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By allying with INLD, SAD put Punjab’s claim on river waters at stake: Amarinder
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. File photo

By allying with INLD, SAD put Punjab’s claim on river waters at stake: Amarinder

17 Oct 2019 | 8:46 PM

DAKHA: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday lashed out at SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, accusing him of putting the state’s claim on river waters at stake by allying with the INLD in Haryana for the assembly elections.

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Dakha, October 17

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday lashed out at SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, accusing him of putting the state’s claim on river waters at stake by allying with the INLD in Haryana for the assembly elections.

Given the stand of the Indian National Lok Dal on the issue, anyone siding with the Chatualas was clearly a “threat” to Punjab’s rights, said the chief minister here.

He also termed the Shiromani Akali Dal chief a “power-hungry politician having no moral principals”, saying while the SAD was supporting the INLD in Haryana against the BJP, it was allying with the latter in Punjab.             

“Sukhbir’s behaviour has exposed the fissures in the SAD-BJP alliance and a split in Punjab seems more than imminent,” he said.

The SAD is contesting the October 21 Haryana Assembly polls in alliance with the INLD while it is an ally of the BJP in Punjab.

The INLD has been demanding the construction of the Sutlej Yamuna link canal for the sharing of the Ravi and Beas waters.

The chief minister also protested the levy of USD 20 service fee by Pakistan on pilgrims travelling to Kartarpur Sahib.

He said the state government would continue to fight for the simplification of the procedures to travel via the Kartarpur corridor to the historic gurdwara in the neighbouring country.

During his road show in Dakha, the CM said poor devotees desirous of visiting the gurdwara during the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev could not afford taxes and passports.

These things, he said, were against the ideology of “khulle darshan” (free access), which his government was fighting for.

Terming development as the key issue in the bypolls to four assembly seats in the state, the chief minister said the work done by the Congress government over the last two and a half years spoke for itself.

The government had ensured smooth procurement of paddy, health insurance for all and debt waiver, he said.

Asked about the Bargari sacrilege cases, the chief minister said his government was committed to delivering justice to the victims and bringing the culprits to book.

The SIT was moving expeditiously to investigate the cases and bring them to their logical conclusion, he added.

To a question on the problem of drugs, Amarinder said a lot had been achieved though problems remained as Pakistan continued to smuggle narcotics into Punjab.

The state government had joined forces with neighbouring states and successfully battling the menace, he added.

The chief minister also expressed concern over the state of economy under the BJP-led regime at the Centre and said only the Congress could bring the nation back on the path of growth and development.

In response to a question, he said the Dakha constituency was completely “neglected” by former AAP MLA H S Phoolka.

The Congress has fielded Sandeep Sandhu from the constituency. — PTI

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Day after CM’s offer, Jathedar says will review SGPC events

17 Oct 2019 | 6:43 AM

AMRITSAR: Acting on Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s initiative for joint celebrations of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at Sultanpur Lodhi, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh today directed the SGPC to submit the detail of programmes chalked by it to mark the occasion.

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17 Oct 2019 | 1:43 PM

ANANTNAG: A Punjab-based apple trader was killed and another injured in a militant attack in Shopian district this evening.

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DERA BABA NANAK: Dismissing apprehensions over scheduled completion of work on the Indian side of the Kartarpur corridor, the government today said an online registration portal for pilgrims would become functional from next Monday.

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Sukhbir: Respect proposal for joint function

17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

PHAGWARA:Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said he respected the government's offer to celebrate 550th Gurpurb under the aegis of Akal Takht.

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17 Oct 2019 | 11:04 AM

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PHAGWARA/MUKERIAN: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the SAD-BJP alliance was in the national as well as state’s interest.

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AMRITSAR: Former Akal Takht Jathedar Bhai Ranjit Singh has accused the SAD of misusing Akal Takht and the SGPC for political gains.

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17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: A number of human rights organisations and group of lawyers today criticised the Punjab government for recommending premature release of several convicted cops who were out on bail or have spent few months in jail even if they were sentenced to life imprisonment.

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ASI, constable trade blows over parking

17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

SANGRUR: An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) and a constable entered into a scuffle over car parking in the Sangrur Police Lines.

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17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

MOGA: The police today took into custody head constable Kuldeep Singh and constables Sarwan Singh and Sukhdev Singh, against whom non-bailable warrants were issued by the District and Sessions’ Court for not appearing as prosecution witnesses in a drug seizure case.

Pak intruder shot dead near Attari

17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

AMRITSAR: The Border Security Force (BSF) today gunned down a Pakistani man, who tried to invade into this side of border through Samjhauta Express rail track near Rorawala village near Atari here.

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17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

PATIALA: Already facing a spurt in farm fires in the border belt, the air quality in Punjab, and eventually Delhi, is sure to take a further hit with farmers starting to burn paddy stubble in the Malwa belt.

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17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

CHANDIGARH: Pulling up Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for not taking adequate steps to check stubble-burning, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the states to review their enforcement strategies and take appropriate action against failure of officers to prevent pollution caused by burning crop residue.

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17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Principal Secretary (Planning) Jaspal Singh today said a plan might be formulated to disallow sowing paddy on the panchayat land being offered on lease in villages.

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17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

PHAGWARA: State AAP convener and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann today raised the issue of unemployment in the state.

