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Ground realities ignored in closing Nathpa Jhakri
Shimla, August 16
The repeated shutdown of the 1500 MW-Nathpa- Jhakri project on the directions of the Centre in the wake of a flood threat due to the formation of a lake in Tibet is a classic example of how decisions are taken by the top bureaucracy ignoring the ground realities.

Centre gives nod to run four units of Nathpa Jhakri
Threat of flash floods persists
Flash flood threat forces trekkers to change route
Flood threat puts off foreign tourists
Enough supplies for areas facing flood threat, says minister
World page: Floods threaten as Tibet lake level rises

Centre gives 60 cr to HP for SC/ST welfare
Kulu, August 16
The Himachal Pradesh Government will open 10 new old age homes in the state and 15 new hostels for the Scheduled Caste Scheduled Tribes and Backward classes. This was stated by Mr Rangila Ram Rao, Excise and Taxation Minister, at the Circuit House here yesterday, while addressing media persons.

BJP flays govt on DA issue
Hamirpur, August 16
The Himachal BJP yesterday blasted the state government for giving only 2 per cent D.A to its employees and ignored the merger of 50 per cent of DA into their basic pay.

Bharmour temples cry for care
BHARMOUR: Once called Brahmpura, the capital of the state of Bharmour, this town has ancient temples and monuments, some dating back to the seventh century. But these historic monuments now look uncared for and are decaying due to the vagaries of weather.



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Alka Sharma of Jansooh village of Hamirpur, who has been awarded Jeevan Raksha Padak
Alka Sharma of Jansooh village of Hamirpur, who has been awarded Jeevan Raksha Padak for bravery for saving life of her friend. — Photo by Chander Shekhar Sharma

Amend Shimla Development plan: BJP
Shimla, August 16
The BJP has demanded that the Shimla Development Plan be amended to give relaxation in house building due to high prices and unavailability of adequate land for construction purposes.

Doctors on deputation to be called back
Shimla, August 16
The 40 government doctors from Himachal Pradesh who are on deputation will be called back to tide over the problem of shortage of doctors at many health institutions in the state.

NSUI’s plea on wards of govt schoolteachers
Shimla, August 16
The state unit of the National Students Union of India has urged the state to take appropriate steps to ensure that the children of government teachers studied in government schools.

Man sentenced to death escapes from jail
Nahan, August 16
Shyamal Rao Reddy main accused in the Shimla, Aucksland Hotel double, murder case and was awarded death sentence by a Shimla court a few months back reportedly escaped last night from Nahan Model Central Jail by breaking a window.

Stop recruitment of parateachers, says sangh
Kangra, August 16
Hundreds of unemployed trained graduate and post-graduate youth today held a rally, raising anti-government slogans, outside the SDM’s office here. They submitted a memorandum to the SDM demanding that the appointment policy for parateachers should be amended. They threatened to resort to statewide agitation if their demands were not met.

Hamirpur goes without power
Hamirpur, August 16
Power supply to most parts of this town and parts of the district was disrupted due to repair. As a result normal life of the people was badly hit.

Man strangles wife, arrested
Mandi, August 16
Balak Ram, a resident of Kot village, allegedly beat up his wife, Tulsi, (23) brutally and inflicted wounds on her before he strangled her to death in the field yesterday.

4 of family held in dowry death case
Nurpur, August 16
The Indora police yesterday arrested Rajesh Singh, husband of Rekha Devi (24), Beer Singh, father-in-law, Bimla Devi, mother-in-law, and Surekha Devi, sister-in-law, on the charge of beating her to death. 

Couple commit suicide

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Ground realities ignored in closing Nathpa Jhakri
Rakesh Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 16
The repeated shutdown of the 1500 MW-Nathpa- Jhakri project on the directions of the Centre in the wake of a flood threat due to the formation of a lake in Tibet is a classic example of how decisions are taken by the top bureaucracy ignoring the ground realities.

The country’s largest hydroelectric project has been shut down thrice since August 6 and over the past 11 days, it generated power for a few hours on August 8 and August 14. The project was first closed on August 6 following reports that the water level in the lake formed due to blockage of Parchu, a tributary of the Sutlej, was rising at an alarming rate and it could cause a flash flood in the Sutlej. Since then efforts had been made by the engineers to restart generation by convincing the Union Power Ministry that the project could be operated safely. The decision was based on scientific calculations carried out to work out the highest flood level in the worst-case scenario. It was found that the discharge in the river would not exceed the one recorded during the August 2000 flood in any eventuality.

