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Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Chandigarh, India,

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Lok Sabha polls in April-May, vote count May 16 
NEW DELHI: Elections for the 16th Lok Sabha will be held from April 7 to May 12 spread over nine days in the highest number of polling days so far involving an electorate of 81.4 crore, the Election Commission announced on Wednesday.

Punjab votes on April 30
NEW DELHI: With the Election Commission (EC) sounding its poll bugle, model code of conduct comes into effect immediately. While voting will be held in Punjab on April 30, the people of Chandigarh, Haryana and Delhi will go to polls earlier on April 10.

Indians urged to vote in 'ethical manner'
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission Wednesday urged people to "exercise their right to vote" in the coming Lok Sabha election "in an informed and ethical manner".

Whether I become PM or not is immaterial: Rahul Gandhi
SHIRPUR (Maharashtra) : Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said whether he becomes the Prime Minister or not is immaterial but what matters is that all Indians feel it is their country.

After police detain him, Kejriwal blasts Modi
AHMEDABAD: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of being "anti-farmer" and "anti-common man" after police detained him briefly.

Doctors stir: HC orders judicial probe
LUCKNOW: Stepping in to end the deadlock over doctors' strike against attack on their colleagues, Allahabad High Court today ordered a judicial probe and directed the UP government to transfer SSP and other officials involved in the February 28 incident.


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SC sends Sahara boss to Tihar
Roy in judicial custody till March 11; told to come up with payback plan
New Delhi, March 4
The Supreme Court today sent Sahara chief Subrata Roy and two directors of the group to judicial custody till March 11 for non-compliance of its orders for returning about Rs 20,000 crore to the investors through market regulator SEBI. A Bench comprising Justices KS Radhakrishnan and Jagdish Singh Khehar, however, spared a woman director Vandana Bhargava from the ignominy of going to jail.
Sahara group chief Subrata Roy, with ink smeared on his face, arrives at the SC. Sahara group chief Subrata Roy, with ink smeared on his face, arrives at the SC.




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Punjab Cabinet approves Backward Class quota for Jats
Chandigarh, March 4
The Punjab Cabinet tonight decided to include Jats in the Backward Classes category. With this, Jats will be the 69th community to be included in the category. Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had attacked the Badal government for not taking up the Jat quota issue with the Centre. Consequently, Jats from Punjab were not included in the recently declared Central OBC quota list, he said.

Hooda govt rushes to clear Bills
16 passed in less than 2 hrs on last day of session
Chandigarh, March 4
On the last day of its Budget session, the Haryana Vidhan Sabha rushed through 16 Bills in just an hour and 45 minutes with the members spending about six minutes by discussion on each Bill. Being the last Assembly session of the Hooda government before the elections, the government had lined up several Bills as part of its �sop opera� to beat anti-incumbency ahead of the Lok Sabha poll.

J-K panchayats to get more powers as House clears Bill
Jammu, March 4
The Jammu and Kashmir Government on Tuesday passed a Bill in the Legislative Assembly to amend the state Panchayati Raj Act of 1989 so as to incorporate relevant clauses of the 73rd Amendment to the Indian Constitution.
(Details on J&K page)


PUNJAB: Govt staff yet to receive salary

HARYANA: BJP MLA suspended for remarks against Bhukkal

J&KBar assn to strike work today against renaming of Bahu Fort area

HIMACHAL: Cabinet nod to 2 medical colleges

CHANDIGARH:  Saji Mohan convicted

LUDHIANA: HC stays award of eight-laning project

DELHI: 37 agencies booked for underweight LPG cylinders

OPINIONS: Making much of self

BUSINESS: Anand Sharma calls for easing restrictions on gold imports

NATION: PM keeps Lanka guessing on UN rights vote

SPORTS: Afridi shuts door on India
WORLD: US declares $1 billion aid for troubled Ukraine


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Himachal to restrict red beacon from March 10
Shimla, March 4
The Himachal Government has decided to strictly enforce the Supreme Court directive on the use of red and blue beacons atop government vehicles in the hill state. Only constitutional authorities will now be entitled to use the facility. Sources said the state Cabinet today decided to meet the March 10 deadline set by the Supreme Court for the enforcement of the guidelines. (Details on Himachal page)

US declares $1 billion aid for troubled Ukraine
Kiev, March 4
Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Kiev today to show US support for the fledgling Ukraine government, and the Obama administration announced with his arrival a $1 billion energy subsidy package. (Details on World page)

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Ranjit Singh�s sword up for auction in UK
One of Maharaja Ranjit Singh�s most significant heirlooms will be sold to the highest bidder when it is auctioned later this month in the English county of Shropshire. The inscription in Gurmukhi on the blade of early19th century sword is dated and says. �Ranjit Singh Lahore.� Mullock�s Auctioneers, who are organising the sale, says the sword has until now been in the possession of an English family of military descent.


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