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Computer literacy project launched
Shimla, June 21
Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, launched the first phase of the computer literacy project in the state under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan in the remote government high school at Himri in Shimla district last evening.

Petrol price hike to hit common man,
says BJP

Shimla, June 21
The state unit of the BJP has condemned the decision of the Centre to raise the prices of petrol and diesel, and said that the hike would hit the common man hard.

Leopard lifts kid from motherís lap
Sundernagar, June 21
In a bizarre incident, a leopard lifted a two-months-old child sleeping on a bed in Tikkri village, Panchyat Jagar, forest division Nachan, 40 km from here, today morning.

Condition on job irks Nepalese
Solan, June 21
With the state government enforcing the condition of the Indian nationality mandatory for being regularised as daily wager earners, hundreds of Nepalese workers have termed it a violation of the Indo-Nepalís Peace Treaty of July 31, 1950.

NIIT vice-chief for IT education at primary level
Shimla, June 21
Requisite infrastructure will have to be provided in schools for information technology education across the country to take advantage of the predicted employment boom in the developed countries around 2020, says Ms Sudha Raju, vice-president of NIIT.



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HP Govt declares holiday today
Shimla, June 21
The Himachal Government has declared June 22 as a gazetted holiday on account of Kabir Jayanti (prakat divas) for the employees working its various departments, boards, corporations and educational institutions in the state.

BSNL told to pay compensation
Shimla, June 21
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the General Manager of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to pay Rs 3500 as compensation to the complainant P.C. Rohal for the non- working of his telephone.

Trust takes over three templesí management
Bilaspur, June 21
The Himachal Government here yesterday issued a notification taking over the management of three temples of Bilaspur town under the Hindu Temples and Religious Endowments Act and decided to form a trust under the chairmanship of Sub-divisional Magistrate, Bilaspur, Baldev Thakur with Deputy Commissioner Subhasheesh Panda as Commissioner of the trust.

Man drowned in water tank
Nahan, June 21
A factory worker working in Mahaan Foods Factory at Rampur Ghat, near Paonta Sahib, was drowned in the water tank on the factory premises today.
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Computer literacy project launched
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 21
Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, launched the first phase of the computer literacy project in the state under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan in the remote government high school at Himri in Shimla district last evening.

The programme would cover 282 schools for providing free computer education to the students in collaboration with the National Institute of Information and Technology from 6th and 8th standards.

He said government was keen to maintain high standards of education and computer literacy was a step in this direction. He said that the computer education would be provided free of cost to the students, especially in the remote and difficult areas where such facilities were not available. He said that Rs 532-crore Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan was under implementation in the state and a large number of new middle schools were being opened to meet the elementary educational needs of the students.

Mr Virbhdra Singh said that the state had a vast network of over 15,000 educational institutions in the government sector and had made a humble beginning with 331 at the time of formation of the state in 1948. He said emphasis was now on consolidation of these institutions, but need-based opening of the educational institutions would continue in future as well.

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Petrol price hike to hit common man, says BJP
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 21
The state unit of the BJP has condemned the decision of the Centre to raise the prices of petrol and diesel, and said that the hike would hit the common man hard.

Mr Randhir Sharma, spokesperson of the party, said the decision would further fuel inflation as the increase in the rates of diesel would have a cascading effect. He said it was for the third time over the past 13 months that the price of diesel had been increased. Overall the prices had shot up by 40 per cent during the period.

He said that the Left parties were only enacting a drama in opposing the hike to befool the people. If these parties felt that it was an anti-people decision, they should withdraw support to the UPA government.

Mr Sharma said that the government should come out with a strategy to deal with the fluctuations in the oil prices in the global market to protect the people from its impact. He demanded withdrawal of the hike as it would make life miserable for the poor already reeling under the impact of inflation.

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Leopard lifts kid from motherís lap
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, June 21
In a bizarre incident, a leopard lifted a two-months-old child sleeping on a bed in Tikkri village, Panchyat Jagar, forest division Nachan, 40 km from here, today morning.

As per the information, at the time of the incident Chande Ram and his family members were sleeping in their newly-built house in the village where no doors were installed.

The victim, Roshan Lal, was sleeping in the lap of his mother Indira Devi when a leopard entered the house and lifted the child. The leopard tried to jump out of the window but instead fell into the room. On hearing the noise, the family members raised an alarm but the leopard escaped with the child.

The leopard later left the child in a nallah about 150 m away from the house.

Forest official and police officials were informed about the incident. The body has been sent to a hospital for the postmortem examination.

