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Bus fares lowered 4 to 8 paisa @km in Punjab

Chandigarh: Travelling by buses will be cheaper in Punjab from tomorrow, with the state government announcing to slash bus fares by 4 to 8 paisa per km in the state-owned buses. The decision was announced on Wednesday and will be effective from tomorrow. Terming the reduction in fares as a “new year gift” for the people, state Transport Minister Ajit Singh Kohar claimed it is for the first time... 

SAD vows to make Punjab completely drug-free

Amritsar: On the eve of New Year, the Shiromani Akali Dal today took ‘complete elimination’ of drugs from Punjab as a Mission with Party President and Deputy Cheif Minister Punjab S. Sukhbir Singh Badal advocated the need to seal the international borders completely like US-Mexico borders. Presiding over a meeting of party office bearers from Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur, Pathankot,... 

Civil Services prelims exam coaching at GNDU from Feb 2

Amritsar: All India Services Pre-Examination Training Centre of the Guru Nanak Dev University will provide coaching for preliminary and main examinations of Punjab Civil Services (Main) and Central Civil Services(Preliminary). This coaching will be starting from February 2, 2015 to July 01, 2015. Dr. Daljit Singh Arora, Director said that Rs. 6000/- will be charged as fees from the General Category... 

Teachers empowerment programme at GNDU

Amritsar: One week ‘Teacher  Empowerment’ programme for the  teachers of the  university  concluded at the ASC of the University. This programme was conducted by the Microsoft in collaboration with the ASC under the aegis of the NMIECT, a project of the MHRD. The main aim of the programme was to strengthen the use of ICT in classroom by the teachers of the Higher Education. As many as 24... 

Pb CM, Governor greet people on new year

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today wished a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year-2015 to Punjabis living within and across the globe. In a message, the Chief Minister felicitated the people of the state on the dawn of New Year and called upon them to work zealously to ensure overall development of the state and prosperity of its people. Mr. Badal said that now the time... 

‘Modi government turning out to be fascist’

By Sucha Singh Chotepur: Chandigarh: The present political situation is like the majority party steam rolling any dissent in its way. It is a democracy hijacked by minority as a flaw left in the constitution whereby the participative democracy was overlooked and compulsory voting was not made mandatory. Our constitution makers were very wise and gave everybody a thought not a diktat that he/she must... 

SAD is upset over BJP’s growing juggernaut

Amritsar: The Shiromani Akali Dal SAD top leadership is baffled about how to deal with the growing activities of BJP and its frontal Hindutava organizations in Amritsar city in Punjab. The latest embarrassment for the SAD comes from the re-conversion of around 128 persons to Sikhism. The BJP’s think tank and a frontal Hindu organization RSS was behind these re-conversions. Earlier on persuasion... 

Sant Singh Chatwal sentenced to 3 years probation for violating poll laws

New York: Rejecting the prosecution’s demand for a jail term, a federal judge here has sentenced prominent Indian-American hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal to three years probation and a USD 500,000 fine on charges of illegally donating thousands of dollars to political campaigns. 70-year-old Chatwal’s lawyers asked the court to weigh his age and “lifetime of contribution” to others and the impact... 

Amritsaris shiver with freezing zero temperature

Chandigarh: There was no respite from bone-chilling cold conditions and dense fog in most parts of Punjab and Haryana on Monday with Amritsar freezing at zero degrees, while, Shimla and the areas close to it were warmer. Amritsar registered the coldest night of the season so far as minimum temperature plummeted three degrees below normal level, MeT officials here said. Shimla, located around 7,000... 

No need to revert back to Bikrami Calendar: Dal Khalsa

Hoshiarpur: The Dal Khalsa has decided to present a memo to Jathedar of the Akal Takht on Jan 1 urging him to implement the original Nanakshahi calendar and reject the demand of Sant Samaj and Nanaksar Samparda for reverting to Bikrami. Notably, the meet of the Sikh high priests to discuss the calendar row is scheduled for Jan 2 at Akal Takht.  Announcing the programme, party spokesperson Kanwar... 

Congress demands President’s rule in Punjab

Chandigarh: Punjab Congress today alleged SAD’s proposed protests on border against what it claimed to “pressurise the BSF” to stop entry of drugs from Pakistan will be “highly demoralising” for the force and sought slapping of sedition charge against party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal. State Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa also demanded imposition of the President’s rule in the state claiming... 
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Drug menace: ruling SAD, BJP protesting for their own failures: AAP

Ludhiana: Terming the recent decision of the BJP and SAD to launch protests and counter protests against the rising drug menace in Punjab as a total charade, Aam Aadmi Party leader HS Phoolka said that this shows that the both the ruling parties are totally clueless about this problem and have no concrete plan what so ever to deal with this disease that is eating into the very fabric of Punjabi society. Phoolka... 

BJP-SAD compete each other, isn’t trailer of 2017 assembly poll?

