The Centre-state relationship in India is overtly centralised by the central government in its favour, especially in financial matters - is evident from the funds issued by the Centre to the states for centrally-sponsored schemes, which is withdrawn by the Centre if remained unutilised after a stipulated time-frame, ignoring practical difficulties faced by the state concerened in utilising the funds.
As many as 50 members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Mumbai, and the Society of Prevention to Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Amritsar, on Tuesday protested in front of the ongoing Great Apollo Circus at Ranjeet Avenue Grounds here against the use of animals and birds.
Attribute it to the signs of the changing times or the pressures of a hectic life and variations in the environment, the number of cancer cases is on the rise. As per a door-to-door survey conducted by the government in the state in December last, the city has witnessed more than 2799 deaths due to cancer in the past five years.
Gurdaspur railway station is in dire need of a footbridge for the convenience of passengers who put their lives at risk while crossing railway track to move from one platform to the other.
An undertrial whose bail plea was rejected by a local court allegedly attempted suicide by jumping off from the second floor of the judicial complex here on Monday. However, police denied the attempted suicide by the undertrial, stating that he was trying to run off from the police custody, but apprehended.
The municipal council authorities have miserably failed in providing clean surrounding to Gurdaspur residents. Almost everyday, the collected garbage is being dumped on sides of almost all roads that make the surroundings stinking and polluted.
Services at most of the government hospitals are deficient not only due to scanty basic amenities, but lackadaisical attitude of government doctors, who are more interested in private practice in violation of the norms, are also responsible to a large extent.
A 21-day refresher course in environmental sciences concluded at Academic Staff College (ASC) of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) here on Monday. As many as 22 university and college teachers of various disciplines from all over India participated in the refresher course.
Asked to vacate shops to facilitate the ongoing beautification of the area around the Golden Temple, the shopkeepers having their businesses in the vicinity have urged the state government to let them do business till they are suitably rehabilitated. The affected shopkeepers claimed that they had been promised shops in the new plaza, but the same is not mentioned in the written communiqué issued to them.
In a bid to put Punjab on fast-track industrialisation process, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday called upon entrepreneurs across the globe to make huge investments in the state while assuring them of lucrative incentives and concessions under the new investor-friendly Industrial Policy 2013.
While the parks maintained by the municipal corporation are in precarious condition, locals take their guests to parks maintained by the army when they express their desire to visit famous Shimla Pahari Park, which was established before the Independence, to save their face.
Government hospitals are the place where indigent residents rush when confronted with a medical urgency. In fact, considering the high cost of medical services provided by private hospitals, government hospitals are the final resort to a large number of people, especially poor.
Elated with the results of the five assembly elections, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the people had rejected the Congress. Badal told reporters here, "People are fed up with inflation, corruption and anti-people policies. The way the Congress has been wiped out shows they have made up their mind to get rid of the party."
President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sohail Lashari said India and Pakistan were keen to start new trade regime and minimise non-tariff barriers.
Taking stock of the construction work of a plaza opposite the Golden Temple on Saturday, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal directed to officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) to formulate a master plan for the construction of a 10-lane ring road around the city.