Amarinder Singh: News

Amarinder Singh, popularly known as Captain Amarinder Singh is the former Chief Minister of Punjab. He is also a military veteran and writer. He was born on March 11, 1942, to the ninth and last Maharaja of Princely State of Patiala Sir Yadavindra Singh of the Phulkian dynasty. He studied in The Doon School and was a childhood friend of former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. After graduating from the prestigious National Defense Academy, he joined the Sikh regiment of the Indian Army from 1963 to 1966. He also participated in the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965. He began his political career in 1980 by entering Lok Sabha as a Congress MP from Patiala. He parted ways with Congress in 1984 as a result of Operation Blue Star. In 1984, he was inducted as a minister under the Shiromani Akali Dal government. In 1992, after splitting with Shiromani Akali Dal, he formed his own party Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic) which merged with Congress in 1998. He was an MLA from the Patiala constituency. He served as a member of the Punjab legislative assembly for five terms. He was the President of the Punjab Congress from 1999-2002, 2010-2013, and 2015-2017. He served as the chief minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007 and from 2017 till September 2021. He resigned as the Chief Minister of Punjab on September 18, 2021. A profound writer, Singh has also authored five books on wars and Sikh history.

14 Mar 2024

Congress Party

Preneet Kaur, wife of ex-Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, joins BJP

A year after being ousted from the Congress, Patiala MP Preneet Kaur officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi on Thursday.

27 Jan 2023


Amarinder Singh tipped to become new Maharashtra Governor

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh is reportedly the most likely candidate to become the new Governor of Maharashtra.

19 Sep 2022


Captain Amarinder Singh joins BJP, merges his PLC party

Veteran politician and former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi on Monday.

Punjab ex-CM Capt. Amarinder Singh to join BJP on Monday

Former Chief Minister and Punjab Lok Congress (PLC) chief Capt. Amarinder Singh will join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday, said PLC spokesperson Pritpal Baliawal.

07 Jun 2022


Punjab: AAP government arrests ex-Congress minister in corruption case

The Punjab government's Vigilance Bureau (VB) has arrested senior Congress leader and former minister, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, in a corruption case on Tuesday morning.

19 Nov 2021


Farm laws' repeal: Amarinder Singh to ally with Punjab BJP

Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday appreciated the central government's announcement to repeal the contentious farm laws.

02 Nov 2021


Amarinder Singh resigns from Congress, announces new party's name

Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has resigned from the Congress party.

01 Nov 2021


Punjab Advocate-General APS Deol quits after row over his appointment

Punjab's Advocate-General APS Deol resigned on Monday barely one month after his appointment to the post.

27 Oct 2021


Will fight all 117 seats; several Congressmen joining us: Amarinder

Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday reiterated he will float a new political party.

22 Oct 2021


Will probe Amarinder Singh's friend's ISI connection: Punjab Home Minister

Punjab Home Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa on Friday called for a probe into former state CM Amarinder Singh's journalist friend Aroosa Alam over her alleged links with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

21 Oct 2021


BJP accepts Amarinder Singh's 'friend request' for poll alliance

The Bharatiya Janata Party is ready to ally with former state Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh for the upcoming state elections.

20 Oct 2021


Amarinder to launch party. Will he team up with BJP?

Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has declared that he will float a new political party, months ahead of next year's state Assembly elections.

18 Oct 2021


Amarinder Singh's meeting with Amit Shah; farmers' protest on agenda

Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is likely to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Monday.

03 Oct 2021


'Congress compromising national security,' Piyush Goyal on Punjab crisis

Targeting the Indian National Congress over the political crisis in Punjab, Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday slammed the party, saying that it is "compromising on national security for petty, personal, or political gains of few people."

02 Oct 2021


Amarinder Singh to float own party; may partner with BJP

Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is gearing up to launch his own political party, two weeks after he was ousted from the top post, sources told the media.

01 Oct 2021


'Blatant lies': Amarinder Singh hits back at Harish Rawat, Congress

Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has hit back at his Congress party colleague Harish Rawat.

30 Sep 2021


'Stop tagging me'; footballer Amrinder Singh confused for ex-Punjab CM

Indian football team's goalkeeper Amrinder Singh on Thursday urged the media to not mistakenly tag him instead of former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on Twitter.

30 Sep 2021


Not joining BJP, just leaving Congress: Ex-Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday said that he will not be joining the Bharatiya Janata Party.

