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SAD shortlists 5 for SGPC top post

Punjab
Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 28 Keen to retain its hold on Sikh religious affairs, the SAD today shortlisted five candidates for the SGPC chief’s post — incumbent Kirpal Singh Badungar, former MLAs Gobind Singh Longowal, Balbir Singh Ghunas and Sewa Singh Sekhwan, and Surinder Singh Bhullewalrathan. On the defensive over sacrilege, dera culture and other issues for the past few years, the SAD is now contending with a breakaway faction of the apex Sikh body. The new chief’s name will be declared during the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) General House meeting in Amritsar tomorrow. Hectic parleys took place here today between senior Akali leaders, including party president Sukhbir Singh Badal and patriarch Parkash Singh Badal. Su...

MLAs to declare assets on Jan 1 every year

Punjab
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 28 All members of the Punjab Legislative Assembly will have to declare their immovable properties on January 1 every year. This is one of the clauses in the Punjab Legislative Assembly (Salaries and Allowances of Members) Amendment Bill, 2017, which was passed on the second day of the Vidhan Sabha’s winter session today. The amendment has been made to the Punjab Legislative Assembly (Salaries and Allowances of Members) Bill, 1942. Tabling the Bill in the House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Brahm Mohindra said, “The amendment has been made as per a decision taken in a Cabinet meeting held on March 18.” AAP MLA Kanwar Sandhu appreciated the move, but sought amendment to the Bill by including the clause of ‘conflict of inter...

21-yr-old from Jalandhar shot dead in Mississippi

Punjab
Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, November 28 A 21-year-old youth from Jalandhar was shot dead in front of his house in Jackson city of Mississippi, US, on Monday. Sandeep Singh had migrated three years ago. His father Balwinder Singh, a Punjab Police head constable, said he was working at a relative’s store. (Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd) “He along with two friends closed the store at 8 pm, but his car developed a snag. The owner asked them to stay back. At 11 pm, Sandeep tried to restart the car and was successful. The three drove to their apartment but as soon as they stepped out of their vehicle, three armed assailants robbed them of cash and valuables,” his father said.   “Just as the assailants...

Inquiry on sub-standard sewage treatment plants in Punjab ordered

Punjab
Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 29 Minister for Local Government Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday announced a departmental inquiry into the three sub-standard and incomplete sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the constituency of AAP leader Sukhpal Khaira. The report will be out within a month. Khaira had levelled allegations of sub-standard work on majority of STPs in the state. Demanding a vigilance inquiry, Khaira made specific reference to sub-standard and crude sewage treatment plants in Begowal and Bholath nagar panchayats besides wastage of around Rs 10 crore in the Dhilwan Nagar panchayat without any STP. Chief Minster Capt Amarinder Singh said, “Let the departmental inquiry come first.” In reply to a question on shortage of drivers and ot...

AAP, LIP take up audio-tape issue with CJ

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Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 28 The Aam Aadmi Party today sought to make the alleged “audio-tape scandal” the focus of the day’s business in the Punjab Assembly by insisting on a commitment from the government for a CBI inquiry into the matter. (Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd) While the Capt Amarinder Singh government brushed aside the issue saying it was a judicial matter, the AAP and alliance partner Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) later in the day took up the matter with the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, submitting a written complaint during a nearly half-an-hour meeting with Chief Justice SJ Vazifdar, who was accompanied by two senior judges. Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira...

‘Molestation’: Chargesheet filed against AAP legislator

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Tribune News Service Ropar, November 28 The police have filed a chargesheet in a molestation case registered against AAP MLA from Ropar Amarjit Singh Sandoa. His former landlady in Ropar had lodged a police complaint four months ago, alleging that he had pulled her “dupatta” and pushed her when she went to his house to demand pending rent and other dues on July 28. Subsequently, the police had booked him under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 294 (obscene act in public place), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the IPC. A Special Investigating Team (SIT), led by SP (Investigation) Raminder Singh, was formed to investigate the matter. Th

Signboards: Govt ‘regrets’ stepmotherly treatment to Punjabi

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Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 28 The Aam Aadmi Party today succeeded in evoking “regret” from the treasury benches on the stepmotherly treatment given to the Punjab language. They also got commitment from the treasury benches on public issues like the ill-equipped fire brigade in the state. The party also faced an embarrassing moment when its leader in the House Sukhpal Khaira spoke in English on the need to preserve Punjabi language. After the treasury benches pointed out the irony, he spoke in Punjabi. Khaira along with party MLAs Rupinder Kaur Ruby and Baldev Singh said it was unfortunate that English and Hindi languages were preferred over Punjabi on signboards in the state. He demanded all signboards, especially those on the national highway, should have name ...

Harsimrat: Govt out to scuttle big projects

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Bathinda: Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Tuesday accused the Congress government of trying to scuttle ambitious projects launched by the SAD-BJP alliance. Talking to mediapersons after visiting the AIIMS site here, Harsimrat said the Centre had given all clearances, but the state government was sitting on the NOCs pertaining to the transfer of a big chunk of land for the medical institute. The course of a water channel passing through the site also needed to be changed, she added. She claimed that the detailed project report had not been prepared due to a delay on the government’s part. “When the CM has not been attending office for the past eight months, how can we expect the officials to deliver?” she wondered. Harsimrat also lambasted the state government for ...