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Cold wave again sweeps Kinnaur,
Spiti valley
Reckong Peo, September 5
Cold wave has tightened grip in the tribal belts of Kinnaur and Spiti valley following fresh spell of snow on the higher reaches and rain that lashed in the entire belt, late this afternoon. It was still raining in Kinnaur when the news report was last filed.

70 pc poll promises kept, says Virbhadra
Palampur, September 5
The Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, said here yesterday that his government had implemented over 70 per cent of the poll promises made in the election manifesto. Talking to The Tribune at Gagret he said when he took over the reins of the state over three years ago the economy of the state was in a complete mess.

Lobbying begins for State BJP chief poll
Shimla, September 5
With the state BJP chief election scheduled to be held before October 31, hectic lobbying has already started as contenders are trying to seek the blessings of the union minister, Mr Shanta Kumar and former Chief Minister, Prof P.K. Dhumal.

Woman forced to sign ‘blank paper, thrown out of house’
Palampur, September 5
The police here has come across an case wherein a woman alleged that she was forced to sign ‘Talaknama’ on a plain piece of paper by her husband and thrown out of the house.


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Teachers should introspect, Governor
Shimla, September 5
Mr V.S. Koke, Governor, has underlined the need for imparting moral education to children for building a strong character during their formative years.

A child offers flowers to her teachers at Regal Public School, Shimla, on Teachers Day.
— Photo by Anil Dayal

A child offers flowers to her teachers at Regal Public School, Shimla, on Teachers Day

9 school college teachers honoured
Dharamsala, September 5
The Rotary Club, in collaboration with the Inner Wheel Club, here today honoured nine teachers from local schools and colleges for outstanding work in the field of education at a function organised in the Government Senior Secondary Girls School.

Villagers lock school
Mandi, September 5
Peeved at the Himachal Education Department’s failure to appoint a regular teacher in a primary school of Mandi district, the residents locked the doors of the school and threatened an agitation unless their demand was met.

Jats want ‘controversial’ books withdrawn
Kangra, September 5
Himachal Pradesh the Jat Kalayan Parishad today demanded controversial books’ “Modern India and Adhunik Bharat’ published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training be withdrawn as it had hurt feelings of the Jat community.

Resentment over cancellation of exam centres
Nurpur, September 5
The Himachal Pradesh Government Teachers’ Union, Kangra district, has expressed resentment over the cancellation of 11 examination centres by state board of school education.

Super Cassette-workers deadlock continues
Kumarhatti, September 5
The deadlock over the settlement between the workers’ union and Super Cassette Industries management has put the future of 400 workers at Baddi at stake. The union has been on dharna for the past 16 days after the management refused to hike the wages.

5 hurt in accident
Palampur, September 5
Five persons were injured, two of them seriously when a motor cycle and scooter collided head on at Subhash chowk here late last night, police sources said. The injured persons, including Sanjay Thakur and Onkar Thakur riding the motor cycle and Pankaj, Ajit and Sumit, who were on the scooter.

2 die as truck falls into gorge
Shimla, September 5
At least two persons were killed after a truck fell into a gorge in Shimla district of Himachal early today, police sources today said. The accident occurred at Chaila, 40 km from here, in the district after the truck carrying apples from the upper region of the district fell into the gorge at 4.30 a.m.

MoS (Home) visits ITBP border posts
Reckong Peo, September 5
Union Minister of State for Home S. Reghupathy, on a two-day official visit to Kinnaur, visited border observation posts of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police along the Indo-Tibet border in the district today.

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Cold wave again sweeps Kinnaur, Spiti valley
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Reckong Peo, September 5
Cold wave has tightened grip in the tribal belts of Kinnaur and Spiti valley following fresh spell of snow on the higher reaches and rain that lashed in the entire belt, late this afternoon. It was still raining in Kinnaur when the news report was last filed.

Unprecedented rain in this region during the past one week has once again raised fears of widespread destruction in the form of landslips, cloudbursts and flash floods that played havoc in the region, last month.

Reports reaching here at the district headquarters of Kinnaur revealed that thick ground frost and slippery roads hampered traffic in the upper areas of Kinnaur.

People continued to shiver under intense cold wave conditions as the night temperature remained low in the high tribal areas. The sky after early sunshine at Reckong Peo turned partially cloudy in the morning and suddenly blackish in the afternoon, resulting into heavy downpour.

