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Punjab, Haryana procure 240 lakh tonnes paddy

Chandigarh, Nov 19 (IANS) Agrarian states Punjab and Haryana have procured nearly 240 lakh tonnes of paddy so far, Food and Supplies Department officials said here on Sunday. Punjab has procured around 173 lakh tonnes and Haryana around 67 lakh tonnes, heading towards a record paddy procurement this season. Government agencies have procured 98.5 per cent of the paddy arriving in ...

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Delhi's air quality improves, but stubble burning in Punjab up

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Even as the air quality in the National Capital Region, including Delhi, recorded an improvement, increased stubble burning in the western Punjab districts despite the National Green Tribunal directions continues to pose a threat. With good wind speed and a drop in temperature, air quality in Delhi and surrounding areas was recorded between poor and very poor dur...

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Big victories for Bengal, Services in Ranji Trophy

Amritsar, Nov 19 (IANS) Punjab lost to Bengal by an innings and 19 runs while Services outplayed Chhattisgarh by an innings and nine runs on Day 3 of a sixth round match of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament here on Sunday. Ishan Porel's five wicket haul helped Bengal to outplay Punjab, who scored 213 in their second innings. Diwesh Pathania scalped seven wickets to give Services their ...

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Minor killed in firing during Punjab wedding

Chandigarh, Nov 19 (IANS) The Punjab Police on Sunday registered a case against a man who fired from his weapon at a wedding, leading to the death of a seven-year-old child and injuries to another. The incident took place on Saturday night in Kotkapura town, 225 km from here. The second child injured in the incident was rushed to a hospital where he was stated to be out of danger...

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Punjab Police deny British national was tortured

Chandigarh, Nov 19 (IANS) Rejecting allegations of torture of British national Jagtar Singh Johal, arrested in the cases of targeted killings of Hindu leaders, the Punjab Police said on Sunday that due process of law was followed at every stage and the accused was allowed access to his counsel, family members and British consular officers. Not only did it have sufficient evidence to prov...

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Starting time of first two ODIs between India, Sri Lanka changed

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) The first two One-Day International (ODI) matches between India and Sri Lanka will start two hours ahead of the scheduled time, the BCCI announced on Sunday. The matches, which are scheduled to take place in Dharamsala and Mohali at 1:30 p.m. will now start at 11.30 a.m. due to inclement weather in North India in the month of December. The BCCI in consult...

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Dyal Singh College is named Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya, triggers controversy

Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Controversy erupted on Saturday after Delhi University's Dyal Singh College (Evening), which since the past few months has been functioning as a day college, decided to change its name to Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya. The Congress' student wing NSUI criticised the move, saying the governing board should have focused on improving the college infrastructure rather than name chan...

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BSF recovers heroin worth over Rs 100 crore in Punjab

Chandigarh, Nov 18 (IANS) In a joint operation, Border Security Forces (BSF) troopers and the Punjab Police have recovered 22kg of heroin in Punjab's Ferozepur sector following exchange of fire with Pakistani smugglers near the international border, a BSF officer said on Saturday. The encounter took place late on Friday following a tip-off that smugglers were trying to send heroin consig...

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Ranji Trophy: Pandey, Nischal put Karnataka in driving seat

Kanpur, Nov 18 (IANS) Overnight batsmen Dega Nischal (195) and Manish Pandey (238) played brilliant individual knocks to help Karnataka post 642/7 at stumps against Uttar Pradesh on Day 2 of a sixth round match of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament here on Saturday. Incoming batsman C.M. Gautam (4) and skipper Vinay Kumar (1) were at the crease when stumps were called in the Group A con...

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Dyal Singh College renamed Vande Mataram to clear confusion: Governing body head

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) Delhi University's Dyal Singh College (Evening), which since the past few months has been functioning as a day college, has decided to rename itself as Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya. Amitabh Sinha, Chairperson of governing body of Dyal Singh College, said on Saturday that the decision was taken to overcome the confusion in the name. A notification to change...

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NIA visits slain RSS leader's residence in Ludhiana

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team on Saturday visited the residence of slain RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana and also the area where he was killed last month, an official said. The 12-member NIA team headed by an Inspector General of Police rank officer, reached Ludhiana on Friday evening and during their visit to Gosain's residence on Saturday m...

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Twisted interpretation of history: Challenging times for artists, filmmakers

At the root of the controversy over the release of the Hindi feature film Padmavati is, first, the saffron brotherhood's interpretation of history with a pronounced anti-Muslim bias and, secondly, the Bharatiya Janata Party's overt and covert attempts to whittle down institutional autonomy. Even if the BJP's seemingly political use of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is a contin...

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Khana Bajana food festival to satiate food lovers with dose of music

Noida, Nov 18 (IANS) Khana Bajana, a food and music festival in association with DineOut India, is going to tale place here at DLF Mall of India from November 22 to December 3 where some of the known singers and bands like Raftar and Jazba-e-junoon will perform. Savour the exquisite cuisines and invigorating cocktails from the best of the in-house restaurants and bars such as Mamagoto, M...

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Indira Gandhi's fearlessness brought out the best in her (Nov 19 is Indira Gandhi's 100th bi

No past Prime Minister of India evokes as much passion as Indira Gandhi. Her admirers believe she could do no wrong and was the messianic leader India needed in her time; her detractors hold her responsible for creating a personality cult, encouraging dynastic politics and weakening the institutions of democracy. As in the case of any leader with a long tenure and an enduring impact, her legacy i...

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NIA takes over killing of RSS leader in Ludhiana

New Delhi, Nov 18 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a case to probe the killing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana in Punjab, an official said on Friday. The agency took over the case from Punjab Police following a Home Ministry order on Thursday, nearly a month after the state government decided to hand over the investigat...

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Congress charge on Rafale deal politically motivated: Sitharaman

New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) The government on Friday rejected Congress' allegations of irregularities in the deal for buying 36 Rafale fighter jets, with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and two other Union Ministers calling the charges politically motivated and false. In a press conference held in the Defence Ministry, Sitharaman said that the Narendra Modi government had to go for the ...

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Punjab offers programme to connect NRIs with their roots

Chandigarh, Nov 17 (IANS) The Punjab Cabinet on Friday approved the Connect with Your Roots (CYR) programme to reach out to youngsters of Punjabi origin settled in other countries. The programme, aimed at young NRIs, whose parents, grandparents or great grandparents are settled abroad, will seek to connect them with their ancestral roots and glorious cultural heritage of Punjab, a spokes...

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3 drug addicts jump off moving train; 2 dead

Chandigarh, Nov 17 (IANS) Two youths were killed and a third was seriously injured on Friday after they allegedly jumped off a moving train in Punjab's Mansa district, police said. The youths, according to the police, were drug addicts and were under the influence of drugs when they jumped from the train. The victims hailed from Bathinda district. Those killed have been identifie...

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Punjab, Haryana procure 238 lakh tonne paddy

Chandigarh, Nov 17 (IANS) Agrarian states Punjab and Haryana have procured over 238 lakh tonnes of paddy so far, Food and Supplies Department officials said here on Friday. Punjab has procured over 171.35 lakh tonnes and Haryana over 66.73 lakh tonnes, heading towards a record paddy procurement this season. Government agencies have procured 98.5 per cent of the paddy arriving in ...

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Punjab approves setting up SOG to check militant threats

Chandigarh, Nov 17 (IANS) The Punjab cabinet on Friday approved the creation of a Special Operations Group (SOG) to check militant threats. According to a spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office, the SOG will contain, counter and neutralize militant threats like fidayeen attack, hostage situations and armed infiltration to save precious lives and properties. The SOG, which w...

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