Amarinder Singh

Captain Amarinder Singh is the current chief minister of Punjab. A prominent and popular leader of the Congress, he took over the role on March 16, 2017. Singh is the son of the last king of the erstwhile state of Patiala. Having completed his schooling from Doon school, Singh completed his military training from the National Defense Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He joined the Indian Army in 1963 and was part of the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965, as part of the Sikh regiment. Singh entered politics in 1980 under Rajiv Gandhi who was his friend from school. He later left Congress as a mark of protest against Operation Blue Star in the Golden Temple. He joined the Shiromani Akali Dal, and later broke away from it to form a splinter party, Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic) that went on to merge with the Congress in 1997. Singh served as Punjab Congress chief from 1999 to 2002. In 2002 he became the state's chief minister and remained in power till 2007. In 2014, Singh had won the Lok Sabha elections but had later resigned when the Supreme Court ruled the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal agreement as unconstitutional. Singh was appointed president of Punjab Congress on November 27, 2015, in the run up to the 2017 Assembly elections. Apart from a strong political contender, he is also well known for his literary bend. He has penned several books on war and Sikh history, including his memoir of the 1965 Indo-Pak war.
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Mewat rape case: HC seeks on probe status report

Suresh Kumar appointment as Punjab Chief Principal Secretary set aside

Suresh Kumar, who retired in 2016 as an additional chief secretary, was appointed as chief principal secretary to the chief minister in March for a period of five years.

At centre of sand mine row, Punjab Minister Rana Gurjit Singh quits

A series of reports in The Indian Express had highlighted the alleged links of Rana Gurjit with firms involved in the sand mine auction.

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Punjab government inks MoU with IOC to set up biogas, bio-CNG plants

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh suggested setting up of societies of unemployed youth and encourage them to set up the proposed units with the support of the state government, and the IOC taking up the end product sales.

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Top cop who probed Amarinder Singh’s adviser booked in assets case after retirement

Chahal, who was the media adviser to CM during Amarinder’s last stint from 2002 to 2007, was booked in a disproportionate assets case in June 2007, during SAD-BJP regime.

In Punjab loan waiver list: Congress leaders, their kin, and a Rs 3 surprise

The beneficiaries at centre of farmer union protests.

Punjab government’s debt waiver scheme excludes most small farmers

Number of likely beneficiaries to be not even a third of the promised 10.25 lakh.

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Punjab: Farm labourers take out rally, demand loan waiver

Farm labourers, including women, demanded that loan waiver for khet mazdoors should be done first.

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Punjab Chief Minister rolls out debt waiver, attacks farmer unions for ‘spreading lies’

AAP, BKU members organise separate protests, call debt waiver scheme an eyewash.

Punjab CM to kick off debt waiver exercise at Mansa today

Punjab CM to kick off debt waiver exercise at Mansa today

Though the total number of beneficiaries was pegged at 10.25 lakh by the government, only 5.63 lakh farmers have been identified so far for the purpose.

Will not allow Amarinder Singh's smooth participation in Harvard conference: SFJ

Will not allow Amarinder Singh’s smooth participation in Harvard conference: SFJ

“Amarinder’s government is following in the footsteps of the Badals whose government also filed frivolous criminal charges against SFJ campaigners in 2016. The Punjab CM will not have a smooth participation in Harvard conference, we can assure that,” said Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Legal Advisor of SFJ.

Only six Punjab govt staff apply to accompany pilgrims to Pakistan, two withdraw

While four trips are planned annually by the Punjab government to observe Sikh holy days there, they get cancelled at last moment depending on visa approvals by Pakistan.

CM Amarinder Singh, Rahul Gandhi meet on Cabinet expansion deferred

Sources said that the CM had developed fever and had to be flown back to Chandigarh. The discussion on Cabinet expansion would now be taken up some other time.

Punjab government to act against unlawful beneficiaries 

Government servants should work diligently to ensure that benefits under various state and Centre-sponsored schemes reach the intended beneficiaries only, Welfare, Printing and Stationery and Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot said.

Bar Congress leaders from entering villages for failing to keep loan waiver promise: Sukhpal Khaira to farmers

‘Sack Capt for drinking in public, hosting Aroosa Alam at CM’s residence’

Khaira while talking to the Media persons in Jalandhar on Thursday said that a person occupying the office of Chief Minister is supposed to lead by example in public life and is a role model for the people of his state.

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Punjab Cabinet defers its ordinance to regularise illegal colonies

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh set up a five-member Cabinet sub-committee to finalise the legislation and policy for regularisation of unauthorised colonies.