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Children told about environmental issues, concerns on Earth Day
Dehradun, April 22
Students present a skit based on earth conservation at DAV Centenary Public School, Jagjeetpur, in Haridwar on Monday. On Earth Day, Unison World School sensitised the children on important environmental concerns and issues by simple but effective events and initiatives. The main leitmotif of Unisonites was: ''Don’t be mean, go green.
Students present a skit based on earth conservation at DAV Centenary Public School, Jagjeetpur, in Haridwar on Monday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur

NSUI members lock St Jude’s School 
Dehradun, April 22
Additional District Magistrate Harak Singh Rawat had a tough time in dealing with members of the National Student Union of India (NSUI) who created chaos outside St Jude’s School today.

BJP poised for massive victory: Nishank
Haridwar, April 22
As part of his whirlwind election Former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank questions the working of the Congress-led state government in Haridwar on Monday. campaign across the state, former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today lashed out at both Congress-led Central and state governments for ''failing to provide able governance.''
Former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank questions the working of the Congress-led state government in Haridwar on Monday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur

 


 

EARLIER EDITIONS


Harish, CM to start campaign in Kumaon from tomorrow
Pithoragarh, April 22
Two senior Congress leaders, Harish Rawat and Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, have confirmed visit for election campaigning in the Kumaon region on April 24.

Special panel to manage Congress mayoral candidate's campaign
Haridwar April 22
With just six days left for polling, analysis is being done by experts on the prospects of Congress candidate Swami Rishiwaranand, alias Sanjay Mahant.

Khanduri accuses Cong of violating poll code
Former Chief Minister BC Khanduri addresses a press conference in Dehradun on Monday.Dehradun, April 22
Former Chief Minister BC Khanduri today accused the Congress of violating the provisions of the model code of conduct by signing three memoranda of understanding.



Former Chief Minister BC Khanduri addresses a press conference in Dehradun on Monday. Tribune photo: Vinod Pundir

Teerath Rawat: All top BJP leaders canvassing for candidates
Dehradun, April 22
With former Chief Minister BC Khanduri today jumping into the election campaign for his party for the April 28 civic body elections by addressing a meeting in Dehradun today, almost all the top state party leaders of the BJP are now actively canvassing for the BJP candidates through the state.

BJP releases manifesto highlighting OP Uniyal’s achievements
Mussoorie, April 22
The BJP here today released its manifesto highlighting the work done by the outgoing BJP MC president, OP Uniyal, during his five-year term. At a press conference organised at a hotel here today, senior BJP leader Munna Singh Chauhan said the five-year tenure of Uniyal as MC president was full of achievements.

Selling state land only achievement of Congress, says Chauhan
Mussoorie, April 22
BJP members release a manifesto for the civic bodies’ elections in Mussoorie on Monday. A senior BJP leader, speaking to media persons on his visit to Mussoorie, alleged that the only achievement of the Congress government in the state was selling the prime land of the state in the name of industrialisation.





BJP members release a manifesto for the civic bodies’ elections in Mussoorie on Monday.

 



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Children told about environmental issues, concerns on Earth Day
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, April 22
On Earth Day, Unison World School sensitised the children on important environmental concerns and issues by simple but effective events and initiatives. The main leitmotif of Unisonites was: ''Don’t be mean, go green. Don’t be so hollow, or civilication will be swallowed. We are the green team, not the mean team. Take part in Earth Day, and in the future it will pay.'' It sounded loud and clear in each ear.

A special assembly was conducted by Jasmine house where students sung a song, “Heal the World,” followed by a PowerPoint presentation on ''Save the Earth.'' The gathering was touched by the inspirational video on the present state of our Mother Earth. This was followed by a short street play spreading awareness to protect Mother Earth. A street play was also performed by the students.

In the evening a set of 20 students participated in card / poster making competition on the theme of 3 Rs(Reduce, Recycle and Reuse), global warming and keeping surroundings clean.

