Centre urged to review Punjabi NRI blacklist

Amritsar, Punjab: Eminent citizens of the state have urged the Union government to review the blacklist which has banned several Punjabi NRIs from visiting India. “There should be an urgent and objective review of the cases of Punjabi NRIs blacklisted in the 1980s and debarred from visiting the country,” said former engineer HS Jatana. “The period of the 1980s was ...

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Half term sees Badal govt talk big only

Chandigarh, Punjab: The Parkash Singh Badal-led SAD-BJP government has completed half of its five-year tenure. Badal and his cabinet ministers took oath on March 2, 2007, 30 months ago at a cricket stadium in Mohali. However, there is no word from the government on initiating any exercise to take stock of its performance or non-performance during the period. A look ...

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Harsimrat writes to railway minister

Chandigarh, Punjab: Pitching in for the rescue of train passengers of Malwa, hitherto marginalised largely by the Indian Railways in terms of fast and better connectivity, Member of Parliament from Bathinda Harsimrat Kaur Badal has written letters to Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee for making residents’ train travel a convenient and pleasant experience besides drawing her attention towards the plight of ...

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Oz councillor for multicultural police

There is an urgent need for the Victorian police to have a multicultural wing by giving adequate representation to ethnic communities, says Tim Singh, a Sikh councillor in the Darebin City Council in Victoria, Australia. Of the 11,000-strong Victorian police by the end of 2006, there were only eight Indians in it. Of these eight Indians, four were Sikhs. The ...

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Punjab's generation of children crippled by uranium waste

Observer investigation uncovers link between dramatic rise in birth defects in Punjab and pollution from coal-fired power stations Bathinda, Punjab: Their heads are too large or too small, their limbs too short or too bent. For some, their brains never grew, speech never came and their lives are likely to be cut short: these are the children it appears that ...

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