CHIEF MINISTER PUNJAB CAPTAIN AMARINDER SINGH TO LEAD DISCUSSIONS ON MILITARY HISTORY, SHARE HIS EXPERIENCES

GOVERNOR VP SINGH BADNORE TO INAUGURATE MILITARY LITERATURE EXTRAVAGANZA TOMORROW

GUV BADNORE CAPTAIN AMARINDER SINGH, SIR MARK TULLY, RAVISH KUMAR, HISTORIAN PUSHPESH PANT, GALLANTRY AWARD WINNERS, DEFENCE TO SHARE STAGE DISCUSSING MILITARY ISSUES

BABA BANDA SINGH BAHADUR, MEDIEVAL HISTORY AND MORE SUBJECTS TO ADORN PANEL DISCUSSIONS

SAMVAD - 28 GALLANTRY AWARD WINNERS TO SHARE STORIES OF BATTLEGROUNDS

DISCUSSIONS TO BE HELD IN 15 BOOKS ON MILITARY

Chandigarh, December 12:The third edition of coveted Military Literature Festival (MLF) - brain child of Chief Minister Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh - yet again promises to ignite minds with a watershed of information on defence issues and of the men whose valour and blood makes world a harmonious place to live in. Leading the fest with discussions in various aspects of military and sharing his experiences of serving the country in armed forces, Captain Amarinder Singh has brought together the finest men from battle grounds and literary fields.

Spread over three days from Dec 13 to Dec 15 at UT Lake Club, the military literature extravaganza will be inaugurated by the Governor Punjab His Excellency VP Badnore. With legedary literrateur Sir Mark Tully, historian Pushpesh Pant, Ramon Magsaysay awardee Ravish Kumar, gallantry award winners and defence experts making strong presence at the fest, visitors will be steered into batches of sessions focusing on various issues.

Being held from December 13 to December 15, the event will be witness to panel discussions on subjects ranging from military histories to wars to current cyber security concerns. It also encapsulates stories of battleground from the gallantry awards winners that will be shared during Samvad. All the three days will also have Clarion Call theatre events comprising of special audio visual shows on Josh...Jazbaaa and Junoon... of being part of armed forces.

On Dec 13 at the Venue A (Sep Ishar Singh VC 28 Punjabi/2 Sikh) the first discussion will be on Who Was The Victor Of the Battle of Haldighati. Panelists of the discussion will be His Excellency Shri VP Singh Badnore Governor of Punjab and Irfan Habib, while Lt Gen Bhopinder Singh will be the moderator. It will be followed by session on Make In India and the Nation's Security wherein Rahul Bedi will be the moderator and panelists Amit Cowshish, Rajeev Chandrashekhar MP, Dr. Vivek Lall, Lt Gen Arun Sahni and General VP Malik will hold discussions.

Moderator for panel discussion on "Did The Battle of Kohima Save India" will be Sqn Ldr Rana Chhina, while the panelists include Col Dr Robert Lyman, Lt Gen JS Bajwa, Yaiphaba Meetei Kangjam and Brig Allan Mallinson. Panel discussion on The Taliban and ISIK in Kashmir will have Lt Gen Ata Hasnain as Moderator, while the panelists will be Lt Gen DS Hooda, Abhinav Kumar, IPS and AS Dulat, IPS.

Similarly, at the Venue B (2/LT Premindra Singh Bhagat, VC Bombay Sappers), discussion will be held on Dilli Fateh – Banda Singh Bahadur Ton Ranjit Singh De Daur Da JangiItihas (Punjabi) will have Bubbu Tir as moderator, while Prof Jasbir Singh and Dr Amanpreet Singh will be the panelists. Discussion on Medieval Military Architecture – Forts of India will be moderated by renowned by renowned historian Prof Pushpesh Pant, while the panelists will be Lt Gen DDS Sandhu, Amita Baig and GS Channi. It will be followed by discussion on The ISI, Taliban and Afghanistan that Tilak Devasher will moderate and panelists will be V. Balachandran, Vivek Katju, Christine Fair and Maj Gen BK Sharma. Topic Implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative will be moderated by C Raja Mohan, while panelists for discussion will include Jayadeva Ranade, Maj Gen GG Dwivedi and Tilak Devasher. At the venue C (Hav Umrao Singh, VC) discussion will be held on book ten books on war and military.

Meanwhile on second day Dec 14, the panel discussion on The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre and The Freedom Movement will have Kishwar Desai as the Moderator and panelists will include Dr Gavin Rand, Prof Sukhdev Singh Sohal, Manish Tiwari and Walter Reid. The panel discussion on Understanding The Message of Balakot will have Air Marshal KK Nowhar as Moderator. Panelists for the discussion will include Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Samer Joshi, Pravin Sawhney and Alan Warnes.

