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Badal lays stone for Bathinda stadium
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Jodhpur Romana (Bathinda), December 8
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today laid the foundation stone of an international cricket stadium at Jodhpur Romana village on the outskirts of the town. This will be the second international cricket stadium in Punjab after the PCA stadium in Mohali.
CM Parkash Singh Badal laying foundation stone of an international cricket stadium here in Bathinda
CM Parkash Singh Badal laying foundation stone of an international cricket stadium here in Bathinda. — Tribune photo by Malkiat Singh

The Chief Minister announced that to uplift sports an produce world-class coaches, a Punjab institute of sports, on the lines of National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, would soon be set up here soon.

The PCA and the BCCI have given their approval for the stadium that will cost Rs 25 crore and take two years to complete.

Badal said: “This cricket stadium is a new milestone in the history of Bathinda, which at present is the fastest developing city of the state.”

President of the PCA I.S. Bindra said: “The Mohali stadium is a symbol of the 20th century, while the Bathinda stadium will be a symbol of the 21st century. Best cricketing concepts will be adopted here.’’

500 cricket academies 
to be set up

Working president of the SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal said a world-class cricket academy would be set up at the proposed stadium. Later, 500 such academies would be set up across  the state

Bindra told The Tribune that “at the international level, Chandigarh is now known as a city, which is closer to Mohali, where international cricket matches are held. Now, other parts of Malwa, which used to be tagged as the backwaters of the state, will be known worldwide due to the new international cricket stadium.”

Working president of the SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal said: “A world-class cricket academy will be set up at the proposed stadium. Later, 500 such academies will be set up across the state. With a minimum capacity of 50,000 people, this floodlit stadium will be bigger than the Mohali stadium. We have given the land and the BCCI will bear the cost of construction.”

Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal was also present.


Sloganeering by jobless PTIs mars birthday celebrations
Ishmeet Singh gets Rs 5 lakh
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 8
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal launched a Rs 3234-crore scheme to rejuvenate the irrigation system in Punjab as part of his birthday celebrations here today.

Leader of BJP L.K. Advani and former Chief Minister of Haryana Om Prakash Chautala participated in the celebrations that were held in the local sports stadium. Badal’s 81st birthday was observed as “Punjab Gaurav Divas”.

The local BJP leadership turned up in numbers at the function. Badal distributed cash awards worth Rs 1 crore among outstanding players who had won medals in international matches and other events.

The function was marred by sloganeering by unemployed physical training instructors who tried to reach the stage. The unemployed PTIs, including girls, took the police by surprise as they sat quietly throughout the function but started raising anti-government slogans when Badal started his speech. The meeting got disturbed for a few minutes.

Badal said it was his duty to maintain law and order in the state and he would not allow anyone to vitiate communal harmony and peace.

Advani said the two-party system had so far not come to the country, but the bipolar polity is here to stay.

Blaming the Congress for instigating people to disturb peace in the state, Badal asked the Congress to refrain from such dirty politics.

Working president of the SAD Sukhbir Singh Badal said a 2000-MW thermal power plant would be constructed at Mansa at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore.


Now, LPG refill against agency cylinder only
Varinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 8
State LPG consumers will now be required to return the same cylinder, which was provided to them by their respective gas agencies, for refill.

The state unit of the All-India LPG Distributions Federation (North Western Region) has decided that the numbers engraved on the LPG cylinders will be entered in consumers books at the time of delivery. “The same cylinder, supplied to a consumer, will be taken back at the time of delivery of refills. We have taken this measure to remove the possibility of recycling of fake or unauthorised cylinders,” said federation president Harsimarjit Kaur while talking to The Tribune.

The federation has sought special fixed quota from respective oil companies to “support refill supplies to the administration and religious and social organisations”. 


Congress stir from Dec 13
Tribune News Service

Ropar, December 8
The Congress will launch a statewide agitation to expose the mis-governance of the SAD-BJP government. As a first step district-level dharnas will be held on December 13 to flay the economic policies of the present government.

PPCC president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal stated this here yesterday. She was here on her way to Himachal Pradesh for campaigning.

She said the Congress government had left over Rs 800 crore in the state coffers. However, the present government had stopped all payments, including salaries of government employees and payments for development works.

The government was contemplating reviewing its election promises like free power to farmers and abolition of octroi in the name of financial crisis. The state had fallen in debt trap due to the wrong policies of the present government.

Bhattal also flayed the decision of the SAD to celebrate the birthday of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. 


Panels for labour welfare, minimum wages
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 8
To create congenial employer-employee relationship and safeguard rights of the labour in the state, the Punjab Government has constituted an 18-member Punjab State Labour Welfare Board and a 21-member Punjab Minimum Wages Advisory Board with immediate effect.

A spokesman of the state government said the Punjab Minimum Wages Advisory Board would comprise official members as labour minister, principal secretary, labour, principal secretary, finance, principal secretary, industries and commerce, principal secretary, public works (B&R), economic adviser and labour commissioner.

