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Khelo India Womens Wushu League Gears Up for Northern Zonal Showdown in Patiala

New Dlehi: The upcoming northern zonal round of the Khelo India womens wushu league is set to draw significant attention, featuring prominent international athletes Ayeera Chisti and Komal Nagar. This competition will take place at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports in Patiala from July 9 to 13, showcasing the talents of 350 athletes across sub-junior, junior, and senior categories. Organized by SAI Patiala, the event will encompass both Sanda (fighting) and Taolu (forms), welcoming participants from Haryana, Punjab, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh. Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports funds the Rs 7.2 lakh prize money competition conducted by the Wushu Federation of India. The top eight wushu athletes from the sub-junior, junior and senior events will get cash incentives. Following last month's successful South Zonal event in Karnataka, the North Zonal meet marks the next phase in the league's calendar. After the four zonal meets, the national ranking championship will be held. The womens wushu league will provide an opportunity to several players wanting to make it big like international medallists Ayeera (18 years) and Komal (19 years), who train at the NSNIS Patiala Centre. I am very excited to play in my home ground here in my third Khelo India womens wushu league, having won gold in the last two championships, said Ayeera, who debuted in this competition in 2022. The Khelo India womens league is very important for a lot of girls especially looking at the future and Im thankful to the government for this. As for me, I want to clinch gold medal at the Asian Games in the 52kg category and become the first woman to achieve this feat for India in this weight division. Before that, I am aiming for the gold at the senior Asian championships in China this September, Ayeera added. Jammu and Kashmir's Ayeera Chisti looking to clinching her third consecutive gold medal at the Khelo India Women's Wushu League. Jammu and Kashmirs Ayeera, who will take part in the senior 52kg Sanda category, won a bronze at the junior wushu world championship in Indonesia in 2022. She also landed a gold at the international wushu championship in Georgia in 2022 as well as a gold at the Russian Moscow Stars Wushu International Championship in 2024. Chandigarhs Komal, gold medallist at the Russian Moscow Stars Wushu International Championship 2023 in Sanda, said, Getting an opportunity to play one more tournament in the calendar year besides the nationals, bolsters our confidence. The Khelo India Womens League gives us a good playfield for our performance assessment, understand flaws in our game and areas to work on, said Komal, who started learning self-defence techniques when she was 14. Chandigarh's Komal with her gold medal at the Russian Moscow Stars Wushu International Championship 2023. About Sports for Women: Under the Sports for Women Vertical, Khelo India Women's Leagues are structured into two main formats: Major League and City League. These leagues serve as platforms for promoting women's sports across various disciplines. Additionally, leagues are organized within specific age categories or weight categories, tailored to the requirements of each sport. This approach, supported by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, not only encourages widespread participation among women athletes but also facilitates talent identification and development across different skill levels and age groups nationwide. Through these structured formats, the Khelo India initiative aims to foster a vibrant sports culture and support the growth of female athletes in India.

Deccan Chronicle 8 Jul 2024 2:49 pm

Khelo India Womens Wushu League: Ayeera Chisti, Komal Nagar to headline North Zone meet

Khelo India Womens Wushu League: Ayeera Chisti, Komal Nagar to headline North Zone meet New Delhi: International wushu players Ayeera Chisti and Komal Nagar will grab a lot of attention in the northern zonal round of the Khelo India womens wushu league to be held at the Netaji Subhas National Institute of Sports in Patiala [] The post Khelo India Womens Wushu League: Ayeera Chisti, Komal Nagar to headline North Zone meet appeared first on Mangalorean.com .

Mangalorean 8 Jul 2024 1:33 pm

Jailed Kashmir Leader Engineer Rashid Takes Oath As MP

Jailed leader Engineer Rashid took oath as a member of Parliament on Friday after he was released on a two-hour custody parole by the Patiala House court in Delhi.

NDTV 5 Jul 2024 3:01 pm

Engineer Rashid takes oath as member of 18th Lok Sabha

New Delhi: Jailed leader Engineer Rashid took oath as a member of Parliament on Friday after he was released on a two-hour custody parole by the Patiala House court in Delhi. Engineer Rashid was sworn in as a member of the 18th Lok Sabha following his victory from the Baramulla constituency in J&K. He defeated Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 5 Jul 2024 2:10 pm

Sadiq moves Madras HC to quash ED arrest order

CHENNAI: Jaffer Sadiq, who has been jailed on charges of smuggling drugs, has moved the Madras High Court seeking to quash the arrest order issued against him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for money laundering under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). He has also sought the court to stay the operation of the arrest order issued by ED assistant director Sunil Shankar Yadav. On March 9, Sadiq was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) for allegedly smuggling drugs. He said based on the FIR registered by NCB, the EDs zonal unit-1 in Chennai registered an ECIR as offences under sections 25A and 29 of the NDPS under PMLA. After obtaining permission from the NDPS court at Patiala House Court, Delhi, ED conducted an inquiry with him, apart from four others at Tihar Jail, he said, adding that he had cooperated with the investigation officers. Sadiq, who was expelled from DMK, claimed that in no way he was connected to the predicate offence or the scheduled offence and alleged that he was arrested by ED on June 26, but was not produced before the jurisdictional magistrate court within 24 hours, and thereby the arrest was illegal. The ED secured a prisoner transit warrant against him on June 28 and is trying to legalise the arrest. ED should have obtained the warrant for the arrest from the jurisdictional court in Delhi, but proceeded to arrest him using the PT warrant issued by the Special Court for PMLA cases in Chennai. Unnecessary delay on the part of ED to produce him before the jurisdictional court affects his right to statutory bail, Sadiq said. He alleged that ED arrested him with an ulterior motive and oblique purpose on the grounds of non-cooperation for interrogation despite the fact that he had cooperated fully. Expelled DMK leader Jaffer Sadiq injected Rs 40 cr drug money into films, assets, says ED ED raids multiple locations in TN in drugs money laundering case against ex-DMK man Jaffer Sadiq

The New Indian Express 5 Jul 2024 9:08 am

7K trees to go for Sirhind-Patiala 4-laning

A major road project has recently commenced in Punjab which aims to widen and improve the road connectivity between the important towns of Sirhind and Patiala. As per officials, the existing two-lane road will be expanded into a wider four-lane carriageway to enhance mobility and ensure safer travel for residents. The project involves upgrading approximately [] The post 7K trees to go for Sirhind-Patiala 4-laning appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 4 Jul 2024 3:10 pm

Canal water resumes in parts of 3 Punjab districts easing dependence on groundwater during paddy season

Farmers across parts of Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib and Malerkotla districts in Punjab are rejoicing as canal irrigation has resumed in their villages, ending decades of dependence on depleting groundwater. In Ghujerheri village of Patiala district, officials helped clear encroachments to revive a drain that now irrigates over 200 acres. Similarly in Fatehgarh Sahib, underground pipes [] The post Canal water resumes in parts of 3 Punjab districts easing dependence on groundwater during paddy season appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 28 Jun 2024 2:41 pm

Father-son duo among 3 killed in clash over land in Patiala village

A long-running land dispute in Chatar Nagar village, Patiala escalated tragically last week, resulting in 3 deaths. According to police reports, Dilbagh Singh (67) and his son Jaswinder (40) from a neighboring village had come to take possession of a piece of agricultural land that was leased to another party. On the land was Satvinder [] The post Father-son duo among 3 killed in clash over land in Patiala village appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 27 Jun 2024 2:30 pm

Farmers seek action against alleged provocateurs at Patiala border protest site

Farmers protesting at Shambu border in Patiala have demanded action against individuals allegedly involved in instigating tensions at their site last weekend. Demonstrators have been camped at Shambu and Khanauri borders since February, calling on the government to address issues such as legalising minimum support prices for crops. On Sunday, tensions were reported when another [] The post Farmers seek action against alleged provocateurs at Patiala border protest site appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 25 Jun 2024 3:04 pm

Farmers demand arrest of those who tried to create ruckus at Shambu border

CHANDIGARH, June 25: Farmers protesting at the Shambhu border in Punjabs Patiala district over various demands on Tuesday demanded that a group of people who allegedly tried to create a ruckus at the protest site be arrested. They alleged that some miscreants backed by the Punjab and Haryana Governments had hatched a conspiracy to defame their ongoing agitation. Farmers had on Sunday alleged that a group of people tried to create a ruckus and attempted to take over the [] The post Farmers demand arrest of those who tried to create ruckus at Shambu border appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 25 Jun 2024 1:53 pm

Farmers Demand Action Against Disruptors Amid Ongoing Protest

Farmers Demand Action Against Disruptors Amid Ongoing Protest Farmers protesting at the Shambhu border in Punjab's Patiala district demanded immediate action against individuals who allegedly attempted to create a disturbance at their protest site. They accused the Punjab and Haryana governments of orchestrating a conspiracy to undermine their ongoing agitation. On Sunday, farmers claimed that a group of individuals tried to disrupt their protest by attempting to take over the stage. However, the group, including traders from Ambala, refuted the allegations, stating they intended to highlight their losses due to the blockade of the Ambala-Ludhiana national highway and request the removal of the blockade. Farmers have been stationed at the Shambhu and Khanauri border points between Punjab and Haryana since February 13, following the halting of their march to Delhi by security forces. The protest, led by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha (KMM), aims to press the government for a legal guarantee on minimum support price (MSP) for crops. KMM leader Dilbagh Singh Harigarh alleged that the 'miscreants' were backed by state and central governments to defame the farmers' agitation, demanding their arrest. Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders echoed similar sentiments, emphasizing that blockades set up by the Haryana government were preventing their march to Delhi. Local villagers have expressed support for the farmers' cause.

devdiscourse 25 Jun 2024 1:12 pm

NIA case accused Nachan moves Delhi HC against order denying him statutory bail

NIA case accused Nachan moves Delhi HC against order denying him statutory bail Accused Saquib Abdul Hamid Nachan has moved the Delhi High Court, challenging the trial court order denying him statutory bail. He was denied bail and the period of investigation was extended on May 20. The matter has been listed with another connected matter for hearing in July. Vacation division bench of justices Mini Pushkarna and Dharmesh Sharma listed the matter for hearing on July 11. Nachan was earlier convicted and sentenced in the 2002 and 2004 Mumbai blasts. He has moved the high court through Mubin Akbar and challenged the order of May 20, 2024, passed by the Special Judge (NIA) and the Patiala House Court dismissed the statutory bail/default bail under Section 167 of the CRPC, filed on the ground that the order of April 19, 2024, whereby extending the 45-day time to complete the investigation is not provided in law and is illegal. He also challenged the order of May 20, 2024, whereby the NIA Court allowed the 15-day judicial custody on June 2, 2024, on NIA application without Public Prosecutor (PP) Report. He has claimed statutory bail/default bail since the NIA did not comply with the provisions of U/S 43-D(2) as amended in Section 167 of the CRPC, i.e., the PP Report. In July 2023, an FIR under sections 379, 468, 511, 34 IPC, with sections 3(25), 4(25) Arms Act, U/S 37(1)(3), 135 Maharashtra Police Act, Uls 13,15, 16(1)(B), 18,20 UAPA Act, PS ATS, Kalachowkey, Mumbai, involving Shahnawaz Alam (absconding) was registered and subsequently taken up by the NIA, Mumbai. Some of the accused persons were arrested, and some were absconding. In September 2023, an FIR was registered by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police. It said that information was received that accused Shahnawaz Alam, a resident of Jharkhand who is wanted in the Mumbai case, is moving along with one Rizwan, a resident of Delhi, and planning to carry out terrorist activities in Delhi and adjoining areas. It was also claimed that they had some Delhi-based contacts who were participants in their criminal conspiracy. An FIR under sections 120B/43IPC, on September 2023 was registered by Special Cell, the plea said. Thereafter, in November 2023, an FIR was lodged by the NIA. The appellant and other accused were arrested on December 9, 2023. The accused were sent in judicial custody after interrogation, and their judicial custody kept on extending. The period of investigation was extended in April and May 2024. (ANI)

devdiscourse 24 Jun 2024 5:09 pm

2 power plant units in Punjab go out of operation amid demand surge

Patiala, Jun 23: With the demand for power in Punjab peaking amid the sweltering summer, hovering at 15,200 MW, a unit of the Talwandi Sabo Power plant and Ropar Power plant have once again gone out of operation. The post 2 power plant units in Punjab go out of operation amid demand surge appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 23 Jun 2024 2:26 pm

28th Sindhu Darshan Utsav celebrated in Kargil

Excelsior Correspondent KARGIL, June 22: For first time, the 28th Sindhu Darshan Utsav was celebrated in District Kargil today. In this regard, a programme was organised by the district Administration Kargil in collaboration with North Zone Cultural Center, Patiala. The programme was attended by various artists from across the country, including native artists from Kargil, who showcased various cultural dances. Chairman/CEC, LAHDC Kargil, Dr Mohd Jaffer Akhoon was the chief guest while Deputy Commissioner/CEO, LAHDC, Kargil, Shrikant Suse was the [] The post 28th Sindhu Darshan Utsav celebrated in Kargil appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 23 Jun 2024 5:52 am

Unveiling the Origins and Significance of the 'Peg' in Alcohol Measurement

You may have heard the term 'peg' if you are around people who drink alcohol or frequent places where alcohol is served. Many individuals find a single peg sufficient, while others prefer what is known as a 'Patiala peg'. But why exactly is alcohol measured in pegs, and what is the reason behind it? Where is 'Peg' Used? It may surprise you that the term 'peg' is not used worldwide; rather, it is unique to India and Nepal. Here, it serves as a standard unit for measuring alcohol servings. For most Indians, a 'small' or 'regular' peg denotes 30 milliliters of alcohol, while a 'large' peg is 60 milliliters. Some also opt for a 'Patiala peg', which is typically around 90 milliliters. Where Did the Term 'Peg' Originate? According to available information, the term 'peg' is derived from the Danish unit of measurement called 'paegl'. In India, it has been established as a recognized unit for measuring alcohol servings. Earlier, alcohol could also be served in quantities like 25 milliliters (small) and 50 milliliters (large), but the shift to 30 milliliters and 60 milliliters has an interesting rationale. What is the Standard? There are several standards for dividing alcohol into pegs. The 30 milliliters and 60 milliliters are based on mathematical principles aimed at facilitating easier consumption and liver processing. For most drinkers, 30 milliliters is considered an ideal quantity as it can be consumed gradually, allowing the body to metabolize it effectively. In conclusion, the term 'peg' in the context of measuring alcohol in India and Nepal has a unique historical and practical significance. It not only denotes a standardized unit but also reflects cultural norms and drinking habits prevalent in these regions. Whether one prefers a small peg or opts for a Patiala peg, the term remains deeply embedded in local drinking culture. Motorola users are in for a treat! This 5G phone has Android 14, will you get it? Flipkart Prepares for Major Launch of 'Flipkart Minutes' Service NASA to Train ISRO Astronauts for ISS Mission, Enhancing Space Collaboration

News Track 21 Jun 2024 6:18 pm

BJP Punjab Mahila Morcha chief welcomes increase in MSP for kharif crops

Patiala: BJP Punjab Mahila Morcha president Jai Inder Kaur today welcomed the Union Cabinet's decision, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to approve an increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for all Kharif crops for the 2024-25 season. The BJP leader said, This momentous announcement underscores the government's steadfast commitment to empowering farmers and [] The post BJP Punjab Mahila Morcha chief welcomes increase in MSP for kharif crops appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 21 Jun 2024 9:40 am

True Defination of Education by Dr Sewak Singh

University Collage Mirapur, Patiala held a Gurmat Samagam on 8th April 2024. Dr.Sewak Singh shared his views on topics related to Education. This is video recording of speech of Dr.Sewak Singh. This News/Article True Defination of Education by Dr Sewak Singh appeared first on Sikh Siyasat News .

