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HT Punjab news digest: Controversy over appointment of rights panel chief, CBI probe in Kotkhai rape and new cable network in Punjab

Been away? Need the news in one go? Here’s a wrap-up from Punjab, the neighbourhood and the diaspora for July 14.

punjab Updated: Jul 14, 2017 20:48 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Iqbal Ahmed Ansari,AAP in Punjab,Kotkhai rape
Villagers crossing the river on a boat in Kapurthala’s Sultanpur Lodhi sub division on Thursday.(HT Photo)

‘Illegal’ appointment of rights panel chief: AAP threatens to move HC as opposition not consulted

The appointment of Iqbal Ahmed Ansari, a former chief justice of the Patna high court, as chairman of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission by the Congress government in a hush-hush manner has led to a controversy. Read more

Man kills Bibangarh gurdwara sewadar, climbs dome to avoid arrest

The chief ‘sewadar’ of Bibangarh gurdwara was allegedly killed inside the premises by a community member, who then perched himself on the structure’s dome to evade arrest. Read more

Kotkhai rape: Govt orders CBI probe after crowd vandalises police vehicles

Succumbing to public pressure, the Himachal government on Friday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the gangrape and murder of a minor at Kotkhai. Earlier, a mob vandalised police vehicles outside the Theog police station this morning. Read more

Lost since the loss, AAP seeks structure and strategy

The rookie party was seen hobnobbing with the SAD, a party that it had reduced to third position in the polls, during the eight-day session. Read more

Hinduja group launches TV cable network in Punjab

The Hinduja Group of companies on Friday announced the successful implementation of NXT’s digital delivery platform here with its entry in Punjab. “The new project in Punjab ensures its viewers get uninterrupted viewing experience at an economical price in the market,” said Ashok Mansukhani, MD and CEO of Hinduja Media Group here. Read more

Pontoon bridge gone, now locals have only boats to cross river

Three months on, over 5000 residents in Mand area of Sultanpur Lodhi subdivision also called ‘Mini Sri Lanka’ of Punjab, are facing difficulties due to pontoon bridge dismantling. Even for routine affairs like going to school, hospital and household work the locals have to travel by boats to reach their destination. Read more

Punjab bags first innovation centre of India

Here is another feather in Punjab’s turban. The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Geneva, the United Nations agency for the promotion of intellectual property rights (IPR), has chosen the state’s capital Chandigarh to set up its first Technology Innovation and Support Centre in India. Read more

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First Published: Jul 14, 2017 20:42 IST