R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Three held for planning robbery:
Three persons were arrested at the motor market of Manimajra while they were planning to commit a robbery. The police arrested Gurpreet, alias Marru, Suraj, alias Chattu, and Sajed Ahmed and recovered a rod, knife and a stick from their possession. A Case under sections 399 and 402 of the IPC has been registered at the Manimajra police station.

Review meeting: Municipal corporation Mayor Raj Bala Malik took stock of the construction work at the Mahila Bhawan, Sector 38, on Tuesday afternoon. The Mayor was accompanied by Mukesh Anand, superintending engineer, B&R circle, and Sanjay Arora, executive engineer, roads-3, and other officials concerned of the road wing. During the visit, the Mayor also called the architect, who is looking after the work of the bhawan and he assured the Mayor to provide all remaining drawings to the engineering department within 15 days. The Mayor instructed the engineers to arrange review meetings in her presence every month so that the construction work can be completed within the time frame. The officials informed the Mayor that the total plot area of the bhawan would be 56,765 sq ft with a basement.

Workshop: The Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA), UT Chandigarh, organised a two-day workshop, training for principals and heads of all government schools of the UT and CRCs, which concluded here on Tuesday. The resource persons included Adil Rashid, senior consultant, and Pritpal Kaur, senior educationist and ex-mission coordinator, SSA. They spoke on access, retention and special training centres with special focus on the RTE. Adil Rashid edified the trainers about the special training centres and solved the queries of the principals on the implementation of the RTE and functioning of the special training centres.

Awarded: Dr Sujit Kumar Pujhari, senior research fellow, department of virology, PGIMER, was awarded with the prestigious best young scientist award for his research work on “Cytokine storm, TNF-á promoter polymorphism and viral load as possible factors for disease progression in Japanese encephalitis patients” during the annual conference of Indian Virological Society (VIROCON-2011) held at Hisar. Mrinalini Sharma, a PhD student from the department, bagged the third young scientist award for her work on “Adenoviral load in myocardial tissue of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy”, which elucidated the viral cause behind myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy patients.

Eatables destroyed: The inspectorate staff of medical officer of health in the municipal corporation conducted a surprise check on Tuesday and destroyed food articles found unfit for human consumption. The team conducted special epidemic raids in Sector 17 and destroyed 60 kg of food items found to be unfit for human consumption.

CAT helpline numbers: Chandigarh-based Aryans Business School has started free helpline numbers for CAT aspirants where students could assess the result tomorrow. The aspirants can call on 98762-99888 or 98765-99888 from 9 am to 4 pm and can get the result. This would be beneficial for those students who don’t have the Internet access or who have connectivity problem. Students have to call on these numbers with CAT registration number.

Theatre workshop: A special theatre workshop for inmates of Snehalaya, a shelter home, which was organised by the department of social welfare, Chandigarh Administration, in association with the Tagore Theatre Society concluded here on Tuesday. The inmates had a chance to learn and polish their hidden acting talents. This workshop was conducted by the two passouts from the department of Indian theatre and Tagore Theatre director Kuldip Sharma.




Man arrested:
The police has arrested Ajit who had broken into Kamal Singh’s mobile shop at the Poswal Chowk here on the night of November 25, 2011, and had stolen 20 cellphones from there. The police has recovered eight stolen cellphones from his possession. He was remanded in police custody for two days by a court on Wednesday.

One killed: Subhash Rajput (36) of Dosod village in Alwar district of Rajasthan died on the spot while his brother-in-law Rinku (20), a computer trainee, sustained injuries when their motorcycle was hit by a car on the Rewari-Kanina road at Nangal Mundi village on Tuesday. The car driver fled away after the accident. The mishap took place when Subhash and Rinku were on their way from Dosod to Rattanthal village while the car was going from Rewari to Kanina.



Man found hanging:
A middle-aged man was found hanging at his residence in Marjali Chak near Gharota, on the outskirts of Jammu City today. The deceased has been identified as Swaran Singh, 40, a resident of Marjali Chak. Official sources said the members of Swaran’s family informed the police about the incident. The body was shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Jammu. The police has registered a case and started investigation to ascertain the cause of death.

