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HP to establish centre for monitoring glaciers
Shimla, August 29
A Regional Centre for Monitoring Climatic Changes and Himalayan Glaciers will be set up in the state in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology.

Himachal’s health infrastructure better
Shimla, August 29
The efforts of the government in strengthening the health infrastructure, particularly in the rural areas, have started bearing fruit. The expansion and modernisation of the health care facilities over the years has improved the health profile of the state remarkably.

Radish to be available throughout year
Baijnath, August 29
Radish, the key component of salad, will now be available throughout the year, thanks to the enterprising farmers of Baijnath. The cultivation of radish has also helped them turn the corner and increase their agricultural income ten fold.

Drug racket suspected in McLeodganj
Dharamsala, August 29
The McLeodganj area has come under the scanner of the district police, which is suspecting a full-fledged drug racket there, after the recovery of brown sugar for the first time under a special anti-narcotics drive.

Corporation to harness power potential
Shimla, August 29
The Himachal Government has set up a corporation to harness the hydroelectric potential of the Yamuna basin.



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Virbhadra for speedy disposal of court cases
Shimla, August 29
Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, has underlined the need for speedy disposal of court case and said the government had constituted a committee under the Chief Secretary to monitor the progress of pending cases.

UPA govt full of contradictions, says Dhumal
Hamirpur, August 29
Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today dubbed the Congress-led UPA government as one of the weakest governments, India had seen since Independence.

Chamera village to get facelift
Chamba, August 29
The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) is keen to give a facelift by providing the village-level basic amenities to Chamera village located in the environs of Chamera hydroelectric project (stage-II) on the Ravi in the district.

Brave man awaits official recognition
Jangel (Hamirpur), August 29
Rudesh Mehra (32), is man of great courage and determination. He has saved the lives of about 14 persons from drowning during the past four years. However, his brave efforts have not been rewarded, as no official recognition except a commendation letter by former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has been given to him.

IRB shifting not easy job
Hamirpur, August 29
The proposed move of the HP police to shift the second battalion of the India Reserve Force from Jangel Beri to Amtar village in Nadaun, Hamirpur district, seems to be a daunting task for the government in view of the reports that the people of the area and the HP State Cricket Association have opposed the move.

Illegal debris dumping bane of highway
Solan, August 29
Even as the illegal practice of dumping debris on the National Highway has created a number of sinking zones where valleys have been filled with mounds of mud, the National Highway Public Works Department (NH-PWD) is doing little to check the menace. What is alarming is the fact that buildings constructed on such unsafe land often collapse due to weak foundations endangering life.

VC asks scientists to assist livestock keepers
Palampur, August 29
Dr Jagmohan Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, has called upon veterinary scientists to assist the livestock keepers in boosting their economy and providing them with the latest technical know-how.

Environment protection project at Kol Dam inaugurated
Bilaspur, August 29
Mr K.B. Dubey, NTPC Executive Director (hydro region), inaugurated the Rs 84-lakh “Environment Protection Project” of Kol Dam Power House at Harnora, 35 km from here, yesterday.

Stress laid on renewable energy
Chamba, August 29
“The state government is giving thrust on the renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels in consonance with the national opinion and efforts are being made to promote renewable energy, particularly in the rural areas, so that eco-friendly sustainable development is ensured,” said Mr Chaman Singh, Additional District Magistrate, while presiding over a meeting of the Integrated Rural Energy Programme (IREP) Coordination Committee here today.

Show-cause notice issued to SHO
Sundernagar, August 29
Mr Baldev Singh, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Sundernagar, has issued show-cause notice to the local Station House Officer for filing contradictory reports in the case pertaining to the challan of the official car of the BBMB Chief Engineer on November 28.

Doctors seek restoration of increments
Dharamsala, August 29
The Himachal Medical Officers Association here yesterday demanded restoration of post-graduate increments for specialist doctors and that the post of Additional Director be filled from medical cadre instead of appointing state civil service officers to the post.

Three more suspected cases of scrub typhus
Shimla, August 29
Three more persons with symptoms of scrub typhus, were admitted to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) hospital during the past 24 hours. All three were having high-grade fever.
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HP to establish centre for monitoring glaciers
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 29
A Regional Centre for Monitoring Climatic Changes and Himalayan Glaciers will be set up in the state in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology.

