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Teacher remembers Karzai as liberal Muslim
Shimla, December 6
Nearly 21 years ago, Hamid Karzai’s teacher Dr Gopal Singh had predicted that he would earn fame and become a leader some day. His words have proved to be true. Dr Gopal Singh today recalled that Karzai, who has been chosen for heading the interim government in Afghanistan to replace the Taliban regime, had a spark when he got himself admitted to Himachal Pradesh University sometime in 1980 for pursuing postgraduation in political science.
The YMCA of Shimla where Hamid Karzai, who has been chosen as head of the interim government in Afghanistan, resided initially.
The YMCA building of Shimla where Hamid Karzai, who has been chosen as head of the interim government in Afghanistan, resided initially.
— Photo Anil Dayal

Teachers urge VC to hold interviews
Shimla, December 6
The Himachal Pradesh University teachers Association has urged Dr S.D. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, to hold interviews in all teaching departments for promotions under the career-advancement scheme immediately.

HRTC staff call off strike
Shimla, December 6
The Joint Action Committee of the Himachal Road Transport Corporation today withdrew its call for a one-day strike tomorrow following talks with the Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal, here today.



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Award for best librarian given
Shimla, December 6
The three day national convention of Medical Library Association of India was inaugurated at Indira Gandhi Medical College here today by Mr J.P.Nadda, state Health Minister.

Repair road or face stir, warn panchayats
Dharamsala, December 6
Elected representatives of Bhitlu, Kutharana, and Karari panchayats here have given an ultimatum to the government to get the 9-km road near the Gaj hydel power project repaired as the villagers had to walk almost 15 km ever since it was damaged in the floods in July.

Six car occupants die in accident
Kangra, December 6
Six persons were killed in a road accident when a Maruti car rolled down into a nullah near Bhali village under Shahpur police station in the district in the wee hours today. The car, which was coming from Chamba to Damdamb in this district, fell into the nullah, killing all six occupants, except a three-year old girl, who was unhurt.

Ensure safety of B’desh Hindus: RSS
Hamirpur, December 6
Activists of the RSS and its sister organisations held a demonstration at the Gandhi chowk here and also held a procession. They raised slogans against the Bangladesh Government for the mass exodus of Hindus from there.

Senior citizens’ plea
Shimla, December 6
The Central Government Pensioners Association here has urged the government to reduce the eligibility age for granting various concessions to senior citizens from 65 to 60 years as recommended by the 5th Central Pay Commission.

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Teacher remembers Karzai as liberal Muslim
S.P. Sharma
Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 6
Nearly 21 years ago, Hamid Karzai’s teacher Dr Gopal Singh had predicted that he would earn fame and become a leader some day. His words have proved to be true.

Dr Gopal Singh today recalled that Karzai, who has been chosen for heading the interim government in Afghanistan to replace the Taliban regime, had a spark when he got himself admitted to Himachal Pradesh University sometime in 1980 for pursuing postgraduation in political science.

Dr Gopal Singh recalled that Karzai had a keen interest in palmistry and knowing his future and had once showed his hand to him.

He said he and the entire university was proud of Karzai having been chosen to head the interim government in Afghanistan.

He said he had been receiving letters regularly from Karzai till 1985 and thereafter the contact was lost when he settled in the USA. He studied in HPU till early 1983 and always took a keen interest in the Afghan and international politics. He would discuss various issues of international importance with Dr Gopal Singh and Dr Rajinder Singh Chauhan, both of whom were visibly the happiest persons on the campus today.

On being informed about a student of the university becoming the head of the Afghan government, those manning the record room of HPU were too courteous to dish out the dust-covered registers of 1980s to provide more information about Karzai to this reporter. With enthusiasm, they went through the records and produced the register as per which he had obtained 93 marks in the first semester, 72 in the second semester, 81 in the third semester in July 1982 and 86 in the fourth semester. He finally passed the examination, securing 332 marks out of a total of 800.

Initially, after coming here from Afghanistan, Karzai is reported to have resided in the YMCA hostel at the Ridge and he subsequently shifted to the hostel on the campus.

Dr Gopal Singh said Karzai had become a leader of Afghan and Irani students, but he never indulged in local politics. He was a liberal Muslim and had many Hindu friends and participated in social functions, he recalled.

He would interact with the teachers and discuss the Afghan situation following its occupation by Soviet forces and the Khomeni revolution in Iran.

Dr Rajinder Singh Chauhan recalled that he also participated in seminars and conferences.

Another internationally known leader of Burma, Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, who was elected a leader of the Burmese Junta but was under house arrest and not allowed to lead the country, too has connections with Shimla.

