Heat wave unabated in Punjab, Haryana

Heat-Wave-PunjabChandigarh, May 24 : The heat wave prevailing over the plains of Punjab and Haryana remained unabated Friday with temperatures at most places in the two states remaining over 46 degrees.

The Sikh holy city of Amritsar, which had Thursday recorded its highest ever temperature of 48 degrees, saw another hot day with the mercury touching 47.7 degrees. The temperature was nine degrees above the average, Met officials said.

Chandigarh airport touched a high of 46.3 degrees. The city had a high of 43 degrees.

Punjab, Haryana stare at lower wheat arrivals

WheatChandigarh, May 18 : What was supposed to be a bumper crop with a record target for wheat procurement has turned out to be a dampener with much lower quantities of wheat arriving in grain markets across Punjab and Haryana - the country's breadbasket.

Punjab has barely managed to procure 11 million tonnes of wheat while Haryana has seen just over 5.86 million tonnes arriving this season.

"Contrary to expectations of a bumper crop and record procurement, the actual arrival and procurement of wheat is much less in both states," a senior agriculture officer in Punjab told IANS.

Akali Dal manifesto comes in handy for Congress

Shiromani-Akali-Dal-PunjabChandigarh, May 17 : A top Congress leader displaying the manifesto of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab may appear odd, but that's exactly what is happening in Punjab these days.

Newly-appointed Punjab state Congress president Pratap Singh Bajwa carries a copy of the Akali Dal election manifesto everywhere he visits as part of the ongoing campaigning for zila parishad and block samiti polls in the state. But he is not doing any service to his political opponents.

Rapper Honey Singh booked for vulgar songs

Honey-SinghChandigarh, May 17  Punjab Police Friday booked singer-rapper Honey Singh for using obscene language in his songs, an official said.

A case was registered against the singer under provisions of Section 294 (singing, reciting or uttering any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place) of the Indian Penal Code in Punjab's Nawanshahr town, some 80 km from here, a police official said.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Tuesday directed Punjab Police to book Honey Singh for obscenity in his songs. The singer-rapper has been courting controversies in the country for his songs based on sexual themes and innuendoes.(IANS)

Haryana lifts ban on 'Sadda Haq'

Sadda-HaqChandigarh, May 15 : Haryana Wednesday lifted the ban imposed last month on the screening of Punjabi movie "Sadda Haq". The ban was lifted following the Supreme Court's recent nod to allow the screening of the film after making some cuts.

"The Haryana government has lifted the ban on the exhibition of film 'Saada Haq' in the state subject to the condition that the observations of Supreme Court and provisions of other applicable laws are compiled with in letter and spirit," a state government spokesperson said here.

Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah is dead

Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah is deadChandigarh, May 9 - Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah Ranjay who was hospitalised here after being attacked in a Jammu jail last week died Thursday morning due to multiple organ failure, doctors said.

"Sanaullah was declared dead around 7 a. m. due to multiple organ failure. The team of doctors headed by Y. K. Batra tried their best to revive him," a spokesperson of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) said here.

Ranjay, who was critical for the last few days, had suffered renal failure Wednesday.

Punjab cabinet rejects centre's move on wealth tax

Shivraj-PatilChandigarh, April 26 : Rejecting a move by the central government to impose wealth tax on agricultural land near urban centres, the Punjab cabinet Friday asked Governor Shivraj Patil to convene an emergency session of the assembly on May 3.

An emergency meeting of the Punjab cabinet here, chaired by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, urged the central government to immediately withdraw any proposal to impose wealth tax on agricultural land "in the garb of declaring all lands falling within the aerial radius of 8 km of municipal limits as urban lands".

Chandigarh-Ludhiana train cuts travel time by 40 minutes

Chandigarh-Ludhiana train cuts travel time by 40 minutesUnion Minister for Railways Pawan Kumar Bansal on Friday inaugurated the Chandigarh-Amritsar track by flagging off the first superfast express train on it.

Mr. Bansal and some other Congress leaders boarded the Chandigarh-Ludhiana Superfast Express train from the Chandigarh railway station and traveled to Mohali, and participated in an inauguration function.

The Chandigarh-Ludhiana Superfast Express cuts the travel time between the two cities by 40 minutes.

Haryana to grow 90 lakh tonnes of wheat this season

wheatChandigarh, April 13 : Haryana has set a target of producing 90 lakh tonnes of wheat this season, a Food Corporation of India (FCI) official said here Saturday.

Sudhir Garg, FCI northern region executive director, said that Haryana was likely to export 65 lakh tonnes of wheat to other states and abroad this year compared to only 30 lakh tonnes last year.

HC notice to centre, states on cancer-causing agents

Punjab-and-Haryana-High-CourtChandigarh, April 8 : The Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday issued notice to the union government and authorities in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh after admitting a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on cancer-causing agents.

