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Demi Moore lost over US$ 169,000 in credit card fraud

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News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
Los Angeles, July 12 Demi Moore fell prey victim to credit card fraud amounting to over US$ 169,000, according to reports. The actor's credit card was stolen in March this year, and used by the perpetrator for shopping, according to legal documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight. Moore's assistant contacted the credit card company to report the false transactions. She was told that the card had been recently reported as lost, and a replacement card has been sent. According to the documents, investigators found surveillance video evidence of a man named David Matthew Read, who was seen making purchases from Los Angeles stores, including Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Read was arrested on April 5 outside a Hollywood storage unit rented by him. As per the report, he confessed to the offence and is currently in jail. PTI ..
                 

Chamba continues to be hottest in Himachal Pradesh

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News / Tribune/ Himachal  
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Porn star Stormy Daniels arrested at strip club

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News / Tribune/ World  
Washington, July 12 Adult film star Stormy Daniels, locked in a court battle with President Donald Trump over their alleged affair, has been arrested while performing at a strip club in what her lawyer described as a "politically motivated" setup. Daniels was arrested at a club in Columbus, Ohio yesterday while performing an act she has done at nearly 100 strip clubs across America, Michael Avenatti wrote on Twitter. He said Daniels was arrested for allegedly allowing a customer to touch her in a non-sexual way while on stage. "This was a setup & politically motivated. It reeks of desperation. We will fight all bogus charges," Avenatti wrote. "They are devoting law enforcement resources to sting operations for this? There has to be higher priorities!!!," he added. Avenatti said in a later tweet that he expects Daniels to be released on bail "shortly" and charged with a misdemeanor for "touching." "We will vehemently conte..
                 

Snapchat not working for many Android users: Report

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News / Tribune/ Sci/Tech/Gadgets/Env.  
London, July 12 Photo-messaging app Snapchat has reportedly been crashing down on some Android devices for the past couple of days, the media reported. "We're aware many Snapchatters are experiencing crashing on the app. We're looking into it and working on a fix!" Snapchat Support said in a tweet. According to a report in The Independent late on Wednesday, the app is down across Britain. The app started crashing one day after Snapchat announced that it was rolling out a new "lens explorer" to allow users to browse through thousands of lenses created by the app in recent months, the report said. The company, however, is yet to confirm whether or not the bug is only affecting Android devices. Many users took to social media and expressed the issues they were facing with the app. Snapchat has given no timeline about by when would this issue be resolved, the report added. — IANS...
                 

'Fantastic' SRK makes Aanand L. Rai smile

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News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
Mumbai, July 12 Filmmaker Aanand L. Rai says he does not know whether it is the "fantastic person" or the "magical actor" in superstar Shah Rukh Khan that brings a smile on his face. Rai on Wednesday night took to Twitter, where he shared a caricature of Shah Rukh's character from his upcoming film "Zero". "I really don't know whether it is this fantastic person or the magical actor in him who brings smile on my face and happiness on the sets. Love you Khan Saab Shah Rukh Khan. Have enjoyed every moment of filming 'Zero'!" he captioned the caricature. "Zero" is a story that celebrates life. Its first look featured Shah Rukh Khan as a vertically challenged man. It also stars actresses Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, who have previously featured with the "Dilwale" star in "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" in 2012. The movie is slated to release on December 21. — IANS...
                 

Aishwarya slays as 'Baby Singh' in 'Fanney Khan' new song

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News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
New Delhi, July 12 The first song of the much-awaited 'Fanney Khan' is out, introducing us to superstar sensation 'Baby Singh' portrayed by Bollywood diva Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Titled 'Mohabbat' the song has been choreographed by Frank Gatson Jr. who has been the creative director for singers like Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyonce as well. The introductory song is touted to be one of the highlights of the musical family entertainer. 'Fanney Khan' is a one of its kind musical comedy, revolving around a father who wishes to fulfill his daughter's dream of becoming a singer. It is after 17 years, Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are coming together for a film after 'Humara Dil Aapke Paas Hai'. Rajkummar Rao will be portraying the love interest of Aishwarya in the film. Helmed by Atul Manjrekar, the film is slated to hit the screens on August 3 this year. — ANI...
                 

Not educating girls costs USD 15-30 trillion: World Bank

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News / Tribune/ World  
Washington, July 12 Not educating girls or creating barriers in their school education globally costs between USD 15 trillion to USD 30 trillion, the World Bank said on Thursday. Less than two thirds of girls in low-income countries complete primary school and only one in three girls completes lower secondary school, the World Bank said in a new report 'Missed Opportunities: The High Cost of Not Educating Girls' on the eve of the United Nations Malala Day. "The loss in human capital wealth incurred today because many adult women did not benefit in their youth from universal secondary education (defined as 12 years of schooling) is estimated to range between USD 15 trillion to USD 30 trillion globally," the report said. On an average, women who have a secondary education are more likely to work and they earn almost twice as much as those with no education, it said. Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Laureate, who was shot in head by the Taliban militants for camp..
                 

HC: Compensation may encourage farm suicides

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 11 A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday rapped the Punjab Government for virtually encouraging farmer suicides by providing monetary relief to the families, and that compensation may actually act as an incentive. More than 16,000 farmers and labourers have reportedly ended lives from 2000-15. The government had, in March, told the High Court that a scheme for giving financial assistance of Rs 3 lakh to the family of farmers committing suicide due to indebtedness was already in place. Besides, the government had framed a scheme to extend a loan waiver to small and marginal farmers. Taking up a petition filed in public interest, Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli verbally asserted that someone desperate could actually take the extreme step for providing monetary benefits to his family. “People who are starving, they may think on these lines,” it observed. Describing compe..
                 

Digital map to finally end police station turf war

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News / Tribune/ Haryana  
Deepender Deswal Tribune News Service Hisar, July 11 Disputes between police stations over the issue of jurisdiction — figuring out under which police station an area falls where an incident of crime took place —  will soon be a thing of the past in Haryana. The state Police Department is all set to introduce a digital map detailing the jurisdiction of police station areas. Some years ago, a rape victim, whose child had been abducted from near the Hisar railway station, was admitted to the civil hospital. The city police and the railway police got engaged in a jurisdictional row for four days before they began an investigation and attempted to recover the child. The city police station had registered a zero FIR (transferrable to any police station) under Section 376 (rape) and 361 (kidnapping from lawful guardianship) and the probe was kept in abeyance until the jurisdiction issue was settled between the two police stations. The child was eventually found. Such t..
                 

Commando, civilian killed in Kupwara

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 An Army commando of the elite Special Forces was killed in a gunfight with militants during a search operation in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday. A civilian was killed when security forces fired at stone-pelters in Trehgam area of Kupwara district.   The soldier, identified by the police as Mukul Meena of 3 Parachute Regiment, a resident of Alwar in Rajasthan, was evacuated to a military hospital where he was declared “brought dead”. The Kupwara SSP,  Sriram Dinkar, said a search for militants was launched in Kandi forest area on Tuesday evening following a tip-off. “Since then, there has been intermittent firing and brief contacts with the militants.”  The entire forest area in the hinterland has been cordoned.  The officer said it was yet to be ascertained whether the militants had infiltrated from across the Line of Control (LoC) recently or had been hiding ..
                 

