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  • Punjab: Farmers should be given subsidies in a big way, says CM Badal 2 days ago

    Chandigarh: Amid facing criticism on giving free power to farmers from several quarters, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday said that the farming sector should be given subsidies "in a big way" for producing sufficient foodgrain to meet country's requirement. Badal also sought cooperation of all the MPs...
  • Two killed as BMW hits tree, breaks into three pieces 5 days ago

    Ludhiana: Two persons were killed while another was critically injured when their BMW car veered off the road and hit a road side tree at wee hours in Ludhiana on Sunday. The impact of the collision was such that the car broke into three pieces on Sarabha Nagar road, police said....
  • Tension brewing within NDA as SAD supports INLD instead of BJP in Haryana Assembly polls 1 week ago

    Chandigarh: Tension seemed to be brewing within the National Democratic Alliance after Shiromani Akali Dal went all out to support the Indian National Lok Dal instead of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Haryana Assembly elections. SAD led by Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal is BJP's alliance partner...
  • Amritsar: Clashes erupt between Nihang Sikhs, three injured 1 week ago

    Amritsar: Tension prevailed in Amritsar on Friday as two groups of Nihang Sikhs clashed ahead of a traditional martial arts display, leaving three injured. The groups were reportedly equipped with licensed arms, swords and other sharp weapons. The two groups were moving towards an open ground when the altercation broke out. The police...
  • Fireworks, lighting at Amritsar's Golden Temple October 23, 2014

    Amritsar: The holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandir Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple, was lighted up on Thursday in festive spirit in this Sikh holy city in Punjab. Fireworks display and millions of lights around the whole complex saw thousands of devotees turning up for the occasion. The day is celebrated in...
  • Punjab government announces 10 per cent DA for employees October 14, 2014

    Chandigarh: Ahead of Diwali, the Punjab government on Tuesday announced to release 10 per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) to employees with October's salary. Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa on Tuesday gave his nod in this regard, an official spokesman said. The increased DA would be given with the salary...
  • AAP's Bhagwant Mann slams Punjab government for drug menace October 9, 2014

    Amritsar: Comedian and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann on Thursday slammed the Punjab government alleging that drug dealers were freely roaming in the state while police was making poor drug addict youths as scapegoats. "The Punjab government never thought to eradicate unemployment in the state, due to which...
  • Sukhbir Badal campaigns in Haryana, seeks votes for INLD-SAD October 8, 2014

    Chandigarh: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President Sukhbir Singh Badal today launched a poll campaign in Haryana to give a boost to the INLD-SAD candidates, who are in the fray for the October 15 elections. On the first leg of the campaign on Wednesday, the Punjab's Deputy Chief Minister used a customised...
  • Punjab: Tax raised to mobilise funds for development, says SAD October 5, 2014

    Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday supported the SAD-BJP led Punjab government's move to increase VAT on diesel, cold drinks and cigarettes, saying tax was raised to mobilise funds for development. In a statement, SAD general secretary and core committee member Maheshinder Singh Grewal said the rate of...
  • Punjab CM Badal calls for community participation for clean India October 2, 2014

    Talwandi Sabo: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday administered a cleanliness pledge under the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan' to government officials. On the occasion of the 145th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Badal avowed people to maintain cleanliness in and around their houses, public places and workplaces. People pledged...
  • 12 new judges of Punjab, Haryana High Court sworn-in September 25, 2014

    Chandigarh: The 12 new Additional judges of Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday took the oath of office and secrecy. Acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Justice Ashutosh Mohunta administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new Additional Judges, including three women, an official...
  • Punjab: 645 teachers to be promoted as headmasters September 24, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab government, in its effort to fill up the vacancy in education department, has decided to promote 645 teachers as headmasters by next month while recruitment of over 5,000 teachers will be completed by the end of this month. Disclosing this on Wednesday, an official spokesperson said that direction to this...
  • 2 women 'given electric shocks' inside a police station in Kapurthala September 24, 2014

    Kapurthala: Two women accused in a theft case were allegedly given electric shocks inside a police station in Bholath area, following which an Assistant Sub-Inspector was suspended. Senior Superintendent of Police Dhanpreet Kaur said ASI Raghbir Singh was suspended for his alleged involvement in the incident. An inquiry was also...
  • Punjab: Two arrested for cow slaughtering September 23, 2014

    Sangrur: Two persons were on Tuesday arrested by police on charges of cow slaughtering in Sangrur district. Police said that the two were a part of a six-member gang. Earlier, some carcasses were spotted near Malerkotla drain on September 10 by some locals who reported the issue to police. ...
  • Parkash Singh Badal seeks financial package from Centre for Punjab September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday sought a "liberal financial package" for his state from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Badal accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal called on Modi at his residence and sought a relief package of Rs 2,330 crore for farmers due...
  • Punjab government to start campaign for clean, green schools September 22, 2014

