Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Peep into your conscience and see that not only your hands but soul is also drenched with blood of innocents killed at Bargari:Sidhu and Dharmsot tell Sukhbir

CHANDIGARH: Cabinet Minsters of Punjab Mr Balbir Singh Sidhu and Mr Sadhu Singh Dharmsot today advised SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal to peep into his conscience and see that not only his hands but soul was also drenched with blood of innocent people who were killed in Bargari incident.

Punjab CM directs PWD (B&R) to speed up all ongoing works, complete all projects announced in budget by Dec.2021

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday directed the Public Works Department (B&R) to expedite all ongoing works, and to initiate and complete all projects announced in the Budget Session by December 2021, while taking care to prioritise them in view of the financial burden imposed by the Covid crisis.

Rural Development and panchayats department incurrs highest ever expenditure of 62 % during last Fiscal

CHANDIGARH: In a spectacular performance, the Rural Development and Panchayats Department has incurred the highest ever expenditure of 62 percent thereby achieving 60 percent additional persondays during the last fiscal.

Sacrilege case: Punjab minister 'resigns', CM 'rejects'

CHANDIGARH: Facing criticism over his Congress government's 'failure' in cases of sacrilege as well as the associated police firing in 2015, an upset Punjab Cabinet minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, who blamed the government for the delay in the case reaching its logical conclusion, resigned from his post in protest on Monday.

Sidhu questions Amarinder for 'evading' responsibility in sacrilege case

CHANDIGARH: In a first veiled attack directly aimed at Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, his former Cabinet colleague and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday questioned him for 'evading' responsibility as the Home Minister during the 2015 sacrilege case.

Justice Ranjit Singh says justice eludes victims of Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura police firing

CHANDIGARH: Justice Ranjit Singh,Former Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court today said that justice had eluded those killed in police firing in Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura. The statement by Justice Ranjit Singh is significant in light of recent judgement of High Court, dismissing SIT report on two incidents occured during SAD-BJP government.

Ridiculous poll optics, says Punjab CM, on SAD & BJP's promises of appointing Dalit leaders in Govt if elected

CHANDIGARH: Trashing it as nothing but poll optics, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday ridiculed the Akali and BJP promise of appointing Dalits as deputy CM / CM, respectively, if voted to power.

Sidhu questions his govt's probe into 2015 firing incident

CHANDIGARH: In a veiled attack apparently aimed at the Congress government in Punjab, former Cabinet minister and party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday demanded to make the report of the SIT of Punjab Police probing the sacrilege incidents of 2015 and the subsequent police firing public.

Punjab's lucrative industrial policy accumulates investments of Rs78000 Crore: Sunder Sham Arora

CHANDIGARH/FAZILKA: Terming the Punjab Industrial policy an epoch making initiative, Punjab Industry and Commerce Minister Mr. Sunder Sham Arora said that Rs. 78000 crore has been invested by various industrialists in the state in the last four years due to this lucrative policy.

Won't interfere if sit in sacrilege cases books any senior police officer or Politician: Punjab CM

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said the SIT probing the sacrilege cases would soon complete its investigation and he will not interfere if they decide to challan any senior police officers or politicians.

Akalis promised, we delivered: avers Rana Sodhi handing over appointment letters to outstanding sports persons

CHANDIGARH: Twenty-six outstanding sports persons, who had been left mid-way on false promises of providing government jobs by previous SAD-BJP government, on Wednesday, given appointment letters by Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Minister for Sports, Youth Services and NRIs Affairs here at Punjab Bhawan. While offering them jobs in Punjab Police, Rana Sodhi affirmed that "I am glad that we have fulfilled the promise made by the earlier SAD-BJP government."

Captain and Badals wrong policies drowned PSPCL: Aman Arora

CHANDIGARH: Reacting to a recent Supreme Court judgement ordering Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to release dues of Rs 1,070 crore with Rs 680 crore interest to two independent power producers (IPPs), the costs of coal washing and transportation charges; the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stated that the conventional parties in power in Punjab from time to time had bankrupted the PSPCL. In a statement issued from the party headquarters, senior leader and MLA Aman Arora said that the Congress, SAD-BJP had put a well-earned institution on the brink of bankruptcy today by putting its own interests first.

Issue of struggle against Rana Sodhi's factory in Hiranwali village of Fazilka resonated in Assembly

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) raised the issue in the assembly of spreading of Cancer and Hepatitis C diseases in the village of Hiranwali in Fazilka during the ongoing budget session on Tuesday.

Women-oriented Punjab Budget to further empower women: Aruna Chaudhary

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Social Security, Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Aruna Chaudhary, on Monday, termed the Budget 2021–22, presented on the special day of International Women's Day as a women-oriented, saying that it will further empower women of the state.

