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Amarinder opposes move to merge Chandigarh DSP cadre with other UTsPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. File photo

Amarinder opposes move to merge Chandigarh DSP cadre with other UTs

22 Apr 2018 | 9:03 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has opposed the move of the Ministry of Home Affairs to merge the DSP cadre of the Chandigarh Police with the police officers of all Union Territories, including the Delhi Police.

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Chandigarh, April 22  

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has opposed the move of the Ministry of Home Affairs to merge the DSP cadre of the Chandigarh Police with the police officers of all Union Territories, including the Delhi Police.

He has demanded that status quo be maintained till the territorial dispute of Chandigarh between Punjab and Haryana is settled.

Chandigarh is the common capital of the two states.

The chief minister has also directed the chief secretary to initiate steps for the establishment of a special cell in the General Administration branch to deal with all Chandigarh-related issues in order to protect the interests of Punjab.

He has asked the chief secretary to bring a formal proposal on this in the next Cabinet meeting.

In a statement issued here today, the chief minister said any move to erode the state’s stake in Chandigarh was not acceptable to Punjab.

The existing pattern of all posts in Union Territory of Chandigarh being shared between Punjab and Haryana in 60:40 ratio should continue, he demanded.

“The reported move of the Ministry of Home Affairs to merge the Chandigarh DSP post with other UTs would disturb the fine balance achieved over the years,” he said, warning that it could be counter-productive.

Besides, the chief minister said, any such move would limit the avenues for the career progression of senior Punjab officers in line for promotion.

“The proposal of the MHA would lead to all sanctioned posts of DSP of the Chandigarh UT being merged with the entry grade of the combined cadre of Delhi and other UTs, which would allow their transfer/posting in any UT,” the chief minister said.

He expressed concern over the attempts to “gradually dilute” Punjab’s stake in Chandigarh, pointing to the fact that a similar erosion had already taken place, over the years, in the post of Class I Gazetted Officers. Punjab would not allow further erosion of its interests, he added. — PTI

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CHANDIGARH: Simmering tension in the state Congress was evident as nearly 25 party MLAs stayed away from the swearing-in ceremony of nine newly inducted Cabinet ministers at Punjab Raj Bhavan here on Saturday.

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CHANDIGARH: Hours before nine Punjab MLAs were to take oath as ministers, a petition challenging the Cabinet expansion with their induction was filed before the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday.

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Pak court extends jatha member’s visa by 30 days

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22 Apr 2018 | 12:32 AM

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22 Apr 2018 | 12:32 AM

MOHALI: In the case of attack on Punjabi singer Parmish Verma, the Mohali Police have arrested a 19-year-old BTech student, who was handling the Facebook account of gangster Dilpreet Singh Dhahan and others to issue threats for extortion.

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22 Apr 2018 | 12:32 AM

GURDASPUR: The state Vigilance Department booked the son of a former SAD minister for illegal mining on a complaint by a loyalist of Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa.

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22 Apr 2018 | 12:32 AM

ABOHAR: Alleging police laxity in arresting 55-year-old resident of Killianwali village, booked for raping a minor girl, two relatives of the victim on Saturday climbed atop an overhead water tank here.

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22 Apr 2018 | 12:32 AM

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21 Apr 2018 | 5:04 PM

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Police have cautioned the people against a “fake” message being circulated on a mobile application, along with the picture of the Director General of Police (DGP), asking women to call up at a mobile number if they needed help.

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21 Apr 2018 | 10:32 PM

SANGRUR: Congress’s Amargarh MLA Surjit Dhiman and Nathu Ram, party MLA from Balluana, have resigned from their positions in the Congress party. But they would continue as MLAs, remain in the party and work for the welfare of their voters.

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21 Apr 2018 | 8:11 PM

CHANDIGARH: Hours before nine Punjab MLAs were to take oath as ministers on Saturday, a public interest litigation was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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21 Apr 2018 | 2:01 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government will initiate a vaccination campaign against measles-rubella from May 1 as part of a national programme.

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21 Apr 2018 | 12:38 PM

NEW DELHI:The Punjab Cabinet will finally be expanded on Saturday after Congress president Rahul Gandhi approved the names of nine new ministers in an evening meeting with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh.

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21 Apr 2018 | 2:01 AM

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday condemned the “unbearable and inhuman burden” put on the common man with repeated hikes in the power tariff and demanded a complete rollback, even as it sought removing all hidden charges to ensure power to the industrial sector at the landing cost of Rs 5 per unit.

Unable to pay debt, farmer ends life

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21 Apr 2018 | 2:01 AM

BATHINDA: A 28-year-old farmer committed suicide in Mansa district on Friday.

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ABOHAR: Two women died and their five relatives were seriously injured as the car they were travelling in reportedly rammed into one of the trucks that were waiting outside a wheat godown near Ramsara village, 10 km from here, on the state highway on Friday morning.

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SANGRUR: All main markets of Malerkotla remained closed on Friday and residents organised a protest march, seeking justice for the Kathua rape victim.

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21 Apr 2018 | 2:01 AM

MOHALI: A local court on Friday denied extension of police custody of Harvinder Singh alias Happy, who was arrested from Baddi (Himachal Pradesh) on April 15 in connection with the attack on Punjabi singer Parmish Verma and his friend, Kulwant Singh.

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Storm causes damage at Amritsar airport

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MOGA: A Dalit youth was allegedly poisoned to death by two persons at Jai Singh Wala village in Baghapurana subdivision of the district.

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JALANDHAR: English medium sections will be introduced from Class VI to IX in 1,800 government schools of the state.

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SANGRUR: A fire broke out in wheat fields at Kadial village on Friday.

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CHANDIAGRH: State BJPpresident Shwait Malik on Friday alleged that the Congress, during recent incidents of violence in Phagwara, had conspired to put Punjab on the brink of a “highly explosive” situation for manipulating Dalit voters in the 2019 General Election.

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BHOGPUR: Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh Mintoo was cremated at his native Dalli village here on Friday.

Teachers protest to get FIR cancelled

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FEROZEPUR: Hundreds of teachers on Friday assembled in front of the District Administrative Complex to protest against the FIR lodged against six of their colleagues who were booked by the police on the basis of a complaint lodged by the DPI (Elementary Education) on Thursday.

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AMRITSAR: Gobind Singh Longowal, SGPC president, has set up a three-member committee to probe the Kiran Bala case.

New building to house Sikh Reference Library

21 Apr 2018 | 2:01 AM

BATHINDA: The SGPC executive committee on Friday gave nod for the construction of a new building for the Sikh Reference Library.

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