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CM recieves pilgrims from Mansa and Amritsar from earthquake hit Kathmandu at Punjab Bhawan
NEW DELHI: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today received a group of nearly 35 pilgrims from Mansa and Amritsar districts, who returned from earthquake shaken Kathmandu at Punjab Bhawan here tonight.Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that said that Badal described the earthquake as a grave natural tragedy and assured full and immediate help from the state government to all those affected by nature’s fury. He said that Punjab government would provide all help including transportation, blankets, food and other help to hapless victims of this grave tragedy.
Modi govt move to reduce freight subsidy on fertilizers to hit farmers hard: Bajwa
The Punjab Congress President, Mr Partap Singh Bajwa, while strongly opposing the move of the Narendra Modi government at the centre to end freight subsidy on potash and phosphorus fertilizers, said it would adversely hit the farmers in the high fertilizer consuming states like Punjab and Haryana.While visiting Hoshiarpur and Tanda Dana Mandis today Bajwa demanded that procurement by government agencies should start immediately.
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Demons in our head !
By Virbin Randhawa
CHANDIGARH : As I see around so many relationships breaking around. Children leaving old parents, divorces happening, siblings fighting for properties and friends becoming strangers.
I wonder do we have the power to rule our thoughts? Are we in control of how we think?
A lot has happened in my life . Saw highs and lows of life. Made me wonder, did I have control over it ? Did I listen to Demons in my head.How do we react when there is happiness or pain?
15 year girl saved from drowning due to quick rection by HC judge M Jeyapaul
By Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: A 15-year-old girl is alive today, thanks to a brave and quick thinking action of justice who pulled the drowning girl to safety from Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. The feat—both heartwarming and harrowing—took place on March 30 last when the girl jumped into the lake in a bid to end her life.
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Jai Ho Democracy trailer launched
By Kulbir Klasi
CHANDIGARH : You can call it India's answer to 'Expendables' as the Indian film industry veterans come together for a relevant political comedy. Jai Ho Democracy stars thespians from the National School of Drama and some of the best actors our country has ever had - Om Puri, Annu Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Adil Hussain and Satish Kaushik. Written and directed by Ranjit Kapoor, who also wrote the cult film Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, the satirical comedy's trailer was launched today amidst much fanfare.
Haryana to soon announcce new Industrial policy: Khattar
CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Mr. Manohar Lal said that the state government is soon going to announce its new industrial policy in which focus would be laid on development of Micro Small and Medium Industries (MSME). Haryana is an agrarian state where land holding is shrinking and farmers are approaching towards small industries. The people connected with MSMEs could utilize their potential by imparting them skill development training in industries especially in agro based. The state government would promote agro based industries in a big way, he added.
On-line birth and death certificates will be issued in Haryana.
By Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH : Birth and death certificates will be issued in Haryana within seven days as the Health department of Haryana has brought all primary health centres (PHCs) and Common Service Centres (CSCs)online. The state government steip will facilitate uninterrupted service, For this purpose, internet facility and around 485 laptops are being provided to the CSCs.
Haryana Govt pensioners can submit life certificate on-line
By Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: Government of Haryana has decided to simplify the payment of pension on the basis of Digital Life Certificate (DLC). Stating this here today, official of the Finance Department, Haryana, said that the government has approved the implementation of Aadhar Enabled Jeevan Pramaan Patra (JPP) system for all state government pensioners and now pensions would be disbursed through DLC.
Regional Judicial Conference concluded at Shimla
By Vijyender Sharma
SHIMLA: A three day Regional Judicial Conference of five North zone States on “Strengthening Justice Delivery System: Tools & Techniques” concluded today with the valedictory address of Justice Madan B. Lokur, Judge, Supreme Court of India. The Conference was organized by the H.P. High Court, National Judicial Academy and H.P. Judicial Academy.  The aim of the conference is to deliberate upon and evolve such tools and techniques to enhance the capabilities of judicial officers to reduce the pendency of cases.
Kullu Zila Parishad gets national award
By Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH : Kullu Zila Parishad has been given national award in empowerment in panchayati raj on the occasion of National Panchayat Raj Day function held in Vigyan Bhawan, new delhi on Friday.
CM Virbhadra to inaugurate regional judicial conference
By Vijyender Sharma
SHIMLA : The three day long regional judicial conference on “Strengthening Justice Delivery System: Tools and Techniques” is being organised by Himachal Pradesh High Court and H.P. Judicial Academy in collaboration with National Judicial Academy, Bhopal from 24 April, 2015 in Shimla.
Pratibha Singh stresses for taking Red Cross activities up to village level
By Vijyender Sharma
SHIMLA : Pratibha Singh, Chairperson, H.P State Red Cross Hospital Welfare Section said that Red Cross Society was playing an important role in serving the suffering humanity and the under privileged sections of the society. She was presiding over the meeting of the Society, here today.
