Beas tragedy: One more student’s body recovered

July 01, 2014 - 1:24:06 am

Mandi, Himachal Pradesh:  One more swollen body of an engineering student from Hyderabad was yesterday recovered from the Beas river near here 22 days after 24 students and a tour operator were washed away in a tragedy, police said.

The latest body was identified as that of M Vishnu Vardhan Reddy. Four students and a tour operator still remain untraced.

Reddy’s body, in a badly decomposed state, was seen floating near the Pandoh dam, almost 15 km downstream from the accident site, police said.

Deputy Commissioner Devesh Kumar said that the search continues for the remaining victims.

The students from the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, who were on a holiday trip to Manali, were swept away June 8. They were standing on the boulders in the river bed for a picture-postcard photo shoot when a strong current carried them away.

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on June 25 ordered an interim compensation of Rs5 lakh each to the families of the students.

New liberal visa policy for Afghans announced

New Delhi:  India yesterday announced a new liberal visa policy for Afghan nationals who will now be allowed to stay in the country on humanitarian grounds for two years.

According to a home ministry release, the new policy further streamlines procedures being implemented in the current visa policy for citizens of Afghanistan. The new policy will be implemented from July 1.

Under the policy, the government may allow Afghan nationals to stay in India on stay visa/resident permit up to two years at a time.

“Exemption from police reporting will be granted for Afghan nationals up to two years or those above 65 years of age,” the release said.

It said there would be liberal provisions concerning exemption from police reporting for categories such as Afghan students, medical patients, short-term visitors, businessmen, scholars and eminent people.