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Independent body should check deras and ashrams: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

As an increasing number of so-called spiritual leaders are found to be mired in murky controversies – the latest being the arrest of Rampal of Haryana, the common man’s faith in their claims of godliness has hit a new low.

2010 summer agitation haunts me; I made mistakes: Omar Abdullah

In the midst of a tough electoral battle, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah takes time off to speak to Hindustan Times about the mistakes he made and what he could have done differently in his six-year tenure.

Deficiency in service: British Airways told to pay Rs. 1.5 lakh to two Punjabi women

A consumer forum here has directed British Airways to pay Rs. 1.5 lakh to two women for discomfort and inconvenience caused to them during their journey to the US in 2007.

Dera Sacha Sauda chief moves HC over CBI court order

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh on Thursday, moved the Punjab and Haryana high court against the decision of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court, Haryana, regarding defence witnesses.

Sajad Lone in fray, his separatist father-in-law dubs polls 'drama'

While son-in-law Sajad Lone, who heads Peoples Conference, is canvassing door-to-door for votes, Pakistan-based separatist father-in-law Amanullah Khan describes elections "a drama that every sane person can understand is being held under the barrel of gun".

Will act as bridge between party and govt: Haryana BJP chief

Newly-appointed Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala on Thursday said he would act as a bridge between the party and the government and ensure that benefits of all the government schemes reaches the grassroots level.

Congress provided life support to Omar's anarchic rule: Mehbooba

Accusing Congress of "sowing the seeds of divisive and communal politics" in Jammu and Kashmir, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said it can't wash its hands off the morass of J-K's political uncertainty and economic instability.

Navjot Singh Sidhu at the centre of Akali Dal-BJP shadow boxing

In the last couple of months, the "time-tested" ruling alliance of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is feeling the strain, forcing senior leaders from both sides to step in and claim that all is well. Both sides have indulged in shadow-boxing in recent weeks with the centrepiece being cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu.

PCMS doctors’ body calls off strike

Kanta Devi, a Class-4 employee at Mother Child Hospital, attached to Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, was transferred on Thursday in connection with the deaths of two newborns and three stillbirths on Sunday.

Ludhiana deaths: Mismatch in specialists’ postings ails system

Even as the government acknowledges scarcity of specialist doctors in government hospitals, their postings in relatively low-priority dispensaries raises questions over the intentions of the authorities.

Govt’s retirement age rollback aimed at reaping political gains

The decision of the BJP government in Haryana to roll back the retirement age of government employees from 60 to 58 years seems to be a well thought out political move aimed at initiating large-scale recruitments in the future.

Info commissioner pulls up officer for doubting applicant’s credentials

Information commissioner Surinder Awasthi, part of a full bench of the state information commission, Punjab, has pulled up a top state government officer — secretary, housing and urban development, A Venu Prasad — for delaying information, questioning the information seeker’s credentials, and referring to translation of the information into state language Punjabi as “creation of information”.

Extensive scope for higher education in India, says Michael Thorne

On a recent visit to Chandigarh to further the cause of the South Asia Anglia Partnership (SAAP), UK-based Michael Thorne, vice-chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, England, spoke to HT about the internationalisation of higher education.

Camelot project: HC reserves judgment on I-T notices to Sukhbir, others

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday reserved the judgment in a case in which income tax (I-T) notices were challenged by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and other politicians.

Ludhiana hospital deaths: PMC to issue notices to doctors

Taking suo motu notice of the death of two newborns and three stillbirths at Mother Child Hospital attached to Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital here, the Punjab Medical Council (PMC) has decided to issue notices to the hospital’s gynaecologist and paediatrician concerned, besides the senior medical officer (SMO).
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