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Nankhari to brought under SADA: CM

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Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a public meeting at Nankhari in Shimla district today announced to bring Nankhari under Special Area Development Authority (SADA) to ensure planned development of the area with proper sewerage system and other basic facilities. He said that the Sub divisional Magistrate (SDM) Rampur would be the chairman of the committee and all the designs/maps pertaining to construction would be passed by him.

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The Chief Minister said that a metalled road would be constructed from Nankhari till the college at a cost of Rs 20 crore and in terrace pattern, so that the coming generations may have better educational facilities near to their homes.

He said that the Government during its present tenure had opened as many as 15 colleges in the far-flung and rural areas of the State and provision for adequate funding for the same had been also made. He said that it was the need of the hour to provide quality education to the girl child in the State and the Government was endeavouring to open more educational Institutions in the rural and far flung areas.

The Chief Minister said that if a girl child was educated; the whole society was educated adding that the Government would ensure that colleges have enough teaching staff. He expressed happiness that as many as 600 children were studying in the College in the remote Shillai area and out of the total children, 400 were girls. “ I feel elated to see the Girls coming forward in all fields and taking keen interest in pursuing higher education, which otherwise would have been a distant dream for them, if the present government had not opened educational institutions in tribal and far flung areas”, he said.

He said that all functional posts of the teachers would be filled up and even the school management committees were empowered to keep teachers where necessary.

Virbhadra Singh said that as many as 13 senior secondary schools were functioning in and around Nankhari, which boasts of the achievements of the Government in strengthening the education sector. “ Sab Pade, Sab Badein”, this is the motto of our Government and people should come forward to educate the girl child, so as to educate the society as a whole, said the Chief Minister. He said that the admissions to colleges in the urban areas would now be limited so that the children may study in colleges opened near to their homes and not rush to towns and cities spending a lot.

Raising concern over the encroachments on government land in few areas in the State, the Chief Minister cautioned that the forest Land should not be misutilized for personal benefits.Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Nand Lal while speaking on the occasion said that Tikkar-Kahamadi road work had been awarded and the work on it will soon commence. He thanked the CM for appointing Block Medical Officer in Nankhari and said that the irrigational facilities provided in the area were sufficient enough. He thanked the Chief Minister for giving consent for a proper place for a market at Nankhari.

Darshan Singh Thakur, former Block President Congress thanked the Chief Minister for the development works being carried out in the area.

Devender Thakur, Pradhan Gram Panchayat Nankhari, welcomed the Chief Minister and also forwarded the demands of the area.

President Congress Zone Nankhari, Rajinder Chauhan also spoke on the occasion and thanked the Chief Minister for laying foundation stones and inauguration of projects worth 20.45 crore. He also thanked the Chief Minister for carrying out other development works in the area.

Kesar Singh Mehta, President Nankhari Valley Truck Operator Union presented a cheque of Rupees one lakh one thousand towards the Chief Minister Relief Fund and President, Beopar Mandal Nankhari, Darshan Thakur also contributed a sum of Rs 51 thousand towards the CM Relief Fund.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated Forest Complex constructed at a cost of Rs 45 lakh at Nankhari and also laid foundation stone of Government Degree College, Nankhari to be constructed at a cost of Rs 20 crore.

Chairman Kailash Federation, . Brij Lal, District Congress President (Rural), Kehar Singh Khachi, Block Congress President, Rampur, Satish Verma, Chairperson, Panchayat Samiti Nankhari Smt. Krishna Devi, Vice President Panchayat Samiti Nankhari, Rajeev Thakur, Pradhans and up-Pradhans of nearby Panchayats, Deputy Commissioner, Dinesh Malhotra, Superintendent of Police, D.W Negi and other senior officers of the district were also present on the occasion amongst others.

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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