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Move for doctors’ regularisation turned down
Shimla, June 27
The state government’s proposal for the regularisation of 500 doctors working on contract or on an ad hoc basis in the Health and Family Welfare Department has been turned down by the Personnel Department and the Law Department on the plea that only a policy decision in this regard applicable to all other departments can pave the way for such a move.

Students attack firm employees at Baddi
12 hurt, 20 booked; villagers block road
Baddi, June 27
Over a dozen persons were injured, three of them seriously, in a clash between a group of Institute of Engineering and Emerging Technology students and three employees of a private company here late last night.

Haryana traders rush for Solan tomatoes
Solan, June 27
With the Delhi Government fixing the price of tomato at Rs 20 per kg there has been a rush of wholesale traders from Haryana to the local market committee. As against the earlier trend of traders from Delhi buying tomato here, traders from Sonepat, Ambala, Panipat and other parts of Haryana have been lifting about 2,200 crates of tomato daily.

Labourer’s death: trouble for cops
Reckong Peo, June 27
The death of a Nepalese migrant labourer near Ribba village has landed the Kinnaur police and the local health authorities in trouble.

Landslide hits NHPC power house
Kulu, June 27
Seventy labourers had a narrow escape while debrise fell onto the main power house of the NHPC at Seund in Sainj of this district today morning.







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More powers for Lahaul-Spiti DM
Reckong Peo, June 27
The District Magistrate of Lahaul and Spiti has been empowered to exercise greater control over the entire district. The state government revealed this in a press note issued here today.

Organic manure now under fertiliser control order
Shimla, June 27
The Himachal Pradesh Government has brought organic manure under the fertiliser (control) order and made mandatory for manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers of all types of bio-fertilisers to obtain permission.

Anti-encroachment drive suspended
Shimla, June 27
The anti-encroachment drive, launched by the local Municipal Corporation (MC) to remove the illegal structures in the town, had to a be suspended due to a heavy rain this afternoon.

Police to check misuse of Press sticker
Kangra, June 27
The Kangra police has decided to get tough with people misusing Press sticker and using red lights atop their vehicles unauthorisedly.

K.K. Gupta is ST panel secretary
Shimla, June 27
Mr K.K. Gupta, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, has been appointed Secretary to the National Commission for Schedule Tribe.

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Move for doctors’ regularisation turned down
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 27
The state government’s proposal for the regularisation of 500 doctors working on contract or on an ad hoc basis in the Health and Family Welfare Department has been turned down by the Personnel Department and the Law Department on the plea that only a policy decision in this regard applicable to all other departments can pave the way for such a move.

The Health and Family Welfare Department had chalked out an elaborate proposal for one-time regularisation of these doctors, a majority of whom had been working on contract or on an ad hoc basis in various health institutions.

It had been decided that after the case of these doctors was settled, further appointments would be made strictly on a contract basis.

The eight Assistant Professors whose regular appointment had been struck down by the high court and the lecturers working on contract at the Indira Gandhi Medical College would have benefited in case the proposal had been given the go-ahead by the departments.

The government was willing to change the Recruitment and Promotion Rules so that these eight doctors and others on contract could be regularised.

These departments had reasoned that posts on a regular basis could only be filled by following the proper procedure through the state public service commission.

“They have reasoned that in case regularisation of doctors is done, persons working on contract in other departments will seek regularisation”, said a senior official.

It had also been pointed out that 50 per cent of the over 500 posts of doctor which had to be filled should be done directly through the state public service commission and the remaining from among the General Duty Officers posted in the field.

Great significance was being attached to this proposal of the Health and Family Welfare Department as the eight doctors working as Assistant Professor at the medical college who had specially been regularised by the government would have been regularised.

Their appointment had been quashed by the high court and after failing to get a favourable decision from the Supreme Court against this decision, their case had been taken up along with that of other doctors by the department.

At present, there were at least 1,100 doctors in the department who were regular.

