Saturday, October 6, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Security at Kangra airport up
Dharamsala, October 5
Security has been beefed up at the Kangra airport with the additional deployment of the police and a proposal to acquire the X-ray baggage inspection system. In view of the increased threat perception at various airports, the district police, along with the Airport Authority of India, reviewed the security arrangements.

HRTC on brink of bankruptcy
Mandi, October 5
Operation on uneconomical routes to fulfil the objective of welfare state, free travel concession granted to as many as eight categories of people coupled with privatisation has brought Himachal Transport Corporation to the brink of bankruptcy.

TV not depicting real woman: Gulzar
Shimla, October 5
Admitting that the electronic media was not depicting the “real image” of the Indian women eminent cine-personality, Gulzar said heroines should be a little “more assertive” and conscious of the identity being projected while selecting roles.

Bhan awards medals to eighteen
Shimla, October 5
An investiture ceremony was held at Raj Bhavan here today to honour the distinguished services of the police, Fire Service, Home Guards and civil defence personnel and acts of bravery of other civilians.

Chamba BJP chief files suit on ‘resignation’
Chamba, October 5
The resignation episode involving the president of the Chamba district unit of the BJP, Mr Kewal Krishan Gupta, took a new turn when Mr Gupta filed a suit in the court of the Senior Sub-Judge, Chamba, against the state BJP president and two other leaders challenging the validity of their arbitrary decision in announcing his (Mr Gupta’s) resignation.



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HP to launch entrepreneurship programmes
Shimla, October 5
With a view to encouraging the educated youth to start self-employment ventures, the Himachal Productivity Council the National Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Finace and Development Corporation, New Delhi and the Himachal Pradesh Scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation will organise two entrepreneurship development programmes at Nalagarh and Baijnath from October 10 to 15 and November 19 to December 15, respectively.

Stained glass glory lost
Shimla
The charm of the stained glass panels of the 157-year-old historic Christ Church here has been lost with illumination of the landmark of the town by the state government. The colourful pictures on these panels are no more visible from outside at night now as floodlights are put on to illuminate the church.

Stir threat by HP doctors
Kangra, October 5
Himachal Pradesh medical officers today threatened to resort to an agitation in the state next month if by then government failed to implement the agreement of December 15.

Wildlife preservation week celebrated
Solan, October 5
The divisional office of the State Forest Department and the World Wildlife Fund jointly organised a children’s function as part of the “Wildlife preservation week” here today. Declamation contests, quiz contest writing and an on-the-spot painting competition were the highlights of the function, which was attended by over 200 school students from all over the district.

Order of Sessions Judge set aside
Shimla, October 5
A Division Bench of the Himachal High Court comprising Mr Justice L.S. Panta and Mr Justice K.C. Sood yesterday set aside the order passed by the District and Sessions Judge, Una, in which he had convicted Yogesh Kumar under Section 302, IPC, for murdering Pawan Kumar and sentenced him to imprisonment for life.

Army man’s plea for justice
Nurpur, October 5
Madan Singh, a soldier from Dol village of Jawali subdivision, has been driven from pillar to post to seek justice for his minor daughter whose modesty was allegedly outraged.

Rs 40-cr loan scheme by HP
Shimla, October 5
The Himachal Pradesh government, with the approval of the Government of India has decided to float a loan scheme of Rs 40 crore which will bear interest of Rs 9.45 per cent per annum from October 10,2001. Interest will be payable half yearly on October 10, and April every 10 year.

MP keeps villagers waiting for 4 hrs
Kumarhatti, October 5
After making around 400 villagers of Chewa panchayati, including school children, wait for over four hours, Col Dhani Ram Shandil (retd), MP, only assured them that he would give a grant from his MP fund for the incomplete development works of panchayat from the next financial budget.

Despite funds, hostel work not begun
Shimla, October 5
Even as a sum of Rs 1.40 crore stands sanctioned for the construction of the hostel for Scheduled Tribe boys at Himachal Pradesh University here work is yet to start.
The Human Resource Development Minister, Mr M.M. Joshi had, laid the foundation stone of the hostel in May last year. 





