Tuesday, January 31, 2023


Shinde Vs Thackeray: Thackeray faction seeks reference to 7-judge bench in SC

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray faction on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to refer the judgement in the Nabam Rebia case to a seven-judge bench of the apex court.The judgment restricted the power of the Speaker to decide disqualification petitions if a resolution seeking his removal was pending.Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Thackeray faction, contended before a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, that the court may refer the Nabam Rebia judgement (2016) to the seven-judge bench, "if we are able to persuade the court to do so".However, the bench -- also comprising Justices M.R. Shah, Krishna Murari, Hima Kohli, and P.S. Narasimha -- said this would be decided by the five-judge bench and arguments can be addressed regarding this. Senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul assisted by advocate Abhikalp Pratap Singh, represented Eknath Shinde's group, while Solicitor General Tushar Mehta represented the Governor to assist the court on question of law only. Mehta said he would like to submit a note as well.

Shinde Vs Thackeray: Thackeray faction seeks reference to 7-judge bench in SC

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray faction on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to refer the judgement in the Nabam Rebia case to a seven-judge bench of the apex court.The judgment restricted the power of the Speaker to decide disqualification petitions if a resolution seeking his removal was pending.Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Thackeray faction, contended before a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, that the court may refer the Nabam Rebia judgement (2016) to the seven-judge bench, "if we are able to persuade the court to do so".However, the bench -- also comprising Justices M.R. Shah, Krishna Murari, Hima Kohli, and P.S. Narasimha -- said this would be decided by the five-judge bench and arguments can be addressed regarding this. Senior advocate Neeraj Kishan Kaul assisted by advocate Abhikalp Pratap Singh, represented Eknath Shinde's group, while Solicitor General Tushar Mehta represented the Governor to assist the court on question of law only. Mehta said he would like to submit a note as well.

HP CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu began his political career at 17

 Four-time legislator and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu was born on March 27, 1964, at Bhavran village in Nadaun tehsil of Hamirpur district and started his political career at the age of 17.He is son of late Rasil Singh and married to Kamlesh Thakur. He has two daughters.Sukhu did M.A., L.L.B. from Himachal Pradesh University here. He was elected class representative of Government Degree College in Sanjauli, Shimla, from 1981-82 and 1982-83.He was elected as General Secretary in 1983-1984 and remained President of Government Degree College, Sanjauli, from 1984 to 1985.He was also elected as a department representative of Law Department during 1985-86 and state president of the NSUI from 1989 to 1995.Sukhu remained the general secretary of the state Youth Congress from 1995 to 1998 and President of the state Youth Congress from 1998 to 2008.He was councillor of the Shimla Municipal Corporation twice from 1992 to 1997 and 1997 to 2002. He was elected as General Secretary of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee from 2008 to 2012 and President of the Pradesh Congress Committee in 2013.

AAP MP Raghav Chadha raises important issue of Shri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor in Parliament


AAP MP Raghav Chadha raises important issue of Shri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor in Parliament

-$20 fee charged from pilgrims should be abolished

-Pilgrims should be allowed to pass through Kartarpur Corridor even without passport and online process should be made easy

Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab Raghav Chadha on Friday raised the important issue of pilgrims visiting Sri Kartarpur Sahib in the Parliament.Raghav Chadha said that when the Shri Kartarpur Sahib Corridor opened for historic Gurdwara, which was revered the world over as the final resting place of Guru Nanak Dev, was the fulfilment of a cherished dream for the entire Sikh community.

Adesh Gupta || BJP may have lost the election but not courage

The BJP may have lost the election but not the courage and will continue to fight against AAP -- a synonym for corruption, Delhi BJP Delhi state President Adesh Gupta said on Friday.While addressing the media for the first time after losing the Municipal Corporation of Delhi
polls, Gupta said, "Now, BJP will serve the people of the national capital by becoming a strong opposition and expose the corrupt Aam Aadmi Party".Expressing gratitude to the people, he said, "BJP expresses gratitude to all the voters, for the 40 per cent voter turnout it received in the municipal elections. At the same time, BJP promises that in the corporation too, it will strongly raise questions and problems related to the people of Delhi and will try its best to fulfill them". He also thanked the Delhi Police and the Election Commission.He further said, "Last time we got 36.08 per cent votes whereas this time the percentage of votes has gone up to 39.09. There were many seats where we could not convert the result into victory by a small margin. Our heartfelt gratitude to the people of Delhi for giving so much respect to BJP's service, dedication and determination." He said that the only change this time as compared to the last time is that the Congress has bowed down before the Aam Aadmi Party.

