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Paradise Lost
Haphazard construction in Sangla over the past three years steal the beauty of the valley
Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and known for its scenic splendour and tranquillity, the Sangla valley in the tribal Kinnaur district is the latest tourist destination to fall victim to haphazard constructions. The picturesque valley, which is a major attraction for foreign tourists, has undergone a complete change over the past three years.

Damning facts
Good news for Majathal Wildlife Sanctuary: SC halts work on Kol Dam, tells state govt to first seek forest clearance
Taking serious view over the action of state’s forest department of concealing the fact that a large part of the Majathal Wildlife Sanctuary was to be submerged in the 800 MW Kol Dam project, the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court has directed the government to stop work immediately and seek mandatory forest clearance from the Centre for the left out protected area.


Light & shade
The jagged Kinner Kailash peaks glow in the orange hues of the sun The winter sun casts a golden glow
The imposing and rather stoic Kinner Kailash ranges after the season’s first snow It still is the pass of light (‘sang’ means light, ‘la’ is pass in Tibetan), despite the mindless human intervention and power and money politics
From Karcham, it’s a shabby 16-km road to Sangla, full of dust, and acute turns, but the view is breathtaking. Nature sure has been generous to Kinnaur; its bounty is on full display everywhere in Sangla. A backpackers and photographers’ haven, the valley and its myriad hues have inspired photographers like Raghu Rai, S. Paul, Amandeep Singh and Hardev Singh. The Tribune lensman S. Chandan attempts to capture the magic:
1. The jagged Kinner Kailash peaks glow in the orange hues of the sun.
2. The winter sun casts a golden glow.
3. The imposing and rather stoic Kinner Kailash ranges after the season’s first snow.
4. It still is the pass of light (‘sang’ means light, ‘la’ is pass in Tibetan), despite the mindless human intervention and power and money politics.

Caught up
Commuters hope for a solution to the traffic congestion on Kalka-Shimla highway
THE need of the hour is to find a permanent solution to deal with the frequent traffic jams on Kalka-Shimla NH-22, especially at Parwanoo. And though, a committee instituted after directions from the High Court has come up with observations and solutions to sort out the problem, it will be long before something translates into reality.

shimla diary
Shatranj Ke Khiladi!
THE annual chess tourney introduced last year by global IT education company, NIIT, has evoked overwhelming response from school students. Nearly 18,000 students from 282 schools participated in the meet organised by NIIT Mind Champions Academy as part of its effort to spot new talent.

— Photo by S. Chandan

— Photo by S. Chandan


Glory of theatre
We trace the journey of how Shimla earned its nickname, Mecca of Theatres
THE first written account of English theatre in Shimla is available in the diary of Emily Eden, sister of Lord Auckland. She writes on June 9, 1838, “We went to the play last night. There is a sort of little theatre at Shimla, small and hot, and somewhat dirty, but it does very well.” This theatre was in the Royal Hotel complex situated at the present Rani Jhansi Park.

Nature’s own
Fruit growers in Shimla & Solan turn to organic farming
With more and more people opting for chemical-free food, organic farming is catching up fast with more than 6,000 progressive farmers in Shimla and Solan bidding goodbye to chemical farming. The fact that a 20 kg organic apple box fetched Rs 3,000 in Bangalore as compared to Rs 1,000 ordinary apples last year, explains the preference of the farmers.

— A File photograph
— A File photograph

Running into glory
Long-distance running queen Rita Kumari is now eyeing the Asian Games
At 20, Rita Kumari is the queen of long-distance running, second only to Arjuna awardee Suman Rawat. Barely a week after turning 20, she stormed her way into the Paddal Maidan at Mandi. She was chosen Best Athlete at the recent 33rd Himachal Pradesh Inter-college Athletics Meet. After clinching the title, Rita and her coach Bhupinder Thakur say their next target is to take part in the National Games and the Asian Games. — A Tribune photograph

— A Tribune photograph

Cheers for Ma’am!
Australian scholarship for Hamirpur teacher
A Hamirpur teacher has brought in laurels for her school as well as the entire teaching community. Himanshu Sharma, vice-principal of Him Academy Public School-Hamirpur, is one of the six teachers from the country who have won the Endeavour Programme scholarship.

— A Tribune photograph

— A Tribune photograph

Double trouble?
About 25 per cent voters in HP are registered at more than two places according to a recent media report. This is due to some specific conditions in the state that should be properly understood before equating with Bihar and UP.



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