Mumbai/Lucknow, April 15 : Maharashtra Congress strongman Narayan Rane was the biggest loser in the April 11 assembly by-polls for five seats in four states, even as the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra retained their seats.
Islamabad, Apr 14 : In a significant development, the Punjab government has challenged the Lahore High Court's (LHC) release orders for 26/11 Mumbai attack plotter Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, media reports said on Tuesday.
By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, April 13 : Bollywood and other films showing anything to do with the Sikh religion or portraying characters as Sikhs are running into trouble with the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the mini-parliament of Sikh religion, and other Sikh groups.
Mohali (Punjab), April 12 : Around 280 million people in the country do not have basic electricity connection, Minister for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal said on Sunday.
Muktsar (Punjab), April 12 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said the central government should introduce a crop insurance scheme at the earliest to protect farmers from losses due to vagaries of weather.
Gurdaspur (Punjab), April 12 : A Shiv Sena leader was shot at by an unidentified assailant while he was taking a walk in a secured area in Punjab's Gurdaspur town on Sunday morning.
By Jaideep Sarin, Khanna (Punjab), April 12 : Along the busy National Highway No.1 (NH-1) there is one town that is the symbol of the country's self-sufficiency in food grain. The Khanna grain market, said to be the largest grain market in Asia, gets millions of tonnes of produce from Punjab's agricultural fields.
Attari (Punjab), April 11 : The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday lodged a protest with the Pakistan Rangers after three of its troopers were injured in cross border firing in Amritsar sector of Punjab by smugglers from the Pakistani side.
Chandigarh, April 11 : A four-year-old girl was raped and murdered in a slum colony here, police said on Saturday.
Chandigarh, April 11 : At least three people were killed and over 30 others injured when a speeding Mercedes bus went out of control and hit a roadside tree near Balachaur town in Punjab on Saturday evening.
Chandigarh, Apr 11 : Three Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were injured when Pakistani troops fired on a BSF post near Attari in Amritsar on late Friday night.
Chandigarh, April 11 : Over 70 percent of the 1.52 lakh eligible voters exercised their franchise on Saturday in the by-poll to the Dhuri assembly constituency in Punjab.
By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, April 11 : Over the next few weeks, people in Punjab and even neighbouring areas could well be on a potato diet.
Paris, April 11 : India and France will undertake a joint study on the execution of a semi high-speed railway project between New Delhi and Chandigarh.
Attari (Punjab), April 11 : Three Border Security Force (BSF) troopers were injured in cross border firing in Amritsar sector of Punjab by smugglers from the Pakistani side, BSF officials said on Saturday.
Amritsar, Apr. 11 : Three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were injured on Saturday when alleged smugglers fired at a patrol vehicle from across the Indo-Pak border near Amritsar in Punjab.
Mumbai/Dhuri (Punjab), Apr. 11 : Polling for the Bandra (East) Assembly constituency in Mumbai, which was left vacant after the death of Shiv Sena MLA Bala Sawant, is currently on amid tight security arrangements.
Chandigarh, April 10 : The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the mini-parliament of Sikh religion, has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the central government to ban the screening of film "Nanak Shah Fakir".
Chandigarh, April 10 : Poor facilities and complete apathy of officials is what Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema experienced on Friday evening when he made a surprise visit to check residential arrangements for players who have assembled in Fatehgarh Sahib for state-level primary school games.
Chandigarh, April 10 : As the procurement process for wheat began on Friday, the Punjab government asked the central government for movement of 68 lakh tonnes of wheat already stocked in the state.
Chandigarh, April 10 : Over 1.52 lakh voters would be eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-poll to the Dhuri assembly constituency to be held on Saturday.
Chandigarh, April 9 : A senior BJP leader from Punjab has urged the NHRC to get dope tests conducted on officials posted in jails across the country, especially in the state.
Chandigarh, April 9 : Procurement of wheat in Punjab and Haryana will commence officially on Friday (April 10) even though the arrival of wheat grains in bulk quantity could take place only after one week.
Chandigarh, April 9 : Every rural household in Punjab will have a water connection and a toilet with the state government all set to launch its Rs.2,200 crore (2.2 bn) project for the purpose. The project is expected to be completed in six years.
Chandigarh, April 9 : A surprise check on various departments of the Punjab secretariat on Thursday found at least 119 officials "absent", a state government spokesman said.
Chandigarh, April 9 : Mauritius President Kailash Purryag will later this month visit Punjab where he will attend the convocation of a leading private university near Jalandhar city.
Chandigarh, April 8 : Radical Sikh group Dal Khalsa on Wednesday asked Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal to intervene and stop the release of the film 'Nanak Shah Fakir'.
Chandigarh, April 7 : A court in Punjab on Tuesday sentenced former Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) chairman Ravinder Singh Sidhu to seven years' rigorous imprisonment. It also slapped a fine of Rs.1 crore on him.
Chandigarh, April 7 : Harvesting of wheat was affected in several parts of Haryana and Punjab on Tuesday after both states experienced more rain since morning.
Chandigarh, April 7 : In a blow to the opposition Congress party in Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday set aside the election of Congress legislator Mohammed Sadique.
By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, April 7 : The middle of the night is no time for anyone to keep awake but residents of rural areas near cities and towns in Punjab are being forced to do just that with blaring DJ-led music from 'marriage palaces' (marquees) leaving them sleepless.
Chandigarh, April 6 : A senior officer of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), who is probing the sensitive multi-million-rupee synthetic drugs case, on Monday approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court opposing his recent transfer to Kolkata.
