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Capt Amarinder raises Punjab farmers’ plight, debt burden with PM
16.12.16 - TEAM PT
Capt Amarinder raises Punjab farmers’ plight, debt burden with PM



Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday raised the issue of the economic plight of the debt-ridden farmers of Punjab at a meeting with PM Narendra Modi.
 
Amarinder, who was part of the Congress delegation led by party national vice president Rahul Gandhi, said farmers, burdened with loans, were committing suicide in Punjab and other parts of the country. 
 
Talking to mediapersons after the meeting at Parliament House, Captain Amarinder said the problems of the farmers were being compounded by the manner in which agricultural issues, including MSP, were being handled by the Food Corporation of India (FCI).
 
Captain said the Congress had sought the prime minister’s support to alleviate the debt and other woes of the farmers. The Prime Minister, he said, assured to look into the matter.
 
Amarinder said he had spoken at the meeting about the farmers’ plight in Punjab while other leaders from Uttar Pradesh had highlighted the situation in their state.
 
Responding to questions from mediapersons, Capt said the demonetisation had aggravated the problems of the farmers. In Punjab, where farmers were totally dependant on cooperative banks for their cash requirements, 7,000 of the 12,700 villages had no bank branches or ATMs, he pointed out, asking the Modi government how the farmers could be expected to survive in such a situation.
 
Reacting to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s claim that the post-demonetisation situation in the country would stabilize in another 2-3 weeks, Capt said he did not see the situation improving even in the next one year.
 
In a statement later, he said the gravity of the situation in Punjab could be gauged from the fact that 33 lakh farmers had signed the debt waiver forms under his party’s `Karza Kudki Khatam, Fasal Di Poori Rakam’ campaign, which had evoked massive response from the farming community, including farm labourers.
 
Amarinder made it clear that even if the Modi government failed to extend any support, he was committed to waiving off the loans of the farmers in the state. Neither the farmers nor the arhtiyas would would have to pay a single penny out of their pockets to settle the outstanding loans, he promised.
 
The plight of the farmers in Punjab, said Captain Amarinder, had been worsened by the Badal government’s anti-farmer policies and actions, including massive bungling in procurement, non-payment of dues to farmers, procurement at lower than MSP and delayed harvesting in border areas due to evacuation triggered by BJP-led war hysteria
 
He said given the huge savings earned by the central government in oil subsidy, waiver of loans of the farmers should not be a problem. The BJP government at the Centre had waived off loans of industrialists to the tune of Rs. 110,000 crores, he pointed out, adding that the same could be done for the poor farmers, for whom it was a matter of life and death.




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Congress releases 1st list of 61 candidates for Punjab assembly polls
15.12.16 - TEAM PT
Congress releases 1st list of 61 candidates for Punjab assembly polls



The Congress on Thursday announced its first list of 61 candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections in Punjab, choosing to go with winnable candidates across various cross-sections, striking the right balance between youth, new faces and experience while giving adequate representation to women.
 
The party, in its first list, has retained 31 sitting MLAs, while choosing to go with seven new faces, backed by strong credibility and winnability criteria. Five youth, six women, eight ex-MLAs and one ex-MP make up the rest of the first list.
 
Captain Amarinder said all care had been taken to ensure winnability as the key criteria in the finalisation of the nominees. Since, however, there were several aspirants in the fray for some of the seats, those who did not make it to the final list will be accommodated once the party forms the next government in the state, he said, appealing to all Congress workers to come together to campaign for the victory of the Congress in Punjab.
 
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Captain Amarinder Singh will show his might from Patiala, while vice president Sunil Jakhar will contest from Abohar, from where he is the sitting MLA. Other stalwarts in the fray are Manpreet Singh Badal from Bathinda Urban and Charanjit Singh Channi from Chamkaur Sahib (SC), from where he is the sitting MLA.
 
Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi will fight on the Congress ticket from Guru Har Sahai. Former minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa has been nominated for the Fategarh Churian seat. The ticket for the high-profile Majithia constituency has gone to Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lalli Majthia, while Rana Gurjit Singh will contest from Kapurthala.
 
 
Another prominent name in the first list is that of former Moga DC, Kuldeep Singh Vaid (IAS), who has got the ticket from Gill reserved constituency. From the Raikot reserved seat, the Congress nominee is Dr. Amar Singh, vice president of PPCC and brother of sitting MLA Gurcharan Singh Boparai. For Barnala, the party’s choice is Kewal Singh Dhillon.
 
Of the six women in the list, four have been fielded from the reserved constituencies of Ferozepur Rural (Satkar Kaur), Mehalkalan (Harchand Kaur, sitting MLA), Budhlada (Ranjit Kaur Batti) and Dina Nagar (sitting MLA Aruna Chaudhary). The other two women in the fray are Razia Sultan (Malerkotla) and Rajinder K Bhattal, sitting MLA and former chief minister, from Lehra.
 
