R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Kids get tips on income tax:
The Income Tax officials held a meeting in the premises of RD Khosla Senior Secondary School, Batala, here today. DR Kondal, joint commissioner, Income Tax, Range II, Amritsar, chaired the meeting. Other senior officers also attended the meeting. The department authorities apprised the students about the working of the department and how the income tax was collected by way of tax deducted at source, advance tax, self-assessment tax and regular assessment.

Doctor in  the dock:
On the complaint of Shubhkaran of Hardo Khanpur, the police booked Dr Neel Kamal of Moga Sokra Pharmacy under Sections 304 A, 324 and 34 of the IPC. According to the police sources, Shubhkaran alleged that Dr Neel Kamal injected some wrong medicine to his 8-year-old granddaughter Chahat Sharma yesterday which led to her death.

16-year-old raped: Dasuya police has booked Ajay, a resident of Gorsia, under Section 376 of the IPC for allegedly raping a 16-year-old. The victim had gone top the market to get some household items when the accused allegedly took her to the abandoned house belonging to Balbir Singh and raped her. No arrest has been made so far.

Hunger strike by ETT staff: On a call given by their state unit, members of the district unit of ETT Teachers Union, Punjab, sat on one-day symbolic hunger strike in front of the District Administrative Complex on Tuesday. Their demands include bringing the schools being run by Panchayati Raj Institutions under the control of the Education Department. Representatives of various Teachers’ Unions, including Shiv Kumar Vashisht, Ram Kishan Palli Jhikki (SC/BC Employees Welfare Association), Harminder Singh (Masters Cadre Union), Ajay Kumar Chahar Mazara, Mukesh Kumar, Ajmer Sidhu (DTF) also took part to express solidarity with the ETT Union members.




Kabaddi trials:
The UT education department will organise trials to select teams for tenni koit and kabaddi at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 10, on September 9. The trials will be held in boys and girls’ under-19 category. Teams will be selected for the 57th National School Games.



Kisan and Pashu Mela held: Farmers should take full advantage of the fairs and festivals held for their benefit. This was stated by Zila Parishad Chairman Kuldip Thakur while inaugurating a four-day Kisan and Pashu Mela at Vate Krishna in Jukhla Ghati, 35 km from here, on Saturday. Thakur said the fair was being celebrated for the past 50 years. Earlier, he pitched a wooden peg into the mela ground and tied bullocks to it and worshipped them in a traditional way. He announced grant of Rs 1 lakh for the repair of link road, Rs 50,000 each for cremation ghat, repair of Kisan Bhawan Ridhi and Jhanda temple and Rs 10,000 for Mela Organising Committee. He congratulated the Dawin Ghati Kisan Vikas and Mela Samiti, an elected committee of people of 10 gram punchayats of area, for organising this fair.

In-laws arrested for woman’s death: The police has arrested four members of a family on the charge of abetting the suicide of Sapna (29), who was found dead in her house at Dungi village under Bhoranj police station on Monday night. Dev Raj and Nirmla Devi, parents of the deceased, accompanied by hundreds of villagers, reached the police station demanding action against her in-laws who had been demanding dowry. The arrested are husband Mohinder Singh, elder brother-in-law Raj Dev, mother-in-law Humkmi Devi and father-in-law Kuldeep of the deceased. A case under Sections 306 and 498, IPC, has been registered.

Job counselling on Sept 11: The Rajinder Rana Friends Club will organise an employment counselling progamme on September 11 at Sujanpur. Talking to mediapersons here on Monday, president of the club Rajinder Rana said this event was being organised to provide youngsters of the area coaching and information about various avenues of jobs available in different sectors. He said three resource persons from Chandigarh had been invited for the counselling.

Shepherds attend awareness camp: The State Wool Federation organised a shepherd awareness camp here on Monday which was presided over by federation chairman Trilok Kapoor. Shepherds apprised him of various problems being faced by them while taking bank loans under the Bherpalak Samridhi Yozna (BSY), renewal of grazing permits and scarcity of green pastures for their livestock. Kapoor, addressing the shepherds, said the state government was taking keen interest in the promotion of sheep-rearing avocation and had launched a number of schemes for the uplift of shepherds. Local MLA Rakesh Pathania also addressed the shepherds. Later, addressing a press conference, Kapoor said the Forest Department authorities had been directed to fix 16th of every month for issuance or renewal of grazing permits to the shepherds. He said the government had recently imported three mobile dip tanks to help shepherds bathe their livestock and special wool-cutting machines from New Zealand.

