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‘Mysterious fever’ surfaces, eight admitted to IGMC
Shimla, August 21
While two patients suspected to be suffering from scrub typhus have died at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, cases of the disease commonly known as mysterious fever have started pouring in from the lower parts of the state.

Naqvi backs Uma on Tricolour issue
Shimla, August 21
The Vice-President of the BJP, Mr Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, confirming that Ms Uma Bharti had handed over her resignation to the party, has said the decision on her removal as Chief Minister would be taken at the party parliamentary board meeting on Monday.

Apple growers stop plucking fruit
Shimla, August 21
Even though truck operators in Himachal Pradesh are not participating in a nationwide strike against an increase in service tax, the transportation of apple has been affected as growers have stopped plucking apples.

Woman duped of gold, Rs 3 lakh in cash
Kulu, August 21
A family cheated their landlady and fled away with cash and jewellery near here on Wednesday. According to the victim, Ms Usha Rani, a resident of Badah village, about 2 k.m. from here, a woman, Reena with her three daughters and three sons rented her house last month.

HP truckers not to join strike
Bilaspur, August 21
The Himachal Pradesh State Truck Operators Federation has unanimously decided not to participate in an indefinite strike called by the All-India Truck Operators Congress.



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  15 pilgrims hurt in mishap
Kangra, August 21
Fifteen pilgrims were injured three of them seriously when a truck carrying them from Chamunda shrine to Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir overturned at Bindraban village of this district, the police said here today.
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Mysterious fever’ surfaces, eight admitted to IGMC
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 21
While two patients suspected to be suffering from scrub typhus have died at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, cases of the disease commonly known as mysterious fever have started pouring in from the lower parts of the state.

The Principal of the IGMC, Prof L.S. Pal, said two patients suffering from acute fever had died at the IGMC and eight new suspected cases of scrub typhus had been admitted today. Ten other patients, who have been admitted to the IGMC during the past two days, are already under treatment.

Prof Pal said that the weil felix test for confirming the disease could not be conducted on these two persons, as their condition was very critical and they died before samples could be taken. Amongst the dead is a woman patient from Bilaspur district. While stating that all the cases could not be labelled as scrub typhus, he added that two of the eight patients admitted today had been confirmed as scrub typhus patients after the weil felix test.

A majority of the patients suffering from this disease, whose outbreak has become an annual feature, hail from the lower parts of the state, mainly Bilaspur and Solan. Last year 25 deaths were reported due to this disease in the state while almost 100 persons had been afflicted by it.

The hospital authorities at the IGMC are conducting the test after procuring the reagent from the Central Research Institute, Kasauli. Doctors treating the patients said that at times the anti-bodies of the disease were not traceable in the blood with the weil felix test. They added that culture or the more sophisticated and complicated tests were a more guaranteed way of confirming the disease, the facility for which was not available here.

Dr Pal said a majority of the 18 fever cases admitted to the IGMC were responding well to the anti-biotic treatment of tetracycline. He said the patients were stable and the department of medicine was keeping the patients under observation. He said the hospital was fully geared up to tackle the situation and all drugs and testing facility was available.

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Naqvi backs Uma on Tricolour issue
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 21
The Vice-President of the BJP, Mr Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, confirming that Ms Uma Bharti had handed over her resignation to the party, has said the decision on her removal as Chief Minister would be taken at the party parliamentary board meeting on Monday.

Addressing a press conference here today, he said: “It would not be appropriate to comment on the directives of the court, but if unfurling the National Flag is a crime, committed by Ms Bharti, then I would wish to differ,” said Mr Naqvi, who is also the BJP national spokesperson.

Mr Naqvi, who is in charge of party affairs in Himachal Pradesh, denied the BJP was dilly-dallying on taking a final decision about Ms Bharti’s fate. “As is the tradition in the BJP, decisions on all crucial matters are taken only at parliamentary board meetings after thorough discussion,” he said. He added that the BJP was still of the opinion that people facing criminal charges had no right to be in politics.

Mr Naqvi also announced that the BJP would shortly launch a nationwide campaign against the hike in the prices of essential commodities. “It is the weak policies and poor governance of the UPA regime that has led to steep increase in prices,” he contended.

