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Dr. Parmar’s contribution for Himachal Unforgettable: CM Inaugurates cultural evening of Renuka fair

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Dr- Parmars contribution for Himachal Unforgettable-CM Inaugurates cultural evening of Renuka fair

It was due to the efforts of the first Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh late Dr. Y.S.Parmar that Himachal became the 18th State of Indian Union and we are indebted to him for his efforts for making the State progress leap and bounds said Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh after inaugurating the cultural evening of International Renuka fair at Renuka in Sirmaur district on late Sunday evening.

Chief Minister said that Dr. Parmar was held in high esteem by the then congress leaders of the Country, and had strong association with them and the time when many small princely States were being integrated to form a united ‘Bharat’ under the leadership of first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. At the very moment Dr. Parmar pleaded for making Himachal a separate entity though few people were opposing the same and were of the opinion of merging Himachal with Punjab, he said.

“It was a historic day that when the tricolor was being hoisted proudly on the Red Fort at Delhi on 15th August 1947 by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the whole country joined in celebrations of Independent India, which was due to the long struggle of the Congress, and Himachal got separate identity due to the consistent efforts of congress and the credit goes to Dr. Parmar, who was the real ‘Himachal Nirmata” said the Chief Minister, adding that the Congress was and will remain the real benefactor of the people of the State, said he. Since achieving statehood and undergoing initial struggle, Himachal today stands as one of the most developed State of the Country, said the Chief Minister.

Virbhadra Singh said that as of today many opportunists were cropping up in the political arena. They come, they watch and they go, he said adding that they have vested interests and work for themselves rather working for the people, he said. The Congress is a party of a common man and works for the welfare of its people and not like those who come in politics for their own selfish motive.

Chief Minister said that the coming generation needs to preserve the culture and customs of the State and backtracking the ‘Dev Sanskriti’, the State’s culture, its customs and language would be lethal.

Listing the developments in the Sirmaur, he said that the government preferred Indian Institute of Management (IIM) to be opened in Kolar in Sirmaur and there were only few IIM’s in the Country. The Government announced one medical college for the district Sirmaur besides two to be opened at Hamirpur and Chamba. He said that the Government had opened many health & educational

institutions in the district and development of Sirmaur was the priority of our Government, he said, adding that the people of Sirmaur were simple and hard-working enough and needs to be given their adequate of development.

Earlier, the Chief Minister was welcomed and honoured by the Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Vinay Kumar who thanked him for gracing the occasion and said that the developments made in Sirmaur district was due to successive congress governments and thanked the Chief Minister for sanctioning projects worth crores for the district. He also placed few demands of the area before the Chief Minister.

Chief Minister also released a souvenir on the occasion besides releasing a book titled ‘Shree Renuka Ji Teerath’ published by Shree Renuka Shrine Board. He also released a DVD of Daya Ram Sharma and Pandit Chandramani and a CD of Pahari Songs ‘Muzaara’ by Dinesh.

G.R. Musafir, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Harsh Vardhan Chauhan, Chairman, Employment Generation and Resource Mobilization, Kirnesh Jung, MLA, Ajay Bahadur, Chairman, HIMFED, Smt. Satya Parmar , Chairperson, Women Welfare Board also spoke on the occasion.

Ajay Solanki, President, District Congress Committee, Kush Parmar, Ex MLA, Ramesh Chauhan, Vice-Chairman HP State Khadi Board, Ritesh Chauhan, Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur and Balbir S. Thakur, Superintendent of Police were also present on the occasion amongst senior officers of the district.

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Himachal: Cloudbursts, Landslides Claim 9 Lives in 48 Hours, 7 Still Missing, Met Issues Alert Till August 1st  

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Shimla-Monsoon continues to pummel Himachal Pradesh with deadly ferocity, leading to more cloudbursts, landslides, and flash floods. Several rivers and rivulets are in spate. Incessant rains could bring more destruction as the HP Meteorological Department has forecast widespread heavy rains till August 1st. While a red alert was issued for July 28, an orange alert has been issued for July 29 and July 30 and a yellow alert for July 31st and August 1st.

An advisory has been issued for locals and tourists to not venture near the river banks and avoid unnecessary travel as incessant rains could lead to more landslides, flash floods, and uprooting of trees.  However, tourists could be seen resolutely ignoring these warnings and partying near river banks and water bodies.

