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Punjab news digest: Army on Golden Temple items; CM on scotch bottles; and fate of girls in orphanages

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

punjab Updated: Jul 21, 2017 20:59 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Johnnie Walker,Amarinder Singh,Operation Bluestar

Johnnie Walker scotch bottles disappear from Punjab govt testing lab! CM orders probe

Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered an inquiry into the alleged disappearance of 98 bottles of Johnnie Walker scotch from the Punjab State Drug Food and Chemical Testing Laboratory, Kharar. Read more

Op Bluestar: Army does not have manuscripts, other items missing from Golden Temple, says Centre

The Indian Army does not possess any manuscripts and other historical documents reportedly missing from the Golden Temple after Operation Bluestar in 1984, the defence ministry has said. It claims the manuscripts and other items were handed over to the state government and other agencies; but it mentions no dates. Read more

Man who escaped police custody in P’kula booked for gangster’s murder in Kotkapura

An undertrial prisoner who escaped the custody of Panchkula police in June has been booked for the murder last week of a 25-year-old gangster, Lavi Deora, in Kotkapura near here. Deepak Kumar, who belongs to Bhiwani in Haryana, was identified and booked along with Sampat Nehra of Chandigarh on Friday, while a man named Bhola ‘Shooter’ was already booked for the murder. Read more

Ambika Soni wants to leave charge of hilly states, ‘not quitting Congress’

Congress general secretary Ambika Soni today dismissed reports of her resignation from the party, saying she had asked the leadership to lighten her duties due to her health. Soni is in-charge of party affairs in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu and Kashmir. Read more

No takers at home, girls in Punjab orphanages find homes abroad

Lalita (not real name), all of seven, was sent to an orphanage after she was spotted begging near a Bathinda police station in August last year. This September, she will be moving to Italy, where a childless European couple will bring her up as their own daughter. Read more

As opposition leader, Sukhpal Khaira is bad news for both Congress, SAD

He is a man with many epithets in Punjab politics. Aam Aadmi Party’s Sukhpal Khaira, the state’s new leader of opposition, is known as a one-man demolition squad, a firebrand, abrasive, and even a misguided missile, as his attacks on the enemy camp can claim a casualty or two even within his own party. Read more

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First Published: Jul 21, 2017 20:59 IST