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Ravinder Vasudeva is a principal correspondent who writes for the Punjab bureau of Hindustan Times.

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Eye on drug cases, Punjab govt to double STF’s strength

More police personnel, having training in technical investigations, will be deployed with the Special Task Force.

Punjab director general of police Gaurav Yadav has mooted the proposal to increase the strength of the Special Task Force from 400 to 814 personnel.
Updated on Jul 19, 2024 06:42 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

200 inmates running drug racket from jails shifted to Bathinda’s ‘dead zone’

Authorities have shifted 200 inmates lodged in prisons across Punjab to Bathinda Central Jail, a “dead zone” where there is no signal to operate mobile phones.

Authorities have shifted 200 inmates lodged in prisons across Punjab to Bathinda Central Jail, a “dead zone” where there is no signal to operate mobile phones. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 17, 2024 05:04 AM IST

Punjab sees spurt in Ice drug seizures

Rise in Ice drug recovery poses new challenge for Punjab Police as supply of heroin decreases due to Taliban control over opium cultivation in Afghanistan.

Eleven cases linked with Ice drug recovery were registered last year whereas the number has gone up to 16 in just first six months this year. (Pic only for representational purpose) (HT file)
Updated on Jul 13, 2024 09:00 PM IST
By, Chandigarh:

2015 police firing: 5 yrs after suspension, Punjab govt reinstates Umranangal

The Punjab government on Thursday reinstated inspector general of police-rank officer Paramraj Singh Umranangal, more than five years after his arrest and suspension in the 2015 Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura firing cases in the aftermath of Bargari sacrilege incidents

Paramraj Singh Umranangal
Updated on Jul 12, 2024 08:32 AM IST

To disrupt drug supply chain: Punjab cops take over 900 peddlers into preventive custody

As per the data accessed by Hindustan Times, most of the arrests have been made from Tarn Taran, followed by Amritsar Rural and Gurdaspur police districts. Police refused to share district-wise breakup since the drive was still ongoing.

The action by Punjab Police has been taken under Section 110 of CrPC and 129 of BNNS
Updated on Jul 10, 2024 08:22 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Amritpal to be back in Assam jail after taking oath as MP on Friday

Though the NSA detainee has been sanctioned up to four days of temporary release, the radical Sikh preacher will be flown back to Dibrugarh jail after he is administered the oath in the Lok Sabha Speaker’s chamber.

Radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh has been detained under the National Security Act (NSA) at Dibrugarh jail in Assam along with nine of his accomplices since April last year. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 04:57 PM IST

Amritpal Singh likely to take oath as Lok Sabha member on July 5

Amritpal, who is detained under the National Security Act (NSA) in Assam’s Dibrugarh jail, is likely to be airlifted to Delhi from Dibrugarh

Radical pro-Khalistan leader Amritpal Singh. (File Photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2024 12:03 PM IST

20 FIRs registered on Day 1 under new criminal laws in Punjab

The first FIR was lodged at Sadar Dhuri police station in Sangrur district.

Three new criminal laws came into effect on Monday, bringing far-reaching changes in India’s criminal justice system.
Updated on Jul 02, 2024 05:25 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

No word on release, Amritpal may not take oath as MP today

The Punjab government is yet to decide on his temporary release from Dibrugarh jail where he is detained since April 23 last year under the stringent National Security Act.

Radical preacher Amritpal Singh.
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 08:10 AM IST

Fazilka, Faridkot top in police transfers

Among the transferred 10,497 personnel, 794 have been transferred out of districts and 87 out of range. Those transferred out of range and districts are facing serious charges or their professional conduct has been under cloud, a senior police official said.

Senior officers fear the transfers will result in a spurt in voluntary retirement applications.
Updated on Jun 21, 2024 09:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab govt extends detention of Amritpal, aides under NSA by a year

The Punjab government has extended detention of radical Sikh preacher and Khadoor Sahib MP-elect Amritpal Singh, 31, and his nine aides by a year under the stringent National Security Act (NSA)

Arrested on April 23 last year after a month-long case from a village in Moga, the ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief, Amritpal Singh, and his associates are lodged in Dibrugarh jail in Assam under the NSA.
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 06:22 AM IST

Won’t oppose release of Rajoana, other Sikh prisoners: Ravneet Bittu

The Union Minister of State for railways and food processing says fresh dialogue must happen with farmers. “We can all sit together to resolve the issues concerning the farmers of Punjab,” he says.

Ravneet Singh Bittu
Updated on Jun 14, 2024 06:36 AM IST

Bittu fits the bill in BJP’s ‘big’ Punjab game

Ravneet Singh Bittu, a three-time MP, has a political legacy of his grandfather — former CM Beant Singh — who was assassinated in 1995 while in office. Beant Singh is known for his tough stance on terrorism and is credited with wiping out the extremist elements in the state.

BJP leader Ravneet Singh Bittu greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his swearing-in ceremony that took place in Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 10:54 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Despite loss, Bittu makes it to Modi 3.0 cabinet

Although the saffron party drew a blank in Punjab in the Lok Sabha elections, the move to induct Bittu as a minister assumes significance as the party seeks to spread its footprint in the state.

BJP leader Ravneet Singh Bittu takes oath as a minister of state during the swearing-in ceremony of the NDA government at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. (Ajay Aggarwal/ HT)
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 05:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Despite fielding Sikh faces, rural segments dealt decisive blows to BJP

Gains from the urban segments quickly vanished in the rural areas as the saffron party failed to open its account in Punjab

Sikhs have been at the centre stage of the political discourse of the BJP in Punjab ever since the Prime Minister decided to withdraw the three controversial farm laws in 2021
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 06:28 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

In dismal Punjab show, BJP takes heart in vote-share spike

Of the 117 assembly segments, the saffron party remains at the top in 23 seats and most of them are urban constituencies.

