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BJP holds protest against petro price hike
Hamirpur, June 7
The BJP workers led by former Chief Minister P. K. Dhumal today held a procession and staged a demonstration to protest against hike in prices of petrol and diesel.

Cancel PMT, parents urge CM
Shimla, June 7
With a controversy surrounding the state pre-medical test, parents of the unsuccessful candidates, alleging “sale of seats”, today met Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter.

Local deity, panches stall Wangtoo project
Reckong Peo, June 7
Deadlock continues on the “clearance by local deity” and subsequently gram panchayats to Jaypee Karcham Hydro Corporation Limited to go ahead with the construction work of a tunnel on the proposed 1,000 MW Karcham-Wangtoo Hydel Power Project in Chagaon, Urni, Yula, Meeru, Roolang and Choling villages.

HC: remove encroachments by June 30
Shimla, June 7
The Himachal High Court has directed the state government that all encroachment over forest land within the Shimla Municipal Corporation limit should be removed by June 30. It also directed the Principal Secretary, Forest, to file a fresh affidavit explaining the steps to be taken to remove the encroachments by June 12.

6 businessmen hurt in clash
Kangra, June 7
Six businessmen, including president of the Jawalamukhi Beopar Mandal Anish Sood and his arch rival Harish Kapoor, were injured today when two groups of businessmen clashed at Bansal Dharamshala at Jawalamukhi in Dehra subdivision over the issue of Beopar Mandal elections, the police said here today.






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Global human chain to save environment
Palampur, June 7
Millions of people across the globe will join hands from today to launch a biggest ever drive to combat climate change. The human chain will extend from Australia to Alaska spanning different continents to draw attention of the world to the catastrophe of climate change.

Girl commits suicide
Baddi, June 7
A teenaged girl allegedly committed suicide yesterday after failing to clear 8th class. Suman Lata (13), daughter of Ram Lal of Mandhala near here, took some poisonous substances in sheer depression while she was alone at home.

Council seeks polytechnic at Chamba
Chamba, June 7
Consequent upon the announcement made by Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to set up a government millennium polytechnic institute here, the local Citizens Progressive Council is up in arms against the delay in the commencement of the institute.

Shimla Summer Festival ends
Shimla, June 7
The five-day International Shimla Summer Festival concluded at the historic Ridge Maidan here last evening. The Governor, Mr V.S. Kokje, presided over the concluding function.

BJP workers court arrest
Solan, June 7
The BJP leaders today courted mass arrest in protest against the alleged registration of false cases against them under various sections of the IPC, the Arms Act and the Police Act on Saturday evening here.

Orphaned girl gets financial help
Dharamsala, June 7
Sunaina Katoch (12), daughter of late Sepoy Kultar Chand of 105 Engineering Regiment, was given a financial assistance of Rs 15,000 by the Rising Star Corps at its headquarters in Yol.

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BJP holds protest against petro price hike

Hamirpur, June 7
The BJP workers led by former Chief Minister P. K. Dhumal today held a procession and staged a demonstration to protest against hike in prices of petrol and diesel.

Addressing the demonstrators, Mr Dhumal said that the fresh hike in the prices of petrol and diesel would break the backbone of the poor already reeling under the pressure of “phenomenal” rise in the prices of essential commodities during the past few months.

He said the UPA government claimed to be the champion of the cause of the poor but was acting otherwise, and added that it was shameful that while the Congress-led government had hiked the prices, the Congress was trying to dissociate itself from the anti-people move. He said the Prime Minister had chosen to ignore the appeals of political parties and its own allies, not hike the prices, but he did not pay any heed.

He lashed out at the Left parties for adopting “double standards”

The Left parties would be equally responsible for the plight of the people who would not be fooled by their tactics, Mr Dhumal added. — PTI

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Cancel PMT, parents urge CM
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 7
With a controversy surrounding the state pre-medical test, parents of the unsuccessful candidates, alleging “sale of seats”, today met Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter.

The parents of children who failed to clear the PMT conducted by Himachal Pradesh University gave a representation to the Chief Minister here today. They demanded that fresh examination should be held and the record of the previous entrance examination sealed so that an inquiry could be held.

The aggrieved parents who have joined hands to fight against the alleged irregularities in the test under the banner of Action Committee of Aggrieved Students and Parents (HP CPMT 2006-07) said, besides handing over the investigation to the CBI, the government should order a judicial probe by a sitting judge of the High Court.

Alleging involvement of the authorities responsible for the conduct of the examination in the irregularities, they demanded that the officials should be suspended, pending inquiry. “In order to restore the confidence of the students and other youth in the education and examination system the findings of the inquiry be made public under the Right to Information Act,” demanded Mr Naresh Gupta, convener of the committee.

Mr Gupta claimed that the Chief Minister had assured them that he would look into the matter. “We will wait for some action on the part of the state government, failing which we will move court,” he said. On the other hand, parents of the students who had cleared the PMT said in case the government decided to cancel the PMT, they would move court.

