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Ponting backs Gurinder Sandhu for World Cup appearance

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has named three potential bowlers to be included in the final-15 of the World Cup squad, which includes Indian-origin medium-pacer Gurinder Singh Sandhu.

Amritsar freezes as cold wave continues in Punjab, Haryana

Amritsar in Punjab was the coldest in the region with the minimum temperature being recorded at a freezing zero degrees on Monday. Cold wave and dense fog continued to affect normal life in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, weather officials said here. Chandigarh recorded a minimum temperature of 3 degrees Celsius.

Regularisation policy crashes property rates

With only 17 out of nearly 2,400 unauthorised colonies in Ludhiana regularised for the past more than one year, the real estate sector in the city has taken a nosedive as the property prices in many parts of the city have come down heavily. The prices of property in different areas of the city have witnessed a dip of at least 15-25%.

Saturday night 3rd coldest in a decade

Saturday night was the third coldest night in the past ten years with the minimum temperature in the city dropping to 2.3 degree Celsius. The Chandigarh Meteorological Centre said the minimum temperature recorded on Saturday was 2.3 degree Celsius and the maximum was 18.5 degree Celsius.

Ex-mayor front runner for city's Cong unit head

The party unit has proposed four names — former mayor and Congress spokesperson Pardeep Chhabra, former Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh Pali, district president (urban-1) Harmohinder Singh Lucky and current Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee president vice-president Pawan Sharma for the post.

Jat body seeks legal backing over quota

Readying to take up the fight of the Jat community on reservation extended by the previous Congress government at the Centre and in Haryana as well, the All India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) on Sunday urged the state government to give them legal backing.

Drug menace: SAD takes ally BJP head-on in oneupmanship

In a fresh move to confront its ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), over the drug issue, the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab on Sunday announced protest dharnas on January 5 along India-Pakistan border pickets “to pressurise the Border Security Force (BSF) to stop drugs entering from Pakistan”.

Port Blair study tour report turns to be a copy-paste job

After three months and spending Rs. 28 lakh on a nine-day study tour to Port Blair, Chennai and Kolkata from August 31 to September 9, the municipal corporation has prepared a vague report which has contents picked up from the respective websites of civic bodies.

PDP, BJP inching towards govt formation: Sources

The deadlock over government formation in Jammu and Kashmir may end soon, with both PDP and BJP were close to striking an agreement according to the party insiders. A People's Democratic Party source told IANS the two parties were close to an alliance to give the country's only Muslim-majority state a government following a hung 87-member assembly.

Ex-school principal translates Guru Granth Sahib in Oriya, seeks suggestions

Bhubaneswar-based Sadhna Patri, who has strong inclination towards Sikh culture and the Gurbani since her childhood, has translated the Guru Granth Sahib in Oriya. For the translation project, Sadhna even gave away the post of principal at a Gangtok-based school and returned to Bhubaneshwar, where collaborated with her family friend Sakir Singh for proofreading and editing of the scripture.

2 Hoshiarpur teens held in Colombia repatriated

The two teenagers from the district, who were stranded in Colombia since September after they were caught by the immigration authorities for illegally entering the country without visa, have finally been repatriated. The boys, Manjot Singh and Harjeet Singh, both 16, reached home on Friday evening.

PPP to hold Maghi Mela meet on its own

After sharing stage with communist parties under the banner of the Sanjha Morcha for two years, the People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) is going to organise the Maghi Mela conference in the second week of January on its own. Besides, parting ways with communist parties, the PPP has also started thinking about contesting the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) elections.

Sale of de-addiction drug restricted in state

The sale of buprenorphine sublingual medicine against opioid dependence has been restricted to the de-addiction centres in the state, and from now it will not be available at the chemist’s. The medicine is used to treat addiction to opioid drugs such as heroin and narcotic painkillers.

SAD, Congress lambast NDA govt on conversions

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre on Saturday drew flak over religious conversions from not only the opposition Congress but also from its ruling alliance partner in Punjab -- the Shiromani Akali Dal -- during the Shaheedi Jor Mela, the annual event observed to mark the martyrdom of two sons of Guru Gobind Singh.

Shahedi Jor Mela: SAD leaders assert Sikh identity

Clearly shifting the spotlight from economic development to the Panth, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday set the stage for the reassertion of the Sikh identity, deemed to be facing a “threat” at the hands of “dangerous forces” sweeping the country. SAD leaders projected the party as the only “saviour” of the Sikh quam (community) and the need to strengthen it.
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