R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


22-year-old found murdered:
Amarpreet Singh (22) of Kakon village on the periphery of the city, was found murdered by some unidentified persons at his residence last night. According to sources, several marks of sharp-edged weapons were also found on his body. The deceased Amarpreet Singh was alone at the house at the time of the incident. Amarpreet Singh’s brother Manpreet Singh who first saw his body was lying in a pool of blood. Hariana police has registered a case under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC and has begun investigation in the case.

Creativity at its best:
To mark a note of the festive season, diploma students of the Department of Fashion Designing, Master Tara Singh Memorial College for Women, organised an exhibition-cum-sale on the College premises. Beautiful pieces of art and craft like diyaas, gel and wax candles, pots, wall hangings, torans, glass paintings, hand -printed suits, bedsheets, and many types of other gift items were displayed under the supervision of Manpreet Kaur, head of the department, fashion designing, Manisha, r and Meenakshi, both lecturers. College Principal, Dr. Parveen Kaur Chawla inaugurated the exhibition-cum-sale and appreciated the work of students. She also inspired the students to keep up the spirit of creativity.

2 drug peddlers held
:The CIA staff nabbed two drug peddlers, identified as Rohit Sharma and Harjit Singh and recovered 22 grams of heroin from them near Chhokeran village situated on Rahon road. Their accomplice, identified as Chandan Sharma, however, managed to escape. The peddlers were on a scooter when intercepted. The police has registered a case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Badminton  tournaments: The Mukandpur Badminton Academy would organise Punjab State Senior and Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament (Men & Women, Boys & Girls under – 19) carrying a Prize Money of Rs 50,000 and Veteran’s State Badminton Championships 2011-12 in 35+, 45+ and 55+ (Men & Women) from October 27 to 30 at Jagtar Singh Jubilee Hall, Sadhu Singh D.A.V Rural Public School, Mukandpur, informed Kartar Singh Sehamby, District Sports Officer here today.

Man killed in mishap
:Gulshan Kumar (45) was run over by Haridwar-bound Amritsar-Haridwar Janshatawadi Express train at Phagwara railway station this morning. The Railway Police said Gulshan, a resident of Jalandhar was going to Ludhiana on his duty, but got down at Phagwara Railway Station to buy some sweets, but slipped and fell down on the railway tracks.

Man committs suicide: Major Singh of Darveshpind village allegedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance in his home last night. Severe depression is said to be the cause of suicide, according to the police. The police has handed over the body to the kin after conducting a post-mortem examination.



Programme for prisoners: A special programme for prison authorities and prisoners lodged at the Burail Jail was organised by the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan under the Antar Kranti Prisoners’ Reformation here today. Swami Mohanpuri Ji, preacher of DJJS, said the main focus of the programme was transformation of mind and thought of an individual through the medium of spirituality.


Sports aptitude test:
The Haryana Sports Department commenced online registration for the Sports and Physical Aptitude Test (SPAT), 2012, under which 5,000 scholarships worth Rs 10 crore would be awarded for high potential athletes between the age of 8 and 19 years in the state, said OP Singh, Director, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Haryana, on Monday. He said the first round of SPAT would be organised in schools from November 8 to 17. Those scoring 75 per cent would qualify for the second round to be started from December 6 to 15.

Spurious ghee:
The police has recovered 65 litres of fake desi ghee of the Vita brand from Anoopgarh village in the district. While one person identified as Virender has been arrested, the ghee was being transported on a three-wheeler when it was intercepted by the police.

Youth killed:
A tractor driver, Pradeep Yadav of Natheda village was crushed to death under his own tractor when he fell down after the tractor got imbalanced on the Sudhrana-Kosli road on Monday. He was carrying earth (clay) from Chhawwa to Kosli.

Zonal Youth Festival:
Geeta Vidya Mandir Girls College won the over all championship of the Zonal Youth Festival of Sonepat zone of Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak, for the fourth consecutive year. The second and third positions were bagged by Chhotu Ram Arya College and Hindu Girls College, respectively. Students from 19 colleges of Sonepat and Jhajjar districts participated in the three-day festival that concluded on Sunday.



Science contest:
Gaurav of Saraswati Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Raura, in Bilaspur town here has won gold medal in the state-level Science Model Competition, organised by the Himachal Pradesh Shiksha Samiti, at Shimla from October 21 to 23. Principal Sunil Kumar said on Monday that Gaurav has made a unique model, which could prove an ideal way to protect environment by converting waste materials like plastic and smoke into diesel. He said another student Rishi Sharma of this school stood second in the state in science models while Nancy and Neha Sharma of the same school stood second in the state in paper-reading contest and science paper-reading contest, respectively.

