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SC anguished over illegal constructions at Kasauli hotelsThe apex court will hear in November the pleas filed by some of the hotels and resorts. — Tribune file

SC anguished over illegal constructions at Kasauli hotels

'Will ask these hotels to put a board outside saying anybody staying there is staying at his own risk'23 Aug 2017 | 7:26 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday vent its ire on the alleged illegal constructions at some hotels in the picturesque Himachal Pradesh town of Kasauli, warning that it would order the owners to put up signboards that the guests would stay there at their own risk.

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New Delhi, August 23

The Supreme Court on Wednesday vent its ire on the alleged illegal constructions at some hotels in the picturesque Himachal Pradesh town of Kasauli, warning that it would order the owners to put up signboards that the guests would stay there at their own risk.

“We will ask these hotels to put a board outside saying anybody staying there is staying at his own risk,” a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.

“There is no point in having excess and illegal constructions,” the bench observed while hearing pleas against the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order to demolish or close down several hotels and resorts which were extended illegally without the requisite approvals.

During the hearing, senior advocate Parag Tripathi, representing one of the hotels, questioned the jurisdiction of the NGT to order the closure or demolition of illegal structures.

The apex court said it would hear the pleas filed by some of the hotels and resorts in November.

The top court had earlier granted stay on the NGT's order with respect to some of the hotels and resorts there subject to the condition that they would not use the alleged unauthorised constructions.

The NGT in its order had directed demolition of the temporary structures of various hotels, including Kasauli Regency, Bird's View Resort, Chelsea Resorts, Hotel Pine View, Narayani Guest House, Hotel Nilgiri, Hotel Divsikha and AAA Guest House.

It had also imposed hefty fines on several hotels for causing irretrievable damage to the ecology, polluting the environment and raising unauthorised constructions.

The NGT's order had come on a plea by the Society for Preservation of Kasauli and its Environs (SPOKE), an NGO.

The apex court had earlier observed that norms were not followed in the construction of some resorts and hotels in Kasauli. — PTI 

Adamant on debate on law, order, BJP walks outassembly in session

Adamant on debate on law, order, BJP walks out

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

SHIMLA: Adamant on holding a debate on the deteriorating law and order situation in the state in the wake of rape and murder of the Kotkhai minor girl, Opposition BJP today disrupted proceedings on the opening day of the monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha, compelling the Speaker to adjourn the house.

Govt shielding anti-social elements: Dhumal

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

SHIMLA: Leader of the Opposition PK Dhumal today said there was an atmosphere of fear, loot and plunder in Himachal with the government completely failing to protect the life, property and rights of the people.

Minor raped at Sarkaghat

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

MANDI: The police said that a 15-year-old-minor girl was raped yesterday by car-borne youths.

BDO suspended for dereliction of duty

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

MANDI: The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul Spiti, suspended the Block Development Officer (BDO), Keylong, for dereliction of duty.

‘Chhari yatra’ starts in Chamba

‘Chhari yatra’ starts in Chamba

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

CHAMBA: “Chhari Yatra” of the famous Manimahesh pilgrimage started from Dashnam Akhada at the district headquarter town of Chamba today.

Rape accused files bail plea

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

SHIMLA: Asheesh Chauhan, one of the suspects in the rape and murder case of a girl from Kotkhai, filed a bail petition before the High Court today.

Work begins on Una-Hamirpur rail line project

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

UNA: The Railways has initiated work on broad gauge line between Una and Hamirpur by floating a tender worth Rs 6.

9 industrial proposals cleared

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

SHIMLA: Nine proposals, including Asian Concrete and Cement, Eastman Auto and Power Limited, Sampooran Layer Farming, were approved at the 84th meeting of the State-Level Single Window Clearance and Monitoring Authority here today.

Principals discuss plan for session 2017-18

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

MANALI: The annual meeting of principals and NSS programme officers was held at Government Senior Secondary School, Manali, today.

7,479 polling booths to be set up in state

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

MANDI: Chief Electoral Officer Pushpender Rajput held a meeting with District Election Officers of five districts — Mandi, Kullu, Lahaul Spiti, Bilaspur and Hamirpur — of the Central Zone in Mandi today to review the preparations for the Assembly elections.

