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CBI probe sought into AAP workers killing in ‘fake’ encounter

Ludhiana: The gruesome killing of two AAP supporters at Ludhiana in a stage managed manner by the Punjab Police and Akali leader has once again brought to light the politician-police nexus of the ruling Alliance in Punjab. That it was a pre-mediated murder is acknowledged by the Badal Government itself with the suspension of SSP Khanna and dismissal of SHO and other police official of the area. The... 

Incentives to Pb Basmati millers to continue

CHANDIGARH: In a move aimed at getting more buyers to enter Punjab’s market to purchase basmati for safeguarding the interests of the basmati cultivators on one hand and encouraging crop diversification in the state on other, the Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today allowed the incentives given to the Basmati Millers during 2013-14 to continue, besides slashing both the Market... 

Indian hockey team enters final of Asiad

Incheon: Two-time champions India stayed on course for their first Asian Games gold medal in 16 years as a solitary strike by Akashdeep Singh helped them beat hosts South Korea 1-0 in the semifinals of the men’s hockey tournament at the Soenhak Hockey Stadium here Tuesday. India not only stayed on course for a possible third gold medal but are also eyeing a direct berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics... 

Maruti to recall 69555 cars for free of cost repair

New Delhi: Maruti Suzuki India Limited is recalling 69,555 cars for inspecting and repairing the wiring harness. The recalled vehicles include 12,486 units of the Swift, 1,131 units of the Ritz and 55,938 units of the Dzire, manufactured between March 8, 2010 and August 11, 2013. These vehicles were only sold in the local market and were not part of the export lineup from Maruti. MSIL will contact... 
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SYP to fight against drug menace, disrespect to women

Amritsar: Realizing that excellence and activism is need of the hour, the young activist’s boys and girls gathered at a call of Sikh Youth of Punjab (SYP) today resolved that they would address the issues of drug menace, disrespect to women and yellow literature with persuasion, education and arming residents of Punjab with the knowledge. They declared not to allow Punjab to be consumed by drugs... 

Female doctor at DMCH commits suicide

Ludhiana: In a shocking incident, a female doctor at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) committed suicide by hanging herself with a ceiling fan in girls’ hostel. The deceased has been identified as Supriya (27), student of 2nd year, department of paediatrics at DMCH. When the colleagues of the deceased found her hanging, they informed other doctors and police. According to police, the... 
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After Amarinder’s show of strength Bajwa stands isolated

Chandigarh: After Capt Amarinder Singh deliberately ignoring PPCC President Partap Singh Bajwa by not including him in the dinner that he hosted to mark the victory of his wife Parneet Kaur as MLA from Patiala, Bajwa stands to be isolated. Almost all Punjab MLAs, baring four, MLAs and other Congress prominent leaders from Punjab including the former CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal attended the lunch hosted... 

Khanna SSP suspended, 4 cops dismissed

Chandigarh: The Punjab Government today suspended Khanna SSP Harish Kumar Bansal and dismissed four others for their alleged involvement in the Jamalpur killings case. Two Dalit brothers – Harinder Singh and Jatinder Singh – were allegedly killed by a Khanna police party in Jamalpur on September 27. The police initially projected it as an encounter. Those dismissed include Machhiwara SHO... 

Manpreet advocates peace memorial in Pb

Chandigarh: People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) chief Manpreet Singh Badal has advocated the setting up of a peace memorial in the state. In a statement, he said the memorial should be a source of inspiration for the future generations rather than being a reminder of the tragedy that struck the state for more than a decade, a period when every section of the society suffered. Manpreet said Punjab was... 

SGPC to honour 2 female Asiad medalists

Amritsar: The Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) today announced that it would felicitate Amritsar’s Khushbir Kaur and Patiala’s Trisha Deb for bringing laurels to the country in the ongoing Asian Games. Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC president, said that the duo had made India proud by winning a silver and a bronze medal in the mega sports event. He said the SGPC had always promoted sports... 

Amritsar gangster Sanjiv Babba shot dead

Amritsar: In what appears to be a gang war, four unidentified assailants gunned down notorious gangster Sanjiv Nayyar alias Babba near the Majitha Road bypass when he, his wife and son were returning home after attending a wedding late last night. Babba sustained four bullet injuries. He was rushed to a nearby private hospital where doctors declared him “brought dead”. On his son Raghav’s statement,... 

Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s sister dies in Canada

CHANDIGARH: Parkash Kaur, the younger sister of revolutionary and freedom fighter Bhagat Singh, has died in Canada, a family member said here on Monday. Kaur, 96, was the only surviving member of the martyr’s immediate family. She was living in Toronto. Her son-in-law Harbhajan Singh Dhatt, who lives near Hoshiarpur in Punjab, said Kaur passed away late Sunday. Kaur, in recent years, had pursued... 

Kushbir Kaur wins Asian Games medal does GNDU proud

Amritsar: Khushbir Kaur an international athlete of the Guru Nanak Dev University has won silver medal in 20 km. race walk in ongoing Asian Games 2014 being held at Incheon, South Korea.   Prof. Ajaib Singh Brar, Vice-Chancelllor and Dr. H.S. Randhawa, Deputy Director Sports & Head congratulated the athlete for this excellent performance. Dr. Brar announced to honor the athlete with suitable cash... 

Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s sister’s death mourned

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Smt. Parkash Kaur (95), the younger sister of the legendry hero of the nation’s freedom struggle Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh, who passed away at Toronto in Canada on Sunday after a prolonged illness. In a condolence message, the Chief Minister shared his heart-felt sympathies... 

Direct Seeded Rice technology promoted

LUDHIANA: A ten-day national training workshop on “Principles and Practices of Direct Seeded Rice (DSR)” has been jointly organized by the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hissar at Ludhiana and Karnal, respectively. The workshop has been organized under Australian Government funded project ‘Zero tillage rice establishment and crop-weed dynamics in... 

Threat to MBBS/BDS admissions under changed criteria

Faridkot: A day after some private medical and dental colleges allegedly changed the eligibility criteria, the state Department of Medical Education and Research (DMER) today warned the students that such admissions would not be accepted. As many as 205 seats for MBBS and 455 seats for BDS have remained vacant in the state after the final counseling. Dr Gurdeep Singh Kalyan, Joint Director, DMER, said... 

Unified Service Delivery Centres for Punjab

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Chief Secretary to prepare a blue print to establish Unified Service Delivery Centers in the State to provide 223 citizen centric services to the urban as well as rural populace in an integrated manner under a single roof in a hassle free manner within a minimum time period.  While reviewing the status of Suwidha and RTS service... 

Militants’ memorial fine, their victims’ memorial too to come up in Amritsar

AMRITSAR: People who fell victim to bullets of militants in Punjab will soon have a befitting memorial. The memorial, a concrete structure, will come up inside the Durgiana Mandir complex. The construction is set to begin soon with the Shri Durgiana Committee having given its go-ahead to the project. The proposal was cleared by the general house of the committee last year and by the executive a month... 

Jayalalithaa challenges conviction in High Court

Bangalore: Jailed AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa today filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court challenging her conviction and seeking bail in the disproportionate assets case against her. The 66-year-old leader sought relief two days after a Special Court here sentenced her to jail for four years, as a fallout of which she lost her Assembly membership and consequently Chief Minister’s post. Jayalalithaa’s... 

Modi sensitized about NRI Sikhs’ issues

New York: Sikh community leaders from the United States and Canada shared on Saturday evening ideas with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on how they could work together on matters relating to Punjab. They raised with him issues relating to consular matters, some of which were common to all overseas Indians, said Syed Akbaruddin, the External Affairs Ministry spokesman. But he added that there were also... 

GNDU Amritsar talent minds chosen for Student Management Games

Amritsar: The MBA students of the University Business School, Guru Nanak Dev University have been selected for participation in the competition CHANAKYA 4.0-The Business Decision Game as 18th Student Management Games (SMG 2014). These games are being organized by All India Management Association (AIMA), New Delhi. This Platform shall provide an Opening to the Students to Show Talents as a Key to Success... 

Principals assess entry of foreign universities

Amritsar: A “Principals’ Meet” was conducted here today at the Academic Staff College of the Guru Nanak Dev University. As many as 35 Principals of the affiliated and constituent colleges attended the meet. Prof. Mohd. Muzammil, Vice Chancellor, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra and Prof. A.S. Brar, Vice Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University graced the occasion. Prof. A.S. Brar in his... 

Capt questions Badal on public/personal interests

CHANDIGARH: Congress Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to clarify whether he was in politics to serve the public or watching his personal and family interests. Referring to Mr Badal’s oft-repeated claims that he had personal and family relationship with Chautalas in Haryana which he cannot overlook and which made him to oppose the... 

SAD names candidates for Haryana polls

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal today declared the names of its candidates for two seats in the ensuing elections to the Legislative Assembly of Haryana in which the party is contesting in alliance with Indian National Lok Dal. Among the names of candidates announced by Shiromani Akali Dal are Balwinder Singh Punia from Ambala city and former SGPC member Balkaur Singh Kalanwali from Kalanwali Assembly... 

At national seminar Harsimrat Badal exhorts farmers for agri-value addition

LUDHIANA: “Every Kisan (farmer) house should be a self-help group where all the family members are engaged in producing, processing, value-addition and marketing of their agriculture produce.” These views were expressed by Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Food Processing Industries (UMoFPI) while inaugurating the one–day national seminar on “Augmenting Processing and Shelf-Life... 

Dal Khalsa mourns Khalistani Dhillon’s death

Amritsar: Dal Khalsa today expressed its grief over the demise of Khalistani protagonist Ganga Singh Dhillon in USA. Party’s senior leaders Satnam Singh Paonta Sahib and Kanwar Pal Singh in a statement mourned the death of Dhillon, who was US citizen and chairman of Nankana Sahib Foundation an NGO formed to look after the Sikh religious affairs in Pakistan. He took his last breath on 24-09-2014... 

