Teen-aged boy suspected of killing Indian elderly man in Brampton park, Canada

Amarjit Singh Bhatnagar, a 73-year old from Rupnagar, Punjab died because of injuries he had suffered during robbery at Brampton park in Canada. He and his 44-year old son were walking in the Aloma Park when they were robbed by two boys on June 12. He was pushed down and suffered injury on his head. He later died in the hospital on June 14. A 15-year-old boy was arrested and is charged with manslaughter and robbery.
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Amarjit Singh Bhatnagar, a 73-year old from Rupnagar, Punjab died because of injuries he had suffered during robbery at Brampton park in Canada. He and his 44-year old son were walking in the Aloma Park when they were robbed by two boys on June 12. He was pushed down and suffered injury on his head. He later died in the hospital on June 14.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested and is charged with manslaughter and robbery.



Teen-aged boy suspected of killing Indian elderly man in Brampton park, Canada

Amarjit Singh Bhatnagar, a 73-year old from Rupnagar, Punjab died because of injuries he had suffered during robbery at Brampton park in Canada. He and his 44-year old son were walking in
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Amarjit Singh Bhatnagar, a 73-year old from Rupnagar, Punjab died because of injuries he had suffered during robbery at Brampton park in Canada. He and his 44-year old son were walking in the Aloma Park when they were robbed by two boys on June 12. He was pushed down and suffered injury on his head. He later died in the hospital on June 14.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested and is charged with manslaughter and robbery.

Panchkula MC Apathy towards Residents

It was very shocking to see the height of Muncipal Corporation of Panchkula's apathy towards keeping the city safe and clean. The MC is wasting public money and creating road hazards. It
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It was very shocking to see the height of Muncipal Corporation of Panchkula’s apathy towards keeping the city safe and clean. The MC is wasting public money and creating road hazards.

It was very disappointing to see the following picture published in The Tribune, May 21, 2018.

Isn’t it the job of the contractor to remove debris? How can contractor get the completion certificate and payment released?

Courtesy: The Tribune: Panchkula MC spent Rs 9.37 lakh on razing 14 bus queue shelters

9 out of 10 India’s Score – Nothing To Brag

The latest World Health Organizations's (WHO) report for most polluted city is out. It may not to be surprising that India is in the list but the numbers are astonishing. Nine of
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The latest World Health Organizations’s (WHO) report for most polluted city is out. It may not to be surprising that India is in the list but the numbers are astonishing. Nine of the 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India, and it has claimed the top spot.

Kanpur in U.P. tops the list of world cities with the highest levels of PM2.5 in 2016 with the score of 173. Faridabad, Haryana is competing neck-to-neck with Pm2.5 level of 172. In Punjab, Patiala is on the top with count of 101 and figures in the top 20 most polluted cities of the world.

PM2.5 are deadly air particles, which can increase the likelihood of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

According to WHO, 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe air containing high levels of pollutants. WHO estimates that around 7 million people die every year from exposure to polluted air.

Courtesy: bbc.co.uk
For more information visit. World Health Organization’s Website.

Not So Good News for Indians – Press Freedom

India has dropped two positions in the Press Freedom Index. The attacks on journalists in the reason behind it, especially the death of Gauri Lankesh. Norway has maintained its top position. North
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India has dropped two positions in the Press Freedom Index. The attacks on journalists in the reason behind it, especially the death of Gauri Lankesh. Norway has maintained its top position. North Korea is at the bottom of the list. India stands at 138 out of 180. Its global score is 43.24. In 2017 its score was 42.94. Norway has a score of 7.63. India’s neighbors, China ranks at 176 (score 78.29) and Pakistan is at 139 (score 43.24).

According to Reporters Without Borders:
With Hindu nationalists trying to purge all manifestations of “anti-national” thought from the national debate, self-censorship is growing in the mainstream media and journalists are increasingly the targets of online smear campaigns by the most radical nationalists, who vilify them and even threaten physical reprisals. At least three of the journalists murdered in 2017 were targeted in connection with their work. They included the newspaper editor Gauri Lankesh, who had been the target of a hate campaign on social networks. Three other journalists were killed for their professional activity in March 2018. Prosecutions are also used to gag journalists who are overly critical of the government, with some prosecutors invoking Section 124a of the penal code, under which “sedition” is punishable by life imprisonment. No journalist has so far been convicted of sedition but the threat encourages self-censorship. Coverage of regions that the authorities regard as sensitive, such as Kashmir, continues to be very difficult. Foreign reporters are barred from the region and the Internet is often disconnected there. When not detained, Kashmiri journalists working for local media outlets are often the targets of violence by soldiers acting with the central government’s tacit consent.

