Ludhiana: Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has signed an agreement with Josan Foods Pvt Ltd,Jalandhar,for purchase of 6.5MW power produced using bio-mass. KD Chaudhri,the PSPCL CMD said that a plant is being set up by a private firm in Jalalabad,which will generate 10MW of power using rice husk,cotton straws and paddy husk as fuel. PSPCL will purchase the power for the next 20 years at the rate to be decided by Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission. The plant is expected to be commissioned by October 2013.
12 IAS among 23 officers transferred
Chandigarh: In an administrative reshuffle,the Punjab government Friday transferred 23 officers,including 12 IAS,with immediate effect. The IAS officers shifted included financial commissioner (revenue and NRI affairs) N S Kang,parliamentary affairs secretary Roshan Sunkaria,power secretary Anirudh Tewari and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (SAS Nagar) administrator Sarvjit Singh,a spokesman said. The Punjab Civil Services officers transferred included Manvesh Singh Sidhu,special principal secretary to deputy chief minister; special secretary (personnel) Arun Sekhri and Muktsar additional deputy commissioner Baldev Singh.
Five IPS officers transferred
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government,on Friday,transferred two Additional Director General of Police and three Inspector General of Police. As per the orders issued by the state home department SK Sharma Additional Director General of Police (Training and HRD) has been also given the charge of Law and Order,Dinkar Gupta who had returned from central deputation has been posted as ADGP (Security),Ishwar Chander is IGP (Training-cum-Additional Director PPA Phillaur),Shashi Prabha Divedi is IGP (Training at Chandigarh) and AS Rai is IGP (Modernisation).
Bains appointed media adviser
CHANDIGARH: Harcharan Bains was on Friday appointed as advisor on national affairs and media to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and will be in rank of Minister of State. This will be for the fourth time that Bains has been appointed media adviser to Badal.
Centre withholding compensation: Sukhbir
CHANDIGARH: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on Friday criticised the Prime Ministers Office for allegedly withholding the release of Rs 20,000 crore compensation due to the state in lieu of their phasing out Central Sales Tax. In a statement,Sukhbir said that when CST was being phased out,the UPA government had assured states to compensate the revenue loss. The Prime Ministers Office is now going back on its promise despite its reported clearance by former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjeem, Sukhbir added.
Three state kids win awards
CHANDIGARH: The Child Welfare Council (CWC),Punjab,on Friday announced names of three children who won prizes in the National Painting Competition organised by Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) in New Delhi recently. While Sanya of Faridkot district came second in the white group (9-12 years),Sandeep Kumar,also of Faridkot,was third in the visually impaired sub-group of the red group (11-18 years). Jatin Verma of Pathankot came third in the sub-group mentally challenged of the yellow group (5-10 years). The ICCW will honour the trio at a function in New Delhi.
Amritsar-Chandigarh flights from Monday
AMRITSAR: Air Mantra will be starting twice daily flights from Amritsar to Chandigarh and back from Monday. Air Mantra area manager Bhawar Singh Chauhan said the journey would take 50 minutes. The inaugural fare per seat will be nearly Rs 3,000 including taxes. Air Mantra is also planning to start flights to Dharamshala,Jammu and Dehradun from Amritsar.
Hotels in Golden Temple corridor
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court,on Friday,directed the Commissioner of Amritsar Municipal Corporation (MC) to submit a list of MC officials who allowed hotels to come up in the Golden temple corridor. In June,the Punjab government had furnished a list of 21 hotels that had come up in the corridor. The high court has directed the commissioner to submit a status report within four weeks. The court has also summoned the official record to peruse under which provisions the authorities granted licences for the hotels.
Bar Council approves Khalsa College of Law
AMRITSAR: The Bar Council of India has given its approval to set up Khalsa College of Law at Amritsar to Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC),which runs 17 educational institutions in the region. KCGC president Satyajit Singh Majithia and honourary secretary Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina said it will be the first college to offer BA LLB (five-year course) straight after class XII.
Speed controls: HC summons transport secys
CHANDIGARH: For disobedience of court directions regarding the installation of speed governors in heavy motor vehicles,the Punjab and Haryana High Court slammed the states of Haryana and Punjab on Friday and has summoned the transport secretaries of both states. Speed governors were to be installed by January 31,2011,however,the Punjab government had submitted that speed governors will be installed only by December-end this year.
Punjab seeks special package for border areas
AMRITSAR: The Punjab government,on Friday,sought a special package from the Centre for border areas,besides concessions to industries located there. Punjab Industry and Commerce Minister Anil Joshi has appealed to Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma to declare border areas of Punjab a special tax free zone. Joshi also demanded the extension of eastern freight corridor to Atari to Amritsar and Delhi-Mumbai western industrial corridor to Ludhiana its extension to Amritsar.