 

Security at Kangra airport up
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, October 5
Security has been beefed up at the Kangra airport with the additional deployment of the police and a proposal to acquire the X-ray baggage inspection system. In view of the increased threat perception at various airports, the district police, along with the Airport Authority of India, reviewed the security arrangements. Though there is only one Indian Airlines flight operating on alternate days from here, yet the authorities are not willing to take any chances.

As per the new arrangements, policemen arrive at the airport five hours in advance to the flight time. They undertake patrolling of the entire airport area and remain present at the time of the frisking of the passengers. They leave one hour later, after the flight has taken off. Earlier, about 12 policemen would arrive just two hours before the arrival of the flight. It is learnt that efforts are being made to provide round the clock security at the airport. At present, only two persons from the Ex-servicemen Corporation, keep vigil at the airport round the clock. The police is learnt to have asked the airport authorities to provide accommodation for policemen.

The airport, does not have the X-ray baggage inspection system. A proposal has been sent to the Airport Authority of India (AAI), to equip the airport with this facility for safety and for the convenience of the passengers. There is also move to build a boundary wall all along the airports, as this will completely check trespassing by the local people and entry of cattle.

With a lot of construction work in progress at the airport, and about 100 labourers engaged in the task, all precautions are being taken. Work is in full swing on the construction of the main terminal and apron for stationing the aircraft. Apart from this resurfacing of the runway is in progress. Work has also begun on the extension of the 3,900 foot runway to 4,500 feet.

The Aerodrome Officer, Mr S.K. Sharma, said though there was no major threat perception at the airport, all steps had been taken to ensure the safety of the passengers. At the time of flight operations, all workers engaged in construction work were asked to move out. All people engaged in the construction work would soon be provided with tokens, he added.

It is learnt that the state police will be taking up the issue of strengthening security arrangements at the three airports of Shimla, Kulu and Kangra with the AAI.
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HRTC on brink of bankruptcy
Our Correspondent

Mandi, October 5
Operation on uneconomical routes to fulfil the objective of welfare state, free travel concession granted to as many as eight categories of people coupled with privatisation has brought Himachal Transport Corporation to the brink of bankruptcy.

According to official sources the HRTC is presently incurring an accumulated loss of Rs 75.5 crore on account of free travel concessions and plying of buses on about 200 uneconomical routes in the state.

The HRTC has suffered a loss of whooping Rs 24.4 crore on travel concession to students. Free concession to police personnel, MPs, MLAs and government employees has cost the corporation Rs 13.2 crore. Freedom fighters have availed of free travel concessions to the tune of Rs 33 lakh.

The handicapped in the state have availed of free travel concession to the extent of Rs 51 lakh. A sum of Rs 8 lakh each has been spent on war widows and gallantry award winners. Free travel concession to 242 accredited correspondent has cost the HRTC Rs 7 lakh.

The operation of the HRTC fleet on 196 uneconomical routes catering to the requirements of villages linked by unmetalled roads has caused huge accumulated loss of Rs 35 crore to the corporals.

While the HRTC is incurring huge loss due to free travel concessions and operation on uneconomical routes the state government is reimbursing it only to the tune of Rs 27 crore.

Despite all odds the Kulu depot of Mandi division of the HRTC had been showing a fluctuating profit over the past eights years. There was a profit of Rs 76.92 lakh in 1987-88 which came down to Rs 14.63 lakh last year. This is attributed to coming up of private companies with modern fleet and plying of inter-state buses of the neighbouring states. Various travel agencies also engage chartered buses.

A high-level committee has recommended various measures to bail out the HRTC from the current financial crunch. It has recommended 15 per cent hike in the bus fare and reduction of 191 buses on the uneconomical routes besides modifying the structure of travel concessions to various categories. The recommendations, if accepted by the government, would reduce the accumulated loss to Rs 9.65 crore against the present figure of Rs 75.57 crore.

Sources said it would be a tough decision for the government to accept the recommendations in view of the coming general election next year. The alternative is not easy. The grant-in-aid will have to be enhanced by the government if the HRTC is to survive.
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TV not depicting real woman: Gulzar
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 5
Admitting that the electronic media was not depicting the “real image” of the Indian women eminent cine-personality, Gulzar said heroines should be a little “more assertive” and conscious of the identity being projected while selecting roles.

