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Arvind Kejriwal to attend AAP’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’ in Punjab’s Pathankot tomorrow

Pathankot (Punjab) [India]: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit poll-bound Punjab to attend the party’s ‘Tiranga Yatra’ in Pathankot on Thursday.Kejriwal will be accompanied by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia who is already on a five-day visit to Punjab. The AAP chief has been frequently visiting Punjab ahead of the 2022 assembly election. In the last two months, this will be his sixth visit to the poll-bound state.Punjab Assembly elections have been scheduled to take place early next year.In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, Congress won an absolute majority in the state by winning 77 seats and ousted the SAD-BJP government after 10 years. Aam Aadmi Party emerged as the second-largest party winning 20 seats in 117-member Punjab Legislative Assembly. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) could only manage to win 15 seats…

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Delhi Education Minister releases list of 250 govt-run schools, challenges his Punjab counterpart to release the same

New Delhi [India]: As the debate between the Education Ministers of Delhi and Punjab over schools, quality of education in their respective states continues, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday released a list of 250 Delhi-government run schools in the national capital and challenged his Punjab counterpart Pargat Singh to release a list of 250 schools run by his government.“It is a matter of happiness that the issue of education has become a part of electoral politics and whatever has happened in Delhi government schools during the last five to six years has forced other political parties to talk about education as well. When Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal talked about education in Punjab, the education minister Pargat Singh said that no work in education had taken place in Delhi but a lot of work has taken place in his…

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Arvind Kejriwal challenges Punjab CM to show around 1,000 electricity bills with zero amount

Mohali (Punjab) [India]: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday hit out at Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi over his announcement of free electricity to the state and challenged him to show around 1,000 electricity bills with zero amount.Addressing a public gathering in Punjab’s Mohali district today, Kejriwal said, “I made an announcement of providing free electricity to Punjab if AAP government comes to power. Channi also said that the electricity has been made free in Punjab.” “I ask you (people) if you all have access to free electricity? Who all have received the electricity bill with zero amount? I challenge Punjab Chief Minister that just show me around 1,000 electricity bill with zero amount bill as evidence,” Kejriwal said.Kejriwal who is also Delhi Chief Minister said that the AAP government in the national capital has provided free electricity to…

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Manish Sisodia likely to address ‘important’ press conference in Delhi today

New Delhi [India]: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is likely to address an important press conference on Saturday.According to sources, Sisodia will address the press conference at 12.30 pm on Saturday from party headquarters in New Delhi. Meanwhile, sources have also informed the senior Congress leader from Delhi, Mukesh Goel is likely to join AAP on Saturday.Notably, AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit Chandigarh in Punjab on Saturday to express support to protesting teachers in Mohali.

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Arvind Kejriwal promises to give Rs 1,000 monthly to every woman in Punjab if AAP forms govt in state

Amritsar (Punjab) [India]: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that the party will give Rs 1,000 per month to every woman in Punjab above 18 years of age if it forms the government after upcoming assembly elections in the state.Addressing a party programme in Moga city of Punjab today, Kejriwal said, “If we form the government in Punjab in 2022, then we will give every woman of the state, who is above 18 years of age, Rs 1,000 per month. If a family has three female members then each will get Rs 1,000.” Kejriwal calls this announcement “world’s biggest women empowerment programme”.He further said that “one fake Kejriwal” is roaming in Punjab. “In Punjab, a fake Kejriwal is roaming. Whatever I promise here, he repeats the same. In the entire country, only one man, Kejriwal,…

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“Delayed but welcome step”

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday said that the Centre’s decision to repeal all three farm laws is delayed but is a welcome step.Blaming the Centre for “thrusting” the farm laws on the farmers the Chief Minister in an official statement said, “The BJP led Central government should admit on record to have made a Himalayan blunder in bringing these bills for which it hardly bothered to even relent for the past one and half years.” The Chief Minister said that incidents like Lakhimpur Kheri in UP, which happened during the struggle “has put a slur on the fair name of democracy and the people will never forgive BJP led Central government for its misdeeds.”Pointing out further, Channi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should compensate the farmers adequately “for the humungous losses of life and property suffered by…

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Punjab Assembly polls: ‘The Great Khali’ meets Arvind Kejriwal; extends support to AAP

New Delhi [India]: Professional wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, popularly known by his ring name ‘The Great Khali’ met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday and extended his support to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).The Wrestler expressed his appreciation for the work done by the Chief Minister Kejriwal-led government in the fields of education, health, water, and electricity, among others. The meeting comes ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections which are scheduled to take place next year.As per an official statement, Khali informed the Chief Minister how he was “smitten by the development that has taken place in Delhi under his leadership”. He said that he is willing to support the Kejriwal government in whatever way possible for the betterment of society.“Khali talked at length with Kejriwal about the kind of changes he has seen in Delhi over the years in the field of…

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Centre should discuss Punjab affairs with state government or all political parties, not just BJP, says AAP

New Delhi [India]: After a Punjab BJP delegation went to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the reopening of the Kartarpur corridor and other issues, the Aam Aadmi Party said that all parties should have been part of the delegation or the state government should have held these talks.“The affairs of Punjab should be discussed with the state government or with all political parties of the state. It is meaningless to discuss the issues with a number of elected MLAs or leaders and especially those whom the people of Punjab do not allow to enter their villages. It is dishonesty. It is a part of the election strategy,” AAP national spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj told ANI. “There are elections in Punjab within the next three months. the Prime Minister’s Office will try to save its credibility in those elections,” he added.Reacting to Sonu Sood’s…

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Punjab govt to give Rs 2 lakh as compensation to 83 people held for R-day tractor rally

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday announced to provide Rs 2 lakh as compensation to 83 people arrested by Delhi Police for carrying out a tractor rally in the national capital on January 26. “Reiterating my government’s stand to support the ongoing Farmers’ Protest against three black farm laws, we have decided to give Rs 2 lakh compensation to 83 people arrested by Delhi Police for carrying out a tractor rally in the national capital on January 26,” Channi tweeted.On January 26, protesters broke barricades to enter New Delhi and clashed with police in several parts of the national capital during the January 26 ‘tractor rally’ protest organised by farmers. The protestors also had entered the iconic Mughal era monument Red Fort and unfurled their flags from its ramparts. Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national…

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Punjab govt approves State Sand and Gravel Mining Policy 2021

Chandigarh[India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday approved the State Sand and Gravel Mining Policy, 2021 to provide sand and gravel at Rs 5.50/ cubic feet across the state.According to the release issued by Chief Minister Office, the sand and gravel shall be provided to the public at Rs 5.50/ cubic feet at mining sites including loading charges and the royalty rate of ordinary clay and ordinary earth shall be decreased from Rs 10 per ton to Rs 2.5 per ton in the public interest. As per the new policy, the landowner or possessor can dispose of ordinary earth extracted or removed during the levelling of their agriculture fields up to 3-feet.“Removal of any minor mineral by the landowner or panchayat is allowed for meeting their land-filling requirements and for their bonafide requirements including religious and development activities,” the release said.Further, it…

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Navjot Sidhu gets his way in Punjab

Chandigarh [Punjab] : After days of a bitter battle with Chief Minister Charanjit Singh, Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wish has prevailed with the CM accepting the resignation of Advocate General APS Deol. Navjot Sidhu has been questioning Deol’s appointment ever since he was given the charge of Punjab Advocate General. Deol was a counsel for former director general of police Sumedh Singh Saini in the 2015 post sacrilege police firing incidents. Last week, Deol had attacked Sidhu accusing him of obstructing the functioning of the state government and his office as well as “spreading misinformation to gain political advantage”. “Navjot Singh Sidhu is obstructing the functioning of the government and the office of the advocate general. He is spreading misinformation to gain political advantage over his political colleagues,” Deol alleged. “There is a concerted attempt by vested interests to malign the functioning…

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‘BJP doing cheap politics’

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : Amid opposition-ruled states constantly drawing criticism from BJP leaders for not reducing excise on fuel prices, Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Kunal Ghosh on Saturday accused the BJP of indulging in “cheap politics” and said that the Centre should reduce base prices and restructure taxation.“Centre takes more tax-share than the state can afford to compensate the deficit of BJP-ruled states,” Ghosh alleged while speaking to ANI here today. “BJP is doing cheap politics. They should reduce base prices and restructure taxation,” he said while adding that the non-BJP states don’t even get their original dues.Ghosh’s remarks came after the Government of India, on the eve of Diwali, had announced reduction of central excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10 respectively.As per the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, following the reduction, 23 states/UTs also…

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“No differences with CM Channi”

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said that he does not have any differences with Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and will work for his party’s win with a majority in the upcoming state Assembly elections.Addressing a press conference here today, Sidhu, who had tendered resignation from his Punjab chief post on September 28 this year, announced that he has taken back his resignation. “I have been meeting him (CM) for a long time. I have been speaking to him for the last one month. The first meeting was in Punjab Bhavan, at that time it was decided that the panel (on DGP) will come and in one-week things will be settled. It is a 90 days government, 50 days have gone,” he said.“There’s nothing personal. I speak to him for the state. I speak to him for all the…

