R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Woman, paramour commit suicide:
A 35-year-old woman and her 25-year-old paramour from Mehraj village allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison on Wednesday. Kulwinder Kaur and Kashmira Singh went missing from their respective homes on August 8, the police said. Kulwinder took along her sons Deepu (5) and Amritpal (3). They threw Amritpal in the Sirhind feeder and poisoned Deepu who, however, was saved by the villagers.

Information panel officials sworn in: Governor Shivraj V Patil administered the oath of office to former bureaucrat Bidhi Chand and former journalist Chander Parkash as members of the State Information Commission at Punjab Raj Bhavan here on Thursday. Punjab State Information Commissioner RI Singh, members of Punjab State Information Commission and senior Punjab Government civil and police officials were present on the occasion.

CME on ophthalmology held
: Association of Community Ophthalmologists of India (ACOI) in collaboration with Thind Eye Hospital organised a CME on ‘Recent Advances in Ophthalmology’ and a national symposium at Pushpa Gujral Science City, Kapurthala.

Man crushed to death: A scooterist was mowed down by an overspeeding tractor-trolley driver near the Cheema chowk here today. The incident took place at 9 am. Eish Makkar (50) was knocked down by the tractor-trolley driver. He died on the spot. The police registered a case against the tractor-trolley driver, who could not be identified, and started an investigation.

Liquor seized: The police booked three persons for peddling liquor and seized 40 boxes of illicit liquor being ferried on a rickshaw. Johny, Parminder and their accomplice were smuggling liquor and selling it at throwaway prices at the EWS Colony.

Workshop for commerce students: Gujranwala Guru Nanak Institute of Vocational Studies (PTU Learning Centre, GGN campus) organised a workshop on “Investing In Securities Market” under the aegis of Investors Protection and Education Fund established by Securities Board of India (SEBI). As many as 75 management and commerce students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the institute attended the workshop which was interactive and informative.

GK QUIZ: A GK quiz was organised for students of classes I and II at Kundan Vidya Mandir, Civil Lines. Six teams participated in the quiz that included 10 rounds.

Installation ceremony held in college: The installation ceremony of student council of Government College for Women, Ludhiana, was held on Thursday. College principal Gurminder Kaur was the chief guest. Paramjit Kaur, in charge of the student council, welcomed the chief guest. The college will be organising zonal Youth Festival from September 21 to 24. Upneet Dhaliwal was elected head girl, while Sahibpreet Kaur and Swati Bhandari were elected deputy head girl and additional deputy head girl, respectively.

ASI arrested for taking bribe:
The police has arrested ASI Gurjinder Singh, posted at the police station (rural) here, on the allegations of taking bribe of Rs 10,000 from three persons after threatening to arrest them. A complaint in the case was lodged by Sukhdeep Kaur of Bhekha village. The accused cop was produced before a local court, which has sent him to one-day police custody.

Saplings planted:
Members of the local Rotary Club, led by its president Dr Paramjit Mann, organised a tree plantation drive on the premises of Sukhmani Hospital here on Thursday. As many as 50 saplings were planted on the occasion.

Kingpin arrested in fraud case
: The police on Thursday claimed to have arrested the kingpin of the gang that used to defraud youth by taking money from them on the pretext of recruiting them in Punjab police. Sukhi alias Gurmit Singh of Lidran area, a dismissed constable, was arrested on Wednesday evening. Two arrests were made in the case earlier.



Janata ke Dwar Shivir held: Minister for Foods, Supplies and Consumer Affairs Ramesh Dhwala said on Wednesday that the state government was giving top priority to roads, education, health and irrigation. The minister said this while presiding over a one-day Prashashan Janata ke Dwar Shivir organised at the Circuit House here. Sixtyeight cases were reported at the shivir and most of them were solved on the spot. Those who were present on the occasion included DC Ritesh Chauhan and SP Santosh Patial.

Man commits suicide: A 50-year-old man of Dhaloon village falling under Nagrota Bagwan police station on Wednesday committed suicide by consuming poison. He was rushed to DRPGMC Tanda where he died. According to the police, Ved Pal, father of three unemployed sons, received a jolt last week when his house collapsed following heavy rain in the area. He was already disturbed due to his health and financial condition. The police is investigating the case under Section 174, CrPC.

Woman dies of burn injuries: Twentytwo-year-old Nitika of Koti Ambrela falling under Nagrota Surian police station succumbed to her burn injuries at the DRPGMC Tanda on Wednesday. According to the police, Nitika accidentally caught fire at her residence. She was rushed to Nagrota Surian Hospital from where she was shifted to DRPGMC Tanda. The police said investigation under Section 174, CrPC, was in progress.

