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कैदी फरार, दो सिपाही निलंबित

देहरादून : देहरादून व ऊधमसिंहनगर के आधा दर्जन व्यापारियों को फोन कॉल व एसएमएस कर 10 लाख की रंगदारी मांगने का आरोपी कैदी लघुशंका के बहाने पुलिस को चकमा देकर दून अस्पताल से फरार हो गया। मेरठ निवासी अभियुक्त को चार मार्च को गिरफ्तार किया गया था। उसे नौ अक्टूबर को फेफड़ों में पानी की शिकायत पर जेल से अस्पताल में भर्ती कराया गया था। इधर, एसएसपी केवल खुराना ने डयूटी में तैनात दो सिपाहियों को निलंबित कर दिया है। आरोपी कैदी की तलाश की जा रही है।
 
पटेलनगर के चंद्रबनी चौक पैराडाइज होंडा शोरूम के मैनेजर दिव्य चतुर्वेदी और कौलागढ़ निवासी सीमेंट व्यापारी उमेश चंद्र गुप्ता से फोन पर रंगदारी मांगने और न देने पर जान से मारने की धमकी देने की शिकायत पर पुलिस ने मेरठ से चार मार्च को आरोपी टीटू उर्फ कामेश मित्तल पुत्र सुरेंद्र कुमार मित्तल निवासी ग्राम अलीपुर आलमपुर परीक्षितगढ़ जिला मेरठ को दबोचा था। सिमकार्ड उसने अपने भाई संजय के नाम पर लिया हुआ था। आरोपी ने एक मार्च को ऊधमसिंहनगर के काशीपुर स्थित होंडा शोरूम मालिक हरीश अरोड़ा को भी मैसेज व फोन कर रंगदारी मांगी और जान से मारने धमकी दी थी। चार मार्च से वह जेल में ही था।
 
इसी नौ अक्टूबर को फेफड़ों में पानी भरने की शिकायत पर उसे दून अस्पताल में भर्ती कराया गया था। वह 16 नंबर वार्ड के बैड नंबर 29 पर था। उसकी सुरक्षा में सशस्त्र पुलिस के दो कांस्टेबल भोपाल सिंह अधिकारी और राजेश कुमार तैनात थे। अस्पताल से वह लघुशंका के बहाने फुर्र हो गया। आरोपी के खिलाफ कोतवाली में अभिरक्षा से भागने का मुकदमा दर्ज किया गया है।
जांच में पता चला कि कामेश ने बुधवार शाम सिपाहियों के मोबाइल फोन से अपनी मां को कॉल की थी। गुरुवार की सुबह उसकी मां उससे मिलने आई। इसके बाद मां कुछ देर बाद बाहर चली गई। दोनों सिपाहियों की कॉल डिटेल खंगाली जा रही है। आरोपी कामेश ने अपने भाई संजय को फंसाने के लिए रंगदारी मांगने की साजिश रची थी। वह अपने हिस्से की 12 बीघा भूमि बेच रुपये उड़ा चुका था। वह संजय को पुलिस के फंदे में फंसाकर उसकी जमीन हड़पना चाहता था।

The UA state Government is committed to promote the silk industry

Dehradun : The state Government is committed to promote the silk industry and it will do undertake every possible effort for the same. The state Government will establish a Computer Design Centre and will also double the targets for silk production. The above was said by the CM Vijay Bahuguna during the inauguration of Silk Mark Expo-2013 that has been organized at a hotel on Rajpur Road. The Expo has been organized jointly by the Central Silk Board, Silk Route India, Uttarakhand Silk Federation and Uttarakhand Directorate of Silk.

On this occasion, the CM said that the quality of silk produced in Uttarakhand is the finest in the country. He said that this quality must be maintained, and added that the State Government will extend all possible support to promote the silk industry. Shri Bahuguna also said that there will be adequate follow-up on any proposal that the Uttarakhand Directorate of Silk sends to the Central Government. He said that the livelihood of SC, ST and minority groups in Uttarkahnd is tied with silk production and the state Government will work towards improving the scope of livelihood for them as well.

