Tuesday, 5 July, 2022

Topic: Punjab

Simranjit Mann drops ‘Striving for Khalistan’ from Twitter bio after bypoll win, then restores it

Mann, chief of an Akali Dal splinter faction, was elected to Sangrur seat Sunday. An ex-IPS officer who resigned to protest Operation Blue Star, he has a history of pro-Khalistan comments.

Simranjit Mann of SAD-Amritsar is back with big win in Sangrur, blow to AAP & Bhagwant Mann

Loss comes as a huge setback after the party's thumping win in March; law and order was a major poll factor and so was perception of being remote controlled by the AAP Delhi leadership

Suicide or Murder? Varying narratives cloud the truth behind arrested IAS officer’s son’s death

Sanjay Popli, arrested on corruption charges, has alleged his son Kartik was 'murdered'; a family friend says it might have been suicide driven by fear and intimidation by police.

The corrupt won’t be spared, says Punjab CM Mann. Cites ‘One MLA, one pension’ as example

Under the scheme, MLAs will get pension for only one term, instead of for each term served. The CM has said his govt plans to table a bill on the same in the ongoing budget session.

Hospitals without doctors, power cuts: In Punjab’s ‘messed-up’ finances, AAP’s big budget test

Punjab's finances the biggest challenge facing the AAP govt about to table its first budget. ‘Increasing revenue without imposing new taxes’ priority, says finance minister Cheema.

Cheaper booze, more revenue — Why Punjab’s new excise policy is a ‘Balle-Balle’ move for state

With the new excise policy, quality liquor will now be sold in Punjab at lower prices as the government pushes for Indian Made Foreign Liquor in a bid to generate more revenue.

How Punjabi journalists became ‘willing tool’ for extremists and police after Blue Star

In 'Turmoil in Punjab', Ramesh Inder Singh gives an eyewitness account of Operation Blue Star and how the strife in the state led to terrorism in the media.

Minorities panel seeks report from Punjab govt on ‘conversions of Sikhs to Christianity’

Representatives of Punjab govt, Akal Takht and SGPC will attend a meeting called by the National Minorities Commission to discuss the issue on 16 June.

Who is Lawrence Bishnoi? ‘Farmer’s son who threatened Salman now in news for Moose Wala killing’

Believed to be the leader of a 700-member gang, Lawrence Bishnoi's tryst with criminal world is said to have begun during his time at Panjab University.

‘Gang rivalry’ to ‘victim of gang violence’: Why AAP has shifted stance on Moose Wala killing

The AAP govt in Punjab has been facing backlash over the state police's initial theory that singer-rapper Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder was the result of a suspected ‘gang rivalry’.

On Camera


Police in Prayagraj, UP | ANI Photo

India has 71 towns, cities under Police Commissionerate. It just creates hierarchy

There is a need to re-examine not just the 1861 Police Act, but also the colonial practice of four-stage recruitment and the non-involvement of city governments in law and order.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Indian Naval Air Squadron INAS 324 commissioned at Visakhapatnam | Twitter | @PBNS_India

India’s Eastern Seaboard gets its first naval air squadron INAS 324

With INAS 324, the Indian Navy's Eastern Seaboard will now operate a naval air squadron with HAL’s indigenously built Advanced Light Helicopter.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.