Manali hoteliers meet CM: A delegation of Manali Hoteliers Association, led by president of the Manali Hoteliers Association, Gajender Thakur, along with Madan Awasthi, Ravinder Sood and Jai Thakur, met Chief Minister PK Dhumal in Shimla. Thakur said the meeting was regarding a recent amendment in the Tourism Development and Regulation Act, in which one of the clauses was not favorable to the hotels, guest houses and resorts of HP. The CM assured them that an amendment in this regard would be incorporated in the said sub clause. The CM also agreed to be the chief guest on the “Twentyfive Years of Excellence” function.

850 patients examined: The Rashtriya Kalyankari Parishad, Pathankot, organised a free medical camp at Ladori on Wednesday in which a team of doctors from a private hospital examined patients. As many as 850 patients from rural areas were examined and medicines distributed free of cost. Local MLA Rakesh Pathania inaugurated the camp.

Book on Himachal released: Chief Minister PK Dhumal released a book titled “Himachal Sanskriti Avem Parampara” and authored by Dr Maorama Sharma here on Thursday. The Chief Minister lauded the efforts of the author in writing a book on the rich culture, heritage and traditions of the hill state. “Himachal is a treasure of rich cultural heritage which must be documented and recorded for posterity so that future generations too can learn about it,” he opined.

Varsity launches online journal: The School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Shoolini University has launched an international journal of pharmaceutical and medication innovation which allows the full text access and is dedicated to the promotion of all fields of pharmaceutical sciences. A university press note here said it would help research scholars of pharmaceutical sciences to study and publish their research work.


Woman hit by car, injured:
In a hit-and-run case, a woman was injured after a car hit her on the Rajpur road here on Thursday. The youth, who was driving the car, belonged to an affluent family and was later arrested. The woman, who was criticality injured, has been admitted at a local hospital. A case has been registered at the Rajpur police station.

Beghar Andolan Samiti: On the second day of his fast, Dheeraj Bhardwaj, President of the Beghar Andolan Samiti, Uttarakhand, said on Thursday that if the government failed to provide houses to the people under the Rajive Gandhi Sehri Aawas Yojna, he would go on indefinite fast. While submitting a memorandum to the Chief Minister, he requested him to provide houses to the pooras soon as possible.

Counselling programme: With a view to providing career counselling to the girls residing in the remotest areas of Uttarakhand, the career-counselling cell of MKP (PG) College, Dehradun, held a day-long inaugural programme of the workshop “Dishaen” here on Thursday.

Student feared drowned: A 16-year-old student was washed away by the Lester river in Rudraprayag on Thursday. Till the filing of the report the rescue work was on and there was no clue of the student. As reported, he had gone to swim in the river. He is feared drowned.

Kumaon Briefs
Contractor blacklisted for substandard construction:
District Magistrate of Almora DS Garbyal has ordered blacklisting of the contractor responsible for the reconstruction of a wall in Ladhauli that had been devastated during the rains last year. He has ordered the officials to make an adverse entry in the records against the contractor Karam Singh for the substandard construction of the wall. Garbyal carried out an on-the-spot inspection of the Almora-Ghat road and gave strict instructions to the officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) to fill the potholes on the road. He has also ordered for cleaning of drains on a priority basis. Garbyal has also asked the Patwari concerned to arrange for the relocation of the residents of Basauli village that had been hit by a disaster triggered by the rains.

DM inspects schools, anganwaris; Carrying out a surprise inspection of various schools, anganwaris and Public Distribution System (PDS) outlets in the Shantipuri area of Udham Singh Nagar district, District Magistrate BVRC Purshottam has directed the officials concerned to improve upon the functioning of these places. Peeved at the lack of adequate knowledge about computers among the girl students of a school in Nagla, he gave instructions to the officials concerned that more emphasis be laid on computer education. He has ordered District Education Officer (DEO) RC Arya to make special efforts to improve the level of education in the district.

Workshop for booth-level agents: The district administration in Champawat has asked various political parties to appoint booth level agents at the earliest. At a meeting with representatives of various political parties at Champawat on Thursday, District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pande said a workshop would be organised for the agents on August 16. He emphasised voters turning 18 before January 1, 2012, are to be enrolled in the voter lists. He also said the Election Commission had approved the setting up of 23 new poling stations in the district.

Diarrhoea hits Okhalkanda area: A woman resident of Sunkot village is learnt to have died on account of diarrhoea. According to the reports, the people of several villages in the Okhalkanda area of Nainital district have been complaining of frequent vomiting and dysentery for the past few days. They are agitated over the failure of the Health Department officials to visit the villages and take steps to provide them some respite. The deceased woman has been identified as 30 year old Durga Devi.

Two commit suicide: Two cases of alleged suicide have been reported from Nainital district over the past 24 hours. In the first instance 30-year-old Devki, who was a residing in the Kunwarpur area of the Gaula Par region of Haldwani, died after consuming a poisonous substance. Her parents have alleged that she was being harassed by her husband and in-laws. In the second instance, 32-year-old Puran lal of Breyside locality in Nainital hanged himself at his house on Wednesday night. The reason for his taking the extreme step is yet unknown.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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