Bus fares cut in Punjab; effective from today

busChandigarh : Travelling by buses will be cheaper in Punjab from Thursday 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 Thursday.

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 in the history of the state that the bus fares have been reduced.

He said the bus fare for ordinary buses have been reduced by 4 paisa per km and will be now 87 paisa per km.

Senior citizens lose eyesight after allegedly undergoing surgery in Gurdaspur

Gurdaspur (Punjab), Dec 5 - At least 14 senior citizens lost their eyesight after they allegedly underwent eye surgeries at a free medical camp organized by an NGO in Punjab's Gurdaspur district on Friday.

"A bus full people reached the camp. After operation, some kind of infection started to develop in the brain area as well. When we consulted other doctors, they told us that the eye pupils are missing," said one of the victims.

Nikki Haley gets nostalgic after visiting Golden Temple in Amritsar

Nikki HaleyAmritsar, Nov 15 : South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley got nostalgic and emotional after visiting the Golden Temple here today.

She said that she was seeing the temple after 40 years.

Haley is ona visit to Amritsar with her husband and an American delegation. She is on a ten-day trip to India.

After visiting the temple, and overwhelmed and emotional Haley could barely hold back her tears, and described her visit as "really special and emotional."

CLT20: Kings XI Punjab vs Hobart Hurricanes - Preview

Punjab Hobart HurricanesMohali: After their best-ever show at IPL 7, Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their aggressive brand of cricket when they start their campaign against Hobart Hurricanes in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 here on Wednesday.

Riding on their power-packed batting line-up, Kings XI took IPL 7 by storm before finishing runners-up and George Bailey's men will look to continue their dominating show in their CLT20 debut.

Preneet Kaur wins Patiala byboll

Preneet Kaur winsChandigarh: Congress leader and former union minister Preneet Kaur on Monday won the Patiala Assembly seat defeating her nearest SAD rival Bhagwan Dass Juneja.

Kaur, wife of former chief minister Amarinder Singh, won by a margin of over 23,282 votes, an election office spokesman said.

The seat fell vacant after Amarinder got elected to Lok Sabha from Amritsar.

Patiala seat was retained by Congress.

Kaur polled 52,967 votes, SAD nominee Bhagwan Dass Juneja 29,685 and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Harjit S Adaltiwala 5724 votes.--PTI

BJP hails 'minimal' power tariff hike; Congress opposes

BJP hails 'minimal' power tariff hike; Congress opposesChandigarh : BJP on Friday hailed the "minimal" 2.74 per cent hike in power tariff in Punjab, saying it will put minimum burden on people, even as opposition Congress opposed the hike.

Power regulator Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) today announced a hike of 2.74 per cent in power tariff for all consumer categories for 2014-15.

Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma said the 2.74 per cent hike announced by PSERC is the minimum burden the government could put on the people of the state.

Jaitley: Up to Pak to decide what relationship they want

Arun-JaitleyAmritsar, Aug 18 : Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley asked Pakistan to decide what relationship the country wanted with India.

He said that the onus was on Pakistan to repair the relationship. "The powers that lie within Pakistan have to agree on what relationship they want with India."

Jaitley also accused Pakistan of deliberately breaking the ceasefire.

Malaika Goel gets silver in women's 10-m air pistol event

Malaika-GoelLudhiana, July 26 : Sixteen-year-old Malaika Goel brought laurels for India by winning a silver medal in women's 10-metre air pistol event during the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Malaika's coach Gurjeet Singh told ANI, "Malaika has been training with me since 2008 and today I feel immensely proud of her. This would not have been possible without her parent's support and hard work."

"Our main goal is Olympics and next month she will be going to Spain as well for the Asian Games," he added.

Amarinder seeks contingency plan for agriculture

Amarinder seeks contingency plan for agricultureAmritsar: Expressing concern over the drought-like situation prevailing in Punjab in view of "poor" monsoon, Congress Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha and Amritsar MP Amarinder Singh on Monday asked the state government to draw up a contingency plan to save agriculture.

Singh, in a statement here, suggested that the government should order timely assessment of losses to farmers so that they can be adequately compensated.

Spicejet's Srinagar-Bangalore flight undergoes anti-sabotage check in Chandigarh

Spicejet's Srinagar-Bangalore flight undergoes anti-sabotage check in Chandigarh Chandigarh - A Spicejet flight from Srinagar to Bangalore was on Monday subjected to an anti-sabotage check after an unidentified man, who was to travel to Delhi, deplaned here.

Chandigarh Airport Director M S Duhan told that the Spicejet flight 509 from Srinagar to Bangalore via Chandigarh and Delhi was held up at the local airport following a sabotage scare as one of the passengers who had boarded the flight in Srinagar and was to have deplaned in Delhi disembarked here.

Prakash Singh Badal to call on PM, submit state development plan to Centre

Parkash-Singh-BadalBathinda: Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal today said he would soon call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submit a comprehensive plan for the overall development of the state.

