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Gear up for LS poll: Cong to workers

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Our Correspondent KULLU, JULy 11 The Congress asked its workers to gear up for the Lok Sabha polls scheduled next year. Party incharge for Himachal Rajni Patil criticised the BJP government and said “Achhe din to aaye nahin, par ab sachhe din aayenge”. She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made false promises and cheated the masses. The government was unable to control the increasing prices of various commodities. Petrol and LPG prices were going up. Patil said brave soldiers were being martyred on the Pakistan border. Tat government had failed to bring back black money and on the other hand money in Swiss bank accounts of Indians had increased. She further added that no one received Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts while Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya fled the country with huge amount of money of banks. HPCC president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said the BJP MPs will have to give account of their achievements of the past four years. The development had co..
                 

On way to Bilji Mahadev, pilgrim dies in accident

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Mandi, July 11 One woman was killed and two persons were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in fell down into a gorge on the Kullu-Bijli Mahadev road near Kotadhar in Kullu district. The deceased has been identified as Tanuja (45), a native of Barmana in Bilaspur district. The injured Vijay Kumar (24) and Chetna Thakur (28), also natives of Barmana, were rushed to regional hospital, Kullu, for medical treatment. Their condition is stated to be stable. According to police, eight persons were on board the vehicle, including driver. They were moving towards Bijli Mahadev to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva. The road was muddy due to which the driver was facing difficulty in driving. As a result, at one point at Kotadhar five persons got down from the vehicle to push it ahead, while three people were on board. Driver failed to control the vehicle, which skidded off from the road going deep into gorge. — TNS..
                 

Contractor summoned over delay in road work

7 days ago  
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Plans to sterilise simians by tracking their feeding areas

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, July 11 In a change of strategy to check the booming population of monkeys in the capital, the Forest Department has decided to sterilise 70 per cent simians by mapping their roosting, troupe size and feeding areas so as to enable catchers to capture them early in the morning. The Wildlife wing of the department has constituted four teams which will undertake mapping of their roosting and feeding sites in the town so that they could be caught around 4 am before they wake up. It has also been decided to make use of nets to catch them. As part of a more scientific strategy to check their numbers, GPS location and videography of catching and releasing of monkeys will be maintained. Studies have indicated that monkeys become more aggressive and there is increase in their breeding instinct if only a few monkeys from a troupe caught and sterilised. Efforts will be made to bring professional monkey catchers from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh a..
                 

Govt to set up quality check squad for roads

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Shimla, July 11 Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday said the state government was setting up an independent quality check squad at the Chief Minister’s Office to ensure quality in construction of roads, bridges and other government buildings in the state. Presiding over a meeting regarding the implementation of GST and its impact on the Public Works Department (PWD) here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said the government would take serious note of any delay in the completion of projects or compromise in the quality of construction. He said action would be taken against erring contractors or executing agencies. Thakur said the government would start a scheme to provide incentives to the executing agencies completing the projects ahead of stipulated time period. This would bring about competitiveness among contractors and check cost escalation in the projects, Thakur said. The Chief Minister said for ensuring the quality of construction material..
                 

Met predicts wet spell in region till July 17

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Shimla, July 11 The local Met office on Wednesday warned of heavy to very heavy rain in the low and middle hills on July 12 and heavy rain in the low and middle hills on July 13 and predicted wet spell in the region till July 17. Heavy rain lashed parts of the state especially Sirmaur, Kangra and Una districts in the past 24 hours Paonta Sahib, which received 202 mm of rain, was the wettest followed by Nahan 109 mm, Palampur and Una 89 mm each, Jogindernagar 62 mm, Bangana 45 mm, Jhandutta 40 mm, Sarkaghat 35 mm, Baijnath 33 mm, Renuka 26 mm, Berthin 24 mm, Rajgarh22 mm, Nagrota Suriyan 19 mm, Kahu 18 mm, Bharari and Mandi 16 mm each, Saloni and Pandoh 15 mm each, Naina Devi and Bilaspur 14 mm each. There was no appreciable change in the minimum and maximum temperatures and Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest at night with a low of 13. 4 degree Celsius while Chamba recorded a high at 32.7 degree Celsius was the hottest in the day...
                 

Stone for state’s biggest cow sanctuary laid

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Shimla, July 10 Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for the biggest cow sanctuary at Kotla Barog in Pachad area of Sirmaur district, which will provide shelter to 500 cows and will be developed over an area 109 bighas. During his day-long tour of the Pachad Assembly segment in Sirmaur district, Thakur addressed a public meeting at Rajgarh. “This cow sanctuary, to be run by the State Animal Husbandry Department, would be the biggest in Himachal and would be constructed at a cost of Rs 1.52 crore,” he stated. He said the state government had decided to levy cess of Re 1 per bottle of liquor for construction and maintenance of gau sadans. In addition, 15 per cent would be used from the offering from different temple in the state for this purpose. The Chief Minister said he was working with a single objective to make Himachal Pradesh the front runner state of the country. “Being a hill state, the development demands and needs of Himachal..
                 

Now, tourists visiting Pong lake to pay entry fee

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Rajiv Mahajan NURPUR, JULY 10 The Pong Lake Biodiversity Conservation Society (PLBCS), a government-sponsored body, has imposed entry tax on tourists along with their vehicles visiting the Pong lake on the foothills of Kangra valley. Chief Conservator Wildlife (Forest), Dharamsala, is the chairman of the society duly registered under the Societies Act. This society comprises representatives of different concerned departments (fisheries, revenue, police, tourism, forest and BBMB) as members of the organisation. As per information, the general body of the PLBCS at its meeting at Pong Lake over a month ago had decided to boost tourism activities in the lake. It was decided to collect entry tax from the visitors and their vehicle from July onwards. The society has erected an entry gate equipped with CCTV cameras near Nagrota Surian, the gateway of the Pong lake. It has started collecting Rs 5 from children below 12 years and school goers, Rs 10 from every Indian tourist and Rs 50 from f..
                 

