Parkash Singh Badal

'Overwhelmed' Badal says Padma award for all Punjabis

Parkash Singh BadalChandigarh : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said he was "overwhelmed with feelings of boundless humility" at being chosen for this year's Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour of the country.

The chief minster dedicated the award to "millions of humble and hardworking people toiling in farms, shops, offices and homes in villages and cities to make India a better place to live in."

Calling this an honour bestowed on the people of Punjab, Badal said, "This is an honour bestowed on the proud and patriotic people of Punjab who have always braved heavy odds to remain sword arm and the breadwinners for their fellow countrymen."

Badal meets Rajnath Singh over abducted Indians in Iraq

Parkash-Singh-BadalNew Delhi, June 19 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here today and requested him to do his best to bring back Indians stranded in Iraq.

"I have requested Rajnath Singh to do his best to bring back our people stranded in Iraq, and we know they are doing their best," said Badal.

"Any steps that can be taken, so that the Indians stranded in Iraq are released should be taken immediately," he added.

After meeting Singh, Badal will be meeting External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on the issue.

Prakash Singh Badal to call on PM, submit state development plan to Centre

Parkash-Singh-BadalBathinda: Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal today said he would soon call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submit a comprehensive plan for the overall development of the state.

Badal said that he had already directed state government officers to prepare a detailed plan to be submitted to the Prime Minister so that maximum benefit could be taken from the grants under the various central schemes.

Funds under the various central schemes needs to be roped in for accelerating the pace of development in the state, for which the state government would not leave any stone unturned, he said.

Show no haste on Article 370: Badal

Parkash-Singh-BadalChandigarh, May 30 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday said no decision on Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, should be taken in haste.

Advocating an amicable solution of issues like Article 370, Badal, the patron of the Shiromani Akali Dal which is part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), said all concerned should be involved in such a decision.

Only one family has benefited in Punjab: Rahul

Rahul-GandhiBathinda (Punjab), April 28 : Attacking Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's family, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday said only one family had progressed and benefited in Punjab while the rest of the state could not progress much.

"We (Congress) unite everyone and make them part of progress. It is not that only two-three families should progress and other people remain poor. In Punjab, only one family has benefited," Gandhi said, without naming the Badals, at a rally for Congress-backed candidate Manpreet Singh Badal on the last day of campaigning.

Punjab to host agriculture summit in February

Parkash-Singh-BadalChandigarh, Dec 26 : After the successful conduct of its investors summit for industry, the Punjab government Thursday announced that it will now hold an agriculture summit in the state in February next year.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced that the agriculture summit will be a five-day affair starting Feb 16 at the Chappar Chiri village in Mohali, 20 km from here.

This is the first time that a mega agricultural event, the "Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit-2014", is being held in the state.

Badals meet president, seek clemency for Bhullar

Pranab-Mukherjee-Parkash-Singh-BadalNew Delhi, April 18 : A delegation of Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Thursday met President Pranab Mukherjee to seek clemency for the 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar.

The chief minister, along with his son and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal -- who is also the Akali Dal chief, met the president at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

Punjab to develop Sikh circuit tourism

Parkash-Singh-BadalChandigarh, Feb 6 : In a significant move aimed at boosting religious tourism in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today approved the Sikh Circuit Tourism plan of Rs. 250 crore.

A decision to this effect was taken by Badal while presiding over a high level meeting of Sikh scholars, historians and representatives of the SGPC besides officers of the tourism and local government departments here at his official residence this morning.

Badal directed the state tourism department to submit a detailed report at the earliest, and to achieve the recommendations made therin.

Punjab CM Badal praises Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat’s efforts to promote world peace and brotherhood

Parkash-Singh-BadalQadian (Punjab), Dec 31 : In a message delivered on behalf Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Sardar Sewa Singh Sekhawan, a former state government minister, conveyed the former's greetings to the community for their 121st Annual Convention in Qadian and also praised the community's efforts for world peace and brotherhood.

He also expressed his deep desire for His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Head of the worldwide community to visit Punjab once again for the convention and bless everyone here.

SAD has every right to participate in DSGMC’s affairs: Badal

SAD has every right to participate in DSGMC’s affairs: BadalReacting to Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit's suggestion that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) should keep off Delhi gurdwaras' matters, SAD leader and Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has justified his party's meddling in DSGMC's affairs.

Badal said they had the right to meddle in matters of DSGMC because SAD had fought amd made sacrifices during gurdwara reforms movement following which SGPC and DSGMC were formed.

