Saturday, March 1, 2003, Chandigarh, India

National Capital Region--Delhi


R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


ACQUITTED: The Subdivisional Magistrate, Baba Bakala, has acquitted Mr Jasbir Singh Gill, Congress MLA from the Beas constituency and general secretary of the Youth Congress in an order pronounced earlier this month. The case was registered against him and his nine relatives under Sections 596, 427, 323 and 340 of the IPC.

BODY FOUND: The body of Amit Kumar (20), a resident of the Ganesha Basti area of the city, was found from a local lake by the volunteers of an NGO. Police sources said Amit was missing for the past few days. He was an employee of a hotel in the city.

DROUGHT BONUS: Mr Anurag Verma, Deputy Commissioner, said here on Thursday that the state government had released Rs 20 per quintal as drought relief bonus on paddy for 2002-2003. He said the procurement agencies had paid Rs 12.13 crore as drought relief bonus to the commission agents. The farmers could collect their money from the commission agents for the sale of paddy from October 1, 2002, to November 30, 2002, he added.

SCHOOL PANELS: To provide basic amenities in all schools in the district, Rs 5 crore will be spent under the Sarv Sikhiya Abhiyan scheme. Mr Raminder Singh, Deputy Commissioner, said to raise the standard of education in schools, village school development committees would be constituted in 1,330 schools of the district.

INAUGURATED: The main gate of Tibri military station near here has been given facelift. A waiting room with facilities of telephone, water cooler and toilet has been provided next to main gate for visitors especially ex-servicemen and their families who visit the station for availing facilities of military hospitals and canteen. Major Gen Ashok Samantharay, General Officer Commanding, 15 Infantry, Division, inaugurated the gate. Brig Gurpal Singh Station Commander, and Brig K.S. Sethi attended the function.

INSURANCE SCHEME: Indian Overseas Bank, (IOB) Ludhiana Region, on Thursday launched a life insurance scheme in association with the LIC of India. The scheme “IOB Chiranjeevi Bima Yojna” was launched by the bank’s Director Mr S.K. Sehgal, at the Pakhowal Road branch in the presence of Mr P.K. Rath, Senior Divisional Manager, LIC of India and Mr P.S. Anttal, Senior Regional Manager, IOB. The scheme will cover insurance of any individual between of 18-55 years of age and having any type of deposit account with the Indian Overseas Bank.

CAFE OPENED: Cafe Coffee Day, Bangalore-based retail chain of cafes has opened their first cafe at Surya Towers here. The cafe has been constructed in an 1000 sq ft.

MEDICAL CAMP: The Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Education Trust, Dhahan Kaleran, Nawanshahr, in collaboration with the sangat of gurdwara of Leicester, UK, organised a free eye check up-cum-operation camp at Kang Jagir village in Jalandhar, on Wednesday. Mr Santosh Singh Chhoker, a UK-based NRI, inaugurated the camp in which a team of doctors from the Guru Nanak Mission Hospital, Dhahan Kaleran, examined as many as 553 patients and performed 65 operations.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP: Shivalik Agro Chemicals, Chandigarh, and the local Blood Donors Council with the active cooperation of local dealers and farmers organised a blood donation camp here at the BDC complex on Wednesday. Mr Prem Sagar, Chief Marketing Manager of the company, inaugurated the camp in which as many as 51 units of blood were collected, informed Mr Tarlok Singh Sethi, a local organiser of the camp in a press note issued here on Thursday.

BURGLED: Valuables worth Rs 30,000 were burgled on Tuesday from the house of Joginderpal in Prempura mohalla. The burglars scaled the wall of the house and entered the store while the inmates were sleeping in the adjoining room. They decamped with Rs 7500 in cash, two pairs of golden ear-rings, one wrist watch and seven suit pieces.

COUPLE BOOKED: The local police has booked a couple, namely Jasbir Singh and Kulwant Kaur of Ludhiana, for defrauding Ms Baljinder Kaur of Bhagat-Pura mohalla of Rs 20,000 on the pretext of getting her admitted in B.Ed.

KILLED: A cyclist, Din Bahadur (45), was crushed to death under a speeding bus on the GT Road near Paragpur village, on Thursday. He was a sweeper in a private company. He was coming out of the office along the GT Road when a bus hit him, killing him on the spot.

IMPERSONATOR HELD: The Bhikhiwind police has arrested Shaffi Mohammad, a resident of Kherra tehsil in Naubad, Uttar Pradesh, for impersonating himself as a CBI Inspector. A case under Section 170, IPC, had been registered against the accused, who was arrested from Makhi Kalan village. Police sources said the accused on Friday was produced before the court of Mr Amarjit Singh Virk, Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate (senior division), who sent him in judicial custody.



LABOURER DEAD: With the death of another labourer, number of those killed in the boiler explosion tragedy in a local paper board mills has gone up to three. Two labourers were killed and seven others seriously injured, when the boiler exploded in the local Aggarwal Paperboard Mills on February 21. The injured had been admitted to a local hospital from where they were referred to Agroha Medical Hospital. Guddu (25), a resident of Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh, succumbed to his injuries on Thursday.

ACCIDENT: A youth was killed in a road accident at Sarsod village, near here, on Thursday. According to the police, Suresh Kumar (26), a resident of Jewra village, was crossing the road when a Haryana Roadways bus hit him, killing him on the spot.

SUICIDE: A person allegedly committed suicide at Dhansu village, near here, on Thursday. According to the police, Satpal Singh (19), a resident of nearby Sulkhani village, ended his life by throwing himself before a train near the Dhansu Railway station.

INSPECTION: Mr Justice R.C. Kathuria of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday inspected the local Central Jail. He reached the jail premises on Thursday evening and visited barrack and jail offices. He also met the inmates and jail officials to hear their problems.



STORE GUTTED: Fire destroyed a store of an electric shop in Kotwali Bazar on Thursday night, causing an estimated loss of Rs 7 lakh. According to sources, the fire started around midnight and engulfed the store on the first floor of the hardware shop. Though fire brigade personnel reached the site, but the absence of water did not allow them to start work. This annoyed the locals, who had gathered there in large numbers. Later, a fire engine from Kangra was requisitioned and the fire controlled after two hours.


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