Punjab Police Rules: A case of Caste and Prejudice
16.07.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

IT HAS TAKEN more than 70 years since the country achieved freedom to cast away a cloak designed by the British rulers in 1934 to identify people by caste and create a divide in society. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered the governments ...

Punjab to provide free treatment for poor drug addicts
10.07.18 - TEAM PT

CHANDIGARH, JULY 10: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today announced free treatment for poor drug addicts at all state-run de-addiction centres, and also ordered the police not to harass addicts or their families in any way.

Chairing a high-level meeting of Civil Surgeons, Medical Superintendents ...

Sukhbir’s offer of joint action on drugs is just a political gimmick: Amarinder
07.07.18 - Team PT

CHANDIGARH, July 7: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ridiculed Sukhbir Singh Badal’s call for de-politicising the drugs and sacrilege issue as nothing but a political gimmick to divert public attention from his own role in shamelessly allowing both to flourish during his party’s ...

Drugs in Punjab: Beating Donald Trump at his insanity game
06.07.18 - S Pal

HOW DO YOU start a conversation in times when all political parties and wide sections of civil society openly advocate that thousands of youth in the state be hanged to death without losing any time?

How do you get a handle at the narrative if the ...

CM orders mandatory dope test for all govt. employees, including policemen
04.07.18 - TEAM PT

CHANDIGARH, JULY 4: Further tightening the noose around drug abuse, Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has ordered mandatory dope test of all government employees, including police personnel, from the time of their recruitment through every stage of their service.
Amarinder has directed ...

Amarinder writes to Rajnath, asks for death penalty to 1st time drug offenders
04.07.18 - TEAM PT

CHANDIGARH, JULY 4: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today made a strong recommendation to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for amending the existing laws to provide for death penalty for first-time drug smugglers and peddlers.
Taking forward his Cabinet’s decision on the issue, the Chief Minister ...

Death is the answer – From Govt in Punjab, Drug Peddler in Village, Lynch Mob in MP
03.07.18 - S Pal

2015. A self-inspired people's movement raging on the streets of Punjab, and social media leading it from the forefront. Corpses on the road. Police fired into crowd. Angry mobs going all out to take into their own hands the complex task of applying institutional correctives.

"Death ...

Amarinder convenes cabinet meeting on Monday to discuss drug menace
30.06.18 - TEAM PT

CHANDIGARH, JUNE 30: In a move to further strengthen his government’s crackdown on drugs, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has convened a meeting of his Cabinet on Monday morning to review the progress of the investigations and discuss ways and means of countering the menace.

Amarinder blasts Centre for politicising Indian Army
28.06.18 - TEAM PT

CHANDIGARH, JUNE 28: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday condemned the central government’s repeated attempts to politicise the Indian Army over the issue of the surgical strikes.

Talking informally to mediapersons after distributing compensation cheques to the Jodhput detenues, Amarinder said while he had not ...

Amarinder to hand over cheques of compensation to Jodhpur detenues tomorrow
27.06.18 - TEAM PT

CHANDIGARH, JUNE 27: The troubled Jodhpur detenues are all set to get much-needed relief, with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh deciding to hand over cheques of the state’s share of the Rs. 4.5 crore compensation to them on Thursday.

Amarinder will hand over the cheques ...

Harsimrat’s bid to exploit Sikh sentiments is Shameful & ridiculous: Amarinder
26.06.18 - TEAM PT

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has termed as shameful and ridiculous Akali leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s tweet on the issue of compensation to the Jodhpur detinues, pointing out that the only compensation paid to them was during his previous tenure in 2006.

Punjab govt to pay full compensation to Jodhpur detenus, if Centre fails to pay its share: Amarinder
25.06.18 - TEAM PT

CHANDIGARH, JUNE 25: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday announced his government’s decision to pay the full compensation amount of Rs. 4.5 crore to the Jodhpur detenus if the Centre fails to come out with its share.
The Chief Minister made this clear after a telephonic ...

Six high-security prisons in Punjab to get CISF personnel
25.06.18 - TEAM PT

CHANDIGARH, JUNE 25: In an effort to strengthen prison security, the Punjab Government has decided to deploy the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for checking and frisking at six of the 10 high-security jails in the state by the end of July 2018.

This was decided on ...

Pakistan Murdabad, he shouted, sword in hand
25.06.18 - PT Special

MARCH 3, 1947. The Lahore Assembly. Extremely surcharged atmosphere.

A turban Sardar with an unsheathed kirpan in hand shouted at the top of his hoarse voice: Pakistan Murdabad!

(Khushwant Singh, The History of the Sikhs)

A number of historians and witnesses later claimed that Master Tara Singh had ...

Punjab Roadways Chakka Jaam on June 25, but only in Punjabi Newspapers
19.06.18 - Team PT

PUNJAB ROADWAYS, now being run almost exclusively by contract workers and employees recruited under "outsourcing" tactics, will come to a halt on June 25.

Top union leadership of Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS has declared a "Chakka Jaam" on June 25 and an ultimatum in this context ...

Set up Centre-State committee to formulate National Farm Debt Waiver Scheme: Capt urges PM Modi
17.06.18 - Team PT

NEW DELHI, June 17: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to constitute a Committee of the Union Government and some Chief Ministers to formulate a blueprint of a National Debt Waiver Scheme for farmers in consultation with States. 

While ...

Seek Amit Shah's help to get back the material of Sikh Reference Library and for declassification of Op Blue Star documents
06.06.18 - EKJOT SINGH

A DAY AFTER Shiromani Akali Dal President expressed pain and anguish at the 34th anniversary of army action on Darbar Sahib, Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira has urged him to take up with BJP president Amit Shah the issue of release of rare manuscripts, ...

On Shahkot Result Eve, A Reporter Goes to Read Politics On The Ground
30.05.18 - S Pal

ON A DAY when Punjabis interested in politics of the state rushed to their television sets to tune into the Shahkot by-election counting and kept pace with the round-by-round leads of Hardev Singh Ladi Sherowalia, it took a senior journalist in Bathinda to remind us ...

From Shahkot to Mohali Court, Sara Alam Bigrra Jaye
22.05.18 - S Pal

RANK PATRIARCHY, patent chauvinism and complete lack of respect for any norms of decency is reflected in scores of Whatsapp exchanges, photographs and news items concerning Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's sojourn in Manali.

With mercury breaching 43 degrees, it's perfectly reasonable for any resident ...

In Punjab’s villages, a battle is on & the renegades have been identified

23.04.18 - SP SINGH

INDIAN TELEVISION SUDDENLY becomes a little too colourful on the country's mass festivals: Diwali, Holi, Independence Day, Republic Day. The anchors turn up in party clothes and sartorial sense goes all flourescent.

India knows how to mark a festival.

India also ...

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