R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Body of four-year-old found:
The body of a four-year-old boy was found in the Lambi sub-canal outside Hiranwali Dhaani near Waryamkhera village in this sub-division on Wednesday. The police shifted it to the civil hospital for post-mortem examination. Meanwhile, the mutilated body of a semi-naked woman was recovered from another sub-canal on Tuesday evening, when some people noticed dogs mauling it. The post-mortem examination was conducted at the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital on Wednesday, sources said.

Two arrested: The city police arrested two Fazilka residents under sections 429 and 511 of the IPC and various sections of the Cow Slaughter Prevention and Atrocities on the Animals Act, sources informed on Wednesday. Some persons had reportedly spotted them as they were trying to catch stray cattle with the help of ropes. They were identified later as Bira and Bunty. Animal skin was also believed to be recovered from their possession, the sources added.

Gaganjit advances: Gaganjit Kaur of LRS DAV Senior Secondary School here has qualified for the archery events of the Commonwealth Games slated for 2010 in New Delhi, a press release said. The selection trials were held at Kolkata recently.

Warm welcome for winners: A warm welcome was accorded to the students of Gopi Chand Arya Mahila College (GAMC), as they returned with 32 prizes from the PU Diamond Jubilee Youth and Heritage Festival (Muktsar zone). The students took part in group singing, drama, general group dance and gidha competitions.

Bhunder for hike in MSP
: Minimum support price (MSP) of paddy should be increased to Rs 1,300 in view of the high costs in agriculture, said Balwinder Singh Bhunder, general secretary of Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), here on Thursday. He said the Agriculture Cost and Price Commission had recommended Rs 1,050 as the MSP of paddy but the Central government announced Rs 850 only.

DC meets party leaders: Deputy commissioner-cum-district election officer, Kumar Rahul on Thursday held a meeting with the representatives of political parties in connection with the revision of the voter lists. He said the booth level election officers have been assigned the responsibilities to revise the voters’ lists. He appealed to the political parties to select their booth level agents who could provide information to the officials concerned. The claims and objections might be submitted to the booth level officers from November 10-24.



Chunni is PSEB employees’ body chief
: Jarnail Singh Chunni has been elected as president of the Punjab School Education Board Employees Association here on Wednesday. Chunni got 889 votes and defeated his rival Gurdeep Singh Dhillon, who got 783 votes. Amar Singh Dhaliwal was elected as the senior vice-president by scoring 962 votes. His rival Ravinder Singh Cheema managed to get 696 votes. The post of the general secretary went to Gurmail Singh Maujewal, who got 940 votes even as his rival Ranjit Singh Maan secured 702 votes. The election process started in the morning and went on till 1 pm. Results were declared in the evening.

Skeleton found: A human skeleton was found in Sukhgarh village near Sohana here on Thursday. No other circumstantial evidence was found from the spot. A case under Section 174 of the CrPC has been registered.



Record foodgrain production expected
: Haryana expects an all-time high production of 53.83 lakh tonnes of kharif foodgrains this year against 48.93 lakh tonnes during kharif 2007. This was stated at a meeting of the state-level coordination committee on agriculture production presided over by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here on Wednesday. The state expected the production of paddy to be 39.58 lakh tonnes, jowar 50,000 tonnes, maize 53,000 tonnes, bajra 12.49 lakh tonnes, kharif pulses 73,000 tonnes and guar 4.80 lakh tonnes. The meeting was told that the state aimed at producing 106.35 lakh tonnes of foodgrains as against 104.15 lakh tonnes during rabi 2007-08.

1 HCS, 2 IAS officers shifted: The Haryana government has issued transfer and posting orders of two IAS officers and one HCS officer with immediate effect. R.P. Gupta, administrator, HUDA, Hisar, has been posted as administrator, HUDA, (HQ) Panchkula, while Ashima Garg, ADC-cum-CEO, DRDA, and special officer, APZ, Hisar, has been given the additional charge of administrator, HUDA, Hisar. Abhe Singh Yadav ADC-cum-CEO, DRDA, Gurgaon, has been posted as administrator, HUDA, Faridabad, against a vacant post.



Renuka fair
: Dinesh Malhotra, Sirmaur ADC and vice-chairman of the Renuka Development Board, will head the organising committee of the six-day long state-level Renuka fair, which will commence on November 8. This was decided in a meeting of the board held under the chairmanship of Sirmaur DC Pushpender Rajput Renuka Ji on Thursday. A ban has been imposed on the use of liquor and meat in the fair area. Special arrangements will be made for providing drinking water and other facilities to the yatris.

2 tractor-trailers impounded
: The local SDM during a joint inspection with the police impounded two tractor-trailers HP54-6942 and HP38-9784 at Kandwal, near here, for allegedly carrying mined material from the banned area of the Chakki rivulet on Wednesday evening. The police has booked a case under the Motor Vehicle Act. The tractor-trailers were loaded with extracted material from the Chakki rivulet where the state high court had imposed a complete ban on quarrying.

