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Party time
Hill towns are getting ready to cope with the onslaught of the New Year Eve revellers, says Kuldeep Chauhan
The mood for celebration is all set at the Naldehra Chalets.
The New Year Eve revellers from across the country are making a beeline for the hill stations of Manali and Shimla, to celebrate hopefully a merry “White” New Year, ringing out the “black spots” of 2006.
WELL TABLED: The mood for celebration is all set at the Naldehra Chalets.

Holiday haven
When the earth rose to kiss the sky, mountains were formed: The mystique, grandeur and beauty of these glorious monuments of Mother Nature has forever lured the romantic at heart.


Shimla’s six statues
Among the statues of national leaders in Shimla, that of Lala Lajpat Rai is the first. On Lalaji’s death in 1928, Arya Swarajya Sabha Punjab, Lahore decided to erect a statue in his memory. Mahatma Gandhi and Moti Lal Nehru jointly laid the foundation stone of its pedestal on December 25, 1929 at Golbagh.

Shimla Diary
United colours of Christmas
The Christmas celebrations in the “queen of hills” were an elaborate affair this year. The festivities commenced a week before the big day and the programmes had an unusual sufiana flavour, which is not associated with a Christian festival.

Nobody loves me, I am nobody’s child    
Apathy of officialdom is proving to be the bane of the Childline launched to protect the rights of hill children, says Pratibha Chauhan

Ease traffic: HC
The Parwanoo multipurpose barrier will soon be free from traffic blues thanks to HP High Court order banning the parking of trucks for over 5 minutes at the barrier. In its recent order the HC has also directed the deputing of well-dressed police personnel to man the traffic at the barrier.

Fossil Park in neglect
The Siwalik Fossil Park at Saketi (Sirmour), 6 km away from Kala-Amb, was conceptualised and designed by the Geological Survey of India under the Union Ministry of Steel and Mines. This ambitious project is now groping in the dark for want of proper care. It needs urgent resuscitation. Over the years, it has become a no man’s baby.

Harvesting rain water
The ground water is facing an immense pressure in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh industrial areas due to its indiscriminate use.  Thousands of industrial units and scores of housing colonies, which have sprung up in the area have increased the water requirement.


A dream dies each time a tree is felled

DREAMS DIE FIRST: A dream dies each time a tree is felled in the forests and Himachal Pradesh has seen many dreams die. —Photo feature by Anil Dayal



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