Source: Reporters Without Borders

Helmet going to be must for women in Chandigarh

It will be compulsory for all women two-wheeler drivers and riders to wear helmet. The exception will be only to Sikh women wearing turban. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken
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It will be compulsory for all women two-wheeler drivers and riders to wear helmet. The exception will be only to Sikh women wearing turban.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken suo motu notice of the issue of safety of women, including Sikhs, while riding pillion or driving two-wheelers of any class or description and exemption given to them from wearing headgear under the Motor Vehicle Rules.

The UT Administration has invited objections and suggestions from city residents, likely to be affected by this amendment, within 30 days.

Earlier court asked Chandigarh Administration: Is there any difference between the skull of a male and a female?

Youth from Jalandhar shot dead in Mississippi

A 21-year-old youth, Sandeep Singh, from Jalandhar was shot dead in Jackson city of Mississippi, US, on November 27. He was shot dead late night near his apartment after robbery. The three
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A 21-year-old youth, Sandeep Singh, from Jalandhar was shot dead in Jackson city of Mississippi, US, on November 27. He was shot dead late night near his apartment after robbery.

The three youth victims were standing outside their home when an armed masked man demanded their belongings. The suspect later fled on foot after taking money and cell phones from the victims.

“Sandeep after handing over his 200 dollars and iPhone 7 to robbers immediately ran towards his car. The robbers then fired two bullets on him suspecting that Singh went to take his revolver from the car,” Balwinder said.

Video of Punjab minister Dharamsot threatening Nabha principal goes viral

Full story: The Tribune: A video of Congress minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot "threatening" a school principal in Nabha for putting his name at number three on the inauguration stone has gone viral...
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Tricity residents delighted on recent service charge notification

Chandigarh, January 3: Though people dining in city beautiful were no longer paying service charge, the restaurants and hotels were charging hefty amounts in adjoining cities. Customers felt cheated when they were
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Chandigarh, January 3: Though people dining in city beautiful were no longer paying service charge, the restaurants and hotels were charging hefty amounts in adjoining cities. Customers felt cheated when they were forced to shell out money, especially for the service that was not up to their satisfaction.

The recent notification by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution that “the service charge should be levied based on the discretion of the customer and that this is not a mandatory payment”, is a great relief for many. This will also force restaurants to improve the service. Service charge up to 20% in addition to other taxes makes dining pinch a lot when it is time to pay.

Chandigarh is always a better place as compared to it neighbors. The administration here is more responsive to its residents. The elective governments in Punjab and Haryana are not sympathetic to its residents. Residents of Mohali and Panchkula should make their voice heard and take Chandigarh as an example to force their elected representatives to make resident friendly policies.

Protest at Leamington Spa Sikh temple ‘ceremonial’

All but one of the "bladed weapons" seized after 55 people were arrested at a protest at a Sikh temple were ceremonial, police said.
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Punjab to provide cheapest power to industry: Sukhbir Singh Badal

Chandigarh, July 27: Punjab today achieved the unique milestone of offering the lowest power tariff in the country to existing small scale industry as well as new industry by fixing a power
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Chandigarh, July 27: Punjab today achieved the unique milestone of offering the lowest power tariff in the country to existing small scale industry as well as new industry by fixing a power tariff of Rs 4.99 per unit for both these categories. It also gave a major concession to heavy industry by waiving off peak load restrictions besides reducing power tariff of all other industrial categories.

Announcing this bonanza today, the deputy chief minister said the State government had decided to reduce power tariff of the small industrial sector even beyond that recommended by the State regulatory commission and that the tariff had been reduced from Rs 5.85 per unit to Rs 4.99 per unit. He said the State had decided to provide a subsidy of Rs 50 crore to ensure relief to the small industry.

Similarly Mr Badal said the medium scale industry would get power at Rs. 5.99 per unit while earlier it was Rs. 6.38 per unit and the large scale industry would get power at Rs. 6.35 per unit whereas earlier it was Rs. 6.46 resulting in reduction by 36 and 11 paisa per unit respectively.

