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Acclaimed Punjabi writer Gurdial Singh passes away at 83
16.08.16 - TEAM PT
Acclaimed Punjabi writer Gurdial Singh passes away at 83



Eminent Punjabi writer and novelist Gurdial Singh breathed his last in Bathinda after a brief spell of illness, his family said. He was 83. Singh contributed towards the promotion of Punjabi language, literature and culture. One of his prominent works was ‘Marhi da Deeva’.

He was under treatment in a private hospital in Bathinda for the last about 10 days.

A resident of Jaitu town of Faridkot, Gurdial Singh was the only living Punjabi writer to win Jnanpith Award.

He was only the second writer from the state after Amrita Pritam to win the Jnanpith award.

Writer of many famous novels, Gurdial Singh got Sahitya Academy award for his novel ‘Marhi Da Diva’. A film based on the novel, which had a Dalit sharecropper as the protagonist, won the National Award for the Best Feature Film in the Punjabi category in 1989. His 1976 novel, Anhey Ghore Da Daan, was made into a feature film by Gurvinder Singh, which won four National Awards, the Golden Peacock Award, the Black Pearl Trophy and was also shortlisted as India’s entry into the Oscars.

Before he wrote his first novel ‘Marhi Da Diva’, Gurdial Singh was known as a short story writer. His novels are narratives of the oppressed, without any didacticism of revolution.
He wrote many short stories for children as well. He took up translation for the first time while he was still in F.A.  This translation work was Maxim Gorky’s autobiography.
His novels were translated in several Indian languages and also in English.

He taught at the regional centre of Punjabi University for some years.

Earlier this year, Sahitya Akademi announced fellowship for him. The fellowship is the highest honour of the Akademi.

He was awarded Padma Shri in 1998, Jnanpith in 1999, Sahitya Akademi Award, Nanak Singh Novelist Award (1975), Soviet Nehru Award (1986), an award from Punjabi Sahitya Akademi, Bhasha Vibhag among others.

Several celebrities and politicians mourned his demise. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal conveyed his condolences and called him "a son of the soil”.

In a condolence message, the Chief Minister described Mr. Gurdial Singh as one of the greatest writers of the Punjabi Literature. Mr. Badal recalled the enormous contribution of Mr. Gurdial Singh towards the promotion of Punjabi language, literature and culture, which would always be acknowledged by one and all. His master piece novel ‘Marhi da Deeva’ would ever remain his best creation for all times to come. The Chief Minister said that Mr. Gurdial Singh was one of the most celebrated Punjabi writers who had always focused on the economically and socially marginalized people in rural Punjab through his short stories and novels. He made every Punjabi proud when he was bestowed upon the prestigious ‘Jnanpith’ and ‘Padam Shree Award’ being the son of the soil.

The cremation will take place at Jaitu at 10 am on Wednesday.




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Big Blow to SAD-BJP govt. in Punjab: High Court quashes 18 CPSs' appointment
12.08.16 - team pt
Big Blow to SAD-BJP govt. in Punjab: High Court quashes 18 CPSs' appointment



In a major setback to the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party government in Punjab led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday quashed the appointment of its 18 Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPS), who were appointed in April 2012. The verdict came from the division bench comprising Justices SS Saron and Ramendra Jain while pronouncing its judgement reserved on July 28 last year.
 
However, the total number of Chief Parliamentary Secretaries in Punjab is 24, which is more than its 18 cabinet ministers, including Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Six Chief Parliamentary Secretaries were appointed in April this year and the petition challenging their appointment is still pending in the high court. This judgement will also have bearing on the pending petition.

H.C.Arora senior lawyer and Jagmohan Bhatti advocate had challenged the appointments through PIL filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court contending the appointments illegal, unconstitutional and arbitrary. Advocate Bhatti had also filed petition challenging appointment of 4 Chief Parliamentary Secretaries by the Bharatiya Janta Party government in Haryana. This petition is also pending adjudication before the division bench headed by Justice Saron.

It may be recalled that SAD and BJP have been opposing appointment of CPSs by Delhi Government led by Arvind Kejriwal and justified the appointments made by them in Punjab and some other states. The decision of High Court is major political setback for the alliance few months before the assembly elections in January 2017.
 
The court had earlier reserved the judgement. On Friday, orders pronounced and petitions allowed, appointment of 18 Chief parliamentary secretaries( appointed in 2012) quashed.

