R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Jats demand quota, to hold yatra:
The All-India Jat Reservation Struggle Committee will hold a sankalp yatra that will begin at Amritsar on May 30 to pressurise the government to declare the Jats as a reserved category. The yatra will pass through various parts of the country including Punjab, Jammu, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh and end at Mahiar village in Hisar on September 13. Karnail Singh Bhawra, president of the Punjab unit of the committee said that Home Minister P Chidambram had sought about six months time in this regard adding that the UPA government has forwarded their case to the National Commission for Backward Classes.

Jagmeet Brar meets Badals:
Jagmeet Brar, permanent invitee, Congress Working Committee, on Saturday visited the Badals to express his condolence over the demise of Surinder Badal. Brar, also conveyed UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s condolences to them. He met Badals in formal manner after about 11 years.

MC vice-president removed:
Vijay Ghai, vice-president of the Dera Baba Nanak Municipal Council, was removed from his post on Friday after seven councillors and MLA Nirmal Singh Kahlon cast their votes against Ghai. Kahlon accused Ghai of creating hindrances in the smooth running of the council. Ghai said he would move the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Three held for youth’s murder:
With the arrest of three labourers - Shushil Kumar, Santosh Kumar and Bidesar - the police has cracked the murder of a youth Rajesh Kumar, who was a washerman, which took place on April 28, 2009, at the partially built house of Punjabi singer Balkar Singh Sidhu in the Patel Nagar locality of the town. Sukhchain Singh Gill, SSP, said that the motive had been to teach the victim a lesson for having illicit relations with Babita, wife of Shushil. Santosh Kumar, brother of Babita, and Bidesar, co-brother of Shushil, were Shushil accomplices.

Snatcher nabbed:
Devo of Muradpur in Samana was caught by the people after she snatched a purse, containing a gold chain, from Gurpreet Kaur of Barwali at village Bassi Kalan on Friday. Her three accomplices escaped. A case under Sections 382 and 34 of the IPC has been registered against Devo and her three accomplices.

City Centre case adjourned till July 16:
The City Centre case on Saturday was adjourned till July 16 without any proceedings as Sessions Judge SP Bangarh was on leave. Former Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, his son Raninder Singh, former minister Chodhary Jagjit Singh did not appear in court on Saturday. Their personal presence had been exempted by the court of Additional Sessions Judge KS Kang on different grounds, where the case was taken up for marking the presence of other accused persons.

Final voter list ready:
Gurloveleen Singh Sidhu, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Malerkotla in a press conference at his office on Friday said that final voter list with photograph of voters has been printed and was available at the SDM office and Municipal Council office. Voters can inspect the list and if there is any mistake, he can submit a form to rectify the same.

Two arrested:
The police has arrested two persons with a country-made pistol and a knife near Gandhi Chowk here on Saturday.



A camp was organised by DAV Senior Public School, Surajpur. Tips were given to students on how to brave emergency situations with guts and alertness. Constable Sunil Kumar and Partap Singh from Combined Training Institute explained to students the ways to handle emergency situations.

Summer camp ends:Students of Satluj Public School, Sector 4, were trained by a professional choreographer during a summer creativity camp that concluded here today. They learnt tae kwon do, skating, table soccer, tennis and golf from experts.



Call centres for voters:
Haryana will soon have call centres at the state and district level for the convenience of voters as each such centre will be equipped with a dedicated phone. Stating this here on Saturday, Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, Sumita Misra said Rs 45 lakh had been earmarked to implement the scheme. She said the service would be web enabled so as to quickly respond to the queries and problems of voters. She said the step would go a long way in solving the problems of the voters and would be of immense help to them.

NIT post abolished:
JK Palit, Chairman, Board of Governors, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, has abolished the post of Dean (Estate, Construction and Electrical Maintenance). An office order has been issued in this regard following which RC Bhattacharjee, Dean (Estate, Construction and Electrical Maintenance) and Professor of Civil Engineering in the institute, has been relieved from the deanship.



Two Nurpur boys crack IIT:
Two Nurpur boys Shuvam Lohtia and Akshat Sharma have cracked the IIT-JEE test. They are among the nine successful candidates across the state who have cleared this national-level entrance test.



