R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Five arrested:
About 40 personnel of the city police raided the hotels on the Sadar Thana road and arrested five persons from two different hotels under section 109 of the CrPC, sources said. They were identified as Sukhwinder of village Banwala, Satnam Singh of Azamwala, Surinder Sharma of Ambala Cantt; Rajwinder Kaur of village Mahatam near Jalalalabad and Madhu of Bikaner.

Surgeons conference:
The International College of Surgeons, organisation of surgeons of the world, will organise its 2009 annual conference in Amritsar. This will be the first time since its inception in 1935, that it will hold the annual conference in Punjab. The Indian chapter of the association came into existence in 1950. Dr U.S. Dhaliwal, former director, Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, organising secretary for the conference, has said the three-and-a-half-day conference will discuss the latest surgical issues. More than 500 surgeons will participate. 

Teachers want pay raise:
To discuss the demands of the teaching community, a state-level delegation of the Adhyapak Dal, headed by its state president Hardev Singh Jabandha, met fifth pay commission secretary R.C. Nayar and Ajaib Singh, a member, in Chandigarh on Saturday. Giving this information, Sukhwinder Singh Bhandari, a member of the Adaypak Dal, said the teachers demanded that the recommendation of pay commission should be implemented from January 2006. Their other demands were that the minimum salary of a teacher should be fixed at Rs 10,000 as per the norms laid in 15th labour conference and that the medical allowance should be raised to Rs 1,000 per month. Bhandari added that the pay commission would submit its report in December.

Painting exhibition:
A three-day painting exhibition began at Teachers' Home here today. Professional artists of city, Inderjeet Dhiman and Gurprem Singh, displayed their work which depicted women-related issues like female foeticide. The paintings displayed were oil painting, water colours, dot paintings, sketch and fabric painting. The murals were mostly based on human myths like mermaid and flying horse. 

Students honoured: As many as 104 students of the Different Convent School, who secured over 90 per cent marks, were awarded during the annual prize distribution function held here on  Saturday. 

IOCL conducts mock fire drill: Pipelines division of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited conducted a mock fire drill on its premises to assess their preparedness for any untoward incident. Ranjeet Singh, deputy manager, pipelines, IOCL stated that at the time of testing, SP (H) Harbhajan Singh and senior operations manager, pipelines division Bathinda Ashok Kumar were also present there. 

Blood donation drive: Followers of the Shah Satnam Ji Green-S Welfare Force Wing said that in a blood donation drive, followers of the Dera Sach Sauda today donated 15 units of blood at various hospitals of the district.

Labourers’ rally on Nov 3:
The Mazdoor Mukti Morcha held its third district-level conference at Baba Bujha Singh Bhawan here on Saturday and elected Sukhvinder Singh, Heere wala and Nikka Singh Bhadurpur as the district president and the secretary respectively. The office-bearers of tehsils were also elected and it was decided that a state rally would be held in Barnala on November 3. The leaders addressing the conference demanded equal opportunities for labour class in society. 

Acid attack condemned: District president of Punjab Istri Sabha, Rekha Sharma has condemned the incident of acid attack on an advocate girl at Ferozepur few days ago. She said the government should take strict action against the guilty persons. She demanded the proper security for women and compensation for the victim. 

Talk on safety from crackers:
Plastic and cosmetic surgeon Ajata Shatru Kapoor held series of talks on safety from crackers in different schools here. He interacted with teachers and asked them to guide students to play safe during Diwali. Safety measures like bursting crackers and fireworks in an open space, wearing tight-fitted clothes made of cotton and keeping a bucket full of water nearby should be followed. Only good quality crackers with ISI certification should be bought. 

GND varsity VC bereaved:
Dr Pritam Singh (91), father of Guru Nanak Dev University vice-chancellor Jai Rup Singh, died at his residence after a prolonged illness here on Saturday. He is survived by a son Jai Rup Singh and daughter Harshinder Kaur who is working as a child specialist at the local Government Rajindra Hospital. Dr Pritam Singh was also the teacher of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at the Government College, Lahore, where the CM did his law. Dr Pritam Singh was a renowned Sikh scholar and winner of the Shiromani Sahitya Award. 

