Navjeevan Gopal


‘Vendetta’ cases: Despite panel’s ‘cancellation’ recommendation, relief eludes Congress MLA
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Sikander claimed that besides the stay on the cancellation of case against Kangar, there was also “a stay” on a cross-complaint moved by Kangar against his father Gurpreet Maluka and others alleging attempt to murder.

Henderson Brooks report being kept under wraps to save political skin, says Punjab CM 
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

Amarinder added that the fault of “precipitating” the war lay with India. “Yes, it was our fault. We provoked the Chinese. We did go forward. The forward policy was the government policy,” Amarinder said

30% of 527 shortlisted for post of jail warders above 38 years of age
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

Officials in the jail department say that from 2011 to till date, about 500 jail warders had retired and among the 964 serving warders many were nearing retirement age.

As Canada opens doors, Punjab nanny schools in demand
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

To get ‘caregiver’ visas, many sign up for child, elderly care

Akalis target Congress MLA for ‘hosting’ Raja Bhaiya, AAP raises illegal mining
Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Raising the issue, Akali legislator Pawan Kumar Tinu attacked Congress for hosting “gangsters” in Punjab.

Why diaspora Sikhs are fighting to ‘Free Jaggi’
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

Jagtar Singh Johal (30) is a UK national and a resident of Dumbarton, Scotland. He was arrested on November 4 from Jalandhar district by a team of Punjab Police for his alleged role in the targeted killings from April 2016 to October 2017, including the murder of RSS leader Brigadier (retd) Jagdish Gagneja.

BSF men in uniform deployed to guide guests to venue of IG daughter’s wedding
Mon, Nov 20, 2017

The occasion was the marriage of the daughter of BSF IG P S Sandhu, who is posted as BSF IG, Subsidiary Training Centre, Bengaluru.

Bring PCOCA with sunset clause, repeal after three years: Punjab AG
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

The Act was initially proposed by the previous SAD-BJP government, but was shelved over reservations, including by then BJP minister Madan Mohan Mittal, that a confessional statement made before a Superintendent of Police under the proposed legislation could be misused to unleash political vendetta.

Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections 2017: In Mandi, two heavyweights face litmus test
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

Sukh Ram blames Virbhadra for a corruption case in which he was convicted. He added that he would come clean, claiming that the money recovered in the case was “Congress party funds for elections in two states.”

In background check, authorities find no trace of one among 25 on MEA’s missing list
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

List names 25 persons from Punjab for collecting DNA samples from relatives, state returns samples of 24

Himachal Pradesh polls: A village that fears Rohtang tunnel will only cut them off
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

The tunnel, which is strategically significant for the army, has its terminals near Panchal on the Manali side, and near Gufa Hotel in Keylong on the other side.

In Darang, a Kargil war hero campaigns for BJP
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

In fact, the retired Brigadier was also one of the aspirants for party ticket from Darang, but after party fielded Jawahar Thakur, he decided to extend all his support to the party nominee.

Manali: Tribunal ban on tourism activities may hurt Cong’s chances
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

Residents of Lahaul believe that since strongholds of both Thakur and Markande are in Lahaul and if they manage to maintain control over their strongholds and finish almost even in Lahaul, Spiti region will decide the winner.

For BJP, Cong candidates hailing from Lahaul, Spiti key to deciding winner
Wed, Nov 01, 2017

There are 22,995 voters in Lahaul-Spiti. Blockwise, Lahaul block has 8,758 voters (4,395 males and 4,363 females), Udaipur (in Lahaul) has 6,757 electors (3,387 males and 3,387 females) and Spiti block has 7,480 voters (3,692 males and 3,788 females).

Himachal Pradesh elections: For want of other options, charas sustains this village in Kullu
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Malana has a population of 2,450, out of whom 845 are registered as voters for November 9. It is part of Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu constituency, which has 81,000 voters this time.

Himachal Pradesh elections 2017: Back with BJP, Kullu ‘raja’ warns villagers of ‘deceitful’ Virbhadra
Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Walking with a stick, Maheshwar Singh, 68, the BJP’s candidate for Kullu, campaigned in four villages in Lag valley Tuesday. He is contesting against Sunder Thakur of the Congress.

Mandi: Virbhadra the real Aaya Ram Gaya Ram, says Sukh Ram
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

The switchover of Anil Sharma from Congress to BJP is the talking point in Mandi. Wearing the BJP robe around his neck on the stage of Anil Sharma, a man wishing not to be identified said there were several senior BJP leaders vying for ticket.

As Islamic State collapses, MEA collects DNA from families of the 39 missing Indians
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

The MEA has been in touch with local missions in Syria and Iraq, besides seeking help from American authorities for coordination on the ground, ministry sources said.

