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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.


RTI response nails Centre's lie on farm laws: Amarinder

January 20, 2021 10:19 pm

Amarinder said the RTI reply was "in stark contrast to the claims of the Central government, which both Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and AAP had been shamelessly parroting in an apparent bid to promote the Bharatiya Janata Party’s anti-farmer agenda".

Such arm-twisting tactics won't weaken farmers' resolve: Amarinder Singh on NIA notices to union leaders

January 19, 2021 1:51 am

Questioning the Centre's intent, Amarinder said "BJP’s most powerful minds won't be able to control the situation if things get out of hand."

Punjab vaccine rollout: Health workers who survived Covid among those to be vaccinated first

January 16, 2021 8:51 am

As Punjab gets set to roll out the vaccination drive on Saturday at 59 sites across 22 districts, Shelly says she does not want to remember the difficult time and just focus on getting the vaccine.

Manpreet lays stone for Buddha Nullah rejuvenation: Two years, Rs 650 cr

January 13, 2021 12:07 am

The foundation was laid by Finance Minister Manpreet Badal after Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who was scheduled to do the honours, cancelled the plan at the last minute over health issues.

Pre-GST era arrears: Punjab clears one-time settlement scheme for traders

January 12, 2021 1:33 am

The Punjab One Time Settlement Scheme for Recovery of Outstanding Dues-2021 will be implemented from February 1 and the state exchequer would bear a financial burden of Rs 121.06 crore.

Stop acting like BJP agent, join it officially: AAP to Capt

January 10, 2021 3:20 am

AAP leader Raghav Chadha alleged that Amarinder was “helpless” and “bound to appease” the Centre to “save” his son who is facing the ED investigation.

Had asked police to give me intelligence updates on farmers’ protest: Amarinder

January 09, 2021 10:58 am

Captain Amarinder trashed the twisted and senseless interpretation being given to the presence of a few Punjab Police personnel at the farmers’ protest site.

CM Amarinder Singh taking orders from Centre: Sukhbir Badal

January 08, 2021 9:50 pm

“You (Capt Amarinder Singh) should have been in the forefront of the fight to secure the rights of the farmers of the state. You should have led the agitation and even been ready to sacrifice all for it," said Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Cow dung dumping case: Capt orders withdrawal of attempt to murder charge, shifts SHO; BJP fumes

January 07, 2021 10:03 am

In a statement, the Chief Minister said that the SHO had gone overboard in registering a case under Section 307 of the IPC. “There was no attempt to murder,” he said.

Punjab: Amarinder Singh backs singer's arrest for promoting 'gun culture'

January 06, 2021 10:38 pm

On Tuesday, Patiala’s Senior Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal said Shree Brar’s song had provocative lyrics, promoting violence and anti-social acts to the extent of even providing shelter to criminals and encouraging jail breaks.


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

June 22, 2020 6:09 pm

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.