Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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27 Mar 2017

Capt Amarinder gives Special Task Force free hand to rein in drugs

27 Mar 2017 | 7:27 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has ordered the newly-constituted Special Task Force (STF), headed by ADGP Harpreet Sidhu, to go all-out in the battle against drugs as promised by the party in its manifesto.

Torn Gutka Sahibs found scattered on road in Ludhiana, man arrested

27 Mar 2017 | 4:45 PM

LUDHIANA: There was uproar in the city on Monday morning after torn Gutka Sahibs were spotted lying near a garbage dump in Noorwala Road area.

Punjab to pursue cash credit limit issue with Centre, RBI

27 Mar 2017 | 3:04 PM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab cabinet decided to take up the matter of settlement of the legacy accounts regarding the pending CCL with the Centre, RBI and SBI, on priority.

BSF shoots dead suspected Pakistani intruder in Gurdaspur

27 Mar 2017 | 9:13 AM

AMRITSAR: A suspected Pakistani intruder was shot dead by the BSF along the International Border in Punjab on Monday. The intruder did not pay heed to the repeated challenges.

Jail inmates save 9 guards from rioters

27 Mar 2017 | 2:31 AM

GURDASPUR:Nine security personnel, including four Home Guards, who lost their way inside the prison complex during the jail riots yesterday, would have been lynched had some benevolent prisoners not come to their aid.

Drug probe: SIT for prosecution of 13

27 Mar 2017 | 2:31 AM

CHANDIGARH:No politician has been named in the over 1,500-page report of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to look into the Punjab drugs scandal. The report has been prepared after an investigation lasting more than 17 months.

ONGC ex-staffer rejects cancer studies in Malwa

27 Mar 2017 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH:After experts from country’s top cancer facility Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, blamed poor lifestyle, and not uranium or overuse of pesticides and fertilisers, for cancer deaths in the Malwa belt of Punjab, a former engineer from ONGC has termed the studies a farce.

Oneupmanship in AAP camp

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

Chandigarh: Despite picking HS Phoolka as the Leader of the Opposition, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) still seems to be a disunited lot.

Over 11,000 health workers examined

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

Chandigarh: In a recently concluded free preventive health examination of women health workers, 11,178 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM) and ASHA workers across the state were examined.

SGPC to shift edu office to Patiala

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

Fatehgarh Sahib: To streamline the functioning of educational institutions being run by it and to control unwanted expenses, the SGPC has decided to shift the office of the Director Education (SGPC) from Chandigarh to Patiala.

Man dies as vehicle hits stray cattle

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

ABOHAR: Mohan Lal (52) of Sappanwali village died on the spot, his wife Veena (49) and grandson Nikhil (3) were injured near Ghallu village on the Fazilka-Abohar road as some stray cattle reportedly hit the motorcycle which they were riding.

Day-long traffic jam in Garhshankar

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

Garshankar: Commuters remained stranded on the Chandigarh-Pathankot state highway throughout the day on Sunday due to the ongoing repair of the railway track that connects Jejon Doaba to Nawanshahr.

Debt-ridden cop found dead in Moga

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

MOGA: An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) posted in the city police station at Jagraon has died under mysterious circumstances at Badhni Kalan village in Moga.

Hussainiwala memorial stays in state of neglect

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

FEROZEPUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his “Mann Ki Baat” programme, today exhorted people to make a visit to the ‘samadhi’ of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev an integral part of their itinerary whenever they come to Punjab.

Vendors, farmers clash as mandi shifted back

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

ABOHAR: The decision to shift the Apni Mandi (Sunday market) back to the old market committee complex from the railway overbridge area did not go down well with vegetable growers as dozens of rehriwalas (vendors) allegedly entered the complex forcefully and disrupted sales today.

Liberal water supply leads to judicious use in villages

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: The water works operator of Phide Khurd village of Faridkot had to run high-power pumping machines for 10 hours a day to provide potable water to 188 consumers for just three hours.

BKU leader dies at 74

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Pashaura Singh Sidhupur (74) died today of a heart attack.

25 rusted bombs found in village

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

TARN TARAN: Panic gripped Dhunda village, falling under the Goindwal Sahib police station, from here today when the villagers found 25 live rusted bombs from the outskirts of the village near the Beas river banks.