Similarly discussion on The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of The East India Company and Empire will remain the most sought after discussion with Sir Mark Tully moderating it. Panelist Oliver Everett will give 20-30 min AV presentation on The Contribution of Britain to India in Various Fields and another panelist would be Walter Reid. Discussion on topic Imphal: The Last Battle of The Japanese Empire will see Maj Gen AP Singh as the moderator, while panelists will be Col Dr Robert Lyman, Arambam Agamba Singh, Pushpinder Singh and Brig Allan Mallinson.

At the Venue B the discussion on Jingoism and Hyper – Nationalism – An Indian Perspective will be moderated by Sir Mark Tully and panelists will include Swati Chaturvedi and Kanu Priya. Same day the session on Ek Aur Satyagraha Bharat Ki Atma Ke Liye (Hindi) will be moderated by Arfa Khanum Sherwani, while the panelists will be Ravish Kumar and Manish Tiwari.

Discussion on The Leadership and Campaigns of Field Marshal Slim will be moderated by Lt Gen TS Shergill and the panelists will include Chief Minister Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh, Col Dr Robert Lyman and Brig Alan Mallinson. Discussion on Spymasters and Cyber–Intelligence in War and Peace will be moderated by KC Verma and panelists will include Lt Gen Sanjive Langer, Jayadeva Ranade and Ritu Sarin. At Venue C discussions will be held on six books.

On the concluding day Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will preside over the closing ceremony. The last day Venue A will have panel discussion on Run Silent, Run Deep, Strike Hard! will be moderated by Admiral Sunil Lanba, while panelists will be V Adm AK Singh, Bharat Karnad and R Adm Monty Khanna. Discussion on Article 370 and the Death – Knell of Terrorism will see AS Dulat as moderator, while panelists will include Ram Madhav, Manoj Joshi and Lt Gen DS Hooda. There would also be Shoulder to Shoulder: An Interactive Session with the United Kingdom Military Team.

Similarly, at Venue B there would be discussion on Creation of The Post of Chief of Defence Staff will be held that Lt Gen Aditya Singh will moderate. Panelists will include Shekhar Dutt, IAS and Admiral VS Shekhawat. Discussion will also be held on Lessons Learnt From the Kargil War and Their Implementation with Lt Gen PK Singh as moderator, while panelists will include Lt Gen JS Cheema and Shekhar Dutt, IAS. Also discussion will be held on Does the Red Corridor Really Exist wherein the moderator will be Ajai Sahni and panelists will include Arun Bhagat IPS, Brig BK Ponwar, Nandini Sundar and HJ Dora, IPS.

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CABINET SUB-COMMITTEE CALLS FOR JOINT ACTION OF ALL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS TO CHECK STRAY CATTLE MENACE

· BRAHM MOHINDRA CHAIRS MEETING OF COMMITTEE COMPRISING OF Mr. TRIPT RAJINDER SINGH BAJWA, Mr. BALBIR SINGH SIDHU & Mr. VIJAY INDER SINGLA

CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 12-The Cabinet Sub-Committee comprising of 4 senior Ministers of the Punjab Government today called for collaborative action of all the departments of the Punjab Government to grapple with the serious socio-economic threat posed by stray cattle in the state of Punjab. The Cabinet Sub Committee comprising of Mr. Brahm Mohindra, Local Bodies Minister, Mr. Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Animal Husbandry Minster, Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Mr. Vijay Inder Singla, Education Minister today held its first meeting under the chairmanship of Mr. Brahm Mohindra.

Disclosing this official spokesperson of the Local Bodies Department said that Mr. Brahm Mohindra instructed the Secretary of the Animal Husbandry Department to study the best practices adopted by other states of the country to tackle the stray cattle menace and put up workable solution for the consideration of the Cabinet Sub Committee.

The Cabinet Sub Committee also decided make the officers of Local Bodies and Animal Husbandry department accountable in the eventuality of any untoward incident pertaining to the stray cattle was reported from any area of the state. It was decided that the concerned officer/ official in whose area of jurisdiction it happened would be personally held responsible for it and departmental action would be initiated against him. Likewise the Cabinet Sub Committee expressed hope that as Head of the District Administration as well as Animal Welfare Society the Deputy Commissioners were better informed about the ground realities and were in a position to evolve localize workable strategy to deal with the stray cattle menace.

At the onset of the meeting Mr. Raj Kamal Chaudhary, Secretary Animal Husbandry apprised the committee that at present every district of the state had one Government run Gau Shala which was run under the supervision of District Animal Welfare Society (DAWS). He said that Deputy Commissioner was the head of these DAWS. He said that presently there were about 11000 stray cattle housed in these government run Gau Shalas. Apart from it there were 418 private Gau Shalas in the state under the management of NGOs and other social and religious organizations. He said that these private Gau Shalas housed approximately 1 lakh stray cattle.