The CM said that a Computer Design Centre will be established in Uttarakhand to accelerate the development of the silk industry. He said that the present era is one of global competition. He urged the farmers to produce twice as much silk as is set as the production goal. To facilitate this, the state Government will provide all financial and technical assistance to silk producers. The CM inaugurated the Silk Mark Expo-2013 by lighting the lamp and cutting the ribbon. He visited all the stalls in the Expo and interacted with the people there.
 
On this occasion, the Principal Secretary (Horticulture) Om Prakash gave information about the work being done by the state Government through the Uttarakhand Directorate of Silk. He shared that production of silk sarees will commence in the state soon, and added that this will increase livelihood opportunities for existing craftsmen. The Chief Executive Officer of Silk Route India, KS Menon gave extensive information about organizing the Expo. The Joint Secretary of Central Silk Board, KD Singh said that the Central Government is providing financial assistance to state Governments for silk production. He shared that silk production has recently been included in the MGNREGA and the National Agriculture Development Scheme, which will help accelerate implementation of policies and also increase employment opportunities.
 
President of Uttarakhand Silk Federation, Ghanshyam Sharma said that such an event has been organized in Uttarakhand for the first time. He further said that the Uttarkhand Silk Federation is adding its resources to the efforts to increase production of silk. He shared that the Federation is in need of additional financial and human resources to be able to meet its goal of increasing silk production.
 
Also present at the inaugural ceremony were Additional Secretary (Horticulture) RC Sharma, Managing Director Uttarakhand Silk Federation SC Sharma, other Government officials along with individuals associated with the silk industry.

Badrinath shrine to close for winter breaks November 18

Dehradun : The "kapat" (doors) of the Sri Badrinath Shrine would be closed for devotees Nov 18 for six months, officials said Tuesday.

A decision on this was taken on Dussehra by the management committee of the Badrinath shrine after seeing the auspicious timing in the almanac.

Officials said the doors would close for the winter breaks starting Nov 18 at 7.38 p.m. The beginning of the closure process was initiated with the "panchak puja" Sunday. 

The closure would be completed with proper puja Nov 18 under the Rohini Nakshatra and mithun lagna," an official told IANS.

The shrine would remain close for the next six months due to the annual winter breaks.

The Badrinath Yatra, which is part of the "Char Dham Yatra" undertaken every year along with pilgrimage to Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, was interrupted in June after flash floods  ravaged the entire area and ripped off the roads.

Thousands of pilgrims were stranded enroute to Badrinath and hundreds killed in the Kedar valley. Hundreds have since been missing and are presumed dead now.

State Government’s target is all-round development of Uttarakhand : CM

Dehradun : The CM Vijay Bahuguna attended inauguration of two bridges at a program on Rajpur Road today.  The 40 metres-long two-lane pre-straight RCC bridge that has been constructed with a budget of rupees 161.16 lacs on Rajpur-Nagal-Sahastradhara motorway, and the 36 metres-long span girder bridge in Dhobhakhala that has been constructed with a budget of rupees 99.04 lacs on the Jantanwala-Jhadiwala-Halduwala motorway were inaugurated. During this program, the CM also announced the construction of a bridge over river Kalori that will be made with a budget of rupees 1.50 crores. He also assured the people present at the program of resolving the parking problem in Mussoorie, and of upgrading the Buraskhanda High School.

On the occasion, the CM said that the state Government’s target is all-round development of Uttarakhand and added that the Government is continuously making efforts to resolve problems in all parts of the state. He said that the state is now emerging from the disaster that it faced recently. The chardham yatra route and the Hemkund yatra route have been reopened. Relief work for victims is continuing. The CM shared that disaster victims have been given compensation to the tune of rupees 300 crores. He said that the disaster has caused a lot of damage to tourism, including hotel and dhaba owners and added that they expect to receive support of rupees thirteen thousand crores from the Central Government for reconstruction of buildings, roads and other infrastructure development. Besides this, ADB and World Bank are also providing monetary aid for reconstruction. Shri Bahuguna further shared that our Constitution guarantees equal rights to all people and of the rupees twelve lac crores received by Uttarakhand for social equality, rupees four lakh crores have been expedited. He also said that the state’s food security scheme will provide benefit to families that have incomes lower than rupees fifteen thousand. The CM expressed pride at the fact that in terms of social security and parameters like standard of living, Uttarakhand ranks above UP, Bihar and other states.

