HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014


‘People of Punjab are very impatient, want quick results… Give me time till 2016-end’

Having crossed the halfway mark of a second consecutive term, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, de facto head of the SAD-BJP government in Punjab, has reset priorities. As the development agenda lost steam in the euphoria of back-to-back victories in assembly polls, the jolt of Lok Sabha results forced the CM-in-waiting to pull up his socks. Banking heavily on the new NDA government at the Centre, Sukhbir in an interview with HT said that, in next 30 months, all departments will get a thrust.

Honour killing: 2 get death sentence

 The court of sessions judge, Panchkula, RK Sondhi, on Wednesday sentenced a father-uncle duo from Uttar Pradesh to death for the honour killing of a 15-year-old girl.

Complaint lodged against BJP, RSS workers for manhandling cops

The police on Wednesday lodged a complaint against several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) workers for manhandling the police while holding protests on Tuesday, demanding the arrest of a Congress worker who allegedly attacked RSS workers during a brawl over the use of a park on Sunday.

HC dismisses petition on MC delimitation wards

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday dismissed the public interest litigation (PIL) challenging the decision of the Punjab government to allegedly nominate members of delimitation boards for the purpose of delimitation of wards of municipalities across the state from among workers and leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Notice issued to BJP candidate for violating model code of conduct

Taking cognizance of a two-page advertisement published in newspapers, the Gurgaon district administration on Wednesday issued a notice to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Gurgaon, Umesh Aggarwal, for violation of model code of conduct.

Srinagar floods: Holed up, robbed, govt staff ran for life

For 11 days they kept waiting for rescue or relief. None came. And before they finally escaped their flood-ravaged office at Budshah Chowk in Srinagar, the 15 women and seven men, employees of the J&K civil secretariat, were robbed while in virtual captivity in a hostile environment.

'Timely delivery of services underRight to Service Act should be ensured'

Timely delivery of services being offered under the Right to Service Act should be ensured in the state and in case of any negligence strict action would be taken, HS Kandhola, director, governance reforms, said on Wednesday.

AAP give ideas on implementation of National Food Security Act

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers on Wednesday met Danis Ashraf, director food and civil supplies, and gave him suggestions about the implementation of National Food Security Act, 2013.

Violations continue at Elante Mall's paid parking lot

The enforcement wing of municipal corporation (MC) on Wednesday conducted a surprise check at the paid parking lot of Elante Mall and found violations.

Nagra-SDM row causes war of words between SAD-BJP, Cong leaders

The row over a recent tiff between Congress MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra and Fatehgarh Sahib SDM Pooja Syal Grewal has set off a war of words between the Congress and the SAD-BJP leaders.

IAS gets additional charge; 2 SDMs reshuffled

Punjab’s joint development commissioner and secretary of rural development and panchayats, Gurdev Singh Ghuman, IAS, has been given additional charge as secretary, Punjab State Board for Technical Education and Industrial Training, a spokesman said here.

Hotels around Golden Temple searched

Taking no risk over an extortion call received by the SGPC from an unidentified person a couple of days ago, the Amritsar police on Wednesday searched hotels around the Golden Temple. A police official told that the exercise was done to keep out suspicious visitors.

HC posts CM's IT return case for Sep 24

Himachal Pradesh high court on Wednesday posted the petitions filed by chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his family members challenging an order of income tax commissioner, Shimla, to transfer the cases relating to investigations into their income tax returns to Chandigarh for September 24.

Double taxation in VAT and service tax under HC scanner

The practice of charging value-added tax (VAT) and service tax on the entire bill amount by hotels and restaurants has come under the scanner of the Punjab and Haryana high court. 

BJP should introspect bypoll losses, says Badal

A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) received a blow in assembly byelections in a number of states, its ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) advised it to introspect the causes of defeat.
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