PAU study debunks state’s claim on soil deterioration

A study conducted by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, and corroborated by experts has debunked the state government’s claim that Punjab’s soil health is deteriorating. The study instead shows that the soil health has improved since the onset of the Green Revolution in the early 1970s.

Latecomer Sukhbir gets taste of own medicine at police HQ

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who had pulled up senior cops for turning up late at Punjab Police headquarters three months ago, on Wednesday got the taste of his own medicine when the media boycotted his press conference at the same place for the same reason.

Maharashtra govt scraps 5% quota for Muslims

The state government has finally decided not to give 5% reservation to the Muslim community in both jobs and education.

AAP rebellion nipped; Yadav, Bhushan booted out of key party panel

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday removed senior leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan from its key decision-making political affairs committee (PAC), days after they questioned the functioning of party convener Arvind Kejriwal. The AAP reassigned Yadav as the head of its farmers’ committee while he will continue to be a member of the national executive, sources said.

AIIMS doctors remove 17kg tumour from woman’s abdomen

A 30-year-old woman has lost one-fourth of her total body weight after a 17-kg ovarian tumour was removed from her abdomen. After surgery, Noonwati Devi’s fell from 60.5 to 43 kg.

Attack on DP continues: After Shiv Sena, NCP gets on the bandwagon

After Shiv Sena chief’s attack, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday slammed the draft development plan for the next 20 years, claiming it will only lead to vertical growth and haphazard planning. State NCP chief Sunil Tatkare said the party will oppose the plan and will ask the civic body to reconsider it.

After Maharashtra, Jharkhand plans to clamp down on cow slaughter

BJP-ruled Jharkhand plans to introduce tougher penalties for cow slaughter and sale of beef close on the heels of Maharashtra government’s clampdown that triggered widespread outrage on social media and the streets.

MP: Uma Bharti likely to face STF heat in teachers' recruitment scam

After booking MP governor Ramnaresh Yadav in the Professional Examination Board scam, the Special Task Force may soon question Union water resources minister Uma Bharti on her alleged role in contract teachers' recruitment scam in 2013, sources said on Wednesday.

MP: You are just a watchdog in scam probe, court tells SIT

The Madhya Pradesh high court on Wednesday reminded the special investigation team (SIT) it was a mere watchdog in the PEB scam probe and sought an explanation over its head’s proposed visit to Delhi for “certain investigations”.

20 new cases of swine flu reported, 57 positive cases overall

Going on predicted lines, the state on Tuesday reported 20 new swine flu positive cases - the highest so far in a day ever since the disease attained a pandemic form on February 24. This took the overall tally of positive cases to 57. Doctors had suspected that Monday's unseasonal rain and people returning home for Holi would spur the swine flu count in the state.

School of ‘excellence’ rots at Simultala, future at stake

Into its sixth year, Simultala Awasiya Vidyalaya (SAV), billed as the dream project of chief minister Nitish Kumar, continues to flounder despite starting with a lot of promise. With Kumar back at the helm, there is hope that the fortunes of the school, meant for talented students from the poor sections of the society, could change.

STF sleuths arrest criminal with ISI links from Naka

A criminal, Ali Ahmad alias ‘Dr Salim’, who allegedly had links with Pakistan’s ISI, was arrested in Naka area late on Tuesday night. He was carrying a reward of Rs. 15,000 on his head, after he escaped from police custody in Lucknow around four years ago.

How RBI scrap aided fake currency business

The seizure of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a face value of Rs. 10 crore has left the special task force (STF) of Kolkata Police baffled and intrigued for more than one reason.

IIA to export bullet-proof jackets ‘Made in Lucknow’

Taking a cue from the ‘Make in India’ theme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the IIA aims to manufacture and export bullet-proof jackets and helmets, which were being imported till now. Bullet-proof jackets manufactured with indigenous raw material in Lucknow - that’s Indian Industries Association’s (IIA) next venture in the state capital.

Mamata reaches out, to meet Modi on March 9

To plead for fiscal relief for her debt-stressed state, chief minister Mamata Banerjee will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 9, capping a nearly year-long bitter relationship dating back to the 2014 Lok Sabha campaign trail.

Govt to launch ‘ Lado Rani’ initiative

With an aim to encourage parents on the birth of a girl child, the Nagaur district administration has taken up the ‘Lado Rani’ initiative that includes distributing special kits and booklets, detailing all schemes and programmes at government hospitals.

‘Unbearable headache, hunger’ force woman to kill two daughters

Persistent hunger and unbearable headache led a mother to kill her daughters, aged 1 and 3 years, the accused’s statement to the police has revealed. According to the police, she killed her daughters after administering them milk with push pins in it.

Cops plan to go tough on Holi hooligans

The Gurgaon police will make special security arrangements to maintain law and order in the city during Holi. The police are fully geared up for the occasion and i am sure that personnel of all 23 police stations are well prepared, says Rajesh Kumar, ACP (crime)

Corporate Gurgaon takes precautions against swine flu

As cases of swine flu flare up in the city, several corporate offices and public places have taken initiatives to control the spread of the disease. Many offices are also facilitating vaccination drives through hospitals for employees. Many offices have also asked people to take leave if they are sick.

26-year-old girl alleges rape by friend in Noida mall

The victim, a resident of Badarpur area of Delhi, had approached Saket police station and filed a Zero FIR against his friend identified as Yogesh Kumar.