Stating this here yesterday, the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, said a majority of the glaciers in the Himalayas were receding, perhaps due to global warming. “These subliminal changes may hinder the planned harnessing of water resources in the mountainous regions, unless a forecast model, based on field information and satellite data is developed,” he said.

The Chief Minister while inaugurating a workshop on “Towards implementing environmentally sustainable water policy for Himachal Pradesh” said despite 202 of the total 332 glaciers located in Himachal Pradesh, many parts of the state at times face acute water shortage.

The setting up of the regional centre will not only help in developing a database but recent developments like the formation of 100 lakes and water bodies on the basins of the Chenab and the Beas during the past four decades would also be studied.

The preliminary report had already been sent to the government and a task force had visited the state in April. Receding of the glaciers, formation of moraine lakes and availability and use of run off the water would be dealt under the project.

“Scientifically sound database and understanding the hydrology as well as the climatic situation of the state is essential if the vast hydro power potential in the state has to be tapped,” he added. He said the government was considering constituting environment cells in every department.

Speaking on the occasion, the Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Mr Kaul Singh Thakur, said the state would formulate its water policy by ensuring public participation and its own needs. “A project on “Water Availability Through Self Help” had recently been sanctioned, which aims at empowering and involving the Panchayati Raj institutions in the management of safe drinking water schemes,” he added.Top

 

Himachal’s health infrastructure better
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 29
The efforts of the government in strengthening the health infrastructure, particularly in the rural areas, have started bearing fruit.

The expansion and modernisation of the health care facilities over the years has improved the health profile of the state remarkably. The quality of medical services being provided could be judged from the fact that life expectancy in the hill state has crossed the figure of 66 years, which was much higher than the national average of 61 years. Similarly, the crude birth rate is 7.5 per thousand, which is comparatively lower than the national average of 8.1 per thousand. The state had hardly any facilities when it came into being in 1948.

Today there are 2,067 health sub-centres, 438 primary health centres, 66 community health centres, 35 civil hospitals, one ESI hospital and 12 zonal and district hospitals providing specialised services to the people.

Besides, there are nine specialised hospitals, including two TB Sanatoriums, one mental hospital and six leprosy hospitals. Also there are two medical colleges and one dental college in the government sector and four dental colleges in the private sector providing medical education to the youth within the state. As many as 22 training centres and training schools are also functioning in the state to impart training to the paramedical staff.

To ensure availability of quality drugs to patients and rationale use of drugs, a state drug policy has been formulated and implemented. Quality circles are being formed in all hospitals to improve the quality of health services being provided to the patients. In addition, hospital manuals and quality manuals have been framed to maintain high standards of health care services.

Specific public health problems are being managed through the implementation of the national health programmes such as Reproductive and Child Health Care, the National AIDS Control Programme, the National Programme for the Prevention of Blindness and National Anti-Malaria Programme.

The Population Fund of India has rated the state as the best state in the country in the implementation of the Reproductive and Child Health Care Programme. It has brought the infant mortality rate in the state to 52 per 1,000 live births as compared to the country’s average of 63 per 1,000 live births. Similarly, the crude birth rate has also declined to 20.7 per 1,000 as compared to 25 per 1,000 in the country.

However, tuberculosis even today remains the major killer disease in Himachal Pradesh like the rest of the country. To check this dreaded disease, a revised TB control programme has been launched which will not only ensure timely detection of the disease but also ensure effective short-term supervised treatment to check its spread.Top

 

Radish to be available throughout year
Tribune News Service

Baijnath, August 29
Radish, the key component of salad, will now be available throughout the year, thanks to the enterprising farmers of Baijnath. The cultivation of radish has also helped them turn the corner and increase their agricultural income ten fold.

A project initiated by the state government under the Budget Assurance Scheme last year on an experimental basis proved so successful that off-season radish cultivation has caught the fancy of farmers even outside the project area. Besides achieving the objective of crop diversification, it has also proved highly profitable for both small and big farmers in the area.

In an interview with The Tribune, Dr S.R.Pant, Agricultural Development Officer, said that although the project was launched last year, it had shown phenomenal results this year. “So far, production of more than 500 quintal has been reported from the project area of six hectares spread over five villages, including Bag, Sansal, Mutrun, Mandehar and Thathi,” he said.

