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ASSEMBLY IN SESSION

BJP walks out over ailing healthcare

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: The BJP chose to walk out of the Vidhan Sabha saying the reply of Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur on demand for grants was not satisfactory.

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Bhanu P Lohumi

Tribune News Service

Shimla, March 28

The BJP chose to walk out of the Vidhan Sabha saying the reply of Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur on demand for grants was not satisfactory. The party accused him of skipping major issues.

Though Kaul Singh’s replied in detail, Suresh Bhardwaj, chief whip of the BJP, took a dig at him saying the health services in the state were not up to the mark and instead of taking up the query, the minister chose not to speak on the issue.

Yesterday too, the BJP had walked out of the House after getting annoyed with the ruling party MLAs who were allowed to speak on cut motions. Immediately after the walkout by the BJP, the House passed the demand for grants without discussion in the absence of the Opposition and the Speaker adjourned the House.

Kaul Singh Thakur said Himachal was the second state after Delhi to have allocated 1.43 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) for health and that health indicators of the state were best in the country.The infant mortality rate which was 36 in 2012 had come down to 28 in 2015-16 and a target had been fixed to further reduce it to 20 by 2022. “The per capita expenditure on health was Rs 26,000, still 30 lakh people were not covered under any healthcare scheme and the government had launched the Universal Health Care Scheme to cover these people and provide free health services,” he said, adding that Himachal was the first state in the country to link every citizen with some healthcare scheme.

Kaul Singh said 56 medicines would be supplied to government health institutions for free. Ten life-saving drugs were also being added to the list. Refuting the allegations of the BJP that the funds under the National Health Mission (NHP) had not been spent, the minister asserted that Himachal was the only state in the country where not even a penny had remained unspent.The Cancer Centre at the IGMC, Nursing School and Government Dental college would be shifted to Malyana while the Trauma Centre at the IGMC, being set up at a cost of Rs 20 crore, would be ready within six months, the minister said. A super-speciality hospital would be set at Malyana at a cost of Rs 150 crore, he added.

“As many as 8.5 lakh persons in the state had benefitted from the National Ambulance Service (108 emergency ambulance scheme) so far, while 1.9 lakh expectant mothers have been extended the facility of 102 drop back ambulance service,” Kaul Singh said.

BJP walks out over ailing healthcareLeader of the Opposition PK Dhumal and party MLAs walk out of the Vidhan Sabha in Shimla on Tuesday. Photo: Amit Kanwar

Land for bulk drug park identified in Nalagarh

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SOLAN: The state government has identified 663.11 bigha land at Aduwal village in the Nalagarh industrial area for setting up the Centrally sponsored bulk drug park.

SMC sets March 31 deadline to tide over water crisis

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: The Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) has set the March 31 deadline to supply 38 MLD water to the city every day.

Fleecing: Taxi fare fixed in Lahaul Spiti

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

MANDI: To stop taxi operators from fleecing commuters, the district administration has fixed the taxi fare in the tribal district of Lahaul Spiti as internal road links of the district have been opened for light vehicle traffic.

3 new paragliding sites approved at Kullu

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

KULLU: In order to promote adventure tourism in the Kullu valley, the state government has approved three more sites in the district to conduct tandem paragliding.

Submit status report on Kufri in 2 weeks: HC

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: Expressing concern on the issue of deteriorating condition prevailing in the tourist spot Kufri near Shimla, the HP High Court today directed the state to file consolidated affidavit/status report within two weeks mentioning the steps taken by it for the development of this popular tourist destination.

Leopard’s killers will be punished, says minister

Leopard’s killers will be punished, says minister

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: Himachal Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri today said in the Vidhan Sabha that the culprits responsible for the brutal killing of a leopard in Bhabhori forests in Jogindernagar on March 22 last would be punished and there would be no laxity in investigations.

Only if wishes could come true, but Anupam’s did

Only if wishes could come true, but Anupam’s did

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who spent his childhood and adolescence in the Queen of Hills, recently bought his first house in Totu.

