R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Body found:
Mystery shrouds the death of a young mason Kapil Kumar of village Waryamkhera in this sub-division. His grand -father Ranjeet Singh said Kapil used to go to village Chak Badal near Sadulshehar daily for the construction of a house. The owner of the house had made to and fro transport arrangements. On Friday night, Kapil was found dead in a trolley that had been parked outside his house at about 10 pm. His body was on Saturday shifted to the civil hospital here after informing the police at Khuyiansarwar police station. The police reportedly spotted some injuries on the body and nabbed the driver of the tractor-trolley for interrogation as he had abandoned the vehicle without informing the parents of the victim. But the latter reportedly stated that Kapil had fallen down on return from Chak Badal and the injuries proved fatal. Investigation is still going on, the police said.

Triple riding proves fatal: Triple riding on two-wheelers that remain unchecked once again proved fatal in the border belt on Friday. As per the information, the victim Fauja Singh of village Chanankhera was going to Hindumalkot along with Ramesh Kumar and Kartar Singh using a motorcycle on Friday evening. The two-wheeler went out of control and hit the sidewall of a canal bridge near village Bakayanwala about five kilometre from the international border. Fauja Singh died on the spot while others were shifted to the Nehru Memorial Civil Hospital here. Sources in the hospital confirmed that most of the road accidents in the recent past were due to triple riding. Meanwhile, in another mishap, Bakhsheesh Rai of Gobind Nagari and his son Narinder Kumar sustained injuries as the motorcycle that they were riding was allegedly hit near village Khuyiansarwar by a car that was following on the NH 15 on Friday evening. Two occupants of the car too were injured. All were rushed to the Civil Hospital here. Bakhsheesh Rai was referred to Sriganganagar but died on the way on Friday night, sources said.

Youth commits suicide: Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Basant Nagar, who had allegedly consumed celphos on Thursday, died in the civil hospital here on Friday evening. His parents alleged that Gurpreet Singh had been thrashed by the brother of a girl with whom he was in love and feared further intimidation. The city police have registered an FIR under section 306 of the IPC against the girl’s brother, sources said on Saturday.

Human rights awareness :The Human Rights Protection Organisation has started human rights awareness campaign primarily targeting students, women and children as these are the classes that are not aware of their rights. A seminar was organised at the Dashmesh Public Senior Secondary School in Bathinda on Saturday.

Drive against piracy: Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday issued instructions to accelerate drive against piracy, especially of music, films, multi-media and software. Presiding over a high-level meeting of the Home Department, Sukhbir said people should be educated about the seriousness of the piracy and piracy mafia could only be wiped out by launching continuous raids. He asked ADGP (crime) Rajan Gupta to chalk out a detailed plan of launching offensive against the piracy mafia.

Baljit Singh Chahal has been appointed the secretary of the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

8 held for immoral trafficking:
Four girls and four boys have been arrested by the CIA branch of the Khanna police under the Immoral Trafficking Act. They were arrested from a hotel in Amardas Market on a tip off. Three other men who were found drunk in the hotel were also arrested by the police and a case was registered against them.

One held with 500 gm opium: The police has arrested a resident of Sirthlan village for possessing 500 gram opium. The accused has been identified as Pankaj Sagar. Officials of the Rauni police post had laid a checkpoint and arrested the accused riding a motor cycle. A case has been registered against him.

3-day polio drive in city:
The health department, under the guidance of Dr Maninderjit Singh, civil surgeon, will organise a three-day polio vaccination drive in the city from October 27. According to a press release, 3,600 teams of health workers have been constituted for the drive and over 5.5 lakh children under five years will be administered polio drops. Social organisations and almost all schools in the city have extended support to the department in eradicating the disease.

Mandi Gobindgarh
One killed in accident:
A resident of Bharpurgarh village died in an accident near the bus stand yesterday. The deceased has been identified as Charanjeet Singh, who was going towards Khanna on his bike for some work. A speeding truck hit him from behind and he died on the spot. Though the police has impounded the truck, its driver fled from the spot.

