Let’s unite, support and fight against SYL

Punjab government has cleared its stand against SYL and launched the signature campaign against the construction of canal. The ruling SAD-BJP government holding a mega rally at Moga against SYL. People of Punjab should unite for the common cause.

One should be firmed to support the agitation and it should not be linked politically. The issue is related with the water situation of Punjab. The majority of farmers use tube wells for irrigation and river water is not sufficient for the state.

Even the reports of various organisations revealed that Punjab facing water shortage. When Punjab is facing through the water crisis then the construction of SYL will spoil the state. How come it is possible to share water with other state when Punjab facing water crisis?

When the concept of SYL was initiated and the project got a green signal, the SAD party opposed it strongly. There is no question of sharing the water with neighboring state. The ruling SAD put its hard efforts to oppose the SYL.

The signature campaign was launched by SAD against SYL and CM Prakash Singh Badal signed the petition first. It is expected that 30 lakhs farmers will sign the campaign. SAD party holding a mega rally at Moga on December 8. Punjabis should participate in the rally.

After all, the agitation against SYL is for the entire farming community. Agriculture is the backbone of state’s economy and if SYL is built then the farming will be destroyed in the state. So, all the residents along with the farmers should support the common cause.

Everyone should think beyond politics and get ready to make sacrifices for Punjab water. If SYL built, it would ruin the agriculture of Punjab. It’s the people of the state who make their state prosperous. So, don’t forget as our state demands our sacrifice. The time has come to show the mettle. Let’s unite, support, fight against SYL. Reach Moga.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) starts signature compaign against SYL Canal

The Ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has come out with the “appeal” from Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal seeking intervention by President Pranab Mukherjee that is to be signed by 25 lakh farmers seeking justice on river waters issue. The “appeal” especially refers to the injustice done to the state under Section 78 of the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966.

All the 25 lakh forms are to be signed by December 8 (the birthday of S. Parkash Singh Badal), when the party has decided to organize a massive rally at Moga. The signed forms are to the handed over to the President of India.

The SAD committee has decided to take all the preventive steps to save the water of Punjab. The Punjab Chief Minister S. Parkash Singh Badal himself signed the first specially printed form to launch the campaign at his official residence in Chandigarh.

The Punjab Cabinet ministers led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also met President Pranab Mukherjee, urging him not to accept the opinion of the Supreme Court on the SYL canal. The delegation called on Mukherjee on the heels of a meeting of an all-party delegation from Haryana with him (Mukherjee) on the SYL Canal issue. The delegation urged the President that nothing should be done to deprive the people of Punjab of their rights with regards to river waters.

Ahead of forthcoming assembly election in Punjab early next year, the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President Captain Amarinder Singh has raised a political storm by announcing that all Congress legislatures and MPs from state would resign if the verdict goes against Punjab. This entire resignation drama has been unnecessarily created by the Congress party. The AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal is remaining silent on the issue. Since, he is from Haryana; he is in favor of the SYL Canal.

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has always opposed the construction of SYL canal. On this issue, the role of the Shiromani Akali Dal, and that of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, particularly, has always been sincere.

Golden Temple Gets Plaza Entrance

Punjab government is set to change the face of holy city Amritsar. Sukhbir Singh Badal started the beautification project of Amritsar which includes the Golden Temple Plaza gate, basements with all the necessities.  Golden gate plaza is 8,250 sq ft marbled plaza opposite the clock tower entrance. The plaza project is worth Rs 130 crore which includes galleries, heritage walk.

The plaza has enhanced the look of the shrines. It has given a mesmerizing look to the entrance with beautiful white marble. Not just that it has all the facilities that the tourists and residents will require.  3D galleries are also a centre of attraction.

Balraj Singh, District Tourist Officer says: “The plaza project will boost tourism in the holy city. It will facilitate tourists by offering a package of knowledge, information and convenience. The techno-galleries and interpretation centres will provide an altogether different experience not only to the adults but to children also with 3-D effects. They will love to learn about the Golden Temple and the rich Sikh history. Besides, the plaza will offer public utility services such as travel guide, ATMs and a lounge.”

In the second phase of the plaza, a number of facilities are to come up in the basement. Among the underground facilities are a state-of-the-art interpretation and information centre for tourists, VIP lounge, bank, ATM, airlines and railway inquiry, a multipurpose hall, security and services area, toilets and other public conveniences.

Amritsar Gets War Memorial To Honor The Sacrifices of Punjabi Brave Hearts

Punjab government built ‘Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum’ in Amrtisar. The project covers the heroism and sacrifices of our soldiers and officers for the nation. Punjab Chief Minister S. Prakash Singh Badal dedicated the beautiful monument that shows our warriors, heroes and martyrs to the nation. The cost of the project is Rs 130 crore, which captures the 2000 years of history of Punjab.

