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Swaraj Lehar launches political party in PunjabMembers of the Swaraj Lehar during a convention in Chandigarh on Sunday. A Tribune photo

Swaraj Lehar launches political party in Punjab

29 May 2016 | 6:28 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Swaraj Lehar launched a political party — the Swaraj Party — in Punjab at a convention held here on Sunday. The organisation was a movement started by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were expelled by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) following differences with the party convenor, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 29

The Swaraj Lehar launched a political party — the Swaraj Party — in Punjab at a convention held here on Sunday.

The organisation was a movement started by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who were expelled by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) following differences with the party convenor, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Several members of the Swaraj Lehar attended the convention, which saw several resolutions, including one on forming a political party, pass. 

However, neither Yadav nor Bhushan attended Sunday’s convention.

Though two of AAP’s rebel Parliamentarians — Dharamvir Gandhi from Patiala and Harinder Singh Khalsa from Fatehgarh Sahib — have expressed solidarity with the new political party, they are yet to join it.

Former Panjab University professor Manjit Singh will lead the party in Punjab.

Singh said the party would focus on “fighting for free education, free health and medical services, a debt free rural Punjab, expansion of MGNREGA and its extension to urban Punjab, and universal employment” and would push for implementing principles of riparian water rights for equitable distribution of river waters of Punjab.

A state working committee of 41 members has been constituted to expand the bases of the party at block and village levels.

Committees have already been formed in half the state’s districts, while the remaining would be constituted within two weeks’ time.

The other officer-bearers of the party are senior vice-president Santokh Singh Aujla; vice- presidents GB Sahota and Rupinder Kaur; general secretary Harbans Singh Dholewal; secretary Gurmeet Singh Prajapat; joint secretary Charanjit Singh; and treasurer Pritam Singh.

A three-member team of Manik Goyal, Parteek and Gagandeep will be the in-chrage of party’s activities on social media. Three other members of the party — Shamsher Singh Bharadwaj, Gurnam Singh, Hartej Singh and Kuldeep Sharma — have been appointed spokespersons.

The group had announced its intentions to form a party in April and had begun its membership drive five months ago.

However, decision to form a national party and elect its office-bearers will take place on July 30 and 31 in Delhi.

Swaraj talks to Rajnath, LG as African nationals attacked in Delhi again

Swaraj talks to Rajnath, LG as African nationals attacked in Delhi again

29 May 2016 | 4:51 PM

NEW DELHI: Amid fresh cases of assault on African nationals and outrage by envoys of African countries over killing of a Congolese youth, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung to ensure safety of the community and strict action against the guilty.

Bhagat Singh’s grandnephew and AAP activist Abhitej killed in mishap

Bhagat Singh’s grandnephew and AAP activist Abhitej killed in mishap

29 May 2016 | 4:56 PM

SHIMLA: Abhitej Sandhu, grandnephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and an AAP activist, died after he sustained grave injuries in a motorcycle accident at Maglad, near Rampur in Shimla district, about 135 km from here, late on Saturday evening. He was 27.

Late CM Beant Singh’s grandson ‘commits suicide’

Late CM Beant Singh’s grandson ‘commits suicide’

29 May 2016 | 4:54 PM

CHANDIGARH: Former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s grandson Harkirat Singh reportedly committed suicide with his licenced pistol at his Sector 5 residence here on Sunday. The family, however, claimed that he was cleaning the pistol when the incident occurred.

BJP renominates 5 Union Ministers for Rajya Sabha poll

BJP renominates 5 Union Ministers for Rajya Sabha poll

29 May 2016 | 6:42 PM

NEW DELHI: NEW DELHI: The BJP on Sunday renominated five Union Ministers — Birender Singh, M. Venkaiah Naidu, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sitharaman and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi — and party vice-presidents Om Prakash Mathur and Purushottam Rupala among 12 others to the Rajya Sabha for the upcoming biennial elections.

Want to meet PM? Answer online governance quiz

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29 May 2016 | 11:51 AM

NEW DELHI: If you can answer 20 randomly selected questions in five minutes, you can meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As the NDA government completes its two years in office, it has asked citizens to participate in an online quiz competition.

BJP to contest 2017 UP election alone: Mahesh Sharma

BJP to contest 2017 UP election alone: Mahesh Sharma

29 May 2016 | 6:47 PM

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest Uttar Pradesh Assembly election 2017 alone without a pre- or post-poll alliance, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Sunday. The party has also decided not to have contentious issues such as the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Pak can target Delhi from Kahuta in five minutes, says AQ Khan

Pak can target Delhi from Kahuta in five minutes, says AQ Khan

29 May 2016 | 11:06 AM

ISLAMABAD: The father of Pakistan's nuclear programme Abdul Qadeer Khan has said the country has the ability to target Indian capital Delhi from Kahuta near Rawalpindi in five minutes.

Kanpur shocker: Man loses wife in IPL gambling

Kanpur shocker: Man loses wife in IPL gambling

29 May 2016 | 11:06 AM

KANPUR: In a bizarre incident, just like the Mahabharata in which Yudhishthir lost his wife Draupadi who was put at stake in a gambling game, a man from the Govindnagar area of Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh put his wife at stake in an Indian Premier League (IPL) betting game and lost her.

NASA inflates spare room in space

NASA inflates spare room in space

29 May 2016 | 12:09 PM

WASHINGTON: NASA has successfully expanded and pressurised an add-on room at the International Space Station two days after aborting the first attempt when it ran into problems.

Will bring back Pandits with dignity: Mehbooba

Will bring back Pandits with dignity: Mehbooba

29 May 2016 | 1:21 AM

SRINAGAR:Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today vowed to bring back Kashmiri Pandits “with dignity” to transit accommodation in the Valley.

