Tuesday, July 24, 2001, Chandigarh, India
 Updated at 3 am (IST)

47 feared dead as truck falls into canal

Most casualties from Sangrur village
Ropar, July 23
At least 47 pilgrims are feared dead as the truck in which they were travelling fell into the Anandpur Sahib canal near Kiratpur Sahib. According to sources available, the truck driver lost control over the vehicle while descending a steep slope along the said canal.


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Rescue operations in progress near a canal where a truck fell down which was carrying pilgrims at Kiratpur Sahib in Ropar district on Monday. Rescue operations in progress near a canal where a truck fell down which was carrying pilgrims at Kiratpur Sahib in Ropar district on Monday. 
— Photo Karam Singh

PM’s Pak visit unlikely this year
New Delhi, July 23
Even though Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has accepted Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf’s invitation to visit Islamabad, it is unlikely that the trip will materialise in a hurry.

Pak yet to send invitation, says Sattar
Islamabad, July 23
Pakistan is yet to send formal invitation to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to visit Islamabad as it is awaiting the signature of President Pervez Musharraf, Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar said today.



Bodies of 4 VDC members found
Tension in Kishtwar; 2 dead, 21 hurt in blasts

Jammu, July 23

Tension continued to prevail in Kishtwar area today with the recovery of four bodies of the seven villagers kidnapped on Saturday night. Denying reports of curfew in the area, police sources said the situation in Kishtwar was tense but under control with the authorities monitoring the situation.

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Bandh against killings complete
Effigies of Musharraf burnt
Jammu, July 23
A bandh was observed in various parts of Jammu, Doda, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah towns, which was complete, in protest against the incidents of carnage at two places in Kishtwar yesterday.

A CRPF jawan removes a burnt tyre to clear the road for his vehicle at Gumat Chowk in the heart of Jammu City on Monday. — Photo Amin War

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Truce declared in Nepal
Kathmandu, July 23
The Nepalese Government and Maoist rebels declared a truce this evening ending an over five-year-long insurgency.

India, Pak Foreign Secys to meet in Colombo
New Delhi, July 23
First time after the failed Indo-Pak summit at Agra this month, Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan are likely to meet on the sidelines of the Foreign Secretaries meeting of South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation being held in Colombo on August 9-10.

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SP Singh takes over as VC of GND varsity
Amritsar, July 23
Dr Surinder Pal Singh, Dean, Colleges, becomes the first Professor of Punjabi to become Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, established in 1969 after the name of the first Sikh guru. 


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