However, everytime generation was resumed, directions came from the Centre to shut down the project as a precautionary measure. Interestingly, while the Union Ministry of Power has been ordering the closure of the project in panic, the projects of the state electricity board, located by the side of the river upstream, have been functioning normally all these days. The 120 MW Bhabha project is located 7 km upstream of the Nathpa dam, where the flood water would arrive earlier, and its power house is slightly lower than the bed level of the river. Similarly, the 22.5 Ghanvi project , 8 km upstream of Jhakri where the power house of Nathpa- Jhakri project is sited, has also remained operational.

Instead of taking decisions in panic, the engineers of the board calculated the time the flood water will take to reach the Bhabha power house from Sumdoh, the point where the Parchu enters the country from Tibet, and accordingly worked out a contingency plan for closing the project in time. The engineers of the board, who faced the fury of the Sutlej during the August 2000 flood, have not been unduly worried about the flood threat and responded to it in a practical way.

Another relevant fact is that unlike the Bhabha and the Ghanvi projects, which are by the side of the river, the main entrance of the underground power house of the Nathpa-Jhakri project at Jhakri is 30 m higher than the river bed and the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam has built a three metre high wall to prevent water from entering. During the August 2000 flood, the probability of which was one in 61,000 years, the water level at Jhakri touched 16 m. The total discharge in the river had swelled to 6500 cumecs (cubic metre per second). As such, the project would be safe even if a flood twice as serious as that of August 2000 hits. Moreover, as per the directions of the Centre, villages located up to a level of 23 m from the riverbed had been vacated but the entry of the powerhouse was over 30 m and thus it was well above the danger zone.

The shut down has cost the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam over Rs 80 crore so far. There has been no appreciable change in the status of the lake, which has been overflowing steadily, over the past few days. In such a situation, the project could be kept closed indefinitely.

Further, sufficient discharge to run all the six units is available only during the summer months from May to September. The discharge declines sharply during the winter when only one or two units can be operated. As such the overall generation during the year will be severely affected.

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Centre gives nod to run four units of Nathpa Jhakri
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 16
The Union Ministry for power has allowed the Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam to operate four of the six units of the Nathpa-Jhakri project after taking precautions. The Nigam has been asked to put in place a reliable system for monitoring the discharge of Sutlej at Khab and of Parchu in Sumdoh. It has also been asked to have reliable communication system so the information could be passed on instantly in case of an abnormal increase in the discharge of the river.

The project had been shut down thrice over the past 11 days because of the flood threat. Engineers of the Nigam said that the units would be made operational one by one tomorrow morning. An effort would be made to start one unit tonight.

Meanwhile, there has been no change in the situation and the flow is normal in Sutlej. The Crisis Management Group met under the chairmanship of Mr Shamsher Singh, Chief Secretary, to review the situation. The administration was asked to remain on high alert and the people living along banks of Sutlej were advised to remain vigilant and out of the flood danger zone.

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Threat of flash floods persists

Shimla, August 16
The high alert along the banks of the Sutlej from Sumdoh in Kinnaur district to Kol Dam in Bilaspur continued for the 9th day today as the flash-flood threat due to the formation of an artificial lake on the Parchu in Tibet loomed large.

There was no change in the situation and the state government was awaiting the report of the five-member team of experts which visited the affected area yesterday. Any decision to scale down the alert will depend on the feedback received from the Centre and at present the entire machinery was on a high alert to meet any eventuality, official sources said.

The discharge of water of the Spiti and the Sutlej at Khaab monitoring station was 164 cumecs and 93 cumecs respectively, which was normal. The discharge at the Nathpa dam on the Sutlej was also 511.76 cumecs, showing no change in the past 24 hours.

As the flash flood could completely disrupt the road communication, the taxi operators were also not willing to go to these areas as they fear that they will be stranded for days in case flash floods occurred.

The operators, who were stuck up in the area during the devastating flash floods of 2000 when most of the bridges on the Sutlej were washed away and several kilometres of roads were breached, were not ready to go to the Kinnaur and Rampur areas at any cost.