Announcing a major initiative, the Deputy Chief Minister said the peak load hours restrictions surcharge was earlier being levied at Rs. 2 per unit on the industry but now this charge has been waived off thereby giving a relief of Rs. 200 crore per month to the industry. He also said this would also reduce the use of generators leading to decrease in the environmental pollution in the state also.

Coming to the transmission and distribution (T&D) losses, the Deputy Chief Minister expressed strong hope that these losses would be reduced from the present 14 percent to the level of 10 percent during the course of next 5 years resulting in saving of Rs. 1000 crore approximately of the state exchequer which would in turn lead to Punjab occupying numero uno spot in comparison to the other states.

Disclosing more, S. Badal said before 2007, the state power sector reeled from the inadequate generation capacity leading to long power cuts and weekly off days on industry, overloaded transmission and distribution system, inadequate power supply, high T&D losses, no IT intervention for consumer services besides financial crunch. But this gloomy scenario changed for the better with the SAD-BJP government taking over in 2007.

Giving details he said the SAD-BJP government had commissioned 3 ultra modern power plants having installed capacity of 3920 MW at a cost of more than Rs. 23000 crore besides increasing total availability from little more than 7000 MW to nearly 13000 MW. He also said that with the persistent efforts of the SAD-BJP government the additional allocation of 2272.13 MW power from 6 ultra mega power projects was made.

Giving more details, the Deputy Chief Minister said an ultra modern critical thermal power plant to generate 2400 MW power at Rupnagar would be setup by replacing the old plant. Besides, another thermal power project near Hazipur in Mukerian (Hoshiarpur) has been planned with 1320 MW (2X660 MW) capacity.

Highlighting transmission and distribution as one of the high performing sectors, the Deputy Chief Minister said transmission capacity had increased from 16000 MVA to nearly 28000 MVA and T&D losses have been reduced from 24 percent to nearly 14 percent. He also said SAD-BJP tenure has seen investment of more than 4000 crore in the transmission system besides Punjab becoming the first state to have 400 KV ring main for intra state transmission system. Besides, the PSPCL had commissioned 177 new 66KV grid sub-stations and augmented 256, 66 KV grid sub stations.

Providing more insights, the Deputy Chief Minister said all the farmers holding less than 2.5 acres of land were being given tubewell connections and the target is to release 1.50 lakh more connections. He also said that 6500 dera/dhanies would be provided 24×7 power supply by the end of this year while the 2100 dera/dhanies had already been connected with UPS feeders.

Listing other achievements, S. Badal said free power up to 200 units every month is being provided to every SC/BPL households along with free electricity to all the tubewells and subsidized tariff for fishery, goatry, piggery and mushroom growers to encourage crop diversification.

He also said that in view of the above mentioned milestones, the PSPCL has been awarded with A+ rating by the Union Government besides being conferred “Best performing power utility in the country” award by the Central board of Irrigation & Power.

Cautioning the AAP and Congress parties to desist from defaming the state, he challenged them to spell out their developmental agenda and compete with the SAD-BJP government on the plank of progress and development instead of leveling baseless allegations and bringing disrepute to the state.

Taking to task those responsible for branding Punjab as a drug haven, the Deputy Chief Minister said as per the union government’s reply in the Rajya Sabha, Maharashtra State leads in maximum number of deaths related to the usage of drugs. He said in 2014 a total of 3647 suicides were reported throughout the country due to drug problem out of which Maharashtra alone accounted for 1372 while Tamil Nadu reported 552, Kerala 475 and Madhya Pradesh 305 whereas Punjab accounted for just 38 deaths which comes around to 1 percent of the total deaths. “With these figures Punjab stands at 12th position and the data refutes the malicious propaganda of opposition parties which are resorting to defame the state”, he said.

On the occasion, industry minister Madan Mohan Mittal, rural development & panchayats minister Sikander Singh Maluka, CPS Sarup Chand Singla, media advisor to the Deputy CM Jangveer Singh, Secretary power A. Venu Parsad, special principal secretary to the Deputy CM Rahul Tewari and Ajay Mahajan and chairman PSPCL K.D. Chaudhari were also present.