Talking to newsmen here today he said it was unfortunate that themes alien to the Indian ethos were being serialised on the small screen. It was largely due to the fact that the film and TV serial writers were not drawing from the rich Indian literature and picking up stories from western films. He said there was no dearth of themes, ideas and stories, provided one was willing to delve into the literature.

Most of those scripting TV serials were not writers in the true sense and were merely producing demand-based scripts. Worse the western stories were not even being Indianised and the result was a plethora of soap operas, which dominated the television these days. Many of those writing advertisement copies had become script writers.

He said he was not in favour of censorship as what was shown in the electronic media came from the society itself. Instead, he would like script writers to focus on Indian literature. The aberration would be automatically corrected.

He himself had plans to introduce “literary windows”, a programme based on indigenous literature, on television. It would take care of literature in all Indian languages. Talks were on with the Doordarshan authorities in this regard.

Gulzar who was here to participate in a seminar on “Women’s studies, research and curriculum”, being held at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, feels that over the past 50 years women had indeed moved upwards in the society but the movement was confined to a miniscule minority comprising the affluent urban women. Unlike the West, where the feminist movement started off as a protest against inequality and suppression, the situation was totally different in India. Hence the need to discard the western model and evolve an Indian concept which had moorings in the indigenous culture.

He underlined the need for an integrated approach while carrying out studies in issues pertaining to women.

Dr Mala Sri Lal, Director, Women Studies Centre, Delhi University, said the seminar was aimed at exploring the possibility of introducing women’s studies as an independent subject, besides, ensuring better coordination among the 40-odd study centres functioning in various universities. An effort would be made to make available teaching material for the proposed subject.
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IIAS fellowship for Gulzar
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 5
The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) has offered honorary fellowship to noted film personality Gulzar in recognition of his literary achievements.

Accepting the fellowship, Gulzar said he planned to write the script of his next film at the institute. He said he had already decided on the theme and would start work on it soon.
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Bhan awards medals to eighteen
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 5
An investiture ceremony was held at Raj Bhavan here today to honour the distinguished services of the police, Fire Service, Home Guards and civil defence personnel and acts of bravery of other civilians.

Dr Suraj Bhan, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, presented medals to 18 persons at the function.

Dr Suraj Bhan decorated Mr T.R.Mahajan, former Director-General of Police, with the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service. Mr Mahajan was awarded the President’s medal on the Republic Day this year.

The Governor presented police medals for meritorious services to Mr Pardeep Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Mr Jagdish Sharma, Additional Superintendent of Police, Mr Mohinder Pratap, former Inspector, Mr Dhuni Chand, former Inspector and Mr Ramanand, Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police. All these officers were awarded police medals earlier on the Republic Day, 2000.

He also presented police medals for meritorious services to Mr Deepak Bagai, Inspector-General of Police, Mr Kanshi Ram, Inspector of Police (CID) and Mr Sant Ram Potan, former Inspector, who were all awarded police medals on the Independence Day, 2000.

The Governor also decorated Mr Jagdish Ram, Inspector, and Mr Manmohan Singh, Head Constable, with police medals for meritorious services.

Mr Surat Singh Thakur, Fire Prevention Officer, received Fire Services Medal for meritorious service at the hands of the Governor, Mr Binder Dev, Platoon Commander, Home Guards, and Mr Sadh Ram Kashyap were decorated with home guards and Civil Defence Medal for meritorious services.

The Governor presented Jeevan Raksha Medals to Lt. Commander Prem Singh Chaudhary (1999-2000), Mr Dhian Singh (2000-2001), of Hathon, village, tehsil Kandaghat, district Solan, Mr Manohar Lal (2000-2001) of Bhagarwan village, tehsil Ghumarwin, district Bilaspur and Mr Ram Prakash (2000-2001) of Dharoti village, subtehsil Tikkar, district Shimla, for their acts of courage and bravery.
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Chamba BJP chief files suit on ‘resignation’
Our Correspondent

Chamba, October 5
The resignation episode involving the president of the Chamba district unit of the BJP, Mr Kewal Krishan Gupta, took a new turn when Mr Gupta filed a suit in the court of the Senior Sub-Judge, Chamba, against the state BJP president and two other leaders challenging the validity of their arbitrary decision in announcing his (Mr Gupta’s) resignation.

