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HT Punjab news digest: International Yoga Day, poisoned burger, and no mention of free girl education in budget

Been away? Need the news in one go? Here’s a wrap-up from Punjab, the neighbourhood and the diaspora for June 21.

punjab Updated: Jun 21, 2017 21:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Punjab government,Punjab chief minister captain Amarinder Singh,International Yoga Day
From left: Union health minister JP Nadda , Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore and Chandigarh BJP chief Sanjay Tandon during the 3rd International Yoga day 2017 at Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh on Wednesday.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

Yoga best way to gain happiness: Union health minister JP Nadda on International Yoga Day

The Sector 17 Plaza in Chandigarh was the main venue for the event of 3rd International Yoga Day on Wednesday. Read full story here

Poverty drives youth to share poisoned burger with siblings, 5 dead

Poverty drove the 21-year-old son of a migrant labourer to poison and kill his four minor siblings before committing suicide, police said here on Wednesday. Read full story here

Promised by Captain on budget eve, free girl education finds no mention in Punjab budget

Even as chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on the budget eve announced free education for girls from nursery to the doctorate level in government institutes of Punjab, the populist measure found no mention in finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal’s speech on Tuesday. Read full story here

Punjab’s near empty treasury a worry for Amarinder govt but no backing down on promises

A day after the Congress government led by Capt Amarinder Singh in Punjab said it inherited an almost empty treasury from the Akali-BJP government that ruled the state for a decade, its finance minister Manpreet Badal announced cash-guzzling freebies in line with the party manifesto, including farm debt waiver for farmers and free smartphones. Read full story here

Akalis mortgaged Punjab’s revenues, pledged properties to raise loans, says Amarinder govt in white paper

The Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab has accused the Akali-BJP government of abusing government entities to raise loans during its 10-year rule. Read full story here

Punjab’s growth rate is below all-India average, trails behind Haryana, Bihar, Goa

Punjab’s financial decline has seamlessly merged into its economic decline, making it one of the slow growing states of the country. Read full story here

Akalis demand apology from Sidhu for ‘casteist remarks’ against Adampur MLA Tinu

The Shiromani Akali Dal demanded an apology from Punjab local government minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for insulting Adampur MLA Pawan Tinu and refusing to answer his question in the assembly on Wednesday. Read full story here

Punjab schoolteachers upset over column on ‘attire’ in ACR

A month after facing criticism over a controversial order on the dress code for teachers in government schools, the Punjab government has come up with a new format of the annual confidential report (ACR), wherein “attire” would be one of the criteria to judge the teachers’ performance, a teachers’ union claimed on Wednesday. Read full story here

Panjab University community radio collaborates with BBC, UNICEF for new show

Panjab University (PU)’s community radio, Radio Jyotirgamaya 91.2MHz, has collaborated with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for a youth oriented show as it launched new show, ‘Full On Nikki’, from Monday. Read full story here

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First Published: Jun 21, 2017 21:54 IST