There are hundreds of villages in Malwa village, which faced hardships during the height of dera-sikh conflict, are feeling secure now. watch this report:
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Meeting presided by S Surjit Singh Rakhra, Higher Education and Languages Minister, Punjab
Punjabi Sahit Ratan; Kirpal Singh Kasel, Ajmer Aulakh and Niranjan Singh Tasneem (Cash prize RS 10 lakh)
Shiromani Punjabi Sahitkar; Mohan Bhandari, Baldev Singh Sadaknama and Avtar Singh Baling, Shiromani Hindi Sahitkar; Madhav Kaushik, Tarsem Gujral and Mohan Sapra, Shiromani Urdu Sahitkar; Mahesh Patialavi, Mohd. Iqbal and Renu Behal,
Shiromani Sanskrit Sahitkar; Shashidhar Sharma, Bhushan Lal Sharma and Lekh Raj Parwana, Shiromani Punjabi Poet; Jaswinder (Gazalgo), Gurbhajan Gill and Kulwant Singh Grewal, Shiromani Punjabi Critic/Research Sahitkar; Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti, Dr Balkar Singh and Dr Tejwant Gill, Shiromani Punjabi Gyan Sahitkar; Balwant Singh Kotha Guru, Dr Kirpal Singh and Prof Aschru Singh, Shiromani Punjabi Sahitkar (foreign) Kesar Singh Neer, Gurbhaksh Singh Bhandal and Ajit Singh Rahi, Shiromani Punjabi Sahitkar (Out of Punjab) Chandan Negi, Rashpinder Rashim and Khalid Hussain, Shiromani Punjabi Bal Sahit Writer; Santosh Sahni, Aatma Singh Chitti and Amrik Singh Talwandi, Shiromani Punjabi Patarkar; Amar Singh Bhuller, Harjinder Singh Lal and Bhushan Sood, Shiromani Punjabi Sahitak Patarkar; Niranjan Singh Sathi, Susheel Dosanjh and Varinder Walia, Shiromani Ragi; Bhai Hari Singh, Prof Kartar Singh and Bhai Jaswant Singh, Shiromani Dhadhi/Kavishar; Brij Lal Dhaula, Mohinder Singh Sibea and Des Raj Lachkani, Shiromani Punjabi Television/Radio/Film Purskar; Buta Singh Shad, Satish Kaul and Baldev Gill, Shiromani Punjabi Natak/Theatre Purskar; Devinder Daman, Gurcharan Channi and Pali Bhupinder and Shiromani Punjabi Singer/Sangeetkat; Mohd. Sadeeq, Gurdas Mann and Surinder Shinda.
(RS 5 lakh cash prize for each)
Special Prize for eminent personalities; Devinder Singh Chutarkar and Raghbir Singh Bains (RS 1.50 lakh for both), Pandat Rao Thaithsanwar, Ranjit Rana, Malkit Singh Guara and Bachan Singh Sher (RS 1.00 lakh for each)
Mumbai, Sep 29 (IANS) Springing a surprise, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday cut its short-term lending rate by 50 basis points, but made a pitch for passing it on to consumers in the form of cheaper personal and commercial credit. Stakeholders expected a 25-basis-point cut.
While the repurchase rate, or the interest charged on short-term borrowings, stands cut to 6.75 percent, it will take commercial banks to lower their own lending rates for personal, automobile, housing and commercial loans to also get reduced, translating into lower EMIs.
The indexed reverse repo rate, or the interest payable by the central bank on short-term deposit, automatically stood reduced to 5.75 percent. There was no cut in the 4 percent cash reserve ratio that banks have to maintain in the form of liquid assets and designated government securities.
“Markets have transmitted Reserve Bank’s past policy actions via commercial paper and corporate bonds, but banks have done so only to a limited extent,” Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan said in the fourth bi-monthly monetary policy statement for the current fiscal year.
A court here on Tuesday sent, to two days police custody, former minister Somnath Bharti, who was arrested in a domestic violence case registered by his wife.
Metropolitan Magistrate Manika allowed Delhi Police to quiz the ex-law minister till Thursday.
