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Amendments in electricity bill detrimental to power sector
By Vinod Gupta
CHANDIGARH 
: The amendments proposed in Electricity (Amendment) bill 2014 have far reaching changes and are detrimental to the power sector of the country.The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) submitted its Views and suggestions of on the Electricity (Amendment) bill 2014 for consideration of the standing committee on energy.
Sukhbir Badal announces bonanza for 1.86 lakh traders, no assessment for turnover less than Rs. 1 crore
ZIRAKPUR (SAS NAGAR): Adopting major industry and traders’ friendly measures, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today abolished the e-trip system besides exempting 1.86 lac dealers from VAT assessment having turnover less than Rs. 1 crore by excise department. He also announced to implement "RAHAT scheme" for all urban areas and launched helpline number 1800-258-2580 for business community to register their grievances and suggestions.
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Heaps of Garbage & Filth welcomes the tourist in Holy City
By Pallavi Soni
AMRITSAR: It is commonly said first impression is the last impression. The first thing that catches the tourist eye is heaps of garbage, filth and unhygienic conditions that greet them as soon as they land holy city.
Dunedin in NZ named Creative City of Literature
MUMBAI: Dunedin is an endearing city of firsts – a centre of learning, Scottish heritage, arts, culture and now the highly prestigious title of UNESCO Creative City of Literature, the first and only city in New Zealand to be given the designation.
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Twelve killed as train rams into vehicle at unmanned crossing in Hisar
HISAR : Twelve members of a family, including four children, were killed and three others injured when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by Dhuri-Sirsa passenger train at an unmanned rail crossing in Sarsod village of Hisar on Monday amid dense fog.The driver of the transport vehicle was among those killed, SHO, Government Railway Police, Hisar, Bhim Sein said.He said the train from Dhuri in Punjab was headed to Sirsa in Haryana when the accident occurred near village Sarsod, about 30 km from here.
Court dismisses plea against Haryana retirement age
CHANDIGARH : The Punjab and Haryana high court Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging the new Haryana government's decision to lower the retirement age for government employees.
Haryana most-performed state in Northern Region
By Y.S. RANA
CHANDIGARH : The Punjab government is claiming to go full throttle on the infrastructural facilities to the industry sector with an aim of boosting the state’s economy from the morass. The state government has been saying that it was removing green hurdles to keep the economy in pink. These claims are belied by the recent study conducted by Frost and Sullivan when it revealed that Haryana was the most attractive destination for industry on account of economic and industrial performance and infrastructural facilities in the Northern region of the country.
14 ducks found dead in Haryana; govt officials inspect village
JIND(Har) : A team of state government officials today visited Gatauli village, a day after at least 14 ducks were found dead in a pond creating panic among villagers.
High Court of H.P. directed the Chief Secretary to constitute a committee
By Vijyender Sharma
SHIMLA : The High Court of H.P.directed the Chief Secretary to the Government of H.P. to constitute a committee comprising of Principal Secretary (Home), Principal Secretary (Transport), LR-cum-Principal Secretary (Law) to examine all the permits/passes for use of sealed/restricted roads and cancel all those which have not been issued in accordance with the mandate of Shimla Road Users and Pedestrians (Public Safety and Convenience) Act, 2007. The Court also directed the committee to issue permits only to the eligible persons and renew only those which have been issued in terms of the provisions of the Act within four weeks.
Virbhadra expressed his displeasure on the terrorist attack on office of a magazine in Paris
By Vijyender Sharma
DHARMSHALA : Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in an informal talk with media persons at Dharmshala today said that he personally had been interacting with the people of various sections of the society besides holding the meetings of various boards constituted by the State so as to know and redress their problems.
Himachal Congress criticized Center's decision to rename the Planning Commission
By Vijyender Sharma
SHIMLA : The Himachal Pardesh Congress Committee on Sunday expressed its disapproval over the Center's decision to rename the Planning Commission, terming such an exercise by the government as 'futile' without having any effective alternative in place.
"I don't think that they have found an effective system in place of the Planning Commission. When dismantling something, they should have an effective alternative," Congress Party State Spokesperson Deepak Sharma told .
Bird flu scare in Shimla after 300 broilers supplied from Haryana found dead
SHIMLA : Around 300 broilers were found dead in the supplies that came to Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) run slaughter-house from Haryana on Thursday, raising Bird flu scare in Shimla.
Sikh leaders in US thanks President Obama for raising Article 25 on Religious Freedom
By Ravinder Singh Robin
AMRITSAR:
Siksh leaders in America welcomed the statement of US President Barack Obama on article 25 of Indian constitution wherein he stated that the constitution provides freedom of faith and right to propagate one’s religion.
