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15 days ago
Punjab border schools reopen; no word on evacuated villages yet

Chandigarh, Oct 5 (IANS) Schools in border areas of Punjab reopened on Wednesday -- although with less than 50 per cent attendance, officials said. Reports from schools in the six border districts of Amritsar, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Ferozepur, Tarn Taran and Fazilka said that only 35-45 per cent students attended the schools on Wednesday. The main reason for this was that the Punj...

15 days ago
Terrorism unleashed against Afghanistan hampers development work: India

Brussels, Oct 5 (IANS) Without naming Pakistan, India has said that the terror and violence unleashed against Afghanistan does not allow for easy implementation of development work in the war-torn country. Peace is essential to development; terrorism is anathema to development, Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar said at a meeting on regional integration and prosperity on T...

16 days ago
Tension prevails on International Border: BSF DG

New Delhi, Oct 4 (IANS) Border Security Force (BSF) Director General K.K. Sharma on Tuesday said there was tension along the International Border (IB) with Pakistan in the wake of the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control. There is still tension at the International Border (IB) that runs along Jammu, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat, Sharma said, adding ...

17 days ago
Stone thrown during Retreat ceremony on Attari-Wagah border in Punjab

Amritsar, Oct 2 (IANS) A stone was thrown during the otherwise lowkey Retreat ceremony on Sunday evening at the Attari-Wagah joint checkpost, about 30 km from here, BSF sources said. No one was injured in the incident. Even as the stone thrown from the Pakistan side landed in the Indian territory and a section of Pakistani spectators raised anti-India and pro-Kashmir slogans, the...

20 days ago
Despite tension, India-Pakistan trade, bus service continues

Amritsar, Sep 30 (IANS) Despite the escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, trade and bus service between both countries continued through the Attari-Wagah joint check post (JCP) on Friday. The 'Sada-e-Sarhad' peace bus between Delhi and Lahore also plied on Friday with 15 passengers, all from Pakistan, travelled to Lahore. The bus had its scheduled stop at the Punjab T...

20 days ago
Retreat ceremony at Attari suspended till October 2

Amritsar, Sep 30 (IANS) Amid rising tension between India and Pakistan, the BSF has suspended the Retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border checkpost till October 2, officials said on Friday. Border Securiy Force officials said flags of both countries were being lowered at the border gates in a low-key affair. The ceremony, carried out by border guards of India and Pakistan, th...

21 days ago
Nearly 1,000 Punjab villages being evacuated; CM congratulates Modi

Chandigarh, Sep 29 (IANS) Residents of nearly 1,000 villages in Punjab districts bordering Pakistan are being evacuated following escalation of tension between India and Pakistan in the wake of surgical strikes by the Indian Army across the LoC. The villages being evacuated as a preventive measure include 300 in Ferozepur district, 290 in Gurdaspur, 137 in Amritsar, 135 in Tarn Taran, 65...

21 days ago
Artillery, troops move to Punjab border, evacuation begins

Chandigarh, Sep 29 (IANS) Army columns with artillery moved towards Punjab's border with Pakistan on Thursday amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi's surgical strikes across the LoC. Army convoys could be seen moving towards the border belt in various border districts of Punjab including Fazilka, Ferozepur, Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Pathankot. ...

21 days ago
Punjab on maximum alert, villagers near border told to move

Chandigarh, Sep 29 (IANS) Punjab was on maximum alert on Thursday while villagers close to the border with Pakistan have been told to move to safer locations following Indian surgical strikes across the LoC. Punjab is in a state of maximum alert, Harcharan Bains, the advisor to Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, said here. He said appropriate steps were being taken to ensure the...

21 days ago
BSF cancels Retreat at Attari-Wagah border

Chandigarh, Sep 29 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) has cancelled the 'Retreat' ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border joint check-post (JCP) at Attari, 30 km from Amritsar, officials said on Thursday. The BSF and district authorities have asked visitors and tourists not to move towards Attari for the ceremony on Thursday. It is not clear when the ceremony will resume. The Ret...

