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One arrested in acid attack case
Ludhiana, July 17
A joint team of the Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Ludhiana police today succeeded in nabbing one of the two guilty in the sensational acid throwing case.
BJP Mahila Morcha members protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Shimla
BJP Mahila Morcha members protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Shimla on Saturday. They were protesting against police inaction in the acid attack case. — Photo by Anil Dayal

Staff shortage hits college functioning
Dharamsala, July 17
The local Government College is facing an acute shortage of teaching and non-teaching staff, which is affecting its smooth functioning. There is not even a single teacher for teaching some subjects.

IT instructors’ fast enters 5th day
Kangra, July 17
The relay fast strike by Information Technology instructors entered the fifth day today. These instructors threatened to intensify their agitation if their demands were not accepted by the government.

Defamation case against Amarinder adjourned
Shimla, July 17
The defamation case filed by a former Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, against the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, has been adjourned till August 21.



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  HC stay on CAT order
Shimla, July 17
In a significant ruling the Himachal Pradesh High Court has rejected the contention of the Centre and held that service matters pertaining to the All-India services were well within its jurisdiction.

Father-son death case takes a new turn
Mandi, July 17
The case of father poisoning his son and later consuming poison himself in Sundernagar subdivision took a new turn today as it was revealed that Bhola, 13, had not died due to poisoning alone.


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One arrested in acid attack case
Tribune Reporters

Ludhiana, July 17
A joint team of the Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Ludhiana police today succeeded in nabbing one of the two guilty in the sensational acid throwing case.

Informed sources in the police revealed that the nabbed person, Daljit Singh, and one of his accomplice committed the act out of sheer frustration as he failed to win the love of the girl. Daljit Singh’s accomplice, whose identity could not be revealed, was reportedly “harassing” the girl for the past several months.

Daljit Singh was nabbed from Jamalpur here by a police team led by DSP Arvind Digvijay Negi of the Himachal police.

The youth, too, had suffered burn injuries on both his arms while throwing the acid at the girl. The team was raiding different parts of the state since Monday when the gruesome incident took place.

The police is on the lookout of his accomplice. Ishita, a student of B.Sc-I in Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Shimla, suffered serious burn injuries on the face and other parts of the body. The incident had sparked off protest in the hill city with students, especially girls, coming out in the streets. They were demanding the immediate arrest of the guilty besides ensuring the safety of girls in the state.

Sources said Daljit had gone to Shimla with his friend few days ago. He was employed in a private company here and belonged to a middle class family. His medical examination was conducted at the local civil hospital late in the evening.

Sources said he did not seem to be normal. He told the police that he was not ashamed as he had only helped his friend.

Shimla: The Director-General of Police, Mr A.K. Puri, at a press conference here on Sunday said Daljit Singh had confessed to the police that he had attacked Ishita and had spoken to her on the telephone the day he arrived in town. The police found acid burns on both his arms and chest. An eye witness identified Daljit from almost 150 computer sketches which the police had prepared.

The two youths after the acid attack drove on their Vespa scooter to Dhalli, looking for a readymade clothes shop as they had burnt their clothes.

“Unfortunately we hardly got any information from Ishita or her family, though the victim was well-known to them. We were virtually groping in the dark,” said Mr Puri.

It was with the help of information from a man at whose dhaba Daljit had tea and from another man whom they asked for a shop to buy clothes that the police was able to get their physical description.

The police team is expected to bring Daljit here from Ludhiana, tomorrow.
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Staff shortage hits college functioning
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, July 17
The local Government College is facing an acute shortage of teaching and non-teaching staff, which is affecting its smooth functioning. There is not even a single teacher for teaching some subjects.

To deal with the situation, the college authorities have increased the strength of students in some sections to almost double and teachers of allied disciplines have been asked to pitch in for the time being. A total of 16 teaching posts are vacant in different departments.

The problem, says a lecturer, is worse in case of psychology, for which not a single teacher available with the college. More than 150 students have opted for the subject in the fresh batch admitted recently. While one psychology teacher is on leave, the other post is lying vacant. The shortage of faculty is also affecting departments of fine arts, geography, political science, public administration and English.

The college also urgently needs teachers for physics as two of the three posts are lying vacant. “Since a large number of students opt for the subject, it is another department that needs immediate attention,” said another lecturer.

“There is a single teacher for nearly 150 students of public administration. Similarly, there are nearly six posts vacant in the English department,” says a student.

College Principal Satish Sharma says that they have already written to the Education Department in this regard. “We have suggested that teachers from other government colleges be transferred here for subjects like psychology,” he says.

Mr Sharma says that despite a similar problem last year, they managed by appointing guest lecturers, who were paid as per lectures delivered. “But this year, there are orders not to go in for ad hoc teachers or guest faculty,” he adds.

The non-teaching departments are also short of staff. The college needs as many as five lab assistants, two clerks and one tabla instructor. “Even the administrative working of the college is suffering due to this,” says the lecturer.

