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BJP may move court over parliamentary secys issue
Hamirpur, July 14
Former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal said here today that the party would move the Himachal Pradesh High Court if the Chief Minister violated the rules and inducted many chief parliamentary secretaries and parliamentary secretaries.
Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal talks to mediapersons at Hamirpur Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal talks to mediapersons at Hamirpur on Wednesday.
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Postal employee shot, 5.75 lakh looted
Solan, July 14
A postal employee, Bahadur Singh (54), was shot dead by two armed scooter-borne youths in broad daylight in the busy market of Nalagarh around 1.15 p.m. today. The two fled away after looting a sum of about Rs 5.75 lakh from him.

Rs 3.80 cr to be spent on Swarn Jayanti Yojna
Mandi, July 14
Irrigation and Public Health Minister Thakur Kaul Singh said today that the targets set under the 20-point programme would be fulfilled as the government would spend Rs. 3.80 crore under the Swarn Jayanti Self-Employment Yojna in the district.



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Bhattiyat residents seek link road
Chamba, July 14
The Taragarh and Behi-ka-Bagh belt of Bhattiyat sub-division in Chamba district is undulating. Landslips occur in the area even after a short spell of rain. Often pieces of cultivable land are washed away.

2 killed in road accident
Kulu, July 14
Two persons were killed in an accident when their scooter (HP-34-2974) was hit by a Jeep near Archhandi village on the Kulu-Manali road, 16 km from here, today. The deceased, Vijay Kumar Sood (68) and Radhe Shyam Sood (70), residents of Ramshilla here, were on the way to Sajla to attend the mahayagya.

70-yr-old rapes grand-daughter
Kulu, July 14
A 70-year-old grandfather raped his 10-year-old grand-daughter at Shogi Bhadiyali village about 28 km from here on July 8. The matter was reported to the police yesterday after the victim related the story of her rape to her mother.

Violation of fire Act alleged
Sundernagar, July 14
BBMB fire tenders are being used here to supply drinking water. The practice puts the Board property at risk and also violates the Fire Service Maintenance Act.
This has been pointed out by the Himachal Human Rights Care, here.

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BJP may move court over parliamentary secys issue
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, July 14
Former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal said here today that the party would move the Himachal Pradesh High Court if the Chief Minister violated the rules and inducted many chief parliamentary secretaries and parliamentary secretaries. He said chief parliamentary secretaries and parliamentary secretaries enjoyed the same benefits and positions as that of the ministers.

Talking to reporters here this afternoon, Mr Dhumal said even in the Lokayukt Act of Himachal Pradesh the entire ministry, including the Chief Minister, chief parliamentary secretaries and principal secretaries fell under the category of ministers and could be put on trial if any corruption cases were levelled against them. Baburam Mandyal, former MLA, Pyere Lal Sharma, district BJP chief, and Vinod Thakur, general secretary of the district unit of the BJP were also present in the press conference.

The BJP leader said the Chief Minister had ignored many districts of the state at the cost of one district while reconstituting his ministry. This, he said, proved that the Chief Minister had no love for the majority of people, who had voted for the Congress. Mr Dhumal said the Congress had won the last Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections by giving false slogans and now the party was unable to fulfil all those promises. He said the Congress was facing internal contradictions and the downfall of the UPA government at the Centre and Vir Bhadra Singh government in state was on cards.

Replying to a question regarding the water dispute, the nation was facing due to a resolution adopted in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha, he said the time had come when the Chief Minister should press upon the Central Government to get justice to the state which had been denied since 1966 when re-organisation of the erstwhile Punjab state was done.

He alleged that the successive Congress governments both at the Centre and in states had failed to protect the rights of the Himachali people.

He said while states of Haryana and Rajasthan were fighting jointly for their share on water, the failure of the Himachal Pradesh Government to put up its case firmly with the Central Government was a serous matter, as the entire water to these states would flow down the territory of Himachal Pradesh from its mountains and rivers. The BJP leader said if the Congress government failed to get its legitimate right as per Punjab Re-organisation Act, the BJP would not sit idle and organise mass campaign in state to expose the real face of the Congress.
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Postal employee shot, 5.75 lakh looted
Ambika Sharma

Solan, July 14
A postal employee, Bahadur Singh (54), was shot dead by two armed scooter-borne youths in broad daylight in the busy market of Nalagarh around 1.15 p.m. today. The two fled away after looting a sum of about Rs 5.75 lakh from him. Hailing from Sirmaur district, Bahadur Singh was accompanied by two other employees of the Postal Department including a woman, when the two assailants fired two bullets from a close range at him in full public view. He died on the way to the hospital and was pronounced brought dead by the doctors at Community Health Centre at Nalagarh.

The two assailants who were reportedly riding a beige colour LML Vespa scooter shot at Bahadur Singh, injuring him in the arm. The youth riding the pillion in the meantime snatched the bag containing the cash and they fled towards new Nalagarh, adjoining Punjab. The pillion rider also fired one shot in the air before fleeing to scare away the passersby. No one dared to follow them.

