R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Ex-services league polls:
The annual general meeting and triennial elections of the Indian Ex-Services League, Punjab and Chandigarh, will be held at Sainik House opposite Khalsa College here on September 14. Stating this here on Friday, Lt Col J.S. Mand (retd), general secretary, said besides elections, the office-bearers of the league would also discuss problems being faced by ex-servicemen, war widows and war veterans.

Bassi Pathana
Dr Swarn Singh Nirdoshi, editor of weekly newspaper ‘Basant Samachar’, was appointed media controller of the Human Rights Manch, a leading NGO of the state. Hehad been authorised to reconstitute the organisation at the district, block and sub-division levels.

Miss Fresher:
A talent search competition was organised in the RR Bawa DAV College for Gils here on Thursday. Chief public relation officer of Rotary Club Balwinder Singh Shah was the chief guest. Manpreet Kaur of class XI was declared “Miss Fresher”. The function was dedicated to late Ishmeet Singh, said college principal Ajay Sareen.

Opium seized:
The Tanda police seized 950 gm of opium from Manoj Kumar of Mirzapur on Wednesday evening. The police booked him under sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Purse stolen: Three motorcycle-borne youths stole a purse containing Rs 10,000 from the front basket of the scooter being ridden by Santosh Kumari and Vikramjit Kaur, both of Allowal, on Thursday evening. According to police sources, Santosh and Vikramjit were going to Nandachaur village from Khadiala village on a scooter, when Santosh stopped the scooter to answer a phone call. The three youths suddenly lifted the purse and fled.

Snatcher chased:
Major Singh, a former sarpanch of Mehs village, on seeing a motorcyclist snatch the purse of a woman cyclist gave him a good chase in his car and caught him. He was identified as Bhagwan Dass of Bhore village with the help of papers recovered from his motorcycle. Neetu, a receptionist of local Sharda Nursing Home, was going to a bank to deposit Rs 50,000 when the incident occurred on the Model Road.

2 held for gambling:
The local police has arrested two persons, Rakesh Kumar, alias Billa, resident of Fateh Nagar, and Rajinder Singh, alias Sonu, resident of nearby village Behram, under the Gambling Act. The police recovered an 3,997 and Rs 1,470, respectively, from them, Raj Kumar, SHO (city), said.

The department of employment generation and training, Punjab, in collaboration with the Government Mohindra College, Patiala, organised a seminar under counselling programme on its premises. ADC (development) Shiv Dullar Singh Dhillon was the chief guest.

Placement drive:
Forty students were selected for jobs at a campus placement drive organised at the Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology here on Friday. The placement drive was conducted by HCL Technologies Limited, Noida. As many as 141 students from various colleges, including the Bhai Gurdas Institute, Sangrur; Akal Degree College, Mastuana, Guru Kashi College, Talwandi Sabo, the Tagore College of Management and Technology, Patran, participated in this drive.



Charge given: The Chandigarh administration has given the charge of the conservator of forests, chief wildlife warden and environment director to Ishwar Singh. Before this, he was the deputy conservator of forests.

Cancelled: The UT administrator S.F. Rodrigues will not be visiting the UT Secretariat on September 15 for his regular public grievances hearing as he is going for an All-India Meeting of Governors in New Delhi from September 15 to 17, according to a press note.

Elected: Gurdial Singh has been elected as president, and Jujhar Singh as vice-president of the Chandigarh State Cooperative Bank during a meeting of the board of directors of the bank held today. There are 12 elected directors of the bank and three government nominees on the board.



Teachers’ assn thank CM:
The Haryana Government College Teachers Association on Friday thanked Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for granting Class I status to teachers who are drawing a basic salary of Rs 10,000 and above. Members of the association met the Chief Minister at his Chandigarh residence to convey their gratitude. Hooda urged the teachers to play a constructive role in imparting quality education to the students of the state.

Pension cases: The Haryana government has issued instructions to all departments to timely dispose of pension cases and hold quarterly meetings to review the position of pending pension cases. Stating this here on Thursday, an official spokesman said quarterly meetings to review the pending pension cases were held in January, April, September and December and the report was submitted to the finance department for appropriate action. He said all departments had been instructed to hold the quarterly meeting due for September at the earliest.

