R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


NGO distributes reflectors:
Continuing its drive to prevent road accidents, NGO Sahara Jan Sewa on Sunday pasted reflectors at the rear and front parts of vehicles with the help of the police at Talwandi Sabo. NGO president Vijay Goyal said so far nearly 500 reflectors were distributed at Talwandi Sabo and special focus was on tractor-trolleys, trucks and buses. The drivers have also been urged to maintain reasonable speed during the foggy weather. The drivers have also been told not to overtake and remain calm while driving so that the rising loss of lives in the road accidents could be restricted to some extent.

Three booked for jumping parole: The police have registered a case against three jail inmates lodged in Bathinda Central Jail for jumping parole and not returning back to the jail after availing of the leave provided under the parole period. A case in this connection has been registered at the Sangat police station under relevant laws.

Micro-irrigation  incentives enhanced:
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has given his approval to enhance the incentives under the Micro-Irrigation (MI) Scheme. The incentives are to be enhanced from 50 per cent to 80 per cent of the actual market cost for the general category farmers and 90 per cent for women farmers and those belonging to Scheduled Caste communities. As per the norms of the Centre, the subsidy is provided to beneficiaries with land up to five hectares but the state government has stated has decided to remove this condition altogether.

Septic tanks in 98 villages: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has sanctioned Rs 12.24 crore for the construction of septic tanks for the disadvantaged sections of the society in 98 villages. The sewerage system was being upgraded through the World Bank-aided scheme of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation. However, in order to extend the benefit of this scheme to the weaker sections of the society, Badal has sanctioned Rs 12.24 crore for the construction of septic tanks in 13,599 households in these villages.

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Renaming fair irks  Sikh community:
The renaming of Shahidi Jor Mela as Shaheedi Sabha has irked the Sikh community. Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbanchan Singh on the occasion of Shaheedi Dewan had renamed the fair. Bir Devinder Singh, former Deputy Speaker, state assembly, expressed this in a press release.

Singer Gill's police remand extended:
A city court on Sunday extended the police remand of noted Punjabi singer Nachhatar Gill for a day in a rape case. He is in police custody for the last four days. Two co-accused, Charanajit Singh Channi and Jagdeep Singh Sohi, are also on police remand. Gill was arrested on December 24 following a complaint by a girl residing near Hambran Road. He has been accused of establishing physical relations with the girl by making false promises.



Legal aid clinic on Jan 5:
A judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman of Haryana State legal Services Authority, SK Mittal, announced here yesterday that a legal aid clinic would be opened in Wazirabad village in this district on January 5. Justice Mittal made a surprise visit to Wazirabad. He interacted with the villagers and shared their problems. He explained to them the kind of help that would be rendered at the proposed clinic.



Leopard's skin seized:
The police today arrested two persons and seized a leopard's skin from their possession. They were arrested during a naka on Ring Road. They were waiting to meet a prospective buyer. The police said they had received a tip-off about the smuggling of leopard skin near Ring Road. The duo has been booked under the Wildlife Protection Act.


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