Will lead your protest to ensure Hiranwali liquor factory is shifted to some viable location out of the village, Jakhar assures protesting villagers

CHANDIGARH: Even as he assured protesting villagers of 29 villages to ensure Hiranwali liquor factory is shifted out of the village to some other viable location, Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar on Friday slammed Sukhbir Badal for his farcical role in first allowing issuing the license himself and now playing the drama of going to support the protest.

Punjab CM announces establishment of enforcement directorate under senior Cop to crack down on illegal mining

CHANDIGARH:Vowing to completely eliminate the scourge of illegal mining from the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday announced the constitution of an Enforcement Directorate, Mining, under the command of a senior Police officer with adequate police force at his command.

Punjab CM announces open-ended mini bus permit policy for rural youth, with no deadline for applying

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday announced an ‘Open-Ended Mini Bus Permit Policy’, with no deadline for rural youth to apply for such a permit, while laying foundation stones of Rs 55.16 crore worth of high-tech State Transport Department institutes, including home delivery of driving licences.

Punjab CM virtually launches Rs.1097 Cr development projects under smart city, Amrut schemes

CHANDIGAERH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday virtually laid foundation stones and inaugurated a slew of projects worth Rs.1087 crores for holistic development of urban areas under the Smart City and AMRUT schemes and urged the union government to include the holy city of Anandpur Sahib under the Smart City scheme, as a tribute to Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur ji on his 400th Prakash Purab.

It was SAD who had passed contract farming bill with bjp sppporting it whole heartedly, Sunil Jkahar shows video proofs of budget session 2013

CHANDIGARH: Slamming the AAP for shamelessly spreading canards, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Sunil Jakhar on Wednesday disclosed it was SAD led by Parkash Singh Badal who had passed the nefarious Punjab Contract Farming Act in 2013 in collusion with BJP.

Punjab CM virtually launches 56 new services at Sewa Kendras

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday virtually launched 56 services newly added to the Sewa Kendras, slamming the previous SAD-BJP government for transforming this unique initiative he had launched in his previous term into loss-making white elephants with their inefficiency and ineptness.

People have tried all parties but all parties did betrayal, now want to give a chance to AAP:Raghav Chadha

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab co-incharge Raghav Chadha on Sunday, conducted a road show in favor of the AAP candidates in Dera Bassi and Ropar for the upcoming municipal bodies’ elections. During the road show, the people gave an overwhelming response to the AAP. Raghav Chadha appealed to the people to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party candidates to end corruption in the local bodies and for the urban development. Addressing the gathering on the occasion,

AAP launches “Saareyan nu ajmaya, saareyan ni ditta dhoka, hun jhadoo waleyan nu devangey mauka" campaign

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday started the election campaign "Saareyan nu ajmaya, saareyan ni ditta dhoka, hun jhadoo waleyan nu devangey mauka", for the forthcoming municipal bodies' elections being held at 139 places in Punjab. On the occasion, senior leader of the party and Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Punjab Assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema and AAP MLAs Jagtar Singh Jagga Hissowal, Principal Budh Ram, Rupinder Kaur Ruby, Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer and Baldev Singh Jaito, released a song in the context of election campaigning.

Punjab CM virtually launches 'Har Ghar Pani, Har Ghar Safai' mission for all rural households

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday virtually launched the ‘Har Ghar Pani, Har Ghar Safai’ mission as part of his government’s campaign to accomplish the goal of 100% potable piped water supply in all the rural households of the state by March next year, thus making Punjab the first state in the country to achieve this distinction.

Punjab's assets being looted by mining mafia under patronage of Captain: AAP

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) targeted Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh over the ongoing mining mafia in Punjab, stating that it was only under the patronage of Captain that the mining mafia was plundering Punjab's wealth and filling its coffers; while the former sitting in his royal farmhouse, was busy spending time with foreign friends. In a joint statement issued from the party headquarters, senior leader of the party and the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Punjab Legislative Assembly Harpal Singh Cheema and advocate Dinesh Chadha said that instead of declining, the mining mafia in Punjab was growing rapidly.

Punjab raring to go for Tokya olympics , Bagging maximum quota our sole aim : Rana Sodhi

CHANDIGARH: Punjab is all set to excel in the Tokyo Olympics-2021 and bagging maximum quota for the State for this mega event is the main and sole aim with Punjab Institute of Sports (P.I.S.) and other allied institutions engaged headlong and burning midnight oil under the aegis of the Sports Department.” These views were expressed here today by the Sports, Youth Services and NRIs Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi at the Punjab Municipal Bhawan, while honouring the 90 players, who brought laurels for the state and country in the year 2017-18, with prizes worth around Rs.1.66 crore.

