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Latest News Rein in protesters: Railways to govt
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Rein in protesters: Railways to govt
Jalandhar, October 06-The Railways have asked the state government to implement the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), 1968, to stop protesters from disrupting rail traffic. It has reportedly suffered heavy financial loss due to several protests in the last few months.Anuj Prakash, Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division, accused the state government of not informing the railway authorities about the protests in advance. “If  [ ... ]

Latest NewsPolice sent wrong body: Kin
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Police sent wrong body: Kin

Jalandhar, October 06-In a shocking development in the murder case of British-Indian hotelier Ranjit Singh Power, the DNA test and the examination of dental records of the body in the UK has proved that the body was not of Power.
The development has not only shaken the ongoing investigation of the Jalandhar police, but has also left the police in dismay.
Power’s daughter Emma Laura Power, while confirming the development to The Tribune from the UK, said [ ... ]

Latest NewsTurkey restrains Russia after its warplane violates airspace
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Turkey restrains Russia after its warplane violates airspace

Istanbul, October 06-Turkey said on Monday it had summoned Russia’s ambassador to protest the violation of its airspace by one of its warplanes and was told it was a “mistake” that would not happen again.
Turkey, which has the second-largest army in NATO, scrambled two F-16 jets on Saturday after a Russian warplane crossed into its airspace near the province of Hatay, which borders Syria, the foreign ministr [ ... ]

Punjab NewsIS blows up Arch of Triumph in Palmyra
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IS blows up Arch of Triumph in Palmyra

Beirut, October 06-Islamic State extremists have blown up the famous Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, the country’s head of antiquities said today, as the jihadists press their campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site.
The militants have carried out a sustained campaign of destruction against heritage sites in areas under their control in Syria and Iraq, and in mid-August beheaded Palmyra’s 82-year-old form [ ... ]

Latest NewsAgri chief held in pesticide scam
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Agri chief held in pesticide scam

Bathinda, October 05-A team of the Bathinda police Sunday arrested Agriculture Director Mangal Singh Sandhu from his Chandigarh residence in an alleged corruption case.
Bathinda SSP Indermohan Bhatti confirmed the arrest. He said a search of his Chandigarh house was on. A case was registered in connection with fake pesticides at Rama Mandi on September 2 after which one Vijay Kumar of Bathinda was arrested on September 15.
"We have arrested Mangal [ ... ]

Latest NewsGovt tightens grip on pesticide business near inter-state border
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Govt tightens grip on pesticide business near inter-state border

Abohar, October 05-The state government has tightened its grip on multi-crore pesticide, seed and fertiliser business and intensified police raids near the inter-state border following the mounting criticism by the Congress, the AAP and farmers’ organisations.
More than 36 government shops are functioning near the Punjab-Rajasthan border. The move came after a “Rs33-crore scam” surfaced in which “sub [ ... ]

Latest NewsHasina accuses ‘BNP-Jamaat’ of killing foreigners in Bangladesh
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Hasina accuses ‘BNP-Jamaat’ of killing foreigners in Bangladesh

Dhaka, October 05-Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today blamed the murder of two foreigners within a week on the Opposition ‘BNP-Jamaat alliance’, even as the ISIS took responsibility for the latest killing of a Japanese national.
“There is no reason to believe that all our achievements will be overshadowed by these heinous murders, but that is what is being attempted,” Hasina told [ ... ]

Latest NewsDoctors Without Borders leaves Kunduz after US air strike kills 19
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Doctors Without Borders leaves Kunduz after US air strike kills 19

Kabul, October 05-International medical charity Doctors Without Borders has withdrawn from the northern Afghan city of Kunduz after a deadly airstrike destroyed its hospital.
Kate Stegeman, the group's communications manager, said on Sunday some staff are still working in other health facilities in the city, where troops have been battling Taliban insurgents.
Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres denied that Talib [ ... ]

Latest NewsAAP too turns the heat on minister
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AAP too turns the heat on minister

Amritsar, October 2-The Aam Aadmi Party today demanded action against Agriculture Minister Tota Singh for allegedly causing loss to cotton growers by supplying “substandard” pesticides to them.
Addressing a rally at Rajasansi, party leader Sanjay Singh said: “The government has removed the Agriculture Director but took no action against the minister. He should be sacked and arrested immediately.”
He said: “The insensitiv [ ... ]

Punjab NewsRift in Jathedar’s family over pardon row
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Rift in Jathedar’s family over pardon row

Amritsar, October 2-Even as the SGPC today rubbished media reports regarding the resignation of Takht Shri Damdama Sahib Jathedar Giani Gurmukh Singh over the controversy over pardon to the Dera Sacha Sauda chief, the row has brought to the fore cracks in the Jathedar’s family. His sister has come out in the open against him.
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar put all the speculations regarding Gurmukh Singh’s resignation to rest by  [ ... ]

