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CM meets senior counsels pursuing state’s case on SYL in Supreme Court
07.04.16 - pt team
CM meets senior counsels pursuing state’s case on SYL in Supreme Court



Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today met the senior counsels representing the state in a case arising from the Presidential reference on the validity of the Punjab Termination Agreements Act 2004 in the Supreme Court and gave some vital inputs to them regarding the case particularly with regard to Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. 
 
In a meeting with senior counsels Harish Salve, Ram Jethmalani, Rajiv Dhawan, RS Suri, Mohan Katarki, Arun Kathpalia, Vinay Shailendra and JS Chabra in New Delhi today, the Chief Minister apprised them that  SYL was not merely a political or legal issue for them rather it was an emotive issue, which should be tackled on the top priority with utmost sensitivity and caution, as river waters was the lifeline of every Punjabi especially the farmers. 
 
The Chief Minister further said that Punjab was primarily an agrarian state and river waters were its lifeline. However, he said that after the partition of the country, Punjab had been subjected to continuous discrimination and injustice. Badal said that according to the Riparian Principles, Punjab had absolute right over its river waters but through various agreements and decisions it had been robbed of its due share in broad daylight. "The people of Punjab are the custodians of the river waters in the state and won’t allow to share a single drop of it with any state as Punjab didn’t have spare water to share with anyone” he added.
 
The Chief Minister apprised the counsels that despite the owners of river waters, the farmers of Punjab had to rely heavily on tubewells, as 73% of irrigation was being done through them resulting in fast depletion of water table. 
 
He said that now the situation has become extremely grave and to tolerate this injustice would amount to signing a death warrant of Punjab and Punjabis. "Punjab didn’t have a single drop of water to share with anyone and any attempt to divest river waters of Ravi, Beas from Punjab and forcefully implementing the decision to construct SYL on Punjab in defiance to nationally and internationally accepted riparian principles will never be tolerated at any cost” added Badal.
 
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also slammed his Delhi counterpart and national convenor of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Arvind Kejriwal for shamelessly changing stance on this issue. He said that even ‘chameleon’ could not change the color as frequently as Kejriwal has done in this case. Badal said that hypocrisy of Delhi Chief Minister in this case and the stand taken  by Delhi government against Punjab has proved that these people have no sympathy with the state and its people.   




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After befooling Delhites, Kejriwal trying to repeat experiment in Punjab-SAD
07.04.16 - pt team
After befooling Delhites, Kejriwal trying to repeat experiment in Punjab-SAD



The Shiromani Akali Dal today lashed out at Arvind Kejriwal for trying to befool Punjabis after failing to fulfil any of the promises made to the people of Delhi.
 
In a statement, SAD secretary and cabinet minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said that all major poll promises, including Wi-Fi in public zones, 55,000 vacancies in government departments, installing 10-15 lakh CCTV cameras, legislating Swaraj Bill, building 500 new schools and 20 new colleges and construction of new toilets had hit a stone wall. "Does Kejriwal have the same plans for Punjab too? he asked.
 
Cheema said even as the AAP government struggling against controversies, it had also developed cold feet on its pet issues that drove the party to power. "These include the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill, Swaraj Act and full statehood to Delhi. These were the issues on which the Arvind Kejriwal-led government had resigned after 49 days in its previous stint”, he said.
 
He said that in last one year Kejriwal was seen indulging in political gimmicks to put a lid over the ill-governance of his government. He further added that the Delhi Chief Minister would also be remembered for stooping to a new low by calling Modi a "coward and a psychopath" after CBI raids on his principal secretary Rajendra Kumar's premises. "Arvind Kejriwal was well informed about the corruption charges of Rajendra Kumar. Transparency India informed him about all the cases in May 2015 but still Kejriwal saved him and did not take any action against him. Even today he is trying his best to save him by diverting all attention of media,” he said.
 
