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Accident again! but, no one dares lodge complaint against Badals’ bus

 Deepkamal Kaur: Jalandhar: A day after a bus of Dabwali Transport, a company owned by Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, hit two cars at Rail Majra village near Balachaur in Nawanshahr, the bus driver managed to go scot free as no complaint was lodged against him. The impounded bus has also been handed back to the company. The bus had hit the car of Nirmaljit Kaur, wife of former Jails Minister and Kartarpur... 

Shielding of 1984 riots villains: US court dismisses case against Sonia

NEW DELHI: A United States court of appeals for the second circuit in New York has affirmed the order of the district courts dismissing rights violation case filed against Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The district court had dismissed the case in June last year and the court of appeal gave its decision on Tuesday. “Upon due consideration whereof, it is hereby ordered, adjudged, and decreed... 

ED Director blames Bikram for his transfer

 Chandigarh: Enforcement Directorate officer Niranjan Singh today, for the first time, squarely blamed Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for his transfer. Appearing in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the ED Assistant Director’s counsel submitted that Majithia’s summoning and examination was the only reason behind his transfer from the Jalandhar office. “The only reason why Niranjan... 

Don’t vote for Badals backed SOI: Kuljit Nagra

Here is content of Kuljit Nagra’s appeal for PU Students:  My Dear Students, Today I am just communicating to you all through this open letter when you are ready to go for the polls in this prestigious institution. This premier institute has made names across the globe and pan India too. It has produced one of finest educationists and political leaders who have achieved the highest success in... 

Bains brothers are ready to join AAP

 Ludhiana: Ludhiana legislators Simarjit Singh Bains and his brother Balwinder Singh Bains, whose “satyagraha” against the sand mafia recently created a stir, are ready to join hands with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the 2017 Assembly elections. As reported by The Tribune, Simarjit said the national leadership of AAP had been in touch with him. “It is a two-way communication. We spoke to them... 

Bhattal, Capt trade charges of Akalis support

Varinder Singh with inputs from JPJI: Chandigarh: The ongoing ‘ceasefire’ between the former Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh and his arch-rival and the PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa notwithstanding, Senior Congress leader and former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal today launched a full-fledged war against veteran party leader Capt Amarinder Singh accusing him of “clinching a deal” with... 

Roof collapse kills 7 Punjab pilgrims in Manikaran Sahib

Manikaran: Seven pilgrims were killed and 11 others were injured when a boulder tore through a serai at Gurdwara Manikaran Sahib in Kullu district today. All 18 pilgrims belonged to Rogla village of Sangrur district in Punjab. The tragedy could have been bigger as 300 people were inside the eight-storey building when the boulder from a hill fell on it around 1.50 pm today. The two rooms of the building’s... 

Punjab has forgotten Partap Singh Kairon on his 50th death anniversary

Ph. Studio/June, 1957/R.D.L., A32kSardar Pratap Singh Kairon, Chief Minister of Punjab. (June 4, 1957). By Bir Devinder Singh:  It is a matter of great commiseration that the Punjab Government has completely forgotten the illustrious son of Punjab Late Sardar Partap Singh Kairon, Chief Minister of Punjab (1956 to 1964) on his 50th death Anniversary. A great visionary and architect of the ‘Modern... 

Unfurling national flag upside down: Majithia expresses regrets

Amritsar: Punjab Revenue and Information Minister Bikram Singh Majithia today expressed regret over the Faux-Pas of the Indian tri-colour being unfurled the wrong side up during the 69th Independence Day Celebration. Majithia who unfurled the national flag which was already folded with the flag post, by theofficials concerned, had to face an anxious moment when he realized that the flag he had unfurled... 

Inderbir Bolaria stands up against own govt

Amritsar: A day after raising a banner of revolt against the state government, CPS Inderbir Bolaria today termed “foolish” the officials who drafted the plan to set up solid waste management plant at Bhagtanwala, 1.5 km from Golden Temple. Bolaria continued his dharna against the plant for the second day today. The CPS said it was unfortunate that Amritsar ranked 430 and was among the dirtiest... 