Governor hosts outgoing VC:
Governor NN Vohra hosted a farewell for Prof Riyaz Punjabi, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, at Raj Bhawan here on Saturday. The Governor wished Prof Punjabi good health, happiness and success in all his future endeavours. The farewell lunch was attended, among others, by Minister for Forests Mian Altaf Ahmad; Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir; Minister for Higher Education Abdul Gani Malik; MLA MY Tarigami; Chief Secretary Madhav Lal.



Illegal refilling of cylinders:
A black marketeer’s clothes caught fire while illegally transferring subsidised gas into cylinders using an apparatus in the Gandhi Gram area on Saturday. However, he fled the spot fearing police action later. It is learnt that cops received information of a fight in the Gandhi Gram area on Saturday morning. But after reaching the place, the police found it was a matter of illegal refilling of gas cylinders. The police was informed by the locals that Prakash distributed gas in cylinders to people on a “rehri”. On Saturday, while transferring gas to a cylinder, he caught fire and when the police reached there, he fled the spot. The police has rounded up local resident Desh Raj as the job was done near his house and he didn’t do verification of his tenants. The residents said the trade ran openly in the area.

Stabbing incident: Three persons were booked for allegedly stabbing and abusing a resident of a village in the Patelnagar area. They also reportedly warned him of dire consequences. According to the complaint of Naya Gaon resident Om Prakash, his son, Nandu, was stabbed by Kalu, Sadhu, Manjeet and others. A case under Sections 504 and 506 has been registered at the Patelnagar police station.

Indefinite fast: Sushil Rathi, president of the Rashtriya Rajiv Sena, on Saturday started an indefinite fast against the state government on issues like difficulties in getting caste and domicile certificates, denial of ownership rights to slum dwellers and 70 per cent reservation for the local youth in the industries. He began his fast at Gandhi Park on Saturday. Union Minister of State for Food Processing and Agriculture Harish Rawat will visit Rathi on May 29.

Telephone lines: Garhwal MP Satpal Maharaj has expressed concern over delay in repairing the telephone lines damaged during rain in the Garhwal region last year. Presiding over a meeting of the Telecom Advisory Committee in the Srinagar area of Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand, Maharaj said the BSNL needed to speedily repair damaged telephone lines.

Kumaon Briefs

Transport  services hit:
Transport services between Almora and Pithoragarh were hit on Friday as the link road between the two districts remained blocked at six places due to heavy rain and subsequent landslides in the area. The road remained blocked at Bhuligaon between Almora and Gangolihat and at Bhartoli and Makraow between Almora and Pithoragarh, said Shyam Lal, a PWD engineer.

Mountaineers’ groups:
Two groups of mountaineers from the Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) on Saturday set off to climb two peaks, Changuch and Bhanar. The groups were flagged off by Col Amit Roy, secretary of the IMF.

Fawn saved: Villagers of Meladungari village here saved a fawn when it strayed into their village on Friday. “The fawn was later handed over to the veterinary surgeon of the area, who later handed it over to forest officials. It has been sent to the Almora deer park.

Three get 7-year jail:
Three persons were sentenced to seven-year imprisonment by the District Judge of Champawat on Friday for keeping fake currency. A fine of Rs 2,500 each has also been imposed on them. If they failed to pay this fine, they will have to spend six months more in jail.

Decision  challenged:
The elevation of the Haldwani and Haridwar Municipal Committees to the corporation status has been challenged in the Uttarakhand High Court. The petitioner, Dinesh Randhawa, has pleaded that he is an elected member of the Haldwani Nagar Palika Parishad and the government has taken this decision without taking the elected body into confidence. The next date of hearing has been fixed for June 9.

Intermediate exams:
Secretary of the Uttarakhand Education Board Damodar Pant said on Saturday that the results of high school and intermediate examinations conducted by the board would be declared on June 6. Out of a total of 3,07,582 students, 1,78,451 appeared for high school exams and 1,29,131 for intermediate exams this year, he added.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal) 


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