Bharti, who had surrendered to police on Monday evening, had been named in an FIR filed at Dwarka North police station in west Delhi following a June 10 complaint by his wife who said he had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010.
She claimed that Bharti used to beat and torture her and once tried to kill her.
Bharti has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) relating to attempt to murder, cruelty towards wife, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon, criminal breach of trust, attempt to cause miscarriage without woman’s consent, cheating and criminal intimidation.
RBI cuts Repo Rate by 50 bps to 6.75%, CRR unchanged at 4%
KARAN AVTAR SINGH IS THE NEW PRINCIPAL SECRETARY OF INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT
Reiterating the firm commitment of the state government to safeguard the interests of farming community, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today announced to disburse Rs 600 crore as compensation to the farmers affected by ‘white fly’ attack in the cotton belt of the state.
Addressing the gathering during political conference at Chapar Mela here today, the Chief Minister said that he was well aware about the agony faced by the farming community due to whopping loss suffered by them on account of pest attack for which he had asked the officers last midnight to disburse Rs 600 crore so that farmers could be bailed out during this hour of crisis. He said that a gigantic operation would be launched by the state government to distribute this relief amongst the affected farmers. “We are firmly behind the hard working and resilient farmers of the state to help them in this hour of crisis” added Mr. Badal.
The Chief Minister said that it was on record that whenever our farmers had faced any sort of problem the SAD-BJP alliance government has came to their rescue. Citing the examples he said that during the last more than eight years the state government has provided free power to farmers worth Rs 28000 crore otherwise their problems would have accentuated manifold on account of tube well bills. Likewise, Mr. Badal said that when the wheat crop of the farmers was damaged due to untimely rains in April 2015 the state government ensured that every grain was lifted. In the same, he said that the state government took every step to resolve the impending sugarcane crisis by ensuring the payment of arrears to the farmers from private and cooperative sugar mills.
Lashing out at the Congress party for the plight of Farmer’s across the country, the Chief Minister said that the successive Congress governments at the centre had broken the backbone of the peasantry. Mr. Badal said that due to the regressive policies of these governments the farmers were reeling under a whopping debt of Rs 32000 crore. He said that the Congress party was not only anti- farmer but it was totally anti-poor and anti-Punjab which has been proved time and again. “They have done nothing tangible to help the farmers but have always shed crocodile tears over their issues” added Mr. Badal.
The Chief Minister said that the Punjabis in general and Sikh community in particular could never forgive the Congress party for its anti-Punjab stance. He said that the Congress has always irrelevantly meddled in the social, economic, political and even the religious affairs of the state. Mr. Badal said that the Sikh community would never pardon the Congress for its sins like Operation Blue Star and 1984 anti-Sikh carnage in which several innocents Sikhs were brutally murdered at the behest of Congress leaders.
The Chief Minister said that the Congress governments at the centre had deliberately denied the state of Punjabi speaking areas, its capital Chandigarh and even its legitimate share in river waters. He said that every Punjabi was very much concerned with these emotive issues of the state, which have been till now hanging in fire due to the discriminatory attitude of the successive Congress governments at the centre. He said that the SAD had always remained a votary of giving the Punjabi speaking areas, legitimate share of river waters and Chandigarh back to Punjab and in future also this struggle would be ever continued.
The Chief Minister said that though one year’s period was very less to evaluate the performance of any government but then also Punjab had been immensely benefitted from the NDA’s rule at centre. He said that within a year of the formation of the NDA government at centre the state has got key projects like AIIMS, IIM, Post Graduate Institute of Horticulture Research and HRIDAY status for holy city of Amritsar, which would ensure massive inflow of funds for development of the holy city.
Later on interacting with the media persons, the Chief Minister said that the the SAD-BJP alliance was everlasting and firm. He said that alliance with BJP was very strong and Akali Dal could not even think of breaking it. “We are very clear on this issue that Akali Dal will never part ways from BJP at any cost”
Replying to another query, the Chief Minister said that Punjab was not having a single drop of surplus water for any state. He said that there was hardly any question of giving water to some other state to cater its needs.
