Remove Nath from post of CM, Badal urges Sonia

CHANDIGARH: Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has urged Sonia Gandhi to remove Kamal Nath as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and let him face the law for his alleged role in anti-Sikh riots. The Delhi high court on Monday had sentenced senior Congress leader Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment for his involvement in 1984 riots. Badal said that Kumar’s convicted has paved way for other accused like Nath and Jagdish Tytler to face the action. The judiciary had provided big boost to the people’s faith in the system,…

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SFJ exposed its nexus with ISI, says Amarinder

CHANDIGARH: Reacting to Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) seeking Pakistan’s help to ‘liberate’ Punjab from India, chief minister Amarinder Singh said it had exposed the nefarious designs of the organisation and its nexus with the Pakistani army and ISI. Citing the statement of SFJ’s legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Amarinder said the cat was now well and truly out of the bag, and the truth of the deep-rooted connection between SJF and Pakistani army exposed. The statement, he said, had nailed SJF’s lies that it was a peaceful movement to build…

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Capitol Complex revival: Bids to reopen tomorrow

CHANDIGARH: Engineering department of the Chandigarh administration has decided to re-tender the Rs 37.50-crore project for restoration of Capitol Complex, a Unesco heritage site. As the UT had failed to receive the bidders during the previous bids, the engineering department has changed one major clause of the tender from Heritage Grade-1 to Heritage Grade Works to receive bidders for a healthy competition. “Earlier we had taken out separate tenders for all three buildings – Punjab and Haryana secretariat; Punjab and Haryana assemblies; and Punjab and Haryana high court. As a…

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More doctors join PGI, but get no rooms to sit in

CHANDIGARH: To tackle the issue of low doctor strength against the inflow around 8,000 patients at PGI OPD every day, the number of faculty has been enhanced manifold as demanded by the doctors. However, this has left most of them with no rooms. Presently, the total strength of the doctors is 726 which was 500 around two years ago. “We approve the intake of the faculty as it is demanded by the heads of the departments from time to time. Seeing the rush in the departments, the heads have been…

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Engineer murder: Key conspirator held

PATIALA: The Patiala police on Tuesday claimed to have cracked the murder case of a former superintending engineer of the public works department (PWD) and father-in-law of managing director of Markfed and senior IAS officer Varun Roojam, Swaran Singh Saini, who was shot dead by some unidentified persons at Uksi Sainyyan Village on the Rajpura-Sirhind stretch of NH 44 on November 18. Senior superintendent of police MS Sidhu said they have arrested 41-year-old Jagtar Singh, who is the mastermind of the murder, along his relative 32-year-old Satwinder Singh alias Narinder…

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Punjab CM undergoes minor surgery at PGIMER

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Monday underwent a minor surgery at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here for kidney stone removal. The surgery was successful and the chief minister is likely to be discharged from the hospital on Tuesday, an official spokesman said. Doctors at the PGIMER said the stone had been troubling Singh for sometime and it was decided that it must be removed as early as possible. A simple procedure, lasting about 40 minutes, was conducted on him Monday morning by a team…

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