15DD01A.qxd 11/14/2013 9:40 PM Page 1 STAR TRACK 3 Living life Mary size ENTERTAINMENT 4 Jaya’s TV debut The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Dehradun Plus Dehradun Friday November 15, 2013 Parents’ role vital in instilling good values in children: CM CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD Floral tributes paid to Chacha Nehru CHILDREN’S DAY TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 14 Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has said parents, especially mothers, have an important role to play in instilling values in their children so that they could become good citizens. He was speaking at a function of the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Rajya Shaikshik Utkrashta felicitation programme at the Survey of India auditorium here on the occasion of Children’s Day today. The Chief Minister announced an award after Jawaharlal Nehru’s wife, Kamla Nehru, and said the state would felicitate mothers of those children who score over 75 per cent marks in the board examinations at the block level. He also doubled the reward amount to be given to the children whose names had figured in the merit list. Bahuguna felicitated the students whose names appeared in the merit list of the Uttarakhand Board Exams 2013. They are Rohit Pant (Vivekananda Inter College, Ranidhara, Almora), who stood first in class X; Nilesh Bisht (Vivekananda Inter College, Ranidhara, Almora), who stood second; and Ayodhya Prasad Bhatt of SPM Inter College, New Tehri, who secured the third position in the board exams. Besides, the Chief Minister also awarded SPHSS, Jawahar Nagar, www.tribuneindia.com A child offers a flower to Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna at the inauguration of Nehru Heritage Centre in Dehradun on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinod Pundir Rudraprayag, and St George’s Academy along with Ramprant Inter College, Khatima, for getting good results. Education Minister Mantri Prasad Naithani said, “Education plays the most important role in our lives. It is important to encourage students. Scholarships and awards encourage children to move forward in their lives. The state government is committed to providing students with all necessary facilities.” Bahuguna opens Nehru Heritage Centre DEHRADUN: Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna today inaugurated The Nehru Heritage Centre at the Nehru Ward on the old jail campus in Dehradun today. The State Cultural Department has developed the centre. The Chief Minister reminded the gathering that the architect of modern India, Pandit Nehru, was imprisoned numerous times. “This venue is a Mecca for Indian democracy,” he said. Bahuguna also held that Pandit Nehru’s contribution to the formation of a secular India could never be written off. He took forward Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of non-violence and spread it in the entire world through the Non-Alignment Movement. The Chief Minister also approved the setting up of a library and the inclusion of important excerpts from Nehru’s ‘Discovery of India’ and the life stories of other Indian freedom fighters in the educational curriculum. Uttarakhand Tourism and Cultural Minister Amrita Rawat said everybody ought to take inspiration from great national leaders and contribute to the formation of a strong nation. Mayor Vinod Chamoli proposed a vote of thanks. Dehradun MLAs Rajkumar and Dr Jeet Ram were present at the function. Red roses, sweets given to children Chacha Nehru's birthday was celebrated with love and affection. Red roses were given to residents. Balloons were given to children. Sweets were distributed among children.The former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had visited Cheshire Home, Dehradun, in 1961. Vice chairman Brig (retd) KG Behl , secretary MK Puri and staff of Cheshire Home were present on the occasion. Similarly, at the initiative of C.net consultants, Children's Day was celebrated at Rehn Basera, Chukuwala. The children got an opportunity to meet the new master chef Sarthak Bhardwaj. HARIDWAR: People from all walks of life today paid floral tributes to first Prime Minister the late Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary here today. The occasion is also celebrated as Children's Day. Schools, institutions, political parties and other social organisations organised a host of programmes on the occasion. At the Congress party city office, Subash ghat, a special programme was organised to pay floral tributes to Jawaharlal Nehru. Party leaders remembered the visionary leader. Presiding over the function, chief of the city unit of the Congress OP Chauhan said despite belonging to a wealthy family, Nehru worked for the poor and citizens of the country. Another Congress leader said during his tenure as the Prime Minister, Nehruji would always listen to the views of the opposition parties. District chief of the party Chaudhari Rajendra Singh said the base of the new strong India was laid during the tenure of Nehruji only. Uttarakhand Kranti Manch activists, namely Meera Raturi, Vijay Bhandari, Manoj Goswami, Mithelesh Gill, Rekha Rajput and Puspha Kori, also remembered Jawaharlal Nehru. Subash Ghai, son of freedom fighter the late Sardar Balwant Singh, remembered the visit of Jawaharlal Nehru to Sapt Rishi Ashram, Haridwar, in 1954. Unaware about the Children’s Day celebrations, homeless children play at Parade Ground in Dehradun on Thursday. Tribune photo: Vinod Pundir Power crisis looms large over state TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 14 Power crisis is looming large before the state. The power generation in hydropower houses has already plummeted due to the onset of winter season. It was recorded 8.34 million units yesterday. According to official resources, the crisis can further worsen as the main coal feeding belt