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Sajjan meets Haryana CM; Canada keen on investment

Chandigarh, April 21 (IANS) Canada has evinced keen interest in investing in Haryana in civil aviation, skill development, education, defence, and smart city projects, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Friday. Khattar was speaking to the media after visiting Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan called on him here and evinced keen interest in investing in the northern st...

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Government may extend central aid to spur private investments in housing: Naidu

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that to promote private investments in affordable housing on a large scale, his ministry is considering to extend central assistance. The assistance would be to the tune of Rs 1.50 lakh per eligible beneficiary belonging to the economically weaker section under the projects tak...

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Eight women's panels seek stringent law on sham marriages by NRIs

Chandigarh, April 20 (IANS) Showing solidarity against sham marriages by NRI bridegrooms with Indian girls through fraud, the Women's Commissions of eight states on Thursday urged the Centre to frame a new stringent law to protect young women trapped in such cases. The Women's Commissions took the stand on the issue at a national seminar organised jointly by the Punjab State Commission f...

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Temperatures soar, heat wave sweeps across Haryana, Punjab

Chandigarh, April 20 (IANS) With maximum temperatures being recorded between 42 to 45.5 degrees at most places in the northwestern plains on Thursday, heat wave conditions swept through Haryana and Punjab. In Haryana, Narnaul town sizzled at 45.5 degrees while Hisar saw a high of 45 degrees Celsius. While temperature in Narnaul was eight degrees above normal, in Hisar it was seve...

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Canada minister at Harmandar Sahib, gets cold shoulder from government

Chandigarh, April 20 (IANS) Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan on Thursday paid obeisance at the Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar and visited other places in Punjab, but the Amarinder Singh government cold-shouldered the visiting dignitary. No Punjab minister or senior state government official either welcomed Sajjan to his native state or accompanied him on his visits to various p...

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Airtel Payments Bank accounts dominate in rural Punjab

Chandigarh, April 20 (IANS) Rural accounts dominate among the 1.5 lakh accounts opened by the Airtel Payments Bank in Punjab, a company official said on Thursday. Being India's first payments bank, over one and a half lakh (150,000) savings accounts have been opened in Punjab since its launch. Approximately two-thirds of these accounts have been opened in rural areas, contributing to fin...

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Airtel Bank accounts dominate in rural Punjab

Chandigarh, April 20 (IANS) Rural accounts dominate among the 1.5 lakh accounts opened by the Airtel Payments Bank in Punjab, a company official said on Thursday. Being India's first payments bank, over one and a half lakh (150,000) savings accounts have been opened in Punjab since its launch. Approximately two-thirds of these accounts have been opened in rural areas, contributing to fin...

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Goods train derails in Haryana, bogies fall in river

Chandigarh, April 20 (IANS) At least 15 wagons of a goods train, loaded with coal, derailed on Thursday in Haryana's Ambala district and fell into the bed of Markanda river, railway officials said. The driver and the guard of the train were said to be safe. Traffic on the Ambala-Saharanpur section was disrupted following the incident. Efforts were being made to remove the deraile...

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15 wagons of goods train derail in Haryana

Chandigarh, April 20 (IANS) At least 15 wagons of a goods train loaded with coal derailed on Thursday near Ambala city in Haryana, police sources said here. The accident took place on the Ambala-Saharanpur section, a railway official said. Ambala is about 60 km from Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana. --IANS js/tsb/bg ...

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Radicals raise Khalistan slogans as Sajjan visits Amritsar

Amritsar, April 20 (IANS) Sikh radicals raised pro-Khalistan slogans and clashed with SGPC task force volunteers outside the Golden Temple complex here in Punjab on Thursday during Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan's visit. The protestors, belonging to the hardline Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and other radical organisations, stood outside the Sikh shrine complex with post...

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Canadian Minister offers prayers at Golden Temple

Amritsar, April 20 (IANS) Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan offered prayers at the holiest of Sikh shrines 'Harmandir Sahib' here in Punjab on Thursday morning. Sajjan arrived at the Golden Temple complex and was received by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) President Kirpal Singh Badungar and other members. The Minister offered prayers inside the sa...

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Punjab, Haryana wheat arrival crosses 100 lakh tonnes

Chandigarh, April 19 (IANS) Food grain states Punjab and Haryana have recorded arrival of over 100 lakh tonnes of wheat this season, officials in both states said. In Punjab, the wheat arrival was nearly 51 lakh tonnes, out of which nearly 47 lakh tonnes was procured. In Haryana, over 50.5 lakh tonnes of wheat has arrived so far. Bulk of the wheat has been procured by gov...

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Canadian Defence Minister arives in Amritsar

Amritsar, April 19 (IANS) Amidst the controversy over his being labelled as a Khalistani sympathiser by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan arrived in the Sikh holy city of Amritsar. Sajjan arrived at the Sri Guru Ram Das Jee international airport here from New Delhi and was received by district administration officers. Members of ...

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Punjab frames rules curbing fee increase in private schools

Chandigarh, April 19 (IANS) The Punjab government on Wednesday paved the way for rationalisation of fees in private schools by giving its nod to the Punjab State Regulation of Fees of Unaided Educational Institutions Rules, 2017. The Rules would cap the annual fee hike by private schools at 8 per cent of the previous year's fee, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal told media. A...

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Punjab to hand over Saragarhi memorial to trust

Chandigarh, April 19 (IANS) The Punjab government on Wednesday decided to hand over the management of the Saragarhi memorial and a gurdwara in Ferozepur to the Saragarhi Memorial Management Trust to ensure better upkeep of the historic site. The Ferozepur-based trust, comprising serving armymen and ex-servicemen, has been entrusted with the memorial situated at Ferozepur Cantt., a govern...

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Punjab Cabinet scraps Khalsa University Act

Chandigarh, April 19 (IANS) The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday decided to scrap a controversial law passed by the earlier SAD-BJP government to facilitate the setting up of a new university on the Khalsa College campus in Amritsar. The cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh decided to scrap the Khalsa University Act, 2016, in order to save the historic 125-year-old Khalsa...

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Amarinder orders crackdown on sex determination centres

Chandigarh, April 19 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday ordered a crackdown on illegal sex determination centres in Punjab. The move came a day after Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted to him for firm action on such centres. Taking serious note of the illegal sex determination issue raised by his Haryana counterpart,... Amarinder Singh has o...

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Two persons with terror links arrested in Punjab

Chandigarh, April 18 (IANS) The Punjab Police on Tuesday announced that it has arrested two alleged terrorists belonging to a terror module set up by a Europe-based radical militant group to target leaders and members of socio-religious organisations in the state. Palwinder Singh and Sandeep Kumar were arrested by the Counter Intelligence Unit of Punjab Police from Batala town, a police ...

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Punjab to re-verify 'Blue Card' beneficiaries

Chandigarh, April 18 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ordered re-verification of the list of 'Blue Card' beneficiaries of the 'Atta-Dal scheme' to make it more targeted and comprehensive. Directing the scheme to be linked with Aadhar card, he said that it should include families of farmers who had committed suicide and also landless labourers. The decision ...

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Dog mauls dead body in Haryana hospital, probe ordered

Chandigarh, April 18 (IANS) Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the mauling of a dead body by a dog in a civil hospital at Jind in the state. Vij has appointed Director of Dental Services Parveen Sethi as nodal officer and directed him to submit the report within two days. In the shocking incident, a body kept in the mortuary of a civil hospital wa...

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