The tour operators feel that the tourist might not come even if the high alert was scaled down as it will be difficult to convince them that their safety was ensured and there will be no turbulence in the Sutlej due to the formation of the artificial lake.

The flash-flood threat will be minimised by mid-September when the snow in the high altitude areas will stop melting and the discharge of water will be reduced drastically but the tourist season will be over by then. — PTI

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Flash flood threat forces trekkers to change route
Kuldeep Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Mandi, August 16
The threat of flash flood from the lake on Parchu river has sent trekkers, mainly foreigners, rebounding from the Shimla-Rampur-Kinnaur route in the Sutlej valley to the Manali-Lahaul-Leh route.

Even in the Parbati valley in Kulu district, the flash flood in the Jhigrai nullah which had trapped 20 workers, and the accident which killed 12 persons, including a couple of foreigners last week at Jari on the Bhuntar-Kasol-Manikaran route, have turned foreigners away from the valley. The inflow has decreased here after the news of flood flashed across the country last week, said hoteliers at Kasol, a new haunt for the foreigners in the Parbati valley.

The Manikaran- Kasol-Kheerganga and the Jari-Malana are two popular trekking routes among foreigners. Another popular treks include Manali- Tsamo-mo-lake in Leh and Manali-Chandertal Lake- Kaza and Kibber, world’s highest village in the cold desert of Spiti.

“We spent two months in Leh-Ladakh-Lahaul-Manali and Manikaran, said a tourist couple from France . “We are not aware about the flood threat in the Sutlej. We will visit Riwalsar and Barot tomorrow and go back to Delhi thereafter”.

Mr Khemraj Thakur, who runs Mountain Expeditions, a trekking agency at Manali said, “Over 70 -80 foreigners are coming to Manali everyday from the Delhi-Chandigarh route”.

Trekking agents say tourists are coming rebounding from Shimla-Kinnaur as they are not being allowed to go beyond Shimla fearing flood in the Sutlej. Most of the tourists, come from Europe, mainly France, Germany, Belgium including Israel.

I will go to Manali after visiting the Riwalsar monastery in Mandi and want to go on the Leh circuit, said Mr Yoav, a tourist from Israel.

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Flood threat puts off foreign tourists
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 16
The flood scare caused by the formation of a lake in Tibet due to blockage of Parchu, a tributary of the Sutlej, has affected the flow of foreign tourists to the state.

The foreign tourists mainly visit the tribal areas of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti and ironically, these are the two areas which are facing the flood threat.

This season most of the bookings have been cancelled and some tourists have changed their plans after arriving in the country. Even the travel agents are not keen on the tribal areas due to the prevailing uncertainty. Taxi and bus operators are also refusing to send their vehicles to these interior areas in view of the flood threat.

Over the past few years a number of hotels had come up in these tourist hot spots. But they are still awaiting the arrival of tourists in substantial numbers.

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Enough supplies for areas facing flood threat, says minister

Rampur, August 16
With the areas along the banks of the Sutlej and the Spiti on high alert against threats of flash floods, the Himachal Pradesh Government today said it had enough ration supplies to last for months in the event of some places being cut off from the rest of the state.

“Even though we are optimistic that the flash floods may not occur, at our end we are prepared for the worst. The administration has already made arrangements to ensure that there are enough stocks to last if some places are cut off as a result of flash floods,” state Food and Supplies Minister Shingee Ram said.

Many places in Shimla, Kinnaur, Bilaspur and Kulu districts are facing threats of flash floods in the wake of reports of a Tibetan lake, formed following landslides, likely to burst.

Mr Ram said Kinnaur district alone had 2,144 quintal sugar stock, 3,464 quintal wheat, 1,117 quintal wheat flour, 10,622 quintal rice and 11,609 liters of edible oil.

These areas had enough kerosene, petrol and LPG stocks, he said.

State Tourism Minister G.S. Bali said the flash flood threat had had only a “little effect” on the tourist inflow in the state as during rainy season the traffic is low.

There has been a slight decrease only in Solang Valley and Rampur, he said.