Holiday in Punjabi varsity: Vice-chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala, Dr Jaspal Singh, announced Monday as holiday for all teaching and non-teaching departments of the university as well as neighbourhood colleges and regional centres of the university. In lieu of that, the university will remain open on Saturday i.e. November 1. 

Labourers convention ends:
With the pledge of building a strong revolutionary labourer movement and establishing social equality in society, the first convention of the district unit of the Mazdoor Mukti Morcha, Punjab, concluded here on Friday. State secretary, CPI (ML), Rajwinder Singh Rana, district secretary Harbhagwan Bhikhi and state general secretary of the Lal Jhanda Punjab Bhatha Mazdoor Union Tarsem Jodhan addressed the convention. Pargat Singh Beer was elected president of the district unit of the morcha at the convention. 



2 killed:
Two persons died in two different accidents here on Saturday evening at Preet Colony. A 60-year-old unidentified cyclist, resident of Zirakpur, died when a speedy car hit him from behind. In another accident, Rajeev, a rickshawpuller, in his late twenties, was hit by a truck from behind and died on the spot. Both the accused fled the spot and police is investigating the matter.



Sanitary napkins:
The Haryana health department has decided to provide subsidy to manufacture sanitary napkins through the Women Development Corporation. Speaking at a press conference here on Friday, Haryana health minister Kartar Devi said these sanitary napkins would be manufactured by the Swasthya Mahila Sangh (SMS) in the villages and the necessary equipment would be procured by it on loan basis from the Women Development Corporation. Kartar Devi said the production of these napkins would start by the first week of November in 10 districts of the state. 

Byelections: The state election commissioner, Haryana, has issued notification for the conduct of byelections to fill the vacant seats of panches, sarpanches of gram panchayats and members of panchayat samitis, which have fallen vacant due to death and resignation.

Temple looted:
Some persons reportedly broke into Jain Temple Nasia ji here and decamped with the deity’s silver wares worth Rs 80,000 on Thursday. While senior police officials inspected the site, fingerprints were also lifted by experts on Friday. The police has registered a case of burglary in this regard on a complaint lodged by the temple managing committee. 

Four arrested: The police has arrested four persons, Satyavan, Sandeep Kumar, Balwan and Shradhanand, all employees of Shaheed Surrender Singh Gas Agency of Kosli, for their alleged indulgence in malpractices in the sales as well as storage of LPG cylinders. They were produced in the court of the Subdivisional Judicial Magistrate, who remanded them in judicial custody on Friday. Sources said a delegation of LPG consumers had recently complained to MP Deepender Singh Hooda that the proprietor of the gas agency had been arbitrarily charging money in excess of the stipulated amount per LPG cylinder from them. 

President appointed:
Kusum Sharma has been appointed president of the city unit of the Haryana Pradesh Mahila Congress. Shilpa Verma, district president of the HPMC, on Saturday handed over the charge to Sharma. Sharma said women felt safe in the present Bhupinder Singh Hooda regime. She said she would work to mobilise more women for party programmes. 

Power connections:
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has disconnected 1,19,772 connections of consumers of its areas, who had not cleared their dues. The nigam stopped the power supply of 24,001 consumers in Yamunanagar, 22,059 in Jind, 13,152 in Kurukshetra, 7,523 in Panipat, 7,210 in Karnal, 5,956 in Jhajjar, 4,660 in Sonepat, 4,427 in Kaithal and 2,010 in Rohtak, said a spokesman for the nigam here on Friday. The consumers had to pay Rs 68 crore, out of which a sum of Rs 45.93 crore has been recovered. 



Employment sought:
The unemployed rural men and women of Chamba district, who have undergone the training of special security bureau (SSB), demanded the government to provide employment so that they could earn their livelihood. The Chamba district SSB-trained unemployment association president Dalip Kumar said there were about 1,600 persons who had completed the training but now facing unemployment. 

Woman commits suicide
: Kishni Devi, a resident of Pihri Panchayat village, reportedly committed suicide by consuming a poison after she was allegedly maltreated by her husband, the police said here on Saturday. The police said father of the deceased Giyian Chand lodged a complaint with the police that his daughter was tortured by her husband, Vijay Kumar, following which she committed suicide. A case under Sections 498 A and 306 of the IPC has been in this regard. 

