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Statewide stir by doctors tomorrow
Shimla, May 18
Medical services in the state are likely to be paralysed as over 1,500 government doctors will observe a day’s token strike on May 20 in protest against the use of force against the medical students who have been protesting against reservation for OBCs.

Strike paralyses OPD services
Dharamsala, May 18
Services in the out-patient department were brought to a halt here today with the resident Doctors at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Zonal Hospital going on strike against the proposed increase in reserved seats in institutions of higher education.

Confusion over nomination of councillors
Nurpur, May 18
The oath-taking ceremony of the nominated three members of the local Municipal Council was held today. Mr N.K. Lath, SDM, administered the oath to the coopted members of the council, Mr Prem Dass Sahotra, Mr Pawan Kapoor and Mr Shanti Sawroop Sharma. The local MLA and Revenue Minister, Mr Sat Mahajan, was present on the occasion.

Girls outdo boys in school board exam
Dharamsala, May 18
Boys outshone girls in class XI results of the Himachal School Education Board declared here today with pass percentage of 49.70 per cent age in streams of arts, commerce and science.

Sink differences, Mahajan tells Cong dissidents
Shahpur, May 18
Revenue Minister Sat Mahajan here today gave a urged dissidents in the Congress to sink differences and put up a united front to take on the BJP in the state.





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Development plan for Kulu-Manali areas
Shimla, May 18
Sensing the need for decongesting the already over-saturated tourist towns of Kulu and Manali, the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Department has notified a draft development plan so that the tourism-related boom can be regulated in this eco-sensitive zone.

Robbery case solved
Nalagarh, May 18
With the arrest of two persons the local police claims to have solved a robbery case in which Rs 2 lakh was looted from a man after injuring him. Mohana and Shaukin Singh masterminds behind the robbery were arrested by police last evening.
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Statewide stir by doctors tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 18
Medical services in the state are likely to be paralysed as over 1,500 government doctors will observe a day’s token strike on May 20 in protest against the use of force against the medical students who have been protesting against reservation for OBCs.

The central executive committee of the HMOA, which met here yesterday, decided to stay away from work to extend support to the medical students. The HMOA also protested against the appointment of an HAS officer to the post of Mission Director of the National Rural Health Mission.

“A bureaucrat is not acceptable to us as it is only a technically sound person who can bring about the desired results,” said Dr Gian Chand Rajput, vice president of the HMOA.

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Strike paralyses OPD services
Tribune Reporters

Dharamsala, May 18
Services in the out-patient department were brought to a halt here today with the resident Doctors at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Zonal Hospital going on strike against the proposed increase in reserved seats in institutions of higher education.

The Resident Doctors, who are supporting the strike by medical students, have threatened to cripple the emergency services from Monday onwards in case no solution to the issue is found.

Dr Praladh Duggal, president of the Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA), said the association had also rejected the committee formed by the government to look into the issue as it was like “making the culprits pass the judgement.

A joint action committee was also formed to lead the agitation. It includes Dr Jagdeep Thakur, Dr Munish, Dr Vipin, Dr Varundeep, Dr Bharti Gupta, Dr Anoop and Dr Bishan Das.

Dr Manish Saroch, general secretary of the RDA said the Resident Doctors and medical students had also appealed to the senior faculty of the medical college and general public to support them in fighting the reservation.

“Locks were put on the OPDs today but emergency services were not affected. But we will have to boycott emergency as well if no decision is taken soon,” he said.

KANGRA: Students of the Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College to held a demonstration and anti-reservation protest for the first time on the college campus at Tanda and forced the closure of the OPD of the College as well as the TB Sanatorium to register their protest here on Thursday.

The protesting students, who are on strike against the proposed reservation policy for OBC and other categories, gathered on the college campus at Tanda and resorted to slogans against reservation and Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh. The students, carrying placards and banners in support of their demands, held a rally from the academic block to the TB Sanatorium and forced the closure of the TB Sanatorium OPD.

The students also forced the closure of the college OPD being run on the campus. Mr Abhishak Thakur, president, Students Central Committee, told The Tribune that both OPDs remained closed for the whole day today.

