Wednesday, October 3, 2001, Chandigarh, India





THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H I M A C H A L   P R A D E S H

Dhumal launches cleanliness drive
Shimla, October 2
Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, Himachal Chief Minister, has directed the local Municipal Corporation to take effective steps to maintain uniformity in the appearance of buildings and ensure that their designs blend in with the hill architecture.

Mahatma, Shastri remembered
Shimla, October 2
The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri was celebrated throughout Himachal Pradesh. Functions were organised at state and district levels where people paid homage to the two leaders.

Virbhadra's charges baseless: Negi
Shimla, October 2
Mr Chet Ram Negi, Parliamentary Secretary, has expressed surprise over the statement of Mr Virbhadra Singh, former Chief Minister, alleging that development in tribal areas had slowed down and that the amount sanctioned by the centre for flood relief had not been spent by the government.

Women quota Bill being delayed: Chandresh
Shimla, October 2
Ms Chandresh Kumari, MP and president of the All-India Women Congress, yesterday accused the NDA government of purposely delaying the women reservation Bill.

Farmers trained in storage methods
Chandigarh, October 2
The Regional Save Grain Campaign office, Chandigarh, of the Union Ministry of Consumers Affairs and Food, yesterday distributed 50 metal bins among farmers of Gandarh village, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh.



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Hand over bridge to Army: Sat Mahajan
Shimla, October 2
Mr Sat Mahajan, a senior Congress leader, has demanded that the 112-years-old Chakki bridge at Nurpur in the Kangra district should be immediately transferred to the Army as the state government had failed to restore traffic on the bridge which was damaged about a month ago.

HC directive to Health Secy
Chamba, October 2
The High Court of Himachal Pradesh has directed the Secretary (Health), Himachal Pradesh to take necessary action on a petition filed Mr Lajpat Singh Jandrotia president, Chamba Welfare Association.

Senior citizens’ body writes to Dhumal
Parwanoo, October 2
The Senior Citizens Welfare Society of Parwanoo has written a letter to the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh demanding a place for their office, library and a day-care centre for aged people.

Painting competition on wildlife
Shimla, October 2
A painting competition was organised by the wildlife wing of the Forest Department here today in connection with the wildlife week. As many as 60 participants from 19 schools of Shimla participated in the event. The theme was “Human and wildlife interface”.




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Dhumal launches cleanliness drive
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 2
Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, Himachal Chief Minister, has directed the local Municipal Corporation to take effective steps to maintain uniformity in the appearance of buildings and ensure that their designs blend in with the hill architecture.

Launching the week-long statewide cleanliness campaign here today, he reiterated the government’s resolve to preserve the beauty and glory of Shimla. He said systematic and planned development of the capital and other major towns in the state was being ensured so that these did not lose there scenic charm and continued to attract tourists.

He underlined the need for making the cleanliness campaign a mass movement, besides organising such drives frequently so as to create awareness about environment among the people. The government has already banned the use of recycled polythene bags in Shimla and other towns of the state.

Mr Dhumal made a fervent appeal to businessmen and other people to cooperate with the government in keeping the hills clean.

The Chief Minister said a plan for the beautification of Shimla had been taken up recently and a number of works had been completed under it.

Mr Dhumal started the campaign from the Lower Bazaar by participating in the cleanliness drive along with other ministers and officers, including Mr J.P. Nadda, Mr Narinder Bragta, Mr Roop Dass Kashyap, Mr Ravinder Ravi, Mr Ganesh Dutt, Vice-Chairman, Himachal Pradesh Housing Board, Ms Indu Goswami, Chairperson, Social Welfare Advisory Board, Mr Harsh Gupta, Chief Secretary and Mr A.K. Puri, Director-General of Police, besides schoolchildren and representatives of voluntary organisations.

The campaign has been launched simultaneously in all municipal offices located in Shimla.

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Mahatma, Shastri remembered
Tribune Reporters and PTI

Shimla, October 2
The birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri was celebrated throughout Himachal Pradesh. Functions were organised at state and district levels where people paid homage to the two leaders.

A state-level function to mark the 132nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was held at the Ridge where Dr Suraj Bhan, Governor, Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal, Mr J.P. Nadda, Health Minister, Mr Roop Dass Kashyap, state Minister for Urban Development, Mr Narinder Bragta, state Minister for Horticulture, Mr Ravinder Ravi, Minister and MLAs besides schoolchildren and people from all walks of life, paid floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

A bhajan session was also held on the occasion.

Later, they proceeded to Lal Bahadur Shastri Chowk and garlanded the bust of the late Prime Minister on his 97th birth anniversary.

AMRITSAR: A “shanti march” was taken out by the District Youth Congress (Urban) on bicycles from Jallianwala Bagh and passed through various bazaars with slogans of “Mahatma Gandhi amar rahen.”

Punjab National Bank is celebrating Gandhi Jayanti as “farmers’ day” through out India to commemorate the occasion.

KAITHAL: Babu Parma Nand, Haryana Governor, white speaking as chief guest at a function organised by the Sewa Sangh said the principles of Gandhi must be followed to make society prosperous.

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Girish Chandra Saxena on Monday paid glowing tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

In a message, the Governor said the Mahatma inspired millions of people by his unique concept of non-violent “satyagraha” based on the philosophy of “ahimsa” and fearless action. Reports of celebrations were also received from Fatehabad, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Kulu, Una, Nahan and Phillaur.

