Friday, June 21, 2013, Chandigarh, India
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FLOOD fury 
Toll may be in several hundreds: U’khand CM
Rescue operations in full swing 
Over 50,000 still stuck 
Kedarnath evacuated
Tribune News Service & PTI
Dehradun/New Delhi, June 20
Rescue and relief operations were intensified on a massive scale today in flood-ravaged Uttarakhand as multiple agencies evacuated the worst-affected Kedarnath town and other areas even as the death toll is feared to be in thousands. Union Home Ministry officials said over 50,000 people were stranded in various parts of the state that was hit by flash floods and landslips.
Pilgrims await evacuation in a flood-hit area. Pilgrims await evacuation in a flood-hit area. A Tribune photo

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Re touches a new low, just shy of 60 to dollar
New Delhi, June 20
Onlookers react to falling Sensex outside the BSE on Thursday. The rupee sank today to an all-time low of just under 60 to the dollar amid fears that the liquidity tap of the US Federal Reserve will be gradually turned off. The Sensex followed suit plunging 526 points, its biggest fall in nearly two years.
Onlookers react to falling Sensex outside the BSE on Thursday. — AFP

Govt snooping programme on since April
New Delhi, June 20
India has launched a wide-ranging surveillance programme that will give its security agencies and even income tax officials the ability to tap directly into e-mails and phone calls without oversight by courts or parliament, several sources said. 

1.69 lakh Haryana families lose BPL tag
Sirsa, June 20
Anxiety is writ large on the face of 33-year-old Savitri as she comes to the headmistress of her daughter Parul’s school with a notice in hand. The school authorities have asked her to immediately refund the monthly scholarship that Parul (13) has been getting as a below poverty line (BPL) student — a status she has lost after a re-survey conducted by the authorities. As Savitri tells the headmistress that being from a very poor background, she will not be able to refund the money, which is in thousands, Parul starts sobbing at her mother’s helplessness.


PUNJAB: Rescue op gaffe leaves govt red-faced

HARYANA: Commuters suffer as part of NH-73 damaged

J&KTerror threat to Amarnath yatra an exaggeration, says Omar

HIMACHAL: 300 rescued from Kinnaur dist

CHANDIGARH: It’s a second birth for us, says family after returning from Hemkund Sahib

LUDHIANA: Seals from 3 complexes removed

DELHI: St Stephen’s declares first cut-off list
Business: Sensex tanks over 526 pts on weak Re, Fed stance
OPINIONS: Divided we fight

NATION: Oppn creating hurdles in food Bill passage: Sonia

SPORTS: An unstoppable force
WORLD: No talks with Taliban scheduled: US




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CBI conducts polygraph test on Raja Bhaiya
New Delhi, June 20
The CBI today conducted lie-detection test on former UP Cabinet Minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya, on charges of his alleged involvement in the murder of DSP Zia-ul-Haque. He reached CBI headquarters at 12.30 pm for the test and remained there for a few hours. When he came out, he was satisfied, sources said.
A few days back, he had appeared before a special CBI court in Lucknow and agreed to undergo the test.
(Details on NATION page)

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An unstoppable force

The Indian juggernaut rolls on. The change of conditions didn’t matter. The change in the nature of the pitch didn’t matter. Sri Lanka were simply crushed and swept aside in the wake of the Indian march. No-hopers when the tournament started, the Indian team put up another stunning performance to reach the final of the Champions Trophy. (Details on SPORTS page)

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Sharmila launches ‘Pataudi, Nawab of Cricket’ today
A second book by and about Tiger Pataudi is in the pipeline, his wife Sharmila Tagore has revealed. Sharmila will be in London on Friday for the UK book launch of ‘Pataudi, Nawab of Cricket’, a compilation of 22 essays in the memory of the former cricket captain that was published earlier this year by Harper Collins. Sharmila herself has written the foreward, along with contributions from daughters Saba and Soha.


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