Punjab

Draft policy on illegal colonies triggers Bajwa-Sidhu tussle

Draft policy on illegal colonies triggers Bajwa-Sidhu tussle

Punjab’s re-framed draft policy for regularising 7,000 illegal colonies in cities is finally ready, and the colonisers seem to have had their way. This has triggered a tussle between Housing  Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, whose department has framed the draft policy, and Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who …

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Virtual museum to bring alive Anglo-Sikh relics

Virtual museum to bring alive Anglo-Sikh relics

Having a “feel” of the Kohinoor on your smartphone or laptop, thousands of miles away from the Tower of London’s heavily guarded Jewel House, is set to become a reality. The UK-based Sikh Museum Initiative (SMI) is working on a project that will provide you virtual access to the fabled …

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Unclaimed vehicles pile up at police stations, cops in a fix

Unclaimed vehicles pile up at police stations, cops in a fix

The rusting of confiscated vehicles is a common site across all police stations in the state. And though the government had directed the police to initiate steps to dispose of unclaimed vehicles, sources say there is no immediate respite as the matter involves several legalities.In November last year, Chief Minister …

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DGP forms SIT to probe attack on forest officials

DGP forms SIT to probe attack on forest officials

Punjab DGP Suresh Arora has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the attack on forest officials at Seonk village in Mohali by illegal sand miners last month. The SIT, led by the IGP, Ropar Range, V Neerja, visited the spot where the attack took place and also the …

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Identify addicts with help of gram panchayats: HC

Identify addicts with help of gram panchayats: HC

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday directed the state government to make a policy for saving lives of drug addicts by identifying them with the help of gram panchayats before their free treatment at de-addiction centres.The Bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli asked the …

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Punjab minister directs pollution control board to check STPs

Punjab minister directs pollution control board to check STPs

In a turn of events that would cause embarrassment to the state local bodies department, environment minister OP Soni has directed the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) staff to take samples of discharge from Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), get them tested prepare a record and seek monthly compliance report from …

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When death comes, even a helmet cannot save us, says SAD women wing chief

When death comes, even a helmet cannot save us, says SAD women wing chief

Flaying the recent decision of the Chandigarh administration in making helmets mandatory for Sikh women two-wheeler riders not wearing a turban, women wing president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Bibi Jagir Kaur, has said, “When death comes, even helmet cannot save us.” Kaur, former (Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee) SGPC president …

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Bid to run over Ludhiana cop, clings to bonnet

Bid to run over Ludhiana cop, clings to bonnet

In brazen disregard for law, an “underage” driver of a Mercedes car allegedly tried to run over a traffic policeman, forcing the latter to jump onto its bonnet to save himself, at Hero Bakery Chowk here on Wednesday.  The policeman suffered minor head injuries and was admitted to a private hospital. …

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Punish Sajjan, Tytler for ’84 riots: Sukhbir

Punish Sajjan, Tytler for ’84 riots: Sukhbir

Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal on Wednesday not only projected Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “saviour of farmers”, but also tried to win over the Sikh vote bank by urging the PM to punish Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler for their alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.He …

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PM rally today, 5K cops on duty: Capt takes a dig

PM rally today, 5K cops on duty: Capt takes a dig

The town has been converted into a fortress as nearly 5,000 cops have been deployed for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Kisan Kalyan rally here at the grain market on Wednesday. The SAD-BJP alliance is organising the rally to thank the PM for increasing the MSP of crops. They are expecting …

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