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Bomb scare keeps Haridwar cops on toes
All the trains coming from New Delhi, Nizamuddin and Old Delhi railway stations were thoroughly searched for two hours in Haridwar and Roorkee
Haridwar, December 27
Post-Varanasi blast, there have been apprehensions of such terror attacks in the twin cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh. The fears of intelligence agencies almost came true when the police received information of a bomb being planted in one of the New Delhi-bound trains in Dehradun, keeping the Haridwar administration personnel on their toes.

Dehradun hotels all set for New Year Eve parties
Dehradun, December 27
In spite of the chilly weather and steep entertainment taxes, which are threatening to dampen the festivity spirit, denizens of the Doon valley are ready with their dancing shoes for the New Year celebrations.
The Doon Club gets ready for the New Year Eve bash in Dehradun on Monday. The Doon Club gets ready for the New Year Eve bash in Dehradun on Monday. A Tribune photograph



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2010 — a year of disillusionment for Kumaon region
Nainital, December 27
The year 2010 has proved to be a year of disillusionment for people of the Kumaon region. Continuing to grapple with hardships on various fronts, the people were left feeling let down by the political class and the officialdom. The problems that have existed for years, continue to exist with people losing hope of things improving in the days to come.

A day of dance and music at Study Land School
Students stage a play at Study Land School in Dehradun on Monday. Dehradun, December 27
The seven-coloured musical festival, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, was organised at Study Land School here today. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr BP Kamboj (Doon Ratna), former secretary, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi.



Students stage a play at Study Land School in Dehradun on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Himalayan academy win by 3 wickets
Dehradun, December 27
The Himalayan Cricket Academy won by three wickets against Rising Star at the Beehive Challenge Cricket T20 Tournament at the Matawala Ground, Dehradun.

Eleven Star blank Sundrawala Boys
A match of the Veer Amar Shaheed Khadag Bahadur Memorial Football Tournament in progress in Dehradun on Monday. Dehradun, December 27
Bajrang Club and Eleven Star won their respective matches in the Veer Amar Shaheed Khadag Bahadur Memorial Football Tournament played at Nehru Gram here today.



A match of the Veer Amar Shaheed Khadag Bahadur Memorial Football Tournament in progress in Dehradun on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Carom tourney from Dec 28
Dehradun, December 27
The 39th Junior National and Inter-State Carom Championship will begin in Dehradun from December 28.

Boxing, badminton tourneys held
Youth Welfare Department vice-president Subhash Barthwal is introduced to the players at a championship. Dehradun, December 27
As part of a drive to promote rural games and sports, the Youth Welfare Department (YWD) inaugurated a state-level boxing and badminton competition at the Parade Ground here today. Subhash Barthwal, vice-president of the YWD, inaugurated the competition.

Youth Welfare Department vice-president Subhash Barthwal is introduced to the players at a championship. A Tribune photograph

GFC Mullingar win
Mussoorie, December 27
In the ongoing Cosco Cricket Tournament being held at the Survey Ground, GFC Mullingar scored 73 runs and defeated Arvind B Club by four wickets.

SSP adjudged Man of the Match
District Administration team captain Sanjay Gunjiyal, SSP of Haridwar, is all set to face a delivery in a friendly match played in Haridwar on Sunday.Haridwar, December 27
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sanjay Gunjiyal, who led the District Administration team to defeat the SIDCUL Eleven team in a friendly match, was adjudged the Man of the Match yesterday.

District Administration team captain Sanjay Gunjiyal, SSP of Haridwar, is all set to face a delivery in a friendly match played in Haridwar on Sunday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur

Kishan Gunj Gymkhana continue winning streak
Dehradun, December 27
Kishan Gunj Gymkhana (Delhi) defeated Doon Tigers (Dehradun) by seven wickets in the Third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Cricket Tournament played at the Rangers Grounds here today.



