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Global bids for ski village project
Shimla, October 17
Made wiser by the protracted controversy over the Himalayan Ski Village project, the government has decided to invite global bids for six major tourism ventures to be implemented in the private sector.

BJP leaders for political solution to Kulu dispute
Shimla, October 17
The central leadership of the BJP has asked party leaders in the state to find a political solution to the dissension among leaders like Maheshwar Singh and Karan Singh and put off a final decision on the organisational elections in Kulu district till then.

BJP for CBI probe against minister
Shimla, October 17
The BJP Legislature Party has demanded a CBI inquiry into the allegations of amassing wealth against the Horticulture Minister, Mr Singhi Ram, and demanded his resignation from the Cabinet.

Rs 20 lakh for development
Nurpur, October 17
The local Municipal Council (MC) which held a meeting under the chairmanship of its president, Mr R.K. Mahajan, yesterday approved various development projects worth Rs 20 lakh.

World congress on environment
Kangra, October 17
Palampur town of Himachal Pradesh has been selected to host the ninth world congress on environment management.





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Rape bid: accused acquitted
Kangra, October 17
A local Tibetan youth accused of attempt to rape a Belgium tourist at McLeodganj in August, 2005, was acquitted of the charge for want of evidence by the District and Sessions Judge, Dharamsala today.

 

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Global bids for ski village project
Rakesh Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 17
Made wiser by the protracted controversy over the Himalayan Ski Village project, the government has decided to invite global bids for six major tourism ventures to be implemented in the private sector.

The six sites being offered for various activities include golf courses at Baddi in Solan and Raison in Kulu, a health resort at Jhatingri in Mandi, a spa resort at Craignano near Shimla , tourist resort near Saketi Fossil Park and co-tourism project at Shoja in Banzar.

However, activities proposed were only tentative the private parties who were keen to take up tourism ventures in the state could come forward with alternative proposals. For instance, if a party feels that a golf course was not feasible and proposes to set up an amusement park at the site it will be given due consideration.

A committee has been set up to finalise the terms and conditions on which the projects are to be assigned to the private sector. The various proposals being considered are build operate and transfer (BOT) and long term lease on terms and conditions which ensured maximum returns to the state.

The decision of the government to allot of the Himalaya Ski Village project without inviting bids early this year had triggered a major controversy. Having burnt its fingers once the department would not repeat the mistake, said a senior officer.

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BJP leaders for political solution to Kulu dispute
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 17
The central leadership of the BJP has asked party leaders in the state to find a political solution to the dissension among leaders like Maheshwar Singh and Karan Singh and put off a final decision on the organisational elections in Kulu district till then.

Party sources said former Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma, in-charge of party affairs in the state, and central election officer O.P. Kohli have conveyed to the state Election Appeal Committee and leaders that the only way to resolve the bickering in Kulu was to find a political solution to the issue.

As such, on the recommendation of the party high command conveyed yesterday, the committee has decided to put off a final decision on disposal of complaints from Kulu. The district election has also been put off.

While leaders like former Education Minister Karan Singh had met the Election Appeal Committee four days back at Mandi and put forth their views, the rival camp led by sitting MLA from Banjar Khimi Ram, rebel BJP candidate from Kulu Govind Thakur, and former Nagar Parishad chief Ram Singh met the committee here today.

It is being felt that if the election dispute is resolved now, it will only aggravate matters in Kulu, which will not augur well for the party that is hoping to make a comeback in the next Assembly elections.

The trouble started when Karan Singh was denied party ticket from his traditional Banjar seat and shifted to Kulu Assembly segment to adjust Khimi Ram.

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BJP for CBI probe against minister
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 17
The BJP Legislature Party has demanded a CBI inquiry into the allegations of amassing wealth against the Horticulture Minister, Mr Singhi Ram, and demanded his resignation from the Cabinet.

The demand was made after the meeting of the legislature party under the chairmanship of former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal here last night. The BJP MLAs said that being a minister it was not possible for any state agency to probe the allegations in a fair manner. They asked Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to dismiss Mr Singhi Ram, who in the wake of such serious allegations should have resigned on his own.

The BJP MLAs said that during his entire tenure there had been several allegations against the minister. “The matter does not simply get over with the Chief Minister stating that the allegations will be probed as Mr Singhi Ram being a minister can influence any inquiry by a state agency,” said BJP leaders.

The BJP Legislature Party also expressed concern over the allegations by the minister’s sister-in-law that he had got her husband married again and was now threatening her.

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Rs 20 lakh for development
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, October 17
The local Municipal Council (MC) which held a meeting under the chairmanship of its president, Mr R.K. Mahajan, yesterday approved various development projects worth Rs 20 lakh.

According to the president, the MC would construct a link road between Housing Board Colony and Viney Street to provide an alternative route for vehicles and the existing road between Chogan and the Employment Exchange would be reconstruct.

The MC has formulated a strategy to curb the menace of stray dogs and cows in the town. It also decided to recommend to the state government transfer the vacant government land so that encroachment on public places could be checked. 

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World congress on environment
Our correspondent

Kangra, October 17
Palampur town of Himachal Pradesh has been selected to host the ninth world congress on environment management.

Mr K.B. Ralhan, Regional Director, World Environment Foundation, told The Tribune today that the stage was being set for environment specialists, scientists, thinkers, businessmen and policy makers from about 30 countries to come and brainstorm on the subject of how planet earth could be saved from the adverse impact of climatic change.

He said that if the global warming pollution was not curtailed some eco-system like alpine meadows in the rocky mountains and several plant and animal species were likely to disappear.

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Rape bid: accused acquitted
Our Correspondent

Kangra, October 17
A local Tibetan youth accused of attempt to rape a Belgium tourist at McLeodganj in August, 2005, was acquitted of the charge for want of evidence by the District and Sessions Judge, Dharamsala today.

Mr Rahul Sharma, lawyer of accused Tenzin Dorjee, today said that Tenzin was charged with attempt to rape a Belgium tourist, Sarah Wery, when she was staying at Kailwood Guest House at McLeodganj on August 25, 2005. The police had registered a case under Sections 376 and 511, IPC. District and Sessions Judge R.L. Ragu today acquitted the accused for lack of evidence in the case.

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