Thousands of people belonging to Indian community responded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and shouted back “veer Bhagat Singh Amar rahe” on the occasion of Shahid-e-Azam’s birthday. Bhagat Singh was born today, who is hailed as greatest revolutionary by people in every nook and corner of the country.
PM Modi was all praise for the work sikh community has done in the American continent.
PM urged Indians to follow the teachings of Shahid Bhagat Singh, who lived and died for the country.
Today, after 16 months, I want your certificate. Am I working hard, working all the day? Am I fulfilling the promises I made it to you, PM Modi asked the roaring crowd of 18,000 at the SAP centre.
The roaring crowd responded to a thundering yes. crowd gave the prime Minister standing ovation.
Modi addressing the crowd said that he is fulfilling the pronmises he had made to the people of India.
PM said the world is looking at India with hope as we all know 21st century belongs to India.
Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg supported digital India campaign, changed his profile pics to digital India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Facebook headquarters and town hall activities there has initiated many meaningful conversations.
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Text of Speech by Prime Minister At the Digital India Dinner 26 September 2015,
San Jose, California
Thank you, Shantanu, John, Satya, Paul, Sunder, and Venkatesh
A big thank you!
I am sure this was not pre-arranged. But, here on stage you see a perfect picture of India-U.S. partnership in the digital economy.
Good Evening, everyone!
If there was ever a gathering under one roof that could claim to be shaping the world, it is this. And, I am not talking about those in public office, here or in India! It’s a great pleasure to be here in California. It is one of the last places in the world to see the sun set. But, it is here that new ideas see the first light of the day.
It’s a great honour that you have joined us tonight. I have met many of you in Delhi and New York, and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
These are the new neighborhoods of our new world.
If Facebook were a country, it would be the third most populous one and the most connected.
Google today has made teachers less awe-inspiring and grandparents more idle. Twitter has turned everyone into a reporter. The traffic lights that need to work the best are on CISCO routers.
The status that now matters is not whether you are awake or asleep, but whether you are online or offline. The most fundamental debate for our youth is the choice between Android, iOS or Windows.
From computing to communication, entertainment to education, from printing documents to printing products, and, now to internet of things, it’s been a long journey in a short time.
From cleaner energy to better healthcare and safer transport, everything is converging around the work you do.
In Africa, it’s helping people transfer money on phone. It has made reaching small island states no longer a journey of adventure, but a convenient click of a mouse.
In India, a mother in a distant hill village has a better chance to save her new born infant. A child in a remote village has better access to education.
A small farmer is more confident about his land holding and getting better market price. A fisherman on the sea has a better catch. And, a young professional in San Francisco can Skype daily to comfort her sick grandmother in India.
An initiative by a father in Haryana for “Selfie with daughter” to draw attention to the girl child became an international movement.
All this is because of the work you people are doing. Since my government came to office last year, we have attacked poverty by using the power of networks and mobile phones to launch a new era of empowerment and inclusion: 180 million new bank accounts in a few months; direct transfer of benefits to the poor; funds for the unbanked; insurance within the reach of the poorest; and, pension for the sunset years for all.
By using Space technology and internet, we have been able to identify in the last few months 170 applications that will make governance better and development faster.
When a small craftsman in a village in India brings a smile to a customer looking at his phone on a metro ride in New York; When a heart patient in a remote hospital in Kyrgyz Republic is treated by doctors sitting in Delhi, as I saw in Bishkek, we know we are creating something that has fundamentally changed our lives.
The pace at which people are taking to digital technology defies our stereotypes of age, education, language and income. I like recounting my meeting with a group of unlettered tribal women in a remote part of Gujarat. They were present at a local milk chilling plant I was inaugurating. They were using cell phones to take photographs of the event. I asked them what they would do with the images. The answer was a surprise for me.
They said,they would go back, have the images downloaded on to a computer and take printouts. Yes, they were familiar with the language of our digital world.
And, farmers in Maharashtra State have created a Whatsapp group to share information on farming practices.
Customers, more than creators, are defining the use of a product. The world may be driven by the same ancient impulses. We will continue to see human struggles and successes. We will witness human glory and tragedies.