Asked about the difficulties being faced by the apple growers in view of the truckers avoiding the areas, Mr Bali said, “We are providing as many trucks as are required to lift the crop and there is nothing much to worry”. — PTI

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Centre gives 60 cr to HP for SC/ST welfare
Our Correspondent

Kulu, August 16
The Himachal Pradesh Government will open 10 new old age homes in the state and 15 new hostels for the Scheduled Caste Scheduled Tribes and Backward classes. This was stated by Mr Rangila Ram Rao, Excise and Taxation Minister, at the Circuit House here yesterday, while addressing media persons. He said the Union Government had allocated Rs 60 crore for it. Mr Rao who also holds the Welfare and Town Planning portfolio said the present government had also planned to offer loans worth Rs 4 lakh for higher technical studies besides the scholarship already being given to these students for education through the Minority Commission, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe Development Corporation.

The minister claimed that more than 25,000 new cases of old age, widow and handicapped person pensions had been sanctioned by the government this year. He said the previous BJP led government had stopped this programme.

Mr Rao further said 750 houses were given under the Rajiv Awas Yojna this year, while 1,500 were under consideration for distribution. This was in addition to the houses being given under the Indira Awas Yojna of the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe component plan he added.

The minister said 2,600 new aanganwadi centres would be opened in Himachal Pradesh in addition to the 7,000 already existing. These would be funded by the Union Government under the Integrated Child Development Service Scheme ICDSS. Children between 1-4 years of age would get nourishment, elementary education at these centres. Pregnant women would also get nourishment during pregnancy and up to two years after the delivery in these centres the minister added. The minister said all states had decided at a joint meeting of Excise and Taxation Ministers to start VAT policy in 2005. Himachal Pradesh would organise camps to train traders at the subdivisional level before implementing the policy to clear the misconception about the VAT. He said the small traders having turn over below Rs 5 lakh a year, would not need to maintain accounts under the provision of the policy.

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BJP flays govt on DA issue
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, August 16
The Himachal BJP yesterday blasted the state government for giving only 2 per cent D.A to its employees and ignored the merger of 50 per cent of DA into their basic pay.

Rajendra Rana, joint media in-charge of the HP BJP in a statement here today described the announcement of the HP Government as a major joke with the employees.

He asked the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, who is also the HP Finance Minister, to clarify his stand with regard to the earlier announcement of the state government that it was going to merge 50 per cent of the DA with the basic salary of its staff. He said that by not doing so, the state government was backing out of its election promises. Mr Rana charged the Congress party leaders in general, and the Chief Minister in particular for harming the cause of the state government employees and playing with their sentiments.

He said the employees were the worst hit during the Congress regime as they were victimised for political considerations. He alleged that in Hamirpur district alone all 17 leaders of the HP Non-Gazetted Services Federation had been transferred to the remote areas of the state at the behest of the Congress leaders. He described this action on part of state government as a political vendetta against the employees.

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Bharmour temples cry for care
Balkrishan Prashar

BHARMOUR: Once called Brahmpura, the capital of the state of Bharmour, this town has ancient temples and monuments, some dating back to the seventh century.

But these historic monuments now look uncared for and are decaying due to the vagaries of weather.

The most important of the existing temples are Manimahesh (Suryamukhling temple), Lakshna Devi, Ganesh and Narsingh. These temples are beautifully carved with human figures and floral designs. The Manimahesh shikhara-style temple is one of the most ancient and beautiful temples in Himachal Pradesh. Lakshna Devi is represented here as Mahishasuramardini (slayer of the buffalo demon), her brass idol having been executed by Yugga, the master artisan of King Meru Verman. This temple is in ruins now.

The Narsingh temple was erected by Queen Tribhuvan Rekha as is evident from an inscription carved out on copper. Queen Rekha was the wife of Prince Yogkar, son of King Sahil Verman who ruled during the 10th century. The temple was badly damaged by an earthquake on April 4, 1905.

Tucked in the snowy mountains, Bharmour is a tribal subdivisional headquarters 65 km fro Chamba. The place is famous for its ancient temples erected during the reign of King Meru Verman in the seventh century.

According to a folklore, 84 yogis visited the place during the reign of King Sahil Verman. Pleased with the King’s hospitality, the yogis rewarded him with 10 sons and a daughter named Champavati. It is on account of the visit of these yogis that the compound where the ancient edifices are situated is called ‘Chowrasi’ and is held in high esteem.

