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4 of family killed in house collapse
Dharamsala, August 6
A massive landslide caused by heavy rain around 3 am on the intervening night of August 5 and 6 at Matrunh village of Sansal gram panchayat of Baijnath subdivision, about 72 km from here, resulted in the collapse of the house of Puran Chand, killing four of his family members.

Admn deputes team to keep tab on Sutlej
Mandi, August 6
The district administration today deputed a disaster management team of paramedicos and home guards, including the volunteers from villages, along the banks of the Sutlej to meet an emergency incase there was a flood in the Sutlej river followng the opening of a blockade in the river Parechu, about 55 km from the Kaurik, the last ITBP post on the Indo-China border in Spiti sub division.

Is lake really that big?
Shimla, August 6
Wide discrepancy in the size of the water body formed in Tibet due to blockage of the Parechu, tributary of the Spiti river, has raised serious doubts regarding the authenticity of the data being provided by the Chinese authorities.

  Nation page: Indian team to inspect Tibet lake

New fee structure for dental colleges in HP
Shimla, August 6
The state government today adopted the fee structure for private dental colleges decided by the committee constituted by the high court for the academic year 2004-05.



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Medical students hamper hospital functioning
Dharamsala, August 6

The Students Central Association of Dr Rajindra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, today forced the closure of the out-patient department and other wards of the hospital in Dharamsala to press for the acceptance of their demands.

CRPF jawan cremated
Mandi, August 6
It was a heart-rending scene in the Jhamla village of Sarkaghat tehsil today when the body of Ashok Kumar, one of the nine CRPF jawans killed in J and K, arrived at his native village, about 80 km from here.

Insurance company told to pay Rs 29,000
Sundernagar, August 6
The Consumer Forum here yesterday directed The Oriental Insurance Company, Mandi branch to pay Rs 29,000 along with 9 per cent interest from the date of filing of complaint plus Rs 1,000 as cost in two months to Ramesh Kumar Bhardwaj.

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4 of family killed in house collapse
Tribune Reporters

Dharamsala, August 6
A massive landslide caused by heavy rain around 3 am on the intervening night of August 5 and 6 at Matrunh village of Sansal gram panchayat of Baijnath subdivision, about 72 km from here, resulted in the collapse of the house of Puran Chand, killing four of his family members.

The deceased are Geeta Devi (45), Reshma Kumari (18), Sumna (11) and Meer Chand (25). Four other members of the family were seriously injured and were rushed to the hospital in Baijnath. Puran Chand also suffered minor injuries and is being treated at Baijnath.

Giving details of the incident, Deputy Commissioner Shrikant Baldi, who along with SP Zahur Haider Zaidi visited the spot, said two of the injured were in serious condition and had been referred to Dr Rajindra Prasad Government Medical College and Hospital in Dharamsala.

Mr Baldi said 28 families, consisting of 160 persons of the adjoining village, Bag, had been evacuated the area had become unsafe after the downpour. All families had been shifted to Middle School, Sansal, and were being provided with board and lodging.

The SDM said they had been receiving reports of heavy losses the public and private property to the tune of Rs 1 crore since last night and the losses were being assessed. He said around Rs 61,000 had been distributed among the affected families.

The 150-m railway track near Awai Nag Temple on the Baijnath-Mandi national highway had also got damaged and forest land had got washed away at several places in the subdivision.

PALAMPUR: Heavy rain in this region has paralysed normal life and traffic, power supply and telecommunication system have been disrupted.

The upper areas of the region like Palampur, Maranda, Ehwarna, Baijnath and Paprola experienced heavy rain while there was some respite in the lower reaches. Trees have been uprooted at various places and traffic on the Pathankot-Mandi national highway remained suspended for over six hours on Friday following the uprooting of a big tree on the highway near Paror.

The town remained without power for over 10 hours as trees collapsed on power lines at various places.

Meanwhile, the Beas and its tributaries are in spate. A major part of a tourist resort was washed away this morning as water of the Neugal entered its complex. The loss has been estimated at Rs 25 lakh.

Over a hundred kutcha houses have been damaged in the region. No loss of life has been reported so far.

HAMIRPUR: Widespread damage has been caused to fertile land due to flooding. Though the areas adjoining the Beas had light rain on Friday, the flow of the water from upstream caused havoc in the area and washed away animals. There was heavy discharge of water from the Pandoh dam in the wee hours.

A report from Nadaun, located on the left bank of the Beas, said the river was flowing only 3 ft below the danger mark. Employees of the Bhakra Beas Management Board posted at Nadaun were keeping a vigil over the situation and are sending four-hourly reports to their seniors at Talwara.
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Admn deputes team to keep tab on Sutlej
Tribune News Service

Mandi, August 6
The district administration today deputed a disaster management team of paramedicos and home guards, including the volunteers from villages, along the banks of the Sutlej to meet an emergency incase there was a flood in the Sutlej river followng the opening of a blockade in the river Parechu, about 55 km from the Kaurik, the last ITBP post on the Indo-China border in Spiti sub division.

Deputy Commissioner Ali Raza Rizvi convened a meeting to monitor the task team which would patrol the river banks on key locations at Tatapnai and Sundernagar and also put locals on the high alert.