Gupta convener
: The BJP on Thursday appointed K.K. Gupta, former Indian forest services officer, as the state convener of its Intellectual Cell. State BJP chief Jai Ram Thakur said the appointment had been made in view of the fact that C.L. Gupta had taken over as the chairman of the Himachal Board of School Education at Dharamsala. Gupta has served as the principal chief conservator of Forest of the Wildlife Wing and MD of the HPMC, General Industries Corporation, Electronics Corporation and as secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture in Himachal.

Minor modification: In a minor modification of the orders issued earlier the government on Thursday changed the orders of Upender Kumar and appointed him as the SP, Lokayukta. In the orders issued on Wednesday he had been posted as Commandant of the Fourth IRB at Jungle Berry. Rajesh Dharmani, who had been appointed as the SP, Lokayukta will now take over as the Commandant of the Fourth IRB.

Haj pilgrims’ camp: Training-cum-vaccination programme for Haj pilgrims will be organised at Mandi on October 25, Nalagarh on October 27, Chamba on October 29, Nahan on October 31 and Paonta on November 1. An official spokesperson informed that pilgrims from Una and Shimla would go to Nalagarh for the purpose. Maualana Abdul Subhan Khan (Nalagarh) and Noor Ahmed (Mandi) will be the coordinators for the camps and could be contacted on 9816077326.

Lavi fair: A four-day international Lavi fair will be held at Rampur from November 11. Additional district magistrate Rameshwar Sharma while presiding over a meeting of the organising committee at Rampur said besides cultural programme featuring star performers, exhibition of world famous Chamurthi horses would be the main attraction of the festival. Handicrafts of tribal Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti area, adjoining districts and items like pashmina, dry fruits and raw wool would be traded in bulk during the fair.

Blood donation camp: The Chopal Students Welfare Association organised a blood donation camp here on Thursday. As many as 57 students donated blood at the camp. Leader of opposition Vidya Stokes, who was the chief guest, lauded the effort of the students, which she said reflected their spirit of service to the society.



B’deshi national held
: A Bangladeshi national, Allah Din, was arrested near the international border while trying to cross over to Pakistan in the Arnia sector on Thursday. Troops of the 110 Battalion of the BSF summoned Allah Din when he was walking towards the border but instead he started running towards it. Allah Din was nabbed and taken into custody. On interrogation, he revealed that he was going to Pakistan in search for a job.

Disability pension case: A Division Bench comprising Mr Justice Manmohan Sarin and Mr Justice Sunil Hali has dismissed an appeal preferred by the Union of India assailing a judgment dated May 11, 2005, by which a single-Judge Bench had allowed the writ petition of Suram Singh, and directed the Union Government to settle the case for grant of disability pension within three months. Suram Singh got enrolled into the Army on February 19, 1996, after a medical check-up. Although his medical report stated that he wasn’t suffering from any constitutional, genetic or organic disease, Suram was invalidated out of the Army on April 19, 1998, on the ground of suffering from an “unspecified psychosis” and was denied disability pension although his disability was over 40 per cent.

Bakarwal’s body recovered
: The body of a Bakarwal was recovered from under a snow avalanche after four months of his death near the Chilling river on the Pahalgam-Panikhar road on Thursday. Official sources said Mumtaz Ali and his horse fell into the river on June 19 when hundreds of Gujjars and Bakarwals were on their way to Panikhar in Pahalgam district. Sources said the body could not be found as several feet snow had accumulated there. Only three days ago, a group of people spotted some clothes in the snow and the police was informed. It took about 48 hours for the police to recover Ali’s body.

Art exhibition
: Governor N.N. Vohra on Thursday expressed happiness over the progress made in the field of art and culture in the valley saying they were important for developing a stable society. Speaking at the 44th annual state art exhibition held after a gap of about 15 years here last evening, Vohra complimented the State Academy of Art, Culture and Languages for awarding the budding artists. He asked the academy to organise art exhibitions at the primary, middle and higher-level educational institutions to encourage young artists and nurture talent among them.

GOC visits Army school: Lt-Gen P.C. Bhardwaj, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, visited Army Goodwill Public School at Pahalgam today. He was accompanied by his wife, Deepa Bhardwaj. They were briefed about the academic activities, the training infrastructure available and the modernisation and upgradation drives under way. They also interacted with schoolchildren, a defence spokesman said. The Army Commander complimented Maj-Gen Kishan Singh, GOC, Victor Force, for making this school an institution of excellence in a record time.

Educational tour for children
: The Uniform Force, under Operation Sadbhavana, today sent 30 inmates of Ankur Children Home on an educational tour to Rajasthan. Children started from Mari Reasi and will visit Jaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur. They would also meet the Governor of Rajasthan, senior Army officers and other government officials. Managed by the Army, Ankur Chidren Home is a hostel-cum-school for the militancy-affected children, where they get free education, boarding and lodging facilities.


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