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Drug de-addiction centres across Punjab under great strain

A visit to drug de-addiction centres of Punjab reveals the scourge of sweeping substance addiction that does not discriminate between class, caste or creed, and has become an immense leveller.

J&K govt clueless about what led to water discharge in Jehlum river swell

Even after 22 days, the J& K government remained clueless about what led to water discharge in Jehlum river swell to historic and unprecedented 1.20 lakh cusec against average discharge of 25,000 cusec on September 6-7, which left 70 percent of Srinagar flooded and state administration crippled.

Day of headcounts in Congress: ‘Isolated’ Bajwa vs resurgent Capt

While the faction led by Amarinder Singh hosted a lunch for MLAs, loyalists and supporters at a five-star hotel to celebrate the victory of wife Preneet Kaur in the Patiala bypoll, Bajwa chaired a meeting to condemn the Jamalpur (Ludhiana) killings and demanding the resignation of deputy CM Sukhbir Badal.

Congress war-room: All-out battle for ruling party in Haryana assembly polls

Eyeing hat-trick: Faced with the monumental challenge to win back the trust of voters for the formation of government for the third consecutive time, the managers at the Congress war room also shoulder the responsibility of keeping the voters abreast with the works of the two-term Congress government.

Gurgaon student sets herself afire over poor marks by Maharishi Dayanand University

A students’ protest over ‘poor marks’ took an ugly turn when a 21-year-old set herself on fire at a Gurgaon college on Monday. The second-year student of Government Girls College in Sector 14, Pinky Chauhan, suffered 70% burns and was rushed to the Civil hospital in Gurgaon.

Union government opens centenary of historic Komagata Maru incident

The government on Monday opened the year-long centenary commemoration of the historic Komagata Maru incident, when a steamer carrying 376 passengers, mostly immigrants from Punjab, was denied docking in Vancouver owing to discriminatory immigration laws of Canada.

Haryana assembly elections: All Khap leaders in poll fray are crorepatis

Contrary to the general perception that Khap leaders who hold sway on rural folks are grounded and belong to humble background, the disclosure of assets by Khap leaders contesting the Haryana assembly elections reveal that they all are 'crorepatis'.

Bhagat Singh's last surviving sister dies; longest ghori falls silent

One can't count how many women in Punjab sung ghori for Bhagat Singh when he was on his way to marry his 'death bride'. But Parkash Kaur's ghori was the longest one.

Bureaucracy allies with FMs to juggle budget figures

The state, which had projected Rs. 7,089-crore revenue deficit in its presentation to the Planning Commission for approval of the annual plan in May 2012 presented a budget a month later in June with Rs. 3,123 crore as the revenue deficit.

No brides for men married to substance abuse in Punjab

The evidences of the adverse impact of drug abuse have started to stand out from the past with more crime, domestic violence, widows, orphans, and addict women; and worst that substance abusers and men of their families are not getting brides.

Real secularism: Lord Ram speaks in Urdu at Panjab University Ramlila

True religion and spirituality are not restricted to a specific language and this is strikingly brought to the fore when one hears ‘Lord Ram’ deliver his speeches in flawless Urdu from the Ramlila stage at perhaps one-of-its-kind institution in the country, the Panjab University Ramlila.

INLD Nuh candidate Zakir Hussain gets EC notice for riding elephant

INLD’s Nuh candidate Zakir Hussain allegedly rode an elephant during his nomination process on Friday, violating the election code of conduct. The election commission (EC) issued the leader a notice after an animal rights activist alleged that Hussain rode on an elephant to the returning officer’s office to file his nomination.

Asian Games 2014: wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt bags gold, takes India to top-10

Star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt notched up India's fourth gold medal, while Khushbir Kaur became the first woman from the country to win a medal in 20km Race Walking by clinching a silver as India shot up to ninth in overall standings.

Urge to splurge, not militancy to blame for Punjab's debt crisis

Punjab's "colossal" debt is a legacy of its successive governments' urge to splurge. The Rs. 1.03 lakh crore bailout that the Parkash Singh Badal government is seeking from the "friendly" Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

I wanted to be a tap dancer: Ruskin Bond

That the 80-year-old is a favourite childrens' author is a fact universally known. But did you know that Bond is not too fond of pets; that his grandma was a strict Victorian, or that he wishes he had at least one or two love affairs?
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