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Holy book row: Accused discharged from hospital

The accused in the desecration incident at Bargari, who was hospitalised here in view of spinal injury, was discharged today, police said.Rupinder Singh, who was hospitalised at PGIMER here for treatment of a spinal injury on October 27, has been discharged from the hospital and shifted to Faridkot jail, police said.

If I am an outsider, who is Sonia Gandhi?: Modi

Muzaffarpur/Gopalganj, Oct 30 (PTI) In a sharp counter- attack on Nitish Kumar over his “outsider” jibe at him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked him whether he would call Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also a ‘bahri’, asserting that he was not a PM of another country.
Taking on his rivals in RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s home turf of Gopalganj, he wondered if Kumar wanted the return of old days of ‘jungle raj’ when the region had turned into a ‘mini Chambal’, in a riposte to Kumar’s barb that he (PM) should return to the country its ‘old’ days if he cannot deliver the promised ‘achhe din’ (good days).
“Nitish babu says I am a bahri (outsider). I will ask (him) how I can be a bahri in Bihar which is a strong organ of India and whose people had voted to make me Prime Minister. Am I Pakistan’s Prime Minister? Am I Bangladesh’ or Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister?
“I will ask him if he also calls Madam Sonia, who lives in Delhi a bahri? Is she a bahri or Bihari? Those who cannot give an account of their work play these games to mislead them,” Modi said.
On the last day of campaigning for the fourth phase of Bihar assembly polls on November 1, Modi focused on blunting the grand alliance attack on the BJP-led NDA and raised the development pitch, saying only “twin engines” of the state and central government can
pull the backward state out of the pit it had fallen into.
He also escalated his attack on the JD(U) leader and Chief Minister
over his charge that he and his allies were “plotting” to give away a share of reservation enjoyed by SCs, STs and OBCs to a particular community, a reference to Muslims.
Modi said Nitish in a speech in Parliament on August 24, 2005 had
spoken about giving quota to a particular community. The grand alliance parties–Congress, RJD and JD(U)– together ruled
the state for 60 years but were not tell people what they did.

Moody’s to Modi: Rein in members or risk losing credibility

New Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) Referring to the “ethnic tensions” in the wake of controversies over beef and other issues, Moody’s today said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must keep BJP members in check or risk “losing domestic and global credibility”.
Stating that BJP does not have a majority in Rajya Sabha to pass crucial reforms and the Opposition was being ‘obstructionist’, Moody’s Analytics said in a report that the government has also not helped itself in recent times with controversial comments from various BJP members.
“While Modi has largely distanced himself from the nationalist jibes, the belligerent provocation of various Indian minorities has raised ethnic tensions.
“Along with a possible increase in violence, the government will face stiffer opposition in the upper house as debate turns away from economic policy.
“Modi must keep his members in check or risk losing domestic and global credibility,” the report said.
The comments from Moody’s Analytics, the economic research and analysis division of Moody’s Corporation, are the first by any major global institution over the recent political controversies in India.
Moody’s Analytics, however, said “its commentary is independent and does not reflect the opinions of Moody’s Investors Service Inc, the credit ratings agency which is also a subsidiary of Moody’s Corporation”. The report titled ‘India Outlook: Searching for Potential’ further said that the ongoing assembly elections in Bihar could “prove pivotal to Modi’s leadership”.
“The BJP is not the incumbent (in Bihar), so a win here would help secure an upper house majority… Overall, it is unclear whether India can deliver the promised reforms and hit its growth potential.
Undoubtedly, numerous political outcomes will dictate the extent of success,” it added.
Moody’s projected India’s GDP growth for September quarter at 7.3
per cent, while for the full fiscal it would be 7.6 per cent.
It, however, cautioned that Indian equities have also suffered from
a loss in domestic sentiments and the failure to deliver on key reforms
has faded the optimism

