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Singapore PM visiting India next week

New Delhi: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will come on a five-day visit to India on October 3, it was announced on Friday. “At the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong will pay an official visit to India on October 3-7,” the External Affairs Ministry said in

Pakistan postpones SAARC summit

Islamabad: Pakistan today postponed the SAARC Summit to be held here next month after five member states of the grouping decided against attending the meet as India asserted that Islamabad was “compelled to recognise” the regional sentiment against terrorism. “Pakistan deplores India’s decision to impede the SAARC process by not attending the 19th SAARC Summit

Pakistan compelled to recognise regional sentiment against terrorism: India

New Delhi: With Pakistan announcing on Friday that Saarc Summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November has been cancelled, India said that its South Asian neighbour has been compelled to recognise regional sentiment against terrorism. “We note Pakistan’s decision 2 postpone SAARC Summit. They’ve been compelled 2 recognise the regional sentiment against terrorism,”

SBI offers ‘Hope Loans’ at reduced interest rates

New Delhi: SBI today announced the launch of a special financing scheme ‘Hope Loans’, under which customers can avail credit facility at lower rates. “Hope Loans comes with the added benefit of reduced interest rates that SBI has just announced due to the reduction in the marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR). On an Rs

One crore passengers opted for rail insurance in first month

New Delhi: Around one crore train passenger shave opted for the rail insurance scheme, which was announced on September 1, within the first 30 days of its launch, IRCTC said today. “The optional insurance scheme has elicited an extremely favourable response from the rail passengers. In less than a month, the passenger-friendly measure has been

Cong suspends poll activities in Indo-Pak border areas

Amritsar: Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh today said the party will suspend all poll campaign activities in assembly constituencies on the (Indo-Pak) international border. Campaigns were suspended after the Punjab government started evacuating villages within 10 km of the border following surgical strikes in PoK. “All (poll) campaign programmes of the party in border constituencies

Despite tension, India-Pakistan trade, bus service continues

Amritsar: Despite the escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, trade and bus service between both countries continued through the Attari-Wagah joint check post (JCP) on Friday. The ‘Sada-e-Sarhad’ peace bus between Delhi and Lahore also plied on Friday with 15 passengers, all from Pakistan, travelled to Lahore. The bus had its scheduled stop at

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Petrol price hiked by 36 paise/litre, diesel cut by 7 paise

New Delhi: Petrol price was today hiked by 36 paise a litre, the third increase in two months, but that of diesel was cut by 7 paise per litre in line with international trends. Petrol will cost Rs 64.57 a litre in Delhi from midnight tonight as against Rs 64.21 currently. Similarly, diesel will cost

15% diabetics fail to fertilise partners: Doctors

New Delhi: Fifteen per cent diabetic males in India every year fail to make their partners conceive due to defect in their sperm DNA, fertility experts said on Friday. According to them, a recent survey has revealed that in 80 per cent of couples suffering infertility problem, males suffering high sperm DNA damage were responsible.

Nadda dubs Modi as ‘guiding statesman’

New Delhi: Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Friday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “guiding statesman”, saying the world looks up to him along with the Presidents of the United States and Russia. “Unlike in the past, the world today looks towards Modi along with the US or Russian President as a guiding

Punjab orders alternate arrangements for border area students

Chandigarh: With schools in Punjab’s border belt being shut indefinitely due to escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, state Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema on Friday issued instructions to provide alternate education arrangements for students of border districts displaced from their native places. Cheema said that students who have been shifted to relief camps

BRICS adopts declaration for education

New Delhi: The BRICS nations on Friday adopted the ‘New Delhi Declaration on Education resolving to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all. The declaration was adopted at a conference of Education Ministers of the BRICS nations- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa- held to discuss and coordinate

Hotel staff, exhibition organisers misbehave with couple, complaint lodged

Ludhiana: High drama was witnessed at Hotel Gulmohar, near Bharat Nagar Chowk, when the staff members of the hotel allegedly misbehaved with the couple on Friday evening. The police personnel from Division No.5 reached the spot and initiated investigation in the case. The police have detained security guard of the hotel and also summoned the

School van catches fire, tragedy averted as 17 students rescued timely

Ludhiana: Panic grips as school van ferrying 17 students caught fire at village Jhande near Baddowal on Friday afternoon. The students were rescued timely and major tragedy was averted. The Sadar police reached the spot and initiated investigation in the case. It was found that the van was running on LPG cylinder due to which

SC refused to stay HC decision for removal of Punjab CPSs

Chandigarh: In a major setback to SAD-BJP government in Punjab, the Supreme Court of India has refused to grant stay on Punjab and Haryana High Court decision of quashing the appointment of Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPSs) appointed by Punjab Government. While confirming the development, Advocate Jagmohan Singh Bhatti, who is also the petitioner of case

Weeklong workshops under smart city mission to kick off from Oct 3

Ludhiana: Weeklong discussions are going to take place from October 3 under smart city mission where stakeholders and representatives of various companies will exchange their ideas on Friday. The main aim is to increase public participation in the development of city. On first day that is on October 3 there will be discussion on providing

480 Crore unpaid, Punjab Colleges Associations decides Punjab bandh

Ludhiana: Around 700 Unaided Colleges of Punjab are at verge of closure courtesy due to Punjab Government’s futile promises to release Post Matric Scholarship of SC/BC students in time. It is worth mentioning that Private Unaided Colleges of Punjab cater to 95% students of Punjab but most are facing risk of closure in want of

2-day trials for Kabaddi World Cup 2016 concludes

Ludhiana: The two-day trials for the formation of the Kabaddi team which will be representing India in the world cup matches of the Kabaddi 2016 was held here on Thursday and Friday at Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana. Around 132 players have registered their names in the trials from all over the country to reserve their

One suspected dengue death

Ludhiana: A suspected dengue death was reported from the district. The deceased has been identified as Arshdeep (17) who died after having fever for around six days. Arshdeep was the only child of his parents. Meanwhile, the health department said that it is not sure that whether or not the death was due to dengue.

IMPPA member resigns post Pakistani artists ban

New Delhi: The Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) had passed a resolution which bans Pakistani actors and technicians from working in India till the relations between the two nations return to normalcy. The decision came in wake of the recent Uri attack in Jammu & Kashmir by Pakistani-based terrorists. Unhappy with the decision to