R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Plea to regularise employees
: A meeting of the PWD Field and Workshop Workers Union, Amritsar zone, was held here on Tuesday. The union urged the government to regularise the services of ad hoc employees. Balkar Singh, president of the union, said successive governments were not serious towards the union demands. He said some of the contractual employees had been working in the water supply and sanitation, irrigation and drainage and sewerage departments for more than 15 years.

Kin abduct girl: Rajni, who married against the wishes of her parents and relatives, was allegedly abducted by them at Mattewal village, under the Amritsar (Rural) police district, near here, recently. However, the case was registered on Sunday night. Her husband, Soni, has alleged that six relatives of Rajni, including her paternal uncles, thrashed him and his mother Jagir Kaur at their house and took the girl with the. Rajni originally belonged to West Bengal.

Bassi Pathana
Lifting of wheat
: A delegation of commission agents, farmers and labourers on Tuesday met deputy commissioner Ashok Singla and requested him to direct authorities to lift 30,000 bags of procured wheat belonging to Markfed that had been  lying out in the open in grain market at Nand Pur Kalour since April 24. The DC directed Markfed DM Harminder Singh to ensure immediate lifting of the 
procured wheat and release of payment. The DM said they had started lifting the wheat.

: In a case of domestic violence, Gurjant Singh of village Jhanduke in the district was allegedly killed by a bullet, while another person sustained severe injuries. Sources said the there were some differences in among the two families over some issues, but on Tuesday it took an ugly turn when pelting of stones and gun firing took place. Balianwali police has booked eight persons including five members of a family in this regard. All the accused allegedly managed to flee. After the postmortem, the body was handed over to the family members.

Dry day today: The district administration has declared May 14 as ‘dry day’ in the district due to counting of votes for the Zila Parishad and Block Samiti polls. There will be no storage of liquor by an individual on that day, a press release issued by the district magistrate, said.

Blood donation: United Welfare Society, Goniana Mandi branch, organised a blood donation camp in memory of social worker late Harinder Singh Makkar at the society’s complex on Tuesday. As many as 40 members of the society voluntarily donated blood on the occasion.

6 cops hurt in road mishap:
As many as six policemen were injured when the escort vehicle in which they were travelling overturned near Mukho Mazara on Monday. According to the information, chief parliamentary secretary Jagdish Raj Sahni was on his way to Chandigarh when the escorting Gypsy skidded off the road due to rain and overturned.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Hoshiarpur Dairy Union: president — Netar Chand Babbi; chairman — Tara Singh; general secretary — Inderjit Singh Pappu; vice-presidents — Jit Ram Kataria, Radhe Krishan and Kamal; and cashier — Mohinder Pal.

Deputation: A deputation of the Hoshiarpur Dairy Union led by its president Netar Chand Babbi met Punjab minister for parliamentary affairs Tikshan Sud on Tuesday and apprised him of the dispute between the dairy and sweetmeat shop owners. They said the recently fixed milk rate of Rs 20.50 per litre was taken without taking dairy owners in confidence.

Seminar held:
Under the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, the district health department organised a seminar at Saroya primary health centre on Tuesday. Civil surgeon Dr Kuldip Kaur Sahni, district health officer Dr Jaswinder Kaur Purewal and SMO Dr Mohinder Pal delivered lectures to create awareness among the people on causes and symptoms of various diseases like malaria, dengue and jaundice.

Teacher’s body found
: The Bhikhiwind police has recovered the body of Sukhdev Singh (53), a teacher of Government High School for Boys, Sursing, hanging from a tree of Bhikhiwind on Tuesday. The teacher of Padhri Kalan village, 30 km from here, had been missing since Monday after performing election duty. He had deposited the election material at the Government Polytechnic Institute, Bhikhiwind, but failed to return home. A case has been registered under 174, CrPC.



‘Hamari Beti’: As part of its golden jubilee celebrations, Rotary Club of Chandigarh launched “Hamari Beti”, a campaign against female foeticide, in association with a Mohali-based hospital here on Monday. Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice Vijender Jain was the chief guest. He unveiled a poster, released a leaflet and inaugurated a pregnancy helpline (4699210). The helpline will be operational from 10 am to 5 pm. An open-house discussion was also held.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Defence Accounts Pensioners Welfare Association: chairman - Malkit Singh; patron - Surinder Singh; president - Jagtar Singh; senior vice-presidents - S.R. Bhardwaj, D.C. Gupta; vice-president-cum-welfare officer - S.C. Sharma; vice-president - D.S. Dheer; general secretary - H.S. Pasricha; joint general secretary - M.L. Bhanot; finance secretary - S.K. Manchanda; joint finance secretary - D.S. Chawla; chief adviser - Vir Singh; legal secretary - R.P. Sharma; and press secretary - S.P. Devgan.


