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SC stays execution of death row convict in rape-cum-murder case

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News / Tribune/ Nation  
New Delhi, May 27 The Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a death row convict who was awarded capital punishment for raping and murdering an 11-year-old girl in Madhya Pradesh last year. A Bench comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra also issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh Police seeking its reply on the appeal filed by convict Bhagwani who has challenged the state high court’s May 9 verdict upholding the death penalty awarded to him by the trial court. “There shall be a stay of execution of the death sentence of the petitioner (Bhagwani). Let the original records be called from the high court,” the Bench said. Besides Bhagwani, the high court had also upheld the death penalty awarded by the trial court to another convict Satish in the case. According to the police, both of them had raped the minor girl, who was residing in their village along with her family, during the intervening night of April 14-15 last year and then killed her.  ..
                 

Police crack down on ‘keypad jehadis’ on social media

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Srinagar, May 27 The Jammu and Kashmir Police has a new task at hand—identify the ‘keypad jehadis’ who spew venom on social networking sites to try and create a law and order situation in the state by spreading on the Internet rumours or giving communal colour to any event. The police has registered cases against five twitter handles and filed complaints with service providers against such misleading posts on Facebook and WhatsApp so that necessary action is taken at the earliest, officials have said. The officials said a communication had been sent to the micro-blogging site for providing details of the twitter handles so that punitive action could be initiated at the earliest as it would help in reining in what is called ‘keypad jehadis’. Police has laid special emphasis on monitoring the social networking websites and also various groups created on messaging services like WhatsApp, Telegram and similar such tools available on the Internet, they said..
                 

AIR, Betar to co-produce radio programmes

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News / Tribune/ Nation  
New Delhi, May 27 All India Radio (AIR) and state-run Bangladesh Betar will co-produce radio programme on music, quiz, theatre, tourism and sports among others, a move aimed at further strengthening bilateral ties, a senior official said. The two broadcasters have also agreed to jointly produce one daily news bulletin of ten minutes with a focus on cooperation between the two nations in various developmental aspects like tourism, commerce and trade, sports, culture, agriculture and climate change, the official added. A music reality show, drawing participants from both the nations, is also on the cards. “The programme would be in the nature of a music competition among participants from different categories namely school and college students and housewives,” the official said. They would also produce a series of quiz programme on India and Bangladesh among school and college students. “The finale of it (quiz programme) can be held before invited audience either i..
                 

IMD teams up with BSNL to send extreme weather warnings

5 hours ago  
News / Tribune/ Nation  
New Delhi, May 27 The India Meteorological Department (IMD) is teaming up with state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to send extreme weather warnings to people, a senior Ministry of Earth Sciences official said. The move comes after the IMD came under criticism from several quarters, including some state governments for not sending out specific alerts, a charge denied by the weather body. “The IMD is trying to team up with BSNL to push the alerts to common people. The BSNL has come up with a technology. If the IMD sends an alert, they will pass it on to all BSNL numbers in Delhi (about an impending extreme weather event warning like thunderstorm, dust storm, heatwave),”  M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences told PTI. The area specific alerts will be sent to users if they are in that particular place where the extreme weather pattern is going to occur, even if their phone numbers do not belong to that particular telecom circle. For instance, a ..
                 

Cost of prosecuting Hafiz Saeed too great: Ex-ISI chief Durrani

5 hours ago  
News / Tribune/ Nation  
New Delhi, May 27 The cost of prosecuting Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) head Hafiz Saeed is too great, says former ISI chief Asad Durrani. "If you prosecute Saeed, the first reaction will be: it's on India's behalf, you're hounding him, he's innocent, etc. The political cost is big, now," he says. Durrani, 77, mentions this in a new book in which he features in conversation with former RAW chief A S Dulat and the two discuss topics including everything related to India-Pakistan ties: the surgical strikes, Kulbhushan Jadhav, Nawaz Sharif, Kashmir and Burhan Wani. When Dulat asks him, what is Saeed's value to Pakistan, Durrani replies, "The cost of prosecuting him is too great". Saeed, who carries a $10 million American bounty for his role in terror activities, was under house arrest from January to November last year. The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which is responsible ..
                 

Powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen; 6 dead, 30 missing

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News / Tribune/ World  
Salalah (Oman), May 27 A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighbouring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years’ worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least six people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said. Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away whole roadways and submerged others in Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, stranding drivers. Strong winds knocked over street lights and tore away roofing. Rushing waters from the rain and storm surges flooded typically dry creek beds. The holiday destination’s now-empty tourist beaches were littered with debris and foam from the churning Arabian Sea. Three people, including a 12-year-old girl, died in Oman, and another two bodies were recovered from the Yemeni island of Socotra. More than 30 people were still missing in Socotra, including Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals. Yemeni..
                 

Industrial waste issue: Stopped from entering village, Khaira accuses CM of complicity

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 27 Leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly Sukhpal Singh Khaira accused Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh of trying to shield former minister Rana Gurjeet Singh, as the latter's mills came under fire for dumping untreated industrial waste into the drains of Buttar Sivian village. After Sunday Tribune carried a report about how the minister's sugar mill dumped untreated industrial waters into the village drains, Khaira planned a march to the village, but was stopped by police in the adjoining Dhardeo village after some people who claimed to be members of a Kisan union, but who Khaira said were Rana's supporters, held a counter protest. Khaira accused police of working for Rana. Police however claimed they were trying to prevent violence. (Read: In Deep Trouble) Addressing a public rally at the village, Khaira said: “I am here to visit the spot to show my concern with the waters of Punjab. I don’t want to..
                 

Nicaragua protesters dig in as 8 more killed

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News / Tribune/ World  
Managua, May 27 Hundreds of protesters dug in around Nicaragua today,  blocking roads as at least eight more people were killed in a 24-hour period. Unrest has resumed since week-long church-mediated talks between the government and opposition to quell a month of violence broke down late on Wednesday. Hundreds of demonstrators in the north, center and south of the Central American nation were blocking highways on Saturday, demanding Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, stand down. Since protests began on April 18 at least 83 people have been killed and more than 860 wounded, police and rights activists say. Four people were killed on Friday, and another four by mid-day Saturday, police and family members said. Ortega, a former Sandinista guerrilla who first ruled between 1979 and 1990 before returning as president 11 years ago, had kept power by maintaining leftist rhetoric while ensuring an accommodation with powerful private industry and keeping up trade wi..
                 

Trump revives hope for summit with Kim; says date and location ‘hasn’t changed’

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News / Tribune/ World  
Washington, May 27 US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he is still looking at a summit on June 12 in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and things are moving “very nicely” towards the meeting. “We’re looking at June 12 in Singapore. That hasn’t changed. It’s moving along pretty well, so we’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the White House during a meeting with a US prisoner freed by Venezuela. His remarks came after the surprise meeting between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the demilitarised zone on Saturday during which the two leaders discussed the summit meeting with the US. “I just want to mention we’re doing very well in terms of the summit with North Korea. Looks like it’s going along very well,” said the US President in response to questions from reporters. “As you know there are meetings going on as we speak in a certain location which I won&rsquo..
                 