20 SC majority villages to get makeover under PMAGY

17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

SANGRUR: Twenty villages of the district with more than 50 per cent Scheduled Caste (SCs) population will see a complete makeover under the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gramin Yojana (PMAGY) as the government will soon provide all basic amenities in these villages.

Fazilka man shoots at landlord’s nephew

Fazilka man shoots at landlord’s nephew

17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

FAZILKA: A tenant allegedly shot at his landlord’s nephew in Dashmesh Nagri, Jalalabad, today morning.

Plaint filed against Ashu for ‘hurting’ religious sentiments

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17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

LUDHIANA: A criminal complaint has been filed against Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu for manhandling and hurting religious sentiments.

Ropar IIT in pact with Army for tech solutions

17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

ROPAR: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, has appointed Lt Gen PM Bali as Professor of Practice here today.

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17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

LUDHIANA: Nearly 25 years after a bomb blast occurred near Clock Tower in Ludhiana, a local court is likely to pronounce the judgment this week.

ASI booked for cheating

17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

SANGRUR: The Dirba police have registered a case against Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) for “underestimating” the seized crackers last month.

Youth’s body found, kin suspect foul play

17 Oct 2019 | 6:41 AM

FAZILKA: The body of Shravan Kumar, a resident of the local Dhobi Ghat locality, who went missing on Sunday, has been recovered from Gang Canal.

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17 Oct 2019 | 1:02 PM

JALANDHAR: Rajbir Singh Sekhon, father of Gurkirat Sekhon Gikki, expressed satisfaction over decision of the Punjab and Haryana Court to uphold life imprisonment against the four accused in the case.

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17 Oct 2019 | 3:20 PM

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Pak intruder trying to cross over shot dead near Attari

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16 Oct 2019 | 8:47 PM

AMRITSAR: The Border Security Force personnel on Wednesday gunned down a Pakistani intruder who tried to cross over to this side of the border through Samjhauta Express rail track near Attari.

Kartarpur corridor getting ready; work on Pakistan side very slow

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16 Oct 2019 | 5:31 PM

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When Rana Sodhi was 'asked to alight' from vehicle in CM’s convoy

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17 Oct 2019 | 9:58 AM

MUKTSAR: There were embarrassing moments for Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi on Wednesday as he was reportedly made to alight from one of the vehicles in the CM’s convoy and asked to make alternative arrangement.

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17 Oct 2019 | 6:42 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction and sentence of life imprisonment slapped on all four accused in the Gikki case.

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16 Oct 2019 | 9:52 PM

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has shared an image from NASA showing large scale stubble burning in adjoining states.

India for Interpol notice against 3 Khalistan ultras

16 Oct 2019 | 10:16 AM

NEW DELHI: After successfully getting Red Corner Notice (RCN) against eight Khalistani militants, Indian agencies are now pushing the Interpol to do the same in case of three more, including KCF chief Hardeep Singh Nijjer, Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) chief Wadhawa Singh Babbar and his deputy Mehal Singh.

Congress govt burdened people with inflated electricity bills, says Sukhbir

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16 Oct 2019 | 10:20 AM

FAZILKA: Addressing six public meetings in Jalalabad in favour of SAD candidate Raj Singh Dibbipura, party president Sukhbir Badal alleged that the Congress government had discriminated against each and every section of society and burdened them with inflated power bills.

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16 Oct 2019 | 8:59 AM

FAZILKA: Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today said nearly 100 heads of missions (HoMs) from different countries would visit Darbar Sahib on October 22 to commemorate the 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev.

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16 Oct 2019 | 7:00 AM

FARIDKOT: SAD (A) president Simranjeet Singh Mann today said the decision to end Insaaf Morcha, which was called off around 10 months ago, was taken only after all leaders supported Dhian Singh Mand. “It was a consensus decision-making,” he said.

ECI assures SAD of fair poll

ECI assures SAD of fair poll

16 Oct 2019 | 8:57 AM

CHANDIGARH: Acting on a representation submitted by the SAD, the Election Commission of India has ordered that adequate number of Central paramilitary forces and micro-observers have been deployed.

Pak okays visit of 2,500 pilgrims

Pak okays visit of 2,500 pilgrims

16 Oct 2019 | 6:57 AM

AMRITSAR: The Pakistan Government has approved the visit of around 2,500 pilgrims from India during the opening ceremony of Kartarpur corridor.

1,800 liquor bottles seized

16 Oct 2019 | 6:57 AM

SANGRUR: The sadar police seized 1,800 bottles of liquor being smuggled in a school bus.

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16 Oct 2019 | 6:57 AM

CHANDIGARH: Cognisant of the need to promote and regulate organ transplant in the state, the Department of Medical Education and Research is to establish state organ and tissue transplant organisation with an organ retrieval centre each at Government Medical Colleges, Amritsar and Patiala.

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16 Oct 2019 | 10:18 AM

FAZILKA: Ahead of Diwali, the Health Department cracked a whip against sweet shop owners and destroyed coloured sweets prepared by a few shopkeepers in Fazilka today.

400 stray cattle caught, claims Sangrur admn

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16 Oct 2019 | 10:17 AM

SANGRUR: Though the Sangrur administration today claimed that it had caught around 400 stray cattle in the past one month, locals are not impressed as they say that stray cattle continue to roam in streets.

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16 Oct 2019 | 10:17 AM

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