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6 killed as truck falls into gorge
Nahan, July 31
Six persons died on the spot when a truck on its way from Dadahu to Haripur Dhar, fell into a 500-foot gorge near Dhalyanu village, about 80 km from here, last evening. The mishap occurred when the driver of the truck lost control over the vehicle. The bodies were brought to the Dadahu hospital last night and after conducting a post-mortem examination were handed over to their families today.

Flood alert in HP districts
Shimla, July 31
A flood alert was sounded late this evening along the banks of the Sutlej from Kinnaur to Bilaspur districts following the formation of a huge artificial lake in Tibet close to the Indo-Tibetan border.

HP to follow Punjab on composite fee cut
Shimla, July 31
The Transport Minister, Mr G.S. Bali, said today that in view of the overcrowding of buses in Shimla the government was considering increasing the number of buses apart from exploring the possibility of starting small solar cars on the inner routes.

HP to fill 2,341 posts of teacher
Shimla, July 31
The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today approved the filling of 744 posts of trained graduate teacher and 1597 posts of contract teacher, apart from clearing the proposal for setting up of five hydro electric projects of 250 MW in the state.

7 medical college students held
Kangra, July 31
Seven medical students of Dr R.P. Govt. Medical College, Tanda, near here, were arrested by the Kangra police from the college last night in connection with rioting and clash with canteen employees, the police said here today.





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Rain washes away Rs 15 lakh hydel project machinery
Dharamsala, July 31
Parts of Dharamsala and adjoining places were flooded due to rain on Thursday night. Machinery of the Majhi Hydel Power Project reportedly was washed away by rain water and the flats of Housing Board Colony were also affected by the flood. Retaining wall of the rivulet feeding the Gaj Power Project was also breached.

Minister “responsible” for lathi-charge
Bilaspur, July 31
BJP state spokesman Randhir Sharma has strongly condemned police lathi-charge on striking Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh workers and also on local people including women at Harnora at the Kol Dam site a couple of days ago and has held Kotkehloor local MLA and Industries Minister Ramlal Thakur “responsible” for it.

Four of family held in suicide case
Dharamsala, July 31
The Kangra police today arrested four persons of a family in connection with forcing their daughter-in-law to commit suicide at Ramdoh village in Kangra district.

Relief to IPS officer
Shimla, July 31
The Himachal High Court yesterday directed the Chief Secretary not to take any punitive action against a senior IPS officer Mr Diwaker Prasad.

5 fresh cases of gastroenteritis in Bilaspur dist
Bilaspur, July 31
Five fresh cases of gastroenteritis were reported today in the district, taking the total number of patients admitted at the community health centre, Ghwandal, near Naina Devi, to 11.

Himalayan Institute booked for cheating
Solan, July 31
The police here today registered a case of cheating under Section 420 of the IPC against the Himalayan Institute of Paramedical and Art and Craft after its students complained of being misled by newspaper advertisements claiming affiliation to Himachal Pradesh University. Institute directors Surbhi Jindal and Ravinder Jindal have been booked in the case.

Large-scale water theft detected
Solan, July 31
A large-scale theft of water from the main water supply tank was detected by a team of committee officials on Forest Road today.










 

6 killed as truck falls into gorge
Our Correspondent

Nahan, July 31
Six persons died on the spot when a truck on its way from Dadahu to Haripur Dhar, fell into a 500-foot gorge near Dhalyanu village, about 80 km from here, last evening.

The mishap occurred when the driver of the truck lost control over the vehicle. The bodies were brought to the Dadahu hospital last night and after conducting a post-mortem examination were handed over to their families today.

The Dead have been identified as Pawan Kumar, driver, resident of Devnei village (Nahan tehsil, Bablu, cleaner, Katola village (Nahan), Subhash Chand and Yogesh Kumar (both brothers), resident of Ullah village Nohra Dhar), Virender, Thanla village (Nohra Dhar) and Vipin Kumar, resident of Takasana village, Sangrah tehsil. The police has registered a case in this connection.

UNI adds from Shimla: In another accident a person was washed away while the driver was injured when an oil tanker fell about 100 feet down into the Beas near Aut in Mandi district on Friday, the police said on Saturday.

