Monday, October 8, 2001,Chandigarh, India





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Scrap tribunal, says Ganga Singh
Hamirpur, October 7
Mr Ganga Singh Thakur and Mr Prem Singh Bharmauria, president and general secretary, respectively, of the HP Non-Gazetted Services Employees Federation, today demanded immediate scrapping of the State Administrative Tribunal.

Police firing uncalled for: CPM panel
Shimla, October 7
The seven-member inquiry committee of the CPM headed by Mr Subodh Roy, MP, has blamed the administration for the violent incident at Theog and termed the police firing and lathicharge on agitating students as unjustified and uncalled for.

Spate of thefts in Kasauli
Kasauli, October 7
Despite the community policing scheme having been launched in this cantonment town about a month ago, a spate of thefts continues to give sleepless nights to residents here. The activity, which is generally noticed, during the winter months, has for the first time rocked this quiet town in these months.

Public distribution Act made stringent
Shimla, October 7
The Centre has made the Public Distribution Control Act more stringent to hold the official machinery accountable for lapses in distribution of essential commodities.

No poll pact with BJP: Markanda
Palampur, October 7
The Himachal Vikas Congress would have no seat adjustment with the BJP in the next Assembly elections and contest all 68 seats, Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Ram Lal Markanda today said.



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New module for HP primary education
Kulu, October 7
After the success of Bal Sarswati Vidya Sankalap Yojna the Himachal Pradesh Government has planned to introduce a new module in primary education in the state. This was stated by Mr Karan Singh, Minister of State for Primary Education, while talking to mediapersons at the Circuit House here yesterday.

Science Congress for school kids
Shimla, October 7
The State Council of Science, Technology and Environment will organise children’s Science Congress for students of Classes 6th to 12th from November 10 to 22 at Unarm Karan Singh, Minister of State for Primary Education, said here yesterday the scheme had been launched in collaboration with the Department of Education, the State Council for Educational Research and the Training and National Council for Science Technology Communication Department, Government of India.

Govt order on jobs for disabled
Shimla, October 7
The state government has asked various departments to identify the backlog in jobs for the disabled. A spokesman of the government said here yesterday that the government was committed to the welfare of the disabled, including the visually impaired.

Implement pact, say medical officers
Sundernagar, October 7
The Himachal Medical Officers Association has criticised the Himachal Pradesh Government for not implementing the agreement which it had signed with the association on December 15, 2000.

Beating up of Dalits: BSP seeks action  
Hamirpur, October 7
The BSP yesterday said that law and order situation in Hamirpur district had worsened and the Dalits were not safe in hands of high caste people. The police was also ignoring the cause of the Dalits, the party felt at a meeting held here on Thursday. Mr Gian Chand Dhiman chaired the meeting.

Youth festival concludes
Shimla, October 7
Yogita Sharma of the Postgraduate Centre, Shimla, bagged the top position at a symposium in the group I events of the Himachal Pradesh University youth festival which concluded at the local RKMV College, here yesterday.

Two students arrested
Dharamshala, October 7
The police arrested two students when a group of Rajendra Prasad Medical College students had a scuffle with police personnel at Tehsil Chowk in Kangra last night.

‘Vikas yatra’ in Kulu on Oct 11
Kulu, October 7
The Himachal Pradesh BJP’s “vikas yatra” will be held in the Kulu and Banjar constituencies from October 11 to 24.Mr Chander Sen Thakur, MLA and district president of the party, told mediapersons at the local Circuit House yesterday that the flag to mark the start of the procession would be handed over to workers by Mr Maheshwar Singh, the local MP.

Gramin ‘bhandar’ 
Shimla, October 7
Mr Harsh Gupta, Chief Secretary, laid the foundation stone of the first Himachal Gramin Bhandar, Kufri, near here, today. Speaking on the occasion, he said a provision for shops for the self-help groups for the sale of local handicraft and handloom items, besides a restaurant and a big hall, had been made in the three-storeyed bhandar which would benefit tourists.

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Scrap tribunal, says Ganga Singh
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, October 7
Mr Ganga Singh Thakur and Mr Prem Singh Bharmauria, president and general secretary, respectively, of the HP Non-Gazetted Services Employees Federation, today demanded immediate scrapping of the State Administrative Tribunal.

