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CM stresses for preserving cultural heritage along-with development

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CM stresses for preserving cultural heritage along-with development

CM stresses for preserving cultural heritage along-with development

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has stressed the need to preserve our rich cultural heritage and taking the State ahead towards development together by conserving rich traditions.

Speaking on the concluding ceremony of the International Kullu Dussehra Festival at Kala Kendra, he said Himachal was known as the land of Gods and was a treasure-house of many prehistoric temples. He said the ‘Dev Culture’of the State was unique and the life of the hill people revolve around the local deities.

He underlined the need to utilize the unlimited wealth which nature had endowed to the State without disturbing the ecology and environment. He remembered the first Chief Minister of the State Dr. YS Parmar for his contributions in making Himachal as 18th State of the Indian Union.

The Chief Minister said that Government was committed to provide best educational facilities in the rural areas many schools had been opened or upgraded in these areas to facilitate the students. He said the Mission of teaching fraternity should not be only to educate the students but also to make them intellectual, cultured well educated. He added if the children of the government Schools failed to give the desired academic results, the concerned teachers would be held responsible for the same.

He announced up-gradation of Government Primary School Rashol to Middle School, Primary School Punthal, GPS Bansha in Gram panchayat Kashladi, GPS Paah Gram Panchayat Kharihar to Middle Schools.

He also announced for constructing Outer Seraj Bhawan in Kullu for facility of the people of the Outer Seraj area visiting district headquarters.

The Chief Minister said that Rs 11.88 crore bridge would be constructed at Manali for which government of India had accorded sanction. He also announced construction of Bridge at 17 miles over River Beas with an estimated cost of RS 8.62 crore under NABARD, jeepable bridge over River Beas at Kalath at a cost Rs 1.17 crore and a bridge over River Beas at Nehru Kund in Manali to be constructed at a cost of Rs. nine crore.

He said that the National Highway Authority Of India (NHAI) was on job for widening the Kiratpur- Ner Chowk road and then till further to Manali. It would be made four lane later, with two lanes each on the left and two on the right bank of the Beas river till Manali.

He also announced 300 bed facility for regional hospital Kullu and a fire Station at Larji in Banjar assembly Segment.

The Chief Minister also honoured the Indian Kabaddi team members Ajay Thakur, Kavita Thakur and Pooja Thakur which won gold medals in the Asian Games at Incheon in South Korea.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the first of its kind district Library in Kullu with all modern facilities like wi-fi, book café etc. He said that it was an appreciable effort of the district administration and such more libraries were required to be opened in the each sub-division of the State. The library was first of its kind in India and had a unique collection of books suiting to the interests of people of all ages. He also appreciated the children section within the complex.

Virbhadra Singh also appreciated the efforts of the district administration for conducting the week-long festival with great fervor by adding many new attractions to the festival besides the mega dance show which marked its place in Limca Book of records. He said that such type of tradition and practice would be made a routine affair.

Maheshwar Singh, local MLA appreciated the efforts of the Chief Minister in preserving the culture of the State especially his concern for the deities of the Pradesh. He said the entire Kardar Sangh was grateful to the government for creating a revolving fund for the deities to the tune of rupees five crore. He also demanded licenses for chowkidars guarding the ancient temples of the State.

He also appreciated the steps taken by the Government for taking action against those who fleece the people along the road sides in the name of God by carrying palanquins of the local Gods. He thanked the Chief Minister for Trauma Centre at the district Hospital and for Community Health Centre at Tegubehar. He thanked the Deputy Commissioner Kullu for contributing Rs 40 lakh under Local Area Development Authority (LADA) for bridge over Sarvari Nullaha.

Karan Singh, MLA Banjar while welcoming the Chief Minister demanded opening a sub-depot of HRTC at Banjar and also to open a fire Station at Larji. He also demanded opening of PWD Sub-division at Banjar, IPH Subdivision at Larji and Electricity Sub-division at Sidhwa in Banjar Constituency.