Amritsar airport set to roll out e-visa facility

Neeraj Bagga: Amritsar: With the Sri Guru Ramdas Jee International Airport in Amritsar joining the list of airports with electronic-tourist visa facility for eligible countries, its authorities have made all necessary arrangements. The Amritsar airport is among seven other airports which will have the facility now. Earlier, only nine airports were tagged as entry points to India with the e-tourist... 
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Rocks block 6200 pilgrims way to Hemkunt Sahib

Dehradun: With heavy rocks and boulders from a hillside blocking Badrinath highway between Joshimath and Vishnuprayag, devotees bound for the Sikh shrine of Hemkunt Sahib and those returning from there have had to take shelter at different places. More than 5,000 pilgrims who had left for Hemkunt Sahib have been stopped at Ghanghariya, whereas another nearly 1,200 bound for the Sikh shrine have been... 

CBI shielding anti-Sikh riots prime accused Jagdish Tytler: Phoolka

New Delhi: Senior AAP leader and noted lawyer HS Phoolka has alleged that the CBI was shielding the prime accused of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Jagdish Tytler. “Today, CBI informed the Court of Saurabh Pratap Singh Laler, ACMM, Karkardooma, that it has not registered any case against  Jagdish Tytler regarding the offences of “Influencing Witnesses” under section 193 and 195 A IPC and the offence... 

AAP govt presents ‘dream budget’ for Delhi

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party Legal Cell In-charge H. S. Phoolka praised India’s first ‘Swaraj Budget saying it is the first budget in 67 years which has been made by asking what the residents want and allocating funds accordingly. He thanked the Delhi Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal and the Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Manish Sisodia for this excellent budget. Here is the overview of... 

Centre to develop Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mohali as smart cities

Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: Ludhiana and Amritsar will be among the 100 cities to be developed as smart cities by the Union Government. The announcement regarding this will be made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow. The Centre has allotted three cities in Punjab to be developed as smart cities while another 17 cities/districts in the state will get funds under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation... 

Punjab Mandi Board pays for its chief’s king-size life

Charanjit Bhullar: Bathinda: Punjab Mandi Board Chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal is living life no less than king size. The farm leader has cost the Board more than Rs 2 crore in seven years. To provide him security cover that comprises four gunmen, the state police paid Rs 1.15 crore alone as salary to gunmen. Information obtained from the Board under the Right to Information Act reveals that Lakhowal... 

Punjab transport mafia running more buses with less route permits

Jupinderjit Singh: Chandigarh: The number of private buses plying on Punjab roads is much more than the valid route permits issued in the state. About 50 transporters, mostly from political heavyweight families or their associates, have been issued up to 40 per cent of the 2,885 route permits. Around 900 other transporters share the remaining around 60 per cent permits. Official documents about route... 

ISIS has killed all 39 kidnapped Punjabis: claims survivor

Jupinderjit Singh: Chandigarh: Harjit Masih, Batala youth who was one of the 40 Indians (mostly Punjabis) reportedly kidnapped by ISIS militants in Iraq in June last year, today claimed that he was a witness to the killing of all of them. He claimed the youths were shot dead by a firing squad at an undisclosed location within four-five days of their kidnapping. While the Union Government rubbished... 

Badal resorting to radical agenda to divert attention: Capt

Chandigarh: Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh on Thursday alleged that Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, having failed on all fronts, is now trying to divert the people’s attention by “resorting to radical agenda”. Realising that the ground had already slipped beneath his feet, Badal was now trying to push for “radical and extremist agenda” which... 

Sukhbir claims to create 1 lakh jobs by next year

Bathinda: The state government will provide jobs to at least one lakh youths by next year. All departments have been asked to provide a detailed list of vacancies and the recruitment process will commence in six months. This was stated by SAD president and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal while addressing a rally of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) on the occasion of a special drive to enrol members... 