“Since this is considered off-season for radish and crop from plains, including Punjab, is available only after November, this radish is in much demand. Moreover, the early menu white variety of radish is very popular for its sweet taste, hard structure and medium size. It was sown between May-June and now harvesting is on,” he said.

Mr Ashwani Kumar, a farmer, who had sown radish in just 2 kanals, said he preferred making a change from the traditional cultivation of maize. Similarly, Ramesh used only 8 kanals but ended up earning much more than he would have by sowing cereals.

And it is not radish alone that is paying high dividends to farmers in Baijnath. Mr S.K.Sood, subject matter specialist, informed that it was raining cabbage in the Chota Bengal area. “Even though this does not fall under our project area, production of nearly 900 quintals of cabbage from 35 hectares of land has already been reported from this backward area, after our awareness programmes,” he said.

“Although the government does not have a procurement policy of its own, some of the farmers are themselves retailing the vegetables in the area. The entire changeover has followed our holding of awareness camps, demonstrations and distribution of free seeds to them,” said Dr Pant.Top

 

Drug racket suspected in McLeodganj
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, August 29
The McLeodganj area has come under the scanner of the district police, which is suspecting a full-fledged drug racket there, after the recovery of brown sugar for the first time under a special anti-narcotics drive. The number of cases registered under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985, has already shot up to 22 from last year’s figure of six.

Talking to The Tribune, Superintendent of Police S. Zahur Haider Zaidi said this was the first instance wherein 100 grams of brown sugar had been seized. “Till now, drug peddlers had been arrested with hashish and charas. The possibility of a full-fledged racket operating from McLeodganj is not ruled out and we are investigating the matter,” he said.

The two accused, identified as Satinder Kaur and Ravinder Kaur, were travelling in an Indica from Dharamsala towards McLeodganj, when they were stopped at a special checkpost put up by the police as part of the drive yesterday. “The women suddenly threw out a bag from the car, which contained brown sugar, packed in polythene bags. On interrogation, they said they were both residents of Jalandhar,” said a police official.

So far, the police has recovered more than 10 kg of charas during this drive against drugs. This is double the amount recovered last year. Also, this year 52 grams of smack and 4 kg of ‘chura post’ have also been seized.

Police sources say besides McLeodganj, the Brajeshwari Devi temple and the Jwalamukhi temple, besides some other key temples, have been identified as two main places where the trade is thriving.

In the past, added the police official, most of these cases turned out to be open-and-shut cases and there had been hardly any leads to the bottom of the trade. “Since narcotics are grown in neighbouring areas, Kangra district seems to have fallen on the transit route of these drugs. Areas around temples are preferred as a base as charas and opium can be passed off as ‘prasad’ of Lord Shiva without much difficulty,” he said.

No wonder, he added, these 22 cases involved people from as far as Uttar Pradesh and Nepal, who are believed to have come here to collect the drugs. In one case, an MES employee was caught with drugs in his possession. “In all these cases, the accused were either carrying opium or charas,” he said.

Mr Zaidi said that if the trade seems to be picking up, the police has also become more vigilant, which is proved by the number of peddlers caught. “We have strengthened our networking in the areas known for drug peddling and it is showing results. The message has been sent out that action would follow on any tip-off. The whole problem is being tackled effectively. We are also trying to get to the root of the trade in the region,” he said.Top

 

Corporation to harness power potential
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 29
The Himachal Government has set up a corporation to harness the hydroelectric potential of the Yamuna basin.

The Pabbar Valley hydroelectric project, the new undertaking, will be subsidiary of the state electricity board. The Member (Civil) of the board will be its Managing Director.

This is the second subsidiary of the board. Earlier, the government had set up the State Jal Vidyut Vikas Nigam for the execution of the 100-MW Uhl, 10 MW Ghanvi-II , 12 MW Khaulli and 64 MW Kashang projects.

The Yamuna basin has an identified potential of 500 MW out of which so far only 79 MW has been harnessed. The main project to be executed are 110 MW Sawra Kudu,86 MW Dhamwari Sunda, 46 MW Chirgaon Majhgaon ,44 MW Tangnu Romai and 36 MW Paudital Lass.

The Himachal Professionals Forum has hailed the decision to set up a new undertaking and urged the government to appoint a hydropower expert as its wholetime managing director.