Since the cadre was of about 1,600 doctors, at least 500 doctors had to be regularised.

The Director, Health and Family Welfare Department, Dr M.L. Mahajan, said he was not aware of any such move and the Secretary might be aware of it.

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Students attack firm employees at Baddi
12 hurt, 20 booked; villagers block road
Bipin Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service

Baddi, June 27
Over a dozen persons were injured, three of them seriously, in a clash between a group of Institute of Engineering and Emerging Technology students and three employees of a private company here late last night.

According to sources, the problem started when a group of over six students indulged in arguments with three employees of a pharmaceutical company at a dhaba — Delhi Darbar — located on the Baddi-Nalagarh road at about 11 pm. Both the parties had been to the dhaba for dinner.

The arguments resulted into a scuffle later. In the meantime, one of the students telephonically informed his friends staying in a hostel of the institute.

Armed with steel rods, batons, stick and other sharp-edged weapons, over 200 students descended at the dhaba and started thrashing the dhaba employees and other customers, including the employees of the pharmaceutical unit, indiscriminately. High drama was witnessed for almost an hour.

While narrating the sequence of the episode, Mr Vicky, a victim, said that the armed students smashed all utensils, glasses, windowpanes and furniture.

The dhaba owner, Vikram Sethi, a resident of Fatehgarh Sahib in Punjab, claimed that besides damaging all the furniture, eatables, bottles of soft drinks and other goods inside the dhaba, the unruly mob also smashed the windowpanes of the first floor of the building. They even ransacked the entire dhaba and looted the cash box before fleeing the spot.

The mob broke both legs of Arjan, a cook, while Sushil, Sanjay, Shazad Khan, Praveen, Vikram and Vicky, employees of the dhaba, sustained serious injuries, claimed Mr Sethi.

After receiving information, two vehicles of the police force reached the spot and brought the situation under control. The police also detained a couple of students from the spot.

Up in arms against the incident, a large number of villagers today assembled in front of the main gate of the institute and blocked the Baddi-Nalagarh road for hours. They allegedly manhandled some of the staff members, including the college director, who tried to intervene.

Raising slogans against the mismanagement by the institute authorities, scores of villagers lead by Mr Jeet Ram, president of Malpur village, and other political parties demand police action against the college management and the students. The protestors virtually took over the main gate of the institute thus, restraining some of the students from appearing in their examinations.

Taking a serious view of the incident, the Deputy the incident, the Deputy Superintendent of the Police Sandeep Dhawal, raided the hostel in the noon and paraded the students before the dhaba owner and other villagers.

The irate villagers manhandled the institute director and secretary, Mr J.C. Chadha, and Mr Gaurav Jhunjhunuwala, as they came in support of the students. This reportedly happened in presence of the DSP and his police force. The situation was again beyond control as the DSP directed to arrest assailants, eyewitnesses claimed.

The protestors could be cooled down with the intervention of the local MLA Lajja Ram who also held the institute management responsible for the incident and the institute management accepted to bear the cost of the damages.

The Baddi police has booked over 20 students, including Nikhil (Ropar), Rohit (Patna), Viney and Robin of Kangra, Abhishek Samit, Somdev, Chirag Thakur, Naveen and 11 others. A case under Sections 374, 323, 149 and 427 of the IPC has been registered against them but no arrest has been made in this pretext as yet.

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Haryana traders rush for Solan tomatoes
Our Correspondent

Solan, June 27
With the Delhi Government fixing the price of tomato at Rs 20 per kg there has been a rush of wholesale traders from Haryana to the local market committee. As against the earlier trend of traders from Delhi buying tomato here, traders from Sonepat, Ambala, Panipat and other parts of Haryana have been lifting about 2,200 crates of tomato daily.