The list of CPSs who are axed are: 

1. Sohan Singh Thandal (CPS), Department of Irrigation. (Already resigned)
2. Chaudhary Nand Lal (CPS), Department of Forest and Wild Life and Labour.
3. Sant Balvir Singh Ghunas(CPS), Department of Jails, Tourism & Cultural Affairs.
4. Des Raj Dhugga(CPS), Department of Animal Husbandary, Fisheries and Dairy Development.
5. Harmeet Singh Sandhu(CPS), Department of PWD.
6. Mantar Singh Brar (CPS), Department of Rural Development and Panchayats.
7. Bibi Mohinder Kaur Josh (CPS), Department of Medical Education and Research.
8. Amarjit Singh Sahi (CPS), Department of Revenue and Rehabilitation. (Died in 2012)
9. Avinash Chander (CPS), Department of Higher Education.
10.K.D.Bhadari(CPS), Department of Co-operation.
11.Inderbir Singh Bolaria (CPS) Department of Education. (Resigned)
12.Amarpal Singh Ajanala (CPS), Department of Technical Education and Industrial Training Institutes.
13.Gurcharan Singh Babehali, (CPS), Department of Agriculture.
14.Virsa Singh Valtoha (CPS), Department of Water Supplies, Sanitation and Defence Welfare.
15.N.K. Sharma (CPS) Department of Industry and Commerce.
16.Nasaara Khatoon(CPS), Department of Social Security.
17.Navjot Kaur Sidhu(CPS), Department of Health and Family Welfare.
18.Parkash Chand Garg (CPS), Department of Food and Civil Supplies.
19.Pawan Kumar Teenu (CPS), Department of Sports and Youth Services and SC/BC Welfare.
20.Sarup Chand Singla (CPS), Department of Excise and Taxation.
21.Som Nath (CPS), Department of Local Government, Punjab.




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Progressive Punjab: Disburse wheat dal through vigilance committees
09.08.16 - Team PT
Progressive Punjab: Disburse wheat dal through vigilance committees



It seems Punjab is moving very fast on the path of progress, hence the state government has decided to disburse Wheat-Dal through village level vigilance committees.
 
Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal has issued instructions in this regard today to state bureaucracy.

Badal asked all the deputy commissioners to make sure that the Wheat-Dal is being distributed amongst the beneficiaries by the village level vigilance committees. He also specially instructed that the scheme must be monitored through SDMs and the whole process should be videographed so as to ensure transparency and every month the DCs should send a report to his office.
 
Badal also asked the deputy commissioners to meticulously implement and oversee the execution of all progress centric schemes and projects initiated by the state government in their domain in order to ensure that the benefits of all such schemes should reach the intended audience i.e. the common masses in true spirit.
 
Putting some Deputy Commissioners on his radar, the Deputy CM asked them to come out of comfort and perform to the aspirations of public as well as government. He asked the Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal to fix criteria for accessing their performance and link it to their ACRs.
 
In order to check the absenteeism among officials, Sukhbir Badal directed the DCs to have frequent inspections in offices including educational institutions and hospitals besides at public dealing windows. Assigning at least 100 surprise visits in government offices in a month, Deputy CM directed them to mark absent and send recommendation to the concerned department for deduction of one day salary from the account of absentees. Besides this, the inspection teams could recommend break in service for habitual offenders found truant often form duty.
 
He was apprised that under Bhagat Puran Singh Sehat Bima Yojna (BPSSBY) more than 25 lakh cards have been distributed among the beneficiaries and more than 47000 patients have availed the medical benefits to the tune of Rs. 42.86 crore under the scheme. Deputy CM instructed that the implementation of the scheme should be monitored at district and constituency basis in order to identify the real number of beneficiaries and make them avail the benefits.
 
Reviewing the rural water supply, the Deputy CM directed the DCs to hold meetings with the Sarpanches to get feedback from them ensuring potable water supply in each village. He also asked the DCs to specially focus on the disbursement of pensions timely in their respective domains. 
                        

   




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Combative Captain storms into police station to protest
08.08.16 - team pt
Combative Captain storms into police station to protest



In a strong and powerful message to the party workers that he stood by them, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh in his characteristic combative style, today stormed into the Sangat Mandi police station of Bathinda district to protest against the registration of a false case against one of the party workers, Baldev Singh, who broke down while narrating his story during the ‘Halqe vich Captain’ programme, here today.
 
He also warned the police officials against registering false cases telling them that they will have to account for every offence of omission and commission they committed against the Congress workers. "Respect the uniform you are wearing and ensure that you resort to no injustice at the behest of the Akalis, whose days are numbered now”, he told the police officials, while accompanying Baldev Singh to the police station.
 
"I have nothing personal against you, but if I find any of you having harassed or victimised any of my party workers, it will be more than personal for me and I will neither forget nor forgive it”, he told the police in a stern warning, while adding, "all those police officials found guilty of having framed the Congress workers must be ready for going to jail along with their Akali mentors”.
 
"Let me announce it today, loud and clear that all those police officials, who connived with the Akali jathedars and framed the Congress workers in false cases, that their countdown has begun and they will find themselves behind the bars after we form the government in Punjab”, he said while talking to reporters outside the local police station here today.
 
Capt Amarinder left his ‘Halqe vich Captain’ programme midway after an elderly party worker Baldev Singh broke down while narrating the story of the persecution and false case registered against him at the behest of the Akali leaders and went to the concerned police station where the false case had been registered against him (Baldev Singh).
 
