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Buried under toothless law
Shimla, October 21
Numerous landslides triggered off due to reckless excavations carried out for raising new constructions in various localities has put the Shimla municipal corporation in the dock. A number of buildings have been either extensively damaged or rendered unsafe for living due to debris brought down by huge hill-slides.
An electric pole hangs precariously after a road caved in due to digging for new construction in Kaithu
An electric pole hangs precariously after a road caved in due to digging for new construction in Kaithu. Photo by the writer

Khajjiar Lake to be protected
Chamba, October 21
The famous Khajjiar Lake in Chamba district has been listed in 94 wetlands covering 23 states and one union territory, which have been identified under National Wetland Conservation Programme (NWCP) for carrying out conservation activities.


Info doesn’t come cheap here
Dharamsala, October 21
When Babu Ram, a labourer, wanted to exercise his right to information, he had to cough up Rs 200, his two days’ income as per the minimum wages, for the documents he had sought from a government office, which comprised of 20 pages. Besides, he also had to pay Rs 10 while submitting his application.

In Palampur, health service ails
Palampur, October 21
Despite the fact that the state government has been spending crores of rupees to provide better health cover to the people, the health services in this town are in a shambles. The 100-bed local civil hospital looks after the medical needs of over four lakh people every year.

Work in progress for the construction of new hospital building. Photo by the writer
Work in progress for the construction of new hospital building

Floodlit cricket is here

Solan, October 21
Taking cricket to a new high in residential schools where it has no longer remained a tournament, the first-ever floodlit stadium at Pinegrove School in Dharampur has set a tradition unmatched in the annals of school cricket.
Floodlit stadium at Pinegrove School, Dharampur.

Floodlit stadium at Pinegrove School, Dharampur

In the service of mankind
Kangra, October 21
Vivekananda Kendra, a spiritually oriented service mission with its headquarters at Kanya Kumari in Tamil Nadu, is proving to be a boon to the people in Kangra, particularly the poor, through its different programs under the plank of ‘serve man serve God’.

HRTC awarded for high fuel efficiency
Kumarhatti, October 21
In a significant development, the Himachal Road Transport Corporation has bagged three prestigious national awards. The awards have been given for highest fuel efficiency, maximum improvement in KMPL, and minimum operational cost among all hill states of the country.

Exotic vegetables lose appeal
Dharamsala, October 21
Farmers of the state who had diversified to growing exotic vegetables had to suffer losses this year. The lack of adequate guidance, planning and infrastructure are the main culprits. In fact, the government has been taking pride that coloured capsicum from the state has fond its market in five star hotels of North India.

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Shimla’s infamous suicide point
Shimla, October 21
The bridge on the circular road has become notorious for suicides. Early this week, an 18-year-old girl Neelam, a resident of Maili, jumped to death from the bridge. It was not the first case.



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