One held with charas:
The police on Saturday arrested one person under the NDPS Act at Larji dam recovering 3 kg of charas from his bag that he was carrying while walking towards Aut on the national highway. He has been identified as Govind Ram, a resident of Saddoha in Thunag tehsil in Mandi. The police party was on patrol when they searched his bag. 

Man electrocuted:
A youth identified as Ved Prakash (26) of Sirmaur district, working in the Loveena restaurant, died after being electrocuted. According to the police, the incident took place when he was taking a bath. While bathing, he came in contact with an exposed live wire, which resulted in his death on the spot, the police added. 

Student council poll: The elections of the Student Council of Himachal Pradesh University will be held on November 19 for the session 2008-09. There are 111 voters in the electoral college, including 86 college representatives. The person who wins would represent the student community in the apex body of the university. The elections would be held after a gap of seven years.

Diwali bonus for HPTDC employees: On the occasion of the Diwali, the government on Friday announced the release of bonus for employees of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) for the year 2006-07. This was announced by Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal, who is the chairman of the corporation. He also approved the release of interim relief to the tune of Rs 1.01 crore, which will benefit over 300 employees.

Addl charge: The government on Friday appointed Nisha Singh as the divisional commissioner, Shimla, relieving Rakesh Kaushal, secretary, revenue. She is also a member (administration) of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB). The government also gave the additional charge of the divisional commissioner, Kangra, to Sanjay Gupta, secretary, forest. 



Ceasefire violation:
The ceasefire agreement was yet again “violated” by Pakistan as bullets were fired from across the border on Indian posts at the Line of Control (LoC) in Sabzian Sector of bordering Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir, sources here on Saturday said. “The Pakistani troops fired indiscriminately from their post number 1080 on Indian posts of the 4 Bihar Regiment and 192 Bn of BSF in a bid to give cover fire to a group of infiltrators late last night at around 0200 hrs,” sources said, adding that the fire was retaliated during which the armed militants returned back. However, there were no reports of any injury and casualty to any security personnel during the exchange.

Protester- POLICE clash: 4 HURT:
Four persons were injured on Saturday as police resorted to baton charge and teargas shelling in the Panthachowk area on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway to quell protests against alleged high-handedness of security forces. Residents of the Panthachowk area blocked the national highway and started raising slogans against the security forces alleging that they had roughed up several inmates during cordon and search operations in the area, the sources said. They said police requested the protestors to disperse peacefully and allow the traffic on the highway to pass through. However, the agitated mob rejected the police request, forcing the latter to use batons and tearsmoke shells to chase them away, the sources said, adding that four persons sustained minor injuries in the incident. The traffic on the highway was later restored after remaining suspended for nearly half an hour. 



MC seals 2 Sulabh lavatories:
A team of the Municipal Corporation led by mayor Vinod Chamoli on Friday sealed two Sulabh lavatories here as these were found ill-maintained. On the repeated complaints, Dehradun Mayor Vinod Chamoli along with district health officer Dr Gurupal Singh went on inspection of various Sulabh lavatories across the city. 

Elephants trample two to death:
Two women were crushed to death by elephants at Ranipur range of Rajaji National Park Saturday. The incident occurred around 11.30 am when the two women went there to collect wood. According to station in charge Ranipur Kotwali, the women were from Ravli Mahdood village. The victims have been identified as Taravati (50), wife of Chandrabhan, and Sarju Devi (50). Forest officials informed the police and the bodies have been sent for postmortem.

6 Gurukul students get placements: Despite being known as Vedic University, students of Gurukul Kangri University outshone other reputed institutes in bagging plum jobs in corporate sector. Six students of MSc (Chemistry) were selected by the Asian Paints after intensive interviews and aptitude tests. Also the MBA and MCA batches started the campus recruitment in the university. Mayank Aggarwal, in charge, recruitment cell, shares, “Our students are excelling in all sections and that’s why multinationals companies listed in Fortune-500 are continuously recruiting students from our university”.


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