R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Women’s Day:
Northern Railway Mahila Samiti, Mahatama Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Chandigarh, in association with various NGOs, organised a special programme to mark International Women’s Day at Railway Club here. The NGOs were Mission Aagaaz, Lok Kalyan Samiti, SAATHI, Kheti Virasat Mission, Taraksheel Society and Sukhmani Sewa Society. The main thrust was laid on women empowerment, female feticide and environment. Deepak Babbar, executive director, Mission Aagaaz, emphasised on the role of women in promoting plantation, horticulture and water conservation. 

TV actors in city: shish Sharma and Tanvi Bhatia visited Amritsar today to celebrate the success of their serial ‘Gunahon Ka Devta’ on Imagine channel and shared some fun-filled moments with their fans in the city. An excited Tanvi says, “I am delighted to be here in the holy city. It is a lovely place; rich in history, tradition and culture.” Ashish says, “This is my debut on television and I am totally overwhelmed with the response the show has received.” 

Workshop: A two-day UGC sponsored national symposium-cum-workshop on ‘Research Methodology and Computer Applications in Social Sciences’ was organised by the PG Department of Commerce and Business Administration, BBK DAV College for Women here. Speaking on the occasion, Abha Rani Singh, Additional Commissioner, Income Tax, Amritsar, emphasised the importance of providing advanced knowledge of computer applications to the research scholars. According to her, sharing of knowledge is a must for developing new knowledge. Dr Balwinder Singh stressed on the need of quality research in India. He shared his knowledge on various websites helpful for research. 

Fellowship for doc
: Dr Rajesh Arya, consultant cardiac anaesthesiologist, Hero DMC Heart Institute, has been awarded honorary fellowship in “Peri-op Trans Esophageal Echo (TEE)” by the Indian Association of Cardio Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA) in collaboration with the Indian Academy of Echocardiography (IAE) and University of Minnesota, the USA. Dr Arya is one of the few anaesthesiologists from India to have been awarded this prestigious certification.

Interactive session: An interactive session was held at Punjab Agricultural University on Thursday. Dr Pritam Singh, a professor in Oxford Brookes University, was the resource person. While interacting with teachers and students, Dr Singh said need of the hour was to educate people about agriculture.

Exhibition: A three-day exhibition of plant and machinery for horticulture began at Punjab Agricultural University on Thursday. The event is being organised by the department of farm machinery and power engineering. Manufacturers from Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh have put their products on display.

508 units of blood collected: A record blood donation of 508 units was witnessed during the annual blood donation camp organised by the NSS unit of GNDEC in association with the Salaam Zindagi Foundation on Friday. The camp was inaugurated by Rahul Tewari, Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, along with civil surgeon Dr Satwant Bhalla. Tewari appreciated the efforts put in by the NSS unit, GNDEC and Salaam Zindagi Foundation. Among others present on the occasion included Ashok Marwaha, Gurpreet Winkle, Anurag Kahlon, Aseem Joshi and Bimal Kapoor.

Tarn Taran
Agent booked
: Amarjit Singh, a resident of Mohali, has been booked under Section 420 of the IPC by the Valtoha police. The police said here today that Amarjit Singh took Rs 2.50 lakh from Pritam Singh of Valtoha to send his son abroad and provide him job. Amarjit did send his son abroad, but his son came back as he could not get work there. Amarjit Singh returned some amount, but was denying to return Rs 2 lakh. The police after conducting preliminary investigation registered a case. Meanwhile, Chand Singh, resident of Lauka village, 15 km from here has been booked under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC. The Sadar police recovered one stolen tractor at a naka point at Khabbedogran from him late last evening. 



Delegation visits MC: A five-members team of the Hubli Dharwad Municipal Corporation visited the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation today to study the projects undertaken by the latter. Mayor Ravinder Pal Singh welcomed the members of the delegation and briefed them about the projects and working of the MC.  


15 held for gambling
: The police on Friday claimed to have busted a gambling racket with the arrest of 15 persons and recovery of Rs 4.52 lakh from their possession. A spokesperson for the police said it raided a house at Ellenabad town on Thursday and arrested the accused. He said the house was being used as a gambling den since long. 



Cop succumbs to bullet injury
: Police constable Murtaza Ali, who allegedly shot himself in the district police lines yesterday, died in the intensive care unit of the Government Medical College and Hospital here today. After being denied leave, Murtaza had allegedly shot himself with his service rifle. “He died at the hospital in the wee hours this morning. The body has been handed over to the bereaved family,” a police officer said. 

