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Title: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:51:29 AM
I will quit if allegations proved, says Virbhadra
Our Correspondent

Kullu, January 2
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has said he has a clean image during his long political career and will vacate his office if any charges are proved against him. He has rejected to quit even if an inquiry is initiated against him as the BJP has intensified a stir against him over graft charges.

Addressing mediapersons during the inauguration of a conference room by the Press Club at Manali, 40 km from here, today, he said he might initiate a public inquiry into the allegations as he had not done anything wrong.

He said he had full regards for the BJP as a party and Arun Jaitley as a senior leader of BJP, but was surprised of Jaitley's involvement in mudslinging on being provoked by former CM's son and MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur.

He added that Jaitley should be aware of the legal aspects involved in the issue. He said Jaitley had raised allegations during his visit to Shimla during the Assembly polls, but the mandate of the masses proved that "Satyamev Jayate" (Truth always triumphs) as he became the CM.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:51:43 AM
He said the level of anxiety of the BJP was increasing as the misdeeds done by the previous BJP government were being probed.

He said assets worth Rs 2,800-crore were held by the HPCA and the irregularities were being investigated, which had raised the heartbeat of Anurag Thakur.

He said when the loan was accrued from a businessman, he was not a Cabinet Minister or Chief Minister and there was no guarantee of his becoming the Chief Minister in near future. The whole transaction had been done through cheques and was being repaid through cheques, he added.

He stated that the company was provided leniency period of 10 months by the government to complete the hydel project after directions by the apex court on certain conditions, which were not fulfilled by the company and the project was cancelled within six months. He further added that even the investments done by his son and daughter in another venture was done through cheques and making investments was not illegal.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:51:59 AM
Probe sought into graft charges
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 2
Former Transport Minister and Dharampur MLA Mahender Singh Thakur has demanded a probe against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh into charges of corruption.

Mahender Singh has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and All-India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to hold a CBI probe or from a sitting Supreme Court Judge against him.

He said, “The charges in alleged payoff to the Chief Minister and his family members by a private firm levelled by Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley a few days back are startling and an inquiry into this matter is necessary.”
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:52:10 AM
BJP chargesheet misleading: Kaul Singh
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 2
Health and Family Welfare Minister Kaul Singh today dubbing the BJP chargesheet as misleading.

Refuting the charges levelled against him regarding the decision to outsource laboratories, Kaul Singh said the outsourcing of laboratory tests was restricted to 23 health institutions which have 100 or more beds.

The outsourced lab would collect samples between 12 noon and 9 am the next day and set up their own labs for testing purpose, he said in a statement.

He said the need for outsourcing had arisen as most of the institutions were not able to collect samples and give report round the clock due to shortage of manpower.

He said the Expression of Interests were invited SRI Ltd, New Delhi, and Modern Clinical Lab, Amritsar, submitted their bids.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:52:24 AM
Winter carnival begins with fanfare in Manali
Our Correspondent

Manali, January 2
The five-day National Winter Carnival commenced here today at Manu Rangshala, popularly known as Ram Bagh, with great fanfare. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated the carnival and set the stage for colourful events.

Earlier, folk artistes from different parts of the country assembled in the compound of the Hadimba Devi temple at Dhungri. A special pooja was performed in the temple. Later, a procession was taken out from the temple to Manu Rangshala.

The procession consisted of fascinating tableau, displaying culture, tradition, art and the way of life of the people from the Kullu valley and other parts of the country.

Hundreds of artistes of the local Mahila Mandals and the Yuvak Mandals performed an active role for the carnival. Various NGOs also participated in the carnival.

Thousands of people thronged the carnival venue to have a glimpse of the blend of culture, tradition and ancient lifestyle of the Kullu valley.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:52:37 AM
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was given a warm welcome by local residents of surrounding villages of the Kullu valley.

Addressing a huge gathering, the Chief Minister said Manali being a popular tourist destination, it was the responsibility of local residents to maintain the beauty of the town. He directed the Kullu administration to search for an appropriate land in Manali where Rangshala could be relocated.

The Chief Minister added that apart from apple and tourism, unseasonal vegetables had also brought prosperity among the people of Himachal and more people should concentrate on cultivation of unseasonal vegetables.

Virbhadra also announced the opening of the Manali-Hamta road for tourists and supply of the electricity to Manali from the Allain Duhangan Hydroelectric Project.

Earlier, he inaugurated the new building of the International Press Club, Manali, and a motorable bridge. He also laid the foundation stone for an old-age home at Aleo and building of fire station in Manali.

Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmauri, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma, former minister Satya Prakash Thakur, zila parishad chairman Hari Chand Sharma, chairman, Wool Federation, Raghubir Singh Thakur, Congress general secretary Sunder Singh Thakur and Manali Hoteliers Association president Anup Thakur were also present on this occasion.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:52:52 AM
Shimla hotels packed well after New Year bash
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 2
Away from the usual lull after the mad rush of the New Year's Eve bash, tourists continue to stream into the city, sending the hotel occupancy zooming for the entire week. Hoteliers today announced 30 per cent discount on room tariff to keep the tourist inflow ticking in the city.

It is not only the lure of snow that has added charm for tourists in the outlying tourist spots of Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda, but also the lure of brilliant sunshine that has kept tourist traffic flowing from across the country, said Sanjay Thakur, a local hotelier.

From Christmas eve through the New Year bash till today, the occupancy in hotels in the city kept zooming on to 60 per cent, in some cases 90 per cent, both in private and HPTDC-run hotels, said hoteliers.

It is a new thing here - The tourist inflow is continuing here even after the New Year bash is over, said the president of the Shimla Hoteliers and Restaurants Association (SHRA). “We held a meeting today and the association members announced a 30 per cent cut on room rent for tourists from today,” he added.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:53:08 AM
He said the room occupancy used to witness a steep fall in tourist arrivals after the arrival of the new year in the city.

But the occupancy remained more than 60 per cent today and bookings and arrivals were ticking till Sunday, he added.

Family tourists chose to stay away from the mad rush of the New Year, which was dominated by the younger lot seeking kicks, said Raman Chavan, a tourist from Mumbai.

“One gets stuck in traffic jams and charges are higher in peak time. It is wiser to travel in leaner time,” added Pallavi Uppal, a tourist from Delhi.

The hoteliers expect tourist arrivals to pick up as soon as it snows in the city. “We are getting queries from various cities about snow and sunshine as foggy and hazy dry weather is an irritant in Rajasthan in winter,” added Thakur.

General Manager, HPTDC, Yogesh Behl said the hotel occupancy in their units in the city remained as high as 90 per cent till Sunday. “The tourist inflow may increase if it snows here,” he added.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:53:29 AM
New IIAS Director stresses on global tieups
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 2
In its endeavour to reach out to the global community of scholars, the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) is exploring the possibility of entering into long-term collaborative links with academic institutions in Europe, America and England.

Dr Chetan Singh, new Director of IIAS, who assumed office here yesterday, said there was a need to reach out beyond India, and many European countries had shown a keen interest in collaborating with the IIAS.

“In view of the increased interest being exhibited by the world in the developments in India, we would like to have international collaborations and we intend to begin with South Asia and South-East Asia,” he said.

Dr Singh remained the acting Director of the IIAS from August 2013 after Dr Peter Ronald D’Souza moved to Delhi. Dr Singh will now head the institute for three years. He got formally associated with the IIAS as a Fellow in 1993 and also remained an editor of its journal “Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences”.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:53:42 AM
He said some of the European universities like Heidelberg in Germany and others too had evinced keen interest in having tie-up with the IIAS. “The ball had been set rolling by my predecessor, Dr Peter Ronald D’Souza, in this direction and I would like to take it further,” he said. He said the IIAS had witnessed a steady increase in the number of visiting foreign professors and scholars over the years in view of the country’s growing importance in the global context.

“With the golden jubilee celebrations of the IIAS schedule commencing in October 2014, a series of events, including seminars and lectures to be held in Shimla and other places, will also keep us engaged throughout the year,” said Dr Singh.

He said care would be taken to consolidate the ongoing academic activities at the institute, including the Tagore Centre and International Centre for Human Development.

Another area which Dr Singh is keen to explore at the institute is contemporary issues that go beyond the confines of fundamental research questions.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal 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.

Journey so far
 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
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal 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.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal 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.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal 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.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal 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.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal 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.

For meritorious ones
 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
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal 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.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal 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.

Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal 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.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:59:34 AM
14.69 lakh saplings planted in Chamba
Our Correspondent

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.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 07:59:51 AM
Govt contemplates separate cadre for specialist doctors
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 2
In view of an acute shortage of specialists in the state, the Health and Family Welfare Department is contemplating having a separate cadre of specialists to woo them with better incentives and tide over the paucity, especially in rural areas.

The shortage of specialists often cripples the functioning of health institutions and this has also come as a major impediment in the effective implementation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). It is strongly felt that having a separate cadre of specialists, like most of the states in South India, will greatly help in solving the problem of shortage of specialists. Not only will they be entitled to better and faster promotional avenues, but also get better incentives.

The faculties in which the shortage is most acute include anaesthesia, radiology, orthopaedics and gynaecology. The Health Department has a cadre of about 1,800 doctors, excluding the ones serving in the two medical colleges, Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) and Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (DRPGMC) at Tanda in Kangra. Against a minimum requirement of about 300 specialists, there are at present only a few over 200.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:00:05 AM
“In view of the shortage, we have decided to provide at least two specialists each of the main clinical branches like paediatrics, medicine, surgery gynaecology, orthopaedics in the 25 hospitals having a bed capacity of over 100,” said a senior health official. He said the number of these specialists in some of the hospitals like Mandi where there was too much patient burden has been kept higher.

It is to tide over this shortage that the state government had allowed re-employment of doctors who retire so that the shortage could be met to some extent. However, with private sector hospitals offering attractive packages, a majority of the retired doctors, especially those who have taught in the medical colleges prefer to join the private sector. “So far there are barely 15 retired doctors who have been re-employed,” said a senior official.

The state has been facing an acute shortage of doctors despite holding walk-in-interviews for specialists on several occasions. Even those who join service in Himachal do not stay for too long and invariably quit service, preferably to join big corporate hospitals. In fact, there have been occasions in the past that some of the courses in the medical colleges, including post graduation (PG) courses, faced threat of de-recognition due to inadequate teaching faculty.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:00:24 AM
The situation some time back was so bad that at the time of inspection by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the teaching faculty from Shimla would temporarily be shifted to Tanda to fulfil the faculty requirement.

Wooing set to take off
 The Health Department contemplates having a separate cadre of specialists, like many southern states, so as to woo postgraduate doctors
 Against a minimum requirement of 300 specialist doctors, there are a few over 200
 Despite several walk-in-interviews not too many keen to serve in Himachal
 Most prefer to serve in big corporate hospitals in cities rather than serving in rural areas and district hospitals
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:00:49 AM
24 years on, stadium fails to take shape
Site of foundation turns dumping ground
Rajiv Mahajan

Nurpur, January 2
Around 24 years back, a cricket stadium was proposed for sports lovers of the area, but it has failed to take shape after a prolonged wait, dismaying sportspersons. The then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had laid its foundation stone at the Chogan Army camping ground in January 1990.

The state government did not undertake any construction of the stadium for years together. It was late former minister Sat Mahajan’s dream project; he undertook concerted efforts to transfer ownership of Chogan Army camping ground to the HP Government in January 1998.

The encroachers even removed the foundation stone and grabbed some portion of the ground meant for the cricket stadium with impunity.

This stadium has remained a major issue during the last Assembly elections in the state, but nowadays, it has become a dumping site as people have started dumping building material and debris on it.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:01:05 AM
Till about a year back, this ground was being used for sponsored sports competitions, but after it turned a dumping site, no sports event could take place here during the past one year.

A lot of resentment is brewing among the sports lovers of the area over the unprecedented delay in constructing the stadium.

Inquiries reveal that the then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had sanctioned funds to the tune of Rs 1.83 crore for the construction in 2006.

Construction of the stadium started, but with change of the government in December 2007, ongoing work stopped all of a sudden. Then MLA Rakesh Pathania took a plea that the previous government had proposed only a 400-metre athletic track.

Ownership of the stadium ground measuring 24,821 square metre was transferred in the name of the State Sports and Youth Affairs Department with its mutation being undertaken in February 2012.

The previous government had tried to construct this cricket stadium through the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), for which an MoU had been signed. But again, with the change of government in December 2012, its proposed construction at a cost of Rs 4.5 crore has been shelved after the present government’s opposition to HPCA’s activities in the state.

The local sportspersons are now considering the proposed cricket stadium to be a mockery and a political gimmick for youngsters of the area.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:01:19 AM
BJP activists set for Feb 16 Modi rally
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 2
MLA and BJP state general secretary Randhir Sharma has said a large number of party activists from Bilaspur district will participate in the February 16 rally of Narendra Modi at Sujanpur.

He said at present steps were being taken to ensure that the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel iron statue project got a tremendous response from this district as party activists would go door-to-door collecting neglected iron from households and also soil from fields which would be sent to Gujarat for the construction of this huge statue as a mark of national unity for which the Sardar fought his entire life.

Sharma was addressing a meeting of the Naina Deviji Mandal BJP presided over by president Capt (retd) Chaudhary Ram here yesterday.

He said party workers were real assets to the party and they had to remain vigilant not only to reply to all false and fabricated charges of the Congress, but also had the onerous responsibility of informing people regarding policies and programmes of the party so that they did not get misled by "false propaganda of opponents" during the coming Parliamentary elections.

Randhir Sharma said they must strive hard to get a majority in each polling booth for the party.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:01:36 AM
Ensure shutdown of brick kilns violating norms: Tribunal
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, January 2
Taking tough stance on the issue of causing environment pollution by brick kilns operating in the state without obtaining environment clearances, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the State Pollution Control Board to ensure the shutdown of all brick kilns forthwith, which are operating without obtaining the consent of the board.

While holding a circuit court sitting at Shimla, the NGT observed: “It is surprising that the pollution control board and the department concerned of the state government are not able to work in tandem”.

The tribunal passed this order after perusing an affidavit filed on behalf of the state government where it was stated that none of the brick kilns had obtained consent or environment clearances.

During the course of hearing, the counsel for the state filed an application for seeking extension of time to formulate a policy regarding location of brick kilns in the state and sought further time to do the needful. Expressing displeasure on the working of the state authorities with regard to formulating policy vis-à-vis location of the brick kilns, the NGT granted six weeks more time for the same.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:01:57 AM
Open cancer hospital at Mandi: Kaul Singh to Azad
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 2
Health and Family Welfare Minister Kaul Singh Thakur today urged Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad to open a cancer hospital at Mandi, located in the central region in the state. He also urged the minister to give approval to increase in MBBS seats at the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) for the next academic session from 100 to 150.

Kaul Singh met Azad in Delhi and said the cancer hospital at Mandi would benefit patients in the central region. He said the Union minister had agreed in principle to accept the demand.

Kaul Singh further apprised Azad about the state government's demand for increase in the number of MBBS seats at the IGMC, which was pending with the government.

He informed the Union Health Minister that the construction works of Superspeciality Block at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda in Kangra was nearing completion. Kaul Singh urged Azad to provide more financial assistance under the Pradhan Mantri Sarv Swasthya Yojana to the IGMC, Shimla, under which the medical college had already received a grant of Rs 140 crore.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:02:17 AM
LS poll: BJP rebels join hands, vow to remain united
Rajiv Mahajan

Nurpur, January 2
The BJP rebels from Kangra district who had contested the last Assembly elections after denial of party tickets yesterday convened a closed-door meeting at Nagrota Surian in Jawali sub-division to formulate their future political strategy in the wake of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The meeting which was presided over by former MLA of Nurpur Rakesh Pathania was attended by former minister and ex-MLA (Guler Assembly segment) Dr Harbans Rana along with BJP rebels who had contested the last Assembly elections as Independents Sanjay Guleria (Jawali), Kamla Patial (Dharamsala), Ravi Dhiman (Jaisinghpur) and former district Chamba BJP president Bhupinder Singh Chauhan (Bhatiyat).

They vowed to keep their flock united before the Lok Sabha elections that are round the corner, bring all party rebels across the state on one front and accept their entry into the BJP only in a dignified manner.

Sources reveal that the rebels took a decision that they would take their supporters into confidence before their re-entry into the party and abide by the sentiments of their cadre.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:02:32 AM
They also expressed their resentment over nominations of party office-bearers at different levels "made on the basis of favouritism and personal loyalties by ignoring mass-based and dedicated party workers in the past".

They asserted that the party leadership would be urged to revoke such appointments in the organisation and conduct fresh organisational elections of mandal and district units to pave the way for elections in a democratic manner before the Lok Sabha elections.

At the meeting, the appointments on top organisational posts in the state and district units of the BJP were also discussed specifically in the context of the polling booths where the BJP had derailed to the third position and some candidates who had lost even their security deposits in the last Assembly elections. They also alleged that the BJP was not looking serious about winning the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

In this connection, when former minister Harbans Rana was contacted, he admitted that a number of BJP rebels had met at Nagrota Surian on Wednesday to consider their future political line of action but he declined to divulge the details.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:03:05 AM
Consumer panel chief removes red beacon
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, January 2
Following the recent ruling of the Supreme Court, president of the HP State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission Justice Surjit Singh removed red beacon from his official vehicle.

The apex court in its ruling had said red beacons could be used only on vehicles of high constitutional dignitaries.

Acting swiftly on the recent judgment, Justice Surjit removed the red beacon from his official vehicle last month. However, he is included in the list of dignitaries entitled to use red beacon on his official vehicle. Perhaps he is the first dignitary in the state who has removed the red beacon from his official vehicle.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:03:22 AM
NSS camp begins at Sundernagar college

Sundernagar, January 2
A seven-day NSS camp started at Maharaja Laxman Sen Memorial Postgraduate College here today.

Around 102 NSS volunteers are taking part in the camp, which is being organised by the NSS unit of the college headed by programme officer Prof Sanjay Sharma.

Sanjay said the volunteers had adopted Beena village situated near the town. They would carry out manual work in the village and on the college campus where different academic activities would be carried out.

On the opening day of the camp, former member of the NSS Advisory Council of HP University, Shimla, Dr CP Kaushal apprised the volunteers of the objectives of the NSS.

He said the NSS was a viable scheme for students of universities, colleges and schools at XII level. More than 3.5 million were enrolled in the scheme across the country. So far, more than four crore students had benefited from the scheme, which was started in 1969.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:03:36 AM
Certification programme in retail sector begins at CUHP
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 2
The education system should be focused on grooming students in the skills required to excel in the corporate sector. Training and placement programmes enable students to keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in the sector and prepare them to face challenges of the job market successfully.

This was stated by Prof Hans Raj Sharma, Dean, Students Welfare, Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP), in his inaugural speech during a three-day certification programme in the retail sector. Started today, it was organised by the Training and Placement Cell of the School of Business and Management Studies, CUHP, in collaboration with EOS Education Ventures, Delhi, at Shahpur.

Dr Ashish Nag, Training and Placement Coordinator, said the programme was implemented by the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) and the Retailers Association Skill Council of India (RASCI) under the Star National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward scheme. He said the scheme was aimed at providing vocational training to students across the country in various sectors.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 03, 2014, 08:03:59 AM
‘Govt laying stress on quality education’
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 2
The state government is laying stress on quality education and several steps have been taken in this direction by it.

This was stated by Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Rajesh Dharmani while presiding over the annual prize distribution function of Government High School at Kothi, 30 km from here, yesterday.

Dharmani said apart from academic pursuits, sports and games, students’ health was another concern for the government. All students up to middle school were being given mid-day meals, iron and folic acid tablets and checked up under the school health programme.

The CPS said all girls were getting free education and students of weaker sections were getting stipends, free text books and free education. A recent order of the Chief Minister had given all students the benefit of free travel in buses to school and back. Talented students were getting attractive scholarships, he said.

Dharmani exhorted students to devote some time to the service of society.

He said Rs 17 lakh had been sanctioned for the construction of a science laboratory, library and arts and crafts hall. He announced a grant of Rs 2 lakh for a school playground and a stage. He would ensure that funds were provided for concretising badminton and other courts.

Earlier, Head Master Rakesh Kumar Mankotia read out the school progress report. The CPS gave away prizes to students who had excelled in various activities.

Those who were present on the occasion included Deputy Director of Education PS Dhatwalia, panchayat president Sunita Dhiman, BDC member Ramesh Kumar, school management committee president Bora Ram and former Head Master Surjan Ramban among others.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 07:39:16 AM
Residents yet to get Aadhaar cards
Hemant Kumar

Kalka, January 3
Resentment prevails among residents of Kalka and Pinjore and the surrounding areas towards the negligent attitude of a private company that is responsible for the preparation of Aadhaar cards. They have not got their cards even after nine months.

Residents alleged that they had been facing inconvenience in the absence of Aadhaar cards.

Kehar Singh, Lakshmi Devi, Usha Rani and Mamta Rani, all members of a family and residents of Chandikotla village, near Chandimandir, alleged that they had got their names registered for Aadhaar cards, in March 2013, but have not received the same yet.

Jagdish Kumar, Bharti and Tisha of Parade Mohalla, Kalka, also got their names registered for the same in June 2013, but they also did not get their cards.

Official sources at the Department of Unique Identification Number, GoI, Bengaluru, said they had not received data regarding Aadhaar cards from the Kalka and Pinjore areas.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:14:04 AM
PM: Yet to study charges against CM
BJP dares Virbhadra to declare money he had received from the power firm
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 3
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today he had not “applied his mind” to the BJP complaint against Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. The BJP’s senior leader Arun Jaitley had written to the PM saying the government must act in the “most glaring case.”

“I did not have the time to apply my mind about what the truth in the allegations against Virbhadra Singh is. I received a letter from Arun Jaitley on December 29 but am yet to apply my mind to it. I have read about it in newspapers," he said, responding in his press briefing today to question on the issue.

The Congress backed the Chief Minister with top leaders saying Virbhadra Singh was categorical about his innocence in the matter. “This is not a hit-and-run case as being made out to be by Arun Jaitley. BJP leaders can’t just hold a press conference, sully the reputation of our leaders and expect us to respond. The Chief Minister has denied involvement in the matter. The fact is the BJP has not learnt to live with Virbhadra Singh’s victory in the last elections,” a senior AICC leader told TNS.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:14:21 AM
The Congress leadership also indicated that they would stand behind Virbhadra. “Anurag Thakur, president of BJP youth wing, is facing a Lok Sabha election. Naturally, the charges against Virbhadra have something to do with that fact,” said a senior Congress leader.

Virbhadra has, in his reply to Ambika Soni, Congress general secretary in charge of Himachal, explained that the project - 15 MW Saikothi Hydro Power Project in Chamba - allotted to Venture Energy and Technology owned by Vakamulla Chandrasekhar -- was cancelled on November 12 this year after the firm failed to pay penalty that was due and there was thus no quid pro quo as alleged by the BJP.

The BJP has accused Virbhadra Singh of granting extension to the company earlier this year after his wife allegedly accepted Rs 60 lakh in the form of a loan from Vakamulla Chandrasekhar and he accepted another Rs 1.2 crore. The Chief Minister has denied the allegations threatening to file a defamation suit.

Anurag Thakur questioned the PM’s silence on the matter and asked Virbhadra to declare the total money he and his family had received from the firm, shares he and his family held and the relationship this firm had had with a company called Maple, 100 per cent owned by Virbhadra Singh’s children. The BJP has alleged that Maple extended Rs 1.99 crore to Chandrasekhar, indicating deeper business ties between him and the company.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:14:36 AM
What BJP says

Virbhadra Singh as Chief Minister granted extension of 10 months to a power firm after allegedly getting monetary favours for himself, his wife from the promoter
More money that what is currently known could allegedly have been received from the promoter by the CM — a matter which must be probed by the CBI
What Virbhadra says

The project was granted an extension after its promoter won a case in the Supreme Court which told the Himachal Government to reconsider the earlier order cancelling the project
The 10-month extension was given in a Cabinet meet held on September 4, on the condition that the firm would clear Rs 58 lakh penalty
The project was cancelled on Nov 12 after the firm defaulted on penalty payment
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:14:52 AM
CM dares Dhumal to file graft case against him
Our Correspondent

Una, January 3
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today dared his bête noir Prem Kumar Dhumal and his sons to file a legal case against him on allegations of corruption levelled by the trio against him and members of his family. He was addressing a public meeting at Daulatpur Chowk in Gagret Assembly segment today.

Virbhadra Singh continued to fire salvos at Dhumal, while showering praise on former CM Shanta Kumar, saying the latter always used civilised language and never stooped below a certain level in politics. He said during the Dhumal regime, development had come to a standstill, while the government machinery was misused to settle political scores at all costs.

As he arrived in Daulatpur Chowk, local MLA and AICC Secretary Rakesh Kalia had arranged a massive reception for the CM and his Cabinet colleagues, which included IPH Minister Vidya Stokes and Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri. The dignitaries were taken in an open jeep through the bazaar amid the beat of drums and sloganeering.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:15:06 AM
Earlier, the CM laid the foundation stone of a sewerage scheme for Gagret town. The outlay for the scheme is Rs 13.68 crores and it is estimated it would benefit a population of 4,236 persons living in the seven municipal wards of the town.

Virbhadra Singh also laid the foundation stones of a drinking water scheme in Ambota village and drinking water augmentation schemes in Bhanjal and Kuthera Loharli villages, on which a total of Rs 4.31 crores will be spent. He announced that undergraduate classes in Science and Commerce streams will be started at the Gagret government college from the coming session.

Vidya Stokes takes a dig at Dhumal

Addressing the public at Daulatpur Chowk, IPH Minister Vidya Stokes took a dig at former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, alleging that during the last BJP rule, telephones of 1,342 persons were tapped illegally, and the victims included women. Terming this as an encroachment into the privacy of women, she added that the illegal act was in violation of women’s security, their rights and even attracted action under relevant sections of laws for protection of women from sexual offences.

Stokes said the then CM, Prem Kumar Dhumal, had also held the portfolio of the minister of Home, adding that phone-tapping in such large proportions cannot be done without the knowledge and consent of the Home minister. She said the telephones of senior journalists were also tapped, which was a direct infringement into the freedom of Press.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:15:21 AM
CM should resign on moral grounds: Shanta Kumar
Lalit Mohan & Ravinder Sood
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 3
Former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar has finally broken his silence over corruption allegations against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

Shanta said Virbhadra should resign on moral grounds.

He said, “The allegations against Virbhadra are serious. They cannot be ignored. Many allegations are being accepted by Virbhadra himself”.

“The facts given by BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley in the matter make the case more serious. The allegations against Virbhadra can be investigated fairly only after he resigns from the post of the Chief Minister,” he said.

Though the BJP had launched an aggressive campaign against the Chief Minister and his family since the last few months, a faction of the BJP owing allegiance to Rajya Sabha member Shanta Kumar was maintaining a stoic silence over the allegations.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:15:41 AM
None of the leaders owing allegiance to Shanta had earlier issued any statement on corruption allegations against Virbhadra.

However, the Chief Minister had been openly expressed admiration for Shanta. At a political rally held by the Congress in Hamirpur district, Virbhadra praised Shanta. He said Shanta had always done the politics of policies and principals, while former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had “implicated him in false cases”.

Shanta’s statement is likely to give a fillip to the BJP campaign against Virbhadra.

Shanta said the Mumbai Adarsh Scam was shameful. The benefit in the Adarsh housing society was meant for Kargil martyrs. However, it was pocketed by political leaders and officers. The Maharashtra government initially rejected the probe report as it contained names of political leaders and senior bureaucrats.

After Rahul Gandhi, vice-president of the Congress, intervened, the Maharashtra government decided to reconsider the probe report. However, even after reconsideration, all the political leaders were allowed to go scot free, Shanta alleged.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:16:16 AM
BJYM burns CM's effigy
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 3
The Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today criticised the state government for using force against its activists who were protesting against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

State BJYM president Sunil Thakur accused the police of using force to disperse the activists who were peacefully demonstrating against the Chief Minister and the state government.

He said no action was taken against the activists of the Youth Congress who too held a protest at the same time.

He claimed that some activists received injuries as they were taken to Boileauganj and Sadar police stations. “The government cannot crush our voice as we will continue demanding the resignation of the Chief Minister, who must step down in wake of the serious corruption charges levelled against him,” he said.

The activists on their release burnt the effigy of Virbhadra Singh outside the Boileauganj police station. They warned the Congress regime not to misuse its power to crush demonstrations which were the right of the people in a democracy.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:16:41 AM
MC House divided over new tax system proposal
Public hearing on January 16, 17 to precede framing of bylaws
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 3
The House of Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) today proposed a mix of unit area method (UAM) and the old system of annual ratable value (ARV) for which the corporation would conduct a public hearing on January 16 and 17 in Bachat Bhawan before it takes up the matter for framing bylaws to implement the tax system in the city.

The councillors expressed concern in the special session of the House today called to discuss the Unit Area Method (UAM), saying if it was introduced as such, it would shift the burden from rich tax-payers on to the poor ones. “We have suggested a mix of the ARV and UAM, so that non-rich segments of traders, house owners and shopkeepers are not burdened unnecessarily,” said Sanjay Chauhan, Mayor, Shimla, who chaired the special House meeting today.

The SMC will lose a substantial amount of tax collected from the rich tax-payers in prime locations in the city if it introduces UAM as proposed by the SMC’s consultant to bring every household under the new tax net, revealed councillors.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:17:01 AM
We expect the SMC tax collection to zoom to Rs 28 crore from Rs 8 crore at present, if they bring about 48,000 owners — 28,000 households and 20,000 business establishments - under the UAM,” said Tikender Panwar, Deputy Mayor. But it is not happening as the tax collection will increase marginally to Rs 12 crore or so, he added.

As of now, tax collection covers just one-third of total household owners in the city, revealed a survey conducted by PRUDA, a consultant hired by the SMC to propose UAM of tax for the city. Under this, the city has to be divided into five different zones for tax evaluation, considering factors like location, usage, type, rent value and structure, said SMC officials.

The SMC is caught in a dilemma as the previous government had amended Sections 86 and 88 of Municipal Act and abolished tax exemption given to owners having 100 square metres area in February 2012. The corporation will lose funds it is getting under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) if it does not come up with the implementation, said the officials, adding the House has to expedite its implementation.

As the House stands divided over the proposed system, it has called a public hearing on January 16-17, seeking objections on the UAM, said Assistant Municipal Commissioner, SMC, Naresh Thakur. The House will suggest bylaws and factors on the proposed system on January 22, he added.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:17:18 AM
UPA rule disappointing, says PK Dhumal
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 3
Former Chief Minister and Opposition Leader PK Dhumal today said the last 10-year rule of the UPA regime has been the most disappointing period, a reflection of which was evident from the press conference of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

In a statement issued here today, Dhumal said the Prime Minister's interaction with the Press was very unimpressive and disappointing.

"It was against all norms of decency, the manner in which the Prime Minister targeted Narendra Modi," he remarked. He said targeting Modi clearly reflects the sense of desperation and frustration in the Congress camp.

Dhumal said while lashing out at Modi, Dr Manmohan Singh even forgot the dignity of the post of the Prime Minister.

"As for the stand taken by the PM during his visit to Raipur, a person holding a responsible position should speak with dignity and a sense of responsibility - The PM spoke very differently," he said.

The BJP leader said the 10-year-rule of the UPA would go down as a dark period which was nothing less than a nightmare for the country's people, especially the common man. "The PM completely failed to deliver, as he did not reflect any leadership qualities or any concern for even the riot victims," he said.

The BJP leader said the most glaring inadequacies of the Prime Minister were weak leadership qualities, wrong economic policies, indecision, corruption by his ministerial colleagues and failure to check price rise.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:17:34 AM
Marketing board, corp officials flay Dhumal, son
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 3
Having got the backing of Cabinet ministers and Pradesh Congress committee chief Sukhvinder Singh, the chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of the HP State Agriculture Marketing Board and corporations today launching a counter-attack against Opposition leader PK Dhumal and his son and Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur.

In a joint statement to the media here today, chairman, HP State Agriculture Marketing Board, Dr Subhash Manglate, vice-chairman, State Industrial Development Corporation, Atul Sharma, vice-chairman, Himachal Pradesh Forest Development Corporation, Kewal Singh Pathania, chairman, State Building and Other Construction Workers Board, Bawa Hardeep Singh and Chet Ram Thakur, chairman, Milk Federation, Chet Ram charged that BJP leaders were levelling false and politically motivated allegations against Virbhadra Singh. The BJP leadership has become directionless and issueless and is making baseless statements for fulfilling its political motives, they claimed.

They said Dhumal and Anurag should analyse their misdeeds before levelling false allegations against anybody. They said Anurag Thakur was misguiding the honest people of the state and was minting money by making false promises of promoting cricket as it is run by businessmen from Jalandhar in the state, they charged.

The BJP under Dhumal set a new record in corruption in Himachal Pradesh as they sold lands to outsiders and tapped phones of even the common man during the previous BJP regime, they alleged.

They further alleged scam worth Rs 2,800 crore took place in the name of HPCA with the support of the then BJP Government. Land worth Rs 250 crore at Dharamsala, Shimla and Lal Pani was given to HPCA at a lease of only one rupee and later, the HPCA had illegally been converted into a company, they alleged.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:17:51 AM
No chance of return to BJP: HLP chief

Kullu, January 3
Maheshwar Singh, president, Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) and MLA, Kullu, said yesterday that there was no chance of his return to the BJP. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Winter Carnival at Manali, about 40 km from here, yesterday.

Rejecting reports of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s interest to convince Maheshwar to come back to the BJP and contest from the Mandi parliamentary constituency on the party ticket, he said, “Modi is a man of high political stature and I was not approached by anybody”. He added that there was no question of his return to the BJP as there was "no initiative by the party to fight corruption and neither was any development done during the previous BJP regime in the state".

He said he canvassed for the Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi Assembly elections. He said the merger of the HLP with the AAP could be possible because the ideology of both was to fight corruption, but added that it could not be his lone decision and the party would decide unanimously on the matter, if approached by the AAP. He was sure that the anti-corruption drive started by the HLP would get a major support from the masses and the people would support the HLP in Himachal as they had supported the AAP in Delhi. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:18:08 AM
Power board proposes small tariff hike
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 3
Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited (HPSEBL) has proposed a marginal hike in tariffs for consumers ahead of the Lok Sabha elections as the ruling Congress government does not want to give any fresh "bijli, pani or sarak" issue to the Opposition BJP this time.

The board is treading cautiously as the BJP and the CPM had slammed
the Congress over the hike of about 15 per cent
for domestic consumers previously.

HPSEBL officials are tight-lipped over the hike being proposed in its petition to be filed before the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) soon. The commission takes the final call on the proposed power tariff.

The hike averages from 5 per cent to 10 per cent, depending on the expenditures incurred by the board over one year, said Subhash Negi, Chairman, SERC. The board has yet to send its petition on the hike to the commission, he added.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:18:28 AM
The industry, which consumes 70 per cent of power, has witnessed a slowdown in terms of load growth. In the industrial sector, it declined from 5 per cent in 2012-13 to about 4 per cent 2013-14 and may plead with the regulator to watch the interest of the industry as well, said HPSEBL officials.

Although domestic consumers account for about 70 per cent of total consumers, the industry accounts for 70 per cent of the total electricity consumption, yet it accounts for 30 per cent of the total number of consumers.

The Government Subsidies Bill to domestic consumers stands at Rs 320 crore and it may go up if the government maintains the status quo. The revenue gap has come down from Rs 925 crore in 2012-13 to Rs 453 crore in 2013-14.

The regulator has declared a tariff of Rs 2.85 per unit for domestic consumers in 0-40 units Rs 4.70 per unit in the 40-250 units consumption slab, but the government is giving subsidies charging Re 1 and Rs 2.83 per unit from consumers.

Managing Director, HBSEBL, PC Negi said, “The board has yet to freeze the proposed tariff for 2014 which will come into force since April 1. The demand and supply these days is evenly placed. The expenditures and revenue will be balanced judiciously and the hike will be marginal for 2014 power tariff."
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:18:44 AM
Fate of Kangra sewerage scheme hangs in balance
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 3
Sewerage system project, which was being initiated a decade ago in Kangra town, is yet to be completed.
Sewerage pipes rust by the roadside in Kangra town
Sewerage pipes rust by the roadside in Kangra town

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had laid down the foundation stone of the Rs-9.28 crore sewerage scheme on January 17, 2004. However, even after almost a decade, the pipe laying is yet to be completed.

PR Agnihotri, a retired PWD Executive Engineer, said the town was in dire need of this facility, which had not been provided to the residents here due to the alleged callousness of different governments.

He said in the beginning, delay in finding a site for three treatment plants and paucity of funds led to the completion of the project being put off.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:18:59 AM
He said the scheme had no proper planning and even the layout plan for sewerage pipes was yet to be finalised despite 75 per cent of the work being completed. The delay in the completion of the scheme was proving a burden on the state exchequer due to escalation in prices of material.

Rajeev K Puri, a local resident, said pipes were laid in some parts of the town but the pipe-laying work was yet to be completed The work on the scheme was going on a snail’s pace.

The cost of the project had escalated from Rs 9.28 crore to Rs 13 crore in 2011, which had further escalated now.

A tussle within the local BJP leadership during the previous Dhumal government and now dissensions within the Congress has been pushing the sewerage scheme to a dock.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:19:14 AM
Teacher booked for rape of students in Sirmaur
Tribune News Service

Nahan, January 3
A complaint of molestation and rape of schoolgirls by a drawing teacher has come to light at Shirikyari Government Middle School falling in the Shillai block of Sirmaur district.

The police, which were initially reluctant to register a case, finally registered a case under Sections 376 and 354 of the IPC after the villagers staged a protest in front of the Shillai police station. The teacher is yet to be arrested.

Yogesh Rolta, DSP, Paonta Sahib, confirming the news, said the case came to light when a group of villagers lodged a complaint and also pressed for the registration of an FIR against the teacher, who had been working in the school as a para teacher.

He said the police were investigating the matter.

According to the complaint, a girl residing in a nearby village refused to go to the school and on being questioned by her parents, she said the drawing teacher had molested her. Her father reported the matter to the school management committee (SMC) where cases of two more girls also came to light.

According to information, at least three cases of rape had come to light involving the teacher, while eight girls in total were molested or raped. However, others were yet to come forward and lodge a complaint.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:19:29 AM
Chargesheet against HPCA soon
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 3
The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau can soon file a chargesheet in two cases registered against the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), headed by Anurag Thakur, MP from Hamirpur and son of former Chief Minister PK Dhumal.

Senior officials of the CID and the Vigilance Bureau today held a high-level meeting with Acting Chief Secretary P Mitra, who is also the Principal Secretary (Home), to discuss the matter. Senior Vigilance officers, including the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Prithvi Raj, were present at the meeting.

The chargesheet is likely to be filed next week in a case against the HPCA for converting it into a company from a society. A case was registered against the HPCA on August 1, 2013, under Sections 406, 420 and 120 of the IPC in this regard.

Anurag Thakur, who heads the HPCA, is likely to be named in the FIR along with other office-bearers of the cricket body. “It is almost two-week back that we have completed the formalities. Now, after getting proper legal opinion, it will be filed in a court anytime,” said sources.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:19:43 AM
The other case, in which the chargesheet is complete, concerns the grant of land to the HPCA for the construction of high-end hotel Pavilion and its commercial use.

Two IAS officers, Deepak Sanan and RS Gupta, who have already been charge-sheeted on July 26 last year, are likely to be named in the FIR, along with other officials who were associated with the process.

However, the issue of seeking the prosecution sanction from the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) in the Centre before naming the two officers could come in the way of filing the chargesheet in the court.

The sources said it was felt that if the request for seeking the prosecution sanction was moved now, the FIR could get delayed. “We are still contemplating whether to first seek the sanction and then register the case or make a passing reference of the two officers' role in the chargesheet and include them by name later when the permission is received,” he said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:20:02 AM
During investigation it was found that a company, the Himalayan Players Cricket Association (HPCA), was registered at the office of the Registrar of Companies, Kanpur, on July 14, 2005. Later, on August 31, 2005, its name was reportedly changed to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association and later it was merged with the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association without following the procedure under the Society Act.

In the Dock

The chargesheet is likely to be filed next week in a case against the HPCA for converting it into a company from a society.
The other case, in which the chargesheet is complete, concerns the grant of land to the HPCA for the construction of hotel Pavilion
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:20:19 AM
Shetty panel report to be implemented
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, January 3
In a major relief to subordinate courts employees, the High Court today directed the state government to implement the recommendations of the First National Judicial Pay Commission (Justice Shetty Commission) from April1, 2003.

A division bench comprising Justice DD Sud and Justice DC Chaudhary also quashed the HP Subordinate Courts Employees (pay, allowances and other conditions of service) Act, 2005.

The Bench said the Act was a colourable exercise of legislation as it overruled the directions of the Supreme Court to implement the Shetty Commission recommendations vide which it had recommended uniformly throughout the country in the pay, allowances and other conditions of service of the subordinate courts employees. But the state had not implemented it by citing the reasons of financial stringency and treating Judicial Officers/employees as different class and passed the Act.

The judgment was passed by the court on a petition filed by the HP Non-gazetted Judicial Employees Welfare Association, challenging the validity of the Act.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:20:34 AM
John marries girl from McLeodganj
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 3
Bollywood star John Abrahim today married Priya Runchal, a girl belonging to a McLeodganj family.

Priya’s grandfather Late Buta Singh owned a hotel and a market complex at McLeodganj, about 10 km from Dharamsala. Her father Akshay Runchal, a former IIT professor, runs an NGO at McLeodganj to protect Kangra art, and the family business.

Priya, who was working as an investment banker, met John Abrahim in 2011. She is pursuing higher studies in London. She and John Abrahim visited McLeodganj after the death of her grandfather in 2012.

Sources said the family had earlier planned their marriage at McLeodganj, but the plan was changed.

The sources said the wedding of John Abrahim and Priya took place in Los Angeles and news regarding it appeared on twitter.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:20:48 AM
Manali MLA boycotts winter carnival
MC Thakur

Manali, January 3
Local BJP MLA Govind Singh Thakur today said Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, ignored him and he had to boycott all programmes of the carnival.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Govind said the winter carnival was being politicised and its stage was used for political speeches by Congress leaders in the presence of the Chief Minister and he was left with no option rather than boycotting the official functions.

He said local talents were being ignored in the carnival and mahila mandals and self-help groups had also been discouraged. Thakur said he had given a courtesy call to the Chief Minister at Hadimba temple on Thursday before the start of the cultural procession.

He further said for the development of the area, the Manali Development Authority should be founded whose chairman should be an IAS officer. Talking about the inauguration of a bridge at 17 Mile, Panchayat Bhawan and fire station building in Manali by the CM, Govind said stones were laid by the BJP government. He alleged that the CM had announced nothing new in Manali.

Govind said local folk artistes should be given special space in the carnival to encourage local art and culture.
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Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:21:04 AM
2 killed as warning signs on frozen track non-existent
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 3
The death of two tourists - Ved Bala, 30, and Rohit, 10, in a road accident yesterday at Kufri has exposed the rampant lack of warning signs for commuters travelling on the frozen road track of Shimla-Kufri-Narkanda stretch of the National Highway-22.

According to police, the vehicle carrying 16 tourists from Hissar, Haryana, failed to negotiate a turn at Kufri as it skid off the road and plunged 20 metres down on to the Kufri Bypass from the Old Road. Ved Bala and Rohit were declared brought dead while 14 other tourists sustained injuries and were reported to be out of danger at IGMC.

DSP city Pankaj Sharma said the accident occurred due to over-speeding. The driver has been booked for negligence in driving, he added. The police today lodged an FIR on the complaint of Vinod Sangroli, resident of Baggi, stating the tourist Swift Dzire (HR99-RN Temp 4581) hit his vehicle (HP03-4291 Temp) at Kufri.

PWD engineers claimed they had spread the earth material on the icy layer on the road after snow was cleared. The layer was eroded due to the high traffic flow on the highway, it was stated.
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Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:21:19 AM
Mandi MC told to file affidavit on waste dumping
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, January 3
Taking a serious view of the issue of throwing of municipal solid waste (MSW) into the Beas, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Executive Officer of the Mandi Municipal Council to file an affidavit explaining a complete mechanism of the collection of the solid waste in Mandi and its disposal.

It further directed to explain whether the solid waste was being thrown directly or indirectly into the river or any other stream. It also directed to furnish information on the status of environment clearances pending before the State Level Environment Impact Assessment Authority for the establishment of the Municipal Solid Waste Plant at Mandi and steps taken in this regard.

While holding a circuit court sitting, the NGT, headed by Justice Swatantar Kumar, observed that it was a case of complete neglect on the part of the MC.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:21:34 AM
Top cops shifted

Shimla, January 3
In a minor shake-up in the police, the government today posted Inspector General of Police AP Siddqui, currently posted with the Armed Police and Training, as IG, CID.

Satwant Atwal, IG, Cyber Crime, has been shifted as IG to the CID wing. She will oversee crime and security.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Traffic, Tourism and Railways, Surinder Verma has been shifted to the Vigilance Bureau and ASP Rajesh Dharmani goes as ASP, Traffic, Tourism and Railways. Shamsher Singh, who was under transfer to the 5th Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB), goes as ASP, Hamirpur, and ASP Hamirpur Arvind Kumar has been shifted to the 5th IRB. — TNS
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Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:21:49 AM
Ex-servicemen stage protest
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 3
All members of the Rishi Markandeya Ex-Servicemen Transport Sehkari and Kalyan Samiti staged a dharna at Kharsi Chowk, about 45 km from here, today. Led by their president Surender Singh, general secretary Jogender Singh Thakur, vice-president Subedar Daulat Ram and treasurer Krishan Lal Thakur, they held a five-hour-long protest against alleged injustice done to them by the state Ex-Servicemen Welfare Corporation, Hamirpur, regarding deployment of trucks in cement loading work at JP Bagha Cement Factory in the district.

They also raised slogans against the corporation.

Addressing the rally, their chief adviser and INTUC state general secretary Bhagat Singh Varma alleged that the corporation was not implementing orders of the High Court, which had asked it to deploy 70 trucks of the society in the cement loading work.

He alleged that the corporation had only employed 31 trucks of the society, while 39 other trucks were still standing on the road since the last six months without any work and their owners, ex-servicemen, were suffering as they had purchased these trucks after taking loans from banks.

Varma said the corporation must obey the orders of the High Court, failing which suitable action would be taken against it. He said the society would intensify its agitation from January 7 to force the corporation to deploy the remaining 39 trucks of the district.
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Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:22:42 AM
ACC fined Rs 7.28 lakh for tax evasion
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 3
The Excise and Income Tax Departmenty today imposed a fine of Rs 7.28 lakh on ACC, Barmana, under HP VAT Rule, 2005, as the company had imported machineries worth Rs 29.13 lakh from Gujarat.

Sources said the penalty was imposed and revered from the company. Excise and Taxation Commissioner RS Negi confirmed that the penalty was imposed after detecting tax evasion by ACC.

The department had given a reasonable time to the company, said officials.

The company did not pay VAT at Swarghat when the machineries were imported, they added. The investigation into the case detected VAT evasion and the department imposed the penalty, said officials.
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Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:23:16 AM
Annual plan meeting on Jan 14, 15
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 3
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will preside over the Annual Plan meeting for the financial year 2014-15 to be held on January 14 and 15, with legislators in the capital here.

Disclosing this here today, a spokesman of the state government said the priority demands of the MLAs would be considered at the meeting so that these could be incorporated in the budget.

The meeting with MLAs of Solan, Sirmour and Shimla districts will be held in the morning session on January 14, while views of the legislators from Mandi, Kullu and Bilaspur would be held in the afternoon.

He said the meeting with MLAs of Kangra, Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts would be held on January 15 morning while a meeting with legislators from Chamba, Una and Hamirpur districts would be held in the afternoon.

He said priorities of MLAs regarding roads, bridges and small irrigation and drinking water supply schemes had been invited at the Annual Planning meeting of the state.

He said issues such as generating more resources, better administration and steps for containing expenditure on various heads would also be discussed with the MLAs at the meeting.
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Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:23:29 AM
Malhotra is Dist Bar Assn chief

Chamba, January 3
Dharam Malhotra has been elected president of the District Bar Association in the elections held here on Tuesday.

Besides, Vinod Bhardwaj has been elected vice-president, Akshay Jaryal general secretary and Sanjay Thakur joint secretary. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:23:42 AM
Man loses fingers at work
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 3
Rakesh Kumar (42) of Bani village under Bhapraal gram panchayat near Ghumarwin lost three fingers of his right hand when he was working on an electric wood-planer at Marhana village on Wednesday.

Reports said the accident resulted in a serious injury to Rakesh who was rushed to the Bharaadi Community Health Centre, from where he was referred to the Hamirpur Regional Hospital. Later, he was shifted to the PGI, Chandigarh. Village elders said Rakesh came from a very poor family and was covered under the IRDP. They urged the Deputy Commissioner to provide him immediate financial help for treatment at the PGI as he faced the danger of losing his right hand, which could endanger his livelihood and that of his family.
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Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:23:56 AM
Former Congman resolves to join AAP

Chamba, January 3
It is not only common people who wish to join the AAP in this region but former member of the Congress Shiv Sharma has resolved to join it along with his well-wishers.

Shiv said he would decide his future course of action soon after meeting top AAP leaders in New Delhi. “I have a tangible plan to launch a mobilisation drive strengthening the AAP and gear up its activists for the Lok Sabha elections slated for May this year,” said Sharma. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:24:11 AM
Villagers seek redress of grievances
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 3
Led by their Action Committee Chairman Ram Singh, hundreds of villagers including a large number of women staged a slogan-shouting demonstration through town bazaars and later held a three-hour “dharna” outside the Deputy Commissioner's office under the aegis of “Four Lane Express Highway Visthapit Punarvaas Samiti” here this afternoon.

Drawn from all areas where this highway is being constructed from Kainchi Mode to Bhagedh in Bilaspur district here, these villagers raised vociferous slogans, stressing their demands and warning the government against inordinate delay in addressing their grievances.

Addressing their rally, their leaders strongly criticised the ruling political leadership for its utter failure to protect their interests and said its silence was raising several doubts in their minds regarding their sincerity in helping their cause.

They said these leaders must come forward to help them and solve their demands immediately as charges are already being hurled on them that they have been silenced by so-called “favours” showered on them by the construction authorities.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:24:25 AM
Demonstrators were sore and worried regarding their proper rehabilitation and expressed resentment that they were being uprooted by the state government without any agreement on their rehabilitation before uprooting them and taking over their ancestral lands, houses and all properties without their consent or without ever consulting them at all.

A number of their Action Committee leaders said they were running out of patience and they would have to decide to resort to “direct action" if the district administration, state government and local ruling party leaders do not step in to ensure that they sign an agreement with oustees and solve their problems. They urged them to end their “considered silence" at the earliest.

They declared that now, general house of oustees would be held at Auhar on January 7 to decide their next course of action. They said a memorandum of demands and grievances had already been submitted to the district administration and the state government and they must wake up in time “before the situation deteriorates further and things go out of hand”.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:24:44 AM
Demonstrators were sore and worried regarding their proper rehabilitation and expressed resentment that they were being uprooted by the state government without any agreement on their rehabilitation before uprooting them and taking over their ancestral lands, houses and all properties without their consent or without ever consulting them at all.

A number of their Action Committee leaders said they were running out of patience and they would have to decide to resort to “direct action" if the district administration, state government and local ruling party leaders do not step in to ensure that they sign an agreement with oustees and solve their problems. They urged them to end their “considered silence" at the earliest.

They declared that now, general house of oustees would be held at Auhar on January 7 to decide their next course of action. They said a memorandum of demands and grievances had already been submitted to the district administration and the state government and they must wake up in time “before the situation deteriorates further and things go out of hand”.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:24:58 AM
Kainchi Mode-Bhagedh Highway

Demonstrators were sore and worried regarding their proper rehabilitation and expressed resentment that they were being uprooted by the state government without any agreement
A number of their Action Committee leaders said they were running out of patience and they would have to decide to resort to “direct action" if the district administration, state government and local ruling party leaders do not sign an agreement with oustees and solve their problems
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:25:11 AM
Cong workers burn effigies of Anurag Thakur, Arun Jaitley
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 3
Congress workers, led by vice-president of the Forest Corporation Kewal Singh Pathania, today burnt the effigies of BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Anurag Thakur at the Kachehri crossing here yesterday.

Addressing people on the occasion, Kewal Singh Pathania, a Virbhadra Singh loyalist, alleged that Congress workers would not take allegations against the Chief Minister lying down.

In case the BJP leaders did not stop levelling corruption allegations against Virbhadra, Congress workers would take to the streets and confront the BJP leaders. This could lead to a law and order problem in the state, he said.

Kewal Singh Pathania also addressed a press conference and alleged that all allegations being levelled against the Chief Minister and his family were false and frivolous.

With the BJP leaders upping the ante against Virbhadra and his family over the alleged loan taken by him from a promoter of Hyderabad-based power company, loyalists of the Chief Minister have also decided to take to the streets.
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Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:25:23 AM
Youth told to serve humanity
Our Correspondent

OPalampur, January 3
Brij Behari Lal Butail, Speaker of the state Assembly, today asked youth leaders to lead a clean political life and serve the people with dedication.

Addressing the youth, he said while serving humanity one should rise above their political affiliations and genuine persons should be helped. In the present scenario, people would repose faith only in honest leaders, he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:25:38 AM
Ice skating championship kicks off
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 3
The 10th National Ice Skating Championship got off to a spectacular start today at Asia’s oldest natural ice skating rink in the queen of hills with over 200 participants, including four foreigners, vying for ranks.

The two-day event is being held in novice, sub-junior, junior and senior categories for both boys and girls in speed and figure skating and ice skaters from Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Delhi are competing in the event.

Ice Skating Association president Bhuvnesh Banga said Shimla was hosting the championship for the fourth consecutive year and the standard was improving. “The response is good as the number of participants have increased from about 150 last year to more than 200 this year,” he said.

The first three rank holders would be given coaching to participate in international events, he said.

Shreya (15) from the US, who had come here to participate in junior girl figure skating, said, “I came to India to pay visit to my grandparents living in Kolkata but could not resist the urge of participating in the championship and landed in Shimla on January 1. The atmosphere here is ideal, in the US, we have indoor rinks, but the feeling of performing at a natural ice skating rink is beyond everything. Moreover, I feel at home and can associate with the language better”.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:25:54 AM
Anup Yama, the first Indian to win the world roller skating championship, also participated in the championship. The highlight of the evening session was the Torch Light Tattoo, formation of tattoos with ‘mashal’ by the members of the Shimla Ice Skating Rink.

“Till today, 24 sessions have been completed during the current session while the maximum numbers of 111 sessions were held in 1997,” said Shimla Ice Skating Club executive member Pankaj Prabhakar. Ice skaters from Maharashtra dominated the rink in the morning session securing 11 out of 27 positions while Karnataka and Kerala shared three each.

Results

Senior Girls (500 m): Radha Gokhlae (Maharashtra)-I, Mansi Bhide (Maharashtra)-II and Varsha Kukreja (Maharashtra)-III

Junior Girls (500 m): Seelya (Karnataka)-I, Avani (Karnataka)-II and Sathithya Iyer (Maharashtra)-III

Novice Boys (400 m): Ashish Kamat (Maharashtra) -I, Hussain Illyas (Maharashtra) -II and Aryan Meshram (Maharashtra) -III
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 04, 2014, 08:26:08 AM
Novice Girls (400 m): Ashel Leanne (Karnataka) -I, Hinal Desai (Maharashtra) -II and Oshna Dhandorkar (Maharashtra) -III.

Senior Boys (Figure Skating): Anup Kumar Yama (Andhra Pradesh) -I, Yogesh Gupta (Delhi) -II, Joginder Kumar (Uttar Pradesh) -III.

Junior Boys (Figure Skating): Nishay Luthera (Delhi) and Nikhil (Andhra Pradesh) -I, Ashwin Raj (Kerala): -II and Pranav Amal Raj (Kerala) -III.

Sub-Junior Boys Figure Skating: Abhijith Amal Raj (Kerala)-I, Sai Hitesh -II and Priyam and Abhishek-III.

Senior Girls (figure Skating: Monal Kanojia (Maharashtra) - I, Suchali Sharma (Himachal Pradesh) -II and Japneet Sidhu (Himachal Pradesh) -III.

Junior Girls (Figure Skating): Anavi Tekriwal (Delhi) -I, Shreya Dalal (Maharashtra) -II and Aldrin (Himachal Pradesh) and Suhair Kanojia (Maharashtra) - III.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 05, 2014, 09:13:40 AM
Cabinet meeting: Homeless to be given land in each dist
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 4
The government has decided to provide 3 biswas in the rural areas and 2 biswas in urban areas to homeless persons or families in every district of the state.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. The families whose annual income is up to Rs 50,000 and are homeless or those whose entire land has been washed away in floods will be eligible.

The Cabinet also gave its nod for nine government degree colleges at Nagrota Surian in Kangra, Rewalsar, Sandhol and Lad Bhadol in Mandi, Dharampur and Diggal in Solan, Sarahan in Sirmaur and Nankhari and Kumarsain in Shimla district. It accorded approval for creation of up-tehsil at Jol in Una district.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 05, 2014, 09:13:57 AM
It also decided to continue with the ban on construction in the 17 green belts falling within the Shimla MC. It decided to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of the Urban Development Minister with the Principal Secretary, Revenue and Secretary, Urban Development as its members to examine the anomalies in the demarcation of the green pockets. This committee will submit its report in a month.

It granted approval for lease of university land for setting up of spices park at KVK Bara, Hamirpur. It was decided to award the balance work of widening of Sarkaghat-Jahu Road to MG Contractors, Panchkula.

It also granted approval for Government Polytechnic at Chopal in Shimla district.

The approval was accorded to allot 4.40 MW Tindi power project to L&T Development Power for meeting the construction power requirements of Reoli Dugli project. It agreed to transfer recruitment under certain categories of Class-III posts from the purview of the HPSSSB to the HP Public Service Commission to avoid unnecessary delays and ensure quality recruitments.
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Post by: Harpal on January 05, 2014, 09:14:13 AM
BJP chargesheet discussed

The Cabinet today discussed the chargesheet submitted by the BJP against the Congress regime but a majority of the ministers said the BJP was free to approach the Lokayukta if it felt that there was truth in the allegations.

This was the first meeting which was held after the BJP submitted the charge-sheet against the Virbhadra regime on December 25 to Governor Urmila Singh. She had also sought the opinion of the government on it.
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Post by: Harpal on January 05, 2014, 09:14:50 AM
Mud-slinging harmful for state's growth: CM
Our Correspondent

Una, January 4
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said long-drawn war of words between political opponents was detrimental to national interests.

Addressing a public meeting at Amb in Una district, he said while there were always differences in political ideologies, amity should prevail in the end so that development and social issues could hold the centrestage, while the government in power could focus on prosperity.

Reacting to the charges of corruption by Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur and his younger brother Arun Dhumal, he vowed to make public the entire gamut of business interests of former Chief Minister PK Dhumal and his sons, including flourishing trade of diamonds and other industries. He blamed Dhumal for nursing a grudge against him.

Ealier, he laid the foundation stone of a sewerage disposal project for Chintpurni, on which Rs 8.5 crore would be spent by the Chintpurni Temple Trust. He also inaugurated a drinking water scheme in Kharoh village, on which Rs 1.2 crore was spent. He announced that a bridge over Garni khud in Thathal village would be constructed.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 05, 2014, 09:15:18 AM
He announced upgrading of government schools in Bhalaun, Chururu and Gharoh, besides starting commerce classes in Ripoh Misran school. He also announced that a new building for government school, Jawar, would be constructed. He was accompanied by IPH Minister Vidya Stokes, Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Industry Minister Mukesh Agnihotri, local MLA and Chairman of the Finance Commission Kuldip Kumar and Gagret MLA Rakesh Kalia.

Industry Minister Mukesh Agnihotri said the government would give a befitting reply to Dhumal and his sons.

Agnihotri questioned why the media was not questioning Dhumal as to why their government illegally tapped more than 1,400 telephones, why the government flouted the law of the land to dole out government land to outsiders and why did the father and son lease out government land to the HPCA and why was this organisation converted into a company.
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Post by: Harpal on January 05, 2014, 09:15:32 AM
Takes on media
The Chief Minister said the media did not make or break governments. "I am answerable, not to the media, but to the people of my state," he said. He alleged some big media houses were gunning for him. “They did not have the decency to invite me to a debate in Delhi, where false allegations were levelled against me,” he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 05, 2014, 09:15:51 AM
Dhumal sharpens attack on CM
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Hamirpur, January 4
Former Chief Minister PK Dhumal has accused Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh of “making a record in corruption and price rise” during his one-year rule in the state.

Addressing BJP activists at the Gandhi Chowk here today on the launch of the BJP campaign “Virbhadra Hatao, Pradesh Bachao", Dhumal said, “Unemployment and price rise have reached their peak but the Chief Minister has been busy seeking personal loans from a businessman.”

He said, “People want to know the truth of loans sought by the Chief Minister and he should give reply to all allegations and this can only be done by stepping down from the post of the Chief Minister.”

Dhumal said, “We will reply the Chief Minister in the same language used by him and asked him to reply seven questions pertaining to his alleged links with businessman Vakamulla Chandrasekhar.”
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Post by: Harpal on January 05, 2014, 09:16:06 AM
Dhumal said, “The silence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the allegations against Virbhadra Singh is doing immense harm to the country and nothing much was delivered to the countrymen during his tenure except price rise and unemployment.”

Criticising the recent hike in diesel and LPG refills, Dhumal demanded the immediate withdrawal in the hike.

Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur, district BJP president Vijay Agnihotri and other leaders also addressed the gathering.

Later, BJP leaders also submitted a memorandum to the Governor through ADC, Hamirpur.
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Post by: Harpal on January 05, 2014, 09:16:25 AM
BJP launches drive to remove Virbhadra
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 4
State BJP president Satpal Singh Satti today said with serious allegations being levelled against Virbhadra Singh, he must step down on moral grounds and offer himself for probe by any independent agency. He was speaking during the launch of the "Virbhadra Hatao, Pradesh Bachao" campaign here.

BJP workers, led by Satti, Lok Sabha MP from Shimla Virender Kashyap and Shimla legislator Suresh Bhardwaj, held a demonstration outside the Deputy Commissioner's office. They marched from the Kali Bari temple to the DC office, raising slogans. Similar demonstrations were held all over the state to build pressure on the Chief Minister and the Congress. It will continue till January 10.

"The Chief Minister has not come out clean on the allegations levelled against him," said Satti. He added that while allegations against former Communications Minister and Congress leader Sukh Ram had been proved in court, now it was the turn of Virbhadra.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 05, 2014, 09:16:41 AM
Addressing a gathering, Shimla MLA Suresh Bhardwaj said the Chief Minister had no option but to resign. "If Virbhadra Singh refuses to resign on moral grounds, the BJP will intensify its agitation and force him to step down," he announced.

He said people want to know from the CM who is Vakamulla Chandrasekhar and also the secret behind the sudden rise in apple production in his orchards, enhancing his income manifold.

State BJP vice-president Narender Bragta exhorted BJP workers to further intensify their agitation to ensure Virbhadra's ouster.
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Post by: Harpal on January 05, 2014, 09:16:53 AM
Nothing wrong in buying shares in company: Pathania
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 4
Pollution Control Board Chairman Kuldeep Pathania today lashed out at former Chief Minister PK Dhumal for indulging in malicious propaganda against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and said the Dhumals had taken politics to all-time low and were levelling allegations to remain politically alive in the media.

He said there was nothing wrong in taking loan from any individual or buying shares in a company when all formalities had been completed. All transactions made by his family members were transparent and made through cheques and there was nothing wrong in these. No favour had been given to Venture Energy and Technology Ltd by the Congress government.

He said it was the BJP government which allotted the Saikothi project to the company and also gave four extensions while the Congress gave only one extension. Moreover, it was the Congress that cancelled the project in November 2013.

He said the Dhumal government crossed all limits of criminality by indulging in illegal phone-tapping of political opponents, their own ministers, officers and journalists and the fact that the copies of personal documents of the Chief Minister such as IT returns and bank details, which could not be obtained even under the RTI, were available with the Dhumals indicated that they had been indulging in spying and unlawful possession of personal documents of others.

Criticising the statements of Arun Dhumal, Pathania said Arun should look at his own stature before questioning the integrity of a person who had remained the Chief Minister for six terms, besides having an unblemished public career of over five decades.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:26:14 AM
CM misled Cong high command: Dhumal
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 5
Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today accused Virbhadra Singh of misleading the Congress high command by misrepresenting the facts on the allotment of 17-MW Sai Koti hydro-power project and his financial transactions.

Addressing the media for the first time here today ever since senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley levelled serious corruption charges against the Chief Minister, Dhumal said it was high time that he should resign. "He should have resigned or proved his innocence. The BJP will take the fight to its logical end as all options are open before us," he replied when asked if the BJP would move court on the issue.

He added that the Income Tax Department and the CBI must expedite investigations as there were reports that some documents in the case had gone missing. "If they had done no wrong, why did they conceal the details of shares held by the children in the company in their election affidavits when they were shown as dependents," he said. "Conflicting versions for taking loan are being made such as the repair of the palace and then to pay his lawyers but what is the worst is that he has tried to mislead the Congress high command by creating an impression that it was BJP who granted the project and his regime cancelled it now on November 21, 2012," he remarked.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:26:29 AM
He added that the only version of the Chief Minister was the one which had been posted on the official website of the AICC and he wanted to set the record right. "The Sai Koti project was allotted to Venture Energy and Technology on June 14, 2002, by the BJP regime along with eight other projects with a capacity of 400 mw," he said. He added that within six months of the allotment, a notice for cancellation was issued for violations and the process initiated in June 2003.

With the change of government in Himachal, the Congress regime too upheld the decision and cancelled the project on November 2, 2003, but then the firm moved the High Court, which upheld the decision of the state.

"Though the Supreme Court directed the state government to reconsider the allotment, the Virbhadra regime reallotted the project without going into the merits of the case," he alleged. The MoU was terminated but the case for re-allotment was placed before the Cabinet thrice which turned it down.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:28:56 AM
He added that the only version of the Chief Minister was the one which had been posted on the official website of the AICC and he wanted to set the record right. "The Sai Koti project was allotted to Venture Energy and Technology on June 14, 2002, by the BJP regime along with eight other projects with a capacity of 400 mw," he said. He added that within six months of the allotment, a notice for cancellation was issued for violations and the process initiated in June 2003.

With the change of government in Himachal, the Congress regime too upheld the decision and cancelled the project on November 2, 2003, but then the firm moved the High Court, which upheld the decision of the state.

"Though the Supreme Court directed the state government to reconsider the allotment, the Virbhadra regime reallotted the project without going into the merits of the case," he alleged. The MoU was terminated but the case for re-allotment was placed before the Cabinet thrice which turned it down.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:29:15 AM
"Despite the reluctance of the Cabinet, the project was given to the company and during our tenure, we gave them extension along with other projects based on the policy and an imposition of Rs 10,000 per mw per month delay fee," he said.

He said the last extension given by his regime was to expire on March 31, 2013, after which the project should have been deemed to be cancelled but on September 4, 2013, another extension for 10 months was given by the present regime.

Apple Scam?

PK Dhumal demanded that an FIR should be registered against all those who had given false numbers of vehicles in which apples worth crores from the orchards of Virbhadra were transported. First, there was a phenomenal rise in his income from apples and now the revelations that they had been transported on scooters and tankers are shocking," he said. “Whenever there is mention of the Bihar fodder scam, the apple scam of Himachal too will be remembered and Himachal will be shamed each time," he lamented.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:29:30 AM
Virbhadra dares Dhumal to move Lokayukta
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 5
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today dared PK Dhumal to approach the Lokayukta against him. “If Dhumal and the BJP are so sure about the corruption charges against me, then why they hesitate to approach the Lokayukta,” he said, talking to mediapersons at his residence “Holly Lodge” here today. He said Dhumal would never move the Lokayukta because he would have to furnish an affidavit, which he would avoid as there was no truth in the allegations.

He questioned why Arun Jaitley was showing so much interest in Dhumal and his family. “Has he been paid as a lawyer or was it a cricketeering company gesture or there was something deeper behind it,” he quipped.

“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride them” was his short and crisp reply to Dhumal’s demand for his resignation.

He said the BJP feared of his popularity. They wanted him out of their way to be able to win the Lok Sabha elections. “The unprecedented gathering at the rally in Hamirpur has rattled Dhumal and his supporters and with Vigilance inquiries too being at an advanced stage, the BJP is scared,” he remarked.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:29:44 AM
He accused the BJP leaders of making personal attacks on him in frustration as the probe into the Congress chargesheet against the BJP regime was gaining momentum. He said the allegations against him were false.

He said the chargesheet contained serious charges of corruption and land scams against Dhumal, his family members, ministers and others. The cases are land deals and change of land use involving Ramdev's Patanjali Yogpeeth, Prashant Bhushan's trust at Palampur, HP Cricket Association hotel, Bemloe construction and Annandale.

“There is imminent involvement of Dhumal and his family in large number of cases, including Bemloe construction in Shimla for which Rs 32 lakh was sanctioned overnight for constructing a road and that too on an application filed in the name of dead people,” he alleged.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:30:08 AM
He dismissed allegations of favouring promoters of Sai Koti Project and said it was restored to Venture Energy &Technology in June 2007 on the Supreme Court orders and intervention. He said it was a matter of record that the project was given extension on four occasions by the BJP government during 2009 to 2012. The fourth extension given by the BJP in October 2012 extended up to March 2013. He said his government gave extension to Sai Koti Project once and that too by levying an extension fee of Rs 20,000 per mw per month.

He said there was nothing illegal in taking a loan from Vakamulla Chandershekhar who was a family friend.

“I have taken a loan of Rs 3.90 crore but no favour has been given to the power firm and all payments are being made through cheques,” he said. His family members had purchased shares in Tarini Infrastructure which were fully paid and purchased as primary shares in 2009 and approved in 2010-11.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:30:25 AM
‘Me without you’ is incomplete
Shriniwas Joshi

 I wanted to go to the Ardhnarishwar Temple in Mandi. I found no indicator-board anywhere so I had to ask a shopkeeper its whereabouts. He guided me but also added that it was adjacent to Sukh Ramji’s house.

Anybody in Mandi would probably know Sukh Ramji’s house, but for me, locating it was slightly difficult. My only visit there was at dusk. Sukh Ram, as Telecom Minister of India, is credited with bringing about a telecom revolution in Himachal Pradesh, nay, India.

Remember July 1995; the first call on a mobile phone in India was between Jyoti Basu and Sukh Ram when Writer’s Building in Kolkata and Sanchar Bhawan in Delhi were connected through that call. And today, just 18 years hence, India claims to have about 870 million mobile phones for a population of 1,220 million. It shows that 70.72 persons out of every 100 use mobile phones in our country.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:30:39 AM
I got interested in knowing which countries had the highest and the lowest percentage of mobile-phone users. Panama heads with a percentage of 202.5, which means in that country, on an average, everybody has two mobile phones and North Korea has the lowest percentage of 8.3.

Anyhow, I reached the Ardhnarishwar temple and was mesmerised by its relief work and the beauty of stone-carving (see photo). No wonder the Gazetteers of Mandi (1920) reads: “It consists of a cella, porch and sabha mandap and the carving throughout is rich and of considerable beauty.”

Ganapati carved on stone just above the Mukhya Dwar (main gate) of the temple (see photo) challenges those who believe that Himachal woodcraft has a standing but not its stone-carving. The four hands of Ganapati have trident, rosary, kamandal and modak (laddu). It appears that Ganapati is about to lift the modak through His trunk.

He is seated on a lotus platform and His vaahan (vehicle) - a mouse, is sitting by his side. Do you know that Ganapati with his trunk turned right is very difficult to please? His worship needs to be performed exactly as prescribed in the scriptures and that too daily.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:30:55 AM
Traditionally, an icon whose trunk is to the right is named “Siddhi-Vinayak”, the giver of siddhi (accomplishment and success). The Ganapati with his trunk on the left side is easier to please and bestows boons freely. Here, the Ganapati has His trunk turned to the left so He is easier to please and is Ganapati of ‘Aam Aadmi’.

A board fixed within the complex informs a visitor that the temple was raised in the 16th-17th century and it stood aloof among all the temples of Mandi because of its exceptional archaeology and superb beauty. District Gazetteers confirms it: "Of the more modern temples, the finest from an artistic standpoint is the sanctuary of Ardhnarishwar, the stone image of which represents Shiva and his consort Parvati, the right half being devoted to the former and the left to the latter. Shiva is portrayed with knotted hair, a necklace of human skulls, a serpent, a musical instrument in one hand and a damru in the other. Parvati is shown wearing a diadem, an ear-ring and a nose-ring. To the main image is joined a slab on which the vehicles of the deities - the bull and the lion - are carved.”
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:31:10 AM
Its mandapa is open to the skies. Many researchers ascribe the building to Mian Kaleswar of Mandi. Raja Sidh Sen of Mandi lived for 100 years from 1627 to 1727 and his fourth son was Kaleswar. If he is the same Kaleswar who raised the structure of the temple, it is certain that this temple a creation of the17th century.

Ardhnarishwar represents a synthesis of masculine and feminine energies of the universe (Purusha and Prakriti), symbolising that one of them cannot be without the other - one is imperfect in the absence of the other.

The emotions of Purusha and Prakriti cannot survive in singularity; also the emotions of both are not competing with each other. So, they merge. It is the truth of life that “Me without You” is incomplete. One requires the other for survival and that is represented in Ardhnarishwar - an all-encompassing God.

TAILPIECE

“The great God, Maheshwara, never delights with a wife distinct from His own self…the joy within him is called the Goddess.” — Kurma Purana
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:31:26 AM
HPCA case: IAS officer to be quizzed today
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 5
Kamlesh Kumar Pant, a 1993-batch IAS officer, who is on a Central deputation as Joint Secretary, Defence Production, has been summoned by the state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Department for questioning at Dharamsala tomorrow.

Pant has been summoned as he was the Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, in 2008 when a residential facility of Government College, Dharamsala, was demolished as it was allegedly posing a threat to the structure of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).

The Vigilance Bureau has registered a case against the HPCA and various government officials for allegedly demolishing the residential facility illegally and allowing the HPCA encroach on its land.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:32:36 AM
It has been alleged that a meeting was held in Pant's office that was also attended by HPCA officials and a decision to demolish the college building without taking any technical clearance was taken. Earlier, the Vigilance had arrested a former SDO and Executive Engineer of the PWD who were posted here when the decision was taken.

Then Principal of Government College, Dharamsala, NK Awasthi had also been made a party in the case. He has secured bail from the High Court.

Pant was summoned earlier also by the Vigilance Bureau, but he did not appear. Sources said Pant did not appear as he was apprehending arrest in the case.

The sources also told The Tribune that IAS Officers' Association had expressed displeasure. Association members also met the Acting Chief Secretary to register their protest.

The officers said senior officers such as Pant should not be prosecuted for chairing a meeting as administrative head of the district.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:32:51 AM
Already two senior IAS officers, Additional Chief Secretary Deepak Shanan and RS Gupta, have been issued chargesheet by the government in cases concerning the HPCA.

However, since the BJP has launched a campaign against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the Vigilance is also trying to expedite its inquiry into the HPCA case and filed a chargesheet against all concerned.

The sources also said a Cabinet minister was also against Pant being involved in the case and had voiced concern on the matter.

Charge against him: Kamlesh Kumar Pant, Joint Secretary, Defence Production, has been summoned as he was the Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, in 2008 when a residential facility of Government College, Dharamsala, was demolished. It has been alleged that the decision to demolish the college building without taking any technical clearance was taken at a meeting that was held in Pant's office
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:33:06 AM
Skill allowance scheme fails to achieve target
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 5
The Kaushal Vikas Bhatta (Skill Development Allowance) scheme of the state government is not likely to reach all deserving youth in the state due to lack of recognised centres for providing skill development courses. Sources said in the current financial year, the state government had set a target of providing allowance to about 28,000 youth in Kangra district.

However, the regional employment officer, Kangra, who is the nodal officer for the scheme, said till date the government had been able to give skill development allowance to only 4,451 candidates. The cases of another 665 youth were still under process, he said.

The data of Kangra district, which is most populous district of the state, reveals that a target of less than 25 per cent has been achieved under the scheme. The implementation in other districts is even poorer.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:33:22 AM
Inquiries by The Tribune revealed that the target set by the state government for providing skill development allowance was unlikely to be met due to various conditions laid by the Union government for the scheme and lack of recognised skill development centres in the state.

The allowance is given under the scheme floated by the Union Ministry for Human Resources. Under the scheme, an allowance of Rs 1,000 per month can be given to youth whose families have an income of less than Rs 2 lakh per annum. The skill development allowance is also given to youth, who are enrolled in ITIs, diploma colleges and skill development centres recognised by the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).

In Himachal, there are limited skill development centres where under matriculate youth can be given skill development training. Kangra district hardly has any skill development centre for under matriculates, who can be real beneficiaries under the scheme. Here only students from poor families, who have an income of less than 2 lakh per annum and have taken admissions in ITIs or diploma colleges, are being given the allowance of Rs 1,000 per month under the Kaushal Vikas Bhatta scheme of the state government.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:33:35 AM
Officials said they had earlier proposed to send students to recognised centres in other states for skill development. However, many issues cropped up over the proposal.

A few officials were of the view that youth from poor families would not be able to bear the expenses of staying in other states for such courses with just Rs 1,000 given to them by the state government. Some officials also objected to sending students outside the state.

The state government had projected the Kaushal Vikas Bhatta as a scheme in analogy with unemployment allowance promised by the Congress in its election manifesto.

The scheme was practically good as proposed to provide skills to youth to increase employability. However, till necessary infrastructure is developed for providing skills to youth through recognised centres, its dream of decreasing unemployment through the scheme cannot be realised.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:33:48 AM
Single window for power producers
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 5
In its bid to cut down on long delays, the state government has come out with a single window for independent power producers (IPPs) to give clearance to power projects in three months time, while the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has been asked by the Centre to clear or reject a project in six months time. Top officials say the single window for power projects will cut down the delays from three years to three months as per new guidelines of the HP power policy.

“Once the pre-implementation agreement is signed with the company, the promoters need to take rounds of each department for getting NOC, as we will do it in three months' time,” said Principal Secretary, Power, SKBS Negi.

He added that they would hold the joint inspection of all departments at one go and if the department concerned did not respond in three months' time, the project would be deemed sanctioned.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:34:04 AM
The IPPs welcome the government’s new initiatives aimed at expediting the pending power projects, mainly in the Chenab, Sutlej and Ravi basins in the state, but they are taking the move with a pinch of salt.

They cite two major factors that delay project clearances. First, the clause of obtaining the no-objection certificate (NOC) from gram sabha of the project-affected site with 50 per cent quorum under the Forest Rights Act.

A second factor relates to public hearing for environment clearance in which local public and NGOs object to the project and this goes on and on for years, they added.

The main issue is how the state government addresses these issues in single window and MoEF’s guidelines as it is incumbent on the ministry concerned to put brakes or clear the project as there is no strict time frame for project clearance as they demand an NOC from the gram sabha and the public hearing, said a general manager of a private company executing a project in Lahaul-Spiti.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:34:17 AM
There are projects not getting the MOEF’s and the state’s nod even after five years have elapsed, sending the companies into a tailspin. Officials also blamed the companies for delay, saying they did not submit the detailed project reports (DPRs) in time.

On the other hand, the MoEF has come out with the policy guidelines to expedite pending projects being delayed on account of environment and forest clearance.

“If the MoEF does not respond to the power producers in six months time, the project would be deemed sanctioned," said Negi.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:34:34 AM
Maharashtra shines in ice-skating championship
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 5
The two-day 10th National Ice-Skating Championship concluded here yesterday with Maharashtra skaters reigning supreme, winning 30 out of 84 medals followed by Karnataka with 19 medals. Interestingly, the Snovit Club, Pune, contributed seven medals to the Maharashtra tally.

Nearly 200 skaters from 11 states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Naidu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Himachal and Delhi and four foreigners (all girls) competed in the event.

The solo breathtaking performance by Shreya Dalal from the United States, who was representing Maharashtra (her birth place) and Anup Yama of Andhra Pradesh was the major attraction at the closing function.

However, Mohammad representing the Snovit Club rued that while all categories could participate in the relay race, seniors girls were not allowed in the relay race.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:34:48 AM
Anup is the only skater in India to participate in 10 world championships and has a distinction of being ranked No. 1 in India, 1st in Asia and 3rd in the world. “I was just three-year-old when I first saw roller skating in an exhibition in Hyderabad and within minutes I could skate on the wooden floor of the rink and since then there has been no looking back,” says World Roller Skating Champion Anup Yama of Andhra Pradesh who also bagged the bronze medal in Asian Ice-Skating Championship held in 2010 in China.

Results: Pair Skating (Seniors): Anup Yama and Monnal-I, Yogesh and Deepika-II, Divyank and Ridhima-III.

Pair Skating (Juniors): Ashwin and Kairvi-I, Nischay and Suhair-II, Drashta and Aldrin-III.

Pair Skating (Sub Jrs): Hitesh and Sanhita-I, Abhijhit Amalraj and Janki -II, Pratham and Reshmi-III.