Removal of Swati Maliwal as DCW chief || Letter to L-G by BJP MP Parvesh Verma

Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma on Friday sought the removal of Swati Maliwal as the Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women after the court framed charges against her in a corruption case.Verma wrote a letter to Delhi Lieutenant Governor V.K. Saxena in this regard.Verma said, "I have written to the L-G to remove Swati Maliwal from the post. Misuse of power has become a common thing for the Aam Aadmi Party's Delhi government. There is rigging in every department. Yesterday, the court ordered to register case against Swati Maliwal".He further said, "AAP leader and chairperson of the Delhi Women's Commission has charges of misusing her position and recruiting volunteers of the AAP party to the commission ignoring rules. The Kejriwal government is creating new chapters of corruption everyday."

Congress leader in LS states demonetisation as a 'failed' decision by the Central govt

Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday sought a white paper on demonetisation, while calling it a 'failed' decision on part of the central government.Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Chowdhury said that the government had taken the decision without thinking and the very basis of the decision was illogical.He said that there was a 72 per cent increase in the circulation of currency notes, adding that black money had not stopped and its circulation continued.

Anurag Thakur gets completely trounced in his home district in HP polls

In a setback to Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur and his father Prem Kumar Dhumal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost all the five Assembly seats in Hamirpur, the home district of the duo in Himachal Pradesh.The Congress won four of the five Assembly constituencies in the district, while an Independent won the fifth seat, once the stronghold of the Dhumal family.The winning Congress candidates were Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu from Nadaun, Inder Dutt Lakhnapal from Barsar, Rajinder Rana from Sujanpur and Suresh Kumar in Bhoranj.In the Hamirpur seat, both the BJP and the Congress faced defeat from Independent candidate Ashish Sharma, who won with a margin of 12,899 votes.Two-time Congress legislator Rajinder Rana, who has learnt political lessons for years from his once-mentor and two-time chief minister Dhumal, defeated his nearest rival and BJP candidate Ranjit Singh by a slender margin of 399 votes. He won the seat for the third time.

BJP's stronghold Gujarat has been breached, next time we will win this stronghold || Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said that Gujarat is considered a stronghold of the BJP, but we have been able to breach this fort. Next time, we will win the fort, he told party workers."Aam Aadmi Party has got about 13 per cent votes in Gujarat, till now 39 lakh votes have been received and counting is still going on. We are grateful to the people who reposed faith in us. This time we have succeeded in breaking the fort, next time we will win the fort", Kejriwal said in a video message to the party workers after the party fulfilled the required criteria to get national recognition.Many many congratulations to the workers of Aam Aadmi Party and all the countrymen. Your Aam Aadmi Party has now become a national party. The people of Gujarat have made Aam Aadmi Party a national party. The number of votes that Aam Aadmi Party has got from Gujarat has legally made Aam Aadmi Party a national party, said Kejriwal.

Lack of Congress leading any national front proved in Guj election results || Trinamool

The results of the Gujarat Assembly elections have proved that Congress has lost its relevance to lead any national front against the BJP for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress said.Trinamool leaders also claimed that the Gujarat results also prove that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the only credible face against the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to lead a "third alternative a democratic, progressive and secular" alternative against the BJP at the national level."In Gujarat, the main fight was between the BJP and the Congress and the latter had a lot to prove there. But despite making some progress in Himachal Pradesh, the Congress failed miserably in Gujarat. On one hand, the Congress is conducting Bharat Jodo movement to unite India. But it failed to unite Gujarat."Congress should introspect. Those who failed in Gujarat will never be able to control Lok Sabha through its own decisions and strategies," Trinamool state General Secretary and spokesman Kunal Ghosh said soon after the results in Gujarat indicated a landslide victory for the BJP and the worst-ever results for the Congress.

