R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Barnala unit found violating norms:
In a major crackdown against those violating the pollution control norms, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has stopped the power supply to the Handyaya unit of the Standard Corporation India Limited, in Barnala district. The board has also encashed security that the company had deposited as surety. Environmental Engineer, Sangrur regional office, PPCB, said the action was taken after the company was found violating water and air pollution norms.

One held with illicit liquor: A resident of Chak Fateh Singh Wala village has been arrested with 21 bottles of illegal liquor. The accused has been identified as Mangal Singh of Chak Fateh Singh Wala village. A case in this connection has been registered at Nathana police station.

One arrested with smack near Sirki Bazaar:
Sandeep Kumar of Paras Ram Nagar was arrested from near Sirki Bazaar with three grams of smack. He was travelling on a scooter and tried to throw away the packet of smack when he noticed policemen at a ‘naka’. He was nabbed by the police along with the contraband and a case in this connection has been registered against him.

Motorcycle stolen: A resident of Arya Samaj Chowk has complained that his bike was stolen from the Civil Lines area of the city. The complainant, Arvind Ghai, said he had gone to a gym in the area but found his bike missing when he came out. A case in this connection has been registered against unknown thieves at the Civil Lines police station.

Ten booked for scuffle: Ten people have been booked by the police in two separate incidents of scufle. Four persons have been booked by the police for beating up a resident of Janta Nagar area. In his complaint to the police, Naveen Kumar alleged that four persons had beaten him up over an old rivalry. A case in this connection has been registered against Bunty, Sippi, Navi and Gora, all resident of the Janta Nagar area.

Brothers beat cancer patient to death:
A land dispute among brothers led to a murder at Ramdaspur village on Monday. According to the polices sources, Paramjt Kaur of Ramdaspur said her father Sucha Singh, who was suffering from cancer, was beaten to death by his brothers (Sohan Singh and Mohan Singh) and nephews (Gurjit Singh and Jasbir Singh) over a piece of land. The Garhshankar police has booked the four under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC. No arrest had been made so far.

Newlywed kills self; in-laws booked: Five months after her marriage, a girl committed suicide on Monday as she could not bear the torture at the hands of her in-laws at Panja village. Deceased’s father Devinder Kumar of Kapurthala said Monica, his daughter, married to Kapil Dev was tortured by her in-laws since the marriage in April. Kapil Dev, his father Chaman Lal, mother Sudarshna and sister Babita have been booked under Sections 304 B and 34 of the IPC. No arrest has been made so far.

Seminar on mass media:
The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Doaba College, organised a seminar on 'Emerging opportunities in broadcast media. Broadcast media, relevance of blogging, social networking sites, Internet and various challenges faced by journalists in the print and electronic media were discussed at the seminar.

Placement drive: IBM GPS, Gurgaon, organised a placement drive at Hans Raj Mahila Maha Vidyalaya. The company hired 38 students for the posts of technical and semi-technical associates.

University topper: Mamta, a student of BA part III of Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women stood first in the English Honours exam conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar in. She scored 505 marks out of a total of 800. Another student Alka from BA-III (Punjabi Honours) bagged the second position in the varsity scoring 546 marks. Meenu Taneja of BA-III bagged the second position in Sanskrit Hons course securing 704 marks out of 800. All other students passed the examination in 1st Division.

Hindi Divas: Kamla Nehru College of Education for Women, Phagwara, celebrated Hindi Divas. Students spoke on status of the Hindi language in modern society at the function.

Phillaur seat goes to KCF ex-activist: A former KCF activistand Panthic Morcha candidate Kulbir Singh Bara Pind sprang a surprise , winning the Phillaur seat. The 40-year-old Bara Pind, has spent 13 years in a US prison and two years in the Nabha jail. Charged with murdering Akali leader Balwant Singh Sarhal and three of his security personnel, he was acquitted for lack of evidence.

DC orders action against illegal  quarrying of sand: Deputy Commissioner, Jalandhar, Priyank Bharti, has directed district police officials and GM-cum-mining officer at the district industry centre to take action against those involved in illegal quarrying of sand. Bharti issued these directions while addressing a meeting of district task force committee to check illegal sand quarrying. Bharti also issued directions to the officials concerned to ensure that the vehicles carrying sand should also be covered so as not to invite any mishap.

