R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Gurdaspur DEO suspended:
Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka has suspended Gurdaspur District Education Officer Shindo Sahni, District Resource Person Ram Lubhaya, APC (General) Pawan Mahajan and clerk Narinder Kumar Sharma on the findings of more than Rs 2 crore embezzlement of funds released for school dresses and furniture. Maluka also suspended Director (Administration) Manjit Kaur Ghuman, who was posted in the office of DPI (Secondary), for negligence in duty. Maluka said directions had been issued to the Gurdaspur SSP for the registration of an FIR against the DEO and others. 

HS Gujral to head Forest Department: HS Gujral has been appointed as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Punjab, and has taken over the charge as head of the Punjab Forest Department. During his meritorious service of over 34 years, Gujral has held various important charges. He played an important role in getting several projects sanctioned for the Punjab Forest Department by the World Bank and Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) which were successfully implemented by the department.

Sulabh to construct 15,000 toilets: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has approved a pilot project to be executed by Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) for the construction of 15,000 toilets in rural areas at a cost of Rs 27.75 crore in Adampur block in Doaba, Ajnala in Majha and Sanaur and Lambi blocks in Malwa within a year. The decision was taken by Badal in a meeting with SISSO founder Dr Bindeshwar Pathak on Tuesday. The government has decided to construct 12 lakh toilets in 12,800 villages across the state through the Mandi Board, PWD (B&R), Water Supply & Sanitation, and Rural Development & Panchayat Departments. Of these, one lakh toilets have already been constructed.


Spring party: The British School, Chandigarh, organised a spring party for the school’s toddlers studying in pre-nursery and foundation year I to III classes (kindergarten). Toddlers were dressed up in floral prints to pay tributes to spring. The children learnt the fun way about how flowers are associated with spring.

Memo submitted: Members of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) on Wednesday submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, demanding that the university library be open for 24 hours in view of the upcoming examinations. The students demanded that all sections of the AC Joshi Library should remain open round the clock. They have also demanded that the number of computers in the digital library be increase to 100.

Student wins laurels: Arsh Mahajan of Ryan International School bagged the first position in class VII category of the fifth International Mathematics Olympiad. Hardik Verma bagged the second position.

CME from today: The department of radiodiagnosis and imaging, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, is organising a two-day mid-term CME of the Indian Society of Vascular and Interventional Radiology on interventional radiology in women’s health and oncology from April 5. The conference would seek to understand the present status of interventional radiology in the field of women’s health, especially diseases of the breast and uterus.

Ambulance given: Lifeline, an NGO, working for the unknown and unattended patients has introduced one more ambulance on Tuesday for PGI patients. The keys of the ambulance were handed over to PGI director, Prof Yogesh Chawla.

Fruit day

British School, Panchkula, celebrated fruit day here on Wednesday, said a press note. Director Geetika Sethi read the school report.

e-sampark centres closed tomorrow



Unfair means cases:
As many as 2,447 candidates have been booked for using unfair means and 20 teachers have been relieved from examination duty during the semester examinations of the Board of School Education, Haryana, which concluded on Wednesday. The board’s Secretary, DK Behera, said examinations of some subjects, conducted at 22 centres were cancelled and 17 centres were shifted to other places.He said 1,591 examination centres were set up in the state for conducting these examinations.

Judicial custody for auto operator:
A local court on Wednesday sent an autorickshaw operator and his two associates, charged with opening fire and injuring a passenger, to 14-day judicial custody. They have been identified as Manoj, Shekhar and Anil. The accused had attacked Anurag when he refused to to hand over the fare before his destination of Labour Colony.

Arvind Pal Dahiya elected
: Arvind Pal Dahiya, an SDO in BSNL here, has been elected assistant general secretary of the All-India Sanchar Nigam Executives Association. Dahiya has been the secretary of the Haryana unit of the association for the past about nine years. He is the first telecom official from the state to be elected to the national body of this organisation. GL Jogi from J&K has been elected president of the association. Other office-bearers are AR Manani (vice-president), K.Sebastin from Kerala (general secretary) and A.Rajan from Tamil Nadu (cashier).

4 couples held in raid
: The city police arrested four young couples in a raid on a guesthouse situated near the railway overbridge here on Wednesday. A police spokesman said a case under the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act had been registered against them. The police has also booked the guesthouse owner who was at large. 



Truck operators’ elections:
Lekh Ram Varma, Chairman, Action Committee, was unanimously elected president of the Bilaspur District Truck Operators Co-operative Society at Barmana, 22 km from here, on Monday. The others elected were: Raj Pal Gauttam of Barthin- general secretary; Ram Kumar of Naina Deviji - vice-president; Desraj - treasurer; Gangasingh Thakur -assistant treasurer; Rakesh Rocky - joint secretary; Pyarelal Chaudhary - chief advisor; and Kashmir Singh - advisor. 

