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Chief Minister announces Girls Hostel at Sanjauli College

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Chief Minister announces Girls Hostel at Sanjauli College

Chief Minister announces Girls Hostel at Sanjauli College

Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh while presiding over the concluding ceremony of the three day mega HP University Inter-College Youth Festival-2014 at Government College, Sanjauli today announced construction of a hostel for the girl students of far-flung areas of the State. He also announced a sum of Rupees Four crore for a new block with parking facilities and the classes. He accorded permission for constructing over-bridge near the Sanjauli College connecting IGMC road with the National Highway.

He said all students of this college of ‘Centre of Excellence’ should definitely go beyond the sky heights in academics. “Sky should be the limit for them and they should not waste time indulging in undue politics”, he said, adding that more such colleges of excellence would be opened in times to come. He expressed happiness over the constitution of SCA of the Sanjauli College and said that similar procedure should also be adopted for electing office bearers in other colleges of the State as well. He had all praise for the SCA President Ms. Shaksharta.

Expressing concern of the growing incidents of violence in the HP University and in various educational institutions of the State, the Chief Minister said that such indiscipline would not be tolerated in the educational institutions of the State. He said that he was happy to learn that the Sanjauli College Students Central Association (SCA) was unanimously nominated. He said that many colleges in the State had been adopting the same pattern of nominating the SCA from amongst the meritorious students. He said that a committee headed by a retired Judge of the High Court had been constituted to look into the fee pattern and its report was awaited.

He said that the State Government had opened as many as 15 colleges in the far-flung and remote areas of the State during the present Government’s regime adding that the many new schools were also either opened or upgraded in the remote corners of the State facilitating the students, especially the girl child to pursue higher education at their doorstep. He appealed to the teachers to voluntarily serve in the colleges and schools in the far-flung and remote areas of the State so as to educate each and every child towards making a Himachal a strong and vibrant State. He exhorted the teaching fraternity to themselves opt for teaching in remote corners instead looking for postings in and around the cities.

Virbhadra Singh said State Government was making concerted efforts to provide technical and professional education to the students as these were the doors for opportunities for the youth in any developing Nation. Moreover, it will also ensure employment opportunities in various sectors including self-employment, added he. Expressing happiness that the Government Degree College Sanjauli has emerged as the ‘Centre of Excellence’ and had produced many luminaries who are bringing laurels to the State by serving as either high government functionaries, in defense services or were the successful entrepreneurs.

Such festivals should be encouraged so as to promote fraternity and to inculcate discipline amongst the youth, said the Chief Minister. He added that together with promotion and preservation of our traditional culture these festivals play an important role in inculcating the ethos and values.

The Chief Minister also distributed the prizes to the winners of the competition.

Shashi Bhushan Shekhri, Director, Higher Education thanked the Chief Minister for honouring the event.

Earlier, Joginder Singh Negi, Principal Government College Sanjauli welcomed the Chief Minister and honoured him and the other dignitaries present on the occasion. He also detailed about the event and the other college activities, besides the academic excellence of the college. He said that as many as 750 students from 45 colleges participated in the Youth festival which began on 16th October, 2014. Besides, classical shows, folk dance and folk songs of the State remained attractions of the event, he said. He also demanded adequate space for constructing the ground for the students and a hostel for girls in or around the college.

A colourful cultural competition display was also organized by the students of different colleges.

Ms Shaksharta, President of the SCA proposed vote of thanks.

Harish Janartha, Vice-Chairman HP Tourism Development corporation, Dinkar Burathoki , Advisor Education, PC Dhiman, Principal Secretary, Education, , Shushant Khapret, Councillor, Smt Meera Ahluwalia, Chairperson, HPU Cultural and Co-Curricular Council & Principal RKMV College, Dinesh Malhotra, Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, D.W Negi, SP Shimla, Office bearers of the HP Government, College Teachers Association, college faculty, staff members and students were present on the occasion amongst others.

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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.

Feature Photo: Pexels/Charles Miller

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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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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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