Chandigarh, September 25: SpiceJet on Tuesday marked the launch of its two new daily flights from Amritsar to Bangkok and Goa, commencing on November 6, by handing over the first ticket to Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

A three-member team from SpiceJet, led by Chief Customer Service Officer Kamal Hingorani, met Captain Amarinder Singh here at his official residence to announce the launch of the new flights from Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport.

Lauding the initiative, Captain Amarinder Singh said that there was a huge potential of tourism in Punjab, especially the holy city of Amritsar, which is visited by a large number of devotees thronging from around the world to pay obeisance at Sri Darbar Sahib and Durgiana Mandir, besides paying tributes to the great martyrs at Jallianwala Bagh.

The Chief Minister also asked the SpiceJet authorities to start more flights between Amritsar and other destinations in the country and abroad. He also emphasised the need to start a direct flight from Mohali International Airport to Singapore in view of the huge demand from the people in the region.

Hingorani apprised the Chief Minister that SpiceJet was the first and only carrier to offer daily direct connectivity on the routes of both Amritsar-Bangkok-Amritsar and Amritsar-Goa-Amritsar.

Bangkok is notably the second international destination after Dubai that SpiceJet will be connecting via a direct flight from Amritsar. Bangkok is one of the most preferred international destinations for Indian tourists. Goa is also one of India’s favourite travel destinations.

Prominent amongst those present on the occasion were Media Advisor to CM Raveen Thukral and Principal Secretary to CM Tejveer Singh besides AVP and Head-Liaison CS Palani and Airport Manager Manish Pandey from SpiceJet.




CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 25: “Milk producers must rise up to the occasion and start supplying milk directly to the consumers instead of middlemen. To encourage the milk producers for this cause the Punjab government is supply subsidy of Rs.4 lakh to the farmers to set up their own units to enable them to supply the milk directly to the consumers.” It was disclosed by Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Animal Husbandry, Fishery and Dairy Development Minister in a press communiqué released here today.

Mr. Sidhu said that it is sorry state of affairs that in the present situation milk producers are struggling hard to fetch the justifiable price of their milk on the other hand consumers are also fighting to get pure and unadulterated milk. He said that milk producers should grab this opportunity and they must sell their milk directly to the consumers of their nearby cities. He said that by doing so milk producers could surly enhance their income by Rs. 10 to 12 per liter. He said that this practice is beneficial for the both the parties as on one hand milk producers would get more price of milk and on the other hand consumers would get pure and unadulterated milk.

Mr. Inderjit Singh, Director, Dairy Development said that Punjab Government in order to encourage the farmers for direct marketing of milk is providing subsidy of Rs. 4 lakh to the milk producers to set up their unit. Divulging the detail of the equipments required for this purpose, He said that at village level to set up a unit one would require a Bulk Milk Cooler of 500 liter capacity for cooling of milk, double jacketed Stainless steel tank of 500 liter capacity, automatic milk dispensing unit and a vehicle to carry milk tank. He said that the aggregated cost of all these equipment is Rs. 9 lakh approximately and the Punjab Government is providing subsidy of Rs. 4 lakh. He said that a beneficiary could be anyone a single milk producer, Milk Producer Company of self help group.



Chandigarh, September 25: The second edition of Punjab’s Military Literature Festival (MLF) will be held from December 7 to December 9, 2018, with school and college students to be actively involved in the programme.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Lt. Gen. (Retd.) TS Shergill, Senior Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab.

Shergill underlined the need to involve students in all the proposed events to expose them to the sacrifices made by the armed forces besides encouraging them to join the forces. He said that the festival was aimed at invoking patriotism amongst the youth and give them exposure to the rich military history of Punjab. He pointed out that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who himself is a military historian, had set the tone for the event by underlining the importance of focusing on youth.

Crediting Punjab Governor and Administrator Union Territory V.P Singh Badnore and Captain Amarinder Singh for this great initiative, Lt. Gen. Shergill said that the Chief Minister had emphasized that the objective of the Festival should be spreading awareness regarding military history amongst the people in general and the younger generation in particular. He said that top military thinkers, authors, historians, curators, defense experts from various parts of the country were expected to participate in the unique event to make it a great success.

