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Chief Minister emphasizes on preserving deity culture



Chief Minister emphadata-lazy-sizes on preserving deity culture

Chief Minister emphadata-lazy-sizes on preserving deity culture

Emphasizing the need to need to preserve the culture and the ‘Dev Pratha’ of the State, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the Government was committed for preserving the rich traditions and rituals of deities in the State.

He was presiding over the meeting of the Kardar Sangh in Dev Sadan at Kullu today. He said our deities were inseparable part of our life and we were recognized because of our customs, culture and language.

He said that government had made provision of 12.50 crore for religious ceremonies and rituals to be performed in the temples which. “We wanted to make it as a revolving fund during previous Congress regime but the same was curtailed by the successive BJP government”, he said.

The Chief Minister said that under the Tenancy Act, the land of the deities was transferred to tenants and the then service renderers looking after work of deities . Few of them became the owners of the land which was allotted in the name of Devtas and in few cases the care takers themselves became the landowners with no one after to look into the affairs of the Gods and Goddesses and performing day to day rituals.

He said now the government has kept a revolving fund of rupees five crore for giving grants to the temples every year and the repair and renovations of the temples will be met with additional fund apart from the Grant, which was to be provided by the department of Language art and Culture.

“We should keep the Pahari Architect of the Temples alive during its renovations and repairs and the funds won’t be any constraint for meeting out the requirements”, he stressed.

Dot Rama Thakur, President Kardar Sangh Kullu district and T.C Mahant, General Secretary welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister and placed their demands. They demanded that the funds for the care and maintenance of the temples of the Local deities should directly come to Kardars and not through Panchayats.

The Chief Minister was also accorded a warm welcome at Dev Sadan by the district Kardar Sangh, Bajantris and others who had assembled in large number.

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Bat deaths in Himachal not due to Nipah Virus, Don’t panic: Govt



Nipah virus in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: To put an end to the rumours of Nipah virus outbreak in Himachal Pradesh after dead bats were found in Sirmaur a couple of days ago and then in Mandi district on Friday, the State Government today issued a statement asking people not to panic about it.

Apart from the outbreak of Nipah Virus in two districts of Kerala State no information regarding its spread has been reported from any other part of Himachal as well as the country, stated Additional Chief Secretary, Health B.K. Agarwal in a meeting held here today.

He said that only fruit bats (flying fox) have been found carrying this virus. These types of bats are found in the coastal regions of the county.

Therefore, there is no possibility of Nipah Virus in the bats found in Himachal Pradesh.

He said that the bats reported having died in the state were not due to the virus as these species do not die by Nipah Virus.

Agarwal said that a few days back samples from dead bats in Sirmaur were collected and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune for testing and all the samples were reported negative for Nipah Virus.

Additional Chief Secretary has advised people not to panic about the Nipah Virus. He said that all the medical colleges of the State were prepared to deal with the situation if needed.

Officers of Health, Animal husbandry, Forest & Horticulture department were present in the meeting, chaired by Agarwal.

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Met predicts state-wide rains in Himachal on May 31 and June 1



rain prediction for himachal in 2018

Shimla: As a ray of hope amid acute water-scarcity prevailing in Himachal Pradesh’s various regions including the capital town Shimla, the Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted state-wide rain with thunderstorms on May 31 and June 1.

If lucky, four districts including Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, and Shimla can receive a spell of rain on May 29 and 30 too.

With the rains, the people also hope to see a relief from the scorching heat of summer sun and forest fires. The Fire Department is reportedly facing trouble in dousing forest fires due to water scarcity.

As per the Met department, District Bilaspur and Una recorded 41℃ and 43℃ temperature on Saturday.

The farmers in rural areas and the public in towns, both are facing a hard time due to a shortage of water. Shimla town has run into a situation of chaos as the Mayor Kusum Sadret on Friday left for her China visit. The situation is such that the Chief Minister had to call an emergency meeting with Irrigation & Public Health Department to take stock of the situation.

The High Court had also taken cognizance of the media report and directed the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to provide adequate funds to the State for water-supply schemes worth over Rs. 700 crores.

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400 fire watchers deployed, Rs. 1.75 cr. sanctioned for checking forest fires in Himachal: Forest Minister



Forest fires in himachal pradesh

Shimla: The Forest Minister of Himachal Pradesh Govind Singh Thakur today informed that four hundred fire watchers have been deputed across the State and added that Rs. 1.75 crore has been sanctioned by the GoI for checking and management of fire incidents in the State.

Every year, forest fires in summers turn a large amount of forest wealth to ashes. 

He said that State government has started a new project from this year for management of fire incidents by spending Rs. 1 crore additionally.

He also claimed that with a view to check the number of forest fire incidents in the State, the department implemented an awareness campaign in the month of March which proved effective and a lot of support and cooperation is coming from people in tackling fire incidents.

He said that about 9500 people got connected to the website of Forest Survey of India Dehradun which proved helpful to them in receiving information about fire incidents in their areas.

He said that the department also started a toll-free number for receiving this information. He said that the information regarding fire incidents is coming faster this year as compared to previous years due to these measures and action is being taken instantly.

He urged the people of the State to extend support to the department.

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