Sikh Siyasat News 19 Jun 2024 3:38 pm

Tihar Jail Ordered To Provide Air Cooler To Conman Sukesh Chandrasekhar

Delhi's Patiala House Court, in a recent order, directed the jail authorities to provide an air cooler to Sukesh Chandrasekhar on medical grounds at his own expense.

NDTV 19 Jun 2024 4:31 am

12 Indian youths stuck in Armenian prison after being duped by travel agents

CHANDIGARH: A dozen youths from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal are stranded in an Armenian prison for the last three months after falling prey to travel agents promising greener pastures in Europe. They were crossing the Armenia-Georgia border illegally when they were arrested by the Armenian police. Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Balbir Singh Seechewal has got in touch with their families back home and the Indian Embassy has also reached out to them. Seechewal shared a video of the youths stranded in the jail on his Facebook page a few days ago after their families began reaching out to him for help. In the video, they said they feared that they could be sentenced to three to six years of imprisonment and sought help from the Indian government. Seechewal said that the Ministry of External Affairs had started efforts for the release of these youths. After I saw their video on social media, I immediately contacted the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy. I was informed by the Ministry of External Affairs that the Counsellor of the Indian Embassy in Yerevan had visited the jail. While seven were caught together, the others were apprehended separately from different places, he said. The seven who went together had paid Laddi Gill, a travel agent in Armenia hailing from Haryana, Rs 9 lakh to get to Italy but are now stuck in Armenia. They are Ram Pal from Khanna, Rajot Singh from Patiala, Gurmeet Singh from Kaithal, Shivam Kumar from Karnal, Happy Singh from Pilibhit, Major Singh from Uttarakhand and Maniruzzama from West Bengal, he said. Seechewal said the matter was being dealt with legally there and only after they are released by the court can they come back. They had said that they were not been treated properly and not getting proper food to eat so I request the authorities to look into it and do the needful. Their families are worried about their safety. He said the youths were getting only non-vegetarian food in jail, regarding which the Indian Embassy had written a letter to the Foreign Ministry of Armenia. He added that the ministry and the Indian Embassy are continuously pursuing the matter. Seechewal further requested parents not to send their children abroad by illegal means.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 8:05 pm

Delhi court orders provision of cooler for Sukesh Chandrashekhar in jail amid heatwave

New Delhi, June 18 (IANS) A Delhi court has ruled in favour of providing alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar with a private cooler at his own expense, citing medical necessities due to an unprecedented heatwave in Delhi. The order by Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Chander Jit Singh of Patiala House Court comes after Chandrashekhars legal team []

bhaskarlive 18 Jun 2024 6:18 pm

Heatwave persists in Punjab, Haryana; Bathinda hits 46.9 degrees Celsius

There was no let up in the ongoing heat wave conditions sweeping Punjab and Haryana for the last several days, with Bathinda reeling at 46.9 degrees Celsius on Monday. While blistering heat swept Bathinda in Punjab, Pindara in Haryana's Jind also recorded a maximum temperature of 46.9 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest place in the state. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, also sweltered and recorded a maximum temperature of 44.5 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT Department. Faridkot in Punjab was also under the grip of severe heat at 46 degrees Celsius while Pathankot recorded a high of 45.8 degrees Celsius. Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Gurdaspur and Ferozepur also sweltered under severe heat recording respective maximum temperature of 45.8 degrees Celsius, 44.6 degrees Celsius, 45.4 degrees Celsius, 45 degrees Celsius and 44.3 degrees Celsius, respectively. Meanwhile, in Haryana, intense heat conditions prevailed in Faridabad and Sirsa, which recorded ...

Business Standard 17 Jun 2024 7:32 pm

Statutory bail granted to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in PMLA case

Statutory bail granted to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah in PMLA case Delhi's Patiala House Court recently granted statutory bail to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah in a money laundering case under PMLA. Despite the grant of bail, he will remain in custody as there are other cases pending against him. He was arrested in 2017 in this case. He sought statutory bail on the grounds that he has undergone more than half of the maximum sentence for an offence under PMLA. Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Dheeraj Mor granted bail to Shabir Ahmad Shah under Section 436 A Cr.PC on furnishing a personal bond of Rs one lakh and one surety bond in the same amount. While granting bail, the court has imposed several conditions, including that he will not leave the country without the prior permission of the court. While granting bail, the trial court referred to the judgement of Supreme court in Vijay Madanlal Chaudhary's case. ASJ Mor said, The applicant is not required to satisfy the mandatory twin conditions of bail as contained in Section 45 PMLA, as he has been in custody in this case for 6 years and 10 months, which is way more than half of the total prescribed maximum punishment of 7 years. The total prescribed maximum punishment of 7 years shall be over within one and a half months from today, if he does not succeed in the present application, the judge said in the order passed on June 7. The court noted that Shah is stated to be in custody in other cases unrelated to the scheduled/predicate offences. Admittedly, the said cases are very serious in nature. However, that cannot be a sufficient ground for declining the present statutory bail application, all the more, when he has not been convicted in any of the said offences, the court said. It further said that Even if he is granted bail in this case, he is not likely to be released from jail for the other said offences before July 24, 2024, i.e. the date on which the maximum punishment of 7 years in the present case expires for him as an under-trial prisoner. The court also observed that co-accused Mohd. Aslam Wani has been acquitted in all predicate offences except that under the Arms Act. An application under Section 436A CrPC was moved on behalf of Shabir Ahmad Shah for seeking his regular bail on the ground that he has already suffered more than half of the period of the maximum punishment prescribed in the offence of money laundering punishable under Sections 3/4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, the offence for which he is being tried. Advocates Prashant Prakash and Qausar Khan appeared for Shah. They submitted that he has been in custody in this case since July 26, 2017 and he would complete his entire 7 years of maximum imprisonment as an under-trial prisoner in this case on July 25, 2024, within one and a half months from today. The counsels argued that, as per the Vijay Madanlal Chaudhary vs. . Union of India case judgement , for disposal of the present bail application under Section 436A CrPC, the applicant is not required to qualify for the mandatory twin tests contained in Section 45 PMLA. Advocate N K Matta, Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) for ED, opposed the plea on the ground that the allegations against him are grave and serious in nature, which entails severe punishment. It was argued that if released on bail, he may run away from justice, as based upon his previous conduct, there is a propensity that he may flee from the country. ED's counsel further contended that the applicant was found involved in the commission of serious crimes and the generation of huge amounts of proceeds from crime from various countries, including Pakistan, to carry out unrest in Kashmir and he was also found involved in terror financing activities. Therefore, if released on bail, he may again indulge in similar criminal activities. (ANI)

devdiscourse 14 Jun 2024 10:32 pm

Bakrid 2024: Wear a suit like Hina Khan and spread your charm on Eid, even the family members will ward off the evil eye

Like every year, this year too people have completed preparations to celebrate the festival of Bakrid. This festival will be celebrated on 17th June this year. In such a situation, its excitement is visible in the markets. On this special day, people wear new clothes and go to each other's houses to congratulate Eid. On the day of Eid, men mostly wear kurtas and pajamas, but for women, it is a very serious matter that what to wear on the day of the festival. Due to this, women are busy shopping in the markets for Bakrid. If you want to spread your charm on the day of Eid, then you can take a look at Hina Khan's collection. Hina Khan has more than one beautiful suit. Take tips from which you can get a suit for yourself and if you want, you can also do makeup and hairstyle like Hina. Patiala Suit If you want to wear a traditional Patiala suit, then this heavy blue Patiala suit is a better option. If you are thinking of wearing such a suit, then you can not wear anything around your neck, because this suit already has beautiful work on it. You can make a ponytail with such a suit just like Hina. Silk Sharara Girls and women who like to wear Sharara can carry this silk fabric Sharara suit on the day of Eid. This will give you a royal look. Keep in mind that keep the makeup light with the blue-colored Sharara suit, otherwise, you may get troubled in the heat. Churidar Pajama and Short Anarkali If you are thinking of wearing something different, then this kind of short Anarkali kurta looks amazing with Churidar Pajama. Keep in mind that only Churidar Pajama will look amazing with a short Anarkali kurta. If you wear palazzo with this, then your look may get spoiled. Cotton Anarkali It is summer season. If you are thinking of wearing something light, then this pink cotton Anarkali will be a perfect option for that. This kind of suit will not only enhance your beauty, but it will also give you relief from the heat. Plazo Anarkali This neon green colored palazzo Anarkali suit will add to your beauty. Carry a printed dupatta with it, so that your look looks different. Such a dupatta will look cute with a plain suit. Plazo Suit This pink and cream-colored palazzo suit of Hina Khan looks very cute. There is golden work on this suit, due to which its look looks more beautiful. If you are thinking of carrying a suit like Hina, then half tie your hair in this way. (PC: Instagram)

Kalam Times 14 Jun 2024 4:33 pm

AAP MLA in judicial custody in money-laundering case getting VIP treatment at Patiala hospital for past one month

Patiala, Jun 12: While the Enforcement Directorate opposed his interim bail plea in the Supreme Court last week, it is learnt that Punjab AAP MLA Jaswant Singh Gajjan Majra has been staying in the air-conditioned super specialty ward of Government Rajindra Hospital for the past one month. While there is no official confirmation by any [] The post AAP MLA in judicial custody in money-laundering case getting VIP treatment at Patiala hospital for past one month appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 12 Jun 2024 1:02 pm

Hearing Date Set for Baramulla MP Sheikh Rashids Interim Bail Plea

New Delhi: The Patiala House Court in Delhi has scheduled a hearing for June 18, 2024, on a plea filed by the newly elected MP from Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, seeking interim bail to take his oath. The MP has been in custody for the past five years in connection with a terror funding case filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). He recently defeated Omar Abdullah for the Baramulla Lok Sabha seat. Additional Sessions Judge Chander Jit Singh postponed the matter to June 18 after the NIA requested additional time to respond to Rashid's application. The NIA informed the court that the notification for the swearing-in of newly elected Members of Parliament (Lok Sabha) has not yet been published. Previously, the court had sought a response from the NIA regarding the case. Rashid's counsel, Advocate Vikhyat Oberoi, informed ANI that an application seeking interim bail or, alternatively, custody parole to take the oath and fulfill other parliamentary duties was filed on June 5. The court initially listed the matter for June 6 for the NIA's reply. However, the NIA did not file a response on that date, prompting the court to reschedule the matter for June 7 for the NIA's reply. Oberoi also mentioned that Rashid, an engineer and two-time MLA, now needs to take his oath as an MP after his election victory. The date for the oath ceremony has not been announced yet. In 2005, Rashid was arrested by the Special Operations Group (SOG) in Srinagar for allegedly supporting militants and was jailed for three months and 17 days on charges of anti-national activities. He was detained in Cargo, Humhama, and Raj Bagh prisons. Later, the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Srinagar dropped all charges against him on humanitarian grounds. In August 2019, Rashid was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Despite being in jail, he filed his nomination for the 2024 parliamentary election and won by a margin of 204,000 votes, defeating former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah. Modi Government 3.0 Includes 5 Ministers from Minority Communities, but No Muslims Report: Amid divorce rumours, Jennifer and Ben are selling their $60 million home, the actress has moved to a rented house! How iPhone Leaks, Top iPhone 16 leaks What we know so far

News Track 10 Jun 2024 6:11 pm

Be a better and finer bureaucrat

PUNJAB : In a world where ambition often grapples with opportunity, Harshit Narang stands as a beacon of hope. A 2018 batch officer of the Indian Information Service (IIS), Harshit has been tirelessly providing free tutorials to Punjab Civil Service (PCS) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) candidates for nearly a decade. His guidance has paved the way for many, with some students now serving as Tehsildars and Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP) in Punjab, embodying the dreams of countless young aspirants. At 35, Harshits journey is a testament to resilience and altruism. A Physics graduate from St. Stephens College, Delhi, he embarked on a stable career as an investment banker. Yet, the desire to impact society more profoundly led him to the rigorous path of civil services. By 2014, Harshit joined the PCS as an excise officer, balancing late-night study sessions with his demanding job. He cracked the civil services exam in 2018, entering the IIS. Having cleared the UPSC exams without professional coaching, he understood the struggles faced by students with limited resources. This insight sparked his initiative to provide free coaching to those who could not afford it. The objective is to bridge the achievement gap between privileged and underprivileged students, ensuring financial constraints do not hinder their aspirations, says Harshit, now posted in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in Chandigarh. For nine years, Harshit has offered comprehensive guidance covering the Prelims, Mains, and interview stages of the UPSC exams. The civil services journey doesnt need a full-time tutor but someone who can keep nudging you to stay on the path with consistency, he believes. His efforts have borne fruit, with many students succeeding in state services, bringing immense satisfaction to their mentor. One such success story is Aryan, a Punjab University student. I was struggling with geography and Indian politics. Sir would meet me late at night after work to ensure I was on the right track. His one-on-one attention was crucial in boosting my confidence, recalls Aryan. Despite facing challenges like limited resources and the need for more volunteer educators, Harshit remains undeterred. Harshits wife, Sangeeta Joshi, also an IIS officer, is a significant part of this mission. Together, they work tirelessly to mentor their students, fostering knowledge and confidence. I have witnessed first-hand how accessible and affordable education can transform lives, Sangeeta shares. Harshit aims to use technology to reach students in remote areas. The internet has bridged the gap to a great extent. We are now planning to contribute our bit using the same, he says. Beyond his professional endeavours, Harshit has a passion for swimming, once aspiring to be a national-level swimmer. Despite his busy schedule, he continues to swim daily, remaining active in the Patiala Swimming Association.

