R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Cop booked for attempt to kill wife:
Manjinder Kaur, mother of two children, registered a case under Sections 307 and 34 of the IPC against her husband Pawan Kumar in Garhdiwala police station on Monday. Kumar is a head constable. According to the police sources, Manjinder Kaur alleged that on the night of December 7 Kumar tried to kill her. He first sprinkled kerosene on her and then set her ablaze. She was saved by her neighbours. She is now under medical treatment.

Minor girl raped: A 15-year-old girl of Khanpur Thiara village was raped by a youth of the same village. Bulhowal police has booked Bablu under Section 376 of the IPC on Monday. According to the police sources, the victim stated that she was returning to her house when Balbu forcibly took her to the fields where he raped her.

Employees rally against govt: Employees of Punjab Water Resources Management Development led by Om Parkash, Makhan Singh Malli and Tara Singh Saini, from all over the state staged a rally and demonstration against the Punjab government in support of their demand at local Shaheed Udham Singh Park on Monday. They demanded regularising pension of all employees of the corporation. They also went to the residence of the local government and industries minister, Tikshan Sud, and presented him a memorandum regarding their demand. He assured them that he will discuss the issue with the Chief Minister.

3 drug dealers held:
The police has arrested three drug peddlers, identified as Raghuvir Singh, aka Laddi, Parveen Kumar, aka Peena, of Dhada Kalan village, and Lovedeep Singh, aka Love, of Pakhowal village, Hoshiarpur. Police has also recovered 4.50 gm heroin from them.

Thieves strike at 5 houses:
Thieves struck at five houses, including two of NRIs, in the nearby Virk village on Sunday night. SHO Goraya Kulwant Singh Randhawa while confirming the incident told The Tribune here that the thieves entered the houses of Amit Rani, Paramjit Kaur, Hardish Kaur, Nirmal Singh and Satnam Singh and decamped with valuables worth lakhs of rupees, including cash and gold ornaments. Police has registered cases.

Two drug peddlers held: The Goraya police has arrested two drugs peddlers, identified as Shiv Kumar and Suraj with 15 gm of heroine. The police has also seized a huge quantity of poppy husk from their possession.

Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur National Integration Chair and the department of Punjabi will organise a seminar on “Challenges before national integration and communal harmony in India” on December 15 at Punjabi University, Patiala.

Tarn Taran
Teenaged girl kidnapped, 2 booked:
Manga Singh and his associate Kuldeep Singh, both of Muradpur locality, have been booked under Sections 363 and 366A of the IPC for abducting a Class IX girl. The father of the victim said the accused abducted his 15-year-old daughter when she had gone to the market. A case in this regards has been registered on Sunday although the girl was abducted two weeks ago.

Gang of looters busted: The Goindwal Sahib police has busted a gang of seven looters by arresting four of its members on Monday. Police has recovered sharp-edged weapons from their possession. A case under Sections 399 and 402 of the IPC has been registered. The accused have been identified as Baldev Singh, Boota Singh, Sukhdev Singh and Sher Singh, residents of Khawaspur village.

Nagar kirtan taken out: A very colourful Nagar Kirtan procession dedicated to the birth anniversary of tenth Sikh Master Guru Gobind Singh was taken out here on Monday in which a large number of school students and members of different social, religious organisations participated. Langers were arranged at different places in the town.

BSF jawan dies in road accident: Gurbhej Singh (26), resident of Mianpur village, 20 km from here, was found dead in a road accident near his village on Sunday evening. Gurbhej, a BSF jawan, was going to a nearby township, Chabal, on his bike when some unidentified vehicle hit him. He died on the spot. The Chabal police has lodged a report under Section 174 CrPC.



Woman elected sarpanch:
Woman candidate Saroj has been elected as sarpanch of Tadaheri village in the byelection last evening. The election was necessitated following the murder of sitting sarpanch Devender Dalal. Saroj is wife of Devender’s elder brother . According to official information, Saroj defeated her nearest rival, Shamsher Singh, by 106 votes.

Man electrocuted:
Man Singh (45), a contractual employee of the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vidyut Nigam was electrocuted when he came into contact with a high-tension line while providing power connection to a tubewell in Lukhi village near Kosli yesterday. He was a resident of UP and used to work with the nigam as contractual employee for providing power connections to tubewells in the Kosli region.



Nagot Cultural Festival ends:
The three-day Nagot Cultural Festival, organised by Natrang, Jammu, concluded here today. A record number of 920 artistes participated in the festival held on the Dhol Devta ground in Bakkal village of Reasi district.

Education officer held:
The Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) of Khumiriyal in Kupwara district was arrested for destroying official records pertaining to the distribution of scholarships among students of backward areas, the police said on Monday. ZEO, Khumiriyal, Mohammad Akbar Mir along with his senior assistant Mohammad Amin Lone were arrested after the police found them guilty of setting ablaze the official records pertaining to the distribution of scholarships among Gujjar, Bakerwal and Pahadi students. The police said the records were destroyed to cover the irregularities committed by them.

Three held with illicit liquor: Three persons were arrested and 17 bottles of illicit liquor seized from their possession in Kulgam district, the police said on Monday. The police intercepted a vehicle at Beebagh Yaripora and on checking the vehicle seized 17 bottles of illicit liquor and arrested the three persons travelling in it.



BSP candidate booked:
A case of obstructing public servant, rioting and violence was registered against Manoj Sharma, a candidate of the BSP from the Mussoorie assembly segment, at Rajpur police station here on Monday. Manoj has put up hoardings and bill boards on the Rajpur road which were being removed by a team of the DMC. However, Manoj Sharma objected to it and beat up the members of the team.

Kumaon Briefs

Concern over migration from hill villages:
To stop migration from hill villages, special attention is needed to be given to agriculture and allied industries in the region. These views were expressed by experts gathered here to participate at a workshop organised by the Uttarakhand Sewa Nidhi, an NGO working in the area of sustainable economy for the hill region. “People are migrating from hill villages owing to the lack of basic facilities,” said RS Tolia, former state Chief Secretary.

Protest over smuggling of liquor:
To check the smuggling of illegal liquor, women from the Mahila Jagriti Manch staged a dharna at the tehsil administration. “Besides this problem, we are also facing problems of the shortage of cooking gas, fuel wood and drinking water for which we have been complaining the administration regularly but the administration did nothing in this direction,” said Neema Daufauti, president of them manch.

HMT watch factory to be renovated:
The state government will spend Rs 20 crore on the renovation of the HMT watch factory at Bhimtal, Nainital. The factory has been lying closed for the past 20 years. This was stated by Rakesh Sharma, Principal Secretary (Industries), here on Monday. He said after the renovation, the factory would give jobs to 400 workers.

14 drinking water schemes get nod:
A total of 14 drinking water schemes of worth Rs 143.17 crore were sanctioned for the district at a meeting held here on Monday. According to the chairperson of the Champawat zila panchayat Prema Pandey, these drinking schemes will be implemented in Barakot, Pati and Lohaghat blocks of the district. “The schemes, situated in rural areas of the district will get green signal for the implementation before the Assembly elections in the state,” she said.

Three feed banks for Terai area:
To increase milk production in the Terai area, the state Livestock Development Department is opening three feed banks in the town at a cost of Rs 16.50 lakh. “We will open three feed banks at Gularbhoj, Kashipur and Jaspur. We will provide compact feed to animal keepers of the region,” said Dr MS Nayal, chief veterinary surgeon.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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