As devastation unfolds, the death toll due to monsoon induced calamities has reached nearly 200, while damages to property were assessed to be in hundreds of crores. Over 350 roads, including Manali-Leh, Pathankot-Chamba, and Shimla-Kalka, were blocked due to landslides.  Half a dozen bridges, as many as 30 houses and several vehicles were destroyed. Hundreds of tourists were reportedly struck in Lahaul.

lahaul-spiti cloudburst

After a flash flood in Dharamshala, a massive landslide in Shahpur constituency, and a horrid rockslide in Kinnaur district that killed nine tourists and injured four people, a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday that washed away over a dozen of people, who were said to be labourers.  

cloudburst in lahaul-spiti

According to the Director of the State Disaster Management, Sudesh Kumar, at the time of writing this report, seven bodies had been recovered while four others were missing. The cloudburst occurred over Tonzin nallah in the Lahaul region of the tribal district. Rescue operations were in progress to trace missing persons.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force, which was on its way to Lahaul-Spiti through road, remained stuck in Mandi for several hours.  

On Wednesday morning, cloudburst was reported in Kullu district resulting in deluging of Bhramhaganga – a tributary of Parvati river. A  tourist, a 25-year-old mother along with her 4-year-old son, and a hydropower official came in its spate and were yet to be traced. Beas river was also in spate and people living in shanties on its bank were evacuated. 

Beas in spate

Rackham area in Kinnaur district also reported heavy losses due to a cloudburst on Wednesday morning.

While a rockslide killed one person in Chamba’s Saluni, a helper tagged with a JCB deployed for clearing Bharmaur-Pathankot National Highway was swept away by gushing waters of a nullah on Tuesday night. His body was recovered on Wednesday.

In Shimla, a landslide between Vikasnagar and Panthaghati crushed a vehicle and caused damaged to some others. Gumma khud in Chirgaon was also in spate and reportedly swept away a bridge and about four vehicles. 

landslide in shimla crushed car

Dharamsala received the highest 122 mm of rain, followed by Una 119 mm. In Solan district, Kasauli and Nalagarh also received over 105 mm rain. 

This widespread destruction has worried climatologists and environmentalists who are linking increased instances of landslides and cloudburst to environmental degradation and destabilization of hills due to developmental projects, including cutting of hills for widening of roads, construction of four lanes, hydropower projects etc. 

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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge

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Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

Video of landlside in himachal pradesh

On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

sangla valley landslide

As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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Himachal Reports Rise in Covid Deaths, No Vaccine for 18-44 Age Group Till July 22

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has reported a rise in daily casualties during the last three days. While 437 new cases were detected, 10 persons succumbed to the infection. in the last three days. According to the HP Health Department, state’s positivity rate for the last week – from July 5-July 11- was 1.0. Compared to a total of eight deaths in the entire week, Himachal has reported 10 deaths in the last three days of the ongoing week.

The State’s Covid death tally has now reached 3486. The number of active cases was 1150 on Thursday. The daily sampling remains between ten 10,000 to 15,000.

The state government has further discontinued vaccination for the 18-44 age group till 22 July. However, vaccination of other groups will continue. 

Himachal’s tourist spots continue to receive a large number of visitors daily. During the last month, after the HP government lifted all restrictions on inter-state movement, tourists had been over-crowding popular tourist destinations, especially Dharamshala, Shimla, and Manali, to such an extent that the Union Health Ministry, as well as, the Prime Minister had to warn states over the violation of guidelines regarding the “Covid-Appropriate Behavior”.

As both locals and tourists were observed to have become carefree and caring a little about social distancing or creating large gatherings, the state government on July 14 issued a fresh advisory to follow the “Covid-19 Appropriate Behavior” (CAB) to mitigate the third wave.

However, a widespread lack of awareness has been reported, due to which the public is not taking the warnings of the third wave and CAB guidelines seriously.  

In several instances, the state government found itself helpless in preventing large gatherings and violation of CAB guidelines. Over-crowded buses and carriage vehicles, for instance, is a common scene against the permitted capacity of 50%. The health experts had been insisting that successful implementation of SOPs at the mass level is not possible without the co-operation of the people. However, the current methods of the state government for creating awareness has failed to appeal to the majority of the people, which is making compliance of guidelines next to impossible. 

 

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