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Ensure credit to the needy: Governor
Shimla, June 23
Mr V.S. Kokje, Governor, who inaugurated a state-level bankers committee meeting here today, stressed that state government agencies and banks should work in collaboration and formulate schemes that could generate employment and provide credit facilities to the needy.

Fatal mishaps up in HP
Palampur, June 23
The sudden increase in road accidents in Himachal Pradesh in the past few days has caused serious concern among the common passengers. It has once again put a question mark on the passenger safety and functioning of the state Transport Department. Every third day a motor mishap is reported in the state.

PSU staff not to get DA benefit
Shimla, June 23
Most of the public sector undertakings (PSUs) in the state will be denied the benefit of the merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance with the basic salary with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, making it clear that the government would not provide any financial support to meet the additional burden.

Two results of single PMT
Una, June 23
Resentment pravails among students who appeared in the PMT examination conducted by HP University as the university declared the result of this examination on June 3 and supplied the marksheets to the students on June 6 but on June 17, it again published a fresh result with a large number of changes in marks. The merit was also changed.







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Water charges to go up
Shimla, June 23
Water charges in the urban areas are set to go up sharply with the Irrigation and Public Health Department increasing the rate for bulk supply to the local urban bodies.



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Ensure credit to the needy: Governor
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 23
Mr V.S. Kokje, Governor, who inaugurated a state-level bankers committee meeting here today, stressed that state government agencies and banks should work in collaboration and formulate schemes that could generate employment and provide credit facilities to the needy.

He said that floriculture, herbiculture, bio-technology and organic farming were the emerging sectors and these needed financial inputs for qualitative extension.

He said there was need for an increase in the flow of credit for these activities.

Emphasising the importance of small-scale industries, the Governor said the rural and cottage industries in the state had also helped in generating employment at the grassroots.

He said there was need for adopting a pro-active approach by NABARD and NGOs to develop skills among rural artisans.

Mr S.S. Parmar, Chief Secretary, said efforts should be made to ensure kisan credit cards to maximum farmers.

He stressed the need for relaxation of norms for providing loans to the farmers and other people to start their avocations.

Mr Yogesh Khanna, Additional Chief Secretary-cum-Secretary, Finance, stressed for observing accountability while providing services to the people.

He asked the bankers to prepare themselves to face the challenges

ahead in the banking system.

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Fatal mishaps up in HP
Ravinder Sood

Palampur, June 23
The sudden increase in road accidents in Himachal Pradesh in the past few days has caused serious concern among the common passengers. It has once again put a question mark on the passenger safety and functioning of the state Transport Department. Every third day a motor mishap is reported in the state.

According to official figures, over 138 persons have lost their lives in different road mishaps in the state during the past three months. The situation is quite alarming.

Tall claims made by the state government to check motor accidents in are only confined to files and nothing worthwhile has been done to ensure passenger safety. Though the state government is well conversant with the situation that 98 per cent of the total population of the state is dependant on road transport but passenger safety has completely been neglected.

In most of the mishaps private buses, maxi cabs and taxis are involved. It seems the state government has not learnt any lesson and it is still granting permits to private transporters on wholesale basis merely on political considerations, without looking into the conditions of roads where the vehicles are to be plied.

Though there has been a manifold increase in the number of light and heavy vehicles over the past five years, state and inter-state traffic has also gone up, but the width of most of the roads is the same as it was 20 years ago. The state government has taken various steps for widening of the roads but very little improvement has been made in this field so far. Most of such projects have been hanging fire. The condition of internal roads is the worst where frequent bus accidents take place.

According to official figures, between 1998 and 2005, over 4,599 persons in the state have lost their lives in different road accidents, while over 29,221 were either injured or have become disabled. The state has a high rate of accidents because of its difficult topography and narrow roads.

Another factor responsible for the sharp increase in bus accidents is attributed to corruption in the traffic and licensing wings of the Transport Department. No proper rules and regulations are followed for issuing driving licences.

Almost after every accident the state government orders a probe into causes of accident, but no follow-up action is taken on the reports. Sometimes vital issues are brought out in the reports by the inquiry officers, but the reports remain confined to files.

