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Chandigarh, September 27, 2008

: Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) engaged the consultant M/s Jurong Consultant Pte. Ltd. Singapore, for the preparation of Regional Plan of GMADA area and Master Plan of six Local Planing Areas within the jurisdiction of GMADA, namely Mullanpur, S.A.S Nagar, Kharar, Banur, Dera Basi and Zirakpur.

This was disclosed by Spokesman of GMADA said that the Consultant has submitted the Master Plan of Local Planning Area Mullanpur, covering an area of 6109 hectares comprising of revenue estate of 33 village. Master Plan has been proposed as low density country living, resort centre and Northern gateway to GMADA. It present opportunity for a well-managed Eco-town environment with a variety of new and exciting development to encourage diversified growth in tourism that balances economic growth with environmental, cultural and community values. Mullanpur as an "Eco-town" is envisioned to rise as a distinctive and sustainable playground of the Greater Mohali Region. The existing rivers and their surrounding waterfronts will be enhanced to become Prime physical assets of Mullanpur. Mullanpur will enjoy the distinction of being Punjab's first eco-town. It shall offer new life style for the 21th century. It has been planned with new ideas to protect unique environmental, historical and cultural resources, capitalize on the regional assets and resources to promote dynamic and sustainable economic development and to ensure equitable distribution of resources-environmental, economic and social. The proposal submitted by the consultant M/s Jurong Singapore has been adopted as such without any change/modification either by GMADA or Town and County Planning Department, Punjab.

Master Plan has been proposed for 2.0 lakhs population by 2031 and 3.50 lakhs by 2056 with gross residential density of 100 persons per acre. Break up of the proposed land use under different categories is as under:

Special view concepts of the Master Plan are eco- tourism, health village, knowledge village, Eco-Park, High Technology Park / I.T Park, Transport Hub. Special controls have been prescribed along the Siswan River and also to protect the scenic beauty of Shivalik Hills, different height controls have suggested which veries from 20mts. to 40mts.


Chandigarh, September 27, 2008

. Punjab Police Team comprising of Sh. S.K. Sharma, IPS, Inspector General of Police, Training, Punjab & Sh. Rupinder Singh, PPS, SP-city-1 and Traffic, Ludhiana were declared the winner in the net category in All India Police Golf Tournatament (AIPGT) 2008 held at RCGC (Royal Calcutta Golf Course) Kolkata. Punjab Team defeated its nearest rival Himachal Team by 5 strokes. The same Team of Punjab Police had been the winner of AIPGT for the year 2006 & 2007.

According to a press note issued here today, the three day tournament was organized by BSF at RCGC, Kolkata from 17th to 19th September, 2008. The Tournament was held amidst heavy rains, soggy course conditions, extreme humidity and hot weather conditions. Despite all odds Sh Rupinder Singh of Punjab Police also won runner up Trophy in the individual net category. Mr. R.S. Khatra, Comdt and Mr. Swinder Singh SP of Punjab Police returned best individual cards from the Punjab Team. Other members of Punjab Team who participated in the Tournament were Sh. A.P. Pandey, IPS, DGP, V & S, PSEB, Sh. Rajan Gupta IPS, ADGP/Armed Bns & Sh. B.Chander Shekhar, IPS, AIG/Provisioning, Punjab.

CM urges Centre to use 'Turbaned Image' of Bhagat Singh on Coin


Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today declared the re-nomenclature of Nawanshahar district as 'Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar' with immediate effect. Mr. Badal said that the orders for renaming boards of the offices, milestones, signage's in the entire district would be issued with in a week.

Addressing a mammoth gathering on the occasion of 101st birth anniversary of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh here at his native village, Mr. Badal also appealed to the Government of India to show deference to the sentiments of the Punjabis and use turbaned image of Sardar Bhagat Singh on the commemorative coin issued in connection with the valedictory function of year long of great martyr's birth centenary celebrations. Mr. Badal said that this was necessary to respect the religio-cultural identity of the Shaheed-e-Azam as well as the wishes of millions of his fans and followers all over the world. The Chief Minister reminded the GoI that the statues of Sardar Bhagat Singh installed in Parliament at New Delhi and Shaheed Udham Singh at his birthplace Sunam Udham Singh Wala used their turbaned images. He also asked the Centre to immediately pass relevant orders to accord the status of freedom fighters to the next of kin of the martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre and other movements connected with national freedom struggle like Kamagatta Maru, Babbar and Kuka etc. He said that the state government had already taken up this issue with the GoI and a final decision in this regard was still awaited.

Mr. Badal called upon the Centre and State governments to take pledge on this solemn occasion to undertake programmes and schemes exclusively for the development and welfare of a common man at the grass root levels. "It will be a real tribute to our national heroes and great martyrs who made supreme sacrifices for the independence of our country", said Mr.Badal. He however, said that martyrs were not merely restricted to any region, religion and faith rather they belonged to one and all irrespective of caste, colour and creed. The Chief Minister said that Punjabis had inherited the spirit of self-sacrifice by birth since time immemorial with the supreme sacrifices of Sri Guru Arjan Dev ji, Sri Guru Teg Bahadur ji and Sri Guru Gobind Singh ji who laid down their lives for the cause of righteousness and mentioned that even more than 80% amongst the freedom fighters who were either executed or imprisoned were also Punjabis. Mr. Badal pointed out that the unique sacrifices made by our great martyrs like Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Shaheed Udham Singh, Lala Lajpat Rai, Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha could not be over looked rather these were a source of inspiration for the future generations. He exhorted the youth to emulate the noble life and philosophy of these great freedom fighters and patriots so that the dignity and honour of the motherland could remain intact.

