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  • Parkash Singh Badal sanctions Rs 13.50 crore for projects in Hussainiwala 6 hours 43 minutes ago

    Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal approved Rs 13.50 crore for development projects at Hussainiwala village in Ferozepur district to showcase rich legacy of martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev, and other unsung heroes of national freedom struggle. The district administration Ferozepur has sent a proposal in this regard, a spokesperson...
  • Congress coal scam could be much bigger: PM Modi 3 days ago

    Punjab: Attacking the previous Congress-led government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday claimed that coal scam, which was pegged at Rs 1.76 lakh crore, could be much more bigger. Modi also said that the present regime led by him had garnered a revenue of Rs 2 lakh crore in bids from...
  • PM Modi invokes farmers' children to pitch for Land Bill 3 days ago

    Hussainiwala (Punjab): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invoked the welfare of farmers' children to justify the Land Bill as he maintained that efforts are being made to "mislead" the farming community over the new measure. Pitching for the proposed new legislation that is facing stiff resistance from almost all opposition...
  • PM Modi pays homage to Bhagat Singh on his martyrdom anniversary 3 days ago

    Ferozepur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid homage to freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Punjab's Ferozepur district. He said the name of Bhagat Singh has the strength to inspire people to live and die for the nation. This is Modi's first visit to Punjab after becoming the prime minister in...
  • Chandigarh Municipal Corporation removes Martyrs Day hoardings having photos of US Army men, not Indian soldiers 3 days ago

    Amritsar: After coming under fire from various quarters, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on Monday removed hoardings having pictures of US Army men instead of Indian Army soldiers. The Municipal Corporation committed a major faux pas as it has put up photographs of the US Army personnel instead of Indian Army soldiers in...
  • Chandigarh Municipal Corporation puts photos of US Army men, not Indian soldiers on Martyrs Day 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation committed a major faux pas as it has put up photographs of the US Army personnel instead of Indian Army soldiers in its hoardings commemorating Martyrs Day. The photograph shows three soldiers wearing the US flag on their uniforms. Mayor of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation...
  • Bihar CM Nitish Kumar talks to Punjab CM over recovery of five bodies 6 days ago

    Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday took up the matter of recovery of bodies of five persons from the state with his Punjab counterpart Prakash Singh Badal and urged him to get the matter probed thoroughly. Kumar spoke to Punjab CM and his Deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal on recovery...
  • Punjab farmers unhappy with Union Budget March 1, 2015

    Chandigarh: Punjab's farming sector has expressed disappointment over the Union Budget for not taking "pro-farmers" decision to provide much-needed fillip to the state's agriculture which has been suffering with "high" input cost and "lower" output prices. Even the farm experts have also expressed displeasure with the budget for not announcing...
  • US citizen carrying 25 live cartridges arrested from Amritsar airport February 25, 2015

    Amritsar: A US citizen of Indian origin was detained on Wednesday at the Amritsar International Airport with 25 live bullets when she was trying to board a flight to New Delhi, police said. The woman, a Non-Resident Indian (NRI), was being checked by security personnel, a senior police officer said. The woman,...
  • Punjab power utility applies for Pachwara coal block February 22, 2015

    Chandigarh: Punjab power utility PSPCL is looking to retain Pachwara central coal block for meeting fuel requirements for its thermal power plants and has applied for this coal block, which is one of the 53 reserved for state-run power utilities. "We have applied for Pachwara central coal block and we are...
  • After Delhi, AAP eyes Punjab, also plans to fight local elections in Bengaluru February 12, 2015

    Chandigarh: After the Aam Admi Party (AAP) swept the Delhi elections, deep fissures have emerged between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). On Tuesday, violent clashes erupted between BJP and SAD supporters in Punjab's Tarntaran district over distribution of tickets for the forthcoming Municipal Corporation Polls. A...
  • Punjab & Haryana HC stays transfer of ED official probing Majithia in drug scam January 21, 2015

    Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has stayed the implementation of transfer orders of Enforcement Directorate (ED) Assistant Director Niranjan Singh who is probing synthetic drug racket case. He had also summoned Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia on December 26 in the drug racket. The decision was taken on...
  • Punjab Government puts ban on screening of Dera Sacha Sauda chief's film 'Messenger of God' January 17, 2015

    Chandigarh: Punjab Government on Saturday decided to put a ban on the screening of the controversial movie 'Messenger of God (MSG)' featuring Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, in apprehension of breach of peace. Harcharan Bains, Advisor to the Punjab Chief Minister said, "There was an advisory by the...
  • ED officer probing Majithia in drug trafficking case shifted to Kolkata January 17, 2015

    Chandigarh: In a latest twist in the probe into drug trafficking charges against Punjab Revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, the Enforcement Directorate's investigating officer has been shifted to Kolkata. ED sources said that there was no external pressure. But the transfer has surprised some officials probing the case. Majithia came...
  • Protests in Bhatinda, Amritsar over release of Dera Sacha Sauda chief's controversial movie January 16, 2015

