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Himachal Govt notifies enhanced allowance for pensioners

Himachal Pradesh government today notified enhanced pension allowance to its pensioners on attaining 65, 70 and 75 years of age with effect from April 1, 2014.

Rs.731 crore-worth drugs seized in Punjab

Punjab authorities have seized drugs worth Rs.731 crore and 7.5 lakh litres of illicit and country liquor in the run-up to the April 30 Lok Sabha polls in the state, an election officer said here Wednesday.

Jaitley resorting to half truths like a third rate liar: Capt

Former Punjab chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Captain Amarinder Singh has said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley is repeatedly resorting to half truths like a third rate liar in the hope that it might be taken as the truth.

Militants short of weapons in Kashmir, take to snatching

Security agencies are facing a tricky situation in Kashmir, as ground reports suggest poor arms availability for fresh local recruits of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is forcing the militant outfit to resort to weapon snatching from security personnel.

Need to be alert in Punjab ahead of LS polls: EC

The Election Commission has emphasised the need to be more alert during last 48 hours before the Lok Sabha polling in Punjab impending chances of distribution of cash and liquor to woo voters.

Haryana govt notifies holiday for voters registered in Punjab

Haryana government has notified April 30, the date of Lok Sabha elections in Punjab as a paid holiday for the employees registered as voters in the the neighbouring state.

Shunning personal attack, Kairons play by the rules

Away from the glare of cameras, the Kairon couple shares the people’s grief quietly. It isn’t a personal campaign. Food and supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon and his wife, Parneet Kaur, daughter of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, also electioneer; but unlike the Badals and the Majithias, the Kairons watch what they say in public.

For prestigious Amritsar seat, Badal leaves no stone unturned

Even as the big guns of the Congress and BJP are yet to hit the campaign trail in this high-profile constituency, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has already made half-adozen rounds to Amritsar.

Violence shadows campaign in Valley

Political parties’ campaign ended on a sour note in south Kashmir’s Anantnag constituency on Tuesday as militants ’ multiple attacks infused a sense of fear on the ground just two days ahead of polls. While Congress party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad cancelled his scheduled rally at Tral.

SAD expenditure on laddoos hard to digest for poll panel

The expenditure incurred on buying laddoos used during SAD candidate Harsimrat Badal’s poll campaign meetings in this constituency has become a contentious issue between the Election Commission (EC) and the party.

Two Badal bahus, a picture in contrast

Asked what was for women in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) election manifesto, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal had joked: “I gave you my wife as MP.” The woman sarpanch of Badal village, Sukhpal Kaur, who remains one of the many rubber-stamp village heads in Punjab, will wish he was serious.

LS polls: Mystery of the missing Manpreet Badal

Congress candidate Manpreet Singh Badal’s rival with a similar name, and from the same Badal village, has gone missing after filing his nomination for the Bathinda Lok Sabha seat. Even his mother does not know the son’s whereabouts.

Ex-DGP Shashi Kant names politicians for drug links

Creating sensation a week ahead of the parliamentary polls in Punjab, former Punjab DGP (jails) Shashi Kant on Tuesday revealed names of several politicians, alleging that they figured in the list of politicians involved in promoting drug peddlers, prepared by the intelligence wing of Punjab Police in 2007.

Delhi cops against Sikhs in 1984: Cobrapost

A sting operation carried out by a news portal on Tuesday claimed that the government had failed to take action to stop the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and senior police officers “colluded” with the then government to teach Sikhs a “lesson.”

No AAP wave in Punjab: Sukhbir

Claiming that a wave in favour of Narendra Modi is sweeping the country, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal today said new entrant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had no existence in Punjab.
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