R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Bibi Badal’s death condoled
:Scores of the SAD and BJP workers attended a meeting held at Ganga Vihar residence of Balluana MLA Gurtej Singh Ghuriana to condole the death of Surinder Kaur Badal, wife of CM Parkash Singh Badal.Punjab Mandi Board director Sanjeev Godara, Dhanpat Siyag and Parkash Malethia, former chairmen of Market Committee and BJP block presidents Kulbhushan Bhudi and Vishnu Bhagwan remembered her excellent sevices.



4 booked for cheating
: A case has been registered here against four persons for duping a man of Rs 40 lakh by faking an agreement for a plot.RK Nanda, Mohit Tyagi, Gautam Bajaj and Yogesh Agrawal have been booked after a complaint by Ram Sharan Bhatia.Bhatia wanted to buy a plot at Ismailpur Agwanpur village and had paid the amount also. But, he got to know that the plot was registered in another person’s name.

Wife, victim’s friend get life term
: RS.Baswana, District and Sessions Judge, on Monday sentenced Urmila, wife of Megh Raj of Geong village, and Ramesh Kumar of Ambala road, Kaithal, to life imprisonment for the murder of Megh Raj in January, 2010 . The convicts had also been fined Rs 2000 each. If they fail to pay the fine they will have to under go further imprisonment for three months each . The convicts have also been awarded a three-year term each for their conviction under section 201 and 34, IPC separately.

Liquor vend
: Irate residents, including women, of Rohrai village, 12 km from here, on Sunday dismantled a liquor vend in the village and broke bottles of liquor. Liquor vend operator Abhay Singh Yadav was thrashed when he tried to stop them. The agitating women complained that when their repeated requests for removal of the liquor vend to the authorities concerned went unheeded, they were forced to resort to direct action. The police has registered a case.

Traffic blocked: Agitating villagers, including women, blocked traffic on the Rewari-Mahendergarh road at Saharanwas village, 5 km from here, on Monday in protest against the erratic water supply in the village Finance Minister Ajay Singh Yadav belongs to. They complained that even after repeatedly bringing the deplorable situation to the notice of the Finance Minister as well as the authorities concerned, nothing concrete had been done to rectify the situation. 

Deaths mourned: Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda went to Kanwali village, 26 km from here, on Monday to offerhe offer his condolences at the demise of Jaswant Singh Yadav (61), elder brother of Chief Parliamentary Secretary Anita Yadav. He was accompanied, among others, by HPCC chief Phool Chand Mullana and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Prahlad Singh Gillankhera. Hooda also went to Buroli village to express sympathy with the family two minor sons of which drowned in a village pond recently.

Hindi Press Day
: Media has great credibility and society has a lot of expectations from mediapersons. People want the media to air their grievances and help fight social evils. This was the viewpoint of speakers at a Hindi Press Day programme organised by the District Press Club here on Monday. 



Jewellery shop burgled
: A theft worth Rs 75,000 has been reported from a jewellery shop at Ghumarwin Bazaar here on Saturday night. The thief broke the lock of the door and decamped with gold and cash. The shop belongs to Surjit Kumar who originally comes from Midnapur, West Bengal.

Chamba celebrates statehood
: The district headquarters town of Chamba on Wednesday held a function to commemorate the completion of 40 years of the statehood of Himachal Pradesh. DC, Chamba, Devesh Kumar presided over the function. 

One dies in raft accident
: Nitin Chawla (21), son of Ashok Kumar Chawla of New Delhi, died in a raft accident on Tuesday evening, while five others were saved by the rescue team accompanying the raft. The body of the deceased got stuck at a distance of about 500 m at Didri Nallah near Bandrol. SP Abhishek Dular said the body had been sent to the regional hospital here for postmortem.

One arrested with psychotropic drugs: The Indora police arrested Bhupinder of Pathankot with psychotropic drugs. According to DSP Rajinder Jaswal, the police during patrolling on Sunday at Damtal stopped a motorcycle without registration number and found a large quantity of drugs from his possession. The accused was coming from Pathankot towards Damtal. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against him. 

Three held with illicit liquor: The police, led by DSP Rajinder Jaswal, on Friday conducted raids from Baari Khud to the Badroya area and seized a large quantity of illicit liquor and one working still. During raids Bunty of Chhanni village, Uttam of Bhadroya and Balwinder of Damtal were arrested.

