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Sadhu Controversy After-effects: CM debars names on inaugural plaque/foundation stones
14.04.17 - team pt
Sadhu Controversy After-effects: CM debars names on inaugural plaque/foundation stones



Taking note of a controversy on cabinet minister Sadhu Singh Dharmsot’s name on inaugural plaque of a building at a government school in Nabha, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has prohibited the inclusion of names of any government functionaries, including ministers and MLAs, on foundation stones and inaugural plaques.
 
It may be mentioned here that the Congress declared to shun VIP culture when it came to power in Punjab, but cabinet minister Sadhu Singh Dharmsot doesn’t seem to have got the message. The MLA from Nabha lost his temper when he saw his name at the third place, not at the top, on the inauguration plaque of a building at a local government school on Thursday. And the whole drama has been captured on video, including his threat to the principal that he could get her suspended from her job.
 
In the video that has since gone viral on social media, Dharamsot is seen as telling principal Nishi Jalota, "I can suspend you immediately for this mistake. Aren’t you aware, who is the chief guest ?” Despite video evidence, he later denied having anything.

Now, the statement issued by CMO on Friday says that Chief Minister himself is not excluded from these orders, which are aimed at building a stronger connect between the government and the people by removing the VIP culture barriers.
 
All projects and programmes, including those inaugurated by the Chief Minister or any of his cabinet colleagues, MLAs or other officials, would from now be dedicated to the people of Punjab, Captain Amarinder has announced.
 
The spokesperson said while there was no bar on government functionaries and leaders inaugurating or laying the foundation stone of any building or project, the practice of having their names inscribed on such stones or plaques was being discarded with immediate effect, following explicit orders from the Chief Minister.
 
The Chief Minister has also urged his ministerial and party colleagues to be humble in dealing with any member of the public. "We are in this position today because of the people of the state and it is our duty to treat them with full respect and humility at all times,” the Chief Minister said, according to the spokesperson.
 
The Chief Minister had, soon after taking over the state’s governance and in line with the Congress manifesto promise, given up the symbolic red beacon light on his vehicle as a gesture to show his commitment to shedding the VIP culture. All cabinet ministers had also followed suit, even though the manifesto had exempted the Chief Minister and the ministers from the red beacon ban ambit.
 
Captain Amarinder had again reiterated this commitment to shrugging off the VIP culture a few days ago when he preferred to queue up for entry, check-in and boarding at the Chandigarh airport instead of accepting preferential treatment while leaving for a business trip to Mumbai.
 
The Punjab cabinet had, at its maiden meeting, approved a series of measures, including removal of the red beacons, to rid the state of the VIP culture. The Congress manifesto has listed this as a key promise for the government.
 
The Congress government, said the spokesperson, was totally committed to implementing every single promise in the party manifesto in a time-bound manner.




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Don't act petty and spiteful towards Canadian Defence Minister Sajjan: Sukhbir to Amarinder
13.04.17 - TEAM PT
Don't act petty and spiteful towards Canadian Defence Minister Sajjan: Sukhbir to Amarinder



Former Punjab Deputy chief minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal today asked chief minister Amarinder Singh not to act petty and spiteful and give the defence minister of a sovereign country the respect he deserves.
 
Reacting strongly to the statement made by Amarinder Singh with regard to Canadian Defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, the SAD president said "Capt Amarinder should not have let a personal incident cloud his judgement and he should have refrained from making disparaging remarks against Sajjan as well as all other Punjabi representatives in the Canadian parliament. Punjabis worldwide are proud of their elected representatives in Canada and Sajjan is an example of personal accomplishment for the entire Punjabi diaspora. He should not be disrespected in this manner".
 
Sukhbir said taking such stands was counter productive and would not augur well for Punjab and come in the way of trade and bilateral relations with Canada. "Moreover it is not in the fitness of things for senior political leaders to show such rancour. One can take a lesson from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was denied visa by the United States but that action did not make him bitter to that county. In fact Mr Modi has gone out of the way to improve relations between India and the US. Punjabis worldwide also expect Amarinder to behave in a similar fashion and show political statesmanship and use his office to improve relations with Canada not to ruin them. If the Union government and the States are giving due deserved respect to Mr Sajjan so should Capt Amarinder and the Punjab government. This is the least which is expected from them considering Sajjan is from their State", he added.
 
The jr. Badal also highlighted how the SAD-BJP government tenure had witnessed a number of state visits by Punjabi ministers from Canada. "We had always accorded due respect to visiting dignitaries and even invited elected Punjabi representatives from around the world for the NRI Sammelans held to focus on NRI issues and find resolutions to their problems", he added.




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SAD-BJP has demolished AAP on its home turf: Sukhbir Badal
13.04.17 - TEAM PT
SAD-BJP has demolished AAP on its home turf: Sukhbir Badal



Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, while congratulating SAD-BJP candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa for his convincing win today in the Rajouri Garden by-poll in Delhi, said the combine had "demolished" the AAP on its home turf and added that the loss heralded the end of the party as a political entity. 

In a statement here, Sukhbir said the Rajouri Garden result was a "referendum" on the policies of AAP in Delhi and had set the tone for the complete defeat of the party in the forthcoming elections to the Delhi municipal corporation.

He also said the most pertinent factor was that AAP candidate Harjit Singh lost his security deposit. 

"Former AAP MLA from Rajouri Garden, Jarnail Singh, who resigned from this seat to contest election from Lambi constituency in Punjab, had earlier won this seat by a margin of 10,000 votes. As Rajouri Garden is a Sikh-dominated seat, the severe erosion in AAP's vote share is a clear indication of the party's current popularity among the Sikh community," Sukhbir added. 