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Bomb scare keeps Haridwar cops on toes
All the trains coming from New Delhi, Nizamuddin and Old Delhi railway stations were thoroughly searched for two hours in Haridwar and Roorkee
Sandeep Rawat
Tribune News Service

A sniffer dog searches for a suspected bomb device on the Shatabdi Express at the railway station in Haridwar on Monday.
A sniffer dog searches for a suspected bomb device on the Shatabdi Express at the railway station in Haridwar on Monday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur

Haridwar, December 27
Post-Varanasi blast, there have been apprehensions of such terror attacks in the twin cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh. The fears of intelligence agencies almost came true when the police received information of a bomb being planted in one of the New Delhi-bound trains in Dehradun, keeping the Haridwar administration personnel on their toes. All the trains coming from New Delhi station, Nizamuddin station and Old Delhi railway station were thoroughly searched in Haridwar and Roorkee.

As soon as the information was received, the railway station premises were put under an intensified checking. All the trains, the stationed and outgoing ones, were checked thoroughly. Bomb disposal squads and dog squads carried out an extensive search in the whole station area. The Mussoorie Express and the Shatabdi were searched for the suspected bomb for more than an hour with ASP Janmayjay Khanduri monitoring the whole process.

All the passengers on the stations were frisked. But, after hours of checking, no suspicious object was found, though some unattended bags and electronic gadgets were seized.

After the two-hour of intense search, the police declared the local railway station free of any bomb. The trains operated on routine after that.

Talking to The Tribune, Superintendent of City Police KL Shaw said there was viable information of a bomb threat at the railway station. The police, along with personnel of the Railways, cordoned off the station to carry out the checking of the trains. However, no suspicious object was found. They urged the passengers to inform the railway police as soon as they found anything suspicious.

Meanwhile, the passengers had to face a lot of inconvenience, and everyone heaved a sigh of relief when they came to know that the bomb call was a hoax one.

Station Superintendent SD Dobhal said a precaution was being taken post-Varanasi blast and they had stepped up vigilance at the checking points and put up metal detectors there.

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Dehradun hotels all set for New Year Eve parties
Yamini Sunwar
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 27
In spite of the chilly weather and steep entertainment taxes, which are threatening to dampen the festivity spirit, denizens of the Doon valley are ready with their dancing shoes for the New Year celebrations.

Some of the city hotels are rushing up with their last-minute preparations for New Year’s big-budget bashes, while party lovers are busy shopping for the grand event. “Although I cannot go to my hometown due to internal examinations being held at my college, I have planned to take part in a lavish New Year bash with my friends here itself. We will first go to watch a movie and then move to the DJ night at a local hotel,” said an elated Adrija Chatterjee, a student who hails from Kolkata.

The sense of bidding farewell to the year 2010 has geared up people completely in the city. Restaurants and hotels have already donned a festive look and are ready to entertain guests on New Year’s Eve. The year-end gives them a chance to make great profits.

Party organisers are busy designing most enthralling parties of the city by making lucrative offers of discounts, happy hours, contests and unlimited variety of cuisines. They are even inviting dance troupes and artistes from Delhi and Mumbai to perform at the parties, and have taken permission from the Police Department for the same.

“The couple entry charges are mandatory, as are entertainment tax for the permission and licensing from the authorities, booking and decorating the venue, food and drinks and the cost of security preparations per event. We are organising a New Year bash at our banquet hall. The couple entry is Rs 2,800 with dinner and dance on December 31. There will be a DJ night on the occasion,” said one of the attendants at Great Value Hotel.

However, citing the spirit of the Doonites, many other hotels in the city are providing them with the space for merrymaking. On one hand the discerning party goers are preferring to go to hotels to celebrate New Year while the youth is planning to hang around at lounges and make the most of what is available to them.

“Our hotel has organised an exciting night for guests on New Year’s Eve. The couple entry fee is Rs 3,000 with dinner and dance to groovy numbers played by a DJ. The main attraction of the party will be the competitions of ‘Madhuban King’ and ‘Madhuban Queen’, which will be without any entry fee,” said Manish at Madhuban Hotel.

“Middle-class families who prefer to spend New Year with their family members can also dine at Hotel Viceroy Inn for real fun. The hotel has organised a DJ night with smoky dance floors, a live band, a Western dance performance by the Dare Devil dance group from Delhi, unlimited variety of cuisines, drinks, various competitions and a juggling show,” said Anil, manager of Hotel Viceroy Inn.

