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CM for policy on patent registration
Shimla, July 28
Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, has underlined the need for formulating a policy to facilitate the registration of patents on the basis of geographical indications to protect the rights of local producers.

Downsizing: Virbhadra directed to file reply

BJP trying to derail parliamentary system: AICC
Shimla, July 28
Mr Anand Sharma, spokesperson of the All-India Congress Committee, has said the Opposition BJP was trying to derail the parliamentary system by boycotting standing committees of the House which had the responsibility of scrutinising the demands for grants, pertaining to various departments proposed in the Budget.

26 HCS officers transferred
Shimla, July 28
The Himachal Pradesh Government today transferred 26 state administrative services officers. Mr Bir Singh Thakur, additional director, HIPA, has been posted as Registrar, state administrative tribunal, vice Mr Rajiv Kumar, who goes as Registrar, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, vice Mr Balbir Chand, who takes over as Additional District Magistrate, Una.

Dhaulan Kuan robbery case solved, one held
Nahan, July 28
The police has claimed that the Dhaulan Kuan robbery case has been solved in less than 15 hours. Last evening at about 7.30 p.m. a robbery incident was reported at the house of Anil Kumar Bansal at Dhaulan Kuan, about 25 km from here, on the Nahan Paonta road.



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Shimla very crowded, feels Amitabh
Shimla, July 28
“Shimla is not as beautiful as it was when I came here last for the shooting of “Muqaddar ka Sikandar” and one has to drive to the outskirts to get a feel of the abundant natural beauty the place has,” is how Big B feels about the hill station turning into a concrete jungle.

Fire safety system needs facelift
Chamba, July 28
The existing fire-fighting system of Chamba needs a facelift. The district headquarters town of Chamba, with a population of over 20,000, must be well-equipped to fight fire accidents.

Heavy rain disrupts traffic flow
Palampur, July 28
Traffic on the Palampur-Hamirpur highway was suspended for about five hours today following heavy landslides at Behar Ghatta near Thural.

Dhalli blast handiwork of jilted lover; held
Shimla, July 28
The blast which rocked a six-storeyed residential building in Dhalli locality on Monday night was the handwork of a jilted lover who wanted to terrorise a college girl who had turned down his marriage proposal.

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CM for policy on patent registration
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 28
Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, has underlined the need for formulating a policy to facilitate the registration of patents on the basis of geographical indications to protect the rights of local producers.

He also called for expediting the implementation of the proposal to set up a science city and a planetarium at Shogi, near here.

Presiding over a review meeting of the State Council for Science and Technology here yesterday, he said such a policy would help safeguard economic interests of craftsmen engaged in the making of Himachali caps, shawls, Chamba rumal and other products as the markets were being flooded by fake items.

The hill state was famous for many such products like Kangra tea and red rice, which if registered on the basis of geographical indications, would go a long way in checking the misuse of the established identity of local products by fake producers.

He also stressed the need to advise government construction agencies to go for solar passive designs for all structures to be built over a height of 2000 metres so that they could be heated utilising the sunlight.

He said the existing buildings could also be retrofitted with solar passive features to save conventional sources of energy.

He said studies should be carried out to check landslides which damaged roads and transformed fertile tracts into wasteland.

He said the state government had advised the Border Roads Organisation to examine the possibility of constructing a road via Leo village along the Spiti river to bypass the active Malling landslide which had been interrupting traffic frequently.

There were some other slide zones like the one at Gummah in Mandi and another between Kwar and Jeori which were blocking roads.

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Downsizing: Virbhadra directed to file reply
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, July 28
The Himachal High Court yesterday directed the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh and the Chief Secretary to file replies on the issue of downsizing of the Council of Ministers in accordance with the new law.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice V.K. Gupta and Mr Justice K.C. Sood issued the direction on a petition filed by a local organisation, Citizens Rights Protection Forum alleging that the provisions of the new law had been violated, as the Chief Minister had constituted a 13-member Council of Ministers including himself. As per the new law, a small state like Himachal could not have more than 12 ministers.

The petitioner prayed that the Chief Minister be directed to reconstitute the Council of Ministers as per the new law. Mr Rajiv Atma Ram senior counsel, appeared on behalf of the respondents.

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BJP trying to derail parliamentary system: AICC
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 28
Mr Anand Sharma, spokesperson of the All-India Congress Committee, has said the Opposition BJP was trying to derail the parliamentary system by boycotting standing committees of the House which had the responsibility of scrutinising the demands for grants, pertaining to various departments proposed in the Budget.

Talking to mediapersons, here today, Mr Sharma said the unjustified and irresponsible behaviour of the BJP leaders, who had been bent upon disrupting the functioning of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha with or without reason, betrayed their frustration in losing power. The party and its leadership had not as yet come to terms with the verdict of the people, he said.

