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Haryana police take Honeypreet Insaan, woman aide to Bathinda again
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

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.

Ex-Congress MLA related to Ram Rahim says his faith ‘unshaken’
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

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.”

Haryana Police team inspects Honeypreet’s Bathinda ‘hideout’
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

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.

‘In one house, seven girls. We thought god would balance with a son’
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

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.

Bhagat Singh birth anniversary: Run against drugs, tributes from Pakistan mark the day
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

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.

Patwaris go on mass leave in Ludhiana after MLA’s ‘sting operation’ against one of them
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

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.

In Ludhiana, child dies half an hour after getting polio vaccination
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

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.

Cracker factory blast: Factory owners booked, four godowns sealed
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

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

5 dead in Sangrur cracker factory blast
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

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.

Farmers, police clash in Longowal
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Seven farmer unions have planned dharna outside Moti Bagh in Patiala from September 22-September 26. The police have arrested over 300 farmers

Over 300 farmers arrested in Bathinda and Patiala zones
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

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.

5-day Baba Farid Mela begins today
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

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.

Sukhbir Badal targets Navjot Sidhu: ‘A liar who doesn’t know politics’
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

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.”

Farmers in bypoll-bound Gurdaspur get arrears; wait on in rest of state
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

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 plans month-end rollout, gets 10,000 applications from retired Army personnel
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

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.

Saragarhi battle to be part of school text books in Punjab
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

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.

Abohar sanctuary: Stray dogs kill three black bucks
Wed, Sep 13, 2017

RD Bishnoi, president of Akhil Bhartiya Bishnoi Samaj, said, “Stray dogs often enter villages and they run after black bucks in the sanctuary.

Punjab: State-level event to mark 120 years of Saragarhi battle today
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

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.

Cremation of BSF officer martyred in J&K to be held in his Punjab village today
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

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."

A week after violence, Dera followers allege police harassment in Punjab
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

On Saturday, dera followers met Congress leaders in Faridkot while on Friday, they narrated their woes to Congress MLA Amarinder Raja Warring in Gidderbaha.

Dera violence: 181 arrested from Bathinda, Patiala zones
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

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.

Congress reaches out to kin of dera premis killed in violence, says innocents need not fear
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

“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.”

Dera chief’s family moves to home in Rajasthan village untouched by violence
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

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.

Verdict in Ram Rahim’s maternal village: He reaped what he sowed
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

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)”.

Most deras in Malwa hub operate without bank account
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

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.

Dera violence: Code phrases used to trigger violence on Aug 25, say police
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

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.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh sentence: No dera sealed in Punjab, but naam charcha comes to a halt
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Two-hour prayer meetings — which include shabad gyan, pravachan and guru mantra jap — were being held across state’s 98 deras till Aug 25

Malwa: 33 FIRs, 200 booked in dera violence
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

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.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim rape case: Scared, faith shaken, followers can’t wait to get home
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

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.

Punjab: Violence, chaos grip Malwa belt, curfew imposed in 10 districts
Sat, Aug 26, 2017

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.

Inside Punjab’s biggest dera, it’s business as usual
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

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.

Ram Rahim verdict: Sale of petrol in bottles, cans banned in parts of Punjab
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

There were reports of people in panic storing ration and vegetables for a week.

Ram Rahim verdict: Not storing petrol or weapons, say Dera followers
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

During the recent Punjab Assembly polls, nearly 60 SAD candidates had sought Dera’s support.

Shuttling for nectar: A rags-to-riches ‘Bee-School’ success story
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Kumar learnt about beekeeping initially from Buta Singh, a farmer from Badal. In 2002, he underwent formal training in apiculture from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Bathinda.

Verdict on Ram Rahim in rape case: 75 companies of central forces arrive in Punjab, DGP visits sensitive areas
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

A detailed intelligence briefing was given to officers on available inputs about the plans of Dera Sacha Sauda followers and other groups. Bathinda, Mansa and Muktsar districts share borders with Sirsa and have a large number of Dera followers.

Ahead of verdict, officials meet Dera representatives
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Meanwhile, Ram Singh, member of the political arm of the Dera Sacha Sauda, told The Indian Express, “We have got no instructions from the Dera and hence we are organising our regular satsangs at Nam Charcha ghars across the state."