BJP wins Rampur, RLD takes Khatauli, Mainpuri falls to SP || Elections

The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday scored a major victory when it retained the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat and wrested the Khatauli Assembly seat from the BJP. The BJP won the Rampur Assembly seat.SP candidate Dimple Yadav won the Mainpuri seat with a margin of 2.9 lakh votes, defeating Raghuraj Shakya of the BJP.The Mainpuri victory is doubly significant for Akhilesh Yadav since it not only means retaining the family seat but also spells a patch up between him and his estranged uncle Shivpal Yadav.In Khatauli, Madan Bhaiya of the SP-RLD alliance won the seat with a margin of 22,054 votes defeating Rajkumari Saini of the BJP.

Political instability in Pak continues to pose serious challenges

Political instability in Pakistan continues to pose serious challenges to the countrys future since former Prime Minister Imran Khan's announcement to dissolve two major provincial and two legislative assemblies with an intent to trigger and pressure the federal government to announce early elections and succumb to his demand.The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its major coalition in country's largest province Punjab, led by Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi, who is also leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), have been on constant consultations to formulate a plan to take take forward Khan's announcement. While the PML-Q leader has stated openly that he would not oppose Khan's decision and will dissolve the Punjab Assembly within 20 minutes when he will be asked to take action, the former premier has also sent ahead an offer to the incumbent ruling coalition government under Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to come

No offer made to Prashant Kishor; he is working for BJP: JD(U) President

JD(U) president Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan on September 17 alleged that political strategist-turned-politician Prashant Kishor was "working for" the BJP, as part of its "conspiracies" to find a firm foothold in Bihar. Rubbishing Mr. Kishor's claim of having turned down an "offer" from Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the party's de facto leader, Mr. Singh asserted that the poll

100% vaccination target in 2021 turned out to be 'Jumla': Rahul

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday criticised the Central government for "missing" the double vaccination target, saying the government's claims to achieve 100 per cent vaccination turned out to be "Jumla". "The Central government had promised 100 per cent vaccination by the end of 2021... today is the last day of the year, the country is still far from the vaccination target. One more 'Jumla' got shattered," the Congress leader tweeted. Claiming there is a scarcity of Covid vaccines, the Congress said 47,95,00,000 Indians need 59,40,00,000 vaccination doses. "Besides, 25,70,00,000 senior citizens and corona warriors need the vaccine while those in the 15-18 age group need another 35,70,00,000 doses," Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said. India's Omicron tally on Friday rose to 1,270 cases and among the 23 states and UTs that have reported the Omicron infection so far, Maharashtra tops the list with 450 cases of this variant.

Don't bend under any political pressure, Punjab CM tells police

In wake of the "insulting" remark by his Congress' state chief Navjot Sidhu for saying an MLA makes "police wet their pants", Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday categorically told the police personnel not to bend under political pressure. In his address at a police function at the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) complex in Jalandhar city, Channi, while striking an emotional chord, said the service in armed forces and the police is challenging and only those people who have zeal to serve the country and its people join these forces.


Giving a much awaited bonanza of Rs. 124.25 crore for Asha and Mid Day Meal workers as a new year gift, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday announced a fixed monthly allowance of Rs. 2500 for Asha workers against the earlier amount got by them on the basis of incentives, which would cost the state exchequer to the tune of Rs.60 crore thus benefitting nearly 22,000 Asha workers. Likewise, the Asha workers would also be now entitled for the facility of cashless health insurance scheme up to Rs. 5 lakh which would be done by the state government free of cost so as to cover them against the probable risk

No bail for Union Minister Narayan Rane's MLA son

In a huge setback for BJP lawmaker and Union Minister Narayan Rane's son, Nitesh Rane, a local court in Maharashtra's Sindudurg on Thursday rejected his anticipatory bail application. His lawyer Sangram Desai said that since the bail application has been declined, they would move the Bombay High Court soon after getting the copy of the court orders.