Congratulating Sirsa, he said all the dreams of the Aam Aadmi Party to expand to other states, including Gujarat, were quashed now. 

"AAP, as a political entity, will be finished in the next two years," he claimed. 

The Akali leader also thanked the Rajouri Garden voters for sending out a "clear cut signal" that the people were not in favour of the "confrontationist" policies of the AAP. 

"Such policies have resulted in a governance paralysis and development has come to a crushing halt," he alleged. 

Sukhbir said development could only be a reality with cooperation. 

"People have given a clear signal that they do not like Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's confrontationist attitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is also a verdict in favour of the pro-development policies of the prime minister and the NDA," he added.




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Canadian Defence Minister a 'Khalistani sympathiser', won't meet him: Amarinder Singh
13.04.17 - TEAM PT
Canadian Defence Minister a 'Khalistani sympathiser', won't meet him: Amarinder Singh



Dubbing Canadian defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan a "Khalistani sympathiser”, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said he will not meet the Indo-Canadian leader during his expected visit to India later this month.
 
"Harjit Sajjan is a Khalistani sympathiser and so was his father,” Amarinder alleged on the ‘Off the Cuff’ TV show by Shekhar Gupta. The chief minister claimed that there were, in fact, five ministers in the Justin Trudeau government who were Khalistani sympathisers and he would not have any truck with them.

The Canadian defence minister is expected to travel to India this month in his first visit since his appointment as minister

"They had prevailed upon the government to prevent my entry into Canada, where I wanted to go to meet my Punjabi brethren and not to campaign for elections,” he was quoted as saying in a release issued by his team after the programme.

Amarinder, whose poll campaign in Canada was stalled last year in the run-up to the Punjab assembly elections, had responded by accusing some Canadian ministers of having "Khalistani leanings” then too.

Singh also commented on the beef ban, saying that people have the right to and should be allowed to eat whatever they want.

He also made it clear he was not in favour of a ban on Pakistani artistes, and said he would be happy to invite them to Punjab and would also love to visit Pakistan again.

Urging New Delhi to be wary of China on the other border, he said it is time to mend fences and make friends with Pakistan.
 
Referring to his government's crackdown on drugs, he said with the STF launching a crackdown, things were moving in the right direction. Hundreds of youngsters were voluntarily coming to the rehabilitation centres and the anti-drugs helpline had so far received more than 4,000 calls,
 
On the contentious SYL issue, the Chief Minister reiterated his stand that the state had no water to spare and pointed out that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken note of his concern on the issue.
 
On the controversial issue of possible tampering of electronic voting machines, Amarinder said had the EVMs been tampered with in Punjab, he would "not be sitting here today”. However, he was quick to note that it was important to find out the reason for many advanced countries refusing to adopt EVMs.




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Probe against Inderbir Singh, Ex SSP Sangrur and 4 other cops; Name removed from Panel for Chandigarh SSP
11.04.17 - team pt
Probe against Inderbir Singh, Ex SSP Sangrur and 4 other cops; Name removed from Panel for Chandigarh SSP



PUNJAB CHIEF Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered a vigilance inquiry to be initiated into the alleged extortion of money from two farmers by five police officials, including a former SSP, in Sangrur.
 
The Chief Minister has also ordered all five cops to be transferred to the Police Lines pending inquiry. He has further ordered removal of former SSP Inderbir Singh’s name from the panel for the post of SSP Chandigarh in view of the change in his vigilance clearance status, Media Advisor to CM, Raveen Thukral disclosed.
 
Taking serious note of the matter, as reported in a newspaper on Tuesday, the Chief Minister directed stringent action against those found guilty by the vigilance probe.
 
The farmers, whose families sold land and took loan to pay the extortion money, are fearful for their lives and the Chief Minister has directed the concerned officials to ensure full protection for them.
 
The Chief Minister’s orders came after an initial probe by the Sangrur SSP found former SSP Indervir Singh and four other cops, including a DSP, prima facie guilty of extorting money from two farmers while allegedly threatening to implicate them in a murder case. In his report, the Sangrur SSP had recommended an FIR and a Vigilance Bureau probe.
 
Thukral said the Chief Minister has directed senior government officials to take appropriate steps to ensure that the matter is taken to its logical conclusion. Nobody found guilty of any laxity or complicity should be allowed to go scot free, Captain Amarinder has instructed the officials, asserting that corruption of any kind will not be tolerated under his government, which was committed to transparent governance.
 
According to the media report, a 25-year-old financier, Hardev Singh, was shot dead in Longowal in February by five gangsters "led by” Davinder Singh alias Babli Randhawa. They later posted a video celebrating the murder.
 
The farmers, Dhanwant Singh of Kotra Amrhu village and Harjinder Singh of Dugga village, alleged that they were taken into custody illegally, merely because they knew Randhawa before he became a gangster. The police then extorted money from their families, they further alleged, seeking protection from further victimization and harassment.
 
The Chief Minister has taken cognizance of the initial probe report sent by Sangrur SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu to Patiala Zone IG AS Rai and DIG Sukhchain Singh Gill. In his report, Sidhu has named former Sangrur SSP Inderbir Singh, Sunam DSP Jashandeep Gill, Longowal SHO SI Sikandar Singh, Sangrur city police post incharge ASI Baljinder Singh and Badrukhan post incharge ASI Gurmail Singh.




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