14HP01A.qxd 8/13/2013 6:55 PM Page 1 c Shimla m POST-MONSOON STUDY 24.5° 17.2° b y HIMACHAL DIARY 2 Ground water level declines in wells of Sirmaur, Kangra Shimla MC outsources 102 public toilets to Sulabh International 4 The Tribune Himachal Plus Shimla Wednesday August 14 2013 www.tribuneindia.com Pinnacle Academy students showcase dresses in fashion show City of lights DHARAM PRAKASH GUPTA TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE HAMIRPUR, AUGUST 12 A night view of Shimla after rain. Photo: Amit Kanwar A fashion show was organized recently by Pinnacle Academy of Fashion Design, Hamirpur, on its annual day function, where models displayed dresses designed by the students of the academy. In the fashion show, top models from different parts of Himachal Pradesh, students of the academy and budding models from Hamirpur town, displayed a variety of dresses on the ramp. The fashion show, “Uttakarsh”, drew a good gathering from the town and Divisional Forest Officer Sangeeta Chandel was chief guest of the function. The show began with a spring and summer round in which dresses designed with traditional Sindhi embroidery, mirror work and patchwork, suitable for the season, were displayed. In the next round, party wears, drawing inspiration from the Angles, Tirah Lines tragedy: Scientific warning was ignored OUR CORRESPONDENT PALAMPUR, AUGUST 13 Despite the fact that the there is a complete ban on the mining in Neugal river and other tributaries of Beas, still large scale illegal unscientific mining, quarrying is going on unchecked in this region of the state. It is not only creating environmental imbalances but also causing huge loss to the state exchequer every year. The local administration seems helpless to initiate action against the defaulters who enjoy political shelter. It is on record that illegal and unscientific mining in Kangra valley has resulted in large scale deforestation, land slides and flash floods. Situation is alarming as over 20,000 hectares of land has been seriously affected by the mining, quarrying and other activities, resulting in drastic reshaping of landscape. Illegal mining has posed serious threat for the existence of dozens of irrigation and drinking water supply schemes which get water from the small rivers. The existence of Kirpal Chand Khual feeding over thirty panchyats comprising 100 villages of Palampur, Bhawarans and Daroh blocks and Charnamati and lower Baijnath Kuhals, feeding fifteen panchayat of Baijnath block, is in danger because of continuous mining in the catchments of Neugal and Binwa rivers. Despite extensive loss being caused to drinking water supply schemes, mining department has failed to check the illegal mining. The issue relating to illegal LALIT MOHAN/TNS DHARAMSALA, AUGUST 13 Army houses destroyed due to a massive landslide in Dharamsala last week. Photo: Kamaljeet in the area has active slide zone and affected area of about 108 sq kilometres. However, nobody cared about the scientific finding and the Army and private people carried out unabated construction in the area that finally led to catastrophe in which the entire area has now started sinking. The slide has now affected the lower areas also as the people are being evacuated from Sudher village downhill from Tirah Lines amidst fears of sinking of a hill side. The scientific study that was conducted by Dr AK Mahajan of Wadia institute of Himachal Geology had put many zones in Dharamsala, including Tirah Lines, Barakoti, Kajlot, Jogiwara, Dhial, Gamru and Chohla, under the category of active sliding zones. However, all these areas now have multi-storey buildings and are thickly populated. Like Tirah Lines, these areas could also witness landslides. According to the study, main factors for the areas being active sliding zones are geology, topography, high slope gradient, thick loose soil deposits made of clay material mixed with non-uniform cobbles and blocks. The study states that Dharamsala town is located between two major thrusts. These tectonic thrusts have developed number of splays that cause a lot of tectonic material in the area. Due to tectonic movement, rocks in Dharamsala are highly deformed, folded and fractured. The fracturing of rocks and presence of loose material coupled with high seepage leads to very high landslide hazard, Dr AK Mahajan's study states. Interestingly the campus of Central University Himachal Pradesh was now also proposed to be constructed in Gamru and Chohla villages that are active sliding zones according to the study. All the inhabitants of Tirah Lines village were families of ex-servicemen. About 23 families of former Continued on page 2 c m were showcased. The Indian lehnga choli, famous from the era of the Mughal period, especially popular as Awadhi costume, was the theme of next round, titled “Nazakat”. While different designs were displayed by the models, Indian dresses like Saris, Punjabi suites etc were of special attention in the show. In the fun and frolic round, children also displayed designed dresses. Telling unique features of the fashion show, Managing Director of Pinnacle Fashion Design Academy, Raman Sharma, said, “Through this fashion show we have tried to provide exposure to our students, who had been working very hard throughout the year to design dresses.” “Though fashion shows are generally focused on western dresses but we had tried to portray Indian dresses in their true sense by depicting Illegal mining on rise, administration helpless to initiate action The area in which landslide took place had been declared as an active sliding zone Last week an entire village, Tirah Lines, located on Mcleodganj-Dharamsala road, was destroyed due to a massive landslide. Fortunately there was no loss of life, as the people shifted out of their houses well in time. However, all 23 families, living in the village, were left homeless. Their houses are sinking down the hill slope. Besides the houses of villagers, 12 quarters of the Army came down about 100 feet as the hill sunk. Another about 25 houses were rendered unsafe due to the sinking hill. The incident should be considered as a harbinger that illustrates that ignoring scientific warnings regarding constructions in geologically sensitive zones can cause natural catastrophes. Interestingly the area in which the landslide took place had been declared as an active sliding zone in a study conducted by the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology. The study had stated that the area had a rotational slide involving debris, with moderate slopes at the top and steeper slopes at the toe level. Clay and small angular fragments of sandstones are the main constituents of the over burden material in the area. The active sliding zone Models display dresses in a fashion show, designed by students of Pinnacle Fashion Design Academy, Hamirpur. A Tribune photograph y b mining in Kangra valley is already under consideration before the HP High Court. A senior official of the IPH Department said if no timely action was taken, number of drinking water supply schemes will go dry in next three years. In the past three months, Palampur SDM Bhupinder Continued on page 2 Indian dress designs and dresses. Models had been out focus in the show,” he added. The chief guest of the function, Sangeeta Chandel, in her address said, “There is a vast scope in the field of fashion designing and lauded the opportunities provided by the Pinnacle Academy.”
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