Punjab

Case against Punjabi singer Mika for abusing journalist

MikaLudhiana (Punjab), Jan 8 : A case was filed Friday against Punjabi singer Mika, who misbehaved with a journalist and used abusive language against him while addressing a press conference in this Punjab city, police said.

"We have registered a case against Mika after getting a written complaint from a journalist of a news channel. I have ordered a probe into this incident and an appropriate action will be taken against Mika after the investigation," Senior Superintendent of Police Sukhchain Singh Gill told IANS.

As mercury dips further, Punjab farmers hope for a bumper wheat crop

As mercury dips further, Punjab farmers hope for a bumper wheat cropLudhiana, Jan 7 : The plummeting mercury accompanied by drizzle and fog in Punjab state may have been making things difficult for the common man, but it has delighted farmers, as they anticipate a higher yield of wheat this season.

According to agronomists, frost and foggy weather are favourable conditions for wheat. Presently, north India is reeling under cold wave.

Wheat is the major Rabi crop of north India. Punjab alone contributes 70 percent of the wheat in the granaries set up by the federal government.

No respite from cold for Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana

No respite from cold for Chandigarh, Punjab, HaryanaChandigarh, Jan 7 : There was no respite from the bone chilling cold for the residents of Punjab, Haryana and the joint capital Chandigarh, even as mild sunshine greeted them Thursday.

"Intense cold wave running through the northern plains has led to a sharp fall in both day and night temperatures. In most parts of the region, the mercury remained two to three degrees below normal," said a Met official here Thursday.

Cold waves in northern India claim 195 lives

Cold waves in northern India claim 195 livesNew Delhi/ Uttar Pradesh/ Bihar/ Punjab/ Haryana, Jan 7 : The cold waves have disturbed normal life for the sixth consecutive day and the death toll due to the extreme harsh weather is now reported to be over 195.

Around 31 more deaths were reported from the various districts in Uttar Pradesh with Agra recording a temperature of 5.4 degree Celsius, the coldest in the state.

A foggy Thursday morning brought bad news for air travelers in Delhi as round 35 flights have been hit with runway visibility dropping down to barely 50 meters.

Three Punjab cops suspended for molesting teen-ager

Three Punjab cops suspended for molesting teen-ager Khanna (Punjab), Jan 6 : Punjab Police Wednesday suspended three of its officials, including a woman, after a teenaged girl alleged that she was molested inside a police station after she was detained on a complaint of theft, officials said.

The victim, a domestic help, was picked up for questioning by the police Tuesday night after her employer accused her of stealing around Rs. 300,000 in cash, a police official said. Police also detained her boyfriend and kept them in the police station for the night.

Badals meet Australian high commissioner, seek security of Punjabis

Parkash Singh Badal, Sukhbir Singh Badal Chandigarh/New Delhi, Jan 6 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is deputy chief minister, Wednesday met Australian High Commissioner to India Peter Varghese, and sought immediate steps to ensure safety of Punjabi students and immigrants in that country.

The meeting by the Badals and their delegation with the high commissioner follows the death of two Punjabi youth in Australia in recent days. The attacks are being suspected to be racially motivated.

Temperature dips further in Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana

Chandigarh, Jan 6 - The residents of Punjab, Haryana and the joint capital Chandigarh continued to brave the cold wave and the freezing weather Wednesday as mercury dipped further in the region. The met department has forecast rainfall in the coming days.

Amritsar city of Punjab was the coldest in the region, with a minimum temperature of 1 degree Celsius. Ludhiana and Patiala cities were comparatively warmer as they recorded minimum temperature of 6.3 and 5.8 degrees Celsius, respectively.

Chandigarh shivered at a minimum temperature of 3.4 degrees Celsius Wednesday, down from Tuesday's temperature of 7 degrees Celsius.

Electronics shop burgled in Jalandhar

Electronics shop burgled in JalandharJalandhar, Jan 5 : Robbers struck at a Samsung electronics showroom in this Punjab city Tuesday morning and decamped with laptops, LCD screens and goods worth Rs. 30 lakh, police said.

The employees of the showroom at Namdev Chowk here found the locks of the shop broken, when they came to open it in the morning, a police official said.

"Some unidentified robbers have struck at the Samsung showroom here. According to the showroom owner, they made off with laptops, LCD screens and various other accessories worth over Rs. 30 lakh," the official said.

Indian students unsafe in Australia, says Nitin Garg''s family

Indian students unsafe in Australia, says Nitin Garg''s familyJagraon (Punjab), Jan 5 : The killing of Nitin Garg, a 21 year-old Indian student living in Australia has shocked his family members, who insist that the attack was racist in nature.

Nitin Garg was stabbed to death at West Foorscray, a suburb of Melbourne by some goons on Saturday night, while he was on his way to work.

344th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh celebrated

344th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh celebratedAmritsar, Jan. 5 : Devotees thronged to the Golden Temple on Tuesday in large numbers for a holy dip in the Golden Temple’s Sarovar or, the sacred pool on the occasion of 344th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh

The Sikh fraternity holds the occasion, which marks birth anniversary of Sikhs’ 10th master, in high esteem.