Mr R.L.Justa, convener of the forum, said that the Sawra Kudu project could be assigned to the new corporation immediately. Swed Power, a Swedish company, had prepared the feasibility report of the project in 1996. It is very attractive project with the cost of construction pegged at just Rs 4.30 crore per megawatt as against Rs 8 crore per megawatt in case of the Larji project and UHL stage-III which were being executed by the board. It involved construction of a 15-m high diversion dam, near Hatkoti, an 11-km-long tunnel and an underground power house. He said that the project should be named as “Hateshwari Jal Vidyut Yozna.”Top

 

Virbhadra for speedy disposal of court cases
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 29
Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, has underlined the need for speedy disposal of court case and said the government had constituted a committee under the Chief Secretary to monitor the progress of pending cases.

Addressing the annual conference of the Himachal Pradesh Attorneys Association here last evening, he impressed upon attorneys that the cases pending in various courts be persued vigorously to ensure speedy justice.

The government would safeguard the interests of attorneys and announced an increase in the dress allowance from Rs 2500 to Rs 5000 payable every third year.Top

 

UPA govt full of contradictions, says Dhumal
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, August 29
Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today dubbed the Congress-led UPA government as one of the weakest governments, India had seen since Independence.

Reacting to the completion of 100 days of the UPA government, he said this government had failed miserably on all fronts, including foreign affairs and price control. Moreover, it had given the impression that it was in league with hoarders, intriguers and black marketeers. Moreover, it had stooped too low to take revenge against its political opponents. These 100 days would be termed as black days in the Indian history, he said.

Mr Dhumal said the opening of 10-year-old case against Uma Bharti, removal of Governors of various states and failure to tackle the hostage crisis in Iraq had proved that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had no control over his ministers. Moreover, he had no control over the Chief Ministers of the Congress-led states. Dhumal predicted the fall of the UPA government due to its internal contradictions.

Meanwhile, the state BJP joint media in charge Rajendra Rana today hit out at the state government for being anti-employees.

In a statement here he said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had not implemented his election promise of merging 50 per cent of the DA of employees with their basic pay after elections. He sought comments of the Chief Minister on this issue.

Mr Rana alleged that instead of helping the employees, the state government had signed a death warrant for them in the shape of an MoU on fiscal reforms with the Central government. The MoU would render lakhs of young persons jobless, he added.Top

 

Chamera village to get facelift
Our Correspondent

Chamba, August 29
The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) is keen to give a facelift by providing the village-level basic amenities to Chamera village located in the environs of Chamera hydroelectric project (stage-II) on the Ravi in the district.

Stating this here today, Mr S.K. Dodeja, Executive Director of the NHPC, who is simultaneously the Chief Executive Director of the Narmada Hydroelectric Development Corporation, disclosed that since all the stages of the Chamera hydroelectric project had been named after Chamera village, which had now become a privileged village and had gained popularity across the country and abroad too, the NHPC was making endeavours to give a new lease of life to the village.

Regarding progress achieved in the Chamera village so far, Mr Dodeja claimed that the entire village had been provided with water supply. He said that the building of a primary school had been constructed. The construction of footpaths was another addition, Mr Dodeja said. Top

 

Brave man awaits official recognition
Chander Shekhar Sharma

Rudesh Mehra
Rudesh Mehra

Jangel (Hamirpur), August 29
Rudesh Mehra (32), is man of great courage and determination. He has saved the lives of about 14 persons from drowning during the past four years. However, his brave efforts have not been rewarded, as no official recognition except a commendation letter by former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has been given to him.

All promises made to him regarding a government job either in the Police Department or the Fire Brigade have proved to be hollow.

Rudesh is earning his livelihood by running a small grocery shop in this village, which is located on the left bank of the Beas. However, he is dissatisfied with the job. Rudesh is married and has a family consisting of his parents, wife and a brother.

Rudesh wants to perform any challenging job, especially in the police or the Fire Brigade. However, he has not been able to get any call from the state government in this direction.

Talking to The Tribune, Rudesh said, “I relish challenging tasks. Swimming is in my blood, and whenever I see or come to know that anyone is drowning in the Beas, I jump into the water to save the precious life.” Only last month, he saved two women from drowning in the river.

The brave acts of Rudesh Mehra made the Gram Panchayat of Jangel village to send a letter to the Hamirpur district administration for bravery award. Although he was invited at a national-level function in Hamirpur and given a commendation certificate, nobody recommended his case for bravery award.

Rudesh Mehra has no regrets for not getting any award. However, at times it pinches him a lot.