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2010 — a year of disillusionment for Kumaon region
Rajeev Khanna
Tribune News Service

Nainital, December 27
The year 2010 has proved to be a year of disillusionment for people of the Kumaon region. Continuing to grapple with hardships on various fronts, the people were left feeling let down by the political class and the officialdom. The problems that have existed for years, continue to exist with people losing hope of things improving in the days to come.

The year will be remembered for the unprecedented rain-related disaster that struck the region in September on account of a prolonged monsoon. The first major incident to have occurred was on August 18 when 22 children were buried alive in the debris following the collapse of a wall in the school where they were studying at Sumgarh in Bageshwar district. Thereafter, along with the rains it was misery that poured across the region over the next 40 days.

The worst-hit districts were Nainital and Almora, while Udham Singh Nagar also recorded large-scale losses in terms of infrastructure and washing away of land. The cloudburst at Dhura village and adjoining areas of Almora on September 18 claimed 35 lives.

More than 190 residential premises were totally devastated in Almora district, while almost 2,000 were partially damaged. A total 0f 10,257 people from 2.373 families were affected in the rain-related incidents.

In Nainital district about 5,500 hectares had been devastated in the disaster. While more than 100 houses were totally devastated, almost 2,100 residential properties were affected. The district recorded 20 deaths. In Udham Singh Nagar damages were recorded in no less than 254 villages of the district and 48,957 persons incurred losses. This district had suffered the worst in terms of loss of agricultural land, as large tracts of fertile land were washed away by perennial rivers as well as seasonal streams right before the eyes of the farmers.

Officials say 2149.57 lakh hectares of land had been affected by flash floods and more than 50 per cent of crop destroyed on 915.55 hectares. In economic terms, the losses for crops had been put at Rs 730.91 lakh.

Besides these losses, it was the roads and irrigation networks along with various water schemes that lay devastated.

Till date things have not moved forward at the pace they should have, even as the government goes around patting its back and blaming the Centre for not giving it the sought amount of Rs 21,000 crore for the rebuilding and relief measures. The Centre on the other hand gave Rs 600 crore and has been promising to give more once this money is optimally utilised. The blame game continues and people continue to suffer.

In the aftermath of the rains, the shortcomings in the health setup once again came to the fore as the scant number of medical professionals worked overtime to tackle the outburst of dengue and malaria. People once again were at the receiving end with there being very few or no medical professionals available in some of the worst-affected parts of the region.

As regards the roads, the drive between Bhawali and Almora via Kwarab, which was the worst-hit stretch, continues to be a driver’s nightmare even as the government goes around claiming that the road was opened after a month. On the Nainital-Haldwani highway, which is among the most prominent of the roads in the region, the concretisation of both the Bhujiaghat and Jyolikote stretches, that had been badly damaged leading to the road being closed for more than a month, is still to be done.

The water schemes that were devastated are nowhere near being rebuilt or repaired and thousand of people particularly in the Salan area of Almora and Bageshwar districts continue to grapple with the problem of fetching water for daily needs.

Schools sans teachers

On the education front, a large number of schools, particularly those in remote areas, continue to await teachers, provision of proper drinking water and toilet facilities, particularly for girl students. These issues were recently aired by public representatives from Okhalkanda and Dhari Blocks of Nainital and the situation is pretty similar in several other districts. This scenario leaves Education Minister Gobind Singh Bisht with much to answer in the face of some populist and unfulfilled statements that he made before the media during the year. He had reportedly promised watches to girl students, a promise which never saw the light of the day. The government had also promised a transparent transfer policy for teachers, which is nowhere to be seen. The allegations of corruption in facilitating transfers are galore.

A hectic year for Police Dept

The police too spent a hectic year trying to ensure maintenance of law and order in the region. There were attempts by right wing elements to foment communal trouble in Haldwani, Lal Kuan, Rudrapur and Kashipur, which was averted by the timely intervention of the police. However, a lot needs to be done on working out of certain instances of heinous crimes that rocked the region time and again.

Shortage of doctors

The health facilities available in the region continue to be an apology for a welfare state. There is a massive dearth of doctors in government health centres. If there is equipment available, there are no professionals to handle it. One positive development during the year was the inauguration of a state-of-the-art cancer facility at the Sushila Tiwari Hospital in Haldwani and the taking over of the the Sushila Tiwari Forest Hospital Trust by the state government. But the government needs to ensure that a maximum number of people get benefits from these initiatives.

