Senior Congress leader Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa has alleged that the government machinery was misused by the ruling SAD-BJP alliance in the zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections in the district. He demanded a high-level probe into alleged irregularities that surfaced during the counting of votes on Tuesday.
Even after the induction of a 'Majhail', Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa as president of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC), the opposition party faced a total rout at the hands of the SAD-BJP combine in the zila parishad and block samiti elections, counting for which was taken up on Tuesday at different places in Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Tarn Taran and Pathankot districts.
Congratulating the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidates for thumping win in the zila parishad and block samiti elections, cabinet minister Bikram Majithia has said the people of Punjab have rejected the Congress completely and it will face similar drubbing in the coming Lok Sabha polls.
Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) has released the admission schedule for the forthcoming academic session in its nine constituent colleges. In a release on Tuesday, the university said the last date for admission to these colleges would be July 8, that is without late fee. Thereafter admission will be made with late fee.
Police have arrested Balwant Singh of Rayya Khurd village in Beas on charge of raping his minor neice aged six on Sunday evening. Balwant was booked under Section 376 of the IPC at Beas police station on the complaint of Kuldeep Kaur, the child's mother.
Tension prevailed in the wake of attempts by two groups of Namdharis to take possession of the Namdhari dharamshala on the Kahnuwan road here on Monday.
BJP national vice-president Laxmi Kanta Chawla on Sunday held the Punjab government responsible for violence during campaigning for zila parishad and block samiti polls, which claimed four lives. In a communique to the chief minister, which was released to the media here, Chawla said that the incidents were a "blot on the image of our government."
Senior Punjab Congress leader Fateh Jung Singh Bajwa on Sunday claimed that his party would register victory due to large voter turnout in the zila parishad and block samiti election held during the day.
The Congress on Sunday alleged that the SAD-BJP alliance had created political terrorism in the state by misusing Punjab civil and police administration to strike fear among the supporters of the opposition parties, which was on display in the run-up to zila parishad and block samiti elections.
The Amritsar rural police on Sunday announced the arrest of six more persons in the Chak Mishri Khan village murder case, taking the total number of arrests to nine.
Hundreds of passengers were put through unnecessary inconvenience as train traffic on the Amritsar-New Delhi route was affected since 2pm on Saturday after farmers held a sit-in on the tracks at the Jandiala railway station, around 17 km from Amritsar, to demand the immediate release of 11 farmers arrested in the wake of death of a Punjab Police ASI.
Even as the state machinery geared up to hold zila parishad and block samiti polls on May 19, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday expressed apprehensions of rigging and intimidation of voters by the ruling SAD-BJP alliance.
The Shiromani Akali Dal-Amritsar (SAD-A) has initiated a move to bring about disgruntled Akali leaders as well as "lesser known" Akali factions on a single platform, barring Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) of the Badals.
Syndicate of Guru Nanak Dev University held a meeting here on Saturday and approved the increase in seats in different courses in affiliated colleges, special re-appear chance under semester system (except credit-based evaluation system) and start of education department on the university campus.
Internationally renowned award-winning filmmaker Meera Dewan has come up with 'Gur Prasad: The Grace of Food', a 58-minute documentary on the tradition of food-sharing through community kitchen, an integral aspect of Sikh religion known as 'langar'.