SPECIAL COVERAGE
CHANDIGARH

LUDHIANA

DELHI



THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
H I M A C H A L   P R A D E S H

Manali-Leh highway still cut off
Rains hamper rescue, relief work
Manali, August 2
Today’s intermittent rains continued to hamper rescue and repair work on the Manali-Leh highway. People coming from Lahaul-Spiti and foreign tourists returning from Spiti and Leh were facing problems while crossing the damaged stretches on the highway.

Crisis management groups formed to meet flood threat
Shimla, August 2
While hoping for the best, the government is preparing for the worst as the threat of flash floods continued to loom large over the villages located along the banks of the Sutlej following the formation of a huge lake due to blockage of the Pareechu, one of its tributary, by a landslide in Tibet close to the border.

Declare HP drought-hit, demands BJP
Hamirpur, August 2
Mr Suresh Bhardwaj, MP and president of the Himachal Pradesh BJP today demanded Himachal be declared drought-hit. He suggested girdawari and compensation to affected farmers.

Govt-power panel row over Secretary resolved
Shimla, August 2
The controversy over the appointment of Secretary, which plunged the State Electricity Regulatory Commission into a statutory crisis, has been resolved with the government agreeing to withdraw the present incumbent and posting another officer in consultation with the commission.



YOUR TOWN
Chamba
Hamirpur
Shimla
Una


EARLIER STORIES

 

BJP for scrapping of MoU
Hamirpur, August 2
Hundreds of BJP leaders and workers of the district today held dharna and rally here against the “anti-people” policies of the Central and the state government. Led by HP BJP chief Suresh Bhardwaj and district BJP chief Pyare Lal Sharma, they took out a procession through the main bazaar, raising slogans in favour of the BJP.

MoU on fiscal reforms was signed by BJP govt
Shimla, August 2
The government yesterday ridiculed BJP agitation against the Memorandum of understanding on fiscal reforms and asserted that the document was actually signed by the Dhumal regime.

CM visits kin of hostages
Una, August 2
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today visited Dehlan village, 10 km from Una and the Zonal Hospital, and met family members of Antaryami and Promila Devi and her children. He informed them about the steps being taken for the release of Antaryami, son of Ram Murti and Tilak Raj, husband of Promila Devi of Dharampur village. He announced a grant-in-aid of Rs 1 lakh each to the family of Antaryami and Tilak Raj.


Ms Kusum Kaur, wife of Indian truck driver Antaryami, who is held hostage in Iraq, looks at photographs of her wedding at Dehlan village, near Una, in Himachal Pradesh, on Monday. — Reuters photo
Ms Kusum Kaur, wife of Indian truck driver Antaryami, who is held hostage in Iraq, looks at photographs of her wedding at Dehlan village, near Una, in Himachal Pradesh

Hollywood is not for me, says Bhansali
Sanjay Leela BhansaliShimla, August 2
It might be the ultimate dream of every Indian star to make a crossover to Hollywood but not for this director with a golden touch, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who says he will only make films in India and for its people. Shooting with Amitabh Bachchan for his latest venture “Black” in the city, he says he was not one of those Hollywood-struck directors whose ultimate dream is to make an appearance in foreign films.

Neurosciences centre not yet operational
Shimla, August 2
Even though the Rs 2 crore Himachal Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Himhans) here was inaugurated two years back, the failure of the government in making appointments of professionals like psychiatrists and psychologists has prevented the institute from becoming operational.

Hamirpur in dire need of new bridge
Hamirpur, August 2
The town needs a bridge over the Hathli khud. This khud is also the main source of water supply for the town and its adjoining areas and the bridge serves as link between the town, Shimla and Dharamsala.


An old bridge over Hathli Khud in Hamirpur town that needs replacement. — Photo by Chander Shekhar Sharma
An old bridge over Hathli Khud in Hamirpur town that needs replacement.

Underground bazar for Chamba
Chamba, August 2
With a view to preserving the cultural heritage of the town the state government has proposed to construct an underground palika bazar here.

Nursing home gheraoed after woman’s death
Nalagarh, August 2
A Dalit woman who had come to a local private nursing home for treatment of piles, allegedly died because of doctor’s negligence. Following the woman’s death, the doctor and his staff locked the nursing home and ran away.

