A world-class water sports center will be developed on the Sutlej River in Rupnagar, Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Gurmeet Singh Matt Hayer said on Wednesday. The minister, who was in Rupnagar for the Sutlej rowing and canoeing competitions as part of the ongoing Kedan Watan Punjab Diyaan, said that the Punjab government has reserved a separate budget for sports equipment and all water sports requirements will be met to bring more national and international competitions here.


CM conducts surprise inspection at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala

Patiala Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday conducted a surprise inspection at Rajindra Hospital where he inspected various wards and took feedback from patients. Mann also had a detailed interaction with the doctors and hospital staff about the facilities of the hospital. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said that the state government would make a major effort for comprehensive development of the hospital to restore its glory and transform it into one of the best hospitals in the country.

V.K. Singh visited the Rajput regiment at Fazilka

Ferozepur Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Civil Aviation V.K. Singh visited the 25th Battalion of the Rajput Regiment at Fazilka on Wednesday. In Abohar and Fazilka, on a two-day visit, the former Chief of Army Staff was accorded the customary guard of honor at the Battalion Quarter Guard. After paying tribute to the fallen heroes of the battalion, Singh addressed the soldiers in a special sainik sammelan. The general served with the battalion during the deployment of Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka from 1987 to 1989.

Industrial policy proposal meeting

Chandigarh The Punjab Cabinet is likely to take up the proposed ‘Punjab Industrial and Business Development 2022’ for approval early next month. Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister (ACSCM) A Venu Prasad held a meeting with senior officials of around a dozen government departments and agencies here on Wednesday to discuss the draft industrial policy, including fiscal and non-fiscal incentives. Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann will also hold a meeting soon on the proposed policy before it goes to the state cabinet, said a senior officer with knowledge of the discussions. The state government unveiled the draft industrial policy on September 9, inviting comments and suggestions from industry associations and other stakeholders.

Ensure timely utilization of funds: Cheema

Chandigarh Punjab Finance, Planning, Excise and Taxation Minister Harpal Singh Cheema on Wednesday directed the departments to ensure timely utilization of funds provided for development projects and welfare schemes. He said officials responsible for unutilized funds or delay in delivery of welfare schemes would be taken to task. The minister gave these instructions during departmental review meetings with health and family welfare, local bodies, transport and water sources departments.

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