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ED ready with evidence to summon Majithia, but dragging its feet

Despite having “clinching” statements to summon Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia for questioning in the multi-crore drug smuggling case, the Enforcement Directorate is dragging its feet for more than two months, reliable sources in the investigating agency said.

Cases of five stillborn babies in Ludhiana civil hospital raise storm

Cases of five stillborn babies in the;Mother Child Hospital at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital here on Sunday have raised brows over the functioning of the hospital.

2011 Himachal currency haul: ED gives clean chit to Karmapa

ED has given a clean chit and dropped charges of forex violations against Tibetan religious leader Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, four years after the Karmapa and his associates were charged with keeping illegal foreign and domestic currency worth about Rs. 6 crore.

Seven people killed in road mishap in Himachal Pradesh

 At least seven people were killed while nine others were injured when a private bus ( HP 71-1629) they were travelling in fell down into a 500 feet deep gorge near Haripurdhar, about 95 kms away from here, on Sunday. The ill-fated bus was on its way to Baddi from Ratwa village in Sangrah sub-division of Srimour district.

PM Modi couldn’t break much ice with Muslims

In this communally-sensitive town, where the BJP had for the first time invested heavily, Prime Minister Narendra Modi couldn’t break much ice with the Muslim community. Even though the PM talked about development and inclusive approach, the community still sees him with suspicion.

Fuel dumps, bulletproof SUV found at Rampal’s ashram

On the second day of the search, the investigators seized Rs. 2 lakh cash in one of the rooms of the musclemen of Rampal. The team also found a diesel dump of about 700 litres and said that the ashram management had enough stock of fuel, water and food to last several days.

Plenty of cleaning up to do for Sectors 23, 24 and 36

In spite of door-to-door garbage collection in the city, Sectors 23, 24 and 36 — which are dotted with garbage piles and plastic waste — have a long way to go. Among these southern areas, even Sector 36 — the cleanest of the lot — has plenty of cleaning up to do.

BJP links membership drive to ‘drug-free Punjab’ dream

In an apparent bid to cash in on public anger against the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) over the drug menace, its alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is appealing to people to become party members in order to ensure a “drug-free Punjab”.

Health minister opens Mother Child Hospital with incomplete facilities

Punjab health minister Surjit Kumar Jyani inaugurating the Rs. 17.5 crore Mother Child Hospital (MCH) at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital on Friday was no less than eyewash with the hospital yet to get required staff and equipment. While the inauguration was postponed in the morning, it was suddenly given a go-ahead.

With LPG agencies muddled, consumers face the heat

After the LPG direct benefit transfer scheme was revived earlier this month, many consumers in the city have been complaining they haven’t been getting refilled gas cylinders after booking them with the authorised agencies.

Citizens’ charter out in Panchkula, Ambala

With this, delivery of verification reports within seven days, disposal of a complaint within 10 days, spot visit by area response officer in 48 hours, verification by DSP-level officers in special report cases within 72 hours and visit to elderly people every 10 days will be made mandatory.

City girl’s innovation features in Unicef report

City girl Bisman Deu (16) has been featured in the latest Unicef report, which highlights children’s innovations across the world, for her idea of using rice waste to prepare construction material.

PGI docs perform first robotic surgery

Finally, after a wait of one-and-a-half years, doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, performed the first robotic-assisted surgery at the department of urology on Friday.

Speeding car jumps light, kills student

One of the three students, who were riding a scooter while returning home from school, was killed after they were hit by a speeding car at the Sector 69-70 light point here on Friday.

High court raps Punjab finance department

In a damning dossier about the fiscal mismanagement of the Parkash Singh Badal government and the finance department babus “hiding behind a cloak of intransigence (stubbornness)”, the Punjab and Haryana high court has given a dressing-down to the state government in a recent ruling pertaining to non-payment for the works completed by contractors.
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