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Farooq allays fears on Resettlement Act
Shimla, November 26
The J&K Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, with the HP Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, on his arrival at Shimla on Monday.
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, today said that the Resettlement Act would not open the floodgates for Pakistanis to return to Kashmir and no occupant of the evacuees’ property in J&K would be evicted following their return to the turmoiled state.

The J&K Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, with the HP Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, on his arrival at Shimla on Monday. — Photo Anil Dayal

Rules bent to award MLA contract
Dharamsala, November 26
The police had to be summoned here today as tension mounted outside the office of the Divisional Manager (DM) of the Forest Corporation against the decision of the authorities to award a contract, allegedly by bending rules, to Mr Hans Raj Dogra, a BJP Legislator from Jammu and Kashmir.

Media ‘diluting’ its role
Shimla, November 26
The protection of human rights and the role of the media was the focus of deliberations of the seminar on human rights on the second day in the Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

22 Shillai hospital posts vacant
Paonta Sahib, November 26
There are 22 vacant seats of doctor in Civil Hospital, Shillai, a subdivision of Paonta Sahib.

Lack of rain hits tomato, pea crops
Kumarhatti, November 26
The absence of rain from August onwards has affected the prospects of pea crops besides damaging the late varieties of tomato.



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Refresher course in psychology begins
Shimla, November 26
The Vice- Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, Dr S.P.Sharma, today urged teachers and scholars to develop a wider interdisciplinary perspective in view of the all-round changes taking place in the socio-economic and technological environment.

Exam duty made attractive
Bilaspur, November 26
The Himachal Pradesh School Education Board will pay a compensation of Rs 2 lakh if a teacher dies while on examination duty and will defend teachers in court if any case is initiated against them regarding their performance during examinations.

Water carrier not paid for 7 months
Hamirpur, November 26
The Hamirpur District Non-gazetted Federation has demanded a high-level inquiry into the non-payment of dues to a part time water carrier, Ms Bimla Devi. Employed with the Education Department, she was posted in the office of the Adult Education at here on deputation.

BADDI DIARY
Cong focus on govt failures
BADDI: Congress leaders in Himachal Pradesh these days are at pains to highlight the shortcomings of the BJP-HVC government in the state. The local Congress MLA, Mr Lajja Ram, and the district Congress president, Mr Ram Asra, pointed out to media persons here that the performance of the state government as far as development of Solan district was concerned had been dismal.Top











 

Farooq allays fears on Resettlement Act
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 26
The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, today said that the Resettlement Act would not open the floodgates for Pakistanis to return to Kashmir and no occupant of the evacuees’ property in J&K would be evicted following their return to the turmoiled state.

Dr Abdullah was talking to newsmen here while on his way to Kasauli to offer condolences to Mrs Shobha Nehru on the death of B.K. Nehru, a former Governor of J&K.

Dr Abdullah said that no Pakistani resident would be allowed to resettle in Jammu and Kashmir without the prior permission of the Centre.

He clarified that there should be no apprehension in the minds of those occupying the evacuee properties that they would be evicted when their former owners return as these properties were now theirs.

Referring to terrorism in the areas of Jammu bordering Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, Dr Abdullah said that the newly appointed ADGP (Law and Order) would coordinate with Himachal and Punjab on the issue.

He said that one of the purposes of his visit was to meet Mr P.K. Dhumal, Chief Minister, and discuss the formation of a council of the three north-western states of J&K, HP and Uttaranchal on the pattern of the North-East for getting their problems solved from the Centre. 
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Rules bent to award MLA contract
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, November 26
The police had to be summoned here today as tension mounted outside the office of the Divisional Manager (DM) of the Forest Corporation against the decision of the authorities to award a contract, allegedly by bending rules, to Mr Hans Raj Dogra, a BJP Legislator from Jammu and Kashmir.

Interestingly, though not a single tender was received during the stipulated period, the Divisional Manager, Mr K.S. Kanwar, said he had received 15 tenders, all from Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Dogra, who was awarded another contract just a fortnight ago, was sitting in the DM’s office while the slogan-shouting continued.

The HP Timber Extraction Labour Organisation, which had been getting the contracts in the past, alleged that the authorities were bending rules to oblige particular person. The Chairman of the State Federation of Timber Extraction, Mr Jog Dhyan Thakur, said the authorities were completing formalities without any tender, including those received by post, being put into the tender box in front of public view.

The MLA said being a legislator did not render him ineligible for taking the contract and there was nothing illegal about the issue. The DM said Mr Dogra had fulfilled all conditions. 
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Media ‘diluting’ its role
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 26
The protection of human rights and the role of the media was the focus of deliberations of the seminar on human rights on the second day in the Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

Radhey Shyam Sharma, eminent journalist, expressed concern over the growing unrest, conflicts and massacre of innocent people and called for a consensus for fighting against terrorism.

Sharma felt that India could play an important role in creating opinion against terrorism and said it would be possible only through a scientific approach and restrained conduct, by following the principles of “panchsheel” and disarmament.

N.K. Trikha, veteran journalist, regretted that media was not addressing to social concerns like human rights violations and had diluted its role as leader, educator and informer.

