Metaphetamine worth Rs.90 crore seized in Punjab

Metaphetamine worth Rs.90 crore seized in PunjabJalandhar, Jan 1 : In one of the biggest seizures of its kind in Punjab, the counter intelligence wing of the Punjab police seized nearly 18 kg of synthetic intoxicant Metaphetamine, worth nearly Rs. 90 crore in the international market.

Police officials said that three people, two from Ludhiana and one from Delhi, were arrested with the drugs consignment.

The police also recovered a Mitsubishi Pajero SUV and a Honda City car from their possession. A revolver was also seized, police officials told reporters here.

Mass marriage ceremony in Amritsar

Mass marriage ceremony in AmritsarAmritsar, Jan 1 : At least 51 poor couples tied the nuptial knot at a mass marriage ceremony that was held near Amritsar on Thursday (December 31).

The ceremony organised at Majithia, around 35 kilometers from Amritsar saw the participation of social activists, community leaders who came to bless the couples along with their parents.

On their part, the grooms and brides expressed their gratitude for the help and support provided to them by the organisers of this mass marriage event.

Kotla pitch was unfit for ODI: Harbhajan

Kotla pitch was unfit for ODI: HarbhajanJalandhar, Dec 30 : Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said on Wednesday that the International Cricket Council''s (ICC) classification of Ferozshah Kotla pitch in Delhi as unfit was a right decision.

Interacting with the media Singh said: "The wicket was unfit that day. Batsmen were having a tough time. The bounce was uneven and chances of grave injuries were strong. The injuries could also have led to player being unfit to play for next 3-4 months. Considering the way the wicket behaved and what happened to players, the decision of ICC, it was a right decision."

BSF seizes heroin worth rupees 16 crore near India Pak border

BSF seizes heroin worth rupees 16 crore near India Pak borderFirozpur (Punjab), Dec 30 : Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have seized around 3.2 kilograms of heroin valued at Rupees 16 crore in the international market.

During an intensive search along the India – Pakistan border on Tuesday the BSF personnel recovered four packets containing heroin buried in a field.

Briefing media, BSF Deputy Inspector General, Rajesh Gupta said :

Punjab may adopt Tamil Nadu's healthcare model

Parkash Singh Badal Chandigarh, Dec 29 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Tuesday asked officials to examine the feasibility of adopting the Tamil Nadu healthcare model in the state to ensure better procurement of high quality medicines and equipment.

The review committee, which was constituted by Badal in 2007, assigned the work of detailed study of health institutions working under the Punjab Health System Corporation (PHSC), in the 10 districts of the state, to the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare
(NIHFW), New Delhi.

Punjab to set up IT-knowledge park

Punjab to set up IT-knowledge parkChandigarh, Dec 28 : Punjab would have a self-contained integrated Information Technology (IT) and knowledge industry park at Rajpura town in Patiala district, an official said Monday.

Spread over an area of 1,276 acres, the IT hub would be the first facility of its kind being offered by the state for investment.

The decision to establish the IT park was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here Monday.

Two held with 17 kg gold, diamonds in Punjab

Two held with 17 kg gold, diamonds in PunjabLudhiana, Dec 28 : Two people were arrested Monday after a heist in a jewellery shop in Punjab's largest city and 17 kg of gold, diamonds and cash were recovered from them, police said.

The theft in Forever Jewellers was noticed Sunday when the owner opened the shop.

Police arrested Sandeep, an employee of the shop, and his accomplice.

According to police, there were no signs of forced entry and all the locks were opened using keys. A security guard, outside the shop, had left the place unguarded for some time in the early hours Sunday.

Now, Gurbani rendered in calligraphy

Amritsar, Dec 28 : Hardeep Singh, an artist in Amritsar, has drafted the Gurbani, the Sikh scriptures in calligraphy.

He said he undertook the work because he had not seen anybody doing it before.

"It has been almost a year. The response has been great. Calligraphy means beautiful writing. The art originated in England. I have not seen anybody drafting Gurbani in calligraphy that is why I decided to undertake it," said Hardeep Singh.

His father, Surindra Singh, himself a collector of art antique''s, helping him with his new venture.

Mercury to dip further in Punjab, Haryana

Mercury to dip further in Punjab, HaryanaChandigarh, Dec 28 : With cold wave prevailing in most parts of Punjab and Haryana Monday, met officials are predicting a further dip in the temperature and the presence of fog during early mornings and late evenings.

According to met officials, Amritsar in Punjab was the coldest in the region Monday with a minimum temperature of zero degree Celsius.

Ludhiana, the industrial hub of Punjab, recorded a temperature of 0.2 degree Celsius while Patiala registered 2.4 degrees Celsius.

Pakistan frees 100 Indian fishermen

India-Pakistan-Border-Amritsar1Amritsar, Dec 26 : Pakistan Saturday handed over 100 Indian fishermen, including nine children, to Indian authorities at the Attari-Wagah joint border checkpost, officials said.

