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Jammu and Kashmir floods: When dogs, masters came to rescue each other

It took two-year-old Jack one day to learn swimming and lead family of four stuck in floods to a nearby shore at Srinagar's Shahanwar Colony on the fateful day of September 7, the day of unprecedented deluge. Now, Jack, a pet German Shepherd (Alsatian) dog of a doctor-engineer couple, safeguards the house from thieves and lives on second floor of this marooned posh colony.

Congress dealt severe blow to financial backbone of state, blames Badal

Facing the heat of fund crunch, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday blamed successive Congress governments at the Centre for the poor financial health of the state. Badal said the step-motherly treatment by the Congress coupled with its regressive policies had broken the financial backbone of Punjab.

US lawmakers, Sikhs disappointed at basketball body's headgear decision

The two organisations said they have already identified several major problems. For instance, since religious exceptions still cannot be granted for international matches, Sikh athletes may still be forced to remove their turbans for matches outside India.

‘As people were hostile in day, we went for rescue at Lal Chowk in night’

“At Lal Chowk in Srinagar, we could go for rescuing people only in the night as people were hostile to us. The supporters of Yasin Malik targeted us. Army had to fire once too,” said deputy commandant National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Gambhir Singh Negi.

Haryana assembly elections: Harvest season for khap leaders

If the Lok Sabha elections for khap (social administration system) leaders was a time to sow, the coming assembly contests in Haryana is the hour to reap. From political supporters, they have turned ticket aspirants.

If angry people throw stones, it should not be taken seriously: Union home secy

The rescue and relief efforts undertaken in Jammu and Kashmir were on a war footing, said union home secretary Anil Goswami on Wednesday, who was camping in Srinagar for nearly a week. "We made an air bridge between Srinagar and Jammu. Aircraft and helicopters were flying every two minutes," he said.

Qatar Embassy officials take ‘wrong’ body of deceased Jalandhar resident back

After admitting they had sent the wrong body of deceased Harjeet Singh to Mohalla Sangran in Adampur, officials of the Qatar embassy situated in Delhi visited Jalandhar on Thursday to take the body back.

‘People of Punjab are very impatient, want quick results… Give me time till 2016-end’

Having crossed the halfway mark of a second consecutive term, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, de facto head of the SAD-BJP government in Punjab, has reset priorities. .

Jaspal Bhatti lives on as traffic police’s brand ambassador

Six months after late satirist Jaspal Bhatti was dropped as Chandigarh Traffic Police’s brand ambassador, he has been chosen for the honour again.The police had removed Jaspal as its brand ambassador after his wife, Savita Bhatti, decided to contest Lok Sabha elections on an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket.

Shahid Kapoor on why Indian films don’t win at the Oscars

Shahid says that people "do a film in India, thinking that it will go to the Oscars. I find it stupid. I have to do a film here for the people in India. I’m not doing my current film because it’s going to get nominated somewhere."

Srinagar floods: Holed up, robbed, govt staff ran for life

For 11 days they kept waiting for rescue or relief. None came. And before they finally escaped their flood-ravaged office at Budshah Chowk in Srinagar, the 15 women and seven men, employees of the J&K civil secretariat, were robbed while in virtual captivity in a hostile environment.

Akali MLA's PA booked for uploading 'offensive' photos of Tota Singh on Facebook

The district police have booked Baldev Singh Babbu, personal assistant (PA) of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA Rajwinder Kaur Bhagike from Nihal Singh Wala constituency in this district and two others for allegedly uploading offensive pictures of Punjab agriculture minister jathedar Tota Singh on Facebook.

Juvenile thieves’ show-off gives them away

It is perfectly natural for children aged 13-14 to dream of branded clothes, latest gadgets, alcohol and the like, but for the duo nabbed by the SAS Nagar on Sunday for involvement in about 15 thefts, the path to these went through crime.

Radio Kashmir keeps hope afloat, unites divided families

Nazeer Ahmad (55), a desperate father whose daughter went missing since September 7, changed boats and buses several times to reach Srinagar from cut-off south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Friday. His only hope to trace her daughter was trekking the peak of the Shankar Achrya hill, east of the city.

Practice is passé: Pray till you succeed

Often, superstition goes hand-in-hand with sport. Think red — the handkerchief in Steve Waugh’s left pocket,or Tiger Woods’ lucky final round shirt. But now, an Indian sports federation has taken things to a whole new level.
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