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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.


In House, Amarinder Singh compares his govt to AAP’s Delhi, says Punjab doing better

February 27, 2020 2:37 pm

Comparing Punjab’s schools with those in Delhi, Amarinder said the Class X Results for 2019, Punjab’s pass percentage was 88 per cent compared to Delhi schools’ at 72 per cent.

Punjab Congress MLAs question Capt on drug menace, he says mafia’s backbone broken

February 27, 2020 10:13 am

Congress MLA Harpartap Singh Ajnala said that in his border constituency, Ajnala, many youths were passing away right in front of the eyes of their mothers due to drug overdose. He called upon his colleagues to do no such thing that lets drug peddlers escape the clutches of law.

Captain Amarinder Singh honoured with ‘ideal’ CM award

February 24, 2020 1:58 am

The award was presented to Capt Amarinder Singh by former President Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi at Vigyan Bhawan during the valedictory function of 10th edition of four-day national conclave of BCS.

Oppn takes ad-vantage of its Mahashivratri lapse, Punjab govt rushes to release greetings

February 22, 2020 5:57 am

AAP MLA Aman Arora, former BJP minister Anil Joshi and Congress leader from Garhshanker and member of PPCC Nimisha Mehta criticised the government for not releasing any advertisement offering greetings on the occasion of Mahashivratri.

Transmission towers on farm land: Amarinder says policy to compensate farmers soon

February 21, 2020 5:40 am

However, the Chief Minister ruled out the possibility of giving compensation to farmers for their land falling under the transmission lines, since a substantial chunk agriculture land across the state was under the transmission lines.

SC rejected CBI plea to probe sacrilege cases, Punjab police to investigate: Amarinder Singh tells House

February 20, 2020 8:11 pm

The Supreme Court earlier in the day allowed the state to carry on with its investigations into the sacrilege and the subsequent police firing cases, which were handed over to the CBI by the previous SAD-BJP regime.

Congress MLAs appointed CM’s advisers quit posts, Amarinder Singh tells them to wait

February 20, 2020 4:55 am

The Governor returned the file in December and asked the government to reply to a set of questions on whether these MLAs would actually hold the office-of-profit or not, and whether the government would provide them perks associated with the posts.

People want to see Amarinder of 2002, perception of Cong govt poor: Pargat Singh

February 20, 2020 4:25 am

"People want the same Amarinder Singh who terminated the water agreement, who put former PPSC chief Ravi Sidhu behind and several corrupt leaders behind bars,” Pargat Singh said.

Budget session: Punjab government likely to table white paper on power

February 18, 2020 2:15 pm

Sources said the government was now hurrying to prepare the white paper to be tabled in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha session.

Will renegotiate power purchase agreements with pvt players, says Capt Amarinder Singh

February 18, 2020 5:14 am

“Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has said his government would renegotiate the PPAs, which the erstwhile Akali government had signed, to defraud the state and its people,” a government statement said.


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.