The museum covers the heroism and sacrifices on the scared land of Punjab from the days of Alexander the Great up to the Kargil war and the ongoing proxy war. With this it also includes the origins of ‘Miri Piri’ which evolved at the time of the sixth Guru, Guru Hargobhind Singh Ji.

Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum is spread over a stretch of 7 acres on the Amritsar-Attari road with 45 metre high stainless steel sword forms which illustrates the heroic deeds of brave warriors from state who fought to protect our country.

Punjab has been known for their courage and strength. Punjab has fought against Mughal & Afghan invaders, sacrificied their life for faith and protected our country. Punjabis have always been in the front whenever the country needed it. The Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum is the best way to pay tribute the nations heroes.

A Step towards Empowering Youth, Leadership Camps Organized For Punjab Youth in Manali

On August 27, Youth Service Department of Punjab started a 10 days Youth Leadership Training camps for the overall personality development of the youth of the sate. The Training took place in Nagar near Manali. Around 200 students from the universities and colleges across the state are participating in this camp which was inaugurated.

The camp was inaugurated by the renowned mountaineer of the country and the director of Track India Sh. Naresh Sharma. During the inaugural ceremony Sh. Sharma talked about how adventurous activities play an instrumental role in the personality development of the youth and encouraged the youth to be physically fit. He added that this knowledge and experience you gain from these camps is not something you can attain in the classroom.

While addressing the youth, Assistant Director of Youth Service Punjab, Charanjeet Singh said there will be 10 such camps organized by the state will December and intend to train 2000 young boys and girls, with this the government is also organizing Interstate Tours and Hiking Tracking camps for the personality development of Youth as they can learn a lot about leadership and working in groups.

Camp Commandant Guru Darshan Singh Bhai said that the motive behind organizing such camps is to make youth aware of leadership qualities and address the drug menance and high addiction rate , also discuss other important issues like environment protection, corruption and service towards humanity.

Punjab is going International

29 year old Ishvinder Singh, a project engineer in an aerospace company recently launched an app that explores the Sikh’s history in Singapore.  Ishvinder and his team of 3 members took three years in putting together this Sikh Heritage Trail app. The app aims to cover a trail of Sikhs imprisoned in 1850 in Singapore. The app is available for both android and iOS platform.

The trail also included the cover of the late Maharaj Singh who fought against British Raj with bravery and planned revolts with his followers. He was jailed in 1850 and died in 1856. Other trails include Sepoy lines, where Indian soldiers in the British Raj built their barracks.

This isn’t the only international connection that Punjab has, Punjab’s film industry has been developing at an amazing pace and is going to an international level now, the first- ever Virasat International Punjabi Film Festival was organized in Melbourne, Australia by SanjhiAwaaz Radio and Hundal Flims. Many political personalities from India and Australia took part in the festival which included  Tony Abbott, former Australian Prime Minister and business personalities Binnu Dhillon, Harsish verma.

The festival promoted the talents from Punjab and gave space to treasure the language by younger generation and the festival also showcased short films and documentaries that focus to embrace the artistic aspect of Punjabi language and culture.

Punjab’s Preet Nagar, a community created by artists

Punjab’s one of the best kept secret is Preet Nagar also known as the town of love was set up by artists, poets and writers, in the pre-Partition era. The town is 20kms from Amritsar, It is spread over 175 acres started as a social experiment, a “uthopia”. It was founded in the pre-Partition days by Punjabi writer and poet Gurbaksh Singh, who saw universal kinship and self reliance as a philosophy for this town.

Many leading artists and intellectuals were drawn to join this community like Punjabi novelist Nanak Singh, artist Sobha Singh, actor Balraj Sahni were few of those artists. According to Khalsa College professor Dr Sukhbeer Singh, “Preet Nagar is not a pind or a village which was established by a king or a saint. It was established by artistes and intellectuals. It created excellent writers and poets like Mohinder Singh Randhawa, Amrita Pritam, Shiv Kumar Bhattalvi, Piara Singh Data, Naurang Singh, Narinder Singh. All of them lived in Preet Nagar. ”

The Preet Nagar community was forced to disperse after it was not able to withstand blows by partition and years of terrorism in Punjab. However, an artist residency programme has been launched to share the rich history of Preet Nagar. Between September to March, artists are invited to work on creative projects to engage the community.

Ratika Singh, Creative Director of Preet Nagar Residency, explains: “It is something that we crave for at the moment, which is to see a community that lives as a community, does things together, feels things together. A space where there is no judgement, where you can just come and work, discuss, talk and really feel like you can do something.”