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‘Responsible Parking’ drive held by Rotaract Club Palampur to deal with traffic trouble

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PALAMPUR – With number of vehicles rapidly rising, roads in Himachal’s urban areas are now proving congested to handle the traffic load and long traffic jams are becoming a part of daily routine. For instance, in Shimla city, it’s nightmare to drive private four-wheeler. The travel time within 15 km radius of the city has stretched to hours from minutes. Other districts are also hit by the same trouble.

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Palampur in district Kangra is one of these places. Tired of nuisance created by poor parking habits of drivers and with a motive to help reduce down irresponsible parking, Rotaract Club Palampur held a ‘responsible parking drive’ in Palampur on Sunday. More than 300 drivers were educated about responsible parking practices. The members also placed stickers mentioning drivers name and phone number on the windshields of the cars.

It’s true that poor attitude of drivers, wrong parking and insensitive behavior towards others on road adds to the misery. Like typical Indians, majority of people don’t care how their wrongly parked cars become traffic nuisance. People do not use commonsense and have almost no clue about common interest of their own society. So, it makes sense to revive these faculties within people and educate them about dos and dont’s while parking their vehicles.

Charter President of the Club, Gokul Butail, providing more information, said that in many situations we encounter cars parked irresponsibly on roadsides, causing huge traffic jams and sometimes blocking way for emergency vehicles such as ambulances. In such situations, having the driver’s contact number on vehicle proves to be helpful. Butail further added that the club will hold more such drives in Palampur and surrounding areas in near future.

Rotaract Club Palampur is one of its kinds in Himachal. Such initiatives should have been started by HP Police a lot earlier. Awareness works better than fear, rudeness and challans in making long term reforms. The members of the club who participated in the drive include Princkle Chitra, Aashima Banta, Shikher Sood, Sahil Chitra, Aditya Saluja, Aditi Bali, Sunny Sharma and some others.

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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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.

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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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