Cops chase thief into canal, arrest him

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 11 The Dugri police claimed to have nabbed a thief who had stolen goods from the Easyday store situated on Pakhowal Road. The thief attacked the policemen who were chasing him. When the thief jumped into Jawaddi Canal to escape from the police, ASI Jagtar Singh and Constable Gurmel Singh chased him in the canal and nabbed him. He has been identified as Sachu Paswan, a native of Bihar who at present lives on Railway Station Road. Mohit Sood, an employee of the store, on Tuesday lodged a complaint with the Dugri police that Sachu had stolen goods from the store. When he tried to open the safe containing cash, the theft alarm went off in the head office at Malaysia from where he got an alert. “When I intercepted the accused, he was standing on the stairs. Before I could catch hold of him, he hurled an iron lock at me and fled the store on my motorcycle. The thief also cut the wires of the CCTV cameras before fleeing,” he told the police. The ADCP, Sand..
                 

NHAI apathetic, Sahnewal residents build own drain

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Lovleen Bains Sahnewal, July 11 The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has completely failed to address the problems of local residents, who due to the ‘faulty’ or ‘improper’ drainage system had to suffer a lot, especially during the rainy season. This is clear from the fact that the residents got so fed up with the non-performing attitude of the NHAI that they constructed a drainage system with the financial support of Kaar Sewa In-charge of Gurdwara Reru Sahib. Baba Major Singh, In-charge of Kaar Seva, Reru Sahib, who, along with the local sangat, initiated the move, said even a slight downpour flooded underpass, blocking the passage for the residents on both sides of the town. Commuters had to cross the flooded underpass putting their lives at risk.” “We mobilised the entire sangat and initiated work to set up a proper drainage system, so that rainwater finds an easy way into the sewer. And the problem has been resolved much to the ..
                 

Eminent educationist passes away

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 11 The demise of Dr RK Batra, former Associate Professor of English at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) is a great loss to the teaching fraternity, besides his family and friends. Batra, an acclaimed teacher, served as the president of the Punjab Agricultural University Teachers’ Association for several years. He was a strong leader and earned the respect of his colleagues and the university authorities. “RK Batra has left a void which cannot be filled. Even after his retirement, he continued to help the association with his seasoned guidance,” said Dr NS Sewak, former Prof and Head, Department of Journalism Languages and Culture, PAU. Batra was a great scholar. His doctoral work on Tenesse Williams, an American playwright under the supervision of Dr CL Ahuja and Dr SN Sewak at Punjab University, Chandigarh, was an outstanding piece of literary research. Dr Sewak, perhaps his closest friend and colleague, is bewildered at his loss. His othe..
                 

Forest Dept distributes saplings at administrative complex

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 11 Sohanjna saplings, the botanical name of which is Moringa Oleifera, were distributed among visitors of the district administrative complex by the staff of the Forest Department here on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Agrawal also gave them to the staff at the complex. Charanjit Singh, Divisional Forest Officer, said: “The initiative was taken under the Tandarust Punjab mission of the government. Sohanjna was selected because of the health benefits of the tree. In fact, tree leaves are supposed to be a rich source of several vitamins and minerals.” Balwinder Lakhewali, an environmentalist, told the The Tribune that Sohanjna was a wonder tree and was known to treat more than 200 human diseases. “All parts of the tree, including flowers, branches, and roots, are useful in some way or the other.” Lakhewali said according to a research, a gram of leaves of the tree has calcium equivalent to the mineral contained in four glasses of milk and Vi..
                 

China tech boost for cycle industry, says UNIDO

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Ludhiana, July 11 The United Nations’ Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) took a delegation of the bicycle industry in Ludhiana to China recently. China ranks number one in manufacturing bicycles in the world. Avtar Singh Bhogal and Pradeep Wadhawan — the two members from the United Cycle Parts Manufacturers’ Association (UCPMA) stayed in China for about five days. They said if the technology was brought to India, the productivity would be enhanced and the bicycle industry would get a boost. Talking to The Tribune, Avtar Singh Bhogal of Bhoga Sons said it was a beneficial tour as far as bicycle industry was concerned. “The coming trend is of aluminium and carbon cycles, but there is a need to study the in depth technology used in manufacturing light-weight bicycles. UNIDO had sponsored the tour and took us to various research and development centres. It was a nice exposure and we learnt a lot about their latest technology,” said Bhogal. The UCPMA is hopeful that UNIDO will p..
                 

Raikot DSP seeks public support to uproot social evils

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Raikot DSP seeks public support to uproot social evils Our Correspondent Raikot, July 11 Raikot DSP Gurmit Singh Tejey has sought cooperation from the public in fighting social evil and maintaining law and order in the circle. Officials of the Police Department have been advised to rope in office-bearers of social, educational and religious organisations for implementing agenda against drug addiction. Showing satisfaction over the outcome of informal meetings with the SHOs and beat officers after joining the new posting here on Wednesday, DSP Gurmit Singh Tejey said the designated officials had been advised to keep a balance between routine work and special duties in connection with ensuing crusade launched against social evils. “Though fighting drug menace is the top priority for all police officials, however, we will try to ensure that those coming to various police stations and chowkis do not return unattended,” he said. He said meetings with office-bearers and activists of vario..
                 

Attack on grocery store owner: Cops clueless

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Tribune News Service Ludhiana July 11 The Haibowal police are yet to identify the assailants, who had shot at a grocery store owner on Chuharpur Road on Tuesday night. The police have been scanning the CCTV cameras of the area. One CCTV footage was recovered, but due to darkness, images were not clear. Station House Officer, Haibowal police station, Sub-Inspector Paramdeep Singh said a case of attempt to murder was registered against the unidentified youths. However, the police are yet to get any vital clue. He said efforts were on to identify the accused, adding that even the victim could not notice the bike number due to darkness. “We are still checking the CCTV cameras of the area to get a clue about the assailants,” he said. Around 11 pm, two bike-borne miscreants had attacked grocery owner Manpreet Singh on Tuesday night. The victim had suffered serious bullet injury near his stomach, while one bullet just grazed the skin of his neck...
                 

It’s all fluff, no substance, claims Capt

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 11 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has expressed disappointment at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “failure to address any of the major concerns of the farmers” at his Malout rally, while lashing out at the Akalis for “betraying Punjab by allowing the Haryana CM to be present on the occasion”. The farmers found no succour for their problems in his long speech, which was high on fluff and short on substance, alleged Capt Amarinder, expressing shock at the fact that the PM failed to even mention farmer suicides and debts or the Swaminathan report. “And to rub salt on their wounds, the Badals, instead of using the opportunity to fight for Punjab’s rights on the water and SYL issue, shared the dais with the Haryana CM, who was actively working against the interest of our state,” the CM alleged. Capt Amarinder lambasted SAD president Sukhbir Badal for not pursuing Punjab’s demand on Chandigarh with Modi...
                 

Treasure the tradition

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News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
Gurnaaz Kaur Every art form resonates differently with different people but the end result is the same—a sense of calm and want for more, whether you are among the artistes or the audience. Payal Ramchandani has been trained in Kuchipudi for 25 years but her want for knowing more, learning more has no end. That is because she says, “In dance, there is no such thing as you know everything. You are always a student. And, Kuchipudi, I feel, is like an ocean. What I have known in all these years of training is just a drop in the ocean.” Payal is learning but she is also teaching, through workshops and a dance studio in the UK. In Chandigarh to perform for the Pracheen Kala Kendra, this classical dancer, who moved to the UK almost four years back, has seen a sea of change towards the popularity of Kuchipudi and other art forms. “People have become more receptive towards all forms of arts, including classical dances. There is a growing demand for shows and perform..
                 