On the occasion, Mussoorie MLA Ganesh Joshi expressed gratitude to the CM for acceptance of his constituency’s development-related schemes. He also shared his constituency’s problems with the CM. Other speakers at the program were MLA from Raipur constituency, Umesh Sharma and former vice-president of Mandi Parishad, Upendra Thapli. 

Chief Minister directs to speed up construction of parking slots in Shimla

 Shimla : Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh has stressed the need to develop new parkings in Shimla town to meet out the ever growing need of adequate space for parking for both local people and tourists. He was presiding over a review meeting of Parkings and Comprehensive Mobility Plan of Shimla town here, today. 

 
Shri Virbhadra Singh said four parking slots were being constructed in Shimla at Sanjauli for 400 vehicles, at Chhota Shimla for 250 vehicles, at Lift for 700 vehicles and at Vikas Nagar for 175 vehicles. He directed to complete the construction at the earliest to solve the problem of idle road side parking in Shimla town. He said that two floors of Sanjauli parking would be completed by January next while Chhota Shimla car parking would be completed within a year. He also directed the concerned officers to fix the time limit for the completion of other two under construction parkings. 
 
Chief Minister said that Municipal Corporation (MC) Shimla had identified 71 sites for parkings of over 5000 vehicles which would be constructed under Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode though Himachal Pradesh Infrastructure Development Board. The parking facility for 350 vehicles would be developed at new OPD Block of IGMC which would be exclusively for IGMC. 
 
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that Shimla MC had 35.34 square kms area with approximate population of two lakh with 75,000 floating population. There were 55,000 registered vehicles in Shimla and there were 1769 on street parking space (yellow marking) and 512 off street parking space. In Shimla town four-wheelers constitute 48 percent; two wheelers constitute 18 percent whereas public transport accounts only two per cent of total registered vehicles and contribute 49 per cent of total trips while walk trips share was 42 per cent. 
 
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) had been prepared by MC Shimla to address traffic growth of all modes of transportation which was in synchronization with city development plan. It had detailed strategies and action for achieving the objectives for sustainable multi-model transport system for the city. He said that CMP focuses on mobility of the people rather than vehicles by prioritizing public transport and non-motorized transport as per the objective of the National Urban Transport Policy-2006. 
 
Chief Minister said that Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) pods would be set up in Shimla town to decongest heavy traffic. It would be set up on Circular Road with approximate cost of Rs. 750 crores on Design Built and Operate Transfer (DBOT) basis to avoid the traffic congestion. 
 
He directed the MC Authority to associate the services of an expert conservation Architect Shri Ved Segan for the renovation of Shimla MC building. Shri Segan had given a new life to historic building of Gaiety Theatre Shimla without altering old structure and style. He also directed to start the renovation work at earliest and shift to vacated complex of District Session Judge Shimla. He said that the space below ridge road adjoing MC building should be used for the construction of more rooms and hall etc on the analogy of Gaiety Theatre with using natural light towards Ice Skating Rink side. 
 
Urban Development Minister Shri Sudhir Sharma said that there was urgent need to identify new parking places in Shimla town keeping in view the increase in private vehicles and tourist influx. He said being a hilly town there was natural constraint together with shortage of off-street parking facilities. He said that more parking spaces should be marked with yellow line in the city and MC Shimla should charge nominal parking fees for these spots. 
 
Principal Secretary Town Country Planning & Urban Development Shri K. Sanjay Murthy, DC Shimla Shri Dinesh Malhotra, E-n-C (PWD) Shri Pradeep Chauhan, Commissioner MC Shimla Shri Amarjeet Singh and other officers were present on the occasion.

