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Dhindsa and Gujral to be renominated for Rajya Sabha
08.03.16 - Gurpreet Singh Mehak
Dhindsa and Gujral to be renominated for Rajya Sabha



Fatehgarh Sahib : Shiromani Akali Dal will renominate senior Akali leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Naresh Gujral for Rajya Sabha seats. This was confirmed by Dhindsa himself who was here to inaugurate the 12th Khalsa Khed Utsav of all the SGPC run higher educational institutes at Shri Guru Granth Sahib World University.
 
Dhindsa said that the decision of re-nomination  was taken during the meeting of  SAD’s core committee last evening in Chandigarh.
 
Talking to media persons Dhindsa said that the present Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be the SAD chief ministerial candidate for next Punjab Assembly election.  
 
Denying any differences with BJP, Dhindsa  said SAD-BJP alliance will contest next assembly election under Badal’s aegis.
 
On Centre’s stand in the Supreme Court last week, favouring the construction of the contentious SYL canal giving more water to Haryana from the Ravi and Beas, Dhindsa said Punjab will solidly defend case.




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Congress raised slogans against SAD-BJP government in Punjab Assembly
08.03.16 - pt team
Congress raised slogans against SAD-BJP government in Punjab Assembly



Chandigarh : Punjab assembly complex witnessed a protest by the Congress just before the start of the budget session of the state assembly here on Tuesday.
 
Congress legislators wearing black headbands and carrying black flags and placards entered the assembly complex and raised slogans against the SAD-BJP government in the state. They also boycotted the address of Punjab Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki.
 
The Congress has accused the state government, led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, of selling the interests of Punjab on the issue of sharing of river water with neighbouring states.
 
The Congress said that it will not allow Punjab's water to be shared through the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal with neighbouring Haryana.
 
Chief Minister Badal told media on Tuesday that the state government will give a statement on the SYL issue on the floor of the house.
 
Badal had said last week that Punjab "did not have a single drop of water to spare from its rivers and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) would ensure that there is no compromise on the inalienable rights of the state under the Riparian principle".
 
The Supreme Court had accepted the petition filed by the Haryana government for early hearing on the issue of the SYL canal, on which Presidential Reference was pending. The matter will come up for hearing before the apex court on Tuesday.
 
Both Punjab and Haryana have been locked in a bitter war of words over sharing of river waters. The apex court is taking up the matter when Punjab is just about one year from assembly polls which are to be held in February next year and political parties have taken a stand on the issue.
 
The Congress government in Punjab had, in 2004, scrapped the water sharing agreements with neighbouring states and had refused to give any water to other states, especially Haryana. 
 
The Presidential Reference was sought after the Punjab Assembly unilaterally passed the Punjab Termination of Agreements Act 2004, categorically stating that it was nullifying all agreements on water sharing and that no more water would be given to Haryana.
 
The SYL Canal, that was planned and major portions of it were even completed in the 1990s at a cost of over Rs.750 crore at that time, is entangled in a political and legal quagmire with Punjab and Haryana states unwilling to give up their respective stand on the controversial canal issue and sharing of river waters.
 
The canal that was to link two major rivers in Punjab and Haryana is awaiting a Presidential Reference for the past nearly 12 years to decide its fate.
 
The foundation stone of the SYL canal was laid in April 1982 by then prime minister Indira Gandhi. 
 
At that time, terrorism was on the rise in Punjab and the issue became a sensitive one with leaders in Punjab raking up the water sharing issue. 
 
Terrorists gunned down labourers and officials involved in SYL construction to get the project stalled.
 
Several kilometres of the canal were made in Punjab and Haryana but the project never got completed.




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SAD plans to celebrate 350th anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh on grand scale
07.03.16 - pt team
SAD plans to celebrate 350th anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh on grand scale



Chandigarh : The SAD core committee today discussed plans to celebrate the 350th anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru  Gobind  Singh as a world class event  involving  devotees , people and governments from all over the country. 

Giving details of the meeting, the SAD general secretary Harcharan  Bains told news men that the government of India and government of Punjab have earmarked Rs 100 crore  each  on the event. The birth place of the tenth master Patna Sahib as well as the birth place of the Khalsa Sri Anandpur Sahib will be focus of major events which will cover different places of pilgrimages all over the country for which special committees are being set up by the governments of India, Punjab and Bihar to chalk out and implement different details of the programme. 
 
