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PM hints at fuel price hike, stresses energy security

April 28, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Bathinda (Punjab), April 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday hinted at an impending hike in fuel prices saying that there is need for such an exercise to balance the effects of the spiralling oil import bill.

PM launches Rs.21,500 crore Bathinda refinery

April 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Bathinda (Punjab), April 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday inaugurated the Rs.21,500 crore Guru Gobind Singh Refinery in Punjab's Bathinda district.

Seven killed in Haryana accident

April 25, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Chandigarh, April 25 (IANS) At least seven people were killed and 13 others injured Wednesday in an accident involving three vehicles in Haryana's Jind district, 160 km from here, police said.

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Punjab to link all cities with highways

April 23, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Chandigarh, April 23 (IANS) All major cities in Punjab will be linked with four and six-laned highways at a cost of Rs.8,528 crore, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said here Monday.

PM to inaugurate Bathinda refinery

April 19, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Chandigarh, April 19 (IANS) The Rs.21,500 crore Guru Gobind Singh Refinery near Bathinda town - the largest investment in Punjab since independence - will be formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh April 28, Punjab officials said here Thursday.

BJP activists stop trains in Punjab, Haryana

April 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Chandigarh, April 3 (IANS) Train services in parts of Punjab and Haryana were affected Tuesday as the Kisan Morcha farmers wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) blocked railway tracks as part of its one-day agitation to demand higher procurement prices for foodgrain.

BJP to stop trains in eight states Tuesday

April 2, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Chandigarh, April 2 (IANS) The Kisan Morcha farmers wing of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) will conduct a 'Rail Roko' agitation Tuesday in eight states of the country where foodgrain is procured to demand higher prices.

Bathinda refinery to be inaugurated in April

March 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Chandigarh, March 29 (IANS) The Rs.21,500 crore Guru Gobind Singh Refinery near Bathinda town in southwest Punjab will be formally inaugurated next month, a senior official said here Thursday.

Shutdown hits Punjab, Rajoana appeals for calm

March 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Chandigarh, March 28 (IANS) A shutdown called by Sikh groups to protest the scheduled hanging of terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana affected life in most parts of Punjab but the man facing death remained defiant.

Punjab shutdown affects life but peaceful

March 28, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Chandigarh, March 28 (IANS) The one-day bandh (shutdown) called by various Sikh organisations Wednesday to protest against the scheduled hanging of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana affected life in most places across Punjab but remained peaceful.

Brisk polling reported in Punjab and Uttarakhand

January 30, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Chandigarh/Dehradun, Jan.30 (ANI): Brisk polling was reported in the assembly constituencies of Punjab and Uttarakhand on Monday, despite the presence of heavy security.

Nearly 65% voting in Punjab and 70% in Uttarakhand

January 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM

After concluding the voting in Manipur on Saturday, today voting exercise went on in two states - Punjab and Uttarakhand as a part of assembly election. According to official sources, as much as 65% of voting is registered in Punjab while the....

Nearly 65% voting in Punjab and 70% in Uttarakhand

January 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM

After concluding the voting in Manipur on Saturday, today voting exercise went on in two states - Punjab and Uttarakhand as a part of assembly election. According to official sources, as much as 65% of voting is registered in Punjab while the....

Brisk polling reported in Punjab and Uttarakhand

January 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Chandigarh/Dehradun, Jan.30 (ANI): Brisk polling was reported in the assembly constituencies of Punjab and Uttarakhand on Monday, despite the presence of heavy security.

Manpreet Badal wants a change of government in Punjab

January 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Bhatinda, Jan 17 (ANI): People's Party of Punjab (PPP) leader Manpreet Singh Badal hopes that the assembly polls in Punjab would result in a change of regime.

Manpreet Badal wants a change of government in Punjab

January 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Bhatinda, Jan 17 (ANI): People's Party of Punjab (PPP) leader Manpreet Singh Badal hopes that the assembly polls in Punjab would result in a change of regime.

Sukhdeo Singh accused in Pakistani national's murder in Dubai returns to India

November 6, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Bhatinda, Nov 6 (ANI): one of the four convicts, Sukhdev Singh, found guilty of murdering a Pakistani national in 2009, released by the designated court at Dubai got a warm reception by his kith and kin on arrival at his ancestral home in Bathinda.

