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Enactment of Ramleelas begins in pilgrim city
Haridwar, October 1
With the Hindu month of Ashwin commencing, the festive season of Dasehra and Navratras will be part of this tenure. With the Shradhs reaching the final stage, enactment of Ramleelas has begun on a mass scale in the city.
Artistes portray various characters of Ramayana at Ramleela in Haridwar on late Monday night Artistes portray various characters of Ramayana at Ramleela in Haridwar on late Monday night. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur

British envoy promises help in reconstruction
Dehradun, October 1
British High Commissioner James David Bevan who met Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna here last evening has pledged his countrysí support for the reconstruction of Uttarakhand after the natural disaster.
British High Commissioner James David Bevan meets Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna in Dehradun on Monday evening British High Commissioner James David Bevan meets Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna in Dehradun on Monday evening.
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Prince Charles may visit Doon next month
Dehradun, October 1
British Prince Charles could visit Dehradun next month. This was stated by British High Commissioner in India James Bevan today while meeting Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi at Raj Bhavan here today.

Guv's greetings on Gandhi Jayanti
Dehradun, October 1
Governor Aziz Qureshi has greeted the people of the state on the 144th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. In his message issued on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, he said Gandhiji led the freedom struggle with the dream of an independent India, where every citizen would have the right to the fruits of development and where the last man in the line would have the confidence of being heard.

Gaiety, fervour mark 47th Founderís Day of Mussoorie Public School
Mussoorie, October 1
The 47th Founderís Day of Mussoorie Pubic School was celebrated with fervour and gaiety in Mussoorie today. The Jwala House was declared the overall champion while Narayana House was adjudged best in the English Language events.

IMA celebrates 81st Foundation Day
Dehradun, October 1
The Indian Military Academy (IMA) celebrated its 81st Foundation Day. Uttarakhand Governor Dr Aziz Qureshi, was the chief guest on the occasion. As part of the Raising Day celebrations, various activities were organised from September 29 to October 1 which included felicitations to the civilian staff, a polo match and a rock concert.
Lt Gen Manvendra Singh, Commandant of the Indian Military Academy (IMA), presents a memento to Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi on the 81st Raising Day of the academy in Dehradun on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
Lt Gen Manvendra Singh, Commandant of the Indian Military Academy (IMA), presents a memento to Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi on the 81st Raising Day of the academy in Dehradun on Tuesday

Wildlife Week celebrations begin
Dehradun, October 1
Wildlife Week Celebrations began in Uttarakhand on a somber note today due to recent rain disaster. SS Sharma, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), presided over the function and called upon the forest officers to work toward spreading awareness in the society regarding wildlife conservation.

Rift among DMC employees on continuing boycott
Dehradun, October 1
Mayor Vinod Chamoli met Chief Minister today to demand his intervention in the matter of protest mounting against alleged non-performing Mukhya Nagar Adhikari (MNA) Ashok Kumar. BJP councillors of Dehradun Municipal Corporation also met District Magistrate BVRC Purushottam today to demand action against Ashok Kumar.

Sports meet at Hampton Court
Enterprise (yellow) house declared overall champion
Mussoorie, October 1
CJM Hampton Court School organised the annual sports day function here today. The Enterprise (yellow) house was declared the overall champion while Saurabh Sonkar was declared the best footballer of the year.
Tiny-tots of CJM Hampton Court School present a go-green item during the annual sports day function in Mussoorie on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph
Tiny-tots of CJM Hampton Court School present a go-green item during the annual sports day function in Mussoorie on Tuesday

Welham boys to play in Subroto cup
Dehradun, October 1
The under-17 soccer team of Welham Boys' School will participate in the Subroto Mukherjee Soccer Cup-2013. It has got the distinction of being the first public school from Uttarakhand to participate in the tournament to be held in New Delhi from October 4 to 16.

Usha, Lata win badminton doubles title
Dehradun, October 1
The finals of Uttarakhand Secretariat Badminton Club were held at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Parade Ground here yesterday. In the women's category, the pair of Usha Goswami and Lata Koranga won the doubles title after defeating the duo of Poonam Joshi and Neelam Bist in the final match by 25-23 and 21-18 score.

