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Both Shimla and Dharamshala to be developed as Smart cities- Sudhir Sharma

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SHIMLA- Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma today said that the state government was committed to all round development of urban areas of the state through smart interventions.

He also said that both Dharamshala and Shimla would get opportunity to be developed as smart cities. This announcement came amidst speculations that Shimla was removed from the list of cities to be developed as smart cities. According to a report published in Amar Ujala and other English dalies like Times of India, Dharmashala was the new candidate. The news had revoked anger among Shimla residents.

Further, Sudhir Sharma said that in order to fulfill its objective to make urban areas smart, the state government was utilizing the flagship programmes launched recently by the Government of India. The Centre had recently launched Smart Cities Mission and AMRUT programmes to develop urban areas by providing basic infrastructure like water supply, sewerage and seepage management, storm water drainage, urban transport etc.

He said that Government of India has introduced competition criteria to select the cities for the smart city mission and state in turn provided opportunity to all cities in the state to compete. In the competition so carried out in the state, the city of Dharamshala scored highest and thus has been selected for inclusion in the smart City Mission. Under this scheme, Dharamshala would be eligible for the funding of Rs.500 crores during the project period of five years with equal matching share from the Government of Himachal Pradesh.

Sudhir Sharma said under the AMRUT scheme, Government of India has fixed the population criteria and all cities with population of one lakh and above would be eligible to be included under the AMRUT scheme. Thus Shimla being the only city with population of more than one lakh, automatically gets included in AMRUT scheme, giving both Dharamshala and Shimla opportunity to be developed as smart cities.

He said the Urban Development Department has already embarked upon introducing the smart solutions in the cities; such as smart lighting, free WiFi services, smart service delivery via e-district project, smart municipal solid waste management system etc. and there was an opportunity to develop the towns into smart towns.

The Minister said the existing schemes of AMRUT and Smart City Mission have certain disadvantages for the hill states and these issues are being taken up with the Government of India. Firstly, the state government was going to request the Centre to restore previous funding pattern for hill state where by state contribution was 10% and 90 % contribution under JNNURM. Secondly since the towns in the Hill states are small in size due to its geographical setting, the state may be allowed to make clusters to be eligible for availing the benefit under AMRUT.

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HP Health Dept Scam: Congress Plans Campaign Against Govt Corruption, Wants ‘White Paper’ on Purchases and CM’s Resignation

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Himachal PRadesh Health Department Scam

Shimla-The Congress Party in Himachal Pradesh on June 4, 2020, submitted a memorandum to the Governor Bandaru Dattatraya demanding an enquiry by a sitting High Court Judge in the recent purchases of COVID-19 equipment made by the Health Department.

The Congress Delegation was led by HPCC President Kuldeep Singh Rathore along with Mukesh Agnihotri, Dr, Col. Dhani Ram Shandil, Jagat Singh Negi,  Nand Lal, Mohan Lal Brakta, Vinay Kumar, Vikram Aditya Singh and Ashish Butail.  

Congress claimed that it had highlighted the issue of massive corruption in the health department following which the Director Health Services was arrested. Eventually, when the Congress Party raised a hue and cry, it led to the resignation of State BJP Chief Rajeev Bindal, Congress claimed. Congress demanded a “White Paper” on the purchases made by the Health Department and the resignation of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur since he is also holds the charge of the Health Ministry.

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Yesterday, the HPCC had submitted memorandums to the Governor at district level through Deputy Commissioners.

In the second phase, the Congress Party has directed the senior leaders to conduct press conferences throughout the state from June 6 to  June 15, 2020. The sitting MLAs along with senior Congressmen would highlight the growing level of corruption in the Health Department at the behest of ruling BJP Govt, the party said. In the third phase, Congress Spokespersons would highlight this issue in their respective Districts.

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The party said that its Social Media Cell would start a campaign under the hashtag  Health Corruption where the party office bearers, leaders and sympathizers would come online simultaneously at various social media platforms to highlight this issue among masses.