The New Indian Express 9 Jun 2024 10:37 am

Mann Urges AAP Leaders to Redouble Efforts Post Lok Sabha Polls

Mann Urges AAP Leaders to Redouble Efforts Post Lok Sabha Polls Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday galvanized AAP leaders and workers, urging them to double down on their grassroots initiatives after the party captured merely three of the thirteen envisioned Lok Sabha seats in Punjab. Mann gathered with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stalwartsincluding Lok Sabha candidates and MLAs from Bathinda and Faridkotfor consultations. Holding a series of meetings since June 4, the day the poll results were revealed, Mann stressed expanded efforts on the ground, lauding the commendable work already displayed during the elections. Sharing insights from the detailed discussions, Mann noted, We had in-depth talks on development projects and constituency-specific issues. The meeting also saw the attendance of key poll candidates Gurmeet Singh Khuddian from Bathinda and Karamjit Singh Anmol from Faridkot, both of whom faced defeats. This gathering followed a similar meeting on Friday involving AAP leaders from Patiala and Ferozepur. AAP managed to win in Hoshiarpur, Anandpur Sahib, and Sangrur in the Lok Sabha elections.

devdiscourse 8 Jun 2024 9:31 pm

NIA chargesheets 7 more in Attari narcotics haul case

NEW DELHI, June 8: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has chargesheeted seven more accused in the sensational case of over 100-kilogram narcotics haul in Attari, an official statement said on Saturday. In its supplementary charge sheet filed on Friday before the Patiala House Court here, the probe agency identified the seven accused persons as key operatives in the international drug syndicate conspiracy related to the case. According to NIA investigations, all seven chargesheeted accused Athar Saeed, Amritpal Singh, Avtar [] The post NIA chargesheets 7 more in Attari narcotics haul case appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 8 Jun 2024 12:03 pm

NIA Chargesheets Seven in Sensational 100-Kg Narcotics Haul Case

NIA Chargesheets Seven in Sensational 100-Kg Narcotics Haul Case The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has expanded its investigation into a major narcotics smuggling case, filing charges against seven additional suspects. The drug haul exceeding 100 kilograms, intercepted in Attari, has led to the unveiling of a significant international drug syndicate. In its supplementary charge sheet, presented at Patiala House Court, the NIA identified the seven accusedAthar Saeed, Amritpal Singh, Avtar Singh, Harwinder Singh, Tahseem, Deepak Khurana, and Ahmad Faridas critical operatives within the syndicate. According to the investigation, these individuals were involved in smuggling narcotics into India and distributing them across the country. They also facilitated the transfer of drug proceeds to key figures abroad. Previously, four individuals were charged in connection with this case. The investigation revealed the drugs, concealed in Licorice roots, were smuggled from Afghanistan on the orders of Dubai-based Shahid Ahmed. The NIA's continuing efforts have led to multiple arrests and a clearer understanding of the syndicate's operations.

devdiscourse 8 Jun 2024 11:53 am

NIA Chargesheets 7 More Drug Traffickers in Attari Narcotics Haul Case

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has chargesheeted seven more accused in the sensational Attari 100-plus kilogram narcotic haul case. In its supplementary chargesheet filed under the NDPS Act in the court of ASJ/Special Judge/NDPS, Patiala House Court, New Delh, the NIA identified the seven accused persons to be key operatives in the international drug syndicate conspiracy related to the case RC-35/2022/NIA/DLI. As per NIA investigations, all seven chargesheeted accused, identified as Athar Saeed, Amritpal Singh, Avtar Singh, Harwinder Singh, Tahseem, Deepak Khurana and Ahmad Farid, were involved in the smuggling of drugs into India and their circulation to various distributors across the country. They were also involved in channelizing the proceeds of the drugs to the main accused persons based abroad. The agency had earlier chargesheeted four accused in the case. In April 2022, the Indian Customs department had seized a total of 102.784 kgs of heroin, a narcotic substance, valued at approximately Rs.700 crore, in two instalments at ICP Attari, Amritsar. The drugs were concealed in a consignment of Licorice roots (Mulethi). It had been smuggled into the country by Afghanistan-based Nazir Ahmed Qani on the directions of Dubai-based absconding accused Shahid Ahmed alias Qazi Abdul Wadood, as per NIA investigations. The consignment was meant to be delivered to accused Razi Haider Zaidi for distribution in various parts of the country. The NIA had in December 2022 chargesheeted all three, along with one Vipin Mittal. Mittal and Razi were initially arrested in the case, and in December 2023, it also arrested another accused, Amritpal Singh, after recovering the proceeds of narcotics amounting to Rs 1.34 crore from him. Amritpal was nabbed while attempting to flee the country. In April and May 2024, the NIA made five more arrests in the case, identifying the accused as Athar Saeed, Avtar Singh, Harwinder Singh, Tahseem and Deepak Khurana. NIA is continuing with its investigations in the case.

Deccan Chronicle 8 Jun 2024 11:25 am

AAP loses in 60 Assembly segments of Punjab

CHANDIGARH: The ruling-AAP has seen a significant decline, losing in 60 assembly segments that it had won in the 2022 assembly elections. In the recent 2024 Lok Sabha elections, AAP led in just 32 assembly seats, a sharp contrast to its previous victory in 92 of the 117 Assembly seats in the Vidhan Sabha elections two years ago. In contrast, the Congress has regained lost ground, leading in 38 assembly seats compared to its 18 seats two years ago. However, the biggest gainer is the BJP, which, despite not winning a single Lok Sabha seat, led in 23 assembly segments. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) appears to have been largely rejected by the public, leading in only nine assembly seats. AAP finished in second position in 54 assembly seats, with eight cabinet ministers trailing in their own assembly segments. Notably, the party trailed in Budhlada, the constituency of Punjab AAP working president Budh Ram, achieving a vote share of just 26.02 percent. The ruling party managed to win three Lok Sabha seats. State Health Minister Balbir Singh lost from Patiala, Agriculture Minister Gurmeet Singh Khuddian lost from Bathinda, NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal lost from Amritsar (all three were first runners-up), and Transport Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar lost from Khadoor Sahib, finishing in third place. Additionally, three AAP MLAsAmansher Singh Sherry Kalsi from Gurdaspur, Ashok Prashar Pappi from Ludhiana, and Jagdeep Singh Kaka Brar from Ferozepurlost the parliamentary elections. Amansher Singh and Ashok Prashar lost in their own assembly segments, while Kaka Brar led in his own assembly seat. Sources suggest that a blame game is likely to ensue within the party, questioning who will take responsibility for this poor performance. AAP Punjab president and Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann led the election campaign with the help of party Rajya Sabha MP Sandeep Pathak, while all ministers were tasked with ensuring significant leads from their respective constituencies. The party may now consider bringing new faces into the state cabinet and adjusting its governance model. Political observers have pointed out that AAP heavily relied on its populist schemes, such as providing 300 units of free power per month to each household, establishing Aam Aadmi mohalla clinics, creating 43,000 government jobs, repairing canals, and setting up schools of eminence. However, these schemes failed to resonate with the public. The decline is attributed to three main factors: the ongoing farmers protest at the Shambu border, the declining popularity of the state government due to deteriorating law and order and unfulfilled promises like justice in sacrilege cases and the drug issue, and the arrest of AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal in a liquor case. AAP heavily relied on its populist schemes Political observers have pointed out that AAP heavily relied on its populist schemes, such as providing 300 units of free power per month to each household, establishing Aam Aadmi mohalla clinics, repairing canals, and setting up schools of eminence. However, these schemes failed to resonate with the public. The party may now consider bringing new faces into the state cabinet and adjusting its governance model.

The New Indian Express 7 Jun 2024 8:15 am

Jailed Kashmiri leader Rashid Sheikh moves court seeking bail to take oath as MP after winning from Baramulla

Rashid Sheikh, who has been elected as an MP from Kashmir's Baramulla, has approached Delhi's Patiala House court for interim bail to take oath as Lok Sabha MP

OpIndia 6 Jun 2024 9:51 pm

MP-elect Engineer Rashid moves court for interim bail

New Delhi: Following his victory in Lok Sabha elections from J&Ks Baramulla, former MLA Engineer Rashid on Thursday approached Delhis Patiala House Courts for interim bail to take oath as a Member of Parliament. After hearing the bail application, Additional Sessions Judge, Patiala House Courts, Chander Jeet Singh sought a response from the National Investigation Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 6 Jun 2024 7:06 pm

NIA Searches Multiple Areas in Punjab Seeking Info Against Goldy Brar and Gang

Hyderabad: A day after chargesheeting Goldy Brar in the Karni Sena chief murder case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday searched several locations in Punjab at the premises of associates of Goldy Brar in another case, and appealed for information about the terrorist and his gang. A total of nine locations associated with foreign-based designated individual terrorist Goldy Brar and his aides were searched by NIA teams in a Chandigarh related extortion and firing case. The NIA has also released telephone numbers for the public to share information about the terrorist and his associates or to reveal any threat calls they may have received from the gang. The information can be shared on landline number 0172-2682901 or mobile number 7743002947 (For Telegram/ WhatsApp). The identity of the informer will be kept a secret. The crackdown today was part of NIAs investigations into case RC-03/2024/NIA/DLI, pertaining to demand for extortion money and firing of gunshots at the residence of one victim in Chandigarh. The case was originally registered by the local police on January 20, 2024 and the NIA took over the probe on 18th March. Todays searches covered the districts of Mohali, Patiala, Hoshiarpur and Fatehgarh Sahib, as part of NIAs sustained crackdown on individual terrorists engaged in criminal-terrorist activities in India. Incriminating material including digital devices have been seized. Investigations so far have revealed that Goldy Brar, along with one Goldy of Rajpura (Punjab), had hatched a criminal conspiracy to generate funds by demanding extortion money from businessmen of Punjab, Chandigarh and surrounding areas. They were also providing arms and ammunition to members of terrorist gangs formed by Brar. They were additionally involved in smuggling and sale of narcotics and channelisation of the proceeds from these sales. As per NIA investigations, Goldy Brar and his associates based abroad were continuously recruiting vulnerable youth into their gangs, using them for identification of extortion targets, firing in front of houses of those targets who refuse to pay the extortion money, and inducing them in sale and purchase of narcotics, weapon smuggling etc. NIA is continuing with its investigations to dismantle the terrorist-gangster nexus operating in the country.

Deccan Chronicle 6 Jun 2024 3:21 pm

Dust storm in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh; trees uprooted, heavy rain leads to power cuts

Chandigarh, Jun 6: Powerful dust storms followed by heavy rain disrupted life in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on Wednesday night with electric poles, towers and trees uprooted in many areas. The impact was seen in Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali, Patiala and Ludhiana also where trees and poles were seen uprooted on the roads. The thunderstorm disrupted [] The post Dust storm in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh; trees uprooted, heavy rain leads to power cuts appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 6 Jun 2024 10:10 am

LS polls: Congress ahead in 7 seats in Punjab, AAP in 3

Chandigarh: The Congress was leading in seven seats in Punjab, while the AAP was ahead in three seats, according to initial Election Commission trends. Congress candidates were leading from Amritsar, Jalandhar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Anandpur Sahib and Ludhiana seats and the AAP was ahead in Hoshiarpur, Sangrur and Patiala, the trends showed. Congress partys Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 4 Jun 2024 10:19 am

Congress and AAP Show Initial Leads in Punjab Lok Sabha Seats

Congress and AAP Show Initial Leads in Punjab Lok Sabha Seats Early trends indicate that the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are leading in multiple Lok Sabha constituencies across Punjab. Congress holds a lead in Amritsar, Jalandhar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, and Patiala seats, while AAP is ahead in Hoshiarpur, Anandpur Sahib, Sangrur, and Bathinda seats. Radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh, running as an independent, is leading from the Khadoor Sahib seat, while Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, the son of one of the assassins of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, is leading in Faridkot. Shiromani Akali Dal candidate Harsimrat Kaur Badal is trailing in Bathinda against AAP's Gurmeet Singh Khuddian, according to Election Commission data. Harsimrat, a three-time MP, is behind by 490 votes in the initial count. The counting process for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and the lone Chandigarh seat started at 8 am under stringent security measures.

devdiscourse 4 Jun 2024 9:28 am

Patiala Election Result 2024 Live Updates: Counting of Votes Starts Today

Patiala Election Result Live Updates: Get all the latest news and updates on Lok Sabha elections 2024 results on The Quint.

The Quint 4 Jun 2024 7:15 am

After a challenging campign for BJP in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal, what will June 4 throw up?