Corruption is key element in underperformance of economy: Justice PC Ghose

Lokpal chairperson Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose on Monday said corruption is a key element in underperformance of the economy and it undermines democracy and the rule of law. He was inaugurating a digital Platform LokpalOnline -- an end-to-end digital solution for the management of complaints against public servants filed under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.The online platform can be accessed by all citizens and complaints can be filed from anywhere, anytime at http://lokpalonline.gov.in.

JD-S will not ally with BJP for Karnataka council polls: Kumaraswamy

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Tuesday stated that his Janata Dal-Secular would not forge any alliance with the ruling BJP in the state. "We will maintain equal distance from both national parties (the BJP and the Congress)," he said. He said that the party is preparing for 2023 Assembly elections. "We have asked the local leaders to take a call (for the Legislative Council polls) as it is convenient for the party in 19 constituencies where the JD-S is not contesting," he maintained. Former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa had sought the support of regional party on many occasions. "The appeals made by Yediyurappa has created confusion. I am clarifying it that there is no alliance with BJP," Kumaraswamy stated. He termed both the Congress and the BJP "political enemies". "We have contested in six seats and we will win all of them. We are interested in winning 2023 Assembly elections," he reiterated. Congress had attacked the JD-S as the "B team" of the BJP. Opposition leader Siddaramaiah alleged that the JD-S fielded Muslim candidates in the recent Hangal and 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met with the AICC Punjab Affairs In-charge Harish Chaudhary, PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab Transport Minister Amarinder Singh Raja Warring alongwith the newly inducted party member Sidhu Moosewala in New Delhi earlier today.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi met with the AICC Punjab Affairs In-charge Harish Chaudhary, PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu, Punjab Transport Minister

Amarinder is myopic towards the poor: Punjab CM

Slamming Amarinder Singh for his "myopic" mindset towards the poor, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said on Friday that the former CM targeted him because he had raised issues of the common man. Addressing a public gathering at Bhoa near here, the Chief Minister said that as he "comes from a family with humble background, he always impressed upon the former Chief Minister to safeguard the interests of the common man". However, he said, instead of resolving the issues and give reprieve to the poor and the downtrodden, the 'Maharaja' -- as Amarinder Singh, the scion of the erstwhile Patiala Royal family, is called -- started victimising him. Channi said that even then he continued his struggle for the underprivileged masses. The Chief Minister said that only the Congress can take a revolutionary decision to oust a 'Maharaja' and bestow responsibility of the Chief Minister to a common man. However, he said this revolution can sustain only if all the common and needy people stand united to support the Congress. Channi categorically said that the powerful elite class is conniving to destabilise this common man's government by dividing the poor on sectarian lines. Lashing out at the Akalis, the BJP and Amarinder Singh 


Noted Punjab Singer Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu popularly known as Sidhu Moosewala on Friday joined the Congress Party in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu during a simple but impressive ceremony here at Punjab Bhawan. Welcoming in the party fold, CM Channi said that it is a matter of sheer pride and honour for the people of state that Sidhu Moosewala, who comes from a family with humble background as his father Bhola Singh is an ex-serviceman and mother Charan Kaur, the Sarpanch of the village. He said that Moosewala being a heart throb of millions of his fans across the globe would prove to be an asset for the party as he was connected with the grassroots. He said that Moosewala with his new assignment after entering the arena of politics would serve the people zealously, the way he earned name and fame in the world of music by the dint of hardwork.


Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday dared the opposition to list a single decision or an announcement during his tenure, which has not been implemented on the ground. Reiterating his government’s firm commitment to implement each and every decision in the right earnest, CM Channi categorically said that notwithstanding the time constraint his government would leave no stone unturned to resolve the remaining issues so as to cherish the peoples’ aspirations to their satisfaction. Training guns at AAP Supremo Arvind Kejriwal for indulging in mudslinging, CM Channi said though he liked criticism but criticism for the sake of mere criticism is not only unethical but undesirable.

