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Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena. (Twitter/LtGovDelhi)

For accepting bribe, Delhi LG recommends action against IAS officer

Vinai Kumar Saxena has recommended action against Indian Administrative Service officer Udit Prakash Rai for allegedly accepting a 50 lakh bribe to grant “undue favours” to an executive engineer in two corruption cases, officials in the LG office said on Wednesday. Rai, a 2007-batch IAS officer of the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) cadre, is currently posted as a special secretary in the health and family welfare department of the Delhi government.

Bharatiya Janata Pary (BJP) councillor Monika Pant.

Got ‘lucrative offers’ for support to AAP for Delhi mayor post: BJP councillor

Bharatiya Janata Pary councillor, Monika Pant, on Saturday alleged that she was approached by a woman, who she identified as Shikha Garg, and made lucrative offers to her in exchange for support to the Aam Aadmi Party during the Delhi mayor election. "We are going to the anti-corruption bureau at 4pm to file a complaint," said BJP leader Harish Khurana. There is no anti-defection law in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi.

Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Pratibha Singh and her predecessor Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu after the Congress Legislature Party meeting in Shimla on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Consensus eludes Himachal Congress on CM, party observers head for Delhi

As the Congress high command in New Delhi is set to decide the next chief minister of Himachal Pradesh after the party won the assembly elections on December 8, party observers Bhupesh Baghel and Bhupinder Singh Hooda and AICC in-charge of the state unit Rajiv Shukla met the newly elected party candidates in Shimla on Saturday morning before leaving for the national capital.

Akasa Air to operate 2 flights daily on Bengaluru-Visakhapatnam route

Akasa Air to operate 2 flights daily on Bengaluru-Visakhapatnam route

Akasa Air - India's newest airline - is set to operate flights between Bengaluru in Karnataka and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh - its tenth destination - twice daily starting Saturday. Read Akasa Air begins flight service between Bengaluru and Pune In November, Akasa Air launched its thrice daily Pune-Bengaluru service. Two additional services were announced between Bengaluru and Mumbai on November 26.

Big cat sighting at Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (Twitter/PilibhitR)

Pack your bags and head to the jungle

The winter has set-in and forest reserves along with wildlife sanctuaries are being reopened. Within a proximity of 250-300 kms from the city we have multiple forest areas which are witnessing tourist surge. With winter vacations round the corner, wildlife tourism is all set to scale new heights. Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is operating at full capacity through online bookings for guest houses, tree and bamboo huts, tells Naveen Khandelwal, divisional forest office (DFO).

BRS extends full support to JDS in Karnataka assembly elections, HDK thanks KCR

BRS extends full support to JDS in Karnataka assembly elections, HDK thanks KCR

Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy has thanked Telangana chief minister and Bhartiya Rashtra Samithi boss K Chandrasekhar Rao for his pledge of support in next year's Assembly election. Kumaraswamy said the backing from KCR, as the Telangana CM is known, would create a 'new equation in national politics'.

Christmas carnivals return to Delhi-NCR, allowing residents to enjoy an array of scrumptious foods, fun rides, and much more. (Photo: Amal KS/HT (For representational purposes only))

Christmas carnivals: Sleigh the season of merrymaking

There's no cheer in Christmas sans carnivals. Returning with full gusto, the Xmas themed fiestas are here. Crafts, culture and food galore Bring in the joy of Christmas with carols sung in different languages by various state representatives from Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and northeast Indian states. An hourly surprise Christmas hamper lucky draw will also be there.

Bommai said that he has asked a delegation of Karnataka Members of Parliament to meet Shah on Monday regarding the border issue

Maharashtra delegation meeting Shah won't make any difference, says CM Bommai

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the Maharashtra delegation meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the raging border dispute between both states will not make any difference, and asserted that his government will not make any compromise on the issue. A delegation of parliamentarians of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (opposition coalition in Maharashtra) had met Shah on Friday regarding the border dispute with Karnataka.

The accidents claimed the lives of a watchman, hailing from Uttarakhand, and an unidentified man. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Chandigarh: Two killed in hit-and-run accidents within 3 hours

A watchman heading out for work was mowed down by a Pepsu bus near the Sector 31-D beat box around 6 am on Friday morning. Police said the victim, Omprakash Nath Goswami of Uttarakhand worked as a watchman at Sanchita Complex in Sector 31 and also worked as a conductor for Asha Kiran School, Wing Air?Force Station. Three hours before the accident, a speeding car claimed the life of an unidentified man at the Sector 17/18 light point around 3 am.