The Opposition had the right to criticise the programmes and policies of the government but the confrontationist approach adopted by the BJP, particularly the boycott of the standing committees, was beyond comprehension, he said. These were not government committees but the ones constituted by the speaker and the presiding officer so the Rajya Sabha in which political parties were given representation proportionate to their respective strength in the house. It reflected the BJP’s “lack of respect” for the parliamentary democracy, Mr Sharma added.

Saying that the Opposition was supposed to debate important issues facing the country and its people, he added that by adopting such negative tactics the BJP denied Parliament, the highest democratic forum, an opportunity to discuss the drought situation, floods in eastern states and the plight of the Indians taken hostage in Iraq.

Not only the Prime Minister, Mr Manmohan Singh, was denied an opportunity to introduce his council of ministers for the first time in the history of the Independent India. The BJP was harping on tainted ministers, conveniently forgetting that the Vajpayee Cabinet had four charge sheeted ministers including, Mr L.K. Advani, the Home Minister, Mr Sharma said.

The motion of thanks on the President’s address was passed without a debate and the Finance Minister was not allowed to reply to the debate on the Budget as the BJP stayed a walkout without any reason, he alleged.

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26 HCS officers transferred
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 28
The Himachal Pradesh Government today transferred 26 state administrative services officers.

Mr Bir Singh Thakur, additional director, HIPA, has been posted as Registrar, state administrative tribunal, vice Mr Rajiv Kumar, who goes as Registrar, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, vice Mr Balbir Chand, who takes over as Additional District Magistrate, Una. He has replaced Mr Amitabh Awasthi, who has been posted as joint secretary, state backward classes commission, here.

Mr Shyam Singh, Additional District Magistrate, Chamba, takes over as Additional Director, secondary education, vice Mr Dev Dutt Sharma, who takes over as Joint secretary, Home. Mr Chaman Singh, secretary, board of school education, Dharamsala, has been posted as Additional District Magistrate Chamba, while Mr Darshan Pal, Assistant Commissioner to Deputy Commissioner, Mandi, goes as Land Acquisition Officer, state electricity board, Mandi. Mr Tek Chand, Assistant Settlement Officer, Dharamsala, will be the new Secretary, board of school education.

Mr Lokinder Singh Chauhan, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO), Solan, takes over as General Manager district industries centre, Solan, and Mr Baldev Singh Attri, SDO, Dehra, has been posted as Assistant Settlement officer, Dharamsala. Mr Subhash Chand, Assistant Commissioner to Deputy Commissioner, Chamba, has been appointed as SDO, Amb. Mr Vinod Goyal, Deputy Secretary, OBC Commission, goes as Registrar, consumer redressal forum, and Mr Nand Lal, Regional Transport Officer, Mandi, takes over as SDO, Karsog. Mr Manohar Lal, SDO, Theog, goes as SDO, Dehra, and Mr Jagroop Rana, SDO, Chamba, takes over as regional transport officer, flying squad (Mandi). Mr Gopal Chand, SDO, Karsog, will be the new SDO, Theog.

Mr Bhuvneshwari Vohra, LAO, Chamera project, has been posted as Assistant Commissioner to Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, while Mr Madhusudan Srivastava, takes over as Assistant Commissioner (Protocol), Solan, vice Mr Bihari Lal, who goes as Assistant Commissioner to Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, vice Mr Kishori Lal, who has been posted as Assistant Settlement Officer, Shimla. Mr Ashwini Kumar, SDO, Kangra, goes as Assistant Commissioner to Deputy Commissioner, Solan.

Mr Duni Chand, Assistant Commissioner, to Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, goes as SDO, Dalhousie, Mr Anupam, Regional Transport Officer (flying squad), Mandi, as LAO, Chamera project, and Ms Reema Kashyap, LAO, state electricity board, Mandi, as Assistant Commissioner to Deputy Commissioner, Chamba.

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Dhaulan Kuan robbery case solved, one held
Our Correspondent

Nahan, July 28
The police has claimed that the Dhaulan Kuan robbery case has been solved in less than 15 hours. Last evening at about 7.30 p.m. a robbery incident was reported at the house of Anil Kumar Bansal at Dhaulan Kuan, about 25 km from here, on the Nahan Paonta road.

The Superintendent of Police, Sirmaur, Mr S.R. Sharma, said here this evening that the robbery case had been solved. One person had been arrested.

Police parties had been despatched to different places to nab the remaining culprits. All the culprits had been identified.

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Shimla very crowded, feels Amitabh
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 28
“Shimla is not as beautiful as it was when I came here last for the shooting of “Muqaddar ka Sikandar” and one has to drive to the outskirts to get a feel of the abundant natural beauty the place has,” is how Big B feels about the hill station turning into a concrete jungle.

Amitabh Bachchan, who is here for the shooting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film “Black”, feels the town has become very crowded with lots of construction, adding that this is probably inevitable in order to meet the needs of the growing population. “All hill stations are similar and this place too reminds me of Nainital, where I studied in a boarding school,” he remarked.