Dharna staged:
The Akhil Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union on Thursday staged a dharna in front of the deputy commissioner office here in support of several demands of poor and farm labourers. State secretary Ram Kumar Bahbalpuria, president Hari Parshad and secretary of the district committee of the union Dalbir Singh led the dharna. The union gave a memorandum to the DC demanding yellow and pink cards for all landless farmers, residential plots for needy families, proper implementation of the national rural employment scheme and benefit of loan waiver to landless farmers.

OPD sessions:
The Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre (EHIRC) has started fortnightly OPD sessions in Madaan Multispeciality Hospital here. The session was inaugurated by Dr Saurabh Juneja, associate consultant, cardiac surgery, which was followed by a free of cost heart check-up camp. With this initiative, residents will be able to consult senior doctors of the EHIRC. Juneja said the EHIRC was planning to set up similar OPDs across the state so that latest health care consultancy could be provided to the people of the state.

Farmer held:
The police has arrested a farmer, Balwan Singh, of Kanhori village for allegedly stealing Surdeep Singh’s tractor-cum-cultivator from his fields in Guraora village on Wednesday evening. The incident took place after Surdeep had parked the tractor after completing the first phase of tilling operations. Meanwhile, the police has also recovered the stolen tractor-cum-cultivator from Balwan’s possession. Balwan on Friday was produced in the court of the Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, who remanded him to judicial custody.



The District Congress Committee has criticised the shifting of the office of the Nehru Yuva Kendra’s zonal director to Shimla. District Congress president Onkar Singh Chandel, senior general secretary Ram Prakash Dhiman and a large number of Congress leaders have demanded that the state government should take up the matter with the Central Government and ensure that the office was shifted back to Bilaspur. “The kendra has no office building of its own in Shimla and government will have to spend lakhs on rent every year, while the sangathan has a building at Jabbali (Bilaspur) where it had been functioning till last week,” they said.

Driver killed:
The driver of Tata-Sumo was killed on the spot when his car fell into a deep nullah, near Pukhri, on the Chamba-Satrundi highway on Thursday, according to a report received here on Thursday. The driver was the lone occupant of the car. The police has registered a case and handed over the body to his kin after conducting the post-mortem, the report said. The driver was identified as Hans Raj, a resident of Masrund village in Chamba district.

Body found:
The police on Thursday found a body on the Pathankot-Mandi highway in a ditch, the police said here on Thursday. The Kangra SHO said the deceased was identified as Bansi Lal (55), a resident of Kachiari village. The police recovered a cycle from the spot. The body had injury marks. It was sent for the postmortem. A case under Sections 279 and 304 A was registered.

Pirated CDs seized: Ashish Kumar, a resident of Paprola, was arrested on Thursday near the Kangra bus stand under the Copy Rights Act after 458 pirated CDs were recovered from his possession, the police said. The Kangra SHO said following a tip-off on Thursday, Ashish Kumar was nabbed by the police at the local bus stand.

Two die in mishap:
Two persons died on the spot and one was seriously injured when a jeep fell into a gorge near Shong village in Sangla valley on Friday. The jeep was on its way from Shong to Karcham. Roop Chand (36) and Pradeep Kumar (27), both residents of Shong, died on the spot. Deewan Singh of Shong, the driver of the jeep, has been admitted to the regional hospital, Rekong Peo.



B’deshi held:
The troops of BSF held Bangladeshi national, Araz Ahmed, resident of Chittagong, while he was trying to ex-filtrate to Pakistan from the International Border in Samba district, official sources here said on Friday.

Cong, NC deceived people, claims BJP: The state wing of the BJP has blamed the Jammu-based leadership of the Congress and the National Conference (NC) for deceiving the people of the region by breaking promises made to them. Addressing a press conference, BJP state vice-president Hari Om said, “The leaders of the Congress and the NC have taken recourse to the politics of deceit and bluff to hoodwink and mislead the people of Jammu by holding promises they deliberately break in order to appease their Kashmiri masters.”

Compensate slain driver’s wife, rules SHRC:
The Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has directed the authorities to pay compensation of Rs 1 lakh besides providing employment to wife of a Kashmiri driver, killed in Jammu during the recent Amarnath land row. The commission directed state police to register a case against those involved in killing Mohammad Lateef (30) at Samba.

BSNL extends date: In view of the prevailing situation in the Kashmir valley, BSNL has extended the date for payment of mobile bills. A spokesman for BSNL said the subscribers could now deposit their mobile bills till September 15. He said that the cash collection counters would remain open till Saturday.


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