No power cuts in HP
NEW DELHI, Nov 4 (TNS) There would be no power
cuts in Himachal Pradesh and people will be given
round-the-clock power supply, the state Chief Minister Mr
Prem Kumar Dhumal, said here today. The Chief Minister
said the assurance was possible following the decision of
the Centre to release 14 lakh units of power each day to
Himachal. This will be out of unallocated power share
from northern regional load despatch centre to the state.
Mr Dhumal who met the Union Power Minister, Mr P.R.
Kumaramangalam here, said the Centre had increased the
states share from existing 7 per cent to 11 per
cent immediately. The Chief Minister said with this
assurance the state had lifted power cuts immediately.
Himachal requires 85 lakh units per day while the current
supply is around 64 lakh units. With additional 14 lakh
units, the state should be able to meet its total
requirement, he said. The Centre, he said, also waived Rs
30.58 crore surcharge of Baira Siul project and return
the money deducted from the State plan size. A Rs 20
crore new substation would be set up at Baddi to feed
commercial lines of industrial areas of Nalagarh, Paonta
Sahib, Parwanoo and Baddi, he said.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 4 (PTI) Pakistan has completed 60
per cent of its additional troop withdrawal deployed at
the borders with India, officials said today. "We
hope that within this month the remaining additional
troops would also complete their withdrawal as such
activities in the military take quite some time,"
NNI news agency said quoting the officials. In his
televised address to the nation last month, Pakistan's
Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf had announced
unilateral withdrawal of additional troops from
international borders as a goodwill gesture.
5 cops killed
KATHMANDU, Nov 4 (DPA) Maoist insurgents in
western Nepal have killed five policemen in two separate
attacks and another seven officers remained missing, news
reports in the Nepalese capital said today. An unknown
number of rebels died and seven policemen were wounded in
yesterday's clashes in remote parts of Dolpa and Rolpa
districts, about 400 km west of the capital, The Himalaya
2 Rangers killed
SRIGANGANAGAR, Nov 4 (FOC) In cross-border firing
between the Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers in
Karanpur sector of Sriganganagar district, two Pak
Rangers were reported to be killed on Tuesday evening.
According to BSF sources, the Rangers opened fire on
Indian forces when the latter objected to digging bunkers
by the former along the Line of Control on the Indian
side. The firing continued for about half an hour and
resulted in the killing of the two Rangers.
KUWAIT CITY, Nov 4 (AFP) A Kuwaiti criminal court
has sentenced a young Indian maid to death for strangling
her 80-year-old Kuwait sponsor after just 10 days in her
employment, newspapers reported today. Qadeer Kaleeja
(22), who also stole money and jewellery, strangled Aisha
al-Fadalah in her bed, the court heard yesterday. Kaleeja
telephoned the victim's sons to inform them of their
mother's death by "natural causes," but police
called to the scene became suspicious of the scratches on
the maid's face and arrested her.