Boxer Vijender not involved in drug racket: Police

Vijender-SinghFatehgarh Sahib (Punjab), March 8 : Punjab Police Friday said boxer Vijender Singh was not involved in a drug smuggling racket.

However, police said that they found a car registered in Vijender's wife Archana's name near the alleged drug peddler's flat -- but no contraband was found in it.

Earlier late Thursday evening, Fatehgarh Sahib police had conducted raids at a flat in Zirakpur town in Mohali district and had recovered 26 kg heroin worth Rs. 130 crore in the international market.

The flat belongs to NRI Anoop Singh Kahlon and is in Swastik Vihar area in Zirakpur, 10 km from state capital Chandigarh.

CTU provides some relief to commuters in Chandigarh during strike

CTU provides some relief to commuters in Chandigarh during strikeWhile buses of the Punjab and Haryana Roadways remained off the roads on the second day of the nationwide strike on Thursday, the CTU (Chandigarh Transport Undertaking) provided some relief to commuters in the city.

A senior CTU official said that the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking's efforts had been made to run buses within the UT city, but acknowledged that added that the undertaking's buses didn't ply to other states.

Martyrdom Day being observed at Nankana Sahib near Lahore

Martyrdom Day being observed at Nankana Sahib near Lahore Amritsar, Feb 20 : Martyrdom Day, which is observed in the memory of those who died while fighting to protect the sanctity of the Sikh Gurdwaras before the partition of the subcontinent, is being observed at Nanakana Sahib near Lahore in Pakistan from Tuesday to Thursday.

This is as per the original Nanakshahi Calendar of 2003.

The American Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is participating in the program being organized by Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (PSGPC).

Cameron calls Jallianwala Bagh tragedy shameful

Cameron calls Jallianwala Bagh tragedy shameful Amritsar, Feb. 20 : British Prime Minister David Cameron became the
first head of government from his country to visit Jallianwala Bagh on
Wednesday, and called the April 13, 1919 massacre of unarmed civilians
as a tragic and a "most shameful act in the history of Britain".

Cameron also visited Amritsar''s Golden Temple and paide his obeisance before moving on to the Jallianwala Bagh memorial.

was on April 13, 1919, that people, including women and children, who

To woo Punjabis, Cameron to visit Amritsar

David-CameronAmritsar, Feb 19 : British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit the Sikh holy city of Amritsar Wednesday in a clear message to woo Sikhs and Punjabis settled back home.

The British leader is scheduled to visit the holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandar Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple, n Amritsar. He will arrive here Wednesday morning and leave in the afternoon, police officials said here.

Cameron is the highest democratically elected leader from Britain to visit the Sikh shrine. British monarch Queen Elizabeth visited Amritsar in October 1997.

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.

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.

Man dies of swine flu in Punjab

Man dies of swine flu in PunjabLudhiana, Jan 29 - Swine flu scare has gripped this Punjab town as a middle-aged man died of the disease late Monday at a private hospital here, officials said.

The deceased identified as Bharpur Singh, who originally hailed from Faridkot district, had come to Ludhiana to attend a family function and fell ill.

"Deceased had symptoms of like soar throat, running nose and high fever. We conducted tests and he was positive for H1N1 virus," said Ludhiana district's civil surgeon Ajay Sahni.

Nation celebrates 64th Republic Day in the spirit of patriotism

/Republic-Day12Kolakata/ Bangalore/ Amritsar, Jan 26 : The 64th Republic Day was celebrated across the country in the spirit of patriotism and brotherhood to showcase unity in diversity on Saturday.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee graced her presence at the parade in Kolkata amid array of cultural programmes to showcase the rich heritage of the state.

Meanwhile, patriotic fever also gripped Bihar, as Governor Devanand Konwar unfurled the tricolour and inspected the Republic Day parade.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the people were dominating the democratic set-up in this era, unlike previous times.

India beat England by five wickets

/Suresh-RainaMohali, Jan 23 : India beat England by five wickets in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) here at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium Wednesday.

Put in to bat, England made 257/7 in the 50 overs, which India chased down in 47.3 overs.

Suresh Raina top scored with an unbeaten 89 off 79 balls. (IANS)

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.

Woman alleges gang-rape, dumped near Bathinda

Woman alleges gang-rape, dumped near BathindaBathinda (Punjab), Jan 21 (IANS) A woman was admitted to hospital here after she was allegedly abducted, gang-raped and then dumped on the roadside, police said Monday.

The woman, a nurse from Punjab's Moga district, is in her early 20s and alleges that she was also filmed by her attackers. She was found on the Bathinda-Dabwali road, 20 km from here, Sunday evening, a police official said, adding that some motorists informed them about what had happened.

Girl gang-raped, filmed and thrown out of moving car in Punjab

Girl gang-raped, filmed and thrown out of moving car in Punjab Bathinda, Jan 21 : Another incident of gang rape came to light in north India when a woman was thrown out of a moving car after being forced upon for two days in Punjab.

A man and two women kidnapped the victim, who had gone to Chandigarh for a job interview, on Friday (January 18) on the pretext of asking directions, after which she was drugged and raped at a deserted location.

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.

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.

Punjab CM Badal praises Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat’s efforts to promote world peace and brotherhood

Parkash-Singh-BadalQadian (Punjab), Dec 31 : In a message delivered on behalf Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Sardar Sewa Singh Sekhawan, a former state government minister, conveyed the former's greetings to the community for their 121st Annual Convention in Qadian and also praised the community's efforts for world peace and brotherhood.

He also expressed his deep desire for His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Head of the worldwide community to visit Punjab once again for the convention and bless everyone here.

Fog back in Punjab, Haryana

Fog back in Punjab, HaryanaChandigarh, Dec 30 : Cold and foggy conditions returned in most parts of Punjab and Haryana Sunday morning after two days of clear, sunny weather in the region.

Most towns and cities including Chandigarh, the joint capital of both the states, were enveloped in a thick fog early Sunday, a Met department official said.

The official said Ambala, Hisar and Karnal in Haryana and Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala in Punjab had a moderate to thick blanket of fog, which affected road traffic and rail and air services in the region.

Ahmadiyya convention sends out message of ‘love for all, hatred for none’ to the world

Maulana-Mohammad-Inam-GhoriQadian (Punjab), Dec 29 : The world-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at has sent out a message of "Love for All, Hatred for None", to the world.

Addressing the inaugural session of the three-day annual convention being held in Qadian in Punjab''s Gurdaspur district here, Maulana Inam Ghouri, the chief secretary of the community in India, said that respecting all faiths and their founders is one of the core values of the community. It is these values that will promote mutual respect and interfaith harmony.

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