Monday, May 17, 2021


Martyr ASIs cremated with full state honours at their native villages

JAGRAON/TARN TARAN: Emotions ran high as the mortal remains of the two Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs), who were shot dead by car borne drug smuggler-criminals and perverts in New Grain Market in Jagraon were consigned to flames with full state honours at their native villages on Sunday. Both ASIs posted in the Crime Investigation Unit (CIA) Wing of Ludhiana Rural Police, following a tip-off regarding liquor smuggling when the incident took place on Saturday evening.

Ex-IAS officer in UP booked for false propaganda

UNNAO: (UP): A former IAS officer-turned-activist has been booked by Unnao police for allegedly making false propaganda against the state government by tweeting a seven-year-old photograph of bodies floating in the Ganga in Unnao and claiming them to be recent ones spotted in the river in Ballia.

Biden reaches out to Israeli, Palestinian leaders amid conflict

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden expressed concerns about the escalating conflict in the Gaza Strip in separate phone calls with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Karen guerillas inflict severe casualties on Myanmar troops

KOLKATA: More than 250 Burmese troops have perished in a week of fighting with the Karen ethnic rebels in a considerable setback in an area earmarked for regrouping by the Burmese urban rebel recruits.

Having run away from its responsibilities, BJP govt harassing those doing public service

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Sunil Jakhar has said that the BJP govt which had completely failed to protect people from the wrath of Corona, in this difficult time, was stooping so low in harassing the people who were sincerely engaged in public service. He accused the BJP Govt of trying hard to save the fake image of PM Modi rather than working to save lives of its citizens.

Dial 1031 for oxygen in Delhi, says Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Covid patients in home isolation will be provided oxygen concentrators at their homes with recommendation of doctors in the national capital. To ensure each Covid patient in home isolation gets oxygen cylinders delivered at home, the Delhi government has set up an 'oxygen concentrator bank' (OCB) for this purpose.

11 dead after van plunges into canal in Pak

LAHORE: At least 11 people were killed after a passenger van plunged into a canal in Pakistan's Punjab province, according to media reports.
The accident took place on Friday evening in Khanqah Dogran area of Sheikhupura district, reports Xinhua news agency.

Rahul takes potshot at Modi over dead bodies in Ganga

NEW DELHI: After several decomposed bodies were found floating in the river Ganga in several cities of Uttar Pradesh, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday indirectly took a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the one who said that Mother Ganga has called him, has made it cry.

'Let them eat dark chocolate.' India's Covid-19 crisis is devastating its most desperate people: The Economist

NEW DELHI: India's covid-19 crisis is devastating its most desperate people, The Economist said in a report. The poor are losing jobs, going hungry and falling victim to scams, it added.

Mamata's agenda for first 100 days

KOLKATA: After securing a thumping majority in the recently concluded elections Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had made it clear that vaccination and controlling the spread of Coronavirus will be her government's priority and she has already initiated some formidable steps to restrict the unchecked spread of the pandemic.

India's forex reserves up by over $1 bn

MUMBAI: India's foreign exchange reserves rose by $1.444 billion during the week ended May 7.According to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the reserves increased to $589.465 billion from $588.020 billion reported for the week ended April 30.

2 killed, 6 injured in explosions across Myanmar

YANGON: At least two people were killed and six others injured in explosions of handmade bombs across Myanmar on Friday, state-run media reported.

Probe ordered into riverside burial in Unnao

UNNAO: The Unnao district administration has ordered a probe after some bodies were found buried along the Ganga riverbank in the district.

More bodies found floating in Varanasi, Chandauli

VARANASI: Seven more bodies, including a partially burnt one, have been recovered from the Ganga river in Varanasi and adjoining Chandauli district.

After Buxar, bodies now found floating in Ganga in Patna

PATNA: After Bihar's Buxar, several decomposed dead bodies were now found floating in the Ganga near Patna's Gulabi Ghat on Thursday, officials said. District Magistrate Chandrasheker Singh has directed municipal authorities to retrieve the dead bodies and cremate them properly.

Navneet Kalra denied anticipatory bail in O2 concentrator case

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Thursday declined to grant anticipatory bail to businessman Navneet Kalra in connection with the oxygen concentrator black marketing case registered by Delhi Police.

Allahabad HC asks govt to set up panel for Covid plaints

PRAYAGRAJ: The Allahabad High Court has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to constitute a three-member Pandemic Public Grievance Committee (PPGC) in every district to look into the grievances of the public in Covid treatment in the state.

Panic after bodies found buried in sand in UP's Unnao

UNNAO: Four days after dead bodies of suspected Covid patients were spotted floating on the Ganga river in eastern UP and Bihar, reports have now shown that multiple bodies have been buried in sand at two locations along the Ganga river in Unnao district.

O2 plant accounts frozen by Guj govt, Jignesh Mevani to move HC

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat's Charity Commissioner has frozen the bank accounts of the NGO associated with independent legislator Jignesh Mevani's oxygen plant project. Mevani and the trust have decided to challenge the order in the high court.

Now, two dozen bodies found on Ganga banks in UP's Ghazipur

GHAZIPUR (UP): After Bihar's Buxar, around two dozen bodies were found on the banks of the Ganga at adjoining Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Tuesday.

Tourism industry seeks direct benefit transfer of basic pay for employees

NEW DELHI: FAITH, the policy federation of all the national associations representing the complete tourism, travel and hospitality industry of India, has made suggestions to the Finance Ministry, the RBI and the Tourism Ministry for urgently taking up measures targeted at tourism jobs and businesses protection.

Enhanced enrollment in govt schools requires extra allocation, Punjab to seek additional Central funds: CS

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government will raise a demand before the Union Government for additional funds under the mid day meal scheme to feed all the students at the government and aided schools in the state.