Terming the Congress conclave in New Delhi as a “dynastic fashion show”, Mr Naqvi said the entire focus of the AICC meeting was to portray Ms Sonia Gandhi as a great woman, who had made the “supreme sacrifice” by turning down the top post of the country. “It is nothing more than a political drama, as she has been exposed for acting as the super Prime Minister, leaving Dr Manmohan Singh helpless and a mere puppet in her hands,” he stated.

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Apple growers stop plucking fruit
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 21
Even though truck operators in Himachal Pradesh are not participating in a nationwide strike against an increase in service tax, the transportation of apple has been affected as growers have stopped plucking apples.

The government authorities on the other hand said even if they ensured safe passage of apple trucks from the state till the border at Parwanoo, their further movement would be affected due to the strike. Almost 300 apple trucks leave Shimla district daily for destinations like Chandigarh, Delhi, Lucknow, Meerut and Kolkata. There is a requirement of almost 700 trucks for the transportation of apples in the state daily. Trucks mostly from Punjab, Haryana and parts of Rajasthan are engaged for transporting apples from Himachal.

The Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, Mr Sushil Negi, said even if apple trucks were sent with police escorts till the state border like last time, it would not be possible for those to carry on the onward journey. Moreover, there wasn’t enough cold storage facility for such a large number of apple boxes, he added.

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Woman duped of gold, Rs 3 lakh in cash
Our Correspondent

Kulu, August 21
A family cheated their landlady and fled away with cash and jewellery near here on Wednesday. According to the victim, Ms Usha Rani, a resident of Badah village, about 2 k.m. from here, a woman, Reena with her three daughters and three sons rented her house last month. The girls became so friendly with the victim that she lent them two gold bangles and a gold chain for showing the design to a jeweller.

Usha’s brother-in-law was also dodged by the family by alluring him to own a flat in Delhi which they had mortgaged for Rs 3 lakh. Surinder Kumar, brother-in-law of Usha, went to Delhi with Neetu, elder daughter of Reena for getting their flat released and stayed in a hotel there.

Meanwhile, Reena’s another daughter offered soup to Usha on Wednesday evening and she became unconscious. While the family fled away with her jewellery. She gained conscious next morning and received a phone call from her brother-in-law from Delhi, who informed her that he was dodged by Neetu as she had fled away with Rs 3 lakh while he went to take bath.

The family has also allegedly taken the gold chain and ear rings of a teacher who used to come for tuition at her place following the same tactics.

The police has registered a case under Section 406 of the IPC.

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HP truckers not to join strike
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, August 21
The Himachal Pradesh State Truck Operators Federation has unanimously decided not to participate in an indefinite strike called by the All-India Truck Operators Congress. The state president of the federation, Mr Ramdass Thakur, and chief adviser Nandprakash Bohra, accompanied by around 12 leaders, said have today that there was no justification in calling the strike, nor they were consulted by the national body regarding it. The federation did not find any reason to support this strike and participate in it particularly when the apple season was around and perishable fruits and vegetables worth hundreds of crores of rupees had to be transported, they added.

Since most of the economy of the state depended on the fruit season, truck operators could not afford to join any strike during the apple season. The service tax which was being opposed to was not applicable to truck operators or truck owners but it was to be paid only by “transport-booking agents”.

They said the decision on boycotting the strike was taken at the federation’s state executive meeting held recently at Amb. The federation would not only ply all its trucks in the state during the strike, but would also be ready to operate in other states if the government provided them with proper security.

The federation has resented increase in permit fees from 1,945 to 5,050 and demanded its withdrawal.

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15 pilgrims hurt in mishap
Our Correspondent

Kangra, August 21
Fifteen pilgrims were injured three of them seriously when a truck carrying them from Chamunda shrine to Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir overturned at Bindraban village of this district, the police said here today.

The police today said that a truck (PB 13E-2468) carrying pilgrims met with an accident at Bindraban last evening falling under Nurpur police station leaving 15 pilgrims injured three of them seriously. The injured were admitted to Nurpur Hospital and three seriously injured persons were referred to Pathankot for treatment. The pilgrims were from Tarn Taran, Punjab, and had visited Jawalamukhi, Kangra and Chamunda shrines and were on way to Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir.

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