29 Sep 2021


After quitting as Punjab CM, Amarinder Singh meets Amit Shah

Former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday met Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the latter's residence in Delhi.

28 Sep 2021


Punjab: Amarinder Singh reaches Delhi; calls Sidhu 'unstable man'

Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday called Navjot Singh Sidhu an "unstable man" after the latter dramatically resigned as Punjab Congress chief.

28 Sep 2021


Punjab CM Channi allocates ministerial portfolios: Here's who gets what

Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi allocated portfolios to his ministers on Tuesday.

21 Sep 2021


Channi, Deputy CMs, Sidhu in Delhi to discuss Cabinet expansion

The newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi, his two deputies, and state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu took a chartered flight to Delhi on Tuesday to discuss the expansion of the new Cabinet with the party's central leadership, sources said.

20 Sep 2021


'Withdraw farm laws'; Punjab's new CM to Centre after oath-taking

After taking oath as Punjab's new Chief Minister, Charanjit Singh Channi urged the Centre to withdraw the farm laws on Monday.

20 Sep 2021


Congress made Channi Punjab CM to grab Dalit votes: BJP

The BJP alleged on Monday that the Congress has made Charanjit Singh Channi Punjab chief minister for a few months merely to grab Dalit votes as part of its conspiracy, and cited previous instances of the party giving the key position to a leader from the community only for a short tenure.

20 Sep 2021


Charanjit Singh Channi takes oath as Punjab Chief Minister

Charanjit Singh Channi today took oath as the 16th Chief Minister of Punjab.

19 Sep 2021


Charanjit Singh Channi to succeed Amarinder Singh as Punjab CM

The Indian National Congress has picked Charanjit Singh Channi to be the new Chief Minister of Punjab.

19 Sep 2021


Congress committee proposes Sukhjinder Randhawa's name for Punjab CM

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) has reportedly proposed the name of Sukhjinder Randhawa for the position of Punjab Chief Minister after the surprise exit of Captain Amarinder Singh. The final decision rests with the party's high command.

19 Sep 2021


After Amarinder Singh quits, who will be next Punjab CM?

After the surprise exit of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, speculations are rife about who will succeed him as the CM of the poll-bound state.

18 Sep 2021


Amarinder Singh quits as Punjab CM amid pressure from Congress

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today submitted his resignation from the post after meeting state Governor Banwarilal Purohit.

16 Sep 2021


High alert in Punjab after Pakistan-backed terror module gets busted

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the police to be on high alert after a Pakistan-backed terror module was busted in the state.

06 Sep 2021


Contractual employees of Punjab Roadways, PRTC launch indefinite strike

Around 8,000 contractual employees of the state-owned Punjab Roadways and Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) on Monday went on an indefinite strike, demanding regularization of their jobs.

02 Sep 2021


All is not well in Punjab Congress, says Harish Rawat

Congress' Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat on Thursday conceded that "all is not well" in the party's state unit, hinting at a brewing power tussle ahead of Assembly elections.

27 Aug 2021


Navjot Singh Sidhu's advisor quits amid row over Kashmir remarks

Malvinder Singh Mali on Friday quit as an advisor to Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu amid a controversy over his remarks.

26 Aug 2021

Rahul Gandhi

If Sidhu doesn't remove advisors, Congress will: Harish Rawat

Trouble seems to be mounting for Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu as the party's Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat called for the removal of his advisors.

25 Aug 2021

Navjot Singh Sidhu

2022 Punjab polls under Amarinder Singh's leadership: Congress' Harish Rawat

Indian National Congress' Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat reiterated on Wednesday that the party will contest the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections under the leadership of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

24 Aug 2021

Sonia Gandhi

Punjab: CM faces revolt; ministers, MLAs say they've 'lost faith'

Trouble is mounting again in Punjab as dozens of MLAs and ministers have openly revolted against Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, seeking his replacement ahead of Assembly elections next year.

23 Aug 2021


Amarinder Singh warns Sidhu's advisors after controversial Indira Gandhi sketch

Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday summoned his advisors Malvinder Singh Mali and Pyare Lal Garg to his Patiala residence amid a controversy over their recent remarks.

14 Aug 2021


Negative RT-PCR report or full vaccination mandatory for entering Punjab

The Punjab government on Saturday announced that from Monday the state will allow entry to only those who are either fully vaccinated against coronavirus or have a negative RT-PCR report.

