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Saturday, August 28, 1999
Intelligent network services open
ABVP holds rally on HPU
Dalit's rape condemned
Plea to implement pension scheme
Crops damaged as land sinks
Bhagwan Dass chief of civic body
of badge baffles cops
DHARAMSALA, Aug 27 The recovery of yet another badge in the shape of a Pakistani flag with a name inscribed on its backside has baffled the police and other security agencies here.
After the first badge was found on an abandoned T-shirt in McLeodganj on August 23, a laundryman found a similar one yesterday. Ram Kumar, who runs a laundry shop, found the badge lying in his washing machine after the clothes had been washed. He is learnt to have told the police that he was unable to identify the person to whom it belonged as he washed the clothes of a number of people in that lot. He, however, added that it was mostly foreigners who were his customers.
The second badge is exactly identical to the first one and has the same name, R.Akhtar, on the backside with HP written below it. The badge is green and white in colour and shaped like a Pakistani flag. Initially, there were apprehensions that these badges could be linked to some persons having connections with militants or ISI agents.
The SSP, Mr K.C. Sadyal, while ruling out the involvement of the ISI said had they been identification marks given to their agents, they would have been more discreet and careful with such badges. He added that all the same the police would try to get to the bottom of the problem and a general search would be conducted in McLeodganj. He felt since a large number of Kashmiri shopkeepers and vendors had returned from Jammu and Kashmir they could have brought these badges with them, especially since Pakistan's Independence Day was observed recently.
Regarding the mystery
behind the initials, HP, written behind these badges, he
said it was also possible that a person in the state was
making them and selling them to those wanting to buy the
badges. It is probably after thorough investigation that
the police will be able to get a clue about the recovery
of these badges from, McLeodganj.
network services open
SHIMLA, Aug 27 Mr N.S. Gill, Chief General Manager, Himachal Telecom Circle, inaugurated the state of the art intelligent network services at the local telephone exchange here today.
With the commissioning of this advanced system, the subscribers will get the latest services available like the virtual card calling (VCC), account card calling (ACC), virtual private network (VPN), free phone service (FPH) and televoting (VOT). These services will be useful for both business houses as well as common subscriber. As it will enable any person to make calls from any telephone to any destination without billing to the dialling phone. It will be most beneficial for those who are always on the move or do not own a telephone.
Describing the main features of the network, Mr B.R. Kashyap, General Manager, said VCC and ACC were phone cards with secret code numbers which allowed the owner to make call from any telephone by dialling a specified code, followed by the secret code and the destination telephone number.
While the VCC cards were available in the denomination of Rs 100 (suitable for local calls), Rs 200 (for national calls) and Rs 500 (for international calls), the ACC cards were available after registration with a initial payment of Rs 5,000. The utilised amount could be replenished in multiples of Rs 1,000.
rally on HPU campus
SHIMLA, Aug 27 Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad today held a rally on the Himachal University campus in protest against the "education bandh" call of the Students Federation of India.
Mr Pankaj Jamwal, president of the campus unit of the parishad, said the bandh call of the federation was against the interests of the students. The parishad was in favour of elections to the Central Students Association (CSA) but it was against the mode agitation adopted by the federation.
It was ironical that the federation, which was responsible for discontinuation of elections to the CSA, was talking to restoration of democratic rights of students and using terror tactics to prevent them from attending classes.
The parishad charged the federation with creating lawlessness on the campus. It also criticised the administration for not taking action against the federation activists who had already been convicted.
SHIMLA, Aug 27 The state unit of the Bharatiya Janata party Mahila Morcha has condemned the alleged rape of a Dalit in the office of the Congress Party at Delhi.
In a statement here yesterday Mrs Suman Sood, state Secretary of the Morcha, said the incident had exposed the real face of the Congress and the manner in which it had been exploiting women. She said women across the country had been outraged by the incident and they would give a befitting reply to the party in the ensuing poll.
On the other hand the BJP, she claimed, had been championing the cause of women and giving them all the respect. She expressed confidence that women would vote for the BJP and elect Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee as Prime Minister again.
implement pension scheme
SHIMLA, Aug 27 The Himachal Pradesh State Corporate Sector Workers Coordination Committee has expressed resentment over the inordinate delay in implementation of pension scheme in various boards and corporation.
The committee, which met here on Wednesday urged Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, the Chief Minister, to immediately issue notification to extend the pensionery benefits to 1.60 lakh employees of boards, corporations, autonomous bodies and apex societies. It pointed out that many employees had
retired since April last without availing of the benefits.
It also demanded immediate holding of joint consultative committee meeting to discuss the issues like workers' participation in management, residential accommodation and implementation of various wage revision agreements.
damaged as land sinks
SOLAN, Aug 27 Two houses and standing crops worth about Rs 4 lakh were destroyed following the sinking of a portion of lands belonging to Behli village in Keori Panchayat of this district, near Nalagarh yesterday.
Mr K.C. Chaman, Sub Divisional Magistrate, Nalagarh said about 25 bighas of lands was affected besides serious damage to two houses.
He said Rs 4000 had been
disbursed to each of the affected persons. Alternative
accommodation, in tents had also been provided to them.
As area, had witnessed sinking of lands earlier also, the
villagers had been advised not to reconstruct houses or
raise crops there.
Dass chief of civic body
SOLAN, Aug 27 Mr Bhagwan Dass, the lone Himachal Vikas Congress member in the nine-member municipal council, Nalagarh, was elected president of the civic body today.
The post of the president had fallen vacant on August 3 when the then president Mr Yash Pal Sharma, a BJP loyalist tendered his resignation following a notice of a no-confidence motion, sought by Congressmen.
Mr Sharma was elected
president in 1996 in spite of his party members being in
a minority at that time. This was achieved with the help
of an Independent candidate and defection of a Congress
activist. However the equation changed in the Congress
favour when their members increased. This emboldened the
party to move a non-confidence motion against Sharma.
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