Punjab to develop Sikh circuit tourism

Parkash-Singh-BadalChandigarh, Feb 6 : In a significant move aimed at boosting religious tourism in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today approved the Sikh Circuit Tourism plan of Rs. 250 crore.

A decision to this effect was taken by Badal while presiding over a high level meeting of Sikh scholars, historians and representatives of the SGPC besides officers of the tourism and local government departments here at his official residence this morning.

Badal directed the state tourism department to submit a detailed report at the earliest, and to achieve the recommendations made therin.

Speculations rife over BJP''s PM candidate following next elections

Speculations rife over BJP''s PM candidate following next elections Chandigarh/New Delhi, Feb. 2 : Taking a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over reports of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi likely to be projected as their Prime Ministerial candidate, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Saturday said Delhi is a very distant dream for the main opposition party as it has lost two consecutive Lok Sabha elections.

Punjab Govt. has no comment to make on gurdwara refusing to hold prayers for 1965 war hero

Punjab Govt. has no comment to make on gurdwara refusing to hold prayers for 1965 war heroChandigarh, Jan. 21 : The Government of Punjab on Monday said that it had no comment to make on a gurdwara in Sector 7 of Panchkula refusing to hold prayers to mark the death anniversary of 1965 war hero Lt. Gen. R. S. Dyal on December 30.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal told media here, that he could not comment on matter that essentially religious in nature.

Chautala arrests changes contours of Haryana politics

Chautala arrests changes contours of Haryana politics Chandigarh, Jan 18 : The conviction and arrest of its two most senior leaders, including former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, on bribery charges, has changed the contours of Haryana's politics and given some relief to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Cold wave over Punjab, Haryana continues

Cold-wavChandigarh, Jan 3 : Narnaul town in Haryana was freezing Thursday morning with the minimum temperature registering 0.5 degrees Celsius, Met officials said here.

Though the minimum temperature rose slightly at some places since Wednesday, the cold wave over Punjab and Haryana continued along with fog.

Three deaths have been reported in Punjab since December. Two were from Amritsar and one from Hoshiarpur.

Chandigarh saw a high of 10.1 degrees Celsius and a low of 4.7 degrees since Wednesday. Amritsar too had a chilly day Wednesday with a high of only 9.6 degrees.

Chandigarh Administration doles out Rs46.35 lakh in cash subsidies

Chandigarh Administration doles out Rs46.35 lakh in cash subsidiesChandigarh Administration on Tuesday distributed cash subsidies of Rs 46.35 lakh to a total of 1,384 beneficiaries under eight special schemes identified under the Union Govt.'s ambitious direct cash transfer scheme.

Chawla elected Chandigarh mayor

/Subhash-Chawla.Chandigarh, Jan 1 : Congress councillor Subhash Chawla was Tuesday elected mayor of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.

The Congress party also bagged the posts of the senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor with its candidates, Rana Kashmiri Devi and Satish Kainth, winning the respective elections.

Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, who is the Chandigarh MP and ex-officio member of the municipal corporation, was present and cast his vote in the election.

Temperatures plummet across Punjab, Haryana

cold-and-foggy.Chandigarh, Jan 1 : It was a cold and foggy start to the New Year in most parts of Punjab and Haryana Tuesday as the maximum temperatures plummeted across both states.

Met officials said Tuesday that the maximum temperatures at most places were eight to 10 degrees Celsius below normal in the past 24 hours.

Karnal in Haryana had a high of 10.4 degrees Celsius, 10 degrees below normal. Ambala city at 10.3 degrees was nine degrees below normal in the past 24 hours.

Chandigarh to get Shatabdi train, India to get high-speed train: Bansal

Shatabdi-trainA new Shatabdi train will run on Chandigarh-Delhi route from January 2013 to meet a long-pending demand of the city's residents, Union Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal has announced.

Currently, there is one Shatabdi that runs from Chandigarh to New Delhi in the morning. It leaves Chandigarh at 6.50 a. m. and reaches Delhi at 9.50 a. m.

Announcing the new train, Mr. Bansal said, "Residents for long had been demanding another Shatabdi Express between Chandigarh and Delhi. The new train will be starting from January."

Key accused in Samjhauta Express blast case sent to 14-days judicial custody

s/Samjhauta-Express-blast_Chandigarh, Dec 29 : The Additional District and Sessions Judge at Chandigarh remanded Rajendra Choudhary, the key accused in the Samjhauta Express blast case, to 14-days judicial custody on Saturday.

Chaudhary''s custody was also transferred to the Mumbai Police for his suspected involvement in Malegaon blasts.

Briefing the media outside the courts complex, the prosecution advocate representing the National Investigation Agency (NIA), R K Handa mentioned that a letter of requisition for physical custody of the accused had been received from the designated court in Mumbai.

