R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Akal Takht wall
: The SGPC on Tuesday started removal of cement from the historic wall at the Akal Takht. Inadvertently cement was plastered by kar sewaks. Manager Darbar Sahib, Harbans Singh Malhi said, “We have started removing the cement under the supervision of SP Singh, a Delhi-based heritage expert.” 

Husband shoots sarpanch, self
: The husband of a sarpanch of Nainewaal in Bhadaur of Barnala shot her to death late Monday. The man later shot himself to death. Sources said sarpanch of Nainewaal Charanjeet Kaur died after her husband Kuldeep Singh shot her to death with a weapon.

Husband shoots sarpanch, self: The husband of a sarpanch of Nainewaal in Bhadaur of Barnala shot her to death late Monday. The man later shot himself to death. Sources said sarpanch of Nainewaal Charanjeet Kaur died after her husband Kuldeep Singh shot her to death with a weapon. 

Educational trip
: To revitalize the spirit of patriotism among children, Baba Farid Group of Institutions organized an educational trip for students of Class XI and XII to the historical city of Amritsar. The itinerary included a 
visit to the Golden Temple, Jalianwala Bagh, Durgiana Temple and the Indo-Pak border at Wagah. The students were fascinated by the beauty and grandeur of Harmandir Sahib and the visit enhanced their knowledge about Sikhism, Sikh Gurus and their sacrifices. 

23-yr-old youth killed in Moga village
: 23-year-old youth was murdered at Ladhaike village in the Baghapurana sub-division of Moga district. The body was recovered by the police from the outskirts of the village. The body has been handed over to the family.

Cop booked on  rape charge: The police has booked a head constable, Jaswinder Singh, and his two nephews Gona Singh and Lakhvir Singh for allegedly raping a 35-year-old woman at Nihalsinghwala in the district. The police said the case was registered following a statement by the victim who is admitted at the district hospital here. 

Goods gutted
: The household goods were reduced to ashes when fire broke out in the house of a labourer, Mohammad Habeeb, at Onkar Nagar here on Tuesday. Fire tenders worked hard to control the fire.

Robbers' gang busted; 3 held
: The Sangrur police claimed to have busted a gang of robbers who were allegedly planning robbery of banks, ATMs and liquor shops. SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said three members of the gang had been arrested and several weapons were also recovered from their possession. 




37 bail jumpers nabbed
: Under a special drive launched by the district police, as many as 37 persons who had jumped bails granted by the court were nabbed in the past one month. The police had launched the drive on July 1. 



Body found on Gobind Sagar bank
: The police has found an unidentified body of a woman, aged between 35 to 40 years, on the bank of the Gobind Sagar near Nalyan ka Naun here on Tuesday morning. SP Santosh Patial said a case had been registered. The postmortem had been done at the Regional Hospital here. The SP sought help in identifying the body. He said the SHO could be contacted on phone No. 01978-222588.

Woman succumbs to burn injuries
: Raksha of Rekkar village, near Shahpur, succumbed to her burn injuries at the DRPGMC, Tanda, on Tuesday, the police said. Raksha was admitted to the hospital on Friday with serious burn injuries. She was working in her kitchen when her clothes caught fire. She was rushed to the Shahpur CHC from where she was referred the DRPGMC, Tanda. The police is investigating the case under Section 174, CrPC.

Case of kidnapping child filed
: Following a complaint of Meena Devi of Bariana village under Gangath police station, the local police on Tuesday lodged an FIR under Sections 363 and 365, IPC, against Ashu Devi of Batala (Punjab) for allegedly kidnapping her son Akshay Kumar (5). According to DSP Rajinder Jaswal, the complainant has alleged that the accused had asked her to manage the release of her husband who was undergoing imprisonment in a case and took her son about one and half month ago and did not return him. 



CBI opposes bail for cop in graft case: The CBI today opposed the bail application filed by Punjab police Assistant Inspector-General PS Sandhu, who was arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000. In its reply filed in court of special CBI judge Ritu Tagore, it submitted that bail to the suspect at this stage would hamper the probe. The court deferred the hearing for August 10. 

Decomposed body found: The decomposed body of a resident of Dadu Majra was found hanging from a tree in the forest area near Snehalaya in Maloya here this evening. The victim has been identified as Tarsem Sharma (40), a native of Rajasthan. The victim was missing from his home since August 6 last. He was working as a driver and had left the house after having a dispute with his wife.


