|Latest NewsCrowd comprised Haryanvis, govt staff, say Capt, Jhinda|
Crowd comprised Haryanvis,
govt staff, say Capt, Jhinda
Bathinda, November 24-Not satisfied with the rounding up of leaders of various organisations, the police today registered four separate cases against unidentified persons just to ensure that if anyone protests, blocks roads or raises anti-government slogans, he could be booked immediately.
“We fear that some organisations, including farmer leaders, may indulge into blocking roads by axing trees or digging up roads. This is [ ... ]
|Latest NewsRally a success: SAD; Cong disputes claim|
Rally a success: SAD;
Cong disputes claim
Chandigarh, November 24-The Akali Dal today thanked the people of Punjab for giving a “thumping response to its Sadbhavna rally in Bathinda by rejecting extremist elements who wanted to push the state back to the era of turmoil”.
Party MPs Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Balwinder Singh Bhundur, Prem Singh Chandumajra and Naresh Gujral said the gathering in the rally gave clear signals that people of the state wanted peace and development. T [ ... ]
|Latest NewsArgentina elects pro-market Macri after Kirchner’s rule|
Argentina elects pro-market
Macri after Kirchner’s rule
Buenos Aires, November 24-Argentina, in a stinging repudiation of outgoing leftist President Cristina Kirchner, elected a pro-market government president to take the helm of Latin America’s third-biggest economy.
Conservative president-elect Mauricio Macri, fresh from yesterday’s run-off election win, promised a “marvelous” new era was starting for his country, beleaguered by years of economic instabi [ ... ]
|Latest News‘Umbrella Soldiers’ win seats in Hong Kong local elections|
‘Umbrella Soldiers’ win seats
in Hong Kong local elections
Hong Kong, November 24-Young supporters of Hong Kong's democracy movement, known as 'Umbrella Soldiers', took seats in the city's first vote since mass street protests, but pro-Beijing forces dominated the polls in a key test of public sentiment.
The spotlight was on yesterday's district elections to gauge whether support for the democracy movement could translate into votes.
While a new generation of pro-democracy c [ ... ]
|Latest NewsSAD faces acid test at Bathinda rally today|
SAD faces acid test at
Bathinda rally today
Chandigarh, November 23-Confronted with the most challenging time in his political career, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and his party’s political appeal is set to be determined by the rally scheduled in Bathinda tomorrow.
Set for a showdown with his political opponents, especially the Congress, the Aam Adami Party (AAP) and hawkish Akali factions, Sukhbir has pulled out all stops to make the rally a bigger show than the recently [ ... ]
|Latest NewsAsean to build economic bloc|
Asean to build
Kuala Lumpur, November 23-ASEAN leaders today declared the establishment of an EU-style regional economic bloc, ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), a single market with a free flow of goods, capital and skilled labour in the region.
The Kuala Lumpur declaration on the establishment of the AEC was today signed by the leaders of 10-nation grouping in front of world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The AEC envisa [ ... ]
|Latest News100 die in Myanmar mine disaster|
100 die in Myanmar
Yangon, November 23-At least 100 people have died in a huge landslide in a remote jade mining area of northern Myanmar, officials said today, as search teams continued to find bodies in one of the deadliest disasters
to strike the country’s shadowy jade industry.
Those killed were thought to have been mainly itinerant miners, who scratch a living scavenging through mountains of waste rubble dumped by mechanical diggers used by mining firms at the [ ... ]
|Latest NewsJoin US to avenge bombed jet: Obama to Putin|
Join US to avenge bombed
jet: Obama to Putin
Kuala Lumpur, November 23-President Barack Obama vowed today that the United States and its international partners "will not relent" in the fight against the Islamic State group, insisting the world would not accept the extremists' attacks on civilians in Paris and elsewhere as the "new normal."
"The most powerful tool we have is to say we are not afraid," Obama said as he wrapped up a nine-day trip to Turkey an [ ... ]
|Latest NewsRahul, state leaders meet Prez, seek judicial probe|
Rahul, state leaders meet
Prez, seek judicial probe
New Delhi, November 20-Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today led a 25-member delegation of the Punjab Congress to the President to seek an independent judicial probe into the recent incident of sacrilege of
Guru Granth Sahib at Faridkot and subsequent police firing that left two persons dead.
“We have demanded a probe by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. The issue is not just of these two families who lost their kin b [ ... ]
|Latest NewsVideos offering reward on CM’s head surface, govt plans action|
Videos offering reward on CM’s
head surface, govt plans action
Chandigarh, November 20-With videos putting a reward on the head of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Badal going viral, the government has decided to act tough with those posting such provocative material on the social networking sites and video sharing platforms.
The government is seeking legal opinion on how those posting such videos and sharing these can be booked.