Will get required material through other sources: Ranjit Singh panel
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

The commission on Monday summoned an inspector through bailable warrant of Rs 5,000 on October 17 in connection with the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib in Moga district which the commission suspects may be linked to incidents in Faridkot district.

Punjab STF wants powers to intercept communication of ‘drug traffickers’
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

The STF was formed in March after Congress formed the government; CM Amarinder Singh had declared that menace of drugs would be ended in Punjab in four week’s time

Desecration cases in Punjab: Why was DGP Saini shifted out, asks probe panel
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

Facing massive outrage over the sacrilege and killing of two protesters in police firing, the SAD-BJP government had removed Sumedh Singh Saini and appointed Suresh Arora as Punjab Director General of Police on October 25, 2015.

Sucha Singh Langah: Runaway ex-minister rose rapidly in SAD ranks, fell flat-out
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

SAD spokesperson Daljit Singh Cheema said: “Allegations against him were very serious. No political party can afford to defend such allegations. Let him face the law.”

The story of four days: An extradition that wasn’t
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada had set aside a ruling against the extradition by the same British Columbia Court of Appeal, and ordered Badesha and Kaur be sent to India to face trial in the murder case in India.

Desecration probe panel summons SGPC chief
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

The Commission has asked the SGPC chief or his representative to appear before it on October 9 and submit all records on grant and withdrawal of the controversial pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

Nabha jailbreak: UP STF chief refutes Punjab claim, says wanted man never nabbed
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

Punjab Police had not named any specific officer of the UP Police in their input. It was only in media reports that Amitabh Yash’s name was mentioned. I shall submit my report to the UP government in a few days.”

Behind blame-game over Punjab’s drugs problem, uncertainty around real numbers
Mon, Sep 25, 2017

The Indian Express summarises the contradictory findings of multiple surveys, and how they are impeding the fight against drugs in the state

Punjab police vs UP police over ‘release’ of wanted man
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

“We received an intelligence input regarding Gopi and shared it with UP police on September 13,” Punjab DGP (Intelligence) Dinker Gupta. “The input was that probably Gopi was caught in UP and let off subsequently. One of my officers spoke with his counterpart in UP the same day.”

Punjab plans reviving State Law Commission
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

The last Law Commission of Punjab was functional till 2013, after it was created in 2007 when the SAD-BJP formed the government after dislodging the previous Congress government led by CM Captain Amarinder Singh

In 2nd report, Gill panel finds 47 cases filed during SAD regime to be ‘false’
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Out of the 47 cases, in which final report under section 173 CrPC has not been filed or the accused have been acquitted, identified as “false”, the commission recommended cancellation of FIRs in as many as 37 cases.

Desecration cases in Punjab: Chairman says probe panel staff working without pay, seeks six-month extension
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

In a letter written to Punjab Home Department on September 4, Commission chairman Justice (retd) Ranjit Singh cited the large ambit of the probe and difficulties being faced by the panel while seeking the extension.

Set to be ‘retired premature’, Salwinder was suspended, reinstated six times
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Salwinder hit headlines after terrorists hijacked his car on the night of December 31, 2015, and drove it to Pathankot where they infiltrated the airbase and launched an attack on it from inside on January 1, 2016.

Chhapar Mela: Badal senior skips, Sukhbir goes soft on Capt in his address
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Another reason for Amarinder to go slow on Akalis, Kumar said, could be that Amarinder wants a peaceful tenure as any action against Akalis could lead to a backlash from Akali Dal which controls SGPC and Akal Takht. 

Amarinder Singh’s first trip abroad as CM is private visit to UK, wants Centre to ask British govt to ensure security
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

The letter points out the threats while underlining that Amarinder is a Z-plus category protectee “facing serious threat to his life from various terrorist outfits and fundamentalist groups operating in India  and abroad...”

Blasphemy case: Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Sing cited ‘rehab of rape victims’ to get off hook
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

The case is back into spotlight. The Punjab and Haryana High Court is hearing the case after a revision petition was filed in 2015. The case was partly heard by judge Surinder Gupta on August 17. The next date of hearing in the case will be notified later.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim: Punjab has Dera properties worth Rs 52 crore
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

In Muktsar district, another district in the Malwa region, a loss of Rs 10 lakh worth public property and Rs 13 lakh of private property has been calculated. Incidentally, Dera has properties worth Rs 5 crore in Muktsar district alone.

Akal Takht never pardoned Ram Rahim: Chief
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

The Punjab & Haryana High Court is hearing a revision petition against his acquittal by a Bathida court for sacrilege under Section 295 A.