R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Cop killed in mishap:
Five deaths during the mishaps were reported in Abohar and surrounding areas on Wednesday. A policeman identified as Sukhwinder Singh presently posted in the district jail at Bathinda was crushed to death as a jeep hit the motorcycle that he was using near village Balluana on Abohar-Malout road today. He was declared "brought dead" when the ambulance rushed him to the civil hospital here, sources said.

Roll Nos dIspatched: The annual theory examinations of BA/BSc part I, II and III and other under-graduate professional courses of Guru Nanak Dev University will begin from March 27. In a press note here on Wednesday, Dr Gurnam Singh, Professor In charge (Exams), said the roll numbers had been sent to all eligible candidates. Those examinees who did not receive roll numbers by March 20 were advised to contact the Examination Branches (I and II) of the university. Moreover, the Exam Branches would remain open on gazetted holidays falling on March 21, 22 and 23 to facilitate the candidates, he added.

IMA office-bearers: Dr Narottam Bhalla and Dr Balwinder Kaur have unanimously been elected president and honorary secretary, respectively, of the district unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) for the current session. Dr Yash Sharma, state president of the association, conducted the elections.

Eye check-up camp:
Swami Vivekanand College of Pharmacy organised an eye check-up camp for students of Swami Vivekanand Group of Institutes on Wednesday. Over 300 students got their eyes checked at the camp. The students were examined with latest techniques for visual testing using Snellen’s chart and trial glasses set. The students were also screened for stye, chalazion, squint and other refractive errors which were common among students these days.

Held with drugs:
A youth, Dharampal Singh, resident of Murgi Mohalla, Chander Nagar, here, was held with 40 gm of narcotics powder at a naka on the Amritsar bypass here on Wednesday. The Civil Lines police has registered a case against him under the NDPS Act.

Women’s Day celebrated:
The Kotkapura-based Axis Bank organised International Women Day celebrations today at Gandhi Memorial College for Women. The purpose was to emphasise the importance of women in every walk of life. This was for the first time that any bank has come forward in Kotkapura to celebrate this day.

Proclaimed offenders held:
The Sadar police, Fazilka, has arrested three proclaimed offenders (POs). Two of them are accused of boot legging while another was allegedly involved in forward trading (satta). Sadar police in-charge Maninderbir Singh said Kala Singh, a resident of Dhani Chiragwali, presently living at the village Mahalam, was arrested on July 3, 2004 with 11 bottles of illicit liquor. Another PO had been identified as Nirmal of village Saidoke under the Excise Act and had been absconding. Third PO has been identified as Chiman Singh of Dhani Chandigarh. He was accused of playing forward trading.

Army recruitment:
The three-day army recruitment rally for the category of soldier technical (all castes), which was scheduled to be held from March 19 to 21 in Patiala, has been postponed due to the Lok Sabha elections. The next date of the rally will be declared after the elections.

Research workshop: The Lyallpur Khalsa College will organise a two-day workshop on research methodology in association with the Indian Commerce Association on April 10 and 11. A senior professor from the Management and Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, will be the resource person.

Woman succumbs  to injuries:
A 50-year-old unidentified woman was killed in a road accident while she was crossing a road on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway on Tuesday by an unidentified vehicle when it hit her hard. The injured was immediately rushed to GMCH-32, Chandigarh, where she succumbed to injuries on Wednesday. The body of the deceased has been sent for 72 hours in mortuary. A case has been registered against unknown driver and the police has started further investigations.

Health, sports activities:
The Mohali Club will be organising health, entertainment and sports activities for its members as well as non-members at nominal charges from March 22. Sahibjeet Singh Sandhu, vice-president of the club, said here on Wednesday that a yoga expert would teach yoga to all those who got enrolled for learning it. Participants would be exposed to special techniques for anger management and stress management. Aerobics classes would be organised for the young. He said the club would also hold a swimming competition.

Poppy husk seized:
The CIA staff has arrested Amandeep Kumar, alias Bhoondi, of Sloh village at a police naka on the Dosanjh Kalan-Jandiali road and seized 40 kg of poppy husk from him.

Five arrested:
The police arrested five persons under the Excise and Gambling Acts here ion Wednesday.They have been identified as Biran, Banarsi and Harjit of Dinanagar and Jagdip Singh and Ranvir Kumar of Dhariwal and seized some cash, slips being used in gambling activities and illicit liquor from their possession.

Consumers’ day:
The Patiala Consumer and Telephone Subscribers Forum, in collaboration with the Food and Supply Department, celebrated “World Consumers’ Rights Day” at Bhasha Bhawan here. SK Jain, chief engineer of the PSEB, was the chief guest and founder member of the ‘Birdh Ashram’ Urmil Kumari was the guest of honour on this occasion. After discussing the problems of people like electricity, food adulteration, sewerage and school fees, Jain assured them to solve the problems wherever he can help.

‘Pay Rs 5 lakh to widow’:
In a case of deficiency in service, members of the local District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, including president MD Sharma and member Harvinder Sharma, have directed ING Vysya Life Insurance Company Ltd, Bangalore, to pay Rs 5 lakh, along with interest at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from the date of repudiation of the insurance claim i.e. November 14, 2008, till realisation, to Jaspal Kaur, widow of Balwinder Singh of Pharwahi village in Barnala district. The forum has also directed the company to pay Rs 3,000 to the widow in lieu of litigation expenses. The order of the forum shall be complied with within 60 days of communication.



