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HT Punjab News Digest: Presidential polling ends, Sushma on missing Punjabis and launch of Uber bikes

Been away? Need the news in one go? Here’s a wrap-up from Punjab, the neighbourhood and the diaspora for July 17.

punjab Updated: Jul 17, 2017 21:12 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustabn Times, Chandigarh
Presidential polls,Pastor murder
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh casting his vote for Presidential elections at Punjab Vidhan Sabha.(HT Photo)

Punjab reviewing retirement policy of govt employees: Amarinder

The Punjab government is reviewing the provision of extension of retirement age for two years, over and above the age of 58, in a bid to increase more employment opportunities, chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh said here on Monday. Read full story here

Legislators cast their votes in Punjab, Haryana assemblies to elect 14th President of India

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar and senior Akali leader Parkash Singh Badal were among those who cast their votes for the presidential poll here today. Read full story here

Presidential election: Votes of legislators Simarjit Bains, Parminder Dhindsa cancelled

The votes of Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Parminder Singh Dhindsa and Lok Insaf Party’s Simarjit Singh Bains were cancelled in the polling held to elect the 14th President of India at Punjab Vidhan Sabha here on Monday. Read full story here

Uber bike taxi service to be launched in Punjab on July 24

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh will flag off the first set of 100 Uber bike taxis on July 24, under a new scheme aimed at generating jobs for the state’s unemployed youth. Read full story here

Kin disheartened as Swaraj says missing Punjabis are in ISIS-zone

After Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj informed the families of Indians missing in Iraq that they might be in Badush jail which was yet to be freed from terror group ISIS, the families who were in Delhi on Sunday are a disheartened lot. Read full story here

Former Indian cricketer Joginder Sharma’s father stabbed, robbed in Rohtak

On Saturday night, when 68-year-old Om Prakash was closing his confectionary shop near Kathmandi in Rohtak, two youths in early their 20s came to purchase cold drinks and cigarettes. After leaving, they returned few minutes later and attacked Sharma. Read full story here

Pastor’s murder in Ludhiana: Christians lay siege to NH 1

A day after a pastor, Sultan Masih, was shot dead by two motorcycle-borne men, members of the Christian community blocked traffic on the Jalandhar Bypass Chowk on National Highway (NH) 1 for five hours, demanding the arrest of the killers. Read full story here

Kotkhai rape: Himachal Police special units short of women staffers

Even as a global petition on the rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Shimla district’s Kotkhai tehsil raised questions about women’s safety, various units of Himachal Pradesh, particularly crime investigating departments, are facing an acute shortage of women staffers. Read full story here

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First Published: Jul 17, 2017 21:12 IST