Being the chief cash crop of Solan, about1.4 metric tonnes of tomato is produced here annually. With as much as 4,000 hectares area under tomato crop, a majority of the agrarian community here is engaged in its cultivation. The farmers, while condemning the price fixation, said they would incur heavy losses if the fixed rate was not rolled back. They added that when the market rate had crashed to an all time low of 50 paise last year, the government never bothered to fix any such rate to safeguard their interests. But now when the crop was selling at a higher price such a rate had been fixed to spoil their prospects of making bargains.

With the tomato season having set in, the local market committee was receiving 2,200 crates of tomato daily. “The amount of tomato received today was as much as 3,500 crates and the entire crop was bought by traders from Haryana”, informed an official of the marketing board. The decision of the Delhi Government has come as a blessing in disguise to the traders from Haryana who after buying tomato from here would sell it in Delhi at higher rates.

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Labourer’s death: trouble for cops
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Reckong Peo, June 27
The death of a Nepalese migrant labourer near Ribba village has landed the Kinnaur police and the local health authorities in trouble.

Suspecting murder, contrary to the views of the Kinnaur police, that has shown it as an accident in the case file, the Himachal Pradesh High Court at Shimla and the National Human Rights Commission have taken up the case on the basis of separate complaints of relatives of the deceased.

The high court has asked the crime branch of the Himachal Pradesh police to furnish records and initiate a fresh probe into the matter.

The postmortem examination report of the deceased does not bear the signature of the medical official who conducted the postmortem examination, according to sources in the crime branch.

The crime branch authorities had met Superintendent of Police Arvind Sharda and officiating Chief Medical Officer Dr R.K. Negi last week and discussed the matter.

The health authorities had so far been unable to trace the doctor who had conducted the postmortem examination, according to sources in the Health Department.

Efforts were on to trace the doctor concerned.

Details had been summoned from the medical officer under whose jurisdiction the area where the incident had taken place fell.

According to police records, the labourer fell off a rock face on the national highway on October 24 and received fatal injuries on his head and multiple injuries on his body.

The police had initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC, but had not gone deep for a further probe, which had raised doubts in the minds of relatives and friends of the deceased.

Apprehending murder, they had approached the high court and the commission separately on the grounds that the medical authorities were hand-in-glove with the police to hush up the matter.

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Landslide hits NHPC power house
Subhash Sharma

Kulu, June 27
Seventy labourers had a narrow escape while debrise fell onto the main power house of the NHPC at Seund in Sainj of this district today morning. It was learnt that seventy persons were working in night shift while the first landslide took place around midnight, these workers refused to work in that atmosphere. Sources at Seund said that part of mountain slided today early morning damaging a portion of the main power house being constructed by Gammons India Ltd for the NHPC. Mr A.K. Mishra, General Manager, Parbati Hydro Electricity Power Project Phase II (NHPC) said it was a natural phenomena. He did not answer the question about the estimated loss due to the landslide but told that the loss would be assessed by experts. Mr B.D. Sharma, General Manager, Gammons, said they were working according to the design given by the NHPC and would continue after experts assess the loss and suggest the design.

Meanwhile villagers of four villages Dahra, Shulga, Rumra and Bagidhar were worried about the landslide as these villages have gone under threat due to the landslide. Mr Room Singh Thakur, pradhan gram panchayat, Railla said they have been requesting the NHPC authorities to look into the cracks developing in the upper areas of the main power house since 2004. He alleged that the authorities did not heed their requests. Mr Laje Ram Sharma, ward panch said that the first landslide happened on 16th April, 2004 and today was the sixth. Villagers also approached the media and news items about the cracks were published many times. 

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More powers for Lahaul-Spiti DM
Tribune News Service

Reckong Peo, June 27
The District Magistrate of Lahaul and Spiti has been empowered to exercise greater control over the entire district. The state government revealed this in a press note issued here today.

Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, took a decision in this regard while reviewing the progress of various developmental activities in a meeting of the officials of the district administration at Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district today.

