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Sunday, April 20, 2014, Chandigarh, India

updated at 5:15 pm

BJP conveys 'displeasure' over Giriraj Singh�s remark
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday distanced itself from its Bihar leader Giriraj Singh�s �back Narendra Modi or go to Pakistan� remark with the party saying that he has been conveyed the �displeasure� of the top brass and asked to refrain from stoking any further row.

LJP leader admits to meeting Geelani, but denies being Modi's emissary
SRINAGAR: Sanjay Saraf, who belongs to Lok Janshakti Party which is part of the NDA, on Sunday confirmed that he had met Syed Ali Shah Geelani but dismissed reports that he had carried any message from Narendra Modi to the hardline Hurriyat leader.

Sonia calls off Maharashtra tour due to health reasons
MUMBAI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has called off her Maharashtra visit today due to health reasons, party sources said.

American faces hate crime charge for assaulting Sikh Prof
NEW YORK: A 20-year-old man has been arrested and charged with hate crime for a brutal assault on a Sikh Professor last year during which the attackers called him "Osama" and a "terrorist" in the US.

South Korea ferry disaster: Death toll rises to 56
MOKPO, South Korea: Divers began retrieving bodies Sunday from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace of the rescue efforts scuffled with police.

Award in memory of Khushwant Singh
NEW DELHI: The annual Khushwant Singh Literature Festival (KSLF), set in the hills of Kasauli, will have an added feature this year � a Rs 2.5 Lakh award for the best debut fiction novel in the memory of the noted author and journalist.

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Geelani lying, no Modi envoy met him: BJP
Seeks apology from hardliner Mirwaiz denies meeting BJP emissaries Omar wants Modi men identified
Srinagar/New Delhi, April 19
Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the BJP on Saturday blasted hardliner Syed Ali Shah Geelani for his claims that Narendra Modi�s emissaries had met him and other separatists for help in resolving the Kashmir issue.

Controversy brews over next Army Chief
New Delhi, April 19
A fresh controversy appears to be in the making over the appointment of another four-star general with the BJP questioning the authority of the outgoing Manmohan Singh government to choose the successor of Army Chief General Bikram Singh, who is retiring this July.






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The Dhauladhar range wears a white mantle after fresh snow in the higher reaches of Himachal. In Lahaul and Spiti, poll campaigning has taken a hit due to bad weather.
spring chill: The Dhauladhar range wears a white mantle after fresh snow in the higher reaches of Himachal. In Lahaul and Spiti, poll campaigning has taken a hit due to bad weather. Photo: Kamaljeet

Cong expels Venod, Rao Inderjit, 17 others
Chandigarh, April 19
The Congress has finally wielded the stick against party dissidents and expelled 19 senior leaders, including Rao Inderjit Singh and Ambala MLA Venod Sharma, for anti-party activities.

Bollywood dash in poll-bound Punjab next week
Chandigarh, April 19
Punjab is set to witness five Bollywood actors, including Shatrughan Sinha, Anil Kapoor and Sunny Deol, drum up support for SAD-BJP candidates next week. Two sons of BJP's Gurdaspur candidate Vinod Khanna � Rahul and Akshaye Khanna � are also slated to canvass for their father.

MH370: Search at �very critical juncture�
Sydney, April 19
 The current underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, focused on a tight 10 km (6.2 mile) circle of the sea floor, could be completed within a week, Australian search officials said on Saturday. (Details on world page)


PUNJAB: Rain hits wheat crop, farmers fear worse

HARYANA: Minister tells DC to book contractor, MC officials

J&KEC non-committal over special polling stations for Ladakhi students

HIMACHAL: Anita Rana files papers from Sujanpur

CHANDIGARH: Power Dept yet to recover Rs 11 cr

LUDHIANA: Rain, winds disrupt power supply in city

DELHI: Lid off 363 gold seizures at IGI Airport

OPINIONS: Memories and memoirs of the moment

NATION: Vote, canvass for strong govt in Delhi, Modi tells youth

SPORTS: Bangalore in top gear right away
WORLD: Sunken ferry: Relatives give DNA swabs to identify dead


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Sopore residents torch Lashkar operative�s house
Baramulla, April 19
Residents of Sopore town in north Kashmir set the house of a suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative on fire after he along with some of his associates tried to kidnap a girl. This is the first such incident in Kashmir since the eruption of militancy. The police said they arrested LeT militant Imran Ahmad Jagroo, a resident of Nowpora locality in Sopore, after he tried to kidnap a girl at gunpoint.

Vote, canvass for strong govt in Delhi, Modi tells youth
Guwahati, April 19
BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today gave a clarion call to the Assamese youth, urging them to vote the BJP to power at the Centre. At three rallies in the state, he said: "Those who age between 18 and 28 years have to ensure that a strong government is formed in New Delhi so that the golden period of their life doesn't go astray because of an inefficient government for the next five years."
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MF Husain�s last creations to be on display in UK
Paintings by MF Husain that were specially commissioned by the Mittal family in London will be on public display for the first time ever this summer between May 28 and July 27 at famous Victoria and Albert Museum here. The exhibition, titled �The Indian Civilisation Series�, and supported by Christie�s auctioneers, will comprise eight monumental triptych paintings, each 12 feet wide and six feet high, which represent Husain�s vision of the richness of Indian culture and history.

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by Nonika Singh

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