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Sidhu takes back his resignation

Chandigarh [India] : Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday informed that he has taken back his resignation as the president of the party’s Punjab unit.“I have taken back my resignation (as Punjab Congress chief) and I categorically state that the day new Advocate General will be appointed and a new panel will come, I will take charge of my office. It was not any personal ego,” Sidhu said while addressing a press conference here. On September 28, Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Unit of Congress. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after the Cabinet expansion in Punjab.He was appointed as the president of the Punjab Congress on July 23 this year following months of turmoil in the state Congress unit.After the tussle in Punjab Congress between Sidhu and Captain Amarinder Singh escalated…

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Charanjit Singh Channi: The journey of the first Dalit Sikh CM of Punjab

By Arshita Biswas In September 2021, Captain Amrinder Singh resigned from the position of the Chief Minister of Punjab, which stirred the wind of Punjab, its then when Charanjit Singh Channi stepped into the shoes of the Chief Minister of the state. Channi became the CM when Punjab was facing a major political turbulence, most of the Cabinet had resigned and Channi had to start a fresh and with innumerous issues like the farm laws followed by the Lakhimpur Kheri incident,  it was definitely not going to be an easy task. Capt. Amrinder Singh’s sudden resignation was definitely not the best time to takeover the office as it is but Navjot Singh Sidhu, The PPC Chief of the state didn’t make it easier for Channi too. Mr. Sidhu indirectly was giving a negative impression of Channi by calling him nothing but a mere “rubber…

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Amarinder Singh resigns from Congress

Patiala (Punjab) [India]: Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh resigned from the Congress party and announced a new party ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ ahead of Punjab Assembly elections.“I have today sent my resignation to @INCIndia President Ms Sonia Gandhi ji, listing my reasons for the resignation. ‘Punjab Lok Congress’ is the name of the new party. The registration is pending approval with the @ECISVEEP. The party symbol will be approved later,” Amarinder Singh tweeted. Singh had resigned in September as the chief minister and had announced that he will be quitting the Congress after months of a rift with Congress state chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.He had resigned ahead of Congress legislature party meeting which was called amid unending factional battles in the ruling Congress in the state. Singh was replaced by Charanjit Singh Channi as the chief minister of the state.

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Pakistan: Sindh’s economy stagnant in comparison to Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Karachi [Pakistan]: Compared to Pakistan’s provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the economy of Sindh has remained stagnant and it has regressed in certain key sectors, such as public transport and provision of safe drinking water.“No one can contest the widening development gap between Sindh and Punjab. The biggest province has its own set of problems, but there has been for sure an incremental pace of development irrespective of the government in power for the past 40 years. It can’t be an accident that most social indicators in Sindh are trailing those in Punjab,” said an observer who rued the removal of Hyderabad and Sukkur from the list of 10 biggest cities of Pakistan, reported Dawn. With such a sharp difference of opinion, where does one draw the line as a performance marker for Sindh?Playing down the absence of credible data on the…

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Will hold seat-sharing talks with BJP soon, says Captain Amarinder Singh

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday reiterated that he will soon launch his own party and hold talks for seat-sharing with Bharatiya Janata Party for the upcoming state Assembly polls.“I will soon launch my own party and will hold talks for seat-sharing with BJP, breakaway Akali factions and others for Punjab elections once farmers’ issue is resolved. I want to build a strong collective force in the interest of Punjab and its farmers,” Captain Amarinder Singh said today. Earlier on Saturday, Singh’s media advisor Raveen Thukral refuted the reports of backend talks with Congress.“Reports of backend talks with Congress are incorrect. The time for rapprochement is over. I am grateful to Sonia Gandhi ji for her support but will not stay in Congress now,” Thukral quoted Captain Amarinder Singh as saying.Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) had pulled out of the…

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‘Amarinder, loyal CM of BJP’

Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday hit out at former Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh calling him a loyal Chief Minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Chandigarh [India] : “We the 78 MLAs of Congress, could never imagine, what we received an arm-twisted, ED controlled BJP loyal Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh… who sold the interests of Punjab to save his skin! You were the negative force stalling Justice & development of Punjab,” Sidhu said in a tweet. Sidhu also mentioned the defeat Amarinder Singh’s party faced after he broke away from the Akali Dal in 1992 and formed a new political party.“You wanted to close doors on me, as I was raising voice of the People, speaking truth to power! Last time you formed your own party, you lost your ballot, garnering only 856 votes … People…

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Punjab : New party

Chandigarh [India] : Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain (retired) Amarinder Singh announced on Wednesday that he will soon share the name and symbol of his new party once it is confirmed by the Election Commission.“Yes, I will be forming a new party. The name will be announced once the Election Commission clears it, along with the symbol. My lawyers are working on it,” Singh said in Chandigarh. Amarinder Singh addressed the press conference sharing the details of the achievements of his 4.5 years of government in Punjab.Earlier, Amarinder Singh media advisor Raveen Thukral had announced through a series of Tweets, former Punjab Chief Minister will launch a party of his own.In the tweets earlier, Singh had also claimed that his new political outfit might form an alliance with the BJP too if the issues of farmer protest are resolved in the interest of farmers.Singh…

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“No Cong MLA will join”

Amritsar (Punjab) [India]: Congress leader Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Tuesday expressed confidence that no Congress MLA will join Capt Amarinder Singh’s party except those who might have got favours from him.“I don’t think any Congress MLA will leave and join Singh’s party. If he gave favours to anyone then they might go,” she said. When asked about former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s new political party, the Congress leader said, “People who are attached to the party will never go.”She took a dig at the former chief minister, saying that despite getting all the freedom from the Congress, Singh did not entrust any worker with some power.“He was given all freedom by the party but he didn’t give power to any worker, never openly met any minister or MLA. Who will trust him?” she asked.Navjot Kaur said, “It would’ve been best for him…

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Attack on Kashmiri students

The Jammu and Kashmir Students Association on Monday condemned the attack on over a dozen Kashmiri students by students from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana in Sanguru Punjab and Kharar Mohali after the India-Pakistan match, said a press release from the Association. New Delhi [India] : In a statement, spokesperson of the Association Nasir Khuehami urged Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to take action against the accused and provide security to Kashmiri students studying and working in Punjab state. He said students were mercilessly thrashed and punched on their faces. They were beaten to pulp by other state students who barged in their rooms, thrashed them, vandalised their rooms and damaged belongings.The spokesperson said that these incidents have increased the sense of insecurity and anxiety among Kashmiri students as well as among their parents and relatives in Kashmir.He called upon the state and…

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CM reiterates support for farmers

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday reiterated his support to the farmers who have been protesting for a year against the three farm laws enacted by the Union Government.An official statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) stated that while his cavalcade was passing through Ropar-Chamkaur Sahib Road, the Chief Minister sighted the farmers sitting on dharna at a toll plaza near village Jhallian. Immediately asking the security to stop, CM Channi straight away went to the site of the dharna and expressed complete solidarity with the farmers, reiterated his vociferous support to the just struggle being waged by the farming community, said the statement. The Chief Minister said that the Punjab government stands shoulder to shoulder with the farmers against these draconian farm laws.“We are duty-bound to safeguard the interests of the farmers and would continue…

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“Congress damaged own interests by not trusting me”

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : Hitting back at Congress leader Harish Rawat, former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said the party has damaged its own interests by not trusting him and giving Punjab Congress into the hands of “an unstable person like Navjot Singh Sidhu”.Amarinder Singh, who has indicated his willingness to ally with BJP in the forthcoming Punjab assembly polls, also hit out at Harish Rawat for questioning his secular credentials. In tweets made by Raveen Thukral, his media advisor, the former Chief Minister said Sidhu, Maharashtra Congress chief Nana Patole and Telangana Congress chief had come to Congress from BJP and Congress was in power in Maharashtra in alliance with Shiv Sena, an erstwhile ally of BJP.Amarinder Singh had resigned last month as chief minister and stated that the party leadership had let him down.He said on Thursday that Sidhu,…

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BSF Recovers Arms & Drugs

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : Border Security Force (BSF) in a joint search operation with the team of Punjab Police on Tuesday recovered a bag containing arms and drugs from the Khemkaran area in Ferozepur district of Punjab.As per a press release issued by BSF on Wednesday, 22 pistols including five pistols made in Pakistan and China, 44 Pistol Magazines, 100 Rds ammunition, 934 grams of heroin, 72 grams of opium were recovered from the bag. “It appears that few pistols are locally manufactured in Pakistan. However, apart from the above markings, no marking/details of the manufacturing Company were found engraved on the pistols,” read the release.A case has been registered against the unknown person under NDPS Act, Arms Act and Foreigners Act and recovered items were handed over to Punjab Police, Amritsar.More details are awaited. 