Novice Girls Figure Skating: Sai Samitha (Andhra Pradesh)-I, Janki Nair (Kerala)-II, Ananya and Wamika (Delhi)-III
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:35:03 AM
Novice Boys Figure Skating: Anandhu (Kerala)-I, Rushail Harjai (Delhi)-II, Kartik and Manit (Delhi)-III.

Sub Jr Girls (500 m): Rea Elizabeth (Karnataka)-I, Janvi Chordia (M’rashtra)-II, Nupur Verma (M’rashtra)-III.

Sub Jr Girls (Figure Skating): Ishita Kapoor (Delhi)-I, Ananya (AP)-II, Reshmi Bhava (Karnataka)-III.

Senior Boys (1,000 m): GV Ragjhavendra (Karnataka)-I, Akashya Aradhya (Karnataka)-II, Gitish Vaiadya (M’rashtra) -III.

Jr Boys (1,000 m): Onkar Yograj (Karnataka)-I, Sohan Tarkar (M’rashtra)-II, Suyog Tapkir (M’rashtra)-III.

Sub Jr Boys (1,000 m):Kaviraj Prithvi (Karnataka)-I, Hritik Karadi (Gujarat)-II, Ashwin Dsilva (Karnataka)-III.

Sr Girls (1,000 m): Shruti Kotwal (M’rashtra), Varsha Kukereja (M’rashtra) -II, Radha Gokhle - M’rashtra.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:35:16 AM
Jr Girls (1,000 m): Seeliya Simmith (Karnataka) -I, Sahitya Iyer (M’rashtra) -II, Avani S Kumar (Karnataka) -III.

Sub Jr Girls (1,000 m): Rea Elizabeth (Karnataka), Noopur Verma (Maharashtra)-II, Janvi Chordia (M’rashtra) -III.

Sr Boys (500 m): GV Raghavendra (Karnataka)- I, Subodh Patil (M’rashtra)-II, Akash Aradhya (Karnataka)-III.

Jr Boys (500 m): Sohan Tarkar (M’rashtra)-I, Onkar Yograj (Karnataka)-II, Sonu Ganesh M (Karnataka)-III.

Sub Jr Boys (500 m): Hrithik Karadi (Gujarat)-I, Kavi Raj Prithvi (Karnataka), Abhishek Bhandari (Uttrakhand) -III.

Sr Boys (Relay race): Kerala-I, Karnataka-II and M’rashtra-III.

Jr Boys below 14 yrs (Relay race): Karnataka-I, M’rashtra-II, M’rashtra-III

Jr Girls above 14 yrs (Relay race): M’rashtra-I,

Jr Girls below 14 (Relay race): Karnataka-I, M’rashtra-II, M’rashtra-III.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:35:30 AM
Longer session must to hone ice-skaters’ skills: Secy
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 5
The longer ice-skating session spanning four to five months is a must to hone the skills of skaters to prepare them for international events and make skating a mainstream sport, says secretary of the Shimla Ice-Skating Club and president of the Ice-Skating Association of India Bhuvanesh Banga.

“For the longer season, we require a refrigeration plant and extension of ice-skating rink to meet the international norms and we have already prepared a proposal to install the refrigeration plant while Rs 40 lakh has been sanctioned by the government for increasing the width by about 3 m to acquire the required dimensions of 56 m x 29 m and make it spacious enough for laying out the ice hockey field” he disclosed.

The number of members which was about 200 till two decades ago has swelled to 700 and the rink becomes crowded when tourists also join the locals.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:35:45 AM
The number of members which was about 200 till two decades ago has swelled to 700 and the rink becomes crowded when tourists also join the locals.

In the past one decade, there has been an increase of 5 per cent in tourist coming for skating as the number of snowy days has come down drastically. Ice-skating has remained a major attraction during winters since the British days and skaters enjoy the warmth of sliding on the ice while people shiver even sitting near the fire place.

Rajan Bhardwaj, executive member, said skating was considered a leisure activity by a majority of the skaters and there was a craze among kids to enjoy the sport.

Contrary to the general perception that snowy season is conducive for ice-skating, it is the clear sky at night that makes ice more solid. Organisers were apprehensive of holding the event due to cloudy weather and rain for the past three days. The local MeT office has predicted that the weather would remain dry for the next four days.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:36:00 AM
BSNL lines in Gandhi Nagar, Shastri Nagar go amiss
Work on culverts damages telephone wires
Abhinav Vashisht

Kullu, January 5
BSNL landline telephones in Gandhi Nagar and Shastri Nagar localities of the town have been out of order over the last seven days. The BSNL SDO here has said repair work on a culvert near Mahajan Department Store was being carried out by the PWD, due to which the telephone wires were badly damaged and exposed during excavation of the ground.

Further on, a small part of the line was missing and the possibility of sabotage by private telecom operators to hamper the BSNL services cannot be ruled out, he added.

Even earlier, during work on the culvert, BSNL landline services remained crippled for around a month in these localities. BSNL authorities have been able to restore certain lines by this afternoon.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:36:17 AM
Vinod Anand, Executive Engineer, PWD, said the culverts at Gandhi Nagar and Shastri Nagar were not present in the initial plan and were added later, to facilitate the public.

He said that repair, maintenance and improvement of the road had to be carried out periodically and the damage to the water lines, sewerage lines or phone lines was to be taken care of by the respective departments, as they shared the same turf.

He advised that BSNL could use alternate route for the telephone lines through private lands to avoid frequent damage to the lines due to improvement work on the road.

He added that there was no urgency to complete the improvement work on the culvert in Gandhi Nagar at a rapid pace as it did not cause any hindrance and was carried out with the funds for repairs, though the time for completion of the job was present in the contract document and would be adhered to.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:36:32 AM
He said the work on the culvert in Shastri Nagar was also being carried out without diverting or halting the traffic and its completion would take more time.

Residents Girish, Gaurav and Parag rue that the road condition had worsened on the Gandhi Nagar culvert and the curve of the culvert was not uniform. But in absence of glow signs or proper diversion marks, there is a threat to commuters.

Lucky from Mohal village said he met with an accident on the culvert while overtaking a bus on the curve, deeming it to be one-way, but another vehicle entered from the wrong side as there was no glow sign and further on, many vehicles remained parked on the outer bent of the curve.

Now, the residents are irked with PWD taking up a similar kind of culvert in Shastri Nagar, work on which is in progress for the last three months and dust from the same has become a health hazard.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:36:54 AM
Siddu draws tourists to carnival
MC Thakur

Manali, January 5
Stalls of the traditional dish “siddu” are attracting the attention of both tourists and local residents towards the National Winter Carnival. "Siddu" is a unique dish for tourists, who cannot find it elsewhere in the country, but local residents are also thronging the stalls to taste its variety of flavours.

About two dozen mahila mandals from Kullu district have set up their stalls on the Mall Road where they have been given a special space by the carnival committee. Tourists who are relaxing on the Mall Road are visiting the stalls and tasting siddu. Women from mahila mandals who are in the town to take part in cultural activities are also contributing to the siddu stalls.

Women say the only motive in serving 'siddus' at the carnival is to have some merry time, show their cooking skills and also to relax after never-ending household work. They are serving fresh 'siddus' with ghee and salty tea.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:37:11 AM
Snow fails to deter visitors

Fresh spell of snowfall in the entire upper Manali region last night, along with biting cold, could not deter people from thronging Manali on the fourth day of the National Winter Carnival today.

Even as the Manu Rang Shala, venue of cultural events, is jampacked with spectators, those who are not getting the chance to enter the Rang Shala are enjoying various cultural programmes on the Mall Road. Folk dance, traditional music competition and other programmes are attracting attention of tourists too.

The fourth day of the carnival included cultural competitions, solo singing, fashion show, Himachali traditional dress competition and other cultural programmes as also national and international cultural troupes. It being a Sunday, the carnival drew a huge response from people
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:37:26 AM
Mankotia, Sushant in touch with AAP
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 5
With the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gaining popularity in Delhi, many leaders, who have been sidelined by the Congress and the BJP, are entering the new party. Not just former leaders, many youth, student leaders and intellectuals are joining AAP.

Sources here said prominent leaders, who were in touch with AAP leaders, were Vijay Singh Mankotia, a senior Congress leader who lost the last Assembly election from the Shahpur constituency, and Rajan Sushant, BJP MP from Kangra.

Mankotia said he did get feelers from AAP leaders, but there had not been any formal talks with them regarding joining the new outfit. He further added that he would remain with the Congress.

Sushant has been ousted by the BJP from parliamentary board and is unlikely to get the party ticket in the coming Lok Sabha poll. Sources here said Sushant might get in touch with AAP if he was denied party ticket by the BJP.

Sushant was not available for comment.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:37:38 AM
Many leaders of the Himachal Lokhit Party are also shifting to AAP. Yesterday many residents of Dharamsala, including a large number of ex-servicemen, who have recently taken up the membership of AAP, carried out a procession in the town wearing trademark caps of new political outfit.

Aman Guleria, an advocate from Kangra, has been appointed district convener of AAP. He said they had formed the district body of the party.

AAP has also planned to start its membership campaign in rural areas to challenge the BJP and the Congress in the coming Lok Sabha poll.

In Una district also, many former leaders are claiming to have joined AAP. However, a Congress leader said the kind of people who were planning to join AAP would put the credibility of new political outfit at stake.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:37:54 AM
Leaking pipes inconvenience people
Ravinder Sood

Palampur, January 5
Leakage in pipes of the Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) Department in different parts of the town has been creating a lot of inconvenience to the public. Requests made by the locals to the IPH authorities have also gone unheard in the past year.

The leakage in pipes of the department is causing losses worth lakhs of rupees to the Public Works Department (PWD) in the town and the adjoining panchayat areas every year as most of the roads metalled by the PWD have developed big potholes at many points.

Leakage in pipes near the fire station has become a death-trap as many two-wheelers have met with accident at this point in the past. However, the IPH authorities are unconcerned about the situation.

Official sources said the IPH Department had failed to follow norms fixed by the government while laying water pipes as most of the pipes were open. The leakage was affecting the roads causing loss not only to the state exchequer, but also a lot of inconvenience to the public.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:38:09 AM
As per norms notified by the state government, the minimum depth of pipes should have been 1 ft, but these norms have openly been flouted by the IPH Department.

Roads leading to Hotel Tea Bud, Nothingla, Neugal Park, Sugar, Aima and Lohana are the worst affected areas where water flows on roads. Near Neugal Chowk, the road has developed big holes due to leakages in six water pipes. A road leading to Lohana and Sai Garden is the worst affected as the road has turned into a drain.

Because of the leakages, residents of Aima, Nothingla, Ghuggar and SSB Chowk are forced to use contaminated water resulting in various water-borne diseases. If no step is initiated, it can turn into an epidemic.

Meanwhile, a senior officer of the Public Works Department said since water was flowing on roads, the department was unable to repair or carpet it.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:38:23 AM
BJP leaders’ effigies burnt again
Angry Cong leaders say they won’t allow BJP leaders to enter Bilaspur
Our Correspondents

Bilaspur, January 5
Congressmen from Bilaspur Sadar continued with their campaign of burning effigies of former Chief Minister and top BJP leader PK Dhumal outside Shahid Smarak at Changar sector here yesterday.

They also raised slogans against top BJP leaders Dhumal and Anurag Thakur. Local MLA Bambar Thakur said: “They will not be allowed to enter Bilaspur in future.”

Bambar said the BJP leaders had set a record of sorts in corrupt practices when they were in power and now, when several inquiries were being held against them, they were completely baffled. Due to this, he said, they were levelling baseless charges against the CM without any letup.

Youth Congress activists, led by District Mandi Committee president Vivek Kumar, also staged a similar effigy-burning programme at Jhandutta”.

Cong hits back at BJP’s tirade against CM
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:38:40 AM
Cong hits back at BJP’s tirade against CM

CHAMBA: Hitting at the BJP leaders for their false propaganda against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Chairman of the Chamba Market Committee Neeraj Nayar, along with eight other Congress leaders, said the charges levelled at Virbhadra were beyond facts and that there was no truth in these.

In a statement here today, the leaders described the propaganda of the BJP as baseless and false, alleging that the BJP was diverting the attention of the public by launching a false campaign against Virbhadra to put curtains on the ongoing Vigilance inquiry against the party in the land mafia, phone tapping and other cases.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:38:53 AM
State has 1.5 lakh TB patients: WHO
Our correspondent

Kangra, January 5
Men are outnumbering women tuberculosis (TB) patients in the state. Of the 1.5 lakh notified tuberculosis patients undergoing treatment under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), 5 per cent are children.

Dr KC Kaushal, WHO TB Consultant, stated this here yesterday. He said 14,000 TB cases were notified in the hill state every year pushing the number of such patients to 1.5 lakh, which included 65 per cent men, 30 per cent women.

He said these patients were getting treatment under the RNTCP and the cure rate was 88 per cent. Only 80 per cent TB patients were detected and notified. Earlier, the death rate was 29 per cent, which had come down to 4 per cent due to better diagnostic facilities and better treatment, he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:39:08 AM
Kaushal, accompanied by a team of experts, including Dr S Anand, Senior Microbiologist, Central TB Division, GoI, and Dr Shiv Prakash, State Tuberculosis Programme Officer, visited the DRPGMC, Tanda, to start a culture and drug sensitivity laboratory, which would be used for the follow-up culture of multi-drug Resistant TB.

Dr Prakash said earlier these case samples were processed at the IRL, Dharampur, and the IGMC, Shimla. He said samples of TB patients from six districts adjoining Kangra would be processed in the laboratory, which had come up at a cost of Rs 2 crore and equipped with imported machinery. Dr Anand said TB was a worldwide public health problem despite effective drugs and vaccines available.

Technologically advanced countries had achieved spectacular results in the control of tuberculosis. However, India remained the country with the highest burden, accounting for one-fifth of the global burden of tuberculosis. He said people should not ignore TB symptoms as 5,000 persons were afflicted with it every day.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:39:26 AM
Workshop held under Beti Hai Anmol programme
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, January 5
The Health and Family Welfare Department’s Gangath medical block organised a workshop under Beti Hai Anmol Prgramme at the Civil Hospital premises here yesterday. The prime objective of this workshop was to educate people on the falling gender ratio in Nurpur sub-division and make them aware about Pre-Conception, Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (PCPNDT) Act-2003.

Presiding over the workshop, Block Medical Officer Neerja Gupta said under the PCPNDT Act, no sex determination test could be performed by any ultrasound centre as female foeticide had been banned in the country.

“Under this Act, the guilty is punished with one to three year’s imprisonment and fined to the tune of Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000. Apart from this, the informer who gives information of sex determination test is awarded with Rs 10,000 and his name is kept confidential,” she said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:39:40 AM
Expressing concern over the falling gender ratio in Kangra district, especially in bordering Nurpur sub-division, she said in this sub-division, the gender ratio was 883:1,000, while it was 925:1,000 in Kangra district.

On this occasion, she briefed people’s welfare programmes and schemes of the Health Department and exhorted people not to grant second class status to girls and create social awareness against sex determination tests and female foeticide.

PCPNDT Act-2003

The prime objective of the workshop was to educate people on falling gender ratio in Nurpur sub-division and make them aware about Pre-Conception, Pre-Natal Diagnostic Technique (PCPNDT) Act-2003
Under this Act, the guilty is punished with one to three years imprisonment and fined to the tune of Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000. Apart from this, the informer who gives information of sex determination test is awarded with Rs 10,000 and his name is kept confidential
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:39:53 AM
AAP, HLP take on CM, Dhumal
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 5
Accusing the BJP of shedding crocodile tears over the issue of corruption against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the CPM, the Himachal Lokhit party (HLP) today claimed that PK Dhumal had done nothing to strengthen the Lokayukta in the state.

They demanded a investigation into the allegations levelled against Dhumal and son Anurag Thakur and Virbhadra Singh. AAP national member Des Raj said: “We had raised the issue of strengthening Lokayukta when PK Dhumal was the CM. But he did nothing and gave people a weak institution without power and staff.”

Kullu MLA and HLP president Maheshwar Singh said they deserted BJP because it was a party with double standards.

He said top BJP leaders, including Narendra Modi, protected corrupt leaders.

“We are not defending corruption charges against the Congress leaders. If there are proofs against them they should move the court or a probe should be ordered,” he said.

Rakesh Singha, general secretary, CPM, said: “The assets of the state are being taken by the private profit-making bodies as was done by the HPCA in the state.”
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:40:07 AM
Forum orders replacement of defective shoes
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, January 5
The Consumer Forum, Mandi, yesterday directed Harish Traders at Sen Complex, Mandi, and Mirza International Limited, Industrial Estate, New Delhi, to replace a defective pair of shoes within 30 days, failing which they were further directed to refund Rs 2,900, the price of the shoes, to the complainant.

The forum directed them to pay Rs 2,000 for causing harassment and Rs 1,000 as the cost of the complaint to Lavinder Singh (minor), who had filed a complaint through his father Jai Inder Pal, a resident of Ram Nagar, Mandi. The complainant had purchased the shoes on October 24, 2012, from Harish Traders with a six-month warranty. The shoes were worn only thrice and tore off. It was alleged that the physical appearance of the shoes was dull. The shopkeeper did not replace these.

The complaint was contested by the seller and the manufacturer, alleging that the shoes might have been exposed to heat by the complainant. Holding the opposite parties responsible for deficiency in service under the Consumer Protection Act, the forum ordered them to replace the shoes or refund the price.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:40:18 AM
Former minister for starting work on Pini-Talpini road
Our Correspondent

Kullu, January 5
Satya Prakash Thakur, former Horticulture Minister and president of the Kullu Zila Sadak, Parivahan Evam Janhit Vikas Samiti, at a press conference here on Friday, said if work on the Pini-Talpini road was not started within one month, the samiti would gherao the Superintending Engineer of the PWD.

He said despite the orders of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and MP Pratibha Singh, the department had not started the work of building the road. A letter would be sent to the Chief Minister prior to the gherao to inform him about the inaction of the department, he said.

He added that during the previous BJP regime, the overall development was halted and hence the samiti was established and now its name had been changed to “Vikas Samiti”. He said Virbhadra had a spotlessly clean political career and anybody who tried to defame him would not only be exposed, but also dealt with strictly by the samiti.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:40:32 AM
State to spend Rs 3,836 crore on education
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, January 5
The Himachal Pradesh Government is spending Rs 3,836 crore on education in the current fiscal year. This was stated by Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Education, Neeraj Bharti, while presiding over the annual prize distribution function of the Government Senior Secondary School at Nagrota Surian in Jawali sub-division yesterday.

He said the government was launching vocational education in 100 GSSSs across the state and there would be vocational courses in auto, mobile, retail and security for students of classes IX to 10+II.

The CPS directed the department officers to ensure uninterrupted water and power supply in the science block of the GSSS, Nagrota Surian. He gave away prizes to meritorious students. The students presented a colourful cultural programme. School principal Sher Singh read the school's annual report.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:40:46 AM
Hamirpur will have defence academy, says Anurag
Tribune News Service

Sujanpur, January 5
Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur has announced a defence academy for Hamirpur district. Addressing a rally of the ex-servicemen cell of the BJP here yesterday, he said, "Students after passing Class V will be enrolled in this academy so that they could join the armed forces and services of ex-Army officers would be taken to prepare the students."

He said, "A war memorial will be built in Hamirpur, besides a museum where the records of all ex-servicemen from the area would be kept."

Commenting on the success of the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi elections, he said, "Voting for AAP in the next elections will result in destabilisation of the country and people should vote for the BJP to make Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister."

He said, "Once Modi becomes the PM, one-rank, one-pension demand will be fulfilled."

Addressing the rally, former Lt-Gen HS Kanwar (retd) said, "The one-rank, one-pension issue is still unresolved and the Congress government has failed to fulfil this demand."

Major-Gen GD Bakshi (retd) and former Hamirpur MLA Urmil Thakur also addressed the rally.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:40:59 AM
Tehsil for Balh area inaugurated
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 5
Excise and Taxation Minister Prakash Chaudhary inaugurated a new tehsil for the Balh area at Ner Chowk in a function held here today. Addressing a gathering, the minister said all panchayats of Balh and 12 panchayats of Nachan would be covered under the new tehsil, which would cater to a population of nearly 1.10 lakh. It would save time and money of residents.

He said the state government was making efforts to provide better revenue services to people. Recently, the government filled hundreds of vacant posts of patwaris and 154 such posts were being filled in Mandi district, he said.

To make patwaris and other revenue staff remain at their stations, the government was constructing staff quarters for them so that people could approach them easily for revenue-related works.

The minister said several schemes were being implemented there and the Rs 339-crore Suketi channelisation project had been started to check floods during the rainy season in this area.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:41:15 AM
Health Dept raids highway dhabas, takes food samples
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 5
A team of the Health Department, led by Dr Atul Kayastha, raided a number of dhabas from Bilaspur town to Kiratpur Sahib on National Highway No. 21 (Chandigarh-Manali road). The team took samples of three food articles prepared and served at these dhabas.

Reports said the authorities got into action after receiving repeated complaints from passengers and tourists that food served at these eateries was not only substandard and stale, but the rates charged were also higher than those fixed by the District Magistrate.

It was for the first time that the department took stock of food served at these dhabas, though commuters had been complaining of poor quality of eatables for long.

The samples have been sent to the laboratory for testing.

The team told all dhaba owners to maintain cleanliness in and around their shops and kitchens and use clean water for preparing food. Raids would be conducted on this and other routes in future to ensure that all rules were strictly obeyed to by dhaba owners, it added.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:41:31 AM
Man held for wife’s murder

Kangra, January 5
The Kangra police yesterday arrested Ramesh Kumar of Ghatta village here for murdering his 35-year-old wife Sunita, a mother of three, the police said. Kangra subdivisional police officer Ashok Verma said Sunita had died on December 31 while Ramesh claimed that she died a natural death. But before the body could be cremated, the father of the victim, Pain Singh of Paloti Dehra, suspecting a foul play, informed the police about it.

The DSP said all the three children were with their maternal grandparents on the night the murder was committed. The couple were living separately.

The police took the body into their possession and sent it for postmortem.

DSP Verma said the postmortem report indicated that the death was caused by asphyxiation due to strangulation and throttling. The police have registered a case under Section 302, IPC, and arrested Ramesh. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:41:45 AM
Auhar govt school holds annual function
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 5
Children are the real wealth and precious assets of any country and it is in schools that the foundation of brave and daring soldiers, promising leaders, social reformers, cultural crusaders and great men and women of tomorrow is laid.

Param Vir Chakra awardee Havildar Sanjay Kumar said this while addressing students during the annual prize distribution function at Government Senior Secondary School, Auhar, 30 km from here, yesterday.

Kumar, who was the chief guest, shared his Kargil war experiences.

He said: “I was also someone like you here and there was nothing so unusual about me. But my training and my dedication towards my goal, gave me the strength and persistence to conquer the hill-top post.”

Earlier, Principal Madan Chandel read the school’s annual report. The chief guest distributed prizes to students who excelled in various activities.
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Post by: Harpal on January 06, 2014, 07:41:59 AM
CM, Governor urged to fill vacancies in HPU
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 5
Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) executive council member Waryam Singh Bains has asked Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Chancellor and state Governor Urmila Singh to fill the teaching and non-teaching staff vacancies in the university in a time-bound manner.

In a letter addressed to the CM and HPU Chancellor, the government has asked the university Registrar to examine the issues raised earlier.

Bains has asked the CM to expedite the acquisition of land for new campus as envisaged by the University’s Golden Jubilee Document (Vision-2020) and to enhance the grant-in-aid to a minimum of Rs 95 crore.

The further demands included strengthening of Pension Corpus Fund, scrapping the outsourcing system and forming a uniform transfer policy for its employees.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:21:08 AM
Snow doubles fervour on last day of winter carnival
MC Thakur

Manali, January 6
Snowfall that started this afternoon in Manali town on the last day of the National Winter Carnival brought smiles on the faces of tourists, who enjoyed both snowfall and cultural programmes on the Mall Road.

It has put an extra flavour to the carnival. Thousands of locals from Kullu thronged the town to see the carnival on the last day.

The fifth day of the carnival saw a huge gathering which had come to see selected programmes. Though it was snowing all around the stage while performances were going on, spectators didn’t leave seats and enjoyed the show.

Arrangements for bonfires were made for participants, tourists and locals at Manu Rang Shala, Ram Bagh and the Mall Road.

Thousands of tourists made a beeline to the famous ski slopes of the Solang valley, which also experienced fresh spell of snow today. Tourists enjoyed skiing and other snow-related activities.

The higher reaches of the Manali region experienced a fresh spell of snow, which has caused a sharp decline in temperature in the entire Kullu valley.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:21:24 AM
Rain lashes Kangra valley
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 6
The Kangra valley was lashed by rain last night and the Dhauladhars received snowfall, plunging the temperature and adding to the biting cold.

As the cold wave swept the district, people were seen lighting bonfires along roadsides.

Reports of rain during the night were received from Shahpur, Dhraman, Nagrota Bagwan, Icchhi, Gaggal, Mallan, Palampur, Ranital, McLeodganj, Bagsu Nag, Naddi and Dharamsala.

The snowfall on the Dhauladhars, overlooking the lush green Kangra valley, too brought the mercury down by several notches.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:21:42 AM
Inclement weather obstructs road inspection 
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 6
A committee, headed by Chamba Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) ARM Reddy, recently inspected seven roads in Chamba, Churah and Bharmour divisions. He said there were about 204 roads pertaining to the Dalhousie PWD Circle and most of these were in Chamba district.

So far, only a few roads could be inspected as further progress could not be achieved due to inclement weather and because user agencies were not getting these regularised, Reddy said.

“We have already circulated the prescribed proforma supplied by the regional office of the Ministry of Environment and Forests to executive engineers. They have been asked to furnish the list of roads in which the violation has taken place so that the required data could be sent to the regional office for according the final approval,” said the CCF.

The CCF said there were 93 cases of diversion of forest land for the construction of roads, buildings, school hostel buildings and ayurveda hospitals. Out of these, 80 were still pending with the user agencies. In all these cases, the mandatory certificate of no claims under the Forest Rights Act, 2006, was yet to be submitted, he further said.

The CCF said he had already issued directions to field staff to compulsorily attend the gram sabha and facilitate the formation of forest rights committees, thereby paving the way for the settlement of rights and issuance of the no-objection certificate.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:22:14 AM
Stuck in traffic, woman dies on way to hospital

Mandi, January 6
A patient, who could not get timely medical assistance after she got stuck in traffic, lost her life here today.

Gagandeep of Sanyardi village in his complaint to the police said he was on his way to the Zonal Hospital, along with his mother Phulmi Devi on a three-wheeler, as she had suffered a heart attack. He said there was heavy traffic on the road, as two bus drivers were busy arguing with each other over giving passage and had parked the buses haphazardly.

The complainant said: “Instead of giving way to me, one of the drivers started assaulting me. As a result my mother died for want of medical help.” — TNS
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:22:37 AM
15 administrative officers transferred in reshuffle
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 6
In a minor reshuffle, the state government today shifted 15 administrative officers, including two IAS and 13 Himachal Administrative Service (HAS) officers and assigned additional charge to three other officers.

Priyanka Basu Ingty, under orders of transfer as CEO, BBNDA, Baddi, has been posted as Director, Information Technology, relieving Priyatu Mandal of the additional charge. Madan Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner, Solan, would hold the additional charge of the Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh Development Authority (BBNDA).

Meera Mohanty, Director, Urban Development and Town and Country Planning, has been posted as Special Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management), relieving Amandeep Garg of the additional charge. She would also hold the additional charge of the Special Secretary (PWD).

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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:22:51 AM
Ashwani Raj Shah, Assistant Commissioner to Divisional Commissioner, Kangra, has been posted as ADC (Development-cum-Project Director) (DRDA), Chamba, vice Sandeep Kumar, who replaced Mohanty as Director, Town and Country Planning, with additional charge of Director, Urban Development.

Bhuvneshwari Vohra, District Tourism Development Officer, Chamba, holding additional charge of Land Acquisition Officer, Chamera Project, Chamba, has been posted as Land Acquisition Officer, Chamera Project, while Manohar Lal, Assistant Settlement Officer, Arki, Solan, has been posted as Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Bangana, Una, relieving SDO (Civil), Una, of the additional charge.

Malok Singh, Deputy Secretary (Revenue) to the Government goes as Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Salooni-Dalhousie, relieving tehsildar, Dalhousie, of the additional charge while posting order of Sanjay Kumar Dhiman will be issued after completion of Settlement Training.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:23:07 AM
Ashok Chauhan, Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Dodra Kwar, Shimla district, has been posted as District Tourism Development Officer, Mandi, relieving RTO, Mandi, of the additional charge.

Des Raj on promotion has been posted as District Tourism Development Officer, Chamba, and Vikas Shukla has been promoted as Assistant Commissioner (LR) to Deputy Commissioner, Shimla.

Anupam Kumar, on promotion goes as Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Dodra Kwar, Shimla district, while Pyare Lal, has been promoted and posted as Assistant Settlement Officer, Arki, Solan district.

Narendra Kumar has been posted as Deputy Secretary (Revenue) to the Government on promotion, Naresh Kumar has been promoted as Secretary, Ex-Servicemen Corporation, Hamirpur, while Kewal Sharma, on promotion has been posted as Assistant Commissioner (LR) to Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur at Nahan, Dr Sunil Kr Chaudhary, Settlement Officer, Shimla, has been given additional charge of Chief Executive Officer, HIMUDA, relieving Subhashish Panda of the additional charge.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:23:22 AM
7 IFS officers seek promotion
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 6
Seven officers of the rank of Conservator awaiting promotions have urged the government to grant them their due.

Though a final decision on the possible demotion of 25 Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers is hanging fire, the seven IFS officers have given a representation to the Principal Secretary (Forests) and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) to expedite the process. With a final decision on the impeding demotion of the 25 IFS officers, who got promotions during the BJP regime still awaited, those in line for promotion are getting restless.

In their representation to the government, the IFS officers currently holding the rank of Conservator, have pleaded that they are all eligible for their promotion for the past some time. They said they had completed more than 21 years of service whereas a minimum of 18 years service was mandatory for being promoted as the Chief Conservator.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:24:00 AM
They have also given the argument that a majority of their batch mates in other states like Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Sikkim and Tripura have been promoted as Chief Conservator Forest (CCF). Some of these IFS officers were due for promotion when 25 of their seniors were given promotions during the BJP tenure, which kept their promotions in abeyance.

The seven IFS officers had been hoping that once the controversy over the earlier promotions was resolved, they would automatically get their due. Though a meeting of the Screening Committee headed by the Chief Secretary was also held twice, no final decision had been taken so far. However, with the issue getting delayed for one or the other reason, they have finally decided to request the government to at least grant them their due.

It was in July-August 2012 that the BJP regime had given promotion to 25 IFS officers in two batches within a span of one month. This had taken the total number of Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (APCCF) in the department to 32, an all time high for a small state like Himachal.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:24:18 AM
Some of the officers from the 1984 and 85 batch got two promotions within a span of less than one month. Though all these officers have completed the mandatory 25 years service, since there were not so many posts of APCCF, the move was termed as unjustified. The Screening Committee had asked the principal Secretary to take a final call on the possible demotions of some of the IFS officers.

Awaiting elevation

* The seven IFS officers have given a representation to the Principal Secretary (Forests) and Principal Chief Conservator (PCCF) to grant them their due promotions·

* In their representation to the government, the IFS officers currently holding the rank of Conservator, have pleaded that they are all eligible for their promotion for the past some time.

* They said they had completed more than 21 years of service whereas a minimum of 18 years service was mandatory for being promoted as the Chief Conservator.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:24:35 AM
Guv, CM asked to address HPU non-teaching staff issues
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 6
Non-teaching employees leader and Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Executive Council member Chaudhry Waryam Singh Bains has sought the intervention of the Governor and the Chief Minister for the redress of the pending issues of non-teaching employees of the university.

In letters to Governor Urmila Singh, who is also Chancellor of HPU, and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Chaudhary, a three-time elected member of the Executive Council, demanded enhancement of minimum grant-in-aid to Rs 95 crore, filling of all vacant posts, acquisition of land for new campus, strengthening of the pension corpus fund to ensure timely payment of pension to retirees, including the Secretariat pay in pension, promotion against upgraded posts, benefit under the 4-9-14 scheme and release of arrears, scrapping of the outsourcing system, construction of more residential accommodation for employees, strengthening of the International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning (ICDEOL) and the main library of the university by increasing the staff strength.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:24:52 AM
Hoshiarpur police book Doon MLA, wife
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, January 6
Trouble for Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, the prime accused in the Jyoti murder case, seems to be aggravating as the Hoshiarpur police today lodged an FIR against Ram Kumar, his wife and three others named by Buti Ram, the father of the victim.

SSP Narinder Bhargav said the action was taken following the Zero FIR by the Panchkula police and investigations were handed over to the district police after that. Buti Ram had turned hostile during the last hearing of his daughter’s murder case. He had submitted a complaint deposing before the Commissioner of Police, Panchkula, alleging that he was threatened at gunpoint by the MLA's men to state in the court that he did not know Chaudhary.

He had also complained of the MLA’s wife offering him Rs 21 lakh for it. After that the Panchkula police registered a Zero FIR under Sections 195-A (threatening a person to give false evidence), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. The matter was then handed over to the Hoshiarpur police to conduct investigations into the matter.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:25:14 AM
SSP Bhargav said Buti Ram had complained that he was threatened in his village, at Bhunga, Mohali, and a few other places in Punjab. A Panchkula police personnel, who was deployed to guard Buti Ram from Panchkula to his village, had also intimated the Bhunga police post about Buti Ram being threatened from the accused’s side.

In his complaint, Buti had said Chaudhary's wife come to Bhunga village in Hoshiarpur on December 22, a day before the hearing, and asked him to state in the court that he did not know Chaudhary. Besides the MLA's wife, Buti had named a fellow villager Laddoo, his wife and a Ludhiana resident, Rajender. In his complaint he had said again on the morning of December 23, when he was going to Panchkula, his car was forcibly stopped by four men in Mohali. They thrashed him and taking him at gunpoint asked him to turn hostile. He was then followed by those men to the court as well.

“We have adopted the Zero FIR lodged by the Panchkula police and an FIR has been registered against all the accused, including MLA Ram Kumar and his wife, who were named by Buti Ram,” the SSP said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:25:33 AM
Be compassionate with patients, medics told
Our Correspondent

Una, January 6
Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur today made a surprise visit to the Una district hospital and reviewed the services being offered at the institution. He directed the medics to treat patients compassionately and took stock of services being offered at the hospital. He also sought opinion of specialists for the procurement of new machinery at the hospital.

The minister earlier deposed before the Una district court in connection with a defamation case filed by former Chairman of the Subordinate Services Selection Board (SSSB) SM Katwal. The latter had claimed that Kaul Singh had defamed him during a public meeting by saying that the SSSB had been a den of corruption during the BJP regime, when Katwal was its chairman.

The court ordered fresh date to the minister for his appearance. Later, the minister paid obeisance at the Mahadev temple in Kotla Kalan village near Una.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:25:47 AM
CM urged to resolve pension issues
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 6
A delegation of Sports and Cultural Welfare Association (SCWA), Ghanatti, met Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today and urged him to resolve all pending issues related to pensioners as promised.

Association president Hari Chand Gupta said the CM, who represents the Shimla rural constituency, has directed the Finance Department to disburse the pending medical bills of pensioners by March 3.

He said the Chief Minister had promised to resolve all pending issues related to pensioners during a conference at Sundernagar on December 7.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:26:01 AM
Dhumal writes to CM, Sonia, PM 
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 6
Peeved at allegations of money-laundering levelled by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh against him, former Chief Minister PK Dhumal today hit back demanding answers to 10 questions from the Chief Minister. He has written to the CM and sent copies to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“Your reaction to my press conference is not just disappointing but also laughable,” he wrote in a three-page letter written to the Chief Minister. He accused the Chief Minister of mounting pressure on the officials who were investigating the matters pursued by the Congress regime.

“The money-laundering allegation that you have levelled against us is only a reflection of your own misdeeds. It is very evident that it is people like you who transported apples worth crore of rupees on scooters which are engaged in money-laundering,” he retorted.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:26:20 AM
Dhumal said the Chief Minister was getting statements issued in the name of ministers and MLAs, without their knowledge. “I had raised some straight questions which you have still not answered. So I again seek a clear-cut response so that the Congress high command also gets to know the factual position,” he said.

He raised questions about the purpose for seeking Rs 3.90 crore loan and the additional amounts that had been deposited in the accounts of his wife, Pratibha Singh and his son Vikramaditya. He sought answers to the amount being spent on purchasing shares in the unlisted Tarini Infrastructure. “When you had Rs 9.5 crore in your various bank accounts, what was the need to take a loan from a company which had defaulted?” he asked.

He said, “You mentioned that you needed money to pay your lawyers who were contesting your case, but the person who loaned you money says you wanted it to undertake the repair work of your palace.” He said the claims by your wife that Rs 60 lakh had been deposited in her account as she had sold her shares was untrue as the shares were still in her name.

He ended his letter by urging Virbhadra to introspect rather than accuse his political detractors.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:29:06 AM
Efforts on to fill vacant posts of teacher: Virbhadra
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 6
The state government is determined to provide quality education and efforts are being made to fill 3,894 vacant posts of JBT, C&V and TGT, particularly in tribal, far-flung and backward areas.

Presiding over the review meeting of the Education Department here today, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said 749 posts of JBT had already been filled by the Elementary Education Department in six districts of the state while process was on to fill posts in rest of the districts.

He said 350 posts of Headmaster had been filled through promotions in the Higher Education Department while 40 more posts of Headmaster would be filled after the decision comes in the High Court. The government had also filled 376 posts of Principal, he added.

Virbhadra Singh said the government had also benefitted teachers through appointments and promotions. He said 1,370 posts of C&V teacher would be filled in all districts and 187 posts of language teacher and 125 other posts would be filled through promotion while 188 posts would be filled on batchwise system by promotions through the Subordinate Services Selection Board (SSSB), Hamirpur, for which the board was organising the Teachers’ Eligibility Test on January 19.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:32:46 AM
The interviews for 462 TGTs have been conducted from the backlog and they would be appointed soon. Besides, 592 posts of TGT were being filled by direct recruitment through the SSSB. Moreover, the process of interviews for filling 42 posts of TGT for handicapped candidates had also been completed.

He said the government would appoint 1,308 JBTs, 1,370 C&V teachers and 1,216 TGTs in the Eelementary Education Department.

He said 146 posts of Superintendent Grade-II and 187 posts of senior assistant had been filled through promotions, besides recruiting 96 clerks from LDR and sports quota in the state.

The Chief Minister said an approval had also been accorded for filling 333 posts through outsourcing.

He said 16 posts of Deputy Director, Education, had also been filled which were vacant since long. The recruitment process for appointing 103 lecturers of commerce and 970 IP and Information Technology lecturers of school cadre was at the final stage while the process to promote 500 TGTs as Postgraduate Teachers would also be completed soon.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:33:09 AM
Education, health top priorities: CM

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said education, health and roads would be given top priorities of the state government and concerted efforts would be made to develop Himachal Pradesh an education hub of the country.

The Chief Minister was speaking at the annual function of the Nankhari Students Association.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:33:56 AM
Bali calls BJP ‘anti-women’
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 6
Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Transport and Technical Education GS Bali has termed the BJP as “anti-women”.

While addressing a press conference here today, Bali said the present Congress government in the state had taken a revolutionary step by naming women as head of families in public distribution ration cards. However, BJP leaders were criticising the government move. “It seems BJP leaders are against the interests of women,” he said.

Bali also defended Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh against corruption allegations being levelled against him. He said the BJP should handover the proof against the Chief Minister to the Lokayukta in case they wanted a fare probe into the allegations. The Chief Minister had already challenged the BJP to submit documents against him to the Lokayukta.

Bali said in case the BJP was confident about its chargesheet against Congress ministers, it should also hand over the proofs to the Lokayukta against them.

When asked as to why the Congress did not hand over its own chargesheet against the BJP to the Lokayukta, Bali said they had enough proofs against BJP leaders and there was no need to go to the Lokayukta.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:34:11 AM
Objections to new property tax sought
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 6
The Shimla Municipal Corporation (MC) has sought public objections to the draft bylaws on the proposed property taxation system of the unit area method to be implemented in city. The public hearing session will be held on January 17 and 18 at Bachat Bhawan here from 11am to 4 pm.

A statement here today said the corporation had framed the draft bylaws on the new property tax system, which had been uploaded on its official website site, www.shimlamc.gov.in (http://www.shimlamc.gov.in). The draft bylaws contained suggestions, zones, values and factors, which would determine the criteria to be adopted in implementing the new tax system.

The Commissioner said the copies of the draft bylaws were available at its zonal offices in Dhalli, Kasumpti, New Shimla and other offices of junior engineers at Chaura Maidan, Chhota Shimla, Kasumpti, Barrier, Boileauganj, Sanjauli, MC office and Tax Department near the HPTDC lift.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:34:25 AM
DCGI issues alert against 3 drugs made in state
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 6
The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has issued a drug alert against three drugs manufactured by various pharmaceutical units of the state after their samples failed to meet the laid standards.

These drugs were among 14 other drugs listed in the monthly list of drug alert whose manufacture, sale and distribution have been put on hold.

These drugs include Ketzy Eye Drops manufactured by Zee Laboratories, Paonta Sahib, and its extractable volume was found to be less vis-à-vis laid standards. Its samples were drawn by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), New Delhi, while it was tested by the Central Drug laboratory, Kolkata.

Another drug Kineto Forte tablets manufactured by Biocon Limited, Baddi, has also been listed in the drug alert and its samples were drawn by the CDSCO, Sub-Zone, Goa. Its assay content was not found to be as per the laid specifications. The drug was tested by the Central Drug Laboratory, Kolkata.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:34:40 AM
Cefixime Trihydrate, a drug manufactured by Polo Pharmaceuticals, Baddi, lacked uniformity of dispersion and its samples were drawn by the CDSCO, Sub-Zone, Chandigarh, while the drug samples were tested by the Regional Drug Testing Laboratory, Chandigarh.

According to guidelines laid down by the CDSCO after issuance of a drug alert, its recall classification of the product/batch in question shall be done based on the risk assessment of the drug and it shall be the responsibility of the manufacturer and marketing company to inform up to retail level the reason of recall after issuance of a freeze stock notice.

Further, the distributor/marketing company/ retailer has been entrusted the responsibility to inform the stock position of product being recalled to his immediate supplier or manufacturer and also his area drugs inspector.

Drug Controller Navneet Marwaha said action, including cancellation of product approval and suspension of the licence, was taken depending on the level of negligence or substandard drug content detected in such cases.

He said since the drug inspectors concerned had directed the firms to withdraw batches of such substandard drugs from the market, further action like initiating prosecution would be taken if the irregularity was severe. “The monthly drug alerts have helped check further use of drugs found substandard in any state as this information is furnished every month and its compliance is duly noted,” he added.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:34:59 AM
Changes in Lokayukta Bill in budget session likely
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 6
The state government can introduce amendment to the Lokayukta Bill in the budget session of the Assembly likely to be held in February.

All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi has shot off letters to all state Congress chiefs to ensure that the necessary legislation is brought about before February 28, 2014. The letter has also been received by state Congress president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu.

"Even though Himachal was among the first few states who set up a Lokayukta way back in 1983, certain amendments are likely to be made after the enactment of the legislation in the Centre. “We are examining the legislation done by Parliament and whatever we feel needs to be incorporated into the HP Lokayukta Act will be added and the Bill be introduced in the House during the budget session,” said a senior bureaucrat.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:35:36 AM
Infact, it was during the BJP regime that the Lokayukta Bill was introduced in the Assembly on April 4, 2012. It was after making certain amendments to the HP Lokayukta Act that the Bill had been sent to the President for assent. However, the Bill was recalled as Chief Minister Virbahdra Singh wanted certain other amendments to make it more effective and strong. The Bill has been sent back and now it is likely to be re-drafted and introduced in the Assembly once again.

The HP Lokayukta Bill, which had been passed by the state Assembly, though in the absence of Opposition Congress legislators who had staged a walkout, had proposed many changes, including the powers to initiate an inquiry against the Chief Minister, ministers, chief parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, officers of the rank of secretary and above and heads of departments.

It had also been proposed to have two Up-Lokayuktas, besides the Lokayukta so that there could be benches of the body. The amendments would give far more powers and independence to the Lokayukta by having its own separate police station, prosecutor, court and prosecuting agency to expedite investigation in complaints received by it.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:35:52 AM
File challan against accused within four weeks: HC
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, January 6
The HP High Court today directed the state government to file a challan against accused persons in the matter of illegal recruitments/appointments made from December 1993 to February 1998 in various departments/boards/corporations/universities within four weeks.

The Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Kuldip Singh passed these orders while hearing an application of SM Katwal, former chairman, HP Subordinate Services Selection Board.

He had alleged that despite registering FIR No. 1/2006 at the Vigilance police station, Shimla, on November 7, 2005, on the directions of the court, no investigation has been made in the illegal recruitments case and no progress was made in the case after the High Court stopped monitoring it after having disposed of the writ petition 7/2005 of SM Katwal in May 2008.

The compliance report in the case was filed before the court today, which was directed to be made a part of the file. As per the compliance report, the investigation into the case was completed in December last year.

After conducting an investigation into the matter with respect to 60 departments/boards/corporations/universities, charge- sheets have been prepared against six departments. Action had been recommended in case of six departments. Action cannot be recommended due to retirement/death of officials in cases of 12 departments.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:36:15 AM
Electoral rolls available at SDM's office for scrutiny
Our Correspondent

Kullu, January 6
Electoral Registration Officer and Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Dr Suresh Jaswal today said updated and amended electoral rolls of the Kullu Assembly constituency had been published and were available at the SDM office, Tehsil office and polling stations for scrutiny.

He said voter cards of all recently included voters and of those who had applied for a new one had been issued and handed over to booth-level officials concerned. He appealed to the voters to collect their cards on January 25 (National Voter’s Day).

He said besides the distribution of cards, important information related to election would be provided at every polling booth.

He said voters within the township would be presented with voter cards during the district-level function at Dev Sadan on January 25.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:36:31 AM
BJP’s unity programme begins from Mandi village
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 6
National convener of the Statue of Unity Programme OP Dhankad, accompanied by state convener Jai Ram Thakur, on Saturday started its soil and iron collection campaign in the state from Talhayar village in Mandi district. The programme is launched by the BJP to build a statue of the first Home Minister of Independent India Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel in Gujarat.

Addressing mediapersons here, Dhankad said the main objective of raising the statue was to glorify the role of Sardar Patel in taking up problems of farmers and unification of the country by uniting hundreds of smaller states into modern India after Independence.

He said they would be collecting iron and soil from every panchayat of the country and involve millions of people for building a memorial of Sardar Patel.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:36:48 AM
PWD fails to maintain alternate routes
Keeps commuters away, increases traffic on highways
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 6
Poor maintenance of several alternate roads, which have been carved out to ease congestion on the main roads in the district, has not only reduced their utility, but also increased the wear and tear of vehicles.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is keenly pursuing the four-laning of the Kalka-Shimla National Highway (NH-22) from Parwanoo to Shimla, coming up with the plea of increased traffic, while the entire stretch already has alternate routes to channel traffic.

The Parwanoo area offers several such routes and traffic can be bifurcated to Jangeshu for motorists going to Kasauli instead of following NH-22 and a part of the traffic going to Shimla can be diverted through the lesser-used Bhojnagar-Kumarhatti road by maintaining it properly.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:37:03 AM
Poor upkeep of both the Jangeshu and Bhojnagar roads deters motorists from using these roads. Thus, NH-22 faces the maximum influx of traffic. The presence of a state highway besides the national highway at Kumarhatti leading to Solan can further bifurcate the traffic, thus considerably reducing the influx of traffic on the national highway.

Even commuters going to Baddi can use two roads from Dharampur, including NH-22 and the Band-Haripur road, but poor condition of this ill-maintained potholed road has kept commuters away.

With all alternate routes, including Bhojnagar-Kumarhatti, Jangeshu-Kasauli, Band-Haripur and Dharampur-Sanawar Road lacking proper upkeep and maintenance, NH-22 faces increased pressure of traffic.

This has put a question mark on the very purpose of carving out such roads by spending crores. Though such roads do provide connectivity to rural areas, lack of maintenance has deterred private bus operators from availing route permits for these.

The Public Works Department, which maintains these roads, has adopted a lackadaisical approach towards these roads while putting the end users to hardship.

Instead of four-laning NH-22, the use of these alternate routes can not only ease traffic but also their proper maintenance can reduce the wear and tear for vehicle users.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:37:24 AM
Left organisations hold protest
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 6
Members of several Left organisations today held a protest demonstration here to highlight various issues concerning the common man.

Members of CITU, SFI, JMS, DYFI and Kisan Sabha marched through the bazaar raising slogans carrying placards. They also held a dharna before the DC office and also submitted a memorandum to the Mandi Deputy Commissioner.

District CITU secretary Bhupinder Singh said the organisations wanted a solution for issues such as monkey menace, improvement and upgradation of the cremation ground, withdrawal in the LPG refill price hike and local carriage charges for LPG refills, providing parking facilities in town and building a rehri market among other things.

They were also joined in by protesters under the banner of Four-Lane Affected Families, who demanded increase of width of the four-lane highway from Naulakha to Dador from 24 to 45 m or to construct a bypass.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:37:48 AM
Staff shortage ails Mandi hospitals
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 6
District BJP president Jawahar Thakur has criticised the state government for allegedly not providing adequate staff to the zonal and other hospitals in the district.

Talking to mediapersons here on Friday, he said 10 posts of medical officer and one post of medical superintendent were lying vacant at the Zonal Hospital, but the government had not taken steps to fill the posts causing inconvenience to patients.

The BJP leader demanded the completion of the Mandi bus stand, work on which was started during the previous BJP regime.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:38:03 AM
Come clean on charges: Ram Lal to BJP leaders
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 6
Congress state general secretary Ram Lal Thakur has dared all BJP leaders, including PK Dhumal, Anurag Thakur and Arun Dhumal to come forward to explain their own position with regard to the charges they are currently facing in the state before asking any Congress leader, including Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, to resign on any grounds whatsoever.

Talking to mediapersons at the Circuit House in front of his supporters who had gathered there before a meeting of the Naina Deviji Mandal Congress Committee here on Saturday, Ram Lal also criticised former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar for asking Virbhadra Singh to resign on “moral grounds”. He said the senior leader should give this sermon first to his own party leaders instead of giving this unsolicited advice to a top Congress leader like Virbhadra Singh who has "now become Chief Minister of the state for a record sixth time by dint of his honesty, integrity, hard work and dedication to his people and the state".
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:38:18 AM
He said Anurag Thakur had illegally turned the HPCA Society into a company with only nine persons, mostly from his family, including himself, as its owners. Why he did not enter this fact in his election income affidavit, though he himself had said the HPCA owned assets worth Rs 250 crore, he wondered.

He questioned with what morality Anurag was giving a representation to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) against MP Pratibha Singh and CM Virbhadra Singh, demanding action against them, knowing fully well that the CEC had no such powers to take any action against any MLA or MP in such matters.

Ram Lal said now, scared and confused, the Dhumals were raising a hue and cry because they knew that soon law would be catching up with them due to a number of inquiries.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:38:36 AM
HRTC staff up in arms again
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 6
The Himachal Parivahan Majdoor Sangh has again revived its agitation against the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) management to fulfil its long-pending demands.

HRTC employees affiliated with the sangh are holding gate meetings throughout the state at bus stands and the HRTC head office in Shimla for the past few days.

The agitation, which was launched by a joint action committee (JAC) of the HRTC employees a few months back, has now been started again alone after a section of the employees parted ways with the JAC having difference of opinion on certain issues.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:38:51 AM
The main demands are the restoration of 48-hour duty roster for the field staff and stopping the policy of combining the overtime period with the next day working hours.

The union is also demanding converting the HRTC into state roadways and promoting conductors as inspectors and bus stand in charges.

Vice-president of the sangh Shankar Singh said, “We have started gate meetings and demonstrations throughout the state from January 2 and will continue our agitation and hold a large rally at Shimla on January 21.”
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:39:05 AM
BJP ex-minister wants CM’s resignation
Our Correspondent

Palampur, January 6
Ravinder Thakur, senior BJP leader and former IPH Minister, on Friday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who was facing corruption charges and the CBI was investigating the matter. He said he had no moral right to continue in the office.

Addressing a press conference here, Ravinder said documentary evidence of money handed over by a power company to the Chief Minister and his MP wife Pratibha Singh had already gone public. Virbhadra Singh had failed to give any satisfactory explanation, so he should quit the office till the probe into the charges was completed, he added.

He said the way over Rs 5 crore was credited to the bank accounts of Virbhadra Singh and his wife, proved that Virbhadra and his family members had direct interest in the company of Vakamulla Chandrasekhar. It became doubtful again when Virbhadra had granted a special extension for the execution of Saikothi Power Project (Chamba).

He said the link of Virbhadra Singh with Vakamulla was established when the Chief Minister and his family members purchased 9.80 lakh shares of his company.

He said the power project was cancelled in November 2013 just before the Assembly session only when the media rocked the issue. He disclosed that in the state Assembly, Virbhadra Singh was answerless when the Opposition BJP raised the issue and demanded his reply.
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:39:19 AM
State loses chance to host National Winter Games
Lacks equipment at Solang Nullah, Narkanda; WGFI receives no bid
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 6
The skiers will kick up fresh powder in the Auli ski resort of Uttarakhand and the Gulmarg ski resort of Kashmir as Himachal Pradesh has again lost the opportunity to host the National Winter Games in the state.

As per sources, the Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI) has received no bid from the state as its ski resorts at Solang Nullah and Narkanda have no proper equipment.

As a result, the WGFI has decided to host the Junior National Championships at Auli ski resort from February 11-17 in Uttarakhand, while the Gulmarg ski resort will host the winter games for Senior National Championships. The date for which is yet to be finalised.

“We have received no bids for the National Winter Games from Himachal this time,” said Brig SS Patwal, president, WGFI. “The Auli ski resort has put in place proper ski ropeway and snow-beating machines, the prerequisites for skiing, and so is the case with Gulmarg,” he said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:39:34 AM
“The winter games promote adventure sports among youngsters and bring in tourists in the lean winters, but it is a pity that none of our ski resorts have proper facilities,” said RS Negi, president, HP Winter Games Association.

Himachal could emerge as a ski hub in the country as it had natural ski slopes in Narkanda, Hattu, Churdhar, Chanshal in Shimla district, Solang and Rohtang in Manali, Lahaul-Spiti, Kalpa in Kinnaur.

The successive governments had not done anything to set up ski lifts, gondolas and snow-beating machines not even in the older ski resorts at Solang Nullah and Narkanda, said Roshan Thakur, secretary general, WGFI.

Former Chief Minister PK Dhumal had announced to set up a snow-beating machine at Solang by a private ropeway operator, but it remained a hollow announcement, rued skiers.

Admitting that Himachal ski resorts lack facilities, Principal Secretary, Youth Services and Sports, VC Pharka said, “We cannot bid for national winter games as we lack facilities in the state. We need snow-beating machines.”
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Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:40:00 AM
BILASPUR
2 LAKH VISIT NAINA DEVI TEMPLE: More than two lakh devotees visited the famous shrine of Mata Naina Devi in the district during the five-day New Year fair from December 29 to January 2. A large number of devotees thronged the shrine despite the extreme cold conditions and inclement weather. Reports said devotees from far-off places such as Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, UP and Maharashtra had paid obeisance at the hilltop temple.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 07, 2014, 10:40:18 AM
SUNDERNAGAR
SUNDERNAGAR BOY TO PRESENT PAPER AT GLOBAL MEET: Vinayak Kaushal, a third-year student of the civil engineering branch at Jawaharlal Nehru Government Engineering College here, has been selected to present a research paper on the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme at the International Conference to be held at Greater Noida, UP, in February.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:53:21 AM
Cong-BJP war of attrition intensifies
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 7
The war of attrition between Congress and BJP further intensified today with Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Vinay Kumar and Nand Lal demanding resignation of former Chief Minister and leader of the opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal for his alleged involvement in Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) scam involving demolition of residential quarters built for teachers on the local Government College land at Dharamsala and encroaching upon the same for construction of the stadium by HPCA.

In a joint statement, they said the then DC of Kangra, KK Pant, had reportedly revealed to the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) that the two-storeyed building comprising residential quarters of faculty of Government College was demolished on the direction of the then CM Prem Kumar Dhumal and later, the land was encroached upon by HPCA.

They said the building was demolished without following any norms merely on direction of Dhumal, who should now admit his involvement and resign form the BJP party leadership. The duo said a letter reportedly written by the then Deputy Commissioner Pant on May 24, 2008 to Deputy Director, Higher Education contains reference to direct involvement of Dhumal in the issue.

They stated that in 2008, when the BJP came to power, Dhumal got the newly renovated building declared as unsafe to oblige his son Anurag Thakur, president, HPCA and the government went out of the way to gift precious government land worth crores at five places to Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association headed by Anurag Thakur.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:53:36 AM
CM forcing officers to depose against me: Dhumal
Tribune News Service

Hamirpur, January 7
Former Chief Minister PK Dhumal has accused the state government of pressuring certain officers to depose against him before the Vigilance. Talking to mediapersons in Hamirpur today, Dhumal said, “Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is allegedly misusing the Vigilance to target his political opponents and also presenting wrong facts by pressuring the officers.”

Dhumal said, “The statement given by IAS officer KK Pant before the Vigilance at Dharamsala in the HPCA case was prepared beforehand at the behest of the state government.”

He said, “During my tenure as the CM, I had asked the then Kangra DC to prepare a report regarding a damaged building and take appropriate action in the matter. Action was taken by the administration on the report of the executive engineer and other officers.”

“Is it a crime to suggest action in such matters and what was wrong in this?" Dhumal added.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:53:49 AM
He alleged, “Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is in the habit of first committing irregularities and then blaming others for his follies.”

Dhumal added, “Certain charges have been levelled against the CM. Instead of replying to the questions, he is blaming others and trying to misrepresent the facts to mislead the Congress high command and the state's people.”

He said, “The BJP is determined to take the charges of alleged corruption against CM Virbhadra Singh to their logical conclusion and would continue its agitation demanding his resignation till he resigns from his post.”
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:54:04 AM
BJP unable to digest state’s development, says Cong
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 7
Accusing BJP leaders of being unable to digest equitable, balanced and all-around development of the state during the past year of the Congress regime, Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmauri and Agriculture Minister Sujan Singh Pathania said they were making an unnecessary hue and cry.

Hitting back at the BJP for making scathing attacks on Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, both the ministers here yesterday questioned the motive behind making such disreputable, false and fabricated accusations time and again.

In a joint statement, both the ministers said the state had well-educated voters, who had rejected the BJP in the last Assembly elections. They added that since their defeat, the Dhumals had resorted to cheap tactics and sought help from their national leader Arun Jaitley, who in a recent press conference suppressed relevant facts and misled people.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:54:21 AM
They alleged that earlier also the same baseless allegations were levelled by Dhumal’s sons, Anurag and Arun, and now Dhumal too was doing the same.

“Fearing a probe, as incorporated in the Congress chargesheet wherein charges of corruption and land scams by Dhumals were brought to the fore, they are perplexed and trying to divert the attention of the people of the state through the media,” they said.

Bharmauri and Pathania said people of the state were aware of the nefarious designs of Dhumals, who have their business interests in Punjab. “But when it comes to political interests, they look for green pastures in Himachal Pradesh,” they added.

“If they are so sure of the allegations they are levelling against the CM and his family, then why don’t they approach the Lokayukta instead of issuing slanderous statements in the media,” they added.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:54:44 AM
Experts to caution wheat growers against yellow rust
To discuss measures to tackle the disease at a meeting today
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 7
Agriculture experts, Vice-Chancellors and scientists of farm universities and state Agriculture Departments of northern states will meet at Una tomorrow to discuss measures to tackle yellow rust disease in wheat growing states.

The meeting had been convened by JS Sandhu, Agriculture Production Commissioner, Government of India, to ensure that there was no recurrence of the disease during January and February. This was a follow up of the meeting held at Chandigarh in December last year, said JC Rana, Agriculture Director, Himachal Pradesh.

Agri scientists of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir will participate in the brainstorming sessions.

The selection of Una as the venue is significant as a study conducted by scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has revealed that the disease has come from the hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:55:00 AM
While the wheat acreage in the current rabi season has touched a record high of 302 lakh hectares in the country, due to more area covered by farmers in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, the occurrence of yellow rust disease in a village in Yamunanagar district of Haryana, adjoining Himachal Pradesh, has put agriculture experts on the alert.

The area under rabi sowing was 299 lakh hectares in 2011-12 and 296 lakh hectares in 2012-13 and the country had produced a record 259.29 million tonnes of wheat in 2011-12 which dropped marginally to 255.36 million tonnes in the 2012-13.

Yellow rust is a fungal disease which manifests as powdery yellow stripes on leaves. These stripes hinder photosynthesis, make the grains shrivel and stunt growth of the plant. It is a serious disease, which has been threatening wheat cultivation in the country during the past few years and all the wheat growing states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, the tarai region of Uttarkhand, Uttar Pradesh and the low-lying areas of Jammu and Kashmir are susceptible to the disease. According to estimates, farms spread over 3,00,000 hectares were hit by yellow rust in 2011.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:55:16 AM
High temperature combined with rains during the wheat season aid the growth and spread of the disease, says Indu Sharma, head of the Directorate of wheat research, Karnal. December is marked by low temperature but the temperatures start rising from mid-January and are accompanied by rain and fog. The environment becomes conducive for yellow rust and the impact of temperature and other factors is visible only in January, but timely intervention can check the spread of disease. We have advised farmers to visit their farms regularly to prevent the disease at an early stage, she adds.

About the disease

Yellow rust is a fungal disease which manifests as powdery yellow stripes on leaves. These stripes hinder photosynthesis, make the grains shrivel and stunt growth of the plant. It is a serious disease, which has been threatening wheat cultivation in the country during the past few years and all the wheat growing states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, the tarai region of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and the low-lying areas of Jammu and Kashmir are susceptible to the disease.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:56:13 AM
Better facilities in offing at Mandi Zonal Hospital
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 7
The Mandi Zonal Hospital is likely to be upgraded to a 500-bed hospital and will be providing better facilities to patients. The state government has already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to link up the Mandi Zonal Hospital at Ner Chowk with the ESIC Medical College, till the ESIC starts its hospital here.

For linking the Zonal Hospital with the ESIC medical college, hospital upgradation will be necessary as per the requirements.

Dr DS Dhiman, Dean, ESIC Medical College, said: “We have sent a proposal to the state government in this regard and the ESIC on its part will provide services of 200 specialist doctors and other medical and paramedical staff, besides other requirements, which will improve health facilities at the zonal hospital.”
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:58:47 AM
“The infrastructure at the zonal hospital will be built by the state government, as this will remain with the hospital, when we will start our hospital later,” he added.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) in its meeting held recently had asked the authorities to take up the matter with the state government.

Since the ESIC has announced to start the medical college in 2014 by beginning its first batch of MBBS and other courses here, the ESIC medical college would be linked up with the Zonal Hospital, Mandi, as per the MCI norms. It is mandatory to link up with any hospital to start classes in any medical college.

Facilities offered

Under the programme, four operation theatres and a special gynaecology OT will be constructed
The hospital will have 500-bed capacity for indoor patients, a new nursing station, seminar hall and a faculty room for each department among other things
An effort will also be made to decongest the hospital by constructing parking place by redesigning the existing hospital, for which nearly Rs 40 lakh will be spent.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:59:02 AM
Heavy snowfall, storm expected in higher reaches
Tribune News service

Shimla, January 7
The local Meteorological Department has predicted heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of the state and rain and thunderstorm in the lower reaches in the next 48 hours. “Minimum temperatures will rise marginally due to cloudy weather and snowfall in the next two days but maximum temperatures will remain steady,” said Director, Shimla Metrological Office, Dr Manmohan Singh.

Intermittent snowfall was experienced in the tribal areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Pangi and Bharmaur while the Churdhar and Dhauladhar ranges and the higher reaches in Chamba district had another spell of snowfall.

The sky remained heavily overcast and the mercury dipped to minus 11.3 degrees Celsius and minus 7 degrees Celsius in Keylong and Kalpa, respectively, while the temperature dipped to minus 5.3 degrees Celsius in Manali. The minimum temperature hovered around the freezing point in the lower reaches of Solan recording minus 0.4 degrees Celsius. In Sundernagar and Bhuntar, the minimum temperature was minus 0.2 degrees Celsius; in Shimla, 0.7 degrees Celsius; in Una, 1 degrees Celsius; in Palampur, 3 degrees Celsius and in Nahan, 3.6 degrees Celsius.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 06:59:37 AM
Heavy snowfall, storm expected in higher reaches
Tribune News service

Shimla, January 7
The local Meteorological Department has predicted heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of the state and rain and thunderstorm in the lower reaches in the next 48 hours. “Minimum temperatures will rise marginally due to cloudy weather and snowfall in the next two days but maximum temperatures will remain steady,” said Director, Shimla Metrological Office, Dr Manmohan Singh.

Intermittent snowfall was experienced in the tribal areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Pangi and Bharmaur while the Churdhar and Dhauladhar ranges and the higher reaches in Chamba district had another spell of snowfall.

The sky remained heavily overcast and the mercury dipped to minus 11.3 degrees Celsius and minus 7 degrees Celsius in Keylong and Kalpa, respectively, while the temperature dipped to minus 5.3 degrees Celsius in Manali. The minimum temperature hovered around the freezing point in the lower reaches of Solan recording minus 0.4 degrees Celsius. In Sundernagar and Bhuntar, the minimum temperature was minus 0.2 degrees Celsius; in Shimla, 0.7 degrees Celsius; in Una, 1 degrees Celsius; in Palampur, 3 degrees Celsius and in Nahan, 3.6 degrees Celsius.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:00:02 AM
However, the maximum temperature dropped marginally and Una was the warmest at 18 degrees Celsius while Sundernagar and Solan recorded a maximum temperature of 14.5 degrees Celsius, followed by Nahan at 13 degrees Celsius, Dharamshala at 11.8 degrees Celsius, Bhunter at 10.7 degrees Celsius, Shimla at 8.8 degrees Celsius and Kalpa at 3 degrees Celsius.

Natural resources of water such as lakes, springs, rivulets and tributaries of major rivers in the tribal areas have been frozen for the past six weeks. This has drastically reduced the discharge of water in snow-fed rivers and affected hydro-power generation, which has dropped to 30 to 40 per cent.

However, hoteliers are pinning hopes on the forecast of heavy snowfall and gearing up to accommodate the tourist rush.

Even the apple growers are upbeat as fertilisers need moisture for absorption and trees need about 1200 hours of chilling. The PWD engineers said they had stationed snow-clearing machines and bulldozers at key locations on the Shimla-Narkanda-Kinnaur National Highway-22 and on the Theog-Hatkoti and Chaila-Chopal roads.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:00:15 AM
Strikes inimical to growth, says industries’ association
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 7
Terming the unhealthy practice of strikes as inimical to the growth of the industry, the Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh Industries Association (BBNIA) stated that the deteriorating law and order situation and labour unrest had become a cause of concern to the industry in this industrial hub.

Association president Rajinder Guleria, who addressed a press conference at Baddi on Friday evening, while expressing concern at the ongoing strike in a tractor-manufacturing unit and labour unrest in a textile unit, stated that the unhealthy practice of strikes initiated without proper notices were no solution to any problem and reconciliation through dialogue could instead address problems.

The association urged the state government to intervene in the matter so as to restore normalcy at the earliest.

While assuring safeguarding of legitimate rights, the association said it would extend support for genuine demands.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:00:30 AM
Guleria said the Industrial Peace in Himachal, which is the Unique Selling Point of such massive industrial investment in a span of 10 years, was fading out and the law and order situation and labour unrest were two issues which were a matter of concern and needed to be addressed on a war footing.

He said BBNIA believed in reconciliation through dialogue, a path which must be adhered to by the industry as well as workers' unions. The association also appealed to the union leaders to maintain industrial peace in the state at all costs as had been done in the past so as to retain the present investment and attract fresh industrial investment in future.

Guleria urged the union leaders to withdraw the present strike as soon as possible.

The strike had entered its fourth week in a tractor manufacturing unit while labour unrest had caused an unsavoury situation at another textile unit last week where the management had withdrawn its expansion plans to invest Rs 50 crore after having shifted its proposed Rs 500-crore investment to Gujarat.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:00:45 AM
Three nabbed as vehicles smuggling wood seized
Our Correspondent

Una, January 7
The Una district Forest department today apprehended three youth who were allegedly smuggling prohibited wood species outside the state. The three vehicles used in the crime were impounded along with material and sent to the Forest nursery at Ghandawal village.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) RK Dogra said he had constituted an eight-member special team headed by Assistant Conservator Manish Rampal to keep a watch along the Punjab border near Gagret in Una district. He said early Tuesday morning, the team seized three vehicles which were illegally transporting banned forest species to Punjab.

He said two other vehicles managed to give the slip, adding that the main accused Naresh Kumar of Gagret, who was in a car some distance ahead, guiding the other accused drivers over cellphones to safe exit routes, will also be booked.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:00:58 AM
The DFO said of the three vehicles impounded, one was bearing registration number HP-19B-2894, while the other two were unregistered, adding that none of the vehicles had any documents of the transport or forest department. He said a damage report had been filed under sections 41 and 42 of the Indian Forest Act.

It is learnt that of the 100 sanctioned posts of guards in the Una forest division, only 66 are filled up, of which, about 12 have recently been promoted as Deputy Range Officers. Dogra said it being a border district, Una has a number of escape routes for elements involved in smuggling forest produce.

He said vacant posts of guards need to be filled up, while a couple more vehicles are required if the borders are to be plugged properly. He added that all cases pending with the department are being put into court to deter those engaging in illegal forest activities.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:01:13 AM
Higher education council set up
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 7
The Himachal Government today constituted the State Council for Higher Education under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister to pave way for smooth implementation of the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). Principal Secretary (Education) RD Dhimam said the adhoc body would be granted statutory status through legislation within two years.

Officials said under the flagship programme of the UPA government, which would be implemented over two plan periods (XII and XIII), the council had to be an autonomous body, which would function at an arm’s length from the state and the Central governments.

It is mandatory for the states to be eligible for funding under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan to fulfil certain prerequisites which include setting up of a State Higher Education Council, creation of accreditation agencies, preparation of the state perspective plans, commitment of certain stipulated share of funds towards RUSA and academic, sectoral and institutional governance reforms.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:04:11 AM
The council would prepare an institution-wise plan and the perspective of the state higher education plan with a focus on “access, equality and excellence”. It would advice the government on quality education and address key issues such as regional imbalance, coordination with other bodies, additional faculty and information and communication technology support, the officials said.

The hill state had taken the lead in implementation of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan and it had introduced the semester system along with the choice-based credit system (CBCS) in colleges on the basis of the draft document from the current academic session. Under the new system, 50 per cent weightage would be given to “internal assessment” based on two term tests and assignments.

The stress will be on continuous comprehensive evaluation for qualitative improvement in education.

The government has already received Rs 4 crore from the Centre.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:04:28 AM
The major thrust of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan would be on increasing enrollment in higher education to achieve the target of increasing Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) from 24 to 32 by end of 13th five year plan (2017-22).

Council's work

The council will ensure smooth implementation of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, which aims at on increasing enrollment in higher education
The council would prepare an institution-wise plan and the state higher education plan with a focus on “access, equality and excellence”.
It would advice the government on providing quality education and address key issues such as regional imbalance, coordination with other bodies, additional faculty and information and communication technology support
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:04:52 AM
Complaint against CM hits grey areas in Representation of People’s Act
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 7
The complaint lodged by Hamirpur BJP MP Anurag Thakur against CM Virbhadra Singh and his wife Mandi Congress MP Pratibha Singh not declaring the loan they took from Vakamulla Chander Shekhar in their affidavits filed at the time of filing their nominations, has hit the “grey areas of the Representation of People's Act that governs the Election Commission of India (ECI) as these are a moral code rather than punitive rules for candidates”.

According to sources in the state election department, the ECI had sent a fax message seeking details of the affidavits filed by Virbhadra Singh and Pratibha Singh on the complaint lodged by Anurag Thakur. Thakur’s complaint has gained political colour as he also heads the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), which is currently under lens of the State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau, which has already booked a case under sections 406, 420, 120-B and under section 13/2 of Prevention of Corruption Act on August 1, 2013, turning the heat on Anurag Thakur and his father and former Chief Minister PK Dhumal.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:05:06 AM
The Vigilance has charged that when the HPCA, which was earlier registered as a cooperative, got government land at Dharamsala for the cricket stadium, it was converted into a company in connivance with key officials, all being questioned by the Vigilance as the Congress government has asserted it would unearth all shady land deals of the former BJP regime, said official sources.

The district returning officers are of the view that they can only verify the facts stated by candidates in the affidavits filed with the ECI at the time of nomination for both state Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

“We have received no communication from the ECI so far, but we can only give information to the commission as all actions are initiated under its direction on non-disclosure of assets and liabilities and properties. We take comments of the individual candidates and send them to the ECI," said a district returning officer.

The complaint would be examined under Section 125-A of the Representation of People's Act, said the official.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:05:20 AM
The Apex court gave its direction on punitive action against a candidate who concealed information in the declaration of assets and property in affidavits in September 2013 when the elections were over, said the election department officials.

State electoral officer Narender Chauhan confirmed the election department had received a fax message and not the annexed material, which was being sent through the messenger by the ECI. “We will examine it and send the report back to ECI,” he added.

Anurag Thakur’s complaint and the letter that leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley wrote to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in connection with the ongoing war of words between Virbhadra Singh and PK Dhumal over the corruption charges, is being viewed in this background both in BJP and Congress circles as a run-up to the coming Lok Sabha polls.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:05:40 AM
Another rainy spell brightens rabi prospects
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 7
Another spell of moderate rains during the past two days has further brightened the prospects of rabi crop and the state Agriculture Department is confident of achieving the rabi target of 6.95 lakh tonnes for the 2013-14 season.

Rains at regular intervals after the withdrawal of monsoons during November and December encouraged farmers to go for early sowing and nearly 90 per cent sowing was completed by December end.

With sowing on 1,200 to 1,500 hectare left-out area in Kullu and some parts in upper Shimla region, the sowing has been completed on the entire targeted area of 3.58 lakh hectare. As 78 per cent area under agriculture in the state is rain-fed, timely rains are crucial for good kharif and rabi crops.

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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:05:55 AM
“The rains have proved manure for the wheat crop and even if there are no rains till end of January, there is no threat of dry spell as the soil would retain the moisture and evaporation would be very less due to low temperatures,” Director of Agriculture JC Rana said.

The farmers can breathe easy and expect good crop as rains in the month of February are expected to ensure a bumper crop as rains at the time of sowing and germination have proved a boon for farmers.

He said besides sowing of wheat on 3.58 lakh hectare area, barley and pulses have been sown on about 24,000 hectare and 8,000 hectare area and the area under wheat could increase to 3.62 lakh hectare due to early rains.

The department has promoted two new high-yielding varieties of wheat during the season; these were introduced last year on a trial basis. The varieties DPW 621-50 and HD-2967 were introduced to combat yellow rust disease.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:06:15 AM
The new varieties are not only resistant to yellow rust but also yield 40 to 45 quintal per hectare as compared to 30 to 35 quintal per hectare yield of the existing varieties. These two varieties account for over 40 per cent of the total area under wheat.

The figures

The state achieved a record Kharif production of 8.32 lakh tonnes and the total foodgrain production in 2012-13 was 15.54 lakh tonnes. In case the weather gods keep smiling on the farmers and oblige with a bumper rabi crop, the state could well achieve the foodgrain production target of 15.80 lakh tonnes for the current financial year.
The total production has been increasing for the past three years. The production almost touched 14.94 lakh tonnes for the first time, surpassing the previous high of 14.40 lakh tonnes achieved in 2007-08. It further increased to 15.10 lakh tonnes in 2011-12 and to 15.54 lakh tonnes last year.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:06:41 AM
Health Department condemned vehicles await auction
Rajesh Sharma

Una, January 7
While the state government, which is reeling under a debt trap, is grappling to provide better healthcare facilities to its citizens, the Health Department appears to be insensitive to the issue.

The District Health Department has been unable to process the auction case of about six condemned vehicles for the past three years, which have been dumped in the backyard of the District Hospital to depreciate further.

The condemned vehicles include a bus procured under the leprosy programme, an insulated vehicle for transporting immunisation kits, Mahindra Armada jeep, a Maruti van and a Maruti Gypsy, lying behind the hospital.

However, there are a couple of more condemned vehicles at peripheral health institutions, including a jeep at the Chintpurni Civil Hospital and one at the Primary Health Centre, Amlehar, in the Gagret block.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:07:24 AM
“These two vehicles will have to be towed to Una for auction,” said an employee, wishing anonymity. He admitted that the last auction of vehicles was held in 2009 and that vacant posts of clerks in the department were the reason for the auctions to be kept in abeyance for years together.

The process of auction of condemned vehicles is not very cumbersome and is done at the district level by a condemnation committee chaired by the Assistant Deputy Commissioner, while the members include an official from the department concerned, besides a competent person from the District Transport Department.

Chief Medical Officer GR Kaushal, when contacted, said the auction process had now been initiated and would be completed in a month’s time. Admitting that the value of the vehicles had depreciated during the past three years that they braved rough weathers, he said the process was almost half way through and would be completed very soon.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:07:41 AM
Doon MLA's wife goes into hiding
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 7
Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary’s has gone into hiding, as per the Punjab Police. It conducted raids on her residence in Baddi in connection with Jyoti murder case in Panchkula here today.

Chaudhary’s wife has been accused of threatening Jyoti’s father Buti Ram for him to state in the Panchkula court that he didn’t know the MLA.

Meanwhile, the police rounded up a mediator identified as Laddoo, from Ludhiana for threatening Buti allegedly at the behest of Chaudhary and his kin.

A senior police officer, on condition of anonymity, said, “Our policemen have been deployed in Baddi as raids were conducted at the MLA’s residence but his wife wasn’t found. She is not at her residence after the case has been registered.”
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:07:56 AM
The officers have conducted an inquiry in the case after the Panchkula police registered a zero FIR lodged against Chaudhary’s wife and other middlemen under sections 195-A, 323 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on Buti Ram’s complaint to Panchkula Commissioner of Police Rajbir Deswal.

“We sent our team and Laddoo was rounded up from Ludhiana. He has been included in the investigations and we will verify all the facts from the CD that has been provided by Buti,” said the officer.

Yesterday, on request by the Panchkula police and a zero FIR being sent by them, the Punjab Police registered the case against five persons including Ram Kumar Chaudhary under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy).
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:08:12 AM
Hoshiarpur police arrest one accused
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, January 7
Hoshiarpur police have geared up to investigate the Buti Ram threat case after registering an FIR yesterday in Hariana police station of the district. Hariana police has arrested Laddoo, one of the accused in yesterday’s FIR against Doon MLA Ram Kumar and others on charge of threatening Jyoti’s father Buti Ram for him to turn hostile during evidence in the Panchkula court.

The accused Malkiat Singh aka Laddoo was arrested from his village Mallian Pandori.

In the FIR lodged in this case, Buti Ram had complained that Laddoo had been threatening him along with Rajender of Ludhiana and had told him that he could not do anything to Ram Kumar as he had not let the police complete the investigation and had bribed them.

Buti had alleged that on December 1, 2013, Laddoo and his wife came to his home and took him to a tea stall outside Hoshiarpur bus stand in their car and again threatened him.

Buti has recorded the discussion and the CD has been handed over to the police. On December 6, 2013, being sick, Buti could not report for evidence. Laddoo and Rajender came to him and threatened him not to go for evidence.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:08:27 AM
8-yr-old burnt alive
Our Correspondent

Una, January 7
Eight-year-old Chandervati, daughter of daily wager Shobha Ram, resident of Ghanari village in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh, was burnt alive in her thatched hut in Amb village of Una district on the intervening night of January 6 and 7.

Police sources say Shobha Ram was living along with his wife and three children. At the time of the incident, Chandervati was reportedly studying, while her mother and two younger siblings were sleeping inside the single room dwelling. Shobha Ram was sleeping in the verandah of a nearby house.

At about 11 pm, fire engulfed the migrant’s house and in the ensuing melee, while the mother and two children managed to escape, Chandervati succumbed to the burns. A postmortem was conducted on the spot after the fire was doused.

Amb Tehsildar Manoj Thakur visited the spot, while local philanthropists donated utensils, clothes and provisions to the family.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:08:42 AM
Man gets 5-yr RI under NDPS Act
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, January 7
Additional Sessions Judge (ii) Mandi PP Ranta, while holding Sukvinder Singh, a resident of Tehsil Bagana of Una district guilty under Section 20 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Act (for possessing charas/cannabis), sentenced him to undergo rigorous imprisonment for five years and ordered him to pay a fine of Rs 30,000.

In default of payment of fine, the convict would further undergo simple imprisonment for six months.

The convict was nabbed by a police party at Suki Bain near Pandoh of Mandi district while checking the bus the convict was travelling in - a Punjab Roadways bus which was on its way to Chandigarh. On seeing the police, the convict tried to escape from the bus window. Upon search, 2 kg charas was recovered from him.

The police registered a case under Section 20 of NDPS Act. It arrested the accused and filed a chargesheet in court, producing 12 witnesses.

