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SIT to probe building collapse in Solan
Among the deceased are 13 Armymen of the 4 Assam Regiment and the building owner’s wife.

SIT to probe building collapse in Solan

17 Jul 2019 | 3:19 PM

SOLAN: A special investigation team (SIT) headed by DSP Parwanoo has been set up to initiate a probe into the building collapse on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road which left 14 people dead on Sunday.

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Tribune News Service
Solan, July 17

A special investigation team (SIT) headed by DSP Parwanoo has been set up to initiate a probe into the building collapse on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road which left 14 people dead on Sunday.

Among the deceased are 13 Armymen of the 4 Assam Regiment and the building owner’s wife.

DSP Parwanoo Yogesh Rolta said three samples of concrete— that of the beam, roof and plinth area—have been taken and sent to a forensic science lab at Junga for quality inspection. 

Other aspects like revenue records of the building were also being inspected to ascertain the ownership of the multi-storey building.

The Town and Country Planning Department has been instructed to provide information on whether the building plans had been approved, though the area did not fall under the purview of this department.  

Preliminary investigations revealed that a home stay or guest house was being operated from the building. Details regarding this and the property’s registration were being sought from the Tourism Department by the SIT.

Construction of the building had taken place over time beginning 2013 and the owner—Balbir Singh—had constructed two rooms at the top for his residence in 2016-2017.  

The SIT is also trying to ascertain whether Singh had bought a semi-constructed building or had undertaken its construction himself.

Questions have been raised over the quality of construction material as the NDRF staff, which lead the rescue operation, had pointed out the ease with which concrete walls had crumbled, said SDM Rohit Rathore, who was heading a magisterial probe.

Fire breaks out at medical college lab in Shimla

Fire breaks out at medical college lab in Shimla

17 Jul 2019 | 3:24 PM

SHIMLA: A fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon at a pathology lab of Indira Gandhi Medical College Hospital here.A quick response team and four fire fighters rushed to the spot. The flames were doused.

Revenue papers of Solan eatery being verified

Revenue papers of Solan eatery being verified

17 Jul 2019 | 12:52 PM

SOLAN:A probe has begun into laxities that led to the collapse of a multi-storey eatery on the Kumarhatti-Nahan road, with revenue papers of the building being verified by officials.

4 injured, 60 stranded as parts of glacier break off on Srikhand yatra in Kullu

4 injured, 60 stranded as parts of glacier break off on Srikhand yatra in Kullu

17 Jul 2019 | 10:53 AM

MANDI: Four pilgrims were critically injured as parts of a glacier broke off and collapsed on way to the Shrikhand Mahadev shrine in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district on Tuesday night.

Two foreigners arrested in Kullu on charges of indecency

Two foreigners arrested in Kullu on charges of indecency

17 Jul 2019 | 11:19 AM

SHIMLA: Two foreign nationals have been arrested on charges of indecency in Himachal Pradesh's Kullu district, the police said on Wednesday.

Structures along highways at risk

Structures along highways at risk

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

SHIMLA: Hundreds of eateries, hotels, homestays, private houses and commercial buildings along national highways have been erected on loose soil.

Poor construction, weak foundation led to mishap

Poor construction, weak foundation led to mishap

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

SOLAN: Weak foundation and substandard construction are the reasons for the collapse of an eatery building on the Kumarhatti-Nahan highway last evening which claimed the lives of 14 persons.

Now, visit HC to buy bakery, arts & crafts items made in jail

Now, visit HC to buy bakery, arts & crafts items made in jail

17 Jul 2019 | 7:43 AM

SHIMLA: Now bakery and handloom products, arts and crafts items and readymade collection ranging from Himachali caps, shawls, stolls, kurta-pyjamas, shirts, etc manufactured in jails are now available at a store that is open in the high court.

Manali hoteliers oppose ropeway to Rohtang Pass

Manali hoteliers oppose ropeway to Rohtang Pass

17 Jul 2019 | 7:43 AM

MANDI: Hoteliers of Manali have opposed the move of the state government to set up ski resorts and ropeway to Rohtang Pass in Manali.