New lava flow advances towards Hawaii geothermal plant

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News / Tribune/ World  
Honolulu, May 26 A broad lava flow cascaded towards a Hawaii geothermal power station on Saturday, posing a new hazard as molten rock from the erupting Kilauea volcano bulldozed relentlessly through homes and backyards. The lava was less than half a mile from the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV), according to the US Geological Survey, having destroyed dozens of nearby houses in the past few days. Since Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano began a once-in-a-century-scale eruption May 3, authorities have shutdown the plant, removed 60,000 gallons of flammable liquid and deactivated wells that tap into steam and gas deep in the Earth’s core. Magma has drained from Kilauea’s summit lava lake and flowed around 25 miles (40 km) east underground, bursting out of about two dozen giant cracks or fissures near the plant. “The flow from fissures 21 and 7 was widening and advancing,” Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for the County of Hawaii, said in an email on the position of lava..
                 

Japan ex-PM Nakasone, witness to war and success, turns 100

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News / Tribune/ World  
                 

Overcharging: Ex-contractor of multi-level parking booked

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News / Tribune/ Chandigarh  
Panchkula, May 26 The Panchkula police have booked the former contractor of the multi-level parking at Sector 1, on the complaint of the Red Cross Society, two months after terminating the contract. The contract was cancelled after complaints of overcharging were received. In March, after complaints of overcharging at the city’s first multi-level parking, Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Mukul Kumar had ordered to cancel the contract of the then parking contractor. Even the then city magistrate had submitted its report to the DC, in which it was stated that the contractor was overcharging commuters. In the inquiry report, the contractor even had accepted violations by his staff and had tendered an apology. Following the inquiry report, the Red Cross Society had cancelled the contract of Lal Chand, the then parking contractor. — TNS..
                 

Performance of government schools dips

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News / Tribune/ Chandigarh  
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 26 The government schools have put up a poor show as pass percentage for the CBSE Class XII exams dipped to 73.63 per cent from 74.72 per cent last year. In 2016, the pass percentage was 68.31.  A total of 11,280 students of 40 schools appeared, but 2,975 students couldn’t pass the exams. Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 16, topped the government schools with 98.76 pass percentage. It is followed by GMSSS, Mani Majra Housing Complex (MHC), with 98.71 pass percentage and GMSSS, Sector 19, with 94.27 per cent students passing the exams. Chandigarh DEO Anujit Kaur said: “This year, our performance has dipped by more than 1 per cent due to the shortage of principals. But we need to continue to work hard.” Top scorers  Humanities  Satvik (GMSSS-16): 97.8 % Commerce Deepti (GMSSS-16): 97.6 %  Medical Amneet Kaur (GMSSS-16): 95.2 %  Non-medical Purvika (GMSSS, MHC Man..
                 

'Abandoned' by children, Pakeezah actor Geeta Kapoor dies in old-age home

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News / Tribune/ Nation  
Mumbai, May 26  'Pakeezah'-fame actor Geeta Kapoor, who was allegedly abandoned by her children last year, died in an old age home in Andheri here on Saturday. She was 57. Her death was confirmed by filmmaker Ashoke Pandit. In April 2017, the yesteryear actor's son Raja, had brought her to SRV Hospital in suburban Goregaon to treat her fluctuating blood pressure. He apparently left the hospital on the pretext of withdrawing money from an ATM and never returned. Raja is said to be a choreographer and her daughter, Pooja, is an airhostess. Pandit took to twitter to express his grief over Kapoor's demise. "Standing besides the dead body of Actress #GeetaKapoor 57 who was abandoned by her kids in #SRVHospital a year back breathed her last at a suburban Old age home today morning. We tried our best to keep her healthy but her wait for her Son&daughter made her weaker day by day. #RIP," he tweeted. Standing besides the dead body of Actress #GeetaKapoor 57 who was..
                 

Wife, son not to take up government jobs, says Navjot Sidhu

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 26 Having drawn flak over getting his wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu and son Karan Singh Sidhu appointed as chairperson of Punjab Warehousing Corporation and as Punjab law officer respectively, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Saturday said they were not taking up the posts. Addressing the media here on Saturday, Sidhu said both his wife and son thought their conscience did not allow them to take up the posts. He said it was their decision. Sidhu said his wife is dedicated to the welfare of the state. The minister reiterated that he is not a landlord, and all in his family are professionals. That’s why his son decided to take the job of a law officer. “In politics, credibility is a big thing. So my son decided to resign on his own,” he said...
                 

Perplexed, Moon meets Kim again

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News / Tribune/ World  
Seoul/Washington, May 26  South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday to ensure the upcoming high-stakes summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump is a success.  The unannounced meeting is the latest dramatic turn in a week of diplomatic flip-flops surrounding an unprecedented summit between the US and North Korea, and the strongest sign yet that the two Korean leaders were trying to keep the on-again off-again summit on track. Their two-hour talks at the Panmunjom border village came a month after they held the first inter-Korean summit on April 27.  “The two leaders  exchanged views about making the North Korea-US summit a successful one and  implementing the Panmunjom Declaration,” South Korea said.  — Reuters..
                 

Summons to ex-ISI chief over Dullat book

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News / Tribune/ World  
Islamabad, May 26 Pakistan’s powerful army has summoned former ISI chief Asad Durrani on May 28 to seek clarification over a book he co-authored with India’s ex-spy chief AS Dulat, accusing him of “violating” the military code of conduct. Lt Gen Durrani (retd), who headed the Inter-Services Intelligence from August 1990 till March 1992, along with Dulat has written “The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace”. The Pakistan army in a statement said that Durrani, 77, was being called to General Headquarters (GHQ) on May 28 and “will be asked to explain his position on views attributed to him in the book”. Durrani was summoned after ousted PM Nawaz Sharif demanded an urgent meeting of the high-powered National Security Committee (NSC) to discuss the contents of the book. Durrani made certain observations in the book, including a claim that then PM Yousaf Raza Gillani was fully on board regarding the Abbottabad US Navy Seals o..
                 

