Modi calls himself future prime minister, dubs Congress as burden

Narendra ModiChandigarh, Mar 30 - Launching a blistering attack on Congress party, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has called himself the future prime minister of the country.

Addressing a rally here yesterday, the Gujarat chief minister said, "It feels I have returned home after a long time. It looks the future prime minister knows you better than the local representatives here."

Taking a pledge to defeat Congress in the Lok Sabha polls, Modi said: "These are the first elections in which India is realising that the ruling government has become a burden to the nation."

AAP's Savita Bhatti opts out of LS contest

Savita BhattiChandigarh, March 9 : Less than 10 days after she was declared the AAP candidate for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, Savita Bhatti, widow of comedian-actor Jaspal Bhatti, has opted out of the race.

Sources close to Savita Bhatti said Sunday that she had sent a communication to the AAP leadership conveying that she was not interested in contesting the election from Chandigarh.

She has said she was withdrawing from the contest due to personal reasons.

ABCD a symbol of Congress's corruption, each Alphabet stands for a scam: Modi

Narendra-ModiJagraon (Ludhiana), Feb. 23 (ANI): Taking a jibe at the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday said that ABCD had become a symbol of Congress's corruption in which, A stood for Adarsh Scam, B stood for Bofors Scam and C stood for Coal Scam respectively.

"The Congress's ABCD stands for A for Adarsh Scam, B for Bofors Scam and C for Coal Scam and so on. I'm surprised that the Congress is blaming opposition parties for corruption. All scams took place under the Congress rule, yet they point finger at us," said Modi, while addressing a rally in Ludhiana.

PM lays foundation of cancer hospital in Mullanpur

Manmohan-SinghMullanpur (Punjab), Dec 30 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday laid the foundation of the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre here.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Singh described it as a happy and satsifying moment for him.

Praising the Government of Punjab, Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal and the people of the state for providing the land for the cancer hospital and research centre, Dr. Singh further said that they had contributed significantly to the welfare and progress of India.

For PM's visit, Chandigarh hospitals' gates to be closed

Manmohan SinghChandigarh, Dec 29 : The main gates of Chandigarh's two main hospitals will be shut when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reaches here Monday to attend an event in neighbouring Punjab's Mohali district.

The Chandigarh Police have ordered the closure of the main gates of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) at Sector 16 during the visit.

Punjab to host agriculture summit in February

Parkash-Singh-BadalChandigarh, Dec 26 : After the successful conduct of its investors summit for industry, the Punjab government Thursday announced that it will now hold an agriculture summit in the state in February next year.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced that the agriculture summit will be a five-day affair starting Feb 16 at the Chappar Chiri village in Mohali, 20 km from here.

This is the first time that a mega agricultural event, the "Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit-2014", is being held in the state.

Industry to invest Rs.55,000 crore in Punjab: State government

Sukhbir-Singh-BadalMohali (Punjab), Dec 9 : Indian business leaders Monday praised Punjab for offering an industry-friendly atmosphere, while the government claimed that investment proposals amounting to Rs. 55,000 crore were signed on the first day of a summit held here.

At the two-day "Progressive Punjab" investors summit, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal led from the front, even making a powerpoint presentation on Punjab's initiatives for industry in a bid to urge industry leaders to invest in his state.

Punjab Govt. to promote medical tourism

Punjab Govt. to promote medical tourismPunjab Government would promote medical tourism in the state as this sector had a great potential to boost the state's economy, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Thursday.

Mr. Badal said the planned Medicity would be developed on 300 acres of land at New Chandigarh, with top-notch hospitals being established. He was speaking at an event organized by CII to present the Human Achievers Awards.

Punjab procures over 105 lakh tonne paddy

Punjab procures over 105 lakh tonne paddyChandigarh, Nov 5 : Over 105 lakh tonnes of paddy has been procured in Punjab this season, food and supplies officials in the state said Tuesday.

Despite some paddy produce arriving in discoloured form and higher moisture content due to erratic weather in recent months, leading to central agencies not to buy this stock, the procurement of paddy has crossed the 100 lakh tonnes mark this year.

Over 99.75 lakh tonnes, or 94.6 percent of the paddy arrival, have been procured by government agencies while the rest has been bought by private rice sellers and traders.

Manmohan Singh my political guru, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhiSangrur, Oct 10 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Thursday heaped praise on the prime minister, saying he was his political guru and no one could match the development work done by Manmohan Singh.

"I have two political gurus, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the prime minister," Gandhi said while addressing a rally in this Punjab town.

"No one else has done so much development work as done by the prime minister," he said.

He thanked the people of Punjab for "giving us the prime minister".

Sukhbir Badal re-elected Akali Dal president

Sukhbir-Singh-BadalAmritsar, Sep 3 : Sukhbir Singh Badal was Tuesday re-elected as the president of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal.

Sukhbir, 51, who is Punjab's deputy chief minister, was unanimously re-elected by 445 delegates of the Akali Dal who had assembled here at the Teja Singh Samundri hall at the Golden Temple complex of this Sikh holy city, 250 km from Chandigarh.

Registration of marriages made compulsory in Punjab

Registration-MarriageChandigarh, June 15 : The Punjab government Saturday announced that registration of marriages in the state would be mandatory in future.

The Punjab cabinet, which met here Saturday, gave the go-ahead to the Punjab Compulsory Registration Marriage Rules, 2013, for registering marriages of the residents of the state.

"All marriages were required to be now compulsorily registered under these rules within 90 days of the solemnization of the marriages," a state government spokesman said here.

The cabinet also approved a policy to regularize unauthorised colonies in the state.

Akali Dal has no issues with BJP's PM candidate

Sukhbir-Singh-BadalAmritsar, June 14 : At a time when the Janata Dal-United seems all set to leave the NDA over the issue of prominence to Narendra Modi, the BJP's oldest ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal, Friday said it has no issues over the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.

Interacting with media here, Akali Dal president and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said his party "would go with the NDA as far as the choice of PM is concerned".

Badal rubbished all talk about a third front, saying that this was only an imaginary exercise.

Sikh group objects to Shinde's statement

Sushilkumar-ShindeChandigarh, June 7 : Sikh group Dal Khalsa Friday slammed union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for saying that Sikh militants based in Pakistan were under pressure from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to revive terrorism in Punjab.

Taking exception to Shinde's statement, Dal Khalsa president H. S. Dhami said it was just "customary rhetoric" aimed at portraying Sikhs in bad light.

He said the home minister's views were "baseless, unfounded and ridiculous" and meant to mislead the public.

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.

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.

Motive was to kill Sarabjit, say doctors

Sarabjit-SinghAmritsar, May 3 : Refuting the theory put up by Pakistani authorities that Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh was fatally injured in a "scuffle" of prisoners, Indian doctors who conducted a second autopsy on him Friday said that the brutal assault was with the "motive to kill".

"The main motive was to kill the person. The face of the skull was completely smashed. Rather it was in two pieces. He died from massive head injuries," Gurjit Singh Mann, head of a medical panel of the Amritsar Medical College which conducted the second post-mortem examination after Sarabjit's body arrived in India, told media here.

Sarabjit Singh cremated amid tears

Sarabjit-Singh1Bhikiwind (Punjab), May 3 : Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner who died after a murderous attack in a Lahore jail, was cremated at his hometown here Friday amid jostling crowds of tearful mourners.

His sister Dalbir Kaur lit the pyre as thousands of people gathered to pay their last respects to the man, a condemned terrorist in Pakistan and a martyr in India who was given a state funeral.

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