Only a united Cong can defeat BJP: Patil

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Mandi, July 10 State Congress incharge Rajni Patil has urged party workers to put up a united front and gear up to defeat the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. She said the Modi government had failed to keep its poll promises. Taking a dig at the party, Patil said: “The BJP is acting like a dictator. Our fight is against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). In Maharashtra, there are two centres, from where the sangh carries out its activities.” Modi had promised the people of ‘Achhe Din’, which the latter could never see. After coming to power, he had said that he would bring back black money stashed in foreign banks and that Rs 15 lakh would be deposited in the account of every citizen. But that too didn’t happen. In Kashmir, the situation was going from bad to worse, for which the BJP government was responsible. Patil said the party was confident of winning all four Lok Sabha seats in the state. Himachal Pradesh Congress Co..
                 

Woman, minor son arrested for murder

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Our CorrespondentKullu, July 10The police on Tuesday arrested a woman and her minor son for allegedly killing a 34-year-old woman, identified as Bhawana (34) of Kalheli village in Bhuntar subdivision. Her body was found in an under-construction building at the village on July 5. Kullu SP Shalini Agnihotri said the accused had been identified as Meena and her minor son. Meena has confessed to the crime. During interrogation, she told the police that her minor son had illicit relations with Bhawana for the past two years. She found them in a compromising position at an under-construction building, and in a fit of rage she attacked Bhawana with a brick and a sickle. She died on the spot. Meena has been remanded in custody till July 13 while her minor son will be produced before the Juvenile Board. Further investigations are underway...
                 

MP slams CLP leader for vilifying CM

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Chances of heavy rain in Himachal Pradesh

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SMC to finalise water policy by Aug 31

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Kuldeep Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, July 9 The Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) on Monday set August 31 as the deadline for the submission of Rs 930-crore Kol Dam lift drinking water and sewerage project to World Bank. “The project will be readied within five years and is expected to meet the water demand of the city till 2050,” said SMC engineers. Sources said World Bank had asked the state government to formulate a policy on how the SMC would supply 24x7 water supply to the city and its peripheries. “We are finalising the water policy and the government has set August 31 as the deadline for submitting it,” Dharmender Gill, Superintending Engineer, SMC, said. “We have prepared a detailed project report (DPR) for starting the 24x7 water supply in three wards of Sanjauli-1 and Sanjauli-II and Totu on a pilot basis,” said Gill. “After the water policy is notified by the state government, World Bank will sign an agreemen..
                 

IG Zaidi allowed to visit home

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Shimla, July 9 Inspector General of Police (IG) ZH Zaidi, who was booked in the custodial death case of Suraj, one of the six persons arrested by the Special Investigation team (SIT), who died in the police custody in Kotkhai on the night of July 18, has been allowed to visit his residence for filing IT returns. Zaidi, who made a plea to file his income tax returns in the special CBI court, has been allowed to visit his home subject to the condition that he would be taken to his residence in tight security and the process of filing of returns should be completed before July 13. Zaidi had pleaded that his Aadhar card and document related to income tax had been kept at his government residence at Brockhurst and the place where the documents were kept was known only to him and sought permission to visit his residence and his Charterd Account at Kasumpti. The court has directed the Superintendent of Kanda jail to make arrangements for taking Zaidi to his home for fil..
                 

Cong factions spar during Rajni Patil’s Kangra visit

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, July 9 Congress incharge for Himachal Rajni Patil’s first visit to Kangra was marred by infighting in the Congress. While former CM Virbhadra Singh did not attend the function, the members of his faction targeted HPCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu. Sudhir Sharma, former minister and party leader from Dharamsala, while addressing party workers in Matour in the presence of Rajni Patil, urged her to meet workers in the absence of Sukhu. He said party workers might not be able to share their views openly in the presence of Sukhu. The remarks by Sudhir were in continuance of tirade carried out by Virbhadra Singh and his faction against Sukhu. Earlier, as Rajni Patil arrived on the dais, two Congress leaders, former MLA from Jwalamukhi Sanjay Rattan and former vice-chairman of the Forest Corporation Kewal Singh Pathania, had an argument over allowing certain leaders on the dais. The HPCC president also retorted to his detractors and urged..
                 

Breast cancer cases on rise, screenings must: Experts

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Bhanu P Lohumi Tribune News Service Shimla, July 8 The number of breast cancer patients has surpassed those suffering from cervix cancer in the state. This was stated by experts at an awareness programme organised by Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) and Fujifilm on Saturday. The thrust was on early detection of the disease for better treatment and cure, creating awareness among women to go in for breast screening. “The response has been poor and during the past three years, only 1,700 screenings have been done, out of which 160 were found to be positive. Awareness among women is the need of the hour," Dr Sanjiv Sharma, head, department of radiology, IGMC, said. The charges are nominal (Rs 100) and in most cases, it is done free of cost. Dr Manish Gupta from Cancer Hospital, Shimla, said the younger generation was becoming prone to breast cancer in the state and that maximum patients were in the 41-50 age-group, while globally, the highest number of patients was b..
                 

Shoolini varsity inks MoU for research

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Solan, July 9 Shoolini University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Venda (UNIVEN), Thohoyanndou and University of Limpopo, South Africa, for collaborative studies and research on various aspects of sciences. The MoU states that the South African comprehensive rural-based university, University of Venda has collaborated with Shoolini University for pharmaceutical sciences and agriculture sciences, and the University of Limpopo will work on biodiversity and yoga sciences. “Our associations with South Africa’s much-coveted universities like the University of Venda and University of Limpopo will provide international exposure to students and promote growth and development on various subjects ” said Prof PK Khosla, Vice-Chancellor, Shoolini University...
                 

Residents protest frequent power cuts

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Palampur, July 9 Residents of Maranda town and its adjoining areas of Palampur on Monday lodged a protest over frequent power failure. They alleged that despite repeated complaints, no steps had been initiated to streamline the power supply of the town. The residents alleged that that most of the equipment installed by the HPSEBL at the Maranda power sub- station like transformers, conductors and switch boxes had already outlived its life resulting in frequent power breakdowns. They said they had complained a number of times in this regard to the HPSEBL officials at Palampur and asked for the replacement of old and outdated equipment, but all in vain. The residents also apprised Health Minister Vipan Singh Parmar, who is also the local MLA, of the erratic power supply situation and requested him to get the power transmission system of Maranda town overhauled. The asked the minister to direct the HPSEBL to stop unannounced power cuts immediately. — OC..
                 

