R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Awareness on foeticide:
As many as 62 NSS volunteers of Swami Vivekanand Institute of Engineering and Technology participated in a one-day NSS camp held in Jungpura village on Thursday. The chief guest of the event was Dr Satish Verma, director, Youth Affairs, Punjabi University, Patiala. The camp was held to create awareness among villagers regarding first aid, female foeticide and education of girl child. The highlight of the event was a street play based on female education and female foeticide, played by NSS volunteers. Besides, pamphlets containing details of first aid and medical tips for common diseases were also distributed.

Baisakhi as ‘Identity Day’:
The Sikh Nation Organisation (SNO), leading campaign against the turban ban in France, on Wednesday asked Sikhs to observe April 13 as ‘Sikh Identity Day’ and wear yellow turbans. SNO chief Dr Manjit Singh Randhawa said the proposed action would build opinion and pressure on France to review the ban on turban per the United Nations Human Rights Committee verdict on freedom of religion.

Kaypee criticised: Bir Devinder Singh, Congress leader and former Deputy Speaker, Vidhan Sabha, said,despite assurance PPCC chief Mohinder Singh Kaypee did not allow discussion on Congress ticket to Jaddish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar. Bir Devinder said, “ At the meeting Kaypee, Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Ratna and two AICC observers delivered sermons”. He said Tytler and Sajjan Kumar in the Congress list would diminished hopes of the Sikhs and created difficulties for Congress candidates in Punjab.

Sant Ram Udasi Trust: The Lok Kavi Sant Ram Udasi Trust was here was reorganised on Thursday. New secretary Ajmer Singh Sidhu said the trust would function under the patronage of theatre artiste Gursharan Singh with the assistance of president- Sukhwinder Kandola, vice-president - Navdeep Singh, treasurer- Jagdip Singh Mann and technical assistant- Vishal Kalsi. Sant Ram Udasi’s daughter Iqbal Kaur Udasi, Gursewak Singh , Juginderjeet Kaur, Balwinder Singh Sembi, Surjit Singh Kararha and Dalveer Singh Suman are executive committee members. Sant Ram Udasi’s writings can be accessed at http://santramudasi.wordpress.com.

22 pc relief to pensioners:
The All-India Central Government Pensioners Association has welcomed the government’s decision of granting 22 per cent dearness relief to the pensioners of Central government. Secretary-general of the association V.S. Jolly said in a statement that the pensioners had heaved a sigh of relief with the decision of the government. He said the Election Commissioner’s model code of conduct notwithstanding, 38 lakh pensioners would be paid enhanced dearness relief at the rate of 22 per cent from January.

US invite for prof: Dr G.S. Samra, professor of mathematics at Lyallpur Khalsa  College, has been invited by Mississipi State University, USA, to participate in the eighth “Mississipi State-UAB Conference on Differential Equations and Computational Simulations.” The event will start on May 7.

Eye camp:
About 1,100 patients were examined and another 80 were given intraocular lens implants at a free eye camp organised by the Lok Kalyan Sewa Samiti in collaboration with Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre at Indira Gandhi College, near Ramleela Ground, at Budhlada. Vijay Kumar, chairman of the samiti, said a team of doctors from the eye hospital examined the patients and also performed surgeries at Civil Hospital, Budhlada. Free food, medicines and accommodation for the patients reporting at the camp was arranged by the samiti.



Health check-up:
More than 50 children in the age group of 6 to 15 years were examined for a general check up and their blood screening was done during a free health camp organised at Aashiana, Sector 16, here on Thursday. The camp was conducted by doctors from Fortis Hospital, Mohali, as part of Corporate Social Responsibility programme.



Sahay is MDI director:
Prof BS Sahay took over as the director of the Management Development Institute (MDI) here today. Prior to joining MDI, Professor Sahay was the director of the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad, for more than four years. A press note issued by the MDI said here today.

Six get life term:
The court of Additional Sessions Judge AK Shori here on Wednesday sentenced six persons Krishan, Ved Pal, Om Parkash alias Babli, Jagdish and Balbir, all residents of Geong village near here, and Karanil of Rasidan (Jind) to life imprisonment and fined them Rs 5,800 each after holding them guilty in a murder case. According to information, Tara Chand and Ram Sarup of Geong, during a dispute killed Baru Ram and Lal Chand, Father and grandfather, respectively of Ved Pal, one of the accused in this murder case. They were arrested and sent to jail. However, they came out of jail on bail. Ved Pal, who wanted to avenge the death of his father and grandfather with the help of other, accused killed Tara Chand and Ram Sarup.

Opium smuggler re-arrested: During its campaign launched to arrest most wanted criminals and proclaimed offenders the police has arrested an opium smuggler and an burglary accused, who went under ground after seeking bail from the court. Both were produced in a local court, which sent them to jail in judicial custody. SP Sultan Singh said here on Thursday the police had arrested Jaswinder and Balwinder of Karora under the Rajound police station on the charge of possessing 200 gm opium on May 20, 2006. They were booked under the NDPS Act.

