PATIALA: Questioning the locus standi of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in rejecting the historic aspirations for Khalistan, the Dal Khalsa today asserted that only the institution of Akal Takht has the right to articulate the collective aspirations of Sikhs that are translated by its Jathedar as the spokesman of this supreme religio-political authority. Raising issue with Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh for his remarks that no Sikh wants Khalistan, the Dal Khalsa went a step ahead by saying a person who denies such aspirations can’t be a true Sikh. “Are Sikhs reciting the hymn of ‘Raj Karega Khalsa’ twice a day after prayers for the sake of just reciting”, Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh posed a question to
CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced the postponement of exams for the exit classes in all universities of the state till July 15 owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The final decision will, however, be subject to the new directions or guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC), he said. Seeking to allay all confusion and uncertainty, the Chief Minister said the postponement will also give all stakeholders, especially the universities, time to adapt and align to the new guidelines that will come from the UGC. An official spokesperson said the Chief Minister felt there was need to remove confusion from the minds of students, teachers and parents regarding safe conduct of the examinations. Earlier, universities in the state had taken a
CHANDIGARH: Chief minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said the decision on further extension of the coronavirus lockdown in Punjab beyond June 30 would depend on the situation and asserted that he was ready to take whatever steps needed to control the spread of the infection. "If we are able to control the pandemic then there would be no need for lockdown but if it goes out of control then we have no choice," he said during a facebook live. "It is in your hands,” he told a Ludhiana resident. The lockdown was imposed for the safety of people, the chief minister was quoted as saying in an official statement. With a rapid growth in coronavirus cases across the country, he
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government on Monday said it has decided to amend the law along with the rules to change the definition of large industrial units in the state. The decision was taken to encourage the establishment of large manufacturing units and boost generation of employment opportunities in the state. In a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the state cabinet approved the necessary amendments in Section 45 (4) of the Factories Act, 1948 and in Rules 2(A), 3 (A) and 70 (5) of Punjab Factory Rules 1952, to raise the threshold limit for defining a large factory from 'more than five hundred workers' to 'more than one thousand workers', said an official release here. The change was necessary
CHANDIGARH: The SAD on Sunday accused Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh of "undermining" the Government of India with his statements aimed at "inflaming passions" and asked him to leave soldiering to the Army. Following the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a violent clash with Chinese troops at Galwan Valley in Ladakh, the CM had questioned the Centre on why no orders were given to fire at the Chinese in the face of such a brutal attack and also said the Government of India's policy should be, "if they kill one of ours, we should kill five of theirs." Singh had also urged the Centre to change its policy to allow soldiers at the borders to open fire in
Asking why no orders to fire at the Chinese were given in the face of the brutal attack, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said, “Somebody failed to do his job, and we need to find out who he was.” If the unit was armed, as is being claimed now, the second-in-command should have ordered firing the moment the commanding officer fell to Chinese treachery, he said.
CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday asked “why no orders to fire at the Chinese were given” in the face of the brutal attack on Indian soldiers in Ladakh's Galwan Valley and said “somebody failed to do his job out there”. “What were they doing sitting out there while their colleagues were getting killed,” he said in an official statement. If the unit was armed, as is being claimed now, the second-in-command should have ordered firing the moment the commanding officer fell to the Chinese treachery, said Amarinder Singh. “The nation wants to know why our men did not retaliate in the way they are trained to do, and why they did not open fire if they were
CHANDIGARH: Appreciating Punjab’s Covid micro-containment and house-to-house surveillance strategy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked all other states to adopt the model, which was helping Punjab control the spread of the pandemic to a significant extent. An official spokesperson said Modi intervened as chief minister Amarinder Singh was describing the state’s model to combat Covid and suggested that all states should follow the same strategic approach to effectively counter Covid. Modi was conducting a video conference meeting with chief ministers of Punjab and some other states, as part of his scheduled two-day interactions to review the Covid situation and management strategies of all the states. He will be holding a similar meeting with the chief ministers of the
CHANDIGARH: It is time now for the Centre to take some stringent measures as each sign of weakness makes the Chinese reaction more "belligerent", Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday. His remarks came after an Army officer and two soldiers were killed in a violent confrontation with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh's Galwan Valley on Monday. "The happening in the Galwan Valley is a continuation of violations by China. It is time now that the country stands up to these incursions. Our soldiers are not fair game that every few days officers and men are being killed and injured defending our borders," Singh tweeted . The happening in the #Galwanvalley is a continuation of violations by China.
CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, here on Sunday, complemented Anmol Narang for becoming the first observant Sikh woman to graduate from the US Military Academy. "I congratulate 23-year-old Anmol Narang who on Saturday became the first observant Sikh to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point," the Chief Minister tweeted. I congratulate 23 year-old Anmol Narang who on Saturday became the first observant Sikh to graduate from the US Mil… https://t.co/CFpqjPw82N— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) 1592129691000 "Anmol, the entire Punjab is proud of you. God bless!" he added. "I am excited and honored to be fulfilling my dream of graduating from West Point," said Second Lt. Anmol Narang. "I am showing other Sikh Americans that any career path is possible for
CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday expressed his deep sorrow on the death of Balbir Singh Senior, saying the hockey legend exemplified qualities of perseverance, dedication and sportsmanship and will remain an inspiration for the generation of players. One of India's greatest hockey players who won three Olympic gold medals in a stellar career, Balbir Singh Sr died at a hospital here on Monday after battling multiple health issues for over two weeks. "Saddened to learn about the passing away of Hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr. A Triple Olympic Gold medallist," Amarinder Singh tweeted. "He exemplified qualities of perseverance, dedication & sportsmanship. Sir, you will be dearly missed & will forever remain an inspiration! A grateful State bids you farewell," Singh
NEW DELHI: Twitter has started an initiative called #AskTheCM, where internet users can pose a question to a chief minister during a live session on the micro blogging platform. The initiative begins with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, who will go online on May 23 at 12 pm to take questions from Twitter users. According to Twitter, at least two other chief ministers, Jharkhand's Hemant Soren and Punjab's Captain Amarinder Singh have confirmed that they would hold a Twitter dialogue. The microblogging company expects more state leaders to join the online conversation in the coming weeks. “#AskTheCM series is a concerted effort to bring citizens and Chief Ministers across the states closer together and facilitate active and real-time dialogue, as it
Representational photo.CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Monday has asked the Centre for letting labour under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) work in farm operations for both Kharif and Rabi crops during the 2020-21 in the state, as a special case, in view of the migrant labour shortage. Amarinder has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to direct the Union Ministry of Rural Development. He suggested that the union ministry of rural development could, in consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, designate a specific number of man-days per acre (for paddy and wheat) that may be allowed under MGNREGS. He said that this initiative would help to mitigate the rising labour
CHANDIGARH: Public bus services will resume from May 20 on select routes within Punjab, transport minister Razia Sultana said on Monday as the nationwide Covid-19-induced lockdown entered its fourth phase. She said that buses will be run at 50 per cent occupancy. The Punjab government's move to resume public transport services came after the Centre allowed states to run buses in non-containment zones. Curfew restrictions in Punjab were lifted on Monday while lockdown has been imposed till May 31. To prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, some states had imposed further curfew restrictions, besides prohibitory orders issued under the nationwide lockdown enforced by the Centre since March 25. “We will resume bus services from Wednesday” and at 50 per