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Governor honours 18 Teachers on Teacher’s Day

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Governor honours 18 Teachers on Teacher Day

Governor honours 18 Teachers on Teacher Day

Smt Urmila Singh Governor conferred State Awards upon 14 teachers and honoured four National Award Winner teachers for the year 2012 in the presence of Virbhadra Singh Chief Minister in an impressive function held at Rajbhawan on the occasion of State level Teacher’s Day here today.Both, Governor and Chief Minister paid rich tributes to late Dr S. Radhakrishnan, former President of India, on whose birthday Teacher’s Day is celebrated. Both termed Dr. S. Radhakrishnan as a veracious personality, noble laureate, academician and an able administrator.

In her address on the occasion, Smt Urmila Singh urged all the teachers to undertake teaching profession as a ‘mission’ and serve the country and society with utmost dedication.

Governor underlined the importance of ‘ Guru’ and added that our culture accorded highest reverence for teachers and it was due to the learned ‘Guru’s’ and the knowledge possessed by our ancestors that India was regarded as a hub of Knowledge in the past.

Smt Singh said that teaching was a noble profession and carries a huge responsibility because the conduct, character and thoughts of teachers influence the students therefore, they should perform their duties honestly and sincerely. She said that teachers not only inspire the students as role models but also were nation builders.

She said that objective of education would not be fulfilled in its true sense unless good values were incorporated in the learning and added that students should be taught the importance of discipline, patriotism and human values so that they not only become educated but also good human beings and responsible citizens. She said that curriculum should include vocational courses in order to empower the students to opt for self employment but the goal of education should not be confined to mere employment generation or earning money.

Governor also released a souvenir on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh stressed on quality education and not merely to achieve the purpose of teaching just for sake of it. “The customary values and adequate knowledge requires to be inculcated in the students so that they get ready to compete at all levels and stand well settled. We want to produce such children who excel in all fields and at all levels”, he said. To achieve this objective, the teachers have to give and put in more efforts and equally maintain the quality of education being imparted to young minds” said the Chief Minister. He said the teachers should introspect that what else they can endow the society with and how they can further contribute in building a strong and vibrant Nation.

“Our education system needs a bit of revamping at primary and elementary levels and teachers to be made more responsible for shaping the destiny of the students for the better” said he.

The teachers were responsible for inculcating good values among students and proper guidance from them could show right path to them in their lives said he, adding that the country could get good citizens only through the active participation and guidance of teachers.

He said that State Government was committed for providing best education to children and added that the literacy rate was more than 83 percent in the state. He said that cent per cent enrollment targets were achieved in primary education and efforts were afoot to achieve the same in elementary and higher education sectors as well. He said that there was a wide network of educational institutions across the state with more than 15000 educational institutions in government sector alone. Many important decisions have been taken to equip the schools with all requisite infrastructure in far flung areas with adequate staff , he said and added that besides imparting training to teachers, impetus was being laid upon giving a concrete shape to child oriented education system under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan and National Elementary Education Campaign.

Virbhadra Singh said that efforts were being made to adopt computerized education system with special focus on promoting teaching mathematics and science subjects besides strengthening the infrastructure so that students could get best facilities to pursue education. He said that Schools were being opened, upgraded besides filling up of posts of teachers by following laid down norms. He said that during the tenure of present government as many as 695 schools were either opened or upgraded.

Chief Minister said that students of government schools were also given the facility of free travel in HRTC buses and added that 607 TGT, 529 C& V categories teachers were appointed besides filling up 1095 posts of JBT. The government also enhanced the honorarium of PTA teachers.

Governor conferred State Awards upon Bhupinder Gupta, Principal, GSSS Bhumpti, District Solan, Saraswati Nadan Prasher, Headmaster, GHS Rakhera, district Mandi, Madan Lal, Lecturer, GSSS Kakkar, District Hamirpur, Janamjay Singh Guleria, Lecturer, GSSS Shahpur, District Kangra, Sudesh Hazri, DPE, GSSS Sailgaloo, District Mandi, Som Singh Bhardwaj, TGT, GHS Bahi Pathiair, District Kangra, Ravi Shanker, Art & Craft Teacher, GSSS Takka , District Una, Ashok Thakur, Shastri, GHS Uschar District Kangra, Krishan Pal Sharma, Shastri, GHS Bharari District Shimla, Smt. Nirmala Devi, CHT, GCPS Domehar, district Bilaspur, Birbal Katoch, CHT, GCPS Bharagaon, District Mandi, Rajesh Kumar, CHT, GCPS Batheri, District Mandi, Ram Lal, JBT, GPS, Shodhadhar, District Mandi, Bhim Singh, HT, GPS Tarrur, District Mandi.

She also honoured four National Award Winners for the year 2012 including Rakesh Kumar, TGT, GSSS, Ambehra, District Una, Narotam Chand, CHT, GPS Deol, District Kangra, Smt. Soma Rana, Headmaster GHS Nasloh district Mandi and Sartaj Singh, Lecturer (Economics) GSSS Chandi district Solan on the occasion.