Earth Day is a launch pad for course-changing, positive environmental action. To activate students and organisation in particular against the exploitive relationship with the planet, students of the school visited Kothaal Gate and cleared the debris on the street. Though young in years, the Unisonites understood their moral responsibility towards the environment. They understood how harmful the non-biodegradable waste was. With their effort they wished to deliver the message of ''Reduce, Recycle and Reuse'' through their efforts.

Cambridge school holds special assembly

Earth Day was celebrated at The Indian Cambridge School here today. The day began with a special assembly organised by the Middle School and senior teachers and students.

The assembly opened with a prayer said by Rabia Muneer.

The school choir then sang a song, “I am the Earth”” - of which were quite thought provoking. “We share the future; Stand side by side, “One Earth-One People”…let’s turn the tide. And in the future we all will say with pride “One Earth One People”, we turned the tide, side by side-impressed one and all.

Students of all classes recited poems and delivered speeches on Mother Earth. The Rotary Interact Club of the school led by Mona Kanojia also read out a pledge giving the message of caring for Mother Earth. Principal Albert Temple spoke about the importance of the day. He told the students to spread the message about the need to preserve the earth by inculcating the habit of cleanliness at home and school, and thereby keeping our own areas and the city clean. Temple said, this was to be done on a war-footing, before it was too late.

Syed Mohammed Yasar, director of the school, urged the staff and the students to observe the day with reverence and uphold the virtue of cleanliness.

At the end of the assembly, the students of the school repeated the pledge after the principal and promised to keep their homes, the school, and the city clean.

Immediately after the programme, competitions in drawing, poster-painting and composition of poems and essay writing on Earth Day were held for students of class I to XI.

Meanwhile, students of Nalanda College of Education also celebrated Earth day today. They took out an awareness rally to highlight the ill-effects of polythene bags. The students, besides planting saplings staged a street play on female foeticide

DAV school holds rally

Haridwar: On the occasion of Earth Day, a special day-long programme was held at DAV Centenary Public School, Jagjeetpur, here today.

DAV school students first presented an exhibition with posters, charts and slogans depicting their concern and vision about the impact on environment in today’s time.

The students also gave suggestions through their creative presentations to lessen the harm being caused to earth and measures to be taken so as to restore the damage done to the planet.

Hem Lata Pandey, coordinator of the event, pointed out that the idea of Earth Day came to Gaylord Nelson, a US Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. He then decided to generate mass awareness on saving Earth resources. She added that since 1991 post-Earth Summit at Rio De Janeirio, Earth Day has assumed greater proportion worldwide. Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, DAV Principal Purohit in his address, prior to flagging off a rally, said: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need but not every man’s greed”.

He urged students to involve their parents, family members and neighbours in this social act as mother earth provides everything but in return the people were damaging its resources.

Skits and nukkad natikas were enacted by the children of Class IX and X based on environment conservation themes.

While a special song was sung by Class VIII students Vanshika, Mimansa, Aishwarya, Sonal, Swapnil, Aditi, Anmol, Shreya and Aakriti which was based on creating awareness about conservation of water, trees and other natural resources.

Later, a mass awareness rally was organised by the students, urging people to take care of planet earth as without earth, human survival will not be possible.

Among others who coordinated at the events were Manoj Kapil, Poonam Gakkhar, Shiv Kumar Kashyap, Anita Snatika, Sonia Tyagi, Dinesh Kumar, Jagmohan, Neelam Khanna and Navdeep Kaur.

Village chief of Jagjeetpur panchayat Pushpa Chaudhary lauded the efforts pitched in by DAV students, adding that villagers too should feel now more responsible with gram panchayat quite serious over planting trees and rain water harvesting.

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NSUI members lock St Jude’s School 
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, April 22
Additional District Magistrate Harak Singh Rawat had a tough time in dealing with members of the National Student Union of India (NSUI) who created chaos outside St Jude’s School today.

The students were protesting against the school authorities that had failed many students below Class VIII. Rawat, who also called the police to take stock of the situation, defused the mounting tension.

The District Magistrate BVRC Purushottam also called the students for talk over the matter. However, the students went to meet the Chief Minister instead who was holding a meeting with the management of the public school in the Secretariat.