Century-old bridges on Mandi road in bad shape

Century-old bridges on Mandi road in bad shape

17 Jul 2019 | 7:44 AM

PALAMPUR: At least 15 small and major bridges on the Pathankot-Mandi National Highway that were constructed at least 110 years ago during the British rule have virtually turned into death traps.

Seven-year-old still waiting for his mother to return

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

SOLAN: Aditya (11) and Arnav (7), two minor sons of dhaba owner’s wife Archana Singh (35) who was among the 14 victims in Sunday’s building collapse incident on the Kumarhatti road, have little idea as to how the life has changed for them forever.

Monsoon session from August 19

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

SHIMLA: The monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha will be held from August 19 to 31 with a total number of 11 sittings.

HP, Punjab to demarcate Chakki rivulet boundaries

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

NURPUR: Boundaries of the Chakki rivulet have been identified, but the demarcation will be jointly undertaken by Himachal and Punjab.

Australian breeder sheep to arrive in India soon

Australian breeder sheep to arrive in India soon

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

SHIMLA: Australia and India have finalised a new veterinary health protocol for the export of Australian breeder sheep to India.

Chamba NGO honours artists

Chamba NGO honours artists

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

CHAMBA: Shilp Parishad, a Chamba-based NGO, has honoured Dinesh Kumari for her work on Chamba Rumal and singer Piyush Raj with ‘Kalanidhi awards’.

MC panel to submit report

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

SHIMLA: The Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) has constituted a three-member committee under the architect planner to ascertain the safety and stability of 18 “unsafe houses in the city’.

CM: Medicine retail shops to go online

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

SHIMLA: The medicine retail shops of Himachal Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited will soon go online to facilitate the patients and their attendants, besides ensuring transparency.

Pact for  solar power plant signed

Pact for solar power plant signed

17 Jul 2019 | 7:48 AM

SHIMLA: A memorandum of understand (MoU) was signed between the state government and Frontline Delhi in the presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur for setting up of 100 mw solar power plant in the state here today.

Minor girl from Theog sexually assaulted

Minor girl from Theog sexually assaulted

17 Jul 2019 | 7:48 AM

SHIMLA: A minor girl was allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted in Theog subdivision of Shimla district today.

Haryana man swept away in Beas, rescued

Haryana man swept away in Beas, rescued

17 Jul 2019 | 7:50 AM

MANDI: Narender Kumar (25), a tourist hailing from Haryana, was rescued from the flooded Beas near Manali town today.

Roadside parking spells chaos at Kotwali marketParking & accidents

Roadside parking spells chaos at Kotwali market

17 Jul 2019 | 7:51 AM

DHARAMSALA: Kotwali market is the oldest bazaars of Dharamsala. The point at which three roads — one leading to Khaniara, the Kara Danda road and to McLeodganj meet is venue of perennial traffic jams.

Rs 22.65 crore spent on skill development programme

17 Jul 2019 | 7:38 AM

HAMIRPUR: Over Rs22.65 crore was spent on skill development programme in the district till June 30 this year, said DC Harikesh Meena while reviewing the skill development scheme here today.

Talks on to negotiate land cost for construction of power project

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

HAMIRPUR: Satluj Jal Vidhut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) has initiated the process to negotiate land cost with residents of the Dahaulasidh area for the construction of a project in the district.

PNB manager booked for fraud

PNB manager booked for fraud

17 Jul 2019 | 7:51 AM

HAMIRPUR: The manager of the local Punjab National Bank (PNB) branch has been booked for allegedly withdrawing Rs2.

Water carriers go on indefinite fast

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

MANDI: The Jalvahaks (water carriers) of Mandi and Bilaspur districts have gone on an indefinite fast here to pressure the state government to consider their pending demands.

Unknown assailants open fire in air

Unknown assailants open fire in air

17 Jul 2019 | 7:52 AM

SOLAN: Two unknown assailants fired three rounds in the air outside the house of a local trader at the power house road this morning and fled.

Education notes

Walk-in interviews at HPU

17 Jul 2019 | 7:37 AM

The department of evening studies, Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), will hold walk-in interviews for one post of guest faculty each in the subjects of economics, mathematics and commerce for the academic session 2019-2020.