Talking to mediapersons here today, they said employees of the state were against its continuation and as such it would be in the larger interests of the employees of the state that it should be immediately disbanded. They suggested that in place of this tribunal, one more service bench should be added to the Himachal Pradesh High Court to exclusively deal with cases of government employees.

The press conference was attended by Mr Prem Chand Verma, president of the district unit of federation, and Mr Subhash Vasistha, press secretary of the state federation.

They demanded a national transfer policy for the employees and thanked the Chief Minister for his announcement to constitute headed by Mr Kishori Lal, Industries Minister, to deal with this vital issue. They demanded immediate constitution of the committee and implementation of its report within six months.

They claimed that most fiscal demands of the employees had already been accepted by the Chief Minister. They were hopeful that the Chief Minister would give a patient hearing to the rest of their demands.

The leaders expressed resentment on the issue of privatisation of the government offices. They said the federation would not compromise with the government on this issue as it involved service conditions of the employees.

On the contributory pension scheme, they said it would be opposed as it was against the interests of the employees. He asked the Chief Minister not to implement this scheme as it was feasible neither for the government, nor for the employees.

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Police firing uncalled for: CPM panel
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 7
The seven-member inquiry committee of the CPM headed by Mr Subodh Roy, MP, has blamed the administration for the violent incident at Theog and termed the police firing and lathicharge on agitating students as unjustified and uncalled for.

The committee found the demands of the students legitimate and held that the failure of the administration to even hold negotiations with them, despite the prolonged agitation, led to the incident.

Talking to newspersons, Mr Roy said the committee paid special attention to the police, which claimed that 16 of its personnel were injured, but it failed to present any injured policeman before the committee. He alleged the violence was engineered by the police to cover up its own excesses.

The incident, he said, reflected the alleged dictatorial attitude of the BJP government.

He said only a judicial inquiry could reveal the facts. The three students arrested in connection with the incident were not students. One was a taxi driver, the second an electrician and the third an inmate of the sports hostel. He also alleged that they were tortured.

A petty demand like introducing a bus service required agitations, he lamented.

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Spate of thefts in Kasauli
Our Correspondent

Kasauli, October 7
Despite the community policing scheme having been launched in this cantonment town about a month ago, a spate of thefts continues to give sleepless nights to residents here. The activity, which is generally noticed, during the winter months, has for the first time rocked this quiet town in these months.

Interestingly, the police has remained clueless about these thefts. Three thefts took place in the town last month.

Last Wednesday, Rs 7,000 was pilfered from the house of an official of the Military Engineering Services while he had gone out for some time in the evening.

In another incident last month, a briefcase containing Rs 35,000 was pilfered from the house of a Mashobra resident in daylight soon after he left home. In yet another incident, jewellery worth Rs 37,000 was stolen from the house of a CRI employee while the woman was away. Valuables worth Rs 20,000 were stolen from the house of another CRI official about two months ago in his absence. Both thefts have remained untraced so far. Besides, some cash was also stolen from the house of a Major a few days ago.

The fact that all thefts have occurred in the absence of the owners and at times within a short period of the house falling vacant has created apprehension among the residents about abandoning their houses. A few unsuccessful attempts of chain snatching have also been reported from the town.

Police officials say that the town has a large stretch of Army land where the police cannot undertake patrolling. The area comprises lonely houses located in the far-flung places and hence is susceptible to thefts. The antecedents of domestic help not being checked by people and neither do they inform the police when they leave the houses. In most of these houses no watchman was employed and the houses fell vulnerable to thefts. The fact that the houses were at times robbed within minutes of the owners moving out led credence to the fact that those having internal information committed the thefts.

The locals, however, complain that since not even a single case has been solved by the police in the past few years it has given a boost to these miscreants.

The town has seen three Station House Officers in a span of a bare 18 months with each successor remaining ignorant about the previous incidents.

The Army authorities state that they had set up pickets in the town with the help of the police to keep a check on those entering the town. Resentment is brewing up among the locals over this proliferating activity, which they contend, will receive a boost in the winters when a large number of people leave the town.

