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Trouble brewing inside amid talk of Trust-Editor rift
HONESTY CERTIFICATE TO MAJITHIA TRIGGERS CRISIS IN TRIBUNE
30.10.17 - S PAL
HONESTY CERTIFICATE TO MAJITHIA TRIGGERS CRISIS IN TRIBUNE



Employee union protests; Tribune Trust to meet on Nov 3
 
AS THE TRIBUNE remained deafeningly silent about what prompted its decision to publish what can only be described as an abject apology to senior Akali leader Bikram Singh Majithia in its Sunday edition (October 29), sources deep in the newspaper’s management claimed the surprise clean chit was published despite resistance from the top editorial quarters.

Sources said Editor-in-chief Harish Khare was strongly against the idea of buckling under pressure and had refused to publish the apology. However, he had to cave in after The Tribune Trust took a stand.
 
 
Sources said while The Tribune Trust’s chairman, Justice (retd) S S Sodhi, demanded in no uncertain terms that the newspaper publish such an apology, Khare demanded that it be conveyed to him in writing.

It is now known that certain members of The Tribune Trust were also taken by surprise by the apology published on Sunday. Khare, it is learnt, insisted that the apology be published in exactly the same form in which it was received from the Trust since he did not want to give an impression that it had any editorial stamp.
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The Tribune Employees’ Union which met today completely dissociated itself from the apology published by the newspaper and demanded an explanation from the editorial leadership and management. It is likely to plan a protest at a meeting of its executive on Tuesday, Oct 31.

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Many veteran journalists, including some who had worked with The Tribune in senior positions in the past, felt the editorial leadership of the newspaper should have escalated the issue to at least a full meeting of the Trust and not allowed a few powerful members of the Trust to browbeat the editor in such a matter.

Senior editorial members of The Tribune today held in-house confabulations even as many among the journalistic staff were seething with rage as they perceive their standing has been severely undermined by The Tribune’s decision of publishing the apology. 
 

The Tribune Employees’ Union today held a meeting and not only did it completely dissociate itself from the apology published by the newspaper but also demanded an explanation from the editorial leadership and management.

Balwinder Jammu, general secretary of the union, said a meeting of the executive has been convened for Tuesday where a decision about the next course of action will be taken.

An insider with knowledge of the current thinking among the employees said a black badge protest was already on the cards.
Sources in the management as well as on the editorial side confirmed that the tussle between the top leadership of The Tribune Trust and Khare was the worst kept secret in the newspaper, and the relationship can barely be described as working. 

Unconfirmed reports said The Tribune Trust is likely to hold a meeting on November 3, and by all indications, the meeting could be a stormy one. "The apology has already framed the contours of the agenda for the upcoming meeting of the Trust,” said a senior staffer close to the management, on the condition of anonymity. 

Khare’s term as editor in chief is to end around mid-2018 and given the current reading of the relationships between some of the Trust members and the editorial decision makers, not many are ready to bet money on his tenure being extended.

It is a fact that Harish Khare has carved out a distinct identity with his brand of journalism and readers look forward to his weekly articles, published under the branding "Statecraft” and "Kaffeeklatsch”. 

The Tribune journalists that Punjab Today spoke to said the apology in the form in which it was published has diminished their capacity to take upon politicians. "If we are to publish details of murky dealings of the politicians only after the final proof is known and evidence gathered, then we might as well say goodbye to investigative journalism. It now seems we will not even be able to write a sensible news analysis,” said a senior journalist, adding he would prefer that journalists should protest a la #NotInMyName.

Another senior journalist who has never been associated with The Tribune said the apology was no more an in house matter of The Tribune. "The newspaper should make public the details of its verification exercise so that readers are aware what led it to recant all that it had published. When you say sorry and you apologise, it is important that you prove this is how you found you were wrong and this is why the system of checks and balances did not work, so that readers know that it was a bonafide mistake in the course of perusal of truth and fair practice of journalism,” the senior journalist with more than two decades of industry experience said.
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The relationship between the top leadership of The Tribune Trust and Editor-in-Chief Harish Khare is exactly an ideal one. After the apology, published at the insistence of The Tribune Trust, it will need to find a new normal. The Trust is set to meet on November 3.
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Yet another senior journalist who has covered the office of the Chief Minister for years said the newspaper was duty bound to explain whether its reporter had played truant, or that it was fed wrong information, or whether its sources turned rogue. 