The PCC president disclosed that Baldev Singh was booked in a false case after a scuffle between two groups of people in November 2015, just because he was a Congress supporter. He said, while the police claimed that he had been booked for non-bailable offence, he was still haunted and harassed so much so he had to get bail from the Punjab and Haryana High Court. He said, Baldev Singh was being victimised since his daughter Ms Harsimrat Kaur had contested election as a Congress candidate for the Zila Parishad elections.
 
The former Chief Minister said, there were 125 complaints related to false cases having been registered in Sangat Mandi Police Station only. He said, this was just one of the examples, as everywhere people had been framed just because they were Congress workers and supporters. 
 
Replying to a question as why did he need to leave the programme and personally walk into the police station, Capt Amarinder said, "Baldev Singh’s was not the first complaint about false cases as everywhere I go, I get hundreds of such complaints, but the way he (Baldev Singh) broke down while narrating his story, could move anyone so I decided to accompany him personally to the police station as that is the least I could have done for him right now”.
 
He warned the local Akali leaders who were named by the Congress workers for intimidating and persecuting them, that they will meet the same fate. "Not only am I under oath of the Gutka Sahab to cancel all the false cases, but I am committed to myself that those who harassed and victimised my workers and supporters shall never be forgiven”, he warned, while adding, "come what may, I will ensure that they pay for their sins and the atrocities they committed against the Congress workers”.




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Give me just 5 years to bring back smile on every Punjabis’ face: Capt Amarinder
06.08.16 - TEAM PT
Give me just 5 years to bring back smile on every Punjabis’ face: Capt Amarinder



Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Capt Amarinder Singh today urged people to give him just five years to launch Punjab back on the path of progress and development and bring the smile back on every Punjabis face. He also reiterated that he was committed under oath to finish corruption and drugs from the state in a time bound manner.

"Unlike others I am not asking for 25 years, just give me five years and I will ensure that Punjab regains the glory it has lost”, he said amidst thumping applause by an audience of over 5000 people which had gathered to interact with him over the fifteenth edition of the ‘Halqe vich Captain’ programme organised here today.

Asked as what purpose will be solved with the resignation of the Congress MLAs and MPs in the event of the Supreme Court of India ruling against Punjab on the matter of SYL, the former Chief Minister clarified, "after resigning we will go back to people and seek their mandate and majority in the Vidhan Sabha to bring in a legislation to save our waters on the same pattern I did in 2004 when I brought in Punjab Termination of Agreements Act”.

He said, he respected the authority and the verdict of the Supreme Court, whatever it may be, at the same time he was committed to watch the interests of Punjab in a legal and constitutional way.

"And let me clarify and reiterate that there is always a constitutional and legislative way also to undo a wrong or injustice and that is why we will resign and go to the people to get the mandate to legislate and save our waters”, he clarified, while regretting that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal did not exercise this option for the reasons best known to him.

The PCC president announced after the Congress forms government in Punjab, it will bring in Punjab specific ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) scheme to cater to the local needs and also the socio-economic conditions here. He also ruled out the abolition of Mandi Board, saying it was an important corporation Punjab cannot do away with.

Fielding a variety of questions, Capt Amarinder reiterated his commitment to eradicate corruption from Punjab as he was committed under oath to do that. He said, he will not spare even the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, if he found him guilty.

He reminded people how during his previous regime he had caught the then Punjab Public Service Commission Chairman Ravi Sidhu red handed and he was still undergoing the sentence in the case. He warned the corrupt officials that a similar fate awaited them.
 
Chhotepur validates Congress charges

Later interacting with the reporters Capt Amarinder said that the Aam Aadmi Party state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur had validated his charges that the party (AAP) was being run by the outsiders and local Punjabis had no say in it. He pointed out, the way tickets were announced, while ignoring the state chief, only showed the arrogance the AAP leaders from UP and Haryana were exhibiting towards the Punjabi leadership.

Replying to a question he said, the AAP euphoria had already fizzled out in Punjab. "The party as on now had already been trifurcated with two MPs on one side, another group led by Yoginder Yadav on the other side and the third led by Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak in Punjab”, he pointed out, while adding, the party was likely to break up further.
 
Invites a worker to Moti Bagh Palace

Capt Amarinder also invited one of the party workers Preet Singh to his residence at Moti Bagh Palace, in Patiala. Preet Singh, while asking a question to Capt Amarinder also expressed his urge that he wanted to see the palace. Capt Amarinder told him, although he was mostly moving across Punjab and was not much there most of the time, whenever he will be back in Patiala he will ask district president Hardayal Kambhoj to arrange for the visit. The invitation was received with thumping applause in the hall.
 
Capt Amarinder was accompanied by senior party leaders Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Hardayal Kambhoj.




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