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AIPEF cautions against pitfalls in privitasing power distribution

CHANDIGARH: Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2018 will bring competition and choice for the final consumer, claims the government but practically this is going to further divide the unbundled electricity industry into numerous fragments making the way for private companies to cherry pick the profitable areas and consumers, said V K Gupta Spokesperson All India power Engineers Federation (AIPEF). The state sector incumbent power distribution  companies will be left with the obligation of serving loss making areas comprising of low paying consumers.

As BSP-SP join hands, BJP stares at twin challenges in Uttar Pradesh

LUCKNOW: The impact of the Samajwadi Party-Bhaujan Samaj Party (SB-BSP) alliance, and why the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken recent decisions — from bringing in a significant constitutional amendment to introduce reservations for economically weaker sections to announcing a cow cess and promising cow shelters for strays — is visible in the cities, towns and villages of Uttar Pradesh.

CBI questions youth acquitted in Andhra student's murder

VIJAYAWADA:  The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which recently began a fresh investigation into a decade-old case of an Andhra girl student's rape and murder, on Friday questioned Satyam Babu who was acquitted in 2017.

4 killed in Maharashtra road accident, angry crowd burns vehicles

GADCHIROLI (MAHARASHTRA):  At least four persons, including school students, were killed and 10 others seriously injured on Wednesday when a state transport bus and a truck collided near Gurupalli village in Etappally region of the district, police officials said.

Took Prashant Kishor into JD(U) after Amit Shah asked me twice, says Nitish Kumar

PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday night claimed that he had twice received suggestions for inducting poll strategist Prashant Kishor into his JD(U) by BJP national president Amit Shah.

Punjab govt took stringent steps to curb the drug menace in Punjab: Mustafa

CHANDIGARH: Punjab DGP Special Task Force(STF) on drugs today repersented Punjabb government to present report card on comprehensive action against drug abuse, claiming that drugs were not sold in Punjab. It is recalled that Congress government had returned to power on the issue of eliminating drug abuse that was rampat during the SAD-BJP governemnt led by Parkash Singh Badal.

Banks expected to report higher credit growth, market share: Report

NEW DELHI:  Given the upturn in non-food and industrial credit as reported by the RBI, banks are expected to report higher credit growth and market share at the cost of non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and housing finance firms, a financial services firm said on Tuesday.

Punjab Vigilance registers case against IFS officer Harsh Kumar for submitting fake appreciation letter

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Vigilance Bureau registered a case against forest conservator Harsh Kumar IFS posted at Hoshiarpur for submitting fake appreciation letter to state government for removing adverse remarks in his annual confidential report (ACR). In this case a private person Ajay Palta, Director, Palta Engineering Works Private Limited, Focal Point, Jalandhar was also booked under section 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 474, 120-B IPC at police station SAS Nagar.

Capt Amarinder mourns demise of noted punjabi litterateur & journalist B S bir

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday expressed profound grief over the demise of Chief Editor of Mehram Group of Publications BS Bir, who breathed his last in a private hospital at Mohali early this morning after prolonged illness. Bir is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Punjab Vigilance nabs 182 persons red handed taking bribes in 131 traps during 2018 - BK Uppal

CHANDIGARH: Aiming to stamp out corruption from all public offices, the Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) adopted multi-pronged approach to corner the bribe seekers and generate awareness among the public during the year to make Punjab ahead in curbing the social malady. During last year, the VB has been able to nab 157 officials of different departments and 25 private persons while accepting bribes in 131 trap cases.

Apple CEO Tim Cook took home $15.7 mn in 2018

SAN FRANCISCO:  Riding on a robust growth last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook earned a compensation package of $15.7 million -- including $12 million in bonus that means nearly $33,000 a day.

Trade strike hits Bengal

KOLKATA:  Normal life was partly hit in West Bengal on Tuesday during the 48-hour nationwide strike called by central trade unions in protest against the "pro-corporate, anti-national and anti-people" policies of the Modi governmen

Quota Bill for upper castes introduced in Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI:  The government on Tuesday introduced a Constitution amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha that seeks to provide 10 per cent reservation for economically backward sections in the general category in government jobs and higher educational institutions.

‘Enough is enough’: Mamata warns against disruption of normal life during trade union strike

KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday claimed that the trade unions-called general strike would have no impact in the state. As many as 10 central trade unions have called a 48-hour nationwide strike beginning Tuesday protesting against the “anti-people” policies of the Centre.

AAP flays Punjab health minister for comparing govt schools with 'dhabas'

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took an exception to the controversial statement made by Punjab  education minister O P Soni, comparing government schools to ‘dhawas’ and private schools to five star hotels.

AAP flays Punjab health minister for comparing govt schools with 'dhabas'

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took an exception to the controversial statement made by Punjab  education minister O P Soni, comparing government schools to ‘dhawas’ and private schools to five star hotels.

Bihar shelter horror: ‘Guests’ forced girls to dance, raped them, says CBI

PATNA: Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case, used to force girls to dance with scanty clothes on vulgar songs and have sex with his guest, revealed a 73-page charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Power engineers to go ahead with work boycott

CHANDIGARH: National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) has decided to go ahead with work boycott protest & strike  on 08 & 09 January 2019 across the country ignoring the suggestion  of Ministry of Power.

67th National Town & Country Planners Congress concludes

CHANDIGARH: The second day of the 67th National Town & Country Planners Congress witnessed a number of speakers and dignitaries sharing their experiences in the fields of land acquisition and its development.

Power staff to hold two-day protest on Jan 8&9

CHANDIGARH: Electricity workers and engineers under the banner of the National Co-ordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE) has decided to resort to two day nationwide strike/work boycott on January 8 & 9 against the Electricity (Amendment ) Bill 2018 and privatization  policies of central and state Governments.

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