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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9 Punjab ministers sworn in amid heartburn

Nine Punjab ministers sworn in amid heartburn

Including the Chief Minister, the Punjab Cabinet now has 18 members, which is the maximum 15 per cent of a state assembly allowed. 

9 Punjab ministers sworn in amid heartburn

Two more Congress MLAs upset with Punjab Cabinet expansion

Khanna MLA Gurkirat Singh Kotli, who is the grandson of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, said “old and traditional” families that have won elections for the party should have been considered for Cabinet berths. 

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Amarinder, Jakhar to meet Rahul in Delhi Thursday to discuss Cabinet expansion

According to sources, Amarinder plans to induct seven ministers as of now and leave two berths vacant. As per rules, Punjab, with 117-member Assembly, can have 18 ministers including the Chief Minister.

Amarinder Singh initiates state war memorial

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh asks finance department to release Rs 8 crore for war memorial

“The awareness of one’s rich legacy was the only way to face future challenges. This monument would go a long way in motivating the youth to imbue the spirit of patriotism and nationalism,” Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said.

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Punjab: CM Amarinder Singh launches loan waiver scheme for SCs, other poor

“Our government has put all efforts so that the SC/ST Act’s provisions are not diluted. I also urge the Congress MPs from the state to take up this matter in Parliament,” the Punjab CM said.

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Ambedkar jayanti celebrations: Mobile Internet, SMS suspended in four Punjab districts after clashes in Phagwara

Two groups clash over renaming of a traffic intersection as ‘Samvidhan Chowk’, four injured; CM appeals for peace.

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Punjab: Captain Amarinder Singh to launch debt waiver scheme for SCs, others on Saturday

State’s Forest and Welfare Minister Punjab Sadhu Singh Dharmsot said that at the function on Saturday, beneficiaries from the entire Doaba region would get waiver certificates from the CM.

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Punjab: Four years after big Hoshiarpur accident, victims yet to get promised aid

The accident had occurred near Manguwal village on Punjab-Himachal border, where the victims were returning from a pilgrimage in a mini-truck that turned turtle on a steep turn.

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Senior cops’ tussle: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh warns of action for indiscipline

Amarinder, who also holds the Home portfolio, ordered the police brass to “put an immediate end to fighting their personal and professional battles in courts and (in) the media”, sources said.

Supreme Court clears decks for ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ release

Hours later, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in a statement said that the government will not intervene in the issue, keeping in view the filmmakers’ decision not to release the movie in the state.

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‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ released, opposed, cleared: Why film on Guru Nanak Dev is at centre of row

Kamaldeep Singh Brar explains the controversy over ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’, a film SGPC now wants banned; SC ruled in favour of its release Tuesday.

Congress central leadership will decide on alliance in Punjab for 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Amarinder Singh

Congress central leadership will decide on alliance in Punjab for 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Amarinder Singh

About the possibility of a pre-poll alliance in Punjab, Amarinder Singh said any decision in this regard would be taken by the Congress’ central leadership.

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Day after DGP vs DGPs in court, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh seeks report

The CM constituted a three-member panel headed by his Chief Principal Secretary Suresh Kumar and comprising Home Secretary N S Kalsi and DGP Suresh Arora and asked them to submit a detailed report on the case.

After pilot project in three districts, Punjab government to start OOAT programme across state

Under OOAT, Buprenorphine, an opioid, is combined with another drug called Naloxone and provided to addicts on Out-Patient Department(OPD) basis to treat opioid addiction.

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Bharat Bandh derails life in Punjab, CM Amarinder Singh asks security forces to stay alert

Several trains that would remain cancelled on Tuesday include Amritsar-New Delhi-Amritsar Shatabdi (12014), and Chandigarh-Jaipur Express(19718). For Wednesday, Jay Nagar-Amritsar (14673) has been cancelled.