It is for the first time that a high-ranking leader of the BJP, Mr Gupta, has sought a judicial remedy against the arbitrary decision of the party high command.

Maintaining that he was the actual district president of the BJP, Mr Gupta informed the court that he had written a letter to the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, informing him of the situation prevailing among the BJP rank and the file, but surprisingly that letter was accepted as his resignation by the state leadership.

In his suit, the BJP’s state president, Mr Jai Kishan Sharma, state organising secretary, Mr Ram Swarup Sharma, and the newly appointed district president of the BJP, Mr Tusli Ram are the respondents.

Mr Gupta has appealed to the court to issue orders in his favour for continuing as district president of the party and defer the ban on the appointment made by the respondents.

Simultaneously, Mr Gupta also requested the court to prevent the newly appointed district president of the BJP, Mr Tulsi Ram, from functioning in any of the organisational activities with immediate effect.
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HP to launch entrepreneurship programmes
Our Correspondent

Shimla, October 5
With a view to encouraging the educated youth to start self-employment ventures, the Himachal Productivity Council the National Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Finace and Development Corporation, New Delhi and the Himachal Pradesh Scheduled castes and Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation will organise two entrepreneurship development programmes at Nalagarh and Baijnath from October 10 to 15 and November 19 to December 15, respectively.

Mr D.N.Chauhan, project-coordinator, said Scheduled Caste candidates, who were bonafide residents of Himachal Pradesh , between 18-35 years of age, whose annual family income was below Rs 31,952 (rural area) or Rs 42,412 (urban area), and interested in setting up small-scale industry/service unit were eligible for admission to the training programme.

The programmes included training in project/product identification and selection, project planning, project management, etc.

On successful completion of the training a stipend of Rs 500 will be paid to each successful trainee.

Moreover, financial assistance under the schemes of Himachal Pradesh Scheduled Cates and Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation will be available to the trainees.

He said interested candidates could appear for interview on October 10 in the office of the BDO, Nalagarh, or on October 11 at GGSD College, Baijnath.
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Stained glass glory lost
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Shimla
The charm of the stained glass panels of the 157-year-old historic Christ Church here has been lost with illumination of the landmark of the town by the state government.

The colourful pictures on these panels are no more visible from outside at night now as floodlights are put on to illuminate the church. Earlier, these were clearly visible to passersby when the church was lighted up inside in the evening.

These precious pictures can now be seen only during daytime from within the church when the sun shines outside.

Although after being illuminated the church is visible from a distance while driving towards the town on the Shimla-Kalka highway at night, the authorities should not have overlooked these stained glass panels which have got lost in the process.

A fine stained glass window representing faith, hope, charity, fortitude, patience and humility is to the memory of Lizzie Marion Walker, wife of Sir James Lewis Walker, who worshipped in the church for 30 years and died in London on November 22, 1892.

Another stained glass panel representing prayer, help, praise, fortitude, love and patience is in memory of Glory Elles, wife of Edmond Roche, and one in memory of Colonel George Fredrick Wilson, who died in 1911.

The chancel window of the church was installed by subscription to the memory of Biship Mathew’s wife who died in England while he was chaplain of Shimla. The fresco surrounding it was designed by Mr Lockwood Kipling and carried under his supervision by his pupils of the Mayo School, of Art, Lahore.

Besides, the church has a unique collection of brass and marble tablets in memory of those who were connected with Shimla in one way or the other.

A marble tablet dedicated to Major-General Henry Godwin by William Maynard Gomm, Commander-in-Chief in India, reads that the mortal remains of Godwin were deposited in Shimla graveyard on October 27, 1853. Another tablet is dedicated to Brigadier-General F.A. Hoghton, who was commanding 17th Indian Infantry Brigade, and died at Kut-el-Amarah, Mesopotamia, on April 12, 1916, during the siege by the Turks. The church has a number of historic collections which were presented by various dignitaries. In 1849, Lord Hardinge presented a mortar, found at Hoshiarpur, which was erroneously believed to have been cast in a bell and placed in the tower.

