Punjab Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur on Thursday emphasised the need to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the state,for which a policy was being formulated. According to an official release,Phillaur regretted the use of vulgar lyrics in various songs and obscenity in video content of Punjabi songs and movies. A censor board will be set up to screen video content and lyrics. The policy is also aimed at curbing the practice of piracy of Punjabi music, he said.
No powercuts for any customer category
Patiala: K D Chaudhri,Chairman-cum-Managing Director,Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL),informed on Thursday that due to widespread rain on Wednesday,PSPCL had relaxed power cuts for all category of consumers. There is 1,600 lakh units of power available against the demand of nearly 1,700 lakh units, Chaudhri said.
Lawyers to boycott evening courts
Ludhiana: Lawyers across the state have decided to boycott evening courts on Saturdays. The decision was taken on Thursday after lawyers went on a day-long strike and a meeting of 35 bar associations was held at Moga. The protesting lawyers and their associations announced that they would stage a protest at the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh on August 31. District bar association president Moga Sunil Garg said,Setting up of evening courts is not acceptable to the lawyers fraternity. HC should function on Saturdays and hold evening courts to dispose of the long pending cases. The lawyers have also condemned the ‘insensitive attitude of the chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana High Court,who is trying to sabotage our agitation.
One diagnosed with dengue in Hoshiarpur
Hoshiarpur: Another case of dengue was reported from a local civil hospital here on Thursday. District Health Officer Surinder Malik said health workers had been instructed to conduct surveys near the patients house to ascertain if there were others cases as well.
Foundation laid for aquarium and food court
Jalandhar: Local Bodies minister Bhagat Chunni Lala and Jalandhar Municipal Corporations outgoing Mayor Rakesh Rathor laid the foundation stone of aquarium and food court at Company Bagh on Thursday. An MoU was signed for the project with a Subsidiary of Philippines-based private company Manila Ocean Park,and the project will be operational for 45 years. The company authorities stated that it would build the third generation aquarium,along with a food court,at a cost of around Rs 30 crore in two years.
Withdraw 3% cess on paddy: Mill owners
Amritsar: Representatives of Punjab Rice Industry at a meeting held on Thursday sought withdrawal of three percent Punjab Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) on paddy,and said the industry was unable to pay the high taxes. An industry spokesperson said that as compared to states like Haryana (nine per cent tax),UP (six percent tax),Delhi (1.5 percent tax) and Rajasthan and Haryana that do not impose any tax on agricultural produce,the tax on paddy in Punjab was highest at 12 percent. The industry urged the government to provide a level playing field.
GNDEC gets autonomous status
Ludhiana: THE Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College(GNDEC) on Thursday became the first engineering college in the state to gain autonomous status. While the University Grants Commission (UGC) granted the college autonomous status on august 17,college authorities declared it on Thursday. The college has also been identified as a First Quality Improvement Programme ( QIP ) Centre in Punjab by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
Rs 150 cr approved for highway maintenance
Chandigarh: The Punjab government has approved Rs 150 crore for repair and maintenance of national highways in the state. PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said the decision was taken at a high-level meeting,which was held to review the status of the ongoing construction of roads. Besides issuing directions to officials to monitor work properly,contractors have also been asked to complete work within the stipulated time. Construction of lanes at national highways,including Shambhu-Jalandhar,Pathankot-Amrtisar,Ludhiana-Talwandi Bhai and Bhogpur-Mukerian is in full swing and they will be operational by March 2014, Dhillon said.