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Sonia’s visit in Feb
Despite unity claims,
Bhattal, Brar brief Press separately
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 19
Though Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and senior party leader Jagmeet Singh Brar claimed no groupism or division in the party, yet both held separate press conferences at distance of a few yards. They were here to attend the wedding of grandson on R.L.Bhatia, Governor, Kerala.

Addressing media persons, Bhattal said she would complete her team by appointing other PPCC office -bearers after completing the Punjab tour. She said Indian National Congress president Sonia Gandhi would visit Punjab in February next to address rallies in Ludhiana and some other parts of the state.

She parried a question on rumours that former Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Sukhbir Singh Badal, working president Shiromani Akali Dal met in New Delhi.

To a question, Bhattal described the SAD-BJP government as “directionless and full of confusion”. She said there was hardly any coordination between coalition partners which had created unsavoury situation in the state. In the corridor of power, “left hand does not know what the right hand is doing”. She alleged there was lack of coordination between bureaucracy and the Punjab cabinet. Moreover, some ministers of both the collation partners were at loggerheads with each other. She alleged graph of Punjab government touched the lowest in eight months. She alleged finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal had publicly aired his views on pitiable financial condition of the state .

The PPCC chief , however, rubbished reports that she was playing “friendly match” with the Badal government . “We would announce next course of action against the SAD/BJP government after the second meeting of the sub committee , constituted to collect vendetta cases against party leaders”. She disclosed the sub committee had already received 350 cases, registered against Congress workers or leaders to settle political scores. She said on the birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi , former Prime Minister , Congressmen had pledged to uplift the poor . More powers would be given to panchayats if the Congress would come to power.

Bhattal claimed the decision of the state government to roll back power hike in urban areas was taken following pressure , mounted by the Congress party . On the financial crisis in the state, Bhattal said the Badal government was running on the doles given by the central government.

On the annual election of the SGPC, fixed for November 23, Bhattal said her party won’t take any part in it.

 

I was in race for PPCC chief: Brar
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 19
Jagmeet Brar, senior Congress leader, here today admitted that he, too, was in the race for presidentship of the state Congress. However, he said he fully supported Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

Addressing a press conference, Brar asserted that there was no groupism in the Punjab Pardesh Congress. He said the Congress workers would support both Bhattal and Amarinder Singh, who had been facing court cases.

Expressing satisfaction over the declaration of minimum support price (MSP) for wheat and paddy by the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, he said SAD’s acting president Sukhbir Badal was raising a hue and cry just to seek political mileage.

“I want to remind the Chief Minister and Sukhbir that the MSP declared during the NDA government was much lower. A budget of Rs 25,000 crore has been set aside by the UPA for the Rashtriya Kisan Vikas Yojna and this scheme would act as the second Green Revolution,” he said.

Even on farmers’ suicides, he added that the UPA government had taken steps on the basis of reports furnished by Andhra Pradesh, Vibhadra and Punjab. However, he admitted, that Punjab failed to get adequate financial aid from the Centre as the previous Congress government had failed to put up a detailed report on the condition of farmers in the state.

“In Punjab, Congress is doing well under Bhattal’s leadership,” he said.

 

Secure support of Cong MLAs first, CM to Capt
Tribune News Service

Sanghol, November 19
Reacting to a statement issued by Capt Amarinder Singh regarding Akali MLAs being in constant touch with him, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said here today that the former Chief Minister should first secure support from the Congress legislators.

Speaking to mediapersons, after laying the foundation stone of a school to be set up by the Rana Charitable Trust, the Chief Minister said one should desist from issuing such baseless statements in the Press.

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Badal said importance of education could not be ruled out in the present day scenario. Laying stress on quality education, he called upon the NRIs to invest in the state to give education a fillip. He said the government had already embarked upon an ambitious project of opening Adarsh schools in all Assembly segments. Poor students would be getting education on a par with the world-class standards.

Expressing concern over the quality of education being imparted in the schools of the state, he said only 300 schools across the state were teaching science subjects.

If an individual comes forward to open an Adarsh school, the government would chip in 70 per cent of the cost, while the management would remain in the hands of the individual, he added.