District president, NSUI, Vineet Bhatt, said, “St Judes School has flouted the norms of the Right to Education Act by failing 25 students below Class VIII. The Principal was informed about the protest two days ago. We also sought his permission to hold a meeting with him on the subject. But he did not meet us today. Rather he locked the gate and had also called the police. At this, we also locked the gate from outside and began our protest.”

He said the school crossed all limits, as it also increased the computer fee just a day ago.

“We demand that the school withdraw its decision and promote the students to next class. They should also cancel the increase in computer fee.” He was glad with the intervention of the Chief Minister. The school management would avoid taking the regulations of the RTE Act lightly.

District Magistrate BVRC Purushottam, however, took serious note of growing protests, staged by the student organisations or parents associations, on the school premises in the city. He said if students or parents of the children had any problems or complaints against schools then they could register their complaint on his email id which is [email protected] or call at toll-free number 18002582581 or hand over him written complaints in this regard.

He said if they had to hold any protest or demonstration, they could do so at the DM office. He added that the protests in schools not only disturbed the studies in the classes but also spoiled the school atmosphere.

He said he would be able to solve their complaints or problems by taking appropriate action only if they would keep him informed about their issues.

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BJP poised for massive victory: Nishank
Says Central, state govts have no vision, mission
Tribune News Service

Haridwar, April 22
As part of his whirlwind election campaign across the state, former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank today lashed out at both Congress-led Central and state governments for ''failing to provide able governance.''

Exuding confidence from the reaction, he is holding campaign meetings and addresses for both party workers and public. He claimed BJP was in a winning position in five municipal corporations out of six this time.

Pointing towards the one-year tenure of Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna-led state government, Nishank termed it as dismal, chaotic, lacking both in mission and vision.

He said that when the focus of Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna is on tackling the dissent among the party legislators and veteran leaders, one never expect development from such a government.

Citing the crime rate data during the past one year in the state, Nishank said that government failed to give logical reason to the rise in the crime graph through two media briefs done by Cabinet Minister Dinesh Aggarwal, and later by Inspector General of Police, Law and Order, Ram Singh Meena, last week.

''The government is not only protecting but also motivating criminals and antisocial elements in the state. The common man is not feeling secure. Police and bureaucracy seem to be functioning independently, paving the way for chaos among the public,'' said Nishank, the five time legislator, who currently represents Doiwala Assembly segment.

On speculations of yog guru Swami Ramdev trying to float his own political party in the coming days, Nishank said that BJP's electoral prospects would not get affected due to this, and it was early to comment on this as Baba Ramdev had not officially declared his plans. Adding further he said that BJP will rebound back with a united National Democratic Alliance at the Centre and the party will benefit from the inspiration of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, veteran leader Lal Krishan Advani, national party chief Rajnath Singh and other popular leaders like Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

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Harish, CM to start campaign in Kumaon from tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Pithoragarh, April 22
Two senior Congress leaders, Harish Rawat and Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, have confirmed visit for election campaigning in the Kumaon region on April 24.

According to the schedule given by sources in the Congress, the CM will visit Bageshwar, Pithoragarh and Almora to address election rallies in favour of party candidates.

“The Chief Minister, along with Union Minister Harish Rawat, will visit Almora, Pithoragarh and Bageshwar on April 24 and address election rallies,” said Mathura Datt Joshi, Congress spokesman and election in-charge in Champawat district.

“The BJP local leaders are able to tackle it easily as the people are fully with the party this time, if the Congress stalwarts are campaigning for local body elections in a big way, it shows their impending defeat only,” said Prakash Pant, former Cabinet Minister and main campaigner of the local bodies election in Pithoragarh.

According to Pant, when the expenditure limit has been fixed at Rs 8 lakh for the election of chairman in these towns, how the Congress leaders will address the rallies in the district which alone costs at least Rs 5 lakh each.

“The Congress in a fit to save its deposits in these districts is out to violate the code of election conduct and misuse of the government machinery,” said Pant.