Meanwhile, Resident Doctors of the college have decided to join the anti-reservation strike tomorrow. The Indian Medical Association would join the strike on May 20, Mr Thakur said.

SOLAN: Lending support to the nationwide agitation by medicos against the proposed reservation, about 240 students of the Himachal College of Dental Sciences, Tatul, near here, boycotted their classes and resorted to an agitation on Thursday. All medical services provided by the college hospital remained paralysed.

Leading the agitation, the president of the Students Council, Dr Siddharth Pathania said they would march through the streets of Solan on Friday and hand over a memorandum to the district administration opposing this anti-medico step. Study remained suspended in Bhojia Dental College, near Baddi, for the third day. Protesting students from Baddi have proceeded to Shimla to join their counterparts. 

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Confusion over nomination of councillors
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, May 18
The oath-taking ceremony of the nominated three members of the local Municipal Council was held today. Mr N.K. Lath, SDM, administered the oath to the coopted members of the council, Mr Prem Dass Sahotra, Mr Pawan Kapoor and Mr Shanti Sawroop Sharma. The local MLA and Revenue Minister, Mr Sat Mahajan, was present on the occasion.

Interestingly, the Urban Development Department had issued a notification on the nomination of the coopted members of the council thrice which had created a lot of confusion among the local residents.

On April 25 the department issued its first notification in favour of the members who took the oaths today. The oath ceremony was scheduled for Sunday. But all of a sudden a second notification was issued on May 12 in which Mr Shanti Sawroop Sharma was removed and Mr Rajni Kant Sharma was nominated in his place.

The oath ceremony was postponed in the wake of the second notification.

The department issued the third notification on May 16 and rectified its previous notification in which Mr Shanti Sawroop was again declared nominated as councillor in place of Mr Rajni Kant Sharma.

The three coopted members who took their oath this evening are supporters of the local MLA and their names were recommended by him.

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Girls outdo boys in school board exam
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, May 18
Boys outshone girls in class XI results of the Himachal School Education Board declared here today with pass percentage of 49.70 per cent age in streams of arts, commerce and science.

Board Chairman B.R. Rahi said a total of 98,883 students took the examination of which 48,276 have passed. In case of vocational subjects, 869 students appeared and 660 have passed the examinations with pass percentage 
of 75.94.

A total of 1,133 students had appeared for the compartment examination and 744 have cleared it with pass percentage 
of 68.07.

Dr K.D. Lakhanpal, board secretary, informed last date for applying for re-evaluation and re-checking was June 7, 2006 without late fee.

Gurharsh Singh of Kulu Valley School, Ramshila topped in the science group, followed by Ambuj Shandil of Aryan Public School, Bilaspur at second and Poonam Ratwan of Him Sarvodaya SSS, Ghumarwin (Bilaspur) got third 
position.

Neha of GGSSS, Bilaspur and Rakhee Thakur of SD SSS, Shimla, have shared top position in arts group, followed by Shakuntla Devi of Public SSS, Bhatoli (Kangra) at second position and Neelam Kumari of DAV SSS, Una at third spot.

In commerce group, Radhika Jain of NKSDC Public SSS, Ghuggar has topped the list, followed by Gaurav Narang of Kangra Valley EM SSS, Dharamsala at second position and Priyanka Gandhi of GSSS, Darlaghat (Solan) at third position.

Prabhjot Singh of GSSS, Basdehra (Una) has topped the vocational group, followed by Ashish Mahajan of G(B)SSS, Chamba at second position and Raman Kumar of GSSS, Basdehra at third position.

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Sink differences, Mahajan tells Cong dissidents
Tribune News Service

Shahpur, May 18
Revenue Minister Sat Mahajan here today gave a urged dissidents in the Congress to sink differences and put up a united front to take on the BJP in the state.

Addressing a public rally, Mr Mahajan said he thought it was his moral duty to take the initiative since he was the senior-most member of the Virbhadra Singh’s Cabinet.

He made a fervent plea to Shahpur legislator Maj Vijai Singh Mankotia to shun statements that could go against party’s interests.

He suggested him to contribute his mite in strengthening the party base in the area.

Mr Mahajan called upon all Congressmen across the state to prepare for an offensive against the BJP policies and programmes.