Up and away

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News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
Mona Soft-spoken and humble, this 24-year-old lad doesn’t want an introduction into the music industry with the label of a ‘star son’. So when on Wednesday, Avkash Mann shared notes about his single, Away, due to be released on July 13, his famous dad — Harbhajan Mann — was nowhere in the picture! “Oh no, his not being here isn’t due to my idea of making it on my own; he’s a busy man, he isn’t going to put breaks just because his son is here,” he says. Big break Trained in classical, western classical and in acting across the globe — right from Punjab to Vancouver and New York — it wasn’t a deliberate call to make a debut with an English pop song. “I have been working on multiple projects, just that this one clicked and before I knew it AWAL took it on for distribution.” That it’s an internationally known label that’s releasing his first single makes Avkash self-assured to some d..
                 

They got the moves

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News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
Soaring temperature Mallika Sherawat:  MayyaMayya The daring actress Mallika Sherawat, who gained popularity with her films like Murder and Khwahish, is also remembered for her dance number Mayya from the film, Guru. She looked ravishing hot and pulled off belly dancing moves well.  Groovy steps Katrina Kaif:  Mashallah This beautiful actress is a wonderful dancer and she took the audience by surprise with her belly dance number Mashallah in Ek Tha Tiger. The video of the song became a super success owing to her dance performance and catchy tunes. First attempt Rani Mukerji: Aga Bai One of the finest actors Bollywood has is Rani Mukerji.  Rani surprised the audience with her belly dance moves in the song Aga Bai from movie Aiyya. This was her first attempt in belly dancing and she did a brilliant job! On record Nora Fatehi: Dilbar The self-taught dancer and actress Nora Fatehi is popular on various social platforms due to her dance videos which she..
                 

As population continues to increase in district, so do problems

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News / Tribune/ Amritsar  
Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 11 As the globe celebrates the World Population Day, the city has a reason to worry about — rising population. Experts say it has been resulting in high unemployment, large demand of housing, congestion on roads, inflation, etc. The district’s population rose from 13.67 lakh in 1951 to about 30 lakh in 2011. An economist, Dr Varinder Bhatia, says the rising population has become a global concern as never before the Earth was populated with 7.5 billion people. “Given this scenario, the holy city is no exception. So there is a tremendous stress on limited natural resources.” The government has failed to provide planned housing so there 450 illegal colonies have come up in the city. Like the old city, congestion would perpetuate with its mixed use area and small width of roads. Majority of the houses in these colonies are compelled to set up septic tanks on their own to discharge waste. Punjab Pradesh Beopar M..
                 

AIT notices to hotel owners over unpaid settlement fee

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News / Tribune/ Amritsar  
Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 11 The Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) has started issuing notices to hotel owners, who haven’t deposited fee even after settlement of their illegal buildings. The AIT has asked the hotel owners to make the payment. The hotels at the District Shopping Complex in Ranjit Avenue have amended the building plans and increased the height of their structures in the recent years. The government had regularised the hotels and asked the owners to deposit the settlement fee in December 2016. As per the policy, the hotel owners have to deposit the settlement fee immediately. According to information, Rs 10 crore is pending toward these 40 hotels. Even after two years, the AIT has failed to collect the settlement fee. A large number of hotel owners at the District Shopping Complex violated the building bylaws by amending building plans. The shop-cum-offices (SCO) have been converted into the hotels. The height of buildings has been increased from 50..
                 

Trader accused of misusing Aadhaar

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News / Tribune/ Amritsar  
Tribune News Service Batala, July 11 A Batala resident has filed a complaint with the police accusing a businessman of misusing his Aadhaar number. Sachin Mehta, a Delhi university law student, claimed that he went to Mahajan Telecom, a franchisee of PayTM, to complete his Know Your Customer (KYC) formalities. “The owner asked took my fingerprints. Later, I was surprised to get an email, informing me of successful authentication of my Aadhaar with Aditya Birla Idea Payments Banks Limited and NSDL E-governance Private Limited. They used my fingerprints for linking my Aadhaar number with these companies without my permission. I never received any one time password (OTP) because they fraudulently used some other mobile phone to link my details. Now, all government subsidies and other transactions will automatically be diverted to an account which hasn’t been opened by me,” said Sachin. He added that Mahajan Telecom owners were pressurising him and his family members to take back the com..
                 

Govt takes back new role from XEN

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News / Tribune/ Amritsar  
Amritsar, July 11 The Department of Local Government rolled back its order of appointing Executive Engineer Tilak Raj the in-charge of water supply and sewerage of North and East constituencies here on Tuesday. The MC had appointed Tilk Raj as in-charge of the water supply and sewerage in operation and maintenance (O&M) wing of the MC on April 23. He was looking after North and East constituencies independently. Superintending Engineer (O&M) Anurag Mahajan had filed a petition with the High Court against the appointment of Tilak Raj. In his petition, Mahajan claimed that Tilak Raj had a degree with distance education. Mahajan contended that one with distance education degree was not eligible for promotion to the post of superintending engineer. The charge given to Tilak Raj was the responsibility of an superintending engineer. So DP Reddy, Additional Chief Secretary, Local Government Department, rolled back the order regarding Tilak Raj’s new role. Tilak Raj, Executi..
                 

MC to issue challans for open defecation in city

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News / Tribune/ Bathinda  
Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 11 In an attempt to make the city open defecation-free, the Municipal Corporation of Bathinda formed teams to carry out checking. The teams will also issue challans to those who defecate in the open. The decision was taken during a meeting held at the MC office in which it was decided that the state of movable toilets installed at different locations in the city would also be checked and repaired. During the meeting, MC officials decided that all movable toilets would be reassessed. The movable toilets, which need to be maintained, will be repaired soon. The MC will also reduce or increase the number of movable toilets as per the requirements. A total of eight teams had been formed to carry out checks in different parts of the city to ensure that open defecation is not allowed and those found defecating in the open will be issued challans. The officials conceded that maintaining proper sanitation and hygienic conditions in the city would remain ..
                 

38 diagnosed with various ailments at medical camp

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News / Tribune/ Bathinda  
Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 11 A health check-up camp was organised at Mansa Khurd village of Mansa district on Wednesday. During the camp, 38 patients were diagnosed with various ailments. Divulging more details, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Lal Chand Thukral said health check-up camps were being organised everyday. He said for the camps, a team of medical experts visited villages. “The main aim of such camps is to make people aware of the prevailing ailments and to counsel them how to get rid of such diseases,” the CMO added. He said the prevailing ailments in the district included hypertension and diabetes. 21 vehicles challaned in Mansa Meanwhile, the Mansa police on Wednesday checked 88 vehicles. Mansa SSP Parambir Parmar said of the 88 vehicles, 21 were challaned for causing pollution. The SSP added that no vehicle would be allowed to emit pollution, which was a major health hazard, especially for elderly and children. He said 16 more vehicles were also challaned und..
                 

