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Himachal HC orders regular monitoring of air quality and noise levels in Shimla

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Entire efforts made in furtherance to Articles 21, 48A and 51A (g) of the Constitution by introducing various legislations to give the citizen a right to enjoy a pollution free life has been given a complete go-by at the hands of those responsible for implementing the same.

SHIMLA- The High Court has directed the state authorities to regularly monitor the quality and ambience of the quality of air and noise levels in the town.

A division bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed this order on a petition filed by the resident of the city alleging that he has constructed a house at Kachi-Ghati.

The area where the petitioner is residing is the gateway to the Shimla town. Unfortunately, of late, a large number of roadside denting and painting workshops have mushroomed in and around the house of the petitioner making it difficult for him and his family to live peacefully. Due to the work being undertaken, workshops emit noxious, toxic and hazardous substance and generate noise pollution.

While restraining the workshop owner from carrying out the denting and painting works near the house of the petitioner, the court observed,

We fail to understand as to how the extensive air and environmental pollution being generated there has gone totally unnoticed.

Virtually passing strictures against the state functionaries, including Pollution Control Board, the court further observed,

Here is a case which clearly reflects total insensitivity and callousness on the part of the respondents. We are constrained to observe that entire efforts made in furtherance to Articles 21, 48A and 51A (g) of the Constitution by introducing various legislations to give the citizen a right to enjoy a pollution free life has been given a complete go-by at the hands of those responsible for implementing the same.

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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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