The cricket team of DAV College, Dehradun, that won the HNB Garhwal University Inter-College Cricket Tournament in Dehradun on Tuesday
The cricket team of DAV College, Dehradun, that won the HNB Garhwal University Inter-College Cricket Tournament in Dehradun on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vinod Pundir

Brian Lara to play charity match in Doon
Dehradun, October 1
Fans of Brian Lara will get a chance to see the champion West Indian batsman batting once again, as he will be coming to Dehradun on October 2 to play a charity match at Abhimanyu Cricket Academy.

Demand for amendment to mining policy
Dehradun, October 1
The employees' association of the Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation (UFDC) has demanded an amendment to the mining policy.

Panchayat Poll
Rapid survey of OBC voters to be undertaken
Dehradun, October 1
With the government committed to holding the Panchayat elections in the state by December, the Department of Panchayati Raj has been tasked to undertake a rapid survey of OBC voters based on the 2001 Census.

Boycott by state employees on Oct 5
Dehradun, October 1
At the emergency meeting of State Employees' Joint Council (Uttarakhand) held today, a decision was taken to boycott work on October 5 at all government offices.





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Enactment of Ramleelas begins in pilgrim city
Tribune News Service

Haridwar, October 1
With the Hindu month of Ashwin commencing, the festive season of Dasehra and Navratras will be part of this tenure. With the Shradhs reaching the final stage, enactment of Ramleelas has begun on a mass scale in the city.

Kaleidoscopic Shri Ramleela stages, colourful attires of the characters of the epic, sound system and innovative themes of the sets are luring all and sundry to these stages. Prior to commencing of these Ramleela enactments, royal religious processions are being carried out, religious flags are being hoisted and Vedic mantras are being chanted.

Ramleela Samiti, Haridwar, has been staging Ramleela for decades. The Ramleela set was inaugurated by city legislator Madan Kaushik in the presence of Mayor Manoj Garg, Juna Akhada Mahant Kedaraprui, secretary Parshu Ram Giri, and committee chief Ram Moorti Veer.

Mayapur-based Ramleela also commenced with a royal religious procession with tableaus and artistes depicted as deities being the major attraction.

Kankhal-based Ramleela enactment has also begun with a royal procession being taken to Daksh Prajapati Temple and reaching the Ramleela stage ground.

At suburban Jwalapur, the staging of Ramleela has begun, drawing devotees and audience in large numbers.Ramnagar Ramleela has commenced while the Bhimgoda-based Shri Ram Natya Sansthan-run Ramleela will start from October 4, when Shradhs conclude on that day.

Seeta Ram Natya Sansthan has started Bhoopatwala Ramleela and being situated in midst of ashrams is drawing a substantial number of pilgrims.

Hazari Grant Ramleela has also begun. It has entered its 40th year, with Jwalapur legislator Chandrasekhar Bhattewala inaugurating the Ramleela with village pradhan Maumina Salmani also being present on the occasion.

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British envoy promises help in reconstruction
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 1
British High Commissioner James David Bevan who met Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna here last evening has pledged his countrysí support for the reconstruction of Uttarakhand after the natural disaster.

He said that Britain would help Uttarakhand to cope up with the natural tragedy that struck the state in June this year. He said that his country would like to help in the fields of education and tourism.

Vijay Bahuguna informed the High Commissioner that massive destruction had taken place and the state government had been involved in massive relief and rehabilitation efforts to rebuild the lives of the disaster victims. He said tourism, which was the mainstay of the economy of the hills, had suffered much due to the disaster. Bahuguna said the state government had been working hard to restart tourism-related activities and any organisation willing to help would be welcome.

Bahuguna said there was tremendous scope for tourism, adventure tourism, energy generation and horticulture in the state. He said any future developmental activities would be linked with environmental assessment and geological surveys in the hills.

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Prince Charles may visit Doon next month

Dehradun, October 1
British Prince Charles could visit Dehradun next month. This was stated by British High Commissioner in India James Bevan today while meeting Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi at Raj Bhavan here today.

The British High Commissioner expressed regret on the behalf of his country and on his own behalf for the loss of life and property caused by the natural calamity in Uttarakhand. He offered help in the rebuilding of the state. During the conversation, the Governor and the High Commissioner spoke of many issues in the context of strengthening the traditional ties between the two countries.