Hitting out at the defamatory style of Kejriwal politics, Cheema said to come under media arc-lights at the expense of others was an important trait of Kejriwal. He said instead of focusing on governance and spending more time in the capital, Kejriwal was busy politicking in other parts of the country. "In Kejriwal's absence all sections of society have been agitating against the AAP government. Instead of resolving their issues Kejriwal has chosen to increase the salary of legislatures by four times and bestowed numerous perks on them," Dr Cheema added.




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Rationalization of polling stations and purification of electoral roll in Punjab
06.04.16 - pt team
Rationalization of polling stations and purification of electoral roll in Punjab



The Election Commission of India has approved the programme for rationalization of polling stations for the State of Punjab. This program is primarily aimed at removing deficiency in any polling station regarding the building, location or convenience of voters. In some places due to large number of voters new polling stations would be set up.
 
Giving details of the activities to be carried out, the Chief Electoral Officer V. K. Singh said that preparation of Preliminary proposals by RO have been made and submitted to DEO. Publication of the draft lists of polling stations would be made on April 8, 2016. He also said that the copies of the proposals of polling stations after doing the modifications would be supplied to local branches of all recognized political parties on April 23, 2016.
 
After that the draft lists would be put on public domain on April 30, 2016 for inviting further suggestions, if any. 
 
Adding further he said that on the basis of the suggestions made by the public, decision would be taken on May 5, 2016. A meeting consisting of the representatives of the recognized political parties, MLAs and MPs would be held on May 12, 2016 to discuss the draft list of the Polling stations in consideration with the suggestions received by the general public. On May 21, 2016, the decision would be taken on the suggestions made by the representatives of the political parties and MPs and MLAs after physical verification of the suggested locations.  
 
Giving further details of the fixing the norms for the rationalization of the polling stations, V.K. Singh said that 100% physical verification of polling stations will be done by the ARO of concerned assembly. Polling stations should be located in Schools; Government or Semi-government buildings. All existing auxiliary polling stations are to be converted into main polling stations. He also said that generally in one building maximum 2 polling stations in rural and 4 polling stations in urban areas would be set up. New polling stations would be set up, if the number of electors was more than 1200 in rural areas and 1400 in urban areas. All basic minimum facilities should be available in the polling station building like as electric connection, ramps, toilet, drinking water, shed to shelter the voters, telephone connection etc. Polling station building should be within the polling area. No polling station should be located in Police Stations, Hospitals, Temples or Places having religious significance. Political party office should not within 200 metres of the polling stations. The minimum area of polling station room must be 20 sq. metres. A Voter should not travel more than 2 kms for casting his/her vote. Polling station should not be set up in the first floor and above.
 
He also said that a meeting was held with all the recognized National and State Political parties and they have been requested to submit their suggestions, objections for rationalization of polling stations to the Returning Officer of the Assembly Constituency or to the District Election Officer concerned and co-operate the BLOs, EROs and District Administration for the purification of the electoral rolls and rationalization of polling stations. Similar meetings with all the recognized National and State Political parties were also being held at Districts and Assembly level. The representatives of all the political parties have also agreed to cooperate with the Election Commission in this regard.
 
In addition to above ECI has also launched NERP to purify the electoral rolls by including all eligible voters and removing all ineligible names from the roll. Such removal is required mainly for removal of names of dead and shifted voters. For this program Booth Level Officers were visiting door to door from 04.04.2016 to 04.05.2016 to verify voters’ particulars entered in the electoral rolls and photograph of voters. During above period the BLOs would also verify the errors, duplicate entries, repeated EPIC Numbers and dead voters, so that the wrong entries may be deleted from the electoral rolls. 
 
Singh urged the youth of the state to get themselves enrolled as voters if they have attained the age of 18 years or above on 01.01.2016 then the required Form No. 6 for enrolment has got be filled by them. In case of duplicate vote or deletion of name then Form No. 7 has to be filled and for any correction Form No. 8 has to be filled. Similarly for transposition of name to other part of the same constituency Form No. 8A was required to be filled and submitted to Booth Level Officer or Electoral Registration Officer with in the above mentioned period.
 
