Punjab

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.

Punjab police apathy forces rape victim to commit suicide

Punjab police apathy forces rape victim to commit suicide Patiala, Dec 28 : A rape victim committed suicide in Punjab after the police adopted a lackluster attitude and failed to act on her complaint at an appropriate time.

While the entire country is currently seething with the issue of rape, the incident happened in Badshahpur village of Punjab''s Patiala district on Wednesday (December 26) where the girl committed suicide while leaving behind a suicide note blaming the police and the rapists for her predicament.

Punjab all set to host 3rd Kabaddi World Cup championship

Punjab all set to host 3rd Kabaddi World Cup championshipPunjab is geared up to host the third Kabaddi World Cup championship at its multipurpose stadium in the dirtict of Bathinda from Saturday.

To add gleam to the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup Kabaddi Championship, the state government has invited Bollywood singer Himesh Reshammiya and actor Akshay Kumar.

Around twenty-three teams, including seven women kabaddi teams, will take part in the 14-day championship.

Consumer durables have become more affordable for rural people: says Crisil Research

Consumer durables have become more affordable for rural people: says Crisil ResearchBasic consumer durables like bicycles and electric fans have become more affordable for rural consumers across India, thanks to increasing discretionary spending and comparatively low levels of price increase in durables, a fresh study by Crisil Research revealed.

According to the Crisil report, at least 50 per cent of rural households already own a bicycle, an electric fan and a mobile phone.

SAD has every right to participate in DSGMC’s affairs: Badal

SAD has every right to participate in DSGMC’s affairs: BadalReacting to Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit's suggestion that Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) should keep off Delhi gurdwaras' matters, SAD leader and Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has justified his party's meddling in DSGMC's affairs.

Badal said they had the right to meddle in matters of DSGMC because SAD had fought amd made sacrifices during gurdwara reforms movement following which SGPC and DSGMC were formed.

Punjab will soon be in position to export power to Pakistan: Sukhbir Badal

Punjab will soon be in position to export power to Pakistan: Sukhbir Badal Punjab will become power surplus soon and thus it will be in a position to export surplus electricity to Pakistan, Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal said.

However Sukhbir Badal, who is on a visit to Pakistan, added that export of surplus power from Punjab to Pakistan would subject to an approval from the Government of India.

Comedian Jaspal Bhatti dies in road crash

Comedian Jaspal Bhatti dies in road crashFamous comedian and satirist Jaspal Bhatti died in a road crash on early Thursday. He was 57.

Mr. Bhatti was going from Bhatinda to Jhalandar to promote his upcoming Punjabi film `Power Cut'. At around 1 am on Thursday, his car crashed into a tree along the highway near Nakodar town, 40 kilometers from Jalandhar.

Mr. Bhatti's son Jasraj, who was driving the car, and the film's heroine Suril Gautam received sever injuries, while Mr. Bhatti died on the spot.

Punjab Deputy CM hits back on Rahul Gandhi over his drug addiction comments

Punjab Deputy CM hits back on Rahul Gandhi over his drug addiction commentsPunjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has criticized Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi for his controversial drug addiction comments, saying he was trying to malign the youth of Punjab.

During his recent visit to Punjab, Rahul had said that 70 per cent Punjab's youth were addicted to drugs, and had held the state government responsible for the increase use of drugs in the state.

Punjab govt. starts paddy procurement

Punjab govt. starts paddy procurementGovernment of Punjab on Monday, October 1, started procurement of paddy in a total of 1,770 notified mandis spread across the state.

Monsoon rains fell just short of the drought level, but farmers in Punjab will achieve a record paddy harvest of more than 135 lakh metric tones - the highest figure so far in the state's history.

Minimum support price for paddy has been increased from Rs 1,080 per quintal lin 2011 to Rs 1,250 per quintal this year. Minimum support price for grade 'A' paddy has been announced at Rs 1,280 per quintal, up from Rs 1,110 per quintal last year.

