Punjab Government

  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Punjab to provide online delivery of services in urban areas June 13, 2014

    Chandigarh: Punjab Government on Friday proposed to set up 229 Citizen Facilitation Centres (CFCs) in the municipalities across the state to provide various services online. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday gave in-principal approval for the project to provide online delivery of services at a cost of Rs...
  • Major fire erupts in sector 17 building; 2 firefighters die June 9, 2014

    Bodies of two fireman were retrieved from the debris of a collapsed four-storey building in the wee hours, even as firefighting continued on Monday after a major fire broke out in it on Sunday night, in the Sector 17 area of the city, officials said. Bodies of firemen Amandeep Singh and...
  • Badal to take up drug smuggling issue with Vasundhara Raje June 5, 2014

    Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Wednesday said he would take up the issue of drug smuggling from neighbouring Rajasthan into the state with his counterpart Vasundhra Raje. "Drugs like poppy husk are being openly sold in Rajasthan due to which it is difficult for the Punjab government to check...
  • Arrest drug peddlers rather than addicts: Amarinder Singh to Punjab government May 30, 2014

    Patiala: Congress senior leader Amarinder Singh on Friday said that mere arrest of drug addicts will not help curbing the menace in Punjab as drug supply is the real concern to fight with. "The indiscriminate arrest of drug addicts across Punjab without providing them de-addiction treatment will serve no purpose unless...
  • Punjab, Haryana restrict use of red beacons atop vehicles March 3, 2014

    Chandigarh: The governments of Haryana and Punjab have pruned their respective lists of persons authorised to use red beacons atop their official vehicles, following Supreme Court directions. In Haryana, according to state Transport Commissioner Sumita Misra, the Governor and the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice are authorised to...
  • Punjab government draws criticism for lowering VAT on tobacco products January 27, 2014

    Chandigarh: Voice of Tobacco Victims, a civil society organisation, on Monday criticised the Punjab government's recent decision to roll back taxes on cigarettes from 55 to 22 per cent. Neighbouring states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Jammu & Kashmir have increased VAT on tobacco products, professor of Surgical Oncology at Tata...
  • In Punjab, 17,000 booked for smoking in public October 9, 2013

    Chandigarh: Over 17,000 people have been issued tickets (challaned) by the Punjab government this year for violating ban on smoking in public places, a senior health officer said in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Punjab's Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Vini Mahajan said that 12 districts in Punjab have already been...
  • Punjab: Ex-DGP alleges involvement of political parties in drug rackets September 18, 2013

    Former DG of Prisons in Punjab Shashi Kant has alleged that major political parties in Punjab are involved in drug rackets. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken suo moto cognisance of the matter and issued notices to the Punjab government and the union government. In his letter Shashi...
  • Sidhu accuses Punjab govt of not giving money to develop Amritsar September 5, 2013

    Bharatiya Janata Party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has accused the Punjab government of not supporting his endeavours to develop Amritsar. He said, "Amritsar Trust is for the development of Amritsar. The corporation does not have any money for the Trust. I have not received any money for the past two...
  • E-trip system becoming bone of contention between SAD and BJP July 30, 2013

    The e-trip system introduced by Punjab government to bring transparency in transactions by traders and check tax evasion has become a bone of contention between allies SAD and BJP, which feels it might affect its vote bank in urban areas. Punjab BJP brass led by party in-charge for state affairs Shanta...
  • No need to protest just yet, says Khurshid on JuD fund allotment June 20, 2013

    The government of Pakistan's Punjab Province has recently allocated RS 400 million to the Jamaat Ud Dawa. JuD is believed to be a front for the banned terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba. Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said there is no need to protest just yet. The minister said it's only a budget...
  • Punjab government orders probe into 'vulgar' school books May 23, 2013

    Chandigarh: The Punjab government has initiated a probe into the distribution of text books containing allegedly vulgar and irrelevant content in government schools, a minister said on Wednesday. Bathinda District Education Officer Surjit Singh Khuram was put under suspension for laxity in this connection. Punjab Education Minister SS Maluka inspected the...
  • Punjab govt announces Rs 1 cr assistance to Sarabjit family May 2, 2013

    Chandigarh: Punjab government on Thursday announced a financial assistance of Rs one crore for the family of Sarabjit Singh, who died in Pakistan following a murderous assault in a jail there, and declared a three-day state mourning. Flags will fly half mast on all government buildings and there will be no...
  • Indian-Americans applaud Punjab government's announcement April 6, 2013