He assured all logistic help to the charitable trust in his effort to set up a university at Sanghol.

 

Countering Dera Influence in Malwa
CM organises congregations
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, November 19
To counter influence of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in the Malwa belt, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has adopted organising religious congregations in the region.

While Badal , so far , has not involved himself directly in most of these “Gurmat samagams”, but his wife Surinder Kaur Badal, has been in the forefront during these congregations. He came here for a samagam on September 18.

Political observers point out the Lok Sabha elections, which have more than a year away, has prompted organising such congregations particularly in the Malwa belt where performance of the Congress during recent Assembly elections was fairly better than that of the Akali Dal.

Although these congregations were organised by the SGPC, but with large participation of Akali Dal activists an impression has gone around that Badal was instrumental in holding these in the Malwa belt.

Six such two-day congregations have so far been organised in three districts of Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar where the participation was quite impressive.

However, Congress activists claim the Badals have failed to cut any ice by organising these congregations. The Congress enjoyed support of the Dera chief during the Assembly elections.

A senior Akali Dal leader, who did not want to be identified, was doubtful whether the party would gain substantially by organising these congregations. Only time would tell whether it would make any impact on the electorate, he added.

Akali Dal activists here were reluctant to come out against the Dera chief who enjoys considerable influence in this Malwa belt, observers say. Congress activists too observed silence and parried questions on the issue.

Jathedar Balwant Singh Nandgarh, said on phone these congregations were being organised by the SGPC and there was no restriction on members of political parties participating in these.

Members of the Badal family have been visiting here apparently to consolidate the position of the Akali Dal as Sukhbir Singh Badal represents the neighbouring Faridkot Lok Sabha constituency. Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal have visited here a couple of times in the past few weeks.

The Congress leadership here was observing wait and watch without criticising the Akali Dal government. However, PCC chief Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, lambasted the Badal government at a recent public meeting at Mansa.

 

Cane price: Board fails to take decision
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
A crucial meeting of the Punjab Sugarcane Control Board here today ended without taking any decision on revising the price of sugarcane to be supplied by farmers to cooperative as well as private sugar mills. The meeting was called to discuss the price and other issues related to sugarcane and sugar mills.

No new date has been fixed to hold the meeting of the board, it is learnt.

Sources said that private millers did not allow the government to order upward revision in the sugarcane price though the Punjab Agricultural University( PAU) in its report that was discussed at the board’s meeting had pegged the cost of production of the sugarcane at Rs 149 per quintal.

Last year sugarcane price, that is called state advisory price, in Punjab was Rs 132 per quintal and Rs 138 in Haryana whereas in Uttar Pradesh it is Rs 130 per quintal. However, statutory price was Rs 110 per quintal. As PAU had put the cost of production at Rs 149 per quintal, obviously the government would have to fix the price above it to make the production of sugarcane profitable for farmers.

Agriculture minister Sucha Singh Langah presided.

Sources said representatives of private sugarmills strongly pleaded against enhancing the price of sugarcane for the current year. In support of their plea, they gave several arguments and also presented a judgement of a high court.

However, BKU leader and member of the board, Balbir Singh Rajewal, urged the government to revise the price to Rs 220 per quintal. He said area under the sugarcane this year was 1.39 lakh hectare wheras to meet the total requirement of all sugarmills in the state, it should have been sown at least in 2.40 lakh hectares.

Rajewal said execise and taxation department authorities should be asked to explain why had they put stiff conditions to impede the operationalisation of raw spirit that is used to prepare liquor, manufacturing plants in cooperative sugarmills whereas private mills had been given go ahead.

He said by operationalising the spirit manufacturing plants and also setting up power co-generation plants, cooperative sugarmills could be made profitable.

 

B.Sc Nursing
HC puts counselling on hold
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed that “no further steps” will be taken in pursuance of counselling for B.Sc nursing course in institutions mentioned in a corrigendum issued by the Punjab government’s department of medical education and research.