According to Sunil Jakhar, farmer unions’ protest against the BJP resulted in a counter-consolidation for the party.
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 08:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

No Modi magic, BJP draws a blank in Punjab

Saffron party’s vote share increases from 6.6% in last assembly polls to 18.46% in Lok Sabha polls in Punjab this time

The vote share of the BJP in Punjab is almost 5% more as compared to the Shiromani Akali Dal.
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 06:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Ex-bureaucrats fail to find favour with electorate

Only Amar Singh (Fatehgarh Sahib) has managed to win. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Parampal Kaur Sidhu and Simaranjit Singh Mann have failed to make the mark.

BJP candidate from Amritsar Taranjit Singh Sandhu at a counting centre in Amritsar on Tuesday. (Sameer Sehgal /HT)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 06:20 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab sends 8 first-timers to Parliament, Amritpal youngest

Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, 45, son of Indira Gandhi’s assassin (late) Beant Singh, is another first-timer MP.

Independent candidate Amritpal Singh, 31, is the youngest candidate from Punjab to have won in this Lok Sabha elections. (ANI file)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 06:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Citing urban-rural divide, Jakhar builds narrative against farmer protest, woos bizmen

With Sunil Jakhar lashing out at farmer unions, a few incidents have came to light in which unions faced opposition from shopkeepers and urban population for obstructing BJP’s campaign in urban areas.

BJP leader Sunil Jakhar has been raising the issue of “shattered” economy of Punjab and the worsening “law and order” situation.
Updated on May 31, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Jalandhar/amritsar

In last lap, BJP top brass puts its full might behind Punjab nominees

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah are highlighting BJP candidates’ credentials as well as their past record.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being greeted by BJP candidate Preneet Kaur in Patiala. (PTI file)
Updated on May 28, 2024 06:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Vote share shrinking, but BSP may play spoilsport in Doaba

Once considered a Dalit movement in Punjab, the Bahujan Samaj Party may prove to be a spoiler for at least three seats — Anandpur Sahib, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur. The mainstream political parties are keenly observing people’s response for the BSP candidates in these three constituencies

Such was the clout of the BSP in Punjab till late 1990s that in the 1992 assembly polls, boycotted by Akalis, the BSP won nine seats with highest-ever vote share (16.32%) and its leader Satnam Kainth became the leader of Opposition in the state assembly.
Updated on May 25, 2024 09:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

In multi-corner contest, BJP pins hope on consolidation of Punjab Hindu votes

To date, the Hindu vote bank, which has a sizeable numbers in as many as 34 assembly segments in Punjab, has remained a silent deciding factor in the state, especially in the post-terrorism election era.

With BJP eyeing to become a serious fourth player in Punjab politics, it is focusing on securing a majority of Hindu-dominated areas by using ‘Modi Magic’ and ‘Ram Temple’.
Updated on May 22, 2024 05:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

BJP’s star campaigners to hit ground in Punjab from Monday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold four rallies while Amit Shah will take out five rallies in Punjab.

Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the star campaigners’ list includes Union home minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, defence minister Rajnath Singh and party’s national president JP Nadda.
Updated on May 18, 2024 05:26 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

BJP bets on Sikh faces in six Lok Sabha segments

The move is being seen as saffron party’s efforts to woo Sikhs, particularly Jat Sikhs, who account for 21% of vote share in the state

Fielded from Amritsar, Taranjit Singh Sandhu is among the six Sikh candidates of the BJP in Punjab.
Updated on May 12, 2024 08:00 AM IST

Punjab govt issues NOC for Parampal’s resignation

Also gives BJP’s Bathinda pick no dues certificate, clearing decks for filing of her nomination papers

Parampal Kaur Sidhu
Updated on May 12, 2024 07:56 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Punjab government turns down Parampal’s VRS request, asks her to join duty

Punjab govt rejects resignation of IAS officer Parampal Kaur, BJP nominee for Bathinda LS seat, asks her to return to duty citing shortage of officers.

Parampal Kaur
Updated on May 08, 2024 09:30 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Aspirants anxious, BJP yet to name candidates for 4 LS seats in Punjab

While the party has declared candidates for nine out of 13 seats, it’s yet to come out with the nominees for Anandpur Sahib, Ferozepur, Sangrur, and Fatehgarh Sahib.

While the party has declared candidates for nine out of 13 seats, it’s yet to come out with the nominees for Anandpur Sahib, Ferozepur, Sangrur, and Fatehgarh Sahib.
Updated on May 07, 2024 09:36 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

State chief Sunil Jakhar, ex-minister Rana Gurmeet Sodhi tussle delays BJP’s final list for Punjab

All 13 parliamentary constituencies in Punjab will go to the polls in the last and final phase of voting on June 1. Barring Ferozepur, Fategarh Sahib, Sangrur and Anandpur Sahib, the BJP has declared all its Punjab candidates

All 13 parliamentary constituencies in Punjab will go to the polls in the last and final phase of voting on June 1. Barring Ferozepur, Fategarh Sahib, Sangrur and Anandpur Sahib, the BJP has declared all its Punjab candidates
Updated on May 03, 2024 08:40 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Over 10 cases pending against Amritpal in Punjab

The cases were registered by Punjab Police during the period in which Amritpal and his accomplices were at loggerheads with the administration and courted controversies for their acts of violence, including the attack on Ajnala police station on February 24, 2023

Radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh (PTI)
Updated on May 01, 2024 02:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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