Stone of water channel laid
: Local MLA Roop Singh Thakur on Friday laid the foundation stone of the Bari-Kulara Kuhl remodelling scheme which will irrigate 65 hectare of land in the vicinity. The MLA said Rs 42 lakh would be spent on it. He also sanctioned Rs 70,000 for the construction of kitchen shed of Government High School at Bari.

MLA pulls up I&PH staff: Dile Ram, MLA, Nachan, and Chairman of State Financé Commission, on Tuesday pulled up Irrigation and Public Health (I&PH) officials as they had failed to supply water to villages falling under the Behali Mahadev Scheme.



Bail granted: Six persons who had allegedly beaten up men for opposing eve-teasing at Maggi point were granted bail by the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate on Monday. The incident took place when tourists were coming back from Mussoorie and stopped at Maggi point, where the accused misbehaved with girl tourists. When the men accompanying them objected to it, they allegedly beat them up. 

Two held: Acting on a tip-off, the police on Monday arrested two persons for smuggling 20 boxes of liquor at Vikasnagar in Dehradun. The police said they had brought liquor from Chandigarh to sell it in Dehradun and Haridwar. 

Woman booked: A woman has been booked for allegedly setting the car of her brother-in-law afire over some dispute. Dinesh Rawat, in his complaint to the police, alleged that Seema Rawat set his Indica afire in his house on Sunday. The police said the woman had been arrested.

Leopard captured: A leopard that had strayed into a village in Bageshwar district was on Monday captured by forest officials. RC Sharma, Divisional Forest Officer (Bageshwar) said the leopard was not a man-eater and would be released in forests soon. 

Annual Day: The Vision Society of India celebrated its 10th annual day at a city hotel off late. Harbans Kapoor, Vidhan Sabha Speaker, was the chief guest on the occasion. The programme started with the lighting of a lamp. The president of the institution, Dr RN Singh, offered a garland to the chief guest.

Kumaon Briefs

Woman killed in  Bindukhatta:An old woman was killed in the Bindukhatta area of Udham Singh Nagar following the collapse of a concrete structure near which she was washing clothes. The structure was a borewell storage tank near which 72-year-old Kumauli Devi was washing her clothes. She was buried under the rubble. Although people, who rushed to the spot after hearing a big noise, tried to save her, the woman succumbed to her injuries by the time she was taken out of the rubble. She was a resident of the Borang Patta area of Rajiv Nagar colony of the area.

Hindi Press Day:A number of journalists from across the Kumaon region gathered at Ramnagar to mark Hindi Press Day. The function that was held in a newly constructed auditorium in the town was also attended by Justice PC Pant of the Uttarakhand High Court and Kumaon University Vice-Chancellor VPS Arora. The journalists deliberated on the problems being faced by them while discharging their duties in the face of market-driven forces. Justice Pant, while speaking on the issue of media trial, said the media was free to criticise or appreciate judgements once they were given but must not try to create pressure in favour of any of the contesting parties.Professor Arora called upon the journalists to verify their facts before reporting and to talk to the “other side” in order to have balanced stories.

Youth Congress:The Youth Congress has started galvanising its cadre base for the coming Assembly poll in the state. Youth Congress chief for the Nainital Lok Sabha area Bhuvan Kapdi told the media on Monday at Nainital that the Youth Congress was looking for “Congress- minded” master coaches who would be imparting training with regard to the coming poll to the party cadre. The training would be held in three phases.

Pirated CDs seized:The Haldwani police seized a large number of pirated CDs during a raid carried out on a house in Line Number 6 in the town on Sunday evening. According to the information available, one of the accused, Tanvir, has been arrested following the recovery of more than 4,000 CDs from the house. It is learnt that he had been allegedly supplying pirated CDs across Kumaon, particularly Udham Singh Nagar district. He had also been arrested earlier on similar charges.

Fire in factory:A turpentine factory was gutted and two adjoining buildings were badly damaged in an incident of fire reported from Nilakot village in the Bagwalipokhar area of Dwarahat. The incident took place on Sunday evening.The loss incurred is being pegged at more than Rs 10 lakh. The fire is learnt to have been brought under control by personnel of the Ranikhet Fire Brigade and the locals after two hours. The cause of the fire that broke out while pine resin was being processed could not be ascertained immediately.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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