R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Head constable shoots himself
: Bhagwan Singh (42), a head constable with the Punjab police who was posted as a security guard at the Mini-Secretariat here, died after he allegedly shot himself with his .303 service rifle on Saturday. He pumped two shots into himself, one penetrated through his abdomen while the second hit his jaw. He was referred to Faridkot hospital but he succumbed to his injuries near Guruharsahai.

Rs 12.20 lakh  looted from ATM
: A sweeper, along with three accomplices, took away Rs 12.20 lakh from an ATM of the State Bank of Patiala, Boha, on Friday night. He was employed with the bank for the more than a year. The miscreants have been identified as Gursewak Singh (22), Jagseer Singh (21), Jagdeep Singh (22) and Manpreet Singh (22), all residents of Boha near Mansa. 

Married woman commits suicide
: A 34-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from the ceiling of her room at Dholewala village in Dharamkot tehsil of the district. In his complaint, victim’s father Sher Singh, a Ludhiana resident, alleged that Manpreet was being harassed for dowry for the past five years. A case has been registered against her husband Parwinder Singh, brother-in-law Harvinder Singh, father-in-law Baldev Singh and sister-in-law Sukhvir Kaur.

NRI booked for bigamy
: Germany-based Bhupinder Singh divorced his first wife Inderjit Kaur of Ludhiana and got married to Manpreet of nearby Rihana-Jattan village. But, a year later, the NRI remarried the first wife without divorcing Manpreet. Now, on Manpreet’s complaint, the Phagwara police has booked Bhupinder Singh, his wife Inderjit Kaur, brother Ranjit Singh and sister-in-Law Amarjit Kaur under Sections 420,494 and 120-B of the IPC. 




‘Cut petrol prices
: The INLD has asked the government to reduce the prices of petroleum products in view of the fall in the price of crude in the international market. Party secretary-general Ajay Singh Chautala said the Union government had assured people last year when the price of petrol was decontrolled that its price would be linked to the international price of crude. He said the prices of diesel, kerosene and cooking gas should also be reduced.

Opium smuggler convicted
: Special Judge Paramvir Nijjar here has convicted narcotics smuggler Daljit Singh of Kharkan village in Guhla subdivision under the NDPS Act and awarded him 15-year jail term and a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh. The court has ordered that if the convict fails to pay the fine, he would have to undergo further imprisonment for two years . Daljit Singh was found carrying 3.5 kg of opium on July 22, 2010.

Workshop on wi-fi
: The Automation and Electronic Information Management Cell, Kurukshetra University, on Friday organised a workshop on the usage and functioning of the wi-fi system installed on the campus in the University Senate Hall on Thursday. Executives and engineers from Artek, New Delhi, conducted the workshop in two sessions and informed teachers, chairpersons, directors and research scholars about how to make optimum use of the wi-fi system installed on the university campus.

Ex-CRPF jawan dies in mishap
: Shri Chand (50), a retired CRPF jawan of Surehli village, died after his motor cycle collided with another motorbike on the Kosli-Rewari road, near Beharipur village, near here, on Saturday. The mishap took place when he was going from Surehli to Jadra village.

Electrification  of rail lines
: “The Railways have approved the electrification of the under-construction Sonepat-Gohana-Jind railway line in two phases,” said Rohtak MP Deepender Singh Hooda while talking to mediapersons in Gohana on Friday. In the first phase, the electrification would be completed between Sonepat and Gohana and the Gohana-Jind railway line would be covered in the second phase. He said the construction works on the railway line was being completed rapidly and a team of high-ranking railway officers would soon visit the sites to inspect the construction activities.



Woman, girl die of poisoning
: The police said Kiran Devi (27) of Bahgwara village of Hamirpur, had consumed poison by mistake. She was rushed to Hamirpur hospital from where she was referred to the DRPGMC Hospital, Tanda, on Saturday. Kiran died here on Sunday. In another incident, a Class X student Shabnam (17) of Sheela was rushed to zonal hospital, Dharamsala, following consumption of poison on Sunday. She was referred to the DRPGMC Tanda where she died.



Strike: Medical and sales representatives will observe a one-day strike on August 17 to protest against price rise. Secretary, Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives Associations of India, Nagender Kumar said the association stood for removal of excise duty on all life-saving drugs cap on all the medicine prices.

Bank ex-staffer commits suicide:Ashok Thakur, former bank executive, committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Sector 47 here today. A case was registered. He had recently left his job and was under a debt of Rs 2 lakh.



