R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Books donated
: Ram Swarn Lakhewali, a Punjabi teacher and co-editor of the Tarksheel magazine, in the memory of his mother Gurbachan Kaur, donated a set of 60 books to the library of the Government High School, Vading Khera, on the World Book Day. Speaking on the occasion, he inspired students to make books their companions and enlighten themselves.

Sukhbir Singh BadalChandigarh
Sukhbir writes to PM on Oz killing
: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to use every possible diplomatic means to ensure the protection of Punjabis living in Australia and other countries. In a communiqué to the Prime Minister, the SAD president said the recent killing of Rajpura youth Lakhwinder Singh in Melbourne had confirmed the fear that Punjabis were increasingly becoming the victims of racial attacks. This, he said, was a matter of concern as more than 100 racial attacks on Punjabis had occurred over the last two years and the Australian government had not taken any concrete step to stop such incidents.

Lokpal: SC body takes on Centre:
The Chamar Maha Sabha has flayed the Union government for not including any member from the SC community in the committee formed for the drafting of the Lokpal Bill. In a statement here, Sabha president Paramjit Singh Kainth said “once against the government had shown that it was less concerned about the interest of the SCs even as they constituted 1/3rd of the country’s population”.

Elected: Office-bearers of the Taxation Bar Association were elected at the annual general meeting held here on Sunday. During the meeting, GS Chopra was elected as president, Karamjit Singh as vice-president, Sanjeev Garg as general secretary, Sukhwinder Singh joint secretary and Mukesh Karwal as finance secretary. While Rishi Khanna, Harinder Singh, Sanjeev Kumar, Vishal Sharma and Upinder Goel were elected as executive members of the association.

Illicit liquor seized
: The police arrested Nanji of Haweli Patti with 42 bottles of illicit liquor at a naka here at Malsain Chowk. The liquor was to be supplied to Patti Akalpur village

State on verge of anarchy:
Ex-MLA: Senior Congress leader and Sangrur former MLA Arvind Khanna on Sunday accused the SAD-led government of failing on all the parameters of governance in the state. Alleging that Punjab was on the verge of anarchy, Khanna said "people were being killed with impunity". In a statement, the former MLA claimed that no industry had come to the state in the last four years, as the government had "failed" to provide basic infrastructure to them. "And even the existing units were readying to move out."



New excise policy: State Excise Taxation Minister Kiran Choudhry said on Friday that the new excise policy of the state government had started yielding better results. The minister said an increase of Rs 315 crore had been registered with the state government through the auction of L-14A and L-2 contracts by March 31. Out of the proposed auction of 1,782 shops in the south zone, 1,452 had already been auctioned and the state government would earn a licence fee of Rs 869.54 crore through the auction. She said and income of Rs 719.94 crore was registered during this period last year.

Urology workshop: The city would play host to urologists during a two-day workshop from April 27 on kidney stone being organised by the Urological Society of India (USI). The workshop will see more than 200 urologists from within the country and abroad participating in the workshop. Local urologist Pawan Gupta along with eminent urologists from Germany would conduct a live surgery using the advanced flexible ureteroscopy during the workshop. The workshop would also be marked by the launching of a new-generation ureteroscope designed by a urologist from the state in collaboration with Richard Wolf, a leading medical equipment manufacturer of Germany.

Youth kidnapped: The police has registered a case of abduction and criminal intimidation against some miscreants, who allegedly kidnapped Vijay Kumar (30), son of Karambir Singh of Surakhpur village, near Kosli, on April 18. The miscreants also demanded a ransom of Rs 10 lakh for the safe return of his son. A senior police official said a police team had been dispatched to Jaipur to trace and apprehend the culprits.


Parivar founder remembered: Pt Shriram Sharma played a significant role in reviving the Indian culture. This was stated by Dr Prem Sharma, Director, HP Language and Culture, while presiding over a congregation of intellectuals and devotees of social reforms in society on the Gayatri Parivar premises here Sunday afternoon. Earlier, a fair was inaugurated by Dr Sharma and the special guest was DC Ritesh Chauhan. Parivar Parivrajak Onkar Singh Thakkar, trust chairman Principal Nanak Ram Bhardwaj (retd) and chief convener Ramesh Tandon also addressed the function.

Scooterist killed in road mishap: A scooter rider was killed on the spot when his vehicle met with an accident near Banikhet in the district on Saturday, according to a police report received here on Sunday. The report said the deceased had been identified as Jagdish Raj of nearby Nanhar village. His body had been handed over to his family after the postmortem. A case had been registered at Dalhousie police station.