Farmer unions lock horns over land row

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

SANGRUR: Two main farmer organisations here are at loggerheads in the district over the Jhaloor land row.

Girl missing after leaving suicide note

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

NANGAL: A girl pursuing a postgraduate diploma at National Power Training Institute (NPTI) here has been missing for four days.

3 of family die as tipper falls on car

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

JALANDHAR: Three members of a family died in a road accident when a tipper truck loaded with gravel fell on their car near the PAP Chowk tonight.

No laggard, village school launches ad campaign

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

JALANDHAR: The Nakodar block is these days dotted with advertisements put up by a government school informing people about its state-of-the-art facilities asking them to get their wards admitted there.

3 feared drowned in Beas

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Three teenagers, including two cousins, were feared drowned in the Beas river near Balla Tahli village in Tanda block of the district.

4 killed in Bathinda mishap

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

TALWANDI SABO: Four villagers were killed when the vehicle in which they were travelling collided with a milk tanker on the Bathinda-Talwandi Sabo road here today.

De-addiction staff seek regular jobs

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

SANGRUR: Seeking the regularisation of their services, hundreds of employees posted in 23 Red Cross drug deaddiction centres across the state have written a letter to the Union Social Justice Ministry.

Post-riots, slew of rewards, reforms in Gurdaspur jail

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Gurdaspur prison authorities have announced several rewards for inmates who showed “exemplary behaviour” during the rioting in the jail on Friday night.

GNDU VC ‘favoured’ son during his tenure, MPs demand probe

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

AMRITSAR: A day after the Bihar Police arrested Anandpreet Brar, son of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) Vice-Chancellor Ajaib Singh Brar, MPs from Amritsar — Gurjit Singh Aujla (Congress) and Shwait Malik (BJP) — today sought a probe to find out whether or not Anandpreet had taken benefits from the university during his father’s eight-year tenure.

Torture common at private rehab centres, says report

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: Inmates at private rehabilitation centres in the state are forcibly kept there and beaten up regularly.

Pruning on, 585 cops no more on VIP duty

27 Mar 2017 | 1:47 AM

CHANDIGARH: At least 585 policemen on security duty with politicians and their aides are now available for general policing following the pruning of security.

26 Mar 2017

Gurdaspur jail violence: Inmates rewarded for saving lives of staffers

26 Mar 2017 | 9:05 PM

GURDASPUR:The authorities rewarded the inmates of the Gurdaspur central jail who "exhibited good behaviour" and saved some staffers when some prisoners clashed on Saturday.

4 killed, 11 injured in road accident in Bathinda

26 Mar 2017 | 1:04 PM

CHANDIGARH: Four persons were killed and eleven others were injured in an accident involving three vehicles in Bathinda district’s Talwandi Sabo town on Sunday, the police said.

Four killed as Orbit bus, car collide in Barnala

26 Mar 2017 | 2:19 AM

SANGRUR:Two nambardars, a village panchayat member and a former panchayat member from Ghunas village in Barnala district were killed when the Santro car in which they were travelling collided with an Orbit bus this morning.

Farm labourer commits suicide

26 Mar 2017 | 2:19 AM

SANGRUR: Farm labourer Kuldeep Singh (26) committed suicide by consuming poison in Maidewas village last night.

Senior IAS officers lock horns over hierarchy, irrigation works

26 Mar 2017 | 2:19 AM

PATIALA: Two senior IAS officers deputed with the Irrigation Department have locked horns with one of them writing to his junior colleague “to respect the departmental hierarchy”.

Missing soldier’s body found, cremated at native village

26 Mar 2017 | 2:19 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Jasveer Singh, a soldier of 10th Battalion of Sikh Light Infantry, was cremated with Army honours at his native Ambala Jattan village near Garhdiwala.

Staff crunch, no intel unit hit jail security

26 Mar 2017 | 2:19 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Gurdaspur prison arson and security breach just four months after the sensational Nabha jailbreak case has raised questions about security of such establishments in the state.

