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21 judicial officers shifted
Shimla, May 31
In a major reshuffle, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today shifted 21 judicial officers.

HC notice on dumping debris in Pulliah nullah
Shimla, May 31
The HP High Court has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, the state Pollution Control Board, National Hydro-Electric Power Corporation (NHPC) on the issue of dumping muck and debris in Pulliah nullah in Kulu district in violation of the Provision of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution Act, 1974).

Class XI results declared
Dharamsala, May 31
The result of Class XI conducted by the Himachal Pradesh School Education Board in March, 2005, was declared here today with a pass percentage of 58.43 per cent.

Final phase of delimitation process under way
Chamba, May 31
The Delimitation Commission for Assembly constituencies has started the final phase of the delimitation process in Himachal Pradesh. It is expected to be finalised and approved by the end of this year.

NSUIís anti-campus violence plan
Shimla, May 31
The state unit of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) will launch a campaign against violence on the Himachal Pradesh University campus.

Snow in Lahaul, Pangi valleys
Manali, May 31
The high-altitude areas in the tribal valleys of Lahaul and Pangi and the Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft) had another spell of moderate snowfall while of Manali and the Kullu valley had intermittent heavy rain, causing a sharp fall in the temperature.

 


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A skeleton depicting death is displayed at an awareness camp
A skeleton depicting death is displayed at an awareness camp organised on the World No-Tobacco Day at Ridge Maidan, Shimla, on Tuesday. ó A Tribune photograph

Vajpayee to attend party meeting
Shimla, May 31
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will preside over the concluding session of the meeting of the state executive of the BJP to be held in Kulu on June 1 and 2.

Dalit youth moves court
Nurpur, May 31
After running from pillar to post to get justice, Om Dutt, a Dalit youth, from nearby Kopra village has knocked the doors of the judicial court here.

Two murder accused surrender
Una, May 31
Prem Chand of Jalgram village, 6 km from here, and his son Bindoo, who were wanted by the Una police in case of murder of Karnail Singh of Jalgram village surrendered before the police here today.

Cranes impounded for obstructing Kokjeís cavalcade
Solan, May 31
Two cranes, which were trying to lift a truck which had fallen in a gorge near Madhuban at around 11:35 a.m. today, were impounded for obstructing the Governorís cavalcade.

Illicit liquor seized
Baddi, May 31
The police has seized 1,776 bottles of country-made liquor from a truck (HR 56-2489) here last night.
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21 judicial officers shifted
Our Legal Correspondent

Shimla, May 31
In a major reshuffle, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today shifted 21 judicial officers.

Mr K.L. Sharma, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Una, will be the new Additional District and Sessions Judge, Shimla, whereas Mr Ravinder Prakash Verma, presiding officer, fast-track court, Dharamsala, on his appointment against a cadre post as Additional District and Sessions Judge on a regular basis has been transferred and posted as ADJ, Una. Mr B.L. Soni, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kulu, has been promoted as Additional District and Sessions Judge and posted as presiding officer, fast-track court, Dharamsala.

Mr Rajan Gupta, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Lahaul-Spiti, based at Kulu, has been transferred and posted as CJM, Kulu. Mr Rajesh Verma, Civil Judge (Senior Division), Solan, has been transferred and posted as Chief Judicial Magistrate, Lahaul-Spiti, based at Kulu.

Mr R.K. Sharma, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (1), Mandi, has been transferred and posted as ACJM (1) at Nurpur.

Mrs Aparna Sharma, Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMIC)-II has been transferred and posted as JMIC-II at Nurpur. Mr Naresh Kumar, Judicial Magistrate First Class-I, Hamirpur, has been transferred and posted as JMIC-I at Mandi.

Mrs Kanta Verma, Judicial Magistrate First Class, Hamirpur, has been transferred and posted as JMIC-II at Mandi.

Mr Rajesh Chauhan, JMIC, Bilaspur, has been transferred and posted as JMIC-I at Hamirpur. Mrs Praveen Chauhan, JMIC-III, Shimla, has been transferred and posted as JMIC-II at Hamirpur. Mr Yashwant Singh, ACJM-I, Nurpur, has been transferred and posted as ACJM-II, Shimla.

Mr Abhay Mandyal, JMIC-II, Nurpur, has been transferred to Shimla as JMIC (5).

Mr R.K. Chaudhary, ACJM, Jawali, has been transferred to Kandaghat as ACJM. Mr Aman Sood has been transferred from Kandaghat to Amb.

Mr Rakesh Kainthla, ACJM (1), Amb, has been transferred to Jawali. Mr Avinash Chander, JMIC (2), Paonta Sahib, has been transferred to Jubbal on the same post. Mr Pankaj, JMIC, Jubbal, has been transferred to Paonta Sahib. Ms Sapna Pandey, JMIC (5), Shimla, has been transferred to Bilaspur.