Man booked for assaulting police officer

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Rain in parts of Himachal after dry weather spell

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Dhumal, Shanta Kumar skip party meeting

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Dharamsala, July 8 The BJP organised a meeting of its office-bearers from across the state at Jwalamukhi in view of the forthcoming parliamentary elections.  Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and state president of BJP Satpal Satti addressed the party workers during the meeting. Satti said the meeting was attended by district and state officer bearers of all the wings of party in Himachal Pradesh.  About 400 office-bearers from across the state attended the meeting. Besides, the Chief Minister senior RSS leaders from the state also attended the BJP office-bearers. Senior leaders of the party, including former CMs Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal skipped the meeting.  Dhumal was reportedly away to Delhi while Shanta Kumar did not attend as he was not keeping good health. During the meeting the Chief Minister urged the BJP workers to spread out at the ground level and list the achievements of the state as well as the Centre government bef..
                 

Teachers ask govt to restore old pension scheme

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Shimla, July 8 The Himachal Pradesh Government Teachers Union (HGTU) has criticised the state government for dithering on the release of 4-9-14 time-scale to teachers and restoration of the old pension scheme. Union members met in Bilaspur on Saturday. They demanded that 4-9-14 time-scale be released immediately as assured by the Education Minister and the old pension scheme too be resorted. The members said the Central, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan Governments, which had implemented the National Pension Scheme, were giving benefits to the families of employees, who had died on duty. They said the state government should also follow suit. They regretted that during a meeting with the Education Secretary on April 17 and with the Education Minister on May 1, a consensus was reached on 48 demands and June 3 was set as the deadline for implementing the decision, but nothing had been done to date. President of the union Virendra Chauhan said the members opposed..
                 

Volunteers regulate traffic in Dalhousie

10 days ago  
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Govt’s no to Cong rally at Dharamsala stadium

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, July 8 The Department of Sports and Youth Affairs has cancelled permission given to the Congress for using indoor stadium at Dharamsala for the program of party incharge Rajni Patil. The Congress in charge is scheduled to visit Dharamsala tomorrow on July 9 and local Congress had booked indoor stadium for her address to the party workers. The party had also deposited Rs 30,000 as rent for the venue. However, just a day before the function the venue was cancelled by the Sports and Youth Affairs Department. The department’s spokesman was not available for comments. However, the decision has come in for severe criticism from the Congress leadership. Former minister and senior Congress leader from Dharamsala, Sudhir Sharma while talking to The Tribune, said it was strange that the department had cancelled the venue of their rally at the last moment. It clearly indicated that the permission had been denied due to political pressure. ..
                 

Lahauli vanishing, user count dips by over 45%

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 8 Lahauli, a tribal language of Himachal, is fast vanishing, as it has registered a dip of 45.6 per cent from 2001 to 2011. The decline has been registered in the data on languages and mother tongue (district and sub-district wise) released recently. The Census defines mother tongue as the language spoken in childhood by a person’s mother to him or her. If the mother died in infancy, the language used in the person’s home in childhood will be considered as his/her mother tongue.  In 2011, only 11,073 persons registered Lahauli as their mother tongue in Himachal, whereas in 2001, the figure was 20,339. Lahauli, which falls in the Tibeto-Burmese family as per the classification, has also registered an overall decline of 48.9 per cent in the country, with the number falling from 22,646 to 11,574. However, from 1991 to 2001, it had witnessed a growth rate of 2.81 per cent in the country. “A majority of..
                 

Minor gives birth, rape accused booked

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Shimla, July 8 The parents of the minor rape victim, who gave birth to a baby here on Saturday, claimed that they came to know about their daughter’s pregnancy when she complained of severe pain in abdomen. Their statement has puzzled the police. The 16-year old was allegedly sexually assaulted about nine months ago. On Saturday, she was rushed to a nearby hospital, from where she was referred to Kamla Nehru Hospital, where doctors could not save the baby. Her father, who was in a state of shock, asked the victim about the accused and filed a complaint with the police. The accused, identified as Sahil, happens to be a cousin of the brother-in-law of the victim. “A case has been registered under Section 4 of POSCO and Section 376 of the IPC; and investigation are underway,” said investigating officer Kalyan Singh. He added that they were on the lookout for the accused. Both victim and the accused hail from Jharkhand. Her parents work as mig..
                 

Farmers, scientists discuss hailstorm management practices

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Ambika Sharma At least 85 state progressive farmers and scientists from across the country attended a two-day workshop-cum-interaction meet at Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan. Prof SK Bhardwaj, head of the department of environmental sciences, said the workshop focused on identifying suitable hailstorm management practices and assessing crop losses. It recommended undertaking a research on available technologies to ascertain their effectiveness in the region. Dr Neeraj Kumbhakarna from IIT-Mumbai proposed various detonation alternatives to recent technologies. He said the cost of guns could be brought down to Rs 6-10 lakh if these machines were produced in the country .He suggested that LPG or kerosene could replace acetylene gas in these machines to bring down the operational cost. Prof Sudarshan Kumar from the department of aerospace engineering, IIT-Mumbai explained various hailstorm suppression techniques such as cloud seeding and anti-hail..
                 

BBN jhuggi dwellers living in unhygienic conditions

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service Solan, July 8 Notwithstanding various moves to rehabilitate jhuggi dwellers in the state’s industrial hub of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN), these hapless inhabitants are forced to reside amidst unhygienic environs. Lacking regular power and water connection, these people are dependent of diesel-run generator (DG) sets which not only cause pollution but are also risky. A recent fire incident which occurred due to unauthorized use of DG set at Katha village had damaged 60 jhuggis, besides causing loss of human life as a nine-year old child was burnt alive. A majority of these structures come up on private land where the owners charge a nominal rent to allow these jhuggis. Though a move to change the revenue entries of such land which remained occupied with jhuggis for years was mooted some time back but it failed to materialize. Little has been done by the local administration to curb the use of DG sets as it was not clear which department ..
                 