Literati 2022 will begin with a mega kavi sammellan at the Indradhanush Auditorium on December 16 evening, which will be inaugurated by the Haryana chief minister.

Chandigarh: Literati to return with 10th edition on December 16

The 10th edition of Literati, the trilingual literature festival, is all set to go on floor from December 16 at Indradhanush Auditorium, Panchkula, and the Lake Club, Chandigarh. Bollywood actor Divya Dutta, journalist Rasheed Kidwai, Punjabi poet Surjit Patar,Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi chairperson Madhav Kaushik, writer Neelesh Kulkarni, poet Sudeep Sen, writer Rana Safvi and Vikram Sampath among others will attend the three-day festival.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association elections will be held on December 16. (HT File Photo)

Four in fray for Punjab and Haryana high court Bar body president’s post

As many as four lawyers are in the fray for the post of president of Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association whose elections will be held on December 16. These include Surjit Singh Swaich, GBS Dhillon, Santokhwinder S Grewal (Nabha) and Chouhan Satvinder Singh Sisodia. The names were declared on Friday after completion of process of withdrawal of names.

The Chandigarh court also dismissed inspector Amanjot Singh’s application for termination of proceedings. (HT Photo)

Charges framed against Chandigarh Police inspector for insulting court

Nearly eight months after inspector Amanjot Singh was accused of knowingly disobeying court directions, using intemperate language in court and causing obstructions, the court of the chief judicial magistrate (CJM) on Friday framed charges against him. The trial against Amanjot, who is posted in the operation cell of Chandigarh Police in Sector 26, will begin on January 9, 2023, as he has pleaded not guilty. He turned up soon after, but in a civil dress.

The exam will be conducted from 10.30 am to 1 pm and the candidates will be allowed entry at the examination centres from 8.15 am to 10.15 am. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Chandigarh: Written exam for JBT recruitment on Dec 10

The UT education department will conduct the written examination for recruitment of 158 junior basic teachers (JBTs) on contractual basis under the Samagra Shiksha Scheme on Saturday (December 10). The exam will be conducted at 54 examination centres set up at 36 schools. The department had received over 20,000 applications for the 158 posts. Till Friday, over 16,000 candidates had also downloaded their admit cards.

Haryana chief secretary Sanjeev Kaushal inaugurated the 10th National Dragon Boat Racing Championship at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Friday. (AFP File Photo/for representation only)

National dragon boat racing championship begins in Chandigarh

Haryana chief secretary Sanjeev Kaushal inaugurated the 10th National Dragon Boat Racing Championship at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, on Friday. Inaugurating the event, the chief secretary commended the efforts of the Dragon Boat Federation of India for organising the 10th edition of the three-day boat racing event. Vinod Sharma, president of DBFI, vice-president Raj Kamal Dhanda and general secretary of Punjab Dragon Boat Association, Krishna Kamboj, were also present on the occasion.

The accused were identified as Amlesh Sahni and Ashok Sahni, both natives of Bihar. (iStock)

Two Bihar men held with 3 kg opium in Ambala

The CIA-1 unit of Ambala police arrested two men after recovering 3.10 kg opium and ?80,000 drug money from them. They were identified as Amlesh Sahni and Ashok Sahni, both natives of Bihar. ASP Pooja Dabla said the duo was nabbed with the contraband after a raid on Thursday and a case was registered at the Ambala Sadar police station. The accused will be presented before a court on Saturday, a spokesperson said.

Artistes from Pracheen Kala Kendra performing ‘Bharat Amrit Manthan’ at the festival at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Sector 27, Chandigarh, on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Seven-day contemporary arts festival begins in Chandigarh

Punjab governor and UT administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Friday inaugurated the seven-day contemporary arts festival at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Sector 27, Chandigarh. Being organised by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Infosys Foundation, the week-long festival will continue till December 15. On the first day, spiritual seeker Geet Rao performed a devotional song and artistes of Pracheen Kala Kendra presented the dance drama ?Bharat Amrit Manthan?.

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