June 4 will witness the outcome of a four-cornered contest in Punjab among AAP, Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with some seats even witnessing a five-cornered contest. The elections were largely devoid of any significant wave in the state. Meanwhile, in neighboring Himachal Pradesh, the BJP faced a daunting task. In Haryana, too, where BJP registered a clean sweep in 2019, it was a tight contest between the BJP and Congress. An analysis of the campaign and the likely outcomes in the three states: Punjab In Punjab, most political parties have scarcely touched upon critical issues such as unemployment, illegal sand mining, and drug abuse. Even age-old issues like the sharing of river waters, including the SYL canal dispute and the control over Chandigarh, found little mention from candidates, except from those in the Shiromani Akali Dal. Throughout the elections, farmers protested against BJP candidates, accusing the Centre of failing to fulfill promises made during the 2020-21 farm agitation, particularly regarding the legal guarantee to Minimum Support Price (MSP). With the BJP fighting solo in the state, it's banking on reverse polarisation, aiming to consolidate non-Jat votes, which include nearly 45 percent of Hindus and SC Hindus. Some critics had pointed out that the choice of June 1 as the polling day of June 1 to coincide with the first day of the Ghallughara week, marking the 40th anniversary of Operation Bluestar, was a deliberate ploy by the BJP. This they say was aimed at heightening sentiments, potentially influencing the electorate, especially in parts of Amritsar and Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha seats within the Majha region. In the Malwa region, encompassing constituencies such as Bathinda, Patiala, Sangrur, and others, the contest was said to fierce. The Doaba region, also known as the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) belt, houses two Lok Sabha seats, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, both reserved. Here, various deras, big and small, became stages for political posturing, with candidates from all parties seeking blessings and votes through visits. The SC community holds 39 percent of the votes in Jalandhar, constituting the largest voting bloc. Leading political analyst Professor Kuldip Singh had suggested that here is a keen contest between Congress and AAP in Punjab, with the former having a slight edge. Though there's anti-incumbency against the AAP government, it's expected to perform relatively well. As for the BJP, I don't foresee a significant impact, and while the Akali Dal may improve its vote percentage, it still has a long way to recover its lost ground. The AAP may not have delivered as promised, but the previous government's performance was worse. Even then, the contest failed to inspire hope among voters, as parties skirted the state's issues, reducing political rhetoric, he added. The results will be important for the two-year-old AAP government in Punjab that focused its campaign on free power (300 units of electricity), development, and employment generation. The party had relied on heavyweight candidates, including five sitting state cabinet ministers, to secure victory. For the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), it's a matter of survival, with 2024 being the first time in over two decades that the SAD and BJP are contesting elections independently. The BJP's performance in these elections will determine its standing in the state, having fielded 11 turncoats among its 13 candidates, notably Preneet Kaur from Patiala, Ravneet Singh Bittu from Ludhiana, and Sushil Kumar Rinku from Jalandhar. The Congress, on the other hand, is hoping that fielding senior leaders in key constituencies will pay dividends. Their party president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring fought from Ludhiana, former CM Charanjit Singh Channi from Jalandhar, ex-Deputy CM Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa from Gurdaspur, former MP Vijay Inder Singla from Anandpur Sahib and sitting MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira from Sangrur. The Congress also fielded sitting MPs from Amritsar and Fatehgarh Sahib. The prominent independents, including pro-Khalistan supporter Amritpal Singh from Khadoor Sahib and Sarajeet Singh, son of Beant Singh who assassinated former PM Indira Gandhi, alongside gangster-turned-social activist Lakhvir Singh alias Lakha Sidhana of Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), add another layer of complexity to the electoral landscape. This election marks the absence of former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu from the campaign trail. In a recent letter to the people of Punjab, 82-year-old Amarinder, who is now with the BJP. urged voters to cast their ballot in favour of his party, emphasising the importance election for the state's future prosperity. A total of 2,14,61,739 voters, including 1,01,74,240 women and 773 transgenders, were eligible to vote across Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats. In the 2019 polls, Congress won eight seats, SAD secured two, BJP won two, and AAP clinched one seat. Himachal Pradesh In neighboring Himachal Pradesh, the BJP again faced a bruising contest. A largely silent electorate kept political parties guessing about their fate on the four Lok Sabha seats of Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi, and Shimla. The campaigning was notably vitriolic and aggressive in the hill state, with personal barbs being exchanged, particularly in the Mandi Lok Sabha seat , which garnered disproportionate attention after the BJP fielded Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut and the Congress nominated the Royal scion Vikramaditya Singh. The BJP attempted to bring forth emotive issues such as the Ram temple and the abrogation of Article 370, along with alleging minority appeasement by the Congress. However, these issues probably did not resonate with the public on the ground. INTERVIEW | Women face many difficulties in male-dominated politics But the saffron party remained confident of winning all four Lok Sabha seats, aiming to repeat its 2014 and 2019 performance. On the other hand, the Congress appeared confident of winning at least two seats, with the contest appearing to be close for the Mandi and Shimla parliamentary constituencies. The grand old party is also hoping to win at least four of the six assembly seats, alongside the by-polls, which will help consolidate its government. Criticism against the BJP government at the Centre included perceptions of insufficient flood relief and financial support, compounded by the Centre's reluctance to declare the disaster a national calamity. The Agniveer scheme, which aims to recruit youth for four-year service with only 25 percent of them retained in regular service, became a significant poll issue, especially in Hamirpur, Kangra, and parts of Mandi and Bilaspur districts, which contribute significantly to the armed forces. During an election meeting in Himachal, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticised the BJP government, alleging that the scheme turned soldiers into laborers. In addition to the direct contest between the BJP and Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party is also contesting all four seats. Speaking to The New Indian Express , Harish Thakur, a leading political expert, predicted, In the Lok Sabha polls in the state, the BJP is likely to sweep all four seats, but that said there may be a close call on the Shimla and Mandi Lok Sabha seats. Meanwhile, in the by-elections to six assembly seats, the saffron party and Congress may have a close contest, with both parties potentially securing 50 percent of the seats. Modi was the dominant factor in the previous two parliament elections, swinging the victory in favor of his party candidates, but this time issues like Agniveer, unemployment, and price rise are very much in the mix, added another political analyst. There are a total of 29,13,050 male voters, 27,98,850 women voters, and 35 third-gender voters in the state. Polling will take place at 7,992 stations across the state, with some located in very remote areas. Haryana In Haryana, political winds seem to be blowing against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that registered a clean sweep in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the state. The Congress sought to capitalise on the anger among Jats, farmers' protests, inflation, and unemployment. Conversely, the BJP hoped for a split in opposition votes between the Congress, Jannayak Janta Party, and Indian National Lok Dal (INLD). The saffron party, which won all Lok Sabha seats in the last parliamentary polls, faced a tough task this time around. Both the BJP and JJP leaders have come under attack from farmers' organisations. The BJP played the OBC card, aiming for non-Jat votes in the parliamentary elections. It had replaced Manohar Lal Khattar as Chief Minister with Nayab Singh Saini, an OBC leader, considering that the state has 8 percent OBC voters. The party will be hoping that Jat votes are divided between the Congress, JJP, and INLD, potentially benefiting them. However, this strategy will be put to the test in these Lok Sabha polls, particularly in garnering non-Jat and urban votes. The saffron party also aimed to gain votes by highlighting the development works of the central and state governments, while emphasising transparency and good governance in Haryana. No bridge, villagers boycott elections in Haryana's Yamunanagar In contrast, the Congress banked on anti-incumbency sentiments against the BJP government, particularly fuelled by high rates of unemployment and inflation. Leading political analyst Professor Ashutosh Kumar of Punjab University said, The main contest is between BJP and Congress, as the others like JJP and INLD will not significantly influence the final outcome. It's a bipolar contest. The saffron party was the first to announce its ten candidates in the state. In these elections, the Congress entered into an alliance with AAP for the first time, with the grand old party contesting nine out of ten seats while AAP will fight from Kurukshetra. Notable candidates included Abhay Chautala of INLD, fighting from the Kurukshetra parliamentary seat against Sushil Gupta of AAP, and Naveen Jindal, who ran on the BJP ticket after joining the party some time back. The electoral landscape also featured prominent candidates such as former Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Deepender Hooda of Congress. Riding high on the Modi wave, the BJP had secured an impressive vote percentage of 58 percent in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, while the Congress could only manage about 28 percent of the votes, drawing a blank. June 4 will reveal if the massive gap has shrunk.

The New Indian Express 4 Jun 2024 1:19 am

NIA charges 17 ISIS men over radicalising youth

The NIA had originally chargesheeted three persons in March 2023 and filed its supplementary chargesheet before the special court at Patiala House in New Delhi on Monday against 17 others, of whom 15 are from Maharashtra and one each from Uttarakhand and Haryana, it said.

Rediff 3 Jun 2024 8:12 pm

NIA Chargesheets 17 in Major ISIS Terror Conspiracy

NIA Chargesheets 17 in Major ISIS Terror Conspiracy The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has formally chargesheeted 17 hardcore operatives of the global terrorist organisation, ISIS, for their involvement in a conspiracy that included radicalising youth and constructing improvised explosive devices, according to an official statement. Originally, the NIA chargesheeted three individuals in March 2023. The supplementary chargesheet, filed before the special court at Patiala House in New Delhi, includes 17 more, with 15 hailing from Maharashtra and one each from Uttarakhand and Haryana, the agency stated. With these additions, the total number of accused in the case now stands at 20. The case had revealed international connections with foreign handlers, as per the federal probe agency's statement. The accused face charges under multiple sections of the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act, and Explosive Substances Act. They are alleged to have engaged in an extensive ISIS conspiracy involving recruitment, training, and propagation of ISIS ideology among impressionable youth. The plans also included constructing explosives and raising funds for the banned outfit. The NIA has been targeting various active ISIS modules within the country to dismantle the international organization's terror network. The agency registered a case in November 2023 to probe this conspiracy further. Subsequent investigations led to the seizure of incriminating documents and data on explosive manufacturing and ISIS propaganda material such as Voice of Hind, Rumiyah, Khilafat, and Dabiq. Further investigations revealed the accused had been distributing digital files on IED fabrication and raising funds in line with ISIS's agenda to incite violence in India and undermine its secular and democratic fabric. The statement added that the accused had prepared for terrorist attacks, including recruiting susceptible youth. They had pledged allegiance to an arrested individual, Saquib Nachan, a repeat offender and a self-styled Amir-e-Hind for ISIS in India. NIA officials continue to pursue leads in this case to uncover further connections of the accused.

devdiscourse 3 Jun 2024 5:24 pm

NIA Charge Sheets 17 Hardcore ISIS Operatives In India Involved In Radicalising Youth, Making IEDs

NEW DELHI, June 3: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday chargesheeted 17 hardcore agents of the proscribed global terrorist organisation ISIS for being part of a conspiracy involving radicalisation of youth and fabrication of improvised explosive devices, according to an official statement. Click here to connect with us on WhatsApp The NIA had originally chargesheeted three persons in March 2023 and filed its supplementary chargesheet before the special court at Patiala House in New Delhi on Monday against [] The post NIA Charge Sheets 17 Hardcore ISIS Operatives In India Involved In Radicalising Youth, Making IEDs appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 3 Jun 2024 5:15 pm

NIA Charge-sheets 17 Hardcore ISIS Operatives in Delhi-Padgha Terror Module Case

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has charge-sheeted 17 hardcore agents of the proscribed global terrorist network in a conspiracy involving recruitment and radicalisation of youth and fabrication of improved explosive devices in the Delhi-Padgha ISIS terror module case. This takes the total number of accused charge-sheeted in the case, which had exposed global linkages with foreign handlers, to 20. NIA had originally charge-sheeted three persons in March 2023 and filed its supplementary charge-sheet before the Special Court at Patiala House in New Delhi on Monday against 17 others, of whom 15 are from Maharashtra and one each belongs to Uttarakhand and Haryana. The accused, charge-sheeted under various sections of IPC, UA(P) Act, Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act, were found to have been engaged in a massive ISISI conspiracy involving recruitment, training and propagation of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ideology among gullible youth, along with fabrication of explosives and IEDs and fund-raising for the banned outfit. NIA, which has been cracking down on various ISIS modules active in the country with the intent to dismantle the nefarious terror network of the international organisation, had registered the case RC-29/2023/NIA/DLI in November 2023. Its investigation had subsequently led to the seizure of several incriminating documents and data relating to manufacturing of explosives and fabrication of IEDs, along with propaganda magazines like Voice of Hind, Rumiyah, Khilafat, Dabiq, published by IS. The agency had further found during investigations that the accused had been sharing digital files related to IED fabrication with their contacts. They were also found to be actively raising funds to further their terror plans as part of ISIS agenda to spread violence in India and destroy its secular ethos and democratic systems. The accused had carried out several acts preparatory to unleashing of terrorist attacks, including recruitment of vulnerable youth into the organisation. They had taken bayath (pledge of allegiance) from an arrested accused Saquib Nachan, a habitual offender in many previous terror cases and a self-styled Amir-e-Hind for ISIS in India. NIA is actively pursuing further investigations in the case to trace further links of the accused persons.

Deccan Chronicle 3 Jun 2024 4:22 pm

Reduction in heat wave intensity in next three days: IMD

NEW DELHI: A reduction in the intensity of heatwave conditions is likely in the country over the next three days, the weather office said on Sunday. Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh was the hottest in the country with a maximum temperature of 46.2 degrees Celsius. Sirsa in Haryana and Ganganagar in Rajasthan sizzled at 45.4 degrees Celsius followed by Jhansi and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh which recorded 45.2 degrees Celsius each, and Prithvipur in Madhya Pradesh and Bhiwani in Haryana at 45.1 degrees. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said heat wave conditions over northwest, central and east India were likely to continue with reduced intensity during the next three days. The maximum temperature in the national capital settled at 42.8 degrees Celsius, two notches above the normal for the season. Aya Nagar in south Delhi recorded 43.4 degrees Celsius, Ridge 43.7 degrees Celsius, and Palam 43.5 degrees Celsius. Light rain with thundershowers were experienced in parts of Rajasthan. The weather department has predicted more light to moderate rain in parts of Bikaner, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Ajmer and Jodhpur divisions. Jaipur MeT department Director Radheshyam Sharma said the maximum temperature will settle below 45 degrees Celsius in the coming days and relief from the heat wave is expected. Today, maximum temperatures have fallen by 3-4 degrees Celsius over some parts of East Madhya Pradesh; by 2-3 degrees Celsius in some parts of interior Odisha, Vidarbha, Punjab and by 1-2 degrees Celsius over some parts of Haryana, West Uttar Pradesh, West Madhya Pradesh & adjoining East Rajasthan, it said. It said maximum temperatures are in the range 43-45 degrees Celsius over some parts of north Rajasthan, south Haryana, Delhi, north Madhya Pradesh and southeast Madhya Pradesh; in the range 41-43 degrees Celsius over many parts of Punjab, remaining parts of Haryana, Delhi south Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh; over some parts of west Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, Telangana and south Interior Odisha. The weather office said hot and humid weather is very likely to prevail over isolated pockets of Bihar during June 2-4, Konkan & Goa on June 2-3; Odisha on June 5-6. Among other places in Haryana, Bhiwani recorded a high of 45.1 degrees Celsius while Rohtak recorded a high of 44.2 degrees. Ambala recorded a maximum of 42.3 degrees Celsius, Hisar registered a high of 42.7 degrees Celsius while Gurugram and Faridabad registered 42.5 degrees Celsius and 43.9 degrees Celsius, respectively. Chandigarh recorded a high of 42.4 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Bathinda reeled at a maximum of 45.1 degrees Celsius. Amritsar recorded a high of 43.5 degrees Celsius, Ludhiana 42.2 degrees Celsius while Patiala's maximum settled at 42.6 degrees Celsius. Gurdaspur recorded a high of 43.4 degrees Celsius while Faridkot's maximum settled at 42.5 degrees Celsius. The heat wave conditions persisted in Jammu which recorded the maximum temperature at 41.6 degrees Celsius, 2.2 notches above the season's average, the meteorological department said. However, the day temperature in Jammu was 1.3 degrees Celsius less than that of the previous day, a spokesperson of the Met department said, adding that the city may witness relief from the prevailing conditions after June 4. He said hot and dry weather over the plains of Jammu division is likely to continue till June 4. After that during the next three days, Jammu may see light to moderate rain or thunder in many places with gusty winds in a few places. The weather is likely to remain partly cloudy on June 8 and 9, the spokesperson said. He said Katra, the base camp for pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine atop Trikuta hills in Reasi district, recorded a high of 38.8 degrees Celsius and a low of 24.8 degrees Celsius. Srinagar, on the other hand, recorded a maximum of 30.3 degrees Celsius against 27.5 degrees Celsius the previous day, the spokesperson said, adding the day temperature in the city was four degrees above normal.

The New Indian Express 2 Jun 2024 11:52 pm

Punjab Sees Decrease in Voter Turnout in 2023 Lok Sabha Elections

Punjab Sees Decrease in Voter Turnout in 2023 Lok Sabha Elections Punjab witnessed a voter turnout of 62.80% in the 2023 Lok Sabha elections, reflecting a dip from the 65.96% recorded in 2019. The state's Chief Electoral Office revealed that Bathinda logged the highest turnout at 69.36%, whereas Amritsar registered the lowest at 56.06%. Despite aiming for over 70% turnout in the 2024 elections, the state saw lower participation levels. Of the 2.14 crore eligible voters, 1.35 crore exercised their franchise. Notably, 71.41 lakh men (63.27%) and 63.36 lakh women (62.28%) voted, along with 280 third-gender individuals. Prominent candidates included BJP's Preneet Kaur and Sushil Rinku, SAD's Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Congress's Charanjit Singh Channi, and Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring. The detailed results illustrate varied participation across constituencies, with Gurdaspur, Ferozepur, and Patiala showing notably higher turnout rates.

devdiscourse 2 Jun 2024 7:03 pm

2 goods trains collide and derail in Punjab

Chandigarh, June 2 (UNI) Two loco pilots were seriously injured when two goods trains collided head on near New Sirhind railway station early Sunday. Both the trains derailed due to the impact of collision. Loco pilots, who suffered injuries were rushed to Khanna civil hospital first, from where they were referred to Rajindra hospital, Patiala.... The post 2 goods trains collide and derail in Punjab first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 2 Jun 2024 3:19 pm

2 loco pilots injured as goods trains collide in Punjab

Fatehgarh Sahib: Two loco pilots were injured Sunday morning when a stationary goods train was hit from behind by another at the Sirhind railway station here, a Government Railway Police (GRP) official said.He said the collision caused the engine of one of them to flip over to another track and hit a passenger train. There was no loss of life in the incident that took place near Madhopur in Sirhind but loco pilots Vikas Kumar and Himanshu Kumar were injured, the GRP official said. A Fatehgarh Sahib Civil Hospital doctor said Vikas Kumar suffered injuries to his head and Himanshu Kumar to his back. They were referred to the Rajindra Hospital in Patiala, he added. Railway officials said restoration work was underway and trains are being diverted through Rajpura, Patiala and Dhuri and some via Chandigarh. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said directions have been issued to the district administration to provide all possible help. There was news of an accident involving two trains at Sirhind railway station. Thank God that there was no loss of life, he said in a post in Punjabi on 'X'.

