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Five new born babies die in Ludhiana hospital

Chandigarh, Nov 23 : Five new born babies died in a government hospital in Punjab's Ludhiana during delivery, leading to protests from affected families.


BSF recovers five kg heroin in Punjab

Chandigarh, Nov 23 : Border Security Force (BSF) troopers recovered five kg of heroin along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab, a BSF spokesman said Sunday.


Israel opens citrus fruit centre in Punjab

Chandigarh, Nov 20 : A centre of excellence for citrus fruits set up in Punjab in collaboration with Israel was inaugurated Thursday.


Russian air force team in Punjab for bilateral exercise

Chandigarh, Nov 19 : An 18-member Russian Air Force team is participating in an Indo-Russian bilateral exercise being held in Punjab, a defence spokesman said here Wednesday.


Punjab Marshalls' Greg Rusedski out of CTL with injury

Chandigarh, Nov 19 : Punjab Marshalls' player, the legendary Greg Rusedski, Wednesday injured his foot and has been ruled out of the rest of the matches of the inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL).


Coalition unaffected by intemperate statements of Sidhu, says Majithia

Amritsar, Nov. 17 : Punjab's Information and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia has dubbed former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu's comment against the Shriomani Akali Dal Badal (SAD) as 'uncalled for' and 'extremely unfortunate'.


Delhi Dreams beat Punjab Marshalls in CTL opener

New Delhi, Nov 17 : Delhi Dreams Monday defeated Punjab Marshalls 3-2 in a hard-fought opening tie of the inaugural Champions Tennis League (CTL) tournament at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) Complex here.


Tame Sidhu, Akalis tell BJP

Chandigarh, Nov 17 : Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal Monday lodged a protest with state BJP President Kamal Sharma over the utterances of former BJP MP and cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu against the Punjab government.


Court issues fresh warrants against Rampal; raps Haryana

Chandigarh, Nov 17 : The Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday issued fresh non-bailable warrants against controversial sect leader Rampal and directed the Haryana government and police to present him definitely in court Friday.


Authorities ask Rampal followers to vacate ashram

Chandigarh, Nov 17 : Drawing flak from the Punjab and Haryana High Court for failing to arrest a controversial sect leader and bring him before the law, the Haryana government has finally ordered followers of self-styled godman Rampal to vacate his Satlok Ashram near Barwala town.


1984 riot victims disappointed over compensation delay: Badal

Chandigarh, Nov 16 : With the union home ministry recently telling the Election Commission that no decision has been taken on enhancement of compensation to the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Sunday said there was "palpable disappointment and even resentment" among members of the community.


We want Chandigarh back: Parkash Singh Badal

Tarn Taran (Punjab), Nov 16 : Seeking justice for Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Sunday demanded that the central government should return Chandigarh, the joint capital with Haryana, to Punjab.


'Much more to Punjab than just agriculture, religious tourism'

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Nov 16 : Punjab has always been famous for its agriculture and religious tourism, particularly the holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandar Sahib (popularly known as the Golden Temple) in Amritsar. But for travel writer Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu, the state that ushered in the Green Revolution in the 1960s that made India self-sufficient in foodgrain, has much more to offer in terms of history and a rich heritage.


Congress to confront RSS in rural Punjab

Chandigarh, Nov 15 : Congress leaders and workers in Punjab will confront Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leaders in Punjab's rural areas, a senior Punjab Congress leader said Saturday.


Employment generation could prevent drug abuse: Nikki Haley

Amritsar, Nov.15 : South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley today shared her concerns about rampant drug abuse both in Punjab and South Carolina.


Nikki Haley arrives in Amritsar

Amritsar, Nov 14 : Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American governor of a state in the US, arrived in this Sikh holy city Friday evening.


Badal warns Punjab Police over indiscipline

Chandigarh, Nov 14 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Friday warned police officials in the state that any kind of indiscipline in the police department would not be tolerated.


Punjab, Lockheed Martin tie up for solar power

Chandigarh, Nov 14 : To augment solar power generation in the state and overcome the power crisis, the Punjab government Friday announced a tie up with US global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin.


Surprise checks conducted in 737 Punjab schools

Chandigarh, Nov 14 : Surprise checks were conducted in 737 government schools in Punjab Friday to ensure attendance of teachers.


Nikki Haley arrives in Chandigarh, meets Sukhbir Badal

Chandigarh, Nov 13 : South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley arrived in Chandigarh and met Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Thursday evening.


Punjab to roll out 225 citizen-centric services by May 2015

Chandigarh, Nov 13 : Punjab will set up 2,600 unified civil services centres in all villages and 137 towns in the state by May 2015 to provide 225 citizen-centric services related to various departments, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Thursday.


After Punjabi songs, Danish damsel opts for Indian wedding

By Jaideep Sarin and Parminder Singh Bariana, Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Nov 13 : A Danish beauty, who croons Punjabi songs, has married a Dane in a traditional Punjabi-style wedding here with several of their friends and relatives from Denmark and other parts of the world attending the ceremony.