Town stinks as schemes are revised
Dalhousie: With rise in the use of mass consumption in this hill station garbage bags can be seen all around. The forests are used as dumping grounds. The untreated liquid and solid wastes are causing damage of the eco-system.

Steps to preserve ecology
Shimla, August 2
Realising that preserving the scenic beauty and maintaining a clean environment is essential to promote tourism in the state, the government has taken a number of steps to prevent the defiling of the hills.

Two killed in accident
Dalhousie, August 2
Two persons were killed on the spot while another was seriously injured when a car fell into a khud at Bhatoli on the Dalhousie-Pathankot Highway, about 12 km from here, last night.



 

Manali-Leh highway still cut off
Rains hamper rescue, relief work
Our Correspondent

Manali, August 2
Today’s intermittent rains continued to hamper rescue and repair work on the Manali-Leh highway. People coming from Lahaul-Spiti and foreign tourists returning from Spiti and Leh were facing problems while crossing the damaged stretches on the highway. However, buses plying from Keylong managed to reach a point near Murhee from where the passengers were walking down to Kothi to catch connecting buses to Manali.

Mr Rameshwar Sharma, SDM, Manali, held a meeting with officials of all government departments and non governmental organisations and urged them to co-operate so that work could proceed in a faster and coordinated manner. He said that people living in the high-risk areas should be forewarned about natural disasters so that they could evacuate their homes and take shelter well in time. While camping at Kothi to supervise the rescue and relief operations he said that the administration was using vehicles mounted with loundspeakers instructing people living near the riverbanks and streams to move to safer places.

Keeping in view last year’s Kangni Nullah tragedy near Solang Valley and Podu-ra Nullah at Bahang he further said that all departments concerned and their contractors had been told to shift all labourers, to safer spots.

He further stated that a rescue and relief team comprising mountaineering institute staff and local police had been commissioned to find the body of the missing labourer.

Mr K.B. Raju, Commander 38th Task Force (GREF), said that massive efforts were being made to reopen the Manali-Leh highway at the earliest. He said that one dozer, which had been sent from Sissu in Lahaul, had reached the 28-km milestone and had commenced work on clearing the debris. Another DAT dozer had also joined in the work. While the machines continued to clear obstacles, manual work was also in progress. He further said that there were three places on the road, which had suffered severe breaches, and filling these up was the most difficult and immediate task before them. He further stated that the bridge would be operational within a few days.

Meanwhile, foreign tourists coming over from Spiti and Ladakh continued to face problems as they were forced to carry their equipment across dangerous and slippery stretches on makeshift tracks. If this road did not open within the next few days adventure tourism would be severely affected in the state.
Top

 

Crisis management groups formed to meet flood threat
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 2
While hoping for the best, the government is preparing for the worst as the threat of flash floods continued to loom large over the villages located along the banks of the Sutlej following the formation of a huge lake due to blockage of the Pareechu , one of its tributary, by a landslide in Tibet close to the border.

The government today decided to set up crisis management groups in Kinnaur, Shimla, Kulu, Mandi and Bilaspur districts, through which the river passes, so that prompt action could be taken for carrying out relief and rescue operations in case of flash floods.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting held here today under the chairmanship of the Additional Chief Secretary, Mr S.S. Parmar, to take stock of the situation.

It was decided that wireless network along both banks of the river right from Sumdoh, from where Peerchu enters Kinnaur from Tibet, down to the Bhakra Dam be strengthened so that timely information could be passed to alert the people. It was also decided that sufficient quantities of foodgrains, cooking gas, kerosene and other essential commodities be stocked in the region to ensure that there was no shortage in such an eventuality.

It decided to set up a control room at the state headquarters and in the districts from which the river passes through. The Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kaza, has been asked to monitor the flow of the river at Sumdoh.

The Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam was also asked to take the necessary protective measures for the safety of the 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri project.

It was decided that a helicopter should be kept ready for emergency situation and the employees of health and other departments concerned should not be allowed to go on leave.

Meanwhile, the Nathpa Jhakri project resumed generation this afternoon.
Top

 

Declare HP drought-hit, demands BJP
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, August 2
Mr Suresh Bhardwaj, MP and president of the Himachal Pradesh BJP today demanded Himachal be declared drought-hit. He suggested girdawari and compensation to affected farmers.

