03DD01A.qxd 11/2/2013 9:50 PM Page 1 STAR TRACK 3 Sonam cuts down on costume cost ENTERTAINMENT 4 Romancing the Bong connection The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Dehradun Plus Dehradun Sunday November 3, 2013 Implement Lokayukta Act, says ex-CM Khanduri TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 2 Amid uncertainties over the implementation of the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Act in the state, former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader BC Khanduri said today that the tactics adopted by the Congress government on the Lokayukta Bill clearly showed that the party was not serious on weeding out corruption from higher places. "When the Bill was tabled in the Uttarakhand Assembly, the then Leader of the Opposition Harak Singh Rawat, who is now a Cabinet minister in the Vijay Bahuguna government, had Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Maj Gen BC Khanduri (retd) addresses mediapersons in Dehradun on Saturday. A Tribune photograph reiterated his party's zero tolerance to corruption and had voted in support of the Bill. But now when the Congress party is ruling the state, it is trying to stall the implemen- tation of the Act," said Khanduri while talking to media persons today. He said the support extended by the Congress government to the Lokayukta Bill is already recorded in the proceedings of the House. Khanduri, who was the main architect of the Lokayukta Bill, said the Act should be implemented unchanged and without bringing in any amendments. "Unless and until we have a strong Act to punish, the corrupt will continue to flourish. There ought to be a strong mechanism to curb corruption and when we have one, the Congress government is dithering on it's implementation," he said. www.tribuneindia.com Temp dips, Withdraw cases against dengue cases MLA, workers: BJP to fall: Docs to Bahuguna DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 2 With the fall in the day and night temperatures, the doctors at the Doon Hospital are expecting a decrease in the number of dengue cases in Uttarakhand. The doctors at the Doon Hospital said the temperature played a very important role in the spread of the disease. This year, the state experienced extreme climatic conditions with prolonged rains in September and October. “But now with a sudden dip in the temperature, the cases will subside,” said Dr KC Pant, senior physician, Doon Hospital. He said better diagnostic facilities had helped in the diagnosis of dengue cases. — TNS TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 2 A delegation of senior BJP leaders and MLAs met Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna today. They urged him to withdraw 300 cases registered against Rajkumar Thukral, MLA from Rudrapur Vidhan Sabha and other party workers in the Rudrapur riots that took place two years ago. The delegation said false cases were allegedly registered against Rajkumar Thukral and his supporters. They demanded that the cases should be taken back as Thukral was a victim of political conspiracy and vilification. The members said seven The delegation said false cases were allegedly registered against Rajkumar Thukral and his supporters months back when the FIR was registered against 37 persons, Thukral’s name did not figure in the list. The delegation comprised senior BJP leaders BC Khanduri, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Ajay Bhatt, leader of the opposition in the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly, and Teerath Singh Rawat, Uttarakhand BJP president. The Chief Minister assured the delegation that the cases would be examined under the law. Security beefed up for Diwali TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 2 Children purchase crackers from a shop on the eve of Diwali festival in Mussoorie on Saturday. A Tribune photograph WHAT’S ON Dehradun Football: Dehradun District Football League, PRD grounds, Raipur, 2.30pm WEATHER CLOUDY 27.9°C MAXIMUM 12.7°C Haridwar-based spiritual group to clean Ganga HARIDWAR, NOVEMBER 2 A Haridwar-based spiritual group desires to clean the entire Ganga river over a period of five years. As a fortnight-long cleanup programme ended here, Gayatri Pariwar announced its decision to spruce up the 2,525-km long river, from Gangotri in Uttarakhand to Gangasagar in West Bengal. "The Ganga, which Hindus worship as a holy river, should be restored to its original glory," said a spokesman for the group. As a part of an annual event, about 7,000 people took part in the manual cleaning of the Ganga in Haridwar, from Har ki Pauri to Laltara Pul, the core part of the river stretching to about three kilometres. The activists included Gay- atri Pariwar members, Haridwar residents as well as people from the neighbouring districts of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The Ganga cleaning in Haridwar, which ended late Tuesday, also had official sanction. Gayatri Pariwar has, in the past, taken up similar work in nine major rivers in the country and one in Nepal. As part of the clean-up of the entire Ganga, Gayatri Pariwar has launched a survey along the river banks. "The facts collected are very surprising and disappointing too," said a spokesman of the group, referring to the discharge of pollutants from factories and municipalities into the Ganga all along its winding route. Gayatri Pariwar members toured villages and hamlets along the banks during the survey, taking photographs of the areas which need immediate attention. The activists plan to interact with people living close to the river, to highlight the importance of a clean the Ganga and to request help in what is undoubtedly a gigantic task. The spokesman said this part of the programme had got delayed due to the devastating floods that hit the Kedarnath part of Uttarakhand in June and killed hundreds of people, besides causing widespread destruction. "The real cleaning will start after the interaction campaign," the spokesman said. "We hope to set up a few groups for continuous cleaning of the river for ever." - IANS A tight security regime had been put in place by the Dehradun police ahead of Diwali celebrations on Sunday with special emphasis on crowded places like markets and malls. The police has taken security measures like intensifying patrolling, deployment of quick response teams, bomb disposal squads and dog squads at crowed places. Major markets were being monitored by electronic surveillance with close vigil on transit points. Seeing the surge in the number of vehicles on the roads during the festive season. Extra men were being deployed for the streamlining of traffic flow in the city, “Night patrolling will be done on the eve of Diwali Policemen check luggage of passengers at Dehradun Railway Station on Saturday. A Tribune photograph and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) men are also deployed in major areas,” said Jaya Baluni, CO Mussoorie and Rajpur. SSP Kewal Khuranna himself was on roads throughout the day to check the security arrangement and was seen giving necessary directions to the police patrolling teams. Residents duped of Rs 80 lakh DEHRADUN NOVEMBER 2 A couple, who ran a chit fund committee, allegedly duped residents of Rs 80 lakh and ran away with the money here today. Almost 40 families of the MDDA Colony on Tyagi Road have claimed that they used to deposit their money in the chit fund committee run by one couple, namely Radha and Mahek Singh. The couple collected the money from different families. Both were living in the MDDA Colony. Their house has been found locked. Their mobile phones have been switched off. They are absconding now. — TNS CAPTIVATING SHOW: Students perform during the annual function of Doon Global School in Dehradun on Saturday. A Tribune photograph
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