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BJP pot of dissidence continues to boil
Shimla, December 2
Fresh trouble is brewing in the ruling BJP. The fragile peace brought about by removing Mr Narinder Modi as in charge of party affairs in the state and reinduction of rebel ministers is under stress with grievances of dissidents piling up over the past few months.

Cong seeks white paper on jobs
Nurpur, December 2
Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee delegate, Mr Kuldeep Pathania, while addressing a press conference here last evening demanded that the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, should release a white paper on jobs that had been provided during the past four years and disclose the list of his relatives who had been given these jobs.

POTO need of the hour: Dhumal
Hamirpur, December 2
The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, has advocated the promulgation of POTO saying that it was the need of the hour. He chided the Congress for opposing POTO and said the nation had already suffered much and thousands of lives had been lost due to terrorism.

Death-by-negligence case against clinic
Dharamsala, December 2
The police has registered a case against a private nursing home at Dehra following the death of a 24 year-old woman, Mamta Rana, due to the alleged negligence in handling her delivery case. Mamta, who had been married to Mr Anil Rana, of Bari village on March 7, 2000, died after giving birth to a boy on November 24.



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Providing a platform for scholars’ interface
Chandigarh, December 2
For scholars doing research in social sciences and humanities, the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, is the right place. Housed in Viceregal’s Lodge at one of the most scenic environs in Shimla, this place has in the last two years been given a new lease of life.

Army alone cannot ‘fight’ terrorism
Shimla, December 2
Major-General Jagjit Singh (retd) said today that the Army alone could not fight terrorism. Proper training of the youth and strengthening of the intelligence network was essential to effectively deal with the menace.

600 died in HP road accidents last year
Solan, December 2
Himachal Director-General of Police A.K. Puri has expressed concern over the growing incidence of death in road accidents saying that more than 600 persons died on highways in the state last year.

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BJP pot of dissidence continues to boil
Rakesh Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 2
Fresh trouble is brewing in the ruling BJP. The fragile peace brought about by removing Mr Narinder Modi as in charge of party affairs in the state and reinduction of rebel ministers is under stress with grievances of dissidents piling up over the past few months. The recent appointment of Dr Rajiv Bindal as Vice-Chairperson of the State Pollution Control Board, ignoring the claims of Mr Des Raj, a third time MLA, and Ms Nirmala Devi, an MLA, has angered the dissidents who see it as a deliberate attempt to humiliate Scheduled Caste legislators and yet another example of discrimination against Kangra.

The Dhumal camp added insult to injury by inviting Mr Modi to preside over the concluding rally of the vikas yatra in Kangra.

The recent workers’ strike in the Himachal Road Transport Corporation brought things to a flash point. The strike led by Mr Ashok Purohit, a leader of the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, who is also on the board of directors of the corporation, is being seen as an attempt by the Dhumal camp to undermine the position of Mr Krishan Kapoor, a dissident minister who is in charge of the transport portfolio. The dissidents have already brought some of these issues to the notice of RSS leaders who brokered peace between the rebels and the ruling camp early this year. 
Since, the Sangh Parivar was involved in the agreement, we have not taken any action which could tarnish the image of party. However, time is running out and this situation cannot be allowed to continue, a dissident leader who was in the forefront of revolt against Mr Dhumal told this correspondent.

“First we will raise these issues at a meeting of the Bhartiya Janata Legislative Party on the eve of the ensuing winter session and the state executive committee meeting. If the grievances are not redressed, a future course of action, will be planned”, he said.

What has hurt the dissidents most is that the state party high command misled them on the Modi issue. They were assured that Mr Modi would not be invited to the rally. However, he was made the chief guest.

This time the grievances of the dissidents are more against the state party president, Mr Jaikrishan Sharma, than Mr Dhumal. Mr Sharma, the dissidents pointed out, had failed to come out of the influence of Mr J.P. Nadda, Health Minister, and Mr Praveen Sharma, Excise and Taxation Minister, as a result of which the party was facing problems. His actions were only serving the interest of those who wanted to keep the pot of “dissidence boiling”.

The party will have to pay a price for “ignoring” Kangra, the home district of party stalwart Shanta Kumar. Kangra has been the party’s traditional base and had sent 16 legislators to the 68-member Vidhan Sabha. To substantiate their charge of discrimination against Kangra, the dissidents drew attention to the fact that all four legislators, besides the Chief Minister, in the Hamirpur district had been made ministers or chairpersons of some board or corporation. Whereas in Kangra three out of the total 11 party legislators had been left out.

Mr Dulo Ram, Mr Des Raj and Ms Nirmala Devi, were the only ruling party legislator, except Mr Jaikrishan Sharma, who had not been accommodated.

The dissidents also were concerned over the state leadership’s failure to take effective action in various scams and scandals. They cited the example of the multicrore health purchase scam. Investiga-tions against officers involved in the scam were progressing at a snail’s pace and the minister concerned had not been held accountable.
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Cong seeks white paper on jobs
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, December 2
Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) delegate, Mr Kuldeep Pathania, while addressing a press conference here last evening demanded that the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, should release a white paper on jobs that had been provided during the past four years and disclose the list of his relatives who had been given these jobs.

