R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Displaced persons:
Displaced Kashmiri persons are facing several problems, especially that of housing. A delegation of displaced persons met the Punjab Chief Minister on Thursday and appraised him of their problems. The Chief Minister assured to look into all the problems.

New courses:
A meeting was held under the chairmanship of Dr S.S. Gill, dean, academic affairs of Punjabi University. M.Phil courses in all the faculties will be started. Other courses to be introduced by the university include, masters in physiotherapy, a five-year law course, B.A. (honours) in Gurmat Sangeet and industrial pharmacy at M.Pharma level. Evening courses of Punjabi Perveshika will also be started by the department of Punjabi. In addition, B.Tech in electronics and computer engineering, and MCA will be started in the Engineering College of Rampura Phul. 



Challan resented:
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has criticised the police for challaning the vehicle of its state president Mela Ram Chandel. In a press note issued here on Friday, the BMS accused the police of buckling down under political pressure to settle scores with opposition leaders. Mela Ram Chandelís car was challaned on March 20 at Baddi for displaying his designation plate in front of the car.

Legal notice:
Industries minister Kuldeep Kumar has served legal notices on BJP leaders for levelling baseless allegations against him in the charge sheet submitted to the Governor. He has asked former Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal and state party chief Jai Ram Thakur to withdraw charges within 30 days failing which he will be constrained to initiate defamation proceedings against them. He said frivolous charges had been levelled against him and his family to tarnish his image as he was the only legislator from Una district to win elections thrice in succession. 

Seminar: Himachal is the first northern state to have prepared its water policy envisaging safe drinking water, irrigation and hydro-power generation. This was stated by IPH minister Kaul Singh Thakur while presiding over the concluding function of the two-day seminar on "Public role on conservation and management of water in the Himalayas" organised by the Mountain Forum Himalayas here on Friday. Over 200 delegates from mahila mandals, NGOs and Panchayati Raj institutions attended the seminar. Thakur said Himachal was the first state in the region to have prepared its water policy, with focus on conservation of ground water.


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