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Whopping dividend
With 12 lakh households having bank accounts, Himachal’s set for first ‘fully banked’ state status
Rakesh Lohumi
After the success in the literacy campaign that saw the state attaining the second position after Kerela, Himachal is now all set to become the first ‘fully banked’ state of the country. Thanks to the national drive for ‘total financial inclusion’.

Here, all roads lead to school
Frugal buildings, few facilities but highest school attendance rates in the 6-12 age group in the country
Kiran Bhatty
An abiding sight in the Himachal countryside is school children of all ages — girls and boys — walking on their way to or from school.

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Investors cheer train to Baddi
Ambika Sharma
Industrialists of the region have welcomed the approval granted in the Union Railways Budget for laying of a railway track connecting Baddi to Chandigarh. This has brightened the prospects of railways connectivity and consequent setting up of an inland container depot in the state’s prime industrial area.             Photo by Anil Dayal

And the monkey business goes on
Shriniwas Joshi
When vendors add the prefix Shimla to peas and capsicum, they mean to insist upon the quality of the products. The monkeys with the same prefix are no different.

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Industry to help fight AIDS
Ambika Sharma
Prevention of HIV/AIDs by educating the youth is the lone solution to fight this hitherto medically incurable disease. It is the socio economic ramifications of this disease, which worry the experts today. This disease, which is threatening to become biggest developmental challenge of all times requires an approach, which encompasses support from all sections of the society.

Paonta all set for Hola Mohalla
S. R. Pundir
The six-day long Hola Mohalla fair of Paonta Sahib to mark the festival of Holi is held every year in the Municipal ground situated in front of the Paonta Sahib gurdwara. The tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh founded the gurdwara in 1685 and the Hola fair is dedicated him. Lakhs of devotees from different parts of the country and abroad take a holy dip in the pious water of river Yamuna and pay obeisance to the tenth Guru.  Tribune photograph

Fire station building in a shambles
Vidya Rattan Sharma
The only fire station of the Sirmour district, located opposite the court of the district and session’s judge is housed in a century old decrepit building. The electric fittings are getting peeled off as rainwater from the roofs keeps dripping, making the workers lives miserable, groan the firemen who are forced to work under such hazardous circumstances.

Power project threatens ecology
Residents protest against felling of trees and cutting of hills
Kulwinder Sandhu & Ravinder Sood
A private hydro power company of Andhra Pradesh executing a 15 MW hydro-power project on Neugal Khud has allegedly adopted an insensitive attitude towards environmental issues and poses a threat to the ecology of the area. The company has been fined a sum of Rs 38, 000 for illegal felling of trees.

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Virbhadra at receiving end
Pratibha Chauhan
Ironically, it is not some hardliner BJP leader who is at the receiving end of Christian organisations, but chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who is being labeled as anti-minority for enacting the Freedom of Religion Bill.

Showers lashed the hill capital all through Tuesday. The Met Office has predicted more rain and snow in the coming days
Showers lashed the hill capital all through Tuesday. The Met Office has predicted more rain and snow in the coming days. — Photo by S. Chandan

Chinks in mela management
Kuldeep Chauhan
The weeklong Shivratri fair that concluded in the temple town of Mandi on February 23 has exposed chinks in the management of the show. Besides, the mela also received bouquets and brickbats from the culture cynics.

Food & Supply Dept headless
Vidya Rattan Sharma
Government’s failure to fill up the post of the District Food and Supplies controller here, hoarders, hoteliers and entrepreneurs of nearby industrial areas are having field day. The earlier controller retired two months ago.

Prize distribution
As many as 500 students received prizes from the irrigation and public health minister Kaul Singh Thakur at the 58th annual prize giving function of the Postgraduate Vallabh Government College, Mandi, on Saturday.

No rooms, staff for prosecution department
The office of the prosecution department at Chamba is nowadays falling into bad days. The office is functioning in a portion of an old structure consisting of three rooms. The lack of official and residential accommodation and shortage of staff are major stumbling-blocks to the smooth working of this office.



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