Kejriwal is a ‘frustrated’ man: Badal

Barnala, Jul 29 (PTI) On a day Arvind Kejriwal attacked Punjab's ruling Akali Dal on the drug issue, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today hit back saying the Delhi chief minister was
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Barnala, Jul 29 (PTI) On a day Arvind Kejriwal attacked Punjab’s ruling Akali Dal on the drug issue, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today hit back saying the Delhi chief minister was a “frustrated man” unaware of the dignity of his chair.

Badal said it doesn’t behove of a chief minister to issue statements as given by Kejriwal against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and even against the Akali leadership.

Interacting with the mediapersons on the sidelines of his ‘Sangat Darshan’ programme in Bhadaur assembly segment here, he said the irrational and baseless allegations levelled by Kejriwal – without any proof – reflect his hollow personality.

“Throughout my life I have been a votary of morality and I firmly believe that Kejriwal must desist from issuing such statements just for sake of scoring brownie points,” he said.

Kejriwal, AAP’s national convenor, earlier today attacked the Punjab government after getting bail in a defamation case filed by the state Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

Renewing his allegations against Majithia, brother-in-law of SAD chief and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, Kejriwal said Punjab was in a “bad state” due to the drug issue.

Badal claimed that due to its pro-people policies the SAD-BJP alliance would return to power in the state.

“Punjab Congress chief Capt Amarinder Singh and Kejriwal must stop dreaming about coming to power in the state as people will repose their faith in growth and welfare oriented policies of alliance,” Badal asserted.

On a query regarding possibility of former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the chief minister said it would hardly have any effect.

He reiterated that people of the state have a strong dislike for “political opportunists and turncoats” and the people would teach a lesson to Sidhu for deceiving the BJP.

Earlier addressing the public gatherings during Sangat Darshan programme in Shehna, Jangiana and Bhaduar, the chief minister, while assailing the state Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh for “misleading” the people on Sutlej Yamuna Link canal issue, said that distortion of facts by Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar could not absolve him or his party from the sin of hatching the conspiracy to rob the waters of state.

Courtesy: http://ptinews.com

Sanjay Dutt to star in Mahesh Manjrekar’s next movie

Mumbai, Jul 29 (PTI) Actor Sanjay Dutt, who celebrates his 57th birthday on Friday, has been finalised to play the lead in director Mahesh Manjrekar's next, which is a remake of 2008
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Mumbai, Jul 29 (PTI) Actor Sanjay Dutt, who celebrates his 57th birthday on Friday, has been finalised to play the lead in director Mahesh Manjrekar’s next, which is a remake of 2008 superhit Marathi film “De Dhakka”.

Manjrekar and Dutt have earlier collaborated in films like “Vaastav”, “Kurukshetra”, “Hathyar” and “Rakht”.

“I met Sanju after a long while and I realised he has matured a lot, looked fresh and fit. Initially, I was contemplating working with him on something different, that would surprise the audience,” the filmmaker said in a statement.

“Then ‘De Dhakka’ came and I felt it was the perfect subject. Sanjay will have the family audience and youth rooting.”

The film, which will be a laugh riot blending with an emotional journey of a family, is being produced by “Sarbjit” filmmaker Omung Kumar and Sandeep Singh.

“We are really proud to come into an association with Maheshji as producers and are very confident that De Dhakka’s remake in Hindi will impress the audiences and critics equally as it did in Marathi,” the producer duo said.

Courtesy: http://ptinews.com

Dia Mirza named ambassador for ‘Swachh Saathi’ programme

Mumbai, Jun 6 (PTI) Bollywood actress Dia Mirza has been named the ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission's youth-based 'Swachh Saathi' (student internship) programme. The "Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein" star will take
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Mumbai, Jun 6 (PTI) Bollywood actress Dia Mirza has been named the ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission’s youth-based ‘Swachh Saathi’ (student internship) programme.

The “Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein” star will take forward the message of the government’s ‘Swachh Saathi’ programme, which she hails as the most important part to realise the dream of a clean country.

“Swachh Bharat is among the most important initiatives taken up by the government and I believe that the Swachh Saathi programme will be an extremely important part of our dream to realise a clean, healthy and environmentally conscious youth and country,” Dia, 34, said in a statement.

Under the Swachh Saathi programme, more than 2,000 interns would be enrolled, who would coordinate with around 10,000 schools across the country and ensure that all students in these schools take the pledge for Clean India, the statement read.