Impressed by the environment of the state , he expressed possibilities of investment in the spheres of tourism, health and education. The High Commissioner also told the Governor about the visit of Prince Charles to Dehradun (Uttarakhand) next month.The Governor presented a coffee-table book on Uttarakhand and a replica of Badrinath shrine to the High Commissioner. ó TNS

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Guv's greetings on Gandhi Jayanti
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 1
Governor Aziz Qureshi has greeted the people of the state on the 144th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. In his message issued on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti, he said Gandhiji led the freedom struggle with the dream of an independent India, where every citizen would have the right to the fruits of development and where the last man in the line would have the confidence of being heard.

"He dreamt of an India where there would be no discrimination on the basis of caste, religion community or gender. He wanted that everyone should have equal rights," said the Governor.

The Governor said," We must remember that Gandhiji became the inspiration for the country not just by his words but by his actions and thoughts.Ē

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Gaiety, fervour mark 47th Founderís Day of Mussoorie Public School
Tribune News Service

Mussoorie, October 1
The 47th Founderís Day of Mussoorie Pubic School was celebrated with fervour and gaiety in Mussoorie today. The Jwala House was declared the overall champion while Narayana House was adjudged best in the English Language events.

The trophy for the best in Hindi Language, CCA, Marathon, Academics section went to Jawala House. The best trophy for dance was grabbed by to Dharma House while Surya House bagged the trophy for Quiz.

The sports trophy was won by Dharma house.

Jennifer A Kumar and A Kumar were the chief guest on the occasion. They inaugurated the function by lighting the ceremonial lamp. Mukesh Lal, principal, felicitated the oldest person in the hall, Sitaram, by presenting him a shawl and citation to mark the International Day of the elderly which also falls on October 1.

The students displayed their acting talent by performing in the play "Idgah" written by Munshi Premchand, which was appreciated by the audience.

The students enthralled the audience by singing the verses written by Saint Kabir in western music style. The tiny tots presented a dance number based on the theme of saving wild animals.

The African students studying in the school presented a folk dance of Africa which appreciated by everyone.

The Bharat Natyam presentation by the students was also liked by the audience. The highlight of the show was a slide and sound presentation, on disaster that struck the hill state in June this year. The program ended with the "Bhangra" by the senior boys and girls.

The chief guest distributed the prizes and trophies to the winning teams.

The founder of the school DP Singh, Gurshaan Kaur, Nirmal Kaur, Bharti Kaur, Neera Bansal, Arun Pasad, Shalendar Kaanwal, Uma Lal, Dhruvika Lal and Vinay Chaubey were also present on the occasion.

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IMA celebrates 81st Foundation Day
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 1
The Indian Military Academy (IMA) celebrated its 81st Foundation Day. Uttarakhand Governor Dr Aziz Qureshi, was the chief guest on the occasion. As part of the Raising Day celebrations, various activities were organised from September 29 to October 1 which included felicitations to the civilian staff, a polo match and a rock concert.

Qureshi said the Indian army is one of the best in the world. It is the pride of the nation. We are proud of our army and also of the IMA, which is the cradle of the Indian army."

The Governor also distributed prizes to the winners of the golf tournament and also the artistes of the rock concert.

He spoke to the officers, their families and the Gentlemen Cadets on the occasion.

Lt Gen Manvendra Singh, IMA Commandant, gave a ceremonial welcome to the Governor.

The IMA came into existence on October 1, 1932. In the last 81 years, the academy had grown in its training capacity from 40 Gentlemen Cadets to 1,800 cadets. As many as 53,571 Gentlemen Cadets have passed out from the halo portals of the academy as officers so far, including the Foreign Gentlemen Cadets from 30 friendly foreign countries.

The Academy has a rich history and its alumni have excelled in all the spheres of military and sports activities. They have etched stories of heroic valour and outstanding leadership in numerous battlefields across the world by winning many gallantry awards. On this special day, all members of the staff, Gentlemen Cadets, service and civilian employees rededicated themselves to their work with dedication and commitment to uphold the glorious legacy of the IMA.