As per the court verdict pronounced yesterday, the prosecution was successful in proving the case and proved that the convict was carrying the contraband. The court, after hearing the convict on quantum of sentence, passed the order.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:08:58 AM
Another girl alleges physical abuse by teacher
Tribune News Service

Nahan, January 7
Four days after a girl of Shirikyari Government Middle School complained of allegedly being raped by a drawing teacher of her school, another girl today lodged a complaint of being physically abused by the same teacher.

The police registered a case under Section 10 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, against the teacher, confided DSP, Paonta Sahib, Yogesh Rolta.

A police team, led by the DSP, also visited the school and enquired into the case as the offence had taken place on the school premises. It was surprising that the teacher had been carrying out these nefarious activities on the premises and staff members had failed to detect them.

The school had a staff of three male teachers and two female cooks.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:09:13 AM
While the drawing teacher has been sent to a four-day police custody, the emergence of another case has put a question mark on the working of the school.

Eight more such cases had come to light before a meeting of the school management committee.

The girls had been attending this school owing to its roadside location.

Though the monthly report is sent on a proforma which has a separate column for girls, it was surprising that no heads were rolled when the number of girl students saw a regular decline in the school, thus proving how this exercise had been reduced to a cursory formality.

Since the first girl belonged to the SC category, the police have also included the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the FIR.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:09:32 AM
Show-cause notices issued for violating NGT orders
Our Correspondent

Kullu, January 7
A five-member Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Shimla, headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, in its orders on January 2, 2014, had issued show-cause notices to the Secretary, Municipal Council, Kullu and Manali, along with Executive Officer, Nagar Panchayat, Bhuntar as to why proceedings for violating its orders should not be initiated against them.

Abhishek Rai, president, Himalayan Environment Protection Society (HEPS), a local NGO here, had filed a PIL urging for checking pollution in the Beas and its tributaries. The NGO had submitted photographs along with a newspaper report showing a tractor-trolley full of municipal solid waste being dumped directly into the Beas near Bhuntar.

Earlier, during a hearing on July 29 last year, the NGT had also issued a show-cause notice to the secretary, marketing committee, Bhuntar, and tractor owner (contractor), sighting reason for not being saddled with a fine of at least Rs 5 lakh each, for restoring the environmental degradation caused by dumping of vegetable waste near the Beas.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:09:50 AM
During a hearing on September 17, 2013, the NGT had ordered the Member Secretary, HP State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), to submit an affidavit and report, related to pollution being caused near the Beas by hotels located in Kullu, Manali, Bhuntar and Mandi, in consonance with the respective municipal council or gram panchayat.

The Member Secretary, SPCB, had submitted an affidavit on November 6, 2013, giving an overview of the sewage disposal done by the hotels within the limits of the municipal councils, Kullu, Bhuntar, Manali and Mandi.

Sr Environmental Engineer, SPCB, had filed an affidavit on November 12, 2013, stating that “electricity supply to the hotels which were being conducted without obtaining due consent has been cut-off and applications moved by the hoteliers for obtaining the consent are being processed”.

Further, the secretary, Urban Development, has stated in an affidavit on November 20, 2013, that clusters for commissioning of the municipal solid waste treatment plant had been identified, as directed by the tribunal.
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:10:04 AM
In its latest orders on January 2, 2014, the NGT has sought objections and suggestions on the report submitted by the SPCB. The NBT further observed that its orders were being flouted with impunity after the NGO had resubmitted photographs showing dumping of human faeces and municipal waste without treatment directly near the Beas and report of the local commissioner.

Therefore, the NGT has directed the authorities of municipal committees, Kullu and Manali as well as the SPCB, to submit a composite scheme for restoration as well as for channelising the sewage discharge on the next hearing scheduled for March 27, 2014.

The NGT directed the Deputy Commissioner, Kullu, to be the chairperson for organising these meetings. The NGT has also allowed the petitioner to be present during these meetings.

The NGT had observed that it was a fact that cleanliness in an area had to be a joint venture between the authorities and the general public at large. While on one hand, it is the duty of municipal authorities to make adequate arrangements for proper disposal of garbage, at the same time, it cannot be denied that a large number of people do not hesitate to dirty the public areas and shout about incompetent attitude of the municipal authorities.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:10:19 AM
2 agriculture colleges to open in Kullu, Sirmaur
Our Correspondent

Palampur, January 7
Chaudhry Sarvan Kumar (CSK) HP Agriculture University will open two new agriculture colleges in Kullu and Sirmaur districts with the help of the state government and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Official sources said here on Saturday that there was a huge rush for admissions in the College of Agriculture at the university in the last session and the new colleges at Bajura in Kullu and Dhaulakuan in Sirmaur districts would be able to cater to the ever-growing rush of farm graduates. It was also disclosed that Union Culture Minister Chandresh Kumari had given a grant of Rs 4 crore for setting up a science museum at the university.

It was also learnt that efforts would be made to support inter-institutional research and extension on the consultancy mode. The hybrid seed production of various crops would be taken up on the public-private mode. Quality distance education in agriculture would be started so that rural youth could be imparted education in agriculture.

This would increase manpower to achieve the goals of food security, nutritional security and poverty alleviation. The university would explore the possibility of reserving some seats for the wards of farming families in its educational programmes.

The university would also set up a solar power plant of 50-KW capacity on the campus at a cost of Rs 1.30 crore with a 90 per cent subsidy from the Union Ministry of Non-Conventional Sources of Energy to get solar panels for each hostel and important unit. The new Vice-Chancellor indicated an era of e-governance at the earliest.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:10:34 AM
Need for centre of excellence, not degree colleges: Expert

Shimla, January 7
The Himachal Government has decided to open nine new colleges churning out about 1,000 more ‘job seekers’ every year. The Cabinet decision to open nine more degree colleges in the state has once again raised the question of rationale behind opening degree colleges, which will only churn out arts graduates with virtually no employment avenues.

With the opening of nine new colleges, the number of colleges will increase to 106 in the state, which includes 77 government and 29 private colleges. Further, private BEd colleges have mushroomed in the state and 72 BEd colleges are adding 8,000 qualified trained teachers every year to 60,000 unemployed teachers already waiting for jobs.

The Congress government, which has closed five colleges opened by the BJP government a few months before demitting office, not only decided to reopen these collages at Rewalsar, Lad Bhadol in Mandi, Dharampur in Solan, Sarahan in Sirmaur and Nankhari in Shimla but also gave nod to open four new colleges. Even the High Court had upheld the decision of the government to close colleges sans infrastructure and staff.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:10:48 AM
The opening of colleges producing simple graduates also runs against the policy of the government, which has launched an ambitious skill development programme to hone skills of technically trained youth, who are getting better jobs in both private and government sectors.

“There is a need for a centre of excellence in the state and not degree colleges,” NK Sharda, former Pro Vice-Chancellor Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, said.

He feels that the policy must be reviewed and suitably amended, keeping in view the future scenario as employment situation would worsen with an increase in gross enrolment ratio (GER) from the current 24 to 32 in the next 10 years. — TNS
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:11:04 AM
Quashing of FIR against cricket body sought
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, January 7
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur filed a petition before the HP High Court for seeking quashing of the FIR registered against the cricket body. The petition was filed on the ground that it was politically motivated.

The matter was listed before the court today. As the hearing on the case could not take place, it was adjourned.

It is contended that once the government has withdrawn its decision of cancellation of lease deeds, no criminal action can be maintained.

It added that the FIR did not disclose any offence and the Prevention of Corruption Act was not at all attracted as the petitioners were not public servants.

The petitioners alleged that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was unnecessarily targeting them.

Petitioners contended that the working of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Associationdid not come under the purview of the HP Society’s Registration Act and the provision of the act was not applicable to it.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:11:18 AM
Teach children to respect women, says Dharmani
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 7
Expressing happiness that schemes launched by the government for women empowerment were proving beneficial in helping them in becoming independent, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Rajesh Dharmani said to further motivate them, it had been decided that women achievers would preside over as chief guests at all functions so as to motivate others.

He was addressing mediapersons in Ghumarwin near here yesterday. Dharmani said during ancient times, women were respected and worshipped as goddesses, but today, unfortunately, people worshipped gods and goddesses in temples only.

He urged people to impart moral education to children and teach them how to respect women. While narrating last year’s incident from the Bharaadi area, where a brave woman, Shilpa Sharma, jumped to save her brother from a leopard, he said others should take a cue. Dharmani said the construction work of the Ghumarwin-Kutheda-Sarkaghat road would be started soon.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:11:39 AM
3-storeyed house gutted

Chamba, January 7
In a devastating fire which broke out at Giyoonr village falling in an outlying Piyuhra gram panchayat, a three-storeyed house was burnt to the ground in no time despite the best efforts of villagers extinguishing the fire on Sunday, according to a report received here yesterday.

The report said the two families were rendered homeless due to the fire. Villagers managed to save the livestock tied in the basement of the house.

Oficials rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operations. The house belonged to Gian Chand and Sanjeev Kumar. The loss was estimated at about Rs 20 lakh, the report said. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:12:16 AM
3-storeyed house gutted

Chamba, January 7
In a devastating fire which broke out at Giyoonr village falling in an outlying Piyuhra gram panchayat, a three-storeyed house was burnt to the ground in no time despite the best efforts of villagers extinguishing the fire on Sunday, according to a report received here yesterday.

The report said the two families were rendered homeless due to the fire. Villagers managed to save the livestock tied in the basement of the house.

Oficials rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operations. The house belonged to Gian Chand and Sanjeev Kumar. The loss was estimated at about Rs 20 lakh, the report said. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:12:29 AM
Jobs sought for locals in ESIC college

Mandi, January 7
Activists of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) today staged a protest at Ner Chowk, demanding jobs to local people in ESIC Medical College. The CITU activists raised slogans and demanded preference to local people in employment.

The rally was addressed by CITU leaders Bhupinder, Paras Ram and Kisan Sabha leader Kushal Bhardwaj.

They asserted that the ESIC should ensure that maximum local people were employed in the medical college. The CITU leaders submitted a memorandum to the ESIC authorities and Himachal Pradesh Government through Dr DS Dhiman, Dean, ESIC Medical College. — TNS
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Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:12:44 AM
Youth Cong objects to BJP's allegations against CM

Chamba, January 7
The Chamba District Youth Congress has submitted a memorandum to the Governor through the local administration seeking to revoke allegations levelled by the BJP on Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

The district president of the Youth Congress, Shivank Sharma, hit back at BJP leaders for "misleading" the public by levelling false charges against the Chief Minister.

Sharma said the activists of the youth congress had pledged to fight against the conspiracy launched by the BJP leaders to tarnish the image of Virbhadra Singh.

Yesterday, district Youth Congress leaders and activists gathered here and burnt effigies of BJP leaders involved. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:13:01 AM
PWD ignores MLA in invites for CM’s function
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, January 7
The Public Works Department (PWD) authorities have allegedly ignored local MLA and state Congress general secretary Ajay Mahajan in the invitation cards being distributed in the area for function of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh scheduled here on Wednesday wherein a newly built mini secretariat-cum-combined office building would be inaugurated.

The invitation cards are being given on behalf of the Chief Engineer, officers and employees of the PWD.

These are not carrying the name of the MLA who has been putting in efforts to draw a big crowd for the success of the CM’s visit.

The Congress supporters in the area are in a predicament over the name of the local MLA being ignored in the invitation cards.

The official version of the PWD authorities was not available.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:13:25 AM
Virbhadra supporters burn Dhumal’s effigy
Our Correspondent

Una, January 7
Supporters of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in Una district today burnt the effigy of Opposition leader and former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal to protest against the alleged "false and concocted" allegations of corruption being levelled against the former.

Congress, Youth Congress and NSUI activists gathered at the main bus stand chowk where they burnt Dhumal's effigy, raising slogans against the BJP besides former CM and his sons, Lok Sabha MP Anurag Thakur and Arun Dhumal.

Just as the straw-packed effigy burst into flames, a spark shot onto the trouser of Sanjeev Saini, Director of the General Industries Corporation. It took some effort to douse the flames.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:13:45 AM
Free medical camp at Dulehar from tomorrow
Our Correspondent

Una, January 7
A four-day multi-specialty health camp will be organised under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) at Primary Health Center, Dulehar, in Haroli block of Una district from January 9 to 12.

A government communiqué stated free medicines would be distributed to patients and there would be no charges for surgeries conducted at the camp.

It stated that minor operations would be conducted at Dulehar and for major surgeries, patients would be transported to the Una District Hospital. The team of super specialists, specialists and paramedics would be drawn from health institutions within and outside the state. Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri will inaugurate the camp
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:14:00 AM
3-storeyed house in village gutted
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 7
In a devastating fire which broke out at Giyoonr village falling in an outlying Piyuhra gram panchayat, a three-storeyed house was burnt to the ground in no time despite the best efforts of villagers extinguishing the fire on Sunday, according to a report received here yesterday.

The report said the two families were rendered homeless due to the fire. Villagers managed to save the livestock tied in the basement of the house.

Meanwhile, officials rushed to the spot to carry out rescue operation and provide immediate relief to the fire victims.

The house belonged to Gian Chand and Sanjeev Kumar. The loss was estimated at about Rs 20 lakh, the report further said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:14:18 AM
Proclaimed offender nabbed
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 7
The police have arrested a proclaimed offender (PO), who was declared so by a court in June last year. The PO, identified as Bhawani Prasad Dube of Issaru village, Deoria district (Uttar Pradesh), was working as a truck driver.

He has been arrested about ten years after he absconded. He never attended court after his first appearance in the court post-bail.

Superintendent of Police Kapil Sharma said Bhawani had given a fake address to them and was evading arrest by changing his residence repeatedly. A case was registered against him under Sections 279 and 337 of the IPC since May 16, 2004.

He was arrested from Issaru village, where he had gone to meet his family.

He was produced in a court here and has been sent to judicial remand till January 8.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:14:30 AM
Patwari among 5 held for fraud

Kullu, January 7
Five persons, including a panchayat president and patwari of Kararsu village, were arrested here yesterday. The accused had acquired a loan fraudulently by submitting forged documents to a bank.

The bank management had submitted a complaint in November last year, against four persons, who had allegedly secured a loan of Rs 3 lakh each by providing forged revenue documents. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:14:50 AM
Man arrested for setting wife ablaze

Kangra, January 7
The police have arrested Tilak Raj of Raikha village, falling under the Jawalamukhi police station, for setting his wife ablaze. The police today said she had suffered 48 per cent burns.

They said Monika Sharma (27) married Tilakj in 2005 and the couple had a son and daughter. Tilak, who is a truck driver working in Baddi, had come home after two months and had an altercation with his wife on a minor issue.

The police said there was a heated argument between the two and in a fit of rage, Tilak sprinkled kerosene oil on Monika and set her ablaze. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:16:24 AM
Sukhu’s dilemma

State Congress president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu is in a quandary as to what stance he should adopt regarding the allegations levelled against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

With the Congress high command not giving its mind clearly on Virbhadra Singh, Sukhu is walking a tight rope so that he does not go wrong in his estimation of the political situation.

Sources close to Sukhu point out that he may have issued a statement defending Virbhadra Singh, but will not do the same when he meets party bosses in Delhi.

Knowing Rahul Gandhi’s stand on zero tolerance towards corruption, he will tread cautiously and convey the situation in a tactical and subtle manner.

“There is no denying that in the present scenario, there is little we can do to counter the issue of corruption when our own party Chief Minister has been barraged with serious charges,” a Congress office-bearer has said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:17:19 AM
Oblique reference

Even though BJP leader and former Chief Minister PK Dhumal refrained from making any direct adverse comment on the Prime Minister or All-India Congress Committee vice-president Rahul Gandhi, he could not help making an oblique reference to their remarkable capability of sitting over urgent matters indecisively.

“He must be applying his mind,” was his curt and short reply when asked by the media at a press conference here that the Prime Minister had said he had received a letter from BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

Dhumal once again sarcastically repeated the remark when asked about Rahul Gandhi’s resolve of zero tolerance towards corruption, but no action against Virbhadra Singh.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:18:15 AM
Dhumal indignant

Peeved at the manner in which the Congress regime is hounding him and his family by undertaking Vigilance inquiries, Dhumal lashed out at Virbhadra Singh and his family at a recent press conference here.

The bitterness was so evident that he did not even hesitate to draw a comparison between his and Virbhadra’s lineage while taking pride in being the son of a farmer and an ex-serviceman.

“It is news to everyone that Virbhadra’s son and daughter have shares in Maple Destinations even though everyone spoke of my family having bought a hotel by the name of Destination and Bantony while the BJP was in power,” he said.

“Now the truth is out as everyone knows who has the fondness for Destination and other similar investments,” Dhumal remarked.

He said it was because of Virbhadra Singh that Himachal Pradesh would become infamous for the apple scam, in which the fruit worth crores was transported on scooters and in tippers and oil tankers.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 08, 2014, 07:20:16 AM
Tongues wagging

As the allotment of hydroelectric power projects in the state is becoming an issue between the Congress and the BJP with the fresh round of allegations and counter-allegations in the allotment of the Sai Kothi power project to a private firm, people are deeply analysing the role of parties in the allotment of power projects.

Since the 17-MW Sai Kothi project is a small project compared to several big projects with huge costs, people are analysing the enormity of the issue as well.

People are talking in hushed tones about allegations of money changing hands between politicians and power companies and are sceptic about the role of politicians who had been in power in the state.

While it is for courts to decide the truth of the allegations of bribe in allotment of power projects, such allegations have created suspicion in the minds of the people here about the role of ruling parties in the state in the allotment of power projects.

Contributed by Pratibha Chauhan and Dharam Prakash Gupta
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:08:28 AM
Demolish structure raised by HPCA: MC
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 8
Commissioner of the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) Amarjeet Singh today ordered the demolition of the unauthorised structure of the Lalpani Cricket Academy raised in the restricted and green areas of the city by the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) led by Hamirpur BJP MP Anurag Thakur, son of former Chief Minister PK Dhumal within seven days.

The MC Commissioner also imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 and Rs 500 on the respondent and snapped water and electricity supplies to the academy, invoking Sections 242 and 244, along with Section 383 of the HP Municipal Corporation Act, 1994.

If the respondent fails to comply with this order, he will be liable to pay an additional penal amount of Rs 500 per day.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:08:41 AM
The cricket academy is located on Khasra Nos. 911, 912 and 1060/1 situated in Up-mohal station, ward Bara Shimla, with an area of 9,265.21 square metres and falls in the restricted and green area for which the HPCA has no permission from the single umbrella committee, the MC Commissioner observed.

Rejecting all pleas put in defence by the opposite party, the MC Commissioner exercised powers vested with him under Section 253 (1) of the HPMCA 1994 and directed the respondent to demolish the unauthorised construction at the Lalpani cricket academy within seven days.

"If the respondent fails to do so, the same shall be demolished by the Architect Planner Branch of MC at the cost, risk and responsibility of the respondent within seven days," it was ordered.

The MC has issued a notice to the academy under Sections 242 and 244, along with Section 383, HPMCA, on October 8, 2013 and asked the respondent to file a reply on December 28.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:08:55 AM
Take over Lalpani cricket ground, govt told

Shimla: Congress councillors, NSUI and youth Congress today staged a protest in the city demanding that the state government should take over the Lalpani cricket ground from the HP Cricket Association headed by Hamipur MP Anurag Thakur and son of former Chief Minister PK Dhumal.

Congress councillors Chander Shekhar Chinu, Sushant Kapret and others said the academy should be opened for the students of the Government Senior Secondary School Lalpani that has no ground. They raised slogans against Anurag Thakur.

They claimed that the 1,200 students have already sent a representation to the Chief Minister to vest the ground with the schools where they would get coaching in cricket and other sports. — TNS
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Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:09:09 AM
Intense cold wave continues to prevail in state
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 8
The piercing cold wave conditions continue unabated in most parts of the state while an avalanche threat looms large over the high-altitude tribal areas following intermittent snowfall in the higher reaches and tribal belt.

People in the high altitude tribal areas have been alerted and SDM, Manali, Vinay Dhiman has advised people to refrain from venturing out as an avalanche threat could aggravate with the rise in temperature.

The key tourist resort of Manali and Dalhousie witnessed mild snowfall while the high-altitude tribal areas of Lahaul & Spiti, Pangi, Bharmaur, Churdhar and Dhauladhar mountain ranges and Rohtang pass received intermittent heavy snowfall.

Rohtang recorded 60 cm of snow while Solang Nallah, Keylong and other higher hill received 10 cm of fresh snow. Biting cold wave conditions persisted in the region even as minimum temperature increased by a few notches as strong velocity icy winds lashed the mid and lower hills.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:09:23 AM
Bharmaur in the tribal area of Chamba recorded a minimum temperature of -12.1°C while Keylong and Kalpa in the twin tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur, recorded a low of -9.7°C and -4°C, followed by Dalhousie 1.2 °C and Manali 2°C. Sundernagar and Bhuntar recorded a minimum temperature of 2.6°C and 3.2°C while Solan and Shimla recorded a low of 3°C and 3.1°C, followed by Palampur 3.5°C, Nahan and Una 5°C and Dharamsala 6°C.

However, the maximum day temperatures increased marginally and Solan was warmest in the region during the day with a high of 17.5°C, followed by Una 17°C, Nahan 15.4°C, Sundernagar 15.2°C, Dharamsala 12.4°C, Shimla 13.2°C, Bhunter 8.4°C and Kalpa 0.8°C.

The local Meteorological Department has predicted heavy snowfall at some places during the next 24 hours.
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Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:09:41 AM
Fresh snow in Manali
Our Correspondents

Manali, January 8
Inclement weather conditions prevailing in the upper Kullu valley worsened today. Manali town and its adjoining areas experienced fresh snowfall, while lower parts of the region were lashed by rain. This brought the temperature down substantially.

Fresh snow also greeted visitors in Manali town this afternoon. Tourists in Manali came out from their hotels to have a splash. Hundreds of tourists who have converged on the tourist town of Manali from all parts of the country were delighted to see the area draped in a white blanket of snow. The snowfall in Manali town was mild at the time of filing of this report.

The vehicular traffic on the Manali-Rohtang road was disrupted at several places near Nehru Kund, 5 km from here, this afternoon. All the tourists going for their sight-seeing tour to the Solang valley this afternoon had to stop near Nehru Kund.

Besides bringing joy, a fresh spell of snowfall betw
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:09:57 AM
Besides bringing joy, a fresh spell of snowfall between Nehru Kund and the Solang valley brought its share of miseries too.

Due to a thin layer of snow on the road, it became slippery and tourists, who had gone on a sight-seeing tour to Solang valley in the morning, had a difficult time driving their vehicles to Manali.

Meanwhile, tourists rushed to Bahang and Nehru Kund to see the fresh snowfall. They were seen enjoying in a fresh snow and throwing snowballs at each other.

The ski slopes of the Solang valley also experienced a fresh snowfall. The winter sports lovers who were coming to the Solang valley from all parts of the country to undertake different skiing courses starting from January 11, were happy to see slopes covered with thick layer of fresh snow.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:10:11 AM
Kullu in grip of cold wave

Kullu: The entire Kullu valley was in grip of cold wave following rains lashing the lower region since last night and snow on the higher reaches. The 13,050-foot-high Rohtang Pass had more than 4 feet snow while mountain tops around Kullu experienced moderate snow.

The vehicular traffic on many link roads has also been disrupted due to snow though National Highway between Kullu and Manali was through. The sole Air India flight operating from Delhi to Kullu was also cancelled due to bad weather.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:10:27 AM
Discussions on potential Lok Sabha candidates likely at BJP meet in Baddi
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 8
With the din of the Lok Sabha elections getting louder, the BJP core group will be meeting at Baddi in Solan district on January 10 and 11 to hold discussions on the prospective candidates to be fielded from the four Parliamentary seats and to make preparations for the rally of Narendra Modi in Sujanpur next month.

The core group meeting will be attended by national BJP vice-president and in-charge of party affairs in Himachal, Balbir Punj and national organisation secretary Ram Lal so that feedback from all the senior leaders from the state can be elicited on the potential candidates to be fielded in the elections.

These central leaders will then convey their opinion on the candidates who could be pitted against the Congress, to the high command.

The meeting is being considered significant — the central leaders may finally convey to former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar the sentiments of the BJP high command that he might have to contest from the Kangra Lok Sabha seat.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:10:48 AM
"Though Shanta ji had earlier announced that he would keep away from electoral politics, considering the emerging political scenario, he is probably the most formidable candidate the party can field," said a senior office-bearer. State BJP president Satpal Singh Satti confirmed that senior state and central leaders of the BJP will hold a meeting at Baddi.

"Discussions will obviously be held on the possible candidates, but we will also chalk out the election strategy and poll issues, since the Congress has been pushed on the defensive on the issue of corruption with the Chief Minister facing serious graft charges," said Satti. Party sources said the chances of the sitting MPs Virender Kashyap from Shimla and Anurag Thakur from Hamirpur, being fielded once again was almost certain.

"Shanta Kumar is certainly the party's first choice from Kangra, provided he agrees to contest, but the dilemma is in Mandi where the choice is once again limited to Jai Ram Thakur, Ajay Rana and Ram Swaroop," said a senior leader. He said chances to woo Himachal Lokhit Party leader and MLA Maheshwar Singh had now been practically ruled out though he had been approached initially.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:11:06 AM
Himachal Lokhit Party to contest all four seats in Lok Sabha poll
Our Correspondent

Kullu, January 8
The Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP), a breakaway group of the BJP, is up in arms against the Congress government and has urged Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to clarify the latest graft allegations levelled against him by the BJP by initiating an inquiry.

After a meeting of the state working committee of the HLP here yesterday, state spokesperson Mahender Nath Sofat said, “Both the Congress and the BJP were involved in corrupt practices and raising allegations against each other.”

He confirmed that the HLP would contest all four parliamentary seats in Himachal Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. He said the party would create a third front and capture anti-Congress and anti-BJP votes in the state.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:11:20 AM
He said a statewide stir would be organised and public be made aware of the increased rates of electricity, recently installed faulty meters, increased bus fares, increase in taxes on commercial vehicles and similar agenda of non-friendly policies for a common man.

He said inline with the strategy adopted by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a referendum would be sought by conducting over 100 public meetings to decide the strategy for the Lok Sabha elections.

He added that the foundation day of the HLP would be celebrated in February at Kullu and indicated that candidates for the upcoming polls might be finalised on the occasion.

HLP vice-president Khushi Ram Balnatah, state treasurer Tikku Thakur, HLP Solan unit president Babu Ram Mandyal and Yuva Sena president Gaurav Sharma were present on the occasion.
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Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:11:40 AM
Cong high command should ask CM to resign: Shanta
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 8
While demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh owing to serious corruption allegations against him, former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar today said fight against corruption should not be reduced to fight between two families. He was indicating at the war of words going on between the families of former CM PK Dhumal and CM Virbhadra Singh.

Shanta Kumar was here to participate in a protest staged by the BJP seeking the resignation of Virbhadra Singh.

In case, the Chief Minister did not want to resign, the Congress high command should force him to resign, Shanta said.

He said on the one hand, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was taking a tough stance on the issue of corruption, and on the other two party Chief Ministers, Virbhadra Singh and Ashok Chavan, Maharashtra CM, were facing serious corruption charges, but no action was initiated against them.
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Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:11:55 AM
The BJP and the Congress today held parallel protests at Dharamsala.

While BJP leaders, led by Shanta Kumar and former ministers Kishan Kapoor and Ramesh Dhawala, protested outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office, Congress leaders protested at the Kachehri crossing.

While addressing the gathering, Shanta said people should vote against the Congress to save the country.

After the rally, the BJP leaders went to the Deputy Commissioner’s office to submit a memorandum. However, no official was present at the Mini Secretariat to accept the memorandum. The party leaders then pasted it at the main entrance of the Mini Secretariat.

The Congress workers, led by former MP Chander Kumar, Forest Corporation vice-president Kewal Singh Pathania, Youth Congress leader Raghuvir Singh Bali and son of Minister for Food and Civil Supplies GS Bali, were present during the protest.

They burnt the effigies of BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley, former Chief Minister PK Dhumal and BJP MP Anurag Thakur.
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Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:12:10 AM
HC dismisses HPCA plea to implead Virbhadra
Vijay Arora
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, January 8
The HP High Court today declined to implead Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, Balbir Singh Thakur, SP, Kangra, Sanjay Kumar, state Director-General of Police, and C Paulrasu, District Magistrate, Kangra, as respondents in the case filed by the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).

While dismissing an application filed in this connection by the HPCA, a Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmed Mir and Justice Kuldip Singh observed: “Admittedly, the petitioners have sought writ of certiorari quashing orders/letters/communications issued on October, 26, 2013, made by the state authorities, which stands withdrawn and has lost life in its entirety. Thus, the writ petition, so far as it relates to the said prayer, has become virtually infructuous."

The court further added: “It is also apt to mention herein that the order made by the Registrar, Co-operative Society, is partly in favour of the petitioners and partly against them. It appears that is why the petitioners have not arrayed Registrar, Co-Operative Society, as party in person in the list nor have sought his impleadment in personal capacity on the ground of mala fide or he has acted under some instructions."
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:12:26 AM
The court passed this order on an application filed by the HPCA wherein it had prayed that the court implead Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and other officers of the state as party respondent in the case filed by it against the state government's order for cancellation of leases granted to the HPCA on the ground that the entire state machinery is under influence of Virbhadra.

It may be mentioned here that the state government had withdrawn its order of October 26 of cancellation of leases granted to the HPCA. The HPCA contended that the Registrar, Cooperative Society, is acting on the command of the present Chief Minister, therefore, they are apprehending a biased decision.

The HPCA has, however, not sought impleading of the Registrar Cooperative Societies in his personal capacity. The state contended before the court that the petition has become infructuous as the relief claimed by the petitioner had already been granted by the government by withdrawing its earlier orders.

The court was urged to permit the Registrar to pass the final order against the statutory proceedings pending before him. It was contended that the allegations levelled by the petitioner were vague and without any specifications.

However, the court has allowed the application for amendment in the petition and granted three weeks time to HPCA to file an amended petition.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:12:41 AM
33 officers to doubtful integrity shifted: HP to HC
Vijay Arora

Shimla, January 8
On the issue of shifting of 43 officers of doubtful integrity from sensitive posts to non-sensitive ones, the state government has informed the HP High Court that it has shifted 33 officers to non-sensitive posts. One was acquitted by the court, eight were exonerated from the charges in departmental proceedings and one had retired.

The state had furnished this information by filing an affidavit in this regard, stating that all officers of doubtful integrity were transferred from sensitive posts and after perusing the same, a Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Kuldip Singh observed that all orders passed in the petition were complied with by the government.

In its earlier order, the court had directed the state to transfer 43 officers of doubtful integrity as early as possible and from sensitive posts to non-sensitive posts.

The court had directed the government to identify the posts in three weeks and shift such officers from sensitive posts. After recording the statement of the counsel for the state government that the state had complied with the court direction in this matter, the petition was disposed of.

Notably, former Drug Controller Sher Singh had approached the High Court against the departmental proceedings initiated by the government. The court enlarged the scope of this writ petition and directed the government to submit the list of officers of doubtful integrity.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:12:57 AM
DISCONTINUATION OF CENTRAL EXCISE BENEFIT
Industrialists mull winding up operations in state
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 8
The discontinuation of the Central Excise exemption, a major allurement of the Central industrial package, is being reflected in the industrial growth of the state as several units are winding up their operations.

The country’s second largest paint unit, Asian Paints (India) Limited, appears to have set the pace after closing its Baddi unit while several other units are following suit.

Investors had availed the benefit of the Central Excise exemption till March 2010 and all industries which were set up from January 2003 to March 2010 were exempted from paying this tax. This led to huge profits for the units in Himachal vis-à-vis their counterparts in the non-tax exempt states where the Central Excise ranging from six to 13 per cent was being paid.

With the 10-year period coming to an end, investors were seeing a little merit in staying in Himachal and paying the Central Excise at a rate of 13 per cent for food and other products and six per cent for pharmaceutical products.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:13:12 AM
With several units shifting their high value products to other states, the scope of expansion has reduced further.

Barely 14 new units had come forward to invest in the state in the past one year while 48 existing ones had sought approval for expanding their units.

While a key textile unit had postponed their Rs 50 crore investment plans and had shifted their proposed Rs 800 crore investment to Gujarat, the demand for industrial plots auctioned by the HP State Industrial Development Corporation had declined to a trickle.

The announcement of restoration of the transport subsidy and the Central investment subsidy for four years by Union Industries and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma had failed to be notified.

Investors were now waiting for some sops in the new industrial policy which the state government is likely to announce soon.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:13:32 AM
Cement plant-hit villagers in Mandi pin hopes on govt
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, January 8
After getting a cold response from the past governments, residents of eight panchayats under Sundernagar subdivision in Mandi district have again pinned their hopes on the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government hoping that they will finally be declared as project-affected panchayats.

They are hopeful that the government will direct authorities of the ACC plant in Barmana to provide them facilities on the lines of project-affected residents in Bilaspur. Residents said they had been suffering for the past more than two decades ever since the plant was set up.

In the past also, residents had approached Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and PK Dhumal (during the previous BJP regime), wherein they had apprised them with the problems, but no action had been taken so far.

The eight panchayats, Sundernagar, Baroti, Dehar, Kangoo, Dhawal, Jarol, Slapper and Salwana, alleged that the cement plant was causing pollution in these areas. The resolution was also supported by the RTI information, which revealed that these panchayats were affected by the pollution caused by the ACC plant in Barmana.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:13:45 AM
The residents had written to the government that 22,000 residents (around 5,000 families) living in 31 villages of these panchayats were the worst affected due to pollution caused by the ACC cement factory and that they were suffering from various diseases as well, but the government never compensated them either by providing jobs in the factory or by extending health facilities.

It was further stated that nearly 9,000 domestic animals were also affected due to pollution.

It was further stated that the pollution caused by this plant was affecting areas of both Bilaspur and Mandi districts, but no facilities were given to residents of Mandi district. The effect on pollution could not be area wise, they further rued.

The officer-bearers of the Maa Sheetla ACC Affected Transport Committee, including Sunder Lal, Dillip Kumar, Jai Lal, Balbir Singh, Prem Singh, Khem Raj, Shyam Lal, Chander Mani, Amarjeet, Roop Lal and Vijay Kumar, urged the government to stop the step-motherly treatment being meted out to them. They further urged the CM to issue necessary directions so that the affected families could be benefited at par with residents of Bilaspur district.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:14:04 AM
Sabha highlight passengers’ plight
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 8
Members of the Nagar Vikas Sabha, an organisation devoted for the cause of development of Bilaspur, have expressed resentment over the failure of the state government and the Transport Department in helping passengers in getting buses for Bilaspur or Ghumarwin from Chandigarh bus stand.

A meeting was held here today, where convener AP Sharma said the issue was pending for long wherein passengers rued that they were not being given tickets in any other depot bus and that they had to wait for Bilaspur depot bus only.

Passengers bound for Bilaspur have either to wait for several hours for a Bilaspur depot bus or change buses by travelling via Kullu or Mandi.

Several representations have been given to the government and HRTC authorities, but in vain.

The sabha members urged Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Transport Minister GS Bali to ensure that the problem did not persist. They asked them to direct the conductors to give tickets to everyone.

They also criticised Bilaspur MLAs who had failed to solve the problem, prevalent for the past several years. They demanded an HRTC Bilaspur depot bus to run through Bilaspur town on an hourly basis from Chandigarh bus stand
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:14:20 AM
BJP protests against price rise, corruption
Tribune News Service

Nahan, January 8
The BJP today took out a protest march from Hindu ashram to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and handed over a memorandum to ADM Manmohan Sharma against price rise and corruption.

The march was a part of their statewide agitation where different district factions were protesting against the ruling Congress and pressing for the demand of seeking the Chief Minister’s resignation.

BJP leaders, including MP Vimla Kashyap, MLAs Dr Rajiv Bindal and Baldev Tomar, district president Sukhram and others, raised slogans against the Congress.

Seeking, Virbhadra’s resignation, the protesting leaders said the Chief Minister had lost the moral right to remain in power as several cases of corruption had surfaced him and his family members in the past few days.

The leaders said the common man was facing the heat of massive price rise while the ruling government was behaving like an Opposition and burning effigies while failing to address crucial issues concerning the common man.

Dr Bindal said all developmental works had come to a halt as the ruling government was focusing its attention in settling political scores.

He said the fact that the Chief Minister had hidden the fact of having taken loan worth crore of rupees from an investor in his election affidavit spoke volumes about his misconduct.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:14:52 AM
BJP protests against price rise, corruption
Tribune News Service

Nahan, January 8
The BJP today took out a protest march from Hindu ashram to the Deputy Commissioner’s office and handed over a memorandum to ADM Manmohan Sharma against price rise and corruption.

The march was a part of their statewide agitation where different district factions were protesting against the ruling Congress and pressing for the demand of seeking the Chief Minister’s resignation.

BJP leaders, including MP Vimla Kashyap, MLAs Dr Rajiv Bindal and Baldev Tomar, district president Sukhram and others, raised slogans against the Congress.

Seeking, Virbhadra’s resignation, the protesting leaders said the Chief Minister had lost the moral right to remain in power as several cases of corruption had surfaced him and his family members in the past few days.

The leaders said the common man was facing the heat of massive price rise while the ruling government was behaving like an Opposition and burning effigies while failing to address crucial issues concerning the common man.

Dr Bindal said all developmental works had come to a halt as the ruling government was focusing its attention in settling political scores.

He said the fact that the Chief Minister had hidden the fact of having taken loan worth crore of rupees from an investor in his election affidavit spoke volumes about his misconduct.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:15:14 AM
School foundation plate goes missing
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 8
The foundation plate of Government Senior Secondary School, Tarwaad, near Naina Devi, went missing after which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders condemned the incident terming it as a work of some anti-social elements.

Led by district general secretary Ram Kumar Sharma, a number of prominent BJP leaders, including state executive member Ranjeet Singh Thakur and gram panchayat vice-president Nand Lal and other leaders, including Mast Ram, Shrawan Singh, Bhisham Chand and Budhi Ram, the leaders alleged that some people were unable to bear the development works carried out by the BJP government and that the act was “political mischief”.

They said the foundation of two rooms of the school was laid by MP Anurag Thakur and local BJP MLA Randhir Sharma last year only.

They urged the district administration to get the culprits hauled up.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:15:27 AM
549 students to get scholarships

Una, January 8
The Himotkarsh Parishad, a voluntary organisation of the region, yesterday announced a list of 549 students who had been shortlisted for scholarships totalling Rs 4.45 lakh.

The parishad organises written examinations for students of Classes VIII to X and merit-cum-economic status forms the criteria for qualifying for these annual scholarships.

Himotkarsh chairman Kanwar Hari Singh said the examinations were conducted in six districts of the state on November 24, 2013, in which 21,854 students had appeared. In addition, 222 other meritorious students would be given silver medals at the parishad’s district-level annual functions. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:15:40 AM
Polio camp in Shimla on Jan 19
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 8
Polio drops will be administered to children in the age group of 0-5 years in the district on January 19. Around 77,516 children will be given polio drops at 712 different booths set up by the Health Department.

Reviewing a meeting here on Sunday, Deputy Commissioner Dinesh Malhotra said as many as 21 transit booths and 20 mobile booths would be set up for the purpose.

He said about 73 different locations, having a sizeable population of migrant labourers and construction workers, had been identified.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:16:10 AM
CHAMBA
AID FOR FIRE-HIT FAMILIES: The local administration disbursed an immediate relief of Rs 8,000 to two fire-affected families, who were rendered homeless due to a devastating fire that engulfed their three-storeyed house at Giyoonr village in Chamba district on Sunday. Tehsildar Manoj Kumar visited the spot and took stock of the destruction caused due to the fire. He met the victims and distributed food and blankets to them, reports said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:16:24 AM
KULLU
PRIZE DISTRIBUTION HELD: Vagdevi Shiksha Niketan High School, Jhiri, celebrated its annual prize distribution function here on Sunday. Kargil war hero Brig Khushal Thakur (retd), who was the chief guest on the occasion, said such cultural events provided an opportunity to children to develop self-confidence. A colourful cultural programme was presented by students on the occasion.

NURPUR
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:16:39 AM
NURPUR
HPSEB JES SEEK PROMOTION: A delegation of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board’s (HPSEB) Junior Engineers (JEs) and Additional Assistant Engineers (AAE) Association, Nurpur zone, met Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh here on Wednesday under the leadership of zonal president Arun Pathania. The association thanked the CM for releasing Rs 800 crore for the revival of the HPSEB from its present financial mess. The association also thanked the CM for opening a new electrical division at Fatehpur and urged him to fill vacant posts of assistant engineer through promotion of JEs who had been working on the post for the past 32 years. The association submitted a memorandum in this connection to the CM also in the presence of local MLA Ajay Mahajan.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 09, 2014, 08:28:06 AM
Railways’ apathy poses threat to lives
Our Correspondent

Kalka, January 8
A damaged height gauge at the Kalka-Pinjore railway crossing on the National Highway 22 is posing a threat to the lives of commuters passing from the way.

According to sources, the height gauge was damaged by an overloaded vehicle on December 15 last year.

Owing to the alleged lethargic attitude adopted by the railway authorities, the height gauge has been lying aside on the road since then.

It must be mentioned here that the high tension live wire of 25,000 Volts crosses over the road along the railway line.

As per the official sources, the height gauges prevents vehicles, passing from the area, from touching the high tension wires and hence avoid serious accidents.

The concerned department of Inspector of Work (IOW), responsible for the maintenance of the height gauge, has not taken any initiative to reinstall the same despite of the fact that the higher authorities of IOW department, Northern Railway, Ambala Division, has already been informed about the present scenario.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:20:08 AM
KULLU
ELECTORAL ROLLS AVAILABLE AT SDM’S OFFICE FOR SCRUTINY: Electoral Registration Officer and SDM Dr Suresh Jaswal on Sunday said updated and amended electoral rolls of the Kullu Assembly constituency had been published and were available at the SDM office, Tehsil office and polling stations for scrutiny.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:20:28 AM
Flower power: Rs 74 crore sought for terminal market in Parwanoo
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 9
The Himachal government has sought Rs 74 crore from the National Horticulture Board for setting up of a Modern Terminal Market for flowers at Parwanoo besides initiating the process for the setting up of an advisory group who can help give a boost to cultivation of exotic flowers in the state.

This is stated to be an effort towards addressing the problems plaguing the floriculture sector, which has failed to catch the fancy of the growers despite being very lucrative. The flower terminal market is proposed to have all the latest facilities and above all, the growers will be saved from the rigours of looking for buyers in various markets like Delhi and Chandigarh.

“We have sent a detailed Rs 74 crore proposal to the National Horticulture Board for funding. Having a terminal market will help give a big fillip to floriculture as many farmers have taken to flower cultivation, but considering the marketing constraints, problems were being faced,” said Vineet Chaudhary, Additional Chief Secretary, Irrigation and Public Health and Horticulture.

Though Himachal ventured into the floriculture s
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:20:46 AM
Though Himachal ventured into the floriculture sector long back, absence of marketing facilities has hampered its growth. Even now, many farmers in Sirmaur, Shimla, Bilaspur, Solan, Kangra and Chamba districts are into floriculture but considering the problems, they have put all expansion plans on hold.

They are growing roses, tulips, lilium, carnations, marigold, gerbera and gladiolus.

“I have been into floriculture for the last decade, but with near absence of marketing facilities, I have faced so many problems that at times, I regret having set up poly houses,” laments Neeraj Thakur of Rajgarh.

He admits that having a terminal market will be a big relief and encouragement for growers as returns are good, provided marketing problems are taken care of.

While the terminal market at Parwanoo will, to a great extent, solve the marketing and transportation problem, experts could guide the farmers regarding the varieties of flowers, right plant material, seeds and growing techniques.

“We are already in the process of formulating a Floriculture Advisory Group so that we have a team of specialists comprising technical experts, growers and others who will formulate and suggest a strategy for guiding the growers,” he said.

The proposed flower terminal will have cold storage, temperature controlled
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:20:59 AM
The proposed flower terminal will have cold storage, temperature controlled warehouse and ripening and packing chambers, to be set up at a cost of Rs 15 crore.

A sum of Rs 12 crore will be spent on setting up collection centres and Rs 10 crore on refer vans so that growers do not face problems in sending their produce across to the terminal market.

Another important component of the Flower Terminal will be setting up of a Framer Hostel-cum-Centre of Excellence where farmers can be given farm training regarding the adoption of latest and right techniques while undertaking floriculture on a commercial scale.

The experts will suggest to the farmers selection of the right variety of flowers, depending on the agro-climatic conditions, soil quality and other factors. They could also suggest import of the right plant material and seeds of flowers suited for Himachal.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:21:12 AM
Fresh snowfall in Manali adds to biting cold wave
Our Correspondent

Manali, January 9
The intense cold wave sweeping the entire Kullu valley has further tightened its grip with higher reaches in the Manali region receiving a fresh spell of snowfall.

Higher reaches in the Manali region, including the 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass, the Pir Panjal ranges Gulaba, Kothi and Brighu and Hamta ski slopes received fresh snowfall. The famous ski slopes of the Solang valley also had snowfall. Owing to fresh spell of snowfall, the vehicular traffic between Palchan and the Solang valley was disrupted this morning inconveniencing tourists.

A long queue of vehicles on both sides of the road was seen between Palchan village to Solang today. Meanwhile, tourists were seen walking from Palchan to Solang ski slopes to enjoy the snow. Some of them went horse riding. Orchardists and agriculturists of the region have welcomed the snow and rain. They say it is beneficial for the apple crop in the upper region and the standing crops in lower areas.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:21:26 AM
More snow, rain in next 48 hours: Met
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 9
With snow and rain eluding local residents and tourists in the capital city today, the local Meteorological Department has predicted rain or snowfall in higher hills of the state and dry weather in plains and lower hills in the next 48 hours.

The city had a sunny day accompanied by a dry chill. Bharmour in Chamba district recorded the lowest temperature at -15 degrees Celsius in the state, while Solan recorded the highest temperature at 17.5°C, informed the MeT office.

The rain and snow were reported at isolated places in mid or higher reaches of the state due the western disturbance. Shimla recorded a minimum temperature of 7°C, Kalpa -3°C, Reckong Peo -5.1°C, Manali 0°C, said the Met office.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:21:42 AM
Electoral rolls revised for LS elections
62,133 first-timers will cast vote in the forthcoming Parliamentary polls
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 9
Even as voters in the state have registered an increase of 1.4 per cent since the last Assembly polls, there are 62,133 first-time voters in the age group of 18 to 19 years who will cast their ballot in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.

The state Election Department has updated its electoral rolls for the entire state up to January 6. As per the latest data available with the department, there are 47.39 lakh voters in the state, out of which 93,638 voters have got their names enrolled after December 2012.

“We have revised the electoral rolls, but anyone keen to get himself registered as a voter can do so even 15 days before the polling dates for the Lok Sabha elections,” said Narender Chauhan, Chief Electoral Officer.

He confirmed that there were 62,133 voters who would get an opportunity to cast their vote for the first time in the Lok Sabha polls.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:22:00 AM
Of the total electorate of 47,39,388, the number of men voters is higher. The number of men voters is 23,90,117 while that of female voters is 22,84,070. The total number of deletions that have been made on various grounds like transfer, duplication in rolls or due to death of a voter is 41,552. The number of voters who died since the last elections is 22,887, those transferred out is 19,434 and those whose name had been entered twice in the electoral rolls was 957.

As per the latest revision of electoral rolls, the number of services voters in the state is 65,201. This includes those serving in the Army and other paramilitary forces and who normally cast their ballot through post. In fact, these service votes make a significant difference in the outcome of the polls in some of the Assembly segments in Kangra, Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts as many people hailing from here are serving in the Defence forces.

The chances of elections in the three tribal Assembly segments of Kinnaur, Lahaul Spiti and Bharmour with the rest of the state are high. Officials concerned feel that unless it snows in April, there should be no problem in holding the elections.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:22:18 AM
Data

* Total voters- 47,15,739

* Men - 23,90,117

* Women - 22,84,070

* Service voters - 65,201

* First-time voters (18-19) years - 62,133
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:22:34 AM
Cops being trained for VVIPs’ visit

* While the Election Department is busy revising the electoral rolls, senior state police officials were seen given training by the Special Protection Group (SPG), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and National Security Guards (NSG) about the necessary security arrangements for the VVIPs who are likely to visit the state during the run-up to the elections.

* Those who are placed in Z and Z plus category include the Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi, Narendra Modi, LK Advani, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.

* Top police officials are being told about the threat perception, improvised explosive devices (IED) and the SPG Act, which details the mandatory security measures to be followed during the VVIP's visit, said Sanjay Kumar, Director General of Police
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:22:47 AM
Regulatory panel scrapping triggers confusion over course approval
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 9
Confusion is prevailing in private universities in the state over course approval and increase in the seat intake after scrapping of the HP Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission in October last year.

While some managements have applied to the Department of Higher Education, as was the earlier practice prior to setting up of the Regulatory Commission in 2010, the others are taking this as an opportune time to operate as they wish. A Vice-Chancellor of a private university, when contacted, said in the absence of any clear information, some university managements had not applied to any authority for approval of new courses or undertaking increase in the seat intake for the next academic sessions as no such notification had been issued after scrapping of the commission while some had applied to the Principal Secretary, Higher Education.

As per the earlier practice, any permission for adding new courses or undertaking seat increase is supposed to be applied for by December 31. In case no correspondence is received from the authorities for three months, the permission is deemed to have been granted.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:23:02 AM
Cases of universities and private institutions violating admission norms had also come to the fore last year wherein the results of such students had been withheld by Himachal Pradesh Technical University while in case of private universities, no action has been taken by the state government after scrapping of the regulatory commission which had imposed penalties on them.

The apex court had directed all regulatory bodies to frame a time schedule to ensure grant of time-bound clearances as it had come to their notice that some institutes had to wait inordinately for getting such approvals.

The measure is also aimed at ensuring the completion of admissions in a time-bound manner according to the apex court directions. There are 16 private universities in the state and their working has remained in the eye of a storm during the tenure of the former BJP government wherein the Opposition Congress had been levelling allegations of various irregularities including non-compliance with the academic calendar.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:23:18 AM
Blood supply dries up at Ripon, IGMC hospitals
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 9
Attendants of patients needing blood, mainly the A and B and negative blood groups, for transfusion at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (Ripon) Hospital, are running from one hospital to another in the city to get blood for surgeries. The Ripon Hospital had cancelled a blood donation camp recently, while the IGMC is yet to organise a blood donation camp, said local NGOs.

The blood banks at Kamla Nehru Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (Ripon) Hospital are facing the burden for the A and B blood group from the IGMC, while doctors here claimed they had enough blood storage.

The IGMC is referring patients for blood to Kamla Nehru Hospital and Ripon Hospital as these hospitals also cater to the blood need of private and government hospitals in the peripheries. The IGMC needs 30-40 units of blood every day even as certain non-emergency surgeries have been postponed as many senior doctors have proceeded on winter vacation, said insiders.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:23:41 AM
The patients admitted to Ripon Hospital are calling them as they are not getting blood in the city hospitals, said Ajay Srivastva, Chairman, Umang Foundation, whose blood donation camp was cancelled by the hospital, citing non-availability of doctors there as reason.

"But we have stocked enough storage of blood by organising different blood donation camps in the recent past," claimed Dr Kanchan, in charge, Blood Bank, Kamla Nehru Hospital. "We give about 15 units of blood to the IGMC these days and we need 5-10 units of blood in the hospital per day as well," she added.

The in charge of the blood bank at the Ripon Hospital said they had shortage of blood of the A and B blood groups while the hospital had enough stock of O blood group blood as the replacement by voluntary donation was not enough. "We give 2-3 units of blood to IGMC every day and a stock of 13 units in the bank," he said.

In charge of the IGMC Blood Bank, Dr Madan Kaushal, claimed they were organising the blood donation camp next week with the help of the Umang Foundation. "In winter, we face some blood shortage, but we have stores for the daily needs of patients. No specific complaint from a patient has come to our notice," he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:23:58 AM
Dhumal, his sons indulging in mudslinging: CM
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, January 9
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh lamented that a media trial to defame him had been launched, and cautioned mediapersons to refrain from it.

He was addressing a gathering here yesterday after inaugurating the newly built Mini Secretariat building on which Rs 4.68 crore had been spent. The Mini Secretariat will house 19 offices under one roof.

He said he would not spare the mediapersons who were involved in the malicious propaganda against him.

Denying the corruption charges levelled by former CM PK Dhumal and his sons, he said they were indulging in “wrong means and dirty politics”, but he would not succumb to such pressure of false propaganda.

The Chief Minister said Dhumal and his sons were feeling the heat of the ongoing investigations into the chargesheet of the Congress which had been submitted to the President of India and Himachal Pradesh Governor Urmila Singh when Dhumal was the Chief Minister.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:24:12 AM
“At that time I was the Union Minister and was neither a member of the chargesheet committee nor had I accompanied Congress leaders when it was submitted. As Chief Minister, I was supposed to order an inquiry into the allegations narrated in that chargesheet. But Dhumal and his sons are now upset as the inquiry is nearing completion and they have started levelling false allegations against me,” he asserted.

Virbhadra reiterated that his government had never resorted to political vendetta against his opponents.

The Chief Minister sanctioned two parking lots in the town and announced the upgradation of seven government schools in the Nurpur Assembly constituency.

Earlier, Virbhadra inaugurated a CT scan machine worth Rs 1.5 crore set up at the Civil Hospital under the private-public participation scheme. Agriculture Minister Sujan Singh Pathania, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Neeraj Bharti and Jwalamukhi MLA Sanjay Ratan were present on the occasion.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:24:27 AM
Cong woos ex-servicemen before Modi rally
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 9
The Congress today tried to tap ex-servicemen and their families in the state, ahead of the rally planned for them by the BJP in Hamirpur district next month that would be addressed by the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

The ex-servicemen have a sizeable presence, especially in Kangra, Una and Hamirpur districts of the state, and can swing the fortunes of any political party in the forthcoming Parliamentary elections.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh promised to take up the issue of one-rank one-pension scheme for ex-servicemen with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. He said, "I will try that the Union Government implements the one-rank one-pension scheme before the code of conduct for the Parliamentary elections is announced."

He also termed as unfortunate the Union government's decision to allow recruitment in the Army on the basis of population of respective states and said he would take up the matter with the PM. "After the implementation of the quota system, the number of youth going into the Army from Himachal has decreased," he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:24:44 AM
The Chief Minister, who addressed a function organised by the Himachal Ex-servicemen League of Himachal at Kangra Polytechnic College here announced the filling of all posts of Deputy Director in the Sainik Welfare Department within one month and the allotment of two kanal land for the office of the league at Dharamsala.

He also restored a financial grant of Rs 2 lakh per annum to the league that was allegedly stopped by the previous BJP government.

Lt-Gen KS Jamwal (retd), speaking on the occasion, said the Indian Army was among the best in the world.

The biggest problem being faced by Indian ex-servicemen was unemployment after retirement from the Army.

Vijay Singh Mankotia, president of the league, said the CMs of Himachal, J&K and Uttarakhand should jointly take up the matter of removing quota restriction on their respective states for recruitment in the Army.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:24:59 AM
He said the Forest Department was planning to disband the ecological force under which about 300 ex-servicemen were employed due to paucity of funds. The CM should intervene and save the jobs of ex-servicemen there.

The ex-servicemen submitted a memorandum of their demands to the CM. They demanded that posts of Deputy Director in the Sainik Welfare Department be filled and their salary be increased from the present Rs 15,000. The state government was contributing just Rs 4,000 to the salary of Deputy Directors, they stated.

The ex-servicemen demanded the revival of a high-powered committee in the state to look after implementation of development schemes for ex-servicemen. They demanded that the Central University Himachal Pradesh be named after the martyrs from Kangra district.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:25:12 AM
Youth Cong, NSUI to protest against Dhumal, sons
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 9
Taking the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur head-on in the ongoing war of words on corruption charges, the state Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India (NSUI) today declared a war against Dhumal and sons, saying they would stage statewide protests from Hamirpur on January 11.

The NSUI and Youth Congress have demanded the arrest of those involved in the Bamloe and HPCA land transfer scams, said Vikramaditya Singh, state Youth Congress president and son of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, while talking to The Tribune here today.

"The HPCA has become a monopoly of the Dhumal family as most members of the family are its life members with the voting rights as the constitution of the HPCA was changed on their whims and fancy. Should public of Himachal and media not question them as to why they did so?" he charged.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:25:25 AM
According to the Youth Congress and NSUI leaders, the protest rallies would be targeted at Anurag-led HPCA and former CM PK Dhumal, who had been levelling "wild baseless allegations against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his family in the media".

Vikramaditya said the allegations against them were baseless as the state government had turned the heat on the HPCA which had allegedly transferred the government lands on a nominal lease for 99 years at Lalpani and Dharamsala, that smacked of a big scam being probed by the state Vigilance.

"The HPCA was registered as a society. It was then registered as a company after the land was leased to it. Do Anurag Thakur and PK Dhumal not owe an explanation to the state's people?" he questioned.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:25:44 AM
BJP seeks Virbhadra’s ouster
Tribune Reporters

Bilaspur, January 9
Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) national president Anurag Thakur today started his Bilaspur tour from the Ghumarwin constituency and led a massive BJP demonstration outside the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office here yesterday.

Leaders, led by MLAs Rikhi Ram Kaundal and Randhir Sharma and former MP Suresh Chandel, marched towards the DC office from the Circuit House here raising slogans against the government and later presented a memorandum to the Governor through the DC demanding the removal of the Chief Minister.

Addressing a dharna, Anurag mocked Rahul Gandhi by saying that his repeated announcements regarding “zero tolerance” against corruption were hollow.

He said had he been serious, there was no reason why he should have not asked Virbhadra to resign and face charges. He said if the Chief Minister had not done anything wrong, why he was hesitating to order a CBI enquiry into the allegations against him and his wife.

He said the BJP would continue its statewide agitation against Virbhadra till he resigned. He urged all BJP leaders and activists to fan out in villages and inform every household in their areas regarding all charges against the Chief Minister.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:26:01 AM
Earlier, Anurag addressed meetings at Paplah, Bhadrog and Dehalwin in the Ghumarwin constituency after doing several inaugurations of development projects started by his MPLAD funds.

Statewide campaign

MANDI: BJP leaders and activists held a protest demonstration here today as part of the party’s statewide campaign demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh after his alleged involvement in corruption charges.

Senior BJP leaders Gulab Singh Thakur, Jai Ram Thakur, Ram Swaroop Sharma and district party president Jawahar Thakur, among others, first addressed a meeting at Seri Manch and later, accompanied by activists, marched towards the DC office to submit a memorandum.

The BJP leaders also submitted a memorandum to the Governor of the state through Mandi ADM Pankaj Rai.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:26:14 AM
Activists submit memo

KULLU: About 200 activists of the BJP took out a protest march from the Dhalpur chowk to the DC office here today.

Raising slogans against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, they sought his
resignation.

The activists submitted a memorandum to the Himachal Pradesh Governor through the Deputy Commissioner, Kullu. The memorandum also recalled the chargesheet submitted by the BJP on December 25 last year and demanded a CBI inquiry into the
allegations of corruption, irregularities and administrative incapability.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:26:31 AM
Satti leads anti-CM campaign in Una
Our Correspondent

Una, January 9
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Satpal Singh Satti today led a district-level ‘Virbhadra Hatao-Himachal Bachao’ (oust Virbhadra-save Himachal) campaign at the district headquarters here, which was attended by hundreds of party workers.

After addressing a public meeting near the municipal park, activists marched towards the Mini Secretariat, raising slogans against UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, while demanding the resignation of the latter on charges of corruption. The BJP leaders later presented a memorandum addressed to Himachal Pradesh Governor through Additional Deputy Commissioner Darshan Kalia.

Earlier, Satti charged that Virbhadra’s lust for power was so intense that he was clinging on to the CM’s chair. He said Virbhadra had even been lobbying in Delhi through two of his lieutenants.

Referring to the news about a Japanese firm hired by the Congress to boost the image of Rahul Gandhi, he remarked, “Rahul should take action against his corrupt party leaders to boost his image.”

Former minister and party spokesperson Parveen Sharma, zila parishad chairperson Rani Ranaut, BJP district president Balbir Bagga and media in-charge Hari Om Bhanot were also present on the occasion.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:39:01 AM
Shanta’s demand of my resignation is political compulsion: CM
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, January 9
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said Rajya Sabha member and senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar was levelling false allegations against him due to his political compulsion.

He was reacting to the yesterday’s statement of Shanta Kumar at Dharamsala in which he had sought his resignation owing to corruption allegations. While interacting with Nurpur Press Club members, Virbhadra said the BJP leadership in the state was fighting for their political dominance.

Talking on the selection of party candidates for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, he said the selection process was in the final phase and the party high command could announce the candidates at any time in the near future.

The club sought to provide health insurance cover to all journalists under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY). The Chief Minister said he would take up this issue with the state Health Department and if feasible, the facility would be granted to the beneficiaries.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:39:15 AM
Virbhadra, Sukhu meet Ambika Soni in Delhi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 9
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and state Congress president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu met All-India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Ambika Soni in New Delhi yesterday. Soni is also in-charge of Congress affairs in Himachal.

This is the second time that Virbhadra has met Soni, ever since he has come under fire from the BJP. He is learnt to have had a detailed discussion with her.

Sukhu held discussions with Soni on the prevailing political scenario in the state. This is the first meeting that Sukhu has had with Soni ever since Virbhadra has been accused of serious corruption charges.

He had already apprised the high command of the current political scenario in the state by sending a report.

“I had a detailed discussion with Ambika Soni on the prevailing political scenario in state,” he confirmed.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:39:30 AM
CM mocking religious beliefs of Kullu: BJP
Our Correspondent

Kullu, January 9
Local MLA and Kullu BJP president Govind Singh Thakur has accused the state government of trying to vandalise a protest rally by the BJP in Ani subdivision of the district on Tuesday.

While addressing mediapersons at the Circuit House here yesterday, the MLA said, “It is the job of the Opposition to organise dharnas and protests against the policies of the ruling government. The only motive of the agitation by the state Congress was to politicise the mass movement against the corruption charges lamented on Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh by the Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister PK Dhumal.”

He charged the Chief Minister of neglecting demands of people of the Kullu valley and mocking the cultural and religious beliefs of locals. He said the rich traditions like the Kullu Dasehra and the Manali Winter Carnival were being engulfed under the political cover.

He regretted that the cultural stage of Manu Rangshala, the venue of the carnival, was turned into a political arena, where elected representatives of the public were not allowed to address the gathering.

He said he got funds released in 2011 for the construction of a press club building at Manali.

Even a degree college at Haripur, stated to be promoted as a tourism destination by the CM, was completed by the BJP, he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:39:45 AM
HC dismisses Pathania’s election petition
Vijay Arora

Shimla, January, 9
The HP High Court today dismissed the election petition filed by Chairman, HP State Pollution Control Board, Kuldeep Singh Pathania, who contested the 2012 state Assembly election on Congress ticket from Bhatiyat in Chamba.

In the petition, Pathania had challenged the election of BJP candidate Bikram Singh Jaryal on the grounds that due to the mala fide attitude of the presiding officers appointed to conduct the election, he lost the election and suffered a defeat by just 111 votes.

As many as six candidates, including the petitioner being a Congress candidate and Bikram Singh Jaryal sponsored by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fought the election. Jaryal, who got 18,098 votes, won the election by 111 votes and the petitioner polled 17,987votes.

While dismissing the petition , Justice VK Sharma observed: “The petition is lacking in material facts and does not disclose any cause of action and is accordingly liable to be dismissed without being put to trial and is accordingly dismissed with costs of Rs 25,000.”
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:40:00 AM
Alternative Disputes centre stone laid

The process of negotiated settlements by the intervention of mediators ensures there is no winner or loser and the result is acceptable to society.

This was stated by the Acting Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir while laying the foundation stone of the Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR) Centre at the District Judicial Courts Complex at Chakkar.

In his address, the Acting Chief Justice said by laying the foundation stone of the ADR Centre, foundation of peace had been laid down, which would lead to institutionalisation of mediation as a permanent source of alternative dispute resolution mechanism.

He said long delays in the disposal of cases led to bitterness, hostility and enmity between the parties, which invariably led to hatred and animosity in society on the whole.

Laying of the foundation stone of the ADR Centre, Shimla, is a part of the process of developing infrastructural facilities in each district, facilitating the mediators to sit and negotiate between the parties and settle their disputes amicably.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:40:13 AM
The ADR Centre in Shimla is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 3,85,83,000, which will cater to all the requirements essential for such a centre and will have national-level facilities available within the centre.

PS Rana, District and Sessions Judge, Shimla, delivered the welcome address and Jyotsana Dadwal, Chief Judicial Magistrate, Shimla, presented a vote of thanks.

Judges of the Himachal Pradesh HC Justices DD Sud, Sanjay Karol, Kuldip Singh, Rajiv Sharma, VK Sharma and Dharam Chand Chaudhary were also present on the occasion.

Registrar General of the HP High Court AC Dogra and member secretary of the HP State Legal Services Authority Virender Singh and members of the Bar were also present on the occasion.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:40:26 AM
Preference to locals for ESIC medical college jobs sought
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 9
With the demand for employing locals in the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Medical College, Ner Chowk, gaining momentum, the issue of adopting the state government's policy in recruiting the staff here has come to the fore.

The ESIC Medical College, which is in its final stage of completion and will start functioning this year by starting classes for the first session, will have to fill up hundreds of posts of different categories.

According to information, about 1,000 Class III and IV employees will be required to make the college functional. Besides, there are numerous technical posts, recruiting for which will begin soon.

Since many locals are aspiring for employment in the college, a few organisations and residents are seeking preference for locals in recruitment against different posts.

If recruitment in the college is done as per ESIC recruitment rules, many locals will be debarred from employment as only candidates between the age of 18 to 25 years will then stand a chance.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:40:43 AM
Locals say, "Since the ESIC Medical College has been set up in Himachal Pradesh and is getting linked with the Zonal Hospital, Mandi, recruitment in the college should be done as per the state government's recruitment policy, otherwise a large number of local candidates will be debarred from getting a chance to get employed in the college."

The HP Government's policy allows candidates between the age of 18 to 45 years to get employed against different posts.

Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said, "We have taken up this issue with the Union Labour Minister and after notification regarding linkage of the Zonal Hospital, Mandi, with the ESIC Medical College, it is imperative that recruitment in the college is done as per the HP Government's recruitment policy to give chance to locals in employment here."
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:40:57 AM
Foreign trade centre at Shimla in the offing
Our Correspondent

Una, January 9
Industry Minister Mukesh Agnihotri yesterday said a foreign trade centre with the assistance of the Union Ministry of Commerce would be set up at Shimla.

He said the deliberations with Union Minister for Commerce Anand Sharma were in the final stages and the issue would again be taken up during a meeting to be held in Dehi on January 11.

Agnihotri said the proposed centre would provide trade-related technical assistance for export promotion, assistance for strategic partnership with overseas companies, joint ventures, technology transfer, setting up industry, merger and acquisitions, besides promotion of bi-lateral trade with foreign partners and outbound investment.

The minister said the agenda for the meeting included seeking capital subsidy for three new proposed industrial areas of the state - Rs 106 crore Kandrori industrial area at Kangra, Rs 100 crore Pandoga industrial area at Una and the Dabota industrial area at Solan, the detailed project report (DPR) for which was being finalised.

The minister said the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the Union Ministry of Food Processing had also been approached to render its services in the state to probe the export prospects of processed fruit products.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:41:11 AM
Contractual employees raise their demands
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 9
With tentative dates for the Lok Sabha polls being announced, every section of society has started demanding its due. Over 25,000 contractual employees of the state seem to have taken the lead by coming out with a booklet “Memorandum for General Elections-2014”.

The memorandum issued by the HP Contract Employees titled “Cancer of Contract” has primarily been issued to draw the attention of the government and people in general towards the problems being faced by contractual employees and their families. The contractual employees include doctors, engineers, teachers, horticulturists and agriculture officers, all highly qualified and recruited through the State Public Service Commission or the State Subordinate Services Selection Board.

“The contractual arrangement in government service is nothing less than apartheid as it leads to a radical divide at a workplace, soaked as it is in discrimination, humiliation and exploitation,” says Dr Harsh Vardhan Singh Khimta, president of the HP Government College Contract Teachers Association.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:41:23 AM
He says the government must address the grievances of contractual employees, some of whom, in their 40s, have been suffering the agony for the last many years.

The memorandum makes a mention of the fact that the only relief that has come their way so far during the BJP regime is the reduction in years of service for regularisation from eight to six years and grant of 10 days medical leave.

“We should be regularised within three years and the contract be treated as service period. We should be given dearness allowance (DA) as we are the ones who suffer the maximum brunt of price rise,” they contest.

The initiative to bring about a memorandum in the form of a booklet, both in Hindi and English, includes the launch of a website and its distribution not only to the Chief Minister, ministers, MLAs, bureaucrats and senior leaders of all political parties but to anyone who is willing to listen.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:41:38 AM
“Barring the 12 days casual leave and only 84 days maternity leave, we are not entitled to any earned, paternity and study leave,” the contractual employees rue.

Well aware of emerging political alternatives like the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), the members of the association say they are no longer willing to take this kind of "step-motherly treatment".

They do not deny the fact that if the Congress and the BJP do not regularise their services, they would exercise their political option by supporting AAP.

“The Dhumal regime also announced reduction in period for regularisation from eight to six years, just two months before the Assembly elections. It now remains to be seen when the Congress will fulfil its election promise of issuing a notification to reduce it to five years,” say the contractual employees.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:41:52 AM
No letup in security on Chamba borders despite snowfall: SP
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 9
Despite heavy snowfall on the timberline of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh bordering Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), there has been no let up in strict security arrangements and security forces are on their toes to maintain a vigil on any of the clandestine activities of suspects.

Superintendent of Police (SP), Chamba, Jagat Ram said this here today adding that for the safety and security of inhabitants, security personnel of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) had been deployed on the border area of Chamba district adjacent to J&K, which had been divided into four sectors.

The SP said at present 10 outer check-posts (OCPs) and two barrier check-posts (BCPs) had been set up to keep surveillance on the border regions of the district so that security forces could maintain a vigil on the movement of suspects and anti-national elements.

Besides, the local militia, including 467 special police officers (SPOs), who were fully trained in weaponry, and 159 village defence committees (VDCs) having 1,437 trained members from local areas had been actively participating with security forces in close coordination with daily inputs about strangers, the SP said.

“To reinforce sentiments of security and communal harmony among residents of the border villages, security forces have been persistently carrying out day and night patrolling thereby boosting the morale of border residents,” the SP said, adding that all possible steps had been taken for their wellbeing.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:42:06 AM
Rs 15 lakh for sterilising monkeys

Chamba, January 9
The government has set a target of sterilising around 2,000 monkeys in Chamba district during the current year to curb monkey menace.

According to official sources, an estimated expenditure of Rs 15 lakh has been earmarked for sterilisation of monkeys so that farmers and schoolchildren, who were the most affected, could get some relief.

The work to sterilise monkeys has been undertaken and 11 monkeys have been sterilised so far. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:42:18 AM
Work to protect Chamba hills gathers pace
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 9
To conserve the ecology of the hills in the district, the government has sped up work on the catchment area treatment (CAT) plans in the ambience of the hydroelectric projects in the district.

Releasing last year’s report on forest activities to mediapersons, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) ARM Reddy said work on the eight CAT plans, which were Chamera hydroelectric project-II, Chamera-III, Budhil hydroelectric project, Holi-Bajoli, Kuther, Finna Singh, Upper Joiner and Chanju hydroelectric project, had been expedited.

He said Rs 5.22 crore had so far been spent on these plans and the approval of more funds for the completion of these were in the pipeline.

Special attention was being paid to strengthen the muck-dumping sites at 14 identified points in the district for which a budget of Rs 1.21 crore had already been approved, the Chief Conservator of Forests said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:42:36 AM
Govt to seek monthly report from DCs
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 9
To ensure that homeless poor of the state are given land for constructing a house as per the latest Cabinet decision, the state government has decided to seek monthly report from all Deputy Commissioners to ensure that the benefits accrue to needy families.

An official spokesperson said here yesterday that all Divisional Commissioners would monitor the entire process of allotment on a monthly basis and inform the government.

The Cabinet, in its last meeting, had decided to provide three biswas of land in rural areas and two biswas land in urban areas to all such families who were homeless families even if they did not figure in the BPL category.

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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:42:53 AM
He said this was for the first time in the history of the state that such a decision had been taken. All such families whose annual income was up to Rs 50,000 or less or whose entire land had been washed away in floods and were left with no suitable land for the construction of residential houses would be eligible. He added that land would be allotted out of the surplus land available in the districts under various government schemes.

The spokesman said as per the decision, the land allotted would be mutated in the name of both husband and wife and the house built on such land would not be transferable by the allottee. He said that in case the allotted land or the house built thereupon is transferred to any other person by the allottee or his legal heir, the allotment so made shall be cancelled and the land would vest with the state government.

He said the government had also enhanced the financial assistance under the State Housing Scheme from Rs 48,500 to Rs 75,000 to benefit the homeless poor.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:43:06 AM
Dulehar Primary Health Centre to be upgraded soon
Our Correspondent

Una, January 9
Industry Minister Mukesh Agnihotri today announced that the Dulehar Primary Health Centre (PHC) would soon be upgraded to a Community Health Centre (CHC) with a sanctioned strength of three doctors.

He was addressing a public meeting at the health institution after inaugurating a four-day multi-speciality health camp organised under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

Agnihotri said the government had decided that the government health institutions would prescribe generic medicines to patients. He said the state Health Department would provide almost all generic formulations free of cost at its institutions.

The minister said the blood bank, which was initiated at the CHC, Haroli, during the previous Congress regime and discontinued by the BJP government, would be revived. The Haroli health institution was being upgraded to a Civil Hospital at a cost of Rs 5.5 crore at an alternate plot of land, he added.

A sum of Rs 5.25 lakh was being spent on the four-day multi-speciality camp, during which a minimum of 50 surgeries would be performed.

While the eye surgeries would be done at Dulehar, patients would be shifted to the Una District Hospital for general and gynaecological surgeries, he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:43:21 AM
Man kills sons, injures wife
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 9
A man, Om Parkash (42), killed his two sons Rishu (10) and Kaku (5) and stabbed his wife Rita (30) with a sharp-edged weapon at his house in Badain village, 7 km from the Dhalli police station, here today.

His wife allegedly consumed poison after sustaining fatal injuries while defending her children from a sudden attack by her husband, the police said.

She was rushed to the IGMC for treatment where she was declared critical.

The police have arrested the accused. The police suspected illicit relations as the reason behind the incident.

The police team, led by ASP, Shimla, Sandeep Dhawal, rushed to the spot. The postmortem of the bodies was yet to be done.

SHO Biri Singh said Om Parkash was arrested under the charge of murder. The investigation was on, he said.

IGMC Medical Superintendent Dr Ramesh Kumar said Rita was critical.
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Post by: Harpal on January 10, 2014, 08:43:46 AM
Biker crushed under bus

Bilaspur, January 9
Pawan Kumar (39) of Bhdoli Kala village in the Jhandutta constituency was crushed under a bus (HP-69-1837) near Daadhi Bhadi village, 80 km from here, yesterday.

Reports said Pawan was going from Bhdoli Kala village to Baddi on his motorcycle (HP-23-3620) when he was hit by the bus (going from Jhandutta to Jeori Pattan) on a sharp turn.

The deceased was killed on the spot. The police took the body into their possession and handed it over to the family after postmortem.

A case has been registered against the bus driver and the vehicle impounded. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:02:16 AM
Finally, Apartment, TCP Acts set to be merged
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 10
The government may finally do away with the Himachal Pradesh Apartment and Property (Regulation) Act by introducing a Bill in the budget session of the Assembly so as to merge it with the HP Town and Country Planning Act 1977.

Even though it has been over two years since the select committee of the Vidhan Sabha had recommended that the HP Apartment and Property (Regulation) Act 2005 Act should either be repealed or merged with the TCP Act, no action was taken either by the BJP or the Congress regime. The Congress regime now proposes to introduce a Bill in the Assembly which will finally merge the two overlapping Acts.

The Town and Country Planning (TCP) Department is now preparing the proposed amendments so that the Apartment Act can finally be done away with. "Since the Apartment Act was overlapping with the TCP Act, the regulations required to control commercial construction activity will now be incorporated into the TCP Act," said an official.

The TCP Department has proposed that the task of regulating the construction of apartments by promoters be entrusted to an agency such as the Himachal Pradesh Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA) by strengthening it.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:02:54 AM
The draft proposal lays stress on strengthening grassroots and local bodies, as envisaged in the73rd and 74th Constitutional amendments.

After the merger, anyone wanting to construct more than eight flats will have to register themselves as builders and take permission under the provisions for making an apartment.

With a lot of construction activity taking place in towns such as Solan, Parwanoo, Baddi, Kasauli and parts of Shimla district, there will be need to regulate it.

The one-man inquiry commission on "benaami" land transactions set up by the BJP regime had also recommended that the Apartment Act should be scrapped as it was being misused widely. It had also maintained that the government should either implement Section 118 of the Tenancy and Land Reforms Act in letter and spirit or repeal it.

In harshly worded remarks, the commission had observed that a majority of builders were creating a concrete jungle and spoiling the natural environment. It had suggested that the Apartment Act be withdrawn immediately and all construction activities and control be handed over to HIMUDA.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:03:08 AM
The Apartment Act was meant to regulate colonies and property transactions, check haphazard construction, undertake registration of promoters and promote construction, sale, transfer and management of apartments on an ownership basis. With gross violations taking place, it was felt that the Act should be scrapped and merged with the TCP Act.

Proposals

The government proposes to introduce a Bill in the Assembly which will finally merge the two overlapping Acts
TCP Department has proposed that the task of regulating the construction of apartments be entrusted to HIMUDA
Anyone wanting to construct more than eight flats will have to take permission under the provisions
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:03:23 AM
BJP to put up grand show at Modi rally
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Baddi, January 10
The BJP’s core committee on Friday decided to highlight the issue of corruption involving Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh at the national level and expose the 'large scale corruption' prevailing in the Congress’ one-year rule in the state.

Besides, the state BJP intends to put up a grand show by ensuring presence of at least 2 lakh persons on the occasion of BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's rally slated to be held on February 16 at Sujanpur in Hamirpur.

This was stated by the BJP's state president Satpal Satti on the occasion of the two-day meeting of the party's frontal organisations and core group which began here today.

Shanta Kumar, national vice-president and JP Nadda, national general secretary, were absent. Nadda said his absence at the meeting was owing to the BJP's Parliamentary Board meet being organised today.

The two-day meet convened to discuss the modalities of the rally and other poll-related issues, largely focuses on Kangra, with news of the resignation of the Kangra MP Rajan Shushant pouring in.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:03:43 AM
Satti told mediapersons that office-bearers of all six frontal organisations had been directed to gear up for this rally and besides ensuring the presence of BJP activists, they should mobilise other people for this rally as Modi had been drawing crowds from various sections of the society during his rallies.

Directing heads of various frontal organisations from the state and districts including Mahila Morcha, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, SC/ST Morcha, Kisan Morcha, Minorities Morcha and the Schedule Tribes Morcha to pitch in with their best efforts for this rally, Satti said crucial issues like large-scale corruption plaguing the state government's one-year rule would be exposed before the public.

Satti said no discussion on the names of candidates for the four Parliamentary polls form part of the meeting as it was not an apt platform for it.

Heads of various frontal organisations were directed to strengthen their party at the grassroots level and also asked to propagate the party's policies and the large-scale corruption of the ruling Congress among the masses in an effective manner so as to build a conducive atmosphere for the general elections in favour of the BJP.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:03:58 AM
Former Chief Minister and Opposition leader PK Dhumal said the Chief Minister had failed to step down despite being involved in corruption. He added that the party would continue to expose the large-scale corruption prevailing in the state before the masses. He said the more than 10-year rule of the Congress at the Centre was steeped in corruption and people were fed up with the anti-people policies of the Congress.

The crucial core group meeting began in the evening and was attended by Khimi Ram, Jairam Thakur, Suresh Bhardwaj , Suresh Chandel, former Chief Minister PK Dhumal, state party in-charge Balbir Punj, Dr Rajiv Bindal, Vipin Parmar, Randhir Sharma and Pawan Rana.

A meeting of the extended core group comprising office-bearers of the state BJP will be held tomorrow.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:04:13 AM
Light snowfall around Shimla

Shimla, January 10
The cold wave engulfed several parts of the state with icy winds sweeping lower areas, as the mercury dipped by a few notches hovering around sub-zero temperatures.

The sky was overcast in Shimla and surrounding areas received light snowfall, while weather remained mainly dry in the rest of the state, a Met official said.

Higher reaches and tribal areas shivered as the mercury dropped by a few notches after mild snowfall with Bharmaur in Chamba recording a low of -13.1° C.

Keylong and Kalpa in tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur recorded minimum temperatures at -10.1°C and -6.4°C, a drop of three degrees since yesterday, followed by Manali at -2.4°C, Dalhousie at -2°C and Solan at -0.5°C.

Shimla remained in the grip of severe cold with the minimum temperature further dropping to 0.4°C, while Sundernagar and Una recorded a low of 1.1°C and 1.3°C, followed by Bhuntar at 2°C, Palampur at 4°C, Nahan at 4.4°C and Dharamsala at 5.6°C.

The mercury swayed between -14°C and -24°C in high altitude tribal areas.

