[Delhi,Chd] Punjab Cong Leader Surinder Singla Passes Away Capt Condoles
Punjab’s former finance minister Surinder Singla died today at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, after he was rushed there complaining of breathlessness.
According to family sources, Singla (78) breathed his last around 6 am at AIIMS
Singla was a senior state Congress leader and belonged to Samana town in Patiala district.
He was a former Rajya Sabha member from Punjab. He last represented the Bathinda Assembly constituency and was Punjab’s finance minister during the previous Congress government of Capt Amarinder Singh.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh condoled the death and hailed his contribution in developing Bathinda constituency.
He Tweeted “Sad to hear about demise of my friend and my former cabinet colleague Surinder Singla.
“As finance minister in my previous stint he brought in many significant reforms. His development work for his constituency Bathinda was exemplary. We all will miss you dear friend
[WashingtonDC] Trump Allows Joint Family Detention Of Illegal Migrants
President Donald J Trump Signs Executive Order Allowing Joint Family Detention
Trump Hits headlines again by signing an executive order to end the practice of separating children from parents accused of illegally crossing the border
Migrant children are kept in cages photos which disturbed many friendly countries also
British Prime Minister Theresa May said images from the United States of migrant children kept in cages were “deeply disturbing” and that she would press President Donald Trump on the issue
Chief Minister of Punjab India Capt Amarinder Singh on Twitter requested Smt Sushma Swaraj MEA for intervention regarding media reports of detention of Sikhs & other illegal immigrants held in alleged inhuman conditions at Oregon detention centre in US and to provide necessary help.
Local Media says that 52 illegal migrants mostly Sikhs are held in custody Their children are kept in separate cages
[Chd,Pb]Pb Cabinet Congratulated Gandhis For Win of four MLAs
The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has congratulated Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi on the party’s excellent performance in the Assembly elections, for which results were announced today.
Congress has registered victory on four Assembly seats, including Shahkot in Punjab
“Heartiest congratulations from Punjab cabinet to Smt Sonia Gandhi ji and @RahulGandhi for excellent performance of @INCIndia in 3 Assembly bypolls & deferred poll on 1 K’nataka seat. Party’s resurgence continues under your dynamic leadership. A clear sign of things to come.” Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted after the Cabinet meeting, which noted, with satisfaction, the revival of the Congress in recent months.
[Chd,Pb]Pb CM Also Joins Party and Raises Voice Against K’nataka’s Gov
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has hailed latest developments in Karnataka Assembly
Reacting to the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa ahead of the crucial floor test, the Chief Minister said Indian democracy had been saved from total desecration at the hands of the power-hungry BJP, thanks to the Supreme Court, which had come to the rescue to uphold the Constitution of the country.
CM Said ,Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala should immediately step down on ethical grounds in view of the developments in the House,The august office of the Governor had been maligned and denigrated by Vala and the Supreme Court should order his dismissal if he fails to resign,
Captain Amarinder Singh lauded the role of the apex court in the matter, saying the judiciary still offered a ray of hope in the darkness into which India had been plunged by the malevolent forces spearheaded by the BJP.
He also commended the party leaders and MLAs in Karnataka for refusing to succumb to the pressures and temptations that were reportedly being forced their way by the BJP in the run-up to the floor test.
[Chd,Pb]Pb CM Hails SC Sparing His Tourism Minister Sidhu
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict which spared state Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu a jail term in a 1988 road rage case.
“I welcome SC judgement in the road rage case against @sherryontopp. His acquittal on culpable homicide charges shows justice has prevailed. I’d always maintained that there was nothing willful in his act, and the judges have also upheld the same. Law has duly taken its course,”
The Supreme Court today convicted Sidhu for voluntarily causing hurt to a 65-year-old man but spared him a jail term in the 1988 road rage case and imposed a Rs 1,000 fine on him.
A bench of justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul reversed the findings of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had convicted the cricketer-turned-politician for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and had sentenced him to three years in jail.
Ironically, on April 12, the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government had favoured in the top court the high court’s judgement convicting and awarding of the three-year jail term to Sidhu.
At that time, the chief minister had maintained that his government had taken the only legally tenable stand in the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Punjab Congress chief and Gurdaspur MP Sunil Jakhar said truth has been victorious while reacting to the Supreme Court verdict in the road rage case involving Sidhu.
[Chd,Pb] Pb Govt to Generate Rs 200 Cr From Development Tax
Capt Amarinder Singh led Punjab government is likely to notify next week the Punjab State Development Tax , which is expected to generate a revenue of Rs 150-200 crore,
The government had announced to impose Rs 200 per month Punjab State Development Tax in the budget session last month.
As part of the additional resource mobilization measures, the state development tax was proposed to be imposed on the income tax payees, who are engaged in professions, trades, callings and employments, earning Rs 30,000 per month and above.
Punjab government had cited states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu which have been collecting this tax for a long time.
Asked when the surcharge on petroleum products was going to be imposed, Badal said it has not been decided yet.
Punjab had also proposed to levy a social security surcharge not exceeding Rs two per litre on the sale of petrol and/or diesel which are subject to Punjab VAT levied under Punjab VAT Act, 2005.
[New Delhi] Capt&High Command Agree To Expand Pb Cabinet With New 9
9 new cabinet ministers are set to take oath tomorrow in Punjab,
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has approved their names in a meeting with state chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh.
The new ministers are
Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa,
Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria,
Vijay Inder Singla,
Bharat Bhushan Ashu,
Shyam Sunder Arora,
O P Soni,
Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi,
Gurpreet Singh Kangar and
Swearing-in ceremony will take place tomorrow at 6 pm at Punjab Raj Bhawan.
The state chief minister held a second round of discussion with Rahul Gandhi today before announcing the names.
They held a similar meeting yesterday and Amarinder was asked by Rahul Gandhi to provide the seniority list of the MLAs.
At present there are nine ministers, including Amarinder Singh, and with nine new ministers, the Punjab government will touch the maximum strength of 15 per cent of the state assembly.
[Chd,Pb] Capt,Batting for Sidhu,Turn Down Action In Road Rage Case
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today scotched speculation that the Congress leader would be resigning from the state cabinet.
The Chief Minister said there was no question of asking Sidhu, the Tourism, Culture and Local Government minister, to quit.
Last week, the state government in the Supreme Court had favoured the Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict convicting and awarding a three-year jail term to Sidhu in the 1988 case. Gurnam Singh, a Patiala resident, had died after he was given fist blow by Sidhu.
Amarinder pointed out that the apex court had stayed Sidhu’s conviction in 2007 and was yet to pronounce its final verdict on his petition challenging the high court order.
The question of the minister resigning, merely because the state government had repeated its stand of 30-years in the case before the Supreme Court, did not arise,
The categorical clarification from the Chief Minister came amid reports suggesting that Sidhu had been asked to resign, and also in the wake of the demand from the opposition that he should step down.
In September 1999, a trial court had acquitted Sidhu of the murder charge. However, the High Court reversed the verdict and held him and co-accused Rupinder Singh Sandhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in December, 2006.
The high court sentenced them to three-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on the convicts.
Opposition mounting attack on Punjab Local Body Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in this 30 years old case