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Wildlife Week celebrations begin
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 1
Wildlife Week Celebrations began in Uttarakhand on a somber note today due to recent rain disaster. SS Sharma, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), presided over the function and called upon the forest officers to work toward spreading awareness in the society regarding wildlife conservation.

He said stress should be laid on villages in close proximity of protected areas so that the importance of wildlife conservation was understood by one and all.

Surendra Mehra, Director, Corbett Tiger Reserve Field, laid stress on the importance of eco-development committee and ensuring that both man and wildlife live in harmony. He said the man animal conflict stand as major challenge for the state wildlife authorities.

He said the state wildlife authorities had been making continuous efforts on their part to minimise this conflict.

Students from Nari Shilp Government School also attended the function.

HK Singh Rajaji, Deputy Director, National Park, disclosed that several functions were being held during the week which included painting competitions, debate competition and several other competitions particularly for the children to increase their level of awareness toward wildlife.

He said interactive programmes for villagers residing in the periphery of protected areas of the state was also being organised. He apprised that a special programme will be organised in Chila on October 4 as the day was observed as Elephant Day.

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Rift among DMC employees on continuing boycott
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 1
Mayor Vinod Chamoli met Chief Minister today to demand his intervention in the matter of protest mounting against alleged non-performing Mukhya Nagar Adhikari (MNA) Ashok Kumar. BJP councillors of Dehradun Municipal Corporation also met District Magistrate BVRC Purushottam today to demand action against Ashok Kumar.

Meanwhile, the employees' association which has observed boycott since yesterday appeared divisive today on continuing with the boycott.

The stalemate over conflicts between MNA and BJP councillors and employees' association with BJP councillors is not coming to an end for last six days. The locks continue to hang on the office rooms in DMC. Mayor Vinod Chamoli met Chief Minister, Vijay Bahuguna, along with senior BJP MLAs Harbans Kapoor and Ganesh Joshi today over the matter.

He said:''I told Bahuguna how bureaucracy in DMC has become completely dysfunctional. They are interested in getting embroiled in scuffles rather than working. There is anger and frustration among councillors. I appealed him to take action against the erring officer.''

On the other side, BJP councillors, Amita Singh, Bhupender Singh Kathait and Sushil Gupta along with city president of BJP Neelam Sehgal met DM over the same issue. Neelam Sehgal said: ''We have complained as to how MNA himself started off the wrangle on the board meeting day. His misbehaviour with councillors and non-performance has been explained in great deal. The way MNA has abetted employees against BJP councillors and compelled them to file baseless FIR against them has been brought to his notice.''

A rift has begun appearing on the matter of boycott among groups in the employees' association of DMC.

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Sports meet at Hampton Court
Enterprise (yellow) house declared overall champion
Tribune News Service

Mussoorie, October 1
CJM Hampton Court School organised the annual sports day function here today. The Enterprise (yellow) house was declared the overall champion while Saurabh Sonkar was declared the best footballer of the year.

Earlier, school Principal Sister Lucy welcomed the chief guest, IG, Indo-Tibetan Border Police Academy, Harbhajan Singh, who declared the function open. The programme began with a march past by four houses of the school, namely Endurance (blue) house, Endeavour (green) House, Encounter (red ) and Enterprise (yellow) house.

The walk past presented by tiny tots of KG depicting the theme of preserving the environment was much appreciated by the audience. Senior students displayed their talent in gymnastics. A karate demonstration by junior and senior students was the highlight of the show.

The Encounter (red) house was declared the winner in the senior inter-house hockey tournament while the Endurance (blue) house was declared the winner in the junior section for boys.

In the senior cricket, the Enterprise (yellow) house was declared the winner while the Endurance (blue) house was declared the winners in the junior division.

Sakshi Bhatt was declared the best athlete in the mini girls' section while Priya Panwar and Gunjan Rawat were declared the best athletes in the sub-junior section.

Muskaan Sonkar, Tanvi Nautiyal and Alisha Dhiman were declared the best athletes in the junior, inter and senior divisions, respectively. Later, the chief guest gave away the prizes and citations to the winners. Speaking on the occasion, he appreciated the efforts of the school in promoting physical activities, especially karate, among students.

