R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


District Health Mission meeting
: A meeting of the District Health Mission was held under the presidentship of chairperson of the Zila Parishad Rajwinder Kaur here on Thursday. The ADC (Development) C. Sibin and the Civil Surgeon Dr Inder Dayal Goyal were present on the occasion. The Civil Surgeon shared his views about the health facilities being provided under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the district.

Brand acquired by IIL: Insecticides (India) Limited (IIL), an agrochemicals manufacturing company, has acquired MONOCIL, an agro chemical brand, from the De-Nocil, a multi-national company. The MONOCIL brand was launched by the IIL during a distributors’ meet in Bathinda on Thursday.

Seminar today: A seminar on ‘Interpreting the fundamentals of philosophy of Art’, sponsored by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, is being organised on March 25 at Government Rajindra College here.

Gram Rojgar Sewaks submit memo:
The Gram Rojgar Sewaks (MGNREGA) today submitted a memorandum of demands to Additional Deputy Commissioner Sarojani Gautam Sharda. She was here to inaugurate the three-day Bharat Nirman campaign at Shahkot. Representatives of the union rued that their salary was quite less and it was not possible to survive on such a meagre income. They demanded increasing their salary from Rs 3,198 to Rs 8,000.

Bar assn observes protest day:
The members of the District Bar Association abstained from work in all the courts here on Thursday to observe ‘National Protest Day’ against the proposed Bill titled “Legal Practitioner (Regulation & Maintenance of Standards in Profession, Protecting the interest of Clients and Promoting Rule of Law) Act-2010, informed Rajinder Singh, secretary, District Bar Association.

Woman dies of burns:
Punni Bai (44) died of burns in the Civil Hospital here today. Her husband Kales War (49), who also sustained burns at his house yesterday, was stated to be stable at the hospital. The deceased was working in the kitchen in first floor of the house when a stock of polythene, lying in the kitchen caught fire. Some neighourers pulled the couple out from the devastating fire and admitted them to the Civil Hospital.

Woman dies of burns: Punni Bai (44) died of burns in the Civil Hospital here today. Her husband Kales War (49), who also sustained burns at his house yesterday, was stated to be stable at the hospital. The deceased was working in the kitchen in first floor of the house when a stock of polythene, lying in the kitchen caught fire. Some neighourers pulled the couple out from the devastating fire and admitted them to the Civil Hospital.


Panel on Dalai Lama
: The Tibetan parliament will adopt a resolution to form another committee to draft rules in detail for devolution of powers of the Dalai Lama to the elected leadership. Sources here said the resolution would be adopted on Friday, the last day of session.

Patwari held for graft: A team of the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, Dharamsala, has arrested Joginder Singh, a patwari in Khanni patwar circle, red-handed accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 from Ghian Chand, a resident of Khanni-Baduee, on Wednesday. According to the Vigilance, the complainant had complained to them that the patwari was demanding money in lieu of partition of land measuring one kanal three marla at Khanni-Baduee village. The Vigilance laid a trap arrested the patwari. A case under Sections 7 and 13 of the Prevention Act, 1988, has been registered against him.

Bus strike: The sudden strike of HRTC ticket commission agents in Pathankot depot on Wednesday has hit passenger transport service in the rural areas of Nurpur subdivision on the second day Thursday. The commuters are facing hardships as about 24 buses remained suspended on the second day.


Legislative Council poll on April 13
: The biennial poll to the Legislative Council would be held on April 13 to elect its six members. A notification issued by the Secretary of the state Assembly, Mohammad Ramzan, who is also the returning officer for the biennial poll to the Legislative Council, said the filing of nominations began on Thursday and their scrutiny would take place on March 31. The last date for the withdrawal of nominations was April 2.

Andrabi’s detention under PSA quashed: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court quashed the detention under the Public Safety Act of Asiya Andrabi, the leader of radical Dukhtaran-e-Millat, on Thursday. Justice FM Ibrahim Kalifulla, while quashing Andrabi’s detention, directed the state government to release her if she was not wanted in any other case. The chief of the Dukhtaran-e-Millat (daughters of the nation) was arrested in August last year for allegedly spearheading protests along with hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Election control room for panchayat poll: An election control room established by the district election officer, Anantnag, in the Deputy Commissioner’s office complex at Anantnag has started functioning. The control room headed by Additional District Development Commissioner Showkat Ahmad Fazli can be contacted on phone numbers 01932224991, 09419071748. Similarly, an election-cum-grievance cell headed by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, Nisar Hussain Wani, having phone numbers 01932222873, 0941954280 and the media centre headed by the District Information Officer, Anantnag, Mohammad Amin Mushki, having contact numbers 01932222458, 0193222326, 09469263680, have also started working.


2 held for cheating in Board exam: Two private students, appearing for the class XII Uttarakhand Board examination in Dehradun district, were held for cheating here on Thursday. According to information given by officials of the Education Directorate, the students were caught using unfair means during the geography examination by the flying squad at Lakhwad, Kalsi. With this the total number of students caught cheating during the high school and intermediate examinations has risen to 12.

Four robbers produced in court: Four persons who were arrested for allegedly robbing two brothers’ houses of Rs 38,000 cash at Doiwala on February 28 were produced in the local court. The police said the court had sent them to a 14-day remand.

Case filed against bus driver: The police has registered a case against a city bus driver who had hit a nurse killing her near the Shimla bypass on Wednesday. He had fled the spot after the incident and was traced by the police later. Turner Road resident Rukmani Rana (47) was heading to her hospital on her scooter when she was hit by the bus. She had died on the spot.

Medical college CMS offers to quit: Citing personal reasons, CMS of the Veer Chander Singh Garhwali Government Medical Sciences Research Institute, Srinagar, Dr PD Sharma has offered to resign from his post. He submitted his resignation to Principal of the college Dr SS Mishra. The government is yet to take the final decision.

JASPUR (Udham Singh Nagar)
Villagers construct motor road through shramdan
: In order to find a solution to their daily transmigration in the forest covered area, villagers of Bhogpur in the remote Jaspur area have constructed a 3-km-long motor road through shramdan. “Residents of Gurdwara No. 3 of Bhogpur were facing difficulties in reaching Jaspur. Therefore, we decided to construct the motor road with self help. Local leaders have also extended their personal help in this endeavour of the villagers,” said Dr MP Singh of the village.

35 villagers affected  by diarrhoea: The valley areas of Pati block in Champawat district are in the grip of diarrhoea as 35 villagers have been affected by it in the past three days. “Out of the three persons admitted to a local hospital, one Uma Devi has been reffered to a Haldwani hospital by the doctors and a close watch is being kept on the situation,” said Dr HS Pangti, CMO, Champawat.

Student drowns in Bagul river
: One child died, while two others were saved by villagers when the children started drowning while swimming in the Bagul river. “The children were students of Junior High School, Ratanfarm in Arvind Nagar, and had come to immerse an idol in the river. They stayed in the river to take a bath and started drowning when reached the middle of the river,” said a villager.

15,000 have darshan of  Goddess Purnagiri: More than 15,000 devotees had the darshan of Goddess Purnagiri on the fourth day on Thursday at the ongoing Purnagiri fair in the Tanakpur area of Champawat district. “The pilgrims are facing acute problem of drinking water in the fair this year, as a long distance between Thuligar to the Bhairav temple, there are no arrangements for drinking water for them,” said Rampal, a pilgrim from Meerut.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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