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Kullu Holi begins with recovered Lord Raghunath idol installation

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SHIMLA- The stolen idol of Lord Raghunath, a highly revered idol dedicated to Lord Rama, was recovered and reinstalled at Raghunath Temple here on Saturday amid much fervour.

In a major breakthrough, the police on Friday recovered the idols — including that of the chief deity — stolen from the Lord Raghunath temple in Kullu on December 8 last year. The breakthrough came with the arrest of the main accused in the case Nar Prasad (28) in Nepal by a special investigation team. Prasad’s image had been captured by the lone CCTV camera at the temple. After he spilled the beans, the Kullu police swung into action and recovered the idols.

stolen kullu temple idols Photo: Kumar Shah

The robbers entered the temple from the roof and took away the idols of Lord Raghunath and Hanuman, both made of ‘ashtadhatu’ (a composite of eight metals), a stone statue of Narsingh Shila (covered with gold), one silver Ganesh idol and a pair of Charan Paduka, besides ornaments.

Additional Director General Sanjay Kundu told reporters that the stolen idols were recovered on the basis of clues provided by a suspect, who has been detained in Nepal.

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The idol has been recovered less than 24 hours before the onset of 40-day Holi festival.

Thousands of devotees gathered at the Lord Raghunath temple in Sultanpur here, about 200 km from the state capital, to apply ‘gulal’ or colours to Lord Raghunath, the chief deity of Kullu Valley.

Kullu Holi is a festival with a difference.

Raghunath Temple Idol Click On Image To Enlarge

A century-old festival begins every year on Basant Panchami and concludes when the festivities end in the rest of the country.

This year, Holi falls on March 6.

“The idol of Lord Raghunath was installed in the temple after purification,” said Maheshwar Singh, the chief gurdian of Raghunath idol.

After the installation ceremony, thousands of devotees pulled the sacred rath (chariot) of Lord Raghunath amid beating of drums and playing of ‘shehnais’. The devotees threw ‘gulaal’ at each other.

stolen himachal temple idolsPhoto: Kumar Shah

Locals say starting from Basant Panchami, the idol of Lord Raghunath will be bathed with colours till March 6.

The festival dates back to the 17th century when Raja Jagat Singh, the erstwhile ruler of Kullu, obtained the Lord Raghunath idol from Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and built the temple.

Since then, the people are gathering at the temple to apply colours to Lord Raghunath and celebrate Holi for 40 days.

The unique Kullu Dussehra, a century-old festival, is also associated with Lord Raghunath. ~ The Tribune

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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

HP Police Presidents Colours award ceremony

The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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HP Cabinet Decisions Nov 30, 2021: Approval to Draft Electric Vehicle Policy, Nod to Fill Posts of Clerks in Secretariate

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Shimla-The Meeting of the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held on November 30, 2021. Among various decisions, the HP Cabinet approved filling up 100 posts of Clerks in place of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in the H.P. Secretariat on a contract basis. It also decided to fill up 50 posts of Clerks against the anticipated vacancy of clerks during the years 2022 and 2023.

The Cabinet also approved the Draft Electric Vehicle Policy. The government said it aims to promote the manufacturing of electric vehicles and to create public and private charging infrastructure for electric vehicles besides providing subsidies and incentives to the electric vehicle manufacturing industries.

The Cabinet decided to implement ‘Swaran Jayanti Paramparagat Beej Suraksha Avam Samvardhan Yojna’ in Himachal Pradesh.

The Cabinet gave its approval for procurement, supply and distribution of school bags under ‘Atal School Vardi Yojna’ to the school students of class 1st, 3rd,6th and 9th on the basis of e-tender by Himachal Pradesh State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. For the year 2020-21, the tender was allotted to bidder Highspirit Commercial Ventures Private Ltd. This would benefit about three lakh students studying in different government schools of the State, on which an amount of Rs 9 crore would be spent.

It gave its nod to provide abatement/relaxation of toll fees for the year 2020-21 t0 Toll Units keeping in view the representations received from toll lessees, especially from those who have got the toll unit renewed on full value.

The Cabinet decided to extend the contract of TATA Consultancy Services with effect from 1st May 2021 to 30 April 2022 exclusively of any taxes at the cost of Rs. 6.18 crore with the condition that the Excise Department would place a mechanism to take over the running of services internally.

It also gave its nod to introduce The Sardar Patel University, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh (Establishment and Regulation) Bill, 2021 in Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly for setting up of new University at Mandi.

It gave its ex post facto approval of Letter of Award along with approval for 4 years in respect of Letter of Award to Medswan Foundation including the signing of the tripartite agreement for operation and maintenance of NAS-108/JSSK-102 ambulances along with the Call Centre services in the State.

It also decided to provide 1-65-83 hectare forest land at Mohal Kaswati Nasogi Manali and Mohal Kaswati Chhiyal Viha, Manali in favour of H.P. Bus Stand Management and Development Authority for construction of multi-storeyed car parking and bus stand at Manali, district Kullu for 99 years on lease amount of Rs. 16583 per year with 5 per cent increase after every five years.

The Cabinet decided to provide land measuring 00-05-10 hectare in Mauza and tehsil Dharamshala in Kangra district in favour of Kangra Arts Promotion Society (Regd.) Dharamshala on lease amount of Rs. 13,158 annually which would increase by 5 per cent after every five years for 99 years.

It also decided to upgrade Community Health Centre Baldwara in Mandi district to 50 bedded Civil Hospital along with the creation of 11 posts of different categories to man this Hospital.

The Cabinet decided to award upgradation, operation and management of Cultural Centre of Tourism Department at Janjehli to single bidder Gables Promoters Private Limited Chandigarh.

It also decided to award upgradation, operation and management of Convention Centre of Tourism Department at Mandi under PPP mode to  AAGREE Consultants Private Ltd New Delhi-M/s Lords Inn Hotels and Developers Private Ltd. (Consortium).

The Cabinet also decided to declare Guga Madi Mela Sabathu in district Solan as District level fair.

It decided to fill up

  • 41 post of Office Kanungo in ‘C’ category Sub Division of the State for smooth disposal revenue matters.
  • 12 posts of different categories in newly created Sub Tehsil Kalbog in tehsil Kotkhai of Shimla district for its smooth functioning.
  • 12 posts of Junior Engineer (civil) in the Forest Department.
  • 30 posts of Peons in the Prosecution Department on a daily wage basis.
  • 28 posts of Safai Karamchari in H.P. Secretariat.
  • 10 posts of Sheep shearer in Himachal Pradesh Wool Federation.
  • five posts of Dean and two posts Directors in Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University Palampur.
  • two posts of Fisheries Officer and 20 posts of Fisheries Field Assistant in Fisheries Department through direct recruitment on contract basis.
  • 7 posts of Motor Vehicle Inspectors in Transport Department on contract basis.

The Cabinet gave its consent to create one post of Senior Lecturer (Computer Engineering) and one post of Lecturer (Electrical Engineering) in Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government Institution of Engineering and Technology (Polytechnic Wing) Pragatinagar in district Shimla.

It also decided to fill up two posts of Junior Stenographer in Prosecution Department through direct recruitment on a contract basis.

 

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