The first organ was installed in the church in 1855 by Lady Gomm, wife of the Commander-in-Chief. In 1875 the organ was replaced by a new instrument which in 1899 was sold to the Rawalpindi Church to make room for the present huge organ built by Messers Morgan and Smith of Brighton and installed on September 29, 1899, at a cost of Rs 23,000. The two most expensive stops were presented by Sir Machworth Young and Sir James Walker, while the cost of decorating the pipes was defrayed by the Countess of Elgin to commemorate the marriage of her daughter, Lady Elizbeth Bruce, to H. Babington Smith in the church in September, 1898.

The church was taken over by the government as a public building in 1856 and till 1860 various improvements were carried out, including the erection of the clock tower, extension of the aisles and chancel, provision of a new roof and construction of the porch in 1873. The clock was put up in 1860.
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Stir threat by HP doctors
Our Correspondent

Kangra, October 5
Himachal Pradesh medical officers today threatened to resort to an agitation in the state next month if by then government failed to implement the agreement of December 15.

Dr Susheel Sharma, spokesman of the Himachal Medical Officers Association, in a statement here today said that the September 5, 2001, notification according to which the some powers from the Director Health Services have been snatched and entrusted to Additional Director Health Services should be withdrawn. Resentment prevailed among the medical officers due to this act.

Dr Sharma said that the association also demanded that administrative officers be removed from the post of the Additional Director Health Services.

He also demanded that the agreement reached between the Himachal Medical Officers Association and the government on December 15, last year, be implemented. The government had agreed to pay interim wages to the post-graduate doctors and stop departmental examinations.

He said the posts of the lecturers in the Government Medical College, Tanda, and IGMC, Shimla, yet to be filled and the post of Director Health Services was to be regularised. Dr Sharma said the multipurpose employees’ leaders should apologise for uncouth behaviour with the CMO, Solan.
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Wildlife preservation week celebrated
Our Correspondent

Solan, October 5
The divisional office of the State Forest Department and the World Wildlife Fund jointly organised a children’s function as part of the “Wildlife preservation week” here today. Declamation contests, quiz contest writing and an on-the-spot painting competition were the highlights of the function, which was attended by over 200 school students from all over the district.

Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr R.A. Singh, was the chief guest. He said both the forests and wildlife had thrived in all those areas where people practised ‘ahimsa’ and attached a degree of religious sanctity to the cause of preservation of wildlife and forests. The following are the results of the competitions:-

Slogan writing — Shivam Chauhan (St. Lukes), first; Gaurav Sharma Government School, Sultanpur), Second:Vivek Government, School, Salogra), Third On-the-spot painting —Vishal (St, Lukes) first Declamation — Bharat Ganga, (St. Lukes) first; Ruchika Thakur, Government Girls School, Solan), second; Vandana Sharma Government School, Salogra), Third. Quiz — St Lukes, Solan, first, Chinmay School, Nauni, second and government School, Sultanpur, third.
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Order of Sessions Judge set aside
Our Legal Correspondent

Shimla, October 5
A Division Bench of the Himachal High Court comprising Mr Justice L.S. Panta and Mr Justice K.C. Sood yesterday set aside the order passed by the District and Sessions Judge, Una, in which he had convicted Yogesh Kumar under Section 302, IPC, for murdering Pawan Kumar and sentenced him to imprisonment for life. He also convicted him under Section 326, IPC, for causing grievous hurt to the victim and sentenced him to imprisonment for five years.

According to the prosecution, Yogesh Kumar at about 2 a.m. on August 29, 1998, came there and gave a “darat” blow on the face of Pawan Kumar and due to this he died on September 5. The accused was arrested on September 10 when his bail was dismissed by the high court on September 9.

Delivering the order for the Bench, Mr Justice Panta held that the appeal of the accused was partly allowed and the conviction of the accused under Section 302 for life imprisonment was set aside. He has been sentenced under Section 326 for five years’ imprisonment.
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Army man’s plea for justice
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, October 5
Madan Singh, a soldier from Dol village of Jawali subdivision, has been driven from pillar to post to seek justice for his minor daughter whose modesty was allegedly outraged.

