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Badal to lead Swachh Bharat campaign in Punjab

Chandigarh, Oct 1 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would lead the Swachh Bharat campaign with a state-level function at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda district Thursday.


Asia's biggest paddy procurement begins in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, Oct 1 : The biggest ever paddy procurement exercise in Asia began across Punjab and Haryana Wednesday, food and supplies officials of both states said.


Blast in Pakistani truck at Attari

Amritsar, Oct 1 : A blast in a tanker from Pakistan carrying chemicals led to panic Wednesday at the integrated check post (ICP) at Attari, 30 km from here.


Punjab minister orders release of grants to aided colleges

Chandigarh, Sep 30 : The Punjab government will soon release grants for aided private colleges in the state, a minister said Tuesday.


Ludhiana youths' killing: Crackdown on police officials

Chandigarh, Sep 29 : The Punjab government Monday evening suspended a district police chief and dismissed four police officials after two brothers in their 20s were killed in Ludhiana district Saturday in a shootout with police.


Ludhiana youth killing: Badal orders probe

Chandigarh, Sep 29 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday set up a high-level committee to probe the killing of two youths in police firing in Ludhiana district Saturday.


Floods, sand deposits damage farmers' crops in Punjab

Amritsar, Sept. 28 : Sand deposits left by the flooded river Ravi in fields has left farmers' crops damaged in Amritsar district.


Punjab seeks report on killing of two brothers

Chandigarh, Sep 28 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Sunday said his government has sought a report on the killing of two youths by the police near Ludhiana.


Punjab to begin paddy procurement Oct 1, eyes 140 lakh tonnes

Chandigarh, Sep 28 : Paddy procurement in Punjab will begin Wednesday (Oct 1) with the state eyeing a target of 140 lakh tonnes this season.


Sports centres to come up in Punjab's border areas

Chandigarh, Sep 27 : The central government will set up multipurpose sports centres in every block of the border districts of Punjab, union Sports Minister Sarbnanda Sonowal said here Saturday.


Processed products should reach common man: Minister

Ludhiana, Sep 26 : Union Food Processing Industry Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal Friday said that processed products should not be limited to elite sections only but should be in the reach of the common man as well.


Indo-Pak trade resumes at Attari border

Attari (Punjab), Sept. 24 : Trade between India and Pakistan resumed today after traders on both sides called off their strikes against the interference of the custom departments of the two nations.


Punjab to take action against absentee teachers

Chandigarh, Sep 22 : Action will be taken against Punjab government school teachers who have remained absent from their institutions for a long time, Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said Monday.


Punjab seeks Rs.1.02 lakh crore bailout from Centre

New Delhi, Sep 22 : Stating that it was being penalised for fighting India's battle against prolonged militancy, the Punjab government Monday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bail out the state from debt and other issues that were hampering its growth.


Punjab Thunder overcome United Singhs in WKL

Jalandhar, Sep 21 : Punjab Thunder overcame a sluggish start to register a 56-44 win over United Singhs in the Wave World Kabaddi League here Sunday.


Akali Dal-BJP alliance strong: Punjab CM

Chandigarh, Sep 21 : With the BJP's 25-year-old alliance with Shiv Sena coming under strain before the Maharashtra assembly polls, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Sunday said the alliance between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the BJP in Punjab is strong and not comparable to any other alliance.


MLA vs officer: Amarinder says Badal setting wrong precedent

Chandigarh, Sep 21 : The standoff between the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the opposition Congress over a spat between a Congress legislator and a woman civil servant is showing no signs of ending.


Punjab warns officials against de-reserving posts

Chandigarh, Sep 21 : The Punjab government has issued strict directives against de-reserving posts of reserved categories and converting these to other categories, an official spokesman said Sunday.


Modi govt very decisive, will change system: Sukhbir Badal

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Sep 21 : The "decisiveness" in decision-making and "cutting red-tapism" of the Narendra Modi government at the centre will change the country's governance system, Punjab's powerful deputy chief minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, feels.


Veteran Akali leader Jagdev Singh Talwandi passes away

Ludhiana (Punjab), Sept. 20 : Former president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and veteran Akali leader Jagdev Singh Talwandi passed away here on Friday, at the Hero Dayanand Medical College (DMC) and Heart Hospital.


BJP seeks action against Punjab officials for 'misguiding' government

Chandigarh, Sep 20 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Punjab Saturday sought a time-bound enquiry into the actions of officials of the state's forest department for allegedly "misguiding" the state government and various courts on the Punjab Land Preservation Act.


