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7 HAS officers served notices
Found guilty of negligence in duty
Reckong Peo, July 11
Seven officers of the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services (HAS) have been found guilty of negligence in duty, leading to financial losses to the tune of Rs 48 lakh while they were posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs)-cum-Land Acquisition Collectors (LACs) at Kalpa in Kinnaur district from the period 1997 to 2004.

Heads of offices did not attend meeting
Chamba, July 11
Despite a government directive, heads of offices of the Education Department, the Cooperative Department, the District Rural Development Department, Himurja, certain executive engineers of the Public Works Department and certain Divisional Forest Officers of the Forest Department operating in Chamba district did not attend today’s meeting of Scheduled Castes sub-plan which was presided over by the Additional District Magistrate Mr Chaman Singh.

Six housing board houses sinking
Kangra, July 11
Half a dozen houses have started sinking in Housing Board Colony here following land erosion due to heavy rains and absence of a retaining wall on the newly constructed bypass.

Tanda medical college to introduce 2 PG courses
Dharamsala, July 11
The Health Department has decided to introduce postgraduate courses in medicine and surgery at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Tanda.

IIAS Director’s post may not be filled soon
Shimla, July 11
The prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) here is likely to remain without a regular Director for quite sometime.




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Power generation resumes at Nathpa
Chandigarh, July 11
Hot and humid conditions prevailed in the north-west region as monsoon remained active in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana today.

HP to create 35,000 jobs this year
Rampur Bushahr, July 11
The Himachal Government has opened 994 new educational institutes in the state during the past three years, out of which 884 have been made functional.

2 Nepali youths held for theft
Solan, July 11
Two Nepalese youths, Naveen (18) and Deep Bahadur (19), who had come to get themselves recruited at the 14 Gorkha Training Centre (GTC), were arrested by the Kunihar police today for stealing gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 66,000 from the house of Raghuvir Singh of Gaon Nagar village in Arki tehsil.

Strike by bank employees
Shimla, July 11
Officers and employees of the Central Bank of India observed a complete strike today in support of their demands.

7-yr-old drowned
Solan, July 11
Vikram Singh (7) was drowned when he jumped into a water tank to take a bath while playing with his friends at Dugnihar village, near Kunihar, yesterday.



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7 HAS officers served notices
Found guilty of negligence in duty
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Reckong Peo, July 11
Seven officers of the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services (HAS) have been found guilty of negligence in duty, leading to financial losses to the tune of Rs 48 lakh while they were posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs)-cum-Land Acquisition Collectors (LACs) at Kalpa in Kinnaur district from the period 1997 to 2004.

Confirming this, Dr Amandeep Garg, District Magistrate of Kinnaur, said the district administration, acting upon the orders of the District and Sessions Judge, had issued notices to these officers and a couple of employees of the Revenue Department for the recovery of the amount.

The HAS officers against whom notices of recovery had been issued are Sanjiv Bhatnagar, R.K. Sharma, Gopal Chand, Manmohan Sharma, Rohit Jamwal, Anupam Kashyap and P.K. Thakur. Giving details of the case, the DM said that a huge piece of land was

acquired by the SDM-cum-LAC from the tribal people for handing over the same to the Jaypee group of companies to set up a run-through reservoir in Sangla valley in the early 1990s, and subsequently an award was announced regarding the price of the land offered to the tribal people.

Not satisfied with the amount offered to them, as many as 28 tribal families

objected to the award announced by the then SDM-cum-LAC. They moved the District and Sessions Court for the review of the award. The court referred back all these land reference cases in the year 1997 to the then SDM-cum-LAC for a review.

Instead of reviewing these land reference cases, the files pertaining to the award already announced and subsequent orders of the court were dumped in the SDM-cum-LAC office without taking any action for about seven years, till the year 2004.

The aggrieved tribal families again approached the District and Sessions Court for justice. The court, after hearing their plea, ordered the district administration of Kinnaur to recover the interest at the rate of 15 per cent per annum on the award announced for the period 1997 to 2004 from all those HAS officers who remained as SDM-cum-LAC and other employees of the Revenue Department by fixing their responsibility, said Dr Garg.

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Heads of offices did not attend meeting
Our Correspondent

Chamba, July 11
Despite a government directive, heads of offices of the Education Department, the Cooperative Department, the District Rural Development Department, Himurja, certain executive engineers of the Public Works Department and certain Divisional Forest Officers of the Forest Department operating in Chamba district did not attend today’s meeting of Scheduled Castes sub-plan which was presided over by the Additional District Magistrate Mr Chaman Singh.

Taking strong exception to the absence of the heads of offices of these departments, the ADM stated that these officers were required to attend this meeting. He said that the meeting was attended by the subordinate employees of these departments which was a matter of great concern. He warned that he would take up the matter with the state monitoring cell of the Scheduled Caste sub-plan.