He had submitted complaints to the local gram panchayat, police chowki Kotla and the Deputy Commissioner, Kangra but in vain.

A Havaldar in the Army, he has now approached the court in this regard.

Madan Singh gave copies of his complaints to mediapersons here yesterday, alleging that the suspect, who was working as domestic servant in the house of an influential villager, sexually assaulted and molested his daughter on July 28. Some women rescued her and his wife had written a complaint to the gram panchayat which reportedly hushed up the matter and pressured her to strike a compromise.

After coming on leave, Madan Singh, submitted complaints to the police and the district administration but has lost hope.
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Rs 40-cr loan scheme by HP
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 5
The Himachal Pradesh government, with the approval of the Government of India has decided to float a loan scheme of Rs 40 crore which will bear interest of Rs 9.45 per cent per annum from October 10,2001. Interest will be payable half yearly on October 10, and April every 10 year.

The proceeds of the loan will be utilised in the development programmes of the state. Subscription in the form of cash or cheque will be received on October 10.
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MP keeps villagers waiting for 4 hrs
Our Correspondent

Kumarhatti, October 5
After making around 400 villagers of Chewa panchayati, including school children, wait for over four hours, Col Dhani Ram Shandil (retd), MP, only assured them that he would give a grant from his MP fund for the incomplete development works of panchayat from the next financial budget.

He was due to arrive at 3 pm to inaugurate two new rooms of Udaipur Primary school, near here, yesterday , but he reached the venue around 7.30 pm, much to the harassment of the school children and villagers. He had to read the panchayat’s demand charter in candlelight as the school not having electricity connection.
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Despite funds, hostel work not begun
Our Correspondent

Shimla, October 5
Even as a sum of Rs 1.40 crore stands sanctioned for the construction of the hostel for Scheduled Tribe boys at Himachal Pradesh University here work is yet to start.

The Human Resource Development Minister, Mr M.M. Joshi had, laid the foundation stone of the hostel in May last year. The total cost of construction was estimated at Rs 1.47 crore, of which Rs 1.40 crore was sanctioned through a Centrally sponsored scheme.

At present, students are sharing rooms in other hostels, which is causing inconvenience. There are about 800 students in the seven hostels for boys of the university. These inmates allege that the sewerage system was not functioning properly. The scarcity of water persists.

Prof. N.K. Sharda, pro-VC, said that relaxation of the building rules was being sought so that a hostel with more than two storeys could be built.
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New VC soon

Shimla, October 5
The appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University is likely shortly.

The post fell vacant following the sudden demise of Prof S.K. Gupta last month.

A three-member committee with Chief Secretary to Himachal Government Harsh Gupta, Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU Prof H.O. Dixit and Vice-Chancellor of Bundelkhand University Romesh Chand has been constituted to recommend a panel of names.

The committee is likely to meet on October 10 to peruse the biodata of over 24 contenders, sources here said.

The Chancellor, Dr Suraj Bhan, will appoint a suitable person from the panel as Vice-Chancellor. PTI
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Inter-school quiz competition held
Our Correspondent

Shimla, October 5
An inter-school quiz competition was organised by the wildlife wing of the Forest Department at St Edwards School Shimla yesterday. Thirteen teams from local schools participated.

Akhilesh Negi and Karan Sud of DAV Public School, New Shimla got the first prize while Narinder and Ila Chaudhary of BSN Chakkar and Saurav & Suyesh Negi of Hanualt Public School, Shimla got the second and the third prizes respectively.
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PWD watchman murdered
Our Correspondent

Solan, October 5
The Darlaghat police recovered the body of Tej Singh, a PWD watchman posted in the office of the Chief Engineer, Shimla, from the vicinity of the PWD Rest House at Arki, 60 km from here, today.

The SP, Mr S.Z.H. Zaidi, said the rest house attendant, Sant Ram and a PWD driver Jagdish Chand had been arrested and booked under Section 302, IPC. They had confessed to having murdered Tej Singh last night. Blood-stained clothes of the victim were recovered from their homes.

Both Sant Ram and Jagdish reportedly told the police the three were consuming liquor at the rest house when an argument ensued and the deceased was attacked with a broken leg of a chair.
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