R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Lineman electrocuted to death
: Surinder Kumar (50), an assistant lineman with Powercom, was electrocuted to death today when he accidentally touched a high-voltage wire. He along with Lakhwinder Singh, lineman, and junior engineer Harbhupinder Singh were repairing the broken wire in Batala Road area side. The police initiated a proceeding under section 174 of the CrPC after recording the statement of his wife, said Kulbir Singh, in charge Mohkampura police chowki. According to information, the electric shock was so powerful that his body got slashed in two parts. He is survived by four children and wife.

Dashmesh girls lift trophy
: Players of Dashmesh Girls College of Education, Badal brought laurels to the institution by winning overall general trophy of Panjab University, Chandigarh ‘C’ Division. Thes trophy was bagged by the college for the second time in succession. The college won this trophy on the basis of achievements in athletics, basketball and volleyball. The trophy was won by the college for gaining 110 points in ‘C’ division competitions. Dev Samaj College of Education, Chandigarh, remained runner-up by winning 70 points. Director Sports pargat Singh and Principal Dr SS Sangha congratulated the players and physical instructor Sukhdeep Kaur for the achievement.

Bar association office-bearers
: Winds of change swept the corridors of the Gurdaspur District Bar Association (GDBA) when dark horse Parkash Singh Saini sprung a surprise by winning the election of the post of president of the Gurdaspur District Bar Association. Other office-bearers of the association were Sandeep Ohri, vice-president, Rakesh Sharma, secretary and Diksha Mahajan, joint secretary.

Knee replacement surgery: A rare knee replacement surgery was performed at the Adesh Hospital and Research Centre, Muktsar. The surgery was performed on a patient, Jaswinder Kaur, 56, a resident of Kotkapura. She suffered from bilateral severe geno vulgam with tibial deficiency for the last few years. The institute in a press release issued here on Monday claimed that this kind of surgery, performed by Dr Shoubick Kaushal, orthopedic surgeon, was the first of its kind in the region as he did bilateral total knee repalacement. The patient is fine and was mobilised on the second day after surgery, the release informed.

Seminar on social evils
: The district-level NGOs coordination society, Upkar, organised a seminar on social evils, including female foeticide and drug addiction, at BKM College of Education, Balachaur. Social workers exhorted the students to make people aware about the ill-effects of drugs and female foeticide.

Seminar on green tech: KC Group of Institutions organised a two-day national seminar on “Green Technology: Opportunities and Challenges’. As many as 50 papers were presented by academicians.

Check-up camp: Celebrating 236th Army Ordnance Corps Day, a 2-day free medical check-up camp was organised by 9 FOD at Kandrori here today. Brig. JK Sharma, Cdr 21 Sub Area inaugurated the camp. Army doctors examined more than 1,000 people. Medicines were also provided to the patients free of cost.

Case of bank fraud
: The police has booked Bahadur Singh of Hazare village on the charges of committing a fraud with the Punjab and Sind Bank by taking a loan of Rs 10 lakh by producing fake documents in the name of Santokh Singh of Ranipur village. Bank’s Hadiabad manager Charanjit Lal had lodged the complaint.

Link road inaugurated: Punjab Technical Education Minister Swarna Ram inaugurated a link road, constructed at a cost of Rs 6.4 lakh, between Bhanoki village and Jagatpur Jattan in a function at Bhanoki village on Saturday. In another function, the minister inaugurated a water tank worth Rs 47.92 lakh in Bhanoki.

Proclaimed offender nabbed: The police nabbed proclaimed offender Jatinder Singh of Balalon village, who was wanted in a robbery and attempt to murder case.



OPDs closed today:
The OPDs at the GMCH, Sector 32, and GMSH, Sector 16, will remain closed on the account of Ram Navami tomorrow. However, emergency services will work as normal. At the PGI, OPDs as well as emergency services will remain functional.