“Now is the opportune time to turn the heat on the BJP, which is plagued by infighting and dissent,” he said.

On Major Mankotia’s statement that he would fail voters if he did not raise issues pertaining to local public, Mr Mahajan counselled him to keep party’s interests supreme.

Mr Mahajan asserted that he had deliberately chosen Shahpur to launch this campaign of unifying party rank and file because there were signs in party circles that Major Mankotia had been critical of Congress policies and programmes.

He expressed optimism that Major Mankotia would respond favourably to his appeal for strengthening party base.

“Ms Sonia Gandhi is leading the party from the front by getting re-elected from Rae Bareilly with a record margin and Congress leaders in the state should feel inspired by the example set by her and unite to face the opposition,” he said.

Launching an attack on the BJP, he said the party had no contribution to the development of the state. “They played no role in the merger of the state or its getting statehood. The story of the BJP can at best be heard from Uma Bharti and Madan Lal Khurana,” he said.

After distributing 228 pensions, Mr Mahajan said the pace of development in Shahpur was satisfactory and the government was not discriminating against it.

Mr Mahajan’s visit to Shahpur also assumes significance because no senior Congress leader had visited Major Mankotia’s constituency in a long time in view of statements of discrimination against the Kangra region made by Major Mankotia.

Later, talking to The Tribune, Major Mankotia said Mr Mahajan, being a senior leader of the party, would be given due regard no matter whatever he said.

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Development plan for Kulu-Manali areas
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 18
Sensing the need for decongesting the already over-saturated tourist towns of Kulu and Manali, the Town and Country Planning (TCP) Department has notified a draft development plan so that the tourism-related boom can be regulated in this eco-sensitive zone.

The department yesterday notified the draft development plan for the Kulu valley planning area except Manali and Kulu-Bhuntar agglomeration for public objections and suggestions. This is the first time that a development plan is being formulated for an area between two towns as it is witnessing a spurt with respect to tourism-related activities.

The plan comprises about 5,906 hectares spread over 56 revenue villages. This stretch extends from the Bashing-Luggar Bhatti to Suina-Suru and from Old Manali-Bhang to Solang-Kothi area covering a population of 63,000. “Since this area is an eco-sensitive zone, we cannot allow unregulated growth as there is already tremendous pressure and most of the areas here are very important from tourism point of view,” explained a senior official.

The plan contemplates orderly growth of nodal points like Bandrol, Katrain, Patli Kuhl, Raisan, Naggra, Haripur and Jagatsukh so that they develop as engines of growth for their immediate surrounding rural areas. Seeing the potential for promoting heritage and eco-tourism in this stretch, the endeavour of the authorities would be to strengthen the economic base of the area through such activities. 

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Robbery case solved
Our Correspondent

Nalagarh, May 18
With the arrest of two persons the local police claims to have solved a robbery case in which Rs 2 lakh was looted from a man after injuring him. Mohana and Shaukin Singh masterminds behind the robbery were arrested by police last evening.

During interrogation they admitted their involvement in the robbery and revealed the identity of two professionals whom they hired for the robbery. A sum of Rs 2 lakh was looted from Jasvir Singh who was returning in his car along with cash to his factory, on March 1.

Police investigations and record of phone numbers of those involved in past robbery cases in the area led to the arrest of Mohana near Sarsa river. Mohana was involved in looting Rs 95,000 from two electricity employees at Manjhoil village in 2003.

The needle of suspension turned to Mohana who repeatedly made phone calls in Punjab after the robbery. Mohana hails from the Saini Mazra near Nalagarh. He disclosed the name of Shaukin Singh who planned the robbery. Shaukin Singh in his mid thirties hails from Muhhalla in Kangra district.

Shaukin Singh was employed with, Imtex Synthetic Limited as fitter. He left the factory few months ago. After leaving unit he faced financial crunch.

During that time he came across with Mohana with whom he planned the robbery. Mohana was already in contact with Gazana and Fauji two professionals from Punjab. On March 1, when Jasvir reached the bank to withdraw money Mohana and Shaukin too reached there. On phone they kept Gazana and Fauji informed about Jasvir’s activities. With their help the Gazana and Fauji robbed Jasvir and fled towards Punjab.

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