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Punjabi singer, accomplice held for possessing drugs, arms

Chandigarh, Feb 17 : The Punjab Police on Saturday arrested a Punjabi singer and his accomplice and recovered drugs and illegal weapons from their possession. Read Full Story


Four electrocuted at birthday party in Ludhiana

Chandigarh, Feb 17 : Four men were electrocuted while consuming liquor at a party held to celebrate the birthday of daughter of one of them in Punjab's industrial city Ludhiana, police said on Saturday. Read Full Story


Plot for widow 18 years after soldier's death

Chandigarh, Feb 17 : The Haryana government on Saturday decided to gift a residential plot to the widow of a soldier who was killed in an anti-militancy operation in Jammu and Kashmir nearly 18 years ago. Read Full Story


Ludhiana MC polls: 6 SAD leaders expelled for anti-party activities

Ludhiana (Punjab) , Feb 17 : Ahead of the civic elections in Punjab's Ludhiana, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday expelled six leaders from the party over anti-party activities. Read Full Story


Haryana to allot sites for filling stations through auctions

Chandigarh, Feb 16 : To bring transparency in the process of allotment of sites for vehicle filling stations, the Haryana government has decided that these will be allotted only through auction. Read Full Story


Income Tax raids on Punjab ex-minister's corporate offices

Chandigarh, Feb 16 : Income Tax officials on Friday conducted a raid on the corporate offices of various companies owned by the family of controversial former Punjab cabinet minister Rana Gurjit Singh. Read Full Story


Amarinder, ministers to pay own income tax

Chandigarh, Feb 15 : All Punjab ministers, led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, on Thursday announced their decision to voluntarily pay their own income tax, which is currently being paid out of the government exchequer. Read Full Story


Punjab to crack down on illegal occupation of government land

Chandigarh, Feb 15 : The Punjab government has decided to crack down on illegal occupation of government land in the state and a cabinet sub-committee has been set up for this, a state government spokesperson said here on Thursday. Read Full Story


After 'Goonda Tax' taint, Amarinder orders crackdown

Chandigarh, Feb 15 : With allegations flying thick about ruling Congress legislators and leaders indulging in collection of 'Goonda Tax', Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday ordered the Director General of Police to crack down on the menace. Read Full Story


Canadian delegation visits Golden Temple ahead of Trudeau's visit

Amritsar (Punjab) , Feb 15 : A government delegation from Canada has paid a visit to the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Thursday, ahead of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to India. Read Full Story


Akali Dal to protest at Punjab assembly at budget session opening

Chandigarh, Feb 14 : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will 'gherao' (lay siege) to the Punjab assembly on the opening day of the budget session next month to protest against the Congress government's "betrayal of the people of Punjab and the non-fulfillment of Aany of its poll promises, especially hitting farmers, farm labour and the poorer sections of society". Read Full Story


Khattar drives motorcycle to take stock of Amit Shah's Jind rally

Chandigarh, Feb 14 : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday drove a motorcycle to take stock of preparations for "Yuva Hunkar Rally" to be addressed by BJP national president Amit Shah in Jind town of Haryana on Thursday. Read Full Story


Punjab farmer booked for stripping five children

Chandigarh, Feb 14 : The Punjab Police on Wednesday registered a case against a farmer in Amritsar district for allegedly stripping five children after they plucked some radishes from his fields. Read Full Story


Despite arrest warrant, Haryana Police let Dera chief aide go after questioning

Chandigarh, Feb 14 : The Haryana Police on Wednesday questioned a close aide of jailed rape convicted Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh but let her go despite a standing arrest warrant against her from a Panchkula court. Read Full Story


Sidhu insulted 'Virasat-e-Khalsa': SAD President

Ludhiana [Punjab] , Feb 14 : Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal here on Wednesday said Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has insulted 'Virasat-e-Khalsa' by calling them white elephants. Read Full Story


Thousands offer prayers to mark Maha Shivratri in Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, Feb 14 : Amid tight security arrangements, thousands of people offered prayers at various temples across Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh on Wednesday to mark Maha Shivratri. Read Full Story


HC stays order quashing top Punjab officer's appointment

Chandigarh, Feb 14 : A division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday stayed the order of a single judge bench of the same court which last month quashed the appointment of retired senior IAS officer Suresh Kumar as the Chief Principal Secretary to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. Read Full Story