An eye witness said the tanker went out of control and plunged into the Beas. It was swept away up to 2 km and got finally stuck against a rock.

The police said the driver was rescued by some people who lifted him out from the tanker.

In another mishap, two scooter riders were seriously injured when they were hit by a car at Lawasa Chowki, about 25 km from Nahan in Sirmaur district last evening, the police said.
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Flood alert in HP districts
Rakesh Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 31
A flood alert was sounded late this evening along the banks of the Sutlej from Kinnaur to Bilaspur districts following the formation of a huge artificial lake in Tibet close to the Indo-Tibetan border.

According to information reaching here a 350-m-long, 800-m-wide and 15-m-deep lake had been formed which, if breached, could cause devastating floods in the villages along the banks of the Sutlej. The lake has already started overflowing as a result of which the water level in Pirchu, a tributary of the Sutlej, has started rising rapidly. The river enters Kinnaur from Tibet at Kaurik.

The authorities lost no time in alerting the people living downstream as the pace at which the discharge was rising, flash floods could be caused even if the lake remained intact. The reason for formation could not be known, as Tibet is a rain-shadowed area and the monsoon does not reach the region.

Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam has immediately shut down the 1500-MW Nathpa Jhakri project, the generation in which was resumed only this afternoon. The project had been closed down to protect the expensive electro-mechanical machinery from being damaged by the silt-laden water of the Sutlej.

Flash floods in the Sutlej on August1, 2000, had caused widespread devastation in Kinnaur, Kulu and Shimla districts.
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HP to follow Punjab on composite fee cut
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 31
The Transport Minister, Mr G.S. Bali, said today that in view of the overcrowding of buses in Shimla the government was considering increasing the number of buses apart from exploring the possibility of starting small solar cars on the inner routes.

Addressing a press conference here today, he said the Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation (HRTC) will soon increase the number of buses plying within the town. “On the lines of the 10-seater solar cars being run in Vaishno Devi we too will explore this possibility and depending on the feasibility these could be introduced,” he said.

“We are also considering introducing CNG-run buses in Shimla if the experiment proves to be successful,” he added.

Terming the protest by some Punjab taxi depots against the increase in the composite fee by Himachal to Rs 2,400 as uncalled for, the Transport Minister said he could consider reducing it in case Punjab agreed to do so.

Mr Bali said vehicles were being prevented from entering Himachal from various entry points into the state on the border of Punjab, which was illegal. “In fact, we have increased the composite fee from Rs 1,200 to Rs 2,400 whereas in Punjab it is already Rs 3,000,” he said. In case Punjab reduces it, Himachal too could consider making a cut in this fee, he added.

He stated that the HRTC had generated revenue of Rs 4 crore during the past three months while there had been an increase of 30 per cent in the income of the Directorate of Transport from Rs 20.44 crore to Rs 26.03 crore from April to June.

Referring to the row with the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) which had detained some HRTC buses, Mr Bali said the CTU was plying buses on some routes in Baijnath area unauthorisedly and some buses had been impounded. The CTU also wrongly stopped some HRTC buses in retaliation which were later released.

He said a meeting with the CTU authorities had been convened on August 3 to sort out the issue.

Meanwhile, the state Cabinet is learnt to have given a go ahead for the withdrawal of 53 HRTC buses, being run on uneconomical routes.
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HP to fill 2,341 posts of teacher
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 31
The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today approved the filling of 744 posts of trained graduate teacher (TGT) and 1597 posts of contract teacher, apart from clearing the proposal for setting up of five hydro electric projects of 250 MW in the state.

The Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, presided over the meeting held here today. In order to fill the vacancies in schools, especially in the rural areas, the Cabinet approved the filling of 1597 contract teachers under the “Para Teacher Policy — 2003”. This would include 258 lecturers, 496 TGTs, 830 craft and language teachers and 13 DPEs.

The Cabinet also gave its nod for the promotion of 1492 teachers in various categories. All these decisions pertaining to the Education Department would provide employment to 3,833 persons.

