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Cloudbursts in Sangla valley, Runang
Reckong Peo, August 4
As intermittent rains continue in most parts of the tribal district of Kinnaur, there were reports of more cloudbursts in the Sangla valley and the Runang area between Tapri and Rogi villages near Reckong Peo, district headquarters of Kinnaur.
Toe-cutting by the Sutlej has posed danger to the Bailey bridge of Kharo situated on the Hindustan-Tibet road in Pooh subdivision of Kinnaur district. Toe-cutting by the Sutlej has posed danger to the Bailey bridge of Kharo situated on the Hindustan-Tibet road in Pooh subdivision of Kinnaur district. — Photo by writer

5 die in road mishaps
Shimla, August 4
Five persons were killed in an accident when the vehicle in which they were travelling fell into a 200-metre deep gorge at Suknu Tapir near Bharmaur, 60 km from Chamba yesterday, reports reaching here said.

e-pension disbursal system launched
Shimla, August 4
Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, launched the e-Pension Disbursal System which would enable the 74,029 retired employees to draw pensions direct from local banks enlisted by the state government. He said that a pilot project was started in Solan district which proved successful after which it had been extended to the entire state.

 






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Y.S. Parmar remembered
Shimla, August 4
Launching the birth centenary celebrations of the first Chief Minister and architect of Himachal, Dr Y.S. Parmar, Mr Virbhadra Singh said today that functions would be held all over the state.

Opinions page: Parmar: Proud pahari and able leader

VC’s effigy burnt
Mandi, August 4
The SFI, the CPM-backed students outfit, today burnt an effigy of the vice-chancellor, HP University, in the Post-Graduate college campus and demanded his resignation as he has failed to protect the interests of the students following the recent paper leakage in the HP-CPMT-2006.

Council report misleading: minister
Shimla, August 4
Mr Ram Lal Thakur, Forest Minister, and Mr B.B.L. Butail, MLA, have termed the report of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) regarding shortcomings in Rajiv Gandhi Rajkiya Government Ayurvedic Postgraduate College, Paprola, as misleading and asserted that the inspection team did not assess the infrastructure availability objectively.

CM to open tunnel tomorrow
Larji (Mandi), August 4
A new traffic tunnel on National Highway-21, will be thrown open to public by the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, on August 6.

2 labourers buried alive
Kumarhatti, August 4
The two migrant labourers were buried alive while one sustained serious injuries when a sand mine caved in near Darlaghat this morning. The incident took place at Dhamog village on the Darlaghat- Shimla national highway 8 about 3 km from Darlaghat.

 

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Cloudbursts in Sangla valley, Runang 
Kulwinder Sandhu
Tribune News Service

Reckong Peo, August 4
As intermittent rains continue in most parts of the tribal district of Kinnaur, there were reports of more cloudbursts in the Sangla valley and the Runang area between Tapri and Rogi villages near Reckong Peo, district headquarters of Kinnaur.

One mutilated body floating in the Baspa rivulet, a tributary of the Sutlej, was found by the local police from a reservoir of the Baspa-II hydropower project at Kupa in Sangla valley.

Sources in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) stated that a company of the 17th Battalion which was returning from Chitkul to Reckong Peo, the battalion headquarters, after routine exercise last night had a narrow escape at Kharogala nullah in the Sangla valley.

On hearing the news of the cloudburst, the District Magistrate of Kinnaur, Dr Amandeep Garg, along with other officials of the administration rushed to the spot today to monitor the situation.

Preliminary reports revealed that a portion of the road near Kharogala nullah had also been washed away in the flash flood, cutting off, Chitkul by road from the rest of the country.

Another report of cloudburst yet to be confirmed by the district authorities has come from Runang area between Tapri and Rogi villages, blocking the old Hindustan-Tibet road. This road is an alternative route being used by light motor vehicles in emergency for reaching Reckong Peo.

Meanwhile, there were no signs of the JCB bulldozer which fell into the Sutlej last evening. Bodies of the two labourers of the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) could not be found.

However, the GREF personnel had resumed traffic on the Hindustan-Tibet road temporarily by filling the damaged portion of the road and the bridge with huge boulders and rocks, revealed Col M.L. Kom, Officer Commanding of the 68 RCC of the GREF.

Dr Garg told The Tribune that the situation was under control and there was nothing panicky about the possibility of flash floods in Sutlej

Sutlej and all its tributaries were still in spate with a considerable rise in water level during the past 24 hours.

Another cloudburst has occurred near Tabo in Kinnaur district.

Confirming this, Dr Amandeep Garg, District Magistrate of Kinnaur, told The Tribune that the water level in the Spiti river had further increased due to this cloudburst.

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5 die in road mishaps

Shimla, August 4
Five persons were killed in an accident when the vehicle in which they were travelling fell into a 200-metre deep gorge at Suknu Tapir near Bharmaur, 60 km from Chamba yesterday, reports reaching here said.