Ludhiana: Man posing as IPS officer arrested

Ludhiana (Punjab) , Feb 13 : A man posing as an IPS officer was arrested by Ludhiana Police, on Tuesday. Read Full Story


Punjab Minister tosses himself into controversy, justifies method to decide posting

Chandigarh, Feb 13 : A Punjab Minister who tossed himself into a controversy by flipping a coin to decide on posting of one of the two lecturers at a state polytechnic on Tuesday justified the method involved and blamed a section of the media. Read Full Story


Modi government has no 'economic mind': Yadav

Chandigarh, Feb 13 : Former Janata Dal (United) Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Yadav, who is all set to float a new political outfit, hit out at the Narendra Modi government on Tuesday, saying it has no 'economic mind' and the country is witnessing an undeclared emergency. Read Full Story


Punjab wants to shift proposed medical college to border area

Chandigarh, Feb 13 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked state Health Minister Brahm Mohindra to explore with the Central government the possibility of shifting the proposed medical college in Mohali to a border area, possibly Sangrur. Read Full Story


Coin toss decision was made with transparency: Punjab Minister Channi

Chandigarh (Punjab) February 13 : Clarifying his stand on tossing the coin for the post of professor, Punjab Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday said the process was carried out with transparency and without any corruption. Read Full Story


Coin toss issue: Harsimrat Kaur targets Amarinder Singh's govt.

New Delhi February 13 : Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Tuesday condemned the coin tossing decision by Congress leader and Punjab Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi for the post of professor and said this shows quality of ministers in Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh's cabinet. Read Full Story


Gurdwaras feel the GST pinch in serving free langars

Chandigarh/Amritsar, Feb 13 : The popular community kitchen -- better known as the "langar" -- of gurdwaras in northern India is feeling the pinch of the GST regime that came into force seven months ago. Read Full Story


Punjab Governor extends greetings on Maha Shivratri

Chandigarh, Feb 13 : Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator V.P. Singh Badnore on Tuesday extended greetings on Maha Shivratri, the festival dedicated to Lord Shiva. Read Full Story


20,000 mandis to be set up for farmers: Minister

Chandigarh, Feb 12 : Union Minister of Steel Birender Singh said on MondayAthat 20,000 mandis would be established in the country so that farmers could get better prices for their produce. Read Full Story


Punjab orders audit of technical institutes

Chandigarh, Feb 12 : The Punjab government has ordered the academic and administrative audit of government and private technical educational institutions of the state, a minister said on Monday. Read Full Story


Punjab Police launches online campaign to counter gangsters

Chandigarh, Feb 12 : The Punjab Police on Monday launched its online campaign in a bid to counter the growing threat of gangsters and criminals in the state. Read Full Story


Stubble burning: Punjab issues directions for combine harvesters

Chandigarh, Feb 12 : In a bid to curb the menace of stubble burning, the Punjab government has issued a set of instructions for owners of combine harvesters in the state. Read Full Story


Chandigarh, surrounding areas lashed by rain

Chandigarh, Feb 12 : Chandigarh and its surrounding areas were lashed by thundershowers and strong winds on Monday ending a dry spell. Read Full Story


Chandigarh airport closed for runway expansion

Chandigarh, Feb 12 : The Chandigarh International Airport was closed for all air traffic on Monday for authorities to carry out runway expansion and repairs. Read Full Story


Chargesheet in Punjab's Rs 1,000 cr irrigation scam filed

Chandigarh, Feb 10 : The Punjab Vigilance Bureau on Saturday filed the chargesheet in the nearly Rs 1,000 crore irrigation scam in the state, an official said. Read Full Story


Amritsar to have 'Food Street'

Chandigarh, Feb 10 : Amritsar will soon get a Lahore-like food street for connoisseurs to relish local varieties, offering unique and aromatic flavours that will attract visitors from around the world. Read Full Story


New disclosures against Tytler will give new twist to riots probe: SAD

Chandigarh, Feb 10 : The Shiromani Akali Dal said on Saturday that fresh disclosures against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler will give a new turn to the reinvestigation into the 186 anti-Sikh riots cases by a Supreme Court-appointed SIT. Read Full Story


Punjab Police hints at Dera connection in Maur Mandi blast

Chandigarh, Feb 9 : Just over a year after a powerful blast in a car in Maur Mandi town left seven persons dead, Punjab Police was said to be close to cracking the case and hinted at a connection with controversial Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. Read Full Story