The corrigendum, annexed along with a petition filed by Tarn Taran district-based Shiv Shakti Educational Society, says Punjab Governor has granted permission for provisional admission of students to eight institutes. It adds that the provisional admission will be subject to the condition that “the registration of the institutes shall be done only after they get the permission from the Indian Nursing Council”.

The institutes include: Mata Sahib Kaur College of Nursing at Mohali, Shiv Shakti College of Nursing at Mansa, Bengal Institute of Health Sciences at Raikot, Mai Bhago College of Nursing at Tarn Taran, Baba Farid Educational and Medical Research Society at Faridkot, Rattan Professional Education Society at Sohana, Khular Medical Education and Research Society in Ludhiana district; and Dr Sham Lal Thapar College of Physiotherapy at Moga.

Seeking permission for admitting students to B.Sc nursing course, the petitioner had earlier claimed that the State of Punjab had granted permission for provisional admission to seven institutes of “persons having strong political clout and power of money, despite the fact that none of these institutes had recognition or suitability certificate from the Indian Nursing Council”.

Counsel for the petitioners Charanjit Singh had added that the same was a pre-requisite for making admissions. He had added that two of the institutes had already been declined permission by the Indian Nursing Council.

Taking up the petition, the Bench ruled: “In spite of opportunity given, reply has not been filed so far. Counselling is said to have concluded on November 17. Since there are allegations that certain institutes, that did not have approval from the Indian Nursing Council, have been included (in the counselling process), and if students are admitted thereto, complications may arise, we direct that no further steps be taken in pursuance of counselling already concluded in respect of institutes mentioned in annexure P-11 (corrigendum) till the next date”.

The Bench, comprising Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Ajai Lamba, also fixed November 26 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

 

Notice to Punjab, others
Tribune News Service

Medical College Admission Issue
In his petition against the state, the Department of Medical Education and other respondents, advocate Ashish Goel also sought directions for cancellation of admission granted to their son Gurdev Partap Singh

Chandigarh, November 19
Taking up a petition for the removal of Dr Ravinder Singh from the post of vice-chancellor, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, and Dr Kiranjit Kaur from the post of principal, Patiala Government Medical College, Patiala, for getting their son admitted to a medical college against procedure, a division bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued notice of motion to Punjab and others.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice Vijender Jain, fixed March 11 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

In his petition against the state, the Department of Medical Education and other respondents, advocate Ashish Goel also sought directions for cancellation of admission granted to their son Gurdev Partap Singh.

The petition alleged that he did not fulfill the eligibility criteria for admission to MBBS laid down by the Medical Council of India, as he had not passed XI and XII with physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. Rather, he had commerce subjects and had fabricated a certificate in the name of Northern High School, Springfield.

The petitioner also sought directions for registration of a case of forgery and other offences under Sections 468, 471, 467, 170,182 and 341 against all three for admission of Gurdev Partap Singh to MBBS course, through NRI quota initially in a private college with an annual fee of $75,000 and then getting him migrated in Government Medical College Patiala, where Dr Kiranjit Kaur is the principal, and which comes under Baba Farid university of which Dr Ravinder Singh is vice-chancellor.

Seeking directions for a CBI probe into the matter, he added the annual fee was only Rs 13,000 in the Patiala Medical College.

 

Differently-abled children need school, hostel
NGO seeks donation of land
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, November 19
The Sehyog School of Special Education for mentally retarded children, run by NGO Scientific Awareness and the Social Welfare Forum from the premises of government elementary school, in Kishanpura locality, has been facing several problems due to lack of own building for school and hostel for the children, due to which the school functions from 9 am to 2 pm daily and thereafter the children have to go back to homes. At present the school has only 15 mentally retarded children (11 boys and four girls) from six to 17 years of age, of which five are severely mentally retarded. The monthly expenses of the school are said to be around Rs 9,000 while income from monthly contributions by the parents (according to their financial status) of the children, besides some contributions by the members of the forum, are around Rs 4,300 per month. The shortfall is collected by the forum from donors.

