R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


One-way traffic
: SDM Jagwinderjit Singh Grewal on Wednesday promulgated an order for the smooth running of traffic in and around Batala court complex. The order states that the traffic will enter court complex from the side of Amritsar-Pathankot road, while the exit point will be the gate on the Dera Baba Nanak road. 

Check-up camp: Dashmesh Welfare and Sports Club, Sangat, held a free medical check-up camp for women at its premises here on Thursday. Rupinder Kaur Romana examined over 160 patients at the camp. Medicines were also distributed free to the needy women.

Theatre Mela: Shaheed Bhagat Singh Cultural Club, Bathinda, would be organising the 11th Cultural and Theatre Mela at Mansa Road (near TV tower) on Saturday. According to Amardeep Gill, president of the club, “Competitions of Kavishari and choreography by schoolchildren will be held. Besides famous Punjabi singers like Sabarkoti, Maghar Ali, Lovejeet and Masha Ali would entertain the audience with their choicest hits. Two plays, ‘Main Bhagat Singh Haan’ and ‘Chann Jado Roti Lagda’ would also be staged.” 

Free CT scan for poor
: Principal of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot, on Thursday signed an agreement with Adesh Medical Centre Private Limited to provide the latest facilities of CT scan in the college hospital. As per the agreement, this facility would begin from the first week of July this year. It is expected that with the launch of this facility, healthcare will increase tremendously in the area and people will no longer need to go to Bathinda, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Patiala for treatment. 

Bank robbery attempted
: Some unidentified persons broke the grills of a window of a cooperative bank at Mallah Kalan in the district on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday and took away a double-barrel gun of a security guard kept there. They also tried to break the lockers of the bank but in vain. The incident came to the notice of the bank officials this morning when they came on duty. The matter was reported to the police. The police has registered an FIR and initiated a probe. 

Arya Pratinidhi Sabha: Senior Congress leader and an office-bearer of the state-unit of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, Vijay Sathi, has been appointed the caretaker of the properties owned by the Sabha in Moga including the prestigious DM College. He has been entrusted with the powers to get the properties of the Sabha vacated from the encroachers with the help of the local administration and utilise them properly for the benefit of the common people. 

One commits suicide: One person was crushed to death under a train near Ajitwal on the Moga-Ludhiana railway line, last evening. He was identified as Kulwant Singh (32). Preliminary investigations by the police revealed that he was mentally upset and had committed suicide. The police had initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 of the CrPC into the incident. 

Traffic bottlenecks
: The administration here on Wednesday started clearing of traffic bottlenecks from markets and impounded wrongly parked vehicles.Shoppers from more than 200 villages using vehicles visit the town.Vehicles are parked in a haphazard way.Trucks and mini-buses enter markets, causing traffic jams and accidents.Two-wheelers are also parked wrongly. Truck owners take trucks to houses in lanes. At places, in lanes connecting Hira Mahal to Patiala road, people have "combine-harvesters" units in the lanes. 

Dean assures B.Ed students
: Nearly 250 students from B.Ed colleges of Punjabi University in the state held dharna in front of the office of dean (Colleges) in protest the university’s decision of examinations in Punjabi. The dean on Tuesday assured the students to take up their case with higher authorities. He assured the same medium would be adopted in which the students had passed their graduation. The dean said the decision of examinations in Punjabi language was taken nearly six years ago. This decision will affect nearly 640 students. 

Conference: The first annual conference of excise and taxation department pensioners’ welfare association, Patiala, will be held on April 12 at Luxmi Palace here. Excise and taxation commissioner A. Venu Prasad will preside over the 

Farm workers’ dharna
: Farm workers from Jakhepal village (near Sunam) on Wednesday staged dharna in front of the office of the SDM at Sunam in protest against decreasing daily wage to Rs 125 from Rs 250 by landlords for reaping wheat. Leader of the Mazdoor Mukti Morcha Pargat Singh Beer said landlords had decreased wages of workers, and decided to give only 120 kg of wheat, in place of two quintals to the workers reaping wheat contract. Registration of a case against a brick-kiln owner for allegedly “beating up” a brick-kin worker and leader of Mazdoor Mukti Morcha Gobind Singh Chhajli under the provisions of the SC and ST Act was also demanded. 

Police ‘not registering’ case: Parents of Ashok Kumar, who was allegedly beaten up on August 15, 2007, by some persons and had gone missing since, on wednesday accused the police of not registering a case against though names of accused were given to it. Three persons beat up the boy after calling him to their house. He has gone missing since then.The parents of the boy have also alleged the persons they had named were roaming free. 