An official spokesperson informed the three hydropower projects in the private sector which were cleared by the Cabinet includes 100MW Tidong, 60 MW Sorang, both in Kinnaur and 70 MW Budhil in Chamba district. The two projects of 6.1 MW Sal-I and 13 MW Suil, both in Chamba district would be executed by the Himachal Pradesh Electricity Board (HPSEB).

The decks have also been cleared for disinvestments of four cafes of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) on sale for a sum of Rs 88.27 lakh. The cafes are Aabshar, Pancham, Jaldhara and Shradhanjali. A decision was also taken to give on lease the two newly constructed hotels at Khara Pathar (Shimla) and Nurpur (Kangra) on an amount of Rs 54.60 lakh.

In order to ensure fair prices to the fruit growers of the state, the Cabinet has decided to grant S-I license/LOI for producing fruit and vegetable based cider and wine to M/S Green Valley Cider Pvt Ltd, Taradevi, Shimla at Shoghi, M/S Golden Agro Winery Ltd, Bathinda at Dochi in Solan, M/S Green Hills Cooperative Society Ltd, Mohal, Kullu and M/S Hygeia Fruit and Vegetable Processors at Ner Chowk in Mandi district.

A license to produce ready to drink beverages and fruit based cider and wine at Arotiwala has been approved for M/S Aarddvirk Beverages Pvt Ltd, Friends Colony, New Delhi.

The Cabinet also gave approval to exempt the stamp duty and fixed a nominal registration fee of Rs 10 on the deeds of hypothecation. This is mortgaging without possession in favour of the HP Regional Rural Banks by the state government employees, employees of the autonomous bodies and government undertaking, for securing loans for constructing or buying houses.
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7 medical college students held
Our Correspondent

Kangra, July 31
Seven medical students of Dr R.P. Govt. Medical College, Tanda, near here, were arrested by the Kangra police from the college last night in connection with rioting and clash with canteen employees, the police said here today.

Station House Officer Sanjeev Chauhan told The Tribune that the arrested students were from second year and were identified as Narinder Kumar, Roshan Lal Thakur, Rajat Mangla, Kranti Vir, Pardeep Kumar, Sachin Sharma and Ashok Kumar.

He said they were arrested in connection with rioting and damage to property which was committed on Thursday night in which two persons were injured. He said a case under Sections 147, 148, 149, 323 and 451 of the IPC was registered against these students.

On Thursday night, the medical college students and the workers of a canteen clashed when the workers of the canteen had refused to serve them food. In the clash college and canteen property was damaged.

The Principal, Dr Suresh Sankyan, said the police had not taken any action as yet against those who were involved in damaging the college property and breaking the windowpanes of para clinic and anatomy department. He said the police was informed that the employees of the canteen were allegedly involved in damaging the property but despite requests no action was taken against the guilty.

Dr Sankayan said he had informed the police about the incident that night but no action had been taken in this regard. 
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Rain washes away Rs 15 lakh hydel project machinery
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, July 31
Parts of Dharamsala and adjoining places were flooded due to rain on Thursday night. Machinery of the Majhi Hydel Power Project reportedly was washed away by rain water and the flats of Housing Board Colony were also affected by the flood. Retaining wall of the rivulet feeding the Gaj Power Project was also breached.

Eight sets of flats in the Housing Board Colony were got evacuated by the administration after the adjoining rain-fed rivulet overflowed, flooding the area with knee-deep water. It is believed that the sudden flow of water could be caused due to a cloudburst in the area.

The bridge connecting Rakkar with Khaniara, besides the Aganjar temple in Manauni khud area were also damaged by the water. No loss of life was, reported. The building of the housing board colony was damaged and the estimated cost of the machinery lost in the floods at Majhi Hydel Power Project is said to be around Rs 15 lakh.

A resident of the housing board colony said that the water level started rising and parts of the building were damaged by the flow. “All families in the eight sets of the four-storeyed building have been moved out,” he said.
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Minister “responsible” for lathi-charge
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, July 31
BJP state spokesman Randhir Sharma has strongly condemned police lathi-charge on striking Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) workers and also on local people including women at Harnora at the Kol Dam site a couple of days ago and has held Kotkehloor local MLA and Industries Minister Ramlal Thakur “responsible” for it.

