Fifteen years ago the hillside of Karsog Tehsil in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh was covered with pine mono cultures. The officials of the forest department preferred pine as it is not eaten by cattle, grows quickly after a fire, is hardy, requires minimum effort and had a good survival rate.

Chandigarh: The state mandis will now be connected with Internet services provided at all centres. The Government has planned its computerisation project in such a way that the prices of agro-commodities would now be available online. The farmers would be educated and trained to use the new facilities.

Vikas Sharma / Chandigarh October 20, 2008, 0:25 IST

The Rural Workers Association (RWA) and the district administration here are on a collision course over the non-payment of wages to workers, unemployment allowance to those eligible and non-availability of work for 1,500 job card holders under the NREGA in Khalwahan, Khani, Thata and Bung panchayats in the district.

RWA convener Lawan Thakur and president Sant Ram met the district NREGA coordinator here today.

They said they had brought these issues to the notice of the administration several times, but no action had been initiated to give relief to the rural workers so far.

No one cares as rivers turn toxic

Some 15 years ago, pine-covered hillsides were the typical images of Karsog in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district. But pine provided little fodder for cattle. People in its villages preferred

Mandi: The high-profile Raid-de-Himalayas motor sport rally that reached today at Keylong in snowbound Lahaul-Spiti raised the ire of environmentalists, farmers and tribal writers.

Mandi, September 2
Power producers and the Himachal government are planning to contest the recommendations of the Shukla Committee before the High Court.

goa town planning minister resigns: Embroiled in a controversy over the Goa State Regional Plan 2011, the state's town and country planning minister, Atanasio Monserrate, resigned from the cabinet on January 3, 2006. In less than a week, the Goa chief minister, Pratapsinh Rane, sworn in BJP legisator Manohar Azgaokar in his place. Rane described the resignation as a decision "taken in haste'. But Monserrate blamed his party colleagues for his resignation, as they did not back him in the controversy surrounding the regional plan.