Bank staff strike work

Bank staff strike work

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

UNA: Employees of nationalised banks in Una district today struck work to press for their demands.

Lecturer in police custody

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

SUNDERNAGAR: The court today remanded Sarwan Kumar, a lecturer at Government Senior Secondary School Chai Ka Dohra, to police custody till tomorrow.

Pay panel: Teachers hold protest

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

SHIMLA: Government college teachers today observed black day against the ‘suppressive and anti-teachers’ policies’ of the Centre and state government and demanded that the report of the 7th Pay Commission of the UGC should be brought in the public domain.

Appointment of HP service commission member challenged

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

SHIMLA: The High Court today issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Secretary, HP State Public Service Commission (HPSPSC), on a petition challenging the appointment of Meera Walia as member of the HPSPSC on the ground that while appointing her the authorities have ignored the provisions prescribed for the appointment of member in the HPSPSC.

Modi, Shah dictators: HPCC secy

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

KULLU: HPCC secretary Arun Sharma said today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were acting like dictators.

Geo tracking app a boon for tourists visiting Kullu

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

KULLU: In order to promote tourism in Kullu district, a state-of-the-art Geo tracking application has been added to gokullu.

Growers of apple rue non-declaration of rates

Growers of apple rue non-declaration of rates

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

SHIMLA: Farmers have resented that Adani’s Farm-Pik, which runs three major cold stores in the apple belt, has not declared its rates this season.

Anurag exposed rift in BJP: Cong

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

HAMIRPUR: Congress leaders in a joint statement said Anurag Thakur, Member of Parliament, had exposed the infighting in the BJP that was unsuccessfully camouflaged by senior leaders of the BJP in the state.

Farm varsity grants interim relief to staff

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

PALAMPUR: CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University has granted second interim relief at the rate of 4 per cent of the basic pay to its regular employees with effect from August 1 on the analogy of the state government.

Colleges opened without requisite infra: BYJM chief

Colleges opened without requisite infra: BYJM chief

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

SOLAN: Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha’s (BJYM) national president Poonam Mahajan today said it did not behove Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who was facing charges of corruption in disproportionate assets case and was out on bail, to stay in the chair.

Pensioners flay mgmt’s delay in convening meeting

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

DALHOUSIE: The HPSEBL Pensioners’ Welfare Association (state body) has expressed resentment as 22,000 pensioners are disturbed and agitated over the lackadaisical attitude of the HPSEBL management to convene their meeting.

Indefinite stir by postal staff enters Day 7

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

KANGRA: Indefinite strike by Gramin Dak Sewak (GDS) employees entered its seventh day today.

CBI raids houses of suspects in Kotkhai

CBI raids houses of suspects in Kotkhai

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

SHIMLA: With the deadline set by the High Court to complete the investigations into the twin cases of Kotkhai minor rape and murder case and custodial death of accused Suraj expiring on August 31, the CBI is exploring all options to crack the case.

Cabinet meeting

Teachers’ remuneration hiked 20%

23 Aug 2017 | 1:27 AM

SHIMLA: The Cabinet today decided to increase the remuneration of teachers appointed by School Management Committees (SMCs) by 20 per cent.

Dhumal accuses HP govt of 'suppressing facts' in rape and murder case of schoolgirl

22 Aug 2017 | 11:17 PM

SHIMLA: Leader of Opposition in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Prem Kumar Dhumal on Tuesday accused the state government of "suppressing the facts" in the gangrape and murder case of a schoolgirl and alleged that it was "running away" from a discussion as it was on a "weak turf".

CAMPUS SCENE Nauni varsity

VC bats for annual budget for farm varsity

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

Dr HC Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, has sought annual budget for the university as part of the state’s annual Budget presented in the Vidhan Sabha.

Minor raped in Kullu

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

KULLU:One 5-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 15-year old minor in Manikaran Valleyon Saturday.

