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Regional potpourri

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PUNJAB

ABOHAR
Bid to drown daughter
:The police has registered a case under Section 307, IPC, against Gurdip Singh, a resident of the Panjpeer locality here, for attempting to drown his young daughter in the canal, sources said on Saturday.The accused, a truck driver, was perturbed over a suspected affair of his daughter with a boy in their neighbourhood. The daughter, however, managed to swim a 2-km distance and was rescued by residents of a farmhouse. — OC

BATHINDA
NRI killed
:A non-resident Indian (NRI) Davinder Singh (26), son of Dalbir Singh, was killed in a road accident at the Bibiwala Road here on Saturday night. According to police sources, the victim, who had been living in the USA, was here to attend some function. Davinder was returning home on a two-wheeler when the incident took place. — TNS

Body found:The thermal police recovered the body of Sohan Lal (85) from Pond No. 2 here on Sunday. Sohan, a resident of Nai Basti, here had been missing since Thursday. His relatives had lodged a complaint with the police. — TNS

Overbridge sought:A delegation of the Phatak Banao Sangharash Committee, Janta Nagar, here met Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here on Sunday. The delegation, led by former minister C.L. Garg, demanded the construction of a subway near the railway overbridge that is being constructed. The CM assured the delegates that he would consider their demand. — TNS

Phagwara
Fake DTO’s accomplice held
: The police nabbed Amandeep Singh, an accomplice of the fake DTO arrested on Friday, from bus stand here today.Amandeep was accompanying Sukhpreet, when the latter impersonating as district transport officer was collecting money on the pretext of checking documents of the vehicles near Saprod bus stand on Friday. While Sukhpreet was arrested on the spot, Amandeep had fled away. Meanwhile, Amandeep has been sent to the judicial remand for fourteen days by the judicial magistrate. — OC

Three booked: The police has registered a case against Parveen Kumar, his father Raj Kumar and mother Shakuntala Devi on the charges of harassing his wife Mona. Amritsaria Mal of Sandhwan village, near Ludhiana, had alleged that his daughter was married to Parveen Kumar last year. Her in-laws tortured her for more dowry. No arrest has been made so for. — OC 

Tarn Taran
One molested
: Sona, a resident of Bhuchar Khurd village, has been booked for molesting a married woman of the same village. The victim in her complaint to the police last night alleged that the accused forcibly entered her house in the evening and molested her. The accused ran away when she raised an alarm. — OC

Woman dies: Lakhwinder Kaur (26), a resident of Jamalpur village died after consuming some poisonous substance last night. The Patti police has registered a report under Section 174 of the CrPC. It is learnt she consumed the poisonous substance mistakenly. Post mortem had been conducted at Patti civil hospital. — OC


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HARYANA

BHIWANI
Camp
: A social organisation, Prayas, held a camp for mentally challenged children as part of the World Mental Health Month here on Friday. Chairman of the district legal services authority and district judge R.K. Bishnoi presided over the camp. — OC

FATEHABAD
Stone laid
: Local MLA and parliamentary secretary Dura Ram laid the foundation stone of a road from Nadori to Bothan Khurd to be constructed at a cost of Rs 87 lakh at Nodori village in the district on Saturday. — OC

KAITHAL
2 held
: The police has arrested two residents of Kharak Pandva village for allegedly raping a minor Dalit of Kamal Pura village. The accused were sent to a 14-day judicial custody on Friday. — OC

KURUKSHETRA
Workers’ sammelan
: Addressing a workers’ sammelan on the premises of Saini Samaj Bhavan here on Friday, rebel Congress MP Kuldeep Bishnoi called upon his supporters to make the proposed rally scheduled to be held in Rohtak on December 2 a success by attending it in large numbers. — OC

ROHTAK
Dak adalat
: The next dak and pension adalat of the Department of Posts would be held at the office of the chief postmaster general, Haryana circle, Ambala, at 3 pm on October 31, said Bahadur Singh, senior superintendent of post offices, Rohtak division, here on Saturday. — TNS

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HIMACHAL PRADESH

BILASPUR
Transfer order
: The Himachal Pradesh State Administrative Tribunal has stayed transfer of trade union leader and district Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) president Jagir Singh from Kandraur subdivision in the district to Badsar division of Hamirpur district in the Irrigation and Public Health Department ordered on September 24, 2007. Mr Justice B S Chauhan also referred the petition of Jagir Singh to the enginee-in-chief of the IPH Department as a representation. The learned judge ordered that the representation be decided within a period of six weeks after affording due opportunity of personal hearing to the applicant. — OC

