R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Gaur assumes IAF station command: Air Commodore V Gaur on Monday assumed the command of the Bhisiana IAF station near here. He took over command from Station Commander Group Captain B Balachandran. A ceremonial parade was held on the occasion. His wife Sonali Gaur took over as president, AFWWA (local), from Preetha Balachandran. Group Captain Balachandran, who played a pivotal role in taking the station to the newer heights, expressed satisfaction on the overall progress of the station.

State to recruit 50 intelligence officers
: To strengthen its Intelligence Wing, the Punjab police has decided to recruit 50 assistant intelligence officers (male and female) at the ASI rank. According to an official spokesman, the Punjab police has initiated the recruitment process through the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and applications can be submitted online from June 8 to 29. He said that minimum qualifications for the post were graduation with knowledge of Punjabi till matric level.

Dr Malhotra is officiating principal
: Dr Suresh Malhotra took over as officiating principal of DM College, Moga, on Monday. The earlier principal Dr Deepak Kaushal had been removed from his post by the college managing committee after it found his conduct “not satisfactory” during his probation period. Advocate Satpal Gupta, president of the managing committee, said that after taking over, Dr Malhotra has also distributed the salaries to the college staff while exercising his power of bank operation. The former principal had not disbursed the salary to the staff from the regular account last month.

Girl student caught ‘impersonating’
: An engineering college girl was allegedly caught impersonating for her classmate during the fifth semester supplementary exam at Baba Hira Singh Bhattal College, Lehra Gaga, on Monday. The college administration has, meanwhile, lodged an unfair means case against the girl even though it should had been a case of impersonation, said sources. Vijay Lakshmi, a sixth semester BTech student of computer sciences, was allegedly appearing in the exam in place of Amandeep Sharma who, it is learnt, is the  relative of a college  employee.


Six HCS officers shifted
: The government has shifted six HCS officers. J P Thaman has been posted as Deputy Secretary, Planning Department, while KS Gill goes as SDO(Civil)-cum-Additional Collector, Guhla. Kamlesh Kumar will be the new Joint Transport Commissioner, Haryana. Kuldhir Singh has been posted as Joint Director,Administration, Industrial Training. Amardeep Singh is the new City Magistrate, Palwal. Bir Singh Kaliramana, Estate Officer, HUDA, Faridabad, has been given additional charge as LAO, Urban Estate, Faridabad.


Refreshments for panches
: The elected representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutions will be served refreshments during meetings. Stating this here today, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Jai Ram Thakur said, “The government has now decided to provide refreshments to members of the Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samitis”.


Panchayati Raj to be strengthened
: PCC president Saifuddin Soz addressed rallies of newly-elected sarpanches and panches at the district headquarters of Baramulla and Kupwara on Monday. Soz assured them that the Panchayati Raj system would be strengthened further.



Cheating case registered: Bachan Singh Negi, a resident of Raipur Road, has alleged that someone had withdrawn an amount of Rs 50,000 in seven transactions from his account. The victim said he had gone to the ATM of PNB Bank situated at Clock Tower last month to withdraw money and was helped by an unidentified man there.. The man allegedly exchanged his card with his own card and noted PIN number. After a few days, when he checked his account, he found that Rs 50,000 had been withdrawn from his account in seven transactions. He lodged a complaint with the police yesterday. A case has been registered.

CM congratulates students: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has congratulated all students who have excelled in Classes X and XII exams, the results of which were declared on Monday. In his message, the CM said: “I extend my wishes to all students who have excelled in the examinations.”

Cops announce reward: The police has announced a reward of Rs 2,500 for a person who gives the whereabouts of Umesh Kumar, who is associated with a news agency here. According to the police, nine cases of fraud were registered against him. SP (City) Ajay Joshi said as Umesh Kumar had been evading arrest for long, a reward had been announced.

2 Irrigation Department officials pulled up:
Executive Engineer SC Lohani and Assistant Engineer KL Punetha of the Irrigation Department, Champawat, have been pulled up by District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pandey for not doing their duty seriously. The DM was annoyed when they failed to explain the measures taken for flood control in their areas. He was also annoyed at their failure for not having utilised Rs 50 lakh sanctioned for flood-control measures in the Tanakpur and Reetha Sahib areas. He has warned them that he would not desist from initiating legal proceedings against them if works pertaining to disaster management were ignored.

Applications sought for low-interest loans: The Udham Singh Nagar administration has sought applications for various schemes being run under the aegis of the Uttarakhand Multipurpose Finance and Development Corporation. In a statement issued on Monday, District Social Welfare Officer Neeraj Chilkoti said loans with lower rates of interest were being provided to members of the SCs and the STs for the self-employment scheme, to the STs for the construction of shops in urban areas and to the SCs, the STs and disabled under the livelihood encouragement promotion scheme. The applicants have been asked to send their applications to the department concerned by the next month to avail the benefits of the schemes.

Training programme for schoolchildren: A three-day vacation training programme for schoolchildren is under way at the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences facility in the Manora Peak area, Nainital. The programme is being organised by the National Science Academy, Allahabad. The programme began with ARIES Director Ram Sagar familiarising the participants with the institute and research activities being undertaken here. He also informed them about the 3.6 metre telescope which would be the biggest in Asia being installed at Devasthal. Prof UC Srivastava, Prof SL Srivastava and Dr Neeraj Kumar of the academy told the participants about the place of the earth in the cosmos. The participants were also taken to the existing telescope facility for night time observations.

Officials asked to take anti-flood measures: District Magistrate, Champawat, Pankaj Kumar Pandey has asked officials to gear up to meet the challenges of flood and disaster. Addressing participants at a meeting of the Steering Committee on Disaster Management, Pandey said with the monsoon approaching, the authorities should be ready to deal with any kind of eventuality since the chances of flooding in the plain areas and landslides in the hill areas of the district could not be ruled out. He has ordered that all flood posts be made active within a week and the SDMs, along with Tehsildars, carried out a survey in their respective areas at the earliest.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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