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Punjab: Cash rewards for 3000 players, coaches

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Sports Minister Pargat Singh on Monday approved the cash prize to the players and coaches hailing from the state who performed exceedingly well at the state, national and international level. According to a statement issued by the Punjab government today, a total of over 3000 players would be given prize money amounting to Rs 11 crores for the year 2018-19 and 2019-20.The decision was taken here in a meeting held at Punjab Bhawan summoned under the aegis of the Sports Minister. The meeting was attended by Secretary Sports Ajoy Sharma, Director Parminder Singh, Secretary-General Punjab Olympic Association Raja KS Sidhu, Sports expert and Committee Member Arjuna Awardee Colonel Balbir Singh and Jaipal Singh apart from Deputy Director Sports Authority of India. After the meeting, Pargat Singh said that the State Government is committed to rewarding the players winning medals in…

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Punjab : Water BIlls Waived

Ahead of Punjab Assembly polls, Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi-led government on Monday announced fixed the monthly water consumption fee to Rs 50 across rural and urban parts of the state. Chandigarh [India] : Addressing the media after the Cabinet meeting here, the Punjab Chief Minister announced the previous outstanding water bills worth Rs 700 crores to be waived in the state. “The government is committed to providing free water and sewerage facility to people of Punjab. Rs 50 fee has been fixed as per Centre’s directive to charge for these services,” said Channi.“The government will also waive the power bill arrears of tube wells meant for public water supply in urban and rural areas. In future, the power bills of such tube wells will be paid by the Punjab government,” he added.The Chief Minister announced that government will do regular recruitment of class…

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Sidhu meets Rahul Gandhi, withdraws resignation as Punjab Congress chief

Rawat also claimed that Sidhu will consider the party high command’s decision to be final. New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday reached the national capital at the residence of senior leader Rahul Gandhi to meet him, after which AICC General Secretary Harish Rawat announced that Sidhu has withdrawn his resignation as Chief of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee. The move comes one day after Rawat’s statement that a big decision is upcoming in the Punjab Congress politics.  Earlier today, Rawat had claimed that Sidhu will consider the party high command’s decision to be final. “Sidhu has said that his leaders are Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and he will follow whatever they say and will continue working for the party”, Rawat had told the media. On Thursday, Rawat had met Sidhu along with General Secretary KC Venugopal at the AICC headquarters in Delhi.…

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“Surrendered half of Punjab..”

New Delhi [India] : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and Spokesperson Raghav Chaddha on Friday alleged that Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has surrendered half of the state to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.His remarks come after the Centre empowered the Border Security Force (BSF) to conduct searches, arrest suspects and make seizures up to an area of 50 km inside Indian territory from International Border (IB) along India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh borders through an order on Wednesday. “Channi has surrendered half of Punjab to the Prime Minister. Let’s understand the chronology. On October 1, Channi met PM Modi. Then on October 4 and 5, he met the BJP-appointed Punjab governor and Union Home Minister Amit Shah respectively. On October 14, the Modi government passed an order giving more jurisdiction to the BSF in border states. Channi surrendered 50 per cent of Punjab and 100…

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‘Direct attack on federalism’

Chandigarh (Punjab): Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday condemned the Centre’s decision to extend the Border Security Force (BSF)’s jurisdiction over a wider area along the borders of three states and said that it is a “direct attack on federalism”. Channi requested the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to immediately roll back this irrational decision.“I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF within the 50 km belt running along the international borders, which is a direct attack on federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister @AmitShah to immediately roll back this irrational decision,” tweeted Channi. Punjab Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has termed the Centre’s recent decision of allowing more jurisdiction to the Border Security Force (BSF) in border areas as an attempt to “weaken the spirit of federalism”. Channi’s predecessor Captain Amarinder Singh who had to…

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CM meets family of soldiers

Rupnagar (Punjab) [India], October 13 : Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday met the family of Sepoy Gajjan Singh, who was killed by terrorists during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch. Taking to Twitter, “Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi sharing the grief with the family members of Martyr Sepoy Gajjan Singh, who attained martyrdom in Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) fighting terrorists, at his village Pachranda, Nurpur Bedi, District Rupnagar.” Earlier on Monday, one Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and four jawans of the Indian Army had lost their lives during a counter-terror operation at Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch. Among the soldiers who lost their lives were–Naib Subedar Jaswinder Singh, Naik Mandeep Singh, Sepoys Gajjan Singh, Saraj Singh, and Vaisakh H.Punjab government on Monday announced an ex-gratia grant of Rs 50 lakh and a government job to one member each of the…

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Kejriwal promises to end ‘inspector raj’

Jalandhar (Punjab) [India] : Ahead of Punjab Assembly elections, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener on Wednesday promised that if his party comes to power it will end “red-tapism” and “inspector raj” in the state.The Delhi CM, while interacting with traders and industrialists in Jalandhar, said, “Old laws will be changed, unnecessary laws will be scrapped. A system will be built wherein existing industries need not waste time over govt, you will invest your time in your business. Red tapism and inspector raj will end.” Kejriwal further said, “If there is an honest CM and cabinet at the top then I can challenge that the entire structure below will be alright. We have done this in Delhi.”

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‘Punjab: Looming power crisis’

Punjab Pradesh Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday said that Punjab should prepare for the looming power crisis due to shortage of coal in power plants and prevent it. Chandigarh [India], October 10 : He also demanded that private thermal plants flouting guidelines by not keeping coal stock for the stipulated time should be penalised. “Punjab must prevent and prepare, rather than repent and repair… Private thermal plants flouting guidelines, punishing domestic consumers by not keeping coal stock for 30 days should be penalised,” Sidhu tweeted.Talking about the alternative to coal for power generation, he said it is time to aggressively work on the solar electricity models.“It is time to aggressively work on solar PPAs, and roof-top solar connected to the Grid,” said Sidhu in his tweet.Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday asked the central government to immediately enhance State’s coal…

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Punjab CM Channi asks Centre to enhance state’s coal supply as per quota to tide over power crisis

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] : Slamming the Centre for inadequate coal supply against the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL)’s agreements with various subsidiaries of the Coal India Ltd (CIL), the Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Saturday asked it to immediately enhance State’s coal supply as per quota to tide over power crisis with the impending shutdown of its thermal plants due to fast depleting coal reserves which are likely to exhaust within next couple of days.Reviewing the power situation amid the alleged shortage of coal supply in the state, the Chief Minister said that all the thermal plants are unable to generate the full capacity of power due to insufficient coal receipt. However, he reiterated his government’s firm commitment to give power supply for irrigation of paddy crop where necessary at the fag end of crop yield. He, however, said that power…

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Paddy area in Punjab, Haryana, UP comes down by 7.72 pc

Union Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change on Friday informed that the total paddy area in the states of Punjab, Haryana, and eight National Capital Region (NCR) districts of Uttar Pradesh have come down by 7.72 per cent this year as compared to the last year. New Delhi [India], October 8 : The ministry, in a press release, said, “The paddy areas have come down by 7.72 per cent during the current year as compared to last year.” “Total paddy straw generation from the non-basmati variety is likely to be reduced by 12.42 per cent during the current year as compared to the previous year,” the ministry added.Both the Central and the state governments of Haryana, Punjab, and UP have been taking measures to diversify crops as well as to reduce the use of the PUSA-44 variety of paddy.The burning of paddy straw…

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Punjab gets bureaucratic reshuffle

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: The Punjab government on Wednesday carried out a bureaucratic reshuffle and transferred 12 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and five Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officers.As per the official order of the government, the 12 IAS officers who are transferred to new postings are Ravneet Kaur, Vijay Kumar Janjua, A Venu Prasad, Alok Shekhar, Vikas Garg, Veerendra Kumar Meena, Arun Sekhri, Pradeep Kumar Agrawal, Vinay Bublani, Sanjay Popli, B Srinivasan and Uma Shankar Gupta. Anmol Singh Dhaliwal, Jyoti Bala, Manjit Singh Cheema, Mankanwal Singh Chahal and Ravinder Singh Arora are the five PCS officers who have been transferred as a part of the bureaucratic reshuffle.The order has been signed by the Chief Secretary to the Government of Punjab Anirudh Tewari.Previously, on October 4, in a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Punjab government issued the transfer orders of 24 IAS and 12 PCS officers.

