The state government has banned mining in three major rivers of the state. The rivers include Chaki and Neugal in Kangra district and Seer in Bilaspur district.

The minister for IPH Ravinder Ravi gave this information while talking to The Tribune here today.

Chander Shekhar Sharma | Hamirpur

The Mid-Himalayan Watershed Project has caused the Himachal Pradesh gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate to shoot upto 9 per cent. The watershed project has been launched in the State by the World Bank.

Asiatic jackal (Canis aureus) is found to coexist with leopard and sloth bear in Marwahi Forest Division, Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh). Jackals were found to be omnivorous in this area; they consumed plant material, seeds and fruits. Jackals are creating considerable nuisance due to increasing biting cases to local people in Marwahi Forest Division.

Bilaspur: Sixtyfive gram panchayats of the Bilaspur district, which had attained distinction in the Total Sanitation Programme within the target time, were given prizes worth Rs 1.24 crore here yesterday.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal has urged the Centre to provide Rs 172.22 crore for funding the Water Supply Schemes (WSS) in drought prone areas of the State.

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The central empowered committee (CEC) of the SC will visit the state to inspect khair forests to ascertain whether or not the felling practices being adopted were leading to regeneration.

Shimla: Work on the Rs 350.33-crore first phase of the 66-km Bhanupali-Bilaspur rail project will commence soon. As per a communication received by the state government, 20-km stretch of the rail track will be laid in the first phase.

As reported by this newspaper, the Prime Minister

Due to failure of winter rain and continuous dry spell over the past several months, the Forest Department here has started a campaign to check forest fires in the area.

Hoshiar Singh Thakur, a zila parishad member from the area, has expressed resentment for thousands of people of the six gram panchayats of the Naina Devi area. The residents were forced to drink polluted water by the Department of Irrigation and Public Health through the Kala Kund-Naina Devi lift drinking water supply scheme.