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12 judicial officers transferred
Shimla, November 28
In a major reshuffle, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today transferred 12 senior judicial officers of the state judiciary. According to a notification issued by the high court, Dr J.N. Barowalia, Principal Secretary to the Chief Justice-cum-Registrar (Rules), will be the new Secretary (Law) to the state government against a vacant post.

Notices to houses for regularisation
Mandi, November 28
The Town and Country Planning Department has started issuing notices to 336 unauthorised houses in the Mandi development plan area and over 220 unauthorised houses in the Mandi Municipal Council area to seek regularisation under a new retention policy notified on November 20 in the state.

Project-free tributaries to promote fisheries
Shimla, November 28
Certain tributaries of the main rivers like the Beas, Sutlej and the Ravi may be completely closed for setting up of hydroelectric power projects to promote fishery and protect bio-diversity.

CM must come clean on issue of ‘godfather’: BJP
Shimla, November 28
The BJP today demanded that the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, should clarify as to who was the person to whom the controversial IPS officer, Mr B.S. Thind, is referring to as “godfather”.

CM protecting Thind: Nadda
Bilaspur, November 28
BJP leader and former Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda has alleged that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has been providing protection to former Himachal Pradesh DIG Police Bhupinder Singh Thind right from the beginning.







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Students boycott classes, lecturers continue dharna
Kangra, November 28
The students of MCM DAV College today boycotted classes and held a protest demonstration on the college campus in support of their demands. The students, on a call given by the Students Central Association, today decided to go on a strike.

Medico held in CPMT leak case
Shimla, November 28
The Himachal police today arrested Pankaj Kumar, a final-year student of King George Medical College, Lucknow, for his alleged involvement in the HP-CPMT paper leak case.

7 bank defaulters booked
Mandi, November 28
Tightening its noose around bank defaulters, the police today registered seven cases out of 30 defaulters identified in Mandi Urban Cooperative Bank Ltd scam, under Section 406 IPC, charging them of a criminal breach of the trust.

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12 judicial officers transferred
Our Legal Correspondent

Shimla, November 28
In a major reshuffle, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today transferred 12 senior judicial officers of the state judiciary.

According to a notification issued by the high court, Dr J.N. Barowalia, Principal Secretary to the Chief Justice-cum-Registrar (Rules), will be the new Secretary (Law) to the state government against a vacant post.

Mr R.L. Raghu, District and Sessions Judge, Kangra, has been transferred and posted as District and Sessions Judge, Shimla, while Mr B.R. Chandel, District and Sessions Judge, Hamirpur, has been transferred as District and Sessions Judge, Kangra. Mr V.K. Sharma, president, District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Shimla, has been posted as District and Sessions Judge, Hamirpur, whereas Mr D.C. Chaudhary, District and Sessions Judge, Kullu, has been transferred as Registrar (Rules), High Court.

Mr Sushil Kukreja, District and Sessions Judge, Kinnaur at Rampur, has been transferred and posted as District and Sessions Judge, Kullu.

Mr R.K. Mittal, Special Secretary (Law) to the state government, has been transferred as Member-Secretary, HP State Legal Services Authority, Shimla, against a vacant post.

Mr D.K. Sharma, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Shimla, has been transferred as president, District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Shimla.

Mr Ravinder Parkash, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Una, has been transferred and posted as District and Sessions Judge, Kinnaur at Rampur. The services of Mr Pritam Singh, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Solan, have been placed at the disposal of the state government for being appointed as Special Secretary (Law).

Mr S.C. Kainthla, Presiding Officer, Fast Track Court, Mandi, has been transferred and posted as Additional District and Sessions Judge, Solan, while Mr Bhim Chand, Presiding Officer, Fast Track Court, Solan, has been transferred and posted as Additional District and Sessions Judge, Shimla.

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Notices to houses for regularisation
Tribune News Service

Mandi, November 28
The Town and Country Planning Department has started issuing notices to 336 unauthorised houses in the Mandi development plan area and over 220 unauthorised houses in the Mandi Municipal Council (MMC) area to seek regularisation under a new retention policy notified on November 20 in the state.

Talking to The Tribune, officials said the number of such structures in the area was likely to rise as many of these had remained unidentified.

The officials revealed that the department had identified over 336 houses outside the MMC area, which were within the Mandi development plan area.

"We are serving fresh notices to them for c under a new retention policy, the last date for which is December 31.”

According to the new retention policy, the department will regularise only those structures up to five stories which have deviated 50 per cent or less from that prescribed under the Act.

"The other owners can get the development plan approved from the department to get no-objection certificates for water, electricity and sewerage connections", the officials added.

The MMC president, Mr H.R. Vaidya, said the process had been started and all cases till June 2006 would be sent for approval to the department along with maps and other documents.

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Project-free tributaries to promote fisheries
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 28
Certain tributaries of the main rivers like the Beas, Sutlej and the Ravi may be completely closed for setting up of hydroelectric power projects to promote fishery and protect bio-diversity.

A three-member committee constituted by the state government has submitted its report. It has recommended that some of the tributaries of the main rivers should be kept free from power projects.

Three senior officials of the Fisheries Department had been assigned the task of identifying these tributaries and preparing a detailed report.

It is likely that the final decision on declaring these tributaries project-free would be taken by the state Cabinet before which the recommendations of the committee would be placed soon.

So far the government has only declared Tirthan Khud and its tributaries in Kulu district to be free from hydroelectric projects to promote angling to attract tourists.

The Fisheries Department has recently refused non-objection certificate (NOC) for the establishment of two projects, one on Khaniara Khud, a tributary of the Pabbar in Rohru and the other one on Lamba Dug near Barot in Mandi district. The projects were rejected to ensure proper water supply to fish farms at Dhamwari and Barot.