141 units of blood collected at camp: As part of the Air Force Day celebrations, a blood donation camp was organised at Air Force Station, Adampur, today. Station Medicare Centre and Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local) were the organisers of the camp held to help the Red Cross Society to provide blood to patients. On this occasion, 141 units of blood were collected, out of which 11 units were donated by women. A team from the Red Cross Society, Jalandhar, under the chairmanship of Blood Transfusion Officer, Civil Hospital, Dr Gagandeep Singh, conducted the camp. Group Capt S Dhankhar, the Station Commander and Vaneeta Fernandez, President Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local) inaugurated the camp. Group Capt SC Aggarwal, SMO, highlighted the importance of voluntary blood donation.

Malerkotla man commits suicide:
A man allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself on Monday. According to sources, Balbir Singh (46), alias Billa, shot himself with his licensed gun at his residence at Mubarikpur Chunga village near here. Balbir, who worked as a labourer, was reportedly an alcoholic and mentally upset for quite some time due to his accident about six months back. The police has registered a case of suicide and has sent the body for postmortem examination.

Vij resumes charge of Pathankot municipal council president:
A day after the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the operation of notifications declaring Pathankot and Phagwara larger urban areas and creating Municipal Corporations after dissolving the Municipal Councils, Anil Vij resumed charge as president of the Pathankot Municipal Council here today. Accompanied by all the 16 Congress councillors, Vij arrived at the Municipal Council office in the morning and took the charge. In the house of MC, 22 out of 33 are Congress councillors. Vij said development works in the city which are under progress would be completed soon. Senior PCS officer and SDM Dhar Kalan JP Singh was given additional charge of Commissioner of Pathankot Municipal Corporation here after the council was declared a Municipal Corporation.



No afternoon water supply:
Due to urgent repair work at the Kajauli waterworks tomorrow, there will be no afternoon supply of water from 1 pm to 2 pm in the city. A spokesman of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation said there would be full supply of pressure from 3:30 am to 9 am and from 5 pm to 9 pm. 

City football team bag third position: The Chandigarh football team secured third position in the 57th School National Games held at Srinagar. The city team defeated Kerala by 2-1 to secure the position. Earlier the team lost to Orrisa by 2-1 in the semifinals. Notably, 10 players were from the city-based Chandigarh Football Academy.

Chitra upsets Meenal to lift snooker title: Chitra M upset top seed Meenal Thakur by 3-2 in the final match of the Six-Red-National Snooker Tournament being held at the Chandigarh Club here today. In the men’s category, Arif Akhtar overcame Prateek Thakural after potting black ball.



Man dies in accident:
Suresh Kumar, a resident of village Taatki under thana Babain, succumbed to his injuries at the LNJP Hospital here on Monday after getting hit by a tractor. A police spokesperson said according to the complaint lodged by Maya Ram, a resident of the same village, Suresh met an accident near the village. He was immediately rushed to the hospital. The police has registered a case against the tractor driver.

PO arrested: Kurukshetra police has succeeded in arresting a Proclaimed Offender (PO), Jai Kanal, a resident of Sehabajgarh under thana Indri, district Karnal. He was arrested while trying to commit a theft and was declared a PO by the court on May 14, district police chief Parul Kush said. ESI Bheem Singh and EASI Narender Singh succeeded in re-arresting him near bus stand Ladwa on Tuesday.

Prize distribution function:
The DAV Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation organised its annual prize distribution function “Protsahan 2011” on Monday to honour students for the academic excellence. Toppers, including Ashish Sood, Akirti Kaushik, Sachi Sharma, Arohi Aggarwal and Gurpreet Kaur, were awarded the Meera C Patel Award by chief guest Dr Karanvir Prakash. An orthopedic surgeon from the US, Dr C Prakash, vice-president, DAV Managing Committee, was the guest of honour. Vijay Kapoor, president of DAV Institutions, Yamunanagar, gave a vote of thanks.



Two killed in scrap blast:
Two persons were killed and six others injured when an explosive went off in a scrap shop in Kupwara Tuesday. The police here said the explosive went off in Ali Mohammad’s scrap shop at Boni Maidanpora in Kupwara, killing him and a 14-year-old boy, Mudasir Ahmad, on the spot.Six others were injured in the incident.