Harbhajan weds Geeta in the presence of galaxy of sports world

#Harbhajan weds #Geeta Basra
I am happy to have her in my life, she is a great human being, said Harbhajan.
Basra wore a traditional red and gold outfit designed by Surat-based designer Archana Kocchar, while Harbhajan complemented her well.
Their wedding was attended by Sachin Tendulkar, his wife Dr Anjali, Aakash Ambani, son of Reliance Industries CMD Mukesh Ambani, IS Bindra, former BCCI chief, former cricketer Mohammad Kaif, Punjabi singers Hans Raj Hans, his son Yuvraj, Gippy Grewal and Jassi Sidhu.http://goo.gl/ccVMxV

And the controversy attached to marriage:

Sikh hardliners demand removal of five jathedars

Chandigarh, Oct 29 (PTI) Amid growing unrest over the alleged incidents of sacrilege and pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Sikh hardliners in Punjab today demanded immediate removal of five high priests, including Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh.
Members of the organisations led by Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhumma met Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal and asked them to immediately remove the five Sikh high priests “as they have lost the confidence of Sikhs” following the pardon to Dera Sirsa head.
They also reiterated their demand to arrest the “real culprits” behind the incidents of sacrilege.
The religious crisis in Punjab continues with the Panj Pyaras (five beloved of the Guru) and the jathedars failing to resolve the conflict over pardon to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.

Sikhs to hold ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ on November 10

Moga, Oct 29 (PTI) Sikhs owing allegiance to different organisations,
including hardliners today announced to hold ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ (congregation of Sikhs) on November 10 at Amritsar to take a final call on issues pertaining to religious body Akal Takht and sacrilege incidents in the state.
‘Sarbat Khalsa’ will be held as per Sikh tradions, code of conduct and philosophy, United Akali DAl President Mohkam Singh and All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) head Karnail Singh said here.
Refuting the critiques of such a congregation, the Sikh leaders made it clear that ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ convened for November 10, a day ahead of Deepawali, is being held as per the Sikh traditions and code.
They said that Sikhs will be holding a meeting at Jalandhar on October 31 to give final touches for the ‘Sarbat Khalsa’.
“For this a committee has been set up,” they asserted.
They also asked Sikh scholars and intellectuals to attend the October 31 meeting at Jalandhar where they can give their suggestions to Sikh organizations.
‘Sarbat Khalsa’ would also decide the working of the high priests
of five temporal seats of Sikhs, they added.

