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People of city got a rare opportunity to experience the magic of two contrast exhibitions that one in the form of Abhiyati 13- a photo exhibition and other opportunity to visit the historic monuments through means of photo exhibition that is going on in Gaiety to mark the celebration of World Heritage week

“In LAC exhibition I got lot of information about the state monuments where as in other one I got an opportunity to have a world tour through photographs”, Misha Verma, a local resident and a

The on going double exhibition at Gaiety on the monumental heritage of Himachal Pradesh by Archaeological Survey Of India, Shimla Circle and State Archaeology Language and Culture Department, Himachal and Abhiyati 13- Photography exhibition by the National Academy of Audit and Accounts, Shimla is receiving a very warm reception by people.

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While informing about the exhibition Abhay Singh, officer trainee at NAAA says, “We are celebrating the World Heritage Week and in the exhibition we have showcased photographs taken by IAS officers from batch 1975 to 2012. There are different categories and photographs displayed under the Competitive

section have been short-listed by after valuable judgment of Raghu Rai (Padma Shree-1972), Pablo Bartholomew (Padma Shree-2013) and Shipra Das (one of India’s first woman photojournalist).”

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“We received more than thousand entries and none of them is professional photographer. We even have various competitions for school and college students where they can give captions to displayed

photographs and win prizes”, he informed further.On the other hand in other exhibition people can see the photographs of the existing Heritage

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monuments in the State. The main thought behind the showcased photographs was to make the people aware about the rich heritage that The State has inherited from ancestors and to make people realize the worth of it by creating awareness among them. Other than that a list of various other heritage monuments in the entire country is also exhibited in the show.

In the exhibition there were approximately 150 photographs showcased including photographs of heritage temples like Nag Temple, Chaupal; Narvadeshwari Temple, Sujanpur; Hatkoti; Surya Narayan Temple to name some. It also showcases forts and Palaces in Himachal too giving insight into rich architecture of the state.

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There is a sharp contrast in both the exhibitions as on one hand there is non professional shots taken right from mobile cameras to normal pocket ones are exhibited where as on other cameras like Cannon Rebel XT; Sony Alpha100; Sony Cyber Shot W520; Nikon DMat; Sony Alpha100 and Nikon DMat; Cannon Powesrhot 640 and Sony Cyber Shot W520 have been used by the photographers respectively.

The brief description about the monuments are also coming handy for the people as Misha Verma, one of the spectators, while commenting on the exhibition said, “I am really happy to have visited the show as I can see photographs right from religion (Devi and Devtas) to sunsets and other landmarks under one roof. In LAC exhibition I got lot of information about the state monuments where as in other one I got an opportunity to have a world tour through photographs. It was really a wonderful experience.”

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International Mandi Shivratri Fair Begins in Presence of 150 Local Dieties

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Mandi-International Shivratri Fair of Mandi district on the occasion of Mahashivratri began on March 12, 2020, at the historic Paddal ground. While Mahashivratri is celebrated for one day in most parts, the fair in Mandi goes on for seven days.

After Pagri and worship ceremony at Raj Madhav Rai Temple – abode of principal deity Madho Rai- begun the taditional Jaleb, Shobha Yatra. This yatra is held on every every year on the occasion of Mahashivratri. It starts from Raj Madhav Rai temple to conclude at the Paddal ground. This year, over 150 deities participated in the ‘Jaleb’, the traditional Shobha Yatra from almost all parts of the district. A total of over 200 deities have been invited this year.  

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Thousands of people dressed in their traditional attire participated in the procession carrying their local deities dancing all the way upto Paddal ground.

Deputy Commissioner Mandi and Chairman International Shivratri Fair Organizing Committee Rugved Thakur informed this year as many as 216 deities were invited to participate in this fair.
He said that awareness Rath has also been included in the procession to drive in the theme of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao. It was followed by the performances by pahari artists on the first night of the fair.

An increase of five percent in honorarium of Bajantries accompanying the deities was also announced.

Chief minister Jairam Thakur also participated in the Yatra and Puja (worship). The state government is celebrating the festival as Swarnim International Shivratri Fair to mark fifty years of Statehood.

Though the Chief Minister cautioned the people that the world hasn’t come out of corona pandemic and there is a need to be cautious, he himself participated in the fair without wearing a mask or taking any visible measures for social distancing. From the crowd, some people were also heard asking the Chief Minister where his mask was . 

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He said that fortunately, the number of covid-19 cases were declining constantly, which was a big sigh of relief. 

Chief Minister couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to speak about his government’s achievements on the this occasion. “Three years tenure of the State Government has been full of achievements and accomplishments,” he said.

“This year the Mandi Shivrati has gained more importance as it was being celebrated this year when the Nagar Parishad has been upgraded to Municipal Corporation,” Jai Ram Thakur said.

Further, various Departments, Boards and Corporation have set up exhibition at Paddal Ground.

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Amid Steep Rise in COVID-19 Cases, HP Govt to Open Temples/Religious Places from Sept 10

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Shimla- The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh had reached 6830 by September 4, 2020. Yesterday the State reported 215 new positive cases with two deaths. The COVID-19 death tally rose to 48 with these new casualties reported from Sirmaur and Kangra districts.

According to the yesterday’s COVID-19 bulletin released by the State Health Department, highest 37 cases were reported in Kangra district followed by Solan (35) Sirmaur (33), Chamba (33), Mandi (32), Una (20), Bilaspur (7), Hamirpur (7), Shimla (8), and Kullu (3). Till Friday evening, the number of active cases in the state was 1815 as 4920 persons had recovered.

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin for August 4, 2020 ( 9 PM)

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Amid this steep rise in cases in Himachal, the State Government on Friday held a Cabinet meeting in which it decided to open temples and religious places from September 10.

 The Language, Art and Culture Department will prepare SOP in this regard.  Registration would be required for people entering the State till September 15. The quarantine requirement would be reduced from 14 days to 10 days. The District Administration would strictly enforce the use of masks and social distancing in the field, the government said.

The Cabinet decided to provide wheat flour and rice to the income tax payee APL Consumers under Public Distribution System as was being provided to them earlier on APL rates and provide them pulses, edible oil, salt and sugar on zero-subsidy on actual rates.

The State Cabinet decided to request the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India to sign Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) related to Affordable Rental Housing Complexes Scheme with the state government.

It decided to fill up 10 posts of class IV employees in Panchayati Raj Department.

It gave its approval to transfer Gram Panchayat Kot from Police Station Shimla East (Chhota Shimla) to Police Station West (Boileauganj)  in district Shimla to facilitate the people.

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Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman 2017-18 Announced, These 4 Persons Would be Honored

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Shimla– ‘Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman’ Award has been announced for the year 2017-18, informed the Secretary Academy Dr. Karam Singh on June 6, 2020.  

The recommendation of the jury the winners have been announced, he said, adding that four Shikhar Samman (awards) would be given in the field of language, culture and literature for two years and Rs. one lakh each would be given to each awardee.

He said that for the year 2017, Prof. Keshav Sharma would be honoured for contribution in Literature and special achievements. Folk Singer Mohan Rathour would be honoured with Language and Culture Shikar Samman.

For the year 2018, Dr. O.C. Handa would be honoured with Sahitya Shikhar Samman, whereas Dinesh Kumari of Kangra would be honoured in Art and Culture sector.

The ‘Shikhar Samman’ is given to the Himachali writers in the field of art and culture and to littérateurs from the country who worked for the promotion of Himachali language, traditions and culture.

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