Punjab News

Punjab polls: Voter turnout stands at mere 12 per cent till 10:30am
Chandigarh (Punjab) , Feb 4 : The polling, which is underway for the Punjab Assembly elections for 117 Assembly seats, witnessed a slow and sludgy start as a mere 12 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 10:30 a.m. Read Full Story

This election a soldier's grandson will defeat the king: SAD's JJ Singh on Capt. Amarinder
Patiala (Punjab), Feb. 04: Former Army Chief General (Retd.) JJ Singh, who is the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate against Congress' Captain Amarinder Singh from Patiala Urban, on Saturday said that people will vote for him in majority, adding that this would be the first time that the grandson of a soldier will create history by defeating the king. Read Full Story

Punjab Polls: Voting begins across 22, 615 polling stations for 117 constituencies
Patiala , Feb. 4 : Polling began in Punjab amid heavy security on Saturday morning, with 1,145 candidates contesting across 117 seats, and will conclude at 5 p.m. Read Full Story

Let's eliminate drugs from Punjab: Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi , Feb. 3 : Launching a frontal attack on the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has urged the people of Punjab to come together and put an end to the drug menace ahead of the assembly polls. Read Full Story

Let's eliminate drugs from Punjab, says Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi, Feb 3 : Sharing a video message on Twitter, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has urged people to come together and put an end to drug usage in Punjab, ahead of state polls. Read Full Story

Kejriwal supported Bhatinda blast perpetrators: Rahul Gandhi
Sangrur (Punjab) , Feb. 2 : Training his guns at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo of supporting disruptive forces which led to blast in Punjab's Bhatinda on Tuesday. Read Full Story

Rahul Gandhi enjoys 'dal-sabzi' with Punjab villagers
Sangrur (Punjab) , Feb. 2 : Attempting to reach out to the farmers, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday shared a meal of 'dal-sabzi' with the villagers and interacted with them in Punjab's Sangrur on the last day of campaigning for the state assembly polls. Read Full Story

Campaigning for Punjab, Goa Assembly elections ends today
Chandigarh/Panaji (Punjab/Goa) , Feb. 2 : The campaigning for the assembly elections in Punjab and Goa will come to an end today. Read Full Story

Bhatinda explosion: Death toll rises to six, officials suspect terror angle
Bhatinda (Punjab) , Jan. 31 : The death toll in the explosion that shook Bhatinda late last evening has increased to six. Read Full Story

Bathinda blast: Rahul Gandhi, Amarinder Singh offer condolences
Bathinda , Feb. 1 : The Congress has strongly condemned the deadly car blast in Bathinda, Punjab, which occurred near the venue of the road show of a fellow party leader, in which three people were killed and around a dozen injured. Read Full Story

Three killed, one injured in explosion near Congress road show in Bhatinda
Bhatinda (Punjab) [India], Jan. 31 : At least three people were killed and one injured in an explosion at Maur Mandi near Bhatinda late this evening. Read Full Story

"Bete kay na baap ki, Sarkar banegi AAP ki" resounds in Punjab
By Smita Prakash, Punjab , Jan.31 : In villages and towns in Punjab, there is an Aam Aadmi Party onslaught that has stunned both the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Congress, the two behemoths who have ruled the state by turns, which was created after Partition in 1947 and recreated in 1966. Read Full Story

Indian soldier meets family in Amritsar after being released by Pak
Amritsar (Punjab) , Jan. 31 : Indian soldier Chandu Chavan, who inadvertently crossed the Line of Control (LoC) into Pakistan last year, met his family for the first time after being released in Amritsar today. Read Full Story

Punjab: BSF seizes two Pak boats from Amritsar
Amritsar (Punjab) , Jan. 31 : The Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday seized two Pakistani boats from Tota Guru post (Dera Baba Nanak Post) on the Ravi river in Punjab. Read Full Story

BSF seizes 4 kg heroin near Indo-Pak border
Amritsar (Punjab) [India], Jan. 30 : The Border Security Force (BSF) on Monday seized four packets, weighing approximately four kilograms, of contraband suspected to be heroin from the area of border outpost Pulmoran near India-Pakistan border in Amritsar. Read Full Story

Amid election extravaganza, cycle of farmer suicides continue to rust India's grain bowl
Ludhiana (Punjab) [India], Jan 30 : "My father was under debt, no leader came for help," says a tear eyed Gursevak Singh, the son of a Punjab farmer who committed suicide. Read Full Story