Deccan Chronicle 2 Jun 2024 12:04 pm

Two loco pilots injured as freight train hits another in Punjab

FATEHGARH SAHIB: Two loco pilots were injured Sunday morning when a stationary freight train was hit from behind by another at the Sirhind railway station here, a Government Railway Police official said. He said the collision caused the engine of one of them to flip over to another track and hit a passenger train. There was no loss of life but loco pilots Vikas Kumar and Himanshu Kumar were injured, the official said. A Fatehgarh Sahib Civil Hospital doctor said Vikas Kumar suffered injuries to his head and Himanshu Kumar to his back. They were referred to the Rajindra Hospital in Patiala, the doctor added.

The New Indian Express 2 Jun 2024 10:12 am

Train Collision at Sirhind: Locals Injured, Investigation Underway

Train Collision at Sirhind: Locals Injured, Investigation Underway In a startling incident early Sunday morning, a stationary freight train was rear-ended by another train at Sirhind railway station, resulting in injuries to two loco pilots, according to officials from the Government Railway Police. The collision was so intense that it caused the engine of the stationary freight train to overturn onto another track, where it subsequently collided with a passenger train. Fortunately, no lives were lost in the incident. Dr. Fatehgarh Sahib from the Civil Hospital reported that loco pilots Vikas Kumar and Himanshu Kumar sustained head and back injuries, respectively. They have been transferred to Rajindra Hospital in Patiala for further treatment.

devdiscourse 2 Jun 2024 9:55 am

Punjab Exit Polls 2024 Live Updates: Can BJP overpower AAP-Congress alliance? Poll predictions may hint soon

Exit Polls 2024 Punjab News Live: The final phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections in India concluded on June 1, with Punjab playing a crucial role as voters cast their votes across the state's 13 parliamentary constituencies. This year's election in Punjab is marked by a fierce competition among the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Congress, and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). Key contests include Amritsar, where the BJP has fielded former Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjeet Singh Sandhu, and Patiala, with Preneet Kaur of the BJP competing against candidates from Congress and AAP.

The Economic Times 1 Jun 2024 5:14 pm

Here are the 57 Seats of LS polls phase seven you need to know

Odisha | Total seats 21 Seats in 7 th Phase 6 Over 99.61 lakh voters will decide the fate of 460 candidates in six Lok Sabha seats and 42 assembly segments in Odisha. A straight fight is expected between the ruling BJD and the opposition BJP in the coastal region, where voting will be held from 7 am to 6 pm in Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur. Sixty six candidates are in fray in the LS seats and 394 candidates will contest the assembly segments. A total of 50.88 lakh men, 48.72 lakh women and 687 transgender persons are eligible to cast their votes. Bihar | Total seats 40 Seats in 7 th Phase 8 More than 1.6 crore voters will decide the fate of 134 candidates when eight seats go to polls. Several high profile candidates are in the fray Patna Sahib, which covers the state capital, Patliputra that comprises the rural outskirts, Arrah, Karakat, Jehanabad, Buxar, Nalanda and Jehanabad. Stakes are particularly high for the BJP as it seeks to retain five of these seats, which made up for more than a quarter of its state-wide tally of 17. Union minister RK Singh is aiming at a hat-trick from Arrah, where his principal challenger is CPI(ML) MLA Sudama Prasad. Chandigarh| Total seats 1 Seats in 7 th Phase 1 In Chandigarh, BJP candidate Sanjay Tandon is pitted against Congress nominee and former Union minister Manish Tewari. As many as 19 candidates, including two women, are fighting the poll in Chandigarh. It is for the first time that the Congress is fighting the polls in Chandigarh in an alliance with the AAP. The BJP and the SAD are not in alliance this time. There are 6,59,805 voters 3,18,226 women and 35 third gender. Punjab| Total seats 13 Seats in 7 th Phase 13 Punjab is witnessing a multi-cornered contest in all the 13 Lok Sabha seats. The INDIA bloc allies Congress and AAP are contesting the polls separately while the BJP and SAD are fighting on their own for the first time since 1996. Besides these parties, SAD (A) and the BSP have also fielded their candidates. Among the prominent faces, BJP nominee and four-time MP Preneet Kaur is seeking reelection from the Patiala seat. Three-time MP and SADs Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJPs Parampal Kaur Sidhu, a former IAS officer, are trying their luck from Bathinda while former CM and Congress candidate Channi and BJPs Sushil Rinku are in fray from Jalandhar. Himachal Pradesh| Total seats 4 4 Thirty-seven candidates are in fray for four LS seats and 25 nominees will contest six assembly bypolls in Himachal Pradesh on June 1. The high-pitched campaign in the hill state, filled with rancour and insinuations, ended with two rallies of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at Badsar and Mandi and a roadshow of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at Solan on Thursday. Due to the assembly bypolls, local issues dominated the campaigning. BJPs Mandi LS candidate Kangna Ranaut and Congress Vikramaditya Singh hogged the limelight due to their controversial remarks. Jharkhand| Total seats 14 Seats in 7 th Phase 3 Over 53.23 lakh voters will cast their votes to choose from 52 candidates in three LS seats in the Santhal Pargana region of Jharkhand. Nineteen candidates each are in fray in Dumka and Godda, while Rajmahal has 14 contestants. In Dumka, BJP candidate Sita Soren will lock horns with INDIA blocs Nalin Soren. Rajmahal will see a triangular fight as JMMs Borio legislator Lobin Hembrom is contesting the seat as an Independent candidate against sitting JMM MP Vijay Hansdak. Godda is set for a direct fight between the BJPs three-time MP Nishikant Dubey and Congresss Pradip Yadav. West bengal | Total seats 42 Seats in 7 th Phase 9 South Bengal, a traditional TMC stronghold, faces a significant electoral battle testing the partys dominance amid an old versus new power struggle, with the national spotlight on Sandeshkhali in Basirhat due to allegations of atrocities on women and land grabs. The final phase will cover Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jayanagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin, and Kolkata Uttar, where the TMC secured win in 2019. The results in the 9 seats will be a key for TMC, seeking to maintain its grip amidst challenges from the BJP and the Left-Congress alliance. Uttar pradesh | Total seats 80 Seats in 7 th Phase 13 Along with 13 LS seats, bypoll for the Duddhi (ST) assembly seat in Sonbhadra district will also be held on Saturday. UP will see a direct contest between the NDA and INDIA bloc members SP and Congress. Besides Modi, who is a seeking a third term from Varanasi, there are 143 candidates in fray. Among the prominent seats are Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Chandauli, Maharajganj and Mirzapur (from where Union ministers Mahendra Nath Pandey, Pankaj Chaudhary and Anupriya Patel are contesting), Ghazipur where the late Mukhtar Ansaris brother is in fray and Ballia where former PM Chandrashekhars son Neeraj Shekhar is fielded.

The New Indian Express 1 Jun 2024 8:03 am

Punjab's Final Phase Lok Sabha Elections Witness High Stakes

Punjab's Final Phase Lok Sabha Elections Witness High Stakes Polling began on Saturday morning for 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab and the lone Chandigarh seat in the seventh and final phase of parliamentary elections. Amid tight security arrangements, polling began at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm, said the officials. INDIA bloc allies -- the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) -- are contesting separately while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) are contesting the Lok Sabha polls on their own for the first time since 1996. The Sukhbir Badal-led SAD walked out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in 2020 over the now-repealed three farm laws. Besides the Congress, AAP, SAD and the BJP, two other parties -- SAD (Amritsar) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) -- have also fielded their candidates. Punjab is going to witness a multi-cornered contest on all the 13 Lok Sabha seats. The AAP, Congress, SAD, BJP, BSP and the SAD (Amritsar) are contesting in all the constituencies of Punjab. However, the Congress and the AAP have forged an alliance in Chandigarh. Among the prominent faces, BJP nominee and four-time MP Preneet Kaur is seeking reelection from the Patiala parliamentary constituency. Three-time MP and SAD's Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJP's Parampal Kaur Sidhu, a former IAS officer, are trying their luck from Bathinda. Former chief minister and Congress candidate Channi and BJP nominee Sushil Rinku are in the fray from the Jalandhar reserved constituency. Former deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa is fighting from Gurdaspur. Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring is contesting against BJP's Ravneet Singh Bittu from Ludhiana. Radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh, who is lodged in Assam's Dibrugarh jail under the National Security Act (NSA), is fighting from Khadoor Sahib. Former diplomat and BJP nominee Taranjit Singh Sandhu is fighting from Amritsar while Congress candidate Gurjeet Singh Aujla is contesting to retain this seat. Of all its 13 candidates, the AAP has fielded five cabinet ministers -- Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal (Amritsar), Laljit Singh Bhullar (Khadoor Sahib), Gurmeet Singh Khuddian (Bathinda), Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer (Sangrur) and Balbir Singh (Patiala). Congress candidate Sukhpal Khaira is contesting from Sangrur while AAP's Karamjit Singh Anmol and BJP's Hans Raj Hans are in the fray from the Faridkot seat. SAD (Amritsar) chief Simranjit Singh Mann is contesting from Sangrur and Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, who is the son of Beant Singh, one of the two assassins of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, is contesting from the Faridkot reserved constituency. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress bagged eight of the 13 Lok Sabha seats. The SAD and the BJP, then fighting as allies, won two seats each. The AAP got just the Sangrur seat then. Following the 2022 Sangrur and 2023 Jalandhar bypolls, the Congress is left with seven seats, the SAD and the BJP have two each and the AAP and the SAD (Amritsar) one each. In Chandigarh, BJP candidate Sanjay Tandon is pitted against Congress nominee and former Union minister Manish Tewari. A total of 328 candidates, including 26 women, are in the fray in Punjab while 19 candidates comprising two women are fighting the elections in Chandigarh, the officials said. Drinking water, shades, 'chabeel' (sweetened water), medical kits, oral rehydration solution (ORS) and the likes have been arranged at polling stations in the wake of the heat wave, said the officials. A total of 2,14,61,739 voters including 1,01,74,240 women and 773 transgenders are eligible to cast their votes in Punjab. In Chandigarh, 6,59,805 voters comprising 3,18,226 women and 35 third gender are eligible to exercise their franchise. For the 13 Lok Sabha seats, a total of 24,451 polling stations have been set up. Out of these, 5,694 polling stations have been identified as critical. Around 70,000 security personnel including central forces have been deployed in 13 Lok Sabha seats on Saturday, said the officials. Besides, 1.20 lakh polling staff have been deployed for the polling in the state.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 7:07 am

Punjab: Preneet Kaur fights anti-incumbency as Congress banks on 'pro poor' nominee

Three-term MP, Preneet Kaur, is facing an obvious anti-incumbency in Patiala, her husband and former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh's stronghold. Preneet also joined the BJP after Captain Amarinder jumped the ship.

The Economic Times 1 Jun 2024 12:30 am

Major fire at flea market in Punjabs Patiala, no loss of life reported

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The News Mill 31 May 2024 7:30 pm

Capt Amarinder Singh writes a letter, urges people in Punjab to vote for BJP

Capt Amarinder Singh writes a letter, urges people in Punjab to vote for BJP As the last phase of Lok Sabha elections will be held on June 1, former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday wrote a letter to the people of Punjab, urging them to vote in large numbers for BJP candidates in Punjab. Addressing the letter to the public, Capt Amarinder Singh said, As you all are aware, I have been unwell for the past few weeks. I am writing this letter to you with an appeal and a heart full of hope for our shared vision of a prosperous and developed Punjab. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP is dedicatedly and faithfully serving the nation. In the letter, Singh asserted that the elections on June 1 are not just ordinary elections; but said that they are a decisive moment for securing children's future. This election is about choosing a path that leads to a 'Viksit Punjab'--a developed and thriving Punjab where every citizen enjoys the benefits of progress and prosperity, the letter said. Expressing confidence in the success of the Bhartiya Janata Party, Amarinder Singh said, With the ever-increasing support of the people, I am confident that a victory for BJP in Patiala and across Punjab is certain. I urge you all to come out in large numbers and vote for BJP candidates. The former Punjab Chief Minister also appealed to the people to cast their vote in favour of his wife and said, As you all know, my wife Preneet Kaur is contesting the elections in Patiala. I especially appeal to the citizens of Patiala Lok Sabha to come out in large numbers and support her by pressing the 'Kamal Nishan' (Lotus symbol). Meanwhile, Preneet Kaur took to her official X handle and posted about her election campaign in Patiala. She said, The overwhelming love that I got throughout my election campaign has humbled me. I'm sure that the people of Patiala Lok Sabha will come out and vote in the favour of the BJP. Voting for Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats--Amritsar, Anandpur Sahib, Bhatinda, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ferozpur, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Khadoor Sahib, Ludhiana, Patiala, and Sangrur will take place in the seventh and final phase on June 1. In the 2019 elections, Congress emerged as the single-largest party in the state by winning eight out of 13 seats. BJP and Shiromani Akali Dal won two seats each, while Aam Aadmi Party could only win the lone seat of Sangrur. (ANI)

devdiscourse 30 May 2024 7:33 pm

Speeding BMW SUV Hits Motorcycle In Punjab's Mohali, 1 Dead, 2 Injured

A speeding BMW ran over a biker in Mohali late last night while two others injured in the accident are critical. The car, coming from the Banur side, rammed their bike on the Zirakpur Patiala Highway. In the impact, the bike got stuck between a truck parked on the roadside and the car.

