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  • US citizen carrying 25 live cartridges arrested from Amritsar airport 4 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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...
  • Embarrassment for NDA, ED to probe Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in drugs racket case December 22, 2014

    Chandigarh: 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...
  • ED to summon Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in drug racket case December 21, 2014

    Punjab: In a major blow to Shiromani Akali Dal, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the Rs 6,000 crore international synthetic drug case. Bikram Singh Majithia is also the younger brother of Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal. Majithia's name first surfaced in the case...
  • Gurdaspur botched-up surgeries: Is our public healthcare system letting down the people who need it the most? December 5, 2014

    A free cataract surgery camp organized in Punjab's Gurdaspur went horribly wrong after it left 16 people blind. The Punjab government has registered cases against the doctor and the charitable institute that organised the camp. ...
  • Human Rights Commission's notice to Punjab over botched-up eye surgeries December 5, 2014

    New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission on Friday issued a notice to Punjab government over the botched-up eye surgeries that took place in a medical camp in Gurdaspur region. The surgeries which were held in a medical camp organised by an NGO left almost 16 people blind. Dr Vivek Arora, the...
  • Doctor who botched-up eye surgeries in Gurdaspur arrested December 5, 2014

    Gurdaspur: Soon after the case of botched-up eye surgeries which left 16 people blind in Gurdaspur came to light, the doctor, Dr Vivek Arora, who performed the surgeries has been arrested. A case against Sri Krishna Eye Hospital in Mathura where the doctor works has also been registered. The patients...
  • Sixteen people lose their vision after undergoing cataract operation in an eye camp in Punjab December 5, 2014

    Gurdaspur: Barely a month after 14 women were killed due to botched up sterilisation surgeries in Bilaspur in Chattisgarh, 16 people have lost their eye sight after undergoing eye operation in an eye camp in Gurdaspur. The patients from Amritsar had undergone a cataract surgery at the eye camp...
  • Ludhiana: 17-year-old set ablaze for reporting rape December 4, 2014

    Ludhiana: In a ghastly incident, a 17-year-old rape victim was allegedly set ablaze by six men in Punjab's Ludhiana on Thursday for filing a police complaint against them. Police have arrested two of the accused while the others continue to remain at large. The victim has been hospitalised with 75 per...
  • Ashutosh Maharaj's followers defy HC orders to cremate the self-styled godman December 4, 2014

    After a stand-off with self-styled godman Rampal, tensions are mounting with the followers of Ashutosh Maharaj in Jalandhar. Followers of Ashutosh Maharaj, who has been in deep freeze since January and was declared clinically dead, are fortifying his ashram in Jalandhar after the court ordered to cremate him. ...