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Friday, July 18, 2014, Chandigarh, India

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Black boxes of downed MH17 found; Ukraine calls for international probe
KIEV (Ukraine): Emergency workers, police officers and even off-duty coal miners � dressed in overalls and covered in soot � searched on Friday through wreckage and bodies scattered over a vast stretch of Ukrainian farmland after a Malaysian jetliner flying high above Ukraine's battlefield was shot from the sky, killing 298 people.

No Indian on board ill-fated Malaysian plane: Aviation Minister
Indian airlines asked to avoid Ukranian airspace 
NEW DELHI: Terming as "unfortunate" the loss of lives in the Malaysian airline tragedy, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said there was no Indian on board the plane.

Modi condoles loss of lives in Malaysian plane tragedy
Swapping shift cost ethnic Indian flight steward his life

No new taxes in Delhi Budget; Rs 260 cr for power subsidy
NEW DELHI: Proposing no new taxes in the Budget for Delhi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today announced subsidy of Rs 0.80 to Rs 1.20 per unit to small power consumers as also a slew of measures like low- floor buses, sanitation and multi-speciality hospital in Rohini.

No evidence against Saeed: Pak envoy
NEW DELHI: Amid row over Ved Pratap Vaidik's meeting with Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Pakistan today said it was not aware about the meeting and asserted that no action can be taken against the JuD chief as there was no evidence against him.

Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza; 1 soldier killed
Gaza/Jerusalem: Israel has launched its first massive ground offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip in five years, after 10 days of bombardment from the air and sea killed nearly 260 Palestinians.

First monsoon showers in Haryana, Punjab
CHANDIGARH: First monsoon rains of the season lashed vast swathes of Haryana and Punjab bringing the much-needed relief to people especially peasants of the two agrarian states.

Char Dham Yatra suspended; warning of heavy rains in U'Khand

Centre asks Haryana Governor to withdraw assent to separate SGPC Bill 
NEW DELHI: After protests from Punjab, the Centre today asked the Haryana Governor to withdraw the assent granted to a Bill aiming to create a separate Sikh Gurdwara management Committee, saying the state assembly did not have legal authority to enact such a law and it was thus 'void'.

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295 killed as Malaysian passenger plane �shot down� over Ukraine
Was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur; Ukrainian officials point at pro-Russian rebels
Kuala Lumpur/Kiev, July 17
All 295 people on board a Malaysia Airlines plane were killed today after the aircraft was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, nearly four months after the mysterious disappearance of MH370 in the Indian Ocean.
Rescue teams at the site of crash in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on Thursday. Rescue teams at the site of crash in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on Thursday. Reuters



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 Assembly passes anti-HSGPC resolution
Says states shouldn�t interfere in each others� religious affairs 
Chandigarh, July 17
In the backdrop of controversy over the formation of a separate gurdwara panel by Haryana, the Punjab Legislative Assembly today passed by voice vote a resolution seeking the Centre�s intervention in prohibiting any state to interfere in religious matter of other states.

With Badal away, it�s Akalis versus Akalis in Punjab Assembly
Chandigarh, July 17
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal would not have liked it: On a day he chose to skip the Assembly, his party MLAs clashed with each other, leaving amused Congress members thumping their desks. Things took an ironical turn when Akali legislator Virsa Singh Valtoha walked out during Zero Hour, refusing to listen to Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal.

Linking rivers: Centre says can�t go ahead without states� nod
New Delhi, July 17
The newly elected BJP-NDA Government today made it clear that the much-touted river linking project will not be carried out without the concurrence of the riparian states or beneficiary states.


PUNJAB: Sukhbir�s no to CBI probe into synthetic milk scam

HARYANA: BJP in no hurry to open up on alliance with HJC

J&KJammu railway station sees heavy rush as train service to Katra begins

HIMACHAL: Alert after heavy rain lashes state

CHANDIGARH: Investment agent found dead

LUDHIANA: Worker robbed of Rs 2.5 lakh

DELHI: Power tariff hiked by 8.32%

OPINIONSPolitics of management

NATION: Decide Gogoi�s fate by Sunday: Dissident MLAs to leadership

SPORTS: Paddling hope
BUSINESS: SEBI bars Gammon Infra�s ex-chairman from market
WORLD: Gunmen attack Kabul airport, 4 militants killed


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Monsoon has covered entire nation: Met
New Delhi, July 17
Monsoon has revived and covered the entire country, the Metrological Department today declared. "Southwest monsoon further advanced into remaining parts of north Arabian Sea, Saurashtra and Kutch, Gujarat region and west Rajasthan. It covered the entire country today,� the Met office said.
A car stuck on a water-logged road in Chandigarh

A car stuck on a water-logged road in Chandigarh

India�s suicide story: Men more vulnerable than women; young at risk
New Delhi, July 17
India is witnessing more suicide deaths than ever before and men are more vulnerable than women when it comes to ending one�s life. Fresh evidence on health indicators of the population collected by the government presents eye-opening details of suicide deaths which are on an extreme upswing since 2005. The young are the worst-affected with one in every three suicides involving a 15 to 29-year old. The trend is most visible in the age group 15 to 44 years which alone accounts for 68% (two in every three) of all 1,35, 445 suicides reported in the country last year.


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