Saturday, October 13, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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India competent to fight terrorism: Shanta
Chamba, October 12
Mr Shanta Kumar, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, stated that India had been fighting against terrorism for the past 20 years and now with the recent terrorist attack in the USA , the world powers had realised the need to wipe out terrorism.

Cong to reserve 40 pc seats for youth, women
Shimla, October 12
The Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, has accepted the invitation for addressing a party rally at Kangra which is being organised by the PCC shortly. The spokesman of the state Congress committee, Mr Kuldeep Rathore, said here today that the process of organising rallies against the BJP government would be continued in the state. Chamba and Hamirpur will be the venues of the rallies in the near future, he added.

Traders get week’s time to remove hoardings
Shimla, October 12
Angry protest by people, led by Mr Deepak Sharma and Mr Ashok Sood, both municipal councillors, forced the local municipal corporation to temporarily abandon its drive against unauthorised hoardings here today.

PARWANOO DIARY
Community policing initiated

Parwanoo
A community policing scheme was inaugurated in Parwanoo by Mr Kashmir Singh Rana, Inspector General of Police of Himachal Pradesh. The scheme is intended to break the ice between the police and the public and ensure public involvement in checking crime. It entails direct involvement of the people in the prevention of crime.



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EARLIER STORIES
  Youth festival results
Una, October 12
The three day H.P. University Youth Festival (group II) concluded here yesterday at S.V.S.D. College, Bhatoli. Mr K.K. Pant, Deputy Commissioner, Una, inaugurated and Mr Sudripto, Secretary, Education, gave away the prizes.


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India competent to fight terrorism: Shanta
Our Correspondent

Chamba, October 12
Mr Shanta Kumar, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, stated that India had been fighting against terrorism for the past 20 years and now with the recent terrorist attack in the USA , the world powers had realised the need to wipe out terrorism.

Addressing a news conference here, Mr Shanta Kumar said the fight against terrorism should not only be confined to Afghanistan or Osama bin Laden, but efforts should also be made to fight terrorism in Kashmir also.

He, however, stated that India was fully competent to fight terrorism in Kashmir.

Giving details about major achievements of the NDA government during the past two years, Mr Shanta Kumar said the government has decided to reduce poverty to 20 per cent by 2007 and 10 per cent by 2012. At present, the poverty stood at 26 per cent, according to a new survey.

Mr Shanta Kumar said 2 kg of wheat and 3 kg of rice were being distributed to 5 crore poor in the country.

He said under Annapurna Yojna, free ration was being given to the poor old persons above 65 years of age. He said the Centre had launched “Sampuran Gramin Rozgar Yojna”, under which 50 lakh tonne of foodgrain would be provided to the states free of cost adding that the scheme would cost Rs 5,000 crore.

Mr Shanta Kumar said as per buffer norms, procurement had been started from October 1 and the foodgrain capacity would exceed the existing food availability by 243 lakh tonne.

He said India had exported 36 lakh tonne of wheat, 6 lakh tonne of rice and 8 lakh tonne of sugar thereby attaining seventh position in food export in the world.

The minister said Chamba would be provided mobile phone facility by December.

He said though there was a waiting list of only 19,800, but the Telecom Department would release 25,000 connections this year in Kangra and Chamba districts of the state. Earlier, Mr Shanta Kumar addressed public meetings at Salooni and Tissa and inaugurated staff quarters of the Department of Telecom at Chamba. Later, he presided over a function organised to distribute kisan credit cards.


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Cong to reserve 40 pc seats for youth, women
Our Correspondent

Shimla, October 12
The Congress President, Ms Sonia Gandhi, has accepted the invitation for addressing a party rally at Kangra which is being organised by the PCC shortly. The spokesman of the state Congress committee, Mr Kuldeep Rathore, said here today that the process of organising rallies against the BJP government would be continued in the state. Chamba and Hamirpur will be the venues of the rallies in the near future, he added.

Talking to mediapersons, he alleged that people of Kangra were suffering due to the supply of substandard foodgrain. He said fungus had been found in wheat, maize and rice etc. He said in the forthcoming Assembly elections, 40 per cent seats would be reserved for the youth and women.

Mr Rathore said “maha panchayat sammelan” in all districts would start in December wherein the development of panchayats would be evaluated. No aid has been given to the panchayats by the state government as most of the elected representatives belonged to the Congress, he alleged.
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Traders get week’s time to remove hoardings
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 12
Angry protest by people, led by Mr Deepak Sharma and Mr Ashok Sood, both municipal councillors, forced the local municipal corporation to temporarily abandon its drive against unauthorised hoardings here today.

