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The killer drive
Shimla, November 11
Unfortunately, it is the death of 46 persons in a major accident near Kufri which woke up the authorities to check rash driving, overloading, untrained drivers, mechanically unfit buses, poor roads and other such factors that have been the cause for the death of 7,912 persons in road accidents during the past 10 years in the state.

Feels like heaven
Migratory birds throng Pong Lake
Nurpur, November 11
With the onset of winter migratory birds have started thronging the Pong Dam lake on the foothills of Kangra district. The Pong Wetland, also known as Maharana Pratap Sagar, is spread over 24,000 hectares in Jawali, Dehra and Nurpur subdivisions.


Medical college row
No solution in sight
Mandi, November 11
Almost all political parties, including the Congress, CPM, CPI and the BSP, along with several organisations have joined hands against the Prem Kumar Dhumal-led government in support of the demand for setting up a government medical college in Mandi.

History in ruins
Kumarhatti, November 11 Standing tall for ages amidst dense pine forest on a hilltop, Banasar Fort, 20 km from here, is now on the verge of collapse. The huge walls of the fort resemble unique guts of Gurkhas, whose army chief Amar Singh Thapha is believed to have built this fort to counter the British, have now started developing cracks.

Eco, Rajbhasha awards for NHPC region-II
Dalhousie, November 11
The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) region-II headquartered at Banikhet in Chamba district is the first region to achieve a hat trick of awards for its outstanding performance in the field of national growth like environmental safeguards and the use of Hindi language in its offices.

Shimla diary
Preparing to manage natural disasters
Shimla, November 11
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) held a mock drill for undertaking rescue and relief operations in case of an earthquake in the town. The fact that many parts of the state, including Chamba, Kangra and Shimla, fall in the high seismic zones IV and V. There is need to ban all multi-storeyed buildings and construction activity in the sliding zones.

NDMA officials hold a mock drill to combat earthquakes at Lower Bazaar in Shimla. Tribune photo: Amit Sharma

Shimla’s Christ Church
Christ Church is the most photographed building in Shimla. In fact, it is the signature landmark of the town. Subhash, a peddler photographer on the Ridge, informs that he and his clan click about 700 photographs of the Church a day on an average.

Transport lobby
Harassed traders dial 100
Nurpur, November 11
The trading activity in the lone and oldest wholesale grain market of Kangra at Damtal here has been hit allegedly by harassment meted out to local traders by the so-called transport society.



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