Woman consumes poison
: A woman of local Rudra Colony consumed poisonous substance on Tuesday. She has been admitted to the Civil Hospital here and she is stated to be out of danger.

Fodder burnt: Cattle fodder and straw on about 300 acres gutted in fire at Jatu Luhari village here on Tuesday. The fire affected over 100 farmers. Villagers tried to douse the fire, but the flames engulfed the fodder lying there within minutes.

Jai Parkash’s father cremated
: Harikesh Singh (78), father of Jai Parkash, a Lok Sabha member from Hisar, who passed away on Monday in Jind was cremated at Dubbal village of this district on Tuesday. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was present at the cremation. Jai Parkash, the eldest among five brothers, lit the pyre. Chhatarpal Singh, Geeta Bhukkal and Bachan Singh Arya, all MLAs, deputy commissioner Vikas Gupta, SSP Anil Kumar Rao and other district officials from Kaithal and Jind were also present. A large number of people attended the cremation.

BSP men join Janhit Cong
: Two days after the seven Congress leaders from Karnal district had joined the Haryana Janhit Congress (BL), party chief Kuldeep Bishnoi announced the inclusion of several office-bearers of the BSP in his party. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Bhiwani MP Bishnoi announced that more political leaders would join his party but refused to reveal further. Dr Om Narayan said he had resigned from the BSP mainly due to the undemocratic working of the party’s state leadership.

Cable stolen
: Over 5,300 metre-long electricity cable was reportedly stolen by a gang of wire cutters from the Sangwari village area on the intervening night of May 3 and 4. The DHBVN authorities have estimated the cost of the stolen cable as over Rs 90,000. On a complaint lodged by the sub-divisional officer of the DHBVN, the police has registered a case of theft under Section 379 of the IPC.

Tribune journalist bereaved
: Noted journalist Mahavir Jain, son of Dainik Tribune’s Rohtak Correspondent Shanti Prakash Jain, died following a heart attack here on Tuesday. Mahavir (47) is survived by his wife and son. He had been associated with different newspapers, including Dainik Hindustan, Navbharat Times and Punjab Kesri, and also played an active role in journalists’ associations. He was serving the local Vaish educational institutions. His grandfather Comrade Lakshman Dass was a noted freedom fighter and journalist. A wreath was laid on behalf of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Man shot at
: Vakil Singh of Mojukhera village alleged that he was shot at by former sarpanch of the village Beant Singh and Harvinder near here on Tuesday. In his complaint, he said when he was returning home from fields, the assailants waylaid him. He alleged that Beant Singh shot at him and consequently shrapnel pierced his foot. However, Beant Singh maintained that the entire story was concocted and hatched to malign his image. He said Vakil and he were fighting a legal dispute over a piece of land.




Ravi Shanker’s birthday
: The Art of Living organised programmes in connection with the birthday celebrations of their chief Shri Shri Ravi Shanker here on Tuesday. District unit convener Arun Dogra said a parbhat pheri was held through the town areas. The schoolchildren in large numbers participated in a world peace and sadbhavana rally. Maha Santsang highlighted the celebrations, which was inaugurated by DC Devesh Kumar.

Five arrested: The police here has succeeded in arresting five persons who were involved in a number of theft cases under various police stations in the district. SP K.K. Indoria said on Tuesday that those arrested include Kashmir Singh of Khairiyan village, Pawan Kumar of Panyala village, Jagdish Chand of Jol Palakhin village, Rakesh Kumar, alias Sonu, of Balh village and Sunil Kumar, alias Kalu, of Bada da ghat. The police also recovered stolen property from them.

Leopard terror: A leopard is said to be active in the Talai and Naghiyar areas of this district and this has spread panic and terror among villages as this predator is said to have killed a number of cattle and pets by attacking them in the surrounding villages. Some village elders said recently it killed a buffalo of a villager while earlier also it had killed and lifted away more than 12 goats and sheep from the cowsheds. They urged the government and the Forest Department to capture this leopard and carry it away to a zoo and provide relief to villagers of the area.

NGO federation’s demand
: Former president of the NGO Federation Gopal Dass Verma has demanded action against some officers for not initiating action against two employee’ leaders who visited China as farmers some time ago. Talking to mediapersons on Tuesday, he said, “Though these employees had visited China fraudulently and an inquiry was also ordered against them, but certain officers are trying to shield them.” He said, “While the guilty employees should booked, the officers trying to shield them should also be punished.”