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Public distribution Act made stringent
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 7
The Centre has made the Public Distribution Control Act more stringent to hold the official machinery accountable for lapses in distribution of essential commodities.

Stating this while presiding over high-level meeting of officers to review the progress of various schemes under the public distribution system, Mr Ashok Pradhan, Union Minister of state for Food and Public Distribution, said punitive clauses had been incorporated in the Act and those responsible for lapses could even be sentenced to imprisonment.

Referring to efforts being made to help the poor, he said as many as 56 lakh families had been covered under the “antodaya anna yojna” in the country and in all one crore extremely poor families would benefit from the scheme.

Mr Pradhan said 36 crore persons living below the poverty line were being provided with essential commodities on subsidised rates under the public distribution system. He said the government endeavour was to cover every state in the country under the mid-day meal scheme for children up to Class V.

The Union Minister said elder citizens who were not receiving any pension would get 10 kg free foodgrains under the “annapurna anna yojna”.

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No poll pact with BJP: Markanda

Palampur, October 7
The Himachal Vikas Congress would have no seat adjustment with the BJP in the next Assembly elections and contest all 68 seats, Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Ram Lal Markanda today said.

Mr Markanda, who is the lone HVC representative in the BJP-HVC coalition ministry led by Chief Minister P.K. Dhumal, said the HVC would maintain equi-distance from the BJP and the Congress.

He denied having criticised the Dhumal government, but maintained that HVC leaders had the right to speak their mind on the issues on which the coalition partners had divergent views.

He regretted that the BJP had not been taking HVC supremo Sukh Ram into confidence on important issues, which was against the spirit of a coalition government. He inaugurated the 55th northern regional livestock and poultry show at Agricultural University here. PTI

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New module for HP primary education
Our Correspondent

Kulu, October 7
After the success of Bal Sarswati Vidya Sankalap Yojna the Himachal Pradesh Government has planned to introduce a new module in primary education in the state.

This was stated by Mr Karan Singh, Minister of State for Primary Education, while talking to mediapersons at the Circuit House here yesterday. He said under the scheme children were being relieved of the burden of heavy school bags. This scheme would be introduced initially for class I students from the next session in the state. The scheme would be implemented in a phased manner.

Mr Karan Singh said 13,612 rooms would be constructed in the schools in the state this year. He said 1,119 rooms alone would be constructed in the district and the date for the completion of the construction had been fixed as March 2002.

The minister said from the next session, students having passed primary classes would be given certificates on the pattern of higher classes.

He revealed that the Central Government had introduced the “Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan” under which elementary education up to the middle standard would be made compulsory. This scheme would be implemented in a phased manner initially in four districts of Mandi, Shimla, Kinnaur and Solan.

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Science Congress for school kids
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 7
The State Council of Science, Technology and Environment will organise children’s Science Congress for students of Classes 6th to 12th from November 10 to 22 at Una.

Mr Karan Singh, Minister of State for Primary Education, said here yesterday the scheme had been launched in collaboration with the Department of Education, the State Council for Educational Research and the Training and National Council for Science Technology Communication Department, Government of India.

Mr Karan Singh said the programme was being launched at four levels, subdivision, district, state level and national level in which only science model’s and scientific survey report competitions would be organised.

He said the programme up to the state level was to be organised by the Department of Education through District Education Officers, science supervisors and SCERT as per the programme guidelines. The sponsoring of students would be based on state-level results. Emphasis was on learning by doing and on field projects to be undertaken by children under the guidance of teachers.

He said it was an important programme for science promotion in the state in which 500 students and scientists from all over the state would participate.

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Govt order on jobs for disabled
Our Correspondent

Shimla, October 7
The state government has asked various departments to identify the backlog in jobs for the disabled.

A spokesman of the government said here yesterday that the government was committed to the welfare of the disabled, including the visually impaired. He said the Blind Persons Association’s demand for providing jobs as per the PWD Act had been discussed with them a number of times at various levels.

The spokesman said the government was seized of their problems and had promised to provide them employment as per the provisions of the Act. He said since 1976, the state government had recruited 1117 disabled persons from all categories in Class IV.