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Special panel to manage Congress mayoral candidate's campaign
Tribune News Service

Haridwar April 22
With just six days left for polling, analysis is being done by experts on the prospects of Congress candidate Swami Rishiwaranand, alias Sanjay Mahant.

A special election committee for the mayoral candidate's election campaign headed by veteran party leader Sanjay Paliwal is deciding on the way the campaign should be held, the content of speeches by Rishiwaranand, door-to-door campaign, names of party leaders who will accompany him during his visits to each ward and other minute details.

As in initial phases, Swami Rishiwaranand is somewhat lagging behind in his election campaign. Now the election committee has decided to rope in popular and veteran party leaders of every ward along with Rishiwaranand during the campaign. Women Congress leader Poonam Bhagat remains with Rishiwaranand in Jwalapur, where she has a major influence. Similarly, when the saint-turned-politician campaigns in city pockets, Sanjay Paliwal and Purushottam Sharma accompany him.

At Kankhal ex-municipal chairperson Pradeep Chaudhari and Santosh Chauhan have been given the duty to accompany Rishiwaranand.

Another ex-municipal chairperson Satpal Brahamchari, who holds influence in saint-dominated Har-ki-Pauri, Bhoopatwala, Sapt Rishi is present along with the party mayoral candidate during campaigning.

Talking to TNS, Paliwal made it clear that being Swami Rishiwaranand’s maiden election, it was felt that a special election committee be formed to organise and manage his campaign.

“Inputs are being taken from party activists and voters after each public address and meeting of Rishiwaranand. Respective ward leaders are told to apprise Rishiwaranand prior to his visit to seek votes in the wards so that voters come to know of the seriousness and dedication of the Congress candidate,” said Paliwal.

Poonam Bhagat also appreciated Rishiwaranand taking along party workers during his campaign as it makes easy for him to get acquainted with people and their problems.

This strategy is also being looked as the one which exposes Swami Rishiwaranand’s inexperience as politican, which may harm his poll prospects.

Tej Prakash Sahu,spokesperson for city party unit, BJP, who left Congress after being in it for three decades, pointed out that a ‘coterie’ has been formed by pro-Harish Rawat faction to make sure their candidate emerges victorious.

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Khanduri accuses Cong of violating poll code
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, April 22
Former Chief Minister BC Khanduri today accused the Congress of violating the provisions of the model code of conduct by signing three memoranda of understanding.

"The BJP will lodge a protest with the State Election Commission tomorrow and apprise it about illegal methods being adopted by the Congress-led state government. What was the hurry to announce these decisions?" asked Khanduri at a press conference here today.

Khanduri said though the civic bodies' elections on April 28 were of local nature, these would also have an impact on state and national politics. "The dismal track record of the Congress governments in the state as well at the Center would be reflected in the way the voters vote in the upcoming elections. After all, the problems of inflation, escalating cost of living and corruption affect everyone, for which the Central Government is directly responsible," he said.

Khanduri urged voters to judge the five-year rule of the BJP government and the one-year rule of the Congress government while casting their vote. "For most part, the Congress has only been engaged in shady land deals and its ministers have barely time for the people as they are engaged in infighting," said Khanduri.

On being asked about his comments on the number of seats the BJP was likely to win in these elections, Khanduri said the party was likely to perform better than 
the Congress.

On the issue of declaring the area between Uttarkashi and Gomukh as an eco-sensitive zone, Khanduri said, "I am in favour of a middle path. We have to adopt a balanced approach where development concerns are taken care of without harming the environment," he said.

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Teerath Rawat: All top BJP leaders canvassing for candidates
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, April 22
With former Chief Minister BC Khanduri today jumping into the election campaign for his party for the April 28 civic body elections by addressing a meeting in Dehradun today, almost all the top state party leaders of the BJP are now actively canvassing for the BJP candidates through the state.

''The party is already ahead of the Congress and has prepared a tight schedule for all it's state leaders. Former Chief Minister BS Koshiyari was here last week and conducted road shows, which were well received by the voters. I have already toured several parts of the state and held election campaigns. Now we are in the heat of things and for this reason Khanduri too was asked to chip in despite his illness,'' said BJP chief Teerath Singh Rawat. After a prolonged absence due to illness, the former Chief Minister today addressed a meeting in Dharampur. He is expected to hold similar meetings in Tehri, Pauri, Chamoli and Rudraprayag.