The maximum temperature also dropped marginally and Una was hottest with a high of 19.2°C, while Nahan and Sundernagar recorded maximum temperatures at 16.4°C and 15.6°C, followed by Solan at 15°C and Bhuntar at 14.8°C.

The Met office has predicted dry weather over the next three days. — PTI
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:04:25 AM
Heavy snow in Chamba

CHAMBA: The higher reaches of Chamba district received a heavy snowfall while the low-lying areas received intermittent rain today.

Reports said many villages of the mountainous Bharmour tribal sub-division remained covered with over 30 cm of snow.

Uttam Chand Thakur, an apple orchardist of Khanni village, said the snowfall was beneficial for the apple crop as it would lead to a temperature required for the flowering of apple buds. He said about 45cm of snow was accumulated in the Khanni belt of Bharmour.

Cold has tightened its grip in the Pangi tribal valley of the district in the fortnight, following the heavy snowfall. Water sources have been frozen. The snowfall has thrown the normal life out of gear, subjecting tribal residents to great hardships, the reports said. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:04:38 AM
Insurance policy covers vehicle occupant too: HC
Vijay Arora
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, January 10
The HP High Court today held that the occupant of a vehicle is covered in the comprehensive insurance policy.

The Acting Chief Justice, Mansoor Ahmed Mir, further observed that if the policy is a “Comprehensive/Package Policy”, the liability would be covered and the insurance company is liable to pay the compensation in motor accident case. A “comprehensive/package policy” would cover the liability of the insurer for payment of compensation for the occupant in a car.

The court passed this order on an appeal filed by an insurance company challenging the order passed by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT), Chamba, vide which it had saddled the liability on the insurance company and directed it to pay the awarded amount to the dependents of the deceased.

According to the case, the deceased Dharam Pal Dogra, who was an employee of the National Hydro Electric Power Corporation (NHPC), died in a vehicular accident caused by the driver of the official vehicle of the company in which he was travelling at the time of the accident. The dependents of the deceased had filed a claim petition before the MACT, Chamba.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:04:53 AM
The MACT had awarded Rs 43,62,858 with interest in favour of the claimants/dependents and directed the insurance firm to pay the same to the claimants. The insurance company then filed an appeal before the High Court on the ground that the deceased was an NHPC employee and was not covered as per the insurance policy as the same was “Act Policy”.

On the other hand, the counsel for the NHPC contended before the court that the insurance policy was comprehensive policy and it covered the risk of the occupants too.

Dismissing the appeal of the insurance company, the court upheld the order of the MACT and directed the insurer to deposit the entire award amount/balance amount within six weeks before the Registrar of the court. The court also directed the Registrar to release the awarded amount in favour of the claimants and the mother of the deceased.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:05:07 AM
Medical negligence alleged in woman's death
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 10
Gulnaz, mother of two minors below five years of age, who was admitted to the Civil Hospital Solan with septic abortion on December 19 last, died at 6.30 am at the ICU of the Indira Gandhi Medical College today. A hospital source says the death could have been due to septicaemia.

Dr Rajesh Kaushik, a deputy director at the agriculture department and Ajaj Srivastva, chairman, Umang Foundation, an NGO here, who have assisted the carpenter couple during the treatment, demanded an inquiry into the death of the Gulnaz as she developed complication after abortion and vasectomy at the civil hospital Solan.

They accused the gynaecologist who operated upon Gulnaz, of medical negligence and wrote a letter to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh demanding an inquiry into her death. Medical superintendent of Solan Civil Hospital Dr Yashwant Verma denied any medical negligence in the case. "Gulnaz came to the hospital 15 days after she had a septic abortion. Her uterus had puss and she was later referred to IGMC as she developed septicaemia," he added.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:05:20 AM
She was admitted at the Solan hospital on December 23 and remained under treatment from there till December 27 as she developed complications, said Kaushik.

Gulnaz was discharged that day and was readmitted to the Civil Hospital on January 7 as her condition deteriorated, he charged. She was referred first to the Kamla Nehru Hospital at 3 pm; she was treated for draining of puss from the stomach, said the doctors. She was referred to the IGMC the next day as she showed no sign of recovery. She was admitted to the ICU of IGMC where she was put on ventilator since then.

She died today at 6.30 am, said Dr Ramesh Chand, senior medical superintendent, IGMC. She probably died of septicaemia as she showed no sign of improvement, he added.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:05:38 AM
CM says he prefers man as family head in ration cards
Tribune News Service

Panchrukhi (Dharamsala), January 10
"I favour ration cards in the names of either heads of families or men but I am helpless as an Act making women heads of families under the PDS scheme has been passed in Parliament,” said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a public rally here today.

He was speaking on the opposition being faced by the state government for asking the people to make new ration cards in the names of women.

He said the move had been initiated by the state government as the Act had been passed in Parliament and the Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj supported the government's move to make women the heads of families for the PDS scheme. However, the scheme had been implemented, the BJP was misguiding the people regarding it, the CM said.

He also alleged that whatever discrepancies were being reported in the PDS system were due to the previous BJP government as it had allotted most of the PDS shops to its workers. These workers were not picking ration from government godowns. The government was planning cancelling the licences of such depot holders, he said.

He further said the state government had extended the food security scheme for all residents. The state government was giving a subsidy of Rs 300 crore.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:05:54 AM
People in the rural areas and even those present in the rally of the Chief Minister were voicing their concern against the government move to shift the ration cards in the names of women. The women from the rural areas were against the move as they said it would force them to go to PDS shops to collect ration whereas the task was earlier performed by the men in their families.

Minister for food and Civil Supplies GS Bali, who was also present at the rally, justified the government move. He said the move was in consonance with the Congress policy for women empowerment.

Sensing that the Centre was considering giving relief to people on LPG cylinders, Bali said he acknowledged the problems being faced by people due to costly LPG and its linkage with Aadhaar cards. The CM would write to the government for relaxing the pricing and limit of nine LPG cylinders for the people.

Most of the leaders who addressed the rally in Jaisinghpur defended the Chief Minister against the corruption charges levelled against him and his family. Chander Kumar, former MP and vice-president of the HPCC and Chairman of the Kangra Cooperative Bank Jagdish Sapiaya alleged that the BJP had launched a false propaganda against Virbhadra Singh.

On the demand from Yadvinder Goma from Jaisinghpur, the CM announced to open sub-tehsil at Panchrukhi and takeover of private college being run in Shivpur of the Jaisinghpur constituency. He also announced the upgrading of various schools on the demand of the local Congress MLA.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:06:17 AM
No need to be afraid of AAP: Shanta
Our Correspondent

Palampur January 10
Shanta Kumar, former Chief Minister and MP, today said political parties should not be afraid of the Aam Aadmi Party headed by Arvind Kejriwal. He said many new parties had emerged but failed to make a big dent.

Addressing mediapersons here today, Shanta Kumar said even political parties headed by individuals or families had suffered setbacks many times and they were rejected by people after their performance was watched.

He said Kejriwal had led a number of movements concerning the problems of common man in New Delhi which benefited him, but he was a national leader.

Shanta Kumar said the political scenario of the country was entirely different today as AAP had no mass base in the country. It would not be able to compete with the BJP, he maintained. He said Kejriwal could pull crowds in New Delhi but had no roots in the rural areas which was a major vote bank.

He said by wearing AAP caps, the party could not establish contact in the state. It needed a sincere team of party workers and leaders, which AAP lacked in Himachal. He categorically stated that no one could stop Narendra Modi from becoming the Prime Minister. He had addressed hundreds of public meetings which had witnessed large crowds.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:11:27 AM
Solan councillor gets threats
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 10
Sushma Sharma, BJP councillor from ward number 2 in Solan, today accused Vijay Kumar alias Munia of threatening her on the phone for making inquiries about the grant of a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to a six-storey building raised in her ward. She filed a complaint with the police.

According to the complainant, she received a call from Munia who asked her not to discuss this matter in the Municipal Committee or she would have to face the music. The building is owned by a Congress leader and Munia looks after his property-related issues.

Sushma rued that she received 25 calls today and she and her family were feeling threatened as Munia had allegedly conveyed to her that the property belonged to influential people. Six storyes of the building had been raised in violation of the exiting norms of three plus one and the councillor was raising objection to the NOC to this building. Additional SP Padam Chand said the complaint had been received by them and they were examining it. Both parties had been called in the police station later in the evening to sort out the matter.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:11:42 AM
Muskan wins Multiple Choice Contest
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 10
Muskan, a Class X student of GAV Public School, Kangra, has won the Multiple Choice Competition.

The contest was organised by Vivekananda Kendra, a spiritually oriented service mission, on December 22 in which 3,000 students from nearly 30 schools of the district participated.

Disclosing this here, convener Vivekananda Kendra PR Agnihotri said the competition was organised to make students fit for national-level competitions. He said students had to attempt 200 questions in two hours on OMR sheets. He said from Class IX Mayank, Pragati and Shivani, all from GAV, Kangra, bagged the first three positions, respectively. From Class X Muskan (GAV), Aerin (Green Field, Nagrota Bagwan) and Ayush (GAV) bagged the first three positions, respectively.

From Class XI, Vaibhav (GAV), Sourab (Green Field, Nagrota Bagwan) and Parneet (GAV) bagged the first three positions, respectively. From Class XII, Anindya (DAV, Palampur) and Sonali and Paras of GAV Kangra came second and third, respectively.

Agnihotri said all 12 students would be honoured on January 12 at DRPGMC, Tanda, on the occasion of the 151st birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:11:58 AM
Chamba village faces water scarcity
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 10
An acute shortage of water has arisen in the Chachian area of Bharmour here following the execution of a hydroelectric project on the Chirchind rivulet.

Though villagers have apprised the hydroelectric project management of the problem in the area, nothing has been done in this regard.

The problem of water scarcity arises only during winters and not in summers, the villagers admit.

The villagers are of the view that the project should release 15 per cent of the total water volume of the brook for meeting the needs of the areas situated downstream of the power project.

The villagers have resolved to bring this issue to the notice of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh so that the project management can be directed to follow the prescribed norms for releasing water of the stream.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:12:12 AM
Review new medicine policy: Chemists
Our Correspondent

Nurpur January 10
The Kangra District Chemists and Druggists Association, led by its district general secretary Chandreshwar Gupta, met Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh here yesterday and apprised him of the repercussions of the new medicine policy of the state government, under which only generic medicines would be made available at government civil hospitals, Jan Ayushadhi stores and civil supply corporation shops.

The association also submitted a memorandum to the CM and lamented that if the policy was implemented, around 11,000 chemists across the state would be rendered jobless.

“Apart from this, their medicine stocks worth crores of rupees will expire causing a huge financial loss,” they rued.

The association pleaded that the chemists contributed nearly Rs 125 crore to the state exchequer annually through the Value Added Tax. It urged the CM to review the policy.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:12:30 AM
Ex-panchayat pradhan assaulted
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, January 10
Former pradhan of Kandwal gram panchayat Narinder Kumar was attacked by a group of truck drivers at Kandwal here yesterday. He was seriously injured and rushed to the Civil Hospital where he is still under treatment.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajiv Atre said following the statement of the victim the police had registered an FIR under Sections 147, 149 and 323 of the IPC against three truck drivers. While two drivers Kulbir Singh and Amir Singh had been arrested, the third one was still absconding.

The victim told the police that he was attacked with iron rods when he went to save his brother Tilak Raj, who had a narrow escape as he fell after being hit by a truck.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:12:44 AM
Gramin Vidya Upasaks seek pay hike
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 10
Gramin Vidya Upasak teachers appointed under the Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) of the government in 2009 have sought hike in salaries.

The District Gramin Vidya Upasak Sangh had already brought their grievances to the notice of the state government and the district administration. These teachers have been getting a consolidated salary of Rs 3,500 per month for the past four years, which they said was insufficient to make both ends meet.

Reiterating their demand of pay hike, the Sangh in its memorandum has urged the state government to enhance their wages from Rs 3,500 to 8,900 per month.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:13:09 AM
‘Chamba lacks basic amenities’

Chamba, January 10
Lamenting that Chamba district, which is one of the most-backward districts of the country, had no university, medical or engineering college, members of the Chamba Welfare Association said no efforts were being made to provide these facilities either.

They said: “It is perhaps due to lack of these basic amenities that specialist doctors, engineers, lecturers and teachers hesitate to come to this hilly district, when they are transferred or posted here.”

The district is deprived of a national highway, a railway link and airport to connect the region to the outer world, they rued, adding that there was dearth of facilities to attract tourists from home and abroad.

The association also alleged that the pace of development in the district had gone from bad to worse. They said the condition of roads was pitiable in interior areas such as Tissa, Salooni, Pangi and Bharmour and other remote mountainous terrains. The farmers, particularly, suffered a lot as they were unable to transport their apple and other off-season vegetable crops to the nearest market, they added.

The health and educational institutions were facing dearth of doctors, paramedical and teaching staff, they said, adding that there was scarcity of residential quarters for government staff in the district. Association president RK Mahajan and senior vice-president Tej Singh Jasrotia demanded opening of Chamba Rumal Embroidery School under Padma Shri Vijay Sharma’s supervision for development of pahari miniature painting at Bhuri Singh Museum for budding artists in Chamba by using funds of Local Area Development Authority (LADA) to preserve the art. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:13:27 AM
High Court judges given warm send-off
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, January 10
The High Court today accorded a warm send-off to Justice DD Sud and Justice Kuldip Singh, who will demit office on February 18, and January 17, respectively.

It is for the first time that two judges of the High Court have been accorded farewell on the same day, as their dates of demitting office are falling during the winter vacation, which would begin from January 11 till February 22.

Both judges were given a full court address in the court of the Chief Justice. The acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir, Justices Sanjay Karol, Rajiv Sharma, VK Sharma and DC Chaudhary were present. Registrar General AC Dogra conducted the proceedings.

The acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir hailed both retiring judges for having sterling qualities, legal acumen and skill, who neither feared nor favoured anyone. In his address, Justice DD Sud and Justice Kuldip Singh thanked their predecessors, the Chief Justice, judges and colleagues of the Bar and other staff members for their valuable guidance and cooperation.

Advocate General and Chairman of the HP Bar Council Shrawan Dogra, President of the High Court Bar Association Ashwani Pathak and Assistant Solicitor General of India Sandeep Sharma also spoke on the occasion. HP State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission chairman Surjit Singh, retired HC judges KC Sood, AK Goel, Surinder Singh Thakur and other registrars Sureshwar Thakur, Sushil Kukreja, KS Chandel and Arvind Malhotra along with members of the Bar and the staff were also present.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:13:42 AM
‘Resume Shimla-Jeor Pattan bus service’
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 10
Villagers of Bilaspur areas, led by Bahujan Samaj Party district general secretary Raj Kumar, have demanded Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to resume the Shimla-Jeor Pattan bus service, which was started in 2012 on people’s demand.

But now this bus service does not go to Jeor Pattan, causing harassment to people. Schoolchildren are also suffering as there is no other passenger bus plying on this route. They said this service used to start from Jeor Pattan and reach Shimla via Jagat Khana and Baned and then return.

They urged the Transport Minister to ensure a regular bus service again on this route.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:13:59 AM
Tata, Vardhman keen to invest in state: Minister
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 10
Expressing happiness that Himachal Pradesh was fast emerging as a favourite destination for investors due to availability of cheap and uninterrupted power supply, Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri today said big industrial houses such as Vardhman and Tata have expressed their willingness to invest in state.

He was addressing the media in Chandigarh today. Agnihotri said the state has made it mandatory to give approval to projects attracting investors to the state within 90 days. He said it was being assumed that investment would be affected due to withdrawal of Special Industrial Package, but with concerted efforts of the state government, the investment was constantly increasing.

He said three new industrial areas worth Rs 100 crore each were being developed in state. Besides, the state government was making efforts for developing infrastructural facilities and setting up projects in different areas, he said, adding that a high-level meeting with Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma would be held on January11 in this regard.

He hoped that issues such as giving early approval to important projects would be taken up at the meet along with other pending issues.

Replying to a question regarding present political scenario in state, Agnihotri said: “If anybody has any evidence against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, he should file a complaint with the Lokayukta.” He said the Opposition was levelling false allegations against the CM due to their frustration from development works being carried out in state.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:14:12 AM
Kol Dam oustees seek relief
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 10
Members of oustee families of the Kol Dam, led by INTUC state general secretary Bhagat Singh Varma, raised slogans outside the office of the SDM, Bilaspur sadar, here yesterday.

They were demanding the release of their compensation which had not been paid till now, though the dam was near completion.

These protesters from Chamyon village in Harnoda said earlier they were asked to come to Sedpa village near their village to get the compensation, but were denied the same.

They said it was four months ago that even a court had asked the government to make the payment of compensation totalling around Rs 3 crore, but it had not been released so far.

Later, they met SDM Dr ML Mehta who assured them of doing the needful soon in this regard.
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Post by: Harpal on January 11, 2014, 09:14:32 AM
WINTER KARATE CAMP
Girls get self-defence training

Kangra, January 10
Over 150 girls and children received karate training at the 28th Winter Karate Camp at Gupt Ganga here.

The Jun Do Kan Goju Ryu Karate Federation has organised the camp which will conclude on Sunday.

Federation spokesperson MC Sharma today said, “Apart from traditional training, special karate training will be imparted to girls for their self-defence.”

He said the participants had to undergo a rigorous training schedule, covering physical fitness, traditional and sports aspect of the karate theory and briefings.

Senior black belt holders were also given training in karate teaching, he said.

Those who had completed over four-year karate training would undergo a test for the black belt on Sunday. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:53:17 AM
BJP rebels set to return
Shimla, January 17
A dozen BJP rebels, who had been shown the door during the last Assembly elections, can return to the party fold as the central leadership is keen on their homecoming.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:53:33 AM
Severe cold wave grips state
Shimla, January 17
Himachal continued to reel under the severe cold wave with the maximum temperature at most places plummeting further.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:53:52 AM
Sushant flays BJP, Cong
Kangra, January 17 
Criticising leaders of the BJP and the Congress for fighting for vested interests, former BJP MP Dr Rajan Sushant said they were least bothered about the development of the state and the problems being faced by people.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:54:06 AM
HPCA files complaint against MC
Shimla, January 17
The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) today lodged a complaint against the Shimla Municipal Corporation and Deputy Mayor accusing them of violating the high court order which had ordered status quo ante for all HPCA properties.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:54:35 AM
6 private firms to promote tourism in state
Shimla, January 17
Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma today said six consultant companies participated in a high-powered committee meeting in Delhi and suggested ways on traffic decongestion at Shimla and Dharamsala and promotion of tourism activities while conserving the environment.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:54:48 AM

Shimla residents reject proposal on house tax
Shimla, January 17
Residents today rejected the proposed draft bylaws on the Unit Area Method (UAM) of house taxation for the city, demanding that the councillors should resign and join hands with the public in asking the government to amend sections 88 and 86 of the Municipal Corporation Act 1994, under which the tax is proposed.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:55:07 AM
Acting CJ visits judicial academy site in Ghandal
 Acting Chief Justice of the HP High Court Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir at the HP State Judicial Academy site at Ghandal in Shimla on Friday.Shimla, January 17
The Acting Chief Justice of the High Court Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir visited the site of the judicial academy at Ghandal today. He viewed the construction activities and the detailed presentation made by the PWD authorities on the project
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:55:27 AM
Tibetan admn fears demolition of houses on forest land
Dharamsala, January 17
Fearing demolition of their houses and commercial establishments constructed on encroached reserve forest land, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has decided to approach the Union Government.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:55:49 AM

Road to Gauri Kund for pilgrims sought
Chamba, January 17
The Bharmour Vikas Manch has submitted a memorandum to the state government, stating that the Kugti wildlife sanctuary has been preserving a number of species of wild animals and the government can move a step further by setting up a national park in this wildlife habitat.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:57:42 AM
Procession marks Army Day
Hamirpur, January 17
The Ex-Servicemen League organised a programme to observe Army Day at Sujanpur yesterday.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:58:12 AM
Villagers threaten to boycott polls over road link
Bilaspur, January 17
Residents of Chhadal and Daloli villages under Talwaada gram panchayat in Ghumarwin have threatened to boycott the general elections if no road connectivity was provided to them at the earliest.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:58:38 AM

Degree college sought in Shimla village
Shimla, January 17
Residents of various gram panchayats in Koti and surrounding areas in the Kasumpti Assembly constituency yesterday threatened to launch a stir if their demand of opening a degree college at Koti was not met. The college was promised by local Congress legislator during the last Assembly elections.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:58:56 AM

Women seek inclusion of husband’s name in ration cards
Palampur, January 17
Women in Palampur took to the streets today over the government’s decision to delete the names of their husbands and make them head of the family in new ration cards.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 06:59:10 AM

Dr Pardeep elected IEA member
Kangra, January 17
Dr Pardeep Kumar, HoD, Department of Economics, MCM DAV College, Kangra, was elected executive member of the Indian Economic Association at Meenakshi University in Chennai.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:00:07 AM
Littering at Tattapani triggers eco-concern
 Environmentalists have expressed their concern over large-scale dumping of abandoned clothes and bathing gear along the banks of the pilgrimage spot.Tattapani/Shimla, January 17
Even as pilgrims continue to throng the Tattapani bathing ghats for a holy dip since Makar Sankranti for the last three days, environmentalists have expressed their concern over large-scale dumping of abandoned clothes and bathing gear along the banks of the pilgrimage spot.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:01:01 AM


BJP targets farm varsity VC
Dharamsala, January 17
BJP leaders today opened a front against KK Katoch, Vice-Chancellor of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Palampur Agricultural University.

Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:01:16 AM
Notices to DCs on BPL lists revision
Shimla, January 17
The State Information Commission (SIC) has issued notices to DCs of seven districts, seeking action taken report on the issue of revision of the Below Poverty Line (BPL) lists.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:01:42 AM
Road Safety Week concludes
Sundernagar, January 17
Representatives of various truck, taxi and bus unions with trainees of different Industrial Training Institutes of Sunderngar participated in the concluding day function of the Road Safety Week. It was organised at Dhanotu, near here, today.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:02:04 AM

HP to be fruit bowl soon: CPS
Bilaspur, January 17
Himachal will soon achieve the target of becoming “fruit bowl of country”. Now fruit saplings are being grown on 2.15 lakh hectares of land to produce 8.18 metric lakh tonnes this year.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:02:20 AM

Residents oppose Army’s firing practice
Dharamsala, January 17
Residents of Terra Line villages on the Dharamsala-McLeodganj road today protest the firing practice by the Army in their area.

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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:02:44 AM
Gold worth Rs 2.25 lakh stolen 
Palampur, January 17
Gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 2.5 lakh were stolen from a house situated on the outskirts of the town last night.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:02:58 AM

Residents face kerosene shortage
Chamba, January 17
Residents of Holi sub-tehsil in Bharmour here have been facing an acute scarcity of kerosene for the past month.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:03:32 AM
Panel to examine anomalies in green pockets
Shimla, January 17
A committee to examine anomalies pertaining to the boundaries of 17 green pockets in Shimla was constituted here yesterday.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:03:51 AM

Man eats poisonous substance, dies
Kangra, January 17
A 53-year-old man today died of poisoning at the DRPGMC Hospital, Tanda, the police said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:04:20 AM

Thieves decamp with gold, cash
Bilaspur, January 17
Thieved decamped with five tola gold ornaments and Rs 10,000 from a house here yesterday.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:04:39 AM

2 get 1-yr jail for rash driving 
Nurpur, January 17
The local court yesterday convicted two car drivers in two separate cases of rash and negligent driving. They were booked under Sections 279, 337 and 338 of the IPC.
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Post by: Harpal on January 18, 2014, 07:04:51 AM

Body found in drain
Kangra, January 17
The police recovered the body of a man around 60 years, at Rehalpora village on the outskirts of this town this morning.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:36:21 AM
BAN ON PLASTIC
SC extends deadline till Feb 14
R Sedhuraman
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, January 20
The Supreme Court today extended the deadline for implementing the ban on the sale of 25 food articles packed in polythene sheets in HP till February 14 .

A Bench comprising Justices RM Lodha and SK Singh passed the order on petitions filed by the Himachal Pradesh Vyapar Mandal and three others challenging the December 26, 2013, order of the HP High Court.

The apex court advised the petitioners to sit together and come out with alternative suggestions taking into account the need to protect the environment and the interests of the business community and consumers.

The other petitioners are the Haroli Block Industrial Association, Sanyukt Vyapar Mandal and Retailers Association of India.

The High Court had directed the state government to enforce its June 26, 2013, notification banning the sale of polythene-packed food items such as potato chips, cookies, candies, chewing gum, ice cream, chocolates and noodles. The court had exempted drinking water, milk and vegetable oils from the purview of the ban which was to come into effect on January 26.

Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:36:37 AM
Arguing for one of the petitioners, senior advocate Harish Salve said the disposal of plastic waste was a national problem and not restricted to Himachal alone. Some of the food items could be packed only in non-porous material like polythene sheets to preserve quality, he contended.

The Bench clarified that it had an open mind on the issue without compromising on environmental protection.

Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi sought a stay on the HC order as retail shopkeepers and traders would be liable to be arrested for violating the ban.

The apex court asked the state government to respond to the petitioners’ pleas within three weeks. The petitions would be heard again on February 10.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:37:16 AM
Expelled BJP leaders meet Rajnath
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 20
Expelled BJP leaders awaiting re-entry into the BJP today met national BJP president Rajnath Singh and the party's national secretary JP Nadda. This assumes significance in the backdrop of the coming Lok Sabha elections.

About a dozen former BJP leaders, including six-time MLA and former minister Roop Singh Thakur (Sundernagar), two-time former MLA Rakesh Pathania (Nurpur), HN Kashyap (Solan), Kamla Patyal (Dharamsala), Sanjay Guleria (Guler) and Ravi Dhiman (Jaisinghpur), were present at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi to meet Rajnath.

Senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy was also present during the meeting. Party sources said Rajnath had asked Nadda and Balbir Punj, national BJP vice-president and in-charge of BJP affairs in Himachal, to expedite the re-entry of these expelled leaders into the party.

A majority of these leaders from Mandi, Kangra, Chamba, Solan and Shimla had been expelled after they contested the Assembly elections in December 2012 against the party’s official nominee.

“We have already discussed the issue of their re-entry into the party at the state BJP core group’s meeting at Baddi in Solan and the BJP high command has asked us to take back these leaders,” confirmed state BJP president Satpal Singh Satti.

He added that the process to recall them had already been initiated and the BJP mandals concerned were also being taken into confidence as each case would be taken up based on amerit.

There is also a possibility that former CM PK Dhumal and Rajya Sabha MP Shanta Kumar would be consulted before making the formal announcement for entry of these rebels back into the party fold. Consultations with the two leaders are likely to be held in the coming days as the party is keen that these leaders are admitted back into the party well before the Lok Sabha polls.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:37:34 AM
People gave us papers against CM: Anurag
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 20
A day after Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh alleged that BJP leaders had hacked his bank accounts, Anurag Thakur, president of the BJP’s youth wing, said today that the BJP didn’t hack any account. The people gave them documents against the CM, he added.

Anurag said being a Lok Sabha MP from Hamirpur, people gave him documents against the CM. In an interview to The Tribune, Virbhadra yesterday alleged that his bank accounts had been hacked at the instance of BJP leaders. They illegally procured his cheque details for circulation in public. He had, through those banks, sent notices to former CM of the state Prem Kumar Dhumal and his sons, Anurag and Arun Dhumal.

The CM had also stated this in the defamation suit filed against the three along with BJP leader Arun Jaitley. Anurag has been in the forefront of attacks on Virbhadra who had been accused of accepting bribes from a hydropower firm owner in lieu of a favour granted to his firm.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:38:37 AM
Anurag said the CM was “beating around the bush by avoiding the main query of the BJP”. “We have asked him to answer some simple questions. We want to know how much money and shares he took from Venture Energy and Technologyand whether he received those shares free or paid for these. We want to know the value of those shares,” he said.

On Virbhadra’s defence that he took loans from the firm because he was ineligible for bank loans due to his age, Anurag said, “What is the message the CM is sending? If he can’t get a bank loan against securities and assets, who can?”

About Virbhadra’s assertion that no one accepts bribes by cheques, Anurag pointed to Section 20 of the Prevention of Corruption Act which bars public officials from accepting any kind of gratification or benefit.

Hitting out at the CM for saying that Dhumal wanted to target him to eliminate competition in the state, Anurag said, “Is the CM saying the Congress in Himachal is leaderless in his absence?”
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:39:03 AM
Chip in cattle to check insurance frauds too
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 20
The microchip to be implanted in cattle will not only curb the stray cattle menace by tracking their owners, but also check insurance frauds arising on account of loss of livestock due to natural calamities.

“No animal can be used twice for loan as the chip will serve as the Unique ID of each animal containing data pertaining to the owner of animal, loan amount, tenure and bank name,” says Dr Sushil Sharma, president, HP State Veterinary Officer’s Association, who proposed the project.

The GPS-enabled chip will help track cattle with pin-point accuracy and check their entry into other states. The Vet Department will also keep a record of the number of animals entering and leaving the state for sale and purchase in trade fairs.

The record of animal health, vaccination, production and reproduction will also be entered in this database and the chip will also help handle disease outbreaks as the affected animals can be tracked, using the GPS with accurate location details, where the outbreak occurs.

Sharma disclosed that the department was geared up to go ahead with the project and once the go-ahead was received, all animals would be microchipped over a period of two years. The estimated expenditure of the project is Rs 33.37 crore.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:39:21 AM
Sharma disclosed that the department was geared up to go ahead with the project and once the go-ahead was received, all animals would be microchipped over a period of two years. The estimated expenditure of the project is Rs 33.37 crore.

The chip could also curb theft of animals reported recently. It would procure data on weight gain of each animal on a weekly and monthly basis and increase in length and thickness of wool fibre, he added.

The system will also pave the way for streamlining all activities of the department and monitor these anytime anywhere through a software.

Moreover, the monitoring and implementation of all state and Central schemes will be effectively done using this database. It is the most reliable method of identifying the animal and the microchip lasts the life span of the animal.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:39:41 AM
Supply vehicles' strike cripples life
Tribune Reporters

Shimla, January 20
The supply of essential commodities such as milk, bread, vegetables and food items was badly hit as commercial vehicle owners went on a three-day strike from today.

 Private taxis parked on the roadside in Shimla on Monday.
Private taxis parked on the roadside in Shimla on Monday. Photo: Amit Kanwar

They staged a protest against the proposed hike in route permit, licence and composition fees. The government has proposed it in the amendments to the rules of the Motor Vehicles Act (MVA).

Protesters under the banner of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) staged a protest in front of the Regional Transport office here.

Though Transport Minister GS Bali had claimed that they never met him on the matter and went on strike as no hike had been notified, president, JAC, Jeet Ram Sharma claimed that they had submitted many memoranda to the transport authorities, but they never took their view while making amendments to the MVA.

The operators claimed that if the amendment came into force, they would have to pay annual taxes ranging from Rs 98,600 for big trucks that carry cars or vehicles and Rs 60,000 for recovery vans and Rs 2,000 for mortuary vans.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:39:55 AM
They also protested the alleged system of touts who operated in various Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) and charged commission from them for getting the renewal or fresh licence and route permits. “This system should end as the government must put in place a transparent system of licence and route permits”, they demanded.

Jeet Ram said if the Transport Minister did not roll back the proposed hike in three days, they would take to the streets. “We will launch an indefinite strike from January 27 and hand over the keys of all vehicles to Bali,” he added.

Jeet Ram said the Transport Department had not revised the fare for the last three years despite the prices of diesel and petrol had increased more than 40 per cent.

Even private operators, who run HRTC taxis, also joined the strike. The protesters, however, allowed essential supplies to hospitals, including vegetables and milk, so that patients did not suffer, Jeet Ram claimed.

Officials in the Transport Department said the government had sent the proposed amendments to the rules of the MVA to the Law Department for its opinion. “The proposal is yet to be notified and is under the consideration of the government”, he added.

Mandi/Hamirpur: The three-day statewide strike by commercial vehicles which began today affected normal life in the region.

Hundreds of autorickshaw, truck, taxi and private bus owners kept their vehicles off the roads. The strike affected normal life in Mandi, Hamirpur and the surrounding areas. Daily commuters had to walk to reach their work places.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:40:14 AM
The strike call has been given by the Himachal Pradesh Commercial Vehicle Joint Action Committee to oppose the new tax proposal.

Rakesh Thakur, state committee member of the joint action committee said, “Under the new notification, the permit fee of four-seat taxi is being raised from Rs 1,400 to Rs 15,000, nine-seat taxi from Rs 7,000 to Rs 22,500 and permit fee of auto- rickshaw from Rs 500 to Rs 750.”

He said, “We had submitted a 18-point demand charter to the government in October 2013 but no action was taken. We have served a notice on the government to concede our demands by January 26, failing which nearly 1.5 lakh vehicle owners will start indefinite strike from January 27.”

Manali: Thousands of tourists in Kullu-Manali faced inconvenience as taxi operators and other commercial vehicle owners went on strike.

Only tourists travelling in their vehicles could visit places of tourist interest.

Puran Chand, president of the Him-Aanchal Taxi Operators Union, said the first day of the strike was peaceful and 2,200 vehicles remained off the roads.

Raj Kumar Dogra, president of the Manali Luxury Coach Owners Association, said they did not operate their vehicles and no service was provided to tourists.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:40:30 AM
Biomedical waste disposal unit coming up at IGMC
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 20
A model stat-of-the-art facility would be set up at the state-run Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) here for the disposal of biomedical waste. A proposal has been sent by the Health Department to the Department of Environment and Science and Technology to address environmenta-lists' concerns.

“We have received a proposal from the Health Department and will soon take steps to set up the model state-of-the-art facility and make it operational in six months,” Director Environment,” Dr SS Negi said, adding that the facility would cost about Rs 2 crore and land for this purpose would be provided by the institution.

He said the problem of scientific disposal of biomedical waste in Himachal was a major challenge as 60 per cent of about 3,000 kg biomedical waste generated every day by health institutions in the state was buried deep in the soil while only 40 per cent waste was being incinerated.

Clear guidelines have been issued in the Biomedical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998, for the disposal of biomedical waste and identification of various kinds of biomedical waste as per degree of infection and toxicity and their segregation is important.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:40:44 AM
The quantum of biomedical waste generated every day is on the rise due to increase in population of patients and health care facilities (HCF). The biomedical waste, which was 1,278 kg per day in 2009, has increased to 2,858 kg per day in 2012 and the number of HCFs has gone up from 538 to 570 during this period.

There is an urgent need for improvement in biomedical waste management by enhancing the capacity of the agencies engaged in segregation, collection, packaging, transportation and storage of the waste.

Environment experts have stressed on regular monitoring and quality assessment of BMW, colour coding and labelling of infectious waste for segregation, collection and transportation, safety of handlers, use of robust and leak-proof containers and proper treatment and disposal of waste.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:40:58 AM
Strike uncalled for, says Bali
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 20
Transport Minister GS Bali today said the strike by commercial vehicle owners was uncalled for as the government had neither hiked tax nor had it received any representation from the vehicle owners.

"The strike causes inconvenience to commuters and people," said Bali. He added that if the vehicle owners had any problem, they should have approached officials of the Transport Department who would have looked into their grievances.

HP Congress Committee president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu today urged Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Bali to intervene.

Sukhu said the state government should immediately call a meeting with the striking vehicle operators so that the people didn't have to bear the brunt for three days. "Passengers are facing inconvenience as taxis and private buses are not plying on roads and the strike has also affected the supply of essential items," Sukhu said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:41:11 AM
‘Luxury tax a setback to hotel industry’
Our Correspondent

Palampur, January 20
The Kangra Valley Travel Agent and Hoteliers’ Association has opposed the proposed hike in the luxury tax. They also condemned the government, wherein it has made luxury tax applicable on other services provided by hotels, marriage palaces and resorts.

Briefing mediapersons, a spokesman of the association, said: “The tourism industry is already going through a crisis and if the luxury tax is enhanced, it will be a major setback to the industry.”

He asked the government to withdraw the proposed amendment made in the law in this regard. He said instead of extending concessions and incentives to the hotel industry on par with adjoining states of Uttarakhand, J&K and Haryana, the state government had proposed to add more burden on the dying hotel industry in the state.

He said it was on record that during the winter season, fewer tourists visited the state as compared to the previous year. Besides, the entire state too registered fewer footfall of foreign tourists, he added.

He said if the government really wanted to make tourism a major source of revenue, it should make efforts for the expansion of three airports in the state so that bigger planes could land here. Besides, passenger and the rail transport system should also be improved, he added. a“Because of high tax, lack of air connectivity, poor passenger transport services and bad roads, travel agencies are making bookings for Kashmir, which is a better and cheaper destination as compared to Himachal,” he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:41:26 AM
Chamba rafting expert trains 300 water sports enthusiasts
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 20
An ace rafting instructor from Chamba trained as many as 300 water sports enthusiasts at a camp organised at Hatkoti in Shimla district. Luxmi Thakur trained the National Service Scheme (NSS) students from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat and Orissa during the camp.

They were imparted training on river rafting, boating, rowing, canoeing, kayaking among other things. The camp was organised by the state’s Regional Water Sports Centre, Pong Dam, from December 18 to January 10.

Swaran Deepak Raina, founder and director of a Chamba-based NGO, Sarvagya Sarvahitkari Manch, said: “Luxmi was chosen from a group of 31 participants, which included 15 girls and 16 boys, from the Janwas area of a remote Churah subdivision of Chamba district by the manch in 2007. After this, they were sent to the centre at Pong Dam for water sports training.”

He said Luxmi had been honoured twice on the Republic Day. He added that Luxmi and her colleagues were now employed at the Water Sports Centre, Taleru, a privately-owned venture of Chamera Reservoir near Dalhousie.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:41:41 AM
6 states to purchase power from state
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 20
The grim power scenario seems to be finally looking up, with at least half a dozen states queuing up to Himachal to buy power even as the total hydro-power generation has declined to almost 30 per cent with reduced glacial melting as is the case in winters.

Several states, including West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, are already in touch with the Directorate of Energy to negotiate purchase of power from Himachal in the coming days.

“Negotiations are being held with Andhra Pradesh, which is keen to purchase about 300 MW power on a long-term basis of four to five years,” confirmed officials.

The power for Andhra is likely to be tied up with the 412-MW Rampur power project, likely to be commissioned this year. Fortunately, the power rates in the power exchange have started improving from the abysmally low rate of less than Rs 2 per unit last year.

Some state power boards have also floated tenders for purchasing power, including Noida, which wants to purchase 110-MW power.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:42:14 AM
“Some states are in touch with the Directorate of Energy to enter into an agreement for the purchase of power. We are hopeful that we will be able to sell power at good rates,” said Sushil Negi, Principal Secretary, Power and Personnel. He admitted that as compared to a rate of less than Rs 2 last year, the rate per unit had touched almost Rs 3.50.

Even though the power generation is down to almost 30 per cent due to reduced snow melting in winters, even now, the state has a surplus of about 1 million units. As is the case in winters, the power generation these days is almost 15 lakh unit per day as compared to 50 lakh units during summers.

With improvement in the rates of power in the market and some states, especially those going to the polls shortly, evincing interest in purchasing power, revenue from the power sector, which has been reporting a decline, might also start improving. The revenue being earned from the power sector to the state exchequer during 2013-14 has been far less than Himachal’s anticipation; this has been a major cause for concern.

The Himachal Government has 910 MW of equity power and free power available as royalty from various hydro-power projects located in the state. The quantum of power is likely to go up during the year as some major projects are slated for completion, including 520 MW Parbati, 800 MW Kol Dam, 412 MW Rampur, 150 MW Sorang and 65 MW Kashang project.

The state will get 12 per cent free power as royalty from these projects and in case of Rampur, it will get an additional 30 per cent on account of equity share.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:42:27 AM
3 parking lots for Shimla
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 20
Shimla Deputy Commissioner (DC) Dinesh Malhotra today said the parking facility meant for 1,350 vehicles, being built under the private-public partnership (PPP) mode in the city, would be ready this year. It would ease up parking problems for both tourists and local residents.

Malhotra said the work on the Rs 24.70-crore parking complex at Sanjauli would be completed by October this year. A six-storeyed structure, it would accommodate 400 vehicles, he added.

The DC said work on the Rs 11.68-crore parking complex at Chhota Shimla near the HP Secretariat was on and it would be operational by December. It would accommodate 250 vehicles, he added. Work on the Rs 46-crore parking complex near the Lift would start in a week. It would provide space to 700 vehicles.

Shimla Municipal Commissioner Amarjeet Singh and Chief General Manager of the HP state
Infrastructure Development Board Anil Kapil were also present.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:42:40 AM
Freedom fighter cremated
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 20
Pandit Rikhi Ram Sharma (90), a prominent freedom fighter of Bala village under Behna Brahamana gram panchayat in the Jhandutta area, was cremated with full state honours at his village yesterday. He had been ailing for some time.

The state government was represented by Ghumarwin tehsildar Kuldip Singh Patial and DSP Anjani Jaswal, who offered floral tributes in the presence of a large number of mourners.

A contingent of police personnel presented the parting salute to the freedom fighter. The police reversed arms, fired several volleys into the air and sounded the Last Post on this occasion as people observed a two-minute silence in memory of the departed soul.

The tehsildar also gave Rs 5,000 to the bereaved family.

Leaders, including Deputy Speaker Rikhi Ram, former MLA Biru Ram Kishore, panchayat president Prakasho Devi, vice-president Subhash Minhas and panchayat samiti member Vimla Devi, expressed grief over his death.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:42:56 AM
IT notices to Ayurveda docs trigger panic
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 20
The issuance of Income Tax (IT) Department notices to several Ayurveda doctors regarding the depositing of their income tax with penalty for the past several years, despite deduction of tax by the department, has stirred panic among them.

Several Ayurveda doctors working in Mandi district were recently served notices by the IT Department to deposit their tax liability, along with penalty for the last four years.

Interestingly, the department had been deducting their income tax from their salaries every month, including tax liability for their arrears payment too.

The department had also issued them Form 16-A to clarify deduction of their tax liabilities, which they had attached with their I-T returns.

The income was being deducted every year, but several doctors have been issued notices by the IT Department to pay the tax liability from 2010-11 onwards.

Nearly Rs 1.5 lakh is said to have been deducted from the salary of each doctor every year towards income tax deduction, which has not been accounted for with the I-T department.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:43:09 AM
Now, the doctors have been asked to pay year-wise penalty for the pending income tax of about Rs 10,000 each.

The I-T department had asked the doctors to deposit the tax along with the penalty by January 20, which has created an awkward situation for the doctors.

The doctors have written to the District Ayurveda Officer seeking clarification besides seeking legal advice.

District Ayurveda Officer, Mandi, Hira Lal Thakur said, “We have received letters from the doctors seeking clarification in this regard; I can’t say why this has happened, but we will investigate the matter.”
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:43:25 AM
Khadi fair begins in Una
Our Correspondent

Una, January 20
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) today launched a khadi fair at the Una district headquarters, in which units from Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh, besides host Himachal Pradesh, participated. The fest will conclude on February 4.

Industry Minister Mukesh Agnihotri inaugurated the fair and inspected the displayed products.

Speaking on the occasion, he said various schemes under the khadi movement were aimed at making youth self-employed and the country self-reliant. He appealed to the youth to take benefit of the schemes initiated by the KVIC.

Agnihotri said Rs 80 crore was being spent during the current financial year in Himachal Pradesh to promote khadi sector. He said Rs 20 crore was earmarked under the Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme, through which youth were motivated to start their own units, while the KVIC contributed subsidy in term loan.

Des Raj Gautam, member, North Zone, KVIC, said youth could approach the offices of the District Industries Centre and State Khadi Board offices situated at all district headquarters and the KVIC state office in Shimla. He said a similar fair would be held at Bilaspur.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:43:55 AM
Heavy snowfall likely, says Met
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 20
After two days of respite from rain and snow in Himachal, the Met office today issued a fresh warning of heavy snowfall at isolated places in the state on January 21 and 22, even as the weather remained clear and chilly winds swept the region.

A western disturbance as an upper air trough in mid-tropospheric levels will lay over North Pakistan and adjoining Jammu & Kashmir during the next 24 hours. An upper air cyclonic circulation lies over South Rajasthan and the adjoining Gujarat region. Under the influence of these atmospheric weather systems, rain/snow will occur at many places over Himachal Pradesh on January 21 and 22, a warning issued by the Met office said.

The minimum temperature showed marginal fluctuation and tribal areas reeled under arctic conditions, with Bharmaur and Keylong recording a low of minus 11.1°C and minus 10.8°C while Kalpa and Manali recoded a low of -2.5°C .

Sundernagar and Bhuntar froze at 0.6°C while the minimum temperature was much below normal, at 2°C and 2.2°C at Solan and Una, while Shimla and Palampur recorded a minimum temperature of 4.1°C and 5.5°C, followed by Dharamsala, 6°C and Nahan, 6.4°C.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:44:11 AM
Una recorded a maximum of 20.9°C while Nahan and Solan recorded a high of 19.7°C and 19.6°C . Bhunter recorded a high of 17.6°C, Shimla 15.6°C and Dharamsala 15.2°C .

Meanwhile, 20 persons, including a 13-year-old ailing girl waiting for the helicopter for the past two weeks in snowbound tribal Lahaul and Spiti district, were airlifted by the state chopper. Twelve persons were airlifted from Udaipur while eight persons were evacuated from Tingret.

Thirty tribals from Udaipur who were stranded in tribal Pangi valley were not fortunate enough as a helicopter sortie could not take place due to the inclement weather. Their fate hangs in balance in view of the warning of a heavy snowfall during the next 48 hours.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:44:25 AM
IND’L PACKAGE REVIVAL
Minister condemns Punjab CM’s outburst
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 20
Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri on Friday condemned the outbursts of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for opposing the revival of special industrial package to Himachal Pradesh.

He said Punjab and other states would suffer no adverse impact due to the package.

Agnihotri said it was due to efforts of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh that the industrial package had been extended till 2017.

He said it was unfortunate that Punjab had been opposing the demand of Himachal Pradesh to extend the industrial package till 2020. Earlier, it was due to the pressure of the neighbouring states that the special industrial package to Himachal Pradesh was taken back by the Government of India who thought that the availability of these incentives was adversely affecting the industrial growth in other states.

The minister said Himachal was a small hill state where encouraging industrialisation was an uphill task. Moreover, due to lack of railway network, roads were the only mode of transportation which accounted for a high transportation cost of raw material for the industries.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:44:40 AM
Agnihotri said the state was given the special industrial package on the pattern of North-East states and neighbouring hill states like Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim.

He said during the industrial package period, the state got registered about 16,500 units in small, medium and large-scale sectors, with the proposed investment of Rs 48,830 crore having an employment potential of 5,42,580 people.

However, of these approved units, only 9,353 units with the investment of Rs14,557 crore, having employment potential of 1,20,602 people, were actually set up in the state, he said.

The curtailment of industrial package period slowed down the investment, besides adversely affecting the industrial growth and employment opportunities in the state.

He said former Chief Minister PK Dhumal remained silent on issue raised by Punjab.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:44:54 AM
Sushant criticises Shanta for possessing double standards
Our Correspondent

Palampur, January 20
Former BJP MP Rajan Sushant criticised senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar for possessing double standards on the issue of corruption. Sushant, who recently resigned from the party, was addressing the media at the PWD rest house here on Saturday.

He said on the one hand the senior BJP leader was claiming zero tolerance towards corruption, but on the other, he was protecting corrupt leaders.

Sushant said leaders of both the BJP as well as the Congress, who were facing corruption charges, should be shown the door by top leadership if they really wanted to clean politics.

He said corruption charges against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh were being investigated and keeping in view the high moral political values, the CM should quit until he was exonerated by the court of law or the CBI.

Sushant also made a scathing attack on former CM PK Dhumal and his family members. He said the father-son duo had virtually hijacked the BJP in the state and whosoever raised a voice against them was either expelled from the party or reduced to zero.

Sushant said in 2009, when the BJP was in power in the state, he had levelled serious corruption charges against ministers and MLAs of the Dhumal government.

He said he even submitted documentary evidences against the leaders to the central BJP leadership, but instead of initiating any action against corrupt minister and MLAs, he was expelled from the party.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:45:06 AM
131 public grievances disposed of
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 20
To redress public grievances at doorsteps, a district-level Prashasan Janta Ke Dwar was held under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kadam Sandeep Vasant at Sillagharat village of Chamba district on Saturday.

As many as 131 public grievances pertaining to government departments were put up before the DC and most of them were disposed of on the spot.

Some of the applications were referred to the departments concerned with the directions to redress them in a time-bound manner.

The DC said more such Janta Ke Dwars would be organised in the district so that people could be benefited.

Present among others included Sub-Divisional Magistrate Bachan Singh, Assistant Commissioner Deepti Kapoor, District Rural Development Agency Project Officer RP Sharma, District Public Relations Officer Ravi Verma, DSP Jitender Chaudhary, Regional Transport Officer Onkar Singh.
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Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:45:21 AM
Highway oustees meet DC

Bilaspur, January 20
Frayed tempers of agitated oustees and affected families of 26 villages of four-lane Express highway came to the fore as they met DC Ajay Sharma. The construction is on from Kainchi-Mode to Ner Chowk in Mandi.

The DC invited leaders of an action committee for talks. Action committee president Ram Singh said work of construction (which was stopped for several days by oustees) would only begin at places where pucca signs would be marked for acquired land for construction of the road. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:45:38 AM
DC: Grow mushrooms to become self-employed
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 20
In view of the prevailing scenario, efforts should be made to generate self-employment rather than running after jobs.

This was stated by Chamba Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kadam Sandeep Vasant while speaking at a function of the Mushroom Producers Milan Samaroh, which was organised by the District Rural Development Agency here recently.

The DC underscored the need to step up the production of mushroom to meet daily needs of the market. He urged farmers to become self-employed by encouraging mushroom cultivation. District Watershed Development Agency Project Director Ramya Chauhan said employment generation activities had been launched in the 104 panchayats of the district.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:45:53 AM
Teacher held for drunken nuisance
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 20
Manish, a teacher of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Technical College, Ferozepur, Punjab, was arrested by the Kangra police this evening for allegedly harassing women and indulging in eve-teasing in a drunken condition at the Tehsil Chowk.

Station House Officer (SHO) Kangra Mohinder Singh Manhas said a group of students of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Technical College Ferozepur were on an educational tour to this temple town when one of the teachers of the group indulged in drunken nuisance at the Tehsil Chowk in the town, and allegedly eve-teased and harassed women passing through the busy chowk this evening.

He said he personally visited the spot and found the teacher drunk, who was arrested under Section 114 of the Police Act. The arrested teacher was sent for medical examination.

The SHO said when the other teachers and students had gone to the Bajjreshwari temple to pay obeisance, the accused created a ruckus at the Tehsil Chowk. SHO MS Manhas denied he was assaulted by the said teacher or any other person of the group while nabbing him. He described the rumour of assault as baseless, malicious and concocted.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:46:11 AM
Man kills brother over property
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 20
Ravinder Kumar (57) of Dhandi Bhola village near Nalagarh shot dead his younger brother Anup Kumar (52). The duo had an altercation over some property last evening at their native village located on National Highway No.21-A.

The police said the incident took place outside the shops owned by them, when Ravinder shot at Anup at point-blank range and injured him in the chest. Anup succumbed to his injuries while being taken by his two sons to the Nalagarh hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.

Nalagarh DSP Nischint Negi said a case under Section 302, and the Arms Act had been registered against Ravinder. After committing the crime, he had fled the spot and hidden the licensed gun in his house.

Ravinder first fled to a nearby forest area and then towards the Sarsa river to evade arrest. Later, he was arrested by a police team, led by SHO Chaman Kumar.

The deceased is survived by two sons and wife.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 21, 2014, 05:46:30 AM
Snatching case: Cops clueless

Kalka, January 20
The police are still clueless in a snatching case. Two motorcycle-borne robbers committed the crime in the lower bazzar, Kalka, on Friday.

They snatched a purse from Saroj Kumari, when she was going to her house. The police had not found any clue of the robbers. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:53:36 AM
Sonia to select 4 nominees out of 21 for Lok Sabha seats
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 21
The State Election Committee meeting of the Congress today decided to forward 21 candidates, who have applied for the Lok Sabha ticket for four seats, to the party high command, leaving the final decision to party chief Sonia Gandhi.

The panel, headed by state Congress president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, adopted a resolution, authorising the Congress chief to take the final decision on the candidates to be fielded from Shimla, Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra.

The panel did not even get involved with the exercise of shortlisting the names and forming panels and decided to forward all names.

Prominent among those who have applied for the ticket include Pratibha Singh, sitting MP from Mandi and wife of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, MLA from Rohru Mohan Lal Bragta and former minister Ram Lal Thakur.

Rajinder Rana, independent MLA from Sujanpur in Hamirpur and one-time close confidant of PK Dhumal, has also applied for the ticket even as some leaders objected to his name as he is not even a primary member of the Congress.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:54:03 AM
The maximum number of nine applicants are for the Hamirpur LS seat followed by eight for Kangra. There are just two applicants each for Shimla (reserved) and Mandi Lok Sabha seats. As many as 17 members of the panel attended the meeting except Union Industries and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, former Union Minister Sukh Ram and former state president Viplove Thakur.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, ministers Vidya Stokes, Kaul Singh Thakur, Dhani Ram Shandil and GS Bali, former ministers Chander Chaudhary, Gangu Ram Musafir, former MP Phunchok Rai and the heads of the Youth Congress, the Sewa Dal, the Mahila Congress and the National Students Union of India (NSUI), attended the meeting.

"No names were discussed as it was decided to forward the applications of all 21 contenders to the high command. Some people had reservations on the name of Rajinder Rana, Independent MLA from Sujanpur, on the list but a majority of the members supported his name," said a member of the panel.

List of aspirants
 Mandi: Pratibha Singh and Lalit Chaudhary
 Kangra: Chander Kumar and Raghubir Singh Bali
 Shimla: Mohan Lal Bragta, Sohan Lal, Brij Lal, Sunder Singh Banolta, Om Parkash Kataria, Amit Nanda, Vinod Sultanpuri, Namita Chaudhary
 Hamirpur: Rajinder Rana, Ram Lal Thakur, Sunil Thakur, Ram Chander Pathania, Rakesh Chaudhary, Sita Ram Bhardwaj, Arun Thakur, Des Raj Gautam
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:54:16 AM
Winnability the factor: CM
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 21
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said winnability would be the most important factor while deciding Congress candidates for the Lok Sabha poll.

Regarding considering the candidature of Sujanpur independent MLA Rajinder Rana, who was not even a member of the Congress, he said winnability would be the most important factor which would be taken into consideration, while deciding the ticket. He left for a five-day tour of Kangra after the State Election Committee (SEC) meeting here today.

“There is no hard-and-fast rule as far as fielding a sitting MLA in the Lok Sabha poll is concerned,” he said.

State Congress president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said a final decision on the candidates could be taken by the end of February.

“The merits and demerits of each applicant will be considered before deciding the candidature and all senior leaders from the state will be consulted before taking the final decision,” said Sukhu.

He is learnt to be opposed to the candidature of Rana, who, till he contested the Assembly elections in December 2012, was a Dhumal loyalist.

Sukhu, however, admitted that any leader, who had bright chances of winning, could be fielded even if he had not applied for the ticket. Though he did not name anyone, this was probably in reference to leaders such as Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri and AICC secretary and MLA Rakesh Kalia.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:54:33 AM
Rana in race for Cong ticket from Hamirpur
Virbhadra reaches Dharamsala for third phase of winter sojourn
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 21
Independent MLA from Sujanpur Rajinder Rana is in the race for the Congress ticket from the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency. An indication to this effect has been given by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

The Chief Minister arrived here today for the third phase of his winter sojourn. Asked if Rajinder Rana would fight from Hamirpur, Virbhadra said he had applied for the ticket but he refused to elaborate.

Rana was earlier considered close to former Chief Minister PK Dhumal. He was also appointed the media adviser to Dhumal. However, after a controversy, Rajinder was dropped.

Rana tried for the BJP ticket in the last Assembly elections from Sujanpur. After being denied the ticket, he contested as Independent and won with a huge margin.

He was now considered close to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and is an associate member of the Congress in the Vidhan Sabha.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:54:50 AM
The CM, when asked about the BJP move to field veteran leader and former CM Shanta Kumar from Kangra, said Shanta Kumar was a respected leader, but not undefeatable. He said the Congress had earlier defeated Shanta Kumar in the Assembly as well as parliamentary polls.

Asked if he would file a case against those who had allegedly hacked his bank accounts, Virbhadra said, "I have complained to my banks. The information regarding my bank accounts was a personal matter and it should not have been made public."

Though he denied the idea of filing a case in the matter, Virbhadra said it was mischievous on the part of certain BJP leaders.

About the assertion of Anurag that information regarding his bank accounts was available in the election affidavits, the CM said, "He is responsible for disseminating it in defamatory manner in the media."

Asked about the government move to exempt religious bodies from the Land Ceiling Act, the CM said they were considering exempting those religious, cultural and social bodies from the Act that had been existing in Himachal for the past more than 50 years.

He also termed the strike by commercial vehicle owners and taxi operators as premature. The state government was considering the proposal of increase in tax on commercial vehicles as revision for it was due. However, no decision had been taken and their strike was premature.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:55:08 AM
Transporters adamant despite Bali's invite
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 21
Residents and tourists continued to suffer today as the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of transporters and taxi operators was adamant on the strike.

Transport Minister GS Bali, at a press conference here, said the striking transporters were pproaching certain Congress leaders and had not met him. “Instead, they should come and discuss the issue with me,” he added.

Their strike was uncalled for as the Transport Department had not issued any notification on taxes or fees, he claimed.

Bali also dared leaders of the Congress, BJP and the CPM to clear their stand on the issue.

Bali did not spell out any alternative measure to bail out the people suffering from the strike. He instead posed counter-questions to his detractors and striking transporters, asking they should clarify whether the operators should be allowed to run vehicles without installing meters.

Bali said the department had acted against illegal transporters on complaints received from the public. “The department had started a training programme and workshops for transporters, but they did not attend these,” he claimed.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:55:24 AM
The minister ducked a query on the amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act, saying that they would send a note to the Cabinet and if it okayed and paid subsidies, then the HRTC would not hike the fares, which had not been revised since 2011.

JAC president Jeet Ram Sharma said they met Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh this morning who had assured them of freezing the notification. But Bali’s outburst against them forced the operators to continue the strike.

“Bali has never invited us for talks and whenever we went to the Secretariat and the Director, transport office, we were told that the minister was in Delhi. How can we know when he is in Shimla as he never asked his officers to fix date with us for talks”, the members said.

Jeet Ram said the strike and the fast would continue till the proposed notification was not withdrawn.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:55:38 AM
Tourists, locals feel the pinch of strike
Our Correspondents

Manali, January 21
Hundreds of tourists were disappointed as taxis and autorickshaws remained off roads for the second day today.

Tourists could not visit places around Manali as offices of the local taxi union and other commercial vehicles remained closed. Some of them wereconfined to their hotels and the Mall road only.

The Solang valley wore a deserted look with only a few tourists visiting the place to see the snow. Some tourists were seen travelling by local buses.

The people related with the tourism industry feared that the strike would hit their business.

UNA: Hundreds of taxi and autorickshaw operators took to the streets here, demanding a rollback of the proposed hike in taxes on commercial vehicles.

The protesters organised a procession from the main bus stand chowk to the old bus stand chowk, raising slogans against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Transport Minister GS Bali.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:55:51 AM
Bhagat Ram, president of the autorickshaw union said a 15-time increase in taxes had been imposed by the government, which, if implemented, would have a negative impact on their income.

Taxi operator Jai Singh said while a sizeable number of private cars were plying as taxis, the Transport Department had turned a blind eye to this illegal practice.

Commuters had a tough time as vehicles remained off roads during most part of the day. The worst-hit were the people who had to transport patients from bus stand to the district hospital.

KANGRA: Hundreds of autorickshaws, commercial vehicles and taxis remained off roads for the second day here in protest against the proposed hike in the route permits, licence and composition fees, putting thousands of pilgrims, tourists and locals to inconvenience.

Vehicle owners held a demonstration near the bus stand and raised slogans. They were demanding a rollback of the proposed hike.

The pilgrims had to walk to visit the Bajjreshwari temple. The worst suffers were patients visiting the DRPGMC, Tanda, 5 km from the town.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:56:07 AM
Cold wave tightens grip in state
Tribune News service

Shimla, January 21
Biting cold wave conditions prevailed in most parts of the state amid a warning of heavy snowfall, even as the weather remained dry in the state.

The sky remained overcast throughout the day hile chilly winds swept the region. Shimla and its surrounding areas had traces of rain while Kufri and Narkanda had snowflakes.

The minimum temperature rose marginally, but tribal areas continued to reel under the piercing cold wave with the mercury staying between -12°C and -23°C.

Bharmaur, Keylong and Kalpa in the tribal belt recorded the minimum temperature at -9°C, -7.9°C and -1.6°C, a rise of two degrees since yesterday.

Manali recorded a minimum temperature of 0.6°C, followed by Solan 3°C, Bhuntar 3.4°C, Una and Sundernagar 3.6°C, Shimla 4°C, Palampur 6°C and Dharamsala 6.4°C. The maximum temperature dropped by three to five degrees as weather remained cloudy and Una recorded a maximum temperature of 18.3°C while Nahan 16.5°C.

Sundernagar and Bhuntar recorded maximum temperature of 14.4°C and 13.9 °C against yesterday’s temperature of 20.9 °C and 17.6°C.

Shimla and Solan recorded the maximum temperature of 14°C, followed by Manali 12°C and Kalpa 3.6 °C.

The local Met office has warned of heavy snowfall at isolated places during the next 24 hours and rain and snow at many places on January 23.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:56:38 AM
Dholasidh hydropower project cost to go up
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Hamirpur, January 21
With the enforcement of the new Land Acquisition Act 2013, the cost of the Dholasidh hydropower project is likely to increase substantially.

Under the Right to Fair Compensation and Land Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act-2013, which has become applicable in the country from January 1, the compensation for the land has been increased manifold.

The SJVN, executing the Dholasidh project, is in the process of acquiring land and will now have to pay compensation to people under the new Act.

The SJVN will acquire about 250 acres in Hamirpur and Kangra districts and as per the project report, Rs 57 crore was kept for the compensation.

The compensation in the rural area is to be given four times and in the urban area two times of the market rate.

A notification will soon be issued by the state government as whether the compensation will be enhanced twice or four times .

If the government decides to double the compensation, the project cost will increase by nearly Rs 60 crore and if it is four times, the SJVN will have to shell out about Rs 170 crore more.

The cost of the 66-mw Dholasidh power project, has already escalated from Rs 497 crore to about Rs 700 crore and the case for its approval is still pending with the Centre.

SK Mahajan, GM, Dholasidh project, said, “We have asked the land acquisition officer to work out the land cost as per the new Act after which we will send the case for the management’s approval."
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:57:31 AM
CM stops felling of trees as residents protest
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 21
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has ordered district officials of Kangra to immediately stop the felling of green trees along the Dharamsala-Bagli road. The CM issued orders to this effect after a delegation of people met him at the Circuit House here this evening to plead against the felling of trees.

The CM also ordered the officials to look into the possibility of translocating the trees to another location.

Vice-Chairman of the Forest Corporation, Kewal Singh Pathania, who was also present, said after the CM's orders to the forest corporation to immediately stop felling of green trees, they would look into the possibility of their translocation.

Common people, including residents of Bagli village, had raised their voice against felling of old mango, banyan and peepal trees by the Forest Corporation on Dharamsala-Bagli and Dharamsala-Gaggal roads.

They gathered at Bagli and held a demonstration today.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 06:59:51 AM
Manshi, a resident of Palampur, talking to The Tribune, said she came to know about the felling of old mango trees on the said roads from a report in The Tribune. It is criminal on the part of the Forest Corporation to fell so many green trees, it was stated.

She said, "Today, we visited the site where trees were being felled. We found that many huge mango and banyan trees were felled without any valid reason."

Anupama, another resident of Palampur, who had come to join the protest, said the trees were being felled in the name of widening the road. A survey revealed that until the buildings along the road were demolished, the road could not be widened. It seems the Forest Department officials have erred in judgement over the selection of trees that need to be felled for minor widening of the road, she said.

Ramesh Mastana, another protester, said they would educate the youth and other sections of society so that they raise their voice against felling of green trees.

He alleged the Forest Department had not taken the Bagli panchayat into confidence before felling the trees that was mandatory as per law.

The protesters also went to the office of the DFO, Dharamsala, to plead against the felling of green trees.

Manshi said the DFO refused to take up the responsibility for felling of green trees. "He told us that the trees belonged to the PWD and the forest corporation was felling them on the request of the department," she said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:00:06 AM
The DFO was not available for comment despite repeated calls.

The activists later met the Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, Paul Rasu and demanded that a committee should be set up to look into the need for felling green trees. Till the committee arrives at a conclusion, the trees should not be felled, they demanded. The DC assured he would look into the demands of the protesters.

The forest corporation was in the process of felling about 200 old mango, peepal and banyan trees.

It is also being stated that the state forest authorities can save these trees by translocating them to other places.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:00:36 AM
New timber policy to allot standing trees
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 21
Right holders availing timber distribution (TD) rights will be barred for 10 years if they sell timber for construction purpose from their private land. Though the limit was earlier fixed for five years, its period has now been enhanced to 10 years in the new TD policy notified by the state government.

The new policy proposes to allot standing trees instead of converted timber to right holders who will now themselves convert it into timber. This was a departure from the earlier policy where timber was routed through the State Forest Corporation to right holders.

According to the Himachal Pradesh Forest (Timber Distribution to the Right Holders) Rules notified by the state government, 7 cubic metres of standing volume of trees will be granted to right holders for the construction of a house once in 15 years.

Similarly, for carrying out repairs, 3 cubic metres of standing volume of trees will be made available once in five years. As per the earlier provision, 1 cubic metre of converted timber was allowed for repairs once in 15 years.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:00:52 AM
The new policy also lays down that trees will also be felled if the requirement of right holders for timber is not met, therefore, giving preference to standing trees instead of fallen trees. This could, however, increase the scope of pilferage of green trees and would require more caution by the field staff. Since illegal felling has been a cause for concern among environmentalists, this provision is likely to draw flak.

The right holders can now apply to the panchayat pradhan and not wait for the quarterly meeting of the gram sabha. Though the policy states that the timber granted under this policy should be utilised within one year, the DFO could grant an extension for their use based on the genuineness of the case.

The policy also states that if the right holder has land at two places, then the rate of trees will be doubled at the second place and he will have to give an undertaking about the detail of land holding at the second place as well as timber already availed at the first place.

Timber will only be granted to the head of the family as per panchayat records.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:01:07 AM
775 villages excluded from sanctuary areas: Minister
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 21
Under the forest rationalisation policy of the Government of India, as many as 775 villages falling on the fringe of wildlife sanctuaries in the state have been excluded from wildlife habitats last year.

This was stated by the Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri while addressing mediapersons here today.

He said after the rationalisation process, about 1 lakh population of these villages had been benefited by this policy with the exclusion of these villages from the wildlife sanctuary areas.

The minister said the exclusion of these villages out of the sanctuary areas would enable the inhabitants of these areas to avail the benefits of their traditional rights.

The minister gave full emphasis on the eradication of lantana. Last year, the lantana shrubs were eradicated in an area of 5,000 hectares in different parts of the state by stock mechanism, Bharmouri said.

He said in order to make the state lantana-free, the land was being brought under the broadleaved plantations for the advantage of the shepherd and livestock rearers of the state.

To get rid of the monkey menace, Bharmouri said seven monkeys sterilisation centres (MSCs) had already been made operational in the state during the past one year and 76,000 monkeys had been sterilised through these centres so far.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:01:25 AM
Hot springs being ignored in state
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Tattapani/ Shimla, January 21
The natural hot water springs in Tattapani, Vashisht village in Manali, Manikaran and Kheer Ganga in Kullu can be tapped which can put Himachal on the world map in the field of spa destinations, say spa entrepreneurs.

“The natural hot springs in Himachal promise healing and therapeutic treatment”, observes Charles Davidson, chairman, Global Hot Springs Forum (GHSF), who has done research on hot baths in 21 countries and inspected hot baths in Himachal recently.

The GHSF has prepared a “global hot springs view dials” connecting the hot springs throughout the world. “I have prepared an Indian hot springs view dial that includes hot springs in Himachal, Sikkim and other places in the South”, adds Davidson.

On the platform of the Spa and Wellness Summit that concluded in Delhi last year in which Tibetan spiritual guru Dalai Lama was the chief guest, the forum had launched a campaign to promote the spa health tourism in the country.

“We have nothing to lose as the hot springs has a huge global market of $ 60.5 billion. Japan leads with 13,754 spa resorts, China 3,100 (Tibet has 672) while Europe accounts for 19.03 per cent of the spa industry”, he said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:01:38 AM
The hot springs in India had similar contents as was in Europe. Even the spa gases, when inhaled, relaxed nervous system, he said.

But it needed investment to tap spas for health tourism. The best option can be the PPP mode as is the case in Europe, Japan, and China, Davidson added.

But there is little initiative by the Himachal Tourism. Tattapani nature hot springs on the Sutlej may disappear into the 800 mw Kol Dam in 315 days.

Despite their huge tourism potential, Tattapani, Manikaran, Kheer Ganga and Vashisht natural spas have no basic facilities. “There is no serious effort here to develop the natural spas and thermals here, what to talk about promoting health tourism in the state”, says Prem Raina, a GHSF member, who runs his health tourism hot spa here.

The mud therapy has become a hit among tourists coming here from Mumbai and other places. “We take mud from three-ft depth, mix it with thermal hot water, preserve it for six months so that mud absorbs all properties. This therapy aides blood circulation in body, relax nervous system, de-stress and good for skin”, says Dr Dushyant, a naturopath.

Principal Secretary, Tourism, VC Pharka says that they will take their suggestion and the Tourism Department will seek a report on the status of hot springs at Tattapani and other places.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:02:05 AM
Registration of case against Army authorities sought
MLA meets Terra Lines residents protesting Army firing
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 21
The BJP MLA from Shahpur Assembly constituency and former minister Sarween Chaudhary today demanded the registration of a criminal case against the Army authorities for allegedly using a school playground at Chandmari village as a firing ground.

The BJP MLA today met residents of villages around Terra Lines. The residents alleged that the Army used the places near their houses for grenade practice and half of the school ground in their possession for gunfire practice. The move has threatened their life and limb, it was stated. The residents also alleged before the MLA that the area around Terra Lines was landslide-prone and firing practice threatens the entire habitation in the area.

During the last monsoon, there was heavy landslide in the Terra Lines area and an entire village had to be vacated and rehabilitated.

Sarween Chaudhary said the Army's act was irresponsible and she would write to the Defence Minister against it.

Sources here said the district administration had taken up the matter of firing in Terra Lines with the Army authorities. A meeting for the purpose had been fixed for February.

Residents of Terra Lines, who had earlier too lodged a protest against the firing, largely include family members of ex-servicemen who have settled here after retirement.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:02:28 AM
Poll pact between AAP, HLP unlikely
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 21
An electoral pact between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) in the state for the coming Lok Sabha elections seems unlikely as the AAP leadership has reportedly told the HLP to merge with AAP, but the HLP is not in for that.

A top HLP leader had initial talks with AAP leaders and categorically ruled out any alliance or arrangement. He said he had been told that those who wanted to carry forward the party's cause should join their party, but the proposal is not acceptable to them.

Confirming that the initial talks had been deadlocked, general secretary of HLP KR Balnatah said, “The HLP’s objective is to have a third front in the state, to avoid a split in anti-Congress and anti-BJP votes. In case there is no understanding, these votes will be divided into four blocks and the Congress and the BJP will benefit.”

The AAP leaders told the HLP leadership that their state policy was not to have any electoral alliance or understanding and they had appealed to leaders of all parties to join AAP if they subscribed to its principles for “change in system” and providing a credible alternative.

Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:02:46 AM
So far, apparently, no "big" name in the political arena has joined AAP and even rebel BJP MP Rajan Sushant, who recently resigned from the party, has said he will seek views as to whether he should contest as an Independent or fight the next Lok Sabha poll on some political party's ticket.

The HLP, formed by BJP rebels on the issue of corruption ahead of the Assembly polls last year, has already shortlisted its candidates.

Balnatah asserted that it would make every effort to avoid split in “anti-BJP, anti-Congress” votes and added that the HLP had taken up the issue of corruption much before AAP launched the agitation and finally floated a political outfit to contest the polls.

The Left parties, keen to have a third front in place, are also keeping a close watch on the situation, but have not announced their decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls.
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Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:03:00 AM
Forum to reform education system
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 21
A group of educationists got together and formed the Forum of Educationists for Improvement in School Education (FEISE) here on Sunday.

The aim of forming the forum was to give suggestions to the government for improvement in the current education system.

In its inaugural meeting held here, forum president RK Prashar said all categories of schoolteachers, whether in-service or retired, would be given the membership.

“However, any teacher seeking membership needs to be a person with a vision and educational standing. Since the forum aims at playing a vital role in helping the government in disseminating its programmes and policies, the forum will require capable educationists,” Prashar said.

He said the forum would suggest remedial measures for the current system, adding that it would also explore possibilities to associate itself with the NCERT, CBSE, Council of Boards of School Education, National University of Educational Planning and Administration and British Council Division, besides the HPBOSE.

He said the forum would work without demanding anything from the government in return.

He, however, stated that the forum should not be misconstrued as a teachers’ union representing any category of schoolteachers.
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Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:03:22 AM
Probe sought into stalling of work on bridge
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 21
Rikhi Ram Kaundal, former Deputy Speaker and BJP MLA from the Jhandutta constituency, on Saturday asked authorities concerned to initiate an inquiry into the stalled construction work on the Rs 32-crore Babkhal bridge. The bridge was to link his constituency with the Kot Kehloor constituency.

Kaundal said this while touring Salwaad, Dhani Pakhar amd Paploa gram panchayats. He said it was surprising that an enquiry had not been ordered into this huge scandal as Rs 22 crore had been wasted on the construction of the bridge.

He said he would raise the matter in the coming Vidhan Sabha session. Kaundal said development work in his constituency had been brought to a standstill. Roads were in a bad state and residents were a harassed lot as several essential items were found missing from government ration depots, he added.
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Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:05:12 AM
State truck operators’ body elects president
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 21
Capt Ram Singh was elected president of the Himachal Pradesh Ex-Servicemen Truck Operators Welfare Working Committee at Barmana, near here, on Friday.

Since there could not be any consensus on this important post and all four aspirants insisted on occupying this post, there was held a contest between them and Ram Singh got 133 votes and was declared elected.

Other candidates Attar Singh, Jagar Nath Sharma and Prema Ram got 93, 47 and 1 votes, respectively, in the contest.

The committee looks after the interests of ex-servicemen members as their trucks are engaged in the cement-loading work at the ACC cement factory at Barmana under the HP State Ex-servicemen Welfare Corporation, which is totally controlled by the state government. Out of a total of 436 members, only 278 turned out to vote in this election.
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Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:05:28 AM
Rs 858.96 cr grant recommended for local govt bodies
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 21
The fourth state Finance Commission headed by Kuldeep Kumar has recommended a grant of Rs 858.96 crore for the award period 2012-17. Of these, Rs 476.48 crore will be spent on Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) and Rs 382.48 crore on Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

The final report of the commission is based on the actual analysis of income and expenditure of the PRIs and ULBs in the state.
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Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:05:42 AM
Govt has not solved Naina Devi residents’ problems: BJP gen secy
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 21
Alleging that the Congress government in its past one-year regime failed to solve difficulties of people in the Naina Devi constituency, BJP state general secretary Randhir Sharma said it even abandoned the projects sanctioned during Dhumal’s regime.

He was addressing villagers at Dabat, Majari, Tarsooh and Dhalet here on Sunday. He said the Supreme Court, more than a year ago, ordered taking out all villages from the purview of the Wildlife Sanctuary in Naina Devi, but the state government had not issued any notification.

He said as soon as the Congress came to power in the state, it cancelled the Naina Devi-Anandpur Sahib Ropeway project agreement signed by the former BJP and Punjab governments.

Sharma said the former BJP government had sanctioned a bus stand for Swarghat, for which even tenders were invited, but the work had not started so far. The BJP government had also issued a notification for opening a fire station at Naina Devi, but even this facility was nowhere to be seen.
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Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:06:22 AM
Jan 31 new deadline for Aadhaar-based ration cards
Our Correspondent

Kullu, January 21
The last date for making Aadhaar-based ration cards under the National Food Security (NFS) Act 2013 has been extended till January 31.

Deputy Commissioner, Kullu, Rakesh Kanwar said till January 20, over 95 per cent of ration cardholders in urban areas had deposited their forms while over 53 per cent of cardholders in the rural areas had deposited forms till January 15.

District Food and Supply Controller (DFSC), Kullu, Jeet Ram Sharma said out of 2,34,926 consumers in rural areas, 2,15,538 consumers, including 1,42,758 consumers under BPL families, middle-class families, pensioners and beneficiaries under the Antodaya Anna Yojna (AAY), had already been identified.

Pooja, a local resident, said she did not apply for an Aadhaar card. “The LPG subsidy is being availed by my husband and now I am concerned whether my family will get ration subsidy or not,” she said.

The ration cards will have a female member as the head of the family.

Another cardholder said there was no provision of online submission of form. To take an online print out, one had to search the download link at the official website of the department, which was not conveniently located, he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:07:31 AM
Sabzi mandi raided
Our Correspondent

Palampur, January 21
Palampur SDM Bhupinder Attari, along with officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department and police personnel, conducted surprise raids at the sabzi mandi here today. The aim of the raids was to regulate the prices of essential commodities, including vegetables and fruits, in the town.

The SDM scrutinised the documents of 70 fruit and vegetable sellers. He also inspected 30 vehicles which transported vegetables to Mandi from outside the state.

Most of these vehicles were not carrying proper documents. However, one vehicle was fined Rs 4,000 for carrying vegetables in polythene bags.

The SDM said the raids were held under the provisions of the HP Essential Commodities Price Control Act, 1977. He said under the Act it was mandatory for retailers and wholesalers selling and buying vegetables in the sabzi mandi to carry the R and Q form.
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Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:07:50 AM
Poor BSNL internet service irks users
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, January 21
A large number of subscribers and internet users of the 3G service of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) are facing a tough time these days.

The BSNL had launched a 3G internet service in 2011. The services were provided to landline and mobile users in three sectors.

Intriguingly, subscribers of one sector comprising only one-third of the total beneficiaries were availing the facility in the town.

Sources said 3G cable and connector had been damaged for the past 17 months. As a sequel, most of the subscribers had been deprived of high-speed internet facility. The authorities concerned have failed to procure new connector and cable for the restoration of 3G service even after such a long time.

The lackadaisical attitude of the BSNL has been resented by a large number of internet users. Noorpur Public School Managing Director Arvind Dogra, Nurpur Press Club president Pradeep Sharma, Deepak Gupta and Manoj Kumar have demanded the restoration of 3G service at the earliest.

Meanwhile, local SDO Tilak Thakur admitted that the service was only available to one-third subscribers in a single sector.

BSNL Chief General Manager Pradeep Kumar claimed that the order to supply connector and cable had been placed and faulty 3G service would be restored after the arrival of the equipment.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:08:07 AM
Varsities, Board toppers to be honoured
Our Correspondent

Una, January 21
Voluntary organisation Himotkarsh Parishad will honour students who topped in various courses being run by the three universities of Himachal Pradesh and the state Education Board. The students will be honoured at the parishad’s annual function to be held on February 9 in Una.

Parishad chairman Kanwar Hari Singh said over 75 students, who topped in various courses of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, CSK Agriculture University, Palampur, and the HP Board of School Education, Dharamsala, during the last academic session would be given medals and merit certificates. He said the function would be organised at the women’s college being run by the organisation at Kotla Khurd village.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:08:21 AM
Session divisions work redistributed
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, January 21
Mansoor Ahmed Mir, Acting Chief Justice, HP High Court, has redistributed the administrative and executive business work pertaining to civil and sessions divisions in the state among Judges of the court from January onwards.

As per a notification issued by the Registrar General of the court, the work of civil and sessions divisions of Shimla, Kinnaur and Bilaspur has been assigned to Justice Sanjay Karol while those of Kangra, Chamba and Hamirpur has been assigned to Justice Rajiv Sharma.

Justice VK Sharma will look after the work of civil and sessions divisions of Mandi, Kullu and Una. The work of Sirmaur and Solan divisions has been assigned to Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary.
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Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:08:34 AM
‘Sinister’ campaign against farm varsity VC flayed
Our Correspondent

Palampur, January 21
The Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University Teachers Association (HPAUTA), Veterinary & Animal Science Teachers Association (VASTA), Non-Teaching Employees Union (NTEU) and senate members have assailed the "sinister" campaign launched against CSK HP Agriculture University Vice-Chancellor KK Katoch by some vested interests who wanted to destabilise the smooth functioning of the university.

They termed the recent media reports against the Vice-Chancellor "baseless".

Addressing mediapersons here today, office-bearers of the HPAUTA, VASTA, NTEU and senators expressed their confidence in the dynamic leadership of Dr Katoch.

They said Dr Katoch had a vast experience in undertaking teaching, research and extension programmes, adding that he had done a lot for the institution and his services could not be underestimated. They said during his tenure as the Director of Extension Education, he had organised various zonal and national-level Krishi Vigyan Kendra workshops on the campus.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:09:16 AM
15 Himachal pilgrims to visit Pak on Baisakhi

Shimla, January 21
As many as 15 persons from Himachal will join 3,000 pilgrims going on a pilgrimage to Pakistan on the occasion of Baisakhi.

