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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.

Punjab civic polls: Voting for six municipal corporations
Punjab civic polls: Voting for six municipal corporations

A total of 1,263 candidates are in the fray for the elections to six municipal corporations in Punjab being held on Sunday in which about 7.90 lakh voters are eligible to vote.

Punjab civic polls: 6 MCs to go to polls on Sunday

A total of 1,263 candidates are in the fray for the elections to six municipal corporations in Punjab to be held on Sunday in which about 7.90 lakh voters are eligible to vote.

Minimum temperatures hover above normal in Punjab and Haryana

The minimum temperatures hovered above normal level in most parts of Punjab and Haryana, the MeT department here said on Saturday.

Extend time for voting in civic body polls: Punjab BJP to SEC

 Punjab BJP on Friday urged the state election commission to extend time for voting in municipal corporations and councils polls, scheduled on February 22 and 25, so that those in jobs can get the chance to exercise their franchise.

Punjab leadership row: Ashwani Kumar meets Sonia Gandhi

Former Union Minister and Punjab Congress leader Ashwani Kumar on Friday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi to press for early resolution of the leadership row in Punjab and discussed the party's strategy in the state.

BJP candidate of Punjab civic elections dies

The BJP candidate from Pathankot Municipal Corporation died here, following a cardiac arrest, her family said on Friday.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Punjab next month: Bajwa

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is slated to visit Punjab next month, a senior party leader said here on Thursday.

BKI militant Jagtar Singh Tara gets bail in jail break case

Babbar Khalsa militant Jagtar Singh Tara, convicted for life in former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh's assassination case, was on Tuesday granted bail by a court here in Burail jail break case.

Committee sought to probe into missing statue of Sardar Patel

BJP and Congress leaders here are trading charges over a bronze statue of Sardar Patel, which went missing last year from the store room of Jalandhar Municipal Corporation.

Punjab sets up Bureau of Agriculture Promotion

Having been at the forefront of the 'Green Revolution' in the agriculture sector in the 1960s, Punjab has now got a Bureau of Agriculture Promotion.

AAP to launch awareness programme against drug menace in Punjab

The Aam Aadmi Party will launch a mass awareness programme against drugs menace in Punjab soon, a senior party functionary said on Tuesday.

Devotees throng temples on Maha Shivratri in Punjab, Haryana

 A large number of devotees on Tuesday thronged temples across Punjab and Haryana, including Chandigarh, on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.