Colourful start for Kabaddi World Cup in Punjab

Colourful start for Kabaddi World Cup in PunjabKabaddi is the most popular rural game in India and first edition of World Cup Kabaddi Punjab-2010 (WCKP) championship started on Saturday evening. Around 9 countries will be participating in this championship.

It was a matchless and unique inauguration ceremony, witnessed by Bollywood actors Dharmendra and his son Sunny Deol with many other celebrities from different fields. It also showcased cultural legacy of India through Indian folk dances of 14 different states along with spectacular performance by Punjabi singers and comedians.

Medical Reg. Act gets green signal from Punjab Govt.

Medical Reg. Act gets green signal from Punjab Govt.The much anticipated Medical Registration Act, which was pending for long struggling to seek an amendment, has finally got a nod from the Punjab government, confirmed the state's Chief Minister, Parkash Singh Badal.

Punjab government today gave consent to alter the Punjab Medical Registration Act of 1916 in order to make the act "far more relevant and broad-based" with regard to the present state.

CBI report for case closure rejected by Court

CBI report for case closure rejected by CourtA serious turn came in for the cash-in-bag case when on Friday; the CBI's closure report was rejected by the special CBI magistrate, who also instructed the agency to carry further investigation in it.

These orders were passed by special CBI magistrate Darshan Singh, who suspended a petition filed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association opposing the CBI's request for case closure.

Lahore-Attari goods train thrice a day

AttariResponding to the increase in cross-border trade, the railway authorities in India and Pakistan have decided to increase the frequency of the goods train between Attari and Lahore to thrice a day.

This far the rake was rolled across the border once or twice a day.

A 10-member delegation of Pakistan railway officials, headed by DRM, Lahore, Ejaz Awaan Darshani had come for a meeting at Attari on Wednesday. DRM V. Chaube of the Indian Railways was the host.

The issues discussed included starting of the Samjhauta Express on time from Lahore and upgrading the facilities for handling goods.

Man pushes wife off cliff during honeymoon

shimlaA honeymoon in Shimla ended with the murder of a 28-year-old woman. Her husband allegedly pushed her off a cliff near the popular hill resort on February 22.

Her body was recovered on Tuesday. Simranpal Singh Bhullar, who hails from Ferozepur in Punjab, was arrested on Monday, after his parents complained that their son and daughter-in-law had gone missing. The couple had married on January 17.

Simranjit Kaur’s body was found from a gorge in Hasan valley, a thick forest area near Kufri on the outskirts of Shimla, on the basis of information given by Bhullar to Ferozepur police.

Law soon to make guilty pay: Sukhbir

sukhbir-singh-badalFollowing acts of violence by a heterodox religious sect, the Punjab government has decided to recover the cost of damage to property through new legislation.

On Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said: “Anyone found damaging public property on any pretext will have to pay (in accordance with the law) for the loss,” said Badal, who is in also charge of the home affairs and justice department.

Badal said the country was seeing a rise in violent protests.

“Punjab has also witnessed (many) instances of lawlessness in the past 10 years or so.

Badal Urges PM To Set Up Farm Science Institute In Ludhiana

Badal Urges PM To Set Up Farm Science Institute In LudhianaPunjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal urged Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to establish the proposed Borlaug Institute for South Asia at Ladhowal, in Punjab's Ludhiana region.

In a note to PM, Badal said that the Nobel laureate and father of the green revolution Norman E. Borlaug was intimately associated with Punjab.

Badal wrote that the funtionaries of Punjab Agricultural University (in Ludhiana) and many people of Punjab still memorize Borlaug with great honor and warmth.

Private Colleges Of Punjab To Observe ‘Education Bandh’ On Feb 26

Private Colleges Of Punjab To Observe ‘Education Bandh’ On Feb 26Around 190 private colleges of Punjab will go on strike on February 26 on the call of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) representing their faculty members, heads as well as stakeholders.

The JAC was formed in Jan 2010 by the private colleges management federation of Punjab and Chandigarh, federation of associations of college principals and teachers' union (Punjab and Chandigarh) in order to draw the attention of the Punjab administration in the direction of the growing troubles of private colleges.

List of new Governors for seven states finalized

With the 60th annual Republic Day celebrations only a few days away, the Central government has finalized a list of new Governors for seven states - West Bengal, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Himachal Pradesh.

According to TIMES NOW reports, the National Security Adviser M K Narayanan will take over as the new Governor of West Bengal, former Home Minister Shivraj Patil will assume the Governor’s office in Punjab.

While former Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt will become the new Chhattisgarh Governor, the senior Congress leader Mohsina Kidwai will be the new Governor of Jharkhand.

Sikh Diaspora objects as SGPC makes changes in NanakShahi Calendar

Sikh Diaspora objects as SGPC makes changes in NanakShahi CalendarAmritsar, Jan. 11 : Heads of various Gurdwaras situated in the United States and Canada have expressed their resentment over the changes made in the NanakShahi Calendar, the only Sikh calendar, by Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak committee (SGPC), the premier body of the Sikhs, in meet held at Fremont (San Francisco) on Sunday.

The meet lasted for three hours, during which the heads of various Sikh organizations expressed their objection to the changes made by SGPC recently in NanakShahi calendar.