Residents submit memo over sale of illicit liquor, drugs

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News / Tribune/ Bathinda  
Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 11 A delegation of Talwandi Sabo residents on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. In the memorandum, they said illicit liquor and drugs were being sold unabated in Talwandi Sabo town in connivance with police officials. They said Talwandi Sabo was a scared and historic place and the sale of liquor was totally banned.  Yadwinder Singh, Avtar Singh, Gaganpreet Singh, Gurpreet Singh and Tarsem Kumar alleged that many times, they have informed police officials about it, but to no avail.  The delegation members said a few days ago, residents had got an illegal liquor vend removed from Khanda Chowk at Talwandi Sabo. Now, it had been reinstalled, they alleged.  They also demanded an inquiry into it and strict action against the erring officials...
                 

Guv allocates Rs 1.09 crore for Leh welfare projects

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 Governor NN Vohra has reviewed the progress of developmental works in Leh district of Ladakh, stressing the need for expeditious completion of ongoing Central sector schemes, and directed ensuring annual health check-ups, immunisation and vaccination of all schoolchildren. After arriving at Leh on Tuesday, the Governor held a meeting with Thupstan Chhewang, MP; Chering Dorjay, MLC and former minister; Nawang Rigzin Zora, MLA, and former minister and representatives of political parties. The legislators raised a number of issues and sought increased capital allocations for Leh district and completion of all pending works. The Governor also held extensive discussions with the executive councillors of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, all of whom raised demands for larger allocations and urgent completion of long-pending works. The review meeting with district officials of Leh chaired by the Governor discussed in detail the entire ..
                 

PDP-BJP govt pushed state into turmoil, uncertainty, says Omar

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday alleged that the former alliance between PDP and BJP — the two parties which ruled the state for three years before their coalition collapsed last month — pushed the state into turmoil and uncertainty. Omar, who chaired the NC legislative party meeting at the party head office here, said the former ruling alliance left the state “brutalised and stoked unprecedented alienation especially among the youth”. “The PDP-BJP alliance has pushed J&K into the throes of turmoil and uncertainty and the rank opportunism that formed the basis of their politics has not only alienated the people but also created chasms between the three regions of the state,” Omar said at the meeting which was attended by his party’s legislators and councillors. “We witnessed rampant persecution, injustice and widespread corruption while this alliance was at..
                 

Governor briefed on academic issues

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 Vigilance Director SJM Gillani, CID ADGP AG Mir and others had separate meetings with Governor NN Vohra during his visit to the civil secretariat here on Wednesday. Gillani apprised the Governor of the present status of work being done by the State Vigilance Organisation and other matters. These included pending cases, reasons for delay in the finalisation of inquiries and the lodging of challans besides prolonged delays in the conclusion of proceedings in trial courts. The inadequacy of staff in the prosecution offices of the recently created anti-corruption courts and other issues also came up for discussions, an official spokesman said. The Governor advised Gillani to prioritise the finalisation of the pending inquiries and launch a vigorous campaign for the offenders to be brought to book, the cases of higher-level functionaries being taken up in the first lot. The Governor asked him to send him a monthly progress report. AG Mir, in a s..
                 

25 more political appointees resign

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service  Srinagar July 11 At least 27 political appointees engaged in various boards, corporations or public sector undertakings (PSUs) by the previous PDP-BJP government resigned from their posts on Wednesday. In tune with the standard operating procedures (SOPs), 25 political appointees have submitted their resignations, which have been accepted by the Governor. The services of two other political appointees were terminated on July 9, a government spokesperson said. Following the imposition of Governor’s rule last month, the state government had asked all administrative departments to implement the SOPs, leading to resignation of members and chairpersons of various statutory and non-statutory boards and organisations. Only Wakf Board vice-chairman Nizamuddin Bhat, who is also a senior leader of the PDP, is yet to resign as his appointment is regulated by Section-9 of the J&K Specified Wakfs and Specified Wakf Properties (Management and Regulation) Act..
                 

Veteran NRI broadcaster Mahendra Kaul dies

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
London, July 11 Eminent Indian-origin broadcaster and journalist Mahendra Kaul died here on Wednesday, following a brief illness. He was 95. Kaul, who had been ill for some time, passed away peacefully at his home early morning, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Rajni and daughter Kalyani Kaul, a prominent judge based in London. Born in Srinagar, he began his career with Radio Kashmir and went on to make his mark as a broadcaster with All Indian Radio. Following a stint with Voice of America in Washington, he joined the immigrants’ programme unit of the BBC in London, producing two weekly TV programmes for South Asian viewers for nearly two decades. “It is very sad to hear of the passing away of this great human being and friend. He was a pillar of the Indian community and the first Indian who raised the image and profile of India and Indians in the UK,” said leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul. Kaul became the first NRI to be honoured wi..
                 

BJP failed to develop Jammu and Ladakh: Cong

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Jammu, July 11 The BJP’s admission of failure in carrying out developmental works in Jammu region had exposed the saffron party. This was stated by Ravinder Sharma, chief spokesperson of the Pradesh Congress Committee, in a statement issued on Wednesday. He said it had been established beyond doubt that the BJP had failed to deliver on all fronts and all its tall claims had fallen flat. “Both the Centre and state government have failed on all fronts, especially in dealing with the security situation, maintaining normalcy and ensuring equitable development of all regions. It failed to represent the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Ladakh,” he said, adding, “The balloon of BJP’s falsehoods has burst and the party stands exposed for its misdeeds, failures and complete lust for power”...
                 

Valley shuts over civilian killings

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 A shutdown was observed across the Kashmir valley on Wednesday in response to an appeal by three key separatist leaders to demonstrate against recent killing of civilians during gunfights. The markets across the region remained shut and public transport services remained suspended in response to the call for shutdown. The impact of shutdown was across all districts of the Valley and the inter-district traffic along the highways was restricted to a minimal. It is the third shutdown in the past five days and had come in response to a series of killing of civilians, who were shot during demonstrations near the site of gunfights between security forces and militants. The latest civilian killing took place on Tuesday in Shopian where one youth and two militants were killed in a counter-insurgency operation. The shutdown had a paralysing effect on all walks of life as bustling markets of Srinagar and in other districts of the Valley r..
                 

20 killed in Pak poll rally blast

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Peshawar, July 11  At least 20 persons, including a senior Awami National Party leader, were killed and more than 30 others injured after a Taliban suicide bomber attacked an election rally in  Peshawar, the second terrorist attack on a poll rally ahead of the July 25 General Election. The blast took place shortly before midnight last night when ANP leader Haroon Bilour, who was contesting elections from PK-78 constituency in Peshawar city, along with other party workers had gathered for a meeting in the congested Yakatoot area. The blast occurred near Bilour’s vehicle. Bilour was the son of the late ANP leader Bashir Bilour, who was also killed in a suicide attack when a Pakistani Taliban bomber blew himself up at a party meet in Peshawar in 2012. The death toll was initially reported at 13 but it rose to 20 overnight, Lady Reading Hospital’s spokesperson  was quoted as saying by the Dawn. City police chief Qazi Jameel said Bilour was among those killed..
                 