JPJI Bureau: Amritsar: After having locked horns over the issue of terrorism the Punjab ruling alliance partners SAD and BJP are now heading for one-upmanship over the issue of drugs. Ostensibly so as ahead of BJP national President Amit Shah’s proposed January 12 anti-drugs nation-wide campaign programme from Amritsar, SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal ha announced streak of Dharnas alongside the Pakistan... 

Badal promises NRI cells in all Punjab districts

Moga: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the government would set up separate NRI cells in every district across the state to facilitate non- resident Indians in getting their administrative works done smoothly. Addressing a gathering of NRIs of Punjab origin, the Chief Minister said the deputy commissioners of every district would be asked to provide a separate room for NRI cell... 

Fake Baba solving women problems through ‘kissing’

KADAPA: Proddatur police in Andhra Pradesh has arrested a fake saint who hugs and kisses devotees to “remove” their affliction and “solve” financial and domestic problems. The bogus baba, popularly known as “kissing baba”, has been “treating” people suffering from ill health with his hugs and kisses for the last two months. Click the link below to see... 

Govt unmoved as Khalsa’s health begins to deteriorate on 44th day of hunger strike

AMBALA: Even as Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa’s hunger strike has entered the 44th day and his health has started deteriorating but authorities seemed unmoved to give a considerable look to his ‘genuine’ demand of securing the release of Sikh detainees, who have completed their jail term. Sources told Jago Punjab Jago India JPJI that Khalsa has lost 18kg weight since the day he has started his hunger... 

40% increase in cyber crime cases in India

New Delhi: India has registered 40% annual increase in cyber crime cases including hacking, publication of obscene contents, credit card and banking frauds. The Home Ministry statistics revealed that 71,780 cyber frauds were reported in 2013, while 22,060 such cases were reported in 2012. There have been 62,189 incidents of cyber frauds till June this year. In 2013, a total of 28,481 Indian websites... 

CBI fresh FIR against Dera Sacha Sauda chief tomorrow

New Delhi: CBI is likely to register a case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda on Monday in connection with the alleged forced castration of his followers inside his Dera. CBI sources said the FIR was to be registered yesterday, but could not be done because of some technical issues and is likely to be registered tomorrow. They said the agency move is the result of a Punjab... 

Badal holds special Sangat Darshan for NRIs

Moga: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today held a ‘Sangat Darshan’ (people meeting exercise) here for Non Resident Indians to redress their grievances speedily. NRIs hailing from eight districts — Moga, Bathinda, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Mansa, Muktsar and Barnala participated in the first ever Sangat Darshan programme (people meeting exercise), said an official release here. Earlier,... 

AirAsia plane with 162 on board goes missing

Jakarta: AirAsia, a regional low-cost carrier with presence in several Southeast Asian countries, said in a statement that the missing plane was an Airbus A320-200 and that search and rescue operations were in progress. Flight QZ8501 lost communication with Jakarta’s air traffic control at 7.24am Singapore time (3.24am UAE time on Sunday) about an hour before it was scheduled to land in Singapore,... 

Cong objects to Sukhbir’s advance clean chit to Majithia

Chandigarh: Congress today accused Sukhbir Singh Badal of “giving a clean chit” to his brother-in-law and Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the drug racket “even before the conclusion of the investigation” and said statements by the Deputy CM had the “potential” to “influence” the probe. “It is understandable that you (Sukhbir Singh Badal) have to defend your brother-in-law publicly,... 

Badals slam forcible conversions by Hindu frontal bodies

Fatehgarh Sahib: Going offensive against the alliance partner BJP, the Shriomani Akali Dal SAD top command including CM Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal assailed forcible conversions across India. This is considered to be the veiled attack on the BJP as the forcible conversions are being undertaken by the pro-BJP hardliner Hindu organizations like RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal. Speaking... 

CAT 2014 result declared, 1.7 lakh students anxious to know their fate

NEW DELHI: The Common Admission Test (CAT 2014) results have been declared today. Tens of thousands of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) aspirants rushed to check out their scores, but many have been left disappointed as, instead of their performances, the website is throwing up either a blank page or an error message indicating delay. The CAT 2014 examination results were declared at 7 pm. CAT... 
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Bajrang Dal exhorts Hindu boys for ‘Marriage Jihad’ to get Christians or Muslims wives

Agra: The Bajrang Dal has sparked off a controversy as it will start a campaign in Uttar Pradesh from February 17 to protect Hindu boys who marry Christian or Muslim girls. The Bajrang Dal has called it ‘bahu lao-beti bachao’ campaign. The campaign also aims to sensitise Hindu families against their girls falling in love or getting married to Muslim or Christian boys. Bajrang Dal’s... 

NRI among four killed in road accident

Moga: Four persons were killed in a collision between a tractor-trolley and a Swift car near Singhawala village of Moga district Saturday morning. The accident was caused by poor visibility due to dense fog in the region. The deceased, including an NRI, belonged to Gholian Kalan village of Moga district.  Read More →

Pal Singh Purewal clarifies on Nanakshahi Calendar

A controversy is on to replace the Nanakshahi Calendar, Sikh community’s exclusive calendar with Bikrami calendar. Maker of the Nanakshahi Calendar, Pal Singh Purewal clears the air by recording his comments. Please click the link below to listen what Prewal says: httpsv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AURzmflhkBg     Read More →

SGPC chief seeks ban on movie by Gurmeet Ram Rahim

Amritsar: After Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh and other Sikh organizations seeking ban on screening of film MSG, SGPC President Avtar Singh Makkar too joined the bandwagon asking for ban on the movie showing the Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim in lead role. Dera chief is also producer of the film. While appealing the central government to impose ban on release of the movie Makkar... 

