16HP01A.qxd 10/15/2013 6:18 PM Page 1 c Shimla 24° 11° m b y VIGNETTES 3 KL Saigal used to enthral listeners during his Shimla stay HIMACHAL DIARY Exhibition of photographs on British landscapes, architecture 4 The Tribune Himachal Plus Shimla Wednesday October 16 2013 Tranquil moments www.tribuneindia.com Mystery shrouds death of 25,000 brown trout fingerlings KULDEEP CHAUHAN/TNS BAROT (MANDI), OCTOBER 15 Mystery shrouds the recent "high mortality of 25,000 brown trout fingerlings" from a fish seed farm here this year. This is the only fish farm that produces brown trout seed for farmers and for stocking in trout-rich habitats in Uhal, Tirthan, Parbati, Sainj, Pabbar and other fresh water rivers in the state. The Fisheries Department is out to keep the “high and mysterious mortality of over 25,000 fingerling under wraps”. The fingerling “died due to negligence on the part of the supervisory staff here as there was no fulltime fishery officer here from May till the recent time”, revealed insiders. Because of the mortality of the brown trout fingerlings The trout hatchery Barot in Mandi. Photo by writer at the farm, the Fisheries Department has no trout seed available to stock the brown trout in its fresh water habitats in Tirthan, Parbati, Sainj and other natural streams in Kullu, Mandi, Chamba and other parts of the state, members of the HP HAMIRPUR Angling Association (HPAA) and Trout Conservation and Angling Association (TCAA), Kullu, said. Trout farmers are suffering huge losses as brown trout seed was not available for stocking and breeding this year as thousands of finger- lings had died at the Barot farm, charged Krishan Sandhu, secretary, TCAA. “The brown trout needs 24x7 monitoring once it lays eggs. The fingering needs right feed after two hours, but this protocol is being ignored,” said KB Ralhan, secretary general, HPAA. “The brown trout is the only fish for angling in rivers. But it is a pity that thousands of brown trout have allegedly perished at the farm,” he said. The Barot farm can produce 55,000 brown trout every year. “Fisheries officials had told them at an angling meet at Kasol in May that they would stock 25,000 brown trout in Kullu this year, but they have no seed at Barot,” Sandhu said. On the other hand, the officials of the Fisheries Depart- PARLIAMENT ment claimed that there was no large-scale mortality of brown trout and they supplied seeds to farmers as per their demands. “We have ordered an inquiry and will take action against those found guilty. However, we have stocked 20,000 brown trout in Chamba this year. Last year, we have stocked enough quantity in Kullu," said Gurcharan Singh, director-cum-warden, Fisheries. “The mortality of brown trout remains on a higher side in the rivers and they are finding reasons as to why it has been happening,” he said. “The inquiry report will be submitted in a month’s time,” the director added. Rajinder Paul, fisheries officer, Barot, said he had joined recently and no “mortality was reported” during his time so far. SEAT Congress starts process to finalise candidate DHARAM PRAKASH GUPTA els, the process for finalising Congress candidate for the Hamirpur parliament constituency has also gained momentum. In this connection, process for zeroing on candidates has already begun and reports through AICC observers, TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE HAMIRPUR, OCTOBER 15 A view of a sun set in Dharamsala. Photo: Kamaljeet As the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) is gearing up for the coming parliament elections and gathering feedback at various lev- Palampur Rotary Eye Hospital provides affordable eye care The Mela Mal Sood Rotary Eye Hospital building at Maranda near Palampur in Kangra. A Tribune photograph LALIT MOHAN TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE DHARAMSALA, OCTOBER 15 Mela Mal Sood Rotary Eye Hospital, Maranda, near Palampur, has evolved as a model hospital in the private sector that is providing affordable and free eye-care to the patients in the state. The hospital started as a small unit in 1985 on a piece of land donated by Mela Mal Sood. Now, the hospital has three branches -- one each at Dusara in Una and Pragpur in Kangra, besides the parent branch at Maranda, Palampur. The hospitals have performed about 1.30 lakh eye surgeries so far in the state, including about 20,000 free surgeries for poor patients. The hospitals that are being run by the Trust under the chairmanship of a philanthropist from Palampur, Dr Shiv Kumar, have the state-of-the-art machinery. It is the only hospital in Continued on page 2 c m y b besides through different agencies, are being collected. An AICC observer has already toured the state and had collected information through interaction with block Congress leaders, MLAs and district party leaders. The AICC has been laying special emphasis on the Hamirpur parliament seat and has asked Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) leaders to concentrate more on the Hamirpur parliament seat. The Hamirpur constituency is at present represented by Anurag Thakur, national president of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha and son of former Chief Minister PK Dhumal, in the Parliament. Hamirpur district, the home district of Dhumal, had been a stronghold of the BJP Continued on page 2
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