He will finally cut fingernails, after 66 years

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News / Tribune/ World  
NEW YORK: Shridhar Chillal, 82, from Pune, will finally perform an ordinary chore that he has not done in the last 66 years — cut his fingernails, the longest in the world. The Guinness World Record holder has not cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952. The Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in Times Square here will host a "nail clipping ceremony". Chillal's longest single nail is his thumbnail, measuring 197.8 cm. He had requested that his cut nails be immortalised in a museum. PTI WhatsApp starts labeling forwarded messages            California: WhatsApp is a hub for all things users mention to be 'Forwarded as received'. Well, no more. WhatsApp has added a new feature to its platform that will make it easier for users to identify messages or content that is being circulated across groups and individual chats by labeling them 'Forwarded', a report said. The idea behind the new feature is to help people identify and distinguish..
                 

Man killed in road mishap in Kullu village

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CM: Freedom fighter’s house to be renovated

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Denied facilities, Lahaulites start migrating to Kullu areas

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News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Dipender Manta Tribune News Service Mandi, July 11 Feeling the pinch, residents of Lahaul Spiti are demanding basic amenities in the region to stop migration of people. Due to lack of better transportation facility, health service, education, communication and electricity in the region, the residents living in the district are migrating to other parts of the state to eke out a better life. They are demanding that an airstrip be constructed in the region for defence purpose as well as for civic use, which will be of great help for them. Apart from this, they want better health, road infrastructure and tele-communication services in the region. Significantly, Spiti’s border that begins from Samdo (74 km from Kaza) is close to the China border and the migration of people from the district may become a cause for concern in the near future if the state government continues to ignore the demand for better basic amenities in their area. Bishan Das Parshira, a resident of the distri..
                 

File status report on encroachments, court tells govt

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News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Legal Correspondent Shimla, July 11 The HP High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to file fresh status report mentioning the action taken by it for evicting the forest land from the encroachers. During the course of hearing amicus curie appointed by the court for its assistance has also supplied the list of eight persons by saying that they have also encroached big chunk of forest land in Shimla district. After taking on record the court directed the forest department to take appropriate action against the encroachers. Advocate General Ashok Sharma assured the court that the orders passed by this court were complied with in letter and spirit and the encroachments on the forest land would be removed as per directions of the court. On this order a division bench comprising the acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan further directed the state to file fresh status report and listed the matter for further hearing on July 20. In its earlier ..
                 

Schoolkids plant 450 saplings

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News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Our Correspondent Kangra, July 11 Rising Star Army Pre-Primary School at Yol Cantonment on Wednesday celebrated Bal Van Mahotsav where 450 saplings were planted. Lt Col Devender Anand, Defence spokesperson, said Y Geetha Mohan, zonal president, AWWA, inaugurated the Bal Van Mahotsav by planting a sapling and each child planted one sapling. She also motivated them to look after the plants. She appreciated the enthusiasm of the tiny tots and highlighted the importance of tree plantation. Pradeep Bhardwaj, Divisional Forest Officer, also planted a sapling to mark the occasion. The schoolchildren put up a cultural show involving songs and skits highlighting the importance of tree plantation and environment. In the end, Brigadier Gautam Paintal, chairman, and Supriya Kulkarni, principal, thanked the DFO for providing saplings of various types to the school...
                 

Heavy rain claims 7 lives in Doon

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News / Tribune/ Uttarakhand  
Tribune News Service Dehradun, July 11 Heavy rain lashed Uttarakhand on Wednesday, killing seven persons in Dehradun district. Four of a family died when an embankment fell on a house in Shastri Nagar near Seemadwar in Dehradun. The victims were a couple and two children. They were identified as Santosh Sahani, 35, his wife Suleka Devi, 30, and their children Dheeraj and Neeraj, aged 5 and 3 years. Three bodies were also recovered from flooded rivers. The body of Rajesh of Balbir Road was found from the Rispana in Mothrowala, of Nafees from the Dudhli river in Clement Town and the body of Abdul was recovered from the flooded Sheetala in Chharba village of the Sahaspur block. Rain also led to waterlogging in various localities of Dehradun. Residents had to rush to safer places as gushing waters entered their houses in Bhagat Singh Colony adjacent to the Rispana. Waterlogging had also been reported in Indira Nagar Colony. The district administration had announced a holiday in al..
                 

All hopes dashed, say Jhajjar villagers

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News / Tribune/ Haryana  
Ravinder Saini Tribune News Service Jhajjar, July 11 The Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) which focuses on rural development has turned out to be a “failure” in Islaamgarh village. No change for the better has been witnessed here in the past four years. The villagers, as usual, are grappling with scarcity of potable water, non-availability of drainage system, long power cuts, lack of health services and traffic congestion. Islaamgarh, which is popularly known as Chhuchhakvaas village, was adopted by Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda under SAGY in 2014. The villagers were optimistic about the redress of their basic grievances following the adoption of the village, but their hopes have now been dashed utterly, said Ram Avtar, a farmer of the village. “The village has not yet got any benefit of SAGY. We are still forced to buy potable water not only for us but also for our cattle as the government supply of water comes after three days and that too for a short time. Those..
                 

Saini, Jat body put admn on toes

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News / Tribune/ Haryana  
Tribune News Service Karnal, July 11 With a group of residents of Ballah threatening not to allow Raj Kumar Saini, rebel BJP MP from Kurukshetra, to address a public meeting in the village on July 15, the Karnal administration is on toes. The residents said the Akhil Bharatiya Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (ABJASS) would hold a “bhaichara” rally in the village the same day and the arrival of Saini might lead to a tense situation. Saini and his supporters made it clear that they would go ahead with their prior schedule and hold a public meeting in the village. DSPs Rajiv Kumar and Virander Saini and the Assandh SDM tried to defuse the situation on Tuesday. After the announcements by both sides, DC Aditya Dahiya and SP Surinder Singh Bhoria on Wednesday held separate meetings with both groups and made it clear that nobody would be allowed to break the law. Bhoria said they held meeting with both groups and asked them not to take the law into their hands. A meeting wo..
                 

2 cops sent to police lines

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Holocaust memorial vandalised in Greece

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Afghan deported from Germany commits suicide in Kabul hotel: Officials

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News / Tribune/ World  
Kabul, July 11 An Afghan man deported from Germany has been found dead in a hotel room in Kabul after committing suicide, officials said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old man, who has not been identified, was forcibly returned to the Afghan capital on July 4 along with 68 other failed Afghan asylum seekers. He had been staying at a hotel used by the International Organisation for Migration as temporary accommodation for returnees while he waited to go to the western city of Herat. His body was found on July 10. A police investigation into his death is under way, but an IOM official said the man had “apparently” committed suicide.     Afghanistan’s refugees and repatriations ministry spokesman Hafiz Ahmad Miakhail confirmed one of the 69 deportees had killed himself while staying at a temporary shelter. The IOM issued a statement calling for “assisted voluntary return and reintegration” instead of deportations. “Forced returns ..
                 

ODI series: Run-fest on cards

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News / Tribune/ Sports  
Nottingham, July 11  On a high after an impressive T20 series win, an upbeat India will be eyeing another dominant performance against hosts England in a three-match ODI series, which can be termed as a dry run ahead of next year’s World Cup.  England, a top side   England have been one of the finest 50-overs sides in recent times and India will have their task cut out against a batting line-up comprising Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan. Add Ben Stokes to the mix, and England look even more formidable.  The series will enable the Indian team management to try out various combinations, keeping the World Cup in mind. — PTI Numbers game 52 Number of times India  have won against England in 96 ODI matches. England won 39, while the remaining five ended as ties/no results.  18 Number of ODI series played between India and England  8 Number of series India have won. England won seven, while the remaini..
                 

