Punjab News

People throng streets to celebrate Holi in Punjab, Haryana

Holi was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in Punjab, Haryana and their common capital Chandigarh Friday as revellers took to streets armed with sprinklers since morning.

Thousands converge in Punjab for ''Hola Mohalla''

Tens of thousands of devotees converged in this Sikh holy town on Friday to offer prayers at Gurdwara Keshgarh Sahib during "Hola Mohalla" celebrations which coincides with the Holi festival.

Patiala court denies bail to drug lords Bhola, Raja in money laundering case

A lawyer representing drug lords Jagdish Singh Bhola and Varinder Singh Raja has said that he will approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court to seek bail after a Sessions Court in Patiala denied his clients bail in connection with a money laundering case.

Doors open for clean leaders from other parties: AAP's Punjab convener

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab has not closed doors for leaders of clean image from other political parties, a senior party functionary said here on Thursday.

Congress MLA Satwant Singh Mohi joins SAD

Former Congress MLA Satwant Singh Mohi on Thursday joined the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab.

Badal hails Centre for NITI Aayog, raising states' share in central taxes

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday said his Shiromani Akali Dal's stand on federalism was vindicated after the Centre decided to raise states' share in central taxes to 42 percent from 32 percent.

HC orders marriage registration for those above 21

Coming down heavily on certificates not being issued, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered marriage registration officers to register marriages of couples who are over 21 years of age.

Student injured in acid attack in Punjab

A student was injured when two unidentified assailants allegedly threw acid on her, police said on Thursday.

Sikh festival 'Holla Mohalla' begins

The three-day Sikh festival - 'Holla Mohalla' - began on Wednesday at Sri Anandpur Sahib near here with a large number of devotees thronging the birth place of Guru Gobind Singh to pay their obeisance.

Work hard to meet expectations: Punjab BJP to its councillors

The state unit of BJP on Wednesday asked its elected representatives of different municipal councils and corporations in Punjab to work hard to meet the expectations of the people.

BSF recovers 10 kg heroin in Punjab

Border Security Force (BSF) troopers recovered 10 kg of heroin along the India-Pakistan border in the Amritsar sector, a BSF spokesman said on Tuesday.

Heroin worth Rs 20 crore seized from Indo-Pak border

Heroin worth Rs 20 crore in the international market was today seized from the India-Pakistan border at Ferozpur sector by the Border Security Force here.

Amarinder blames Badal for FC's debt relief refusal to Punjab

Congress leader Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday blamed Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for the Finance Commission's refusal to provide debt relief to Punjab despite the state having been identified as debt-stressed by the commission along with Kerala and West Bengal.

Parkash Singh Badal dubs budget as pro-people

 Terming the Union Budget as "visionary and pro-people", Punjab government on Saturday expressed gratitude to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for announcing projects like AIIMS, horticulture research institute for the state even as Congress said there was nothing in it for the people.

Parl panel urges Punjab CM to tackle water contamination

 Reminding Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal of his 'Raj Dharma', former Union minister Ashwani Kumar on Friday sought his personal intervention for resolving the issue of water contamination in the state.

SAD, BJP to have three mayors each in Punjab

 A day after sweeping the civic polls, ruling SAD-BJP alliance have decided to nominate three mayors each for the six Municipal Corporations (MCs) of Punjab.

Five acquitted in RSS leader's assassination case

 A local court here on Friday acquitted all the five accused in the murder of an RSS leader in 2009.

NABARD assistance for drug rehab centres in Punjab

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on Friday sanctioned Rs 93.20 crore, the part of which will be used for setting up 18 drug rehabilitation centres in the state.

Independents spring surprise in Punjab Civic polls

The SAD-BJP alliance may have swept the civic polls, but it is the Independents who performed exceptionally well in these elections, cornering about 20 and 30 per cent of total seats in six municipal corporations and 122 municipal councils and nagar panchayats respectively.

BJP basks in victory of Punjab civic poll win

BJP on Thursday hailed the victory of the SAD-BJP combine in the civic polls in Punjab and party chief Amit Shah congratulated Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir besides the BJP leadership in the state.

Hardliner Sikh taken into preventive custody

 A hardliner Sikh who had been sitting on an indefinite fast here for the past nearly 40 days demanding release of 82 prisoners, including some terrorists lodged in various jails of Punjab, was taken into preventive custody by police on Thursday.

No laxity on premature release of prisoners: Punjab DGP

 Punjab Police DGP SS Saini on Thursday said a lot of "disinformation and wrong information" is being circulated over the issue of premature release of prisoners even as he maintained that no laxity would be permitted on issues of peace and communal harmony.

Arrest made in death of Indian student in Canada

Police in Canada have arrested an Indo-Canadian man on charges of manslaughter in connection with the death of a 19-year-old Indian student, Harmanjit Singh.

SAD-BJP combine wins Punjab civic polls

The ruling SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab on Thursday swept the civic polls held last week by clinching four of the six Municipal Corporation seats.

SAD-BJP alliance sweeps civic polls in Punjab

SAD-BJP alliance on Wednesday swept the civic polls in Punjab as it won 1,161 seats out of results declared in 2,037 wards, with Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal describing the verdict as mandate in favour of "pro-people" and "development oriented policies" of the state government.

US woman arrested at Amritsar airport with 25 live bullets

An American woman was arrested at the airport here after 25 live cartridges were allegedly recovered from her baggage during checking, police said.

Polling to 122 Municipal Councils, Nagar Panchayats begins in Punjab

Polling is being held on Wednesday for 122 Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats in Punjab.

War memorial in Punjab to be inaugurated on I-Day

A Rs 130-crore war heroes' memorial-cum-museum in Amritsar would be dedicated to the nation Aug 15 on the occasion of India's 69th Independence Day, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Monday.

Pleasant morning in Punjab, Haryana

Residents in Punjab and Haryana witnessed a pleasant morning on Monday with minimum temperatures staying above normal levels.

Punjab municipal polls pass off peacefully

Polling to Punjab's six municipal corporations on Sunday passed off peacefully as an estimated 70 per cent of nearly 8 lakh electorate sealed the fate of 1,263 candidates in the hustings.