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Monday, June 30, 2014, Chandigarh, India

updated at 8:50 pm

ISRO launches PSLV C-23; PM asks scientists to develop SAARC satellite
NEW DELHI: India on Monday successfully launched five foreign satellites from four countries on board PSLV-C23 rocket which placed them in orbit, an achievement described by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an 'endorsement' of the country's space capabilities.

Chennai building collapse: Death toll rises to 17; rescue operations still on
CHENNAI: The death toll in the collapse of an under-construction 11 storey building near suburban Porur rose to 17 even a woman was pulled out alive with head injuries this morning. The building had collapsed on Saturday evening, with about 50 people feared trapped inside.

14 officers found 'absent' during Punjab CM's surprise check
CHANDIGARH: Fourteen senior IAS officers were found "absent" during a surprise check conducted by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at state government's Mini Secretariat here today.

Pallavi murder case: Mumbai court convicts security guard
MUMBAI: A local court today convicted security guard Sajjad Ahmed Mughal in connection with the murder of a city-based lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha in her flat at Wadala here in 2012.

West Bengal Governor Narayanan resigns
NEW DELHI: West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan today resigned, becoming the fourth person occupying the gubernatorial post to put in his papers since the NDA government prodded some of the Governors appointed during UPA rule to quit.

FIFA World Cup
Costa Rica reach quarters with shootout win over Greece
Recife (Brazil): When Costa Rica sealed their first berth in the World Cup quarter-finals, the celebrating Ticos sprinted straight for Keylor Navas and mobbed him in celebration.

Doubts raised over Arjen Robben penalty
Robben sorry, but insists it was a penalty

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Monsoon falls short by 43% in June
12th instance in 113 years, says pvt forecast agency 
Some respite likely in first week of July, says Met
New Delhi, June 29
While monsoon has already missed its date with northwest India this season, the overall rain deficiency for June has crossed 43 per cent, a private forecast agency today said. Skymet termed it �the 12th instance in the past 113 years when rain shortfall was over 30 per cent� in the first month.

Iraq crisis
India gets Gulf envoys� support for evacuation
New Delhi, June 29
Gulf countries today responded positively to India�s request for their assistance in evacuating Indians from strife-torn Iraq as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reviewed the situation in the Arab nation at a high-level meeting with top diplomats here.



A three-part article that sets the stage for a wider debate on national security
By Lt Gen SS Mehta





Special Features


Follow �Capt Modi�, Advani tells MPs
Surajkund (Faridabad), June 29
LK Advani is welcomed by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. Terming the party performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections as unprecedented and a matter of pride for the party, LK Advani, the veteran BJP parliamentarian, asked the party MPs to work hard to help the party and the Modi government emerge stronger with their performance.
LK Advani is welcomed by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Incursion bids by pla troops in Ladakh
Leh/New Delhi, June 29
Chinese troops are learnt to have made several attempts to enter Indian waters at Pangong Lake, nestled in the higher reaches of Ladakh, with the latest incident reported on Friday. Reports reaching government agencies in Delhi said the Army had a face-off in the lake with the Chinese People�s Liberation Army (PLA) on June 27 when they tried to enter the Indian waters.


PUNJAB: Govt offered no help, say rescued youths

HARYANA: Hooda may declare state SGPC on July 6

J&K: Textile Ministry to provide 50% funds for setting up NIFT campus

HIMACHAL: BJP MPs, Dhumal to meet Modi for special package

CHANDIGARH: Demolition drive turns ugly

LUDHIANA: Ad row refuses to die down

DELHI: Prisons to have hi-tech security

OPINIONSBuilding ties

NATION: Relief only for last year�s BTech batch: UGC

BUSINESS: Tax planning for women
SPORTS: Dutch return from the dead
WORLD: With tanks & copters, Iraqi Army pushes ahead with Tikrit assault


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Saina clinches Australian Open
Sydney, June 29
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal lifted her first Super Series title in two years, clinching the $ 750,000 Star Australian Open after outplaying Spain's Carolina Marin in the summit clash here today.

Punjab Police bust global drug ring, seize 27-kg heroin
Chandigarh, June 29
Punjab Police today claimed to have busted an international drug smuggling racket involving Pakistan, Burundi and Indian nationals. Six persons, all Punjabis, have been arrested and 27 kg of heroin recovered from them. The contact with the smugglers was made through two convicts, one of them a Burundi national who is behind bars in the Burail Jail here in a drug smuggling case.

Staff, fund crunch blunts Punjab fight against drugs
Chandigarh, June 29
The Punjab government seems to be acting in haste in dealing with the problem of drug addiction across the state. Rather than tightening noose on the drug lords, the drive against addicts is targeted more at the small drug consumers. The state is also faltering in having an effective drug de-addiction and rehabilitation programme.


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