Amritsar pilgrim slips off train, dies

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
NURPUR, JULY 8 Gourav Chopra (37), a pilgrim from Namak Mandi, Amritsar, killed on the spot when he slipped from the stairs of the Pathankot-Jogindernagar train at Bharmar in Jawali on Sunday morning. He was reportedly fell on the railway track and overrun by the train. He had boarded the train from Pathankot, along with his wife Saloni and 8-year-old son, to visit and pay obeisance to the Chamunda Mata temple in Kangra. He alighted from the train at the Bharmar railway station for fetching water. His foot slipped from the stairs as he tried to board the moving train. The body was sent to the Nurpur Civil Hospital’s mortuary for post-mortem examination. This is the second fatal accident on the same railway track within three days. Earlier on Friday, Simran Kumari of Nagrota Surian had fallen while crossing the Dahmoyia Nullah Bridge located between Nandpur and Guler railway stations and died on the spot. — OC..
                 

Man killed in road accident

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Una: A man was killed after his car hit a divider and turned turtle near Dehlan village here on Saturday evening. The deceased has been identified as Dhantar Singh (40), a resident of Kangra district. ASP Amit Sharma said the victim was working in Baddi. The accident took place when he was on his way to home. The victim was taken to the Una district hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. OC 2 drug peddlers held  Una: The police arrested a man with 8.53-kg poppy husk at Rampur village on Saturday night. The accused, Lal Ji, a daily wager, hails from Bhatala village of Sultanpur district in Uttar Pradesh. In another incident, Amit Sharma, a resident of Arya Nagar in Una city, was arrested with 3.1-gm heroin at the traffic light chowk near the main bus stand. Cases have been registered under relevant sections of the NDPS Act. OC..
                 

Heli taxis to connect more Himachal towns

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, July 7 The government has decided to appoint an aviation consultant as talks will be held with 18 operators, who have evinced keen interest in providing the services in more areas. The state government is in the process of appointing an aviation consultant who will prepare the roadmap for the expansion of air connectivity. It is being felt that good air connectivity in the form of heli-taxi service and regular flights connecting the main tourist towns of Manali, Dharamsala, Dalhousie and Shimla is a prerequisite for tourism promotion. The government’s invite has evoked good response and 18 operators have expressed interest. A meeting will be held with these operators on July 20 to examine their proposals and its technical and economic feasibility. The heli-taxi between Shimla and Chandigarh is operating thrice a week and plans are afoot to launch a service shortly between Manali and Rohtang for which trials have already been hel..
                 

‘Will ensure Cong win in LS poll’

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Our Correspondent UNA, JULY 7 Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday said after putting in 55 years of service, he had no desires in politics now. Addressing a public gathering in Bhanjal village in Gagret, he said he only wanted to ensure the Congress victory in all Lok Sabha seats in the state. Virbhadra said his political career started with Jawaharlal Nehru and continued when Rahul Gandhi was the president of the party. He wanted to see Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Minister, adding that the promises made by Narendra Modi to grab power had not been fulfilled. He said he had started a campaign to instill confidence in the workers of the party for the Lok Sabha elections. Later, replying to questions by mediapersons, the former CM said Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu should resign from the HPCC president’s post in the interest of the party. He had discussed the matter with the party high command. It was time for Congress workers to be motivated to take on the BJP. Taking a dig a..
                 

Unions to back truckers' strike from July 20

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‘Gudiya–Unsuni Cheekh’ released

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Shimla, July 6 “Gudiya – Unsuni Cheekh” (unheard shrieks), a book on the agony which refuses to die down even after the Kotkhai rape victim's death, was released by her father on The Ridge here on Friday. The 155-page book authored by Ashwani Sharma and Tanuja Thapta and edited by Deepak Sundarial under the banner of the Madad Seva Trust symbolises the trauma which the victim's family and friends had to go through. “After the incident, any father in the “Dev Bhumi” would hardly like to name his daughter Gudiya as the name itself unfolds the horrifying tale of how the rape of the minor remained an unsolved mystery and lost forever in the forests of Dandi. This would never be forgotten even if we make endless efforts get past it,” say the authors in the introductory remarks. It speaks about the “negative role” of the police in the investigation, especially the custodial death of Suraj, one of the accused arrested earlier by the Special Investigating Team (SIT), various theories that erup..
                 

Dalai Lama’s birthday celebrated

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News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Dharamsala, July 6 Thousands of Tibetans, Indians, and foreigners gathered at the Tsuglagkhang (main temple of the Dalai Lama at McLeodganj) courtyard on Friday to celebrate 83rd birthday of the Dalai Lama. The chief guest at the celebration was Kishan Kapoor, Minister of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Himachal Pradesh, while Gopal Narayan Singh, MP, Rajya Sabha; and Janardhan Singh Sigriwal, MP Lok Sabha, were the two special guests. The official statement of the Kashag was delivered by Officiating President Kalon Dr Pema Yangchen and the official statement of the Tibetan Parliament was delivered by Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel. Addressing the gathering, Kishan Kapoor spoke about the Dalai Lama’s life in Tibet before coming into exile. Kapoor also lauded the Dalai Lama for his commitment to peace, particularly highlighting the five-point peace plan proposed by him to resolve the Tibet issue in the late 1980s. “The five-point peace plan was a blue print ..
                 

Rs 5 lakh for Khali’s wrestling event

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News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Solan, July 6 Sports Minister Govind Thakur on Friday said he had given 5 lakh for the wrestling event of Dalip Rana, alias The Great Khali of the World Wrestling Entertainment fame, from his discretionary quota. Addressing mediapersons here, ahead of the tomorrow’s wrestling show being organised by Khali’s company Continental Wrestling Entertainment, Thakur said the state government would give him land wherever he desired as this would help promote this sport. Khali, who was also present on the occasion, urged the people to support the show, by being present in large numbers. The event was being organised in the police ground. Later, he also took out a roadshow and received overwhelming support from the people. Like the Mandi show, entry to this show is also free of cost. Bollywood actor Rakhi Sawant and Haryana dancer Sapna Chawdhary are expected to participate in the show. Bollywood actor Rakhi Sawant, landed in trouble on her arrival in the town, as the Sc..
                 

Congress misused temple funds, claims Thakur

12 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Mandi, July 6 Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday alleged that the previous government misused funds collected as offerings at major temples in the state. “Now when the present government has taken a decision to use 15 per cent of the offerings for the construction and maintenance of gau sadans, the same leaders are making a hue and cry,” he said. He said Opposition leaders were claiming that all the development projects initiated by the present government were their dream. “If so then what stopped them from implementing these schemes,” he said, adding that the present government did not believe in dreaming but in taking action. The Chief Minister was on Friday in the Karsog Assembly segment of Mandi district to inaugurate a few development projects. He announced a polytechnic college for Karsog. Addressing the gathering, he said Tattapani would be developed as a major religious and tourist destination. He said the state had succeeded in getting Rs 1,900 cr..
                 

