Cong workers protest against vendetta case
Amritsar: Congress leader Jasbir Singh Dimpa and his supporters staged a protest against the SAD government for its alleged vendetta against Dimpas supporter Rinku Narula,who runs Swaran House,a restaurant in Ajit Nagar. Dimpa and other Congress activists raised slogans against an executive engineer of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL),who they alleged disconnected power supply to the restaurant without any orders. There must have been dues,which have not been cleared,following which the executive disconnected power supply. I will look into the matter, said SS Sandhu,Amritsar PSPCL Chief Engineer.
Punjab to establish mission for holistic development
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has decided to establish the State Urban Development Mission (SUDM),an overarching body that will direct policies for the holistic development of the state. The decision was made by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal during a meeting held at his office to review the status of various ongoing development projects. Suresh Kumar,Principal Secretary of the local government,said Rs. 962 crore would be spent on water supply,Rs. 2,667 crore on sewerage,Rs. 2,300 crore on sewage treatment plants,Rs. 1,476 crore on roads and parks,Rs. 730 crore for slum development and housing for urban poor and Rs. 500 crore for fire services in all the cities.
Punjab to begin dairy development course
CHANDIGARH: With a view to providing knowledge of commercial dairy training to youngsters,the Punjab government has decided to begin a 45-day dairy technology course from May 7,at seven centres in the state. Gulzar Singh Ranike,Animal Husbandry Dairy Development and Fisheries Minister,Punjab,said the training would be provided at Beeja (Ludhiana),Tarn Taran,Phagwara (Kapurthala),Chatamali (Ropar),Gill (Moga),Abul Khurana (Muktsar) and Verka (Amritsar). The state Dairy Development Department will provide new techniques for dairy farming,better shed designs and cattle feed to milk producers to increase milk production in the state.
Act against Thapar varsity: Badal to Sibal
CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urged Kapil Sibal,Union Minister for Human Resource Development and Communications and Information Technology,to issue directions to the University Grants Commission and deemed Thapar University,Patiala,to maintain territorial quota of 50% in Punjab. Badal apprised Sibal that the university had decided in the Board of Governors (BOGs) meeting held on February 24, to de-reserve 50% seats for the under-graduate courses,which were earlier reserved for students from Punjab. Badal said the decision of the BOGs was without the consent or approval of the state.
NGO hails govt decision on elderly
SHIMLA: Umang Foundation,a Shimla-based public welfare trust has welcomed the decision of state cabinet to include inmates older than 60 years living in old age homes in the social security pension scheme. Ajai Srivastava,chairman of the foundation,in a statement said today that the cabinet decision will give some relief to aged inmates of old age homes. He has asked Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal to extend the same pension facility to those inmates of old age homes who are disabled,widows and single women below 60 years old.