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HT Punjab news digest: Sidhu’s compensation, ‘Pride of Punjab Award’, fighting drug menace, and more

Here’s a wrap-up of the day’s top news and features from Hindustan Times from the northern region and the diaspora for April 23.

punjab Updated: Apr 23, 2017 21:36 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Navjot Singh Sidhu,Drug menace,Punjabis abroad
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Sidhu announces Rs 24 lakh compensation from his own pocket to farmers who lost their crop due to fire

Punjab local bodies minister Navjot Singh Sidhu announced to give Rs. 24 lakh as compensation, from his own pocket, to farmers whose crop was gutted in fire that broke in village of Rajasansi area of Amritsar district late on Friday night. The minister also assured the farmers of all support. Read More

SGPC to bring out anthology of freedom fighters from Punjab

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to bring out an anthology of freedom fighters from Punjab. SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar said the anthology would contain their brief profiles. Read More

Punjab-born MP, hotelier win ‘Pride of Punjab Award’ in UK

Punjab-born non-resident Indians (NRIs) Virendra Sharma, Labour MP from Ealing and Southall, and Surinder Arora, founder chairman of the Arora Hotels, have won ‘Pride of Punjab Award-2017’ for their outstanding contribution to the communities in the UK. Britain’s secretary of state for communities and local government Sajid Javid presented the awards to them at the annual dinner of the Punjabi society of the British Isles on Thursday night. Read More

Fighting drug menace in Punjab: Of fatal fumes and a smokescreen

In a park in a Chandigarh sector that houses a major hospital, a man sits on a bench through the day, almost unnoticed. All you need to do is stand next to him, no salutations required; he just needs the intent that your body language will anyway convey. On some days, you may need to say the name of one of his older clients. He will get up and start walking. You will follow. He will stop somewhere and bring the stuff out of his pockets.Read More

Are we not citizens of this country, ask transgenders in Chandigarh

“When Union finance minister presented the budget earlier this year, he allocated funds for different sections of the society. However, the interest of the transgender community did not a find a mention. It never has. Are we not citizens of this country?” asks Kajal Mangalmukhi, at an event. Read More

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First Published: Apr 23, 2017 21:35 IST

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