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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.

Talks, terrorism can’t go together: BJP

Endorsing the stand taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on cancellation of foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) election campaign committee chairman and national executive member Nirmal Singh on Saturday said that continuing talks amid intrusions, ceasefire violations and firing on civilians in the border areas render the entire exercise non-serious and cannot yield any fruits or lead to peace.

AFT sets aside income limit for parents of deceased soldier

In a landmark judgement, the Chandigarh bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) set aside the income limit of Rs. 2,250 per month imposed on parents of deceased soldier to grant family pension.

Cancellation of talks with Pakistan was wrong: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah criticised the cancellation of talks by the Centre with Pakistan on the ground of separatists having tea with the Pakistan high commission authorities.

Agri dept to introduce Mexican beetles to control congress grass

The Punjab Agricultural Department here has decided to introduce beetles to organically counter the growth of parthenium weed, commonly known as congress grass or carrot grass, while reducing pesticide use.

Over 150 diarrhoea cases in Panchkula

More than 150 cases of diarrhoea have been reported at Sector-19 dispensary till Saturday afternoon, rising from the 119 that had visited the hospital on Friday. Contaminated water supply has led to the disease.

Artist moves HC, as UT fails to pay for 1968 sculpture

Harbhajan Kaur Sandhu, 79, a renowned sculptor from Muktsar, while delivering a sculptured portrait of late Dr MS Randhawa in bronze to the director of Government Museum and Art Gallery at Chandigarh in 1968, had never thought that she will even have to knock the doors of the Punjab and Haryana high court in the dusk of her life to get her due.

PU election: Four main alliances to fight it out

After all the hustle and bustle of nominations and hectic lobbying, there are finally four key alliances left in the fray for four office bearer posts of Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC).

Panipat police book UT constable for kidnapping colleague

More than 20 days after the Chandigarh Police transferred the case of missing woman constable Reeta (25) to Panipat police, a constable with the department has been booked in the case. Reeta, posted with the Chandigarh police control room, went missing on June 7.

IG threatened me to withdraw complaint, says realtor’s wife

After accusing him of molestation, Kricpy Khaira, wife of scam-tainted local realtor Davinder Gill, now has charged inspector general (IG) of police Gautam Cheema with intimidating her to withdraw the complaint. Addressing the media here on Saturday, she said the IG had barged into her room at Max hospital to threaten her.

Daduwal’s 3 bank accounts show transaction of Rs. 4.13 cr

The Mansa police, on Saturday, claimed to have found transactions of nearly Rs. 4.13 crore from three bank accounts of radical Sikh leader Baljit Singh Daduwal in two years. The revelation came a day after the police filed a fresh case against him under the arms Act.

Badal prefers to be mum over Majithia quitting as YAD chief

Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Saturday, preferred to remain silent over the announcement of resignation as president of the Youth Akali Dal (YAD) made by cabinet minister Bikram Singh Majithia.

Biometric attendance system for all state offices

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday ordered the installation of biometric attendance system in every Punjab government office, in Chandigarh as well as in the districts.

Raninder to help Majithia hit rifle association target

Amritsar MP Captain Amarinder Singh and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia are each other’s favourite target but the former’s son will now advise the latter in matters of shooting.

Air force employee held for 'spying' in Pathankot

An employee from the air force base here was on Saturday arrested on a charge of selling strategic information about the station to a woman. The cyber squad of the air base had put him under surveillance and it has his emails to the woman registered as Meena Raina on the internet.
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