But, in this digital age, we have an opportunity to transform lives of people in ways that was hard to imagine just a couple of decades ago.
This is what sets us apart from the century that we have just left behind. There may be still some who see the digital economy as the tool of the rich, educated and the privileged. But, ask the taxi driver or the corner vendor in India what he has gained from his cell phone, and the debate gets settled. I see technology as a means to empower and as a tool that bridges the distance between hope and opportunity. Social media is reducing social barriers. It connects people on the strength of human values, not identities.
Today, technology is advancing citizen empowerment and democracy that once drew their strength from Constitutions. Technology is forcing governments to deal with massive volume of data and generate responses, not in 24 hours but in 24 minutes.
When you think of the exponential speed and scale of expansion of social media or a service, you have to believe that it is equally possible to rapidly transform the lives of those who have long stood on the margins of hope. So, friends out of this conviction was born the vision of Digital India.
It is an enterprise for India’s transformation on a scale that is, perhaps, unmatched in human history. Not just to touch the lives of the weakest, farthest and the poorest citizen of India, but change the way our nation will live and work.
For nothing else will do in a country with 800 million youth under the age of 35 years, impatient for change and eager to achieve it.
We will transform governance, making it more transparent, accountable, accessible and participative. I spoke of E-Governance as a foundation of better governance – efficient, economical and effective.
I now speak of M-Governance or mobile governance. That is the way to go in a country with one billion cell phones and use of smart phones growing at high double digit rates. It has the potential to make development a truly inclusive and comprehensive mass movement. It puts governance within everyone’s reach.
After MyGov.in, I have just launched the Narendra Modi Mobile App. They are helping me stay in close touch with people. I learn a great deal from their suggestions and complaints.
We want to free our citizens from the burden of excessive paper documents in every office. We want paperless transactions. We will set up a digital locker for every citizen to store personal documents that can be shared across departments.
We have set up Ebiz portal to make approvals for businesses and citizens easy and efficient so that they concentrate their energy on their goals, not on government processes.
We are using technology to impart scale and speed to development.
Information, education, skills, healthcare, livelihood, financial inclusion, small and village enterprises, opportunities for women, conservation of natural resources, distributed clean energy – entirely new possibilities have emerged to change the development model.
But for all this, we must bridge the digital divide and promote digital literacy in the same way that we seek to ensure general literacy.
We must ensure that technology is accessible, affordable, and adds value.
We want our 1.25 billion citizens to be digitally connected. We already have broadband usage across India go up by 63% last year. We need to accelerate this further.
We have launched an aggressive expansion of the National Optical Fibre Network that will take broadband to our 600,000 villages. We will connect all schools and colleges with broadband. Building I-ways are as important as highways.
We are expanding our public Wi-Fi hotspots. For example, we want to ensure that free Wi Fi is not only there in airport lounges, but also on our railway platforms. Teaming up with Google, we will cover 500 railway stations in a short time.
We are also setting up Common Service Centres in villages and towns. We will also use information technology to build smart cities.
And, we want to turn our villages into smart economic hubs and connect our farmers better to markets and makes them less vulnerable to the whims of weather.
For me, access also means that content should be in local languages. In a country with 22 official languages, it is a formidable, but an important task.
Affordability of products and services is critical for our success. There are many dimensions to this. We will promote manufacture of quality and affordable products in India. That is part of our vision of Make in India, Digital India and Design in India.
As our economy and our lives get more wired, we are also giving the highest importance to data privacy and security, intellectual property rights and cyber security.
And,I know to achieve the vision of Digital India, the government must also start thinking a bit like you.
So, from creating infrastructure to services, from manufacture of products to human resource development, from support governments to enabling citizens and promoting digital literacy, Digital India is a vast cyber world of opportunities for you.
The task is huge; the challenges are many. But, we also know that we will not reach new destinations without taking new roads.
Much of India that we dream of is yet to be built. So, we have the opportunity to shape its path now.
And, we have the talent, enterprise and skills to succeed.
We also have the strength of the partnership between India and the United States.
Indians and Americans have worked together to shape the knowledge economy. They have made us aware of the vast potential of technology.
