No proposal from Centre on atomic energy units: Punjab CM


Punjab CM Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said he was yet to receive any proposal from the Central government for establishment of atomic energy units at the Bathinda and Ropar power plants.At the same time, the Chief Minister said he had never had any problems working with the Centre. Cordial relations between the Central and state

SC asks Karnataka Speaker what stopped him from accepting MLAs’ resignations

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Karnataka Speaker what stopped him from deciding whether to accept or reject the resignations tendered by the MLAs of the JD-S-Congress coalition on July 6.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi sought a clear response from senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi representing Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar. “You

If Sidhu doesn’t want to work, there’s nothing I can do: CM

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday said if his Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing that he could do about it.The minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning work in the middle of the crucial paddy season, said the Chief Minister, reiterating

Pakistan agrees for visa-free year-long travel to Kartarpur Sahib

Pakistan on Sunday agreed in-principle to allow visa-free, year-long travel for Indian passport holders and OCI card holders to the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara. Everyday, 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Gurdwara on foot, both as individuals or in groups, Home Ministry’s Joint Secretary (Internal Security) S.C.L. Das told reporters here after the second

Racing against time to launch Rashtriya Swachhta Kendra

Even as the Central government has announced the inauguration of the Rashtriya Swachhta Kendra on October 2 in New Delhi, work on the project is yet to begin at the site.The inauguration date has been fixed to coincide with the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at whose samadhi, the Rajghat, the project will be

DC in Punjab can now clear investment projects up to Rs 10 cr

In a bid to boost ease of doing business in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday issued directives empowering all the DC Punjab to independently clear investment projects up to Rs 10 crore. He was chairing a high-level meeting with the Deputy Commissioners to review programmes and projects, and draw out a roadmap to

Punjab CM’s wife Parneet Kaur faints at cleanup drive

Patiala MP and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s wife, Parneet Kaur, fainted at a plastic cleanup campaign in her constituency on Saturday, officials said. Kaur, 75, collapsed as she arrived at the event to flag off the Swachhta Shramdan drive to clean up plastic.She got her blood pressure checked and that was fine, a doctor

Group of Ministers formed to examine Goa mining revival: CM

A Group of Ministers (GoM) has been formed to examine vexed issue of mining in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told reporters late on Friday.The GoM includes Union Ministers for Finance, Environment, Agriculture, Mining, Commerce & Industries, Petroleum and Law, and is led by Home Minister Amit Shah. Arriving from a two-day visit to the

Punjab, Haryana CMs agree on Inter-State meeting on drugs

Chandigarh July 12 The Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana met here on Friday to discuss greater coordination in the battle against drugs, and agreed to hold an inter-state meeting of all the northern states on July 25.The meeting will be hosted by Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said after meeting his Haryana counterpart

Extradite Sikhs for Justice legal adviser: Punjab Minister

A day after India declared US-based pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) an unlawful association for supporting militancy and secessionism in Punjab, a state Minister on Thursday demanded the extradition of its legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannun from the US.Pannun is wanted in several first information reports (FIRs) registered in the state and he must

Government treating farmers badly, complains Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the central government of adopting “double standards” and taking decisions as if “farmers are inferior to the rich”.Raising the issue of farmer suicides in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi said that farmers were suffering throughout the country. He expressed unhappiness over the Union Budget 2019-20 for not taking “concrete”

SC agrees to hear plea against Maratha quota

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a petition challenging s Bombay High Court judgment, allowing reservations for Marathas in jobs and educational institution. The matter will come up for hearing on Friday. The Bombay High Court in June upheld the validity of reservations in education and government jobs granted to the Maratha community

Karnataka Congress ministers ready to resign: Deputy CM

In a bid to save the year-old coalition government, the Congress ministers are ready to resign for the sake of accommodating rebel legislators in the cabinet, said Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara on Monday. “All of us (Congress Ministers) may resign to accommodate our rebel legislators in the cabinet. If my party asks me to

UP man kills wife for refusing sex, cuts his own genitals

In a bizarre incident, a man killed his wife for refusing to have sex with him and then cut his own genitals.The 24-year-old accused is undergoing treatment in the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur. According to police reports, the incident took place in Pokhara village in Siddharthanagar where the husband Anwarul Hasan lives.The

‘Gandhipedia’ being developed as social media portal: Culture Ministry

The ‘Gandhipedia’ is being developed as a social media portal that will contain original works related to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, a Culture Ministry official told. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had mentioned about Gandhipedia during the course of her Budget speech in the Parliament on Friday. The Central government has planned

Yogi government to appeal against Mukhtar Ansari’s acquittal

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has announced that it would file an appeal against a Delhi-based CBI special court’s order acquitting mafia and BSP MLA Mukhtar Ansari, his brother and BSP MP Afzal Ansari and others accused in the murder of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai. Rai, an MLA from Mohammadabad seat in Ghazipur,

Jai Kisan! Big farm push expected in first Budget of Modi 2.0

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who will present her maiden Budget, is likely to fulfil many of the promises made by the Prime Minister during his toiling poll campaign culminating in the historic mandate. Taking forward the setting up of a separate ministry for fisheries (one of the promises made by Modi), the Budget will have

Will fight 10 times more than in past five years: Rahul

A day after he quit as Congress President, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday vowed to continue fighting “10 times more” than what he did in the past years. Speaking to media persons briefly, unmindful of standing in the rain, he said: “I am with the poor and the farmers.” “My fight will continue.I will fight 10

Rahul pleads ‘not guilty’, gets bail in RSS defamation case

A Mumbai Magistrate on Thursday granted bail to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on a personal bond of Rs 15,000 in connection with a defamation case filed by an RSS worker, a party leader said.The surety amount was provided by former Mumbai MP Eknath Gaikwad who accompanied him to the hearing. Earlier, during the course of

Amarinder congratulates Punjab-born Dave Chauhan for new job

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday congratulated state born Canadian Police Superintendent Dave Chauhan on his appointment as chief of Canada’s largest homicide investigation team. “A great feat which has made all of us here in Punjab proud. The contributions of Punjabis the world over are indeed exemplary,” Amarinder Singh tweeted. Chauhan will head