The Superintendent of Police, Mr Abhishek Trivedi, said two wheatish-complexioned, clean shaven youths probably in their 30s had intercepted Bahadur Singh near Government Boys School at Nalagarh while he was on his way to the State Bank of India to deposit the cash. It was learnt that he daily used to come to the bank to deposit cash during this time.

The SP said all exit and entry points had been sealed and nakas had been put up to nab the culprits. A team headed by Additional Superintendent of Police, Mr Prem Thakur, DSP Parwanoo, Mr Surinder Verma, DSP Nalagarh, Mr Gurmit Singh, SHOs of Nalagarh and Baddi as well as additional battalion had been formed to nab the culprits. A team headed by the DSP, Parwanoo, Mr Surinder Verma, had been despatched to Punjab while another one headed by the DSP Nalagarh had been sent to Haryana in search of the assailants. A red alert had been sounded.

With the area having close proximity with Punjab and Haryana it was being presumed that the assailants might have fled to the neighbouring states with the porous border providing a number of shorter ways. Meanwhile, the Director-General of Police, Mr A.K. Puri rushed to Nalagarh from Shimla on receiving the information about the murder this evening.
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Rs 3.80 cr to be spent on Swarn Jayanti Yojna
Tribune News Service

Mandi, July 14
Irrigation and Public Health Minister Thakur Kaul Singh said today that the targets set under the 20-point programme would be fulfilled as the government would spend Rs. 3.80 crore under the Swarn Jayanti Self-Employment Yojna in the district.

Chairing a meeting of the District Planning and Development and 20-point Programme, which was attended by the Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ali Raza Rizvi, and other officials here today Mr Kaul Singh said the programme had benefitted over 13 beneficiaries in the first three months and generated over 1,04,166 workdays under the programme.

Besides, over 36 small-scale units were set up, creating employment opportunities for over 132 youths in the district, said Mr Thakur while adding that over 72 persons were employed under the Prime Minister’s Rojgar Yojna.

During the inauguration of the free check up camp organised by the District Red Cross Society at Sudhar yesterday, 70 km from here Mr Kaul Singh said Rs 13 crore would be spent on improving health services in the district. The government would be also open kisan kender to benefit the farmers of the Chuhar valley, he added.

The minister told district officials that the under-privileged section should be given priority in providing water and electricity.
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Bhattiyat residents seek link road
Our Correspondent

Chamba, July 14
The Taragarh and Behi-ka-Bagh belt of Bhattiyat sub-division in Chamba district is undulating. Landslips occur in the area even after a short spell of rain. Often pieces of cultivable land are washed away.

Situated at a distance of about 95 km from the district headquarters here, the belt remains cut off during rains owing to flashfloods in Lahroo Khud and its nullahas. The residents have to make through the flooded rivulet.

Residents have been demanding the construction of link roads to the Chamba-Nurpur highway.

With rapid construction activities and encroachments, roads and drains of Chowari, headquarters of Bhattiyat sub-division have got congested.

The Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Mr Kaul Singh Thakur, said here recently that IPH officials had been directed to draw up sewerage schemes for the township.
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2 killed in road accident
Our Correspondent

Kulu, July 14
Two persons were killed in an accident when their scooter (HP-34-2974) was hit by a Jeep near Archhandi village on the Kulu-Manali road, 16 km from here, today. The deceased, Vijay Kumar Sood (68) and Radhe Shyam Sood (70), residents of Ramshilla here, were on the way to Sajla to attend the mahayagya.

Police sources confirmed that the victims died on the spot. The bodies were handed over to the relatives after post-mortem. A case under Sections 304 -A and 279, IPC was registered.

Jeep driver Sunil Kumar surrendered at Patlikuhal police chowki.
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70-yr-old rapes grand-daughter
Our Correspondent

Kulu, July 14
A 70-year-old grandfather raped his 10-year-old grand-daughter at Shogi Bhadiyali village about 28 km from here on July 8. The matter was reported to the police yesterday after the victim related the story of her rape to her mother.

A case under Section 376, IPC, has been registered here, police sources said.

No arrest has been made so far. The police said the medical report was awaited to confirm the rape.
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Violation of fire Act alleged
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, July 14
BBMB fire tenders are being used here to supply drinking water. The practice puts the Board property at risk and also violates the Fire Service Maintenance Act.

This has been pointed out by the Himachal Human Rights Care, here. Recently there was shortage of water in BBMB Colony here. The BBMB pressed into services its fire tenders for supplying water. This practice has been continuing for past several years. As there is shortage of water in the colony every summer.
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Supplementary exams from Sept 1

Dharamsala, July 14
The supplementary examinations of the Himachal Pradesh School Education Board will be conducted from September 1 to 3 for the middle, metric and class XI and XII classes, said an official press release today. — TNS
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