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140 trees sacrificed for CM’s herbal garden
Work stops after protest; wood hurriedly ferried away from site
Dehradun, December 24
Felled wood being ferried from the Lachiwala forest area in the Dehradun forest division on Friday. After facing strong resentment over the felling of 140 trees and an equal number proposed to be felled in the reserve forest area of Dehradun to make way for the Chief Minister’s ambitious herbal garden project.

Felled wood being ferried from the Lachiwala forest area in the Dehradun forest division on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Encroachments removed from Barighat Kandoli
Two pucca houses razed
Dehradun, December 24
A team of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) today removed encroachments from Barighat Kandoli. They destroyed two pucca houses that were built on the government land.Affected residents pelting the team members with stones.


EARLIER EDITIONS


Anupama Murder
Didn’t kill my wife, says Gulati
Children refuse to talk to their father
Murder accused Rajesh Gulati being taken to a court in Dehradun on Friday.Dehradun, December 24
Rajesh Gulati, the main accused in the Anupama murder case, in his statement before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) in the District Courts today denied having killed his wife Anupama.


Murder accused Rajesh Gulati being taken to a court in Dehradun on Friday.A Tribune photograph

Christmas celebrated in schools
Christmas celebrations in Shiv Dale School in HaridwarDehradun, December 24
The students of Delhi Public School (DPS) celebrated Christmas on the school premises here today. The celebration began with a pious message highlighting the significance of Christmas, followed by a short skit emphasising the teachings of Jesus Christ. Toddlers of UKG and Class I presented a foot-tapping number, making everyone sway to its tune.

Christmas celebrations in Shiv Dale School in Haridwar.Tribune photographs

Students display extracurricular skills
Haridwar, December 24
Tiny tots and senior students displayed their extracurricular skills at the annual cultural celebrations held at a public school on the BHEL campus.Schoolchildren presented skits, Indian classical/western dances, Bollywood songs and Christmas carol presentation. City Magistrate R Shreedhar Babu inaugurated the ceremony.

Decked up for the Son’s arrival

An illuminated Methodist Church at Kulri Bazar in Mussoorie on the eve of Christmas.
An illuminated Methodist Church at Kulri Bazar in Mussoorie on the eve of Christmas.

Seminar on energy efficiency from Dec 27
Dehradun, December 24
The Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun, in association with the Harcourt Butler Technologies Institute, Kanpur and Shivalik College of Engineering, Dehradun, will hold three-day international seminar on clean energy technologies and energy efficiency for sustainable development ‘Enerstate 2010’.

25 students selected for eco-workshop
Mussoorie, December 24
As many as 25 students of the Sanatan Dharm Girls Inter College were selected for a seven-day training workshop on conserving environment and saving water.They will be trained at Guru Ram Rai School on ways to preserve the environment and about keeping the sources of drinking water clean.

10-day yoga camp ends
Dehradun, December 24
A ten-days yoga camp came to an end at Dayanand Women’s Training (DWT) College here today. The camp was organised under the aegis of the Bharatiya Yoga Sansthan. Participating students were apprised of various asanas and mudras of the yoga.

78th Swami Shraddhanand National Hockey Tournament
Rampur Hostel blank Chandigarh XI 8-0
Players of Rampur Hostel and Chandigarh XI pose along with chief guests prior to the opening match of the All-India Swami Shraddhanand National Tournament at Gurukul Kangri University in Haridwar on Friday.Haridwar, December 24
Uttarakhand’s only national-level and northern region’s premier hockey tournament kicked off in style here today with the presentation of many cultural programmes by students of the host Gurukul Kangri University at the Swami Dayanand Hockey Stadium.


Players of Rampur Hostel and Chandigarh XI pose along with chief guests prior to the opening match of the All-India Swami Shraddhanand National Tournament at Gurukul Kangri University in Haridwar on Friday.Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur

Bharat Veer wrecks Nehru Stadium
A batsman gets ready to play a ball during a match of the Third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Badri Memorial Cricket Tournament in Dehradun on Friday.Dehradun, December 24
Ravindra Bhola Cricket Academy of Delhi won by 77 runs against Nehru Stadium, Bijnore, at the Third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Badri Memorial Cricket Tournament played at Rangers College here today.

