Forest guards seek promotions:
Forest guards working in the Uttarakhand Watershed Directorate, Dehradun, have sought immediate promotions. The forest guards alleged that they had been deprived of promotions for a long time and threatened to resort to an indefinite agitation in support of their demand. — TNS
SBI staff hold protest:
The State Bank of India Staff Association on Saturday opposed the bank privatisation policy of the Central government. The association members staged a demonstration outside the Rajpur Road branch of the bank and took a pledge to oppose the Centre's policy tooth and nail.— TNS
The Uttarakhand police have made preparations to ensure that animal sacrifices do not take place during the Bukhal fair in Pauri Garhwal district. A large police contingent has been deployed at Pauri for the fair.— TNS
Central status for university: The state government will make efforts to convert Kumaon University into a central university. “The government will also make efforts towards making Haldwani an education hub of the state,” Indira Hridayesh, Finance Minister, said at a function organised at Motiram Baburam PG College at Haldwani on Saturday. “After the state was chosen for the implementation of the national higher education campaign, the possibility of creating more avenues in higher education has ripened,” she said.
Sewage polluting Ganga: Due to improper management of sewerage in Kashipur town, sewage flowing from here is leading to pollution in the Ganga. Sewage of over 1,500 families is being disposed into the Dhela river, which flows by the town and later merges into the Ganga. This information has been revealed in response to an application under the Right to Information Act filed by Nadimuddin, an RTI activist from the town. “As the Dhela river merges with the Ramganga at some distance from the town, which in turn merges into the Ganga in Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh, Kashipur town is thus contributing o pollution in the Ganga,” he said.
43 new panchayats formed: Over 43 new gram panchayats have emerged in Naintal district after the reorganisation of panchayat bodies following the high court orders. This has taken the total number of panchayats to 506 in the district, officiating District Magistrate Lalit Mohan Rayal said. Most of the changes in old system have been witnessed in the Haldwani block where over 11 new gram panchayats have emerged. “We have given December 9 for receiving objections to the reorganization after which the process of reservation of seats in these panchayats will begin,” he said.
(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)