24 days ago
Samjhauta Express leaves for New Delhi from Lahore

Lahore, Sep 26 (IANS) The Samjhauta Express train between India and Pakistan, via Attari in Punjab, left from here to New Delhi on Monday after authorities allowed its operation, the Pakistani media reported. According to The News International, the train on Monday morning carried 138 passengers who face custom and immigration clearance at Wagah border. The Indian authorities sai...

24 days ago
Track disruption delays Samjhauta Express to Pakistan

New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) The running of the Samjhauta Express train between Delhi to Lahore, via Attari in India's Punjab was delayed due to track disruption because of labour issues, said informed sources. Our Ministry of Railways has conveyed that because of labour issues there was disruption of track, a source here said. The information was conveyed by the Indian Railways to P...

26 days ago
PM condoles deaths in Madhubani, Attari accidents, announces relief

New Delhi, Sep 23 (IANS) The Prime Minister's Office on Friday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the persons killed in the Madhubani (Bihar) and Attari (Punjab) bus accidents. It also announced payment of Rs 50,000 each to the seriously injured from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF). The Prime Minister is grieved to learn about the los...

1 month ago
6 children die as school bus falls into drain in Punjab

Chandigarh, Sep 20 (IANS) At least six children were killed and 20 injured when a school bus fell into a drain near Punjab's Amritsar town on Tuesday, police said. The children were students of M.K.D. DAV Public School in Neshta village near Attari, located close to the India-Pakistan border. Five of the 11 children who were taken to a private hospital in Chheharta were declared ...

1 month ago
Kashmiri man detained at Attari with Hizbul badge

Amritsar, Sep 7 (IANS) Intelligence agencies have detained a Kashmiri man at the Attari border near here for carrying a badge of Pakistan-based terrorist group Hizbul Mujahideen, security officials said on Wednesday. The man, Hilal Ahmed, about 24 years old, was being questioned by intelligence agencies after officials of the customs department found the badge from his luggage during che...

1 month ago
Title of Pawan Kalyan's new film announced on his 46th b'day

Chennai, Sep 2 (IANS) The title of actor Pawan Kalyan's upcoming Telugu film, a remake of Tamil blockbuster Veeram, is Katamarayudu. The makers announced on the occasion of the star's 46th birthday. In an official statement, the makers confirmed the title as Katamarayudu, inspired from the song Pawan sang in his 2013 Telugu blockbuster Attarintiki Daaredhia. In the film, Pawan wi...

1 month ago
Indo-Pakistan Peace Restaurant to showcase food in Paris

Attari (Punjab), Aug 28 (IANS) A popular restaurant, which sells Indian and Pakistani cuisine and the idea of peace between the not-so-friendly neighbours right at the international border between both countries, will showcase its food at an international food event in Paris next month. 'Sarhad' (which means border) restaurant, located just one kilometer from the Attari-Wagah joint check...

1 month ago
Altaf gives up MQM leadership after calling Pakistan 'cancer'

London/Islamabad, Aug 24 (IANS) MQM leader Altaf Hussain has given up control over the party after coming under widespread criticism for calling Pakistan a cancer, the media reported on Wednesday. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief has handed over all powers of party reorganisation as well as policy-making to the Coordination Committee, MQM spokesman Wasay Jalil said. Hussain sai...

2 months ago
Union minister ties rakhis on BSF troopers

Attari (Punjab), Aug 17 (IANS) Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday tied 'rakhis' to the Border Security Force (BSF) troopers deployed on the international border at Attari, 30 km from Amritsar. Along with the minister, girls from colleges and schools, and also social activists tied 'rakhis' on the officers and troopers of the force. Kaur said the...

2 months ago
India, Pakistan border guards exchange sweets at Wagah

Attari (Punjab), Aug 15 (IANS) Border guards of India and Pakistan on Monday exchanged pleasantries and sweets at the Attari-Wagah joint checkpost to mark India's 70th Independence Day. A special cultural function was organised by the Indian authorities at the joint check post, some 30 km from Amritsar, where the national flag was hoisted in the morning and the symbolic Retreat ceremony,...

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