World Theatre Day: The Natrang Theatre group staged a Punjabi play at the Nehru Park and showcased Atul Khungar’s excellence in make-up by staging statues at Bhagat Singh Chowk. The play ‘Phir Vi Jiyunda Haan’ scripted by Bhupinder Utreja explained the effect of skyrocketing prices besides exposing the inhuman style of working by the Punjab Police. The statues projected as to how tsunami had wreaked havoc in Japan.
Competitions held: The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) organised essay writing, chart making and declamation competitions on renewable sources of energy at Government Senior Secondary School, Jadla, to create awareness among the masses. Students of different schools participated in the competitions.
Two officers suspended: The Haryana Government has placed under suspension two officers of the Labour Department with immediate effect as they were found indulged in corrupt practices and the department had received written complaints against them. They are Pale Ram Bishnoi, Deputy Labour Commissioner, Panchkula, and Paramjit Singh, Labour-cum-Counciliation Officer, Ambala. During the suspension period, Pale Ram Bishnoi’s headquarters has been fixed at Hisar in the office of the Deputy Labour Commissioner and Paramjit Singh’s headquarters would be at Bhiwani in the labour office.
Camp for farmers: The Department of Agriculture organised an awareness camp for farmers on saffron cultivation as part of the National Saffron Mission at Pampore and Khonmoh, near here, on Sunday. Addressing the gathering, the Director, Agriculture, Kashmir, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, urged the farmers to increase the productivity and quality of saffron crop by using better agriculture practices available.
Three DSPs transferred: Three Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSPs) have been transferred. Pradip Kumar Rai has been transferred from Haridwar to the SCRB police headquarters, Jagdish Chander from Udham Singh Nagar district to 31st PAC, and Ajay Singh from Udham Singh Nagar to Haridwar.
Woman alleges torture by in-laws: A woman was allegedly tortured by her in-laws who demanded of Rs 1 lakh from her. According to the complaint of victim Rani, her husband Sonu Diwakar, along with his family based at Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh, tortured her for the money. The woman bore all this for a few days and later came back to her parents’ house in Dehradun. She alleged in her complaint that her in-laws often tormented her for dowry. A case under Sections 498-A, 323 and 506, IPC, and three-fourth of the Dowry Act has been registered at the Kotwali police station.
Tractor trolley hit by train, 4 women killed: Four women were killed and five others injured when the tractor trolley in which they were travelling was hit by a train at an unmanned railway crossing near Bazpur in Udham Singh Nagar on Sunday. Those killed were labourers coming from Rampur. The deceased have been identified as Gulfasha, Sabina, Gulshan and Kausar of Malangon Ka Majhra Swar village of Rampur. A probe has been ordered into the incident by the North-Eastern Railways.
Traders for declaring Tanakpur as pilgrim centre: Traders from Tanakpur in Champawat district have demanded that the town be declared a pilgrim centre. The demand was aired at a convention of traders held at Tanakpur on Sunday. The traders have demanded that conspumption of non-vegetarian food and alcohol be banned in the town, and shops allowed to remain open throughout the night. In addition to this, they have demanded that Tanakpur be properly connected with other major cities by a broad-gauge line. The participants at the convention decided to take up these demands with the state administration soon.
Samiti seeks rail connectivity to Bageshwar: The Rail Sangharsh Samiti seeking rail connectivity to Bageshwar held yet another demonstration at Bageshwar on Sunday. The participants in the demonstration underlined that their struggle for the just demand of getting Bageshwar connected with rail will continue till their goal was achieved. They attacked the five Congress Lok Sabha members from the state for failing to take up the matter vociferously with Railways Minister Mamata Banerjee and underlined that the rail connectivity in the region was a must if the government wanted to prevent migration from villages and generate employment at the local level.
48-year-old ex-serviceman goes missing: Reports of an ex-serviceman going missing from Sailanigoth village in Tanakpur has led to sensation in the area. Bahadur Chand, 48, went missing from his house under mysterious circumstances on the night intervening Saturday and Sunday. According to information, blood spots, a sharp-edged farm implement and slippers were found in a field close to his house giving rise to fears that he might have been murdered. Efforts have been made by divers to trace him in the Sharda canal. A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered and police investigations are on.
(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)