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Punjab CM Channi meets Amit Shah in Delhi; farms laws, Lakhimpur Kheri issues on agenda

New Delhi [India]: The meeting between Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is underway at the latter’s residence in New Delhi on Tuesday.The Punjab Chief Minister reached the national capital in wake of the violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri in which four people lost their lives including four farmers. “These three farm laws should be repealed at the earliest and incidents like this (Lakhimpur Kheri) need to be stopped. I will discuss this issue with Union Home Minister Amit Shah in today’s meeting,” Channi told media persons, before leaving for Delhi.As many as eight people died in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident on Sunday, said Uttar Pradesh police. Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of several farmer unions, had alleged four farmers lost their lives in the incident.Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of several farmer unions,…

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Punjab govt starts paddy procurement

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Food, Civil and Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Industry Minister Gurkirat Singh Kotli on Sunday started the paddy procurement in Asia’s biggest grain market at Khanna in Ludhiana.As per a press release issued by District Public Relation Officer (DPRO), the cabinet ministers during their visit said that elaborate arrangements have been made by the state government to make sure that every single grain of paddy is procured and lifted without any sort of delay. The ministers asked the officers of all procurement agencies, Mandi Board and district administrations in all the state to ensure timely payment of the produce to the farmers.They also informed that the arrangements for saving produce from rain or showers are already in place and the facilities of power, sheds for the farmers, portable water supply and equipment to monitor the quality of paddy have…

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Heroin worth Rs 30 cr seized from Pak drug smuggler

Six packets of heroin were recovered from the possession of the smuggler, identified as Kashi Ali. New Delhi, India, October 3 : The Border Security Force arrested a Pakistani smuggler was arrested near border fencing in Rajatal in Punjab’s Amritsar on Saturday late night.  Six packets of heroin were recovered from the possession of the smuggler, identified as Kashi Ali.  “We have recovered 6 packets of heroin & arrested a Pakistani smuggler, Kashi Ali near border fencing in Rajatal, Amritsar, Punjab last night. The packets were kept in a bag having Pakistani marking, ” Bhupinder Singh, DIG, BSF told media. These 6 packets of heroin weigh around 6.3 kg. The cost of the drug is said to be around 30 crores globally.

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“Will stand by Rahul, Priyanka”

New Delhi [India]: Amidst political jostling in ruling Congress in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as the President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), stressed that he does not aspire to be at a throne and will stand by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.While extending his greetings on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Sidhu tweeted, “Will uphold principles of Gandhi Ji and Shastri Ji … Post or No Post, will stand by @RahulGandhi and @priyankagandhi! Let all negative forces try to defeat me, but with every ounce of positive energy will make Punjab win, Punjabiyat (Universal Brotherhood) win and every Punjabi win !!” On September 28, Sidhu resigned as the chief of the Punjab Unit of Congress. However, party sources say that his resignation has not been accepted yet.“The collapse of a man’s character stems from the compromise corner, I can never…

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“Comedy of errors”: Captain on Congress crisis

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday slammed the Congress over the preposterous lies being floated by various party leaders in a clear bid to cover up their mishandling of the crisis in the state.Pointing to the conflicting numbers shared by Harish Rawat and Randeep Surjewala on the purported letter received by the party’s central leadership expressing lack of confidence against him, Captain Amarinder termed it a “comedy of errors”. His remarks came after Surjewala claimed that 78 of the 79 Punjab Congress MLAs had written to the party leadership seeking Captain Amarinder’s ouster. Interestingly, just a day earlier, Harish Rawat had, in a press statement, said that 43 MLAs had written to the high command on the issue.“It seems the entire party has become imbued with Navjot Singh Sidhu’s sense of comic theatrics,” he quipped, retorting, “Next they…

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Punjab CM thanks PM Modi

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his personal intervention in the issue of paddy procurement and allowing the state to start the procurement from October 3 only.“On Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s request, Centre allows Punjab to start paddy procurement from October 3. Chief Minister thanks Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his personal indulgence to resolve this issue expeditiously,” CMO Punjab tweeted. In a statement by Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), Channi said that this decision would be now instrumental in ensuring smooth and hassle-free procurement of paddy to the satisfaction of the farmers.Channi on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi and sought his personal intervention to advise the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to withdraw its letter regarding postponement of paddy procurement and allow the state to begin paddy…

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Punjab CM Channi to meet PM Modi today in Delhi

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in the national capital. New Delhi [India], October 1 : Channi had departed from Chandigarh for Delhi today. According to Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the CM will take up the farmers’ issues including the repeal of farm laws and postponement of the paddy procurement date.“Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi will call on PM Narendra Modi in Delhi today. The CM will take up the farmers’ issues including the repeal of farm laws and postponement of the paddy procurement date. Reopening of Kartarpur Corridor also on agenda,” informed the CMO.Punjab Chief Minister on Thursday sought the personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to advise the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to withdraw its letter regarding postponement of paddy procurement and allow the state to begin paddy…

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Sidhu to continue as Punjab Congress chief !

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is coming to Delhi today to meet party leadership amid the ongoing infighting in the party’s state unit. New Delhi, India, October 1 : Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is coming to Delhi today to meet party leadership amid the ongoing infighting in the party’s state unit. Earlier on Thursday, Channi had met Navjot Singh Sidhu who resigned from the Punjab Congress chief recently. According to report, Navjot Singh Sidhu will continue as the Punjab Congress chief and a coordination panel is likely to be set up, which is expected to be consulted before any major decisions by the Punjab government in future. Sources said that the decision was reached after an over two-hour meeting at the Punjab Congress Bhavan between Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Sidhu, who had resigned from the post of the state…

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Pakistan’s Punjab imposes lockdown over low vaccination rate

Lahore [Pakistan]: Pakistan’s Punjab government has imposed lockdown in all cities except Rawalpindi citing the slow vaccination rate, a media report said.Imran Sikandar Baloch, Punjab Health Secretary, said that the lockdown restrictions will be effective from October 1 to October 15 in all districts of the province except Rawalpindi, according to ARY News. Businesses and markets will be allowed to be opened till 10 pm and Sunday will be observed as a holiday, Baloch said in a statement.The state has allowed nearly 200 vaccinated guests to gather in indoor wedding events and 400 in outdoor marriage ceremonies.During the lockdown period, cinema houses will be completely closed and contact sports will be fully banned while gyms will be allowed to open for vaccinated people, reported ARY News.The public transport will run with 70 per cent vaccinated passengers during the whole week and the government and…

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Sidhu in Punjab to meet CM

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Amidst the ongoing turmoil in the Punjab Congress unit, Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned as the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief, arrived at Punjab Bhavan to meet Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.Earlier, Sidhu tweeted, “Chief Minister has invited me for talks … will reciprocate by reaching Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh at 3:00 PM today.” Sidhu had tendered his resignation as Punjab Congress chief on September 28. He was reportedly upset over the bureaucratic setup and his commands not being followed after Cabinet expansion in Punjab.Party sources say that his resignation has not been accepted by the party yet.Sidhu’s resignation as state party chief has intensified the crisis in the Punjab Congress. A minister and three Congress leaders, considered close to him, stepped down from their posts.This comes as a big blow to the Congress that was hoping to resolve the turmoil…

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Punjab: Kejriwal promises a lot

Ahead of Punjab Assembly elections, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday promised free health services for all residents of the state if his party wins. Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], September 30 : Addressing a press conference in Ludhiana today, Kejriwal said, “I have come today to guarantee health services. Today, Punjab is in such a bad condition that there is absolutely no treatment in the primary health centres or community centres. There has been loot in private hospitals.” He further said, “It was the same situation in Delhi 7 years ago. We have changed the condition of government hospitals in Delhi. Today I am promising six guarantees for the people of Punjab.”Kejriwal said that every person in Punjab will be provided free and good treatment on the lines of a private hospital. He stated that all medicines, medical tests, treatment…

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Captain at Amit Shah’s residence

New Delhi [India]: Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh reached the residence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah here on Wednesday amid a fresh crisis in the ruling Congress in the state.Amarinder Singh, who stepped down as Chief Minister earlier this month, had reached Delhi on Tuesday. The Congress leader had told reporters on his arrival in the national capital that he had come to Delhi to vacate Kapurthala House. He had also said that he was not going to meet any political leader.“I am here to vacate Kapurthala House (the official residence of Punjab Chief Minister in New Delhi). I am not going to meet any politician here,” he had told reporters.Singh’s visit to Delhi has coincided with Congress in Punjab reeling under fresh crisis following resignation of PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday. A minister and some other leaders considered…

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Punjab CM appeals to Centre to repeal 3 farm laws

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday extended his support to the farmers protesting against the farm laws and appealed to the Centre to withdraw them immediately.Taking to Twitter, Channi said, “I appeal to the Union Govt. to immediately repeal the three black farm laws otherwise our Govt. would convene a special session of the Vidhan Sabha to reject them to safeguard the interest of the farmers who are already passing through the acute economic crisis.” Earlier in the day, Channi also said that farmers’ protest is an important issue and the Centre should take it seriously adding the state should not be made into another Jammu and Kashmir.Further, he said that the condition of the farmers is deteriorating with time. He also said that the Centre has brought in a system ‘to make the farmers poor’.Farmers have been protesting at…

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Not going to meet any politician, says Captain Amarinder Singh as he arrives in Delhi

New Delhi [India]: Former Punjab Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh who arrived in the national capital on Tuesday said that he has come to Delhi to vacate Kapurthala House, further clarifying that he is not going to meet any politician during his visit.Speaking to reporters at the Delhi airport, Singh said, “I am here to vacate Kapurthala House (the official residence of Punjab Chief Minister in New Delhi). I am not going to meet any politician here.” Further responding to a question on Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu’s resignation today, the former Chief Minister said, “This man (Navjot Singh Sidhu) is unstable.”Amid various speculations over Singh’s Delhi visit, his media advisor Raveen Thukral had earlier in the day said that the former is on a personal visit to the national capital.“Too much being read into Cap Amarinder Singh’s visit…

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Bharat Bandh: Farmers block highways, squat on rail tracks; Traffic hit on Delhi, Haryana borders