City swimmers come out triumphant in medley relay

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Ludhiana: Swimmers from Ludhiana stamped their class as they came out triumphant in the boys’ and girls’ sections in group-IV 4 x 50-metre medley relay events on the opening day of the 32nd edition of the Sub-Junior Punjab State Swimming Championship that began at Delhi Public School Swimming Pool, Ferozepur, on Saturday. In the boys’ category, Ludhiana quartet clocked 3:11.36 minutes to finish well ahead of others to clinch the gold medal. They were followed at the second place by boys from Mohali, who took 3:22.42 minutes, whereas the third position was secured by the Patiala district that took 3:52.26 minutes to finish at the victory podium. Similarly, in girls’ section, Ludhiana team proved too good for its immediate opponents, whom they outperformed to lay their hands on a gold medal. Ludhiana quartet swam to glory with timings of 3:23.29 minutes. The second and third positions were bagged by Mohali district (3:37.65 minutes) and Jalandhar district (3:57.6..
                 

city girl Astha bags Rank III

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Naina Mishra Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 26 Ludhiana girl Astha Bamba, a student of BCM Arya Model School, has secured All-India Rank 3 in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) exams for Class XII, the results of which were declared on Saturday. She has secured 99.4% marks (497) in the humanities stream. Her teachers and parents drew high expectations from her when she topped the matric exam in her school and hoped that she would either pick commerce or science stream. She took everyone by surprise after choosing humanities. What drew her towards the subject was her inclination towards social and political issues. Sociology her favourite subject Bamba shares: “Everything from caste oppression to the rise of feminism has a historical context. To be a good policy maker, one needs to understand what propelled the current events in the world.” Bamba has scored 100 marks in mass media, political science and sociology. Her favourite subject is sociology. S..
                 

Shwait: BJP accelerated India’s growth

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 26 State BJP president Shwait Malik on Saturday said the Modi government had set India on rapid development track in the past four years. While addressing a press conference here to highlight the achievements of the four years of the Modi government, he said the BJP government gave a robust foreign policy to the country. The most significant achievement had been building a closer strategic relationship with the USA. He said the GST (Goods and Services Tax) had created a single common market in India by subsuming several different taxes into a single tax and applicable pan India. India purposed 7 per cent plus growth over the next few years. The GST would play a major role in achieving that goal. He said in the past four years social welfare schemes had been started at a large scale. Under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, 31.60 crore beneficiaries had been covered...
                 

Cash-for-votes: Cops raid Bagga village, find nothing

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 26 An Akali bastion for 20 years is now being eyed by the ruling Congress! No wonder the stakes for both the parties are high in the Shahkot bypoll, scheduled for Monday. Almost the entire Punjab Council of Ministers remained on their toes at Shahkot to campaign for the party candidate, while Sukhbir Singh Badal, Akali Dal supremo, himself led his party campaign from the front. With curtains coming down on the high- pitched campaign on Saturday, the spin doctors in both parties went in for “vote management”. From allegations of illicit liquor being smuggled to woo voters to money being distributed, the “vote management” tactics have been at full play since Friday evening. While the Akali Dal accused the Congress of distributing illicit liquor, the ruling party on Saturday got raids conducted on a house, where Akali leaders had gathered, in the hope of finding unaccounted cash, meant to be distributed to voters, but all in vain. The..
                 

Police, NIA implicating NRI Sikhs in false cases: Takht

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
Neeraj Bagga Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 26 Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has accused the Punjab Police and National Investigation Agency (NIA) of implicating NRI Sikh youths in false cases and sought a probe from a neutral and independent agency. In a strongly worded statement here on Saturday, he said there was resentment among the Sikh sangat over these arrests. Citing the example of Gurjant Singh, a resident of Ludhiana, the jathedar claimed that he was implicated in a false case by the NIA and Punjab Police. He asked Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to get his case investigated by a neutral agency. He said Gurjant was shown involved in five targeted killings in the state. “Under the tutelage of the International Sikh Federation, Gurjant had objected to indecent songs in Punjabi and exposed elements targeting Gurmat ideology on social media,” he said. The jathedar said he wanted to expose the culprits behind the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargarhi and..
                 

Sanitary pads, condoms at railway stations

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News / Tribune/ Nation  
New Delhi, May 26 Condoms and sanitary pads would now be sold at toilet facilities both inside and outside railway stations for not only the passengers but also the people living in its vicinity, a new toilet policy recently approved by the Railway Board said. It stated that owing to lack of proper sanitation facilities in and around the station, those living in the vicinity were often found defecating in the open and urinating on the station premises, which made the surroundings unhygienic and resulted in health-related problems. “Each facility will have a small kiosk to sell low-cost sanitary pads for women along with provision of an incinerator, and condoms for men,” the policy said. Each station would have two such facilities, one outside the station in the circulating area and another inside the station. — PTI..
                 

Now, BSP chief’s kin can’t hold party posts

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News / Tribune/ Nation  
tribune News Service Lucknow, May 26 In an attempt to free the BSP of the blame of dynastic rule, party national president Mayawati on Saturday amended the party’s constitution barring close relatives of party president from holding organisational posts. During the BSP national executive, she announced that her brother Anand Kumar, who had become BSP’s national vice president after the Assembly poll reversal last year, will now remain an ordinary member of the party. She said in future no national president, including her, would appoint any close relative for any organisational post of the party. However, they were free to work as ordinary members. According to Mayawati, she decided on this following charge that like other parties the BSP was also succumbing to dynastic rule abandoning the principles of its founder Kanshi Ram. The pressure from other siblings and family members for party posts was another reason for taking this tough decision, she said. Meanwhile, the national executi..
                 

GMC doc accused of taking bribe

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News / Tribune/ Amritsar  
Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 26 Attendants of a patient at the cardiology ward of Government Medical College (GMC) accused a doctor of taking Rs 10,000 as bribe for treatment. The matter came to light after they filed a complaint with the medical superintendent. A patient, Kashmir Singh, of Inderpuri has been undergoing treatment at the GMC. His son Amar Singh alleged that the doctor had demanded Rs 10,000 which they paid to him. According to him, the doctor had stated that the total cost of the treatment would be around Rs 35,000. Amar Singh along with some people created a scene in the ward and accused the doctor of demanding more money. Medical Superintendent Dr Surinder Pal said he had received the complaint. “An investigation will be conducted. If found guilty, action will be taken against the doctor. The doctor has been asked to explain his side,” he added. — TNS..
                 

Tarakote Marg gains popularity

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Jammu, May 26 Governor NN Vohra, Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, has reviewed the functioning of the Tarakote Marg with Anshul Garg, Additional Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the board. The over 7-km-long picturesque track, between Katra and Adhkuwari, was opened to pilgrims less than two weeks ago. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 19. In the past 13 days (May 13-25), nearly 20,000 on-foot pilgrims used the Tarakote Marg for their journey to the holy cave shrine and back to Katra. Almost all pilgrims who have walked on the new track have expressed a great satisfaction. They are particularly appreciative of the beautiful ambience, scenic view of the surrounding areas, gentle gradient of the six-metre wide track, modern infrastructure and the logistics put in place by the shrine board for the pilgrims. The floating fountains in the water body developed at Tarakote have become a special attraction for pilgrims, particularly children. The lights ..
                 

