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29 killed, 250 injured in violence after Panchkula court convicts Dera Sacha Sauda chief in rape case

At least 29 people were killed and more than 250 others suffered injuries as thousands of followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh went on the rampage after he was convicted in a rape case by a special CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana on Friday.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
At least 29 people were killed and more than 250 others suffered injuries as thousands of followers of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh went on the rampage after he was convicted in a rape case by a special CBI court in Panchkula, Haryana today.
 
The quantum of punishment for the 50-year-old self-styled godman will be pronounced on August 28. Meanwhile, he was taken into judicial custody and flown in a helicopter from Panchkula to Rohtak, where he was lodged in a special jail.
 
Police officials said 28 people had died in Panchkula, which bore the brunt of today's violence, several of them in police firing. There were clashes between Ram Rahim's supporters and the police in Sirsa, where the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters are located.
 
One person died and four people suffered injuries in police firing in Sirsa, where the situation remained tense, with large numbers of Ram Rahim's followers gathered inside the Dera headquarters.
 
The officials said the police had been able to clear the mobs off the streets in all other towns in Haryana.
 
About 60 policemen also suffered injuries in today's incidents, including two senior superintendents of police and one deputy superintendent of police, they said.
 
In Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who returned during the day from a visit to Kyrgyz Republic, spoke to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and discussed the situation with them. Mr. Rajnath Singh assured them of all necessary assistance from the Centre.
 
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said he had talked to the Chief Secretary of Haryana who had told him that the situation was being brought under control. "The situation is tense but under control," he said, adding that the Centre was monitoring the situation continuously.
 
Thousands of Singh's supporters had gathered at different points in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Punjab and violence erupted shortly after news of his conviction came.
 
 
29 dead as Dera followers bring Panchkula to its knees
In Panchkula, scores of vehicles, including fire tenders, outdoor broadcast vans of television news channels and two-wheelers were set ablaze. The mobs also attacked some government property. Police used teargas, lathi-charges, pellet guns and finally resorted to firing to disperse the mobs.
 
A former follower of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had accused him of repeatedly raping her inside the Dera campus near Sirsa in Haryana in 1999. The first information report in the case had been filed in 2002.
 
The mobs targetted media vehicles and attacked some journalists reporting from the scene.
 
Incidents of violence were also reported from various other places in Haryana as well as Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi.
 
In Delhi, some buses in Jahangirpuri and other localities and two coaches of a train parked in the railway yard at Anand Vihar were partially burnt after they were set on fire by miscreants. Police said reinforcements had been rushed to all affected and patrolling had been stepped up all across the city. The situation was under control, they added.
 
Though thousands of policemen had been deployed in Panchkula and elsewhere in Haryana to prevent any untoward incident, they were unable cope with the wave of violence that started after the verdict was pronounced. Police used teargas shells to try and disperse the mobs. Curfew was imposed in some towns of Punjab.
 
Television pictures showed ambulances bringing scores of injured persons to the government hospital there.
 
The Railways had, as a precautionary measure, cancelled some 300 mail, express and passenger trains passing through  Haryana in the past few days.
 
The Centre had sent several companies of central armed police forces to Haryana at the request of the state government and the Army's assistance had been sought at some places.
 
Mr. Khattar urged people to stay calm and maintain peace. He said strict action would be taken against those who disturb the peace and took law into their own hands.
 
In Gurgaon, near here, the police staged a flag march which passed through Kherki Daula, IMT Manesar, Bilaspur, sohna, Bhondsi and Badshapur as a precautionary measure.
 
"A close watch is being kept on the anti-social elements and miscreants who try to take advantages of such situation," a press release from Gurgaon Police said.
 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the "instances of violences" were "deeply distressing". He said he strongly condemned the violence and urged everyone to maintain peace.
 
"The instances of violence today are deeply distressing. I strongly condemn the violence & urge everyone to maintain peace," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"The law & order situation is being closely monitored. I reviewed the situation with the NSA & Home Secretary," he said.
 
"Urged officials to work round the clock to restore normalcy and provide all possible assistance that is required," he added.
 
In Delhi, the police has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, banning the assembly of five or more persons, as a precautionary measure in 11 districts, including New Delhi.
 
"Adequate police arrangements in place & Law & Order situation under control. Officers with reserve force on rounds to maintain peace," the Commissioner of Police said on Twitter.
 
"Appeal to all to maintain peace & order. #DelhiPolice on full alert. Strict legal action will be taken against miscreants for any violation," he added.
 
Meanwhile, the Congress has demanded the resignation of Mr. Khattar and urged the Prime Minister to put the interests and safety of Indians before his party's interests.
 
Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed grave concern and shock at the violence.
 
Ms. Gandhi spoke to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh about the situation. She urged the Governments of Punjab and Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh to ensure the safety and security of citizens. She also appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.
 
"Violence & brutality have no place in our society. Condemn the rampage and lawlessness in Haryana & appeal to restore peace and tranquility," Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter.
 
Mr. Amarinder Singh appealed to the people of Punjab to maintain peace and harmony. "We won't allow anyone to disturb the peace and tranquility of our state," he added.
 
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Sidhu sends resignation to CM Amarinder Singh

Navjot Singh Sidhu. (File photo: IANS)
Navjot Singh Sidhu. (File photo: IANS)
Ending the suspense in this regard, Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday said he had sent his resignation to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
 
"Today I have sent my resignation to the Chief Minister Punjab, has been delivered at his official residence...," he said on Twitter.
 
However, the Chief Minister was away in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There was no comment on the issue from the Chief Minister's Office.
 
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Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab minister

Navjot Singh Sidhu. (File photo: IANS)
Navjot Singh Sidhu. (File photo: IANS)
The rift between Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu deepened on Sunday, when the latter resigned as Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources.
 