At 25 years, Angad Saini, son of sitting MLA Guriqbal Kaur Babli, is the youngest nominee in the Congress first list. The party has fielded Kulbir Singh Zira, son of Congress Kisan Cell chairman Inderjit Singh Zira, from Zira.
 
   S. No.   No. & Name of Constituency
1 5 - DINA NAGAR - SC
  ArunaChaudhary
2 6 – QADIAN
  Fatehjung Singh Bajwa
3 7 – BATALA
  AshwaniSekhri
4 8 - SRI HARGOBINDPUR - SC 
  Balwinder Singh Laddi
5 9 - FATEHGARH CHURIAN
  TriptRajinder Singh Bajwa
6 10 - DERA BABA NANAK 
  Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa
7 12 - RAJA SANSI
  Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria
8 13 - MAJITHA
  Sukhjinder Raj Singh LalliMajthia
9 14-JANDIALA-SC
  Sukhwinder Singh Danny
10 16 - AMRITSAR WEST - SC                             
  Raj Kumar Verka
11 17 - AMRITSAR CENTRAL
  O.P. Soni
12 20 - ATTARI -SC
  Tarsem Singh DC 
13 21-TARN TARAN
  DharamvirAgnihotri
14 23 – PATTI
  Harminder Singh Gill 
15 24 - KHADOOR SAHIB
  Ramanjit Singh Sikki
16 27 - KAPURTHALA
  RanaGurjeet Singh
17 28 - SULTANPUR LODHI
  Navtej Singh Cheema
18 35 - JALANDHAR CENTRAL
  RajinderBeri
19 39 - MUKERIAN
  Rajnish Kumar
20 41 - URMUR
  Sangat Singh Gilzian
21 43 - HOSHIARPUR
  Sunder Sham Arora
22 44 - CHABBEWAL - SC 
  Dr. Raj Kumar 
23 47 - NAWAN SHAHAR
  AngadSaini
24 49-ANANDPUR SAHIB
  RanaKanwarpal Singh
25 51 - CHAMKAUR SAHIB - SC
  Charanjit Singh Channi
26 53 - S.A.S. NAGAR
  Balbir Singh Sidhu
27 54-BASSI PATHANA-SC
  Gurpreet Singh GP
28 55 - FATEHGARH SAHIB 
  Kuljit Singh Nagra
29 56 - AMLOH 
  Randeep Singh Nabha
30 57 - KHANNA 
  Gurkirat Singh Kotli
31 63 - LUDHIANA CENTRAL
  Surinder Kumar Dawar
32 64 - LUDHIANA WEST
  BhartBhushanAshu
33 66 - GILL - SC 
  Kuldeep Singh Vaid
34 67 - PAYAL - SC
  Lakhvir Singh Lakha
35 69 - RAIKOT - SC 
  Dr. Amar Singh
36 72 - BAGHA PURANA
  Darshan Singh Brar
37 74 - DHARAMKOT 
  Sukhjit Singh Kaka Logad
38 75-ZIRA
  Kulbir Singh Zira
39 76 - FIROZEPUR CITY
  Parminder Singh Pinky
40 77- FIROZEPUR RURAL - SC 
  SatkarKaur
41 78 - GURU HAR SAHAI
  RanaGurmeet Singh Sodhi
42 81 - ABOHAR
  Sunil Kumar Jakhar
43 87 - FARIDKOT
  Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon
44 90 - RAMPURA PHUL
  Gurpreet Singh Kangar
45 92-BHATINDA URBAN
  Manpreet Singh Badal
46 94 - TALWANDI SABO
  Khushbaj Singh Jatana
47 97 - SARDULGARH
  AjitInder Singh Mofar
48 98 - BUDHLADA -SC 
  RanjitKaurBhatti
49 99 - LEHRA
  RajinderKaurBhattal
50 100-DIRBA-SC
  Ajaib Singh Rataul
51 103 - BARNALA
  Kewal Singh Dhillon
52 104-MEHALKALAN-SC
  HarchandKaur
53 105 - MALERKOTLA
  Razia Sultana
54 107 - DHURI
  Dalvir Singh Goldy
55 108 - SANGRUR
  Vijay InderSingla
56 109 - NABHA - SC 
  Sadhu Singh Dharamsot
57 110 - PATIALA RURAL
  BrahmMohindra
58 111 - RAJPURA
  Hardiyal Singh Kamboj
59 113 - GHANAUR
  MadanLalJalalpur
60 115 - PATIALA
  Capt. Amrinder Singh
61 117-SHUTRANA-SC
  Nirmal Singh




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How can AAP run Punjab when it can’t manage its volunteers: Congress
08.12.16 - TEAM PT
How can AAP run Punjab when it can’t manage its volunteers: Congress



Taking a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over the protests by its volunteers at a rally in Ludhiana on Wednesday, the Punjab Congress has asked how a party that cannot manage its handful of volunteers hope to run a large state like Punjab, especially given its shameful track record of governance in Delhi.
 
