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Punjab NewsSAD-BJP fails to get majority
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SAD-BJP fails to get majority
Mohali,27 February -The SAD-BJP alliance failed to get a clear majority in the Mohali Municipal Corporation polls though it emerged as the single largest group with 22 seats in the results declared here today.
As many as 190 candidates contested the elections for 50 wards of the corporation on February 22. The result of Ward No. 47 was not declared due to a pending court case.
Factionalism in the SAD led rebel Akali leaders to contest as Independents and saw  [ ... ]

Punjab NewsAll issues settled, Mufti to meet PM today
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All issues settled, Mufti to meet PM today Jammu,27 February- PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed  left for Delhi this afternoon  ahead of his meeting with Prime Minister  Narendra Modi in the morning tomorrow. It will be the last step before the swearing in of the new PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir on March 1.
  Before leaving for Delhi, Mufti told The Tribune, “Everything  has been settled”, a code that all  issues those had caused some las [ ... ]

Punjab NewsThumping win for Akali-BJP combine in corporation elections
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Thumping win for Akali-BJP combine in corporation elections Chandigarh,27 February -After the municipal councils and nagar panchayats elections, the SAD-BJP alliance has also swept the polls to the six municipal corporations which went to the polls on February 22. The combine won majority in four -- Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Pathankot and Moga. It touched the halfway mark in Phagwara while Mohali returned a hung verdict with the SAD-BJP falling short of majority by two seats.
The BJP has more  [ ... ]

Punjab NewsPoised for the big push, Prabhu walks tightrope
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Poised for the big push, Prabhu walks tightrope

New Delhi,27 February -Suresh Prabhu has set a healthy precedent by perhaps being the first Railway Minister not listing barely known places where new tracks will be laid.
He also kept away from other staple of Railway Budgets – more stoppages for existing trains, new ones on already-choked routes and increasing the frequency of others. But his Budget speech and the accompanying white paper give sufficient indications that Prabhu is coi [ ... ]

Punjab NewsUnhappy with HC order, lawyers want judge shifted
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Unhappy with HC order, lawyers want judge shifted

Chandigarh,26 February-The Bench-Bar relationship in the Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken a direct hit, once again. A section of the Bar, it seems, has taken exception to an order passed by a judge asking a lawyer to explain why he rendered wrong legal advice. It has asked the president of the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association to convene a full-house meeting to discuss the matter.
The requisition, purportedly supported by [ ... ]

Punjab NewsHaryana, HP elated as Punjab sulks
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Haryana, HP elated as Punjab sulks

Chandigarh,26 February-The 14th Finance Commission’s recommendations have brought little cheer to Punjab, while Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have welcomed enhanced share for the two states in Central taxes.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar termed the Rs 42,798 crore share for the state in Central taxes during 2015-2020 as a “paradigm shift and reflective of cooperative federalism”, while Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh expressed  [ ... ]

Punjab NewsFCI not to procure wheat in Haryana, cuts ops in Punjab
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FCI not to procure wheat
in Haryana, cuts ops in Punjab
Hisar,26 February-The Food Corporation of India has decided not to procure wheat in the next procurement season in Haryana. It has also decided to scale down operations by half in Punjab.
In a letter (dated February 18) to General Manager, North, FCI’s GM  KK Paliwal has stated that the corporation would not open any purchase centres in Haryana during the rabi marketing season 2015-16. The state government and its agenc [ ... ]

Punjab NewsAs pressure grows, govt ‘ready’ to go extra mile on land Bill
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As pressure grows, govt ‘ready’
to go extra mile on land Bill
Cong holds rally at Jantar Mantar; Sena voices concern over provisions

Chandigarh, New Delhi,26 February -Faced with growing pressure, including from allies and the Opposition, the government today gave fresh signals of making changes in the controversial Land Bill to accommodate farmers' interests.
The Congress hit the streets in Delhi opposing the Bill and threatened to launch countrywide protests. Digvijay Sing [ ... ]

Punjab NewsPunjab civic poll results
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Punjab civic poll results Chandigarh,26 February  The Akali-BJP alliance made a clean sweep of the civic body elections held on Wednesday. Polling was held for 121 municipal councils and nagar panchayats across the state, in which the two alliance partners gained a massive victory in the absence of any opposition from the Congress.The Congress was decimated. Not only did the opposition party contest on less than 50 per cent of the wards that went to the polls, it also fared rather poorl [ ... ]

Punjab NewsRahul goes on a sabbatical
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Rahul goes on a sabbatical
ew Delhi,24 February -In clear indications that all was not well in the Congress, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi today proceeded on few weeks leave from the party with no one willing to disclose where he had gone or for how many days.
Although the Congress, led by party president Sonia Gandhi, maintained that Rahul had taken leave to reflect on the recent events and the future course of the party, the timing of his absence raised doubts about the honesty of th [ ... ]