He has also appealed to the general public, political parties, sitting MPs/MLAs, Ex MPs/MLAs to submit their suggestions, objections for rationalization of polling stations to the Returning Officer of the Assembly Constituency or to the District Election Officer concerned on or before 30.04.2016.
 
He also said that preparation was being done in keeping the forth coming Punjab Assembly Election 2017. This is the right time to remove any and all inaccuracies in the Electoral Roll. Once this process is completed it will be very difficult to amend rolls near election time.  No Objections/Suggestions will be entertained at the time of elections. Hence everyone is requested to check the electoral roll which is widely available with political parties, BLOs, SDM and Tehsil offices and on internet also. If any action is required then Claims & Objections in Form-6,7,8,8A be submitted to the Booth Level Officer or Electoral Registration Officer concerned now during this current exercise.




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Badal lambasts AAP act of betrayal against Punjab on SYL
05.04.16 - pt team
Badal lambasts AAP act of betrayal against Punjab on SYL



The Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today described the Kejrival-led Delhi Government’s stand against Punjab on the SYL issue in the Supreme Court as "a stab in the back of all Punjabis on an issue of life and death for Punjabis, especially our farmers.''
 
"The AAP has miserably failed and stands fully exposed in its very first test of loyalty to the state, especially to our toiling farmers. This is the height of political opportunism and broad daylight falsehood. I am sad this has come at the expense of the beleaguered farming peasantry of my state,” said the Chief Minister, adding, "I do not know how Mr Kejrival will now come and face the people of Punjab after playing this fraud on them."

In a statement here, Mr Badal said, "The saga of outsiders coming to Punjab to offer fake sympathies and then going back to betray the state within hours and leave its people bleeding continues. Does it behove a Chief Minister to indulge in such an act of deceit against the poor, innocent and trusting farmers?’ "Badal asked, adding, "People have been talking about Kejrival ‘s politics of falsehood and opportunism. But he should have spared the brave and patriotic farmers who are already facing such hardships because  farming has become a non-lucrative profession,” said Badal in a statement here.

"How shocking that Mr Kejrival and his Aam Admi Party (AAP) had been befooling the farmers of Punjab by visiting and offering crocodile tears to the tragedy-stricken families here only to take a brazenly treacherous stand against the same farmers in the Supreme Court. In Punjab, Kejrval said that Punjab alone had an exclusive  right over the Ravi-Beas waters and that he and his party were opposed to the construction of the SYL. But no sooner did he leave the sate than he went back on his word and declared that Ravi Beas waters belonged to Haryana, Himachal, J and K and Delhi  and that Punjab did not not have any exclusive right over these waters."

The Chief Minister said that he had not reacted to Kejrival’s earlier flip-flop because  he thought that the Delhi Chief Minister might have been misquoted by the media. "But what happened in the Supreme Court yesterday has shocked me and everyone else, especially the farmers. I do not know how will the AAP leadership in Punjab face the Punjabis now, having betrayed the state and its farmers on the most critical issue on the very first opportunity they got to stand by them,” concluded the Punjab Chief Minister.




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Wife of former Namdhari sect head Mata Chand Kaur shot dead
04.04.16 - pt team
Wife of former Namdhari sect head Mata Chand Kaur shot dead



Mata Chand Kaur, wife of former Namdhari sect head late Jagjit Singh, was shot at by unidentified assailants at Bhaini Sahib Gurdwara near Ludhiana on Monday morning. She succumbed to her injuries at around 2 pm.

Unidentified assailants opened fire on Mata Chand Kaur  at Bhaini Sahib Gurdwara injuring her critically.
 
Police sources said the 88-year-old was hit by two bullets - one in the abdomen and other below her ear.

Kaur was rushed to Satguru Partap Singh hospital. 
 
Two men shot at her inside the Gurdwara injuring her critically and fled towards Macchiwara triggering panic in the area. Heavy police force has been deployed after the incident.
 
After the death of Jagjit Singh, two groups have been at loggerheads over the new head of Namdhari sect. Mata Chand Kaur was the aunt of the present head Uday Singh.







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