R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


First-aid camp held
: The District Red Cross Society and St. John Ambulance Association, District Centre, Bathinda, organised a seven-day first aid training programme from March 22-28 at the local GZS College of Engineering and Technology. About 50 NSS volunteers attended the course. District Training Superviser Naresh Pathania of the St. John Ambulance Association, delivered lecdtures on various aspects. On the last day, Naveen Singla, in-charge, NSS wing of the college, Naveen Singla, appealed for spreading awareness about first aid. 

New SBoP branch: Deputy Commissioner Gurkirat Kirpal Singh inaugurated Malwa region’s first specialised personal banking branch of the State Bank of Patiala in the Model Town locality here on Monday. Rajesh Gupta, deputy general manager, Bathinda zone, said it was the 884th branch of the bank. The branch is fully computerised and besides other facilities, it would provide to customers mobile and internet banking. 
Deputy Commissioner Gurkirat Kirpal Singh inaugurating a new branch of the State Bank of Patiala in Bathinda on Monday. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Deed writers strike work
: Deed writers of Mukerian and Talwara today observed strike in protest against the failure of police in arresting the culprits who shot dead one of their colleagues Narinder Kumar of Sahora in his car on March 27 on Mukerian-Hajipur road. They were demanding immediate arrest of the culprits. Meanwhile, the Hajipur police recovered an Alto car (PB-54-C-3007) of Narinder Kumar near Ajnala town last evening. It may be recalled that two motorcycle-borne unidentified youths shot dead Narinder Kumar while he was going in his said car to the village on the Mukerian-Hajipur road. After killing him they dragged the body from the car and threw it on the road and thereafter escaped in the car and on the motorcycle. 

2,600 SHGs formed: The district administration has formed 2,600 self-help groups, out of which 1,647 had been given loans for starting various trades. Deputy Commissioner Megh Raj disclosed this while addressing a meeting of bankers organised to review the progress of banks here today. Loans worth Rs 1,393 crore under priority, agriculture and non-agriculture sector had been given to December during 2009-2010 in the district and kisan cards worth Rs 1,278 crore had been distributed to more than 1 lakh persons during the same period. 

Recruitment drive postponed
: The recruitment of Punjab Police and Punjab Armed Police cadres, which was scheduled for April 1 at PAP Grounds, has been postponed to April 9. In a press note released today, the police authorities stated that candidates should bring along their documents and reach the PAP Grounds, Gate No-4 at 8 am for recruitment. 

1 held for smuggling
: The Khanna police today arrested one Gursewak Singh of Majara village allegedly for smuggling narcotics. The police said the accused was nabbed following a tip-off. However, two accomplices of the accused managed to give police the slip and fled with the contraband. A case has been registered. 

Top cop to issue arms licences:
The Commissioner of Police will be empowered to issue armed licences from April 1.
A communiqué issued by the commissioner's officer stated that the applicants seeking arms licence should appear before the Arms Licensing Unit at the CRPC branch in the commissioner's office. 

Mandi Gobindgarh
Saurabh wins  singing contest:
Students of the RIMT-Institute of Engineering and Technology participated in various cultural events in the three-day annual fest -Saturnalia-2010, held at Thapar University, Patiala, and bagged prizes. Shagun and Ankush of RIMT-IET won first prize in couple dance. Saurabh, a student of RIMT-IET, also participated in various singing events, including solo singing and duet singing. Many other students also showcased their talent 

No genset at Suvidha Centre: Power cut woes and absence of a generator at the Suvidha Centre have left people a harried lot, who have to waits for hours to get their work done. At the centre, located on the SDM office premises, tasks of attestations of affidavits, marriage registration, demarcation, copying of documents, entries of birth or deaths, etc, are done. 
People wait for power supply to resume at the Suvidha Centre in Nakodar. Photo: Ashok Kaura

Scrap factory gutted: Goods worth lakhs of rupees were destroyed in a fire which broke out in a scrap factory in Lambrra village last night. Fire tenders worked hard for several hours to control the fire. Factory owner Vishal Ghumber said sparking from the lose high tension wires became cause of the fire. 

Hike in cremation grant
: The Phagwara Nagar Council has revised and increased the expenditures fixed for the funeral of unclaimed bodies. In a meeting, the NC increased the costs of woods from Rs 1,300 to Rs 2,000 for the cremation of each unclaimed body. 

DC’s advice to councillors: Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Raj Kamal Chaudhary has advised the Phagwara Administration and Nagar Council officials to involve winning councillors and even defeated candidates of all wards to take their active assistance and help launch successful campaign against illegal encroachments in Phagwara sub-division.