Myanmar junta approves 15 investments, including huge Chinese project

KOLKATA: China has started reaping rewards for backing the February 1 military takeover in Myammar.The military regime-controlled Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) this week approved 15 projects, including a Chinese $2.5-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) power project, easily the biggest single investment since the new military takeover.

Ensure time bound completion of developmental projects: CM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the review meeting of
Public Works Department here on Saturday directed the officers to ensure time bound
completion of developmental projects besides ensuring quality in the construction works.
He said that since roads were the main mode of transportation in the State, effective
road map must be prepared to meet out the desired targets while executing various roads and
bridge projects. He said the special focus must be laid on completing those projects which
were nearing completion. He also directed the engineers of the department to work
professionally while executing various projects.

Punjab Police arrests five associates of Gangster Gavi; 1.25kg Heroin, 3 Pistols, 3 Vehicles recovered

CHANDIGARH: Quickly acting on the disclosures of Gangster-cum-Drug Smuggler Gavi during his interrogation, the Punjab Police on Saturday, have managed to bust the entire part of his module active in Punjab with the arrest of his five accomplices. A close aide of wanted gangster Jaipal, Gavi Singh @ Vijay @ Giani was arrested from Sarai Kila Kharsawa district in Jharkhand on April 26, 2021 during a joint operation by the Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU) of Punjab Police and SAS Nagar Police.

Prashant Kishore should now play an important role in fulfilling PM Modi's promise to deposit Rs 15 lakh in every Indian citizen's account during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections: Rajinder Singh Badheri

Prominent Sikh farmer leader Rajinder Singh Badheri and fan of Captain Amarinder Singh's since 1984 Operation Blue Star and has been a staunch supporter of Captain. 

AAP seeks waiver of electricity bill and interest on loans of shopkeepers, besides financial assistance to laborers: Shiv Kaura

NAWANSHAHR: A delegation of Aam Aadmi Party led by Shiv Kaura, General Secretary, Trade and Industry Wing, Punjab, here today called on Deepjot Kaur, Assistant Commissioner, Nawanshahr to apprise the administration of their pitiable plight during the present lockdown orders. Other members of the wing including Gagan Agnihotri, Tejinder Teja, Rajesh Chumbar members were also present.

With 1 lakh doses on way,Punjab CM orders steps for 18-45 vaccination by Govt hospitals from Monday

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday asked concerned officials to prepare to start vaccinating the priority groups in the 18-45 years category from government hospitals from Monday, as the state was expecting 1 lakh doses to come from the Serum Institute of India (SII) over the weekend.

Chief Justice Ramana condoles demise of former SC judge Eqbal

NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana on Friday condoled the passing away of former Supreme Court judge M.Y. Eqbal. In a statement, Justice Ramana expressed his deep sorrow at the passing away of former apex court judge.

Jacqueline Fernandez helps feed people, interacts with Covid warriors

MUMBAI: Actress Jacqueline Fernandez on Thursday pitched in to serve food amidst the Covid crisis, and later in the day posted a video where she is seen interacting with people from across India who are trying to help others cope with the pandemic.

Tamil Nadu's 'gold man' held for cheating businessmen

BENGALURU: Bengaluru Central Crime Branch police arrested Tamil Nadu's 'gold man' and politician, A. Hari Nadar for running an inter-state organised crime racket and cheating a Bengaluru businessman of a whopping sum of Rs 7.2 crore.

Punjab CM directs PWD (B&R) to speed up all ongoing works, complete all projects announced in budget by Dec.2021

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday directed the Public Works Department (B&R) to expedite all ongoing works, and to initiate and complete all projects announced in the Budget Session by December 2021, while taking care to prioritise them in view of the financial burden imposed by the Covid crisis.

Cabinet approves strategic disinvestment of IDBI Bank

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its in-principle approval for strategic disinvestment along with transfer of management control in IDBI Bank Ltd.

Local trains suspended in Bengal, Mamata announces curbs

KOLKATA: In an effort to control the raging pandemic in the state, the West Bengal government announced to suspend movement of all local trains till further notice and made Covid negative report mandatory for the passengers coming either by flight or by trains from other states from May 7 midnight. The state government also made a series of announcements to control the movement of people.

Wipro opens innovation centre in London

BENGALURU: Global software major Wipro on Tuesday said that it opened an innovation centre in London to provide expertise to its global clients, including those in Britain.

Patiala district has adequate oxygen supply and Stock-Kumar Amit

PATIALA: Edequate arrangements have been made in all respects to make sure the availability of the required oxygen to the COVID patients in case of any emergency in Patiala district," said Kumar Amit, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala district. He was reviewing oxygen supply and stock in Patiala district today.

Set back in Junglemahal & North Bengal key reason for BJP's defeat

KOLKATA: Though BJP gained 74 seats compared to the last assembly election in 2016 but it was nowhere near its performance in the Lok Sabha polls where it not only got 18 seats but was ahead in 122 of the 294 assembly seats in the state.

Free ration for 2 months to 72L ration card holders in Delhi: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: In a move towards helping needy people in the national capital amid lockdown imposed across the city, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced free ration for the next two months to 72 lakh ration card holders.

Chandigarh shops selling non-essential items to shut for week

CHANDIGARH: With a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Chandigarh administration on Monday decided to shut all shops selling non-essential items for a week from 5 p.m. on Tuesday till May 11 early morning.

All eyes on Cong after its defeat in Kerala

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan scripting a new political history in Kerala by becoming the first sitting government to retain power, all eyes are on the badly hit Congress, which leads the United Democratic Front, as never before has such a thing happened in the state.