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Minor reshuffle in ministry likely
Shimla, July 3
With the Congress high command not being in favour of a major shakeup in the downsizing of the ministry for fear of dissidence, only a minor reshuffle in the state Cabinet is likely to take place.

Male, female wards merged in hospital
Dharamsala, July 3
With repeated requests for the filling of vacant posts falling on deaf ears, Kangra Sub-Divisional Hospital yesterday merged the male ward with the female ward.

Engineer’s negligence costs labourers their jobs
Palampur, July 3
Negligence on the part of an Assistant Engineer of Baijnath division of the H.P. Public Works Department rendered over 70 labourers jobless as he did not get muster rolls for these labourers renewed from the higher authorities.

Dr Jagmohan assumes charge as VC
Palampur, July 3
Noted farm scientist Dr Jagmohan Singh joined as Vice-Chancellor of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh CSK HP Agricultural University, here yesterday. Earlier he was Dean, College of Horticulture, and had additional charge of Director of Extension Education, Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan.

Tension at ONGC site
Mandi, July 3
The police allegedly arrested 15 workers who had earlier worked at the Oil and Natural Gas Commission site at Dhaban, Sundernagar. They were later released. The police has denied the arrests, saying the workers were forcibly removed from the site to clear the way for the ONGC machineries.



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Mumps assumes epidemic form, creates panic
Chamba, July 3
Fear grips residents of Telka and Salwan belts of Salooni tehsil in Chamba district following the outbreak of mumps amongst children in the age group of 3 years and 15 years.

Dalai Lama advised two weeks’ rest
Dharamsala, July 3
The Dalai Lama’s scheduled trip to Barcelona has been cancelled on advice from his doctors in Delhi as he has persistent cough following an exhausting and hectic schedule.

Ajit Parmar killed in accident
Shimla, July 3
Ajit Parmar (75), son of the first Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Dr Y.S. Parmar, died in an accident near Mashobra, last evening.
The Scorpio jeep in which he was travelling rolled 100 feet down.

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Minor reshuffle in ministry likely
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 3
With the Congress high command not being in favour of a major shakeup in the downsizing of the ministry for fear of dissidence, only a minor reshuffle in the state Cabinet is likely to take place.

The Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, today met the AICC chief, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, in Delhi to discuss the issue of downsizing of the ministry. He is also learnt to have discussed the issue with other party leaders, including Ms Ambika Soni, Mr Ashok Gehlot and Mr Ahmed Patel.

Most ministers from both the Virbhadra and Stokes factions are camping in Delhi. Three or four Cabinet ministers may be droped to bring the number down to 12 so the chances of a major change are slim,” said one of the ministers.

Based on the one man, one post principle, the issue of accommodating one of the ministers as the party chief also came up for discussion. At present the Power Minister, Mrs Vidya Stokes is the state Congress chief.

Sources pointed out that the party high command was in favour of accommodating the dropped ministers and other aspirants in either the government or the party organisation at the earliest so that the chances of dissident activity were ruled out.

Party legislator from Hamirpur Anita Verma’s name is doing the rounds for being inducted into the Cabinet as the district she hails from is still unrepresented in the ministry.

The formaton of a two-tier ministry, as is being proposed by Mr Virbhadra Singh, seem to be unlikely.

However, the Chief Minister may accommodate some of his loyalists as parliamentary secretaries.
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Male, female wards merged in hospital
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, July 3
With repeated requests for the filling of vacant posts falling on deaf ears, Kangra Sub-Divisional Hospital yesterday merged the male ward with the female ward.

The move has led to a change in the set up of the hospital as the eye ward and gynaecology and ante-natal ward have also been shifted to new places to ensure that the indoor patients are not scattered on different floors.

The 50-bed hospital has only seven doctors (including a dentist) against a sanctioned strength of nine. Out of these, two doctors are usually out to attend medico-legal cases, the doctors on night shift is entitled to take an off the next day and one doctor is busy in the operation theatre, informed a doctor.

Same is the case with the nursing department. Despite having a sanctioned strength of 14, only five nurses are available to take care of patients in three shifts. The situation becomes worse whenever any of them has to go on leave.

To tackle the problem, the authorities on Thursday shifted male patients on the first floor in one of the two portions of the female ward on the second floor. The nine-bed eye ward has been adjusted in the male ward. The ante-natal ward has been shifted in the eye ward.

According to a senior doctor, the functioning of the hospital has improved after the new arrangement.

When contacted, the Senior Medical Officer (SMO), Kangra, Dr S.B.Sood said the arrangement was temporary and they would revert back to the original scheme of things once the vacant posts are filled.
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Engineer’s negligence costs labourers their jobs
Our Correspondent

Palampur, July 3
Negligence on the part of an Assistant Engineer of Baijnath division of the H.P. Public Works Department rendered over 70 labourers jobless as he did not get muster rolls for these labourers renewed from the higher authorities.

Inquiries by The Tribune revealed that these daily wages workers were on job for the past many years and the department were issuing muster rolls for them on a monthly basis. The Assistant Engineer of Jaisinghpur subdivision did not ask the Executive Engineer for further sanction of their muster rolls for July, rendering them jobless.

