R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Misleading sign boards
: Punjab government has taken adequate steps to implement the use of mother tongue in all offices and has made Punjabi compulsory in private schools, but some departments have taken it lightly, which is evident from boards that speaks volume of the faulty names and distance of station shown on a board installed on Amloh-Mandi Gobindgarh road.

Godowns destroyed
: A fire broke out at godowns on the flyover road on Wednesday evening. Five fire tenders were pressed into service. The fire could be brought under control only after two hours. Wheat and rice were gutted in the fire. 

DTOs to be honoured: District Transport Officer Amarjit Singh Shahi would be honoured for collecting a revenue of Rs 1.38 crore. Transport Minister of Punjab Master Mohan Lal said the DTOs of Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sangrur and Nawanshahr would be honoured. 

Army man misbehaves with women passengers
: An Army man under the influence of liquor allegedly misbehaved with the women passenger in the train coming to this town from Jalandhar. Information gathered by the TNS revealed that though the Army man was taken into custody in the running train by the railway police near Makhu area, he was let off later when he reached the local railway station. However, it could not be known whether any legal action was initiated against him or not.

Body found: The body of a youth identified as Mandeep Singh of Guru Har Sahai was reportedly found near the MES quarters of this town on Thursday. Police sources said that preliminary investigation revealed that Mandeep had died due to sunstroke. The body had been sent for postmortem after a case in this connection was registered under section 174 of the CrPC.

4 colonies surveyed
: Officials of the Vigilance Cell, Local Bodies Department, Chandigarh, conducted surveys on four colonies on Baluke road in Haibowal here today. A team, headed by Rajinder Singh, reviewed the construction work in the area. According to sources, following the complaints of “illegal” construction of houses, the surveys were conducted. “We did not find any illegal construction going on in the area,” said an official of the LMC.

Patiala lad 181st in IIT-JEE
: Abhishek Aggarwal, a student of Lakshya Institute, bagged 181 rank in the IIT-JEE 2010 and brought laurels to the city. Talking about his achievement, Abhishek said he had worked hard for this and was glad that his hard work had finally paid off. “I want to thank my parents and teachers who helped me achieve this goal,” he added. 



Panel discussion
: The department of life long learning and extension, Panjab University, organised a panel discussion on “Ethics of environment” at Government Senior Secondary School, Khuda Lahora, on Thursday, as a part of the celebrations preceding Environment Day on June 5. About 60 students and 20 community members attended the programme where Dr Avinish Jolly apprised them of various methods of managing waste. 

Invitation: Dr Tankeshwar Kumar, director computer centre, DCSA, has been invited to attend the International Vacuum Congress (IVC-18) at Beijing, China. Dr Tankeshwar will be presenting his research on flow of fluid in nanotubes. IVC-18 is sponsored by the International Union of Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA) and organiszed by the Chinese Vacuum Society (CVS). 

Admission test: WLC College, Sector 17, will conduct “WLC admission test” for admission to a professional diploma course in business studies. Graduate students are eligible to applying for this course. Thirty seats are available for this course. The students can download the form from the college website www.wlci.in. The last date for submission of the application forms is May 31.

Elections: Seeking holding of immediate elections to the management committee, members of the Pushpac Society have opposed the general body meeting called by the administrator on June 12 to consider pending works worth lakhs of rupees. In a release issued here, the members alleged that the administrator, who was appointed for one month on August 18, 2009, was being given extension on one pretext or the other. The orders of the Home-cum-Secretary Cooperation to hold the elections are not being implemented, they complained.

MoU signed: Just Imagine Info Tech Private Limited, an associate company of the Gurukul Vidyapeeth Group of Institutes, has signed an MoU with Valiant Inc (USA) for establishing a BPO and KPO on its Mohali campus. Somlika Datta, president and CEO, Valiant Inc, and Manmohan K Garg, CEO, Gurukul Vidyapeeth, signed the MoU. The company will also offer part-time job opportunities to the students of the Gurukul Vidyapeeth Group of Institutes under the scheme “Earn While You Learn”.

Honoured: Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj Patil was on Thursday was honoured with a robe and a sword at Sach Khand Sri Hazoor Sahib (Nanded) in Maharashtra. During his tenure as Union Home Minister, Patil was also the chairman of Guru-ta-Gaddi Divas Committee and contributed in all respects to promote the tercentenary celebrations of Guru-ta-Gaddi Divas on a global scale and to bring awareness amongst the people about the message of Guru Granth Sahib. 

Low water pressure
: Due to power shutdown at the Kajauli waterworks, there will be no supply of water at noon on May 28 and the evening supply will also be at low pressure in Phases I to VII, IX to XI, Sectors 70 and 71, Phases I to V in the industrial area and Shahimajra and Matour villages. 

