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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Govt okays plying of two-wheelers in Paltan Bazaar

Dehradun, March 7
The traders of Paltan Bazar are jubilant over the decision of the state government to allow movement of two-wheelers in Paltan Bazaar from 10 to 3 in the day. The traders' unions have now cancelled their joint decision to observe a bandh tomorrow, and also opened their shops in the afternoon today.

The news regarding the state government's decision was broken to the traders by Saket Bahuguna, son of the Chief Minister, at Clock Tower. He showed them a letter of the Chief Minister in this regard.

When the traders at Clock Tower were clapping and cheering the decision around 2 in the afternoon, a group of union leaders was meeting SSP Kewal Khurana in his office on the matter. Khurana had refused to relax the ban on two-wheelers but also kept the doors of dialogue open by offering them a meeting with the District Magistrate and himself in three to four days.

The traders of Paltan Bazaar had intensified their protest in support of their demand over resumption of plying of two-wheelers in the market after a trader, Chander Shekhar Kohli, died of heart attack in his shop yesterday afternoon. The traders blamed the police for not allowing an ambulance inside the market, which led to his death,whereas the police said the delay was on the part of the ambulance.

The leaders of various trade associations welcomed the decision of the state government. President of Doon Traders' Association Vipin Nagliya said: “All the trader communities thank the state government over it's decision to resume movement of two-wheelers. The business of Paltan Bazaar had got immensely affected due to the ban, whilst our other competitors in adjoining markets made profits on account of a slump in our business.”

President of State Doon Trade Association Umesh Aggarwal thanked the state government for showing sensitivity towards the grievances of traders in the matter and said; “The traders are demanding the extension of limit of movement of two-wheelers up to 4. Saket Bahuguna has given us an assurance us in this connection."

Reacting on this sudden turnaround, SSP said: “The police will comply with the state government order about resumption of two-wheelers in Paltan Bazaar and now deploy more policemen in the market to regulate traffic and crowd.”

In the morning, the traders could be seen throwing their weight around by making inflammatory speeches against the police and throwing police barricades away. Some traders dragged barricades to long distances. CO, city, Mamta Bohra, directed the policemen to bring these back. A minor scuffle took place on this issue. A trade leader also tried to argue with Mamta Bohra when she asked him to stand at a distance from her. Other policemen pacified him with difficulty. The dharna and speeches continued till 1.30, after which they the traders went to meet the SSP. However, the energy and anger perceptible in traders yesterday was missing today.

Dehradun girls, Tashi and Nungshi 'Twin Sisters', to scale Mount Everest

Tashi and Nungshi
Dehradun, March 7
As the nation celebrates International Day for Women, twin sisters from the city Tashi and Nungshi, residents of Sinola in Dehradun, are leaving for Nepal tomorrow on an expedition to Mount Everest. The successful completion of the expedition will also make a world record as no twin sisters have scaled the peak together. The twins, who are just 20-year old, will also be the youngest among feminine gender to do so.

The simple efforts of exposing his daughters to the challenges of mountaineering to develop better understanding of the ‘self’, turned out to be the biggest surprise for Col VS Malik , as his twin daughters, one day in 2009 declared aiming to scale Mt Everest. They had then just passed their class twelfth examinations.

Both Nungshi and Tashi did their school education from Guru Nanak Fifth Centenary School, Mussoorie, and stood as avid participants to sports and adventure activities in the school. After passing their class XII examinations, love for mountaineering made them go for Basic Mountaineering Course at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Uttarkashi, which was completed in 2010. They did not stop here and went on to successfully undertaken Advance Mountaineering Course from the NIM in 2011. The two had also successfully undergone training from a professional mountaineering trainer and instructor at the NIM with A Grade. They later also completed basic skiing course at the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir, and stood overall second collectively in the course thereby obtaining ‘A’ grade. Their biggest achievement came in the form of successfully scaling Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, in Africa, in February 2012 and this inspired them to scale Mount Everest. The expedition to scale the Himalayas formally begins from tomorrow as the twin sisters leave Dehradun for Nepal to take the greatest challenge of their lives in the form of “Mission Twins on Everest 2013”, as the expedition has been identified. “It has been our dream to conquer Mount Everest”, Tashi and Nungshi point out.

Col VS Malik, proud father, is too hopeful of her daughters’ success. “I am very hopeful that Tashi and Nungshi will make Uttarakhand and India proud and will inspire young Indians to exceed their goals”, says Col V S Malik.

Col Ajay Kothiyal, who, some time back, successfully guided the first-ever All-Women Army Mountaineers team to scale Mount Everest, hoped success for the twin sisters. He said the Indian women had always proved their mettle, particulary when it came to adventure and the “Mission Twins on Everest 2013” would add to the glorious list of Indian women success. The two sisters have recently completed Bachelor in Journalism and Mass Communication.