378 companies sign deal with Punjab with MOU worth Rs 1.15 lakh crores

Progressive Punjab Investors Summit 2015









SAS NAGAR (Mohali) October 29:
Punjab is all set to meet the foreign craze of its citizens especially in the Doaba and Malwa area by providing them capsule training program with proper certificate/degree that would enable them to seek work visa in Australia, US, Saudi Arabia and other labour deficient countries. The unique feature of new policy decision is training a youth keeping in view the specific requirement of each country, making the youth employable and working out linkage with foreign companies for ready immigration and work visa formalities in those countries. The Punjab is worried about mushrooming illegal travel agents that were luring the youth with false promising of work visa and dumping them in un-known countries after fleecing their hard earned money. The new policy decision would systemize the procedure besides fulfilling the urge of Punjabis to work across the shores.
Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal Technical Education Minister appreciating the innovative ideas said that Punjab since ages has led the nation and skill development would make Punjab leading state of the country.
The session also sign MoU by Uber to train 50000 female and 50000 male driver that would be trained in driving English speaking and etiquettes and these drivers would be employed in other states as per increasing requirement of radio taxies in other states. The drivers would be certified and would be eligible to work abroad for heavy duty vehicles especially in USA and Canada. The Punjab would also train over 1 lakh youth in construction industry that would make them employment in gulf countries especially in the Saudi-Arabia and upcoming multi-billion projects in the state.
While addressing Special Session during the concluding Day of Investors Summit being organized by Punjab Government, President Uber India Mr. Amit Jain revealed that out these one lakh drivers to be trained by the company, 50,000 would beWomen drivers
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal said that Skill development is one of the essential ingredients for India’s future economic growth as the country transforms into a diversified and internationally-competitive economy. India has placed Skill development right on top of the national priorities, and has very recently launched the new skill mission. He said that though there have been multiple central and state government initiatives for skill development, however, there is still a lot of scope of improvement. Inviting Private Sector, he said that Private sector with its industry expertise and targeted approach can play a very critical role in shaping the skills agenda of the country by making it more aligned towards the industry requirements. He said that Punjab stands 3rd in India with respect to the Education Development Index (EDI) by the United Nations and has an established base with a ready pool of technically skilled talent. Mr. Mittal said that these include 111 engineering colleges, 137 polytechnics and 371 ITI’s which insure that the industry demand for talent in the state is met. 34 Centers of Excellence, under the ITI scheme, established in different sectors of technology.
The Minister also said that the Government of Punjab has been successfully facilitating the private player’s participation in setting up industry focused skill development centers in the state. He said that Private players such as Vardhman and Tata have set up a full fledge training centers in Punjab. In addition, Centrum, Genisis, NASSCOM etc. are working with the Punjab Government in a comprehensive manner.
Prominent amongst others who were spoke on the occasion included Founder Teamlease Mr. Manish Sabharwal, President Centurion University Orissa Dr.MuktiKhanna Mishra, CEO and Director Centrum Learning Ltd. Mr. SanjeevDugal, MD Class India Mr. SrinivasKamisetty and CEOI Automotive Skill Development Council Mr. Sunil K Chaturvedi.

Udhampur attack mastermind Abu Quasim killed

Srinagar, Oct 29 (PTI) A top commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba and mastermind of Udhampur terror attack Abu Qasim was killed in an encounter with army today in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

Security forces launched an operation in Khandipora village of Kulgam following information about presence of Qasim, an army official said.

He said a fierce gun battle broke out at 2.00 am, leading to death of Qasim.

Sukhbir Badal’s “can do spirit” receives kudos from industry czars


All corporate honchos praise Mr Badal’s can do spirit and ability to deliver on his promises

ISB, Mohali (SAS Nagar), October 28 – Today was not only a red letter day for Punjab but also for Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. The Deputy CM won kudos from industry czars who lauded his can do spirit as well as his ability to deliver on his promises.

Lets see what corporate honchos said about Punjab and Sukhbir Badal’s leadership:

Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani:”The deputy cm has not only taken our suggestions but implemented them also”.

Hero MotoCorp Joint MD Sunil Kant Munjal:”We appreciate your “can do” spirit”.

ITC Chairman YC Daveshwar while appreciating Mr Sukhbir Badal’s decision to waive off all input taxes on food processing industry, said this had not been done to help ITC but the people of Punjab. He said Mr Badal had shrewdly realised the employment opportunities that would be created by this move as well as the buoyancy the new industry would give to the State’s economy. “This shows the Deputy CM’s commitment to the people of Punjab”, he added.

Industry veteran Rahul Bajaj of Bajaj Group while speaking at the investment summit, said proper planning had resulted in the success the State was achieving. He said Mr Badal had come up with the right incentives which were needed to steer the State’s investment story.
Mr Ajay Piramal MD of Piramal Group said he had not seen anyone with the same dynamism and ability to get the job done as was the case with Mr Badal. He said “if I had the same capability I would have done much better in my business”.