Girl dies in mishap

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Relief sought for fourlane-hit residents

12 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Nurpur, July 6 The Sangharsh Samiti, Nurpur, has sought a compensation for residents of Kandwal, Raja ka Bagh, Chhatrolli and Jachh circles, who have been affected by a four-lane project. Residents, during a meeting convened under the chairmanship of samiti president Darbari Lal at Nagabari, near here, on Friday chalked out a future course of action. The samiti president said the NHAI would soon acquire commercial as well as residential land from Kandwal to Bodh for the four-lane Pathankot-Mandi highway. The state had initiated the land acquisition process. “More than 200 families from Kandwal to Bodh are likely to be displaced. The affected inhabitants are demanding Rs 10 lakh per marla vacant commercial land and Rs 2 lakh per sq m for acquiring constructed commercial and residential buildings,” he said. — OC..
                 

Man held for sodomy in Jawali

13 days ago  
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Kaul Singh targets CM over growth

13 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Mandi, July 5 Senior Congress leader and former Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur has targeted Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur over development issue by saying that he is playing politics of regionalism even in his own home district at Mandi. He said that the Chief Minister is putting people of Himachal under heavy debt as he is taking loan of Rs 500 crore every month since he took charge in state. In more than six months period he has failed to bring even a single big development project for Mandi district. The people of district have high expectations from him. “Health services have deteriorated in rural areas because the state government had shifted health staff from rural to urban areas. Due to that people living in villages are suffering and had failed to avail better health services”, he added. He said that the BJP was trying to befool the people of the district on development issues and taking credit of those works, which were done during the Congress regime...
                 

Dy Speaker to take up tunnel issue with Gadkari

13 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Chamba, July 5 Deputy Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha Hans Raj on Thursday said he would take up the issue of the construction of the Holi-Utrala tunnel beneath the Jalsu Pass in Bharmour with Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. The Deputy Speaker said a delegation of local people would soon meet the Union minister in this regard. The tunnel would link the Bharmour region of Chamba district with Pathankot-Manali National Highway-20 and converge at Paprola in Kangra district. He said there was an immense tourism potential in Bharmour region. The construction of the tunnel would reduce the distance from Kangra district. The Deputy Speaker said a master plan would be chalked out to develop eco-tourism and promote homestay culture in the region. He said a meeting in this regard would be organised with officials of Bharmour and those related to the tourism sector. — OC..
                 

Nalagarh four-laning project hits roadblock

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service Solan, July 11 Uncertainty looms large over the crucial four-laning project on the Pinjore-Nalagarh section of National Highway (NH) 21-A with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) objecting to the high cost of land acquisition. A letter had been written to the state government by senior officials of the NHAI where they had raised concerns over the high cost of acquisition in Himachal as well as Haryana. Terming it exorbitant, the NHAI officials had contended that the cost of land acquisition was much higher than the cost of the civil structure which would be raised to four-lane the road. An amount of Rs 124 crore had been disbursed in Himachal to 1,604 of the 2,200 beneficiaries, revealed officials of the national highway. The issue has become a cause for concern and cast a shadow over its further execution. Though the NHAI officials had earlier said they would only strengthen the portion of the road lying in Haryana, given its high..
                 

Rs 4.21 crore for modernisation of police force

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Shimla, July 11 An allocation of Rs 4.21 crore has been made for Himachal under the sub-scheme, “Assistance to the state for the modernisation of police”, for 2018-19, which includes 90 per cent Central share of Rs 3.79 crore. Arvind Sharda, Inspector General of Police (Administration), gave a presentation to officers of the Ministry of Home affairs (MHA) at the police headquarters in Bangalore on June 25, following which the funds were approved. An expenditure of Rs 1.25 crore will be incurred on the forensic science lab (FSL) equipment, Rs 46.50 lakh on traffic equipment, Rs 54.40 lakh on communication equipment and Rs 50-lakh on prisoner’s van while only Rs 47-lakh have been provided for the purchase of modern weapons and Rs 49.26 lakh for the security and surveillance equipment. The department is facing shortage of modern equipment and against the requirement of 6,974 Insas rifles and 4,747 SLR rifles, only 1,835 and 4,581 rifles, respe..
                 

Ex-CM changes mind, to attend Patil’s functions

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Shimla, July 11 Having skipped the party conventions addressed by AICC In-charge Rajni Patil at Dharamsala, Mandi and Kullu, former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has decided to attend the party function scheduled at Solan and Theog later this week. In a sudden political development, in the tour programme of Virbhadra Singh released it was officially confirmed that he will attend the party’s convention to be held on July 13 at Theog in Shimla district on July 14 in Solan. The former CM, who has been very vocal in his criticism of state Congress president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, had decided to stay away from the newly appointed AICC incharge Rajni Patil’s first tour of Himachal. She is currently on a weeklong tour of all four Lok Sabha seats and on Wednesday addressed party workers at Kullu. This being her first tour of the state, all senior party leaders, including MLAs, former ministers and legislators, are ensuring their presence at the functio..
                 

Two sites identified for KV in Nurpur

7 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Our Correspondent Nurpur, July 11 Residents have welcomed the move of the Centre for sanctioning a Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) for Nurpur. The government had given its nod to six new KVs in the state. Rakesh Pathania, local MLA, said here that he had submitted two proposals for the land identified for this purpose to the Secretary, Education. He said 110 kanal had been identified at Chakvan in Baduee gram panchayat and another 100 kanal was selected in Ganhi Lagor gram panchayat near Nurpur. Pathania said a KV was a long-standing demand in the area and it was his dream project. He said education, health and water were his top priority for his constituency. As per information, the normal requirement of land for setting up a KV is 12.5 acre, but in view of the hill state, it has been reduced to 2.5 acre.Zila parishad members and local social organisations have hailed the decision of the Jai Ram Thakur government for setting up of a KV here...
                 