Talking to reporters after party’s rally here this evening, Mr Bhardwaj said that it was the duty of the government to get funds from the Centre to help farmers, whose crops were damaged. Mr Suresh Chandel, MP and Mr Pyere Lal Sharma, the district BJP chief, were also present.

The BJP chief denied that some districts of the state had been ignored at the cost of Shimla district in the constitution of executive committee of the party. He said that since Shimla was state’s capital and he belonged to Shimla, most of the nominees were bound to be from Shimla for smooth functioning of the party.

He said that all important supporters of Mr Sharma had been included in the new executive committee and if needed be more would be added. Today’s rally was to expose anti-people policies of the state government.

The BJP chief said that the party would continue to oppose the MoU on fiscal reforms, which was signed without taking the people into confidence. He asked the Chief Minister to clarify his stand on new recruitments when the MoU was implemented by August 31, 2004.
Top

 

Govt-power panel row over Secretary resolved
Rakesh Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 2
The controversy over the appointment of Secretary, which plunged the State Electricity Regulatory Commission into a statutory crisis, has been resolved with the government agreeing to withdraw the present incumbent and posting another officer in consultation with the commission.

According to sources the issue was discussed at a high-level meeting convened by the Chief Secretary, Mr Shamsher Singh, on the direction of the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, to resolve the crisis. It was decided that the pending appointment of a regular incumbent the government would give additional charge of Secretary to Mrs Purnima Chauhan, Additional Secretary, Irrigation and Public Health, in place of Mr Akshaya Sood who was unilaterally repatriated in January by the commission, with immediate effect.

It was also agreed that a regulatory commission fund would be created in accordance with the provisions of Electricity Act 2003. For the current financial year the government would provide additional budget to ensure that the functioning of the commission was not affected due to paucity of funds. The commission was asked to send a proposal in this regard.

Regarding the service regulations of the commission, which were yet to be approved by the government, another meeting would be convened.

Mr S. S. Gupta, Chairman of the commission, Mr S. S. Parmar, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Mr J. P. Negi, Principal Secretary, Power, and Mr B. S. Chauhan, Secretary, Personnel, attended the meeting.

The functioning of the commission had virtually come to a halt after the government Treasury stopped passing its bills four weeks ago. The commission and the government had been at the loggerheads for the past about seven months ever since Mr Sood was repatriated. The commission gave the charge of the Secretary to one of its directors, while government maintained that the Mr Sood continued to be the Secretary. However, things took a turn for the worse after the Chief Secretary wrote a letter to the commission that only an officer of the state administrative service could hold the post of Secretary and the charge given to the Director, Technical, was illegal. The copy of the letter was endorsed to the Treasury Department, which stopped approving bills of the commission on its basis. The commission, on the other hand, maintained that it was empowered to appoint Secretary under Section 191(1) of the Act. It also asserted that service regulations had not been approved and as such the provision for appointment of a state administrative officer had not been made.

The Chairperson of the commission took up the matter with the Chief Minister who then, asked the Chief Secretary to sort out the matter.
Top

 

BJP for scrapping of MoU
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, August 2
Hundreds of BJP leaders and workers of the district today held dharna and rally here against the “anti-people” policies of the Central and the state government. Led by HP BJP chief Suresh Bhardwaj and district BJP chief Pyare Lal Sharma, they took out a procession through the main bazaar, raising slogans in favour of the BJP.

They submitted a memorandum to the HP Governor through the Hamirpur district administration, demanding the immediate scrapping of an MoU on fiscal reforms signed by the state government with the Central government.

Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal was to be the star speaker at the rally but could not come as he was busy with the national-level “chintan baithak” in Goa.

Mr Suresh Bhardwaj blasted the state government for signing an MoU with the Central government on fiscal reforms without taking the people into confidence. By signing the MoU, 10,000 vacant posts would be abolished by August 31 and 5,000 more would be abolished every year.

The BJP leader alleged that development works had been stopped and the law and order situation had worsened in the state.

He demanded a special package to the state for accelerating development.