Eyeing 'better Punjab', NRIs bat for Congress
Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], Jan. 30 : With Punjab witnessing high-voltage drama ahead of the assembly elections, the people have started voicing their support in favour of the Congress, saying the grand old party will heal the pain inflicted by the present government and establish a state which the voters always dreamt of. Read Full Story

SAD-BJP needed in Punjab for country's protection from Pakistan: PM Modi
Kotkapura (Punjab) [India], Jan. 29 : Invoking security threats from Pakistan as a bid to woo voters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday took on the Congress party and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), saying that Punjab, which shares the border with the neighbouring country, needs a strong government to protect not only the state, but the whole country from infiltrators from across the border. Read Full Story

Have always stood against Congress whenever they did injustice: Punjab CM
Lambi (Punjab) [India], Jan. 29 : Accusing the Congress Party of indulging in vendetta politics, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday rubbished the baseless allegations being levelled by the opposition and said that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance will form the next government in Punjab. Read Full Story

Captain Amarinder assures to end drug menace in Punjab
Bhatinda (Punjab) [India], Jan. 29 : Highlighting the menace of drugs in poll-bound Punjab, Congress chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh has said that this government would form a team of good police officers to fight this threat. Read Full Story

Rahul Gandhi 'scared' of defeat in Punjab: Sukhbir Badal
Jalalabad (Punjab) [India], Jan. 29: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday hit back at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for calling him an epitome of corruption and said this clearly indicates that the latter is scared of losing the Punjab Assembly polls. Read Full Story

Expat NRIs hit campaign trail "because Punjabis are hurting worldwide"
By Smita Prakash, Ludhiana/Bhatinda (Punjab) [India], Jan. 29 : You have to hunt for an Indian flag. And most likely, you won't find it. The NRI wagon is here in Punjab's "khetaan" tay "gulley mohallay" and, they aren't here because Karan Johar is shooting his next "Shava-Shava" magnum opus. They are here to be part of Punjab's election. Read Full Story

EC seizes 10,000 crates of alcohol from Bathinda
Bathinda(Punjab)[India], Jan. 29 :The Election Commission(EC) has seized 10,000 crates of alcohol from two godowns in Punjab's Bathinda city. Read Full Story

Badals meting out 'step-motherly' treatment to Punjab: Capt. Amarinder
Bhatinda (Punjab), Jan 28 : Expressing confidence of forming the next government in Punjab, Congress chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday accused the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of providing step motherly treatment to the prosperous state and said that the mismanagement of the last ten years will backfire on them. Read Full Story

SYL canal would have brought back terrorism to Punjab, says Capt. Amarinder
Bhatinda (Punjab) [India], Jan. 29 : Congress chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh while reminiscing about his decision of the 2004 Water Act has said that the reason for disagreeing to the construction of Satluj Yamuna Link Canal (SARYU) or SYL would have brought back terrorism in the state. Read Full Story

Punjab will face Khalistani like crisis again if AAP comes to power: Capt. Amarinder
Bhatinda (Punjab) [India], Jan. 29 : Congress chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh has warned that Punjab will face a crisis similar to the 80's which saw the emergence of the Khalistani movement, a Sikh nationalist movement demanding an independent state for Sikh people, if the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) comes to power in the state. Read Full Story

Badals meting out 'step-motherly' treatment to Punjab: Capt. Amarinder
Bhatinda (Punjab) [India], Jan 28 : Expressing confidence of forming the next government in Punjab, Congress chief ministerial candidate Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday accused the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of providing step motherly treatment to the prosperous state and said that the mismanagement of the last ten years will backfire on them. Read Full Story

EC seizes 10,000 crates of alcohol from Bathinda
Bathinda(Punjab)[India], Jan. 28:The Election Commission(EC) on Saturday seized 10,000 crates of alcohol from two godowns in Punjab's Bathinda city. Read Full Story

Barnalas join SAD after being miffed by Congress
Amritsar (Punjab) [India], Jan. 28: The family of Punjab former chief minister Surjit Singh Barnala has joined Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD), after reports of being miffed by the absence of senior leaders of the grand old party at cremation and memorial service of the former. Read Full Story

Sukhbir Badal epitome of corruption: Rahul Gandhi
Jalalabad, (Punjab), [India], Jan. 28 : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi addressing a rally in Punjab's Jalalabad constituency on Saturday described Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president and Punjab's Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal as a symbol of corruption. Read Full Story