Punjab to launch direct seeding of paddy

Chandigarh, Sep 20 : Punjab, a major producer of foodgrain, is all set to introduce direct seeding of paddy, Punjab Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Saturday.


Vancouver Lions edge Royal Kings in WKL

Jalandhar, Sep 19 : Vancouver Lions narrowly defeated Royal Kings USA 54-51 in the Wave World Kabaddi League (WKL) here Friday.


Badal orders probe over Congress lawmaker's 'misbehaviour'

Chandigarh, Sep 18 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Thursday ordered a probe after a Congress legislator allegedly "misbehaved and used foul language" with a woman bureaucrat.


Khalistani militant arrested from east Uttar Pradesh: Punjab Police

Chandigarh, Sep 18 : Hardcore Khalistani militant Rattandeep Singh has been arrested from the outskirts of Gorakhpur in eastern Uttar Pradesh, where he was likely to target a top Hindu leader, Punjab Police said Thursday.


World Kabaddi League set to thrill Jalandhar

Jalandhar, Sep 18 : Jalandhar, the sports hub of Punjab, will witness another triple header, as the Wave World Kabaddi League (WKL) sweeps through the city in the next series of matches at the Surjeet Singh Stadium Sep 19-21.


BSA, Apollo to set up facilities in Punjab

Chandigarh, Sep 18 : Bicycle manufacturer BSA and healthcare chain Apollo Hospitals will set up their facilities in Punjab, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Thursday.


Punjab to re-examine NRI proclaimed offenders' list

Chandigarh, Sep 17 : The Punjab government will re-examine all cases of NRIs who had been declared proclaimed offenders (POs) in previous years for their involvement in various cases of terrorism and other crimes.


Punjab to upload property details of officers

Chandigarh, Sep 15 : Property details of all civil and police officers in Punjab will be put up on the official websites of their respective departments.


Punjab to clear new investment projects in 30 days

Chandigarh, Sep 15 : All new investments in Punjab would be cleared within 30 days of application, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Monday.


Pigeon farming becomes popular in border village

Dauke (Punjab), Sept. 15 : The 'pigeon farming' is gaining popularity among the youth in Punjab's Dauke village, which lies at the India-Pakistan border.


Punjab accuses Himachal of polluting Ghaggar river

Chandigarh, Sep 15 : After asking authorities in Chandigarh to curb pollution of Ghaggar river, the Punjab government has now accused Himachal Pradesh of polluting the river through industrial and domestic discharge.


Sukhbir Badal requests EAM to ensure safety of Sikhs in US

New Delhi, Sept.13 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here on Saturday and urged her to request Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the issue of recent attacks on the Sikh community in the US during his meeting with President Barack Obama.


Punjab seeks higher compensation for farmers

Chandigarh, Sep 13 : The Punjab government Saturday sought higher compensation for farmers for their losses due to natural disasters.


Punjab government suspends senior police officer

Chandigarh, Sep 13 : Controversial senior police officer Gautam Cheema was placed under suspension by the Punjab government Saturday.


Punjab seeks review of tax holiday to industry in hill states

Chandigarh, Sep 12 : Claiming that the extension of tax holiday for industrial units in hill states was affecting Punjab, the state government has decided to approach the central government in this regard.


Punjab waging national war against drugs: Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Sep 12 : Nearly 20,000 people associated with the drugs trade have been arrested in Punjab in the last one year alone and drugs seizures in the past 20 months have been over Rs.6,000 crore. The alarming figures are the reason why Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal says that Punjab is "fighting a national war" against drugs.


Land registration through e-stamping in Punjab from October

Chandigarh, Sep 11 : Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Thursday asked senior officers of the revenue department, divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners to ensure that all land registrations and mutation of deeds should be done under e-stamping from mid-October.


Punjab tops in employment generation in CPSEs: Assocham

Chandigarh, Sep 11 : Agrarian state Punjab has emerged on top among states in employment generation by the Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), according to a study released Thursday by apex industry association Assocham.


Perform or perish, Sukhbir Badal tells district officials

Chandigarh, Sep 11 : "Perform or perish" is the terse message that Punjab's deputy commissioners (DCs) got from Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Thursday.


Punjab issues notice to 55 absent staff

Chandigarh, Sep 10 : The Punjab government Wednesday issued show-cause notices to 55 Punjab Secretariat employees who were found absent during a surprise check by state Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal.


