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Attack in Punjab cowardly: Kejriwal


New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday described the militant attack in Punjab’s Dinanagar town as “cowardly”. Arvind-Kejriwal-l-pti4

“We strongly condemn cowardly attack on innocent people in Punjab,” Kejriwal tweeted.

“We are with the people of Punjab and hope that culprits would soon be nabbed,” the chief minister added.

Militants struck in Dinanagar town early Monday, killing at least one person.

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Women On Wheels is Spreading Awareness About Gender Discrimination in Pakistan

Women on wheels are trying to empower man in a modern style. Pixabay

By Ajay Kumar

Pakistan’s Punjab province saw a massive crowd of women who were riding motorcycles. The ride was not for fun rather it was meant for a special message. To aware the women about the gender violence and with a will of having more women in the workforce, the Women on Wheels started its journey. They teach women bike riding  to make them confident about themselves.




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Return to Jammu- A Novel About a Journey

The author has superbly captured the life of the kid in a cantonment, growing up with two sisters, his mother's struggle to run the house on a tight budget and his father, a happy-go-lucky man, who avoids the responsibilities of a good husband.

He describes vividly how the family shifts to Jammu on his father's transfer, giving even the minutest details of their belongings, and of their journey to Jammu via Pathankot.
Sanasar, Jammu and Kasmir- wikimedia commons

This is the engrossing tale of Balan, a kid from South India who grows up in the towns of Punjab, Jammu and Haryana. It captures the eventful journey of Balan’s childhood, his schooling, and the friends he makes and loses due to transfers of his father, serving in the Indian Army.

“Return to Jammu” is a first-person narration and with the timelines, places and real-life personalities and events, the reader gets a feeling that it is an autobiographical novel. The author clarifies that all characters and the story per se are fictional but confesses to borrowing liberally from many episodes of his childhood in telling the story.

“If you happen to be acquainted with me enough to perceive a passing resemblance of me in Balan, you would be right; and yet if you find the resemblance rather tenuous and liberally adulterated, you will be equally right too,” says the author in a preliminary note.

Settled in Jammu, Balan is admitted into grade two, though just four years and seven months old. He remains younger and tinier than his peer group all through his schooling and even in college.
V. Raghunathan-Author of the book Return to Jammu, wikimedia commons

Balan, son of a junior commissioned officer hailing from Kerala and having Tamilian roots, is born in the Ambala cantonment in 1954. He narrates his story even before his birth, relying on family tellings.

The author has superbly captured the life of the kid in a canto