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End ‘repression’: US to new Cuba leader 21.4.2018 The Tribune

Washington: The United States grudgingly acknowledged Cuba’s “undemocratic” transition to a new leader and urged him to allow the island’s people greater political freedom. “We are disappointed that the Cuban government opted to silence independent voices and maintain its repressive monopoly on power, rather than allow its people a meaningful choice through free, fair and competitive elections,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. AFP

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Infra mess ‘grows’ in the Millennium City 21.4.2018 tribuneindia.com
Vinod Behl Land acquisition and legal issues, coupled with shortage of funds and poor governance are holding up key infrastructural projects in Gurugram, causing a major setback to the development of the Millennium City. The poor state of infrastructure in Gurugram is reflected in its low ranking in the city competitive index, due to the lack of proper basic facilities of drinking water, power, drainage, sewerage, besides connectivity. According to the Institute for Competitiveness, the infrastructure and civic mess in Gurugram created by flawed development, is further precipitated by multiplicity of authorities. All these factors have led to poor civic governance here. Poor track record Gurugram, in fact, has a poor track record in terms of connectivity, mobility and traffic management. For years, a full-fledged city bus service has been eluding Gurugram. The  authorities are now promising to launch it this year. Similarly, the extension of  metro to old Gurugram has been hanging fire for years because ...
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Dipak Misra impeachment: Charges against CJI, and where they stand 21.4.2018 India – The Indian Express
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Roll back power tariff hike: SAD 21.4.2018 The Tribune

Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday condemned the “unbearable and inhuman burden” put on the common man with repeated hikes in the power tariff and demanded a complete rollback, even as it sought removing all hidden charges to ensure power to the industrial sector at the landing cost of Rs 5 per unit. In a statement, former minister and senior SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia said domestic consumers were being levied fixed charges on electricity consumption whether they consumed power or not. “Scheduled Caste consumers are being forced to pay astronomical bills, even as the partial free power facility to the Backward Classes has been withdrawn,” he added. TNS

