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Punjab
Modernization of police more important than building roads: Badal
Waking up to the threat posed by terrorists following the attack on Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday emphasized the need to give more priority for modernizing police than developmental works like building roads and bridges. "We can wait for some more time for funds for building bridges and roads, but money for modernizing the police force must be released immediately," said Badal while talking to mediapersons here.
SAD calls meeting to finalise for dharna against BSF
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has called two separate meetings in Chandigarh and Amritsar during the next two days to finalise preparations for the four massive dharnas being organised by it on the international border with Pakistan to pressurise the Border Security Force (BSF) to stop drugs from entering Punjab territory from Pakistan.
Gynaecologist suspended , SMO MO put on notice
A gynaecologist concerned Dr Alka Mittal was suspended and chargesheeted besides the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) Dr. S. P. Karkara, Medical Officer Dr. Yogesh Khanna and Class IV employee Kanta Devi.
Punjab CM wants prompt release of state’s 13 life convicts
Taking up the issue of pre-mature release of 13 life convicts hailing from Punjab, presently lodged under TADA Act in the jails of various states across the country for the past several years, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal wrote separately to his counterparts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Karnataka and Gujarat.
Punjab CM rules out seeking Majithia’s resignation
Notwithstanding the pressure mounted by the Opposition parties, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal ruled out asking Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia to resign after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) served summons on him in connection with the international drug racket case
Basmati procurement doubles in Punjab
Crop diversification, the dream project of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, has produced spectacular results: Punjab has procured almost double basmati rice this Kharif season. The shift from traditional common paddy to basmati has yielded over 64 per cent increase in the production of long grain rice variety in the agrarian state.
Five patients lose eyesight after botched cataract operations
At least five patients lost their eyesight after operation at a free eye surgery camp in Punjab. All the patients belonged to Kangra valley of Himachal Pradesh. The Himachal Pradesh Government has set up an inquiry commission headed by Doctor SK Sharma to probe the incident.
After Modi, Badal does ‘Mann Ki Baat’
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now it was the turn of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to do ‘Mann Ki Baat’. However, the mode was different and the five-time CM also exercised much restraint and caution while expressing his viewpoint.
Punjab Congress seeks dismissal of Badal government
Punjab Congress while appreciating the serious concern expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the drug menace, said he should dismiss the state government as a first step to end this scourge and order CBI probe.
Ashutosh Maharaj: DDJS withdraws Plea seeing stay 30 day stay
Jalandhar based Divya Jyoti Jagriti Santhan (DJJS) withdrew a plea filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking 30-day stay on cremation of Ashutosh Maharaj whose body has been preserved since January.
Punjab & Haryana HC adjourns hearing on plea to defer funeral of Ashutosh Maharaj
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday adjourned till December 15 hearing on the plea moved by the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan Ashram, which has sought a 30-day extension on the deadline given by it to perform last rites of Ashutosh Maharaj, who was declared clinically dead on January 29.
Suicide victim’s family seeks justice from HC Judge
The district police have failed to arrest the accused in the case of alleged suicide by a woman with her two minor daughters in Goniana mandi on November 15. The family members of the victim filed a complaint against the accused person with Justice Daya Choudhary of Punjab and Haryana High Court here.
Badal orders probe into eye camp tragedy
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal ordered a high level probe into an NGO sponsored medical camp in Gurdaspur district in which 60 people lost their eyesight. Badal has asked Principal Secretary Health Vinnie Mahajan to personally conduct an inquiry into all the aspects of this unfortunate incident, an official spokesman said here.
BSF increases security at border checkpoint
A month after a powerful suicide bomber blew himself up leading to the death of 55 persons at Wagah border, the Border Security Force (BSF) Punjab Frontier has made Standing Operative Procedure (SOP) with defined roles for various security agencies operational at the India-Pakistan border.
