R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Undertrial escapes
: An undertrial, identified as Happy, alias Kalta, involved in looting cases managed to escape from district court complex after dodging the police party today. He was brought for a hearing in a case. The police suspended head constable Jagtar Singh and registered a case against him for dereliction of duty. The police was also investigating into the role of Jagtar Singh in his escape. 

Blood donation camp: More than 150 students of Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (SGRDIMSR), Vallah, including its nurses, doctors and other staff members donated blood during a blood donation camp yesterday. 

NDA coaching classes: For the first time, the District Sainik Welfare Office (DSWO) would hold coaching sessions for the aspirants of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Combined Defence Services (CDS) later this year. Lt Col (Retd) Harinder Singh Cheema, District Sainik Welfare Officer, who is also holding additional charge of Ferozepur, said holding of coaching classes here was part of the state government’s decision to encourage Punjabi youth to join the armed forces. He said that his office had got adequate infrastructure to run the coaching classes. He added that the total number of seats would be decided once funds were issued for the project. Similarly, arrangement for well-qualified and experienced teachers would also be made. 

‘Right to Live’: Religious leaders of Sikhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity and followers of atheism shared their views on “Right to Live”, a seminar organised by the Church of North India (CNI) here. Although the leaders subscribed to different religious ideologies, they were unanimous that high values, respect of human beings, animals, birds, environment and vegetation would ensure well-being of universe in the current scenario. Rev Udai Singh, Jathedar Gyani Kewal Singh, Mohammad Hamid Kauser Sahib and Dr B.K. Sharma presented their views on life. Bishop PK Samantaroy delivered the keynote address. Daniel B Das, Coordinator, Socio Economic Development Programme, introduced the topic in the light of universal declaration of human rights. Col (Retd) GS Sandhu, Chairman, Aapna Punjab, threw light on various constitutional rights. Mohd. Hamid, Chief Secretary, Jamate Ahmadian Quadian, said if we did not take care of the world, our future generations would suffer. In the end a resolution was passed that all present delegates would raise their voice against violation of human rights.

Two labourers dead: Labourer Ranjit Singh (18) was found dead last night while the second Gurpreet Singh (17) succumbed to his injuries this morning. Both the labourers were buried under the debris of Sandhu Cold Store, Tharu, six kms from here, yesterday after a blast. The city police lodged a report under Section 174 of the CrPC. The post-mortem of both the bodies was conducted here at the local civil hospital today. 

Mandi Ahmedgarh
Blood donation
: To pay tributes to their former chairman, late DK Oswal on his 71st birth anniversary, constituents of Shryans Industries, Malikpur, donated blood at a camp organised at the administrative block of the industrial group on Thursday. The medical camp was jointly organised by Hind Hospital and health authorities. At least 600 persons, including workers and members of their families, were immunised against Hepatitis B. About 55 units of blood were donated to the Blood Bank Society in Malerkotla. Rajnish Oswal, chairman and managing director of the group, inaugurated the camp. 

Missing child: People block traffic
:After waiting for the police to recover a three-year-old child who is missing from his home located at Sunder Enclave Colony in the city for the past 12 days, people blocked the traffic on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road for more than an hour yesterday. The child has been identified as Krishna. 

Tarn Taran
Bankers’ meet
: As much as Rs 2,211.68 crore has been deposited in different banks of the district and out of which Rs 1,649.40 crore has been given as loans.It was disclosed by MP Singh, ADC (Development), while presiding over a meeting of the district-level Bankers Advisory Committee held here.In an official release issued here today, KC Sharma, district manager of Punjab National Bank, said loans worth Rs 1,157 .85 crore had been given under different schemes of the government. The ADC added that the farmers of the district have been given loans of Rs 823 crore by different banks. 



Man dies in mishap
: Mahipal (42), an agriculture sprinkler dealer of Kosli, died after the car he was driving collided against a buffalo on the Gurgaon-Jhajjar road, near Patauda village, on Thursday. Mahipal was rushed to a hospital in Gurgaon, where he was declared brought dead. The buffalo was also killed in the accident. Mahipal’s associate Seetu Sharma of Juddi village, who was travelling in the same car, sustained injuries. The mishap took place when Mahipal was returning from Gurgaon to Kosli. 

Land for temple
: Praveen Togaria, general secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, on Thursday said the central government should provide 70 acres for the construction of temple in Ayodhya. Addressing a function organised by the VHP in the local Sanatam Dharma temple here, Togaria said the court had already given its decision in favour of the temple. 