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LS poll on mind, Congress brings Hindu faces to fore 21.4.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 20 While finalising the names of legislators for nine ministerial slots, the Congress high command has given in to various pressure groups within the party. This has been done keeping in mind the 2019 parliamentary elections. No Dalit or OBC leader has been adjusted in the Cabinet expansion. Eying the urban Hindu vote bank in Ludhiana, Sangrur, Hoshiarpur and Amritsar, the party has brought in four Hindu faces – Vijay Inder Singla, hailing from the Aggarwal community, Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Sunder Sham Arora and OP Soni. With this, the party has covered the Malwa, Doaba and Majha areas. The party has tried to strike a balance of age, religion and region. All nine being sworn-in have not been ministers earlier. “A total of eight of 18 portfolios, including that of the CM, have gone to leaders from the Jat community. With just 18 per cent vote share, they have taken the majority share. This has annoyed the party leaders hailing from other communities,” said a senior ...
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Doaba remains under-represented in cabinet 21.4.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 20 With the name of just a lone minister for the Punjab cabinet expansion announced from Doaba, the region still remains largely under-represented. After heavyweight Kapurthala MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh had to step down from his portfolio of Power and Irrigation Minister, Doaba had lost its only representation in the cabinet. It was now being seen that during the proposed expansion, the region, which has given 15 out of 23 MLAs, would be represented by at least two ministers. The region now has just one minister again — Sunder Sham Arora, a low-profile second-time Hoshiarpur MLA, who is hardly seen at functions outside his district. Among those who had been pinning high hopes were olympian, former Sports Director and MLA Pargat Singh (Jalandhar Cantonment), who had been expecting the Sports Minister portfolio. However, his hopes have been dashed as it was Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh whose choice perhaps prevailed upon the AICC. Capt had not been happy with the ...
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Sarabha Nagar Ayurvedic dispensary in the pits 21.4.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 20 It takes much time to locate the Ayurvedic dispensary that is situated at power colony in Sarabha Nagar. There is no signage to guide visitors. On reaching the spot with guidance by local residents, Ludhiana Tribune team had to actually guess which building was housing the Ayurvedic dispensary. There was no board outside the dispensary that was established in 1980. We went to the dispensary on Thursday. As we opened the door, there sat a woman alone with a few boxes of medicines on her side. We enquired if it was the Ayurvedic dispensary and she nodded in a ‘yes’. We entered the room and tried to make ourselves comfortable on the rickety chairs. Our first question to the woman sitting on the other side of the table was if we could see a doctor or whether she was a doctor herself. She replied: “You could talk to her regarding the ailment as the doctor on duty is on leave today.” “The doctor had come yesterday but he is on leave today. In his absence, I am looking ...
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Parsi Dairy Farm co-owner held for forgery, breach of trust 21.4.2018 Mumbai – The Indian Express
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City girl selected for Indonesia contest 21.4.2018 The Tribune
Amritsar:  Shivpreet Pannu, a student of Spring Dale Senior School, has been selected in the Asian Games Sport Climbing Competition to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, in August this year.  While the Indian contingent includes players from several states, Pannu is the only player from Punjab to be selected for this competition.  Rajiv Kumar Sharma, principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said the selection was made during the Asian Games selection camp organised by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. “Shivpreet Pannu was selected on the basis of her outstanding performance in the camp,” he said. TNS 4,285 villages sans cemetery The National Christian League has claimed that there are 4,285 villages in the state without proper burial grounds. In a press release on Friday, the league leaders claimed that 1,084 villages had burial grounds. They said that out of 12,889 villages in the state, 5,369 villages had Christian population. According to them, not-availability of proper burial grounds is a disrespect to ...
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Power cuts to prevent short-circuit in wheat fields 21.4.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service Amritsar, April 20 To prevent accidental fires in wheat fields during the harvesting season, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has started imposing power cuts in rural areas during the daytime. The decision has been taken keeping in view fire incidents in the past. PSPCL officials said, "Power in rural areas is disconnected at around 8 am before the temperature increases and is restored in the evening after the sun sets. During high temperature, even a meagre spark can cause a fire.” A resident from the rural area said focus should be diverted towards fixation of dangling wires which cause short-circuits. “In this hot weather, the electricity is required for many works. Businesses in rural areas are affected by the power cuts,” he said. The accidental fires during wheat harvesting season are reported frequently. The friction of iron parts in agricultural machinery, especially straw reapers are also a known cause for such fires. Hardly three days ago, wheat on 12 ...
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Jaitley accuses Congress of using impeachment as a political tool 21.4.2018 The Tribune
New Delhi, April 20 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday accused the Congress party of trivialising the power of impeachment and using it as a political tool. In a scathing Facebook post, the senior BJP leader said the 114-page judgment in the Judge Loya death case authored by Justice DY Chandrachud on behalf of the three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court “exposes every fact of the conspiracy” to generate falsehood as propaganda in the public and political space. He said Amit Shah (now BJP president) had no role in the Sohrabuddin case and it was an alleged encounter executed by some central agencies through the state police. Referring to the move of the Congress and six other opposition parties to impeach Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra, Jaitley said: “The Congress Party and its friends have started using impeachment as a political tool.” Stressing that trivialising the use of power of impeachment is a “dangerous event”, he said the move is an attempt to “intimidate” a judge and send a message to ...
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Champion of civil liberties 21.4.2018 The Tribune
KC Mittal Former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Rajinder Sachar was a true champion of civil liberties and human rights. His dedication in the field saw him being inducted as a member of  the UN Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. A man of wisdom par excellence, his demise has left a void that would be hard to fill. A source of inspiration for me and younger lawyers, Justice Sachar, who joined the Bar in 1952, was appointed Delhi HC Additional Judge in 1970. Born in Lahore, he excelled in a range of legal matters. A visionary and anti-corruption crusader, he wouldn’t fear raising his voice against the powers that be whenever he came across any governance issue. In one such instance in 1963, he took on the then Punjab Chief Minister Partap Singh Kairon after a group of legislators had quit the Congress.  One of the finest judges to head the Delhi High Court, he was in a class by himself. A democrat at heart, at one point I would appear in his court daily in connection with ...
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Cong using impeachment as ‘political tool’ 21.4.2018 The Tribune
Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 20 A day after the Supreme Court dismissed petitions seeking an SIT probe into the death of Judge BH Loya, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took to Facebook on Friday to launch a scathing attack on the Congress, saying the 114-page judgment “exposes every fact of the conspiracy” to generate falsehood as propaganda in the public and political space. This even as an internal letter by the BJP asking MPs to target Congress chief Rahul Gandhi demanding his apology on social platforms made its way to the social media. The senior BJP leader accused the Congress of trivialising the power of impeachment and using it as a political tool. “Does this impeachment set a precedent that political parties in India will use impeachment as an instrument to intimidate judges hearing controversial matters? What has happened today is a price the Indian judiciary has to pay for misadventures of many,” he said. Jaitley said Amit Shah (now BJP president) had no role in the Sohrabuddin case, ...
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Residents flay MC sealing drive 21.4.2018 The Tribune
Our Correspondent Zirakpur, April 20 The sealing drive of the Zirakpur Municipal Council on directions of Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has been flayed by residents of Peer Muchalla. On Friday, residents of Imperial Garden at Peer Muchalla gathered in large numbers and raised slogans against the district administration for failing to put in place an effective mechanism a week after an under-constriction building collapsed in the area. Meanwhile, fear looms large among 50 families living in another four-storey building, adjacent to the mishap site. They alleged that they were being harassed on the pretext of the sealing drive. The residents said an MC team had asked them to vacate their houses, failing which their water and electricity connections would be disconnected. The residents placed their demands before MC officials, demanding the structural audit of their flats by an engineer registered with the administration. They further added that if found, they would inform the builders to ...
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AIADMK plans public meetings on Cauvery in delta districts 21.4.2018 Hindu: Home
Chief Minister to speak in Tiruvarur on April 27
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High Court tells TTA it must reconstitute tree authority 21.4.2018 Hindu: Cities
Decide on new members’ applications in 45 days, say judges
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Fire at Industrial Area in Mohali 21.4.2018 The Tribune

Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 20

A fire broke out on Friday afternoon inside the complex of a 66 kV power sub-station at the Phase VII Industrial Area.

According to sources, the incident occurred around 12.45 pm when a fire broke out in the bushes along the boundary wall of the power grid. Davinder Singh Dogra, fire officer, Mohali, said, “A call was received about the fire incident at 12.55 pm. Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the flames.”

Sources said the blaze was controlled in about an hour by firefighters and no major damage was reported in the incident. Fire officials said that the cause of fire was yet to be ascertained.

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Discoms to pay huge penalty if over 50 connections affected 21.4.2018 Hindu: Home
Compensation amount to be adjusted in consumers’ bills
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Sriramulu criticises CM 21.4.2018 Hindu: Home
B. Sriramulu, State BJP vice-president, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, afraid of losing the election in his home constituency, was keen on contesti
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CM’s Private Secretary quizzed again 21.4.2018 Hindu: Cities
The Delhi Police on Friday questioned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Private Secretary Bibhav Kumar again, and an Aam Aadmi Party worker Vivek Kuma
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