Strong icy-winds continued to sweep the upper areas of Pooh sub-division and almost the entire Spiti valley.

Severe chilly winds also swept Reckong Peo the district headquarters of Kinnaur late in the evening.

However, there were no reports of any road blockade on the Hindustan-Tibet road except for the Malling nullah that has been creating problems for commuters for the past many weeks.

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70 pc poll promises kept, says Virbhadra
Our Correspondent

Palampur, September 5
The Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, said here yesterday that his government had implemented over 70 per cent of the poll promises made in the election manifesto.

Talking to The Tribune at Gagret he said when he took over the reins of the state over three years ago the economy of the state was in a complete mess. There were no funds even to pay salary to its employees, people of the state had lost faith in the constitutional bodies like the State Subordinate Service Selection Board and the development activity in state had come to a stand still.

He, however, arranged finances from different sources and brought back the economy of the state on track and revived all development activities in the state.

He said his government had given a new dimension to the development in the state. A number of new development projects had been launched in all districts. Construction work on mini secretariat, college buildings, new civil hospital complexes in all sub-divisions was going on in full swing and the government had decided to complete all these projects in a fixed time- bound plan by the end of this financial year.

The government had opened over 12 degree colleges in the state which was one of the major achievements of his government.Likewise his government had accorded top priority to the health sector particularly to strengthen the rural health system.

He said he was committed to developing the state as a major tourist centre of the country. A new concept was being developed to attract the tourist to Himachal through out the year. .

The Chief Minister reiterated his claim to providing a neat and clean administration in the state.

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Lobbying begins for State BJP chief poll
Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 5
With the state BJP chief election scheduled to be held before October 31, hectic lobbying has already started as contenders are trying to seek the blessings of the union minister, Mr Shanta Kumar and former Chief Minister, Prof P.K. Dhumal.

Attempts have been made by a section of the leadership to get the organisational elections postponed on the plea that the party should go to the Assembly polls under state party chief, Mr Suresh Bhardwaj. With the argument failing to cut ice with the party high-ups, the election process is likely to be completed before October-end.

None of the stalwarts in the state BJP have expressed openly whose candidature they will support. But it is an open secret that both the Dhumal as well as Shanta faction would fight for their man as Assembly elections are due in March, 2008.

Sources said the sangh is keen that the person should have a clean image, acceptability and be a strict disciplinarian. Input given by Mr Shanta Kunar who is currently the national vice-president of the party will also carry weightage. It is probably for this reason that a large number of leaders, including Mr Maheshwar Singh, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda and Mr Kripal Parmar are trying to gain proximity to Mr Shanta Kumar. Former minister, Mr Radha Raman Shastri is also in the fray for the top post.

This time too Prof Dhumal will want to be the party chief himself but in case that does not work, he could support his loyalist like Mr I.D. Dhiman or even Mr Ravinder Ravi, both MLA’s,” said a senior leader.

Besides the Dhumal and Shanta factions, a third group owning allegiance to the state party chief, Mr Bhardwaj is also engaged in parleys.

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Woman forced to sign ‘blank paper, thrown out of house’
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Palampur, September 5
The police here has come across an case wherein a woman alleged that she was forced to sign ‘Talaknama’ on a plain piece of paper by her husband and thrown out of the house.

DSP K.C.Sharma, told The Tribune here today that Babli Devi, a resident of village Badrol in Sulah area, had complained to the police that her husband had made her sign some papers in the presence of a member of the village panchayat. He claimed that this was a ‘talaknama’ and threw her out of his house, asking her to go back to her parents as she was now divorced.

This, despite the fact, that she is six-month pregnant.

Mrs Babli Devi has alleged that her husband had been pressurising her to side with him in a case he had got registered against certain people of the same village. When she did not give the desired statement to the police, he allegedly started harassing her and later claimed that he had divorced her.

The DSP said that in her statement to the police, Babli Devi has complained that her husband used to beat her up and also alleged that she had illicit relations with his brother, even though he is much younger to her.

The complaint has been forwarded to the SHO and he is investigating the case before a case could be registered against the husband for harassment.

Police sources added that the couple married in February this year and the woman stayed with her husband for only a couple of months. The police was initially trying to make the husband and wife reach a compromise and a case on charges of harassment is expected to be registered if the husband doesn’t give in, said sources.

