Wednesday, November 21, 2001, Chandigarh, India





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Boy’s death: DGP, Home Secy get notices
Shimla, November 20
The Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued suo motu notices to the Secretary (Home), DGP, DC, SP, Sirmour, and five other respondents on a letter written by a Nahan-based woman, Begum Naseem, to the Chief Justice in which she sought an independent inquiry into the mysterious death of her 18-year-old son. 

Preserve Tibetan culture, says Dalai Lama
Dharamsala, November 20
Stressing the need for preserving their religion and culture, the Tibetan spiritual and temporal leader, the Dalai Lama, today exhorted the Tibetan youth to shoulder the responsibility of telling the world about the unfortunate happenings and misery of those living inside Tibet.

Seminar on Indian culture inaugurated
Shimla, November 20
“Ghar se masjid hai bahut door, chalo kisi rote hue bacche ko hasaya jai—this is the essence of Indian culture,” stated eminent historian Prof V.C. Shrivastava, while inaugurating a national seminar on “Formation of Modern Indian Culture” here today.

High Court rejects Colonel’s bail plea
Shimla, November 20
Ms Justice Kamlesh Sharma of the H.P. High Court yesterday rejeced the bail plea of Col. Ramesh Chandra who was allegedly involved in raping a 19 year-old Mumbai based girl.



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BADDI DIARY
Plant closure sparks labour trouble
Baddi, November 20
The closure of DCM Tools and Dies unit here has raised a dispute between the management and the retrenched employees. The employees describe the closure as illegal and a well-planned strategy after grabbing the subsidies provided by the state government.

Contractors warn Forest Corpn
Kulu, November 20
The Himachal Pradesh Timber Extraction Labour Organisation has warned the Forest Corporation regarding the “unethical” and illegal move of “entertaining” labour contractors from Jammu and Kashmir and other states.

Probe into project for farmers sought
Hamirpur, November 20
The Hamirpur district unit of the HP Agriculture/Horticulture Officers Association (Himasha) has demanded a high-level inquiry into the off-season vegetable project started in the district in 1997-98.

HP rationalises list of holidays
Shimla, November 20
To rationalise the list of official holidays, the Himachal Government has curtailed the number of gazetted holidays by three for the next year. There will be 21 gazetted holidays in the year 2002 as against 24 during the current year.

BSF martyr cremated
Dharamsala, November 20
Noukh Raj (34), of BSF personnel, who was killed in a grenade attack in Srinagar, was cremated with full military honour in his native village, Tundu, in Shahpur, yesterday.

Roll back power tariff hike: SFI
Shimla, November 20
Activists of the Students Federation of India staged a dharna here today at Himachal Pradesh University against the hike in electricity tariff. They also submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor of the university in this regard.

National seminar on Nehru begins
Shimla, November 20
A two-day national seminar on “Thought and vision of Jawaharlal Nehru” was inaugurated here today. The seminar was organised by the Nehru Studies Centre, Department of Political Science, Himachal Pradesh University.Top








 

Boy’s death: DGP, Home Secy get notices
Our Legal Correspondent

Shimla, November 20
The Himachal Pradesh High Court has issued suo motu notices to the Secretary (Home), DGP, DC, SP, Sirmour, and five other respondents on a letter written by a Nahan-based woman, Begum Naseem, to the Chief Justice in which she sought an independent inquiry into the mysterious death of her 18-year-old son. 

These notices were issued by a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice C.K. Thakker and Mr Justice M.R. Verma, treating the letter as a criminal writ petition.

In the letter, the woman alleged that her son had been working with a contractor, Virender, for the past 11 years. 

She said her son was beaten up by the contractor and his son. She alleged that her son was called to the Gunnighat police station where he was beaten up by the police and the contractor on October 2. Her son died on October 3, she said.

While issuing notices, the court directed the respondents to file their reply within eight weeks.
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Preserve Tibetan culture, says Dalai Lama
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, November 20
Stressing the need for preserving their religion and culture, the Tibetan spiritual and temporal leader, the Dalai Lama, today exhorted the Tibetan youth to shoulder the responsibility of telling the world about the unfortunate happenings and misery of those living inside Tibet.

The Dalai Lama said the Tibetan youth living in exile would have to play a crucial role by not only preserving their rich culture and heritage but in making the international community aware of the misery and sufferings of their breathren inside Tibet, currently under Chinese occupation.

The Dalai Lama was speaking at a ceremony organised at the main temple in McLeodganj to commemorate the successful completion of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of his enthronment and the 50th anniversary of his assuming the state responsibility. Special prayers were held since early morning for the long life and wellbeing of the Dalai Lama. The Governor, Mr Suraj Bhan, the Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, the chairman of the Tibetan Parliament, senior ministers and functionaries of the government joined monks in praying for the Dalai Lama’s long life and safety.

