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Pb Govt to Generate Rs 200 Cr From Development Tax

[Chd,Pb] Pb Govt to Generate Rs 200 Cr From Development Tax
Capt Amarinder Singh led Punjab government is likely to notify next week the Punjab State Development Tax , which is expected to generate a revenue of Rs 150-200 crore,
The government had announced to impose Rs 200 per month Punjab State Development Tax in the budget session last month.
As part of the additional resource mobilization measures, the state development tax was proposed to be imposed on the income tax payees, who are engaged in professions, trades, callings and employments, earning Rs 30,000 per month and above.
Punjab government had cited states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu which have been collecting this tax for a long time.
Asked when the surcharge on petroleum products was going to be imposed, Badal said it has not been decided yet.
Punjab had also proposed to levy a social security surcharge not exceeding Rs two per litre on the sale of petrol and/or diesel which are subject to Punjab VAT levied under Punjab VAT Act, 2005.

Capt&H C Agree To Expand Pb Cabinet With New 9

[New Delhi] Capt&High Command Agree To Expand Pb Cabinet With New 9
9 new cabinet ministers are set to take oath tomorrow in Punjab,
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has approved their names in a meeting with state chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
The new ministers are
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa,
Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria,
Vijay Inder Singla,
Bharat Bhushan Ashu,
Shyam Sunder Arora,
O P Soni,
Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi,
Gurpreet Singh Kangar and
Balbir Sidhu.
Swearing-in ceremony will take place tomorrow at 6 pm at Punjab Raj Bhawan.
The state chief minister held a second round of discussion with Rahul Gandhi today before announcing the names.
They held a similar meeting yesterday and Amarinder was asked by Rahul Gandhi to provide the seniority list of the MLAs.
At present there are nine ministers, including Amarinder Singh, and with nine new ministers, the Punjab government will touch the maximum strength of 15 per cent of the state assembly.
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Capt,Batting for Sidhu,Turn Down Action In Rd Rage Case

[Chd,Pb] Capt,Batting for Sidhu,Turn Down Action In Road Rage Case
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today scotched speculation that the Congress leader would be resigning from the state cabinet.
The Chief Minister said there was no question of asking Sidhu, the Tourism, Culture and Local Government minister, to quit.
Last week, the state government in the Supreme Court had favoured the Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict convicting and awarding a three-year jail term to Sidhu in the 1988 case. Gurnam Singh, a Patiala resident, had died after he was given fist blow by Sidhu.
Amarinder pointed out that the apex court had stayed Sidhu’s conviction in 2007 and was yet to pronounce its final verdict on his petition challenging the high court order.
The question of the minister resigning, merely because the state government had repeated its stand of 30-years in the case before the Supreme Court, did not arise,
The categorical clarification from the Chief Minister came amid reports suggesting that Sidhu had been asked to resign, and also in the wake of the demand from the opposition that he should step down.
In September 1999, a trial court had acquitted Sidhu of the murder charge. However, the High Court reversed the verdict and held him and co-accused Rupinder Singh Sandhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in December, 2006.
The high court sentenced them to three-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on the convicts.
Opposition mounting attack on Punjab Local Body Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in this 30 years old case

Capt Tries To Defuse Rift Among Top Brass Of Punjab Police

[Chandigarh]Capt Trying To Defuse Rift Among Top Brass Of Punjab Police, Capt Calls a Meeting Of Top Brass Of Punjab Police
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has called a meeting of all the state director general of police (DGPs) and additional director general of police (ADGPs) tomorrow , Agenda of the meeting is not disclosed.yet
The chief minister’s meeting with the top officials of the police assumes significance in the wake of some serious allegations levelled by a senior IPS officer against two DGPs in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on April 6.
The meeting will be attended by Director General of Police Suresh Arora (chief of police force), DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta and DGP (HRD) Siddharth Chattopadhyaya.
Chattopadhyaya, in an application before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, had accused Arora and Gupta of trying to drag him in a suicide case of the son of a former president of a century-old charitable-cum-educational body Chief Khalsa Dewan.
Chattopadhyaya had also accused the two DGP rank officers of “targeting” him in order to “disable” him from conducting inquiry to look into the complicity of SSP Moga Raj Jit Singh and a dismissed Inspector in a drug trafficking case.
The DGP (HRD) is leading a special investigation team constituted by the high court to investigate the role of SSP Moga and a dismissed police inspector in the case.