Home Ministry has cleared Pak’s participation: WFI

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new delhi Decks were today cleared for the participation of Pakistani grapplers at the Asian Junior Championship after the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) agreed to give an undertaking that the movement of the contingent from the neighbouring nation will be restricted to the competition venue.  “We got a call from a Home Ministry official today that wrestlers from Pakistan can come to India and compete. They will be granted visas,” said WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar. “We have to give an undertaking that Pakistani wrestlers do not go anywhere except their hotel and the venue.” bangkok Sindhu, Prannoy move ahead in Thailand Open Top shuttlers PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy moved into the pre-quarterfinals of the $350,000 BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament here today.  Sindhu brushed aside Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri 21-8 21-15 in the opening round to set up a clash with Hong Kong’s Yip Pui Yin. Playing only his second tournament afte..
                 

Putin to meet with Israeli PM, Iranian official in Moscow

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News / Tribune/ World  
Moscow, July 11 The Israeli prime minister and a senior Iranian official headed to Moscow on Wednesday for separate meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin — part of Syria-focused diplomatic efforts days ahead of the US-Russian summit. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before boarding a flight to Moscow that he would have a “very important meeting” with Putin today to “discuss Syria, Iran and Israel’s security needs.”            “I very much appreciate the excellent direct connection, without intermediaries, between myself and the Russian president,” Netanyahu said. “It is very important for the national security of the state of Israel.” Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was also travelling to Moscow for a meeting with Putin. Both the United States and Israel are concerned about Iran’s growing..
                 

F&CC meet: Proposals worth Rs 4 crore cleared

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News / Tribune/ Jalandhar  
Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 11 The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) at a meeting held on Wednesday cleared proposals worth Rs 4 crore pertaining to the development of the city. Among the major projects cleared was LED light projects worth Rs 65 lakh in the area falling under the Jalandhar (Central) Assembly constituency. Claiming ambiguity into the cost of LED lights, which were approved for a price of Rs 6,886 per unit, the F&CC members claimed that they were easily available at Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 per unit. Mayor Jagdish Raja said the contractor was given a contract to replace the street lights with LED lights. “Now, he will only install the infrastructure and the lights will be purchased by us. Since he has already been given a contract for Rs 65 lakh, he will increase the number of street light poles in the city.” said Raja. He said the dog pound project at Nangal Shama village had been put on hold for the time being to remove some technic..
                 

City businessmen resent delay in VAT refunds

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News / Tribune/ Jalandhar  
Avneet Kaur Jalandhar, July 11 The delay in VAT refund has perturbed city businessmen as they have been waiting for a long time to get their refunds. Even many industrialists and traders say that they have not been paid for more than a year now and have lost hope of receiving any, given the state government’s “empty coffers”. Industrialists rue that it had been over a year now, and the old refund to the tune of Rs140 crore was still stuck with the state government. The Jalandhar Industrialist and Traders Joint Action Committee, president, Gursharan Singh, while talking to the Tribune said the industrialists have no liquid cash to run business in a smooth manner. While all the other districts have been receiving VAT refund, Jalandhar has not received any since July 2017. “Despite repeated reminders and requests by businessmen, no action has been taken in this regard. GST has hampered the small scale industries, businesses have gone down, therefore, if stri..
                 

Embarrassment for Cong as MLA tests positive in dope test

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News / Tribune/ Jalandhar  
Tribune News Service Jalandhar, July 11 Coming as a major embarrassment for Congress politicians queuing up for the past few days to get their dope test done from the Civil Hospital, Kartarpur MLA Chaudhary Surinder Singh’s report turned out to be positive. The MLA did not accompany his uncle and Jalandhar MP Ch Santokh Singh and other MLAs who had gone for the test in the previous week. Instead, he had reportedly got himself tested on Sunday. He is the first and the only MLA perhaps to have tested positive. He reportedly told the media on Tuesday that he had been taking an anti-anxiety medicine on prescription due to which the tests came positive. While Ch Surinder did not respond to calls on Wednesday, his uncle said he was away and not aware of his report. Meanwhile, Jalandhar Cantonment MLA Pargat Singh and Jalandhar West MLA Sushil Rinku have not got the test done. Pargat said he did not subscribe to this rat race of getting self-tests done...
                 

Attack on AAP MLA: Two accused get bail

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
Ropar: Two accused of attacking AAP MLA Amarjit Singh Sandoa were granted bail by District and Sessions Judge BS Sandhu here on Wednesday. Sandoa was allegedly attacked for stopping ‘illegal’ mining. Advocate HS Paul, counsel for accused Davinder Singh and Mohan Singh, contended that in the videos of crime scene, no arms were used by his clients. Though the prosecution claimed that arms were recovered from the vehicles of the accused, these were found to be legal weapons, it was argued. Moreover, no one suffered serious injury in the incident so the police wrongly booked them for attempt to murder, said the counsel. Following this, the duo were granted bail by the court. TNS AIT land scam: Court dismisses Bir Devinder’s plea  Mohali: In case of the Amritsar Improvement Trust (AIT) land scam, the Mohali court on Wednesday dismissed an application of Punjab Vidhan Sabha former Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh in which he had sought an opportunity of being heard ..
                 

UK takes cautious line on pro-Khalistan SFJ meet

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Cardi B gives birth to girl with husband Offset

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News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
Los Angeles, July 12 Rapper Cardi B and husband Offset have become parents to a daughter. The news was shared by the "Bodak Yellow" hitmaker on Instagram, who gave birth to the little one on July 10. The couple have named their daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus. "Kulture Kiari Cephus 07/10/18," she wrote. Their daughter's name seems to be a nod to Offset's rap trio, Migos, who released highly successful albums titled 'Culture' and 'Culture II' in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Cardi B channelled her inner Beyonce as she shared a photo posing in the nude surrounded by flowers, similar to Queen Bey's announcement of her twins, Rumi and Sir's birth. The baby girl is the 25-year-old rapper's first child, while Offset has three children from previous relationships. Cardi B had revealed her pregnancy in a televised performance on "Saturday Night Live" in April. — PTI...
                 

Cloudy morning, moderate rainfall likely

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Militant killed in gunfight in J&K’s Kupwara

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Bid to run over Ludhiana cop, clings to bonnet

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 11 In brazen disregard for law, an “underage” driver of a Mercedes car allegedly tried to run over a traffic policeman, forcing the latter to jump onto its bonnet to save himself, at Hero Bakery Chowk here on Wednesday.   The policeman suffered minor head injuries and was admitted to a private hospital. The driver fled the scene after the incident.  The police have impounded the car (PB-08-BL-0941) registered in the name of Rajesh Khaneja. ADCP (Traffic) Sukhpal Singh Brar said the incident took place around 6.30 pm when traffic wing’s Home Guard Surinder Singh tried to stop the car for jumping the red light. “The Home Guard on seeing the car driver jump the red light blocked its path. Instead of halting, the driver slowed down the car and tried to run him over. The policeman jumped onto the bonnet to save himself and stop the car, suffering minor head injuries,” said Brar. The polic..
                 

