R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Head of Lok Bhalai Party wing resigns:
In a press statement, Baldev Singh, the national president of the workers -employees wing of the Lok Bhalai Party has announced his resignation from the post as well as membership. He alleged that he had been serving the party since 1996. However, the party led by Balwant Singh Ramoowalia did not recognise his work, due to which he had resigned, he said, adding that he has sent his resignation to the party’s office.

One injured in road mishap: A resident of Bhagta Bhaika has lodged a complaint with the police stating that a commercial vehicle driven by one Gurcharan Singh hit his father causing serious injuries to the latter. He stated that the vehicle was being driven rashly. A case in this connection has been registered at the Maur police station under Sections 304-A, 279 and 338 of the IPC.

Car stolen: In his complaint to the police, Harvinder Singh, a resident of the Thermal Colony said that on October 19, he had parked his car outside the Mittal Mall and found it missing when he returned after an hour. The complainant said the estimated cost of his car was around Rs 3 lakh. A case in this connection has been registered against unidentified persons at the Kotwali Police Station under Section 379 of the IPC.

NRI student dies:
New Zealand-based student Vinit, a resident of nearby Balrampur village, was died in mysterious circumstances today. Though the deceased was brought to the local Civil Hospital in unconscious condition last night, he breathed his last today. The deceased came to India few days back on a holiday. The police has registered a case and handed over the body to the family of the deceased after the postmorterm.

Woman robbed of gold ornaments: Four car-borne unidentified robbers, including two women, snatched gold ornaments worth Rs 1.4 lakh and a cash of Rs 7000 near old civil hospital this afternoon. The victim was returning to her home in local Mohalla Tambaccoo-Kuttan.

Rs 70,000 snatched from farmer:
Two motorcycle borne youths snatched Rs 70,000 from a farmer of Pipli village, near Shahkot, and fled from the scene on. The victim sustained severe injuries while chasing the accused. Jagtar Singh, the victim, who was undergoing a treatment at Shahkot Civil hospital, said he had withdrawn the said amount from a local bank and as he reached near Shahkot bus stand, two motorcycles borne youths, first paralleled their bike with his bike and suddenly snatched the bag containing the money and other important documents. No police complaint has been registered yet.

Tarn Taran
Judicial courts complex:
Justice DK Jain, a judge in the Supreme Court, laid down the foundation stone of Judicial Courts Complex here today. The complex will come up at a cost of Rs 45 crore.



Thakur nominated:
Bijander Singh Thakur has been nominated as a member of the Consultative Committee of the Food Corporation of India (Haryana) with immediate effect for a period of two years.

Swami Aseemanand: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notice of motion on a petition filed by the National Investigating Agency (NIA), challenging the lower court’s direction of permitting Swami Aseemanand’s counsel to remain present during the examination of material recovered from the blast site.

The following have been elected office-bearers of the Kurukshetra University Non-Teaching Employees Association: Maan Singh-- president; Surmukh Singh-- senior vice-president; Ramesh Singh-- vice-president; Baljit Singh-- general secretary; Sunil Kakkar-- joint-secretary; Harish -- press secretary; and Yashpal Saini -- treasurer.

1 killed in mishap:
Pritam (24) of Kanwali village was killed while his two associates - Ravi and Manish - were injured when their motorcycle collided with another motorcycle on the Mahendergarh-Rewari road, near Buroli power house, 15 km from here, on Friday evening. The two persons riding the other vehicle - Bijender of Mahendergarh district and his namesake from the nearby Jadra village - sustained grave injuries. While the Bijenders were referred to the PGIMS, Rohtak, Ravi and Manish were sent to a hospital here.

One dead: Shubh Ram (42) of Harsauli town of Alwar district of Rajasthan, a gardener in the Railways, died while two other employees, Gobind Ram and Amar Singh, sustained injuries when they got buried under earth (clay) that abruptly caved in on them in a 20-feet deep pit at a construction site on the Rewari-Alwar track, near Pranpura village on Friday.

Guard killed: Some armed miscreants attacked a security personnel and two other employees of a construction company “Sun City” located in the town’s suburban area here on Wednesday. In the attack, company’s security guard Sumer Singh Yadav (35) was killed and watchman Sajjan Singh and a worker Bahadur Singh sustained injuries. A case has been registered in this regard.

Hunger strike:
Activists of the CPM sat on a 24-hour hunger strike outside the mini-secretariat here against corruption, rising prices and other “anti-people” and “anti-farmers” policies of the government on Friday. The party also demanded the placing of the Jan Lokpal Bill in the winter session of Parliament. Swaran Singh Virk, a member of the state secretariat, said the prices of essential commodities were rising due to the “flawed” policies of the UPA government and the Congress government in the state.



One killed in road accident:
Zainal Singh of Chhamb Bhujan village, Bilaspur district, was killed and two others were injured seriously as a loaded oil tanker coming from the Chandigarh side to Bilaspur got out of control of its driver on an incline near Suharghat on National Highway No. 21 (Chandigarh-Manali). The injured were rushed first to nearby Suharghat Primary Health Centre and then to the Regional Hospital here. The injured are tanker driver Jivan Kumar of Barthin village and truck driver Ram Pal.

