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Jaypees demand police protection on payment
Reckong Peo, December 4
The Jaypee Karcham Hydro Corporation, that was forced to stop construction work on Rs 7,760 crore 1000-MW Karcham-Wangtoo Hydroelectric Power Project coming up on Sutlej by agitating tribal people of Kinnaur on Saturday, has demanded at least two companies of the police on payment basis to protect their men, machinery and installations from tribal people.

Paper leak: HAS officer’s wife held
Shimla, December 4
The police today arrested Mrs Shelly Bhatnagar, wife of an HAS officer, wanted in the HP-CPMT case. She had been evading arrest for the past quite some time.

Employees give memo to pay panel chief
Shimla, December 4
The Himachal Pradesh Employees Confederation has urged the Sixth Central Pay Commission to bring uniformity in the retirement age of employees, scrap the system of annual confidential reports (ACR), ensure price index-linked wages for daily-waged workers and remove the anomalies in the recommendations of earlier pay commissions.

BSP expels two leaders
Kangra, December 4
The BSP today expelled its two party leaders Choudary Amir Chand and Sujan Singh Kagra, both working committee members of the BSP, Kangra district, from the basic membership of the party for their alleged anti-party activities.

Father loses hope of finding son
Kangra December 4
Rajesh Kumar’s hope of meeting his missing son after six years today shattered when he reached Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh but found the child, who was brought up by a local resident, was not his son.



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Temple wall damaged, village tense
Mandi, December 4
The tension gripped the Garsol village under Balh police station today when villagers found a wall of the temple of Sant Ravi Das there partially damaged by an unknown explosion last night.

Veterinarian honoured
Chandigarh, December 4
Dr Arvind Sharma, a veterinarian from Himachal Pradesh, has won the "Best Field Clinical Award" instituted by the Indian Society for Veterinary Surgery. Over 150 scientists and veterinary surgeons from all over the country were in the fray for the award.

 

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Jaypees demand police protection on payment
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Reckong Peo, December 4
The Jaypee Karcham Hydro Corporation, that was forced to stop construction work on Rs 7,760 crore 1000-MW Karcham-Wangtoo Hydroelectric Power Project coming up on Sutlej by agitating tribal people of Kinnaur on Saturday, has demanded at least two companies of the police on payment basis to protect their men, machinery and installations from tribal people.

This project, which is the largest venture in hydel power generation in the country, has been facing wrath of tribal people ever since the Jaypees began construction in December last year.

A few local deities have also come out against the project making situation worse for the Jaypees, Mr Arvind Sharda, Superintendent of Police said today the Jaypees have demanded two companies of the police at Karcham and Wangtoo.

The administration evaluated expenditure of two companies including the pay and perks of the staff to be deployed and prepared an agreement of terms and conditions of the payment through the Deputy Superintendent of police and the sub-divisional magistrate, here said.

The SP added this draft agreement would be forwarded to the authorities concerned of the Jaypees through the district magistrate for signing.

Roughly, expenditure of two reserve companies including the pay and perks has been estimated to be at Rs 13 lakh per month, he added.

To a question, Sharda said the police in the district was not adequate to face the situation born out of the anguish of tribal people. He said the district administration has also demanded seven companies of the police for law and order.

Meanwhile, construction on the mega project remained suspended on the third today as demonstration of tribal people continued both at Karcham and Wangtoo despite inclement weather.

Perturbed over the agitation of the tribal people Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister has asked local MLA Jagat Singh Negi to talk to the agitators and with the local deity of Chagaon village to resolve the issue so that construction could be resumed to avoid cost over-run of the project.

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Paper leak: HAS officer’s wife held
Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 4
The police today arrested Mrs Shelly Bhatnagar, wife of an HAS officer, wanted in the HP-CPMT case. She had been evading arrest for the past quite some time.

After her arrest, Mrs Bhatnagar was produced in court and left out on bail. The police was hoping to arrest her on Friday as her bail application was put up in court.

Mrs Bhatnagar, who had been teaching Botany at the B.R.C. Institute at Chandigarh for the past 14 years, had allegedly taken her daughter and another candidate to Dehradun for attending a mock class, where the leaked question paper was solved.

