R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Sikh leaders to meet President
: Following the directives issued by the Akal Takht, Sikh leaders are likely to meet President Pratibha Patil next week to save Rajoana. SGPC Chief Avtar Singh Makkar said they have started making preparations for meeting the President as per the directions of the Akal Takht. "We are getting a memorandum drafted with the help of legal experts, which we will submit to the President. The memorandum will cover various aspects of the issue in a detailed manner.

Seminar for disabled soldiers
: A seminar for making the disabled soldiers aware regarding their entitlement and facilities provided by Armed forces and other government and non-government agencies was organised by Vajra Corps at Vajra Sainik Institute. The seminar was inaugurated by Maj Gen SK Agarwal, officiating Corps Commander, Vajra Corps. More than 100 soldiers, including visually, hearing or physically challenged, from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh attended the seminar.

Computer education for poor
: Members of the Rotary Club, Ludhiana Greater, pledged to work for poor and needy people and help uplifting the society during an official visit of District Governor Rtn. Sanjiv Sethi. A special campaign was launched to provide computer education to poor and needy children. Dr Sanjeev Uppal, president of Rotary Club, Ludhiana Greater, said that 50 computers would be made available by the club for this purpose.



Man killed in mishap
: Deep Chand, a resident of Harigarh Bhorakh in the district, was killed on the spot when a speeding tempo hit his motorcycle near Bhatt Majra village on Friday. Satpal, a resident of Malikpur village was injured in the accident. The Pehowa police has registered a case against the tempo driver.

Murder accused’s father held:
The police has arrested Ramjas Yadav, father of the principal accused Sonu Yadav of Bolni village, 14 km from here, in connection with the gruesome murder of Vinod Yadav on March 14. He was on Thursday produced in a local court which remanded him in 14-day judicial custody. The police said efforts were on to apprehend Sonu and three others, who were at large.

Body found
: The police recovered the body of a person hanging from a tree near Titoli village on Friday. According to a complaint lodged by Puran Singh, a relative of the deceased, the victim, identified as Chandroop, was murdered allegedly by his nephew Satyawan who had been having illicit relationship with Pinki, wife of the deceased. The police has sent the body for a post-mortem examination and a case has been registered. No arrest has been made  so far.

HC judge visits district jail
: Justice Daya Chaudhary of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday visited the district jail here. Justice Chaudhary, who is the administrative judge of the high court for Sirsa, is on a three-day visit to the district. She met the prisoners, listened to their problems and issued instructions to the jail authorities. District and Sessions Judge Subhash Goyal and Chief Judicial Magistrate Naresh Singhal accompanied her.


Worker falls  into khud: Worker KB Prabhakaran (58) of a contractor constructing bridge at Ghaghas, 9 km from here on National Highway No. 21, fell some 65 feet into the Ghaghas khud base and was grievously hurt. He was rushed first to the Regional Hospital here and then to the PGI, Chandigarh. Reports said Prabhakaran was working on a machine when he lost balance and fell down in the khud. He is said to have broken both legs and has serious injuries in his head. He belongs to Kerala. The police has registered a case.

Raise retirement age: Medicos: Himachal Pradesh medicos recently demanded that the retirement age of doctors in the state should be increased from 58 years to 62 years in view of the acute scarcity of doctors and their pay ceiling be increased from Rs 79,000 to Rs 85,000 on the Punjab pattern. Dr RS Rana, vice-president, Himachal Medical Officers Association (HMOA), in a statement here recently said doctors in the state be granted a four-tier scale on the Punjab pattern. He further demanded that the Rogi Kalayan Samiti (RKS) service period of doctors be counted for their financial benefits after they got regularised.

Man commits suicide: Gurjeet Singh (40) committed suicide by hanging himself from the roof in his house at Ansoli village on the outskirts of this town on Saturday. Dinesh Kumar, SDPO, Kangra, said his family members had informed the police. Gurjeet was a driver by profession and belonged to Sujjanpur near Pathankot, but was putting up with his in-laws for the past few years. The deceased had son studying in Class VIII in Navodaya Vidyalaya. Rudh Singh, father of Gurjeet, was also living in the same house.

Man consumes poison: Sher Singh of Tikkar in Paddar subdivision consumed some poisonous substance and died at the Community Health Centre, Padhar, on Friday. The police has ruled out foul play in the incident and carried out the postmortem of the body at the Civil Hospital, Jogindernagar.

