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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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Himachal Records 81% Turnout in 3rd Phase of PRI Polls, Congress Make a Come Back in Theog MC after 20 Years

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Shimla-The third phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutes in Himachal Pradesh recorded around 81 percent polling on January 21, 2021. The elections were held in 1137 Gram Panchayats in this phase. The highest 94 percent polling was registered in Lodhi Majra Panchayat of Nalagarh development block in Solan district. This information was released by a spokesperson of HP Election Commission

District-wise, Sirmaur recorded 85% turnout, followed by Solan (85%) Kullu (84%),Chamba (82.8%), Mandi (82.7%), Una (81.1%), Shimla (82%),Una (81%), Bilaspur (80.3%), Hamirpur (78.1%), Kangra (78%), and Kinnaur (70%).

 Further, 48 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation also cast their votes.

The Spokesperson said that the poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state.

Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on January 22, 2021, at block headquarters.

Congress made a come back to Theog Municipal Council after 20 years. While Vivek Thapar was elected as the Chairman of the MC, Reen Roy was elected as the Vice-Chairman. Congress has already registered wins in Rohru and Rampur MCs and Chopal, Kotkhai and Sunni Nagar panchayats.

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Congress After Registering Victory in Theog MC Elections

The HPCC chief Kuldeep Singh Rathore, while speaking to media persons yesterday, said that of the total seven Wards of the Theog MC, Congress has claimed victory on four wards while remaining three Wards went to independent candidates. Congress alleged that BJP had left no stone unturned to pressurize, lure, and threaten elected members to gain their support. 

Rathore mocked at the defeat of BJP MP’s bother in Mandi district. Further, the candidate in Ghumarwin of Bilaspur – home district of BJP Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda-  had also faced defeat, Rathore said. BJP candidate in Sujanpur – home to Union Minister for State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur-could also not register a victory and lost, he said.

Congress also registered a victory in elections to Parwanoo MC. Kuldeep Singh Rathore, said that winning candidate Nisha Sharma joined Congress yesterday. She had won twice from the same Ward on BJP ticket. This time, she was denied ticket and fought the elections as an independent candidate. 

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Nisha Sharma Joins Congress

Rathore alleged that the government has been trying to threaten Nisha by registering a fake case of illegal construction. Similarly, husband of Chandrawati – another Congress councilor in Parwanoo- who runs a depot was fined wrongfully yesterday, Rathore alleged.   

While BJP has been making claims of victory on the majority of seats, Congress had been terming it as a bluff.  Also, it had been alleging BJP of misusing government machinery. Independent candidates are being bought and allurements are being given to winning Congress candidates, Rathore alleged.  

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Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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Bird Flu Confirmed in Dead Poultry Dumped Near Himachal Borders, Ban on Poultry Products Extended   

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Himachal Pradesh Extends Ban on poultry

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has temporarily extended the ban on entry of poultry and poultry products into the State from neighbouring states for one more week. A notification to this regard was issued on January 18, 2021.

 The Government said that during the past few days, there had been incidences of dumping of dead poultry in the border areas of the State. Samples were collected from these dead birds, and disposed of the remaining birds as per protocol, it said. NIHSAD Lab, Bhopal, has confirmed Avian Influenza-H5N8 in the dumped birds.

Hundreds of dead poultry birds were found dumped along the Parwanoo-Solan stretch on the National Highway. The police was yet to identify culprits responsible.

However, the State Government said that the Flu has not been detected in the local poultry.

The State Government said that a “Bird Flu” outbreak was notified on January 6, 2021, in Pong Dam wetland of district Kangra. The count for migratory bird death due to the Flu had mounted to 4936 till January 18, 2021. On January 17, only 21 migratory birds died in the Pong Dam wetland area.

The State Government said a sharp decline was reported in death of migratory birds due to avian influenza outbreak in the Pong dam lake wildlife sanctuary.

Ten Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) of Wildlife Wing would continue to work in the wetland for collection and safe disposal of dead birds as per protocol till no mortality is recorded. 

Till January 18, 2021 outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in 5 States for poultry birds and in 9 States for crows, migratory and wild bird.

Culling of poultry birds had to be taken in all the affected epicentres including CPDO, Mumbai. Culling operation of poultry in Haryana was also underway. The outbreak has is causing losses worth crores to poultry farmers. 

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