May 03

Punjab will soon become tobacco free, says Health Minister Mohindra

While Kicking off a state-wide drive for the awareness of complete eradication of tobacco on Tuesday, Punjab Health Minister, Brahm Mohindra stated that the state will become tobacco free soon as efforts in this direction have been initiated. The Minister flagged off a special van from Mata Kaushla Hospital here for the above said purpose.

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Captain Amarinder moots open door bus permit policy

In a move aimed at breaking the existing monopoly in the transport system, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has mooted an open-door policy for bus permits, except on national highway routes, while directing the Transport Department to allocate certain bus routes for youth in order to facilitate employment generation. Taking forward his government’s agenda

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Ludhiana court summons Captain Amarinder in IT complaint case

Ludhiana court summons Captain Amarinder in IT complaint case Court ordered CM to appear on July 20 In the high profile complaint case filed by Income Tax Department against Captain Amrinder Singh, the court of Cheif Judicial Magistrate Jaapinder Singh has issued  summon to the Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh and ordered him to appear

Shimla MC: Is It a True Civic Body?

Just few weeks ahead of the elections to the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC), its Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar has recently commented that SMC is no parastatal. This means ‘an agency or organisation which is owned by a government.’ It is right in all respects. The spirit behind the Local Self-Government, the Civic Body, has been

Grim Financial Situation of HP and Reforms

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) reports year after year have been issuing warnings to Himachal Pradesh government on the increasingly grim financial situation of the state treasury. The situation has not improved either in the present Congress regime or in the last tenure of BJP. This was evident from the allegations and the counter

Drunken driving: Focus should be on law enforcement

The SC has just stopped the sale of liquor along the Highways not the drinking. And, if someone consumes liquor in a car or a bar or tavern not coming within the distance limit finalised by the SC, will he or she not indulge in drunken driving? The Supreme Court has now partially relaxed some

Polity in Himachal Pradesh for Change!

This is the election year in the polity of Himachal Pradesh. This means the social fabric of the state will decide to elect which party’s government in the state during the assembly elections. If we look at the political scenario since 1985, electorate of Himachal Pradesh had been electing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the

Mission to remove blot of drugs from the face of Punjab

Drugs is a word that has defamed this agricultural state of Punjab so much that people across the world, forgetting its rich legacy, have started expressing concern over its ‘sorrowful’ condition. Whether the menace has seriously ruined the state so badly or it’s all a political hype for vested interest is being debated for past

Police foil jailbreak bid in Gurdaspur

Chandigarh: Prison inmates in Punjab’s Gurdaspur central jail fought pitched battles with security forces till early Saturday morning. However, the violent protesters were thwarted in their attempted jailbreak as heavy police reinforcements were rushed. Punjab Police’s elite SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) commandos, armed police as well as police personnel from Amritsar, Pathankot, Tarn Taran

Assembly elections-2017 & Himachal

Assembly elections 2017 in five states of Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh (UP) concluded recently have given opportunities to the political pundits to make political, social and economic analysis. May these analysis be independent or aligned to a particular thinking of the Left, Right, Socialistic or Centrist. Each party has a team of

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Well begun is half done, but let’s wait for the delivery

Aristotle had said: Well begun is half done. The proverb deems fit in the case of newly-formed government in Punjab, if we go through the 125 decisions Captain Amarinder Singh’s Cabinet took on Saturday. Just two days after taking over Punjab’s reins, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh played a masterstroke to win the hearts of

Second Capital Status to D’shala!

A town in the vicinity of Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalaya’s Shiwaliks which experiences the chilly winds of the climate the year round has been burning with the hot-windy storms since the present government took reigns of the state in 2012. The recent storm hovering over this hilly town is its status as the ‘Second

Paving the Way to Corridors of Power

The most significant fight will be witnessed in between the ruling and the opposition in this election year indoors as well as outdoors in the state. The main political parties, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, are vying at all the opportunities to woo electorate in the state, which have marginally bulged by 0.89

Wake up Punjab Police, at least now

Earlier they had a simple excuse: “We are under too much pressure of VIP duties” but now the scene is totally different. The state cops are now almost free from “VIP duties” as the model code of conduct is in force. The results of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha polls, held on February 4, are yet

It was miraculous escape, says victim financer

Chandigarh: “It was the last fire by the miscreants that missed, else I had been dead,” said 40-year-old financer Karan Singh, who was allegedly shot at and injured by three miscreants at Burail, Sector 45, here on Wednesday night. Recalling the incident with Daily Post, Singh said, “I was just heading to the market when

MHA pulls up UT Admn for underutilisation of budget

Chandigarh: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sought the reasons from UT Administration of underutilisation of the budget. The UT Administrative officers held a series of meetings with Administrator V P Singh Bandore on Thursday to chalk out the plans and reasons to be put forth the parliamentary committee in Delhi on February 28. Union

Division in Haryana BJP comes to fore

Chandigarh: Division in the Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to the fore on the SYL Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal digging issue with a party MLA from Ambala organising a ‘dudh-jalebi’ langar for Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leaders and workers adjacent to their agitation site while the other leaders criticised the INLD leadership, on

Time seems to be running fast in H P

For the leaders of the political parties in Himachal Pradesh year 2017 seems to be running fast as this being the year of two prestigious elections for this Hilly state. How is this that time runs faster? Scientifically it’s not possible but as regards socio-economic and political tasks, it seems that time left to accomplish

SYL canal: Tension not over yet

After political parties in Punjab tried their best to exploit the controversial issue of Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) canal in the recently-held state Vidhan Sabha elections, now it’s Haryana’s turn. Notwithstanding the fact that the matter is sub-judice in the Supreme Court, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leader Abhay Chautala has threatened to march

Good move if implemented

Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections are round the corner. The state government is coming out with varied announcements to attract the attention of the public with its report card which has nothing exceptional but a routine rehash of the development since the inception of the statehood. The Chief Minister is anxious knowing that much time is