The fishermen, mostly residents of Gujarat, had mistakenly crossed the maritime border around three years ago and were caught by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency.

"Pakistan authorities have handed over to us 100 Indian fishermen at the Attari-Wagah border. Most of these fishermen belong to Gujarat," said an official here Saturday.

Ayurvedic and homeopathic treatment for employees in Punjab

Ayurvedic and homeopathic treatment for employees in Punjab Chandigarh, Dec 24 : The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospitals in Punjab would start offering ayurvedic and homeopathic treatment from 2010, an official said.

"Our department has already appointed ayurvedic doctors and pharmacists in the ESIC hospitals. The procedure of selection of homeopathic staff has also been completed and they would start functioning from January 2010," state Health and Family Welfare Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said here Thursday.

A dream house to promote Punjabi culture and values

A dream house to promote Punjabi culture and valuesVerka (Punjab), Dec. 24 : A lecturer in Punjab has made a dream house that captivates attention due to its traditional look. It’s a joy for any city dweller to pay a visit here and feel the ambience of a typical pre-partition house of Punjab.

Manpreet Singh, a lecturer of Punjabi language at a local college, is very much drawn to Punjabi culture and customs. And, this overwhelming influence over the years motivated him to build his house and give it such a traditional appeal which most of the city dwellers have literally forgotten to value over the years.

CIPHET promotes small units of agro products among farmers, offers technical know-how in Ludhiana

CIPHET promotes small units of agro products among farmers, offers technical know-how in LudhianaLudhiana, Dec. 24 : A premier institute of post harvest research in Punjab is promoting the setting-up of small units of agro products among farmers by providing them with technological know- how.

Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) at Ludhiana is a major institution functioning under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Court asks CBI not to close cash-for-judge case

Court asks CBI not to close cash-for-judge caseChandigarh, Dec 24 : A city court Thursday refused permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to close the cash-for-judge scam case for want of sanctions for prosecution of the main suspects.

A packet containing Rs. 1.5 million in cash was delivered Aug 13, 2008 at the residence of newly appointed Punjab and Haryana High Court judge Nirmaljit Kaur but investigations later revealed it was meant for another judge.

Radio Pakistan now worried about tribals in India

Radio Pakistan now worried about tribals in IndiaBathinda, Dec. 24 : Shifting its focus from Punjab and Sikhs, the Punjabi Durbar programme of Radio Pakistan is now focussed on welfare of tribals in India. The Pakistan Radio has diagnosed that the rise of Naxalism in parts of India has been the result of Indian government not giving equal rights to tribals.

Badal assures anti-Sikh riots' victims of help

Parkash Singh BadalChandigarh, Dec 24 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has assured the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the state of all government assistance, as also allotment of vending booths and low income group (LIG) and medium income group (MIG) dwellings to the eligible beneficiaries, an official said Thursday.

"Booths, as well as LIG and MIG dwelling units, will be allotted to genuine claimants at Mohali, Patiala and Ludhiana at very reasonable rates in accordance with the policy guidelines of the state government," an official spokesperson said.

Pranab may attend Ahmadiyya congregation in Punjab

Pranab may attend Ahmadiyya congregation in Punjab Chandigarh, Dec 23 : Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is likely to attend the Salaana Jalsa (annual congregation) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community at its international headquarters at Qadian town in Punjab's border district of Gurdaspur, around 250 km from here.

"Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will come here to attend Salaana Jalsa on December 27. He will spend several hours here and also visit various holy places associated with the founder of the Ahmadiyya sect," a sect spokesperson said Wednesday.

Punjab to bring law for de-addiction centres

Laxmi Kanta ChawlaChandigarh, Dec 23 : Punjab will soon have a law regulating the functioning of drug de-addiction centres to safeguard patients against human right violations and financial exploitation, a state minister said Wednesday.

Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla said 10 beds would be reserved in every civil hospital in Punjab for drug de-addiction patients.

In recent years, there have been several instances of de-addiction centres in the state, especially the private ones, keeping drug addicts in inhuman conditions and illegal confinement. In some cases, drug addict youths have died at these centres.

Punjab cabinet refuses to sanction speaker's prosecution

Nirmal Singh KahlonChandigarh, Dec 22 : The Punjab cabinet Tuesday refused to grant permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to prosecute state assembly speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon in a corruption case.

The CBI had sought sanction from the Parkash Singh Badal-led Punjab government in March.

The corruption case pertains to Kahlon's alleged role in the appointment of over 900 panchayat secretaries during his tenure as state rural development and panchayat minister 1997 to 2002.

Golf tournament held in Chandigarh to promote tourism

Golf tournament held in Chandigarh to promote tourismChandigarh, Dec. 22 : In a bid to promote tourism, the Chandigarh Golf Association organized a golf tournament for non-resident Indians here.

As many as 113 non-resident Indians (NRIs) from across 12 countries took part in the recently concluded 5th Chandigarh Golfing Tournament, which lasted for three days.

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