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Lost feather in Himachal’s cap
The traditional topi is losing its popularity as the younger generation is going for golf caps and even straw hats. Saurabh Malik does a style check
Himachal’s crowning glory is plunging down the popularity charts. As so many up-to-the-minute youngsters are flipping head over heels for golf caps and even straw hats, the concept of wearing traditional topis is just not making any headway among the chic crowd.

Politically correct

Present perfect


— Photo by S. Chandan


Flowers everywhere
by Shriniwas Joshi
There is an adage in Hindi — shakkarkhore ko shakkar — he who aspires for sweet things in life, gets those. Shimla for the British in 1830s was a rendezvous for fun and merrymaking. God, too, was liberal towards them and had gifted them a flat semi-circular open space about 250 metres circumferentially at that time surrounded by tall graceful Deodars — Annandale. It was extended by cutting into the hillside mainly through the efforts of Lord William Beresford, military secretary to Lord Dufferin (1884-88). This ground was the favourite place for the British to oraganise functions — from fetes and funfairs to dog and flower shows.

Ninetyseven participants with about 800 exhibits attended the recent SAGES flower show.

Leech blues
Ambika Sharma
It was a nightmare for Ram Lal when a 10-cm parasite was extracted from his nose
Ram Lal, 35, from Dharampur, was shocked when a living leech was extracted from his nose. In a rare case of medical expertise and adroitness a Solan based ENT specialist Dr Rakesh Verma successfully managed to extract the living leech at his Shiva hospital.

Riding the Rapids
The Beas in Kullu is becoming second home to adventure sport buffs from across the globe, finds Kuldeep Chauhan
The irresistible lure of the rapids in the Himalayan rivers has become something of a passion not only among rafting aficionados, but also for a growing crop of professionals and even walk-in tourists thronging the Kullu valley.

Are you game?

— A Tribune photograph

Reaching out to scavengers
Jagmeet Y. Ghuman
The government seems to have finally woken up to the sad plight of the state’s scavengers. Various corporations have been constituted to add some sparkle to the lives of these scavengers
For the socio-economic welfare of scavengers, the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Development Corporation has initiated various welfare schemes. The efforts include their rehabilitation, training and assisting them in starting their own enterprises by providing financial aid.

shimla Diary
Musical Bonanza
Pratibha Chauhan
With weather playing a spoilsport at the Shimla Summer Festival, it was the mellifluous voice of Alka Yagnik on the inaugural night that raised the spirits of the audience. One of the best female playback singers in Bollywood today, she regaled audiences both locals as well as tourists.

— Photo by S. Chandan

Women take the lead
Dharam Prakash Gupta
Men no longer dominate election campaigns. Women are actively campaigning in the present elections for Hamirpur constituency at many places. The fairer sex, who used to be shy of being a part of campaigns few years back are now days not only an important part of election campaigning but are also leading the campaigns independently.

— A Tribune photograph

The wait is on…
Kulwinder Sandhu
The Integrated Child Development Programme that was launched by the government 30 years back is yet to achieve its target
It may come as a rude surprise to policy makers and common people of the region, but the truth is that the Integrated Child Development Programme of the Union government has almost failed to improve the health status of children, particularly girls in Kangra district of Himachal. Critics point out the reasons for failure to inefficiency of implementing agencies and lack of interest by the district administration in the past 30 years.

Unmet supply of grains

Caste discrimination still prevalent
Dharam Prakash Gupta
People who belong to lower caste are still treated as untouchables by the upper caste. Though the one’s belonging to low-castes have been through every field of life but are still exploited in many parts of the state.


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