Punjab, Haryana procure over 150 lakh tonnes paddy

Chandigarh, Nov 12 : Food grain states Punjab and Haryana have procured over 150 lakh tonnes of paddy this season, food and supplies officials in both states said Wednesday.


Punjab to have new job policy for sportspersons

Chandigarh, Nov 11 : The Punjab government will launch a new job policy for sportspersons bringing laurels to the state by registering victories at international events, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Tuesday.


Nikki Haley to visit Punjab Friday

Chandigarh, Nov 11 : US' South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will arrive in Amritsar Friday (Nov 14), district administration officials said Tuesday.


Punjab procures over 111 lakh tonnes paddy

Chandigarh, Nov 11 : Over 111 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured in Punjab this season, food and supplies department officials said Tuesday.


Punjab and Haryana HC raps Haryana Govt. for failing to arrest Baba Rampal

Chandigarh, Nov. 10 : The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday expressed its severe displeasure at the failure of the Haryana Government to execute an arrest warrant on Baba Rampal, and asked the Registrar General to issue a fresh non-bailable arrest warrant in the name of the self-styled god man. The court further directed the Haryana Government to arrest and produce Baba Rampal before the court on November 17.


Two suspected Pak agents arrested in Punjab

Firozpur (Punjab), Nov. 10 : Acting on intelligence provided by an informer, the Punjab Police on Monday arrested two suspected Pakistani agents here. These agents are suspected to be conducting reconnaissance in India.


Dal Khalsa condemns Badal for Hindu-Sikh comment

Amritsar, Nov 10 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's recent statement that the alliance between the Akali Dal and the BJP was essential for Hindu-Sikh peace in the state has drawn criticism from radical Sikh group Dal Khalsa.


Vijay Sampla - a first-time BJP MP from Punjab (Profile)

Chandigarh, Nov 9 : Vijay Sampla, who took oath as a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet Sunday, is a first-time BJP MP from the Hoshiarpur (reserved) seat.


Deported from Thailand, Khalistan terrorist, aide held in Delhi

Chandigarh, Nov 7 : Punjab Police Friday arrested Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) chief and terrorist Harminder Singh alias Mintoo and his aide from the Delhi airport after he was deported from Thailand by the authorities there.


Body of Australia-born child found in Punjab

Chandigarh, Nov 7 : A five-year-old boy born in Australia, who had gone missing last month, was Friday found dead in Punjab's Mohali town, police said.


From UPA to NDA, Badals change stance on MSP (News Analysis)

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Nov 7 : For agrarian Punjab, wheat and paddy are not only important for its agriculture economy but an emotive issue as well. So is the minimum support price (MSP) for these crops. But for Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, the stand on MSP changes, depending on who is in power in New Delhi.


Sikh pilgrims celebrate Gurpurab at Nankana Sahib

Amritsar, Nov 6 : Visiting Sikh pilgrims from India and other parts of the world celebrated Gurpurab, the birth anniversary of the founder of Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev, at his birthplace Nankana Sahib, about 90 km from Lahore, in Pakistan.


Deported from Malaysia, Punjab terrorist arrested in Chennai

Chandigarh/Chennai, Nov 6 : The Punjab Police Thursday arrested a top Khalistani terrorist, Ramndeep Singh alias Goldy, from Chennai airport, a senior police officer said.


Punjab Police arrest terrorist at Chennai airport

Chandigarh, Nov 6 : The Punjab Police Thursday arrested a top Khalistani terrorist, Ramndeep Singh alias Goldy, from Chennai airport, a senior police officer said.


Festivities, prayers mark Gurpurab in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, Nov 6 : Thousands of devotees thronged the holiest of Sikh shrines, 'Harmandar Sahib', popularly known as Golden Temple, in Amritsar and other gurdwaras across Punjab and Haryana Thursday on Gurpurab - the birth anniversary of Sikhism's founder, Guru Nanak Dev.


Punjab NRI Commission slaps notice on HDFC Bank for fraud

Chandigarh, Nov 5 : The Punjab Commission for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) has issued notice to the HDFC Bank after a Britain-based NRI alleged that an amount of Rs.70 lakh was siphoned off from his account allegedly by an official of the private bank, the commission said Wednesday.


Sikh pilgrims reach Nankana Sahib in Pakistan

Amritsar, Nov 5 : A contingent of over 1,500 Sikh pilgrims from India Wednesday reached the Sikh holy city of Nankana Sahib in Pakistan to mark the birth anniversary of Sikhism's founder Guru Nanak Dev.


Two army regiments get President's Standards

Pathankot (Punjab), Nov 5 : The 50 and 84 Armoured Regiments of the Army were Wednesday presented the 'President's Standards' by Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh.


Punjab's senior engineers found absent during surprise check

Chandigarh, Nov 4 : Several senior engineers and scores of other staff members of Punjab's irrigation department were found absent from their offices during a surprise check Tuesday.


