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Captain back in charge in Punjab

Prominent faces at the ceremony included Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kapil Sibal, Raj Babbar, Ambika Soni, Rajeev Shukla, Sachin Pilot, Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra, Ashok Gehlot, Asha Kumari.

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Punjab, 15 March: Captain Amarinder Singh has taken oath as the Chief Minister of Punjab with nine cabinet ministers today at the Punjab Raj Bhavan at 10 am.

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He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore at an impressive ceremony.

This is the second time that Amarinder, 75, has become Chief Minister of the state. He earlier held the office from 2002 to 2007.

Nine ministers, including two women, were also inducted.

The ministers inducted included Brahm Mohindra, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Manpreet Badal, Charanjit Singh Channi, Rana Gurjeet Singh, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa.

The two women inducted are Aruna Chaudhary and Razia Sultana. Both will be ministers of state with independent charge.

Top Congress leaders, including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, attended the ceremony.

Prominent faces at the ceremony included Anand Sharma, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kapil Sibal, Raj Babbar, Ambika Soni, Rajeev Shukla, Sachin Pilot, Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra, Ashok Gehlot, Asha Kumari.

Amarinder’s family members, including his wife and former Union Minister Preneet Kaur, were also present.

Amarinder’s friend from Pakistan, Aroosa Alam, also attended the swearing-in ceremony.

The swearing-in ceremony was kept simple, as desired by Amarinder Singh, in view of Punjab’s financial health.

The low-key swearing-in opted for by Amarinder, who comes from the erstwhile royal family of Patiala, is in sharp contrast to crores of rupees spent by his predecessor Parkash Singh Badal for similar events in 2007 and 2012.

The Punjab government is believed to be under a massive debt of over Rs 200,000 crore, as claimed by the Congress during campaigning.

The Congress swept the elections with 77 seats in the 117-member assembly.

Meanwhile, Captain Amarinder Singh’s wax statue was made in Ludhiana.

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Muslims are also descendants of Ram: Union Minister Giriraj Singh

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The union minster Giriraj Singh on Sunday said, Indian Muslims are not Babur’s descendants, Indian muslims are not foreigner.”

He claimed “India Muslims are descendants of Ram, our ancestors are same, although the worship criteria could be different. “

The leader retaliatating Owaisi who earlier said that the Masjid will be built where it was Giriraj Singh said,”They will go to Makka and Madina, where will we go, If Ram Temple isn’t built in India, will it be built in Pakistan.”

“People like Owaisi who are inspired by Jinnah wants to break the country,” he added.

However this is not the first time when Giriraj Singh has made a controversial, politically and socially peculiar comment on Ram Mandir and other things.

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Haryana degrading in Khattar Govt. no value of farmers, poor law and order situation: BS Hooda

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Former Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Photo-ANI)

Former Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday attacked BJP government of Haryana for a drastic law and order situation in the state.

The leader said, “today there is no value of farmer in Haryana, no work for labour, the hospitals don’t have doctors.”

Pointing out that people in Haryana are not getting basic necessities of life he added that there’s no education in the schools and law and order has been ruined, culprits are no more afraid of the government.

Hooda also said that women are not secure in their house, children are not secure in Schools, goons are looting petrol pumps and other places, rape incidents has been increasing day by day and murders have become a common thing.

The senior Congress leader also mentioned BJP President Amit’ shah rally while criticising the government said, When BJP National President came to Haryana, the state govt spent Rs 22 Crore to deploy 150 companies of Paramilitary forces for his security.”

“How can they provide security to people of Haryana if they can’t provide security to their party’s national President?, he added.

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Some hours prior to demonetisation, PNB exchanged 90 crores of Nirav Modi: Majeed Memon

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Majeed Memon, NCP Leader(Photo-ANI)

The NCP leader, Majeed Memon on Sunday made a claim that a PNB branch changed 90 crore rupees of old denominations into the new some hours prior to demonetization.

The leader also claimed that Nirav Modi left India some hours before Prime minister Narendra Modi announced Demonetisation.

The leader told ANI, “some hours prior to PM’s announcement of ‘Demonetisation’, 90 crore rupees of cash was brought in one of the branches of PNB & were exchanged for billions or something. This needs to be investigated.”

Jewellery Tycoon Nirav Modi has been declared defaulter  after his company recieved LOUs of almost 12 thousand crores from a PNB branch illegally. Nirav Modi, along with his wife Ami, brother Neeshal and Mehul Choksi left India in the first week of January before the PNB accused them of committing the fraud.

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