Her name figured after the arrest of the proprietor of the B.R. C Institute, Mr N.P. S. Bindra, revealed that Mrs Bhatnagar had taken two girls to Dehradun.

Mrs Bhatnagar's daughter was ranked 17 and the other girl third in the first PMT which was later cancelled on the directions of the High Court. Even though her husband, posted in the Health department, had assured that she would surrender before the police but she kept evading arrest.

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Employees give memo to pay panel chief
Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 4
The Himachal Pradesh Employees Confederation has urged the Sixth Central Pay Commission to bring uniformity in the retirement age of employees, scrap the system of annual confidential reports (ACR), ensure price index-linked wages for daily-waged workers and remove the anomalies in the recommendations of earlier pay commissions.

In a memorandum submitted to Mr Justice B.N. Srikrishna, Chairman of the commission, it has pointed out that differences in the salaries of officers and employees have increased due to the fact that the fifth commission allowed 100 per cent neutralisation of inflation in the shape of dearness allowance.

It has also drawn the attention of the commission towards the manner in which vacant posts were abolished. The system of ACR should be replaced with performance appraisal for which targets should be fixed on annual basis. A uniform retirement age of 60 years should be fixed for all categories.

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BSP expels two leaders
Our Correspondent

Kangra, December 4
The BSP today expelled its two party leaders Choudary Amir Chand and Sujan Singh Kagra, both working committee members of the BSP, Kangra district, from the basic membership of the party for their alleged anti-party activities.

Mr Praksah Chand Saniyal, state secretary of the BSP, today said here that the decision to expel these party leaders was taken by the state BSP chief, Mr Balwant Singh, today after verifying the facts of their anti-party activities.

Mr Saniyal said that the Backward And Minority Community Employees Federation (BAMCEF) unit of the Dharamsala Assembly segment was also disbanded today on a decision the state president of the BSP.

He said that indiscipline would not be tolerated within BSP.

Mr Saniyal said the BSP was not representing any particular caste or particular section of the society but was a party of all sections of the society, including Dalits and people of higher castes.

He said BAMCEF has nothing to do with BSP and so the supporters of BSP should refrain from taking part in BAMCEF activities if any anti-party person was carrying any such activity.

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Father loses hope of finding son
Our Correspondent

Kangra December 4
Rajesh Kumar’s hope of meeting his missing son after six years today shattered when he reached Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh but found the child, who was brought up by a local resident, was not his son.

Rajesh Kumar had been moving from pillar to post in search of his son, who was taken by a swami on August 23, 2000, and had gone missing from his ashram, but all his attempts proved futile.

A vernacular paper’s news report, that a boy whose name is Sonu was being brought up by Jamunadas of Sanik Colony, Bareilly, had kindled a hope in him.

Rajesh Kumar, carrying the press clipping with him, had gone to Bareilly to identify the child. Even the state government had deputed a team of three CID officers for the identification of the boy.

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Temple wall damaged, village tense
Tribune News Service

Mandi, December 4
The tension gripped the Garsol village under Balh police station today when villagers found a wall of the temple of Sant Ravi Das there partially damaged by an unknown explosion last night.

There was no untoward incident reported from the spot after the incident about which nobody knew how and when that happened. But the villagers have demanded a probe into the incident and arrest of the culprits in the case.

The police has guarded the temple after the incident. The backside wall of the temple, including the temple idol, has been partially damaged in the small explosion in which a detonator was used, the police said.

The entire village belongs to the same community and the villagers suspect the hand of vested interests from outside.

The ASI, Balh police station, Mr HP Saini, who was on duty on the spot, told The Tribune that there was peace in the area, but no one was coming forward to name the suspect.

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Veterinarian honoured

Chandigarh, December 4
Dr Arvind Sharma, a veterinarian from Himachal Pradesh, has won the "Best Field Clinical Award" instituted by the Indian Society for Veterinary Surgery. Over 150 scientists and veterinary surgeons from all over the country were in the fray for the award.

Dr Sharma is posted as surgical specialist at veterinary polyclinic at Shahpur in Kangra district. He was presented the award on his clinical paper “Equine surgery under field conditions” — a field study on surgery in mules and horses. — TNS

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