“Dia is a youth icon and has been an active campaigner for Swachh Bharat. We felt that she would be the best person to help us reach out to more youngsters. Our aim is to make it a viral youth led movement,” Swachh Bharat mission director Praveen Prakash said.

As the ambassador, the actress would interact with school and college students from across the country through awareness sessions, community cleaning activities and motivational videos.

“Over the years I have tried to engage as many minds as possible to understand that our planet and our country need the immediate involvement of all its citizens, so that we can take responsibility and make our world a better place to live in,” Dia said.

Courtesy: http://ptinews.com

Sikh man shot dead in US

New York, Jun 2 (PTI) A 47-year-old Sikh gas station owner was shot dead in the US city of Newark and the victim's family is suspecting a hate crime. Davinder Singh was
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New York, Jun 2 (PTI) A 47-year-old Sikh gas station owner was shot dead in the US city of Newark and the victim’s family is suspecting a hate crime.

Davinder Singh was shot at the gas station yesterday, a report in NBC New York said.

Singh, of Iselin, was found unresponsive at the gas station and taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Singh’s son, Jatinder Singh, said that he thought his father, who had moved to the US from India 25 years ago may have been targeted because he was Sikh and wore a turban.

There was no struggle, no confrontation, Jatinder said.

“I don’t know what else it could be other than a hate crime,” he said.

Jatinder said that his father was “the best man I ever knew” and that the family had worried about him working in Newark.

He said the his father had been robbed before but had always fought back.

But on Monday afternoon, he didn’t even have a chance.

“My dad came out to get some fresh air and the male came up to my dad, pointed a gun and shot him point-blank,” he said in the report.

Detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the shooting.

They didn’t comment as to whether the case is being investigated as a hate crime, according to the report.

Courtesy: http://ptinews.com

Priyanka should enter active politics: Amarinder

New Delhi, Jun 2 (PTI) After batting for change of guard in Congress, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh today called for the entry of Priyanka Gandhi into active politics saying she is
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New Delhi, Jun 2 (PTI) After batting for change of guard in Congress, Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh today called for the entry of Priyanka Gandhi into active politics saying she is a “sharp young woman” and should handle party affairs.

“I have always said Priyanka should enter active politics.

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka will both complement each other.

They can decide what roles to play,” he said after emerging from the meeting with Rahul Gandhi on Punjab polls.

Amarinder has batted for a change of guard in Congress, saying Sonia Gandhi can hand over the charge to Rahul if she is feeling tired after having worked as party chief since 1998.

He had yesterday said that time is right for Rahul Gandhi to take over from his mother as Congress President and favoured Priyanka’s entry into active politics.

“Sonia Gandhi is a brilliant leader. I have said that she has been working (as Congress President) for the last 20 years. If she feels that time has come to give it to a new generation, then she should pass it on and we will fully support Rahul (to take over),” he said while replying to a question whether time has come for Congress Vice-President to take over from Sonia Gandhi.

Speculation is rife of a possible elevation of Rahul in the party amid demands by several party leaders for a shake-up and “surgery” in Congress in the wake of party’s drubbings in recent assembly elections.

Amarinder is leading the Congress campaign ahead of crucial 2017 Punjab assembly polls, where the opposition party is eyeing to wrest power from the SAD-BJP combine.

Courtesy: http://ptinews.com

Making Chandigarh Polio Free

The Sub National Immunization Day Pulse Polio campaign covering high risk areas of Chandigarh is scheduled on 29th & 30th May 2016. In the two days activity as per the previous rounds,
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The Sub National Immunization Day Pulse Polio campaign covering high risk areas of Chandigarh is scheduled on 29th & 30th May 2016. In the two days activity as per the previous rounds, the children upto the age of 5years are given Oral Polio Drops. These doses are in addition to OPV drops and Injectable IPV given in the routine vaccination .The aim is to cover the children in 0-5 years age group, living in slums, construction sites, settled slums and the nomads with the objective to strengthen their immunity against Polio. As a part of this campaign, the Medical Officers are doing direct supervision in their area with the help of the Teams comprising of ASHA, Anganwadi workers, malaria workers, ANMs, Nursing students and the local volunteers. On day One of SNID, the teams have covered 86080 houses and have vaccinated 37561 children
with oral polio drops. Similar activity will continue on day 2 i.e 30th May 2016 to cover the remaining high risk areas & the teams will be going house to house to give oral polio drops to the children.


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