According to another legend, it is believed that the souls of human beings with evil and wicked actions come to Bharmour after passing through 84 ‘yonis’ of living creatures in this universe. These souls then take refuge with Lord Shiva for taking rebirth in the form of human beings. So the place is called “Chowrasi’, a holy abode of Lord Shiva.

Though six of these magnificent temples are looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), nothing much is done in the name of renovations. Rainwater trickles down from the decaying roofs of these temples. The work of art on the walls of these temples is decaying. The ASI must take immediate steps for the conservation and preservation of the antique art of these temples.

Though the state government is spending thousands of rupees on the repair of slate and concrete flooring of the “Chowrasi” compound, stray cattle often damage the slate flooring. Encroachments around the “Chowrasi” can be removed if a circular wall is constructed around the compound.

The local temple committee headed by the SDM of Bharmour is functioning with meager funds for the maintenance of these temples.

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Amend Shimla Development plan: BJP
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 16
The BJP has demanded that the Shimla Development Plan be amended to give relaxation in house building due to high prices and unavailability of adequate land for construction purposes.

BJP leader, Ganesh Dutt, said here today permission be granted to people who bought land in green areas or heritage zone, before a ban was imposed on constructions here.

“The concept of single-window system has been ignored in the new development as a result of which people will have to go to different offices, causing delay and inconvenience to the public,” he opined. He said powers for clearing the house-building plans be entrusted with the Director, Town and Country Planning instead of a number of offices as the public faces a lot of difficulty.

Mr Dutt, added the government should make it mandatory for all those people selling plots, to keep in mind sewerage, road, water and lighting requirements so that properly carved out developed plots were given to people. He said it is seen that plots are sold without making all such basic provisions, which later pose a lot of problems to the land owner in getting his plan cleared.

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Doctors on deputation to be called back
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 16
The 40 government doctors from Himachal Pradesh who are on deputation will be called back to tide over the problem of shortage of doctors at many health institutions in the state.

The Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Mukesh Agnihotri, today said that to improve the health services in the state and to fill all vacancies, it had been decided to call back all doctors who were on deputation with different institutes. Many health institutions in the state, especially in the remote and far-flung areas, had the problem of filling vacancies as doctors were not willing to serve in these difficult areas.

He also said that another area of concern was the flouting of the bond signed by the passouts from Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC). The number of such doctors who had neither paid the bond money nor served for the requisite number of years in the state, ran into hundreds.

Mr Agnihotri said apart from initiating action against such doctors, the government would in future be more strict in ensuring that the terms and conditions of the bond were not flouted.

Keeping in view the shortage of nurses and other paramedical staff in many of the health institutions, the government would shortly fill all functional posts. The paramedical staff like nurses, technicians, pharmacists and technicians would be given training so that quality services could be provided to the people.

To improve the health services, which was a priority sector, the state government had decided to come up with “Health Vision-2008”. According to this, the requirement of the Health Department would be assessed and efforts would be made to make it public-oriented.

The government, after collecting information about the total number of ambulances in the state, how old they were and the shortage, would buy more ambulances so that patients did not face inconvenience.

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NSUI’s plea on wards of govt schoolteachers
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 16
The state unit of the National Students Union of India has urged the state to take appropriate steps to ensure that the children of government teachers studied in government schools.

Mr Kewal Pathania, president of the union, said the government teachers were mostly sending their wards to public schools or to other private institutions. This was indirectly an acceptance of the fact that the standard of education in the government schools was not upto the mark. He said if the wards of the teachers studied in the government schools their standard of education would also improve.

He charged the BJP and the ABVP of misleading the people on the issue of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on fiscal reforms. He asserted, that the document was not only signed but also implemented by the Dhumal government. The present government had only renegotiated with the Centre to get some of the harsh conditions, particularly those pertaining to recruitment, relaxed. He said there would be no blanket ban on recruitment and functional posts in the entire department were being filled. He said the union would launch a statewide campaign from August 17, from Rohru to expose the double standards of the BJP, the ABVP and the SFI.

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Man sentenced to death escapes from jail
Our Correspondent

Nahan, August 16
Shyamal Rao Reddy main accused in the Shimla, Aucksland Hotel double, murder case and was awarded death sentence by a Shimla court a few months back reportedly escaped last night from Nahan Model Central Jail by breaking a window.

