R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


1st language status sought for Punjabi:
The SGPC has written a letter to Governor Shivraj Patil, seeking the status of first language for Punjabi in Chandigarh. In his letter, SGPC Chief Avtar Singh Makkar said Chandigarh came into being after relocating villages of Punjab and the residents of the city also speak Punjabi, but their mother tongue is “not being given the due respect in government offices”. “The office work should be done in Punjabi and the language should also be implemented as the first language in schools of Chandigarh,” he added.

Congress seeks public support:
Congress MLA Harminder Singh Jassi has appealed to the people to reach the site of the proposed solid waste management plant to get their objections recorded on July 25 when a team of the Pollution Control Board visits the site. During a meeting held at the Congress Bhawan here on Saturday, Jassi said he would take up the matter with CM Parkash Singh Badal to scrap the proposed project.

Dispose of NRI cases early:
Bath: Punjab NRI Affairs Minister Balbir Singh Bath has asked the civil and police officers of the state to immediately respond to the grievances of the NRIs so that they are not harassed and their grievances are redressed instantaneously.

80 booth committees formed
:A meeting of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was held at the community centre, Khamano, under the chairmanship of Joga Singh Panodian, BSP general secretary, Punjab. He said the party units had been set up at block, sector and booth level to strengthen the party. He informed that 80 booth committees have been formed, out of 138 in the constituency.

Youth shot dead in Kotkapura:
A youth was shot dead allegedly by the father of a young married woman when he and his brother went to their house to convince her parents to marry their daughter with him at Prem Nagar in Kotkapura in Faridkot. In his complaint, Harjinder alleged that his brother Gurpreet was shot dead by Gurdev Singh.

Outbreak of gastroenteritis:
Over 100 persons of local Kesar Bagh locality have been admitted in different hospitals as they were found suffering from gastroenteritis. The reports of the outbreak started pouring in soon after the “unofficial” commissioning of a new water pump in the area. Municipal Council president Paramjit Singh Pamma said the water pump had yet not been handed over to the MC by sewage board and probably the latter had just released the water for testing.

I-T Department open on July 30, 31
:The receipt counters in the office of the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (CCIT) will remain open on July 30 and 31, (Saturday and Sunday) - otherwise gazetted holidays - to enable the assesses file their returns. For those who don’t require to get their returns audited, the last date for filing the IT returns is July 31. This was stated in a communiqué received from the office of the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax.

City centre case adjourned: The court of Sessions Judge SP Bangarh on Saturday adjourned the hearing in the alleged multi-crore City Centre scam case till August 6. The defence lawyer representing Anil Narula, one of the accused relating to Today Homes, company continued his arguments against the framing charges. Capt Amarinder Singh, former Local Bodies Minister Choudhary Jagjit Singh and Raninder Singh were not present during the court hearing.

Man booked for murder:
The police on Saturday booked Pankaj Passi of Jalandhar for the murder of his father-in-law Principal Singh, who was found dead near a liquor shop in Phagwara on July 21. Pankaj was booked under Sections 302 and 326 of the IPC.

Gang of robbers busted, 7 held:
With the arrest of seven robbers, the Sangrur police here on Saturday claimed to have busted a gang of robbers who were allegedly planning to loot petrol pumps and banks. Sangrur SSP Harcharan Singh Bullar said the arrested have been identified as Sona Rosa, a resident of Dhodia Street, Duladhi Gate, Nabha, Amandeep Singh, aka Sony, a resident of Mehas, Lakhbir Singh, aka Lakhi, a resident of Rohti Channa, Parvesh Sharma a resident of Duladi, Lakhwinder Singh, aka Bunty, a resident of Thuhi road, Nabha, Mukesh Kumar of the Mal Godown road, Dhuri, and Varinder Kumar, aka Lakhi, of Doctor Ambedkar Chowk, Dhuri.

Tarn Taran
Derogatory posters:
7 booked: Seven persons were booked for publishing and pasting derogatory posters against Jaswant Singh Padda, committee president of Gurdwara Lakir Sahib. The accused, identified as Harjit Singh, his son Harpreet Singh, Rajinder Singh Master Ajit Singh, Surjit Singh, Jasbir Singh and Sawinder Singh Bajwa, publisher of the poster, were booked under Sections 295A and 298 of the IPC.

30-year-old man dies: Local resident Ajitpal Singh (30) was killed and his wife injured after a truck hit their scooter on the bypass near Kakkakandiala village. The unidentified truck driver has been booked.




BJP Kisan Morcha:
Naib Singh, general secretary, BJP Kisan Morcha, said a dharna would be staged outside Parliament on August 3 in protest against wrong policies of the Congress government, including the land acquisition policy. He said: “The Congress-led governments in states are exploiting farmers due to the faulty land acquisition policy.” 

Disease control:
Ramkishan Fauji, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Health, said a non-communicable disease control programme had been started in four districts -- Mewat, Ambala, Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar. Fauji said the Centre had selected 100 districts in 21 states for the prevention and control of cancer, diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular diseases.

Dhruv Dahiya third in IES:
Dhruv Dahiya has achieved a distinction by securing third position in the Indian Economic Service examination 2010, the result of which was declared by the Union Public Service Commission on July 19. He is first among the boys. Dhruv completed his M.Sc in econometrics and mathematical economics from the London School of Economics in July last year. 

PO arrested:
A proclaimed offender, Sushil, alias Shibbu, of Amin village, has been arrested here on Friday. A police spokesman said Beena (name changed) had registered a case against Shibbu alleging a rape charge on him. A police team raided his residence on Friday night and arrested him.

