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Punjab Cabinet approves plan to make Ludhiana a ‘Tourism Destination’

November 23rd, 2012

Punjab creates two new districts of Pathankot and Fazilka

July 27th, 2011

SOURCE: Punjab Newsline Network

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet today approved the creation of Fazilka and Pathankot as the new districts of the state following the recommendations of the committee of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Local Government Minister Tiksan Sud.
A decision to this effect was taken here at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal this evening.

Disclosing this here a spokesperson of the Punjab government said that with this decision the total number of districts in Punjab had gone up from 20 to 22. Newly created Fazilka district would consist of three sub-divisions viz Fazilka, Jalalabad and Abohar besides three sub-tehsils Arniwala Sheikh Suban, Sito Guno and Khuian Sarwar. Likewise, the Pathankot district would comprise two sub-divisions of Pathankot and Dharkalan along with two Sub-Tehsils namely Narot Jaimal Singh and Bamial. The cabinet also approved the creation of posts of officers as well as the ministerial staff for these two newly created districts according to the government norms.

The Cabinet also approved the upgradation of Sub-Tehsil Dharmkot in Moga district and Sub-Tehsil in Guru Harsahai in Ferozepur district as new sub-divisions besides giving approval for the creation of new posts for these newly upgraded sub-divisions.

The Cabinet also gave nod to promulgate ordinance for the establishment of Guru Ki Kashi Self Financed University at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district.

The Cabinet also approved to amend the Punjab Civil Services (Executive Branch) Rules 1976 to evolve a transparent criteria for the recruitment of the PCS (EB) officers from other categories of employees like District Revenue Officers (DROs), Tehsildaars, Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioners (AETCs), Block Development and Panchayat officers (BDPOs) and Ministerial Staff etc.

The Cabinet also gave go ahead to amend the various sections, sub sections and Preamble of Punjab Tax on Entry of Goods into Local Areas Act, 2000.

The Cabinet also gave approval for the creation of the post of ex-officio Vice Chairman in the Punjab ex-servicemen corporation.

Now here, now gone: Power plays hide ‘n’ seek in Ludhiana

July 13th, 2011

LUDHIANA: Sudden breakdown in two units of Ropar Thermal Plant around 11am on Tuesday played havoc with the lives of city residents who had to bear frequent electricity cuts till late in the evening. Following the collapse, the department had to shed load in the 220kv power sub-stations at Hambran and Ferozepur Road.

As a result, power was disrupted in areas like Rajguru Nagar, Model Town, Model Town Extension, Pakhowal Road, Punjab Mata Nagar, Gurdev Nagar, DC Complex, GT Road and Haibowal, apart from other adjoining areas. Cuts lasting 45 minutes to an hour were imposed after every 15 minutes in these places, making the hot and humid Tuesday even worse.

Expressing helplessness, engineer-in-chief of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) K L Sharma told Ludhiana, Times of India, ”There was sudden breakdown in the units of Ropar thermal plant on Tuesday morning due to which we had to shut them down in parts.”

He added that since power generation was affected, they were forced to impose cuts in various parts of the city.

With power supply playing hide and seek, residents had the going tough. A few areas of the city also bore the brunt of fluctuations and low voltage that damaged their appliances.

A businessman and resident of Model Town, Sunil Mehra, said, ”If there was a technical snag in thermal plant and power shedding was important, authorities could have imposed the breakdown in one go instead of frequent ones.”

Troubled with the outages, a student and resident of Sarabha Nagar, Silky Sharma, said the weather was humid and a shutdown after every 15 minutes was unbearable. ”The power board must upgrade the system. No attention is paid to emergency outages and this is the story of every summer,” she added.

Recipe of Karrah Prashad, the sacred Sikh pudding

March 7th, 2011

Karah Prashad is a sacred pudding made from equal parts of butter, sugar and flour which is prepared in the langar facility, and served during Gurdwara programs. Two freshly washed steel, or iron, cooking pots and a stirring spoon are needed for the preparation of prashad. Set aside a steel or iron bowl (batta) to receive cooked prashad.

Makes about 16 servings.
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 cup ghee or 1/2 lb unsalted butter (2 cubes)
  • 1 cup whole grain flour (atta)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • Preparation:
  1. Measure all ingredients. Waheguru.
  2. Add sugar to water and set in pot to boil. Ik Onkar.
  3. Melt ghee or unsalted butter in a pan.To clarify unsalted butter heat and skim off foamy curds and spoon out solids from bottom of pan. Sat Naam.
  4. Add whole grain flour (atta) to melted butter. Karta Purkh.
  5. Stir mixture continuously to lightly toast flour. Nirbhao.
  6. Continue stirring flour and butter mixture while sugar boils to make light syrup.Butter separates from toasted flour turning a deep golden color with a nutty aroma. Nirvair.
  7. Pour boiling sugar syrup into toasted flour and butter mixture.Mixture will sputter. Take care not to be scalded. Stir rapidly until all water is absorbed. Akal Moorit.
  8. Keep stirring prashad as it thickens into a firm pudding. Ajoonee.
  9. Completely cooked prashad slides easily from pan into a steel bowl or iron bowl. Saibhang.
  10. Bless the prashad with ardas.Touch cooled prashad with a kirpan at the appropriate time during ardaas.Remove five portions to commemorate five beloved panj pyara and serve to five Sikhs.Distribute remaining prashad to sangat, members of the congregation. Gur Prashad.

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