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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2014, 07:53:54 AM »
He said undertaking the conservation of the British time imposing structure, which houses the IIAS, is another challenge. “The detailed project report of the conservation plan has been approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and funds too will be provided to help retain the grandeur and ambiance of the premiere academic research centre of the country,” he said.

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 Born on January 9, 1955, he did his college from St Stephens College, Delhi, and PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University
 Joined teaching in the Department of History at Panjab University in 1985
 Taught in the History Department at HP University from 1987 to 2013
 Having specialised in medieval Indian history, comparative study of history, society and culture in mountain regions has been another area of research interest, in which he has tied up with scholars from Switzerland

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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2014, 07:54:09 AM »
Tourists fleeced by hoteliers, parking contractors
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 2
There is no helpline for tourists who have complained of fleecing and overcharging by certain hoteliers and private contractors who run parking lots in the city. The proposal to set up an electronic system proposed by the Municipal Corporation (MC) to check overcharging is yet to see the light of the day.

“We ended up paying Rs 1,500 for parking car in the city and Rs 2,500 for a single room which did not have proper heating system,” rued Kunal and Abhiluksh, tourists from Meerut, who had come on the New Year eve here for the first time. “We do not know whom to contact and where to lodge our complaint against the parking agent and the hotelier,” they said.

Overcharging is understandable. The police have arrested two parking agents under Section 420, IPC, after the MC lodged a complaint against them, accusing them of overcharging and giving different receipts other than issued by the MC to vehicle owners.

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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2014, 07:55:26 AM »
They were not the only victims in the city. The two tourist families also lodged complaints at the tourist information office, The Mall, yesterday, against two hoteliers who overcharged them and misbehaved with them.

Deputy Director, Tourism, Surender Justa, said they would take action when they received the complaints. “We have been checking overcharging in hotels and have tourists information centre to assist them”, he added.

MC Commissioner Amarjeet said they had sought to put up the electronic barrier with LED screen to facilitate parking lots. The project was yet to start by the HP Electronic Corporation so far, he added.

Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar said the two parking owners had been arrested yesterday. “The corporation will run parking lots after the electronic boom barriers are set up in the parking lots”, he added.

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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2014, 07:56:38 AM »
Decks cleared for purchase of 5,000 ‘netbooks’
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 2
Decks have been cleared for the implementation of an ambitious scheme of the Himachal Government to provide “netbooks” free of cost to 5,000 meritorious students of Classes X and XII.

The High Court yesterday dismissed a petition alleging irregularities in the purchase of laptops.

Dismissing the petition, the court observed: “It pains us to record that this petition became the cause of delay in supplying laptops/notebooks to needy/meritorious students of the state, which is against public interest and against the interest of students”.

The government has decided to provide netbooks (laptops) instead of tablet computers under the initiative announced in the Budget to promote computer and Information Technology literacy among school students.

Under the scheme, 2,500 meritorious students of Classes X and XII will be provided the netbooks free of cost.

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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2014, 07:57:32 AM »
Students of government schools will be selected on the basis of merit of examination of the State Board of School Education.

The cost of one notebook was pegged at Rs 16,000 while it would cost about Rs 20,000 after installing the necessary software. The total cost of the project would come to around Rs 10 crore, officials of the Education Department said.

The department decided to provide the netbooks after examining the available range of tablets, notebook and netbooks for which companies had made detailed presentations, it was stated.

The decision to purchase notebooks instead of tablets was taken as the tablets largely use their own operating systems and other software which students and teachers were not familiar with. Another reason for the purchase of notebooks was that it cost about 20 to 25 per cent less, and the amount saved was substantial.

The State Electronics Development Corporation had completed the tendering process in October last year but the purchase of notebooks was delayed due to legal wrangling.

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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2014, 07:58:28 AM »
The corporation selected the product of Acer Company which had quoted the lowest rate of Rs 16,000 per piece.

The three other bidders - Hewlett Packard, HCL Technologies and Wipro quoted Rs 16,720, Rs 18,050 and Rs 20,656, which were higher than rates quoted by Acer.

The selected netbooks will have a 10.1-inch LED display screen, 2 GB RAM, 320 GB hard disk, 1.6 GHz dual core processor and other facilities.

They will be pre-loaded with the course content, MS Office, other software, encyclopedias and an English dictionary.

The netbook will come in handy for the poor but meritorious students and help them prepare for competitive examinations for admission to various professional, engineering, management and medical courses.

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 Those who excelled in Class X and XII state board exams in 2012-13 will get netbooks by December
 The netbooks will have 1.6 GHz dual core processor and Windows-8 operating system with 2 GB RAM and 320 GB hard disk

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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2014, 07:58:44 AM »
NABARD holds credit seminar
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 2
The state focus paper developed by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for the year 2014-15 estimates a priority sector credit flow at Rs 11,315.86 crore for 2014-15, which is 14.97 per cent more than the annual credit plan of Rs 9,842.43 crore for 2013-14.

Speaking at the annual state credit seminar organised by NABARD here today, NABARD Chief General Manager Padma Raghunathan said the estimate would facilitate the state government to prioritise allocation of funds for developing rural infrastructure and other development initiatives which will create a congenial environment for banks.

A focused effort has been made to identify critical infrastructure gaps in rural areas, he added. The seminar provided a platform for all stakeholders to discuss the issues.

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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2014, 07:59:05 AM »
Illegal land deals threaten Kangra tea industry
Ravinder Sood

Palampur, January 2
Sale of tea gardens in the Kangra valley has become a cause of concern as in the past five years, over 2,000 kanal area under tea cultivation has been sold in violation of rules. The backdoor sale of tea gardens has caused resentment among the locals here. These developments have also posed a threat to the existence of the tea industry.

Despite the fact that the Himachal Pradesh Land Revenue Act prohibits the sale of tea gardens in the state, the government has allowed outsiders to buy tea estates in Kangra valley for purposes other than tea cultivation. One wonders how the sale deeds are being registered in such cases.

A senior officer of the Revenue Department said permission for the sale of tea gardens could be granted in extraordinary circumstances like setting up of defence units or cantonment and other government establishment.


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« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2014, 07:59:19 AM »
He alleged that in the past few years, the successive state governments had misused these provisions and a number of persons with political backings had managed to get permission for the sale of land under tea cultivation.

It is surprising that outsiders, including Tibetans, have succeeded in buying tea gardens and other landed property in the region through benami land deals. Residents of Palampur, Bir, Baijnath, Gopalpur and Dharamsala have expressed concern over these developments. The laxity on the part of the state government has posed a threat to the environment of the hill region as most tea gardens are being converted into concrete jungles.

The tea industry of Kangra valley is in a crisis, thanks to the apathy of the state government that has failed to initiate steps for the revival of the Kangra tea industry. The area under tea is squeezing. In the absence of any support from the state and Union Governments, tea growers are left with no other alternative, but to sell their tea estates.

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« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2014, 07:59:34 AM »
14.69 lakh saplings planted in Chamba
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Chamba, January 2
The Forest Department has so far planted 14.69 lakh saplings of various species on an area of 1,326 hectares against a target of 30.40 lakh saplings on 2,398 hectares of land in different terrains of the district in the current fiscal year. Thirty per cent plantation pertains to medicinal plants.

Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF), Chamba, ARM Reddy said under various plantation schemes, 231 hectares of land was being developed for pasture for which Rs 49.40 lakh was being spent. So far, 99 hectares of pasture land had been developed and work to achieve the target was underway, he added.

In this financial year, 41 forest rest houses and inspection huts were renovated and many residences of forest officials repaired, thereby spending Rs 1.10 crore, the CCF said.

 

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