Patiala gang-rape case: Top Punjab cop on defensive

Sumedh-Singh-Saini-DGP-Punjab.Chandigarh, Dec 28 : The chief of Punjab Police went on the defensive in connection with the Patiala gang-rape incident after the high court served a notice on his force on Friday, and admitted that the incident has been handled unprofessionally.

Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini said that all essential action would be taken against those guilty in the case.

"We have registered a criminal case against the erring Sub-Inspector and other Policemen who were involved in the case," he said.

Girl booked for comments on Chandigarh traffic police's Facebook page

Girl booked for comments on Chandigarh traffic police's Facebook pageA 23 year old girl from the union territory of Chandigarh has been booked by the authorities for posting abusive comments on the Facebook Page of the Chandigarh traffic police.

Henna Bakshi, who had received Geeta Chopra bravery award for nabbing a burglar many years ago, is a daughter of an army officer. She was booked on Friday for her comments on the home page of the city's traffic police on the social networking site.

Emerging Indian cities at increased risk of cyber attacks: Symantec India

SymantecEmerging Indian cities like Chandigarh, Noida, Bhubaneswar, Jaipur and Surat are now at increased risk of cyber attacks, thanks to increased Internet penetration.

Cyber security solutions firm Symantec India said in its latest report that residents of emerging cities are now exploring opportunities offered by Internet, and are thus creating a bid pool of targets for cyber criminals to exploit.

The Symantec Internet Security Threat Report said, “Smaller and emerging cities of India are exploring opportunities offered by the virtual world, in turn creating a new lucrative pool of targets for cyber criminals to exploit.”

Chandigarh to be developed as a solar city, says Shivraj Patil

Chandigarh to be developed as a solar city, says Shivraj PatilPunjab Governor and Union Territory Administrator Shivraj Patil has said that the city of Chandigarh will be developed as a solar city in the coming future.

While speaking at the 66th Independence Day celebrations in the heart of the city at the Parade Ground in Sector 17, he said that there was a need to capture the solar energy in the city and the initiatives from public as well as private sector will be encouraged.

Punjab CM to give free bicycles to students

Punjab CM to give free bicycles to studentsChandigarh, Sep 24 : With an aim to earn public goodwill ahead of state elections, Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has resolved to give free bicycles to high school students.

Talking to reporters here, Badal said: "All students of higher secondary schools will be given (bicycle for free) because they have to travel, often four to five miles, to reach their schools. How can they can go on foot? Generally poor people study in village schools."

Amitabh's prank rings wrong bells in Punjab

Amitabh's prank rings wrong bells in PunjabChandigarh, Sep 21 - Their mobile phones are ringing thanks to "Kaun Banega Crorepati" (KBC), but the calls have nothing to do with millions of rupees. A prank by Bollywood superstar and show host Amitabh Bachchan has ushered in a nightmarish time for the users of 10 mobile phone numbers in Punjab.

In a recent episode, Bachchan had randomly given out a mobile number when a participant at the show pestered him for his contact.

Income Tax Raid at Two Residences in Chandigarh

Income Tax Raid at Two Residences in ChandigarhA raid by the Income Tax Department of Chandigarh, gained them Rs 2.90 crore of cash and ornaments amounted to 20 lakh rupees, from the house of two businessmen in the city.

The department has blocked around 10 bank lockers held by the businesspersons and were due to be opened for further investigation on Monday. The department will reveal about the bank details after the complete inquiry commenced on the two parties.

CM Inaugurates One More Sewa Sadan in Chandigarh

CM Inaugurates One More Sewa Sadan in ChandigarhSector 25 would now boast a new Sewa Sadan which would be especially catering to Himachal Pradesh natives.

The announcement came from Public Works Minister Thakur Gulab Singh.

Conversely, Himachal Pradesh CM Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal asserted that the Sadan would soon be opened for Himachal natives.

Speaking at a press conference, the Public Works Minister further accounted that from past many months, residents were continuously demanding a rest house in City Beautiful.

SGPC poll: Akali Dal seeks probe

SGPC poll: Akali Dal seeks probeChandigarh, Sep 2 (IANS) The ruling Akali Dal Friday sought a probe as to why a senior lawyer misled the Punjab and Haryana High Court on the voting rights of Sehajdhari Sikhs in the SGPC elections of Sep 18.

The Akali Dal demand came just after Home Minister P. Chidambaram told parliament that no changes had been made in the norms of the SGPC election and that the exercise would be held according to schedule.

Punjab CM backtracks, now supports inclusion of PM in Lokpal purview

Punjab CM backtracks, now supports inclusion of PM in Lokpal purview Chandigarh, Aug 24 : Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Prakash Singh Badal has backtracked on his earlier stand of including the Prime Minister and the higher judiciary in the Lokpal Bill.

"Judiciary should be in its ambit. The Prime Minister should also be in its ambit, so that an effective Lokpal bill is made so that everyone should be scared to indulge in such acts (of corruption)," said Badal.

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