Mr Basant Lal Verma, JMIC (4), Mandi, has been transferred to Solan, while Mr Jaswant Singh, JMIC (2), Shimla, has been transferred to JMIC (3), Shimla.

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HC notice on dumping debris in Pulliah nullah
Our Legal Correspondent

Shimla, May 31
The HP High Court has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, the state Pollution Control Board, National Hydro-Electric Power Corporation (NHPC) on the issue of dumping muck and debris in Pulliah nullah in Kulu district in violation of the Provision of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution Act, 1974).

These notices were issued on a petition filed by Devinder Sharma wherein he alleged that the NHPC had been dumping muck and debris in the abovesaid stream in an unscientific manner, which would degrade the environment of that area.

He further alleged that the NHPC has left a trail of ecological destruction in 800 MA Parbati-II project being executed by it in Kulu district. And the state government had asked the NHPC to come up with an action plan by May 15, 2005, to undo the damage done and come up with new sites for dumping debris. However, nothing had been done by the NHPC in this regard till date.

Issuing notices a Division Bench headed by the Chief Justice V.K. Gupta further directed the respondent to file their reply with in week.

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Class XI results declared
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, May 31
The result of Class XI conducted by the Himachal Pradesh School Education Board in March, 2005, was declared here today with a pass percentage of 58.43 per cent.

Of the 96,859 candidates who appeared in the examination, 55,520 were declared pass. A total of 1,840 candidates took the compartment test and of these 1,256 were declared pass with a pass percentage of 68.26 per cent. The pass percentage for vocational courses was 67.28 per cent.

As per the combined merit list issued by the board, Namita Sangrai and Vikas Randhawa of Neugal Senior Secondary School, Bindraban was declared first and second with 93.8 per cent and 93.6 per cent marks, respectively. Shailza Sankhyan of Him Academy bagged third position with 91.2 per cent followed by Ira Jamwal of Arunodaya, Senior Secondary School, Mohal, with 90.2 per cent and Rohit Thakur, also of Arunodaya School with 90 per cent.

In arts group, Madhu Bala of Government Senior Secondary School, Khatnol, was declared first with 82.2 per cent marks and the second position was shared by Anita Kumari of Government Senior Secondary School, Amb and Deepika Sankhyan of GGSSS, Bilaspur both scoring 82 per cent marks. The third position went to Reetika Mehra (GBSSS, Nagrota Bagwan) with 80.8 per cent.

Among commerce students, Karuna of GGSSS, Paonta Sahib, and Navjot Kaur Rajiyal of P. School of Excellence, Nahan, topped the list with 86.2 per cent, followed by Shruti Aggarwal of P. School of Excellence, Nahan, at the second position with 86 per cent and Usha Kaushik of GGSSS, Nalagarh, at the third position with 81.4 per cent.

In the non-medical stream, Namita Sangrai of Neugal was declared first with 93.8 per cent and Vikas Randhawa of the same school stood second with 93.6 per cent and Shailza Sankhyan of Him Academy with 91.2 per cent.

Ira Jamwal of Arunodaya Senior Secondary School, Mohal, topped the medical group list with 90.2 per cent, followed by Abhimanyu Patial of Him Academy, Hamirpur with 89.4 per cent and Neha Sharma of Patti with 89.2 per cent marks.

In case of vocational courses, Monika of Government Senior Secondary School, Basdehra topped the list with 647 marks out of the total 800, followed by Megha Bharthwal of Government Senior Secondary School, Nahan, with 637 marks and Anita Rani of Government Senior Secondary School, Basdehra, with 631 marks.

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Failed student ends life
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 31
Gunjan Kalta, student of Class XI in the local Portmore School allegedly committed suicide here today.

According to the police, the deceased hanged herself in her hostel room after she came to know that she had failed in the examination.

She belonged Bral village in Rohru.

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Final phase of delimitation process under way
Our Correspondent

Chamba, May 31
The Delimitation Commission for Assembly constituencies has started the final phase of the delimitation process in Himachal Pradesh. It is expected to be finalised and approved by the end of this year.

According to sources, members of the commission, headed by Mr Justice Kuldip Singh, are touring each Assembly constituency. They are listening to the claims and objections of the public representatives by conducting public hearings on the spot for the segregation, exclusion and inclusion of certain inaccessible areas.

So far as Chamba district is concerned, the Pangi tribal subdivision, which is at the moment a part of the Bharmour tribal Assembly constituency, is likely to be put in the adjoining Rajnagar Assembly constituency taking into account the demand of the local people as this area is very far from the Bharmour tribal segment.

Likewise, the pockets beyond Gehra and Loona, which fall in the Chamba Assembly constituency, are expected to be appended to the Bharmour Urban Assembly constituency.