At the meeting which was presided over by the Punjab Chief Minister  Prakash Singh Badal,  the party president Sukhbir Singh Badal gave the first outlines of the details of the meeting. The theme of the celebrations would be the vision and message of universal love and brotherhood which the life and Gurbani of the master symbolizes. 




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Climate change will lead Climate Poverty; Cause maximum migration in world over
05.03.16 - PT team
Climate change will lead Climate Poverty; Cause maximum migration in world over



Patiala : If the world failed to take corrective measures to tackle climate change, the Asian countries will be the biggest sufferer, this was stated here today by noted Agricultural Scientist Prof Manjit Singh Kang.
 
Delivering a Key Note address during one day national conference on environmental sustaibility and social dynamics ogranised by The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Kang, former Vice Chancellor of PAU, highlighted various aspects of the environment degradation and its impact.
 
 "The studies shows that in next three decades, if we fails to take corrective measures, climate change will lead Climate Poverty and ultimately cause maximum migration in world over.”, he said while adding developed and most populated countries are facing the threat from climate change as it would adversely affect agricultural production which will have cascading effect on economics, food security, Health, social and other political powers. He vowed the public to create awareness about environment as it is set to affect everyone.
 
In his address, University Grants Commission Secretary Dr. Jaspal S Sandhu vowed the participants to switch the greener and renewable energy. He expressed that the people have themselves ruined the natural environment around in race of development and act very irresponsibly when it comes to the nature and its components.
 
 "We are duty bound to leave this earth planet greener and safe for humankind for our younger generations. So everyone should put all needed efforts to work in cutting greenhouse gases emission”. HE said that UGC has made it mandatory to teach environment topics in all under graduate subjects to spread awareness about this challenge which is posing a danger to humankind.  
 
In his presidential remarks Prof Paramjit S Jaswal, Vice Chancellor of RGNUL, emphasized that need to sensitize public and every individual should participate to tackle the degradation of environment.   





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SAD ready for any sacrifice but won't spare a drop of water : Badal
02.03.16 - PT Team
SAD ready for any sacrifice but won't spare a drop of water : Badal



Chandigarh : Is another Dharam Yudh Morcha in the offing? This question is being debated in Punjab's socio-political circles as the Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal patron-in-Chief Parkash Singh Badal claimed here today that  Punjab  does not  have a single drop of water to spare from its rivers and his party will fully ensure that   there is no compromise on the inalienable rights of the state under the Riparian Principle.
 
"The Punjab's stand on the subject has been consistent, clear and categorical and there can be no compromise on the rights of Punjab as a Riparian State," the Chief Minister said in a statement here this afternoon.
 
"The SAD is ready to make every sacrifice on this sacred path.  No price is too high in order to safeguard every drop of Punjab's waters, as it is the life's blood of the state, especially its farmers," said the SAD patron in chief.
 
 He said that the history of the contribution of the SAD to the cause of the state and its people is written in blood unlike that of our opponents who have been just paying lip service and issuing press statements for public consumption.
 
"My life has been an open book for everyone to read. It is a book in which every chapter speaks of the struggles waged by the SAD to defend the interests of the people of the state," said Badal "I assure the people of the state, especially our farmers, I will leave no stone unturned to save the interests of the state, especially the interests of the farmers."
 
He further said that history is witness that the Shiromani Akali Dal has always remained the sole champion of the brave peasantry of the country and especially of the people of Punjab. It will remain in the vanguard of the fight for their rights and interests.
 
CM said that the SAD has a long history of waging battles for protecting the interests of the state, having launched numerous Morchas both for the state and the country whenever democratic values, freedom of the people and human rights faced threats, be it during the Punjabi Suba Movement or the internal Emergency, or the Kapoori and the Dharam Yudh Morchas etc. There will be no deviation from this legacy of waging legal, political constitutional or religious struggles to safeguard the interests of the people. Every primary member of the SAD is proud of the history and traditions of battles and sacrifices for the cause of the state.
 
While urging all opposition parties not to act in a manner that weakens the state's case by vitiating the atmosphere through needless statements aimed only at gaining political publicity, Badal said, "Every Punjabi, including the Opposition, must speak in one voice on the issue, as we had done in 2004. All political parties must follow the example set by SAD”




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