As BJP mounts pressure, Punjab withdraws VAT amendment

Chandigarh, July 29 : Buckling to pressure from alliance partner BJP, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Tuesday ordered withdrawal of an amendment made in the Punjab VAT act which made it mandatory for traders and industrialists to remit VAT on the stocks as well.


Centre scraps affidavits, Punjab claims credit

Chandigarh, July 29 : The central government has asked states to do away with affidavits for government-related work and promote self-attestation of documents.


India-Pakistan border guards exchange sweets on Eid

Chandigarh, July 29 : The border guards of India and Pakistan Tuesday greeted each other and exchanged sweets at the border checkpost at Attari-Wagah, 30 km from Amritsar, on the occasion of Eid.


Kejriwal declares AAP will not contest upcoming state polls

Sangrur (Punjab), July 28 : Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would not contest in the upcoming polls in four states except Delhi, said party chief Arvind Kejriwal.


Hooda courts controversy over hurried appointments

Chandigarh, July 28 : Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's decision to go ahead with controversial appointments of five people to constitutional posts even as these were red-flagged by a senior officer were Monday questioned by the opposition in the state.


Maintain status quo on Haryana gurdwaras: Akal Takht

Chandigarh, July 27 : Expressing satisfaction over opposing groups calling off their conventions over the issue of Haryana creating a new board for Sikh shrines, the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhism, Sunday directed status quo be maintained in management of gurdwaras in Haryana till the matter gets resolved.


Saharanpur clash: Sukhbir Badal calls up Akhilesh

Chandigarh, July 26 : Describing the violence in Saharanpur town as unfortunate, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Saturday called up Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to seek the latter's intervention to ensure safety of Sikhs living there.


Preneet Kaur to contest Amarinder's seat

Chandigarh, July 26 : Former minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur will contest the by-election to the Patiala assembly constituency to be held next month as the Congress candidate, the party announced Saturday.


Akal Takht intervenes: Sikh conventions called off

Chandigarh, July 26 : Two separate Sikh conventions called by opposing groups over the controversy around the creation of the Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) have been called off after the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion, intervened Saturday.


Sikhs will give befitting reply to Congress tactics: Parkash Singh Badal

Chandigarh, July 25 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday asserted that the Sikhs will not succumb to the "politically-motivated" tactics of the Congress to divide them by creating a separate committee to manage gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) in Haryana.


Captain Amarinder Singh warns Badal against pushing Punjab into constitutional crisis

Amritsar, July 25 : Congress Deputy Leader Capt Amarinder Singh warned Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday against pushing the state towards a constitutional crisis by not only by abdicating his authority and responsibility as chief minister of the state, but also by building up an explosive situation that has the potential to spiral out control only to satisfy his personal ego and vested interests.


Chandigarh cop kills wife, attempts suicide

Chandigarh, July 25 : A Chandigarh Police constable Friday shot his wife dead with his service pistol at the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 here following an altercation. He later attempted to shoot himself but was overpowered, police said.


Punjab, Haryana leaders head for showdown over HSGPC

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, July 25 : It may not have anything to do with the general public but leaders in Haryana and Punjab are trying their best to flare up things over the controversy around the setting up of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC).


China 'patka' row: Akal Takht seeks government intervention

Amritsar, July 24 : The Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion, Thursday sought the intervention of the central government in the controversy over two Sikh players being forced to remove their 'patkas' (head kerchief) during an international basketball match in China recently.


Akal Takht Jathedar terms turban incident shameful

Amritsar, July 24 : Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh today said that it was extremely shameful that two Sikh players were asked to remove their turbans on the basketball court in China.


Punjab to cancel permits of trucks ferrying passengers

Chandigarh, July 24 : The road safety council in Punjab has decided to cancel the permits of trucks and tractor-trolleys ferrying passengers besides cancelling the licences of their drivers, a government spokesman said here Thursday.


Badal trying to flare up situation, says Bajwa

Chandigarh, July 20 : Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa Sunday said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was trying to flare up the situation in Punjab and Haryana over the issue of creation of the Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC).


Punjab, Haryana hit by poor rainfall

Chandigarh, July 20 : Punjab and Haryana, the country's food bowl, have received deficient to scanty rainfall in most parts this year, Met officials said Sunday.


HSGPC row: Akali Dal calls for mega Sikh conference July 27

Chandigarh July 19 : Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal Saturday announced it would hold a mega panthic conference (Vishal Panthic Ikath) of Sikhs from all over the world July 27 at Amritsar's Golden Temple complex against the Haryana government's move to set up a separate panel to manage gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) in the state.


HSGPC row: Badal meets Modi as Haryana remains defiant

New Delhi/Chandigarh, July 18 : Upset at the controversy over setting up of a separate board to oversee Sikh gurdwaras in Harayana, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi Friday to seek the central government's intervention.


