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The challenge ahead
Report: Higher education still eludes girls, scheduled castes
WHY: Topography, poverty, child labour, domestic chores, dated methods
Boasting of one of the highest literacy levels in the country, the high dropout rate at the secondary and high school level has sent alarm bells ringing. The increase is almost three times that at the elementary and high school level. Worse still, the dropout rate is very high among SC students and girls. According to the latest National Human Development Report released by the Planning Commission, the dropout rate among girls in higher classes has increased.

Gone with the wind
The weather has once again played spoilsport as the Pre-world Cup Paragliding Competition scheduled from November 14 at Bir Billing has been postponed till next year.

File photo
File photo


The move to commercialise local fairs & bazaars, sale of plastic goods, & increasing stall charges is leaving local artisans distressed. Commercialising local art?
The commercialisation of melas and traditional bazaars that once belonged to the local artisans and served as a platform for them to sell their products are now leaving the artisans suffering. The mela committees have transformed traditional bazaars like Kullu Dussehra, Shivratri of Mandi, Lavi of Rampur and Minjar of Chamba and the like, into commercial ventures over the years.

The move to commercialise local fairs & bazaars, sale of plastic goods, & increasing stall charges is leaving local artisans distressed. — A Tribune photograph

Modernity invades Lavi
As traders from all over the north bring in modern goods, the fair is losing its flavour
With a variety of modern goods invading Lavi, the oldest and largest trade fair of the northern region, is fast losing its traditional character. The fair which is held every year at Rampur has been famous for its raw wool, pashmina shawls, woollen handmade coats and caps, spices, jewellery, dry fruits, farm implements, horses, yaks and sheep.                                    
— A Tribune photograph

Army school meet concludes
Expressing concern over the mounting communalism in the country, participants from eight teams expressed their views on the topic- ‘Secularism in India is the rootcause of all strife’- held at Army Public School, Degshai.

Simla through the eyes of Barbara Cleverly when the Mall was bustling with European shoppers, Indian servants & street urchins
Ragtime in Simla
S imla in Ragtime came out in 1913 and Ragtime in Simla in 2002. In the former Doz mixed his keen sense of observation with humour and offered delectable stories about the Shimla society of those days. One is, “The chances of daily newspaper in Simla are nil. What with Mrs. Antipon’s newsagents, and telephones, every item of news and scandal gets round sooner than any paper could hope to publish it.
— Photo by S. Chandan

Walk down memory lane
Former governor V. S. Rama Devi’s fascination for the hilly state is still alive
A gubernatorial assignment is indeed a rare privilege and honour. It could be an unforgettable experience if it happens to be the governorship of a beautiful hill state like Himachal Pradesh with the Raj Bhawan housed in a heritage structure like the Barnes Court.

Tibetan Children’s Village School turns 47
49,376 & counting
The Tibetan Children’s Village School celebrated its 47th founding anniversary last week amidst a festive function attended by thousands of people and children.

Traffic police set for revamp
With a view to ensure smooth and safe flow of traffic in the hills, the traffic wing of the HP Police is being reorganised to enable it to cope with the increasing vehicular traffic and tourist rush. The department is now reorganising the present railways and traffic wing, which would be henceforth named as Traffic Tourist and Railways Police. It would function as the nodal agency.

Shimla Diary
Young dancers transcend language and cultural barriers to reach out to the masses
A classical bonanza
A 36-member troupe presented traditional and classical dance forms from Kerala at the Kali Bari Hall as part of the inter-state cultural exchange programme of the Language, Art and Culture Department.

— Photo by S. Chandan

The breaking point
The landslide zone along NH-22 is a perennial headache for GREF engineers
The landslide points on the National Highway-22 in Kinnaur are constantly worrying engineers of the General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF), who take the task of keeping the highway open the year round. The highway, popularly known as the Hindustan-Tibet road, is also strategically the most vital road on the Indo-Tibet border from the defence point of view, besides being the lifeline of the people of Kinnaur and Spiti.

Myth goes up in smoke
Australian researchers have shattered the myth that smoking helps in shedding fat. Researchers from the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne have found that smokers often give the appearance of being thinner because of the loss of muscle mass, but the fat indeed remains stored around their vital organs.



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