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Gross irregularity in SADA working
Accounts not audited during the past 13 years
Reckong Peo, September 11
The authorities concerned of the district administration of Kinnaur who have been rolling out annual budgets of the Special Area Development Authority (SADA) of Reckong Peo for the past over a decade are again in trouble for having failed to produce any audited report since the local body came into existence.

One more arrested in CPMT paper leak case
Shimla, September 11
Wanted by the Punjab as well as Chandigarh police in the PMT leak case, the Himachal police has arrested Dr Goverdhan Singh Gaba from Makhu village in Ferozepore district of Punjab.

CM flays Dhumal on teachers’ issue
Shimla, September 11
Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, has termed as preposterous the statement of Mr P.K. Dhumal, senior BJP leader, that his party would quash all appointments made under the parent-teacher association and the para-teachers schemes on coming to power.

Bachiter's body untraced in Saudi Arabia
Kangra September11
The agony and trauma of the family of Bachiter Singh, a generator operator working in Saudi Arabia, who died on July 14, has further aggravated as officials at the Indian Embassy have not been able to trace his body.




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Air Deccan flights to Kulu from Sept 17
Kulu, September 11
Air Deccan has finally announced its operations to Kulu from October 17. Earlier, the airlines kept on announcing dates to start its flights to Kulu after the test flight done on February 25, 2006, but none of the dates announced witnessed the actual operation.

Universal Brotherhood Day celebrated
Kangra, September 11
Universal Brotherhood Day was celebrated here today to commemorate the historical speech delivered by Swami Vivekananda at the World Religious Conference on September 11, 1893.

Two killed as tipper falls into gorge
Mandi, September 11
Two persons were killed and another was injured after a tipper carrying grit fell into a gorge in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh late last night, police sources said today.

 

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Gross irregularity in SADA working
Accounts not audited during the past 13 years
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Reckong Peo, September 11
The authorities concerned of the district administration of Kinnaur who have been rolling out annual budgets of the Special Area Development Authority (SADA) of Reckong Peo for the past over a decade are again in trouble for having failed to produce any audited report since the local body came into existence.

Earlier, one employee of the local administration posted in the SADA was charge-sheeted for having failed to record cash-related entries of the local body into the cash book.

The role of two officials of the Himachal Administrative Services (HAS) who were formerly posted at Reckong Peo also came under scanner in this regard but so far no departmental action has been initiated against them. They are still enjoying plum posts in the state cadre.

It is the duty of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Kalpa based at Reckong Peo to complete the columns of the cash book regularly. The SDM, by virtue of his post, also holds the dual charge of the Secretary of SADA, the Chairman of which at present is the local MLA.

This local body came into existence in the year 1993. Since then more than 15 HAS officials have remained as secretaries of SADA during their respective tenures but during the past 13 years no one ever bothered to get the accounts of this autonomous body audited from a charted accountant or any other independent agency.

When this gross irregularity pertaining to cash matters in SADA came to light, the local MLA Jagat Singh Negi, who is also the Chairman of the local body has now asked Captain Raman Sharma, SDM-cum Secretary of SADA, to get the last financial year's accounts audited from a charted accountant or any other independent agency.

However, neither SADA authorities nor the district magistrate of Kinnaur has so far ordered any probe against the HAS officials responsible for not getting the accounts properly audited as per the rules.

A powerful lobby of the state-cadre of the bureaucracy is making all out efforts by approaching the state government and the district administration to hush-up the matter because at least 15 HAS officials formerly posted at Reckong Peo may land into trouble.

On the other hand, the local people of this hill town feel that the matter should be handed over to the CBI or the state vigilance bureau for an independent probe.

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One more arrested in CPMT paper leak case
Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 11
Wanted by the Punjab as well as Chandigarh police in the PMT leak case, the Himachal police has arrested Dr Goverdhan Singh Gaba from Makhu village in Ferozepore district of Punjab.

Dr Gaba was involved in the HP-CPMT leak case as a tout who had got in touch with parents of candidates wanting a seat in the medical college. He is the one who spoke with parents in response to newspaper advertisements for admissions to medical colleges in Ukraine and China. He is alleged to have been involved in the question paper leak for the past several years.

“When interested parents called up on his telephone number to inquire about admission to foreign medical colleges, he said he could help them in getting admission within Himachal as well,” said police officials. Conversation of two parents with Dr Gaba has been confirmed from their phone record.

The police is also looking for Dr Kalra who was Dr Gaba’s partner in the whole business of question paper leak. Dr Kalra is also based in Makhu and has absconded. Another person wanted by the police is Mr Bindra, head of the BRC Coaching Institute

Police sources said that Dr Gaba claimed to be an ayurveda doctor but this too was yet to be ascertained. The touts, who have been arrested by the police so far, have revealed that they have been working for him for several years. However, it is for the first time that his involvement in the PMT question paper leak has been established and police cases registered against him. 

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CM flays Dhumal on teachers’ issue
Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 11
Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, has termed as preposterous the statement of Mr P.K. Dhumal, senior BJP leader, that his party would quash all appointments made under the parent-teacher association and the para-teachers schemes on coming to power. He said the objective was only to mislead the people and malign the government by creating an impression that appointments were being made through the backdoor.

