R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Raninder to address partymen
: Raninder Singh, son of PPCC chief Captain Amarinder Singh, would address a district-level dharna here on September 15 which would be staged as part of the Congress’ state-level programme to expose the SAD-BJP Government on the corruption front, said Narinder Singh Bhaleria, president of district Congress committee (Rural). 

Harsimrat to canvass: Member of Parliament Harsimrat Kaur Badal will address election meetings in favour of the candidates fielded jointly by the SAD and the Sant Samaj in the SGPC elections, on September 13 and September 14 in Mansa and Bathinda districts, respectively.

Awareness on iodised salt: Under the National Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme, a function was organised under the presidentship of Civil Surgeon Dr Iqbal Singh here on Monday. State programme coordinator Jasvir Bains told the gathering about the importance of the iodine in the salt.

Farmers’ meet: The district unit of the BKU (Lakhowal), led by its president Ramkaran Singh, held a meeting outside the Mini-secretariat here on Monday and demanded an adequate compensation to the farmers whose crops and houses had got damaged due to heavy rains. 

18-yr-old ends life: An 18-year-old student of Class XI, Ghaniya Lal, committed suicide after hanging himself at his residence in Prajapat Colony on Monday. His family members said he was upset for the some time and took the extreme step when nobody was present in the house. The police has initiated the inquest proceedings.

Electrocuted: A 25-year-old labourer, Gurpreet Singh, who was deployed to construct a house in the Bir Talab area, was electrocuted on Monday. He slipped from the roof of the under-construction house and came in contact with live electricity wires. Volunteers of the Sahara Jan Sewa had rushed the labourer to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police has initiated the inquest proceedings. 

4 hurt in mishap: Four passengers received serious injuries when the bus they were travelling in overturned near Ghudda village on the Badal road on Monday. The bus was on way to Killianwali Mandi from Bathinda. As per the injured passengers, the mini bus was overloaded and two of its tyres burst near Ghudda village.

Faridkot docs on indefinite strike
: The health services in the government hospitals and dispensaries in Faridkot district came to a virtual halt on Monday when over 700 medical staff, including doctors, of three civil hospitals, seven primary health centres and 18 dispensaries, went on indefinite strike demanding transfer of Civil Surgeon Gurmail Singh Chahal. They accused him of harassing the employees, using filthy language and making indecent innuendos. Refuting the allegations, Chahal said he was ready for a probe.

3 arrested for killing student: One-and-a-half month after a 20-year-old engineering student, Gurbhej Singh, vanished from his home and the family received Rs 1 crore ransom call, the police on Monday arrested a woman and a tantrik (sorcerer) for killing the boy and disposing of the body in a canal. Accused Kuldip Singh belongs to Latala village of Ludhiana and the woman, Amandeep Kaur, is a resident of Khokhra Wala Mohalla in Faridkot. The police has also reportedly rounded up the 19-year-old daughter of the woman.

Woman ends life
: Tortured at the hands of her husband and father-in-law, Sumandeep Kaur committed suicide at her house at Bolewal village. The Tanda police has booked Sumandeep’s husband Kuldip Singh and his father Baldev Singh of Bolewal under Section 304 B of the IPC. According to the police, deceased’s mother Jaswinder Kaur said Sumandeep told her elder sister Amandeep Kaur that she was being tortured and maltreated by her husband and father-in-law for dowry. She along with her daughter Amandeep Kaur went to the house of Sumandeep Kaur at Bolewal where they found her body hanging with the ceiling fan. No arrest has been made so far.

Shop burgled: Some robbers burgled a shop belonging to Rohit Kumar of local Mohalla Ashok Nagar on the intervening night of September 10 and September 11. They decamped with 13 mobile phones. The police has registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC.

Snatchers nabbed: The Dasuya police arrested Gursimran Singh of Kandil (Gurdaspur) and Arun Kumar of Talwara under Section 392 of the IPC for allegedly snatching Rs 10,000 cash, mobile phone and driving licence from Bhupinder Singh of Karimaudh (Haryana) at Peer Baba Majar near Dasuya on the intervening night of September 10 and September 11.

PAU scientist attends symposium in China
: PAU professor of horticulture Dr JS Bal, attended the 2nd International Jujube Symposium at Xinzheng, Henan in China from September 3 to 7. He presented the keynote report on "Indian Ber" in the inaugural session. He also chaired the session on "Post-harvest physiology, nutrition and processing."

Drug peddler held
: The Sadar police nabbed Inderjit Singh of Daulatpur village with 30 kg poppy husk at a naka near Mirpur Jattan village. A case under Sections 13, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against him.

Six SAD workers expelled from party
: Taking strict note of indulgence of some of the SAD (Badal) members in anti-party activities, district president of the Akali Dal ,Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur, has expelled Bahadar Singh, Balwant Singh Sahiwal, Ajaib Singh Dhangera, Kirpal Singh, Amarjit Singh and Harphool Bhangu from the party. All those expelled were accused of helping the rebel SAD (B) candidates in the SGPC elections.

Woman assaulted by in-laws
: Madhvi, a resident of Hadiabad, was allegedly beaten up and thrown out of the house by her in-laws on Saturday. The victim was admitted to the local civil hospital after the assault. Anurag and Vikki, Madhvi’s brother, said that their sister was tortured by her in-laws after her husband allegedly had an extra-marital relation with a dancer. Madhvi’s husband Mahesh Duggal,who runs a DJ company, married her in 2005. 

