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Opposition blasts Punjab govt. over drugs issue

first_imgThe Opposition in Punjab hit out at the Congress government on Friday, accusing it of not having any concrete policy to fight the drugs menace prevalent in the State. The criticism came a day after the State government brought back IPS officer Harpreet Singh Sidhu as chief of the anti-drugs Special Task Force, nearly a year after he was removed from the post following reports of a tussle between him and the then DGP. Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, the principal Opposition, said the State government’s decision of yet again change the STF chief shows lack of planning and concrete policy. “The Congress has been in power for over two years now, yet the problem of drugs continues unabated. It’s time for taking decisive action, but the government is busy in ‘cosmetic’ moves to save its face,” said senior party leaders Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Sadhu Singh and Gurdit Singh Sekhon in a joint statement here.CM targetedThe leaders also took potshots at the Chief Minister. “The government should give the reason why Mr. Sidhu was removed earlier and why now he is being brought back. While we do not question Mr. Sidhu’s determination towards his duty, the Chief Minister’s intentions are under cloud,” said the leaders.Punjab BJP chief Shwait Malik said that the purpose of setting up the STF was only to corner political opponents. “Replacing officers only proves that if anyone does not cooperate with the government’s whim and fancies, he or she should be moved,” he told reporters.last_img read more

Dhoni beats SRK, Sachin as top endorser

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has topped the chart for celebrity endorsements on television during the first six months of this year. From being captain cool to becoming the hottest celebrity as far as the numbers of endorsements are concerned, Dhoni has jumped the queue on some big names in the country. Dhoni is ahead of his closest competitor Shah Rukh Khan by eight endorsements and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar by nine endorsements, Adex survey of TAM Media Research has revealed. As per the survey results, Dhoni has 24 companies to his name, well ahead of SRK’s 16 and Tendulkar’s 15, the other top endorsers on the list. The Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the no. 1 celebrity endorser.Dhoni even took over the fairer sex’s appeal as superstars like Kareen Kapoor and Katrina Kaif stood far behind him. These actresses’ had a combined share of 45 per cent in the total endorsements of celebrities. During January to June 2010, Dhoni has done advertisements for a host of brands, including Reebok, Aircel, Godrej and TVS. Brighter future aheadIn July, Dhoni signed a Rs 210 crore deal with Rhiti Sports Management and Mindscapes to manage his long list of endorsements and brand associations for two years. The deal, the most lucrative in Indian cricket history, surpassed Tendulkar’s three-year contract estimated worth Rs 180 crore with sports management firm Iconix in 2006.last_img read more