Giving details of the event Lt. Gen. Shergill said that the main even had been scheduled for December 7 to 9, 2018, to be preceded by many curtain raisers to be held in Chandigarh and Patiala to build the momentum for grand finale. These would include a polo match, Para-drop display, Youth Shooting & Archery Competition, to be held in Patiala from October 26-28

The pre main festival events to be held in Chandigarh include Children Military Themes Photographs Competition October 27-28, Cyclothone and Marathon (ladies) November 3-4, Off-roading 4x4 jeep display November 10-11, Birding Rally November 24, Combat Episodes November 17-18, Art and Photo Exhibition November 17-18, Golf Tournament November 19 & December 3, Para Motor Display November 30 to December 01, Air Force Display & Skydiving Display November 30, Equitation Tattoo & Saragarhi Light & Sound Show November 30 & December 1, Military Equipment Display November 30 & December 1 and Braveheart's Ride December 2.

Raveen Thukral Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Vikas Pratap Secretary Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Special Secretary, School Education, Moneesh Kumar, Additional Secretary, Defence Services Welfare ,M.S. Jaggi, Director Cultural Affairs, Major General Sanjeev Kumar, Director YPS, Patiala, Major General (Retd.) S.P.S. Grewal, Chairman, Punjab State Ex-Servicemen Corporation, and senior officers from all departments participated in the meeting.


Five-member disaster cell to monitor floods in Punjab

FCR MP Singh instructed the officers not to leave any stone unturned in rescue and relief operations

Chandigarh, September 25- The Punjab Government has drawn the battleline to meet the flood-like situation caused by the record rainfall which has lashed the state.

With the weather showing signs of improvement on September 25, the Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management Department set up a five-member State Disaster Response Cell at the state headquarter here to monitor the situation and also ordered a special Girdawari to assess the damage caused by the incessant rains.

Elaborating, Additional Chief Secretary-cum-FCR Mr. M.P. Singh said the disaster cell would be headed by Special Secretary Revenue Mr. Manashvi Kumar with Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (MEO) Mr. Pardeep Singh Bains holding charge of the cell. Under Secretary Revenue (USR) Baljit Singh Kang, USR Manjeet Kaur and Project Manager, PLRS, Sunita Thakur will be members of the cell.

Highlighting the adequate arrangements made for the rescue and relief operations, the FCR said although the weather conditions had improved, the state government was monitoring the situation 24x7 and there was no need to panic.

An official spokesman of the department said MEO Pardeep Bains and Baljit Singh Kang would be the Nodal Officers coordinating with the local District Disaster Management Authorities and also with the Irrigation, Drainage, Power, Health, Agriculture and Soil Conservation departments at the state level. Besides, USR Manjeet Kaur would provide administrative and Secretarial support for compilation and information on sharing along with expeditious processing of cases.

Mr. MP Singh has asked the deputy commissioners to review the arrangements made for the flood-affected people. This included adequate arrangements of food, medicines and other basic amenities.

The Deputy Commissioners were told to be ready to tackle any possible outbreak of water-borne diseases and also ensure proper crop damage assessment through the special girdawari.






CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 24:In the wake of heavy rainfall in the parts of Punjab, Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Animal Husbandry Minister today issued caution and advisory for the livestock farmers. In a press communiqué released here today Mr. Sidhu said that in view of heavy downpour, the fear of floods is looming large on the state. In the advisory issued for the farmers, he asked them to take precautionary measures for the safety of livestock. He said that farmers must ensure that the milch animals are not placed under mud roofs as these roofs can collapse in this wet weather which might hurt the animals. He urged the farmers to shift the animals to safer locations.

He also asked the farmers to store adequate quantity of green fodder to use it in the hour of potential calamity. Mr. Sidhu also appealed the general public to take precaution and must not move out of house without any urgent work.

