Two Pakistan nationals repatriated
Amritsar: Pakistan nationals Mohammad Imran Qureshi Warsi and Abdullah were repatriated through the Attai-Wagah joint check post on Wednesday. A resident of Karachi, Warsi was reunited with his family after 14 years. A Bhopal court had jailed him for 10 years on the charges of forgery and spying. Warsi said he was at least fortunate to go back to his home, but his fresh battle would begin to get his wife and children back. In another case, 21-year-old autistic boy from Mingora Swat in north-western Pakistan, Abdullah never knew that his passion to meet actor Shah Rukh Khan would eventually land him in jail. He had come to the Attari-Wagah border with friends on May 25 last year to witness the Retreat when he crossed the Zero Line after the ceremony. On being caught, he told BSF personnel that he wanted to meet the actor.
DEOs, school heads accountable for poor results
Chandigarh: State Education Minister OP Soni on Wednesday warned District Education Officers (DEOs) and Principals of government schools that they would be held accountable for poor performance of students in examinations. Presiding over a meeting with the DEOs, Soni said they should regularly conduct checks on schools to ensure punctuality among teachers and other staff members for better results.
SAD, BJP hold meet ahead of Modi’s visit
Chandigarh: A SAD delegation led by president Sukhbir Singh Badal and a BJP team led by state chief Shwait Malik held a meeting on Wednesday to review preparations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Gurdaspur visit on January 3. Malik said, “We decided to thank the PM for his role in making the Kartarpur corridor project a reality, besides other initiatives.” Dr Daljit Singh Cheema and Nirmal Singh Kahlon of the SAD were among those present, besides BJP vice president Prakash Jha and former state party presidents Kamal Sharma and Manoranjan Kalia.