"By simply stating that its reports denigrating a senior politician – who is a public figure and had every right to be fairly treated – were all false and the newspaper is very sorry, the newspaper will be putting under the cloud every single report it published so far, or will publish in the future. How is the reader to know if another apology is coming up on the front page?” he said.

Often, in case of any independent newspaper, the relationship with power is adversarial in nature and editorial stances are honed in such a way that the newspaper is always seen as speaking truth to power, a former editor of a major newspaper in the region opined.

On his part, Khare has hitherto succeeded in earning for The Tribune exactly such a reputation. In fact, following an editorial, titled "Return to governance: Captain faces an uphill task," published in May 2017, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had taken up cudgels directly with Khare and written a stinging 'letter to the editor', a rather unprecedented form of grouse lodged by any CM.
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Having published the apology for extremely damning reports that alleged a senior minister’s links with the drug trade, the newspaper was duty bound to explain whether its reporter had played truant, or if it was fed wrong information, or whether its sources turned rogue. 
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Claiming that "only a small section of the media" was castigating his government, Amarinder had said, "I am not a miracle maker." The editorial, Amarinder had said, "not only err(ed) on the side of a strong and unjustified bias but fail(ed) to reconcile the harsh realities of Punjab."

"(I)t is sad, indeed, to see even senior journalists engaging in uncalled for criticism and choosing to ignore hard facts in favour of rhetoric," the CM had written.

Ironically, Amarinder Singh has so far not expressed an opinion about The Tribune giving a clean chit to a politician against whom he and his party campaigned strongly in the run up to the polls and against whom some 40 of his party MLAs have been demanding action, even writing a joint letter to him, former Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa slammed The Tribune’s management for the apology.

Bajwa went public with his grouse, putting up a video message (given below) on his twitter handle. 
  
Bikram Singh Majithia, on his part, thanked The Tribune for publishing the apology, attributing it to the inherent grace on the part of the institution.

Sources said the last word has not been heard as yet on the issue and the clean chit to Majithia is likely to trigger an explosive debate in the media circles, but it is what happens now within The Tribune that will have everyone riveted.

 
WHAT THE ‘APOLOGY’ SAID

The Tribune’s apology published on Sunday had said its reports suggesting "involvement of Bikram Singh Majithia…with an illegal drug syndicate” have been found to be completely false and that it offers an "unconditional apology” to the Akali Dal leader. The Tribune not only did not say if its reporting was based on wrong facts or incomplete evidence but actually informed its readers that it has verified and found that Majithia was not found involved "in any drug trade.”

"On verification, it was found that Bikram Singh Majithia was not involved in any drug trade,” The Tribune wrote in its apology published alongside a huge photograph of Majithia.

The newspaper also said it "deeply regrets the damage caused to Majithia’s esteem and prestige, and the anguish caused to his family and well-wishers. An unconditional apology is offered by The Tribune for the same.” 

Incidentally, the reports in question were published in 2014 and 2015 when Harish Khare was not at the helm and most editorial decision making was happening under the editorial tutelage of Kanwar Sandhu. Sandhu later quit in less than savoury circumstances, and went on to join the Aam Aadmi Party. He won the election as an MLA and is widely seen as one of the most articulate and cerebral faces in the party who remains heavily underutilised. His view on the apology published by the newspaper where he worked is yet to be known.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE
28.10.17 - S Pal
THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE



Newspaper says it has verified, Majithia not involved in any drug trade

Tribune apologises for damaging reports against Majithia; Not a single other politician has such a strong clean chit issued by any newspaper in any context 

In a rather abject apology, displayed on its front page today with an unprecedented prominence, The Tribune newspaper admitted that certain news stories that it carried "with prominent headlines” and which had suggested "involvement of Bikram Singh Majithia…with an illegal drug syndicate” have been found to be completely false.
 