Golden Temple, also known as Harminder Sahib, the most important Sikh shrine in the

world is illuminated for two days on this occasion. On Tuesday, fire crackers will

Pakistani 'smuggler' killed in Punjab border district

Pakistani 'smuggler' killed in Punjab border districtAmritsar, Jan 5 - A Pakistani "smuggler" who entered India early Tuesday was shot dead by Border Security Force (BSF) personnel in a border area in Punjab while three others went back into Pakistan under the cover of darkness when the fighting started, officials said.

Contraband worth over Rs. 27 crore was recovered from his possession following the gunfight in Raja Taal area near Bhikiwind town, around 30 km from here.

Cold wave in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana kills thre

Chandigarh, Jan 5 - Chandigarh and its neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana Tuesday continued to bear the brunt of an intense cold wave that has claimed three lives.

Amritsar in Punjab was again the coldest in this region Tuesday, recording a minimum temperature of 1.2 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana and Patiala cities in Punjab saw a minimum temperature of 7.8 and 8.2 degrees respectively.

The minimum temperature in Chandigarh was 7 degrees Celsius.

According to officials, the cold and icy winds left two people dead in Ambala in Haryana and one person in Amritsar in Punjab late Monday.

Panjab varsity teachers oppose evaluation, online attendance

Panjab varsity teachers oppose evaluation, online attendance Chandigarh, Jan 4 : A move by Panjab University (PU) authorities here to introduce a system for students to evaluate teachers and also extend the facility of online checking of attendance has run into stiff opposition from the university teachers.

The Panjab University Teachers' Association (PUTA) Monday rejected outright the concept of evaluation of teachers by students, as has been proposed by the university authorities and also the students' council.

Akal Takht approves changes in Nanakshahi calendar

Akal Takht approves changes in Nanakshahi calendar Amritsar, Jan 4 : The Akal Takht, the temporal seat of the Sikh religion, Monday approved the changes made in the "Nanakshahi" or Sikh religious calendar.

The nod for the changes made, according to which dates of some Sikh religious events will be as per the Vikrami calendar, was announced by Akal Takht Jathedar (chief) Gurbachan Singh.

The decision to approve the changes was taken by the five Sikh high priests at a meeting held here Monday following recommendations of a panel of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) Sunday.

Ensure Punjabi youths' safety in Australia, PM urged

Parkash Singh Badal, Manmohan SinghChandigarh, Jan 4 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure the safety of youths from the state studying or working in Australia, following the killing of a youth in Melbourne Saturday.

"Badal has urged the prime minister to ensure the safety and security of Punjabi youths who had gone to Australia to pursue higher education or for other vocations," a government spokesperson said here Monday.

Sikh preacher arrested in Punjab

chandigarh-Punjab-mapChandigarh, Jan 2 : A Sikh preacher who heads a prominent gurdwara here and who is wanted in cases of cheating and fraud was arrested in a Punjab town Saturday, police said.

"We arrested Prithpal Singh from Machhiwara town (near Punjab's industrial city Ludhiana) this (Saturday) evening. We will produce him before the court Sunday," said a police officer.

"Singh is wanted in many cases. After interrogation, we hope to solve these cases," he added.

SGPC haste to amend NanakShahi calendar raises eyebrows

SGPC haste to amend NanakShahi calendar raises eyebrowsAmritsar, Jan 2 :The Sikh Diaspora has raised eyebrows over the working of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC) regarding amendments made in the NanakShahi calendar without taking the community into confidence.

It is also pertinent to mention that the Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, sent its proposals to SGPC to discuss the necessary action to make amendments in the calendar.

The SGPC has also called an emergency meeting of its executive members on Sunday to make certain amendments.

Sale of Amritsar kirpan on the rise

Sale of Amritsar kirpan on the riseAmritsar, Jan 2 : The sale of kirpans (a ceremonial dagger or sword sported by devout Sikhs) has increased here in Amritsar.

Devotees and tourists are thronging the Golden Temple here to acquire the kirpan as a blessed and decorative item for their homes.

According to an estimate, the annual turnover of swords industry is around 500 million rupees. The swords are also exported abroad for both devotees and tourists.

Counter Intelligence Branch seize drugs worth 900 million rupees at Jalandhar

Counter Intelligence Branch seize drugs worth 900 million rupees at JalandharJalandhar, Jan 2 : The Counter Intelligence Branch of Punjab Police seized around 18 kilograms of methamphetamine in Jalandhar here on Friday.

Sources claimed the seized drugs are worth 900 million rupees in the international market.

Three persons identified as Narinder Kumar, Pankaj and Sanjeev have been arrested and the police has also impounded the two cars that they had used to transport the narcotics.

Shifting of fence brings cheer to farmers along Indo-Pak border

Shifting of fence brings cheer to farmers along Indo-Pak borderFerozpur (Punjab), Jan 1 : Farmers in the Ferozpur area living close to India Pakistan border have a reason to smile as the Border Security Force (BSF) is shifting the fencing to the zero point, leaving vast areas to farmers to move freely in.

The areas where the fencing is being shifted to the zero point, five kilometers away, are Gajniwala, Dona Talumal, Joginder villages.

The farmers have been protesting for long over problems faced in tilling their fields.

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