BSF registers strong objection to Pakistan Rangers over rocket shelling incidents

BSF registers strong objection to Pakistan Rangers over rocket shelling incidentsAmritsar, Jan. 11 : Conveying a strong message over the issue of rocket shelling from the Pakistan’s soil, the Border security force has reportedly warned Pakistan’s Rangers against such incidents, as Border guards of India and Pakistan held a DIG level meeting at Attari land border on Saturday.

Notably after the third incident in six month, over 10 rockets were lobbed from the Pakistan soil in to Indian Territory. In retaliation Indian border gourds open fired with machine gun and mortar towards.

Complainant in cash-for-judge scam fails to appear in court

Complainant in cash-for-judge scam fails to appear in courtChandigarh, Jan 11 : Amrik Singh, who worked in the office of Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Nirmaljit Kaur and complainant in the cash-for-judge scam, failed to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here Monday.

During the last hearing Dec 24, CBI special judge Darshan Singh had summoned Singh after CBI submitted its sealed final report in the cash-for-judge scam, which rocked this union territory in August last year, seeking cancellation of the case.

Punjab announces Rs.5 lakh grant for Australia attack victims

Parkash Singh BadalChandigarh, Jan 11 : The Punjab government Monday announced a Rs. 500,000 grant to the kin of the two youth killed in suspected racial attacks in Australia earlier this month.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal announced the grant to the family of Nitin Garg and Ranjot Singh who were killed in racial attacks by unidentified assailants in Australia last week.

While Nitin was stabbed to death in Melbourne city, the body of Ranjot was found in New South Wales province. Nitin was cremated in Jagraon town, 160 km from here, Sunday.

Innovations in food processing help farmers in Punjab

Innovations in food processing help farmers in PunjabLudhiana, Jan 10 : The Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET), a premier institute of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in Ludhiana, recently unveiled the latest food processing technologies to produce green chilli powder, guava bars and peanut milk.

Farmers, self-help groups and small entrepreneurs were invited to take a look and to adopt the technologies to process vegetables and fruits.

Thick fog engulfs Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh, Jan 10 - Fog along with bone-chilling cold Sunday derailed normal life in Punjab, Haryana and the joint capital Chandigarh and hit road, rail and air traffic.

A blanket of thick fog enveloped Chandigarh and most parts of Punjab and Haryana. "Dense fog prevails in the region, reducing the visibility level to below 100 meters. We are expecting these conditions to continue in the coming days," said a Met official here.

The Chandigarh Police have issued a traffic advisory for the residents to follow while driving. "People should drive slow during foggy weather and avoid overtaking as far as possible. Fog lights should be switched on and nobody should use high beam while driving," the advisory stated.

Arms, cartridges dug up from Punjab border village

Ferozepur (Punjab), Jan 9 :Arms and cartridges buried in a field near a village in this border district of Punjab were seized Saturday, police said.

"Working on a secret tip off from our source, police dug out one AK-56, one AK-47, two .30 bore pistols and around 140 cartridges from an open field in village Bareke near Ferozepur town," district police chief Surinderpal Singh Parmar told IANS.

No one has been arrested so far, he added.

"We have also got some inputs from our intelligence wing and our own investigation is under process. As the border is quite near so we cannot deny the possibility of involvement of international criminals. However, things will become clear once our investigation is over," Parmar added.

Punjab Police seize cache of arms and ammunition

Ferozepur (Punjab), Jan : Punjab Police on Saturday found big cache of arms and ammunition buried at Bareka village, two kilometers away from international border with Pakistan, in Ferozepur district.

Two rifles, 70 cartilages, one AK 47 rifle, two pistols and magazines have been recovered.

Ferozepur District’s Superintendent of police SPS Parmar said the weapons are Chinese made.

“We cannot say from where did it come because nobody has been arrested. If we had arrested anybody we would have interrogated and would have come to know about it,” Parmar said.

Parmar told that the arms and ammunition had been buried two feet deep in earth and could be recovered following a tip off.

Craze for fashion designing in rural Punjab

Kandhwala (Punjab), Jan 9 : Parminder Kaur, a farmer’s daughter from Punjab’s Kandhwala village, dreams of becoming a fashion designer and her journey defines the craze for the profession that is growing day by day in the state.

A year ago, Parminder got enrolled in Heights Institute of Fashion and Technology, which came into existence in 1996 and is the only such institute in Abohar town, and has been pursuing a two-year diploma course in Fashion Design and Technology.

Parminder, is now a role model for other village girls and has a bright career ahead of her.

Pakistani rockets fired into India

Pakistani rockets fired into IndiaAmritsar, Jan 9 - Suspected terrorists fired seven rockets into Punjab's Amritsar district but there were no casualties, officials said Saturday.

The rockets were found in an agricultural field in Kangarh chowki (post) in Attari sector early Saturday. It is not clear when the rockets were fired.

A thick fog was hampering efforts by the Border Security Force to find out if more rockets had been fired, BSF sources said.

BSF officials held talks with the Pakistani Rangers and lodged a strong protest over the incident.

Punjab Police seize 8kg heroin from a Nigerian national

Punjab Police seize 8kg heroin from a Nigerian nationalAmritsar, Jan 8 : Punjab Police on Friday detained a Nigerian national with about 8 kilograms heroin worth 400 million rupees in the international market.

Acting on a tip-off, Punjab Police’s Special Operation Cell, detained international Heroin smuggler Felix Odemole resident of Nigeria near the Amritsar railways station.

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