R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


More smuggled arms recovered:
The custom authorities at Attari railway station recovered two pistols, four magazines and 50 live cartridges concealed in a polythene bag from a goods train that arrived from Pakistan on Thursday. The arms were hidden in the cavity situated above the wheels of goods trains, said VK Khosla, Assistant Commissioner of Customs. Last month too, the customs officials had recovered heroin and fake currency smuggled through the goods train.

Protest has been a success:
PSMSU: Patron and secretary-general of the PSMSU, Darshan Singh Bajaj, said on Thursday that their protest had been a success in Bathinda, Sangrur, Patiala, Mohali, Barnala, Ferozepur, Muktsar, Mansa, Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur districts, besides Chandigarh. A large number of members of the ministerial staff from various departments held a rally at the mini-secretariat here. They wore black headbands and raised slogans against the government. Later, they held a protest march from the secretariat to the bus stand here where they blocked traffic and burnt the effigy of the Punjab Government.

Thermal plant to get new devices: The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited has decided to replace a section of old components of all the four units of Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant to avoid their tripping or shutdown due to snags when the demand is at its peak during the paddy season.

Arrest Agnivesh, demands Bitta:
Maninderjit Singh Bitta, All India Anti Terrorist Front president, has demanded that social activist Swami Agnivesh should be put behind bars for his alleged derogatory remarks about a prominent religious shrine of the North. Bitta, at a press conference here, said that by passing such remarks Swami was “inciting communal hatred”. He also demanded that the Union Government should reconsider its decision to review the blacklist of Sikh NRIs.

ECG machine donated:
NRI Swaran Singh and Dalijit Kaur donated digital ECG machine, fuse machine and five air coolers to the Civil Hospital, Shahkot. The NRI also promised to donate a generator set to the hospital.



Devotee dies after taking laced tea:
Mahavir Singh (50) of New Madhopuri, Gali No.1, Ludhiana, Punjab, lost his life and five others of two families were hospitalised when they took tea from a stranger who stayed with them during the night in the same room of a dharamashala at Naina Devi shrine, 95 km from here, on Wednesday. Those hospitalised were Mahavir’s wife Saroj (45), their son Sunny (27) and his wife Sapna (23) and Raj Rani (40) and her son Kashmir Singh (22) of Balachaur, Punjab. Mahavir was declared brought dead at the hospital.

Drowned boy’s body found: The body of Rahul (18), son of Mahesh Kumar of East Luxmi Market, Delhi, was found floating in the Gobind Sagar near Brahamabni Ghat in Kosariyan, about 90 km from here, on Wednesday afternoon. The family of the deceased, along with some locals, had been searching for the body of Rahul who had got drowned in the Sagar about four days ago. The police brought the body here for postmortem examination and then handed it over to the family.

District HQ to be smoke-free zones:
The HP government has decided to declare all the district headquarters of the state as smoke-free zones by May 31, a deadline fixed for this mission under the provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003. Disclosing this here on Thursday, Chief Medical Officer, Chamba, Rakesh Verma said in the wake of the decision of the government, the Department of Health and Family Welfare was displaying boards and sinages in public places.

Nine accused found guilty
: The Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Jawali, in his judgment on Wednesday found all nine accused guilty in a criminal case lodged by the Jawali police station in November 2005 under Sections 323, 324 and 34, IPC. The accused Arjun Singh and others are all residents of Badiyali in Fatehpur tehsil. Subash Singh of the same village in his complaint had alleged that following a land dispute, all accused equipped with sickles and rods started demolishing his boundary wall. When he tried to stop them, they attacked him and his family members causing them injuries.

Body-building c’ship at Nurpur: The sixth state-level body-building championship is being organised by the Body-building Fitness Association here at the Bachat Bhawan on May 22. According to Ashwani Koundal, president of the Kangra District Association, in this competition Mr Himachal and team members from the state would be selected for the championship scheduled in the near future for Mr North India and Mr India.

One held with poppy husk: The Indora police intercepted a truck during patrolling at Indora Mor on Thursday. During the search the police recovered 30.5 kg of poppy husk hidden under the driver seat. Truck driver Nishar Ahamad from Samba (J&K) was also owner of the truck. He was going to Jalandhar from Samba. The accused was arrested under the NDPS Act and his truck impounded.