Mr Chandel, MP, blasted the state government for mass transfer of employees. 
Top

 

MoU on fiscal reforms was signed by BJP govt
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 2
The government yesterday ridiculed BJP agitation against the Memorandum of understanding (MoU) on fiscal reforms and asserted that the document was actually signed by the Dhumal regime.

An official spokesman said that the previous regime signed and started implementation the MoU on the sly and also send progress reports to the Government of India periodically. The present government had no option but to continue with the process, however, it signed a new agreement in which some of the harsh provisions were modified.

He said the BJP government had in the MoU agreed to abolish 1006 posts in various departments in the first instance, review user-charges, carry out disinvestments and reforms in public sector undertakings. Recruiting staff on contract, banning employment even on compassionate grounds, discontinuation of the process of regularisation of daily wage workers and ban on creation and filling of new posts were other conditions accepted by it.

Not only that the BJP government also failed to secure financial assistance from the Centre and burdened the state with a huge debt. The signing of MoU had become inevitable but the present government negotiated with the Centre and managed to get some conditions relaxed.

There would be no blanket ban on recruitment as over 15,000 posts in various departments had been filled in past 16 months. The Cabinet at its last meeting approved filling of 3833 additional posts of teacher in one go. The facility of LTC, withdrawn by the previous government, had been restored. However, a false notion was being created that the MoU would affect recruitment to government jobs.

He further pointed out that if the government had not signed the MoU the withheld revenue deficit grants of Rs 525 crore would have become part of the common fund and distributed to other states, which had signed the agreement. Besides the World Bank-aided projects worth Rs 540 crore would have been jeopardized. By signing the MoU the state had secured the release of withheld grant of Rs 156.96 crore for 2001-02.
Top

 

CM visits kin of hostages
Our Correspondent

Una, August 2
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today visited Dehlan village, 10 km from Una and the Zonal Hospital, and met family members of Antaryami and Promila Devi and her children. He informed them about the steps being taken for the release of Antaryami, son of Ram Murti and Tilak Raj, husband of Promila Devi of Dharampur village. He announced a grant-in-aid of Rs 1 lakh each to the family of Antaryami and Tilak Raj.

Talking to the media at the PWD rest-house here, he said it was false that the Central or the state governments was not doing much for the release of the hostages. He said he hoped that they would be released by this evening or midnight.

He said the kidnapping of the Indians in Iraq was being considered to be a national issue and the nation was concerned about it. He criticised the role of the VHP and the BJP women’s wing and said he had evidence, indicating their involvement in the blocking of road at Dehlan village. 
Top

 

Hollywood is not for me, says Bhansali
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 2
It might be the ultimate dream of every Indian star to make a crossover to Hollywood but not for this director with a golden touch, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who says he will only make films in India and for its people. Shooting with Amitabh Bachchan for his latest venture “Black” in the city, he says he was not one of those Hollywood-struck directors whose ultimate dream is to make an appearance in foreign films. “For me the crossover will never ever happen as I have grown up on a feast of Indian culture, traditions and books so I will make films only in India,” he says.

At times I wonder why some of the actors have agents in Hollywood whereas I strongly feel that an Indian star will look the best in an Indian flick. “I could consider a collaborative offer from a foreign producer to shoot for his film in India but not move abroad,” he says, adding that making an appearance in a foreign movie is just a passing phase which does not last more than a few odd films.

Shooting with Amitabh for the first time, Bhansali is no exception when he says that the superstar is not just an actor par excellence but also a very fine human. “Even now I feel nervous working with him but he puts every member of the unit at ease as he is so respectful towards each one of us and of course puts his heart into every shot, uncomplainingly,” he says.

Probably Amitabh’s performance in “Black” could turn out to be one of the most memorable ones, he says. “He has put his heart and soul into the role for which he has done a lot of research and rehearsed several times with not an iota of ego, despite his status,” he adds.

About the degradation in films, he says every now and then there has been a passing phase of action or sex-based films and it is good directors who will always continue to captivate the audiences. “What makes me fearless is the fact that I do not make films to make money but to create a piece of art which leaves the audience spellbound,” he says.

