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Discontent among BJP leaders deepens
Appointment of returning officers
Shimla, September 9
The simmering discontent amongst senior BJP leaders over the appointment of returning officers (ROs) for the organisational elections has deepened with the resignation of former MP, Mr Maheshwar Singh, from the state executive within three days of his younger brother and former Education Minister, Mr Karan Singh, resigning from the party.

Row over appointment of primary teacher
Nurpur, September 9
The appointment of a Primary Assistant Teacher (PAT) in the government primary school at Suliali in this subdivision has resulted in a row as Subash Chand, an Army ex-serviceman, who is claiming the appointment on merits, has been sitting on indefinite hunger strike in the office of the SDM here since Tuesday.

Fill posts through SSB: teachers body
Mandi, September 9
20 Himachal Government Teachers' Union (HGTU) and the state government are on a collision course on the issue of the appointment of school teachers through the school-specific Parents Teachers Associations (PTAs), Grant-in-Aids Rules, 2006, which came into effect on June 29, 2006, in the state.

Army recruitment for Chamba youths from Oct 3 to 7
Dalhousie, September 9
The recruitment of youths to the Indian Army has been fixed for October 3 to 7 at Bakloh Cantonment in Chamba district. For that the youths should have completed the age of 17 years and should not be above 21 years of age.






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HP among top three in TB eradication

Shimla, September 9
Himachal Pradesh has been rated amongst the top three states in the country with respect to the best performance in te implementation of the Revised National Tuberculosis Programme (RNTPC).

2 women washed away in Ravi
Chamba, September 9
Two women were washed away in the turbulent Ravi waters in Chamba district while taking pictures of the Chamera II reserviour, at Bakaini, 20 km from here, today, police sources said.

 
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Discontent among BJP leaders deepens
Appointment of returning officers
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 9
The simmering discontent amongst senior BJP leaders over the appointment of returning officers (ROs) for the organisational elections has deepened with the resignation of former MP, Mr Maheshwar Singh, from the state executive within three days of his younger brother and former Education Minister, Mr Karan Singh, resigning from the party.

It is the disagreement over the appointment of ROs at the assembly level in Kulu district by the District Returning Officer (DRO), Mr Satpal Satti, MLA, which has led to such an extreme step by senior BJP leaders. Incidentally, Mr Maheshwar Singh, who has earlier remained the state BJP chief, is being considered a strong contender for the top party post in the state this time.

It was at the district-level meeting of the Kulu BJP that some of the office-bearers aired their resentment over the names of persons appointed as RO to conduct the organisational elections. Later, a large number of leaders, including Mr Maheshwar Singh, State Mahila Morcha Vice President, Ambika Sood, district BJP chief, Mr Pradeep Parmar and Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha chief, Mr Rishav Kalia, announced their decision to resign.

The issue is likely to be discussed by senior leaders like state party chief, Mr Suresh Bhardwaj, former Union Minister, Mr Shanta Kumar and former Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal, after their return from Dehradun, where the national executive meet of the BJP is being held. Though there had been reports of a large number of BJP leaders, including MLAs, being unhappy for not being taken into confidence while appointing ROs, it is in only Kulu district that there has been a spate of resignations.

However, the resignation of a senior leaders like Mr Maheshwar Singh, Mr Karan Singh and others from the party right at the outset of the party elections may not augur well for the BJP, which is keen to make a comeback in the next Assembly elections due in March, 2008.

"Barring consulting senior leaders like Mr Shanta Kumar and Mr Dhumal for appointing a man of their choice as DROs in their home district, no senior leader, including MLAs, have been consulted by the senior party leaders," said a senior MLA. Other MLAs, too, said that the party office-bearers were not taking senior leaders into confidence.

The state BJP has announced the election schedule for the party elections, and the state party chief is to be elected before October 31. With the election process yet to begin, there is already a lot of resentment over the appointment of ROs and DROs.

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Row over appointment of primary teacher
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, September 9
The appointment of a Primary Assistant Teacher (PAT) in the government primary school at Suliali in this subdivision has resulted in a row as Subash Chand, an Army ex-serviceman, who is claiming the appointment on merits, has been sitting on indefinite hunger strike in the office of the SDM here since Tuesday.

Before sitting on hunger strike in protest against the alleged favouritism in the appointment of the PAT by ignoring his merits, the striker gave a memorandum to the local SDM.

