It is an open secret. Acknowledged for their enterprising skills the world over, some Punjabi NRIs, mainly in Canada and the UK, are spreading the illicit multi-crore drug racket in the international market through hawala transactions, also harming the socio-economic fabric of their own motherland.
In a family feud, a man was killed by his cousins on Tuesday morning. The feud flared up when the deceased, identified as Manpreet Singh, along with his elder brother Ajay Kumar, met the local councillor to complain about the harassment of Ajay's wife by their cousins.
Nachhittar Kaur of Lohiankhas (monthly pension rs55), Sukhdev Singh of Libran village, tehsil Kahma, Ludhiana (monthly pension rs87), Laxmi Devi of Purhiran village in Hoshiarpur (rs94) and Sunita Tandon, Aryan Nagar, Hoshiarpur (rs 95), were a happy lot on Tuesday as their pension has been increased to rs 1,000 by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government.
A court, on Tuesday, sentenced one Dr Gurwinder Singh Samra and five others, including then tehsildar and naib tehsildar, in a 15-year-old land fraud case.
Even as the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is apparently being cold-shouldered by the BJP-led government at the Centre over a special financial package for Punjab, Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Tuesday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues respected chief minister Parkash Singh Badal more than anybody else.
Director general of police (DGP), Home Guards, GD Pandey on Tuesday ordered a departmental investigation into the brawl between two Home Guards commandants near the mini secretariat here on the night of September 24.
To tighten the noose around auto-rickshaw drivers who ferry passengers in the city without a valid permit, the traffic police have issued directions for the drivers to wear uniform and display their union batch while plying on the city roads from October 15.
A local court on Monday acquitted SGPC member Kulbir Singh Barapind in a sedition case registered against him by the Goraya police. The case was filed against him in September, 2012 for allegedly waging war against the state and indulging into unlawful activities.
Minister of state for external VK Singh on Monday said that that India's foreign policy has got a new strength under the NDA government, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Accusing the SAD-BJP government of spreading 'gunda raj' in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders on Sunday asserted that the party would leave no stone unturned to wipe out the "corrupt" government from the state in the next assembly polls in 2017.
A 38-year-old jeweller was killed in broad daylight by three assailants by slitting his throat with a vegetable knife at an abandoned place near Domoria Pul in the city. The assailants decamped with the jewellery worn by the victim, even as one of them was nabbed by the police.
Over a period of six months, only 96 farmers have directly approached the government soil testing lab so far for checking of the quality of soil in their fields and the nutrients present in it.
All the government schools in Punjab, which have been identified for having no proper sanitation facilities, specially toilets, by the state government, will have toilets before March 31 next, said education minister Daljeet Singh Cheema.
Even as the senior leadership of the BJP seems to have softened its attack on its coalition partner Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on the drug issue, the party is set to corner the government on the issue under a well-planned strategy through its youth wing, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), a move that is sure to irk the SAD again.
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Punjab Police was shot twice by six youths riding a car here on Saturday. The ASI, however, escaped unhurt.