State to have film policy

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Shimla, July 10 The government will soon formulate a film policy to attract producers to picturesque locales in the state. A meeting in this regard was held here on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi. Baldi said the government was making all efforts to develop Himachal as the foremost destination for film production in the country. “The state has several heritage, spiritual, seasonal and unexplored destinations. Efforts are being made to attract filmmakers,” he said. He said the cultural, mythological, historical heritage and glorious traditions of the state would be publicised in a big way to attract investment in the film industry. “The production of regional films based on Himachali dialects will be encouraged and the government will provide various incentives to producers,” he said. — TNS..
                 

Virbhadra, Stokes ‘margdarshaks’: Sukhu

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, July 10 HPCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu, who has been on the receiving end of former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his faction, on Tuesday said the veteran leader for invited for Rajni Patil’s programme in Kangra district. Sukhu said, “Virbhadra and Vidya Stokes are veteran and respected leaders of the party. They are like “margdarshaks”. They are not bound by party directives and free to go and hold their programmes anywhere in the state. They are welcome to the party programmes but not given formal invitation,” he said “Party programmes are being held under my leadership. In yesterday’s programme, all MLAs were present. Most party workers are with me. Even those opposing me for some reasons, came and met me later to express solidarity with the party,” Sukhu said. The HPCC president’s statement assumes significance as Virbhadra is not attending programmes organised by the HPCC. In fact, Virbhadra Singh is holding parallel functions. ..
                 

Power lifting meet begins at Rait

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
                 

Rs 50-cr development plan for Chintpurni shrine

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Shimla, July 10 The plans of the State Tourism department to regulate and promote temple tourism on the pattern of Tirupati and Vaishno Devi received a major boost as Centre has approved a Rs 50 crore project for development of Chintpurni shrine in Una district. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday informed that the Union Ministry of Tourism has approved a Rs 50-crore project for the development of Chintpurni temple under the scheme “Prasad.” He said that with this proposed project, the state will be able to develop infrastructure and basic facilities for the tourists at Chintpurani. Chintpurni Devi Temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas in the state and almost 16 lakh tourists visit the shrine every year. The Chief Minister said presently there was congestion near the shrine and the place also lacks basic facilities for the tourists. “Efforts will be made to develop basic amenities adjoining the temple complex for pilgrims like improvem..
                 

NGT ban stalls IGMC cancer treatment centre

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Kuldeep Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, July 10 The fate of the Rs 45-crore Tertiary Cancer Treatment Centre of the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) here hangs in balance as the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) ban on all new constructions in the state capital is hampering the construction of the building. Even as the next hearing in the case is scheduled on July 16, the threat of the fund getting lapsed if not utilised by March 31, 2019, looms large. The grant for a new cancer treatment centre had come as a big hope for patients, who had been suffering due to the absence of the high-energy accelerator machine, costing Rs 25 crore. The patients had to either go to the PGI, Chandigarh, or end up spending Rs 2 lakh at private cancer treatment centres outside the state, doctors said. The IGMC and regional cancer treatment centre authorities have just eight months left to upgrade it to the tertiary cancer treatment centre. “If we fail to use the Rs 45 crore meant ..
                 

Blame game on, Pathankot-Mandi NH upkeep suffers

8 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Ravinder Sood Palampur, July 10 The tussle between the HP state Public Works Department and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) over transfer of administrative control of the Pathankot-Mandi National Highway has resulted in extensive damage to the road in the past six month. The highway is in a state of neglect as no maintenance work has been carried out by either the PWD or the NHAI. The Ministry of Shipping and Transport had granted its approval for upgrading the highway into four lanes last year and the PWD withdrew its maintenance staff from the national highway handing over the control to the NHAI. Ravinder Kumar Minhas, Superintending Engineer, PWD, NH Circle, Sahapur, stated the road had already been handed over to the NHAI and the state PWD had no administrative control over it. He said the allocation of funds for its maintenance had been discontinued by the NHAI. Therefore, the PWD was helpless in maintaining it. He further said now it was the responsibility of..
                 

Surplus posts of Addl Chief Secy under lens

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, July 9 Though it is a practice to give Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) rank to IAS officers, completing 30 years of service, an audit objection could force the government to rethink on the issue as there are nine ACS against the provision of having only four in Himachal. The issue has come to fore with an audit objection in the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on the appointment of nine ACS without the approval of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) at the Centre. The four, who are entitled to the approved post, include Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Adviser to the government VC Pharka, ACS (Health) BK Aggarwal and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Srikant Baldi. The five officers, whose appointments are opposed by the CAG, include Manisha Nada, Anil Khachi, Ram Subhag Singh, Tarun Kapoor and Nisha Singh. “The five posts of ACS were created temporarily for two years by the previous Congress regi..
                 

Dumping site makes life miserable for villagers

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Solan, July 9 Gujjars residing at Kenduwala village on Monday said stink emanating from the dumping site in the Baddi industrial area had made their lives miserable. In a memorandum submitted to Nalagarh SDM Prashant Deshta, the villagers said it had become difficult for them to live there and in the last two years, 20 cows and five buffaloes had died due to various diseases. Five families comprising 30 members can’t enter their jhuggis due to the stink. They said rain had spelt doom as the entire stretch had become slushy and open dumping of waste was a violation of the Solid Waste Management Rules. With little precaution having been undertaken to ensure their safety, residents pleaded before the SDM to provide them relief. Bashir Mohammed, a resident, said they could not graze their animals as the conditions were so unhygienic. The SDM said the residents’ grievances were genuine and the place was not fit for living. He said a notice under Section 133 ..
                 

Nurpur mishap: HC for speedy probe

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Vijay Arora Shimla, July 9 The High Court on Monday directed the Superintendent of Police, Kangra, to ensure that the investigation into the Nurpur bus mishap case is completed at the earliest. The court further directed him to file his status report regarding the investigation within three weeks. The court passed this order on a public interest litigation on the issue of Nurpur school bus mishap in which 27 people, including 24 children, were killed in the accident. The court also directed the Deputy Commissioner, Kangra to ensure that proper counselling through all modes, including psychiatrists and medical officers, by increasing the number of frequency of visits to the the families of each one of the children who, unfortunately, died or suffered injury in the bus mishap. The court further directed him to file compliance affidavit by August 7. On the previous date of hearing some of the parents were present before the court and lamented that the investigation in the case is, perhap..
                 

