R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


National seminar held:
National seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Contemporary Educational Psychology’, sponsored by the PU College Development Council, was organised here by the DAV College of Education, principal Dr Venita Singh informed. The scholars, who discussed various aspects of the topic, included Dr Krishnan Chaudhary, HoD Clinical Psychology, CMC Ludhiana, Dr MR Chilana, former field adviser, NCERT, Dr Tirlok Bandhu, Dr Iqbal Singh Sandhu, Dr PS Sidhu, Colonel Dilbagh Singh, Dr SS Sangha, Dr Sarabjit Kaur, Dr Mandeep Kaur, Dr Vijay Grover, Parminder Kamboj, Ajay Khosla, Gurpreet Kaur, Amandeep Kaur, Sheily Chhabra and former SDM BL Sikka. 

Annual convocation: The 39th annual convocation of the DAV College will be held in its auditorium on March 29, principal Dr BB Sharma informed. Prof RC Sobti, vice-chancellor, Panjab University, will deliver the convocation address. Compulsory rehearsal for the students has been fixed for March 28. Dr Sharma further said 21 students have been selected for placement by Wipro after four rounds of the drive. 

Saplings to be planted: Concerned over protection of environment, the Akhil Bhartiya Bishnoi Yuva Sangathan has decided to plant 29000 saplings at villages of the region. Organising secretary Poonam Siyag, who presided over the meeting in this connection here on Tuesday, said village panchayats would be involved in the plantation campaign for which schools and religious places will be given preference. The students are to be motivated to take care of the plants afterwards. 

Engg Assn chief elected: Sanjeev Sehgal and Anil Vij (DET BSNL) have been elected as president and secretary, respectively, of the Association of Engineers here. SK Jhamb presided over the meeting. 

SAD working committee: Advocate Baldev Singh Sibia of Muktsar has been appointed as the working committee member of the Shiromani Akali Dal. The appointment letter has been issued by the party secretary and spokesperson Daljeet Singh Cheema. Sibia has earlier served with the SGPC and World Sikh Council at senior positions.

Govt’s effigy burnt: Demanding justice for landless labourers and the Muslim minority of Kalwanoo village of the Patran block (Patiala), the Punjab Students’ Union (PSU) on Wednesday held a rally in front of the ITI (Boys) and the ITI (Girls). They also burnt an effigy of the government. Vice-president of the union Jaswinder Singh alleged that labourers and Muslims of the village were being discriminated against by the administration. He alleged that their 11 leaders had also been put behind bars after registering false cases against them. He demanded the immediate release of the leaders and the registration of a case against the SDM and the in charge of the Patran police station.

Man killed in mishap
: Anoop Inder Singh (30) was killed on the spot when his car dashed against a tree near Khokhewal village bus stand here. The police handed over the body to the family after the post-mortem examination in local Civil Hospital.

Tarn Taran
Naib Singh, munshi of police post, Kairon, 20 kms from here, was suspended and sent to the police lines for maltreating a Patti-based journalist today. The newsmen of the district under the banner of Punjab- Chandigarh Union of Journalists staged a dharna against the misbehavior of the munshi. According to the information, the journalist working for a Jalandhar-based newspaper was maltreated by the munshi when the former went to the police post for lodging a complaint against a person, who damaged his car.

Poppy husk seized: Dalbir Singh, a resident of Kot Mohammad Khan, was arrested with 5 kg of poppy husk on Tuesday evening. A case under Sections 15, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered.



Prorogued: Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia has prorogued the Haryana Vidhan Sabha. A notification to this effect was issued by the Haryana Vidhan Sabha Secretariat on Wednesday.

Nominations: Chief Secretary Urvashi Gulati has issued instructions for nominating senior-level representatives to the Board of Officers of Air Force stations and units to expeditiously identify the restricted zones around Air Force aerodromes and installations. Specific zone up to a distance of 100 m, 100 to 900 m and 900 m from Air Force aerodromes and installations will be identified for restriction on construction for safety and security reasons. 

Kisan schools: To improve the quality of education in rural areas, the Haryana Government has decided to open kisan model schools in five districts, including Yamunanagar, Karnal, Jind, Jhajjar and Mahendragarh, from 2011-12. Education Minister Geeta Bhukkal said apart from teaching regular subjects, education about co-curricular activities would also be provided to rural students in these schools. She said students would be admitted to classes IX and XI for 2011 session and entrance test for admission would be conducted on March 24. 

Group A posts: The Haryana Government has declared all Group A posts, which were previously Class-I posts, in all its departments equivalent to the post of the Deputy Collector in the state civil service for the limited purpose as specified in the regulation. However, these shall exclude officers from the State Police Service, the State Forests Service and the Haryana Civil Service (Judicial Branch) and all boards, corporations and other autonomous bodies, which are not covered in the definition of government departments. 


NIFT fest today: The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) will hold its annual fest “Spectrum” this year. The two-day fest will begin on Thursday on the institute campus followed by grand silver jubilee celebrations of the NIFT on March 19. Anurag Thakur, MP, from Hamirpur will inaugurate the fest.

Workshop for farmers: Nabard on Tuesday organised a one-day special workshop for farmer clubs at regional horticulture research station at Jachh near here which was presided over by district development manager of Nabard Des Raj Jariyal. Addressing progressive growers from lower Kangra district, Jariyal apprised them of various schemes meant for economically uplift of growers. Over 35 farmers and fruit growers attended this workshop.