Reacting to the statement he said the para-teachers and the appointments through the parents-teacher association(PTA) were a stop-gap arrangement to meet shortage of teaching staff in schools and colleges. The process for regular appointments to fill the posts took more than a year and the educational institutions could not be kept without teachers for such a long period.

He said the government had no role in the appointments made by the PTA as it was local institutional body. The government was only providing grants to pay salaries to ensure that the appointees were not exploited. In fact, to ensure uniformity the government had also fixed 50 per cent of the basic salary plus dearness allowance as monthly emoluments for all such appointees.

Moreover, there was no possibility of the BJP coming to power in the state and Mr Dhumal was living in a fool’s paradise. No one could stop him from day-dreaming.

He said that Mrs Sonia Gandhi, Congress President, was likely to visit the state next month for which programme was being finalised.

He said speedy development of merged areas was his priority .He would visit Dharamsala later this week to oversee arrangements for the winter session of the Vidhan Sabha. He would also inspect the Vidhan Sabha Complex being constructed there.

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Bachiter's body untraced in Saudi Arabia
Our correspondent

Kangra September11
The agony and trauma of the family of Bachiter Singh, a generator operator working in Saudi Arabia, who died on July 14, has further aggravated as officials at the Indian Embassy have not been able to trace his body.

It has been a wait of anxiety and trauma for the family of Bachiter Singh at Mainjha village for the arrival of his body from Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Prakash Chand Verma, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Palampur, in whose area Mainja village falls told The Tribune here yesterday that on the basis of information provided to the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia by the family of Bachiter Singh and the authorities here the embassy officials had failed to trace the body of Bachiter Singh following inquiries there.

He said according to a colleague of Bachiter Singh in Saudi Arabia, who had informed his family about Bachiter's death, the body was kept in a particular hospital but the embassy officials failed to find his body there too.

Mr. Verma said according to latest information the embassy was communicated fresh address of the hospital where the body was reportedly kept for preservation by the employer Masood Ali Namran.

The employer had, he said, demanded Rs.3.60 lakh from the family of Bachiter Singh as charges of preserving the body in hospital and for its transportation to India. The state government had already decided to pay this much amount to bring back his body, he added.

Describing it as unfortunate Mr Verma said the employer , who was bound by the law to inform the Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia about the death of his employee, did not inform the embassy.

When asked had Bachiter Singh died a natural death or there could be any foul play, Mr. Verma said nothing could be said at this juncture as the message of his natural death was conveyed by his friend Mr. Abdul Kadoos. Bachiter Singh is survived by his 80- year- old mother Janjroo Devi, his widow Mamta and three . kids

Mr. Kishori Lal up pradhan of the village said the entire village was in a state of shock and demanded that the body of Bachiter Singh be traced out and brought to India. 

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Air Deccan flights to Kulu from Sept 17
Our Correspondent

Kulu, September 11
Air Deccan has finally announced its operations to Kulu from October 17. Earlier, the airlines kept on announcing dates to start its flights to Kulu after the test flight done on February 25, 2006, but none of the dates announced witnessed the actual operation.

Now, the airlines has announced the schedule and tariff and started accepting bookings which confirmed that the no-frill airline has finally decided to start its flights to Himachal Pradesh.

Mr John Kurville, Commercial Manager of the airlines, confirmed on the telephone that the Delhi-Kullu-Delhi flight would operate on everyday basis with the 48 seat ATR aircraft. The airlines has offered special one way basic fare of Rs 74 plus taxes for first 100 tickets and the onwards slabs will also be available. The maximum fare on the flight will be about Rs 2,600 per passenger. 

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Universal Brotherhood Day celebrated
Our Correspondent

Kangra, September 11
Universal Brotherhood Day was celebrated here today to commemorate the historical speech delivered by Swami Vivekananda at the World Religious Conference on September 11, 1893.

The function was organised by the Vivekananda Kendra, a spiritually-oriented Service Mission with its headquarters at Kanayakumari.

Mr B.K.Aggrawal, Divisional Commissioner, stressed on the youths to adhere to the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

A declamation contest for the students of different professional and degree colleges in Kangra district was organised. Speakers threw light on the relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s teachings in the present scenario, problems the youth were facing and corruption.

Akriti Sharma of the Dr R.P. Government Medical College, Tanda, Bhuvnesh Kumar of Government Degree College, Dhaliara and Nitika Rani of Government Degree College, Dharamsala, bagged the first, second and third prizes, respectively. The running trophy was bagged by the Dr R.P. Government Medical College.

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Two killed as tipper falls into gorge

Mandi, September 11
Two persons were killed and another was injured after a tipper carrying grit fell into a gorge in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh late last night, police sources said today.

The accident occurred at Naglala, 74 km from here, on the Sarkaghat-Jogindernagar road in the district, killing two persons on the spot and injuring another.

The sources said the driver jumped out of the vehicle after hearing a loud sound following which the truck fell into the gorge.

The dead have been identified as Dharam Chand, a resident of Bihar, and Nagender, a resident of the Sarkaghat area in the district, while the injured driver was identified as Relu Ram, the sources said. — UNI

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