R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Jaundice cases up in Barnala
: Over three dozen residents have shown symptoms of jaundice in Babbroon Ke Kothe area of Barnala. The affected residents have accused the government authorities concerned for not being able to check the supply of "contaminated" water in residential areas. Deputy Commissioner Paramjeet Singh said a team of doctors had been dispatched to take stock of the situation.

Cong suspends Jalandhar leader
: Jalandhar Congress leader Kamal Sachdeva has been suspended from the primary membership of the party for gross indiscipline for trying to undermine the image of the party. According to the suspension notice issued to Sachdeva by the PCC vice president Lal Singh, he has been asked as to why further action should not be taken against him. He has been asked to submit his reply with seven days. The notice said the PCC chief had taken very serious view of his press statement published in various newspapers giving communal colour to the probe being conducted into the incident during the visit of the party in charge GS Charak to Jalandhar on August 18. 

Polio drops administered: Over 3.73 lakh children of migrants were administered polio drops on the first day of the three-day immunisation campaign across the state on Sunday. As many as 3,147 teams and 629 supervising teams were formed by the Health Department to achieve the target of immunising 7.86 lakh children. Four polio cases were reported, two from Ludhiana and one each from Jalandhar and Mohali, in 2009, said a spokesperson of the department.

Hike in MSP of wheat sought: Member, Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Amardeep Singh Cheema has asked Chairman of the Commission for Agriculture Cost and Prices Dr Ashok Gulati to prevail upon the government to raise the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of wheat by Rs 300 for the next season. Cheema apprised Dr Gulati about the difficulty being faced by the farming community due to astronomical increase in fuel prices, labour and other input costs.

Hospital property damaged, 22 booked
: Following an eve teasing incident that later snowballed into clash between two groups, more than 100 persons entered the local civil hospital late Friday night and thrashed a few people from the opposite group admitted there and ransacked the property of the hospital. In protest against the incident, the doctors on duty and other paramedical staff of the hospital today went on strike and held a demonstration. A case under Section 452, 323, 324, 148/149 (IPC) has been registered against 13 persons and 9 unidentified persons, said SSP Surjit Singh. 

ASI, head constable get 7-year jail term
: District and Sessions Judge Hemant Gopal sentenced an Assistant Sub-Inspector and a head constable to seven years rigorous imprisonment for lodging a wrong FIR under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. ASI Krishan Lal and head constable Balvir Singh were convicted under Section 18/61/85 of the NDPS Act and awarded two years rigorous imprisonment with Rs 10,000 fine. A complaint in this connection was lodged by Paramjit Singh from Malout. 

42 cases settled
: The District Legal Services Authority organised monthly Lok Adalat at the Judicial Complex here on Saturday. As many as three benches were constituted for the Lok Adalat. Besides these, a bench was also constituted at Balachaur Judicial Complex in the district. As many as 81 cases were come up for hearing out of which 42 cases were settled amicably and compensation amounting to Rs 93.65 lakh were granted.

Lawyers’ chambers
: Justice M. Jeypaul, Judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court, laid the foundation stone of lawyers’ chambers at new judicial complex, Malikpur, here on Saturday. As many as 105 chambers for the lawyers would be built at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore. Deputy Commissioner Siben. C. Learned was present on the occasion.

Rail traffic disrupted
: Rail traffic between Phagwara and Jalandhar Cant remained disrupted for around four hours as an overhead electric wire near the Chiherru Railway Station broke at 1.10 pm on Sunday. Phagwara Station Superintendent Ashok Kumar said remained stranded at the Chiherru railway station. The electric wires were repaired by 5.15 pm.




Solar power plant
: Nandha in Bhiwani district on Saturday became the first village in the state to have a 1 MW solar power plant. While inaugurating this plant Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said nine solar power plants would be set up in the state to give impetus to the sector. He said: “The Centre has a plan to generate 20,000 MW of power from solar power plants by 2022 in the country and today the state has made a beginning in this direction.” 

HSTET to be videographed: Videography will be conducted at all examination centres set up in each district headquarters of Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi during the Haryana State Teacher Eligibility Test, which is scheduled to be held on September 24 and 25. A spokesperson said the board would need 30-40 videography systems at district level and 60-100 systems for Chandigarh and Delhi. 

Yoga championship
: While inaugurating VIth Haryana State Women Yoga Championship on the premises of the Technology Education and Research Integrated Institutions (TERII), Health and Medical Education Minister Rao Narender Singh highlighted the importance of Yoga in overall development of girls. Rao Narender Singh said: “Yoga has to be an integral part of our daily life, particularly in a profession like engineering where life is full of stress and monotony.” As many as 400 girls from different parts of the state are participating in the event. 