Besides, the employers’ category of the board would include Charanjit Singh, MD, Vishavkarma Industries, Ludhiana, Surjit Singh Cheema, MD, International Surgical Industries, Jalandhar, Kabir Singh, MD, Sigma Vibracoustic (India) Pvt Ltd, Mohali, Ashok Kumar Gupta, Pardeep Engineering Industries, Phagwara, Manohar Singh Saini, Amritsar, Vir Abhimanyu, Ludhiana and Lal Chand, Mandi Gobindgarh. The Employees’ category would consist of Vijay Danav, Sukhminder Singh Barnala, Naresh Thingan, Hadip Singh Palaha, state president, Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, Joginder Sharma and Baldev Krishan Sharma.

Disabled Army personnel

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal yesterday announced that the state government would soon chalk out a comprehensive policy to rehabilitate defence personnel rendered disabled in different Army operations.

Speaking on the occasion of the Flag Day ceremony here Badal said the new policy would aim at ensuring gainful employment to the paraplegics after imparting requisite training at the skill development centres under a special scheme intended to make them self-reliant.


Gulzar Singh Ranike, animal husbandry minister, stated that the government had given relief to the poor dairy farmers by making vaccination against foot and mouth disease free for their animals with immediate effect. A large number of dairy farmers’ associations and even the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association and the Veterinary Pharmacists Association had been demanding free vaccination for the past two years.


Probe against SMO sought
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, December 8
The Rural Medical Services Association of Punjab and doctors working in rural areas under Zila Prishads in Punjab have sought a probe against a senior medical officer(SMO)of Gurdaspur allegedly for harassing a woman doctor posted at Rural Health Officer (RMO) at Gho under PHC Sujanpur in Gurdaspur district.

Harassment faced by Dr Ashu Khajuria was highlighted in these columns following which state president of the RSMA Dr Aslam Parvez said it was unfortunate Zila Parishad of Gurdaspur had failed to solve problems faced by RMO Dr Khajuria and she had to seek police protection for professional duties.

He said the doctor had to terminate the services of a pharmacist due to his misbehavior, insubordination, disobedience and unsatisfactory work and this was done according to rules.


Ranbir shoots in Amritsar
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, December 8
Ranbir Kapoor, son of yesteryear Bollywood superstars Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, who has catapulted to fame with his first release, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Saawarian”, arrived in the holy city last evening to shoot for a reportedly untitled film for the Yash Raj banner.

The rest of the cast, including Kunal Kapoor of “Rang De Basanti” fame and Mannisha Lamba, who was noticed in “Yaahan,” joined him this morning to shoot at different locations in the city. A large number of onlookers gathered to see the film unit shoot outside the Hall Gate here. Ranbir took a rickshaw ride in the busy market place as part of the shoot.

The three lead actors also paid obeisance at the Golden Temple and later shot in a bungalow on the Amritsar-Ajnala road. The schedule includes taking shots of the countryside on the periphery of the city and the film unit will be here till December 10.


Govt awaits UPSC reply
Tribune News Service

Longowal (Sangrur), December 8
More than 100 posts of PCS officer have been lying vacant in the state for the govt has been waiting for a reply from the UPSC regarding recruitment on these posts.

In reply to a question here today, state chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh said with more than 100 posts of PCS officer lying vacant in the state, the government had requested the UPSC to take the task of selection of PCS officers in its hands. 


Dhindsa for reining in depot holders
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, December 8
The kanak-dal scheme is being misused and there is a need to act in this regard at the earliest.

This was stated by MP from Sangrur and secretary-general of the SAD Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa in reply to a question here yesterday. He held depot holders responsible for the misuse of the scheme. Instructions had been issued to administrative officers to monitor the scheme with utmost care. The MP said the government would initiate effective measures to rein in the erring depot holders.


Mann’s bail plea adjourned
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 8
The court of chief judicial magistrate S.S. Panesar today adjourned the bail application, filed by the counsel of SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann, till December 10.

Mann was arrested on December 6 from his native village of Talania in Fatehgarh Sahib district on the charges of hurting sentiments of people. Mann had said Shaheed Bhagat Singh was not a martyr. A local court remanded him in judicial custody till December 20.

Mann’s counsel Barjinder Singh Sodhi contended that “no case could be made out against Simranjit Singh Mann and that the police had erred in picking him up just on the basis of a news item appearing in a section of the media.”


Satellite interlink for 300 schools
Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 8
Punjab chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh today asserted that in an attempt to upgrade the Punjab educational system, the state government was considering to set up a central education lab in Chandigarh shortly.

Talking to The Tribune, Ramesh, after visiting the ongoing Saras festival at the Sheesh Mahal here today, added that in the first phase, 300 schools of both villages and cities would be interlinked with satellite and experts would be given the job to implement this project.

He also assured that 3,500 posts of government teacher, which were lying vacant, would be filled up shortly. Primary and middle schools too would be provided computers to ensure that children were made well versant with them at a young age, he added.

He further announced that the government was also ready to pay the teachers of aided schools their dues.


Youth commits suicide in temple complex
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, December 8
K.D. Sharma (30) a mechanic with a TV company today allegedly committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan in a room of Mangla Devi temple complex here.

DSP Pritpal Singh Thind said the police was initiating proceedings under Section 174 of the Cr. P. C. in this case.

According to an employee of the temple committee, the deceased was living in a room of the dharamshala.


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