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Bird flu: poultry farmers fear loss
Mandi, February 21
There is no reason for panic as the migratory birds, the natural carriers of the bird flu virus, take their route towards north not towards the south and south-east India.

Team to collect blood samples of birds
Kangra, February 21
In view of bird flu, the authorities here yesterday decided to adopt a multi-pronged strategy and formed a rapid response team. Samples of birds will be collected to avoid any transmission of the N5H1 virus at the entry points from Punjab to the state with the help of the police.

80-year-old trees face the axe
Sundernagar, February 21
In order to widen the approach road to the newly constructed bridge on Suketi Khud, the PWD authorities have applied to the Conservator of Forests, Mandi, for permission to fell trees which are on the right bank of the Suketi Khud and alongside the National Highway.

HPPSC interview result
Shimla, February 21
The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) has declared the result of the interviews conducted for the posts of Lecturer (college cadre) in Political Science and Commerce and Assistant Engineer in the Irrigation and Public Health Department.



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15 hurt in house collapse
Kulu, February 21
Fifteen persons were injured in a house collapse here yesterday. Puja was being performed in the house of Mr Nokhu Ram in Sajwar village, 60 km from here, when the incident occurred.

3 of marriage party killed in mishap
Kangra, February 21
Three members of a marriage party were killed, two of them on the spot, and two were injured when the car in which they were returning from Baidhi village to Rajal rammed into a parked truck on the Pathankot Mandi highway. After hitting the truck the car rolled several feet down a gorge, the police said here today.

Woman ends life
Kangra, February 21
A 20-year-old housewife, who was yet to celebrate her first marriage anniversary, immolated herself in her room, the police said here today. She allegedly sprinkled kerosene on herself and put herself on fire. She had been facing atrocities at her in-laws’ house since she was married.

2 held with stolen Sumo
Parwanoo, February 21
The Parwanoo police arrested Ram Saran from Nahan and Vinod Thakur from Banhol village late last evening after a stolen Tata Sumo (HP-01-0146) was recovered from them on the NH-22 near Kalka toll tax barrier.

Inland container depot at Baddi likely
Baddi, February 21
To facilitate the expanding industry, the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) may soon set up an inland container depot at Baddi. A team of CONCOR officials, headed by Mr Ranjeet Sinha, visited the industrial belt recently and surveyed the area for traffic potential.

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Bird flu: poultry farmers fear loss
Tribune News Service

Mandi, February 21
There is no reason for panic as the migratory birds, the natural carriers of the bird flu virus, take their route towards north not towards the south and south-east India. But the teams of veterinarians and wildlife officials today began culling of birds at the inter-state border check posts on national Highways to preempt any threat from the avian flue that has hit the poultry farmers in the region for the past four days.

There is no need for panic as the aerial route of the lakhs of migratory birds that throng the Pond Dam, Gobind Sagar, Renuka and other water bodies in the state goes up to borders of Punjab, Haryana and till Rajasthan maximum not beyond. Thus, there is no movement of birds into and back from the south including the bird flue hit Nandurbar district in Maharashtra, revealed the top wildlife officials. The poultry farmers and the broiler units around the nesting sites of the migratory birds in Pond dam in Kangra, the Bhakhra dam in Bilaspur, the Pandoh Dam, Riwalsar lake and Sundernagar lake in Mandi district and Renuka Devi lake in Sirmaur and other waters bodies in region have advised not to raise the poultry farms as the migratory birds are natural carriers of the bird flu virus, said Chief Conservator of Wildlife, Himachal Pradesh. The culling has began today border check posts at Swarghat check post on the National Highway-21 and Parwanoo on the NH-22 and other check posts in Una and Nahan and Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur districts so that the sick birds, if any are nipped in the bud, revealed the Animal Husbandry officials.

Moreover, the incubation of the virus from migratory to poultry to man is next to impossible at this time as the birds have started their back-migration from the warmer areas towards north in the northern region. “The birds do not go across the Himalayas, which act as a natural barrier to the virus. But they cross the mountain sideways”, said Mr Gupta.