A state government spokesman said here yesterday that a jatha of 3,000 Sikh/Sehajdhari pilgrims would visit various historic gurdwaras in Pakistan.

The 10-day visit would commence from April 10. The quota allotted to Himachal was for 15 pilgrims and applicants could apply by February 28 to the Home Department. — TNS
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Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:09:30 AM
Hamirpur student’s project report among top 20

Shimla, January 21
A project report “Lantana charcoal briquettes, an eco-friendly fuel”, presented by Ranjna Devi of Government Senior Secondary School, Jandru, in Hamirpur district, has been selected among the 20 outstanding projects. It was selected out of 640 project reports presented at the 21st National Children Science Congress organised by the Madhya Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology in December 2013.

Sixteen students was selected at the Children Science Congress organised by the State Council for Science Technology and Environment in collaboration with the Department of Education, the National Council of Science and Technology Communication and the Department of Science and Technology. — TNS
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:09:51 AM
Singing a different tune

Realising that he could be pitted against BJP stalwart Shanta Kumar for the Kangra seat in the polls, Rajan Sushant, who recently resigned membership from his party and the Lok Sabha, is now singing a different tune. He has trained his guns on the former Chief Minister.

Sushant to widespread astonishment, minced no words in criticising Shanta Kumar, whom he had always held in high esteem. “Shanta Kumar is not gangajal that he can purify everyone he touches,” he remarked recently.

It is almost certain that Shanta and Sushant will be pitted against each other in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, and that accounts for Sushant’s volte face. Sushant, who has sworn to launch a campaign against corrupt forces, seems to be sore with Shanta for not speaking openly enough against corrupt elements even if they are party colleagues.

Weighing up Rana

Independent MLA from Sujanpur Rajinder Rana was once a close confidant of former BJP Chief Minister PK Dhumal. Now he is poised to gain the Congress ticket for the Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat. This strong possibility is being viewed with dismay by some. They think Rana’s past link with the BJP should make him as “untouchable” for the Congress and they point out that he is not even a Congress member. After all, no less an authority than Rahul Gandhi himself has recently said that loyalty was of paramount importance.

Others, however, see those very same links as the reason why Rana must be fielded. The logic is that Rana knows how Dhumal’s mind works and that will enable him to give a tough fight.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 22, 2014, 07:10:06 AM
‘Leave it to Madam’

Keeping alive the true Congress tradition of leaving everything to “Madam” the State Election Committee (SEC) after discussing the probable candidates for the Lok Sabha polls at its meeting decided to leave the decision to the discretion of the AICC Chief. After having brief discussions, the SEC adopted a single line resolution, authorizing Sonia Gandhi to take the final call on the candidates to be fielded for the four Lok Sabha seats. Not that this was unexpected but then one wonders why this talk of internal democracy and decentralization and empowerment of grassroots workers. One wonders if Rahul Gandhi will ever be able to bring about a change in the Congress ways.

Cement prices up

The price of cement has gone up by Rs 25 - which just goes to show who calls the shots in Himachal. Cement is manufactured in Himachal but it sells cheaper Punjab and Haryana. For years people of Himachal have been demanding price parity, but the state government has been unable to prevail on the cement companies.

In the previous BJP government then Industries Minister Kishan Kapoor tried and failed to convince the cement companies to reduce cement price in Himachal. The present Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri has likewise failed. Out-of-power parties invariably blame the ruling party for failure to bring down prices - but when the magic of the ballot box turns Opposition into Ruling then the new rulers have no better success against intractable problems.

The common man has his own explanation for why no government has been able to prevail over the cement companies. He says, “The politicians who form the government and the people who run the cement companies are the same people. How can they act against their own interest?”

(Contributed by Pratibha Chauhan and Dharam Prakash Gupta)
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:40:09 AM
CHHONCHH KHUD
Rs 180-crore channelisation project to check flood fury
Rajiv Mahajan

Nurpur, January 23
The Rs 180-crore Chhonchh khud channelisation project, the foundation stone for which was recently laid by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh at Dahkulara in the Indora Assembly constituency in lower Kangra district, is expected to prove a boon for the inhabitants of 35 villages of 13 gram panchayats who have been struggling against the flood fury of Chhonchh khud for the past many years.

Chhonchh khud, a tributary of the Beas, starting its course from Dhaneti in Nurpur, joins the Beas in Mirthal, Punjab. It wreaks havoc on hundreds of hectares of fertile agriculture fields in the area every year in the monsoon season.

Inhabitants of Nurpur and Indora areas of lower Kangra district have to put up with a huge loss to their property and crops in this season. This water body has virtually become a curse for people of lower Kangra district in the monsoon season as it changes its course when in spate.

The completion of this ambitious project within the targeted four years is poised to let the affected people heave a sigh of relief as it will cover watershed area around 199.50 km with a 34-km channel.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:40:24 AM
Agriculture experts envisage that this channelisation of Chhonchh khud will not only save the area from flooding, but will also usher it into a green revolution by enhancing productivity of foodgrains and vegetable along the river banks.

People of the area had been demanding channelisation of Chhonchh khud for the past many years.

According to information, the Central Water and Power Analysis Laboratory, Pune (Maharashtra), in April 2013, prepared a detailed study report of this project and submitted it to the state government last April. The Central Water Resources Ministry had given its technical nod to this project in August last year.

The Union Planning Commission had rendered its investment clearance to the project last October.

Thereafter, the state government granted its administrative and financial approval in November last and finally, the Government of India cleared this project under the Flood Control Programme.

Chhonchh khud, a tributary of the Beas, starting its course from Dhaneti in Nurpur, joins the Beas in Mirthal, Punjab
It wreaks havoc on hundreds of hectares of fertile agriculture fields in the area every year in the monsoon season
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:41:48 AM
Kangra-Holi tunnel on priority: CM
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 23
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said here today that the Kangra-Holi tunnel would be constructed on a priority basis which would provide all-weather connectivity to Bharmaur. He was speaking during a meeting of the Gaddi Welfare Board.

The previous government had got the survey for the tunnel in the Uttrala area near Baijnath. However, the government planned to get the tunnel constructed from the Himani Chamunda area of Kangra.

The CM said Sitlu Nag Mandir, Satimata Mandir Kadah, Kilka Mata Mandir and Old Shiv Temple of the Nadal tribal area would be developed for tourists. The unemployed youth of the tribal areas were being trained in the handicraft and handloom production.

Virbhadra Singh said the government had formulated various schemes for the welfare of weaker sections and constituted welfare boards to ensure their speedy development.

The Chief Minister said the government had identified 670 tribal hamlets out of which 480 were in Chamba and Kangra districts. He said the villages having more than 40 per cent population of tribals were being given special Central assistance apart from the State Plan and priority was being accorded to complete ongoing schemes in these areas.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:42:08 AM
He said Rs 450 lakh would be spent on road construction, Rs 125 lakh on irrigation and water supply schemes, Rs 157 lakh on agriculture, Rs 95 lakh on horticulture, Rs 89 lakh on animal husbandry and Rs 72.47 lakh on community halls in the tribal areas of the state.

He said a community hall was being constructed at Banuri for Rs 50 lakh to facilitate sheep breeders.

The Chief Minister said a water supply scheme for GP Gagwal, Balir and Ladhwan areas of Kangra district would be launched on priority. He directed the Education Department to reopen Government Primary School, Kulani, in Chandpur as the government had already taken decision to reopen 149 schools de-notified by the previous government. He directed PWD officers to construct a bridge at Hared-Fataher via Taras in Baijnath.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:42:22 AM
Bid for Chintpurni temple parking cancelled
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 23
The Cabinet today decided to cancel the tender allotted for the Chintpurni temple parking. The Rs 40 crore tender was allotted on single tender basis. The tender would now be reissued. Sources said certain issues were debated hotly for about 45 minutes during the Cabinet meeting.

It also gave clearance to governing and executive bodies of the Swan river channelisation project. The governing body of over Rs 922.49 crore project would comprise Minister for Irrigation and Public health Vidya Stokes and Minister for Industries Mukesh Agnihotri. Both ministers would also be part of the executive body of the project that would include officers of the department. The move is aimed at completing the project in three years.

The Cabinet also decided to provide relief to farmers who want to own tractors. Earlier, the permission for registration of tractor used to come from the Directorate of Transport. The Cabinet decided that Regional Transport Officers would register new tractors and farmers, who own one hectare land, would be allowed to purchase tractors. It also gave approval to two sub-tehsils in Kotgarh and Naura.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:42:39 AM
The Cabinet also approved amendment to the HP Member Legislative Assembly (Discretionary Grant) Rule-2013. The discretionary grant will be Rs 8 lakh for ministers and Speaker, Rs 6 lakh for Deputy Speaker and Rs 4 lakh for Chief Parliamentary Secretaries. The MLAs have discretionary grant of Rs 2 lakh.

The Cabinet gave its nod to impose ban on felling of bargad and peepal trees on private land. It gave its nod to construct an additional VIP suite at PWD Rest House, Sujanpur Tihra, Hamirpur. It approved to convert the newly created post of Engineer-in-Chief, (Quality and Control/ World Bank Project) to Chief Engineer (World Bank) in the PWD.

It approved Financial Restructuring Plan of electricity board and approval was also granted for the state government guarantee of Rs 1,462.50 crore for the board.

The Cabinet also approved regularisation of six contractual drivers in the Transport Department. It also approved the upgrade of one post of driver as Supervisor in the Governor's Secretariat.

The approval was given to fill six vacant posts of Civil Judge (Jr. Division).

Cabinet decisions

Nod to governing body of Swan channelisation project
Relief to farmers who want to own tractors
Sub-tehsils in Kotgarh and Naura approved
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:42:57 AM
Eco-friendly, biodegradable packs from pvt firm
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 23
Amid a furore over the ban imposed on the sale of 25-odd junk food in plastic packaging in Himachal, a private company has stepped in with eco-friendly and biodegradable packs.

Gopal Group (now rechristened as GCL) on Tuesday launched the eco-friendly packaging for their brand in seven major towns of Himachal. Eyeing children to boost the sale of the product, the company has imprinted the picture of “Chhota Bheem”, iconic hero of a popular cartoon film, on the packs.

The implementation of the notification imposing the ban on these items has been extended to February 14 instead of January 26 and traders have also challenged the order of the government in the apex court.

“We have got a solution in view of the ban on plastic packaging and our initiative will raise awareness among children about preserving nature,” says Apoorv Gupta, Managing Director, GCL.

Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:43:11 AM
The company has hastened to descend on Himachal as launch of the product has coincided with a ban on plastic packaging and no other competitor is in the field with a viable and affordable alternative.

The pack, which looks like a plastic pack, is made out of corn. The paper is said to be 100 per cent biodegradable and certified by agencies of the Union Government concerned.

It is said food items packed in these paper packs can retain the product's freshness for three to four months.

The paper pack is a bit costly and this biodegradable pack will increase the price of a pack, but it is new and eco-friendly, says Gupta.

"This minor increase in cost will not hit the sale as the consumer will not mind paying a little more,” he claimed.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:43:26 AM
Snow freezes water pipes in Shimla
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 23
Normal life was hit and vehicular traffic disrupted in several parts of the state as mid and higher hills experienced moderate snowfall while lower hills had widespread heavy rain.

The 350-km-long Hindustan-Tibet Highway was blocked beyond Shimla due to heavy snow and Rampur and Kinnaur route was diverted via Dhami-Basantpur-Kingal. Most of the roads in the upper Shimla region were closed due to snow and efforts were on to open the Shimla-Jubbal, Shimla-Chopal and other roads.

“Efforts are afoot to open the roads. Snow will be cleared on most of the roads and vehicular traffic be resumed at the earliest,” said Dinesh Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla.

The high-altitude tribal areas, mountain passes, Dhauladhar and Churdhar ranges had intermittent heavy snowfall while other mid and higher hills had moderate snow, causing sharp fall in the minimum temperature.

Shimla received 10 cm of snow while adjoining resorts of Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda had 15 cm to 30 cm of snow.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:45:02 AM
The water pipes froze in several parts of Shimla town as minimum temperature touched the freezing point.

Koksar in Lahaul Spiti recorded 65 cm of snow while Kalpa in Kinnaur district received 30 cm of snow. Keylong and Bharmaur in the tribal belt had 20 cm of snow, followed by Kotkhai and Saloni 8 cm and Manali 3 cm.

The minimum temperature plummeted to -10.1°C, -8.9°C, -3.8°C and -2.5°C at Bharmaur, Keylong, Kalpa and Manali, respectively.

Shimla and Sundernagar shivered at 0.1°C and 1.6°C while Solan and Nahan recorded a minimum temperature of 2.4°C and 2.8°C, followed by Bhuntar and Palampur 3.1°C and 3.5°C, while Una and Dharamsala recorded a minimum temperature of 4°C and 5.8°C.

Two sorties of state chopper were conducted from Bhunter to Stingri and Tandi in Lahaul & Spiti from where 40 persons were evacuated from the snow-bound areas.

The mid and lower hills were lashed by heavy rain and Una was the wettest in the region with 91 mm of rain, followed by Bangana 70 mm, Dharamsala 67 mm, Mehre 66 mm, Amb 65 mm, Bharwara 64 mm, Beer 63 mm, Ghamroor 62 mm, Guler 55 mm, Palampur 53 mm, Gohar and Kangra 51 mm each. However, the day temperature rose by a few notches due to the clear sky and Una recorded the maximum temperature of 20°C while Sundernagar and Solan recorded a high of 18.1°C and 17.5°C, followed by Bhuntar 16.6°C, Nahan 16.3°C, Dharamsala 13.2°C and Shimla 12.0°C.

The local Met office has predicted a dry weather tomorrow and rain and snow in the higher hills from January 25 onwards.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:46:46 AM
Manali wrapped in white blanket
Our Correspondent

Manali, January 23
The piercing cold wave further aggravated in the state as Manali and its adjoining areas experienced fresh snow today.

The famous ski slopes of the Solang valley also experienced fresh snow. It brought smiles on the faces of sports lovers who had come from different parts of the country to participate in various skiing courses being conducted by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali.

The fresh spell of snow has brought cheer to the tourism industry. Hoteliers feel that fresh snow and the end of the three-day strike by taxis and commercial vehicles will boost tourism in the state.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:47:07 AM
KIRATPUR-NER CHOWK 4-LANING PROJECT
Farmers not to stop road work
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 23
After getting a 48-hour ultimatum to stop work on the four-laning project by farmers of Balh, the company, executing the Kiratpur-Ner Chowk fourlaning project, has agreed to redress their grievances by holding a joint inspection of the site.

Leaders of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti said, “Officials of the company have agreed to find a solution to the issues raised by us by conducting a joint inspection of the site.”

The farmers, affected by the project from Nagchala-Dadour-Naulakha, had served a 48-hour notice on January 19 on the company.

The national highway authority has started acquiring about 250 bighas from Naulakha to Nagchala for the fourlaning project.

The main concern of the farmers is alleged unilateral action by the company for acquiring their land who are also demanding demarcation of their land in their presence.

Since this portion of the project will be filled up with soil to raise the road by about 6 feet, the farmers are fearing that adjoining fields along the highway will be denuded during rainy season as water from upper hills will accumulate in the fields.

President of the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti Bhoop Singh and Kisan Sabha leader Paras Ram said, “After getting response from the officials of the company to hold a joint inspection of the site on January 25, we have decided not to stop work on the project.”
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:47:32 AM
Hunter’s gunshot hits Nurpur girl
Our Correspondent


The injured girl Surekha Devi in the Civil Hospital in Nurpur on Thursday.
The injured girl Surekha Devi in the Civil Hospital in Nurpur on Thursday. Photo: Rajiv Mahajan
Nurpur, January 23
A hunter’s bullet seriously wounded Surekha Devi (25) of Siola village in Jonta gram panchayat here today. She, along with her mother, was collecting fodder in a forest when a hunter fired at her presuming her to be a wild animal.

She, along with her mother, was collecting fodder in a forest when a hunter fired at her presuming her to be a wild animal. As per the information, she was wearing a sweater bearing a colour similar to that of an animal. The hunter fled the scene after the incident.

The victim, who hails from a very poor family, received serious injuries.

Later, villagers rushed her to the Civil Hospital from where she was referred to the DRPGMC, Tanda.

Meanwhile, DSP Rajiv Atre said a case under Sections 336, 337 and 286 of the IPC had been registered against the unidentified hunter and efforts were afoot to nab the culprit.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:47:51 AM
Villagers block traffic at Jogindernagar
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 23
Residents of Dhelu village, accompanied by local employees of the IPH Department, blocked traffic on the Manali-Pathankot highway at Jogindernagar for about an hour today after an employee was killed in an accident.

The blockade was lifted after Rural Development Minister Anil Sharma, who was stuck up in the jam, gave an assurance to take action in this matter.

The people demanded an action into the death of IPH Department employee Raj Kumar (36), who died last evening, while alighting from a bus at Dhelu.

He reportedly died as his clothes got entangled with the bus handle while getting down because of which he was crushed by the vehicle. They have demanded an action against the bus driver after an independent inquiry.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:48:16 AM
Birds leaving high-radiation areas: Study
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 23
Birds are abandoning areas having high radiation levels in Solan district and the disappearance of birds is indicative of the presence of high radiation in urban areas.

A study conducted by the Department of Electronic and Communications (DEC) of Waknaghat-based Bahra University in Solan district has revealed these startling facts wherein the radiation level has been found to be as high as 100 times more than the prescribed safe limits.

Ratish Dhiman, Professor and Head, DEC, Bahra University, sharing his findings, said a research team of his department noticed that the bird population had decreased considerably in areas where Global System for Mobile (GSM) base station antennas were installed in the district. This prompted them to enquire into this phenomenon.

During the study, it was found at several points and streets that had high electromagnetic contamination, that the birds had disappeared. It was also found that at certain points, the birds left areas contaminated by electromagnetic radiations gradually. The population of birds, like house sparrows, showed an increase in low-contamination areas as they migrated from the areas having high electromagnetic contamination, confided Ratish Kumar.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:48:37 AM
Researchers explained that the electromagnetic radiations from mobile towers consisted of particles. The more energy the particles of radiations transmitted to living cells, the more they could affect them. Birds are known to be sensitive to magnetic radiation as microwaves can interfere with their sensors and misguide them while navigating and finding food.

Their behaviour can provide us a clear indication to the amount of harmful electromagnetic radiations in human habitations, he said.

Terming it as a significant observation, Vice-Chancellor of the Bahra University, SK Bansal said they had applied for the project to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to evolve technologies to protect the lives of birds in the wake of increased use of technology. The infrastructure for the project would be provided by the university and it would involve two research fellows and three faculty members.

The researchers would work on suggesting modifications in designs of antennas and mobile towers so that their impact on lives of bird populations could be mitigated. As against the daily two-hour radiation exposure which was considerably less damaging, these antennas transmitted radiation for 24 hours.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:48:51 AM
Ex-MP opposes designation of areas as OBC belts
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 23
Chander Kumar, former Congress MP from Kangra, has opposed the designation of certain areas as OBC belts in the state.

Taking to The Tribune after a meeting of the OBC Welfare Board, Chander Kumar said during the stint of the previous BJP government, Bara Bhangal and Chota Bhangal areas of Kangra and Churah valley of Mandi district were designated as OBC areas.

This means that all the residents of these areas had been given OBC status. The reservation for OBCs in the state was just 18 per cent. With the inclusion of all areas under OBC categories, the benefits of backward classes had been marginalised in the state, said Chander Kumar.

He further said both the recruitment boards in the state, including the Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission and Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Services Commission, did not have any representation from the OBC community.

Chander Kumar is the senior vice-president of the HPCC and member of the OBC Welfare Board. He is a prominent OBC leader from Kangra.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:49:17 AM
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, after chairing the OBC Welfare Board meeting, said the government had increased the income limit of creamy layer to Rs 6 lakh per annum from Rs 4.50 lakh with a view to provide benefits to maximum OBCs.

The CM said as per the 2001 Census report, OBC population was 9,27,542, which was 15.27 per cent of the total state population. He said to provide proper representation to OBCs in government jobs, 12 per cent reservation for Class-I and II category and 18 per cent reservation for Class-III and IV has been provided.

He said the state government had taken up the matter to include more sub-castes in the OBC schedule. The Government of India, in February 2006, included Tarkhan, Badhai, Ramgarhi, Dhiman (excluding Lohar), Vishwakarma, Pumba, Hadi and Saini in the schedule.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dhani Ram Shandil, while welcoming the Chief Minister, said the state government had started various schemes for the upliftment and welfare of OBCs.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:49:32 AM
Youth Cong to focus on Hamirpur
Our Correspondent

Una, January 23
The Youth Congress will focus on the Hamirpur seat during the coming Lok Sabha elections, said state YC president Vikramaditya Singh.

Talking to mediapersons at Una, he said he would visit all 17 Assembly segments of the constituency and interact with people to spread awareness about the policies and programmes of the Congress.

Vikramaditya said unemployment was the biggest problem being faced by the youth, adding that he would press upon the government to organise job fests so that the youth gets job in the local industries and hydel projects.

Taking on the BJP, he said it was unfortunate that some leaders were indulging in mudslinging against the Chief Minister. He said these persons had hijacked the BJP for personal interests, while the Congress would give befitting replies on the political and legal fronts. He appealed to Opposition leaders to approach the Lokayukta with complaints instead of trying to defame the CM.

Earlier, Vikramaditya visited an exhibition organised by the Khadi and
Village Industries Commission at Una. He said it provided a unique opportunity for the youth to start their own enterprises. Member of the KVIC (North Zone) Des Raj Gautam was also present.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:49:46 AM
Rs 5 cr allocated for Sarkaghat road: CPS
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 23
A sum of Rs 5 crore has been allocated for the construction of the Ghumarwin-Sarkaghat road in the first phase, while Rs 1.38 crore for the augmentation of the Mehri Kathala drinking water supply scheme. This was stated by Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Forests) Rajesh Dharmani while presiding over the District Grievances Committee meeting here today.

Dharmani told all officers to solve people's problems.

He asked the District Language Officer to identify all religious places which were submerged in the Gobind Sagar and provide a list to the DC.

DC Ajay Sharma, Additional District Magistrate Pradeep Thakur, SP Kapil Sharma, SDM ML Mehta and several Congress leaders were present.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:50:01 AM
Punjab agrees on NOC to Swan flood work
Our Correspondent

Una, January 23
The Punjab Government has agreed to accord a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to the Centre for sanctioning the Rs 48.53-crore third phase of the Swan River Flood Management Project in Una district. In this phase, embankments on the 2.5-km stretch of the river will be created from the Santoshgarh bridge in Himachal Pradesh to the point where it enters Ropar district.

High-level delegations from the two neighbouring states met at Nangal today and also inspected the riverside before concluding that the NOC would be forwarded at the earliest.

A delegation from Punjab was led by Principal Secretary (Irrigation) Sarvesh Kaushal and Chief Engineer (Drainage) Vinod Chaudhary, while officials from Himachal Pradesh included Engineer-in-Chief of the IPH (Projects) MS Kanwar and Superintending Engineer (Flood Protection) NM Saini.

The work on the first two phases of the project that included the construction of stone-pitched embankments along the 45-km stretch of the river between the Jhalera bridge and the Santoshgarh bridge is complete, while work on the Rs 922-crore fourth phase to channelise all 73 tributaries of the river has already begun.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:50:14 AM
Pacemaker for patient at Tanda hospital
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 23
A pacemaker was installed on a patient from Nagrota Bagwan by doctors at DRPGMC, Tanda, here yesterday.

Dr Anil Chauhan, Principal, Tanda hospital, today said patient Ramesh Chand (70) of Nagrota Bagwan was admitted at the hospital on January 21 with a history of suffocation. The case was diagnosed as complete heart block.

He said Dr Mukul Bhatnagar, Assistant Professor, Cardiology, put him on a temporary pacemaker immediately, relieving him of the symptoms. He said a "permanent" pacemaker was installed on the patient who was now stable and recovering in the Intensive Care Unit. He said this was the first pacemaker installation on a patient at the DRPGMC Tanda.

Dr Dinesh Sood, Medical Superintendent, said the patient was a smartcard holder under the National Health Insurance Programme, and both temporary and permanent pacemakers worth nearly Rs 75,000 were thus provided to the patient free of charge.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:50:35 AM
Efforts to save Shiva temple at Baijnath stepped up
Ravinder Sood


The Shiva templeat Baijnath
The Shiva templeat Baijnath

Palampur, January 23
The state government has geared up its efforts to save the ancient Shiva temple at Baijnath. It has been decided there will be a complete ban on mining and quarrying in the Binwa river within a 500-metre radius of the temple with immediate effect.

Talking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, Kishori Lal, MLA Baijnath, said he talked on the matter to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh last week and brought to his notice that retaining walls of the temple had developed cracks, posing a threat to its existence.

He said the CM issued directions to higher authorities to take steps to check soil erosion and construct retaining wall on the left of the 1,200-year-old temple.

The MLA said the Chief Minister had assured him that there would be no shortage of funds and the state government would construct the retaining wall on priority so that the temple was saved from further loss.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:50:49 AM
The MLA also appealed to locals to cooperate with the administration to save the historical monument.

The temple was built by two local merchant brothers Ahuka and Manyuka 1,200 years ago. It consists of an adyum 8 sq ft inside and 18 ft outside, surrounded by a spire of the usual conical shape and mandapa (front hall) 20 sq ft inside covered with a low pyramid-shaped roof. Adyum contains the stone Shivling and is entered through a small anteroom.

The roof of the mandapa is supported by four massive pillars - In the porch, they rest on four columns. Raja Sansar Chand, a Katoch ruler of Kangra, renovated this temple in the 19th century. But Aurel Steil, who studied the monument in 1892, said it had not undergone much alteration but for the room.

The Archaeological Survey of India has been maintaining the temple.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:51:16 AM
Grassing work on Chowgan underway
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Workers busy with grassing on the Chowgan of Chamba
Workers busy with grassing on the Chowgan of Chamba
Chamba, January 23
To revive the glory of the Chowgan of Chamba, the district administration has undertaken fresh nurturing of original ‘droov’ (a local evergreen grass) and plotting roots in areas of the Chowgan.

After a heavy downpour said to be a suitable time, from today onwards, grassing is being done on the wet subsoil of the Chowgan by deploying local workers who are conversant with nurturing the 'droov'.

Chamba Deputy Commissioner Kadam Sandeep Vasant, said here today that initially a sum of Rs 2 lakh had been sanctioned for the conservation and regeneration of the Chowgan, adding that the local civic body, which is the executive agency, had been directed to accomplish the grass work in time so that the Chowgan might not lose its shape and grace.

The Chowgan of Chamba town stands on a plateau on the right bank of the Ravi.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:51:35 AM
Regularisation of craft teachers sought
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Chamba, January 23
The demand for regularisation of the services of women craft teachers working in the Panchayat Department at the panchayat level had been raised in the zila parishad meeting here on Tuesday.

Raj Singh Thakur, a zila parishad member, while raising his demand, revealed that these teachers had been deployed in the tailoring and crafts centres opened by the Panchayat Department with a view to impart training to women in 1997.

The craft teachers had been deployed on the basis of a monthly honorarium of Rs 1,400 which was later increased to Rs 1,600, Raj Singh disclosed.

He regretted that these teachers were not regularised till date, despite the fact that a period of 16 years had elapsed.

Raj Singh said a resolution in this respect had been passed requesting the state government to regularise the services of these teachers taking into account the well-being of their families.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:51:49 AM
Award winners’ annuity increased
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 23
The state government has increased the annuity payable to gallantry award winners and all other distinguished awardees.

A statement said the state government was committed to the welfare of war heroes, widows and ex-servicemen and serving soldiers through providing reservation in government jobs, scholarships for children and loan facilities for self-employment ventures and other incentives.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:52:05 AM
BILASPUR
‘INCREASE CROP YIELD’: All district officials should ensure that government programmes are completed within the prescribed limit so that targeted sections get direct benefits. This was stated by Deputy Commissioner Ajay Sharma while presiding over a day-long seminar on “Control of yellow rust in wheat crop” on Monday. The seminar was organised by the District Agriculture Department, Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Barthin. Sharma said more stress would be given on the use of local compost fertiliser and increasing crop production for the benefit of farmers.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:52:22 AM
‘ANTI-FARMER POLICIES’ FLAYED: The BJP state Kisan Morcha will win all four seats in the ensuing Parliamentary elections. This resolve was taken in the state executive meeting of the morcha held under the chairmanship of state president Baldev Bhandari on Tuesday. Morcha state spokesperson Roshan Thakur said the morcha criticised both the state and Central governments which had been following anti-farmer policies. They also criticised the state government for its persistent hounding of BJP leaders for the past one year.
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Post by: Harpal on January 24, 2014, 05:52:34 AM
SHIMLA
AWARDS FOR SJVN: Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam’s flagship 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydropower station has been selected for the Silver Shield Award for 2012-13. The SJVN has also been given two other awards, including bronze shield for 2011-12, and the gold shield for its performance in 2010-11. The awards have been announced by the Union Ministry of Power. These will be presented by Union Minister of State for Power Jyotiraditya Scindia in New Delhi on February 4.
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Post by: Raman on January 24, 2014, 03:17:14 PM
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:11:56 AM
No NCC cadets at state Republic Day parade
Government has failed to give the corps 25 per cent of funds
Rajesh Sharma

Una, January 24
This year, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) contingents will be missing from the official Republic Day functions to be organised at the state and district headquarters. The uniformed organisation, having a cadet strength of about 14,000 in Himachal Pradesh, has opted not to participate in the march past since the state government has failed to allocate its 25 per cent share of funds for the last many years.

The annual NCC training camps have already been suspended in the state from the current academic session. This year, no NCC cadet is likely to get the coveted certification, which would have enabled them to secure additional grace marks for entry into the military, paramilitary or police forces.

About 20 years ago, the daily mess allowance per cadet for camps was Rs 40, which was increased to Rs 75 in 2005. Now, this allowance has been revised to Rs 105.

While all other states are making 25 per cent contribution of their share on the revised rates, the Himachal Government is contributing only Rs 10 per cadet as daily allowance on the basis of the pre-2005 rates. This year, even this amount has not been released by the government.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:12:14 AM
An NCC officer, unwilling to be named, said, "The annual training camps were to be held in October, but since the state government has not given its share of funds till date, the cadets from the state will not be eligible to appear in the final NCC examinations, which are to be held in February 2014," adding that since the cadets will not be getting the certificates, the organisation has no right to ask them to participate in drills and march pasts.

Meanwhile, Cadet Ajay Kumar, who is also an activist of the National Students Union of India besides being president of the College Student Central Association of Government College, Una, expressed his deep resentment on the issue, saying uniformed forces were one of the main employment providers to the state’s youth, but without the NCC certification, they will have very limited scope for recruitment.

The state government's insensitivity on such an important issue is surprising, while it claims to be a pro-youth government, said some affected cadets.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:12:29 AM
Shilaru to have horticulture hub
Land being made available to encourage processing of various fruits and veggies
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 24
The state will set up a horticulture hub at a cost of over Rs 200 crore at Shilaru in the district to encourage post-harvesting and processing of various fruits and vegetables.

The Agriculture Department has already transferred 100 acres to the Horticulture Department for the purpose. More land will be transferred so that better facilities can be created at Shilaru, about 40 km from here.

“There is an urgent need to develop modern post-harvesting processing facilities to preserve the quality of fruit during transportation,” says Horticulture Minister Vidya Stokes. She says the wide variety of fruits and vegetables grown in the state can be processed in a much better way and exported.

“We have already proposed the project to the Union Ministry of Agriculture so that it can be developed as a Centre of Excellence,” said Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary, Horticulture and Health and Family Welfare. He said the share of the state government alone would be about Rs 100 crore, with liberal funding from the Centre too expected.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:12:45 AM
The proposed project at Shilaru has also been included on the list of sites which the Horticulture Department proposes to develop it under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

The project has also been referred to the Himachal Pradesh Infrastructure Development Board so that private investors could be invited to develop the site as a place with modern processing and storage facilities.

The hub will have a food processing unit, control atmospheric store, dehydration unit and other such facilities which will help in preservation and optimum utilisation of the horticulture and agriculture produce. Almost 75 per cent of the fruit has to be sent out of the state with practically no post-harvest facilities.

With the setting up of the hub, apple, peach, plum, apricot and pear can be used for making juice, jams, jellies, pickles, squash, candy and other such items which are in a great demand. With certain parts of Shimla district such as Theog and Solan district emerging as the major off-season vegetable growing areas, these can be dehydrated and exported, bringing in better returns to the growers. Mushroom, ginger and garlic too can be put to varied uses.

What lies ahead

The hub will have a food processing unit, control atmospheric store, dehydration unit
It will help in preservation and optimum utilisation of the horticulture and agriculture produce.
Apple, peach, plum, apricot and pear can be used for making juice, jams, jellies, pickles, squash, candies
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:13:14 AM
Nine more degree colleges to start from April 1
Our Correspondent

Palampur, January 24
The government will open nine degree colleges in the state from the next academic session.

Talking to mediapersons at Baijnath yesterday, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said a notification for the opening of the colleges was already issued and the budget would be allocated for the next financial year.

The Chief Minister said three out of the nine degree colleges would come up at Ladh Bharol, Sandhol and Rewalsar in Mandi district.

Two degree colleges each would be set up at Dharampur and Diggal in Solan district and Kumarsain and Nankhari in Shimla district.

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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:13:27 AM
Besides, two degree colleges at Nagrota Surian in Kangra and Sarahan in Sirmaur had also been notified.

Virbhadra said he had promised people to open these colleges during the Assembly elections when he visited these places, which he had fulfilled now.

He said the government had already started the process for acquiring land and other infrastructure for the colleges. These would be functional under a time-bound programme.

Meanwhile, the Education Department would start classes from April 1 at rented buildings.

The CM said his government had given top priority to the health and education sectors and had earmarked 60 per cent of the total budget for these two departments.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:13:47 AM
Traders seek cut in taxes
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 24
Facing low industrial production and recession, investors are demanding a reduction in the central sales tax, electricity duty and abolition of additional goods tax in their pre-budget demands for the next financial year from the state government.

The Himachal chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) handed over its charter of demands to Shrikant Baldi, Principal Secretary, Finance and Excise and Taxation, in Shimla yesterday and requested him to consider their genuine demands.

Spelling out their agenda, president of CII’s Himachal chapter Aakash Garg said they had requested the government to bring down the central sales tax (CST) from 1 per cent for the existing industries and 0.5 per cent for the new industries, abolish additional goods tax and bring down the electricity duty by 5 per cent as these were entailing a heavy burden on the investors.

The investors were also seeking simplification of administration of taxes, especially value added tax, as its complexities were creating problems.

Though the state government had introduced a single application form for facilitating the investors, the entrepreneurs felt an Information Technology-enabled Single Window Clearance System was urgently required to cut down on the delays.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:14:07 AM
With a view to boost industrialisation, formation of Investment Promotion Cell, provision of graded concessions to the investors investing in the interior areas and formation of the Industry Advisory Council were the other proposals mooted by the CII.

Garg said efforts like preparation of a vision document with an aim to position the state as “Preferred Investment Destination”, creation of integrated industrial townships and upgrade of existing industrial clusters were their other demands.

The investors further demanded formation of vendor development parks, vendor development cells, venture capital fund and incubation centre for the medium, small and micro enterprises.

Other demands

Formation of vendor development parks, vendor development cells, venture capital fund and incubation centre for the medium, small and micro enterprises.
Train connectivity between Baddi and Chandigarh and four-laning of the Pinjore-Nalagarh highway
Train connectivity between Baddi and Chandigarh
Development of Greenfield airport for air connectivity to Shimla
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:14:25 AM
Blurred photo on calendar irks Bali
Transport Minister to write to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 24
The photograph of Minister for Food and Civil Supplies GS Bali on the calendars of the state government is blurred in which Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is seen distributing a bag of foodgrains to a woman.

Bali said he was aware of the matter and would be writing to the Chief Minister over the issue. Employees involved in the publication of the calendar would be taken to task for this mischief, Bali said.

Sources said the deliberate act of blurring the photograph of GS Bali could be attributed to deep factionalism in the ruling Congress.

The sources added that Bali’s photograph was also missing from the posters of the Transport Department, which were being used to spread awareness of the transport policies for the benefit of a common man.

The Congress had been criticising the previous government for publishing the photograph of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the bags in which the Public Distribution System (PDS) ration was distributed to people of the state.

However, the present government has replaced Vajpayee’s photographs with Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Minister for Food and Civil Supplies GS Bali.

The new cards being issued by the Food and Civil Supplies Department which recognises woman as the family head would also have the photos of the said leaders.

However, Bali’s blurred photograph in the calenders of the state government has antagonised him.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:14:43 AM
Race hots up in Cong for RS seat
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 24
Even as a meeting convened by Rahul Gandhi to discuss the candidates for the Rajya Sabha in Delhi tomorrow has been cancelled, the contenders from the state are lobbying hard to seek the blessings of the high command, especially Sonia Gandhi.

The seat will fall vacant in April on the completion of the tenure of BJP leader Shanta Kumar.

It is reliably learnt that the AICC has decided to call off the meeting which had been convened to discuss the candidates for the Rajya Sabha with the Chief Ministers and Congress presidents of 16 states where 55 seats are vacant.

"AICC chief Sonia Gandhi will now decide on the names in consultation with the Congress general secretary in charge for that particular state," said Congress sources.

It is learnt that with Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) presidents in many states being contenders for the Rajya Sabha seats, it has been decided to leave the decision to the AICC chief.

In Himachal too, state Congress president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu is a frontrunner for nomination to the Rajya Sabha.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:14:57 AM
Even as the possibility of leaders such as former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and AICC treasurer Moti Lal Vora being nominated from either Himachal Pradesh or Haryana remaining open, the state aspirants are busy lobbying in Delhi. With reports of nomination of an outsider from Himachal, which has only three Rajya Sabha seats, drawing sharp criticism, it is not certain whether the high command will
consider an outsider for the seat.

Prominent among those who are in the race, besides Sukhu, are Viplove Thakur, a former Rajya Sabha MP, and former minister Gangu Ram Musafir.

Sources said though Virbhadra Singh was learnt to have forwarded the name of Gangu Ram, his staunch loyalist, he would also not be averse to the nomination of Harsh Mahajan, HPCC vice-president and former minister. Mahajan, who avoided contesting the last two Assembly elections, is also lobbying for the post using his connections in the AICC.

With just four days left for the last date of nomination for the Rajya Sabha seats, the high command could take a decision on the candidates to be fielded for the House in the next two days.

In the fray

State Cong president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu is a frontrunner. Viplove Thakur, a former Rajya Sabha MP, and former minister Gangu Ram Musafir, Harsh Mahajan, HPCC vice-president and former minister, are also in the race
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:15:11 AM
Chander CM's choice for Kangra

Dharamsala, January 24
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today endorsed the candidature of former MP Chander Kumar for the Kangra parliamentary constituency. Addressing a public rally at Fatehpur, the CM said Chander Kumar had represented Kangra earlier also and he could again represent the area.

The state Congress had sent two names, Chander Kumar and Raghubir Singh Bali, to the party high command. The CM made it clear that his choice among the two was Chander Kumar. The CM inaugurated the upgraded power station of Fatehpur. It was upgraded from 32 KVA to 132 KVA. — TNS
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:15:35 AM
14-day skiing course ends
Our Correspondent

Manali, January 24
A 14-day basic and advance skiing course organised by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, concluded at Solang ski slopes, 13 km from here, today.
Participants during a ski course at Solang, 13 km from Manali
Participants during a ski course at Solang, 13 km from Manali

While 43 boys and girls from different parts of the country participated in the basic skiing course, 15 of them completed their advance skiing course. As the Solang valley received snowfall, hundreds of ski lovers participated in different skiing courses.

On the last day of the course, senior mountaineering and rescue instructor Inder Dev Sharma pinned badges onto the successful participants and congratulated them on successfully completing their training programme. He said the institute was playing a vital role in promoting adventure sports and had produced many mountaineers and skiers of national as well as international standards. The institute was also generating self-employment among youth in the state, he added.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:15:50 AM
147 get plots through Himuda’s draw of lots
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 24
Total 147 applicants, out of 310, were lucky in the draw conducted by Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Authority (Himuda) for its 30 different colonies in the state.

The results were video graphed and declared in the presence of applicants from across the country yesterday at Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Authority head office here.

Secretary, Urban Development and Chief Executive Officer, Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Authority, had constituted the announcement committee for the draw, which was headed by chief engineer, Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Authority, Dinesh Kashyap and comprised architects Ashok Gupta and S Divan and Secretary and administrative officer Rameshwar Dripta as its members.

The flats would come up at 30 colonies in Shimla, Dharamsala, Baddi, Nalagarh, Kullu, Paonta Sahib, Nurpur and other areas of the state.

The committee members claimed that the process was carried out in a transparent manner. Dripta said those who had deposited the money and whose name did not figure in the list would get their money back by January 31.

Himuda would complete the allotment for the winners within 45 days. The second round of draw would be held in March, the applications for which would be invited till February, the officials added.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:16:02 AM
Notice to panchayat officials

Kullu, January 24
Block Development Officer (BDO), Nagar block, GC Bainse has issued a showcause notice to two secretaries of Puid and Chansari panchayats and an assistant of Talogi panchayat.

The BDO had surveyed these panchayats on Wednesday and found these executives missing from duty. Bainse also visited Seougi panchayat and found the secretary on duty, but he had not signed the attendance register for the past five days.

Residents had complained to the authorities about these executives not available on duty. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:16:17 AM
9 forest officials to be awarded
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 24
The Forest Department on Friday recommended that nine officials be awarded with certificates of merit. This is part of the Republic Day celebrations here.

They have done outstanding work in the field of conservation and protection of forests from illegal activities and raised saplings and nurseries.

Chief Conservator of Forests ARM Reddy said today that these forest officials were Pooja Devi, Tilak Raj, Hempal, Neeraj Gupta, Dheeraj Kumar, Kuldeep Singh, Sunil Kumar, Pradeep Kumar — all forest guards — and deputy ranger Bushara Ram.

These officials had been selected after the recommendations from the Divisional Forest Officers and personal observation on their performance during the past one year, he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:16:32 AM
ILLEGAL PALIKA BAZAR
Councillors seek Vigilance inquiry
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 24
Local councillors today demanded a Vigilance inquiry into the Rs 64 lakh Palika Bazar constructed without no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Town and Country Planning Department.

This project was started in 2010 to give shops to roadside kiosk owners for generating revenue for the MC and its foundation stone was laid by former Chief Minister PK Dhumal.

It has, however, failed to get an NOC from the TCP Department. Though the MC had initially submitted its case for the approval of its building map, it failed to address the objections raised by the department.

Today’s general house was convened to take stock of the situation where little action had been taken by the MC against illegal constructions going on in the town.

Such constructions, especially one involving a senior Congress leader, were condemned and legal action was demanded by BJP councillors led by vice-president Pawan Gupta.

Six storeys of the building had been raised as against the stipulated norms of three plus one.

Though the media had been informed that the MC had identified 27 buildings which had violated norms, notices were served only on eight buildings, according to information by the MC executive officer.

The BJP councillors have demanded details of action in such cases in the next meeting. While two Congress councillors and the MC president remained absent from this crucial general house, lack of action against the violators was attributed to the general house.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:16:45 AM
49 legal aid clinics open
Our Correspondents

Sundernagar, January 24
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Sundernagar, Ranjeet Singh opened a legal aid clinic at Mahadev gram panchayat here.

Supreme Court Judge Justice RM Lodha today opened 49 legal aid clinics in villages of Himachal Pradesh through video conferencing and this clinic was a part of the same programme.
District Sessions Judge Purender Vaidya inaugurates a legal aid clinic in Kullu on Friday
District Sessions Judge Purender Vaidya inaugurates a legal aid clinic in Kullu on Friday. Photo: Abhinav Vashisht

He said that two para-legal volunteers and a retaining lawyer would be available once a week and impart free legal aid to the public.

Virender Singh Thakur and Naveen Kumar, president, Mahadev gram panchayat, also spoke on the occasion.

KULLU: Legal aid clinics were opened at Balh gram panchayat of Kullu block and Chaini gram panchayat of Banjar block here today.

Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam and Supreme Court Judge and National Legal Services Authority executive chairman Justice RN Lodha inaugurated legal aid clinics through video conferencing and webcast.

District Sessions Judge Purender Vaidya said legal aid clinics had been opened in Balh, Chaini and Jagatsukh gram panchayats.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:17:00 AM
State to submit Rs 842-cr project under RUSA
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 24
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has said a project of Rs 842-crore will be submitted to the Centre for 2013-2017 under the Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). He was presiding over the State Higher Education Plan meeting under RUSA at Dharamsala yesterday.

Virbhadra said the RUSA project would be funded on a 90:10 basis by the Centre and the state government. He said Himachal was one of the states that implemented RUSA under the Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) from the current session.

He said 72 Government Degree Colleges (including five Government Sanskrit Colleges), five Government-aided colleges and HPU and Himachal Pradesh Technical University would be covered under this project.

He said “cluster universities” would be created in Shimla, Mandi and Dharamsala by clubbing the infrastructure of five colleges.
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Post by: Harpal on January 25, 2014, 07:17:18 AM
Two held for black marketing of wheat
Our Correspondent

Dalhousie, January 24
The Dalhousie police have seized around 17 quintals of wheat, meant for the Public Distribution System, being carried in a vehicle at the Subhas Chowk here today.

Superintendent of Police, Chamba, Jagat Ram said two persons were arrested in this regard.

Acting on a tip-off, the police party intercepted the goods carrier and recovered around 17 quintals of wheat.

A case under the Essential Commodities Act had been registered and the accused arrested, the SP said, adding that further investigation in the case was on.
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Post by: Harpal on January 26, 2014, 09:16:13 AM
Decision on HLP-AAP merger today
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 25
Even as the possibility of a merger of the Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) remains very much open, leaders of the two parties will be meeting at Mandi tomorrow to discuss the crucial issue so as to avoid division of anti-Congress and anti-BJP votes.

Senior AAP leader Harish Kalra will be arriving from Delhi to hold a meeting with senior Himachal Lokhit Party leaders in Mandi.

While the Himachal Lokhit Party is said to have expressed a desire to enter seat-sharing for the Lok Sabha polls, it is being reported that there is no provision for this in the AAP constitution.

The question of merger will thus be discussed tomorrow.

Senior HLP leaders, including former MLAs Khushi Ram Balnahata, Shyama Sharma, Dulo Ram, Naveen Dhiman and Babu Ram Mandyal, met senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh in Delhi on January 23. State convener of HLP and its lone legislator Maheshwar Singh could not meet the AAP leaders as he had to return midway due to a major theft in the Raghunath temple in Kullu.
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Post by: Harpal on January 26, 2014, 09:16:29 AM
Though AAP is learnt to be opposed to the idea of seat-sharing with any political party all over India, discussions have been held on seat-sharing so that the anti-Congress and anti-BJP vote remains consolidated. The HLP has reportedly expressed a desire to field its candidates from Mandi and Kangra LS seats out of the total of four parliamentary seats in Himachal.

"Senior HLP leaders have held discussions with AAP leader Sanjay Singh on the possibility of seat-sharing in Himachal, but we are still awaiting their final response," confirmed Balnahata.

He said as far as the question of merger of the HLP with AAP is concerned, a final decision will be taken by the state party unit collectively as the party in Himachal was formed with the idea of fighting corruption as was done by Arvind Kejriwal later.

The HLP was floated by the BJP splinter group in February 2012 after differences surfaced with the then BJP Chief Minister PK Dhumal. The party headed by former BJP president and MP Maheshwar Singh was, however, able to win only one seat in the Assembly polls.

It managed to make a dent in the BJP votebank, ensuring that the saffron party stayed out of power.
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Post by: Harpal on January 26, 2014, 09:16:42 AM
The HLP leaders, despite extending support to the Congress, have now and then been raising corruption-related issues.

In fact, senior HLP leaders have expressed their dissatisfaction over the pace of investigation into various issues that figured in the Congress "chargesheet" against the BJP regime.

Warming up
 Senior AAP leader Harish Kalra will be arriving from Delhi to hold a meeting with senior HLP leaders in Mandi
 The HLP was floated by the BJP splinter group in February 2012 after differences surfaced with the then BJP CM PK Dhumal
 While the HLP is said to have expressed a desire to enter seat-sharing for the LS polls, it is being reported that there is no provision for this in the AAP constitution
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Post by: Harpal on January 26, 2014, 09:16:58 AM
Creation of more districts can burden finances: CM
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dehra (Dharamsala), January 25
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today ruled out the formation of new districts in the state. While addressing mediapersons on the 44th Himachal Statehood Day at Dehra today, the Chief Minister said the state already had 12 districts and creation of more districts would be a financial burden on the state.

If the need arises, the government could think of reorganising the districts, he said. In a major announcement, Virbhadra announced the opening of an SDM office at Jwalamukhi which meant that the SDM, Dehra, would also sit at Jwalamukhi.

Employees were expecting an announcement regarding the release of pending 10 per cent DA on the Statehood Day, however, the Chief Minister failed to oblige.

The state-level function to mark the Himachal Statehood Day was organised at the Shaheed Bhuvnesh Dogra Stadium, Dehra.

The CM unfurled the national flag and took a salute at an impressive march past presented by the police, Mahilla police, IRB Battalion and Home Guards.

Major decisions
 Rs 40 lakh for the development of Shaheed Bhuvnesh Dogra Stadium, CT scan machine on public-private mode at the Civil Hospital, Dehra, and Rs 4.3 crore for Government College, Haripur
 Upgrade of government schools in various constituencies
 Opening of sub-tehsils at Haripur (Guler), Gangath (Indora) and Panchrukhi
 Upgrade of the Civil Hospital, Jaisinghpur, to a 50-bed hospital
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Post by: Harpal on January 26, 2014, 09:17:10 AM
Have aptitude test for students: HPPSC chief
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 25
Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) Chairman KS Tomar has urged the state government to introduce an aptitude test for students in schools and colleges so that candidates from rural areas are not at a disadvantage.

In a letter written to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, he said the introduction of an aptitude test in schools, colleges and universities would go a long way in helping youth, especially those from rural areas. He said the participation of Himachali youth in the UPSC and state services competitive examinations was barely 45 per cent.

Tomar said candidates from urban background, owing to a sound financial position and greater exposure to modern and better coaching, fare better in such exams.

He said with better grooming and coaching, candidates from rural areas would be able to deal with entrance examinations and interviews in a much more confident manner.

He also sought the sanction for the construction of a new block in the HPPSC for setting up a library for students preparing for different examinations, a waiting hall for candidates who appear for interviews and a proper car parking. As per approximate estimates, the total cost of the construction of a new block would be around Rs 2.50 crore, he added.
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Post by: Harpal on January 26, 2014, 09:17:22 AM
HP Chief Secy discharged from hospital
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 25
Himachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy, who had suffered a stroke on October 1 last year, was finally discharged from Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon, where he was undergoing treatment.

Considering improvement in Roy’s condition, he was discharged from the hospital on January 23. His wife Chandna Roy said her husband was better now and recuperating.

She, however, said she was pained to see reports in the media hinting that the state government did not come to help the family.

“The Himachal Pradesh Government has been very kind and considerate at every stage during the treatment, both in Chandigarh and in Delhi. So it is wrong to speculate otherwise,” she said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 26, 2014, 09:17:38 AM
Dry weather in state as mercury rises
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 25
The intense cold wave persisted in the state even as the weather remained dry and maximum temperature rose marginally in lower hills.

The high-altitude tribal areas reeled under freezing cold conditions as the mercury dipped to -11.9°C at Keylong and -11.1°C at Bharmaur, while Manali and Kalpa shivered at -2.4°C.

The sky remained partially overcast and chilly winds swept Shimla and other mid hills. The Hindustan-Tibet Highway and other roads in the interiors were cleared and vehicular traffic was restored, sources said.

All lakes, springs, rivulets and the long stretch of the Chandrabhaga in tribal areas remained frozen for the past seven weeks as mercury stayed between -13°C and -22°C.

The maximum day temperature rose to 22.2°C in Una followed by Sundernagar 20.3°C and Solan 18°C. Bhunter recorded a maximum temperature of 17.4°C, followed by Nahan 16.5°C, Dharamsala 16.2°C, Shimla 15°C and Kalpa 3.6°C.

The local Met office has predicted rain or snow in higher hills tomorrow and dry weather in mid and lower hills from today.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:41:50 AM
Backed by Asha and Kaul Singh, Viplove named RS nominee
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 27
Former state Congress president and three-time legislator from Jaswan in Kangra district Viplove Thakur will be the Congress nominee for the lone Rajya Sabha seat, falling vacant in April.

The 70-year-old leader, who was the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president from 2004 to 2007, was able to find favour with the AICC despite Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh backing the candidature of his loyalist and former minister Gangu Ram Musafir. Besides Musafir, state Congress chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu was also in the race.

This will be the second Rajya Sabha term of Viplove as she remained its member earlier also from 2006 to 2012. She did not even contest the 2007 Assembly elections. Her brother Nikhil Rajour had lost the last Assembly election from Jaswan.

She was the Minister of State for Ayurveda in the Virbhadra government from 1995 to 1998.

Congress circles said Viplove got the support of AICC general secretary and MLA from Banikhet in Chamba Asha Kumari and also Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:42:10 AM
"Asha lobbied hard for Viplove and managed to get her name cleared amid speculation that the party will nominate Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit," said a senior minister. The fact that Rahul Gandhi is keen on giving more representation to women also went in her favour.

Viplove, who remained MLA for three terms in 1985, 1988 and 1993, hails from a political background with her parents remaining legislators of the Assembly.

Her father Comrade Paras Ram was a CPI MLA from Jaswan in 1967, but her mother Sarla Sharma remained a Congress legislator for two terms in 1957 and 1962. Her mother also headed the HPCC from 1979 to 1982.

Viplove expressed gratitude towards AICC chief Sonia Gandhi for giving her a chance to serve the party. "My priority will be to focus on sectors such as tourism, industry and the Railways, where much more need to be done," she said. She said the rail and air connectivity to Himachal was extremely poor and she would try to improve it.

Viplove will file her nomination papers tomorrow. With the BJP unlikely to field a candidate, Viplove could be declared nominated on the last date of withdrawal only.

Win-win situation

* With the BJP unlikely to field a candidate, Viplove can be declared nominated to the Rajya Sabha on the last date of withdrawal.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:42:33 AM
Day before Delhi visit, CM says three names for LS  ‘almost final’
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 27
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has said the Congress will soon finalise the candidates for the four Lok Sabha seats, which the party will win handsomely.

He told mediapersons here today that the candidates for Shimla, Mandi and Kangra were almost decided though the party high command would make the final decision.

“Chander Kumar from Kangra, Mohan Lal Bragta, MLA, from Shimla and Pratibha Singh from Mandi, are formidable candidates that the party can field,” he said.

Virbhadra, who will leave for Delhi tomorrow, said, “The BJP thinks that it will win all four seats, but the Congress will sweep the poll because of the good performance of the UPA and state government,” he remarked.

When asked about the candidature of Rajinder Rana, independent MLA from Sujanpur for the Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat, he said he was one of the contenders who had applied for the ticket.

“He will be the Congress candidate for the Sujanpur Assembly segment, if he loses the Lok Sabha poll on the Congress ticket,” he said when asked if Rana would get the Congress ticket if he loses election.

The Chief Minister said investigations in the phone-tapping and HP Cricket Association cases were complete and soon a challan would be filed in a court.

He said the Dhumal regime did not only tap the phones of Congress leaders, but also ministers in the BJP regime. “I do not know who will be named in the challan in the case but I believe that being the Home Minister, this could not have been done without the knowledge of Dhumal,” he remarked.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:42:55 AM
Roads in backward areas a priority: CM
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 27
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said here today that roads in backward areas would get priority.

Presiding over a state Planning Board meeting to approve the draft Annual Plan for 2014-15 here today, Virbhadra said the Rs 4,400-crore Annual Plan had been proposed for the year which was 7.32 per cent more than the Plan's of 2013-14.

He said Rs 1,108 crore had been proposed for the Scheduled Caste sub-plan, while Rs 395 crore would be spent under the Scheduled Tribe sub-plan.

He said the growth rate of the state was better than the national average and per capita income was Rs 82,611 as compared to national per capita income of Rs 68,947.

The state had also performed better than national indicators in literacy and health sectors - 82.80 per cent literacy (73 of national level) and life expectancy 70 years (66.1 years national average).

Virbhadra said the sex ratio is 972 while infant mortality rate is 38. The ratio of government employees is 3.95 per cent of its population as compared to 1.54 of Uttarakhand, 1.30 of Jammu and Kashmir, 1.56 of Punjab and 1.29 of Haryana.

Moving Ahead

* State's per capita income is Rs 82,611

* Literacy rate is 82.80 pc

* Life expectancy is 70 yrs

* Sex ratio is 972.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:43:23 AM
Gaiety marks R-Day functions
Tribune Reporters

Shimla, January 27
The 65th Republic Day was celebrated with fervour and gaiety throughout the state yesterday.

Governor Urmila Singh unfurled the national flag and took the salute at an impressive parade presented by contingents of the Army, ITBP, SSB, police, Home Guards, ex-servicemen, Scouts and the NSS at a state-level function held on The Ridge here yesterday.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and Taxation Minister Prakash Chaudhary were also present.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary Nand Lal, MLA Mohan Lal Brakta, Mayor Sanjay Chauhan, Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar, Acting Chief Secretary P Mitra, Director General of Police Sanjay Kumar and government officials participated in the ceremony.

Republic Day was celebrated at the HP High Court. Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir inspected the guard of honour. Justice DD Sud, Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary were also present.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:43:45 AM
NCC takes part in parade

KULLU: The NCC and the Air Wing participated in the Republic Day parade here.

Amidst reports of the organisation opting to not participate in the official R-Day functions in the state and district headquarters, the NCC authorities said they had received no such information.

Commanding Officer, NCC, Kullu Air Wing, Wing Commander LK Vitly said the 10-day state R-Day camp was not organised this year, but was not aware whether the NCC contingents participated in the Republic Day parade in the state and district headquarters.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:44:12 AM
‘Scheme a boon for youth’

SOLAN: Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma presided over the R-Day function at the Thodo ground. The minister took a salute of the parade and unfurled the national flag.

Sharma said 11,573 persons were availing the social security pension in the district.

Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri unfurled the national flag at Chowgan Maidan in Nahan.

Agnihotri said the skill development allowance scheme was the flagship programme of the government and a boon for unemployed youth.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:44:54 AM
‘Farmers get 50% subsidy’

UNA: Agriculture and Multi-Purpose Power Project Minister Sujan Singh Pathania took the salute at the district-level R-Day celebrations at Government School for Boys here.

The minister said during the rabi season, farmers were given 50 per cent subsidy on seeds, insecticides and farm implements, while the subsidy on fertilisers was enhanced from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 per metric tonne.

Local MLA Satpal Singh Satti, DC Abhishek Jain and SP Anupam Sharma were also present.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:45:11 AM
Stokes pays tributes

BILASPUR: IPH and Horticulture Minister Vidya Stokes addressed the R-Day function here.

She paid tributes to martyrs and freedom fighters and referred to war heros such as Victoria Cross winner Vir Bhandari Ram Sharma and living legend Kargil hero Havildar Sanjay Kumar of Bilaspur. She also paid tributes to George Cross winner Naik Kirpa Ram of Bilaspur.

20-Point Implementation Programme Chairman Ram Lal Thakur, Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Forests) Rajesh Dharmani and local MLA Bambar Thakur were present.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:45:25 AM
Bali inspects parade

MANDI: Transport, Food Civil Supplies and Technical Education Minister GS Bali unfurled the national flag at Seri Manch.

Bali said the government had launched the Him Gramin Parivahan Swarojgar Yojana to create self-employment for rural youth.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:45:39 AM
SDM unfurls Tricolour

SUNDERNAGAR: SDM Harikesh Meena presided over the sub-divisional-level R-Day function here. Students presented cultural programmes on the occasion.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:46:01 AM
Shandil unfurls Tricolour

KANGRA: Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dhani Ram Shandil unfurled the national flag and took the salute of the march-past in which the police contingents, Home Guards and students from various schools participated. Students presented cultural programmes on the occasion.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:46:17 AM
Youth honoured

CHAMBA: Under the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF), a sum of Rs 20.43 crore was being spent in Chamba district during the current fiscal year.

This was stated by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma while presiding over the district-level R-Day function at Chamba.

The minister said 55,977 families in the district earned employment under the MGNREGA on which a sum of Rs 56.11 crore had been spent so far.

The minister honoured Ashwani Kumar, a youth of the Bhandal area and a student of DAV College, Banikhet, who conquered Mount Everest as a member of the NCC Mount Everest Expedition-2013.

Earlier, the minister hoisted the national flag and took the salute at an impressive parade presented by the police, Home Guards, NCC, NSS and schoolchildren.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:46:38 AM
CM trashes opinion polls
Says these are part of BJP strategy to create wave in its favour
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 27
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has termed the opinion polls by some television channels a farce. The polls have given all four Lok Sabha seats to the BJP.

Talking to mediapersons here today, he said the poll surveys were part of the BJP strategy to create a wave in its favour. “The Congress will win three seats while in Hamirpur, we are on the verge of victory,” he said about the party's poll prospects.

“The random survey, giving an edge to the BJP, is erroneous and lacks credibility as it only covers a miniscule of voters,” he said. Such attempts to influence the public opinion would not cut ice with the electorate, who were aware of the ground realities, he added.

“Manipulated surveys are being used to mould public opinion in favour of the BJP,” he remarked. He added that even during the Assembly elections, such surveys had predicted victory for the BJP, but the Congress ousted the Dhumal regime.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:47:10 AM
Virbhadra said the opinion of a few hundred persons could not predict the mood of the entire state. He added that the manipulated opinion polls had virtually become a sort of racket and the Election Commission of India (ECI) should ban such poll surveys.

He said it was the poll managers of Narendra Modi who had tried to outsmart the ECI by carrying out the exercise in advance to build a hype about the BJP wave which was nowhere seen on the ground.

“Such predictions are even startling for BJP cadres as they know that their party stands little chance of winning,” he said.

The Chief Minister said politically aware voters were only amused by such surveys as they could not be misled by such opinion polls.

Virbhadra said these surveys had lost credibility in recent years as these were being used to create a wave in favour of a political party.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:49:02 AM
Lukewarm response to move on biotech policy
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 27
If a workshop is any indication, the state government's overtures to investors, read major stakeholders, stated to be aimed at revising the existing biotechnology (BT) policy, have drawn a lukewarm response. Very few investors turned up at a workshop organised by the Department of Environment at Baddi today.

Though the few investors that turned up were vocal in demanding exemption in taxes and making available facilities for research and development and low-cost availability of raw materials, the low participation of investors in this industrial belt left officials high and dry.

The investors also highlighted the slow procedures involved in undertaking research in this sector and emphasised the need to set up research and development centres to promote BT.

Dr SS Negi, Director, Environment, who convened this workshop, said since they were revising the BT policy of the state, this was the second workshop where views of the stakeholders were being sought. He said another such workshop would be held and the draft would then be put up on the department’s website for 15 days for inviting suggestions from people. It would then be presented before the Cabinet for the final approval.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:49:33 AM
He said the emergence of nanotechnology, reforms in bioenergy, specific molecule-based nutraceuticals and biopreservation in food sector, specific gene therapy, sustained the release of drugs using biochips, use of biosimilars etc and the inclusion of BT in the list of thrust industries enterprises in 2009 had necessitated the need to revise this policy.

While efforts to develop a BT park at Aduwal in Nalagarh with the help of a British consultant, Mott MacDonald, could not materialise, in 2009, an area of 35 acres had been earmarked for this purpose. The task was later entrusted to the Industries Department, but little could be achieved in setting up this park.

With the creation of the Department of Biotechnology by the state government in 2000, the first state BT policy was notified by the government in April 2001 and the State Biotechnology Task Force was constituted in 2001.

The state BT policy was intended to attract entrepreneurs for setting up biotechnology-based industry for employment and income generation utilising its rich bioresources and human resources.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:50:17 AM
Camp for differently abled held
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 27
As many as 402 persons were given aid during a camp for differently abled.

The camp was organised by the Sanyukt Veopar Mandal in collaboration with the Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development (CORD) and Fortis Hospital, Kangra, on the premises of Government Polytechnic College.

Anuj Garg, president, local Sanyukt Veopar Mandal, said differently abled were given 55 wheelchairs, 18 tricycles, 44 crutches, 100 blind sticks, 85 hearing aids, 10 polio calipers and 90 walkers by Raj Karan Tiwari, national president, Sanyukt Veopar Mandal, who was the chief guest . CORD national Director Kshema Metre was the guest of honour. Garg said 200 patients were examined and treated for various ailments by a team of doctors from Fortis Hospital, Kangra.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:51:21 AM
130 villagers’ grievances redressed
our correspondent

Bilaspur, January 27
Around 130 grievances out of 144 of villagers were settled on the spot at the Prashasan Janata Ke Dwar camp at Pantehada village, 70 km from here, on Thursday.

The remaining 14 cases were handed over to officials concerned.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Rajiv Kumar, presiding over the camp, said hundreds of villagers from six gram panchayats of Bamm, Hatwaad, Ambot, Ghandalwin, Kot and Pantehada were present along with panchayat representatives.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:51:37 AM
Pensioners urge CM to fulfil promise
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 27
The Himachal Pradesh Pensioners Welfare Association has urged Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to implement the promise made by him at a pensioner convention in Sundernagar on December 7 last year.

Spokesperson for the association PC Oberoi said here today the Chief Minister had announced to convert 5 per cent pension allowance into additional pension to those who were 65 years old. Oberoi also urged the Chief Minister to constitute a joint consultative committee to resolve the problems being faced by the pensioners.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:52:10 AM
National Voters’ Day held
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 27
As many 93,636 first-time voters have been added to the voters’ list, while names of 41,552 voters have been deleted during the revision of the electoral rolls in the state, Justice DD Sood of Himachal Pradesh High Court said here on Saturday.

Presiding over a state-level function on the 4th National Voters’ Day, he said the process of voting was part of the basic infrastructure of democracy. “We must exercise our vote to strengthen the system,” he said.

Chief Election Officer Narender Chauhan said Himachal Pradesh was one of the few states to have issued 100 per cent photo identity cards, adding that all 46.75 lakh voters in the state had been provided photo ID cards.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:52:30 AM
Shaurya Chakra for Shimlaite

Chandigarh, January 27
Major Gaurav Thakur of the 24 Rashtriya Rifles (Bihar) has been awarded the Shaurya Chakra for displaying indomitable courage, tactical acumen, exemplary leadership and selfless devotion to duty.

He was instrumental in generating actionable intelligence, innovative ambush and tactical deployment of various parties, which ultimately led to the elimination of five terrorists. Major Gaurav is a resident of Shimla. — TNS
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:52:48 AM
Woman commits suicide in Kangra

Kangra, January 27
A 35-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan the next day after the death of her husband, the police said here today.

The police said the victim, Asha Kumari, was married to Dalbir Singh of Chaoti Halerd in the town and had two daughters. The woman was living with her parents. On January 23 her husband died and she, along with her two daughters aged 5 and 10, reached her in-laws’ house on January 24. Her body was found hanging by her in-laws the next morning and the police were informed. Her daughters were also sleeping in the room. A case has been registered. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:53:05 AM
Girl dies of poisoning
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 27
A girl from Rashu village falling in Hamirpur district died at the DRPGMC here yesterday following the consumption of some poison, the police said here today.

The girl was living with her maternal uncles at Lohara village and had consumed poison. When her condition deteriorated, she was rushed to a Hamirpur hospital, from where she was referred to the Tanda hospital where she died.

The police said the body was handed over to her relatives after postmortem.

The police have started investigation under Section 174 of the CrPC.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:53:23 AM
BILASPUR
MAN FOUND DEAD IN KHAD: Lal Singh of Chalag village under the Bhalswaye gram panchayat was found dead in the Solly khad near his village, 40 km from here, on Friday. He was a daily wage earner. Reports said Lal Singh was returning to his village in the afternoon and might have slipped into the khad. Later, schoolchildren returning home saw a body in the khad and informed villagers. They took the body out of it. The police had registered a case.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:53:46 AM
CHAMBA
1 DIES AS CAR ROLLS DOWN HILL: The driver of a Santro car was killed on the spot when it veered off the road and rolled down about 400 m a hill at Bailey near Banikhet on Friday night, a police report said here on Saturday. The driver was the lone occupant in the car at the time of the accident. The deceased had been identified as Tilak Raj of Bailey village in Chamba. The body had been handed over to the family after postmortem. A case had been registered at the Banikhet police post.

1,100 GM CHARAS SEIZED: The police seized charas weighing 1,100 gm from an HRTC bus near Kaila in Churah subdivision here on Saturday. Chamba SP Jagat Ram said the bus, going from Tissa to Pathankot, was intercepted by a police patrolling party near Kaila. On checking, it recovered the charas from the bus. But no arrest had been made as the accused was yet to be ascertained. A case had been registered at the Tissa police station under Section 20 of the NDPS Act.
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Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:54:01 AM
HAMIRPUR
1 GETS 10-YEAR JAIL FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT: District and Sessions Judge CL Kochhar sentenced Kishori Lal to a 10-year jail and fined him Rs 20,000 for sexually assaulting his physically challenged daughter about a year ago. The court found him guilty of the offence. His wife, who was living separately from him, had filed a complaint against the accused in this case.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:54:25 AM
KANGRA
KANGRA SCHOOL CELEBRATES STATEHOOD DAY: Staff and students of DAV Senior Secondary Public School, Alampur, celebrated the 44th Statehood Day and the fourth National Voters Day here on Saturday. On the occasion, an inter-house quiz competition, speeches highlighting the importance of Statehood Day and National Voters Day by students and teachers and a poem recitation competition were organised. The Chenab House clinched the first position in the quiz competition. Principal Bikram Singh congratulated the staff and students.

Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 28, 2014, 07:54:41 AM
SHIMLA
SJVN COMMISSIONS WIND POWER PROJECT: Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) Ltd has successfully commissioned 15 wind power turbines of its 47.6 MW Khirvire wind power project at Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. An official spokesperson on Wednesday said each of the 15 wind power turbines had a capacity to generate energy of 850 kV. The project would have a total of 56 turbine units and an annual energy generation of 85.65 MU of electricity.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:06:17 PM
BILASPUR
THIEVES DECAMP WITH JEWELLERY, CASH: Thieves stole jewellery, cash and other valuables by breaking the locks of several houses at Bakroa village under the Ghumarwin police station near here on Sunday. Reports said the thieves looted jewellery worth Rs 2 lakh and Rs 20,000 from Chaman Lal’s house. They also removed jewellery worth Rs 1.50 lakh from another villager Kamlender Parashar’s house. The police, headed by DSP Anjani Jaswal, rushed to the spot. Cases had been registered.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:06:30 PM
CHAMBA
FOUNDATION EXTENDS PATRONAGE TO PAHARI ART: The Harmony Art Foundation, under the aegis of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani's Reliance, has extended its patronage to Pahari art. Recently, the Harmony Art Foundation organised a residency programme of Indian traditional and contemporary artists at Navi Mumbai. President of the foundation Tina Ambani has expressed her desire to visit Chamba this summer to enjoy Pahari miniature paintings housed at Bhuri Singh Museum, Chamba, one of the oldest museums of India. Vijay Sharma, with his student Mukesh Dhiman of Kangra, was invited to paint specimens of the Pahari art for the foundation.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:06:45 PM
CHANDIGARH
GOC-IN-CHIEF CALLS ON GOVERNOR: The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command, Lt Gen Philip Campose, called on Governor Urmila Singh in Shimla on Monday. Issues of mutual interest to the Army and the state government were discussed during the meeting. These included the allotment of land at concessional rates for the Jai Jawan Awas Yojana and setting up a CSD canteen in Una for serving and retired personnel. The Governor assured the Army of a favourable response in the matters of the welfare of serving and retired personnel.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:06:57 PM
KANGRA
DAV DEHRA SHINES IN SCIENCE OLYMPIAD: Sixtysix students of DAV Public School, Dehra, Gopipur, have been selected for the level-II examination in Science Olympiad-2013 organised by ANTRIX. The school principal on Wednesday said Sharadha Sharma, Satvik Sharma and Jagriti Sharma had secured first, second and third positions, respectively, in this competition.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:07:11 PM
PALAMPUR
EXPERTS CAUTION ON YELLOW RUST IN STATE: Scientists of CSK HP Agriculture University have advised the farming community to be cautious about the appearance of yellow rust in wheat crop. According to them, yellow rust has started appearing on susceptible varieties of wheat at a few locations in Kangra and Hamirpur districts. The scientists have advised farmers to inspect their wheat fields on a daily basis.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:07:27 PM
TRAIN FARMERS TO GROW OFF-SEASON VEGETABLES: CM: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated the new building of Parwati Girls Hostel at the CSK HP Agriculture University here recently. The new complex has been constructed at a cost of Rs 2 crore to accommodate 56 girls in cubical rooms. The CM urged university scientists and agriculture experts to launch training programmes for farmers. He said the state government had already directed each farm official to adopt at least 100 farmers and train them to grow off-season vegetables.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:07:55 PM
CM’s wife gets screening panel nod
Central Election Committee headed by Sonia to finalise names
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
The Central Screening Committee of the Congress is learnt to have forwarded the name of Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh's wife and sitting MP Pratibha Singh from the Mandi Lok Sabha segment. For other three parliamentary segments (Shimla, Kangra and Hamirpur), a panel of names has been forwarded for the consideration of the Central Election Committee (CEC) which is expected to meet in the first week of February.

But in case of Mandi, single name of Pratibha Singh is said to have been sent, sources indicated.

The Tribune has further learnt that around 10 names have been forwarded by the screening committee for consideration of the CEC headed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Among the names that are learnt to be part of the panel are former MP Dhani Ram Shandil from Shimla, senior leader Chander Kumar from Kangra, state Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri and Himachal Congress general secretary Sunil Sharma from Hamirpur. Shandil represented the Shimla segment in the 13th and 14th Lok Sabha. An ex-serviceman, Shandil is a senior state leader and currently MLA from Solan.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:08:09 PM
Chander Kumar represented Kangra in 2004 when he was elected from the segment.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Assam Congress chief Bhubaneshwar Kalita and was attended by AICC general secretary in charge of Himachal Ambika Soni and CM Virbhadra Singh.

The Himachal Screening Committee is the first to hold its meeting and make recommendations to the CEC before the January 31 deadline which Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had set for the preliminary screening of Lok Sabha candidates.

Rahul Gandhi wants the process to be over by mid-February.

In the race

Among the names that are learnt to be part of the panel are former MP Dhani Ram Shandil from Shimla, senior leader Chander Kumar from Kangra, state Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri and Himachal Congress general secretary Sunil Sharma from Hamirpur.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:08:32 PM
Fire safety norms in heritage buildings only on paper
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 29
The fire-ravaged Gorton Castle has brought to light the poor plight of 325 heritage buildings, including 54 in the core heritage zone in the city, as the Heritage Conservation Advisory Committee (HCAC) and fire safety committees in each heritage building are defunct.

There are no fire alarms and fire-detecting sensors in most of the heritage buildings in the core heritage zone. Even if some of these such as CTO building have installed the fire alarms, these are not tested for months. Fire extinguishers have not been refilled since October last, revealed insiders.

The Department of Town and Country Planning and the Directorate of Art, Language and Culture are responsible for the conservation of the buildings in the state. But department officials rarely review their functioning, revealed insiders.

The occupants of the buildings ignore the fire-safety norms. Security guards express their ignorance on the operation of fire extinguishers.

The central water heating system that runs along false wooden ceiling on the top floor got overheated in the wee hours the incident took place yesterday, but the fire alarm system did not work, revealed insiders.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:08:47 PM
The offices are adding more wooden renovation in interiors of the heritage buildings to create more space for the staff without keeping an eye on fire safety, said members of the heritage committee.

Even Town Hall, Gorton Castle, CTO building, DC office, Railways board, state library, GPO building, Secretariat, Rashtrapati Niwas, Snowdon and Ripon hospitals did their fire-safety audit, but not so regularly, commented a senior official.

Similarly, the HCAC had no mention of fire-safety measures to be adopted in each building located in the core heritage zone, said a former member of the heritage committee.

Raaja Bhasin from Intach said, "The fire hydrants should be periodically checked and the staff trained to save the heritage of the city from recurring incidents of fire. Intach will assist in the restoration of the Gorton Castle if they ask us to do so."

Director, Art Language and Culture, Arun Sharma expressed ignorance whether or not the committee had fire safety measures in place for heritage buildings.

State Town Planner AN Gautam, who is a member secretary, HCAC, said they reviewed the safety of the buildings whenever a case came to them.

ADM to probe

Shimla DC Dinesh Malhotra says that ADM (Law and Order) DK Rattan will conduct the inquiry into the Gorten Castle fire incident and submit a report within 15 days.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:09:00 PM
Changing weather pattern takes away snow from Shimla
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 29
Harsh winters and heavy snowfalls are becoming a thing of the past in the hill town. The variation in weather pattern may be a major reason behind the changing climatic conditions here. Light to moderate snowfalls occur more in February and March instead of December and January. Snowfall in November has eluded for the past 25 years while moderate to heavy rain is a regular phenomenon.

The frequency of snowfall has become lesser in December barring 1990-91 when the town received 203.9 cm snow.

Frequent heavy snowfall was witnessed in January for many years, but heavy snowfall in February and March is a rising trend. Shimla recorded a maximum 262.2 cm snow in 1989-90 and 239.6 cm in 1990-91. Since then, the hill town has received just 1.8 cm snow in 2009-10, 9.9 cm in 2000-01, 34.2 cm in 2007-08 and 43.5 cm in 2008-09.

More than 100 cm snow was recorded in 1995-96 (199.1 cm), 2001-02 (186.7 cm), 1997-98 (151 cm), 1992-93(145.8 cm), 1999-2000 (132.6 cm), 2004-05(124.6 cm), 2011-12(119.4 cm) and 1993-94 (110.2 cm). However, only 7.2 cm and 12 cm of snow have been recorded in December and January (till date) during 2013-14. However, rainfall has become more frequent in Shimla and the town recorded moderate to heavy rain during the winters.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:09:13 PM
While the town recorded zero snowfall in 2005-06, the rainfall was 199.6 mm and in 2009-10, the snowfall was just 1.8 cm, but rainfall was 127.5 mm. The total precipitation in winters was highest at 556.7 mm in 1989-90, followed by 502.6 mm in 1997-98, 412.9 mm in 1992-93, 399.0 cm in 1992-93, 391.8 mm in 1995-96, 379.2 mm in 2006-07, 376.8 in 2004-05, 350.3 cm in 2001-02 and 341.1 mm in 1994-95.

The ski slopes of Kufri and Narkanda, which used to be covered under six to eight feet snow during January and February, are devoid of snow.

The ski festival was last held at Kufri in 1967 and barring 1990-91 when the town received about six feet of snow, skiing at Kufri has become a thing of the past.

Skiers shifted to Narkanda to enjoy winter sports, but now Narkanda is also not receiving enough snowfall.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:09:28 PM
Central University offers modular courses
Diploma provision for those leaving PG courses midway
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 29
The Central University Himachal Pradesh (CUHP), has introduced modular courses in which students leaving postgraduate courses in-between can still attain advanced diploma. They are also being given an option complete their remaining courses in the next two years.

Vice-Chancellor Furqan Qumar, talking to The Tribune, said the CUHP had become a pioneering institute to offer such modulated courses. "We observed that many students taking admissions in postgraduate courses in the Central University had to leave these after being selected for various jobs. Since students were leaving their courses in-between, they did not get any credit for the one year spent doing the course," he said.

The executive council of the CUHP then decided to offer advanced diploma to the students who had completed one year of their two-year postgraduate course. The students who left the courses were also given the option of coming back within two years and completing their remaining study towards getting the postgraduate degree.

Till date, five students had opted for the modular course being offered by the university. It was observed that all these students had been selected for government jobs, said the VC.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:09:43 PM
He further said there had been a demand from students that the limit for coming back and completing their course be increased to five years. "We are thinking of accepting the demand of the students," said Qumar.

The VC further said the CUHP had also pioneered in offering inter-disciplinary courses to students taking admission here.

The students who take admissions in the CUHP had to attain 30 per cent credits in another related subject in addition to the regular courses being undertaken by them. The additional credits gained by the students were reflected in their marksheets. This led to better exposure of students and widened their horizon.

Lack of infrastructure was a bottleneck in expediting the development of the prestigious institute. The Central University was functioning from a temporary campus located in the building of Government College, Shahpur, 20 km from Dharamsala.

Sources here said due to fewer rooms being available in the temporary campus, the university authorities were being forced to hold classes in shifts. The VC said the classes were being held from 8 am to 5 pm. He admitted that there was shortage of classrooms.

The case for allotment of land for the CUHP has been pending for more than three years now. While the previous government wanted to have a majority campus of Central University at Dehra, the present government wants it at Dharamsala.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:09:59 PM
ANNANDALE GROUND
Correct revenue entries in land records, Army told
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 29
The fate of the controversial prime 135.16 bigha Annandale ground has run into fresh uncertainty. The Shimla District Collector has asked the Army authorities to correct its revenue entries in the land records of the defunct Gymkhana Club and slapped notices on stakeholders of the Modern Shiksha Samiti (MSS) as to why the benami land they had bought on the margins of the ground should not be vested back with the state government.