New Central Jail Goindwal Sahib to be operational in December: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

The construction work of the new Central Jail Goindwal Sahib was almost completed and is expected to be handed over to the Jail department in mid-December. The jail will be operational in December, said Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, while convening a high-level meeting to review the matters pertaining to the Jail Department

Assam Cong leaders lodge complaint against Kangana for remarks against freedom movement

Six senior Congress leaders in Assam on Thursday lodged a complaint with the police against actress Kangana Ranaut for allegedly making defamatory comments against Mahatma Gandhi and the freedom movement. The Congress leaders, including former MPs Dwijen Sharma and Bolih Kuli, in their complaint lodged at the Dispur police station referring to an article in a newspaper, said that Ranaut severely criticised Mahatma Gandhi, who devoted his life to free India from the British rule. "It is a grave insult towards the martyrs of the freedom movement. The statements made by the actress are also an act of sedition. The statements have broken the hearts of the Indian people as well as the freedom fighters of Assam. It is a grave offence of sedition with the intention to dishonour the freedom fighters," the Congress leaders said.

Rescind Ordinances: CBI & ED Directors

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) denounces the promulgation of two ordinances allowing the central government to extend the tenures of the directors of CBI and ED from two to five years Both the CBI and ED have been functioning as the political arm of the ruling party to advance its agenda. Leaders of opposition parties are regularly targeted. This step is meant to further subvert

Randhawa castigates Sukhbir Badal for his justification, says “Intentional sins can’t be pardoned.”

Reacting to a recent statement of SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal that 'don’t punish Akali Dal for his ‘mistakes’ in the sacrilege case', Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa on Tuesday said that inadvertent mistakes can be forgiven but intentional sins of Badal are unjustifiable and can’t be forgiven. S. Randhawa said that Sukhbir Badal’s confession indicates that Akalis are now afraid of being punished for their nefarious mistakes. He said that people of Punjab hate the Badal family and Akali


Punjab Transport Minister Raja Warring on Sunday reiterated that under the leadership of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and PPCC President Navjot Singh Sidhu, Congress will secure a thumping win in the forthcoming 2022 elections.


In a bid to provide financial relief to the cotton picking farm labourers, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Wednesday approved the policy formulated for extending relief to the families of cotton picking farm labourers affected by the damage caused to the cotton crop by the pink bollworm (pest attack). With this decision, 10 percent of total compensation to be given to the farmers on this count would be provided to the families of cotton picking farm labourers affected by the pest attack on 

Top US diplomat for East Asia in Seoul for talks on alliance, economic ties

The top US diplomat for East Asia arrived in Seoul on Wednesday as part of his first Asia trip since taking over in September, with North Korea, the bilateral alliance and economic cooperation likely to top the agenda in discussions with Seoul officials. Daniel Kritenbrink, the US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, arrived at the Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, after wrapping up a four-day trip to Japan, the first leg of his six-day regional swing.

Pilot meets Venugopal amid talks of reshuffle in Rajasthan

Amid talks of cabinet reshuffle in Rajasthan, former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday met General Secretary Organisation K.C. Venugopal. This comes ahead of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot meeting Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Both the camps are tight-lipped about the political developments in the state. The much-awaited cabinet rejig and appointments had been pending ever since the Covid pandemic broke out. The Assembly bypolls have also been delayed.

People looking for change, says Pilot on Cong win in bypolls

Rajasthan's former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot on Wednesday said that the public has given its mandate against the ruling BJP government at the Centre during recent bypolls which makes it clear that people want a change now after getting tormented by the BJP government. Speaking to media in Ajmer, Pilot said, "The three farm laws, increasing price of petrol and diesel, unavailability of fertilisers and rising inflation has affected the masses and left people anguished.

Rajasthan bypolls: Results to be announced on Tuesday

The counting of votes for the Vallabhnagar (Udaipur) and Dhariawad (Pratapgarh) bypolls, which were held on October 30, will start on Tuesday morning from 8 a.m. The Election Commission of India has issued necessary guidelines to the District Election Officers along with the guidelines related to the coronavirus.

