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An opportunity lost
Ambika Sharma
The state government’s aim to develop Himachal as the pharma hub of the nation is nearing failure for want of facilities for the industry. Will the government get its act together in time?

The state attracted more than 400 pharmaceutical firms from all across the nation with a hope to gain from the investment worth crores.




Paradise Lost
Rakesh Lohumi
Pedestrians, walk in Shimla at your own risk now!
With numerous serpentine roads passing through dense forests, Shimla was popular as a pedestrian’s paradise. Walking was a tradition here till 1980’s, when residents would walk up to the Mall that served as a socialising spot.

Cars parked under a no parking sign block traffic.

Cars parked under a no parking sign block traffic

Himalayan Nature Park breeding programme in doldrums
Kufri’s second snow leopard dies
Rakesh Lohumi
The snow leopard conservation breeding programme at the Himalayan Nature Park has suffered a setback with the death of the second and last female cat, Sapna. Her brother, Subhash, is now the lone snow leopard in the park. Sapna had miraculously survived a bout of sever feline infectious enteritis two years ago.

IT goes tribal
Dharam Prakash Gupta
The National Institute of Technology (NITa) at Hamirpur has launched a unique drive to spread awareness on the importance of information technolology and technical education among the tribals of Himachal. As a part of this programme, the members of the Tribal Development Project have organised several workshops in Kinnaur, besides providing facilities for the benefit of tribal students pursuing technical education at the NIT.

— A Tribune photograph
— A Tribune photograph

Nod to waste treatment plant
Kulwinder Sandhu
Rs 35-cr facility near Nalagarh to treat & dispose waste from the entire state
The government has finally decided to set up a solid waste treatment, storage and disposal facility near Nalagarh to take care of hazardous waste from the entire state.

How green is my hill?
Rakesh Lohumi
Illegal felling of trees poses a threat to Shimla’s green cover
The failure of the Shimla Municipal Corporation to enforce building laws has taken a heavy toll of the green cover. While hundreds of trees are being illegally felled every year, a good number of trees are drying up mysteriously.

An encroachment outside a house in Jakhoo.

An encroachment outside a house in Jakhoo

Wake up, before it’s too late
S. R. Pundir
Residents raise voice against the ecological havoc caused due to construction of mini hydel projects
It seems that the state has not learnt a lesson even after innumerable reports have poured in from all over the state on the heavy damage caused to the environment due to haphazard, unplanned and unscientific work on several mini hydel power project sites in the region.       
— A Tribune photograph

— A Tribune photograph

Of Sania & Shimla mirch
Shriniwas Joshi
I am in the midwestern region of USA these days, Cincinnati to be more precise. This town made acquaintance with the people of Shimla through Sania Mirza. She started taking part in tennis tournaments here and people came to know of this second biggest town after Cleveland in the state of Ohio. She recently won the women’s doubles at the Lindner Family Tennis Court here.

shimla Diary
Mission clean-up
Pratibha Chauhan
In order to ensure the strict implementation of its garbage collection scheme, the local municipal corporation is willing to cut off the water and electricity connections of those who do not comply with it. A Jaipur-based NGO has been entrusted the task of garbage collection from homes, shops, hotels and all commercial establishments.
— Photo by S. Chandan

— Photo by S. Chandan

Obstructions in organic path
Kuldeep Chauhan
Plans of the farmers in Mandi to switch to organic farming are being disrupted in the absence of biological pests to control the pests menace. The bio-laboratory set up in September last year is yet to get proper equipments and technical staff. IPH minister, Kaul Singh Thakur and agricultural minister, Raj Kishan Gaur, jointly founded the lab.

Queen of Plantation
Pratibha Chauhan
Concerned at the denuding forest wealth and depleting green cover in the ‘Queen of Hills’ the forest department will seek the help of school children and office goers in planting 25,000 trees of different varieties and ensuring their survival. The plantation will be done on 12.50 hectares in the initial phase.

Skater on world mission
Pratibha Chauhan
Covering a huge distance of 1.10 lakh km is no mean task, especially when it is on the skates. It is, however, the ambition to break the current world record, that inspires Prakash Jha. Having covered 22 states already, it was two years back that 25-year-old Prakash embarked on the mission of breaking the Guinness World Record, which stands at 1.22 lakh km.

Teachers divided
Introduction of innumerable teacher categories in the recent past in the state has destroyed the work environment and motivation among the teaching community. A teacher is a teacher — his status and salary should be determined on the basis of his educational qualifications and the seniority, not by coining different cadre names. But who cares?


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