Woman dies of snake bite in Chamba

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

CHAMBA: A woman died after she was bitten by a snake while cutting grass near her house at Fobu village in Bharmour area of Chamba district yesterday.

Social media comes to rescue of kidnapped youth

Social media comes to rescue of kidnapped youth

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

MANDI: A youth was kidnapped by his friends from Mandi town this morning in broad day light in a car, when passersby captured the whole episode on their mobiles and circulated it on social media like WhatsApp and Facebook.

Writer honoured with Shiromani Award for literature

Writer honoured with Shiromani Award for literature

22 Aug 2017 | 2:34 AM

MANDI: Dedicated to theatre, the Himachal Cultural Research Institute and Drama Academy, Satohal, honoured senior writer Yogeshwar Sharma with Himachal Shiromani Award for his contribution to the literature.

Army men begin trekking

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

KANGRA: The Sharp Shooter Regiment, an oldest air defence regiment, in the Western sector, launched a trekking expedition to the Spiti Valley today.

Man held on rape charge

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

MANDI: The police have arrested a man on rape charge at Sarkaghat in Mandi.

Lecturer’s bail application rejected

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

SUNDERNAGAR: Mandi Sessions Judge CL Kochhar today rejected the anticipatory bail application of Sarwan Kumar, a lecturer at Senior Secondary School, Chai Ka Dohra, near Sundernagar, who was booked for allegedly sexually harassing a girl student of the school.

Main accused in sex racket arrested

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

MANALI: The police have arrested the main accused of the online sex racket that was being run in Manali for a long time from Gurugram yesterday.

Opened in 2016, Baddi trade centre develops cracks

Opened in 2016, Baddi trade centre develops cracks

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

SOLAN: With cracks appearing in various parts of the Rs 15-crore Baddi Trade Centre (BTC) building even before it was put to any use, a question mark has been raised over its quality of construction.

Cops, Home Guard jawans honoured

Cops, Home Guard jawans honoured

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA: Governor Acharya Devvrat today presented medals to 67 police, Home Guards and fire services personnel for rendering commendable services in the state.

SC stays NGT order directing closure of Kasauli hotel

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

The Supreme Court today stayed a National Green Tribunal order on closure of a hotel at Kasauli in Himachal and directed that power supply to the establishment should not be disconnected.

Registration of promoters under Real Estate Act a must

22 Aug 2017 | 2:33 AM

SHIMLA: Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today launched s web portal, www.hprera.in ,for registration work of promoters and real estate agents.

MLA opens bridge on Chenab

MLA opens bridge on Chenab

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

MANDI: Lahaul-Spiti MLA Ravi Thakur inaugurated steel truss bridge on the Chenab near Udaipur yesterday.

Uncertainty over AIIMS foundation stone by Modi

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA: Uncertainty looms over laying of the foundation stone of the AIIMS in Bilaspur as Union Health Minister JP Nadda today said that the Prime Minister would be coming to Himachal next month but it is still not certain which projects he will inaugurate and lay foundation stones of.

Will move medical varsity Bill in monsoon session: CM

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA: While Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today announced that the state government would move the Medical University Bill in the session starting tomorrow to bring all medical colleges under its ambit, the Union Health Minister, on the other hand, announced a tertiary care centre for Mandi, universal screening for cancer in the country and 18 postgraduate seats for the new super-specialty complex of the IGMC at Chamiana.

Nadda opens AMRIT pharmacy stores

Nadda opens AMRIT pharmacy stores

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

SHIMLA: Aimed at providing affordable medicines to the people, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda today inaugurated 15 pharmacy stores under Deendayal AMRIT scheme in Assam, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal through video- conferencing.

Leprosy patients have nowhere to go

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

SOLAN: More than three-and-a-half years after they were shifted from the Mandodhar-based Zonal Leprosy Hospital to an old building of the Community Health Centre at Dharampur,18 leprosy patients have nowhere to go as the building faces demolition within the next few days.

Unavailability of land hits Kangra projects hard

22 Aug 2017 | 1:02 AM

DHARAMSALA: Non-availability of land and forest clearances continue to be bottlenecks in the completion of various development projects in Kangra district.

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