Training for coop society delegates: A three-day training programme for official and non-official delegates of primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies was started here on Tuesday. Rakesh Jamwal, Director, HP State Cooperative Bank, was the chief guest. According to official spokesman, the training programme was being organised by the Agriculture Staff Training Institute of HP State Cooperative Bank Ltd, Shimla, and delegates from 50 cooperative societies from all over Mandi disrict were attending it. Jamwal said in HP 175 branches and 15 extension counters of bank were functioning and in 2010-2011 the bank had earned a profit of Rs 40 crore.



Jawan killed in shell explosion: A soldier was killed and four other Army personnel were injured when a shell exploded during practice at the Tossamaidan firing range in Budgam district on Tuesday. Naik Deepak was killed while Naik Sanjiv Ram and jawans Devinder Singh, Senthil and Krishan Chand were injured. They were admitted to the Army’s 92 base hospital here. Their condition was stated to be stable.



Science Congress in South Africa: Rajender Dobhal, Managing Director of the Uttarakhand Council of Science and Technology, will be representing India in the Sixth Science Centre World Congress, at Cape Town, South Africa. The science Congress began from September 4 and continues till September 8.

Stone of boxing ring laid: Sports Minister Khazan Das on Tuesday laid the foundation stone of a boxing ring at a multi-purpose hall of the Parade Ground. It will be built at a cost of Rs 25.5 lakh. The minister has asked the builders to complete the work by March next year. 

43 donate blood at SGRR College: In a voluntarily blood donation camp, students and the staff of SGRR PG College donated 43 units of blood here on Tuesday. The National Service Scheme (NSS) and the Red Ribbon Club organised the camp on the college campus. The camp was conducted under the direction of doctors from the Shri Mahant Indresh Hospital Blood Bank. A large number of participation from the students of the college was witnessed on the occasion. 

Kumaon Briefs
Basic amenities for Ambedkar villages:
The state government has decided to lay emphasis on providing all basic amenities like drinking water, power supply, road connectivity and health facilities in all villages designated as Ambedkar villages. This was stated by BJP leader Chandan Ram Das while addressing an Ambedkar Chaupal in Kande village of Almora district on Tuesday. He claimed that these villages would also be developed on the lines of the Atal Adarsh Grams across the state. He also promised that monetary help would be provided on a priority basis to those whose houses had been devastated in a rain-related disaster and those who were being compelled to live in school buildings and panchayat ghars. He also disbursed old-age pension benefit cheques to the beneficiaries on the occasion.

Shifting of polling booths: District Magistrate and District Election Officer, Udham Singh Nagar, BVRC Purshottam has ordered SDMs and Tehsildars to get a written approval from public representatives with regard to the proposals of the shifting of certain polling booths in the district. He has also asked Assistant Election Officer HS Rawat to write to leaders of various political parties to furnish a list of their booth-level agents. These directions were given by him at a meeting held in Rudrapur on Tuesday.

Leopard scare in Nainital village: Residents of Ghirauli village in the Betalghat area of Nainital district are living in fear of a leopard. Villagers claim that the wild cat has been seen by several women when they go out to procure fodder for their animals. They said the leopard had also consumed several goats belonging to them over the past few days. They have demanded that Forest Department officials take immediate steps to capture the animal failing which they would be compelled to launch an agitation.

Close shave for bus passengers: More than 30 persons had a narrow escape when the bus they were travelling in was reportedly hit by a truck near Ranibagh on the Nainital-Haldwani highway on Monday. The bus was on its way to Jaiti in Almora from Haldwani when it was hit near the Forest Department checkpost. The driver of the truck had lost control over the vehicle. A large number of bus passengers sustained minor injuries.

Assn gifts soccer balls to budding players: The Old Boys Association of St Joseph’s School, Nainital, has gifted 18 pairs of football shoes and two soccer balls to young budding players of CRST School, Nainital. The association has also gifted two sets of running shoes and track suits to students of Government School, Bagad village, who had given a promising performance in the Nainital Monsoon Marathon held on August 28.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

500 saplings planted: More than 500 saplings were planted near the Douglas Dale-Tehri bypass road under the aegis of the Alaknanda-Mandakini Vikas Samiti in association with the Jal Santhan and the Forest Department in  Mussoorie on Tuesday. Students from several schools participated in the plantation drive that is being organised for the sixth year in a  row. The major varieties to be planted here were oak, cyprus, etc. Chief guest on the occasion Rajpur MLA Ganesh Joshi also planted a sapling. He said every citizen  should take responsibility of caring for the sapling so that one day they turned into huge trees and benefit the environment.


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