TAMIL NADU

Memorial planned for Uttaranchal martyrs

DEHRA DUN NOV. 9. Uttaranchal celebrated its second foundation day here on Saturday.

The Chief Minister, Narayan Dutt Tiwari's philosophy of being good to all while weeding out negative elements in this nascent State seems to have worked well. Many of Mr. Tiwari's friends and detractors have taken the bitter pill silently, to be in step with the man who is ushering in a revolution of the mindset.

A general feeling of having been let down by the politicians looms large amongst a good section of the people who want Mr Tiwari to come down heavily on the corrupt. "We are a cash-strapped economy. But if you show the will to work, funds will pour in from Government and non- government agencies. Take it or leave it'', is Mr Tiwari's advice to all.

The day began with Mr Tiwari laying the foundation stone for the Shaheed Smarak at the dharna site of the Uttarakhand Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti — a loose-knit organisation of volunteers, mostly women — that led to the creation of the State. Over 40 persons were killed in various places during the Uttarakhand agitation. The USSS activists, led by Ranjit Singh Verma, could not hold back their joy as the Chief Minister announced that a statue of the Uttarakhand movement hero, Indramani Badoni, would be installed at a proper place within one year.

The Governor, S. S. Barnala, reviewed an impressive parade by the police led by S. S. Meena, Senior Superintendent of Police, Dehra Dun. Addressing the personnel, the Governor called up on them to win over the masses by becoming their friends and to get rid of the general image of the police being bullies.

Hundreds of youths and parents thronged the stalls at the Career Development Fair put up on the occasion, to learn about the opportunities available for career growth. Akash Gupta, CEO of the Air Hostess Academy and K L Aryan of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission were overwhelmed by the response they got from the targeted groups.

Indira Hirdyesh, Uttaranchal Minister for Information and Science and Technology, said the joint effort by her Ministry, Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam and the Centre had paid rich dividends at the fair. "It's a joint effort. The people have to exploit their own potentials now. We are mere facilitators'', Dr. Hirdyesh said. Most of the participants thanked the Tourism Secretary, N. N. Prasad, for having worked hard to make the fair a success.

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