India: Punjab CM accepts Navjot Sidhu's resignation

Chandigarh, July 20 (PTI) Days after Navjot Singh Sidhu resigned from the state cabinet, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh Saturday accepted his "one-line" resignation.

The chief minister has sent the resignation to Governor V P Singh Badnore for formal acceptance, an official spokesperson said here.

Amarinder, who had been indisposed for the last two days, since arrival from Delhi on Wednesday, saw the resignation letter Saturday morning, the spokesperson said.

India: Kathua rape case: HC issues notices to J&K, convicts

Chandigarh, Jul 18 (PTI) The Punjab and Haryana High Court Thursday issued notices to the Jammu and Kashmir government and six men convicted in the case of rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua on a plea by her father seeking enhanced punishment for them.

The court also issued a notice to the accused who was acquitted in the case by a lower court.

India: Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab Cabinet Minister

Chandigarh, Jul 14 (PTI) Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been at loggerheads with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and was stripped off key portfolios in the cabinet reshuffle in June, has resigned from the state cabinet.

The 55-year-old Sidhu took to Twitter on Sunday, making public his resignation letter, which was sent just four days after his portfolio was changed.

The resignation letter dated June 10 was addressed to Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

India: Honey Singh booked for 'vulgar' lyrics in his new song

Chandigarh, Jul 9 (PTI) Pop singer Honey Singh and music producer Bhushan Kumar have been booked by Punjab police on the charge of using vulgar lyrics against women in their latest song.

The rapper has been booked following a complaint lodged by the Punjab State Women Commission which sought action against him for allegedly using vulgar lyrics against women in the song.

The case has been registered at the Mataur police station in Punjab's Mohali district.

Indian honour killing: Two murdered in Amritsar

Amritsar, Jun 27 (PTI) In a suspected case of honour killing, a minor girl and her lover were murdered here, police said Thursday.

Police said the incident took place Wednesday at Majitha village, 20 km away from Amritsar.

The girl's father, brother and four others have been booked in the case.

Police said the 18-year-old youth was allegedly attacked with daggers near his house and was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

Police said before murdering the youth, the accused allegedly killed the 15-year-old girl.

Indian toddler dies after 110 hours down well

11 June 2019; AFP: A two-year-old Indian boy stuck in a narrow well for more than four days was pulled out dead on Tuesday, triggering protests over delays in reaching the toddler.

The case of Fatehveer Singh captured national attention after he fell into the 33-metre (110 feet) deep well in the Punjab state district of Sangrur while playing on Thursday.

India: 100 hours on, toddler still stuck in Punjab borewell

Sangrur (Punjab), Jun 10 (PTI) A two-year-old boy remained stuck in a 150-foot-deep borewell in Punjab's Sangrur district on Monday, amid mounting anger over the delay in retrieving him even after over 100 hours since he fell into it.

One of the rescuers said the depth of the parallel borewell, dug up to rescue the child, was more than the level at which he was stuck and it led to unwanted delay.

6 convicted in gang rape, murder of 8-yr-old girl in Kathua; 1 acquitted

Pathankot (Punjab), Jun 10 (PTI) Six of the seven accused in the horrific gangrape-and-murder case of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua were convicted by a court here on Monday, lawyers said.

A seventh accused, namely Vishal -- son of main accused Sanji Ram -- was acquitted by the court, giving him the 'benefit of doubt', said Farooqi Khan, who represented the victim's family in the court.

The court pronounced its much-awaited verdict away from the gaze of media which has gathered outside the premises.

India: Pro-Khalistan slogans to mark Operation Bluestar anniversary

Amritsar, June 6; GANASHAKTI: Tension prevailed in this Sikh holy city of Punjab on Thursday as hardliners, brandishing swords, raised pro-Khalistan slogans inside the Golden Temple complex on the culmination of special prayers to mark the 35th anniversary of Operation Bluestar.

Thousands of devotees early in the morning thronged the Akal Takht -- the highest temporal seat of Sikh religion -- to attend the 'bhog' ceremony of religious prayers that began on June 4.

India: 2 Babbar Khalsa members held in Punjab

Chandigarh, May 30 (PTI) With the arrest of two persons, the Punjab Police Thursday claimed to have busted a module of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), an outfit backed by Pakistan's ISI.

Jagdev Singh and Ravinderpal Singh were allegedly arranging funds and weapons for the sleeper cells of the banned group on the directives of Kulwinderjit Singh alias Khanpuriya, currently in Malaysia.

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