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16th Raid-de-Himalaya to be flagged off on 4th October, 2014

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16th Raid-de-Himalaya to be flagged off on 4th October-2014

16th Raid-de-Himalaya to be flagged off on 4th October-2014

16th Raid-de- Himalaya would be flagged off on 4th October, 2014 in the afternoon from Peterhoff Hotel, Shimla. This was disclosed by V.C. Pharka, Additional Chief Secretary, Youth Services and Sports while presiding over a meeting convened to co-ordinate necessary arrangements for organising this event here today.

Pharka said that this would be the 16th Consecutive Raid-de-Himalaya and will start from Shimla on 4th October, 2014. He said that the first leg of the event would finish on 5th October at Manali after taking off from Shimla. The 2nd leg of the event will commence on 6th October, 2014 and after starting from Manali it would pass through Kunzum La and would halt at Kaza.

He said that the third leg of this mega event would take off on 7th October from Kaza and would move through Komik, Dhankar and would again halt at Kaza. The 4th leg after taking off from Kaza, would pass through Gramphoo, Darcha and would rest at Sarchu on 8th October. The 5th leg of the 16th Raid-de-Himalaya would take off from Sarchu and would pass through Debring, Daat and would again halt at Sarchu on 9th October 2014.

Pharka said that the 6th leg of the event after pushing off from Sarchu on 10th October would move through Keylong and would be back to Manali. 16th Raid-de-Himalaya would finish on 10th October and Prize distribution ceremony would be held at Manali on 11th October, 2014.

He said that about 150 teams from India and abroad would participate in the speed version called Xtreme while ‘time, speed and distance’ version was called Adventure Trial. He said that for two wheelers, the event was once again featured on the International Off Road Rallies Calender of the FIM, Geneva.

He said that State Government would provide Helicopter services to meet any emergency during the event besides private helicopter would be kept ready for evacuation. The event is being organised by Himalayan Motorsport Association Shimla in collaboration of Departments of Youth Services and Sport and Tourism, Himachal Pradesh.

Pharka said that Raid De Himalaya was India’s premier motor sport event having distinct flavour well preserved by the organizers as it covers about 1650 kms. through harsh and difficult terrain at 4000 meters and above crosses 11 high passes. He said that the Raid this year was a real life thriller as it would pass through some areas where temperature dips below -20 degrees Celsius. He said that due to recent floods in Jammu and Kashmir the rally route was reviewed and revised to facilitate the ongoing relief and rescue efforts in the State.He said that care was being taken to schedule day movements so that as far as possible, all competitive sections run during day time. The safety plan envisages the use of roving mobile teams and mobile ambulance units in addition to the required number of fixed ‘Fast Intervention Vehicles’ and ambulances.

Kamal Sharma, Director Youth Services and Sports, Amarjeet Singh, Commissioner, MC, Shimla, SP Shimla D.W. Negi, S.P. Kullu Surender Verma, Additional PCCF S.S. Negi, Additional Secretary, GAD Ashwani Sharma, ADM Shimla D.K. Rattan and Vijay Parmar, President, Himalayan Motor sport Association and representatives of Police, Information and Public Relations, HRTC, and other senior officers were present among others in the meeting.

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108 ambulance skid-off road near IGMC Shimla, lands on 2 cars parked in ‘No Parking’ zone

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108 ambulance accident near IGMC Shimla

Shimla: Two men were injured as a 108 ambulance skid-off the Sanjauli-Lakkar Bazaar road near the Indira Gandhi Medical College today morning. The vehicle fell down on two cars parked on the roadside in a ‘No Parking’ zone.

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The ambulance was carrying no patient at the time of the accident, and the injured included only the driver and an assistant.  Both sustained minor injuries.

The accident occurred at about 6:30 AM as the ambulance skid-off the road while the driver was reversing it. No casualties were reported and the driver and assistant escaped with minor injuries,

the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post incharge told Himachal Watcher.

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The ambulance crushed one of the cars badly and damaged the other one. Fortunately, no person was present inside these cars and on the road when the accident took place.  Otherwise, the result could have proved to be fatal. 

It is one reason why not to park vehicles in No Parking zones of Shimla. 

 

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Rs 2572 crore for Himachal’s irrigation and drinking water schemes

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HP irrigation and drinking water schemes

Shimla: The State Government today said that it has earmarked an amount of Rs 2572 crore for providing irrigation and drinking water facilities in Himachal Pradesh during the current financial year.

The endeavour, the Government said, was to bring more area under irrigation facility so that farmers could go for crop diversification instead of traditional crops.

The Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Kelodhar in Seraj assembly constituency of Mandi district, provided the information.It is Chief Minister’s first visit to Kelodhar after elections.

Further, it was announced that the Kandha-Bah-Batand road would be strengthened.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed ‘bhumi pujan’ of Kandha-Bah-Batand road (Phase-II) to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 358.53 lakh.

He laid the foundation stones of IPH Office building and residence at Kelodhar to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 74.36 lakh and of Science Block building of Government Senior Secondary School Kelodhar on which about Rs 1.50 crore would be spent.

The Government announced Rs 15 lakh for Kelodhar Panchayat for various developmental works, Rs 10 lakh each for GP Bara, GP Saroha and GP Parwara. He also announced Rs 3 lakh for Mahila Mandal Kelodhar.

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British-era Bantony Castle Shimla to become Rs. 25 crore cultural centre     

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CM said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style

Shimla: As a ray of hope for the Bantony Castle, Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh Government has announced Rs. 25 crores for the renovation of the British-era structure in order to develop as a tourist attraction.

This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while inaugurating the five-day long State level Gram Shilp Mela which was organized by the State Language Art and Culture Department here on May 17, 2018.

Bantony Castle is one of the historic and monumental buildings of Shimla town and has a very rich history. spread over around 20,000 square meter area between Circular Road and Mall Road.

The Chief Minister said the building is also an example of beautiful anglo-gothic architecture. However, this fact appears to be incorrect as the Castle is built in the mock-Tudor style, part chalet and crowned with sloping roofs with mini-towers.

Nevertheless, he further said that since this building was strategically located on the Mall Road thus could be an added attraction for the tourists.

 This complex as a whole would be developed in such a way that it not only becomes a tourist attraction but also a centre of rich cultural diversity of the State.  

The previous Congress Government had, in 2017, announced that it will be turned into a Heritage museum with a restaurant and recreational park.

Artisans from different parts of the State received an opportunity to exhibit their artefacts at the Gram Shipi Mela. The government said it would also organize District level Gram Shilp Melas besides Inter-state Gram Shilp Melas to promote the artefacts of the State.

It was further informed that the State Government has announced a new scheme named ‘Aaj Purani Rahon Se’ for exploring folklores, historic events and cultural tourism in the State. The government has also decided to introduce miniaturized cultural souvenirs of Himachal Pradesh such as musical instruments, Chamba Rumal, Kangra paintings etc.

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