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Focus on all Kangra seats: DCC leader
Dharamsala, November 30
The general secretary of the Kangra DCC, Mr Ram Swaroop, said today in order to protect the interests of Kangra , it was important to focus on all 16 Assembly segments in the district and not get misled by propaganda by some Congress leaders that only a few seats were required for the formation of Congress government.

INTUC threat to gherao MLAs, ministers
Dharamsala, November 30
With the expiry of the deadline set for accepting its 20-point demand charter, the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) today announced that it would stage dharnas and gherao ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats all over the state from December 15.

Rs 11.82 cr for HP soil conservation
Nurpur, November 30
The Himachal Pradesh Agriculture Minister, Mr Vidya Sagar, has said the state government has earmarked Rs 11.82 crore for soil conservation during the current year.

HP forms 3 nagar panchayats
Shimla, November 30
The Himachal Government has constituted three nagar panchayats by excluding 59 villages around the town from the jurisdiction of the Shimla Municipal Corporation.



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Focus on all Kangra seats: DCC leader
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, November 30
The general secretary of the Kangra DCC, Mr Ram Swaroop, said today in order to protect the interests of Kangra , it was important to focus on all 16 Assembly segments in the district and not get misled by propaganda by some Congress leaders that only a few seats were required for the formation of Congress government.

Addressing a press conference here today, he alleged it was unfortunate that some senior leaders were interested in Congress winning only a few seats so that their ministerial berths remained secure. "A section of our leadership has always been indulging in this act and we have brought the matter to the notice of the high command in Delhi,” he stated, adding that the interest of the newly-merged areas could be protected only if the Congress got maximum seats from Kangra district and countered the card of regionalism played by the BJP.

Mr Swaroop, who had unsuccessfully contested the last Assembly elections from Dharamsala, said he welcomed the statement of the CLP leader and former Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, that the criterion of a local man being given the ticket should be adhered to.

Accusing the Chief Minister of discriminating against the Dharamsala constituency because of his rivalry with the local minister, Mr Kishan Kapoor, he said the regional centre of the university was a victim of neglect while hardly any development works were being undertaken in the area. Granting university status to the regional centre would be one of the election promises of the Congress, he said.

He said the regional centre had skeleton teaching staff and no infrastructure of its own. The centre was dependent on Government Degree College for its requirement. And even land for the shifting of the centre had not been finalised so far, he said.

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INTUC threat to gherao MLAs, ministers
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, November 30
With the expiry of the deadline set for accepting its 20-point demand charter, the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) today announced that it would stage dharnas and gherao ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats all over the state from December 15.

In a statement issued here today, the state general secretary of the INTUC, Mr Rajneesh Sharma, said the expiry of the November 30 deadline given to the government, the organisation had decided to launch a statewide agitation for the acceptance of its demands.

Mr Sharma said a public awareness campaign would be launched in all 12 districts on December 5. He said the INTUC would resort to holding dharnas and gheraoing ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats, apart from holding protest rallies at the district level.

Mr Sharma said employees of the HRTC, IPH, PWD, Home Guards, Anganwari, the cement industry and other private concerns would take part in the agitation.

He alleged that there had been saffronisation of committees and boards set up for watching the interests and welfare of the employees.

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Rs 11.82 cr for HP soil conservation
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, November 30
The Himachal Pradesh Agriculture Minister, Mr Vidya Sagar, has said the state government has earmarked Rs 11.82 crore for soil conservation during the current year.

Presiding over the concluding function of the National Soil Resources Conservation Week here yesterday, he said the government was committed to promote technology-based agriculture and safeguard the interests of the farming community.

The centre had introduced a policy for farmers under which the Crop Insurance Scheme was launched in the state. As a sequal, as many as 45 lakh farmers had been benefited, he added.

A large number of farmers from Nurpur, Indora, Jawali and Fatehpur development blocks participated in the seminar organised by the Agriculture Department to create awareness on soil conservation and to check soil erosion during the rainy season.

The Agriculture Minister said the government had recently launched the Nadi Ghati Yojna to check soil erosion in the catchment areas of the Beas, the Sutlej and the Ravi rivers in Solan, Bilaspur, Mandi, Kulu, Kangra and Chamba districts.

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HP forms 3 nagar panchayats
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 30
The Himachal Government has constituted three nagar panchayats by excluding 59 villages around the town from the jurisdiction of the Shimla Municipal Corporation.

A notification to this effect was issued by the Urban Development Department last evening.

These nagar panchayats are Tutu, Dhalli and New Shimla (Kasumpti).

The villages were merged into the corporation in 1997, since when residents of these areas were demanding the restoration of the prior position. The BJP government had recently decided to constitute three nagar panchayats to exclude the villages from the corporation.

An official spokesman said objections were sought from the general public and the corporation before excluding these villages from its jurisdiction.

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