Modi govt couldn’t meet peoples’ expectations during 1st one year: Harsimrat

Kamaldeep Singh Brar: Bathinda: Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has said that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘had found it difficult to meet expectations’ of the country during its first year in power. The Bathinda MP, in town to launch three Central schemes — life insurance, accident insurance and guaranteed pension after 60 —- in the presence... 

Court directs to register another criminal case against Dera chief

Jaipur:  A local court on Thursday ordered the Jawahar Circle police station to register a criminal case against Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for alleged wrongful confinement and kidnap of a woman. According to the woman’s husband, she has been missing since she visited him in the last week of March. Kamlesh Kumar (27), a resident of Manoharpura slum in Jagatpura... 

Badals take Panthic route to divert public attention from Moga bus Kaand

PATIALA: In an apparent attempt to divert people from their outrage over the Moga bus horror, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has taken the old winning route of religion. A joint event of the Punjab government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the bringing of Sikh Gurus’ relics from Patiala to Anandpur Sahib after a journey across Punjab, began on Wednesday as the exclusive... 

Parliament disrupted over Moga Kaand; President’s rule demanded in Punjab

New Delhi: The Moga molestation case rocked Parliament on Tuesday with Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh moving an adjournment motion to discuss the law and order situation in Punjab. The decision of the former Punjab Chief Minister to move adjournment motion in Lok Sabha comes days after a teenaged girl was killed in Moga after being thrown off a moving bus by her molesters. Singh,... 

Moga Kaand: Settlement with victim can’t absolve bus owner Sukhbir

By Adv HS Phooka: Blood money law is not applicable in India. The settlement with the victims family cannot absolve any person, including the bus owner of any liability in criminal law.  Under Indian law a crime is against society and offender is prosecuted by the State. It is not the victims responsibility to pursue the criminal case, it is the duty of the State to pursue and follow the criminal... 

Why ‘blood-money’ burden on Punjab for the Orbit Bus Kaand?

By BIR DEVINDE SINGH: Patiala: Compensation offered to the Victim’s family as ‘Blood-money’ should not burden the State exchequer, instead the money must be paid by the owners of the Orbit bus service. I wonder how the state government has offered to pay 20 Lac from the state exchequer as a price for compromise with the victim’s family. Why should the state bear the brunt for the obscenity... 

Orbit Bus Kaand: Head injury caused Arshdeep’s death; adjournment in LS today

MOGA: The post-mortem of Arshdeep Kaur, a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly molested and pushed off an Orbit Aviation Company bus by her molesters in Moga district five days ago, has suggested head injury as prima facie cause of death. The post-mortem was conducted at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital Faridkot yesterday evening. A panel of three doctors, including a gynaecologist, a surgeon... 

Capt to Bajwa: Own up the responsibility of Dhuri defeat

Chandigarh: Maintaining that there was nothing for the Akalis to boast about in the Dhuri by-election result, Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh today said a leader should have moral courage to own the responsibility for the consequences. Reacting to PCC president Bajwa blaming him for the defeat, the former Chief Minister asked, “What is he (Bajwa) there for if I am to... 

SAD wins Dhuri, requires no more BJP to run Punjab

DHURI: Shiromani Akali Dal SAD achieved its target of majority on its own in the 117 member state assembly house by winning the Dhuri by-poll the result of which was declared today. With this victory, the tally of SAD in the 117-member Punjab Assembly has reached 59, one more than the figure required for an absolute majority, its ally BJP had 12 members, Congress 43 and the number of independents are... 

CM, DGP visit injured Shiv Sena leader in Amritsar

Amritsar: Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and DGP SS Saini visited the Amritsar hospital to know about the health of the Punjab Shiv Sena leader Harvinder Soni, who was shot at from point-blank range by a middle-aged Sikh man with a country made .315 pistol at around 8.30 am in Gurdaspur yesterday. This visit by the CM and DGP is being seen a step to assure people that everything was fine and there was... 

