'Overwhelmed' Badal says Padma award for all Punjabis

Parkash Singh BadalChandigarh : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said he was "overwhelmed with feelings of boundless humility" at being chosen for this year's Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour of the country.

The chief minster dedicated the award to "millions of humble and hardworking people toiling in farms, shops, offices and homes in villages and cities to make India a better place to live in."

Calling this an honour bestowed on the people of Punjab, Badal said, "This is an honour bestowed on the proud and patriotic people of Punjab who have always braved heavy odds to remain sword arm and the breadwinners for their fellow countrymen."

Bank employees to go on strike from Jan 21

Bank employees to go on strike from Jan 21Chandigarh : Public sector bank employees have decided to go on a 4-day strike from January 21 to protest against the "rigid and callous attitude" of Central Government in resolving the long pending wage revision issue, a senior union leader said here Monday.

Earlier, it was decided to hold 1 day strike on January 7, which was deferred on the request of IBA to find out an amicable solution, All India Bank Officers' Confederation (AIBOC) State Secretary Deepak Kumar Sharma said.

The decision is in response to the strike call given by United Forum Of Bank Unions, which has more than ten lakh employees and officers of banking Industry under its umbrella.

Bus fares cut in Punjab; effective from today

busChandigarh : Travelling by buses will be cheaper in Punjab from Thursday with the state government announcing to slash bus fares by 4 to 8 paisa per km in the state-owned buses.

The decision was announced on Wednesday and will be effective from Thursday.

Terming the reduction in fares as a "New Year gift" for the people, state Transport Minister Ajit Singh Kohar claimed it is for the first time in the history of the state that the bus fares have been reduced.

He said the bus fare for ordinary buses have been reduced by 4 paisa per km and will be now 87 paisa per km.

Voting begins in Haryana

Voting begins HaryanaChandigarh: Voting commenced at 7 am on Wednesday amid tight security arrangements on all the 90 Assembly seats of Haryana where 1,351 candidates, including the kin of the three famous 'Lals', are battling it out in high- stakes multi-cornered contest.

The polling began at 7 am and will conclude at 6 pm. The counting of votes will take place on October 19, election officials said.

Over 1.63 crore voters, including 87.37 lakh women, 88,662 service voters and 12 NRI voters, are expected to decide the fate of 1,351 candidates, including 116 women, a figure revised by the election officials last night from earlier 109.

HC set asides allotment of 350 acres land to DLF in Gurgaon

HC set asides allotment of 350 acres land to DLF in GurgaonChandigarh - The Punjab and Haryana High court on Tuesday set aside Haryana government's decision to allot 350 acres of land at Wazirabad in Gurgaon to real estate developer DLF in 2010.

A division bench of the court, comprising Justice Surya Kant and Justice Amol Rattan Singh, directed Haryana government to conduct an auction of the land in question by inviting international bids within a month.

Preneet Kaur wins Patiala byboll

Preneet Kaur winsChandigarh: Congress leader and former union minister Preneet Kaur on Monday won the Patiala Assembly seat defeating her nearest SAD rival Bhagwan Dass Juneja.

Kaur, wife of former chief minister Amarinder Singh, won by a margin of over 23,282 votes, an election office spokesman said.

The seat fell vacant after Amarinder got elected to Lok Sabha from Amritsar.

Patiala seat was retained by Congress.

Kaur polled 52,967 votes, SAD nominee Bhagwan Dass Juneja 29,685 and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Harjit S Adaltiwala 5724 votes.--PTI

BJP hails 'minimal' power tariff hike; Congress opposes

BJP hails 'minimal' power tariff hike; Congress opposesChandigarh : BJP on Friday hailed the "minimal" 2.74 per cent hike in power tariff in Punjab, saying it will put minimum burden on people, even as opposition Congress opposed the hike.

Power regulator Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) today announced a hike of 2.74 per cent in power tariff for all consumer categories for 2014-15.

Punjab BJP president Kamal Sharma said the 2.74 per cent hike announced by PSERC is the minimum burden the government could put on the people of the state.

Solanki to be sworn in as Haryana governor today

Kaptan Singh SolankiChandigarh: Former college professor and BJP leader from Madhya Pradesh Kaptan Singh Solanki will be sworn in as Haryana governor on Sunday, officials said here Saturday.

Solanki, 75, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, replaces Jagannath Pahadia whose five year term ended Saturday.

The governor-designate will have to straight away deal with a controversy over the enactment of a law in Haryana for the creation of the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) to manage gurdwaras (Sikh shrines) in the state.

Spicejet's Srinagar-Bangalore flight undergoes anti-sabotage check in Chandigarh

Spicejet's Srinagar-Bangalore flight undergoes anti-sabotage check in Chandigarh Chandigarh - A Spicejet flight from Srinagar to Bangalore was on Monday subjected to an anti-sabotage check after an unidentified man, who was to travel to Delhi, deplaned here.

Chandigarh Airport Director M S Duhan told that the Spicejet flight 509 from Srinagar to Bangalore via Chandigarh and Delhi was held up at the local airport following a sabotage scare as one of the passengers who had boarded the flight in Srinagar and was to have deplaned in Delhi disembarked here.

Haryana procures over 65 lakh tonnes of wheat

procures-wheatChandigarh, June 2 : Over 65 lakh tonnes of wheat has been procured in Haryana this season, an official said Monday.

