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Himachal Congress president Virbhadra Singh has convened the meeting of the state election committee on September 24 in New Delhi for taking a decision on the candidates for the forthcoming Assembly polls in the state.

Written by Express News Service | Published: September 20, 2012 7:28:43 am

HP Congress poll panel to meet on Sept 24

Shimla: Himachal Congress president Virbhadra Singh has convened the meeting of the state election committee on September 24 in New Delhi for taking a decision on the candidates for the forthcoming Assembly polls in the state. This will be first time when all the senior leaders will come face to face with Virbhadra to lobby for tickets for their supporters.

Ease stringent green norms: Badal

Chandigarh:To remove the scarcity of construction material in Punjab,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday sought Union Minister of State Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan’s personal intervention to ease stringent procedures laid down under the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification-2006. Seeking a few amendments,Badal suggested that the state be empowered to consider the environment clearances of minor mineral projects irrespective of its area.

‘Sensitise farmers on crop diversification’

Chandigarh:Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday stressed the need for a comprehensive five-year agricultural perspective to push for the crop diversification in the state. Presiding over a meeting at the CMO regarding the two-day agriculture summit to be held in the first week of October in Chandigarh,Badal asked officers to make optimum use of the summit to sensitise the peasantry towards the importance for diversification.

SAD to enforce today’s bandh

Chandigarh:The SAD,which is supporting the bandh call given by the NDA and other parties on September 20 against the price hike of diesel,reduction in subsidy on LPG cylinders and allowing FDI in the retail sector by the UPA government,on Wednesday instructed all district units,party office bearers,MPs,MLAs and senior leaders to ensure that all shops,bazaars,shopping malls and other commercial establishments remain closed on September 20. Only emergency services will be exempted from the bandh,a statement by party secretary and spokesman Dr Daljit Singh Cheema said.

Three more die of scrub typhus

Shimla:Three more people died and 11 have tested positive of scrub typhus at the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Hospital. With this,till Tuesday,the death toll has touched eight and 116 cases of positive scrub typhus have been detected. IGMC Senior Medical Superintendent K S Rana said: “The most recent victims were Tara Chand (44) from Naina Devi,Suman (29) from Jandhuta Bilaspur and Kashmira (40) from Ghurmawin.”

Adopt climate responsive tech: Engineers’ body

Shimla:Himachal Pradesh Centre of Institution of Engineers has recommended the creation of an action forum for development and transfer of climate responsive technologies,besides creating a national level database. In a resolution of adopted by the Institution of Engineers,India,after a function held to celebrate the 45th Engineers’ Day here,the body resolved to develop technology demonstration centres and try to create a pool of professionals willing to work in villages.

SJVN pays Rs 99.17 crore dividend

Shimla:Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) — the profit-making PSU manning the 1,500-MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydel project in Himachal Pradesh — on Wednesday presented a dividend cheque of Rs 99.17 crore to Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in Shimla. For 2011-12,the SJVN has declared a total dividend of Rs 388.84 crore against Rs 330.93 crore of the last fiscal year.

Bakshi Ram Arora is Amritsar Mayor

Amritsar:Bakshi Ram Arora,a senior BJP leader,was on Wednesday chosen as the Amritsar Mayor. With SAD dominating the 65-member House with 25 seats and amid talks that that the mayor of the holy city should be a Sikh and from SAD,Akali leader and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Inderbir Singh Bolaria,who proposed the name of Arora. While Avtar Singh (SAD) was chosen as senior deputy mayor,Avinash Jolly (SAD) was elected as the deputy mayor.

Punjab received 24% less rainfall this season

Jalandhar:With Punjab receiving around 85 mm less rain fall this year than the last,the state has now been placed among states with deficit rainfall this season. As per the records of the Meteorological department,this year,Punjab has received 265.8 mm of rain from June 1,while the state witnessed 349.7 mm of rain in the corresponding period last year and 400 mm in 2010.

Swami Vivekananda statue in Punjab

Chandigarh:To perpetuate the rich legacy of Swami Vivekanand,Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday approved the setting up of a commemoration committee to chalk out a detailed programme for the year-long celebrations in the state to mark his 150th birth anniversary. It was also decided that a memorial — probably at the Amritsar-Attari road — will be built to mark the visit of Swami Vivekanand to Punjab.

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