Varsha, a teacher and in charge of the school, told The Tribune they needed separate building for school and hostel for the children of Sehyog school, as in the absence of hostel facility several parents from nearby towns and villages, like Dhuri, Sunam, Gharachon, Jhanerri and Mangwal, could not get their retarded wards admitted to this school.

President of the forum Dr A.S. Mann said the forum wanted to construct school’s own building and hostel for these special children, for which it required at least one acre of land here.

He said if the school had land 90 per cent grant would be given by the Social Welfare Department of the Union Government for the construction of school building. He appealed to the philanthropists to donate land for the special children, so that they could also have their own school and hostel.

The Sehyog school was started on August 1,2006 by the forum in the complex of a private school- Sarasvati Public School, Haripura Basti, Sangrur, while it was shifted to the government elementary school, Kishanpura locality, Sangrur, on March 1, 2007 with the efforts of then deputy commissioner S.R. Ladhar.

 


Shopkeepers block road over construction of divider
Tribune News Service

Pathankot, November 19
In protest against the failure of the local civil and police authorities to regulate traffic on internal roads of the city shopkeepers today blocked the busy Amritsar-Pathankot-Kullu highway for over three hours.

Angry over the construction of a road divider which blocked entry to the Kali Mata Temple, the shopkeepers today assembled at the spot and raised slogans against the local administration. They also staged a dharna on the road. The protesters were demanding removal of the divider and installation of a traffic light, besides additional traffic police personnel at the spot.

The administration had constructed a high road divider that proved a major bottleneck for the traffic.

The protesters were of the view that the officials from the civil administration and Police Department without seeking expert opinion from the district town planner took the decision of constructing the divider.

Interestingly, none of the officials from the civil administration and Police Departments reached the spot to hear the grievances of the shopkeepers. All roads and streets were chocked with vehicles.

The protesters have warned the administration to remove the divider in the next 15 days or face further protests.

Later, SDM Manshvi Kumar held a meeting with a delegation of the shopkeepers. 

 

147 specialist docs to be recruited: Chawla
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, November 19
Punjab Public Service Commission has been requisitioned to recruit 147 specialist doctors for government hospitals in the state. This was stated by minister for health and family welfare Laxmi Kanta Chawla while talking to mediapersons here today.

Chawla said after recruitment of specialist doctors, MBBS doctors would also be appointed. The state Health Department had recently recruited as many as 600 male and 190 female multipurpose health workers. Besides, 137 staff nurses had also been appointed.

To check female foeticide 15,000 volunteer health workers would also be recruited under ASHA scheme for which the process had already been started.

These volunteers would get financial benefits under various government-sponsored schemes, asserted the health minister.

Later, Chawla presided over an awareness camp against female foeticide, drug abuse and adulteration at Khalsa College, Garhdiwala, 28 km from here. Medicines worth Rs 2.25 lakh, which had been seized, were set ablaze by girl students in the presence of the minister.

She announced a grant of Rs 2.50 lakh for the construction of a stadium in the college.

 

Show-cause notice to four
Tribune News Service

Ropar, November 19
Kavita Singh, SDM, Ropar, issued a show-cause notice to four employees who were found absent from duty during a recent surprise check.

The SDM said the employees including Ram Prakash and Karam Singh of Lohand construction division, Lahina Singh of the department of excise and Ram Singh of Ghanauli construction division were deputed in Nurpurbedi block for rectifying the voter lists.

However, during a surprise check, it was found that all the said employees were missing from the polling booths.

 

Security of Baba Bhaniarawala reviewed
Tribune News Service

Ropar, November 19
The state police authorities today reviewed the security of Baba Bhaniarawala. A team of senior police officials led by inspector-general (IG) Sanjeev Kalra visited the dera of the baba on the Ropar-Nurpur Bedi road to review his security arrangements.

Sources said the security of Baba Bhaniarawala was being tightened after intelligence inputs that he was among the top five targets of ideological extremists.

Baba Bhaniarawala has already survived an attack on his life. He attracted controversy after he penned a book that many took as blasphemy to the Sikh religion. Protests were held against the baba after which he was arrested.

From a landless class IV employee in the Department of Forest, he today has over 100 acres in Nurpur Bedi, besides a huge dera.