Six-year-old charred:
A six-year child of an Uttar Pradesh migrant labourer family was burnt alive at Mithanpura village today, when the thatched hut in which he was sleeping caught fire.

BSNL mazdoor union stage dharna:
Number of the CITU activists and representatives of BSNL Thekedar Mazdoor Union continued to stage their dharna in front of the Sanchar Bhawan here on the third day today and threatened that if the BSNL authorities did not accept their demands, they would organise demonstrations. Their demands included payment of full wages and rejoining of those casual employees who had been removed from the job.

Four gangsters held: The police claimed to have arrested four armed gangsters identified as Vikas of Lath, Amit of Sersa, Bal Ram of Halalpur and Vikram of Jonti in Delhi on Wednesday near the Karewari road turning when they were planning to commit robbery, according to SSP Navdeep Singh Virk. The SSP informed on Thursday that the police seized three pistols, two cartridges and an iron rod from their possession. During interrogation, they confessed to have looted Rs 1.34 lakh from a milk vendor on March 27 near Tihar Malik, he said. According to an FIR, 350 gm of opium was seized from the possession of two motorcyclists identified as Ram Adhar and Ajit Ram of district Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh by SI Subhsh of CIA staff.

Eye donation: Eye donation has just become a movement in Gohana town under the inspiring efforts of voluntary organisation Ahuti working to motivate the people for eye and blood donation. The number of eye donors went up to 187 when the eyes of 75-year-old Shanti Devi were donated before her cremation on Wednesday. Lekh Raj Chanana became the 183rd eye donor on March 5, 184th eye donor was Shanti Devi, mother of BJP leader Dr Om Prakash Sharma, Madan Lal Hans was 185th donor and Phoolwanti Kapoor became 186th eye donor.



Man jailed:
Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Pravin Chauhan at Ghumarwin, near here, has found Rama Nand of Glah-Bamm village in this district guilty of attempting to break the modesty of a married woman and sentenced him to imprisonment for two years. He also imposed a fine of Rs 2,500 on the accused. Assistant Public Prosecutor Anil Awasthi told the court that the victim, who lives alone with her two daughters as her husband works at Delhi, had alleged in her FIR that the accused entered her house through a window during the night of July 7, 2007 and tried to misbehave with her.

CAT plan:
The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation’s (NHPC) Chamera Hydroelectric Project (stage-III) has so far funded a sum of Rs 14 crore to the state forest department for the catchment area treatment(CAT) plan, which was approved by the NHPC at an estimated cost of Rs 30 crore. Disclosing this here on Wednesday, general manager of the NHPC’s Chamera stage-III project KK Joshi stated that the remaining amount would be released to the nodal officer of the department early.

Tibetan scribes’ call:
The Association of Tibetan Journalists (ATJ) based in various parts of the country, including Dalhousie and Dharamsala, on Wednesday appealed to the Chinese government to allow independent journalists to visit Tibet. The call from the group came a few days after the Chinese government said it would reopen Tibet for foreign tourists on April 5.

BSNL subscribers:
The BSNL has achieved a new milestone in cellular services as it has 8 lakh mobile connections in the hill state, registering a growth of 60 per cent over the past one year. This has been stated by chief general manager, Telecommunication, Anil Kaushal. He informed that at the beginning of 2008, numbers of subscribers in the state were 5 lakh.

Woman electrocuted: Lata(27) was reportedly electrocuted to death in her house in Danain village near Mashobra. A short circuit is stated to be the reason behind her death. Villagers came to her rescue and rushed her to Indira Gandhi Medical College, where she was declared dead.

CM greets people: Governor Prabha Rau and Chief Minister PK Dhumal have felicitated the people of the state on the occasion of Ramnavmi. Rau said the people had a great faith in the teachings of Lord Rama.

Cases registered:
In various parts of Mandi district, the police has registered 17 cases under the Punjab Excise Act and recovered 56,750 ml of country-made liquor, 18,650 ml of illicit liquor and 6,000 ml of English wine. According to Mandi SP S. Agnihotri confirmed this saying 17 persons have been arrested and a huge quantity of liquor recovered from their possession on Wednesday.



ABVP submits memo to VC:
A delegation of the ABVP on Thursday called upon Vice-chancellor of Jammu University Varun Sahni and submitted a memorandum of demands to him. The memorandum sought start of admission on entrance basis, two-year course in journalism and mass communication and increase in number of seats in each academic department.

Movement along LoC at night banned:
The Rajouri DM has banned the movement of civilians in the 6-km belt along the LoC in the district from 10 pm to 4.30 am for a month from March 31. This has been done to check the movement of anti-national elements in view of the Lok Sabha elections.

2 nabbed with fake currency:
The police said two persons were arrested on Thursday while making a deal for fake currency. A police party laid a trap at Darish Kadal in Srinagar and apprehended two persons, Shabir Ahmad Dar of Anantnag and Mohd Ismail Sofi of Chattabal and seized fake currency worth Rs 70,000 from them.


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