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Himachal and Sweden exchange understanding on wildlife management

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A delegation of the State Forest Department led by Forest Minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri undertook a consultative visit to premier agencies in Sweden from 21-27th September, 2014. The goal of this high level delegation was to enhance understanding of scientific management of wildlife and develop appropriate long-term collaboration with premier institutes in Sweden.

The Forest Minister disclosed here the delegation exchanged understanding on human-wildlife damage mitigation, animal capture and radio collaring, zoo management, captive breeding of endangered fauna and wildlife disease control. The scope covered wildlife conservation in general with a focus on snow leopard conservation.

He said the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) have long-term collaboration with State Forest department and various institutions in Sweden to carry out state-of-art wildlife research and management and assisted in organizing this tour.

The team interacted with renowned research scientists of different universities on various methods to reduce and prevent wildlife damage and also saw the demonstration of the techniques that have been successful in warding off conflict with various species which could be used in Indian conditions too. The team also discussed intricate details of zoo management and captive breeding and also had deliberations with the experts regarding concerns of the State due to fears of zoonosis and animal health. The delegation also viewed the facilities, which included their sophisticated necropsy and forensic facilities.

He said the experts from Sweden appreciated the commitment for wildlife conservation at the highest level in the State as a very welcome sign.

Bharmauri said certain aspects of wildlife damage control, zoo management, captive breeding, disease control, and wildlife capture and radio collaring will be immediately implemented in Himachal Pradesh. He said the State would the work towards a more sustained mechanism of exchanging expertise, capacity enhancement and implementing common conservation projects.

The funding for the tour was provided through the Project Snow Leopard funds of the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, and supplemented by NCF, SLT and host organizations in Sweden.

The Minister was accompanied by officers representing various aspects of conservation and management in the State. The PCCF (Wildlife) &Chief Wildlife Warden, Dr Lalit Mohan, Addl. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (CAT Plans) SS Negi, and DFO (Wildlife), Satish Gupta, comprised the delegation and were assisted by Dr Yash Veer Bhatnagar of the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the Snow Leopard Trust (SLT).

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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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