Third consecutive season of crop loss for farmers; agriculture dept prepares relief plan

Yet another season of dejection stares at the farmers here as they prepare to harvest the Rabi crop, which has been badly hit by drought. According to estimates of the agriculture department, the production is likely to dip between 35 and 40 per cent as compared to what was expected.

Of the 151 fire incidents reported in last one week, at least 95% were forest fires

With the temperatures remaining nearly 10-12 degrees Celsius above normal, amid the extreme dry weather conditions, forest fires are spreading fast across the state. Nearly 150 fire incidents across six districts of the state were reported in the last one week.

And the summer has only begun.

The Pollution Control Board has unearthed 37 cases of bogus units which tried to evade authorities to get consent to operate after furnishing erroneous affidavits giving false declarations in various industrial areas of the state.

The attempt to cheat the authorities came to light when officials of the board paid a field visit to inspect the site prior to grant of consent to operate.

Hundreds of villagers today took out a protest march against JP Associates at Nalagarh, opposing the 30 MW captive thermal plant, extension of 2mtpa cement grinding unit and 3x10-98 MW DG set at Bagheri.

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Chandigarh: Jaypee Himachal Cement Grinding & Blending Plant, a unit of Jaiprakash Associates Limited has been commissioned at Bagheri near Solan in Himachal Pradesh.

All mega cement plants, except one, coming up in the state have fallen well behind schedule due to problems in acquisition of land, opposition from local people and failure of the promoters obtain various mandatory clearances.

Having overcome teething troubles organic farming has finally started making headway in the hill state with more and more
farmers securing the mandatory

The total number of deaths in Himachal due to swine flu has risen to six, forcing health authorities to launch a fresh information and education campaign with active involvement of private practitioners and hoteliers, especially in view of the tourist season.

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.

Two fresh cases of swine flu have been detected in the district in the last three days, which has taken the toll of swine flu patients to seven in the district so far.

The first case was detected at Dagshai Public School where a student who had gone back to his native place at Ambala was tested positive for H1N1 while the second case had surfaced in Parwanoo.