R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Better policing
: The district police, in collaboration with the CII, organised a meeting yesterday with leading businessmen as a part of the community policing initiatives to have greater police-public interaction and co-operation. The meeting was chaired by R.P. Meena, IG, border zone, R.L. Bhagat, DIG, border range, S.S. Srivastva, SSP and others were also present.

Blood donation
: A blood donation camp was organised here on Saturday in the memory of late Vikas Thakur, who died recently in a road accident. Forty persons donated blood at the camp which was organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal. The camp was inaugurated by Jagdish Sawhney, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Punjab and MLA, Batala at the community hall.

Encroachment: Satnam Singh, Akali activist in Bhagwan village, has allegedly encroached upon a public street by raising walls on both sides of the street. Complainant Mohinder Singh has lodged a complaint with the Governor, Chief Minister and other authorities alleging that a public street brick paved by the panchayat was trespassed and encroached.

Body found
: Dead body of Sanjiv Kumar, resident of Mohalla New Jagatpura, Hoshiarpur, was found hanging with a girder at his shop at Hariana Town last evening. Hariana police has registered a case under sections 306 and 34 of the IPC against three persons including wife of deceased. According to the police sources, Jagdish Raj stated to the police that his son Sanjiv Kumar had been running a shop at Mahant Market, Hariana for the past 15 years. According to the complainant Sanjiv’s wife Priya was allegedly having illicit relations with one Satnam Singh of Chabewal village. Sanjiv has remained upset over this. Police has booked Priya, her paramour Satnam and brother Mintu.

Man injured in firing
: One person was injured in a firing incident in Shashi Nagar here on Saturday. As per the information, Hira factory owner Shankar Lal’s son Sunil Kumar along with his associates reportedly started pelting stones at Jaggi Metal Works located in Shashi Nagar over some financial dispute. At this, residents of the locality gathered there. Subsequently Sunil Kumar allegedly fired five rounds from his licenced revolver. One of the bullets hit Harminder Singh in his right leg.The crowd overpowered Sunil Kumar and handed over him to the police.

One killed: A migrant labourer was allegedly murdered by his companion Ajay Kumar in Malsian falling under Shahkot police division on Friday. Both Sanju and Ajay hailed from Jharkhand. Sanju was found murdered on Saturday morning. Ajay fled from the spot after the murder. Ajay had allegedly attacked him with some sharp-edged weapon as Sanju’s body was bearing injury marks. An FIR under Section 302 of the IPC has been lodged.



Tea conference
: The Kangra Valley Small Tea Planters Association is planning to hold an international tea conference from coming June 1 to June 4 at Palampur. Convener of the organising committee Praveen Chand Sareen said the theme of the conference would be “Kangra Tea Vision-2020”. The Tea Board of India, the state government and NABARD had agreed to sponsor the conference, he said.

Cultural programme
: The International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) and AIRCELL organised a cultural programme to celebrate Himachal Day and Baisakhi. Students of the institute presented a cultural programme in which Babita, Sonia and Neha won the first, second and the third prize in Giddha competition. In folk dance, Archna, Pragya and Shiva groups won the top prizes. 

Cops go high-tech: The office of Superintendent of police has acquired an instrument called polygraph, which will make fingerprints taking process more scientific and effective. The instrument costs about Rs 5,00,000 lakh will help in covering more details.

Sarva Kalyankari Sabha: Sarva Kalyankari Sabha has organised several programmes in the district during the past few days. President of the sabha Rajinder Rana said a blood donation camp was organised at the zonal hospital where 22 youths donated blood and fruits among 120 patients were distributed. The Sabha also distributed books and school dresses to 7 students, 10 poor girls were given dresses and ration was distributed among poor families he added. 

Free check-up camp: The Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, is organising a health check-up camp at Damsal on April 14 and 15, Dr D. S. Rana, chairman of Nephrology Department of the hospital, said.

Man killed: A tractor driver was killed on the spot and two others were injured when the tractor on which they were travelling overturned at Majeen here on Friday evening. Driver of the Tractor ( HP 40 0532) Kartar Chand, a resident of Bahi Pathiar, died on the spot. Susheel Kumar and Piyar Chand, residents of Majeen, were injured in the accident.

Man dies in road mishap
: One person was killed and another injured in an accident when a tempo truck rammed into a shop at Bajaura. The truck driver lost control over the vehicle and smashed it into a truck and then damaged the shop injuring the shopkeeper seriously. The victim, Vikas Soni, a resident of Bajaura village, died on the way to hospital. The driver of the truck has been arrested and a case has been registered.

Achievement award: Ramesh Kumar Garg, Chairman of Asia Resorts Limited, owning the chain of Timber Trail resorts in the state was bestowed the Life Time Achievement Award by the Ministry of Defence, Government of India recently. Governor V.S. Kokje gave him the award at a function held at Shimla.

Boy dead
: Salim (12), son of Roshan Ali, a resident of Dault Singh Wala (Derabassi), died while he tried to take a lift in a running tractor on the Kala-Amb Vikram Bag route on Friday morning. The driver deserted the vehicle and fled. The villagers said the tractor belonged to Gulamuddin, a resident of Daakwala. The police recovered the body of the deceased and a post mortem examination was conducted at the local zonal hospital.

Schools upgraded
: During his one-day visit to the Nurpur assembly constituency on Wednesday Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced to upgrade nine government schools here. Government high school at Ondh, Khanni, Minjgrah and Sukhar were made senior secondary schools, while middle schools at Lagor, Panjara and Charuri were upgraded as high schools and primary schools at Bagni and Kamnala were made middle schools.

Hamirpur bypoll
: The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) has invited applications from those keen to contest the Hamirpur byelection. HPCC chief Viplove Thakur said those keen to contest on the party ticket could apply before April 16 along with Rs 10,000.

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