Several videos have been [ ... ]
|Latest NewsIslamic State’s next target: New York?|
Islamic State’s next
target: New York?
New York, November 20-The dreaded terror group ISIS has released a new video showing images of the iconic Times Square and a suicide bomber zipping his explosive vest and apparently preparing for an assault on New York City.
The five-and-a-half-minute video starts with horrific scenes from the recent Paris attacks and shows French-and Arabic-speaking militants praising the Friday assault that left at least 129 people dead, media reports said [ ... ]
|Latest NewsBelgium pledges crackdown on ‘flaring’ Islamist violence|
Belgium pledges crackdown on
‘flaring’ Islamist violence
Brussels, November 20-Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel pledged a security crackdown and an extra 400 million euros ($427 million) to fight Islamist violence on Thursday, while rejecting criticism of Belgium’s security services in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Michel told parliament that the government would introduce laws to jail jihadists returning from Syria, ban hate preachers and close down unregistere [ ... ]
|Latest NewsEco-ministry opts for satellites for info on stubble burning|
Eco-ministry opts for satellites
for info on stubble burning
Chandigarh, November 19-As the Punjab and Haryana Governments struggle to control the large-scale burning of paddy straw by farmers, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climatic Change has set up a system to generate real-time information on fire incidents using satellite data.
Sources said data and images from two US space systems — the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Suomi National Pol [ ... ]
|Latest NewsHospital machines lie defunct, courtesy technicians’ shortage|
Hospital machines lie defunct,
courtesy technicians’ shortage
Patiala, November 19-The state government installed multi-crore ultra-modern MRI machine worth Rs 13 crore at Government Rajindra Hospital today.
However, the fact is whether the hospital will be able to make the machine actually functional or not.
This is not the first time that the hospital has received sophisticated machines and other equipment, but many of them are lying defunct in different wards due to shortage of [ ... ]
|Latest NewsChoke fund flow to terror outfits: PM|
Choke fund flow
to terror outfits: PM
New Delhi, November 19-“The dastardly acts of terrorists committed in Paris a few days ago are a grim reminder that terrorists have shown remarkable flexibility and adaptability in meeting their funding requirements,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the sixth Global Focal Point Conference on Asset Recovery organised by the CBI.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the steps taken by the government against corruption and black money. [ ... ]
|Latest NewsParis attack planner crossed borders with ease|
Paris attack planner
crossed borders with ease
BRUSSELS, November 19-Abdelhamid Abaaoud, suspected planner of the Paris attacks, mocked European frontier controls and boasted of the ease with which he could move between Syria to his Belgian homeland and the rest of Europe.
As the police piece together how militants mounted Friday's assaults, evidence that some involved had fought in Syria and were on wanted lists, yet slipped back to kill 129 people, will raise a host of questions on h [ ... ]
|Latest NewsPanj Pyaras take note of SGPC’s ‘apathy’|
Panj Pyaras take note
of SGPC’s ‘apathy’
Amritsar, November 17-The Panj Pyaras have taken note of the repeated violation of their directions by the SGPC. In the latest incident, the beloved ones had asked the SGPC not to allow Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh to deliver address on Bandi Chhor Diwas, but the SGPC went ahead with the programme.
One of the Panj Pyaras Bhai Satnam Singh Khanda alleged the jathedar had lost the authority to address the Sikh comm [ ... ]
|Latest NewsPeople want Akal Takht’s sanctity restored|
People want Akal Takht’s
Chandigarh, November 17-In Punjab, religion and politics have always gone hand in hand. The Sikh philosophy of Miri Piri too is centred around this theme, where Miri (temporal authority) and Piri (spiritual authority) go along with each other. However, the recent incidents beginning with the grant of pardon to the chief of Dera Sacha Sauda, the spate of incidents of sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib followed by holding a Sarbat Khalsa and [ ... ]
|Latest NewsUK to hire 1,900 more spies to take on IS|
UK to hire 1,900 more
spies to take on IS
Belek, November 17-Britain will boost its intelligence agency staff by 15 per cent and more than double spending on aviation security to defend against Islamist militants plotting attacks from Syria, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday.
Britain said it had decided to bolster its defences in the wake of the growing number of plots against Britain and recent attacks, including those in Paris and Tunisia, with Cameron saying Britain had fo [ ... ]
|Latest NewsCountries still using terror as state tool: PM|
Countries still using terro
r as state tool: PM
Antalya, November 17-Pressing for the need to de-link terror from religion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that some countries still use terrorism as "an instrument of state policy" and the world must act against radicalisation without any political considerations.
Modi said terrorism was the main global challenge today and "from regions in conflict to the streets of distant cities, terrorism extracts a deadly price&q [ ... ]