Elected: Gurinderpal Singh Bath was elected president of the Punjab School Education Board Officers Association. Raminderjit Singh Wasu was elected general secretary. Others elected members include senior vice-president: Amrita Gill; vice-president: Baljeet Kaur Sodhi; joint secretary: Paramjit Kaur Gill and finance secretary Harpal Singh Bath.



CII offers support: The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Monday offered its support to the Haryana Government to work together in the area of skill development. Haryana Chief Secretary Urvashi Gulati said the government would explore the possibility of mutual support in this vital area. Gulati was interacting with a delegation of the CII led by its chairman (North) and CEO of NIIT Limited Vijay K Thandani here on Monday. She said the state government was laying emphasis on skill development to improve the employability of its youth and had decided to reserve some area for skill development education in all upcoming industrial zones or areas of the state.

Crop set afire
: The Rampura police has booked Pramod Sharma for allegedly setting Ishwar Sharma’s harvested wheat crop on fire at Roliawas village, near here, on Sunday night. A case under Section 435 (mischief by fire) of the IPC has been registered against him on a complaint lodged by Ishwar Sharma. He alleged that Pramod had burnt his crop out of old animosity.

3 held with poppy
: The police on Monday arrested three persons from three different places in the district for the smuggling of poppy husk. The police has booked them under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. A police spokesperson said the police arrested Mandar Singh, a resident of Tungawali village in Bathinda district, with 3 kg of poppy husk. In two other cases, Amrik Singh and Darshan Singh have been caught with 2.5 kg and 3.2 kg of poppy husk, respectively, at Dabwali in the district.



Youth killed: Vikas (25), a resident of Balh Churani village, was killed while two others were injured in a collision between two motorcycles coming from opposite directions at the Main Bazaar in Ghumarwin on Sunday. Vikas was taken to the local Civil Hospital from where he was referred to the Regional Hospital at Bilaspur where the doctors further referred him to the PGI, Chandigarh. But he succumbed to injuries. The police has registered a case.

Draft electoral rolls: The draft electoral rolls for the conduct of panchayati raj institution elections in the tribal areas of Pangi subdivision in Chamba district and Udaipur and Keylong subdivision of Lahaul and Spiti district will be prepared on April 13. According to sources in the state election commission, the period for filing claims and objections will now be from April 16 to 22. The claims and objections will be decided from April 23 to 27. The appeals can be filed within seven days from the passing of the orders by the revising authority and it will be decided within seven days from the filing of appeals, the sources said; adding that the electoral rolls would finally be published on May 12.

HPU evaluation centre set up: Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) has set up a spot evaluation centre (SEC) in the local Arya Government College with an objective to expedite the evaluation of answer sheets of examinees for declaration of annual college results. Principal of the college Hardev Katoch said lecturers from 11 government colleges from Kangra and Chamba districts would start evaluation of answer sheets of English and Hindi, respectively, from April 12 and 15. He said it was the 11th SEC set up by the HPU across the state.

Congress rally: Union minister and former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will visit Palampur on April 17 to preside over various functions organised by Congress workers, social organisations and NGOs. Virbhadra Singh will reach at Sulaha at 11 am and address a Congress rally. Later he will proceed to Palampur and address mediapersons in local Press Club.



PCC chief defends Revenue Minister
: Pradesh Congress Committee chief Saifuddin Soz on Monday came out in support of Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla on the Dogra certificate issue. Interacting with mediapersons, Soz said there were some misinformation and misgivings about the notification issued regarding the Dogra certificate and these would be removed in the Cabinet meeting.



Doctors postpone April 14 stir: The Provincial Medical Health Service and Indian Medical Association (IMA) (Uttarakhand) have postponed the indefinite stir called on April 14 after receiving an assurance from the Chief Minister that most of their demands will be met. Stating this on Monday, Dr Nand Kishore, President, IMA, said the strike call had been postponed for the time being. “In a meeting with the Chief Minister, we have been assured that the demands pertaining to the implementation of the Security Act, the DAPC and service rules for government dental doctors will be fulfilled within the next three months,” said Dr Nand Kishore.