Bank’s raising day: The Kangra Central Cooperative Bank will celebrate it's 92nd raising day on Thursday. The bank came into existence in 1920. It has emerged as one of the leading cooperative banks in the country, providing all sorts of financial products to public and government employees with its 167 branches mostly in rural and backward areas of the state. 

Applications  invited for Haj: The government has invited applicants from all those intending to undertake Haj this year. A spokesperson said here on Tuesday that the Haj Committee of India had announced the programme for Haj-2011 for which application forms were available with the members of State Haj Committee and its office in the local Yojna Bhawan. He said the last date for submitting the application forms was April 29.



Governor mourns deaths in mishap:
Governor NN Vohra has expressed grief over the death of 10 persons in the minibus accident in Udhampur on Tuesday. In a condolence message, the Governor conveyed his sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. He wished a speedy recovery to all those injured in the accident. The Governor had last year held discussions with the minister concerned for strictly enforcing all required measures to check road accidents. 

National Integration tour for school students 
: Schoolchildren from the remote and underdeveloped Ramahal region of Kupwara district, who went on a 15-day national integration tour organised by the 6 RR of the Army, returned to Vilgam on Wednesday. During the tour, the students visited places of historical, cultural and tourist interests in Jammu, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai. They also got an opportunity to visit the Officers Training Academy in Chennai and the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. On the completion of the tour, the children were welcomed by their parents and civil dignitaries during a flag ceremony at Vilgam. 

Two Nepalese held, illicit liquor seized: The police arrested two Nepalese labourers from Kargil town on Wednesday and recovered a large quantity of illicit liquor from their possession. A police spokesman said, “The Kargil police arrested two Nepalese labourers, namely Tour Bahadur and Nan Lal, and recovered 87 bottles and 40 litres of illicit liquor from their possession at Minjee Gund, near Chatuk, in Kargil.” 


Offered egg with sedative, man robbed in train: A native of Assam was allegedly robbed of cash and his bag after he unsuspectingly accepted eggs laced with some sedative substance at the Rishikesh railway station. The incident was reported at the GRP on Monday. According to Timoshi, who is staying in Uttarakashi district, last month the train in which he was travelling to his hometown stopped at the Rishikesh railway station where two persons came in and befriended him. Later, one of them brought two eggs from outside and offered one to him. Timoshi fell asleep after having the egg. When he woke up, he found his bag containing clothes and Rs 500 missing. The two men were also not there. A case under Sections 328 and 329, IPC, has been registered. 

Tremors felt at Dharchula: Tremors were felt on the Indo-Nepal border at Dharchula in Pithoragarh district on Wednesday morning. Panicky residents rushed out of their houses. However, no damage to property was reported from anywhere. According to Director, Meteorological Department, Dr Anand Sharma, the tremors were recorded at 3 on the Richter scale.

Girl enticed by youth to flee: A 16-year-old girl of Vikasnagar was allegedly enticed to flee by a resident of Kalsi from her house. Her father Chote Lal lodged a complaint in this regard against Sandeep who, he said, had eloped with his minor daughter. The police has registered a case. 

Sec 144 to come into effect from March 17: Section 144 of the IPC will be enforced from March 17 onwards to ensure the smooth conduct of examinations by the Uttarakhand School Education Board and the Central Board of Secondary Education. The orders in this regard have been given by Additional District Magistrate Vir Singh Budhiyal. According to him, five or more persons will not move in a group within a distance of 100 metre from the examination centres and no one will be allowed carry weapons and ammunition of any kind or use any sound-enhancing equipment. Slogan shouting within a distance of 200 metre from the examination centres has also been prohibited. He has asserted that those violating the orders will be dealt with sternly.

Achieve physical, financial targets: DM to officials: District Magistrate (DM) of Almora Darban Singh Garbyal has ordered various departments to achieve their physical and financial targets with regards to the implementation of various schemes by the end of the current financial year. At a meeting held on Tuesday, he took stock of the progress made under various schemes along with the works done under disaster relief and rehabilitation. He told the officials that the money sanctioned for the current financial year must be used before year-end. The officials failing to do so would have to face action. Referring to the performance of various departments with regard to the implementation of the 20-Point Programme, he said all the departments must strive towards getting the ‘A’ grade.

Healthcare to rural women, kids our priority: CMO: Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Almora Dr RS Sahi has underlined that the priority of his department is to ensure proper healthcare to women and children residing in rural areas. Speaking at a meeting on the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), he said ASHA workers had been appointed in large numbers in all the blocks with a view to bring down the mother and infant mortality rates. He further stated that the Village Health and Sanitation Committees had been set up in accordance with the plan of the NRHM and teams of doctors would be carrying out checkup of students in schools under the School Health Programme of the mission

Police arrest two abductors of schoolgirl: The Udham Singh Nagar police has arrested two youths for abducting a girl in broad daylight. According to information, the incident took place at around 9 am on Tuesday when the 15-year-old victim of Roshpur Gotiya village was going to school with her father on his bicycle. The bicycle was stopped by a car from which two youths came out and forcefully bundled the girl into the vehicle and fled. The girl’s father informed the police who set up check posts and nabbed the youths on the dirt road leading to the Haldwani forest area. They have been identified as Gaurav Bathla of Bilaspur and Harvinder Singh of Kitcha.

Women up in arms against liqour vends: Women residents of Lamgarah in Almora district have demanded the removal of two liquor vends from the area. The women held a demonstration at the block headquarters on Tuesday. They said easy availability of liquor was causing hardships to their families as men spent all their money on consuming liquor. In addition, women and children faced harassment from drunkards. The women threatened to launch an agitation from March 22 onwards if the administration didn’t remove the vends.


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