Gangsters tried diversion tactics to make escape bid

26 Mar 2017 | 2:19 AM

GURDASPUR: Twenty-odd gangsters threatened to explode an LPG cylinder in an attempt to divert the attention of the authorities from a group of inmates who were busy creating an opening in the 13-inch thick outer concrete wall of the jail.

Lambi cops pledge to weed out drugs

26 Mar 2017 | 2:19 AM

Lambi: Five days after the CM sent out a strong warning on the sale of drugs in a meeting with DCs and SSPs, the subordinate staff seems to have swung into action.

Cop dies in hit-and-run

26 Mar 2017 | 2:19 AM

JALANDHAR: A 26-year-old sub-inspector, Jagdeep Kaur, was mowed down by a Mahindra TUV here this morning when she was on her way to police station No.

Midnight jailbreak bid thwarted by 3,000 cops

26 Mar 2017 | 1:39 AM

GURDASPUR: After two staffers were attacked and riot and arson was reported from the Gurdaspur jail yesterday morning, nearly a hundred prisoners made a daring midnight attempt to breach the complex’s outer periphery wall, forcing the authorities to deploy about 3,000 policemen to contain the situation.

25 Mar 2017

4,000 cops contain Gurdaspur jailbreak attempt

25 Mar 2017 | 9:59 AM

GURDASPUR: In what officials term one of the most daring jailbreak attempts in recent times, nearly a hundred inmates almost breached the outer periphery wall of the the Gurdaspur central jail facing Litter village, forcing the authorities to deploy 4,000 policemen.

DC to tehsildars: Visit hospitals, schools

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

Muktsar: Muktsar DC Sumeet Jarangal on Friday directed tehsildars to make surprise visits to government-run hospitals, dispensaries and schools and prepare a list of problems being faced by people there.

Youth’s body recovered in Sangrur

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

Sangrur: After the recovery of the body of a youth near Adampal village, the police have registered a case. As per information, some passer-by saw the body of Hardeep Singh (30) from Sangla lying in the fields on the Naudhrani-Adampal road near Adampal village.

Body found in gurdwara sarovar

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

Muktsar: The body of a middle-aged man was found floating in the sarovar of Gurdwara Darbar Sahib here on Friday morning. The devotees informed the gurdwara manager about it.

Nawanshahr man fall off train, dies

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

Sirhind: A 65-year-old man on Friday was run over by Shaheed Express at Sirhind after he slipped while boarding the train. He has been identified as Sudesh Kumar of Nawanshahr.

Rioting, arson in Gurdaspur jail

25 Mar 2017 | 1:14 AM

GURDASPUR: Inmates went on a rampage in the Gurdaspur central jail this afternoon after two staffers were assaulted, forcing the police to fire into the air to contain rioting.

Quran desecration case deferred to April 24

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

SANGRUR: A local court today fixed April 24 as the next date of hearing of the Koran desecration case.

Rs 1.2 lakh in fake currency recovered

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

Tarn Taran: A team of the CIA staff led by ASI Charan Singh recovered fake currency worth Rs 1.2 lakh from Gurbinder Singh of Sheron village, 10 km from here, on Thursday.

MLAs’ best foot forward

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

CHANDIGARH: The maiden session of the 15th Vidhan Sabha saw the monochrome days getting over! It was all spring colours, visible in the turbans, jackets and silk kerchiefs that were on full display on the treasury benches where Congress MLAs were seated and first three rows of the Opposition benches where the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs were seated.

Barkandi hits back at rival on FB

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

Muktsar: In an apparent reply to his political rival, first-time Akali MLA from Muktsar Kanwarjit Singh Rozy Barkandi on Friday uploaded his photos of climbing the ramp at the Vidhan Sabha on his Facebook page.

Body found

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

Sangrur: After the recovery of the body of a youth near Adampal village, the police have registered a case and started investigations.

TADA convict Khera ties knot

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

Amritsar: TADA convict Gurdeep Singh Khera (55), who is undergoing life sentence at the Central Jail here, married Gurjeet Kaur of Anandpur Sahib at a gurdwara near Rayya, about 40 km from here, on Friday.