Chain snatching
: Some miscreants snatched gold chains of six women in Sirsa and Fatehabad, three each in two districts, on Friday. In Sirsa, the miscreants struck at the Grain Market, Agarsen Colony and in a street near Vivekanand School, while in Fatehabad, the chain snatchers targeted a college girl near MM College, a woman near Durga Mandir and a woman at Satish Colony. The police said efforts were on to nab the accused. 

Sewa sadan stone
: Chief Parliamentary Secretary Prahlad Singh Gillankhera on Sunday laid the foundation stone of “Shree Geeta Sewa Sadan” to be built by the Geeta Vihari Sewa Samiti here. Lauding efforts of the samiti in uplifting the poor, Gillankhera announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the charitable trust. Later, Gillankhera distributed certificates among poor girls, who had completed free courses in computers and stitching from centres started by the samiti.

Road blocked
: Residents of Jeevan Colony in Sector 55 on Friday blocked the Sohna-Ballabgarh road for about three hours in protest against erratic supply of power. The residents alleged they had been facing this problem for the past four months. The residents lifted the blockade only after power officials assured them that their grievances would be resolved shortly. 

2 students held
: The Khol police has arrested two students, Krishan Kumar and Mohan Lal, of Gothra village, in connection with the murder of Ramesh Kumar, a Class XII student of Dahina village, who was killed in a violent clash between two groups of students of Gothra and Dahina villages near Government College at Kanwali village on August 18. Krishan, a minor, was sent to the observation home at Faridabad on Saturday while Mohan Lal was remanded in police custody for one day.

Jat yatra: Activists of the Jat Aarakshan Sankalp Yatra of North India, which reached Bawal Chaurasi (a cluster of 84 villages), on Friday were accorded a warm welcome by members of the Jat community at Balawas, Sanjharpur, Banipur, Bawal, Jhabua and Pranpura villages. Flaying the union government as well as the state government for their slack approach in the matter, Yashpal Malik, national president of the Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti, said the samiti would now hold a convention at Mayyar village in Hisar district on September 13 in which a strategy for a decisive struggle would be chalked out. 



Kumaon Briefs

Mega Lok Adalats to be held today: Mega Lok Adalats would be held at all the courts in Udham Singh Nagar on Monday. According to District Judge Jaidev Singh, who is also the chairperson of the District Legal Services Authority, the purpose of organising these Lok Adalats is to provide speedy justice at a lower price to the people. Various matters pertaining to prohibition, civil issues, motor vehicle accidents, family disputes and consolidation of holdings would be heard at these Lok Adalats where they would be disposed of following mutual consent of the parties involved.

Nainital DM orders blacklisting of contractor: District Magistrate at Nainital Shailesh Bagauli has ordered the blacklisting of a contractor responsible for maintaining sanitation at the Women’s Hospital in Haldwani. He has ordered the authorities at the hospital to make alternative sanitation arrangements at the hospital. At a meeting held with the officials of the Health Department at Haldwani, Bagauli approved a sum of Rs 18 lakh for various expenses of the hospital. It was decided to put additional beds in the hospital stores to cope with the shortage of beds. This arrangement would be in place until the new building of the hospital comes into existence.

Residents loot LPG cylinders in Haldwani: The ongoing crisis of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Haldwani reached its zenith on Saturday when consumers allegedly resorted to looting of gas cylinders in the Unchapul area of the town. According to the reports, angry consumers descended on a delivery vehicle and decamped with seven cylinders and some cash after thrashing the personnel responsible for the distribution of the cylinders. There had been a tiff between the consumers and the suppliers over the issue of the latter stopping distribution of cylinders. The consumers in the area have denied that any cylinder or cash had been looted. The matter is being investigated by the police.

Drive to remove Illegal hoardings: The police in Haldwani has undertaken a drive for the removal of illegally erected hoardings in the town. The drive was started on Saturday with the police removing a large number of hoardings, most of which were erected by student leaders contesting college poll. The police has warned that if these hoardings are erected again, those responsible for it would be penalised. Besides being an eyesore these hoardings are also a cause of accidents and make movement of pedestrians difficult.

Man dies on roadside in Bhimtal: A resident of Bhimtal died on Saturday after lying on the roadside for several hours. It is learnt that Harish Chandra of the Tallital area had been lying on the roadside without showing any movement for several hours near Tikoniya. Despite having noticed him, no one made any attempt to take him to a hospital. When he was finally taken to a health centre by an emergencyresponse ambulance, he was declared dead. He was a truck driver by profession and is said to be very poor. He is survived by his wife and two children.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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