Three Punjab teachers suspended for Dalit student's rape

Chandigarh, Feb 9 : The Punjab Education Department on Friday suspended a government school Principal and two teachers on charge of moral turpitude after the rape of a Dalit girl student by two of them in a school in Jagraon last year came to light. Read Full Story


Punjab CM hails Trudeau govt's stand against Khalistan movement: Report

Chandigarh , Feb. 09 [ANI]: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday welcomed Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's statement on Khalistani movement, in which the latter has clarified that he did not sympathise with Sikh nationalist cause, according to the babushahi.com. Read Full Story


Punjab sex ratio up due to changing mindsets: Harsimrat Badal

New Delhi, Feb 9 : Both the low sex ratio and child sex ratio in Punjab have improved over the last decade due to to sustained civil society efforts to change the mindset, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said on Friday. Read Full Story


Punjab school head, teacher held for raping Dalit student a year ago

Chandigarh, Feb 8 : A government school principal and a teacher have been arrested on the charge of raping a 16-year-old Dalit girl student in Jagraon sub-division of Punjab, police said on Thursday. Read Full Story


Relative held as teenager doused with petrol suffers burns from stove

Chandigarh, Feb 8 : A man was held in Kapurthala town on charge of throwing petrol on a 16-year-old girl relative, who suffered burns due to resultant fire in the kitchen of her house, police said. Read Full Story


Mother, daughter charred to death in Amritsar

Amritsar (Punjab) February 8 : A woman along with her daughter was found charred to death in Amritsar's Darshan Avenue. Read Full Story


Punjab CM welcomes Canadian Ministers' stand on Khalistan

Chandigarh, Feb 8 : Ahead of Canadian Prime Minister Justim Trudeau's visit to Amritsar, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday welcomed a statement by two Canadian federal Ministers of Indian-origin that they did not sympathise with the Khalistan demand. Read Full Story


Punjab Health Minister wants state MPs to oppose NMC Bill

Chandigarh, Feb 7 : Punjab's Health Minister Brahm Mohindra has urged MPs from the state to oppose the National Medical Commission (NMC) bill recently introduced in the Lok Sabha. Read Full Story


Amarinder meets Rahul to discuss party re-organization

Chandigarh/New Delhi, Feb 7 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi to discuss the re-organization of the Punjab unit of the party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Read Full Story


BSF recovers huge cache of arms from Gurdaspur

Gurdaspur (Punjab) , Feb 7 : The Border Security Force (BSF) recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Gurdaspur in Punjab. Read Full Story


BSF seizes arms, ammunition on Punjab border, including 3 AK-47s

Chandigarh, Feb 6 : BSF troopers on Tuesday seized weapons and ammunition, including three AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades, found dumped in Dera Baba Nanak Sector of Punjab, BSF officials said. Read Full Story


Will not allow menace of dog-fights: Amarinder

Chandigarh, Feb 6 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday assured union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi of a detailed inquiry into the growing menace of dog fights, coupled with betting related to the same, in the state, an official said here. Read Full Story


Woman, daughter found murdered, burnt in Amritsar

Chandigarh, Feb 6 : A middle-aged woman and her daughter were found murdered and burnt in a residential locality in Amritsar, around 250 km from here, following which police launched an investigation. Read Full Story


Violence in Punjab town after 2 die in accident

Chandigarh, Feb 6 : At least four vehicles and one liquor vend were set ablaze in the violence that erupted following an accident in which two youth were killed in Punjab's Dera Baba Nanak town on Tuesday, police said. Read Full Story


Arrest Tytler in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case: SAD

Chandigarh, Feb 5 : The opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab on Monday demanded the immediate arrest of senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler in an anti-Sikh riots case of 1984. Read Full Story


Joint teams to tackle illegal mining, tax evasion in Punjab: CM

Chandigarh, Feb 5 : In a move to crack down on illegal mining and tax evasion by miners, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday ordered joint departmental teams headed by respective Deputy Commissioners to be set up in all districts of the state. Read Full Story


Amarinder wants ministers, legislators to pay own income tax

Chandigarh, Feb 5 : With the Punjab government facing severe financial constraints, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday suggested that all elected representatives in the state, including ministers and MLAs, should pay their own income tax. Read Full Story


Ex-Akali Minister passes away in Punjab

Chandigarh, Feb 5 : Senior Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Minister Ajit Singh Kohar has passed away in Jalandhar following a heart attack, family sources said on Monday. Kohar was 78. Read Full Story


Trudeau's Amritsar visit -- will Amarinder play host?