"I hereby resign as Minister from the Punjab Cabinet," the former-cricketer-turned politician wrote in his resignation letter. Posting the letter on Twitter, Sidhu tweeted: "My letter to the Congress President Shri. Rahul Gandhi Ji, submitted on 10 June, 2019." 
 
"Will be sending my resignation to the Chief Minister, Punjab," Sidhu tweeted after the Chief Minister's media adviser Raveen Thukral told IANS that the CM office had not received his resignation. 
 
Reacting to the development, Punjab Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa said it was technically wrong of Sidhu to submit his resignation from the Cabinet first to the party President.
 
Urging Sidhu to reconsider his decision, he said the politician should talk to the Chief Minister and resolve the issues between them. "He is an intelligent man and can contribute a lot to his new department," he added.
 
On June 6, Sidhu was divested of the charge of Local Government and Tourism & Cultural Affairs portfolios and given Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources in a Cabinet reshuffle, the first after the Lok Sabha election results. 
 
Barring four, there were changes in the portfolios of all the ministers as a result of the reallocation, which Amarinder Singh said, would help further streamline the governing system and bring more transparency and efficacy to various departments.
 
However, Sidhu refused to take charge of his new ministry. On June 10, he met Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Ahmed Patel in New Delhi and told them that his department had been singled out and publicly blamed for the party's Lok Sabha poll defeat. He had gone into hibernation since then. 
 
In his absence, Amarinder Singh on July 10 took crucial decisions related to electricity shortage as it was affecting paddy sowing in the state.
 
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Massive mudslides block Chandigarh-Shimla highway

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Massive mudslides hit the Chandigarh-Shimla national highway between Parwanoo and Solan towns in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday owing to heavy overnight rains, that led to traffic snarls and posed a serious threat to motorists.
 
The movement of traffic was hampered almost throughout the day due to massive landslides along the highway in Solan district.
 
Motorists said the maximum landslips were on a 30-km stretch between Parwanoo and Kumarhatti, where over 20 km was either damaged or piled with boulders and muck.
 
They said the falling debris threatens their safety while travelling through this stretch that has been excavated recently for highway widening.
 
The executing agency - National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) - for the project which aims to cut the travel time between Chandigarh and Himachal capital Shimla by shortening the distance by 17 kms -- cleared the road of boulders and mud.
 
The entire stretch from Parwanoo to Solan has become a permanent landslide zone particularly Chakki ka Mor. The risk of driving is aggravated after dusk, said motorist Deepak Nayyar.
 
He said there were frequent incidents of landslips and falling rocks hitting moving vehicles owing to fragile and loose strata with vertical cutting of the hills for the expansion of the highway.
 
Geologists blame unscientific cutting of precipitous hills, largely of shell, sandstone and clay, for the frequent landslips.
 
"Most of these mountain slopes are of sedimentary formation and have become destabilised with the reckless cutting by heavy earth-moving machinery. The loose and naked boulders with muck will continue to roll down on the highway for eight to 10 years more," former state geologist Arun Sharma told IANS.
 
"On the Parwanoo to Solan stretch, most of the hill cutting was done largely vertically than horizontally. At some points, large-scale vertical cutting was carried out," added Sharma, a member of the Environment Ministry's State Expert Appraisal Committee to assess projects.
 
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari informed the Rajya Sabha on July 8 that the work on four-laning of the stretch between Parwanoo and Solan would be completed within the next six to eight months as the bottlenecks have been removed.
 
He said the project was being undertaken at a cost of Rs 750 crore and almost 75 per cent of the work has been completed.
 
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Congress needs charismatic Gen Next leader: Punjab CM

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday backed a young leader to galvanise the Congress in the wake of Rahul Gandhi's resignation as the party President.
 
Pointing to the large and growing youth population in the country, the Chief Minister urged the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to look for Gandhi's replacement in a charismatic Gen Next leader, who can enthuse the people with his pan-India appeal and grassroots presence.
 
"Gandhi had shown the way for youth leadership to take the party's reins and steer it to greater heights", said the Chief Minister, adding that with India leading the world in terms of the largest youth population, it was natural that a young leader would understand and relate to the desires and aspirations of the people more effectively.
 
Any change in the party leadership must reflect India's societal reality, with 65 per cent of its population under 35, said Singh said in a statement.
 
He said Gandhi's decision to stand firm on his resignation was a major disappointment and setback for the party, from which it could recover only under the dynamic leadership of another young leader.
 
Only a youth leader could revive the grand old party, said the Chief Minister, urging the Congress leadership to keep the energy infused by Gandhi going.
 
The Congress needs young blood to galvanise its rank and file, and once again make it India's preferred and only choice, said Singh.
 
The leadership of the party should be such that it reflects the realignment of its vision to the evolving aspirations of the nation, he added.
 
A youth leader, with a forward-looking approach, would not only connect better with the large majority of India's young population but would inculcate the party with a dose of fresh thinking, desperately needed to pull the nation back from the regressive and divisive policies of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said.
 
Singh said under the guidance of the experienced party veterans, a young leader, with a visionary approach and modern outlook, would pave the way for the birth of a new India -- more vibrant, dynamic and progressive.
 
It was time, he said, for the old to give way to the new, without which the Congress could not effectively tackle the challenges faced today.
 
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Haryana Congress leader shot dead in Faridabad

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Haryana Congress leader Vikas Chaudhary was shot dead by two assailants outside a gym in Faridabad on Thursday, police said.
 
Chaudhary, 42, who was considered close to state Congress Chief Ashok Tanwar, was fired at from close range when he came out of the gym. 
 
He was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him dead.
 
The crime was recorded on CCTV camera, the police said.
 
