A major mishap was averted when an Air Vistara flight was asked to abort its take off at the last moment to avoid crashing into an Indian Air Force plane that was landing on the same runway at the International Airport in Chandigarh.
Captain Amarinder Singh, the new Chief Minister of Punjab, is a man on a mission. Intent on reviving Congress's fortune, the 75-year-old politician banned the use of red beacons or 'lal battis' from all government vehicles, including his own.
Former Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal, who helmed the state for 10 years, is hunting for a house nowadays. On Sunday, he "politely" declined the new Congress government's offer of free government accommodation in the state capital Chandigarh. The Amarinder Singh-government had offered a suitable bungalow to Badal, a five-time Chief Minister of Punjab.
A day after being sworn in as minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu today said if the Punjab Chief Minister, Amarinder Singh, had asked him to serve as an MLA, he would have done so. Allotted portfolios of local government and tourism and cultural affairs, archives and museums, the cricketer-turned-politician also said he will continue doing his television show.
Within hours of assuming office, the Congress government in Punjab on Thursday ordered transfers and postings of 12 top bureaucrats, appointing 1984-batch IAS officer Karan Avtar Singh as the new Chief Secretary.
Captain Amarinder Singh, who led the Congress to victory in Punjab after a decade, will take oath as the state's 26th Chief Minister here tomorrow morning in a simple ceremony. Party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is also expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
A 26-year-old was hauled off his meal last evening by half-a-dozen men, who went on to thrash him, slash him with swords and then dragged him through the streets of Panchkula near Chandigarh, held by his ankles from the boot of a car. The men, allegedly led by the son of the local politician, left him to die a little over a kilometre away. He did, his face mutilated beyond recognition.
The activists of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad clashed with their rivals from Students For Society (SFS) on the Punjab University campus today, apparently in a ripple effect of the violence in Delhi's Ramjas College.
Aam Aadmi Party today announced two more candidates for the upcoming Punjab assembly elections, taking the total number of nominees to 107. AAP state convener Gurpreet Singh Waraich announced the names of Narinder Singh Shergill from Mohali constituency and Jasbir Singh Kudani from Lehragaga seat.