Badal said that he had already directed state government officers to prepare a detailed plan to be submitted to the Prime Minister so that maximum benefit could be taken from the grants under the various central schemes.

Funds under the various central schemes needs to be roped in for accelerating the pace of development in the state, for which the state government would not leave any stone unturned, he said.

Punjab pays record Rs.15,473 crore to farmers for wheat

wheat-procuredChandigarh, May 27 : With a bumper wheat crop in the state this year, the Punjab government has made a payment of Rs. 15,473.15 crore to farmers for wheat procured by government agencies, an official said Tuesday.

A Punjab government official said that over 118.17 lakh tonnes of wheat had been procured in the state this year.

The procurement process started April 1 and is still continuing.

The highest payment of Rs. 1,393.64 crore has been made in Sangrur district which led in wheat procurement. It was followed by Bathinda district (Rs. 1,163.13 crore) and Ludhiana (Rs. 1,144.38 crore).

Meet Punjab's ministerial family - the Badals!

Harsimrat-Kaur-BadalChandigarh, May 27 : Punjab's ruling elite - the Badal family - is a ministry in itself.

Monday's inclusion of Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of Punjab's powerful Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and daughter-in-law of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, as a cabinet minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has ensured that each member of the Badal family holds a top ministerial post.

The Badal family now has a chief minister, a deputy chief minister, a union cabinet minister and two state cabinet ministers.

180 lakh tonnes wheat procured in Punjab, Haryana

wheat-procuredChandigarh, May 19 : Beating the record of recent years, Punjab and Haryana have procured over 180 lakh tonnes of wheat this season, officials said here Monday.

"Punjab state has successfully achieved the wheat procurement target of 115 lakh tonnes on May 18 despite inclement weather conditions and untimely rains," a spokesman of the food and supplies department in Punjab said.

Farmers have been paid over Rs. 14,378 crore for the wheat procured.

Punjab, Haryana procure nearly 170 lakh tonnes wheat

wheatChandigarh, May 8 : Signalling a bumper crop this year, Punjab and Haryana have seen arrival of over 170 lakh tonnes of wheat, food and supplies officials from both states said Thursday.

In Punjab, government agencies and private millers have procured over 107.20 lakh tonnes of wheat till Wednesday. Of this, 97.7 percent has been procured by government agencies alone, said a spokesman of the Punjab food and supplies department.

Sangrur district in Punjab was leading in procurement, followed by Ludhiana and Patiala districts.

Only one family has benefited in Punjab: Rahul

Rahul-GandhiBathinda (Punjab), April 28 : Attacking Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's family, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday said only one family had progressed and benefited in Punjab while the rest of the state could not progress much.

"We (Congress) unite everyone and make them part of progress. It is not that only two-three families should progress and other people remain poor. In Punjab, only one family has benefited," Gandhi said, without naming the Badals, at a rally for Congress-backed candidate Manpreet Singh Badal on the last day of campaigning.

God save India from Gujarat model: Sonia

Sonia-GandhiBarnala (Punjab), April 26 : Taking on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over his Gujarat development model, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Saturday said it has brought misery to various sections.

"Oh God, save the country from such a model. This is the only thing I can say," Sonia Gandhi said while addressing an election rally in Punjab's Barnala town in favour of Congress candidate Vijay Inder Singla for the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat.

Punish the `mother-son' government, says Modi

Narendra-ModiPathankot (Punjab), April 25 : BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Friday called upon electorate in the country to punish the "Maa-Beta" (mother-son) government in the country by voting it out.

Addressing an election rally in this north Punjab town Friday for BJP candidate and yester-year actor Vinod Khanna, Modi said that the electorate, which has already voted in the first six phases of election, have bid farewell to the UPA government.

Jaitley asks why Congress has stopped compensating border area farmers

Arun-JaitleyAmritsar, Apr 18 : Addressing rallies in Amritsar District's Dhariwal, Bachiwind and Chogawan Villages on Friday, Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) candidate Arun Jaitley praised the spirit of farmers for sacrificing their produce and earnings for the cause of the nation.

Jaitley, who travelled to the border areas to get a feel about farmer-related concerns, used his visit to these areas to express his solidarity with them and promised them full co-operation and compensation should he be elected by them.

He criticised the central government on the issue of stopping the compensation scheme started by the Atal Behari Vajpayee Government.

A house for Mr Jaitley; complaint with EC

Arun-JaitleyAmritsar, April 14 : BJP leader Arun Jaitley's move to buy a house to establish his credentials with Amritsar's voters and prove he is here to stay could get him into trouble. His main opponent, the Congress' Amarinder Singh, has told the poll panel that the cost of the house be added to the election expenses of the BJP candidate.

Jaitley's response to the controversy was guarded, though he hit out at Amarinder Singh for his "unbeatable capacity to singularly lower the level of political discourse" and sought to know if people would have go to his place in Patiala to meet him.

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