A batsman gets ready to play a ball during a match of the Third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Badri Memorial Cricket Tournament in Dehradun on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Chess tourney kicks off
Participants at the Open State Prize Money Chess Tournament in Dehradun on Friday. Dehradun, December 24
The Chess Federation of Uttaranchal commenced its three-day championship here today. Suryakant Dhasmana, a senior Congress leader, inaugurated the championship while Arun Valmiki, MK Rana, Manoj Upadhyaya and Jitender Mohan Sharma were also present at the event.

Participants at the Open State Prize Money Chess Tournament in Dehradun on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Stage set for Bisht Memorial soccer semifinals
Dehradun, December 24
The stage has been set for the semifinals of the Late Manvendra Singh Bisht Memorial Football Tournament being played at the Forest Research Institute grounds here.

District Inter-School Tourney
Crowd-favourite Vidya Mandir team disappoint
Haridwar, December 24
Chief guest Sudhir Mehta interacts with players of the District Inter-School Tournament at BHEL stadium in Haridwar on Friday. The much-awaited match between crowd-favourite Vidya Mandir Sector-1 and Roorkee-based Montfort School eventually proved to be a disappointing one, as the Vidya Mandir team was whipped by Montfort players, handing them a huge 80-run defeat.With this emphatic win, Montfort entered the finals of the District Inter-School Tournament where it will face another host city team Bal Bharti Senior Secondary School.

Chief guest Sudhir Mehta interacts with players of the District Inter-School Tournament at BHEL stadium in Haridwar on Friday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur



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140 trees sacrificed for CM’s herbal garden
Work stops after protest; wood hurriedly ferried away from site
Jotirmay Thapliyal
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 24
After facing strong resentment over the felling of 140 trees and an equal number proposed to be felled in the reserve forest area of Dehradun to make way for the Chief Minister’s ambitious herbal garden project, the Uttarakhand forest authorities today finally put on hold any further felling of trees at Lachiwala. The state Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) office even suggested shifting the herbal garden elsewhere.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has for the past many years laid emphasis on setting up herbal gardens across the state to promote the cultivation of herbs.

One such herbal garden has been proposed at Lachiwala that forms the reserve forest area of Dehradun.

The Forest Department a few days back started the felling of trees and had already brought down 140 of these when the matter came into public glare leading to large-scale resentment.

Reacting angrily to the felling of trees at Lachiwala, members of the Citizen For Green Green (CGD), an association of Doonites that have taken a stand to restore Dehradun's green glory, today reached the office of Uttarakhand Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.

The CGD members, who submitted a memorandum to Dr RBS Rawat, PCCF Uttarakhand, questioned the Forest Department’s logic to allow such large-scale felling of trees that too inside a reserve forest area.

Led by Himanshu Arora, CGD volunteers said that it was strange that the forest authorities were felling trees to make way for a herbal garden. “There is no justification for felling so many trees. Rather, a herbal garden should have a large number of trees in it,” Himanshu Arora said. The CGD has sought action against forest officials responsible for the felling.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr RBS Rawat today said any further felling of trees at Lachiwala forest area has been suspended. The PCCF did not rule out the shifting the proposed herbal garden outside Lachiwala.

Meanwhile, the felled wood was today hurriedly ferried out of Lachiwala area amid large-scale resentment on part of green activists. Forest officials in large numbers camped at Lachiwala to supervise the wood-ferrying work.

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Encroachments removed from Barighat Kandoli
Two pucca houses razed
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 24
A team of the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) today removed encroachments from Barighat Kandoli. They destroyed two pucca houses that were built on the government land.Affected residents pelting the team members with stones. Though none of the officials got hurt, sources claimed that as there was a few police personnel accompanying the DMC team, the agitation residents couldn’t be tackled well.

Later, the residents met Mayor Vinod Chamoli, who told them that the land belonged to the government.

A woman cries after her home was demolished; and (below) encroachments being removed by the DMC at Barighat Kandoli in Dehradun on Friday. Tribune photographs

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Anupama Murder
Didn’t kill my wife, says Gulati
Children refuse to talk to their father
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 24
Rajesh Gulati, the main accused in the Anupama murder case, in his statement before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) in the District Courts today denied having killed his wife Anupama. Both his children, who were brought there by their maternal uncle Srijan Pradhan on the court’s order, started crying on seeing their father and did not talk to him.

