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Thursday, July 17, 2014, Chandigarh, India

updated at 9:35 pm

Microsoft to axe 18,000 jobs globally; India impact minimal
New York:
In the first major realignment of workforce since India-born Satya Nadella took over as CEO, Microsoft has announced slashing of up to 18,000 jobs worldwide by next year as the software giant attempts to sharpen focus on cloud and mobile offerings.

Punjab CM Badal threatens to quit over Haryana SGPC issue
CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is reported to have threatened to quit if the Central government did not intervene in the controversial issue of setting up of a separate committee in Haryana to manage gurdwaras there, Shiromani Akali Dal sources said.

Rajnath rubbishes AAP charge on horse-trading
NEW DELHI: Rubbishing AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's allegation against the BJP of indulging in horse-trading for government formation in Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said his party doesn't indulge in such practices.

AAP calls MLAs' meet

Strike disrupts normal life in Kashmir Valley
SRINAGAR: Normal life was disrupted in the Kashmir Valley today due to a strike called by the hardline Hurriyat Conference.

Pakistan distances itself from Vaidik-Saeed meeting 
: Pakistan today distanced itself from the controversy over the meeting between Indian journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed saying it had no role in the private interaction.

Six-year-old allegedly raped in Bangalore school, parents protest
BANGALORE: A six-year-old girl student was allegedly raped by �unknown persons� at a prominent school here, leading to angry protests by parents who besieged the institution on Thursday, demanding action from the management.

Monsoon revives, covers entire India
NEW DELHI: India's monsoon has covered the entire country, the Meteorological Department  said on Thursday, two days behind the normal schedule in a year that is forecast to bring below-average rain. Poor rain since the start of the June-September season had raised concerns of a first drought in five years. 

Hamas agrees on five-hour humanitarian ceasefire
GAZA: The Islamic Hamas movement and Palestinian militant groups agreed late on Wednesday to a UN appeal of a five-hour humanitarian ceasefire with Israel on Thursday. 

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Takht excommunicates HSGPC architects Chattha, Nalvi, Jhinda
Jathedar says SGPC responsible, too, as it ignored the demand of Haryana Sikhs
Amritsar, July 16
Akal Takht today excommunicated Haryana Finance Minister Harmohinder Singh Chattha and state Sikh leaders Jagdish Singh Jhinda and Didar Singh Nalvi for �challenging the supremacy of Akal Takht by conspiring to divide the SGPC despite being repeatedly warned against it�.

Nation page: Badal breaks down; meets Rajnath in Delhi

Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh (center) reads out his edict from the rostrum of the Takht in Amritsar on Wednesday. Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh (center) reads out his edict from the rostrum of the Takht in Amritsar on Wednesday. Photo: Vishal Kumar



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





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Punjab FM Parminder Singh Dhindsa at the Vidhan Sabha.No new taxes in Punjab Budget
Chandigarh, July 16
With focus on fiscal consolidation, Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa today presented his Budget proposals of Rs 58,593 crore for the year 2014-15. No new taxes have been imposed, neither have any new welfare schemes been announced in the Budget proposals for the current fiscal presented in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha today.

Punjab FM Parminder Singh Dhindsa at the Vidhan Sabha. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

BSF man dies as Pak violates truce
Jammu, July 16
In another ceasefire violation, Pakistani Rangers on Wednesday opened heavy fire at Indian border outposts along the International Border in the Arnia area of the RS Pura sector in Jammu district, killing a BSF jawan and leaving three other BSF personnel injured.

Modi invites Putin to Kudankulam N-plant
Fortaleza, July 16
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has favoured broadening of the special and privileged strategic partnership with Russia in nuclear, defence and energy sectors and invited President Vladimir Putin to visit Kudankulam atomic power project during his trip in December.


PUNJAB: Growth rate down in most sectors: Economic Survey

HARYANA: Rainfall deficit pegged at 64%, drought scare looms

J&KOvernight rainfall leads to clogged roads, traffic chaos in Jammu

HIMACHAL: Industrialists at mercy of property dealers for land

CHANDIGARH: Erring banks in for trouble

LUDHIANA: Experts for rationing of water

DELHI: All options open to form govt; it�s up to LG now: Upadhyay


NATION: UGC to probe grant to ineligible colleges: Govt

SPORTS: Getting a grip
BUSINESS: Exports up 10.22% in June
WORLD: Israel warns Gazans to flee as military campaign intensifies


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PM Narendra Modi greets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on Tuesday. PM Narendra Modi greets Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on Tuesday. PTI

Russia says no to technology transfer for Smerch rockets
New Delhi, July 16
The Army faces a peculiar situation in strengthening its offensive weaponry. While the Russians have backed out of providing technology transfer for rockets used in the Smerch multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS), the Finance Ministry has refused to import the same rockets.

Black money
Over Rs 1 lakh crore illegal income detected
New Delhi, July 16
The government has detected over Rs one lakh crore of undisclosed income in the last financial year, a figure more than double as compared to the search and seizure action undertaken by the Income Tax Department during 2012-13 to check black money.


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