R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Woman assaulted
: Santosh Rani, a resident of Shamsher Nagar, Khandwala area alleged that she was physically assaulted by one Mukesh Kumar who lived in the same locality. She alleged on September 10 at 6.30 pm, Mukesh attacked her with some sharp-edged weapon. when she was all alone at her house.

Man kills self:Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Kot Khalsa, committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree. The police has recovered his hanging body this morning and sent it for a post-mortem examination. ASI Harjit Singh of the Kot Khalsa police post told that he was under depression for being jobless for quite sometime. He is survived by two children. 

Baby girl abandoned in ‘Panghura’: A baby girl was found in the “Panghura” installed at a school on the Goniana road here on Tuesday. Naresh Pathania, first-aid trainer of the District Red Cross Society took the baby to the Civil Hospital for examination. He said she was under-weight i.e. 1.8 kg.

Two killed in road mishap:
Two persons were killed on the spot whereas five others were injured when a luxury bus belonging to a private company going from Ferozepur to Chandigarh, collided head-on with a canter near village Ratta Khera on the Ferozepur-Moga national highway today in the morning. The deceased have been identified as Gurmit Singh and Gurmel Singh. The condition of two persons including a woman, identified as Seema, is slated to be serious. 

Potato day:
Staff and students of Little VIPs’ Pre-School, Sector 39, Ludhiana, on Tuesday celebrated the king of vegetables, potato day. Children wearing potato masks could be seen in the entire school. They enjoyed fishing out potatoes from the potato tub and relished potato dishes as well. 

Melange-11:  “Melange-2011” was held at Jesus Sacred Heart School, in which more than 15 play way schools participated. Magic Years won the winning trophy. 




Two POs held
: The Kurukshetra police has arrested two proclaimed offenders-- Mewa Singh of Anaj Mandi, Kaithal, and Kuldeep Singh of Geeta Colony, Ladwa, 25 km from here. Mewa Singh was declared a proclaimed offender in a case registered at Shahabad thana on August 8, 2008, while Kuldeep Singh was declared a proclaimed offender in a case registered at Ladwa thana on November 28, 2009. Both were produced in a local court and were sent in judicial custody. 

Gangsters arrested
: The Dharuhera police has arrested two gangsters- Mahipal and Birender Kumar, who had allegedly looted Rs 400 and a mobile phone from Deepak Sharma, an employee of Omax Auto Limited, Dharuhera, when he was returning home on Sunday night. The police has seized from them the looted property as well. They were on Tuesday produced in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Shashi Bala Chauhan, who remanded them in judicial custody.



Patwari caught taking bribe
: A patwari was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 2,000 here on Tuesday. The State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (SV & ACB) under Inspector Rajiv Attari set a trap and nabbed the official red-handed. Anita Devi of Henja Dakred in Palampur sub-division reported to the bureau that she had prepared an annual income certificate of Rs 1,60,000 from Ramesh Chand, patwari, Patwar Circle, Henja, last month. He demanded Rs 2,000. An FIR was registered and a raid conducted. 

Ex-Food Supplies officer gets jail
: RL Azad, District and Sessions Judge, Hamirpur, on Tuesday sentenced former District Food Civil Supplies (DFCS) and consumer affairs officer Ajeet Singh Rana here to three-year imprisonment with a fine of Rs 15,000 under corruption charges. Rana was found guilty of accepting a graft of Rs 10,000 from the president of the Jahu Krishi Cooperative Society, Jahu, on July 20, 2009, at Hamirpur. 

Two goldsmiths’ shops burgled
: Burglars reportedly committed thefts in goldsmith shops at different places on Monday night. According to the police, burglars broke into Inderjeet Verma’s shop at Fatehpur in Jawali subdivision and decamped with a jewellery chest containing gold and silver worth Rs 10 lakh. Burglars also broke into Rohit Handa’s shop at Raja Ka Talab, near here, and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 6.50 lakh. According to DSP Rajinder Jaswal, a case under Sections 457 and 380, IPC, has been registered. 