Punjab NewsWant immediate delivery of 5th-gen fighter: India to Russia
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Want immediate delivery of 5th-gen fighter: India to Russia
New Delhi,24 February-Faced with a dwindling fleet of fighter jets, India is pressing its military ally Russia for immediate delivery of the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA).New Delhi has suggested to Moscow that the T-50 fighter jet (being built as an FGFA) can be supplied to the Indian Air Force (IAF) while the research to improve upon the aircraft can carry on simultaneously. The same formula of graded improvements was a [ ... ]

Punjab NewsPranab says land Act refined to suit farmers
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Pranab says land Act refined to suit farmers New Delhi, New Delhi,24 February -President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the land acquisition Act had been suitably changed to suit farmers’ interests. Delivering his address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the start of the Budget session, Pranab said:  “Taking utmost care to protect farmers’ interests, including compensation entitlements, the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabil [ ... ]

Punjab NewsLand Acquisition Bill to be tabled in LS today
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Land Acquisition Bill to be tabled in LS today

New Delhi 24 February ,The government will on Tuesday introduce the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in the Parliament to replace the Land Acquisition Ordinance.
The Bill will be introduced in Lok Sabha by Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh.
The government had last year in December circulated the ordinance which had brought changes in the [ ... ]

Punjab NewsNitish back in Bihar saddle for 4th time
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Nitish back in Bihar
saddle for 4th time
Takes oath as CM along with 22 ministers
Patna,23 February-Nine months after he stepped down, JD-U leader Nitish Kumar was today sworn-in as the Bihar Chief Minister, ending days of political drama following a bitter power struggle with Jitan Ram Manjhi.
Nitish, 63, was administered the oath of office by Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi at a function in the Raj Bhawan, which was attended, among others by Manjhi, who had refused to quit as the CM to [ ... ]

Punjab NewsAbducted Indian priest freed in Afghanistan
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Abducted Indian priest freed in Afghanistan
New Delhi,23 February -Indian agencies have secured the release of a Christian priest, Father Alexis Prem Kumar, who was abducted by the Taliban in Herat province of Afghanistan eight months ago. Kumar landed in New Delhi on board a flight from Kabul this evening and was received at the airport by members of the Catholic community.
The announcement of the release of the 47-year-old private aid worker from Tamil Nadu was made by Prime Minister Nar [ ... ]

Punjab NewsPunjab civic polls peaceful; 69% turnout recorded
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Punjab civic polls peaceful; 69% turnout recorded Chandigarh,23 February -Polling for Punjab’s six municipal corporations and by-polls to two wards in Patiala and one in Jalandhar passed off peacefully today as 69 per cent of the electorate sealed the fate of 1,263 candidates in the fray. The second phase of polling will be held on February 25 when 122 municipal councils and nagar panchayats besides a notified area committee will go to the polls. The counting will be held on February  [ ... ]

Punjab NewsIndia break jinx, maul SA by 130 runs
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India break jinx, maul SA by 130 runs
Melbourne,23 February-The largest ever gathering of Indian sports fans outside India turned into a massive desi mela at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Right on cue, the Indian team put up a memorable, near-flawless performance. The South Africans, ferocious in batting and bowling, favourites to win the title, were tamed. India beat the Saffers by 130 runs in their Pool A game.
The repercussions of the win could prove very important. Today’s victo [ ... ]

Punjab NewsSuicide by candidate: Congress protests, wants Akalis booked
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Suicide by candidate: Congress protests, wants Akalis booked

Muktsar,22 February -A day after Congress nominee from Ward No. 29 Rajan Painter committed suicide after he was allegedly forced to withdraw his papers, the district Congress today demanded registration of an FIR.
They held a protest at the Kotkapura chowk here and sought arrest of those who threatened Painter. They also urged the Election Commission to put off polling in Ward No. 29.Leading the protest, local MLA Karan Kaur Br [ ... ]

Punjab NewsVoting for 6 corporations today
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Voting for 6 corporations today

Chandigarh,22 February-There are more than 7.9 lakh persons who are eligible to vote for elections to six municipal corporations and byelection in two wards in Patiala and one in Jalandhar tomorrow.
The Election Commission has decided to postpone polling in Ward No. 30 of Pathankot Municipal Corporation due to the death of BJP candidate Shashi Kala, said State Election Commissioner SS Brar.
The EC has made elaborate security arrangements to ensure peacefu [ ... ]

Punjab NewsIndia look to break SA’s winning run
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India look to break SA’s winning run
Melbourne,22 February -India kept alive their streak of having beaten Pakistan in every World Cup contest. On Sunday, however, they will look to straighten a record when they take on South Africa in a Pool B match in the sport’s pinnacle event at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here.
India have played the African nation thrice (1992, 1999 and 2011) in World Cups and each time ended up as the losing side.
This time around both teams go in [ ... ]

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