R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Two held for cheating
: On the complaint of Harminder Kaur, wife of Dharamvir Singh of Pandori Kad, Mehtiana police has booked travel agents Balbir Singh and Udham Singh under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC. According to the police, Harminder Kaur alleged that the accused took Rs 3.50 lakh for sending her daughter Kamalpreet Kaur to Canada. But neither did they fulfil their promise nor returned her money. 

Petrol pump looted: Three unidentified youth in a black Safari car looted a petrol station at Bulhowal last night. They hold the salesman at gun point and filled diesel in their car, worth Rs 1,500. They also snatched Rs 7,700 cash from Navroop Singh, another salesman, at the petrol station. The police has registered a case under Sections 394 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act. 

Man duped: Travel agents duped Nirmal Singh of Rs 11 lakh on the pretext of sending him to Spain. The police has booked Chanan Singh and his son, Harjeet Singh, Sucha Ram and his wife, Swarn Kuar, and daughter, Geeta Rani, under Sections 406, 420 and 120B of the IPC. Nirmal Singh alleged that the accused took Rs 11,44,000 from him and promised to send him to Spain. Instead, they sent him to Thailand from where he was deported to India.




Youth drowned: Lila Ram of Safidon and Sandeep of Theri Chopta (Hisar) fell in a tank of waterworks in Indiachui village, where they had come for a marriage. They were members of a band party and were taking bath when they slipped into the tank due to accumulation of algae on the banks of the tank. Villagers rushed to take them out of water, but Lila Ram had died by then.

Four held: The police has arrested four persons for allegedly detaining and burning a tractor and criminaly intimidating Sirmal Singh, of Dera Mohammad Shah, Ajmatpur village in the district on Thursday. Parul Kush, district police chief, said Sirmal Singh alleged that a group of 17 persons approached him in his fields on Thursday when he, along with his brother and one more person, was driving the tractor. The group detained his tractor, sprinkled kerosene on it and put it on fire.

One killed: A car driver, Rakesh Kumar of Mahendergarh district, died while two motorcyclists, Jai Prakash and Vijay Kumar, who were also residents of Mahendergarh district, sustained grave injuries, when the car and the motorcycle collided head-on on the Mahendergarh-Rewari road on Thursday. The mishap took place when Rakesh was coming to Rewari while Jai Prakash and Vijay were going towards Mahendergarh. 

One booked: A miscreant, who stole Anjali Yadav’s purse, containing an ATM card and Rs 300, at the Naiwali Chowk here on October 25, withdrew Rs 40,000 from an ATM booth here by using the stolen ATM card. The police has registered a case in this regard on a complaint filed by the victim on Thursday. Anjali, who had come to Rewari for shopping, came to know of the theft of the ATM card as well as the withdrawal of money later after which she filed a complaint.



Condolence meeting: A large number of employees and officers, led by NGOs Federation state president Ram Singh, have held a condolence meeting, organised for those who lost their lives, including 12 employees of the local PWD, who were returning home from their offices in the last route bus to Bandla hill villages that suddenly met with an accident, near here, a couple of days ago. Ram Singh appreciated the gesture of the Chief Minister as he arrived in the town to pay last respects to the departed souls on their mass cremation and also his announcement that one ward of each family of employees dead in this accident would be provided employment. 

Burn injuries: A 25-year-old woman received serious burn injures when her clothes caught fire while working in her kitchen, the police said here on Friday. The police said Rukhmani of Guruchal was working in her kitchen when her clothes caught fire. Her husband tried to douse the flames and also received minor burn injuries while trying to extinguish the fire. The woman received 70 per cent burn injuries and was rushed to RPGMC, Tanda.

Officers reshuffled: In a minor administrative reshuffle, the government on Friday ordered the postings of two IAS and two state service officers. P Mitra, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Redressal of Public Grievances, has been posted as the ACS, Agriculture. This has relieved VC Pharka of the additional charge of Agriculture. Ajay Tyagi, on return from leave, has been posted as the Principal Secretary, Industries. Dinesh Malhotra, Special Secretary, Industries, has been posted as the Director, Himachal Institute of Public Administration (HIPA). Ajay Sharma, awaiting posting, has been posted as the Special Secretary, Industries. 

