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CM announces various development schemes for Shimla Rural constituency

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CM announces various development schemes for Shimla Rural constituency

CM announces various development schemes for Shimla Rural constituency

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a massive gathering at Sunni Mela ground on the occasion of closing ceremony of the Sunni district level Dussehra festival in Shimla district today said that our traditions and customs needed to be preserved at any cost and the coming generations must strengthen the same.

“In the absence of preservation of traditions and culture no Nation can prosper”, said he. Counting developments in the area he said that three industrial training Institutes had been opened in the Shimla Rural segment at Jalog, Dargi and Sunni besides four Primary Health Centres at Totu, Gulthani, Nehra and at Dharogra. Two Community Health Centres were also opened at Halog and Jalog.

The Chief Minister said that Rs 105 crore IPH scheme was coming up for the area which would benefit 41 Gram Panchayats and solve the drinking water and irrigation problems of the people. He said that nineteen roads amounting to Rs 40 crore had been sanctioned to connect the remote villages of the area and 13 roads were likely to be sanctioned soon on which a sum of Rs 40 crore were being spent. Besides, two bridges amounting to Rs four crore were under construction.

He said that 42 buildings amounting to 240 crore had been sanctioned to be constructed in the Shimla rural constituency, which also includes a Judicial Academy. He also said that the School hostel if reparable be renovated and if need, be constructed in the plus two school Sunni.

The Chief Minister announced a sum of Rs 20 lakh for the internal roads of the Sunni Nagar Panchayat and Rs 20 lakh for Nagar Panchayat Office. He also announced Rs 50 lakh for integrated development of Shalli Temple and to provide other basic amenities to boost religious tourism activities in the area, besides improving temple ground.

He also assured opening of Block Medical office at Sunni.

The Chief Minister also distributed Sewing Machines to the Mahila Mandal Sunni.

He also inaugurated the ‘Dussehra Kala Manch’ at Dussehra ground Sunni constructed at a cost of Rs 13 lakhs for which he announced to give the cost of entire completion cost.

He said that Shimla Rural was his home segment and he was working whole heartedly for the development of the area. He added that developmental works had been speeded up in the area during past one and half years and special emphasis had been laid on opening more educational, health institutions besides providing road connectivity to the left out villages.

He also released the Audio CD of Sh Dharam Pal Bhardwaj and Uma Kaundal on the occasion.

Earlier, the Chief Minister performed the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Sunni Bus Stand to be constructed at a cost of RS 8.53 crore and also laid foundation stone of multipurpose hall of Government Degree College at Sunni to be constructed at a cost of Rs eight crores. The Hall, when completed will accommodate as many as 700 people besides having other facilities.

The Chief Minister also inspected the ongoing work of the Civil Hospital, Sunni being constructed as a pilot project under pre-fab technology and will be having 30 bed facility besides 20 already existing and said that the inauguration of the same would be done on 25th Nov 2014.

The Chief Minister en-route Sunni inspected Old age Care home being constructed at Basantpur being constructed at a cost of Rs 2.45 crore and directed to complete it within a stipulated time period. He also directed for construction of Panchayat Hall in the premises’ of BDO office Basantpur with intake capacity of as many as 100 people and asked to spruce up the surroundings. He also asked the PWD authorities to take over the Reog road in Basantpur for maintenance and improvement.

Vikramditya Singh, President State Youth Congress while speaking on the occasion said that with the support of Punjab National Bank a Multipurpose Vocational Training Institute will be opened at Sunni. He recalled the development works undertaken in the area during the present Governments regime and exhorted youth to come forward and co-operate in the development of the State. He also demanded the shifting of Block Medical officers Office to Sunni and said that the Government should keep in mind the interests of the youth while framing the welfare policies.

Kehar Singh Khachi, DCC president (Shimla Rural) and Chandershekhar Sharma, Mandal President, Shimla Rural Congress also spoke on the occasion.

Pradeep Sharma, President Beopar Mandal and Vice-Chairman of the Dussehra Mela Committee welcomed the Chief Minister and placed the demands of the area. They thanked the Chief Minister for the development works being undertaken in the area.

Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Shimla Gian Sagar Negi welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister and other guest present on the occasion.

A colorful cultural function was also organized on the occasion and CM announced a sum of Rs 25 thousand for the children for performing cultural programme and for the dresses.