Similarly, the leader of the opposition in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly Ajay Bhatt is campaigning extensively in the Kumaon region, while focusing on Almora and Pithoragarh.

''The Congress is already on the defensive as the Chief Minister began campaigning for his party from today, while the senior leader Harish Rawat would be canvassing tomorrow. While our leaders have already launched a whirlwind campaign in the state,'' said Neelam Sehgal, president city unit, BJP.

On the other hand the BJP MP from Tehri Mala Raj Laxmi Shah too has held meetings in the city and in her constituency. ''The voter is fed up with the Congress and would not hesitate to re-elect the BJP in the civic body elections. If we are united we can exploit the situation,'' said Mala Raj Laxmi Shah.

In the coming days the party is expected to rope in some more senior leaders to canvas for the party. 

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BJP releases manifesto highlighting OP Uniyal’s achievements
Our Correspondent

Mussoorie, April 22
The BJP here today released its manifesto highlighting the work done by the outgoing BJP MC president, OP Uniyal, during his five-year term.
At a press conference organised at a hotel here today, senior BJP leader Munna Singh Chauhan said the five-year tenure of Uniyal as MC president was full of achievements.

He said it was an achievement in itself that Uniyal succeeded in running the council for five years without any ward member from the BJP.

Chauhan said Uniyal initiated many projects that included the widening of Gandhi Chowk, introduction of the city bus service for those living in far-flung areas, parking facility at Kingcraig and Landour Bazaar, widening and reconstruction of roads at Landour Bazaar and South road, initiating the construction project of Housing Colony for the economically poor, the opening of a ration shop at Jharipani, introduction of eco-taxis to increase the revenue of Municipal Council, renovation of the houses of MC safai karamcharis, construction of roads at Chuna Khala, Khatta Pani, development of Mossy and Jharipani Fall and installing mast lights at important junctions.

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Selling state land only achievement of Congress, says Chauhan
Our Correspondent

Mussoorie, April 22
A senior BJP leader, speaking to media persons on his visit to Mussoorie, alleged that the only achievement of the Congress government in the state was selling the prime land of the state in the name of industrialisation.

Munna Singh Chauhan was in Mussoorie to assess the party preparation for the civic polls. Addressing the media persons after the release of the manifesto at a hotel in Mussoorie today, he said that in Uttarakhand there was nothing like governance and the Congress government had anything to brag about in the name of development.

The state government in the name of achievement was selling the prime land of the state and instead of management the resources of the state, it was utilising the hard earned money of the people of the state for its own benefit.

The Congress has been reduced to managing the comments of its own party members.Satpal Maharaj was left to manage the comments given by Central minister Harish Rawat, while Vijay Bahguna was forced to manage the comments of Satpal Maharaj, leaving no room for development, added Munna Singh Chauhan. Munna Singh Chauhan also said that the other factor that would lead to the victory of the party in Mussoorie was the people-friendly works done by OP Uniyal during his present tenure as the president.

Lambasting the spokeperson of Congress for using the ploy of character assassination of BJP leaders, Munna Singh Chauhan said that the spokesperson himself could not get more than 200 votes in Assembly elections but was indulging in unparliamentarily behaviour by attempting to assassinate the character of the party leaders of the stature of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which showed the frustration of the Congress and proved that they were losing the elections.It is worth mentioning that Congress spokesperson had said yesterday that BJP leader Vajpayee used to live with a woman in Delhi.

Speaking on Coca Cola plant issue, Munna Singh Chauhan said that the party was not against industrialisation but it should not be at the cost of the poor farmers and the residents of the area. He also said that the state government should also make the environmental impact assessment report in the case of Coca Cola plant being proposed at Vikasnagar available to the public.

Munna Singh Chauhan said after the BJP victory, the days of the Congress government would be numbered.

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