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President, PM mourn Punjab train tragedy

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of political parties on Friday expressed shock and grief over a train tragedy that claimed at least 30 lives during a Dussehra celebration in Punjab.

TN Governor should cancel dismissal orders of university staff

CHENNAI: PMK founder S. Ramadoss on Friday urged Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit to cancel the sacking of 42 non-teaching temporary staff of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University.

Two militants killed in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Security forces on Friday shot dead two militants on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla town.

Class 9 student gang raped, attempts suicide

PATNA: A gang-raped Class 9 student was seriously injured on Friday after she leapt from a building and landed on high voltage wire in Bihar's Lakhisarai district, triggering mob violence, police said.

VB nabs Ptwari, agents in two different bribery cases

CHANDIGARH: State Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a revenue Patwari, and two private person red handed in two different bribery cases.

HAL’s jets costlier than foreign ones, says defence ministry audit

NEW DELHI:  Fighter jets made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) – the Bengaluru-based defence public sector unit – cost more than the same jets produced abroad by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM), a recent review of the state-owned company by the ministry of defence (MoD) has found.

Sabarimala day 3: Head priest’s ultimatum forces 2 women to return without entering temple

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amid high drama, two women – a journalist and an activist – were forced to return from within 500 metres of the Sabarimala temple Friday after its chief priest threatened to shut it down if they entered the shrine dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. 

Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi proposes five element concoction for Nation Building

CHANDIGARH: : Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi proposed Panchamaarit – the five element concoction for nation building on the occasion of Vijaya Dashmi and the Foundation Day of Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS).  The beginning he emphasized has to be in ensuring freedom, health, protection, security and education for all children.

Constitute committee against sexual harassment: Maneka to political parties

NEW DELHI: In the wake of MeToo campaign against sexual harassment, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on Thursday asked all political parties to constitute an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to hear complaints of affected women in workplace.

5881 acers of forest land freed from illegal encrochments, claims Sadhu Singh Dharmsot

CHANDIGARH: “The Punjab Government has achieved remarkable success in getting the forest land of the state freed from illegal encroachers which is borne out by the fact that during the past 1 year about 5881 acres of forest land has been freed from the shackles of illegal encroachers.”

Modi's cronyism putting IAF pilots at risk: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the Narendra Modi government's focus on renegotiating UPA-era defence deals instead of finalising them, was causing life risks for the Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots, who are compelled to fly "ancient" aircraft.

No mobile phone to be disconnected: Government

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Thursday dismissed a news report claiming around 50 crore mobile phone numbers are at risk of disconnection, saying it is "completely untrue and imaginary".

Delhi court to hear Akbar's defamation suit on Oct 31

NEW DELHI: A court here on Thursday admitted a criminal defamation suit filed by former Minister M.J. Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani, the first in a long list of female journalists to have accused him of sexual harassment.

MeToo being blown out of proportion: Shatrughan Sinha

MUMBAI: Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha says while the MeToo movement is noble, it is becoming "free-for-all" and being blown out of proportion.

Army, police probe rape of deaf-mute woman by four soldiers

 PUNE: Pune Police and the Army have launched a probe into allegations of rape levelled against four soldiers of the Army Medical Corps (AMC) by a deaf-mute 30-year-old woman employee of the Military Hospital here, an official said.

Capt Amarinder meets modi to press for compensation for stubble burning, PM sympathetic to farmers's problem

NEW DELHI:  Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press for compensation to farmers in lieu of stubble burning, while also urging his intervention to ensure settlement of the Rs. 31000 crore CCL gap and assistance for the preparation of the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.

CBSE affiliation by-laws simplified for speed, transparency: Javadekar

NEW DELHI: Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday announced that the CBSE affiliation by-laws have been revamped to ensure "speed and transparency" in the process.

RBI reaffirms decision on tenure of Yes Bank's Rana Kapoor

MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has reaffirmed that a successor to YES BANK's MD and CEO Rana Kapoor should be appointed by February 1, 2019.

Argentina win in basketball, boxing; Russia continue winning medals

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina won two gold medals, one in men's 3x3 basketball and one in boxing. Russia, on top of the medal table, won two gold medals with one in boxing and the other in women's beach volleyball, on the penultimate day of the Youth Olympics.

DGP Arora calls for greater coordination among police forces of Northern States

CHANDIGARH: Punjab DGP Suresh Arora on Wednesday called for greater cooperation among the Northern states to tackle the various policing challenges, particularly those related to drugs, terror and organised crime, as well as growing radicalisation.

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