30HP01A.qxd 10/29/2013 6:42 PM Page 1 c Shimla 21° 10° m b y HELPING HAND 4 Loan waiver may help weavers tide over crisis HIMACHAL DIARY 4 Play leaves audience in splits at Gaiety Theatre The Tribune Himachal Plus Shimla Wednesday October 30 2013 Green tribunal’s order to clean engraved rocks irks Buddhists www.tribuneindia.com In the lap of nature Seek CM’s intervention on rocks bearing mantras in Rewalsar Some Buddhists objected to it at which the officials demanded police protection so that work has been done under the supervision of the police. Rewalsar Nagar Panchayat Junior Engineer Ajay Sharma said two persons had been deputed since Thursday to remove paint and stains from rocks with the help of a blower lamp and a paint remover. He said the work was being carried out under the supervision of the police to avoid any untoward incident. Sundernagar DFO Ajeet Thakur said the staff was deputed as per the order of the tribunal and soon the staff of the Forest Department would start its work in the forest area. He said that officials of the Nagar Panchayat have been working on the other government lands. Earlier, a deputation of the Buddhists met officials of the district administration, but the officials declined to intervene into the matter. An employee of nagar panchayat cleans an engraved rock at Rewalsar. Photo by writer MAHESH CHANDER SHARMA SUNDERNAGAR, OCTOBER 29 Buddhists of Rewalsar are up in arms against the National Green Tribunal order to prevent the defacement of rocks in Mandi. They have appealed to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to intervene into the matter so that the orders of the tribunal could be amended. They alleged that the way employees of the nagar panchayat cleaned engraved rocks bearing mantras had hurt their religious sentiments. Acting on the order of the tribunal, which was passed during its circuit in Shimla, officials of the Nagar Panchayat cleaned the engraved rock, bearing some mantras (painted and carved), situated in the heart of Rewalsar town on Thursday. Infant mortality rate on decline in state, says Health Minister TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE SHIMLA, OCTOBER 29 Health and Family Welfare Minister Kaul Singh Thakur said the state had made a steady progress in bringing down the mortality rate, particularly Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) and Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR), which were lower than the national average. He said IMR of the state was 36 per 1000 while NMR was 28 per 1000 as compared to the national average of 42 per 1000 and 31 per 1000 respectively. He was speaking during the "State Consultation for Intensification and Harmonization of Efforts in High Priority Districts for improved Maternal and Child Health Outcomes" organised under the National Rural Health Mission and in partnership with the USAID recently. He said Himachal Pradesh with its unique culture of inclusiveness, social entrepreneurship and innovations managed to reduce childhood illness and death. The government had adopted various approached to take care of reproductive, maternal, newborn child and adolescent heath (RMNCH+A). It planned to induct 7,750 ASHA workers in the state and the process would be completed soon, he said. These workers would help to deliver better healthcare services, especially in the rural areas, he added. He said two nutritional rehabilitation centres were being established at IGMC, Shimla, and Dr RPGMC, Tanda, besides the establishment of special newborn care units in all district hospitals. Health Minister said condom vending machines were being provided at all district headquarters from November this year and sanitary napkins would be given to all adolescent girls. A new scheme of inter-facility transfer had been introduced for the first c time in the state under which patients would be referred directly to tertiary care institutions like the IGMC. The facility of 125 dedicated ambulances for pregnant women had been approved, he added. Principal Secretary (Health) Ali Raza Rizvi emphasised on the need of adopting a holistic approach to end preventable child deaths. James Brouder, delegate of the United States Agency of International Development, said Himachal Pradesh was excelling in the health sector and gave details of health programmes assisted by the United States of America in India. m y b A picturesque view of a butterfly sitting on a flower after rains in Dharamsala. Photo: Kamaljeet 29 sweetmeat shops raided BILASPUR, OCTOBER 29 A team of officials led by District Foods Safety Officer Atul Kayastha raided 29 sweetmeat shops in the district. The team destroyed sweets weighing two-and-a-half quintals as those were found unfit for human consumption.Reports said the team visited Ghumarwin, Barthin, Shah Talai, Daslehada and Balh Seena bazaars. Atul Kayastha said stale sweets can harm the human body and the checking was aimed at ensuring that consumers get healthy and fresh sweets ahead of Diwali. — OC
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