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Body of Pak gunman killed on LoC recovered

JAMMU, June 24 -- A day after Pakistan army's Border Action Team (BAT) ambushed and killed two Indian soldiers, the Indian Army retrieved the body of a Pakistani gunman from the conflict area in Khari Karmara of Krishna Ghati sector in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Friday.

The border patrol of Indian Army had killed two BAT gunmen on Thursday afternoon in the retaliatory fire at Chakan-daBagh area of KG sector, along the Line of Control... Read More


Late night talks fail, Jats intensify stir in R'sthan

BHARATPUR, June 24 -- Late night talks between the Rajasthan government and the members of the Jat community, who are leading a protest in Bharatpur demanding benefits of reservation under OBC category, failed to end the impasse. The protesters, meanwhile, threatened to intensify the agitation.

Earlier, the state government had agreed to talk to the protesters who are demanding OBC quopta befits for jat community in Dholpur and Bharatpur.

Distr... Read More


Seized tiger skin to be scientifically checked

DEHRADUN, June 24 -- Forest minister Harak Singh Rawat has directed Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to identify whether the tiger skin seized in Nepal in December 2015 was of a striped cat from Corbett.

The letter, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, directed the institute to compare the stripes of seized tiger skin with the database of Corbett tigers.

Rajeev Mehta, chief functionary of NGO Operation Eye of the Tiger-India, had written i... Read More


At 83, Virbhadra ready for another political innings

SHIMLA, June 24 -- Himachal Pradesh's sixtime chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who turned 83 on Friday, said he is set for another innings in politics as the state goes to the polls later this year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished Virbhadra good health on his birthday. "Birthday wishes to Himachal Pradesh CM @virbhadrasingh ji. Praying for his good health and long life.(sic)," tweeted PM Modi.

On the occasion, the Himachal CM, who is facing ... Read More


HP seeks NITI funds to protect green wealth

SHIMLA, June 24 -- Himachal Pradesh government on Friday urged the NITI Aayog to give bonus for protecting the green wealth in the state.

Health and family welfare minister Kaul Singh Thakur, on Friday complained to the NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand that Centre did not respond to the request for funds under Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna. "Various projects under the scheme had been approved and submitted to the Centre for approval, but no ... Read More


Hry to replace stage carriage scheme

CHANDIGARH, June 24 -- Succumbing to arm twisting techniques by state roadways employees, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, instead of implementing its stage carriage scheme notified in February 2017, is aiming to replace it with a new scheme.

A stage carriage permit is one that allows bus operators to pick and drop passengers from various points on a particular route. Under the scheme, permits were granted to private bus operators fo... Read More


PROTEST ERUPTS AGAINST MOBILE LIQUOR OUTLET

HALDWANI, June 24 -- Lalkuan city in Nainital district became the first to take up the cudgels against mobile liquor vans in the state. The chairman of the Lalkuan Nagar panchayat has asked the van not to sell liquor there.

Following the Supreme Court's recent order removing liquor shops within 500 metres of national highways, the state government had asked the licensees to shift their shops to other areas. But women's groups insist that wine sh... Read More


Jammu, Karnal, Shimla, Srinagar make the cut

JAMMU/KARNAL/SHIMLA, June 24 -- The list of last set of cities to be made smart under its flagship 100 Smart City scheme was released on Friday. From this region, Jammu and Srinagar from Jammu and Kashmir, Shimla from Himachal Pradesh and Karnal from Haryana got their names mentioned in the list.

"A total of 45 cities contested for 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were selected to ensure feasible and workable plans that match the aspira... Read More


Three held with drugs, stolen bikes

KAPURTHALA, June 24 -- City police arrested three persons and recovered drugs and two stolen bikes from their possession on Friday. The accused were identified as Mukhtyar Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Thakur Singh of Kapurthala. Police recovered 200-gm intoxicant powder and 105 tablets from their possession. The accused have also confessed to stealing two mobiles from a local resident last month. A case under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psycho... Read More


DC reviews flood control arrangements at Dhussi Bundh

KAPURTHALA, June 24 -- Deputy commissioner (DC) Mohammad Tayyab conducted a whirlwind tour of Dhusi Bandh along Beas river on Friday to review arrangements for the rainy season. Accompanied by officers of civil and military administration, the DC visited villages near Dhusi Bandh and inspected the arrangements for flood control. He also asked the officials to put a viable mechanism for completing all flood control arrangements. He said the distri... Read More