In an "unconditional apology,” that virtually gave the most pristine clean chit anyone in politics can ever get after facing serious allegations of heinous links, the Tribune not only said its reporting was not based on complete facts, or that there were loopholes in the story, but informed its readers that it has verified and found that Majithia was completely innocent.

Instead, the newspaper vouched for the utter innocence of Mr Majithia, and even claimed that it has verified that Majithia was not found "in any drug trade.”

 
 Also Read: TO SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL: Speaking truth to power, and asking some tough questions

 
"On verification, it was found that Bikram Singh Majithia was not involved in any drug trade,” The Tribune wrote in its apology published alongside a huge photograph of Majithia, the former Revenue Minister.

The newspaper said it was apologising for the news reports published "with prominent headlines” on "25.11.2014 and 11.03.2015,” but did not say exactly which reports was it talking about. The said days carried a number of reports that dealt with the issue. (Please see pictures).

The newspaper also said it "deeply regrets the damage caused to Majithia’s esteem and prestige, and the anguish caused to his family and well-wishers.”

"An unconditional apology is offered by The Tribune for the same,” the newspaper wrote, its drafting very typical of the newspaper’s English where reporters often use the passive voice for inexplicable reasons.
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"On verification, it was found that Bikram Singh Majithia was not involved in any drug trade,” The Tribune wrote in its apology published alongside a huge photograph of Majithia, the former Revenue Minister.
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The tone and tenor of the apology, coupled with the fact that the newspaper did not even publish it as an apology but as a very important news item spread across three columns on the front page with a huge photograph in a size mostly reserved for celebrity pictures on gossip pages, is likely to mark a rather peculiar milestone in the history of the newspaper. That the newspaper published the apology under the watch of a fiercely independent editor like Harish Khare has left many questions in its wake. 

Instead of titling it as an apology or a retraction or a clarification or even gulping pride and recanting its earlier news reports, The Tribune preferred to publish it as a news report, titled: "No evidence of involvement of Bikram Singh Majithia in Drug Racket: All allegations unsubstantiated and incorrect.”

(Readers wondering why the phrase ‘drug racket’ has been used with first letters in upper case should know that there is little to understand about how headline writers in Tribune improvise font styles.)

Surprisingly, the newspaper did not specify whether the apology was a result of a mid-night divine revelation about three year old news reports published by the newspaper, or was prompted by the progress of a court case that it is fighting regarding the same reports. Some senior journalists speculated if the recent meeting of the Tribune Trust had something to do with the apology, or whether the issue was discussed at all in this meeting.
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That the newspaper published the apology under the watch of a fiercely independent editor like Harish Khare has left many questions in its wake.
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Some speculated if the apology was a part of an out of court settlement.

Incidentally, The Tribune saw some of its most edgy and aggressive coverage, often heavily critical of the Badals and focussing on their business interests, during the time when Kanwar Sandhu was its executive editor. The news reports from 2014 and 2015 now in question were published under Sandhu’s watch. 

During Sandhu’s editorial tutelage, the newspaper had gone hammer and tongs looking into some questionable deals of the Akali leadership. Sandhu had left the newspaper in less than savoury circumstances, and went on to join the Aam Aadmi Party. He won the election as an MLA and is widely seen as one of the most articulate and cerebral faces in the party who remains heavily underutilised.
 


AN APOLOGY THAT WILL TURN OUT TO BE TOO POLITICAL

Armed with a certificate – issued by none other than the venerable The Tribune –that screams Topper of the Batch, Meritorious Student, Most Honest Student, Unduly Victimised But Emerged With Flying Colours and every other epithet that a politician can ever hope for, Bikram Singh Majithia can now go to town snubbing his critics and shoving the Tribune apology in the face of anyone pointing an accusing finger.

Political pundits said the biggest gainer from the Tribune’s front page abject apology may not be even Majithia himself but Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh who can now roll up the Sunday’s edition of The Tribune and spank every single one of the 40 MLAs of his party, starting with Sukhjinder Randhawa, who have been publicly asking him to take action against the Akali leader. 
  