Body found
: The body of a tea vendor was found under mysterious circumstances here on Thursday.The deceased has been identified as 55-year-old Babbu, a resident of Uttar Pradesh. According to the police, the body was spotted by passers-by near the Nirankari Bhawan in Sector 9. The body was handed over to his acquaintances after post-mortem.

Workshop: “Sukriti”, a seven-day workshop on personality development, kicked off at DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur, on Tuesday. Kalka SDM Yogesh Kumar inaugurated the workshop. Issues like female foeticide and gender equality will be discussed during the workshop. 


New SP takes charge
: A 2006 batch IPS officer, Shashant Anand, took over as the new Superintendent of Police, Ambala, on Thursday. Prior to joining the new assignment, Anand was working as the DCP, Faridabad. He has also worked as the ASP at Faridabad. After taking over, the new SP said his priority would be ensuring fair elections to the panchayats scheduled to be held shortly.

4 depot holders booked
: The police has registered a case against four fair price depot holders in Safidon subdivision of the district. They have been charged with diverting and selling the food items meant for the cardholders in the open market. However, no arrests have been made so far. The case was booked on the complaint of Anil Kumar, who alleged that the accused depot holders identified as Ashwini Kumar at Dharamgarh village, Inder Singh of Khera Khemawati village, Sukhsagar of Ward no 3 of Safidon town and Asha Ram of Muwana village here have been involved in selling or diverting the food items in the open market rather than making these available for the beneficiaries.

Woman delivers in  auto-rickshaw
: In a rare incident, a pregnant woman delivered her child in an auto-rickshaw around 3.30 am on Thursday in Pinjore. According to information, Usha, a resident of Mani Majra, who was pregnant, was on her way to Shorie Hospital, Pinjore, along with her husband Jassi. While she delivered her first child in the auto-rickshaw, her second child was born in the hospital after around 10 minutes, said hospital sources. 

Junk store gutted: A junk dealer store was gutted in Rampur Seuri village, near Surajpur, on Thursday. Jasbir, owner of the store, claimed that the junk worth Rs 1 lakh had been destroyed in fire. Two fire tenders from Panchkula were pressed into service to extinguish the fire. 

Pesticide dealer fined:
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Rajesh Garg on Wednesday imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on a pesticide dealer of Pundri following failure in laboratory tests of samples of insecticide taken from his shop. The court also declared proclaimed offender a partner of Delhi firm for his failure to appear in the court of the CJM. A team of officials of the Agriculture Department had taken sample of an insecticide from Shiv Enterprise, Pundri, in 2005. Meanwhile, Ajay Kumar Gupta of Ravi Organic, a Delhi-based firm, failed to appear in the court, following which he was declared a PO by the court.

Freedom fighter dead
: Freedom fighter Mukhtiar Singh (102) died at his native village, Sutana, near here, on Wednesday following a prolonged illness. He had participated in various movements against the British to get the country rid of the foreign rule. He underwent imprisonment at Hyderabad jail. He had received several honours from the Union as well as the state government for his contribution to the freedom struggle. He is survived by his wife Santish Devi (95), four sons and two daughters. He had taken up farming at his native village after the country attained freedom. His mortal remains were consigned to the flames with full honours in the presence of a number of officials from the civil as well as the police administration.

Budh Purnima celebrated
: The district unit of the Buddhist Society of India on Thursday celebrated 2,554th Purnima of Lord Buddha (Budh Purnima) by organising a “dhum yatra” in the town. The yatra commenced after paying floral tributes to Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar at his statue near the local bus stand. Buddhist monks exhorted people to follow the teachings of Lord Buddha for peace, satisfaction and salvation. They advocated that five principals were the keys for prosperity and happy life. 

Pt Nehru remembered: Tributes were paid to former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 46th death anniversary at a meeting organised by the district unit of the HPCC in the party office here on Thursday. DCC (urban) president Pradeep Gautam said Pandit Nehru would always be remembered not only for his active role in freedom movement but also for giving a new direction to the countrymen for socio-economic uplift of society. 

Fake unit unearthed
: The police on Wednesday unearthed an unlicensed unit manufacturing fake cosmetic items under the cover of a general store at Dabwali town here. A spokesperson for the district police said the police, after a tip off, raided a house near Balmiki Chowk of Dabwali town on Tuesday and found that several cosmetic and food items were being manufactured. The police called the food inspector and the senior medical officer of the town to the site and took samples of the items manufactured in the unit. The spokesperson said the family running the unit had a general store and the manufacturing activities were being run in rooms behind the store. 


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