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9 labourers buried alive in landslide near Shimla
Shimla, October 14
As many as nine labourers were buried alive and three injured in a huge landslide near Mulgi bridge on the Basantpur-Kingle road, 115 km from here, today.

Panel on 1952 notification submits report
Shimla, October 14
A high-power committee constituted by the state government to examine the status of the notification of 1952 regarding declaration of forest and wasteland in the state and suggest measures so it could be put to bonafide use for carrying out developmental activities, submitted its report to the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, here today.

HC nod to ban on stir by doctors, paramedical staff
Shimla, October 14
The Himachal Pradesh High Court today approved government rule banning strikes of doctors, students and paramedical staff in hospitals and medical colleges of the state. It declared hospital premises as zones of peace.

Youth enjoy the seasonís first snowfall in Narkanda, 65 km from Shimla, on Thursday. Youth enjoy the seasonís first snowfall in Narkanda, 65 km from Shimla, on Thursday. ó Photo by Anil Dayal


 

 

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  Jogindra bank branch closed down
Solan, October 14
Even as the Parwanoo branch of the Jogindra Cooperative Bank is embroiled in a controversy involving overdraft payment of Rs 58 lakh, its other branch located in the Marketing Board here closed operations after one and a half years of its inception.

3 held for theft
Solan, October 14
The police has arrested Shankar Lal (25), a resident of Jania village in Shimla district, last evening and recovered stolen electronic items from him.

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9 labourers buried alive in landslide near Shimla
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 14
As many as nine labourers were buried alive and three injured in a huge landslide near Mulgi bridge on the Basantpur-Kingle road, 115 km from here, today.

All deceased and the injured persons belonged to Jharkhand. They were working for a Chandigarh-based contractor, Mr K.C. Sharma, on a link road.

In all 14 labourers were sleeping in makeshift shelters by the roadside at the time of the incident.

They did not get any time to move out as the massive landslide triggered by three days of incessant rain came without any warning.

While two labourers, Kingi Maji and Bablu, escaped unhurt, three others got stuck in debris and sustained injured.

They have been identified as Vimal Saran, Jagan Nath and Vimal Marandi. All of them have been admitted to Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital, here.

JVC earthmovers were deployed to remove the debris and by the evening all nine bodies were recovered.

The SDM, Mr O.P. Kant, and the ASP, Mr Jagat Ram, rushed to the site to supervise the relief and rescue operations.

A medical team, headed by local block medical officers also reached the spot.

Those injured have been given Rs 3,000 each as immediate relief.

The bodies were being brought to IGMC hospital for the postmortem.

The deceased have been identified as Naresh, Ravi Anjan, Patil Kumar, Jali Ram, Babu Manji, Hem Lal, Pansar Marandi, Lali and Bappan.

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Panel on 1952 notification submits report
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 14
A high-power committee constituted by the state government to examine the status of the notification of 1952 regarding declaration of forest and wasteland in the state and suggest measures so it could be put to bonafide use for carrying out developmental activities, submitted its report to the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, here today.

Mr Dhani Ram Chaudhary, chairman of the committee, submitted the report to the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister directed the department concerned to examine the report in detail and take necessary steps on priority so that it could be got approved from the empowered committee constituted by the Supreme Court.

He said the notification issued in 1952 was not published in the state gazetteer. The forest areas were needed to be redefined and explained keeping in view all aspects. He said a large number of development projects, especially roads, were held up due to the notification vide which most of the government land had been brought under the fold of forest and wasteland. He said this had hampered the pace of development in the state and many villages were getting deprived of road connectivity. 

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HC nod to ban on stir by doctors, paramedical staff
Legal Correspondent

Shimla, October 14
The Himachal Pradesh High Court today approved government rule banning strikes of doctors, students and paramedical staff in hospitals and medical colleges of the state. It declared hospital premises as zones of peace.

The order came on a PIL, wherein it has been alleged that strikes, slogan-raising and gate meetings on hospital premises, particularly at the IGMC Hospital, cause inconvenience to patients.

The High Court was adjudicating the petition pertaining to the facilities at the IGMC Hospital, Shimla.

In another petition, the High Court again referred the matter to the government to take decision on installation of the MRI facility in the Indira Gandhi Medical College.

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Vinod Kumar Gupta and Mr Justice Arun Kumar Goel, asked the government that when the premier health institution of the state was lacking basic facilities, would it be appropriate to spend a huge amount on the purchase of MRI machine.

The Bench further asked that when an MRI machine was available in the market for Rs 2 crore why the government was purchasing a machine of worth Rs 7 crore.

The Secretary Health, told the court that the government was purchasing the machine keeping in view its long life. But he agreed to the courtís observation that such technologies were becoming obsolete in few years.

The Bench advised the state government to take appropriate steps to improve the facilities in the IGMC.

A report filed pursuant to courtís directions revealed that every department of the IGMC was lacking necessary basic facilities. IGMC even did not have Intensive Care Unit (ICU) whereas basic infrastructure in the Anaesthesia, bio-chemistry and cardiology sections was lacking.

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Jogindra bank branch closed down
Our Correspondent

Solan, October 14
Even as the Parwanoo branch of the Jogindra Cooperative Bank is embroiled in a controversy involving overdraft payment of Rs 58 lakh, its other branch located in the Marketing Board here closed operations after one and a half years of its inception. Yet another branch, located at the Shamti area of the town, was proposed to be shut down in a recent resolution passed by the bankís committee some time back.

Sources in the bank said the marketing committee branch, which was inaugurated by former marketing committee chairman, Virender Kashyap in December, 2002, could hardly manage deposits of Rs 15,000-30,000. Operating from the boardís premises at a monthly rent of Rs 5,000, the branch could not even manage to earn profit which could cover the salaries of the staff.

The chairman of the bank, Mr Mohan Mehta, said the marketing committeeís branch had been opened by the BJP without giving a thought on its viability. Since it incurred no profit and invited little deposits, the decision to close it had to be taken by the committee. He, however, added that though the Shamti branch was proposed to be shifted to Kotla Nullah, but since the branch generated business worth Rs 1 crore, the proposal had been scrapped.

Mr Mehta evaded queries about initiating any immediate action against the erring branch manager of the bankís Parwanoo branch on the plea of being away at Shimla but added that the matter would soon be looked into.

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3 held for theft
Our Correspondent

Solan, October 14
The police has arrested Shankar Lal (25), a resident of Jania village in Shimla district, last evening and recovered stolen electronic items from him.

Police officials said he had confessed to have committed burglary in the house of a housing board resident G.P. Chadda in July this year. His interrogation revealed that he had been residing in various parts of the district since the past 5-6 years and had worked as a salesman at Hema Agency, Solan, and as a marketing executive with a Deoghat-based S.S. and Company.

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