Around 300 persons were arrested and detained in Jodhpur jail in the wake of Operation Blue Star, and were later released in three batches, between March 1989 and July 1991. Of these, 224 detainees had appealed for compensation in the lower court, alleging ‘wrongful detention and torture’ but they failed to get any relief from the court in 2011.Read More →

Chandigarh, June 27 In a significant decision, the  Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday decided to extend to the state two major ordinances recently promulgated by the Government of India, namely the ordinances relating to cases involving rapes and fugitive economic offenders. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet, chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. The meeting approved re-publication of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 (Ordinance No.2 of 2018), promulgated by the Government of India to make the law on rape more stringent, in Punjab Gazette for information of the general public and its effective implementation in the state. The Chief Minister wasRead More →

It’s complete lawlessness:  Within three days in a second such incident, Ropar MLA was allegedly attacked by Mining mafia. Prior to this, a forest officer was seriously injured in Mohali on June 18. These two incidents reflect supremacy of mining mafia in the state in the absence of proper control of administration, police and serious action by the government. If such thing can happen with elected representative MLA Amarjeet Singh Sandoa and also with a forest official, then one can imagine the situation of the villagers who have been raising their voice against the mining mafia in the state. Previously, the forest officer Devinder SinghRead More →

A.J Philip In the eighties, I bought a second-hand Fiat car. It was a very good car, except that it often broke down on the road. Most of the time, it required just a push or, sometimes, a bottle of petrol. Who would push the car? Nobody driving a car would stop to help another car owner. If you have in the past stopped your car and helped someone like me, please excuse me. In my case, it was invariably a poor man who would come forward to help me. One day, I asked one such person, whether he had ever travelled in a car.Read More →

New Delhi, June 18 Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the settlement of Rs 31,000 crore of Food Account on the procurement of wheat and paddy, which was wrongly taken over by the erstwhile state government instead of being adjusted between state and central governments. The Chief Minister raised the issue with the Prime Minister during a meeting here. The Rs 31,000 crore included Rs 12000 crore principal and Rs 19000 crore interest, said the Chief Minister, pointing out that the sum was on account of non-adjustment of accounts for procurement done by state agencies forRead More →

Chandigarh, June 17: Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh has urged the Center to review the revised guidelines for the Post Matric Scholarship scheme for Scheduled Castes, saying these amounted to the Government of India indirectly absolving itself of contributing any money towards the scheme in Punjab, as the current annual expenditure in the state was expected to be much less than Rs 700 crore.  In a letter written to Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Dr Thaawarchand Gehlot, the Chief Minister cited the revised guidelines, dated May 3, 2018, received by his government to note that the move was highly detrimental to furtheringRead More →

Here is the full text of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s speech he delivered at the closing ceremony of the ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg’, an Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event today to mark the conclusion of a three-year training camp for swayamsevaks in Nagpur: 1. Today, I’m here to share with you my understanding of the concepts of Nation, Nationalism and Patriotism in the context of India, that is Bharat. These three concepts are so closely intertwined that it is difficult to discuss any one of them in isolation. 2. Let us make a beginning by understanding the dictionary meaning of these three words. NationRead More →

Chandigarh, June 7 Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh has said that his government will provide compensation to the Punjabi settlers, whose shops were gutted during the recent violence in Shillong. The CM  who met the four member committee headed by State Cooperation Minister, Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, on their return from the strife-torn areas of Shillong, said that the Punjab government will also assist the settlers in the construction of an under construction community-run school. The chief minister said that his government will also provide legal guidance to the affected families, if required. According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s officer, the CM alsoRead More →

“In the present case, the incident of rape with a minor girl who belongs to poor strata of society cannot connect in the narrow context of militancy in Kashmir but the implication of the present case has to be evaluated in the wider context as the fact of sexual violence against the women due to poverty. It is not confined only to Kashmir or other parts of the country but infact it prevails in India subcontinent having same characteristics where poor minor girls became a victim of structural violence. Hence the minor victim in the present case first became victim of structural violence of povertyRead More →