14DD01A.qxd 11/13/2013 9:15 PM Page 1 STAR TRACK 3 This too shall pass ENTERTAINMENT 4 Show me the money The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Dehradun Plus Dehradun Thursday November 14, 2013 Panchayat poll schedule submitted to EC TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 13 The much-awaited three-tier panchayat elections will take place in January in the state. The Uttarakhand Government has submitted the proposed schedule of the panchayat elections to the state Election Commission (EC). As per the schedule, the poll notification has to be issued by the commission on December 10. The process of filing of nominations will take place from December 18 to December 21. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be held between December 22 and December 26, while the withdrawal of candidature can be done on December 27. The polling will be conducted in three phases that includes dates for pollings on January 11, 15 and January 18. The counting will be done on January 22. The process of filing of nominations will take place from December 18 to 21. The scrutiny of nomination papers will be held between December 22 and December 26, while the withdrawal of candidature can be done by Dec 27. There has been a delay in the conduct of panchayat elections in the state. As per the earlier schedule, polling had to take place on December 24, 28 and 31, while the counting was scheduled for January 4. But the government amended the schedule and has now sent it to the state election commission. The delay has been attributed to the conduct of rapid survey that was conducted recently for deciding the OBC seats in the three-tier panchayat elections. www.tribuneindia.com DM orders dengue prevention measures in Haridwar district TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE HARIDWAR, NOVEMBER 13 In the wake of more than a 1000 dengue suspected cases coming to light in Haridwar district in the last four months, Haridwar District Magistrate Nidhi Pandey took stock of dengue prevention measures carried out by health and civic bodies in the district. At a meeting held regarding this matter here today at her office, Nidhi Pandey directed the concerned departments to carry out preventive measures on a war footing despite the onset of the winter season. Nidhi told the medical authorities to go for ''Elisa test'' instead of rapid diagnostic kit test for diagnosis of suspected patients to determine whether they were infected Haridwar District Magistrate Nidhi Pandey and other officials discuss methods to prevent the spread of dengue in Haridwar on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur by dengue virus or not. All the primary medical health centers have also been asked to submit detailed reports of the preventive measures being carried out by them in their respective areas. DM Nidhi pointed to the continuing mass aware- ness drive about dengue virus both in rural and urban areas. For the awareness drive she stressed on having longterm advertising tools such as wall painting, hoardings and taking help of local media, too. “From next year onwards we will be implementing penalty on households found to be breeding dengue larvae in clean still water such as refrigerator trays, aircoolers or open utensils,” said Nidhi. Adding further she also directed concerned departmental officials to speed DAV students' body members gherao Principal TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 13 Members of the students' union of DAV (PG) College here today gheraoed their Principal Devendra Bhasin to draw his attention towards the problems being faced by them. The protesters, led by union president Siddharth Rana and general secretary Jogendra, reached the Principal's office this afternoon and informed him about the problems of the students. Their main demands included the renovation of the college building, prop- er infrastructure and the construction of a girls' common room with attached toilet. They warned the college administration that they would launch an agitation if action was not taken on their demands within a week. Meanwhile, Bhasin assured the students of solving their problems soon. DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 13 Students apprise DAV College Principal Devender Bhasin of their demands in Dehradun on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Vinod Pundir >> SPORTS: District Super League Football, Pavillion Grounds, 2 pm WEATHER CLEAR 25.4°C MAXIMUM 9.5°C “ Their impatience and road-intolerance get translated into frequent honking and it seems to have become a culture here in Dehradun DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 13 Dehradun, which is the state capital, can well earn the reputation of being the ‘honking capital’ of the state as well. Small children, senior citizens and the ailing are the worst sufferers of the frequent and indiscriminate honking by motorists in the city. City motorists are notorious for honking and the intensity of pressing horns increases when they at stuck at traffic signals. “Their impatience and roadintolerance get translated into frequent honking and it seems to have become a culture here in Dehradun,” Mukesh, a no-honking activist, told The Tribune. Motorists even don’t show any regard to ‘silent zones’ such as hospitals — Mukesh “ The problem is that motorists here honk for all reasons, and for no reason at all. Few persons have the habit of deliberately honking from behind to irritate others. This disrupts the concentration of the drivers. “ Dehradun RESIDENTSPEAK TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE “ ON GAURAV TALWAR — Sumit and schools, where indiscriminate honking is prohibited. “The problem is that motorists here honk for all