Omar Abdullah approves gas pipeline project for J-K

June 8, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Srinagar, June 8 (ANI): Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday gave nod to the prestigious 750 kilometers gas pipeline project from Bathinda-Jammu to Srinagar to be completed within 36 months from its launch.

Jat protest continues in Haryana, rail services disrupted

March 23, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Hisar, Mar.23 (ANI): Jats demanding reservation in government jobs occupied 14 railway tracks in Haryana today, which badly disrupted train services in the region.

Cold waves condition intensifies in northern India

December 26, 2010 at 3:59 PM

New Delhi, Dec 26 (ANI): The northern parts of the country have been hit by biting cold waves, with reports claiming that temperature dipped down to minimum at many places, while some other places remained blanketed by thick fog in the region.

Govt. to raise more funds for development in Punjab: Badal

November 2, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Baba Bakala (Amritsar) Nov. 2 (ANI): Punjab's Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday said that to achieve the ongoing development projects' target in the state, the Government is determined to raise more money by curbing the revenue theft network in the state.

Professionals fear development projects may hamper city's heritage values

September 14, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Amritsar, Sep. 14 (ANI): Many people here feel that the Personalized Rapid Transit System (PRTS) would harm historic Walled City of Amritsar and would hamper tourism in the city.

Radio Pakistan 'peeved' at Punjab farmers innovative skills

February 1, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Bathinda, Feb.1 (ANI): Punjab farms are some of the best irrigated areas in India, but if you listen to the Punjabi Durbar programme of Radio Pakistan the fields in Punjab are dry and the farmers are in despair.

India-U.S. relations 'not conducive', says Radio Pakistan

January 16, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Bathinda, Jan.16 (ANI): The Punjabi Durbar programme of Radio Pakistan finds it difficult to accept that the United States is having close relations with India in various fields. The fact that the United States also has close relations with Pakistan, which is helping that country in the operations in Afghanistan against terrorists does not militate against the US having close relations with India. !

Punjab Government kicks off animal adoption scheme

January 13, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Ludhiana, Jan 13(ANI): The Punjab Government has initiated an animal adoption scheme, where they have offered a chance to adopt wild animals and birds from major zoos of the state, to promote community involvement for animal care.

Radio Pakistan's sympathy for drug addicts in Punjab villages

January 11, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Bathinda, Jan.11 (ANI): In its recent Punjabi Durbar programme Radio Pakistan has talked about the 'compelling circumstances' that make individual take to drug addiction in Punjab villages, as it says farmers in Punjab are economically backward and are taking to drugs due to stress.

Radio Pakistan now worried about tribals in India

December 24, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Bathinda, Dec.24 (ANI): 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.

'Malwa Heritage Foundation' working towards revisiting lost glory of Punjab villages

December 21, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Bathinda, Dec 21(ANI): With modernisation, villages in Punjab have undergone a sea change, as has the standard of living. But, in the process, tradition and culture have been adversely affected. However, there is a glimmer of hope, as a heritage foundation is working towards restoring the lost glory of the state.

Indian Army hosts horse show in Chandigarh

December 20, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Chandigarh, Dec 20(ANI): The Indian Army recently hosted a horse show in Chandigarh to promote the sport and as an image building exercise among civilians.

Bathinda hosts three-day Malwa heritage festival

December 8, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Bathinda (Punjab), Dec.8 (ANI): A three-day-long Malwa Heritage festival, which commenced this week, is being celebrated in a grand way here to showcase the traditional values and culture of the region.

Skill training centre for Punjabi youth

August 11, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Bathinda (Punjab) Aug 11 (ANI): India's thrust on infrastructure has opened up new avenues of employment for the skilled and semi-skilled workforce.

Punjab's rural libraries spread awareness in farmers' lives

July 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Bathinda, July 25 (ANI): Many libraries in the rural Punjab are spreading awareness about different aspects of life and society and thus transforming lives of farmer families.

Ludhiana has air-conditioned taxi service

June 22, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Ludhiana, June 22 (ANI): An air-conditioned Radio taxi service has been introduced in Ludhiana, which makes it the third city after Mohali and Amritsar to have such a facility in Punjab.

