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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.”

HC dismissed plea challenging Bibi Jagir Kaur’s election

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday dismissed the petition challenging the 2012 election of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Bibi Jagir Kaur from Bholath assembly seat.

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.

J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah submits his resignation

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday submitted his resignation to Governor NN Vohra, an official statement said. He met the governor at Raj Bhavan here and put in his papers. The governor told him to continue in office till alternate arrangements are made.

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.

J-K: Pakistan rangers violate ceasefire in Kathua

Pakistan Rangers on Wednesday indulged in mortar shelling along the border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from BSF. Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire by resorting to small arms firing and mortar shelling in forward areas in Pansar border outpost belt of Hiranagar sub-sector around 1:30 am, according to a BSF officer.

No change in chicken, egg prices despite bird flu scare

Though the news of a dead goose at Sukhna Lake being tested positive for avian flu has scared people in the city, there seems to be no impact on chicken and egg markets. Those in the poultry business say prices remain unaffected despite a slowdown in demand.

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.

‘Ban on plastic carry bags of little effect in Chandigarh’

The union government’s ban on plastic carry bags has had little effect in Delhi, Chandigarh, and Sikkim, revealed a study released on Tuesday. A Toxic Link report-‘Plastics and the Environment: Assessing the Impact of the Complete Ban on Plastic Carry Bags’-shed light on the unbridled use of plastic by shopkeepers, street vendors, and even homeowners.

MA Punjabi exam to be held on Dec 31 at PU

One of the examinations taken by students of MA Punjabi (third semester) at Panjab University contained questions that were not a part of the syllabus, due to which a re-examination will be held on December 31.

Party stand clear, Majithia must quit: Sharma

Even as it has given the opposition Congress ammunition for a no-confidence motion, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Kamal Sharma on Tuesday said here that his party stood by the demand that Akali revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia be asked to resign over the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons in the drug scandal.

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.

Know all new Jammu and Kashmir MLAs

Know all new Jammu and Kashmir MLAs

Six security personnel arrested during raid on Rampal's ashram

An army man and a head constable were among six security personnel arrested from Rampal's ashram at Barwala in Hisar district during the operation to apprehend the controversial preacher, the Haryana government on Tuesday told the Punjab and Haryana high court.
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