Category Archives: National

Famous Punjabi Sufi singer Barkat Sidhu dies at the age of 68

Chandigarh/August 17 (NG News)
Famous Punjabi Sufi singer Barkat Sidhu died at a Ludhiana hospital on Saturday night after prolonged battle with cancer at age of 68.

A fine exponent of Patiala Gharana of singing, Barkat Sidhu sang with great passion and precision throughout his life and he has perfected the Sufi style.

Clearance of dope test mandatory for joining Punjab government service

Chandigarh/August 14 (NG News)
In a bid to curb the entry of drug users in state government services, Punjab government on Thrusday made it mandatory to clear dope test before joining service in any government department of the state.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal took this decision in a high level meeting to review the arrangements for drug de-addiction and rehabilitation of drug addicts in the state. “Necessary amendments must be made in the existing rules to incorporate necessary provisions in them for ensuring that any person

Reports on Income Tax returns false, fabricated, says CM Virbhadra Singh

Shimla/August 13 (NG News)
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday denounced the media reports appearing in a section of the press regarding his Income Tax returns and termed these reports as false, frivolous and fabricated.

Singh said that during the last few days, an attempt has been made to pass on selective and distorted information about his Income Tax returns to the media to malign his reputation. He said that he was pained to note that “selective” information was being carried to create an impression that there have been certain wrong-doings

Himachal to host first ever Paragliding World Cup in India

Shimla/August 12 (NG News)
After hosting Paragliding Pre-World Cup successfully at Bir-Billing last year, Himachal has now got the opportunity to host the Paragliding World Cup-2015 by the Paragliding World Cup Association, France.

Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma, who is also Chairman of the Billing Paragliding Association, said that this was for the first time in the history of India that world cup is being organised in the country

HP assembly session adjourned sine die

Shimla/August 12 (NG News)
Himachal Assembly’s Monsoon Session was on Tuesday adjourned sine die prematurely owing to standoff between ruling Congress and opposition party BJP.

State Assembly Speaker BBL Butail adjourned the house with voice vote after Parliamentary Affairs minister Mukesh Agnihotri moved a proposal to adjourn the house indefinitely as the government had further business.

All women police station opened at New Shimla

Shimla/August 11 (NG News)
Himachal’s first all women police station was on Monday opened at New Shimla in which all women related cases registered in police stations in the Shimla town would be transferred. Apart from this, the women complainants in the other parts of the district, feeling aggrieved by the functioning of police stations in the areas, can also approach this Women Police station.

The SHO (Station house Officer) and entire supporting staff including one Inspector, two sub-inspectors, six head constables and ten constables

Beas tragedy: HC seeks reply on tampering of evidence

Shimla/August 11 (NG News)
Himachal High Court on Monday sought reply from state government, HP State Electricity Board, VNR Vigyan Jyoti Institute of Engineering & Technology, Hyderabad and others on a letter received by Chief Justice into alleged tampering of evidence by the College authorities over Beas tragedy where 24 B.Tech students and a tour operator were washed away near Thalout in Mandi district on June 8.

A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed these orders on a petition

Multi product SEZ to be developed at Navi Mumbai port

New Delhi/August 10 (NG News)
A multi product Special Economic Zone (SEZ) would be developed at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) at Sheva, Navi Mumbai whose foundation would be laid by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 16, 2014.

An Indian government spokesperson said that the proposed SEZ would be developed on 277 hectares land in Public and Private mode at a cost of Rs 4,000 Crore and it would be created as a Self-Sustainable Integrated Development Project

SSC to fill 1997 posts of Clerks, Data Entry Operators

New Delhi/August 9 (NG News)
Staff Selection Commission has started recruitment drive to fill 1997 posts of clerks and data entry operators and the last date for applying for these posts is August 19, 2014.

SSC will recruit 991 candidates for the post of Lower Divisional Clerk and 1006 candidates for the post of Data Entry Operators to fill vacant posts in various Central government ministries and departments

Indian govt amends All India Services Rules, issues 19 guidelines for bureaucrats

New Delhi/August 8 (NG News)
Indian government on Wednesday amended All India Services (Conduct) Rules, 1968 which would now be called the All India Services (Conduct) Amendment Rules, 2014 and issued 19 new guidelines regarding bureaucrats conduct.

The BJP led NDA government has made new amendments to maintain neutrality, effectiveness and transparency in the conduct of bureaucrats by amending rule 3(1) after sub-rule (1) by inserting sub-rule (1A) and rule 3(2) after sub-rule (2A) by inserting sub-rule (2B)