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Five patients lose eyesight after botched cataract operations in Punjab

Pathankot (Punjab), Dec. 20 : At least five patients lost their eyesight after operation at a free eye surgery camp in Punjab.


I might have been a Punjabi kudi in previous life: Danish singer

By Jaideep Sarin, Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Dec 20 : She is from Denmark and lives in the US, but it does not take much of an effort to get Anita Lerche to sing - 'bhajans' in Hindi, 'shabads' (hymns) in Punjabi, even popular Bollywood numbers and other international compositions - back-to-back - any time, anywhere. She says she might have been a "Punjabi kudi" (girl) in her previous life.


Chandigarh avian flu: Culling of birds begins

Chandigarh, Dec 18 : Authorities in Chandigarh Thursday evening started culling of all birds in and around the city's famous Sukhna lake after a dead goose was confirmed with the H5N1 (avian influenza or bird flu) virus.


Day temperature drops across Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, Dec 18 : Cold wave conditions intensified in Punjab and Haryana Thursday with the maximum temperature dropping.


Punjab monitoring Chandigarh bird flu situation

Chandigarh, Dec 18 : The Punjab government was closely monitoring the bird flu situation in Chandigarh's Sukhna lake and officials have been directed to take all precautionary measures to check the outbreak of the disease, a minister said Thursday.


Bird flu: Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake cordoned off

Chandigarh, Dec 18 : Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake was cordoned off early Thursday after a sample from a dead duck tested positive for the H5N1 (avian or bird flu) virus.


Bird flu scare in Chandigarh after duck sample tests positive

Chandigarh, Dec 17 : Chandigarh was Wednesday hit by a bird flu scare after the sample of a duck found dead at the famous Sukhna lake tested positive for the H5N1 (avian flu) virus, an official said.


Amritsar coldest in plains at one degree Celsius

Chandigarh, Dec 17 : The Sikh holy city of Amritsar was the coldest place in the plains of Punjab and Haryana Wednesday with the minimum temperature just a degree above the freezing point. Cold wave conditions are likely to intensify in the coming days.


Samjhauta train, peace bus being used for narcotics smuggling: Badal

Chandigarh, Dec 16 : Calling for the union government's intervention in securing Punjab's 553-km long international border with Pakistan against drugs smuggling, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Tuesday said that the peace train and bus service between India and Pakistan was being used for sending consignments of narcotics.


Sukhbir Badal wants Modi to stop drugs inflow into Punjab

Chandigarh, Dec 16 : Two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned about the acute drug problem in Punjab in his 'Mann ki Baat' programme on radio, state Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Tuesday said Modi and the home minister should take steps to stop the entry of drugs into the state.


Pakistani smuggler killed, 17 kg heroin seized in Punjab

Chandigarh, Dec 16 : Border Security Force (BSF) troopers shot dead a Pakistani smuggler, arrested two Indian smugglers and seized 17 kg of heroin from near the international border in Punjab's Gurdaspur sector, a BSF spokesman said Tuesday.


Punjab Congress wants longer assembly session

Chandigarh, Dec 16 : The Congress Legislative Party (CLP) in Punjab has sought a longer session of the state assembly to discus major issues like the increasing drug problem and non-payment of dues to farmers for the paddy procured, a senior Congress leader said Tuesday.


High court puts on hold cremation of Ashutosh Maharaj

Chandigarh, Dec 15 : The Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday suspended an earlier order of a single-judge bench which had directed the Punjab government to perform the last rites of controversial, self-styled godman Ashutosh Maharaj.


Punjab, Haryana get respite from rainfall

Chandigarh, Dec 15 : There was some respite from rainfall over the past 24 hours across most places in Punjab and Haryana though the skies remained overcast in the region, weather officials said here Monday.


Punjab girls school to be first to study energy efficiency

By Biswajit Choudhury, New Delhi, Dec 14 : In a major decision impacting inter-connected sectors of energy, education and women, Power Minister Piyush Goyal Sunday announced that a government girls' school in Punjab would be the first in the country to introduce energy efficiency as a subject in the school curriculum.


Modi's drugs talk should be action, not mere wish-list: Amarinder Singh

Chandigarh, Dec 14 : Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Mann ki Baat" on drugs "should have been more action oriented than just a wish-list".


Punjab sets up warehouses for medicines

Chandigarh, Dec 14 : The Punjab government has set up three scientifically designed regional warehouses to stock medicines that can be supplied to government hospitals based 1on need, a minister said Sunday.


Punjab, Haryana get widespread rain, farmers happy

Chandigarh, Dec 14 : Most parts of Punjab and Haryana have experience intermittent rainfall over the past over 24 hours but the minimum temperature showing a rise, Met officials said Sunday.


Punjab's border belt to get uninterrupted power

Attari (Punjab), Dec 12 : Giving a major reprieve to the residents of border districts of Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday announced that the state government would provide round-the-clock power supply to the residents of the border belt along the India-Pakistan international boundary.