Virbhadra flayed: Spokesman of the BJP Rajinder Rana has criticised former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for making baseless statements against Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal and the BJP. He said, “Perhaps he wants to remain in the news after being sidelined in the Congress.” He also criticised the UPA-led government for failing to check inflation.

INIFD function: The INIFD organised Sham-e-ghazal to celebrate its five years of collaboration with Annamalai University on Monday. Famous ghazal singer Ajay Kumar regaled the audience with his latest ghazals on this occasion. Earlier, the management of the institute also released its prospectus for the new session.

Results on Internet: The old students and parents of the students appearing in different examination have urged the HPU Vice-Chancellor to provide results on the Internet of the examination conducted by the university. Former president of the Students Central Association of Post Graduate College, Dharamsala, Surender Kundra in a statement here on Tuesday said in the present information technology scenario the results of the university examinations should be available on the Internet in order to provide facilities to the students.

Office-bearers: The following have been elected as the office-bearers of the Himachal Pradesh Tank Swarankar Sudhar Saba. President Tilak Raj Soni (Kangra), senior vice-president Prof Suresh Soni (Bilaspur), vice-president P.C. Parwan (Kangra), general secretary Ganishayam Verma (Nagrota Bagwan), joint secretary Satinder Kapoor (Mandi), treasurer Rattan Lal Soni (Gumarwin) and press secretary Kuldeep Soni (Nagri).

Medical camp: The Sai Samiti held a two-day medical and veterinary camp in the remote areas of Multhan and Kotihar in the Chota Bagal area of Baijnath on Saturday and Sunday. Disclosing this here on Tuesday, Shesh Bushan, district president Sai Samiti Kangra, said 270 eye patients were examined and 49 of them were operated and IOLs were planted. Around 33 animals were treated during a veterinary camp at Kotihar.

Lazor strike
: The ongoing strike of workers at Lazor Shaving Product Limited unit near Nalagarh got support from the administration on Tuesday when Solan DC Dr Amandeep Garg instructed the Nalagarh SDM to sort out the workers’ issues immediately. The DC also asked the unit management to give enhanced wages to the workers. Meanwhile, the workers led by G.K. Mehta, the state spokesman of the INTUC, submitted a demand charter to the DC.

Water scarcity rued
: A deputation from the Kala Amb area led by former Nahan BDC chairman Yash Pal met the Sirmaur DC on Tuesday to apprise him of drinking water scarcity in Khari village in the Kala Amb area. The DC was informed that villagers were fetching drinking water from the Haryana area 2 km from the village. The villagers demanded that tankers should be deployed to meet their drinking water requirements.


Pilgrim commits suicide:
A Vaishno Devi pilgrim committed suicide by jumping into the thousand feet deep gorge near Bhawan on Trikuta hills of Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Tuesday. A 40-year old unidentified man, after paying obeisance at the cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, jumped into gorge outside the cave yesterday evening. The pilgrim died on the spot and his body has been kept at Katra hospital for identification.

Traffic disrupted
: Traffic on the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh National Highway was disrupted on Tuesday for several hours after hundreds of people protested against the occupation of land by the Army. The villagers of Fravi, a km away from Drass, took to streets alleging that the Army had occupied their land near the headquarters of 56 Mountaineering Brigade. They dispersed only after the local administration and the police assured them that the matter would be resolved within the next two days.

Briton found dead
: A 50-year-old British national was found dead in a hotel located near the Dal Lake here on Tuesday, the police said. Identified as Prison, investigations were on to ascertain the exact cause of his death. In a different incident, a 26-year-old woman, wife of an Army jawan, received third-degree burns in a fire incident in her house in Shariefabad Army Camp. She was admitted to the Army Base Hospital in the city where she succumbed to her injuries.

PTV news back on air: PTV news is back on air in the Kashmir valley where as the transmission of three other Pakistani channels remained suspended since April 23. The talks between the authorities and cable operators had not yielded any breakthrough so far and the Pakistani channels remained off the air. It was not immediately known if the transmission of PTV news was resumed with the approval of the authorities or not.

Food poisoning: A woman died and three others fell ill after consuming alleged poisonous food in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, the police said on Tuesday. Four family members of Mohammad Yousuf Meena, including his son Mohammad Abdullah, residents of Katra, were admitted to district hospital at Anantnag. He said all of them were unconscious, apparently due to food poisoning. One Zebeda Begum later died in the hospital.

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