 

No proof found against asstt secy
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, November 19
The fist meeting of the fact-finding committee held at the SGPC’s meeting hall here today failed to collect any objectionable picture of Daljit Singh Bedi, suspended assistant secretary of the committee.

The next meeting has been fixed for November 22, a day before the annual SGPC elections. However, one member, Dyal Singh Kolianwali, was conspicuous by his absence.

A senior member of the SGPC on the condition of anonymity claimed that Bedi was a victim of the tussle between the SGPC chief and a Sikh high priest.

 

Secy explains position to Sud
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Karanbir Singh Sidhu, secretary, education (schools), here today explained his position to senior BJP minister Tikshan Sud who had complained to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that the secretary had not been taking his calls on the phone for the past seven months.

A few days ago, Sud had also written in this regard to the Speaker seeking a breach of privilege motion against Sidhu.

However, the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere, it is learnt.

 

Law helpless in fighting female foeticide: CJ
Tribune News Service

Sanghol (Fatehgarh Sahib), November 19
Chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Vijendra Jain here today stated the law was helpless in fighting female foeticide till the people decided to stop it by changing their mindsets.

Addressing a gathering on the campus of the Cordia Institute, the Chief Justice said while dealing with cases of female foeticide, the courts could rarely convict, as the witnesses did not testify against the real culprits. He said people should come together to fight this evil. He said because the parents had to give dowry at the time of girl's marriage so they preferred to have a baby boy. Society must understand instead of killing daughters, they should put an end to the dowry system.

Striking an emotional chord with the gathering, the Chief Justice said Fatehgarh Sahib had been a symbol of supreme sacrifice made by the Sikh Guru, but unfortunately it had now become a place with the lowest sex ratio in the state, which was a matter of great concern.

Making an appeal to the masses, he said the declining sex ratio could have far reaching consequences and it was a high time to put an end to female foeticide. He said the women had proved themselves to be more productive in various field compared to men.

Earlier Lord Rana complimented The Punjab Chief Minister for his approach towards the uplift of rural sector.

Executive chairman, Punjab State Legal Services Authority Justice Mehtab Singh Gill, MrJustice Rajive Bhalla, Mr Justice Mahesh Grover, advocate-general, Punjab, H.S. Mattewal and financial commissioner (Home) Dr B. C. Gupta were also present.

 

Labourer found dead near Balongi barrier
Tribune News Service

Kharar, November 19
A man was found dead in mysterious circumstances near Balongi today morning.

The deceased was identified as Rajesh (22), a resident of Balongi and native of Muradabad (Uttar Pradesh). His body was found around 10 meters away from the main road of Balongi.

His brother Laxmi Chand informed the Balongi police that Rajesh was a white-washer and had gone searching for work on Monday morning but did not return. “We got information today morning that a person was found dead near the main road and we found out that it was Rajesh,” he said.

The body had deep injury marks on the legs and private organs. No blood spots were found near the site. Neither any document nor any money was found from the deceased’s pockets.

Area residents said the body had been lying there since late last evening. However, the police reached the spot at 9 am today.

A case against the driver of an unknown vehicle had been registered. Meanwhile, the case mentions that Laxmi Chand was with Rajesh, when a speeding unknown vehicle hit the latter. However, Laxmi Chand said Rajesh was missing since Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the body has been sent for a postmortem examination and will be handed over to the deceased's family tomorrow.

 

Canadian’s death: 2 held
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
Two persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of Gurbaj Singh, father of Canada-based Punjabi journalist, Dr Sarabjit Singh Ghuman.

Gurbaj Singh was murdered at Jhunda village, near Amargarh, in Sangrur district, a few days ago by his close relations. Dr Ghuman, who publishes a daily newspaper “Door Desh” at Toronto, has arrived at the village. Punjabi writers and journalists have sent their condolences to Dr Ghuman.

 

Central grant for Punjabi, Urdu teachers
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
The last hitch for introduction of Punjabi as an elective subject in schools of Himachal Pradesh has been cleared. The Union Human Resource Development Ministry has, under its national languages scheme, decided to release grants for appointment of 100 teachers each of Punjabi and Urdu in the hill state.