Addressing mediapersons here yesterday Randhir Sharma alleged that the Industries Minister was playing in hands of a foreign contractor and was damaging the interests of local people and Kol Dam oustees. As their representative he should have supported their genuine demands.

Mr Randhir Sharma asked Industries Minister to study the Kol Dam agreement which was signed between Professor Prem Kumar Dhumal-led BJP Government and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and then comment on it.

He claimed that this agreement had fully protected interests of Himachal Pradesh and its people as also the dam oustees and was the “best-ever document” signed by Himachal Government with any agency or private company for executing power projects in Himachal Pradesh.

He asked Ramlal Thakur to desist from “playing politics” only because the present agitation at the Kol Dam was being spearheaded by BJP supported Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh. He said that the minister should look into his primary responsibility and should ensure implementation of this agreement by the NTPC and all construction companies contracted for construction of this dam at Harnora.

Meanwhile, member of Parliament from this Hamirpur constituency Suresh Chandel also visited Harnora area and met most of the people — both oustees and labourers and women who were injured in this police lathi-charge. He described lathi-charge as “totally undesirable and unwarranted police action which smacked of a political conspiracy”.

Addressing mediapersons, Mr Chandel pointed towards judgement of Supreme Court which specifically said that labourers should be paid equally for equal work and even at Kol Dam BMS was only demanding enforcement of this law.

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Four of family held in suicide case

Dharamsala, July 31
The Kangra police today arrested four persons of a family in connection with forcing their daughter-in-law to commit suicide at Ramdoh village in Kangra district.

District police chief S.Z.H. Zaidi said, Chanda Singh, the victim’s father, had lodged a complaint with the Nurpur police station that his daughter Veena Kumari(35) who was married at Ramdoh was allegedly tortured by her in-laws.

The bereaved father further complained that his daughter was fed up with the torture by her father-in-law Kahar Singh, mother-in-law Krishna, brother-in-law Ravinder and sister-in-law Parvesh Kumari and committed suicide by consuming poison at her home and died on July 25 last.

As per the complaint, the body of his daughter was cremated without informing him and his family.

The police have registered a case under Sections 498-A, 306, 201 and 34 of the IPC and arrested all the accused persons in this connection. — UNI
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Relief to IPS officer
Legal correspondent

Shimla, July 31
The Himachal High Court yesterday directed the Chief Secretary not to take any punitive action against a senior IPS officer Mr Diwaker Prasad. This interim direction was passed on a petition filed by Mr Prasad wherein he had challenged the judgment of the Special Judge (Forest) vide which he had directed the Chief Secretary to initiate action against the officer for not placing the complete documents with regard to allotment of khair wood to Sagar Katha Udyog , which resulted into initiation of criminal proceeding against the Chief Minister Mr Virbhadra Singh and others.

While discharging Mr Virbhadra Singh and others accused of this case the Special Judge observed that a serious action was required to against the officer responsible for such highhandedness and framing a false case without any base.

Aggrieved by the observations made against him by the trial court, Mr Prasad who is presently posted as Director-General of S.S.B, filed this petition before the high court with a prayer to quash and set aside the aforesaid observations.

While issuing this interim direction Mr Justice K.C. Sood further directed the Chief Secretary to file its reply with in two weeks.
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5 fresh cases of gastroenteritis in Bilaspur dist

Bilaspur, July 31
Five fresh cases of gastroenteritis were reported today in the district, taking the total number of patients admitted at the community health centre, Ghwandal, near Naina Devi, to 11. According to Chief Medical Officer Suresh Verma, eight persons, who came to the health centre, were sent home after examination and giving them medicines.

Dr Verma said cases of this water-borne disease were reported at Ghwandal on July 27.