Recognise Kashmir as dispute: Mirwaiz
 : The chairman of the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has urged the Central government to recognise Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed state and resolve the issue through a peaceful dialogue process. The Mirwaiz was addressing a seminar “Defending the will of the people” during the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. The Mirwaiz said the Kashmir issue could not be resolved through military might. “It is a political issue and has to be resolved through peaceful negotiations,” he commented. 

Won’t let militants regroup: DIG: The police has said militancy was at its lowest ebb in Srinagar and the security forces would not let militants regroup. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Adbul Gani Mir, DIG, Central Kashmir Range, said, “Militancy is on the decline and there are only 50 militants, including some foreigners, operating in central Kashmir. The police is acting as a watchdog and the militants will not be allowed to regroup”. 

Two-way traffic restored on highway: Two-way traffic resumed on the 296-km Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Friday after several days of disruption due to bad weather in the region. According to traffic police officials, the two-way traffic was restored only for passenger vehicles after an improvement in weather conditions. The movement of heavy vehicles, mainly trucks carrying essential supplies and merchandise, was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar, the officials said. At least 662 passengers stranded due to bad weather were airlifted between Srinagar and Leh and Kupwara and Tangdhar areas on Thursday, while more were being airlifted from Jammu to Kargil on Friday. 


Sec 144 around Vidhan Sabha during session: Section 144 will be in force in the 500m area outside the Vidhan Sabha during the first session of the year. Dehradun District Magistrate Sachin Kurve mentioned this in a press release issued by his office here on Friday. “The Section 144 will be applied from March 14 to March 29 in order to check various organisations, who keep on agitating,” he said. Kurve further stated that no one would be able to use loudspeakers near the area and no one would be allowed to carry any kind of arms near it. More than five persons would not be allowed to stand at a particular place, the release said.

Man commits suicide: A 29-year-old man committed suicide by jumping in front of a running train at the railway crossing, near Haridwar bypass, here on Thursday. According to the official of the Nehru Colony police station, the boy was identified as Dheeraj Mani Joshi, a resident of Mothrawala, and a photographer by profession. The police found a suicide note from the deceased’s residence in which he has mentioned that due to some financial trouble with his co-worker Manu Solanki, the deceased was disturbed. A case against Solanki has been registered. 

Woman injured in tiger attack: A woman was injured in a tiger attack in the Ramnagar forest division on Friday. Victim Savitri Devi (40), along with other woman Champa Devi, was collecting firewood in the Ramangar forest division, when a tiger attacked her. Seeing, Savitri being attacked by a tiger, Champa raised alarm, following which the tiger left the former and fled. 

Kisan mela under way at agriculture varsity:
The 89th All-India Agro-Industrial Exhibition-cum-Farmers Fair, popularly known as kisan mela or krishi kumbh is underway at the premises of the Gobind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology at Pantnagar. According to university spokesperson, thousands of farmers from all parts of the state and UP, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, etc. are visiting the fair. A number of small and medium agri-business firms have put-up their imaginative and colourful displays showcasing the best and latest in agriculture technology. Almost all the major brands of agriculture sector are participating in the mela.

UPP against opening of bar on academy premises: The Uttarakhand Parivartan Party (UPP) has attacked the state government for allowing the reported opening of a bar inside the premises of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Administrative Academy at Mussourie. Party president PC Tewari has stated that the development was shameful and the government should order the immediate closure of the bar. He has also demanded a probe and penalty against the person responsible for the decision.

Haldwani witnesses bandh over mining issue: The township of Haldwani witnessed bandh on Thursday in support of the call given by the Gaula Khanan Sangharsh Samiti. The agitators are seeking extension of mining in the Gaula riverbed till May this year. The mining operations had come to a close last month after the temporary permission given for a year had come to an end. Meanwhile, four Lok Sabha members from the state, including KC Singh Baba, Harish Rawat, Pradeep Tamta and Satpal Maharaj, are learnt to have met Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh over the issue supporting the cause of the agitators.

Dispute over cancellation of mushaira: A controversy has erupted in Haldwani over the cancellation of permission given for holding a mushaira at the Ramlila Grounds. The organisers have expressed their resentment over the cancellation of the permission at the eleventh hour and have pointed out that the event was being held to consolidate national unity and had nothing to do with one community alone. There had also been a controversy over giving of the premises for a Muslim wedding in December 2009. The administration has reportedly refused to intervene on the grounds that the Ramlila Committee has the discretion to decide upon the issues pertaining to the Ramlila Grounds.

Six injured in honeybee attack: The Tehsil headquarters in Lal Kuan was a venue of complete chaos that was unleashed by an attack from honeybees on Thursday. It is learnt that a beehive on the premises was tampered with by some birds that led to the bees swarming all over the place leading to a total chaos. The bees stung six people, while several others managed to save themselves.


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