At this, Pradhan’s advocate SK Mohanty requested court not to allow the children meet his father, as it could have a bad effect on children’s mind. Gulati has hired RS Raghav as his advocate to fight his case.

Meanwhile, January 6 was fixed the next date of hearing in the case.

Rajesh, who had been quite vocal with the media after the matter came to light, avoided responding to the queries of media persons as he came out of the cabin of the CJM.

Both his children were brought by their maternal uncle and custodian Pradhan on the court’s order to facilitate their meeting with Gulati on the court premises on every last Saturday. They did not talk to their father and started crying. Pradhan’s advocate Mohanty pleaded before the court that children’s meeting with their father, a criminal, could disturb the fragile mental makeup of the children. He said if the District Courts did not accept this plea, then they would take the matter to High Court at Nainital.

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Christmas celebrated in schools
Tribune News Service


A man dressed as Santa Claus performs at the Open Ice-Skating Championship in Dehradun.Tribune photographs

Dehradun, December 24
The students of Delhi Public School (DPS) celebrated Christmas on the school premises here today. The celebration began with a pious message highlighting the significance of Christmas, followed by a short skit emphasising the teachings of Jesus Christ. Toddlers of UKG and Class I presented a foot-tapping number, making everyone sway to its tune.

A musical rendition of the native scene of Jesus Christ evoked a huge applause from the audience. Kids performed a dance and sang carols as the jingling sound reverberating all around on the arrival of Santa Claus brought smiles to every face. Santa brought a bag full of cakes, candies and distributed those among the children.

Principal of the school Urmil Verma joined in the festivities by cutting the cake and encouraged the students to imbibe the teachings of the Jesus Christ. She congratulated the students and staff of the school for their splendid performance and wished everyone a very happy New Year.


Students of Delhi Public School and Children’s Academy in Dehradun celebrate Christmas.Tribune photographs

Children’s Academy

Students sing carol at BHEL in Haridwar.
Students sing carol at BHEL in Haridwar. Tribune photographs

Children’s Academy celebrated Christmas and New Year in their school campus here today. The chief guest on the occasion was secretary of the Children’s Academy Association Prem Kashyap.

The students from play group, nursery and KG presented cultural programmes on the occasion and sang Christmas carols.

Speaking on the occasion, Kashyap appreciated the efforts of the children, who presented such a wonderful event. The programme culminated with arrival of the Santa Claus, who distributed sweets among the students.

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Students display extracurricular skills
Tribune News Service

Haridwar, December 24
Tiny tots and senior students displayed their extracurricular skills at the annual cultural celebrations held at a public school on the BHEL campus.Schoolchildren presented skits, Indian classical/western dances, Bollywood songs and Christmas carol presentation. City Magistrate R Shreedhar Babu inaugurated the ceremony.

“This event has given us an opportunity to display our skills and we are enjoying it,” said Surabhi Rawat, a student.

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Seminar on energy efficiency from Dec 27
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 24
The Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun, in association with the Harcourt Butler Technologies Institute, Kanpur and Shivalik College of Engineering, Dehradun, will hold three-day international seminar on clean energy technologies and energy efficiency for sustainable development ‘Enerstate 2010’.

The seminar will begin from December 27 to December 29, comprising presentation of research papers on solar energy, bio-fuel, industrial application, energy storage, energy conservation, renewable energy and solar thermal power by eminent professors and scientists from 12 countries.

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25 students selected for eco-workshop
Our Correspondent

Mussoorie, December 24
As many as 25 students of the Sanatan Dharm Girls Inter College were selected for a seven-day training workshop on conserving environment and saving water.They will be trained at Guru Ram Rai School on ways to preserve the environment and about keeping the sources of drinking water clean.

After the training, each student will be designated an area in which they will pass on their knowledge to the general public so that they also become part of the campaign.

MC ward member Ramesh Bhandari inaugurated the workshop and said that it was important that students learn about conservation at the right age so that when they attain adulthood they can pass on the message to their children.

Members of the management and staff were also present on the occasion.