NDTV 30 May 2024 2:08 pm

Deras, NRIs draw the lines on 2 seats in Doaba region

JALANDHAR: The Doaba region of Punjab the Non Resident Indian (NRI) belt of the statecomprises two Lok Sabha constituencies, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur, and both are reserved. Many small and big deras propagating religious teachings dot the entire region, and the election time offers a big opportunity to the dera heads to acquire political posturing in the company of candidates who visit the deras for a larger appeal to the voters. The Scheduled Caste community has 39% votes in Jalandhar, which is the biggest chunk of voters. From Union minister Som Parkash, former CM Charanjit Singh Channi, Ex-Union minister Preneet Kaur and former Union minister Manish Tewari are on a dear-hopping spree. Recently AAP candidate from Hoshiarpur Raj Kumar Chabbewal met head of Radha Soami Dera in Beas Baba Gurinder Singh Dhillon with his family. Releasing his photos with dera chief, Chabbewal said he has long been a dera follower and has taken the Naam Daan (which is given by the spiritual guru, for daily practice to invoke the inner voice). SAD candidate from Jalandhar Mohinder Singh Kaypee, too, went to the dera to seek the blessings. Kaypee said he considered himself fortunate to have got the opportunity to meet the dera head. INDIA bloc candidate from the Chandigarh parliamentary constituency Manish Tewari of Congress also visited the dera. Several other candidates have made a beeline to the deras in Jalandhar released photos on social media. Leaders also visit Dera Sach Khand Ballan which is the epicentre of Ravidassia community. There are around 9,000 deras across the state and some of them are influential enough to swing an election. Most people in the state patronize these deras which are believed to pocket 90% of donations. The babas heading these deras are good communicators. Their followers, mostly belonging to socially and economically marginal groups, find their counsel easier to grasp than the sermons from gurdwaras. The deras also form a protective buffer between the administration and the individuals, since local leaders follow them. With politicians visiting these deras, these deras have also come to be recognised as power centres. The deras usually communicate their support indirectly a few days before polling through religious sermons. The influence of the deras can be gauged from the fact that the current MP Preneet Kaur of BJP from Patiala visited Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) at Nurmahal and Dera Radha Soami Satsang, Beas, and also paid obeisance at the Ram temple and Nazarbag Sahwara in Ayodhya. The Jalandhar Lok Sabha seat has historically been a Congress bastion, with the party winning the seat 15 times across 20 elections, including three by-elections, since 1952. However, the voter preference shifted dramatically in the 2023 by-elections, when the Congress Karamjit Kaur was defeated by Congress MLA-turned- AAP candidate Sushil Rinku. Congress Charanjit Singh Channi faces Pawan Kumar Tinu of AAP and Sushil Kumar Rinky of BJP and Mohinder Singh Kaypee of SAD. In Hoshairpur, AAP has fielded Dr Raj Kumar Chabbewal. He faces Anita Som Parkash of BJP, Yamini Gomar of Congress and Sohan Singh Thandal of SAD.

The New Indian Express 30 May 2024 7:23 am

Scorching Heat Wave Breaks Records Across India

Scorching Heat Wave Breaks Records Across India Large parts of northern and central India remained in the grip of a sweltering heat wave on Wednesday with the maximum temperature in the national capital soaring to a 79-year high. While Delhi's primary weather station Safdarjung observatory recorded a maximum of 46.8 degrees Celsius, the weather officials in the city were left baffled when Mungeshpur reported 52.9 degrees prompting the IMD to examine the automatic weather station in the locality for possible errors in its sensors. Cities and towns across Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh sizzled at maximum temperatures in excess of 47 degrees Celsius with Rohtak and Prayagraj logging 48.8 degrees, the highest temperatures recorded in the country on Wednesday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. According to the IMD, both Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh and Rohtak in Haryana broke records for the highest maximum temperature ever recorded for the month. Prayagraj had clocked a maximum of 48.4 degrees Celsius on May 30, 1994. For Rohtak, the previous all-time high maximum was 47.2 degrees on June 6, 1995. But, it was the maximum temperature of 52.9 degrees Celsius in Mungeshpur, a densely populated locality amid fields and open spaces on the fringes of the national capital that left weather scientists flummoxed. ''It looks abnormal and it is an outlier when compared with other weather stations in the national capital region,'' IMD Director General Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said in a statement. Earth Sciences Minister Kiren Rijiju also directed the IMD to verify the weather station in Mungeshpur for possible errors as the maximum temperatures had witnessed a slight decline on Wednesday from the 49.9 degrees recorded at three weather stations in the national capital. The weather office has said the heat wave conditions were likely to abate over the next couple of days due to a western disturbance, rainfall, thunderstorms and moist south-westerly winds blowing from the Arabian Sea to northwest India. Una, one of the entry points for Himachal Pradesh, logged a maximum temperature of 46 degrees Celsius, breaking the previous record of 45.2 degrees observed on May 24, 2013. Karwar in coastal Karnataka also recorded a maximum temperature of 38 degrees, the hottest in May in the state. The previous record for 37.6 degrees was on May 5, 2022. Amid intense heat wave conditions in the state, the Bihar government ordered the closure of all private and government-run schools, coaching institutes and anganwadi centres until June 8. The decision came in response to reports of several students fainting due to extreme heat wave conditions. Incidents of students fainting were reported from Sheikhpura, Begusarai, East Champaran, and other regions due to the scorching heat. Meanwhile, the IMD has forecast that heat wave conditions are expected to persist for another three or four days in the state. Officials from the Bihar Disaster Management Department advised people to avoid heat exposure, stay cool, and prevent dehydration. In Haryana, intense heat prevailed in Hisar, which recorded a maximum temperature of 48.5 degrees Celsius. Mahendragarh recorded a high of 48.3 degrees Celsius while Sirsa sweltered at 48.2 degrees. Extremely hot weather conditions also prevailed in Jhajjar and Faridabad, which recorded respective maximums of 48.4 degrees Celsius and 48 degrees Celsius. Ambala recorded a high of 44.3 degrees and Karnal 42.2 degrees. Meanwhile, Rohtak and Hisar received light showers in the evening, providing temporary respite from the sizzling weather. In Punjab, Bathinda was the hottest with a high of 48.5 degrees Celsius. The mercury reached 46.1 degrees Celsius in both Ludhiana and Pathankot. Faridkot recorded a high of 46 degrees Celsius, Amritsar 45.8 degrees, Patiala 45.7 degrees, and Gurdaspur 44.5 degrees. Intense heat conditions also prevailed in Rajasthan despite the maximum temperatures falling by one to three degrees Celsius. Pilani town in Jhunjhunu district was recorded as the hottest place in the state with 48.2 degrees Celsius, followed by Churu, where the day temperature was 47.7 degrees Celsius.

devdiscourse 29 May 2024 11:26 pm

Scorching Heat Wave Grips Haryana and Punjab

Scorching Heat Wave Grips Haryana and Punjab The ongoing heat wave conditions in Haryana and Punjab continued unabated on Wednesday, with the mercury soaring to 48.8 degrees Celsius in Rohtak. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, also sweltered, recording the hottest day of the season so far at a maximum of 46 degrees Celsius. According to the meteorological department here, while blistering heat swept Rohtak in Haryana, among other places in the state, intense heat also prevailed in Hisar, which recorded a maximum temperature of 48.5 degrees Celsius. Mahendragarh recorded a high of 48.3 degrees Celsius while Sirsa sweltered at 48.2 degrees Celsius. Extremely hot weather conditions also prevailed in Jhajjar and Faridabad, which recorded respective maximums of 48.4 degrees Celsius and 48 degrees Celsius. Ambala recorded a high of 44.3 degrees Celsius and Karnal 42.2 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, Rohtak and Hisar received light showers in the evening, providing temporary respite from the sizzling weather. In Punjab, Bathinda was the hottest with a high of 48.5 degrees Celsius. The mercury reached 46.1 degrees Celsius in both Ludhiana and Pathankot. Faridkot recorded a high of 46 degrees Celsius, Amritsar 45.8 degrees Celsius, Patiala 45.7 degrees Celsius, and Gurdaspur 44.5 degrees Celsius.

devdiscourse 29 May 2024 10:11 pm

Congress Accuses Modi of Mediation Trip Code Violation

Congress Accuses Modi of Mediation Trip Code Violation The Congress alleged on Wednesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying to ''circumvent'' the silence period restrictions with his 48-hour meditation trip in Kanyakumari from May 30 and urged the Election Commission to ensure it is not aired by the media as it violates the model code of conduct. A delegation of Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Abhishek Singhvi and Syed Naseer Hussain met the Election Commission and handed over a memorandum in this regard along with 27 other complaints of alleged model code violations by the BJP in the last few days. The Congress claimed that the meditation programme by the prime minister in Kanyakumari's 'Dhyan Mandapam'' was a ''clear violation'' of the silence period ahead of the June 1 voting in Modi's Varanasi constituency and other seats. It was also in breach of the Model Code of Conduct and provisions of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the opposition party claimed. It said that on May 28, several news agencies reported on the trip that Narendra Modi would be taking to Kanyakumari, where he would undertake 48 hours of meditation starting on May 30. ''The said trip would be widely televised and would therefore be shown during the 48-hour silence period in Varanasi, the constituency from which Shri Narendra Modi is contesting,'' the Congress memorandum to the EC said. ''Through the meditation trip, Shri Narendra Modi is attempting to circumvent the 48-hour silence period and unfairly leverage the ethnocultural significance of the chosen location in an attempt to bolster his campaign and maximise his vote share in violation of the Representation of the People Act, as well as Model Code of Conduct,'' the party also said. It was also against the orders related to Dos and Don'ts during the election period that political parties and their candidates are required to adhere to, the memorandum said. ''The PM will start his meditation on the evening of May 30 and we have complained about that. We all know that the silence period will begin on May 30 and thus his declaration is a violation of the MCC. ''The PM can start his meditation after 24-48 hours, which is from the evening of June 1. Otherwise, if he wants to meditate from May 30, then the ECI should ensure that this is not broadcast by the TV or print media,'' Singhvi told reporters after the delegation met CEC Rajiv Kumar and other ECs. ''We hope that the ECI will take immediate steps to ensure that the live telecast of the meditation of the 'sarva-ghoshit Bhagwan' (self-styled god) at the Vivekananda Memorial does not take place since this is a brazen and clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct,'' Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said in a post on X. Modi will meditate at Rock Memorial, a monument built in tribute to Swami Vivekananda, following the culmination of the Lok Sabha polls campaign on May 30, BJP leaders had said. He will meditate from the evening of May 30 to the evening of June 1 at Dhyan Mandapam, the place where Vivekananda -- a spiritual icon admired by Modi -- is believed to have had a divine vision about 'Bharat Mata', BJP leaders said. The Congress leaders also complained against the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for ''granting a waiver'' to Renewable Energy Plants located in SEZs and EOUs from complying with the mandatory guidelines prescribed for 'onshore wind power projects'. ''Such a waiver possesses significant potential to skew the level playing field in the ongoing elections,'' the party said. The Congress also complained of alleged model code violations by the prime minister and other BJP leaders including Home Minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The opposition party alleged that the statements by the PM at a poll rally in Patiala, Punjab, were violative of MCC as he made several allegations about the Congress in order to weaken the image of the opposition party. ''He also levelled baseless allegations about the INC being responsible for the Partition and that INC was opposed to granting of citizenship to members of the Sikh community under CAA 2019 in an attempt to outrage, mislead and unduly influence the electorate to refrain from voting for the INC,'' it alleged. The Congress also accused Himanta Biswa Sarma of making ''explicit appeals to vote on the basis of religion, while falsely portraying the INC as communal, biased, and as a political party which does not adhere to the Constitution in letter or spirit''. The opposition party also alleged that Home Minister Shah, during his election speech at Ambedkar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, reiterated the narrative of the BJP and its allies being ''Ram Bhakts'' (devotees of Lord Ram), simultaneously claiming that the INC and its allies were ''Ram Bhakton par Goli Chalane Waale (those who open fire on devotees of Lord Ram''. ''Amit Shah made other statements which prejudicially referred to members of a particular religious minority as 'ghuspathiye' (infiltrators),'' the Congress said. It alleged that the BJP leader reiterated ''baseless claims about the INC taking away reservations from members of the SC, ST and OBC communities with the intention to give it to members of a particular religious community for securing its 'vote bank'''. The Congress also accused the BJP of misusing the state machinery in Uttar Pradesh by deploying state government buses to transport supporters to the venue of a poll event. ''Such use of governmental resources by the party in power violates provisions of the model code as well as the doctrine of level playing field,'' the opposition party alleged.

devdiscourse 29 May 2024 9:31 pm

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi campaigns in Punjab

Patiala: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a rally in support of party candidate Dharamvir Gandhi for Lok Sabha elections, in Patiala, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (PTI Photo) Patiala: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with party candidate Dharamvir Gandhi during a rally for Lok Sabha elections, in Patiala, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (PTI Photo) Patiala: Congress leader Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 29 May 2024 5:49 pm

Lok Sabha Election 2024 : Punjab Patiala BJP, Congress AAP

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NDTV 27 May 2024 11:26 pm

Intense heat wave sweeps Haryana, Punjab; Mahendragarh sizzles at 47 degrees

Haryana and Punjab are in the grip of intense heat wave conditions with Mahendragarh recording the highest temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. Various cities like Rohtak, Hisar, Ambala, Karnal, Sirsa, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Pathankot, Bathinda, Faridkot, and Gurdaspur are experiencing high temperatures, as per the Meteorological Department.

The Times of India 26 May 2024 11:16 pm

Heatwave Grips Haryana and Punjab: Temperatures Soar Above 47C

Heatwave Grips Haryana and Punjab: Temperatures Soar Above 47C Haryana and Punjab continued to remain in the grip of intense heat wave conditions, with maximum temperatures hovering above normal limits on Sunday. Mahendragarh in Haryana sizzled, recording the maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. Rohtak and Hisar sweltered recording maximum temperatures of 46.7 degrees and 46 degrees Celsius, respectively. Ambala recorded a high of 44.8 degrees, Karnal 43.7 degrees, Sirsa 46.8 degrees while sizzling heat wave swept Gurugram at 45.8 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Department. Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, was also under the influence of intense hot weather conditions. The maximum temperature here settled at 44.5 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded the maximum temperature of 45.2 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana recorded the maximum of 44.8 degrees, while Patiala 45.7, Pathankot 44.5, Bathinda 45.2, Faridkot 44 and Gurdaspur 44.5 degrees. According to the MeT Department, heat wave to severe heat wave conditions are likely to continue in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh during May 26-29.

devdiscourse 26 May 2024 11:03 pm

Amit Shah Slams AAP: 'Punjab Turned Into ATM of Corruption'

