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No move to sell land of loan-defaulter farmers: Punjab Minister

Chandigarh, July 19 (IANS) Punjab Cooperation Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Thursday said that there is no move or intention to sell the land of farmers to recover dues by the State Agriculture Cooperative Bank. Initiating legal action against defaulters is a routine practice in all banks. This bank has also been following it and sending notices to defaulters for the recovery. Bu...

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Punjab DGP sees conspiracy in campaign against him; warns of legal action

Chandigarh, July 19 (IANS) Under a sustained attack from the opposition, top police officials and other quarters over his shielding a certain controversial police officers, Punjab Police chief Suresh Arora on Thursday said that there was a spiteful conspiracy against him and other top brass of the force to erode the credibility and morale of the state police. During my career spanning 36...

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Haryana bans new pyrolysis plants

Chandigarh, July 19 (IANS) The Haryana State Pollution Control Board has imposed prohibition on establishing new pyrolysis plants (for extraction of fuel oil from waste rubber tyres) in the state till the study in the local effects caused on health and environment by them is completed, a spokesperson said on Thursday. The board spokesperson said that the decision of prohibition on these ...

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BSF kills Pakistani intruder on Punjab border

Chandigarh, July 19 (IANS) Border Security Force (BSF) troopers shot dead an intruder from Pakistan along Punjab's border with Pakistan in the frontier district of Gurdaspur, a BSF spokesman said on Thursday. The incident took place late on Wednesday night in the area of Border outpost Channa in Gurdaspur sector, nearly 280 km from here. According to the spokesman, troopers at th...

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Priest from Punjab arrested in Delhi after rape complaint

Chandigarh, July 19 (IANS) Punjab Police arrested a priest and self-styled healer from the Delhi international airport following a complaint from a woman in Zirakpur that he had raped her, said an official on Thursday. Zirakpur station house officer (SHO) Pawan Kumar said the priest, Bajinder Singh, was nabbed from the Delhi airport as he was about to board a flight for London where he w...

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Amarinder urges Sushma to ensure safety of Sikhs in Afghanistan

Chandigarh, July 18 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take all possible steps to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sikhs settled in Afghanistan. In a letter to Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday, he expressed concern at the recent bombings in Kabul, besides the earlier series of terror attacks in Afghanistan, that had le...

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Punjab to cap tenure of lower police officials

Chandigarh, July 18 (IANS) To break the alleged nexus among lower rank officials and bring transparency in their functioning, Punjab Police decided to cap the tenure of middle and lower rung police officials in the state. The tenure of a station house officer (SHO) and 'munshi' at a police station has been capped to a maximum of three years, and that of constables and head constables to ...

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Four asphyxiated to death in Haryana

Chandigarh, July 18 (IANS) Four persons were killed due to suspected gas poisoning at a biogas plant in Haryana's Kurukshetra district on Wednesday, police said. The victims included a man and his two sons, who were choked to death at Dera Rampur village. The bodies were sent for post-mortem to the Civil Hospital in Kurukshetra, around 110 km from here. Police said that t...

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Punjab GoM nod for new policy on regularisation of illegal colonies

Chandigarh, July 17 (IANS) Despite reservations from some Ministers and legislators, a draft policy framed by the Punjab government for the regularisation of illegal colonies was approved by a Group of Ministers here on Tuesday with some modifications. The policy was deliberated upon minutely and after some modifications a consensus on the same was reached, Housing and Urban Development ...

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Punjab to help farmers cut down urea usage

Chandigarh, July 17 (IANS) Prompted by the success in curtailing fertiliser usage in the kharif crops, 'Tandarust Punjab Mission' will now focus on restraining the usage of urea, a senior functionary said on Tuesday. The usage of Diammonium Phosphate (DAP) fertiliser in the kharif crops has come down by 29 per cent. Mission Director K.S. Pannu said a strategy of awareness, motiv...

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Maximum temperatures dip in Haryana, Punjab after rain

Chandigarh, July 16 (IANS) Even though humid conditions prevailed over the region, the maximum temperatures dipped at most places acrossAHaryana and Punjab on Monday. The maximum temperatures dipped by one to five degrees from the average, Met department said here. Chandigarh recorded a high of 29.7 degrees, four degrees below the average. Patiala city in Punjab recorded ...

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To meet rush of drug addicts, Punjab to hire retired shrinks

Chandigarh, July 16 (IANS) The Punjab government will hire retired government psychiatrists to deal with the rush of drug addicts at de-addiction centres across the state, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Monday. The Chief Minister said the government's anti-drug campaign will include employment and empanelment of full-time and part-time private psychiatrists. At his week...

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Haryana to sack women councillors for skipping official meetings

Chandigarh, July 16 (IANS) Women councillors remaining absent at three consecutive meetings of municipal bodies in Haryana and instead sending their husbands/relatives to represent them will henceforth be sacked, a Minister said on Monday. Urban Local Bodies Minister Kavita Jain said that the practice of proxy attendance by relatives of women councillors was of great concern and had been...

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Haryana to improve connectivity between Delhi, Gurugram

Chandigarh, July 16 (IANS) The Haryana government will initiate new projects to improve connectivity between national capital Delhi and adjoining Gurugram city, a minister said on Monday. Haryana Public Works Minister Narbir Singh said a plan to connect Vasant Kunj in Delhi with MG Road in Gurugram is being worked out, and the road would further be linked with the Delhi-Jaipur national h...

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Emerging Hindustani classical music artistes put on mesmerising recital

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) With soulful vocal and santoor recitals, Hindustani classicalists Mahalaxmi Shenoy and Raj Kumar Majumdar created a vibrant yet mesmerising ambience at the 10th Quarterly Baithak of Chandigarh-based educational institution Pracheen Kala Kendra here. At the recital at the India Habitat Centre here on Saturday, Shenoy, who has also trained under Grammy-winning ins...

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Photo festival brings transgender voices to commoners

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) Dubbed as an initiative that seeks to bring powerful art to the people and go beyond the art-literate circles, a photography festival opens minds about the transgender community within India as well as globally, says curator Manik Katyal. Using multimedia, live shows and print, the Sandesh travelling festival by The Kitab collective celebrates the beauty and div...

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Reverse decision on helmets for Sikh women: Akali Dal

Chandigarh, July 14 (IANS) Accusing the Union Territory (UT) Administration of changing the definition of Sikh women to make the wearing of helmets on two-wheelers compulsory for all non-turbaned women, the Shiromani Akali Dal on Saturday urged that the decision be reversed immediately for all Sikh women. The SAD strongly urged the Chandigarh Administration to reverse its arbitrary amend...

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Punjab's rural dispensaries to act as drug rehab centres

Chandigarh, July 13 (IANS) Dispensaries falling under Punjab's rural development department will be used as drug rehabilitation centres to tackle the rampant drugs abuse problem in the state, a minister said on Friday. Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa said under the 'Mission Tandarust Punjab', doctors deputed in these dispensaries and the para medical s...

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Haryana urges Centre to restore its share in Panjab University

Chandigarh, July 13 (IANS) The Haryana government has urged the Centre to restore the state's share in Panjab University (PU). Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, referred to the Punjab and Haryana High Court directive to the Principal Secretary Higher Education, Haryana to hold parleys with the Vice-Chancellor of the university f...

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Akal Takht head appeals against drug abuse

Chandigarh, July 13 (IANS) The Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhism, on Friday issued an appeal to the members of the Sikh community to ensure that drug abuse does not take place in their family, locality, village or neighbourhood. I have issued an appeal to all Sikhs and everyone else to ensure that drug abuse does not take place around them. It is important for us to save t...

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