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Local deity, panches stall Wangtoo project
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Reckong Peo, June 7
Deadlock continues on the “clearance by local deity” and subsequently gram panchayats to Jaypee Karcham Hydro Corporation Limited to go ahead with the construction work of a tunnel on the proposed 1,000 MW Karcham-Wangtoo Hydel Power Project in Chagaon, Urni, Yula, Meeru, Roolang and Choling villages.

Earlier, the local deity of Bhaba valley had granted permission to the corporation to construct a residential colony in the area for the employees hired for the construction work on this project. Incidentally, in both areas, Maheswar Devta is the common deity but there is a difference of opinion among them with regard to the coming of the proposed power project.

Yesterday, the District Magistrate of Kinnaur, Dr Amandeep Garg, along with his colleagues went to Chagaon village to mediate a meeting between the representatives of the gram panchayats and authorities concerned of the corporation so as to break the deadlock.

However, the representatives of the gram panchayats expressed their inability to take any decision without taking into confidence the action committee constituted by them at the behest of the local deity.

The local people claimed that the district administration had expressed its inability to hold a dialogue with the action committee due to which talks could not proceed further.

The administration had initiated the move to mediate talks to convince the gram panchayats, so that they would give no objection certificate to the corporation. But the gram panchayats seemed to be under the influence of the local deity and the action committee.

The public had alleged that the proposed tunnel of the project would pass beneath their villages. Intense blasting for the construction of this tunnel would result in the loss of rock strata which would further pose danger to the existence of these villages, they felt.

They further alleged that the sources of water in the villages would dry with the construction of the tunnel. "Under such circumstances, people will have to suffer a lot and may even have to migrate to other places leaving behind their legacy", a villager alleged.

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HC: remove encroachments by June 30
Our Legal Correspondent

Shimla, June 7
The Himachal High Court has directed the state government that all encroachment over forest land within the Shimla Municipal Corporation limit should be removed by June 30. It also directed the Principal Secretary, Forest, to file a fresh affidavit explaining the steps to be taken to remove the encroachments by June 12.

While passing these directions a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vinod Kumar Gupta and Mr Justice Surjit Singh observed that the earlier affidavit was not satisfactory. The court said the state had not mentioned the manner and the time limit for removing the encroachments. It held the Deputy Commissioner responsible for implementing the directions in coordination with the MC Commissioner.

The court also said the government should keep in mind that the order of removing the encroachments had been upheld by the Supreme Court, therefore, it was the responsibility of the government to implement the order.

The corporation had apprised the court that 916 encroachments were found over forest land and action had been initiated in 499 cases. In 292 cases, eviction order had been passed.

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6 businessmen hurt in clash
Our Correspondent

Kangra, June 7
Six businessmen, including president of the Jawalamukhi Beopar Mandal Anish Sood and his arch rival Harish Kapoor, were injured today when two groups of businessmen clashed at Bansal Dharamshala at Jawalamukhi in Dehra subdivision over the issue of Beopar Mandal elections, the police said here today.

Ms Bindoo Sachedeva, Sub-Divisional Police Officer, Dehra, told The Tribune that a group of businessmen headed by Mr Anish Sood were holding a meeting at the dharamshala when another group led by Mr Harish Kapoor, who were informed through media that the poll meeting had been put off, reached the spot which, leading to a commotion and later a clash.

She further said the group headed by Mr Kapoor alleged that it was carried in today’s edition of a vernacular paper that the mandal meeting scheduled for today had been put off.

But the meeting took place at the dharamshala to reportedly hold the poll in the absence of the former.

Mr Sood , however , said he had called the meeting to convey to the members that the meeting had been postponed.

Meanwhile, cases have been registered on the complaints of Mr Sood and Mr Kapoor under various sections.

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Global human chain to save environment
Our Correspondent

Palampur, June 7
Millions of people across the globe will join hands from today to launch a biggest ever drive to combat climate change. The human chain will extend from Australia to Alaska spanning different continents to draw attention of the world to the catastrophe of climate change.

Delivering the keynote address here on the occasion of the World Environment Day function organised jointly by Delhi Management Association, the Institute of Engineers, the Institute of Directors, the Centre for Social Responsibility and the World Environment Foundation, Dr Madhav Mehra, president World Environment Foundation, said humanity was facing its biggest-ever crisis far beyond its collective capacity to solve.

Launching of a global human chain was a wake-up call for businesses, governments and other organisations that their very existence was threatened by deteriorating eco-systems and they must take radical and proactive action to minimise greenhouse gases which are the cause of global warming.

Other speakers were Dr S.Z. Qasim, former Member, Planning Commission and currently Chairman, WEF (World Environment Foundation), Mr Bagrodia, president of Institution of Engineers. Dr P S Rana, Chairman, HUDCO, Dr Uddesh Kohli, Chairman, Consultancy Development Corporation, Mr Ashok Kapur, former Principal Secretary, Environment, members of diplomatic corps and environment experts.