Ultrasound machine donated: Adarsh Verma, president, Lions Club, Chipping Barnet, district 105A, England, donated an ultrasound machine worth Rs 6 lakh to Mahant Parbhat Puri Charitable Hospital recently. Mahant Parbhat Puri Ji was present on the occasion. The Mahant also inaugurated a building for the male attendants of the patients.

Farmers booked: Taking cognisance of the fact that farmers of this district were illegally burning paddy stubble, the district police swung into action and have registered criminal cases against the offenders. The Muktsar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Gill said the local police had registered three criminal cases against the accused. One case each has been registered in the police stations of Kotbhai, Lambi and Muktsar Sadar. FIRs have been registered against Kulwant Singh of Lambi village, Naib Singh and Jung Singh of Kotbhai village and Angrez Kaur and Baldev Singh of Muktsar. All these people have been booked under sections 188 (violating instructions of the district magistrate) and 278 of the IPC (Pollution act). The SSP said the police had received a letter from the Deputy Commissioner's office, in which, it has been stated that strict action should be taken against farmers, who were burning paddy stubble. He added that the police would be booking more such offenders in the next few days.



Traffic diversion: The vehicular traffic on the road from the Golf Club to T-point behind St John’s High School, between junction 12 and 16 on Vigyan Path, and PGI to Dhanas road, junction 16 to 23, will be closed or diverted 
on October 25 and 26 due to re-carpeting work.



First batch of Hajis leave from Poonch
:  The first batch of 103 Haj pilgrims belonging to Poonch, Mandi, Surankote and Mendhar tehsils were sent off for Srinagar from respected tehsil headquarters on Saturday. The Haj pilgrims would be air-lifted to Jedda from the Srinagar International Airport on October 26. District Development Commissioner, Poonch, K L Khajuria sent off the pilgrims of Poonch tehsil by bus.

Raising day celebrated: The Northern Region Transmission System II of the power grid on Saturday celebrated the 20th Raising Day of the grid. A seminar on ‘how can we make power grid a better organisation and a great place to work?’ was organised. The employees who participated in the seminar, expressed their ideas for making power grid a better organisation. The seminar was chaired by Ashok K Mittal, additional general manager (Projects), Dinesh Chandra, addl general manager (C&M) and Jagmohan Sharma, addl general manager (O&M). The senior officials highlighted the role of the power grid in the growth of power system in the country.

Goupal Ashtami samaharo: The Gou Raksha Samiti, Jammu, would organise a Goupal Ashtami Samaharo at Goushalla Bhawan, Ambphalla, on Monday. According to a statement issued here, the function would be organised with traditional rituals. Pt. Ratan Jain Sant Uday Manu Jee Maharaj, MCA, LLM, Go Raksha Udyog, would be the chief guest of the function. The function would be presided over by Madan Lal Sharma, MP, whereas Manoj Trivedi, IAS officer, would be guest of honour.

Girl killed in accident: A girl was knocked to death by a rashly driven mini-bus at Patoli Mangotrian here on Wednesday. Sources said Sanjana (5), daughter of migrant labourer Giasi Ram of Chatarpur in Madhya Pradesh, was crossing the road when the recklessly driven vehicle hit her. Though the driver, Rajinder Singh of Ramnagar, rushed the girl to the Government Medical College but doctors declared the victim brought dead. Sources said after leaving the victim at the hospital, the driver fled. Later, he surrendered before the police.

Fined for overloading: The Transport Department on Saturday recovered a fine of Rs 183,500 from the drivers of vehicles found overloaded. Regional Transport Officer JS Manhas along with other staff members conducted surprise checks of vehicles on the national highway 1A from Satwari to Ghagwal and challaned the violators.

Housing board staff protest: The ongoing strike by the members of the All Jammu and Kashmir Housing Board Employees Association on Saturday completed 17 days. The employees again held a protest in front of the office of the managing director of the housing board here. Various leaders of the association assured the employees that if the administration remained silent over the issue, the employees of other department would also go on strike in support of their demands.


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