Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh received cheques worth US Dollar 16,000 from Chicago-based NRIs Zorawar Singh Natt and Arjinder Singh Sandhu towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund

CHANDIGARH,18.02.20-Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh received cheques worth US Dollar 16,000 from Chicago-based NRIs Zorawar Singh Natt and Arjinder Singh Sandhu towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, as monetary assistance to the families of the four children killed in the Longowal school van fire tragedy.



CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 18: German based Freudenberg Group CEO Ulrich Kerber on Tuesday discussed with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh the modalities for a 50 million Euros (more than Rs. 400 crore) investment in the state’s automotive sector.

The Chief Minister assured the Freudenberg Group of his government’s full support and cooperation to undertake expansion in the state of Punjab.

Kerber, who called upon the Chief Minister, informed the latter that the Group was in constant touch with the Invest Punjab team for identification of suitable site for their new project, which would be soon finalised. He also lauded the positive attitude of Invest Punjab in extending all possible support to the group for execution of their proposed plan.

The CEO told the Chief Minister that Vibracoustic India, an arm of Freudenberg Group, was a leading supplier of NBH (noise, vibration and harshness) solutions for the automotive industry, with presence in 19 countries, and a market share of 18 percent. It was a major supplier to companies such as Audi, BMV, Mercedes and Volvo, he added.

Jagminder Bawa of Vibracoustic India informed Captain Amarinder that the group started its operation 20 years ago in Mohali and generating employment potential of 1700. He also pointed out that Vibracoustic India had worked out a proposal to invest for both Vibracoustic India and M/s Freudenberg Sealing Technologies.

Captain Amarinder Singh appreciated the Group’s endeavours and said the new proposed project would further boost the investment sentiment in the state, besides generating tremendous employment potential. Captain Amarinder said that with his government’s investor friendly policies, coupled with renewed confidence of entrepreneurs, the state had firmed up investments worth nearly Rs 60,000 on the ground since March 2017.

Notably, Freudenberg Group, a global technology conglomerate headquartered in Germany, deals in multiple sectors such as mobility, energy, chemicals, household, textile, with 50,000 employees in around 60 countries and total turnover of more than 9.4 billions Euros in 2018.

Prominent amongst others were present at the meeting were Advisor Invest Punjab Major B S Kohli (Retd.), CEO Invest Punjab Rajat Aggarwal, Additional CEO Isha Kalia and Additional Principal Secretary to CM Jitendra Jorwal.




CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 18: In bid to undertake rejuvenation of highly polluting Buddah Nallah in Ludhiana, the Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday okayed Rs. 650 crore project for the same in the first phase.

Divulging details, a Spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that under this ambitious plan an additional Sewerage Treatment Plan having capacity of 275 MLD including associated infrastructure would be developed, which would go a long way in solving problems of Buddah Nallah and subsequent pollution of river Satlej.

The Cabinet also decided to levy one percent additional stamp duty on registration of sale/purchase of urban properties to finance water supply and environment improvement programmes in the urban areas of the state.

It may be recalled that the Pollution in the Buddah Nallah is a major threat to the public health and environment. The main sources of pollution in Buddah Nallah are direct flow into the Nallah by industries, dairies and some slum/localities, treated effluent from existing STPs based on UASB technology not meeting the required effluent quality, and over flow from sewer lines as the capacity of laid sewerage system and STPs is insufficient to carry the existing flows.

Taking serious view of pollution in the drains, streams and rivers in the state, the National Green Tribunal has already directed the State Government to take proactive steps to immediately address this problem.

Notably, the Buddah Nallah is a seasonal tributary of Satluj, which emanates from the confluence of Kum Link Drain and Neelon Drain near village Ghumait and Kumkalan, and flows in an east-west direction south of the river. The total length of the Nallah is 47.55 kilometers, and it passes through Ludhiana city (14 km) to divide the city into two.


Education Minister gives nod for renaming of four government schools after freedom fighters and martyrs

Chandigarh, February 18:The Punjab government has renamed four government schools after freedom fighters and martyrs under its educational institutions renaming policy. Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla has today given his nod.

Divulging further, Mr. Singla said that the state government has taken this initiative to recognize the unique work of the eminent personalities, martyrs and freedom fighters etc., to preserve their legacy and to magnify their respect in the society. Education Minister informed that Government High School, Sadda Singh Wala (Moga) has been renamed as Ghadri Baba Bishan Singh Hindi Government High School, Sadda Singh Wala. Likewise, Government High School, Amloh Road Khanna (Ludhiana) was named as Raghbir Singh Freedom Fighter Government High School, Amloh Road Khanna (Ludhiana) and Government Middle School Rauli (Rupnagar) as Shaheed Kulwinder Singh Government Middle School, Rauli, while Government Primary School, Sherpur Sodhian (Sangrur) has been renamed as Shaheed Baljeet Singh Government Primary, Sherpur Sodhian. He informed that notification in this regard would be issued shortly.


Punjab Public Relations Officers Association condoles demise of young journalist Aman Brar

Chandigarh, February 18:The Punjab Public Relations Officer Association today deeply expressed shock over the demise of young journalist Aman Brar working with News 18 who passed away last night.