When I speak out, it shocks… but India moving towards openness: Faesal

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Samaan Lateef Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 11 A day after the government sought an explanation from the 2009 IAS topper, Shah Faesal, over his tweets against rape, he says in India times are changing towards openness and respect for individual views. Faesal, who is currently in Harvard University on a Fulbright fellowship, says he is not scared of losing a few monthly bucks for surrendering his conscience. “This is just a job and I don’t think I will remain jobless in this great world of possibilities. What I stand for us is more dear to me than anything else,” he told The Tribune over phone. Disturbed by the rape incidents across the subcontinent, Faesal says, “I wish I could (do something for them). Every time there is a rape, I see my own sister and daughter in that victim. I wish we could stop this shame.” Faesal says the Indian society is changing towards openness to criticism and more respect for individual views. “I have not criti..
                 

STF men hurt in ‘attack by youths’

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 11 Three STF personnel suffered injuries when they were attacked by youths on Wednesday. An attempt-to-murder case was slapped on the assailants. Head Constable Makhan Singh was passing Samrala Chowk on his bike when he noticed some youths who seemed to be doing drugs. He immediately called other STF personnel and cornered the youths. “When we tried to search the youths, they attacked us. They also hurled stones at us. ASI Sukhdev Singh, Constable Manvir Singh and Constable Davinder Pal were injured in the attack,” he said. A case of attempt-to-murder was registered against the youths, identified as Kulwinder Singh, Sawan Singh, Paramjit Singh, Dalbir Singh and Gurpreet Singh. They have absconded, said Moti Nagar police officials. Meanwhile, Kulwinder Singh, aide of the suspects, termed the allegation as false and baseless. He said the STF personnel thrashed them and threatened to implicate them in false drug case...
                 

Bus pass: Students irked over delay

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Jaswant Shetra Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 11 A large number of students from various villages nearby , who come to the city for obtaining higher education, have to face problems as the Punjab Roadways’ process for making bus passes for students is “quite slow”. The state government has given the facility of bus passes for the rural students so that they can obtain higher education without spending huge money on traveling. However, as the process of making bus passes has been quite slow, students are inconvenienced. Students said sometimes they had to wait for one week to 10 days to get their bus passes issued. Similar problem is faced by those students who want to get their bus passes renewed. Students said they had to visit the Punjab Roadways office at the bus stand several time before they get their passes. They say sometimes they have to skip their classes to get the passes issues. “I had submitted the form to get a bus pass on Friday, but I h..
                 

Janmeja Johl pens down tales of childhood mischief

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Gurvinder Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 11 Children should not be rebuked when they indulge in mischief, rather they should be guided and counselled about what is not right. This was stated by Janmeja Singh Johl, who has come up with a book of anecdotes about children’s mischief. He said children’s energy and creativity should be channelised to something productive because chiding children could mar their confidence. “I met a couple who started rebuking their child for sitting atop an almirah. I told them to imagine the creativity, agility and confidence of the little child of having reached the top, without much support. It required some out of the box thinking for him to reach there. Threatening the child will only kill his confidence,” he says. In his book, ‘Bachpan Diyan Sharartan’, people from different walks of life have shared their childhood mischief. “I received stories from people from different countries, including Canada, US, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, a..
                 

‘India to surpass China in numbers by 2030’

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 11 World Population Day was observed at various government hospitals and health centres across the district on Wednesday. An awareness programme was organised by the staff of the Khanna Civil Hospital. Addressing the audience, Senior Medical Officer Rajinder Gulati said currently, out of the 7.4 billion (approximately) people in the world, India amounted to 1.327 billion — 17.5 per cent of the world’s population. “India stands second in the population chart and it is expected that it will surpass China by 2025-2030 in the population growth which is projected to be 1.65 billion,” he said. “This brings up the urgency to understand why population control is important in India. Gulati told the audience that from 2001 to 2011, India’s population grew by 181 million,” said Dr Gulati. He further said: “This year, the theme of World Population Day, which marked the 50th anniversary of the International C..
                 

GOGs join hands with admn to combat drug menace

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Our Correspondent Payal, July 11 Guardians of Governance (GOG) in Payal subdivision have announced to support the administration in their fight against drug menace. Besides identifying and persuading drug addicts to undergo de-addiction programme at government centres, the volunteers will also provide information about anti-social elements involved in drug trafficking. Announcement to associate with the crusade launched against drug abuse was made in response to an appeal made by the Payal circle police during a meeting held under the supervision of DSP Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa. Payal DSP Rachhpal Singh Dhindsa said the Guardians of Governance (GOG) led by Col Surjit Singh Ghaloti, in-charge, Payal segment, and supervisor Captain Shingara Singh had announced that volunteers of the segment would work to implement the government’s programme in curbing drug menace in the region. He said the beat officers supervised by Payal SHO Gurmel Singh had convened meetings with office-bearers and a..
                 

Doraha cycle rally to push for environment conservation

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Our Correspondent Doraha, July 11 A cycle rally to spread awareness on environment conservation will be organised by ‘We Help You’, an NGO, on July 13, 2018. The rally will be flagged off by SDM Payal Swati Tiwana from Sidhu Hospital, Doraha. A poster of the same was released by the SDM and members of the NGO here recently. The SDM said it was the duty of all to contribute towards drug de-addiction and environment conservation. The rally will begin from Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, and will pass through Lakkar Mandi, Rampur village, Katana Sahib, Katani and conclude at Kubbe. The rally is aimed at spreading the message that drug de-addiction is must and planting trees should be considered as important as eating food. Students from all local schools and colleges along with their principals and teachers will take part in the rally. “Life without trees is impossible. The main aim of conducting the rally is to plant saplings at different locations in the town and around the villages today a..
                 

108 Ambulance staff strike work, patients suffer

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 11 The members of the 108 Ambulance Employees’ Association were on strike against the non-fulfilment of their demands on Wednesday. Their suspended services for the entire day alleging that in May the authorities had promised to fulfil all their demands after they went on strike, but their demands were still not implemented. Their demands included replacing 12-hour duty with 8-hour duty, rollback of termination and transfer orders of few employees, full deposits in Provident Fund accounts and issuing increment of five years, among other demands. “We were left with no other option but to go on strike. It has been nearly three months now that the authorities promised us to fulfil all our demands, but nothing has been done regarding the same,” said Gurpreet, president of the state union. Another member Gurtej Singh said their one major demand was that they should get their salaries on time by the seventh of every month and this was their right...
                 

MC accused of ignoring engineers’ role

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, July 11 The Council of Engineers filed a complaint with the Mayor as well as the Municipal Corporation Commissioner for allegedly ignoring of the role of civil engineers as ‘technical experts’ in the formation of Smart City Project’s Committee by the MC under the Smart City Mission. Kapil Arora, president of the association, said like architects, civil engineers who are members of the Institution of Engineers (India), a statutory body, have equal rights in designing and architectural works in India. “As per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Urban Development, technical experts should be included in the Smart City advisory forum at the city level. The MC’s decision of involving only architects as technical experts in the committee is unfair. We condemn this act of ignorance by the department as engineers, too, play a major role in development works,” he said. Another engineer Kulwant Singh said the architec..
                 