Under performance by thermal plants in Punjab: Sukhbir

Chandigarh, Jul 17 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the Congress-led UPA government's failure to create additional fuel capacity had led to under performance by thermal plants which has created power shortage even though Punjab had achieved power surplus status in thermal capacity.


Punjab agri-summit expenses a wastage, says Congress

Chandigarh, July 17 : Accusing the Parkash Singh Badal government in Punjab of not achieving anything from the agriculture summit held February this year, the Congress Thursday termed the entire exercise as a wasteful expenditure.


Plot holders in illegal colonies in Punjab to get regularised

Chandigarh, Jul 17 : Punjab government has directed all urban local bodies to release regularisation certificates to all entitled plot owners who have already applied under 'regularisation policy for illegal colonies' by July 22.


GADVASU bag award from NABARD

Ludhiana, Jul 17 : Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) bagged the 'Partnership Excellence Award' from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on its 33rd foundation day at Chandigarh today.


Haryana, Punjab fight - over Sikh shrines

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, July 17 : They have fought over sharing of water, territory and even the state capital Chandigarh. Punjab and Haryana are now in confrontation over an unlikely issue - the management of gurdwaras or Sikh shrines in Haryana.


Badal threatens to quit over Haryana SGPC issue?

Chandigarh, July 16 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is reported to have threatened to quit if the central government did not intervene in the controversial issue of setting up of a separate committee in Haryana to manage gurdwaras there, Shiromani Akali Dal sources said here Wednesday.


Story of last King of Punjab Maharaja Dalip Singh to go on celluloid

Ravinder Singh Robin, Amritsar, July 16 : The story of the tragic king of Punjab Maharja Dalip Singh is all set to go celluloid. Based on the his real life story of the last King of Punjab, the film will be directed by Kavi Raz and features the acting debut of acclaimed singer-poet Satinder Sartaaj, a sufi singer of repute.


Punjab's Rs.73,593-crore budget, no new taxes

Chandigarh, July 16 : Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa Wednesday presented a Rs.73,593 crore budget for 2014-15 with a deficit of Rs.4,252 crore.


World Bank to promote Punjab tourism

Chandigarh, July 15 : To project Punjab as a global tourist destination, the World Bank Tuesday offered to fund projects for promotion of religious, heritage, health and ethnic tourism in the state.


Tax official sacked for corruption in Punjab

Chandigarh, July 15 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Tuesday ordered the sacking of a taxation officer and the compulsory retirement of four others, including a woman, on corruption charges.


Government apathy sees Punjab colleges start session with strike

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, July 15 : The Punjab government's apathy towards aided colleges has not only left teachers without salaries for over a year but will also affect the students as the academic session will begin with a state-wide shutdown called by the teaching community.


Haryana action on SGPC provocative: Parkash Singh Badal

Chandigarh, July 14 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday described as "provocative and a brazen interference in the religious affairs of the Sikh community" the action of the Congress government in Haryana in getting a law enacted to set up a separate body for Sikh shrines in that state.


Akali Dal leaders to meet president over Haryana SGPC

Chandigarh, July 13 : Leaders of Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal will meet President Pranab Mukherjee soon to protest against the recent bill passed by the Haryana assembly under which a new Haryana Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) would be set up to manage gurdwaras in Haryana.


Akali Dal terms Haryana gurdwara bill unconstitutional, illegal

Chandigarh, July 11 : Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal Friday termed the passing of a bill by the Haryana assembly for a separate Sikh board for gurdwaras in the state as "totally unconstitutional" and "illegal".


Punjab NRI panel orders property be handed back to NRI

Chandigarh, July 11 : Punjab's Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Commission has ordered district authorities in Gurdaspur to take prompt action to hand over possession of Denmark-based NRI Sarjit Singh Ahluwalia's rightful property to him, a panel spokesman said here Friday.


Amritsar to get IIM

Amritsar, July 11 : The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for Punjab, announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the annual budget, would be set up in Amritsar, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here Friday.


Block rail, roads - go to jail in Punjab

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, July 10 : Putting people to inconvenience and even causing suffering by blocking rail tracks and roads in Punjab could now have a legal complication for protesters. The state government has approved a bill under which blockade of rail and road traffic would attract punishment of up to one year in jail and even a penalty of Rs.100,000.


Sukhbir calls on Rly Minister; seeks regular coal supply to Punjab

Chandigarh, Jul 9 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today held a special meeting with Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda in New Delhi to seek regular coal supply to Punjab to ensure smooth and uninterrupted transplantation of paddy in the state.


Punjab rolls back hike in price of blood units

Chandigarh, Jul 9 : The Punjab Government today decided to roll back the increase in the rate of blood units keeping in the view of public interest.


Centre agrees to give Rs 25 cr to Punjab for tourism project

Chandigarh, Jul 9 : The Union Government today agreed to grant Rs 25 crore to Punjab every year as financial assistance for the upcoming iconic heritage and tourism projects across the state.