Blast in scrap shop claims 2 lives: Two persons were killed and six others injured when an explosive went off in a scrap shop in Kupwara on Tuesday. The police here said the explosive went off in Ali Mohammad’s shop at Boni Maidanpora in Kupwara, killing him and a 14-year-old boy, Mudasir Ahmad, on the spot.Six others were injured in the incident.



Party’s protest:
Members of the Samajwadi Party protested outside the office of the Dehradun District Magistrate Sachin Kurve here today. Later, they submitted a memorandum to the DM for the Uttarakhand Chief Minister. Vinod Bharatwal, state president for the party, stated that the CM was presenting himself to be strict against the corruption in the state but for that he needed to nab all those who were getting involved in taking commission. Barthwal asked the CM to call a meeting of all the parties and announce the permanent capital as soon as possible.

BSF officer killed: Pakistani forces on Tuesday opened fire on a BSF patrol near south of Jammu, killing a BSF sub-inspector from Dehradun Ramchandra Singh Rana. Rana was leading the patrol. He was declared brought dead at Samba district hospital, according to information reaching here on Tuesday.

Murder case: The District and Sessions Court on Tuesday fixed October 13 as the next date of hearing in the Anupama murder case. Anupama was murdered allegedly by her husband in October last year. A software engineer by profession, Rajesh Gulati had allegedly cut his wife’s body into several pieces and hid it in a freezer for two months.

Death mourned: Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva has mourned the death of noted writer and academician Dr Haridutt Bhatt Shailesh. The CPM also expressed grief over his death and observed a two-minute silence to pay homage to him.

Kumaon Briefs
Speed up construction of Circuit House: DM:
Champawat District Magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pandey has ordered that the construction of Circuit House in Champawat town must be completed by December. He has underlined that all facilities must be made available to the people who would be staying there. He, along with local legislator Beena Mahrana, also carried out an on-the-spot inspection of the construction being done. The circuit house will be built at a cost of Rs 1.50 crore, of which Rs 80 lakh have already been spent.

Girl commits suicide in Bohragaon: A girl committed suicide in the Bohragaon area of Bhimtal in Nainital district. The deceased has been identified as 17-year-old Deepti Arya. The reason behind the extreme step is yet unknown. She had cleared her intermediate examination recently. She was alone in the house at the time of the incident. He father is employed at a resort in the Naukuchiatal area.

Couple of US Nagar killed in mishap: A couple from the Bazpur area of Udham Singh Nagar was killed when their motorcycle was reportedly hit by a bus near Kashipur. The deceased have been identified as Maqsod Ahmed (50) and his wife Shamima (40). The bus was coming from Rudrapur. The driver fled the spot after the accident.

Old man run over by train in Bazpur: An old man was killed when he was reportedly run over by a train near the Chandanpura level crossing in the Bazpur area of Udham Singh Nagar district. The deceased has been identified as 60-year-old Birju, alias fauji, He used to work at a farm house in Khatauli village in the area. He hailed from Baitala in Moradabad. He was run over by the Lal Kuan-Kashipur passenger train. The post-mortem examination of the body was conducted at Kashipur on Tuesday.

230 vehicles challaned, 17 impounded: Carrying on with a drive against those violating traffic norms, Transport Department officials and the police have issued challans to 230 vehicles and impounded 17 vehicles for violating traffic norms, including overloading, picking up passengers from non-designated spots and playing music while driving. A special drive against violators is on in Haldwani, Kaladhungi, Ramnagar, Rudrapur, Pithoragarh, Almora and Champawat.

Slow pace of road construction irks residents: Residents of Tanakpur and its adjoining areas are agitated over the slow pace of Tanakpur-Tamli-Jauljibi road construction work. They are, reportedly, peeved over the fact that the PWD has prepared a detailed project report for the construction of the road only up to Thuligadh. According to the residents, the construction of this road on the India-Nepal border is extremely important from the security point of view. They claim that it would benefit at least three lakh residents of both India and Nepal. It would also help promote economic activities and keeping a check on the growing emigration from the region.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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