Meanwhile, the IPH Department Executive Engineer I.S. Chandel said potable water was being supplied to the surrounding villages from the Naina Devi potable drinking water supply scheme. He said the department had already made available bleaching powder to the panchayat presidents concerned. — UNI
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Himalayan Institute booked for cheating
Our Correspondent

Solan, July 31
The police here today registered a case of cheating under Section 420 of the IPC against the Himalayan Institute of Paramedical and Art and Craft after its students complained of being misled by newspaper advertisements claiming affiliation to Himachal Pradesh University. Institute directors Surbhi Jindal and Ravinder Jindal have been booked in the case.

Established in 2001, the institute was running various courses like laboratory technician, ayurvedic pharmacy and art and craft and had as many as 250 students on its rolls.

Despite the fact that the state Legal Department had earlier dismissed the institute’s case for affiliation after it found neither its infrastructure nor its staff fulfilling the prescribed norms, the newspaper advertisements claimed the institute was to be affiliated to HP University.

Earlier, the students were compelled to pay fee of Rs 5,000 apart from Rs 23,000 deposited as first installment for getting the institute affiliated.

The students finally lodged an FIR today after a communication from the UGC, informed the institute was not authorised to run any off-campus centre, apart from its original centre at Sardarshahr.
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Large-scale water theft detected
Our Correspondent

Solan, July 31
A large-scale theft of water from the main water supply tank was detected by a team of committee officials on Forest Road today. The committee, which had received numerous complaints in this regard, detected leakage from at least two points of the main tank, which can hold 10 lakh gallons of water.

A former committee employee who had two houses located on either side of the tank was the main beneficiary of the leakage.

The committee chairperson, Ms Poonam Grover, has ordered an inquiry into the leakage.
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Two die in accident

Chamba, July 31
Two persons were killed when the truck they were travelling in rolled down into a nullah near Nakro in Churah tehsil, interiormost tribal area of the district, last night.

The deceased had been identified as Om Prakash Chowla, a resident of Chanju, and Ishar, a resident of Faulgat village.

Local MLA Surinder Bhardwaj visited the accident scene and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families, and directed the Revenue authorities to provide relief to the kin of the deceased, besides other help. — UNI

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Firm fined for defective water heating system
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, July 31
The local Bench of Consumer Forum, headed by its president, Mr D.C. Chaudhary, in an order passed yesterday has directed M/s Laljee Solar, Gutkar Mandi, to repair a solar water heating system of plaintiff, Mr Tirath Raj r/o Bhojpur, Sundernagar, within a period of two months or replace it, if necessary, within this period and further directed to pay an amount of Rs 2000 as cost of the complaint.

The complainant had purchased a solar water heating system from Him Urja, an HP government undertaking (for non-conventional energy). The system was manufactured by M/s Laljee Solar, Mandi. After the installation of the system, the complainant found that it was not functioning properly. The complainant alleged that it did not function properly even after the repairs.
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One arrested for rape
Our Correspondent

Nahan, July 31
The Pacchad police has arrested Balbir, alias Bittu, of Ganya Dhar village under the Pacchad tehsil on the charge of rape of a 17-year-old girl of the Kala Ghat area.

According to the FIR registered on the report of the girl, on July 28 the accused Bittu picked the girl forcibly in Maruti van (HP-14-7112), driven by Pinku, resident of Kalaghat. At that time she was on her way to a stitching centre at Ganya Dhar.

The van was stopped in a jungle and she was raped by Bittu, while the driver disappeared after leaving the van for some time.

They dropped her near her village after committing the offence.

Confirming the arrest of Bittu, Sirmour SP S.R. Sharma said the medical examination of the girl had been done in the Nahan hospital and further investigation was going on in the case.
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JBT interviews
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, July 31
Chairman of the HP State Education Board B. R. Rahi said at Nadaun today that the interviews for admission to various JBT institutions in the state would start from August 16 and continue till August 31.

He said a three-member committee consisting of SDM, a member of the education board and the Primary Education Officer concerned would select the candidates.
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Ex-MP dead

Kangra, July 31
Former Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and BJP leader Major D.D. Khanooria, died this morning in the Military Hospital, Palampur. He was 80. He is survived by wife, a son and three daughters.

Major Khanooria joined the Army as a sepoy at the age of 16 and got commission in 1954 and retired as Major. He joined the BJP in 1982 and was elected to Lok Sabha in 1990. OC
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