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 ...

Akali MLA dissociates from Punjab Assembly panel's report, submits dissent note
03.04.18 - PT BUREAU

Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra, a member of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha's Committee tasked to help ameliorate the lot of suicide-hit farmer families and debt-ridden agricultural labourers, has dissociated himself from the report of the panel and submitted a dissent note.

The panel, comprising five MLAs, was headed ...

No aarhtiya can be named in an FIR in case of farmer suicide: Punjab Vidhan Sabha committee
03.04.18 - S Pal

An officer of the rank of Superintendant of Police (SP) or higher must first investigate and find the real reason behind suicide, only then can any aarhtiya be named in the FIR, recommends the Assembly panel meant to help suicide-hit families.
IN A SHOCKING development, a ...

Ajit’s Hamdard slams Manpreet for cheapshots, says it exposed “inner shallowness” of “self-proclaimed intellectual”
30.03.18 - PT BUREAU

CLEARLY PICKING SIDES in a no-holds-barred dirty war between the Badal cousins, former Rajya Sabha MP and media baron Barjinder Singh Hamdard today came down heavily on Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, saying his diatribe against Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal was ...

Amarinder announces resumption of student union elections after 34 years
27.03.18 - Dr. Balvinder Singh

It is a move all political parties should welcome wholeheartedly  
IT FINALLY TOOK a Haryana to act to jolt Punjab out of its slumber. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on March 27, Tuesday, announced in the Punjab Assembly that college and university student union elections will be ...

Kejriwal to Majithia, and AAP TO RAAP TO PAAP TO KDV-AAP. Welcome to the party. Feel free please.
15.03.18 - S Pal

NO, IT IS NOT a blessing in disguise; this is a blessing so blatant only beat hacks could have missed it. In fact, some Punjab AAP leaders should actually make huge cash contributions to party fund to thank Arvind Kejriwal for this new lease of life.

Notwithstanding ...

Amarinder measures own success -
09.03.18 - PT BUREAU

BARELY A YEAR in the hot seat, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday (March 11) declared himself a near superman CM, claiming he has signed 5,558 files since taking over the job, "made 42 official visits within Punjab" and made 17 trips to other states ...

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