But he secretly wedded Simran three years back and began to reside in Kolkata. Madhvi came to know about Mahesh’s second marriage two years back. She immediately informed her parents and returned to Amloh, her parental home. Her parents spoke to Mahesh’s family.The latter admitted that Mahesh was residing with a dancer in Kolkata. Mahesh told his parents that the dancer has booked him in a rape case and forced him to stay with her. Mahesh also said that Simran was demanding Rs 5 lakh as compensation. Madhvi, along with her son, returned to her in-laws’ house and within 10 days of her return Mahesh left home and in his absence her in-laws beat her up and pushed her out of the house. Madhvi’s brother alleged that Mahesh is still residing in Kolkata with the dancer. SP Kamaljit Singh Dhillon said that the police is investigating the matter.




20 injured
: As many as 20 persons got injured in a clash between the members of two communities at Bhud Majri, village, near Shahzadpur in Ambala district on Sunday night. Eight persons who were seriously injured were referred to the General Hospital, Panchkula, and the rest were admitted to the Civil Hospital, Shahzadpur. The police has registered a case in this connection.

Football tourney
: Ahir College, Rewari, bagged the football championship of MD University, Rohtak, by defeating Chhotu Ram College, Sonepat, 4-1, in the finals of the MD University Soccer Championship, played here on Monday. Besides, the second position went to Government College, Bahadurgarh, which defeated Dronacharya College, Gurgaon, 2-1. The management of Ahir College and principal AS Yadav congratulated the team as well as its in charge Prof Rajesh Yadav for their brilliant performance.

64 kg cake for CM’s birthday
: Supporters of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and residents of his native Sanghi village have planned to celebrate Hooda’s 64th birthday in their own manner on September 15. While it has been announced to cut a 64 kg cake, a grand feast has also been planned, including desi ghee ladoos. According to a spokesperson, though it is not sure if the CM will be able to spare some time for this function but it will be held as scheduled in which a large number people are likely to attend.



Woman injured
: A lady riding pillion was injured on Monday evening after being hit by a tempo coming from behind. Seema Devi was travelling with her husband and a child on a motorcycle (HP 22 A 1136) and fell on the road near Annu, when her husband Surender Kumar lost control over the bike in his effort to save a stray dog. A tempo coming from behind hit the lady, who has been admitted to Regional Hospital, Hamirpur, in a serious condition.

Kullu Dasehra
: Meeting of the District Dasehra Committee was held under the chairmanship of president of the committee MLA Khimi Ram, state BJP president, in the Bachat Bhawan here on Monday. Various aspects related to the celebrations of the week-long Kullu Dasehra festival, which is scheduled to start from October 6 this year, were discussed. He said invitations had been sent to about 290 local deities to grace the occasion.

Body found
: The decomposed body of a man was found from a well at Rakkar village in the Bhor panchayat, near here, on Monday. According to the police, some local residents spotted the body in the well and informed the police about it.



Charge sheet filed against former Chief Engineer
: The CBI has field a chargesheet against Arun Mishra, former Chief Engineer of the Uttar Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation, in a bank fraud case. The police has submitted the chargesheet in the CBI court. A few months ago, Mishra was granted bail by the CBI court as the agency had failed to file a chargesheet against him. He is accused of abusing his official position to favour the Tronica city project in Ghaziabad. He is also accused of stashing about Rs 350 crore in different bank accounts.

In-laws booked for rape: A family was booked for allegedly forcing a minor girl to marry and raping her at Balawala in the Raipur area. According to the complaint of the victim, she was forced to marry in December 2010 and was harassed. She also alleged to be raped after being married forcibly. The police has registered a case against her in-laws, Sandeep, Dharampal, Pushpa, Mahender and others.

Punjabi Mahasabha: A delegation of the Uttaranchal Punjabi Mahasabha met president of the Election Manifesto Committee of the BJP Bachchi Singh Rawat and submitted to him their four-point memorandum. They have demanded reservation of 15 seats in the elections, status of second language to Punjabi in the state, land for setting up a Punjabi community centre in Dehradun and declaring Sri Hemkunt Sahib as the fifth dham of the state.

Kumaon Briefs
20-Point Programme: Champawat best performer:
Champawat has emerged as the best performer in the Kumaon region with regard to the implementation of the 20-Point Programme for 2010-11. According to District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pandey, Champawat secured 90.12 per cent while Bageshwar 85.19 per cent on the performance scale. Pandey has congratulated employees, citizens and public representatives stating that this achievement has come despite a large number of official postings being vacant.

Control room started at District Supplies Office: To check the sale of foodgrains on the black market, the Champawat administration has started a control room in the District Supplies Office. Consumers can call at 05965-230746 in case of any problem related to the procurement of foodgrains. An emphasis is being laid on ensuring that consumers get quality foodgrains according to their quota of the Atal Khadyann Yojana.

23 employees found absent from duty in Nainital: The administrations of Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar carried out surprise checks in various offices to see whether government employees are coming on time or not. In Rudrapur, Chief Development Officer YK Pant visited various offices located on the Vikas Bhawan premises. He has ordered that an explanation be sought from officials not found present on their seats. In Nainital, 23 employees in various offices were found absent from their seats during a surprise check carried out by Tehsildar Vivek Rai on the instructions of District Magistrate Shailesh Bagauli.

Bhawali-Almora road closed: The stretch between Bhawali and Almora has been closed once again on account of the sliding down of boulders following heavy rain on Sunday night. With the government having failed to repair the road that had been devastated in a rain-related disaster last year, this stretch has been witnessing closure repeatedly.

Tiger kills two cows near Ramnagar: A tiger strayed into Himmatpur Dautiyal village near Ramnagar on Saturday night and killed two cows. On Sunday morning, there was total chaos in the village as people gathered in the area where the tiger was present. Seeing them, it hid behind the bushes and kept growling at the crowd. Residents over the delay in the arrival of Forest Department officials, they blocked the Jhirna Road. They have demanded that the animal be captured.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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