Amit Shah Slams AAP: 'Punjab Turned Into ATM of Corruption' Union Home Minister Amit Shah alleged on Sunday that AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal has turned Punjab into an ''ATM of corruption'' to pay the legal fees for his court cases. Asking people to ensure the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates in the Lok Sabha polls, he also claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann will not last long after the saffron party's poll triumph. Addressing his first Lok Sabha poll rally in Punjab in support of Ravneet Singh Bittu, the BJP candidate from Ludhiana, Shah said those who killed Bittu's grandfather, former chief minister Beant Singh, will not be forgiven. However, he did not take any name. Beant Singh was assassinated in a terror attack in 1995. Balwant Singh Rajoana is a death-row convict in the case and lodged in the Patiala Central Jail. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has been seeking the release of several Sikh prisoners, including Rajoana. Hitting out at the Congress and the AAP, Shah said the two parties hug each other elsewhere but turn enemies in Punjab. ''You have an alliance in Delhi, Haryana and Gujarat, then why are you playing this fixed match here?'' he asked the two parties. The AAP and the Congress, constituents of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), have a seat-sharing pact in Delhi, Gujarat, Goa and Haryana for the Lok Sabha polls but are contesting the election separately in Punjab. Targeting the AAP government in Punjab, Shah alleged that the state has been turned into a ''den of corruption''. ''Kejriwal has to fight his case and needs to pay (legal) fees. He gets it from the 'Punjab ATM'. He has turned Punjab into an ATM of corruption. He has to fight elections, so he puts the 'Mann credit card' into the ATM and takes money to Delhi,'' he said. The BJP leader said wherever the Delhi chief minister goes, Mann accompanies him. ''I do not understand, is he Kejriwal's pilot or the Punjab chief minister? But one good thing that Mann did is when Kejriwal went to jail, he did not accompany him,'' he added. Kejriwal was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in money-laundering case linked to the alleged Delhi liquor scam and sent to Tihar Jail. Taking a swipe at Mann, a stand up comic-turned politician, Shah said, ''This is Punjab. Yeh mardo ka pradesh hai. Doing comedy is one thing and setting it right is another. It is not in your capacity.'' He slammed the Punjab government for borrowing more than Rs 50,000 crore in the last two years. ''Earlier, the Congress and the Akali Dal did this and now, Mann is doing the same,'' he said. Shah also took potshots at the AAP government over its promise of giving a monthly amount of Rs 1,000 to each woman in Punjab. ''Has anyone got it? They talked of making Punjab drugs-free within a month. Did they do it? They were to make a budget provision and start 16 medical colleges. Did that happen? Not even one such college has opened,'' he said. Slamming the Congress, Shah alleged that the party has always tried to inflict wounds on Punjab. ''After independence, it gave the wound of partition, then instability, it let terrorism flourish and now, it is promoting separatism,'' he alleged. The home minister also targeted the Congress over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. ''The Congress and the AAP are plunging Punjab into the fire of drugs,'' he alleged while asserting that in Narendra Modi's third term as prime minister, ''we will uproot the drugs menace from the state''. Shah said 17 narcotics control bureaux have been readied in the state and added that he will further take the ''issue forward during the Modi government's third term''. ''Punjab is a border state. We will not let it fall prey to the drugs menace. We will not let it burn in the fire of terrorism once again,'' he said. Modi ended terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir by scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution, Shah claimed. ''Those who talk of terrorism in Punjab, they should listen with open ears. Stay away from this, otherwise we will not spare anyone. This is my promise to the people of Punjab,'' he said. Referring to the Centre's Ayushman Bharat Yojana, Shah alleged that it is not being implemented in Punjab because the state government is not making payments for it. Calling the Punjab government a ''jhola-chhap'' government, he said Mann is busy pasting Kejriwal's photo on the foodgrain packages meant to be delivered to the poor. Asking people to ensure the victory of the BJP candidates in the Lok Sabha polls, Shah said, ''The Bhagwant Mann government will not last long after the BJP's victory.'' He said for Punjab's development, ending separatism and the drugs menace, bringing industry back to the state and strengthening Hindu-Sikh unity, Modi needs the support of people. Exuding confidence that the BJP will win more than 400 seats in the ongoing polls, Shah said on June 1 (when the final phase of polling is scheduled to be held), Kejriwal will return to jail while Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will go to Bangkok on a vacation on June 6. ''On one side is Rahul baba who would go to Bangkok and Thailand, on the other side is Modi who celebrates Diwali among armymen,'' he said. Calling the INDIA opposition bloc ''ghamandiya'' (arrogant), Shah accused the Congress and the AAP of perpetrating scams and corruption worth Rs 12 lakh crore. The home minister also reiterated that ''Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is ours, will remain ours and we will surely take it''.

devdiscourse 26 May 2024 9:51 pm

Consistently Raised Punjab's Issues: PM Praises Amarinder Singh, His Wife

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his heartfelt commendation to Patiala candidate Preneet Kaur in a letter, recognising her family's generations-long commitment to serving the people of Punjab.

NDTV 26 May 2024 8:03 pm

Shashi Tharoor Warns of Democracy's Peril Under BJP Rule

Amritsar: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has criticized the BJP, warning that if the party returns to power at the Centre, it could endanger democracy in the country. Speaking to reporters during his visit to the state to campaign for former Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi, who is contesting from the Jalandhar Lok Sabha constituency as a Congress candidate, Tharoor emphasized the need to prevent the BJP from regaining power. Democracy will be at risk if the BJP forms the government again. To safeguard the nation, we must prevent the BJP from returning to power at the Centre. That's why I urge voters to support Charanjit Singh Channi, Tharoor stated.Tharoor accused the BJP of attempting to divide voters along religious lines. The BJP is fostering divisions based on religion and caste. Communities that coexisted harmoniously before are now being fragmented by the BJP, he remarked. He also alleged that the BJP has undermined the country's democratic institutions. The BJP has compromised various democratic institutions. Independent bodies intended to function impartially have been pressured and co-opted by the BJP. Media outlets critical of the government have faced scrutiny from central investigative agencies. We are living in a society where freedom of speech is under threat, Tharoor lamented.Charanjit Singh Channi is contesting against AAP candidate Pawan Kumar Tinu and SAD candidate Mohinder Singh Kaypee in the 2024 elections for the Jalandhar constituency. In Punjab, voting for all 13 seats will occur in a single phase, with the seventh and final phase scheduled for June 1, covering constituencies such as Ludhiana, Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur, Nandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Faridkot, Firozpur, Bathinda, Sangrur, and Patiala. Acharya Pramod Krishnam Predicts Opposition Division Post-June 4 Cyclone Remal to Intensify, Expected to Hit Bangladesh and West Bengal Tonight Deadly Fire in Krishna Nagar: Three Lives Lost and Ten Injured

News Track 26 May 2024 11:10 am

BJP's Patiala candidate Preneet Kaur slams AAP govt in Punjab over power cuts

BJP's Patiala candidate Preneet Kaur slams AAP govt in Punjab over power cuts The BJP's Patiala Lok Sabha seat candidate Preneet Kaur on Saturday alleged that the AAP government in Punjab promised to provide 300 units of free electricity per month but ''failed'' to ensure uninterrupted power supply to people. The gap between electricity demand and supply has been rising in Punjab and the state government is trying to hide its wrong policies through power cuts, she alleged. Kaur, the wife of former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, condemned the unannounced power cuts and said it has become difficult for people to stay indoors due to power cuts while all small and big industries across the district are bearing huge financial losses. She said that given the rising temperature, the electricity demand in Punjab has crossed 14,000 MW while the number of unannounced power cuts has increased to two to three times. By claiming that the power cuts are due to maintenance works, people are being kept in the dark, Kaur alleged. ''The Aam Aadmi Party, which promised to provide 300 units of free electricity per month, has failed in meeting the electricity demand. The Punjab government could not make the preparations it should have made in the wake of a heat wave,'' she said. Every area of Patiala district is facing power cuts and the state government should immediately clarify its position in this matter, said the BJP candidate who is seeking a fifth term in Parliament. ''For the first time in the history of Punjab, the state government failed to meet electricity demand in May itself,'' Kaur claimed. She said that electricity demand from the agriculture sector would rise in the days to come due to the paddy season and electricity supply will become dire, due to which every Punjabi will have to bear the brunt.

devdiscourse 25 May 2024 7:04 pm

Farmers' ire makes BJP's Faridkot pick Hans Raj Hans emotional

Hans was narrating Thursday's incident when he was stopped by protesting farmers in Sangrur district while on his way to Patiala to participate in a rally to be addressed by PM Modi. The singer-turned-politician said it was a horrifying experience as nearly a 1,000-strong crowd surrounded his vehicle. He said he feared for his life as the protesters behaved badly with him and damaged his vehicle, and that two people were injured.

The Times of India 25 May 2024 3:13 am

PM says would have taken Kartarpur Sahib from Pakistan

CHANDIGARH: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said he would have taken Kartarpur Sahib from Pakistan and released 90,000 Pakistani soldiers who had surrendered during the Bangladesh war. When the Bangladesh war was fought, more than 90,000 Pakistani soldiers had surrendered. Had I been there at that time I would have taken Kartarpur Sahib from Pakistan and then released their soldiers. I could not do that, but I did as much as I could. Today, the Kartarpur Sahib corridor is active for devotees to visit, Modi said. Congress did the partition of the country in such a way that for 70 years, we had to look at Kartarpur Sahib through binoculars. Today, the Kartarpur Sahib corridor is active for the devotees to visit there, he said, addressing a poll rally at Patiala in Punjab. Modi said that INDIA bloc neither has a leader nor an intent. On the one side there is BJP and NDA and on the other `bhrashtachariyon ka INDI gathbandhan, he said, adding the INDIA bloc wants to divide country and society but Modi wants to make India Viksit Bharat. He targeted Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, saying he is a kagzi CM who is always busy marking his presence in Delhi darbar. Modi lambasted the AAP government, accusing it of presiding over a state where the drug trade thrives, and industries are fleeing due to mismanagement. The entire government is running on debt. The government writ does not run here while sand and drug mafia, and shooter gangs rule, he claimed. Modi reached the rally venue amid farmers agitation at various points in the district. Capt Amarinder fails to attend Modi rally Former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh who joined the BJP two years ago, did not attend Prime Minister Narendra Modis rally at Patiala owing to health issues. Capt Amarinder was resting at home in Delhi, unwell since May 14, prior intimation of absence given to PMO, said an aide of Amarinder. Meanwhile, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh asked, ...Why is the outgoing PM silent even after 100 days of farmer protests? What happened to the outgoing PMs allegations of corruption against Capt Amarinder Singh?

The New Indian Express 24 May 2024 9:41 am

Modi cites khoon ka rishta with Punjab, says Congress let go of Kartarpur shrine in 71

Patiala: Seeking to strike an emotional chord with Punjab voters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today cited khoon ka rishta with the state, invoking Bhai Mohkam Singh, one of Panj Pyaras, who belonged to Dwarka in Gujarat. He was addressing a packed election rally, his first in the state ahead of June 1 voting in the [] The post Modi cites khoon ka rishta with Punjab, says Congress let go of Kartarpur shrine in 71 appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 24 May 2024 9:38 am

Now, Modi invokes 1971 Indo-Pak war

Patiala, May 23: Noting that more than 90,000 Pakistani soldiers surrendered in the 1971 Indo-Pak War, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted if he had been in power he would have taken Kartapur Sahib from Pakistan before freeing their troops. Addressing a rally at Patiala, his first in the state for the seventh phase [] The post Now, Modi invokes 1971 Indo-Pak war appeared first on The Shillong Times .

The Shillong Times 24 May 2024 2:37 am

PM Modi Invokes 1971 India-Pakistan War In Punjab, Says `I Would`ve Taken Kartarpur Sahib...`

Addressing a rally in support of Preneet Kaur, wife of ex-Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, who is BJP's candidate from Patiala, PM Narendra Modi said I have blood relations with you (Sikhs).

Zee News 23 May 2024 10:25 pm

Boxing head coach Kuttappa says India can bag 4-5 quotas from Thailand qualifiers

Boxing head coach Kuttappa says India can bag 4-5 quotas from Thailand qualifiers Indian boxing head coach CA Kuttappa is confident ahead of the final Paris Olympic qualifiers in Bangkok starting May 25. Kuttappa believes India can secure at least four to five more quota places at the tournament, which will ensure a strong presence at the Paris Olympics. Nine Indian boxers will be vying for these quota places, having benefitted from a preparatory camp held in the same venue since May 11. The camp, fully funded by the government's Target Olympic Podium Scheme and the Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd under a CSR partnership, provided a total of ten boxers with valuable sparring sessions against strong international competition, including teams from the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland. The preparations have been going good in the training camp, Kuttappa told SAI Media from Bangkok on Wednesday. Every boxer got 2-3 sparring sessions and everyone did well. We are very positive. A total of 13 countries participated in the training camp. The sparring session with boxers from the US, GBR, Russia and so on gave our boxers a lot of confidence that they could be challenged on the big stage in Paris. Take Sanjeet and Ankushita Boro for example, they came out dominant in the sparring sessions against great boxers from the camp, he added. Looking towards the qualifiers, the Dronacharya award-winning coach remains optimistic. From the Thailand qualifiers, we hope to clinch 4-5 quota places and we are hoping for the best. This time we have a definite chance, he asserted. The team taking part in the qualifiers includes Amit Panghal (51kg), Sachin Siwach (57kg), Abhinash Jamwal (63.5kg), Nishant Dev (71kg), Abhimanyu Loura (80kg), Sanjeet (92kg), Narender Berwal (+92kg) Ankushita Boro (60kg), Arundhati Choudhary (66kg). His optimism extends to the medal prospects at the Olympics itself. In Paris, I feel our smaller weight category boxers will do well, he said. He highlighted boxers like Amit Panghal, Sachin Siwach, and Nishant Dev who are putting in the hard yards and showing great promise. Our boxers have already got the 50 per cent skillset from these sparring sessions to know what to do against the boxers of these countries, he explained to SAI Media. The rest 50 per cent more is what we will do in the coming weeks ahead of Paris Olympics to make sure we are 100 per cent ready to challenge them. While the core preparation strategy remains similar to the approach taken before the Tokyo Olympics, Kuttappa emphasizes improvements in tactics, technical aspects, and strength & conditioning programs. He is also pleased with the boxers' mental state. Our boxers are in a good mental position now, he said. The confidence from the sparring sessions has risen and psychologists are playing a key role to keep them away from pressure. Kuttappa also mentioned that the boxers had a good sparring session with some higher-weight Russian boxers, who visited SAI NSNIS Patiala last month. When asked about the medal count, Kuttappa said, I realistically feel we will win 1-2 medals at the Paris Olympics. And the colour will upgrade. A gold medal for sure! (ANI)

devdiscourse 23 May 2024 7:32 pm

Jobs, farmers' protest, Smart City: Cong raises issues as PM campaigns in Haryana, Punjab

New Delhi: The Congress Thursday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his silence on the ongoing farmers' protest in Punjab and on the issue of unemployment in Haryana, as he canvassed for the BJP in the two states on the last day of campaigning for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls. Prime Minister Modi addressed a rally in Haryana's Mahendragarh during the day and is scheduled to speak at another in Patiala in neighbouring Punjab. In a post on X, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh asked, Today's questions for the outgoing PM's visit to Patiala: Why is the outgoing PM silent even after 100 days of farmer protests? What happened to the outgoing PM's allegations of corruption against Capt. Amarinder Singh? Why has Patiala been left out of the Smart Cities Mission? he asked. The Congress leader also alleged that despite repeated promises, the BJP government has failed to provide permanent employment opportunities in Haryana and instead, it is promoting temporary contractual jobs through Skill Employment Corporation. Ramesh said it has been 100 days since Punjab's farmers began their latest protest against the Modi government. Since 2020, more than 850 farmers have lost their lives and more than 400 have been injured in protests, he said. Farmers are demanding a legal guarantee for MSP, farm loan-waivers, and increases in MGNREGA wages for labourers. Despite their clear demands for a dialogue, the outgoing PM continues to ignore their protests, instead meeting them with barricades and teargas wherever they go. Now, he is even threatening to withdraw MSP for farmers who engage in stubble-burning. Why is the PM so vindictive towards India's farmers, the Congress leader asked. He claimed that the Congress 'Nyay Patra' -- the party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls -- has promised a legal guarantee for MSP, a loan-waiver for farmers, and an increase in the MGNREGA daily wages to Rs 400. Does the BJP have any plan to make farming more remunerative, Ramesh asked. Training his guns on the PM over the issue of corruption, he said that in a classic demonstration of its washing machine powers, the BJP has given tickets to leaders against whom the outgoing PM had once levelled serious allegations of corruption. Ramesh said that during his 2014 campaign, Modi, when he was still the chief minister of Gujarat, launched a scathing attack on former then Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, accusing him of not disclosing the details of foreign bank accounts allegedly held by his wife Preneet Kaur, the current BJP candidate from the Patiala Lok Sabha seat. He had labelled them lootere and demanded they bring back the black money they stashed abroad. Now, the outgoing PM has not only welcomed them with open arms but is also campaigning for them. Why is the outgoing PM campaigning for leaders who he accuses of having black money stashed in foreign accounts? he asked. He also alleged that Patiala has been left out of successive rounds of the Smart City Programme despite being an education hub and an important centre of trade and commerce. In 2015, even Preneet Kaur, who is now the BJP's candidate from the city, had criticised this decision. She said that she failed to find reason why Patiala has not been included in the list of the cities to be developed as 'Smart City'. Why have the outgoing PM and the BJP neglected this bustling and historic city, he asked. In another post on X on the Prime Minister's campaign in Haryana, Ramesh said, Outgoing PM. Now that we have his attention, here are today's questions for him in Mahendragarh: Who made Haryana Number 1 in unemployment? Why has BJP slowed down private investment in Haryana? Why are Bhiwani residents being forced to protest for clean drinking water and proper sewerage? Citing the latest data from the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE), Ramesh said Haryana has the highest unemployment rate in India at 37.4 per cent, far surpassing the national average. Despite repeated promises and announcements, the BJP government has failed to provide permanent employment opportunities. Instead, they are promoting temporary contractual jobs through the Skill Employment Corporation, he said. This neglect has left about two lakh government posts vacant, and the recent decision to shut down Hisar Doordarshan Kendra has further exacerbated the unemployment crisis, leaving dozens jobless and wasting valuable infrastructure, Ramesh said. The BJP's approach, characterised by hollow assurances and a lack of concrete action, has consistently failed the youth. Did the outgoing PM and the BJP ever plan to create better opportunities for Haryana's youth? he said. Ramesh further said that having received just one per cent of all bank-assisted private projects in India in 2022-23, Haryana ranks in the bottom five states on this metric.

