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Rs.10 lakh for family of killed Haryana union leader

Chandigarh, Feb 21 (IANS) The Haryana government Thursday announced a compensation of Rs.10 lakh to the family of a Haryana Roadways driver and union leader, killed in a freak accident in Ambala city on Day One of the nationwide strike.

Cameron's regret satisfies some, families seek more

Amritsar, Feb 21 (IANS) Not everyone is satisfied with British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit to the Jallianwala Bagh ground here and his description of the 1919 massacre of Indians as "shameful".

Strike hits Punjab, Haryana; one killed

Chandigarh, Feb 20 (IANS) The nationwide strike hit normalcy in Punjab and Haryana Wednesday as public transport kept off the roads and banks remained shut. A Haryana Roadways employee was killed in an accident as he and his colleagues were commencing their protest.

Religion, history, business: All in Cameron's Amritsar trip

Chandigarh, Feb 20 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron was a devout, a politician regretting a historical tragedy and a business leader -- all rolled into one within a space of four hours during his visit to Sikh holy city Amritsar Wednesday.

Jallianwala Bagh killings 'shameful', says Cameron

Amritsar, Feb 20 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday termed as "shameful" the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of innocent Indians by British troops.

Cameron offers prayers at Golden Temple

Amritsar, Feb 20 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday offered prayers at the holiest of Sikh shrines, Harmandar Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple, in this Punjab town.

CBI raids residences of two Haryana legislators

Chandigarh, Feb 19 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday conducted searches at residences of two sitting Haryana legislators in connection with the murder case of a former village headman.

To woo Punjabis, Cameron to visit Amritsar

Amritsar, Feb 19 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit the Sikh holy city of Amritsar Wednesday in a clear message to woo Sikhs and Punjabis settled back home.

Milkha, Congress legislator booked for golf club brawl

Chandigarh, Feb 18 (IANS) Legendary athlete, 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh Monday found himself in the middle of an unsavoury controversy after he was named in a FIR registered by the Chandigarh police following a brawl among high-profile members of the upscale Chandigarh Golf Club here.

Forget cars, drive around in a motorhome

Chandigarh, Feb 18 (IANS) Miss the comfort of a personal bed, having a shower or cooking while on the move? For the price of a high-end luxury car, all this could be yours: A Punjab-based automobile fabricator has launched what is called a motorhome - a super-luxury caravan.

The curious case of Chandigarh firms in VVIP chopper deal

Chandigarh, Feb 16 (IANS) The names of two Chandigarh-based companies have emerged in the controversy around the $750 million VVIP chopper deal with Italian company Finmeccanica, which was supplying the AgustaWestland helicopters to India.

445 kg seized heroin burnt in Punjab

Amritsar, Feb 15 (IANS) A total of 445 kg of heroin, worth Rs.2,225 crore, seized in the last few years was burnt here, an official said.

INLD starts 'Pol Khol' campaign against Congress

Chandigarh, Feb 15 (IANS) On a day the Delhi High Court refused to give interim relief to Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leaders Om Prakash Chautala and his son Ajay Chautala in a teachers' recruitment scam, the party launched its 'Pol Khol' (expose) campaign against Haryana's ruling Congress.

41 slaughter houses closed in Haryana

Chandigarh, Feb 15 (IANS) Of Haryana's total 43 slaughter houses, only two are functional and rest have been closed by the state pollution control board due to non-installation of effluent treatment plants, a state level committee meeting was informed here Friday.

Punjab court decides rape case in 48 hours

Hoshiarpur (Punjab), Feb 15 (IANS) It took just 48 working hours for a court in this Punjab district to decide a rape case, and sentence the accused.

When mock drill itself became a disaster

Chandigarh, Feb 15 (IANS) It took several months of preparation, meetings and nearly Rs.1.2 crore. But when the big day arrived, the mock disaster drill here itself turned out to be a mockery.

Daler Mehndi's 10 acre land seized in Haryana

Chandigarh , Feb 14 (IANS) Punjabi pop singer Daler Singh Mehndi was Thursday dispossessed of 10 acres land at Sohna in Haryana by a sub-divisional magistrate court which also served him a 15-day notice for seizing another 100 acres of his farm house.

