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25 Apr 2017

Last rites of CRPF jawan killed in Sukma ambush performed in Amritsar

25 Apr 2017 | 9:41 PM

AMRITSAR: The last rites of Inspector Raghbir Singh, who was among the 25 CRPF personnel killed in the Naxal ambush yesterday in Sukma, were performed at his native village Sathiala here with state honours on Tuesday.

Capt Amarinder announces Rs 5 lakh for Punjab soldier killed in Sukma

25 Apr 2017 | 8:05 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the next of kin of the Punjab soldier who was among the 25 CRPF personnel killed in the Sukma Naxal attack yesterday.

Kapurthala man among two dead Indians ‘lying’ in Saudi for weeks

25 Apr 2017 | 6:33 PM

DUBAI: The bodies of two Indian workers have been lying in a morgue in Saudi Arabia for weeks as their former employers refused to bear the cost of their repatriation, according to a media report.

Capt tells Punjab dept to provide level-playing field for existing industry

25 Apr 2017 | 3:36 PM

CHANDIGARH: CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday directed the department of industries to provide the same concessions to the existing industries as are being given to new ones.

State to enforce PNDT Act strictly

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH:A comprehensive policy has been framed to arrest the decline in the child sex ratio in Punjab by ensuring proper implementation of a ban on pre-diagnostic tests, Health Minister Brahm Mohindra said on Monday.

No clout, rue Cong MLAs

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH:Resentment is brewing among Congress legislators over the non-redressal of their grievances, even as a section of the MLAs is upset that their recommendations on the transfers of officials are not being implemented.

Lightning claims 3 lives in Tarn Taran

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

Tarn Taran: Three farm workers were killed and two injured when lightning struck the border village of Toot in Patti subdivision of the district on Sunday night.

Capt speaks to MP CM on gurdwara row

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

Chandigarh: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has requested his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Chauhan to look into the matter of the alleged damage to a gurdwara in Indore during a recent demolition drive and take steps to assuage the sentiments of the Sikh community, which had been hurt by the reported excessive action of the police and municipal authorities.

Debt at Rs 2.5 lakh cr: Capt

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said the state’s debt could be as high as Rs 2.5 lakh crore and its economic health way poorer than previously anticipated.

Aanganwari workers meet DC over extra work

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

FAZILKA: Aanganwari workers and helpers expressed concern here today over extra work being assigned to them apart from the designated work.

Gang wars: AAP slams minister’s remark

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today sought an apology from Rural Welfare and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa over his statement “endorsing” gang wars in the state.

Immolation bid: DC seeks review of report

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

MUKTSAR: A week has passed since 28-year-old vegetable vendor in Gidderbaha set himself ablaze on April 17 but the administration has neither concluded the probe nor taken action against anyone.

After 28-day closure, polluted water flows in canals

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

ABOHAR: Highly contaminated, black-coloured water was seen flowing in most of the canals this afternoon after about 10,000 cusecs of water was released in the Ferozepur Feeder, Indira Gandhi Canal and the Gang Canal from Harike Barrage on Sunday.

BKU warns CM on delay in farm debt waiver

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

MOGA: Sounding a warning note, the BKU (Ekta) has urged CM Capt Amarinder Singh against delay in waiving farm loans as promised in the Congress poll manifesto.

Tubewell connections held up due to poll code to be released

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

HOSHIARPUR: Power connections for tubewells that had been held up following the poll code in January would now be released.

Armed youths thrash bus conductor

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

ROPAR: Armed youths thrashed a conductor of a private bus on the Ropar-Anandpur Sahib road here today.

DEO ‘abuses’ parents in audio clip; probe on

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

FARIDKOT: An audio clip allegedly of the Ferozepur DEO in conversation with the principal of a private school, in which the former is using foul language against protesting parents, has stirred up a controversy.

BSF returns Pak farmers’ wind-swept wheat bales

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

AMRITSAR: Amid hostilities between India and Pakistan, the Border Security Force (BSF) has made a goodwill gesture towards farmers of the neighbouring country.