The Army, which still controls Annandale and runs a golf course, has sought its fresh lease, but the state government is yet to take the final call. The government has considered the Ministry of Defence's plea that the ground is used for defence exercise, parades, logistics, training and disaster-related exercises.

The Collector issued notices to the Army, asking it to correct entries in the land where the Gymkhana Club was located in Annandale. The ground came back to the state government in 1962 when the Gymkhana Club was dissolved, said officials.

"The revenue inquiry conducted last year by the state government found that certain ambitious signatories of the defunct Gymkhana Club eyed a windfall after the HPCA mulled a cricket stadium at Annandale and made wrong entries in the revenue record," said official sources. These entries violate Section 118 as well, added officials.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:10:13 PM
"We have asked the Army to correct the revenue entries in the Annandale ground where the Gymkhana Club was located," said the official. "Once the entries are corrected, the Annandale land lease, which expired in 1982, will be granted afresh by the state Cabinet," said the officials.

On the other hand, the District Collector has also served notices to three benami land dealers-cum-buyers - JS Rana, Ravi Mehta and Pawan Kumar of the MSS, which runs its private college located on the western margins of the ground on private land. The court has asked them as to why the land they had bought in violation of Section 118 of the HP Land Reforms and Tenancy Act should not be vested back with the state government, revealed official sources.

Besides, the benami structures stand in the western margins of Annandale pose obstruction to the air exercise in case of war-time activities and hence, these are under investigation as well, said sources.

The inquiry report submitted to the government on August 24, 2013 for action, found that the MSS land deals violated Section 118 that forbids non-agriculturalist Himachali from buying land in the state, said officials.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:10:26 PM
Similar is the case in the entry of the defunct Gymkhana, they added.

The Annandale ground was in the eye of a storm during the last BJP regime, when the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) headed by BJP MP Anurag Thakur, son of former Chief Minister PK Dhumal, launched a signature campaign; he had mulled a cricket stadium there.

The arbitration case started over the possession of the land was withdrawn by the state government. Now, a fresh case to extend the lease of the Annandale ground to the Army has been started and awaits Cabinet nod, said officials.

The previous BJP government had cancelled the Army's lease application. Residents under the Nagrik Sabha mobilised the mass movement, while the opposition Congress and Army also opposed the move and foiled an alleged bid to hand over the Annandale ground to the HPCA stadium.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:10:41 PM
Chintpurni trust to spend Rs 31.75 crore on temple
Our Correspondent

Una, January 29
The Chintpurni Temple Trust today passed its budget for 2014-15, amounting to Rs 31.75 crore. It focuses on providing better facilities to devotees, besides contributing towards some social causes. Temple Trust Commissioner-cum-Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Jain presided over the meeting.

A sum of Rs 8.9 crore will be spent on construction of dormitories for devotees near the multi-purpose parking-cum-commercial centre being constructed with a grant received from Asian Development Bank.

An amount of Rs 2.5 crore will be set aside for the multi-storeyed parking complex and Rs 1.21 crore for construction of toilet blocks near the approach road to the temple. Sulabh International has agreed to offer its services for the proper functioning of the amenities.

The trust has decided to provide Rs 5 lakh to the Public Works Department for sprucing up the 2-km section of the approach road to the temple and Rs 21 lakh for construction of a gate en route the temple. A sum of Rs 8.7 lakh will be spent on development work in Chaproh and Nari panchayats bordering the shrine.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:10:55 PM
Besides, there are plans for installing two solar public lights at dark spots in the adjoining Duhal Bhatwala panchayat.

Funds have been earmarked to provide furniture and bedding at the Yatri Bhawan Bharwain, while it had been decided to donate 30 blankets for jailed inmates at the Chintpurni police station. The Deputy Commissioner later said it had been decided to outsource the preparation of community meals (langar) at the shrine.

He said this had been done to ensure distribution of better quality meals to the devotees.

In the offing

A sum of Rs 8.9 crore will be spent on construction of dormitories for devotees near the multi-purpose parking-cum-commercial centre being constructed with a grant received from Asian Development Bank
An amount of Rs 2.5 crore will be set aside for the multi-storeyed parking complex and Rs 1.21 crore for construction of toilet blocks near the approach road to the temple
The trust has decided to provide Rs 5 lakh to the PWD for sprucing up the 2-km section of the approach road to the temple and Rs 21 lakh for construction of a gate en route the temple.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:11:11 PM
SIXTH PAY COMMISSION
Discrimination against armed forces alleged
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 29
Serving Army personnel and ex-servicemen have once again raised the issue of alleged discrimination in granting them non-functional upgrade (NFU) in the Sixth Pay Commission on a par with other Central services.

Army personnel and ex-servicemen have reportedly been peeved at the alleged discrimination meted out to armed forces in the Sixth Pay Commission set up in 2006, in which the armed forces were excluded from the NFU, whereas all Central services, including allied and paramilitary forces like the BSF, CRPF and ITBP, had been given the benefit of the NFU since 2006.

Chairman of the Ex-servicemen Movement, Brig Khushal Thakur (retd), who has been taking up this issue at various levels, said, "Under the non-functional upgrade, an Indian Administrative Service officer with 17 years of service becomes a joint secretary and all the Central services officers with 19 years of service automatically get pay and other benefits of the rank of a joint secretary. Officers of nearly 50 categories of Class A Central services are getting this benefit except the armed forces."

"In the case of Army officers, they attain this status after putting in 31 years of service and the Ministry of Defence does not consider them in Class A service and have designated them separately as in military service," he added.

Thakur said, "Now, Army officers have taken up this issue once again to demand parity with other Central Government services for NFU, demanding removal of this anomaly in the 7th Pay Commission. The chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force have recently met Defence Minister AK Antony in this regard."
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:11:24 PM
Roorkee team to inspect Gorton Castle
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 29
A team from the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, will soon visit the severely damaged Gorton Castle building to assess its structural stability for the use of its two lower floors. A 90-member committee comprising police, Army, Home Guards and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) personnel has been constituted to oversee the cleaning of the interiors of the four-storey heritage structure that suffered massive damage in the fire yesterday.

“The top two floors are ransacked as mangled remains of metal and steel almirahs and burnt wooden planks are splattered all over,” said Principal Accountant General Satish Loomba.

He said the ground and first floor of the building had been saved, but these would be put to use only after the structural stability had been ascertained.

“The safety of my staff is of paramount importance and it is only after the CBRI gives the go-ahead that the two lower floors will be put to use,” said Loomba.

DK Rattan, Additional District Magistrate (Law and Order), will look into the reasons for the cause of the fire. “He has been asked to submit the report within 15 days,” said Dinesh Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:11:38 PM
DK Rattan, Additional District Magistrate (Law and Order), will look into the reasons for the cause of the fire. “He has been asked to submit the report within 15 days,” said Dinesh Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla.

Another major task is to cover the top of the building which is now exposed to the sky. “It has been decided to start work on a war-footing to put up a temporary GI sheet roof so that no further damage is caused due to rain,” he said.

A massive cleanliness drive was under way throughout the day. Most of the staff of the AG (Audit) and AG (Accounts and Entitlement) office, except those involved in the clearing of the building, were asked to stay on leave.

The main audit branch of the office of the Accountant General (AG) began functioning from the nearby Railway Board building. Efforts are on to create space for the staff at various complexes which are with the CPWD in the capital.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:11:52 PM
e-receipts at Shimla MC parking lots soon
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 29
The Municipal Corporation (MC) has decided to set up boom barriers fitted with close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras with the computerised system of receipts to run its five parking lots for tourists and commuters from March. The barriers will be manned by the Home Guards personnel. The issue was put before the general house meeting today chaired by Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar.

The House decided to solicit tenders for the repair of roads damaged by digging for the laying of communication cables so that the work woul;d start by March-April, Panwar said after the meeting.

While certain councillors expressed their reservation over the MC proposal for not going for auction of the parking lots this year, the majority opined that private contractors had brought the corporation a bad name as they had resorted to fleecing and overcharging tourists.

Panwar said once the computerised barriers took care of fleecing, the corporation needed not go for the contract system. "We will hire Home Guards for running the barriers," he added.

MC Commissioner Amarjeet Singh said they had sent a request to the DG, Home Guards, for hiring Home Guards.

“Every parking lot needs six Home Guards for day and night shifts and will need 36 Home Guards for the six parking lots which will start functioning from March,” he added.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:12:06 PM
Week-long Shivratri festival from Feb 28
Tribune News Service

Mandi, January 29
The week-long international Shivratri festival will be held from February 28 this year. Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur announced this after holding a meeting of the Shivratri Committee here yesterday. Kaul Singh said 215 deities would be invited to the festival and the district administration would make all arrangements, including boarding and lodging for the people accompanying the deities.

He said the administration had identified land here for constructing a Dev Sadan for accommodating the people accompanying the deities.

The minister said cultural programmes would also be organised during the festival and local and Bollywood artistes would be invited to perform.

He said a committee had been formed to decide the venue for holding the cultural programmes either at Seri Manch or the Paddal ground.

Deputy Commissioner Devesh Kumar said many other activities like sports competitions and exhibitions would also be organised during the festival.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:12:21 PM
2 held for stealing ATM card, withdrawing cash
Our Correspondent

Una, January 29
The Una police today arrested two youths for allegedly stealing a handbag from a car and using the stolen ATM card for withdrawing cash from the bank account of a resident from Mubarikpur in Una district. The youths, arrested on the basis of the close-circuit television (CCTV) footage from the ATM booth, are residents of Amb sub-division in Una.

According to Superintendent of Police Anupam Sharma, they received a complaint today from Rajinder Pal Singh, posted as Principal at Government Senior Secondary School, Kuthera Jaswalan, that his handbag, containing an ATM card, was stolen on January 24 from his car parked outside the school complex.

The complainant alleged that Rs 39,000 had subsequently been withdrawn from his bank account.

The SP said the bank transaction was tracked and the CCTV footage of the Gagret branch of the State Bank of India revealed the video clippings of the withdrawal. On the basis of the footage, Puneet Kumar of Badoh village and Paramjeet Singh of Chalet village had been arrested under Sections 379, 427 and 34, IPC, he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:12:34 PM
Sainik Board gets new members
Our Correspondent

Kullu, January 29
Director of the Sainik Welfare Board (SWB) and DC, Kullu, Rakesh Kanwar has nominated members to the Board for three years.

He said the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) and the Deputy Director of the SWB would act as secretary of the Board. Other government officials of this district included as members were the Superintendent of the Police (SP), Additional District Magistrate (ADM), Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Superintendent Engineer of PWD-I, Superintendent Engineer of the HPSEB, District Forest Officer (DFO), Deputy Director Education, Commandant, Home Guards, PRO, Employment Officer, president, Municipal Committee.

The Commanding Officer of the Station Headquarters at Palchan, the Army Enrolment Officer, Mandi, and the Army Pension Distribution Officer, Mandi, were also included. Brig Tek Singh Thakur (retd) has been nominated as vice-president of the Board. Others were JC Kaistha, Amarnath Thakur, Mohar Singh Rathore, Narotam Singh, Sheetal Singh and Bala Ram.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:12:56 PM
Two held for catching 90 kg fish illegally
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 29
A team of the Fisheries Department, led by Inspector Surender Patial, on Monday caught two persons Sudhir Kumar and Rakesh near Mehre for carrying 90 kg of fish. The fish was caught illegally by them. The fish, being carried in a Tempo Trax (HP-23C-0635), was caught from the Gobind Sagar, 70 km from here. The cost of the fish haul was estimated to be around Rs 10,000.

Reports said the culprits caught the fish without any permit or licence. The fish was of the Gid variety and undersized.

They had been challaned under the HP Fisheries Act, 1979, and would be fined. The fish had been confiscated. They would face a jail term if the department decided to try the case in a court under the Act.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:13:11 PM
2 hunters remanded in police custody for firing at girl
Our Correspondent

urpur, January 29
The local police, which had arrested two hunters identified as Balwant Singh and Gurdiyal Singh of Bariara village last evening, produced them in the court today. The court remanded them in three days’ police custody. They had allegedly fired at Surekha Devi (25) of Siola village, who, along with her mother, had gone to Jonta forest for collecting fodder on January 23.

She was seriously injured as the gunpowder had hit her face and neck. The hunters fled from the scene after the incident and the victim was rushed to the Civil Hospital here by local villagers. She was referred to the Tanda Medical College, Kangra.

DSP Rajiv Atre said the police had registered a case under Sections 286, 336 and 337, IPC, after preliminary investigations. After the arrest of the culprits, two more sections of 308 and 34, IPC, had been added in the case.

He said the single-barrel licence gun of one of the accused hunter Balwant Singh had been seized. The accused would be produced in the court again on Friday.
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Post by: Harpal on January 29, 2014, 11:13:24 PM
Mid-day meal staff to work for 6 hours
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 29
The district unit of the Mid-day Meal Workers Union has urged Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to honour his commitment to increase the monthly honourarium which had been standing at Rs 1,000 for past several years.

A meeting of the union under the chairmanship of district president Inder Pal Thakur adopted a unanimous resolution to work for six hours every day.

With the present honorarium fixed at Rs 1,000, they were finding it difficult to meet their daily needs, they said.

The meeting said a deputation of their state union had met the Chief Minister a few days back where the Chief Minister assured them of fulfilling their genuine demands.

Present on the occasion were Ram Pyari, Phoolan Devi, Kishori Lal, Chaman Lal, Beena Devi, Chuni Lal, Bangalu Ram, Reeta, Sheela Devi, Sharmila, Rameshwari Devi, Satya Devi, Nirmala Devi, Kaushalya Devi, Ishwar Dass, Dhani Ram, Pawana, Sita Devi, Lata and Vidya Devi among others.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:06:33 PM
BILASPUR

HEADMASTER DIES IN ROAD ACCIDENT: A 47-year-old man on a scooter got crushed under a speeding pick-up van (HP-24A- 8196) coming from the opposite direction near Dadhole, 65 km from here, on Wednesday. Amar Deep Chandel, Headmaster, Government High School, Baroti, in Hamirpur district, was on his way to school from Punen village, near here, when the accident took place. He died on the spot. The police impounded the van and registered a case. The body was handed over to the family after postmortem.

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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:07:06 PM

ACID ‘FALLS’ ON WOMAN IN BUS: Asha Devi of Sunhani village was badly injured when an acid bottle accidentally fell on her from a bus rack of a private bus near Barad village here on Tuesday. The victim had boarded the bus at Ghumarwin for her village when the incident took place. Her head, arms and legs were badly injured, a report said. The victim was taken to the Civil Hospital at Barthin and then rushed to the Regional Hospital. The police have registered a case and the matter was being investigated.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:07:26 PM
CHAMBA

131 ENCROACHMENTS REMOVED IN CHAMBA: As many as 131 encroachments have been removed at different places of the district. Disclosing this here on Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner Kadam Sandeep Vasant said as of now, 22 cases were pending which included 16 in Churah sub-division with one case for regularisation and five cases in Chamba tehsil. The pending cases would soon be decided and removed, he said.

ONE NABBED WITH 1.5 KG CHARAS: The police nabbed a man and seized charas weighing 1.512 kg from him here on Wednesday. The accused is a resident of Rajasthan. SP Jagat Ram said the police party during a naka at the Jassourgarh zero point in Churah subdivision of the district intercepted a pedestrian and recovered the charas from him. A case under Section 20, Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, had been registered against the accused at the Tissa police station.

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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:08:24 PM
SHIMLA

YOUTH ARRESTED FOR COMPUTER THEFTS: The police have nabbed Änil Kumar (23), a "techie thief" and stage show singer, in connection with cases of theft of computer and other gadgets in the city. Anil last worked with a hotel here and decamped with its computer and other gadgets. The police lodged an FIR and nabbed him from Nahan, said ASP, Shimla, Somya Sambhasivam. He was arrested.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:08:54 PM
9 from Cong make it to final round
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 30
The Congress Screening Committee has shortlisted nine candidates for the Central Election Committee of the party headed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The committee will finalise the candidates.

Sources in the AICC said while the name of Pratibha Singh, sitting MP from Mandi and wife of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, was the only one forwarded for the constituency, two names had been shortlisted for Shimla and three each from Kangra and Hamirpur segments.

For Shimla, Rohru MLA Mohan Lal Bragta and Vinod Sultanpuri have been recommended for the Central Election Committee. Vinod is the son of former MP KD Sultanpuri and had lost the last Assembly election from Kasauli by 23 votes. He fits the bill insofar as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s stress on young candidates is concerned.

For Kangra, former MP Chander Kumar is leading the race of candidates although a panel of probables, firmed up by the screening committee, chaired by Assam Congress president Bhubaneshwar Kalita today, also comprises Raghubir Bali, son of Himachal Transport Minister GS Bali, and Suresh Kumar, a retired Sessions judge. Chander Kumar had lost the last Lok Sabha election from Kangra by 17,000 votes.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:09:17 PM
For the Hamirpur segment, the screening committee has finalised three names, former state minister Ram Lal Thakur, Inder Dutt Lakhanpal, Barsar MLA, and Rajinder Rana, independent MLA from Sujanpur, who was once close to former CM PK Dhumal.

Sources in the Congress said Himachal Congress chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu raised objections to the candidature of Rana whose name was said to be figuring in the Congress chargesheet against the former Dhumal government.

“Rajinder Rana’s name has been forwarded along with the objections raised by the state party president,” top sources said.

It is reliably learnt that the name of the Himachal Industries Minister was discussed for Hamirpur at the screening committee meeting yesterday. But Virbhadra Singh said Agnihotri could not be spared from the state. The name has not yet been recommended to the panel, Congress leaders said although Sukhu favoured Agnihotri’s candidature.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:09:37 PM
Sources added that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi would take the final call on the name of all sitting MPs, including Pratibha Singh from Mandi.

The screening committee meeting was attended by AICC general secretary, Himachal, Ambika Soni and Virbhadra Singh among other senior leaders. The final panel was drawn up today.

Race-II

Mandi: Pratibha Singh
Shimla: Mohan Lal Bragta, Vinod Sultanpuri
Kangra: Chander Kumar, Suresh Kumar, Raghubir Bali
Hamirpur: Ram Lal Thakur, ID Lakhanpal and Rajinder Rana.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:10:03 PM
Horticulture project awaits ministry nod
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 30
The ambitious Rs 1,000-crore project that aims to double production of horticulture crops, including apple in a span of five years in the state, awaits the nod of the Union Ministry of Agriculture.

The state has sought to put in place a 22-point high-end horticultural practices strategy to revamp the sick horticulture industry where 14 per cent of fruit plants are as good as dead.

The project seeks to cultivate and develop new high-yielding root stock fruit varieties, set up cool chains and one-stop shops for fruit and agricultural crops and automate government agencies like the HPMC, APMC and HPAIC and farmers’ call centres. The state will contribute Rs 200 crore while the Centre will give Rs 800 crore, said sources.

The project seeks to revamp the Rs 3,500 crore apple industry. Besides, it seeks to diversify vegetable and horticultural crops like hazel nuts and olive into new districts of the state. The projects are supposed to benefit 25,000 families in the backward region of Sirmaur and Chamba district as well, said the project officials.

Horticulture Minister Vidya Stokes discussed the project with the Centre and Union Minister Sharad Pawar recently.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:10:29 PM
We will send the details of project to the Ministry. We have already held a series of meeting with farmers, government officials, scientists and experts,” she said.

The project focuses on production and marketing, and post-harvest management practices of horticultural corps in the state.

“We have sought to set up modern nurseries for hazel nuts and olive in Chamba and Sirmaur, a centre of fruit excellence at Shilaroo, upgrade of the marketing yards, processing units in Parwanoo, Jarol and Patlikuhal, Rohru and other places,” said Prakash Thakur, vice-chairman, HPMC, the government implementing agency.

The vegetable stores would be set up at Nadaan and Ghumarwin as well, he added.

The project seeks to enhance capacity-building for farmers with the help of the Directorate of Horticulture, set up a cool chain to sell fruit in the markets. They otherwise suffer bruises and result in poor return. Rain harvesting, sprinklers, drip irrigation, pond lining and storage tanks for irrigation as horticulture crops depend on rain and snow, said experts.

The plant nurseries for hazel nuts, olives and apple will be set up in public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

The project awaits MoA’s nod, said JC Sharma, Managing Director, HPMC. “The gestation period for the project is five years and it seeks to modernise horticulture," he added.

The Vice-Chancellor of the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture, Dr Vijay Thakur, said the university would give technological support and provide new high-yielding varieties to farmers after testing.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:10:53 PM
Naina Devi ropeway project gets leg-up
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 30
Work on the aerial ropeway connecting Anandpur Sahib and Naina Devi shrines will begin soon. The Infrastructure Development Board (IDB) has invited bids to appoint adviser for preparing the project documents along with the technical and financial feasibility.

Himachal had decided to go it alone after scrapping a memorandum of understanding signed with Punjab for the project.

The Infrastructure Development Board has already held a pre-bid meeting.

With only 274.58 metres of the entire 3,751-m span of the ropeway falling in Punjab, it was felt that the sharing of the earning on a 50-50 basis between the two states was not in Himachal's interest.

The ropeway is likely to be executed by making Kola Wala Toba, falling in Himachal, as the take-off point.

Mohan Chauhan, Director, Tourism and Civil Aviation, said following the cancellation of the agreement signed with Punjab, the process of inviting bids for preparing the project documents had been initiated so that work on the ropeway could begin soon.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:11:16 PM
“Since we have received many queries from interested parties, we have now extended the last date from February 3 to 10 to give enough time to parties for sending their bids,” said Anil Kapil, Infrastructure Development Board general manager.

The Congress regime had constituted a high-powered committee, headed by the Chief Secretary, to assess if the memorandum of understanding signed with Punjab was in the interest of the state.

The committee in its report said as per the terms and conditions of the memorandum of understanding, HP did not stand to gain much. It was felt that it would be a more profitable venture if Himachal executed it alone.

Himachal and Punjab had signed the memorandum of understanding in the presence of Chief Ministers PK Dhumal and Parkash Singh Badal on July 26, 2012, in Shimla. The cost of the project was estimated to be about Rs 85 crore, while the completion time was three years.

Of the 70 lakh pilgrims who visit the Naina Devi temple in Bilaspur district every year, 90 per cent are from Punjab.

The ropeway will to have three terminals - Rampur in Punjab and Toba and Naina Devi in HP. Trolleys can carry 800 persons per hour in one direction.

Linking the shrines

The infrastructure board has invited bids for adviser
Last date for bids extended from Feb 3 to10
The ropeway is likely to be executed by making Kola Wala Toba as the take off point.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:11:42 PM
Deodar trees may dry up post Gorton Castle blaze
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 30
The canopy of deodar trees near the fire-ravaged Gorton Castle faces threat of drying up as the blaze affected part of some trees. Scientists said most of deodar trees in the city were old and physiologically dead.

Officials of the state’s Accountant General (AG) have ruled out any major damage to the green heritage around the fire-ravaged castle so far, but silviculturists say deodar trees near the Gorton Castle are physiologically dead and cannot withstand the 10-hour-long blaze around its canopy.

“The damage on trees is yet to be assessed as the mortality rate is higher in physiologically old trees,” says Dr Rajesh Kumar, a senior scientist and silviculture expert at the Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), Shimla.

Deodar trees near the Gorton Castle are physiologically dead as they are surrounded by buildings, concrete and roads, observes Dr Rajesh, adding that, “These trees do not have loose soil to replenish themselves in case they face blaze or other danger.”

Dr Rajesh Kumar says the fire impact does not show immediate signs on trees and may take weeks or months to register its exact damage.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:12:05 PM
“The fire is rare in deodar jungle as these are evergreen trees. Its branches may replenish the fire impact, but the impact of the blaze on photosynthesis in old trees speeds up mortality and stops food process,” he explains.

On the other hand, AG officials say they cannot judge as to what impact the fire has on the trees. “There is no visible impact of fire on the deodar trees, but you have flagged an important issue,” says Satish Sethi, Deputy Accountant General, AG office.

“It is an important issue and we will assess the damage on trees and green canopy around the castle,” says Satish Loomba, Principal Accountant General (Audit), HP.

The Forest Department will assess the impact of the fire on the trees around the Gorton Castle soon, says Sanjay Sud, Conservator, Forest Circle, Shimla.

Silviculturistspeak

Deodar trees near the Gorton Castle are physiologically dead and cannot withstand the 10-hour-long blaze around its canopy
These trees do not have loose soil to replenish themselves in case they face blaze or other danger
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:12:29 PM
Move to close Indian Coffee House draws flak
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, January 30
The move to close down Indian Coffee House branch in Dharamsala has drawn flak from local residents. The coffee house has been functioning here for the past more than 20 years. It has been a busy meeting haunt for local residents.

The cafe, run by a Kerala cooperative, is operating in a building given to it on lease by the district administration.

However, sources said a team of officials of Indian Coffee House would finalise the formalities of closing down the unit at Dharamsala. The officials were not available for comments.

Raghav Guleria, a resident, said Indian Coffee House was a part of heritage of Dharamsala. It should not be closed. There might be a conspiracy to grab the prime property in which coffee house was located, he alleged.

Suresh Prashar, another resident and regular visitor to Indian Coffee House, said the staff was behind the move to close down the Dharamsala branch. Earlier also, a similar attempt was made in 2000. However, the move was dropped after resistance from residents, he said.

Sources said the Indian Coffee House management had proposed to close down the unit on the plea that it was running in losses. The customers, however, alleged that it could not be loss-making unit as it was filled with customers in the afternoons.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:12:50 PM
Sources said the Indian Coffee House management had proposed to close down the unit on the plea that it was running in losses. The customers, however, alleged that it could not be loss-making unit as it was filled with customers in the afternoons.

Certain locals said the staff at the cafe did not issue receipts for the cash received.

Indian Coffee House is a famous eating joint in Dharamsala for leaders. It provides a platform to both Congress and BJP leaders while in the opposition to hold press conferences and raise their voice.

The sources said the residents had also petitioned the local administration for saving Indian Coffee House. District officials were trying to convince the management against closing down the unit.

The Indian Coffee House chain was started by the Coffee Cess Committee in 1936 when the first outlet was opened in Bombay. In the 1940s, there were nearly 50 coffee houses.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:13:31 PM
Leopard carcass found in Chamba
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 30
Forest officials on Wednesday recovered a leopard carcass in the Challether nullah of the Chatrar forest in the district. Reports said some villagers of Beli had complained of a foul smell.

They informed forest officials who rushed to the spot and found the carcass of a leopard in the nullah.

The forest officials said the dead animal was a male leopard of 5 ft length.

Later, the carcass was brought to the Mehla nursery for further examination by senior officials. They said the death of the leopard appeared to be natural. As its lower jaw and a couple of nails missing, it could be due to a fight between two wild animals.

"Though body parts of the animal are intact, someone tried to remove the skin after its death, but left it in the middle. The exact reason of the death will be known only after its postmortem," said Chief Conservator, Forests, Chamba, ARM Reddy.

However, a report about the incident had been lodged by the forest officials at the police station here. Though the animal appeared to have died a week ago, due to low temperatures prevailing, the body had not deteriorated, Reddy said.

For the disposal of the carcass after its postmortem, Divisional Forest Officer, Chamba, Dr Kirupa Sankar constituted a committee which consisted of Range Officer, upper Chamba range, Range Officer (Wildlife), the pradhan of Chari gram panchayat and other field officials.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:13:55 PM
Letters against Rana circulated
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 30
Rajinder Rana, an Independent legislator from Sujanpur, may have crossed the first hurdle for the Lok Sabha ticket for Hamirpur. But he is yet to cross many hurdles before he joins the Congress.

Rana, a former BJP man and close aide of former Chief Minister PK Dhumal, was targeted as letters were circulated against him in Hamirpur and Bilaspur yesterday. These were sent through post to many mediapersons.

It is not surprising that the act of trying to rake up the old episode allegedly involving Rana came on a day when the screening committee was meeting in Delhi yesterday.

The letter links Rana to an episode where the police had raided a hotel in Shimla and this incident had also featured in the Congress chargesheet.

Rana, who had won as a BJP rebel in the December 2012 Assembly elections, is vying for the Congress ticket for the Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat. While the Virbhadra camp is keen to field him, state Congress president Sukhwinder Sukhu wants the ticket for a man who is at least from the Congress.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:14:23 PM
Special gram sabha meetings on Feb 2
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 30
With a view to constituting forest rights committees under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act, 2006 (Recognition of Forest Rights), special gram sabha meetings will be convened on February 2 at every revenue-village level.

Deputy Commissioner, Chamba, Kadam Sandeep Vasant stated this while talking to mediapersons here on Tuesday.

The DC said at every village there would be a forest rights committee for recognising and safeguarding the traditional forest rights of tribals and all other forest dwellers in the district.

The village-level gram sabha would examine issues put up before the committee and submit its recommendations with comments to the subdivisional-level committee which had already been constituted, the DC stated.

The quorum for the gram sabha would be 50 per cent of the total adult members of the village. Women had also been given priority and at least one-third of the total attendance should be of the women, the DC said while answering to a query.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:14:46 PM
Oustees seek surplus land for families
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, January 30
Oustees of the Beas Sutlej Link (BSL) project submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh through the Deputy Commissioner, Mandi, here yesterday demanding surplus land for their families.

The oustees, led by Hem Singh Thakur, president, Oustees Sangh, said a copy of the memorandum was also given to the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) chief engineer for consideration.

The memorandum said the BBMB had surplus land. They sought the declaration of the land as surplus as per provisions of the Land Acquisition Act and that it be given to the oustee families.

Oustees said the surplus land had been acquired for the construction of the Beas Sutlej Link project, but they did not get a single inch of land as per the government policy.

Deputy Commissioner, Mandi, Devesh Kumar listened to the grievances of the oustees and assured them of resolving their problems at the earliest. He said the copy of the memorandum was already forwarded to the Chief Minister.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:15:10 PM
Shanta Kumar’s dream project in tatters
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 30
Former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar’s dream project of constructing a Bachat Bhawan, shopping complex, coffee house and an auditorium at the Tehsil Chowk was shattered due to the political tussle in the BJP.

The foundation stone was laid in 1992 by the then Chief Minister Shanta Kumar, but the successive governments abandoned the idea of constructing the project.

The project site has turned into a garbage dump and is used for the parking of vehicles.

Earlier, Shanta approached the district administration and offered to provide it Rs 1 crore from his MP fund if the government in view of paucity of funds was not constructing the project.

RS Gupta, the then Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, and a close aide of Prof PK Dhumal, said later the government decided to bring up the project at a cost of Rs 4.2 crore.

Neither Shanta Kumar's Rs 1 crore was accepted by the Dhumal government nor was the project accomplished.

Former Parliamentary Secretary Surender Kaku has sought Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s intervention into the matter.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:15:32 PM
Consumer forum orders mobile replacement
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, January 30
A Consumer Forum Bench, headed by its president JN Yadav, directed Asian Communication, Mandi, Informatics, New Delhi, and Nitin, Prop Music World, Bhojpur, Sundernagar, to replace the mobile handset of the complainant, within 20 days and or they would be liable to refund Rs 5,900 (cost of the mobile phone), along with interest at 9 per cent from the date of complaint.

Opposite parties were also directed to pay to the complainant Rs 2,000 for mental harassment and inconvenience and Rs 2,000 as costs of litigation.

The complainant had purchased a Micromax A-87 mobile phone from Music World in November 2012 for Rs 5,900. It was alleged that the phone became non-functional after a month of purchase and a complaint was lodged which was entered vide job card dated February 16, 2013.

The complainant further alleged that he approached the opposite parties many a time, but neither the mobile had been returned after repair, nor had it been replaced, which amounted to deficiency in service. The complainant prayed for Rs 50,000 as compensation.

The opposite parties admitted that the set was defective and irreparable. So they offered the complainant replacement of the mobile handset with a new one, but the complainant refused to receive it. The forum held that from the perusal of record, it was quite clear that the mobile phone sold to the complainant was defective and irreparable.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:15:53 PM
Sarpanch booked for vandalism
Our Correspondent

Kullu January 30
The president of Chaini panchayat was booked for allegedly breaking the foundation stone of a Panchayat Samiti rest house at Banjar.

Banjar MLA Karan Singh was to lay the foundation stone on January 28, while the president of Chaini panchayat Rameshwari allegedly broke it on January 27, saying that the rest house was being built on the panchayat land and the samiti had not taken any permission from Chaini panchayat for it.

On the other hand, Kishan Thakur, vice-president, Panchayat Samiti, Banjar, said the land was selected after proper measurement and another site could still be opted if the president presented the papers to support her claim. He added that the matter could be sorted amicably.

DSP Sanjay Sharma said a case had been registered against Chaini panchayat president for damaging public property and taking away the foundation stone.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:16:17 PM
Fire renders 25 families homeless in Kotkhai
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 30
As many as 25 families were rendered homeless by a major fire that broke out at Badaon village in Kotkhai tehsil of the district today. Officials said the fire gutted eight houses while two houses were partially damaged.

The fire was controlled by villagers before the fire tenders rushed to the spot as the village was far-off from Kotkhai and Theog.

The team led by Additional District Magistrate, Shimla, and SDM and DSP, Theog, rushed to the spot. There was no loss to life, said Sagar Chand, DSP, Theog.

The loss to property runs in crores as villagers lost all goods in the fire, said fire victims.

Short circuit was the likely cause of the fire. The fire rapidly spread in the adjourning houses as most of them were wooden.

The officials said the fire-hit people had been rehabilitated by villagers as they refused to stay in tents. The affected families were given an immediate relief of Rs 20,000.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:16:37 PM
Fund-starved HIMFED gets soft loan
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Nahan, January 30
The state government has provided a soft loan of Rs 6 crore to the fund-starved public sector enterprise, Himachal Pradesh Cooperative Marketing and Consumer Federation (HIMFED), to enable it to meet its financial liabilities.

The loan will be provided by Jogindra Central Cooperative Bank, HP State Co-operative Bank and Kangra Central Co-operative Bank that will contribute Rs 50 lakh, Rs 3 crore and Rs 2.5 crore, respectively, at an annual interest of 5 per cent. HIMFED will be liable to return the amount in 10 years.

With the cumulative loss of Rs 11 crore, HIMFED was incurring major losses in selling fertilisers and as against the profitability of about Rs 1 crore, the federation was paying Rs 4.5 crore as an annual interest to raise funds to procure fertilisers.

Federation vice-chairman AS Saklani said they would request the state government to provide them the working capital to bear the undue financial liability of crores of rupees on account of the fertiliser purchase.

The federation was presently paying 13.75 per cent interest on availing loans and a major share of their profitability was being spent in paying the annual interest amounting to crores of rupees.

HIMFED was also forced to provide fertilisers in the snow-bound tribal areas and far-flung areas of the state where the cost of management was as high as Rs 75 per bag of fertiliser while they merely earned Rs 6.30 per bag. The interest alone worked out to be Rs 25.96 per bag, thus making the fertiliser distribution a loss-yielding venture.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:17:00 PM
Gastro grips Jwalamukhi village, 350 taken ill
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 30
Medical teams from Jwalamukhi and Dharamsala were rushed to treat around 350 villagers of Galaol Panchayat as they fell ill after consuming contaminated water today. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) DS Gurang said the villagers started vomiting after consuming contaminated water.

He said some patients were rushed to Jwalamukhi Hospital for treatment, while others were provided medical aid at the village itself.

He said gastroenteritis had spread in the village and affected hundreds of villagers. Gurang said two teams from Micro Biology and other departments of Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, would rush to the village tomorrow to identify the source of the infection.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:17:23 PM
Landslide hits Jawali village
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, January 30
A sudden landslide at remote Katrah village of Khatiar gram panchayat in Jawali subdivision yesterday forced four families to vacate their houses and spend the night in the open.

As many as 12 houses fall in the danger zone in this village. This village is a few metres away from the Pong Dam reservoir and the landslide even damaged its path.

The landslide has caused panic among residents. Suman Bala, pradhan of Khatiar gram panchayat, said the panchayat had been giving assistance to the affected families, but the state government should rehabilitate the affected families as their houses were not fit for living now due to constant threat of landslide.

According to information, the families of Uttam Chand, Subash, Devi Dass and Pratap Chand left their houses yesterday after the landslide.

Jawali SDM Mohan Dutt Sharma and DSP DC Verma visited the affected village today. The SDM said the landslide in the village was mild and the four families had been shifted as precaution only. He claimed that the affected families had been given tents for raising temporary roofs.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:17:50 PM
Snow eludes skiers in Solang valley
MC Thakur

Manali, January 30
The Solang valley, which offers ski slopes in the western Himalayas, is wearing a deserted look these days. The valley has hosted the Alpine Premier League and various national and state-level ski competitions.

The main ski slopes, which remain covered with 2 to 4 ft of snow, are devoid of snowfall.

The major ski slopes have received moderate snow till date. However, due to the rise in the temperature, snow melted at a fast pace, making things difficult for skiing and snowboarding.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports Deputy Director Mahavir Thakur said the trials for the senior Himachal Pradesh Alpine skiing and snowboarding team had been postponed to February 11 and 12 due to inadequate snow on the main ski slopes.

The Manali-Rohtang Pass road was closed for vehicular traffic due to heavy snowfall, following which the Solang valley has become a major attraction for tourists and winter sports lovers.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:18:13 PM
Contractual employees observe fast
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 30
The All-Himachal Contract Employees Association (AHCEA) paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his martyrdom day in Shimla, Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra today. Employees of the association observed a silent satyagrah-cum-fast as a mark of protest against the contractual policy of recruitment in government sector.

Family members, relatives of the employees also joined the satyagarh that started from the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on The Ridge and culminated at the DC's office here.

Later, the employees submitted a memorandum of demands to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh through the DC.

AHCEA convener Dr Harshvardhan Khimta said 20 unions of school and college teachers, clerks and other employees participated in the march. Contract employees had been denied their due for a long time, he claimed.

The different employees unions said they had same recruitment and promotion rules and were recruited under the HP Public Service Commission, Subordinate Service Selection Board and other regular recruitment channels, but they continued to be contractual employees.

The association demanded the regularisation of jobs in three years and their contract period be counted as the government service period. The other demands included the inclusion of the pension contributory scheme and revised grade pay scale for clerical staff.

Khimta warned of intensifying the stir if their demands were not met. "We are waiting for the state budget which will come on February 7," he added.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:18:46 PM
Shoolini varsity sends students to South Korea
Tribune News Service

Solan, January 30
Shoolini University will send its two students, Vivek Soni and Bhanu Pratap Singh, from B Tech Electronics and Communication Engineering, to study at Gachon University, South Korea, under the student exchange programme for one semester.

The university had earlier signed an MoU with Seoul National University, Gachon University, Suwon University and Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GSIT), all in South Korea, to develop alliances and partnerships with international institutes. Three more students will later visit the university for this student exchange programme, said Vice-Chancellor PK Khosla.

The students have been awarded a fellowship which will help meet their boarding, lodging and tuition fee at the South Korean universities. The Anand Automotive group has agreed in principle to offer a short-term job for these students in Korean industries functioning in India following the completion of their programmes.

The MoU signed between these South Korean universities and Shoolini University is meant for the promotion of science, engineering and management courses, and the research grant generated with this collaboration would be utilised for future collaborations.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:19:09 PM
IGMC doc gets Best Clinical Case award
Tribune News Service

Dr Rajeev BhardwajShimla, January 30
Dr Rajeev Bhardwaj, Professor, Cardiology, Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla, was awarded the Best Clinical Case of the year award at the Asia PCR Singapore Live conference held in Singapore recently.

Dr Bhardwaj presented at the conference the challenging case of Ram Prasad (48) who survived a cardiac arrest after he performed angioplasty on him.

It was a rare case, as a patient rarely survived after suffering from cardiac arrest, he said.

The jury of doctors adjudged Dr Bhardwaj’s case as the Best Clinical Case of the year out of the six cases shortlisted from a total of 164 cases presented at the conference, which was attended by around 2,000 delegates from more than 23 countries.

Apart from Dr Bhardwaj’s case from India, the jury selected one each from Spain, Japan, France, Egypt and Russian federation.

Dr Bhardwaj said Ram Prasad from Bilaspur had suffered a cardiac arrest after angiography. “He did not respond to the cardiac massage for 15 minutes. We then found that the left main coronary artery had got completely blocked at its origin,” he said.

During the cardiac massage, Dr Bhardwaj performed angioplasty and fitted a stent, following which the patient’s heart started beating, blood pressure came up and the patient was put on respiratory support.

“After 4 hours, the respiratory support was withdrawn,” he said.

“Prasad recovered the next day and was discharged from the IGMC on the third day,” he said.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:19:41 PM
Rs 10 lakh for girl qualifying IAS/IPS exam
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, January 30
Any girl who qualifies the IAS/IPS exam from the Ghumarwin constituency will be given a prize of Rs 10 lakh from his own fund. This was stated by Chief Parliamentary Secretary Rajesh Dharmani while presiding over the annual prize distribution function of Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Ghumarwin, today.

He said at every function he would preside over as the chief guest, at least one woman of the area would be made the guest of honour and honoured by him.

Dharmani honoured girls who excelled in various activities of the school.

Present on the occasion were Block Medical Officer TS Chandel, Nagar Parishad president Reeta Sehgal, former parishad president Sat Pal, Boys School Principal Lal Singh Chauhan, DSP Anjani Jaswal, College Principal RP Chopra, panchayat president Suneeta Dhiman and school management committee president Pawan.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:19:59 PM
CM urged to restore promotion policy

Palampur, January 30
A deputation of the Himachal Pradesh Revenue Officers Association called on Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh here on Saturday and urged him to accept their demands.

HP Revenue Officers Association general secretary Virender Sharma said the previous BJP government had reduced their promotion quota from 35 per cent to 27 per cent.

He urged the Chief Minister to restore the previous promotion policy as it would benefit over 300 revenue officials working in the state. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:20:20 PM
HLP to discuss merger with AAP on Feb 2

Kullu, January 30
The Core (Executive) Committee of the Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) will discuss the merger of the party with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at its meeting on the eve of the foundation day of the HLP on February 2.

The merger of the HLP will be important since the HLP leadership has already held talks with AAP leaders in Mandi on January 26.

APP leaders have ruled out the possibility of seat sharing between the two parties for the coming Parliament elections as there is no provision in the constitution of the party regarding the seat sharing. Maheshwar Singh, state convener, HLP, said, “We had put forth our viewpoint to check the division of anti-Congress anti-BJP votes to AAP leaders at the Mandi meeting and it is now for the AAP party high command to take a decision in this regard. — TNS
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:20:41 PM
Domestic help rescued
Our Correspondent

Kullu January 30
A 15-year-old boy working as a domestic help was reportedly rescued by the police at Bhuntar yesterday.

DSP, Kullu, Sanjay Sharma said Pawan, hailing from Gaya district in Bihar, came to the police station and reported that he worked at the house of one Dolma at Bhuntar, who locked him in a room after he refused to work at another place. He said he had somehow managed to escape and informed the police.

The DSP said the boy’s relatives were informed and he was moved to Child Helpline in Manali. A case under Sections 23 and 26 of the Juvenile Justice Act and Sections 342 and 506 of the IPC was registered and the hunt was on to arrest the accused.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:21:01 PM
Inter-caste marriage incentive doubled
Our Correspondent

Kullu January 30
The state government has doubled the incentive amount for inter-caste marriage to Rs 50,000 from Rs 25,000.

District Welfare Officer Pratap Negi said 11 couples from the district had benefited under the scheme during this financial year. He said besides Rs 15,000 was provided for marriage to people having more than 75 per cent disability and Rs 8,000 to persons having 40-74 per cent disability.
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Post by: Harpal on January 30, 2014, 11:21:20 PM
2 bikers die in road mishap

Nurpur January 30
Two persons were killed and two others injured in an accident that took place on the Pathankot-Jalandhar national highway at Milwan last evening after a speeding truck hit their motorcycle.

Jaswinder Singh (26) of Hazipur and his brother-in-law Rajat (18) of Maajpur in Hoshiarpur (Punjab) died, while the third rider Manpreet of Maajpur and truck driver Joginder Singh of Chakwal were injured.

The injured were rushed to the Mukerian Civil Hospital. DSP Nurpur Rajiv Atre said a case was registered against the truck driver. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:12:35 AM
Viplove elected to Rajya Sabha
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 31
Senior Congress leader Viplove Thakur was today declared elected to the Rajya Sabha on the last day of withdrawal of nominations as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not field a candidate.

Thakur has been elected following the completion of the Rajya Sabha tenure of former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar. She will take oath after April 9, when Shanta Kumar completes his term.

Assembly secretary SS Verma declared Thakur elected at 3 pm after the time for withdrawal was over. This will be Thakur's second term in the Upper House. She was a member from 2006 to 2012.

Thakur had been president of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee and a three-time legislator from Jaswan constituency in Kangra. She was the Minister of State for Ayurveda in Virbhadra Singh regime earlier.

“I am grateful to All-India Congress Committee chief Sonia Gandhi for giving me this opportunity. I will try to raise state issues in Parliament,” she said after being elected. She said she would seek the creation of more employment avenues in the state so that the educated youth could get gainful employment.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:12:52 AM
Thakur said she would try to ensure that more industries came up in the state, especially those which required locally produced raw material. “This will not only generate employment, but will help producers to sell their product locally as well,” she said.

“I totally disagree that the Centre has not come to the help of the Himachal Pradesh Government by providing financial assistance. This is false propaganda by the BJP,” she said in reply to a query.

Had the Centre discriminated against Himachal Pradesh in giving financial assistance, it would not have been possible for the hill state to be among the top states with excellent development indicators, she added.

“Speculation about the Congress being divided is untrue. We are united under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi,” she said, dismissing reports of factionalism. She denied that there was a showdown between the Chief Minister and legislator Asha Kumari when Thakur filed her nomination papers on January 28.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:13:10 AM
IIIT Una gets Cabinet nod
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 31
Apart from giving its nod to the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Una, the state Cabinet, which met here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, decided to open three new degree colleges in Mandi, Kangra and Shimla districts.

These colleges would come up at Nihri in Mandi, Khundian in Kangra and Chail Koti in Shimla, for which the CM sanctioned Rs 5 crore each.

The HP Power Corporation Ltd. and the HP Power Transmission Ltd would be the industry partners for IIIT, Una, the cabinet said. It also approved to notify Works of Licensees (Himachal Pradesh) Rules, 2014, under Sections 67 and 68 of the Electricity Act, 2003, and decided to outsource the operation and maintenance of 4.5 MW Tharot and 2 MW Sal-II hydro projects initially for five years through open-bidding process.

The Cabinet approved the budget for 2014-15 financial year and supplementary demand for the grants for 2013-14.

It also gave approval to present the 27th Annual Integrated Report of the state Lokayukta for 2013 along with explanatory memora
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:13:32 AM
It also gave approval to present the 27th Annual Integrated Report of the state Lokayukta for 2013 along with explanatory memorandum in the ensuing session of the Vidhan Sabha.

The Cabinet further decided to present the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Report for 2012-13 on the table of the Vidhan Sabha in the forthcoming session. It was decided to grant pension to the families of the military pensioners in addition to pension admissible from the Army side.

It gave its approval for paying travelling allowance, daily allowance, maintenance expenses and transport expenses (limited to the

bus fare) to the victims of atrocities, his or her dependent and witnesses during investigations of the cases registered under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,1989.

The Cabinet approved the increase of the state government block guarantee in favour of the HP Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation, Kangra, from Rs 15 crore to Rs 20 crore for raising the loan from the National Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation.

It decided to amend the HP Vidhan Sabha Secretariat (Recruitment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 1974, for the posts of secretary and joint secretary. The patwar circle Tikkar in Padhar in Mandi district was declared as the most-difficult area of category E.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:13:49 AM
Fissures in Cong over Hamirpur candidate
Virbhadra backs Rajender Rana, Sukhu disagrees
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Hamirpur, January 31
The screening committee of the Congress has sent a panel of names to All-India Congress Committee (AICC) president Sonia Gandhi to select the candidate from the Hamirpur parliamentary seat, but the selection seems a ticklish issue with sharp division among state Congress leaders on the issue.

The screening committee of the party, which met in New Delhi recently, had sent a panel of names. The state Congress was divided on the issue as Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and state Congress president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu reportedly had a divergent view on the issue.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was supporting the candidature of Sujanpur legislator Rajender Rana while Sukhu was in favour of a candidate from within the party. After remaining an associate of former Chief Minister PK Dhumal, Rana had won from Sujanpur as an independent candidate in the last elections and later became an associate member of the Congress Legislature Party.

Leaders pushing for Rana's candidature had been relying on his support base to take on Dhumal's well-entrenched son Anurag Thakur to challenge the Dhumals in their home turf in the coming general election.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:14:53 AM
People opposing Rana had been arguing that it would be difficult for the Congress organisation to rally in support of Rana due to his long association with Dhumal and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The Congress had been experimenting with different candidates after the death of Narain Chand Prashar, who had won the seat several times. In a few elections, division within the party over the choice of candidate had been reflected.

Since the AICC and state Congress leaders had been emphasising on the Hamirpur parliamentary seat to regain it from the BJP after losing six times in a row, the choice of candidate and whole-hearted backing by all leaders would be important.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:15:08 AM
Shanta to contest from Kangra
Our Correspondent

Palampur, January 31
In a significant political development, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shanta Kumar said he would contest the general election from Kangra. He made this announcement while addressing party workers here this afternoon.

Shanta Kumar said he was a sincere BJP worker bound to obey orders of the party high command which told him to contest from Kangra. He said he had withdrawn from electoral politics, but could not go against the wishes of party leaders.

Shanta Kumar became emotional while addressing the gathering. He said the party had given him beyond his expectations. He said he was the Chief Minister twice and was the first Member of Parliament from Himachal Pradesh to be a Union Cabinet minister.

He said the country needed a stable and honest government in the present political scenario and Narendra Modi could lead the country better. He claimed that the Congress had lost credibility because of numerous scams unearthed in the past five years.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:15:24 AM
Hydro units affect river flow: Narain
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 31
Expressing concern over engineering of rivers to suit hydro power projects, environmentalist Sunita Narain today advocated redesigning of projects along with strict enforcement of a minimum of 30 per cent river flow condition and a distance of five km between two projects.

Sunita Narain, Director-General of the Centre for Science and Environment, today said rivers were being killed and the pace at which these projects were coming up, the day was not far when rivers would disappear.

“I am all for run-of-the-river projects as hydro power is clean and renewable energy. You cannot allow rivers to dry up as projects are being designed to keep the entire water for only hydro power,” she asserted.

“Projects are being designed to engineer the river rather than mimic the river flow, which is why we have not been able to strike a balance,” she opined.

Narain was a member of the inter-ministerial group headed by Planning Commission member BK Chaturvedi, which was set up to study dams on the Ganga.

“A careful look at power projects in Uttarakhand indicated that river flow was barely 10 per cent and sometimes even zero as projects had been set up along the entire river stretch,” she explained.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:15:43 AM
“Based on these observations, I am of the firm opinion that projects must maintain a minimum flow of 30 per cent during the six months of high discharge. During the lean period, it should be 50 per cent,” she recommended.

She recommended the re-engineering of some projects by adding more turbines to maximise energy and optimum use of excess water.

“To meet the power demand during the lean season, a provision for having dual source, whether it is wind or solar power, will have to be developed,” she advised. She admitted that by restricting flow, the cost of power would go up, but only marginally.

She said the government would have to be more cautious in ecologically fragile high-altitude areas like Lahaul-Spiti.

“It is a fact that soil stabilisation is a must to avert a catastrophe like the one at Kedarnath. Being a major stabilising force, forests will reduce silt, resulting in increase in productivity and enhancement of life of projects,” she maintained.

She was of the opinion that there was an urgent need to re-evaluate setting up of projects below 25 MW. “Power from those should be exclusively for meeting demands of local residents and not for feeding into the grid,” she said.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:15:57 AM
Shanta expresses concern over rotting foodgrains
Our Correspondent

Palampur, January 31
Member of Parliament Shanta Kumar today expressed concern over the rotten foodgrains being found in a godown of the Government of India at Karnal.

He said such lapses on the part of officials were a serious crime and they should be penalised. Shanta said the Commerce Committee of Rajya Sabha had already directed the Centre to take necessary steps to save foodgrains. Besides, the Supreme Court had also issued directions to the Union Government and asked the officials concerned to ensure that not even one kg of foodgrains was wasted.

He said on the one hand, people in the country were dying of hunger and on the other side, foodgrains worth crores of rupees were being wasted in the godowns.

Shanta disclosed that a recent report submitted to the Union Government had established that foodgrains worth Rs40,000 crore were rotting in the FCI and other godowns in the country.

He said the Commerce Committee had asked the Centre to ensure that such foodgrains were sold in a phased manner.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:16:15 AM
Forest officials incinerate leopard carcass
Our Correspondent

Chamba, January 31
The carcass of a leopard which was recovered on January 29 in protected forest in Mortu beat of upper Chamba range is said to have been incinerated last evening. It has been stated that this was done after observing all codal formalities, as per the standard operating procedure and guidelines issued by the National Tiger Conservation Authority of the Government of India in presence of senior forest officials and other field functionaries as well as local villagers on the premises of Mehla nursery, till it turned to ashes, official sources said here today.

Earlier in the day, the carcass was sent for postmortem to veterinary hospital at Chamba which, after examination, reported that the cause of the death could not be ascertained as the carcass was severely autolysed.

"Since no valuable body parts of the leopard were missing, we see no foul play in the death of the animal. Had it been otherwise, the carcass would have not remained untouched in the forest for such a long time, of one week to almost 10 days," sources said, adding that a complaint had been lodged with the police.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:16:34 AM
CM hails hike in subsidised LPG cap
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 31
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has welcomed the Union Government’s decision to raise the quota of subsidised LPG cylinders from 9 to 12 annually as it will go a long way in saving forests of the hill state.

Virbhadra said he had taken up the matter with the Petroleum Ministry and the Central Government from time to time to enhance the limit of subsidised LPG cylinders to 12. “We hail the decision as it will not only benefit state people, but also the entire country,” he said.

He said consumers would get one cylinder per month at the subsidised rate from April and households would get two additional subsidised refills in the year ending March.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:16:49 AM
BJP workers taken into preventive custody
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 31
BJP party workers, led by MLA Suresh Bhardwaj, who were protesting against the installation of faulty electric meters in the city, were taken into preventive custody by the police.

They were protesting outside the Municipal Corporation office here.

Bhardwaj said while the district administration had one yardstick for the BJP, it had another one for the National Students Union of India and CPM.

The BJP men, who were protesting in front of the office, were arrested by the police while NSUI and CPM protesters enjoyed free run.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:17:13 AM
Undertake projects on PPP mode: Bali
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Baddi, January 31
GS Bali, Minister for Technical Education, Food and Civil Supplies and Transport, today urged investors to undertake projects under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode and called for efforts to upgrade infrastructure.

He said ample funds were available with the private enterprises which could be put to apt use while the governments always faced scarcity of resources.

Bali, who was in the IEC University here, said promoting quality education was top priority of the state government and measures like admissions through national eligibility tests like the Joint Engineering Entrance Examination would ensure admission of deserving students. This measure would not only ensure grant of jobs by maintaining high academic standards but also ensure that poor students did not suffer.

He said such norms would also ensure that private universities maintaining high academic standards survive while those failing to provide trained faculty and other infrastructure do not befool the gullible students of the state.

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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:17:34 AM
The minister urged the management of the IEC University to undertake mass plantation of saplings in the area so that Baddi, which has earned the dubious tag of the country's second most polluted city, could acquire a clean and green ambience. He also urged investors to come forward and contribute to greening in this industrial belt.

The minister while lauding the efforts of the management of the IEC University in providing free books to the students for helping them prepare for various entrance examinations, said more private universities should come forward to promote the cause.

Bali said he would request Cyrus Mistry, chairman of Tata Group and Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries Limited, to adopt Himachal for undertaking a green revolution through large-scale plantation of saplings.

He urged investors to ensure availability of jobs to the local youth and said exemption in taxes should not be the sole criteria for investing in the state which was providing them uninterrupted power, peaceful ambience and a pollution-free environment.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:17:52 AM
Marathon to raise eco-awareness
Tribune News Service

Baddi, January 31
Minister for Technical Education, Food and Civil Supplies and Transport GS Bali flagged off a marathon “Bhag Baddi Bhag-2014” organised at the IEC University here today.

The event witnessed participation of around 1,000 persons, including sportspersons, senior citizens, students from various educational institutions and renowned personalities like Punjabi singer Jasbir Jassi, actors Yashpal Sharma, Manjot Singh of Oye Lucky Oye fame, Divya Dutta, besides university’s Chancellor RL Gupta, Vice-Chancellor Dr Naveen Gupta, among others.

Bali said investors should come forward to plant saplings and contribute their bit to make Baddi a green and clean place.

The marathon kick-started from the university campus and covered a distance of 7 km.
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Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:18:12 AM
Sister deposes in court, says Doon MLA, Jyoti were in love
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, January 31
Jyoti and Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary were in love with each other, said Jyoti’s sister, who deposed before the District and Sessions Court today.
Ishu, Jyoti’s sister and one of the key witnesses in the case, said the MLA had promised Jyoti that he would marry her, but ditched her after the elections. She said the two had a husband-wife like relationship.

During the cross examination, Ishu told the court that she came to know about the murder before Chaudhary's arrest, when his wife Nidhi called and threatened her.

She said Nidhi asked her to deny that she knows Chaudhary and that she was Jyoti's sister.

Another key witness, the then Investigating Officer Ajay Singh Rana, who was the Station House Officer at Sector 5 police station at the time of the murder, said he had examined the spot and on the basis of the call details of the MLA with that of the victim, he had raided the premises with the team. He said he also took the hair samples of the accused.

Later, the investigations were transferred to Assistant Commissioner of Police Virender Sangwan.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:18:30 AM
While on the application moved by Jyoti’s father Buti Ram to give the evidence again, the defense counsels Aman Bindra and AS Sukhija filed a reply saying that perjury proceedings be initiated against him. The order on his application has been kept for tomorrow. Buti Ram had requested the court to give the evidence again, saying that he turned hostile as he was under pressure from the MLA and his men.

The defense has also moved an application in the court stating that they may be provided all reports of the FSL, Madhuban. The police had sent some reports for reconsideration at CFSL, Chandigarh.

As many as nine witnesses deposed before the court today. Those who deposed, included a clerk from Hoshiarpur along with SC certificate of Jyoti; executive officer of the MC, OP Sihag, who accompanied the police team with Chaudhary at the scene of crime; ASI Mange Ram, who on patrolling found the alto car which reportedly was used by the second main accused Paramjeet to reach Panchkula on MLA's directions; first Investigating Officer ASI Kashmira Singh; second IO, Ajay Singh Rana; Inspector Naveen Sindhu, who visited Baddi and apprehended Harbhajan, brother of MLA in 216 (harboring a criminal); and other formal witnesses.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:18:49 AM
Workshop on green accounting
Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 31
The Department of Environment, Science and Technology today organised a workshop on "Natural Capital Cost Accounting in Himachal Pradesh".

Sunita Narain, Director General of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), delivered the keynote address on "Forests as Engine of Growth in HP". In her address, she said there is need to take forests from conservation to development, but only with the help of a robust methodology to assess value of resources.

"Himachal has taken a lead in the past, but the need is to calculate the carbon sequestration accounts so that they can make way into the state accounts," she said.

"Since our focus is on conservation, forest productivity is nobody's business and the national economic survey too indicates how forests have disappeared from national accounts," she said. She said forests are not just under pressure to meet local needs and illegal extraction, but the pace of clearances for projects too has doubled and is expected to increase in the future.

She further said there is need to value the economic, ecological and livelihood potential of forest and to incorporate it into national account. She further said there is a need for building strategies without degrading forests as is there a need to reposition forests as integral to economic growth of the state.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:19:15 AM
Dr Haripriya Gundimeda, Associate Professor in the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, spoke at length about the Natural Capital Cost Accounting (NCCA). She suggested that an inter-departmental steering committee be constituted to achieve (NCCA), strengthening of data and surveying tourism which will help in green accounting. "We need to have good quality forests which can help reduce carbon emissions and also adoption of renewable energy sources like solar or wind energy," she emphasised.

Later, Pradeep Chauhan, Advisor, Department of Economics and Statistics, made a presentation on "Institutionalising Forest Accounts". He said forests are an important natural asset for Himachal and the two critical growth sectors - Tourism and Hydro-power, depend on sustainable management of forests. Forests can play a key role in the state's commitment to low carbon growth and having a carbon neutral economy.

The main objective of the workshop was to discuss the findings of the study to build Forest Accounts in Himachal and prepare a workplan for this for the year 2014-15. It also aimed to identify the policy priorities for building forest accounts. Principal Secretary (Finance) Srikant Baldi and principal Secretary (Forest and Environment) Tarun Shridhar also spoke. Others who gave their inputs included Dr Urvashi Narain, Vandana Agarwal and James Matthew.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:27:19 AM
Chakki railway bridge damaged, threat to pillars
Rajiv Mahajan

Nurpur, January 31
After damage to cemented protection steps of as many as 12 pillars of the Chakki railway bridge on the Pathankot-Jogindernagar narrow-gauge railway line near Kandwal in flash floods, the survival of the bridge is under constant threat.

The Railway Department had spent lakhs to build cemented steps to cover all 22 supporting pillars last year. The steps of six pillars were washed away in June last year in the flash flood in the Chakki rivulet. The department had constructed these steps after the washing away of four pillars in the flash flood in August 2011.

Intriguingly, the department has started raising an embankment (fixing of hard stone with knitted steel wires) to protect the supporting pillars. This had led some to wonder as to how an embankment can protect bridge pillars when cemented steps couldn't face the flood fury and were washed away within one year of construction. The short life of these steps has raised eyebrows on the quality of construction work undertaken by the Railway Department.

The railway authorities have held the ongoing unabated mining of the Chakki riverbed responsible for washing away of these steps. According to official information, the railway authorities had moved the state High Court two years back to stop ongoing mining of the riverbed. The court had imposed a blanket ban on all types of mining on 3-km area on downstream and 1.5-km on upstream of the Chakki river adjoining the railway bridge.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:27:38 AM
The court has also ordered the removal of the old cause way and remains of the old bridge on the national highway creating bottlenecks in the smooth flow of flood water in the river.

Meanwhile, Manjit Goyal, Assistant Engineer, Railway Department, said the department was constructing an embankment to support damaged protection steps as a temporary measure keeping in view the winter rains.

"The Himachal Pradesh Government has failed to stop mining activities on the Chakki riverbed, notwithstanding a complete ban by the state High Court. The JCBs of stone-crushing units set up on the riverbed are engaged in mining with impunity," he rued. He asserted that the passage area of flood water on 550-m-broad riverbed had squeezed to 250 m due to mining, which aggravated the flood situation in the rainy season.

He said deep trenches made on the riverbed by JCBs had settled down in the cemented protection steps.

This railway line is considered a lifeline in the Kangra valley as it provides a means of economical transport to the commuters.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:27:53 AM
One nabbed with 2 kg charas

Chamba, January 31
In a persistent campaign to curb drug-trafficking in the region, the police have seized two kg of charas from the possession of a pedestrian near Chakoli bridge in Salooni tehsil of Chamba district today.

The accused, identified as Nand Lal, has been arrested.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Headquarters Jitender Choudhary said a special investigating unit (SIU), led by head constable Virender Singh, nabbed the accused during a ?naka near Chakoli bridge.

On searching his luggage, two kg of charas was recovered from his possession.

A case under Section 20 of the NDPS Act had been registered against him, the DSP said. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:28:11 AM
Govt engineering college sans power 
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, January 31
Authorities at the Jawaharlal Nehru Government College of Engineering, Sundernagar, are running from pillar to post to get uninterrupted power supply for more than four years.

As per the college authorities, the amount for setting up a substation was deposited by college authorities in 2008-09 while the HPSEB awarded the work to a company in June 2010.

Principal RL Sharma said many letters had been written to the authorities concerned, but to no avail. He said the institution had its own power backup system, but power was needed to operate the system.

He said he wrote to the Technical Education secretary and HPSEB chief engineer yesterday as the substation was lying defunct.

A visit to the site revealed that the transformer installed on the site was manufactured in 2010. The contractor had agreed to complete the work till March 2013, but it was not completed.

A team of officials conducted a check yesterday. It found that the substation lacked certain parameters so it was not made functional. GC Shandil, executive engineer, HPSEB, said the work of the substation was going on and would be completed soon.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:28:41 AM
3-day Basant Parva from tomorrow

Bilaspur, January 31
Gaayatri Shakti Peeth here would organise a three-day “Basant Parva” from February 2 to February 4 here in the town. Apart from the usual activities, Akhand Gaayatri Paath, Deep Yagya, Saraswati Poojan, Gaayatri Yagya and Children's Vidyarambh Sanskaar would be the main attractions in which Gaayatri Parivaar members from all parts of the district would participate while others would also be welcome.

District Gaayatri Parivaar Convener Engineer RK Tandon said here today that students who competed and excelled in Bhartiya Sanskriti Gyaan Pareeksha at tehsil and district levels would be honoured at this Parva by the chief guest on February 4. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:28:59 AM
Two local holidays for Shimla

Shimla, January 31
The state government has declared local holidays on May 15 (Seepur Fair) and June 2 (Shimla Summer Festival) for employees working in government offices, boards, corporations and educational institutions within municipal limits in Shimla.

A government release added that the holidays would not be applicable to daily wage employees as those were not within Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. — TNS
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:29:49 AM
Man duped of over Rs 90,000

Mandi, January 31
Nand Lal, a resident of Dohara under Rajwari panchayat, has lodged a complaint with the police for alleged cheating.

The complainant said he had received a call said to be on behalf of IRDA some time back for him to surrender his insurance policy to get bonus.

The caller later asked him to deposit Rs 30,000 as processing fee for the same which he deposited in a bank account and Rs 30,000 and Rs 32,800 were deposited subsequently.

After sensing cheating by the caller, Nand Lal approached the Balh police to lodge a complaint. — TNS
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 01, 2014, 09:30:11 AM
Man killed in road accident
Our Correspondent

Kangra, January 31
A person died on the spot after the tractor (HP 36 A 9384) he was driving rolled down a gorge at Naleti in Dehra subdivision today, police said here.

The police said the victim has been identified as Ajay Kumar (35) of Naleti village. The body was handed over to his relatives after the autopsy.

A case under Sections 279, 337 and 304 A of the Indian Penal Code was registered.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:06:39 AM
ASSEMBLY IN SESSION
BJP disrupts Governor’s Address, stages walkout
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 3
The budget session started on a stormy note today with Opposition members walked out during the Governor Urmila Singh's Address, protesting that the party's "chargesheet" on corruption was not mentioned in her speech. As the Governor was about to end her Address, the BJP MLAs left the House and continued raising slogans.

Later, Leader of the Opposition PK Dhumal accused the government of ignoring key issues such as corruption and law and order, referring the BJP chargesheet against the government to the CBI, misleading people, the Governor and the Congress high command on the Vakamulla issue and Sai Koti power project.

Quoting examples of astroturf and synthetic track, Dhumal said the government was taking credit for the schemes already inaugurated during the BJP regime and these had been the listed achievements of the government in the Governor’s address. The BJP would continue to raise these issues until there was some action on the chargesheet, he added.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh condemned the action of BJP members and said it was against parliamentary practice. He said it was a sign of frustration and hoped that the practice of disrupting the proceedings and important discussions would not be repeated.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:06:57 AM
Speaker BBL Butail also disapproved of the action of the BJP members and said it was “unbecoming” on their part to have boycotted and disrupted the Governor’s address.

He said he had assured the members at an all-party meeting this morning that ample time would be given to members to raise various issues, but they chose to leave the house in the midst of the Governor’s address.

War of words

Even outside the House, Virbhadra Singh and Dhumal took a dig at each other. Referring to the walkout by BJP members, the Chief Minister said the BJP members were “bonded labourers” of one family.

Dhumal said it was the collective decision of the BJP legislators, but the entire Congress was bonded labour of one family.

Dhumal said the BJP had given permission to 1150 non Himachalis for buying land in the state and 14000 bigas of land was purchased by them while the Congress has given permission of buying 18000 bigas of land to 2298 non Himachalis. Moreover, the Congress government had failed to fulfil its election promises on unemployment allowance to the youth and special financial package to the state, he added.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:07:13 AM
More efforts needed for growth: Guv
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 3
Governor Urmila Singh today called upon members to continuously make efforts for the development of the state. In her Address on the opening day of the Budget session, packed with achievements of the government, she said: "A lot has been done in various sectors, yet continued efforts are still required to secure a prosperous and healthy future for all citizens of the state."

Addressing the House, the Governor referred to achievements of the government in health, education, hydropower and social sectors and reiterated the commitment of the government to policy of "zero tolerance" towards corruption.

She said the government had fulfilled most of the election promises and adopted party manifesto as a policy document. The "government is committed to the upliftment of underprivileged and weaker sections of the society and has taken several policy decisions for speedy socio-economic development of these sections, especially the senior citizens, disabled, SCs, STs, OBCs and minorities".

The government was spending Rs 171 crore on providing social security pension to over three lakh persons. The housing subsidy had been raised to Rs 75,000 for new construction and Rs 15,000 for repairs, social security pension from Rs 450 to Rs 500 per month, grant-in-aid under the widow remarriage scheme from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 and procurement price of milk enhanced to help the farmers, she said.

"The food processing industry had been accorded high priority. With the new investments made in the state, exports had reached around Rs 3,000 crore per annum,” the Governor said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:07:28 AM
CM presents supplementary Budget
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 3
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented the supplementary demands for grants of Rs 1501.75 crore in the Assembly here today. The demands for grants included Rs 904 crore under non-plan schemes, Rs 356.31 crore under the plan and Rs 241.41 crore under the Centrally sponsored schemes.

Under the non-plan expenditure, Rs 258.51 crore would be provided for pensioners' benefits, Rs 206.73 crore for internal debt, Rs 71.74 crore for interest payment, Rs 68.41 crore to police services and allied organisations for salary, wages, material, supplies and maintenance of residential buildings, Rs 62 crore for food subsidy for purchase of foodgrains under the Public Distribution System, Rs 35.16 crore for panchayati raj institutions, Rs 24.15 crore for social security pensions and Rs 24.13 crore for health services.

Further Rs 16 crore would be provided for payment of medical bills of retirees, Rs 12.28 crore to the PWD for salary, compensation and maintenance, Rs 19 crore for distribution of pesticides and implements for the Horticulture Department and Rs 9.79 crore for preparation and printing of electoral rolls and photo identity cards to voters.

A major expenditure proposed under the planned schemes included Rs 119.30 crore for loan to power corporation under the Asian Development Bank, Rs 64.44 crore for the PTA grant and construction of school/college building, Rs 44.50 crore under the Schedule Caste sub-plan and GIA to Chaudhry Sarvan Kumar Agriculture University for clearing the pension liability.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:07:42 AM
Doon MLA not allowed to attend Budget session
Tribune News Service

 Ram Kumar Chaudhary Chandigarh, February 3
MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary, behind bars in a murder case, will not be able to make it to the Assembly session, at least for the time being. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has turned down his plea to attend the current session.

Dismissing his plea, the High Court observed, "It will be inappropriate to exercise the discretion under constitutional provisions to grant permission to an accused of a serious offence to attend the parliamentary session solely on the foundation that he enjoys exclusive privilege to participate in the proceedings of the House to meet the constitutional obligation."

In his petition, Chaudhary had claimed that he had an right to attend the fifth session of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly commencing from February 3. The MLA further argued that he was compelled to absent himself from four sessions. Referring to constitutional provisions, Chaudhary added the House might declare the seat vacant on account of his absence for more than 60 days without permission.

Jyoti, a 24-year-old resident of Bhunga village in Hoshiarpur district, was found dead on a road in Sector 21, Panchkula, on November 22 last year. According to the post-mortem report, she had died of head injury and undergone an abortion.

Her father Buti Ram of Hoshiarpur has already filed a petition for an independent probe and alleged that the Panchkula police were not conducting the investigations in a fair and impartial manner as they have colluded with the prime accused, MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:07:57 AM
Chill returns after fresh snowfall in Manali
Tribune Reporters

Manali, February 3
The entire upper Manali region received a fresh spell of snowfall, while the lower parts were lashed by rain today resulting in a considerable fall in the day and night temperatures.

While locals preferred to stay indoors, tourists were elated to see the region donning a white mantle. The snow-covered deodar and apple trees on both sides of the hills presented a beautiful view.

Winter sports lovers, who were disappointed over lack of adequate snow for skiing and snowboarding activities in the Solang valley, were duly compensated as the weather gods finally obliged.

Tourists were seen enjoying skiing, paragliding, making snowmen, throwing snowballs at each other, riding yaks and horses and clicking photographs at different places of the Solang valley.

The higher reaches in the Kullu valley, including the 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass, which is the gateway to the Lahaul valley, Marhi, Gulaba, Kothi, Brighu ski slopes, Dhundhi, Hamta slopes, Chandrekhani Pass and Pir Panjal range also experienced moderate to heavy snowfall.

Due to the fresh snowfall the cold wave has tightened its grip in the region.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:08:13 AM
Rain in Kangra valley

Kangra: The Kangra valley was lashed with rain today and a fresh snowfall was experienced by the Dhauladhar range, dropping the temperatures considerably.

The sky had been overcast since morning and the valley experienced cold wave-like conditions, throwing life out of gear. Most people preferred to remain indoors.

The Dhauladhar range had experienced snowfall since morning, leaving people shivering in the valley. The foothills of the Dhauladhar too witnessed snowfall. The Kangra valley received rain accompanied by cold winds, making the day extremely cold. The valley also experienced high-velocity winds.

The people were seen burning bonfire in Kangra to fight the cold.

The reports of rain were received from Shahpur, Dhraman, Mallan, Palampur, Nagrota Bagwan, Icchhi, Gaggal, Ranital. McLeodganj, Bagsunag, Naddi and Dharamsala.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:08:32 AM
Chamba hills has snowfall

Chamba: The high hills of Chamba district, including Bharmour and Pangi tribal areas, have been experiencing fresh heavy snowfall today, reports said here this evening. The reports said low-lying areas had been having heavy rain. There was once again considerable downfall in the temperature in the region.

The icy cold winds sweeping lower areas had forced inhabitants to remain homes.

Meanwhile, orchardists of the region, Dharam Singh Pathania of the Salooni apple belt and Uttam Thakur of the Bharmour tribal belt, have expressed joy over the fresh heavy snowfall which they observe is beneficial to the apple fruit crop.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:08:49 AM
Snow predicted

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh will experience precipitation at many places and snowfall in higher reaches of the state tomorrow.

According to the advisory issued by the Met here today, light to moderate precipitation activity will also affect the Western Himalayan region from February 5 onwards with chance of increase in activity on February 6 and 7 due to western disturbance.

The state government sounded all the Deputy Commissioners and departments concerned to take appropriate precautionary measures putting in the place the State Disaster Management Authority. An appeal is also made to the public at large to be careful during this bad weather period.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:09:05 AM
Spate of thefts in Kullu temples
Abhinav Vashisht

Kullu, February 3
Even deities are not secure in this “valley of gods” or so it seems, after thieves have stolen artefacts worth crores from many ancient temples of this valley in the past few months.

Thieves targeting ancient temples has become a matter of concern for the local administration and temple committees of the district.

Thieves stole ornaments worth lakhs of rupees from the temple of Sharghan Nag in Jagatsukh on December 3, 2012. An antique idol of Gatothkach at Manali was also stolen and the police were still clueless about the same. An incident of theft was recently reported at the Bhekhali temple in Kullu and the accused was nabbed with the help of locals.

Another culprit was caught by residents of Siyal village in Manali with the help of CCTV cameras. The villagers caught one person red-handed while trying to steal ornaments from the Karthik Swami temple at Simsa.

Thieves were nabbed by locals, while they were trying to steal ornaments from the Basuknag temple at Halan village. The police have been clueless regarding the theft of utensils worth lakhs from the store of the Jogni temple at Vashisht.

Now, the robbery in the temple of chief deity Raghunath ji, at Raghunathpur has put a big question on the security of temples of the district in future. The police are still clueless and no arrests have been made so far, confirmed Kullu Superintendent of the Police Vinod K Dhawan.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:09:25 AM
He said the police had taken the initiative to implement community policing, assuring to provide updated information and technical support to people for improving security standards. He said security guards could be so provided if demanded by the temple authorities.

Dhawan further said there was a large number of temples in this district and the police force could not be deployed in each of these temples. He added that temple committees should install good quality CCTV cameras and maintain proper records of assets.

He opined that temples could deploy security guards to keep vigil in the vicinity of the temple and report any suspicious activity.

Meanwhile, there is a lot of unrest among people. They have raised their voice, demanding apt security measures for the protection of rich cultural heritage and enormous wealth in the temples of this district.

Maheshwar Singh, Chief Kardar (caretaker) of the chief deity and local MLA here, said it was very unfortunate for the entire valley.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:09:43 AM
Little progress in NMFP implementation
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, February 3
The tardy pace of implementation of an ambitious centrally-sponsored National Mission on Food Processing (NMFP) aimed at promoting food processing industries in the state has led to little progress despite a lapse of nearly one and a half years since the grant of funds. The state was provided Rs 2.69 crore under this project.

Though a state-level food processing cell was constituted to monitor its progress as per the mandate in 2012, with global consultant Grant Thornton having submitted a vision document prepared to chalk out a road map for the project in August 2013, the stakeholders are yet to be consulted about its implementation. A state-level committee comprising various officials includes members of this cell.

Vision Document-2023, a copy of which is available with The Tribune, has envisioned a road map for the growth of food processing industries in the state for the next 10 years.

The Industries Department was implementing this project which was granted to Himachal among several other states as per the 12th Five-Year Plan. States are supposed to pool in 25 per cent of share for this scheme while 75 per cent is being borne by the Centre.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:10:02 AM
Various activities, including technology upgrade, setting up of new units, modernisation and expansion of food processing industries, would be covered under the scheme. The public would be educated about its usefulness through promotional activities. Efforts to introduce a course on food processing in universities have been mooted in the vision document.

Rajinder Chauhan, Adviser Industries, said a meeting of the stakeholders would soon be held where the vision-2023 prepared by Grant Thornton would be discussed threadbare and this would help them finalise what activities would be undertaken under this project and decide where such food processing units would be located in the state.

The food market in the state is estimated at Rs 86 billion in 2012 and it is expected to grow to Rs 363 billion in 2023. Of this, the packaged food is estimated to grow to a size of Rs 60 billion by 2023 at the minimum according to the vision-2023.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:10:20 AM
It’s 14 subsidised LPG cylinders for this consumer already
Abhinav Vashisht

Kullu, February 3
While the process to increase the quota of subsidised cylinders, provided under the direct benefit transfer (DBTL) for the LPG scheme, from nine to 12, is underway, a consumer has already been bestowed with 14 subsidised cylinders during this financial year. This was revealed by data from the online transparency web portal of the oil company.

The distributor here said this was not possible, adding that his subsidy was transferred directly into the bank account of the consumer through a national circuit prevalent for the scheme, and the provision of subsidy was not within the purview of the distributors. However, the actual transfer of the amount into the consumer's bank account could not be ascertained, he said.

The petroleum secretary had earlier stated in the apex court that the government had no mechanism other than the Aadhaar card to prevent the misuse of the DBTL and an anomaly like this put a question mark on the scheme's credibility.

It was further learnt that there was no control on the online booking portal to automatically restrict provision of subsidised cylinders after the ceiling was reached.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:10:35 AM
The data from the portal further revealed that out of a total of 16,931 consumers, 3,737 were yet to provide Aadhaar card details to the distributor agency and 918 were yet to update the details with the bank.

Thus, around 4,655 consumers here had been deprived of LPG subsidy since January, after this district was covered under the DBTL.

The normal routine delivery of the LPG has also been delayed and customers are receiving a refill after eight-nine days of booking. The distributor said the web portal of the company was sometimes down for many days continuously and further, the server speed was very slow during normal working hours, thus delaying the booking process.

He added that the total booking procedure was online and there was no manual alternative. The recent strike by transporters had further delayed the delivery of LPG.

Online booking of gas cylinders had been started in this sub-division and even Aadhaar card details could be updated online.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:10:49 AM
Self-help groups aid rural women to earn livelihood
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Pragpur (Dharamsala), February 3
After getting Rs10,000 as loan from the self-help group, Raksha of Dodra panchayat added her own savings to it and bought a buffalo. Now, she sells surplus milk to households in her vicinity and has already returned Rs 8,000 to the group.

The self-help groups supported by the government are helping people in becoming self-reliant in Pragpur, which is the biggest block of Himachal Pradesh.

Lalit Jain, Pragpur BDO-cum-Assistant Commissioner, while talking to The Tribune said the self-help groups in the area were being operated under the Integrated Watershed Management Programme and run jointly by the Central and state governments. “Each group can have members ranging from five to 20.

They are provided an amount of Rs 25,000 as an untied loan, which the group can use for starting a small business, buying raw materials, paying fees and hospital charges etc. This amount can be returned in two years, when the group is expected to become self-sustaining,” he said.

“We not only give seed money, but also provide them training to start home production in a particular trade. I have focused on providing them training in tailoring, pickle making, broom making and other small-scale enterprises which can be easily started from home,” Jain said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:11:10 AM
Sarika and Shiv Shakti are two successful groups in the region which have 20 female members each. These groups were given Rs 25,000 each as a revolving fund. They were provided free-of-cost training in tailoring. After acquiring the skill, they starting selling garments manufactured by them in the neighbourhood. The seed money was used by members for buying raw materials, paying medical fees, marriage expenses and schools fees of children.