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Bargari sacrilege accused murdered in Punjab prison

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The prime accused in Punjab's Bargari sacrilege case was killed in an attack by other inmates in a jail in the state's Nabha town on Saturday, an official said.
 
The attack on Mahinderpal Bittu, who was arrested last year, occurred around 5.15 pm. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital at Nabha, where doctors declared him brought dead, an official spokesperson told IANS.
 
Initial investigations have revealed that Bittu (49), a resident of Faridkot, was attacked by two men who were in jail in a murder case.
 
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday ordered an inquiry into the fatal assault on Bittu.
 
Additional Director General Prisons Rohit Chaudhary will head the fact-finding committee, which has been asked to submit a report within three days.
 
The inquiry will be in addition to the mandatory judicial inquest into the murder of the accused, the spokesperson said.
 
The Chief Minister has ordered beefing up of security in the state in the wake of the attack, while appealing to all communities to maintain peace and not give in to rumours.
 
Those involved in the attack would face punishment for the crime, he asserted.
 
The sacrilege case relates to the alleged desecration of the Guru Granth Sahib in Bargari village in Faridkot in October 2015. Two people were killed and many others injured in Behbal Kalan village of the district on October 15, 2015, when police resorted to firing on hundreds of people protesting the sacrilege. 
 
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Rescuers close to child trapped in Punjab borewell for 76 hours

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Rescuers of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Sunday evening said they were close to reaching a two-year-old boy who has been trapped in a 150-foot-deep abandoned borewell for over 76 hours in a village in Punjab's Sangrur district.
 
The operation resumed in the morning after a delay of five hours due to a technical snag to recover the boy who fell into the narrow and deep borewell on the evening of June 6.
 
Special teams have worked day and night in a tunnel that was dug parallel to the borewell.
 
The digging was almost over in the newly-laid 36-inch-diameter parallel shaft to reach the child who is believed to be stuck at a depth of 110 feet in the borewell that has a nine-inch diameter.
 
A team of doctors and ambulances have been stationed at the spot.
 
A movement in the child's body was noticed at 5 a.m. on Saturday, almost 40 hours after the incident. After that there was no movement in his body.
 
The parallel tunnel was dug manually to reach the child, who will turn two on June 10, a rescuer told IANS on phone.
 
After digging the parallel tunnel, a passage to create access to the child is being made through another horizontal tunnel, he said.
 
Adequate supply of oxygen inside the well is being provided and a camera is being used to monitor the child's condition.
 
A special NDRF team that has experts in rescuing people trapped in wells has been deployed, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori told reporters.
 
He said the child's hands were clamped within seven-eight hours of the incident so he could not have slipped further.
 
The child stumbled into the borewell that was covered with cement bags at around 4 p.m., his mother said.
 
The rescue team, comprising 26 members of the NDRF and the Indian Army with district administration staff, has been involved in the day-and-night operation at Bhagwanpura in Sunam subdivision, some 15 kms from district headquarters at Sangrur.
 
Followers of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda were also involved in the rescue operation.
 
An attempt was made earlier to pull out the child with the help of a rope. He has been tied with a rope to prevent him from slipping down, a rescuer said.
 
The NDRF said this is one of the most complex rescue operations undertaken in the country.
 
The borewell had been abandoned for over seven years. This was the second such incident in the area in less than three months.
 
Thousands of people have been sending messages to TV channels, wishing luck to the rescuers.
 
On March 22, a one-and-a-half-year-old boy, who fell into a 70-foot narrow borewell in Haryana's Hisar district, was rescued after a 48-hour operation.
 
In July 2006, Army engineers in Haryana's Kurukshetra town had rescued a little boy trapped in a 60-foot well for two days.
 
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Amarinder Singh rejigs portfolios of most of his ministers, including Sidhu

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with state Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu (File photo: IANS)
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh with state Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu (File photo: IANS)
Hours after the first state Cabinet meeting post the Lok Sabha elections, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday evening rejigged the portfolios of most of the ministers, including Navjot Singh Sidhu.
 
Barring four ministers, there are some changes in the portfolios of all the ministers as a result of the reallocation, which the Chief Minister said would help further streamline the government system and processes and bring more transparency and efficacy to the various departments.
 
With the Congress government in the state nearing its mid-term mark, Amarinder Singh hoped the exercise would also re-energise his team.
 
The Chief Minister, who had hinted at changes in the portfolios of his Council of Ministers after the completion of the poll process, has allocated the crucial Local Government to his senior-most colleague, Brahm Mohindra, who was earlier handling Health and Family Welfare, which has now been entrusted to Balbir Sidhu.
 
Local Government was earlier with Navjot Singh Sidhu, who now gets Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources.
 
His other previous portfolios of Tourism and Cultural Affairs goes to Charanjit Singh Channi, who retains Technical Education, Industrial Training and Employment General, with his Science and Technology portfolio taken over by the Chief Minister.
 
Balbir Sidhu's portfolio of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy has been entrusted, under the new scheme of things, to Tript Bajwa, along with Higher Education.
 
Bajwa also retains Rural Development and Panchayats.
 
However, Bajwa has been divested of Housing and Urban Development, which the Chief Minister has handed over to Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria, in place of Revenue, which goes to Gurpreet Singh Kangar, who is also handling Rehabilitation and Disaster Management.
 
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Manpreet Singh Badal continues to take care of Finance, Planning and Programme Implementation, but the Chief Minister has decided to take Governance Reforms into his own fold. School Education has been shifted from Om Prakash Soni to Vijay Inder Singla, who retains Public Works but hands over Information Technology to Captain Amarinder.
 
Soni will now take care of Medical Education & Research, Freedom Fighters and Food Processing departments.
 
In addition to Sports & Youth Affairs, Rana Gurmeet Sodhi will now also be in charge of NRI Affairs, which was under the Chief Minister's purview earlier. 
 
