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Selaqui land to Barsar University
Forest corp staff boycott work

Dehradun, March 12
Employees of the Forest Development Corporation (FDC) boycotted work all over the state today. Around 300 of them also staged a dharna before the Secretariat building in protest against handing over the Selaqui depot land of the corporation to Barsar University of Pauri Garhwal.
Employees of the Uttarakhand Forest Corporation hold a demonstration in Dehradun on Tuesday Employees of the Uttarakhand Forest Corporation hold a demonstration in Dehradun on Tuesday.

25 VIPs' security removed
Dehradun, March 12
The city police has removed security from 25 VIPs in the city in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict in this regard, wherein the court has given guidelines under which police security will be provided or refused to those seeking it.


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Ashram-cum-temple built illegally razed
Haridwar, March 12
In the wake of the Supreme Courtís directive on a complete ban on construction activity within 200 m area of the Ganga, an anti-encroachment drive was carried out in the core mela zone of Har-ki-Pauri today.
Prior to the anti-encroachment drive, Baba Dhun Giriji Maharaj, along with his followers, requests an administrative team not to carry out demolition drive at his ashram at the Ganga ghat in Haridwar on Tuesday The ashram being razed
Prior to the anti-encroachment drive, Baba Dhun Giriji Maharaj, along with his followers, requests an administrative team not to carry out demolition drive at his ashram at the Ganga ghat in Haridwar on Tuesday; and (right) the ashram being razed. Tribune photos: Rameshwar Gaur

LPG agencies fail to carry out DM's directive
Dehradun, March 12
The District Magistrate's direction to all gas agencies to provide home delivery of LPG gas cylinders to their customers has not had effect. The customers can be seen waiting for the LPG cylinders at the offices of gas agencies in the town.

Tibetan Women's Uprising Day
Protest over oppressive policies of China in Tibet
Mussoorie, March 12
Commemorating the 54th anniversary of National Tibetan Women's Uprising Day, members of the Regional Tibetan Women's Association organised a rally here today as a mark of protest against the oppressive policies of China in mainland Tibet.
For the cause of motherland: Members of the Regional Tibetan Womenís Association march in support of their demands and freedom for Tibet in Mussoorie on Tuesday.
For the cause of motherland: Members of the Regional Tibetan Womenís Association march in support of their demands and freedom for Tibet in Mussoorie on Tuesday

Steps to ensure fair price for poplar farmers
Dehradun, March 12
An important meeting of the National Poplar Commission of India (NPCI) took place at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) here today. It discussed steps to ensure a fair market price for poplar wood to its growers, supply of superior planting material of poplar, registration of nurseries, extension of research findings to bigger plantation programmes and the planting of poplars in hills.
Players in action during the 91st Founderís Day celebrations of the RIMC in Dehradun on Tuesday.
Players in action during the 91st Founderís Day celebrations of the RIMC in Dehradun on Tuesday

3 members of Khatik family ostracised
Mussoorie, March 12
The Akhil Bharaitya Khatik Samaj has ostracized three members of a family from the Khatik community over a property dispute in Mussoorie. Radhey Shyam, owner of a butcher shop, said he was at present living with his wife and elder son Sunil Sonkar in Mussoorie. They were having a property dispute with their younger son Anil Sonkar for the past several years.

Ajabpur Youngsters, Halex XI emerge victorious
Dehradun, March 12
Ajabpur Youngsters and Halex XI won their respective matches in the Doon International Cricket Championship organised by the Young Men Cricket Association at Matawala Bagh here today.

RIMC Founderís Day celebrations
Dehradun, March 12
The 91st Founderís Day celebrations of the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) started here today. A large number of Rimcollians from all parts of the country and abroad gathered to witness this gala event. The celebrations began with a hockey match between old boys and cadets.
A meeting of the National Poplar Commission of India being held at the FRI in Dehradun on Tuesday.
A meeting of the National Poplar Commission of India being held at the FRI in Dehradun on Tuesday

Multi-purpose camp redresses public grievances
Dehradun, March 12
The district administration today organised a multi-purpose camp here to redress the grievances of people under MLA Rajkumarís constituency. Officials from district supply office, district development office, MDDA, PWD, Municipal Corporation and social welfare office participated.

A clarification
Dehradun, March 12
Shilpi Arora, spokesperson and working chairperson of the Publicity and Publications Committee of the Uttrakhand Pradesh Congress Committee, has said that the news item under the headline, "Expelled leaders accuse Cong of bias" from Haridwar published on March 11, 2013, in The Tribune, wrongly showed her in poor light.





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Selaqui land to Barsar University
Forest corp staff boycott work
Strike losses estimated at Rs 2 crore
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, March 12
Employees of the Forest Development Corporation (FDC) boycotted work all over the state today. Around 300 of them also staged a dharna before the Secretariat building in protest against handing over the Selaqui depot land of the corporation to Barsar University of Pauri Garhwal.