The Association led by Chairperson Dr. Senu Duggal, Vice Chairman Dr. Opinder Singh Lamba, President Navdeep Singh Gill, Secretary General Shikha Nehra and General Secretary Iqbal Singh Brar, consoling the demise of the young journalist said that the deceased was an upcoming journalist and the fraternity has lost a precious gem. The Association prayed to the Almighty to grant eternal peace to the departed soul and courage and strength to the bereaved family to bear the loss.

Meanwhile, a condolence meeting was also held at the Chandigarh Press Club in which the Information and Public Relations Department led by the Deputy Director Press Dr. Ajit Kanwal Singh Hamdard and Deputy Director Randeep Singh Ahluwalia along with other PROs and APROs expressed grief over the demise of Aman Brar.


31 silos to be constructed in Punjab soon for scientific storage of foodgrains: Union Minister

Process started for identification of suitable sites for silos: Raosaheb Patil Danve

Chandigarh/Sangrur, February 18:Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Raosaheb Patil Danve, on Tuesday, said that in order to prevent wastage of foodgrains in traditional storage system, the government has planned to construct 31 silos in Punjab for proper scientific storage of food grains. He was here at Sangrur to inspect the godowns of Food Corporation of India (FCI) and review the public distribution system of food grains. He added that the process for the identification of suitable sites has been initiated and soon construction of new silos will be started. He said that silo structures follows a scientific method of storing grains where stored grain is kept dry and aired so as to prevent fungal and insect attacks for much longer time period as compared to traditional methods.

The minister said that soon the "one nation, one ration card' policy will be implemented in all states of the country as 12 states have already been divided into clusters. He added that under this scheme, the beneficiaries of the public distribution would get their share of rations in any state in which they will be residing. He added that leaders of the labour, rice millers and some other unions have highlighted some issues which would also be addressed on priority.

On this occasion, GM FCI Arshdeep Singh Thind, DC Sangrur Ghanshyam Thori, SSP Dr. Sandeep Garg, ADC Rajesh Tripathi, DFSC Sweety Dewgan among several others were also present.



CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 18: The Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday approved creation of 550 posts in the Government Medical Colleges at Patiala and Amritsar with the objective of further improving and streamlining the functioning of these institutions.

The new posts would 66 paramedics of technical nature, 464 critical posts of nurses, technicians and class IV employees and 20 posts of VDRL/MRU lab projects, an official spokesperson disclosed after the meeting of the Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

These posts would be instrumental in putting into use the medical machinery, equipment and infrastructure, lying idle due to paucity of staff, thus providing better healthcare services to the people, said the spokesperson.

In addition, the cabinet gave the nod for creation and filling up of five new posts in the Directorate of Medical Education and Research, along with revival of the already sanctioned nine posts under its restructuring plan.

The spokesperson said the Cabinet cleared the proposal for revival and filling up 464 vacant critical posts of Nurses, Technicians & Class IV employees in these medical colleges. Besides, 20 posts for the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (VDRL)/Multi-disciplinary Research Units (MRU) project at Government Medical College, Patiala & Amritsar, have also been created. This initiative would help provide the latest laboratory tests to the general public, and also meet the minimum requisite conditions, in conformity with the guidelines of the Medical Council of India, so as to make these institutions research-oriented.

It may be noted that a high power committee under the Chairmanship of Advisor Health and Medical Education Punjab Dr. K.K. Talwar, which was constituted for restructuring and revamping the medical colleges, had recommended the creation/revival of these posts in order to put into use the existing working machinery and equipment/infrastructure, and also to upgrade the facilities available in the Government Medical Colleges at Patiala and Amritsar.



CHANDIGARH, FEBRUARY 18: As a tribute to legendary statesman and father of the Indian Constitution Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the Punjab Cabinet on Tuesday okayed the renaming of Government Medical College, SAS Nagar Mohali as Dr. B.R. Ambedkar State Institute of Medical Sciences.

Disclosing this here, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that the upcoming medical college would be instrumental in serving the government's purpose of providing affordable healthcare to the public, as well as giving students the opportunity to pursue a career in medical education.

It may be recalled that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI, had conveyed its decision to establish a medical college in district Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali) with enabling provisions for 100 MBBS seats under the centrally sponsored scheme of 'Establishment of New Medical College attached with the existing District/Referral Hospitals' having more than 200 bed strength.

The State Government, vide its notification dated January 22, 2020, created 994 posts for the 100 seats of MBBS course at GMC, SAS Nagar (Mohali), with permission to fill up these posts in a phased manner as per the conditions mentioned in the aforesaid notification within a period of five years.


Kangar condoles death of Tehsildar Jaswinder Singh Tiwana

Chandigarh, February 18-Punjab Cabinet Minister, Mr. Gurpreet Singh Kangar, on Tuesday condoled the death of Tehsildar Jaswinder Singh Tiwana, who has been passed away yesterday. At present Jaswinder Singh Tiwana was serving as Tehsildar Raikot in Ludhiana District.

In his condolence message, the Minister extended his heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family and relatives of the deceased and prayed to the Almighty to give them courage to bear the grief.