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Pakistan to hold general elections on July 25

Islamabad, May 27 (IANS) Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain has set July 25 as the date for the country's next general elections, the media reported on Sunday. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had sent a summary to the President on May 21, proposing the holding of the 2018 general elections on any date between July 25 and 27. An official from the President's Office told...

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Despite tragic history, mosque and gurdwara stand tall in harmony

Fatehgarh Sahib (Punjab), May 27 (IANS) This town of sacred pilgrimage in Punjab has been witness to one of the most tragic, painful and violent chapters of Sikh-Mughal history going back three centuries. Despite that, a 350-year-old mosque not only stands in complete harmony with a recently completed gurdwara but is looked after by the Sikh priest. Chittian Masjidan (White Mosque), with...

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Freight Corridor's Ateli-Phulera section to become functional Aug 15

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The Ateli (Haryana)- Phulera (Rajasthan) section of Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) is all set to begin functioning from August 15 this year, the Indian Railways said on Saturday. Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani conducted an inspection of the Ateli-Phulera section of Western DFC and gave green signal for the operation of the freight trains, said a Railways...

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All arrangements made for Punjab bypoll: EC

Chandigarh, May 26 (IANS) With campaigning coming to an end, all arrangement are in place for the smooth conduct of the May 28 bypoll to the Shahkot assembly seat, Punjab Chief Electoral Officer S. Karuna Raju said on Saturday. He told media that the Election Commission have been completed all the arrangements in Shahkot, where 1,72,676 voters will decide the fate of 12 candidates in thi...

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Heat wave conditions intensify in Haryana, Punjab

Chandigarh, May 26 (IANS) Heat wave conditions intensified in most parts of Haryana and Punjab on Saturday with most areas reeling under severe heat. The maximum temperatures, which were already touching 43-45 degrees at several places, went up by one to two degrees Celsius. Narnaul town in Haryana was the hottest at 46 degrees, while Patiala city in neighbouring Punjab was hot a...

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Amarinder condemns Toronto restaurant blast

Chandigarh, May 25 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday condemned the blast in an Indian restaurant in suburban Toronto, calling it as a cowardly act of terrorism. The blast left around 15 people injured at the 'Bombay Bhel' restaurant in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga in Canada on Thursday night. Expressing pain and shock over the incident, Amarinder Singh...

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Two Punjab engineers suspended after molasses discharge into Beas

Chandigarh, May 25 (IANS) Punjab Environment Minister Om Prakash Soni on Thursday suspended two engineers of the Environment Department for laxity after discharge of molasses into the Beas river from a sugar factory in Gurdaspur district led to an environmental disaster causing death of thousands of fish and contaminating the river water. The suspended are Executive Engineer Kuldeep Sing...

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Severe heat wave conditions continue in Haryana, Punjab

Chandigarh, May 25 (IANS) Most parts of Haryana and Punjab reeled under severe heatwave conditions on Thursday with temperatures soaring past the 43-45 degrees Celsius mark at several places. Hisar and Narnaul towns in Haryana sizzled at 45.5 and 45 degrees, making them the hottest places in the region. Bhiwani (44 degrees), Karnal (43) and Ambala (42.7) also experienced heat wav...

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5 killed in Jammu accident

Jammu, May 25 (IANS) Five persons were killed and eight injured on Friday in a road accident on the Jammu-Pathankot national highway. Police said a car travelling from Jammu to Punjab went out of the driver's control and hit the road parapet during the early hours. The deaths occurred on the spot. The injured were shifted to Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu city, a po...

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Car catches fire, none injured

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) A car was gutted in a fire on Thursday in central Delhi, though none was injured, a fire official said. The Delhi Fire Service said a call was received about the car that caught fire around 9.35 p.m. outside the Himachal Bhawan near Mandi House. A fire tender rushed to the spot and doused doused the flames in 15 minutes. Luckily, there was no one ...

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Heat wave continues in Haryana, Punjab

Chandigarh, May 24 (IANS) Haryana and Punjab continued to reel under severe heatwave conditions on Thursday with temperatures recorded in the 42-46 degrees Celsius mark at several places. Hisar town in Haryana sizzled at 45.6, making it the hottest place in the region, Bhiwani (43.4 degrees), Karnal (42) and Ambala (42.6) also experienced the heat wave.Chandigarh recorded a high of 41.8 ...

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Punjab CM warns Damdami Taksal over threats to Sikh preacher

Chandigarh, May 24 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday warned Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal over alleged threats issued to Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale. Taking a serious note, the Chief Minister has asked the Damdami Taksal not to step out of their limits, and warned that he would treat such intimidatory acts as a threat to the state's peace and harmony and...

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43 degrees was Delhi's respite, heat wave to return from Friday

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) After two days of a persistent heat wave, the National Capital and surrounding regions on Thursday saw very slight respite, as average maximum temperature stood at 43 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season's average. The heat wave will return from Friday onwards and will continue till at least Monday, affecting Delhi along with north, central and east In...

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PNB fraud: ED charge-sheet names Nirav, 23 others

Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday filed a charge-sheet against fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi and 23 others, including his father, sister and brother-in-law, in the over Rs 13,400 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. The fraud was committed during 2011-2017 by illegally issuing Letters of Undertaking (LoUs) and Foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs).

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Beas pollution: Punjab imposes Rs 5 crore penalty on erring mill

Chandigarh, May 24 (IANS) Facing opposition flak over discharge of molasses in the Beas river that led to the death of a large number of marine life, the Punjab government on Thursday imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on the erring Chadha Sugar Mill. The government also said that the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PFCB) had recommended initiation of criminal action against mill officials ...

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Suspected ISI operative arrested from Uttarakhand

Lucknow, May 24 (IANS) A suspected ISI operative, working as a cook with a senior army officer has been arrested in a joint-operation by police and army, officials said on Thursday. The accused Ramesh Singh was picked up by the UP and Uttarakhand police teams from Didihat in Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand, Inspector General (IG) of the UP Anti-Terror-Squad Aseem Arun said. Singh has ...

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Grasping at straws: Pathetic state of biofuels in India

For the past several winters, Delhi has drawn global attention for its life-threatening smog levels. This is attributed, in part, to the open burning of biomass residues like paddy straw and stubble in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. Ironically, while these residues can contribute to lethal levels of air pollution when burnt, they can in fact reduce air pollution if conver...

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13 transgenders will contest 2018 Pakistan general elections

Islamabad, May 24 (IANS) At least 13 transgenders will contest the Pakistan general elections this year. Two of them will contest for the National Assembly and the rest for the provincial assemblies. This was officially announced on Wednesday at a national consultation organised by All Pakistan Transgender Election Network (APTEN) in collaboration with the Election Commission of Pakistan...

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Sahil Khattar on Paleo diet for 'The Expedition'

Mumbai, May 24 (IANS) TV actor and host Sahil Khattar, mostly known for his vox pops on YouTube channel 'Being Indian', has been following a strict Paleo diet to get in shape for his travel show The Expedition. Sahil's strict Paleo diet includes leafy green vegetables, nuts, fish and lean meats. Being a Punjabi, it's hard to ditch the parathas brushed with desi ghee and of cours...

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Punjab CM breaks silence, warns against river water pollution

Chandigarh, May 23 (IANS) After remaining silent for one week on pollution of Beas waters and resultant death of marine life, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday warned against laxity in dumping of molasses into the river or any leniency. He also sought a report on the inquiry into the matter by Thursday. The Chief Minister, who was holidaying in Manali in neighbou...

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