HT Punjab news digest: A grave scam, Khalsa varsity repeal, fighting cancer with poems, and questions over ‘terror’

Been away? Not found time for news? Want it in one go? Here’s a round-up of important stories from Punjab, the neighbourhood, and for the diaspora, on June 1

punjab Updated: Jun 01, 2017 23:01 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Hindustan Times,Amarinder Singh,terror module
The grieving kin of Rajatvir Singh who, the police claimed, had killed himself as cops raided his house to probe terror links, in Patiala on Thursday, June 1.(Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Police talk of terror link as youth ‘kills self’ in Patiala house raid, questions remain
A 24-year-old computer engineer was purportedly found dead at his house in Darshan Nagar of Patiala on Thursday, and the police claimed he was a bomb-maker who killed himself due to fear of cops who were conducting a raid. Police also claimed to have found a “pressure cooker bomb” and a “pipe bomb” and other explosive material from the house. Read more

Punjab govt repeals law, scraps Khalsa University in Amritsar
The Punjab government led by Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday promulgated an order to repeal the Khalsa University Act, 2016, with a view to protecting the heritage character of Khalsa College, Amritsar. Read more

Can poetry fight cancer? Facebook fund drive for Chandigarh student shows how
When an actor-writer from the city heard of a fellow poet’s sudden diagnosis of leukemia, or blood cancer, her first reaction was helplessness. Not only because the disease is potentially fatal, but also because her friend, Anam Narula, a 21-year-old BSc student at DAV College, Chandigarh, does not have the means to get the expensive treatment. Read more

Flood reveals encroachment of graveyard by colonisers in Bathinda
Earth had caved in at many places due to the flood last week, and 10 graves in two rows appeared, visibly hollow. It also came to light that large portions of the wakf board’s more than 19 acres have been carved into plots being sold mainly to illiterate migrant labourers without any lease document. Read more

As Congress MLAs sulk, CM Amarinder asks officers to give them ‘due respect’
Amarinder’s bid to keep political interference to the minimum in running the administration by reposing his faith on top officers in his government, is leading to heartburn among the party MLAs, who claim the bureaucracy had “cold-shouldered” them even during the 10 years of the SAD-BJP rule. Read more

Tighter visa rules: US wants social media, employment info of 15 years
The Trump administration has rolled out a new questionnaire for US visa applicants worldwide that asks for social media handles for the last five years and biographical information going back 15 years. Read more

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First Published: Jun 01, 2017 23:01 IST