Minor killed in road mishap: A minor was killed in a road mishap near Bikram Chowk today morning. The victim has been identified as Mohammad Asif, 5, a resident of Nehru Market. Sources said a speeding car hit the boy when he was crossing the road with his mother.

Man caught for evading sales tax: The District Special Branch (DSB) of the police handed over a person along with seized material to the Sales Tax Department, as he had been evading sales tax at Lakhanpur today. The person has been identified as Kamal Kumar, a resident of Sujanpur in Pathankot. Official sources said the DSB officials intercepted a car near Shastri Nagar after it received information that automobile spare parts were being brought to Jammu without the payment of sales tax at Lakhanpur. On verification of documents, the person couldn’t produce the requisite sales tax receipt, sources said. They added the automobile spare parts were being imported for Kailash Enterprise at Shastri Nagar.

Kidnapped woman recovered: The Jajjar Kotli police claimed to have solved an abduction case by recovering a woman, who had gone missing from her residence on December 25, 2011. The police have also arrested Kaku Ram, a resident of Dansal for abducting the woman and keeping her under illegal confinement. On December 25, Khem Raj of Jajjar Kotli lodged a complaint that his wife, Neelam Devi, 32, was missing from her house and apprehended that she might had been abducted by some unknown persons. On the directions of SDPO Nagrota, DSP, Faisal Qureshi, a police team led by SHO of the Jajjar Kotli police station conducted raids at several places and recovered the woman from Jammu.



Curtains on winter camp for sports:
The 21-day winter camp for sports organised by the Strikers Sports Academy, Dehradun, finally culminated here on Tuesdaywhile the academy held its closing ceremony at Sanatan Dharm Inter-College (Bannu School) on Wednesday. More than 80 students from 25 schools of Dehradun participated in the various sports training, including cricket, football, badminton, karate, craft making, dance, English speaking classes and personality development classes, that were conducted in the camp. The students were given training during their winter vacation under the guidance of professionals.

Kumaon Briefs
Tuskers damage standing crop:
UA herd of elephants wreaked havoc on the standing crop in Gaindahali village of Tanakpur. According to villagers, the elephants destroyed crop that stood over several bighas of land. The villagers had a tough time chasing the elephants back into the forest. They have appealed to officials of the Forest Department to take steps to check the menace caused by the pachyderms at repeated intervals. The villagers have also sought that appropriate compensation be paid to them for the losses incurred on account of the raids carried out by the elephants.

Cold claims youth’s life: A youth died on account of the prevailing cold wave conditions in Nainital. Rajendra Manral (25) of Tallakot in Betalghat had left his house to participate in a procession for the filing of the election nomination of a candidate. A passerby found him as he was lying unconscious near the Pines area on the Bhawali road. He was admitted to BD Pandey Hospital, where he died while being treated.

Five held for smuggling of liquor: Carrying on with its drive to check a large-scale smuggling and transportation of liquor, the Haldwani police arrested five persons during raids carried out in different parts of the town. Those arrested include a woman. According to information, the arrests were made in Kathgodam, Lamachaur and Rampur Road bypass areas of the town. The seizure include both country and Indian-made foreign liquor.

Security guard charred to death: A security guard was charred to death in a fire that broke out in a school building in the Bhikiyasain area of Almora district. A large number of records that had been stored were also destroyed. The deceased has been identified as 55-year-old Joga Ram of Naubara village. The school building at Uttamsani had been in existence since 1962. It is learnt that the library, laboratory, the Principal’s office and the record room have been totally destroyed. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Winter vacation of HC advanced: The winter vacation of the Uttarakhand High Court have been advanced on account of the prevailing cold wave conditions. The HC was scheduled to be closed for the winter vacations from January 14 to February 20. But it has been shut from January 11 keeping in view the harsh weather conditions. A proposal for advancing the winter break was mooted at a meeting of the Bar Association and the decision was conveyed to Chief Justice Barin Ghosh who accepted it.


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