Activists welcome court ban on idol immersion in rivers

 Agra : The Allahabad High Court order asking the Uttar Pradesh government to ban immersion of idols in the Yamuna and Ganges rivers has been widely welcomed by  eco-activists in Agra.

 
The activists have been demonstrating and presenting memorandums to the district authorities and the UP State Pollution Control Board to restrict immersion of Ganesh and Durga idols in the Yamuna, but for want of clear directives from the government, and afraid of inviting religious backlash, the agencies chose to look the other way.
 
The court order Monday instructed the state government to issue an official notification and make alternative arrangements within a year. 
 
A bench comprising Justice Arun Tandon and Justice Ashok Bhushan denied permission to the Allahabad administration to allow immersion of idols in the rivers. 
 
The officials had pleaded for a year's time but it was declined by the court. The bench stated  categorically that steps were needed to stop pollution of water bodies and rivers.
 
Shishir Bhagat, president of Wake Up Agra said: "The court has come to our rescue. Better late than never. The idols of gods and goddesses these days are made of toxic and polluting materials  using plastic colours that do not easily dissolve. Yamuna, which is already highly polluted, should not be allowed to be subjected to further assaults."
 
Heritage Society's Shravan Kumar Singh said: "Our facebook campaign has finally yielded results. It is a much welcomed step and has the support of all nature-friendly people in the  city."
 
Ashok Jain C.A., president Agra Vikas Manch, said his organisation would provide two big  trenches at the Yamuna ghat where the idols could be immersed. 
 
"The puja samigri which is bio-degradable would be collected in another pit and used as manure in course of time," he said.
 
Religious leaders have also come out in support of the ban.
 
"The right thing would be to use a bucket of water at home to immerse the idol and then use the  water in the garden," Pandit Mahesh Chandra Sharma said.
 
The recent trend of installing idols by individual families, instead of collective worship, has  compounded the problem. 
 
"Earlier, these festivals were collectively celebrated by the whole community, but now every family has its own Ganesha or Durga idol which have to be immersed in a water body," said home-maker Padmini.
 
Despite a total ban on use of loud speakers by the Agra administration, every mohalla and lane in Agra is openly flouting the orders. 
 
"The noise level has hurt the patients in the hospitals and nursing homes. On Monday, there were numerous complaints filed, but the cops do not have the guts to take action," said a fuming relative of a patient admitted in the ICU of the SN Medical College, Agra.

Kedarnath pilgrims get free food

Haridwar : A Haridwar-based spiritual group is providing food to devotees visiting the disaster-hit Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand to make up for the absence of eateries and hotels.

The Gayatri Parivar group said this had become necessary as the Kedarnath region was yet to get back its infrastructure, including eating places, since the devastating floods and landslides in July.

A 15-member Gayatri Parivar team reached Kedarnath Friday to also feed police personnel and government officials posted in the area. The pilgrimage resumed Friday, after being suspended in July.

Electricity is yet to be restored in the area. Only satellite phones are operational there now.

"We don't know how many pilgrims were fed yesterday (Saturday) but the feeding will last as long as the pilgrimage lasts," Gauri Shankar Sharma of Gayatri Parivar told IANS.

At this time of the year, the pilgrimage normally draws thousnads of devotees going up the hills to pray at Kedarnath and other shrines.

The Gayatri Parivar team that is in Kedarnath has carried 20 days of groceries and other items.

On the pilgrimage route starting at Gupta Kashi, breakfast is being provided at Bimbali. Meals are being given both at Kedarnath and Ligcholi village, Sharma said.

Gayatri Parivar is also engaged in reconstruction work in 154 villages spread over nine districts of Uttarakhand, building houses for those who were rendered homeless after the natural disaster. 

Three schools have already been built, Sharma added.

In the wake of the July tragedy, the Uttarakhand government has barred the use of bricks and cement to build houses and other buildings in a bid to prevent further ecological damage.

"We are building houses using no cement," said Sharma. Model houses are on display at the Gayatri Parivar complex here. 

The group has also so far sent 20,000 tonnes of fodder for cattle in the devastated region, Sharma said.

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