Most departments had indicated that there was no backlog. However, four departments had identified six posts against which the visually impaired had been given appointment. They had already joined with the departments concerned.

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Implement pact, say medical officers
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, October 7
The Himachal Medical Officers Association has criticised the Himachal Pradesh Government for not implementing the agreement which it had signed with the association on December 15, 2000.

In a notice, issued by Dr J.N. Chauhan, general secretary of the association, to the Health Secretary, copies of which have also been sent to the Chief Minister, the Health Minister, the Chief Secretary and the Director, Health Services, the association has given time to the government till October 31 to fulfil its demands failing which it will launch an agitation.

The association has demanded the implementation of the agreement. The association has also criticised the move of the government to appoint an HAS officer to the post of Additional Director and snatching away powers of the Director, Health Services.

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Beating up of Dalits: BSP seeks action  
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, October 7
The BSP yesterday said that law and order situation in Hamirpur district had worsened and the Dalits were not safe in hands of high caste people. The police was also ignoring the cause of the Dalits, the party felt at a meeting held here on Thursday. Mr Gian Chand Dhiman chaired the meeting.

The party demanded strong punitive action against those responsible for beating up two Dalit women Renuka Devi and her daughter, Leela Devi recently at Anu Kalan village of the district. The police has failed to take cognisance of the matter and both women were living in a state of shock and despair.

It was demanded at the meeting that all cases of atrocities on the Dalits should be got registered with police station concerned and the guilty be punished. Mr Gopi Chand Attri was appointed as its joint secretary.

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Youth festival  concludes
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 7
Yogita Sharma of the Postgraduate Centre, Shimla, bagged the top position at a symposium in the group I events of the Himachal Pradesh University youth festival which concluded at the local RKMV College, here yesterday.

She was followed by Omdev Sharma of the local Government College and Rajpal of Government College, Palampur.

In poetry section Abhilasha of Government College, Palampur, bagged the first position while Anuradha of Government College, Dharamsala, and Suresh Chand of the local evening college secured second and third positions, respectively.

Elocution: Naresh Kumar of Government College, Shimla (first) Roopali Sharma of Government College, Dharamshala (second), and Nidhi Sharma of RKMV College, Shimla, (third).

Poetry recitation: Yogesh of Government College Chamba (first), Satish of Government College, Saraswati Nagar (second), and Zahid Yasufzai of Government College, Nahan (third).

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Two students arrested

Dharamshala, October 7
The police arrested two students when a group of Rajendra Prasad Medical College students had a scuffle with police personnel at Tehsil Chowk in Kangra last night.

The police said it impounded five motor cycles and scooters belonging to the students during the scuffle in which a Home Guard was injured.

The students, armed with hockey sticks and iron rods, were returning after beating up two youths outside DAV College.

The police registered a case in this connection. UNI

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‘Vikas yatra’ in Kulu on Oct 11
Our Correspondent

Kulu, October 7
The Himachal Pradesh BJP’s “vikas yatra” will be held in the Kulu and Banjar constituencies from October 11 to 24.

Mr Chander Sen Thakur, MLA and district president of the party, told mediapersons at the local Circuit House yesterday that the flag to mark the start of the procession would be handed over to workers by Mr Maheshwar Singh, the local MP.

After passing through the streets of the town, a public meeting would be held at Rambagh here on October 11. Thereafter, the workers would go to their repective constituencies and hold meetings.

He said the purpose of these rallies was to make the people aware of the development works done by the BJP-HVC government.

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Gramin ‘bhandar’ 
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 7
Mr Harsh Gupta, Chief Secretary, laid the foundation stone of the first Himachal Gramin Bhandar, Kufri, near here, today.

Speaking on the occasion, he said a provision for shops for the self-help groups for the sale of local handicraft and handloom items, besides a restaurant and a big hall, had been made in the three-storeyed bhandar which would benefit tourists. He said 50 such gramin bhandars would be constructed in the state with Central assistance. The bhandars would be handed over to the self-help groups for generating self-employment opportunities.

He also attended a meeting of the local gram sabha.

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