R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


CM greets people on Parkash Purab
: CM Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal today extended their felicitations to the people of Punjab on the 407th Parkash Purab of Guru Granth Sahib. In a message, the CM underscored the need to disseminate the message and philosophy of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji across the globe to foster the sense of harmony amongst the mankind. Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh also greeted people on the occasion.

Sachdeva expelled from Congress: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee on Tuesday expelled Kamal Sachdeva, a former general secretary of the District Congress Committee, Jalandhar (Urban), from the primary membership of the party for a period of six years for serious breach of discipline and repeated violation of the All-India Congress Committee guidelines.

Doctors recruitment test postponed: The test for recruitment of the PCMS medical and dental doctors, which was scheduled for September 4, has been postponed. The new date for the test would be notified later on, an official spokesperson informed here on Tuesday.

Duped by agent
: The fake travel agent has duped a gullible person of Rs 3 lakh of on the pretext of sending him to a foreign country. According to the police sources, Kamaljit Singh, the son of Shiv Singh of Sector 19 C, Chandigarh, alleged that a so-called travel agent Laihit Sneh, son of Sohan Sneh of Satnampura Mohalla, Phagwara, took Rs 3 lakh for sending him to Canada. But he neither sent him to Canada nor refunded his money. The Mahilpur police has booked Laihit Sneh under sections 420 and 406 of the IPC.

28th Surjit hockey cup from October 8
: Two Pakistani hockey teams Asif Bajwa Hockey Club, Sialkot, and Punjab Hockey Association, will take part in the annual 28th Indian Oil Servo Surjit Hockey tournament to be held from October 8 to 15 at the Olympian Surjit Hockey Stadium. A committee comprising Director, Sports, Pargat Singh, LR Nayyer, Lakhwinder Pal Singh Khaira and Amrik Singh Powar selected the teams. 

Firm to collect clothes for poor: Bharti Walmart will organise a cloth collection programme to donate clothes to the poor in seven major cities in four states of the country. Four cities-Ludhiana, Zirakpur, Jalandhar and Ludhiana are from Punjab besides Kota, Bhopal and Raipur are the other cities where the company would collect the goods at its Best Price Modern Wholesale stores from September 1 till 15, a spokesperson of the company said. 

Jail bharo andolan on Oct 3: In a convention organised here today, six prominent trade unions have resolved to organise a ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ across the state on October 3. The convention was jointly organised by CITU, INTUC, AITUC, CTU, AICTU and HMS. Dr Subhash Sharma of INTUC, Nirmal Singh Dhaliwal of AITUC, Vijay Mishra of CITU, Inderjit Grewal of CTU and Gurpreet Singh Rureke of AICTU presided over the convention.

Interstate gang of robbers busted
: With the arrest of four members, the Sangrur police on Tuesday claimed to have busted an interstate gang of robbers. Two country-made pistols .12 bore and one country-made pistol of .15 bore, 18 live cartridges and an adhesive tape were recovered from their possession. SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said the gang members were planning a robbery in the Malerkotla area. The police registered a case under Section 399, 402 of the IPC and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act. 

5,719 given polio drops
: The district health department has administered polio drops to 5,719 children in the age group of 0-5 years in the district, according to Dr HS Gill, district Immunisation Officer. The Polio drops were given under the thee-day Pulse Polio Migratory Round of the department, which concluded on Tuesday, he added.

Councillor booked
: The police registered an FIR against a Congress councillor from Patiala on Tuesday for allegedly off-loading liquor at a local gurdwara and hurting religious sentiments of the people. The accused municipal councillor Ginny Nagpal was accused of trying to drop liquor at a gurdwara at Nabha Gate. Investigating officer Joginder Singh said the accused escaped from there and left some of the bottles on the spot.

2 houses burgled
: The houses of lawyer Raman Narang and his brother Subhash Narang were burgled in Hargobind Nagar last night. The burglars decamped with gold ornaments worth Rs two lakh, Rs 20,000 cash and two mobile phones.