Ashok Sharma Director Elementary Education welcomed the dignitaries on the occasion.

Shashi Bhushan Sekhri, Director, Higher Education proposed vote of thanks.

A colourful cultural programme was presented by students of various educational institutions.

Sujan Singh Pathania, MPP and Agriculture Minister, Chief Parliamentary secretaries, Neeraj Bharti and Sohan Lal, Ali Raza Rizvi, Principal Secretary Education, senior officers of state government, teachers and students of various schools were also present among others on the occasion.

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Video: Massive Landslide in Sirmaur Caught on Camera, NH 707 Closed for Traffic

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Sirmaur-Incessant rains have caused another massive landslide in the Sirmaur district on National Highway 707. A 100 to 150 meters stretch of Paonta Sahib – Shillai road near Kali Dhank, Badwas, caved in within a few minutes.

According to the initial information received, no loss of lives or damage to any vehicle was reported as a minor slide from the hill had alerted the people.

The landslide completely damaged several electricity poles, causing a blackout in some parts of the region.

The district police is re-directing all traffic from Paonta Sahib to Shillai to the Puruwala-Kilod-Jong-Kafota-Shillai route.

Further, all traffic movement towards Shimla from the region has also been re-directed.

The HP Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for the state till August 2th, while widespread rain has been predicted till August 4th. 

The Met has also issued an alert for flash-floods for Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Shimla, and Solan districts.

It’s pertinent to mention that furious monsoon has already claimed over 200 lives and caused damages to property worth hundreds of crores in Himachal Pradesh.

During the last two days, as many as 21 people had died due to landslides and flash floods triggered by cloudbursts. Some of the persons who were swept away or buried were yet to be traced.

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Himachal: Cloudbursts, Landslides Claim 9 Lives in 48 Hours, 7 Still Missing, Met Issues Alert Till August 1st  

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Shimla-Monsoon continues to pummel Himachal Pradesh with deadly ferocity, leading to more cloudbursts, landslides, and flash floods. Several rivers and rivulets are in spate. Incessant rains could bring more destruction as the HP Meteorological Department has forecast widespread heavy rains till August 1st. While a red alert was issued for July 28, an orange alert has been issued for July 29 and July 30 and a yellow alert for July 31st and August 1st.

An advisory has been issued for locals and tourists to not venture near the river banks and avoid unnecessary travel as incessant rains could lead to more landslides, flash floods, and uprooting of trees.  However, tourists could be seen resolutely ignoring these warnings and partying near river banks and water bodies.

As devastation unfolds, the death toll due to monsoon induced calamities has reached nearly 200, while damages to property were assessed to be in hundreds of crores. Over 350 roads, including Manali-Leh, Pathankot-Chamba, and Shimla-Kalka, were blocked due to landslides.  Half a dozen bridges, as many as 30 houses and several vehicles were destroyed. Hundreds of tourists were reportedly struck in Lahaul.

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After a flash flood in Dharamshala, a massive landslide in Shahpur constituency, and a horrid rockslide in Kinnaur district that killed nine tourists and injured four people, a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday that washed away over a dozen of people, who were said to be labourers.  

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According to the Director of the State Disaster Management, Sudesh Kumar, at the time of writing this report, seven bodies had been recovered while four others were missing. The cloudburst occurred over Tonzin nallah in the Lahaul region of the tribal district. Rescue operations were in progress to trace missing persons.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force, which was on its way to Lahaul-Spiti through road, remained stuck in Mandi for several hours.  

On Wednesday morning, cloudburst was reported in Kullu district resulting in deluging of Bhramhaganga – a tributary of Parvati river. A  tourist, a 25-year-old mother along with her 4-year-old son, and a hydropower official came in its spate and were yet to be traced. Beas river was also in spate and people living in shanties on its bank were evacuated. 

Beas in spate

Rackham area in Kinnaur district also reported heavy losses due to a cloudburst on Wednesday morning.

While a rockslide killed one person in Chamba’s Saluni, a helper tagged with a JCB deployed for clearing Bharmaur-Pathankot National Highway was swept away by gushing waters of a nullah on Tuesday night. His body was recovered on Wednesday.

In Shimla, a landslide between Vikasnagar and Panthaghati crushed a vehicle and caused damaged to some others. Gumma khud in Chirgaon was also in spate and reportedly swept away a bridge and about four vehicles. 

landslide in shimla crushed car

Dharamsala received the highest 122 mm of rain, followed by Una 119 mm. In Solan district, Kasauli and Nalagarh also received over 105 mm rain. 

This widespread destruction has worried climatologists and environmentalists who are linking increased instances of landslides and cloudburst to environmental degradation and destabilization of hills due to developmental projects, including cutting of hills for widening of roads, construction of four lanes, hydropower projects etc. 

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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge

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Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

Video of landlside in himachal pradesh

On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

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As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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