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Raveen Thukral appointed Media Advisor to CM
21.03.17 - team pt
Raveen Thukral appointed Media Advisor to CM



CAPTAIN Amarinder Singh has appointed Raveen Thukral, a senior journalist who steered his media campaign in the recent assembly polls, as Media Advisor to the Chief Minister, in the rank of Minister of State (MoS).
 
Thukral, who will formally take over his new responsibilities on Wednesday, has been part of Captain Amarinder’s core team since taking over as his media strategist in October 2016.
 
Raveen Thukral, 52, who started his journalistic career back in 1986 in Delhi as a Correspondent in the now defunct newspaper Patriot, which was owned and run by well-known freedom fighter Aruna Asaf Ali, brings to the table extensive journalistic experience. His forte has been Political Journalism, with a strong grasp of the Punjab political, social and administrative systems, which he has been closely observing and analysing since 1993, when he shifted base to Chandigarh.
 
Besides Patriot, Thukral has worked in various capacities in the Hindustan Times newspaper, in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. He was the Political Editor of the Hindustan Times in Punjab, before he moved to The Tribune as Associate Editor.
 
Thukral was later associated with the ITV Group of TV channels and Print publications as Chief Editor. He continued to be associated with the Group as Editorial Consultant before he was roped in by Captain Amarinder Singh as his Media Strategist.




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BIS Chahal appointed as Advisor to Chief Minister
21.03.17 -
BIS Chahal appointed as Advisor to Chief Minister



The Punjab government today appointed Bharat Inder Singh Chahal as Advisor to the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in the rank of Minister of State.
 
Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office said that Chahal, a close confidant of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, had also served as his Media Advisor during previous Congress regime from 2002-2007, in the rank of Minister of state. Known for his long association and close proximity with Captain Amarinder Singh, Chahal enjoys cordial relations with the journalist fraternity both in Print and Electronic media. 




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BREAKING NEWS - Amarinder Singh says he is seeking AG's opinion if Minister Navjot Sidhu can work in TV industry
20.03.17 - PT Bureau
BREAKING NEWS - Amarinder Singh says he is seeking AG's opinion if Minister Navjot Sidhu can work in TV industry



CHANDIGARH: In a significant development that may end Navjot Singh Sidhu's career as a TV star, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today said he is seeking the opinion of the Attorney General of Punjab, Atul Nanda, to see if Sidhu's decision to continue with his work in TV entertainment programmes involves a conflict of interest or contravenes the rules of government.

"Obviously you can't go against the Constitution of the country. Also, he is my minister of culture (and this portfolio) covers these sort of programs. I am waiting for the opinion of the Advocate General," Amarinder Singh said in an interview on a national television channel.
 
In his first reaction to Sidhu's insistence that he will not stop working in comedy shows and other sundry programmes in the entertainment industry, Amarinder Singh said, "I don't know what the Constituional provision or rule is in this matter. We will be asking the AG or the Legal Remembrancer (LR) whether a minister can do (such programmes on TV) as Sidhu wants to do. It will depend on the opinion I receive from the AG." 
 
Sidhu had come in for some strong criticism after he suggested that he will split his time between his ministry in Chandigarh and a punishing shooting schedule in Mumbai. The cricketer-turned-motormouth commentator-turned politician-cum-entertainer-cum-professional laughter machine on Kapil Sharma had even said he will catch a plane every evening to Mumbai and will return to Chandigarh in the morning.
 
 
 
A senior minister said Amarinder Singh is very unhappy with the turn of events as Sidhu's insistence and media headlines have taken away the shine from the first designed-for-headlines Cabinet meeting that had taken a number of decisions aimed at catching the public imagination. "In fact, because of Sidhu's insistence about continuing to work in Mumbai, we made news for all the wrong reasons," the minister, who wanted to remain anonymous, said.




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Karan Avtar an upright officer, would not have used red beacon car: Amarinder Singh
20.03.17 - PT Bureau
Karan Avtar an upright officer, would not have used red beacon car: Amarinder Singh



CHANDIGARH: Hours after social media went agog about reports of Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh arriving at Punjab Civil Secretariat in his official car fitted with a red beacon light, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh refuted such claims and said he was not the kind of officer who would violate a government order.

"I do not think Karan Avtar Singh is an officer who would do such a thing. He is a very upright officer. It (removal of red beacon) is a government law now and it will be fully implemented," Amarinder Singh said in a television interview where he was asked about such reports in the media. 

A section of the media had reported that the Chief Secretary's car was seen in the parking lot with a red beacon and that the officer had arrived in that car, but the red light was removed by the driver when television cameras started recording the alleged violation. Moreover, Punjab's power minister Rana Gurjit Singh has already made it clear that he will continue to use the red light atop his vehicle.

Further underlining the government's resolve about red beacon order, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said any unauthorised usage will be seen as a crime. Even dignitaries from other states will have to remove the red lights on their vehicles when entering Punjab.

Sources said the government's position on whether district and high court judges can continue to use red beacons remains somewhat ambiguous. 




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CM orders immediate manpower audit to withdraw cops from security, non-essential duties
20.03.17 - TEAM PT
CM orders immediate manpower audit to withdraw cops from security, non-essential duties



In a bid to streamline their functioning and promote the welfare of the police in the state, CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday issued a series of directives to the Commission of Police (CPs) and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs), asking them to carry out a manpower audit immediately to withdraw police personnel from security and other non-essential duties with a view to putting more police personnel on the streets.
         
A State Level Review Committee (SLRC) has already been set up under the chairmanship of DGP (Law & Order) to review the security provided by the state police to various protectees. The committee is tasked with the agenda of carrying out a comprehensive security review of the security provided to constitutional/public functionaries, officers as well as private individuals. The committee will submit its report to the state DGP Suresh Arora with specific recommendations regarding each individual by March 24.
         
Addressing a meeting of top administrative and police officers here, the chief minister said his government had decided to implement sweeping police reforms, keeping in view the directives of the Supreme Court and the promises made in the Congress poll manifesto.
         
Captain Amarinder directed the Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, CPs and SSPs to immediately carry out an exercise to rationalize the police station boundaries and send their proposal to the Home Department within the next two weeks.
         
Ordering an immediate end to the Halqa Incharge system, the chief minister said his government had decided to carry out territorial restructuring of police stations and sub-divisions to increase functional/operational efficiency.
         
He directed the officers to take steps to ensure fixed working hours for police personnel, especially for those working in the Police Stations and Police Posts, pointing out that his government had decided to implement a schedule of fixed duty hours for the police personnel (except in the case of emergency duties), with a view to improving their working conditions and allow them to look after their families. Amarinder said welfare of police personnel was one of his key electoral promises and he was committed to implementing the same at the earliest.
               
To ensure and restore the `Rule of Law’ in the state, the chief minister said while he believed in giving a free hand to his officers in day-to-day working, at the same time, however, he would expect accountability and results in a time-bound manner. To this end, he made it clear that there would be no interference of any kind in day-to-day administration as well as in the working of police-stations, and core policing functions, such as police investigations, traffic enforcement etc.




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