Dec 12

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

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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

Shimla needs ‘green concern’

The Shimla Municipal Corporation will charge ‘green fee’ from the vehicles, which are not registered in Himachal, on their entry in Shimla. It is a kind of tax to facilitate clean and green Shimla to the tourists, the city being international tourist place. Shimla would be the second hill destination to introduce this concept after

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Granting reservation to Saini community, govt faces flak

Punjab Cabinet recently gave its approval to include Saini and Swarnkar/Sunar communities in the list of Backward Classes of the state on recommendations of the Backward Classes Commission.A decision to this effect was taken by the Cabinet in its meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh on Saturday. This

Coordination claims of Cong fall flat?

The rift is out in the open in Congress once again as the election year comes closer in Himachal Pradesh. The claims of coordination between Virbhadra government and the Congress party led by Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu have seemingly fallen apart. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who praised Sukhu one day and retraced his stand the very

MLAs must introspect seriously to restore grace of House

During the recently concluded Monsoon Session, Punjab Vidhan Sabha witnessed lot of commotion and unruly scenes, which ultimately disgraced the dignity of the House. As it was the ‘last session’ of the current government, the treasury benches wanted it to pass off peacefully without any major controversy which could interrupt the get going of the

The RUSA mess-up in HP

The poor implementation of ambitious Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) in state colleges has become a pain in the neck for teachers and students alike. Contrary to the claims of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla (which lists RUSA implementation as its top achievement), the haste, with which the new system of higher education was implemented over

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Let’s enjoy the dance of democracy in Punjab

Thanks to the swift developments taking place in the state politics, the show has reached at such a dynamic level that one is bound to keep the knowledge brushed up every alternate day.In the leadership of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, the former Indian Hockey team captain and two Independent MLAs from Ludhiana-Balwinder Singh Bains and

Monkeys keep the government on toes

Surprising, but true. In Himachal Pradesh, the monkeys keep the state government on toes. So much so, that the government, which was earlier giving money for catching monkeys (for sterilisation), has now announced an incentive of Rs 300 for killing a monkey in certain areas outside forest. The reason: Under tremendous political pressure, the state

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Heading for a four-cornered contest in Punjab

Vidhan Sabha elections in Punjab, scheduled for early next year, will certainly be much more interesting than ever as the state that used to have a kind of bipolar electoral fight, with the two arch rivals-Congress and SAD-BJP alliance-primarily taking one each other, is now moving towards a stage where people will have multiple choices

When humanity and municipality failed in Shimla

When humanity and municipality failed in ShimlaShimla has got a bad name again. A four year old boy from the city was kidnapped two years ago and was allegedly murdered for ransom after some days. The child was tortured before he was allegedly done to death.What made it more ghastly was that the parts of

Turmoil in AAP shatters mass hope

After witnessing the rule of SAD-BJP alliance and Congress for decades, people of Punjab had this time hoped for a fresh waft of air that could cleanse the dirt of the system in Punjab.However, the hope is getting shattered now as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a political entity on which the masses had started