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Govt. to consider bringing Chail out of forest area: CM

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Govt. to consider bringing Chail out of forest area-CM

The Government would make available whatever extra land was required by the Military School at Chail in district Solan for expansion of its campus, however, the Chail Cricket Ground would remain with the State Government, said Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh on the sidelines of the Annual Day Function of Rashtriya Military School (RMS) at Chail today.

He said that the Government would also look into the matter of taking out the Chail Bazar and its surroundings from the forest area so that it could be developed into township for benefitting the people at large.

Earlier, while speaking on the 89th Annual Day function of RMS, the Chief Minster said that the cadets must keep in mind that in today’s highly competitive world, competence matters more than anything else. The students must tone up their thinking and communication skills and should show single-minded devotion to studies without loosing sight of their aim.

While trying to keep up the time-honoured tradition, the School had made bold forays into the contemporary teaching profession and adopted cutting edge technology like class-room automation and language lab to bring about a qualitative improvement in the teaching-learning process, along with strict insistence on discipline, aimed at helping the cadets grow mentally, emotionally and ethically in the finest tradition of public school education. said the Chief Minister adding that it is small wonder that this school had been recognized as one of the best boarding schools in this part of the country.

Shri Virbhadra Singh said that Rashtriya Military School, Chail had a long cherished history and high traditions and great many of the cadets had walked out of its hallowed portals to occupy high echelons of service in the armed forces and other walks of life.

The Chief Minister said that the number of prizes and glittering trophies that the cadets were awarded today in recognition of their achievements clearly points to the commitment of the school, which was well-supported by the aspirations of the parents of the children.

“I am greatly elated to witness the cultural show and the one Act Comedy which is a delightful display of your creative abilities and aesthetic standards” said the Chief Minster adding that painstaking effort that was put to nurture and bring out the latent abilities of the cadets was praiseworthy.

The Chief Minster also visited an educative and enlightening exhibition which displayed the Scientific Models, woodwork and paintings of the students.

He also distributed prizes to the students who excelled tin academics and other co-curricular activities.

Cadet Shivam Singh, the school Captain was adjudged as the best cadet of the school, besides Nalanda House was declared as the Champion house follwed by Ujjain house as the runner-up

Earlier, Principal of the School Lt. Col Vineet Ohri welcomed the Chief Minister and placed annual report of the school before the assembly and also the feat the cadets had achieved.

P.Sonn proposed vote of thanks.

The function was attended by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Dr. (Col.) Dhani Ram Shandil, Major General GoC sub-area Ambala Amritpal Singh, MLA Lahaul and Spiti Ravi Thakur, Col Mahesh Singh officiating Station Commander, Shimla, Col G.S.Mann amongst Students, Faculty members and the parents of the cadets.

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

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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

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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

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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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