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1  General / Amritsar City / Amritsar city’s sewerage system to be revamped
 on: 20. Sep 2009 at 11:15 
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Amritsar city’s sewerage system to be revamped
Published on Saturday, September 19, 2009 by A Kaur
Amritsar, Punjab: The outdated and often-clogged, age-old sewerage system of the holy city, carrying water sullage for the past many decades, will soon be revamped .
The Rs 360-crore project is likely to start from the next year as the central and state governments have principally approved of the upgradation of the system. Under the project, 480 km of sewerage system would be constructed to replace the old system.
The Commissioner, MC, D.P.S. Kharbanda, said a Japanese bank had principally agreed to finance and fund the ambitious project, which would streamline the working of the system and help improve the sanitation and hygiene of the holy city.
He said the project would be handled by the Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board, the nodal agency appointed by the state government.
He said Amritsar was the only city in the state, which had got this approval and the project would be funded by a foreign bank. He said three sullage and sewerage treatment plants would be established in different locations of the city to treat the water, which would be recycled.
He said the corporation and the state government would partially provide funds while the Japanese bank would provide the major funding.
Source: TNS
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2  General / Vikas Manch Amritsar / Revealing the Invisible Heritage of Panjab
 on: 24. Aug 2009 at 18:31 
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Revealing the Invisible Heritage of Panjab
For the first time ever a searchable collection of millions of rare pages on the Sikhs and the region of Panjab has been made available. Panjab Digital Library (PDL) will include texts of manuscripts, books, magazines, newspapers and photographs and will be available to anyone with Internet access at www.PanjabDigiLib.org. This launch was made possible in part by The Nanakshahi Trust and the Sikh Research Institute (SikhRI).
PDL has been in development since 2003, charged with a mission to select, collect, preserve, digitize and make accessible the accumulated wisdom of Panjab. Texts were included without distinction as to script, language, religion, nationality, or other human condition.
 “Since long, preservation of heritage, research and education have been a victim of apathy in Panjab; more so, in the last century. With the launch of the online digital library, we have tried to fill some of that gap.  PDL is a humble offering to the community what it lost 25 years ago,” said Harinder Singh, co-founder and executive director of SikhRI who also serves on PDL board. “Scholars will be able to access a wide variety of information concealed in the manuscripts and other literature of the region with the click of a mouse sitting in the comfort of their homes. This is essential to the growth of Sikh and Panjab studies and its meaningful representation in the fast-changing modern world.”  
Digitization technology brings with it untold benefits for heritage preservation and access. Once a document has been properly digitized it becomes immortal and can remain accessible long after the original has ceased to exist. The option of digital access further aids in preservation of originals through reduced need for physical handling. The central digital archive which the PDL has developed over the last six years allows for wide electronic access to the public and will help the researcher to search, browse and sift through vast amounts of data in seconds.
According to Davinder Pal Singh, PDL’s co-founder and executive director, “PDL will break many barriers which currently restrict a conventional library. Information is decentralized, through its shared storage and access model, thus enabling utilization of a single resource concurrently by multiple users all over the world. On a local note, assuming that every household will possibly have a computer within the next ten years, PDL holds great promises for the people of Panjab especially.”
“To date, PDL has been instrumental in digitally preserving over 2.5 million folios from 3,400 manuscripts, 2,200 books, 1,990 issues of periodicals, 5,578 issues of newspapers, 3,152 photographs, 248,000 legal documents and some 168 hours of video recordings,” commented Gurvinder Singh, PDL’s US Coordinator. The current collection of data amounts to about 15,000 GB of available information.
Among others, major institutional collections digitized to date include SGPC, DSGMC, Government Museum and Art Gallery Chandigarh, Chief Khalsa Diwan, Panjab Languages Department, and Kurukshetra University. Critical works of significant importance from the personal collections of Prof. Pritam Singh, Dr. Man Singh Nirankari, Dr. Kirpal Singh, Dr. Madanjit Kaur and Prof. Gurtej Singh are also available at PDL.
“PDL is the only non-profit, non-governmental organization to have initiated a digitization project for the preservation and upkeep of Panjab archives, and perhaps the only one in India” said Gurnihal Singh Pirzada Director, PDL’s board member. “PDL has undertaken rigorous research and laid solid ground work in order to be in the best possible position for this launch.  Projects around the globe were closely studied as models for establishing a successful digitization project. Internationally recognized benchmarks were referred to and complied with,” he further said.
PDL is an ongoing project in its early stages and the collection will grow substantially in coming years. New titles are being digitized everyday and the Web site will be updated with new features and titles on monthly basis. PDL staff will be adding at least 50,000 pages per week to the Web site’s collection.
