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Book highlighting UT police’s history released

UT administrator Shivraj V Patil released a coffee table book reflecting the history of Chandigarh Police during the fourth annual cultural programme of the Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association dedicated to the Chandigarh police, at Tagore Theatre, Sector 18, on Tuesday.

Pilgrimage to Mount Kailash: A breathtaking experience

“Why don’t you join us for a pilgrimage to Mount Kailash?” asked Sadhguru JV, a revered mystic and head of Isha Foundation, and I readily agreed without knowing what all it meant. Soon I got a call, asking me to send my passport and a medical check-up report with a fitness certificate, as we would be climbing upto over 17,500 feet.

Trash left by pilgrims threatens pristine Manimahesh lake

The annual ‘yatra’ (pilgrimage) to the Manimahesh lake in Chamba district, which began in the second week of August will come to an end on Tuesday, leaving a trail of garbage that has raised fresh concerns over the area’s fragile ecology. The number of pilgrims is rising by the year, with over 200,000 having visited the lake this year, posing a serious threat to the environment.

Karnal set to lose 11,000 trees

The district is all set to lose a green cover of nearly 11,000 fully grown trees. Following a clearance by the union government, the state forest department has started felling trees near the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) on the old Grant Trunk (GT) Road here.

Decline in canal water irrigation leading to fall in ground water table in Punjab: Report

The sharp fall in the use of canal water for irrigation has resulted in the steep decline in the ground water table in Punjab. The fact came to light in the latest report of the Central Ground Water Board titled "Water Quality Issues and Challenges in Punjab".

Himachal court bans animal sacrifice in temples

In a landmark judgment, the Himachal Pradesh high court Monday banned the sacrifice of animals in temples in the state, saying they cannot be permitted to be killed in a barbaric manner to appease the gods.

Aspirations rising, but is youth willing to work hard enough?

Churning on social media by some youths after the December 2012 Delhi gang-rape-murder led to a national movement, forcing the government to change the anti-rape law. While they are looking for role models, young Indians are also becoming the change they want to see. But they are also “over-aspirational” and want instant success in life. These were some of the views that panellists expressed in the debate on ‘What Young India Wants’, at the annual HT Youth Forum on Saturday.

On a quest to help the disabled lead full lives

Having dedicated his life to helping people with disabilities, the belief that ‘the only disability in life is a bad attitude’ has become deeply ingrained in Gurdip Singh Deep.

Punjabi who rose from ranks

The four-time Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator from Thanesar, Ashok Arora is considered as one of the most influential leaders outside the Om Prakash Chautala family that runs the party. A prominent Punjabi face, Arora (55) rose from an ordinary party worker to become the state president of the INLD.

Bhagwant Mann leaves behind Punjabi politicians on social media

Comedian-turned-politician and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member of Parliament (MP) from Sangrur Bhagwant Mann, who has reportedly become the most popular Punjabi politician on the social media, said here on Sunday that "politics is a serious business and people give their love only to those who raise their issues seriously".

I wanted to sing, beat up bad guys but was terrible at it: Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah's soon-to-be-released autobiography, And Then One Day, is elegantly written and also brutally honest. In an interview with Brunch, he talks of his years in Ajmer to his tryst with cinema.

I keep changing phones all the time, says gadget-freak Parineeti Chopra

Going from PR to being the face of Yash Raj Films in Ladies v/s  Ricky Bahl, Parineeti Chopra has come a long way. A huge fan of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, she wants to sing for her own movies.

A tough road ahead for transport minister

The only Muslim face in the state cabinet, transport minister Aftab Ahmed, 48, MLA from Nuh, which has the third worst literacy rate among all tehsils in the state, is known for bringing educational institutions to his constituency.

Unguarded before BJP tide

Shiv Charan Lal Sharma is a Congress rebel who got elected to Haryana assembly as an independent candidate and became labour and employment minister in the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government.

‘Bogus vote’ scam spoils his game

Sports minister Sukhbeer Kataria is heading for a tough match in the upcoming assembly elections. Having already given an advantage to the opposition for he has been booked in a ‘bogus vote’ scam, this former basketball player is not even sure of getting a Congress ticket.
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