R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Cricket tourney: Satluj Public School, Sector 4, Panchkula, will organise the Satluj Monsoon Cricket (U-12) Cup Tournament from July 19 here. According to information, the tournament will be played on the league-cum-knockout basis.




Licence cancelled:
The Department of Town and Country Planning has cancelled the licence of a real estate developer for developing a group housing colony in Sector 70-A here. Mohammed Yusuf Mansoori, a senior town planner, said the licence granted to Brahm Parkash, Ramniwas, Dayanand, Roshan Lal, Amit Kumar and Sumit Kumar in collaboration with Pal Infrastructure & Developers Pvt Ltd for setting up the colony in the revenue estate of Palra village had been cancelled due to failure of the licencee to pay the external and internal development charges in time. — TNS


Kathak dancer to perform today: Divya Upretti, a Kathak danseuse, will perform in two colleges and eight senior secondary schools of Bilaspur district under the aegis of Bharat International Rural Cultural Centre, New Delhi, in collaboration with the district administration, State Language and Cultural Department and District Cultural Parishad, from July 11 to 15. Deputy Commissioner Ritesh Chuhan said here on Saturday that the dance performances would apprise students of the classical music and dance heritage. District Language Officer Anita Sharma said Divya was a disciple of Guru Munna Shukla of Lucknow Gharana.

Youth drowned in Riwalsar Lake: Twentyfour-year-old youth Rakesh Kumar, a resident of the district, on Sunday drowned in the Riwalsar Lake while swimming. His body was recovered from the lake after two hours of the incident. According to eyewitnesses, Rakesh had gone to take a holy dip in the lake and decided to swim. However, he got drowned. They raised the alarm following which local divers rushed to the spot, but it took them two hours to trace his body.

Sundernagar MLA bereaved: Sundernagar MLA and senior BJP leader Roop Singh’s mother Goverdhnu Devi died here on Saturday evening. She was 94. She was cremated at the Sushan crematorium situated on the bank of Ghangal Khud on Sunday. Several BJP and Congress workers took part in the funeral. Dile Ram, Chairman, Finance Commission, Sohan Lal, former MLA Congress,were among them. 



Two youths killed in blast:
Ubaid Yousuf (19) and Omar Teli (17) were killed and Mehrajuddin was injured in a blast in the Tral area of Pulwama district on Sunday. The incident took place when an explosive device went off inside a house at Ratsuna village, near here, SP Mohammad Irshad said. The injured person told the police that some youths had kept the device in the house.


17 booked for abetting minor to flee from house: As many as 17 persons have been booked for allegedly abetting a minor to flee from her house in the Raipur area. According to the police, the father of the girl alleged that his 17-year-old daughter was abetted to flee by a man. A case under Sections 363, 366 of the IPC has been registered at the Raipur police station. 

Case registered: The working of a Dehradun-based institute has come under scanner as it allegedly took Rs 70,000 each from students on the pretext of providing them with jobs. According to a compliant lodged with the police, the All-India Institute, Dehradun, gave an advertisement in newspapers giving an assurance to provide jobs after educational courses they are offering. Following this, students gave Rs 70,000 each as fee. However, they did not get job after the course. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC has been registered. 

Fraud case: A case of fraud has been registered against the IPSR, Transport Nagar, for allegedly running an educational institute without affiliation. Rajbrajesh Singh, along with other students, lodged a compliant with the police in this regard. The City Magistrate held an inquiry and found the allegation true. A case under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 of the IPC has been registered at the Patelnagar police station. Employees of the institute are at large. 

Kumaon Briefs
Roads blocked due to rain, landslides:
Several roads across Kumaon continue to be closed on account of the continuing incessant rain across the region. According to information available, the traffic flow remains disrupted on the Tawaghat-Garwadhar road for over a fortnight. Similarly, there have been landslides on the Jauljibi-Madkot stretch in Pithoragarh district and Bansbagad-Dhamigaon, Tejam-Hokra and Madkot-Darma stretches are also closed. In Bageshwar district, Bharadi-Song and Bhani-Harsingyabagad roads are closed. According to reports, the residents of the remote Pindar valley are having to travel as much as 10 km on foot to purchase basic items like the common salt. Travelling in the region has become a tedious affair.

‘Link small villages with roads’: Lok Sabha member from Uttarakhand Satpal Maharaj has demanded that villages with a population with 250 persons should be linked with roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). In a letter written to the Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Vilasrao Deshmukh, Maharaj has said this needs to be done while keeping in mind the difficult geographical terrain in the mountain state. He has pointed out that as per the requirement of the PMGSY, there area few villages that have a population of 500 persons. Hence, there is a need to relax the norms for the hill state. He has pointed out that this will not only make the lives of the people easy, but also facilitate development in the remote areas of the state.

Water crisis in Ramnagar area: There seems to be no respite for the people of the Kaniya area in Ramnagar who are facing an acute water crisis. The newly installed motor at the tube well that supplied water to the area has reportedly burnt within two days after being installed. The previous motor had been burnt over a week ago which had led to a major crisis in the area. The people had been forced to agitate. The authorities had installed a motor with a less load carrying capacity as a temporary alternative on Friday which has now burnt. As of now the water is being supplied to the area with the help of tankers.

Missing man found dead: A case of a middle-aged person being killed with a sharp-edged weapon and his body being dumped in the forests of the Dhari area in Nainital has come to light. According to information available, the deceased has been identified as 49-year-old Heera Ballabh of Chyurigad village. He had been missing for three days and his body was discovered on Saturday by some women who had gone to get fodder from the forest. It is learnt that Heera Ballabh had gone to Guniyalekh to make some purchases on July 7 and had been missing since then. His body bore several injury marks made by a sharp-edged weapon. Police investigations are on in the matter.

Man thwarts bear attack: A resident of the Sanitoli area near Nachni has become a hero of sorts after he thwarted an attack by a bear on Saturday. According to information available, 51-year-old Chander Singh was attacked by a burly bear while he was repairing a pipeline supplying water to his house. Not losing his presence of mind, the man counter-attacked the animal. He sustained multiple injuries in the tussle. Not expecting a counter-attack, the animal ran away into the forest leaving the injured man behind. The injured Chander Singh was later taken to a hospital for medical assistance.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 


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