The ADM said that the special component plan had been renamed as Scheduled Caste sub-plan and for the effective implementation and execution of the plan at the district level, the Animal Husbandry and Urban Development Minister, Mr Harsh Mahajan, would be the chairman and the Deputy Commissioner vice-chairman of the district-level implementation and review committee which was formed recently. All the MLAs of the district would be its members. 

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Six housing board houses sinking
Our Correspondent

Kangra, July 11
Half a dozen houses have started sinking in Housing Board Colony here following land erosion due to heavy rains and absence of a retaining wall on the newly constructed bypass.

Mr Satish Bassi, president of the Housing Board Allottees Association, told The Tribune today that the PWD made a bypass adjacent to the colony without constructing a retaining wall to protect the houses against any damage.

He said heavy rains during past one week had resulted in land erosion making the houses to sink. He alleged that he requested the Executive Engineer, PWD, for constructing a retaining wall, but nothing was done and now the residents of the colony were facing danger. Mr Bassi said that houses of Mr Jaswant Verma (85) and Mr Govind Verma (84) were at the brink of collapse. The worst sufferers were house No 82 to 87.

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Tanda medical college to introduce 2 PG courses
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, July 11
The Health Department has decided to introduce postgraduate courses in medicine and surgery at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Tanda.

Dr N.K. Kaushik, Principal of the college, said the plan was to introduce MD and MS courses soon after the attached hospital of the medical college became functional within five or six months.

He said MD courses in the diagnostic disciplines of anaesthesia and radiology were likely to be introduced in the first phase and MS courses in gynaecology and surgery and an MD course in medicine could be next in line.

The introduction of postgraduate courses would help in improving quality of teaching services and lead to a better academic environment on the campus, he said.

Dr Kaushik added that the Health Department had approved the decision.

The hospital had been given permanent recognition by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for its undergraduate courses last year and it would now have to apply for approval for its postgraduate courses.

Once granted, the MCI approval would be effective with retrospective effect, said a senior doctor.

Objections regarding the absence of a neo-natal intensive care unit and the congestion in out-patient department and wards had been taken care of in the new attached hospital.

The MCI had found health services at the Government Zonal Hospital lacking on various fronts.

The hospital had been running postgraduate Diplomat of National Board of Examination (DNB) courses in anaesthesia and radiology.

For taking up teaching, a DNB degree holder was required to have one extra year of teaching experience.

Medical students felt that the pass percentage in the DNB was low and students preferred MD and MS courses. DNB courses were easier to start and the MCI had put stringent conditions for approving MS and MD courses.

Most medical colleges which had the postgraduate courses did not go in for DNB courses, said a resident doctor.

The 500-bed attached hospital had been built with a budget of Rs 55 crore and the hospital would have 17 operation theatres, including seven minor operation theatres, with OPDs of major departments having fire-fighting and fire-detection facilities, controlled air-conditioning and lifts.

It would have a blood bank facility with a separate blood component centre and the medical college would be equipped with an advanced trauma centre. The area of the complex was over 40 hectares and the project, with a budget of Rs 115 crore, would have an air-conditioned auditorium, a seminar room and a guest house.

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IIAS Director’s post may not be filled soon
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 11
The prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) here is likely to remain without a regular Director for quite sometime.

Hopes of an early selection of the next incumbent to the post were raised when the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development reconstituted the three-member search committee set up earlier and inducted two more members so that it conformed to the new policy and procedure for appointments in autonomous institutions laid down by the Government of India. A meeting of the committee was fixed for June 29 but it failed to meet. As per the policy, all appointments in institutions wholly or substantially funded by it would come under the purview of Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), including those posts which combined the functions of Chief Executive and Chairman. It had directed all the departments to amend the recruitment and promotions rules accordingly.

So far no initiative has been taken to amend the article of associations and the recruitment and promotion rules of the institute. As per the procedure the Government of India amends the rules on the recommendation of the governing body. However, no initiative has been taken by the governing body in this direction. It is not clear whether a new search committee will have to be set up after making the necessary amendments to the rules or the existing panel would suffice.

Dr Bhalchandra Mungekar, chairman of the governing body, maintains that the process is on and the post would be filled soon. 

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Power generation resumes at Nathpa

Chandigarh, July 11
Hot and humid conditions prevailed in the north-west region as monsoon remained active in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana today.

Monsoon rain pounded several areas in Himachal Pradesh since last night, plummeting the temperature and triggering landslides in mid-hills.

Tourist resorts of Wildflower Hall, Kufri, Naldehra and Narkanda in Shimla district and the key tourist place of Manali in Kullu district also experienced rain.

Heavy rain lashed Naudan town in Hamirpur district, recording 123 mm of rainfall till this morning. Una, Bhuntar, Sundernagar, Rampur, Sujanpur Tira and Shimla also had moderate rainfall.