It is only recently that the government has made it mandatory to obtain an NOC from the department for the setting up power projects. “During the past one year a sum of Rs 3.08 crore had been received by the department, which is being spent on upgrading farms and other development works.”

In Kangra, the committee has recommended that 30 km upstream of each and every river and tributary from the confluence of the Pong reservoir be closed for any power project to facilitate breeding of fish in the river.

The committee has further recommended that Siul Khud from Chakoli to Langera, Changu Nullah, Tulang Ki Nullah, Tunda and Chaned Nullah, all tributaries of the Ravi, be closed for power projects.

In case of Kinnuar district, it has been recommended that the remaining Baspa river should be left project free. The 300-MW Baspa project has already come up on the river. It has been stressed that since the Baspa and Kiran Khud are excellent breeding and feeding sites for brown and rainbow trout, these should be left untouched.

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CM must come clean on issue of ‘godfather’: BJP
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 28
The BJP today demanded that the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, should clarify as to who was the person to whom the controversial IPS officer, Mr B.S. Thind, is referring to as “godfather”.

Addressing a press conference here today, the spokesperson and sitting MLA, Dr Rajiv Bindal, said that Mr Virbhadra Singh should clarify to the people of the state as to whom Mr Thind was referring to as ‘godfather’ as his letter mentioning certain names had raised a lot of questions in the mind of the people. “The statement by the Chief Minister that he was godfather to all the citizens of the state was highly irresponsible,” he said.

Dr Bindal said that Mr Virbhadra Singh must come clean on the issue as it was on everybody’s mind as to which leader from the state would have access to the Union Home Minister and influence him, as mentioned by Mr Thind in his letter. He said the Chief Minister must clarify if he was still shielding Mr Thind as the police officer went missing when a CBI team came to arrest him here last month.

The BJP leader alleged that had it not been for the CBI, Mr Thind would have been given a clean chit by the state government in the corruption cases faced by him and made the Director-General of Police.

The BJP leader alleged that the Congress government was shielding corrupt officials in various departments. “Had it not been for the High Court, the PMT paper leak case would have been gathering dust in official files,” he alleged.

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CM protecting Thind: Nadda
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, November 28
BJP leader and former Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda has alleged that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has been providing protection to former Himachal Pradesh DIG Police Bhupinder Singh Thind right from the beginning.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Mr Nadda said that Virbhadra Singh had been saying that he would root out corruption from Himachal Pradesh but actually it was he who had been protecting corrupt persons and saving them from any legal action. It had been amply proved from the incidents with regard to B.S. Thind’s episode, which resulted in the arrest of Thind by the CBI.

Mr Nadda demanded that the Chief Minister must tell the people what relation he had got with the police officer and why he had bent backward to save the officer before his arrest and even after his arrest. 

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Students boycott classes, lecturers continue dharna
Our Correspondent

Kangra, November 28
The students of MCM DAV College today boycotted classes and held a protest demonstration on the college campus in support of their demands.

The students, on a call given by the Students Central Association (SCA), today decided to go on a strike. They raised slogans against the college authorities for lack of facilities in the girls’ hostels and college.

Vikram Singh, president, SCA, told The Tribune that they boycotted their classes demanding water geysers in the girls’ hostels, adequate books in the college library, electric generator for the laboratories, computer for physics laboratory besides proper canteen facilities and an additional toilet for girl students in the college.

He said the college authorities had assured them that by November 16, all facilities would be provided to the students but nothing was done till date. He said if the college authorities failed to accept their demands by tomorrow the students would go on an indefinite strike.

Vikram Singh said the college authorities had assured them that water geysers in the girls’ hostels would be installed today and work on their other demands would start.

The college authorities had asked the students to supply them with the list of the required books so that those could be immediately purchased and made available in the college library.

Interestingly, when the students were protesting on the college campus, the lecturers were protesting at the gate of the college.

Meanwhile, the dharna by the lecturers of the college demanding 50 per cent ADA merger with their basic pay entered the 19th day today.

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Medico held in CPMT leak case
Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 28
The Himachal police today arrested Pankaj Kumar, a final-year student of King George Medical College, Lucknow, for his alleged involvement in the HP-CPMT paper leak case.

A team of the Himachal police in Lucknow made the arrest. He is being brought here for interrogation. The police also arrested Dheeraj Kumar, a teacher at an academy in Hamirpur, for acting as a tout. He too has been brought here for interrogation.

The police also arrested Dr Chaudhary, father of a candidate who allegedly benefited from the PMT paper leak from Paonta Sahib late last night. With this arrest only five parents remain to be arrested.

The High Court today granted bail to Mr N.P.S. Bindra, proprietor of the BRC Institute, who had been arrested for his alleged involvement in the case. The local court also extended the police remand of Jaijeet, the machineman, Ram Bahadur and Ram Bahadur Pal.

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7 bank defaulters booked
Tribune News Service

Mandi, November 28
Tightening its noose around bank defaulters, the police today registered seven cases out of 30 defaulters identified in Mandi Urban Cooperative Bank Ltd (MUCBL) scam, under Section 406 IPC, charging them of a criminal breach of the trust.

Talking to The Tribune, police officials revealed that the defaulters had stopped paying the overdue loans amounting to Rs 07 crore in all cases.

“The police has registered seven cases and 20 more cases are in the offing. The defaulters will be summoned soon and if they fail to pay the money, they will be arrested”.

The MUCBL is heading for closure as the recovery from the defaulters has almost stopped.

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