01DD01A.qxd 10/31/2013 10:14 PM Page 1 STAR TRACK 3 Pricey act ENTERTAINMENT 4 With a fresh concept The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Dehradun Plus Dehradun Friday November 1, 2013 www.tribuneindia.com MDDA withholding map clearance proposal: MNA DEHRADUN OCTOBER 31 Mukhya Nagar Adhikari of Dehradun Municipal Corporation Ashok Kumar has blamed Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) for coming in the way of letting the work related to clearance of building maps to be handed over to the DMC. However, the MDDA officials have denied the allegation. Ashok Kumar said, "Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna had pronounced that the work related to giving clearance to building maps will be handed over to Dehradun Municipal Corporation more than six 70-year-old found murdered at Rishikesh TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE MDDA CLARIFIES Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) secretary has refused the allegations saying that the officials had no role to play in the matter as it was the state government which had to take a call on the issue. months ago. But his order has still not been enforced because of the pressure mounted by the officials of Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority." He said it came to his notice that the MDDA officials had alleged that they should not be divested of this prerogative which came under their domain. He was of the view that the MDDA officials did not want to lose an easy medi- DEHRADUN OCTOBER 29 WHAT’S ON Students of Bal Mandir Senior Secondary School present Garhwali folk dance during a cultural competition in Haridwar on Thursday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur Report on P2 Sale of Chinese fire crackers on despite ban advisory TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE A 70-year-old person was found murdered at Rishikesh after being allegedly stoned to death here today. The deceased has been identified as Boalsingh Kanyal, whose badly crushed body was found two kilometers from his house. After taking the body into its custody, Rishikesh police said that it seems that stones were thrown at him till he died. The body was found from a vacant plot at Rusa Farm in Rishikesh. The locals spotted it and informed the police. The police has started investigating the case. Some persons have been questioned. um through which they earned maximum revenue. He said if the task related to clearance of maps was handed over to the DMC, then the corporation could earn enough money to spend on its development projects without having to look up to the Centre or the state for help. But he expressed displeasure with the MDDA for becoming alleged stumbling block. MDDA secretary Banshidhar Tiwari has refused the allegations saying that the MDDA officials had no role to play in the matter as it was the state government which had to take a call on the issue. He said if the government decided to give the right of map clearance to the DMC then the MDDA could not do anything about it. It was a few months ago that the MDDA brought about e-governance in the field of map clearance where public could get the maps of their buildings cleared expeditiously online without the interference of middlemen. CENTRE’S HEALTH ADVISORY ❚As per Centre’s health advisory, manufacture, possession and import of any explosives consisting of or containing Sulphur or Sulphurate in itself or as a mixture with Chlorate of Potassium or any other Chlorate is prohibited in India. Chinese fire crackers have been found to have these very substances. DEHRADUN, OCTOBER 31 Goods manufactured in China continue to flood the Indian markets, the latest being fire crackers that are being sold in the Dehradun market despite Centre’s advisory banning the sale of Chinese fire crackers. Come Diwali and fire crackers' market in Dehradun is abuzz with activity. Interestingly, while inflation continues to soar, Diwali revellers' love for crackers has not diminished. This year too several shops selling Chinese crackers can be seen in Dehradun market. While Chinese lights have already taken over the Diwali celebrations, the crackers from the country have also become quite popular in the recent years. Those buying Chinese crackers find them a little cheap and better than Sivakasi crackers. Acting on the advisory of Union Home Ministry, state authorities have asked the administration to ban the sale of Chinese crackers. Sources revealed that the Chinese crackers contain certain substances that adversely affect health. All the district magistrates and police superintendents in the state have been asked to comply with the advisory. As per Centre’s health advisory, manufacture, possession and import of any explosives consisting of or containing Sulphur or Sulphurate in itself or as a mixture with Chlorate of Potassium or any other Chlorate is prohibited in India. Chinese fire crackers have been found to have these very substances. Significantly, some shopkeepers are desisting from keeping Chinese fire crackers. But still there are many who are keeping these. Abrar, a cracker seller, said that Chinese fire crackers like whistling sparklers, silver rain, flower-pots, etc, emitted more sparkles and had more colours than those made in India. It is for this reason that they