PO arrested
: The Mubarakpur police arrested a proclaimed offender (PO) here on Thursday. The accused Ashok Kumar was wanted in a case registered at the Rajpura City police station. He was booked under various sections of the Arms Act and sections 399 and 402 of the IPC in December 2005. Ashok was arrested by a team led by Kulbhushan Sharma. He was handed over to  Rajpura police. 

Police post: The second police post in Zirakpur (Lohgarh) became functional on Thursday. Other than a police station, a police post at Baltana was catering to the complaints of Zirakpur residents earlier. However, with an increase in population the need for another police post was felt. 



order stayed: The secretary education Sanjay Kumar on Thursday stayed the order of repatriation of principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Dhanas, Sanjay Walia. Earlier, a delegation of Action Committee UT Government School Teachers’ Union Chandigarh met the education secretary and demanded to review the orders of repatriation of the principal to his parent state. 



Leadership camp
: JCI India and Golden Public School will organise a three-day residential leadership camp from April 11, under theme program ‘building tomorrow today’. Around 65 children from various schools of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Delhi and Chandigarh will participate in the event. Five children will be selected to participate in national level camps. 

Annual function concludes
: The two-day annual function of the Haryana College and Technology and Management (HCTM) concluded here on Thursday. Ajit Mohan Saran, financial commissioner (technical education), who was the chief guest, exhorted students to achieve excellence in academic field so that they could achieve big targets in life. He lauded the college management for providing best infrastructure and facilities to students. The students presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion. D.P. Gupta, college principal, highlighted the achievements of the college in various fields. 

2 killed in mishaps
: Two persons, including a minor, were killed in road accidents here on Thursday. A farmer, Ramji Lal of Chakariyan village, was crushed to death when he was heading to his fields. In another incident, Gomti of Singhewala village succumbed to her injuries sustained during an accident with jeep. After conducting the postmortem, the police handed over the body to their family members. 

3 booked in dowry case: The police has registered a case of dowry harassment against three of a family following a complaint of their daughter-in-law here on Thursday. Rajrani of Panihari village alleged that her in-laws used to harass her for bringing less dowry. The case has been registered against her husband Balwinder Singh, father-in-law Pritam Singh and mother-in-law Kartar Bai. 

Eye donation
: More than 70-year-old Sursati Bajaj of a locality near Railway Colony, Gohana, became the 145th eye donor of Gohana town on Wednesday. It was the second case of eye donation this month. Her family members said after her neighbours, Ram Lal Gangneja and Varyam Chawla, donated eyes, she also made up her mind to donate her eyes after death. 



HC ruling
: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday held that once the authorities had taken a decision to appoint a person on compassionate grounds, then the appointment was to be made on a permanent basis. While allowing the petition filed by Shashi Bala Sharma, the high court directed the respondents to treat initial appointment of petitioner on compassionate ground on permanent basis with effect from January 21, 1991, along with consequential benefits including monetary seniority, and promotion. 

Afghan army training: The army has agreed to provide counter-insurgency training to the Afghan army. Highly-placed sources in the Ministry of Defence said on Thursday the decision to this effect was taken during the ongoing official visit of the Afghan defence minister Abdul Rahim Wardak to India. Wardak who is currently on a week-long visit to India discussed military cooperation with his Indian counterparts in New Delhi. 

Development works
: At least Rs 26 crore, constituting 97 per cent of the total plan outlay of Rs 32.24 crore of Bandipora district for the last fiscal year, has been utilised for the execution of various developmental works and welfare schemes up to the end of March last. Of this, Rs 10.23 crore has been spent on social and general services, Rs 5.29 crore on road communication, Rs 2.02 crore on rural development, Rs 1.96 crore on agriculture and allied sectors and Rs 6.28 crore on infrastructure development in the district. This was informed by the district development commissioner, Bandipora, Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad on Thursday. 

Priority sectors: Chief secretary B.R. Kundal had a brief interaction with representatives of various sections connected with trade and commerce, industries, handicrafts and tourism on Thursday. Kundal said the government had initiated several measures for ensuring equitable development for the three regions of the state. He said sectors like handicrafts, tourism, health, education, horticulture, road connectivity had been brought under the priority sectors. He added that many schemes were in the pipeline. 

Rs 130-cr for irrigation: Under the Command Area Development (CAD) and Water Management Programme, 12 projects would be executed in the Kashmir division at a total cost of Rs 130 crore, which would provide irrigation facilities to 50,000 hectares in the division. This information was given by director, command area, Dr G.M. Shah to the visiting joint commissioner, ministry of water resources, Timburney, during his visit to various projects under construction through the CAD.


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