Chandigarh, Feb 4 : With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's scheduled visit to the Sikh holy city of Amritsar in Punjab just over a fortnight away, it is still not clear whether Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will play host to the visiting dignitary or not. Read Full Story


No violation, conflict of interest: Amarinder on land purchase

Chandigarh, Feb 3 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday rejected any violation of the rules or conflict of interest in the land purchase done by him in Mohali district, adjoining Chandigarh. Read Full Story


Parkash Singh Badal terms Budget 'courageous' for agriculture

Chandigarh, Feb 1 : Five-time former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday hailed the Union Budget as farmer friendly and people-oriented. Read Full Story


NHRC notices to Centre, Punjab Govt over pesticide health hazards

New Delhi , Jan 31 : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued notices to the Punjab government and the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare over the reports of serious diseases in the Malwa region due to excessive use of pesticides and insecticides. Read Full Story


Revert to 90:10 share pattern for agricultural schemes: Punjab CM

Chandigarh, Jan 31 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revert to the 90:10 share pattern between the Centre and states for agricultural development programmes and also batted for crop diversification. Read Full Story


CSE hails Punjab for ban on 20 pesticides

Chandigarh, Jan 31 : The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed a move by the Punjab government to ban with immediate effect the sale of 20 pesticides (insecticides) which are harmful to humans and environment. Read Full Story


People of all religions, castes safe in India: Rajnath Singh

Chandigarh, Jan 30 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday allayed fears that people from any religion, minority or caste had anything to fear in the country. Read Full Story


Rajnath lauds Punjab Police for killing of gangsters

Chandigarh, Jan 30 : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday lauded the efforts of the Punjab Police and intelligence agencies in cracking down on criminals and organised gangs and offered all support of the central government in dealing with such elements. Read Full Story


Gangster flees from police custody in Punjab

Chandigarh, Jan 29 : Just a couple of days after the Punjab Police got a pat for killing two notorious gangsters, the force had to face embarrassment on Monday when a gangster escaped from its custody from the court complex in Amritsar. Read Full Story


Punjab DSP killed in accidental firing

Chandigarh, Jan 29 : A Punjab Police officer was killed on Monday when he went to an institutional campus in Jaitu town in Punjab's Faridkot district to resolve an issue between students and the local police. Read Full Story


Punjab DSP shoots self during students' protest, dies

Faridkot (Punjab) , Jan 29 : A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Punjab Police Baljinder Singh Sandhu on Monday shot himself while on duty. Read Full Story


Panjab University scientist invited to identify 9/11 human skeletal remains

Chandigarh, Jan 29 : A scientist from Panjab University has been invited to the US to work with a select group of scientists towards a complex identification process of human skeletal remains of the 9/11 World Trade Centre (WTC) attack victims. Read Full Story


Thanks to influential diaspora, world leaders converge on Golden Temple

Chandigarh, Jan 28 : When Canada's young Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits the Golden Temple complex, which is home to the holiest of Sikh shrines, next month, he will carry a political message to a big constituency back home. Read Full Story


Eminent agricultural scientist Kalkat passes away

Chandigarh, Jan 27 : Eminent agricultural scientist and Padma Bhushan awardee Gurcharan Singh Kalkat passed away here on Saturday following a brief illness. He was 92. Read Full Story


Punjab Police focussing on ending gangsters' run : DGP

Chandigarh, Jan 27 : Fresh from the success of eliminating three gangsters, including the 'most wanted' Vicky Gounder, Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora said on Saturday the force is focussing on ending the run of gangsters in the state. Read Full Story


Surajkund Crafts Mela to be held from February 2-18

Chandigarh, Jan 27 : The annual 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela will be held at Surajkund in Haryana's Faridabad district from February 2 to 18, a Minister said on Saturday. Read Full Story


Have formed new STF to tackle gangsters: Punjab DGP

Chandigarh , Jan 27 : Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab Suresh Arora said on Saturday that the Punjab police have formed a new Special Task Force called the Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU), to address the issue of gangsters in the state. Read Full Story


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