Author: Statesman News Service

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  • Punjab govt clears pending payments

    Punjab govt clears pending payments

    While directing all departments to manage their finances more prudently to cut down wasteful expenditure, Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government on Monday released Rs 469 Crore towards pending payments for various schemes, development projects and tax refunds. A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office(CMO) said the funds released today relate to the local government and education …

    July 17, 2018
  • CM Amarinder directs strengthening anti-drug campaign

    CM Amarinder directs strengthening anti-drug campaign

    Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Amarinder Singh on Monday issued a series of instructions to further strengthen his government’s anti-drug campaign, including hiring of retired government psychiatrists and private psychiatrists to handle the increased inflow of patients at the Drug De-addiction Centres. At his weekly review meeting of the Cabinet Sub-Committee set up to monitor the …

    July 17, 2018
  • So what’s wrong with protests

    So what’s wrong with protests

    On Friday I joined around 100,000 people in central London to protest against Donald Trump. The gathering was peaceful, festive, and funny — the US president inspires the wittiest, naughtiest placards, the best not fit to quote in print. Helicopters hovered above us throughout, a reminder that for some the protest was a potential tinderbox. …

    July 17, 2018
  • Trump’s credibility in serious question

    Trump’s credibility in serious question

    President Donald Trump’s statements and tweets leave one wondering what should be believed. After his meeting with Kim Jong Un, he commented that the meeting went well, and North Korea’s nuclear disarmament would be a success. Shortly thereafter he stated that sanctions against North Korea would continue as it remains a threat to the world. …

    July 17, 2018
  • Homage to clouds

    Homage to clouds

    Mortal man is heir to fears and forebodings of evil and sorrow as well as to intimations of immortality. There is no greater harbinger of the perpetual renewal and revival of hope and life in all its forms than the rains that fall like manna from the heavens and assuge the broken earth, withering trees, …

    July 17, 2018
  • Pledge & Fulfilment

    Pledge & Fulfilment

    The judiciary must give it to Nawaz Sharif that he has fulfilled his pledge to return to Pakistan after being sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment on charges of corruption by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The former Prime Minister and daughter Maryam have kept their pledge at a profoundly emotive juncture for the family ~ …

    July 17, 2018
  • Big Brother looms…

    Big Brother looms…

    Silence may not always equate with consent, but a non-reaction from the government to a pregnant observation of the Supreme Court does suggest that something sinister could be in the making. When issuing a notice to the government on a plea questioning the move to set up a mechanism to monitor social media, Mr Justice …

    July 17, 2018


    Pollution free Team BITS, a part of BITS Pilani, with a vision of making fuel efficient cars with zero emissions participated in a challenge named Shell Eco Marathon Asia, an energy efficient competition consisting of 120 teams from 18 countries. They have made the first Indian car to run on 100 per cent ethanol and …

    July 16, 2018
  • Miles to cover

    Miles to cover

    To mark the Pride Month, The US Consulate General Kolkata in partnership with a youth organisation named Prantakatha and the South Asian Young Queer Activists Network, hosted the second South Asian Dialog on LGBTQI Youth and Livelihood Discrimination recently at American Center, Kolkata. A digital video conference initiated discussions by representatives of LGBTQI communities from …

    July 16, 2018
  • ‘Immerse in the culture of modern China’

    ‘Immerse in the culture of modern China’

    New York University Shanghai is the first American University with an independent legal status approved by the Ministry of Education in China. Founded in 2012, students at the university have been pursuing studies in 19 different courses in various departments.  Eric H. Mao, Assistant Dean of Graduate and Advanced Education, NYU Shanghai, informs the university’s …

    July 16, 2018
  • Punjab to modernise sports infrastructure

    Punjab to modernise sports infrastructure

    The Punjab government intends to modernise the sports infrastructure throughout the state so as to ensure that Punjab regains its top spot in the sporting annals of the country. Disclosing this on Sunday, the sports minister RanaGurmit Singh Sodhi said that as part of modernising the sports related infrastructure the revamping and sprucing up of …

    July 16, 2018
  • Congress to highlight Modi govt’s failures in Monsoon Session: Jakhar

    Congress to highlight Modi govt’s failures in Monsoon Session: Jakhar

    Punjab Congress president and Lok Sabha member from Gurdaspur, Sunil Jakhar on Sunday said his party will highlight the four years of failure of the Modi government in the monsoon session of Parliament, going to be started from 18th July. In a statement on Sunday, Jakhar said that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi …

    July 16, 2018
  • Punjabi Cultural Council seeks curb on expensive weddings

    Punjabi Cultural Council seeks curb on expensive weddings

    In a bid to tighten the noose around those practicing dowry or hefty weddings, Punjabi Cultural Council (PCC) has demanded from the Punjab government to implement unique social reforms by amending the existing dowry and marriage Acts to keep a complete record of expenses incurred on the weddings. Besides this, the state will also be …

    July 16, 2018
  • Haryana CM launches ‘Paudhagiri Campaign’

    Haryana CM launches ‘Paudhagiri Campaign’

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday launched a unique programme named as ‘Paudhagiri Campaign’ to increase the green cover in the state. Under the campaign, 22 lakh students studying in Class 6th to 12th of all government and private schools will plant a sapling each, during these three months of monsoon — July, …

    July 16, 2018
  • Brainier times?

    Brainier times?

    The fantastic achievements of boys and girls in the recent Class X and CBSE exams have enthused a retired External Affairs Ministry official to coach students at his flat. After the death of his wife, octogenarian K L Bhatia devotes his evenings to this labour of love, while preparing for it the whole day. He …

    July 16, 2018
  • Galaxy of film stars

    Galaxy of film stars

    Scanning through the old newspaper scrapbook of neighbour R P Mathur, one came across this interesting portrait of film actresses by Milind Mokashe, who have had their day but were the heart-throb of thousands if not millions. Among them were Noor Jahan, Suraiya, Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Chand Usmani, Leela Naidu, who was briefly married to …

    July 16, 2018
  • Smart classes ~ boon or bane

    Smart classes ~ boon or bane

    The blackboards have turned white, the chalks have turned into cursors and stylus, eventually answering students’ questions through presentations. There are several ways to solve a query but today it is just one click-click and look-look. School students, who once learnt how to solve a problem using their brain-power, are now relying on screens. Smart …

    July 16, 2018