Transport has been moved from Aruna Chowdhary's basket and handed over to Razia Sultan, who retains Water Supply but has been divested of Higher Education. 
 
Aruna Chowdhary takes over the Social Security, Women & Child Development departments.
 
The four ministers in whose portfolios no changes have been made are Sadhu Singh Dharamsot (Forests, Printing & Stationery, SC/BC Welfare), Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa (Cooperation, Jails), Sunder Sham Arora (Industries & Commerce), and Bharat Bhushan Ashu (Food & Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs).
 
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Sidhu skips Cabinet meet, says can't be taken for granted

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Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is at loggerheads with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, skipped a Cabinet meeting on Thursday and declared later that he could not be taken for granted.
 
This was the first meeting of the Cabinet after the Lok Sabha elections, and the Chief Minister set a deadline for the completion of his government's flagship programmes within six months.
 
A defiant Sidhu said he can't be taken for granted.
 
This is the second time in a week when Sidhu, the Local Government Minister who was in the city, boycotted a crucial meeting in evident protest.
 
Earlier, Sidhu was absent from the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting chaired by Amarinder Singh here last week.
 
Even as the cabinet meeting was in progress on Thursday, Sidhu presented to the media at his residence a list of what he said were his ministry's achievements.
 
He refuted charges against him of poor performance.
 
Sidhu provided "facts" to prove that the Congress performed well in the Lok Sabha elections in the urban areas of Punjab too.
 
He made it clear that he cannot be taken for granted as he had been a performer throughout his life -- be it in cricket, showbiz or politics.
 
The strife between the cricketer-turned-politician and the Chief Minister is not new.
 
On several occasions, Sidhu has said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi was his 'Captain', reportedly irking Captain Amarinder Singh, a retired Indian Army officer popularly referred to as "Captain'.
 
The war of words between the Chief Minister and Sidhu intensified when Amarinder Singh blamed Sidhu for the Congress' poor performance in the state's urban areas and said his actions during the parliamentary elections had not only harmed him but also Rahul Gandhi.
 
The cause of the provocation was Sidhu's controversial remarks on the sacrilege issue. He also blamed the Chief Minister for denial of party ticket to his wife from Chandigarh.
 
Referring to Sidhu's remarks on the investigation into the sacrilege cases in Bathinda, the seat the Congress lost to Akali Dal's Harsimrat Kaur Badal by 21,772 votes, the Chief Minister said the Minister evidently did not understand that a Special Investigating Team (SIT) had been set up by the Assembly.
 
The Chief Minister had also reiterated that Sidhu's 'yari and jhappi' (friendship and hug) with the Pakistani Army Chief would not be tolerated, especially by Indian Army personnel, who were being killed by ISI-backed terrorists.
 
Thursday's meeting took crucial decisions, including changes in Cabinet portfolios, insiders told IANS.
 
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Indian, Pakistan security forces exchange sweets on LoC, IB

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Indian and Pakistan security forces on Wednesday exchanged sweets and greetings on the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
 
Defence sources said Indian soldiers greeted Pakistan soldiers on the LoC in Chakan Da Bagh area of Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district and the two sides exchanged sweets.
 
The Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers deployed on either side of the International Border in the state's Samba district also had an exchange of goodwill and greetings, BSF sources said.
 
BSF troopers also exchanged sweets with the Rangers counterparts at the Attari-Wagah joint checkpost, some 30 km from Amritsar, in Punjab to celebrate the festival.
 
It is for the first time after Narendra Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India for the second five-year term that security personnel have exchanged greetings with each other.
 
Exchange of greetings and sweets takes place on the Independence Days, national days and festivals like Eid and Diwali.
 
In recent years, both sides have not greeted each other or exchanged sweets on some occasions due to tensions between both countries following ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir or terrorist activities in the state.
 
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Punjab Congress chief resigns for losing election

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Punjab Congress President Sunil Jakhar, who lost the Lok Sabha election from Gurdaspur to BJP candidate and actor Sunny Deol, on Monday sent his resignation from the post to party chief Rahul Gandhi.
 
In the resignation, he took moral responsibility for losing his seat and party's not so outstanding performance in the Congress-ruled state.
 
The Congress has won eight of the 13 seats. The Akali Dal and the BJP won two seats each while the Aam Adami Party (AAP) won one seat.
 
In his letter, Jakhar said he was unable to retain his seat despite the best support by the Congress President, General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
 
"Everyone supported me fully and put in their best for me but I was unable to defend my seat. In such a scenario I cannot continue as state chief. I feet a moral responsibility to quit," said Jakhar, who lost by over 77,000 votes.
 
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Golf: Rashid Khan fires final round of 66, bags second title of season

Rashid Khan
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Delhi’s Rashid Khan fired an awesome final round of six-under 66 to register a two-shot victory at 13-under 275 in the Tata Steel PGTI Players Championship here on Friday.
 
Rashid, who largely went unnoticed on the first three days of the Rs. 30 lakh event, knocked out all his closest rivals with a gallant showing in the last round. 
 
The 28-year-old Rashid (70-68-71-66), a two-time Asian Tour winner, earned a just reward for firing the last day’s best score as he lifted his 12th professional trophy which was also his 10th on the PGTI. 
 
His second title of the season pushed him up from second place to first position in the 2019 Tata Steel PGTI Order of Merit as his season’s earnings now read Rs. 25,68,453. Rashid overtook previous money list leader Chikkarangappa of Bengaluru.
 
Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (69-67-71-70) and round three leader Shankar Das (68-68-68-73) of Kolkata, who were both in contention till the final stages at the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC), claimed joint second position at 11-under 277.
 