He did not agree with the view that the media was only supposed to reflect whatever was happening around and stressed that the media had to play a pro-active social role to preserve values and civilisation.
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22 Shillai hospital posts vacant
Our Correspondent

Paonta Sahib, November 26
There are 22 vacant seats of doctor in Civil Hospital, Shillai, a subdivision of Paonta Sahib.

Many local patients are suffering as there is no gynecologist in this hospital. The residents of the 60 km radius around the Shillai tehsil are dependent on the medical facility of this hospital

There is no facility of X-ray and ultrasound in the hospital. The people are angry and have demanded these 22 seats to be filled.
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Lack of rain hits tomato, pea crops
Our Correspondent

Kumarhatti, November 26
The absence of rain from August onwards has affected the prospects of pea crops besides damaging the late varieties of tomato.

According to a recent survey of panchayats falling under Dharampur and Solan blocks, the arkel variety of the pea that was immediately sown after the harvesting of maize crop in mid-September had been wiped out in the fields due to the lack of rain.

Besides, in some pockets of the Deothi area pea plants in Patta, Jagjitnagar, Kot Beja and Kuthar areas of Dharampur block and Kabakalan, Nerikalan, Bholi, Anhech and Bhojnagar areas of Solan block have almost dried up. This has given another blow to growers who had already faced losses due to the slump in the tomato markets. The current dry condition do not augur well for the late varieties of pea — Lincoln and Aazaad P1 — that were sown from October onwards.

The situation is grave as around 85 per cent area under pea in Dharampur and Solan blocks are rainfed. “From the past three years we were facing similar situations as the unprecedented swings in weather condition have hit the small and marginal growers hard, said Mr Nand Lal, the president of the Kabakalan Panchayat.

He said the late varieties of the tomato that yield fruits till January too had been completely damaged due to no rain in the past three months.

The delay in the rain has also affected the sowing of wheat on large scale in the region. Inquiries from the Dharampur Agriculture office revealed that the office has received the wheat seeds but the farmers were reluctant to buy the seeds as they were unable to sow the crop due to prevailing dry condition. According to agriculture officials, if the current situation prevail till mid-December the farmers were bound to suffer huge losses.
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Refresher course in psychology begins
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 26
The Vice- Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, Dr S.P.Sharma, today urged teachers and scholars to develop a wider interdisciplinary perspective in view of the all-round changes taking place in the socio-economic and technological environment.

Inaugurating a three- week refresher course in psychology sponsored by the University Grant Commission at Academic Staff College, here, he stressed on the need for taking the complex knowledge of modern psychology to the masses through a simplification process and translating it into a language which people could understand.
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Exam duty made attractive
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, November 26
The Himachal Pradesh School Education Board will pay a compensation of Rs 2 lakh if a teacher dies while on examination duty and will defend teachers in court if any case is initiated against them regarding their performance during examinations.

This decision was taken at a meeting held between the board Chairman, Dr Chamanlal Gupta, and the Government Teachers Union President, Mr Roshanlal Sharma at Dharamsala yesterday. The board also agreed to give flying squad instructions to prevent the harassment of students and invigilators.

The centre Superintendent will now get more money in advance to make on-the-spot payments to invigilators.
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Water carrier not paid for 7 months
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, November 26
The Hamirpur District Non-gazetted Federation has demanded a high-level inquiry into the non-payment of dues to a part time water carrier, Ms Bimla Devi. Employed with the Education Department, she was posted in the office of the Adult Education at here on deputation.

Mr Prem Chand Verma, district president of the federation, said here today that it was a serious matter that a poor woman and that too part-time worker was not paid dues for seven months.

He said both Departments of Adult Education and the Education Department were asking each other to pay the salary to her.
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BADDI DIARY
Cong focus on govt failures
Ambika Sharma

BADDI: Congress leaders in Himachal Pradesh these days are at pains to highlight the shortcomings of the BJP-HVC government in the state. The local Congress MLA, Mr Lajja Ram, and the district Congress president, Mr Ram Asra, pointed out to media persons here that the performance of the state government as far as development of Solan district was concerned had been dismal. All development had come to a standstill and there had been a three-fold increase in the prices of essential commodities. The government which had come to power with the promise of farmer-friendly policies had benefited only the industrialists, they said. A number of projects announced by different ministers from time to time in this region had not seen the light of day.

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After a theft was reported in the Housing Board Colony, the police swung into action and set up a naka in the town. It seized share certificates worth Rs 96,500, cash worth Rs 20,000, two suitcases containing clothes and a colour television set from two youths in a three-wheeler. The youths, who belong to Rohtak, were working here as labourers.

This was not an isolated case. The Housing Board Welfare Association says that thefts have been on the increase in the past few days. They also complain that there is no watchman in the colony because of which miscreants are having a field day. They also complain about the lack of cleanliness in the colony where congress grass has become a major problem. Garbage is not removed from the bins in the colony. The drains remain unclean and clogged with no sweeper to clean the mess. There is no community hall nor any letter box. The residents allege all these facilities were promised at the time of allotting the houses.
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