Anti-nationals behind NY protest: Sukhbir
Saying anti-national people were behind the throwing of shoes at a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) delegation in New York on Saturday, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday questioned "the Congress support to those elements".
Addressing the media after laying the foundation stone of a sewerage project worth `185 crore in Bathinda, Sukhbir said his party's delegation had received a huge support from non-resident Indians (NRIs). "The response is historic, and if a small number of people are resorting to protests, we should not bother," he said, adding: "The protesters are anti-national people and I wonder why Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa is supporting them."
"They are against us and our country, what can we do about it?" he said. Pro-Khalistan flags had been raised during the radicals' protest in New York. About the demand from the radicals to release the Sikh prisoners serving extended jail terms, Sukhbir said the Supreme Court had forbidden the states, and the matter was before a constitutional bench.
When told that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had stated that his government was making efforts for the release of those Sikh prisoners, Sukhbir said the SAD had filed a petition in the Supreme Court for expediting the matter.
The army recruitment rally for women under the Agnipath scheme for general duty in corps of military police will be held from November 1 to 3 at Manekshaw Parade Ground in Bengaluru, a notification from the Defence ministry said. Eligibility standards Eligible candidates should be 17.5 to 23 years old, with height of 162 centimetres. Candidates need to have passed class 10/Matric with 45% marks in aggregate and 33% in each subject.
The Bombay high court on Wednesday confirmed the interim protection from arrest granted earlier to Bharatiya Janata Party leader Kirit Somaiya and his son Neil after police said that they did not have any evidence of misappropriation of funds by the duo in the INS Vikrant case. The HC was also informed that a 72-hour notice would be issued to them if they were required to be arrested.
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday made its first arrests in connection with the Bengal school recruitment scam in which former minister Partha Chatterjee and his aide Arpita Mukherjee were arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on July 23. The CBI arrested convenor of the special advisory committee, Shanti Prasad Sinha formed for the appointments and Ashok Saha, who was a secretary of the state School Service Commission.
MEERUT Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday targeted the BJP government and exhorted farmers to be united and be ready for a movement, if they wanted to protect their lives and land. Tikait was addressing the first 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' panchayat in Bitawda village in Muzaffarnagar's Budhana area on Tuesday on the call of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, which has planned a series of similar panchayats in the region in days to come.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday spoke to his Punjab counterpart Bhagwant Mann regarding disposal of sewage problem in Indira Gandhi Canal Project and its relining work. The historic work of relining about 106 km of Indira Gandhi Canal has been done by the Rajasthan government during the canal closure in the last three years. On Tuesday, Gehlot had spoken to Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project.