On the other, the route of the migratory birds in south run through the coastal region towards the south and beyond, but not towards the North, said Mr. Gupta. “There is no chance that the migratory birds will carry the suspected bird flu virus in the north”, he said.

But the poultry and broilers farmers are hard hit. “In panic retailers have stopped buying the eggs and chicken as the demand has slumped by over 10-20 percent for the last two days. The egg-layer units can survive the panic till 72 weeks, but the broilers units can not survive beyond 8 weeks and face closure if the bird flu panic does not subside, said Mr. Jayoti Malhotra, a poultry farmer and a member of the Poultry Federation of India.

“No confirmed case of bird flu has been reported from the Maharashatra so far. But the state governments are taking precautionary measures to check the movement of the traded birds imported from outside”, revealed officials.

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Team to collect blood samples of birds
Our Correspondent

Kangra, February 21
In view of bird flu, the authorities here yesterday decided to adopt a multi-pronged strategy and formed a rapid response team. Samples of birds will be collected to avoid any transmission of the N5H1 virus at the entry points from Punjab to the state with the help of the police.

Dr B.S.Kaul, Assistant Director, Animal Husbandry Department, said 23 awareness camps were already conducted in the 5-km radius of the Pong dam where 1,30,000 migratory birds had arrived this year.

He said blood samples of the birds of the poultry farms were being collected to know about the outbreak of the flu.

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80-year-old trees face the axe
Mahesh Chander Sharma

The trees which face the axe in order to widen the approach road of Suketi Khud bridge scheduled to be inaugurated by the Chief Minister on February 27.
The trees which face the axe in order to widen the approach road of Suketi Khud bridge scheduled to be inaugurated by the Chief Minister on February 27.
— Photo by the writer

Sundernagar, February 21
In order to widen the approach road to the newly constructed bridge on Suketi Khud, the PWD authorities have applied to the Conservator of Forests, Mandi, for permission to fell trees which are on the right bank of the Suketi Khud and alongside the National Highway. These trees, stated to be 80 years old, will face the axe in the coming days.

The Suketi bridge in Mandi, built at an estimated cost of more than Rs 1 crore, will be inaugurated on February 27 by the Chief Minister. PWD officials are working round the clock in order to complete the pending tasks.

Work on both the approaches is in progress on a war footing. The approach on the right bank is a part of the National Highway and just outside the Industrial Training Institute, Mandi. As many as 10 big trees aged 80 years can be seen on the 50-metre stretch outside the ITI.

PWD officials want to join the roads by felling these 10 trees on the plea that they are posing a danger to human life.

The Supreme Court has imposed a ban on tree felling and the High Court of HP has also imposed a similar ban in the state.

However, it has permitted felling of trees after detailed investigation. In the present case the expert committee has opined that these trees are posing a danger to human life which does not seem to be true.

Interestingly, the HP government has launched a programme of greening highways by spending crores of rupees. Under this programme, trees are being planted by the roadsides.

In adjoining states the National Highway Authority of India has been planting trees in between roads so that they can act as a divider and help in keeping the air clean.

Conservator of Forests, Mandi, CS Singh confirmed that an application for felling trees was received by his office.

Since the name of the Chief Minister is being used in the episode, no social organisation is coming forward to save these trees.

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HPPSC interview result
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 21
The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC) has declared the result of the interviews conducted for the posts of Lecturer (college cadre) in Political Science and Commerce and Assistant Engineer in the Irrigation and Public Health Department.

The names of Ms Namita Chauhan (19016), Mr Rattan Lal (19035), Mr Sunil Kumar (19105), Mr Vikas Singh (19029), Mr Om Prakash (19131) and Mr Vijay Kumar (19058) have been recommended for the post of Lecturer in Political Science. Only a single candidate, Mr Dharmendra Mehta (25007) has been recommended for the post of Lecturer in Commerce.

