Tuesday, October 23, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Minister justifies new HP education code
Hamirpur, October 22
Himachal Education Minister Ishwar Dass Dhiman today sought cooperation of the parents, teachers and students in curbing the menace of tuitions. He said it was the primary duty of society to come forward in this matter as only legislation would not serve any purpose. 

Anthrax envelope in MLA’s mail?
Shimla, October 22
The police is examining a suspicious-looking envelope found yesterday by a Congress MLA, Mr Harsh Mahajan, at his residence. This air mail envelope suspected to be carrying anthrax was sent to the forensic laboratory at Junga, near here, for examination. 

Delay in rebuilding of bridge flayed
Chamba, October 22
Ms Nisha Rawat, chairperson of the Zila Parishad here, has flayed the state government for its negligence in reconstructing the Chameenu bridge which links the Rajnagar area with the Bharmour tribal in the district.

BADDI DIARY
Quarrying threatens bridges
Baddi
Illicit quarrying which has done irreparable harm to river beds in the Baddi-Barotiwala area, is now threatening the bridges built across the rivers. After extracting stones from the khuds indiscriminately, these operators have now started pilfering stones from the embankments.

‘Obstruction’ of path causes problems
Kumarhatti, October 22
A farm house owner has obstructed a pathway, residents of the nearby Dharol, Bhaili, Jhogan, Jholl, Jhojo, Bhigar and Koti villages allege.



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Minister justifies new HP education code
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, October 22
Himachal Education Minister Ishwar Dass Dhiman today sought cooperation of the parents, teachers and students in curbing the menace of tuitions. He said it was the primary duty of society to come forward in this matter as only legislation would not serve any purpose. He said the department carried out raids at the houses of four teachers in this regard, but in vain as neither the parents nor the students supported their action.

Talking with reporters here today, he justified the launching of the new education code in the state. He flayed those who were opposing it. He said there was no justification on the part of the Education Department to work with an education code that was nothing but a copy of the Punjab education code.

He said the code had been formulated after going through all formalities and taking senior educational, financial and social scientists into confidence. He said that it was wrong to say that teachers were not taken into consideration while finalising the code.

He refused to say anything about the Tarkwari B.Ed college incident, where a girl, who was a hosteller, was suspended from the college for not residing in the hostel. He said, he was not aware of this incident but would go through it and then explain all things to the Press.

The Education Minister said the state government was also examining a proposal to grant scholarship worth Rs 10,000 to plus one students on the basis of their performance in the examination. Earlier, they were getting such scholarships on the basis of class X results.

The minister said the department would also expand this scheme to those meritorious students of the state who would excel in plus two examinations on the of the existing schemes launched for plus one and plus two students.
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Anthrax envelope in MLA’s mail?
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 22
The police is examining a suspicious-looking envelope found yesterday by a Congress MLA, Mr Harsh Mahajan, at his residence.

This air mail envelope suspected to be carrying anthrax was sent to the forensic laboratory at Junga, near here, for examination. The Superintendent of Police, Mr Pradeep Kumar, said someone might have played a prank, but no risk could be taken in the matter. The police was sent to Mr Mahajan’s residence when he telephoned the SP to inform him of the suspicious envelope he found in his mail after he returned from a tour of his Chamba constituency.

He said of names of George Bush, Nelson Mandela and Bill Gate had been written on the reverse of the envelope which was purported to have been sent from Singapore. However, it had neither postal stamps nor any post office marking.
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Delay in rebuilding of bridge flayed
Our Correspondent

Chamba, October 22
Ms Nisha Rawat, chairperson of the Zila Parishad here, has flayed the state government for its negligence in reconstructing the Chameenu bridge which links the Rajnagar area with the Bharmour tribal in the district.

Ms Rawat said the bridge has been washed away in flashfloods. She further said the bridge was a major link between the Rajnagar assembly constituency, crossing Chamba area and the Kidi segment and the Bharmour tribal assembly constituency.

She alleged that the inordinate delay in the reconstruction of the bridge was causing not only a great difficulty but also a great loss to residents living in the far-flung Rajnagar, Chamba and Bharmour areas. She asked the government to sanction funds and issue directions to the authorities concerned in this regard.

Ms Rawat demanded that the Chamera hydroelectric project authorities should release funds to the state Public Works Department (PWD) for the widening of the Chamba-Bagga road for which an estimate of Rs 15 crore had already been submitted by the PWD.
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Quarrying threatens bridges
Ambika Sharma

Baddi
Illicit quarrying which has done irreparable harm to river beds in the Baddi-Barotiwala area, is now threatening the bridges built across the rivers.

After extracting stones from the khuds indiscriminately, these operators have now started pilfering stones from the embankments.

Recently some local residents alerted the authorities when they found a number of tractors picking up stones from the embankments of Balad river. Before the authorities could swing into action, many of the tractors had fled. No concrete action was, however, taken against the few that were impounded.

The rules prohibit picking up of stones within a distance of 200 meters of the bridges but these rules have been flouted with impunity. The damage caused to bridges in the Doon and Changar areas is particularly severe. The Sub Divisional Magistrate, Mr K.C. Chaman, said that constant vigil was being maintained to check the illicit trade. Special flying squard had been formed and a joint operation by the Mining and Police Departments was under way. In addition, the lessees were made responsible for any damage in their areas.

Short time mining permits granted by the Mining Department lend legal sanctity to the illicit traders. Permits granted for personal land holdings, are misused for extracting quarrying material from river beds and khuds. The Joint Society for Action and Protection of Environment at Baddi has questioned this move of the Mining Department where despite the ban on mining in the area, short-time permits are granted. The operations are conducted in river beds and khuds instead of personal land holdings as mentioned in the permits.

Indiscriminate mining has not only damaged water channels but has also led to a change in the course of rivulets and khuds. This has caused soil erosion along the rivers. Stone crushers in Bharatgarh and Dera Bassi in Punjab and Surajpur in Haryana are fed by stones carried illegally from this area, the local residents allege.

The president of the society, Mr Gyanendra Bhardwaj, has urged the government to formulate an effective policy to curb this illicit trade.

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As many as 150 farmers got their Kisan pass-books at a function held at Manjholi near Baddi. The Town and Country Planning Minister, Mr HN Saini, distributed the pass-books. He asserted the state government’s commitment to speed up development of the region and said that Rs 35 lakh had been earmarked for the construction of a bridge at Kangawaal and work on the bridge would start soon. Tenders for the construction of another bridge across Sirsa river had also been approved. Other development works earmarked for the region included the construction of a number of tubewells and handpumps. The minister also announced the upgradation of the Government High School at Manjholi from the next academic session.

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The fifth state level convention of the employees of State Bank of Patiala held at Nalagarh last week, was presided over by Mr Devinder Singh, President of the organisation and Workman Director, Mr Harinder Pal Singh. About 500 employees attended the convention which also elected its executive committee.Top

 

 

Obstruction’ of path causes problems
Our Correspondent

Kumarhatti, October 22
A farm house owner has obstructed a pathway, residents of the nearby Dharol, Bhaili, Jhogan, Jholl, Jhojo, Bhigar and Koti villages allege.

In a representation to the district administration, the villagers have urged it to look into the matter as the path passes by a water tank, constructed by the panchayat to meet the drinking and irrigation water requirements of the villagers.

The villagers allege that the road, which falls in the land recently purchased by the owner, has been damaged and they have no way to reach the water tank. However, according to farm owner, he had constructed another path to replace the old one. He said the old path had to be abandoned as it was not good from the commercial point of view.

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