Confession by Taksal men puts cops in a fix
Though the Ludhiana police claims to have arrested eight persons involved in the attack on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwala, they prefer to keep mum on the affiliation of those arrested with any group or organisation. Trouble arose for the men in khaki when the arrested persons claimed to be supporters of Damdami Taksal Chief Harnam Singh Khalsa and confessed to the crime. They even threatened Dhadrianwala with another attack in front of the cops. Interestingly, the police maintained that they would not go by the accused’s statement and verify the facts.
Ravneet Bittu on ‘hitlist’ of party leaders!
When Congress MP from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu had won the Lok Sabha seat the reason given was his acceptance, love and support by all factions of party leaders. But times seem to have changed for the MP and he apparently finds himself on the “hitlist” of many local Congress leaders. In the past few days around six party leaders accused him of ignoring them and held him responsible for not including their names in the new list of office-bearers of the party.
Ludhiana inspector promoted for two days
He had been waiting for his promotion for quite some time, but inspector Davinder Chaudhary’s never would have imagined that his celebration would be shortlived. Davinder, who was facing criminal cases and inquiries, was promoted as DSP but two days later Ludhiana Commissioner shot off a letter to police headquarters asking them to revert his promotion as he was facing cases and inquiries.
Preneet opposes moving of artifacts
Preneet Kaur, former Union Minister, has condemned the proposal of shifting of artifacts from Sheesh Mahal, Patiala, to Gobindgarh Fort Museum, Amritsar. According to her, a group of prominent citizens of Patiala from various sections of society had visited her and asked her to prevent any such move by the Punjab Government. She disclosed that KJS Cheema, Special Secretary to the Chief Minister, had recently visited Sheesh Mahal to have a look at the artifacts planned to be shifted from there .She says she opposed it as these were Patiala’s heritage .She took a dig at the SAD-BJP government by saying that having finished selling prime properties of Patiala city, they were now targeting the artifacts, which were the heritage of the city. “They want to rob Patiala of the historical status,” she added.
Swach Bharat Abhiyaan ahead of Smriti’s visit
Ahead of Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s visit to Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, a “Swach Bharat Campaign” was carried out in and around the university premises. So much so that even the kiosks and small shops outside the main entrance of the university was covered with white coloured tents to conceal any filthy sight.
Drunk youth cornered at naka
A youth who was caught during an anti-drunken drive in city, never could have imagined to find himself in a peculiar situation when he told an inspector deployed at a naka that he was the brother of a certain traffic inspector. He was unaware that the person to whom he was speaking to was the same whose reference he was giving. This happened because he could not read the nameplate on his uniform. Getting annoyed on listening his name, the inspector asked the youth to read his nameplate. He even warned him of booking him in a case of impersonation. On this, the drunk youth apologised to the inspector. Later, his car was impounded and a challan issued.
Ex-MLA feels the heat at Brar’s ‘mahakumbh’
It was a moment of embarrassment for Moga ex-MLA Vijay Sathi when he was repeatedly asked to conclude his speech by supporters of Jagmeet Brar at ‘Punjab da Mahakumbh’ rally at Chappar Chiri. Sathi, who was asked to bring forward one of the resolutions, began a routine political speech in the scorching heat when people were waiting for Brar to speak. So much so that Brar himself got up and interrupted Sathi to end it as soon as possible. This whole conversation was audible to the people present in the pandal and they had something to laugh about.
Race for CS post brings bitterness to fore
The race for Chief Secretary’s post seems to have created bitterness in the bureaucracy, with some seniors not being considered for the post and an officer, who enjoys the confidence of the government, being tipped for the post after P. Mitra retires on May 31.Sensing this, while some of the senior officers have played cool, the fight is now limited between Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, V C Pharka and Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Vineet Chaudhary. Chaudhary, who has been in row for his stint in AIIMS, Delhi, is senior to Pharka, but is unlikely to be the Chief Minister’s choice. Pharka belongs to Himachal Pradesh and the government seems to prefer him, if sources are to be believed. Chaudhary has been trying to wriggle out of the situation, firstly by seeking leave to work in a private firm and secondly by seeking earned leave, but his moves fell through…What next? All eyes are on him.
Jagmeet Brar’s love for ‘Awaz-e-Punjab’
Former Congress MP Jagmeet Singh Brar, even after being expelled from party, loves to be addressed as “Awaz-e-Punjab” and his desire was quite visible on Saturday during his rally at Banda Bahadur Memorial in Chappar Chirri of Mohali district. The way he was delivering a “passionate” speech, though majority was finding it absurd for any things as not being relative to the circumstances, it was quite obvious that “Awaz-e-Punjab” was at his best to make all acknowledge his “honour”. Finding him shouting loud, an elderly man from Muktsar, Brar’s hometown, was seen telling a man next to him (in Punjabi): “Brar Saab nu kaho thoda gale nu araam de lavo, kitte Awaz-e-Punjab band hi naa ho jaave.” (Ask him to give rest to his vocal chords otherwise he will lose his voice)
Nepotism in Congress
As soon as the Congress in Punjab formed a new body of office-bearers by taking 259 members on board, layers of factionalism are getting exposed one by one in different pockets of the state. While some of the leaders are upset for them not being on board, there are many who are simply irked on seeing the senior leaders having ensured that their family members certainly get berth in the jumbo list. There seems no reason for the state leaders to express discontent here as nepotism is no taboo for the Congress at national level with Gandhis being the best example of it. However, the Akalis in Punjab are also no different and the fact is known to all.
BJP gets bullish after Assam victory
The victory in Assam Assembly poll has come as a big relief for the BJP top brass after they suffered a humiliating drubbing in Bihar, where the party had juxtaposed Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his arch rival and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Notwithstanding all efforts, the BJP failed to dethrone Nitish. The defeat in Bihar poll was also seen as a personal setback for Modi, who had addressed rallies in almost all districts of the state, flounting his OBC background, but in vain. Therefore, the victory in Assam in alliance with the Asom Gan Parishad and other allies gives new lease of life to the BJP strategists. However, they failed to make any difference in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, but won one seat in Kerala. South India still remains a distant dream for the BJP. The party should not, however, mistake the electoral fight in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab as one in Assam. It is going to be a different ball game altogether.
Politicos line up to meet Dhadrianwale
After the recent assassination bid on Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale, leaders of different political parties and groups have apparently come in a competition with each other in visiting him. They are all now seeking appointments with Dhadrianwale. In the series, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Abohar MLA and Congress party’s chief spokesman of Punjab Sunil Kumar Jakhar, BJP state chief Vijay Sampla and many more have held meetings with the baba at his headquarters-Gurdwara Parmeshwar Dwar in Patiala district. Now the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also on Sunday called on him and every leader has been consoling the Sikh preacher for the demise of his aide in the attack and appealing him to ask his followers to maintain restrain.
When reporters get blessed
Every school, college and competitive exam results generate a lot of curiosity, excitement and media frenzy, giving reporters moments to remember for life. It gets really funny when a reporter contacts a topper but the latter is not aware of their status. They use the reporter as their primary source of information regarding the same. Even better is the moment when the candidates and their families bless the reporter for bringing the happy news.
(Contributed by Rajay Deep, Simranjot Singh Makkar, Archana Phull, Jagpreet Singh Sandhu, Amarpreet Singh Makkar, Sunil Rudra, Kusum Arora, Barinder Singh Saluja, Himani Bahuguna and Rajeev Ranjan Roy)
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