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Centre to focus on adolescents 
Dalhousie, May 6
“The Central Government is planning to focus on adolescents to embark on the latest youth programmes conducive to the all round development of their personality”, said Mr S.K. Ratho, Director, Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, while talking to mediapersons at the youth hostel here today. Mr Ratho said more emphasis would be laid on organising adventure activities for them, which would instil confidence in them.

Lok Ayukta not toothless: Bhawani
Justice BhawaniShimla, May 6
The Lok Ayukta is not a toothless institution, asserts Justice Bhawani Singh who took over as the sixth Lok Ayukta of Himachal Pradesh yesterday.

40,000 posts lying vacant: Dhumal
Una, May 6
More than 40,000 posts in government departments in the state are lying vacant, said Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, former Chief Minister, here today. He said more than 50 per cent posts in the Agriculture Department were vacant and a large number of posts of school teacher and college lecturer were also vacant. 

10 Bangladeshis arrested
Solan, May 6
As many as 10 Bangladeshis were arrested by the Baddi police under suspicious circumstances on Thursday night during patrolling near Sabzi Mandi.

Decision to shift ITO’s office assailed
Palampur, May 6
Beopar mandals of Palampur, Kangra, Nagrota Bagwan, Jwalamukhi, Pragpur and Dehara Gopipur have strongly assailed the recent decision of Commissioner of Income Tax, Shimla, to shift the office of Income Tax Officer, Ward-I, Palampur to Dharamsala.

IAS, HAS transfers
Shimla, May 6
The government today appointed Mr Tarun Kapoor, who was on deputation with the centre as Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, in an administrative reshuffle, in which 12 IAS and 52 middle rung HAS officers were shifted. Mr Kapoor, a 1987 IAS batch officer, was holding the post of Director (Personnel) in Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN).








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Coop society staff booked
Nurpur, May 6
Following the detection of misappropriation of funds by the Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Nurpur, the Jawali police has registered a case under Section 409 of the IPC against two employees of the Cooperative Agriculture Society, Fatehpur, on Friday.

10 Bangladeshis arrested
Solan, May 6
As many as 10 Bangladeshis were arrested by the Baddi police under suspicious circumstances on Thursday night during patrolling near Sabzi Mandi.
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Centre to focus on adolescents 
Our Correspondent

Dalhousie, May 6
“The Central Government is planning to focus on adolescents to embark on the latest youth programmes conducive to the all round development of their personality”, said Mr S.K. Ratho, Director, Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, while talking to mediapersons at the youth hostel here today.

Mr Ratho said more emphasis would be laid on organising adventure activities for them, which would instil confidence in them. Camps would be organised to promote national integration, leadership qualities and innovative thinking and help them have wider imagination. Stress would be laid to teach the adolescents how to lead a healthy life.

He said the Central Government was now contemplating to form an advisory panel for youths. The panel would formulate a youth policy, suggest programmes and help the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in drawing schemes, which the youths really need.

Regarding youth hostels, he said there were 68 youth hostels in different states and if the state governments of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab sent new proposals for building more hostels, those would be considered.

Mr Ratho also said a proposal was under the consideration of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to arrange trekking programmes throughout the year for NSS students from Dunali to Minkiani Pass, which is 4,268 meters above the sea level. The initial survey of this route had already been done and the youth hostel, Dalhousie, would be entrusted with this programme.

Earlier, while presiding over the valedictory function of the second batch of the Nature Study Camp for Students organised by the Youth Hostels Association of India at the youth hostel here, he said the Centre was keen on the empowerment of youths through youth hostelling.

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Lok Ayukta not toothless: Bhawani
Rakesh Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 6
The Lok Ayukta is not a toothless institution, asserts Justice Bhawani Singh who took over as the sixth Lok Ayukta of Himachal Pradesh yesterday.

“The purpose of the institution is not to instil fear in the minds of public servants but to ensure probity in public life which is essential for maintaining the confidence of public in the system in a democratic set-up,” he told this correspondent during an exclusive conversation here today.

Much depends on the person occupying the office, he said. His endeavour would be to make the institution an efficient instrument of public service and if it necessitated some amendments, modifications, upgradation and vestment of power to strengthen the existing legal framework, the changes would be sought, Justice Bhawani Singh added.

It was true that like the judiciary, the Lok Ayukta did not have the direct power to punish the guilty, but its recommendations carried much weight and compelled the government to act. He said he would ensure that whenever a cause arose, it would be dealt with in an appropriate manner.

Probing complaints against public servants was a sensitive job and he would take every care to ensure fair play. The preliminary inquiries into complaints would be entrusted to the investigating agency under the Lok Ayukta and, if needed, he would personally investigate the matter. Himachal Pradesh has been relatively a “clean” state and this was also reflected in the fact that the Lok Ayukta received very few complaints. At the moment only about 30 complaints were pending.

Coming to the change he was experiencing switching from the position of Chief Justice of a high court, which he held till March 2006, to Lokayukta ,he said the immediate feeling was of liberation. His movement had been severely restricted as he had been provided Z-category security ever since he was shifted to the Jammu and Kashmir High Court in 1996. Back to his peaceful home state, he could breathe easy.