5-hr govt script, starring Bollywood

5-hr govt script, starring Bollywood

29 May 2016 | 1:20 AM

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a mega show, “Ek Nayi Subah”, organised by Doordarshan and telecast from five centres, today claimed that his government had brought a “generic change” in the lives of people.

US Sikhs to honour scribe who brought Pilibhit story to light

US Sikhs to honour scribe who brought Pilibhit story to light

29 May 2016 | 2:25 AM

YUBA CITY (CALIFORNIA): The Punjabi American Heritage Society of Yuba City and various Sikh temples in California, US, will honour Vishwa Mitra Tandon, a journalist whose investigative reporting brought to light the killing of 11 Sikhs in fake encounters by UP Police in Pilibhit district in 1991.

Lalit Modi case: Probe agencies to approach Interpol afresh

Lalit Modi case: Probe agencies to approach Interpol afresh

29 May 2016 | 12:34 PM

NEW DELHI: Indian investigative agencies will make a fresh bid to obtain the much-delayed Interpol arrest warrant against former IPL chairman Lalit Modi after the Chennai Police recently submitted that it is actively pursuing its criminal probe against the former cricket czar and others.

CITY FOCUS

10/10 for 2,548 students in tricity

10/10 for 2,548 students in tricity

29 May 2016 | 2:17 AM

CHANDIGARH: With as many as 2,548 students scoring a perfect 10 in the Class X Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations, the tricity this year has registered a remarkable improvement in the overall performance of students as compared to last year.

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Govt eases norms for 46 vacant MDS seats

29 May 2016 | 1:02 AM

FARIDKOT: The state Medical Education Department has announced a relaxation in the eligibility condition for 46 vacant seats in the Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) in 12 private dental colleges in the state.

Army man shoots self in Pathankot

29 May 2016 | 6:42 PM

PATHANKOT: An army man serving in Mamun Cantonment here committed suicide by shooting himself with his service Insaas rifle on Sunday morning.

Kotli mourns loss of its sports-enthusiast sarpanch

29 May 2016 | 3:47 PM

KOTLI (KHANNA): A pall of gloom descended on the Payal area when the news of death of Harkirat Singh (40), grandson of former chief minister Beant Singh, reached here. Harkirat who was sarpanch of Kotli village was son of former transport minister Tej Parkash Singh and younger brother of Congress MLA from Khanna Gurkirat Singh Kotli.

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Shun demand for reservation, support skill development: Khattar

Shun demand for reservation, support skill development: Khattar

29 May 2016 | 5:55 PM

LADWA (KURUKSHETRA): Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said instead of pursuing struggle for Jat reservation, community leaders should support the state government in skill development initiatives to make the youth fit for employment.

VC says no to restoration of student body elections

VC says no to restoration of student body elections

29 May 2016 | 1:04 AM

SHIMLA: Prof ADN Bajpai, Vice-Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), today categorically ruled out the restoration of direct elections to the Students Central Association (SCA) and roll back of RUSA and fee hike and said the agitation by some students organisations was politically motivated.

Sainik Colony not for non-state subjects, no land identified yet: Mehbooba

Sainik Colony not for non-state subjects, no land identified yet: Mehbooba

29 May 2016 | 1:02 AM

SRINAGAR: Asserting that no land had been identified as yet for Sainik Colony in Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehboba Mufti said here today that the issue was being exploited and made it clear that the colony was not meant for non-state subjects.

Cloudburst wreaks havoc in Ghansali

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29 May 2016 | 1:05 AM

MUSSOORIE: A cloudburst wreaked havoc in Kothiyada, Seeta Kot and Veleshwar villages around the Bal Ganga region of Ghansali block in Tehri district today.

Over 700 migrants feared dead in three Mediterranean shipwrecks: UN

Over 700 migrants feared dead in three Mediterranean shipwrecks: UN

29 May 2016 | 5:16 PM

POZALLO: Over 700 migrants are feared dead in three Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks south of Italy in the last few days as they tried desperately to reach Europe in unseaworthy smuggling boats, the UN refugee agency said on Sunday. The Italian Navy took horrific pictures of that capsizing even as it rushed to rescue all those thrown into the sea from the boat.

Tata Steel may hold on to its UK steelworks

Tata Steel may hold on to its UK steelworks

29 May 2016 | 4:15 PM

LONDON: Tata Steel may still hold on to its UK steelworks and their proposed sale may be put off after a personal intervention by Prime Minister David Cameron who is keen on averting the collapse of Britain's steel industry ahead of the EU referendum, a media report said on Sunday.

NoDiscus thrower Seema Punia. File photo

Indian discus thrower Seema qualifies for Rio Olympics

29 May 2016 | 4:50 PM

NEW DELHI: Asian Games discus throw gold medal winner Seema Punia on Sunday qualified for the Rio Olympics with a 62.62m effort at the Pat Young’s Throwers Classic 2016 at Salinas (California) in the United States.

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Ronaldo helps Real hand Atletico another final defeat

29 May 2016 | 11:19 AM

MILAN: Real Madrid handed Atletico Madrid another cruel Champions League final defeat when Cristiano Ronaldo's spot kick saw them beat their neighbours on penalties to win Europe's top club trophy for a record 11th time on Saturday.

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Messi due to go on trial in Spain for tax fraud

29 May 2016 | 12:07 PM

BARCELONA: Argentina star Lionel Messi, one of the world's highest-paid athletes, goes on trial in Barcelona on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding Spain of over 4 million euros in unpaid taxes.

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