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Girl commits suicide
Our Correspondent

Baddi, June 7
A teenaged girl allegedly committed suicide yesterday after failing to clear 8th class. Suman Lata (13), daughter of Ram Lal of Mandhala near here, took some poisonous substances in sheer depression while she was alone at home. Her family found her battling for breath when they returned home. The girl was rushed to PGI, Chandigarh, where she declared dead. As per the police, the girl had taken poison. However, as per the family members, no such poison substance was available at home. The police was investigating the matter.

The postmortem has been performed. The viscera of the body has been sent to the Forensic Laboratory, Junga (Shimla).

Meanwhile, a young woman died after giving birth to a boy yesterday. The woman was admitted to a local private nursing home where she delivered baby. Her condition deteriorated after the delivery. She was rushed to PGI, Chandigarh but died midway.

Two injured

Two person sustained injuries, one of them serious, when a scooter (HP-12-518) hit a pedestrian at Doon Valley School near Nalagarh on Pinjore road last night.

Narinder from Maanpura, who was riding the scooter, hit Ram Kumar. The incident occurred due to inability of Narinder to notice Ram Kumar in the darkness. Narinder sustained serious head injuries. He was rushed to PGI. Ram Kumar sustained minor injuries. He was a migrant labourer.

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Council seeks polytechnic at Chamba
Our Correspondent

Chamba, June 7
Consequent upon the announcement made by Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to set up a government millennium polytechnic institute here, the local Citizens Progressive Council is up in arms against the delay in the commencement of the institute.

In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, council president D.N. Pardesi sought opening of the polytechnic institute as early as possible. The institute would be a boon for the people of the district, Mr Pardesi said. This would be the first technical institute of its kind in Chamba, he added.

Expressing concern over the poor health services in the district, Mr Pardesi regretted that the poor patients were generally referred to hospitals at Shimla, Dharamsala and Chandigarh due to lack of doctors in the Zonal Hospital. He demanded filling the vacant posts of doctors in the Zonal Hospital at the earliest.

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Shimla Summer Festival ends
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 7
The five-day International Shimla Summer Festival concluded at the historic Ridge Maidan here last evening. The Governor, Mr V.S. Kokje, presided over the concluding function.

Renowned Hindi pop singer Phalguni Pathak regaled the audience on the final day.

The festival opened with sham-e-gazal, featuring Pakistani artiste, Gulam Ali, along with Talat Aziz and Peenaj Masani. It was followed by a musical nite in which Bollywood singer Sadhna Sargam was the main performer and Anuj Sharma of the Indian Idol fame, also chipped in with some latest numbers.

A faulty sound system spoiled the Punjabi musical nite, featuring Babbu Mann. The Miss Shimla contest also turned out to be a tame affair.

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BJP workers court arrest

Solan, June 7
The BJP leaders today courted mass arrest in protest against the alleged registration of false cases against them under various sections of the IPC, the Arms Act and the Police Act on Saturday evening here.

The police arrested more than 12 BJP activists, including local MLA Rajiv Bindal, against whom evidence had been found during investigation.

The Superintendent of police, Mr Gianeshwar Singh, confirmed these arrests and said further investigations were underway. He did not rule out more arrests if the investigations warranted them. Search was also on for few others who had been booked in these cases but were not there during the agitation.

Trouble began on Saturday evening when these activists marched through the streets of Solan in protest against a militant attack on Nagpur's RSS office. The police had later booked seven BJP activists, including the MLA. — OC

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Orphaned girl gets financial help
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, June 7
Sunaina Katoch (12), daughter of late Sepoy Kultar Chand of 105 Engineering Regiment, was given a financial assistance of Rs 15,000 by the Rising Star Corps at its headquarters in Yol.

The parents and an infant brother of Sunaina had died of illness. The sepoy, a native of Basi village, near Bhawarna, left behind his parents and Sunaina.

Considering the plight of the family and the bleak future of the girl, the Rising Star Corps took up the case with the Adjutant-General’s branch at Army Headquarters for financial assistance. A grant of Rs 15,000 was immediately sanctioned.

Sunaina has also been adopted by a unit of the corps and this unit would look after her and meet all her expenses till her higher education.

Ms Sashi Rampaul, president of the AWWA, presented the cheque to Sunaina at a function organised yesterday where senior officers of the Yol Garrison were present.

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Dalai Lama in Kinnaur

Reckong Peo, June 7
The spiritual guru of the Tibetans, the Dalai Lama, arrived in Kinnaur today to inaugurate a Buddhist monastery in the Sangla valley and deliver a religious discourse on Lamrim Dudon and Gomrim Barpa from June 9 to June 13 at Kalpa, the former district headquarters of Kinnaur. — TNS

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