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Aam Aadmi Party has created a flutter with appeal to the voters in Punjab to exercise their vote as if voting for party chief Arvind Kejriwal as the state’s Chief Minister. This appeal came from Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who said, “Aap yeh samjhiye ki aap Kejriwal to vote de rahen hain”, he

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As the Congress on Monday, while releasing its poll manifesto, promised to make an addition of free tea and sugar along with the SAD-BJP government’s existing scheme of free atta-dal to those living below the poverty line (BPL), it made people expect something more from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). If one section of society

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Diet Coke unites Amarinder, Sukhbir During an interaction between PPCC chief Amarinder Singh and SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal at a Summit in Delhi on Friday, the conversation veered towards the latter’s stay in prison in 2003 in connection with an alleged corruption case. Sukhbir pointed out how he always touches Singh’s feet despite political

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Politician versus journalist A young politician of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is in the news. A staffer of a daily published from Chandigarh filed a report based on the press conference of the politician in question. The leader, on receiving the newspaper in the morning, felt that the reporter had not carried his

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Bikram Majithia’s multilingual tongue Punjab Information and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Sunday made the masses breake into laughter as he showed his multilingual speech skills during a Railway Department’s occasion at Bathinda, in the presence of Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. Majithia was there to represent Sukhbir Singh Badal and Harsimrat Kaur

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Now, Bajwa sings Sidhu’s paeans Former state Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa was in the news recently for his ‘forceful’ advocating that the party takes ex-BJP Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar Navjot Singh Sidhu on board. He went as far as saying that ‘every vote counts’ and that the party could ill-afford leaving out a

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O Captain, my Captain! Recently, former Punjab Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa, who has been a known detractor of current state party unit chief Captain Amarinder Singh in the past, responded to former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu’s declaration, that he would only join Congress on the condition of Captain Amarinder not leading the party

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Season of political parties With ex-AAP state convener Sucha Singh Chottepur launching his party, Apna Punjab Party (APP), this time Punjab Assembly elections are all set to witness many new parties in the fray. Many traditional party leaders ended up blaming each other for floating such outfits claiming that these were a sure shot way

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Punjab CM’s real brother-in-law A former resident editor of national daily recently shared a letterhead on his face book account. The letterhead mentioned Inderjit Singh Sandhu, ‘Real brother-in-law of Parkash Singh Badal (Chief Minister, Punjab. The resident editor asked on his facebook page, “Can anyone ever beat this kind of letterhead?” The letterhead is being

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A selfish Navjot! Wife of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, Amritsar MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu is known for her loud mouth. She needs just an occasion to speak against the state government, in which she was the Chief Parliamentary Secretary, till the High Court gave verdict against the appointment of all CPS in Punjab. Further, she

The small nation which beat the superpowers, global capitalism

There is one country that has militarily defeated the US — and that too on its own soil — stolen a march on both the US and USSR in space travel, severely dented American capitalists’ confidence in their own capability, and finally saved the Western world in the aftermath of the 1970s energy crisis. But

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Getting rid of ‘political’ enemies Monkeys seem to be the biggest political enemy of Chief Parliamentary Secretary from Sulah Jagjeevan Pal in Himachal Pradesh. Last year, during the discussion in Vidhan Sabha, Pal had floated an idea to kill the monkeys at once, without telling anyone. Happy now that the Congress government got the monkeys

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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Trapped at the fag end! The ghastly murder of a four-year-old boy Yug in Shimla has turned out to be embarrassing for the Municipal Corporation Shimla, particularly the CPM’s Mayor Sanjay Chauhan and Deputy Mayor Tekinder Singh Panwar. Part of victim’s skeleton was located in a water tank of the MC, from where supply is

‘The Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ to start production in Feb

Los Angeles: Production on “The Maze Runner:The Death Cure” will be resumed in February after postponement. The production on the franchise was shut down after lead star Dylan O’Brien was seriously injured on the set in March. He was hospitalised with injuries to his face, reported Deadline. The production was supposed to start up on

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Badal’s words of wisdom to keep temper under control At a recently held Sangat Darshan programme in Adampur assembly constituency, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was seen sharing his golden rules with none other than the villagers, who were almost wrestling with each other to share their problems with the CM. When an elderly man

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Sonam Kapoor Praised ‘Chauthi Koot’ at the Cannes Film Festival

Mumbai:Actress Sonam Kapoor has praised “Chauthi Koot”, the first Punjabi language film which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. “Just watched ‘Chauthi Koot’ moved beyond belief by this wondrous and riveting film. So proud that this movie came out of our industry,” Sonam tweeted on Monday night after a screening of the movie

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Khattar’s anger Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is not happy with the performance of top babus in the state. His repeated pleas and instructions to senior bureaucrats to perform well seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Therefore, his anger was quite obvious on Saturday when he directed all Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of

NRCs coming to the rescue of low-weight children

Koraput (Odisha): A 16-day-old baby girlin Kotpad area of Odisha’s Koraput district weighed 1.692 kg when she was taken to the nutritional rehabilitation centre (NRC) at a community health centre (CHC). After staying at the centre at Rabanaguda in Jeypore block for 17 days, weight of the baby, daughter of Subai Muduli, increased by 15