The one-day strike has affected the functioning in 32 offices, four regional offices and one headquarters office of the corporation today and incurred a loss of around Rs 2 crore.

Quarrying being the biggest revenue-based activity of the corporation suffered the maximum losses. According to sources, the corporation lost Rs 1 crore by not carrying out quarrying in 65,000 cubic metre area permitted for quarrying. The losses were further compounded to the tune of Rs 50 lakh on transit fee which is charged on permitting vehicles during entry and exit points to collect the quarrying material in quarrying zones.

Timber being the second most important revenue based activity in the FDC too suffered significant setback today which is again estimated to have lost more than Rs 50 lakh. The entire activity of clearing the fallen timbre trees, carrying them to respective depots etc were all stalled. The boycott remained quite effective with 3300 employees of FDC registering their protest by joining it.

Before this, the FDC Employees Association has also gone on strike and held dharna as well but it did not get any positive response from the state government on their demands. President of the association Santosh Singh Rawat said, ďIt is pity that the state government is ignoring the fact that the FDC had been running the depot on the 120 bigha land at Selaqui for the past 27 years. We not only paid rent for all these years but also won a battle with those villagers who gave this land to us firstly and then moved the High Court after a few years. It is the corporation which has restored this land or else the university could never ask for it.Ē He said the university should opt for other option rather than the Selaqui depot, which was also not fertile or of any use for the university to start cultivation on it. He said the FDC was ready to take the land on lease for 90 years and buy as well on the current circle rate. He insisted that the employees would not let the state government take over the land at any cost and could go on indefinite strike as the last resort to pressure the government in this regard.

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25 VIPs' security removed
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, March 12
The city police has removed security from 25 VIPs in the city in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict in this regard, wherein the court has given guidelines under which police security will be provided or refused to those seeking it.

DIG, Dehradun Range, Amit Sinha said Supreme Court had made it clear to provide police security to only those who required it with respect to the high and vulnerable positions they were holding at present, or who were under threat. He said a committee comprising District Magistrate, SSP and Intelligence wing officers would file a report about those seeking extension of security in 14 days. The committee would also review many such cases to ascertain whether they deserved police security or not.

SSP Kewal Khurana said the police security of those retired judges who after retirement were heading many committees, members of the Information Commission and businessmen had been removed. He said security had been provided on the recommendation letters coming from the secretariat. The district police provided security only in the matter of Ajay Shah murder case to the mother and lawyer of the victim as per the High Court order.

Indeed, with the Supreme Court verdict in this respect, those who occupied important positions and hankered for police security to flaunt their positions would be checked. Similarly, the police force deputed for such duties could be used for better purposes.

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Ashram-cum-temple built illegally razed
Tribune News Service

Haridwar, March 12
In the wake of the Supreme Courtís directive on a complete ban on construction activity within 200 m area of the Ganga, an anti-encroachment drive was carried out in the core mela zone of Har-ki-Pauri today.

Under the drive, which is being carried out under the supervision of City Magistrate Jeevan Singh Nambiyal, Maha Kaleshwar Mandir, an ashram-cum-temple, at Shatabdi Setu near Rain Basera was demolished today. Heavy police force was deployed during the entire drive. Maha Kaleshwar Mandir had been there for decades and was built by Baba Dhun Giriji Maharaj on land belonging to the Irrigation Department.

Local residents said earlier, it was a small hut, where saints lived. However, later, a permanent structure came up here. Supporters of Baba Dhun Giriji Maharaj also tried to protest, but heavy deployment of police force ensured a protest-free encroachment drive.

Baba Dhun Giriji said the administration did not serve any notice on them earlier in this regard.

The ashram was home to devotees and pilgrims, who were given shelter and food during religious festivals as well as on normal days. A large-scale encroachment has been done alongside the Ganga ghats. The City Magistrate said District Magistrate Sachin Kurwe had identified certain illegal structures in the core mela zone that would be demolished. ďAny encroachment in the vicinity of the Ganga ghats will be demolished,Ē said Nambiyal.

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LPG agencies fail to carry out DM's directive
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, March 12
The District Magistrate's direction to all gas agencies to provide home delivery of LPG gas cylinders to their customers has not had effect. The customers can be seen waiting for the LPG cylinders at the offices of gas agencies in the town.

Nitya Prakash, customer at a gas agency office at Dalanwala, complained: " I came here two-a-and-half hours ago and still have not got the refilled cylinder. The officers announce decisions in the meeting and do not check the ground reality. When you go to meet them, they are not found in the office. A common man does not get relief anywhere."