House destroyed in fire:
A three-storeyed house at Koftu village in the Chajpur area of Jubbal was gutted in a fire on Wednesday night. The house, jointly owned by two brothers, including Joginder, Pradhan of Gram Panchayat, was completely destroyed. The house had 18 rooms and a big hall. The cause of the fire is not known, but the loss is estimated at Rs 35 lakh.



Interlocutors meet Governor:
The three-member team of interlocutors comprising Dileep Padgaonkar, Prof Radha Kumar and MM Ansari had a two-hour meeting with Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhawan here on Thursday. The interlocutors briefed the Governor about the current status of their work and had a discussion on issues relating to democratic decentralisation and good governance.

Six teachers suspended:
The Chief Education Officer (CEO) of Reasi, KK Sharma, has placed six teachers of Government Middle School, Moori, under suspension for being absent from duty during a surprise visit on Thursday. The suspended teachers are Harbans Kaur, Shakeela Begam, Shukantla Devi, Manju Bala, Khema Mangotra and Anjali Sharma. The suspended teachers have been attached with the office of the CEO, pending inquiry. Show cause notices were being issued to all of them.



Officials told to identify Illegal hoardings:
The Assistant Executive Engineer of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation, HR Rawat, on Thursday asked officials to identify and remove illegal hoardings, banners, posters and other advertisements. Taking to the media, Rawat said: “ I have told my officials to remove all hoardings with the help of advertisers who have been given contracts by the nigam to put up hoardings,” he said. Meanwhile, many people were seen removing hoarding from Lal Pul, Chakrata Road and Rajpur Road.

Woman looted: A resident of Harawala was looted of ornaments and Rs 4,000 by a fake ‘baba’ in Dehradun. She reported the matter to the police. The accused was later arrested near the ISBT. A case has been registered against the man.

8 hurt in mishap: Eight persons sustained injuries when the vehicle they were travelling in met with an accident on Thursday at Ramnagar. The injured have been admitted to a local hospital.

Leopard kills girl: A six-year-old girl was killed by a man-eating leopard in Uttarkashi district on Wednesday. Agitated villagers did not allow Forest Department officials to take away the body. They said the leopard would come at night to eat the body and forest officials should kill that leopard.

Kumaon Briefs
Squall claims two lives:
Yet another spell of squall across Kumaon over the past two days has claimed two lives and damaged infrastructure in the region. On Wednesday, a three-year-old girl, identified as Arti, was killed when a tin shed collapsed due to high-velocity winds. In another incident, Subhash Ram of Chhana village died when he fell into a gorge after losing his balance due to the same reason. Losses have also been reported from the rural sector as mud slides destroyed poly houses, besides the falling down of electricity poles and trees, along with the snapping of power supply cables.

Road re-opened: The Bhawali-Almora stretch of road, which had been closed for traffic movement on Monday, has been re-opened for traffic. The road had been closed for three days to repair the bridge that was damaged in a rain-related disaster during the last monsoon. The people had questioned the move of the administration to close the road and carry out repair work. During these three days, the vehicles going from Bhawali to Almora and beyond used the Ramgarh-Kwarab route which is not only long but also inconvenient for handling heavy traffic. Similarly, those wanting to go from Ranikhet to Halwani used the Bhatraujkhan-Ramnagar route.

Workshop held: To discuss the Right to Education Act, a workshop for representatives of non-residential private schools was organised at Janta Inter College in Rudrapur on Thursday . Speaking on the occasion, District Education Officer (DEO) RC Arya underlined that private institutions are required to reserve 25 per cent of the seats for the weaker sections of society. He said expenses on uniform, books and fees of these children should be borne by the government.

Man killed in mishap: A man was killed and seven others sustained injuries when the Jeep he was travelling in fell into a gorge in the Chaukhutiya area on Wednesday night. The cause of the accident is said to be the failure of the brakes. The deceased has been identified as 20-year-old Jivan Singh. He was a resident of Bheltwani. It is learnt that Jivan Singh jumped out of the vehicle when it rolled into the gorge and was crushed under the Jeep.

Unauthorised food joints: The authorities in Bageshwar have launched a drive against unauthorised food joints that are being run in the town. Under the drive, surprise checks were carried out at various eateries on Wednesday. While offenders were issued notices, various food articles, which were kept for sale even after the date of expiry, were confiscated and destroyed. Samples of the food stuff were also collected and have been sent for testing. The drive was conducted under the leadership of Food Inspector Kailsah Chandra Tamta.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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