Status report on 69 NHs sought

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Legal Correspondent Shimla, July 9 The HP High Court has directed the Union Ministry of Transport and Highways to file a status report on 69 “In Principle” declared national highways in the tabulated form indicating therein the action taken by it for the execution and completion of these roads. While passing this direction, a division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel listed the matter for further hearing on July 13. On the previous date of hearing the state had informed through its status report that certain actions in the matter have to be taken by the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. After perusing the same, the court had told the Union Ministry to file status report. In another case, the court directed the railway authorities to file an affidavit disclosing the status regarding construction of a multi-story parking at railway godown below Winter Field, near old bus stand, Shimla. During the course of hearing, the counsel fo..
                 

6 police chowkis in Kangra being run from rented rooms

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Rajiv Mahajan Nurpur, July 9 Six police chowkis in lower Kangra areas, adjoining the borders of Punjab, are yet to be notified by the authorities even after years of their establishment. The chowkis also lack the requisite posts of police personnel. There are no permanent buildings and these are being run from local gram panchayat bhawans or rented rooms. Chowkis at Kandwal, Gangath and Rehan, falling under the Nurpur police station, were established in November 2005, April 1995 and December 1997, respectively. Thakurdwara and Rey police chowkis, under the Fatehpur police station, were made functional in 1978 and December 2016, respectively, and Nagrota Surian police chowki, under the Jawali police station, was set up in 1993. These chowkis were made functional without the requisite sanction by then state governments on verbal orders of higher-ups “following recommendations from local politicians”. It has come to light that to run these “unauthorised” police chowkis, there is a practi..
                 

Leopard electrocuted in Mandi village; 2 booked

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Mandi, July 9 A leopard was found electrocuted at Chandesh village under the Sarkaghat subdivision of Mandi district on Sunday night. Two persons have been booked under 336 and 429 of the IPC and Section 51 of the Wildlife Protection Act. The police said to save the crops from wild animals such as pigs, the accused, Nek Ram and Bam Dev, both natives of Chandesh village, had put up electric fencing around their agriculture field so that any wild animal trying to enter their field would be electrocuted. Chanderpal, Deputy Superintendent of Police(DSP), Sarkaghat, said according to information, when the leopard was in the process of catching a dog in the area, they both got stuck to the electric fencing and died on the spot. When asked, the DSP said electric fencing was banned in the state and no one was allowed to use it to keep away wild animals in the agricultural field. It was stated that the accused had been using electric fencing. The matter came to notice on S..
                 

Two youths held with 4 kg charas

9 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
                 

Gear up for LS poll: Una MLA to workers

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Our Correspondent Una, July 8 Una MLA Satpal Singh Raizada on Sunday called upon Congress workers to gear up for the Lok Sabha elections.  At a block-level meeting, he said BJP MP Anurag Thakur had failed to live up to the expectations of  the people.  Raizada said Dehlan village of Una segment, which had been adopted by the MP under the ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’, lacked basic infrastructure even four years after the launch of the scheme, adding that a new village had already been adopted by the MP in Hamirpur district. He said problems such as poor sanitation, irregular drinking water supply and stray animal menace, besides many others continued to plague the village. Block Congress president Hazari Lal Dhiman said state Congress incharge Rajni Patil would tour Una next month. She would interact with party workers...
                 

Development eludes Pangi, Churah valleys

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Balkrishan Prashar Chamba, July 8 Tourism in Chamba district is concentrated in and around Dalhousie whereas many areas, especially Pangi and Churah valleys, with scenic beauty, vast cultural diversity and unique heritage in terms of tradition, cuisine and art and craft have remained devoid of development. For the past many years, the Sach Pass (14,500 feet), the gateway to the Pangi valley, which remains open for tourists for about 4-5 months, has received tourists in droves. It remains cut off from the rest of the state due to snowfall during the winter season. “When one looks across the Pangi and Churah valleys, one is really attracted by the hills, trees, rivers and hamlets”, says Vikram, a tourist from Karnal (Haryana). The road from Bairagarh to Killar remains in poor shape due to the damage caused by rains and snow every year. Moreover, hotels are insufficient which disappoints tourists. In order to encourage tourists to the valley, the Department of Tourism..
                 

Amend recruitment rules, demands kanungo body

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Our Correspondent Chamba, July 8 Joint rural revenue officers and the Kanungo Association have sought an amendment to the departmental recruitment and promotion (R&P) rules for the Naib Tehsildar category to pave the way for the promotion quota of the kanungos. Expressing concern over the delay in the payment of dearness allowance arrears, the association president, Daljeet Singh, said here on Friday that the revenue officials of Salooni tehsil in Chamba district had not been paid arrears for the past two years. He pleaded that‘revenue sadans’ be constructed in all district headquarters so that the kanungos and patwaris working in the interior parts could stay in these sadans, when on official duty. Otherwise, their stay in private hotels was costing them dear. In addition to this, Daljeet Singh also urged the state government to accede to other long-pending demands of the association at the earliest...
                 

Kullu gears up for Shrikhand yatra

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Dipender Manta Tribune News Service Mandi, July 8 The district administration is geared up to ensure safe pilgrimage to Shrikhand Mahadev at 17,000 feet in the district. The pilgrimage will begin on July 16 and conclude on July 31. To deal with traffic chaos and boost security arrangements, the district administration has sought extra police force. Three rescue posts will be set up on the way where the police, Home Guard and health staff will be available to provide emergency service to pilgrims. The 35-km harsh track from Jaon ahead in Nirmand is not meant for infirm and weak-hearted. The trek ascends through the alpine meadows to a 72-foot rock called Shivlingam. Those suffering from high-altitude sickness should exercise extra caution. It is suspected that during the pilgrimage, drug peddlers sell charas to mint the money. However, this time, the district administration has decided to crack down on such offenders. Talking to The Tribune, Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan s..
                 

VHP warns Shimla civic body over jobs to Rohingyas

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Kuldeep Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, July 8 The deployment of some Rohingya Muslims in the door-door garbage collection in five municipal wards has raised the ire of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) here. The VHP has opened a front against the BJP-ruled SMC, district administration and labour authorities, saying that they were giving a free run to the Rohingyas, Bangladeshi intruders and other migrant labourers in the capital and other parts of the state that would create law and order problems. “If the state authorities fail to act, the VHP will launch an agitation,” warned VHP state chief Aman Puri on Sunday. On the other hand, Shimla Mayor Kusum Sadret claimed that they had deployed no Rohingyas for the door-to-door garbage collection in Totu, Majiath, Boileauganj, Kachhighati, Tuttikandi, which was outsourced to MK Construction. “We have not signed the letter of intent, hence the contractor has not started the work,” she said. The M..
                 