Tight security on I-Day eve
: Tight security arrangements have been made across the Kashmir valley in view of the Independence Day celebrations on Monday. The main function to be attended by the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, will be held at Bakshi Stadium here. 



Support for Anna: The Uttarakhand School Van Association on Sunday held a meeting to discuss problems being faced by association members. Presiding over the meeting, Sachin Gupta, state president of the association, said there were no transport department rules for van operators that was affecting their day-to-day works. Members also pledged support for Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign beginning in Delhi from Tuesday. 

Donors at a blood donation camp organised by the Lions Club in Dehradun on Sunday.30 units of blood collected: Nearly 30 units of blood were collected during a blood donation camp organised by Lions Club, Dehradun, at the IMA Blood Bank on Sunday. Rajesh Piplani and SP Goyal, president and secretary of the club, respectively, organised the camp with the help of other club members

Donors at a blood donation camp organised by the Lions Club in Dehradun on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

General body meeting held: To discuss about the preparations for their 30th eye relief camp, members of the Doon Sikh Welfare Society held a general body meeting at Guru Nank Niwas, Dehradun, on Sunday. The society is conducting a five-day eye camp from September 21 for the poor and elderly. The meeting was chaired by KS Chawla, the founder president of the society.

Three leopard skins seized: The Chamoli Police has arrested one Gulab Singh in the cantonment area of Joshimath in Chamoli and seized three leopard skins from his possession. The police also suspects his involvement in another poaching incidents in the region. 

Kumaon Briefs

Kumaon all set for I-Day
Prabhat pheris, parades and cultural programmes would mark the Independence Day celebrations across Kumaon on August 15. The region has been preparing for the event for the past few days. Special emphasis has been laid on sanitation drives at the administrative headquarters. In Nainital, the flag-hoisting ceremony in various offices would follow the prabhat pheri. This will be succeeded by tree plantation drives and the garlanding of statues of freedom fighters.

Three killed in accident
Three persons were killed when their motorcycle was reportedly hit by a truck near Kashipur on Saturday evening. The deceased have been identified as Devendra Singh (45), his wife, Pushpa, and their nephew Sachin (14) of UP.

Boy falls off rooftop, killed
A boy was killed after he fell from a rooftop while flying a kite in Haldwani. The deceased has been identified as eight-year-old Pradeep Maurya of Amravati Colony. He was rushed to a local hospital by his mother from where he was referred to Sushila Tewari Memorial Hospital, where he died.

Anna gets support from Kumaon
The movement against corruption launched by Anna Hazare and his associates is receiving a widespread support across Kumaon. Supporters of Anna have been spreading his message through SMSs. On August 16, his supporters have decided to organise public meetings and blood donation camps in support of the cause undertaken by him.

Tourist escapes death
A girl tourist had a narrow escape when the horse that she was riding in the Bhimtal area fell into a gorge and died. According to reports, the horse became uncontrollable after moving a few steps from Dakbunglow Primary School. It ran amok and hit the wall of the dam and fell into the gorge. The locals managed to save the girl from the gorge after hearing her shrieks.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

Haridwar Briefs 

Matra Sadan saint breaks fast
A saint from Matra Sadan, Swami Poornanand, who was on an indefinite stir, finally broke his fast on getting related documents from the state government and CBI regarding beginning of the probe into death of Swami Nigamanand. CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra , via a fax, informed the Matra Sadan saints about the same.

Farmers protest against power cuts
In view of long power cuts, farmers under aegis of the Bharatiya Kissan Union protested at the power corporation office at Lakshar and sought explanation from the officials on the duration of such cuts. Angry farmers burned effigies of the corporation officials, saying that due to less monsoon rains, their crops are already suffering and their woes have been aggravated by 6-8 hrs of power cuts. Pradeep Chaudhari, a peasant leader, said due to long and intermittent power cuts, farmers were not able to irrigate their crops properly.

Battery thief nabbed
The Shyampur police nabbed a battery thief, who stole more than 12 two-wheeler batteries, after a tip off from an informer. The ‘accused’ Gama, a resident of Gaindikhata, used to steal batteries from nearby shops and used to sell them later in other parts of the city. A case has been registered against the ‘accused’ at the Shyampur police station. Batteries worth thousands have been confiscated from his house.

(Compiled by Sandeep Rawat)


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