Punjab polls: AAP candidate from Jagrao critically injured following accident
Jalandhar, Jan 28 : AAP candidate from Punjab's Jargao, Sarvjit Kaur, suffered critical injuries and is fighting for her life following a car-tractor collision, reports said. Read Full Story

Punjab Polls: Kejriwal reiterates promise to put Majithia behind bars by Apr 15
Patiala, (Punjab), [India]: Reiterating his promise to put Punjab's Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia behind the bars by April 15, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal continued his attack on the ruling Badal family, accusing them of bringing doom upon the state through their nexus of nepotism. Read Full Story

Udta Punjab: Drugs worth Rs. 12 crores seized besides cash, liquor
Chandigarh [India], Jan. 28 : In poll-bound Punjab, police and other agencies have seized drugs worth 12 crore rupees after the implementation of model code of conduct in the state. Read Full Story

Badals ruined Punjab's future, says Rahul Gandhi
Bhatinda (Punjab) [India], Jan. 27 : Continuing from where he left in his rally at Majitha, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday launched a scathing attack at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-led state government and held them responsible for the menace of drugs in the state. Read Full Story

FIR filed against Sidhu for 'outraging religious feelings' of Sikhs
Amritsar (Punjab)[India], Jan. 27: The Punjab Police on Friday filed complaint against Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for outraging religious feelings of the Sikhs. Read Full Story

'Sinking' Congress has lost its identity: PM Modi in Jalandhar
Jalandhar (Punjab) [India], Jan. 27 : As Punjab goes to polls on February 4 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday openly called the Congress a 'sinking boat' adding that it has lost its identity. Read Full Story

Punjab polls: Rahul Gandhi announces Capt. Amarinder as Congress' CM candidate
Majitha (Punjab) , Jan. 27 : Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday officially announced Punjab Congress president Capt. Amarinder Singh as the Chief Ministerial face of the state. Read Full Story

Amritsar gets maiden Model Career Centre to battle unemployment
Amritsar (Punjab) , Jan. 26 : With an aim to bring job seekers and employers on the same platform, the Ministry of Labour and Employment, in collaboration with the University Grant Commission (UGC), established the first Model Career Centre (MCC) at the Guru Nanak Dev University campus, Punjab. Read Full Story

SAD unveils path breaking manifesto, commits to make agriculture sustainable, revolutionize rural infrastructure and create 20 lakh jobs for youth
New Delhi , Jan 24 : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today unveiled its election manifesto for the 2017 assembly elections by coming up with a slew of initiatives which will make agriculture a sustainable profession, revolutionize rural infrastructure, create 20 lakh jobs for youth, establish mega complexes for industry and provide succor to the poorest of the poor. Read Full Story

Rajnath raps Pak for supplying drugs in Punjab
Abohar (Punjab) , Jan. 24 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday accused Pakistan of supplying drugs in the Indian state of Punjab and warned the Asian neighbour of dire consequences of it does not mend its ways. Read Full Story

SAD-BJP will fulfill all promises made in its manifesto: Bikram Singh Majithia
Amritsar (Punjab) , Jan. 22 : Commenting on the election manifesto released by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in alliance with Siromani Akali Dal (SAD) for the upcoming Punjab Elections, Punjab Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Sunday assured that whatever promises has been made in the manifesto would surely be fulfilled. Read Full Story

Jaitley releases BJP's manifesto for Punjab, says alliance with SAD to continue
Jalandhar (Punjab) , Jan. 22 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who today released the BJP's manifesto for the Punjab Assembly polls, said the alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal will continue like before and added that his party would expand developmental activities if given another term in the state. Read Full Story

Captain Amarinder warns Congress rebels of expulsion
Jalandhar (Punjab), Jan. 22: Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday warned dissidents that they would be expelled from the party if they do not withdraw their nominations for the assembly polls by Tuesday. Read Full Story

Amritsar unfortunate to have had 'absentee MP' Navjot Sidhu: Arun Jaitley
Amritsar , Jan. 21 : Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday fired a salvo at cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who recently quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and joined the Congress, and said the city of Amritsar has had the misfortune of having an 'absentee MP' for the last 12-and-a-half years. Read Full Story

Ludhiana: Police says murderer drank victim's blood, ate his flesh
Ludhiana (Punjab) , Jan. 21 : The police on Friday arrested a 16-year-old boy for murdering a nine-year-old and then eating his flesh. Read Full Story

