Tuesday, October 2, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Protect forest wealth: Dhumal
Shimla, October 1
The Himachal Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, today stressed the need for conserving wild life and preserving the environment, which were essential for the existence of humanity. He was speaking on the occasion of the inauguration of 47th Wild Life Week here today.

Students disrupt rail traffic
Shimla, October 1
Rail traffic on the Shimla-Kalka section was disrupted in the morning as activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) sat in front of the Himalayan Queen for about 30 minutes in support of their demand for withdrawal of hike in passenger tariff.

Scindia’s death condoled
Shimla, October 1
Dr Suraj Bhan, Governor, has condoled the death of Mr Madhav Rao Scindia, a senior Congress leader, who died in a plane crash near Kanpur yesterday. Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, also expressed grief over the demise of Mr Scindia.

Tibetans observe ‘black day'
Dharamsala, October 1
The National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT), has urged the United Nations to intensify efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution of the Tibet issue, so that unmitigated sufferings of the Tibetans under the Communist regime can be put to an end.

Govt vehicle attached 
Kulu, October 1
In an unprecedented decision, the Commissioner Workmen Compensation-cum-Sub Divisional Magistrate, here ordered attachment of a government vehicle and office furniture of the Executive Engineer HPPWD (Div I).



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  Himachal to have 8 new blood banks  
Shimla, October 1
The Health Minister, Mr J.P. Nadda, today said that Himachal Pradesh would make all-out efforts to maintain its distinction of being the only state which was free from the menace of professional blood donors.

No change in bank branches for pensioners
Shimla, October 1
There will be no change of bank branches from where pensioners are drawing their pensions after the implementation of the new payment scheme. Stating this here yesterday a government spokesman said the scheme was aimed only to help the pensioners. He clarified that in the new scheme of pension disbursement only database of all pensioners was being updated at district treasury.

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Protect forest wealth: Dhumal
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 1
The Himachal Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, today stressed the need for conserving wild life and preserving the environment, which were essential for the existence of humanity. He was speaking on the occasion of the inauguration of 47th Wild Life Week here today.

He flagged off a run rally of school children which passed through the Ridge to the Central Telegraph Office bearing placard bearing the message of wild life conservation to mark the occasion. He also administered them the pledge to conserve wild life.

Emphasising the need for maintaining ecological balance, Mr Dhumal said Himachal Pradesh with its vast and diversified varieties of flora and fauna was one of the most important states in India for bio-diversity conservation. It was, in this context, that the conservation of wild life had attracted the attention of environmentalists, scientists, and policy makers.

He said the state government was aware of its responsibility of protection, conservation and development of wildlife. Keeping in view its responsibility towards the nation, the state had oriented its policies accordingly and taken a lead in certain areas. There were 32 sanctuaries, two national parks covering an area of 12.6 per cent of state’s total land area under the protected area network against the national average of 4 per cent.

He said that there was a complete ban on hunting in the state resulting in the revival of dwindling population of red listed species like musk deer, snow leopard and pheasant. The Himachal Government had enhanced the rate of compensation in case of death or serious injury to humans or domestic animals caused by wild animals.

The Chief Minister launched a website of the Forest Department and also released a book on wild life brought out by the department.
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Students disrupt rail traffic
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 1
Rail traffic on the Shimla-Kalka section was disrupted in the morning as activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) sat in front of the Himalayan Queen for about 30 minutes in support of their demand for withdrawal of hike in passenger tariff.

They stopped the train which was on its way to Kalka from here at the Summer Hill railway station near Himachal Pradesh University.

Other trains also got delayed because of the protest. While the police was deployed in strength at the main railway station, the youth suddenly reached Summer Hill to disrupt rail traffic.

The AIG of railway traffic, Ms Satwant Atwal, later said the movement of trains were normal throughout the state following the incident. The SFI and DYFI activists demanded a regular local train between Shimla and Taradevi.

In a joint memorandum to the Railway Minister, they demanded that the hike in passenger fares should be withdrawn.
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Scindia’s death condoled
Tribune Reporters

Shimla, October 1
Dr Suraj Bhan, Governor, has condoled the death of Mr Madhav Rao Scindia, a senior Congress leader, who died in a plane crash near Kanpur yesterday.

Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, also expressed grief over the demise of Mr Scindia.

Ms Vidya Stokes, president of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee, also expressed shock over the death of Mr Scindia.

Various public figures have expressed grief over Mr Scindia death. Reports have been received from Solan, Hamirpur, Patiala, Amritsar, Ropar, Faridkot and Samana.
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Tibetans observe ‘black day'
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, October 1
The National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT), has urged the United Nations to intensify efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution of the Tibet issue, so that unmitigated sufferings of the Tibetans under the Communist regime can be put to an end.

Observing October 1 as black day hundreds of Tibetans, including monks, nuns, school children and a large number of foreigners, today held a procession from McLeodganj to the main town. Carrying banners and placards demanding liberation of Tibet and an end to the atrocities on the Tibetans in their homeland, they later held a meeting.

The NDPT, chief, Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok, said the Tibetans were forced to sign the 17-point agreement, under pressure of the Communist leaders on May 23, 1951, and it was in 1959 that they invaded Tibet.
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Govt vehicle attached 
Our Correspondent

Kulu, October 1
In an unprecedented decision, the Commissioner Workmen Compensation-cum-Sub Divisional Magistrate, here ordered attachment of a government vehicle and office furniture of the Executive Engineer HPPWD (Div I). The Jeep has been attached to the SHO here and the vehicle is parked under the police custody.

The compensation of Rs 2,54,411 was announced to the family of a labour working with the HPPWD, who was washed away in a cloudburst at Shat in 1994.

The decision of compensation was announced in 1996 and the department was ordered to pay the amount within 30 days. The department failed to pay the amount till last week while the family of the victim again approached the court.

The PWD has been directed to pay the amount within 10 days or the vehicle of the Executive Engineer would be auctioned.
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Himachal to have 8 new blood banks  
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 1
The Health Minister, Mr J.P. Nadda, today said that Himachal Pradesh would make all-out efforts to maintain its distinction of being the only state which was free from the menace of professional blood donors.

Mr Nadda, who was talking to newsmen here on the occasion of national voluntary blood donation day, said Himachal enjoyed the distinction of being free of professional blood donors since 1975. He said eight new blood banks at the district level were proposed to be opened at Jogindernagar, Palampur, Rampur, Rohru, Sarkaghat, Poanta Sahib, Nurpur and Keylong. There were 11 blood banks of the state government and one of the Centre in the state.

Trained blood bank officers and other paramedical staff had been posted in all blood banks and the process of appointing social motivators and laboratory technicians had been started in the blood banks at Dharamsala and Mandi. The mandatory testing of HIV, malaria and other infections was being done before issuing blood.
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No change in bank branches for pensioners
 Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 1
There will be no change of bank branches from where pensioners are drawing their pensions after the implementation of the new payment scheme.

Stating this here yesterday a government spokesman said the scheme was aimed only to help the pensioners. He clarified that in the new scheme of pension disbursement only database of all pensioners was being updated at district treasury. He further said pensioners would continue to draw their pension from their existing branches of the banks and added that district treasury would only generate bank branch-wise scroll and send it to banks one month in advance. Banks would make payment on the basis of this scroll and the pensioners were not at all required to come to the treasury for drawing their pensions from the treasury. 

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