    Chandigarh: In a bid to make government schools clean and green in Punjab, the state Education department will start a monthlong campaign from Friday. This decision was taken during a highlevel meeting held under the chairmanship of Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema at his office on Monday, an official spokesperson...
  • Modi government very decisive, will change system, says Sukhbir Badal September 21, 2014

    Chandigarh: The 'decisiveness' in decisionmaking and 'cutting redtapism' 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. "He is moving in the right direction. He has shown twothree things decisiveness and cutting off redtapism in decision...
  • IAF AN32 crashlands in Chandigarh, passengers safe September 20, 2014

    Chandigarh: An Indian Air Force AN32 transport aircraft with 11 people on board crash landed at the Chandigarh airport on Saturday evening, airport sources said. The aircraft caught fire as it crashlanded but the blaze was doused by fire tenders inside the airport premises. A few people on board the aircraft suffered...
  • Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal visits Chennai, Hyderabad to attract investors September 17, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal will be on a twoday visit to Chennai and Hyderabad from Thursday to meet leading industrialists with an intention to attract investments in the state. During the meeting with industry leaders, Badal will showcase investment opportunities in Punjab along with highlighting state as...
  • Punjab: Congress demands transparency in wards delimitation September 15, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Congress on Monday demanded transparency in the delimitation process of wards by making it online as the party gears up for the upcoming local bodies elections in the state. It submitted a memorandum to this effect to Governor Shivraj Patil and the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The situation...
  • J&K floods: Ludhiana's hosiery industry fears heavy losses September 15, 2014

    Chandigarh: Ludhiana's famous hosiery industry fears heavy financial losses because of floods in Kashmir as it is not hopeful of receiving payments for the supply of woollen items to the floodravaged valley, now seeking support from the Centre to bail it out. "Ludhiana's hosiery industry is not hopeful of getting...
  • Unregulated colonies: Amarinder Singh asks Punjab government to issue guidelines September 14, 2014

    Chandigarh: Senior Congress leader Amarinder Singh on Sunday demanded the Punjab government to issue necessary guidelines for regularising the unregulated colonies across the state. He said that people were suffering and this has also had an adverse impact on the business sentiment. Smaller property transactions have come to a halt resulting...
  • Punjab: Centre's decision on new paddy norms antifarmer, says Congress September 14, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Congress on Sunday flayed the Centre's decision fixing new norms about paddy procurement and milling as "antifarmer" step. State Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa in a statement strongly opposed to decision of the Centre to bring down the paddy moisture content limit from 15 to 14 per cent,...
  • CM Badal orders upgrading of drainage system in Punjab September 14, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday asked Irrigation department to upgrade drainage system to check water logging in south western districts of the state. Badal, who talked to affected people in the villages of Sri Muktsar Sahib district, emphasised the need for upgrading, widening and strengthening the existing...
  • Punjab flood: CM Badal seeks enhanced compensation to farmers by Centre September 13, 2014

    Muktsar: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday described as "minuscule" the compensation given by the Centre to farmers for the losses suffered by them in natural calamity and said he will raise the issue with the Centre. "Rs 3,500 given by the Centre per acre to the farmers for...
  • J&K floods: Punjab IAS officials to donate a day's salary for relief September 13, 2014

    Chandigarh: IAS officers of Punjab have decided to donate one day salary for Jammu and Kashmir flood relief fund. Disclosing this on Saturday, Suresh Kumar, President, Punjab IAS Officers Association, said IAS officers of Punjab have decided to express their solidarity with the flood affected people of Jammu and Kashmir...
  • Punjab to seek review of tax incentives to neighbouring states September 12, 2014

    Talwandi Sabo (Punjab): The Punjab government will impress upon the Centre to review fiscal sops granted to neighbouring states, including Himachal Pradesh, saying tax holidays to these states had proved "detrimental" to growth of industry in Punjab. Stating this here on Friday, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Punjab would also...
  • Punjab CM Badal seeks direction from Centre to help J&K flood victims September 11, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday sought directions from the Centre to offer help and cooperation to the floodaffected people of Jammu and Kashmir. According to an official release, the Punjab government, having failed to contact the authorities in valley due to disruption in telecom services, asked...
  • Punjab government to launch estamping next month September 11, 2014

    Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Thursday said that it will launch estamping system for registration of land deeds by midOctober. It was stated by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who directed all divisional commissioners and deputy commissioner to roll out estamping next month. All deeds and land registrations above...
  • CM Parkash Badal to visit rainaffected, waterlogged areas of Punjab September 11, 2014

    Chandigarh: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will visit rainaffected and waterlogged areas of Punjab including Mansa, Fazilka and Sri Muktsar Sahib districts from September 1315. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event in Talwandi Sabo assembly constituency, Badal said that his visit to flood affected areas of Punjab was...