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Miss Tibet to work for Panchen
Lamaís release

Dharamsala, October 16
Tsering Chungtak The newly crown- ed Miss Tibet-2006, Tsering Chungtak, said she would take up the cause of saving the Panchen Lama, who had gone missing in 1995, at the age of six.


Tsering Chungtak

Singhi Ram to face action if charges proved, says CM
Dharamsala, October 16
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh here today said action could be taken against Horticulture Minister Singhi Ram in case the charges against him were proved.

Mandi to have centre for drug addicts
Mandi, October 16
The Mandi Lok Sabha MP, Mrs Pratibha Singh, yesterday said that the rehabilitation centre for treatment of the drug addicts would set up in the Mandi Zonal Hospital soon.


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Second case of dengue fever reported
Nurpur, October 16
The second case of dengue fever in the state has been reported from Jawali subdivision. Rahul (5), son of Rakesh Chouwdhry, a resident of Thanger village in Farian gram panchayat in Jawali subdivision, who has been suffering from high fever, was admitted to the Community Health Centre (CHC), Jawali.

Schedule for revision of electoral rolls
Shimla, October 16
Mrs Manisha Nanda, Chief Electoral Officer, today announced the schedule for special summary revision of photo electoral rolls with reference to January 1, 2007, as qualifying date in respect of Kinnaur (ST), Arki, Doon, Nalagarh, Kasauli (SC) and Solan constituencies.

Purchase of chairs raises eyebrows
Nurpur, October 16
The purchase of 12 luxury chairs by the local Civil Hospital authorities through Asptal Kalyan Samiti (AKS) by paying Rs 2 lakh has raised eyebrows as the AKS fund collected from the patients is purely meant for welfare of patients.

Runway of Bhuntar airport to be extended
Kulu, October 16
The length of the runway of Bhuntar airport would be extended by 500 feet by the state government to enable bigger aircraft to carry full load of passengers. This was announced by Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, at the airport while inaugurating the Air Deccan flight today.

Medical college for Hamirpur likely
Hamirpur, October 16
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh yesterday said that the government was considering setting up a medical college in Hamirpur district.

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Miss Tibet to work for Panchen Lamaís release
Vibhor Mohan
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, October 16
The newly crowned Miss Tibet-2006, Tsering Chungtak, said she would take up the cause of saving the Panchen Lama, who had gone missing in 1995, at the age of six.

"As we all know that Panchen Lama is the youngest political prisoner. I'm really going to raise my voice for him and I want people to support me. No one knows where Panchen Lama is. I'm really going to campaign for his release," said the 21-year-old beauty, after being crowned at the finale of the pageant in McLeodganj last night by last year's winner Tenzin Nyima.

"Though I'm too excited to say anything, I definitely realize that the crown comes with a huge responsibility," she added.

Tsering is a sociology student at the Delhi University and is also a part-time model. She said she would like to continue her studies despite winning the crown.

Born in Shillong, she is an alumnus of lower-Tibetan Community Village School and is presently in her second year. She wants to serve her community.

Tsering took lead over the four other contestants right from the start as she won the Internet voting round, scoring 1740 votes out of the total of 3,909 votes cast.

The pageant, she said, was a way of preserving the Tibetan culture and traditions. "The contest is a message to the world that Tibet is not a part of China," she said.

Held in the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), the finale of the Miss Tibet-2006 contest drew a large crowd of local Tibetan youth.

Local Tibetan artistes, however, gave a traditional touch to the contest with some foot-tapping numbers in Tibetan and English. A rib-tickling mimicry of Bollywood stars kept the audience spellbound despite the chill.

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Singhi Ram to face action if charges proved, says CM
Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, October 16
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh here today said action could be taken against Horticulture Minister Singhi Ram in case the charges against him were proved.

He was reacting to allegations against Mr Singhi Ram that he had amassed assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The Chief Minister was addressing a press conference after taking stock of the arrangements being made in connection with AICC chief Sonia Gandhi's visit to Dharamsala on October 30.

Answering a question about a local deity in Kinnaur summoning him in connection with the Karcham-Wangtoo project, Mr Virbhadra Singh said: "He was willing to visit him as a devotee, but cannot go and discuss the project as a Chief Minister."

Maheshwar Devta, a deity in the area where the 100-MW project is proposed to come up, had reportedly summoned the Chief Minister to hold discussions with him before a go-ahead could be given to the project.

He said the BJP should stop playing politics by raising such issues to put hurdles in the development projects.

He said the rozgar guarantee scheme, which was already on in Chamba and Sirmaur, was likely to be introduced in Kangra, Mandi and Shimla districts as well.

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Mandi to have centre for drug addicts
Tribune News Service

Mandi, October 16
The Mandi Lok Sabha MP, Mrs Pratibha Singh, yesterday said that the rehabilitation centre for treatment of the drug addicts would set up in the Mandi Zonal Hospital soon.