An official spokesman, when contacted, said that the case of Rudesh Mehra had been sent for bravery award to Shimla. However, what transpired later was not known. Will any government agency or same NGO come forward to help a courageous man like Rudesh Mehra?Top

 

IRB shifting not easy job
Our Correspondent

Hamirpur, August 29
The proposed move of the HP police to shift the second battalion of the India Reserve Force from Jangel Beri to Amtar village in Nadaun, Hamirpur district, seems to be a daunting task for the government in view of the reports that the people of the area and the HP State Cricket Association have opposed the move.

Incidentally, the gram panchayat pradhan belongs to the Congress. Moreover, the Amtar ground is also not a place where such a big force having a strength of more than 800 can be accommodated. At present, this ground is used by the HP Home Guards as its parade ground.

The HP State Cricket Association is also laying three pitches here to host district-level and Ranji Trophy matches to bring Hamirpur on the map of cricketing world. Cricket players of the area are also upset and they strongly opposed the move.

Earlier, there was a move to shift the batallion from Jangel Beri to Amtar and this move has already got the consent of the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh. This battalion was found at Jangel Beri during the previous BJP regime. The then Union Home Minister, Mr Lal Krishan Advani, had sanctioned this battalion for the Himachal Pradesh in general and Hamirpur district in particular.

A high-level team of the department had suggested its shifting from the present site to Amtar due to various reasons. The main reason was its location on the banks of the Beas.

The move is also considered political in view of its location in the assembly area of Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, former Chief Minister.

BJP leaders and workers of the Sujanpur and Bamsan areas of Hamirpur district are strongly opposed to shifting of the battalion. They term, this move as highly political.Top

 

Illegal debris dumping bane of highway
Ambika Sharma

Solan, August 29
Even as the illegal practice of dumping debris on the National Highway has created a number of sinking zones where valleys have been filled with mounds of mud, the National Highway Public Works Department (NH-PWD) is doing little to check the menace. What is alarming is the fact that buildings constructed on such unsafe land often collapse due to weak foundations endangering life.

On Thursday, a 12-year-boy was killed after being buried alive under a heap of debris at Kather village. Officials in the district administration as well as the NH-PWD have been shirking from their responsibility in checking the practice. The valley which provided an easy route to Kather village lying below was gradually converted into a permanent dumping site for the debris from the local marketing board building.

No official dared to check the contractor for dumping debris right across the road instead of its authorised site at Salogra located about 8 km away. This is despite the fact that the tender of dumping the debris had been awarded to the Shimla-based contractor at an inflated rate of Rs 195 per cc while the prevalent rate is Rs 45 per cc. Interestingly the second phase tenders for the same work were awarded at a rate of Rs 79 to another Solan-based contractor.

Despite incurring an expenditure as much as many as four times the prevalent market rate, the contractor failed to dump the debris at the authorized site. This created a large stretch of a sinking zone. The Basaal panchayat, too, failed to check the practice and instead formed a committee which started charging a sum of Rs 50 from each vehicle which dumped debris here converting it into a community dumping site for the entire town. Not only has a market of dhabas and small tea stalls sprung up at the site but it has increased the risk of debris giving way after heavy showers.

The NH-PWD executive engineer when asked to comment said since the area fell under a panchayat they had no jurisdiction. This is despite the fact that debris dumping on the national highway is supposed to be checked by the department. Another site where an HP Housing Board colony is coming up near Kandhaghat too, had ignored the actual dumping site and converted a valley into a dumping ground. Although a building constructed on a debris dumping site had collapsed leading to loss of life in 2001, the officials seem to pay no heed to enforcing norms on dumping debris at authorised sites.Top

 

VC asks scientists to assist livestock keepers
Our Correspondent

Palampur, August 29
Dr Jagmohan Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University, has called upon veterinary scientists to assist the livestock keepers in boosting their economy and providing them with the latest technical know-how. The Vice-Chancellor said this while addressing the gathering on the occasion of the oath-taking ceremony of 21 graduates of the local veterinary college yesterday.

He said the animal husbandry sector could play a vital role in boosting the farmers’ income specially in hilly and mountainous regions of the country.

