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Who will bridge the gap?
Kulwinder Sandhu
With no proper maintenance, ever since they were constructed during the British rule, the bridges in Kangra district are posing danger to the people in the wake of flashfloods and heavy rains. Rains have left the decades-old bridges in a dilapidated condition demanding immediate maintenance, or rather replacement.

WAITING FOR DISASTER: The state govt has turned a blind eye towards the poor condition of the decades-old bridges in Kangra

WAITING FOR DISASTER: The state govt has turned a blind eye towards the poor condition of the decades-old bridges in Kangra

Magical moments
Samrat Shankar’s mission is to keep the world of trickery from collapsing
Ambika Sharma
“The age-old profession of magic is slowly loosing its sheen with the new generation who prefers fast-moving entertainment mediums. This is posing a major challenge for the magicians by forcing them to shell out a sizeable amount of their earnings on attractive gadgets & flashy sets.”

Samrat Shankar
Samrat Shankar


Life on canvas
Two young and upcoming Tibetan artists showcase their sensitive perception of life around them
Kulwinder Sandhu
An exhibition of paintings by two young and upcoming Tibetan women was organised in the main museum of the Tibetan government-in-exile at McLeodganj last week. The occasion   was the World Refugee Day, showcasing their sensitive perception of life around them.

— Photo by Shailesh Bhatnagar
— Photo by Shailesh Bhatnagar

DELHI in for long wait
Sheila Dixit’s hope of getting drinking water from the Giri before the Commonwealth Games may not be fulfilled
S. R. Pundir
During her recent visit to Shimla, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit had expressed hope that Delhi would get drinking water of the Giri river from Renuka, well before the commencement of the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

The Babus’ Citadel
by Shriniwas Joshi
One of the finest and imposing buildings in Shimla constructed with liberal use of iron and façade raised with Dharampur cut stones in cement is Ellerslie, the Himachal Pradesh Secretariat, which had completed its one hundred years in May 2002. Lt. Col. H.E.S. Abbott, R.E., had prepared its design in April 1899.
— Photo by S. Chandan

— Photo by S. Chandan

shimla Diary
Queen of garbage?
Rakesh Lohumi
The scenic beauty of the ‘queen of hills’ has not only been marred by concrete structures, the green slopes are also being defaced by garbage. There is hardly any colony in the capital city where hill slopes had not been littered by garbage.

— Photo by S. Chandan

— Photo by S. Chandan

A tale of timber woes
Timber stacked in Nurpur’s roadside depots gets spoilt
Rajiv Mahajan
The apathy of the Himachal Pradesh State Forest Corporation has resulted in the degradation of valuable timber. Stacked in roadside depots of the corporation at Bindravan and Jonta in the Nurpur sub division, this timber has to be shifted to the corporation’s sale timber depot at Nurpur for its auction.
— Photo by Rajiv Mahajan

— Photo by Rajiv Mahajan

Girls empowered
Dharam Prakash Gupta
The unarmed police combat training provided by the police to young girls have not only trained them in self-defence but also has gone a long way in building self-confidence in them. The Hamirpur district police had started giving unarmed combat training to young girls in schools and colleges in 2002 and so far have trained 3,312 girls.

Devotional stopover
Jagmeet Y. Ghuman
This temple along Kalka-Shimla national highway is more than a place of worship. The Prachin Shiv Temple at Patta Ka Mour near Kumarhatti serves as a refreshing break point for hundreds of motorists who are on the way uphill. It sees a number of visitors everyday who pay their obeisance and also get chilled water from a natural source at the temple.



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