Punish Sajjan, Tytler for ’84 riots: Sukhbir

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Archit Watts Tribune News Service Malout, July 11 Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal on Wednesday not only projected Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “saviour of farmers”, but also tried to win over the Sikh vote bank by urging the PM to punish Congress leader Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler for their alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He also appreciated the Centre’s move to waive GST on langar purchases. Addressing the rally here, Sukhbir said: “The next year is the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev and if Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler are sent to jail, justice will be delivered to Sikhs.” He said: “Just one family of the Congress ruled over the country for 37 years and other Congressmen ruled for 18 years, but only three leaders raised the issues of farmers — Badal saheb, Devi Lal and Chaudhary Charan Singh. Now, Modi saheb has done what he promised by increasing the MSP of crops as per the Swaminathan report. It will gi..
                 

Eat like a European

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PeeCee ‘hates’ dental work

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Now, Sanjay to pen an autobiography

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Actor Sanjay Dutt will come out with his autobiography next year in which he will reveal many interesting stories that he “never had the chance to tell before”. The memoir will be published by Harper Collins on his 60th birthday on July 29, 2019. The autobiography is billed as “perhaps the biggest, most dramatic and honest star memoir to emerge out of Bollywood”. Commenting on the book, Dutt said, “I have had the fortune of living a remarkable life, full of ups and downs, joys and sorrows. There are so many interesting stories to tell that I’ve never had the chance to tell before. I am looking forward so much to sharing my memories and emotions with readers everywhere.”  What makes Sanjay Dutt’s journey an epic story, quite apart from his professional accomplishments, are the ebbs and flows that have characterised his life, the publishers said. “He’s a star like no other, and what an extraordinary life he’s had! ..
                 

Anushqa croons an English song

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Anushqa, who broke on the music scene with the first season of India’s only English singing talent hunt show The Stage, has not just signed up with Universal Music in India, but is also set to debut internationally with a single under the label VIRGIN EMI. Her track is titled Something In Common and it will be launched this August. We hear the music video of the single has been shot in London. Interestingly, Anushqa has even written and performed two Bollywood songs, Stay a little longer and Lost without you for the movie Half Girlfriend.  Talking about her international debut, Anushqa shares, “When I was a contestant on The Stage, I had no prior experience in this field. Feedback from the judges was immensely helpful to make myself a better artiste each day and Devraj has been a mentor to me since the first episode of the show. I think the real journey began post the show. I went over to the universal music office for a song-writing session once and things just took ..
                 

Meet the matchmaker

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Actor Dwayne Johnson has joked he set up the rumoured couple, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas. The 46-year-old actor, who is currently promoting his latest Skyscraper, was asked whether he is aware that his two co-stars from different films are dating.  “Are they happy?” Johnson counter questioned the reporters, who informed him that the duo seems to be doing fine. “Well then, I take credit. I did it, yes. If they’re happy,” Johnson said. The professional wrestler-turned-actor worked with Chopra in her Hollywood debut, the big-screen adaptation of “Baywatch” last year. Johnson collaborated with Jonas in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, which released in December 2017. Chopra and Jonas fuelled relationship rumours early last month after they were spotted spending a lot of time together - enjoying multiple dates over Memorial Day weekend, attending concerts, baseball games, dinner nights and even introducing each other to th..
                 

Fatehpur Sugga granthi held for molestation

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News / Tribune/ Amritsar  
Our Correspondent Tarn Taran, July 11 A granthi along with two persons have been arrested for allegedly molesting a woman on the premises of a gurdwara in Fatehpur Sugga village, 20 km from here. The incident occurred on June 27 and the case was registered on July 10 (Tuesday). ASI Jassa Singh, investigating officer, said the accused had been identified as Gurjit Singh, granthi of a local gurdwara, Arshdeep Singh and Sahib Singh Sabu of the same village. The 25-year-old victim is married. She said that she was sitting in Baba Jeewan Singh Gurdwara when Arshdeep Singh came and sat near her. She said when she raised objection over some objectionable remarks passed by Arshdeep, Gurjit Singh and Sahib Singh took her photographs with the youth. The photos were captured in Sahib’s mobile. She claimed that the accused threatened her to upload the photographs on social media, which they did in no time. Jassa Singh said the three accused were arrested and presented before a court in Patti on..
                 

GNDU ex-professor appointed Chancellor of HP central varsity

5 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Amritsar  
Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 11 Former GNDU Prof Dr Harmohinder Singh Bedi, head of Hindi department, has been appointed Chancellor of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) in Dharmshala. He is likely to join the university this week. He has been appointed for five years by President Ram Nath Kovind. Born in Mukerian in Hoshiarpur, Dr Bedi has been a prominent name in the Hindi literature with over 200 research papers and articles published in different famous publications to his credit. He has around 16 research papers on his name published in foreign journals. He is also member of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and National Monitoring Committee for Minorities’ Education. Dr Bedi was honoured by former President Pranab Mukherjee for his contribution to the Hindi literature. He was awarded with Shiromani Hindi Sahityakar by the state government in 2004 while the Uttar Pradesh government also honoured him with Shiromani Sahityakar honour. He has al..
                 

Pensioners hold protest over development tax

5 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Amritsar  
Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 11 The Punjab Subordinate Services Federation and Punjab and UT employee’s action committee burnt effigies of the state government on Wednesday. They have been opposing the government’s decision to impose the development tax of Rs 200 on pensioners. They also sought revival of the old pension scheme, regular jobs for contractual employees, implementation of the pay commission report and release of arrears of dearness allowance. Earlier, the federation had demanded increase in the remuneration of mid-day meal workers. Leading the protests, Narinder Bal, Joginder Singh and other leaders said the imposition of tax on pensioners was a bad idea. “The pensioners and contractual employees are anyways not getting their dues in time and have to survive on meagre earnings. To further cut from their pocket is unjustified and the government is only busy filling pockets of transport mafia and other lobbies,” said Joginder Singh. They said the employees would be..
                 

World population fortnight launched

5 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Amritsar  
Tribune News Service Amritsar, July 11 The Health Department launched the world population fortnight here on Wednesday. Officials asked ANMs and ASHA workers to identify eligible couples in their respective areas and make them aware of the various contraceptive measures. Speaking on the occasion, Civil Surgeon Dr Hardeep Singh Ghai said residents could consult their nearest government health centres for permanent and short-term contraceptive requirements. He said facilities for minor surgeries for permanent contraceptive measures were available at all community health centres and primary health centres. Dr Ghai asked health employees to counsel the newly-married couples on their needs for small families. “The increasing population is a cause of many problems as it is proving to be a burden on the existing resources,” said the civil surgeon...
                 

Village turns garbage dumps into green parks

5 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Bathinda  
Tribune News Service Bathinda, July 11 You may have seen beautiful and lush green parks with proper facilities in various cities, but Bhokhra village, on the outskirts of Bathinda, boasts of not one, but six such parks, all due to the concerted efforts of villagers who have converted garbage dumping grounds into attractive green spaces in the past four years.  Started in 2014, the campaign to turn vacant panchayat land into parks has not only given new and clean look to the village but has also increased the green cover.  Each of these parks in the village covers around two to four kanals. Of the total 3,000 acres in the village, around 2.5 acres is under the parks.  The village panchayat has spent money from its own funds to bring up these parks, constructing boundary wall, laying interlocking tiles, fixing benches for sitting and planting saplings.  Village youths came together to design these parks on the lines of parks in Chandigarh. Presently, there are s..