Courses get accreditation: The MIT College of Engineering, Bani, has got accreditation for its courses from US-based International Accreditation Organisation (IAO). Giving this information to mediapersons here on Tuesday, Chairman Vinod Thakur and CEO of the college Sumiti Thakur said, “The process for accreditation of our courses was undertaken by IAO and now our courses have been accredited by as per communication received from California.” 

Office-bearers elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Barol Nirman Uthan Avam Jan Kalyan Parishad: president - SK Vashistha; senior vice-president - Shiv Narayan Prasher; vice-president - SK Angaria; generalsecretary - KK Sharma; and cashier - Rama Kant Mehta.

Free eye camp on April 6: The Nurpur Press Club in collaboration with HelpAge, a Chandigarh-based NGO, is organising a free eye ailment camp on the premises of the local Civil Hospital on April 6. According to Pradeep Sharma, president of the club, and Apan Bharti, NGO representative, patients will be examined and operated by a team of PGI doctors. 

Fake currency seized, 2 booked: The police, which had arrested two youths Abhishek Guleria and Rajinder Kumar of nearby Khushinagar two days back for beating up a dhaba owner and his waiter at Tattal, has recovered fake currency notes during investigations. DSP Rajinder Jaswal said the duo was in police custody till April 5 and the police had recovered 11 currency notes from Abhishek with denomination of Rs 500 which were found to be fake. 

5 truckloads of logs seized: The local police, led by Kandwal police chowki in-charge Ajit Singh, intercepted five truckloads of logs at Gujjran Da Kut on the Kandwal-Bhadroya link road on Tuesday night. The trucks coming from the Denkwan side were on way to Pathankot in Punjab. All trucks were impounded. Stating this, DSP Rajinder Jaswal said a case had been lodged and truck drivers Manoj, Harnam, Som Raj, Amit Kumar and Anup Kumar rounded up. 

Two labourers buried alive: Two labourers were killed and one injured after being buried under debris while working inside a tunnel at the Rajpura hydro-power project near Neogli in Rampur on Tuesday. The two killed have been identified as Chattar Singh from Uttarakhand and Khazan Singh from Paonta Sahib. The injured person was Prem Singh.

Yogathon on  April 7: The Department of Youth Services and Sports in collaboration with the Yoga Association and the Art of Living will hold a yogathon at the Ridge Maidan here on April 7 from 5 pm to 7 pm. The event is being organised on the occasion of World Health Day and will be open for all between 8 and 80 years of age.



Kumaon Briefs

Blindness removal awareness week: A blindness removal awareness week is being observed in Champawat district, wherein a drive on the concepts of eye donation and the transplant of cornea is being carried out across the district. The initiative is being carried out by a Delhi-based organisation --- National Society for Prevention of Blindness, India. The drive started on April 1 and will continue till April 7. The authorities have asked district-level officials to provide all possible help to those carrying out the campaign.

Auto lifter arrested in Almora: The Almora police has arrested an auto lifter and recovered a stolen motorcycle. He had allegedly stolen the motorcycle from NTD locality of the town. One of his accomplices, however, managed to flee. Arjun Kumar, a resident of the Pataldevi area, was arrested from a hotel in the Kasardevi area while the stolen motorcycle was recovered from the Syalichura area on Almora-Bageshwar Road.

Old house collapses, 3 hurt: Three labourers were seriously injured when an old house they were living in collapsed in Bageshwar. The incident took place on late Monday night. The victims are Nepalese citizens identified as Dhan Bahadur, Sarf Bahadur and Jeet Bahadur. The house collapsed following a storm and a heavy shower. Six other labourers who lived in the house managed to save themselves.

Woman commits suicide: A woman committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in her parental house in Kashipur. The deceased, Santosh (35), had come to visit her parents from her husband’s house in Moradabad. Her parents have charged that she took the extreme step after being harassed by her in-laws to bring more dowry. They claim that they had earlier made a complaint to the police and the matter is pending in court. Investigations are on in the matter.

Youth killed in mishap: One person was killed while another was injured when their motorcycle was run over by a mini truck in the industrial hub of Sitarganj in Udham Singh Nagar district. The deceased, Deepak Mehta (23), a resident of Chorgaliya, was going to Sisauna village to attend a social gathering along with his friend Jayram. Deepak died on the spot. The truck driver fled from the spot.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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