“ I don’t feel there is anything wrong in the comparison being drawn between Abhishek and me, after all he is my son,” remarked the star father when asked about his son’s acting capabilities being compared to his. He added that like any other father he too would want his son to be successful and now gradually people have started appreciating him.

He said “Ranveer”, in which they were acting together, was in the scripting stage and due to clash of shooting dates the film is yet to take off. When asked if he would accept a film offer with “Silsila” cast, including Rekha and Jaya Bachchan, he said he was very much open to it and was appearing in a guest role in a Yash Chopra film.

In reply to a query as to how he felt being chosen as the star of the millennium, a very humble Amitabh said he did not believe in all this.

On being directed by young directors, he said all had a lot of potential and he felt lucky working with them. “Directors and actors of every generation have their own peculiar style and it all depended on the director and the producer on how they mould an actor into a particular role,” he said.

“The shooting of 85 episodes of “Kaun Banega Crorepati” still remains. Once that is complete it will hopefully be aired on television,” he said when asked about his return to the small screen. He said all renumerations that he gets from doing commercials go to his entertainment company as that was the under standing with those who invested in his company.

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Fire safety system needs facelift
Our Correspondent

Chamba, July 28
The existing fire-fighting system of Chamba needs a facelift. The district headquarters town of Chamba, with a population of over 20,000, must be well-equipped to fight fire accidents.

A complete overhaul of the fire-fighting network is required. The department concerned should provide more hydrants at suitable places, keeping in view the pressure requirement at the hydrant point in the coordination with the fire department. More storage tanks are also required.

The fire hydrants, which are sometimes found to be inoperative during the fire hazards in the town, should be revamped. It was revealed that even illegal connections were managed by a few people from these fire lines for their constructions and gardening, which were exclusively laid for the purpose of fire-fighting. The residents are also crying for a remedy to save the town from fire hazards.

The necessary for a fire-fighting system was first felt after the devastating fire in 1937, in which there was a huge loss of property. The far-sighted king of the erstwhile Chamba state provided a fire-fighting system in the year 1940 at a cost of about Rs 2 lakh.

According to sources, about 101 fire hydrants were provided with the fire-fighting line in the main township and the system was comprised of G.I. pipes of 65 mm diameter and a length of more than 8 km. But with the passage of time, the town has expanded and new settlements have come in the areas like Hardaspura, Sultanpura ad Parel, witnessing an increase in the socio-economic activities and resulting in more institutions and government buildings.

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Heavy rain disrupts traffic flow
Our Correspondent

Palampur, July 28
Traffic on the Palampur-Hamirpur highway was suspended for about five hours today following heavy landslides at Behar Ghatta near Thural.

According to reports received here, portion of the road was washed away following a heavy rain.

Long queues of heavy and light vehicles were seen on the road. Later, the Public Works Department authorities reached the spot and removed the big boulders.

The traffic was restored by afternoon. Meanwhile, Palampur and its adjoining areas have been experiencing a heavy rain for the past two days. On many kutcha roads, traffic has come to a standstill.

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Dhalli blast handiwork of jilted lover; held
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 28
The blast which rocked a six-storeyed residential building in Dhalli locality on Monday night was the handwork of a jilted lover who wanted to terrorise a college girl who had turned down his marriage proposal.

It did not take much time for the police to solve the mystery after Ms Santosh, the windows of whose room were damaged by the explosion, expressed apprehension that Manish Kumar, her schoolmate, who desperately wanted to marry her could be behind the blast. He was picked up by the police and on interrogation he confessed that he had triggered off the blast using a detonator and some gelatine. At his instance the police also recovered a detonator and a piece of fuse wire from his house.

Mr Jog Raj Thakur, district police chief, said Manish committed the act in sheer frustration after the girl turned down his marriage proposal. They both belong to Narkanda and studied together in school.

He has been charged with attempt to murder and a case under Section 307 of the IPC has been registered against him.

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Magisterial probe into fake licence scandal
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, July 28
Deputy Commissioner Devesh Kumar today ordered a magisterial inquiry into the fake driving licence scandal in the office of the SDM. The ADM has been directed to hold the inquiry and submit his report within a week. The fake licence issue came to light recently when Dinesh Kumar of Barara village in the district approached the SDM office for the renewal of the licence. During the renewal process, it was found that no such licence had been issued by his office. One more such case was reported. Both these persons have absconded.

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NIT counselling on
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, July 28
The National Institute of Technology is conducting counselling for the admissions.

A total number of 240 new students will get admission in the first year in the disciplines of civil, mechanical, electrical, electronics, architecture and computer engineering.

Out of the total students, appeared for the counselling 120 belong to Himachal Pradesh and the rest from other parts of the country. The institute will re-open on August 2.

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