Punjab to undertake health audit of all citizens

Chandigarh, Sep 10 : The Punjab government will undertake health audit of all citizens in the state for achieving the goal of health for all, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced Wednesday.


206 evacuees from Kashmir reach Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Sep 10 : The Indian Air Force (IAF) Wednesday airlifted 206 people, who were stranded in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir for the last few days, to Chandigarh.


INLD-Akali Dal will form government in Haryana: Sukhbir Badal

Chandigarh, Sep 9 : Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal Tuesday said the INLD-Akali Dal alliance would form the next government in Haryana, even though he made it clear that the Akali Dal's fight was with the Congress, not the BJP.


No review of free power to farmers: Badal

Chandigarh, Sep 9 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Tuesday ruled out stopping free power supply to farmers in the state, rejecting any possibility of reviewing the present subsidy.


Surprise check finds 146 Punjab officials absent

Chandigarh, Sep 9 : In a surprise check conducted at the rural development department office in Mohali in Punjab Tuesday, 146 officers and other staff were found absent.


Surprise check finds 146 Punjab officials absent

Chandigarh, Sep 9 : In a surprise check conducted at the rural development department office in Mohali in Punjab Tuesday, 146 officers and other staff were found absent.


Punjab accuses Chandigarh of polluting Ghaggar river

Chandigarh, Sep 8 : The Punjab government Monday accused the union territory of Chandigarh of polluting Ghaggar river in the state by discharging untreated municipal waste and industrial effluents into seasonal rivulets and drains, which ultimately merge into the river.


Over 10.56 lakh households covered under PMJDY in Punjab

Chandigarh, Sep 8 : Over 10.56 lakh households have been covered under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) in Punjab till date from the launch of the scheme on Aug 28, senior officials said here Monday.


Badal wants review of minimum support price procedure

Chandigarh, Sep 7 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Sunday urged the central government to review the procedure for fixing the minimum support price (MSP) for crops to make it more remunerative and improve the viability of farming.


Punjab Thunder appeal upheld, get final point in WKL tie

Ludhiana, Sep 7 : Punjab Thunder's appeal Saturday night against the last point being awarded to Khalsa Warriors was Sunday upheld by the Technical Committee of the Wave World Kabaddi League, resulting in the first tie of the tournament.


Chandigarh's 'Geri Route': Been there, done that!

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Sep 7 : It may have derived its name from the globally known Silk Route but Chandigarh's own desi version - the 'Geri Route' - has established itself across generations in the past nearly four decades.


Joint US, Japanese educational delegation visits KCPS

Amritsar, Sept. 6 : A unique joint delegation, comprising of educationists from the United States and Japan, visited the Khalsa College Public School (KCPS) today, and witnessed amalgamation of cultural dances and music programs.


Sikh trader gunned down in Peshawar

Peshawar, Sept.6 : A Sikh trader from Peshawar's Sikh community was gunned down in Nothia, an area in the Gulberg neighbourhood in Peshawar.


Eight die in Gurdaspur after roof collapses due to heavy rain

Gurdaspur (Punjab), Sept. 6 : Eight people died today after the roof of a house in which they were living collapsed in Punjab's Gurdaspur district due to heavy rainfall.


Incessant rain claims 22 lives in Punjab

Chandigarh, Sep 6 : At least 22 people, including women and children, have been killed in different incidents of house and roof collapse following heavy rainfall across Punjab since Thursday, officials said here Saturday.


Seeking financial package legitimate right: Sukhbir Badal

Amritsar, Sep 5 : With the central government not showing any inclination to extend financial help to debt-ridden Punjab, state's Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Friday said that it was the legitimate right of Punjab to seek a financial package.


NSUI wins Panjab University student union poll

Chandigarh, Sep 5 : Congress' student wing, the NSUI-led alliance dominated the Panjab University Campus Students' Council (PUCSC) election Friday winning three out of four office bearers' post.


Punjab to create dedicated fund for art, culture

Patiala, Sep 5 : The Punjab government will set up a dedicated fund for the welfare of litterateurs, dramatists, folk singers, artistes and other personalities from the fields of language, art and culture, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced here Friday.


Punjab claims on central assistance exposed: Congress

Chandigarh, Sep 5 : With union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley categorically rejecting higher financial assistance to Punjab and arguing that its devolution was already high, the state government's claims stand exposed, opposition Congress party said Friday.


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