The highest-placed golfers from the host city of Chandigarh were the trio of Aadil Bedi (67), Karandeep Kochhar (68) and Harendra Gupta (69) as they all ended up in tied-eighth with matching totals of seven-under 281.
 
Rashid Khan, lying overnight tied fifth and five off the lead, turned the tables with a top-notch performance on Friday to continue his hot streak which began late last year. Rashid, who took home the winner’s cheque worth Rs. 4,84,950, has now recorded three wins in the last six months on the PGTI.
 
The winner, who had struggled to hole putts all week, had a quiet start to round four as he was one-under over the front-nine today having sunk two birdies at the cost of a bogey.
 
But his fortunes were suddenly on the upswing when he birdied the 10th and 11th. He played a fantastic second shot to recover from the trees on the 10th that left him an eight-feet birdie putt which he converted. A 25-feet birdie conversion on the next hole added to the confidence of the 2013 and 2016 PGTI Order of Merit champion.
 
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His consistent ball-striking set up three more up and down birdies for him on the 13th, 16th and 17th that helped him snatch the lead and finally the title from Gaurav Pratap Singh in what can be termed as a memorable come-from-behind victory.
 
Rashid said, “It’s great to win my second trophy this year. I’ve gone through some tough times over the last two years but I’m glad that my game is peaking once again.
 
“I was hitting it well through the week but was just not able to make the putts. But the turnaround happened on the 10th hole today where I recovered from a tricky position and then converted an eight-footer for birdie. I made an important minor adjustment in my putting stroke on that hole. That proved to be the game-changer for me as I sank all the putts thereafter.
 
“I knew three to four birdies on the last six holes would probably take me into a playoff with Gaurav. Once I made a brilliant par-save on the 15th, I told myself to just focus on hitting fairways to give myself a chance. I then grabbed my opportunities on the 16th and 17th. If one has to win, one has to always convert those half chances and that’s what I did successfully.”
 
Gaurav Pratap Singh, lying overnight tied third and three off the lead, emerged as leader on day four and a favourite for the title when he traded four birdies for a bogey over the first 11 holes.
 
After conceding the lead to Rashid, Gaurav once again drew level with him, thanks to his birdie on the 17th. But a couple of erratic shots on the 18th resulted in a double-bogey for Singh and dashed his title hopes.
 
Shankar Das had an off-day with a 73 after his three rounds of 68. He thus finished tied second with Gaurav Pratap Singh. Greater Noida’s Sudhir Sharma (73), who set the new course record of 64 earlier in the tournament, secured fourth place at 10-under-278.
 
Veteran Jyoti Randhawa  finished  tied 40th at one-over-289.
 
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Golf : Shankar Das fires third straight 68 to emerge third round leader

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Seasoned campaigner Shankar Das of Kolkata fired a third straight four-under 68 to take a one-shot lead at 12-under 204 ahead of the final round of TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship here on Thursday.
 
Greater Noida’s Sudhir Sharma, who was overnight tied fourth along with Shankar after setting a new course record on Wednesday, also moved up two spots in the penultimate round. Sudhir’s 69 on Thursday placed him second at 11-under 205.
 
Bengaluru’s Trishul Chinnappa, the half-way leader, slipped to tied third as a result of his third round of 73. Chinnappa shared third place with Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (71) at nine-under 207.
 
Panchkula’s Angad Cheema was the highest placed among the Tricity golfers. Cheema (68) closed the day in tied 12th at five-under 211.
 
The conditions during round three were unforgiving as it was the windiest day of the tournament and the breeze kept switching directions. The tough scoring conditions meant that only 17 players out of a total of 57 could break par on day three.
 
Shankar Das (68-68-68), a seven-time winner on the PGTI, negotiated the conditions well to shoot the day’s joint best score and keep his card bogey-free. Das struggled to find greens in regulation but more than made up for that with his fine chipping and putting.
 
He made a couple of chip-putt birdies on the second and 16th and landed his wedge shots within six feet for birdies on the sixth and 18th. The man with three top-10s this year will now be looking for his first win since September 2017.
 
Shankar said, “If I can drive and putt well in the final round I will have a really good chance of winning. I think a fourth straight round of 68 might just be good enough for me."
 
“I’ve already posted three top-10s this season so the form is good and the momentum is slowly building up for me. I think it’s just a matter of time before I can get my next win,” added Das.
 
Sharma (72-64-69) began the day splendidly as he landed his approach within a foot on the first hole to set up a tap-in birdie. Sudhir picked up five more birdies at the cost of a bogey till the 17th to enjoy a two-shot cushion over Shankar Das.
 
However, it all changed when Sharma found the water with his approach on the 18th and thereby conceded a double-bogey at the end. There was a three-shot swing in favour of Shankar who snatched the lead from Sudhir after making a birdie on the last hole.
 
Round two leader Chinnappa got off to a promising start with two birdies on the first four holes but he soon slipped with two bogeys and a double-bogey between the eighth and the 11th. He managed to pull one shot back on the 16th.
 
Patna’s Aman Raj and Bangladesh’s Md Dulal Hossain, who were both overnight tied second, shot identical scores of 74 in round three and thus dropped to tied fifth at seven-under 209. The three others in tied fifth were Delhi golfers Kapil Kumar (68) and Rashid Khan (71) and Bengaluru’s C Muniyappa (71).
 
Jyoti Randhawa was in tied 29th at one-under 215.
 
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Golf: Chinnappa holds on to lead; Sharma’s super 64 eclipses course record

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Bengaluru’s Trishul Chinnappa held on to the lead for the second day in succession, but it was Greater Noida-based golfer Sudhir Sharma’s exquisite eight-under 64 that hogged the limelight in round two of the Tata Steel PGTI Players Championship here on Wednesday. 
 
Chinnappa’s three-under-69 gave him a one-shot lead at 10-under 134 at the half-way stage of the Rs. 30 lakh event. 
 