New Delhi [India], September 27 : To mark a year of the Centre’s three farm laws, famers early on Monday began a “Bharat Bhandh”, following a nationwide call by farmer unions demanding scrapping of the legislations.Hundreds of farmers gathered at various places across the country blocking national highways, including those connecting Delhi to Punjab and Haryana, squatting on railway tracks and roads leading to traffic diversions and disruptions in vehicular movement. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of the farmer unions, had called for a “Bharat Bandh” till 4 pm today.Heavy police presence was seen, especially in Haryana and Punjab, to maintain law and order.With farmers blocking national highways and major link roads in both Punjab and Haryana, police have diverted the traffic at several places.Delhi Traffic Police has said the vehicular movement has been closed from Uttar Pradesh towards Ghazipur. Gurugram…

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Punjab: MLAs as Ministers

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], September 26 : Congress MLAs Tript Singh Bajwa, Aruna Chaudhary, Sukhbinder Sarkaria, and Rana Gurjeet Singh took oath as minister on Sunday, in the new Cabinet of Punjab led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi.The MLAs were administered the oath of office by Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit at a swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh.Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa was part of the previous Cabinet and had charge of Ministries of Rural Development and Panchayats, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Dairy Development, Higher Education in the government led by former Cheif Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. He represents Fatehgarh Churian constituency in the Punjab Legislative Assembly.Aruna Chaudhary was also a part of Amarinder Singh’s Cabinet and had charge of the Ministry of Social Security, Women and Child Development. She is a senior Congress leader and MLA from Dinanagar constituency.Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria had…

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Rahul Gandhi stresses Congress has to work for all irrespective of their caste, says Punjab party leader

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Ahead of Punjab’s new Cabinet formation, Congress leader Amarinder Singh Raja quoted party leader Rahul Gandhi as saying that the party has to work for the last person standing in the queue irrespective of their caste. “Rahul Gandhi has always said that Congress has to work for the last person standing in the queue, be it Dalit, Jatt Sikh or Hindu. People should think that the government is of common people. Work should be done in the welfare of the common people,” he told ANI on Sunday.Raja, who is an MLA from Gidderbaha, also said that now there is nothing left for any political party other than Congress to do in Punjab. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal had promised 300 units of free electricity to people in Punjab, as the party geared up for the upcoming 2022 Assembly elections.…

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MLAs object Rana Gurjit’s inclusion’

Ahead of Cabinet expansion in Punjab government, six MLAs and former Punjab Pradesh Congress president Mohinder Singh Kaypee on Sunday have written to state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi, demanding that Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjit Singh not be sworn in as the minister for his alleged involvement in corruption. Chandigarh (Punjab [India], September 26 : The MLAs have requested that Gurjit’s proposed cabinet slot should go to a Dalit leader from Doaba region. In a letter to Sidhu and Channi the MLAs wrote: “We the undersigned MLA and leaders of Doaba wish to convey huge resentment amongst the public and the Congress cadre on the proposed inclusion of tainted Rana Gurjeet Singh. Needless to mention, he was dropped from the cabinet in January 2018 due to the infamous mining scandal involving him, his family and his companies directly…

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‘Congress brought Pak supporter to power’

The Congress has hatched a conspiracy to bring Navjot Singh Sidhu, a Pak supporter and friend of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, to power so that Punjab and Pakistan could flock together in future, said Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Thursday. Ambala (Haryana) [India], September 23 : “There is a deep-rooted, anti-national conspiracy of Congress to bring Navjot Singh Sidhu, a Pak supporter and friend of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa, and his aides to power so that Punjab and Pakistan could flock together in future,” Vij told ANI. “The conspiracy was proved when Sidhu went to Pakistan even after Captain Amarinder Singh specifically asked him not to,” he added while saying that Sidhu clearly mentioned that his captain is Rahul Gandhi and not Amarinder Singh.Urging the nationalists in…

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Punjab: Control stubble burning

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India]: The Punjab government has taken innovative steps to tackle stubble burning which causes air pollution.Speaking to ANI, Deputy Commissioner of Ludhiana, Varinder Sharma, said, “The state government has distributed BF machines free of cost to the farmers so that they do not have to burn crop residue. Last year we had distributed more than 4,000 machines with 50 per cent subsidy to the farmers.” “If a farmer sets the stubble on fire, then we have imposed section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), under which legal action will be taken, but we believe that the farmer will cooperate with the government and the public to prevent severe air pollution, he added. Malkit Singh, a farmer, said, “We burn stubble in our fields because of the labour shortage and the high cost of transportation of the stubble. If the government will…

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I-T dept conduct searches at leading textile manufacture’s Delhi, Punjab, West Bengal offices

The Income Tax department has carried out a search and seizure operation on a leading business house of India involved in the manufacture of textile and filament yarn having corporate offices in Delhi, Punjab and Kolkata, said Ministry of Finance on Tuesday. New Delhi [India], September 21 As per an official release, during the course of the search operation carried out on Saturday, many incriminating documents, loose sheets, diaries, digital evidence, among other things have been recovered which indicate involvement of the group in the routing of unaccounted funds back in its Indian entities, possession of foreign bank accounts unreported to the Department. “Substantial evidence of transactions outside the books of accounts, cash transactions in land deals, bogus expenses debited in books of accounts, unaccounted cash expenditure, accommodation entries are taken from entry operators have been gathered,” the release said.The Ministry said that the…

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Punjab govt standing with farmers, common man, says Charanjit Singh Channi after taking oath

Soon after taking the oath of office, the newly-sworn in Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said his government is standing with farmers and will appeal to the Centre to withdraw the three farm laws. Chandigarh [India], September 20: In his first interaction with media after taking the oath, Chief Minister said he is representative of poor sections of society including daily wage labourers and farmers. “I am not the representative of rich. I am representative of common man of Punjab,” he said. Channi also said his government will immediately waive the water and electricity bills of farmers. “Punjab government stands with the farmers. We appeal to the Centre to withdraw the three farm laws…We will waive water and electricity bills of farmers,” said the Chief Minister.A seemingly emotional Channi said he comes from a poor family, and “Congress has made a common man…

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Pakistan: Hindu family tortured for getting water from mosque in Punjab

Amid continuing attacks on minorities in the country, a Hindu family was tortured in Pakistan’s Punjab province for obtaining water from a mosque tap. Rahim Yar Khan [Pakistan] September 20 : farm worker’s family was tortured and some locals from Basti Kahoor Khan area of Rahim Yar Khan held them hostage for “violating the sanctity” of the religious place. According to Dawn, the incident took place a few days back when Alam Ram Bheel was picking raw cotton along with his other family members, including his wife, in a field.He said when the family went outside a nearby mosque to get drinking water from a tap, some locals beat them up. When the family was returning home after unloading the picked cotton, the villagers held them hostage at their outhouse and tortured them again.The Airport police station did not register the case as the…

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Charanjit Singh Channi: Dalit CM of Punjab

New Delhi [India], September 19 : As Congress leader and Punjab Minister Charanjit Singh Channi was on Sunday unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party of Punjab, he became the first Dalit leader to become the 16th Chief Minister of the state.According to the official website of the Punjab Government, Channi remained Municipal Councilor for three terms and moved on to become the President of Municipal Council Kharar for a two-term. He was elected to the Punjab Vidhan Sabha from Chamkaur Sahib Consistency for the first time in 2007. He was elected to the assembly seat again in 2012 and then in 2017.In 2015, Channi was elected as Leader of the Opposition in the 14th Punjab Vidhan Sabha.In 2017, he was appointed as the Cabinet Minister for Technical Education and Industrial Training, Employment Generation and also Science and Technology in the…

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Charanjit Singh Channi to take oath as Punjab CM tomorrow

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], September 19 : Congress MLA Charanjit Singh Channi will take the oath as the new Chief Minister of Punjab on Monday at 11 am on Monday.Addressing media after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the Chief Minister-designate of Punjab said, “We have presented our stance, unanimously supported by party MLAs, before the Governor. Oath taking ceremony will take place at 11 am tomorrow.” Taking to Twitter, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi congratulated Channi for the new responsibility.“Congratulations to Shri Charanjit Singh Channi Ji for the new responsibility. We must continue to fulfill the promises made to the people of Punjab. Their trust is of paramount importance,” Gandhi tweeted.Earlier today, Congress’ in charge of Punjab Harish Rawat said Channi has been unanimously elected as the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party and is set to take over as next chief minister.“It gives me immense pleasure…

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Sonia Gandhi to decide next CM of Punjab: Pawan Goel

Working president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) Pawan Goel said that Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi would take the decision on the next Chief Minister of state on Sunday. Panchkula (Haryana) [India], September 19 : However, he refused to comment on the prospective candidate for the post of Punjab CM. Speaking to media persons, Goel said: “A meeting of MLAs was held with Harish Rawat and Ajay Maken yesterday. The MLAs have sent their opinions to Sonia Gandhi.”“A resolution was passed that Congress chief’s decision will be final on this matter. Today you will get to know her decision,” the Congress leader said.CLP, earlier on Saturday, unanimously passed a resolution to give Congress chief Sonia Gandhi power to nominate the new Chief Minister of Punjab after Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down.The second resolution passed by the CLP praised Amarinder Singh.Chief Minister Captain…

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‘Humiliated’ Capt Amarinder Singh says options open, will decide future political course of action when time comes

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday resigned as Chief Minister of Punjab, citing continued humiliation by the Congress leadership over the past two months.The Chief Minister made it clear that he would explore and exercise his future options when the time comes. Captain Amarinder Singh said he would decide his future political course of action in consultation with his supporters who have stood by him for over five decades.“There is always an option, and I will use that option when the time comes…at the moment I am still in Congress,” he said after submitting his resignation.“I was humiliated three times by the Congress leadership in the past two months…they called the MLAs to Delhi twice and now convened CLP here in Chandigarh today,” said Captain Amarinder, adding that he had decided and informed Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the morning that he…

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Capt Amarinder Singh steps down as Punjab Chief Minister

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Embattled Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh stepped down from his post on Saturday ahead of the meeting of party legislators in the faction-ridden state unit as the party high command decided to effect a change of guard in the border state ahead of assembly polls early next year.The Chief Minister went to meet Governor Banwari Lal Purohit to hand over his resignation. The move came as factionalism again surfaced in the state unit with sections opposed to him requesting a meeting of Congress Legislature Party.

