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BJP walks out over paper leak issue
Shimla, August 22
Persisting with its aggressive posture, the BJP today staged a walkout in the Vidhan Sabha on the Combined Premedical Entrance Test (CPMT) question paper leak issue. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on the other hand announced that exemplary action will be taken against those involved in the scam.

Probe political links in CPMT leak case: BJP
Shimla, August 22
Mr Mohinder Singh, a former minister and senior BJP leader, today added a new dimension to the CPMT (combined  premedical entrance test) question paper leak case by demanding a probe  into the political connections of those involved along with a thorough scrutiny of the candidates selected over the past three years.

Medicos protest against quotas
Dharamsala, August 22
Students of Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda, today held a march from the Zonal Hospital to the office of the Deputy Commissioner to protest against the proposed reservation policy.

Hyundai told to replace car or refund money
Shimla, August 22
In a significant order, the District Consumer Forum has directed Hyundai Motors and its Chandigarh-based dealer M/s Crishma Gold Wheels Pvt. Ltd. to either replace a defective car or refund the total cost price of Santro car to complainant Dr B.K. Arora of Rampur Bushahar. The order was passed by forum president V.K. Sharma on a complaint filed by the complainant.




 



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NCC cadets’ car rally flagged off
Mandi, August 22
Lt Col Ranvir Singh, 2 HP NCC Battalion, flagged off the Sadbhavna Narmada-Nubra car rally being carried out by over 50 NCC cadets and seven Army officers from Bhopal from here today.

Assault on power project staff condemned
Chamba, August 22
The Federation of All-India Hindustan Construction Workers Union has condemned the assault on Mr Lalit Thakur, a local contractor of the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) and its workers when they tried to resume work on the Chamera hydroelectric project (state III) yesterday. Mr Thakur and some labourers were rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

2 killed as van falls into gorge
Chamba, August 22
Two persons, including the driver of a vehicle, were killed on the spot when a Mahindra pick-up van carrying apple swerved off the road and fell into a 100-metre-deep gorge on the Chamba-Pathankot road near Dhundiara, 56 km from here, last evening.

HC upholds verdict in rape case
Shimla, August 22
The Himachal Pradesh High Court has upheld a judgement passed by the Sessions Judge, Kinnaur, in a rape case, in which the trial court had sentenced an accused, Ram Lal, to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment.

 

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BJP walks out over paper leak issue
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 22
Persisting with its aggressive posture, the BJP today staged a walkout in the Vidhan Sabha on the Combined Premedical Entrance Test (CPMT) question paper leak issue. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on the other hand announced that exemplary action will be taken against those involved in the scam.

Trouble started when former minister Mohinder Singh, while participating in the debate, stated that it was a strange coincidence that nine of the 38 candidates who benefited from the question paper leak were from the Gopalpur constituency of Mandi district.

He said wards of some politically influential and well-connected persons figured among them. When he started taking their names, the Chief Minister objected to it and said it was unfair to mention the name of any candidate as the matter was under investigation.

The Supreme Court had issued directions that the candidates under question and their parents should not be interrogated until August 23.

The committee of three police officers set up on the directions of the High Court was investigating the case and it would be appropriate to wait for the findings, he added.

The Chief Minister said if the BJP member had some specific information he should give it to the committee and assist it in investigation.

He urged the Chair to expunge the names mentioned by Mohinder Singh. The Speaker accepted the plea and expunged the names but this infuriated BJP members, who made angry protests.

Leader of the group Prem Kumar Dhumal said if everything was to be expunged then there was no point in having a debate and said his party was staging a walkout in protest.

Thereafter, the BJP members left the House.

Virbhadra Singh condemned the action of the BJP and said the party was using the ploy only to hog headlines in the media.

He said it was not the matter of individuals involved. The credibility of Himachal Pradesh University, which enjoys a good reputation, was at stake.

He gave a clean chit to university Vice-Chancellor Dr L.R. Verma and said Mr Dhumal had aversion to him.

Giving details of the investigations held so far, he said five persons from Punjab and one — Manoj Kumar — from Mandi had been arrested.

Manoj was the contact and took parents and their wards to Mussourie two days ahead of the examination where the candidates were tutored at different locations. 

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Probe political links in CPMT leak case: BJP
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 22
Mr Mohinder Singh, a former minister and senior BJP leader, today added a new dimension to the CPMT (combined 
premedical entrance test) question paper leak case by demanding a probe 
into the political connections of those involved along with a thorough scrutiny of the candidates selected over the past three years.

Addressing a press conference here today, he said that as per his information, Manoj Kumar, the kingpin in the scam, used to stay at the residence of a minister during his visits to Shimla. He claimed that a number of those selected were from a particular part of Mandi and a few were related to a local minister, who should resign on moral grounds.

He said wards of some politically well-connected people had got admissions to professional colleges in the past and now that the scam had surfaced, the government should probe the selections made through the test over the past three years.

He said Manoj Kumar along with Pawan Kumar, another accused, would spill the beans if properly interrogated. Further, some of the candidates whose names figured in the merit list of the cancelled test had not appeared in the test held afresh on August 20, which must also be looked into.