The Vice-Chancellor said efforts should be made to produce all milk products as per international standard.Top

 

Environment protection project at Kol Dam inaugurated
Our Correspondent

Bilaspur, August 29
Mr K.B. Dubey, NTPC Executive Director (hydro region), inaugurated the Rs 84-lakh “Environment Protection Project” of Kol Dam Power House at Harnora, 35 km from here, yesterday.

The project General Manager of the Kol Dam, Mr T.K. Chatterji, Deputy General Manager (project) R. B. Pathak and senior officers of Gammon India Limited were present on the occasion. Mr Dubey said the environment would be protected by constructing a wall and wire crates near the power house and in the pan stock areas.

Later, Mr Dubey also inspected Gallery Number 12 and inaugurated it. He took stock of the diversion tunnel, hydro-mechanical package and work of main dam.Top

 

Stress laid on renewable energy
Our Correspondent

Chamba, August 29
“The state government is giving thrust on the renewable energy as an alternative to fossil fuels in consonance with the national opinion and efforts are being made to promote renewable energy, particularly in the rural areas, so that eco-friendly sustainable development is ensured,” said Mr Chaman Singh, Additional District Magistrate, while presiding over a meeting of the Integrated Rural Energy Programme (IREP) Coordination Committee here today.

He said efforts should be made to conserve energy which would go a long way in improving the environment.

He said promoting new and non-conventional energy resources through solar thermal and solar photovoltaic (SPV) energy has proved beneficial. As far as 1594 domestic SPV lights have been installed in Chamba district, besides 135 SPV streetlights had been installed in the district, he said.

He said 1726 SPV lanterns, 6592 pressure cookers, 1587 solar cookers, 2887 nutan stoves and 104 solar geysers had already been provided to potential beneficiaries.Top

 

Show-cause notice issued to SHO
Our Correspondent

Sundernagar, August 29
Mr Baldev Singh, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Sundernagar, has issued show-cause notice to the local Station House Officer for filing contradictory reports in the case pertaining to the challan of the official car of the BBMB Chief Engineer on November 28.

The local police had challaned the official vehicle of the Chief Engineer in BBMB Colony for filling the log book in advance. Interestingly when the log book was checked, it was found to be filled up to November 30, 2003, along with destination and meter readings verified by the official concerned. The police named the driver, Joginder Singh, as the accused. The challan of the vehicle was produced in the court of the additional Chief Judicial Magistrate.

When the challan was taken up for hearing, the court sought information on provisions of law under which the vehicle was challaned. Later, the police filed a report before the court that no offence was made out with the prayer to drop the proceedings. On this the court once again observed that the report filed by the police was incomplete. Now the police has filed a report that the offence against the driver was made out under Section 197 of the Motor Vehicles Act but the report was silent about the role of the official who verified the log book in advance.Top

 

Doctors seek restoration of increments
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, August 29
The Himachal Medical Officers Association here yesterday demanded restoration of post-graduate increments for specialist doctors and that the post of Additional Director be filled from medical cadre instead of appointing state civil service officers to the post.

Addressing a press conference after holding a state-level meeting, the doctors also sought provision for causality services and creation of trauma centres at all district headquarters in the state. The causality services will ensure that the services of the specialists are available during daytime also.

“Regarding the post of additional director, we feel that bureaucracy is eyeing the post of Director and non-appointment of person with medical background is a step in this direction,” said the medical officers.

It was also demanded that the seniority list of medical officers in the state should be revised at least every three years, “The present list has not been revised since 2000,” they said. The recent steps taken by the state health ministry, which include making separate vehicles available for doctors so that ambulances are not used to carry them, were also welcomed.

The association also appealed to the state government to take action against the chemists selling spurious drugs. “The doctors cannot do much in this regard but the government can ask its enforcing agencies to remove such medicines from the market by taking the Ministry of Drugs and Chemicals into confidence,” said the medical officers.

Those who participated in the meeting included Dr Naresh Gupta, Dr Ajay Dutta, Dr Gurdarshan Gupta, Dr K.K. Rattan and Dr Rajesh Guleri.Top

 

Three more suspected cases of scrub typhus
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 29
Three more persons with symptoms of scrub typhus, were admitted to Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) hospital during the past 24 hours. All three were having high-grade fever.

With this, the number of such patients brought to the hospital has gone up to 55. So far 28 cases have been tested positive for scrub typhus and four persons have died of the disease in the state.

Dr L.S.Pal, principal of the IGMC, meanwhile said that patients were responding to treatment.Top

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