Later, the matter was brought to the notice of Mr Sita Ram Saini, general secretary, state unit of INTUC, who approached the higher authorities and threatened to launch an agitation if the services of the labourers were not restored. He told newsmen that despite specific orders of the Chief Minister that no daily wage earner would be terminated, PWD officials were unnecessarily harassing the poor labourers by terminating their services. He said he had already taken up the matter with the government. The Chief Minister had assured him that all terminated labourers would be reinstated, he added.

Meanwhile, the Executive Engineer, H.P. PWD, Baijnath, told The Tribune that necessary formalities were being completed to renew the muster rolls of these labourers and they would be on the job soon. He admitted that the Assistant Engineer, Jaisinghpur, never made a request for the renewal of the muster rolls for July. Therefore, no muster rolls were sent from the division.
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Dr Jagmohan assumes charge as VC
Our Correspondent

Palampur, July 3
Noted farm scientist Dr Jagmohan Singh joined as Vice-Chancellor of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh CSK HP Agricultural University, here yesterday.

Earlier he was Dean, College of Horticulture, and had additional charge of Director of Extension Education, Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan. He is the seventh regular Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Born on November 11, 1945, at Bhuira village in Sirmaur district, he obtained his initial education from Government High School, Rajgarh, and did BSc (Agriculture and Animal Husbandry) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, in 1966. He did PhD (Horticulture) from the same university. He also received advanced training in irrigation technology, soil management and plant-water relationship from the UK.

He also was Director, state’s Department of Horticulture, from 1998 to 2001.

He has more than 30 years experience in teaching, research and extension education. He has published over 100 research papers and extension articles and has guided 23 students, including 11 PhDs.
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Tension at ONGC site
Tribune News Service

Mandi, July 3
The police allegedly arrested 15 workers who had earlier worked at the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) site at Dhaban, Sundernagar. They were later released. The police has denied the arrests, saying the workers were forcibly removed from the site to clear the way for the ONGC machineries.

The situation turned tense today when women and children took to roadside obstructing the lifting of the ONGC machineries from the site.

Labour leader Suresh Kumar alleged that the police was playing a partisan role.

The company had refused to accept their demand of re-employment at the new drilling site at Dayan in Hamirpur district, he added.
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Mumps assumes epidemic form, creates panic
Our Correspondent

Chamba, July 3
Fear grips residents of Telka and Salwan belts of Salooni tehsil in Chamba district following the outbreak of mumps amongst children in the age group of 3 years and 15 years.

The Chief Medical Officer, Chamba, Dr R.K. Choudhary, said a few cases of mumps had been reported from these belts and a team of doctors along with paramedical staff and medicines had been sent to the affected areas. The doctors examined more than 250 children and found 75 cases of mumps. The affected children were given treatment.

“The mumps is an infectious, viral and self-limiting disease for which symptomatic treatment is being given,” said the CMO.
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Dalai Lama advised two weeks’ rest
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, July 3
The Dalai Lama’s scheduled trip to Barcelona has been cancelled on advice from his doctors in Delhi as he has persistent cough following an exhausting and hectic schedule.

“The Dalai Lama has been advised by doctors of Indraprastha Apollo Hospital to take complete rest for at least two weeks. His general health is otherwise good and he would return to Dharamsala tomorrow”, said a press note issued today by the office of the Dalai Lama.
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Ajit Parmar killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 3
Ajit Parmar (75), son of the first Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Dr Y.S. Parmar, died in an accident near Mashobra, last evening.

The Scorpio jeep in which he was travelling rolled 100 feet down. The police said the accident possibly occurred due to poor visibility on account of thick fog in the area.

Four persons travelling with him were admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital with minor injuries.

They were on their way to attend the dinner hosted in honour of the Pakistan golf team, which is here for the first Lahore-Shimla Goodwill Golf Tournament.
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12-yr-old girl drowned in Beas

Hamirpur, July 3
Maya Devi (12) was drowned in the Beas last evening. She had gone to take bath in the river after returning from school and swept away by strong currents of water.

Her body was handed over to her parents. Nadaun SDM Rakesh Dhiman visited the house of the deceased and gave a relief Rs 10,000 to the parents. — OC
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Woman commits suicide

Hamirpur, July 3
Puja (23) reportedly committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance at Chowki Charan village of the district last evening. Marital discord was said to be the cause behind the suicide. She was taken to a hospital at Nadaun where she died.

The Nadaun police has registered a case. Her husband Nischal Kumar, a truck driver, has been arrested. — OC
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Planning Commission member hurt in road accident

Shimla, July 3
A Planning Commission Member, Dr Kirat Parikh, and his wife Jyoti were injured when their vehicle collided with a truck near Shoghi on the Shimla-Kalka National Highway, 15 km from here, this morning, police sources said.

Dr Parikh sustained an injury on his arm while his wife suffered multiple fractures in her leg. Both were being flown to Delhi for treatment, official sources said. Their driver, Kishore Singh, also sustained minor injuries. The couple on their way to Shimla when the accident occurred. — PTI
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