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Snowfall and rains in Himachal, Temperature drops

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There is possibility of light snowfall in the next 24 hours, but weather will remain dry after that for four to five days: Shimla Meteorological Centre

SHIMLA- The cold wave across the state intensified on Thursday with the high-altitude areas, including Rohtang Pass, receiving snowfall and the lower parts getting drizzle.

The Shimla Meteorological Centre has predicted more snowfall in the higher reaches in the next 24 hours.

The change in weather resulted in the mercury dropping two-three notches in several parts of the hill state.

At capital Shimla, the minimum temperature plunged to 6.4°C on Thursday from 10°C the day before. The overcast sky and drizzling raised residents’ and tourists’ hope of snowfall, but they had to settle for the light rain.

Seobagh in Kullu district recorded the lowest minimum temperature at 1.5°C, while Berthin in Bilaspur was the warmest at 28.2°C.

Besides, Kalpa recorded a minimum temperature of 2.4°C, Keylong 3.1°C, Una 3.6°C, Manali 4.8°C, Solan 5°C, Sundernagar 5.6°C, Bhuntar 5.7°C, Dalhousie 6.1°C, Bilaspur 6.4°C, Hamirpur 6.8°C, Palampur 7.5°C, Dharamshala 9.2°C, Chamba 9.3°C, Mandi 10.1°C, Kangra 10.2°C and Nahan 13.4°C.

Shimla Meteorological Centre director Manmohan Singh said due a feeble Western Disturbance moving across Jammu and Kashmir, there was drizzling at some places, while high-altitude areas, including some passes, received light snowfall.

There is possibility of light snowfall in the next 24 hours, but weather will remain dry after that for four to five days,

he added.

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HIPA launches Online registration portal for trainees and to map digital literacy of officials handling online services

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HIPA Online Registration Portal for trainees

Shimla: On the 12th Civil Services Day, Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) today launched an online registration portal for registration and nomination of trainees.

The NIC has developed this portal for the Department of Training as the technical agency for facilitating the trainees.

HIPA has also developed an online registration platform for trainees to map digital literacy of the officials, who are handling the online services notified by the Department of Administration Reforms.

Other than this, an e-Newsletter named ‘Fairlawn Updates’ and the new issue of HIPA Journal were also released along with the compendium on RTI Act, 2005, and H.P. Public Services Guarantee Act – an initiative taken by the Department of Administration Reforms.

The digital services are expected to help departments to reduce footfall and deliver better services with transparency.

The Chief Minister, who was present on the occasion, appreciated the initiatives and also released the report on District Governance Indices, Department of Administrative Reforms.

jairam thakur releases hp district index

The report on H.P. District Governance Index 2017 has examined ten broad themes of governance, 26 focus subjects, and 82 specific variables to arrive at the findings, informed the Secretary, Administrative Reforms, Dr Purnima Chauhan.  

It will help in assessing the quality of governance in the districts through examination of the available data in about 50 aspects of governance and will be aggregated into a single scoring and ranking instrument, she further added.

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Himachal needs ropeways, sky buses, monorails as State has insufficient land: Govind Singh

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monorail in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla: Transport Minister Govind Singh Thakur today participated in the meeting of Group of Ministers (Transport) held in Guwahati.

He presented the case of Himachal Pradesh on issues like taking preventive measures to check road accidents in hilly states, road safety, unification of taxes, provision of national permits for buses and uniformity in vehicle registration and driving license.

He said that despite tough topographical conditions, the state has been improving citizen services by use of modern technologies and special steps are being taken to minimize the road accidents.

 He said that considering the special conditions and insufficiency of land, there is need to develop alternative modes of transport like ropeways, sky buses etc. in Himachal.

 A Sub-Group was constituted under the chairmanship of Transport Minister of Assam Chander Mohan Patwari.

The Sub-Group would give its recommendations to the Group of Ministers in a stipulated time, which is not mentioned.

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Kangra: Miraculous escape for a family of 4 including 2 children

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Weird accident in Himachal PRadesh

Kangra: A storm yesterday hit some parts of Himachal Pradesh. However, in Kangra district’s Jwali constituency, it led to a horrid encounter which could have given a family of four including two children a gruesome death.

A couple with their two children was travelling in their Santro car when strong winds felled a Eucalyptus tree on the Jwali-Jasur road and fell on the moving car. As the car was in motion, the tree broke through the windshield to pierce through the car.  

car accident in Kangra

Pic: Punjab Kesari

The bewildering picture above describes the intensity of the impact.

However, in what can be said a miraculous event, only the husband, who was driving the car, sustained non-lethal injuries on the head while his wife and children were completely safe.

The injured was relieved from the Civil Hospital, Jwali, after receiving minor treatment.

The picture makes everyone wonder how it happened, and how all passengers survived it.

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