Punjab limps back to normalcy, but tension persists

May 26, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Jalandhar, May 26 (IANS) Punjab Tuesday limped back to near normalcy after nearly 40 hours of mayhem and widespread violence as followers of the Dera Sachh Khand sect protested the attack on religious leaders in a Vienna gurdwara Sunday. Most residents stayed home. Many passengers were stranded at various rail stations as about 40 trains were cancelled.

Punjab curfew being relaxed but state remains tense

May 26, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Jalandhar, May 26 (IANS) District authorities in central Punjab Tuesday allowed relaxation in curfew in towns where it was imposed Monday after widespread violence by followers of the Dera Sachh Khand sect who protested against the attack on religious leaders in a gurdwara in Vienna Sunday.

Tension, curfew continue in parts of Punjab

May 26, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Jalandhar, May 26 (IANS) Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Phagwara towns of Punjab continued to be under curfew Tuesday, a day after two people were killed in police firing to control the violence triggered in the state by the slaying of a Sikh religious leader in Vienna.

One dead as Punjab erupts over Vienna gurdwara killing

May 25, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Jalandhar/New Delhi/Vienna, May 25 (IANS) One person was killed and eight people were injured as police fired at two places in Punjab during six hours of widespread violence by tens of thousands of followers of a Sikh sect after their leader was slain in faraway Austria.

Punjab burns as sect leader dies in Vienna

May 25, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Jalandhar, May 25 (IANS) Several parts of Punjab continued to be on the boil Monday with trains burnt and key highways blocked as violence by followers of the Dera Sachh Khand, opposing the attack on sect leaders in the Austrian capital Vienna, spread and brought the state to a standstill.

Punjab chief minister calls all party meet over violence

May 25, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Chandigarh, May 25 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Monday decided to hold an all party meeting here Tuesday to discuss the violence in the state following the death of a Sikh religious leader in a clash in Vienna and also called for the closure of all commercial establishments in the state.

Fresh violence in Punjab after sect leader dies in Vienna

May 25, 2009 at 11:56 AM

Jalandhar/Vienna, May 25 (IANS) Train bogies were torched at the Jalandhar Cantt station, a key highway blocked and vehicles and shops set afire as large parts of Punjab came to a standstill Monday after news that a top leader of the Dera Sachh Khand sect had died of his injuries following a clash in a Vienna gurdwara.

Four killed as school van collides with train in Punjab

May 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Jalandhar, May 20 (ANI): At least four people have been killed, including three school children, and several others injured when a school van collided with the Ferozepur-Bathinda Express at a railway crossing at Gumtala village in Jalandhar on Wednesday morning.

Badals win constituency, while Punjab slips from control (News Analysis)

May 17, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Chandigarh, May 17 (IANS) At a time when the ruling Badal family in Punjab should have been reviewing the Akali Dal's dismal show in Punjab's 2009 Lok Sabha elections, it seems to be rejoicing in its personal victory in the Bathinda seat.

Navjot Sidhu wins, Vinod Khanna loses in Punjab

May 16, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Chandigarh, May 16 (IANS) Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained his Amritsar Lok Sabha seat even as party colleague and actor Vinod Khanna lost from the adjoining Gurdaspur in Punjab Saturday.

Akali-BJP alliance under pressure (Poll Curtainraiser - Punjab)

May 12, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Chandigarh, May 12 (IANS) Two days of rallies by top national leaders in Punjab may have generated renewed voters' interest in Lok Sabha elections but whether it will affect Wednesday's poll for nine parliamentary seats remains to be seen. The main political parties in the fray - the ruling Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance and the opposition Congress - are keeping their fingers crossed.

Popularising art and literature in rural areas of Punjab

May 11, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Bathinda, May 11 (ANI): Having drawn to the world of colours and creativity in early childhood, Amarjit Singh of Bathinda, has since then been passionately popularising Punjab's vibrant culture and history through art world.

Govt has started talks with Pak over imposition of 'Jazia' on minorities: PM

May 11, 2009 at 1:26 PM

Amritsar, May 11 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday said his government has started talks with Pakistan on the issue of imposition of the religious tax 'Jazia' on minorities in that country's tribal areas.

Haryana, Punjab register nearly 65 percent voting

May 7, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Chandigarh, May 7 (IANS) Barring a few clashes between workers of various parties, parliamentary poll in Haryana and Punjab Thursday passed off peacefully with a voter turnout of nearly 65 percent in both states.

