R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Purse snatched from tourist:
Two motorcycle-borne youths allegedly snatched the purse of Harman Saini, a resident of Gurgaon, and fled. Harman had come to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple. The incident took place hen she was coming out of the temple. She was robbed of a camera, a set of diamond earrings, Rs 4,000 in cash, two debit cards, a driving licence and PAN card. A case under Section 379-B of IPC, has been registered.

Annual day celebrated: GD Goenka Public School celebrated its second annual day today with a number of cultural performances by its students. The programme began with Ganesh Vandana. Tiny tots danced on the theme of ‘India-Down the ages’ followed by the final dance performance on ‘Chak De India’. Dignitaries distributed prizes to the students. Principal of the host school Madhu Gandhi read school’s annual report.

Youth found hanging from tree: The Civil Lines police has recovered the body of a youth. The body was tied to a tree on the Maqboolpura road. The deceased has been identified as Anu (22) who was a domestic help at a residence in the Maqboolpur area. Civil Lines SHO Sanjeev Kumar said after interrogation it appeared to be a case of suicide. “We have interrogated the owners of the house as well as in the neighbouhood but the cause of such an extreme step taken by him could not be ascertained. He hailed from Baramulla village in UP. A postmortem examination of the body will be conducted after his guardians would arrive”, he said.

Celebrations: Congress workers celebrated the 65th birthday of All-India Congress Committee president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the Gill Road under Atam Nagar assembly segment here. DCC former president Krishan Kumar Bawa lauded Sonia Gandhi for carrying forward the spirit of sacrifice and nationalism.

Fire at power sub-station:
A major fire broke out at the 132 KV sub-station in Guruharsahai today when one of its transformer caught fire due to some internal fault. It took hours for the four fire tenders to control the flames which gutted a transformer with a capacity of 20 MW.



CAG’s new DG:
Balvinder Singh, Principal Accountant General (Audit and Establishment) Haryana, has been posted as Director General (Local Bodies) in the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, New Delhi, according to a press note issued here on Friday.

9 challaned for polythene usage:
Municipal Council launched a special drive to check the sale of polythene bags in various areas of the town here on Saturday. City magistrate Naveen Ahuja and executive officer Rohtash Bishnoi of the local Municipal Council challaned as many as five wholesale dealers and four retailers. The officials went to different markets in the town and made surprise checks.

Man dies in mishap:
Bobad (40), resident of Kosli, was hit by an unknown vehicle near Kosli station Friday evening. Mir Singh, elder brother of the victim, found Bobad’s body at the roadside. Bobad, a chowkidar in a private school at Kosli, was on his way to the school when the incident took place. The police has registered a case.



Conference ends:
A three-day conference of the All-India Medical Librarian Association was organised at Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, which was inaugurated on Wednesday and concluded on Friday. Presidents of Librarian Unions from various states of the country participated in the conference. Munish Saroch, spokesman of the DRPGMC, Tanda, said the inauguration of the conference was made by Prof Anil Chauhan, Principal, DRPGMC, Tanda. He said papers on changing library scenario by various research scholars were presented during the conference and some presentations were also made by specialists and experts “on the library sciences then and now”.

Father, son killed:
A speeding jeep reportedly hit a motorcycle coming from the opposite side near Rehan on the Jassur-Talwara highway on Thursday. Seriously injured Tarsem of Nagaal village who was driving the motorcycle rushed to the Rehan primary health centre where he was declared brought dead. His son Akhil (6) who also sustained grave injuries was shifted to Army Hospital, Pathankot, where he also succumbed to his injuries. Anita, wife of Tarsem, who was also travelling on the motorcycle, escaped unhurt. A case has been registered against the jeep driver who fled from the spot after hitting the bike.

Ambulance service:
On the successful completion of one year of the 108 Ambulance Service under the Atal Swasthya Yojna a function was organised at Civil Hospital, Sundernagar on Saturday. SDM, Sundernagar, Vivek Chandel was the chief guest. He congratulated the team of the 108 service on the occasion. The chief guest was welcomed by district manager of team Prashant Gosain. He said in Sundernagar, the 108 ambulance facility has given emergency services to 1,066 persons till November 2011. Girija Gautam, president, MC, Sundernagar, also spoke. Meanwhile, a workshop was organised by the Health Department to celebrate the first anniversary of 108 ambulance service 108,” in Palampur recently. A number of persons who have benefited from this service also attended the workshop. Ajay of the Palampur Beopar Mandal demanded that Palampur should have two ambulances as the hospital here catered to a big area.



Generator set in remote Leh area:
Minister for Tourism Nawang Rigzin Jora inaugurated a 125 KV diesel generator set at Khardong village, situated at a height of 14,500 feet above the sea level, just across the Khardong-la Pass in Leh district on Friday. The generator set would cater to the power needs of 150 families of Khardong, Farka and Rasermo villages. It was provided under the Area Development Fund of MLC, Leh, Norbu Gyalson, an official spokesman here said.