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10-day yoga camp ends
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 24
A ten-days yoga camp came to an end at Dayanand Women’s Training (DWT) College here today. The camp was organised under the aegis of the Bharatiya Yoga Sansthan. Participating students were apprised of various asanas and mudras of the yoga.

They also pledged to make the yoga a part of their lives as well as to impart knowledge of the yoga to others.

Speaking on the occasion, Pandit Radheyshyam Joshi of the Bharatiya Yoga Sansthan said the yoga plays a very important role in keeping us healthy.

Principal of the College Aarti Dixit said all the students as well as the staff members of the college benefited from the camp. Sadhna Sharma, president of the Uttaranchal Mahila Association, said a sound soul and mind reside in a healthy body and the yoga paves the way for such a good health.

Present on the occasion were scientist SK Sharma, Jyotsana, teachers and staff members of the college.

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78th Swami Shraddhanand National Hockey Tournament
Rampur Hostel blank Chandigarh XI 8-0
Tribune News Service

Haridwar, December 24
Uttarakhand’s only national-level and northern region’s premier hockey tournament kicked off in style here today with the presentation of many cultural programmes by students of the host Gurukul Kangri University at the Swami Dayanand Hockey Stadium.

The 78th Swami Shraddhanand National Hockey Tournament, which entered its 78th year of running, saw a one-sided but exquisite display of hockey in the opening match played between Rampur Hostel and Chandigarh Eleven.

Forward players of Rampur Hostel attacked from the very minute the first half whistle blew while their rock-solid defence didn’t give an inch of space to hapless Chandigarh Eleven players who failed to score even a single goal to lessen the 8-0 deficit.

Excellent dribbling by Rampur forwards and centre forwards saw their team score a couple of goals in just 15 minutes of the play. In the second half, Rampur Hostel netted more goals to take an unassailable lead of eight goals.

In the second match of the day between Meerut and Shahjahanpur spectators saw a classic hockey. The first four goals saw each of the two teams utilising corners and field goals to race ahead. The first half of the match saw an keenly contested hockey.

But, in the second half, the Meerut players rose to the occasion netting two goals while the Shahjahanpur players failed to match the higher dribbling, passing skills as well as physical stamina of their opponents. Referees for the today’s matches were Virendra and Jyanaendra, who also appreciated the sports facilities at the tournament.

Earlier, the chief guest, Deputy Inspector General of Police Alok Sharma, highlighted the immense contribution of hockey players in making the nation proud.

Highlighting the record 8 gold medals that India has won in Olympics in hockey, Sharma said it’s the responsibility of today’s players to regain that glory. “Hockey is our national sport but in the past few decades since Moscow Olympics triumph in 1980, it has lost the golden touch. But, today seeing the level of hockey being played at this ground it’s clearly visible that all is not lost,” said Sharma.

Gurukul Kangri University Vice-Chancellor Swatantra Kumar said in this very tournament held on the Gurukul grounds, hockey wizard Major Dhayan Chand had displayed his magical hockey skills.

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Bharat Veer wrecks Nehru Stadium
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 24
Ravindra Bhola Cricket Academy of Delhi won by 77 runs against Nehru Stadium, Bijnore, at the Third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Badri Memorial Cricket Tournament played at Rangers College here today.

Batting first, Ravindra Bhola Cricket Academy piled up 186 runs at the loss of 9 wickets in the allotted 40 overs.

Sourabh Passi scored 64 runs which included 8 fours while Rajendra Bisht and Kush contributed important 51 and 14 runs respectively. Arjun Gupta was 25 not out. Shoib took 4 wickets for the Nehru Stadium team.

Chasing the target, the Nehru Stadium team lost all its wickets and could only come up with 109 runs. Sumit Singh with 30 runs was the highest scorer for Nehru Stadium. Bharat Veer of Ravindra Bhola Cricket Academy took 7 wickets. Khush was awarded man-of-the-match title.

Amar Saxena and Amarjeet Singh were umpires for the today’s match. Tomorrow, Doon Tiger will clash with Malik Sports Delhi. The Ajabpur Youngsters Cricket Club is organising the tournament.

