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  • Punjab: Dalits block National Highway over rape, police use mild force to clear it 3 days ago

    Phagwara: Agitated over delay in arrest of four persons accused of raping a 22-year-old dalit woman at a factory, members of a dalit organisation on Saturday tried to block the National Highway 1, forcing police to use mild force against them. Activists of Sri Guru Ravi Das Sena Punjab gathered...
  • Speeding car driver caught speaking on mobile, hits traffic constable, drags him for one kilometer 5 days ago

    Chandigarh: In a shocking incident of road rage, a video footage shows a traffic constable being hit and dragged on the bonnet of a car for as long as 1 km in Chandigarh city. The video shot from another car shows a man hitting the traffic constable after he was asked...
  • Amarinder Singh seeks Sushma's help to bring back body of Punjab man August 10, 2014

    Amritsar: Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Sunday sought the intervention of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in bringing back the body of an Amritsar-origin man who was shot dead in the US last week. In a letter, he explained to the minister that Rajinder Kumar Sharma, from Khandwala in Chheharta area...
  • HSGMC leader Jhinda pays obeisance at Golden Temple July 28, 2014

    Amritsar Haryana SGPC leader Jagdish Singh Jhinda along with 34 members of the newly-formed ad hoc committee on Monday paid obeisance at the Golden Temple. "Peace, religious harmony and sanctity of Sikh religion has to be followed strictly and nobody would be allowed to disturb the sanctity of any Gurdwara in...
  • SGPC row: Truce between Haryana, Punjab after Akal Takht steps in July 27, 2014

    After Akal Takht stepped in the row over the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee Sikh leaders from Punjab and Haryana have decided to call off their congregation scheduled for Sunday in Amritsar and in Karnal on Monday. While the situation has been defused the long term problem of the legality of...
  • SGPC row: Punjab, Haryana Sikh rallies called off after Akal Takht order July 26, 2014

    Chandigarh: Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, has stepped in the row over the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee. The Akal Takht has asked Sikh leaders from Punjab and Haryana to call off their congregation scheduled for Sunday in Amritsar and in Karnal on Monday. Both Punjab and...
  • Haryana vs Punjab: should states have different gurudwara committees? July 25, 2014

    The Haryana government passed a legislation earlier this month to create a separate HSGPC for the state, a decision which has angered the Punjab based SGPC which controls all the gurudwaras in the states of Haryana and Punjab.Punjab's Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has threatened to resign and lead a...
  • SAD threatens to protest if Hooda does not take back Haryana SGPC act July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The fight between Haryana and Punjab over the control of gurudwaras has intensified with the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government not willing to listen to the Centre, insisting that the new Haryana SGPC Act is here to stay. Punjab's Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on the other hand is threatening...
  • Centre may take Presidential reference to resolve Punjab, Haryana SGPC row July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The row over a separate Gurudwara Committee for Haryana is intensifying every minute. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday. Sources say that the government may send a Presidential reference, which means that the Supreme Court will...
  • Punjab CM threatens to quit if Haryana SGPC Act is not withdrawn July 25, 2014

    Chandigarh: Battle lines have been drawn between the Congress government in Haryana and the Shiromani Akali Dal government in Punjab after the Hooda government in Haryana passed a legislation formatting a separate Gurudwara management committee for Haryana. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has threatened to quit at a rally...
  • Tonnes of food grain stored out in the open in Punjab July 17, 2014

    Chandigarh: If you have enough food grains, there is the problem of storing it. It is the same concern every year as tonnes of grains continue to be stored out in the open, rotting away. With the onset of monsoon, there's a fear that tonnes of grains will literally be...
  • Tax official sacked for corruption in Punjab July 15, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday ordered the sacking of a taxation officer and the compulsory retirement of four others, including a woman, on corruption charges. The dismissed Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) Baljinder Singh was recruited in 2012 and was still under probation. His services...
  • Punjab: Man booked for posting fake photo of Dera Chief on Facebook July 13, 2014

    Ambala: Police on Sunday arrested a youth for allegedly posting a fake photo of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda (religious sect) head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on his Facebook account. On the complaint from Dera Sacha Sauda follower Punit Insan, police arrested Amarinder Singh, a resident of Ambala City, for allegedly posting...
  • Punjab: Familes of 39 Indians protest to bring back relatives from Iraq July 11, 2014

    Chandigarh: Tense families of the 39 youth from Punjab who are in ISIS captivity in Iraq are more are holding a protest in Chandigarh. The relatives of the stranded Indians met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday. They have claimed that the government is not doing enough to bring...
  • Power cuts imposed in Punjab due to poor monsoon, less power July 10, 2014

    Chandigarh: Despite tall claims of availability of surplus power, Punjab power utility PSPCL on Thursday resorted to load shedding on all categories of consumers including farmers and domestic category, citing poor monsoon and less power generation. "Due to sudden increase in demand for power, owing to rise in temperature and poor...
  • High speed rail coaches to be rolled out in September end July 9, 2014