Chief Parlimentary Secretary Mansa Ram, Deputy Commissioner Dinesh Malhotra, Chief Engineer PWD MS Thakur were present amongst other dignitaries present on the occasion.

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Video: Fire Wreaks Havoc at Solan Mall Road

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Solan Fire Break out 2021

Solan-A fire broke out at the congested Solan Mall Road today evening, which engulfed about three shops including a medical store and garment and shoe shops. According to the initial report received from the district administration, the fire reportedly started from a medical store, which was closed.

People first noticed smoke rising from inside the building and informed the owner of the shop and fire services. By the time, fire tenders reached the spot, the fire had spread considerably to a large part of the multi-story building. Sounds of explosions from inside the medical store caused a panic among the adjoining shopping mall and people present on the scene. These sounds of explosions reportedly came from bottles of sanitisers and other flammables products kept inside the medical store.

No loss of life was reported.

According to a report, two fire hydrants installed at the Solan Mall Road for such emergency situation did not work, which led to delay in extinguishing the fire. Meanwhile, property worth lakhs in three to four shops turned to ash. It took over two hours to extinguish the fire with the help of locals. 

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Ajay Kumar, had arrived at the spot. The exact losses were yet to be assessed. It’s pertinent to mention that the Solan Mall is a congested place with a large number of shops and the fire could have easily turned into a bigger disaster if it were not controlled. 

The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit. But it would be possible to cite the exact cause only after an inquiry, if conducted. More information was awaited.

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Himachal First State to Complete Assessment of Snow Leopard and its Wild Prey

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Snow Leopard Population Assessment in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-The assessment of snow leopard population in Himachal Pradesh has been completed by the state wildlife wing in collaboration with Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) Bangalore following the protocol aligning with the SPAI (Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India) protocols of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. Himachal Pradesh has become the first state to complete assessment of snow leopard and its wild prey.

The state has an estimated population of up to 73 snow leopards.

It is the first scientifically robust estimate of snow leopards and its prey for the State. Since snow leopard is the state animal, the study assumes great significance for Himachal Pradesh.
The exercise revealed that snow leopard density ranged from 0.08 to 0.37 individuals per 100 sq.km., with the trans-Himalayan regions of Spiti, Pin valley and upper Kinnaur recording the highest densities, both of the predator and its prey, mainly ibex and blue sheep.

This study covered the entire potential snow leopard habitat of Himachal Pradesh: an area of 26,112 sq.km., utilising a stratified sampling design. Camera trapping surveys were conducted at 10 sites to representatively sample all the strata i.e. high, low and unknown. The camera trap deployment over the mountainous terrains was led by a team of eight local youth of Kibber village and more than 70 frontline staff of HPFD were trained in this technique as part of the project. Snow leopards were detected at all the 10 sites (Bhaga, Chandra, Bharmour, Kullu, Miyar, Pin, Baspa, Tabo, Hangrang & Spiti) suggesting that snow leopards are found in the entire snow leopard habitat in Himachal Pradesh either as resident individuals of a population or as dispersing individuals navigating through these connecting habitats.

Another revelation from the study is that a bulk of snow leopard occurrence is outside protected areas, reiterating the fact that local communities are the strongest allies for conservation in snow leopard landscapes.

The NCF and wildlife wing collaborated in the effort and it took three years to complete the assessment. MoEFCC had launched the First National Protocol on Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India, on the occasion of International Snow Leopard Day. You can read the complete protocol here.

Snow leopard is the icon of high mountains of Asia. In India, they inhabit the higher Himalayan and TransHimalayan landscape in an altitudinal range between approximately 3,000 m to 5,400 m above MSL, spanning c. 100,000 km2 in the five states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. This area contributes to about 5% of the global snow leopard range.

Snow leopards occur over a vast, relatively remote and difficult to access mountainous area. Together with their elusive nature, this makes a complete population census of snow leopards an unfeasible goal. Even their distribution remains unclear. For example, recent surveys show that they do not occur in 25 % of the area that was thought to be their range in the state of Himachal Pradesh Their density is expected to be variable in space, dependent on several factors such as habitat suitability, prey availability, disturbance and connectivity. Variation in density across space also poses the risk of biased sampling, and, indeed, most of the snow leopard population assessments conducted so far across the world are biased towards the best habitats.

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

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third phase of Panchayat elections in himachal pradesh

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. 

Parwanoo Counciloor Nisha sharma

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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