Punjab

Indian Polls: No voting at four polling booths in Ferozepur

Chandigarh, May 19 (PTI) No polling took place at four booths in Ferozepur Parliamentary Constituency in Punjab on Sunday, officials said.

There was no voter turnout at polling booth number 61, 62, 63 and 64 which were set at a school in cantonment area of Ferozepur city.

"There is a report that voting did not take place at four polling booths," Punjab's Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju said Sunday evening.

Indian Polls: EC issues notice to BJP's Sunny Deol for 'violating' poll code

Chandigarh, May 18 (PTI) The Election Commission has issued a notice to BJP candidate from Gurdaspur Sunny Deol for allegedly violating the model code of conduct.

Poll officials took serious note of a public meeting held by Deol in Pathankot on Friday night, after the silent period came in force.

India: What if someone links you to Godhra: Amarinder to Modi

Patiala, May 10 (PTI) Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for targeting the Congress and the Gandhi family over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday said what if someone linked the PM with the 2002 riots in Gujarat's Godhra.

"It is wrong of Modi to connect (former prime minister) Rajiv Gandhi with the anti-Sikh riots of 1984. What if someone starts linking Modi with Godhra," he told reporters here.

Singh said it did not behove the prime minister of the country to "stoop" to such levels for winning elections.

Indian, Turkish officials hold talks on bilateral ties

CHANDIGARH, 9 May 2019; AA: Indian and Turkish officials met Wednesday in the capital, New Delhi, and discussed a wide range of topics.

Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Sedat Onal had a meeting with Gitesh A Sarma, Secretary (West) under the institutional mechanism of Foreign Office Consultations, India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

Torn pages of Sikh holy book found in Punjab village drain

Tarn Taran, Apr 10 (PTI) Pages of a holy Sikh book (Gutka Sahib) were allegedly found torn from a non-functional drain in Panjwar village here, the police said.

An FIR was registered against unknown persons under Section 295 of the IPC for hurting religious sentiments at the Chabbal Police Station, SHO Baljit Singh said.

A probe has been initiated and some locals have been questioned, Singh added.

Panjwar was a hotbed of terror activities in the late nineties when insurgency was at its peak in Punjab.

India: 3 get 20-year jail for gang rape

Gurdaspur (Punjab), Apr 9 (PTI) A Punjab court sentenced three men to 20 years of imprisonment on Tuesday for raping a 25-year-old woman in Gurdaspur district five years ago and repeating the offence for over four months by blackmailing her with a video.

The sessions court sentenced Lovepreet Singh, Harvinder Singh and Prabhjot Singh to jail after they were found guilty. Two others, Gurpinder Singh and Balwinder Singh, were declared proclaimed offenders.

Indian politicians line up for armoured vehicles in poll season

Chandigarh, Apr 2 (PTI) Politicians are lining up for armoured vehicles this election season, with the major demand for bulletproof cars coming from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, according to a firm in the business.

A leading Punjab-based firm engaged in "up-armouring" or retrofitting vehicles to make them bulletproof and mine-protected has seen a spike in the orders over the past several months.

India: 25 kg gold being transported from Delhi seized in Punjab

Fatehgarh Sahib, Mar 31 (PTI) Ahead of polls, police have seized 25 kg of gold worth Rs 8.50 crore from a car during checking near the GT Road here, police said Sunday.

The gold was recovered from a van which was coming from Delhi on Saturday night, they said.

The gold was to be delivered to a shop in Ludhiana. However, the registration number of the vehicle on the bill was different from that of the vehicle in which the gold was being transported, police said.

The gold has been handed over to the Income Tax department for further investigation, police said.

Indian Air Force ex-sergeant sentenced to death

Bathinda, Mar 16 (PTI) A local court here has sentenced a former Indian Air Force sergeant to death for the murder of a 27-year old corporal in February 2017.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Kanwaljeet Singh Bajwa sentenced Sailesh Kumar to death for the murder of Vipin Shukla of Uttar Pradesh when both were posted at Bhisiana Air Force Station. The verdict was pronounced on Friday, officials said.

The court also sentenced Kumar's wife to five years rigorous imprisonment for destruction of evidence.

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