    Kapurthala: A day after Railway Budget was presented in Parliament, Kapurthala based Rail Coach Factory (RCF) on Wednesday said it will roll out first rake of coaches, capable of running at a high speed of 160 km per hour by the end of September or first week of October. Making the...
  • Punjab: CM Badal describes Railway budget as 'growth oriented' July 8, 2014

    Chandigarh: Hailing the Railway Budget, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday described it as "growth oriented" and "passenger friendly", saying its proposals will propel all round development and prosperity in the country. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi's brainchild to introduce bullet trains in the country would put India on...
  • Smuggler with 12 kg heroin held in Punjab July 6, 2014

    Chandigarh: A smuggler with 12 kg of heroin worth Rs.60 crore in the international market was arrested in Punjab, police said on Sunday. The arrest was made on the Amritsar-Tarn Taran road late on Saturday. The police also recovered two Chinese made pistols and ammunition from the smuggler. "The heroin consignment was...
  • Iraq crisis: Government making efforts for safe return of Punjabis, says Punjab CM July 4, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday assured the distressed families of the persons trapped in strife-torn Iraq that the state government was making all out efforts to ensure their safe and prompt return to the country. Interacting with 16 such families from Mandi Gobind Garh, who called...
  • 24 police officers shifted in Punjab July 2, 2014

    Chandigarh: In a major reshuffle, Punjab government on Wednesday transferred 24 police officers, including eight from the IPS cadre, in the state. Among the transferred officers are eight of the IPS cadre and 16 from Punjab Police Service (PPS), a spokesman said. They included officers of IGP, DIG and AIG...
  • Akali Dal warns Congress over separate Haryana Sikh body June 30, 2014

    Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal on Monday warned the Congress against a conspiracy to weaken the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) by trying to create a separate Sikh body to take control of gurudwaras in Haryana. The Akali Dal said the SGPC is an apex body for the management of Sikhs...
  • Over 70,000 report to de-addiction centres in Punjab June 29, 2014

    Chandigarh: Over 70,000 drug addicts have reported at government drug de-addiction centres across Punjab, following the recent crackdown on the drugs supply chain in the state, police said on Sunday. A police spokesman said that the crackdown has led to the drug supply network being broken. He claimed that the availability...
  • Punjab: Rehab centres for drug addicts to start within 3 months, says CM June 29, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said that rehabilitation centres for drug de-addiction in 22 districts of the state will be made operational within three months. The Chief Minister asked the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to complete and hand over the fully furnished buildings of these centres,...
  • Nearly 700 from Punjab, Haryana stranded in Iraq June 22, 2014

    Chandigarh: Nearly 700 people from Punjab and Haryana are stuck in strife-torn Iraq, officials from both states said on Sunday. Of these, the Punjab government has submitted a list of 514 people from the state who are stuck in Iraq while Haryana officials said families of 147 people have provided details...
  • Bhupinder Singh Hooda announces grant for health workers June 20, 2014

    Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Friday announced an additional allowance of Rs 400 per month to multi-purpose health workers and supervisors in the state. According to an official spokesperson, the state government will grant washing or uniform allowance of Rs 400 per month to male Multi Purpose...
  • Safety of Indians in Iraq top priority for MEA, Kerala nurses' families worried June 20, 2014

    New Delhi/Kottayam: There is no concrete breakthrough in the abduction of 40 Indians kidnapped in Iraq, but the Ministry of External Affairs has hinted that it knows the location of the citizens. The Iraqi government has also confirmed the news of the kidnapping of the Indians. The safety and return of...
  • Iraq crisis: 50 families contact control room in Punjab June 19, 2014

    Chandigarh : Over 50 families from across Punjab have contacted a control room set up by the state government to collect details about those stranded in trouble-torn Iraq. "The state-wide campaign launched by Punjab government to seek details from the families regarding Punjabi's stuck in Iraq showed a tremendous response...
  • Snapshot: Last images sent by Indians abducted in Iraq to their families June 19, 2014

    Chandigarh: Of the abducted Indians in Iraq, many are from Punjab and are working as construction workers in the war-torn country. With the Ministry of External Affairs not being able to establish any contact with them, the bereaved families are now heading to the national capital to meet Foreign...
  • Punjab CM 'ready to pay ransom' to bring back abducted Indians from Iraq June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: With the fate of the abducted Indians in Iraq still unknown, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that his government is even ready to pay a 'ransom' to bring the Indians back home. This came after the Ministry of External Affairs confirmed that 40 Indians have...
  • Punjab government slashes cess on purchase of basmati June 18, 2014

    Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Wednesday said that it has decided to slash the cess levied on the purchase of basmati from 0.25 to 0.10 per cent. The money collected through this cess is meant for cancer and drug de-addiction treatment (CADA) fund. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took the decision...