The biggest college in the state has a total strength of over 5,500 students in various courses. It has a sanctioned strength of regular teaching staff of 98 and 57 non-teaching employees.
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IT instructors’ fast enters 5th day
Our Correspondent

Kangra, July 17
The relay fast strike by Information Technology (I.T.) instructors entered the fifth day today. These instructors threatened to intensify their agitation if their demands were not accepted by the government.

Mr Atish Sharma, spokesperson of the Himachal Pradesh Computer Instructors Association, said today that IT instructors from Hamirpur, Chamba and Mandi districts had also joined the agitation.

The agitating instructors, who were appointed on contract for imparting I.T. training to students in 234 Government Higher Secondary Schools of the state in 2001 and whose contracts ended in 2004, demand that International Standardised Organisation (ISO) one year diploma, which was internationally recognised, be treated at par with Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA) for the fresh appointments as IT Instructors and added that the government should soften the conditions laid down in the MoU signed between the state government software Technology Group (STG), a Gurgaon-based company, regarding these appointments.

He said at least 520 IT teachers were appointed by a Hyderabad-based Electronic Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) for imparting training to the students of 234 Government Senior Secondary Schools of the state in 2001 and after their contract ended the services of these instructors were terminated.
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Defamation case against Amarinder adjourned
Legal Correspondent

Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal comes out of the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court
Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal comes out of the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court in Shimla on Saturday. — PTI photo

Shimla, July 17
The defamation case filed by a former Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, against the Chief Minister of Punjab, Capt Amarinder Singh, has been adjourned till August 21.

The case was listed today for recording the statement of Mr Dhumal in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court. But an application was filed on behalf of Mr Amarinder Singh through his counsel Mr R.S. Cheema, in which objection was raised by him that the original copy of the newspaper cutting was not placed on record.

During the Assembly election of the state Mr Amarinder Singh has levelled corruption charges against Mr Dhumal while addressing a public meeting at Hamirpur in favour of a Congress candidate. On these grounds Mr Dhumal had filed a defamation case against him. Mr Dhumal was present in the court today with his counsel Mr Sat Pal Jain and Mr Sandeep Kaushik.
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HC stay on CAT order
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, July 17
In a significant ruling the Himachal Pradesh High Court has rejected the contention of the Centre and held that service matters pertaining to the All-India services were well within its jurisdiction.

Admitting the petition filed by the state challenging the order of the Central Administrative Tribunal vide which it had upheld the decision of the Centre to quash the chargesheet issued against Mr Diwakar Prasad, presently posted as Additional Director, Intelligence Bureau, a division bench comprising, Mr V.K.Gupta, the Chief Justice, and Mr Justice M.R.Verma, that the Article 131 of the Constitution was not applicable in the instant case as it was service matter concerning an I.P.S. officer of the state cadre.

The courts also stayed the operation of the C.A.T order implying that the state could proceed ahead with the chargesheet against officer and also initiate process for its repatriation. Mr H.S.Mattewal, senior counsel appearing for the state, contended that the subject matter of this petition which lay within the jurisdiction of this court. While accepting this plea the court held that the present dispute does not fall in the ambit of article 131 of the Indian constitution.

It may be recalled that Mr Diwakar Prasad had proceeded on Central deputation soon after the change of the government in the state without relinquishing the charge or getting relieved. He was charge- sheeted by the new government but the Centre quashed the same.

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Father-son death case takes a new turn
Tribune News Service

Mandi, July 17
The case of father poisoning his son and later consuming poison himself in Sundernagar subdivision took a new turn today as it was revealed that Bhola, 13, had not died due to poisoning alone. Police sources revealed that Bhola had also sustained an upper supine fracture, while his father Thakudas, 35, had enough quantity of poison in his body.

The police is yet to record the statement of Thakurdas’ wife who is stated to be still in a state of shock. As the exact reasons behind the extreme step taken by Thakurdas still remain a mystery the police is hoping to get a clear picture after getting the statement of the deceased’s wife.

Though the police has sent viscera of the victims for chemical analysis, the postmortem reports of the two deceased had revealed that while there were only traces of poison in Bhola’s body, his father had consumed much more poison and both of them had died on the same day.

The postmortem reports also revealed that Bhola’s upper spine had a facture and his neck had been brutally twisted indicating that he had not died due to poisoning alone nor was he strangulated to death as the police had believed earlier.

The police information gathered from the villagers and family members revealed that Thakurdas was forced to take such an extreme step as he felt neglected by his family members. Bhola was the eldest son of Thakurdas and had been earlier adopted by Thakurdas’ brother, Devraj. Bhola was restored to Thakurdas when Devraj had his own child.

Thakurdas’ father Ganga Ram told the police that both his sons were settled and lived separately. But parents used to stay with Devraj who had also adopted a four-year-old girl.
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