R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Diwali celebrations:
Ahead of vacations owing to the festival of lights, some educational institutions celebrated Diwali with fervour and gaiety on Thursday. Children, dressed up as Ram, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman were greeted by the staff and students during the Diwali celebrations at St Alphonsa Convent School. Principal Dr Venita Singh was joined by the staff and would-be-teachers in celebrating Diwali and Rishi Nirvana Diwas at the DAV College of Education. Ramesh Makkar spoke about teachings and life of Swami Dayanand.

Weapons recovered:
On the basis of information provided by the military intelligence, the officials of police station Khui Khera, during the search of a private bus, recovered a country-made pistol and a live cartridge. According to the details available, the police laid a barrier on the Gang Canal on Abohar road and searched the private bus. The bus was coming from Abohar to Fazilka. During the search, they recovered one country-made pistol, one live cartridge, some newspapers and a magazine containing provoking literature, lying in a bag. The police have registered a case under the Arms Act.

2 booked for fraud:
The Dasuya police has booked Prem Singh and Madho Singh, both residents of Ghogra, under sections 420, 465, 468, 471 and 120 B of the IPC on the complaint of Harjinder Singh of the same village last evening. According to police sources, Harjinder Singh alleged that Prem Singh and Madho Singh acquired fake death certificate of Bhupinder Singh, son of Madho Singh, and somehow got the revenue record changed. Later, they got transferred his land in their name. Bhupinder Singh  was killed in Malta Boat Tragedy in 1996.

Joint convention:
Nearly 17 labour and farmer organisations would hold a joint convention at Jalandhar on Friday against the privatisation of the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) and other genuine demands of labourers and farmers. Members of the coordination committee against privatisation and state secretary of Mazdoor Mukti Morcha Bhagwant Singh Sammoan said the Central and state governments have been favouring hoarders and rich people and implementing the policies of privatisation. Therefore, labouers and farmers have decided to intensify their struggle against the anti-people policies of the government.

NSD holds workshop:
The National School of Drama (NSD), one of the foremost theatre training institutions in Asia, is organising a month-long theatre training workshop in collaboration with Kadam Kala Manch. Disclosing this, Gursewak Preet Singh, general secretary of the Kadam Kala Manch, said the workshop is being conducted at the Dashmesh Khalsa College here. He added that students will be taught the theoretical and practical aspects of acting. Students will also be asked to produce plays, which will be later played out in the public. The workshop was inaugurated on Thursday by Shinderpal Singh, principal of the Dashmesh Khalsa College.

250 donate blood
: AS many as 250 volunteers, including Punjabi University teachers, students and non-teaching employees donated blood during a blood donation camp, organised by the university’s NSS department here today. Vice-Chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh said the gesture of the literate class coming forward in large numbers to donate blood is bound to prove a source of inspiration for other sections of the society.

‘Strengthen Rang Manch’: Dramatist Reoti Saran Sharma, adviser to the International Theatre Institute- UNESCO, Paris, has urged theatre activists to strengthen “Patiala Rang Manch”, a unity group of Patiala theatre associations for better performing conditions, effective rapport with authorities and public and mutual understanding. Reoti was addressing artists and their group leaders at a congregation, held at Sahit Sadan, Bhasha Bhawan, Patiala, here on Tuesday.

Now, pay PSEB bills on the net:
The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) has introduced Internet Payment System Scheme to facilitate its customers. This was stated by senior XEN Sanjeev Kumar while talking to newsmen here today. He said the board has offered its customers to pay their bills or dues online through the internet on its websites www.psebindia.org <http://www.psebindia.org> and www.psebindia.gov.in. Sanjeev said all offices of the PSEB have been interconnected online and anybody can deposit bills or dues through the internet now and can get valid receipt of the payment through the printer installed on his/her computer or laptop.

60 tolas gold stolen: Valuables including 60 tolas of gold ornaments worth Rs Nine lakh were reportedly burgled from the house of a dairy owner Jaspal Singh in local Bhagatpura locality yesterday. Jaspal Singh was on his job and saw his house burgled after he returned home last evening. A case has been registered, said Phagwara DSP.

Villager found murdered:
Villager Joginder Singh was reportedly found murdered with sharp-edged weapons by some unknown armed assailants in the fields in nearby Laddarrkalan village in the Phillaur sub-division last night. The deceased was a worker of a village brick kiln. The Phillaur Police has registered a case under section 302 of the IPC. The body of the deceased has been sent for post mortem examination to the Phillaur Civil Hospital.

Woman crushed by bus: Kamaljit Kaur (26) was crushed to death by a speeding bus near Puadrra village near Phillaur last night while she was crossing the road. The bus driver managed to escape, leaving the bus behind. Phillaur police has registered a case against the bus driver and sent the body for post mortem examination at the Phillaur Civil Hospital.



Ex-judge’s death mourned: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday mourned the sad demise of Justice Sharanjit Singh Grewal who passed away October 7. A Full Court Reference was held in the High Court today to pay tributes to the departed judge.



Last date extended
: The Board of School Education, Haryana, has extended the last date for receiving applications for School Teacher Eligibility Test from October 15 to 23., said an official notification in this regard on Thursday.

Repoll: The repoll at booth No. 127 in Karora village of the Pundri assembly constituency concluded peacefully today. As many as 810 voters cast their vote.Some miscreants had entered the booth on October 13 and cast votes forcibly when 797 votes out of 1,057 had already been cast.

Cop not to file plea against punishment: A Haryana police inspector, promoted as DSP at a time when a lower court had declared him a proclaimed offender for non-appearance in a rape case, communicated to the high court his decision against filing an appeal about punishment awarded to him by the state government. His two annual increments were ordered to be stopped by the Inspector General (IG) concerned. As the PIL seeking action against accused police officer Phul Kumar filed by Surender Juneja of Ambala came up before Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice Mahesh Grover, the officer was asked to submit an affidavit affirming his decision of not filing an appeal against the punishment. The case would now come up for further hearing on October 22.


Principal awarded
: Shashi Thappa, Principal of Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Bakshi Nagar, was given the best administrator award at a function held at Ranbir Higher Secondary School recently. The award was given by Education Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed and was recommended by the director, school education. The award comes as a recognition for Shashi’s efforts in improving the administration of the school, besides academics and punctuality of students and the faculty.

Workshop begins: A sixteen-day workshop on web technologies (NET and PHP) being organised by the Department of Computer Sciences of the local Government Gandhi Memorial Science College began at the college on Thursday. Parbodh Jain, Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, was the chief guest. The workshop would conclude on October 31. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest lauded the Computer Department for organising the workshop. The chief guest also released a news letter published by the department.

Protests indicate govt’s ‘failure’
: Expressing concern over alleged growing levels of unrest among people, the PDP has said the spate of demonstrations and protests indicated collapse of governance. A party spokesman here said the current strikes and demonstrations by various sections of people, including employees and the unemployed youths, reflected a virtual collapse of governance and indifferent attitude of the state government.

Woman dies in accidental gunfire
: A woman, Pooja, died due to bullet injuries at her residence in Powanwara village near Bhaderwah on Thursday. Though the police has registered a case, her husband told it that she was fiddling with his rifle and it went off accidentally killing her. The police has taken the body for post-mortem. Pooja had reportedly returned from her parental house on Wednesday.


Murder bid
: Nathi Ram, a resident of Mewar Kalan, had a narrow escape when two persons fired at him from behind while he was cutting grass in a forest area near the village today. An old rivalry is said to be the reason behind the attack. Laloo and Brahm Singh have been arrested in the case.


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