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Sunday, August 17, 2014, Chandigarh, India

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Saharanpur riots report: Committee questions BJP's role
LUCKNOW: A five-member committee headed by UP Minister Shivpal Yadav, which probed the communal violence in Saharanpur that left three persons dead, has blamed administrative lapses for the incident and questioned the role of the BJP.

Pakistan violates ceasefire twice
JAMMU: After a two-day lull, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice today by resorting to heavy firing along the International Border and LoC in Jammu and Poonch districts of J&K.

Haryana Assembly poll
Mayawati declares Arvind Sharma BSP CM candidate
NEW DELHI: After failing to open an account in the Lok Sabha polls, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party is testing waters in Haryana and Maharashtra, where Assembly elections are due later this year.

US launches air strikes near Irbil, Mosul Dam
Washington: The US military has carried out air strikes using fighter jets and drones against the Islamic State militants near Kurdish capital Irbil, aimed at assisting Kurdish forces to liberate Iraq's largest dam from jihadists.

No Gaza deal unless Israel�s security needs met: Netanyahu
JERUSALEM: Israel will not agree to any long-term ceasefire in Gaza at indirect talks in Cairo unless its security needs are clearly met, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.

Imran ready for �final match� with Nawaz ISLAMABAD: Pakistan�s Opposition leader Imran Khan on Sunday said he along with thousands of his supporters is ready for a �final match� with Nawaz Sharif who was involved in an �electoral match-fixing�, after cleric Tahirul Qadri issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the embattled Prime Minister to resign.

Govt relaxes reservation rules for jobs to ex-servicemen
NEW DELHI: In what is welcome news for lakhs of ex-servicemen, the government has removed a major hurdle to their post-retirement employment and allowed them to avail of the benefit of reservation in all civil jobs they apply.

I too deserve Bharat Ratna: Balbir Singh
CHANDIGARH: With Major Dhyan Chand�s name finally being nominated for the Bharat Ratna, another hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr feels going by his achievements, he too deserves the country�s highest civilian award.

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Shah rejigs BJP team; Nadda, Anurag in; Varun missing
New Delhi, August 16
A week after his appointment was ratified by the party�s National Council, new BJP president Amit Shah today unveiled his crack team dropping Varun Gandhi as general secretary and inducting scam-tainted former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa along with Himachal leaders JP Nadda and Anurag Thakur.

Now, Haryana staff to retire at 60
Chandigarh, August 16
In a bid to beat anti-incumbency ahead of the Assembly elections in Haryana, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today unveiled a bonanza for the state government employees, which includes raising the retirement age from 58 to 60 years and 25 per cent hike in DA and full pension after 20 years� service.










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Hooda-baiter Birender joins BJP at Jind rally
Jind, August 16
BJP president Amit Shah with Chaudhary Birender Singh at �Haryana Nirman� rally in Jind on Saturday.Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda�s cousin and rebel Congress leader Chaudhary Birender Singh joined the BJP in the presence of party chief Amit Shah during a rally in Jind on Saturday.

BJP president Amit Shah with Chaudhary Birender Singh at �Haryana Nirman� rally in Jind on Saturday.

Two BSF men killed in J-K militant attack
Srinagar/Pulwama, August 16
Two BSF personnel were killed and four others injured as militants ambushed their vehicle near the Indian Air Force�s Awantipora airbase today. The attack, fourth in south Kashmir within a week, took place at Koil village of Pulwama district, 35 km from Srinagar, when a lone Border Security Force (BSF) vehicle guarding the airbase was passing through the area at 2.40 pm. The vehicle was attacked barely a kilometre from the highly secured airbase, which is guarded by two battalions of the BSF.


PUNJAB: CM lauds Punjabis� role in freedom struggle

HARYANA: Birender shares stage with Shah, ends 40-year-old affair with Congress

J&KOmar hopeful of AFSPA revocation

HIMACHAL: CM: IIM to come up at Nahan�s Dhaulakuan
UTTARAKHAND: Heavy rain brings death, destruction

CHANDIGARH: Man dies in roof collapse

LUDHIANA: Heavy turnout at I-Day function

DELHI: Two teens buried under heap of sand

OPINIONSInternal dissonance in Pak meets external effects

NATION: 27 die in U�khand rain, cloudbursts

SPORTS: Match out of India�s hands
WORLD: Anti-govt protestors vow not to back down till Sharif quits


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3 Indians abducted by Taliban rescued
Kabul, August 16
Three Indian engineers, abducted by the Taliban, have been rescued in a special military operation in eastern Logar province while they were being  taken to Pakistan, Afghanistan�s intelligence agency announced today.

Air India flight�s tyre bursts while landing
Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 16
The rear tyre of an Air India flight from Male today burst while landing at the Trivandrum International Airport but the passengers and crew escaped unhurt.
Airport acting director Shibu Rebort said the tyre on the right side of Airbus-320 burst while landing but it did not cause spark or any damage to the aircraft.

UK: Indian-origin people found in ship container 
London, August 16
A man was found dead while several people from the Indian sub-continent, including at least seven children, were hospitalised after they were found inside a shipping container at a British port today.
Some reports said they were believed to be of Indian-origin, possibly from Punjab. They were inside the container for at least 12 hours aboard a P&O commercial ferry. A homicide investigation has been launched after a man was found dead among the 35 stowaways discovered at Tilbury Docks in Essex.


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