The second position was shared by Patna’s Aman Raj (68) and Bangladesh’s Mohammad Dulal Hossain (68) at nine-under 135. 
 
The 31-year-old Sharma’s magnificent effort eclipsed the long-standing course record at the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC) and saw him return to form after a long gap. On day two, Sharma climbed 44 positions to tied fourth at eight-under 136.
 
The previous course record of 65 was broken after 13 long years as it was first set by legend Mukesh Kumar in 2006. Thereafter, it was matched by the likes of Gaganjeet Bhullar, Gaurav Ghei, Ranjit Singh, Shiv Kapur and Trishul Chinnappa. Chinnappa had equaled it on Tuesday during the first round of the ongoing event.
 
The cut came down at even-par 144 with 57 professionals progressing to the last two rounds.
 
Sharma (72-64), lying tied 48th and seven off the lead after round one, began the second day with a birdie on the first which was soon neutralized by his bogey on the third.
 
A whirlwind back-nine saw Sharma, a joint runner-up at the Asian Tour’s Panasonic Open India 2017, gain six more shots. Some fabulous approach shots on the 10th, 12th and 13th left him birdie putts within six feet of the flag, all of which he converted.
 
He ended the round in style with birdies on the last three holes to etch his name in the record books at the CGC. 
 
Sudhir said, "It’s great to have the new course record in my name. This encourages me to keep up the intensity over the next two days. The key from here on will be to continue hitting it well off the tee and seizing the opportunities on the greens with some solid putting. ” 
 
Aman Raj (67-68) and Hossain (67-68) clung on to their overnight tied second place with matching rounds of 68. Aman mixed five birdies with a bogey and narrowly missed his eagle putt on the 13th. 
 
Dulal made an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys. His round featured two chip-ins, one for eagle on the 13th and the other for birdie on the 18th.
 
Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (67) and Kolkata’s Shankar Das (68) were both in tied fourth along with Sudhir Sharma at eight-under 136.
 
Mumbai’s Anil Bajrang Mane slipped from overnight tied second to tied 10th at five-under 139 as a result of his 72 on Wednesday.
 
The trio of Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Harendra Gupta and Aadil Bedi, were the best-placed among the Chandigarh golfers as they occupied tied 12th at four-under 140. Jyoti Randhawa (71) was a further shot back in tied 19th.
 
Local amateur Sanju Kumar made a hole-in-one on the 14th during his round of 74. However, he missed the cut since he totalled six-over 150.
 
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Congress annoyed that 'chaiwala' bringing reforms: Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the Congress was annoyed that a 'chaiwala' was bringing about reforms.
 
Addressing an election meeting in favour of party's outgoing MP Kirron Kher, Modi said when the middle class was in distress due to inflation, the Congress used to think 'hua to hua'.
 
Trying to woo the working class of the 'City Beautiful', Modi said: "The Congress has always insulted middle class and honest tax payers, whereas our government has given respect to the middle class. For the first time in history, income tax for salary up to Rs 5 lakh has been made tax-free."
 
Taking a jibe at Sam Pitroda's controversial remark in connection with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, he said: "The Congress 'naamdaar' (Rahul Gandhi) used to say Congress is an ideology. Now 'naamdaar's guru' (Pitroda) has revealed that the Congress' ideology is 'hua to hua' (it just happened)."
 
"When inflation was breaking the back of the middle class, the Congress was thinking 'hua to hua'."
 
Saying that he would fight for justice for the 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims, he said not all perpetrators of the anti-Sikh riots have been brought to justice yet.
 
Taking a jibe at Congress candidate and former Railway Minister Pawan Bansal, he said when his relatives were caught in corruption in railway recruitment, the Congress thought "it happened".
 
Speaking on his government's vision for India's progress, the Prime Minister took credit for "one mobility card as a tool to bring about transparency in governance" and shaping up the International Solar Alliance.
 
Chandigarh will vote for its lone Lok Sabha seat on May 19.
 
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Chandigarh man arrested for wife's murder in Goa

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A 28-year-old Chandigarh-based part-time travel agent Sukhvinder Singh has been arrested by the Goa Police for allegedly murdering his wife while on a holiday in North Goa's Arpora village on April 27, a police officer said on Friday.
 
Singh, who is accused of murdering his wife, was nabbed from a hotel in Ludhiana, Punjab, after a manhunt which spanned days and across several cities, Superintendent of Police (Crime Branch) Pankaj Kumar Singh told reporters on Friday.
 
"During interrogation it was revealed that on the fateful day, the couple had a heated argument resulting in a fight after which he slit her throat with a knife," the SP said.
 
Singh and his wife, Alka Saini, 25, from Himachal Pradesh, had checked into a resort in Arpora village located 20 km from Panaji.
 
The woman was found dead with injuries to her neck by hotel maintenance staff on April 27 and Singh was reported missing, following which the Goa Police had filed a murder case at the Anjuna police station.
 
Pankaj Kumar Singh said that police had sent teams to multiple locations including Delhi, Chandigarh, Kapurthala and other places, where the accused was known to have relatives. 
 
Sukhvinder Singh was eventually arrested from a hotel room in Punjab's Ludhiana town, the police officer said.
 
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Congress fields Hooda father-son, Bhajan Lal kin in Haryana

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The Congress on Sunday announced the name of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for the Sonipat seat and Bhavya Bishnoi, a grandson of former Haryana strongman Bhajan Lal, for the Hisar seat.
 
By fielding Hooda, the Congress is trying to send a message to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Haryana that the election in the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana is not going to be easy.
 
Hooda is a prominent Jat leader who remained Chief Minister from 2005 to 2014. Sonipat seat has considerable number of Jat community voters.
 