11 Aug 2021


Neeraj, Olympians from Punjab to be honored at felicitation function

Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi on Tuesday said the state government will honor Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra and Tokyo Games medal winners and participants from Punjab with cash awards worth Rs. 32.67 crore at a felicitation function on August 12.

05 Aug 2021


Prashant Kishor resigns as Punjab CM's advisor ahead of polls

Ahead of the 2022 Punjab Assembly elections, political strategist Prashant Kishor has resigned as the Principal Advisor to state Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

02 Aug 2021


Schools reopen in Punjab for all classes

Schools for all classes reopened in Punjab on Monday, with physical classes resuming after a gap of a few months for pre-primary levels.

30 Jul 2021


Punjab Congress worker leaves behind note for Sidhu before suicide

A deceased Congress worker in Punjab has left behind a voice note demanding justice from newly-appointed state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu.

23 Jul 2021


3 Congress workers, headed to Sidhu's swearing-in, died in accident

Three Congress party workers were killed in a bus accident in Moga district of Punjab this morning, reports said.

18 Jul 2021


Sonia Gandhi names Navjot Singh Sidhu Punjab Congress chief

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu was on Sunday appointed the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President after days of high drama.

18 Jul 2021


Punjab Congress MPs to meet top leaders opposing Sidhu's elevation

In a fresh bid to oppose the elevation of Navjot Singh Sidhu as Congress Punjab unit chief, party MPs from the state will meet Congress' top leaders in Delhi on Sunday.

15 Jul 2021


Sidhu to be next Punjab Congress chief? Decision sparks row

Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to be appointed the party's state unit chief, reports said on Thursday.

13 Jul 2021


Prashant Kishor meets Gandhis; 'good news' for Punjab Congress expected

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor on Tuesday held a meeting with Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Delhi.

03 Jul 2021

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

AAP workers protest outside Punjab CM's house, Bhagwant Mann detained

Hundreds of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers, who were staging a protest, faced water cannons just outside the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in Mohali today.

03 Jul 2021

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

AAP workers try to gherao Punjab CM's residence

Police on Saturday used water cannon to disperse AAP workers forcing their way to gherao the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh at Siswan in Mohali in protest against frequent power cuts.

15 Jun 2021


SAD protest outside Punjab CM's house; Sukhbir Singh Badal detained

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal was detained during a protest outside Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's farmhouse in Siswan on Tuesday.

08 May 2021


Punjab: Farmers take out protest marches against weekend lockdown

Farmers took out protest marches at several places in Punjab on Saturday against the weekend lockdown imposed by the state government amid rising cases of COVID-19 infection and fatalities.

17 Apr 2021

Sonu Sood

Sonu Sood contracts COVID-19, says he is under quarantine

Actor Sonu Sood has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Saturday. Notably, he was appointed as the brand ambassador of Punjab's COVID-19 vaccination program by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh just a few days back.

10 Apr 2021


Only five days of COVID-19 vaccine stock left: Punjab CM

Punjab's COVID-19 vaccine stock will last another five days, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Saturday as he urged the Centre to share the schedule of supply of the vaccines.

07 Apr 2021


Amid COVID-19 spike, Punjab orders night curfew, bans political gatherings

The Punjab government on Wednesday introduced fresh curbs to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

16 Mar 2021


Amarinder and Sidhu to meet again; rumor mills set rolling

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is expected to meet former minister Navjot Singh Sidhu over lunch on Wednesday, amid speculations that the cricketer-turned-politician might be given an important role ahead of the 2022 state polls, official sources said.

25 Jan 2021


Foundation stone of Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Memorial park laid

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday virtually laid the foundation stone of the Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Memorial park at Amritsar, dedicated to unsung heroes of the massacre.

10 Jan 2021


40-year-old farmer dies by suicide at Singhu border amid protests

A 40-year-old farmer from Punjab allegedly died by suicide at the Delhi-Haryana Singhu border, the epicenter of the ongoing farmers' protests.

29 Dec 2020

Mukesh Ambani

Farmers protest: Over 1,500 mobile towers damaged, Captain issues warning

The agitation of Farmers took a pernicious turn when protesters started damaging mobile towers to register an objection against Reliance Jio, owned by business tycoon Mukesh Ambani.