Even as the forthcoming Assembly polls get nearer and the noise made by politicians gets shriller, people disillusioned on almost every front are keeping mum for the time being awaiting deliverance from those they have entrusted to take up their issues 
at the state and the central levels.

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A day of dance and music at Study Land School
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 27
The seven-coloured musical festival, Satyam Shivam Sundaram, was organised at Study Land School here today. The chief guest on the occasion was Dr BP Kamboj (Doon Ratna), former secretary, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi.

The programme began with the welcoming of the chief guest by Deepak Ahuja, Principal of the school, followed by the musical theme dance of “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”. Children also presented folk dances from Rajasthan, Haryana and Garhwal.

The special presentation by the play group and KG students, “Bachchon ki Phulwari”, was appreciated by one and all. The other major attractions of the event were qawwali, raslila, nagin dance, rock dance and Bhojpuri dance. 

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Himalayan academy win by 3 wickets
Tribune News Service

A batsman plays a square cut at the Beehive Challenge Cricket T20 Tournament in Dehradun on Monday.
A batsman plays a square cut at the Beehive Challenge Cricket T20 Tournament in Dehradun on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Dehradun, December 27
The Himalayan Cricket Academy won by three wickets against Rising Star at the Beehive Challenge Cricket T20 Tournament at the Matawala Ground, Dehradun.

Rising Star piled up 120 runs at the loss of seven wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Rising Star’s Satish scored the highest 43 runs, followed by Bittu and Manish, who contributed valuable 18 runs each.

Himalayan Cricket Academy’s bowlers Keshav, Varun and Vijay took one wickets each. Chasing the target, Himalayan Cricket Academy managed to get to the target score of 121 within 19 overs.

Himalayan Cricket Academy’s Varun Negi scored the highest 42 runs and Zeeshan contributed 39 runs. Among the Rising Star’s bowlers Bittu took the highest three wickets. Tomorrow’s match will be played between the Rao Cricket Academy and the Institute of Technology Management (ITM). 

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Eleven Star blank Sundrawala Boys
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 27
Bajrang Club and Eleven Star won their respective matches in the Veer Amar Shaheed Khadag Bahadur Memorial Football Tournament played at Nehru Gram here today.

In the first match of the tournament, Bajrang Club won 3-2 against Wills Youth Club, Nawada. Eric scored two goals while Franky scored the third goal for Bajrang Club. For Wills Youth Club, Mohit and Deepak Sood scored.

The second match of the day saw a close contest between Sundrawala Boys and Eleven Star. The match proved to be one-sided with Eleven Star winning the match 5-0. Sanshank scored the maximum three goals for Eleven Star.

Interestingly, Nigerian players, who were part of Bajrang Club team, were cynosure of all eyes.

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Carom tourney from Dec 28
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 27
The 39th Junior National and Inter-State Carom Championship will begin in Dehradun from December 28.

Disclosing this at a press conference here today, Anil Goel, vice-president of the Uttarakhand Carom Association, said the championship to be held from December 28 to January 3 in Dehradun would have around 500 participants from the 26 states of the country. Uttarakhand Assembly Speaker Harbans Kapoor would inaugurate the championship in the presence of Rajpur MLA Ganesh Joshi, who would be the special guest.

He said the carom championship would witness the participation of some excellent chess players and preparations for the championship had already been completed. “A total of 40 carom boards have been put in place at Aggarwal Dharamshala, the venue for the championship,” Goel pointed out. The championship, apart from having sections for girls and boys, has been further sub-divided into terms of age groups. 

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Boxing, badminton tourneys held
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, December 27
As part of a drive to promote rural games and sports, the Youth Welfare Department (YWD) inaugurated a state-level boxing and badminton competition at the Parade Ground here today. Subhash Barthwal, vice-president of the YWD, inaugurated the competition.

In the 52-kg (men) category, Pradeep Kumar (Pitthoragarh); in the 54-kg category, Mahesh Danu (Bageshwar) and in the 57-kg category Arun Chauhan (Pitthoragarh) qualified for the quarterfinals. In the 57 kg category Sura Jaiswal of Dehradun and in the 
60-kg category Praveen Gurung of Dehradun have qualified for the semifinals while in the 60-kg (women) category Saumya and Sangeeta have reached the semifinal stage.

