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School students torn between board exams and World Cup that matters

Is cricket your life, as is casually thrown around? Are you appearing for board examination in 2015? If your answer to both is yes, the schedules will be out to get you. The WC starts Valentine’s Day and ends March 29. This will be a testing period!

Bharat Ratna Malaviya had a long association with HT

If you are reading HT today, a part of the credit can justifiably go to Madan Mohan Malaviya – who was awarded the Bharat Ratna, posthumously on Wednesday. He owned the paper during its critical initial years in the 1920s, and served as its chairman from 1924 till his death in 1946

SAD-BJP at war, Congress walks away with strategic gains

Of the 25 issues it had listed to corner the Akali-BJP government in the winter session, the opposition could raise only one. But the Congress was able to not only push the ruling coalition on the back foot but also drive a bigger wedge between them as events on the last day of the session unfolded.

Tension ahead of his movie debut, Sirsa dera head already shooting sequel

The Messenger of God, a movie starring and co-directed by the Sirsa-based dera's head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the sect's followers have gone into overdrive to promote their guru's big-screen debut, set to release on January 16. An unfazed dera says 70% of the shooting for a sequel — MSG-2 — is done too.

Punjab Civil Services exam: High court stays interviews

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday stayed stage three of the Punjab Civil Services (executive) and allied services examination-2013, being conducted by Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC).

2 yrs of Virbhadra Singh government: So far not so good

Holding too tight the dying year was tough for chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who drove the Congress to power in the state single handedly two years ago. His party lost all four parliamentary seats (Shimla, Mandi, Kangra and Hamirpur), including that of his wife. A grim fiscal position slowed down development, yet the government where he is also in charge of finance managed to pay its employees, even if by raising loans. The opposition guns for him, controversies dog him, detractors plot against him, yet Virbhadra remains hard to dislodge. HT analyses whether or not he was able to deliver on promises in key sectors.

Yearender: Bollywood movies in 2014 that had regional touch

Punjabi “tadka” in Hindi movies has been a route to success for Bollywood films over the years. 2014, too, had its share of films which not only had a Punjabi touch, but even depicted the region in a beautiful manner. Here we bring you some of the movies of 2014 which had a regional flavor.

Mansa deputy commissioner Thind fumes over X-ray that wasn’t

A fake ‘all is well’ assurance has not gone down well with the Mansa deputy commissioner (DC). In a major embarrassment for the district health department, a team of the Civil Hospital here assured the DC, Pravin Kumar Thind, that he had no fracture — on the basis of an X-ray that wasn’t even taken.

Chandigarh: Fencer Rita Yadav's dream may die for want of Rs. 1 lakh

Rita Yadav, 19, was named in the 24-member under-20 national fencing team for Asian Junior Championship on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the youngster was in for a reality check. The daughter of a car cleaner at a petrol station in Sector 17, she does not have the resources to arrange around Rs. 1 lakh required for her trip to Abu Dhabi, UAE, where the tournament will be held in February.

Majithia, once Badal’s youngest minister now his most controversial

“He is strapping, suave and sophisticated. Coming from one of the most illustrious Sikh families, he is an alumnus of The Lawrence School, Sanawar, and St Stephen’s College, Delhi. He was handling the corporate side of his family-owned Saraya Group of industries and had a passion for flying, car rallying and basketball. That was before he plunged into Punjab politics.”

Chandigarh coldest at 3.2 C; fog disrupts life in Punjab and Haryana

Union Territory Chandigarh recorded season's coldest night at 3.2 degrees Celsius as severe chill swept the city with fog affecting normal life at many places in Punjab and Haryana. A bright sun shine greeted the residents of Chandigarh on Wednesday morning, but the minimum temperature dropped three degrees below normal to settle more than two notches since Tuesday.

Airtel wants you to pay extra for using Skype, Viber, more

If you use services like Skype or Viber to make calls over Airtel's mobile data network, be prepared to pay extra. Yes, we know you already pay Airtel for for that data. Doesn't matter.

Traffic chaos in Punjab, Haryana: Consider setting up dedicated police force, says HC

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday asked the governments of Punjab and Haryana to consider the idea of having dedicated police personnel/officers to manage traffic in cities and districts.

Cong 'exposes' BJP, scores through SAD’s self-goals

The opposition Congress never had the numbers to topple the Parkash Singh Badal government by bringing in a no-confidence motion. Its strategy was to “expose the doublespeak” of the BJP, the alliance partner of the Shiromani Akali Dal, and to that extent the motion served its purpose.

PM busy, minister to release Kuka movement stamp at last

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi playing busy, one of his ministers at last will have to release a commemorative stamp on the 1857 Kuka movement of the Namdhari Sikhs against the British.
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