Govt flayed for passing demands sans discussion

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: Former Himachal Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition in Vidhan Sabha Prem Kumar Dhumal today came down heavily on the government for passing the demands regarding public works and education without any discussion in the absence of opposition and said that “a wrong precedent has been set which did not augur well for democracy”.

Possible to increase crop yield: Farm scientist

Possible to increase crop yield: Farm scientist

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

PALAMPUR: Internationally acclaimed farm scientist Dr Gurdev Singh Khush delivered a talk on “Biotechnology for food security” at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University here today.

18.50 lakh digi ration cards before April 10: Bali

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: Transport and Food and Civil Supplies Minister G S Bali today said the government would release 18.50 lakh digital ration cards in all 4,000 fair price shops before April 10.

CATTLE TRAFFICKING

Villagers block NH-70 over police inaction

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

MANDI: Villagers of three panchayats in Sarkaghat area today blocked the Jalandhar-Mandi National Highway (70) for hours over delay in police action against stray cattle traffickers.

No photo registration of pilgrims

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

KANGRA: In a surprising move, the facility of photometric registration of pilgrims entering the Bajjreshwari temple here has been withdrawn following the intervention of local MLA Pawan Kajal.

Goddess Kali idols installed in Chamba

Goddess Kali idols installed in Chamba

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

CHAMBA: To mark the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Navratri, two idols of Goddess Durga in the form of Kali have been installed each at Julakari and Mai-Ka-Bagh localities of Chamba town today.

Enrol rescued child labourers in school, edu dept told

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has directed the Department of Education to provide admission and hostel facility to two minor girls in Portmore School, Shimla.

Call to revoke 2005 water tariff hike notification

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

NURPUR: Like every year, the Irrigation-cum-Public Health (IPH) Department is all set to impose a 10 per cent hike in the water tariff from April onwards in urban areas.

Dharminder clinches Suket Kesari title

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SUNDERNAGAR: The seven-day state-level Nalwar Fair, the biggest cattle fair of North India, concluded here this evening.

Villager falls from hill, dies

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

CHAMBA: A villager of Saach area in the district fell down from a hill where he had gone to collect firewood.

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Bailable warrants against Secy, Transport

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: Taking a serious note of the issue of non-compliance of the order passed by the court, the HP High Court today issued bailable warrants against Secretary, Road Transport and Highways, Union of India, Land Acquisition Officer-cum-Competent Authority of National Highways Authority of India, Bilaspur.

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Case registered against excise official

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SOLAN: A case of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy under sections 409, 420 and 120-B of the IPC has been registered against Excise and Taxation Inspector Ankush Chauhan for selling liquor on credit in violation of the stipulated norms.

Newborn’s killing: Two relatives in police net

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

KULLU: The police arrested the grandmother and the maternal grandmother for alleged murder of a newborn girl in Anni subdivision of this district yesterday.

Father, son held for cooking up kidnap drama

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SOLAN: The Solan police today arrested a father-son duo, Chander Pal and Amit, for cooking up a kidnapping story on January 26.

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Tension at NIFT as engineering students protest assault

Tension at NIFT as engineering students protest assault

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

KANGRA: Tension gripped the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) here late this afternoon when students of the Rajiv Gandhi Govt Engineering College, Nagrota Bagwan, lodged a protest against the NIFT students who had allegedly assaulted some students of the engineering college earlier today.

Cluster University project gathers dust

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SUNDERNAGAR: The Rs 55-crore prestigious project of Cluster University under RUSA is gathering dust due to apathy of the state government.

SFI activists protest fee hike

SFI activists protest fee hike

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

SHIMLA: Hundreds of SFI activists today protested in front of the Vidhan Sabha demanding an increase in the budget and grant-in-aid to Himachal Pradesh University (HPU).

Class XII public admn exam cancelled

29 Mar 2017 | 12:39 AM

DHARAMSALA: The Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education has cancelled the public administration examination of class XII under open school that was conducted on March 23.

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