Additional Divisional Magistrate, Dr Prem Bhardwaj, said the team would be informed in advance, as the Army was in touch with Sumdoh post on Spiti-Kinnaur border, if the water-level increased. “The team will patrol the areas day and night to meet any emergency,” he added.

The officials said over 54 families had been shifted to a safer destination in Karsog and Sundernagar leaving nothing at the mercy of the flood. “The project authorities have been alerted about the flood threat following the formation of the artificial lake,” they added.

But there was no rise in the level of the Sutlej till this evening.
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Is lake really that big?
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 6
Wide discrepancy in the size of the water body formed in Tibet due to blockage of the Parechu, tributary of the Spiti river, has raised serious doubts regarding the authenticity of the data being provided by the Chinese authorities.

As per the initial data provided by the Chinese authorities, the lake was 3,800 m long, 800 m wide and had a depth of 15 m as on July 27.It was also said that it was rising at a rate of 79 cm per day. The total quantity of water was calculated to be 21 million cubic metre. However, satellite imageries revealed that the size of the water body was much smaller. The surface area of the lake was only 123 hectare on July 16 and it increased to 137 hectare on July 21. The dimensions of the lake worked out to 1,800 m by 900 m with a total surface area of 140 hectare as on July 26.

The latest data provided through the Indian Ambassador at Beijing today raises more doubts. As per the information the lake has as on August 4 had acquired a length of 6,000 m and become 1,500 m wide. Further, the height of the blockade is 71 m and the water level in the lake is now rising at the rate of 48 cm per day. The total quantity of water is now put at 49 million cubic metre.

Engineers of the Nathpa Jhakri project point out that given the low discharge of about 20 cumecs (cubic metre per second) of the Parechu, the size of the water body can not increase so dramatically within a matter of days. It took them more than three years to built a 60 m dam at Nathpa to impound the Satluj. The reservoir, thus formed, is much smaller even though the river has and average discharge of 500 cumecs, over 25 times that of the Parechu. The length of the reservoir is slightly over 3 km.

The discrepancy in the Chinese data is most evident from the fact that with the level of the lake rising by just 48 cm per day its depth could not increase from 15 m to 71 m over a period of nine days. Engineers feel that as the blockage has been caused in a very remote area of Tibet, even the Chinese authorities may not be aware of the actual size of the water body. They may be relying on information gathered from local people.Top

 

New fee structure for dental colleges in HP
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 6
The state government today adopted the fee structure for private dental colleges decided by the committee constituted by the high court for the academic year 2004-05.

The annual fee will be Rs 85,000 for Bhojia Dental College, Nalagarh , and Himachal Dental College, Sundernagar. It will be Rs 100,000 for Dental College, Tatul (Solan), and Rs 90,000 for the Himachal Institute of Dental Science, Paonta Sahib.

The provisional fee will include all charges payable by the students. The institutions will not collect any amount in addition to the fee, including security deposits.Top

 

Medical students hamper hospital functioning
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, August 6
The Students Central Association of Dr Rajindra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, today forced the closure of the out-patient department and other wards of the hospital in Dharamsala to press for the acceptance of their demands.

The Association maintained that the students of the medical college in Tanda were not at fault for a brawl with the employees of the college canteen earlier this week and thus the cases against them be withdrawn. The police had arrested seven medical students after a complaint was lodged by the contractor of the canteen.

The students also took out a procession from the hospital to the office of the Deputy Commissioner. The Resident Doctors’ Association was supporting the agitation. Dr Prahlad Duggal, president of the association, said the demands were justified and should be accepted immediately.

The arrested students had allegedly beaten up an employee of the canteen after he refused to serve them food at midnight.
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CRPF jawan cremated
Tribune News Service

Mandi, August 6
It was a heart-rending scene in the Jhamla village of Sarkaghat tehsil today when the body of Ashok Kumar, one of the nine CRPF jawans killed in J and K, arrived at his native village, about 80 km from here.

The mortal remains of Kumar, 27, who is survived by his wife, 2-month-old daughter and parents, were today consigned to the flames with full official honours.

Kumar was on duty when a Fidayeen attack by the militants left nine CRPF personnel dead in Srinagar yesterday.
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Insurance company told to pay Rs 29,000
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, August 6
The Consumer Forum here yesterday directed The Oriental Insurance Company, Mandi branch to pay Rs 29,000 along with 9 per cent interest from the date of filing of complaint plus Rs 1,000 as cost in two months to Ramesh Kumar Bhardwaj.

Complainant’s Maruti car (HP-31-3701) was damaged as a stone hit it on May 30, 2002 at Sundernagar while he was crossing speed breaker. A check up revealed that gear box of the vehicle was damaged and needed replacement. Complainant spent Rs 36894 to get the box replaced. The claim was submitted to the company which passed it for Rs 7,760 only.

The company alleged that the damage to the gear box was due to hitting of stone, and driving the vehicle even after the damage. Complainant pleaded that he had to drive the vehicle for 100 metres to avoid traffic jam.

The forum observed that denial of total amount was not justified and awarded Rs 29,000 with interest and damages.Top

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