Suspension sought:
The general house meeting of the Kale Amb panchayat has passed a resolution demanding the suspension of panchayat president Vijay Kumar, alleging financial irregularities in the panchayat. The members had summoned a special session of the panchayat on Saturday, where a resolution against the panchayat president was passed. The copy of this resolution has been sent to BDO Toani Devi for action against Vijay Kumar.

Tractor driver dies: A tractor driver, Kishori Lal, died on Monday evening in Kehdaroo village when the tractor he was driving overturned. The deceased, who belonged to Deot Tal village was ploughing the fields in Kehdaroo village. While crossing from one field to another, he lost control over the tractor and fell down.He died on the spot.



Bhalla distributes flood relief:
Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla today distributed relief cheques totalling Rs 80 lakh under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to 2,500 flood and rain affected families of Samba district today. MLA Yashpaul Kundal, Vice-Chairman, Schedule Caste Advisory Board, Swaran Lata Bhagat, DDC Mubarak Singhwere also present on the occasion.



Burglary bid in bank:
A man who was trying to steal money from the State Bank of India branch at Doiwala was caught by an alert team of the police on Sunday night. According to police officials, a police party on night patrol heard some sounds coming from the bank building. On a close scrutiny, it was found that a person was trying to break into the bank branch. He had been equipped with various instruments, including an electric drill, to break the bank vault. The accused has been identified as Dhoom Singh Chauhan. He has admitted to several attempts to break into bank buildings in Dehradun district and also looting of a petrol pump at Rishikesh. A case has been registered against him.

Student held with charas: A student of local DAV College has been nabbed with 1.25 kg of charas. According to police officials, Amit Chauhan, a resident of Tyuni, was caught by a police party at Vikasnagar. On search, 1.25 kg of charas was found from his possession. He was carrying charas from Tyuni in Chakrata tehsil for Dehradun.

Purva sainik sangathan: Resolving to extend mass support to fair candidates during the forthcoming election of the association’s office-bearers, members of the Uttarakhand Purva Sainik Evam Ardh Sainik Sangathan held a meeting in their head office here on Sunday. Colonel Tejender Pal Tyagi (retd) chaired the event and encouraged everyone to serve the association as well as the country. He emphasised that the contesting candidates should never become the part of all those schemes of the association, which was not framed for the welfare of the people.

Kumaon Briefs
Make use of funds for backward regions: Pant:Cabinet minister Prakash Pant has stressed the need to make use of funds available under the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) for the benefit of the marginalised sections of society. Speaking at a meeting on the utilisation of the BRGF at Champawat on Monday, Pant said a workshop would be organised for public representatives of the village and town levels in December before preparing proposals under the scheme. He related that 10 sectors had been identified under the scheme in which Gram Panchayats would get 50 per cent, Regional Panchayats 30 per cent and Zila Panchayats would get 20 per cent of the funds. The minister has suggested that the funds must be utilised to develop basic facilities in the district.

Repair of rain-hit infrastructure:District Magistrate of Champawat Ashish Joshi has expressed his displeasure at the officials of some departments failing to prioritise the works to be done with regards to repairs and rebuilding of infrastructure devastated in the rains. Joshi held a meeting to review the proposals with regards to the repairs and reconstruction of infrastructure under the Disaster Management Plan. He has ordered that the officials submit proposals for reconstruction and repairs within three days along with related certificates. He has asked the officials of the Public Works Department (PWD), Irrigation and Minor Irrigation Departments to send their proposals in the prescribed format.

Man accused of poisoning wife:A resident of Haldwani has reportedly died after consuming poison. Her parents have accused her husband of having poisoned their daughter. It is learnt that 30-year-old Kanchan had been married to Lakshman Palariya about 10 years ago. She had been helping her brother Pawan with paddy harvest over the past three days. However, on Sunday morning when he went to fetch her from her house in Naya Abad Nagar locality, he found her in an unconscious state with froth coming out from her mouth. When he asked her husband to give him his motorcycle for transporting her to the hospital, the latter refused initially and later handed over the keys. Kanchan died while she was being treated. Before her death, the police managed to take down her statement. It is yet to be ascertained whether the victim was murdered or she committed suicide. Police investigations are on in the matter.

Women flay police for ‘inaction’:A large number of women from Ramnagar and adjoining areas have criticised the police for having failed to arrest the persons responsible for the illegal sale of liquor in the area. The women have aired their resentment over the fact that despite having handed over a motorcycle along with a consignment of liquor that was being illegally sold to the police, the latter have failed to nab the owner of the motorcycle till now. The women went on to hold a protest in the town on Sunday. They have demanded that steps be taken to check liquor smuggling in the area provide more and security be provided to women.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)


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