R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


BSF, Rangers hold talks: An eight-member delegation of the Border Security Force (BSF) crossed over to Pakistan to discuss border-related issues with the Pakisatani Rangers. The delegation, led by Commandent B.L.Meena, discussed contentious issues like illegal trade of narcotics across the border, joint patrolling and upkeep of border milestones.The delegation was welcomed by Wg Cdt Nasir Iqbal Khan and five other officials of the Rangers.

Committee constituted: Rajinder Bhandari, state president of the BJP, has constituted an election management committee for the forthcoming municipal corporation elections in Bathinda. This committee will decide election issues for the party and will also help in choosing candidates. Kamal Sharma, state general secretary, has been chosen as convener of the committee. Manoranjan Kalia, minister for local bodies, is also a part of the committee. 

CM’s assurance to Jiani: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal assured BJP MLA Surjit Kumar Jiani that he would immediately get the contents two books, the issue of which was raised in the state Assembly on Thursday, examined by experts. Jiani had raised the issue that a Punjab-based organisation had published two books in which there were objectionable references that hurt the religious sentiments of various sections of society.

Jhuggis gutted:
Five jhuggis were destryed in a fire in Balongi area on Friday at 7.45 pm. Area residents had doused flames before fire tenders could reach the spot. All five jhuggi dwellers lost their belongings. No casualty was reported. 

Student dies in road mishap: Sukhdeep Kaur (17), daughter of Darbara Singh, resident of Banbhora village was killed in a road accident at Thandi Sadak here on Thursday. Sukhdeep, a student of 10 plus II in the local Sahibzada Public School, was going for her exam with her uncle on his motorcycle when a Punjab Roadways bus hit them from behind. Sukhdeep was crushed and admitted to the local Civil Hospital where she succumbed to injuries. The police has impounded the bus after registering a case. 

Farmers stage sit-in
: Farmers under the banner of Bhartiya Kissan Union (Ekta) Ugrahan today staged a sit-in in front of naib tehsildar's office for not conducting proper 'girdawari' of the donated land for the purpose of the regional research centre of Punjab Agriculture University (PAU). Addressing the gathering, district president of the Kissan Union, Ram Singh Bhainibagha, said nearly one-and-half years ago, 21-acre land of Kokhar Khurd village was registered in the name of PAU, Ludhiana , but villagers did not get any money. An application to improve 'girdwari' of the land was submitted before DC, which had been sent to the office of the naib tehsildar, it was not properly conducted till now, he added. However, reader of the 
naib tehsildar assured the farmers to conduct proper 'girdwari' of this land on 
March 26. 

Elected: The Democratic Teachers Front of Mansa today elected its office bearers. Jugraj Singh has been elected president of the district committee. Sikandar Singh Dhaliwal was chosen as general secretary and Ashwani Kumar, Bikkar Singh Ralla, Harmian Dhillon and Ram Singh Chahal were elected as the district committee members. 

Train stoppage sought: For the stoppage of the Guwahati-Bikaner train at Mansa, the Railway Struggle Committee today staged a sit-in at the railway station here. The leaders of the struggle committee threatened that they would continue their sit-in till there demand was not fulfilled. It is notable that the Guwahati-Bikaner Express stoppage was discontinued at Mansa from March 1. President of the municipal council, Nartom Singh Chahal, also addressed the gathering. Convener of the railway struggle committee, Davinder Singh, said if their demand was not accepted till March 23, they would start fast unto death.

Bus service resumed
: The Pepsu Road Transport Corporation on Friday resumed its AC bus service from Patiala to Delhi, Patiala to Chandigarh and Chandigarh to Delhi. The timings are: Patiala-Delhi: 5 am; Delhi-Patiala: 5.30 pm; Chandigarh-Delhi: 9.50 am; Delhi-Chandigarh: 11 am; Patiala-Chandigarh: 7.15 am and Chandigarh-Patiala: 5.15 pm. 

Workshop on environment: Under the national environmental awareness campaign, the local Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology (BGIET) and the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST) organised a workshop on “Environmental protection” on the BGIET campus here on Friday. 



Awareness programme
: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institute, Government of India, in collaboration with the Mohali Industries Association organised a one-day sensitisation programme on World Trade Organistion (WTO) and Intelectual Property Rights at MIA Bhawan, Phase VII, here on Thursday. K.S. Ludu, additional development commissioner (MSME), New Delhi, was the chief guest who inaugurated the technical workshop. 

Campaign announced : Tata Teleservices on Thursday announced ‘Fastest Kaun’ experience campaign. Under the campaign, the company has extended invitation to wireless internet device users to walk into any of the Tata Indicom branded stores and compare their wireless internet device with Tata Indicom’s ‘Plug 2 Surf Whiz’ to experience the difference. Now, the product will be available at Rs 2,850 with 2,850 minutes of usage free.

Held with poppy husk
: The police has arrested Mahinder Singh of Chatt village for carrying 20 kg poppy husk from near his village. The accused tried to run away when he saw the police. He has been booked under various sections of the NDPS Act. 



Body found
: An unidentified body of an elderly woman was found lying in a field near a liquor vend in Janetpur village near Ambala City on Friday morning. Some of the villagers noticed it and informed the police. The body was taken to civil hospital for postmortem. A case has been registered and investigation is on.

Rs 55 cr for rural power: The Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) has sanctioned Rs 55.86 crore for release of new domestic connections to people living below poverty line (BPL), erection of 11-kV lines and aerial bunched cable, installation of new distribution transformers and distribution transformer meters in villages of Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Jhajjar districts under the Rajiv Gandhi Vidhyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY). A UHBVN spokesman on Friday said over Rs 16 crore would be released by the REC in the first phase.

Fire destroys goods: Goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire, which broke out in a general store owned by Vinod Kumar at Guriani village, 25 km from here, on Thursday. Sources said the fire, which was detected on Friday morning, broke out due to a short circuit. 

Girl abducted: A teenaged girl (15) was allegedly abducted by a village youth, Mukesh Yadav, from Bharangi village near Kosli on Wednesday. Failing to trace the girl, her father filed a complaint on Thursday. The police has registered a case of abduction under Sections 363 and 366-A of the IPC as well as the SC/ST Act against the accused. 



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