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Chess tourney kicks off
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 24
The Chess Federation of Uttaranchal commenced its three-day championship here today. Suryakant Dhasmana, a senior Congress leader, inaugurated the championship while Arun Valmiki, MK Rana, Manoj Upadhyaya and Jitender Mohan Sharma were also present at the event.

The results are: Vinay Raj Bhatt (Dehradun) defeated Ankit Singh Payal (Dehradun); Mohan Nathani (Pauri) defeated Ashish Payal (Dehradun); SP Pokhariyal (Dehradun) defeated HD Bhatt (ONGC); Manoj Upadhyaya (Dehradun) defeated Sahil Oberoi (Dehradun); MK Rana (Dehradun) defeated Mohd Faizal (Meerut); and Neeraj Jayal (Dehradun) defeated SN Maindola (Dehradun).

There was a draw between Neeraj Yadav (Dehradun) and Ritik Yadav (Dehradun).

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Stage set for Bisht Memorial soccer semifinals
Tribune News Service

A match in the Late Manvendra Singh Bisht Memorial Football Tournament being played on FRI campus in Dehradun on Friday.
A match in the Late Manvendra Singh Bisht Memorial Football Tournament being played on FRI campus in Dehradun on Friday. A Tribune photograph

Dehradun, December 24
The stage has been set for the semifinals of the Late Manvendra Singh Bisht Memorial Football Tournament being played at the Forest Research Institute grounds here.

In the quarterfinal matches held today, Wills Youth Club beat Gypsy Young 1-0 while Bajrang Club beat Vijay Cantt 5-4 in a tie-breaker. As of the match between Wills Youth Club and Gypsy Young, its was a closely contested one. It was Rohit who scored a goal for Wills Youth Club in the 17th minute after getting a rebound from the goalkeeper.

Similarly, the other quarterfinal clash between Bajrang Club and Vijay Cantt was a closed contested match. The game was levelled at one goal each in the stipulated time. Franky for Bajrang Club and Manish for Vijay Cantt did the scoring. In the tie-breaker, Eric, Franky, Saurabh Bisht and Anthony scored the goals for Bajrang Club whereas Nitin, Jatin and Madhur scored for Vijay Cantt.

Tomorrow, the first semifinal match will be played between Bajrang Club and Doon Star whereas the other semifinal will be between Wills Youth Club and Garhwal Sporting.

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District Inter-School Tourney
Crowd-favourite Vidya Mandir team disappoint
Tribune News Service

Haridwar, December 24
The much-awaited match between crowd-favourite Vidya Mandir Sector-1 and Roorkee-based Montfort School eventually proved to be a disappointing one, as the Vidya Mandir team was whipped by Montfort players, handing them a huge 80-run defeat.With this emphatic win, Montfort entered the finals of the District Inter-School Tournament where it will face another host city team Bal Bharti Senior Secondary School.

Contrary to the trend that has been witnessed in this tournament, the toss-winning captain of Montfort Senior Secondary school elected to bat first despite the cold, windy conditions aiding the bowlers in the first 10 overs of the match.

But, the opening batsmen of the Montfort team proved right the decision of their captain by playing an aggressive game neutralising the weather advantage to the bowlers.

Shubham Dhiman smashed 46 runs (26 balls) who was well partnered by Akash who stood rock solid in his defiant knock of 19 runs (25 balls). Dhiman hit six fours and a six.

Later, a brisk 17 of 31 balls by Shubham Chaudhari put the target tally to 146 runs. Ankit, Harendra, Amit and Sunil took one wicket each.

Chasing the target, the Vidya Mandir players just caved in failing to negotiate the pace and bounce of the Montfort opening bowling attack. Only Tasiff Ahmed (25 runs off 21 balls) showed some resistance while more than four batsmen failed to reach the double-figure mark.

Bowlers Amand 3-0-5-5 and Shubham Chaudhari of 2-0-10-3 bowled a magnificent spell of five overs clinching total eight wickets.

Earlier, chief guest DGM Kirby Sudhir Mehta was introduced to the players of both semifinalist teams.

Informing about the postponement of the final match, general secretary of the Cricket Association of Haridwar Inder Mohan Barthwal said owing to some other activities being taking place at the BHEL sports stadium the final match had been postponed for a few days. The date will be confirmed later.

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