In badminton (women), the teams of Dehradun, Uddham Singh Nagar, Pauri and Pitthoragarh districts reached the semifinals while in the men’s category, Uddham Singh Nagar, Dehradun, Pitthoragarh teams qualified for the quarterfinals.

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GFC Mullingar win
Ajay Ramola

Mussoorie, December 27
In the ongoing Cosco Cricket Tournament being held at the Survey Ground, GFC Mullingar scored 73 runs and defeated Arvind B Club by four wickets.

In other fixtures, Library Virus Club defeated Library Club by three wickets. Cant B defeated Shastri Club by two wickets, Arvind Club defeated IAM Institute by seven wickets.

The umpires for the day were Ramchander Verma, Himanshu, Ravi Rawat, Manuj Agarwal, Dharmvir Rawat, Nitin Dutt and Samuel Chandra. The tournament is being organised by Morning Cricket Club and final is on December 29. The winning team will receive a cash prize of Rs 5,100 and a trophy and the runners up will get Rs 3,100 and a trophy. 

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SSP adjudged Man of the Match
Tribune News Service

Haridwar, December 27
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sanjay Gunjiyal, who led the District Administration team to defeat the SIDCUL Eleven team in a friendly match, was adjudged the Man of the Match yesterday.

Contrary to the khakhi dress usually donned by Gunjiyal and CO Pankaj Bhatt, spectators at the Roshanabad stadium were caught by surprise when they saw the two officers in cricket gears.

The District Administration team won the toss and opted to bat first despite foggy and cold conditions being favourable to swing and seam bowling. The opening batting duo of Sudhir and Prakash Joshi negotiated the hostile attack of SIDUCL bowlers. Though wickets kept falling at regular intervals, the District Administration team batsmen maintained a good run rate.

Sanjay Gunjiyal made a brisk 15 runs with a six and a four.

Sudhir Mehta bowled a good line and length pitching on just the off-stump line, but 30-odd extra runs helped the District Administration team reach a modest total of 140 runs at the loss of nine wickets in the stipulated 25 overs.

Chasing the winning target, the SIDCUL batsmen found the bowling attack of duo of Pankaj Bhatt and Ajay Tyagi too hot. At the score of just 15 runs, five wickets had gone.

But the pitch woes were somewhat calmed by resilient knocks of Karan (35), Deepak (13) and Rajesh (13) who brought their team score to above the 100 mark. But a strategic captaincy of the administration team aided with deft field placements left the SIDCUL batsmen very little chance to score freely and finally they fell 28 runs short of the target.

For his all-round contribution, administration captain Gunjiyal was awarded the Man of the Match award. Inder Mohan Barthwal was the umpire, while Ravi Belwal was the scorer. Pandit Devendra Brahama and Dr Naresh Chaudhari were the commentators for the match.

Among the spectators were SIDCUL association chief Arun Saraswat, Manish Mantri, S Dobhal, Arun Raghav and other district office-bearers.

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Kishan Gunj Gymkhana continue winning streak
Tribune News Service

A batsman just makes it to the crease in a match of the Third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Cricket Tournament in Dehradun on Monday.
A batsman just makes it to the crease in a match of the Third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Cricket Tournament in Dehradun on Monday. A Tribune photograph

Dehradun, December 27
Kishan Gunj Gymkhana (Delhi) defeated Doon Tigers (Dehradun) by seven wickets in the Third Uttarakhand Shaheed Girish Bhadri Cricket Tournament played at the Rangers Grounds here today.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Doon Tigers made 140 runs in 36.1 overs losing all the 10 wickets. Chand Babu made 28 for his team and Abhay Pandey scored 12 runs. For Kishan Gunj Gymkhana Bijender and Rahul took three wickets each.

Chasing the total of 140 runs made by Doon Tigers, Kishan Gunj Gymkhana began with a bang with Manoj Chandila and Rahul remaining not out till the end of the innings. A brilliant knock of 93 by Manoj Chandial and 24 by Rahul Dalal saw the Delhi team wrap up the match. Chandila was also declared the Man of the Match.

This is the second back-to-back victory for Kishan Gunj Gymkhana. Manu of Doon Tigers took two wickets and Ashu took one wicket.

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