Power theft: Man fined Rs 70,000
: A team of officials from the state Electricity Board on Tuesday unearthed power theft at Darva village near Bhanelgi falling under Kuthar tehsil. Executive Engineer AS Dhillon, who led the team, said they had received information about the theft and an inspection of the site revealed that an illegal power connection was providing electricity to a house and it was also being used to draw water from a hand pump. A penalty of Rs 70,000 had been slapped on owner Bhagvan Dass after calculating the power usage of one year.



Infiltration bid in Samba district
: Five militants made an attempt to infiltrate into the Narseri Border Outpost area in the Ramgarh sub-sector of Samba district around 2 am on Tuesday. On noticing their movement, BSF troops challenged them. The militants fled towards the Pakistani side after a brief exchange of fire. 

Meeting of sub-panel on Amarnath yatra
: A sub-committee constituted by the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board under the chairmanship of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to advise the shrine board regarding the duration and schedule of the yatra from 2012 held its first meeting here on Tuesday. 



Two children washed away
: Two children, while returning home from their school, drowned in a canal in the Raipur area on Tuesday. The two are siblings and have been identified as Ashish (12) and Mamta (13) of Kesarwala. According to the police, the duo was returning from their school when suddenly the flow of the canal in the Maldevta area got intense and both the children were washed away. Their bodies were fished out. Meanwhile, Disaster Management Minister visited the spot and announced a compensation of Rs 1 lakh for their family.

Man arrested: The Dalanwala police on Tuesday arrested a man for creating ruckus at the Survey Chowk in an inebriated state. The man was reportedly eve-teasing a schoolgirl. He was thrashed by commuters. The police intervened and arrested him. 

Crocodile found: A crocodile of one-metre length was recovered from the Kotdwar region of. People came across the crocodile in one of local rivers and brought the matter to the notice of the forest authorities. The forest authorities were planning to release it into the Ganga. This is the first incident of crocodile being found in the Kotdwar region. 

Memo submitted: Mahesh Pandey, general secretary of the BJP unit of the Dharampur Assembly seat, submitted a memorandum to the District Food and Supplies Officer here on Tuesday. Earlier, he, along with the people of the area, protested outside the office of the officer and apprised him about the unavailability of ration cards. 

Kumaon Briefs

Procession by Pampapuri residents: Residents of the Pampapuri area near Ramnagar held a protest over the failure of the administration to take flood protection measures in their area. A large number of people took out a procession in Ramnagar on Monday demanding that embankments should be built in their area. They also sought regulation of their dwellings on various categories of land. They also handed over a memorandum of demands to the local administration that was addressed to the Chief Minister BC Khanduri. The residents pointed that the ruling BJP must fulfil the promises made to them before the last Aassembly polls.

Tiger captured at Himmatpur village: A tiger that had caused panic in Himmatpur Dautiyal village on the outskirts of Ramnagar on Sunday has been captured. It is learnt that the wild cat was trapped when it entered the cage set up for its capture. It is old and wounded and its canines are broken which might have led it to enter the human settlement. Forest Department officials are learnt to have begun its treatment. The village witnessed commotion of Sunday as the tiger had entered the settlement on the night of Saturday. It had killed two cows.

Roads remain closed in Bageshwar: Several roads in Bageshwar district remain closed on account of continuing rain in the area. Reports say that a large number of vehicles and passengers are stranded on these roads. Transport services to dozens of villages in the district are badly affected. Some of the worst affected stretches are the Jakheda road, the Kandhar-Raulyana road, the Okhlisiraud road, the Chami-Kwairali road and the Dafaut road. The people are facing a problem of essentials, particularly fuel, in these areas.

LPG shortage in Almora: Residents of Almora are facing an acute crisis of cooking gas. Reports say that there are villages where there has been no supply of LPG for more than a month. It is learnt that about 15,000 people residing in the rural parts of the district are being compelled to gather fuel wood from the forests for their daily needs. The recent spell of heavy rain has led to closure of several roads which is primarily responsible for the crisis. The failure of the government to get the Khairna-Almora stretch repaired even after one year of it being devastated has compounded the problem.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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