Man booked:
Following a complaint lodged by Subhash Devi wife of Sunil Yadav, the police has registered a case of attempt to murder against her father-in-law Chhote Lal Yadav, of Raipur village. Sources said Chhote Lal, who was allegedly bent upon having illicit relations with his daughter-in-law, attacked with an axe at Sunil on the night of July 18. Sunil was admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital (Delhi) in a critical condition.



Woman dies of burn injuries:
Sunita Devi (25) of Gangath village on Saturday succumbed to her burn injuries at the DRPGMC, Tanda, where she was undergoing treatment for the past few days. According to the police, Sunita had received serious burn injuries at her house while working in the kitchen. In her dying declaration, Sunita said she had caught fire accidentally.

Poison case registered: Ankit (23) of Mundla falling under Nagrota Bagwan police station was admitted to DRPGMC, Tanda, as a poison case. The police said Ankit stated that he was ailing for quite some time and had consumed some poisonous thing instead of his genuine medicine by mistake. He was under treatment in the hospital.

Four hurt in road accident: Four persons were injured, one of them seriously, when a car in which they were travelling dashed against a tree at Khabli Dosarka village falling under Dehra police station on Saturday, the police said. Ravinder Kumar, driver of the car, had lost control on his vehicle. The injured identified as Shukuntalai Devi (42), Mansa Devi (62), Ravinder Kumar (42), and Sandeep (22) were admitted to DRPGMC, Tanda.

One arrested for thrashing woman:
The local police arrested Kewal Krishan of nearby Jonta village on Friday evening for allegedly thrashing and outraging the modesty of his sister-in-law when she was alone in her house on July 11. According to DSP Rajinder Jaswal, the victim had lodged a complaint with the police on July 12 and the accused had been absconding and trying for an interim bail from the District and Session Court, Dharamsala. But following rejection of his bail application, the local police had arrested him. A case has been registered against the accused who was produced in the court on Saturday. The court has sent him to 14-day judicial remand.



2 youths killed in explosion:
Two youths, Ahmad Khan and Babar Khan, were killed when an explosive device they were fiddling with exploded in the Dangiwacha area of Baramulla district on Saturday.



Van Mahotsav organised:
The Kasatriya Chetna Manch on Saturday organised Van Mahotsav at Government Inter College Soda Siroli, Dehradun. Students and staff of the college participated in the mahotsav, which was inaugurated by Raghubir Singh Rawat, Principal Conservator (Forests) Uttarakhand. Planting an amla sapling, Rawat called upon people to work for the conservation of forests. The president of the manch, Thakur Mohan Singh Chauhan, explained the students about the protection of the environment and the benefits of undertaking plantation. The general secretary of the manch, Thakur Ravi Singh Negi, the purpose to organise the mahotsav was to create awareness among children.

Plea to withdraw ban on project: Former state Cabinet minister and Congress leader Mantri Prasad Naithani, along with state party leaders, on Saturday met the Union Forest and Environment Minister in Delhi and sought the withdrawal of the ban on the Srinagar hydro-power project. He said the completion of the project was must for the development of the region.

Solid waste management: Dehradun Mayor Vinod Chamoli on Saturday visited the Tyagi road site of solid waste management. He said the services would start soon. The Mayor said 70 per cent of the work had already been done.

Kumaon Briefs
Metalling of Haldwani-Kaladhungi road:
A detail project report on the metalling of the Haldwani-Kaladhungi road has been sent to the Uttarakhand Government. The project will be financed by Asian Development Bank (ADB). Ghansyam Bansal, Director of the ADB (Dehradun unit, said the work was likely to start by November.

Sanitation drive launched in Haldwani:The Haldwani Municipal Corporation has launched a sanitation campaign, wherein safai karamcharis will now visit all residential areas to collect garbage. Meanwhile, it has also decided to include 70 villages from surrounding areas of the city.

Stir in support of landless farmers:The UKD unit of Khatima will launch an agitation in favour of landless farmers in the area after July 25. Chairman of the party’s Central Parliamentary Board Ranjit Vishwakarma alleged that the state had been ignoring farmers. He said it had also issued ID cards to those who did not even participate in the statehood movement.

77 inducted into Sashastra Seema Bal:As many as 77 new recruits were inducted into the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) after the completion of a 43-week basic training course at the Almora training centre, here on Saturday. The DIG (SSB) P Stowadan said these jawans belonged to 15 provinces of the country and would man the Indo-Nepal border.

Resentment over mining at tourist spots:Residents of the Lake City have expressed resentment over the increasing pollution and mining at tourist spots. Hindi writer Laxman Singh Bisht “Batrohi” has taken an initiative and written to the Nanital District Magistrate that all garbage in the city was directly going to the Naini lake and polluting it. He has sought his intervention in the matter.

Plea to end contractual system:Demanding employment for local youths, residents of villages situated near Almora Magnetite Limited took out a protest rally on Friday and demanded the cancellation of the contractual system in the company and jobs to the affected villagers living near the company. “If the company failed to do so, we will go on an indefinite fast from July 25,” said Pratap Singh, a resident of Jhiroli village.

Statehood agitators’ meeting on July 25:Demanding a fair policy to identify statehood agitators, a meeting of the All-Party Statehood Agitators will be held at Jaspur town on July 25. Later, a state-level meeting of the statehood agitators will be held, where further strategy would be chalked out. They also appreciated the state government’s decision to give reservation to statehood agitators in government jobs till 2015 and expressed hope that it would solve their other problems also.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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