Feb 20

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

Gurdas Mann does a disservice to Punjab, self

Attempting to depict the present socio-political milieu of Punjab, famous singer Gurdas Mann has stirred a hornet’s nest. Igniting a hot debate, some are criticising the lyrics of a fresh controversial song and some are praising the same. The song talks about the pangs of pain through which Punjab is passing; a rose flower is

People wait for HP govt’s report card

After the completion of elections process to five states, the next turn is of Himachal Pradesh waiting in the wings for which the state government is getting ready and going the whole hog either through inaugurating or stone-laying ceremonies in the run-up to the state assembly elections which are due in a year’s time. In

Be patient, result is set to be out on March 11

As the canvas is blurred, it is better not to get driven by the poll surveys of different agencies and channels, which have already lost their credibility in the past Against the expectations of record-breaking polling this time, there is no change in the poll percentage compared with 2012 Vidhan Sabha polls (78.6 per cent).

HP continues to elude development

Interestingly, Himachal Pradesh continues to suffer because of the apathetic and myopic approach of the state and Central governments since its inception. The major share of blame for the lapses in the development goes to Congress. Because of its monolithic and despotic approach, the overall growth of the state has remained ignored. If objective analytical

2017 assembly polls: Ushering into new era of avenues, resources

I have no option but to talk about politics as elections to Punjab Vidhan Sabha take place on February 4, this year. So be it.The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal is confident of repeating the election results for the third time. Congress too is confident of returning to power. And Aam Aadmi Party is also sure

Drug tirade: Why should Akalis be on backfoot?

As the elections to the assembly approach, politics over use of lethal narcotic drugs is getting charged-up. The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are firing political missiles at the ruling SAD-BJP alliance for its failure to curb the menace. Not only this, the Opposition is naming certain senior Akali ministers of having connived

Mixing politics with religion cooks up deadly broth

Chandigarh:Mixing of politics with religion means a death knell to the true practices of democracy. Almost all political parties except the leftists were seen wooing the heads of various sects in Punjab before every Parliamentary and Assembly elections. The recent entrant to the bandwagon of religion for politics was Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which on

Virk Kalan shames civil society, dots goondaism

DAILYPOST: The incident of thrashing and stripping of head-constable Malkit Singh in Virk Kalan village in Bathinda on Saturday brought shame to the entire polity, the democratic system and speaks volumes about political patronage. Malkit Singh was beaten mercilessly, stripped naked and taken around the village by the ‘sarpanch’and his three sons. It was a

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Jailbreak: SAD, BJP beat Oppn in milking the incident

Chandigarh:Nabha jail break case is first of its kind that took place in Punjab. The gangsters, mind you and not the terrorists, succeeded in escaping with 6 prisoners, including one terrorist Harminder Singh alias Mintoo of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF). The sensational jail break, at 9 am sharp, rattled the state government and the

Imposition of model code needed

The political atmosphere in Punjab is fast gaining momentum though the election dates are yet to be announced. The model code of conduct for elections will come into existence only after the dates are announced. In the absence of model code of conduct the political parties are firing salvos in all directions without any check.

Akalis eclipse others on SYL issue

Punjab is in the throes of election fever which is intensifying with each passing day. Various factors which can influence the results are coming to the fore. Though the election dates have not been declared, the expected model code for the polls will come into effect only after the dates are announced. One of the

Modi expresses grief soldiers' death among avalanches
Many laurels without shine

Narendra Modi visited Himachal Pradesh for the first time after becoming the Prime Minister and aroused the hopes for fast growth of inftrastructural development in the state. As is his wont, he could not help check himself from taking a dig at the state government “Do I need to tell you about his identity?”, alluding

Kangra needs tourism boost

Despite rich potential for tourism in Himachal Pradesh, this sector has not received the required support. Political statements and election promises for the same have been made so frequently that the real intent for the same has taken a back seat. Not to talk of the entire state, even a portion of the Kangra Valley

Credibility of poll surveys at stake in Punjab

The survey by India Today-Axis Opinion poll released on Thursday said the Congress is likely to emerge as the single largest party with 49 to 55 seats in the 2017 Punjab assembly polls. The survey gave Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 42-46 seats in the 117-seat Punjab assembly and predicted a rout for the ruling SAD-BJP

Ensure tobacco control on ground

The ban on the sale of loose cigarettes and the mandatory registration of retailers of tobacco products has finally come into effect in the hill state. The Governor issued notification on Himachal Pradesh Prohibition of Sale of Loose Cigarettes and Beedis and Regulation of Retail Business of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products act, 2016 earlier

Evacuation in border villages leads to political war in Punjab

The apprehension of an Indo-Pak war emerged after the ‘surgical strikes’ made by Indian Army across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, which is being debated at different levels, gave yet another potential issue to the politicos in Punjab to lob verbal shells at each other. The political leaders, unmindful of their international ramifications, exploited

IGMC needs facelift in system

Himachal Pradesh: The premier Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla is in the midst of golden jubilee celebrations. The pass outs from the college have made it big in different fields and are now serving in the best of institutions in the country and abroad. The IGMC has a reason to celebrate also because all