Contact Person: Davinder Pal Singh
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3  General / Amritsar Portal / www.AmritsarvelaRadio.com
 on: 02. Aug 2009 at 15:27 
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Hi I am emailing to say that this is such an amazing website that you have created, that helps communities all over the world to be closer to Amritsar Sahib, and Harmandir Sahib. I am the GM for Amrit Vela Radio, www.amritvelaradio.com , and our Director is Lucky Dhillon who you have probably known off www.luckydhillon.com . Both of our websites could help each other, and I would be happy to put a link of your website on ours and it will be great if you could put a link of our website on yours, so we can encourage and support each other to give the message off waheguru to the world. We are the first Gurbani programme internationally and have won numerous awards, which you can look at on our website.  
Please do keep it touch.
Wahe Guru Ji Ka Khalsa
Wahe Guru Ji Ki Fateh
Sardar Gulbir Singh.
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4  General / Amritsar City / Punjab Government step motherly treating Amritsar
 on: 24. Jul 2009 at 10:53 
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Punjab Government step motherly treating Amritsar International Airport - AVM
Amritsar, 23 July (                             ) - Amritsar Vikas Manch  has blamed the Punjab Govt. of biased and step motherly treatment towards the Amritsar International Airport. In a joint press note Prof. Mohan Singh Manch Patron and Sh. Amrit Lal Mannan General Secretary said that Punjab Govt. is worried for the Mohali  Airport and is least bothered for the Amritsar airport. The Manch leaders added that the Punjab Govt. instantly provided  eleven hundred Crores rupees in the budget for the Mohali Airport but has not bothered to spare evien a single penny for Amritsar Airport . the Punjab Govt has acquired 300 acres of land for the Mohali Airport at an exorbitant price of 450 Crores in a record time of three to four months and  handed it over to the Airport Authority of India. While on the other hand the required acquisition of only 44 acres of land  costing only 20-22 Crores for the Amritsar airport is hanging for the last two years, thanks to the anti Amritsar policy of the Punjab Govt.  
One fails to understand the over anxious stance of the Punjab Govt. for the introduction of International flight from Chandigarh while both the Chandigarh administration and Haryana Govt. are silent or not so active. The Mohali airport will not be beneficial to the Punjab State rather it will encourage shifting of Punjab Industry to Baddi and other areas of Himachal and Haryana. The biased attitude of the Punjab Govt. is also evident from the fact that Punjab Govt. is taking series of meetings at chief secretary level for the introduction of International flights from Chandigarh. But the Govt. has not taken even a single meeting for the resumption of Singapore and Jet Airways flights from Amritsar Airport. Some even doubt intention of the Punjab Govt. that it may persuade Singapore Airlines to start its flights from Chandigarh.
Redressal of problems being faced by the Amritsar Airport has not taken with the     A.A.I, Customs and the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The matter of reducing parking and landing charges, compensation of air cargo complex and other issues related to the new terminal building have not been redressed. The Manch leaders have appealed to the Punjab Chief Minister to prevail upon Singapore Airlines and Jet Airways to resume their flights from Amritsar International Airports and also take up the other matters of the Amritsar Airport with the Central Govt.
(Amrit Lal Mannan)
Gen. Secretary  
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5  General / Flights to Amritsar / Re: Qatar Airways to run Flights to Amritsar.
 on: 13. Jun 2009 at 14:27 
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Amritsar June 11 (ANI): Punjab's Amritsar city would soon be linked to Qatar with the commencement of first direct flight from here to Doha city, courtesy Qatar Airways.
The Qatar Airways would be the first Airlines from Middle East airlines that will connect holy city Amritsar, the city of Golden Temple.
Qatar Airways currently operates 56 flights a week between Qatar and India with daily non-stop services to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode.
The addition of Amritsar and Goa will take Qatar Airways' Indian capacity to 64 flights a week.
Sources said that Qatar Airways had advanced the launch of its two new Indian routes to Goa and Amritsar, which are now scheduled for October in time for the busy winter holidays.
Scheduled flights from Doha to Amritsar city will be launched on October 11 ahead of Diwali, the festival of lights.
On October 25, Goa will be connected to Doha city.
Sources informed that both routes would be operational non-stop four times a week from the airline's hub in Doha.
The two-class Airbus A320s will be used on the routes.
The Doha-Amritsar flight will depart here on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sundays at 9.40 p.m.
Meanwhile sources at Airport informed that another Tehran based "Mahan Airlines" would also be commencing its flights from Amritsar in the first week of July. It would connect Amritsar to Tehran, U.K. , Germany and Dubai with its services. Mahan Airlines would operate three times in a week.
There are about 90 domestic and an International flights operating from Raja Sansi Airport at Amritsar. Due to lack of cargo and J class load, Singapore Airlines has withdrawn its service from Amritsar from February 4 this year
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6  General / Amritsar City / Amritsar hits 44.4deg C
 on: 03. Jun 2009 at 21:49 
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CHANDIGARH: Heat wave conditions on Wednesday intensified in the region, with sweltering heat sweeping Amritsar in Punjab at 44.4 degrees
While Amritsar was hotter by five degrees than normal, intense heat also prevailed in Ludhiana, which recorded a maximum of 43 degrees celsius, up by four degrees. There was no respite for Patiala residents either where mercury shot to 43.5 degrees celsius, four above normal, the Met said here.