He also claimed that some of the candidates had applied for admission to medical colleges abroad and they could leave the country anytime.

The police need to be vigilant and take the necessary steps to ensure that none of those involved managed to escape.

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Medicos protest against quotas
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, August 22
Students of Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda, today held a march from the Zonal Hospital to the office of the Deputy Commissioner to protest against the proposed reservation policy.

The medical students raised slogans against the Human Resource Development Minister, Mr Arjun Singh, and submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner on their anti-reservation stand.

Mr Abhishek Thakur, president of the Students Central Association, said the reservation policy was discriminatory against the meritorious students and the medical students would not allow the government to go ahead with it.

Expressing solidarity with the medical students, the Resident Doctors Association also registered their opposition to the reservation policy. Dr Praladh Duggal, association president, said they would wait for their Delhi unit to chalk out the future course of action.

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Hyundai told to replace car or refund money
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, August 22
In a significant order, the District Consumer Forum has directed Hyundai Motors and its Chandigarh-based dealer M/s Crishma Gold Wheels Pvt. Ltd. to either replace a defective car or refund the total cost price of Santro car to complainant Dr B.K. Arora of Rampur Bushahar.

The order was passed by forum president V.K. Sharma on a complaint filed by the complainant.

In his complaint, the complainant stated that he purchased the car from M/s Crishma Gold Wheels Pvt. Ltd, Chandigarh, on June 18, 2003.

He alleged that at the time of purchase, he was assured of being sold one of finest and among the largest selling cars of the company.

But within one month of the purchase, the car engine developed knocking problem.

This defect was brought to the notice of the dealer through the telephone, but the complainant was told that it was a minor problem and would be rectified at the time of first free service. But the problem persisted and the complainant got the vehicle checked at Chandigarh.

In its reply, the company stated that the knocking problem had developed after the delivery of the car.

It contended that the problem developed either due to the use of bad fuel or improper driving.

Giving the verdict, the forum observed that the vehicle sold to the complainant by the defendants had inherent manufacturing defect.

The defendants by selling a defective vehicle had indulged in deficiency in service and unfair trade practice.

Consequently, the defendants were directed to either replace the vehicle with a new one of the same make within 45 days from the date of receipt of copy of this order or refund the total cost price of the car.

They were also directed to pay a sum of Rs 25,000 as compensation to the complainant for rendering deficient service and causing mental harassment along with Rs 3,500 as litigation cost.

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NCC cadets’ car rally flagged off
Tribune News Service

Mandi, August 22
Lt Col Ranvir Singh, 2 HP NCC Battalion, flagged off the Sadbhavna Narmada-Nubra car rally being carried out by over 50 NCC cadets and seven Army officers from Bhopal from here today.

On the occasion, Colonel Vasudev and Group Captain Walia said the purpose of the rally was to create awareness about the AIDS epidemic, scourge of cancer, social evils of female feticide, environmental pollution and in promoting communal harmony in the country.

The rally arrived here after it was flagged off from Bhopal last week. The NCC cadets presented skits on AIDS and cancer, highlighting how these scourges were spreading in the country and how public awareness could fight and stem them.

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Assault on power project staff condemned
Our Correspondent

Chamba, August 22
The Federation of All-India Hindustan Construction Workers Union has condemned the assault on Mr Lalit Thakur, a local contractor of the Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) and its workers when they tried to resume work on the Chamera hydroelectric project (state III) yesterday. Mr Thakur and some labourers were rushed to hospital with serious injuries.

In a joint statement issued here today, Mr Sunil Sarkar, national general secretary, and Mr Sushant Bhattacharya, special representative of the federation, said that as soon as the HCC workforce and Mr Thakur yesterday went to resume project work after 71 days, some people disrupted the work and assaulted Mr Lalit Thakur.

Mr Thakur is a former member of the Zila Parishad and a popular leader of this area dominated by the “Gaddi” community who have been demanding restart of the work on the Chamera project.

The construction activities on the project were stalled following killing of three workers on June 10 at Dakog, the construction site of the project. 

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2 killed as van falls into gorge
Our Correspondent

Chamba, August 22
Two persons, including the driver of a vehicle, were killed on the spot when a Mahindra pick-up van carrying apple swerved off the road and fell into a 100-metre-deep gorge on the Chamba-Pathankot road near Dhundiara, 56 km from here, last evening.

According to official sources, the deceased were identified as Gulabdeen and Lal Singh, residents of the Tissa area in the district. The bodies of the deceased were handed over to their families after a post-mortem examination, the sources added. 

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HC upholds verdict in rape case
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, August 22
The Himachal Pradesh High Court has upheld a judgement passed by the Sessions Judge, Kinnaur, in a rape case, in which the trial court had sentenced an accused, Ram Lal, to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment.

The court passed this order on an appeal filed by the accused challenging the order of the trial court. While dismissing the appeal, Mr Justice Deepak Gupta observed that there was no infirmity in the judgement passed by the court.

According to the prosecution, the accused had raped the minor girl while she was playing at a lonely place.

 

 

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