The heads of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism — Gelug, Sakya, Kagyu and Nyingma — also attended the ceremony, along with the head of the Bon religion.

“No doubt that our religion and culture is our biggest strength, but at the same time we must not lag behind China in acquiring modern knowledge and skills as we must keep pace with the fast-changing world,” he said. He said Tibetan children studying in schools being run by the government-in-exile must acquire modern knowledge so that they are not dependent on others for it.

The Tibetan spiritual leader thanked the people of India and its government for extending full cooperation to the refugee Tibetans in India for the past over 40 years.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said the Dalai Lama was an apostle of peace who was making an effort to bring about peace and harmony through non-violent means.

A cultural programme, including ritual and traditional dances by artistes from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), was presented on the occasion.

SHIMLA: The Tibetan community in and around Shimla on Tuesday organised the concluding function of the year-long celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s enthronement and 50th anniversary of his assuming state responsibility of the Tibetan Government.

Mr J.P. Nadda, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, was the chief guest at the well-attended and glittering function where Tibetan cultural dance and religious mask dances were performed by schoolchildren and monks.

Earlier, Mr Kunga Dorjee, Tibetan welfare officer, familiarised the audience with the significance of the day and recounted the great leadership provided by the Dalai Lama to the Tibetan people.
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Seminar on Indian culture inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 20
“Ghar se masjid hai bahut door, chalo kisi rote hue bacche ko hasaya jai—this is the essence of Indian culture,” stated eminent historian Prof V.C. Shrivastava, while inaugurating a national seminar on “Formation of Modern Indian Culture” here today.

Organised by the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, (IIAS), the three-day seminar is being attended by more than 30 delegates from all over the country.

Making a strong point in favour of the basic values of the Indian culture, Prof Srivastava pointed that fundamentalism had never been an inherent feature of Indian culture. “Indian culture stands for tolerance and we have to make efforts to keep it that way.”

The chief guest of the inaugural session, Prof J. S. Grewal, an eminent historian of Punjab and former Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, pointed out that the initial studies of Indian, culture done by the British were either for self-fulfilment, self-understanding or self-interest.

Prof Kapil Kapoor, Rector, JNU, Delhi, in his presidential remarks stressed on the pitfalls that ‘studies of differences’ have led to.

Prof V.K. Vashishtha, Convener of the seminar, in his welcome address had stressed the fact that the Indian culture had maintained its foundation through ages through a process of assimilation and reform for the promotion of human values to greater heights. Prof L.P. Singh thanked the participants at the end of the inaugural session of the seminar.

In the evening session, Dr M. Rajivlochan of the Department of History, Panjab University, Chandigarh, while talking on whether India was a soft state with soft people, stated that being hard or even trying to be hard went against the very grain of the Indian civilisation and although being soft did not necessarily mean being weak, the solution to Indian problems certainly did not lie in bloodshed.

Dr Akshaya Kumar, also from the Punjab University, spoke on the “Paradigms of modernity in contemporary Indian poetry, while Dr Usha Bande, a fellow at the IIAS, spoke on ‘Re-mapping culture through literatures: Narratives as vehicles of culture.”
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High Court rejects Colonel’s bail plea
Our Legal Correspondent

Shimla, November 20
Ms Justice Kamlesh Sharma of the H.P. High Court yesterday rejeced the bail plea of Col. Ramesh Chandra who was allegedly involved in raping a 19 year-old Mumbai based girl. Rejecting the bail application the judge observed that rape was a heinous crime, collective interest of the community would suffer, the victim and the relatives and public at large might lose faith in justice. The judge further observed that in view of evidences collected by the police in support of accusation the applicant/accused was not entitled for bail.

Earlier this bail application was rejected by the District & Sessions Judge, Shimla on October 3.
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BADDI DIARY
Plant closure sparks labour trouble
Ambika Sharma

Baddi, November 20
The closure of DCM Tools and Dies unit here has raised a dispute between the management and the retrenched employees. The employees describe the closure as illegal and a well-planned strategy after grabbing the subsidies provided by the state government. The management, on the other hand, maintains that heavy losses have forced them to close the unit .

The employees are opposing this move which has rendered a number of workers unemployed. They allege that when this unit was set up, the management transferred some workers belonging to HP, from their unit in Punjab to fulfil the norm of granting 65 per cent employment to Himachalis. Many of these workers who had put in 15 to 20 years of service had also been served with termination notices. They have also been asked to vacate the living quarters provided by the company. The retrenched employees have been squatting outside the unit from morning till evening, shouting slogans against the management.

This unit which started production in February, 1996, was given incentives by the state government in the form of sales tax and excise exemption for five years. This tax holiday expired in February this year the management started showing losses, claiming that there were no orders to keep the unit going. Against a daily capacity of 3,500 tonnes, the unit was producing 2000 tonnes of engineering products per day and no fresh orders had been received since June last.

