R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


3 cops suspended
: ASI Bahal Singh, Head Constable Daljit Singh and Constable Jaspal Singh, have been suspended and booked under Sections 223, 224 of the IPC for their alleged negligence, due to which a smuggler, Sewa Singh, escaped from police custody.

Kin demand challan: Mr Parveen Sharma, brother of Yogesh Sharma who committed suicide on June 3, 2004, alleged on Saturday that the police had not arrested or filed challan against one of the three accused, a constable, Jarnail Singh, despite raids.

TV channel staff booked
: Vijay Sharma, Ranjeet Azad and Jaiswal working with a TV channel have been arrested on charge of allegedly blackmailing the authorities of a government school in Shalla, the SSP, Mr PRS Umaranangal, said on Friday. The accused were absconding, he added.

Travel agent booked
: The police has registered a case under Section 420 of the IPC against a fake travel agent, Gurbachan Lal, a resident of Subhash Nagar in Jalandhar, for allegedly taking Rs 2.25 lakh from Balwant Singh of Mukerian, for sending his son to Italy.

I-Day preparations
: Deputy Commissioner A. Venu Parsad on Sunday appealed to the residents of Jalandhar to reach the local Guru Gobind Singh Stadium, the venue for the Independence Day function, by 8.30 am on August 15 and participate in the celebrations. He said Punjab Minister for Cooperation Amarjit Singh Samra would be the chief guest.

Saplings planted: In a bid to promote farming of medicinal plants, followers of Baba Harnam Singh Domeliwale planted nearly 50 saplings of quality ‘Amla’ tree around Dera Baba Harbansgarh at Kartarpur on Sunday. More than 100 medicinal plants would be planted in and around the dera during the current year.

Fund for poor patients
: To help the poor and needy patients, a ‘Dr Gurmail Singh Memorial Endowment Fund’ will be set up in memory of the former Principal, Government Medical College, Amritsar, and senior vice-president of Guru Nanak Mission Medical and Educational Trust, Dhahan Kaleran by the trust. This was announced at a shradhanjali samaroh organised by the trust on Saturday.

Newspaper copies burnt
: Members of a particular community led by Mr Ashwani Kumar Kuku burnt copies of a newspaper published from Mohali, in protest against the publication of an article on rakhi. A representative of the newspaper, at a meeting called by the SSP, assured that the paper would be careful about public sentiments in future.



Power cuts: Unscheduled power cuts in Behlana village have thrown residents’ lives out of gear. Residents alleged that long power cuts, particularly during the evenings, put them to a lot of inconvenience. Despite repeated complaints to the Electricity Department, the power cuts, which are never announced in advance, are a routine affair, alleged Mr Mehar Chand, a resident.

CAs’ association: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Chandigarh branch (NIRC) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India: chairman — Mr Krishan Vrind Jain; vice-chairman — Mr Maninder S. Mohindroo and secretary-cum-treasurer — Mr Alok Krishan.

Launched: Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund on Thursday announced the launch of Birla Long Term Advantage Fund. The fund claims to provide long-term capital appreciation by investing predominantly in a diversified portfolio of equity and equity related securities.

Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Welfare Society, Sector 15: president—Mr Satpal Sharma; vice-president—Ms Harinder Mann; secretary general—Mr B.S. Bakshi; finance secretary—Mr K.L. Nayyar; and joint secretary—Mr A.S. Chawla. 



1 held for extortion
: The police has arrested Raj Pal, a resident of Andhli, from Anaj Mandi, Pundri, for extortion. According to the SSP, Mr Navdeep Virk, two commision agents were allegedly threatened over the phone to shell out Rs 5 lakh each by Asvir, alias Biri, a resident of Ramana village. Raj Pal was arrested from the Anaj Mandi, Pundri, when he came to collect the money on Saturday.

Sarpanch’s mother killed, servant held
: The mother of the Sarpanch of Khanpura village in Mustafabad block was done to death on Sunday night. The police has rounded up a servant of the family in connection with the murder. As per police sources, Sarojni (70) was sleeping with her husband, Amrit Singh, in the verandah of her house. Later she went inside a room to sleep. All other family members were not at home last night. The servant, Prem, was present in the house at the time of the incident. Amrit Singh told the police that the body of his wife was found lying on the bed and house was ransacked.


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