Mr Pathania, who contested last Assembly election unsuccessfully against Mr Dhumal from the Bamsan Assembly segment in Hamirpur district, said what to speak about development works carried out in the state, even development works in the native Assembly segment of Mr Dhumal had come to a standstill.

Mr Pathania alleged that favouritism, nepotism and corruption had dominated the functioning of the Dhumal government. He criticised the Chief Minister for his failure to get investigated the murder case of Promod Kumar who was murdered during the last Assembly election campaign.

He said the BJP had misled the electorate and even spread rumour that he had been arrested in the murder case which affected the poll result in favour of the BJP candidate. He alleged that the five accused persons, who were arrested by the police and against whom cases were still pending in the judicial court, had been given jobs by the state government. He dared Mr Dhumal to get the case investigated by the CBI.
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POTO need of the hour: Dhumal
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, December 2
The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, has advocated the promulgation of POTO saying that it was the need of the hour. He chided the Congress for opposing POTO and said the nation had already suffered much and thousands of lives had been lost due to terrorism.

Addressing a public meeting at Khairi village in the district today, he said the state government was doing its best to help the poor. The state government had given employment to 40,000 unemployed persons, including 20,000 teachers, he added.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated a bridge over the Paplehar Khad on the Sujanpurtira-Sandhol road, via Bagehra, costing Rs 68.50 lakh. He also dedicated to people the Basantpur-Siswan road constructed at a cost of about Rs 11 lakh.

Mr Dhumal said paucity of funds would not come in the way of the development but for this the people would also have to help the government by donating land for road construction. He said the main aim of the government was to link all villages by roads.

The Chief Minister advised farmers to diversity their crop pattern and grow commercial crops. He said a number of projects for the farmers had been launched in the district and these had shown remarkable results.

He said the government was giving Rs 188 crore to the State Power Board for the subsidised supply of power to consumers in the state. When projects underway would be completed, the people would get power at cheaper rates, he added.
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Dhumal launches pulse-polio drive
Tribune Reporters and Agencies

Shimla, December 2
A pulse polio campaign was launched in the state by the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal by administering polio drops to children at the Regional Hospital, Hamirpur, today. In all, 5,800 polio booths have been set up in the state to cover seven lakh children.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said although no case of polio had been reported from any part of the state yet there was a need to be vigilant as increasing population and urbanisation could pose problem.

Mr Dhumal lauded the role of the Health Department and all others engaged in the campaign in the state. He made an appeal to the people to ensure that no child up to 5 years’ of age remained without polio drops.

In Shimla the Health Minister, Mr J.P. Nadda, celebrated his birthday by launching the campaign at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Hospital.

HAMIRPUR: A total number of 43,136 children in the age group of zero to five years were administered polio drops at 282 booths in the district on Sunday.
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Death-by-negligence case against clinic
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, December 2
The police has registered a case against a private nursing home at Dehra following the death of a 24 year-old woman, Mamta Rana, due to the alleged negligence in handling her delivery case.

Mamta, who had been married to Mr Anil Rana, of Bari village on March 7, 2000, died after giving birth to a boy on November 24. It was only after the relatives and villagers held a demonstration demanding action against the doctor and the nursing home that a case was registered at the Dehra police station yesterday.

In the FIR lodged with the police, the husband of the deceased, Mr Rana, who works in Delhi, has alleged that Mamta died due to the “negligence” and “carelessness” of the doctor at the private nursing home. He alleged that his wife died as she was not given proper medical treatment and blood on time.

The father of the deceased, Mr Roop Singh, and her husband alleged that despite asking the doctor beforehand if blood would be required after the delivery, they were told that it was a normal case. They said it was only after Mamta’s condition deteriorated after the delivery that they were asked to make arrangements for blood.

Mamta was shifted to a private nursing home here on the same day, where she was to be given blood. Mr Rana, along with his brother-in-law, Dhruv, went to the blood bank at the Dharamsala zonal hospital and got B-positive blood in exchange for two units of blood given by the two. They were, however, charged Rs 900 by the hospital authorities for which they were given a bill showing that the blood had been bought from the bank.

By the time the husband and the brother of the deceased reached the private nursing home with the blood, Mamta was already dead. The father of the deceased alleged that when he went to the nursing home at Dehra on November 25, to collect his daughter’s medical record, the place was closed.

The police has registered a case under Sections 304-A and 201 of the IPC against the doctor and the nursing home. The staff at the Dehra police station when contacted said an inquiry was on and the statements of the accused and the complainant were being recorded.
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Providing a platform for scholars’ interface
Chitleen K. Sethi
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 2
For scholars doing research in social sciences and humanities, the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS), Shimla, is the right place. Housed in Viceregal’s Lodge at one of the most scenic environs in Shimla, this place has in the last two years been given a new lease of life. And this has much to do with the man at the institute’s helm of affairs.