Tarn Taran
Action against absent officials
: The district administration would take stern action against the officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department, who were absent during a meeting of district-level advisory committee, here today. Deputy Commissioner Khushi Ram, who presided over the meeting, has taken a serious note of the absenteeism of the officials of the department. He said the administration had to face an embarrassing situation in the meeting in which some members of the district committee sought some clarifications regarding the payment to the commission agents and to the labourers for the past paddy season. 

Union Bank opens branch: The Union Bank of India opened its branch here today. The branch was inaugurated by MLA Harmit Singh Sandhu. It is 2798th branch of the bank which was the 96th in Punjab state. The bank would provide ATM, advances, loans, insurance, education loan facilities here. 



Ultrasound machines
: Doctors, who run sonography clinics and have not submitted monthly reports of the tests performed in their centres, will have to face sealing of their ultrasound machines. Civil surgeon OP Arya announced this in a meeting of the advisory committee constituted under the Pre Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act in his office on Monday. He called upon the members of the committee to create awareness among people on female foeticide and keep a close vigil on families, where such acts were suspected. 

Petrol, diesel seized
: Around 320 litres of petroleum products, including petrol and diesel, was recovered from a dhaba near Gosainkhera village here on Sunday. Two persons have been arrested. The team deputed by the office of the IG office and the special staff of the SP office raided the spot after a tip off that diesel and petrol was being sold in an illegal manner. The diesel and petrol had been stored in several tanks kept in the back of the dhaba. As many as 250 litres of petrol and 70 litres of diesel was recovered during the raid. The arrested have been identified as Mahender and Suresh. 

Rs 21 lakh for govt schools
: The Haryana government has released a sum of Rs 21 lakh for repair and proper supply of electricity to government schools in the district. This was disclosed by Haryana Minister for PWD and Public Health Randeep Singh Surjewala while hearing complaints of people at Kisan Bhawan here recently. He said the amount had been released for 11 schools in Kaithal, Keorak, Buddha Khera, Kutubpur, Manas, Khanauda and Shergarh. More money would be released soon, he added. He asked the officials of various departments to ensure that people visiting government offices for official work did not face any inconvenience. 

Robbers’ gang busted: The police has busted a gang of robbers and arrested three of its members who had looted Rs 1.30 lakh at gunpoint from a resident of Riwar Jagir village here on March 4. During interrogation, the arrested accused confessed of stealing Rs 1.15 lakh from gur sellers on December 24, 2009. The police has recovered Rs 66,500 and got remand of two accused for recovery of stolen money. The arrested have been identified as Pawan Kumar of Lakhan Majra (Rohtak), Suber, alias Arjun, a resident of Dhabi in Jind district, and Karan Singh of Gugaheri. 

Supply depot fined
: Following detection of a mishmash (muddle) in the calibration tower system of a supply depot (terminal) of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited in Karnawas village here, a fine of Rs 30,000 has been imposed on the management of the depot by JP Sharma, assistant controller, Legal Metrology, Faridabad. Meanwhile, the depot management has reportedly paid the fine to the authorities concerned. Sharma said following complaints from dealers regarding “bungling” in supplies, an intensive scrutiny of the calibration tower system of the depot was carried out on March 26 and it was found that the calibration system of the depot lacked authenticity. 



Power project hit
: A micro hydropower project of 300 kW at Killar in Pangi tribal valley of the district has been facing technical troubles for the past several years as the entire machinery of the project requires overhauling. According to officials handling the project, the power project has been facing frequent breakdowns in power generation due to technical snags occurring in the old machinery. Moreover, there is also lack of trained technical staff, they divulged. 

Tourism project
: A tourism mega project worth Rs 50 crore has been sanctioned in principal for Kullu district and funds are expected by the beginning of the next financial year. MLA Goving Singh Thakur said this in a press conference held here. He said the project would include ropeway to Bijli Mahadev, folding roof on the Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra at Dhalpur, beautification of Kullu town and public amenities on major roads of the district. 

llegal mining
: The Palampur Welfare and Environment Protection Forum, a social voluntary organisation of the district, has expressed serious concern over the sudden increase in illegal, unscientific mining and quarrying in Kangra district. In a press note issued on Sunday, the forum said it seems that no law exists here to check such illegal activities and the entire government machinery in the district had become silent spectators to all such illegal acts and misdeeds. 



Journalist bereaved
: Members of Legislative Council on Monday expressed condolence over the demise of Surya Parkash Kanotra, father of Nitin Kanotra, a photo-journalist with an English Daily. Deputy chairman of the council Arvinder Singh also expressed grief with the bereaved family.

Old man missing: A man in his mid-fifties has been missing from his house in Rama Klonial village in Akhnoor, the police said. Girdhari Lal had been missing since February 13 and a report had been lodged in this regard at Akhnoor police station.


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