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Release of controversial Punjabi film blocked

New Delhi, Aug 21 : The government Thursday blocked the release of controversial Punjabi film "Kaum De Heere" which reportedly glorifies the assassins of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.


Congress alleges violence by Akalis in Punjab by-poll

Chandigarh, Aug 21 : Violent incidents were reported Thursday from the Talwandi Sabo assembly constituency in Punjab during by-elections for two assembly seats.


Brisk voting in Punjab assembly by-election

Chandigarh, Aug 21 : Tens of thousands voted in Punjab's Talwandi Sabo and Patiala assembly constituencies Thursday, with officials recording 45 and 35 percent polling respectively till 1 p.m.


Punjab Police arrest three smugglers

Tarn Taran (Punjab), Aug 21 : Punjab Police arrested three smugglers in Tarn Taran district and recovered two kg heroin from their possession, police said Thursday.


Punjab to get 2,000 MW solar power plant

Chandigarh, Aug 19 : Union Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal Tuesday announced the setting up of a 2,000 MW solar power plant in Punjab to augment power generation in the state.


Jaitley: Up to Pak to decide what relationship they want

Amritsar, Aug. 18 : Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley asked Pakistan to decide what relationship the country wanted with India.


Bharti Foundation announces Rs.100 crore for toilets in Ludhiana

Chandigarh, Aug 18 : Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to corporates to chip in for rural sanitation projects, Bharti Foundation - the development arm of Bharti Enterprises - Monday announced a Rs.100 crore 'Satya Bharti Abhiyan' to provide toilets in Punjab's Ludhiana district.


Kejriwal holds roadshow in Patiala ahead of Punjab by-polls

Patiala (Punjab), Aug. 18 : Aam Admi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal held a road show here in the run-up to the assembly by-polls for two seats, Patiala and Talwandi Sabo, in Punjab.


Punjab Youth Congress objects to film on Indira's assassins

Chandigarh, Aug 16 : The Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) Saturday strongly opposed the permission granted for the screening of the controversial Punjabi movie 'Kaum de Heere', saying it glorifies the assassins of former prime minister Indira Gandhi.


Man hurls shoe at Badal; Akali Dal blames AAP

Ludhiana, Aug 15 : A shoe hurled at Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal by an unemployed youth in a village near here Friday during an Independence Day function got political overtones with the ruling Akali Dal blaming the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the incident.


Shoe hurled at Parkash Singh Badal

Ludhiana, Aug 15 : An unemployed youth hurled a shoe towards Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in a village near Ludhiana Friday during an Independence Day related function.


Punjab made maximum sacrifices for country's freedom: Badal

Patiala, Aug 15 : Punjab's contribution to the country's freedom struggle was the maximum with nearly 80 percent of the freedom fighters being from the state, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said during his Independence Day address Friday.


Border guards exchange greetings at Attari-Wagah border

Attari (Punjab), Aug 15 : Border guards of India and Pakistan Friday exchanged greetings at the Attari-Wagah joint check post between both the countries to mark India's 68th Independence Day.


Chandigarh traffic cop suffers 'hit-and-run' of another kind

Chandigarh, Aug 14 : Motorists in Chandigarh may be wary of being caught by traffic policemen but the latter are themselves also at the receiving end from certain drivers.


Punjab seeks army help for de-addiction centres

Chandigarh, Aug 14 : The Punjab government has sought the cooperation of the Indian Army for setting up drug de-addiction centres in three districts along the Pakistan border.


Punjab makes dope test mandatory for government jobs

Chandigarh, Aug 14 : To curb incidence of people addicted to drugs joining state government service, the Punjab government Thursday announced that dope testing will be mandatory for recruitment to all departments under it.


India, Pakistan troopers exchange sweets on Punjab border

Attari (Punjab), Aug 14 : Border guards of India and Pakistan Thursday exchanged sweets and greetings along the international border here to mark Pakistan's Independence Day.


Street play by DU students at Jallianwala Bagh

Amritsar, Aug.13 : A group of thirty students, representing the University of Delhi, held a street play on Tuesday at the Jallianwala Bagh in celebration of the forthcoming Independence Day.


'Smart classes', 'finishing schools' in Punjab colleges

Chandigarh, Aug 13 : The Punjab government Wednesday announced that government colleges in the state will have "smart classes" and "finishing schools" to improve the quality of higher education.


Farmers, industry shifting to Haryana from Punjab: Congress

Chandigarh, Aug 12 : Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa Tuesday said farmers and industry in Punjab's border areas adjoining Haryana were shifting to the neighbouring state due to the deteriorating environment in Punjab.