The 20 candidates whose names had been recommended for the post of Assistant Engineer in the IPH Department are: Mr Anil Verma (1307), Mr Rajender Kumar Khawala (1317), Mr Raj Kumar Saini (1185), Mr Arvind Kumar Verma (1212), Mr Ravinder Kumar (1377), Mr Arun Kumar Sharma (1137), Mr Hoshiar Singh (1144), Mr Sarwan Kumar (1164), Mr Sanjeev Vohra (1541), Mr Satish Kumar (1202), Mr Sanjay Kaushal (1323), Mr Ashok Kumar Bhupal (1496),Mr Sandeep Kant Sharma (1133), Ms Lalita Kumari (1199), Mr Ajit Kumar (1146), Mr Sandeep Chaudhary (1132), Mr Ashwani Kumar (1550), Mr Ashish Rana (1190), Ms Kanchan Sharma (1546) and Capt Amit Dogra (1113).

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15 hurt in house collapse
Our Correspondent

Kulu, February 21
Fifteen persons were injured in a house collapse here yesterday. Puja was being performed in the house of Mr Nokhu Ram in Sajwar village, 60 km from here, when the incident occurred.

The injured were taken to Banjar government hospital. Their condition was said to be out of danger.

The Additional District Magistrate visited the spot today and assured relief to the victims.

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3 of marriage party killed in mishap
Our Correspondent

Kangra, February 21
Three members of a marriage party were killed, two of them on the spot, and two were injured when the car in which they were returning from Baidhi village to Rajal rammed into a parked truck on the Pathankot Mandi highway. After hitting the truck the car rolled several feet down a gorge, the police said here today.

Mr V.S. Thakur, Sub Divisional Police Officer, said the ill-fated Maruti car (HP 38 A 1945), carrying five members of the marriage party, rammed into the parked truck (HP 37 -2772) at Soonora Chowk, 8 km from here, last night.

He said the owner of the car, Asim (28), a resident of Butard Lunj, was driving the car himself when the accident took place. Asim and Parveen (36), a resident of Natherd, were killed on the spot. Mr Surender Kumar was admitted to the local Civil Hospital while Mr Amrik (25), hailing from Galian, and another injured were referred to Dr. R.P. Government Medical College and Hospital, Dharamsala.

Amrik succumbed to his injuries on the way to Dharamsala.

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Woman ends life
Our Correspondent

Kangra, February 21
A 20-year-old housewife, who was yet to celebrate her first marriage anniversary, immolated herself in her room, the police said here today. She allegedly sprinkled kerosene on herself and put herself on fire. She had been facing atrocities at her in-laws’ house since she was married.

Dharamsala SHO R.P. Jaswal said Binta Devi , 20, was married in May last. According to her father, she was being tortured since then. Before her death, she reportedly deposed in front of a magistrate that she was tortured by her mother-in-law Chuhe Devi and her 10-year-old brother-in-law Sunil Kumar. This forced her to commit suicide.

He said Binta had received 100 per cent burns.

He said the woman, however, did not depose against her husband and father-in-law. Her mother-in-law and brother-in-law have been arrested.

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2 held with stolen Sumo

Parwanoo, February 21
The Parwanoo police arrested Ram Saran from Nahan and Vinod Thakur from Banhol village late last evening after a stolen Tata Sumo (HP-01-0146) was recovered from them on the NH-22 near Kalka toll tax barrier.

The owner of the vehicle, Mr Paras Ram Sharma, had earlier lodged a complaint with the Solan police that his vehicle which was parked at Saproon Chowk on the night of February 18 had been found missing the following morning. The vehicle was impounded last evening. OC

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Inland container depot at Baddi likely

Baddi, February 21
To facilitate the expanding industry, the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) may soon set up an inland container depot at Baddi. A team of CONCOR officials, headed by Mr Ranjeet Sinha, visited the industrial belt recently and surveyed the area for traffic potential.

Officials in the Industries Department said the CONCOR had granted its approval for opening the depot. The depot requires more than 100 bighas.

A container depot, both for domestic and import-export purpose, would be set up. A logistic park equipped with international technology standards and refrigeration facilities would also be provided in the depot. OC

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