Mrs Chanda Kochhar, CEO ICICI said the manner in which Punjab had moved to attract investment clearly showed Mr Badal’s passion and determination to accelerate development of Punjab. She said Punjab had made very relevant promises in the first summit in 2013 and followed it up with processes which had made ease of doing business a reality in Punjab. Mrs Kochhar also lauded the fact that all the promises made by the State had been fulfilled.
Mr Ajay Singh, CMD Spice Jet, said “I wish we had someone like him when we tried to rebuild Spice Jet airlines”. Mr GVK Reddy Chairman and MD of GVK Group said “Mr Sukhbir Badal had a hands on approach in helping us implement our project and also monitored its progress at regular intervals”. Mr Malvinder Mohan Singh of Fortis Healthcare while appreciating the presentation made by the Deputy CM, said he was personally delighted by Mr Badal’s vision as well as implementation and execution of the commitments made by the State. EOM

No taxes on new food precessing industries:Sukhbir Badal

#Invest in the best is the slogan for Punjab
#Punjab is the best place to live longer says the deputy chief minister.

Punjab investors summit starts with participation of Poland, Korea, France and China

Highlights of the summit#day 1#

#It is a truly global summit with participation from various countries including Poland Korea China France.

#Government is determined to make Punjab favoured destination for investments.

#Deputy Chief Mjnister Sukhbir Singh Badal: now today’s biggest religion of world is economics where all barriers have gone

#It is investors time as Inspectors Raaj has ended We made five promises in first summit in 2013We have today in India best of infrastructure among all States Various problems blockades and corruption were prevalent.

We created one department Invest Punjab Powers of 23 departments have been given to Invest Punjab
It is why RBI has given Punjan number one ranking for investments
All clearances are given in 30 days

#Since last summit we have received investments worth RS 42000 crores Punjab has Reliance ITC, ITC will set up food parks Punjab is now Power surplus.

#We have invested DS 48000 crores alone in power sector

Punjab set to host second Investors Summit at Mohali

Mohali, Oct 27 (PTI) Seeking to promote itself as best investment destination, Punjab is all set to host the two-day long ‘Progressive Punjab Investors Summit’ starting here tomorrow amid elaborate security arrangements.
“All the arrangements have been made for the investors summit which will commence tomorrow,” Punjab Industry Minister Madan Mohan Mittal said today.

Focusing on attracting investments in manufacturing, IT, agro-processing, health-care, bio-sciences etc fields, the state government is offering a slew of incentives including cheap power to new investors at Rs 4.90 per unit for five years, VAT retention, exemption from stamp duty, electricity duty as per 2013 industrial policy, to attract fresh investments in second edition of summit.
“The focus area will be to attract investment in various verticals including IT, food processing, plywood etc. Our intention is to promote industrial segment which creates employment generation,” the minister said.
Among major initiatives taken by the state government to promote industrial investments in the state was single window clearance for all permissions, pre-cleared industrial sites to enable investors to set up projects at once, surplus power, international airport at Mohali and better road connectivity, officials said.
Big corporate honchos including Mukesh Ambani, Malwinder Mohan Singh,
Rahul Bajaj, Ajay Piramal, GVK Reddy, Ajit Gulabchand, Sunil Munjal,
Chanda Kochhar are expected to participate in this mega event, they said.
Besides, the summit will also see the participation of delegates
from Poland, South Korea, China, among other countries for business

SGPC cautions Sikhs against ‘designs’ of anti-social elements

Chandigarh, Oct 27 (PTI) Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar today cautioned Sikhs against the designs of some forces bent upon vitiating peace in the state.
He said being president of the SGPC, he was highly concerned over the situation as the image of the Sikhs was being dented.
The SGPC chief said the situation demanded that sentiments be “controlled and restrain observed”.
Makkar said the situation was disturbed and the Sikh sentiments had been hurt due to the activities of some “anti-Panthic elements” who desecrated Guru Granth Sahib at several places in the state.
“No Sikh could tolerate it. The SGPC shared the same feelings of hurt and anger,” he said.
He said they were Sikhs first and then employees or members of the SGPC.
Makkar appealed to the Sikhs against manhandling of SGPC members as they were their elected representatives. He felt such actions might lead to divisions in the Sikh society.
He appealed to the Sikhs to ensure safety of shrines so that such
antisocial elements could not succeed in their nefarious designs.

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