IT minister meets Guv

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Srinagar, May 26 Imran Raza Ansari, Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Higher Education, called on Governor NN Vohra here on Saturday. Ansari discussed with the Governor several major issues relating to the management of the higher education sector, particularly the functioning of the University of Kashmir, and some matters relating to Jammu University. The Governor reiterated concern regarding the crucial responsibility of the Higher Education Department to ensure the provision of quality educational facilities for students at all levels, as only such advancement could promote the future growth and development of the state. Vohra advised the minister to ensure initiation of the required measures to give impetus to the organisation of sustained sports activities in all colleges and universities in the state. — TNS..
                 

Mehbooba welcomes Home Minister’s remark on talks

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Jammu, May 26 Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has welcomed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement that the Centre was ready to talk to every stakeholder in Kashmir, including the Hurriyat Conference, if it comes to the table. The Union Home Minister on Saturday said if the Hurriyat leadership was ready to come to the table for talks, the Central government was ready for it. He also said that New Delhi was ready to hold talks with Pakistan if it comes forward to hold talks. “To not welcome anyone who wants to talk, is not the right thing,” the Home Minister said in an interview to a national TV channel. The Chief Minister said the initiation of dialogue and reconciliation in the state was a welcome step. She said given the positive outcome from the ground on the Ramzan ceasefire in the state, the peace constituency in the country and the state should feel encouraged to start the much-needed process of peaceful engagement with all stake..
                 

IB residents living in terrible times: CM

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Jammu, May 26 Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday pitched for equal benefits to the people living along the International Border (IB) as available to those living along the Line of Control (LoC) for their sufferings were indistinguishable. She is the first Chief Minister to have declared so publicly and has the plans to take up it with the Central government. Both residents of IB and LoC have been the victims of Pakistan shelling. “This is the least we can do for them,” she told The Tribune on Saturday as she recalled the heart-wrenching tales that she heard from border residents on Friday when she met them. “They are living in terrible times,” she said. Her promise to remove all hurdles that prevent the International Border residents from getting the benefits enjoyed by the LoC residents would bring them reservation in jobs, professional institutions and other such institutions. Residents of the International Border have been long ..
                 

Two students rusticated for playing ‘urine’ mischief

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News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Two students rusticated for playing ‘urine’ mischief Our Correspondent Sundernagar, May 26 An online complaint has been lodged on the government portal by Manoj Kumar, a resident Chanol of village, Sundernagar, on Saturday, alleging that a Dalit girl was offered urine in a drinking water bottle by two students of Government Senior Secondary School, Taleli, Sundernagar. Both students were reportedly rusticated. The police visited the school and asked both parties to compromise. There was resentment among people of the area due to the lackadaisical approach of schools officials and the police. Principal Manbhawan Vij said the incident occurred six days ago when he was out of station. He denied that urine was put into a bottle and offered to the girl. The two students of Class X played a mischief and filled it with water from the harvesting tank, which was pale yellow in colour and put it into the bag of the girl. On seeing the pale yellow colour of the water, she mistook it to be uri..
                 

Edu Dept to study socio-economy of rural students for better results

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News / Tribune/ Bathinda  
Balwant Garg Tribune News Service Faridkot, May 26 In the awake of poor results, the Education Department has decided to study the socio-economic factors playing a role in the education of rural students. Besides the impact of caste, habitation, school and teacher-related factors, the study also aimed at studying landholding or economic status of the family. “Since education is a multivariate phenomenon, so all these factor play an important role in learning,” said Parshant Goyal, Director General of School Education (DGSE), Punjab. Inviting the expression of interest (EOI) from universities and research institutes in the state to conduct the study, the Education Department said the study would consist of reasonable number of households covering different heterogeneous regions, representing Doaba, Malwa and Majha, as also semi-hilly and plain areas and also across agriculturally developed, backward, bet and border areas of the state. “As Punjab is mainly an agrarian state and most of ..
                 

Little mischievous

15 hours ago  
News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
Who doesn’t love a little fun, especially amidst the busy schedules on shoot? Being a mood-lifter on the sets of Star Bharat’s Mayavi Maling, Gracy Goswami stays true to her on-screen character Garima. She, who is the naughtiest princess of Maling, is a funny prankster both on and off-screen. She likes to amuse everyone with her little mischiefs and is the naughtiest of all. She is the most-pampered child artiste on the show.  A source reveals, “Gracy has been mischievous on the sets since the first day. She once locked Gagan (Arakh) in the vanity room and left him there while he was sleeping. Ankit Gupta (Chegu) was not spared either. One day, she ate all his lunch without telling him. During shoots, she clicks candid pictures of actors’ reactions and posts them on social media. Everyone keeps themselves alarmed of Gracy’s presence around.”..
                 

Full of punches

15 hours ago  
News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
Jasmine Singh Five minutes into a free-wheeling conversation with Punjab film industry’s best actor-comedians BN Sharma, Gurpreet Ghuggi, Karamjit Anmol and Binnu Dhillon, and you’d be complaining of stomach ache. You’d try hard to hold back those so called tears of laughter descending like a waterfall.  While you’d be shifting in your seat, throwing your head back and forth, these four actor comedians from Carry On Jatta 2, would be completely poker-faced. Creating laughter is the most difficult thing, and the four best here agree to it whole heartedly.  Shelf life of a joke  “Let’s begin with a joke. Sometimes I share a joke on Whatsapp, and the same joke comes back to me only in a forward message,” this one comes from Binnu Dhillon, “this is the shelf life of a joke...” “And we have to whip up puns and one- liners in each film, in every scene,” Gurpreet Ghuggi completes the sentence as Karamjit Anmo..
                 

Regular summer camp, but a little special

15 hours ago  
News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
This June, there is something special planned for special-needs children. The whole month has been dedicated to these kids by NGO Nanhi Jaan. This ‘Joy of Giving Month’ will be full of fun activities for the kids with all kinds of disabilities. The camp, which is free of charge, is being held at the PGI community centre in Sector-24 B, Chandigarh. It’s an open opportunity for anyone who wants to volunteer and spend some time with the children. “Any person who can manage to come and join us in this beautiful event is more than welcome. Playing, laughing, enjoying with these blessed children will be a lifetime experience,” says Karanvir Singh Sibia, one of the founding members of the NGO. Starting June 2, for three days in a week, special-needs kids will be engaged in activities such as athletics, football, chess, yoga, art and craft, golf, dance, music, etc. These will be done under the supervision of trained staff. —TNS  Venue: June 2-30, from..
                 