Asked what expectations he had from “Black”, he says he does not believe in keeping expectations as it hurts when they do not come true. “I know after ‘Devdas’ the public has a lot of expectations from me but I make films with my heart irrespective of what the public wants,” he concludes.
Top

 

Neurosciences centre not yet operational
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 2
Even though the Rs 2 crore Himachal Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Himhans) here was inaugurated two years back, the failure of the government in making appointments of professionals like psychiatrists and psychologists has prevented the institute from becoming operational.

Located in Tutikandi near here Himhans was set up after Supreme Court directions to every state to have a mental health institute to take proper care of the people suffering from mental ailments. “The institute is proving to be more of a white elephant as crores of rupees have been invested in it and only staff of 5 persons, including a general medical officer, is posted there,” point out officials.

Though the officials say procedural wrangles and shortage of psychiatrist are some of the hurdles because of which the institute has yet to take off, insiders point out that no serious efforts have been made by the Health Department to recruit staff.

“Though a proposal for recruiting 85 persons has been submitted to the government the posts have yet to be created, as a result of which there is no qualified staff to treat patients,” said a Health Department official.

Though there is a shortage of qualified psychiatrists and psychologists all over the country, the Health Department has not advertised these posts till date. Even after decades of existence the Psychiatry Department of the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) too suffers from this problem.

Interestingly, instead of keeping Himhans under the IGMC, which at least has a few professionals, the institute has been under the direct control of the Director, Health Services, which has no qualified staff.

The Secretary, Health, Mr P.C. Kapoor, said all efforts were being made to recruit staff but the posts were yet to be created. 
Top

 

Hamirpur in dire need of new bridge
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, August 2
The town needs a bridge over the Hathli khud. This khud is also the main source of water supply for the town and its adjoining areas and the bridge serves as link between the town, Shimla and Dharamsala.

A bridge was constructed on it in 1965 when Hamirpur was a small town and part of Kangra district. It is used by more than 1,000 vehicles daily. Sources in the PWD say it has outlived its life and needs immediate replacement.

Since Hamirpur is an important town and located in the heart of the state, there is an urgent need for another bridge over the Hathli khud.

The state government has decided to construct a bypass for the town to smoothen the flow of traffic. However, the importance of a new bridge over the khud cannot be undermined. The state government has yet to think of having a new bridge over the khud.

A spokesman for the PWD said the difficulties faced by the people would be mitigated once the construction of another national highway connecting Shimla with Kangra started. Since Hamirpur falls on this proposed highway, another bridge over the Hathli Khud would automatically be constructed.

There are indications that the CPPWD, which is responsible for the construction of a national highway crossing through Hamirpur, has yet not given its approval for another bridge over the Hathli khud at the present site as the highway does not bypass through this bridge. Hence, the bridge would have to be constructed by the state government with its own funds, which at present are very meagre.
Top

 

Underground bazar for Chamba
Our Correspondent

Chamba, August 2
With a view to preserving the cultural heritage of the town the state government has proposed to construct an underground palika bazar here.

Addressing a press conference at the local Circuit House here today, Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh announced that the magnificent structure of ancient “Akhandchandi Palace” which was a major landmark and a part of the cultural heritage of Chamba would be renovated and college housed in this structure would be shifted to a new building planned to be constructed by the government.

He emphasised that the facade of the new market complex under construction would be the same like the old structures of the erstwhile state of Chamba.

The Chief Minister also announced the opening of Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in each constituency in the state.

He said the state government had accorded the top priority to the social sector earmarking 48.7 per cent of the total plan budget of the state.

For the development of roads Rs 485 crore had been earmarked during the current fiscal year targeting the construction of 1,000-km-long roads and 60 bridges, he said. Rs 300.16 crore had been earmarked for water supply schemes and Rs 153 crore for irrigation schemes.

The approval had been accorded to setting up of new 2000 industrial units with an investment of about Rs 5,700 crore with the aim of providing employment to about 1.10 lakh persons.

Hitting back at the false propaganda launched by the BJP, he categorically stated that there was no ban on recruitments in the state. He said neither any employee was being retrenched nor removed from any department, adding that appointments were being made in a routine manner.

The state government had recently accorded sanction for the creation of 20,000 posts of various categories in the state, claimed the Chief Minister.

Mrs Asha Kumari, Education Minister and Mr Harsh Mahajan, Animal Husbandry Minister, were also present.