Goa won't be allowed to be turned into a coal hub: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday promised that Goa would not be turned into a coal hub, even as he said that the assurances given by the party in its manifesto for the state's 2022 Assembly polls should be treated as a guarantee of delivery of electoral promises. Speaking to a group of fisherfolk in the South Goa beach village of Velsao, Gandhi also said that the coastal state should be preserved, not just for local residents, but also visitors who travel to Goa to enjoy the beaches and environment. "We are very clear that we do not want Goa to be a coal hub, when it does not benefit Goa to be a coal hub. That goes for a lot of the environmental destruction that is taking place here.

MP by-polls: Nearly 45% voting recorded till 1 p.m.

An estimated 45 per cent of the 26,50,004 eligible voters cast their ballots till 1 p.m. in the by-polls to three Assembly constituencies and one Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, the Election Commission said. As per the official report, the highest voting so far was recorded at 54 per cent in Prithvipur, followed by Raigon with 44 per cent while Jobat registered 41 per cent. In Khandwa (Lok Sabha seat), over 41 per cent voters turned up to cast their ballots. Meanwhile, people in three different areas in Khandwa district boycotted elections and put up banners at the entry gate of villages prohibiting the entry of political leaders. They refused to exercise their franchise with the slogan 'No work, No Vote'.

Seeman's party functionary arrested for remarks on Stalin

A leader of NTK, the political outfit floated by actor-director, Seeman, was arrested for his remarks against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin in a public function at Kanniyakumari district, police said. NTK leader 'Sattai' Duraimurugan, while addressing party workers at Thucklay in Kanniyakumari on Friday, spoke against Stalin and the DMK government while criticising mining of sand and stones in Tirunelveli and Kanniyakumari districts use in Kerala's Vizhinjam port.

We should unite against the monstrous farm bills and also against privatisation and saffronisation policies of Central Government-: Aryan

Today SFI along with other students organisations organised a protest in Panjab University, Chandigarh in support of Bharat Bandh call by SMK. They blocked gate number 2 of PU Campus and closed the market of PU and gathered along to show solidarity to farmers and to fight against the farm bills. We should unite 

Punjab CM lays stone of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Law University

`To mark the 400th Prakash Purb of Guru Tegh Bahadur, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday virtually laid the foundation stone of the Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur State University of Law in Tarn Taran town, and directed the Finance Department to ensure sufficient funds for timely operationalisation of the institution.On the occasion, he also launched commemorative gold and silver coins to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Tegh Bahadur.Making it clear that shortage of finances would not be allowed to hold up education projects in the state, the Chief Minister termed it the most important focus area to enable the youth of Punjab to compete with the world.He lauded the department concerned for enabling the state to become number one in education in the country.Citing education as a priority sector, the Chief Minister said after achieving top position in school education, his next aim is to make Punjab number one in higher education and technical education also.In line with his government's thrust on education, Amarinder Singh said he will inaugurate 18 new fully functional degree colleges and 25 ITIs on October 2.

Sugarcane procurement price should be increased, Sukhbir tells Amarinder

Expressing solidarity with the protesting sugarcane farmers in Punjab, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday demanded that the Congress government should increase the state assured price (SAP) of sugarcane to a minimum of Rs 380 per quintal, besides calling for the immediate release of all pending payments due to the sugarcane growers. He also announced that in case the state government did not do justice to the sugarcane growers, the next SAD-BSP alliance government would raise the SAP to a minimum of Rs 380 per quintal. "We will include this commitment in our election manifesto as well," he added.In a statement issued here, the SAD President said that it is shocking that after refusing to increase the SAP for sugarcane for four

Present ruling party has been trying to nullify the anti-defection law : Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had brought in the anti-defection law to stop public representatives from moving from one party to another, but the present ruling party has been trying to nullify the law by making them resign to switch parties. The practice has been witnessed in many states, leading to change in elected governments, he said in a virtual programme organised on Rajiv Gandhi's birth anniversary. The present government sitting at the Centre cannot face criticism and those criticising the government are being called traitors, he added. Praising Rajiv Gandhi for introducing a "golden era" for the nation, Gehlot said that had he been there still, the history of the nation would have been.....