Amarinder has often faced embarrassment with the 40 MLAs writing a letter to him and then leaking it to the media. For weeks now, the CM has not had a press conference where he was not asked about the 40 MLAs collective demand.
 

With Navjot Singh Sidhu positioning himself as the easiest choice if the Congress high command ever planned to replace Amarinder Singh, the CM’s position hardly seemed envious. Just a couple of days ago, rebel with a cause Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa and some other Majha MLAs had put up a public show, with Sidhu sharing the stage and projecting himself as someone ready to throw Majithia into jail, in the process painting CM as a man who is at the helm but not able to call the shots.
 
Also Read: DECONSTRUCTING NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU: This is a duel -- pistols drawn, hands on hip, 20 steps across, aim taken

With The Tribune’s verification that all such allegations against Majithia were either a figment of the newspaper’s reporters or that its editorial decision making processes and built-in institutional safeguards to prevent hearsay from masquerading as news headlines on its pages had gone for a toss, the biggest loser in the saga may turn out to be Navjot Singh Sidhu whose entire pitch was hinged on the stance that Majithia had links with the drug trade and Amarinder was not taking action against him. 

Media pundits said while politicians can live with an occasional egg on the face, a masthead’s loss of credibility in such a high-profile case leaves a dent in reputation that can’t be filled up easily, not even with lame explanations over cups of espresso brewed in a bialetti cup, kept next to the blue pencil.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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Most shared Punjab Today articles:

 

 APOLOGY FALLOUT – THE FIGHT BACK - The Tribune apology saga

 

WAS IT MEANT FOR TRUMP? OR US?  – Bush, Obama said this on Diwali

CHALO, PATAAKE CHALAYEN – CM Amarinder Singh & Parkash Singh Badal Jee

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

ELECTION COMMISSION - YOU FAILED TO CONVINCE. TRY AGAIN.

THIS IS WHY ELECTION COMMISSION DID NOT ANNOUNCE GUJARAT POLL DATES – Decoding the mystery 

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AYE BHAI, BINA DEKHE CHALO –  Walking with the blind in Chandigarh

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

OPEN SALE AT GNDU – Have Rs 25,000? Get your compartment cleared. Rs 50,000 for two subjects

SUCHA SINGH LANGAH : KAMAAL JAARI HAI... Sucha Singh Langah wins, even in his darkest moments

ABEY TU BAHAR NIKAL, CHOWK MEIN AA   The 10-yard-radius protest

PATIALA, VIA PANCHKULA. SOON REACHING YOUR CITY. HAIL DEMOCRACY! Halaat kharaab nahi hone chahiye!

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Punjab Today believes in serious, engaging, narrative journalism at a time when mainstream media houses seem to have given up on long-form writing and news television has blurred or altogether erased the lines between news and slapstick entertainment. We at Punjab Today believe that readers such as yourself appreciate cerebral journalism, and would like you to hold us against the best international industry standards. Brickbats are welcome even more than bouquets, though an occasional pat on the back is always encouraging. Good journalism can be a lifeline in these uncertain times worldwide. You can support us in myriad ways. To begin with, by spreading word about us and forwarding this reportage. Stay engaged.

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Manhandling of scribe: Jalandhar Police Commissioner apologises, says sorry
27.10.17 - TEAM PT
Manhandling of scribe: Jalandhar Police Commissioner apologises, says sorry



JALANDHAR: After landing in a row with the media corps yesterday, Jalandhar Police Commissioner Pravin Kumar Sinha today personally and publicly apologized to the senior journalist who he had assaulted at a local hotel, with Chief Minister Amarinder being only a few feet away during the fracas yesterday. The apology came in the presence of senior journalists and photojournalists during a meeting of the media fraternity convened by the local Deputy Commissioner.

Sinha and a member of the Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s security detail had yesterday misbehaved with HS Bawa, a senior journalist. Journalists had met CM Amarinder Singh yesterday, demanding action.
 
