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Forced castration: CBI to file case against Dera chief on Monday

CBI is likely to register a case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda on Monday in connection with the alleged forced castration of his followers inside his Dera.

NRI cell announced at maiden sangat darshan for expatriates

At the first exclusive sangat darshan (public contact) programme for the Punjabi-origin NRIs (non-resident Indians) on Sunday here, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal announced an NRI cell in every district to help them with routine administrative work.

Mufti-Modi talks likely after parties settle issues

With Jammu and Kashmir frozen in political stalemate, the ongoing unofficial talks between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Peoples Democratic Party is likely to pave way for formal talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PDP patron Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

RTI petitions hint at official favouritism to illegal mall's owner

A series of right to information (RTI) petitions filed by an activist has hinted at involvement of officials at various levels in allegedly favouring owner of a commercial mall that was built illegally here.

Cong ridicules SAD-BJP on drug issue

The Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha, Captain Amarinder Singh, on Sunday stated here that both the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ruling partners in Punjab, should stop "playing mind games with people" on the drug menace issue and breakup if they had differences.

Ban any religious conversions: Sampla

Union minister Vijay Sampla on Sunday sought strict law that will be deterrent to religious conversions by way of force or monetary consideration.

Chandigarh records 2°C temperature

Chandigarh recorded the season's coldest night on Sunday as the minimum temperature hit a low of two degrees Celsius.

PDP, BJP inching towards govt formation: Sources

The deadlock over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir may end soon, with both PDP and BJP were close to striking an agreement according to the party insiders. A People's Democratic Party source told IANS the two parties were close to an alliance to give the country's only Muslim-majority state a government following a hung 87-member assembly.

SAD, Congress lambast NDA govt on conversions

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre on Saturday drew flak over religious conversions from not only the opposition Congress but also from its ruling alliance partner in Punjab -- the Shiromani Akali Dal -- during the Shaheedi Jor Mela, the annual event observed to mark the martyrdom of two sons of Guru Gobind Singh.

Amit Shah, state leaders meet in New Delhi

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to take a crucial decision regarding the government formation in the state in a meeting in New Delhi on Monday. BJP president Amit Shah has called the party's state unit leadership to the capital to take a final call on the issue and also to announce the leader of the legislative party.

PPP to hold Maghi Mela meet on its own

After sharing stage with communist parties under the banner of the Sanjha Morcha for two years, the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) is going to organise the Maghi Mela conference in the second week of January on its own. Besides, parting ways with communist parties, the PPP has also started thinking about contesting the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections.

School timings changed in Haryana

Due to the intense cold weather and fog in the region, the Haryana government has decided to change the school timings from December 29 to 31. The new timings are 10am to 4pm; previously, it was 9am to 3:30pm, said director general, elementary education, Subhash Chandra.

2 Hoshiarpur teens held in Colombia repatriated

The two teenagers from the district, who were stranded in Colombia since September after they were caught by the immigration authorities for illegally entering the country without visa, have finally been repatriated. The boys, Manjot Singh and Harjeet Singh, both 16, reached home on Friday evening.

'Raja Warring’s elevation shows Rahul’s hypocrisy'

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday said Punjab Congress MLA Amrinder Singh Raja Warring’s elevation as the All India Youth Congress president had exposed the double standards of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Manpreet for concensus on fighting drugs

People’s Party of Punjab chief Manpreet Singh Badal on Saturday called for socio-political concensus to confront the menace of drugs which was the biggest danger confronting the Punjabi society.
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