Hooda to take up wrestling in Olympics issue

Chandigarh, Feb 14 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda Thursday said he would make all possible efforts to get wrestling included in the 2020 Olympic Games.

Three high-security jails in Punjab

Chandigarh, Feb 13 (IANS) Faced with the problem of crowded jails, Punjab Wednesday approved the setting up of three new ultra-modern high security prisons at Amritsar, Bathinda and Muktsar for housing 5,000 inmates, an official said.

Punjab to develop 50 new urban estates

Chandigarh, Feb 12 (IANS) To give a boost to urban infrastructure, the Punjab government Tuesday announced that 50 new urban estates would be established in the state.

Freed in UAE, 17 Indians to return home

Chandigarh, Feb 11 (IANS) Seventeen Indian men, 16 of them from Punjab, who were on a death row in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2010 on charges of murdering a Pakistani national, have been freed by a Sharjah court and will return home early Tuesday.

Court notice to Haryana speaker, poll panel

Chandigarh, Feb 11 (IANS) The Punjab and Haryana High Court Monday issued notice to the Haryana assembly speaker and the Election Commission on a plea challenging the speaker's order allowing five Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) legislators to join the Congress.

Record 1.42 lakh footfalls at Surajkund fair

Chandigarh, Feb 11 (IANS) Sunday was an unusually busy day at the popular Surajkund Crafts Mela near New Delhi. The fair saw a record footfall of over 142,000 people - the highest in a single day in the 27 editions of the fair.

Ten in fray for bypoll in Punjab

Chandigarh, Feb 10 (IANS) The battle-lines have been drawn for the Moga assembly seat by-election in Punjab between the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal and the opposition Congress. Ten candidates are in the fray for the Feb 23 polls.

Students to 'evaluate' teachers at Panjab University

Chandigarh, Feb 10 (IANS) Teachers in Panjab University (PU) will soon get some lessons from students with a new teacher feedback system.

Sukhbir wants to expand Akali Dal base

Chandigarh, Feb 9 (IANS) Fresh with his victory at the recent Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) elections, Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal wants to expand the base of his party beyond Punjab.

Punjab official told to deposit one-third of arbitration fees

Chandigarh, Feb 8 (IANS) The Punjab and Haryana High Court Friday asked Punjab cadre IAS officer S.R. Ladhar to deposit one-third of the total arbitration fees of Rs.1.5 crore into the state government's arbitration account.

Congress vs INLD over arrest of Chautalas

Chandigarh, Feb 8 (IANS) Pushed to the wall with the conviction and arrest of its two top leaders in a teachers' recruitment scandal last month, Haryana's opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) has taken the attack into the camp of the ruling Congress and blamed it for the mess.

Sikh university caught in controversies galore

Chandigarh, Feb 7 (IANS) From bitter feuds between its vice chancellor and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to its website being hacked, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, the first and only Sikh university, has been grappling with controversies almost from day one.

Punjab approves Rs.250 crore Sikh tourism plan

Chandigarh, Feb 6 (IANS) To boost tourism in the state, Punjab's chief minister Wednesday approved a Rs.250 crore plan for Sikh circuit tourism for developing Sikh religious places.

Punjab registers 34,000 cancer deaths in 5 years

Chandigarh, Feb 6 (IANS) Concerned over a survey finding that shows Punjab witnessed 34,430 deaths - nearly 19 deaths per day - due to cancer in the last five years, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked the health department to focus on making the state cancer-free.

On border vigil, BSF sniffs out heroin aplenty

Amritsar, Feb 6 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) has a new menacing enemy on the 553-km border with Pakistan in Punjab - drugs.

Indian school team to bid for Everest world record

Chandigarh, Feb 5 (IANS) A six-student team will make a bid for a world record to become the first school team to scale Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world.

Warriors playing for pride against Waveriders

Jalandhar, Feb 4 (IANS) Jaypee Punjab Warriors would get a last chance to settle scores against Delhi Waveriders in the round-robin stage of the inaugural Hockey India League (HIL) when they host the league leaders in their last league encounter here at the Surjit Singh Hockey Stadium here Tuesday.