Deeply inspired by Swami Ramdev, Justice Bhawani Singh has not only been himself practising yoga but also motivating others to do so.

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40,000 posts lying vacant: Dhumal

Una, May 6
More than 40,000 posts in government departments in the state are lying vacant, said Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, former Chief Minister, here today. He said more than 50 per cent posts in the Agriculture Department were vacant and a large number of posts of school teacher and college lecturer were also vacant. Besides, government hospitals were facing a shortage of doctors and para-medical staff.

Professor Dhumal said the Central Government had failed to provide bonus to wheat farmers but decided to import wheat. He said the BJP, during the last Vidhan Sabha session, had demanded that VAT be abolished on grams and other eatables and the same should be applied on meat, fish and eggs, but the state government had failed to do so. — OC 

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Decision to shift ITO’s office assailed
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Palampur, May 6
Beopar mandals of Palampur, Kangra, Nagrota Bagwan, Jwalamukhi, Pragpur and Dehara Gopipur have strongly assailed the recent decision of Commissioner of Income Tax, Shimla, to shift the office of Income Tax Officer, Ward-I, Palampur to Dharamsala.

Briefing mediapersons here today, Mr Bal Krishan Sharma, president, Beopar Mandal, Kangra, said all beopar mandals of the district had passed separate resolutions to this effect which had already been faxed to the chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes, New Delhi, requesting his immediate intervention. He said all branches of beopar mandals of the district had also urged the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Shimla, to reconsider this decision and take care of the interest of tax payers who would be adversely affected. 

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IAS, HAS transfers
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 6
The government today appointed Mr Tarun Kapoor, who was on deputation with the centre as Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, in an administrative reshuffle, in which 12 IAS and 52 middle rung HAS officers were shifted.

Mr Kapoor, a 1987 IAS batch officer, was holding the post of Director (Personnel) in Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN). Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, Mr Sushil Negi has been posted as Excise and Taxation Commissioner.

On his return from central deputation, Mr Arvind Mehta has been posted as Secretary (Planning and Finance) cum ex-officio Director of Public Finance and Public Enterprises.

Mr Narinder Chauhan, Excise and Taxation Commissioner has been posted as Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, relieving Mr Avay Shukla of the Ayurveda department. Mr Shrikant Baldi, Secretary (Finance) has been appointed as managing Director, HRTC. He will hold the additional charge of Director, Transport.

Mr Diljeet Dogra, MD, HRTC, has been posted as Director, Town and Country Planning, relieving Mr T.D. Negi of the additional charge. Ms Parminder Hira Mathur, Principal Secretary (Rural Development and Panchayati Raj), holding additional charge of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, will also hold charge of Town and Country Planning and Industries relieving Mr Subhash Negi and Mr Ashok Thakur of the additional charge.

Mr J.P. Negi, Principal Secretary, Horticulture shall hold additional charge of Bio-Technology and Science and Technology. Mr Ashok Thakur, Principal Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, Language, Art and Culture has been given charge of Principal Secretary, Forests and Industries as well.

Dr P.C. Kapoor, Principal Secretary, Printing and Stationery, will hold the additional charge of Housing. Mr Ashwani Kapoor, Director Prosecution will hold additional charge of Director, Land Records. Mr P.C. Kashyap, Special Secretary, Agriculture has been relieved of the additional charge of Animal Husbandry. Mr Abhishek Jain, SDM, palampur has been posted as ADC, Kullu.

As part of the HAS officers reshuffle, Mr Shekhar Gupta has been appointed as Commissioner, Municipal Corporation in place of Mr Mohan Chauhan who has been posted as Mission Director, Health.

Mr Amar Singh Rathore, Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner goes as Resident Commissioner, Pangi, at Killar, while Mr R.N. Batta, Additional Director, Transport will be Additional Secretary, Finance, in place of Mrs Purnima Chauhan who goes as Additional Secretary (IPH).

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Coop society staff booked
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, May 6
Following the detection of misappropriation of funds by the Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Nurpur, the Jawali police has registered a case under Section 409 of the IPC against two employees of the Cooperative Agriculture Society, Fatehpur, on Friday.

According to Mr Jaram Singh, DSP, Jawali, society’s secretary Vipon Kumar and sales-person Sanjogita Devi had allegedly misappropriated society’s funds to the tune of Rs 30.05 lakh from period 2000 to 2005. The police has started investigations in the case.

Meanwhile, the Jawali police also recovered the decomposed body of Nwabdeen (25), a bridegroom of Kudhial village in Kutbasi gram panchayat, hanging from tree yesterday. Nwabdeen got married on April 30 and had gone missing since May 2 from his house. The police also found a suicide note from his pocket. 

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10 Bangladeshis arrested

Solan, May 6
As many as 10 Bangladeshis were arrested by the Baddi police under suspicious circumstances on Thursday night during patrolling near Sabzi Mandi.

The police said reports of some Bangladeshis staying in the area illegally were pouring in for quite some time. Strict vigil was being maintained by the police to trace them. These 10 persons had been working as construction labourers with a Bihar-based contractor and had been deployed at Glen Appliances at Thana village near Baddi. — OC

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