Artistic creativity leads to a joyland away from humdrum of monotonous routine : Navjot Singh Sidhu

Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister inaugurates 'Expressions'- exhibition of paintings by Justice MMS Bedi

Chandigarh, November 14:"Artistic creativity leads us all to a joyland away from the humdrum and the monotonous routine of daily life. It transports a person to a world where one can give vent to one's inner feelings exactly in the way one pleases."

            These views were expressed by the Local Government, Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister, Punjab, Mr. Navjot Singh Sidhu here today at the Government College of Arts in Sector -10 where he inaugurated the 'expressions'- an exhibition of the paintings by Hon'ble Mr. Justice MMS Bedi of the Punjab and the Haryana High Court.

            On the occasion, Justice Bedi said that holding a brush in his hands and bringing alive his inner feelings on the canvas gives him immense satisfaction and helps him being in sync with the numerous bounties the nature has to offer.

            Others present on the occasion included MLA Mr. Gurpreet Singh GP , Ex MLA Mr. Kewal Singh Dhillon, Advocate General of Punjab Mr. Atul Nanda and members of the legal fraternity.



               Chandigarh, November 14-Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has once again ruled out a meeting with his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the issue of air pollution resulting from stubble burning, urging him to refrain from trying to politicise such a serious issue.

Responding to media reports triggered by Kejriwal’s tweet, once again seeking a meeting with him, Captain Amarinder said he failed to understand why the Delhi chief minister was trying to force his hand, knowing well that any such discussion would be meaningless and futile.

Kejriwal’s tendency to indulge in petty street politics was well-known, said the Punjab Chief Minister, adding that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader was evidently trying to divert public attention from his own government’s failure in Delhi to check the problem of pollution, as exposed by the response of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to the ill-conceived odd-even scheme.

The problems faced by Delhi and Punjab on this count were completely divergent, with no meeting ground, said Captain Amarinder, adding that, unlike Punjab, the Delhi problem was the result mainly of urban pollution caused by mismanaged transportation and unplanned industrial development. Instead of focusing all his attention on resolving these issues, Kejriwal wanted to waste time holding useless discussions, said the Punjab chief minister, adding that he, unfortunately, did not have the same luxury of time.

In any case, the Delhi chief minister had often been accused of leaving the national capital in the midst of a crisis and travelling to other places when his presence has been needed the most back home, Captain Amarinder pointed out, adding that the present instance was a case in point. How else can one explain Kejriwal’s desperation to seek a meeting with him at this juncture, especially when he (Capt Amarinder) had categorically rejected such a suggestion earlier, asked the Punjab chief minister.

Captain Amarinder pointed out that the Supreme Court was also seized of the pollution problem and had already made it clear that it was in favour of a comprehensive long-term solution to it. That is what Punjab was also seeking, said Captain Amarinder, adding that he was hopeful that the apex court would be show the way to resolving the crisis, with the Centre also pitching in, as requested by Punjab.

As far as stubble burning was concerned, it was not a political issue that Kejriwal was trying to project it as but was an economic problem crying for economic solutions, which the central government alone was in a position to provide, said the Punjab Chief Minister. Captain Amarinder further said, in a statement, that he would continue to pursue with the Centre the matter of compensatory allowance for farmers to enable them to opt for alternatives to the dangerous practice of stubble burning.


State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Save the Children collaborate to promote Child Safety in Punjab

 Chandigarh, November 14, To mark the celebration of Children’s day, a program called ‘Satark Main, Surakshit Main’ was launched today at Chandigarh by SCPCR and Save the Children. The program is an E-Learning Module on Child Sexual Abuse and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012 meant to create awareness and promote child safety in the state of Punjab.

Jatin Mondar, Project Director for Save the Children in Punjab said that the module aims to create awareness among children on child sexual abuse and educate them on Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) Act, 2012.

 At event, launching the poster to sensitize children on safe and unsafe touch and educate them on reporting mechanism for unsafe situations, Maninder Singh Sarkaria, Deputy Director SCERT, Punjab emphasized on importance of such education materials and called for putting it in all schools in state .

PSCPCR Chairperson Mr.  Sukesh Kalia said that in the first phase of launch, this module would reach out to 500 government primary schools in four districts of Punjab. He congratulated Save the Children and Department of Education, Punjab on taking this initiative to make children aware and safe. On this occasion, Shri Vijay Kumar, Deputy Director WCD conveyed that module should be shown to each and every child in the state and Education Department would extend all support to Save the Children to take this module.

 The participants at event included key officials from state including Dy. Director SCPCR Rajwinder Singh Gill, officials from Dept. of Women and Child, Education Departments officials mainly Principals from schools, officials from District Institute for Education and Trainings, and ICPS staff.








