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Bachiter’s body yet to reach India
Kangra, October 7
The family of Bachiter Singh, who died on July 14 in Saudi Arabia, continues to reel in agony and trauma as his body has not been brought to his native village of Mainja by the authorities till date.

HP moving to realise its hydel potential, says CM
New Delhi, October 7
The Himachal Pradesh Government has taken steps to reach the state’s identified hydel-power potential of 21,000 MW with new projects likely to be allotted in three months to generate an additional 8,000 MW power.

Plan to make exam duty compulsory
Chamba, October 7
The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBSE) has proposed to make the examination duty for government officials as “compulsory” and the proposal will be put up to the state government shortly.

Dagshai school celebrates founder’s day
Kumarhatti, October 7
Dagshai Public School celebrated its 49th founder’s day here today. Maj Vijai Singh Mankotia, a former Tourism Minister and sitting Congress MLA from Shahpur, was chief guest.



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Bachiter’s body yet to reach India
Our Correspondent

Kangra, October 7
The family of Bachiter Singh, who died on July 14 in Saudi Arabia, continues to reel in agony and trauma as his body has not been brought to his native village of Mainja by the authorities till date.

Mr Ishwar Dass, the elder brother of Bachiter Singh, told The Tribune here yesterday that it had been a long wait of anxiety and trauma for the entire family, which included his 80-year-old mother Janjroo Devi, and his widow Mamta and three small kids. Mr Dass said it was unfortunate that nearly three months had passed and the body was a waiting its last rites.

He said the members of his family besides women of the village held a dharna outside SDM’s office at Palampur on Friday in protest against the authorities and to press their demand that body 
of the deceased be handed over to them.

Local residents who accompanied him threatened to block traffic if their demand was not met.

Mr Prakash Chand Verma, SDM, Palampur, said on the basis of the information received from Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia certain formalities were to be completed before the body could be brought to India. He said as soon as the formalities were complete the body of Bachiter Singh would be brought India and would be handed over to his family.

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HP moving to realise its hydel potential, says CM
Tribune New Service

New Delhi, October 7
The Himachal Pradesh Government has taken steps to reach the state’s identified hydel-power potential of 21,000 MW with new projects likely to be allotted in three months to generate an additional 8,000 MW power.

State Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who was today conferred the Himachal Rattan Award by the Himachal Social Bodies’ Federation at a function here, said the state was already producing 6,000 MW power, where as projects for generating 5,500MW were in various stages of construction. “These projects will be completed in one to two years,” he said.

Mr Virbhadra Singh said global tenders had been received to further exploit the power potential of the state and these were being processed. “Our endeavour is to allot these in three months which will take the state’s hydel power production to about 18,000 MW,” he said.

Mr Virbhadra Singh took a dig at those who talked about old and new Himachal. “The state is one. I have fought all my life against feelings of casteism and regionalism,” he said.

The Chief Minister said Himachal Pradesh had competed with bigger states in the country to come on top in areas like education and health care. Citing example of Switzerland which has lesser area than Himachal Pradesh and almost similar population base, the Chief Minister said size was no impediment in getting global recognition.

“Himachal Pradesh is a hill state making fast progress under well thought out policies,” he said.

He further said the state had received investment of Rs 24,000 crore in the past three years.

Himachal Pradesh Tourism and Transport Minister G.S. Bali said bus services from the state should be extended till Ghaziabad as a sizeable section of people from the state stay in the town.

State Irrigation and Power Minister Kaul Singh said water from Renuka will help meet water requirements of the national capital. He said new investment in Himachal Pradesh had created lakhs of jobs and the state was rising fast on the development index. The function was attended by senior Congress leader Oscar Fernandes. Mr Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, MLA, and state leaders from the NSUI and Youth Congress were also present.

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Plan to make exam duty compulsory

Chamba, October 7
The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education (HPBSE) has proposed to make the examination duty for government officials as “compulsory” and the proposal will be put up to the state government shortly.

Stating this here yesterday, Mr B.R. Rahi, Chairman, HPBSE said in case of upgradation of private high schools to the senior secondary school level, the board would ensure that the school has proper infrastructure, including laboratories and adequate staff or nor?

Mr Rahi warned to revoke the affiliation of those private educational institutions and schools, which were indulging in commercial activities in the institutions, The board was monitoring those private schools which were selling uniforms and stationery articles, Mr Rahi added.

The board had decided to introduce ‘yoga’ as a new subject in the plus-one and plus-two classes from the next academic session. Mr Rahi exchanged views with students under the ‘direct-interaction programme’. — OC

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Dagshai school celebrates founder’s day
Our Correspondent

Kumarhatti, October 7
Dagshai Public School celebrated its 49th founder’s day here today. Maj Vijai Singh Mankotia, a former Tourism Minister and sitting Congress MLA from Shahpur, was chief guest.

Addressing teachers, guardians and students, Major Mankotia stressed upon the need to follow the doctrine of universal brotherhood. He said he would take up the issue of water shortage in the school with the Chief Minister. He also assured to help the school in constructing an auditorium.

Earlier, he inaugurated an exhibition put up by students. The Principal of the school, Mr Tejinderjit Singh, welcomed the chief guest. He highlighted the achievements of the school. The wife of Major Mankotia gave away prizes to students.

The trophy for the best house of the year went to Fateh House. The students also presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion.

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