Inaugural Flight to Tri Junctioned Pathankot,Launched

[PKT,Pb] Inaugural Flight Between Pathankot, Delhi Launched
Pathankot came under the civil aviation network today with Alliance Air operating its first flight from Delhi under the Centre’s regional connectivity scheme.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, accompanied by Punjab Congress president and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar, was at the airport to welcome the passengers on board the first flight that arrived at the airport from Delhi this afternoon.
The chief minister said that it was a red-letter day for the region, which had now got air connectivity with the rest of country. It is expected to give a boost to the region’s connectivity and tourism potential.
Being at the tri-junction of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, Pathankot would also get a huge boost to its tremendous tourism potential as a result of the launch of the flight, which would operate on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays every week,
The chief minister said the government’s plans to develop an international-standard tourist destination at Pathankot-Dalhousie Road near Ranjit Sagar Lake would also give a huge fillip to the region’s tourism industry, as it was expected to draw more than 50,000 tourists annually.
Prominent amongst others who were present on the occasion were Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla.

Capt Seeks Imputs From Parties For Pollution

[Chd,Pb] Capt Seeks Imputs From Parties For Pollution
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the state government would soon convene an all-party meeting to deliberate on ways to check the menace of noise pollution caused by loudspeakers and public address system.
The chief minister said the issue was a matter of grave public concern and warranted a serious discussion.
Expressing concern over the implications of noise pollution, the chief minister said the norms on the issue were being flouted blatantly, especially in the case of DJs at social functions, which result in inconvenience and disturbance to students.
This issue was raised by Aam Aadmi Party MLA Aman Arora in the Assembly
The chief minister had earlier authorised Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa to reply on the call attention on noise pollution.

Capt Swords On Hookah Bars In Punjab

[Chd,Pb] Capt Swords On Hookah Bars In Punjab
Cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh , approved an amendment to the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COTPA), 2003 for the prevention and control of diseases caused by the use of tobacco products.
The move is aimed at checking the trend of hookah, hookah bars, and the use of tobacco in various forms among youngsters,
This amendment would result in a complete ban on running of hookah bars in the state.
The proposed amendment would be presented before the Vidhan Sabha, and if passed by the House, would be reserved for the assent of the President of India,
Under the present scheme of things, section 144 of CrPC is promulgated against the hookah bars across the country for two months, which requires an extension at the end of the period.
The extension orders are issued every two months by the district administration.
As per available data, an hour’s average of hookah smoking contains 20-200 puffs, which can deliver 50 litres of smoke, containing harmful and carcinogenic chemicals, the official said.
Health risks of smoking hookah includes exposure to toxic chemicals that are not filtered out by the water, and also the risk of infectious disease like tuberculosis resulting from sharing a hookah.

Capt Announces Rs.162 cr of Various Projects for Shahkot,Nakodar

[Nakodar,Jalandhar,Chd]Capt Announces Rs.162 cr of Develoment Projects for Shahkot,Nakodar
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced infrastructure project worth Rs. 113 crore for Shahkot area and another Rs 49 crore for Nakodar as part of his government’s development agenda for Jalandhar district.
The Chief Minister made the announcements during his visit to the region for distribution of debt waiver certificates to farmers.
For Shahkot, the government has allocated
Rs. 15 crore for a new Government Degree College at Village Sarangwal, besides
Rs. 30 crore for special repair of 280 Km of Link Roads.
Another Rs. 20 crore has been set aside for development works in 232 villages of Shahkot, Lohian and Mehatpur Blocks,
In addition, a sum of Rs. 11 crore has been assigned for the development of Mandis to provide better facilities to the farmers in the procurements season, said the Chief Minister, also announced Rs. 8 crore for bifurcation of 14 Multiple Village Water Supply 
Schemes.
Among the other major projects for Sahkot are
completion of Sewage Treatment at Shahkot (Rs. 5 Crore),
new Bridge at Jakopur,
Village Lohian (Rs. 8.5 Crore) and
Flood Protection Works along Satluj River (Rs. 4 Crore).
The Chief Minister also announced a grant of Rs 4 crore for school infrastructure and an equal amount to Nagar Panchayat Shahkot, Nagar Panchayat 
Mehatpur and Nagar Panchayat Lohian. He further disclosed that renovation of the Milk Chilling Centre at Shahkot will be undertaken at Rs. 2.5 
Crore.
For Nakodar, the grants announced by the Chief Minister include Rs. 24 crore for repair of 289 Km of Link Roads, Rs. 9 crore for development of 34 Mandis, Rs 1 crore for widening of 6 Bridges on Rural Roads and Rs. 15 crore for repair of Pahgwara–Nakodar Road.
Captain Amarinder reiterated his government’s commitment to bringing the state’s development back on track, and asserted that paucity of funds will not be allowed to hold back such works.