Four injured as bus overturns: Four persons were injured, two out of them seriously, in a road mishap when a private bus overturned on the Jawali-Batees Mile link road near Lakhner village on Saturday evening. According to the police, the driver of the overloaded bus lost control and it overturned. The injured also included bus conductor Jaswant Singh. The injured were rushed to the CHC, Jawali. The two seriously injured passengers have been referred to the Tanda Medical College. The police has lodged a case.

Workshop on  disaster control: The HP Council for Science, Technology and Environment will organise a two-day workshop on April 25 and 26 for the assessment of training needs of various stakeholder departments in the state with the objective of drawing broader requirements for each of them so that sector-specific trainings can be imparted for strong capacity building in disaster management. Member secretary of the council Nagin Nanda said the DRR programme would support the government initiatives by providing critical inputs that would enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the risk mitigation efforts.


Congress leader bereaved
: Shiela Dhasmana, mother of senior Congress leader and a former spokesperson of Uttarakhand Congress, Surya Kant Dhasmana, died after a brief illness, here on Sunday She was 72. Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, former Chief minister Major-Gen BC Khanduri (retd), Congress president Yashpal Arya and several other senior political and social leaders condoled the death.

Booked for fraud: A resident of Kedarpur, Banjarawala, was booked for alleged fraud while buying land on Saturday. Sunita Devi, a resident of Lacchiwala, alleged in her complaint with the police that Jai Singh bought land with her husband and defrauded her of money.

Theft at shop: A theft of Rs 15,000 was reported from a cosmetic shop at Garhi Cantt Chowk. According to the police, Mangesh Kumar, the owner of the shop, lodged a complaint with the police in which he alleged that his shop was closed when the theft was committed.

Man held for rape: A 21-year-old girl of a hilly village near Dhumakot was allegedly raped by a married man of the same village after being enticed to flee. The accused, Ravinder, who is in his mid twenties, has been arrested. According to the police, the student of BA (final year) had come to Dehradun to take examination here on April 19. He, on some pretext, convinced her to flee with him. He took her to Haridwar and raped her in a room.

Kumaon Briefs
5 of family buried alive:
Five members of a family were buried alive in the Paharpani area of Dhari block in Nainital district after their house was buried under rubble late night on Saturday. It is learnt that the rubble came down after a landslide was triggered, following excavation work being done on an adjacent plot on Saturday night. Those killed include Mohan Ram, his wife, Janki Devi, and their three children. The bodies of the deceased were brought out from below the rubble by Saturday afternoon. The administration has ordered a probe into the incident.

Protest against auto thefts: The residents of the Awas Vikas area of Rudrapur staged a protest outside the office of the SSP on Saturday, demanding the arrest of those responsible for a large number of auto thefts. They said the police must take steps to check the menace. The agitating people also demanded that the police initiate a drive for verification of tenants residing in the area as well as the domestic helps hired by the residents. They said the large number of thefts in the locality over the past few days had led to a sense of insecurity amongst the masses.

DM pulls up officials: The District Magistrate at Nainital, Shailesh Bagauli, has expressed his displeasure at the slow pace of work with regard to the covering of a canal in Haldwani. Pulling up the officials responsible for covering the canal, he has asked them to complete the task by May 15. At a meeting held at his Camp Office in Haldwani on Saturday evening, Bagauli also pulled up the officials responsible for water supply in the town, following a large number of complaints from the residents of various localities over the erratic supply of drinking water. The covering of canal from Damuvadunga Water Mill to Jagdamba Nagar and Hydel Gate to Calltax has become a nuisance for the residents of the area. The traffic flow along the canal has been a complete mess.

Fish in Kosi found dead: A large number of fish in the Kosi were found dead near Dhikuli village in Ramnagar on Saturday morning. It is being assumed that people involved in illegal fishing had put bleaching powder in the river water that had led to the death of fish in thousands. The dead fish included Mahaseer. The dead fish were detected by a hotel employee on Saturday morning. He informed the Forest Department officials. The department is now planning to increase patrolling along the river.

Use of force on Youth Cong members: Lal Kuan witnessed chaos on Saturday night when the police resorted to use of force against some Youth Congress members who were taking out a procession. It is being alleged that a junior-rung police officer who was in an inebriated state went on to order use of force against the participants in the procession, following a minor altercation. The matter was resolved when senior police officials arrived on the scene and promised to send the ‘guilty’ officer for a medical check up.

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