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Sharmila to Election Commission : Music was from ipod, not loudspeaker

Actor Sharmila Tagore on Monday replied to notices that were issued to her and her son Saif Ali Khan on Saturday for violating the model code of conduct during the Haryana assembly elections.

CM chair eludes Ahirwal again despite full mandate

The chief minister’s chair has yet again eluded prominent leaders of Ahirwal region in spite of BJP candidates winning all 11 assembly constituencies under it.

Patiala woman Aman Grewal wins Mrs India Worldwide 2014 crown

Aman Grewal, wife of an army officer, was declared the winner of Haut.Monde Mrs India Worldwide 2014 here.Grewal, who hails from Patiala, beat 31 other contestants to win the title Monday evening. Besides the crown, she even walked off with a cash prize of Rs.51,000.

Faith preserved, Guru Hargobind's sacred robe restored

Chola Sahib, the 400-year-old sacred robe that sixth Sikh Guru wore on the first Bandi Chhor Diwas in October 1619, has been restored close to another Diwali.

Chaos, confidence and crackers mark BJP legislators’ meet

Crowds of farmers, traders, employees and people in saffron robes, shouting with élan, setting off fireworks, pushing each other, at times uncontrollable — it was quite a crowd of BJP supporters at the meeting of the party’s newly elected legislators at which Manohar Lal Khattar was officially chosen as their leader and thus the next chief minister, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

BJP disassociates self from Sidhu’s Akali-bashing during Haryana polls

The BJP on Tuesday disassociated itself from the remarks made by former Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu against the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and its leaders while campaigning in the recent Haryana assembly polls.

Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh get new BJP in-charge

The BJP has appointed Agra MP Rama Shankar Katheria as incharge of Punjab affairs, replacing senior party leader and Kangra MP Shanta Kumar. BJP media incharge Srikant Sharma has been given charge of Himachal Pradesh, whereas Anil Jain has been made incharge of Haryana.

Floods form cornerstone of many opposing views on J&K poll dates

The divergent views emerging from Kashmir on holding elections as scheduled in December have roots in September’s devastating floods in the Valley, and the ruling National Conference’s (NC) poor response to it. While the Congress, PDP and BJP favour elections in December.

Border Security Force not to offer sweets to Pakistani Rangers on Diwali

The bitterness that has started brewing between the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Pakistani Rangers in the Attari sector and came to the fore on Eid, is likely to resurface on Diwali with the BSF has decided not to offer sweets to the rangers on one of the biggest Indian festivals.

HSGMC row: BJP’s Haryana victory raises SGPC hopes

Even though the Indian National Lok Dal-Shiromani Akali Dal alliance put up a dismal show in the Haryana assembly polls, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has decided to ask the new BJP government to review the resolution passed by the previous Congress government for the formation of a separate gurdwara management committee.

A third of state’s new House does not hold any degree

While graduation is a minimum qualification for most government jobs, every third member of the 13th Haryana assembly does not hold that distinction. Out of the 90 members in the house, 30 have mentioned their highest education qualification as being below graduation.

In Valley of no cinema halls, 'Haider' a runaway success online, at-home screening

In a city of no cinema halls, Bollywood movie 'Haider', if not a chartbuster, is the most downloaded movie online in Srinagar with people organising at-home private premiere for friends and families. The movie has, for a change, revived the cinema culture after twenty five years of militancy that saw closing down of around one dozen theatres.

Haryana assembly elections: After the loss, future of stalwarts hangs in balance

A number of political stalwarts and bigwigs had to bite the dust in the 2014 Haryana assembly elections. While many of them belonged to established political parties, there were others like Venod Sharma and Gopal Kanda who had floated their own political outfits and were hoping to cash in on the multi-cornered contests in a majority of seats. The future of some of these politicians looks under cloud and it may take a while for them to be back in reckoning.

After Punjab govt strips Sidhu of security cover, ex-MP hires pvt bodyguards

After Punjab government’s flip-flop on providing security to former MP and BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, the cricketer-turned-politician was seen being protected by ‘private security’ guards in Amritsar on Monday.

Shugden followers go online in their battle against Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama

Followers of Dorje Shugden have now taken the battle against the Tibetan spiritual leader and the government-in-exile to the social networking sites.
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