Puducherry CM, ministers to boycott Raj Nivas function

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News / Tribune/ Nation  
Puducherry, May 26 Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy on Saturday said he and his ministerial colleagues will boycott the dinner function at Raj Nivas on Sunday in connection with Lt-Governor Kiran Bedi completing two years in office on May 29. Narayanasamy hit out at Bedi alleging that her contribution to the development of the union territory was almost nil. “She (Bedi) should ahere to her announcement made some months ago that she would step down from the post on completion of two years on May 29,” he said. Narayanasamy said Bedi had invited him and his ministerial colleagues for dinner tomorrow at Raj Nivas in connection with her completing two years in office on May 29. “We will boycott the event as no man with self-respect would attend the dinner,” he said. Bedi has been at loggerheads with the ruling congress over a host of issues ever since she assumed charge as the Lt-Governor in 2016. Narayanasamy was addressing party workers at a demons..
                 

FIR against 8 for failing to get tenants verified

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News / Tribune/ Chandigarh  
                 

Docs dwell on minimally invasive spine surgery

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News / Tribune/ Chandigarh  
Chandigarh: People suffering from spinal complications will now be able to live a normal life after a much more comfortable medical procedure and shorter hospital stay than before. This observation was made at the international conference, “11th minimally invasive spine surgery update-2018 and endoscopic spine surgery live and cadaveric workshop”, organised by Trinity Hospital, here. Around 70 doctors from across the country and abroad attended the two-day scientific programme. Experts said the techniques would help shorten the learning curve and minimise complications when used real time. The two-day conference was inaugurated by GMCH-32 Director-Principal BS Chavan along with Maj Gen Rashmi Dutta, Commandant, Command Hospital, Western Command, Chandimandir. Vivek Attray, a retired IAS officer, and Dr OP Kande, member, Punjab Medical Council, were also present. — TNS..
                 

How schools performed

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News / Tribune/ Chandigarh  
Budha Dal Public School: Students of Budha Dal Public School have performed well in the CBSE Class XII examinations. In all, 444 students appeared for the examinations and 39 students have scored 90 per cent and above. As many as 127 scored more than 80 per cent. The school topper is Pushpvir with 96.8 per cent in commerce. In non-medical, Vaibhav Jain topped with 94.8 per cent. Parneet Kaur Sehgal secured the first position with 95.6 per cent in humanities while Manisha Yadav clinched the top position with 95.4 per cent in medical stream. Blossoms Senior Secondary School: Students of Class XII of Blossoms Senior Secondary School have come out with flying colours with an overall pass percentage of 85 per cent. As many 86 students appeared for the board examinations. Tanvir Singh Bal has secured the top position in non-medical by securing 95.2 per cent marks, followed by Arshdeep Singh with 89.8 per cent and Rudraksh Sharma 87.2 per cent. In medical, Gunjan has topped the school by get..
                 

US warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

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IndiGo, Air India Express among top 5 cheapest airlines in the world

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New Delhi, May 27 Low-cost carriers IndiGo and Air India Express have been ranked among the top five cheapest airlines in the world in providing international connectivity. Air India Express, the wholly-owned subsidiary of state-run carrier Air India has been ranked second and the budget carrier IndiGo placed at fifth position in a Global Flight Pricing Report prepared by Melbourne-based Rome2rio—a multimodal travel planning site. Two other Indian carriers also figured in the list. Jet Airways gained the 12th place followed by Air India at 13th position. The report compared 200 major airlines across continents by the average price per kilometer with Air Asia X taking the pole position. Air India Express, mostly connecting Gulf countries and Singapore, has an average cost of USD 0.08 per km and IndiGo USD 0.10 per km. The latter connects Indian cities with Gulf countries besides Bangkok, Colombo and Kathmandu. AirAsia X at the top has an average of USD 0.07 per km. The data..
                 

Hillary Clinton wants to be Facebook CEO: Report

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San Francisco, May 27 Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might be willing to swap a life in politics to lead the world’s largest social-networking company, a media report said. On being asked by Attorney General Maura Healey, a democrat from Massachusetts, which company she would want to be the CEO of, Clinton didn’t pause before quickly answering “Facebook”, CNET reported on Friday. “It’s the biggest news platform in the world. Most people in our country get their news—true or not from Facebook,” Clinton was quoted as saying. The former US presidential candidate was at Harvard on Friday receiving the Radcliffe Medal, which honours people who have “had a transformative impact on society”. Facebook is working to win back its users’ trust following a series of recent controversies, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from as many as 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with th..
                 

Qatar bans Saudi, UAE goods from stores

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News / Tribune/ World  
Doha, May 27 Qatar has ordered shops to remove goods originating from a group of Saudi Arabian-led countries which a year ago imposed a wide-ranging boycott on the emirate, Doha officials said on Sunday. A directive from the economy ministry ordered shops to immediately strip shelves of products from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Inspectors will visit stores to ensure they comply with the order, the ministry said. The government will also try and stop products such as Saudi dairy goods from entering Qatar via a third country. Qatar’s Government Communications Office (GCO) said it was trying to “protect the safety of consumers”. “Products originating from blockading states, which as a result of the blockade cannot pass the GCC customs territory, has to undergo proper import inspections and customs procedures,” the GCO said in a statement. “Qatar conducts its trade policy in accordance with all of its multilateral and bilateral ..
                 

19 CRPF personnel injured in road accident near Bemina

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Pakistan announces General Election on July 25

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Islamabad, May 27 Pakistan’s upcoming General Election for Parliament and provincial Assemblies will be held on July 25, according to a decree signed by President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a formal letter last week had proposed the President to grant permission to hold election between July 25 and 27. Sources in the President Office said that Hussain approved July 25 and signed the document to be sent to the ECP to grant it permission to go ahead and hold polls. According to the law, ECP proposes dates to the President to organise the General Election, who is empowered to fix the final date. The present government will complete the tenure on May 31 and the caretaker government will take over form June 1 and remain in office until a new government is set up through elections. It is the second consecutive elected government that is poised to complete the five-year tenure. It was elected in 2013.  Earlier, the ECP announce..
                 

HCS paper leak: Remand of accused extended by 3 days

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News / Tribune/ Chandigarh  
Chandigarh, May 26 A local court on Saturday extended the remand of local Congress party leader Sunil Copra, alias Titu, and Ayushi Godhara by three days in the HCS judicial paper leak case. The police were seeking a five- day remand as they want to take Chopra to Solan where his in-laws are staying. As for Godhara, they want to take her to Hisar and Rohtak where other candidates are supposedly based. Certain documents are also to be recovered.  Three persons — Sharma and two beneficiaries Sunita and Sushila — were booked by the police in the high-profile case. A High Court committee looking into the case had recommended scrapping of the examination after prima facie finding that some candidates had access to the question paper. Chopra and Ayushi are the latest arrests in the case. The committee had said at least two candidates, Sunita and Sushila, had the question paper. The committee had also stated that Balwinder Sharma unequivocally denied prior acquaintance wit..
                 