Amarinder Singh had assured action "within 24 hours,” and while journalists accepted Sinha’s public apology and assurance that such an incident will never happen again, media fraternity here remains miffed and awaits action against the member of the Chief Minister's security detail who had also abused, misbehaved and manhandled the scribe.
 
Commissioner Sinha assumed responsibility for yesterday’s obnoxious happening. In contrast, some big-wigs in the CM security are said to be still keen to shield the culprit among their cadre. 

Sinha had, on Thursday manhandled and shoved around the senior journalist at Hotel Radisson immediately after a press conference addressed by Amarinder Singh while clearing the way for the CM’s entourage.
 
After coming to know of the fracas, local journalists rallied in support of their assaulted colleague and met Capt Amarinder Singh and Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu right there at the hotel and lodged a strong protest.
 
Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, who was tasked by the CMO to sort out the matter to avoid any further spill over of journalists’ anger, convened a meeting with the media persons at his residence today where the Police Commissioner tendered the unconditional apology. The Commissioner said what happened was 'unintentional' and 'unfortunate.'
  
The Police Commissioner also assured the media persons that though it was not his area of jurisdiction, he would certainly request the concerned senior officers to take suitable action against the member of CM's security team involved in the incident.
 
Those present included IP Singh-Times of India, Deepkamal-The Tribune, Anju Agnihotri-Indian Express, Rajeev Bhaskar-Punjab Tribune, Pal Singh Nauli-Punjabi Tribune,  Surinder Pal-Amar Ujala, Nikhil-DainikMail, Jaspal Kainth-Punjab Express News, Jatinder Sharma-India TV, Davinder-MH1, Pardeep Pandit-Hindustan Times, Amandeep-Punjabi Jagran, Amritpal Singh Jangi-Fastway, Rajesh Kapil-Jai Hind, Pawan Dhupar-Living India, Sarabjit Singh Kaka-The Tribune, Anil Sharma-TOI and Vishnu-YesPunjab. 

(The text of this story has been adapted from the version drafted and arrived at collectively by the concerned members of the media fraternity, including those present at the meeting today. – Ed.)




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UNVEILS SLEW OF INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE & STRENGTHEN CITY INFRASTRUCTURE
Amarinder announces Rs 363.43 crore grant for Jalandhar’s development
26.10.17 - TEAM PT
Amarinder announces Rs 363.43 crore grant for Jalandhar’s development



Chandigarh/Jalandhar: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday unveiled a slew of development works for Jalandhar, announcing an immediate grant of Rs 363.43 crore for the implementation of various ongoing and new schemes in the city.

The Chief Minister, who was on first visit to the city since assuming office, held a workers’ meeting and address the media, where he announced various development schemes, including a Rs. 1000 crore ADB project for `Canal Water for drinking purposes’.

The project, for which the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was already conducting a feasibility study at a cost of Rs 3 crore, would, once implemented, resolve the drinking water problem in all the major cities of the state, including Jalandhar, the Chief Minister told mediapersons. It would enable drawing of water directly from the rivers instead of through tubewells, which could not be used in many places because of the brackish underground water, he said.

Installation and development of water systems, sewage treatment plant, roads, streets and streetlights are some of the other development works for which the state government had decided to inject the much-needed funds in the city for its infrastructural development.

The financial crisis faced by his government will not be allowed to obstruct the development of any region, he said, reiterating his commitment to implementing every single promise made to the people of Punjab in the Congress manifesto.

Making a slew of announcements for Jalandhar, the Chief Minister said he had sanctioned Rs 50 crore for expediting the prestigious Smart City Project, along with new development works worth Rs. 42.43 crore. The new works relate to construction of streets and drains, as well as installation of street lights in various parts of the city.

The Rs. 346 crore AMRUT scheme also received a shot in the arm, with the state government sanctioning Rs. 190 crore for the execution of several critical works under the same. Amarinder also unveiled a Rs. 81 crore grant for ongoing work and meeting of liabilities under the Urban Mission (PIDB).

The new projects under the AMRUT scheme relate to strengthening of water supply system (Rs. 40 crore) and construction and upgradation of 100 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), at a cost of Rs. 150 crore.