Punjab procures nearly 97 lakh tonnes of paddy

Chandigarh, Nov 4 : Nearly 97 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured this year in Punjab, food and supplies department officials said Tuesday.


Pakistan makes U-turn, symbolic Retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah

Attari (Punjab), Nov 3 : Making a U-turn on its earlier request to the BSF not to hold the full-fledged Retreat ceremony for three days following the Wagah blast, Pakistan Rangers Monday went back on their own word and held a symbolic ceremony for the lowering of national flags at the Attari-Wagah joint check post.


BSF recovers 22 kg heroin in Punjab, smugglers escape

Amritsar, Nov 3 : Border Security Force (BSF) troopers recovered 22 kg of heroin, valued at Rs.110 crore in the international market, in Punjab's Freozepur district along the India-Pakistan border, an officer said Monday.


Symbolic Retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah, BSF on high alert

Attari (Punjab), Nov 3 : A symbolic Retreat ceremony for the lowering of national flags and closing of border gates took place Monday at the Attari-Wagah joint check post between India and Pakistan following a deadly suicide bombing near Wagah Sunday which left over 60 people dead.


Punjab to spend Rs.1,000 crore on tourism promotion

Chandigarh, Nov 3 : Punjab will spend Rs.1,000 crore in the current financial year to conserve monuments of historical importance and provide impetus to tourism sector in the state, Tourism Minister Sohan Singh Thandal said Monday.


BSF recovers 22 kg of heroin in Punjab

Amritsar, Nov 3 : Border Security Force (BSF) troopers recovered 22 kg of heroin valued at Rs.110 crore in the international market in Punjab's Freozepur district along the India-Pakistan border, an officer said Monday.


Land trade between India, Pakistan halted after Wagah blast

Attari (Punjab), Nov 3 : Land border trade between India and Pakistan was halted Monday following a suicide bomb attack at Wagah in Pakistan that left 60 people dead Sunday evening.


BSF on high alert in Punjab after Wagah blast

Amritsar, Nov 2 : Border Security Force (BSF) troopers were put on high alert along the India-Pakistan international border Sunday evening after a massive blast left over 45 people dead and over 70 others injured at Wagah in neighbouring Pakistan.


Centre has assured speedy trial for 1984 riots: Sukhbir Badal

Chandigarh, Nov 2 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Sunday said the union government has assured that all legal measures would be taken to ensure justice to victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.


BSF recovers 22 kg heroin in Punjab, three arrested

Amritsar, Nov 2 : Border Security Force (BSF) troopers Sunday arrested three smugglers and recovered 22 kg of heroin along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab's Gurdaspur district, officials said.


1984 riots: Set up special courts to ensure justice, says Sukhbir Badal

New Delhi, Nov. 1 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has asked for time bound special courts to conduct trials and dispense justice in the 1984 Sikh riots case.


Punjab chemists to lose licence for selling banned drugs

Chandigarh, Oct 31 : Tightening the noose around medical practitioners and chemist shop owners who prescribe and sell illegal and banned drugs, the Punjab government Friday said that such people will lose their licences.


Punjab to promote tourism along Shivalik hills

Chandigarh, Oct 31 : To exploit the tourism potential of sub-mountain regions of Shivalik hills along its border with Himachal Pradesh, the Punjab government Friday announced the setting up of the Shivalik (Dhauladhar) Tourism Development Board.


Punjab seeks punishment for Sikh riots perpetrators

Chandigarh, Oct 31 : The Punjab government Friday said it would mount pressure on the central government to seek punishment for those who were involved in the killing of hundreds of Sikhs in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.


Badal lauds centre's move for compensation to 1984 riot victims

Chandigarh, Oct 30 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Thursday lauded the Narendra Modi-led central government for announcing relief for victims of the anti-Sikh riots.


Parkash Singh Badal seeks higher Minimum Support Price for wheat

Chandigarh, Oct 30 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Thursday asked the central government to hike the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for wheat for the forthcoming season.


Punjab moots Commonwealth working group HQ in state

Chandigarh, Oct 29 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Wednesday mooted a proposal to form a working group of members of Commonwealth nations with a permanent headquarters in the state to create a mechanism for the exchange of ideas, experiences and future strategies.


Nearly three lakh drug addicts treated in Punjab

Chandigarh, Oct 28 : Over 2.93 lakh drug addicts have been treated in out patient departments (OPDs) while 9,427 have been detoxicated as indoor patients in 24 drug de-addiction centres in Punjab in recent months, the government said Tuesday.


Lucky, Pappi, Kakke da..the lavish spread of Punjab's dhaba names! (Foodie Trail-Punjab)

By Jaideep Sarin : Punjabi dhabas are known countrywide for their rich and finger-licking food on the roadside. But it is also the lavish spread of their interesting names that makes them stand out.


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