Pay Rs 20,000 per acre for crop loss: BJP

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

ROPAR: The BJP has asked the state government to pay Rs 20,000 compensation for every acre of wheat hit by recent rain and hailstorm.

Punjabis ‘aborting’ female foetus in Canada too: Study

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

TORONTO: Indians are known for their preference for male children, and according to a new study, some Indian-origin couples living in Canada — mostly those from Punjab and the Hindi heartland — may be practicing sex-selective abortion out of a preference for boys.

10-yr term for six peddlers

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

HOSHIARPUR: The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADSJ) NS Gill today convicted five drug smugglers and sentenced them to 10-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh each.

122 Dalit families of Sangrur village reap golden harvest

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

SANGRUR: The fruit of hard work is sweet and 122 Dalit families of Balad Kalan know it best.

Reliance ADAG seeks land for defence facility

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: Reliance ADAG group headed by Anil Ambani has sought around 400 acres from the Punjab Government for setting up testing ranges for its defence projects.

ASI takes Rs 4.7 lakh to ‘free’ peddler, booked

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

BATHINDA/FEROZEPUR: An ASI has been booked for letting an accused in a drugs case off the hook after allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 4.

CM summoned in I-T case

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

LUDHIANA: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has been summoned by a local court to face trial on a complaint filed by the Income Tax Department on December 3 last year.

Pearls Group investors stake claim over Gian Sagar assets

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

PATIALA: The controversy pertaining to Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital has deepened with investors of Pearl Group today protesting against the move to hand over the college to a private firm.

National honour for 10 PRIs

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab’s Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) bagged 10 national awards on National Panchayati Raj Day celebrated at Lucknow on Monday.

Criminal cases: Govt for speedy trial

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has issued instructions aimed at reducing the delay in wrapping up criminal trials due to the prosecution’s failure to produce witnesses before subordinate courts.

Auction of 59 sand quarries cancelled

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: The government has cancelled the auction of 59 sand quarries across the state.

Govt to wind up RTS panel

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government has decided to wind up the Right to Service (RTS) Commission set up under the Punjab Right to Service Act, 2011, by the previous SAD-BJP government in 2011.

CM okays squads to curb terrorist-gangster nexus

25 Apr 2017 | 1:49 AM

CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today approved the setting up of anti-terror squads for curbing the growing nexus between terrorists and gangsters.

24 Apr 2017

SC dismisses PIL seeking inclusion of Sikh Gurus’ biographies in school syllabi

24 Apr 2017 | 9:18 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking direction to the government to incorporate biographies of all the 10 Sikh Gurus in school syllabi, saying “public interest litigation has its own limitations”.

Punjab to launch crusade against female foeticide: Mohindra

24 Apr 2017 | 5:40 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab has framed a policy to check the low number of girls born per 1,000 boys by ensuring proper implementation of the ban on pre-diagnostic tests.

Gian Sagar Medical College principal, senior staff put in papers

24 Apr 2017 | 11:08 AM

PATIALA: Principal and other senior officials of Gian Sagar Medical College, Banur, on Monday put in their papers in protest over handing over of the college to a private firm.

Plea for SBI office at SBoP building

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

Chandigarh: Criticising the merger of the State Bank of Patiala (SBoP) with the State Bank of India (SBI), veteran Congress leader and former Chairman of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation Ved Parkash Gupta has sought Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh''s intervention.

Chawla first off the blocks

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

Amritsar: Former Health Minister and senior BJP leader Laxmi Kanta Chawla sends press notes to the local media almost on a daily basis, and that too in the morning.

Badungar slams gurdwara demolition

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

Amritsar: SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar has criticised the Indore Municipal Corporation for demolishing the building of Gurdwara Kartar Kirtan Sahib.

23 injured as mini truck overturns

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

HOSHIARPUR: At least 23 persons sustained injuries when a mini truck on its way to Goraya from Kang Mai village overturned near Hariana town today.

