Tuesday, 18 January, 2022
TopicShiromani Akali Dal

Topic: Shiromani Akali Dal

Former Punjab minister and Akali leader Bikram Majithia booked in drugs case

Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal called the arrest 'political vendetta'. Meanwhile, Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu said 'first step has been taken' against a corrupt system.

Congress, SAD ‘faking sympathy’ for agitating farmers, says BJP leader Tarun Chugh

Chugh added that the UP government has registered criminal cases in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and instituted a judicial commission under a retired high court judge.

Farmers’ protest fights for apolitical image as leader is accused of Akali bias ahead of polls

Balbir Singh Rajewal has been accused by the Akali Dal of projecting a clear ‘bias’ against the party while ‘favouring’ rivals in the run-up to Punjab polls. He denies the charge.

SAD’s old guard finds place in 1st list of candidates for Punjab polls, turncoats rewarded too

The SAD Monday announced its first list of 64 candidates for 2022 Punjab assembly elections. SAD chief and former deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal will contest from Jalalabad seat.

32 farmer bodies urge political parties to suspend election campaign in Punjab

The farmer bodies under Sanyukt Kisan Morcha made the appeal so that political parties electioneering don't divert the attention away from the farmers' protests.

Harsimrat Badal accuses Congress & BJP of ‘fixing’ match, says BJP ministers fear high command

In interview with ThePrint, ex-Union minister Harsimrat Badal claims Punjab CM never raises farmers’ issues with Modi & Shah, says Pegasus row points to govt becoming a dictatorship. 

SAD-BSP alliance promises free power up to 400 units, quota in private jobs for Punjab youth

The SAD-BSP alliance said if it comes to power it will also grant Rs 2,000 per month to women heads of 'blue card' holder families and reduce diesel prices for agriculture consumers.

BSP will be stuck at zero, warn Punjab unit rebels as dissent brews over Akali alliance

BSP has already expelled former state president Rachpal Raju for speaking out against the move, while its OBC wing president Sukhbir Singh Shalimar has resigned over the decision. 

How Congress MP’s Panthic seat jibe at Akali-BSP exposed caste fault lines among Punjab Sikhs

Congress MP from Ludhiana Ranveet Bittu had questioned Akalis leaving ‘Panthic’ seats of Anandpur Sahib & Chamkaur Sahib to the BSP for 2022 Punjab polls.

117 seats, no Sikh leader: BJP’s 2022 Mission Punjab begins with hunt for credible local faces

The BJP, facing the wrath of farmers in the state over the farm laws, is also looking to distribute a booklet that will ‘highlight PM Modi’s special relationship with Sikhs’. 

On Camera

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What it will take to vaccinate the world against Covid

A Q&A with vaccine scientist Peter Hotez, author of 'Preventing the Next Pandemic', on developing a low-cost Covid vaccine, and why Omicron won’t be the end of the pandemic.
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Reliance buys robotics startup Addverb for Rs 1,000 crore to fuel tech ambitions

Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest person, is investing in technology as competition from rivals such as Amazon intensifies in India’s booming e-commerce market.

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Why was number of women cadets for NDA fixed at 19 in 2022, same as 2021, SC asks Centre

UPSC notification issued December 2021 says first phase of NDA exam for 2022 scheduled in April. Notification declares 19 women candidates will be chosen out of 400 successful ones.
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Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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