Reacting to reports of volunteers protesting against what they termed as wrong seat allocation in Jagraon assembly constituency, allegedly in exchange of money, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) leaders on Thursday said it was bad enough for AAP that its rallies were a no-show. But now, with protesting volunteers and workers taking centrestage at all AAP rallies, the situation reflects a total loss of face for the party in Punjab, they said.
 
In a statement,Congress leaders Pargat Singh, Inderbir Singh Bolaria and Sunil Dutti said the growing dissidence within AAP extends beyond what can be considered normal during ticket allocation for polls. The entire party is in a shambles, with volunteers and workers openly alleging scams and scandals against the party leadership, including national convenor Arvind Kejriwal, they pointed out, adding that AAP does not deserve to be considered as a serious contender at all for the upcoming Punjab Assembly polls.
 
The number of AAP leaders and ticket aspirants who have revolted and quit the party accusing the leadership of selling poll tickets and even engaging in drugs and sex scandals can no longer be dismissed as amusing, said leaders, adding that with Punjab’s future at stake such serious charges of corruption and other scams and scandals need to be thoroughly probed by the Election Commission.
 
The Punjab Congress leaders pointed to the number of AAP volunteers, including women’s hockey team captain Rajbir Kaur, who had raised the banner of revolt against the party leadership in recent days to express concern at the deep-rooted corruption malaise afflicting AAP.
 
The EC should take serious note of these developments and initiate strict action against the AAP leadership, the Congress leaders demanded, warning that allowing the party to continue with its ways will not only further vitiate the state’s political atmosphere but will cause irrevocable damage to its future generations in the long run.




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Punjab govt to provide free annual preventive health check up for 30 plus citizens
04.12.16 - TEAM PT
Punjab govt to provide free annual preventive health check up for 30 plus citizens



Punjab Government is all set to launch a major initiative in the public health sector in the form of Free Annual Preventive Health Check-Up Programme (FAPHC) for all the 30 plus citizens of Punjab state fulfilling the promise made by Chief Minister during Health Summit in November to provide Universal Health Coverage. Each & every resident of state above the age of 30 years will be screened for diseases like Anemia,Hypertension, Diabetes, Kidney and Liver diseases etc. An expert group led by Dr K K Talwar Advisor Health and Dr Rajesh Kumar HOD School of Public Health PGIMER planned this initiative.

This was revealed here today by Ms. Vini Mahajan, Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare, Punjab while adding that such diseases can well be prevented/ controlled if detected early. She said that as per public health experts, health check-up on a regular basis, especially after the age of 30, is the key to prevention of such diseases and play a major role in determining the quality of life. Therefore, after recently launching the initiative to provide free medicines & diagnostic facilities across the state, on the directions of Chief Minister, Punjab, this annual health check-up programme has been designed to cover all 30 plus population. Ms. Vini Mahajan said that under this innovative FAPHC programme, basic investigations like Blood Pressure, Hemoglobin, Blood Sugar, Kidney & Liver function tests will be conducted free of cost in addition to consultation by Doctors. She added that patients suffering from Kidney diseases & Liver diseases will be referred to nearest tertiary care facilities.These people will be examined at all Community Health Centers of the state on every Saturday by doctors and will be motivated to take healthy food and exercise regularly.

Chief Minister Badal, will be launching this free Annual Preventive Health Check up initiative from Community Health Centre, Chamkaur Sahib, District Ropar on 6th December 2016.




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Modi, Ghani visit Golden Temple, serve ‘langar’
04.12.16 - TEAM PT
Modi, Ghani visit Golden Temple, serve ‘langar’



Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today took a heritage walk and visited the Golden Temple soon after arriving in this holy town to attend the Heart of Asia conference.
 
They were honoured with ‘Siropao’ (robe of honour) by the head granthi. 
 
Modi and Ghani walked through the renovated heritage corridor before reaching Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple
 

Modi also served Langar in the Langar Hall (community kitchen) of the shrine as Ghani stayed along with him.
 
 
While paying obeisance at Sri Harmandir Sahib, Modi and Ghani were accompanied by Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Dy. CM Sukhbir Singh Badal and  Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Earlier in the evening, Ghani was received at the airport by Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar.

The two leaders were given a 24 carat gold replica of Golden Temple and a set of five books besides a siropa (robe of honour) and shawl. 

Ghani and Modi will jointly inaugurate the Heart of Asia Ministerial conference today. They will also have a bilateral meeting to discuss various topics.




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