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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.


‘Who is Prashant Kishor,’ asks Asha Kumari on Capt plan to get strategist on board for 2022 polls

June 03, 2020 11:37 pm

Prashant Kishor had on Tuesday made it clear that he was not interested in taking up work with the Congress in “bits and pieces”. He had stated that Punjab and Madhya Pradesh Chief Ministers had contacted him but he was “not inclined.”

Capt launches Mission Fateh song to boost Punjabis' morale amid COVID-19

June 02, 2020 10:11 pm

In the song, Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, Punjabi singers Gurdass Maan and Harbhajan Singh besides a star-studded line-up of personalities from sports and Punjabi cinema, convey a message of resilience, resolve and discipline to defeat the virus and save Punjab.

For 2022, Capt Amarinder Singh wants Prashant Kishor by his side

June 01, 2020 2:55 am

The source added, “Prashant Kishor is too busy with West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. He is not keen on Punjab. He has not visited the state even once after 2017 Assembly elections. He did not even keep in touch. He has not even made a phone call to anyone. We will see what happens.”

Punjab: For 2022, Capt wants Prashant Kishor by his side

June 01, 2020 12:16 am

Sources close to Kishor told Indian Express Wednesday that he was “not interested” in taking up Punjab as “his hands were full and he was keeping too busy with West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.”

Capt Amarinder Singh clears appointments of 8 next of kin of martyrs

May 31, 2020 10:54 pm

A statement from chief minister’s office said that the appointments were recommended by a ‘high-powered committee’ headed by Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh.

Punjab farmers will get free power till I am in power: CM

May 31, 2020 2:13 am

Amarinder’s statement came a few days after his Cabinet cleared the proposal of Centre to enhance the borrowing limit if state forgoes free power to farmers in the state.

Punjab decides to hike MBBS fee in govt, private colleges

May 28, 2020 12:01 am

With the massive surge in the price index in the years thereafter, these colleges are facing fiscal problems and are unable to meet the norms of Medical Council of India, thus necessitating a fee hike

Punjab: Ministers row ends as top bureaucrat apologises in Cabinet meet

May 27, 2020 11:44 pm

After the meeting, Manpreet Badal told the media that the CS had apologised for “his choice of words, his body language and his attitude that day and said he would not repeat it in future”. He added: “Democracy has won. In democracy, representatives of the people are more important than bureaucracy.”

Punjab to provide free ration to 14 lakh migrants under Atmanirbhar scheme

May 26, 2020 1:15 am

While 17.7 lakh migrants had registered on the government portal to go back home and three lakh have left via trains and over a lakh via buses and many others on foot or private vehicles, the remaining around 14 lakh will get 2 months of free ration under the scheme.

Ministers vs chief secy row: Amarinder hosts Manpreet, Channi

May 26, 2020 1:14 am

Manpreet stands ground, wants issue to be taken up in Cabinet again.


Today in pics: NSUI members protest in Delhi

August 02, 2014 4:36 pm

Police detaining NSUI members during a protest against CSAT format.


Eye for Detail 15: The importance of Kartarpur corridor, Implant Files and the Maratha reservation

December 01, 2018 11:52 am

This week we look at the importance of the Kartarpur corridor between India and Pakistan, why you should pay attention to the revelations from Implant Files and what the Maratha reservation could lead to.

India will continue to react: Congress tells Musharraf

January 12, 2016 9:38 am

Amritsar, Jan 12 (ANI): Rubbishing former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf's remark that India was overreacting on the Pathankot terror attack, Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said that India will react as they are not superfluous who can be shot by the terrorists. Singh further stressed the need for continuation of talks between the two countries, saying regular communication is the only way to establish peace and stop terror attacks.

Talks with Pakistan should not stop: Amarinder Singh

January 11, 2016 9:17 am

New Delhi, Jan 11 (ANI): Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday said that talks with Pakistan should not be stopped as peace cannot be achieved without dialogue.The former Punjab chief minister also said that India cannot afford to lose its soldiers every day.