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Death row convict Rajoana in hospital after chest pain

Balwant Singh Rajoana, a convict on death row for the assassination of Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, has been admitted to Rajindra Medical College and Hospital in Patiala, due to chest pain.

Haryana honour killing: 2 arrested

In a gruesome reminder of medieval brutalities still prevalent in the hinterland of Haryana, another lovelorn couple was brutally killed in the name of honour in Garnavati village of Rohatak district.

‘Politicians involved in drug trade’

Punjab’s former DGP (prisons) Shashi Kant has alleged that the politicians from major political parties, including Shriomani Akali Dal and Congress, in the state are hand in glove with the drug mafia.

PM: 15l houses for urban poor

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the Centre plans to construct over 15 lakh houses for the urban poor. Inaugurating a `2,400-crore housing project for slum-dwellers on the outskirts of the city, he said he hopes Chandigarh would soon become India’s “first slum-free city”, as he handed over keys to newly-built flats to slum-dwellers.

Girl dresses as a boy to avoid rape

In a grim reminder of the plight of girls in our country, a seven-year-old girl from Punjab, whose 14-year-old elder sister was raped in 2012, has started dressing up like Sikh boy in order to feel sa

Mining mafia mows down protester

The growing clout of illegal mafia had another victim in Punjab, when a 55-year-old women was crushed to death by a tractor trolley for protesting against illegal mining.

Posters for ‘missing Sidhu’ in Amritsar

The city of Amritsar has been donned with “missing” posters of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu. Residents of the city were taken by surprise when they woke up to “Missing Sidhu” posters pasted in the city.

Sukhbir urges PM to take up Quebec turban ban with Canada

Shiromani Akali Dal president and Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and external affairs minister Salman Khurshid to immediately take up the issue of the proposed legislation to apply ban on turban and kirpan of Sikhs residing in Quebec province of Canada and said that the Union government’s timely intervention with its Canadian counterpart was imperative to safeguard the rights and interests of the Sikhs.

Haryana forest dept to use GPS to map forests

In a new initiative, the Haryana forest department has started the exercise of mapping the plantation in forests of the state with the help of Global Positioning System. Besides, it also plans to use pictures received from satellites for evaluating the changes in the forest and plantation area.

NGO to stop midday meals in punjab

An NGO providing midday meals to around 1.79 lakh students in six districts in Punjab has decided to quit the service alleging that some antisocial elements wanted to spoil the image of the organisations and government and any untoward incident could happen.

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