These initiatives would augment the state-wide development agenda on which the government had already embarked, the Chief Minister declared, pointing out that various welfare initiatives had already been kick-started in the city as part of this agenda.

Besides one-time settlement of property/house tax, the government has also announced one-time settlement of old arrears of water and sewerage charges. Captain Amarinder further disclosed that the work on the establishment of a Directorate of Fire Services at State Level had also begun in right earnest.

Reservation of 50% seats for women in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), as well as free of cost homes for homeless people and subsidized houses for economically weaker sections under the Shehri Awaas Yojna were some of the welfare initiatives undertaken by the government for the underprivileged sections of the society, he added.

Women’s reservation was a core agenda of the Congress party, under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi, at the national level and his government was implementing the same in Punjab, he said.

Captain cited devolution of proprietary rights to old tenants on residential and commercial properties of municipal bodies as a significant step towards bringing in transparency in the systems, which had been completely destroyed under the erstwhile SAD-BJP regime.

The government, said Amarinder, was committed to the holistic and inclusive development of the entire state. Jalandhar was of critical interest to the accomplishment of this goal and the government would continue to initiate new schemes to strengthen the infrastructure of the city, he added.

Captain Amarinder promised that funds would also be made available for rural development in the area, which, like the rest of the state, had been ruined by the anti-people policies of the previous government. All possible steps for the welfare of the farmers and revival of industry were being taken, notwithstanding the economic crisis faced by the state, he added.

E-Governance in delivery of Urban Civic Services, with most services to be made available through Mobile App, will help streamline and improve public access to various civic processes and systems, said the Chief Minister, who praised Local Bodies & Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for his effective utilisation of the meagre resources to further the government’s development agenda.

Earlier, addressing the workers’ meeting at DAV Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sidhu said the E-Seva service announced by CM would be launched soon and online transcripts of layout plans of residential properties would become available.

Lambasting the `jija-saala’ duo of Akali leaders Bikram Singh Majithia and Sukhbir Singh Badal over their false and senseless statements alleging the contrary, Sidhu described himself as a loyalist of the Chief Minister and said he would remain loyal to Captain Amarinder "as long as blood flows in my veins.” The Akalis were trying to mislead the people into believing that there were differences between him and the Chief Minister to further their own political interests, he added.




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SAJJAN, JAGMEET TRYING TO WHIP UP PASSIONS IN PUNJAB WITH INFLAMMATORY STATEMENTS
Personally feel Majithia involved in drugs trade but can't act without evidence: Amarinder
26.10.17 - TEAM PT
Personally feel Majithia involved in drugs trade but can't act without evidence: Amarinder



Chandigarh: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said he personally felt that Bikram Singh Majithia and some other Akali leaders may have been involved in drugs trading and trafficking in the state, but was waiting for evidence to act against them.

Replying to questions at a press conference here, the Chief Minister said his government would assist the Enforcement Directorate in any investigation against Majithia but could not take any action till the completion of such probe. The government would not spare Majithia or anyone else proved to be guilty in drugs trading in the state, he vowed, assuring Congress MLAs who had been raising the issue and seeking action against Majithia.

In response to another question, he castigated Indian-origin Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan and newly-elected NDP leader Jagmeet Singh for trying to whip up communal passions in India with their irresponsible and inflammatory statements.

Amarinder said if these two leaders considered themselves Indians, they should not make statements that can fan disharmony and destabilize Punjab, and in fact the whole of India. They should realize that what they say to their constituency has an adverse effect in India.

On the power tariff hike, the he said he also felt strongly about it but the decision was taken by the regulator and his government could not interfere in the matter. However, he reiterated that just as it had capped industry electricity tariff and was providing free power for agriculture, his government would explore ways of bringing down domestic power rates also.

Captain categorically ruled out any move to impose a Pet tax in the state, saying there was no discussion or proposal in this regard.

Giving the rationale for the government’s decision to close down some primary schools, the Chief Minister said the schools were being amalgamated with other institutions for better efficiencies and up-gradation of education standards. With the amalgamation planned within a 1-km radius, the move would not have any adverse effect on students, he added.




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