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IPH officials directed to complete water projects in time

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SHIMLA- Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today directed the Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) Department to ensure that all drinking water supply and irrigation projects are completed on time.

Presiding over a review meeting of the department here, he said 1,332 localities had been provided water during this financial year up to November 2015 against the target of 2,074. Similarly, 2,043 hectares had irrigation facility against the target of 3,500 hectares.

He said a detailed project report (DPR) amounting to Rs 220 lakh for Salli-Dairni-Rirkumar-Hathor Kuhal water supply project in Shahpur had been submitted to Nabard. The project for Police Lines, Dharamsala, had been completed at Rs 29.73 crore.

He said a DPR had been prepared for channelling of small rivers flowing into the Beas covering Ganu Mandwara, Marwari, Raipur, Babehar, Daulatpur, Dangoh Khas Dangoh Khurd, Joh, Pirthipur and Saloh Berri villages.

The Chief Minister directed a nodal officer to pursue the matter with Centre for releasing the remaining funds of various schemes.

He also directed officials to expedite the work on the channeling of the Pabbar in Shimla district, Chhounchh Khud in Kangra district, the Beas from Pulchan to Aut in Kullu and Seer Khud from Barchhwar to Jahoo in Sarkaghat.

He said the Centre had not released the Rs 107.80 crore second installment for the Swan channeling. The case had been submitted to the Central Water Commission, but the reimbursement of only Rs 9 crore had been released, he added.

He said a sewerage system would be extended to Manali rural areas for which DPR amounting to Rs 101 crore had been prepared. Stokes said a lift water scheme for Gharog Ghandal and Basantpur Kalvi Nadukhar villages was approved for Rs 105.53 crore.

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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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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.  

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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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