of UMP project of 4000 MW of south Gujarat has caught fire. This means that the power supply to be received from this source will get adversely affected. Besides this, power supply of around 75 MW, which was bought from Sri Cement through tender, could also not be received today as the plant developed some technical snags. The plant which has been shut down is expected to be According to official resources, the crisis can further worsen as the main coal feeding belt of UMP project of 4000 MW of south Gujarat has caught fire. This means that the power supply to be received from this source will get adversely affected. start functioning tomorrow after the completion of the massive repair work. As if all this was not enough, the hydropower houses, Kathi- Eco friendly battery-run rickshaws in the thick of controversies ON Dehradun SPORTS: District Super League Football, Pavillion Grounds, 2 pm WEATHER CLEAR 25.4°C MAXIMUM 9.3°C SANDEEP RAWAT TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE HARIDWAR, NOVEMBER 14 While electrical battery-operated rickshaws termed as eco friendly were launched with much fanfare in Haridwar a few months ago by the Municipal Corporation, they have since then been in the thick of controversies. Since their launch, dieselrun auto-vikram unions have been expressing their resentment over their plying in the city. These battery-run rickshaws' number is probably about 50. They had become hugely popular among commuters, affecting the autovikrams' income. Last month only autovikrams had gone on a day's strike, demanding banning of the battery-run rickshaws, citing they were being issued no licence and were plying on routes where autos had been operating since 1989, when autos-vikrams were first introduced in the city. Today Regional Transport Department, Haridwar, gave a new turn to this issue by clarifying that battery-operated rickshaws had not been given licence by the department, and neither had it given or devised any plying route chart for them. Assistant Regional Transport Officer Sunil Kumar Sharma told TNS that he had served notices on all battery-run rickshaws not to ferry commuters as neither they had been granted permission by the department nor state government. “Till the Transport Department gives them clearance or licence or a new government order comes, no battery-run rickshaws should ply or ferry passengers in the city periphery. If any one “ I have served notices on all batteryrun rickshaws not to ferry commuters as neither they had been granted permission by the department nor state government. “ WHAT’S — Sunil Kumar, Assistant Regional Transport Officer The plying of batteryoperated rickshaws has been stopped following the ARTO’s directions in Haridwar on Thursday: Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur << of them violates these directives, then necessary punitive action will be taken against the offending battery rickshaw operators,'' said ARTO Sharma. Auto-vikrams' union has welcomed the department's decision.Panchpuri auto rick- shaw union president Ravi Dutt Puppi in a statement said that till battery-run rickshaws are not given permits, their union will be opposing their plying in Haridwar. Meanwhile, local traders have objected to the action initiated by ARTO against battery rickshaws, saying that the department had come under pressure from auto-vikram unions. Sanjay Trival, district traders' union organisation secretary, said that while tempo-vikrams charge hefty fares and also create pollu- tion, battery rickshaws are eco friendly and popular mode of commuting for local people, pilgrims and tourists. Social outfit Shri Hanuman Sena, too, has objected to the auto-vikram union’s demand of banning battery-run rickshaws, saying that it will only impact the poor and common man. Umesh Tripathi of the Shri Hanuman Sena said that they will be forced to agitate if the ARTO does not permit licence and route chart to the battery- run vehicles. Notably, there are 1200 autovikrams registered by RTO in Haridwar city, but the number exceeds than this. On this ARTO Sharma said that he is under no pressure from autovikram unions and has also initiated a drive against those auto-vikrams which flout RTO norms, charge hefty rates and ferry more than stipulated number of passengers. ma and Kalagarh, continue to generate low power supply. Many parts of the state had to go through power cuts today in the wake of acute power shortage. The power cuts was imposed in rural areas of Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar for four hours while the small towns of Garhwal and Kumaon regions as well as Kashipur and Rudrapur also faced power cuts for 2.30 hours today. Doiwala and Dakrani area had power roistering for two hours. Non-continuous industries at Pant Nagar and those at Garhwal and Kumaon also suffered power cuts for two hours. Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited has already arranged for 5 million units for tomorrow through tenders, while the corporation is going to arrange for 2 million units extra to deal with the crisis. Bureaucratic reshuffle DEHRADUN, NOVEMBER 14 A bureaucratic reshuffle has taken place in Uttarakhand. Principal Secretary Bhagwati Prasad Pandey will look after all departments of Principal Secretary S Ramaswamy, who is on a one- month leave. Additional Secretary, Panchayati Raj, Social Welfare and Director, Panchayati Raj, CS Napalchayal, has been relieved of the post of Director, Panchayati Raj. Additional Secretary, Rural Development, HC Semwal, has now been given additional charge of Director, Panchayati Raj. Additional Secretary, Home, Agriculture and Minorities Welfare, D. Senthil Pandian, has been relieved of the posts of Additional Secretary, Home and Agriculture, and has been given additional charge of Additional Secretary, Continued on page 2
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