Haryana discoms coax consumers to pay dues

Chandigarh, Feb 3 (IANS) Faced with losses running into hundreds of crores of rupees, power distribution companies (discoms) in Haryana are offering incentives to consumers in the state.

Haryana in statue controversy

Chandigarh, Feb 2 (IANS) Haryana's politics has mostly revolved around its towering leaders. But the state is now witnessing an unlikely row over the statues of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's father Ranbir Singh in his hometown Rohtak.

NRI-drugs mafia nexus: ED raids point to Rs.200 crore hawala ring

Jalandhar (Punjab), Feb 1 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has stepped up its probe into the nexus between drugs mafia, NRIs and business houses in Punjab in the drugs trade, officials said Friday, adding that the scam could involve over Rs.200 crore of hawala money.

Minister raids school, teachers get the stick

Chandigarh, Feb 1 (IANS) This is one lesson the teachers and staff of a government school in a Punjab town got the hard way Friday.

President to inaugurate Surajkund fair Saturday

Chandigarh, Jan 31 (IANS) Upgraded to an international crafts fair, the Surajkund Crafts Mela will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday (Feb 2) in Haryana's Faridabad district, adjoining New Delhi.

Badal thanks Delhi Sikhs for gurdwara poll win

Chandigarh, Jan 30 (IANS) With his party Wednesday moving to get a clear majority in the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) election, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) president Sukhbir Singh Badal thanked the Sikh community in the capital.

Haryana blacklists SBI Life for delaying annuity payments

Chandigarh, Jan 29 (IANS) Accusing SBI Life Insurance of "intentionally delaying" the entire process of distribution of annuity to land owners, the Haryana government Tuesday black-listed the firm from doing business with it and its agencies for a period of three years.

Man dies of swine flu in Punjab

Ludhiana, Jan 29 (IANS) Swine flu scare has gripped this Punjab town as a middle-aged man died of the disease late Monday at a private hospital here, officials said.

'Duped' by NRI husband, Punjab woman files complaint

Ludhiana, Jan 28 (IANS) A woman has filed a complaint with the police here alleging that her NRI husband got a divorce from her in a Canadian court by using forged documents while she was pursuing a case of dowry harassment against him and her in-laws in India, police said Monday.

This man makes instant buildings!

Chandigarh, Jan 27 (IANS) At 46, Harpal Singh is a successful first generation entrepreneur. But that is not his only achievement. His company is now a record holder in erecting a fully-functional 10-floor building in just 48 hours. And there is no stopping him.

Congress to fight 'deserter' in Punjab by-poll

Chandigarh, Jan 26 (IANS) Till last month, Joginder Pal Jain was a Congress legislator in Punjab. He then quit the party and joined the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal. Now, the Congress is marshalling all its resources to defeat the "deserter" in the Feb 23 by-election to the Moga assembly seat.

Dhoni happy that Rohit Sharma clicked in Mohali ODI

Mohali (Punjab), Jan 23 (IANS) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni Wednesday said he was happy that batsman Rohit Sharma clicked well after being sent out to open the innings for India in the fourth one-Day International (ODI) cricket match against England at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here.

Rohit, Raina fashion India's series win

Mohali, Jan 23 (IANS) Rohit Sharma finally fulfilled expectations of his class, and along with Suresh Raina secured India a 3-1 series win over England by clinching the fourth One-day International here Wednesday.

Beaten in Mohali, England wary of Dharamsala

Mohali (Punjab), Jan 23 (IANS) Beaten comprehensively by India by five wickets in the fourth one-day International (ODI) here Wednesday, England are now wary of the conditions in Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh where the last game of the five-match series will be played Jan 27.

Incorrigible Finn denied a wicket again

Mohali, Jan 23 (IANS) Steve Finn has done it again. The England fast bowler was denied Suresh Raina's wicket at a crucial stage in the fourth One-day International (ODI) here Wednesday with his knee knocking the bails off at the non-striker's end while delivering a ball that had the Indian batsman caught at slip.

Collingwood shivers thinking of Dharamsala

Mohali, Jan 23 (IANS) Former England captain Paul Collingwood is getting the jitters thinking of going to blustery, snowy Dharamsala for the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) between India and England Sunday.


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