UP and 4 other states go to polls in Feb, March; results on March 11

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa will go to polls between February 4 and March 8, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced on Wednesday. The results of all five states will be out on March 11. The Uttar Pradesh elections will be held in seven phases on February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27 and March 4 and 8. The Goa and Punjab elections will be held simultaneously on February 4, while the Uttarakhand polls will be on February 15. Manipur will go to polls in two phasesRead More

Congress equally responsible for drug menace in Punjab: AAP

Chandigarh: Terming the burning of ‘Chitta Ravana’ (effigy symbolising drugs) by Congress a mere “political drama”, AAP alleged the party was equally responsible for Punjab’s growing drug menace. “The Congress which has made the drug menace its poll plank in the upcoming Punjab elections is equally responsible for the problem,” AAP’s RTI wing co-convener Dinesh Chadha alleged in press release. He alleged the root of the menace spread during (former chief minister) Amarinder Singh’s regime from 2002 to 2007. Backing his claims, Chadha said, “During Amarinder’s regime total cases registeredRead More

Politics over water not good, says Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: There should be no politics over water, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asserted yesterday, a day after Haryana government upset with him for siding with Punjab in a canal dispute said it may have to cut supply of water to Delhi. Haryana supplies around 50 percent of total water Delhi require daily and any cut in supplies may result in severe water crisis in the city. In a letter to Kejriwal yesterday, Haryana’s Irrigation Minister O P Dhankar said his state will not be able to continue supply ofRead More

Punjab government lacks will, Akalis ruined state says Kejriwal

Ludhiana: “Corruption and wrong policies” have created a “mess” in the industrial sector in Punjab whose SAD-BJP government lacks the will to set things right, Aam Adami Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal said here today. Addressing a meeting of city industrialists, the Delhi Chief Minister said Punjab has talent, skill and economy but “excessive government corruption”, wrong policies, and mismanagement have brought industry to a “mess”. “The Akalis have ruined the state,” he said and added his party was committed to rooting out the mess, if voted to power. HeRead More

20 held as Sikh protest at Indian embassy in UK goes violent

London: Twenty protesters have been arrested by the British police after a Sikh demonstration outside Indian Embassy here against alleged police brutality in Punjab turned violent, leaving one policeman injured. Hundreds of demonstrators of a group called ‘Sikh Lives Matter’ gathered for a sit-in protest yesterday against the alleged police brutality against Sikhs in Punjab, but the initially peaceful demonstration turned violent forcing police to cordon off the area around the Indian mission in central London. The police said they were aware of a ‘planned demonstration’ at Indian High CommissionRead More

Punjab terror attack: Superintendent of Police killed in gunbattle with terrorists

New Delhi: Superintendent of Police (Detective) Baljit Singh was killed in gunbattle with terrorists in Gurdaspur district of Punjab today. Earlier, the gunmen wearing army uniform went on rampage attacking a bus, a health centre and a police station, leaving five people and several injured. “Superintendent of Police (Detective) Baljit Singh was killed in gunbattle with terrorists in Gurdaspur,” said IG Gaurav Yadav. Army launched an operation against the militants numbering about five who are holed up in Dinanagar police station complex. The assailants also targeted a building where theRead More

State Govt. decides to constitute Bhojpuri and Punjabi Sahitya Akademies

Bhopal: In a historic initiative, State Government has constituted Bhojpur and Punjabi Sahitya Akademies. These academies will be run by Madhya Pradesh Culture Department like other academies in the state. These academies have been constituted in view of active presence of Bhojpuri and Punjabi communities in Madhya Pradesh and their creative activities. Bhojpuri and Punjabi communities have added to cultural diversity of Madhya Pradesh and have given valuable contribution to state’s cultural, social, literary and art concerns. Constitution of Bhojpuri Sahitya Akademi and Punjabi Sahitya Akademi will add to MadhyaRead More

Police give clean chit to Vijender Singh in Drug racket case

Chandigarh: Punjab police on Friday give clean chit to boxer Vijender Singh in Drug smuggling case. police said that they have found a car registered in Vijender’s wife Archana’s name near the alleged drug peddler’s flat. but they don’t find any evidence against vijender. On Thursday night, Punjab police raided the flat in Jirakpur, near Mohali and seized Haroine worth Rs. 130 crore. In International Market, estimated cost of this heroine is Rs. 130 crore. Earlier late on Thursday evening, Fatehgarh Sahib police had conducted raids at a flat inRead More

Zardari, bilawal moves into new bomb-proof house

Lahore: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have moved into a new sprawling bomb-proof residence in this eastern city that will be the base for their political activities in Punjab province ahead of the general election. The President and his son are expected to stay in Lahore for five days and Bilawal House will be the hub of political activities. Zardari and his aides want to improve the performance of the Pakistan Peoples Party in Punjab, a province of 90 million that is currently ruledRead More

PPP committed to Punjab bifurcation : Zardari

Islamabad : ‘Pakistani government is working towards carving out a separate state of south Punjab, which will open new avenues for socio-economic development.’  President Asif Ali Zardari has said on Sunday. Zardari made the commitment to a PPP delegation from southern Punjab led by Minister for Textile Industries Makhdoom Shahab-ud-Din, who met him here. Zardari, the co-chairman of the ruling party, said making South Punjab a separate province was part of nation building process envisioned by the PPP and the party would endeavour to honour its commitment, according to aRead More