A J Philip ISRO spy case In the name of patriotism AJ Philip One report that pained me a lot was about the ostracism the family of ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan faced soon after he was arrested in a case of alleged espionage. It said that the neighbours stopped interacting with the family. Some of them even went to the extent of taunting them. His wife had become a mental wreck. Worse, some people even pelted stones at their house. Tears welled up in my eyes. This was because I was convinced that Narayanan could never have been a spy. No, I did notRead More →

Chandigarh, September 20 The Punjab Cabinet on Thursday ratified the agreement signed on September 8 between the Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir, as well as Commissioner Indus GOI, for an immediate resumption of work on the Shahpur Kandi Dam Project. The ratification came at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, said an official spokesperson. The project, aimed to be completed in three years, would generate 206 MW of additional Hydro Power, leading to irrigation and power benefits worth Rs 852.73 crore annually. With the completion of the project, the Ranjit Sagar Dam would operate its optimum capacity. ItRead More →

Chandigarh, September 20 The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has given approval for setting up a Ropeway between Anandpur Sahib and Naina Devi in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode to further promote tourism in the state. The ropeway would facilitate lakhs of devotees visiting these two historic and religious sites in a smooth and hassle-free manner, according to an official spokesperson, who pointed out that Anandpur Sahib in Punjab and Naina Devi in Himachal Pradesh were famous pilgrim destinations visited by devotees from across the globe. The two shrines were located quite far from each other, with hilly terrain compounding the problemsRead More →

Chandigarh, September 13 Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday reviewed the development works in Patiala City and announced a slew of projects to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure and civic amenities. Chairing a high level meeting here at his official residence this evening, the Chief Minister gave the go-ahead for construction of 66 KV Sub Station at Sanauri Adda at a cost of Rs. 3.78 crore. Principal Secretary Power informed the meeting that work on this project would begin within a fortnight while other similar projects approved by the CM would be kickstarted shortly. These include 66 KV at Thapar University, Shakti Vihar and PassianaRead More →

In a significant development, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, was appointed as next Chief Justice of India(CJI) by President Ram Nath Kovind. The CJI Misra will retire on October 2 and Justice Gagoi will assume office on October 3 as the 46th CJI. Justice Gagoi tenure will end in November 2019. The CJI Justice Misra, has recommended Justice Gogoi as next CJI following the principle of seniority on September 4. The CJI Misra has send a communication to the Law Ministry in response to a letter in this regard send by it seeking the name of his successor. It is convention in the Supreme Court since 1993Read More →

A major political controversy has surfaced today after a 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss and fugitive Vijay Mallya alleged that he had met the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before he escaped to London in March 2016. During the hearing of his extradition case before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Vijay Mallya, said that he met the FM Jaitley before leaving India. Mallya is wanted in the case of fraud and money laundering amounting to the tune of worth Rs. 9,000 crore by India. While talking to reporters outside the court in London, Mallya claimed that he left India because he had a scheduled meeting in GenevaRead More →

In a setback for cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu as the Supreme Court today admitted review petition in a 30-year-old road rage case against him. Sidhu who is Punjab Cabinet minister and in much limelight these days due to Kartarpur Corridor issue was acquitted by the Supreme Court on charges of culpable homicide while holding him guilty of voluntarily causing hurt and fined him Rs 1000 on May 15 this year. While admitting the review petition the victim’s family plea a Bench of Supreme Court comprising of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul found merit in the plea and decided to review theRead More →

By Vinod Kumar Gupta In a significant development, the Power Ministry has circulated and sought comments on Electricity Amendment Bill 2018 in 45 days. The draft has been circulated among all related government agencies, departments, regulators, PSUs, and industry associations. The government has sought feedback on the revised Electricity Amendment Bill on the ground that it the bill facilitates more than one service operator to supply power to a consumer in one distribution area. The distribution licensee has the obligation to supply 24×7 power to its consumers. Besides it, the bill has provision for the smart grid to improve the efficiency, reliability, economics, sustainability ofRead More →

In a significant development, the Punjab DGP Suresh Arora was granted three months extension by the appointment committee of the Union Cabinet Ministry of Personnel. The Ministry of Personnel in its order released yesterday said that the appointment committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for extension in services of the Punjab DGP Arora for a period of three months beyond the date of the superannuation from September 30 in relaxation of rule 16(1) of All India Services (DCRB) rules, 1958, in public interest. However, the Punjab government has asked the central government to extend Arora’s tenure forRead More →

In a significant development, the Punjab Cabinet Minister and former cricketer, Navjot Singh Sidhu, said that “Politicians involve in drug trade must be put behind bars. Punishing wrongdoers is not a political vendetta. Punjab government is progressive in dealing with drug menace in the state but have not done enough. The drug menace can only be rooted out from the state if we put behind bars all those responsible for it. “There are people with red light vehicles involved in drug trade. If I would be given chance, I will put behind all of them behind the bars, he added. “I respect the Punjab ChiefRead More →