Hockey tourney: The 8th Independent Cup Hockey Tournament will begin from October 30, 2011, and conclude on November 3 at the Paddle Ground. According to Roop Singh Thakur, MLA, Sundernagar, and president of the District Hockey Association, over 12 teams from across the country would participate in the tournament. Gundeep Kumar, an Olympian and the coach of the Indian Hockey team, would be the chief guest in the opening function and Baljit Singh Saini, an Olympian and Arjun awardee, would be the chief guest in the closing function.



Mortar shell found
: The police recovered a mortar shell from a field in the Muthi area here today. Some labourers found a metallic object while working in the field and they informed the police, officials said. The object later turned out to be an old mortal shell.

Winter Secretariat:
The winter Secretariat has been established in the Civil Secretariat here and it will start functioning from October 31. One minister will attend the winter Secretariat on rotation (weekly) basis to address public grievances, an official spokesman said.



Doon man found dead in Jammu: The body of MK Sharma of Dehradun has been found at Jammu railway station. Some passengers who noticed the body informed the Railway police. An empty revolver was also found near the body. A case has been registered and investigations are on.

Bhaiya Dooj  celebrated: DEHRADUN: Bhaiya Dooj was celebrated with fervour across the state on Friday. All banks and state government offices remained closed on the occasion.

BJP workers’ meeting: State BJP general secretary Dhan Singh Rawat will preside over a meeting of BJP workers from Roorkee, in Haridwar and Dehradun (West) on Saturday. The meeting is being organised to discuss preparations with regard to LK Advani’s Jan Chetna Yatra reaching the state on November 17. 

Kumaon Briefs

Nainital Film Fest from tomorrow: The three-day Third Nainital Film Festival will be organised here from October 30. The festival will be devoted to Mani Kaul, a famous stage artiste, Gursharan Singh and Kuber Dutt, said Zahoor Alam, a well-known stage artist and organiser of the festival. “The festival will be inaugurate with a symposium on the “Need of the Cinema of Resistance” where Sanjay Joshi will be the main speaker and the chief guest will be cine artist Viswa Mohan Badola. The session will be chaired by poet Manglesh Dabral, he said.

Region spends Rs 2 cr on fire crackers: At least Rs 2 crore worth of fire crackers had been burnt in the Kumaon region in the past three days. The town of Haldwani topped with the sales of fire crackers of about Rs 1 crore, according to Ajay Rajput, a fire cracker seller of the region. “The residents of the towns of Nainital, Almora and Pithoragarh spent about Rs 20 lakh each on fire crackers this year while the small towns around Haldwani registered fire cracker sales of Rs 70 lakh in three days of October 26, 27 and 28, said Rajput.

Shop gutted at Tanakpur: A tailoring shop at ward no. 7 in Tanakpur town caught fire when the shop owner, Nanhe Miyan’s family was busy bursting fire crackers. The fire damaged three sewing machines and cloths worth about Rs 50,000. A fire engine doused the fire. The incidents of losses due to fire during Diwali were also reported from various places of the region, including Kashipur, Ramnagar, Haldwani, Garur and Jaspur towns.

Handloom Expo concludes: Handloom goods worth Rs 1.80 crore were sold during 11-day Handloom Expo held in Pithoragarh town from October 17 to 28. “The expo, organised jointly by the Union Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and the Uttarakhand Handloom Corporation, witnessed maximum sales of the Kanta brand of sarees made by weavers of West Bengal followed by printed bedsheets made in UP and Uttarakhand,” said Fateh Bahadur Singh, Assistant Director of the Industries Department of Uttarakhand. “The expo, which saw sales of products prepared by 45 cooperatives and self-help groups from the states of West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and UP, creates jobs for more than 600 handloom workers,” claimed Fateh Bahadur Singh.

Couple held on charge of murder: The police has arrested a couple from Bilaspur village of Rampur district of UP in connection with the killing a local youth a month ago. “The police acted on a complaint filed by Mansa Ram of Rudrapur who alleged that his son Munish Kumar was murdered by the couple. The police after investigation raided the couple’s residence and arrested them. They have confessed to the killing of the 19-year-old youth from Rudrapur due to personal rivalry,” said Ashok Bhatt, ASP, Rudrapur.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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