Mohali topper Harshpreet learnt from her mistakes

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News / Tribune/ Chandigarh  
Tribune News Service Mohali, May 26 Harshpreet Kaur Batra of St Soldier International Convent School scored around 87 per cent in her midterm examination, but did not give up as she vowed to achieve more. She continued to work on her mistakes to become the topper in Mohali district, bagging 96.4 per cent in the Class XII (humanities stream) CBSE results which were declared today. She shared the first position with Saloni of Anee’s School, who has scored the same marks in the medical stream. “I did not score well in my midterm exams, but I was determined to achieve more. I worked on my mistakes and corrected them. Thus, I succeeded. It is good to make mistakes because we learn from them. My parents and teachers supported me. My parents would pick and drop me for extra classes. My teachers would even answer my silly questions,” says Harshpreet.  Eighteen-year-old Harshpreet aspires to become a lawyer and has already taken admission to a law course in Canada. &..
                 

Some issues with Cong over portfolio allocation, admits Kumaraswamy

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News / Tribune/ Nation  
Bengaluru, May 26  Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday said there are some "issues" on portfolio allocation with his party's coalition partner Congress, but it is not something that will pull down the government. He also said the expansion of his Cabinet would take place once state Congress leaders get an approval from their high command. "Portfolios have not been allocated. There are some issues regarding portfolios, but it is not an issue that will pull down the government...," Kumaraswamy told reporters here. Responding to questions on portfolio allocation and demand for a farm loan waiver, he said, "I will try not to take up an issue as a prestige issue and try to solve a problem... Otherwise I will see. I will not stick to this post, leaving my self esteem."  Parleys began between the Congress and the JD(S) on the issue of Cabinet expansion soon after Kumaraswamy proved his three-day-old government's majority on the flo..
                 

Weinstein released on $1 mn bail

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News / Tribune/ World  
New York, May 26  Harvey Weinstein, who was arrested and arraigned on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him, has been released on US$ 1 million bail. According to USA Today, the disgraced Hollywood producer also agreed to wear a GPS tracker and to surrender his passport after turning himself in to police on Friday. Weinstein was carrying three books, including Todd Purdum’s “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution,” as he got out of a black SUV and walked past the swarm of TV cameras.  His defence attorney Benjamin Brafman told reporters that Weinstein would enter a not guilty plea. “Mr Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behaviour with anyone.”  More than 100 women, including prominent Hollywood celebrities such as Gywneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd, Uma Thurman and Asia Argento, have publicly a..
                 

Vehicles collide, over 48 killed in Uganda

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Double ton by Ishan helps Chandigarh

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News / Tribune/ Ludhiana  
Our Sports Correspondent Ludhiana, May 26 Double ton (204 runs) by Ishan Goyal and an unbeaten 121 runs by Lakshya Rakhra helped Chandigarh in reaching a comfortable position against Ludhiana on the opening day of the two-day match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (U-19) for Dhruv Pandove Trophy at the Jathedar Santokh Singh Margind Sports Stadium Sewa Committee, Dulay village, near here, on Saturday. Chandigarh skipper Ayush Gautam won the toss and opted to bat first. The decision was a wise one, as the visitors faced a little challenge from bowlers. They did not utilise their full quota of 95 overs and declared their first innings at 373 runs after losing just three wickets in 89 overs. The highlight of their innings was a fine batting display by opener Ishan Goyal and Lakshya. Ishan faced 263 balls and made 204 runs in 312 minutes with the help of 28 boundaries, while Lakshya remained unconquered on 121 runs, which came off 190 deliveries, including nine hit..
                 

Sangrur farmers protest hike in fuel prices

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
                 

Capt goes soft on Mehatpur ex-SHO, rules out dismissal

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, May 26 Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has adopted a sympathetic approach towards inspector Parminder Bajwa, who had recently filed an FIR against Congress candidate from Shahkot. The former Mehatpur SHO, who is currently under arrest, had even launched personal attacks at the Chief Minister. Just two days ahead of the bypoll, the Chief Minister, who had earlier accused Bajwa of working at the behest of the Opposition and even shared his call details with the media, has completely changed his stand. “He was 10-year-old when he lost his father (who too was an inspector with the Punjab Police). He has seen many ups and downs in his life and is suffering from a bipolar disorder. I will tell the DGP to be sensitive towards him,” Capt said. Asked if he could be dismissed on medical grounds, the Chief Minister replied: “We cannot do this to a man who is not well. He can stay put. We have that facility. We will not sack him.” Recently, Le..
                 

Ahead of poll, liquor seized in Moga

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News / Tribune/ Punjab  
Moga, May 26 The Excise and Taxation Department with the help of the local police has recovered 1,190 cases (14,280 bottles) of liquor manufactured in the distillery owned by a senior Congress MLA and former minister, Rana Gurjit Singh, and his family from Baghapurana town in the Moga district. It was most likely being smuggled to Shahkot in Jalandhar district. An Inspector of the Excise Department, Jugraj Singh Sandhu, said the truck from which the liquor was recovered was bearing the registration number PB-08-BC-9549, which belongs to the Jalandhar district. He said bottles of “First Choice”, a cheap liquor brand, were recovered from the truck at Baghapurana town. This brand of liquor is manufactured at Rana Sugars Limited (distillery division), a company which is owned by Rana Gurjit Singh and his family members. The SHO of the Baghapurana police station, Jangjit Singh, said a case under the Excise Act was registered against the driver and a few others. — TNS..
                 

BJP expels leader for ‘abusing’ farmers

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Indians sacrificed a lot for us during troubled times: Hasina

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Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service Kolkata, May 26 Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam — stalwart Bengali poets — dominated the scene as the Bangladeshi premier, Sheikh Hasina, wound up her two-day India visit on Saturday. On Friday, it was Tagore in whose “ashram” PM Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart talked about the two countries’ common cultural heritage. And on Saturday, it was Kazi Nazrul Islam, India-born national poet of Bangladesh, whose work set the tone for Hasina’s speech at the university named after the late poet. Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol, also awarded Hasina honorary Doctorate of literature (D Litt). Such degree was also supposed to be conferred on actress Sharmila Tagore and BARC physicist SM Yusuf. But they expressed their inability to come. Hasina expressed her gratitude to India for the help extended by it during the liberation of Bangladesh from Pakistan. “Over 1 crore refugees were given shelter by India. Indians have sacrificed a lot..
                 

Kairana: BJP falls back on divisive agenda; UP cane farmers restive

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Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Lucknow, May 26 A campaigning for the May 28 Kairana Lok Sabha byelections came to an end on Saturday evening, there was nervous tension in the air. By its sheer timing, the byelection has acquired a significance far greater than what it is — merely an election to one of the 543 Lok Sabha seats. For the Opposition rejuvenated by the events in Bengalaru, winning Kairana would be another feather in its cap. For the BJP, retaining Kairana is crucial for the cadres’ sagging morale after the defeat in Phulphur and Gorakhpur and setback in Karnataka. For this, the BJP is doing what it is good at – running a divisive campaign — pushing RLD vice-president Jayant Chadhury to bring the focus back on people’s issues by reiterating “Jinnah nahi, ganna chalega” This pretty much sums up the public mood in the region, considered the sugar bowl of the country. Here cane farmers are angry with the BJP government for not having facilitated their sugarcane dues. The d..
                 