Punjab Govt Unveils Doorstep Healthcare Scheme

Punjab Govt Unveils Doorstep Healthcare SchemeA plan to offer healthcare at the doorstep of villagers suffering from illnesses such as cancer and water-borne diseases was introduced by the Punjab administration on Saturday.

The state administration along with Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited made announcement about the 'Sanjeevan Swasthya Sewa' by flagging off 10 specially-designed healthcare vans from Mirjeana village adjoining the Haryana border.

Punjab CM Declares Sultanpur Lodhi As ‘Holy Town’

Parkash Singh BadalThe Punjab administration has given in-principle nod to announced Sultanpur Lodhi in Kapurthala region as a holy town considering its religious and historical value.

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal took the decision on Friday during a meeting of the Sultanpur Lodhi development board.

According to a government representative, "Badal has directed the revenue department officials to finalise the modalities to declare Sultanpur Lodhi as holy town at the earliest. He has also asked the chairman of Punjab Powercom to provide 24-hour uninterrupted power supply in the town."

Medical Reg. Act gets green signal from Punjab Govt.

Medical Reg. Act gets green signal from Punjab Govt.The much anticipated Medical Registration Act, which was pending for long struggling to seek an amendment, has finally got a nod from the Punjab government, confirmed the state's Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal.

Punjab government today gave consent to alter the Punjab Medical Registration Act of 1916 in order to make the act "far more relevant and broad-based" with regard to the present state.

Badal Urges PM To Set Up Farm Science Institute In Ludhiana

Badal Urges PM To Set Up Farm Science Institute In LudhianaPunjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urged Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to establish the proposed Borlaug Institute for South Asia at Ladhowal, in Punjab's Ludhiana region.

In a note to PM, Badal said that the Nobel laureate and father of the green revolution Norman E. Borlaug was intimately associated with Punjab.

Badal wrote that the funtionaries of Punjab Agricultural University (in Ludhiana) and many people of Punjab still memorize Borlaug with great honor and warmth.

Punjab announces Rs.5 lakh grant for Australia attack victims

Parkash Singh BadalChandigarh, Jan 11 : The Punjab government Monday announced a Rs. 500,000 grant to the kin of the two youth killed in suspected racial attacks in Australia earlier this month.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced the grant to the family of Nitin Garg and Ranjot Singh who were killed in racial attacks by unidentified assailants in Australia last week.

While Nitin was stabbed to death in Melbourne city, the body of Ranjot was found in New South Wales province. Nitin was cremated in Jagraon town, 160 km from here, Sunday.

Badals meet Australian high commissioner, seek security of Punjabis

Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal Chandigarh/New Delhi, Jan 6 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is deputy chief minister, Wednesday met Australian High Commissioner to India Peter Varghese, and sought immediate steps to ensure safety of Punjabi students and immigrants in that country.

The meeting by the Badals and their delegation with the high commissioner follows the death of two Punjabi youth in Australia in recent days. The attacks are being suspected to be racially motivated.

Ensure Punjabi youths' safety in Australia, PM urged

Parkash Singh Badal, Manmohan SinghChandigarh, Jan 4 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure the safety of youths from the state studying or working in Australia, following the killing of a youth in Melbourne Saturday.

"Badal has urged the prime minister to ensure the safety and security of Punjabi youths who had gone to Australia to pursue higher education or for other vocations," a government spokesperson said here Monday.

Punjab may adopt Tamil Nadu's healthcare model

Parkash Singh Badal Chandigarh, Dec 29 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Tuesday asked officials to examine the feasibility of adopting the Tamil Nadu healthcare model in the state to ensure better procurement of high quality medicines and equipment.

The review committee, which was constituted by Badal in 2007, assigned the work of detailed study of health institutions working under the Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC), in the 10 districts of the state, to the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare
(NIHFW), New Delhi.

Punjab to set up IT-knowledge park

Punjab to set up IT-knowledge parkChandigarh, Dec 28 : Punjab would have a self-contained integrated Information Technology (IT) and knowledge industry park at Rajpura town in Patiala district, an official said Monday.

Spread over an area of 1,276 acres, the IT hub would be the first facility of its kind being offered by the state for investment.

The decision to establish the IT park was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here Monday.

Badal assures anti-Sikh riots' victims of help

Parkash Singh BadalChandigarh, Dec 24 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has assured the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the state of all government assistance, as also allotment of vending booths and low income group (LIG) and medium income group (MIG) dwellings to the eligible beneficiaries, an official said Thursday.

"Booths, as well as LIG and MIG dwelling units, will be allotted to genuine claimants at Mohali, Patiala and Ludhiana at very reasonable rates in accordance with the policy guidelines of the state government," an official spokesperson said.

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