The decision of the ministry may benefit Haryana and Delhi governments also.

While Delhi has already introduced teaching of Punjabi in its schools, Haryana, inspite of legislation, has yet to give the language its due status in the state. The previous Indian National Lok Dal government had amended the State Languages Act to make Punjabi as the second language of the state.

Though the decision to introduce Punjabi as an elective subject in government schools in Himachal Pradesh was taken by the previous BJP government headed by Prem Kumar Dhumal as part of the Khalsa tercentenary celebrations in 1999, the decision could not be implemented till date.

While the Himachal Pradesh State Shiromani Akali Dal actively pursued the demand urging the Education Department of the state to recruit teachers or confirm those who had initially volunteered to teach Punjabi in selected schools, the state government could not decide till recently from when to start Punjabi classes.

Interestingly, the State School Education Board permits students from taking Punjabi as an elective subject in matriculation examination.

In Haryana also, Punjabis in general and Sikhs in particular, had been demanding for a long time that Punjabi be made a part of school curriculum in the state. Conceding the long standing demand of the Punjabi community, the previous INLD government passed a Bill but the present Congress government has yet to initiate any action plan to introduce the language in the schools of the state.

Tarlochan Singh, Rajya Sabha member from Haryana, had been pursuing the language issue ever since he was the chairman of the National Minorities Commission. Last year, the Union Human Resource Minister had quoted insufficient funds to release grants for recruitment of language teachers. The ministry had earlier agreed in principle that to facilitate teaching of languages it would release grants to the states who want to recruit teachers of languages other than their own state language and English.

In a letter to Tarlochan Singh, Minister of State of Human Resource Development, D. Purandeswari, said that the ministry “has approved grants for appointment of 100 Urdu and Punjabi teachers in Himachal Pradesh. Funds for six months are being released shortly.

 

Punjabi set to become elective language in HP
Prabhjot Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 19
The last hitch for introduction of Punjabi as an elective subject in schools of Himachal Pradesh has been cleared. The Union Human Resource Development Ministry has, under its national languages scheme, decided to release grants for appointment of 100 teachers each of Punjabi and Urdu in the hill state.

The decision of the ministry may benefit Haryana and Delhi governments also.

While Delhi has already introduced teaching of Punjabi in its schools, Haryana, inspite of legislation, has yet to give the language its due status in the state. The previous Indian National Lok Dal government had amended the State Languages Act to make Punjabi as the second language of the state.

Though the decision to introduce Punjabi as an elective subject in government schools in Himachal Pradesh was taken by the previous BJP government headed by Prem Kumar Dhumal as part of the Khalsa tercentenary celebrations in 1999, the decision could not be implemented till date.

While the Himachal Pradesh State Shiromani Akali Dal actively pursued the demand urging the Education Department of the state to recruit teachers or confirm those who had initially volunteered to teach Punjabi in selected schools, the state government could not decide till recently from when to start Punjabi classes.

Interestingly, the State School Education Board permits students from taking Punjabi as an elective subject in matriculation examination.

In Haryana also, Punjabis in general and Sikhs in particular, had been demanding for a long time that Punjabi be made a part of school curriculum in the state. Conceding the long standing demand of the Punjabi community, the previous INLD government passed a Bill but the present Congress government has yet to initiate any action plan to introduce the language in the schools of the state.

Tarlochan Singh, Rajya Sabha member from Haryana, had been pursuing the language issue ever since he was the chairman of the National Minorities Commission. Last year, the Union Human Resource Minister had quoted insufficient funds to release grants for recruitment of language teachers. The ministry had earlier agreed in principle that to facilitate teaching of languages it would release grants to the states who want to recruit teachers of languages other than their own state language and English.

In a letter to Tarlochan Singh, Minister of State of Human Resource Development, D. Purandeswari, said that the ministry “has approved grants for appointment of 100 Urdu and Punjabi teachers in Himachal Pradesh. Funds for six months are being released shortly.

 





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