R E G I O N A L   B R I E F S


Union chief elected:
Rajiv Gupta, Suwidha Centre in charge, Muktsar, has been elected as the president of Punjab State Suwidha Employees' Union. Satpal from Ludhiana has been elected as general secretary, Naresh Kumar from Hoshiarpur joint secretary and Charanjit from Mohali senior vice president.

Couple commits suicide:
Lance Naik Surmukh Singh of Rajemajra village and his lover Amritpal Kaur of Gandoh village committed suicide at a farmhouse in Tajoval village near here on Sunday. The duo had consumed poison. Surmukh was married and had two children. His father Surinder Singh said Surmukh, who was posted at Rajouri, had been on leave since November 10.

Seminar held:A seminar on 'Challenges before modern journalism' was organised by Rupnagar Press Club here to mark the National Press Day. The speakers said media persons should keep themselves updated on the latest developments in technology to be a successful journalist. "It is paramount for the journalists to keep pace with the time and adapt to the changes to meet the requirement of modern day journalism," said Dr Harjinder Walia, Head of Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Punjabi University, Patiala.

Tarn Taran
87 smugglers booked:
The district police have booked 87 smugglers. Sources said 37 of the accused were booked by the local city police and 47 by the Chabal police. The accused have been booked under the IPC, the Arms Act and the NDPS Act. The police said the accused persons, who had links across the border, smuggled arms and drugs into the country. No one has been arrested so far.



1 booked for irregularities in govt ration
: The police have booked a person for irregularities in the supply of ration of government depots and registered a case under the relevant sections of the Essential Commodities Act and the Indian Penal Code. A police press note on Monday revealed that on November 12, the police had recovered 32 bags of ration at different places, pertaining to government supplies. The police were investigating into the irregularities.

106 vehicles challaned  in Chamba
: As many as 106 vehicles were challaned at different points in the district under a traffic regulation campaign waged against rash and negligent driving, a police report received here on Monday said. The report stated that the campaign had been launched to regulate the smooth plying of vehicles in the district. A fine Rs 18,400 had been realised from traffic lawbreakers, the report further said.

Man gets 6-month jail  in accident case
: Parveen Chauhan, Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), here sentenced one Pawan Kumar of Kangra district to undergo six months’ simple imprisonment in a motor vehicle accident case. Assistant District Attorney Pankaj Diwan examined 11 witnesses and on the basis of evidences and arguments advanced, the court convicted the accused. The accused was also imposed a fine totaling to Rs 2,000, the judgement added.

Sonepat resident held with 1.5 kg charas
: The police have arrested a resident of Sonepat in Haryana for possessing charas at the Gharan road near here on Sunday. Sadar SHO Sanjeev Kumar said during patrolling, they recovered 1.510 kg charas from the possession of Sandeep Saroa, a resident of Gannaur in Sonepat district of Haryana. The SHO said a case under the NDPS Act had been registered.

Panchayat chief booked for misusing funds: The Gohar police have registered a case of cheating against a panchayat president for misusing development funds. In a complaint to the police, Raj Kumar, vice-president of Shalla gram panchayat, alleged that panchayat president Neema Devi fraudulently misused the panchayat development funds amounting Rs 3.78 lakh with the help of her husband and other persons. The police registered a case under Sections 420 and 409 of the IPC against the panchayat president and others.



Shiv Sena founder remembered: The state unit of the Shiv Sena celebrated the birth anniversary of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray inside the party office here on Monday. Party activists paid floral tributes in front of Bal Thackeray’s portrait. Shiv Sena state president Gaurav Kumar addressed the party members and told them to take inspiration from the life of Thakrey. Pankaj Goyal, Vishal Bedi, Ashish Singhal, Shivam Goyal, Manoj Bohra, Kailash Kumar and others were present.

Allopathic pharmacists protest:Agitating unemployed allopathic pharmacists accused the state government of failing to meet their demand of providing government job to hundreds of unemployed youth. They organised a hawan for the purification of the government. Association president Manoj Tripathi said pharmacists would intensify their agitation if government does not meet their demand.

Shiksha acharyas protest: The Shiksha Acharyas continued their protest at Parade Ground in support of their demand of amalgamating them in Shiksha Mitra’s. Protesting Shiksha Acharya’s blamed the government of having apathetic attitude towards their demand. They said they would continue their agitation till the government accepts their demand. Shiksha Acharya association general secretary Parvind Kumar said Chief Minister Harish Rawat directed officials concerned eight months ago to issue the government order with regard to our demand, but no government order has been issued till date. Devendra Singh Bisht, Khem Singh, Amrish Rana, Shamshad and others were present on the occasion.

Workshop on anti-human trafficking: A one-day anti-human trafficking workshop was held at the Garhwal Range headquarters here on Monday. The workshop was conducted on the directions of DIG, Garhwal, Sanjay Gunjyal. Police personnel from Pauri and Haridwar district participated in the workshop. The DIG said on the directions of Government of India, the two anti-human trafficking cells have been set up at Haridwar and Pauri in the Garhwal range.

Model code of conduct:In wake of the forthcoming three-tier panchayat general elections, District Magistrate Chandresh Kumar implemented the model code of conduct in the respective gram panchayats. In a notification issued here, the DM said the State Election Commission released the dates for the forthcoming elections on November 14. The model code of conduct would be effective till December 12.


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