The group charged a simple rate of interest of 1 per cent on this loan. Today, the Sarika group has Rs 1.42 lakh as savings in its accounts. Likewise, the Shiv Shakti group has Rs 27, 943 in its account. This group has already distributed the profits accrued among the members.

At Dodra village here, self-help group Radha Soami makes brooms and “pattals” out of leaves and branches of date trees. This group was provided the seed money of Rs 25,000 and today it had saved an amount of Rs 52,000, which is being further loaned to the members.

The Assistant Commissioner said he planned to develop the self-help groups further in the area. He said lemon and “Galgal” grown in the area go waste in the absence of food processing.

Plans were being made to convert these fruits into organic pickles and sell these through marketing agencies, he added.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:11:25 AM
Migratory birds a visual treat
Mahesh Chander Sharma

Sundernagar, February 3
The presence of a large number of migratory birds at the balancing reservoir of the Beas Sutlej Link (BSL) Project along National Highway-21 is a visual treat for bird enthusiasts these days here.

Not only locals, but tourists too are seen making a beeline to have a glimpse of these winged guests. However, no efforts are underway to maintain their temporary abode.

As per a senior wildlife official, migratory birds like natural wetlands, but the presence of a large number of migratory birds at the man-made reservoir is a rare phenomenon and there is a need to preserve it.

The balancing reservoir is a major component of the 990-MW BSL Project, which has a circumference of 5 km. The place has become a major haunt for these birds since 1980.

Every year, the migratory guests arrive here in October and stay on till March. No official figures are available, but around 300 birds can be spotted here.

As per a wildlife official, who conducted a survey on his own, 15 species of birds, including the common pochard, coots, gadwal, bhramni duck, common teal, tufted duck, mallard, egrets, showler, gulls, common moorhen and cormorants are spotted at the reservoir.

He says the birds come from the Trans Himalayan region after covering more than 3,000 km, adding that they use this reservoir as a transit while going to other wetlands or during their return journey. Neither the BBMB nor the wildlife wing of the Forest Department have ever tried to formulate any plan to increase their number.

As per wildlife officials, it had no such plan, as the reservoir was under the control of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). BBMB officials on the other hand claim that their only priority was power generation.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:11:44 AM
Row over reorganisation of Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, February 3
The reorganisation of Chail Wildlife Sanctuary has stirred up a row as the location of the range office has still not been finalised. The issue is caught between the territorial and wildlife divisions with each wanting to retain the crucial office at Chail.

After the reorganisation, the entire area will be looked after by three forest divisions. Following the rationalisation exercise, the sanctuary area has been reduced to 16-sq km and the remaining 92.53-sq km has been denotified.

It has been decided to hand over 975 hectares of demarcated protected forest (DPF) and un-demarcated protected forest along with private land and other areas to the Koti range of Shimla forest division falling in Shimla circle.

The remaining 2.11 hectares of reserve forest, unprotected forest and DPF along with private land would be handed over to Solan forest division falling under Nahan circle.

Earlier, the Chail area was managed by the range office falling under the wildlife wing. Officials of the territorial and wildlife wings of the Forest Department were supposed to work out an early solution. They were supposed to either retain the range office with the wildlife wing or transfer it to the nearest territorial division at Kandaghat, but the issue has rema-ined unresolved.

People of the nearby panchayats, including Chail, Jhaja, Dubloo, Janedghat, Banjani Nagali, Sakori, Hinner and Dhangil, in a representation to the Secretary, Forests, had also taken up the matter with the state government wherein it was decided that the Chail area would be managed by three divisions. They even stressed the need to set up a territorial office of the range office at Chail itself.

In case the range office at Chail was vested with the wildlife wing, the villagers would have to travel to Kandaghat for their day-to-day works, including sanctioning timber rights, resin tapping, etc, which the villagers said would cause a lot of inconvenience.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:12:01 AM
Association demands herbal medicine factory in Chamba
Our Correspondent

Chamba, February 3
Chamba district is one of the largest producers of medicinal herbs in North India. From 2005 to 2010, 17,000 quintals of 35 species of herbal medicinal and aromatic plants were sent to various places in the country from the district. More than Rs 37 lakh was earned by the district by selling these non-timber forest produce.

Medicinal and aromatic plants found in Chamba district have been listed among the endangered species of the state.

Chamba Welfare Association president RK Mahajan has once again demanded that the state government should set up a herbal medicine factory in the district keeping in view the aNothingance of medicinal herbs.

Setting up of the herbal medicine and aromatic marketing-cum-manufacturing plant in the district will be cost effective and profitable. It will provide livelihood to the rural population of Chamba and adjoining Doda and Kishtwar districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Local populace will also be saved from exploitation of middlemen. Medicinal and aromatic plants will help in saving human lives. The production of herbal medicines will be cheap, easily available with the least side affects.

It will counter escalating prices of allopathic drugs produced by multinationals in the country.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:12:21 AM
Ram Lal honours students
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, February 3
Education provides knowledge, which is essential for everyone to see, appreciate and understand all that is happening around us. This was stated by Ram Lal Thakur, Chairman, State Planning Development and 20-Point Programme Implementation Committee, while addressing an annual prize distribution function of the Government Senior Secondary School, Shikroha, 45 km from here, yesterday.

Ram Lal said, “Knowledge further develops human values, which separate human beings from other living beings. It inculcates discipline, obedience, cooperation, sympathy, empathy and brotherhood. It makes one differentiate between good and evil.”

He urged teachers and parents to maintain a watch on their wards to keep them on the right track of progress and help them develop the best of their hidden talents in their own interest.

Ram Lal said all Class VI to X students in government schools were being provided two uniforms for summer and winter along with a stitching allowance of Rs 100 for each uniform under a centrally sponsored scheme. This scheme had helped in ending psychological imbalance or complex among students in every school, he added.

Ram Lal presented cheques for Rs 3,000 each to Anjana of Class VI, Anjana Kumari of Class VII and Jyoti Devi of Class VII as their annual escort allowance under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan. He gave away prizes to students, who excelled in various activities. He also inaugurated two rooms in the school constructed at a cost of Rs 5 lakh under the abhiyaan.

He said Rs 60 lakh had been sanctioned recently for providing drinking water in scarcity-hit villages of the Naina Devi constituency. School Principal Mohan Lal read the progress report.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:12:36 AM
Lt Colonel, kids hurt in explosion in Shimla
Blast took place when waste material was burnt
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 3
Lt Col Vikash Sharma (37) and his two children, Aryan (7) and Shashvat (4), and their helper Manjit (24) today received injuries following an explosion from burning of waste material. They were rushed to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) where they were declared stable by doctors.

Colonel Sharma was here to pick his luggage from Priory House, a residencial complex of ARTRAC. The victims were burning the waste material near Priory House when an explosion took place, leaving them injured. They fell unconscious on the premises with shards and splinters spreading in the area.

Sharma sustained multiple injuries and his children got minor injuries. All of them were stable and out of danger, said Dr Rahul Kumar, officiating Medical Superintendent, IGMC Hospital.

Helper Manjit bore the major impact of the explosion. He was operated upon at the IGMC as some splinters wounded his abdomen and arms. He was still stable though critical, said the doctors.

A team from the state Forensic Science Laboratory, Junga, led by its Director Dr Arun Kumar visited the site and collected the material for examination. The exact cause of the blast would be ascertained when the test report was available, Dr Kumar said.

Though police and forensic experts have ruled out the possibility of the bomb blast, the Army and forensic investigation was still on.

Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Abhishek Dular said the police had registered a case of negligent conduct on the part of the Army officer under Section 286, IPC.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:12:55 AM
Vehicle operators withdraw strike
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

 GS BaliShimla, February 3
The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the All-Himachal Commercial Vehicle Operators has agreed to withdraw their indefinite strike call following talks with Transport Minister GS Bali.

“The JAC leaders had talks with me at Nagrota last night and after deliberations, they have agreed to withdraw the strike call. In fact, it has already been withdrawn,” Bali told mediapersons today.

The impression created among commercial vehicle operators that a steep hike in taxes was on the cards was "dispelled" and they were convinced that as of now no hike was under consideration, he said.

The concern of JAC members regarding plying of private vehicles and taxis and also issuing permits to hotels were also addressed. It was decided that private taxis would be checked and hotels would use taxis for their own guests.

The minister claimed that JAC members agreed that the drivers would wear uniform and have nameplates. The matter regarding metered taxis would be resolved as per the decision of the Supreme Court, he added.

Bali said the revenue of Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) had increased by Rs 51.57 crore during the current financial year till January 31, 2014. He said 32 new 37-seater and 15 new 30-seater Marco Polo buses had been provided to HRTC and the corporation had paid a sum of Rs 200 crore to clear the liabilities of Rs 387 crore left by the previous BJP government.

The additional revenue of Rs 32 crore was accrued from the hike in bus fares and Rs 20 crore from efficiency and improvement in KMPL, he added.

After the success of low fixed-fair buses plying between Shimla and Solan with fixed fare of Rs 40, Mandi and Kullu with fixed fare of Rs 70, Mandi and Sundernagar (Rs 25), Mandi and Jogindernagar ( Rs 55), Kullu and Manali (Rs 40), Bali said four more low-fare buses (mudrikas) would ply between Kangra-Dharamsala-Tanda with Rs15 fare, Nagrota-Dharamsala-Chamunda (Rs 15), Palampur-Nagrota-Tanda-Kangra (Rs 30) and Nagrota-Baldhar-Yol-Dharamsala (Rs 10).
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:13:14 AM
BJP flays photos of leaders on forms
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, February 3
Randhir Sharma, MLA and BJP state general secretary, has objected to the printing of photos of Congress leaders on applications for Aadhaar-based ration cards.

Talking to mediapersons at Shri Naina Deviji, 95 km from here, yesterday, Sharma said these application forms were carrying photos of Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and even Food Minister GS Bali, which was a “publicity stunt” by the Congress government.

Sharma said nobody would be influenced by this “election gimmick” as its image was already at the lowest ebb and people now knew its strategy.

Randhir reminded Congress leaders that it was the Congress government which removed and threw away ration bags worth several lakhs as soon as it came to power only because these bags had photos of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:13:31 AM
ABVP youth on fast against student’s expulsion
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, February 3
Politics is taking over academics in Government College, Dharamsala. The fight between the ABVP and the NSUI is vitiating the academic milieu of the institution of the area.

While ABVP activists are sitting on a chain fast against the expulsion of Aditya Sharma, elected president of the Student Council, the NSUI today submitted a memorandum to the college Principal. In the memorandum, NSUI activists demanded that the old passage to the arts block should be restored. The old passage was now part of the international cricket stadium of Dharamsala that is owned by the HPCA.

ABVP activists threatened to disrupt classes if the Students Council president was not taken back into the college.

The college management had expelled Students Council president of the ABVP on the plea that his graduation degree was not valid. Aditya had secured his graduation degree from a university in Meghalaya. He had taken admission in MA English on the basis of the degree. However, Himachal Pradesh University had claimed that the graduation degree from Meghalaya University was invalid.

Sources said Aditya had moved court against the college management's decision. ABVP activists were alleging that Aditya had been victimised as he had decided to invite BJP MP Anurag Thakur to his function.

Principal RP Chopra had, however, denied the allegation. He said an inquiry against Aditya's degree had been on since September last year when a complaint was filed. The college management also deployed the police on the college campus to avert clash between ABVP and NSUI activists.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:13:58 AM
Residents seek jobs at Mandi medical college
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Mandi, February 3
Hundreds of residents staged a protest at Ner Chowk here today and gheraoed the Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Medical College Dean office demanding preference in recruitments for various posts at the soon to be functional medical college.

The residents raised slogans to highlight their demand and also took out a procession in the market. They also sent a memorandum to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur, Excise and Taxation Minister Prakash Chaudhary and Regional Director of the college demanding preference in getting jobs.

The ESIC medical college is in its final stage of completion and has already started the process of filling several posts for different categories.

Services of about 1,000 Class III and IV employees will be required to make the college functional. Besides, there are several technical posts, recruitment for which will begin soon. Several local residents are aspiring to get employment at the college.

The college authorities have already invited applications for recruiting faculty members.

The medical college is recruiting employees as per the ESIC norms wherein candidates between the age group of 18 and 25 years will be eligible for various posts, but locals are demanding recruitment as per the state government’s recruitment policy.

President of the Kisan Sabha, Paras Ram, said: “The state government has given valuable land for the medical college at a lease of Re 1, but people of the area are still not benefiting and no provisions for medical facilities have been made for them at the hospital so far.”

Dean DS Dhiman said: “I have sent a memorandum to the higher authorities as the issue will be taken up by the state government and the ESIC authorities.”
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:14:16 AM
Solar energy plants in tribal areas on the anvil
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 3
Remote tribal areas facing low voltage and frequent power cuts can look forward to reliable power supply as HIMURJA has prepared plans for the phase-II of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, envisaging a 2-MW solar power plant at Kaza in the tribal Spiti valley and 50 solar power plants of 20 kw to 50 kw in the remote tribal Pin valley.

In addition, the distribution of 10,000 solar lanterns free of cost in Kinnaur, solar city projects for Hamirpur and Shimla, installation of 66,000 solar streetlights, 10 kw solar plant near Nagrota Suriyan and installation of solar panels in government buildings are also covered in phase-II.

The plan (2013-17) has been approved by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy but no fund has been released. The detailed project reports (DPR) for solar cities for Shimla and Hamirpur have already been prepared and sent to the ministry for the approval, project director, HIMURJA, Bhanu Pratap Singh said.

After the successful completion of the first phase of the solar mission in March 2013, HIMURJA is waiting for release of funds for speedy implementation of plans which will reduce the use of conventional power by 10 per cent.

In the first phase, HIMURJA installed 4 kw solar power plants at all district Secretariats and 2 kw solar plants are being installed at 219 police stations.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:14:37 AM
Besides establishing a 10 kw solar plant at the Ransar Island in the Pong reservoir and a 2 kw plant and a 200 kw plant at Baru Sahib, a 6-kw solar plant had already been set up at the Secretariat in Shimla and two energy parks are developed at Dr YS Parmar Horticulture University at Nauni (Solan) and NIT, Hamirpur.

The target of installing 25,000 solar streetlights in urban areas and distribution of 5,000 solar lanterns was achieved, while a plan for installing 66,000 solar lights and distribution of 10,000 solar lanterns free of cost in Kinnaur district have been prepared for the second phase.

The installation of the 2-MW solar plant at Kaza will meet the energy requirement of the Spiti valley, while 50 solar power plants of 20 kw to 50 kw in the remote tribal Pin valley will ensure the uninterrupted supply of power in the valley.

Reliable power

Shimla and Hamirpur to be developed as solar cities
2-MW solar plant for Kaza
66,000 solar streetlights for cities
10,000 solar lanterns to be distributed in Kinnaur district
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:14:53 AM
Two-day Spectrum 2014 comes to end
Our Correspondent

Kangra, February 3
The two-day Spectrum 2014, an annual students festival of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), aimed at eco-friendly creativity, concluded here last night. As many as 15 institutes from Punjab and Himachal participated in the event.

NIFT Director Bala Siddhartha, inaugurated the Spectrum. The programme was declared closed by

Congress leader RS Bali, who was the guest of honour on the occasion. Bali appreciated works of students, who had used eco-friendly material in their creations.

Professor Siddhartha said different cultural programmes, solo songs and declamation contests on various eco-friendly topics were appreciated by the audience. Celebrity band performance was a major attraction. The festival was organised by fashion design and accessory design students of NIFT.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:15:09 AM
Pillion rider killed as truck hits Scooty
Our Correspondent

Kangra, February 3
A 33-year-old woman, Anuradha, was killed on the spot at Icchhi village on the Pathankot-Mandi national highway today. She was riding pillion on a Scooty (HP-39 7488) which was hit by a truck, the police said here.

The police said Sandeep Kumar, husband of the deceased, of Ujjain village was driving the scooter. They were on their way home on the outskirts of this town when an oncoming truck hit their vehicle.

Sandeep, who was injured, was rushed to the DRPGMC at Tanda. The truck driver sped away towards Pathankot.

The Gaggal police alerted all police stations on the Pathankot-Mandi road and the driver was arrested at Shahpur and the vehicle impounded.

The police said a case against truck driver Bhola Ram of Pathankot was registered under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A, IPC, and Section 187, MV Act. Further investigationwas on.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:15:24 AM
Woman succumbs to burn injuries
Our Correspondent

Kangra, February 3
A 33-year-old woman who was admitted to the Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (DRPGMC) at Tanda on January 28 with 90 per cent burn injuries died last evening, the police said here today.

Station House Officer (SHO) Bhadur Singh said the victim identified as Neha (33), a resident of Geora village under the Gangath police post, was married 12 years ago. She had an eight-year-old son and four-month-old twins.

SHO Bhadur Singh said she was cooking in the kitchen when her clothes caught fire.

She was rushed to the Gangath hospital, from where she was referred to the Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College at Tanda where she died.

The body was handed over to her relatives after postmortem. The police were investigating the case under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code. (CrPC).
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:15:41 AM
Women SHGs savings cross Rs 7.5 crore
Our Correspondent

Una, February 3
The total savings of women self-help groups (SHGs) formed under the Integrated Child Development Programme (ICDP) in Una district has crossed Rs 7.5 crore. The groups have taken loans over Rs 3.5 crore from banks to undertake income generation activities.

Disclosing this at a review meeting of the project in Una district, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Abhishek Jain said these groups were formed by anganwari workers.

Jain said 93 beneficiaries living Below the Poverty Line were given grants during this fiscal for the marriage of their daughters, while cash incentives for the remarriage of 10 widows belonging to the economically lower strata were given to the groom.

He said 239 women belonging to the Scheduled Castes were distributed free LPG connections in the district. Earlier, presiding over a meeting of the Total Sanitation Campaign, the DC said during the current financial year, ~1.95 crore had been earmarked for the distribution to 8,360 beneficiaries for the construction of personal toilets.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:15:58 AM
'Develop synergy between improved tech, production'
Our Correspondent

Palampur, February 3
A two-day annual meeting of mini mission on 'Integrated Development of Horticulture in Himachal Pradesh' was inaugurated by Dr KK Katoch, Vice-Chancellor of the Chaudhary Sarvan Kumar (CSK) HP Agriculture University here on Thursday.

Addressing around 100 scientists associated with the mission, he advised them to develop synergy between improved technology, delivery, production, storage and marketing besides making available quality planting material. He said under the mission, infrastructure had been made available which needed to be optimally utilised.

He further said around 150 research projects worth Rs 77 crore were in operation in the university which included 20 projects under mini mission.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:16:14 AM
Three have fatal fall from hillsides
Our Correspondent

Chamba, February 3
Three persons were reported to have died due to falling from hillsides at three different points in the district during the past 48 hours, reports said here today. The reports said one person identified as Ramesh Kumar died when he was on his way home. He slipped from a hillside near Bhiyotha village in the Bakani area.

Sharif and Girdhari Lal of the Maloonda and Bharari areas, respectively, too died when they skidded from a hillside in two separate incidents in the district.

The police were investigating the cases, the reports said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 05:16:35 AM
Electronic goods gutted

Palampur, February 3
Electronic goods worth Rs 3 lakh were reportedly destroyed in a devastating fire that broke out at Khoo bazaar in Paprola near here last night. Local residents reached the spot and brought the fire under control.

The police said the fire was noticed at an electronics shop at midnight. All electronic equipment and gift items were reduced to ashes.

Shopkeeper Goldi Mehata said he suffered a loss of Rs 3 lakh. DSP, Baijnath, Puneet Raghu visited the spot. Mukesh Sharma, panchayat pradhan, said a compensation as per the HP Relief Manual would be paid to the shopkeeper. — OC
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 09:57:50 PM
MANDI
AAP TO START INDEFINITE DHARNA IN MANDI: The state unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will start indefinite dharna at Mandi from February 10 to press for the fulfilment of their demand charter submitted to the state government. AAP national council member Desh Raj Sharma in a statement said the party had submitted a demand charter to the Chief Minister through the Deputy Commissioner, Mandi. He said the state government had failed to address their demands. — TNS
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 09:58:11 PM
ASSEMBLY IN SESSION
Bonded labourer remark: BJP moves breach of privilege notice against CM
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

 Virbhadra Singh, Himachal CMShimla, February 4
The BJP in Himachal Pradesh today gave a notice for breach of privilege to the Speaker against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for his purported remark that all BJP legislators were bonded labourers of a family.

Opposition leader Prem Kumar Dhumal said BJP legislators were pained by the consistent derogatory remarks being made against by the elected representatives and had decided to issue the Privilege Motion. “This attitude of the Chief Minister and the Congress is not only insulting for the BJP legislators, but also for the electorate they represent,” Dhumal said.

It is for the first time in the history of Himachal Assembly that the entire Legislature Party has moved a privilege notice against the Chief Minister. The BJP MLAs had staged a walkout from the Assembly for two consecutive days — both during the Governor’s address and also before the debate on Motion of Thanks on the Governor’s address.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 09:58:32 PM
BJP Legislature Party Chief Whip Suresh Bhardwaj said the party had served a privilege notice on the CM for his objectionable remark. “All 26 BJP legislators were signatory to the notice that was given to Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail today,” he said.

Dhumal said the BJP also wanted the House to function smoothly. “If it was a minister or an MLA using offensive language, the Chief Minister could have intervened, but when it is the Leader of the House who is responsible for this unsavoury atmosphere, who will check this trend, which is unhealthy for democracy?” he questioned.

Pandemonium prevails

BJP members walked out to protest against the “bonded labourer” remark of CM Virbhadra Singh
BJP members sporting aprons with caricatures depicting graft entered the House and raised slogans all through Question Hour
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 09:59:27 PM
Debate on Governor’s address a one-side affair
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 4
The debate on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s address proved to be a one-side affair, with BJP legislators boycotting the discussion in the Assembly. BJP legislators led by Leader of the Opposition PK Dhumal were expected to return to take part in the debate.

Eventually, only eight members from the Congress participated in the debate.

Moving the motion, Congress MLA Sanjay Rattan condemned the behaviour of the BJP members. “It has become a habit with them to level false allegations. Now even the BJP will have to do a lot of answering as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has named a BJP leader from Himachal as being amongst the most-corrupt politicians,” he said.

He said the BJP was making a hue and cry in the House only to divert public attention from the inquiries being conducted against them by the Vigilance Bureau. “If they have not done no wrong then why are they scared? The truth will be known only after the inquiry is completed,” he said.

The motion was seconded by first-time legislator
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 09:59:43 PM
The motion was seconded by first-time legislator Congress Bambar Thakur. “The BJP is flustered because the Congress regime has initiated a probe into the irregularities in the affairs of the HP Cricket Association that is headed by Dhumal’s son,” he said. It is because of all these inquiries that Dhumal is more bothered about his son than the BJP, he said.

Participating in the debate, Transport and Food and Civil Supplies minister GS Bali said it was unfortunate that the BJP also boycotted the diner hosted by the Governor. “The differences of opinion and tussles in the House must be left there and not carried outside the Assembly,” he said.

He credited the government with the state’s balanced development. “The hurdles created by the BJP in setting up of the Himalayan Ski Village makes entrepreneurs think twice before investing in the state,” he said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:00:04 PM
Team Dhumal skips customary dinner

The BJP Legislature Party, including Leader of the Opposition PK Dhumal, lodged their displeasure by skipping the customary dinner hosted by Governor Urmila Singh at Raj Bhawan on Monday. This is perhaps the first time that Opposition members have given the dinner a miss. “We have great respect and regard for the Governor. However, we are not being allowed to raise issues and are not sure whether or not we would participate in the debate at all,” said Dhumal. He said a final decision would be taken at the Legislature Party meeting on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:00:20 PM
CM: All roads under rural plan complete

Shimla, February 4
No road was incomplete due to the paucity of funds under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh told the Assembly during the Question Hour today.

Replying to a question from HLP leader Maheshwar Singh, Virbhadra said the entire funding of roads built under the PMGSY was done by the Centre after a detailed project report is prepared. He said the funding was done as per the estimates, adding that no additional funds were provided in case the road was left incomplete within the sanctioned expenditure.

He, however, mentioned that construction of five roads was held up in Kullu due to land disputes and non-clearance by the Environment and Forest department.

In a reply to another question of Congress MLA Ravi Thakur, the CM said activities such as river rafting, rock climbing, mountaineering, trekking and skiing have been identified to promote winter and adventure tourism in Lahaul and Spiti. — TNS
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:00:37 PM
Anurag wants Hamirpur on religious tourism circuit
Our Correspondent

Una, February 4
Lok Sabha MP from Hamirpur, Anurag Thakur, today demanded creation of a religious tourism circuit for places in and around his parliamentary segment. He was speaking at a function organised at Baba Bal Ashram Krishna temple in Kotla Kalan village near Una.

Punjab Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), Navjot Kaur Sidhu, accompanied him at the inaugural session of the religious procession from the temple. Thakur said six main shrines of Naina Devi, Chintpurni, Jwalamukhi, Deotsidh, Chamunda Devi and Brajeshwari temple need to be included in the religious-tour itinerary by the state tourism department so that tourists visiting the state stay here for longer duration.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:00:52 PM
Phone-tap row: Probe in 'final stage'
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

 Shimla, February 4
The State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (SVACB) claims that the probe in the infamous phone-tapping case is in its final stage and that it has recorded the statements of all connected with the case, mainly the then key Vigilance and CID officials. But even after a year, it has failed to zero in on the culprits.

According to the SVACB sleuths, they have recorded all statements of those connected with the case, including former DGPs B Kamal Kumar and DS Minhas and ID Bhandari, the present Additional Director General of Fire Services.

Minhas, B Kamal Kumar and Bhandari had headed the Vigilance and CID during the Dhumal government, when the phones of certain politicians, mediapersons and other officials and non-official people were allegedly tapped without mandatory permission from the Home Department violating the Telegraph Act, the investigators revealed.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:01:10 PM
The vigilance has kept Minhas and Bhandari on the edge as probable accused in the link, while B Kamal Kumar, who now lives in Hyderabad, has emerged as its witness in the case, sources revealed. The link to establish the involvement of the then Chief Minister, who also headed the Home Department, is under investigation, they said.

“We have recorded their statements. The probe is in its final stage and we are waiting for some more forensic inputs in the case,” AP Singh, IG Vigilance, claimed.

Despite these claims, the Vigilance is yet to probe the role of the landline and mobile phone service providers as to how they allowed the tapping of phones of their customers without written complaints from the Home Department. “We are investigating everyone connected with the case, be it service providers or the then CID or former DGPs or other policemen,” Arvind Sharda, DIG Vigilance-cum-media spokesperson, said.

Top officials working in various departments said the phone-tapping probe was significant, as there were certain objectionable conversations in the data retrieved from the hard disks of the computers in the CID and Vigilance offices, which the public should know. They said the case had made it obligatory for the present CID and Vigilance Bureau to put the culprits behind the bars so that the official machinery was not misused for political and individual gains.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:01:33 PM
The police, in fact, have sealed the data stored in the CID and Vigilance computers, which was retrieved by the Forensic Science Laboratory soon after the Virbhadra Singh government came to power in the state on December 25, 2012.

He accused Dhumal of invading the privacy of individuals and for treating them as criminals by tapping their phones and conversations.

“The culprits will be sent behind the bars in the case as the CID and Vigilance agencies were misused by the Dhumal regime,” he had charged.

VB’s incomplete groundwork

Vigilance yet to probe the role of landline, mobile phone service providers
Year on, officials still waiting for forensic inputs
The link to establish the involvement of PK Dhumal, the then CM who headed the Home Department, still under investigation
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:01:49 PM
More snow, rain over next 2 days
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 4
The tribal areas and higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh received more snowfall on Tuesday and piercing icy winds swept the region, further aggravating the cold wave conditions.

The local Metrological Department has predicted heavy snow and rain in the higher and mid-hills during the next 48 hours and heavy to very heavy snow and rain on February 6.

The minimum and maximum temperature decreased by 4-5°C and 1-2°C. Intermittent snowfall was experienced in tribal areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Pangi and Bharmaur. Kelyong received a maximum of 14 cm snow followed by Kalpa (6 cm) and Bharmaur (3 cm).

Intermittent rains lashed the middle and low hills with Manali receiving 25mm rainfall followed by Salauni (19mm), Bharmaur (14mm), Chamba (13mm), Seobagh (11mm), Dharamshala (10mm), Kheri and Rampur (9 mm each) Kumarsen, Bhuntar and Banjar (8mm each), Shimla, Nurpur, Kangra and Bajura (5mm each).

The sky remained heavily overcast and the mercury dipped to -3.1°C and -1.8°C in Keylong and Kalpa, while the key tourist destinations of Dalhousie, Manali and Shimla shivered at 1°C, 1.2°C and 3.3°C, respectively.

Hamirpur recorded a low of 5.6°C followed by Una 6°C, Sundernagar 6.7°C, Solan 7.5°C, Bhuntar and Kangra 7.6°C and Nahan 7.9°C.
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:02:03 PM
Govt may simplify land purchase for industry
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, February 4
In a bid to facilitate investors and make the tedious procedure of buying land under Section 118 of the HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act simpler, the Revenue Department has proposed to simplify the procedure by reducing the formalities involved.

In a notification issued on January 30, the Revenue Department has not only reduced the number of formalities to four, but also it has done away with several NOCs involving various departments like the Town and Country Planning, Irrigation and Public Health, HP State Electricity Board Limited, Forest department etc.

Though the earlier measure was aimed at ensuring that basic amenities like water, power etc were available for any upcoming unit, it had become a time-consuming exercise for the investors.

As per the new notification, a copy of which is available with The Tribune, the investors, while seeking permission for buying land under Section 118 of the HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, will be required to submit only four documents which include field map, record of rights and affidavit, stating that the land-seller would not become landless after proposed sale of land and he would not claim any benefit under any scheme for the landless, indicating that the land proposed to be purchased is the minimum requirement for the proposed industrial unit.
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:02:19 PM
The Revenue Department has sought objections from the people regarding this notification within a period of 30 days after which the rules would be notified.

While ensuring that an investor has to spend minimal time in procuring permission for buying land, his application would either be considered and allowed or rejected within 15 days.

This will ensure that the investors are saved the harassment of inordinate delay in merely seeking permission for buying land as it has been observed that this permission takes at least 6 to 8 months.

An investor has to spend almost a year in establishing his unit after seeking permission to buy land.

After lapse of the central industrial package, the inflow of investment has declined and though the Centre's Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs has cleared grant of transport subsidy and central investment subsidy to the state till March 2017, it is yet to allure investors to invest in the state.
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:02:41 PM
Cultural fiesta marks Basant Panchmi
Our Correspondent

 Students of DAV Centenary Public School dress up in bright colours to celebrate Basant Panchmi in Mandi on Tuesday
Students of DAV Centenary Public School dress up in bright colours to celebrate Basant Panchmi in Mandi on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Jai Kumar

Kangra, February 4
Traditional rituals and cultural extravaganza marked Basant Panchmi that was celebrated today. The festival that marks the beginning of spring falls on the fifth day of Maagh each year.

Local residents and the Municipal Council members gathered at the Municipal Council office in the morning dressed in their traditional finery and moved towards the main market to reach Tehsil Chowk. The old Kangra town has been celebrating the day for the last four decades. The procession was led by Kangra Sub-Divisional Magistrate Ajit Bhardwaj and the First Lady of the town Suman Verma.

Cultural programmes were presented by the students of different schools and artists from the Information and Public Relation department. The cold weather, however, did not dampen the enthusiasm of the festival.
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:02:57 PM
Manali village hosts special prayer meet

At a time when the entire upper Manali region is wrapped in a thick blanket of snow, Basant Panchmi was celebrated with great fervour at Vashisht village near Manali today.

The village is not only known for its hot sulphur springs, but also famous for Vashisht Rishi, Rama and Shiva temples. People thronged these temples to participate in the special 'pooja'. Earlier, a procession was taken out from the Rama temple to a hot water spring, where the priest took a dip in the water and performed the prayer meeting.

Locals brought along rice, dal, ghee and other spices to cook a special 'Khichdi' that was served among all present.
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:03:13 PM
Devotees served tea as part of NaMo campaign

Kullu: With an eye on Lok Sabha polls, BJP used the opportunity to gather support for their Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Devotees were served a cup of tea by BJP workers under the ‘NaMo Chai’ campaign on the occasion of Basant Panchami at Dhalpur on Tuesday. State BJP Vice-President Ram Singh said the campaign was held to refresh devotees coming to attend the fair. — TNS
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:03:28 PM
HPMC to overhaul processing units
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 4
Apple farmers and vegetable growers would get processing facility near their farms. The Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation (HPMC) is set to double the capacity of its Parwanoo, Jabli and Jadol units.

The HPMC will also establish three new units — two vegetable storage units at Ghumarwin and Nadaun and a fruit processing unit at Parala (the apple belt) — to meet the demands of farmers.

HPMC officials said the corporation was upgrading machinery of its Parwanoo, Jabli and Jadol units as the old machinery has outlived its life. The machines were set up in the 1960s and now the plants need thorough overhauling, added officials.

Besides this, farmers would get 20 kg universal standard carton for the quality fruit and a 20 kg gunny bag for the culled fruit to take care of over weighing and bruises. “The 20 kg bags are easy to lift and transport, suffer less damage during transportation,” said Prakash Thakur, vice-chairman, HPMC.
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:03:47 PM
“Farmers have been complaining of over weighing of apple carton as commission agents encourage the practice for giving them higher price. These agents repackage the fruit and get higher prices in markets later. The standard universal carton being designed as per Bureau of Standards under the Weight and Measurement Act will be made mandatory this season,” said the HPMC vice-chairman.

Over 30 per cent fruit, mainly apple, was procured as culled fruit by the HPMC at procurement centres in the apple belt every year. A substantial part of this produce rots on the roadsides before it reached the processing plants, said officials.

To take care of the culled fruit procured from farmers, the HPMC was upgrading all units that would double the processing capacity of plants, said Prakash Thakur. He said, “The new unit is planned for Parala marking yard with a processing of 10 tonnes a day. It will take care of the fruit procured from Jubbal-Kotkhai, Chopal and Theog and other areas.”

HPMC managers said the Parwanoo plant would process 250 tonnes of fruit per day as compared to its earlier capacity of 120 tonnes. The Jadol unit would process 50 tonnes a day, which was almost twice its present capacity of 24 tonnes. The Jabli cold store would store 500 tonnes of fruit.
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:06:09 PM
40% Bilaspur farmers take to sericulture
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, February 4
A seminar on cocoon and silk production was held at Seoo village under Gram Panchayat Kothi near Ghumarwin yesterday. Chief guest at the seminar, Chief Parliamentary Secretary Rajesh Dharmani, said, “Forty per cent farmers in Bilaspur district have adopted silk production as their supplementary vocation.

Out of all these farmers, 4,200 farmers mostly women, successfully produce 70,000 kilogram of cocoon across the district every year. This large scale production of cocoon has brought these women income worth Rs 1 crore last year.”

The seminar was jointly organised by the Silk Division at Ghumarwin and the Watershed Development Project and District Agriculture Department.

Dharmani said 1 lakh mulberry plants were distributed among farmers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and CDPE projects while more such plants were being distributed to the farmers under the Watershed Development Project this year.

He added: “Six silk thread reeling units have been set up in Ghumarwin area and farmers are getting remunerative prices for their produce at their doorstep even as they supplement their income though their spare vocations.”
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:06:36 PM
Dharmani said a training hall would be constructed in the Ghumarwin Block Office premises so that it could help as a centre for holding seminars for farmers all year round.

He urged farmers to get Kisan Credit Cards from bank branches near their village and take full advantage of cheaper finance facilities through these cards to meet their needs.

Dharmani also distributed 5,000 mulberry plants and fertilizers among farmers.

Silk Officer Baldev Chauhan said 100 farmers were given regular silk production training while more farmers would also be given this training.

He added: “Cocoons can be produced twice a year, once March - April and then in July and August.”

Deputy Director (agriculture) GC Lakhanpal, Deputy Director (horticulture) Shashi Sharma, Watershed Development Ghumarwin in charge Karamjit Singh Chauhan, senior Scientist KC Tyagi and Agriculture Subject Specialist Amin Chand Thakur also addressed the farmers at the seminar.
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:06:51 PM
Leopard trapped in snare, dies
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

 Dharamsala, February 4
A full-grown leopard, about four years old, was killed yesterday due to wire traps laid by poachers in Dhaliara area of Kangra district. Dehra divisional forest officer (DFO) JC Katoch said they got information regarding the leopard trapped in the wire mesh last morning.

A team of forest officials rushed to the spot. By the time the team of forest officials and wildlife department reached the spot, a large crowd had gathered there. Since a large number of people had gathered at the spot, the animal got restless and tried to free itself. In the process, the leopard injured itself.

From examination, it seems the blood circulation of the leopard had stopped by the time the wildlife team tried to tranquilise it. Initially, the wildlife team tried to tranquilise the leopard by administrating a sedative in his hind legs. However, it did not work. A little dose was then administered in the upper part of its body.
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:07:11 PM
The wildlife team tied the leopard's neck before cutting off the wire trap. The move is said to have aimed at preventing the leopard from attacking the crowd that had gathered there in case the sedative did not fully act on it, said the DFO.

He further said the leopard died soon after it was shifted into the cage for carrying him to Gopalpur zoo for treatment.

The Forest Department has registered a case under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act against the farmer in whose field the wire trap was laid, and other unknown persons.

The DFO said five days ago, another leopard got caught in a wire trap laid by poachers but escaped with injures in his hind paws. The animal was shifted to Gopalpur zoo. In that case too, an FIR was registered under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Act against unknown persons.
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Post by: Harpal on February 04, 2014, 10:07:34 PM
Leopard sighted near Ghumarwin

Bilaspur: A leopard on prowl in Makdeyan village under Marhana Gram Panchayat near Ghumarwin has left villagers on high alert as they have been victims of leopard attacks in the past. Two villagers Bhim Singh and Kankesh Kumar claimed to have seen a wild cat last evening. The villagers alerted forest officials and the local police. A few unarmed forest officials rushed to spot and set up a trap to capture the animal . — OC
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Post by: Harpal on February 08, 2014, 11:38:26 PM
Assembly gridlocked as BJP still in boycott mode
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 8
The 14-day Budget session is facing BJP’s threat of a boycott. The main Opposition party insists that it will not participate in the session till Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh apologises for his remarks.

The first five days of the session were drowned in commotion, with the BJP raising slogans, staging a walkout during the Governor's Address and finally boycotting the presentation of the Budget by the Chief Minister on February 7.

The two political rivals are at loggerheads, with three notices for Privilege being filed by both parties before Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail.

There are nine more sittings of the Assembly till February 21.

The BJP has objected to remarks purportedly made by the Chief Minister that the BJP legislators were bonded labourers of one family.

A notice for the Breach of Privilege under Section 75, signed by all the 26 BJP legislators, has been given to the Speaker on this issue.
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Post by: Harpal on February 08, 2014, 11:39:04 PM
In fact, the BJP staged a walkout on Day 3 of the session on February 5 when their plea for referring their notice to the Privileges Committee of the Vidhan Sabha was turned down by the Speaker.

The Speaker said efforts would be made on Monday by calling an all-party meeting to resolve the stalemate, failing which he would refer the notice for the Breach of Privilege to the committee concerned. The Chief Minister has denied having made the remarks.

The Congress has given two notices of the Breach of Privilege. One is on the issue of the BJP staging a walkout during the Governor's Address which, it says, amounts to contempt of House. The second is over the wearing of aprons with slogans written on these by Bharatiya Janata Party legislators in the House.

"How can we take this persistent insult and personalised derogatory remarks by him, both in and outside the House?" said Satpal Singh Satti.

He said the Congress regime had decided to hold gram sabhas on February 16 when Narendra Modi was scheduled to address a rally at Sujanpur in Hamirpur.

Industry and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mukesh Agnihotri said the Bharatiya Janata Party was looking for reasons to boycott the Assembly session.

"They want to avoid coming to the Assembly as they want to prepare for Modi's rally," he said.

He said the Speaker had held talks with both parties and the Congress too was keen that the BJP should participate in the debate.
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Post by: Harpal on February 08, 2014, 11:39:25 PM
Budget a recipe for fiscal disaster: BJP
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 8
The BJP has criticised the Budget as a disappointing document. It has called it a perfect recipe for fiscal disaster and against the long-term financial interest of the state.

"The Budget is simply a statement of expenditure. It is silent on revenue generation and will hit development in the state," said BJP general secretary Randhir Sharma during a media interaction here today.

Asserting that there had been no significant increase in the size of the Budget which was Rs 23,613 crore against Rs 21,767 crore last year, Sharma said the increase was only 8.5 per cent, which was totally offset by inflation. Moreover, the proposed annual plan size had been fixed at Rs 4,400 crore, which was only 300 crore (7.32 per cent) more than the last year's plan of Rs 4,100 crore.

He said during the BJP rule in 2011-12, the Budget allocation was Rs 17,328 crore. In 2012-13, it was increased to Rs 20,344 crore, an increase of 16.8 per cent. The annual plan of Rs 3,300 crore in 2011-12 was increased to Rs 3,700 crore in 2012-13, an increase of 12.12 per cent.
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Post by: Harpal on February 08, 2014, 11:39:40 PM
Maintaining that there would be shortfall and growth and development would be affected, he said the revenue receipts had declined while in the BJP's tenure, the revenue receipts had gone up from 2011-12 to 2012-13.

Further, the downward trend in capital expenditure which had been reduced from Rs 4,120 crore to Rs 3,830 crore would retard the development.

He expressed surprise that the Budget was silent on price rise, resource mobilisation, unemployment and youth had been taken for a ride by giving skill development allowance for two years which was like a scholarship.

He also criticised the Budget for meagre increase of Rs 20 in daily wages and said the BJP government had increased the daily wages from Rs 75 to Rs 100 and then to Rs 150. Sharma said hike in grant for marriage of daughters of freedom fighters to Rs 51,000 was an eyewash and questioned how many daughters of freedom fighters were still unmarried even after 67 years of independence.
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Post by: Harpal on February 08, 2014, 11:39:58 PM
Weather to remain dry in next 72 hrs
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 8
Even as the region got some relief from snow and rain, cold-wave conditions persisted in most parts of the state. The Met office here has predicted dry weather in the region during the next 72 hours.

The Hindustan-Tibet national highway, which was blocked due to heavy snowfall, was cleared up to Reckong Peo, but the road remained blocked beyond Pangi Nullah. The link roads connecting Sangla, Pooh and Chopal were also closed.

The higher reaches in the tribal areas had another spell of intermittent snowfall. Keylong, Kalpa, Bharmaur and Jubbal recorded 17 cm, 10 cm, 8 cm and 3 cm of snow, respectively.
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Post by: Harpal on February 08, 2014, 11:40:15 PM
The high-altitude tribal areas reeled under biting cold-wave conditions as the mercury dipped following fresh snowfall. Keylong and Kalpa recorded minimum temperatures at -9.7°C and -3.5°C, respectively.

Mid and lower hills received widespread rains and Paonta Sahib and Solan received a maximum of 32 mm each, followed by Kheri 23 mm, Shimla, Jubbarhatti and Baldwara 21 mm each, Dalhousie 20 mm, Rampur and Sunni Bhajji 19 mm each, Sundernagar 18 mm, Gaggal and Nahan 17 mm each, Bhunter 16 mm and Mandi 15 mm.

The minimum temperature dropped by 2 to 4 degrees across the state and Manali, Dalhousie, Shimla, Bhuntar, Sundernagar, Solan, Nahan, Kangra and Una recorded -1°C, 0.3°C, 2.5°C, 2.6 °C, 3.9°C, 4.5°C, 5.1°C, 5.8°C and 6.7°C, respectively.

The maximum temperatures remained steady in the region and Una was the warmest during the day with a high of 20°C, followed by Sundernagar 19.1°C, Nahan 17.9°C, Bhunter 17°C, Solan 16.5°C, Dharamsala 15.2°C, Shimla 13.3°C and Kalpa 5.4°C.
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Post by: Harpal on February 08, 2014, 11:40:29 PM
Majority of state PSUs report losses
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 8
More than half of the 20 state public sector undertakings (PSUs) are in the red. These PSUs have incurred Rs 2841.86 crore losses till March, 2013. According to the report of the PSUs tabled in the state Assembly yesterday, only nine out of the 20 PSUs registered a marginal profit. There are a total of 41,547 employees in these PSUs.

The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board tops the list of the PSUs with a loss of Rs 1940.24 crore followed by the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) with a loss of Rs 764.39 crore. The HP Financial Corporation suffered a loss of Rs 127.42 crore, Horticulture Produce Marketing and Processing Corporation Rs 63.29 crore, HP State Forest Development Corporation Rs 44.94 crore, HP State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Corporation Rs 31.52 crore, HP Tourism Development Corporation Rs 18.77 crore, HP Agro Industries Corporation Rs 17.44 crore and HP State Handicraft and Handloom Corporation Rs 17.70 crore.

A handful of profit-making corporations too have registered only marginal earnings barring the HP Housing and Urban Development Authority, which has reported a profit of Rs 126.73 crore. The HP State Civil Supplies Corporation registered a profit of Rs 25.87 crore while Industrial Development Corporation too has recorded a profit of Rs 19.33 crore.
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Post by: Harpal on February 08, 2014, 11:40:44 PM
Budget hailed
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Bilaspur, February 8
The HP State Pensioners’ Welfare Association hailed Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s announcement of accepting two major demands of the pensioners in the state during the state Assembly.

The HP State Journalists’ Federation and Bilaspur District Journalists Association have welcomed the CM’s announcement, wherein scribes have been exempted from paying toll tax on the state barriers.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 10:56:09 PM
BILASPUR
THIEVES DECAMP WITH JEWELLERY, CASH: Thieves decamped with jewellery worth lakhs and Rs 75,000 from two houses at Pehadwin village under the Bakroa gram panchayat near here on Tuesday night. Reports said the thefts were detected in the morning, after which the police were informed. Vasu Dev said he had lost gold and silver ornaments along with Rs 40,000 and Jai Dev some jewellery and Rs 35,000. The police registered a case and were investigating.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 10:56:46 PM
BADMINTON EXECUTIVE PANEL FORMED: District Badminton Association (DBA) president Sunil Tadu declared the district executive committee of the association here on Thursday. RL Sharma was appointed its adviser, Vibhor Gupta general secretary, Neeraj Vasu treasurer and Shashi Pal Sharma senior vice-president. Dinesh Sharma, Sudheer Gupta, Dinesh Chopra, Tejaswi Sharma, Dr Pravesh Sharma and Ashish Sharma were vice-presidents, Dr Nilambar Dutt, Kareem Khan, Sanjeev Sharda, Vikas Bhardwaj and Sanjay Kaushal joint secretaries, Praveen Sharma and Aditya Mohan Kashyap legal advisers and Karan Chandel press secretary.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 10:57:07 PM
389 EXAMINED AT MEDICAL CAMP: Chetna, a social organisation, and the Himalaya Health Exchange Programme organised a three-day free medical treatment and assistance camps in the district. First two camps were held at Harlog and Bharadi. American specialists, local doctors and technicians checked as many as 389 patients at the camp. Amar Singh Kashav, administrative manager of Chetna, said the camp was inaugurated by organisation president and industrialist Nand Prakash Vohra. American specialists Dr Paul Hart, Dr Arthi Senra, Dr Pooja Murthi and Dr Sango Maryann treated patients along with 12 other volunteer specialists and doctors.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 10:57:29 PM
MAN ATTEMPTS SUICIDE: Vikas Chand of Dhadhole Kalan village under the Bharaadi police station had a narrow escape here on Saturday. Sources said the victim had a quarrel with his wife over some issue and suddenly bolted himself in a room and set his room afire. Unaware of the sudden step, family members shouted for help. Villagers rushed to the spot and forcibly opened the door and took out Vikas almost unhurt in the fire. A case has been registered in this regard.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 10:57:50 PM
KANGRA
LABOURER SUCCUMBS TO BURN INJURIES: A 40-year-old migrant labourer, who was seriously burnt and admitted to the DRPGMC at Tanda on February 4, died on Wednesday night in the hospital, the police said here on Thursday. The police said the victim, identified as Beta Lal, was a resident of Vill Thai under Davinder Nagar tehsil (MP). He was drunk and his clothes caught fire when he was sitting before a bonfire at Rehan village in the district on February 1. The body was handed over to relatives after postmortem. The police were investigating the case under Section 174 of the CrPC.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 10:58:05 PM
123 DONATE BLOOD AT CAMP: As many as 123 youth donated blood at a day-long blood donation camp in Dehra subdivision today. The camp was organised by the Sri Satya Sai Seva Organisation at Government Senior Secondary School, Garli. Organisation district president Sesh Bushan Sharma said 123 youth donated blood on the occasion. He said the blood was collected by medical teams from the DRPGMC, Tanda, and Dharamsala. He said the blood was donated to the Tanda medical college and the Red Cross Society for onward transmission to the needy.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 10:58:20 PM
PALAMPUR
930 GM CHARAS SEIZED, 1 ARRESTED: The police seized 930 gm of charas from a shop at Andretta, 10 km from here, on Friday night. A special wing of the Kangra police had received information that a local shopkeeper was selling charas to local youth. The police raided the shop at night and recovered a packet of charas. The police arrested shop owner Jagat Ram and a case under different sections of the NDPS Act was registered against him. A senior police official told newsmen that the police had been keeping tabs on the illegal sale of narcotics in the district, particularly near educational institutions.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 10:58:48 PM
REMOVE ENCROACHMENTS, VENDORS TOLD: The Baijnath police on Friday directed roadside vendors to remove illegal encroachments from the narrow Pathankot-Mandi national highway. A police spokesman said encroachments on the highway resulted in frequent traffic jams in Baijnath and Paprola towns. He also sought cooperation from local beopar mandals, panchayat representatives and the Block Samiti chairman. He said in the absence of a bypass, all heavy and light vehicles used the highway to enter the towns. Besides, unplanned parking of vehicles had further made matters worse, he added.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 10:59:18 PM
BUDGET REACTION
HPU staff threaten stir over scant aid
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 9
The agitating Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Non-Teaching Employees have expressed disappointment over the allocation of Rs 69 crore to the university which is insufficient even for the salaries and pensions (Rs 78 crore). They threatened to start the agitation if the funds were not enhanced.

Talking to mediapersons here, president of the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of employee unions Hitender Singh Thakur and Executive Council member Waryam Singh said the university had demanded Rs 90 crore.

They alleged that the university with 300 affiliated colleges was being starved of funds and the government had made the university and its employees virtually “beggars”. It would be difficult to pay the salaries and pensions to the employees if government did not increase the funds.

The leaders disclosed that during the election year in 2012-13, the BJP government released Rs 89 crore, but Rs 63 crore was allocated to HPU in 2013-14 and even in the current year, the allocation was Rs 63 crore, excluding Rs 6.3 crore under the tribal plan.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 10:59:33 PM
The university was facing acute staff crunch with 565 posts of employee, including 232 posts of teacher and 333 posts of non teaching staff, lying vacant and if these posts were filled, the financial burden would mount.

They said it was unfortunate that the government had announced Rs 5 crore each for nine new colleges but did not make any provision for two new campuses of the university in Una and Mandi announced in the Budget session.

The university also did not release the UGC scales to the administrative staff and the employees would fight it out, they said, adding that the Executive Council of the university was the supreme body, but its recommendations were being scuttled by bureaucrats.

Fund crunch

In 2012-13, the BJP government released Rs 89 crore, but in 2013-14, Rs 63 crore was allocated to HPU and in the current year, the allocation is Rs 63 crore, excluding Rs 6.3 crore under the tribal plan.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 10:59:50 PM
BJP ridicules Budget proposals
Tribune News Service

Nahan, February 9
Dr Rajiv Bindal, MLA, Nahan, today said since the plan size had been reduced from the previous year, the government had little funds to give relief to various sections of society. He said the less than 8 per cent hike in the plan size over the last year's would fail to provide adequate funds for development.

Bindal said the state had failed to get its due from the Centre and as against Rs 2,900 crore demanded for rain damage, the state got little relief.

Instead of getting a special package on the pattern of Jammu and Kashmir and North-eastern states, Himachal was granted no relief despite being a special category state. He said even grant for the proper upkeep of the national highways was much less than demanded, thus revealing the Centre’s discrimination.

Bindal said even the investment subsidy and transport subsidy granted to the industry would fail to woo investors as a major component of the Central industrial package such as income tax and central excise exemption had not been granted.

He said the around 12 lakh unemployed youth had failed to get unemployed allowance.

The MLA said the 10 per cent DA hike for the employees was long due and there was nothing new in this.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:00:12 PM
Sushant ready to face Shanta
Our Correspondent

 Rajan SushantPalampur, February 9
Member of Parliament Rajan Sushant said he would never return to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He said he would contest the coming parliamentary elections either as an independent or on the ticket of some other political party.

Addressing a news conference here yesterday, Sushant said he had been humiliated and insulted in the BJP, particularly by state leaders. He said his only fault was that he had raised voice against corrupt party leaders of the state, who had amassed wealth when they were on high posts. Sushant said if the party had followed his advice and initiated action against corrupt MLAs, MPs and ministers, the BJP would never have faced defeat in the 2012 Assembly elections.

Sushant said the BJP as well as Congress leaders were already facing serious corruption charges in the state, for which they would be answerable to the voters. He said now the political scenario in Kangra and Chamba parliamentary constituencies was almost clear as he would face Shanta Kumar in the elections. In reply to a question, he said he still believed that Shanta might withdraw from the election scenario later on as political atmosphere was not in favour of the BJP.

Out of 17 Assembly segments, the Congress had 13 MLAs. How could the BJP win the elections, he asked. Sushant said Modi wave was nowhere to be seen in the state. The BJP needed retrospection before raising fingers on others, he added.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:00:47 PM
Blame game over stalemate in session
Our Correspondent

Una, February 9
State president of the BJP and Una MLA Satpal Singh Satti today said the arrogance of the ruling party and its inability to counter the strong opposition were the reasons why the Vidhan Sabha session had failed miserably.

Addressing workers at the party office here, he blamed the Chief Minister for shying away from debates on corruption and other public issues.

He said some leaders had a different tone with the Opposition and an entirely opposite tone with their Chief Minister. He said the ruling party had no answers to the questions of public interest posed by the Opposition.

Taking on Industry Minister Mukesh Agnihotri, Satti said the minister was terrorised by Narendra Modi’s rally at Sujanpur on February 16, which was the reason why he had requested Virbhadra Singh to address public meetings in Una on that day.

Agnihotri said the BJP leadership was busy in managing crowd for the Modi rally, which was the main reason for their disinterest in the Vidhan Sabha session.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:01:06 PM
Cold wave tightens grip across state
Tribune Reporters

Shimla, February 9
The piercing cold wave tightened its grip in the state as the minimum temperature dropped by a few notches following another spell of moderate snowfall in high-altitude tribal areas and scattered rains in other places.

The minimum temperature dropped to -12.4°C in Keylong and -11.2°C in Bharmaur, while the key tourist resort of Manali, which recorded 1 cm of snow, shivered under the sub-zero conditions with the mercury plummeting to -4.5°C.

Shimla recorded a low of 1.1°C, while Kalpa, Dalhousie, Solan, Bhuntar and Sundernagar recorded the minimum temperature at -1.5°C, 0.1°C, 1.5°C, 2°C and 3.5°C, respectively.

The region had a clear day in the morning but thick clouds overcast the sky by the evening. Seobagh received 15 mm rain followed by Dalhousie and Bajura which received 12 and 5 mm rain, respectively.

However, the maximum temperature remained steady with Una recording a high of 20. 8°C, followed by Bhuntar 18°C, Sundernagar 17.5°C, Solan 16°C, Nahan 15°C, Shimla 11.4°C and Manali 6.6°C.

The local Met office has predicted dry weather in the region over the next two days.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:02:04 PM
Clear sky in Manali

MANALI: After bad weather conditions and moderate-to-heavy snowfall for a few days in the upper Manali region, clear sky and bright sun greeted tourists and local residents today.

The Manali-Kullu national highway and the Manali-Naggar-Kullu (left bank) road have been opened for vehicular traffic.

Tourists visiting Kullu-Manali were a happy lot as upper Manali areas were still covered with snow.

Hundreds of tourists visited the Hadimba Devi temple, Manu Rish temple and the Club House.

The PWD pressed snow-clearing machines and labourers into service to clear the snow on the roads leading to Vashisht village. The village is famous for Rishi Vashisht, Rama and Shiva temples and hot water springs.

The higher reaches received fresh spell of snowfall last night. The Bhrigu and Hamta ski slopes, famous for helicopter skiing, also experienced heavy snowfall.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports Deputy Director Mahavir Thakur said the ski slopes of the Solang valley recorded about 5 foot of fresh snow.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:02:19 PM
Govt offers old secretariat building to Central varsity
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, February 9
The state government has offered the old Mini Secretariat building at Dharamsala to the Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP). The building is vacant with the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, having been shifted to the new building.

Sources here said the state government had asked the district administration to hand over the building to the university. The district administration, however, said only the first floor could be given to the university.

The ground floor still had the office of the SDM. The top floor of the secretariat houses the offices of the Chief Minister and ministers when they come to Dharamsala during the winter sojourn. The ministers use their offices once or twice a month when they listen to the grievances of local residents.

DC, Kangra, Paul Rasu confirmed that they had offered the first floor of the secretariat to Central University.

The office of the Central University VC is located in the Writers Home building at Dharamsala.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:02:35 PM
Sources said despite an offer from the state government, the university authorities had not shown keenness to shift to the old secretariat building. The university authorities said they were interested in more space for classes as they were facing shortage of classrooms in the temporary campus of the university at Government College, Shahpur.

As far as the administrative accommodation for the VC office was concerned, they had ample accommodation. Since the secretariat building could not hold classes, it was not going to serve the purpose, the sources said.

As per the original plan, the secretariat building was to be handed over to the General Administration Department (GAD) for upkeep. However, the government does not seem to be keen on having offices of all ministers in the old building at Dharamsala.

It wants to hand over the building to Central University for its administration block at Dharamsala.

However, the Central University authorities will again have to modify the old secretariat building just to have another temporary office. They are of the view that it will be better if they are allotted a place in Dharamsala where a permanent office can be built rather than wasting money on modulating various places for their temporary offices.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:02:52 PM
Uncertainty over fate of 500 inmates at 23 children’s homes
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 9
Uncertainty looms over 500 inmates of 23 children’s homes in Himachal Pradesh. The Directorate of Women and Child Development has ordered the closure of these homes.

Directions have been issued to DCs of six districts to shut down children’s homes not registered under the Juvenile Justice Act (JJA) within 15 days. In compliance with the orders, the DCs served notices to these 23 homes to shut down by February 15 without making any arrangement for the rehabilitation of the children lodged in these homes, a majority of whom are girls.

The government has issued the orders citing directions of the Supreme Court, which, vide its order passed on December 16, 2013, directed the states and union territories to submit status report within eight weeks, failing which, they will be liable for contempt.

Acting in haste, the government directed the shutdown of unregistered children’s homes without specifying any plan for relocation of these kids. This violates the fundamental right to life, liberty, education and protection from abuse of these kids, said Ajay Srivastav, president, NGO Umang Foundation.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:03:10 PM
Srivastav said, "We are not supporting the unregistered NGOs, but dictatorial orders of the state government to shut down these homes just to save their skin without any contingent proposal for the kids lodged in these institutions is unjustified."

He demanded departmental action against the erring officers who were in deep slumber for the past 13 years since the JJA was enacted. “We will move the High Court tomorrow to challenge the action initiated by the department,” he said.

Madhubala Sharma, Director, Women and Child Development Department, said, "We invited representatives of all children’s homes in 2012 and asked them to get registered, but they seemed reluctant. We gave them more time and after proper inspection, registered 19 out of 42 children’s homes. Rest of the 23 homes including Hamirpur (1), Chamba (2), Mandi (4), Kullu and Kangra (5 each) and Solan (6), were served notices to shut down."

“There are several children’s homes in the state which are admitting children without recommendations of the Child Welfare Committee. These are not getting themselves registered to escape scrutiny by the department,” she said. She further stated that some children’s homes were getting huge donations from various sources, including foreign countries, and were running hostels and educational institutions which could not be registered under the JJA.

She said in some homes, children above 18 years of age were kept, while at one home registered for differently abled kids, normal children were admitted. Those eligible for admission in children’s homes would be sent to government children’s homes where the capacity existed, she added.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:03:27 PM
Tibetan Uprising March starts
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, February 9
The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), the biggest Tibetan NGO in exile, began a month-long Tibetan Uprising March campaign from here yesterday. The TYC, in a press statement here, said the campaign aimed at highlighting the current crisis inside Tibet, supporting the demands of self-immolators and showing solidarity with Tibetans.

The march would cover almost 600 km in 30 days and end in New Delhi on March 10, which coincided with Tibetan Uprising Day. March 10 this year marked 55 years since the Tibetans' uprising against the occupation of the Tibetan territory by Chinese forces in Lhasa in 1959.

The TYC alleged that since the People’s Republic of China’s occupation of Tibet in 1949, the Communist Party had enforced a series of campaigns and policies to systematically destroy and stifle Tibetan culture, language, identity and spiritual traditions.

Consequently, there had been 126 known cases of self-immolations on the plateau. These brave men and women who set themselves on fire had called for the "Return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet", "Independence for Tibet" and "Freedom in Tibet".

Upon the completion of this march, the TYC would present a memorandum with a set of five demands to the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi and submit appeals to the UN and embassies of other countries to support their demands.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:03:50 PM
VIGNETTES
Animal murals of Himachal Pradesh
Shriniwas Joshi

I have visited almost all the major temples of Himachal Pradesh and nearly every temple is decorated with paintings or sculptures of animals. The artists’ favourite animal is the lion.

Recently I visited Mandi’s Panchvaktra Temple which has a lion sculpted in high relief on one of the walls. This sculpture is clearly an expression of folk sensibility and this is its charm. The animal’s very human face appears to have been added after the body was sculpted. The mane begins from the neck rather than the head — a detail that emphasises the human quality of the face. The tail is raised and the muscle of the rump is well-formed to convey the strength of the royal beast.

The lion is the mount of Goddess Durga and it represents the best in animal creation and yet some of its qualities are pointed out to caution humans. For instance, the lion is said to be greedy for food. Our scriptures warn that greed for food soon leads to avarice for other objects. Durga, as Simhavahini (lion-borne), symbolises control of animal instincts —a control which we humans must learn.

The pelt of Durga’s lion is golden with the hair standing on end. It symbolises the golden-rayed sun that banishes the darkness of night. Hindu iconography represents night as the bull, whose horns form the crescent of the moon. That is one of the reasons why bulls are also carved on the temples here.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:04:37 PM
Do you know that the lion is an exotic animal? Romila Thapar argues that it did not exist in India until the 3rd or 4th century: “If there were lions here (in Kutch), why do they not occur on Indus seals, since the area had many Indus cities and settlements? It would seem that there were no lions in this area during the period of the Harappan cities. The lion must have been an exotic import all along as there is no gradual decline in the species. I believe that the lion came to India just before or with Alexander’s invasion of India around the 3rd or 4th century.”

As for Rig Veda text (late 2nd millennium BCE) that mentions of the lion’s roar, Thapar thinks the text pertained to a particular area on the northwest borderlands. She writes: “The composers of the hymns or their forefathers could have met the lion or heard about it from its presence in the adjoining Oxus valley.”

Sculptures in which volumes are strongly projected from the background — as the Panchvakra Temple lion — are called alto-relievo, and those that project very little are called bas-relief.

On the ceiling of the Devi Kothi temple at Chamba one can see a bas relief wooden-panel filled with animals (See photos): a small hawk fills a star-shaped panel. Elsewhere two lion cubs squat, one behind the other, two monkeys eating fruit sit opposite each other, a boar leaps forward and a short-tailed bear stands nearby. Besides satisfying our religious impulse, Himachal’s temples serve as study-centres of archaeology.

TAILPIECE

There was no lion with Durga and she had either two or four hands during the Kushan period. The lion appeared with her about the 6th century when the number of her hands varied from eight to 16.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:05:53 PM
Ambuja, JP Cement claims for transport subsidy deferred
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, February 9
The long-pending claims of Centrally-sponsored transport subsidy scheme of two major cement units, Ambuja Cements and Jaypee Cements, were not approved by the state-level Subsidy Approval Committee at a recent meeting in Shimla.

This has come as a setback to the two firms awaiting grant of this subsidy since 2010. The meet, convened after almost a year, could clear claims of transport subsidy of barely a few units, putting on hold claims of nearly Rs 27 crore pertaining to the two cement plants alone.

The committee, headed by the Director, Industries, had two representatives from the Ministry of Commerce who dealt with matters pertaining to the Transport Subsidy and Central Investment Subsidy.

Sources in Industries Department said claims of these two companies had been deferred as they had not got themselves pre-registered which had been made a norm prior to commencing production as per a circular issued by Ministry of Commerce in 2011 and later a notification issued in January 2013.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:06:51 PM
Though the ministry had notified in September 2013 it would not accept more than a year-old claim, the Subsidy Committee was yet to approve claims of even 2010. “Though industrial units get themselves registered on a preliminary basis with the General Manager, District Industries Centre, at the time of seeking approval from the state government, the norm of pre-registration was not much in practice in the state. Earlier, the ministry was accepting claims of units within a year of commencement of production and they were supposed to get themselves registered after commencing commercial production. Several claims, without pre-registration of units had been approved and granted by the ministry in the past,” claimed an official choosing to remain anonymous.

The transport subsidy scheme had been recently extended for four years by Ministry for Medium and Small Scale Enterprises, while old claims of 2010 were yet to be approved. Investors rue that failure of the ministry to grant subsidy in time has defeated its very purpose. Under this scheme, the investors are eligible for 75 per cent to-and-fro freight charges from the nearby rail head for raw material and finished goods.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:07:12 PM
Apple growers feel disheartened
Tribune News Service

 Shimla, February 9
Apple farmers are a worried lot as the state government has yet to put in place a horticulture development strategy to tackle the WTO regime coming into force when the high-quality apple from the West will hit the markets. It can spell doom for the sick Rs 3,200-crore seedling-based apple industry.

The Budget has allocated Rs 192 crore for the entire horticulture sector and proposed importing the latest root stock apple varieties and setting up of Controlled Atmospheric-Controlled Stores (CAS) and upgrade of HPMC stores and processing plants.

Apple farmers say there is no vision to meet the WTO challenges when the “high-quality, high-shelf life apple from the West and China" will hit the markets that can spell doom for the state fruit.

“We have not even 0.01 per cent of apple raised on root stocks in the state so far”, warned Rakesh Singha, president of the Himachal Apple Growers Association.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:07:47 PM
“We have not even 0.01 per cent of apple raised on root stocks in the state so far”, warned Rakesh Singha, president of the Himachal Apple Growers Association.

The Rs 192 crore Budget is a meager for horticulture, which contributes about 12 per cent to the state GDP that stands at Rs 82,585 crore, said Laxman Thakur.

“More funds should be allotted to develop root stocks at horticulture universities, setting up CAS. Each CAS should reserve 30 per cent farmers”, he added.

But efforts are afoot to give a free land in the name of CAS to corporate houses. “The experience shows private CAS houses buy fruit at Rs 30-40 a kg in apple season and store and sell it in the market at Rs 100 per kg. At least, 30 per cent of CAS should be reserved for farmers”, Rakesh Singha demanded.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:08:06 PM
Power producers hail sops
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 9
Independent Power Producers (IPPs) have hailed the government’s decision to abolish 5 per cent entry on project machineries and cut 2 per cent Value Added Tax on machineries.

They have also welcomed the decision to set up a single-window system for projects' clearance, saying these concessions will go a long way in harnessing 2,000-MW power target in 2014-15 as envisaged in the Budget presented on February 7.

Besides, the bona fide Himachal power producers hailed 4 per cent cut in free power charged from small projects of up to 2-MW capacity, exclusively reserved for them.

The state stands to lose revenue worth Rs 15 crore every 100 MW due to these concessions to the IPPs. It is claimed that these, in turn, would save capital investment worth Rs 15 crore for every 100 MW.

The Chenab basin power producers forum hailed the Budget, saying it would help expedite the 3,000 MW power potential in the basin located in the snow-bound and hard area of Lahaul-Spiti district.

The forum has pleaded to the government that the entry tax on import of machineries should be abolished and there should be a cut on the VAT charged, on the ground that the project cost in the basin is high owing to short working season.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:08:22 PM
CM sanctions Rs 20 lakh for Bilaspur volleyball court
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, February 9
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has sanctioned Rs 20 lakh for the construction of a volleyball court at Bilaspur town and the money has been received by the District Sports and Youth Services Department here.

This was stated by state Planning Development and 20-Point Implementation Committee Chairman Ram Lal Thakur while talking to mediapersons here today.

Ram Lal said the government was very keen to provide all facilities for the development of games and sports in all areas of the state and that was why the government was reviving its plan to develop the Luhnu Sports Complex into a sports hub here.

He said the Centre and the SAI (Sports Authority of India) had given its consent to construct a hockey astro-turf at the Luhnu Sports Complex.

He said it was during the earlier tenure of the CM that a playfield was selected by the Centre and a specialist team of the SAI for setting up the astro-turf here, but after the change of government in the state, the BJP shifted this facility to some other place.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:08:43 PM
Helpline against graft launched in Shimla
Tribune News Service

Basantpur/Shimla, February 9
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today launched a toll-free telephone helpline for public to check corruption. He also inaugurated and laid stones for six schemes in his home constituency that will be developed as a role model in the state.

Addressing a public meeting at Basanpur in the Shimla rural constituency, Virbhadra said the government would bring more services under the Public Service Guarantee Act. The identity of the complainant would be kept confidential, he added. He accused the BJP of putting brakes to all development works.

He further urged farmers take up vegetable and fruit cultivation and dairy farming in a big way to give boost to rural economy. He said Rs 100 crore Dr YS Parmar Kisan Swarozgar Yojana would be launched next year under which 4,700 polyhouses covering 8.30 lakh square metre area be constructed.

He laid the foundation stone of Rs 85 crore lift water supply scheme from Sainj Khad to Gharog-Ghandal that would benefit 29 panchayats of Dhami. Earlier, he inaugurated the Rs 164.74 lakh Naya Ser-Jubbad lift irrigation scheme and laid foundation stone of ITI building at Sunni.

He also laid the stone of lift water supply scheme from Sainj khad for 12 panchayats. He also laid the foundation stone of Jaishi-Bharara and Rs 1.14 crore Dharogra school building.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:09:01 PM
NGO staff seeks promotional benefits
Tribune News Service

Mandi, February 9
The district unit of the NGO Federation, headed by Dev Raj Sharma, expressed concern over the denial of providing 4-9-14 benefits (promotional benefits) to certain categories of employees despite the state government's direction to all offices in this regard.

Talking to mediapersons, district president of the federation Dev Raj Sharma, general secretary Amarjeet, press secretary Jai Pal Chaudhary and other federation leaders said, “The NGOs have always played an important role in the implementation of government schemes, and denial of the benefits to certain category of employees is a serious matter. The federation has demanded an immediate implementation of the promotional benefits.”

The federation has also demanded the convening of joint consultative committee (JCC) meetings in all districts. The NGO Federation has urged the state government to recognise their body as a majority of the employees are backing it and many of their issues are lying pending for long.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:09:20 PM
Student commits suicide
Tribune News Service

Solan, February 9
A second-year student of BSc nursing studying in a private nursing college located on the Nalagarh-Swarghat road in Nalagarh committed suicide by hanging herself in her hostel room while she was alone this morning.

The incident came to light when her roommate failed to get the door opened despite knocking on it several times. On peeping through the ventilator, she found her hanging inside the room.

After the institute staff broke open the door, the girl was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The girl had reportedly failed to clear two papers of BSc first year in the result declared recently and she was under stress.

DSP, Nalagarh, Nischint Negi said a case had been registered under Section 306, IPC, and further investigations were underway.

The police have taken into possession the girl's mobile phone.
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Post by: Harpal on February 09, 2014, 11:09:40 PM
Felling of sandalwood tree: 2 held

Bilaspur, February 9
Police arrested two ‘chandan’ (sandalwood) thieves red-handed in the Changer sector here last night. SP Kapil Sharma said a police team was patrolling the area when it heard the sound of a running saw near a forest nursery.

The police, with the help of forest officials, caught two youths Ashok Kumar and Ravi Kumar, both of Riyaasi district in J&K, along with logs of sandalwood. They had fallen a sandalwood tree in Chandan Van of Forest Department. Police registered a case under Sections 379 and 34, IPC. — OC
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Post by: Raman on February 26, 2014, 01:56:03 PM
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Post by: sheemar on March 05, 2014, 09:17:03 AM
Use of red beacons by MLAs, CPSes banned in Himachal [/size]
5 Mar 2014
Hindustan Times


SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday put its official stamp on the new regulation prohibiting the use of red beacons on vehicles of chief parliamentary secretaries (CPSes), legislators, chairmen and vice-chairmen of various state boards and corporations and vice-chancellors of various universities.

The state cabinet, which met here Tuesday under the chairmanship of chief minister Virbhadra Singh, approved the new rules framed by the home department after studying similar regulations that were put in force in other states following a Supreme Court directive.

Soon after the court’s ruling on December 10, BJP legislators as well as several police officials had voluntarily removed red beacons atop their vehicles.

