R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Body found in canal:
The police has recovered the body of a 30-year-old government teacher Satbir Singh, resident of Lambi in Muktsar district, from Suratgarh branch canal in Sriganganagar district on Saturday. Station House Officer Bharat Singh said the car that he was driving had plunged into the canal near Abubshehar on July 31. The car has already been recovered and the body handed over to  his relatives.

Give Punjabi its due: SGPC:
Avtar Singh Makkar, SGPC chief, on Saturday said the Union Government must shun it dilly dallying attitude towards initiating corrective measures regarding the alleged anti-Punjabi decision taken by the Delhi University in the recent past. Makkar said he had written a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee and PM Manmohan Singh in this regard. "This doesn't augur well. Punjabi is being given a step-motherly treatment by the government," he added.

Cabinet meeting on Aug 9:
The Punjab Cabinet is likely to meet on August 9 to take up the issue of regularisation of illegal colonies in Punjab. The issue, discussed widely over the past few months, is likely to be given the final shape at the meeting. Sources said the implementation of the e-trip for yarn and plywood manufacturers also featured for discussion in the meeting.

4 held in dowry death case:
The police has arrested a family of four in connection with an alleged dowry death case. In his complaint, victim Jyoti's brother Jaspreet Singh, a resident of Jagadhari in Haryana, alleged that his 22-year-old sister was killed by her husband, Suraj Singh of Bargari village in the district. Suraj, his parents and his brother are among those arrested.

Spiritual leader laid to rest:
The mortal remains of a spiritual leader, Brahmleen Swami Arunananda Sarswati, were laid to rest in the presence of thousands of his followers and disciples at Swami Bodha Nand Ashram, Kaleshwar Mahadev, 60 km from here on the bank of the Beas on Saturday. Sarswati was 90 years old and died of cancer on Friday.

Pesticides stolen:
A gang of thieves reportedly stole pesticides worth several lakh rupees from Farmer Agro Centre at Lehragaga on Friday night. The thieves allegedly entered the shop by breaking its shutter with an iron rod. Station House Officer Tejinder Singh said they were yet to ascertain how many goods were stolen.



LTC for judicial officers:
Judicial officers will be entitled to one-month salary in lieu of leave travel concession (LTC) and home town LTC once in four years. A notification was issued by the Chief Secretary on Saturday. The current block for the purpose is from January 1, 2012, to December 1, 2015.

Poll training for officials: Eight HCS officers will impart training to division officials for Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections. Chief Electoral Officer on Saturday said the HCS officers would provide four-day training in the Ambala, Hisar, Rohtak and Gurgaon divisions between August 23 and September 21.

Man held for raping minor:
The police arrested a 28-year-old man on Saturday for raping a Class X student in his rented house. The 14-year-old victim's father approached the police when he got to know of the incident. The accused had fled after the rape, but was nabbed. Identified as Ajit Singh, a native of Berli village in Rewari district, the accused works with a private automobile company in IMT, Manesar.

7 booked in dowry case:
The police has booked seven persons for demanding dowry and intimidating a woman. The police said Asha of Kurukshetra reported that her Patiala-based husband Gurudat, father-in-law Dharm Singh, mother-in-law Pyar Kaur, sister-in-law Paramjeet Kaur, Gurdas, Udham Singh and Jaswant Kaur had demanded dowry and intimidated her.

Woman commits suicide:
Bhavana Devi (34) of Bithwana village committed suicide by jumping before a train on Saturday morning. An official said the cause of her suicide was being ascertained.

Man’s body found: The body of Daya Nand (35) of Kosli was recovered from near a village pond about 35 km from here on Saturday. He was hit by a vehicle. The police registered a case of causing death due to negligence on a complaint filed by Daya Chand, elder brother of the deceased.



Crimes against women:
DIG, Kumaon, GN Goswami has appealed to the police to be alert to crimes against women in the district and take immediate action on the complaints lodged by people. He was addressing the district police force during his visit to Almora. Goswami also instructed policemen to take care of traffic in the growing Almora town. “The DIG has ordered us to keep an eye on outsiders and maintain a register of the people who come to the district for work or other purposes,” said SK Meena, SP, Almora.

Artists to be honoured:
The Akhil Garhwal Sabha and Chithi, an NGO working on the folk art and literature, will honour several Garhwali personalities at a programme to be held at AMN Ghosh auditorium in Dehradun on August 4. Netra Singh Aswal, Jaipal Singh Rawat, Ganesh Khugsal, Girish Sundriyal, Neeta Kukreti and Madhu Sudan Thapliyal are some of prominent artists and literary personalities to be honoured on the occasion. Vijay Dhasmana of the Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust will be the chief guest. Garhwali folk singer Narendra Singh Negi and Akhil Garhwal Sabha president TS Aswal will be the special guests on the occasion.

Relay fast by defence staff: Defence employees under the aegis of the All India Defence Employees Federation will stage a relay fast outside the main gate of the office of Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun, from August 5. According to Dhyan Singh, general secretary of the union, the relay fast will continue for three days. The defence employees are demanding better pay and perks.

Shiv Puran discourse: Shri Sanatan Dharam Mandir Nehru Colony will hold a Shiv Puran discourse on August 14 for peace to the souls of those killed in the natural disaster of mid-June. RS Tyagi, manager of the colony, said the temple through donations had collected Rs 31,000, which would be contributed to the Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund.

17 bodies cremated: Seventeen unclaimed bodies were cremated in Kedarnath on Friday. A joint team of the National Disaster Relief Force and the Uttarakhand Police performed the last rites. Photographs and DNA samples of the bodies were preserved for future reference. According to police sources, all 7 bodies were severely mutilated.

Revenue village status sought:
Villagers of Damua Dhunga have demanded that their village be declared a revenue village so that they could avail of benefits of government development programmes. The village having over 12,000 population is inhabited since 1952 and its residents have been demanding the status of a revenue village for the last three generations. “Though reserve forest officers have declared that of the total 655 acres under the village over 617 acres are not forestland, the Revenue Department is not declaring it as a revenue village,” said Vijay Kumar Pappu, gram pradhan of the village.

Rs 19 lakh for disaster-hit:
Advocates and employees of the Nainital High Court have collected Rs 19 lakh to help disaster-hit villagers of the state. According to a press note issued by Advocate General UK Uniyal, the amount has been collected from the offices of law officers, practising advocates, besides from the offices of Advocate General of other states. “This amount includes donation from the offices of Advocate Generals of Bihar, Kerala, Gujarat, West Bengal and Nagaland, besides donation from law officers of the high court,” said Uniyal.

Temporary schools:
Temporary schools have been opened in the disaster-affected areas so that students could continue their studies, said Dr Yogesh Dubey, a member of the Nation Commission for Child Protection. The education of over 799 students of 42 schools has been affected in the district after heavy rains devastated the region. Dubey said the commission had instructed its officers to get in touch with local gram pradhans and Gram Shiksha Samiti members to continue the education of these children and provide them mid-day meals.

Manhunt for two robbers:
The police has launched a manhunt for two youths who robbed of a local businessman of Rs 50,000, jewellery and drove away his car after dumping him in an unconscious condition near the roadways station on Friday night. “It seems to be a case of robbery. As such crimes are increasing in the city, the police has made a strategy to check and control such incidents,” said Ridhim Aggrawal, SSP, Udham Singh Nagar.

(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)


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