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Internet woes

17 Jul 2019 | 7:39 AM

POOR telecommunication services in the tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti have affected various routine activities, with students being the worst affected.

Zero-tolerance to ragging at   Hamirpur medical college

Zero-tolerance to ragging at Hamirpur medical college

17 Jul 2019 | 7:46 AM

HAMIRPUR: Healthy environment will be provided to new students and there will be zero tolerance to ragging at

Parents of girl child to plant fruit saplings in Mandi

17 Jul 2019 | 7:38 AM

MANDI:To spread the message of ‘Save girl child’, the district administration has decided to launch the Balika Gaurav Udhyan Yojana.

in brief

Dormitory facility at Himachal Bhawan

16 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

Shimla: Keeping in view the inconvenience faced by patients and their attendants while undergoing treatment in Delhi, two dormitory facilities will be provided for men and women at Himachal Bhawan in the Capital.

No decision on shifting ARTRAC

16 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

NEW DELHI:Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State (MoD) Shripad Naik said on Monday no decision has been made to shift the Army training command out of Shimla.

Chamba weightlifter wins silver 
at Jr CWG

Chamba weightlifter wins silver at Jr CWG

16 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

NURPUR:In a first for Himachal, Kalyan Singh from Chamba won a silver in the Junior Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship held in Samoa in Apia recently.

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Bumpy ride

16 Jul 2019 | 8:38 AM

THE Dehra-Haripur Guler road has been in bad shape for the past 10 years. Potholes have made the drive riskier on the stretch.

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SFI seeks bus service for students

16 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

SFI activists in Shimla colleges on Monday lodged a protest in support of their demands.

Body of Punjab’s drug addict recovered

16 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

NURPUR: Indora police today recovered a decomposed body of a drug addict, hailing from neighbouring Punjab, from bushes near Thakurdwara Mor in Indora sub-division.

Literacy programme awaits extension in Chamba

16 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

CHAMBA: To combat illiteracy, Chamba district is waiting for the extension of Saakshar Bharat Programme for the past over one year. The purpose of the district being ‘aspirational’ would be defeated if the programme is not given extension.

Suicide by HPU sweeper

16 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

SHIMLA: A sweeper at HPU, Shimla, committed suicide by hanging himself from a window.

Two held for online fraud

16 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

UNA: Una police today arrested two persons from Delhi allegedly duping people by creating a fake online life insurance company.

HC: Help NHAI widen Manali highway

16 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

SHIMLA: The High Court today asked the Advocate General to instruct DCs and SPs to help the NHAI for the smooth construction of the Kiratpur-Manali highway.

900 pilgrims embark on Shrikhand yatra

900 pilgrims embark on Shrikhand yatra

16 Jul 2019 | 8:49 AM

MANDI: The 10-day Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra began in Kullu district on Monday.

Devvrat 15th Guv to leave before term completion

Devvrat 15th Guv to leave before term completion

16 Jul 2019 | 8:43 AM

SHIMLA: Senior BJP leader and former minister Kalraj Mishra has been appointed as the new Governor, while incumbent Acharya Devvrat has been transferred to Gujarat.

13 Army men from Dagshai among Solan mishap victims

13 Army men from Dagshai among Solan mishap victims

16 Jul 2019 | 8:51 AM

SOLAN: Twelve more bodies were today retrieved from the debris of a restaurant on the Kumarhatti-Nahan highway that collapsed on Sunday, raising the death to 14. Among the victims are 13 Army personnel of 4 Assam Regiment, Dagshai, and the eatery owner’s wife.

Panel formed to discuss regularisation of houses

16 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

SHIMLA:The 33-member executive of the Sayunkat Sangharsh Samiti, the body comprising house owners of the capital city, on Monday formed the Bhumi Evam Bhawan Sangharsh Samiti of Himachal Pradesh (BBSS).

Himachal bags Rs 4.5 cr ore project on skill development

16 Jul 2019 | 7:00 AM

SHIMLA:The state government will train unemployed youth in tools and techniques in the area of biotechnology within a period of three years.

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