Nepal Devastated: Earthquake leaves over 3300 dead
KATHMANDU: The death toll from Nepal's earthquake soared past 3,300 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster.Reports received so far by aid groups suggest that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope.
Multi-faith prayers open “Earth Day” celebrations in Nevada
NEVADA(USA): Distinguished religious statesman Rajan Zed directed this special multi-faith invocation; which included Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Native American prayers focused on healthier environment and respecting the nature of the planet we live on.
This over 20-years old annual all-day free event in Reno’s about 40-acres Idlewild Park attracted thousands of people from all over the region in Nevada and nearby California.
DSGMC and SGPC to airlift 25,000 food packets every day to Nepal
CHANDIGARH:  Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today directed the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Managing Committee (DSGMC) and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to start air lifting of 25,000 food packets to Kathmandu every day from tomorrow besides making arrangements to prepare and distribute "langar" in Nepal to provide succour to earthquake victims. 
Death toll mounting in quake hit Nepal, 1900 deaths confirmed
CHANDIGARH: The death toll in Kathmandu and neighbouring areas of Nepal, where high intensity earthquake jolted the earth, is rising. Over 1900 persons have been killed and several hundereds are injured. The death toll in Bihar and Uttar pradesh in India has also reached 54.
Hindu mantras open City Council of McFarland, made famous by Kevin Costner movie
MCFARLAND (USA) : McFarland City Council in California, incorporated in 1957 and made famous by Kevin Costner lead movie “McFarland, USA” currently in theaters, had its first historic Hindu invocation on April 23 evening, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.
Hindus seek Diwali holiday in New Jersey’s Bridgewater schools
NEVADA (USA) : Hindus are asking New Jersey’s Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District to include Diwali, the most popular Hindu holy day, as a school holiday in its schools calendar, in view of their substantial population in the District.  
US Sikhs honour attorney general Eric Holder
WASHINGTON: The Sikh community here has honoured the US Attorney General Eric Holder with a siropa, a ceremonial robe of honour, and a Sewa Service Award for services to their community.Guru Gobind Singh Foundation (GGSF) of Rockville, Maryland and National Sikh Centre (NSC) of Washington, DC presented the award to Holder at a ceremony at the Justice Department Monday. A special prayer called ardas was performed in a room, which once housed Robert Kennedy's office, with blessings sought for the Attorney General and for the nation.
MPP Jagmeet Singh named new deputy leader of Ontario
TORONTO: MPP Jagmeet Singh appointed as new deputy leader of Ontario NDP. It's the first time in more that a decade Ontario's NDP Cacucus had had a deputy leader.
SAD wrests Dhuri seat from Congress
CHANDIGARH : Chief Electoral Officer Punjab V.K. Singh disclosed that the counting of votes for Dhuri By poll was completed after 12 rounds of counting. 14 Counting tables were set up for counting purposes in the hall. The Shiromani Akali Dal Candidate Sr. Gobind Singh Longowal has been declared elected in this Dhuri by-Poll.
Gobind Singh Longowal of SAD wins Dhuri by-election by 37501 votes
CHANDIGARH: Gobind Singh Longowal of Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) has won the Dhuri by-election by defeating his nearest rival Simar Partap Singh Congress candidate by 37501 votes.
72 percent polling in Dhuri by-election
CHANDIGARH: At the end of the day, about 72 percent voting was reported from Dhuri where by-election is held today to elect new member of legislative party after Arvind Khanna Congress MLA had resigned. Till 1 PM about 39 percent voting was reported. In the morning voting was slow but it picked up as the day passed. The Congress and SAD-BJP alliance are fighting for victory as winning this seat is prestigious to both of them Congress has fielded Simar Partap Singh grand son of former Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala and SAD has fielded Gobind Singh Longowal a close aide of late Sant Harchand Singh Longowal. The candidates of SAD(Amritsar) and CPI,CPM are also in the fray.
39 percent voting in Dhuri by-election up to 1 PM
DHURI(Sangrur) : The polling in Dhuri by-election is going slow and by 1 PM only 39 perent p\voting was reported. The police is 
deployed in large strength. No untoward incident is reported so far.
Spectrum auctions are crucially flawed, says Kapil Sibal
By Biswajit Choudhury 
NEW DELHI: Trust an ex-telecom minister who is also a legal eagle -- an attribute he shares with current incumbent Ravi Shankar Prasad -- to point out a "crucial flaw" in the on-going spectrum auctions.Kapil Sibal says this is "a government of hiccups, that doesn't think things through and has come up with a flawed auction design".
Ready to go size zero if film demands it: Bhumi Pednekar
By Uma Ramasubramanian
MUMBAI: In an industry where slim waists, six-packs and fit frames are the order of the day, here comes the unusual Bhumi Pednekar, embodying an overweight girl in her debut film "Dum Laga Ke Haisha". Weight issues are not an issue, says the actress, who is ready to reduce to size zero if the role demands it.
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