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Sukhdeep Kaur is an assistant editor with the Punjab bureau. She covers politics, social issues and special projects, including on-the-ground reporting during critical situations.

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Bargari heat: Pressure mounts on Captain Amarinder Singh to name former DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in FIR

The Bargari protesters have give the government a 15-day ultimatum to take action against those indicted.

former state police chief Sumedh Singh Saini(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2018 09:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

We don’t engage with those who choose violence: Canada’s Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer

He refused to comment on Trudeau’s India visit saying everyone can make their own assessment and as a matter of official policy, they do not criticise each other on foreign soil.

Canada’s Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer along with his wife Jill Scheer paid obeisance at Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 11, 2018 09:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

After Bargari boost, AAP rebel leader Sukhpal Khaira to float new front ‘for Sikhs’

The move may set off political tremors in Punjab as AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal will be forced to expel Khaira and seven other MLAs supporting him.

Sukhpal Khaira(HT File)
Updated on Oct 10, 2018 09:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Punjab refuses to toe line of BJP-ruled states on fuel price cut

State finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal has dubbed the Centre’s move as ‘too clever by half’.

Finance minister Manpreet Badals said after reaping a windfall, the Centre has made a meagre cut in excise duty and not special excise duty, due to which states will lose 63 paisa per litre.(HT File)
Updated on Oct 06, 2018 03:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

5 states, union territory agree to move towards uniform fuel prices

The prices of petrol and diesel have hit record highs in recent weeks and the Centre has been asking states to cut down their value added tax (VAT) on fuel to provide relief to the common man.

Five states and the union territory of Chandigarh on Tuesday agreed to move towards uniform fuel rates.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Sep 25, 2018 11:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Five northern states, Chandigarh to meet for uniform VAT on petrol diesel

Haryana finance minister Capt Abhimamyu will be hosting his counterparts from neighbouring states of Punjab, Himachal, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and union territory of Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Punjab has been demanding that the Centre bring fuel prices under the goods and service tax (GST) regime.(HT File)
Updated on Sep 24, 2018 11:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

In 2013, Congress drew a blank in 10 zila parishads, it’s Akali Dal now

This time, it is the Akalis who have failed to bag even a single seat at the ground zero of anti-sacrilege and police firing protests, helping the Congress walk away with 10 of 10.

(HT File)
Updated on Sep 24, 2018 09:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Congress sweeps Punjab rural polls, Akalis down, AAP out

The party got an overwhelming mandate in all panchayat samitis polls too.

Congress candidates celebrate their win in zila parishad polls in Patiala on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 23, 2018 11:46 AM IST
Indo-Asian News Service, Chandigarh | By

Under shadow of sacrilege row, Punjab rural polls today

The polls will be held amid competitive religious populism between the traditional rivals in state politics — the Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Poll staff carrying election materials day before the panchayat elections at Khalsa College for Women in Ludhiana.(Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Sep 19, 2018 08:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Punjab FM Manpreet Badal shoots down plan for new armoured sedans for Badals

The Punjab Police security wing had sent a proposal to the finance department to replace ageing Toyota Land Cruisers in Badal and Sukhbir’s fleets

“They (Badals and Majithia) are among the richest people in north India. They are not dependent on government resources and can afford to buy bullet-proof vehicles for themselves,” Manpreet told HT.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 13, 2018 09:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Decriminalising drug use will be ousted Punjab’s anti-drug STF chief’s role in CMO

The move was seen as Amarinder clipping the wings of detractors of Punjab Police chief Suresh Arora.

Harpreet Sidhu(HT File)
Updated on Sep 12, 2018 09:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Jakhar says Congress not harping on Panthic agenda, but exposing Badals

In an interview to Sukhdeep Kaur on Monday, Jakhar said exposing Akalis does not dent secular credentials of the Congress nor is state’s communal harmony under threat.

Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 11, 2018 10:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Punjab DGP vs DGP: Enforcement Directorate examines money laundering angle in Raj Jit, Inderjit cases

Raj Jit is being probed for his alleged complicity with Inderjit in drug trafficking.

Inspector Inderjit Singh and former Moga SSP Raj Jit Singh(HT File)
Updated on Sep 06, 2018 11:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Sacrilege cases: Who ordered firing wasn’t my probe mandate, says Zora Singh

The Zora panel too had indicted police for not probing desecration cases and “unwarranted” firing at Behbal Kalan where two Sikhs were killed and seven injured.

Justice Zora Singh (retd)(HT File)
Updated on Sep 04, 2018 09:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

With eye on polls, Rahul Gandhi asked Congress to up ante against Badals

Captain Amarinder Singh’s “no vendetta” line had not gone down well with Congress rank and file and the party high command was told if things continue this way, the party may have to face its consequences in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh(HT File)
Updated on Sep 02, 2018 09:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Congress flirts with Sikh radicals to keep the poll pot boiling in Punjab

It will go down in history as a session when politics and religion were again mixed, dangerously, to toe the radical line. It is not the first time that the Congress is doing it.