The drive, which started from Middle Bazar, evoked a sharp reaction from shopkeepers. When all their pleas not to remove the hoardings failed to cut ice with the municipal staff they resorted to the protest. Mr Deepak Sharma, a BJP councillor, appeared on the scene in no time and urged the staff to stop the drive. He had heated arguments with municipal officials who refused to relent.

Thereafter, he along with Mr Ashok Sood, a congress councillor, and other persons reached the office of the municipal corporation and urged Mr H.N. Kashyap, Municipal Commissioner, to direct the staff to stop the drive. On his refusal to do so, they sat on a dharna in his office.

Finally, Mr Kashyap agreed to halt the drive and give a week's time to the shopkeepers for removing the unauthorised hoardings on their own. He said the corporation would get these removed at their cost if they failed to do so.

Mr Kashyap said under the Municipal Corporation act it was mandatory to obtain permission for putting up hoardings and exhibiting advertisements.

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PARWANOO DIARY
Community policing initiated

M.M. Bhandari

Parwanoo
 A community policing scheme was inaugurated in Parwanoo by Mr Kashmir Singh Rana, Inspector General of Police of Himachal Pradesh. The scheme is intended to break the ice between the police and the public and ensure public involvement in checking crime. It entails direct involvement of the people in the prevention of crime.

Speaking to the representatives of various sectors of the town, Mr Rana urged them to work as a link between the police and the people.

Mr Sanjeev Lakhanpal, DSP of the area, said that the programme had been started to prevent crime with the help of the residents of the area. He added that this programme could be made successful, only with the active cooperation and trust of the public.

Giving details of the programme, the SHO said that the town of Parwanoo and its surrounding areas had been divided into 10 sectors and seven to 10 members had been nominated from each sector to keep a close watch on their wards. Each ward was put under a police officer along with two constables and the chowkidar of the area. The team would work as an active group.

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A meeting between the police officers of Parwanoo and those of Kalka in Haryana was held in Parwanoo to check crime in the two towns with the help of each other. According to Mr Sanjeev Lakhanpal, DSP of Parwanoo, it had become necessary because anti-social elements after committing crime in one town, would take shelter in the other and it became difficult to catch these elements because of inter-state formalities. The police officers of Kalka assured full co-operation in this matter.

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The Gabriel Employees Union is conducting a relay hunger strike to press its demands which include the reinstatement of two suspended security guards, release of production incentive for September, 2001, and acceptance of their new charter of demands submitted to the management on June 26 last after the expiry of the tripartite agreement.

According to the president of the union, if their demands are not met soon, women workers will also join the hunger strike and children of the workers will stage a dharna. 


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Youth festival results

Una, October 12
The three day H.P. University Youth Festival (group II) concluded here yesterday at S.V.S.D. College, Bhatoli. Mr K.K. Pant, Deputy Commissioner, Una, inaugurated and Mr Sudripto, Secretary, Education, gave away the prizes.

Following are the results:

Vocal (Western): (I) Aman Deep Saini, S.V.S.D. College, Bhatoli, Arvind, Postgraduate Centre, Shimla (II) and Satwinder Kaur, Government Postgraduate College, Una (III).

Group song western: Postgraduate Centre, Shimla (I), R.K.M.V. College, Shimla (II) and Government College, Hamirpur (III).

Group song (Indian): Postgraduate Centre Shimla (I) Government College, Hamirpur (II) and R.K.M.V. College, Shimla (III).

Classical (vocal): Reeta Devi, Government College, Kotshera (I), Rajneesh, M.L.S.M. College Sundarnagar (II) and Vinod Gandharwa, Postgraduate Centre, Shimla (III).

Classical (instrumental): Neeraj Shandil, Government College Kotshera (I).

Light (vocal): Rajneesh, M.L.S.M. College, Sundarnagar (I), Rita Devi, Government College, Kotshera (II) and Satveer, R.K.M.V. College, Shimla (III).
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Withdraw fee hike, says SFI
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 12
The Students Federation of India has urged the government to withdraw fee-hike and put an end to self-financing schemes, which had made higher education out of the reach of the poor.

In a memorandum submitted to Mr P.K. Dhumal, Himachal Chief Minister, the federation also expressed concern over the move to slash budget for higher education.

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3-day eye camp
 Our Correspondent

Parwanoo, October 12
A three-day free eye camp was started here this morning on the premises of the local ESI hospital. The camp has been organised by Swastic Industries (India). The camp is being conducted by Dr Paramjit Sharma and her team from Solan. 

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