According to DFO R.S. Banyal, this was the first such incident. He said the forest officials had already installed a cage to trap the leopard adding that Rs 1 lakh had been announced for the aggrieved family and Rs 25,000 had already been given.

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Condition on job irks Nepalese
Our Correspondent

Solan, June 21
With the state government enforcing the condition of the Indian nationality mandatory for being regularised as daily wager earners, hundreds of Nepalese workers have termed it a violation of the Indo-Nepalís Peace Treaty of July 31, 1950. The Main Stream All-India Nepalese Unity Society has now decided to approach the high court to get their dues. This decision, they contend, will render thousands of Nepalese workers unfit for being regularised in various government departments.

Taking up the cause of the daily workers society has decided to oppose the move. In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, they said they have been living in Himachal for years and contributed significantly to its progress. The society has alleged that despite representing the case to the Chief Minister several times no success could be achieved in getting this order annulled.

The Nepalese are further disappointed at the state governmentís order in which only temporary ration cards are being issued to them as per the TDS Control Order, 2003. While this makes them eligible to get only kerosene, they are denied other food items available under the Public Distribution System to a citizen. Feeling highly insecure and helpless, the Nepalese are now worried at the arbitrary decision of the state government, added secretary of the society.

Officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department said temporary ration cards for six months were now being issued to the Nepalese. These could be further renewed for a similar period. The new orders came into force after the PDS Control Order 2003 was enforced by the state government, they added.

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NIIT vice-chief for IT education at primary level
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 21
Requisite infrastructure will have to be provided in schools for information technology (IT) education across the country to take advantage of the predicted employment boom in the developed countries around 2020, says Ms Sudha Raju, vice-president of NIIT.

"There will be a huge shortfall of manpower in the 25-35 age group in developed nations 15 years hence whereas countries like India will have a large population in this age bracket. The short fall will create huge job opportunities for Indians in these countries. However, to drive full benefit the country will have to produce computer-savvy global citizens. Hence, there is a need to introduce IT education in schools on a very large scale and without any further loss of time", she says.

Belatedly though, IT education has finally reached a take off stage at the school level with more and more states willing to invest in the sector, she says adding that in all, students in not more than five per cent of the schools in the country will be having access to computers but a beginning has been made.

Her own organisation is involved in imparting education in over 3,500 government schools in various states.

Focusing on the problems that hamper the education, Ms Sudha says lack in uniformity in curriculum, huge shortage of quality teachers and lack of an effective body to regulate the IT education are the main problems.

However, the another main reason for it is that unlike other disciplines IT education has been introduced from top level to downwards that has taken more than two decades to reach the school level which is the most important.

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HP Govt declares holiday today
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 21
The Himachal Government has declared June 22 as a gazetted holiday on account of Kabir Jayanti (prakat divas) for the employees working its various departments, boards, corporations and educational institutions in the state.

It will not be a holiday for the daily-wage employees. It will also not be a holiday within the meaning of Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.

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BSNL told to pay compensation
Our Legal Correspondent

Shimla, June 21
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the General Manager of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to pay Rs 3500 as compensation to the complainant P.C. Rohal for the non- working of his telephone.

While passing the order Mr J.L. Gupta, president of the forum, observed that it was clear case of deficiency in service and the complainant was entitled for compensation. The forum also directed BSNL to provide trouble-free telephone service to the complainant.

The complainant had, in his complaint, alleged that his telephone went out of order on December 29, 1997, but the fault was not rectified despite repeated complaints lodged with the BSNL authorities.

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Trust takes over three templesí management
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, June 21
The Himachal Government here yesterday issued a notification taking over the management of three temples of Bilaspur town under the Hindu Temples and Religious Endowments Act and decided to form a trust under the chairmanship of Sub-divisional Magistrate, Bilaspur, Baldev Thakur with Deputy Commissioner Subhasheesh Panda as Commissioner of the trust.

Earlier in the day Mr Thakur visited Dhaulra Temple and informed the present management that the temple had been taken over by the trust.

Later he, along with other Revenue Officers and staff visited Laxminarayan Temple at the Diara sector and Hanumaan Temple and took over the management.

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Man drowned in water tank
Our Correspondent

Nahan, June 21
A factory worker working in Mahaan Foods Factory at Rampur Ghat, near Paonta Sahib, was drowned in the water tank on the factory premises today.

The deceased, who has been identified as 25-year-old Amar Singh of Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, died due to choking before he could be fished out from the water tank.

Mr Narvir Rathour, Station House Officer, Paonta Police, said the deceased was working near the water tank. He suddenly slipped into the tank of salted water and died.

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