All in a Day: From surprise to bonhomie

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

The Governor’s gallery was brimming with relatives of MLAs. Prominent among those present were former MLAs Tej Prakash, Charanjit Kaur Bajwa, Malkit Singh Dakha, Mohammad Sadique and Guriqbal Kaur Babli. Many of them were there to witness the oath-taking ceremony.

Lively first-timers bring freshness

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

CHANDIGARH: Several first-time MLAs brought a whiff of fresh air on the first day of the Assembly session today.

Health scare: Sharma undergoes angioplasty

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

LUDHIANA: Former state BJP chief Kamal Sharma underwent angioplasty at Hero DMC Heart Institute (HDHI) here today.

Can’t seek Centre’s help to keep poll promises: Badal

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

CHANDIGARH: Former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that there was no reason for Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to react so “peevishly” to the SAD-BJP asking him not to link the Congress poll promise of loan waiver with a Central fiscal package for Punjab.

Don’t lie on fiscal position, Dhindsa to CM

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

CHANDIGARH: Urging Capt Amarinder Singh not to mislead people by raising a false alarm about the economy of the state, Akali MLA and former Finance Minister Parminder Dhindsa today said that the SAD-BJP government left the state’s economy in robust health.

AAP Dirba MLA takes bus to Chandigarh

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

SANGRUR: Dirba MLA Harpal Singh Cheema of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today travelled to Chandigarh from Sangrur in a PRTC bus to participate in the Assembly session.

Education Minister again fails to take oath in Punjabi

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

CHANDIGARH: Aruna Chaudhary, who had taken oath in Hindi during her swearing-in as the Minister of State for Education last week, did it in English today while being sworn in as an MLA.

Colonel who shot Akali leader surrenders

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

Gurdaspur:Col Surjit Singh Pherochichi (retd), main accused in the March 14 murder of SAD leader Gurbachan Singh Khalsa, was arrested on Friday after he surrendered before senior police officers at an undisclosed location.

Bribery case:Cop pleads innocence

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

DORAHA: One of the two policemen suspended for allegedly taking bribe from a traffic violator toady pleaded innocence before DSP Payal Varinderjit Singh Thind.

‘Dead’ woman arrested in MP

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

SANGRUR: A woman, who was declared dead in February this year, was found living with her paramour in Madhya Pradesh yesterday.

Rebel councillors fail to dislodge Moga Mayor

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

MOGA: Akshit Jain, son of former Akali MLA Joginder Pal Jain, will continue on the Mayor’s post as the rebel Akali councillors owing allegiance to senior SAD leader and former minister Jathedar Tota Singh failed to turn up in today’s House meeting.

PSPCL pays Rs 5 lakh to Abohar burns victim

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

ABOHAR: The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited today (PSPCL) paid Rs 5,15,700 to a victim of severe injuries due to low- lying high tension wires.

PAU honours 7 progressive farmers

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

LUDHIANA: Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today honoured seven progressive farmers for excellence in agriculture, horticulture and allied agri-enterprises.

Two hurt in clash over truck union

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

FAZILKA: Truck operators Bhawani Shankar and Rinku Dhillon were injured today in a clash between two Congress groups over wresting control of the local truck union.

Unpaid for 3 months, ad hoc sanitation workers go on strike

25 Mar 2017 | 1:17 AM

ABOHAR: Protesting the non-payment of wages for the past three months, 80 employees of the ad hoc sanitation wing today went on a strike.

24 Mar 2017

Punjab BJP's ex-chief hospitalised after chest pain

24 Mar 2017 | 4:23 PM

LUDHIANA: Former chief of the BJP''s Punjab unit, Kamal Sharma, was admitted to a private hospital on Friday following complaints of chest pain.

Riot in Gurdaspur jail

24 Mar 2017 | 1:49 PM

GURDASPUR: A riot broke out at Gurdapsur central jail after gangsters beat up two jail staff members on Friday. Insiders claim that poor inmates-staff ratio at the jail —1500:90 — frequently led to tensions in the prison.

Row over who sits in House front row

24 Mar 2017 | 1:48 AM

CHANDIGARH:With the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today rejecting the seats allocated to its MLAs and its ally, the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP), a confrontation seems inevitable on the opening day of the newly constituted 14th Vidhan Sabha tomorrow.