Chandigarh recorded the season's highest maximum so far as mercury here rose to 42.2 degrees celsius, three degrees above normal.
In Haryana, Ambala experienced a hot day at 42 degrees celsius, up by three degrees while the high at Karnal settled at 41.8 C, two above normal. Hisar was hotter by a degree at 41 C.
Jammu also braved a hot day recording a high of 43.3 C, three above normal.
Meanwhile, the Met here said that maximum temperature today also witnessed an increase in the hills, with Shimla recording a high of 29.5 degrees celsius, six above normal. Una was the hottest place in H.P. recording a high of 42.4 C while Dharamsala also registered an above normal maximum at 34.8 C.
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7  General / Amritsar City / Amritsar Passport Office
 on: 22. May 2009 at 09:31 
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Link to the Amritsar Passport Office.
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8  General / Amritsar City / Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar has won election
 on: 17. May 2009 at 10:10 
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AMRITSAR:  SAD-BJP candidate Navjot Singh Sidhu from Amritsar has won election while defeating his nearest rival of Congress Om Parkash Soni. He has made a hat trick.
While winning election from Amritsar Sidhu made hat-trick, as earlier he remained two times winner from Amritsar  constituency with heavy margin but this time Sidhu won with narrow margin of 6858 while defeating Congress rival candidate Om Parkash Soni sitting MLA from Amritsar West Assembly segment.
However, Sidhu was declared winner, amidst chaos, since his rival candidate Soni requested for recounting before Election Returning officer cum Deputy Commissioner Amritsar Bhagwant Singh who while rejecting the request of Soni said that recounting would not be done since at the time of counting Soni’s agent were present in the counting centre.
However, Soni was being considered strong candidate by the Congress high command as he had already maintained hat-trick from Amritsar West Assembly segment which had made election contest for Sidhu quite tougher. Sidhu’s election was most important as senior BJP leader L.K Advani himself had spoken to alliance partner SAD Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to make sure the victory of BJP candidate from Amritsar. BJP kept keen interest in Sidhu’s victory since he was one of the star campaigners of BJP.
The credit of Sidhu’s victory goes to former cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia who was the overall incharge of Sidhu’s election campaign and succeeded to get lead more than ten thousand from Majitha assembly segment where Bikram himself is sitting MLA.
It is noteworthy here that on the persistence demand of BJP top leadership, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had appointed former cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia as a incharge of Sidhu’s  election campaign .
Earlier, first time, in the previous general parliament election Sidhu retained this seat with heavy margin while defeating the sitting Congress MP R.L. Bhatia (currently Governor Bihar). In 2007 Sidhu again contested election from Amritsar parliament seat as this seat went vacant after his resignation.
Sidhu had to resign when convicted in culpable homicide case for the period of three years by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. However, later on Supreme Court had extended relief while suspending his sentence till the final verdict of case, which paved way to Sidhu once again to contest election from Amritsar Parliament seat. Sidhu had won the election while defeating the then sitting Congress Finance Minister Surinder Singla with 77626 votes in the year of 2007.
Sidhu had to resign when convicted in culpable homicide case for the period of three years by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. However, later on Supreme Court has extended relief while suspending his sentence till the final verdict of case, which paved way to Sidhu once again to contest election from Amritsar Parliament seat.
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9  General / Amritsar City / Amritsar's big day: PM, Advani to address rallies
 on: 16. May 2009 at 11:06 
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AMRITSAR: As electioneering peaks in the last lap, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be running into NDA’s prime ministerial candidate L K
Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. (PTI Photo)
Advani in Amritsar on Monday, which will probably be a first in the course of their poll campaigning. The two leaders will address the Majha voters in this constituency.
According to Congress sources, Manmohan will address a public rally in Amritsar at 11 am, just when his rival for power would be doing the same a small distance away in Majitha, a stronghold of former cabinet minister Bikram Majithia.
During his brief halt here at 10.15, the PM will also address a rally at Ranjit Avenue before leaving at noon. Other stops on his itinerary include Khadoor Sahib where he will canvass for party candidate Rana Gurjit Singh. Congress legislative party president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who has mostly stayed away from campaigning, is likely to attend these rallies along with party’s campaign incharge Amarinder Singh.
Giving Advani company would be senior SAD leaders including chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal, as also BJP state president Rajinder Singh Bhandari. Advani will visit the Golden Temple and Durgiana Temple besides paying his homage to freedom fighters at Jallianwala Bagh.
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10  General / Business Portal / Re: Birmingham Coach Hire
 on: 16. May 2009 at 11:02 
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