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State chapter of PRSI launched
Shimla, February 18
The Himachal chapter of the Public Relations Society of India was launched here today. This is the 34th chapter of the society. The Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, Prof L.R. Verma, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Supplementary Budget okayed
Shimla, February 18
The state Cabinet today approved the supplementary Budget and the Governor’s Address for the Budget session of the Assembly, commencing on February 21.

HPCC chief hurt in accident
Shimla, February 18
The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) chief, Ms Viplove Thakur, was injured when her car met with an accident near Shoghi on the Kalka-Shimla highway late last night.

Assembly Secy summoned by SCW
Shimla, February 18
The State Commission for Women (SCW) has summoned the Secretary of the Vidhan Sabha, Mr J.R Gazta, in a case pertaining to allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a woman employee of the Assembly.



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State chapter of PRSI launched
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 18
The Himachal chapter of the Public Relations Society of India (PRSI) was launched here today.

This is the 34th chapter of the society. The Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University, Prof L.R. Verma, was the chief guest on the occasion.

Professor Verma said in the present global scenario, public relations professionals have to update themselves with the latest information and skills. “It is the PR professional who plays a vital role in communicating objectives of the organisation,” he said.

He added that the setting up of the Himachal chapter of the PRSI had come at a time when there was a growing need for promoting professionalism. “I welcome the PRSI to associate with the Journalism Department of the university so that professional skills can be imparted to students,” he said.

Mr Samir Goswami, national president of the PRSI, said the society had been formed five decades ago for the benefit of the PR practitioners. He informed that the society had a membership of more than 3,000 all over the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr B.D. Sharma, Chairman of the Himachal chapter, thanked the Chandigarh chapter for extending support in launching the Himachal chapter.

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Supplementary Budget okayed
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 18
The state Cabinet today approved the supplementary Budget and the Governor’s Address for the Budget session of the Assembly, commencing on February 21.

The meeting which was chaired by the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, here today also discussed the controversial Ford ski village project, which is facing opposition from the ‘devi-devatas’ of the Kullu valley. The Chief Minister, however, clarified that he had already expressed his opinion on the issue.

Majority of the items on the agenda have been deferred for the next Cabinet meeting scheduled for February 21. The issue of the Jakhu aerial ropeway, setting up of private universities and framing a policy for issuing permits for plying of vehicles in the sealed and restricted areas of the capital was put off.

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HPCC chief hurt in accident
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 18
The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) chief, Ms Viplove Thakur, was injured when her car met with an accident near Shoghi on the Kalka-Shimla highway late last night.

The accident took place when the official car of Ms Thakur rammed into a Haryana Roadways bus after it skidded due to diesel spilled on the road. Ms Thakur sustained head injuries and was rushed the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) here.

The accident took place at about 10 pm when she was returning from Chandigarh in her official car. She is also the Chairperson of the State Commission for Women.

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Assembly Secy summoned by SCW
Tribune News Service

Shimla, February 18
The State Commission for Women (SCW) has summoned the Secretary of the Vidhan Sabha, Mr J.R Gazta, in a case pertaining to allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a woman employee of the Assembly.

Mr Gazta has been asked to appear before the commission on February 25. Prior to this, the SCW had written to the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Gangu Ram Musafir, seeking his opinion on the allegation.

After failing to get any response from the Speaker, the SCW asked Mr Gazta to appear before it.

The Speaker had already referred the matter to the committee, constituted specially to deal with cases pertaining to exploitation of women at work place in the Vidhan Sabha.

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