Later, presiding over the prize distribution function of the International Minjar Fair, the Chief Minister released the souvenir of the fair and gave away the prizes to the participants in sports events, exhibition and other activities of the fair.
Top

 

Nursing home gheraoed after woman’s death
D.C. Poswal

Nalagarh, August 2
A Dalit woman who had come to a local private nursing home for treatment of piles, allegedly died because of doctor’s negligence. Following the woman’s death, the doctor and his staff locked the nursing home and ran away.

According to information available, a 35-year-old Guddo Devi, of Bangla Colony was admitted to the nursing home this morning. The doctor recommended that she should get herself operated upon for immediate relief. It is learnt that as soon as she was administered anaesthesia, she became unconscious and died. The doctor had administered anaesthesia on his own, without taking the help of an anesthetist.

Fearing the wrath of the victim’s family, the doctor and his staff left while the victim’s body was lying in the nursing home. As the word of her death spread, angry residents gheraoed the nursing home and raised slogans against the doctor. The police was called. They took possession of the body and began
investigation.

Later Gurmeet Singh, DSP, reached the spot and informed the residents that the doctor had been arrested.
Top

 

Town stinks as schemes are revised
Balkrishan Prashar

Dalhousie: With rise in the use of mass consumption in this hill station garbage bags can be seen all around. The forests are used as dumping grounds. The untreated liquid and solid wastes are causing damage of the eco-system.

After a spell of rain, small rills are filled up with garbage. The green cover is reducing day by day. Drinking water sources in lower areas are getting contaminated.

In order to treat, dispose or recycle the solid and liquid wastes, the Himachal Pradesh government had approved a sewerage scheme for the town at an estimated cost of Rs 8.66 crore.

The sewerage area was divided into five zones. The sullage will be treated at Sadar Bazar near Church Baloon Road, powerhouse, Lohali and Kathlag.

Later need was felt to revise the scheme. It is felt the present allocation of Rs 10.34 lakh is inadequate. The new sewerage scheme is expected to cost Rs 14 crore.
Top

 

Steps to preserve ecology
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 2
Realising that preserving the scenic beauty and maintaining a clean environment is essential to promote tourism in the state, the government has taken a number of steps to prevent the defiling of the hills.

The most important decision taken in this regard recently was to ban the use of small-sized polythene bags having a thickness of less than 70 micron.

The recovery of 100 gm of the prohibited sizes of polythene bags from anyone would attract a fine of Rs 500 which would be increased to Rs 1500 up to 500 gm and up to Rs 25,000 for possessing banned material in excess of 10 kg.

The government has also brought over 24 towns, including all important tourist destinations, under the Town Planning Act to check haphazard construction.

A complete moratorium has been imposed on green fellings to protect the cover over the hills.

Although air pollution is not much of a problem in the hill state so far, the government is toying with the idea of introducing CNG and solar buses in towns like Shimla where traffic has gone up manifold.
Top

 

Two killed in accident
Our Correspondent

Dalhousie, August 2
Two persons were killed on the spot while another was seriously injured when a car fell into a khud at Bhatoli on the Dalhousie-Pathankot Highway, about 12 km from here, last night.

Giving this information here today, Mr G.P. Singh, Superintendent of Police (SP), Chamba, said the deceased had been identified as Rajeev Mahajan and Rajnish, residents of Pathankot. The bodies of the deceased had been handed over to their families after an autopsy, the SP said.

The SP said the injured Aman Deep had been admitted to a nearby hospital. The occupants of the car were going from Chamba to Pathankot.

The Education Minister, Mrs Asha Kumari has directed the local administration to provide relief to the accident victims.
Top

 

3 gastro cases in Bilaspur

Bilaspur, August 2
Three fresh cases of gastroenteritis were reported in the district today.

The patients were admitted to the community health centre, Ghwandal, near Naina Devi. This has raised the number of admitted patients to 14 till date, according to Chief Medical Officer Suresh Verma. However, he said five patients after treatment were discharged today. — UNI
Top

HOME PAGE | Punjab | Haryana | Jammu & Kashmir | Himachal Pradesh | Regional Briefs | Nation | Opinions |
| Business | Sports | World | Mailbag | Chandigarh | Ludhiana | Delhi |
| Calendar | Weather | Archive | Subscribe | Suggestion | E-mail |