Wife booked on murder charge
: Three persons have been booked for the murder of a man, whose castrated body was found under mysterious circumstances in Ratia yesterday. The family was about to cremate the body of Satish when someone tipped the police, who took the body into custody. The victim’s wife, Rajni, said some persons had taken away Satish in a jeep last evening. A case of murder has been registered against Rajni and two others .




Roads blocked by landslides opened
: The Rishikesh-Gangotri, Rishikesh-Yamunotri, Rihikesh-Badrinath and Rishikesh-Kedarnath roads are now open as these have been cleared of the landslide debris. The sole major road now blocked in the state is Tehri-Shahknidhar in Tehri district. It is noteworthy that incessant rains have caused blockages of a number of roads in the state affecting the road connectivity severely. 

Statehood stir martyrs: The Uttarakhand Jan Manch has appealed to the people of the state to observe the anniversaries of the infamous Khatima and Mussoorie firing incidents linked to the Uttarakhand state agitation. The Uttarakhand Jan Manch has itself decided to hold a prayer meeting at Shaheed Sthal in Dehradun on September 1 to pay tributes to the martyrs of the Khatima and Mussoorie firing incidents.

Bag stolen from train: A bag containing Rs 7,000 and other valuables was stolen from a moving Janata Express train. According to the complainant, Sarojni, she was travelling from Lucknow to Dehradun when her bag went missing. She told the police that Rs 7,000, one bangle and two rings were there in the bag. A case under Section 379 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered. The police has not got any lead in the case so far.

Kumaon Briefs

Alcoholic jumps into canal in Haldwani, saved: An alcoholic allegedly tried to commit suicide by jumping into a canal in Haldwani on Wednesday. According to information, Banke Lal (45) works as a cobbler near Sindhi Chauraha. He returned home in the Valezeli Lodge area around noon in an inebriated state that led to a verbal altercation between him and his wife. Following this, he jumped into the canal near his house. However, he was saved by a local youth.

Payment to 10 village development officers stopped: The Nainital Chief Development Officer has ordered the stopping of payment to be made to 10 village development officers besides making adverse entries in their career records. Action against the 10 officials of the Okhalkanda block has been taken following gross negligence on their part with regard to the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. According to information, they have failed to deposit bills to the tune of Rs 55 lakh under the scheme. They have not even made online entries regarding the said amount. Okhalkanda is among the most remote areas of the Kumaon region. Frequent irregularities with regard to the implementation of the MNREGA come to light from this region.

Kitchen-cum-stores in 302 schools to be set up in Nainital: The Nainital administration has set an objective to construct kitchen-cum-stores in 302 schools across the district for the cooking of midday meals. A meeting in this regard was held on the premises of the Lake Development Authority (LDA) under the chairmanship of District Magistrate Shailesh Bagauli on Tuesday afternoon. While 20 proposals for the construction of the kitchen-cum-stores have been received with regard to schools in the plain areas, the remaining are from those located in the hilly terrain of the district. Bagauli said schools must be prioritised for the purpose keeping in mind the number of students and the availability of space.

500 litres of illegal liquor destroyed: During raids carried out by the Excise Department in the Khatima area of Udham Singh Nagar, over 500 litres of illegally distilled liquor was confiscated and destroyed. The raids were conducted in Khamriya and Alabridhi villages. A team of department officials also destroyed 25 distilling units that had been set up to make illegal liquor. In a similar raid carried out in the Pulbhatta area of Kitcha, a large quantity of illegally manufactured liquor was destroyed. It had been stored under a polythene cover in a field.

Woman drowned in Bageshwar stream: A resident of Sumgarh in the Kapkot area of Bageshwar was drowned in a seasonal stream. The deceased has been identified as Shanti Devi. She had her left home on Tuesday morning to collect fodder for her domestic animals, but did not return. A search operation launched led to the recovery of her body from the Siling stream.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna) 


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