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‘Captain is BJP’s ‘swatantar fauji’ in Congress’

Former union minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday said that Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s “ill-tempered rant” against her proves that he is rattled after being told not to demonise the peaceful and patriotic farmers of Punjab. Chandigarh (Punjab) [India] September 16 : “The chief minister is bending over backwards to dance to the tunes of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just because that party had bailed him out of his intra-party crisis by using the threat of central agencies against the Congress MLAs who had rebelled against him. The whole world knows that Captain Amarinder Singh is BJP’s “swatantar fauji” in the Congress and that he is doing everything to keep his real bosses happy,” Badal said. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader was commenting on what she called the outbursts of an embarrassed chief minister who…

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Punjab orders high alert following arrest of members of ISI-backed terrorist module

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered high alert in the state following the arrest of four more members of an ISI-backed terrorist module involved in a bid to blow up an oil tanker with an IED tiffin bomb last month, making it the fourth case of a Pakistani terror module being busted in the state in the past 40 days.Two Pak-based terrorists, including a Pakistani Intelligence Officer, have also been identified and nominated in the case, in which one person was arrested earlier, DGP Dinkar Gupta disclosed on Wednesday. Taking a serious note of the increased attempts by terror groups to disturb the state’s peace, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the police to be on high alert, particularly in view of schools and educational institutions reopening, as well as the festival season and the Assembly polls ahead.…

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Neeraj Chopra thanks Punjab CM for hosting dinner for Olympians, says ‘it shows how much he loves sports’

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra appreciated Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for hosting a dinner for Olympic medallists and participants and expressed gratitude for giving the highest levels of respect to sportspersons.“I am feeling happy that for the first time any chief minister is taking out time like this for sportspersons. This shows how much he loves sports and sportspersons. I thank him for giving us so much respect,” said Chopra while speaking to reporters in Chandigarh about the dinner hosted by the Chief Minister at his farmhouse in Mohali on Wednesday. The Chief Minister was seen serving his guests personally, straight out of the ‘patilas’ in which he had cooked his choicest dishes earlier during the day.“I started at 11 in the morning. Most of it was done by around 5 pm., and then it was time for some…

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Punjab ministers write to Amarinder Singh, demands to make Batala city a district

Chandigarh [India]: Two Punjab ministers Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Saturday wrote to Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and demanded that Batala city should be created as the 24th district of the state ‘to honour the wish of the people and overall development of this area’.The ministers accentuated that Batala is a historic town but has not received the focus it deserved. They also demanded that along with this, the historic towns of Fatehgarh Churian and Sri Hargobindpur or Ghuman should also be turned into new sub-divisions of the new district of Batala.They pointed out that Batala was an important city of Punjab with which rich historical, religious, social and literary heritage is associated. Batala was the oldest city of Punjab after Bathinda which was founded in 1465 and also the eighth-largest city in the state in terms of the…

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“India continues to be pluralistic”

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday said that India continues to be a pluralistic country that has the unique distinction of being home to almost every faith in the world.Addressing a special session to commemorate the 400th Prakash Purab of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur at the Punjab Legislative Assembly today, the Chief Minister said, “India has unique cultural tradition. When we call Indianness, this is the idea of India. Our ancient texts have expressed the idea of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’-the world is one family’. In Sikhism, we have a concept of ‘Sarbat da bhala’ meaning welfare of entire humanity.” “It was to uphold the right of people of this land to peacefully follow the faith of their choice, that Guru Sahab (Guru Teg Bahadur) gave his ‘shahadat’. By doing so he set a unique example in the history of sacrificing his…

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200 booked for protesting at Sukhbir Singh Badal’s rally

Moga (Punjab), [India] September 3 (ANI): First Information Reports were registered against 17 farmer leaders in Punjab’s Moga district on their names while 200 more unknown people were booked over protest outside Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sukhbir Singh Badal’s rally, said a police official on Friday. Farmers staged a protest against SAD president in Moga district yesterday. They had breached the security and pelted stones, according to Dhruman Nimbale, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Moga Police Station.“Farmers had breached security, pelted stones at police in Moga. FIR were registered under IPC sections and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. 17 farmer leaders and more than 200 others booked,” the SSP told reporters. (ANI)

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‘All is not well’ in Punjab Congress

Chandigarh [India]: Amid the ongoing rift in the Punjab Congress, AICC state in-charge Harish Rawat on Thursday revealed that all is not well in the party but claimed that state Congress is heading towards the ‘all is well’ situation.“I won’t say all is well, but we are heading towards it. I do not want to hide from you. We are trying to solve the issue,” Rawat told media persons here. This comes after Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Pargat Singh on Sunday questioned AICC state in-charge Harish Rawat over the decision that Congress will contest the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections under the leadership of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.Singh, who is believed to be close to Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, said, “When all the MLAs had met the three-member Kharge Committee constituted by the party high command in Delhi three months…

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Trucks from Afghanistan to be X-rayed at Attari border

Amid the ongoing situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan, India has installed its first Radiation Detection Equipment (RDE) at Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the Attari Border. New Delhi [India], September 2 : Aditya Mishra, the Chairman of the Land Ports Authority of India, confirmed about the first RDE at the Attari border. Explaining the concept, Mishra said, “The device is called a full-body truck scanner in which entire trucks pass through. It is basically an X-ray of a truck to detect any smuggling of arms, ammunition, or other illegal articles. It will also catch smuggling of any radioactive materials.”He added that the machines will help the border guarding forces to detect and deter illicit trafficking or smuggling of radioactive materials across the international border.Trade with Pakistan is suspended but trucks from Afghanistan via Pakistan are entering the country through the Attari border. Every day,…

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Sidhu takes his war with Punjab CM to next level

Speaking at an event in Amritsar, Sidhu said that he has told the party high command in Delhi that if he is not allowed to take decisions, ‘he won’t spare anyone’.The squabble in Punjab Congress is intensifying by the day with party’s state unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu refusing to announce any ‘ceasefire’ in his battle against Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.  New Delhi, India, August 27 Speaking at an event in Amritsar, Sidhu said that he has told the party high command in Delhi that if he is not allowed to take decisions, ‘he won’t spare anyone’. “Eent se eent baja dunga,” Sidhu is heard saying in a video of his speech shared by news agency ANI. Sidhu remark has come at a time when the Congress top brass is said to be miffed with him over recent remarks of his two advisors. Earlier…

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Harish Rawat talks tough on Punjab political turmoil: ‘Have not handed over Congress to Sidhu’

Four ministers– Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, and Charanjit Singh Channi — who are said to be close to Sidhu on Wednesday met Rawat and lodged their complaint against the CM and sought his replacement, saying they have “lost faith in him” over the issue of unfulfilled promises. New Delhi, India, August 25 : what could be seen as a stern message to Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, state party in-charge Harish Rawat on Wednesday rebuked that ‘no VIP is bigger than Congress and that any problem with an individual should not come in the way of party functioning.’ Rawat who on Wednesday met the rebel ministers, who had been demanding Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ouster, affirmed that ‘no one is against anyone.’ Four ministers– Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, and Charanjit Singh…

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PM chairs 37th PRAGATI meeting, reviews eight projects of three ministries

New Delhi [India], August 25 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired the 37th meeting of PRAGATI, the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving the Centre and state governments.A PMO release said nine agenda items were taken for review during the meeting including eight projects and one scheme. Among the eight projects, three projects each were from the Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and two projects were from the Ministry of Power.These eight projects have a cumulative cost of Rs 1,26,000 crore concerning 14 states – Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Uttrakhand, Manipur and Delhi.The Prime Minister stressed the significance of the timely completion of these projects.During the interaction, the Prime Minister reviewed ‘One Nation – One Ration Card’ (ONORC) scheme.He asked officials…