Capt Releases Rs 22.75 cr for Ludhiana’s Smart Street 1-Malhar Road

[LDH,Chd] Capt Releases Rs 22.75 cr for Ludhiana’s Smart Street 1-Malhar Road
Capt Gifts 7 Development Projects @Rs.199.54 cr for Ludhiana Smart City
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday gifted Ludhiana projects worth Rs.199.54 crore, to give a major boost to the Smart City’s infrastructural development.
A total of seven major projects were unveiled by the Chief Minister during his visit to the city for the distribution of appointment letters to youth at the culmination of the 2nd Mega Job Fair, conducted by his government under the `Ghar Ghar Rozagar’ scheme.
The projects included
1] LED street lighting (Rs. 44.38 crore),
2]installation of wayfinding & signages (Rs. 9.14 crore),
3]Sarabha Nagar market retrofitting (Rs. 14.88 crore),
4]24×7 Surface Water Based Water Supply Scheme for ABD Area (Rs. 46.50 crore),
5] rehabilitation of existing Sewerage System of ABD area (Rs. 39.30 crore),
6]Rehabilitation & Augmentation of Storm Water Drainage System of ABD Area (22.59 crore) and
7]Smart Street Phase 1 – Malhar Road (Rs. 22.75 crore).
Work orders were in the process of being issued for LED street lighting and wayfinding & signages (digital and analogue) installation.
The LED project envisages replacement of the existing 105,000 lights with the energy saving lighting. Scheduled to start later this month, it will be completed by December 12 to generate guaranteed energy saving of 63.25% (29.75 million units per year), translating into an expected energy saving per annum of Rs 6.09 crore for the first year, with 6% incremental every year thereafter. The wayfinding and signages project will cover 757 signage boards of eight types.
For the Sarabha Nagar market retrofitting, tenders are in the process being invited for the job, which will include design, supply and installation of all landscape works (hardscape, softscape), façade works including undergrounding of electrical services. The main features of the project are: increase and improvement of public plaza, addition of landscape elements, improvement of user comfort, upgradation of services and utilities, electrical undergrounding, additional services such as fire service, ground water recharge for future utilities and regularisation of parking.
For the remaining four projects, tenders have already been issued,
The existing water supply system in ABD area is based on Ground water source, with 25 tube wells, supplying water for about 10 hours per day. The present system is completely unmetered and consumers are charged on flat rate basis. Under the Smart Cities Mission, it is proposed to revamp the entire exiting water supply system by switching to Surface Water Source (Sidhwan Canal) with a new distribution network of 90 kms to ensure 24×7 Pressurized Water Supply. This will also entail formation of District Metering Areas (DMAs) for Effective Management & Leakage Control, 100% Metering equipped with AMR technology, Real Time Monitoring and Demand Driven Distribution and Automated Operation and Control.
The duration of the Design-Build-Commissioning project, slated to start on May 25, will be 21 months, with O&M period of 5 years after completion & commissioning of project works.

Sufi Singer Pyare Lal Of “Wadali Bros”Fame Dies

[Amritsar,Pb]Sufi Singer Pyare Lal Of Wadali Bros Fame Dies
Pyare Lal Wadali, the one half of famous Punjabi Sufi singing duo Wadali Brothers, died of heart attack today at a private hospital He was 75.
Wadali with his elder brother Puran Chand Wadali sang popular hits such as
‘Tu maane yaa na maane’ and
Tanu Weds Manu’s ‘Rangrez mere’.
He was admitted to the hospital on Monday but could not be revived.
The singer is survived by wife, two sons and three daughters.
Wadali was honoured with several state and national level awards along with his elder brother.

Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh & Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal also condoled the singer’s death.