Showing deep concern over the growing menace of terrorism across all parts of the country, Mr. Badal impressed upon the Centre and the state governments to jointly chalk out a strategy to stamp out terrorism from the country to strengthen the bonds of national integration, unity and communal harmony, for which our great freedom fighters made supreme sacrifices to free our motherland from the shackles of British. He however said that funds utilized for combating terrorism and internal insurgency should be aptly used for productive purposes like fighting the menace of poverty, unemployment and illiteracy because 70% of Indian population was living below the poverty line and could not manage to get meal square a day.

On the occasion, Sarpanch of the village Khatkar Kalan Gurmail Rai released a commemorative coin on Bhagat Singh in the presence of Mr. Badal and other dignitaries. The Chief Minister also solemnized an oath to the people who converged at the venue to pay glowing tributes to the great martyr on his birth centenary for expressing solidarity to maintain national integration, communal harmony and peace besides propagating the ideals of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.

Paying tributes to Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mrs. Ambika Soni asked the Punjab government to prepare a comprehensive plan to construct a state-of-the-art memorial at village Khatkar Kalan to perpetuate the legacy of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh where not only Indians alone but the people form entire world would visit this world class monument to pay homage to the great son of India. She said that the National Committee on Bhagat Singh Birth Centenary headed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had already cleared this proposal and the entire funds on the construction of this prestigious project would be borne by the GoI. She pointed out that with the concerted efforts of the Centre and Punjab Government, the national monument of Jallianwala Bagh was being given a face-lift and by this October end it would entirely present a new look, where lakhs of people daily visit this memorial to pay homage to the martyrs.

After paying homage to great martyr, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mr. Sri Parkash Jaiswal said that the real tribute to the Sardar Bhagat Singh on this day was to reaffirm our commitment to maintain integrity, peace and communal harmony in the country.

Earlier, the Chief Minister along with Mrs.Soni and Mr.Jaiswal honoured Mr. Abhey Singh Sandhu, the nephew of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat and his other family members on the occasion.

Prominent amongst others who spoke on the occasion included Deputy Speaker Lok Sabha Charanjit Singh Atwal, President PPCC Mohinder Singh Kaypee, Local Government Minister Manoranjan Kalia, Tourism & Jail Minister Hira Singh Gabira and MLA Nawanshahar Jatinder Singh Kariha. Others who attended the function included Advisor to Chief Minister Dr.Daljit Singh Cheema, Media Advisor to Chief Minister Harcharan Bains, Member Parliament from Hoshiarpur Avinash Rai Khanna, Chief Parliamentary Secretary & MLA Balachaur Ch.Nand Lal, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Des Raj Dhuga, Chief Parliamentary Secretary & MLA Phillaur Sarwan Singh Phillaur, MLA Banga Mohan Lal, MLA Mahilpur Sohan Singh Thandal, Secretary SGPC Jathedar Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, District President SAD Nawashahar Mohinder Singh Hussainpuri, besides the senior leaders and party workers of SAD-BJP and members of SGPC.




The Punjab Government would chalk out a comprehensive plan for the setting up of class infrastructure facilities for entertainment industry to promote Punjab as Television Serial and Film shootings Tourism destination in the entire northern region of the country.

An announcement to this effect was made by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today while inaugurating the 'Cinematic Tourism Conference' organized by Institute of Technology & Future Management Trends (ITFT) an educational group at ITFT Campus at Village Hoshiarpur (Mohali) on Chandigarh – Mullanpur Road.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Badal said that as the glorious land of Punjab was blessed with landscape that illustrate prosperity, valour and emotional bounds of love & amity amongst all the people, it was obligatory on their part to explore new avenues in the fields of Entertainment and Tourism Industries because both these Industries were interlinked.
Mr. Badal called upon the film and TV serials makers/ producers of the film Industry to promote rich Punjabi culture through their creations.

He also urged them to come in large number to make their serials and films in the region, which would also help the state in terms of tremendous employment generation. He said that the state government had waved off the entertainment tax on the films in Punjab.

The Chief Minister further pointed out that Punjabi youth had tremendous potential in performing art & cultural activates which could be optimally exploited by utilizing their rare talent in the film and TV industries. He said that the Punjab Government would set up Skilled Development Centres in all blocks to impart skilled training to unemployed youth.
Mr. Badal appreciated the efforts of ITFT in organizing the conference with an innovative approach to bring northern states and eminent producers and directors on a common platform to work out some common strategy for promoting the region as an integrated cinematic tourism hub in the country.

Speaking on the occasion the Deputy Speaker Lok Sabha Mr. Charanjit Singh Atwal said that Indian film industry was one of the biggest film industries in the world and it act as showcase of our society on one hand and influenced the society on the other. He urged the people working in this industry to follow the precious legacy and our value-based rich cultural heritage in the greater public entrust.

Eminent film personality Mr. Harry Baweja while addressing the gathering advised that to fully explore the tourism potential, the Punjab Government should encourage TV serial & film making in the state that could also be a rich source of revenue generation for Punjab.

Earlier, Mr. Badal launched a Web Portal of Media & Entertainment Studies and also released a book on Cinematic Tourism. On this occasion Mr. Ujjagar Singh Badali MLA (Morinda) welcomed the Chief Minister and Major (Retd.) Gulshan Sharma, Executive Director, ITFT highlighted the objectives and achievements of the institution. On the occasion Punjabi films maker Mr. Manmohan Singh also spoke on the new trends emerging in the Indian Film Industry




Daily Punjab press release