Now only the state’s governor, chief minister, chief justice, cabinet ministers and high court judges and chief secretaries can have red beacons along with flashes on their vehicles, while only the advocate general and the HP Public Service Commission chairman will be allowed to use a red beacon without flashes.
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Post by: Raman on March 20, 2014, 03:42:44 PM
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Post by: Raman on March 26, 2014, 12:37:19 PM
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Post by: Raman on March 26, 2014, 12:53:10 PM
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Post by: Raman on March 26, 2014, 12:53:39 PM
Attacking tourists head kufri jagged, three seriously hindustantimes.com on the swing, kufri, Shimla Bureau. in tourists on the Poles attacked. in heads and legs to prevent serious injuries. meen was among women also spared his assailants also abusing co-star. six o'clock Tuesday evening following the event. after both sides compromised even abusing co-star but police The robbers entered a lawsuit against two people arrested in fractured three tourists. treatment has brought the hospital IGMC. two leg fractures and head of a tourist. According to police, the tourist from Madhya Pradesh Shimla kufri revolving arrived Tuesday afternoon after they arrived.. There was controversy with the swing of tourists, tourists looking at the condition of the swing swings. refuse And ask for your money back. having denied the swing so both sides in the dispute. the above attacks from the tourists who swing on poles. in this attack three tourists deep bruising. three tourists were brought to IGMC. they have been beaten quite badly in their head and legs injuries.. they are being treated. "-Dr. Ramesh, senior medical superintendent, was spat on, a swing IGMC • at the foot of the fracture in the three injured IGMC • • police seek to arrest the two, rest after abusing co-star settle by giving money to the robbers wanted to tourists, but notice after getting sued in dhali entered two police station have been arrested, We're hiring.-Abhishek dullar, Superintendent of police, Shimla
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Post by: Raman on April 07, 2014, 01:16:45 PM
May 16 will give the resignation news CM after Hamirpur-Uttar Pradesh Government Center — now a few days guests are both Governments are so corrupt. "the people in the mood to them out of power. Moreover, the Chief Minister has also resigned from his post after May 16. former Chief Minister Prem Kumar dhumal Sunday it's samirpur party Foundation day on the spot." The rise of the BJP in 1980 at the age of 16 years and the only party emerged the largest party of the country in 1996 year. He said that all the workers party Foundation day may commit that victory over seven-win and then to own your booth and BJP State four seats will win the election. the Chief Minister virbhadra Singh hitting on he said he was not a laughing matter by giving land to Cricket Stadium But State Chief Minister to hide their corruption are false lawsuit on them in order to benefit them. in da biggest issue, but Congress undermines da false accusations to try to mislead the public by politics. country in the name of development done to Anurag Thakur MP runners have been judgedSo Congress baukhla. He said that in the name of his father, Padma Singh virbhadra Singh cricket tournaments and mother has a volleyball tournament in the name of Shanti millions every year to collect donations for RS. it is the evolution of the games? He said the BJP candidate in the by-elections sujanpur announced today or tomorrow. the BJP party sent the hickman name. April 7th, 2014
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Post by: Raman on May 07, 2014, 12:38:55 PM
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Post by: Raman on May 09, 2014, 03:53:33 PM
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Raman on May 09, 2014, 03:54:02 PM
Boulder Department of education will in the Department of education of boulder — surrendering chaukidari chaukidari pwd and PWD peons work adjustment in personnel Education Department will be. it the Department of education has prepared a list of class IV personnel. the first step is to list out the Department's 129 pwd blender, while Department of education personnel cadre 15,000 jalvahak on this post anshakalin or postataim as its services Over the past 12 to 15 years regularly lays off. so by bypassing the said personnel Services Department of education by the said positions of adjustment of the PWD blender is going to provide that the Department of education already employed would look bleak future of jalvahkon. Department of education give the services of jalvahak IV in personnel Department of education tightened its stance towards the attitude of ikhtiyar To make mind. If the Government of other Department personnel department and the Education Department to make adjustments to the left jalvahkon the tradition of forced Court door knock anshakalin jalvahak rural, anshakalin. & bhuttu there were at the behest of Rama pointed out that the Department of education in the Department where the personnel adjustment self jalvahak personnel jaegeThat over the past 15 years a give services at the post. He said that the attitude of the personnel department and Government employees and heavy on their right to resort to carts and movement will not shied from.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Raman on May 10, 2014, 11:17:45 AM
MODI's BJP Prime grievance in Shimla Shimla commented — nominee Narendra Modi in Simla police complaint against. Sant Shri ravidas religion gathering in SADAR thana police behest Karma has been by a few Bhatia this comment offensive on ethnic grievances in Narendra Modi has been accused to complain of the SADAR thana police. karma, a handful of Narendra Modi entered sliding against the police complaints. BJP Prime Ministerial candidate alleged that Narendra Modi is one of up to five may rally public forum in his speech offensive racial comments., MODI said I am, from ignoble race low caste in my birth. karmachand say that MODI's comment it is illegal and unconstitutional. the ethnic comments SC MODI and Dalit society is deeply hurt. MODI comment attempted to embarrass the Dalits, the morale of the people is also a Dalit. Bhatia alleges that even though Narendra Modi this comment is out of State, but it has hurt Dalit sentiments of Himachal Pradesh, fir in Narendra Modi's Himachal. Bhatia says that Narendra Modi and the FIR against entering Himachal ramdev High Court The petition complained, karmachand. Bhatia at SADAR thana police have put on, but at the same time sliding the sliding also has written that Narendra Modi during a public rally in the Uttar Pradesh dumiriyaganj comment above. This event is not in the purview of the SADAR police station Dallas. in this regard, the worst recorded in the area concerned by the complaint FIR. Simla Police Superintendent Abhishek dullar said Sant Shri Ravidas religion karmachand Bhatia, Narendra Modi on the behest of the House of offensive racial comments to the SADAR thana complaints. in this case the complainant was put on sliding, but related station area, where it is commented, has been asked to make the case
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Raman on May 10, 2014, 11:18:41 AM
Phone-will blow money on the Internet, but the Government will not charge the people of Himachal Pradesh Shimla user Government facilities — all you want but don't want to give anything in Exchange for those services. per capita income ranks seventh in Himachal and people are largely better financially, but tends to give something in return for services. each Department should all facilities to the general public from theBut the user is asked for the charge is a political hue and a charge takes color and here user party accuse each other over booty. it has been before and is still running. HP first in lieu of former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar services user charging concept came about in his time in charge instead of the beginning of charging user featuresBut then, the fiercely political kangeras and Shanta hangs like an albatross around the neck of the Government user charge. because for the first time was to give the user charge in Himachal. Although hospitals to recover money for better facilities of still running. whether it's in any way, but people do not want them Additionally somehow recover. There are currently many hospitals 24 Hours lab facility, the Government has also given the hoopla over how Government Government money bin facilities. the economic situation is not correct. such will provide the facilities without money how, even contemplate. facilities have to provide frameworks and arrangements for their costs. There now people think of themselves must change to each of the State Central Government Panchayat latecomer. Latecomer to the center of the plan began work on installing these most Panchayats. Center people here have electricity bill, telephone bill, water bill and many other features are achieved. for individual service fee, which is lowest. RTI service centers, the Government has the right people notice. any person of any kind from the Government demarcate. instead, Also from the service being charged, but also many other similar services. is being provided by the layman user charge, superior comfort.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Raman on May 10, 2014, 11:19:52 AM
After the vote, when will vidhansabhavar Mandi — everyone is waiting for the country's May 16, in other States where the wait for election results padeaga. There are four-seater at HP's position will be clear only by ten sadhea. EC directives for when the system is built on, so three hours will be exposed all the losing and winning results at eight a.m., when's that begin. To make a separate count of every Assembly EC. postal count over the State's ballet all 68 will be opened and all together on the EVM assemblies seats will begin counting the votes together. for all assembly areas for individual polling rooms installed. there built from eight to 12 tables installed. every table on the Election Commission appointed three officers. these micro-abjarvar, Was appointed as the Assistant Supervisor and kaunting kaunting. ranging from assistant engineer level officials for adhishashi engineer and has been with DFO level officers. kaunting Assistant and State officials to deploy kaunting supervisor, while micro-absorber of government officials being imposed. no such assembly area where SDM AROThere, on the same level and HAS its other authorities. up four seats for these officials is a phase of training is completed, while just two step. Assistant Returning Officer Mandi said each count separately provided for vis. from eight, when the work of the EVM will start first and foremost postal ballet count.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Raman on May 13, 2014, 01:36:37 PM
Fell prey to the leasing scheme was doomed in this family build their only ziggurat Krishna Sharma buses parked outside the HRTC, not 10 buses, having 18,000 bucks daily interest hindustantimes.com Bureau Shimla. government schemes usually are, but even if people to Transport Minister GS Bali fell prey to a leasing scheme of VAT family waste dumps. March 2013 launch of leasing the HRTC in VAT scheme. in private Just give the HRTC has a repayment rate per km. retire teacher of UNA district ziggurat only Krishna Sharma kangra with another partner's jasur KK Agarwal of tender full name of Jubilee hawass firm.. 7 may tender awards by tender for 200 buses. all together in 40 buses provide. June 13, the first partner KK Agarwal 5 buses at work Looking to register the partnership began buying. June 14, it is only in the name of his son Krishna and Bahu 5-5 buses on July 7 due to illness but dalin KK Agarwal died. Unfortunately, in the name of these tenders. Subsequently, on July 13 when only had 10 buses of Krishna the HRTC will said legal opinionBecause of tenderer. Meanwhile, Agarwal's sons became not so much controversy because the banks have had to pick and sell buses too. other partners of its 10 million 5 buses Sethi and proceeded to sell it after August 30, the passing of 10 buses only Krishna Sharma, parmishan and permit list, depending on the corresponding registration HRTC has.But when he went to the RCS HRTC, they say DM traffic buses refused to take the Central Government Ministry of urban development 800 buses we got 10 out of the last 9 months now buses only. Krishna Sharma posing at home. was 1.63 million loan from the Bank. now cross 2.00 million. only Krishna Sharma says that everyday 18,000 bucks have interest . Twice is causing heart attacks seeing buses feel like suicide.. buses 60 days Shimla 47 rounds cut was exhausted before January 2014 hierarchy. Court-appointed arbitrator to impose, but to date. now where jaun?
Will try to relieve: Bali Transport Minister GS Bali pointed out that any tenderer's death gave him the tender cancelled. rules for an individual exemption could not be granted. this case attention. our aim is not to harm a transporter pahuunchana, so they'll try to relieve another way if they wish, they themselves helped unleash permits for buses
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Raman on May 13, 2014, 01:36:54 PM
15 days after the State electricity regulatory Commission of new electricity tariff would have well-prepared hindustantimes.com Bureau before May 30 in Himachal Pradesh Shimla. electricity consumers may take on a current pockets of the State electricity regulatory Commission. on behalf of 15 days can be issued anytime within the tariff, which will directly affect the consumer ideal code of conduct comes into force on March 5. because the Commission issued a new tariff on behalf of The Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh not. over the whole process of polling on May 16.. the HP power Regulatory Commission after May 25 on behalf of ever new tariffs can be released its kill most commercial and industrial units are the chances on household consumers on behalf of the Government of Himachal Pradesh has been already provides for subsidies although it loads up Government revenue due to tariff increase. on 25 and 26 March, the Commission was hearing mass in the Office, which refused to increase the electricity bill by the public. consumers was argued on behalf of HP power rates increase. was that the electricity board edification to reduce your expenses. now remains to be seen whether electricity regulatory Commission's electric rates Added how many per cent of the State electricity regulatory Commission. Chairman Subash Negi pointed out that 30 may ever be released new tariff criticising well-prepared April month error from consumers over the next 11 months will be accommodated in the Bill, so that consumers do not have some sort of economic burden on consumers and industries have hit the commercial public. in increasing the public Bill did Prohibited subsidies will not increase the burden on consumers so common
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:33:00 PM
Nurpur
3-day under-17 girls school tournament ends: A three-day under-17 girls zonal tournament concluded at the Government Senior Secondary School, Ladori. As many as 137 girls of 17 government schools of Nurpur zone participated. Govt Senior Secondary School, Hatli Jawalan, won the badminton and the Govt Senior Secondary School, Ladori, the volleyball championship.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:33:50 PM
 Shanta, Anurag may get berth in Modi team
Shimla, May 18
Himachal is pinning its hope on getting representation in the Modi Cabinet with names of two of the newly elected MPs, Shanta Kumar and Anurag Thakur, doing the rounds in party circles.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:34:18 PM
Cong's strategy to field Dhumal's protege misfired
Shimla, May 18
The Congress strategy of getting Rajinder Rana, a Dhumal protégé, to take on his son Anurag Thakur in the Lok Sabha has boomeranged with the Congress candidate emerging as the biggest loser in the whole gamble.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:34:37 PM
BJP leaders seek CM’s ouster
Shimla, May 18
Former Vidhan Sabha Speaker Gulab Singh, former minister Ravinder Singh Ravi and Rajya Sabha member Vimla Kashyap today demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on moral grounds after a crushing defeat of the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:34:57 PM
In Kangra, people voted beyond caste
Dharamsala, May 18
The historic win for Shanta Kumar of the BJP in the Kangra parliamentary constituency has upset many political calculations. The win was even beyond the expectations of BJP leaders who were expecting it by about 60,000-80,000 votes. However, the BJP won by 1,70,072 votes.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:35:16 PM
Modi wave spelt doom for Brakta
Shimla, May 18
Apart from the Modi wave that swept the whole country and the failure of the UPA-II, poor road conditions, unchecked import of apple and irregular supply of essential goods under the Public Distribution System (PDS) also cost the Congress heavily in the Lok Sabha poll.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:35:36 PM
18-month Congress rule in state dismal, says Satti
BJP state president and Una MLA Satpal Singh Satti addresses mediapersons in Una on Sunday.Una, may 18
BJP state president Satpal Singh Satti today said the only work that the Virbhadra government had done during the past one-and-a-half-year rule in the state was to register false and fabricated cases against BJP leaders.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:35:51 PM
Overconfidence costs Cong dear in Mandi
Mandi, May 18
The defeat of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s wife Pratibha Singh, Congress candidate from the Mandi parliamentary constituency, at the hands of new BJP candidate Ram Swaroop Sharma, was quite amazing.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:36:10 PM
CPM, AAP manage marginal vote share
Shimla, May 18
CPM and AAP have managed to register their nominal presence in the tribal constituencies of Bharmour, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:36:29 PM
Kangra Forest Dept gears up to check fires
Palampur, May 18
With the onset of summer, the Forest Department in Kangra district is gearing up to check forest fires. The department has made appropriate arrangements in all the forest divisions to create awareness among the local public and right holders on how to check forest fires and assist field staff.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:36:56 PM
'One in India dies of stroke every 4 mins'
Kangra, May 18
In India, one person suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. One person dies in India following a stroke, also called a brain attack, every 4 minutes, taking the number of deaths in the country round the clock to 360.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:37:23 PM
Ban on sale of tea gardens bane for small farmers
A view of a tea garden in Dharamsala.Dharamsala, May 18
The ban on the sale of tea gardens is a bane for small farmers of Kangra. The state government has made it a point that tea gardens in Kangra district cannot be sold for other agricultural purposes. Owners of tea gardens are exempted from the Land Ceiling Act. They are allowed to retain more than 300 kanal of land, but with a condition that they cannot sell tea gardens without permission of the state government.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:37:48 PM
Faridnama by Zahid Abrol
I met Zahid Abrol rather late in life. In a symposium on Lal Chand Prarthi, organised recently by the State Academy of Language, Arts and Culture, he had read a paper on ‘Wajood-o-Adam’, one of the books written by Prarthi. The paper deserved three cheers for its inclusiveness with sparks of excellence.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:38:12 PM
Rollback on water rates hike awaited
Chamba, May 18
The Chamba Welfare Association has expressed deep resentment over the inordinate delay by the government in rolling back the hike in the rates of drinking water supply.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:38:41 PM
Stop crimes against children: Panel
Chamba, May 18
District Child Welfare Committee members Rajeev Kaushal and Dr PK Gupta in a press statement issued here today have revealed that Chamba district has a high incidence of crime against children.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:39:24 PM
‘Ensure atta supply in govt depots’
Chamba, May 18
People of remote Tissa area of the district have urged the state government to ensure the supply of atta in government depots of their region. Due to the non-availability of atta in the depots, they have to purchase it at costly rates from shops.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:39:52 PM
‘Ensure atta supply in govt depots’
Chamba, May 18
People of remote Tissa area of the district have urged the state government to ensure the supply of atta in government depots of their region. Due to the non-availability of atta in the depots, they have to purchase it at costly rates from shops.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:40:20 PM
Farmers seek apple import duty hike, green bonus
Shimla, May 18
With a change of guard at the Centre, farmers and NGOs have raised a fresh clamour for assurance on pending issues like increase in import duty on apples and green bonus on protecting green wealth worth Rs 1.50 lakh crore.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:40:45 PM
Freedom fighter Gauri Prashad dies
Pandit Gauri Prashad; (right) Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur and Rural Development Minister Anil Sharma pay homage to the freedom fighter.Mandi, May 18
Freedom fighter and first Public Works, Health, Transport and Irrigation Minister of Himachal Pradesh Pandit Gauri Prashad died here this morning at his residence in Mahajan Bazaar.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:41:03 PM
Roads in Kangra in a shambles
Kangra, May 18
The condition of roads in this temple town, which receives lakhs of pilgrims and tourists annually, is deplorable. The authorities and political leadership seem to be mute spectators to the trauma people are facing.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:41:24 PM
NIFT assistant professor booked under Dowry Act
Kangra, May 18
A faculty member of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Kangra, was booked by the Gurgaon police under Sections 498-A and 506, IPC, on complaint of his wife Pampa Jaiswal.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:41:46 PM
HC transfers 12 judicial officers
Shimla, May 18
The Himachal Pradesh High Court has transferred 12 judicial officers in the cadres of District Judges/Additional District Judges.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 19, 2014, 08:42:59 PM
School celebrates annual day
Kullu, May 18
OLS Utsav, the annual function of Our Lady of the Snows School, was organised at the Lal Chand Prarthi Kala Kendra here yesterday. The occasion was marked with the commemoration of the bicentenary celebrations of a new era educationist, Don Bosco Rev Ignatius L Mascarenhas, Bishop of the Shimla-Chandigarh diocese, presided over the function.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:30:31 PM
Rana, Mankotia made vice-chiefs of corpns
Shimla, May 19
undefined In a bid to consolidate his position, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today appointed one chairman and three vice-chairmen of boards and corporations, including Rajinder Rana, former Sujanpur MLA, who lost the Lok Sabha election from Hamirpur. “We have decided to appoint some leaders as chairmen of boards and corporations and none of these are sitting MLAs,” said Virbhadra
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:30:54 PM
Sudripta Roy to be Adviser to govt
Shimla, May 19
The state government has set the ball rolling for appointing Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy as the Adviser to the Himachal Government in Delhi so that P Mitra, Officiating Chief Secretary, can be made the regular Chief Secretary. An indication to this effect was given here today by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:31:32 PM
BJP takes on CM for awarding defeated leaders
Shimla, May 19
Himachal BJP president Satpal Singh Satti today accused Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh of squandering money by giving posts of chairperson to defeated candidates to save his chair.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:31:51 PM
Cong MLAs against CM: Dhumal
Hamirpur, May 19
Former Chief Minister PK Dhumal said today the Congress MLAs had sounded a bugle against their own government.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:32:20 PM
Overconfidence led to defeat: Bali
Dharamsala, May 19
Overconfidence in leadership is blamed for the defeat of the Congress in the Lok Sabha poll. Minister for Food and Civil Supplies, Technical Education and Transport GS Bali said this while addressing a press conference here today. He said the leadership of the party was overconfident of its position during the poll. It could not apprehend the strong marketing strategy of the BJP that led to a Modi wave that swept the state.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:32:37 PM
Shanta deserves to be minister: CM
Shimla, May 19
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said it was former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar who deserved to be in the Union Cabinet more than anyone else as he had a very dignified political career.

Shanta assures tea growers
Palampur, May 19
Shanta Kumar, MP, said here yesterday that he would make serious efforts to start tea plantation in the abandoned tea gardens in the Kangra valley.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:32:56 PM
Absence of rain shelter, bus stop inconveniences passengers
Shimla, May 19
Passengers at the bypass road in Shimla on Monday. Passengers, including schoolchildren and tourists, who board or alight from buses for the Tutti Kandi inter-state bus terminus or the city centre at the Shimla Bypass junction, rough it out. And they do so in the open in the rain or the scorching sun. Reason: There is no rain shelter or proper bus stop here. The Shimla Bypass junction has become a hazard for the passengers as the PWD and National Highway (NH) authorities pass the buck to each other.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:33:40 PM
Check inflation in a month, HLP to Centre
Shimla, May 19
The Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP) today gave a month to the BJP-led Centre to bridle the prices of commodities and petroleum products.

7-yr-old dies as kidneys, liver fail
Hamirpur, May 19
The death of a girl child due to sudden failure of her kidneys and liver, and a report of her cousin showing similar symptoms in Baddu village of Khayah panchayat of Hamirpur have triggered panic among villagers.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:34:04 PM
Baijnath girl tops Class X exams
Dharamsala, May 19
Class X topper Diksha Sharma being offered sweets by her parents and school principal on Monday. Girls dominated the merit list of Class X Board examinations in the results declared by the Himachal Pradesh School Education Board (HPSEB) today. As many as 20 girls figured in top 10 positions in the board examinations vis-a-vis 14 boys. HPSEB secretary Balbir Thakur said 1,42,128 students had appeared in the Class X Board examinations this year. Out of these, 80,650 students were declared pass, while 26,205 students got compartment in one subject.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:34:25 PM
Fee hike only solution to financial crunch: HPU VC
Shimla, May 19
Vice-Chancellor ADN Bajpai addresses mediapersons at Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla on Monday. Facing an acute financial crunch due to the burgeoning resource gap, Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) may resort to hike in fee as the only choice for resource mobilisation. “The annual expenditure of the university is between Rs 115-120 crore, while the government grants are pegged at Rs 69 crore and the revenue generated by the university is Rs 30-35 crore, leaving a huge deficit of Rs 12-15 crore.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:35:02 PM
Students’ politics should be banned: Bajpai
Shimla, May 19
Permitting students placed under compartment in Class XII to seek admissions in undergraduate courses in private universities will result in deterioration of quality of higher education which is detrimental to the interests of students.

Adhere to norms, pvt varsities told
Solan, May 19
With the new academic session on the anvil, the Himachal Pradesh Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission (HPPEIRC) has issued directions to educational institutions to strictly adhere to the laid admission norms and criteria or else face punitive action.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:35:29 PM
tanda medical college
‘MCI observations biased’
Shimla, May 19
The state medical authorities and medicos in the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) and the Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (DRPGMC), Tanda, have accused the Medical Council of India (MCI) of creating a controversy over the inspection of 50 undergraduate MBBS seats in the Tanda college. The college is apparently better equipped with staff and labs as compared with its counterparts in the private sector in the state.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:35:48 PM
Pong Dam oustees seek compensation
Kangra, May 19
Resentment prevails among oustees who were denied compensation for land acquisition by the state government for Pong Dam in 1961.

Theft in govt school
Kullu, May 19
Miscreants managed to flee with an LCD and DVD player and utensils from Government Primary School at Tikaridal village in Anni subdivision of the district.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:36:10 PM
Grandmaster Vidit Santosh Gujrati is National Challengers Chess champion
Kangra, May 19
To boost sports in the state is a priority with the state government and in this connection, a national level chess championship was organised in the state.

Gold ornaments stolen from temple
Kullu, May 19
In yet another incident of theft in temples of the valley, robbers managed to flee with gold ornaments worth Rs 1,32,000 from the Durga Mata temple on the Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) Basic Training Centre premises at Shamshi, 8 km from here, yesterday.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 20, 2014, 07:36:45 PM
SFI activists rue police inaction in nabbing gangrape accused
Shimla, May 19
Enraged over the delay in nabbing the accused in a minor gangrape case, SFI activists of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) protested in front of the Boileauganj police station here today.

Speed up probe into theft, say residents
Sundernagar, May 19
A deputation of residents of Siyanji village under the Balh police station met the Mandi DC today and requested for directions to the police to speed up investigation into a theft on March 5. Till now, no proper investigation has been carried out even after two and a half months have passed, it has been stated.

Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Raman on May 21, 2014, 11:17:54 AM
The Congress Government Bureau of Shimla losing boil shard hindustantimes.com. HP Congress Lok Sabha elections the party lost Government at the head of the boil shard. sukhwinder Singh sukkhu behest Congress say that HP fix governance not also party's cause. the State Government needs to fix governance. contrary to the statement of the Chief Minister virbhadra Singh, they all return to the rebels not take The party's decision right. even though he said the Government and the Organization has good rapport. PCC President Tuesday in Shimla district in the election of the Presidents of Congress feedback. sukkhu said after a meeting of Presidents and district meetings will soon report the reasons for the high command after defeat. sent to the Congress building on Tuesday, Rajiv behest. sukhwinder Singh headed Los sukkhu elections and by-elections The Congress defeat at review meeting. lack of governance also lost sukkhu said, party rebels do not take the right decisions back to the dubbed
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Raman on May 21, 2014, 11:18:22 AM
Major manicotti-Rana Coronation of Shimla — Chief Minister virbhadra Singh in Delhi on Tuesday traveled to four leaders before important Board and Chairman of committees and Deputy Speaker from Hamirpur parliamentary constituency is deployed, the Congress candidate lived and former MLA Rajendra Rana sujanpur Disaster Management Board Chairman has been created. the MLA and Minister Shahpur major Vijay Singh was made Vice President of the Management Council tourism manicotti. MLA from Harsha to shilai Resource mobilization and implayment generation Committee Chairman has been created. According to sources has been given cabinet rank Harsha. Congress of solan district katamari leader Ramesh Chauhan Khadi Board Vice President will be noteworthy here that has been created. Rajendra Rana while Hamirpur parliamentary constituency was given a ticket if their legislators during the resignation from Office, the Chief Minister said in reaction that it's their big sacrifices. obviously the sacrifice He was awarded the large post lieu. While major manicotti, who ignored the Congress during the parliamentary election campaign after raising the issue at the behest of the Chief Minister of propaganda had begun, also has been awarded large post. of course talk that the Chief Minister of his particular warlord in kangra forest Corporation only Singh pathaniya despite the opposition of major assigned to important rank manicotti. However even before major elections There were discussions of tainatgi, now of manicotti kangra despite losing in the way major has the big manicotti post, party a chance to articulate their opponents in tone May 20th, 2014.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:41:09 PM
 ‘Sale’ of power projects in Kinnaur sparks fresh row
Govt gives NOC to power company to raise loan worth Rs 7,000 crore
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 21
The fate of controversial ‘selling’ of two power projects -- 1,000-MW Karcham-Wangtoo and 300 MW Baspa -- in Kinnaur district has run into a fresh row as the state government has given a no-objection certificate (NOC) to Jaiparkash Power Ltd to raise loan worth Rs 7,000 crore.

The owner of the company, however, remained non-committal on the sale deal with TAQA, an Abu Dhabhi-based company.

The JP Group has kept the state government in the dark about the exact sale deal with TAQA. “The company has given nothing in black and white about the sale deal in its reply filed to the government’s notice shot off to the company after the deals came to light in March through media reports,” revealed official sources.

With the change of guard at the Centre, the “sale deal” of the power projects has hit another road block. The company pleaded that the deal with TAQA has not been finalised as the negotiations are still on. Also, the approval for preliminary negotiation from the Commissioner of India is pending due to the code of conduct,” sources said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:41:28 PM
Though the company has agreed to pay pending liabilities before the projects are sold, it has obtained a fresh NOC from the government to raise loan in excess of Rs 7,000 crore on the two projects, the sources revealed.

But the Kinnaur-based Himlok Jagriti Manch has asked the government to exclude the Rs 15.35-crore environment management fund from the Local Area Development Authority (LADA) fund which the company has refused to do. The Rs 15.35-crore environment management fund would be included in the Rs 103-crore LADA fund and not be excluded, revealed officials.

Residents lambasted the company for selling two projects without taking any NOC from the gram sabha which was mandatory under the Forest Rights Act, 2006, said Ranjit Negi. “The company also violated the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA), 1996, and tribal laws and the sellout to a foreign company poses security risk in the border areas,” he charged.

The dispute

    Residents say JP company was selling two power projects to an Abu Dhabi based firm without taking any NOC from the gram sabha which was mandatory under the Forest Rights Act, 2006
    The company also violated the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA), 1996, and tribal laws and the sellout to a foreign company poses security risk in the border areas.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:41:44 PM
 Traffic snarls plague Queen of Hills
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 21
Residents are facing a harrowing time with traffic snarls plaguing the town, resulting in traffic jams for hours on the Cart Road, especially during school and office hours.

With the entire burden of vehicular traffic being on the Cart Road, there is a traffic congestion on the roads practically throughout the day. With thousands of tourists visiting the Queen of Hills to escape the heat in the plains, additional vehicles are further compounding the problem.
Police personnel remain mute spectators to traffic rule violations by three youths on the College road in Dharamsala on Tuesday
Police personnel remain mute spectators to traffic rule violations by three youths on the College road in Dharamsala on Tuesday. Photo: Kamaljeet

It was on the directives of the HP High Court that a Shimla Traffic Plan had been prepared by the district police to regulate traffic movement and ensure that there were no bottlenecks. Even though the plan exists on paper, it is not being implemented in letter and spirit. Vehicles can be seen plying to and fro on most of the roads which had been declared one way to ease out the congestion.

Loading and unloading of trucks near the Sabzi Mandi and Ganj Bazaar near the Lift well beyond the permissible limit of 8 am is resulting in traffic jams during morning hours. With the morning timings of most of the public schools being between 8.15 to 8.30 am, the entire stretch near the Victory Tunnel, bus stand and the Lift is choked.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:42:00 PM
To make matters worse, taxis and tourist vehicles parked outside the hotels along the Victory Tunnel towards Kaithu too hamper the free flow of traffic. Commuters taking u-turns even at prohibited pressure points further compound the traffic congestion.

Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Abhishek Dullar said efforts were being made to ensure the smooth flow of traffic. "We will ensure strict adherence to the time of 8 am fixed for loading and unloading of trucks and other goods carriers at various points on the Cart Road," he said. He said additional traffic police personnel would be deployed to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.

The parking of vehicles along roads in the absence of adequate parking lot also adds to traffic chaos. The problem gets aggravated during May-June when number of tourists are visiting the town. Unauthorised parking of trucks on both sides of the road between Khalini and New Shimla not only poses a threat to the safety of commuters, but also hampers traffic flow.

Unless and until there is strict adherence to traffic rules by commuters themselves so as to assist the traffic policemen, traffic woes of the town will continue to bother commuters.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:42:16 PM
Biased penalisation by traffic cops protested

Dharamsala: Traffic policemen here yesterday came in for criticism for alleged biased penalisation of two-wheelers on the Jail road. Traffic personnel started challaning two-wheelers for violating traffic rules such as not wearing helmets.

However, the situation took an ugly turn when traffic policemen fined some and allowed a few others to go scotfree despite the fact they were not wearing helmets. Those who were fined protested the biased attitude of traffic policemen and warned them of complaining to the higher authorities. — TNS
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:42:32 PM
 HPU VC term extended by six months
SCA activists protest vehemently; cries for his removal become shriller
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, May 21
The state government today granted a six-month extension to Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Vice-Chancellor ADN Bajpai even as cries for his removal became shriller and the Students Central Association (SCA) organised a rally for his ouster.

The three-year term of Prof Bajpai is due to expire on May 24, 2014, and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had earlier said he would not be given a second term, but the Governor today issued a notification allowing Prof Bajpai to continue in his office for a period of six months or till the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor.

About 500 students under the banner of the SCA today sought his immediate removal and threatened to intensify the agitation in case the government did not remove him. “We will be forced to sit on a dharna in front of the Governor and the Chief Minister’s residences in case our voice is not heard,” the students said.

SCA leaders put the entire blame for the “mess” in the university on the VC and said “time and money is being wasted on organising seminars which are an exercise in futility”.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:42:49 PM
The SCA leaders said that his claims were “hollow” and an exercise in “image making”. While the performance of the university in academies was “dismal’, appointments made so far were purely on political grounds, the SCA leaders alleged.

The student leaders rued that the university had failed to meet the bare minimum requirements such as hostel and library facility, filling of vacant posts of teacher and beautification of the campus. They accused the university authorities of using repressive measures and intimidating students raising their voice against wrongdoings of the university and said the students were being framed in false cases in connivance with the police.

The academic atmosphere in the university has been vitiated under the leadership of ADN Bajpai due to his arbitrary and democratic actions.

In his first year as VC, he delayed the oath ceremony of elected SCA officers for nine months, dissolved the SCA prematurely in May in 2013 and again dissolved the SCA on April 25 this year as students were raising their genuine demands, said SCA secretary Piyush Sewal.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:43:07 PM
 Encroachment endangers deodars, reserve forests
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, May 21
The encroachment of forest land on the McLeodganj-Dharamkot road has become a threat to reserve forests and rare deodar trees.

Encroachers have been carrying out a systematic procedure to do away with deodar forests for raising illegal buildings in the area. They remove the earth from edges of the hill, especially when heavy rain is expected in the region.

This makes deodar trees weak and ultimately leads to their felling. Sources said in many cases, trees are felled in the night, despite a total ban by the Department of Forests.

This has reduced the width of the road on many stretches. At the initial end of the road from McLeodganj, Tibetans have raised high-rising building. Almost all buildings are illegal and have been raised on the reserve forest area. However, the authorities concerned have failed to act.

Sources said respective departments had issued notices to encroachers and legal activity to get the land vacated had been going on at a tardy pace for the past many years. While the legal procedure for removing encroachments is going on, many more illegal buildings have come up in the area. The complacent attitude of the authorities concerned was further encouraging encroachers who are taking control of the government forest land at the cost of rare trees.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:43:22 PM
The Tibetan government had taken up the matter of encroachments with the state government. They are for the transfer of land in the name of the Dalai Lama Society so that it can further be given on lease to Tibetans living in exile.

The previous Congress government had decided to give special relaxation under Section 118 of the Land Tenancy Act to regularise encroachments by Tibetans. However, the present government has not taken any decision on the matter.

Officials of the Department of Forests were not available for comments.

Sources said for raising any construction on the said road, the person concerned had to take permission from the local Municipal Council and Town and Country Planning Department and no objection certificates (NOC) from the Department of Forests and PWD.

Officials of the said departments are right up to the extent that they had not given any permission for raising any building along the road.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:43:41 PM
 Bus horns continue to mount pressure
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, May 21
Caring two hoots for the Himachal Pradesh High Court's directions, private vehicle operators have been using pressure horns with impunity.

Though the high court has strictly directed the government to check such violations and discipline the private bus operators, little is being done to deter such violators.

After the HC's intervention, the state government had issued a notification in 2003 banning the use of pressure horns in vehicles after observing that noise pollution was a grave social menace that adversely affected the quality of life, and the issue of controlling it needed to be handled carefully.

The court had referred the case to a committee of experts for suggestions on the issue of controlling noise pollution, consequent to which, the state government had issued a notification for implementing Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act 1986 and the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000.

Despite strict directions, private buses were not only seen using high-decibel pressure horns which honked at a high pitch while crossing through habitations, but also disturbed ailing patients and the elderly.

The police have failed to challan such drivers, and private buses continue to violate the high court's directions. Some state-owned Volvo buses also have pressure horns.

People residing along the state highways and main district roads are the worst sufferers as these private buses use these routes frequently and their drivers honk these pressure horns continuously.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:44:02 PM
 MC waste management plant fails to function
Norms flouted as garbage disposed of on the Swan banks
Rajesh Sharma

Una, May 21
The Una municipal garbage management plant, which was made functional for a short time at Malahat village, 4 km from here, has been shut down. Like in the past, waste is being discarded on open land near the Swan river at Rampur village in utter disregard of pollution norms.

Constructed at a cost of about Rs 80 lakh, the Malahat plant supposedly has facilities for manual segregation of degradable and non-degradable waste, besides for conversion of organic matter into manure. It never got functional. The organic compost processed at the plant failed to qualify the quality checks.

Since the plant reportedly generate foul smell, locals have prevented municipal vehicles from entering the village.

Consequently, contractual work force deployed for waste management has also abandoned the plant.

For the last many years, the Una MC had been dumping city garbage on a plot of land adjacent to the Swan river at Rampur village. After the Malahat plant closed down recently, the garbage has again been directed to Rampur in utter disregard of pollution norms.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:44:19 PM
Here again, drivers and MC staff on the dumpers have to face the wrath of local villagers. The dumping site is teeming with foul smell, insects, pests, stray dogs and cattle as some of the light material, including plastics, finds its entry into the river when swept away by winds.

When efforts were made to contact municipal officers, it was found that the post of Municipal Executive Officer was lying vacant for a few months and the Tehsildar, Una, was holding the additional charge. The Assistant Municipal Engineer had retired and there was no replacement. Besides, numerous posts of sanitary workers are lying vacant.

Consequently, the garbage collection points in the city are overflowing with waste material. These points, which stink, are home to insects and cause infectious diseases, particularly during the summer season. Junior Municipal Engineer Madan Kumar said despite labour constraints, the sanitation ward was being streamlined.

Meanwhile, DC Abhishek Jain said he would talk to municipal and senior departmental officers in Shimla. He said pollution norms would not be allowed to be flouted.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:44:36 PM
 Manali student wins US award
Our Correspondent

Kullu, May 21
A Class XII student from Government Senior Secondary School, Manali, Jaya Sagar, won a prestigious award at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) held at Los Angeles in the US recently.
Jaya Sagar
Jaya Sagar

ISEF honours most promising student entrepreneurs, innovators and scientists in the world. The finalists are chosen annually from over hundreds of affiliated fairs held in several countries.

Jaya won the fourth award of $500 (US) in plant sciences category, along with $500 (US) savings bond by the Ashtavadhani Vidwan Ambati Subbaraya Chetty (AVASC) foundation for her project “Brassica juncea (mustard) flowers to attract pollinators for better malus domestica (apple) yield.”

Jaya had put up a model of planting spring mustard crops in apple orchards so that the two crops attain a flowering stage at the same time. Her observations revealed that the flowering of mustard plants increases insect and bee activity, which facilitates in achieving better pollinating results in cash-rich apple crop.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:44:54 PM
Jaya’s guardian GR Thakur hoped that her achievement would stimulate the Education Department in supporting outstanding achievers with some financial assistance.

This year’s Intel ISEF featured more than 1,700 young scientists selected from 435 affiliated fairs from more than 70 countries.

In addition, more than 500 finalists received awards and prizes for their innovative research. The foundation also awarded a $1,000 grant to each winner’s school and the Intel ISEF affiliated fair they represent.

Other winners from India were Abhishek Verma and Daksh Dua who secured first place in animal sciences category among the 17 Best of Category awards of $5,000 each. Kopal Gupta, Shreya Nandy, Debapratim Jana, Deeksha Hebbar, Animesh Tripathi and Amrit Sahu were also conferred with the awards in various categories.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:45:10 PM
 IIT Mandi to introduce new courses
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Mandi, May 21
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mandi, is introducing new courses, including Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in civil engineering, from the current session keeping in view specific needs of hilly areas.

The courses will be useful for future engineers to build different projects in hilly areas, in general, and Himachal Pradesh, in particular.

The BTech course has been specially designed by academicians of the institute keeping in view specific needs of the state such as the topography, development pattern, climatic conditions etc.

To give this course a hill orientation, planners have studied the pattern of development in the state after discussing various problems being faced while undertaking different projects.

Through this course, an effort is being made to improve construction work, reducing construction cost and such other things.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:45:25 PM
During the BTech course, students will have an option to do specialisation in road construction in hills, specialisation in building projects in the Himalayan region and new techniques of construction in hills.

Since the state is focusing in tapping hydro-potential here and a large number of hydro projects are coming up in Himachal Pradesh presently, this will be also be an area of specialisation in the Civil Engineering course.

The IIT is also starting Master’s course in Chemistry offering specialisations in physical, organic and in organic chemistry and nano science. Master of Technology in energy material is also being introduced from this session.

Dr Ramesh Aringti, Dean, Academics, IIT Mandi, said, “The institute is introducing several new courses from the current session offering specialisations.”

“The BTech course in civil engineering has been developed keeping in view the specific needs of hill areas, and students studying the course will have options to specialise in areas like hydro projects, road construction in hills, which would be main areas of development in Himachal Pradesh in the future,” he added.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:46:06 PM
 Factors for Cong’s defeat discussed
Our Correspondent

Kangra, May 21
The UPA government’s trounce happened due to anti-incumbency, significant change of political realignment and shift of strategic voting. These factors led to the "positive swing" of votes in favour of the BJP, led by Narendra Modi, during the Lok Sabha elections.

The analysis was made by Ajit Kumar Jha, Editor, The New Indian Express, published from New Delhi, during a lecture "Modi Miracle — NDA sweeps to power, Congress decimated" and "Why elections 2014 is a critical election" at Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) at Shahpur here yesterday. The function was organised by the Media Society.

The lecture was attended by Dr Rabindarnath Manukonda, Dean, School of Journalism Mass Communication and New Media, Dr Arbind Kumar Jha, Dean, School of Education, faculty members and students of different Schools.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:46:23 PM
 CPM’s review meeting

Mandi, May 21
The CPM held a review meeting to take stock of the party’s performance in the parliamentary election here today.

The meeting was attended by party state secretary Rakesh Singha, secretariat member Dr Kashmir Singh Thakur, candidate Kushal Bhardwaj and district secy Bhupinder Singh. — TNS
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:46:37 PM
 Village pradhan suspended

Palampur, May 21
Kangra DC C Palrasu placed Bara Bhangal panchayat pradhan Chuni Lal under suspension today after detecting serious irregularities in MGNREGA works carried out by him in 2013.

Sources said the DC had received complaints from Bara Bhangal residents that the pradhan had committed irregularities while executing civil works under MGNREGA in his panchayat falling under Baijnath block.

They informed the DC that forged documents were prepared by him to justify the amount spent under this programme. The DC constituted an inquiry committee headed by Block Development Officer, Baijnath. The committee visited the spot and found the funds released to panchayat under the backward-area sub plan were not utilised properly by the pradhan. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:46:52 PM
 Camp on environment ends
Our Correspondent

Dalhousie, May 21
A week-long camp on environment education concluded here yesterday. It was held for students of Gujarat near Punjpulla here by an Ahmedabad-based organisation ‘Anala Outdoor’.
Students of Gujarat during a camp in Dalhousie
Students of Gujarat during a camp in Dalhousie

Its managing director Chandresh Lodhiya has been organising such camps in Dalhousie hills for the past 19 years. Moreover, he is well conversant with the flora and fauna of the hills.

The objective of the camp was to impart detailed information with analysis about the flora and fauna of the Himalayan ranges to students. The campers also studied the species of medicinal herbs and their properties during the camp.

Lodhiya said the students had trekked for about 11 km in forests and mountain cliffs of the hill town.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:47:07 PM
 Rs 15 lakh loan misappropriated
Tribune News Service

Solan, May 21
The Baddi police today registered a case of cheating and forgery against a couple and manager of the Baddi branch of the Indian Bank for misappropriating Rs 15 lakh from the bank in 2012.

A case has been registered under Sections 420, 476, 468 and 471, IPC, against Naresh Kumar, his wife Shanta Devi and bank manager Rakesh Kumar Tomar who was posted in this branch in 2012.

According to initial investigations, Shanta Devi had applied for a loan of Rs 15 lakh in 2012 against a private enterprise Kailash Enterprises, shop number 11, Jharmajri, located in Baddi, for which her husband Naresh Kumar had given a guarantee. Not only was the procedure laid out bypassed, but also no such enterprise existed against which loan had been sanctioned. The branch manager had connived with the couple in applying, approving and sanctioning such a loan. No re-payment schedule had been worked out for this loan, causing financial loss to the bank.

Superintendent of Police, Baddi, S Arul Kumar said since the bank had failed to recover the amount, an internal inquiry had found that the money was misappropriated in connivance with the then branch manager and he had been placed under suspension while further investigations are underway.

Bank's senior manager Sat Pal Singh Yadav lodged an FIR with the police today.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:47:40 PM
HAMIRPUR
Interior design academy opens: Bollywood star Mahek Chahal launched an academy of interior design being opened by the International Institute of Fashion Design (INIFD) here on Tuesday. Mahek said a regular design education was a must for students to establish themselves as designers. INIFD Managing Director Sat Pal Sharma said the academy was being launched to take interior designing to new heights through specialised training and reach out to aspirants in the region.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on May 22, 2014, 05:48:01 PM
SHIMLA
Barowalia is court Registrar General: In a minor reshuffle, the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday posted CB Barowalia as its new Registrar General. As per the notification, Sushil Kukreja has been posted as Registrar Rules, Arvind Malhotra Vigilance, Yashwant Singh Judicial and Judges branches and Dr Baldev Singh Administration.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 08, 2014, 08:39:17 AM
Anurag gets bail in VB office protest case
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, June 7
BJP MP from Hamirpur and president of the HPCA Anurag Thakur today appeared in the court of the CJM, Kangra, and was granted bail in a case registered against him and other BJP leaders for holding a protest outside the office of the SP Vigilance, Dharamsala.

Besides Anurag, the case was registered against five others under Section 186 of the Indian Penal Code (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) on October 24, 2013.

Other BJP leaders, who appeared in the court and were granted bail, included former minister and BJP spokesperson Praveen Sharma, Kutlehar MLA Varinder Kanwar, former state Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha chief Narender Atri and HPCA spokesperson Sanjay Sharma.

One of the accused former Kangra district BJP spokesperson Vishaw Chakshu Puri has already secured a bail in the case. The court also issued bailable warrants against state BJP media co-in charge Hemanshu Mishra who failed to appear before the court

The court directed the accused to furnish a bail bond of Rs 10,000 each.

The case pertains to an incident that occurred on October 24, 2013, when Anurag had visited the Vigilance Bureau office at Dharamsala to join investigation in a case of cheating registered against the HPCA.

Anurag’s supporters, who accompanied him, had staged a protest on the Vigilance Bureau office premises.

Initially, the Vigilance had summoned Anurag to appear before the investigating officer on October 24. He alleged that the Vigilance had deliberately called him to join investigation on his birthday. After a controversy, the Vigilance postponed the summoning of Anurag to October 31.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 08, 2014, 08:39:46 AM
SPARKS FROM ROCKS IN DARANG
Experts call it reverse current, power board refutes it
Ravinder Sood

Palampur, June 7
Technical experts of the Geological Survey of India (GSI) today ruled out the possibility of magnetic activities in the hills of Darang village where a “black-coloured chemical and volcano-like flames” were erupting from the rocks for the past fortnight.

A team of geological experts, headed by Parashant Ilamkar and Shyam Sunder, along with officials of the state government, visited the spot last night. They said no magnetic activities were detected on the spot.

They were of the view that since 33-KV high-voltage transmission lines of the HP State Electricity Board were passing through the site, rocks were melting because of the reverse current reaction in the electricity poles during rain, which was also resulting in the release of black chemicals and flames.

They said magnetic activities were always found 10 km in the earth, but the situation did not exist here. Both experts said such unusual activities were also detected at Nalagarh in Solan district a few years ago. But later nothing was found and the spot was abandoned.

However, a team of engineers of the Electricity Board disagreed with the theory of the geological experts. They said reverse current reaction in the transmission lines and poles was not at all possible.

Vidya Sagar Thakur, Executive Engineer, HPSEB, Palampur, said there were hundreds of kilometres of transmission lines in the region, passing through forests and rocks, but such reverse current reaction was never reported.

He categorically stated that if there had been reverse current reaction the entire power grid would have tripped, resulting in complete power failure in the area.

Vidya Sagar said in the same forest there were half a dozen electricity poles of similar height, supporting 33-KV transmission lines, but flames and chemical were coming out of one particular point.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 08, 2014, 08:40:00 AM
Himachal Bhawan set for makeover
Tribune News Service

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh with officials of Himachal Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday evening.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh with officials of Himachal Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday evening. Tribune photo
New Delhi, June 7
The six-storey Himachal Bhawan, located at a prime location in Delhi, will undergo renovation. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has directed officers to complete the project expeditiously. He visited the bhawan yesterday to have a first-hand view of the building.

He told the officials that Rs 2 crore had already been released for the project.

The bhawan housing 56 rooms, including a suite each for the Governor, the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary, had come in operation in 1982.

It holds its sway among the Himachalis here, even though Himachal Sadan was set up in Chanakyapuri in the 1990s with a view to expand the accommodation to visiting functionaries from the state.

Kulbhushan Sharma, a native of Jwalamukhi in Kangra district, who is a social activist and resides in Delhi, said, “The bhawan gives me a sense of pride about my home state. There is an aristocratic halo to it, especially on account of its high-profile locus”.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 08, 2014, 08:40:22 AM
Protests force HPU to defer fee hike
Students accuse police of resorting to cane-charge, cops deny charges
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 7
Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) today deferred the decision on fee hike issue amid protests by students and decided to evolve a new fee structure based on price index, rationalisation and on the actual expenses incurred on it.

The Resource Mobilisation Committee (RMC), which met here under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor ADN Bajpai, took a consensus decision that the Himachal Board of School Education would be the base for re-structuring and it would only be implemented after the approval of the Executive Council.

Students Central Association (SCA) activists, who were standing outside the VC office to submit a memorandum, a five-point charter on why the fee should not be hiked, to the members of the RMC, alleged that the police resorted to cane charge when they reached near the VC's office to submit a memorandum and the police allegedly roughed up the activists.

SCA joint secretary Monika Dhadda alleged that the cane-charge was uncalled for and the police used brutal force on peaceful students. Even girls were manhandled by the police on the directions of the university authorities, she said, adding that a few students, including Vijay, Vikram, Ajay and Sanjeev, also sustained minor injuries.

The police denied the charge and said it only prevented the students from reaching the venue of the RMC meeting in the VC office and did not resort to any use of force. DSP Shiv Chaudhry said a police constable sustained injuries during the incident.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 08, 2014, 08:40:38 AM
At the meeting, it was also decided to restructure and broad base the Resource Mobilisation Committee in addition to Harish Janartha and Waryam Singh (both EC members), Deans of Studies and Student Welfare, the Registrar, the Secretary to the VC, the Controller of Examination, the Director, ICDEOL, the Director, UCBS, Prof CL Chandan, Prof Kailash Thakur, Dr NS Bist and Finance Officer who would be convenor of the committee.

It was also discussed that BBA and BCA should be run by the university by giving franchise to the institutions situated within Himachal Pradesh. The proposed fee hike from 2012-13 onward was almost double the fee proposed in 2006, but was still lower than that in the neighbouring universities and the HP Board of School Education.

The proposed examination fee was Rs 400 for BA and BCom, Rs 450 for BSc, Rs 2,400 for each semester of MBBS, Rs 2000 for BDS, Rs 3000 for MD/MS, Rs 2000 for BTech and BTech(IT) and Rs 1500 for MBA. The fee for private students was Rs 100 to Rs 400 more in each course.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 08, 2014, 08:40:55 AM
Delay likely in undergraduate exam results
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 7
Students of the first semester of undergraduate classes are a worried lot as hasty implementation of the Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) has created a mess in the examination branch which is not in a position to set a time frame for results.

Classes for the second semester will start by the June-end, but the results of the first semester are unlikely to be declared as the rectification of discrepancies relating to awards, codes and generation of 14-digit roll numbers will start on June 10 and it will take time.

RUSA was implemented without taking the examination branch into confidence and the Controller of Examination.

Sources in the examination branch revealed that discrepancies have been detected in 90,000 cases in almost all colleges affiliated to the HPU.

Apart from the generation of roll numbers, colleges have not provided the soft copy as asked. There are mistakes in codes and awards of subjects and the examination branch is still waiting for the software which should have been provided before the implementation of RUSA.

Moreover, the self-speaking software which had to take care of everything is not ready yet.

While the number of subjects in each semester has increased from four to seven under RUSA, a majority of the staff is not familiar with the newly introduced “standard deviation” for giving the grades. There will be seven grades, three each on the higher and lower side of mean, calculation of which is a statistical exercise.

The duplication of the “data transfer” exercise has added to the burden and the shortage of trained staff is delaying the declaration of results. Executive Council member Chowdhary Waryam Singh said, adding that there were about 150 vacant posts in the examination branch alone.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 08, 2014, 08:41:12 AM
Stone of CUHP at Dehra soon: MP
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, June 7
The foundation stone of the Central University Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) will soon be laid at Dehra. BJP MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur, who was here today to appear in the CJM court in a case registered against him, said this while talking to newsmen.

Anurag said he would take the issue of CUHP in the current session of Parliament.

"Efforts will be made to get the environmental clearances for the land on which the institution is proposed to come up. I will meet the Union ministers and the stone of the university will be laid at Dehra soon," Anurag said.

The issue of permanent campus of the CUHP is hanging fire since its establishment four years ago.

The previous BJP government in the state had proposed two campuses -- one at Dharamsala and another at Dehra -- for CUHP in Kangra district.

The 20 per cent campus of the university, including administrative offices and some colleges of humanities, were proposed to come up at Dharamsala, while 80 per cent campus was proposed at Dehra.

The BJP government had offered nearly 200 acres for its campus at Dharamsala and nearly 500 acres at Dehra.

Since the land given was forest land, the case of allotment of land got stuck with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

After the Congress government came to power in the state in 2012, it sent a new proposal to the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development proposing 80 per cent of the campus at Dharamsala and a small portion at Dehra.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 08, 2014, 08:41:25 AM
Prez to visit Shimla from June 20
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 7
President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a three-day visit to the town from June 20. He will arrive at the Kalyani helipad near Charabara,14 km from here, and return on June 22, as per a tentative programme.

The details of the President’s schedule are yet to be finalised. The Chief Secretary today held a meeting of officials concerned to finalise arrangements for his visit.

This will be Pranab’s second visit to Shimla as President. He had earlier visited Shimla in May 2013 in connection with the golden jubilee celebrations of the Himachal Vidhan Sabha.

The President will stay at The Retreat.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 08, 2014, 08:41:39 AM
Kangra college student drowns
Our Correspondent

Kangra, June 7
A student of Government Polytechnic College was drowned in the Banner khud where he had gone to take a bath, along with four other students, here today, the police said.

Kangra Additional SHO Budhi Prakash said the deceased, identified as Deepam (18), was pursuing the mechanical trade in the college. The other students accompanying him were identified as Parveen, Rajat, Akhil and Sunder.

The SHO said after taking their board exam, all the five students reached the khud to have a bath when Deepam slipped into the river and was drowned.

Rajinder Kumar, Fire Officer, Kangra Fire Station, said soon after getting information they reached the spot. Personnel of the Fire Brigade, along with policemen, fished out the body which was stuck under a rock in the river.

The police said the body was sent for postmortem and the parents of the deceased were intimated about the tragedy.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 08, 2014, 08:41:56 AM
Manufacturing vaccines at CRI hit
Unavailability of vaccine vial monitor labels main cause
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, June 7
Manufacturing vaccines at the Central Research Institute (CRI), Kasauli, has been adversely hit due to the unavailability of vaccine vial monitor (VVM) labels from the past six to eight months.

The VVMs have been made mandatory by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and are supposed to be affixed to each vial as well as on every box of vaccines. Their unavailability has delayed the labelling and subsequent dispatching process of the vaccines.

The VVM is a propriety item, produced by a single manufacturer in the world, and the director of the Central Research Institute could not execute its purchase which has to be routed through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The new manufacturing facility, where trial batches of DPT group vaccines are underway, is yet to begin commercial production. This facility was set up with an investment of Rs 11 crore.

The production of tetanus, underway at the old manufacturing facility, has hit a roadblock due to the unavailability of VVMs. With an expiry period of one and a half year only, the vaccine has lost nearly 50 per cent of its shelf life.

The institute is able to manufacture only serums now, including anti-rabies, anti-venom serums.

The institute, which was initially the sole public-sector institute producing Japanese encephalitic vaccine in the country and contributed to the Universal Immunisation Programme by producing a major chunk of DPT group vaccines, is now struggling to produce even its flagship products.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 08, 2014, 08:42:32 AM
NCC cadets participate in training camp
Our Correspondent

Una, June 7
Over 550 members of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) are participating in a 10-day Combined Annual Training Camp (CATC), which got underway at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Pekhubela village, 8 km from here, today.

Lt Col Mangat Saini, Camp Commandant and Commanding Officer (CO) of the 6 HP (Independent) NCC Company, said the cadets were being given training in weapons, including rifle firing, map reading and drill. Besides, he said the cadets were also given an opportunity to participate in an adventure and youth exchange programme as part of their annual curriculum.

The CO said NCC cadets undertook community development activities with the aim of imbibing selfless service to community, dignity of labour, need to protect the environment and assist weaker sections of society.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:30:21 AM
Lower hills reel under heat wave
Una sizzles at 45ºC after 25 years
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 8
Lower hills of Himachal reeled under a heat wave with Una sizzling at 45 degree Celsius after a lapse of 25 years. The mercury had touched 45ºC in Una in June 1989. The heat wave has hit normal life in lower areas and farmers are avoiding going to the fields. Most of the farmers sow paddy leaves early morning and return before noon. There was a marginal rise in the day temperature which stayed five to six degrees above normal in Una, Sirmaur, Bilaspur and Hamirpur and parts of Mandi and Kangra districts.

The day temperature breached the 40ºC mark at Sundernagar in Mandi district to stay at 40.5ºC, while Kangra and Nahan recorded a high of 39.1ºC and 38.6ºC, five degrees above normal.

Solan and Bhuntar recorded the maximum temperature at 37.5ºC and 37ºC, 6.2ºC and 4.2ºC above normal, while Shimla reeled under unusual heat with the mercury rising to 31.2ºC, seven degrees above normal.

The minimum temperature also rose by few notches and Nahan and Palampur recorded a low of 25.6ºC and 24.2ºC, three and four degrees above normal, while Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded a minimum of 11.2ºC, five degrees above normal.

Shimla recorded a minimum of 20.1ºC, five degrees above normal, while Keylong was the coldest at night with a low of 8.2ºC. The weather remained dry across the state barring Saloni in Chamba district which experienced 15 mm of rain.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:30:43 AM
Moral policing goes viral
NIFT students and a boy ‘punished’ in Kangra, Una villages
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala/Una, June 8
Two incidents that happened recently in the state indicate the emergence of the social vigilantes taking law into their own hands. One of the incidents involving students of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Kangra has gone viral on the social media. In the video clip, a few students of NIFT, including girls, are shown camping on a hillock. Some students were also taking beer. Suddenly, they were surrounded by villagers who were armed with machetes and sticks. The villagers threatened to kill them.

The students were seen pleading with them to show mercy. The social vigilantes were justifying their action by maintaining that the students were destroying their culture. Sources said the incident pertained to a village near Kangra where the students had gone for camping.

The video clip has shocked many. However, since the students involved did not lodge any complaint with the police, no action has been taken. Sources said the students did not report the incident as they feared that the NIFT authorities might take action against them for camping out late in the evening.

Another incident happened at Sanoli Majara village in Una district. The village is located on the border of Punjab and Himachal. Sources said a youth of a high caste community allegedly misbehaved with a girl of a lower caste community in the village. The entire panchayats of lower caste communities in the area gathered and demanded action against the boy.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:31:04 AM
SHONGTONG-KARCHAM POWER PROJECT
Army, HPPCL at loggerheads
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 8
The 450-MW Shongtong-Karcham power project on the left bank of the Satluj in Kinnaur has hit a roadblock. The Army and Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL) are at loggerheads over the shifting of ammunition depot and barracks near Powari to make way for the project.

The depot and barracks are of strategic importance and located downstream from the project site, sources revealed.

A team, led by Chief Secretary Parthsarthi Mitra, met the Defence Secretary at the Ministry of Defence office, New Delhi. The ministry has agreed in principle to allow the HPPCL to carry out “non-hazardous activities at the site, but the Army is yet to take a final call on ground zero,” sources said.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur, has been asked to provide suitable land to the Army for the ammunition depot.

Earlier, two sites were suggested for the project, but the Army has not yet agreed, the sources revealed.

The Army stalled the work on the project citing the strategic importance of the ammunition depot and barracks functioning near Powari for decades.

The team rushed to Delhi after Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh took up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday evening to resolve the deadlock.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:31:21 AM
State to celebrate 2014 as ‘silk year’
Tribune News service

Shimla, June 8
In a move to revive silk industry in the state, the government has decided to celebrate 2014 as ‘Silk Year’ from June 12 onwards. The day is also important for the state’s only silk mill, located at Bodh in the Nurpur area of Kangra district, as it will complete 50 years. The golden jubilee celebrations of the mill will also commence on the same day.

The Himachal Pradesh General Industrial Corporation (HPGIC), running the lone silk mill, has decided to add more varieties, launch innovative plans and give offers to convert it into a profit-earning unit.

An official spokesman said the government was committed to boost the economy of the local people by imparting training and encouraging greater participation in silk manufacturing.

When Kangra was a part of Punjab, the government established the unit at Nurpur in 1963, with the intention to develop it as the silk centre of the entire northern region. The unit was commissioned on June 9, 1964, and started yarn manufacturing.

Three years after Kangra became a part of Himachal on November 1, 1966, the control of the unit was handed over to Himachal Pradesh Mineral and Industrial Development Corporation (HPMIDC).

The unit was expanded in 1976, with the merger of the carpet manufacturing unit, and it started manufacturing silk fabric. Initially, chinnon and chiffon produced here became famous across North India. In 1988, the HPGIC took charge of the industry.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:31:37 AM
Incentives galore, but cement companies refuse to decrease price
Ambika Sharma
Tribune News Service

Solan, June 8
Cement companies have failed to decrease the prices of cement bags, despite the state government slapping notices on two major manufacturers, Ambuja Cements Limited and Jaypee Cements, for various violations.

A cement bag is costlier by Rs 30 to Rs 45 in Himachal than in the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Cement prices had been increased by Rs 10-30 per bag in March this year and it was available at Rs 335 per bag in Solan, while it was Rs 10-15 per bag costlier in far-off areas such as Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, owing to the transportation costs.

The high price continues, despite the transport subsidy worth nearly Rs 25 crore being available to these cement plants as an incentive extended by the Union Government.

Though Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri has taken up the cause with the cement companies to ensure that the prices were at par with the neighbouring states, he has achieved little success till now.

While the cement companies have been taking the plea of higher freight charges as the prime reason for the high price, the state appears to have benefited little from allowing cement manufacturers to invest here.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:31:54 AM
PM urged to take up Tibet issue with Chinese minister
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, June 8
Tibetan activists asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the issue of Tibet with visiting Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. On the visit of Wang Yi's to Delhi today, the Students for a Free Tibet-India took to the social media to ask Modi and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to raise the issue of border incursions in Ladakh, territory conflict in Arunachal and the crackdown in Tibet with him.

The crisis in Tibet over the past few years has only worsened, which is why Tibetans and Tibet activists around the world are intensifying efforts to urge countries to build pressure on China to end the severe repression in Tibet.

“We take this opportunity to welcome the new government and are thankful to Modi for inviting Tibetan Government-in-Exile PM Lobsang Sangay to the swearing in ceremony. India made a strong and clear statement on its stand on Tibet, along with their longstanding support and understanding”, said Dorjee Tseten, Asia Director, Students for a Free Tibet.

Since Xi Jinping became China’s President in March 2013, China’s grip on Tibet has tightened. The renewed clampdown includes mass detention, violent military responses to peaceful protests, increased use of “patriotic re-education” campaigns and the criminalisation of family members of those 130 people who have protested by burning their bodies to protest the Chinese rule in Tibet.

“We ask the Government of India to issue a strong statement in light of the current human rights violation, the provocative policies and crisis in Tibet. It’s time now for India to devise a counter-strategy by reinforcing the issue of Tibet in the talks with the Chinese Foreign Minister,” said Rashi Jauhri, deputy programme director, Students for a Free Tibet-India.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:32:09 AM
Chairman Kangra Block Samiti, BDO spar over purchase of solar lights
Our Correspondent

Kangra, June 8
Kangra Block Samiti Chairman Kulbash Choudhary has demanded a high-level inquiry against Block Development Officer (BDO) Shashi Patial, who according to him had violated norms while purchasing 75 solar lights. Kulbash, while addressing a press conference here on Thursday, said the BDO had approved the quotation for 75 solar lights at Rs 23,500 each ignoring a quotation of Rs 19,900 violating government norms. He said this way he had incurred a loss of Rs 3,600 for each solar light to the government.

He said the BDO issued a cheque for Rs 8.64 lakh to the party concerned with his personal signature only, thereby violating the government direction of December 12, 2001, under No. 30CH-HA (1-3/98) which said such accounts might have at least two signatories.

Kulbash said for all public institutions such as villages, panchayats, zila parishads, mahila mandals and block samitis among other organisations, it was a legal precedence to have at least two signatories.

He said earlier, both BDO and block samiti chairman used to sign the cheques.

He said on May 22, 2014, the BDO issued a cheque of Rs 8.64 lakh with his signature only and on June 4, 2014, he sent a letter to the Kangra Central Co-Operative Bank (KCCB) Ltd manager stating that the cheque with only one signature be entertained.

He demanded a high-level inquiry into the alleged scam.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:32:28 AM
Kangra hospital victim of govt apathy
Despite notification, it could not be upgraded ever after 14 years
Ashok Raina

Kangra, June 8
In the absence of an assistant in the operation theatre, surgeries have not been performed at the Civil Hospital here for the past over one and a half years. Sources said a general surgeon, a gynaecologist, an ENT specialist and an orthopaedic surgeon had been reduced to mere medical officers in the OPD. The 50-bed hospital was inaugurated by Virbhadra Singh on December 3, 1985. The BJP government headed by then Chief Minister PK Dhumal issued a notification to upgrade it to a 100-bed hospital on December 20, 2000.

However, the notification could not be implemented ever after 14 years due to alleged political differences between the BJP and the Congress.

For not upgrading the hospital, the government said there was a medical college at Tanda, just 4 km from Kangra, to cater to the needs of people.

But statistics speak otherwise. Nearly 1.42 lakh patients visited the OPD of the Civil Hospital here last year.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Vineet Choudary said the hospital could not be upgraded in 2000, as a 500-bed hospital was coming up at Tanda. He, however, expressed surprise as to why an operation theatre assistant was not available at hospital. He said an assistant would be posted there soon.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:32:44 AM
47 panchayats declared 'nirmal' in Chamba
Our Correspondent

Chamba, June 8
As many as 47 panchayats of Chamba district have recently been declared "nirmal" panchayats for being completely free of open defecation under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA). Besides, the work of making the environs of 30 more panchayats clean will get underway soon. There are 283 gram panchayats in the district.

Addressing the media here today, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kadam Sandeep Vasant said to give a fresh impetus to the abhiyan, Swachhata Week was observed in the district which concluded today.

During the event, people were made aware of cleanliness and enrolled as voluntary swachhata mitras. So far, 500 mitras had been enrolled and imparted training while a target of enrolling 2,500 more had been fixed, the DC said.

Moreover, 80 resource persons had been selected and imparted training for ensuring total sanitation all around human habitations, Vasant said.

Under the abhiyan, 63 community toilets had already been constructed at different points in the district, the DC said, adding that ~3 lakh was being spent on the construction of each toilet block.

The DC said 20,904 out of 1,15,897 households in the district were without toilets and these would be covered under the abhiyan. Besides, 1,482 schools would also be provided the facility to make their environs defecation-free.

For this, the DC said Rs 2.04 crore had been earmarked for the purpose.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:33:43 AM
Tourist rush on the rise
Our Correspondent

Kullu, June 8
The number of tourists to the state has seen a spurt this season. The Tourism Department said the number of tourists to Kullu as well as in the state had increased this summer as compared to last year. AR Thakur, president, Manali Hotelier’s Association, said most of the hotels in Manali were experiencing over 90 per cent occupancy and there were heavy bookings for June.

Hotels of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) have been packed to capacity since the onset of the tourist season and hundreds of revellers are making a beeline to this hill station to seek relief from the heat wave prevalent in the plains.

Ritesh, a tourist from Delhi, said, “It is thrilling to play with snow during this time of the year.”

Jasbir Singh from Punjab said, "It is heavenly to experience the chill, while the plains are experiencing unbearable heat."

Even government rest houses and bungalows are experiencing heavy bookings, as many officials and bureaucrats also visit this tourist destination.

Many ascetics and saints schedule their summer camps in this “valley of gods”. Acharya Sudhanshuji Maharaj recently conducted around three camps three-day each during his stay at an ashram at Ghurdaur village, 20 km from here.

Renowned orator Sant Morari Bapu is also scheduled to visit Kullu and deliver his sermons at the historic Dhalpur ground from June 14 to 22.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:34:00 AM
Una villages face drinking water shortage

Una, June 8
Due to the intense heat wave, a number of villages in the district have reported acute shortage of piped water. The situation has worsened because of repeated power cuts, which drastically restrict the hours of pumping water from ground aquifers to the distribution network.

Reports of water shortage have come in from Kutlehar, Chintpurni, Haroli and Una Assembly constituencies. The terrain in Kutlehar, Chintpurni and Haroli is hilly with habitations residing at high altitudes. Villagers of Tahliwal in Haroli block, ward numbers 3, 8, 10, 11 of Una city, besides Dehlan and Sanoli panchayats of Una block and some villages near Chintpurni have reported shortage of drinking water.

Mukesh Hira, Executive Engineer, Irrigation and Public Health Department, said the situation was better this year. He said the demand for water increased during summers, which was the reason for reports of water shortage in some areas. He said pumping hours were increased to cope up with the increased demand. — OC
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 09, 2014, 08:34:12 AM
Call to fill vacant posts of doctor
Our Correspondent

Kangra, June 8
The Himachal Medical Officers Association (HMOA) has demanded that all shortcomings mentioned by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in the DRPGMC, Tanda, and the IGMC, Shimla, should be rectified immediately so that the number of seats is not decreased.

Dr Sushil Sharma, spokesman of the HMOA, demanded here on Friday that vacant posts of Chief Medical Officer and Block Medical Officer should be filled.

He said the HMOA further demanded that the Rogi Kalayan Samiti, ad hoc and contract service should be considered for 4,9,14 time scales for the doctors as there was a huge financial loss to doctors.

He said the HMOA further demanded that the postgraduate quota for GDOs should be immediately restored to 90 per cent from 66 per cent which was decreased last year. Otherwise there would be no motivation for fresh doctors to join health services.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:47:02 AM
HOLIDAY HORROR IN MANDI
DAY2: 5 STUDENTS DEAD,   19 MISSING
CM orders inquiry, suspends 2 engineers
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Pandoh (Mandi), June 9
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has ordered a high-level probe into the incident of washing away of 24 engineering students and a staff member in the Beas last evening and suspended three employees of the Larji project.

The Chief Minister accompanied by Transport Minister GS Bali and former Mandi MP Pratibha Singh visited the spot where the mishap took place near Thalot and interacted with survivors in the incident.

He has termed the incident most unfortunate and assured the students and their families all possible help in extricating the bodies and transporting them to Hyderabad.

The CM said, “The Divisional Commissioner, Mandi, has been entrusted the probe who will submit a report within 15 days.”

He said, “All aspects such as lack of warning system and negligence, if any on the part of the Larji dam administration, will be covered, including allegations of illegal mining in the Beas.”

The CM has also directed the administration to install five feet high barbed wire along the banks of the river and an effective warning system covering about 5 kms to warn the people before release of water from the dams.

He said, “This is a stray incident but we have specified several places along the road to Manali where tourists can click photographs and enjoy the scenic beauty.”

The state government has suspended Resident Engineer of Larji Project Mandeep Singh, Executive Engineer MS Dadhwalia and fitter Harbans Lal for negligence.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:47:19 AM
HC takes suo motu notice
Asks state to list cause of accident, details of warning system
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 9
Taking suo motu notice of the mishap involving washing away of 24 students of the VNR Jyoti Institute of Engineering, Hyderabad, at Thalot in Mandi, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today asked the state government to file a status report on June 16, listing the cause of the accident and the details of warning system in place.

Passing the order, Vacation Judge Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan said the case had been registered as a PIL plea after Acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir took cognizance of media reports that appeared in newspapers today. He wrote that going by the news items, it was a sad tale as the excursion to Manali turned out to be fatal as a consequence of the utter and callous negligence of the power project authorities.

“It cannot be said to be an error of judgment or accident as it was the duty of the authorities to have at least issued warning and resorted to the usual method of blaring the siren so as to ensure the evacuation of the river bank before discharging the water,” he said in his order. Therefore, the project authorities had prima facie displayed callous and wanton disregard to their duties, he wrote.

Justice Thakur has directed the state government to file a status report detailing the cause of the accident, relief and rescue steps, instructions regarding the procedure to be observed before the discharge of water from the barrage or reservoir, warning system and the steps taken to ensure that there is no recurrence of such incidents in future.

The court also directed the state government to render all possible help to trace the missing students and in case of casualty, ensure that the bodies of the victims were handed over to the families with dignity and also make arrangements for transporting the bodies to their native places.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:47:35 AM
When their world came crashing down
Suresh Dharur
Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, June 9
The world came crashing down around family members of the engineering students who were washed away in the gushing waters of the Beas in Himachal Pradesh.

Heart-wrenching cries reverberated homes of students who met with the tragedy while on an educational tour.

The kin of the students were in a state of shock and disbelief and lack of proper information and official apathy further compounded their plight.

A pall of gloom descended on the VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology campus as the staff and students are yet to come to terms with the tragedy.

A group of 45 students from second year BTech (instrumentation branch), along with faculty members, were on a trip to Manali when the tragedy struck.

As many as 24 students were washed away in the river after water was released from the dam allegedly without any warning.

“We were informed about the tragedy by students who survived. But, officials have been indifferent,” said a relative of Ashish, who is missing. Ashish lost his father six months ago. His mother has been sobbing ever since the news reached her.

Another parent B Shekhar Naik held his son Rambabu’s photo in his hand and pleaded with the media to tell him what happened to his son. He then went into uncontrollable sobbing. There was a sense of disbelief among the college staff.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:47:50 AM
Smriti Irani assures students help
Tribune News Service

Pandoh (Mandi), June 9
Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani also visited the spot and also interacted with students from Hyderabad today assuring them of every help.

The minister said, “I have come here to monitor the rescue operation and for better coordination between Talengana and Himachal Pradesh governments during the operation.”

After meeting the students, she said, “I have assured them every help and will take up safety concerns raised by the students with the state government and efforts be made to start special chartered flights.”

Earlier, expressing grave shock and concern over the tragedy, Smriti Irani left for Mandi to take assessment of the ground situation.

Her office said in a press statement that she had assured the Minister of Education, Himachal Pradesh, all possible assistance required from the Centre. Irani earlier spoke to the faculty of the engineering college who was accompanying the students. Principal of the college had been assured of cooperation.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:48:16 AM
BJP, Cong spar over poor fiscal health of state
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 9
The war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress over the poor financial position of the state became more intense on Saturday with both parties accusing each other for creating a financial mess in the state.

Former Himachal Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal triggered the debate by accusing the successive Congress governments of not fully utilising the plan allocations, raising loans and failing to get the adequate special financial assistance from the Centre leading to high debt/GSDP and claimed that the financial position was better during the Bharatiya Janata Party rule.

Four Congress ministers Thakur Singh Bharmouri, Mukesh Agnihotri, Sudhir Sharma and Anil Sharma, were quick to dub the claim of Dhumal as false and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party governments of creating financial mess in the state.

Taking on Dhumal for accusing the 13th Finance Commission of not doing justice with Himachal, the ministers alleged that the BJP government had failed to put its case before the commission that resulted in under-assessment of committed liabilities.

While the commission recommended an average increase of 126 per cent in the total devolution to other states compared to the 12th Finance Commission award, the increase in case of Himachal was only 50 per cent, which was the lowest in the country, they said, adding that it clearly established that the BJP government faltered in presenting the case of the state.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:48:33 AM
Kangra sailor released after 42 months of captivity
Was made hostage with 22 others by Somali pirates on Nov 26, 2010
Rajiv Mahajan

Nurpur, June 9
Twentythree-year-old Aman Sharma of Kardial village in Jawali subdivision was finally released from Somali pirates’ captivity.

The news of his release was received by his father, Kewal Krishan, who is an ex-serviceman, last evening.

Kewal told this correspondent that it took more than three-and-a-half years to release his son, who was one of the 23 crew members made hostage by Somali pirates. Their ship was hijacked on November 26, 2010, west to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.

“I had taken up this issue with the then Chief Minister PK Dhumal and the Union External Affairs Ministry, Delhi. I spoke to Aman last evening, who after his release is at Nairobi in Kenya and is likely to arrive at his native village this Saturday,” he said.

Aman had joined as a crew member in MV ALBEDO, ship of Majestic Enrich, a shipping company of Malaysia, in October 2010 after doing a diploma in merchant navy and just a month after joining, he fell prey to Somali pirates.

The pirates demanded ransom from hostages and even tortured them. The pirates had eliminated Raju Prasad, one of the Indian hostages, in June 2012 and kept on giving ultimatums to other hostages, including Aman.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:48:55 AM
Bahra varsity joins hands with IBM
Tribune News Service

Solan, June 9
Waknaghat-based Bahra University has joined hands with global Information Technology (IT) major IBM to start BTech (Hons) course in computer science from the current academic session.

University Vice-Chancellor SK Bansal said this would help students to work on real-time projects. “Since students will be studying curriculum specially designed by IBM experts, the course will enhance their employability,” he said.

Students would also be visiting IBM facilities to get first-hand exposure of working in the IT sector.

The faculty would be trained by IBM and students opting for this course would get placement opportunities in IBM and their partner companies.

Bansal said besides BTech (Hons), IBM had adopted MBA course at the university and their experts would be training students in three specialisations.

Gurvinder Singh Bahra, Chairman, Rayat Bahra group of companies, said the new course started by Bahra University would help students get training on the latest IBM software.

He said Bahra University and other institutes of the Rayat Bahra group were on the verge of entering into agreements with leading corporates in the auto sector.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:49:10 AM
Stamp on HPU released
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 9
A commemorative stamp to mark the achievements of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) was released here yesterday.

HPU Vice-Chancellor ADN Bajpai released the stamp at the Gaiety Theatre in the presence of Chief Post Master General of Himachal Pradesh Circle.

HPU, which is the first university of the state, was established on July 22, 1970, and will complete 44 years of its existence next month.

It is the only multi-faculty and affiliating university in the state providing higher education through formal and distant modes.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:49:25 AM
VC inaugurates Himachal Folk Theatre Workshop in Palampur
Our Correspondent

Palampur, June 9
A three-week-long Himachal Folk Theatre Workshop was inaugurated at Andretta,12 km from here, yesterday.

Dr KK Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, CSK HP Agriculture University (CSKHPAU), was the chief guest. He inaugurated the workshop and addressed participants and teachers. He said the state was culturally very diverse and rich. Owing to the contributions of eminent artist Sobha Singh and great grandmother of Punjabi theatre Norah Richards, Andretta had attained international recognition and students could draw inspiration from such great personalities.

Dr Katoch hoped that participating students would enrich their personality in the company of well-known experts in the areas of theatre, folk music and dances.

Workshop director Dr Yogesh Gambhir said Punjabi University was organising the workshop which was sponsored by the North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC) and Union Ministry of Culture. He said nearly 50 students from several states were taking part in the workshop.

Ravinder Sharma, programme officer, NZCC, said their centre would sponsor art and cultural activities in the region. Bharat Sharma, a dance teacher, said he had decided to stay in the art village and encourage such activities in Himachal. Dr DR Sankhyan expressed gratitude to all for reviving such activities in Andretta.

Students presented a cultural programme to mark the occasion.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:49:47 AM
Electrical Engg Dept holds alumni meet at NIT
Tribune News Service

Hamirpur, June 9
The second alumni meet of the Electrical Engineering Department at the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Hamirpur, was attended by 50 former students yesterday.

The meet was inaugurated by Prof Rajnish Shrivastava, Director, NIT.

Professor Shrivastava highlighted the achievements and activities of NIT and talked about the NBA accreditation of the engineering courses at the institute, placements of graduates in reputed organisations and starting of new branches of engineering. He emphasised the need of continuing interaction with the alumni to gain from their experiences for effecting changes in the curriculum to make the courses relevant to the needs of the industry. Professor Shrivastva advocated active interaction between alumni, faculty, board and senate of NIT before finalising new curriculum to make it need based and industry oriented.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:53:40 AM
Lahaul residents, hoteliers want congestion charges to go
Say no tourists visiting Lahaul and Spiti even during peak season
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 9
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) restored traffic movement on the 473-km Manali-Leh National Highway-21 two days ago, but the permit-based entry from the Kothi barrier uphill Manali to the Rohtang Pass has pushed local hoteliers and guest-house owners in Lahaul valley to the brink.

They said no tourists were visiting Lahaul-Spiti even during peak summer season, whereas hotels in Shimla and Manali were full. Though the National Green Tribunal (NGT) fixed the case for hearing in Shimla on June 25, the district administration has put up the Kothi barrier to regulate traffic to the Rohtang Pass.

Members of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST), NGOs and hoteliers had joined hands to seek a complete exemption from the permits as the barrier had hit the economy of Lahaul-Spiti, Pangi, Leh and Ladakh residents badly.

“Only 10 vehicles and a few bikers left for Leh from Keylong today, while 12 vehicles came from Leh,” Tashi Karapa, president, Lahaul-Spiti Hoteliers’ Association, said.

“We have to pay Rs 50 per vehicle to cross the Rohtang Pass and tourists, who want to come to Lahaul and proceed further to Leh, get stranded in traffic jams between Gulaba and the Beas Nullah,” he said.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 10, 2014, 07:54:00 AM
Demand to introduce music subject in schools, colleges gathers pace
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 9
Reiterating their demand to introduce music as a subject in government schools, members of the Sangeet Chhatra Kalyan Sangathan today said music was being taught as a subject in only 57 out of the 10,676 primary, 2,345 middle and 1,535 senior secondary government schools in the state.

Sangathan president Rajesh Chauhan said: “To popularise Indian classical music, it is important that a base is created at the primary school level.”

He said the situation in colleges too was not good as music was being taught in just 41 out of the 86 government colleges, including five Sanskrit colleges.

He said the government had assured them on May 15, 2013, that their demand would be considered, but nothing had been done so far.

“There is a craze among youngsters to learn music, and to introduce music as a subject in the middle school, we started a signature campaign. More than one lakh people supported the demand,” he added.

“Music is not just a subject, but a discipline and spiritual exercise that helps in meditation. It enhances patience level and is the key to character-building,” he said, adding that the rich culture and folk music of Himachal should be promoted by affording opportunities to Himachali artistes at fairs, festivals and other state functions.

The sangathan called for raising the standard of state festivals and suggested that a committee of renowned artistes and experts be constituted. It said auditions should be conducted before selecting artistes and groups for state festivals that provided a great platform to Himachali artistes. “In case they are not provided opportunities, their talent will die a premature death,” he added.
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Post by: bathinda on June 13, 2014, 10:47:32 AM
Exclusive: Himachal Tragedy,Hyderabad 24 Engineering Students swept away in Beas River (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8DPFneXuh4#ws)

Tragedy in Himachal 24 Students swept away LIVE Full Video
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
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Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 18, 2014, 07:38:48 AM
Internal probe panel gives clean chit to Larji staff 
Water released 29 times on June 8, says committee report
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

 Shimla, June 17
A four-member inquiry committee formed by the HP State Electricity Board (HPSEBL) has given a clean chit to the Larji power operating staff in connection with the release of water from the 126 mw dam. It claimed that 2820 cumecs of water was released between 1 am and 7.30 pm in 29 intervals on June 8 which washed away 24 engineering students.

But the internal inquiry report has not answered as to why independent power producers (IPPs) such as 100 mw Karcham Wangtoo, 1500 mw NJPC, 192 Allain and Duhangan, Malana and others were allowed to run more than 10-15 per cent of their installed capacity. Divisional Commissioner, Mandi, Onkar Sharma has yet to complete the main inquiry ordered by the state government into the incident.

The dam had already released 1950 cumecs of water between 1 am and 5 pm on June 8, revealed HPSEB findings. Inquiry headed by the HPSEB Chief Engineer, central zone, has come out on the expected lines. The inquiry has not touched the key issue as to why the IPPs were not touched in verbal order to scale down the power production.

The Larji scaled down production from 138 mw to 32 mw and 870 cumecs of water was released between 6 pm and 7 pm on June 8 when the ill-fated 24 students were washed away”.

The inquiry report has cited the Logsheet maintained by the operating staff of the Larji barrage on the released quantities of water in 29 intervals.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 18, 2014, 07:39:11 AM
Parents leaving; to get deemed death certificates of victims
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Tribune News Service

Pandoh ( Mandi) , June 17
After losing hope of recovery of 16 students and a tour co-coordinator washed away in the Beas on June 8, all parents and relatives of the victims camping here since June 9, have decided to return to their native places tonight.

The kin of the victims reached here on June 9 in search of the victims, a day after the mishap, when 24 students and a tour co-coordinator were swept away in the river following sudden release of water from the Larji dam. Only eight bodies have been recovered but 17 victims are still untraced.

The authorities had launched a massive search operation but none of the remaining victims could be traced.

As many as 14 relatives returned yesterday and all of them are returning tonight.

Additional District Magistrate, Mandi, Pankaj Rai said, “All parents and relatives camping here since June 9 are returning tonight.”

“As per their request, we are issuing them deemed death certificates of the victims,” he added.

The authorities are continuing the search operation to locate the bodies and the search teams are using Light Detection Ranging (LIDER) and Sound Navigation and Ranging (SONAR) techniques to find the bodies.

Mohinder Reddy, Transport Minister of Telangana, held a meeting with the authorities and the kin of the victims at Pandoh.

The minister said, “The Telangana government has registered a case against the college for its negligence and will also inquire in the allegations of the parents of the victims about the tour operator.”
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 18, 2014, 07:39:28 AM
Kol dam good option for water to Shimla: Centre
Bhanu P Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 17
The Centre has given the state the Kol Dam lift water supply project as the option to supply water to Shimla. The Himachal Pradesh Government was stressing for the Pabbar gravity water supply project for this purpose.

The Centre had rejected the Rs 1,307 crore project as it was unviable on the grounds that the cost was too high, the source did not have a perennial snow cover, large forest areas were involved, getting environment clearance was an issue and the pipeline to bring water to Shimla was too long (about 45 km).

A maintenance road through the forests would have to be carved out requiring felling of a large number of trees, which the Union Ministry of Forest and Environment may not agree to. However, the state Irrigation and Public Health Minister Vidya Stokes insisted on pushing the project and the Cabinet put its seal on the project, overruling the objections of the Centre.

The matter was again taken up with then Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram for World Bank funding but there was no assurance as the UPA Government was on its way out.

The Centre shot another letter to the state reiterating that for “augmentation of the Shimla water supply scheme, the Kol Dam project is the best option” but instead of sending the detailed project report of the Kol Dam scheme, estimated to cost about Rs 400 crore, Vidya Stokes has again come out in defence of the Pabbar project and counted the “alleged disadvantages” of the Kol Dam water supply project and stated that it was prone to floods and landslides.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 18, 2014, 07:39:42 AM
Kaza CHC to have 50-bed hospital: CM
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 17
The Community Health Centre (CHC) at Kaza will be upgraded to 50-bed hospital equipped with latest equipment and machinery and adequate staff and specialist doctors be provided. This was stated by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a public meeting at Kaza in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district today.

He said the residential accommodation for doctors would be ensured in the vicinity of the hospital campus so that they might be available round the clock for the people and willingly opt for serving the tribal and far-flung areas of the state.

“I am well aware of every nook and corner of the tribal areas of the state as well as the customs, culture and traditions of the tribal people, besides problems and hardships being faced by them,” Virbhadra said, adding that overall development of the tribal areas and welfare of its welfare had always been his priority.

He said the state government had time and again taken up the issue for the construction of the airport for Kaza at Rangreek and also for the expansion of other airstrips in the state.

“I am personally going to pursue the matter pertaining to the construction of Rangreek airstrip with the Union Government so that the Kaza airport could be made more viable, both economically and technically, so as to boost tourism, he added.

The Chief Minister stressed upon exploring avenues for employment and self-employment for the youth of tribal areas. He said the government would provide uninterrupted 180-day employment to labourers working for the PWD and IPH without break, which was 100 days earlier.
Title: Re: Himachal Pradesh
Post by: Harpal on June 18, 2014, 07:39:58 AM
Only 80 opt for pvt polytechnic colleges
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, June 17
In the counselling held by the Technical Education Department yesterday, polytechnic colleges got just 80 students against 7,500 seats.

RK Sharma, chairman of the admission committee of the state technical education board, said in the first counselling held yesterday at Sundernagar, about 1,880 students appeared. Out of these, 1,800 opted for government polytechnic colleges and just 80 for private colleges, he said.

In Himachal, there are 15 government polytechnic colleges that have around 2,000 seats and 18 private polytechnic colleges have around 7,500 seats. After the first counselling, about 200 seats even in the government polytechnic colleges have remained vacant.

Private polytechnic colleges have been able to fill just about 1 per cent of the total seats.

RK Sharma said about 13,000 students appeared in the PAT entrance test conducted by Himachal Pradesh State Technical Education Board this year. However, just 2,000 turned out in the first counselling. There seems to be decline in