Haryana polls over 60 percent, Punjab 55 percent

May 7, 2009 at 6:21 PM

Chandigarh, May 7 (IANS) Haryana saw over 60 percent polling for its 10 Lok Sabha seats, while in neighbouring Punjab over 55 percent balloting was recorded for the four constituencies that went to polls Thursday.

BSP candidate caught entering polling station with revolver

May 7, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Mansa (Punjab), May 7 (IANS) The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate for Punjab's Bathinda parliamentary constituency, Nem Chand Chaudhary, was Thursday detained by police after he tried to enter a polling station with a loaded revolver.

Haryana voting at 39 percent, Punjab 35 percent by early afternoon

May 7, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Chandigarh, May 7 (IANS) Haryana recorded nearly 39 percent voting while parts of Punjab recorded nearly 35 percent turnout till mid-day Thursday.

Badal's wife apologises for driving into polling station

May 7, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Bathinda (Punjab), May 7 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's wife Surinder Kaur cut a sorry figure by driving into a polling station to cast her vote Thursday. But she offered an apology when the lapse was pointed out to her.

Slow start to voting in Haryana; Punjab better

May 7, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Chandigarh, May 7 (IANS) Voting in Haryana got off to a sluggish start Thursday, but more voters turned out in four parliamentary seats of adjoining Punjab.

Bus crushes boy, mob torches bus in Punjab town

December 14, 2008 at 9:18 PM

Bathinda (Punjab), Dec 14 (IANS) An angry mob Sunday set a private bus on fire after a 10-year-old boy was crushed under it near this southwest Punjab town.

Dera chief questioned by Punjab Police for four hours

December 3, 2008 at 8:23 PM

Chandigarh, Dec 3 (IANS) Controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh Wednesday spent over four hours at the heavily guarded Punjab Police headquarters where he was questioned in a case of his attiring himself like the 10th Sikh guru, Gobind Singh, last year.

Chandigarh fortified for visit of Dera sect chief

December 3, 2008 at 5:24 PM

Chandigarh, Dec 3 (IANS) Traffic movement was restricted, many public parking spaces were closed and 1,500 policemen patrolled Chandigarh streets Wednesday in an attempt to fortify the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana for the arrival of Dera Sacha Sauda sect chief Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh, who is a rape and murder accused but enjoys Z-plus category security.

Bathinda, Punjab's emerging modern industrial city

November 24, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Bathinda, Nov.24 (ANI): Being one of the oldest towns in Punjab, Bathinda today steadily emerging as the State's modern industrial city.

India-Pakistan Kabaddi matches will strengthen cultural ties

November 10, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Amritsar, Nov.10 (ANI): With efforts to revive and strengthen cultural relations between India and Pakistan being taken to create a congenial atmosphere among people on both sides of the divide, sports is also holding a lot of promise.

Aids awareness train to reach Punjab Oct 27

October 25, 2008 at 8:19 PM

Chandigarh, Oct 25 (IANS) The Red Ribbon Express (RRE) will enter Punjab Oct 27 to spread awareness about AIDS.

Haryana to import soil fungus to increase fertility

October 11, 2008 at 12:33 AM

Sirsa (Haryana), Oct 10 (IANS) Haryana will import soil fungus from other countries to increase soil fertility in the state, it was announced here Friday.

Punjab needs investments worth Rs.30 bn: minister

October 6, 2008 at 8:23 PM

Chandigarh, Sep 30 (IANS) Punjab needs investments worth Rs.30 billion ($652 million) to ensure prosperity of all sections of the society, state Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said here Tuesday.

Punjab needs investments worth Rs.30 bn: minister

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Chandigarh, Sep 30 (IANS) Punjab needs investments worth Rs.30 billion ($652 million) to ensure prosperity of all sections of the society, state Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said here Tuesday.

Rahul Gandhi discounts prime ministerial ambitions

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Hoshiyarpur/Bathinda (Punjab), Sept 24 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has refuted media reports that he nurtures hopes of becoming prime minister.

Uneasy calm in Dabwali after Dera-Sikh clashes

January 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Sirsa, July 19 (ANI): Uneasy calm prevailed in Haryana's Sirsa district and parts of Punjab today, even as curfew remained clamped in Dabwali town following clashes between Dera Sacha Sauda followers and Sikhs.

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