The ill-fated Tata Sumo was moving towards Chhota road when it suddenly went off the road and plunged into the gorge, eye-witnesses said. The deceased were identified as Anup Kumar, Gotu, Chhanga Ram, Manoj Kumar and Kishori Lal, residents of Pansei village.

Tehsildar, S.R. Kapoor said the bodies of the victims had been handedover to their relatives after a post-mortem examination and a relief of Rs 20,000 had also been provided. — PTI

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e-pension disbursal system launched
Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 4
Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, launched the e-Pension Disbursal System which would enable the 74,029 retired employees to draw pensions direct from local banks enlisted by the state government.

He said that a pilot project was started in Solan district which proved successful after which it had been extended to the entire state. It would save both time and money of the retired persons who had been drawing pensions from the treasuries so far.

Mr Virbhadra Singh said that under the new scheme the Pension Payment Orders would remain with the district treasuries and every pensioners would be able to draw his pension through a bank branch which had been designated as Pension Disbursement Authorities (PDAs) and no cash disbursal would be carried by the treasuries.

He said that privacy aspect had also been taken care of. The pensioners would be getting web-interface break-up of twelve months for filing their Income Tax returns and their grievances would also be redressed through e-mail facilities. He said that the banks were also being equipped to undertake the new system successfully and deliver pensions efficiently on first day of every month. 

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Y.S. Parmar remembered
Tribune Reporters

Shimla, August 4
Launching the birth centenary celebrations of the first Chief Minister and architect of Himachal, Dr Y.S. Parmar, Mr Virbhadra Singh said today that functions would be held all over the state.

The Chief Minister planted a Christmas tree on the Ridge in this regard. He along with his ministerial colleagues, Congress leaders, councillors, Mayor and senior officials paid floral tributes at the statue of Dr Parmar on the Ridge.

Mr Virbhadra Singh unveiled the portrait of Dr Parmar at the meeting hall of the state Assembly. He released the video CD produced by the Department of Information and Public Relation and Vidhanmala on Dr Parmar.

NAHAN: Dr Y.S. Parmar was remembered by residents of Sirmaur district on his birth anniversary on Friday.

To mark the occasion the Sirmour Congress Committee organised a function at Congress Bhavan where Congressmen of the district paid tributes to the “creator and builder of modern Himachal Pradesh.

Dr Parmar was also remembered at a poetic symposium. It was organised by the Himachal Pradesh Art Culture and Language Academy in collaboration with the Haryana Urdu Akademi here at the municipal hall.

The NSUI took out a rally and distributed sweets in the town.

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VC’s effigy burnt
Tribune News Service

Mandi, August 4
The SFI, the CPM-backed students outfit, today burnt an effigy of the vice-chancellor, HP University, in the Post-Graduate college campus and demanded his resignation as he has failed to protect the interests of the students following the recent paper leakage in the HP-CPMT-2006.

The SFI activists made a round of the college campus and raised slogans against the government and the VC, demanding his resignation. The high court has passed its verdict and results cancelled, but the VC has not resigned so far, they pointed out.

The leaders alleged that the state government was making false promises to the students and protecting the corrupt.

Pointing out their pending demands, the SFI leaders said that the law classes and boys hostel facilities are yet to be started despite promises after promises.

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Council report misleading: minister

Shimla, August 4
Mr Ram Lal Thakur, Forest Minister, and Mr B.B.L. Butail, MLA, have termed the report of the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) regarding shortcomings in Rajiv Gandhi Rajkiya Government Ayurvedic Postgraduate College, Paprola, as misleading and asserted that the inspection team did not assess the infrastructure availability objectively.

They said here today that the report was factually incorrect, biased and politically motivated. The objections were of general nature and vague and sought to target areas which had not been mentioned in previous inspections.

The government was committed to upgrading the hospital to 200 beds and improve the library and laboratory, for which the Finance Department had given special grants to the ayurveda department.

Departmental promotions conducted seven years ago were now being questioned and the eligibility of senior lecturers was being perceived as a violation of norms. 
— TNS

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CM to open tunnel tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Larji (Mandi), August 4
A new traffic tunnel on National Highway-21, will be thrown open to public by the Chief Minister, Mr Virbhadra Singh, on August 6.

Work on the 2809 metres long and 7.6 metres wide tunnel, approved by the Ministry of Surface Transport, began in 2003 and has been completed at a cost of Rs 43 crore.

The tunnel has been designed and constructed by engineers of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board.

Talking to The Tribune, the Chief Engineer (Civil), Larji project, Mr Arun Sharma, said the traffic tunnel has two foot paths and four by-lanes- on both sides to meet any emergency.

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2 labourers buried alive
Our Correspondent

Kumarhatti, August 4
The two migrant labourers were buried alive while one sustained serious injuries when a sand mine caved in near Darlaghat this morning. The incident took place at Dhamog village on the Darlaghat- Shimla national highway 8 about 3 km from Darlaghat.

At the time of mishap, three labourers were involved in digging work inside the mine. The sand suddenly gave way, giving little time to labourers to react. The bodies of Ramesh Bahadur and Narian Bahadur were recovered after removing the sand. 

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