R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Plea to promote organic farming: The Kheti Virasat Mission, the All-India Pingalwara Charitable Society, several farmer and non-government organisations have urged Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gubachan Singh to issue directions to the people to use natural means for farming. A delegation comprising Giani Kewal Singh, former Jathedar Takht Damdama Sahib, Umendra Dutt of Kheti Virasat Mission and others handed over a memorandum in this regard to the Jathedar Akal Takht. The delegation stressed upon the adoption of natural farming and advocated avoiding use of pesticide and chemical fertilisers.

Hiked allowance notified by govt
: The Punjab Government on Tuesday notified the enhanced special allowance to certain categories of employees of Punjab Civil Secretariat and of equivalent offices from June 1, 2011. This decision would also be applicable to those categories of employees of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Secretariat, Financial Commissioner's Secretariat, Punjab Raj Bhawan, Legal Remembrance's Office and Punjab Public Service Commission as well.

Six booked: The police has booked six persons, including president of the Block Youth Congress, for constructing an illegal colony at Issapur. A case was registered against them.

UGC workshop held in Ferozepur: The UGC has launched a major programme for women in higher education and administrative streams to tackle the issue of gender equality for which a five-day SAM (sensitivity, awareness and motivation) residential workshop was held here on the campus of DAV College for Women. In this workshop, UGC national consultative committee members participated and deliberated on the reasons behind low percentage of women in decision-making position in Indian universities and colleges.

Offer on wi-fi connectivity:
A leading telecommunication company, CONNECT, has launched ‘wifi freedom offer’, for its customers across Punjab. The product will help connect the customers to access the Internet on their laptops, netbooks, tablets or smart phones, Prem Ojha, business head, Connect Wireline and Broadband said.


Dead body: In a macabre incident, chest portion of a female’s body was found in a bag in the Palla area bordering Delhi on Tuesday. The portion of the body was wrapped in a polythene bag and placed in a bag. According to Abhey Singh, in charge of the police post concerned, an FIR has been registered in the case on the basis of a complaint of a labour contractor, Duleep Singh.

One killed:
One person was killed and three others were injured, when their car collided with a tree on the Sirsa road on the NH 10 on Monday. The victims were going towards Sirsa to attend a marriage, when the driver lost control over vehicle. Sidharth, of Ranchi (Jharkhand), died on the spot, while three others were seriously injured and shifted to Hisar.

Three held: The police has arrested three members of a bike thieves gang and has recovered as many as six motorcycles stolen by it in the past few months. The accused arrested have been identified as Deepak of Petwar village, Vijay of Narnaund, and Navin Kumar of local Urban Estate Colony. The gang had stolen bikes from Jind and Hisar, according to the police.

Jawan ends life
: Satya Prakash Yadav (25), a jawan of the 68 Armed Regiment, committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Masani village on Sunday. Satya Prakash, currently posted at Pathankot in Punjab, was on two-month leave. The police has begun inquest proceedings under Section 174, CrPC.

Accused held: With the arrest of Asha, 18, and her boyfriend, Narender Yadav, 26, the Kolsi police has cracked the case of gruesome murder of Priyanka, 21, a student of the DEd class in a private Teachers’ Training College at Jhal village who was strangled to death at her rented accommodation in Nehrugarh village on Sunday night. The duo had confessed to the crime.

Boy rescued: Gaurav, a student of local Patel Nagar, along with his scooty fell into a deep manhole of a sewer line of the locality on Monday. However, he was rescued by some persons after hearing his cries. Agitated over the incident, local residents protested against the incident and held the JE concerned captive for sometime. They also raised slogans against senior officials of the Public Health Department for their negligent attitude in solving this problem of open manholes.


Two houses burgled: Two houses of Nalti village under Bharadi police station were looted as thieves took away gold and silver jewellery and cash on Monday night. Reports said farmer Prahlad Singh lost gold and silver jewellery worth Rs 4 lakh and cash Rs 15,000. Thieves also struck Rajender Singh’s house and stole jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh and cash of Rs 7,000.

Orthopaedicians conference ends: A two-day state conference of orthopaedicians, Him-Orthocon-2011, concluded here on Sunday, in which local MLA Urmil Thakur was the chief guest. State president of the Orthopaedicians Sanjiv Raj Kapoor said despite limited resources they had been trying to treat patients. Secretary of the organisation Om Raj Sharma urged the state government to start trauma centres. Hamirpur CMO Dr SK Soni was also present.

