A powerful earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday, killing at least 1,400 people across a swath of four countries as the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, levelled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches on Mt. Everest. The quake measuring 7.9 is the strongest to hit the country in 81 years.
Setting up the agenda for ushering in an era of skill revolution in the country, Punjab chief minister and chairman of sub-group on skill development, Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday emphasised the need to evolve a common framework at the national level with an ultimate goal to employability and livelihood opportunities under the skill development mission.
Union railway minister Suresh Prabhu has accused the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of making false announcements as most of these remained on paper.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president Partap Singh Bajwa on Saturday said that the party would intensify protests if the government fails to solve the issue of non-procurement of crops. During his visit along with other Congress leaders to several grain markets of the district including Jagraon and Mullanpur, Bajwa claimed that not even a single bag of wheat was purchased from any 'mandi'.
A division bench of the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday vacated stay against 180-day maternity leave to contractual teachers working under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Authority (SSAA) in Punjab. Another division bench had granted the interim stay in July 2013 after the SSAA had challenged the single-judge order that had given these teachers as much maternity leave as contractual teachers in the education department enjoyed.
The Punjab government on Saturday approved setting up of eight development centres at a cost of Rs 60 crore to improve employability of youth and to meet the demand of booming service and tertiary sectors.
A special investigating team (SIT) to be led by Kurukshetra superintendent of police (SP) has been constituted to probe the death of a local builder, Balbir Pal, 48, who allegedly died of shock within an hour after a police team trespassed his residence on Thursday midnight.
Gurpreet Kaur of Nikke Ghumman village in Gurdaspur district, who had tried to immolate herself in front of the residence of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal in Chandigarh on December 12, 2014, succumbed to her burns on Saturday at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16, Chandigarh, where she had been admitted with 40% burns.
Normal life was disrupted in Kashmir Valley on Saturday due to a strike called by hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani to protest the detention of separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat.
The states of Punjab and Haryana and the union territory of Chandigarh have submitted their replies on a petition seeking contempt of court proceedings against police heads for not providing armed women constables in public transport buses.
Realising the importance of irrigation facility to increase the productivity and quality of apples, World Bank (WB) aided project for horticulture will address the issue of irrigation infrastructure in orchards across the state.
Notwithstanding the state's vulnerability to natural disasters, Himachal Pradesh government is still not learning any lessons from the past calamities that have cost it dear on life and properties as the plan to set up a State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) is still hanging fire.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh national convener Indresh Kumar said chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed should look at New Delhi and not Islamabad. He said the CM should watch the interests of India.
Repeated tremors on Saturday morning shook high-rise buildings across the state, but no loss of life or property was reported.
Jammu and Kashmir Congress unit on Saturday hit out at BJP for "betraying the people of Jammu region" and asked the party to explain their stand on the reported shifting of AIIMS to Kashmir.