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Pakistan allows fully vaccinated pligrims to visit Kartarpur for Guru Nanak Dev’s death anniversary

Islamabad [Pakistan], August 22 : The Pakistan government on Sunday announced it will allow pilgrims who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur for the death anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev next month.Pakistan’s National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) held a meeting during which they unanimously decided to allow Sikh pilgrims to visit Kartarpur in Narowal district, next month under strict Covid-19 protocols, Dawn reported. Dawn reported that fully vaccinated persons with certificates will be allowed to enter Pakistan provided they show real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test reports which should not be more than 72 hours old.Apart from this, Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will also be conducted at airports and in case of a positive result, the individual will not be allowed to enter Pakistan.Besides, as per non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), a maximum of 300 people will be permitted to…

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Punjab Police foils major drug smuggling bid, seizes 40 kg heroin worth Rs 200 cr from India-Pakistan border

Amritsar (Punjab) [India], August 21: In an intelligence-led operation based on specific inputs, the Amritsar Rural Police foiled a major drug smuggling bid by Pakistan-based smugglers on Saturday and recovered 39 packets of heroin, weighing 40.81 kg in the Panjgraian Border Outpost (BOP), worth approximately Rs 200 crores.The operation was supported by the Border Security Force (BSF) and it was carried out in the border area under the control of the BSF. Dinkar Gupta, Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab, said “Following an input, Nirmal Singh (Sonu Mayer), a notorious smuggler of Gharinda area, was attempting to smuggle heroin through the Indo-Pak Border.”Gulneet Singh Khurana, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Amritsar (Rural) immediately shared the pin-pointed inputs with the BSF. He added that in the meanwhile, a police team comprising of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) investigation Gurinderpal Singh and DSP Ajnala…

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Two children killed, Chinese national injured in blast targeting convoy in Pakistan’s Punjab

Punjab [Pakistan]: Two children were among at least five people who were killed as a suicide bomber blew himself up targeting a vehicle carrying Chinese nationals on the Gwadar expressway in Pakistan’s Punjab Province. At least 30 people, including a Chinese national, was also injured in the incident that took place on Friday evening according to media reports. A convoy comprising four vehicles carrying Chinese nationals “with integral security details of Pakistan army and police contingent” was targeted on East Bay Expressway in Gwadar. The targeting took place along the coastal road near a fishermen’s colony, the ministry said in a statement.As per Dawn, Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), Majeed Brigade, claimed responsibility for the attack.Dawn citing sources reported that the Chinese nationals, who were working on the under-construction East-Bay Expressway, were returning to their camp when the vehicle was hit by the blast. “One…

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Punjab Vigilance Bureau arrests fmr DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in Rs 6.40 cr transaction case

Chandigarh, Aug 19: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau arrested former Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini in Rs 6.40 crore transaction case and produced him in the local CJM court of SAS Nagar to get his remand. Stating this here on Thursday, a spokesperson of Vigilance Bureau said the Director of WWICS Estates Private Ltd Davinder Singh Sandhu in colluding with Deputy Director Ashok Sika PCS, now retired, and Senior Town Planner Sagar Bhatia, now retired and others officials of local government converted illegally an agriculture land into residential colonies — Green Meadows-1 and Meadows-2 at Kurali in SAS district by fraudulently hiding the actual facts and showing fake documents in the year 2013. A case had been registered under various sections of IPC and 7(A)(B)(C) and 7-A, 13(1) r/w 13(2) Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 on September 17, 2020 at SAS Nagar…

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Punjab polls: Congress leader Kulwant Singh Sidhu joins AAP

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India]: In a major blow to the Congress in the industrial city of Ludhiana ahead of 2022 Assembly polls, senior leader and former state secretary Kulwant Singh Sidhu joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) along with hundreds of his associates on Wednesday.The leaders were formally welcomed here by AAP Punjab affairs in-charge and MLA from Delhi, Jarnail Singh and Deputy Leader of Opposition, Saravjit Kaur Manuke. Welcoming the senior Congress leader of the city, Kulwant Singh Sidhu, Jarnail Singh said, “Leaders and volunteers benevolent to Punjab, who are feeling suffocated due to corruption and nepotism in the conventional parties are welcome in the Aam Aadmi Party.”Kulwant Singh Sidhu started his political journey in the Congress as a youth leader and had been the state secretary of the Congress along with office-bearers in various capacities. The joining of Kulwant Sidhu has further boosted…

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Won’t tolerate aggression will teach Pak a lesson if it indulges in misadventure vows Punjab CM

Amritsar, Aug 15: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on the historic 75th Independence Day of the country, on Sunday vowed to protect the border state against the nefarious designs of Pakistan, even as he pledged to continue fighting with the farmers for the repeal of the Centre’s black Farm Laws. Calling for extreme vigil against Pakistan, which continued to try to foment trouble even 75 years after independence, the Chief Minister asserted that while “we want Punjab, but will not tolerate any aggression or attack on our territory.” Addressing the people of Punjab after unfurling the national flag, the Chief Minister declared “we will teach them (Pakistan) the lesson of their lifetime if they try to be adventurous.” Pointing to the use of drones by the neighbouring country to smuggle arms and drugs into the state, Captain Amarinder warned that Pakistan would not…

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Punjab: Balloons, flags of Pakistan found

Rupnagar (Punjab) [India], August 15 : Balloons and flags of Pakistan were found in the fields of Sandoa village in the Rupnagar district of Punjab on Sunday morning, the police said.The incident created panic among the residents. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Rupnagar Dr Akhil Chaudhary said that this can be activities of some miscreants.“Further investigation in the matter is underway,” he said.The nation is celebrating the 75th Independence Day today.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hoisted the national flag and delivered the customary address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi. 

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Punjab CM inaugurates Jallianwala Bagh Centenary

Amritsar (Punjab) [India], August 14 : At an emotionally charged event, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday inaugurated the Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Memorial Park in the memory of people martyred in the massacre of April 13, 1919.With the families of many martyrs looking on, Singh said that while the original memorial had been built to remember people who were known to have been killed in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, this second memorial was a tribute to all those unknown martyrs who laid down their lives in the massacre. “Nobody knows the exact number of lives lost. Though the Deputy Commissioner (DC) office has the names of only 448 who fell to the bullets of the British led by General Dyer who fired on the orders of the then Governor of Punjab Michael O’ Dwyer, with 1250 bullets fired on that day, the…

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Punjab mandates vaccine or RT-PCR to enter

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday made both doses of COVID-19 vaccination or negative RTPCR report mandatory for all those entering the state from August 16.Strict monitoring will be done particularly of those coming from Himachal Pradesh and Jammu, which are showing increased positivity. Amid reports of COVID-19 cases in schools, the Chief Minister has also directed that only fully vaccinated teaching and non-teaching staff, or those recently recovered from COVID, should physically teach in schools and colleges, with an online learning option to remain available to all children.He further ordered prioritisation of teachers and non-teaching staff for vaccination, with special camps to be held to ensure that all are covered with the first dose within this month and those due for the 2nd dose to be also prioritised. Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu suggested reducing the gap between…

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Punjab : New covid rules for visiting state

The Punjab government has made negative Covid-19 report or full vaccination mandatory for all people intending to visit the state from August 16. New, Delhi, India, August 14 : The Punjab government has made negative Covid-19 report or full vaccination mandatory for all people intending to visit the state. The new rule will come into effect from Monday.  The government has also asked agencies to ensure strict monitoring particularly of those coming from Himachal Pradesh and Jammu, which are showing increased Covid-19 positivity. According to a statement issued by the state government, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said that all persons intending to visit the state shall carry their Covid-19 vaccine certificate (double doses) or a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours w.e.f. August 16. Punjab on Friday reported 89 new cases of the coronavirus, taking the infection count to 5,99,846.…

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Punjab: New attraction at Attari-Wagah border

A museum depicting the glorious history and evolution of the Border Security Force (BSF) has been set up near the Attari-Wagah border in Amritsar, Punjab but is yet to open for the public amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Amritsar (Punjab) [India], August 14 : The museum has spectacular statues, sculptures, artefacts along with a theatre. “Those who come to experience the Beating Retreat ceremony will have another major centre of attraction here,” BSF Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Bhupinder Singh told ANI.In view of COVID-19, the museum has not yet opened its doors for public viewing. It was inaugurated in April 2021. “Due to the pandemic, the BSF museum will open for the public along with the reopening of the Beating Retreat ceremony,” said the DIG.The museum has a display of the achievements of the BSF, its history and information about BSF’s war heroes, he noted…

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Cash Awards for Olympians

Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi has informed that the state government will honor Tokyo Olympics medal winners and participating state players besides gold medallist Neeraj Chopra with cash awards worth Rs 32.67 crore in a special function to be held in Chandigarh on August 12. Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], August 11 : Rana Sodhi said that Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh will honour the Olympic players, while Governor VP Singh Badnaur would be the special guest on this occasion. The Sports Minister said that the Chief Minister has also increased the cash award money for the Olympic medalists with a view to further promote sports in the state. Neeraj Chopra who has deep roots with Punjab, would be honoured with an increased amount of Rs 2.51 crore instead of Rs 2 crore which was announced earlier.Rana Sodhi said that…