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PSU staff not to get DA benefit
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 23
Most of the public sector undertakings (PSUs) in the state will be denied the benefit of the merger of 50 per cent dearness allowance with the basic salary with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, making it clear that the government would not provide any financial support to meet the additional burden.

Talking to mediapersons, he said the decision was very clear that those PSUs, which were in a position to bear the additional financial burden, could go ahead with the merger of the dearness allowance. The government would not give any subsidy to them for the purpose.

With 18 out of 24 PSUs in the red and a few registering nominal profits, hardly any PSU will be in a position to give the benefit to its employees.

He also said the stand of the government regarding the implementation of the pension scheme was also the same. The PSUs which had the necessary resources could introduce the scheme.

Some PSUs had introduced the scheme, but the government would not provide any funds to make up for the losses, he said.

A commercial organisation must run on commercial lines and should not be allowed to become a government department, he said. Instead of wasting energy on agitations, the employees should strive hard to improve the functioning of their organisations, he added.

The government was keen to improve the working of loss-making PSUs. If the effort failed to yield the desired results, the government would try to amalgamate them with other PSUs. The closure of a PSU would be the last resort.

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Two results of single PMT
Our Correspondent

Una, June 23
Resentment pravails among students who appeared in the PMT examination conducted by HP University as the university declared the result of this examination on June 3 and supplied the marksheets to the students on June 6 but on June 17, it again published a fresh result with a large number of changes in marks. The merit was also changed.

Mr Hari Om Bhanot, district spokesperson of the local BJP, said as per the result declared on June 3, and June17, some of the changes were as under: Roll no. 10535 secured 558 but it was increased to 576, roll no. 15901 got 558 but it too was increased to 577. Roll no. 14159 got 559 and later 586, roll no. 12276 got 555 and later 578, 15145 secured 556 and later 571, 14784 got 552 and later 576 and 13277 got 553 which was increased to 572.

He demanded a probe into the matter.

According to information, some parents and students today left for Shimla to meet the university authorities.

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Water charges to go up
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 23
Water charges in the urban areas are set to go up sharply with the Irrigation and Public Health Department increasing the rate for bulk supply to the local urban bodies.

The rates for the bulk supply to the Shimla Municipal Corporation and the Solan Municipal Committee has been doubled from Rs 4 per kilolitre to Rs 8 per kilolitre. The rates for other municipal bodies will now be charged at Rs 4 per kilolitre. The rates will be increased by 10 per cent every year.

The rate for the rural areas has been kept at the existing rate of Rs 10 per tap per month but for every additional tap Rs 10 will be charged instead Rs 5 per tap per month.

The new rates will be effective from June 1.

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Parwanoo faces water shortage
Our Correspondent

Parwanoo, June 23
The town is facing a severe shortage of potable water these days. The water discharge in the Kaushalya river that provides water supply to the town has reduced drastically.

The situation could worsen in the coming days as the water discharge in the river was declining at an alarming rate. As against the normal daily pumping out of water from the river of 8 lakh gallon, the Housing Board is only managing to pump out 4 lakh gallon daily.

The average daily consumption of the town, having over 2,200 tap connections, is over 8 lakh gallon in summer.

Six water tankers have been providing 72,000 litre of water daily in the town.

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Virbhadra turns 71

Shimla, June 23
Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, turned 71 today.

A large number of well-wishers from all walks of life greeted him on his birthday.

The Governor, Mr V.S. Kokje, Union ministers, and Members of Parliament, greeted the Chief Minister telephonically.

A large number of people assembled at his official residence Oak Over and the office to greet him. TNS

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Brother shot over land dispute

Dharamsala, June 23
A resident of Indora was today shot dead by his brother over a land dispute.

According to the police, the complainant, Ravi Kumar, has given a statement that his two brothers, Vishambar Singh and Yodh Raj, had a heated altercation and soon Yodh Raj lost temper and shot at Vishambar Singh, killing him on the spot. The police has registered a case. TNS

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