From large corporate to young professionals in this great centre of innovation, each can be part of the Digital India story.
The sustainable development of one-sixth of humanity will be a major force of good for our world and our planet.
Today, we speak of India-U.S. partnership as a defining partnership of this century. It hinges on two major reasons. Both converge here in California.
We all know that the dynamic Asia Pacific Region will shape the course of this century. And, India and the United States, the world’s two largest democracies, are located at the two ends of this region.
We have the responsibility to shape a future of peace, stability and prosperity in this region.
Our relationship is also defined by the power of youth, technology and innovation. These can ignite a partnership that will advance and sustain prosperity in our two countries.
Even more, in this Digital Age, we can draw on the strength of our values and partnership to shape a better and more sustainable future for the world.
San Jose, Sep 27 (PTI) A 29 member delegation of the Sikh community based in the US and Canada, called on the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi on Saturday. The members congratulated the Prime Minister on the formation of the new Government, and the initiatives taken by the new Government.
The Prime Minister recalled the sacrifices made by the Sikh community for India. He also spoke about the “Make in India” initiative.
Some members of the delegation expressed concern over the spread of drug abuse among youth in Punjab. The Prime Minister shared their concern and said the Government would study the issue carefully and attempt to work out a solution.
Modi meets Sikh, Gujarati community members in San Jose Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met representatives of the Sikh and Gujarati communities here at the start of his “tech-startup-energy-diaspora oriented” weekend visit to the Silicon Valley.
The Prime Minister’s weekend stay in San Jose is a “tech- startup-energy-diaspora”
oriented visit, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said after Modi reached the innovation and entrepreneur hub of the world yesterday. Soon after his hour-long photo session with eminent community leaders, Modi met with two separate delegations of Sikh and Gujarati communities.
The two delegations submitted memorandums to the Prime Minister. Modi is the first Indian premier to visit the Silicon Valley in more than 30 years.
Following an hour long marathon photo session with some 800 Indian-Americans
from across the country, Modi said, “I will get a chance to address
The select gathering of Indian-Americans, invited from across the country, greeted him by raising pro-Modi slogans as he entered the ball room of the hotel, where he is staying, directly from the San Jose Airport.
At the San Jose Airport, Modi was welcomed by several Indian-Americans who waived Indian flags and greeted him. Modi briefly interacted with them. Soon after landing in San Jose, Modi said in a tweet that he is “eagerly awaiting” the programmes in the coming two days
Silicon Valley, Sep 27 (PTI) ‘Digital India’ is an enterprise to transform India in a scale unmatched anywhere in the world and it has the potential to make development truly inclusive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.
“Digital India is an enterprise for India’s transformation on a scale that is, perhaps, unmatched in human history,” Modi said while speaking about his ambitious Digital India initiative before a gathering of Silicon Valley CEOs.
Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Silicon Valley in more than three decades, said his government wants paperless transactions.
“We would set up digital locker for every citizens to share documents across departments,” he said.
“After MyGov.in, we have just launched the Narendra Modi Mobile App. They are helping me stay in close touch with people,” he said amidst applause from the audience.
“I want our 1.25 billion citizens to be digitally connected,” Modi said, describing the steps taken by his government towards broadband connectivity.
“I see technology as a means to empower and as a tool that bridges the distance between hope and opportunity,” he added.
“In this digital age, we have an opportunity to transform lives of people in ways that was hard to imagine just a couple of decades ago,” the Prime Minister said, adding that the pace at which people are taking to digital technology defies stereotypes of age, education, language and income.
“We must ensure that technology is accessible, affordable and adds value,” he said, adding that his government is giving highest priority to cyber security, intellectual property.
“I see technology as a means to empower and as a tool that bridges the distance between hope and opportunity,” he said.
Recognising that a Digital India could not be built without bridging the digital divide, he listed out the measures taken by his government to bridge this digital divide.
“From large corporates to young professionals in this great center of innovation, each can be part of India story,” he said.
“Building upon that vision, we conceive of Digital India, to fundamentally transform the way our nation will work,” the Prime Minister said.
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayan, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Qualcomm executive chairman Paul Jacobs were among those present at the event.