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Education to have a combine of social, spiritual and scientific component: CM



CM condemns Kugri-Sugnam sedition episode

CM condemns Kugri-Sugnam sedition episode

Dissemination of the knowledge is a serious and sacred mission and need to be carried out holistically. Education needs to have a combine of social, spiritual and scientific component to make it globally relevant, value oriented and economically productive said Chief Minster Virbhadra Singh while speaking on the annual function of Saint Edwards school, ‘Phulwari, 2014’, here today, adding that spirit of humanity, equality and harmony should be its guiding engines.

He said that Children when come to school have highly impressionable mind and are pliable and can be shaped.

“Our futures are shaped in our educational institutions and therefore teachers have a very sensitive role to play in the education of the students and I feel that there should be a greater interaction and activities between Government and Private schools”, said the Chief Minister.

Private schools are supplementing Government efforts in spreading education and it is expected from the institutions to maintain high standards of learning, added he.

“It is a great pleasure for me to be here on the occasion and also being student of this school in fifth class for one year, when this institution was run by Irish brothers,” he said.

He said that despite striving for their own livelihood, the students should also devote themselves in service of the people and contribute in building a healthy and a strong Nation. The youth should be committed for the Integrity and unity of the country, added he.

Saint Edwards happens to be one of the premier and an old institution having rich and long tradition of quality education and he was happy to note that the school had maintained its tradition of shaping young minds to be an ideal citizen of society all these years, said the Chief Minister.

He said that our Government was giving top priority to education and was spending 18% of the total State budget in the sector and an amount of Rs 4282 crore has been earmarked for education sector during the current fiscal.

“I am delighted to see the participation of every student in the function and I congratulate the students who have given wonderful performances in various spheres and also convey my wishes to the teachers who have guided them and directed their presentation” he said

Earlier, the Chief Minister hoisted the sports flag and took salute from the school contingents.

Later, the Chief Minister distributed prizes to the students for their achievements in academics and overall performance in various school activities and lauded their colourful cultural performance.

Bishop Ignatius of Shimla and Chandigarh diocese, after welcoming the Chief Minister said that the school has a long cherished history and they were considering opening a branch of the school under the diocese of Shimla Chandigarh in the tribal district of Kinnaur.

Father, Anil Sequeria, Principal of the School welcomed the Chief Minister and other distinguished guests on the occasion.

A scintillating colourful cultural programme based on the themes of integrity of the Nation and of Love for all marked the occasion.

Father, Manager Francis Xavier, MLA’s Sanjay Rattan and Anirudh Singh, Vice Chairman HP State Tourism Development Corporation, Harish Janartha, Mayor Sanjay Chauhan, Deputy Mayor, Tikendar Panwar, Deputy Commissioner, Dinesh Malhotra, were also present on the occasion amongst the members of the Governing council, parents of the Children, School faculty members and others.



Himachal to Set up 100 Swachhta Cafés Worth Rs. 10 Crore to Promote Traditional Cuisine, Collect Tonnes of Single-Use Plastic



swachhta cafes in himachal pradesh

Shimla-Swachhta cafe would be set up in Himachal Pradesh with an estimated cost of around Rs. 10 crores by the year 2023. The State Government would set up around 100 such cafes. Ten such “Swachhta Café” would be set up at important locations of the state with an estimated cost of rupees one crore with a target to collect  25 tonnes of single-use plastic items from different parts of the state by end of this financial year.

It was informed by Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar recently.

Under this “Swachta Café” program, plastic waste will be purchased from the ragpickers, individuals collecting waste from households and urban local bodies at Rs. 75 per kilogram in exchange for food or other eatable items to motivate the ragpickers and individuals to keep their surroundings clean.

The Swachhta cafe will be constructed under “Village Haat Scheme” where women will be facilitated to sell medicinal plants, such as giloye, peppermint, powder of neem leaves and homemade pickles, murabba, wheat flour, pulses, spices and vegetable vat reasonable prices.