Dal Khalsa warns Sikh fury due to release of ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’

Amritsar: Throwing the ball in the court of President of India, the Dal Khalsa writes to Shri Parnab Mukherjee to tell him that the issue of the movie Nanak Shah Fakir has the potential of enraging the Sikh community as was the case a few decades back. The memo faxed to Rashtarpati Bhavan, stated that the pseudo saint – Baba Gurbachan Singh and his protégés, with the tacit and open support... 

How Badal manipulated to get Padma honour?

Bir Devinder Singh: Patiala: In view of the endless sufferings of the Punjab farmers, unprecedented debt against the State and anti-farmer land acquisition policy of the Modi Government, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal Chief Minister Punjab should have politely refused to accept the Padam Vibhushan Award today. Presently, accumulated debt against Punjab amounts to 1,24,000 Crore and out this total debt precisely... 

Bharat Ratna to MM Malviya, Padma Vibhusan to PS Badal

New Delhi: Noted educationist and freedom fighter Madan Mohan Malviya was on Monday posthumously conferred the Bharat Ratna, country’s highest civilian award, by President Pranab Mukherjee. A host of other  personalities included veteran BJP leader L K Advani and Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Parkash Singh Badal, were honoured with Padma awards by Mukherjee at a... 

Two Sikh pilgrimage centres linked with rail

Anandpur Sahib: Takht Keshgarh Sahib at Anandpur Sahib and Golden Temple and Akal Takht at Amritsar today got direct rail connectivity as the Railways introduced a new express train between Nangal and Amritsar.  Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal jointly flagged off the inaugural run of the train, which is expected to run regularly from Baisakhi on April... 

Supreme Court scraps reservation for JATS under OBC quota

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today set aside the notification issued by the erstwhile UPA government to include Jats in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBC) for according benefits of reservation to them. “We set aside the notification to implement Jats in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBC),” a Bench of Justice Tarun Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman said. The Bench also found... 

John Key bats for baptized Sikhs’ entry into cricket stadiums

Melbourne: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key today said he was sympathetic towards Sikhs who were barred from entering the ground to watch India play Zimbabwe because they were wearing a kirpan. The Prime Minister said, “The International Cricket Council has rightly set the rules for what could be brought into New Zealand cricket venues.” “It’s their tournament, not ours. So we can’t dictate... 

Cong gives memorandum to SGPC for AIIMS in Amritsar

Amritsar: District Congress Committee, Amritsar (Rural) president Gurjeet Singh Aujla and other Congressmen today handed over a memorandum to SGPC. The memorandum was received by S. Roop Singh, S. Manjit Singh, S. Bijay Singh and S. Balwinder Singh Jaura on the behalf of SPGC chief S. Avtar Singh Makkar who is at Patna Sahib.  Congressmen demanded that AIIMS must be allotted to Amritsar city and requested... 

Navjot Sidhu inducted in the BJP national executive

AMRITSAR: BJP firebrand leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is the only one from Punjab to find a place in the BJP National Executive which was announced on Thursday. In the 111 member national executive all the top leaders in the national politics were inducted.  Sidhu, who was sidelined for quite sometime was also inducted in party’s highest decision making body. BJP national chief Amit Shah, who made the... 

Governor pushes Badal govt’s claim over Chandigarh, river waters

Chandigarh: Making a strong plea for early resolution of long pending territorial issues facing the state, the Punjab Governor Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki today expressed hope that these issues would be addressed in right earnest and the longstanding injustice and discrimination against the state would end in the near future. Addressing the members of Punjab Vidhan Sabha in his inaugural address of the... 

Sukhpal Khaira faces the heat for drug smuggling links

Bathinda: The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Bathinda Zone, Paramraj Singh Umranagal, toady alleged that Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira was misleading the public by declaring that he had nothing to do with drug smuggler Gurdev Singh. The IGP said Gurdev Singh, who was arrested in Fazilka yesterday, was Khaira’s confidante. During investigation, they had found that Gurdev Singh and Khaira...