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.


Sikhs celebrates 419th ' Prakash Purab' with gaiety and devotion

Hyderabad, Jul 6 : The 419th 'Prakash Purab' Birthday celebrations of sixth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Hargobind Sahebji who fought for weak and meek and sacrificed life for the country, concluded with large number of Sikhs devotees and other community faiths celebrating with religious fervour, gaiety and devotion here today.


Punjab to focus on eco, adventure, wildlife, pilgrimage tourism

Chandigarh, Jul 6 : The Punjab Government has formulated a comprehensive policy to bring the state on the international tourist map by promoting the eco, adventure, wildlife and pilgrimage tourism.


Badal seeks financial assistance from Centre for war heroes memorial

Chandigarh, Jul 6 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Affairs Shripad Yesso Naik to extend substantial financial assistance from his Ministry towards the upcoming state-of-the-art War Heroes' Memorial cum Museum at Amritsar.


Badal seeks reallocation of 43 ITIs for Punjab

Chandigarh, Jul 6 : In a move aimed at imparting quality skill training to the youth in every block of Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has impressed upon Union Labour and Employment Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to reallocate 43 ITIs to the state. In a letter to Mr Tomar, Mr Badal apprised him that the Union government had earlier allocated 43 ITIs in un-serviced blocks in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode in Kaushal Vikas Yojana (KVY) under National Skill Development Mission (NSDM).


SGPC row: Badal compares Congress to Mughals

Chandigarh, July 6 : Attacking the Haryana government's decision to announce creation of a separate committee for gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal called the decision "unconstitutional" and accused the Congress of behaving like the "tyrannical Mughal rulers" to weaken Sikh power.


Khalsa College's Sikh library, museum to go digital

Amritsar, Jul 6 : Hundreds of rare books, manuscripts and hand-written documents belonging to Sikh Guru's time and Punjab's rich cultural heritage at the 83-year-old Sikh Research Library and Museum in historic Khalsa College, has been digitized.


Smuggler with 12 kg heroin held in Punjab

Chandigarh, July 6 : A smuggler with 12 kg of heroin worth Rs.60 crore in the international market was arrested in Punjab, police said Sunday.


Badals depute CS to receive Punjabis returning from war-torn Iraq

Chandigarh, Jul 5 : On the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, state Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal was specially deputed to receive the Punjabis returning from strife-torn Iraq and ensure their hassle free immigration clearance at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport in Delhi.


Mini food parks to be established across Punjab: Harsim

Ludhiana, Jul 5 : Union Minister for Food Processing Industry Harsimrat Kaur Badal today said her ministry would facilitate the creation of mini food parks in different areas of Punjab to give a fillip to processing of local produce.


Haryana Govt's move to divide Sikhs will never materialise : Badal

Hoshiarpur, Jul 5 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the Haryana government's nefarious designs to divide the Sikhs by constituting separate committee for management of Gurudwaras in state would never materialise.


Badal initiates 2-day tour of drug de-addiction centres of Punjab

Jalandhar, Jul 5 : In pursuance of his firm resolve to make Punjab a drug free state, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today initiated his two-days whirlwind tour of all the drug de-addiction centers across the state along with experts and the key officers of the Health department.


Punjab CM bats for marketing mechanism for maize

Chandigarh, Jul 5 : In a bid to encourage crop diversification in the state by ensuring assured marketing mechanism for Maize crop, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today impressed upon the Union Minister for Food Supply and Consumer Affairs Ram Vilas Paswan to direct central agencies, including FCI, NAFED, to procure maize from the state.


Bring back 39 Indians held captive in Iraq: Amarinder Singh

New Delhi, July 5 : Welcoming return of Kerala nurses from Iraq, Congress leader Amarinder Singh Saturday urged the Centre to intensify its efforts for freeing 39 Indians being held hostage in the strife-torn nation.


Hope all Indians return home safely from Iraq: Parkash Singh Badal

Amritsar : Punjab Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal, today hoped that all the Indians stranded in Iraq return home safe and sound.


Punjab police to focus on technology enabled functioning & response

Chandigarh, Jul 4 : The Punjab police is focusing on the need of technology enabled functioning and response to provide a safe environment in the state.


Badal asks Jaitley to include pro-farmer measures in budget proposals

Chandigarh, Jul 4 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today urged Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to introduce renowned farm scientist Dr M S Swaminathan's pro-farmer formula in Budget proposal.