‘Shagun’ to be handed over 15 days before girl’s marriage : Sukhbir
Punjab Government has decided in principal that “Shaguns” to SC/BC girls will be provided 15 days before their marriages from January 2015. This major decision was taken by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal in a meeting with senior officers of social security.
After Rampal, Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s Dera Sacha Sauda under scanner
After Sant Rampal, Gurmeet Ram Rahim of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect has come under the scanner. While hearing a case relating to Rampal, the Punjab and Haryana High Court observed on Friday.
Punjab to act against organisation violating anti-smoking law
The Punjab government on Saturday issued strict instructions to all deputy commissioners to immediately cancel the licences of those hotels, restaurants and commercial institutions that are found violating the anti-smoking law COTPA-2003.
Congress to contest local body polls on party symbol : Bajwa
Punjab Congress will contest the upcoming local body elections in the state on the party symbol, state party chief Partap Singh Bajwa said here today. Bajwa said local leaders will have the option to have alliance with non-Akali and non-BJP parties.
People have faith in SAD : CM Badal
Claiming that only the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) represents Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat in real sense, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday said that any new Akali Dal has no future in state politics.
Five new born babies die in Ludhiana hospital
Five new born babies died in a government hospital in Punjab's Ludhiana during delivery, leading to protests from affected families. Hospital sources said that the babies died during or just after delivery.
Jakhar admits congress folly behind LS loss
Amid consistent tussle between former chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh and PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Sunil Kumar Jakhar, who lost recent Lok Sabha polls from Ferozepur seat, expressed his anguishes here.
‘Centre of Excellence’ is 2nd green revolution : CM
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal termed the ‘Centres of Excellence’ being set up by the state government as ‘harbingers of second Green Revolution’ and urged the farmers to adopt crop diversification to reap benefits out of farming.
Protect Sirsa dera, DJJS followers from Sikh radicals : BJP to CM
Amid souring ties between BJP and SAD in Punjab, BJP national secretary Tarun Chugh has written a letter to Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to reign in (Sikh) radicals, who have attacked the followers of Sirsa dera and Divya Jyoti Jagritii Sansthaan, Nurmahal, recently and take "strictest possible" action against them.
Akal Takht sees red in RSS activities
The Akal Takht has cautioned against increased activities of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh in Punjab, especially in the rural areas. The development has added a new dimension to the ongoing tensions within the ruling Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party alliance.
Central government Clears Rs. 85 Cr. for Two more Cancer Care Centre
In an another boost to the ongoing war on cancer in Punjab, the Union government has approved in-principle two more tertiary cancer care centres, estimated to cost around Rs. 85 crore in Fazilka and Hoshiarpur.
In Ludhiana, Sidhu targets SAD again
Continuing his onslaught against the Shriomani Akali Dal (SAD), cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu said that the state that had gone to the corrupt and the deceitful people and time had come for "Ram Rajya" to be established in Punjab.
Nikki Haley prays at Golden Temple in Amritsar
Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American governor of a state in the US, on Saturday prayed at the Harmandar Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple, the holiest of all Sikh shrines. She will later visit Jallianwala Bagh ground and Guru Nanak Dev University today. Haley arrived in this Sikh holy city last evening. Her father Ajit Singh Randhawa is a Sikh.
Punjab CM accorded rousing welcome on his return from China
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal was accorded rousing welcome by his Cabinet and party colleagues on his return from weeklong official visit to China, here at his residence this afternoon.
Punjab to set up 2600 services centras in villages by may 2015 : Deputy CM
The Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal today said that Punjab Government would set up 2600 unified civil services centras in all the 13000 villages and 137 towns in the state by May 2015 to provide more than 225 citizen services.
ISI trained terrorist Ramandeep at its Bangkok camp : Source
The alleged Babbar Khalsa terrorist Ramandeep Singh aka Sunny, whom Bathinda Police claimed to have arrested on Sunday, had reportedly used the chemical used in match sticks to prepare the bomb recovered from his possession.