According to sources, this unit had been trying to enter into collaboration with Sonalika, an international tractor manufacturing unit. The arrangement did not materialised because Sonalika wanted a cut in its manpower. After that the management started retrenching its employees. As many as 800 men have been retrenched from its unit near Ropar. They include some senior employees who had served the unit for 10 to 20 years.

The employees say that the process of retrenchment or transfer of employees had been going on for the past year and a half. In addition to this, a number machines have been shifted from this unit to the plant in Nawanshahr district in Punjab. The last to be shifted was the specialised precision machine a few months ago. After that production was suspended. This was followed by the transfer of some workers to that plant and this unit was finally shut down on October 23. Company officials, however, maintain that there were no orders and hence no work. The employees had been paid their wages for October and wages for the next two months would also be paid.

The retrenched employees have made a written complaint to the Labour Inspector alleging that the closure of the unit is illegal. The Senior Manager, Mr J.R. Saini, said that permission had been sought and since there was no work, the worker had been directed not to report for duty. They would be paid full salaries till the closure of the unit on December 22. He confirmed that the precision machine had been shifted from the unit because there was no work here.Top

 

Contractors warn Forest Corpn
Our Correspondent

Kulu, November 20
The Himachal Pradesh Timber Extraction Labour Organisation (HPTELO) has warned the Forest Corporation regarding the “unethical” and illegal move of “entertaining” labour contractors from Jammu and Kashmir and other states.

The corporation had invited labour contractors from other states as the HPTELO had boycotted tenders for supplying labour for the past six months.

Mr Jog Dhian Thakur, Chairman of the state unit of the HPTELO, in a press note here today, said the Dharamsala office of the Forest Corporation had invited contractors from Jammu and Kashmir and allegedly registered them as “A” class contractors in violation of the rules.
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Probe into project for farmers sought
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, November 20
The Hamirpur district unit of the HP Agriculture/Horticulture Officers Association (Himasha) has demanded a high-level inquiry into the off-season vegetable project started in the district in 1997-98. The association has alleged that the DRDA, the executing agency, has misused and misappropriated public funds.

Mr Som Raj Kalia, district president of the Himasha, in a statement here today asked the DRDA to release a list of 100 such farmers who were motivated by it to take up the cultivation of off-season vegetables. He alleged that the DRDA had only put up sign boards on the fields of the farmers who were motivated by the Agriculture Department for growing such vegetables.

He said the experts of the Agriculture Department formulated this project but its execution was given to the BDOs, who were non-technical persons.

A sum of Rs 3.39 crore was given by the Central Government for the project that was aimed at creating infrastructural facilities for the cultivation of off-season vegetables.
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HP rationalises list of holidays
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 20
To rationalise the list of official holidays, the Himachal Government has curtailed the number of gazetted holidays by three for the next year.

There will be 21 gazetted holidays in the year 2002 as against 24 during the current year. The holidays have been categorised on the basis of population of various communities as a result of which Muslim festivals Muharram (March 25) and Milad-un-Navi (May 25) have been removed from the list of gazetted holidays’ and placed in the restricted holidays category. On the other hand Holi (March 29) which was earlier in the restricted category will now be a gazetted holiday. Incidentally, Good Friday also falls on the same day.

Vishwakarma Jayanti, which was a gazetted holiday this year does not figure in the next year’s list but declared a holiday after protests from the community will be a gazetted holiday.

The total number of restricted holidays will be 18 as against 16 this year.
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BSF martyr cremated
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, November 20
Noukh Raj (34), of BSF personnel, who was killed in a grenade attack in Srinagar, was cremated with full military honour in his native village, Tundu, in Shahpur, yesterday.

Noukh Raj, was killed when militants launched a grenade attack on a BSF vehicle, in Srinagar. The body of the martyr was brought to his village on Sunday. Former Minister Vijay Singh Mankotia and SDM, Dharamsala, Himanshu Chaudhary, attended the cremation.
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Roll back power tariff hike: SFI
Our Correspondent

Shimla, November 20
Activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) staged a dharna here today at Himachal Pradesh University against the hike in electricity tariff. They also submitted a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor of the university in this regard.

Meanwhile, students of government colleges boycotted classes to press for the withdrawal of fee hike. They submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister.

They threatened to launch an agitation if the electricity tariff hike was not withdrawn.
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National seminar on Nehru begins
Our Correspondent

Shimla, November 20
A two-day national seminar on “Thought and vision of Jawaharlal Nehru” was inaugurated here today. The seminar was organised by the Nehru Studies Centre, Department of Political Science, Himachal Pradesh University.

Prof V.C. Srivastava, Director, Indian Institute of Advance Study (IIAS) was the chief guest. Prof Srivastava discussed the significance of Nehru’s thought and vision and elaborated on his role as a historian, thinker, administrator, leader of the masses, and his contribution to democracy, secularism, socialism and foreign policy.Top

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