Mr. Sidhu said that the state government is fully prepared to tackle with any untoward situation. He said that army has been put on high alert. He called upon the general public to beware of the rumormongers and act wisely and help the administration.


State Government Departmental Examinations to be held from October 22

Chandigarh, September 25:The State Government Departmental Examinations of Assistant Commissioners, Extra Assistant Commissioner, I.P.S officers, Tehsildars, Revenue Officials and that of other departments are to be held from October 22 to October 27, 2018, informed an official spokesman of government of Punjab.

He said that the officers who intend to appear in that the said departmental examination should send their applications to the Secretary to Government of Punjab, Department of Personnel and Secretary, Departmental Examination Committee(PCS Branch), Punjab Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh through their respective departments in the pro forma designated for the same, by October 5, 2018. He also informed that ‘no direct application will be entertained under any circumstances’ and the incomplete applications will be rejected and no roll number will be issued against such applications for which the onus will fall squarely on the applicant concerned.

Giving further details, the spokesman informed that any candidate who does not get his or her roll number by October 15 ,should contact the PCS branch via Email (pcsbranch@gmail.com) or on telephone number 0172-2740553(PBX 4648). Briefing on the other instructions for the candidates, he said that no candidate will be allowed entry into the examination hall after the commencement of examination. He cautioned the candidates against bringing mobile phones, calculators or any other electronic gadgets/ devices in the examination hall which is a source of help in examination. Neither will any facility be provided for safe keeping mobile phones/ electronic gadgets by the authorities.

Moreover, each Candidate should have to bring his or her own Books(only bare acts). Authorities shall not provide any book to any the candidate. In case of question papers to be answered with the aid of any Manuals, Codes, Acts or Rules, they should be brought in the Examination Hall but not in annotated editions and only blue or blue-black ink to be used in exams.

Smoking is strictly prohibited in the examination hall, informed the spokesman. The candidates are on no accounts to put their names or write any symbol like Om, Ek Onkar,Allah- Hu- Akbar etc. indicative of the religion of the candidate or the likely examiner. No other distinction marks designed to show the religion or community of the candidate should be displayed, said he and added that a candidate using unfair means, suspected of cheating or disregarding the instructions will not be allowed to complete his paper. He will also be liable to disqualification and disciplinary action.


Vigilance nabs Jail warder for taking bribe

Chandigarh, September 25: State Vigilance Bureau nabbed a Jail warder posted at district jail Barnala red handed while accepting bribe of Rs 17,000.

Disclosing this here an official spokesperson of the Vigilance Bureau said Jail warder Harmanpreet Singh was arrested on the complaint of Major Singh of village Saidoke in Moga district. He informed that the complainant has approached the VB and said that his son is undergoing 20 years of imprisonment in Barnala Jail and has came to home to spend his clemency leave for 34 days but became ill. In order to increase the leave on the basis of a medical certificate, the jail warder was demanding Rs 20,000 and the deal was struck at Rs 17,000.

The spokesperson said after verifying his information, the vigilance team laid a trap and the accused jail warder was arrested on the spot taking bribe of Rs. 17,000 from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.

He informed that a case under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused at VB police station Patiala and further investigation was under progress.


Food Safety Team intercepts vehicle ferrying material for preparation of Spruious milk

Chandigarh, September 25:The Food Safety Team Tarn Taran along with the help of local police, intercepted a Tempo bearing number plate as Pb10 DZ 6711, coming from Moga to Tarantaran , at Harike.

The team recovered 40 Bags of Gluco Powder 25kg each, 1 plastic bucket having about 10 litres transparent liquid, 1 Plastic Drum and 1 aluminium can containing milk. The material was apparently being ferried for preparation of spurious milk. Driver of the tempo, Rajinder Kumar from Village Ratia in District Moga admitted the same. Samples were taken by the team in the presence of Police, for further analysis.

Earlier in the day, the Food Safety Team Kapurthala, destroyed about 1.4 Quintal paneer, seized on September 7 after receiving the analysis report of it been prepared from Foreign Fat. The content was destroyed in presence of Executive Magistrate.