Traffic jams: RTI activist’s notice to city top cop

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News / Tribune/ Amritsar  
Tribune News Service Amritsar, May 26 A local RTI activist has served a legal notice to the Amritsar Commissioner of Police for “not regulating traffic” outside Guru Nanak Dev Hospital and Majitha Road, endangering lives of patients who usually get stuck in traffic jams. Varun Khanna, an RTI activist, stated that despite being highlighted many times in newspapers, the police had failed to address the issue till date. “The Majitha road is quite wide but while approaching Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, the traffic comes to a stand still as autorickshaws and bus drivers abruptly apply brakes and park their vehicle in the middle of the road to board passengers, causing traffic jams. It can prove fatal for patients as ambulances carrying them can get stuck in jams,” he said Khanna. Khanna also sent a few images along with the notice to highlight how grave the problem is. It is also important to mention that a bus shelter also exists nearby. Autorickshaw drivers shou..
                 

Atima Bakshi of Jodhamal School gets 98% in commerce

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Atima Bakshi of Jodhamal School gets 98% in commerce Vikas Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, May 26 In the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class XII examination, the result of which was declared on Saturday, Atima Bakshi of Jodhamal School secured 98 per cent marks in the commerce stream. She was also the overall topper of the school. Vishwdeep Singharia of Jodhamal School topped the science stream in the school with 97 per cent and Nimisha Shukla topped the humanities stream (97 per cent). Ritikesh Gupta of JK Public School (JKPS), Kunjwani, secured 95.8 per cent marks to top the commerce stream. From Army Public School (APS), Akhnoor, Indresh Gupta secured 95.4 per cent marks in the commerce stream and became the topper of the school. Santosh Kumar Singh, principal, JKPS, said of 153 students who appeared in the exams this year, 105 scored 75 per cent and above. He said Ritikesh Gupta and Tania Kumari scored 100 out of 100 in economics and physical education, respectivel..
                 

Governor briefed on road projects

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Tribune News Service Srinagar, May 26 Brig Vishal Aggarwal, chief engineer, Border Roads Oganisation (BRO), called on Governor NN Vohra here on Saturday and briefed him on the status of different road projects being executed by the BRO. The Governor stressed the timely repair and completion of all maintenance works on the Kangan-Gund-Sonamarg-Neelgrath axis. Keeping in view that the forthcoming Amarnath yatra commences on June 28, the Governor told Brig Aggarwal to have the road repaired by June 20. While lauding the good work being done by the BRO in developing and maintaining the road network in the difficult and hilly terrain of the state, the Governor emphasised the crucial importance of various construction works being completed within the envisaged time schedules and also maintained satisfactorily...
                 

At relief camp, Union minister’s ‘banana politics’ backfires

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News / Tribune/ Jammu & Kashmir  
Arteev Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, May 26 Uprooted from their houses due to continued Pakistan shelling, border dwellers on Saturday faced another “humiliation” when Jitendra Singh, Union Minister in the PMO, tried to placate them by distributing bananas and biscuits to mark the completion of four years of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. Singh, who happens to be their representative in the Lok Sabha, visited the Hiranagar relief camp with local leaders and officers and distributed “refreshment” among displaced people who have taken shelter in a school. However, this proved counterproductive as the border residents raised anti-BJP and anti-minister slogans at the relief camp to express their resentment against the failure of BJP-led government at the Centre and the Union Minister to ensure their safety and security in the last four years. It all happened when the Union Minister, accompanied by Health Minister Devinder Manyal, Hiranagar MLA ..
                 

Six held for firing at toll plaza staff

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News / Tribune/ Haryana  
Tribune News Service Karnal, May 26 The police have arrested six youths for allegedly firing at two employees and injuring them at the Bastara toll plaza here. They have been identified as Pankaj, a resident of Gharaunda; Parth and Nishank, both residents of Kurukshetra; Ankit, a resident of Karnal; Simranjeet Singh, a resident of Safidon; and Harish, a resident of Tohana. The police said that the youths have been booked under various sections of the IPC and the Arms Act. The injured, Ashish Kumar and Ramphal, were taken to Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College and Hospital where their condition is stated to be out of danger. One of the injured employees said that some youths came to the plaza in a car around 3 am on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. He asked them to pay the toll but they refused and started thrashing plaza employees. They informed the police but the youths opened fire at them in the presence of policemen...
                 

Fire-scared leopard cub enters house

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News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Our Correspondent Hamirpur, May 26 A leopard cub entered a house at Aghaar village near the Aghaar forest range in the district following a forest fire on Saturday. The family initially mistook the cub to be a cat. The cub was one-month old. Villagers informed the Forest Range Officer who took the cub into custody. There have been over 34 incidents of forest fires in the district this summer. The forest fires have caused a huge loss of flora and fauna in the district. Wildlife experts said the summer was the breeding time for most of the wild animals and effort should not only be to protect trees but also wildlife. Preeti Bhandari, Divisional Forest Officer, here said the leopard cub that had entered a house at Aghaar village was under the care of the Forest Department. The cub was too young, so the department was trying to locate its mother so that it could be released. If the mother leopard was not found, it would be handed over to the wildlife wing of the department, she added...
                 

Bats in state not infected, says Secy

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News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Shimla, May 26 There was no information of the Nipah virus spread from any other part of the country except two districts of Kerela, said Additional Chief Secretary, Health, BK Agarwal at a meeting here on Saturday. Officials of Health, Animal husbandry, Forest and Horticulture Department were present at the meeting chaired by Agarwal. He said only fruit bats (flying fox) had been found carrying this virus. These types of bats were found in the coastal regions. Therefore, there was no possibility of the virus in the bats found in Himachal Pradesh. The bats reported to have died in the state were not due to the virus. Agarwal said a few days back, samples from dead bats in Sirmaur were collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, for testing and all samples were reported negative for the Virus. He advised people not to panic. All medical colleges were prepared to deal with the situation. Blood samples negative  Solan: Lalit Jai..
                 

Woman alleges rape, father-son duo booked

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News / Tribune/ Bathinda  
Tribune News Service Bathinda, May 26 The Canal police have booked the brother-in-law and father-in-law of a married woman for allegedly raping her. The accused have been identified as Baldev Singh and Baljit Singh, residents of the Multania Road area. The police said efforts were on to arrest the accused. ASI Jaswinder Kaur, posted at the Canal police station, said the medical examination of the victim had been conducted and on the basis of it, a case under Sections 376 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) had been registered against the accused. The ASI said, “We have registered a case against the accused and we are making all-out efforts to arrest them at the earliest.” The victim in her complaint to the police stated that on May 22 following an altercation, the accused had beaten up her husband who was hospitalised. The complaint said on May 23 when she had gone to take her husband’s clothes, the accused took her inside a room and raped her...
                 