Pbi varsity advertised 30 posts of clerk, hired 134

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

PATIALA: Even as Punjabi University is already drawing flak for surplus non-teaching staff, it had recruited as many as 134 clerks against 30 contractual posts advertised in 2015.

Rights body seeks Valtoha’s arrest in 1983 murder case

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

AMRITSAR: The Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO), an NGO, has approached Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and DGP Suresh Arora, claiming that former Akali MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha is a proclaimed offender (PO) in a 1983 murder case.

UK NRIs win ‘Pride of Punjab’ awards

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

LONDON: NRIs Virendra Sharma, Labour MP from Ealing and Southall, and Surinder Arora, founder-chairman of the Arora Hotels, have won the ‘Pride of Punjab’ Awards-2017 for their outstanding contribution to the communities in the UK.

Senior officers give freedom fighter’s cremation a miss

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

SANGRUR: Freedom fighter Nishan Singh (90), who had taken part in the Quit India Movement and was lodged in the Sialkot prison for several months, died today at his native village, Saho Ke, in the district.

Two killed in Sangrur road accident

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

SANGRUR: Two persons were killed last night in the city when their motorcycle was hit by a speeding truck-trailer.

Rana Gurjit dares AAPto prove conflict of interest

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

CHANDIGARH: Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh today dared AAP leaders to prove that his holding the power portfolio amounted to conflict of interest as he was selling electricity to Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL).

SGPC: Sikhs’ role in freedom struggle being undermined

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

CHANDIGARH: Expressing concern over what he described as “sustained efforts to play down the role of Sikhs in the freedom struggle and to distort the Sikh history”, SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar today said they would counter such efforts.

Didn’t intervene in religious affairs: Badal

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

GIDDERBAHA: Refuting the allegations levelled by former Jathedar of Takht Damdama Sahib Giani Gurmukh Singh, former CM Parkash Singh Badal today claimed that it was wrong to say that any decision regarding the grant of pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief was taken at his residence.

NITI Aayog meet: Capt bats for farm debt waiver

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today pitched for financial assistance from the NITI Aayog to mitigate farmers’ distress through a one-time debt waiver, even as he sought a special package from the Centre to boost the state’s industrial hubs.

Chit fund scam: Police file challan on final day

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

CHANDIGARH: Much to the relief of the Crown Chit Fund Sangharsh Committee, the police today filed a challan against four arrested accused of the Crown Cooperative Society on the last day of the 90-day period of filing the challan.

Sidhu to pay Rs 24 lakh to farmers who lost 300-acre crop in fire

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

AMRITSAR: Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu today announced to give Rs24-lakh compensation from his pocket to farmers of four villages whose wheat crop over 300 acres was gutted in fire on Friday night.

State wants border funds extended for police revamp

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

CHANDIGARH: Even as the state of border infrastructure leaves a lot to be desired, Punjab has sought widening the ambit of the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) to include funding for upgrading the state police resources along the international boundary.

Fund-starved jails buy rations on credit

24 Apr 2017 | 1:35 AM

PATIALA: A majority of the prisons in the state are facing shortage of funds for buying necessities such as ration items. It has also become difficult for them to pay power bills.

'Drug peddler’ drags ASI on car's bonnet

24 Apr 2017 | 1:25 AM

LUDHIANA: An alleged drug peddler tried to run his car over Assistant Sub-Inspector Sanjeev Kumar of the Anti-Narcotics Cell in New Janta Nagar last evening.

Councillor’s son commits suicide

24 Apr 2017 | 1:36 AM

TARN TARAN: Restaurateur Mandeep Singh, 28, son of a local councillor, committed suicide at his house in Mohalla Jaswant Singh late last night. The police have booked district BJP president Jaswant Singh Padda for abetment to suicide (Section 306 of the IPC). Mandeep shot himself with a .32 bore revolver, sources said.