The CM said the communication system had improved considerably and time had come when entire district needed to be administered by a single authority in majority of cases. He claimed that the district had a single line administration system, which had proved to be most successful.

He said that a 4 MW Thirot Hydropower project would be made completely functional by getting all the generators repaired by the BHEL engineers. The project in its full capacity would meet the local power requirement and also feed the adjoining areas. He said that the power supply system would be improved in the valley and uninterrupted power made available to consumers all round the year. Underground power cable between Koksar and Gufa hotel would be replaced to ensure alternate power supply to the valley, he added in the press note.

The Chief Minister was of the view that speedy road construction was required in the valley keeping in mind the limited working season. He said that all the link roads needed to be mettled in a time bound manner. He also directed the authorities to complete the Jobrang bridge on priority.

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Organic manure now under fertiliser control order
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 27
The Himachal Pradesh Government has brought organic manure under the fertiliser (control) order and made mandatory for manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers of all types of bio-fertilisers to obtain permission. The step will go a long way in checking the supply of spurious and substandard bio-fertilisers, which have flooded the market.

The Central Government has fixed three standards of organic fertilisers (city compost, vermi compost and press mud) and four of bio fertilisers (rhizobium culture, azotobector, azosprillum and phosphate solubilishing bacteria). These have been incorporated as fertiliser in the fertiliser (control) order.

Dr J.C. Rana, Director of Agriculture, informed that his department had been notified as the Registering Authority and Notified Authority.

For seeking permission for manufacturing organic fertiliser and bio-fertiliser, the applicants would be required to deposit fees at the rate of Rs 1,000 per grade. For a wholesale dealer, the application should be submitted on Form-A-1 (in duplicate) with source certificate (Form-O) along with fees of Rs 2,500 and for retailers Rs 500. The permission would be valid for three years and would have to be renewed before the expiry of the period.

Those already in the business of manufacturing and selling fertiliser, micro-nutrients and mixture of micro-nutrients and those intending to manufacture and sell these organic fertilisers and bio-fertiliser would also have to get amended their authorisation. To ensure and check the quality of these organic fertilisers, samples would be drawn by Notified Inspectors at regular intervals and analysed in the notified laboratories.

Carrying out the business of manufacturing and selling bio-fertilisers and organic fertilisers without permission would be a contravention of the fertiliser order and attract penal action under the Essential Commodity Act.

The government has given one month’s time for registration with the notified authority and obtaining permission.

The order will not be applicable to farmers who produce organic manure for their own use.

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Anti-encroachment drive suspended
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 27
The anti-encroachment drive, launched by the local Municipal Corporation (MC) to remove the illegal structures in the town, had to a be suspended due to a heavy rain this afternoon.

The MC staff, in the presence of police personnel, today removed five RCC multi-storeyed structures in the Shankali area. The owners of these “dharas” (illegal structures) raised slogans against the government and the MC officials while trying to stop the eviction process. Women, who had gathered in large numbers, tried to disrupt the demolition drive.

There are a total of 25 illegal structures in Shankali where eviction notices have been issued by the Forest Department. The MC intends to remove these structures before June 30.

Out of a total of 134 “dharas” where eviction notices have been issued, the MC has removed more than 80. There are more than 900 encroachments on forest land in the town and over 5,000 on forest, revenue and other government land within the state capital.

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Police to check misuse of Press sticker
Our Correspondent

Kangra, June 27
The Kangra police has decided to get tough with people misusing Press sticker and using red lights atop their vehicles unauthorisedly.

Mr A.K. Yadav, Kangra district police chief, said the police had received a number of complaints regarding this.

He said his department had asked for a list of accredited journalists and they only would be allowed to use word Press on their vehicles. He said people would be challaned and legal action would be taken against the defaulters.

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K.K. Gupta is ST panel secretary
Tribune News Service

Shimla, June 27
Mr K.K. Gupta, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, has been appointed Secretary to the National Commission for Schedule Tribe.

He will take up the new assignment next month.

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