Chandigarh, April 6 : The Punjab government on Monday announced a ban on harvesting of the wheat (Rabi) crop with combine harvesters from evening to morning, a senior officer said here.
Chandigarh, April 6 : A court in Punjab on Monday held former Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) chairman Ravi Sidhu and three others guilty in the cash-for-job scam that was busted by the Punjab Vigilance Bureau in 2002.
Ghuman (Punjab), April 5 : With writers and litterateurs expressing their concern about the growing use of technology taking youth away from the habit of reading books, the 88th Marathi Literary Fest concluded in Punjab's historic village of Ghuman in Gurdaspur district Sunday.
Ludhiana (Punjab), Apr. 5 : Cycle lovers thronged the India International Cycle, Fitness and Outdoor Sports Expo in Ludhiana where funky and innovative cycles, bicycle parts and fitness equipments were put on display.
Chandigarh, April 4 : Just a day before his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis is likely to visit Punjab, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi opposing the "imposition" of a BJP legislator in Maharashtra as head of the managing board of Takht Hazoor Sahib, one of the five high seats of Sikh religion.
By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, April 4 : For nearly a decade, farmer Bhupinder Singh has often looked at the sky to thank god for his bumper wheat crop. This year is different. In the past one month, unseasonal rains and hailstorms have left Singh a worried man. Nearly 30 percent of his wheat crop spread over seven acres has been flattened.
By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, April 4 : For nearly a decade, farmer Bhupinder Singh has often looked at the sky to thank god for his bumper wheat crop. This year is different. In the past one month, unseasonal rains and hailstorms have made Singh a worried man. Nearly 30 percent of his wheat crop spread over seven acres has been flattened.
Ghuman (Punjab), April 3 : With leading literary and political figures from Maharashtra, Punjab and elsewhere in attendance, the 88th Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Sammellan - its first time in Punjab - got underway at this village in frontier district of Gurdaspur Friday.
Chandigarh, Apr. 3 : Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will inaugurate the 88th All India Marathi Sahitya Sammellan in Ghumaan Village in the state's Gurdaspur District on Friday evening.
By Jaideep Sarin, Hoshiarpur (Punjab), April 3 : Just asking for an address in the Railway Mandi area of this Punjab might elicit blank stares. But the moment I uttered the word 'Brighu', I was not even allowed to say anything more and the directions followed to the T.
Chandigarh, April 1 : Four Bangladeshi nationals have been detained in Punjab's industrial city of Ludhiana in connection with the gang rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal last month, police said on Wednesday.
Chandigarh, April 1 : The central government will prepare a roadmap within 45 days to find a solution to the water-sharing issues between Haryana and Punjab, a central minister told Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday.
Chandigarh, April 1 : Seeking personal intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday demanded that farmers, who had suffered crop damage due to unseasonal rains, should be compensated by giving Rs.100 per quintal as bonus over the minimum support price (MSP) of wheat.
Ludhiana, Apr. 1 : Punjab Police has confirmed the arrest of four Bangladeshi nationals in Ludhiana for their role in the gang-rape of a nun in West Bengal's Nadia District last month.
Chandigarh, April 1 : Four Bangladeshi nationals were detained in Ludhiana in connection with the gang rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal's Ranaghat town last month.
Chandigarh, Apr 1 : Four suspects have been detained by the Ludhiana Police from the Punjab city of Ludhiana in connection with the gang-rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal last month which had triggered angry protests across the nation.
Chandigarh, March 31 : The Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday handed over a Pakistani national, who had crossed the international border in Punjab's Gurdaspur sector, to Pakistan Rangers.
Chandigarh, March 31 : Congress's Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought intervention of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to save four Indian hostages who have been traced alive in Iraq after several months of their having gone missing.
Amritsar, March 30 : A local cable operator, who had attempted to commit suicide in the presence of judges of the Supreme Court and the Punjab and Haryana High Court here, has died, police said on Monday.
Amritsar, Mar 29 : Two suspected Pakistani smugglers, carrying 12 kg heroin worth Rs. 60 crores, were shot dead by the Border Security Force (BSF) on the Indo-Pakistan border as they were trying to sneak into the Indian territory, BSF officials said on Sunday.
Chandigarh, March 29 : The BSF has killed two Pakistani smugglers along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab and recovered 12 kg heroin, valued at Rs.50 crore in the international market, from them, an official said on Sunday.
Chandigarh, March 28 : Border Security Force (BSF) troopers shot dead a Pakistani smuggler in the Amritsar sector along the India-Pakistan border on Saturday and recovered 24 kg heroin.
Chandigarh, March 26 : The Punjab government has sought a comprehensive relief package, as special central assistance, of Rs.717 crore to compensate the state's farmers for losses caused by damage to their standing rabi crops due to recent untimely rains and hailstorms.
Chandigarh, March 26 : People in Punjab's rural areas will now get a city-like feel with the state government deciding to construct flats for village residents.
Chandigarh, March 24 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday urged the NDA central government to watch the interests of the food growers of the nation while amending the Land Acquisition Bill.
New Delhi, Mar. 24 : The Border Security Force, in an encounter with Pakistani smugglers, has seized 18 kilograms of heroin in the in the Dera Baba Nanak Sector in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.
Khatkar Kalan (Punjab), March 23 : Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday announced new rail links to Khatkar Kalan, the ancestral village of martyr Bhagat Singh in Punjab.
Amritsar, March 23 : Walking in the midst of hundreds of devotees, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday offered prayers at the holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple, and later paid homage at Jallianwala Bagh where hundreds of innocent people were massacred by British troops on April 13, 1919.