Body found: The police at Barmana near here have found a body of a labourer, Vankat Srinivas (37), lying in the fields behind a house near the ACC hospital gate and has registered a case. The body was brought here to the district hospital for a postmortem examination. The deceased was working at Barmana and belonged to Subhash Nagar, Bhopal, (MP). He had arrived here just four days ago to earn a living. — OC

MANALI
Cattle burnt
: Two cows and a calf were burnt alive in a devastating fire that broke out at Kawaran , near Buruwa village, about 6 kms from here on Saturday. According to official sources the gutted house belonged to a local villager, Kusum chand. An estimated loss of property in fire is valued at Rs 1.5lakh. —OC

SHIMLA
Rally
: The Nepali People’s Rights Protection Committee organised a rally in support of its demand for the installation of a democratic government at Kathmandu at the earliest. Addressing the rally, committee vice -president Ram Prasad said the election should be held on time. The monarchy in Nepal should be done away with at the earliest. The other speakers also expressed the same views and asserted that the people of the country would no settle for anything less than complete. —TNS


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Regional potpourri

Innovators in the limelight

Kamaljeet of Rohtak with ‘Saksham’, a self-designed mobile office based on a motorcycle, during a talent-hunt campaign to identify and promote innovators
Kamaljeet of Rohtak with ‘Saksham’, a self-designed mobile office based on a motorcycle, during a talent-hunt campaign to identify and promote innovators

There is no dearth of innovators in the country; but their creativity seldom gets the recognition it deserves. With the dual aim of insuring that innovators get their due and to popularise their inventions for the benefit of the masses, Kamaljeet, a volunteer of Honeybee, an NGO at Rohtak, has been making relentless efforts under the aegis of the National Innovation Foundation. Thanks to the initiative, hundreds of innovators have been recognised at the national level.

Nearly 20 innovators of the region, identified and promoted as part of the campaign, have been honoured with national awards by the President himself. Many innovators, hailing from a rural background, have applied for and got patents for their inventions through the foundation.

The useful agricultural and other techniques developed by many others are also being popularised far and wide by Kamlajeet and his team.

“Many a time, talent goes waste or remains confined to a small area due to lack of a proper procedure to incubate it,” observes Kamaljeet, who has himself conceived and developed “Saksham”, a mobile office based on a motorcycle; “Nalini”, a two-seater car running on a motorcycle engine; and a portable community radio station along with his friends Vikas Markandy and Dayal Singh.

As of now, he is working on a plan to reach out to the farmers of the region through Hafed to provide them valuable information and to receive details about useful techniques developed by them. “We hope to get a good response from the farmers and villagers,” says Hafed district manager V.K.Sangwan, sounding quite enthusiastic about the venture.

Cattle concerns

Superintendent of Police Shrikant Jadhav accepts funds raised by schoolchildren for Mission Stray Cattle in Hisar
Superintendent of Police Shrikant Jadhav accepts funds raised by schoolchildren for Mission Stray Cattle in Hisar.— Photo by P. L. Munday

Love and compassion are by and large attributes not associated with the police. But, there is one cop who has not only displayed these qualities himself but also inculcated them among Hisar’s residents and fellow policemen, even if it’s with regard to animals or, to be specific, cows. 

Superintendent of Police Shrikant Jadhav has made the campaign to provide a shelter to stray cows his mission, earning kudos from all and sundry. Mission Stray Cattle, launched just a few months ago with the help of members of the Gauseva Samiti, has resulted in more than 1100 stray cows finding a suitable home in various gaushalas of the district.

The samiti has also collected Rs 50 lakh so far through donations that have been pouring in not only from philanthropists but even schoolchildren. This money is being used to buy fodder for the cows in the gaushalas. The samiti gives Rs 6000 per cow annually to ensure a regular supply of fodder. The response has been so tremendous that the samiti is now planning to set up a modern gaushala, complete with a veterinary clinic and gobar gas plant as an example for others.

 It has requested deputy commissioner Deepti Umashankar to take up its cause with the government for allocation of the 600 acres owned by the Government Livestock Farm in Hisar for the gaushala. Jadhav has also suggested that shamlat land in villages be given on nominal rent to gaushalas for growing fodder on a cost- effective basis.

 Jadhav says he thought of launching the campaign when he visited an accident site where four officials of the Horticulture Department lay dead, trapped inside their jeep. The indifference of the passersby upset him and he thought of doing something that would sensitise the residents to this cause. 

Contributed by Sunit Dhawan and Raman Mohan

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