Prof V.C. Srivastava, IIAS Director, has brought about a sea change and introduced major changes in the way and kind of research that is done here. With a solid background in archaeology, he has also taken on himself and his team the onerous task of restoring the Viceregal Lodge to its pristine glory.

With help from the local CPWD and the Archaeological Survey of India, the place is already looking up.

“This is just the beginning” says Prof Srivastava. “We have decided not to limit ourselves to the promotion of research in traditional social sciences and humanities. We are encouraging research in natural sciences, biotechnology and environment. Recently we held a workshop on spirituality and science. Also we are starting a research wing for Central Asian and South East Asian studies.

Organising major national seminars almost every month at the IIAS, Prof Srivastava has been able to ensure that these seminars attract the top-notch brains of the country and outside who indulge in serious exchange of ideas rather than a mere exchange of words. “I felt that although there is good quality research being done by scholars in their own capacities across the country, a platform where they could meet regularly and exchange ideas was lacking.”

But clearly IIAS is doing much more than providing this platform? “Certainly, we are giving scholars working on various themes an opportunity to associate themselves with the institute and do research. There are former VCs who are Fellows here, journalists, professors from all over the country. The Northeast and the South are well represented at the institute. Earlier, the number of associates was not so large but this year alone we have 200 associates. Even the number of Fellows has increased from 20 to 35 this year and next year I am planning to have at least 50 Fellows.”

How are they accommodated here? “We have made a large number of buildings around the institute’s main building livable. We have a hostel now.”

And what aims have you kept before yourself for the future? ‘‘The ultimate aim is to rediscover the spirit of the nation through the research being done here. And this can be done only through a dialogue between Indian tradition and modern science. Specifically, we are working on a major Central Government project on the study of Indian civilization. This will include preparation of a dictionary of Indian civilization, translation of Sanskrit classics into Hindi and regional languages and standardise the monograph on the origin and development of Indian civilization with special emphasis on the development of science in ancient India.

Prof Srivastava also follows what he strongly believes in. The institute has been computerised and networked in the last two years and has its own website. The 1.55 lakh books and 400 journals per year housed in the IIAS Library have been upgraded and all works made available online to researchers.

“We have started a journal in Hindi, called Chetna and an IIAS newsletter. We have decided to start publishing the monograph of individual researchers along with the proceedings of seminars and lectures by visiting professors.”

At the Panjab University to deliver a lecture on archaeology, Prof Srivastava has at least six seminars on various topics organised for this winter at various universities in the country.
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Army alone cannot ‘fight’ terrorism
Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 2
Major-General Jagjit Singh (retd) said today that the Army alone could not fight terrorism. Proper training of the youth and strengthening of the intelligence network was essential to effectively deal with the menace.

Delivering the keynote address at a seminar on “War on Terrorism” organised by the Hind Seva Sangthan here today, he said every citizen, particularly the youth, had to be involved in this fight. Necessary combat training should be provided to the youth in schools and colleges so that they could protect themselves. It was impossible to provide security to each and every citizen.

The youth would have to be involved in the fight in an organised manner and in this regard organisations like the NCC, Home Guards and Scouts could play an effective role. Besides, the bureaucracy, the polity and the military should act in complete unison to combat terrorism.

He said infiltration from across the border could not be checked by the Army across the long porous border of the country. The people living in the border areas would have to be organised and actively involved in the fight. Village defence committees must be established besides strengthening the intelligence set-up for the purpose.

Mr S.N. Joshi, a retired IAS officer, said the regular warfare at which the Army was adept could not be used against terrorism. Special techniques would have to be adopted to counter the activities of terrorists who were increasingly resorting to guerrilla warfare.
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600 died in HP road accidents last year
Our Correspondent

Solan, December 2
Himachal Director-General of Police A.K. Puri has expressed concern over the growing incidence of death in road accidents saying that more than 600 persons died on highways in the state last year.

Mr Puri, who was addressing a press conference after inaugurating a police assistance picket at Kandaghat, about 15 km from here, last evening said the police had launched a drive to check violations of traffic rules and educate drivers about the necessity of observing prescribed speed limits.

He said 110 specially constituted teams checked over 40,000 vehicles during the drive and challaned 9,300.

Round-the-clock patrolling of all three national highways in the state had been introduced. The government had sanctioned Rs 2 crore for the purchase of 46 new mobile vans and 24 motor cycles for increasing the efficiency of the police.

It had been decided to construct 63 more police assistance pickets in the state with the help of beopar mandals and social organisations.

The Police Sanrakshan Scheme under which a policeman visited certain identified senior citizens who had no one to look after them and helped them in their daily needs had proved to be immensely popular. The Police Department had so far, identified 500 such individuals, he added.

Mr Puri said the shortage of staff was responsible for the slow police investigation.
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