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A Shimla cafe where prisoners serve pizzas

Punjab News Express/Vishal Gulati
SHIMLA : It's a real life scene right out of reel life.

The old woman who lives alone in a Himachal wildlife park

Punjab News Express/Vishal Gulati 
Gushaini (Kullu) : She is an octogenarian and lives all alone in the Unesco-tagged Great Himalayan National Park in the picturesque Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The authorities say she is the only human who lives in the park that is spread over 754 sq km -- one of the richest biodiversity sites in the western Himalayas.

This octogenarian poet seeks new ways to promote Punjabi literature

Punjab News Express/Vishal Gulati 
CHANDIGARH : After making a name in the world of Punjabi literature, an octogenarian poet, short-story writer and editor is now seeking to promote more collaborative ventures among Punjabi authors so that they get a better deal.

Vinod Chauhan, an amateur photographer who made mark at international forum

Y.S. Rana
CHANDIGARH: In present day, skill is considered key factor for success in any profession but Vinod Chauhan has defied it. More than one reason to be proud of this talented photographer is that he has never been trained or skilled by any institute or professional in tricks of photography. He has achieved in photography for which most of photographers could not have dreamt

New Invention: Car run on air, Speed breakers light the path

Punjab News Express/ S.K.Vyas
MAHENDRAGARH: To combat with the increasing cost of petrol-diesel and the pollution caused by vehicles running on petrol-diesel, Central University of Haryana (CUH), Mahendragarh has developed a unique technology.

India's unfolding education crisis: Government schools short of 1 mn teachers

Punjab News Express
NEW DELHI : Eighteen 18 per cent positions of teachers in government-run primary schools and 15 per cent in secondary schools are vacant nationwide, according to data tabled in the Lok Sabha by the Human Resources Development Minister on December 5, 2016.

Celebratory firing leaves trail of deaths at Punjab weddings

By Jaideep Sarin 
CHANDIGARH: Kulwinder Kaur, 24, was dancing with fellow women dancers on the stage at a wedding function in Maur Mandi town in Bathinda district of southwest Punjab on the night of December 3. There was merry-making and drinking, which is typical of Punjabi weddings. Among the guests celebrating, there were a few openly brandishing weapons. As the music and dance went on, in the din came a few shots from firearms. One of these shots, allegedly fired by a drunk guest, hit Kaur on the head. She became the latest victim of wedding celebrations in Punjab and Haryana.

Proper houses not a dream any more for Gujarat's slum dwellers

Punjab News Express
AHMEDADAD : As they turn their backs on the miserable lives they once lived and head to the two-room apartments they received in lieu of their shacks, they have much to cheer about.

Welfare of dairy animals should be priority: Survey

Punjab News Express/Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: In the run up to National Milk Day, the World Animal Protection’s research reveals overwhelming support for welfare standards for dairy animals. The survey reveals that 90 per cent of people surveyed strongly agreed that dairies should be closed if these did not consider the welfare needs of dairy animals.

Pain of demonetisation will be much longer than 50 days as claimed by PM

Around 6 months needed to replenish Rs 500 notes
Punjab News Express
NEW DELHI: Will new notes which replace the demonetised currency find itself in circulation soon? Unlikely, if the capacity of all the currency printing presses in the country is taken into account.

Honey Hut replaces Sugar in the kitchen-its promoter gets national award

Punjab News Express/Y.S. Rana
CHANDIGARH: Honey seems all set to replace sugar bottle in homes, coffee houses and restaurants. Thanks to ‘Honey Hut’ concept that makes the people more health conscious. Entrepreneur gets the sweet taste of success with his idea of ‘Honey Hut’ when he was awarded the national award (2014-15) to his project for best performing unit under the prime minister employment generation programme (PMEGP) by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to Ludhiana at a national level function of the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, GOI.

Undeterred by unrest, migratory birds keep tryst with Kashmir

Punjab News Express/Sheikh Qayoom
HOKARSAR (Srinagar): Undeterred by the prolonged unrest in Kashmir, hundreds of migratory birds are reaching this wetland reserve daily to keep their annual tryst with the Valley.

Cooking utensils go natural, use of clay utensils is picking up

Punjab News Express 
HYDERABAD: Cooking utensils go going natural. Use of clay utensils is on the rise, observed an industry insider.  Natural, electricity free refrigerator made of entirely clay, Mitticool Cooker, Clay Pressure Cooker, Microwave friendly clay utensils, clay dinner plates, eco-friendly clay water filters on display at Kitchen India Expo, reflect currents trends in kitchenware in the city.

UN supports better welfare for farm animals worldwide

Punjab News Express/Y.S. Rana
CHANDIGARH: For the first time ever in the history of the United Nations (UN), farm animals worldwide will be better protected following the adoption of groundbreaking global policy recommendations on animal welfare in farming at the UN Committee on World Food Security meeting in Rome.

Sisters who saved their brothers lives by donating kidney, felicitated

Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: To mark Raksha Bandhan and World Organ Donation Day, IVY Hospital, Mohali has felicitated 4 sisters who have given ultimate gift in form of their kidneys to save lives of their beloved brothers at Press Club here today. During occasion, a brother was also honoured for giving his kidney to his sister.

Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur gets College of Excellence Status

Punjab News Express/Satinder Bains
CHANDIGARH: The University Grants Commission has selected Dev Samaj College for Women (DSCW), Ferozepur for the college of excellence status. The status comes with a grant of Rs two crore to be spent over five years for specific purposes. DSCW, Ferozepur is an affiliated college of Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh.

For NRI J.C.Diwan helping the needy students is only aim of life

Punjab News Express/Y.S. Rana
CHANDIGARH: Some people choose their way in life, on some it is enforced, in some cases way itself calls them, such way that they have not wanted to search. J. C Diwan has never started his journey by dreaming to be a public figure. He loves challenges and that is why he is unstoppable. After his stint of 40 years job in United Kingdom, he came back to his roots and has been putting all his energy into helping the students of economically weaker section. He did all this from his own pocket.

Women step into male bastion, exclusively run Petrol Pump in Chandigarh

Y.S. Rana
CHANDIGARH: It is a man’s world, they say and sometimes in the face of violent opposition, the overall situation of women’s empowerment leaves a great deal to be desired. Keep this in mind, let us relate an interesting example, first-of-its-kind in Chandigarh, set by a petrol pump owner in Chandigarh where the job of filling vehicle petrol tanks in City Beautiful, so far some reasons seen exclusively as a male preserve, is done entirely by women.

‘Judicial hosting’ for inmates of senior citizens home, Chandigarh

Punjab News Express/Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: It is said that old is gold but it does not so always when it comes to old people. In the modern times, old people are feeling aloof themselves from the society. In a bid to provide solace in their life, the State Legal Services Authority, UT, Chandigarh has arranged an outing for the inmates of the senior citizens’ Home, Sector 15 Chandigarh.

An MBA and her '#Maa-ka-Pyaar' food cart

Punjab News Express/IANS
MOHALI : She quit her job as a HR professional in a leading telecom company to do something on her own. The food for thought on doing some thing came, literally, via the tummy route in her case. In a matter of days, Radhika Arora was on the road to success with her own business enterprise - a food cart.