26 Lok Adalat cases settled: A Lok Adalat was organised by the Himachal Pradesh High Court Legal Services Committee in the state high court premises on Saturday for the settlement of 194 civil cases. Twentysix cases were settled. A compensation amounting to Rs 33,89,091 was awarded in these cases. The Lok Adalat was presided over by Justice RK Mahajan, Justice Arun Kumar Goel, Justice KC Sood and Dr JN Barowalia, District and Sessions Judge. It was supervised by Justice DD Sud, Chairman, HP High Court Legal Services Committee, and Justice VK Sharma.

Symposium on electronics today: An interface on electronics and communication technical symposium-cum-summit will be organised between students, academia and industry by the Waknaghat-based Bahra University on March 25. The symposium will be attended by nearly 1,500 students, who are part of the Rayat-Bahra Group in the final year pursuing Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) BTech, programmes.


Woman dies after consuming wild herbs:
A woman died on Saturday after consuming some wild herbs to get relief from high fever in the Hiranagar area of Kathua district. She also gave the herb to her two children, who were also suffering from fever. The deceased has been identified as Nazia Bibi (32), wife of Ashraf Ali. She had consumed some wild herbs late last night. The police said Nazia and her children were shifted to Jammu, where she was declared brought dead. The children were admitted to the SMGS Hospital in Jammu. Their condition is stated to be stable.

Man held with poppy straw: The Kathua police on Saturday arrested a drug peddler and seized 40 kg poppy straw in Kathua town. The police said it intercepted a truck, which was on way to Punjab from the Kashmir Valley. Over 40 kg poppy straw, hidden beneath the lime stones in the truck, was recovered. The driver of the truck identified as Amarpreet, a resident of Sawan Chak in Kathua, tried to escape from the spot. He was arrested after a long chase.

Labourer dead: A labourer working at a generator set manufacturing factory on Saturday died under mysterious circumstances in the Bari Brahmana area on the outskirts of Jammu city. The police said the labourer identified as Kulbir Singh, a resident of Bari Brahmana, collapsed at the factory and was admitted to a nearby hospital by his colleagues. He was later shifted to the GMCH, Jammu, where he was declared brought dead. The preliminary reports suggested that Kulbir died of a cardiac arrest. However, the police has taken cognisance and started investigation.


Kumaon Briefs
Proposal for retaining walls: The Forest Department has proposed to construct retaining walls around 119 houses in over 20 villages of the district. “We have made several proposals for the protection of cultivable land and houses in these villages, but due to lack of budget we are not in a position to construct retaining walls in these villages,” said SP Singh, District Forest Officer, Champawat.

Residents’ plea to admin: Residents of 56 villages, which are to be included in the proposed Haldwani Nagar Nigam, have appealed to the administration that all villagers and public representatives be taken into confidence before taking any decision. “We are happy that the Haldwani Nagar Palika is being upgraded to Nagar Nigam. But the benefits these villages are getting under various schemes should continue,” said Suresh Sharma, a member of the Kusumkhera block development committee.

163 wheat purchase centres to be opened
: As the Rabi season is beginning on April 1, a total of 163 wheat purchasing centres will be opened in the Kumaon region so that farmers could sell their crop. “We have also increased the target of wheat purchases by 50 per cent this year,” said an official of the Uttarakhand Cooperative Federation.

Three get 7-year jail: A fast-track court in Nainital on Saturday awarded 7-years of imprisonment to the parents and the maternal uncle of a girl for attempting to kill her after she refused to marry the boy of their choice. “On June 17, 2010, a Ghaziabad couple tried to kill their daughter, Shabbu, in the jungles of Nainital by stangling her. Presuming her to be dead, they fled. However, the girl survived. After regaining consciousness, she lodged an FIR with the Kathgodam police. The court sent them to jail on Saturday.

Candidates told to submit expenses details: The District Election Officer, Pithoragarh, has asked all candidates to submit by April 5 the details of the expenditure incurred during the Assembly elections. The Election Commission had fixed a limit of Rs 11 lakh for each candidate. These details would be sent to the Chief Election Commissioner, said RC Sharma, assistant election officer of the district.

200 houses to be razed: District Magistrate, Udham Singh Nagar, PS Jangpangi has directed officials to demolish 200 houses being constructed near the Rampur highway. Jangpani said, “The land where the houses are being constructed is at present under review of various courts, thus no construction activity is allowed there. Notices will be issued to those who have started construction work in violation of the court orders.”

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)

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