In fulfilling its poll promise to bring the culprits of police firing and sacrilege incidents to justice, the Congress seems to be flirting with hardliners.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2018 09:17 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Punjab to take back sacrilege, police firing cases from CBI

Capt Amarinder said a special investigation team will be set up to probe sacrilege and firing incidents taken back from the CBI.

Only last month, Amarinder had transferred the firing incidents at Kotkapura which injured one person and Behbal Kalan where two protesters were killed, also to the CBI.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2018 08:57 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Punjab House resolves to take back sacrilege cases from CBI

The Punjab assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday to take back investigations into incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib and subsequent police firing at protesters from CBI

Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh speaks in the Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh on Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Aug 28, 2018 11:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Ranjit Singh panel indicts former CM Parkash Singh Badal, Akalis trash report

Though one person was injured at Kotkapura unlike Behbal Kalan where two Sikhs were killed, the indictment of Badal for police action has added more fire to the Congress arsenal as it debates the report on Tuesday.

Former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal(HT File)
Updated on Aug 28, 2018 09:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Patiala | By

Congress lays religious, political landmine, SAD to set off one outside House today

The Congress is all set to launch a frontal attack on the Akalis based on report’s indictment of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and SAD chief, Sukhbir Badal, for the Akal Takht’s pardon for dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in September 2015.

In the state’s competitive panthic politics, the report has given the Congress a handle to outmanoeuvre the Akalis who have been targeting it after Operation Bluestar and 1984 anti-Sikh riots.(HT File)
Updated on Aug 26, 2018 10:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Decoding the House jargon

As the three-day monsoon session of 117-member Punjab Vidhan Sabha (assembly) got underway on Friday, HT explains the meaning of frequently used terms/phrases during the proceedings.

(HT File)
Updated on Aug 25, 2018 09:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Key findings of Ranjit Singh panel have counter arguments too

HT lists some of the key observations that have counter arguments too in the report itself, leaving it open to questions.

Justice Ranjit Singh (retd)(HT File)
Updated on Aug 19, 2018 09:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Congress, Akali Dal to slug it out in House over wooing dera voters

The Congress strategy is to make political capital out of report’s indictment of the previous Badal regime for securing Akal Takht’s pardon for dera head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in September 2015.

Congress strategists believe that the Akalis will stage a walkout rather than face a debate.(HT File)
Updated on Aug 18, 2018 10:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Randhawa seeks live telecast of House debate on report

Randhawa said the Congress won the state elections promising to bring culprits of the Bargari sacrilege to justice.

Punjab jails and cooperation minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa has requested CM to allow live telecast of the debate on Justice Ranjit Singh commission report.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 14, 2018 11:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Seizing on panthic agenda, Sukhpal Khaira steals march over AAP, Akalis

As he wages a relentless war against his party after being sacked as leader of opposition, Sukhpal Khaira is now also trying to claim the panthic constituency of AAP and the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Aam Aadmi Party leaders Sukhpal Khaira and Kanwar Sandhu at a press conference in Chandigarh on Monday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 14, 2018 09:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Sacrilege incidents: Assembly session after inquiry panel submits entire report, says Punjab govt

Justice Ranjit Singh (retd) panel still to submit supplementary to Bargari report besides three reports on other incidents in state; tenure ends on August 30.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh got a breather by announcing that his government will table the report along with action taken on it in the House.(HT File)
Updated on Aug 12, 2018 01:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Meet the new ‘Gen D’ of Punjab politics

Fresh crop of dynasts may see soft launch in 2019 LS polls, emerging from behind the curtains to play active role in politics

Nirvan Singh, Arjun Badal and Mehtab Khaira.
Updated on Aug 11, 2018 10:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

No gain in pact with AAP, Punjab Congress tells high command

A divided AAP is to the advantage of the Congress, whether or not it opts for an alliance. If it does, the Congress gets better bargaining power over the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and may concede fewer seats to the former.

Amarinder had said at a Congress Working Committee meeting at New Delhi last month that the party does not need an alliance with AAP in Punjab as it had lost the support of people.(HT File)
Updated on Aug 08, 2018 09:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By

Cracked case during SAD term, but stopped from nabbing dera men: SIT head told Ranjit Singh panel

Justice Singh was tasked by the Captain Amarinder Singh government last year to probe the Bargari sacrilege and subsequent firing incidents in Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan in Faridkot district.

Police taking a Dera Sacha Sauda follower accused of sacrilege to a Moga court.(HT file)
Updated on Aug 02, 2018 10:10 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh

Badals secured Akal Takht pardon for Dera Sacha Sauda head: Ranjit Singh panel

The report, accessed by HT, also reveals that then director general of police Sumedh Singh Saini spoke to Badal hours before the police opened fire at Sikh protesters at Kotkapura chowk between 5 to 6 am on October 14, 2015.

Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and SAD president Sukhbir Badal(HT File)
Updated on Aug 01, 2018 05:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Chandigarh
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