His son, Deepinder Singh Hooda, is the Congress nominee for the adjoining Rohtak seat, the traditional stronghold of the Hooda family.
 
The Congress also announced Bhavya Bishnoi, son of former Hisar MP Kuldeep Bishnoi, for the Hisar Lok Sabha seat.
 
Bhavya will face sitting MP Dushyant Chautala (Jannayak Janata Party) and former IAS officer Bijender Singh (BJP), son of Union Minister Birender Singh.
 
The Congress had earlier named former Union Minister Selja as its candidate for the Ambala seat and state Congress president Ashok Tanwar for the Sirsa Lok Sabha seat.
 
The party on Sunday named former minister Nirmal Singh from Kurukshetra. Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal was the MP from Kurukshetra from 2004 to 2014 but he lost the last Lok Sabha election to BJP's Raj Kumar Saini.
 
The Congress has announced former Haryana Assembly Speaker and Hooda confidant Kuldeep Sharma to contest election from the Karnal seat.
 
Within days of announcing the name of Lalit Nagar for the Faridabad Lok Sabha seat, the Congress on Sunday changed its candidate. It has now named Avtar Singh Bhadana from that seat.
 
The party has fielded former MP Shruti Chaudhary, who is the daughter of former cabinet minister Kiran Chaudhary, from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh and former cabinet minister Ajay Singh Yadav from the Gurgaon seat.
 
The Congress, in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, managed to win only the Rohtak seat. The BJP won seven seats while the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) bagged two seats (Hisar and Sirsa).
 
Voting for all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana is scheduled to take place on May 12.
 
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Senior Punjab CPI-M leader Balwant Singh passes away

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Former MLA and ex-state CPI-M Secretary Balwant Singh (82) passed away on Thursday at his residence here after a brief illness.
 
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh expressed grief over the demise of the veteran CPI-M leader. 
 
In his condolence message, the Chief Minister described Singh as a leader of the masses who worked relentlessly throughout his life for the cause of the disadvantaged sections of the society, especially to safeguard the interests of the industrial workers.
 
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Aseemanand among four acquitted in Samjhauta blast case

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A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on Wednesday acquitted all four accused, including Hindu leader Swami Aseemanand, in the February 2007 Samjhauta Express train blast which killed 68 people, mostly Pakistanis.
 
The NIA court had in January 2014 framed charges against Aseemanand and three others -- Kamal Chauhan, Rajinder Chaudhary and Lokesh Sharma. All of them were present in the court on Wednesday.
 
They had been charged with criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder, sedition and more.
 
The blast on February 18, 2007 in the train, which runs between Delhi and Lahore, at Haryana's Panipat left 43 Pakistanis, 10 Indians and 15 unidentified people dead. A dozen people, including 10 Pakistanis, were also injured.
 
The blasts took place in two coaches of the train (Delhi-Attari) near a railway station in Diwana village, 160 km from here.
 
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One killed after fire in Panipat refinery

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One employee was killed and two others suffered serious burn injuries following a major fire at the Panipat refinery in Haryana, police said on Sunday.
 
The fire started late on Saturday night. Fire tenders were rushed to control the flames.
 
The victim was trapped in the refinery's atmospheric vacuum unit.
 
The injured were rushed to a hospital, officials said.
 
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NIA court reserves verdict in Samjhauta Express blast case

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A special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court here on Monday reserved verdict in the February 2007 Samjhauta Express link train blast in which 68 people, mostly Pakistani nationals, were killed.
 
The special NIA court reserved its judgment till March 14, following a fresh petition from a Pakistani national on Monday.
 
The petitioner said eyewitnesses from Pakistan, who were present on the train when blasts took place, were not sent summons nor asked to appear before the court. They were also not issued visas to come to India for court proceedings, he said.
 
The NIA court had in January 2014 framed charges against Hindu leader Swami Aseemanand and three others -- Kamal Chauhan, Rajinder Chaudhary and Lokesh Sharma -- in the case.
 
All accused were present in the NIA court on Monday.
 
They were charged with criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder, sedition under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Explosive Substances Act, the Railways Act, the Damage to Public Property Act and the Prevention of Unlawful Activities Act.
 
Arguments in the case had concluded on March 6 and the NIA court had said the verdict would be pronounced on March 11.
 
The blast on February 18, 2007 in the train, which runs between Delhi and Lahore, at Panipat in Haryana left 68 people -- 43 Pakistanis, 10 Indians and 15 unidentified persons -- dead. As many as 64 were passengers, and the other four were railway officials. A dozen people, including 10 Pakistanis, were also injured. 
 
Blasts took place in two coaches of the Samjhauta Express link train (Delhi-Attari) near a railway station in Diwana village, 160 kilometre from here.
 
Aseemanand, a member of the right-wing Hindu group 'Abhinav Bharat', was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on November 19, 2010 from Haridwar, Uttarakhand, for his alleged role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad that killed 14 people. 
 
The NIA, which questioned Aseemanand about his role in the Samjhauta blast case, said it had evidence against him and others.
 
Over 250 witnesses were examined during the trial, out of which some had turned hostile.
 
The charge sheet in the case was filed in 2011, four years after the incident.
 
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Australia beat India by four wickets in 4th ODI, level series

India's Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan during the fourth ODI match between India and Australia at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Punjab on March 10, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
India's Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan during the fourth ODI match between India and Australia at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Punjab on March 10, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Australia rode a powerful batting effort to defeat India by four wickets in the fourth one-day international (ODI) and level the five-match series at 2-2 here on Sunday.
 
Chasing a formidable target of 359 runs, Peter Handscomb's maiden ODI century and half-centuries from Usman Khawaja and Ashton Turner took the visitors past the line with 13 balls to spare.
 
The Australians chase was off to a rocky start as Aaron Finch was bowled by Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumnar in the very first over. 
 
