acted in a wrongful and negligent manner and
thus eroded the sanctity of election. It was alleged that he had
rejected the nomination papers of Gram Panchayat Dera Baba Jaimal
Singh, Beas district Amritsar without any substantial reason.
He added that the Commission has also ordered the District Electoral
Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner, Moga to appoint new Returning
Officer in block Nihal Singh Wala immediately and initiate disciplinary
action for imposition of major penalty against the erring Returning
Officer Block Nihal Singh Wala, who had committed the gross irregularity
by rejecting the nomination papers of 12 candidates on frivolous
ground that nomination papers were received after the prescribed
time was over.
The Commission has also directed all the District Electoral Officers-cum-Deputy
Commissioners, Additional District Electoral Officers-cum-Additional
Deputy Commissioners (Dev.) in the State that counting for all
Zila Parishad / Panchayat Samiti zones/ constituencies, where
polls had been held but counting was postponed, would be carried
out on 27.05.2008 at 11.00 AM. Further, counting for all zones/
constituencies of Zila Parishads/ Panchayat Samitis where elections
were postponed, and scheduled to be held on 26.05.2008 would also
be done on 27.05.2008 at 11.00 AM.
ELECTORS TO PRODUCE PHOTO IDENTITY CARDS TO EXERCISE
Chandigarh May 21, 2008
The Election Commission of India has directed that all the
electors in 19-Amritsar South Assembly Constituency, who have
been issued their Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPICs), shall
have to produce these cards to exercise their franchise, when
they come to the polling stations for voting at the current bye-election
to the Legislative Assembly. The Election Commission has also
directed that such residual voters, whose names are there on the
electoral rolls but who have not received their EPICs, may be
permitted to use alternative ID documents. The documents specified
by the Commission are:
(ii) Driving Licenses,
(iii) Income Tax Identity (PAN) Cards,
(iv) Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to its employees
by State/Central Government, Public Sector Undertakings or Public
(v) Passbooks issued by Public Sector Banks/Post Office and Kisan
Passbooks (Accounts opened on or before 31-3-2008),
(vi) Property Documents such as Pattas, Registered Deeds, etc,
(vii) Ration Cards issued on or before 31-3-2008 with photograph,
(viii) SC/ST/OBC Certificates issued by competent authority on
(ix) Pension Documents such as ex-servicemen's Pension Book/Pension
Payment Order, ex-servicemen's Widow/Dependent Certificates, Old
Age Pension Order, Widow Pension Order,
(x) Freedom Fighter Identity Cards,
(xi) Arms Licenses issued on or before 31-3-2008,
(xii) Certificate of Physical Handicap by Competent Authority
on or before 31-3-2008,
(xiii) Air Force/Navy/Army personnel identification cards with
It is clarified that any document, as enumerated above, which
is available only for the Head of Family, shall be allowed for
the purpose of identification of other members of the family provided
that all the members come together and are identified by the head
of the family.
For those electors who have been issued EPICs, but are not able
to produce it, any of the above mentioned alternative documents
which has photograph of the elector on it, shall be accepted for