Latest NewsMigrant crisis: Hungary to seal border with Croatia
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Migrant crisis: Hungary to seal border with Croatia

Zakany , October 2-A small gap in coils of newly laid razor wire is all that remains of the Zakany-Botovo border crossing between Hungary and fellow European Union member Croatia, as Budapest prepares to close off another route for migrants flocking to Europe. Heavy machinery is clearing trees and a 3-metre-high fence is taking shape along the line of the razor wire.
The border, still traversed by thousands of migrants daily en route to [ ... ]

Latest NewsAfghan forces retake control of Kunduz from Taliban
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Afghan forces retake control of Kunduz from Taliban

Kunduz, October 2-Afghan troops recaptured the centre of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its US allies.
Fighting raged in other parts of the city, whose seizure represented a major victory for the insurgents and raised questions over whether NATO-trained Afghan forces were ready to go it alone [ ... ]

Latest NewsMakkar meets Akal Takht Jathedar, promises support
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Makkar meets Akal Takht Jathedar, promises support

Amritsar october 01-SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar today met Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh, who has been under fire ever since the Akal Takht granted pardon to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Sant Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for his alleged blasphemous bid to impersonate Guru Gobind Singh in 2007.
Though everyone is tightlipped about what transpired in the meeting, there are reports that Makkar assured the jathedar that the SGPC stood by h [ ... ]

Latest NewsSikh groups get poor response to bandh call on pardon row
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Sikh groups get poor response to bandh call on pardon row

Amritsar, october 01-The bandh call given by various Sikh organisations to lodge their protest against the clergy’s decision to pardon Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh over his blasphemous bid to impersonate Guru Gobind Singh in 2007 evoked a poor response today.
Educational institutions and commercial establishments remained open as usual.
The police launched a crackdown against leaders of Sikh outfits, which [ ... ]

Latest NewsNATO forces join Afghan troops to reclaim Kunduz
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NATO forces join Afghan troops to reclaim Kunduz

Kunduz, october 01-NATO said today its special forces are supporting Afghan troops in Kunduz after Taliban insurgents seized the city, fought off a counter-attack and advanced on the airport to shore up their biggest victory in 14 years.
Heavy fighting was underway near the northern city’s airport where government forces retreated, highlighting the potent challenge the militants pose after their lightning capture of Kunduz.
The Tali [ ... ]

Latest NewsRussian jets pound Syria
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Russian jets pound Syria

Moscow,oct 01-Russia launched its first air strikes in war-torn Syria today after President Vladimir Putin won parliamentary permission to use force abroad. It was Moscow’s first military engagement in a distant theatre of war since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.
Putin said the action was pre-emptive, warning that Moscow would be hunting down Islamic State  militants before they target Russia.
“The only correct way to fight internat [ ... ]

Latest News CM blames Cong for farmers’ plight
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CM blames Cong for farmers’ plight

Chhapaar, September 29-Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today blamed the Congress for the plight of farmers in the state. He alleged the Congress leaders had been shedding crocodile tears for peasants instead of taking concrete steps during their regime.
Reiterating his commitment to safeguard the farmers’ interests, Badal announced a relief of Rs 600 crore to compensate farmers who lost their cotton crop due to whitefly attack.
Addressin [ ... ]

Latest NewsCotton farmer cremated under ‘admn pressure’
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Cotton farmer cremated under ‘admn pressure’

Bathinda, September 29-The cremation of farmer Kuldeep Singh (28), who committed suicide on September 25 during the ongoing dharna organised by eight farmer unions in Bathinda over the demand of Rs 40,000-per-acre compensation for damaged cotton crop, was held today in Chugghe Kalan village of Bathinda district.
The cremation took place amid tight police security and presence of district officials.
However, the farmers alleged tha [ ... ]

Latest NewsASA confirms liquid water found on Mars
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ASA confirms liquid water found on Mars

Cape Canaveral, September 29-Scientists analysing data from a NASA spacecraft have found the first evidence that briny water flowed on the surface of Mars as recently as last summer, a paper published on Monday showed, raising the possibility that the planet could support life. Although the source and the chemistry of the water is unknown, the discovery will change scientists' thinking about whether the planet that is most like Earth in the solar  [ ... ]

Latest NewsCatalan separatists win polls, claim mandate to break away
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Catalan separatists win polls, claim mandate to break away

Barcelona, September 29-Separatists on Sunday won a clear majority of seats in Catalonia’s Parliament in an election that sets the region on a collision course with Spain’s central government over independence.
“Catalans have voted yes to independence,” acting regional government head Artur Mas told supporters, with secessionist parties securing 72 out of 135 seats in the powerful region of 7.5 million peo [ ... ]

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