attracted buyers. WEATHER CLOUDY 24.5°C MAXIMUM 13.5°C It may be a custom associated with Diwali. But the Dehradun police is in no mood to allow gambling in any form in the state capital. All the police station heads have been issued strict instructions to take stern action against those indulging in gambling during Diwali. In a bid to control the menace, police has already increased night patrolling to keep a vigil on the gambling activities. Notably, gambling is mostly done at night during Diwali. The police has already alerted their informers and their network system to identify places that are DEHRADUN, OCTOBER 31 DEHRADUN, OCTOBER 31 Football: Dehradun District Football League, PRD grounds, Raipur, 2.30pm DEHRADUN OCTOBER31 TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Continue their stir Dehradun TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE “ I have given strict directions to all police stations to adopt zero tolerance approach towards all types of gambling in the city during Diwali. — Kewal Khuranna, SSP notorious for gambling so that surprise raids could be carried out. "I have given strict directions to all police stations to adopt zero tolerance approach towards all types of gambling in the city during Diwali", SSP Kewal Khuranna told The Tribune. Most of the gambling dens are located at places like DL Road, Karanpur, Daandipur, Kawali and Dhamawala. Many small hotels in the city allow such illegal activities during Diwali. The intensity of illegal betting also increases during this time of the year. While requesting anonymity, a gambler said, "At a few gambling dens in Dehradun the volume of money put on a single round ranges from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 Lakh and cash worth in many lakhs changes hands in just one night." "Our main focus would be to catch professional gamblers who become active during Diwali", said SSP Kewal Khuranna. Money in shrine donation boxes getting soiled Anganwari workers want written assurance Despite the announcement of a hike in their honorarium by the Uttarakhand Government, anganwari workers said today that they would continue with their stir till the government gave this in writing to them. Staging a dharna in front of Hindi Bhawan here, the agitating anganwari workers said they did not believe in the government announcement till a government order for the same was issued by them or a written assurance came from the government. They said the state government was in habit of turning down its promises and announcements. — TNS Police to act tough against gamblers “ TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE IN REMEMBRANCE: City Congress workers pay tributes to former PM Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary in Haridwar on Thursday. Tribune photo: Rameshwar Gaur Woman, two others held for drug peddling DEHRADUN, OCTOBER 31 The Rishikesh police today arrested a woman from Marine Drive, Triveni Ghat, and recovered 180 gram of charas from her possession. The police said they arrested the woman on the basis of her suspicious activities. She was looking for prospective customers there. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against her. In another incident, the Clement Town police, acting on a tip-off, arrested 23-year- old Nitin Kumar from Bail Road and seized 120 banned injections, 2,200 capsules of prohibited substance and 150 gram of charas from his possession. He has been booked under various sections of the NDPS Act. — TNS Money lying in donation boxes kept at the Piran Kaliyar shrine at Roorkee is getting soiled and unfit for use. Chairman of the Uttarakhand Wakf Board Rao Kale Khan said the Haridwar district administration was not opening the boxes. “Only a few donation boxes were opened some months ago and lakhs of rupees were taken out of them. The money was not found in a good condition. A part of it was found soiled, moist and damaged as the boxes are not allowed to be opened,” he said. Khan added he was worried about the money lying in other donation boxes, which had not been opened, as the currency notes in them could get soiled further. He said, “Ever since my predecessor Rao Sharafat Ali was implicated in criminal cases and booked on the charge of siphoning off money from donation boxes, the district administration had been entrusted with the responsibility of opening the donation boxes in the presence of the representatives of the Piran Kaliyar shrine and the Uttarakhand Wakf Board. The currency notes taken out in the presence of the District Magistrate and others were in a very bad shape. “The District Magistrate should have given orders for opening other boxes as well but he did not do so,” he said Khan demanded that the donation boxes should be opened after a fixed period. Last year too, a lot of currency notes were found soiled and unfit for use. He said the shrine was thronged by a large number of Muslims and it received huge amounts of donation. The Wakf Board chief said the donation money could be used to build infrastructure like schools and hospitals around the shrine. He expressed concern that due to the negligence of the district administration the currency notes were getting soiled and the Uttarakhand Wakf Board was not allowed to interfere in the matter.
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