70-year-old raped
: A 70-year-old widow of Nangal Bean was allegedly raped by a 45-year-old man from the same village when the victim was alone at her home on Thursday night, the police said. According to reports, the victim identified as Koshalya Devi was alone when Sher Singh entered her house and allegedly raped her. She was taken by the police to the Civil Hospital, Kangra, where her medical examination was conducted. 

16 injured in road mishap: Sixteen bus passengers were injured, two of them seriously, when a bus on way from Palampur to Jwalamukhi rolled down into a 30 feet gorge near Nagni Mandir, falling under the Jawalamukhi police station in Dehra subdivision, this afternoon, the police said here on Friday. 

Five convicted of murder
: The District and Sessions Judge, Mandi, CV Barowalia, on Friday convicted five key accused under Section 304 of the IPC, in a case of committing unintentional murder of Kishori Lal, a resident of Kahanwal in Mandi Sadar. The judge also acquitted six others in the case. The judge, however, reserved the final order on the quantum of punishment for March 30. 

Patwari caught taking bribe
: The Solan unit of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau today arrested a patwari Kuldeep Singh while accepting a bribe of Rs 1,500 from a local resident in the DC office here in lieu of giving some revenue records pertaining to his land. The bureau DSP Ramesh Sharma said they had received a complaint from a local resident that Kuldeep Singh had demanded Rs 1,500 from him for providing a copy of some revenue records. 



4 killed, 5 hurt in accident
:Four persons were killed and five others injured in a road accident in the Thanda Pani area of Sunder Bani tehsil in Rajouri district when the tempo they were travelling in collided with an oil tanker on Wednesday night. Those killed have been identified as Bharat Bhushan, driver of the tempo, Tajia Begum, Mohammad Mushtaq and Mohammad Sher

NSF activists hold protest: Activists of the National Secular Forum (NSF) on Thursday staged a protest in front of the administrative block of the University of Jammu and gheraoed the Public Information Officer in his office.



Guv, CM extend Holi greetings
: The Governor of Uttarakhand, Margaret Alva, and the Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, extended their greetings to the people of the state on the auspicious occasion of Holi. In a message on the eve of the festival, Alva said: "My greetings and best wishes to all the citizens on the auspicious occasion of Holi. This festival, which fills everyone with joy, also inspires us to strengthen the feeling of brotherhood. Hope the festival of colours brings the feeling of mutual love, peace and prosperity." 

Holiday in state today: On the auspicious occasion of Holi, the state government announced holiday in all the state offices on March 19. According to the administration, the holiday is declared on the occasion of Holika Dahan. 

Rs 60,000 stolen from shop: In a theft at a leading hardware store in the city, Rs 60,000 and hardware material was stolen on Thursday night. The theft was first noticed by Anil Goel, owner of the shop, in the morning on Friday when he opened the shop and found the things missing from its place. He also found a hole in the wall. A case has been registered at the Kotwali Police Station. 

Kumaon Briefs
Train services hit due to Jat agitation:
The ongoing agitation of Jats on the issue of reservation has led to massive transportation problems for the commuters in the region. With a large number of trains either being suspended or running late by several hours, the passengers continue to be a harried lot. This has led to an added pressure on the roadways as the average number of commuters has gone up by almost 60 per cent. According to information, 55 additional buses are being plied on the Delhi route alone.

Women block NH over water crises: With the drinking water crisis continuing in several parts of Haldwani, a large number of women residents of Haldwani resorted to blocking the Nainital Highway on Thursday. The agitators gathered on the road banking empty cans of tin amidst shouting of slogans against the Jal Sansthan officials. Most of the agitators were from the Tulsinagar area. They were demanding immediate repairs and upgradation of the existing water supply lines besides installation of a new tube well in their area. They have given a week’s time to the Jal Sansthan to improve the water supply situation failing which they would resort to an agitation.

Samples of sweets sent to food-testing lab: The administration in Nainital town carried out checks in the shops making sweets on Thursday evening. The aim was to check adulteration in ingredients used for making sweets. About a dozen samples were collected for being sent to the food-testing laboratory in Himachal Pradesh. The checks had led to a commotion amongst the shopkeepers with some of them dumping their milk products like Khoya elsewhere and telling the authorities that they do not manufacture Khoya sweets at all.

Man, daughter killed in mishap: A duo of father and daughter were killed when the motorcycle on which they were travelling rammed into a stationary truck in Sitarganj in the night intervening Wednesday and Thursday. The deceased have been identified as 30-year-old Laksham Singh of Khairana village and seven-year-old Kalpana. The accident reportedly took place at the Chikaghat Mod area. While Kalpana had died on the spot, her father had succumbed to injuries at the hospital.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 


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