Jewellery, cash stolen from house: Unidentified persons stole jewellery and cash from a house of a Chidbagh Army Quarter resident. Victim Neema Devi lodged a complaint in this regard with the police. The police has registered a case under Section 380, IPC, at the Cantt police station. The police took the stock of the spot and has started investigation.

Family booked for demanding dowry: A family was booked for allegedly demanding Rs 3 lakh from the bride and beating her up. According to Anita’s compliant, Sachin and his family members, residents of Ajabpur Kala, beat her and demanded more dowry. A case under Sections 498-A, 420, 504, 523, 323 and 506, IPC and Dowry Act, has been registered at the Nehru Colony police station.

GRUTA, FUCTA get support: Supporting the protest of the Garhwal University Teachers Association (GRUTA) and the Federation of University and College Teachers Association (FUCTA) against the state government, the College Teachers Association of Sri Guru Ram Rai PG College announced the boycott of the examination from April 19 here on Monday. The protest is held as a recountability of the lackadaisical attitude of the state government towards the concern of GRUTA and FUCTA. The protestors are demanding a meeting with state Education Minister Govind Singh Bisht to provide them the UGC package, pension and others.

Kumaon Briefs
Five children reported missing from Bindukhatta:
Reports of five children going missing from Bindukhatta and Halduchaur areas within a week has led to fear amongst residents of these localities. According to reports, two brothers Deepak (12) and Sonu (10) of the Chuna Bhatti area in Halduchaur went missing on Saturday. Earlier last week Nazara Khatoon (15) of the East Car Road in Bindukhatta had gone missing after she had left for Lal Kuan Market. Prior to this, Himanshu Bisht (10) and Sachin Kumar (9) had gone missing from Rajiv Nagar and Verma Colony, respectively. The police is confident of tracing the missing children.

Nainital SSP for effective steps to control crime: Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) at Nainital Mohan Singh Bangyal has asked his subordinates to take effective steps to control crime in the district. At the monthly crime review meeting held at Nainital on Monday, Bangyal asked the officials to implement the Supreme Court orders with regards to the disposal of the vehicles that are case properties standing in the premises of various police stations, along with destroying of various drugs, including cannabis and opium. Taking a serious note of the growing instances of chain snatching in Haldwani, the SSP called for early working out of these cases. He also called for sealing of district boundaries to prevent the escape of criminals after having committed a crime. He also asked the officials to check overspeeding by youth in the public areas to avoid accidents.

Old woman crushed to death by speeding vehicle: An aged woman was crushed to death by a speeding pick-up vehicle on the Nainital road in Haldwani on Sunday evening. The driver of the vehicle took the woman to a private hospital before fleeing. But she had died before being brought to the hospital. She has been identified as 70-year-old Champa Joshi of Kathgodam. Efforts are on by the police to nab the driver.

Bageshwar-Kausani road in pathetic condition: Commuters travelling frequently on the Bageshwar-Kausani road are agitated over its bad condition. They have pointed out that the road has been in a pathetic state since the damage caused to it during the rain-related disaster last year. They say the repair works have not been carried out properly on the road which still has deep ditches and pot holes. The commuters say driving on the road is a nightmare, particularly for those riding a two-wheeler. The matter has been taken up by various public representatives who have held the Public Works Department (PWD) responsible for the non-metalling of the road. They have threatened to launch an agitation if immediate repairs are not carried out on the stretch, particularly between Bageshwar and Garud.

Raids conducted at eating joints, Internet cafés: Raids by the police at various eating joints and Internet cafés in Haldwani on Saturday night revealed that the places were being used for consuming liquor. The eating joints and cyber cafes were located in areas like Mukhani, Mangalpadao and Bhotiapadao. The raids followed complaints that such places had become centres of liquor consumption and were becoming a nuisance for the common people. The police rounded up some of the people drinking in the premises, while many were able to scamper away. The cyber café owners have been asked to maintain a record of the visitors coming there for using the Internet.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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