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Job balm on fake encounter wound

Srinagar (PTI): The Jammu and Kashmir government has issued an appointment order to the son of one of the victims of the Pathribal killings in Anantnag district.

Shakoor Khan, a resident of the Brari-Aangan area of the district, whose father was among the five killed by security forces as a sequel to the massacre of 35 Sikhs on March 2000, was handed the appointment order by Anantnag deputy commissioner A.H. Samoon on Saturday, an official spokesman said.

This is the first case of its kind.

A probe into the Pathribal incident ordered by the government has established that the five victims were residents and not foreign militants as claimed by the security forces.

The spokesman said the appointment letter to Khan was part of the healing touch policy of the PDP-led coalition government in the state.

Private varsities on UGC radar

New Delhi (PTI): The University Grants Commission has issued regulation mechanisms to check the mushrooming of private universities offering degrees to students at ease, in order to safeguard the interests of the students.

Under the UGC (establishment of and maintenance of standards in private universities) Regulations, 2003, private universities which started functioning before the regulations came into force would have to ensure adherence to them in three months.

Failure to comply with the regulations would render any degree or diploma awarded by the university as unrecognised and would invite penalty under the the UGC Act.

UGC sources said that fresh regulations were needed as setting up of private universities through state acts was a recent phenomenon.

While as many as 150 private universities existed in Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal have also started following suit, they said.

Officers caught taking bribe

Bhubaneswar: Two officials of the public sector Rourkela Steel Plant were caught red-handed by CBI sleuths while accepting a bribe from contractors to pass their bills.

Senior manager .C. Mohanty and junior manager S.C. Sahoo of the civil engineering services division allegedly demanded Rs 400 and Rs 1,600 respectively from the two contractors.

They duo will be produ-ced before the special CBI court in Bhubaneswar on Monday. The CBI sleuths also raided their homes after their arrests.

Girl trafficking

Kathmandu (PTI): The Nepalese army claimed to have rescued three teenage girls from being sold to brothels in India. The three girls from rural Nepal were being taken by traffickers through the lesser-known Narayangadh-Thori route. Three traffickers have also been arrested.

Cricket clash

Vadodara (PTI): A fight between supporters of two cricket teams led to clash on the city outskirts on Saturday. After a batsman was given run-out, the members of the team took the umpire away. After this, supporters of both teams began pelting stones at each other. One person was injured, police said.

Minister case

Dehradun (PTI): The CBI has decided to shift the Assamese girl, Indira Deori, who had alleged that a former Uttaranchal revenue minister fathered her child, to Delhi for further investigation, official sources said. The bureau has written to the state police to make arrangements for taking Indira, alias Jenni, to New Delhi. The girl had alleged in June that her new-born son was fathered by minister Harak Singh Rawat.

Militant arrested

New Delhi (PTI): A Pakistan-trained militant, Rashid Qureshi, who was allegedly here to set up a base, was arrested in northwest Delhi.

Pokhran air show

Jaisalmer (PTI): Air chiefs of about 40 countries are likely to witness India’s biggest air show, Vaayu Shakti 2004, in Pokhran range on February 2, 2004.

Tick

A Siberian stone chat, a resident bird of Siberia and Afghanistan, was sighted in Kerala’s Wayanad district recently, according to a local birdwatch group. The stone chat is a winter visitor in Pakistan, the UAE, Nepal and northern India.


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