She and her husband Michael Aris were fellows of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies here from February to August 1987. While she was doing research on some aspects of Burma and India, her husband was doing a study on Buddhist hagiography.
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Teachers urge VC to hold interviews
Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 6
The Himachal Pradesh University teachers Association (HPUTA) has urged Dr S.D. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, to hold interviews in all teaching departments for promotions under the career-advancement scheme immediately.

A deputation of the association, which met the Dr Sharma here today, emphasised that the eligibility criteria for consideration for the post of professor under the scheme should be the same as applicable for selection for the open post.

It pointed out that the university had not considered the services rendered by some of the teachers in the institutions of repute as research associates of UGC, CSIR and ICSSR whereas this benefit had already been given to the teachers who served in the private colleges.
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HRTC staff call off strike
Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 6
The Joint Action Committee of the Himachal Road Transport Corporation today withdrew its call for a one-day strike tomorrow following talks with the Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal, here today.

Mr Ashok Purohit, general secretary of the committee, said during the talks Mr Dhumal assured the committee, that the demands of the employees could be considered sympathetically and a meeting between the management and the action committee would be held within a week to discuss issues to be dealt with at the level of the Managing Director of the HRTC.

He said in view of the assurance given by the Chief Minister, the action committee had withdrawn the strike call. He asked the employees to attend their duties tomorrow as usual. Earlier, the Technical Employees Union had disassociated itself from the strike.

The committee had given a call for a strike to protest against the failure of the management to deposit the provident fund of the employees with the GPF trust.

It had blamed the Transport Minister, Mr Krishan Kapoor, for the mess in the corporation and demanded his sack from the ministry besides action against the official directors of the corporation.

The government had in retaliation removed Mr Ashok Purohit from the Board of Directors of the corporation.
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Award for best librarian given
Our Correspondent

Shimla, December 6
The three day national convention of Medical Library Association of India (MLAI) was inaugurated at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) here today by Mr J.P.Nadda, state Health Minister.

He said librarians could play a great role in improving the research quality of medical sciences, he said.

The annual MLAI S.J. Kulkarni Award constituted by the library association was bestowed on Dr R.P.Kumar, Chief Librarian, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. The award is given annually to the best working medical librarian for his achievements.

Dr R.P.Kumar, Secretary, MLAI, highlighted the achievements of the association.

Seventy participants from all over India have been participated.
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Repair road or face stir, warn panchayats
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, December 6
Elected representatives of Bhitlu, Kutharana, and Karari panchayats here have given an ultimatum to the government to get the 9-km road near the Gaj hydel power project repaired as the villagers had to walk almost 15 km ever since it was damaged in the floods in July.

In a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal, the panchayat pradhans, uppradhans and panchayat samiti members have threatened that in case their demand is not met within 15 days they will be compelled to take strong action. “Despite our repeated please to the Chief Minister, ministers and government officials ever since the road was damaged in July, nobody has bothered,” said one of the pradhans.

The elected representatives, who met the Deputy Commissioner, said the road being damaged, schoolchildren, the aged and the sick were facing a lot of inconvenience as they had to walk 15 km to reach home.

They also demanded that the 9-km stretch between Chari and Ghera be handed over to the PWD from the Gaj power project for better maintenance.
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Six car occupants die in accident
Our Correspondent

Kangra, December 6
Six persons were killed in a road accident when a Maruti car rolled down into a nullah near Bhali village under Shahpur police station in the district in the wee hours today.

The car, which was coming from Chamba to Damdamb in this district, fell into the nullah, killing all six occupants, except a three-year old girl, who was unhurt.

The people came to know about the accident this morning when a woman heard the child crying. The police rushed to the site and recovered the bodies.

Three of the dead were identified as Rakesh Kumar (36), son of Inder Singh, resident of Kharian Haripur, his wife Monika (34), and their year-old son Vasudev.

The driver of the car and two deceased girls could not be identified.
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Ensure safety of B’desh Hindus: RSS
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, December 6
Activists of the RSS and its sister organisations held a demonstration at the Gandhi chowk here and also held a procession. They raised slogans against the Bangladesh Government for the mass exodus of Hindus from there.

They also submitted a memorandum to the Union Government through the Additional Deputy Commissioner demanding safety of the Hindus living in Bangladesh.

Speakers alleged that the Khaleda Zia government was harassing the Hindus and Indian people. They urged the Central Government to adopt tough posture against the Bangladesh Government and also take up the issue at international fora.
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Senior citizens’ plea
Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 6
The Central Government Pensioners Association here has urged the government to reduce the eligibility age for granting various concessions to senior citizens from 65 to 60 years as recommended by the 5th Central Pay Commission.

In a letter to the Minister for Railways, the association lamented that the government had only granted 30 per cent concession in fare instead of 50 per cent.
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