As expected, the Haryana cabinet on Wednesday approved leasing out eight acres of public land at Motilal Nehru School of Sports in Rai, Sonepat, at a highly concessional rate of Rs.
35,000 per acre annually to Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar for setting up a wrestling academy.
As the fast unto death by former militant Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, who has received support from radical and Panthic groups, entered 35th day, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar on Wednesday said the fast was "not legal".
The National Students' Union of India (NSUI) has launched a campaign across colleges of Punjab to get suggestions from students for the Congress manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The NSUI's Punjab president, Daaman Bajwa, addressing the media here on Wednesday, said the campaign was part of the NSUI's nationwide drive to invite suggestions from students.
Under immense public pressure for challenging the Hisar special court's May orders of acquitting six upper-caste (Jat) men accused of raping a minor Dalit girl of Dabra village in Hisar district, the Haryana government has now reasoned "administrative exigencies" and "routine procedural delay" of more than three months in approaching the Punjab and Haryana high court.
In a clear indication of the implementation of Rahul Gandhi's long-term plan to hand over organisational responsibilities to the younger generation, Lok Sabha MP and Dalit leader Ashok Tanwar will be the new chief of the Haryana Congress.
Political parties often shy away from informing their donors or the public about the party expenditure. No wonder, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and its alliance partner, the BJP, have been silent for the past five months over the money spent on the 'chintan shivir' at Goa, as asked by an NGO under the Right To Information (RTI) Act.
Giving the clean chit to cabinet minister Surjit Singh Rakhra on the beleaguered Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said on Wednesday that the state government was deliberating upon handing over its control to private hands. The CM was here on Wednesday to lay the foundation stone of a special school.
A Ludhiana-based chartered accountant (CA) was kidnapped in New Delhi on Tuesday for ransom.
Taking advantage of the dense fog and the near absence of security, robbers broke open two ATMs (automated teller machines) of Punjab National Bank (PNB) in the district in the wee hours of Wednesday and fled with more than Rs.
23 lakh. The robberies came to light in the morning.
The Centre on Wednesday opposed a plea by a youth seeking trial in India for an alleged driving offence committed in Australia in 2008 in which one person lost his life. Puneet, who was present in the courtroom during the hearing, is accused of having rammed his speeding car into a footpath, seriously injuring two pedestrians, one of whom later succumbed to the injuries.
Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi on Wednesday empowered the department's chief engineers to initiate raids to check malpractices in the depositing of property tax across the state.
The Punjab government has been directed by the Punjab and Haryana high court to issue a notification empowering the two-member special investigating team (SIT) at the earliest so as to probe the Punjab Public Service Commission's (PPSC's) job-for-cash scam in the recruitment of 312 medical officers in 2008-09.
The cancer patients seeking treatment under the Mukh Mantri Punjab Cancer Rahat Kosh Scheme (MMPCRKS) now will be entitled for cashless treatment in all 16 hospitals in the state empanelled under the scheme. The benefit will be extended to the cancer patients from January 1.
Punjab's special investigating team (SIT) probing illegal sand mining across the state was on Wednesday directed by the Punjab and Haryana high court to file its final report within a month.
Even as the Lokpal bill has been cleared by both houses of Parliament, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has said that the institution alone cannot check corruption. Talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the mini open Deer Safari here on Wednesday, Sukhbir said there was a need to overhaul the system to curb corruption.