On the condition of anonymity, the agency officials expressed their helplessness, saying they did not have the requisite number of vehicles and employees to drop the cylinders at the houses of customers. They questioned the logic of making such Utopian announcements. According to sources, there are 37 gas agencies in the town which cater to around 4,70,000 customers. Keeping these statistics in consideration, the task of providing home gas delivery seems difficult. The problem has also aggravated in the wake of the state government's refusal to 16 new gas agencies which wanted to join the competition. Had they also entered this competitive field, the burden of distribution would have certainly eased and the customers would have benefited from that.

However, promptness shown by the district administration is not going waste at all. It is bearing fruit at many levels.

Those gas agencies which had been under scanner for not providing services up to the mark are being identified and penalised by the administration. Area manager in the district supply office VK Sundariyal said: "Many public complaints came against Uttaranchal gas agency. The matter also reached the DM, who pulled up the gas agency. But now the complaints have become lesser. Now Shiva gas agency is giving a lot of trouble." The sources revealed that an inquiry is going on against Shiva gas agency where a fine of Rs 3.5 lakh had been proposed on the gas agency for committing many irregularities.

However, Sundriyal said that agencies were being given time to prepare for home gas delivery to each customer. He, however, wondered as to how agencies would cover the villagers who lived in the surroundings of Dehradun town. Those who had one cylinder would also have to rush to buy the cylinder as and when the gas cylinders finished. In the wake of these problems, the system of picking cylinders from godowns of gas agencies by customers might not end soon.

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Tibetan Women's Uprising Day
Protest over oppressive policies of China in Tibet
Our Correspondent

A member of the Regional Tibetan Womenís Association addresses a rally in Mussoorie on Tuesday
A member of the Regional Tibetan Womenís Association addresses a rally in Mussoorie on Tuesday.

Mussoorie, March 12
Commemorating the 54th anniversary of National Tibetan Women's Uprising Day, members of the Regional Tibetan Women's Association organised a rally here today as a mark of protest against the oppressive policies of China in mainland Tibet.

They also took out a march from Library Chowk and raised slogans, demanding freedom of Tibet. Later, addressing the rally at Library Chowk, association president Tsering Yangzon said community members, under the "Tibetans stand together in joy and sorrow movement" oppose the oppressive policies of the Chinese government.

She said since a Tibetan youth, Tapey, immolated himself on February 8, 2009, 107 Tibetans had set themselves afire in protest. Of this, 88 died while the status of the rest was still unknown.

"Tibetans are unsatisfied with the status of occupation and harsh policies in Tibet. This oppressive rule has incited greater resistance and acted as an unwavering catalyst for the increasing number of self-immolations and peaceful demonstrations.

At the same time, we deny China's accusation that the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration are encouraging self-immolation among Tibetan people," said Tsering Yangzon. Vice-president of the organisation Karma Dolma said the Chinese government was suppressing the peaceful voice of the Tibetan people, which had led to resistance and protests in Tibet.

She alleged that non-violent protesters had been challenged and attacked by ruthless troops of the Chinese army and the police.

Dolma asked the Chinese government to rethink its policy and approach towards Tibet and open doors to dialogue with representatives of the Central Tibetan Administration in exile to resolve the problem.

Tibetan women also demanded the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet along with other set of demands such as the UNO must send their peacekeeping operations in Tibet, the International Committee must recognise all non-violent protests adopted by Tibetans, including self-immolation, to show respect towards the Tibetan community and its religious head and guarantee a safe and fair standard of living for Tibetans.

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Steps to ensure fair price for poplar farmers
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, March 12
An important meeting of the National Poplar Commission of India (NPCI) took place at the Forest Research Institute (FRI) here today. It discussed steps to ensure a fair market price for poplar wood to its growers, supply of superior planting material of poplar, registration of nurseries, extension of research findings to bigger plantation programmes and the planting of poplars in hills.

Greater focus on poplar tree would lead to the supply of more quantities of poplar for the plywood industry. It was felt that willow tree, the wood of which is used for making cricket bats, could be play a greater role in the hills.

It was decided at the meeting that the NPCI would actively participate in organising a special event on poplar-based agro-forestry during the upcoming World Agro-forestry Congress being held by the Indian Council of Agriculture Research and the World Agro-forestry Centre in New Delhi in November 2014.

The members of the NPCI also gave a go ahead to Dr PP Bhojvaid, Director, FRI, Dehradun, to persuade the governments in poplar-growing states and the industries to provide financial support for research on poplar and willow.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Bihar, BN Jha chaired the meeting and conveyed their consent to the FRI, Dehradun, for taking up the project for the expansion of poplar cultivation in eastern Uttar Pradesh. The meeting appreciated the role of the Centre under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) at Patna during the past five years in developing model plantations of poplar in Vaishali district of Bihar. The successful model is now being replicated on a bigger scale in 12 districts of Bihar.

Members of the NPCI representing state forest departments, the ICFRE, universities, wood-based industries, poplar growers, nursery owners and NGOs drawn from various poplar-growing regions attended the meeting.