Drunk officer's car hits seven

Jalandhar, Dec 12 : At least seven people were injured, one seriously, when an excise department officer who was drunk rammed into them with his car here in Punjab, police said Friday.


Woman tries self-immolation outside Badal's residence

Chandigarh, Dec 12 : A woman was admitted Thursday to a government hospital here with over 20 percent burns after she set herself ablaze outside the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, police said.


BJP alliance with Akali Dal intact: Amit Shah

New Delhi, Dec 12 : BJP president Amit Shah Friday dismissed rumours that its alliance with long-time partner Akali Dal is in trouble and blamed the media for the speculation.


Punjab, Chandigarh teachers to boycott varsity exams

Chandigarh, Dec 11 : Hundreds of teachers in government-aided private colleges across Punjab and Chandigarh will boycott university semester examinations Dec 15 and 19, a teachers' union leader said Thursday.


Fake Maharashtra Police officials held in Punjab

Chandigarh, Dec 11 : Two people who were posing as Maharashtra Police officials were arrested in Punjab's Batala Thursday along with their driver, police said.


All Punjab villages to get high-speed Internet

Chandigarh, Dec 11 : The Punjab government Thursday announced that all villages in the state would be provided high speed internet connectivity having unlimited bandwidth.


Security for rape-murder accused - and a dead body!

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Dec 11 : Strange as it may sound, security agencies in Punjab and Haryana have provided the highest security cover to three cult leaders - one who has been dead for almost a year and two other controversial sect leaders with criminal cases of rape, murder and religious blasphemy slapped on them.


AIF promotes 'Let's us do something together for Punjab' campaign

New Delhi, Dec. 10 : The American India Foundation (AIF) organized the third annual edition of "Let us do something together for Punjab" event at the government middle school in Bappiana Village of Mansa.


Two policemen suspended in wake of Ludhiana rape victim's death

Ludhiana, Dec 10 : Two Punjab Police officials who had refused to register a case when a rape victim was set ablaze by her tormentors here last week have been suspended, police said Wednesday.


Punjab dismisses six Vets for prolonged absence

Chandigarh, Dec 10 : Taking a serious view of government officials going abroad and extending their stay there unauthorisedly, the Punjab government Wednesday announced the dismissal from service of six government veterinary doctors for prolonged absence from duty.


Punjab to set up healthcare facilities near Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Dec 10 : To provide quality healthcare education and ultra modern medical facilities, the Punjab government has finalized its plot allotment policy to set up multi-specialty hospitals, medical colleges and medical research institutes in Medi-City at New Chandigarh near here.


Delhi-Lahore bus meets with minor accident

Kapurthala (Punjab), Dec. 10 : The 'Sada-e-Sarhad' bus, which travels between New Delhi and Lahore on Tuesday night met with a minor accident near Subhanpur village in Kapurthala district of Punjab, when it collided with the police vehicle that escorts it on National Highway 1.


Amarinder questions Badal's age, asks him to step down

Chandigarh, Dec 9 : A day after Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal celebrated his 87th birthday, becoming the oldest serving chief minister in the country, Congress leader Amarinder Singh Tuesday claimed he was much older and asked him to step down.


Oldest serving CM Badal goes to school on his birthday

Chandigarh, Dec 8 : At 87, he is the oldest serving chief minister in the country. But even at this age, the 'young-at-heart' Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal chose to celebrate his birthday with school students Monday.


Punjab eye camp tragedy: Mathura NGO office-bearers missing

Mathura, Dec 8 : The office-bearers of a Mathura-based NGO which recently organised an eye-camp in Punjab where some patients later complained of losing eyesight, were found missing and untraceable when a Punjab Police team looked for them Sunday.


Badal wants federal structure in country

New Delhi, Dec 7 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Sunday called for drastic recast of the constitution to give the country a genuinely federal structure.


Punjab Police arrest organizer of Gurdaspur eye camp

Gurdaspur (Punjab), Dec. 6 : The Punjab Police on Saturday arrested the organizer of the eye camp where 16 persons lost their eyesight yesterday and sent him to judicial custody for two days.


Eye camp tragedy: doctor, NGO activist held as Punjab orders probe

Chandigarh, Dec 5 : The Punjab Police have arrested a Jalandhar-based doctor and the coordinator of a NGO who were allegedly involved in organising a free eye check up camp which resulted in 15 old people losing their eyesight.


Punjab officers to get hired vehicles

Chandigarh, Dec 5 : To cut down on expenses incurred on government vehicles, the Punjab government has decided to provide hired vehicles to officers, it was announced Friday.


Report sought from Punjab on free eye check-up camp: Nadda

New Delhi, Dec 5 : The central government has sought a report from Punjab into the free eye check-up camp that left 15 people from Amritsar district without eyesight, Health Minister J.P. Nadda said Friday.