The procurement of wheat this time has been much higher than the 58.74 lakh tonnes procured in the same period last year, a spokesman of food and supplies department said here.

Out of the total arrivals, 64.97 lakh tonnes has been procured by government agencies.

Sirsa, Fatehabad and Karnal districts were leading in wheat arrivals.(IANS)

Show no haste on Article 370: Badal

Parkash-Singh-BadalChandigarh, May 30 : Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal Friday said no decision on Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, should be taken in haste.

Advocating an amicable solution of issues like Article 370, Badal, the patron of the Shiromani Akali Dal which is part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), said all concerned should be involved in such a decision.

Punjab pays record Rs.15,473 crore to farmers for wheat

wheat-procuredChandigarh, May 27 : With a bumper wheat crop in the state this year, the Punjab government has made a payment of Rs. 15,473.15 crore to farmers for wheat procured by government agencies, an official said Tuesday.

A Punjab government official said that over 118.17 lakh tonnes of wheat had been procured in the state this year.

The procurement process started April 1 and is still continuing.

The highest payment of Rs. 1,393.64 crore has been made in Sangrur district which led in wheat procurement. It was followed by Bathinda district (Rs. 1,163.13 crore) and Ludhiana (Rs. 1,144.38 crore).

Meet Punjab's ministerial family - the Badals!

Harsimrat-Kaur-BadalChandigarh, May 27 : Punjab's ruling elite - the Badal family - is a ministry in itself.

Monday's inclusion of Harsimrat Kaur Badal, wife of Punjab's powerful Deputy Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and daughter-in-law of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, as a cabinet minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has ensured that each member of the Badal family holds a top ministerial post.

The Badal family now has a chief minister, a deputy chief minister, a union cabinet minister and two state cabinet ministers.

Harsimrat Badal: A powerful Punjab leader

Harsimrat-BadalChandigarh, May 26 : Harsimrat Kaur Badal, 47, has emerged as a powerful leader of Punjab's ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in the last five years after she was first elected MP in 2009.

Wife of Punjab's powerful Deputy Chief Minister and Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal and daughter-in-law of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Harsimrat has tried to carve her own space in politics and social work. She has been vociferous in Lok Sabha debates since 2009.

Punjab Congress president tried to sabotage my campaign: Amarinder

Amarinder-SinghChandigarh, May 24 : Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Amarinder Singh Saturday accused Punjab Congress president Pratap Singh Bajwa and his brother of trying to sabotage his election campaign for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat.

Amarinder, who defeated senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley by a margin of over one lakh votes in Amritsar, alleged Partap Singh Bajwa and his brother Fateh Bajwa tried to sabotage his campaign and that they had specifically visited the city to convince the people to oppose him.

180 lakh tonnes wheat procured in Punjab, Haryana

wheat-procuredChandigarh, May 19 : Beating the record of recent years, Punjab and Haryana have procured over 180 lakh tonnes of wheat this season, officials said here Monday.

"Punjab state has successfully achieved the wheat procurement target of 115 lakh tonnes on May 18 despite inclement weather conditions and untimely rains," a spokesman of the food and supplies department in Punjab said.

Farmers have been paid over Rs. 14,378 crore for the wheat procured.

Haryana wheat arrivals touch 56 lakh tonnes

Cgrain-marketshandigarh, May 1 : Nearly 56 lakh tonnes of wheat has arrived in grain markets across Haryana, officials said here Thursday.

Out of the total arrivals, government agencies have procured over 55.57 lakh tonnes of wheat.

A spokesman of the food and supplies department said the districts leading in wheat arrivals were Sirsa, Karnal and Jind.

He said the farmers have been asked to bring dry and properly cleaned wheat to the grain markets so that they do not face difficulty in selling their produce.

Wheat procurement started in the state April 1.(IANS)

Nearly 15 percent polling in Chandigarh, Haryana

Nearly 15 percent polling in Chandigarh, HaryanaChandigarh, April 10 - Up to 15 percent polling took place in Chandigarh and most parts of Haryana in the first three hours of voting Thursday for 11 Lok Sabha seats. At a number of polling booths, long queues could be seen.

Election officials said that brisk polling is likely to be witnessed at least till 2 p. m. since a number of people have lined up to cast their votes.

Enthusiastic voters began queuing up in the first hour itself in Chandigarh and parts of Haryana as polling booths opened at 7 a. m. Thursday.

Modi calls himself future prime minister, dubs Congress as burden

Narendra ModiChandigarh, Mar 30 - Launching a blistering attack on Congress party, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has called himself the future prime minister of the country.

Addressing a rally here yesterday, the Gujarat chief minister said, "It feels I have returned home after a long time. It looks the future prime minister knows you better than the local representatives here."

Taking a pledge to defeat Congress in the Lok Sabha polls, Modi said: "These are the first elections in which India is realising that the ruling government has become a burden to the nation."

AAP's Savita Bhatti opts out of LS contest

Savita BhattiChandigarh, March 9 : Less than 10 days after she was declared the AAP candidate for the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, Savita Bhatti, widow of comedian-actor Jaspal Bhatti, has opted out of the race.

Sources close to Savita Bhatti said Sunday that she had sent a communication to the AAP leadership conveying that she was not interested in contesting the election from Chandigarh.

She has said she was withdrawing from the contest due to personal reasons.

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