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Swaraj agrees to Punjab demand for new passport office

New Delhi:External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj today agreed to a demand by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for opening up another passport office in Punjab to facilitate NRIs, the state government said today. During a meeting with Singh, Swaraj also assured to look into the issue of blacklisted Sikhs settled abroad. The issues came up for discussion

Hearing tests may not detect common form of hearing loss

New York:Traditional clinical hearing tests often fail to detect patients with a common form of inner ear damage that might otherwise be detected by more challenging behavioural tests, new research has found. Such tests may not be able to diagnose those facing problems in certain situations, like hearing speech in a noisy room, said the

Father-son duo fatally knocked down by unidentified vehicle

Chandigarh: A man and his son were killedwhen their motorcycle was hit by an unidentified vehicle in a village in Sangrur district of Punjab today, police said. The mishap occurred near Balad village in Sangrur, a police official said. He said a case has been registered against the unknown vehicle driver. “We are trying to

US Olympic champion Rollins banned for one year

Washington:American Olympic champion hurdler Brianna Rollins has accepted a one-year ban for failing to report correctly her whereabouts to anti-doping officials, a media report said. Rollins missed three tests, on April 27, September 13, and September 27 in 2016, which resulted in an anti-doping violation, Xinhua news agency reported. The ban is retroactive to September

Singapore win turning point for my career: Sai Praneeth

Hyderabad:B. Sai Praneeth, the latest among Indian shuttlers to make their mark in the international arena by winning his maiden Super Series title, believes that this could be a turning point for his career. He won the Singapore Open on Sunday by defeating Kadambi Srikanth, his training partner at the Gopichand Badminton Academy here, giving

World’s largest rodent gives birth at UK zoo

London: Lily – a member of the world’slargest rodent species – has given birth to a pup at a zoo in the UK. The six-year-old animal named ‘Lily’ – who featured in the TV series ‘The Secret Life of the Zoo’ – delivered her pup at the Chester Zoo. The sex of the baby capybara

Himachal Pradesh government has ordered a probe after five patients who underwent cataract surgery at a hospital developed infection, Health Minister Kaul Singh said on Thursday.

50 students hospitalised in Himachal

Shimla: Over 50 students of the Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT) near here have been hospitalised following suspected food poisoning, a senior doctor said on Friday. “The students were admitted late last (Thursday) night…,” Shimla’s Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) Senior Medical Superintendent Ramesh Chand told IANS. After taking meals the students

Kim Kardashian slammed for Virgin Mary Kimoji

Los Angeles:Reality TV star Kim Kardashianhas received backlash online after transforming into Virgin Mary for the newest Kimoji. For the Kimoji, Kim has transformed into The Virgin Mary and each of the animated image becomes blurred when it’s played, indicating that this Kimoji was made to “celebrate” 420 a.k.a. Weed Day. The caption of one

Athiya Shetty launches Coach store in capital

New Delhi: Actress Athiya Shetty looked no less than a diva in a black knee-length outfit when she visited the capital to launch the new store of New York-based brand Coach. Coach Inc. known for modern luxury accessories and lifestyle brands, celebrated the launch of the first Coach store at DLF Emporio, here and the

Four killed in J&K road accident

Jammu:Four persons were killed and five others were injured on Friday in a road accident in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, an official said. A taxi going to Gundoh village skidded off the road at Khelani and dropped into a gorge on Friday morning, the police official added. Four passengers died on the spot. The

Winds halt NASA’s balloon launch attempt yet again

Wellington: High surface winds scuttled NASA’s sixth attempt at launching a stadium-sized super pressure balloon from Wanaka in New Zealand on Friday, the media reported. NASA will make its seventh attempt at launching the balloon on Saturday, a Stuff.co.nz report said. “The wind speed was below our limit for a time, but unfortunately picked back

Google Home now supports multiple users

New York:Google Home, a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant for home automation now has the ability for up to six people to connect their account to one speaker and can recognise who is talking to it. When you connect your account on a Google Home, Google asks you to say the phrases “Ok

Jaitley raises H-1B visa issue with US

Washington:The vexed issue of restrictions on American H-1B visas has been taken up with the US administration by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during his ongoing visit to the US, an Indian official said on Friday. The issue was raised by Jaitley at his meeting here on Thursday with AUS Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, an Indian

Apple, Nike to unveil limited edition Apple Watch 2

San Francisco:Apple and Nike are working to expand their smartwatch series partnership for the Apple Watch 2 with a new limited edition NikeLab offering. “NikeLab will feature a simple face to focus on fitness and will go on sale April 27, but will only be available through Nike’s website and at an Apple pop up

Dress like celebrities but first know your body: Celebrity stylist

New Delhi:Bollywood celebrity stylist Tanya Ghavri, who has designed for the likes of Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kai?f and is currently working on the film “Judwa 2”, says that it’s flattering to see young girls taking fashion inspiration from film stars but it is also important for them to understand their

Cut and unhygienic food items being served at Sukhna Lake to visitors

Chandigarh:One of the city’s favorite hot spot Sukhna Lake has become a hub of vendors selling unhygienic street food to the visitors. With hundreds of tourist visiting the lake, vendors are having field day thus making a mockery of UT administration and its hygiene policy. Cut and rotten fruits are being served openly with administration

Two accused arrested in Sarpanch murder case

Chandigarh:After facing a flak for shoddy investigation, Chandigarh police on Wednesday arrested two persons, for shooting Khurdan village Sarpanch at Sector 38 West. Those arrested include Arshdeep and Tirath. Satnam Singh, a resident of Khurdan village of Hoshiarpur was killed, owing to an old rivalry, outside gurdwara in sector 38, Chandigarh on April 9. Seven

Special Senate meet to be held for reviewing fee hike: PU V-C

Chandigarh:Acknowledging the demand of Panjab University Student Council , Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar on Thursday announced to hold the special meeting of Senate on May 7 over the issue of fee hike. V-C shared that the senate will discuss the issue of additional grant pursuant to submission or reply of University filed in Punjab

SAD urges UT administration to follow Punjab Reorganisation Act

Chandigarh:Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) will take up the issue of repatriation of teachers working on deputation from Punjab state to education department of Chandigarh, with the Governer, Punjab-cum-administrator UT Chandigarh and would request him to direct the UT education department not to harass the teachers on one pretext or the others. In a statement issued

Affiliation of institutes not fulfilling set standards to be cancelled: Channi

Chandigarh:Punjab government will not tolerate any laxity in providing quality technical education by the private technical educational institutes and no compromise or relaxation would be granted to any private technical educational institute in providing technical education. Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi gave this clear cut signal during a meeting with the representatives of unaided

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