China man stabs 4 school children to death

Beijing: Police in China are searching for a man who stabbed four school children to death in the southern Guangxi Province. It’s the latest in a string of violent knife attacks on children in the country in recent years. The man reportedly attacked the children early on Friday as they were walking to their primary school in the town of Pingshan in Lingshan County, local authorities told the... 

PM Modi tries to hard sell India in US

Washington: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that India and the US have a fundamental stake in each other’s success as he assured that a confident India is “open and friendly for business, ideas, research, innovations and travel”. In an Op-Ed piece “Unleashing India’s Energy and Drive” in the influential Wall Street Journal, Modi wrote that India... 

US Court summons Modi for anti-Muslim Gujarat riots

New Delhi: Overshadowing Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to the United States as Prime Minister, a US court has ordered Modi to answer allegations that he failed to stop anti-Muslim rioting when he was chief minister of Gujarat. The civil case before a New York court seeks compensatory and punitive damages from Modi for crimes against humanity and extra-judicial killings under the Alien Tort Claims... 

Railways starts e-catering service on 6 Amritsar-Delhi trains

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Railways today started the trial of its e-catering service in six pairs of trains, which do not have pantry cars, on the Delhi-Amritsar section. The Railways have entrusted the implementation of the service to the public sector Indian Railways Catering &Tourism Corporation (IRCTC). As part of the service, a passenger can place an order for a meal, to be served at... 

Political loyalty, not merit, is govt criteria to appoint 2 PPSC members

Chandigarh: The Punjab Public Service Commission PPSC stands to be further politicized with Punjab government deciding to appoint to political persons as PPSC members by throwing the merit to wind. The daughter-in-law of ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and Rajya Sabha member of Parliament (MP) Balwinder Singh Bhunder — a staunch loyalist of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal — and a former... 

Controversial PTU VC barred from taking policy decisions

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has restrained a controversial Punjab Technical University (PTU) Vice-Chancellor Rajneesh Arora from taking “any major decisions” till October 10. Taking up an appeal, the Division Bench of Justice Satish Kumar Mittal and Justice Arun Palli issued notice of motion for October 10 before asserting: “In the meanwhile, the respondent is restrained from... 

Low basmati prices may hit diversification

Chandigarh: The state government has been promoting basmati, a less water consuming crop, as part of its diversification programme. The initiative, however, could be hit if it failed to ensure adequate remuneration to the farmers. The opening price of basmati about two weeks ago was around Rs 2,800 per quintal. But yesterday, the price fell from Rs 1,800 to Rs 2,200. The crop is fetching Rs 3,000 in... 

Badal embarrasses BJP by attending Modi-bashing rally

Jind: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who attended Jind rally in Haryana to campaign in favour of family friend Om Prakash Chautala’s party Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Thursday, wherein central NDA Narendra Modi government came under criticism, has embarrassed his party SAD’s poll partner BJP. This development is crucial given the chemistry of SAD-BJP relationship is already spoiling... 

Khalistan ideologue Ganga Singh Dhillon dies

Amritsar: A top Khalistan ideologue Ganga Singh Dhillon (86) passes away at his US residence as per reports arriving here. Dhillon, who was also Chairman of Nankana Sahib Foundation, worked for the freedom of the Sikh Nation throughout his life. In 1981, he was not allowed to enter India and was deported back to the US. As the Chairman of “Sri Nankana Sahib Foundation (1975 till now), he worked for... 

Amritsar trader & hotelier tax evader Gurjinder linked to Joshi

Ruchika M Khanna: Chandigarh: Punjab Excise and Taxation Department has detected massive tax evasion by Gurjinder Singh, an Amritsar-based supplier of Haldiram goods and owner of hotel Best Western in Amritsar. But the department is reportedly unable to act against the dealer’s two dealerships, both owned by a trader, allegedly enjoying political patronage of Punjab Local Bodies minister, Anil... 

Sukhbir finds Punjab partner for drip irrigation

Mumbai: Punjab Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today initiated the process to partner with Jain Irrigation to set up drip irrigation facilities through solar water pumps in various blocks of the State for irrigation of wheat and paddy crops. While Jain Irrigation will provide the equipment as well as technical expertise to farmers as part of the proposed tie up, the State government will... 

AAP warns Sukhbir against destroying environ

Ludhiana: Aam Aadmi Party has joined the cause of saving the Environment in Ludhiana and is opposing the move to destroy a green belt of the city by changing the PSPCL colony into a private commercial zone- a concrete Monstrosity. Deputy CM Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, in carrying forward his practice of selling of the family silver all over Punjab is hell bent on selling off 32.5 Acres of Prime Government... 

SC cancels allocation of 214 coal blocks

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday cancelled all the coal blocks allocated from 1993 to 2011 except four vested with the NTPC and other public sector undertakings. As a consequence of this order, 214 coal blocks stand cancelled. However, the apex court Bench, headed by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, in their order said as many as 42 coal blocks under production or about to commence production will... 
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Pb to promote 645 teachers as headmasters

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government would soon promote 645 teachers as Headmasters under Promotion quota by 31st October this year. Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s office said that direction to this effect was given by the Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal during a meeting with a deputation of Mulazam Wing Punjab led by its President-cum-Chairman Mr. Surinder...