Hari Singh Sharma, Zila Parishad Chairman, listed the development activities of the present congress regime.

District Congress President Budhi Singh Thakur, demanded 300 bed hospital for the district.

Earlier, Rakesh Kanwar Deputy Commissioner welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister.

Present on the occasion were Raghuvir Singh Thakur, Wool federation Chairman, Tek Chand Dogra, Vice Chairman SC/ST Corporation,Y.K. Mishr, Chairman APMC (Kullu and Lahaul Spiti) and other Chairmen Vice Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations and other dignitaries.

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As major achievement, Nauni varsity scientists bag International project on oilseed research

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Nauni varsity scientists bags international project

Solan: Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, was in news last week after Jagriti Thakur, a research scholar at the varsity, won US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Scholar Award for the year 2018.

This week, in a major achievement, the scientists of Department of Plant Pathology at the UHF, have bagged an International collaborative project on developing cutting-edge technology for inducing biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability.

The University will work with nine leading research organisations of the country besides seven renowned research institutes of United Kingdom in the project. The three-year project has a total budget outlay of more than Rs 7.27 crore as Indian component, which will be distributed to the 10 Indian institutes, which are part of the project. Each Indian institute will work on a different aspect of the project with a researcher working on the same area in the UK.

The project has been sanctioned under the prestigious NEWTON BHABHA Fund UK- India Pulses and Oilseed Research Initiative (PORI). The fund has been created by BBSRC of the Government of the United Kingdom and the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI.

BBSRC which is a part of UK Research and Innovation, a body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations and government for promoting research and innovation is also making upto £3.5 million available to support the UK components of this research.

Dr HR Gautam, Professor and Head of Department of Plant Pathology informed that Dr Anil Handa, Professor of Plant Pathology will be the Principal Investigator and coordinator of this project while Dr Rajnish Sharma working in the Department of Biotechnology will act as the Co-Investigator.

He added that this achievement is one of the cherished moments in 55 years history of the department. Dr JN Sharma, UHF Director of Research, said that the University is making continuous efforts to get projects from various funding agencies and engage in collaborative work to strengthen the research capabilities and infrastructure.

India is one of the major producers and consumers of oilseeds crops in the world. The university scientists will work on ‘Genomics-led improvement of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability’ by utilizing state-of-art advanced molecular approaches like CRISPER/Cas9 for mapping the genes conferring resistance to turnip mosaic virus (TuMV).

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The Plant Virology laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology

The Plant Virology laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology is an internationally acclaimed laboratory and has facilities for conducting molecular level research for determining the genetic diversity of TuMV in Northern India and developing a panel of Indian TuMV isolates for evaluating European and Indian sources of resistance.

Besides Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, the University of Delhi, South Campus; NIPGR, New Delhi; NBPGR, New Delhi; NRCPB, New Delhi; IARI, New Delhi; PAU, Ludhiana; CAZRI, Jodhpur; DRMR, Bharatpur and IIT Kharagpur will be a part of the project. The University of York, University of Hertfordshire, University of Warwick, University of Essex, Earlham Institute and Rothamsted Research will be the investigators from the United Kingdom.

While congratulating the scientists, UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma said that the project will go a long way in using the latest techniques in biotechnology for disease management to increase the productivity of oilseed crops. This project will also help train our students in using molecular markers for crop improvement.

Through this collaborative project, efforts are being made to encourage multi-institutional collaborations between UK and Indian researchers to undertake high-quality research aimed at increasing crop productivity, resilience, sustainability and quality of pulses and oilseeds grown for food or feed in India. Pulses and oilseeds are important crops in India.

Pulses are relatively under-used crops in the UK but are a major source of dietary protein in India. Oilseeds are grown in both countries and are a valuable source of oil for a variety of uses, as well as animal feed. This collaborative project aims to develop exploit genomic and bioinformatic resources to aid the development of improved varieties for sustainable crop production.

