The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) is expecting air quality index to cross 500 on Diwali night, which can create respiratory disorders
Gurmeet Singh and his mother Sharanjeet Kaur were charged on Monday night for sheltering a wanted fugitive.
This year, only 40 licences were issued compared to 189 last year. This was only 20 per cent of those issued last year, the DC’s office said.
In the previous paddy season too, farmers who burned stubble were fined around Rs 73 lakh but of this only Rs 14 lakh was paid and the rest is yet to be recovered. In an interaction with The Indian Express , PPCB chairman Kahan Singh Pannu, however, claims that this year, farmers will heed appeals and directives.
The large house has over 10 rooms and is located on the outskirts village and there is no other house nearby. Police sources said this may have been the reason that Sukhdeep chose this house as a hideout for a few days.
Asked about the party’s stand on dera followers, Jassi, who still considers Ram Rahim his guru, said, “My personal relationships and politics should not be mixed. On politics front, I am visiting my constituency Maur from where I contested last.”
Sources added that the house had not been dusted for long and there were no ACs installed. They revealed that after looking at the condition of the house it appeared that no one had lived there in the recent past, and Honeypreet had misguided police officials.
Birth of another daughter led a Sikh man to burn religious books and land behind bars. A distraught family wonders what will happen to it now.
A government function to mark the day was attended by Deputy Speaker Ajaib Singh Bhatti, who was the chief guest along with MLA Parminder Singh Pinki.
All Patwar Union members in Ludhiana went on mass leave from September 25 to protest a sting operation done by in Lok Insaaf Party MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains, which purportedly showed a Patwari and his assistant taking bribe.
Victim Aditya Kumar’s parents, who are residents of Agra and had come to visit a relative, said that the child was rushed to a nearby hospital, but could not be saved.
On Wednesday morning, police sealed four godowns belonging to the duo. Deputy Commissioner A S Virk has ordered a probe into the incident by Sunam SDM and Dirba DSP
The incident occurred at a factory that is a major supplier of crackers to the entire Sangrur district. The two-storey factory building was completely damaged in the blast. Firecrackers had been stashed in the building ahead of Dussehra and Diwali.
Seven farmer unions have planned dharna outside Moti Bagh in Patiala from September 22-September 26. The police have arrested over 300 farmers
All these are preventive arrests in which several active farmer union leaders have been taken into custody. Raids started on Sunday and continued on Monday.
While the heritage mela tag comes with an entitlement of Rs 25 lakh annual grant for organising the event, the state government, this year and even during previous years, has not released any money to the district administration.
Sidhu has often been critical of the Badals in his public speeches. Interestingly, Sukhbir made just one reference to Captain, saying, “Captain sahib took oath by taking Gutka Sahib in his hands and has not fulfilled his promises till date.”
There are two co-operative sugar mills in this constituency, one in Gurdaspur and another in Batala. Last month, a total of Rs 24 crore was disbursed towards clearing arrears, sources said.
Punjab government claims to be the first state in the country to implement such a scheme. Applications for the same were invited on September 7.
On September 12, 1897, 21 soldiers of the 36th Sikh had had fought to the last man against nearly 10,000 Afghans. So far, this tale of bravery had not been included in school history books in India, while Britain had already included it in their school curriculum.
RD Bishnoi, president of Akhil Bhartiya Bishnoi Samaj, said, “Stray dogs often enter villages and they run after black bucks in the sanctuary.
Descendants of 12 martyrs have been invited and they will be honoured on Tuesday. Apart from this, a 14-member British contingent has also arrived in Punjab to take part in the September 12 function in Ferozepur.
Though the family back home is grief-stricken, Kamaljit’s 21-year-old son Navdeep Singh is determined to join Army. “I want to serve my country so that I can defeat the Pakistani forces across the border."
On Saturday, dera followers met Congress leaders in Faridkot while on Friday, they narrated their woes to Congress MLA Amarinder Raja Warring in Gidderbaha.
Also, two Punjab police ASIs who were part of the security detail of Gurmeet Ram Rahim in Sirsa were suspended after they were found to be Dera supporters.
“After I went to these villages, I got to know that a few premis have not yet come back and their family members are not coming to police for help. So, we assured them that no innocent will be booked. Tomorrow, they will also get their police complaints lodged.”
The villagers still wear the Dera’s signature ‘1’ locket, but they refuse to speak on Ram Rahim. A house in the village, with an aeroplane-shaped water tank, is the “Naam Charcha Ghar”, where prayers are held every week. But since last week, it has become the temporary quarters of police personnel.
In the village of 3,000, dera chief hardly had 250 followers. While Ram Rahim’s relatives are restrained in their reaction about the CBI court’s verdict sentencing him to 20 years of imprisonment in rape cases, the common refrain of the villagers is, “Jaisa karoge, vaisa bharoge (You reap what you sow)”.
Salabatpura in Bathinda, Punjab’s largest dera spread over 125 acre, has no bank account. Punjab government had recently asked all districts to identify moveable and immovable dera properties in their respective areas.
Most of the followers who went to Sirsa or Panckula had been told there was going to be a satsang and free langar, and that Ram Rahim would be appearing personally before the followers.
Two-hour prayer meetings — which include shabad gyan, pravachan and guru mantra jap — were being held across state’s 98 deras till Aug 25
In Bathinda alone, 9 FIRs have been lodged and nine arrested while 42 others have been taken into preventive custody. In Muktsar, a total of 96 persons were booked in five separate FIRs.
A day after Panchkula erupted in clashes over Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction in two cases of rape, his followers streamed back to their villages in Punjab - in small groups of ones and two. Many of them said they were just glad to be alive.
The districts under curfew were — Sangrur, Moga, Bathinda, Muktsar, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Barnala, Patiala, Fazilka, and Mansa. Government-run Sewa Kendras across districts bore the brunt of the attacks.
The throng of devotees has reduced to a trickle over the past few days, but the sewadars have beem showing up without fail to carry out routine duties. Nearly 300 followers, mostly senior citizens, were spread out in the dera carrying out various duties. Of them, around 100 are on the dera’s rolls, while the rest are all sewadars.
There were reports of people in panic storing ration and vegetables for a week.