First person account

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Behind the scenes

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News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
Will & Grace  The cast of the show was gifted convertible Porsche Boxsters after a successful first season. McCormack, Messing, Hayes and Mullally received matching cars. This was a cherished and exciting moment for the cast. We say, a lovely motivational factor! F.R.I.E.N.D.S  The iconic orange couch from F.R.I.E.N.D.S which airs on Comedy Central was found in the basement of the Warner Bros. studio in an unimaginable condition. The sofa was tattered and the fabric had deep rips which was cleaned up so that it could be used on the sitcom.  Riverdale  Betty Cooper portrayed by Lili Reinhart and Cheryl Blosson played by Madelaine Petsch in the show are roommates in real life. Madelaine calls Lili her ‘best friend’ and can trust Lili to keep all her secrets. You can watch these two off-screen besties on Colors Infinity...
                 

Love aaj kal

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Manpriya Singh  Love has never really been simple; it’s been either grand—as grand as a 17 hectare towering ivory white marble structure called Taj Mahal, or it’s been a fairy tale (as the viewers of Disney movies and readers of Mills & Boon will testify) or it’s been tragic, ask Romeo or our very own Ranjha.  It’s been epic, historical, anything but simple. What also it’s never really been is, as complicated as today.  Because love has never been ‘friend zoned’ before, or believed in moving on or kept in touch with ‘ex’ or blocked them from their Facebook! Which is precisely what makes us take stock of love as it stands today, in books and authored by the young themselves.  You have the password to his life Thirty-year-old author Sudeep Nagarkar has as many as 10 titles to his credit, all shrieking of new-age love and the role that technology invariably plays in any relationship. It Started with a ..
                 

Beauty, inspired by showbiz

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News / Tribune/ Life & Style  
Manpriya Singh  Last month, if Gwen Stefani broke the Internet with rumours of her impending cosmetics line (by the way, it will be called P8NT), then last week Kylie Jenner brought San Francisco to a halt, courtesy her pop up make up store. “I can’t wait San Fran,” she posted on Instagram and well, San Fran didn’t wait either. More than 2000 fans swarmed the streets making all the shops shut down to reign in the chaos. Was it for make-up, or was it for Kylie? We’d never know but the reality TV star isn’t the only one with a cosmetics line after her name. Rihanna, Eva Mendes, Drew Barrymore, Kim Kardashian West, well the list is endless, but together they have not just given us great music, movies and reality shows, they’ve given us bullet lipsticks, glosses, highlighters, well the list again is endless. Taking stock of some of the celebrity inspired make-up lines that city based beauty experts swear by.  Kylie Cosmetics by Kylie Je..
                 

Farheen upsets Akash, Samar Bir ousts Aditya

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News / Tribune/ Chandigarh  
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 26 Gujarat’s Farheen S Patrawala stunned second seed Akash Deb of Assam 9-4 in the second round of the boys’ U-16 qualifiers on the opening day of the CLTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament at the CLTA Complex, Sector 10, here on Saturday.  Samar Bir Singh Sidhu of Punjab upset fourth seed Aditya Balda of Haryana 9-3, while fifth seed Himanshu Duhan overcame Shivdev Singh Walia of Haryana 9-8(2). Punjab’s Gurustat Singh Makkar drubbed Divanshu Hooda of Haryana 9-2. Lakshay Vivek Kumar humbled Parth Goel 9-5. In the boys’ U-18 category, top seed Ayush Deshwal tamed Delhi’s Raj Goswami 9-1. Second seeded Chirag Duhan of Haryana registered a 9-4 win over Sarabjeet Singh Saini, while Karthik Singh Panwar of Delhi beat Odisha’s Abhishek Mohapatra 9-5.  Fifth seed Akhilendran Indrabalan of Delhi defeated Gujarat’s Arjun A Kundu 9-4, while Delhi’s Mohammad Sameer edged out Shashwat Kohli 9-..
                 

MACT grants Rs 25.5 lakh to kin of accident victim

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News / Tribune/ Chandigarh  
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 26 The 11-year-old son and 28-year-old brother of a private school teacher, who was killed in a road accident, have been awarded Rs 25.56 lakh compensation by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT). Satinder Kaur, a divorcee, was a teacher at a private school in Sector 18, Chandigarh. On November 6, 2011, at about 4:00 pm, the deceased after purchasing medicines was returning to her home along with her son. As she had started her scooter and was leaving from a parking lot in Sector 71, Mohali, an XUV car being driven by Harpreet Kaur at fast speed and in a rash and negligent manner, came from the left side and hit the scooter with great force. Due to the impact, the deceased along with her son fell down on the road and received multiple injuries. As per the complaint, Harpreet tried to flee the spot, but a crowd had gathered and did not allow her. She had to thus take the two injured to a nearby private hospital, from where she is said to hav..
                 

Withdrawal of relaxations will not be implemented with retrospective effect

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News / Tribune/ Chandigarh  
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 26 In a relief to owners of Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) flats, the board has  clarified  that the  decision  for the  withdrawal of  old  circulars/notifications  will not  be  implemented  from retrospective effect and under the forthcoming comprehensive policy, allottees will further get additional benefits. Ajoy Kumar  Sinha,  Chairman of the  CHB,  said the board had allowed need-based changes in dwelling units constructed by the CHB through its various orders issued in piecemeal. The CHB had also allowed an interim relief for building violations subject to payment  of annual penal charges of Rs 100 per sq ft where such charges were deposited up to April 15,  2018. Subsequently, many representations were received in the CHB from various RWAs to reduce penal charges and to make it a one-time measure rather than imposing annual fee and for allowing additi..
                 

Jaya's 'last voice' recording, her 'handwritten menu' out

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News / Tribune/ Nation  
Chennai, May 26  A recording of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's voice, telling a doctor that her blood pressure of 140/80 was normal for her, has been made available to the media by the commission probing her death. When a duty doctor tells Jayalalithaa her blood pressure was "high, it reads 140 (systolic)," she asks "by", meaning what was the diastolic value. To this, the doctor replies "140/80," and she replies "its okay for me... normal." At the beginning of the 1.07 minute audio, which has beep sounds of the monitors, she coughs and says she can hear a sound, (to denote her breathing difficulty) and it was similar to whistles made by fans in cinema houses. She also tells a man, identified as Dr K S Sivakumar, her physician, that if it was not possible (to download a mobile application to record her wheezing) "leave it".  In another 33-second audio, which is connected to the other recording, Dr Sivakumar tells Jaya..
                 

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Palghar LS bypoll: BJP to complain to EC against Sena

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