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Valley floods to keep famed apple, walnut away this festival season

With festival season round the corner, people across the country will have to do without the famed Kashmir apples and walnuts. Fifty percent production, especially of these two fruits, has been destroyed by the catastrophic floods that hit the Valley 20 days ago.

1981 plane hijack: Delhi High Court refuses to stay fresh trial

The Delhi high court on Tuesday refused to stay a lower court decision ordering a de novo (fresh) trial against two alleged Sikh militants who were deported in 2000 from Pakistan after serving life term for hijacking an Air India plane to that country in 1981.

Sohail to compete in Raid de Himalaya

Actor-producer Sohail Khan, brother of Salman Khan, will this year compete in the 16th Raid de Himalaya, one of the world's toughest off-road motor rallies, event organisers said here Tuesday.

After INLD, BJP names heavyweights, Cong likely to follow suit

Senior leader of the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) Abhay Singh Chautala, who won from Ellenabad in the 2010 bypoll is steering the party in the absence of his father and former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala and elder brother and Dabwali MLA Ajay Chautala.

Ten years of Pak's rare honour to Indian doc

Around seven decades back, he wanted to study medicine in King Edward's College at Lahore. But the dream was lost in Partition.Perhaps that city paid eminent psychiatrist Dr NN Wig his due a decade back by naming occupational centre at Lahore's Fountain House Psychiatric Centre's after him.

Bathinda girl makes it to army via Judge Advocate General route

City girl Ramandeep Kaur Sran has brought laurels to the state by getting selected to the army through the Judge Advocate General (JAG) entry scheme, which has just four seats across the country.

Jammu & Kashmir floods: Piecing together a tattered government

Running high court from a residential quarter, Srinagar municipal corporation from electricity-less empty rooms and information department from once-notorious interrogation centre Hari Niwas.

Haryana polls: Saffron party tries balancing act in distribution of tickets

With a plan to win over the influential Jat community, which accounts for about 25% of Haryana’s electorate, the BJP has apportioned 25 tickets to Jat candidates but has also tried to strike a balance by placating other communities well in its ticket distribution for the upcoming Haryana assembly polls.

What’s up! What’s Down!: Book by Punjabi-origin journalists launched in Singapore

As the new Indian government finds its feet and strives to repair the economy, one large, diverse and sold grouping of more than 25 million people spread in over 100 countries in every major region of the world is avidly watching. This is the Indian diaspora or popularly known by the anagram, PIO - people of Indian origin.

Suspected polio case discovered at Nahan

Department for health and family welfare has swung into action upon a suspected case of polio in Dadahu panchayat. On Saturday, the department administered polio drops to children within age group one to five years in the periphery of 5km of the Dadahu area.

In superhero garb and turban, fighting ignorance about Sikhs

Standing before his living-room mirror one morning in August 2001, Vishavjit Singh put his fumbling fingers to the task of wrapping on his turban for the first time in a decade. It slumped to one side. Then the creases were not crisp enough.

Kashmir floods: Trail of devastation visible at Lal Chowk as water recedes

Sheikh Ajaz, owner of the Valley's biggest publication house, Gulshan Publishers, like many others, is visibly perturbed by the water-drenched and slush-seeped books in his three-storey shop at Srinagar's Lal Chowk, Kashmir's equivalent to Delhi's Connaught Place.

Animal sacrifice ban issue: Kullu MLA to represent Dev Samaj in court

Upset with Himachal Pradesh high court's interim order to ban animal sacrifice at religious places, Dev Samaj will appear before the court to explain some 'facts' on Monday.

Jagdev Singh Talwandi inherited politics from Akali activist father

Former SAD chief and former SGPC president Jagdev Singh Talwandi, who passed away here on Friday, was influenced by his father Chhanga Singh, who was a landlord of Mullanpur village in Lyallpur district of Pakistan and an activist in all Sikh morchas.

First-person account: ‘Kaun sa channel hai? Kya dikhane aaye ho?’

“You will get no cab or hotel in Srinagar right now. There is a relief camp outside, talk to the some army officer there for help,” a BSF jawan tells me at the Srinagar airport after I landed from Chandigarh at 4 pm on September 9. My mobile showing no-coverage sign, I go to the Spicejet counter for help.
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