Rs 3.22 crore to boost saffron cultivation
:To give a boost to saffron cultivation in Jammu division, the government has decided to utilise Rs 3.22 crore in Kishtwar district during the current financial year, said Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir while inaugurating a two-day training programme on the production of quality saffron here today. About 80 progressive farmers from Kishtwar would participate in the programme. 

Ladakh hill council members meet CM
:Members of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil and Leh, led by Chief Executive Councillors Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan and Rigzin Spalbar met Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here today and discussed matters pertaining to the development of Kargil and Leh districts. Minister for Finance Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for CAPD Qamar Ali Akhoon and Adviser to the Chief Minister Mubarak Gul were present at the meeting, an official spokesman said.

Online learner’s licence:The State Transport Authority has connected the offices of the RTO, Kashmir and Jammu, with the National Transport Portal, New Delhi, which was launched on July 20. The facility, according to an official spokesman, was aimed at facilitating the people to get learner driving licences (non-commercial) online. According to the Transport Commissioner, the applications can be submitted online and then the applicants can approach the RTO or the ARTO office with relevant documents.



Dobhal assumes charge: The Director-General of the Uttarakhand Council of Science and Technology , Dr Rajendra Dobhal, has assumed charge as general secretary of the Uttarakhand Chapter of National Science Academy. Wildlife Institute of India scientist Dr JS Rawat relinquished the post on Monday. Rawat has been sent to the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, on deputation. 

No clue to murder of driver: The police has failed to get any clue to the murder of a driver who was found dead near his house at Dak Pathar, Vikasnagar, on Monday. The police said it was working on different theories in the murder case of Sudama Prasad Dobhal. 

Liquor shops closed on Aug 15: Dehradun District Magistrate Sachin Kurve on Tuesday asked all SDMs to ensure that all liquor shops and bars remain closed on Independence Day. He said if anyone found guilty, strict action would be taken. 

One held for rape bid: A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to rape a minor at her Chandermani residence on Monday afternoon. According to the victim’s mother, her daughter was taking a bath when the youth, who lives in their neighbourhood, entered the bathroom. When he allegedly tried to rape her, she raised the alarm.He has been booked under Sections 376/511 of the IPC. — TNS

Kumaon Briefs

23 more polling stations for Almora: Twenty three more polling stations have been established in Almora district for the forthcoming Assembly poll. The increase has come about with the Election Commission approving the request of District Election Officer DS Garbyal following his consultations with public representatives. Earlier, Almora had 754 polling booths. Six polling booths have been established in the Dwarahat constituency, four in Salt, Jageshwar and Ranikhet each and five in Someshwar.

Address public grievances at earliest: DM: The Almora administration has made it clear that no laxity would be tolerated with regard to addressing complaints received during the Antyodaya Vikas Rath Yatra and Atal Chaupals being held by the state government. At a meeting held at Almora on Tuesday, District Magistrate DS Garbyal stated that nodal officers would be held responsible for not addressing the concerns of the people residing in Atal Adarsh Grams. He has ordered that complaints received must be evaluated at the earliest and the issues be addressed on a priority basis. He has stated that the progress would be evaluated by him every second day in the presence of the top brass of the administration.

Two youths booked in brawl case: An altercation among school students resulted in a bloody scuffle in Haldwani on Monday. According to reports, some students of St Paul School were allegedly assaulted with sticks and sharp-edged weapons on the nainital highway. Two of the injured students have been admitted to a hospital and the police has booked two youths in this regard. The fight is said to be an outcome of a scuffle in the school four days ago. The attackers came in a car and attacked a group of boys returning home after school.

Businessman commits suicide: A man who was into the business of quarrying allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan in the Peerumdara area of Ramnagar. According to reports, the deceased has been identified as Ashok Kumar Sharma. It is learnt that he had been depressed after his stone crusher mill had faced closure on account of certain new norms becoming effective.

Residents demand repair of roads: Residents of villages in the Kitcha area of Udham Singh Nagar have demanded an improvement in the pathetic condition of roads. A large number of residents from villages of Maharjpur, Darau and others called upon Ditrict Magistrate BVRC Purshottam on Monday and apprised him of the problems being faced by them on account of poor condition of roads. They said their life had become difficult on account of waterlogging and collection of muck on the roads which also led to outbreak of diseases. They also submitted a memorandum in support of their demands seeking an early redressal of problem in their respective villages.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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