BJP will form govt in 2019, says Satti

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Our Correspondent  Kangra, July 8 State BJP chief Sat Pal Satti on Saturday said all opposition party leaders, who are trying to form a united front against Modi government, would not be able to stop BJP from forming the government at the Centre in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.  He said opposition leaders were allegedly involved in corrupt practices and all leaders would be put behind bars for looting the nation.  Satti was addressing workers at the district ‘BJP Mehla Morcha Mahasammelan’ in  Dehra on Saturday.  He urged the party workers to make people aware of the  policies launched by the Modi government.   He said the Indian Army’s surgical strike on militant camps in Pakistan had made the country proud. He said the Modi Government achieved more in four years than UPA did in 60 years.   Satti said the state government under the leadership of Jai Ram Thakur was working day and night for the development of the sta..
                 

Sans ministry’s nod, AIIMS fails to take off

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Tribune News Service Shimla, July 8 Union Health Minister JP Nadda’s ambitious All-India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) project at Kothipura near Bilaspur, has not taken off as the state government has not got clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) for the additional 300 bighas required for the institution. The Union Cabinet on January 6 had approved the setting up of the 750-beded AIIMS with a medical college that would have 100 seats. The Centre has proposed an outlay of Rs 1,350 crore for AIIMS under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakhsa Yojana (PMSSY). But even six months after the Union Cabinet’s approval for AIIMS, the state government is yet to get clearance for the additional 300 bighas from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF), sources said. The Centre has sought a minimum of 1,000 bighas (200 acres) at one go so that the design is made as per the availability of land, disclosed a health off..
                 

Power cuts in Poanta, Nahan likely

10 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
                 

Three to four people being bitten by monkeys daily in Shimla

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Shimla, July 8 Two-and-a-half-year-old Vedansh was playing with a plastic doll at his home in Khalini locality here on June 30 when a monkey bit him. He was immediately rushed to a hospital. On Friday last week, the medical treatment was still on as Vedansh and his mother reached the Anti Rabies Clinic (ARC) at Deen Dyal Upadhyay (DDU) Zonal Hospital here for the third Anti Rabies Vaccine (ARV) injection to be administered. But Vedansh’s is not an isolated case. According to the data for the past over four-and-a-half-years procured by PTI from the city’s two main hospitals — Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) and DDU Hospital — on an average three to four persons are being bitten daily in Shimla. As many as 5,974 persons were bitten by monkeys here since January 1, 2014, which comes to 3.6 cases of monkey-bite per day, according to the data. A total of 1,442 persons were bitten by monkeys in 2017, 1,369 in 2016, 1,149 in 2015 and 1,135 pe..
                 

11 illegal stone crushers to lose power in Nurpur

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, July 7 The Mining Department has finally ordered the power department to sever connections of 11 stone crushers at Nurpur in Kangra for not paying penalty to the state government for extracting material illegally. There are about 40 stone crushers in Kangra district and 60 in other parts of the state that owe about Rs 150 crore to the government. Mining officials said of the 40 defaulting stone crushers, many had stopped production. The remaining 11 that were still functional would face action. The recovery of Rs 150 crore has been pending with the state government since months.  Highly placed sources in the department said since stone crusher owners were not paying penalty despite the fact that their plea had been rejected in the Supreme Court, the government should have ordered their closure. Many stone crushers were owned by ruling party MLAs or office-bearers of the party. Forty stone crushers owe Rs 80 crore as penalty for i..
                 

3 bikes set ablaze near Kangra

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Our Correspondent Kangra, July 7 Three motorcycle parked on the verandah of a shop at Sammela on the outskirts of the town were allegedly set ablaze by some miscreants at night, the police said here on Saturday. Three motorcycles bearing registration numbers (HP 40 B 3923) owned by Suresh Kumar, a resident of Sammela, (HP 39 C 7998) owned by Parveen Kumar, a resident of Rehloo, and (HP 40 C 2236) owned by Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Sammela were kept on the verandah of a shop at Sammela on Friday, but on Saturday morning all three vehicles were found to have been burnt. A case was registered and investigation started. The police said those involved would be booked. Suresh Kumar said they had been keeping the three bikes on the said spot for the past nearly one-and- half-years, but this incident had shocked them. He said it was first such incident in the area...
                 

Heli-taxis to connect more towns

11 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, July 7 The government has decided to appoint an aviation consultant as talks will be held with 18 operators, who have evinced keen interest in providing the services in more areas. The state government is in the process of appointing an aviation consultant who will prepare the roadmap for the expansion of air connectivity. It is being felt that good air connectivity in the form of heli-taxi service and regular flights connecting the main tourist towns of Manali, Dharamsala, Dalhousie and Shimla is a prerequisite for tourism promotion. The government’s invite has evoked good response and 18 operators have expressed interest. A meeting will be held with these operators on July 20 to examine their proposals and its technical and economic feasibility. The heli-taxi between Shimla and Chandigarh is operating thrice a week and plans are afoot to launch a service shortly between Manali and Rohtang for which trials have already been hel..
                 

Mercury up as monsoon remains weak in Himachal

12 days ago  
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Water crisis continues to plague Kasauli villages

12 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal  
Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service Solan, July 6 Water shortage continues to plague some villages, including Dharampur, in the precincts of Kasauli. The demand is more than the supply as no augmentation of water has been undertaken in the past several decades. The Nandoh water scheme that was launched in the 1980s has registered a sharp increase in the number of connections — from 70 to nearly 500 now. The quantum of water under the Gorti scheme has registered a sharp decline, forcing employees of the Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) Department to supply water after two to three days. Water from the Larah scheme is being released after three days. IPH employees said with the onset of the monsoon, the situation had started improving. Water could be made available to the residents after two days. However, residents of Dharampur, situated along the Parwanoo-Solan section of NH-22, are facing a peculiar problem of water shortage as supply pipes in the area suffered an ext..
                 

Indoor sports complex in every dist headquarters, says minister

12 days ago  
News / Tribune/ Himachal