Fate of Punjab's ageing leaders in hands of state's young voters
New Delhi , Jan.19 : Young voters will decide the fate of ageing leaders Prakash Singh Badal and Captain Amrinder Singh who are the chief ministerial faces of two rival political parties - the Akali Dal and the Congress in Punjab this year. Read Full Story

SAD-BJP stand no chance, 'Punjabiat' will win: Navjot Sidhu
New Delhi , Jan. 19 : Asserting that there is no chance of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance to win the upcoming elections in the state, Congress' newly-inducted leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday said that this time only Punjab and the 'Punjabiat' will succeed in the state. Read Full Story

Punjab will not vote for opportunists' like Amrinder Singh and Sidhu: Parkash Badal
Lambi (Punjab) , Jan. 19 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday downplayed claims made by Congress state chief Amrinder Singh where he asserted that the SAD-BJP alliance would narrow down to 10-20 seats in the upcoming assembly elections and said that the state has rejected the grand old party numerous times and will do the same in the polls slated to take place next month. Read Full Story

Eyeing two-third majority, Capt Amarinder predicts 10-20 seats for SAD-BJP alliance
Amritsar (Punjab) , Jan 19 : Taking on the Parkash Singh Badal-led government, Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said the grand old party is aiming for two-third majority in the upcoming assembly polls, adding the incumbent Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (SAD-BJP) alliance will manage to win only 10 to 20 seats. Read Full Story

SYL Canal row: SC asks states to file replies by Feb. 15
New Delhi , Jan. 18 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked both the Haryana and Punjab government to file their replies on the Sutlej Yamuna Link Canal row within three weeks. The next hearing will be held on February 15. Read Full Story

Contesting from Lambi to defeat Badal, not divide votes: Capt. Amarinder
Lambi (Punjab) , Jan. 18 : Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday took potshots at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for spreading false information among the voters in the poll-bound state and said that he was contesting from the Lambi assembly constituency to ensure Parkash Singh Badal's defeat. Read Full Story

Punjab, Punjabis and Punjabiyat need to win this time: Sidhu
Amritsar (Punjab) , Jan. 18 : Asserting that he is not here to fight 'personal battles', Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Wednesday said Punjab, Punjabis and Punjabiyat need to win in the upcoming state assembly polls. Read Full Story

Beant Singh's daughter makes U-turn, returns back to Congress
Amritsar (Punjab), Jan. 17: Former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh's daughter Gurkanwal Kaur who stunned everyone by joining the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) three days back, rejoined the Congress today. Read Full Story

Punjab Elections 2017: Shiromani Akali Dal and Aam Aadmi Party are the only two recognized state parties
New Delhi, Jan 17 : The Chief Electoral Officer for the Punjab Assembly Elections 2017,in a fact-sheet published on Tuesday, said that there are two recognized state parties here viz., Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Read Full Story

Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla denies reports of resignation
New Delhi , Jan. 17 : The chief of the Punjab unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Vijay Sampla, on Tuesday said reports about him resigning from the party were false. Read Full Story

This is my last election, will defeat Badal on his home seat: Capt Amarinder Singh
Patiala (Punjab) , Jan. 17 : Punjab Congress Chief Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said no deal had been made with Navjot Singh Sidhu before he decided to join the party. Read Full Story

Displeased over ticket allocation, BJP Punjab chief offers to resign
New Delhi , Jan. 16 : Hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released six more names for the Punjab Assembly polls, its state unit chief Vijay Sampla expressed his displeasure over the ticket distribution, and offered to step down from the post of party's state unit chief as well as that of Cabinet Minister. Read Full Story

Punjab BJP leadership unhappy with ticket allocation
New Delhi , Jan. 16 : Hours after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released six more names for the Punjab Assembly polls, its state unit chief Vijay Sampla expressed his displeasure over the ticket distribution, and offered to step down from the post of party's state unit chief as well as that of Cabinet Minister. Read Full Story

It's official: Capt. Amarinder set to take on Punjab CM on his own turf Lambi
New Delhi , Jan. 16 : Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh is all set to fight the assembly elections against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) head and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal from Lambi. Read Full Story

Harsimrat Badal slams 'selfish' Sidhu
Amritsar (Punjab) , Jan 16 : Coming down heavily on ex-party man Navjot Singh Sidhu for castigating the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-led Punjab Government, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Monday said that the former should be ashamed for joining hands with a party which wrecked genocide on the Sikh community. Read Full Story


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