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Five officials dismissed for Rs 2.59cr-MGNREGA scam in Punjab

The Punjab government on Wednesday ordered dismissal of five employees of the Rural Development Department for their alleged involvement in the Rs 2.59 crore-MGNREGA scam.The orders were issued by the state Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, according to an official statement.The minister also directed the police to register a case

Two terrorists, including woman, arrested in Punjab

Two terrorists, including woman, arrested in Punjab

Punjab Police on Tuesday arrested two terrorists, including a woman, who were trying to revive terrorism in the state, officials said.They were planning targeted killings of Hindu leaders, police sources said. The woman has been identified as Surinder Kaur, who was working as a nurse in a private hospital in the Ludhiana city.Her male accomplice has

PM Modi pays obeisance at Punjab's historical Sikh shrine

PM Modi pays obeisance at Punjab’s historical Sikh shrine

 Ahead of inaugurating the historic Kartarpur Corridor, a first in seven decades between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid obeisance at a highly revered Sikh shrine here.Wearing a scarf, Modi spent time at the Gurdwara Ber Sahib located along the banks of the holy ‘Bein’, which is connected with many events

NRI offers help in generating power from stubble in Punjab

NRI offers help in generating power from stubble in Punjab

To address the problem of the stubble burning, an India born NRI businessman has proposed to set up 1,000 MW biomass energy generating plants in his home state Punjab.The US-based Chiranjeev Kathuria told IANS here on Friday that his company New Generation Power International has plans to invest in 4,000 MW in power projects in

30% rise in stubble burning cases in Punjab

30% rise in stubble burning cases in Punjab

The cases of crop residue fire — a major air pollutant in Delhi-NCR — saw a 30 per cent rise in Punjab after the harvest season this year compared to last year.The substantial increase was recorded despite Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s fervent appeals to the farmers not to go for the quicker option of getting

73 killed in massive fire on train in Pakistan

73 killed in massive fire on train in Pakistan

A massive fire broke out on a moving train in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province on Thursday after two gas cylinders exploded while some passengers were cooking breakfast, killing at least 73 people, mostly Islamic preachers travelling to attend a religious congregation.The train, Tezgam Express, was on its way to Lahore from Karachi when the fire

53,84,057 tonnes paddy procured in Punjab

53,84,057 tonnes paddy procured in Punjab

Government agencies and private millers have procured 53,84,057 tonnes of paddy or 86 per cent of the total produce in Punjab, the government said on Wednesday. A payment of Rs 4,695.65 crore has been made.Out of the total procurement from various procurement centres, PUNGRAIN has procured 21,27,342 tonnes, Markfed 13,96,610 tonnes and Punsup procured 10,42,971

Punjab govt offers to hold Guru Nanak's 550th anniversary under Akal Takht aegis

Punjab govt offers to hold Guru Nanak’s 550th anniversary under Akal Takht aegis

The Punjab government on Tuesday offered to hold 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev at Sultanpur Lodhi under the aegis of the Akal Takht to break the logjam over the issue with the the SGPC.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday spoke to the Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh on phone while his

Sidhu exhorts farmers to make Punjab free from stubble burning

Sidhu exhorts farmers to make Punjab free from stubble burning

Exhorting the farmers to contribute in making Punjab pollution free by shunning the stubble burning and utilizing the hi-tech implants to decompose the stubble in the soil to increase its fertility, the District Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department on Monday organised a Kisan Mela on Rabi Crops at Chappar Chhirri on Monday under Atma Scheme.

