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HT Punjab digest: Law to bypass liquor ban, NEET topper from Muktsar, and layoffs at Hero Cycles

Been away? Need the news in one go? Here’s a wrap-up from Punjab, the neighbourhood and the diaspora for June 23.

punjab Updated: Jun 23, 2017 21:49 IST
HT Correspondents

Day after turban tossing, AAP, Akali Dal legislators walk out of Punjab assembly

Upset over the treatment meted out to legislators by assembly staff on Thursday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Shiromani Akali Dal members on Friday walked out of the Punjab assembly on the last day of the budget session. Read full story here

Punjab house passes law to bypass Supreme Court’s highway liquor ban

The Punjab assembly on Friday amended an existing excise law to change the definition of “liquor sale”, creating a loophole aimed at sidestepping a Supreme Court ban on watering holes within 500 metres of state and national highways.Read full story here

Family of NEET topper, Punjab’s Navdeep Singh, on cloud nine

Eighteen-year-old Navdeep Singh from Punjab’s Muktsar made his family proud by securing the All India Rank 1 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 on Friday. Read full story here

Hero Cycles lays off 312 workers from Ludhiana plant ‘for not keeping pace with tech’

Bicycle manufacturing giant Hero Cycles on Friday laid off 312 workers from its Ludhiana plant — 10% of the workforce — evoking a protest. While the chairman-cum-managing director (CMD), SK Rai, said the workers were paid three months’ remuneration before the severance, the workers alleged they were not served any notice. Read full story here

Speaker okays contempt of House proceedings against Sukhbir Singh Badal

A day after bedlam in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, speaker Rana KP Singh on Friday initiated proceedings against Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief and former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for contempt of the House, showing disrespect to the chair and calling him a “dictator”. Read full story here

Punjab assembly passes bill to scrap Khalsa University

The Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Friday passed the bill to repeal the Khalsa University Act. The Act passed by the previous Akali government in 2016 provided for opening a university on the premises of the historical Khalsa College in Amritsar. Read full story here

CBSE NEET 2017: Bathinda girl, Nikita Goyal, bags AIR 8

Bringing laurels to Bathinda, Nikita Goyal secured eighth rank in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), result of which was declared on Friday. She is the only girl in top 10 ranks. Read full story here

Will demolish belief that poetry has no commercial value: Sahitya Akademi awardee from Mansa

Harmanjeet Singh, 25, of Khyala Kalan village in Mansa district was announced as one of the recipients of Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in Punjabi language for his book ‘Rani Tatt’ (Royal Element) on Thursday. The awards were recommended by jury members representing 24 Indian languages and approved by the executive board of the Sahitya Akademi. Read full story here

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