Medical practitioner booked:
A private medical practitioner was found to be having a fake degree after a raid was conducted by Drugs Licencing Authority, Kullu, Manish Kapoor, along with a police party, in Manali, 40 km from here, on Saturday. The accused has admitted that he has been practising for the past one year under the name of Glory Clinic and does not have any degree or qualification. The practitioner has been booked under Section 18 (c) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and drugs have been seized from his clinic.

Illegal firecrackers seized:
The local police raided a shop at Jassur, near here, on Friday night and seized a huge quantity of unauthorised firecrackers kept in it. According to the police, the shopkeeper failed to produce bills, permission and licence for keeping the firecrackers. A case under the Explosives Act has been lodged against trader Pradeep Kumar and his son Sumit Kumar. The landlord of the shop had made the complaint.



Thief held:
The police apprehended an interstate motorcycle lifter and recovered five motorcycles from his possession yesterday. The arrested person has been identified as Akshay Kumar, a resident of the Govindsar area in Kathua.

Golf course to come up in Leh:
To promote sports tourism, the state government will develop a golf course in Leh. “The government will develop an 18-hole golf course in Leh at an estimated cost of Rs 13.93 crore, as part of its plan to complete a golfing circuit in the state,” Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora said on Saturday. “This project will add another milestone after the completion of the 18-hole golf courses in Jammu, Gulmarg and Pahalgam,” he said.



International Day of Older Persons:
State Governor Margaret Alva on Saturday said there was need to improve attitude towards the elderly people and appreciate the roles they play in society.. The Governor was speaking at a function held at Raj Bhavan to mark International Day of Older Persons organised by Anugraha, an NGO. The Governor said Anugraha had set up a day care centre (Swabhiman Kendra) for the elderly with the help of the Dehradun Cantonment Board.

Re-exam sought: Qualified physiotherapists who had taken Group ‘C’ examination conducted by the Uttarakhand Board of Technical Education on September 25, on Saturday asked the the department of technical education to re-conduct the examination as most of the questions in the exam were out of syllabus. They also submitted a memorandum to the department. “We have been demanding the filling of vacant posts of physiotherapist in government hospitals since 2009. After a long battle, the government had decided to conduct the examination under Group ‘C’. However, the question paper was out of syllabus,” said Anil Joshi of the Uttarakhand Physiotherapy Sangharsh Samiti.

Held for gambling: Four persons have been arrested for allegedly indulging in gambling in the Premnagar area. An amount of Rs 52,000 has also been seized from their possession. They have been identified as Gajendra, Anuj, Ajay Kumar and Jeetandra, all residents of Poundha.

Kumaon Briefs
KMVN gets permission for quarrying:
The Udham Singh Nagar administration has granted permission to the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam and individual licence holders to carry out quarrying activities in the district. Quarrying operations had come to a halt on June 25 with the advent of the monsoon that is often marked by the flooding of rivers. District Magistrate PS Jangpangi has also warned those involved in quarrying operations to adhere to the norms laid down for the operations failing which strict action would be taken against them.

Multipurpose camp held: Champawat District Magistrate Ashish Joshi has urged people to directly approach officials with their problems instead of seeking the help of middlemen. At a multipurpose camp held in Khalkudiya village of the Gankot area, Champawat, Joshi said public representatives at the village level must prepare a plan specifying their needs for the next financial year. The representatives have also been asked to maintain an inventory of their respective villages. Joshi has stressed upon the need for small and marginal farmers to make use of the MNREGA to improve the quality of their land. Chief Development Officer TS Brijwal called upon people to become more aware of the schemes launched by the government and make full use of opportunities available to them.

20-Point Programme: Director, Statistical Operations, Yatendra Singh Pangti has called upon the officials of Almora district to submit concrete proposals under the 20-Point Programme so that people get proper benefits of various schemes. Reviewing the performance of the district under the programme, he said proposals for non-productive schemes must not be presented by the officials. He also asked them to present a copy of the proposals to his office and the state administration so that there is no confusion regarding these proposals.

Leopard trapped in noose, released: A leopard got trapped in a noose put up by villagers in Thapliya Mehra Gaon near Naukuchiyatal in Nainital district. A large number of villagers gathered at the spot on Friday, where the agitated wild cat struggled with the wire noose while growling at the onlookers. The villager approached officials of the Forest Department who got it released from the noose after giving three tranquilisers. It was then brought to Gobind Ballabh Pant Zoo in Nainital, where it is being treated. The leopard has sustained multiple injuries.

Two killed in mishaps: Two persons were killed in separate incidents in the Kashipur area of Udham Singh Nagar district. Kapil of the Nurpur area of Bijnore was killed when his motorcycle was reportedly hit by another vehicle on the Thakurdwara-Kunda stretch. In another incident, Rishipal of Dabhaura Tanda village was killed when his tractor-trailer reportedly rammed into a stationery dumper.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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