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Work on irrigation project soon
Mandi, August 1
Mr Prakash Chaudhary, Minister of State for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, said here today that the Rs 44-crore Balh Valley Medium Irrigation Project for areas falling on the left bank of Suketi, a tributary of the Beas, had been approved by the state government. Work on the same would be started shortly.

MLA seeks special session on new districts
Dharamsala, August 1
The Congress MLA from Nagrota Bagwan and general secretary of the HPCC, Mr G.S. Bali, has asked for convening a special session of Vidhan Sabha before new districts are carved out of Kangra and other districts. He was addressing media persons at Dadh rest house near here.

Ex-Mayor of Shimla joins BJP
Shimla, August 1
Mr Manoj Kumar, a former Mayor of the Shimla Municipal Corporation, joined the BJP today. 

Housing board colony awaits residents
Jaisinghpur, August 1
A residential colony comprising 18 quarters constructed by the state housing board here for government employees has not been taken over by the HPPWD even after five months of its inauguration. On one hand employees are paying rent for their private accommodations and on the other hand the government is losing revenue due to the residential quarters not being allotted.

PG medics to be treated on par with ad hoc docs
Shimla, August 1
The Himachal Pradesh Government had agreed to implement some demands of the Resident Doctors Association during talks with the representatives of the association with Mr J.P. Nadda, Health Minister, here today.



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Four officers shifted
Shimla, August 1
The Himachal Government today transferred four state administration officers.

Rs 1 lakh prize for Samaresh Jung
Shimla, August 1
The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, has announced a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for ace shooter Samaresh Jung who has won three gold and one silver medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games at Manchester.

Monsoon session from Aug 27
Shimla, August 1
A week-long monsoon session of the Himachal Assembly will commence on August 27.

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Foreign tourist arrival to Dharamsala town, seat of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, declines sharply due to the India-Pakistan military standoff.
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Work on irrigation project soon
Our Correspondent

Mandi, August 1
Mr Prakash Chaudhary, Minister of State for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, said here today that the Rs 44-crore Balh Valley Medium Irrigation Project for areas falling on the left bank of Suketi, a tributary of the Beas, had been approved by the state government. Work on the same would be started shortly.

Talking to the media he said work on the irrigation project would be taken up on a war footing and completed in five years. This would usher in an era of prosperity in the valley. The farmers of the valley could then grow off-season vegetables on a large scale.

He claimed that several development works held up over the past 12 years had been completed in the past 4 years in the Balh constituency. As many as 80 rooms had been constructed for primary schools under the newly launched Sarswati Bal Vidya Sankalp Yojna. The block headquarters had been shifted to the Balh valley, fulfilling the long-standing demand of the people.

He claimed that Chakkar Bridge, the foundation stone of which had been laid in 1979, had been completed last year with his efforts.

Mr Chaudhary said a Rs 65-crore watershed project under a centrally sponsored scheme had been approved for Himachal Pradesh. Of this, about Rs 3 crore would be spent in the Balh constituency.

To a question, he admitted that serious cases of corruption against elected panchayat representatives had been detected. It was disgusting that, 8016 village toilets were shown as complete on papers, but these did not exist anywhere.

Stern action was being taken and the government was considering modification of the Panchayati Raj Act to incorporate provisions to unseat members and office-bearers of Panchayat Raj institution. Of the 412 cases of corruption, action had been initiated in 202 cases. Proceedings against others were in the pipeline and more were likely to be charge sheeted, he added.
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MLA seeks special session on new districts
Our Correspondent

Dharamsala, August 1
The Congress MLA from Nagrota Bagwan and general secretary of the HPCC, Mr G.S. Bali, has asked for convening a special session of Vidhan Sabha before new districts are carved out of Kangra and other districts. He was addressing media persons at Dadh rest house near here.

Mr Bali asserted that the idea of the Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, to carve out new districts smacks of a political move as this year happens the election year. Mr Bali said the argument put forth by Mr Dhumal that the administrative work was suffering as there were only three DCís for 34 constituencies sounded hollow.
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Ex-Mayor of Shimla joins BJP
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 1
Mr Manoj Kumar, a former Mayor of the Shimla Municipal Corporation, joined the BJP today. He was expelled from the Congress last year. He unsuccessfully contested the recent municipal corporation poll as a candidate of the Shimla Vikas Manch.

Mr Narinder Bragta, Horticulture Minister, in whose presence he announced the decision, said the party would be strengthened with an experienced leader like Mr Manoj Kumar joining it.
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Housing board colony awaits residents
Our Correspondent

Jaisinghpur, August 1
A residential colony comprising 18 quarters constructed by the state housing board here for government employees has not been taken over by the HPPWD even after five months of its inauguration. On one hand employees are paying rent for their private accommodations and on the other hand the government is losing revenue due to the residential quarters not being allotted.

The colony, constructed at a cost of Rs 76 lakh, was inaugurated by the Chief Minister, Mr P.K. Dhumal, in March. Interestingly, the SDM, Mr Rakesh Sharma, has already allotted the quarters to the employees on the basis of seniority.

Despite repeated attempts by The Tribune to contact the Xen, PWD, for his comments on the matter he was not available. The Superintendent of HPPWD, Jaisinghpur subdivision said the state government had taken a decision last year that the PWD would not be provided funds for the maintenance and repair of government buildings and this was the reason why the PWD was not taking over the Jaisinghpur residential colony. However, the SDM said he had written to the local Tehsildar in this regard.
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PG medics to be treated on par with ad hoc docs
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 1
The Himachal Pradesh Government had agreed to implement some demands of the Resident Doctors Association during talks with the representatives of the association with Mr J.P. Nadda, Health Minister, here today.

Mr Dinesh Sharma, president of the association, said the minister assured that modalities would be worked out to implement the proposal of the association for treating direct postgraduate students on a par with ad hoc doctors.

The association was also assured that postgraduate increments would be released within a month and hike in college and hostel fee as well as the overall fee structure would be reviewed.

He said the minister had also accepted their demands to start a postgraduate course in psychiatry and increase the number of seats in orthopaedics. 
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Four officers shifted
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 1
The Himachal Government today transferred four state administration officers.

Mr Rakesh Sharma, Additional District Magistrate, Shimla, has been posted as Additional Director, Panchayati Raj, Ms Reema Kashyap, Assistant Commissioner Development-cum-BDO, Pooh, goes to Rekong Peo in the same position. Mr Darshan Pal Verma, Joint Director, Urban Development goes as Subdivisional Officer (Civil), Nahan, vice Mr Rakesh Kumar who has been posted as Deputy Director Urban Development.

Mr S.R. Ojha, Superintendent of Police, Lokayukta, has been given the additional work of conducting inquiries ordered by the State Human Rights Commission.
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Rs 1 lakh prize for Samaresh Jung

Shimla, August 1
The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr Prem Kumar Dhumal, has announced a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for ace shooter Samaresh Jung who has won three gold and one silver medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games at Manchester.

Dhumal said Jung had made Himachal Pradesh proud by his outstanding performance at the international meet.

He hoped that Jung would win more medals for the state and the country in international events.

Dhumal also congratulated the shooterís father Col Shailesh Jung and coach Randhir Singh. PTI
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Monsoon session from Aug 27
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 1
A week-long monsoon session of the Himachal Assembly will commence on August 27.

Mr Gulab Singh, Speaker, said here today that there would be four sittings in all.
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