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AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes named by TIme among 100 Most Influential People in the World
CHANDIGARH: TIME Magazine named Tony Fernandes to the 2015 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The list, now in its twelfth year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.
With a vision to democratize air travel, Fernandes co-founded AirAsia in 2001 with partner Kamarudin Bin Meranun, purchasing a then loss-making AirAsia from its Malaysian owner for a token one Ringgit ($0.30 USD) along with over $11M USD in debt. 
Honour killing : 28 year-old woman shot dead
MANSA : In a case of alleged honour killing, a seven-month pregnant woman was shot dead by her father and cousin on the outskirts of Fattah Maloka village in Sardulgarh subdivision of Mansa district.Simarjeet Kaur (32), who married Gurpyar Singh of Fattah Maloka village, was allegedly shot in the neck and forehead using a.12 bore country-made weapon.
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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.
5,000-year-old astrological tradition thrives in Punjab
By Jaideep Sarin 
HOSHIARPUR (Punjab): Just asking for an address in the Railway Mandi area of this Punjab might elicit blank stares. But the moment I uttered the word 'Brighu', I was not even allowed to say anything more and the directions followed to the T.One particular street in the area is virtually dedicated to the Brighu astrologers who are keeping alive a 5,000-year-old tradition of looking into the past and gazing at the future.
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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.
Projects worth Rs.33700 crores boosts development in Haryana
By Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: Projects worth more than Rs 33,700 crore in Haryana, both in-progress and being undertaken,  have been provided momentum  to ensure their implementation within the stipulated time-frame laid down in the project report and in a transparent manner. The official of the state government said that projects pertained to infrastructure, power, roads, public health and irrigation worth Rs 17,185.39 crore while projects worth Rs 16,584.66 crore have been lined up for execution.
Haryana to build 11259 EWS flats at the cost of Rs.882 crores
CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has accorded approval amounting to Rs 882.85 crore for taking up the construction of as many as 11,259 flats of Economically Weaker Section (EWS) at various places in the State. Besides, he also approved Rs 171.65 crore as development cost and for construction of Community Centres in the places where the flats are to be built so as to facilitate the people who would reside in them.
Haryana BJP MP threatens to quit if Jats given quota
CHANDIGARH: Taking a stand contrary to his party, BJP MP from Haryana Raj Kumar Saini on Sunday threatened to resign from parliament if the Jat community was given reservation by the government.
State to revamp Integrated scheme for older Persons : Virbhadra
By Vijyender Sharma
SHIMLA : The State Government was mulling to revamp the 'Integrated Scheme for Older Persons' with an aim to improve their quality of life by providing them basic amenities like shelter, food, medical care etc. through the non-profit organizations, said Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh while presiding over a dissemination conference organised by India Country Office of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, (UNFPA) and its partner's Institute of Economic Growth Delhi and CRRID, Chandigarh to study about the status of elderly in Himachal Pradesh here today.
Virbhadra to inaugurate National Conference of Chairpersons of PSCs
By Vijyender Sharma
SHIMLA : Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will inaugurate the 17th National Conference of Chairpersons of State Public Service Commission at 11 AM on April 18 at Peterhoff in Shimla.
7th Shimla Marathon to be held on 27th Sept.
By Vijyender Sharma
SHIMLA : 7th Shimla Running and Living Ultra Half Marathon would be organized by the State Youth Services and Sports Department in collaboration with Running and a Gurgaon based NGO, Living Ultra Half Marathon at Shimla on 27th September this year. This was disclosed by Additional Chief Secretary, Youth Services and Sports Shri V.C Pharka while presiding over the meeting regarding 7th Shimla Running and Living Ultra Half Marathon held here today.
Himachal to launch LED promotion programme
By Vijyender Sharma
CHAMBA : The Government of Himachal Pardesh will launch LED Promotion Programme in the State for conservation of energy. Under the programme, three LED bulbs would be made available to the domestic consumers, at less than half the market price. The consumers would have to pay Rs. 10 per LED initially and thereafter Rs. 10 per bulb per month would be recovered from the consumers through their electricity bills.
Ishqedarriyaan Releases its First Motion Poster
MUMBAI : Director V. K. Prakash’s upcoming film Ishqedarriyaan that has Mimoh Chakraborty and Evelyn Sharma in the lead roles has released its first motion poster. It features the two young actors intensely looking at each other with the backdrop of a beach, that blends perfectly with the two people in love. Mahaakshay Chakraborty and Evelyn Sharma will be seen together for the first time ever in this romantic film, playing characters they have never done before.
Grand Prix Humanitarian France confers Golden Laureate to S.P Oberoi
PATIALA:  In recognition of his relentless global humanitarian works, activities and campaigns, the Grand Prix Humanitarian France has honoured Dr. SP Singh Oberoi with a Gold Medal for his outstanding work in the field of Philanthropy.
Winners of the 2015 International SpaceApps Challenge Kathmandu
KATHMANDU: For the third year in a row, Kathmandu joined more than 130 cities across the globe during the 2015 NASA SpaceApps Challenge. Sixty-three youth participants from diverse backgrounds, including 11 women, formed 14 groups to take on challenges that address environmental issues during the two-day event, held 11–12 April.
Tornadoes hit three US states, more expected
WASHINGTONS: Tornadoes hit parts of three midwestern US states of Iowa, Illinois and Ohio, in what forecasters from the National Weather Service warned was a "particularly dangerous situation", media reported on Friday.
Hindu prayers to open both Nevada Senate & Assembly on April 17
NEVADA (USA) : Both Nevada State Senate and Nevada Assembly in Carson City will open with Hindu mantras on April 17, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.
NAPA demand immediate suspension of ASI who brutally beat up NRI Sikh
MILPITAS(CALIFORNIA): North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) strongly condemned the ASI Richard Maseeh of Punjab Police for brutally beat up of NRI Sikh Ravinderjit Singh Gogi in a police detention cell located at Ludhiana Court complex today. Demanding immediate suspension of ASI who brutally beat up NRI Sikh.
Martinsburg City Council in W. Virginia opening with Hindu prayer 1st time in 147 years
VIRGINIA (USA) : Zed, who is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He plans to start and end the prayer with "Om", the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work.
Chambersburg Town Council in Pennsylvania opening with Hindu prayer 1st time in 212 years
PENNSYLVANIA (USA) : Borough of Chambersburg Town Council in Pennsylvania (USA), incorporated in 1803, will have its first historic Hindu opening prayer on April 13, containing verses from world’s oldest existing scripture.
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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