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Himachal-Two Dozen New Cases on June 4 from Nine Districts, 29 Recovers

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Himachal pradesh corona cases on june 4, 2020

Shimla-On June 4, 2020, Himachal Pradesh reported 24 new cases of coronavirus from eight districts – Sirmaur, Kangra, Mandi, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Shimla, Chamba, Una and Kullu. The total for the State has risen to 383, of which 199 are active cases, 175 patients have recovered, five died, and four migrated to outside State.  As many as 29 patients from different districts reported having recovered yesterday.

According to the last daily COVID-19 bulletin released by the State Health Department for June 4 (9:00 PM), among these districts, highest seven cases were reported from Sirmaur district, four from Kangra, Three from Mandi, Two from Chamba, one each from Kullu, Bilaspur, Una and Shimla, and four from Hamirpur.

In Sirmuar district, seven persons who tested positive for COVID-19 include two returnees from Delhi and four from Uttar Pradesh. In the seventh case, a woman from Nahan tested positive. Her case appeared in random sampling. Four others also belong to Nahan while two belong to Kolwala Bhood area.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till June 4, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 cases on June 4, 2020

In Kangra, two residents of Baijnath area who had returned from Delhi in their vehicle tested positive. The third patient also belong to Baijnath area and had returned from the USA in a flight.

In Mandi, two residents of Dharampur and one resident of Gumma testes positive. All three were under home-quarantine.

In Kullu, a woman who hails from Mandi district has tested positive. One case was reported from Shimla, but not much information was available about this person.

In Bilaspur, an ITBP jawan who had returned from Delhi in a cab with another person tested positive. He is said to be a resident of Jhanduta area.

Hamirpur also reported four new cases, of which three were said to be residents of Badsar, while one hailed from Nadaun. These persons are aged between 32 to 55 years.

In Chamba, a resident of Dalhousie, who had returned from Delhi and a resident of Churah, who had returned from Sonipat, Haryana, area tested positive. The third patient was said to be a resident of Tunuhatti area. He was under institutional quarantine at Shahtalai.

Of these cases reported yesterday, most were under institutional quarantine, while a some of them were home-quarantined. 

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HP Met Predicts More Thundershowers/Hailstorm, Issues Orange Alert for June 5 and 6

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Himachal pradesh weather prediction july 2020

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has issued a yellow alert for June 4 and an orange alert for June 5 and 6.

During this time, the State is expected to receive wide-spread thundershowers with lightning, hailstorm and gusty winds (40-50 kms/h) at isolated places.

Intermittent rains from 26 May onwards have caused a sharp dip in the average temperatures. On June 3, various parts of the State including Aghar, Nahan, Mandi, Rajgarh, Baldwar, Kasauli, Dharampur & Pandoh, Kufri, Kahu, Bhuntar, Jogindernagar, Bharmaur, Bilaspur, and Solan received rains and hailstorm.

At the time of writing several parts of the State were receiving a moderate spell of rain.

Himachal PRadesh weather prediction for july

According to the Met, the temperature was recorded to be below average in the State for this time of the year. The average maximum temperature in Himachal on June 3 was recorded to be 5 to 6 degrees Celsius below normal, and the minimum temperature was 3 to 4 degrees below average. The minimum temperature in Shimla was recorded to be 12.3, compelling people to wear warm clothes. A spell of heavy rain and hailstorm hit Shimla yesterday. Una recorded the highest temperature at 34.8 degrees Celsius and Keylong lowest at 8 degree Celsius.   

Further, this wet spell is likely to continue till June 9 except for June 8.

In lower-hills, the rain has brought respite from the heat but the weather has been bothering apple/fruit growers as their season is nearing. Hailstorm and gusty winds have inflicted heavy damage upon their crops, implying financial losses, which could increase in the coming days considering the Met Department’s prediction.

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