Addressing a gathering at the Red Cross Mela organized by the Mandi district Red Cross society after dedicating the Rs 2.40 lakh Physiotherapy unit, Rs 1.10 lakh PFT unit, a lung test facility and the "cloth bank" for patients at the Red Cross Bhavan, Mrs Pratibha Singh said the physiotherapy unit and others facilities would benefit patients and urged residents to come forward to help the needy patients. The DC of Mandi and president, district Mandi Red Cross Society, Mr Subhasish Panda, said the society had given Rs 1.77 lakh for treatment of 10 persons hurt in the acid attack incident, donated 28 wheel chairs, 13 tricycles, 24 hearing aids, 33 walking sticks and seven artificial limbs last year.

Mrs Pratibha Singh later distributed old age pension to over 13 beneficiaries, hearing aids to five hearing impaired persons and six wheel chairs to the physically challenged.

She also awarded the small savings Him Saurabh first prize, a Santro car to Mr Anshul Sharma from Hamirpur and the second prize, a Maruti car, to Ms Vedica Duggal from Shimla.

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Second case of dengue fever reported
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, October 16
The second case of dengue fever in the state has been reported from Jawali subdivision. Rahul (5), son of Rakesh Chouwdhry, a resident of Thanger village in Farian gram panchayat in Jawali subdivision, who has been suffering from high fever, was admitted to the Community Health Centre (CHC), Jawali.

The doctors referred the patient to the R.P. Medical College, Dharamsala. But the parents of the child shifted him to the PGI, Chandigarh.

According to Dr Anil Mahajan, Block Medical Officer Gangath, the test of dengue fever conducted on him was declared positive by the PGI yesterday.

According to information, the preliminary clinical test of the patientís blood sample was found to be positive in a private clinic at Pathankot.

Earlier, the first case of dengue fever was reported in Nagrota Surian town in Jawali subdivision when Vikram Mehra, working in a private company in Delhi, was admitted to the Primary Health Centre, Nagrota Surian, on October 7.

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Schedule for revision of electoral rolls
Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 16
Mrs Manisha Nanda, Chief Electoral Officer, today announced the schedule for special summary revision of photo electoral rolls with reference to January 1, 2007, as qualifying date in respect of Kinnaur (ST), Arki, Doon, Nalagarh, Kasauli (SC) and Solan constituencies.

Preparation of list of identification particulars of each village, main area, localities, societies or blocks in a colony would be carried out up to October 22, 2006, and draft photo electoral rolls would be published on October 23. Claims and objections could be filed up to November 14.

Special campaign dates for receiving claims and objections would be October 28 and 29 and November 11 and 12, 2006. Claims and objections would be disposed and photography of residual and new electors would be done between November 15 and December 16, 2006. Preparation and printing of supplement of additions, deletions and corrections would be done up to February 10, 2007, and final photo electoral rolls would be published on February 15, 2007.

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Purchase of chairs raises eyebrows
Our Correspondent

Nurpur, October 16
The purchase of 12 luxury chairs by the local Civil Hospital authorities through Asptal Kalyan Samiti (AKS) by paying Rs 2 lakh has raised eyebrows as the AKS fund collected from the patients is purely meant for welfare of patients. Even the store in charge of the 100-bed Civil Hospital wrote to the higher authorities regarding poor quality of the luxury chairs for which the AKS had paid an exorbitant price. Intriguingly, the store in charge, Dr M.K. Saxena, who raised the issue before the department was first removed as store in charge and then shifted from the hospital and sent on deputation.

When contacted, the then store in charge, Dr Saxena, revealed that he had complained to higher authorities but the department had not taken any action so far for alleged misuse of the AKS fund for purchasing luxury chairs. ďEven the payment was released on March 31 in haste without checking the quality of the chairs which were supplied after one month,Ē he confirmed. He informed that the hospital had already purchased 75 chairs two years back through the AKS fund.

Dr J.S. Chandel said the department had ordered the Senior Medical Officer, Palampur, to initiate an inquiry.

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Runway of Bhuntar airport to be extended
Our Correspondent

Kulu, October 16
The length of the runway of Bhuntar airport would be extended by 500 feet by the state government to enable bigger aircraft to carry full load of passengers. This was announced by Mr Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, at the airport while inaugurating the Air Deccan flight today.

The Chief Minister said land for the same had been acquired. He expressed concern over the indifference of the Airport Authority of India and its parent department for not providing better facilities for the past 35 years at Bhuntar airport. He said on one hand the extension of the airstrip was needed and, on the other, the navigational facilities were to be improved. He said he would approach the Minister of Civil Aviation for the installation of instruments like the instrumental landing system (ILS) at Bhuntar.

Capt G.R. Gopinath, Managing Director of Air Deccan, said the airline had started with one aircraft and now was operating 270 flights everyday. He urged the Chief Minister for getting the runway extended and said the airline would operate three flights a day to Kulu. He said once the runway was extended the aircraft could carry more passengers and the tariff would automatically come down.

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Medical college for Hamirpur likely
Tribune News Service

Hamirpur, October 16
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh yesterday said that the government was considering setting up a medical college in Hamirpur district.

He made this remark after laying the foundation stone of the lift water supply scheme at Awah Devi in Bamsan segment of Hamirpur district.

Addressing a public meeting at Camboh after inaugurating Government Senior Secondary School, Mr Virbhadra Singh said it was during the Congress regime that Hamirpur area was declared a separate administrative unit.

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