reasons, and for no reason at all. Few persons have the habit of deliberately honking from behind to irritate others. This disrupts the concentration of the drivers on the road,” Sumit, shopkeeper, told The Tribune. According to Mukesh, who has been carrying out the crusade tirelessly against indiscriminate honking by the motorists, said:“We organised 'NoHonking Day' in year 2011 and got overwhelming response from the people of the city, and this year also we are planning to organise the day in month of December in association with few NGOs.” He feels that there is a need to create awareness among the youngsters of the city who show little concern for any rules and regulations regarding honking. It is to be noted youngsters even replace the factory-fitted horns with high-decibel honks in their cars and bikes, which create more noise pollution. On other hand, traffic police keeps carrying out drives against high-decibel horns but still the usage of such horns has not stopped. Mostly people use them as a tool to wade through the traffic during the peak hours but sometime they even resort to honking without any reason due to habit. “We take action against such errant drivers who use high-decibel horns, which also acts as a distraction during driving for other commuters moving on roads and can cause accidents. Awareness should be created among the people about ill-effects of indiscriminate honking,” Virendra Rawat, traffic inspector, told The Tribune. It is noteworthy that according to the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board data, the noise pollution level at sensitive places such as Doon Hospital and CMI Hospital chowk remains higher than the prescribed limit. TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 13 Six Asha workers, who had been atop a water tank at Vikasnagar since November 8, came down this morning after the government agreed to give them an annual bonus of Rs 5,000, which was one of their primary demands. However, the other demands of the Asha workers have not been met yet and the government will decide upon them within a fortnight. Asha workers are also demanding an increase in their wages on a par with other states. Earlier, the talks between a Asha workers' delegation, led by Poonam Bijoda, and Chief Minister Vijay Bahuhuna at Dakhpathar on November 10 had failed. The deadlock was resolved late last evening after the government agreed to meet one of their primary demands. Leopard on hit list of poachers TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Indiscriminate honking irks Doonites WHAT’S up the process of allocation of land space for setting up of Haridwar district's first blood platelet equipped blood bank at Roorkee. At the meeting condolences were offered to the deceased town health officer late Anil Tyagi by the officials present. DM Nidhi also appreciated the commendable work done by Chief Medical Superintendent Rajesh Gupta for his work in dengue prevention in the city. Chief Medical Officer Sushma Gupta,Chief Medical Superintendent, Roorkee, R Thapliyal, Naveen ,Sandeep Nigam, Naresh Chaudhari and officials of Municipal Corporation,Muncipal Committee and nagar panchayats were present during the meeting. Asha workers come down from water tank Leopard continues to be a causality in Uttarakhand with as many as 31 leopard hides being confiscated in the state so far this year, amply revealing that poachers continue to eye this spotted wildcat in the state. According to State wildlife sources, man-leopard conflict continues to aggravate in the state of Uttarakhand with a total of 30 leopard hides recovered so far this year from various miscreants arrested in the state. This evidently reveals that leopard has been on the hit list of poachers and rising animosity between leopard and man is also a factor behind it. Despite best of efforts on the part of state forest authorities to make relations between man and leopards cordial, the situation has only turned from bad to worse. The state forest authorities in recent years have tried to make the procedure of giving exgratia to the leopard victims more simplified and speedy. But rising incidents of leopard attack on humans are making matters worse for the state Forest Department. The latest being the gory killing of girl in Chandmari in close proximity to VIP area of Dehradun. Wildlife conservationist AK Singh admits that manleopard conflict was a serious challenge and needs to be tackled tactically. “While conserving wildlife is of paramount importance, it According to state wildlife sources, manleopard conflict continues to aggravate in the state of Uttarakhand with a total of 30 leopard hides recovered so far this year from various miscreants arrested in the state. is also important that wildlife attacks on human settlements are minimised,” he points out. “It is quite evident that human causalities are bound to result in retaliatory killing of wildlife,” he observed. Meanwhile, a leopard cub was killed in a road mishap in Dehradun today. An unidentified vehicle ran over a leopard cub on the main Chakrata Road close to the main gate of the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The incident happened at around 7 in the evening.However, the vehicle that hit the leopard cub could not be identified. Dehradun forest division officials who rushed to the spot took the carcass. It is noteworthy that the region where the incident took place today has been infested with leopards in recent years. On Divali day, FRI along with forest authorities managed to trap a female leopard that has been spreading terror in the region for quite some time. FRI residents do not rule out more leopard cubs inside the FRI campus.
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