Indy Parks' 21 great ways to celebrate black history month
By Balbir Singh
INDIANAPOLIS : The Department of Parks and Recreation is excited to unveil the updated Pride of the Parks brochure, highlighting the achievements and contributions of 21 African-Americans' significant impact on our community and the parks named in their honor. Beginning February 2, each day Indy Parks will highlight on social media one of the 21 parks named after influential African-Americans who have impacted the city in a positive way. The department will also have these brochures available for distribution upon request.
USA dropped controversial hair sampling bill after Sikhs opposed it
NEW YORK: After pressure from the Sikh bodies, the US Congress has dropped the controversial bill  Drug Free Commercial Driver Act of 2013 (H.R. 3403) proposed on October 30, 2013 by Congressman Eric "Rick" Crawford. The bill proposed to allow motor carriers to force a Sikh operator to provide a hair sample.
Carson to serve on Democratic Outreach & Engagement Task Force
INDIANAPOLIS : Congressman Adre Carson has assured to help those who are having an issue with a federal agency, from backlogged veterans’ benefits, Social Security and Medicare issues, to stalled passports.
Hindus commend Indonesia for efforts to restore 15th century Hindu temple
NEVADA (USA) : Hindus have commended Indonesia for reported plans to renovate its unique and fascinating 15th century Sukuh Hindu Temple in Central Java.  
Sikh leaders in US thanks President Obama for raising Article 25 on Religious Freedom
AMRITSAR : Sikh leaders in America welcomed the statement of US President Barack Obama on article 25 of Indian constitution wherein he stated that the constitution provides freedom of faith and right to propagate one’s religion.
Upset Hindus ask apology from Fox TV for distorting Hinduism
NEVADA (USA) : Hindus are disturbed over distortion of Hinduism concepts and symbols in the “Kali Yuga” episode 14 of Fox’s supernatural Emmy nominated television series show “Sleepy Hollow”, which was aired on January 26 night.
Lauding Church of England for 1st female bishop, Hindus urge Catholics for women priests
NEVADA (USA) : Hindus have commended Church of England for consecrating its first female bishop (Right Reverent Libby Lane) at York Minster on January 26 in a historic move, overturning centuries of tradition.
J-K heading for hung Assembly; BJP set to form govt in Jharkhand
JAMMU & KASHMIR :  Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday heading for a hung Assembly with PDP emerging as the single largest party by bagging 14 seats and leading in 16 while BJP also made gains by winning 18 seats and was ahead on 7, all in Jammu, but it failed to make inroads in the Valley.Outgoing Chief Minister Omar Abdullah won from Beerwah but lost in Sonawar while his National Conference, which was the single largest party in 2008 assembly polls with 28 seats, bagged seven seats and was leading in eight others.Congress, which was part of the ruling coalition led by Omar, won four seats and was ahead in eight. It had won 17 seats in the last election.
BJP set for victory in Jharkhand
NEW DELHI : The BJP appeared set for victory in Jharkhand as counting of votes polled in Assembly polls put its candidates ahead in 41 of the 81 seats, which makes it comfortable close to the majority mark.Election Commission sources indicated a BJP sweep, with the incumbent Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leading in 21 constituencies, the Congress in five and two other parties in at least 14 seats at 10.15 am.
Special summary revision of Photo Electoral rolls bagins in Punjab
CHANDIGARH: The special summary revision of photo Electoral roll began today in Punjab. The Draft Electoral Roll has been published and can be seen at office of DEO, ERO BLO and Polling Station. The draft electoral roll is also available at website of the CEO Office. (http://ceopunjab.nic.in). Claim and objection in Form 6, 6A, 7, 8 and 8A can be filed with the ERO’s from 15.10.2014 to 10.11.2014 by anyone who has attained the age of 18 as on 01.01.2015.
Congress will form govt in Haryana for third time: Hooda
ROHTAK (HARYANA) : With polling for the assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra currently underway, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said here on Wednesday that the Congress Party will form the government for the third time in the state.
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Whole system is improving, says Indian head coach Walsh
By Balbir Singh
CHANDIGARH: As a busy hockey year draws to a close, India's head coach hopes youth and experience will excite the home crowd, reports International Hockey Federation.
Incidence of Osteoarthritis alarmingly high in India
By Y.S.Rana
CHANDIGARH: Dr Smorojit Patnaik, senior consultant joint preservation, reconstruction and joint replacement surgeon in Apollo Hospital, Bhubaneswar revealed shockingly high incidence of ostreaoarthritis of knees in India. Dr Patnaik who brought high end technology in bone and joint care said,” Several conservative methods of treating arthritis of knees and emphasized that joint replacement was done as a last resort when all other methods prove to be ineffective.”
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