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HT Punjab news digest: AAP MLA Khaira is new leader of oppn, Ludhiana court summons Capt, and bail to Sikh militants

Been away? Need the news in one go? Here’s a wrap-up from Punjab, the neighbourhood and the diaspora for July 20.

punjab Updated: Jul 20, 2017 21:33 IST
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Aam Aadmi Party legislator Sukhpal Khaira (HT File Photo)

AAP picks Sukhpal Khaira as leader of opposition in Punjab

Congress-turned-Aam Aadmi Party legislator Sukhpal Khaira has been appointed as the new leader of opposition in Punjab assembly. The post had fallen vacant following the resignation of Supreme Court lawyer HS Phoolka as he could not fight cases of victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots owing to the post being an office of profit with cabinet rank and perks. Read full story here

No big fish to catch in Punjab’s illicit drug trade: police chief

Even though ruling Congress MLAs made a strong pitch in the assembly to catch “big fish” in the illicit drug trade in Punjab, the state’s police chief on Thursday said that there exist none. Read full story here

HT Impact: SDO among 5 PSPCL employees booked in Rs 50-lakh billing scam

After investigating the matter for one year, the Punjab Police have registered a case in the first-of-its-kind metre reading fraud in the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). The metre reading of some consumers was changed in the computer server, causing a loss of more than Rs 50 lakh to the corporation. Read full story here

Ludhiana court issues fresh summons against Punjab CM Amarinder in an I-T case

A local court has issued fresh summons to Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh in a criminal complaint of 2016 that the income tax department has filed against him. Amarinder has been directed to make a personal appearance in court on September 18. Read full story here

Sikh militants who hijacked plane to Lahore in 1981 granted bail by Delhi court

A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to two Sikh militants, accused of hijacking an Air India plane in 1981 to Lahore, Pakistan. Read full story here

28 dead after bus falls into gorge near Rampur in Himachal Pradesh

At least 28 people died and nine injured in Himachal Pradesh’s Rampur after a private bus rolled down a gorge in the hill state on Thursday morning, police said. Read full story here

Fear of losses mount as unrest in Shimla hits tourism sector in lean season

A raft of cancellations by tourists in the wake of violence and protests in Shimla and adjacent towns following the rape and murder of a teenager in Kotkhai is threatening to the send the tourism sector into a tailspin during the lean season. Read full story here

Mamata waits for news of husband: Accused in Shimla gangrape killed in custody

Ringed by snow-capped mountains and scenic apple orchards, the small village of Hilaila in Himachal Pradesh’s Kotkhai is breathtaking in its beauty. Read full story here

‘Trump bump’ behind sharp rise in Indians applying to Canadian universities

Earlier this month, when the Canadian government’s New Delhi Immigration Section sent out an acknowledgement letter to an Indian student who had applied for a visa, it began: “Thank you for choosing Canada! We know this is a very exciting time in planning an important change in your life.” Read full story here

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First Published: Jul 20, 2017 21:33 IST