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Amarinder plays badminton, says may stay on for Punjab’s sake
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The Punjab CM has commiserated with the families of the victims of a fire in an illegal plastic factory, while his media office released photos and a video of him swinging a badminton racquet at an indoor court - the other player was not visible.

PPSC cash-for-job scam: Govt weighs up re-recruitment of 6 PCS officers dismissed in 2002
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Sources in government told The Indian Express that the issue of the re-appointment of the six was discussed at a meeting of Chief Minister with the Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh and Advocate General Atul Nanda where the AG vociferously opposed the appointment of all except Randeep Singh, who was acquitted by the Supreme Court.

MPs’ meeting a damp squib, only 4/20 attend Amarinder Singh’s initiative
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

While Shiromani Akali Dal MPs had already made it clear they would not attend the meeting as the CM was himself staying away, even the Congress MPs did not cooperate.

MPs’ meet today: Captain Amarinder decides to skip, Bajwa boycotts
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

While Akali Dal and AAP MPs had already decided to boycott the meeting, Bajwa, who was waiting to raise several issues with Chief Minister, including pressing him for taking action against SAD leader and former Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, also announced his decision to boycott the gathering.

Row over Capt Amarinder Singh’s tweet in May: ‘Issue is being examined, will be responded to legally’
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Delhi Sikh group presses for compensation to kin of 21 youths

Punjab govt’s straw management challenge: Tussle over translation of notification chokes ad for global cash award
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

The department had notified the challenge fund mostly in Punjabi with only a few paragraphs in English.

Navjot Singh Sidhu skips campaign, says was ‘not needed’
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, PPCC president Sunil Kumar Jakhar and Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal campaigned in Himachal, Sidhu did not.

RSS ‘whispering campaign’: Swayamsevaks go door to door seeking votes for BJP
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Kewal’s 12-year-old son, who attends RSS shakha every evening in a neighbourhood school, is a part of the saffron outfit’s army that has fanned out in the state to hone up BJP’s chances in the Himachal Assembly elections.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 2017: Up against BJP rebel, Indu Goswami seeks votes to ‘strengthen PM’s hands’
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

As the constituency gears to vote, Goswami faces Himachal Pradesh Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail’s son, Ashish Butail, of Congress and Praveen Kumar in a triangular contest, with Congress hoping to benefit from the BJP divide.

Dharamshala constituency: Gaddi community to decide winner
Tue, Nov 07, 2017

Four-time MLA and Gaddi community member Kapoor is counting on these 18,000 votes against his Congress rival in the constituency with 73,506 voters.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 2017: Decided I won’t go back to Congress, says Vijai Mankotia
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

A former cabinet minister in Virbhadra’s government in 2004 who was removed in a downsizing of the cabinet mid-term, Major Mankotia quit and rejoined Congress several times, joined BSP and V P Singh’s Janata Dal before rejoining the Congress

PM Narendra Modi attacks Rahul Gandhi: Our army at Doklam, he met China envoy
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

Mocking Congress Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as a candidate who is “out on bail,” Modi said, “And they had the audacity to release their manifesto promising zero tolerance for corruption."

Himachal Pradesh: PM Modi calls Congress a ‘laughing club’, says need to get rid of ‘five monsters’
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Modi said the Congress needs to introspect why a forgiving country like India is out to punish its leaders by turning away from them one by one.

Hindutva is being misunderstood, our people responsible: BJP MP Shanta Kumar
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Our own people are responsible for this misunderstanding... I have raised it within the party, that such leaders should be stopped, said Shanta Kumar.

Bali underlines Sonia is party’s face, his supporters project him as ‘next CM’
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

A four-time legislator from Nagrota Bagwan and a vociferous Kangra leader, Bali’s supporters are still seeking votes saying they had an “opportunity to send a CM from Kangra.”

In Congress ‘dilemma’ over Bikram Singh Majithia, it’s Captain Amarinder Singh vs 40 MLAs
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

The CM’s confidants say that Amarinder, now wiser after his gunning for the Badals during his previous tenure as CM made the Akalis stronger, did not want a repeat of such vendetta politics.

Pension Scam: Maximum fake beneficiaries in strongholds of ex-CM Badal, his kin
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

This was revealed after verification of 18.62 lakh beneficiaries of state government’s pension scheme, out of which 82,533 (4.43 per cent) were found to be fake.

Gurdaspur bypoll results 2017: Congress breaks all records, wins by 1.93 lakh vote margin
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

The landslide win for the Congress holds importance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, with the party hailing it as the "people's mandate" against the BJP.