Mr Santosh Patial, Additional Superintendent of Police, said there was legal procedure to seek divorce, for which the spouse needs to have a strong basis and the ‘Talaknama’ signed by the husband had no legal sanction under the Hindu Marriage Act.

It is being investigated if the husband used to harass her, as alleged by the complainant and a case of harassment could be registered. 

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Teachers should introspect, Governor
Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 5
Mr V.S. Koke, Governor, has underlined the need for imparting moral education to children for building a strong character during their formative years.

Speaking at the state-level Teachers’ Day function held at the Raj Bhavan here today, he said good teachers could teach best through their own exemplary character, thought and action. The day was an occasion for introspection on all issues pertaining to the field of education.

“The challenge before the teachers was to create a good academic atmosphere in the institutions and produce ideal students by inculcating high moral values in them, he said.

Earlier, Mr Kokje honoured four teachers who have been conferred the national award for their outstanding services. They are Mr Kehar Singh, head teacher, Government Primary School, Siswan, Mr Kishen Chand, head teacher, Government Primary School, Nanwin, Mr Sita Ram Verma, Government High School, Mandroo, and Mr Des Raj Bhardwaj, Government Senior Secondary School, Kalhog.

Mr Hira Singh, shastri in Government Senior School, Kanam, Mr Nek Ram of Government Senior Secondary School, Pashakot, Mr Prem Aggrawal of Government Primary School, Barwas, and Mr Yudhistra Mehta of Government Primary School, Solan, received the state award.

KANGRA: “Defective” recruitment system of teachers adopted by the state government was deplored by senior educationists on Tuesday.

Dr R.D. Sharma, state convener, HP Educational Consultant Forum, and former Deputy Director of Education, said the state government had been recruiting teachers, most of them unquailified, as para teachers, tenure teachers, voluntary teachers, stopgap arrangement teachers, assistant teachers, PTA teachers, vidiaya upasaks and ad hoc teachers, leaving thousands of the trained TGT teachers without jobs. This had not only affected the quality of education in the state but had also affected adversely the stature of a teacher.

He said the forum had demanded a ban on the opening of new B.Ed colleges in the state.

Meanwhile, Teachers’ Day was celebrated on Tuesday at MVM Public School and at GAV Public School with great enthusiasm.

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9 school college teachers honoured
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, September 5
The Rotary Club, in collaboration with the Inner Wheel Club, here today honoured nine teachers from local schools and colleges for outstanding work in the field of education at a function organised in the Government Senior Secondary Girls School.

Mr Sambhong Rinpoche, Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, was the chief guest at the occasion. He lauded the teachers in providing quality education.

Those honoured include Mr Atul Vaidya, Ms Sunita Raina, Mr Tenzin Dorje, Mr Sushil Nag, Ms Rekha Sharma, Ms Meena Mankotia, Dr Ajay Lakhanpal, Ms Savita Sharma and Nisha.

Mr ML Sharma, president of the Rotary Club and Ms Aabha Sharma of the Inner Wheel Club were also present on the occasion.

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Villagers lock school

Mandi, September 5
Peeved at the Himachal Education Department’s failure to appoint a regular teacher in a primary school of Mandi district, the residents locked the doors of the school and threatened an agitation unless their demand was met.

The doors of the school would remain closed until a regular teacher was appointed in the Government Primary School Bhageni in Chachiot subtehsil of the district, Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and Gram Sabha President Paras Ram said.

He alleged that in the absence of a regular teacher, the studies of the students were suffering for the past six months, while there was no response from the authorities.

However, official sources maintained that the studies in the school were not being affected since a teacher on contract was already teaching the primary school students. — UNI

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Jats want ‘controversial’ books withdrawn
Our Correspondent

Kangra, September 5
Himachal Pradesh the Jat Kalayan Parishad today demanded controversial books’ “Modern India and Adhunik Bharat’ published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) be withdrawn as it had hurt feelings of the Jat community.

Mr H.S. Gill, president of the Parishad Himachal here today said the Parishad had taken a serious view to the description of Jats as a community of ‘luteras’ (looters) in books titled ‘ Adhunik Bharat’ for class VIII and ‘Modern India’ for class XII published by the NCERT. He said authors of these two books perhaps had forgotten that Jats had contributed in country’s freedom struggle and defended the nation against the enemies in wars.