Petroleum dealers to resort to ‘no purchase’ agitation on October 1 and 2

Petroleum dealers to resort to ‘no purchase’ agitation on October 1 and 2Punjab petroleum dealers will resort to a `no purchase' agitation on October 1 and 2, in an attempt to force oil companies to revise their commission.

JP Khanna, president of the Punjab Petroleum Dealers' Association, said that price of petrol increased several times over the past years but they were getting the same commission.

Mr. Khanna demanded that the commission should be based of retail sale price instead of the existing system, in which commission is based on the volume of the oil sold.

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal predicts early Lok Sabha polls

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal predicts early Lok Sabha polls Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday predicted early Lok Sabha polls, and said his party was battle-ready for any such situation.

On the sidelines of a conference in Chandigarh, Mr. Badal said that the Congress-led coalition at the center was bound to crumble because of the continuing internal tussle and distrust among key allies.

Speaking on the topic, he added, "UPA is crumbling. Mid-term polls are a definite possibility. And we are battle-ready for any situation like this."

Hoteliers to meet Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal over tax hike issue

Hoteliers to meet Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal over tax hike issueA group of Punjab hoteliers will meet Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on 14th of September to express their displeasure over the recent increase in luxury tax on the hospitality sector.

The government of Punjab hiked the luxury tax from 4 per cent to 8 per cent. The tax, which was introduced by the deputy chief minister last year, will now be collected from Rs. 200 onwards.

The luxury tax affects hotels, restaurants and marriage palaces, which are now being asked to start paying additional tax.

Punjab governments moves ahead on Ludhiana Metro project

Punjab governments moves ahead on Ludhiana Metro projectThe state government of Punjab is taking steps for the implementation of the ambitious Rs 10,300-crore Ludhiana Metro project in the city.

Punjab deputy chief minister(CM) Sukhbir Singh Badal has put the project on fast track and has also appointed Ludhiana Commissioner as managing director of Ludhiana Metro in order to ensure the speedy execution of the project. Mr. Sukhbir Badal presided over a meeting in Chandigarh that reviewed the progress on the project.

Himachal chief minister appeals for special package for Punjab industrialists

Himachal chief minister appeals for special package for Punjab industrialistsHimachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has said that the central government should consider a special package for industrialists of Punjab.

He pointed out that the industry in the state has suffered because of two wars with Pakistan and during the peak days of militancy and is now facing a difficult time. He was addressing a national seminar on small-scale industry organised by Laghu Udyog Bharati.

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."

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.

Pro-Hazare protesters picket Manmohan Singh's Chandigarh house

Pro-Hazare protesters picket Manmohan Singh's Chandigarh houseChandigarh, Aug 23 : Pro-Anna Hazare agitators Tuesday held a protest outside the private residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the upscale Sector 11 here.

The protesters openly defied prohibitory orders enforced Monday by the additional district magistrate outside the house.

Nearly 25-30 protesters, including women, carried the national flag and posters and banners and staged a sit-in outside the house.

Fans disappointed by Indian cricket team’s dismal performance

Fans disappointed by Indian cricket team’s dismal performanceMumbai/New Delhi/Chandigarh/Ranchi, Aug 15: The humiliating loss of the Indian cricket team in the third test match at Edgbaston against England, which ended on Saturday, has disappointed fans across the country.

India has lost the series three nil and also its number one test ranking.

Fans across India were disappointed with India''''s performance and blamed Coach Duncan Fletcher for the team''''s loss.

Security stepped up for casts of Prakash Jha''s ''Aarakshan''

Security stepped up for casts of Prakash Jha''s ''Aarakshan''Mumbai/Lucknow/Chandigarh/New Delhi, Aug 11 : With the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Government banning Prakash Jha''s latest release ''Aarakshan'' (Reservation) in Uttar Pradesh, the security has been stepped up for the casts of the film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone.




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