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Indifference of IGMC docs
Shimla, March 25
If you happen to be a poor patient who has no connections, donít be surprised if doctors at the Indira Gandhi Medical College here instead of healing your wounds prefer to refer you to PGI, Chandigarh, simply because you are a nobody.

Nahan development plan approved
Shimla, March 25
The state government has notified the revised development plan for Nahan town, emphasizing the need for land pooling reconstitution and taking up major projects on a public-private partnership basis.

BSP to launch anti-graft drive
Nurpur, March 25
Himachal Pradesh Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP has decided to launch a statewide anti-corruption drive on April 5. At a meeting of BSP leaders which was presided over by the state BSP general secretary, Mr Vijay Kumar here yesterday, it was decided that the first phase of the campaign would be launched from Nurpur Assembly constituency.

MC resumes drive against encroachment
Shimla, March 25
As part of the drive to remove encroachments from forestland, the local Municipal Corporation today demolished 60 dharas (unauthorized structures) in the town.


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Woman booked for cheating
Baddi, March 25
A woman, Santosh Kumari, hailing from a village in Una district was booked under Section 420 of the IPC at Barotiwala police station yesterday. The police registered a case after Mr Surender Madhuvani, a resident of Housing Board Colony here, lodged a complaint in a court and alleged that he was duped by the woman.

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Indifference of IGMC docs
Tribune News Service

Shimla, March 25
If you happen to be a poor patient who has no connections, donít be surprised if doctors at the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) here instead of healing your wounds prefer to refer you to PGI, Chandigarh, simply because you are a nobody.

For 26-year-old Nepali labourer, Raju, who suffered brain haemorrhage after he fell at work, todayís experience at the IGMC couldnít have been more traumatic.

The indifference of the doctors can be gauged from the fact that the attendants of the patient were told that Raju was being referred to Chandigarh as the neurosurgeon, Dr R.C. Thakur at the IGMC was on one-month leave.

The doctors on duty even gave it in writing to the attendants that the neuro surgeon was on leave while he was very much in the hospital at that point of time. Raju was referred to the IGMC from Mandi zonal hospital, where he was brought yesterday after he fell from a retaining wall while at work in his village, Gehra in Dharampur sub-division of Mandi district.

Hailing from Nepal, Raju who has no family members or relatives was brought here by some locals who wanted to save him. He suffered brain haemorrhage due to serious head injury and has fractured his arm, besides other minor injuries.

Despite Raju being in a critical condition, who has also been getting fits every now and then, doctors at the IGMC did not attend to him. When some other people present in the hospital requested the doctors to attend to Raju, they were told that they should not bother much.

Instead of examining Raju, who was brought to the IGMC at 6 am today, resident doctors at the IGMC decided to refer him to PGI, Chandigarh, knowing very well that neither he has the means nor attendants to take him there. Despite an ambulance being there in the hospital, request by the attendants to the Red Cross for the ambulance to take Raju to Chandigarh were also turned down saying that it was not available.

It was only when the people present in hospital raised a hue and cry about the insensitivity and uncaring attitude of the doctors that Raju was admitted to unit III of General Surgery under Dr Anil Malhotra after the intervention of the Medical Superintendent.

The Principal of IGMC, Dr Surender Kashyap, when contacted, said that that he would look into the matter as it was very wrong on the part of the doctors to behave in such an irresponsible manner.

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Nahan development plan approved
Tribune News Service

Shimla, March 25
The state government has notified the revised development plan for Nahan town, emphasizing the need for land pooling reconstitution and taking up major projects on a public-private partnership basis.

The Cabinet, in its last meeting, approved the revised development plan for Nahan, for a target population of 38,000 till the year 2021. The total planning area of the town is 799 hectares, dividing the town into three sectors meant for commercial, residential and industrial use.

Basically being a dead town, which is growing at a very slow pace, a total of 287 hectares would be for used for development use. A total of 103 hectares has been earmarked for public, traffic and transportation, government and other services. The earlier development plan for the town was made in 1994.

As per the revised development plan, the workshops would be shifted on the Nahan-Paonta road and more parking spaces will be created. A wholesale market will be constructed on the Nahan-Kala Amb road.

A total of Rs 12.50 crore has already been spent on beautification of the town and providing various services under the Integrated Development of Small and Medium Towns. Under this project, shops have been constructed and parking slots created.

The two major works undertaken under this project are the water augmentation scheme worth Rs 9.34 crore and solid waste management project worth Rs 49 lakh. A sum of Rs 50 lakh was spent on the pucca tank.

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BSP to launch anti-graft drive
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, March 25
Himachal Pradesh Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP has decided to launch a statewide anti-corruption drive on April 5. At a meeting of BSP leaders which was presided over by the state BSP general secretary, Mr Vijay Kumar here yesterday, it was decided that the first phase of the campaign would be launched from Nurpur Assembly constituency. Mr Balwant Singh, state president of the BSP, would launch this drive from here on April 5.

A press statement issued jointly by the BSPís state general secretary and local units of Nurpur, Guler, Shahpur said the BSP would expose rampant corruption in revenue, forest and food and civil supplies departments. The government officials, who are enjoining the services of daily wagers for their domestic jobs illegally, would also be exposed by the BSP. The BSP leaders have demanded the government should make it mandatory to display list of government fees for getting copies of revenue record entries in all offices of patwaris and kanungos.

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MC resumes drive against encroachment
Tribune News Service

Shimla, March 25
As part of the drive to remove encroachments from forestland, the local Municipal Corporation today demolished 60 dharas (unauthorized structures) in the town.

The MC and the district administration jointly undertook the demolition drive. These dharas included 34 in the Police Lines at Kaithu and 26 in Chungi Khana, near Annadale.

There are over 916 encroachments on forestland within the town, which the MC intends removing as part of the drive against unauthorised structures. Following a Supreme Court order the MC was earlier forced to suspend its drive.

Now when two months time given by the Supreme Court is over, the MC has decided to get the encroached forestland vacated. It was on the directions of the High Court that the MC had launched the drive against people who have encroached on forest, PWD and revenue land.

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Woman booked for cheating
Our Correspondent

Baddi, March 25
A woman, Santosh Kumari, hailing from a village in Una district was booked under Section 420 of the IPC at Barotiwala police station yesterday. The police registered a case after Mr Surender Madhuvani, a resident of Housing Board Colony here, lodged a complaint in a court and alleged that he was duped by the woman.

The police said Surender had struck a deal with Santosh Kumari for buying a plot number 891 for the construction of a hotel at Katha village near Barotiwala. This deal was made for Rs 14.25 lakh and an initial payment of Rs 3 lakh was made to her at the time of the agreement. However, plot had already been sold to another party. Mr Surender learnt about the deal when he went to take possession of the plot.

The police said a litigation had been filed in the court against this deal.

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Jeep mows down flock of sheep
Our Correspondent

Kangra, March 25
Twentyfour sheep were killed and the shepherd and 15 sheep were injured in a road accident today, the police said.

The Kangra district police chief Mr. S. P. Singh said here today the sheep were crushed to death and the shepherd injured , when a jeep (HP39-A-1304) mowed down a flock of sheep.

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AITUC to stage dharna on March 30

Baddi, March 25
The AITUC will stage a dharna outside state Vidhan Sabha on March 30. This was stated by Mr Jagdish Bhardwaj, chief of the state unit of the AITUC. He said over 10,000 AITUC workers would take part in the dharna. The state government had failed to protect the rights of workers. He alleged that the government had hand in glove with industrialists. The workers were being harassed and under paid. OC

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