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Virbhadra's charges baseless: Negi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 2
Mr Chet Ram Negi, Parliamentary Secretary, has expressed surprise over the statement of Mr Virbhadra Singh, former Chief Minister, alleging that development in tribal areas had slowed down and that the amount sanctioned by the centre for flood relief had not been spent by the government.

In a statement here today he said it seemed that Mr Virbhadra Singh was levelling baseless charges out of sheer frustration due to the raw deal he was receiving within the party. The fact was that life had returned to normal in Kinnaur district after the flashfloods. Of the 14 bridges that were washed away due to flashfloods, eight had been reconstructed and even the Wangtoo bridge, which had been washed away in the rains had been restored, Mr Negi said.

The government also made adequate arrangements to transport apples from Kinnaur via Kaza Mandi. The government had been purchased apples at the rate of Rs 10 per kg, which was more than the market price.

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Women quota Bill being delayed: Chandresh
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 2
Ms Chandresh Kumari, MP and president of the All-India Women Congress, yesterday accused the NDA government of purposely delaying the women reservation Bill.

The MP, while talking to newspersons here said the half-hearted approach of the government towards 33 per cent reservation for women was amply clear from the fact that efforts to introduce the Bill were made at the fag end of the Parliament session.

She said the Mahila Congress would educate women about their rights by holding camps at the block level across the country. The women members of panchayats would be asked to create awareness among the women of their respective areas in this regard.

The BJP, the TDP, the CPI and the CPM had in their manifestos supported 33 per cent reservation for women, but it was not being implemented because of differences within the ruling alliance, she added.

She said the Mahila Congress would actively participate in the canvassing during the coming elections in some states. Seventeen zones in Uttar Pradesh and 5 in Punjab had been created in this connection. She indicated that she would contest the next Assembly election from Dharamsala.

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Farmers trained in storage methods
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 2
The Regional Save Grain Campaign office, Chandigarh, of the Union Ministry of Consumers Affairs and Food, yesterday distributed 50 metal bins among farmers of Gandarh village, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, 50 women working on farms in the village were trained, both practically as well as theoretically, in modern methods of foodgrain storage at a 10-day camp. Farmers were told about losses to foodgrains when stored in conventional storage structures and the importance of metal bins to minimise these losses.

The valedictory function of this training was held yesterday when Rs 22,500 was given to the farmers as assistance-cum-stipend.

Addressing the gathering, Dr S.R. Singla, Assistant Regional Director of the campaign, said about 10 per cent of the foodgrains was lost annually due to traditional or conventional ways of storage which could be reduced by adopting scientific methods.

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Hand over bridge to Army: Sat Mahajan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 2
Mr Sat Mahajan, a senior Congress leader, has demanded that the 112-years-old Chakki bridge at Nurpur in the Kangra district should be immediately transferred to the Army as the state government had failed to restore traffic on the bridge which was damaged about a month ago.

He said that the bridge on the national highway was the lifeline of the people of Kangra.

He said vehicular traffic between Pathankot and Kangra was being diverted through the Damtal-Kandwal road eversince the bridge was damaged.

The bridge was a vital link as Army convoys for Leh and Kargil passed through it. It was also important as it linked Mandi and Kulu district with Pathankot, he said.

He alleged that the state government was discriminating against the Kangra area as a result of which the repair of the bridge was being delayed.

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HC directive to Health Secy

Chamba, October 2
The High Court of Himachal Pradesh has directed the Secretary (Health), Himachal Pradesh to take necessary action on a petition filed Mr Lajpat Singh Jandrotia president, Chamba Welfare Association.

Mr Jandrotia, president, Chamba Welfare Association, had recently filed a petition in the Himachal High Court with regard to the deteriorating health services in local Zonal Hospital. There is an acute shortage of surgeons, physicians and other staff besides dearth of necessary equipment and machinery required for the treatment of patients.

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Senior citizens’ body writes to Dhumal
Our Correspondent

Parwanoo, October 2
The Senior Citizens Welfare Society of Parwanoo has written a letter to the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh demanding a place for their office, library and a day-care centre for aged people.

Mr Y.P. Sharma, president of the society, said aged persons from rural areas face inconvenience and many other problems in the absence of an old-age home. He said the demand for the upgradation of Kasauli tehsil with headquarters at Parwanoo. The other demands of the association included a bus stand and general hospital as the ESI Hospital only caters to the need of industrial workers.

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Painting competition on wildlife
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 2
A painting competition was organised by the wildlife wing of the Forest Department here today in connection with the wildlife week. As many as 60 participants from 19 schools of Shimla participated in the event. The theme was “Human and wildlife interface”.

In the middle school category, Rachna of government Senior Secondary school, Portmore, Jaininder Pal of Senior Secondary School, Sanjauli, and Sila of DAV Public School, New Shimla, won the first, second and third positions, respectively. A consolation prize was given to Abhay Behl of Deaf and Dumb school.

In the primary school category, Akanksha Gautam of BSN Chakkar Neha Temta of DAV Public School, Lakkar Bazar and Rajat Kumar of Chapslie Garden, won the first, second and third prize, respectively. Satvant Sing of Deaf and Dumb School got a consolation prize.

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Girl education stressed
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 2
Dr Suraj Bhan, Governor, has said there is need to maintain teacher-student ratio. He said teachers could only take care of the problems of students in an effective manner only if the students’ ratio was not high. The governor was the chief guest on the occasion of the annual function of St Xavier High School at Gaiety Theatre here today.


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