Bring promised grants for Punjab: Congress tells Badal

Chandigarh, Aug 10 : The Congress in Punjab Sunday lashed out at the silence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal over the state's financial 'mess' and said they should ensure that Punjab gets the grants from the central government which the two had promised the state.


Badal government curbing right to protest: Congress

Chandigarh, Aug 9 : The opposition Congress in Punjab Saturday slammed the Badal government for allegedly curbing the democratic right of the people to protest.


BJP-Akalis: Friends in Punjab, foes in Haryana

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Aug 9 : Sworn allies in Punjab for over three decades, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiromani Akali Dal are political foes in adjoining Haryana. Weird?


Punjab ASI's killers get life term

Amritsar, Aug 8 : A district court here Friday handed life term to five people, including an Akali Dal leader, for the December 2012 murder of a Punjab Police officer.


Amarinder objects to flag-hoisting by Badals

Chandigarh, Aug 8 : Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha and Amritsar MP Amarinder Singh Friday took strong exception to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Deputy Chief Minister son Sukhbir Badal planning to unfurl the national flag on Independence Day (Aug 15) at Patiala and Bathinda respectively.


Disobey Akali orders, Punjab Congress chief tells police

Chandigarh, Aug 8 : Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa Friday openly called on Punjab Police personnel to disobey orders of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal leaders.


Punjab wants Centre to relax MBBS admission criterion

Chandigarh, Aug 7 : The Punjab government has urged the union government to relax the admission criterion for MBBS course for the Scheduled Caste (SC) students.


15 in fray for Punjab by-poll

Chandigarh, Aug 6 : Former union minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur is among 15 candidates in the fray for by-elections to two Punjab assembly seats - Patiala and Talwandi Sabo - to be held later this month.


19 Punjabis return from Iraq, no word on hostages

Chandigarh, Aug 5 : Although 19 Punjabis returned to India by a special flight Tuesday, there is still no word on the whereabouts of another 40 Punjabi men taken hostage by militants in conflict-torn Iraq, officials said.


Bhakra Dam water level higher than in 2013

Chandigarh, Aug 5 : The water level at the Bhakra Dam in Himachal Pradesh has improved and is higher than in the same period last year, officials said Tuesday.


HSGPC row: Warring Sikh groups agree on panel to resolve issue

Chandigarh, Aug 4 : Senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on one side and the newly-created Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) Monday evening agreed to set up a panel to look into all aspects of control of Haryana gurdwaras to resolve the issue.


141 health officials absent during check

Chandigarh, Aug 4 : A surprise check of Punjab's health department headquarters here Monday revealed that as many as 141 officials were missing from their offices.


Three Khalistani terrorists arrested, module busted

Chandigarh/Jammu, Aug 4 : Punjab Police Monday said it has foiled a joint conspiracy of two Pakistan-based terrorist outfits, the Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) and the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), to carry out terrorist strikes in the state.


Punjab is the most peaceful state in the country says CM Badal

By Ravinder Singh Robin, Lambi (Punjab), 2, August, 2014 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today outrightly refuted allegations leveled by the opposition regarding the law and order problem in the state.


Tension in Kurukshetra as HSGPC lays siege to gurdwara

Chandigarh, Aug 2 : Tension prevailed in Haryana's Kurukshetra town Saturday as leaders and supporters of the newly-constituted Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) laid siege to a big gurdwara.


157 years later, tributes paid to 1857 martyrs

Amritsar, Aug 1 : Exactly 157 years after they were pushed into a well by the British rulers, the remains of 282 martyrs from the first war of independence in 1857 which were dug up from a well in Punjab's Ajnala town this year were paid their last respects Friday.


Won't tolerate move to control Haryana gurdwaras: Parkash Singh Badal

Chandigarh, Aug 1 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday warned that the move to take control of Haryana gurdwaras from the SGPC will not be tolerated.


Ghana offers land to Punjab farmers

Chandigarh, July 31 : Ghana has offered to settle progressive farmers from Punjab to give a push to the agricultural sector in the western African country, a Punjab government spokesman said Thursday.


Jail products to be supplied to Punjab schools, government offices

Chandigarh, July 31 : Biscuits, snacks and artefacts made by jail inmates in Punjab could soon be supplied to educational institutions and government offices across the state, a minister said Thursday.


Parkash Singh Badal asks Mulayam for compensation to Saharanpur Sikhs

Chandigarh, July 30 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Wednesday urged Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to personally intervene to ensure compensation for the Sikh families who were affected by recent riots in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur town.


Three killed as truck falls into Punjab canal

Chandigarh, July 30 : Three pilgrims were killed and 35 others injured when a truck carrying them fell into an irrigation canal in Punjab Wednesday, police said.


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.


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