Torrential rains disrupted life in Hamirpur district, triggering landslides and washing away fertile land at several places in the district, met and official sources said today.

Widespread loss to crops, houses, fertile land and irrigation and water supply schemes was reported from the Nadaun area of the district after receiving 123 mm of rainfall during the past 24 hours.

The entire area was under five to six feet of water after receiving the heaviest rainfall of the season, destroying maize crop in the Tillu area, besides cutting off the road link with the Barssal panchayat, official sources said.

Landslides on the Hamirpur-Mandi national highway disrupted traffic in the Kolhoosidg area of the district.

All rivers in Himachal Pradesh, including the Beas and the Sutlej and their tributaries, were in spate following torrential rains in their catchment areas two days ago.

Power generation at the 1,500-MW Nathpa-Jhakri hydel project in Shimla district, which remained suspended for three days due to silt following rise in the water level in the Sutlej, was resumed today, a report from Shimla said.

Several areas in Haryana, including Ambala, Karnal, Naranaul and Panchkula, were lashed by moderate rain. Hisar recorded 23.1 mm rainfall, Kalka 18.0 mm, Nelokheri 5.4 mm and Rohtak trace rainfall.

In Punjab, Nangal was the wettest place recording 88.0 mm of rainfall till morning. Ludhiana reported 0.2 mm rainfall. People sweated under humid climatic conditions at Amritsar and Patiala as the humidity level touched 90 per cent at both these towns.

People in Chandigarh also experienced humid conditions with the city reporting trace rainfall. — UNI

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HP to create 35,000 jobs this year
Tribune News Service

Rampur Bushahr, July 11
The Himachal Government has opened 994 new educational institutes in the state during the past three years, out of which 884 have been made functional.

This was claimed by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a public gathering at Khooni-Panoli in the Rampur Bushahr area yesterday after laying the foundation stone of a government senior secondary school building to be constructed at a cost of Rs 90 lakh.

Adding that the state government had accorded top priority to the education sector, he said the need-based educational training institutes were being opened to strengthen the existing network of over 15,000 educational institutes in the government sector. The government was focusing on consolidation of the education system, he said.

He said the government was according priority to solve the unemployment problem in the state by exploring avenues of employment and self-employment. He claimed during the past three years about 30,000 job avenues were created in the government sector alone, while 35,000 more would be made available during the current financial year.

The Chief Minister announced upgradation of Government Primary School, Panibassa, to middle school and promised a water supply scheme and a link road in the area.

The Food, Civil Supplies and Horticulture Minister, Mr Singhi Ram, said a number of poverty alleviation programmes were under implementation in the state for the uplift of the people living below the poverty line. He said such families were being provided ration at cheap and subsidised rates.

The Chief Minister laid the foundation stone of a lift water supply scheme for the Gahan group of villages to be constructed at a cost of Rs 25.30 lakh. He announced that all the forest rest houses would be renovated and opened to tourists to promote adventure and nature tourism in a big way.

He announced upgradation of Government High School, Pagalti, to senior secondary school and directed the PWD authorities to take over the Kharahan-Gahan via Majethi road from the Forest Department.

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2 Nepali youths held for theft
Our Correspondent

Solan, July 11
Two Nepalese youths, Naveen (18) and Deep Bahadur (19), who had come to get themselves recruited at the 14 Gorkha Training Centre (GTC), were arrested by the Kunihar police today for stealing gold ornaments and other valuables worth Rs 66,000 from the house of Raghuvir Singh of Gaon Nagar village in Arki tehsil.

The police said the youths, after being declared unfit for recruitment on July 3, travelled in search of job towards Kunihar. Raghuvir Singh of Nagar village hired them a week before to tend to the maize crop. They were provided lodging space near the fields.

They broke open the lock of his house and decamped with the valuables, including two gold bangles, a gold pendant, three rings, one “mangalsutra”, a ladies watch, etc., in a VIP suitcase.

The police, which had registered a case under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC, started looking out for the miscreants immediately.

Nakas were set up and a massive hunt was launched. They were finally nabbed about 3 km away from Nagar village late last night.

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Strike by bank employees
Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 11
Officers and employees of the Central Bank of India observed a complete strike today in support of their demands.

The agitating employees assembled before the Regional Office and staged a demonstration against the management.

The main demands include restoration of bilateralism for resolving issues, review of transfers of office-bearers of the union in violation of norms and discontinuation of benefits under the staff welfare schemes .

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7-yr-old drowned

Solan, July 11
Vikram Singh (7) was drowned when he jumped into a water tank to take a bath while playing with his friends at Dugnihar village, near Kunihar, yesterday.

The children playing with him raised the alarm when they saw him getting drowned. A group of Nepalese workers, who were working nearby, pulled him out of the tank. He was taken to Darlaghar hospital where he was declared brought dead. — OC

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