SAS NAGAR (MOHALI), NOVEMBER 14:"The Punjab Government under the leadership of Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh has always accorded top priority status to the educational sector with special emphasis on primary education and the kickstarting of the pre-primary classes throughout the 12500 Government Primary Schools for children in 3-6 year age group today with fanfare augurs well for the future of the State as well as the nation."

Disclosing this while formally launching the pre-primary classes here today at the Government Elementry School, Phase-7 named project 'KHED MAHAL', the Education Minister, Punjab, Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary said that today is a red letter day and Punjab has taken the lead in terms of shaping well the future of the nation i.e. children by becoming the first state in the country to take this one of its kind novel initiative heralding a new dawn. The minister further said that this path breaking measure would result in the strengthening of physical, intellectual as well as the creative faculties of the children and by the time they would be of school going age they would be well conversant with the school environment.

Throwing light on the various aspects of the project, the minister said that the pre-primary classes timings would be of 3 hours duration, everything would be free of cost and besides this the children have been classified in 3 groups in accordance with which those from 3-4 year age group would be enrolled in Nursery, 4-5 year age group children would study in LKG while those of 5-6 year age group would be studying in UKG standard.

Listing the other measures of the Education Department, Mrs. Chaudhary said that now, the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) would be held 4 times in a year so as to ensure that every teacher gets a shot at promotion. The minister further elaborated that serious deliberations are going on to form a separate cadre for the border areas in order to fulfill the shortfall of the teachers in those regions.

Divulging more, the minister said that till date approximately 1,50,000 students have been admitted in the classes and the admission process would go on till 30th November, 2017. The minister also made it clear that the anganwadi workers need not worry as their future and jobs would be secured instead their services would be utilized to the maximum extent to keep the initiative prospering.

Addressing on the occasion, the MLA (Mohali) Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu it is a very significant beginning in the annals of Punjab for which the Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh and the Education Minister Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary deserve full accolades. He also expressed happiness at the fact that the beginning of this noble cause has been made from Mohali. He further added that this enterprise would lead to the replenishment of the strength of the Government Schools leading to them becoming on par with the private schools.

In his address, the Secretary, Education, Mr. Krishan Kumar termed today as a historic day and said that the teachers deserve praise for whole heartedly committed to making this project come to fruition. He also said that this initiative has fulfilled the demand of the teaching community. He also exhorted all the teachers to work with all the more vigour, zest and zeal to ensure further success of the project.

Earlier, the minister inspected the infrastructure concerning the running of the project besides visiting the science exhibition put up by the students. While interacting with the students, the minister encouraged them to study hard to make a mark in life. On the occasion, a cultural programme was also held the highlight of which was an exceptional dance performance by a differently abled boy Ajay which was applauded by all with thunderous clapping.

Others present on the occasion included Director General School Education Mr. Prashant Kumar Goyal, DPI (Secondary) Mr. Paramjit Singh, DPI (Elementary) Mr. Inderjit Singh, Director SCERT Mr. Sukhdev Singh Kahlon and DEO (EE) Mohali Mr. Gurmej Singh Kainth


 Rana Gurjeet Singh reviews Power generation and Transmission status amid current Smoggy conditions

·        Discuss the issue of power cuts due to smog

·        Asks officials to adopt every viable measure to ensure the quality of power supply in the state

Chandigarh, November 14

Power and Irrigation Minister Punjab Rana Gurjeet Singh today held a meeting here with senior officials of department of Power, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) to review the power generation and transmission status of the state under current smoggy conditions besides discussing the issue of power cuts faced by the state during last week due to smog.

            Disclosing this here today, an official spokesman of Punjab Government informed that Rana Gurjeet Singh discussed the current position of the state regarding various aspects related to power generation and distribution during an hour long meeting with the senior officials including Mr. Satish Chandra, Additional Chief Secretary, Power, Mr. Anirudh Tiwari, Principal Secretary, New and Renewable Energy Sources, Mr. A. Venu Prasad, CMD PSPCL and Mr. Balour Singh, Executive Director, Punjab Energy Development Agency. “The recent power cuts and other challenges being faced due to dense smog in some areas of the state are discussed at length during the meeting”, added the Spokesman.

            Giving the detail account of the recent transmission failures due to smoggy weather, Er. N.K. Sharma, Director Distribution said that thick deposit caused by heavy smog on insulating discs of 400 KV transmission lines originating from Talwandi Sabo thermal plant resulted into repeated tripping. He said that tripping of power lines forced the shutdown of the power generation at Talwandi Sabo power plant repeatedly. He said that now with the improvement of smog condition in the area the power transmission has been running smoothly. He further added that there was no shortage of power supply in the state.

            Rana Gurjeet Singh asked the Power officials to make a comprehensive plan to meet the challenges being faced because of smog. He also solicited suggestions from the senior officials and experienced engineers of the department while discussing the ongoing projects, future plans and adoption of innovations in the various fields of power department to increase its efficiency. He asked the officials to adopt every viable measure to ensure the quality of power supply in the state.