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MoU to construct Naina Devi-Anandpur Sahib ropeway signed

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Shimla: A Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) to build ropeway between Shri Naina Devi and Shri Anandpur Sahib was signed by Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Ram Subhag Singh, Himachal Pradesh and Secretary Tourism Punjab Vikas Pratap Singh, in Chandigarh today.

The MOU in the presence of Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his Punjab counterpart Captain Amrinder Singh.

This ropeway will be constructed by Shri Naina Devi and Sri Anandpur Sahib Ji Ropeway Company Pvt Ltd with an estimated cost of Rs. 210 crores. The ropeway would cover a distance of 3.5 km.

A 10-member Board of Directors would be formed, and each government would nominate five members. The Chairman of the Board of Directors would be nominated by the Punjab government and the Managing Director would be appointed by the Himachal government. Both the governments will deposit 50 Lakhs each as an initial investment.

Chief Minister said that the lower terminal of this project would be at Rampur near Shri Anandpur Sahib, the Intermediate station will be at Toba in Himachal and the upper terminal point would be at Shri Naina Devi. The tourism departments of both the states would work as nodal agencies for this work.

The Tourism and Local Bodies Ministers Navjot Singh Sidhu said that inking of MoU by both the Chief Ministers on the auspicious birthday of Sheed-e- Azam Bhagat Singh is a big gift to the mankind.

In 2012-13, the efforts were made to build this ropeway and 14 acres of land was also acquired for this but due to some circumstances, the work could not be completed.

Naina Devi is one of the 52 famous Shakti Peethas of the country and is one of the most prominent religious places for not only the peoples of the country but the entire world. Likewise, Shri Anandpur Sahib is also a prominent international the religious place.

This project would boost the tourism sector in both the states alongwith strengthening the bond between two states besides facilitating the devotees visiting these two religious places.

It was informed that 80 percent pilgrims come to Shri Naina Devi from Punjab and during last one year, 20 Lakh devotees paid their obeisance in this Shakti Peeth.

The Chief Minister informed that for the construction of this impending ropeway, the matter had been taken up with his Punjab counterpart Captain Amarinder Singh on February 26, 2018.

The Chief Minister of Punjab said that with the construction of this ropeway the pilgrims of Punjab would get rid of the difficulty in reaching Shri Naina Devi.

He said that people of both the states would like to see this project completed at earliest and three year’s time frame has been fixed for its completion.

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Himachal suffers Rs. 1479 crore losses in 4 days alone, Centre releases Rs. 122 crore for rehabilitation

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Monsoon losses in Himachal pradesh in 2018

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh has suffered losses of about Rs. 1479 crore and during the last four days alone. Five choppers of Indian Air Force had been pressed into service to evacuate the stranded tourists and local people.

Chief Minister, who chaired a review meeting today, informed that the Centre Government has released Rs. 122 crore as the first instalment for the State for undertaking immediate rehabilitation measures.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur during meeting held today

Over one thousand people have been rescued from Lahaul valley out of these 147 have been airlifted and remaining have been evacuated by road.

He said the road would be cleared upto Baralacha by this evening. All the rescued people were being taken for medical examinations. Efforts were being made to restore communication network in Lahaul valley.

He directed the officers to ensure adequate availability of essential commodities in the valley. He said that a team of BSNL would visit Sisu today for the restoration of communication in the area. The Government has assured all possible help to the BSNL in restoration work.

Out of 18 towers of BSNL in the valley, seven were working properly.

It was informed in the meeting that 18000-litre petrol and 27000-litre diesel was made available. LPG and other food items were also in sufficient quantity. It was informed in the meeting that water Supply to Manali has been restored and Lahaul valley was also almost restored.

Till the electricity supply was restored in the valley, efforts would be made to provide solar lamps and lights to the people, it was informed. Small transformers would be airlifted from Kullu to replace damaged transformers.

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