The PIL, filed by activist Hemant Goswami, has sought a ban on "all cancer-causing agents identified by World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)".

Doctors were careless in handling Anupama, Consumer Commission

Doctors were careless in handling Anupama, Consumer CommissionThe Consumer Commission has said that the doctors were carless in treatment for the 17 years old girl, Anupama, who died in Uttar Pradesh.

The girl was crushed under a Chandigarh Transport Undertaking bus and was taken to PGIMER hospital. However, the family members claimed that the doctors at PGIMER did not care for her well. They filed a complaint against PGI doctors for medical negligence at the consumer redressal commission.

Drugs case: boxer Ram Singh dismissed from Punjab Police

Drugs case: boxer Ram Singh dismissed from Punjab PoliceChandigarh, March 29: Punjab Police has dismissed two officials from service - including international boxer Ram Singh - following their alleged involvement in a drugs racket busted in the state recently.

The other person dismissed Thursday is sub-inspector Sarabjit Singh.

Ram Singh, a head constable in the force, is a fellow boxer with Olympics bronze medal winner Vijender Singh, whose name also figured in the drugs controversy. He is being questioned in the case.

Punjab expects record wheat procurement this season

wheat-procurement-punjabChandigarh, March 26 : Punjab is headed for a record wheat procurement of 140 lakh tonnes this season, officials of the state food and supplies department said here Tuesday.

"Punjab is all set for achieving a new record in wheat procurement as the state government would begin the biggest ever procurement operations in the state from April 1," a spokesman of the department said here.

Congress, Punjab speaker on collision course

Congress, Punjab speaker on collision courseChandigarh, March 16 : The opposition Congress and Punjab Assembly Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal seem to be on a collision course, politically speaking.

Atwal, who belongs to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, has been the target of the Congress, which has accused him of being "biased".

This week's incidents inside and outside the assembly hall were quite unprecedented in the assembly's history.

Health key to India's future: President

Pranab-Mukherjee1Chandigarh, March 15 : Stressing the need for better healthcare, President Pranab Mukherjee Friday said here that progress in the health sector was the key to India's future prominence in the world.

India needs strong defence capability, says President

Pranab-MukherjeeChandigarh, March 15 : President Pranab Mukherjee Friday said that an effective deterrence and a strong defence capability were essential for the country to ensure peace.

Addressing a gathering after presenting colours to the Air Force Central Medical Establishment (AFCME) and the Chandigarh-based 3 Base Repair Depot (BRD) here Friday, Mukherjee said India needed to be prepared to face any aggression and safeguard itself with all its might.

Praising the role of the Indian Air Force (IAF), he said the force had always risen admirably in defence of the nation.

Hero to heroin: It's a k/o for Vijender

Vijender-SinghChandigarh, March 15 : Till a week ago, international boxer Vijender Singh was seen in his native state of Haryana as a sports star, a youth icon and a brand ambassador. But a heroin drug haul by the Punjab Police has changed much for the feted Olympics bronze medallist.

Vijender, who was made a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in the Haryana Police, has become a suspect in a sensational drugs haul being investigated by the Punjab Police. The police had recovered 26 kg of heroin, worth Rs. 130 crore (almost 25 million USD) in the international market, from a Canada-based NRI drugs dealer who was operating in Punjab.

Australia dump four players for breach of discipline

Shane-WatsonChandigarh, March 11 : Australia Monday dumped four cricketers, including vice-captain Shane Watson, for a breach of team discipline thus leaving them out of reckoning for the third Test against India starting March 14.

The decision was announced here by coach Mickey Arthur and team manager Gavin Dovey as Australia continued their preparations for the third Test starting here March 14. Australia trail the four-match series 0-2.

All the four cricketers -- vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson-- had a strong chance of featuring among the eleven in the third Test.

Chopper deal: Defence experts term bribery allegation a ‘very serious matter’

P-N-HoonNew Delhi/ Chandigarh, Feb 13 : Indian defence experts on Wednesday said that the allegations of bribery in the purchase of 12 helicopters from the Italian company Finmeccanica, is a very serious matter and it would be sad if the military personnel are found guilty in the deal.

Italian police arrested Finmeccanica''s CEO Giuseppe Orsi on Tuesday for alleged bribes paid to secure the sale of 12 AgustaWestland executive helicopters to the Indian Air Force.

Lieutenant General (Retired) P. N. Hoon said that if the involvement of defence personnel is proven in this deal, it would be unfortunate.

Sikh university caught in controversies galore

Sri-Guru-Granth-Sahib-World-UniversityChandigarh, Feb 7 : From bitter feuds between its vice chancellor and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to its website being hacked, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, the first and only Sikh university, has been grappling with controversies almost from day one.

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