Sunday, March 27, 2011, Chandigarh, India
Updated at 2:30 am (IST)

India-Pakistan ties
One more ice-breaker
In a confidence-building measure after PM’s cricket invite, visitors from PoK to J&K allowed to stay for six months
New Delhi, March 26
A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited Pakistani leaders to watch the India-Pakistan cricket match at Mohali on Wednesday, India, in a major a major Confidence-Building Measure (CBM), announced its decision to increase the duration of stay for visitors from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to Jammu and Kashmir (J & K) to six months.

Teaming up for the big day

MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh arrive at the Chandigarh Airport on Saturday for the semifinal clash against Pak on March 30
MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh arrive at the Chandigarh Airport on Saturday for the semifinal clash against Pak on March 30. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

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4 more held in pilot licence scam
A senior official of the DGCA among those arrested
New Delhi, March 26
The crime branch of the Delhi Police has arrested four persons, including a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and a pilot, in connection with the “fake pilot licence scam”. The arrested official, Pradeep Kumar, is an assistant director in the Directorate of Aircraft Engineering.
The four fake pilot licence scam accused after their arrest in Delhi The four fake pilot licence scam accused after their arrest in Delhi on Saturday. — PTI

Script written, it’s now time for Manpreet to act
Chandigarh, March 26
Manpreet BadalAs former Finance Minister Manpreet Badal prepares for his mega rally on Sunday, many now realise with the benefit of hindsight that the script for change in Punjab had been written long time ago. Only no one believed it. Everyone was convinced the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was a colossus that could not be downed by someone who had ridden to power on its crutches.

Resignation ‘not accepted’
Chandigarh, March 26
Former finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal’s resignation as legislator as well as primary member of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was not accepted by Vidhan Sabha Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon today as it was not in the proper format.

Education reforms
Govt wants semester system for varsities
New Delhi, March 26
The government today said it would push for transition to semester system in all the universities so also a norms-based funding pattern to set the good universities apart from the not-so-good ones and create incentives for institutional improvement.



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