Deccan Chronicle 23 May 2024 7:21 pm

Abhinav Bindra, Pierre Beauchamp in panel highlighting importance of Sports Psychology in shooting

Abhinav Bindra, Pierre Beauchamp in panel highlighting importance of Sports Psychology in shooting A panel led by legend Abhinav Bindra and the Indian Shooting team's High-Performance Director (HPD) Pierre Beauchamp, were among those who addressed participants on the opening day of a five-day (May 20-24, 2024) workshop and certification program, focusing on the critical role of Sports Psychologists in the lives of Shooting Athletes. The program is being conducted at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range (DKSSR) here in the national capital, by the National Centre for Sports Science and Research (NCSSR), in collaboration with the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) and Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports (NSNIS), Patiala. Through a combination of lectures, panel discussions, and practical training sessions led by eminent sports scientists, high-performance coaches, shooting champions, and administrators, the program promises to introduce participants to cutting-edge strategies and practical interventions. Besides Beijing Olympics gold medallist Bindra and Dr. Beauchamp, national shooting coaches Samaresh Jung, Ronak Pandit as well as other champion players, coaches and administrators were also in attendance. The certification, recognising the vital role sports psychology plays in the success of shooting athletes, aims to equip coaches and athletes with the necessary mental training tools. This intensive program aims to bridge the current gap in mental health support for high-performance athletes in shooting disciplines. The program also addresses how shooters can develop techniques to effectively manage psychological barriers, optimizing their performance on the range and maintaining composure under pressure, facilitating peak performance during crucial moments. (ANI)

devdiscourse 23 May 2024 6:07 pm

Modi in Patiala today, agitating farmers threaten to block all entry points to city

Shambhu (Patiala): Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Patiala on Thursday, several farmer organisations have announced protests, including road blockades and sit-ins. The announcement came on Wednesday on the 100th day on the ongoing protest at the Shambhu border here. While leaders of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) announced that its activists would [] The post Modi in Patiala today, agitating farmers threaten to block all entry points to city appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 23 May 2024 9:49 am

Farmers Mark 100 Days of Protest at Punjab-Haryana Borders

Farmers Mark 100 Days of Protest at Punjab-Haryana Borders Farmers have assembled at Shambhu and other border points to mark the completion of 100 days of the ongoing protest to press the Centre to accept their demands, which includes a legal guarantee of MSP for crops. The farmers are camping at the Shambhu and Khanauri border points since February 13 when their 'Delhi Chalo' march was stopped by security forces. Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said farmers gathered at Shambhu, Khanauri and Dabwali border points for the occasion. Pandher accused the BJP-led central government of preventing them from heading towards Delhi to continue their protests and condemned the deployment of heavy police force at the border points between Punjab and Haryana. The KMM leader said that the farmers wanted to pose questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Patiala visit on Thursday and if they are not given access, they will hold a dharna. Modi will start his poll campaign in the state by holding his first rally in Patiala on May 23. Polling for 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will be held on June 1. BJP candidates in Punjab are facing protests from farmers during poll campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls. As part of the protests, farmers ask questions to BJP leaders and show them black flags for not agreeing to their demands. Farmers owing allegiance to various farm outfits are upset with the Centre for not accepting their demands, including a law on minimum support price. They were also upset over not being allowed to head towards Delhi, forcing them to camp at Shambhu and Khanauri border points of Punjab and Haryana. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha are spearheading the 'Delhi Chalo' march by farmers to press the government on their demands which includes that the Centre should give a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops.

devdiscourse 23 May 2024 8:52 am

India General Elections 2024 LIVE updates | PM Modis campaign in Punjab to begin today, first rally in Patiala

Repolling at booth numbers 26 and 28 in Kantamal Assembly segment of Kandhamal Lok Sabha seat

The Hindu 23 May 2024 6:15 am

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Bhupinder Singh was the man behind these emblems of grandeur, which included the fabled Patiala Necklace and the well-known Patiala Peg.

DNA India 22 May 2024 5:24 pm

Experience the flavour of Punjabi Cuisine by Home Chef Shanna Oberoi at Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel

Heres your chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions of Punjabi cuisine at Sheraton Hyderabad Hotels 10-day food festival - 'Pind Di Rasoi', showcasing the culinary mastery of visiting home chef Shanna Oberoi. From 21st to 30th May, 'Pind Di Rasoi' will offer guests an opportunity to savor a delectable array of traditional dishes such as Pindi Chole with Kulcha, Keema Mattar, Chicken Patiala, Paneer Alubukhara Kofta and more. With her profound knowledge and passion for authentic Punjabi cooking, Shanna Oberoi brings to the table an array of recipes that have been cherished and handed down over generations. From the robust flavors of Butter Chicken to the perfectly seasoned Chole Bhature, every dish is a celebration of Punjab's bountiful agriculture and vibrant cultural history. Punjabi cuisine is not just about food; it's about a rich culinary heritage and a sense of community. Guests can look forward to an immersive dining experience filled with tantalizing aromas, vibrant flavors, and warm hospitality. Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a culinary journey to Punjab at the Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel and indulge in an unforgettable dining experience. Location: Feast, Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel Dates: Until 30th May 2024 Timings: Lunch from 12:30 PM to 03:00 PM and Dinner from 07:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Deccan Chronicle 22 May 2024 2:25 pm

A day ahead of PM Modis rally, Patiala admn on tenterhooks over farmers demand for designated protest site

Patiala, May 22: A day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modis rally, the Patiala Administration is on tenterhooks over farmers demand for a designated protest site. While farmer groups at the Shambhu border have decided to march towards Polo Ground, the venue of the PMs rally, the representatives of other farm unions, who are not [] The post A day ahead of PM Modis rally, Patiala admn on tenterhooks over farmers demand for designated protest site appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 22 May 2024 11:56 am

Farmers to show black flags to PM Modi when he visits Punjab: Balbir Singh Rajewal

CHANDIGARH: Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal on Tuesday said farmers will show black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits Punjab for poll campaigning. A decision in this regard was taken at a rally organised by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha in Jagraon in the Ludhiana district. Modi will start his poll campaign in the state by holding his first rally in Patiala on May 23. He will also address rallies in Gurdaspur and Jalandhar on May 24. From the Patiala parliamentary constituency, the BJP has fielded four-time MP Preneet Kaur. BJP's Sushil Rinku is a candidate from Jalandhar while the saffron party has fielded former MLA Dinesh Babbu from the Gurdaspur constituency. Speaking to reporters after the rally in Jagraon on Tuesday, Rajewal said, We have today decided that when Modi comes to Punjab, we will hold a protest against him by showing black flags. Rajewal said farmers have been opposing BJP leaders ever since the Lok Sabha elections were announced. Modi's policies are pro-corporate, Rajewal alleged. Farmer leaders, however, claimed that their protest would be peaceful. During the rally, farmer leaders claimed that the BJP government had promised that farmers' income would be doubled. They slammed the government at the Centre for not fulfilling their demands of framing a law on minimum support price, and implementation of the Swaminathan commission report. BJP candidates in Punjab are facing protests from farmers during poll campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls. As part of the protests, the farmers ask questions to the BJP leaders and show them black flags for not agreeing to their demands. Farmers owing allegiance to various farm outfits are upset with the BJP-led Centre for not accepting their demands including a law on minimum support price. They were also upset over not being allowed to head towards Delhi, forcing them to camp at Shambhu and Khanauri border points of Punjab and Haryana. The SKM (Non-Political) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha are spearheading the 'Delhi Chalo' march by farmers to press the government to accept their demands which include that the Centre should give a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops. Polling for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will be held on June 1.

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 10:29 pm

Farmers to Show Black Flags at Modi's Punjab Rallies

Farmers to Show Black Flags at Modi's Punjab Rallies Farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal on Tuesday said farmers will show black flags to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits Punjab for poll campaigning. A decision in this regard was taken at a rally organised by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha in Jagraon in the Ludhiana district. Modi will start his poll campaign in the state by holding his first rally in Patiala on May 23. He will also address rallies in Gurdaspur and Jalandhar on May 24. From the Patiala parliamentary constituency, the BJP has fielded four-time MP Preneet Kaur. BJP's Sushil Rinku is a candidate from Jalandhar while the saffron party has fielded former MLA Dinesh Babbu from the Gurdaspur constituency. Speaking to reporters after the rally in Jagraon on Tuesday, Rajewal said, ''We have today decided that when Modi comes to Punjab, we will hold a protest against him by showing black flags.'' Rajewal said farmers have been opposing BJP leaders ever since the Lok Sabha elections were announced. ''Modi's policies are pro-corporate,'' Rajewal alleged. Farmer leaders, however, claimed that their protest would be peaceful. During the rally, farmer leaders claimed that the BJP government had promised that farmers' income would be doubled. They slammed the government at the Centre for not fulfilling their demands of framing a law on minimum support price, and implementation of the Swaminathan commission report. BJP candidates in Punjab are facing protests from farmers during poll campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls. As part of the protests, the farmers ask questions to the BJP leaders and show them black flags for not agreeing to their demands. Farmers owing allegiance to various farm outfits are upset with the BJP-led Centre for not accepting their demands including a law on minimum support price. They were also upset over not being allowed to head towards Delhi, forcing them to camp at Shambhu and Khanauri border points of Punjab and Haryana. The SKM (Non-Political) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha are spearheading the 'Delhi Chalo' march by farmers to press the government to accept their demands which include that the Centre should give a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops. Polling for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will be held on June 1.

devdiscourse 21 May 2024 10:12 pm

Ex-WFI chief Brij Bhushan pleads 'not guilty' after Delhi court frames charges in sexual harassment case

Former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and BJP leader Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh pleaded not guilty to the charges framed in a criminal case filed by female wrestlers. This comes after a Delhi court on Tuesday framed charges of sexual harassment, intimidation and outraging the modesty of women against the ex-WFI chief. Singh pleaded not guilty to the charges before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Priyanka Rajpoot and claimed trial. Why will I plead guilty when I am not guilty? Singh said. The court also framed the charge of criminal intimidation against co-accused and former WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar in the case. The Delhi Police had filed a charge sheet in the case against Singh on June 15, 2023, under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354A (sexual harassment), 354D (stalking) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. The FIRs narrate several alleged instances of sexual harassment, like inappropriate touching, groping, stalking and intimidation, by Singh at different times and places over a decade. On Monday, Delhi's Patiala House Court deferred the order on the cancellation report filed by the Delhi Police in a POCSO case against former WFI Chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. This case was filed based on a complaint lodged by a minor female wrestler. Delhi Police had filed a cancellation report after the victim retracted from her earlier statement. Singh, the sitting BJP MP from Kaiserganj in Uttar Pradesh, was denied ticket to contest the Lok Sabha poll in the aftermath of the sexual harassment allegations against him. The party has fielded his son, Karan Bhushan Singh, for the seat. Exuding confidence in his son and not being weighed down by the sexual harassment charges levelled against him, Brij Bhushan claimed on Monday that his party will be getting more votes owing to those allegations. We will get more votes owing to those allegations, Singh said, speaking to reporters in Kaisarganj, adding: There is only one issue in Kaisarganj, and that is Brij Bhushan Singh. (With inputs from ENS, PTI and ANI) 'Big victory for women wrestlers': Bajrang, Sakshi hail decision to frame charges against Brij Bhushan Brij Bhushan was drunk andmisbehaved with the girls, says international referee Jagbir

The New Indian Express 21 May 2024 4:32 pm

Punjab: Farmers suspend rail rook protest at Shambhu railway station

CHANDIGARH, May 20 : Announcing the suspension of their month-long rail roko at Shambhu railway station in Patiala, farmers said they will now gherao the residences of BJP leaders in Punjab and Haryana to continue their protest. Farmers under the banner of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have been squatting on a rail track at Shambhu railway station since April 17, demanding the release of three farmers who had been arrested by Haryana Police during the [] The post Punjab: Farmers suspend rail rook protest at Shambhu railway station appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 21 May 2024 5:30 am

Farmers Suspend 'Rail Roko', Plan 'Gherao' of BJP Leaders' Homes in Punjab and Haryana

Farmers Suspend 'Rail Roko', Plan 'Gherao' of BJP Leaders' Homes in Punjab and Haryana Announcing the suspension of their month-long 'rail roko' at Shambhu railway station in Patiala, farmers said they will now 'gherao' the residences of BJP leaders in Punjab and Haryana to continue their protest. Farmers under the banner of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have been squatting on a rail track at Shambhu railway station since April 17, demanding the release of three farmers who had been arrested by Haryana Police during the 'Delhi Chalo' protests at Shambu border. The SKM (Non-Political) and the KMM are spearheading the 'Delhi Chalo' march by farmers to press the central government over their demands on a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops, among other demands. The protesting farmers are still at the Shambhu and Khanauri border points after their march to Delhi was stopped by security forces on February 13. On Monday, farmer leader Surjit Singh Phool said they are suspending the 'rail roko' agitation in Patiala. They have decided to 'gherao' the residences of BJP leaders in Punjab and Haryana in coming days to press for the release of the three farmers, he said. Phool also said that they have decided to hold conferences on May 22 when the ongoing agitation at Shambhu, Khanauri, Dabwali and Ratanpura completes 100 days. The suspension of the agitation could now free up the rail route for people in the area.

devdiscourse 20 May 2024 9:10 pm