Jasprit Bumrah dealt another blow when he sent back Shaun Marsh in the fourth over with an excellent fuller length delivery that uprooted the off-stump.
 
However, that was destined to be the only bit of celebration for the Indian players. The capacity crowd at the IS Bindra Stadium witnessed laying of the foundation for a successful chase by Khawaja and Handscomb with a 192-run stand off 178 balls.
 
Handscomb scored 117 runs off 105 deliveries, hitting eight boundaries and three sixes along the way. Khawaja's 91 runs came off 99 balls and included seven hits to the fence.
 
Bumrah finally broke the partnership when Khawaja tried to pull a short-pitched delivery just outside the off-stump only to see Kuldeep Yadav latch on to the top edge at fine-leg.
 
Although the hosts claimed a couple of more wickets over the next eight overs, Turner smashed a quickfire half-century lower down the order to turn the match decisively in Australia's favour.
 
The all-rounder remained unbeaten on a breezy 84 with five boundaries and six hits into the stands studding his 43-ball stay at the crease.
 
Bumrah was the only Indian bowler who could trouble the Australian batsmen with figures of 3/63 in his 8.5 overs.
 
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Earlier, India rode scintillating knocks from openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to post a mammoth 358/9.
 
Both Dhawan (143 off 115) and Rohit (95 off 92) were in brilliant touch right from the start and also recorded the highest opening stand (193) for India against Australia. The duo hammered every visiting bowler before Rohit fell, five short of his hundred.
 
But Dhawan maintained his aggressiveness, taking every bowler to cleaners.
 
The Indian openers started cautiously before they accelerated the innings to race away to 55 runs in just 9.2 overs. The duo seemed brutal as most bowlers were hammered to every part of the park and lifted the team to 100 runs in 17.2 overs.
 
Continuing their sensible and destructive play, the duo took India near the 200-run mark before pacer Jhye Richardson came with a big breakthrough. He sent back a well-settled Rohit in the 31st over.
 
Rohit's knock contained seven boundaries and two sixes.
 
Dhawan, however, continued attacking the Aussies as India crossed the 250-run mark in the next six overs. Pat Cummins gave his side some respite as he bowled Dhawan in the 38th over.
 
India lost skipper Virat Kohli (7 off 6) with the scorecard reading 266/3.
 
In the last 10 overs, stumper Rishabh Pant (36 off 24), Lokesh Rahul (26 off 31) and Vijay Shankar (26 off 15) made some valuable contributions before the lower order fell like a pack of cards. But by that time India was able to post a mammoth target.
 
For Australia, Cummins bagged five wickets, leaking 70 runs, while Richardson scalped three for 85 runs.
 
Brief scores: 
 
Australia: 359/6 in 47.5 overs (Peter Handscomb 117, Usman Khawaja 91, Ashton Turner 84 not out; Jasprit Bumrah 3/63) beat India: 358/9 (Shikhar Dhawan 143, Rohit Sharma 95; Pat Cummins 5/70) by four wickets.
 
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Rohit, Dhawan power India to 358/9 vs Australia

India's Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan during the fourth ODI match between India and Australia at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Punjab on March 10, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
India's Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan during the fourth ODI match between India and Australia at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Punjab on March 10, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Riding on scintillating knocks by openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, India posted a mammoth 358/9 against Australia in the fourth one-day international (ODI) contest of the five-match rubber here on Sunday.
 
Both Dhawan (143 off 115) and Rohit (95 off 92) were in brilliant touch right from the start and also recorded the highest opening stand (193) for India against Australia. The duo hammered every visiting bowler before Rohit fell, five short of his hundred.
 
However, Dhawan maintained his aggressiveness, taking every bowler to cleaners.
 
Indian openers started cautiously before they accelerated the innings to race away to 55 runs in just 9.2 overs. The duo seemed brutal as most bowlers were hammered to every part of the park and lifted the team to 100 runs in 17.2 overs.
 
Continuing their sensible and destructive play, the duo took India near the 200-run mark before pacer Jhye Richardson came with a big breakthrough. He sent back a well-settled Rohit in the 31st over.
 
Rohit's knock contained seven boundaries and two sixes.
 
Dhawan, however, continued attacking the Aussies as India crossed the 250-run mark in next six overs. Pat Cummins gave his side some respite as he bowled out Dhawan in the 38th over.
 
India lost skipper Virat Kohli (7 off 6) with the scorecard reading 266/3.
 
In the last 10 overs, stumper Rishabh Pant (36 off 24), Lokesh Rahul (26 off 31) and Vijay Shankar (26 off 15) made some valuable contributions before the lower order fell like a pack of cards. But by that time India was able to post a mammoth target.
 
For Australia, Cummins bagged five wickets, leaking 70 runs, while Richardson scalped three for 85 runs.
 
Brief scores: India 358/9 (Shikhar Dhawan 143, Rohit Sharma 95; Pat Cummins 5/70) against Australia.
 
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Cabinet nod for transfer of 50.76 acres land in Chandigarh to PGIMER

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The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal for transfer of 50.76 acres of land at Sarangpur, Chandigarh to the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
 
This will benefit in screening OPD patients, triaging the patients and managing them optimally, an  official press release said.  
 
Cancer management research and palliative care would be provided under one roof besides setting up of Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and multi-level parking, among other facilities.
 
With the setting up of new Out-Patient Department (OPD), shifting of Trauma Centre, Cancer Care, and LRC, the waiting time for surgeries will decrease for the common man.  Emergency services will be available in a highly efficient manner, infrastructural medical facilities will improve considerably for the common man. 
 
This will benefit the poorest of the poor patients attending the PGIMER, Chandigarh.  Health services and tertiary care will be more effective, therelease added.
 
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