He said karate was such a sport that besides keeping the body fit, it helped in empowering girls in instilling self-confidence in them.

The Principal thanked the staff and students for a wonderful display of talent and said the objective of such functions was to develop all-round skills of the students.

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Welham boys to play in Subroto cup
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 1
The under-17 soccer team of Welham Boys' School will participate in the Subroto Mukherjee Soccer Cup-2013. It has got the distinction of being the first public school from Uttarakhand to participate in the tournament to be held in New Delhi from October 4 to 16.

It is an international tournament where teams representing various states of India, the NCC, IPSC schools and some international teams participate. Nearly 40 teams will be participating in this tournament.

Welham Boys' School secured its position in this prestigious tournament after being declared the winner in this year's All-India IPSC U-17 Soccer Tournament held at Phoenix School, Belgaum in Karnataka in August.

The members of the team are Vikram Vardhan Singh, Junaid Jaan, Ishaan Mohan, Ali Khan, Sushen Maini, Sameep Shreshta, Nitesh Agarwal, Parth Babbar, Fahad Siddiqui, Abhimanyu Singh Thakur, Umair Wani, Hardic Gupta, Anshuman Anand, Varnav Somval, Gaurav Bidhuri and Vishal Singh.

Arun Sharma is the manager and Manoj Barthwal is the coach of the team.

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Usha, Lata win badminton doubles title
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 1
The finals of Uttarakhand Secretariat Badminton Club were held at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Parade Ground here yesterday. In the women's category, the pair of Usha Goswami and Lata Koranga won the doubles title after defeating the duo of Poonam Joshi and Neelam Bist in the final match by 25-23 and 21-18 score.

Usha Goswami won the single title as well after defeating Neelam Bist 21-7 and 21-17 in the final match. The pair of Kapil Gaur and Bhuwan Joshi won the men's double title after defeating JK Bodoni and Shivendra Singh in the finals by 21-23, 21-16 and 21-19.

In a thrilling single final, Kapil Gaur defeated LN Pant by 20-22, 21-16 and 21-10 score.

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Brian Lara to play charity match in Doon
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 1
Fans of Brian Lara will get a chance to see the champion West Indian batsman batting once again, as he will be coming to Dehradun on October 2 to play a charity match at Abhimanyu Cricket Academy.

He will also visit the prestigious Doon School and will meet the staff and students there.

The teams in the charity match will consist partly of Doon School players and partly of students of the Abhimanyu Cricket Academy. Rakesh Goswami, executive vice-president, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago (TSTT) Limited, and is also a former Doon School student, is bringing Brian Lara to the city.

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Demand for amendment to mining policy
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, October 1
The employees' association of the Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation (UFDC) has demanded an amendment to the mining policy. In a memorandum addressed to Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, they said the Ministry of Environment and Forest had allowed the UFDC to carry out mining in state rivers.

However, now handing over the task to private organisations would amount to the violation of the ministry's orders.

They said the services of the employees working in corporations would be directly affected. They also mentioned about its bad effects on the environment. Among those who submitted the memorandum were president of the association Santosh Rawat and general secretary Lalit Sharma.

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Panchayat Poll
Rapid survey of OBC voters to be undertaken

Dehradun, October 1
With the government committed to holding the Panchayat elections in the state by December, the Department of Panchayati Raj has been tasked to undertake a rapid survey of OBC voters based on the 2001 Census.

In 2001, the rapid survey for the OBC category was not undertaken. The department has now been asked to undertake the survey before the date for the elections is announced.

As the term of the Gram Pradhans ended on September 29, the government has also empowered the District Magistrates to appoint administrators so that the remaining development work could be completed. ó TNS

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Boycott by state employees on Oct 5

Dehradun, October 1
At the emergency meeting of State Employees' Joint Council (Uttarakhand) held today, a decision was taken to boycott work on October 5 at all government offices.

The president of the council Thakur Prahlad Singh said that the council was determined to ensure that the government fulfills the demands of the employees. ''In order to provide strength to our agitation, we have decided to boycott work on October 5. The employees have been asked to register their boycott call and support the cause,'' said Singh. ó TNS

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