R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Beneficiaries hold protest:
Protesting against the alleged ‘non-supply’ of flour and pulses (under the Atta-Dal scheme) for the months of March and April to the beneficiaries in the Sangat block, landless persons belonging to Scheduled Caste communities in Ghudda, Jangirana, Bajak, Sangat and Gurthari villages held a demonstration and rally outside the Mini-secretariat here today. The protest was held under the leadership of two organisations — the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha and the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Naujwan Sabha, Ghudda. 

Dr Neelam Bajaj back as civil surgeon: The Sangrur civil surgeon, Dr Neelam Bajaj, has been transferred to Bathinda in the same capacity by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab. Dr Bajaj had earlier served the Bathinda district as civil surgeon from July 2008 to April 2010. She will join at Bathinda on April 11. Dr Ramesh Kumar Verma, SMO, Civil Hospital, Abohar, will be the new civil surgeon of Sangrur district. 

Eye check-up camp
: To mark World Health Day, a free eye check-up camp was organised at the Patiala Eye Hospital and Lasik Laser Centre here yesterday.
More than 100 patients were examined free of cost during the camp.



Cricket trials:Trials to select the under-16 team for the Punjab state Inter-District Tournament would be held at GNPS, Sector 36, tomorrow at 2 pm. The Chandigarh Cricket Association spokesperson said the players born after September 1, 1995 were eligible.

PGI docs to wear black badges: Expressing solidarity with Anna Hazare, members of the PGI Faculty Association have decided to wear black badges from tomorrow. Dr Virendra Singh, president of the association, said the members would wear black badges from Saturday onwards and would review the proceedings on a day-to-day basis. The association would send a letter of support to Anna Hazare and appeal to the Prime Minister to address the issue swiftly. The entire faculty gathered in front of the Kairon Block Complex of PGI. The doctors were also carrying placards.



Four IPS officers promoted
: The Haryana Government has promoted four IPS officers - CS Rao, Charu Bali, Sandeep Khirwar and Subhash Yadav - to the rank of Deputy Inspector-General of Police. Rao and Bali have been given pro forma promotion. — TNS 

Cheating case
: The Economic Cell of the Police Department has secured the arrest of Mahavir Yadav of Chandawas village in a case of cheating, criminal breach of trust and criminal conspiracy. Mahavir, who was in judicial custody in a theft case, was taken on production warrant by the cell. He was on Friday produced in the court, which remanded him in judicial custody again. Rajesh Singh had paid Mahavir Rs 4.62 lakh as earnest money in 2009, following an agreement executed for selling the latter’s plot to the former. However, Mahavir got its registry affected fraudulently in favour of his wife Poonam Devi and mother Prem Devi in July 2010. 



Pensioners hail govt order
: Bilaspur Sadar unit of the HP State Pensioners’ Welfare Association has welcomed the latest government order in which all pending arrears of those pensioners, who have died, have been asked to be paid immediately to their dependents. The association adopted this resolution in its meeting under the chairmanship of Daulat Ram Chauhan here on Wednesday.

Seminar on April 11: A state-level two-day seminar of Himachal Pradesh State Sen Bhagat Maha Sabha will be held at Mehre in Hamirpur district on April 11 and 12 in which a large number of state, district and block office-bearers of the sabha have been invited. State sabha president Raj Kumar Varma said here that the venue of the seminar would be the temple complex. 

: Naresh Bhatia has been elected as the president of the Dehra Gopipur Press Club, elections to which were held on Wednesday at Dehra. The other office-bearers elected included senior vice-president: Satish Dadwal, vice-president: Parvesh Sharma, general secretary: Sandeep Sharma, joint secretary: Avinash Sethi, treasurer: Gulshan Dhonia, chief adviser: Vivek Pathania and legal adviser: Anil Modgil. 

Use of solar energy stressed
: The government has advised the hotel industry to make optimum utilisation of solar-heating system to help conserve conventional power. Presiding over a meeting of hoteliers, travel agents and others connected with the tourist trade convened to discuss ways and means to provide better services to the tourists in the coming summer season, director, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Arun Sharma laid stress on the need for installing water-harvesting structures in hotels. 