11 given wheelchairs: Over 154 disability certificates, 54 bus passes and 11 wheelchairs were given to beneficiaries at a free medical camp at Karsog conducted by the local administration with the help of the District Red Cross Society. According to SK Sharma, SDM, Karsog, 373 persons were screened by doctors for diabetes and other ailments and nine patients were given hearing aids and four got crutches. Thirtynine persons were given pension benefit. The camp was conducted here with the help of doctors from Mandi Zonal Hospital.

Power supply to remain disrupted: Owning to urgent maintenance work of the 22-KV Mashobra-Dhalli feeder, power supply to certain parts of the town will remain disrupted on Wednesday. According to officials of the HP State Electricity Board, power to areas, including Dhalli, Cemetery, Kamla Nagar, Bhatta Kuffar, Petgehr, Jagroti, Boha and suburbs, will remain disrupted from 10 am to 5 pm.


Two cases of suicide: A woman, identified as Uma, allegedly committed suicide at her home in Hathibadkala on Monday. She is survived by her husband, Puran Singh Negi, an employee of the Survey of India, and two children. In her suicide note, she has not held anyone responsible for this extreme step. She has written that both children should be sent to her mother’s house. Uma’s parents live in Delhi. Members of Uma’s family have, however, accused Negi of torturing Uma in an inebriated state every day. But Negi refuted the allegations. Meanwhile, a menial worker, identified as Gyanu, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a fan at his house at Ambiwala Tea Estate.

Cash, jewellery stolen: Thieves barged into the house of Kuldeep Singh Rawat of Sanskar Enclave, Nehru Colony, on Monday afternoon and decamped with cash, jewellery and other valuable items. Kuldeep and his wife had gone to Roorkee to attend a wedding when the incident took place.

Awareness drive launched: Students of MKP Post Graduate Girls College launched an awareness drive against the ill-effects of drug abuse in the Ahir Mandi slum area. Led by Dr Madhu Sharma, a lecturer, the students went to each house apprising people of the bad effects of drug abuse. The students also asked slum dwellers to ensure better education to the children. Dr Hemalata Saxena, Sonia Goswami, Puja, Vandana and Neetu also participated in the drive.

Kumaon Briefs
Nodal officers appointed for Assembly poll: In view of the coming Assembly elections, the Champawat administration has appointed nodal officers, officers in charge and their deputies for carrying out various duties related to the conduct of the poll. These officials will also be responsible for maintaining important election-related data. District Election Officer Ashish Joshi has ordered that progress reports be submitted by these officials on a daily and weekly basis. To chalk out a blueprint for the conduct of the poll, Joshi has convened a meeting of the nominated officials in Champawat on Wednesday. The blueprint would involve tasks like the identification of sensitive booths and the verification of all polling booths to ensure their easy accessibility.

3 more buses between Nainital, Haldwani: The Transport Department has decided to run three more local buses between Nainital and Haldwani. One of these buses will be run under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission while the remaining two will be run directly by the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation. At present, there are at least 30 local buses plying between Nainital and Haldwani on a daily basis besides those being run on the long routes. The addition of three buses will provide a big relief to the commuters who are often fleeced by taxi operators.

Health scheme for ex-servicemen: The District Sainik Welfare Office, Champawat, has asked ex-servicemen who had retired before April 1, 2003, and the widows of those killed while making supreme sacrifice to obtain the membership of the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) before December 1. Those eligible for the scheme have been asked to obtain details about the scheme and get their doubts removed by contacting the Sainik Welfare and Rehabilitation office. According to a spokesperson for the Sainik Welfare Office, applications received after December 1 for obtaining the membership would not be entertained.

Allocation of shops begins: The process of the allocation of shops constructed by the Haldwani Municipal Corporation has begun with the opening of tenders received for them. According to information, the highest bids have come for the shops located on the Kaladhungi road. The corporation had constructed 36 shops on the Rampur road, the Kaladhungi road and the Rajpura area. The allocation process had failed to take off in the past on account of a series of controversies. This time 168 applications had been received for allotment, of which 19 forms were rejected on technical grounds. At present, tenders have been approved for allotment of only 17 of the 36 shops as applications for the remaining 19 shops were not as per the norms.

Vegetable prices go up: The onset of the marriage season has hit the common man hard as the prices of vegetables in the region have skyrocketed. On account of a high demand for marriage feasts, the prices of the vegetables in the retail markets for routine customers have shot up considerably. The prices of vegetables used for preparing the items served in feasts have particularly shot up along with the supplementary items like tomatoes, lemon and potatoes.

(Compiled by Rajeev Khanna)

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