    Chandigarh: Tense scenes were witnessed in Bhatinda and Amritsar over the release of film 'MSG - The Messenger of God' starring Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The movie sparked protests after Dera supporters celebrated the film's clearance by the apellate tribunal while opposing groups called for a...
  • Punjab: Female teacher booked for strip-searching seven girls in Gurdaspur January 11, 2015

    Gurdaspur: In a shocking incident from Punjab, a female teacher in a government school in Gurdaspur has been booked for strip-searching seven girls. The teacher reportedly strip-searched the students after she suspected them of stealing Rs 500 from her wallet. When the teacher did not find the money on the...
  • Rift between SAD, BJP may grow over Punjab Minister Majithia's arrest January 10, 2015

    Chandigarh: After the showdown over the arrest of Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in a drug case the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab and its ally BJP have locked horns again. Several sikh outfits have called for a bandh in Punjab over a demand to release Sikh prisoners...
  • Centre not in favour of freeing terrorists convicted in serious charges January 8, 2015

    New Delhi: As Punjab government sought release of the state's prisoners, the Union Home Ministry on Thursday indicated that legal opinion could be taken in select cases like old people and those having completed 20 years in prison but not those convicted in serious charges. Releasing terrorists convicted in charges like...
  • Punjab and Haryana HC allows jail inmates to have sex with their married partners January 7, 2015

    Chandigarh: In a historic judgement, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday allowed jail inmates to have sex with their married partners. The court, in an order, held that the right of convicts and jail inmates to have conjugal visits or artificial insemination for progeny was a fundamental right....
  • Sale of loose tobacco items banned in Punjab January 6, 2015

    Chandigarh: Punjab government on Tuesday said that it has completely banned the sale of loose cigarettes and other tobacco items as they do not bear the statutory pictorial health warning message. An official spokesperson of the government said all the deputy commissioners have been directed to ensure strict implementation of...
  • Former Punjab CM Beant Singh's assassin Tara who escaped from jail through a tunnel in 2004, arrested January 6, 2015

    Chandigarh: Former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh's assassin Jagtar Singh alias Tara has been arrested from Thailand by the Thai Police. They were acting on a tip off from the Punjab Police. Tara is self styled chief of Khalistan Tiger Force. He along with three others had escaped from Burail...
  • Punjab government holds sit-in protest against drug trade near international borders January 5, 2015

    Chandigarh: Punjab's ruling party Shiromani Akali Dal is holding a sit-in protest against drug trade in the state. SAD is holding the sit-in near the international borders making a pitch for greater vigilance along the border with Pakistan to stop flow of drugs. SAD has blamed the Border Security Force...
  • Punjab government protests against BSF, says drugs come from Pakistan and Afghanistan January 4, 2015

    Chandigarh: The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab is in a tough situation fighting allegations of rampant drug use and trade in Punjab especially after Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned Revenue Minister Bikram Majithia in the drug racket. The party is now trying to shift blame to the border security security force...
  • BSF seizes 5 kg of heroin from Indo-Pak border January 3, 2015

    Ferozepur: Ahead of the ruling party SAD's proposed sit-in against drug smuggling, Border Security Force (BSF), which guards the International Border along Pakistan, on Saturday recovered five kg of heroin with a street value of Rs 25 crore from the border outpost Rattoke. DIG BSF RK Thapa on Saturday said that...
  • Amit Shah to launch BJP's campaign against drugs in Punjab January 2, 2015

    Ludhiana: BJP President Amit Shah will launch his party's campaign against drugs in Punjab on January 22. Stating this BJP's national Secretary Tarun Chugh said on Friday that the campaign would be launched from Amritsar under the aegis of the party's youth wing. Saffron party's youth leader and MP Anurag...
  • Sukhbir Badal backs Bikram Singh Majithia, says will order arrest if found guilty in drug racket case December 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal has claimed that there is no proof of his brother-in-law and Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia's involvement in the drug racket. Majithia has been described as the big drug lord of Punjab by many after he was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate...
  • Drug racket case: Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia at ED office for questioning December 26, 2014

    Jalandhar: Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Friday questioned Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in Jalandhar with regard to a multi-million rupee international synthetic drugs racket busted last year. Majithia, who is the younger brother of Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal, faces allegations of having links with certain non-resident...
  • Punjab: Congress moves no-confidence motion against SAD-BJP government December 23, 2014

    Chandigarh: Congress on Tuesday moved a no-confidence motion against the Akali Dal-BJP alliance government in the Punjab Assembly. Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar moved the motion on issue of drug menace in Punjab and the failure of the Parkash Singh Badal-led government to check the trade and providing patronage to...
  • Akal Takht supports 'Sikhs are not Hindus' petition December 22, 2014

    Amritsar: Akal Takht, the top temporal seat of the Sikhs, on Monday asked the members of the community to continue signing a petition 'Sikhs are not Hindus' till December 31. All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and the US-based Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) have initiated the process to file the online...
  • ED to probe Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in drugs racket case December 22, 2014

    Bharatiya Janata Party's alliance partner in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal is caught in a difficult situation. Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing for a drug free society, the Akali Dal's Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who is brother of Union Minister Harsimrat Badal, has been summoned by...