    Washington: The Indian-American community has welcomed the Punjab government's announcement of 10 per cent housing and plots quota for NRIs in the state. "This is a good decision," said Satnam Singh Chahal of the North American Punjabi Association. Chahal's reaction came after Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday...
  • Punjab govt favours capital punishment in brutal rape cases January 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Punjab government favours death sentence in brutal rape cases, state DGP SS Saini said on Friday. "Government of Punjab is of the view that in brutal rape cases and cases of gangrape death sentence should be given...let the court decide which case deserves the highest punishment," he told...
  • UP Minister Azam Khan wants rapists to be stoned December 26, 2012

    Chandigarh/Indore: As the Centre and states worked on new measures in the wake of the Delhi gangrape episode, Punjab on Wednesday decided to launch exclusive "night police" units while senior Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan demanded that rapists be stoned to death. The responses to sexual assault cases came even as...
  • Former Punjab CM slams govt, demands President's rule December 11, 2012

    Amritsar: Law and order has worsened in Punjab which is on the decline economically and socially, making the state a fit case for bringing it under President's rule, former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh said in Amritsar on Tuesday. "Akali Jathedars are running police stations making the life of common man...
  • Amritsar molestation: DIG Border Range suspended December 8, 2012

    Amritsar: The Punjab government on Saturday suspended DIG Border Range PS Umranangal over the murder of ASI Ravinderpal Singh, who was shot dead by a local Akali member three days ago for resisting his daughter's harassment. The action came following a visit by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to Rampura...
  • Amritsar molestation: Victim says police didn't act December 7, 2012

    Chandigarh: The victim of the Amritsar sexual harassment horror said that the police did not act on her complaint and added that the police fled as assailants shot her father Ravinder Singh, who was a cop himself. "My father tried to talk to the molesters and asked them what their...
  • Punjab policeman's wife demands justice December 6, 2012

    Amritsar: It was Punjab's moment of Shame when a policeman was shot dead while trying to save his daughter from molesters in Amritsar. The man who allegedly shot him, Akali Dal leader Ranjit Rana, has now been arrested with his accomplice while the police department has also acted against the...
  • Riot victims' rehabilitation national duty: SC September 20, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the rehabilitation of riot victims was a national responsibility and could not just be construed within legal and moral parameters. "Rehabilitating the riot victims was a "national liability and you have to be responsible not just legally or morally but in all...
  • African student attack not racist: Burundi envoy July 6, 2012

    Jalandhar/New Delhi: Beaten mercilessly in Punjab, an African student has been lying in coma for three months. The incident has put a question mark on India's track record of dealing with African students. However, reacting to the incident, the envoy of Burundi has said that it is a criminal case and...
  • Punjab teachers threaten self-immolation December 6, 2011

    Chandigarh: Peeved at the Punjab government for not heeding to their demands, teachers demanding permanent jobs in the state on Tuesday threatened to immolate themselves after one of their lady colleagues was allegedly slapped in public view by an Akali Dal sarpanch. A delegation of Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) teachers association...
  • Govt saves rent on storage, leaves grain to rot June 30, 2011

    Ludhiana: Tens of thousands of bags of rice have gone up in smoke and continue to smolder and burn in Khamano near Ludhiana. Spread over two kilometers all the grain has been lying in the open for the last five years. A similar story was there in Fatehgarh Sahib, where wheat...
  • Rice burning: Punjab mulls grain storage policy May 11, 2011

    Chandigarh: After CNN-IBN reported how thousands of tons of rice were reduced to ashes after lying in the open for five years, the Punjab government said it will come out with a new grain storage policy to deal with storage and wastage problems. The story, showing thousands of tons of paddy...
  • Pak minister sacked over drunken brawl June 14, 2010

    Islamabad: A minister from Pakistan's Balochistan province has been sacked after he was arrested for brawling in an inebriated condition inside a theatre in Lahore. Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani yesterday sacked Jaffar George, who was a minister without portfolio in the provincial cabinet, after getting a report on the...
  • Are you a Sikh? Submit an affidavit: Punjab Govt February 17, 2008

    Chandigarh: The Punjab Government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) on Saturday stated that Sikhs are a minority in Punjab. Only a few months back, during the height of the Dera controversy, the SGPC was trying to attract more followers into the Sikh fold. Now, it says only those on...