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Punjab CM likely to meet PM today

New Delhi [India], August 11 : Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital on Wednesday, sources said.According to the sources, Singh is likely to meet PM Modi at around 6 pm. Last month, the Punjab CM had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to resume dialogue with the agitating farmers and resolve their issues because there is a danger that powers across the border “may try to play upon the charged emotions of our proud, sincere, and hard-working farmers.”He had outlined that farmers have been protesting for the past seven months and their demonstrations have been peaceful more or less. He also had cited “cross-border threat” by ISI-backed groups.The Punjab CM will also be meeting the Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya at 4 pm today, the sources said.Amarinder Singh…

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Punjab CM meets Amit Shah

New Delhi [India]: Citing social, economic, and security implications of the prolonged farmers’ agitation, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday pressed Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the immediate repeal of the new farm laws, adding that the laws had “caused great resentment amongst farmers from Punjab and other states”. Expressing concern over the fear of inimical powers from across the border trying to exploit the resentment and disgruntlement against the government, the Chief Minister sought an enduring and expeditious solution to the farmers’ concerns. The Chief Minister said protests have been going on in Punjab ever since the Union Government issued the ordinances in June 2020. “While these protests have so far been largely peaceful, one can sense rising tempers, especially as the state moves towards elections in early 2022,” he said. According to a Punjab government release, the Chief Minister…

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Youth Akali Dal leader shot dead

Mohali (Punjab) [India], August 7 : Youth Akali Dal leader Vicky Middukhera was shot dead in broad daylight in Mohali on Saturday after being chased by two armed men who fired around 15 bullets at the young leader in the Mataur market at around 10.30 am before fleeing the spot. In the video, it is seen that the former president of Akali Dal’s student wing tried to run away from the spot when two youths, who came in a Hyundai i20 car, started firing at him. Vikramjit Singh aka Vicky Middukheda is said to be a group member of notorious gangster Larensh Vishnoi, lodged in Tihar Jail.  According to reports, Middukhera had come to meet his friend in an SUV near a property consultant’s office at a market in Mataur. He was taken to hospital in a PCR van from the spot where succumbed…

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Tribute to Freedom fighters

Chandigarh: Punjab School Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla on Thursday said the state government has given new recognition to fourteen more schools in various districts in the state by naming them after martyrs, freedom fighters and other renowned personalities to mark the contribution and sacrifices made by the sons of the soil.The Minister said the step to rename schools was a small token of gratitude to pay tribute to the freedom fighters and martyrs who sacrificed their lives fighting for the country, welfare and progress of our nation.He said a school in Hoshiarpur district has also been named after the father of the constitution Baba Saheb Dr B R Ambedkar as Government Elementary School Binowal has been renamed as Dr B R Ambedkar Government Elementary School, Binewal.He said another school, Government Senior Secondary School Binewal of Hoshiarpur district has been named after martyr Baldev…

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Punjab: Akali Dal leaders join BJP

New Delhi [India]: Six Punjab leaders out of which five are from Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Gajender Singh Shekhawat here on Monday.The new entrants include former Chairperson of District Planning Board, Amanjot Kaur Ramoowalia who is also the daughter of former Union minister Balwant Singh Ramuwalia. The former Vice President of SAD Chand Singh Chatha, former National Secretary (Org) of SAD and former Sarpanch S. Gurpreet Singh Shahpur joined the BJP in presence of senior party leaders. Rajya Sabha MP and Punjab in-charge Dushyant Kumar Gautam and National General secretary Tarun Chugh were also present at the induction. Others who joined BJP are former Doordarshan media presenter and motivational speaker Chetan Mohan Joshi, former SAD District Vice President, Gurdaspur and former member of Jila Parisad Baljinder Singh Dakoha and former National Vice president of SAD…

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Schools reopen in Punjab and C’garh

Amritsar/Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], August 2 : Students returned to schools in Punjab after a year with COVID-19 protocols in place. At Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Amritsar, school principal Mandeep Kaur told ANI, “The school has reopened for students of all classes now. Arrangements for ensuring proper sanitization in the vicinity have been made.” “Students have also been asked to carry their own sanitizer. Wearing a mask has been made compulsory. All teachers have received double doses of vaccines for protection against the virus. We have reduced the strength of classes to 50 percent.”“Also, for those who do not feel comfortable attending physical classes, online classes will continue simultaneously. Hence, it is not compulsory for students to come here”, said the Principal.Ashima, a school teacher said, “We have sanitized the school properly. We have also taken parents’ permission for allowing them to attend…

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Punjab: Regular schools from August 2

The Punjab Government on Saturday issued a notice directing all schools to reopen and resume all classes from August 2. The Punjab Government on Saturday issued a notice directing all schools to resume all offline classes from August 2. The notification also directed strict compliance with all COVID protocols. These COVID restrictions are extended up till August 10th, as per an earlier notice issued on July 20, 2021. The following points were highlighted in the recent notice All schools are allowed to open for all classes from August 2 and shall follow proper protocol to ensure COVID-appropriate behavior. Department of School Education is yet to lay out instructions in this regard Implementation of directives from the MHA/state government also extends to the District authorities Wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing is mandatory To contain the spread of COVID-19, directives issued in the notice dated…

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Hockey : Punjab govt announces Rs 2.25 crore each for state’s hockey players on winning gold

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi on Friday announced that the hockey players from the state participating in the Tokyo Olympics would now get Rs 2.25 crore individually on winning a team gold medal. Earlier, an amount of Rs 2.25 crore was given to the entire team for winning a gold medal.Addressing the media after presiding over a meeting of the Youth Development Board at Punjab Bhawan here, Rana Sodhi said that “out of a total of 20 players from Punjab, 11 players are giving their best in the Indian hockey team competing in Tokyo Olympics”. Congratulating the players on their excellent performance, he expressed hope that the country will win 3 to 4 medals in the Olympics. Reviewing the performance of the Punjab Youth Development Board, Rana Sodhi directed the Director Sports and Youth Services to…

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Captain Amarinder Singh gives go-ahead to put new Punjab SC Welfare bill before cabinet

Chandigarh: In a landmark move that will earmark a part of the state’s annual budget for the welfare of the Scheduled Castes in proportion to their population in Punjab, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday gave the go-ahead for putting a new Bill before the Cabinet, thus paving the way for its enactment in the next session of the Vidhan Sabha.The ‘Punjab State Welfare and Development of Scheduled Castes (Planning, Earmarking and Utilization of Financial Resources) Sub-Allocation Bill, 2021’ will also enable the government to put in place an institutional mechanism to formulate and monitor the implementation of the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP), and matters connected with it.The legislation, when passed in the Assembly, will provide the state government with a platform to ensure the overall development of Scheduled Castes through effective implementation of various welfare schemes under SCSP.Notably, Punjab has the…

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Kartarpur Corridor reopening

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], July 29 : Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reopen the Kartarpur Corridor in view of the improvement in the COVID-19 situation, to facilitate people to visit the historic shrine in Pakistan.In a letter to the Prime Minister, Singh said his government would be happy to work in conjunction with the Centre to ensure adherence to proper COVID-19 protocols, including testing and vaccination of pilgrims using the Corridor. The Chief Minister pointed out that the movement of devotees to Kartarpur through the Corridor was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.“The COVID-19 situation in Punjab has shown signs of significant improvement in the past one month and I am happy to share that yesterday, no COVID-19 related death was reported, after almost a period of one year,” he wrote.He mentioned that…

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Election Commission is gearing up for assembly elections in 5 states

ECI holds review meeting with CEOs of five states for upcoming state assembly elections ANI | Updated: Jul 28, 2021 23:06 IST New Delhi [India], July 28 (ANI): The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday held a review meeting on advance planning for forthcoming elections with the Chief Electoral Officers of the five states namely Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.“The preliminary meeting held was focussed on various thematic issues including Assured Minimum Facilities (AMF) at the polling stations, ease of registration arrangements for voter facilitation, electoral roll, timely resolution of grievances, arrangements of EVMs/VVPATs, postal ballot facility for senior citizens and PwDs, COVID Mitigation plan, training of polling staff and extensive voter outreach amongst others,” the ECI said in a statement. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra in his address said that transparency and impartiality are the hallmarks of the election process.Chandra said: “Issues and…

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Punjab: Cancel Agreements

Chandigarh [India]: Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to cancel or revisit all one-sided Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with private companies that are not beneficial to the state.An official release said that Chief Minister has asked the PSPCL to examine all the Power Purchase Agreements signed by the erstwhile SAD-BJP government with the various Independent Power Producers (IPPs), which were done basically to meet the power demands of the state, especially during paddy sowing and summer season. “He has directed the PSPCL to terminate, revisit all the lopsided PPAs that are not beneficial to the state,” it said.The move comes amid demand by state Congress to cancel such agreements.Newly-appointed Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu had met the chief minister on Tuesday and gave him a letter outlining five “priority areas that government must act upon immediately”…

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