Kargil Courier airlifts 59: Fifty-nine civilian passengers were airlifted between Kargil and Jammu in the Indian Air Force-operated AN-32 Kargil Courier on Saturday. Of these 28 passengers were airlifted from Kargil to Jammu and 31 passengers from Jammu to Kargil. The Haj pilgrims from Kargil district, at present in Srinagar, who had purchased tickets for the Srinagar-Kargil sector, had been advised to report to the Kargil House, Bemina, on Sunday morning, an official spokesman here said.

BSF sends Valley students on tour: The BSF sent students from remote areas of the Valley on a Bharat Darshan tour on Thursday. State Minister for Industries and Commerce SS Slathia along with IG, BSF, Kashmir Frontier, Anil Kamboj flagged off the tour at the STC, BSF Camp, Humhama, here. A BSF spokesperson said the students were selected for the educational-cum-motivational tour to Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Delhi and Agra.

Water scheme for Kishtwar town:
NHPC Limited on Friday dedicated a water supply scheme to Kishtwar town, which had been facing a scarcity of drinking water. The NHPC-run Dulhasti Power Station, Kishtwar, had constructed the facility. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, MLA, Kishtwar, inaugurated the scheme at the Pump House in the Shalimar area in the presence of Rajeev Hustu, General Manager, Dulhasti Power Station, Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, MH Malik and Commander of 17 RR Col Joydeep Mukherjee.



Demands fulfilled:
Chief Minister BC Khanduri has fulfilled the demands of the State Corporation Employees Association (SCEA) and the Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation Employees Association (UFDCEA) regarding the promotion benefit and pay grade of Rs 1,800 and the regularisation of the services of daily wagers/contractual employees.

Valmiki Friends Club win: Valmiki Friends Club won by 3 wickets against New Star Cricket Club in Beehive Challengers 20Twenty cricket championship being held at Matawala Ground in Dehradun. Batting first, New Star Cricket Club scored 101 runs at a lose of 8 wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Alam Khan scored the highest 24 runs. Batting next, Valmiki Friends Club managed to get to the target score 
easily. Ritesh scored valuable 58 runs for Valmiki Friends Club. 

Kumaon Briefs
16 more battalions of SSB soon
: Sixteen more battalions of Sahastra Seema Bal (SSB), the force guarding the Indo-Nepal border, will be formed and 18,752 jawans and officers will be recruited in it. The youth, living on the border areas on the Indo-Nepal border, will be given 20 per cent weightage in these recruitment, said Shyam Singh, Inspector General of the SSB, Kumoan range. “The need of increasing the strength of the force arises because the Nepali Maoists have recently violated the borders,” said the IG. He further said keeping the Maoists tendency of continuous violation of the Indo-Nepal border at the Banbasa and Tanakpur area in mind, the SSB has sent a proposal to the government to erect a permanent wall at the border at the Banabasa zone on the Indo-Nepal border.

Road to Almora blocked:
As the highway to Almora could not be opened at Jaurasi after five days due to a major landslide that blocked the road, District Magistrate of Nainital Nidhi Mani Tripathi has ordered a survey of the villages situated in the vicinity likely to be affected by the landslide. “We are surveying the villages. After the geological survey of these villages, the further report on if villagers need to be shifted or not will be sent to the government,” said Triptahi. Meanwhile, due to non-operation of this road towards Almora even on the fifth day on Saturday, the vehicular traffic has been diverted from the alternative Ramgarh route which is taking four hours more to reach Almora.

‘Riots due to police negligence’:
The riots in Rudrapur were politically motivated and were caused due to negligence on the part of the police. The riots could have spread and become uncontrolled. These views were put forth by a team of the National Minority Commission, a team of which visited the spot and surveyed the situation before meeting mediapersons here on Saturday. “The riots could get impetus as the police took the incident of desecration of a religious book on September 29 lightly and also showed laziness in using the two special battalions of the PAC which were at the disposal of the police administration,” said KN Daruwala, a member of the commission after inspection of key sites of the October riots with his team members and the administration officers.

Cold wave in region:
Due to an active western disturbance, the higher reaches of Bageshwar district had snowfall and light rain on Friday leading to a cold wave in the region. The seven pastures, including, Kautal, Pakhwa, Baluni and Phurkia Bugyals (pastures on the higher Himalayan reaches) witness first chilling cold of the season and need immediate supply of fuelwood and ration to beat the cold,” said FS Chaudhari, SDM of Kapkot.

Removal of liquor shop demanded:
Demanding the removal of a liquor shop from Chalthi town, women from the locality and adjoining area on Saturday met District Magistrate Ashish Joshi and demanded the removal of the liquor shop alleging that the liquor shop in the vicinity had led men to increased drinking adversely affecting the social life of the families. “After our last agitation, the administration has only shifted the place of the shop at a place near school and hospital,” said Kamala Arya, president of the Mahila Mangal Dal of the village.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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