‘Power subsidy to industry from November 1’
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

In the agenda of the goverment's Cabinet meeting scheduled October 16, power subsidies to industry is listed as part of the state's industrial policy. If the Cabinet passes it, the state's industry would get power at Rs 5 per unit.

Sand mine auction row: Can only recommend action, up to govt now: Justice Narang
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Justice Narang was the probing authority of the one-man commission constituted by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh after allegations surfaced against Rana Gurjit linking two mines bagged by his former employees to him.

Punjab power subsidy bill to touch Rs 14,000 crore this fiscal
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

The power regulator has reminded the state of a huge power subsidy bill of Rs 11,000 crore, adding that it should have started clearing the dues at Rs 900 crore per month from April onwards.

No confrontation with farmers over stubble burning, says CM Amarinder Singh
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Amarinder Singh in a statement said, “The law and order machinery was not enough to solve the problem, which required collective efforts by the Government of India and state governments for a meaningful resolution”.

Gurdaspur bypoll: Boost for Sunil Jakhar as Partap Singh Bajwa joins campaign
Tue, Oct 03, 2017

"I will be part of the campaign from now. I got orders from the high command and Rahul ji’s office. I am a loyal soldier of the party. I have assured the high command that I will work towards the party’s victory,” said Bajwa.

Punjab yet to place global ads for $1-million reward to check stubble burning
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

As per government data, 75 per cent of the 19.7 million tonnes of paddy straw generated is set afire by farmers every year. Not only it affects soil health, but it also becomes a threat for the environment.

Rajinder Kaur Bhattal: Sunil Jakhar most suitable Gurdaspur candidate
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Talking to The Indian Express Thursday, former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, who lost the recent Assembly election from Lehra Gaga, said, “Jakhar is the best candidate. I had strongly recommended his name to the high command for the ticket.”

Govt foils farmers’ plan to lay siege to CM Amarinder’s Patiala palace
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

All the entry points to the city were sealed. The Punjab Police said as many as 4,000 personnel were deployed in the town.

Pay Rs 1,000 crore to get CCL sanction, Centre tells Punjab
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

The government, on the other hand, is handling the situation arising out of the call given by several farmers organisations to gherao Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s Moti Bagh Palace in Patiala for five days beginning Friday.

Gurdaspur LS by-election: Congress picks Captain loyalist Sunil Jakhar
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Jakhar (63), a three-time MLA from Abohar and a former Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, was pitted in the intra-party battle against Amarinder’s bête noire and former PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa, whose wife was a claimant for the same ticket

Sunil Jakhar is Congress candidate for Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Jakhar, a loyalist of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, was being backed by the CM for his candidature. Although former Punjab Congress president and a protege of Rahul, Partap Singh Bajwa had staked the claim on the ticket for his ex-MLA wife Charanjit Kaur Bajwa.

Cancel auction of sand mines linked to Rana Gurjit: panel
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

The controversial mines included two in Saidpur and Mehadipur in Nawanshahr. Amit Bahadur, who bagged Saidpur mines for Rs 26.51 crore and Kulwinder Pal Singh, who bagged Mehadipur mines for Rs 9.31 crore, were alleged to be fronting for the minister

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh takes a stand against death penalty
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Punjab’s Home Department had put up a file to the Chief Minister Office proposing state’s stand favouring death sentence in “rarest of rare cases.” But the CM disposed of the proposal and has asked the Home department to re-examine the matter.

Punjab government to fund debt waiver with dues from rice mills
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, Finance Secretary Anirudh Tewari and Food Secretary KAP Sinha had marathon meetings throughout the day Tuesday along with other officials.

Farm loan waiver: Punjab looks to Centre, steps up bid to relax norms
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

With just two days left for the Cabinet meet and unrest among farmers organisations growing, state Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal met Arun Jaitley on Monday and pushed for easing the fiscal responsibility and budget management (FRBM) limit.

Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election: Captain Amarinder Singh meets Sonia Gandhi to discuss contenders
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Sources said Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar had emerged the frontrunner for the seat after Amarinder and Sonia had a 25-minute discussion.

Six months on, Captain’s lieutenants are holding fort
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

A 1983-batch IAS officer, Suresh Kumar, who was pulled out of retirement by Amarinder, is his most trusted bureaucrat. Owing to his closeness to the CM, who has virtually given him a free hand to run the government, Kumar is often referred to as the most powerful man in Punjab today

Gurdaspur LS bypoll: Ticket tussle in Congress continues, Punjab CM likely to meet Sonia Gandhi today
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

Sources said Amarinder and Kumari are likely to meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi in Delhi on Monday and discuss the issue