The Spokesperson further said that it was the first meeting of the Cabinet Sub Committee and the committee would regularly meet after in future also to review and suggest ways and means to tackle the problem of stray cattle in a holistic manner to save the precious human lives.

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ON CM’s DIRECTIVE FINANCE DEPARTMENT RELEASES Rs. 566 Cr FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT, COOPERATION, TOURISM AND PIDB

CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 12: On the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the Finance Department has released Rs. 565.99 Crores to the departments of Rural Development, Revenue, Cooperation, Tourism, Soil & Water Conservation besides Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB).

Disclosing this here, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that funds to the tune of Rs. 305.81 crore and Rs. 80.23 crore had been released to Rural Development Department on account of second instalment of basic grant and the performance grant for the fiscal 2016-17 respectively under 14th Finance Commission Grant. Likewise, the Finance Department also released a sum of Rs.100.80 crore to PIDB for buyback of bonds. Similarly, Rs. 54.23 crore has been released for the execution of various development projects including micro irrigation and recycling of treated water undertaken by the soil and water conservation department under NABARD.

To ensure up-gradation and modernisation of the Bhogpur Cooperative Sugar Mill through National Cooperative Development Cooperation (NCDC), Rs.6.96 crore has also been released. The Tourism Department has also been allotted funds of Rs. 5.96 crore for the implementation of various tourism projects under the ADB aided Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism.

Apart from this, Rs. 7 crore and Rs. 5 crore each have been released towards the payment of salaries to Lambardaars and pensions to the pensioners of Zila Parishads & Panchayat Samitis for the month of October respectively.

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ALLOTMENT OF PLOTS COMMENCED IN NEWLY DEVELOPED INDUSTRIAL ESTATE NABHA: SUNDER SHAM ARORA

CHANDIGARH, DECEMBER 12:The Punjab Government has commenced the process of allotment of prime industrial plots in the newly developed industrial estate in the city of Nabha.

Disclosing this Mr. Sunder Sham Arora, Industries and Commerce Minister said that Christened Industrial Focal Point (IFP), Nabha (New) is a result of unwavering commitment of the Government to provide state of the art infrastructure to industry at affordable price. IFP Nabha (New) shall primarily provide an impetus to light engineering sector in the region.

He said that IFP, Nabha (New) is strategically located on the Nabha-Bhawanigarh road, providing convenient connectivity to all parts of the State and is spread over an area of 83.81 acres. He said that plots of different sizes have been planned after conducting a comprehensive market survey to assess the demand of regional industry. Accordingly, new industrial estate provides a judicious mix of plot sizes to accommodate small, medium, large and mega industries. Industrial plots ranging from 5 acres and above, 1-4 acres, 2500 square yards, 1000 square yards and 500 square yards shall be made available to entrepreneurs.

Ms. Vini Mahajan, IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary, Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab, also informed that in order to develop a self-sustained eco-system, 2 commercial pockets measuring 2.50 acres and 1.50 acres have been earmarked within the Focal Points. Separate land chunks have been earmarked for critical infrastructure facilities such as Electrical Sub-Station, Water Works, Disposal Work, Public Buildings etc. Adequate provision has also been made for providing green belts and open area.

Ms. Mahajan further said that infrastructure development works related to laying of Roads, Street Light, Storm and Sewage Drainage etc., has already been completed. Also, Industrial Focal Point, Nabha (New) has received all requisite regulatory clearances, including registration with the State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA). The reserve price for allotment of industrial plots has been fixed @ Rs. 3,800 per square yard.

She added that allotment of industrial and commercial plots in Industrial Focal Point, Nabha (New) shall be done through the mode of e-auction. This shall ensure complete transparency in allocation of key government resources and shall ensure speedy allotment of land to industrialists. Ms. Mahajan also stated that industrialists from across the country and abroad have evinced keen interest in Focal Point, Nabha (New).

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National Livestock Championship & Expo-2020 at Batala from 6 to 8 February: Tript Bajwa

Chandigarh, December 12: The National Livestock Championship Championship and Expo-2020' would be organized by the Punjab Government from 6 to 8 February next year at Batala.

Minister for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, giving this information, said that this is an annual event to promote livestock farming and make it a profitable business. During this event livestock farmers would share their success stories and the experts would provide latest information on this profession.

He said that during this three day national level livestock championship, livestock breeding and milching competitions would be held. In addition competition among various breeds of horses, buffaloes, cows, sheep, goats, dogs and chickens would also be held and attractive prizes would be given to the owners of the winning animals.

During the International Expo seminars would be organized related to animal husbandry and agriculture. The Animal Husbandry Minister said that international and national level experts would participate in the seminars which and provide valuable information to the farmers for making fisheries, piggery, fishery and goat farming a profitable business.

In addition to this, exhibitions by all government departments as well as national organizations and private companies associated with the animal husbandry business would be organized to provide the latest information and research.

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