In the case of Bhattiyat and Banikhet Assembly constituencies, certain unapproachable pockets such as the surroundings of Mehla, Nainikhud and Chuhan pockets are under revision and review of the Dolimitation Commission to equalise the population ratio. There are 68 Assembly constituencies in Himachal Pradesh.

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NSUIís anti-campus violence plan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 31
The state unit of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) will launch a campaign against violence on the Himachal Pradesh University campus.

Mr Kewal Pathania, president of the union, said that his organisation always stood for peace and it was not at all involved in the recent violence on the campus. It would also launch a signature campaign to ensure that the maximum number of students were committed to peace.

He said the NSUI had been pleading for special funds for the upgradation of infrastructure in the universities but the previous BJP government, instead of increasing allocation starved these institutions of funds. The union had taken up the matter with the Congress high command as a result of which the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, included a special assistance of Rs 20 crore for the three universities in the Rs 4,000-crore economic package.

He urged the government to ensure that the funds were distributed among the three institutions on the basis of the number of students. Himachal Pradesh University, which had the maximum strength of students, should get the lionís share.
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Snow in Lahaul, Pangi valleys

Manali, May 31
The high-altitude areas in the tribal valleys of Lahaul and Pangi and the Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft) had another spell of moderate snowfall while of Manali and the Kullu valley had intermittent heavy rain, causing a sharp fall in the temperature.

The fresh snowfall hampered the road-clearing operations of the Ground Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) and the Rohtang Pass, gateway to Lahaul valley, could not be opened. The fresh snowfall in the higher reaches created cold wave conditions in the adjoining hills, forcing local people and tourists to put on heavy woollens.

Thick fog engulfed Manali and the surrounding areas, and landslides at some places disrupted vehicular traffic.

Reports of mild rain have also been received from Mandi, Bilaspur, Shimla and parts of Solan and Sirmaur districts. ó PTI

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Vajpayee to attend party meeting
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 31
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will preside over the concluding session of the meeting of the state executive of the BJP to be held in Kulu on June 1 and 2.

Mr Randhir Sharma, spokesperson of the party, said the meeting would focus on the failures of the Congress and finalise the programme to oppose its anti-people policies. It would also discuss the law and order situation and take stock of the political situation in the state.

The programme to celebrate 25 years of the party would also be finalised.

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Dalit youth moves court
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, May 31
After running from pillar to post to get justice, Om Dutt, a Dalit youth, from nearby Kopra village has knocked the doors of the judicial court here. The complainant alleged that he was beaten up severely by a member of an upper caste and a resident of his village on May 9 when he was on his way to home in the evening. The accused Tara Singh, who was reportedly under the influence of liquor, allegedly abused him with filthy language by making casteist remarks against him. In the attack, the victim also reportedly lost his one tooth.

He alleged that he went to the police station for lodging his complaint but the police misbehaved with him and refused to register an FIR, allegedly due to political connections of the accused. He alleged that the police recorded his statement wrongly to protect the accused and even refused to record the statement of his eyewitnesses in whose presence he was beaten up, abused and insulted.

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Two murder accused surrender
Our Correspondent

Una, May 31
Prem Chand of Jalgram village, 6 km from here, and his son Bindoo, who were wanted by the Una police in case of murder of Karnail Singh of Jalgram village surrendered before the police here today.

According to Mr Dinesh Yadav, SP, Una, on the night of May 29, Kuldeep and Karnail, who were returning after attending a marriage, were confronted by Lucky, Bindoo, Surat Ram and Prem Chand, who were armed with sharp-edged weapons. They attacked Karnail Singh and Kuldeep Kumar and injured Karnail Singh grievously, who was declared dead by doctors when taken to District Hospital Una. The SP said that Lucky and Surat Ram were arrested yesterday and Prem Chand and Bindoo surrendered today.
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Cranes impounded for obstructing Kokjeís cavalcade
Our Correspondent

Solan, May 31
Two cranes, which were trying to lift a truck which had fallen in a gorge near Madhuban at around 11:35 a.m. today, were impounded for obstructing the Governorís cavalcade. The Governor, Mr V.S. Kokje, who was travelling on the route, faced inconvenience when his vehicle was caught in a traffic jam created due to obstruction on the highway by the two cranes.

The police officials confirmed that the Governorís ADC called up the district police headquarters to inform about the inconvenience. The Darlaghat police which swung into action later impounded the two cranes for obstructing the highway without permission and also registered an FIR.

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Illicit liquor seized

Baddi, May 31
The police has seized 1,776 bottles of country-made liquor from a truck (HR 56-2489) here last night.

The truck driver sped up the vehicle after it was signalled for check up by a police patrol party. On seeing the police chasing the truck, its driver and cleaner abandoned the vehicle and fled. A case under the Excise Act has been registered. OC

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