Punjab to provide toilets to all village households

Chandigarh, Jul 9 : Punjab government has strengthened its drive to provide sanitation facilities to village households through the sanctioned Rs 20 crore to construct toilets free of cost in rural areas for the families living below the poverty line.


Three Punjab teachers suspended after minor's rape

Chandigarh, July 9 : Three women teachers of a government school in Punjab's Ludhiana district were suspended Wednesday following the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl student in the school premises.


Badal warns of food crisis if power plants don't get coal

Chandigarh, July 9 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Wednesday warned if uninterrupted supply of coal was not ensured for the state, it could lead to a food crisis as paddy plantation will be severely affected.


Cabinet gives nod for implementing e-stamping system in Punjab

Chandigarh, Jul 8 : Punjab Cabinet today gave nod to the draft of Punjab e-stamp Rules-2014 for the implementation of e-stamping system to ensure far more efficiency and transparency in the revenue collection of the state.


Punjab to allow power connection tp 2nd unit within premises of existing Industrial plot

Chandigarh, Jul 8 : Giving a big relief to the industry, the Punjab government today resolved to release power connections to the tenants having manufacturing units within the premises of an existing industry.


Punjab to bring e-stamping to phase out stamp papers

Chandigarh, July 8 : Aiming to eliminate the need to purchase and submit stamp papers with legal documents, the Punjab cabinet Tuesday gave nod to the draft of the state e-stamp rules, 2014 for the implementation of e-stamping system.


91 Punjabis return from Iraq

Chandigarh, July 8 : At least 91 men from Punjab who were stuck in conflict-hit Iraq have returned home, a state government spokesman said here Tuesday.


Punjab seeks Andhra's help for fish farming

Chandigarh, July 8 : To promote fish farming across Punjab in a big way, the Punjab government has sought help from Andhra Pradesh.


Punjab rides 'high' on pharmaceutical intoxicants

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, July 8 : The increasing seizures of drugs, especially heroin, in recent years shows that Punjab has emerged as a major transit point for those in the illegal drugs trade. But the state itself, facing a worrying drugs menace, is hooked to pharmaceutical intoxicants.


Punjab to get coal linkages for thermal plants : Sukhbir

Chandigarh, Jul 7 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the issue of coal linkages to thermal plants with tapering supply would be talk of bygone days as this mission of Punjab would accomplish soon with due cooperation from NDA government.


Punjab Govt forms Supervisory Board to implement PNDT Ac

Chandigarh, Jul 7 : The Punjab Government today reconstituted the State Supervisory Board for monitoring and implementation of Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 (PNDT) under the Chairmanship of Health and Family Welfare Minister.


Dal Khalsa launches membership drive in Punjab

Fatehgarh Sahib, Jul 7 : To streamline its working and give a new look to the organisation, a meeting of Dal Khalsa senior leadership has resolved to focus on resurrecting the organisation at grassroot level and enroll fresh blood in its rank and file.


NABARD sanctions Rs 500 cr to Punjab under RIDF

Chandigarh, Jul 7 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today asked all the departments and implementation agencies to fully draw funds to the tune of Rs 500 crore sanctioned under various ongoing rural infrastrcture development (RIDF) projects by NABARD positively before the end of current fiscal.


Badal to meet Swaraj for expediting return of Punjabis from Iraq

Chandigarh, Jul 7 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said he would again meet Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to impress upon her for expediting the process of bringing back 39 Punjabis trapped in the Mosul region of the war-torn Iraq.


18 more Punjabis arrive back home from strife torn Iraq

Chandigarh, Jul 7 : As many as 18 Punjabis returned from strife-torn Iraq at New Delhi last night through special flights.


SGPC row: Akal Takht cautions Haryana against Congress move

Amritsar, July 7 : The highest temporal seat of the Sikh religion, the Akal Takht, Monday opposed the move by the Haryana government to allow a separate committee to manage gurdwaras in the state.


Punjab gets separate cadre for community policing

Chandigarh, July 7 : The Punjab government Monday decided on a separate cadre of officers for the community policing and investigation wings of Punjab Police.


Parkash Singh Badal to again meet Sushma for Punjabi hostages in Iraq

Chandigarh, July 7 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday said he will again meet Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and urge her to expedite the process of bringing back 39 Punjabis trapped in the Mosul region of conflict affected Iraq.


Amarnath yatra: 4 more pilgrims die

Srinagar, Jul 7 : Four more yatris have died during the pilgrimage to the holy Amarnath cave shrine taking the toll to 14 since the commencement of the two-month-long yatra from June 28.


Punjab Police nabs two smugglers, seizes 12 kg heroin

Chandigarh, July 6 : Punjab Police Sunday said it had busted the supply line of a top drug cartel emanating from Pakistan, seizing 12 kg heroin which was in transit from the neighbouring country to New Delhi via Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab, and arresting two smugglers.