23 Apr 2017

Rana Gurjeet rubbishes AAP charges of ‘conflict of interest’

23 Apr 2017 | 9:57 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab minister Rana Gurjeet Singh on Sunday rubbished the charges of the Aam Aadmi Party that his holding the power portfolio amounted to conflict of interest.

Sidhu announces Rs 24 lakh to farmers who suffered crop damage by fire

23 Apr 2017 | 9:31 PM

AMRITSAR: Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday visited Othian village here, where wheat crop spread over 300 acres was destroyed in a fire, and announced a compensation of Rs 24 lakh from his own pocket to the affected farmers.

Sikh leaders flay SGPC, call for probe into Jathedar’s charges

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR:The SGPC’s move to remove Takht Damdama Sahib Jathedar and Akal Takht head priest Giani Gurmukh Singh has invited strong reactions from the Sikh intelligentsia.

Daily wagers disrupt work, 70 rounded up

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

Faridkot: The police rounded up about 70 daily wagers in Faridkot on Saturday.

Wheat crop gutted

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

Muktsar: The standing wheat crop on 18 acres and wheat stubble on 110 acres were gutted due to fire on Saturday in three separate incidents in Muktsar district.

SI goes for same-sex marriage

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

Jalandhar: In a same-sex marriage, Manjit Kaur, a Sub-Inspector of the Punjab Police, tied the knot at Pucca Bagh here on Saturday.

Punjab right on rehab centres, not patients

23 Apr 2017 | 1:29 AM

CHANDIGARH:Punjab, in the past two years, spent about Rs 100 crore on building drug de-addiction and rehabilitation centres, but did precious little to get addicts to these centres.

Farmers protest delay in wheat procurement

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

ABOHAR: Irked over the suspension of wheat purchase by government agencies for the fourth consecutive day in Dodewala village, hundreds of farmers today disrupted traffic and shouted slogans against the authorities.

‘Was removed arbitrarily’

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: While Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has maintained a studied silence, Takht Damdama Sahib’s acting Jathedar Bhai Gurmukh Singh termed his unceremonious removal ‘an arbitrary decision taken by the SGPC to please the Badals.

Villagers accuse PSPCL staff of misbehaviour

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

SANGRUR: Residents of Chathe Nanhera village today accused officers of the PSPCL of misbehaving with them and hiding their identity during a raid in the village to check power theft.

Arhtiyas allege tardy lifting, rain soaks wheat in mandis

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

SANGRUR: The failure of the administration to lift wheat from the grain market today led to bags getting soaked in rain.

Rehab centre: Staff of 15 for lone patient

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

MUKTSAR: The 50-bedded de-addiction and rehabilitation centre inaugurated with much fanfare at Thehri village in the district about one-and-a-half-years ago is proving to be a white elephant for the state health department.

Khalsa varsity students worst hit, council to move court

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

AMRITSAR: The fate of around 300 students and 50 teaching and non-teaching employees is hanging in balance following the Cabinet’s decision to rollback the legislature under which Khalsa University came into being on the campus of 124-year-old heritage Khalsa College campus.

Sacrilege: AAP blames SAD for Bill fiasco

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

CHANDIGARH: Terming the previous SAD-BJP government’s move of passing a Bill enhancing the duration of sentence in sacrilege cases as a mere drama, Leader of the Opposition HS Phoolka today said the Bill failed to see light of the day as the SAD-BJP chose not to pursue the case with the Centre.

Remand for 4 gangsters

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

JALANDHAR: The city police today produced the four youths, who were arrested yesterday, before the duty magistrate in the district courts and got their four-day remand.

Hero Cycles head meets Amarinder

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

NEW DELHI: Hero Cycles head Pankaj Munjal, who met CM Capt Amarinder Singh here today, has evinced interest in setting up a Rs 400-crore cycle valley near Sahnewal (Ludhiana) on the lines of the Silicon Valley.

Capt to Rajnath: Do away with blacklist on religious lines

23 Apr 2017 | 1:26 AM

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to do away with the system of making a blacklist on religious lines.