Aam Aadmi Party will form government in 2022: Raghav Chadha

AMRITSAR: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will form the government in Punjab with a landslide victory in the 2022 assembly elections. Punjab had been looted by the SAD-BJP and the Congress government while in power. Now the people of Punjab have made up their minds that only one party can take Punjab on the path of progress, and this time they will form a government of Aam Aadmi Party.

Pendu Mazdoor union stage dharna for plots in Lohian Khas

LOHIAN: Activists of Pendu Mazdoor Union on Tuesday staged a dharna in front of the block development and panchayat officer for their demands and submitted a memorandum.

Gumtala village train mishap

NURMAHAL:It has been fourteen years and the state government is yet to release the full compensation announced for the next of kin of the four victims of the November 23, 2006 train mishap in Gumtala village.

Stop day-dreaming, you're not coming to power any time soon: Capt Amarinder to Sukhbir Badal

CHANDIGARH: Ridiculing Sukhbir Singh Badal’s threat of putting Cabinet Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot behind bars if SAD forms the government, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked the Akali leader to stop day-dreaming as his party was not coming to power in the state any time soon.

Punjab ministers castigate BJP for misleading frmers with shocking lies to save their skin

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Cabinet Ministers on Monday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its atrocious charges against the Chief Minister, saying it was the BJP state leadership that was misleading the farmers and spreading shocking lies to save their skin, after being completely cornered on the issue of the draconian Farm Laws.

If Union runs away from MSP, state govt should step in and guarantee procurement on its own: AAP

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab, during the specially convened session of Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday, vehemently opposed the central black laws on agriculture, brought in by the Modi government at the centre. The AAP MLAs, while supporting the three agriculture bills introduced by the Punjab government, said that the Punjab government should bring the government procurement mechanism of all crops under MSP under the ambit of law.

Small/Marginal Punjab Farmaers get right to Govt land in occupation for 12 year at reasonable price

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Government has decided to allot land in occupation and cultivation of small and marginal farmers for more than 12 years to such farmers against a reasonable pre-determined price.

AAP out rightly rejects clean chit to Minister Dharamsot in multi-crore scholarship

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab has categorically rejected the inquiry report of the committee comprising three IAS officers, constituted by the Punjab government, and giving 'clean chit' to Cabinet Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot in the multi-crore Post Matric Scholarship Scheme to students of  poor and dalit families in the state, raising question of propriety of interrogation by  Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, the then Director and now Congress MLA.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu kick starts paddy procurement in Punjab

PATIALA: Punjab Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Mr. Bharat Bhushan Ashu today kick started paddy procurement at Rajpura Grain Market. Reiterating that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led state government always stood by the farmers, he averred that every effort would be made for the withdrawal of the anti-farmer bills passed by the Union Government.

Marginal increase in wheat prices a cruel joke and an attempt to mislead the farmers : Harpal Singh Cheema

CHANDIGARH:The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab has categorically rejected the Modi government's decision to increase the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for wheat by Rs 50 per quintal. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also viewing the announcement of increase in MSP amidst farmers' anger against anti-farming black laws as a hoax. Besides, the party has questioned the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) ban on the cash credit limit (CCL) issued by the Center to the state government every half year for procurement of crops.

BJP high command to take equal seat shares in Punjab

PHAGWARA:Longtime ongoing cracks were seen appeared between Shiromani Akali Dal and Bhartiya Janta Party after continuous differences going on for the last several years. Several Senior BJP Leaders like Madam Mohan Mittal were repeatedly in favour of breakup with SAD to make BJP powerful in the state. Mittal even went on insisting BJP High Command to take equal seat shares in Punjab.

Presentation of farm ordinances in parliament have exposed SAD farce on issue, Says Capt Amarinder

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the presentation of the farm ordinances in Parliament yesterday by the Centre had totally exposed the farce of Shiromani Akali Dal’s pretense of protecting the interests of the farmers of the state.

Punjab CM rolls out state-wide Smart Ration card scheme to cover 1.41 cr NFSA beneficiaries

CHANDIGARH:Even as he launched the Smart Ration Card scheme to cover 1.41 crore beneficiaries across the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced a separate State-funded scheme to provide subsidized rations to the 9 lakh beneficiaries not covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

Nodal officers to be appointed to monitor water drainage from fields of Fazilka & Muktsar districts : Sarkaria

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Water Resources Minister Mr. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, Revenue, Rehabilitation and Disaster Management Minister Mr. Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Mr. Sunil Jakhar on Wednesday visited the waterlogged areas of Fazilka and Sri Muktsar Sahib Districts.

Punjab CM terms probe by Union Minister into scholarship scam another attack on federal polity

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister has taken strong exception to an inquiry being ordered into the alleged scholarship scam by Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment without consulting the state government or waiting for the report of Chief Secretary’s investigation into the matter.