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PPCB says no stubble fire in Malout; residents disagree


Muktsar : If Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) officials are to be believed, not even a single farmer in Malout subdivision burnt paddy stubble this harvesting season. But ask daily commuters on the Malout-Dabwali, Malout-Abohar and Malout-Fazilka highways and they tell a different tale. The subdivision comprises the Malout Assembly segment represented by Deputy Speaker Ajaib Singh Bhatti and the ...

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HC: Explore possibility of earmarking dharna sites


Chandigarh : Less than a week before municipal corporation and council polls, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today asked the state government to specify whether sites for dharna or protests could be earmarked in all 22 districts. The directions by the Division Bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Amit Rawal came during a petition filed by Varinder ...

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Will seek new six-year term in March 2018 elections: Putin


Moscow, December 14 : Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold an annual press conference Thursday in his first major public appearance since announcing he would seek a new six-year term in March 2018 elections. The marathon event has in the past lasted up to almost five hours and this year will be attended by more than 1,600 journalists. The president ...

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WTO talks collapse, no agreement on food security


Buenos Aires, December 14 : Bringing disappointment to developing countries like India, the talks at the WTO’s 11th ministerial conference collapsed, with the US going back on its commitment to find a permanent solution to the public food stockholding issue. The four-day conference, which ended without a ministerial declaration or any substantive outcome, did manage to make some feeble progress on ...

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Teacher couple sacked on wedding day, school says ‘romance’ will affect students


Srinagar, December 14 : A teacher couple working in a private school in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir were sacked on their wedding day with the school management claiming their “romance could adversely affect the students”. Tariq Bhat and Sumaya Bashir, residents of Tral town in Pulwama, were working in Boys’ and Girls’ wings, respectively, of Pampore Muslim Educational ...

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