According to information one Shyamal Rao Reddy, jail inmate was found missing early morning today from the Nahan Model Central Jail. It was reported that Reddy who was awarded death sentence in the Shimla Aucksland Hotel murder case by a Shimla court a few months earlier had fled from his cell reportedly by cutting the iron rods of the window of his room. Jail authorities were mum on the escape and an Assistant Superintendent of Jail, at present in charge of the jail, refused to answer phone call.

Police officials remained busy inspecting the site and deputing police staff to nab the inmate till late this evening. Deputy Commissioner Sirmour M.L. Sharma late this evening confirmed the escape of the jail inmate Reddy and said that S.D.M. Nahan had inspected the jail on his instruction. The SDM was not available for comments. Police sources said that senior police officials from Shimla had left for Nahan this afternoon to inquire the incident and submit a report to the DGP.

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Stop recruitment of parateachers, says sangh
Our Correspondent

Kangra, August 16
Hundreds of unemployed trained graduate and post-graduate youth today held a rally, raising anti-government slogans, outside the SDM’s office here. They submitted a memorandum to the SDM demanding that the appointment policy for parateachers should be amended. They threatened to resort to statewide agitation if their demands were not met.

Mr Susheel Kaushal, state president of the Himachal Pradesh Berozgar Prashikshit Sanatak Sangh (HPBPSS) addressed the demonstrators and alleged that the state government was ignoring the interests of the unemployed trained graduate and Post-graduate youth by appointing the parateachers in the state. He said that already 2,100 parateachers were appointed in the Education Department under the pretext that it was purely a temporary stop-gap arrangement till November 21, this year. He said contrary to this claim, the government has decided to fill up 1,597 new posts of the parateachers on the same pattern as was done earlier.

Demanding an amendment in the recruitment rules Mr Kaushal suggested that 2,100 parateachers appointed as a temporary stop-gap arrangement should be terminated and for all the 3,697 posts the appointments should be made afresh.

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Hamirpur goes without power

Hamirpur, August 16
Power supply to most parts of this town and parts of the district was disrupted due to repair. As a result normal life of the people was badly hit.

The people have demanded that power cuts should be imposed only on Sundays.

However, a spokesman for the HPSEB said the dates for the maintenance works were fixed earlier and it was not possible to change them. The next power cut is scheduled for August 27, he said. — OC

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Man strangles wife, arrested
Tribune News Service

Mandi, August 16
Balak Ram, a resident of Kot village, allegedly beat up his wife, Tulsi, (23) brutally and inflicted wounds on her before he strangled her to death in the field yesterday.

According to the police, Tulsi’s father Jawahar Singh had complained that Balak Ram had been harassing her ever since she was married to him about five years ago.

Tulsi, mother of two, had just come back from her parents’ house in Gota Gihula Village, before her husband killed her suspecting her of committing adultery, the police said.

Ajay Yadav, SP Mandi, said “Her body was recovered from the maze field, when the local pradhan informed the police yesterday night on the telephone. Balak Ram, who was hiding in the maze field has been arrested under Section 302 of the IPC and was produced in the local court today ’, he added.

The post-mortem report said that Tulsi was strangled to death and bore injury marks on her body, the police said. Balak Ram was arrested by the police.

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4 of family held in dowry death case
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, August 16
The Indora police yesterday arrested Rajesh Singh, husband of Rekha Devi (24), Beer Singh, father-in-law, Bimla Devi, mother-in-law, and Surekha Devi, sister-in-law, on the charge of beating her to death. The police registered an FIR under Sections 302, 498 (A) and 34 of the IPC following the complaint of Mr Ranjit Singh of Gaghwan village, father of the deceased, that the accused were harassing and beating up the victim for dowry.

He stated that he was informed that his daughter was sick and admitted to a private hospital at Pathankot. He added that when he, along with his relatives, arriaved at the hospital, he was intimated that she had died and the body was taken away by her-in-laws. He reached their place and found injury marks on her face. He informed the local police, which got a postmortem examination conducted.

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Couple commit suicide

Nurpur, August 16
A newly-wedded couple committed suicide yesterday by hanging from a ceiling fan in their house at Talyal village. According to the police, Rakesh (27) and Sonika (25) were married eight months ago. The cause of the suicides could not be ascertained. — OC
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