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Union Cabinet nod for more compensation to ’84 anti-Sikh riot victims

The Union Cabinet has finally approved the decision to give additional compensation of Rs 5 lakh to victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The issue had generated a lot of controversy when it was reported on October 31 that the Union home ministry has decided to give additional compensation Rs 5 lakh to 3,325 victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

HT TOP Schools :Thin margin, slight switch on the panchkula podium

Bhavan Vidyalaya, which is famous for producing toppers in the town year after year, has bagged the top spot in this year’s HT-- C-fore survey. The school, which was ranked first in 2013 as well, has scored 757 out of 1,000 points in the survey, which assesses tricity schools on 14 counts. It has topped teacher care and development, competence of teachers, academic rigour, value system integration and value for money in the survey.

DJJS launches toll-free number, logs on to social media for mobilisation

Nurmahal-based dera Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan has started a toll-free number and also gone active on social media, including Twitter, appealing to the public to support the samadhi of their leader.

'Dera Sacha Sauda had armed guards as far back as 2002’

Armed guards at deras in the region are not a new phenomenon. A report in 2002, by the then Sirsa district and sessions judge, produced before the Punjab and Haryana high court by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) reveals that armed guards were roaming at the Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda in that year.

Lord Ragunath's idol theft: Govt announces cash reward, HP police approach Interpol

A day after the theft of Lod Ragunath's idol from a temple, Himachal Pradesh Police on Wednesday alerted the immigration and airport authorities and Interpol, sending out details of the stolen items. Besides, the state government also announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for giving information about the antiques

HT-- C-fore Top Schools Survey: Topper going strong even as field widens

Despite facing tough competition from its counterparts in the town, Yadavindra Public School (YPS) has managed to retain the top spot by scoring 765 out of 1,000 points in the HT—C-fore survey that assesses schools on 14 parameters.

2013 protest: DSGMC leaders guilty of violating prohibitory orders

A Delhi court on Tuesday held Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjit Singh GK and eight other leaders of the DSGMC and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) guilty of violating prohibitory orders during a protest on March 10, 2013, against the acquittal of Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

Ludhiana: Sewer worker’s pluck finds no mention in MC’s list of bravehearts

Bishambar alias Kala (38) had saved the life of two sewer men who fainted inside a manhole on January 11, but neither the municipal corporation nor the government honoured him for his bravery. A sewer man, Surinder Kumar, had gone inside a manhole (around 20 feet deep) in Abdullahpur Basti without any safety gear and died due to suffocation.

Investment hopes: Year on, only part of dream realised

It has been a year since Punjab was projected as the best business destination at the Progressive Punjab Investment Summit in order to attract big-ticket projects. But things apparently have not panned out the way the government intended them to be.

After 5 decades, gharial to be back in Harike wetlands

Gharial (Gavialis Gengeticus), the Indian variety of crocodiles, would soon return to its home – the Harike wetlands in Tarn Taran district – from where it had disappeared in the mid-1960s. It is an attempt by the Punjab government to check the decline in population of the reptile, which falls in the category of critically endangered species.

Badal asks Modi to treat upgradation as national project

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Tuesday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to treat the upgradation of the Guru Gobind Singh Marg, linking three Takhts of the Sikh religion, as a project of national importance.

Shahbad jubilant over Rani's nomination for FIH rising star of the year award

The Shahbad town is jubilant as its resident Indian hockey team member Rani Rampal has been nominated for the rising star of the year award by the International Federation of Hockey (IFH). The results will be announced by December 23.

Smart policing: Karnal police to use WhatsApp to curb corruption

Taking a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for smart policing, the district police authorities are ready to launch an anti-corruption helpline on WhatsApp, a mobile application, to entrap unscrupulous officials
or elements.

Students taken aback as GNDU distributes wrong question paper

An estimated 50,000 students of graduation (BA and BSc) classes taking up General Punjabi examination of the fifth semester of the Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) on Tuesday were taken aback when they saw an altogether different question paper in front of them.

J-K assembly polls: hanging of Afzal Guru still looms large over Sopore

Two Gs, separatist Syed Ali Geelani and executed Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, remained the factor behind the lowest voting percentage of around 30 percent in north Kashmir's Sopore constituency in Baramulla district with assembly segments.
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