Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday released 'A Tryst with Royalty - The Hidden Corners of Jind State', a narrative of the multi-faceted growth story of the erstwhile Jind State.

Chandigarh,13.08.19-Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday released ‘A Tryst with Royalty - The Hidden Corners of Jind State’, a narrative of the multi-faceted growth story of the erstwhile Jind State. Penned by Rajeev Jindal, the book showcases the history, religion and culture of Jind State, with focus on its administration, education, army, police, public health and transportation systems. The launch event was attended by Punjab Local Bodies Minister Brahm Mohindra and former MLA Surinderpal Singh Sibia, besides family members of the author.



CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 13:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday urged youth visiting under his government’s flagship ‘Connect with Your Roots’ (CYR) programme, to act as the state’s ambassadors in countering the negative propaganda being spread in foreign lands by vested interests.

Captain Amarinder Singh was interacting with the third CYR batch comprising 17 youth from UK and one from France, over tea at his official residence here. The youth are on a 10-day visit to different parts of the state.

"You are our ambassadors, who would act as a force multiplier in dispelling any misgiving about Punjab which some vested interests were trying to create through negative propaganda abroad,” he told the youth, urging them to harness full potential of the innovative CYR initiative to further complement and create awareness about the state’s growth story.

The Chief Minister called upon the youth to imbue their on-ground experience of the real progress and development made by Punjab in the last two years in the fields of Information Technology, Industry and Agriculture, and to disseminate it on their return to their homes.

The real objective of the programme was to let enable you to enjoy Punjab's rich cultural and social heritage first hand, he told the youth, wishing them the best of time in the state.

The students, who upon their arrival in Chandigarh yesterday visited the Capitol Complex, Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake, would also be attending the Independence Day function at Hoshiarpur. They will visit Virasat-e-Khalsa heritage complex and Takht Keshgarh Sahib as part of their itinerary.

Notably, the ambitious programme was launched by Captain Amarinder Singh with an aim to provide a platform to Indian youth settled abroad to connect with their roots by visiting the birth place or the native village of their ancestors in Punjab, from London (UK) in September, 2017. The first batch of youngsters toured Punjab for ten days in August 2018 and the second batch of 22 students visited in February this year.

Others present at the interaction included NRI Affairs and Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Industries & Commerce Minister Sunder Shyam Arora, DGP Dinkar Gupta, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Special Principal Secretary to CM Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Secretary NRI Affairs Rahul Bhandari, DGP Intelligence VK Bhawra, Special Secretary NRI Affairs MP Arora, Director Tourism and Culture Affairs Malwinder Singh Jaggi.




CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 13:Appealing to the state government employees to withdraw their proposed strike, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has convened a meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee on August 21 to discuss their issues and find a way forward for early resolution.

The Chief Minister has also directed the sub-committee, headed by Local Government Minister Brahm Mohindra, to hold a follow-up meeting subsequently with the representatives of the employees’ associations on August 28 to resolve their pending demands as quickly as possible.

Reiterating his government's firm commitment to safeguarding the interests of the employees, the Chief Minister urged the employees associations to bear with the state government, which was fully seized of the entire matter, and was working towards early settlement of their pending demands and issues.

The Chief Minister also appealed to the employees’ associations to give up their agitation and call off their proposed strike in larger public interest. He said that it was the bounden duty of the state Government to ensure the overall well-being of all sections of the employees, who were the backbone of the state administration.



CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 13:In a bid to attract more investments to the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked the invest Punjab to invite leading industrialists for the upcoming Progressive Punjab Investment Summit (PPIS) 2019, to be held in Mohali on December 5-6.

Chairing a high-level meeting of the organising committee to review the preparedness of this mega event, the Chief Minister emphasised the need to synergise the roles and duties of the Administrative Secretaries heading the 11 committees constituted to make this event a grand success. C

Captain Amarinder Singh also discussed the broad contours of the technical sessions on Agro and Food Processing, Information Technology & IT Enabled Services, Industry 4.0, New Mobility Solution, Textile and Garmenting, Startup, Healthcare, Life Sciences & Wellness and Tourism.

The Chief Minister envisioned that the summit would go a long way in ensuring holistic industrial development of the state to propel it into the orbit of high growth trajectory. He asked Invest Punjab to make optimum use of this healthy platform to project Punjab as the preferred investment destination among the domestic and global investors.

The Chief Minister also directed the ACS Investment Promotion to make elaborate arrangements for one-to-one interaction of the leading entrepreneurs from the state with the delegates participating in the summit from the country and abroad, for exploring possibilities of technical collaboration as well as technological transfer of know-how to set up industrial units in different sectors.

Briefing the Chief Minister, ACS Invest Punjab Vini Mahajan said as a build-up to the summit the Invest Punjab team had planned several road shows, conferences and industry visits to make the investors, industrialists and civil society aware of the various incentives/concession being offered by the State Government to further strengthen the business ecosystem in Punjab.

Notably, the Chief Minister would be presiding over pre-events, including Invest North event at Bangalore from 29th to 30th August, Ambassador Connect Delhi on September 5 and India Economic Summit on October 3rd and 4th to set the stage for the PPIS-2019.

Meanwhile, the CEO Invest Punjab Rajat Aggarwal, in his brief presentation, apprised the Chief Minister that there would be 10 sessions during the summit, besides Government to Business as well as Business to Business meetings and exhibitions displaying the products of local industry. He said that leading entrepreneurs, professionals and dignitaries were being invited for the inaugural address and approximately 3,000 invites would be sent out from the Department of Investment Promotion.

Prominent amongst those present at the meeting were Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora, Additional Chief Secretary Home Satish Chandra, ACS Development Viswajeet Khanna, ACS Excise and Taxation MP Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Housing and Urban Development Ravneet Kaur, Principal Secretary Finance Anirudh Tewari, Principal Secretary Health Anurag Aggarwal, Principal Secretary PWD Husan Lal, Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh, Special Principal Secretary to CM Gurkirat Kirpal Singh, Director Industries and MD PSIEC C. Sibin Special Secretary, Director Information and Public Relations Anindita Mitra and Regional Director CII Ankur Singh Chauhan.



Chandigarh, August 13-Reacting strongly to the highly provocative tweet by Pakistan minister Ch. Fawad Chaudhary, inciting mutiny among Punjabis in the Indian army, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked Pakistan to mind their own business & keep out of India’s internal matters.

The Indian Army is a disciplined and nationalist force said the Chief Minister, in response to the Pak minister’s remarks, warning Islamabad against continued attempts to interfere on the Kashmir issue.

Kashmir is and will remain an integral part of India, he said.