He alleged that the person who had been given appointment was 52 years old ex-serviceman. His three sons were in government jobs. The appointee was given preference because of his political links.

Demanding the cancellation of the appointment, Subash Chand said he was 42-year-old unemployed person. Apart from this, he had also fought the Kargil war against Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Kangra district Bahujan Samaj Party has extended its support to Subash Chand. The president of the BSP Kangra unit, Mr Amar Singh Kaundal, yesterday gave a memorandum to the SDM demanding justice to the real claimanant for the post of the PAT.

He also demanded an independent probe into the appointments of PAT in primary schools at Suliali, Khushinagar, Ganhi Lagor, Danni, Kathal and Baduee.

When contacted, Dr N.K. Lath, SDM denied any favouritism in the appointment and added that the appointment had been made on merits. He termed the strike of Subash Chand unjustified. 

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Fill posts through SSB: teachers body
Tribune News Service

Mandi, September 9
20 Himachal Government Teachers' Union (HGTU) and the state government are on a collision course on the issue of the appointment of school teachers through the school-specific Parents Teachers Associations (PTAs), Grant-in-Aids Rules, 2006, which came into effect on June 29, 2006, in the state.

The government has appointed 742 regular trained graduate teachers (TGTs) and is appointing 800 regular teachers batch-wise, but the vacancies are being filled through the PTAs, claimed HGTU. "The order should be taken back and all the vacant posts should be filled through Subordination Selection Board on a regular basis", they demanded.

The President, HGTU Mr. P.R. Sankhayan, charged that the governments — both the BJP and the Congress — have made mockery of the school education system. The HGTU has charged department does not know which schools have vacancies for appointing regular teachers as appointments have been made through the PTA in many schools. The HGTU has welcomed the creation of the new post of Director, Elementary Education.

The HGTU feared that new elementary education system will create a surplus of 4000 TGTs and 4200 "C and V" teachers in schools. "On the other, it will create a shortage of 3000 lecturers at + 1 and +2 levels as class IX and X will be added in the higher school level under the new system", they claimed. 

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Army recruitment for Chamba youths from Oct 3 to 7
Our Correspondent

Dalhousie, September 9
The recruitment of youths to the Indian Army has been fixed for October 3 to 7 at Bakloh Cantonment in Chamba district. For that the youths should have completed the age of 17 years and should not be above 21 years of age. The qualification is matriculation with 45 per cent marks, but for ‘Gorkhas’ the qualification is middle pass. This recruitment is only for youths belonging to Chamba district.

Giving this information here today, Gp Capt Bhupender Singh Chauhan (retd) said as per the prescribed norms, the weight of the youths should be 48 kg and height 166 cm but for ‘Gorkhas’ it was 160 cm height.

Gp Capt Chauhan said free training and coaching for the youths intending to participate in the recruitment had been scheduled from September 10 to 13 at Dharna village (Tundi) in the district. 

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HP among top three in TB eradication
Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 9
Himachal Pradesh has been rated amongst the top three states in the country with respect to the best performance in te implementation of the Revised National Tuberculosis Programme (RNTPC).

This was stated by the Deputy Director General (TB), Dr L.S. Chauhan, while presiding over the review meeting of the RNTCP in the state, here today. “The case detection and cure rate in Himachal is above the global and national target,” he said.

Dr Chauhan stressed for decentralising the RNTCP and making it more patient friendly. “The involvement of the community is very essential for the success of any programme and this can be done only through their sensitisation,” he remarked.

He appreciated the sensitisation and involvement of institutions like the panchayats, mahila mandals and other organisations in eradicating TB. Lauding the effective implementation of the RNTCP in the state he said it was running very smoothly even in tribal areas where patients were being given free diagnosis and treatment at their doorstep.

The state Tuberculosis Officer, Dr Gian Chand, gave a presentation about the scenario in Himachal. Other who were present on the occasion included Dr M.L. Mahajan, Director, Health Services, and Dr C.D. Sharma, Principal, Training Centre, Parimahal.

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2 women washed away in Ravi

Chamba, September 9
Two women were washed away in the turbulent Ravi waters in Chamba district while taking pictures of the Chamera II reserviour, at Bakaini, 20 km from here, today, police sources said.

The sources said despite a warning from the National Hydel Power Corporation (NHPC) guard not to venture close to the river, they were taking pictures close to the riverbank when a strong water current washed them away.

Efforts are on to fish out their bodies, which had not yet been recovered till now, the sources said. — UNI

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