NHRC issues notice to Punjab on 60 losing eyesight

New Delhi, Dec 5 : The NHRC issued notice to Punjab after reportedly 60 people lost their eyesight in botched up surgeries in the state's Gurdaspur district, a statement said Friday.


Senior citizens lose eyesight after allegedly undergoing surgery in Gurdaspur

Gurdaspur (Punjab), Dec. 5 : At least 14 senior citizens lost their eyesight after they allegedly underwent eye surgeries at a free medical camp organized by an NGO in Punjab's Gurdaspur district on Friday.


Punjab bans health camps without permission

Chandigarh, Dec 5 : The Punjab government Friday banned holding of health camps without prior approval of civil surgeons in respective districts.


India finds US' discrimination in Pan-Am hijack case

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Dec 5 : India has charged the US with discrimination in awarding compensation to passengers of a Pan-Am flight that was hijacked by Libyan terrorists. The hijack had left 20 people dead and 150 injured after a bloodbath at Karachi International Airport on September 5, 1986.


Probe ordered after 15 lose eyesight at camp

Chandigarh, Dec 5 : The Punjab government Friday ordered a probe into the free eye check-up camp that left 15 people from Amritsar district without eyesight.


15 lose eyesight after cataract operation in Punjab

Chandigarh, Dec 4 : At least 15 people have lost their eyesight after undergoing cataract operation at a charitable hospital following a free eye check-up conducted by an NGO in Punjab's Gurdaspur district, officials said Thursday.


HC notice to Punjab, Haryana on arms training at deras

Chandigarh, Dec 4 : The Punjab and Haryana High Court Thursday issued notice to both governments regarding reports that ex-servicemen were helping supporters of various sects with arms training.


Sukhbir Badal urges centre to release Sikh prisoners

Chandigarh, Dec 4 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Thursday sought immediate intervention of union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for the release, on compassionate grounds, of over 100 Sikh political prisoners in various jails who have completed their sentences.


Tension mounts around Punjab sect campus after HC order

Chandigarh, Dec 4 : Tension is building up around the campus of the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) sect near Punjab's Jalandhar after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directing the state government to perform the last rites of sect guru Ashutosh within 15 days.


Congress slams Punjab govt for paddy procurement mess

Chandigarh, Dec 3 : The opposition Congress in Punjab Wednesday slammed the Punjab government for mismanagement in the procurement of paddy.


Punjabi edition of Mirchi Music Awards announced

Noida, Dec 3 : The first edition of Mirchi Music Awards Punjabi was announced here Wednesday. The awards aim to honour artistes from both the film and non-film categories of the Punjabi music industry.


Punjab to hold grievance resolution meets for NRIs

Chandigarh, Dec 3 : The Punjab government has decided to hold three 'Sangat Darshans' for Non-resident Indians (NRIs) in Moga, Jalandhar and Ludhiana to redress their grievances, a minister said Wednesday.


Four Punjab policemen get life term in fake encounter case

Patiala, Dec. 2 : Four Punjab Police personnel have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a CBI Court in Patiala for their role in an eighteen-year-old fake encounter case which led to the death of a youth.


Punjab police top brass found 'missing' as Sukhbir Badal takes attendance

Chandigarh, Dec 2 : This was one call of duty that the top brass of Punjab Police failed miserably to meet with. Senior police officers were running for cover Tuesday after they were caught red-handed by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for not reaching their respective offices on time.


Punjab's traditional craft inscribed on Unesco list

New Delhi, Dec 2 : The traditional brass and copper craft of utensil making from Punjab has been inscribed on Unesco's 2014 Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, an official statement said Tuesday.


Court directs Punjab to cremate sect leader Ashutosh's body

Chandigarh, Dec 1 : The controversy over the death of sect guru Ashutosh is likely to get over with the Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday directing the Punjab government to perform his last rites within 15 days.


Bharti Foundation, Sulabh to build 12,000 toilets in Ludhiana

Chandigarh, Dec 1 : The Bharti Foundation Monday announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sulabh International for construction of 12,000 toilets in rural households across Ludhiana district in Punjab.


When it's sweets, it has to be Lovely! (Foodie Trail-Jalandhar)

By Jaideep Sarin, Jalandhar (Punjab), Dec 1 : If there is a brand name that links directly to Punjab's sweet tooth, it is Lovely.


Hotels violating smoking ban to lose licence in Punjab

Chandigarh, Nov 29 : Hotels, restaurants and commercial establishments in Punjab which fail to enforce the no-smoking ban on their premises will lose their licences, the state government announced Saturday.


Will again take up Iraq hostages issue with centre: Parkash Singh Badal

Chandigarh, Nov 29 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Saturday said his state will again take up with the central government the issue of safe and prompt release of 39 Punjabis trapped in Iraq.


Pakistani, Indian artists celebrate common cultural similarities

Amritsar (Punjab), Nov. 29 : A 41-member delegation of artistes, singers and musicians from Pakistan, on Friday arrived here to participate in a joint cultural festival 'Saanjh'.


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