Deputy Director General, ICFRE, and Omkar Singh, NPC Member Secretary AS Rawat also addressed the meeting.

Poplar is a major agroforestry tree of north India. Fresh wood of poplar valued at Rs 6 crore arrives in the timber market of Yamunanagar in Haryana alone every day. It is a source of revenue to the state governments, provides employment to a very large number of people, gives huge cash returns to farmers and helps in the conservation of environment.

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3 members of Khatik family ostracised
Our Correspondent

Mussoorie, March 12
The Akhil Bharaitya Khatik Samaj has ostracized three members of a family from the Khatik community over a property dispute in Mussoorie. Radhey Shyam, owner of a butcher shop, said he was at present living with his wife and elder son Sunil Sonkar in Mussoorie. They were having a property dispute with their younger son Anil Sonkar for the past several years.

He alleged that Anil and his in-laws were for the past several years pressuring him to give a major share of the property to his younger son and his wife. When Radhey Shyam did not accede to their demand Anil in connivance with the Akhil Bharatiya Khatik Samaj office-bearers got them ostracized from the community.

Radhey Shyam also alleged that Anilís in-laws also tried to harm them physically by calling them to Meerut on the pretext of organising a panchayat a few days ago. They, however, managed to escape and reached Mussoorie. He said the unlawful diktat for their social boycott issued by the samaj had jeopardised Sunilís marriage that they were planning. He added they had given Anil his share in property according to his demand but the samaj office-bearers were bent upon ostracizing them.

Radhey Shyam faxed a complaint against Anil and his in-laws to the SSP, Dehradun, today.

Meanwhile, Anil said he was deprived of his share in the property by his father at the behest of his elder brother six years ago.

This forced him to take help of the community panchayat for speedy justice.

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Ajabpur Youngsters, Halex XI emerge victorious
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, March 12
Ajabpur Youngsters and Halex XI won their respective matches in the Doon International Cricket Championship organised by the Young Men Cricket Association at Matawala Bagh here today.

In the first match, Ajabpur Youngsters defeated Gaurav XI by 59 runs. Batting first after winning the toss, the Ajabpur team scored 152 runs in 19.2 overs. Neeraj was the top scorer with 70 runs to his credit. Babu took three wickets for 30 runs.

In reply, Gaurav XI was all out for 93 runs losing the match by 59 runs. Opener Gaurav scored 47 runs while Asish took four wickets for 17 runs.

In the second match, Halex XI beat Amba XI by 22 runs.

Batting first after winning the toss, Halex XI scored 127 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs. Mohit scored 41 runs while Sonu, Deepak and Chottu took two wickets each. In reply, Amba XI was all out for 105 runs losing the match by 22 runs. Sultan and Satyam took three wickets each.

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RIMC Founderís Day celebrations
Tribune News service

Dehradun, March 12
The 91st Founderís Day celebrations of the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) started here today. A large number of Rimcollians from all parts of the country and abroad gathered to witness this gala event. The celebrations began with a hockey match between old boys and cadets.

The most important of the events was the finals of the inter- section boxing competition. Boxing has been the most coveted sport amongst all the activities, and for several decades Rimcollians gather here to witness the finals. Cadets, too, leave no stone unturned to put up their best of the abilities.

Some of the distinguished faces in the armed forces could be seen cheering their respective sections in a frenzy.

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Multi-purpose camp redresses public grievances

Dehradun, March 12
The district administration today organised a multi-purpose camp here to redress the grievances of people under MLA Rajkumarís constituency. Officials from district supply office, district development office, MDDA, PWD, Municipal Corporation and social welfare office participated.

State Revenue Minister Yashpal Arya was also present on the occasion. Arya said, ďIt is because of the efforts of MLA Rajkumar that the camp has been organised. The information is being given about various lucrative government schemes by holding stalls. Cheques have also been distributed to unemployed under the state government scheme.Ē Rajkumar said the purpose of holding the camp was to resolve the problems of people. He thanked the officials for patiently listening to the complaints of people and resolving many of them on the spot. ó TNS

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A clarification

Dehradun, March 12
Shilpi Arora, spokesperson and working chairperson of the Publicity and Publications Committee of the Uttrakhand Pradesh Congress Committee, has said that the news item under the headline, "Expelled leaders accuse Cong of bias" from Haridwar published on March 11, 2013, in The Tribune, wrongly showed her in poor light.

She said the news report mentioned about a ruckus that happened in Congress Bhavan for getting passes for Rahul Gandhi's visit on March 8. She said she was not present during the reported incident that occurred at Dehradun.

She said at the time of the reported dispute at Congress Bhavan, she was attending a meeting of the Punjabi and Minorities Vikas Manch on March 8 at St John's Church and was in no way involved or present at the site of the reported dispute between the Congress leaders. The error is regretted. ó TNS

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