Briefly Region: Yadav orders to curb power theft

Haryana Power Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav Thursday directed the officers to identify the villages from where complaints of power theft have been received in large numbers and said recovery cases should be registered against those with a pendency of more than Rs 50,000 in electricity.

Written by Express News Service | Published:May 4, 2012 3:56 am

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Power Minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav Thursday directed the officers to identify the villages from where complaints of power theft have been received in large numbers and said recovery cases should be registered against those with a pendency of more than Rs 50,000 in electricity. He also asked for removal of overhead lines from hospitals,schools by August this year. Reviewing the status of electricity open darbars,he said such sessions should be held regularly to hear the grievances of the consumers and the reports should be submitted to him without delay.

PM’s wife in town,meets ailing sister

LUDHIANA: Security was beefed up in Ludhiana on Thursday as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s wife Gursharan Kaur arrived at the city to meet her ailing sister at the Dayanad Medical College and Hospital. Accompanied by her daughter Daman Kaur,Gursharan Kaur reached the Hospital at 6.30 pm to meet Thananter Kaur (88) — her eldest sister. She was admitted to the hospital in the wee hours of the morning after she complained of illness. Her condition is stated to be serious.

‘Can remove soil toxicity in Punjab’

LUDHIANA: Management wizard and former global leader of innovation process development at Unilever,Mehmood Khan,said on Thursday that he can help remove soil toxicity from Punjab by developing a new model. Khan,an alumnus of IIM-Ahmedabad,was at the Punjab Agricultural University to attend a two-day national seminar on “women and rural development”. “We are currently working in around 1,200 villages in Haryana,Rajasthan,Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh in this regard. The model is simple — tap the rural economy,make its sustainable and link it to the world,” said Khan. Punjab,which was once a leader in the entire region,is now plagued by soil toxicity,cancer and drug addiction,he added.

Canines terrorise Punjab,Haryana

Chandigarh: With two deaths due to dog bites,authorities in Punjab and Haryana have stepped up sterilisation drives in affected places to check the menace of stray canines.

On Tuesday,a 12-year-old boy of Punjab’s Batala village was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs when he was returning from school.

Similarly,a nine-year-old girl,the daughter of an agricultural labourer,died after a canine attack in Bahiya village of Haryana’s Sirsa district earlier this week when she had gone to a field to collect fodder.

The population of stray dogs is over 23,000 in Sirsa alone,official sources said.

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