Gangster held:
The Special Task Force (STF) of Ambala has arrested one Harjinder Singh Fauji and seized a large amount of ammunition and weapons from him. He has been arrested under the Arms Act apart from various crimes that are pending against him. According to an STF official, the force has seized six country-made pistols, nine mm pistols, 32 bore pistol, two 315 bore pistols, 15 rounds of nine mm pistol, and 30 round of 315 bore pistol among other weapons.

Guv to release book:
Governor AR Kidwai will release a book, “The Birth of God and Other Stories” written by eminent writer Rajinder Singh Nain on March 20 at a function to be held at Haryana Raj Bhawan. Nain said here on Wednesday that the book, a collection of stories, was a poignant reflection of emotional and spiritual sensitivity of human soul. He added the book would give its readers a refreshing insight into life’s ever-changing colours and moods.

Cong press secy:
Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee president Phool Chand Mullana has appointed Surinder Singh Hooda of Panipat as the press secretary of the party. Mullana has also appointed Rajesh Duhan of Sulchani village in Hissar district as the organising secretary of the party.

2 youths killed:
Two youths were killed when they fell from a running tractor- trolley near Dhangar village in this district on Tuesday night. Vinod and Sultan, labourers in their twenties, were sitting on the tractor-trolley loaded with soil when it lost control, resulting in their fall. They received fatal injuries on head and chest. They were rushed to a private hospital, where they were declared brought dead.

Italian award:
The Director General of the Apparel Export Promotion Council’s Education and Training Initiatives, Dr Darlie Koshy, was honoured by prestigious Star of the Italian Solidarity Award today. He received this award from Italy’s ambassador to India Roberto Toscano. The award is conferred by Italian president on those who illustrate themselves with their activities and who contribute to strengthen the friendly ties between India and Italy.

One killed in accident:
The driver of a jeep was killed on the spot when his vehicle was hit by another vehicle near Gharaunda in the wee hours of Wednesday, some 20 km from here. The driver of the jeep lost control after the collision and pushed to other side of the road, breaking past the divider. The ill-fated vehicle was again hit by a truck and the driver Roshan died on the spot while the driver of the truck sustained injuries.

Meeting on polls:
To assess the overall preparations for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, an administrative meeting of Rohtak division was held here on Tuesday. All senior division and district-level officials were present in the meeting, who discussed various issues for smooth conduct of polls in the region. The meeting was chaired by the DC and the IGP.



Charas seized:
The police has seized about 2.5 kg of charas from a person at the zero point, near Bhanjraru, on Tuesday. The accused, Krishan Singh, a resident of Karnal (Haryana), was walking when the police party intercepted him and on suspicion it searched his bag and recovered charas. He was arrested a case had been registered under the NDPS Act.

Health training programme:
A two-day training on Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) for health workers from various blocks of Kangra district concluded on Wednesday. It was organised by the chief medical officer, Kangra, at the Regional Health and Family Welfare Training Centre, Chheb. Health officer Dr Kaushal enlightened that though the health care infrastructure in our country had groomed immensely over the years, disease surveillance system was now catching up to be the watchdog for ongoing surveillance for different core diseases under the IDSP.

Hundreds of Congress workers of Nurpur Assembly constituency led by state Congress general secretary Ajay Mahajan staged a three-hour dharna on Wednesday to protest against poor health services in local subdivisional-level Civil Hospital here. Holding placards against downgrading of hospital status from 100 to 50-bedded and transfer of four specialist doctors from the hospital the Congress activists alleged that the government had been doing injustice to the people of Kangra district. Later, they submitted a memorandum to the state government through the local administration and demanded immediate restoration of 100-bedded hospital.



Attack on gurdwara condemned:
Various Sikh organisations under the banner of Bhai Kanahiya Jee Nishkam Seva Society on Wednesday held an emergency meeting in which they condemned the brutal action of a racist attack in Gurdwara Sikh Sangat in East London. The participants demanded stringent action against the culprit who wanted to destroy the communal harmony by hurting the sentiments of the Sikh community.

Guv inaugurates boys’ hostel: Governor NN Vohra inaugurated the Nilgiri boys’ hostel at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Campus in Katra on Wednesday. The hostel has been constructed within a period of one-and-a-half-year at the cost of Rs 9 crore.

Tour to national park:
To sensitise youth about the natural heritage of Ladakh, the Department of Wildlife Protection, Leh, organised a one-day tour to the world famous Hemis high-altitude National Park on Wednesday. At least 75 schoolchildren of Leh town participated in the tour. Jigmet Takpa, conservator of Forest, flagged off the tour.

Conservation of culture: An interaction between scholars and youngsters to exchange views on conservation of tradition and culture of Ladakh was organised the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Language, Leh, at Elizer Joldan College, Leh, on Wednesday. During the interaction, both participants exchanged ideas on conservation and promotion of cultural heritage of Ladakh.


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