Two vehicle lifters arrested
The police arrested two vehicle lifters and recovered two cars and a scooter from their possession in the Bari Brahmana area here today. The arrested persons have been identified as Sukhwinder Singh (25) and Varinder Singh (24), both residents of Guru Nanak Nagar in Batala, Punjab. One of the stolen cars bears the registration number PB 02 AB 4937, while the other car and the scooter were without registration numbers. 



Pharmacists return to work:
The pharmacists today returned to work after the Uttarakhand Government accepted most of their demands. “The government has accepted our demands for which the government order would be issued shortly,” said SS Chauhan, chief pharmacist, Doon Hospital. The government has also accepted in principle to fill 52 posts lying vacant.

2 held for raping minor: Two persons were arrested for allegedly raping a minor resident of the MDDA colony on the Kanwali road. According to the police, the two accused have been identified as Hasim and Khurshid Ahmed. The duo had taken the girl with them on April 4 and raped her one by one. The police had received complaint from the father of the victim. 

In-laws booked in dowry case: A family was booked for allegedly beating and demanding dowry from a local resident. The police has registered a case under Sections 498A, 504 and 506 of the IPC at the Kotwali police station. Satyender Sharma, father of the woman, lodged a complaint against Sandeep, Sushila, Dimpal and kin of the woman’s husband. The woman at present is staying with her parents. 

Ram Navmi Mahotsav from tomorrow: The city-based Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math will organise the Sree Ram Navmi Mahotsav and the 87th appearance day of Tridandiswami Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Goswami Maharaj, president, World Vaishnav Association, from April 10 to 16. Talking to the media here on Friday, Tridandiswami BV Muni said that thousands of devotees would be able to participate in the special maha-aarti of Lord Rama and Sreela Gurudeva that would be organised on April 12 at the Lord Venkteshwara Kalyan Mandapam. A nagar sankirtan and shobha yatra would be carried out on April 13. It would start from Parade Ground and conclude at the Geeta Bhawan.

Kumaon Briefs

India’s WC feat a boon for Lavaali village: India’s victory in the cricket World Cup tournament has resulted in a boon for residents of Lavaali village that has till now been amongst the hundreds of villages in the state facing official neglect. With the village being the ancestral place of cricketer MS Dhoni, the state government’s attention has been drawn to it and Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank has promised road connectivity for it. A SDM from Bhanoli eventually reached the village on Thursday and met the people. According to reports, this was the first visit of a SDM to the village. Villagers apprised him with the needs like road connectivity, provision of clean drinking water, a hospital and repair of the existing canal.

Admn mulls ban on polythene bags: The administration in Almora is taking steps for banning the use of polythene bags in the town. At a meeting held under the chairmanship of District Magistrate DS Garbyal on Thursday, it was observed that stringent steps are required to be taken to counter the menace of polythene bags whose improper disposal is leading to various civic and sanitation problems. An appeal has been made to residents of the town to use paper and cloth bags.

Minor gang-raped:A case of alleged gang-rape with a minor has come to light from the Kitcha area of Udham Singh Nagar district. According to information, the mother of the victim has alleged that the family was away to a nearby place to attend a marriage on April 4. The victim returned home to fetch some articles which had been left behind. Finding her alone, seven persons from the locality dragged the girl to a tin shed near her house after putting a cloth in her mouth. They allegedly raped her at gunpoint. The mother of the victim has also alleged that the accused even threatened her with dire consequences. Investigations are on in the matter.

Body found:A body was found in a vacant plot in the Kashipur town on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Aarish (22), who was running a tailoring unit. According to information, he had left his house on Tuesday to attend a cousin’s wedding in Babarkheda village and had gone missing since then. His brother was told by some locals that Aarish’s body was found in a vacant plot near the Railway godowns. Several injury marks were found on the jaws and head of the deceased. It is being assumed that he was either shot from a very close range or had been stabbed repeatedly.

Women stop illegal mining:Showing exemplary courage, women of the Satbhunga area in the Ramgarh block of Nainital district managed to stop illegal mining and later also confiscated a truck carrying illegally mined material, which they handed over to Forest Department officials. The women said the new road being constructed from Supi to Pata Tok was being used by those involved in illegal mining. The illegally mined material was being supplied for construction of cottages in the region. The Mukteshwar police had to intervene when there was an altercation between the women and those accused of illegal mining.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 


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