The women running the Swachhta Cafe will be given training in the hospitality sector to enable them to cook popular traditional cuisine to maintain original flavour and taste of the dishes. Around 100 such women will be trained by the hospitality experts during the current financial year, he informed.

He further informed that a target has been fixed to train around five thousand women belonging to self-help groups in the next three years in the hospitality sector to run these cafes.

The first Swachhta Café was inaugurated at Gram Panchayat Radiali in Nalagarh area in Solan, which is to be run by women self-help groups and another cafe would be opened at Naggar in Kullu Districts. Under the scheme, if a person brings more plastic waste then he can use the surplus money for dining in next time in the cafe.

Minister said that the programme aims that villages are made completely free of single-use plastic in coming years and the entire state will be covered under the scheme in a phased manner in coming years. 

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HP Tourism to Cook 1100 kg ‘Khichari’ at Tattapani to Promote Tourism  



Tourism Festival at tattapani shimla

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department will organise ‘Tourism Festival’ on the occasion of Makar Sakranti on January 14, 2020, at Tattapani. It would be organised in collaboration with district Mandi Administration. This was disclosed by Director Tourism Department Yunus while presiding a meeting today.

He said that the objective of organizing this tourism festival is to promote Tattapani as a tourist destination. He said that for first-time tourism festival was being organised at Tattapani to make it tourism destination for Indian and Foreign tourists.

He informed that during this event, Water Sports, Satluj Aarti and cultural programmes would also be organised. On this occasion, 1100 kilogram’ Khichari’ would also be cooked and it would be especially cooked in a single utensil, he added.

This is for the first time in Himachal Pradesh that Khichari would be cooked in such large quantity and will be served to about 12,000 to 15,000 people. Special buses would also be plied by the Transport Department to reach Tattapani Tourism Festival from Mandi and Shimla on Makar Sakranti.

SDM Karsog, District Tourism Officer Mandi, representatives of NTPC, HPTDC, Language, Art and Culture Department and Tattapani Panchayat participated in the meeting among others.


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ADB funds Rs. 1900 crore tourism project for Himachal



ADB Funds Tourism Project for Himachal Pradesh

The design of the project is based on the detailed baseline data, a study conducted of 324 sites in 12 districts of the state, suggestions obtained from about 90,000 tourists.

Shimla: The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India has approved a tourism infrastructure development project worth about Rs. 1900 crores to be funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for development of tourism infrastructure in the urban and rural areas of Himachal Pradesh.

With the help of this ADB funded project, the state would develop tourism in rural, unexplored areas and improve the infrastructure of the towns and also generate employment for the local youths and showcase Himachal as the best natural tourist destination state, the State Government informed.

Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism Ram Subhag Singh further informed the project would be completed in eight years.

The project is supposed to focus on diversification of tourism to new and rural areas by developing tourism infrastructure, create livelihood and employment opportunities through rural, adventure and ecotourism.

The project also mentions the application of innovative models like incentive-based mechanisms for community-based tourism activities, augmentation of services like water supply, sewerage, solid waste, skill development related to the tourism sector, advertising and marketing etc.

He claimed it would be one of the finest examples of sustainable tourism in the Himalayan States.

The project will have both hard and soft components and will include beautification of towns, development of unexplored areas, conservation and restoration of heritage buildings, infrastructure development in adventure, eco, rural tourism with an emphasis on community participation and employment generation.

The design of the project is based on the detailed baseline data, a study conducted of 324 sites in 12 districts of the state and suggestions obtained from about 90,000 tourists and designed in line with sustainable tourism guideline for the Himalayan States.

The Union Ministry of Tourism, Union Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs and Niti Ayog have also supported the project for tourism development in Himachal, it was informed. ADB Funds Tourism Project for Himachal Pradesh

The Government said the Department of Economic Affairs was satisfied with the performance and progress of the State on the ongoing ADB funded project of about Rs.600 crores.

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