He said that Jats had contributed in a significant way in achieving self-sufficiency in food grain production and milk in India. Mr Gill said the Parishad urged Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh to order withdrawal of the two controversial books forthwith.

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Resentment over cancellation of exam centres
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, September 5
The Himachal Pradesh Government Teachers’ Union, Kangra district, has expressed resentment over the cancellation of 11 examination centres by state board of school education. Mr Onkar Rana, district president of the union in a statement here yesterday said the decision of the education board was very harsh and against the principles and parameters of justice.

He appealed to the board authorities to withdraw its decision immediately in the larger public interest.

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Super Cassette-workers deadlock continues
Jagmeet Y. Ghuman

Kumarhatti, September 5
The deadlock over the settlement between the workers’ union and Super Cassette Industries (SCI) management has put the future of 400 workers at Baddi at stake.

The union has been on dharna for the past 16 days after the management refused to hike the wages.

Even the intervention of the Joint Labour Commissioner, who called up a meeting between the union and the management, failed to find a solution. The management has refused to succumb to the workers’ demand to hike wages without increasing productivity. The management had asked the workers to increase the daily productivity audio cassettes by 100 pieces. The unit has a manpower of 400, of which 75 per cent are women.

The union has already made it clear that the workers were already working to their full capacity. At present the workers’ daily productivity was 1,400 pieces.

The SCI Delhi unit workers were given an increment without increasing the productivity after they had gone on strike a few days back, pointed Mr Jagdish Bhardwaj, president of the state unit of AITUC, who was leading the workers’protest at the SCI. The average daily production of the Delhi unit workers was 820 pieces, he maintained.

Mr Bhardwaj blamed the labour department for it’s dilly-dallying approach over the matter. Had the department acted in the right manner the problem would have been solved earlier, he asserted. He blamed the management labour department nexus behind the current situation in the SCI.

Meanwhile, the management has termed the workers’ agitation illegal.

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5 hurt in accident

Palampur, September 5
Five persons were injured, two of them seriously when a motor cycle and scooter collided head on at Subhash chowk here late last night, police sources said.

The injured persons, including Sanjay Thakur and Onkar Thakur riding the motor cycle and Pankaj, Ajit and Sumit, who were on the scooter.

Sanjay and Ajit were injured seriously and Sanjay, who was in coma was referred to CMC Ludhiana.

A case of rash and negligent driving had been registered against the youth. — PTI

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2 die as truck falls into gorge

Shimla, September 5
At least two persons were killed after a truck fell into a gorge in Shimla district of Himachal early today, police sources today said. The accident occurred at Chaila, 40 km from here, in the district after the truck carrying apples from the upper region of the district fell into the gorge at 4.30 a.m.

The sources said the dead have been identified as driver Dep Chand (40) and Bharat Ram (35). — UNI

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MoS (Home) visits ITBP border posts
Tribune News Service

Reckong Peo, September 5
Union Minister of State for Home S. Reghupathy, on a two-day official visit to Kinnaur, visited border observation posts of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) along the Indo-Tibet border in the district today.

The minister, accompanied by Principal Secretary Shakeel Akhtar and a few senior officials of the ministry, travelling by a helicopter, had a brief halt at the Annandale helipad in Shimla this morning.

He arrived at the base camp of the 17th battalion of the ITBP at Reckong Peo in the afternoon, about two hours ahead of schedule, and was welcomed by senior officials of the district administration and the ITBP.

Sources in the ITBP said Mr S. Reghupathy visited many border observation posts on the Indo-Tibet border and took an aerial view of border areas in the Sangla valley.

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Annual leave
Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 5
The Himachal Road Transport Corporation has allowed annual leave of 12 days to employees engaged on contract basis.

Mr G.S. Bali, Transport Minister, said these employees, who worked for 240 days in a year were, so far, only given three national holidays. The decision would benefit 1043 employees.

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Martyr cremated
Our Correspondent

Nahan, September 5
The mortal remains of martyr Nk Rajinder Singh of 40 RR were consigned to flames this afternoon at Katana Mehdi cremation ground with full military and state honours.

Over 3000 people had assembled at the place to pay their last respects to the soldier.

 

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