This Punjab man gets masters' degree at 83

This Punjab man gets masters’ degree at 83

By earning a Masters’ degree at the age of 83, Sohan Singh Gill has proved that it is never too late for learning. He received a huge round of applause when he was conferred the degree by a university in Jalandhar at its annual convocation on Wednesday. A native of Daata village of Hoshiarpur, Gill

HC refuses to stay ban on telecast of 'Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush' across Punjab

HC refuses to stay ban on telecast of ‘Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush’ across Punjab

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana on Monday refused to stay the ban on cable telecast of the television series “Ram Siya ke Luv Kush”, imposed by DCs across Punjab on Saturday on the directives of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.In view of the same, the ban on the telecast of the controversial serial

Amarinder Singh writes to PM for Rs 1,000 cr as special flood relief package

Punjab govt seeks Rs 1,000 cr as special flood relief package

The Punjab government on Wednesday sought Rs 1,000 crore from the Centre as special flood relief package for the loss caused by recent floods in the state.Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to instruct the authorities concerned to waive crop loans of banks or financial institutions availed by the

Punjab: 20 villages flooded in Jalandhar's Lohian Khas

Punjab: 20 villages flooded in Jalandhar’s Lohian Khas

Around 20 villages were flooded in Lohian Khas following damage to a nearby dam due to incessant rains and overflow of a water channel in the region, district administration informed on Wednesday.Facing a flood-situation, the locals complained of not being provided assistance from the administration.  “We are yet to receive any aid from the government.

Punjab: 20 villages flooded in Jalandhar's Lohian Khas

Punjab: Flood-like situation in 7 villages of Phillaur

Heavy downpour in parts of  Punjab in the last two days created a flood-like situation in seven villages of Phillaur here on Monday.Subsequently, over eight trains were cancelled, another partially cancelled and two trains were diverted by the railway authorities owing to waterlogging in the region.    “Trains cancelled due to water flowing above the

Punjab, Haryana, Himachal CMs remember Sushma Swaraj

Punjab, Haryana, Himachal CMs remember Sushma Swaraj

The Punjab and Haryana Chief Ministers on Wednesday expressed grief over the demise of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Shocked to learn of the sudden demise of Swaraj, said Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.”I will always remember her as a dynamic and sensitive leader with the ability to empathise with the common people. Will

Man arrested on narco charges in Punjab shoots self dead inside police station

Man arrested on narco charges in Punjab shoots self dead inside police station

 Ludhiana:  A man arrested on drug charges allegedly shot himself dead on Tuesday inside a police station in Punjab’s Samrala, about 40 Km from here, police said.Nardeep Singh alias Soni was arrested on Monday under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, police said. During questioning on Tuesday investigation officer ASI Gurjar Singh went

Services hit as PGI Chandigarh resident doctors strike work

Services hit as PGI Chandigarh resident doctors strike work

Medical services at Chandigarh’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), which caters to around 10,000 patients daily, were severely affected on Saturday, following a strike by 1,200 resident doctors protesting against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. However, emergency and intensive care units (ICUs) were exempted from the strike. The indefinite strike

Punjab: Man kills 5 family members, commits suicide

Punjab: Man kills 5 family members, commits suicide

 A 27-year-old man allegedly killed five members of his family before committing suicide here, police said on Saturday.The shocking incident took place on Friday night at village Nathuwal under Baghapurana Police Station here, they said. Sandeep Singh allegedly shot dead his grandmother, father, mother, sister and her three-year-old daughter with a revolver. He then shot himself,

Udham Singh Death Anniversary: Punjab, Haryana CMs pay tributes

Udham Singh Death Anniversary: Punjab, Haryana CMs pay tributes

Rich tributes were paid on Wednesday, the martyrdom day of Udham Singh, who devoted his life to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.Remembering the freedom fighter, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tweeted: “Humble tributes to Sardar Udham Singh ji who sacrificed his life to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The saga of his courage and valour

Doctors from Punjab, Haryana join nationwide strike against NMC Bill

Doctors from Punjab, Haryana join nationwide strike against NMC Bill

Medical services were affected in Punjab and Haryana on Wednesday after doctors of state-run hospitals joined a day-long strike called by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) to protest against the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2019.The impact of the strike was seen more in rural areas of both the states. In urban areas, private doctors