17 Dec 2020


Amarinder, Khattar condole death of Sikh preacher near Singhu border

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday termed the death of Sikh preacher Baba Ram Singh, who was supporting the farmers' protest and allegedly died by suicide near the Singhu Border, "an irreparable loss".

03 Dec 2020

Narendra Modi

Key meeting between Centre, farmers today: Here's what to expect

Top ministers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government spent time yesterday preparing for the key meeting with farmers' representatives, which is scheduled for 12 noon today at Vigyan Bhawan.

29 Nov 2020


Government ready to hold talks with protesting farmers: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that the government is ready to hold talks with the farmers protesting against the central government's three contentious agricultural laws.

28 Nov 2020


Punjab CM slams Haryana counterpart over crackdown on protesting farmers

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday slammed his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar for the crackdown on farmers protesting against the Centre's three contentious agricultural laws.

21 Nov 2020


Punjab farmers to temporarily lift train blockade from Monday

Punjab's farmer bodies on Saturday decided to lift their rail blockade, which had been imposed in protest of the Centre's contentious new farm laws.

20 Oct 2020


Punjab government introduces resolution against Centre's farm laws

Punjab became the first opposition-ruled state to introduce a resolution against the Centre's three farm laws, that stirred massive protests in the state.

29 Sep 2020


Farmers continue protest; Congress-ruled states looking to "bypass" farm laws

Farmers across the country are continuing their protest against three laws, that the Centre claims will give them access to markets of their choice. The Bills, which were passed in the Monsoon Session, became laws with President Ram Nath Kovind's signature on Sunday.

17 Sep 2020


Will Harsimrat Badal leave Modi's Cabinet over farm Bills?

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which is at loggerheads with ally BJP over three farm Bills, is pondering over another key matter, pertaining to the resignation of Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

3 arrested for murder of Suresh Raina's relatives

Three members of an inter-state gang of robbers have been arrested for the murdering cricketer Suresh Raina's two relatives in Pathankot on August 19.

31 Aug 2020

Shashi Tharoor

Pranab Mukherjee passes away; PM Modi, President Kovind pay tributes

India's former President and Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday, weeks after he tested positive for coronavirus,

NEET, JEE row: Sonia calls opposition-meet, Mamata suggests approaching SC

On Wednesday, at the opposition meeting convened by Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the controversy around JEE and NEET examinations, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee suggested approaching Supreme Court seeking a postponement.

21 Aug 2020


Punjab: Stricter curfew, weekend lockdown introduced, as COVID-19 cases rise

The Punjab government on Thursday announced sweeping restrictions, including a stricter curfew, and weekend lockdowns in all of its 167 cities and towns across the state.

02 Aug 2020


86 dead from spurious liquor in Punjab; 25 arrested

The death toll in the Punjab spurious liquor tragedy has risen to 86 with the maximum number of deaths reported from the Tarn Taran district.

28 Apr 2020


Gurdas Maan, Honey Singh pay tribute to SI Harjeet Singh

The Punjab Police have launched a nationwide campaign #MainBhiHarjeetSingh to highlight the services of policemen and other front-line workers fighting the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

10 Apr 2020


Coronavirus: After Odisha, Punjab extends lockdown till May 1

The Punjab government on Friday announced that the lockdown in the state will be extended till May 1.

23 Mar 2020


People aren't listening: After Punjab, curfew imposed in Maharashtra

Taking a lesson from his Punjab counterpart Captain Amarinder Singh, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray imposed curfew in his state to deal with the coronavirus menace.

11 Feb 2020

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Delhi Elections: Sheila Dixit's son isn't surprised with Congress' performance

Congress made late Chief Minister Sheila Dixit its star-campaigner for Delhi Assembly Elections, reminding how she governed the National Capital.

17 Jan 2020


Following Kerala's footsteps, Punjab Assembly moves resolution against CAA

Another non-BJP governed state has come on-board to take constitutional action against the newly-implemented Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

14 Jan 2020


Meet Chandigarh's Harbhajan Kaur who launched her startup at 90

It's never too late to follow your dreams, and Chandigarh's 94-year-old Harbhajan Kaur proves just that.

21 Nov 2019


Google just took down an 'anti-national' app from Play Store

Google has a knack for removing bad apps, particularly those carrying dangerous malware or adware capable of disrupting your experience of an Android phone.