No proof Majithia is a Drug Lord: Sukhbir

New Delhi: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Badal has claimed that there is no proof of his brother-in-law and Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia’s involvement in the drug racket. Majithia has been described as the big drug lord of Punjab by many after he was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for his alleged involvement in the drug racket. Supporting Majithia, Sukhbir Badal... 

I am innocent but subjected to media trial: Majithia

Jalandhar: Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who was quizzed by Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Rs 6,000-crore international drug racket case, today said he extended full cooperation to the ED but lamented that he was innocent but being subjected to “media trial”. Majithia said he had extended full cooperation to the Central agency “despite the short notice” given... 

Special train for Sikh pilgrimage from December 29

Amritsar: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a public sector undertaking of ministry of railways, would run a special train to the Sikh religious places to facilitate the people of Sikh faith for pilgrimage to their sacred places across India. As per information the special train would commence journey from Jammutavi railway station at Jammu on December 29 and after going to several... 

CAT 2014 result to be declared on December 27

New Delhi: On the basis of CAT 2014 result, which is to be declared on December 27, 13 existing and 6 proposed IIMs are going to short list about 25000 candidates for final admission round. The number of candidates proposed to be shortlisted is higher than earlier years. Apart from the IIMs top rated B schools will also offer admission to high percent scoring a percentile between 80 to 99 in the academic... 

1984 anti-Sikh riots were genocide: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Describing the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 as a “genocide”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said several persons who had a “role” in the carnage are yet to be punished. “In these incidents (anti-Sikh riots), there are several persons who are yet to be punished. I have faith in our judicial system and these persons will definitely get punishment,” Rajnath said on Friday after... 

PM Narendra Modi’s charisma & credibility start diminishing

KULDEEP MANN: Bhartiya Janta Party BJP led National Democratic Alliance NDA government’s honeymoon period seems to have over. The lead person in the regime, Narendra Modi, who despite his controversial past, commanded unflinching credibility by giving a hope to 125 million Indians, has now virtually put himself on a track of incredibility. Firmly following the path of Hindutava Modi appears unconcerned... 

Ludhiana boy gets 100% marks to top MAT

LUDHIANA: Varun Bansal (21) student of Sri Aurobindo College of Commerce and Management, created history of sorts by topping the all-India level test – Management Aptitude Test MAT. Varun scored 800 out of 800 marks to occupy the top position. A shining student Varun had scored 94% marks in commerce stream in plus two class. Sharing his excitement with an English daily Varun Bansal said, “I... 
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Badal hails centre for ‘Bharat Ratna’ to Vajpayee

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal today hailed the decision of the Central Government to confer Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country, on the Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee as a honour to the great statesman. Earlier, Mr. Badal had also conveyed his best wishes to Mr. Vajpayee on his 90th birthday yesterday.    Read More →

NAAC re-accreditation to GNDU as 3rd best university

Amritsar: Syndicate meeting of the Guru Nanak Dev University was held here today in the Syndicate Room of the University.  Prof. Ajaib Singh Brar, Vice-Chancellor presided over the meeting while Dr. Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, Registrar presented the agenda. Approval to starting of new Department of Tourism and Hospitality, Bifurcation of Department of Computer Science and Engineering into two departments,... 

Ahead of MC polls Rs 75cr given to 131 towns

CHANDIGARH: With a view to expedite the ongoing development projects,  Local Bodies Minister Mr. Anil Joshi today handed over grants to the tune of Rs. 75 crore to 131 local bodies of Punjab including 5 municipal corporations and 126 municipal councils and nagar panchayats to witness holistic development in the state.  In a function organised here at Punjab Bhawan, Mr. Joshi gave drafts of grants... 

ED questioned Majithia in Rs 6000cr drug racket

Jalandhar: Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia was today questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the alleged Rs 6,000 crore money laundering drugs racket case. Official sources said Majithia reached the ED office in Jalandhar, at the stipulated time of 11 AM, where a criminal case has been launched under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to probe this... 

14 IAS & 6 PCS officers transferred in Punjab

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government has transferred and posted 14 IAS and 6 PCS officers including three Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the state with immediate effect. Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that a file to this effect was cleared by Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal, last evening. The list of the IAS/PCS officers who have been transferred... 

Godse film projecting Gandhi as villain faces court case before release

Mumbai: A civil suit has been filed in a Pune court against Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha seeking a ban on its forthcoming film ‘Desh Bhakt Nathuram Godse’, slated for release on January 30. The suit filed by activist Hemant Patil alleges that Mahasabha general secretary Munna Kumar Sharma had said in a section of media that “the film would show that Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi,...