56 riots-hit families get relief after 25 yrs

Chandigarh, Punjab: Waking up from slumber after 25 years, the government has given a sum of Rs 1.12 crore as ex-gratia grant to as many as 56 families of victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, who had migrated from the affected states and are presently residing in Moga district. Cheques of Rs 2 lakh each were presented to these families by ...

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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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