R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Two booked for cheating:
The police has registered a case of cheating against two travel agents, who have allegedly duped a person of Rs 4 lakh. Ravail Singh had paid Rs 4 lakh to two travel agents, namely Navdeep Shingari and Vishal Shingari, to get a job for his son in Merchant Navy, Singapore. Ravail Singh’s son was sent to Malaysia on a tourist visa instead of Singapore. While talking to media persons here on Tuesday, DSP (City) Sakattar Singh stated that a case under Section 420 of the IPC has been registered against the fake travel agents.

NGO awarded:
A local NGO, Graduates Welfare Association Fazilka, has been declared winner of this year’s prestigious National Urban Mobility Award in the non-motorised transportation category for contribution to the promotion of ecocabs. The award, announced by the Union Ministry of Urban Development today, is given annually to a city that promotes non-motor mode of transportation, which helps in checking pollution.

2 held with smack, pistol:
Sadar police has recovered one country-made 7.65 bore pistol along with 4 live cartridges and 10 gm smack from two persons near Bassi Gulam Hussain village yesterday night. The persons were identified as Hakam Singh, aka Raju, and Sunny Khosla, both residents of Muheath Thiara. According to the police sources, pistol and cartridges were recovered from Hakam Singh and smack was recovered from Sunny Khosla. Both were arrested under Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act.

Girl abducted: Mehtiana police has arrested Deep, son of Kasturi Lal of Manna, under Sections 363 and 366 of the IPC for allegedly abducting a teenaged girl of the same village. According to the police sources, Gurmail Singh alleged that Deep has abducted his teenaged daughter to marry her.

Dr Kulbir appointed  PPSC member:
Dr Kulbir Singh Sandhu, director of extension education at the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, has been appointed member of Punjab Public Service Commission according to a communiqué from the Punjab Government. Dr Kulbir also got an offer from the food and agriculture organisation of UN as National Consultant Surveillance.

Declamation contest: A declamation contest was organised at Sanatan Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School for the students of higher wing here on Tuesday. The function commenced with the lighting of holy lamp followed by Saraswati Vandana. The students presented different views on different topics. Kunika stood first, Twinkle bagged the second prize and Simran third.

Executive officers transfered:
Punjab Government has transferred two executive officers of Phagwara and Mukerian Nagar Councils with immediate effect. Adarsh Sharma has been transferred from Mukerian to Phagwara and Ramesh Kumar from Phagwara to Mukerian.



DA sought:
The HP school contract lecturers appointed by the HP Subordinate Service Selection Board have urged the state government to provide them with Dearness Allowance (DA) as per the Recruitment and Promotion Rules, 2008.



Demand for rebuilding Babri mosque:
The Uttaranchal Muslim Forum at its meeting held here today on the anniversary of Babri mosque demolition has again reiterated its demand for building the mosque demolished by Hindu rightwing activists on December 6, 1992. President of the forum AS Khan said the people involved in the demolition of the mosque should be punished and mosque should be built through amicable settlement of the issue.

Kumaon Briefs
Plea to promote sheep rearing:
The residents of the Malla Danpur area of Kapkot block in Bageshwar district have demanded that the state government should promote sheep rearing and woollen industry in their area to promote self-employment among the youth. A delegation from the area met the District Livestock Officer last week and demanded that sheep breed like “merino” should be introduced to their region to promote the sheep rearing among villagers. “We have also demanded from the government that pashu sewa kendras (veterinary centres) should be set up in the villages of Badiakot, Surin, Loharkhet and Soop,” said Govind Singh Danu, Zila Panchayat member from the Malla Danpur area of the district.

Number of mobile phone users up: More than five lakh users are spending nearly Rs 5 crore on mobile phones in four districts of Almora, Bageshwar, Pithoragarh and Champawat every months as more than 182 mobile towers have been installed in these districts by the BSNL and private companies, according to Rana Ashok Kumar, General Manager, BSNL, Almora. “The mobile facility, which was introduced to this region in 2002, is now generating Rs 3-crore revenue for the BSNL local office besides Rs 5 crore for the private mobile companies,” he said. Almost every family in the region has mobile phone facility even as the number of landline telephones has gone down to 27,000.

Shortage of docs in Champawat: The health system in the Champawat district has collapsed as against 60 posts of doctor sanctioned for the district, there are only 25 doctors working at present in different hospitals. “Out of 20 health centres of the district, 13 are without doctors at present. The remote block of Pati is worst affected from this shortage where no medical officer has been available for the past two years. Owing to the unavailability of doctors, more than 3,000 patients have to go to Lohaghat, which is 31 km from this area, for treatment every month,” said Khushal Singh Adhikari, Block Pramukh of the Pati block.

Landless hold demonstration: Demanding distribution of the surplus land in Escort Farm area among them, the landless residents of Kashipur demonstrated in front of the office of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) on Tuesday. “The SDM promised us to arrange our meeting with the District Magistrate on November 17, but he has failed to fulfil his promise,” said Chandrahas, leader of the demonstrators. The demonstrators relented when the SDM promised them to arrange their meeting with the District Magistrate.

Vehicle thefts on the rise in Rudrapur: Thieves have stolen more than 400 vehicles in the district till date. According to the Rudrapur police, the auto thieves come from neighbouring districts of Uttar Pradesh and after committing thefts they return to their areas during night. “We are trying to be in contact with the police of these districts of UP as with their help only we will be able to check vehicle thefts in the district,” said Ashok Bhatt, Additional SP, Rudrapur police.

Banbasa women seek ration cards: Demanding issuing of ration cards, dozens of women from Banbasa on Tuesday demonstrated before the office of the Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) and threatened to launch an agitation if ration cards were not issued to their families. “Our applications for ration cards have been rejected in the past five years in the name of inquiry,” said Rehana Ansari, a social worker who led the demonstration.

7,000 yet to get Kutir Jyoti connections: Due to negligence on part of the Uttarakhand Power Corporation in identifying the real beneficiaries, more than 7,000 Kutir Jyoti connections are still to be provided in three districts of the Kumaon region. The Kutir Jyoti connections are given to the people living below poverty line by the power Corporation with a single bulb measured by electronic meter. Out of a total 9,371 Kutir Jyoti connections targeted in the districts of Almora , Pithoragarh and Nainital, only 1,177 families could be given connections under this scheme and rest of the families could not be identified so far.

Nagar panchayat status for Garur sought: Demanding the status of nagar panchayat for the Garur area near Bageshwar district headquarters, residents on Monday held a meeting and decided that if their town was not declared as the Nagar Panchayat, they would boycott the Assembly elections. “Despite ex-Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank’s promise to declare Garur town as Nagar Panchayat, the government did nothing in this direction which has led to disappointment among local residents. The town is stinking due to filth and the famous 12th century temples’ complex at Baijnath near the town faces neglect,” said Kailash Bora, senior trader of Garur.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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