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Himachal proposes Wi-Fi facility in 54 towns, could be first state to formulate Wi-Fi policy

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Wi-Fi in Himachal

As per the policy, 20 minutes free Wi-Fi usage would be available to all consumers, including visitors from outside.

SHIMLA- Probably the first state in the country to formulate a Wi-Fi policy, the Himachal government will invite tenders from telecom companies to provide the facility to tourists as well as locals in all its 54 urban local bodies (ULB).

Final touches to the Wi-Fi policy were given at a meeting chaired by JM Pathania, Director, Urban Development (UD), here yesterday. All other facilities like LED lighting, public announcements and close circuit cameras will be linked with the Wi-Fi facility.

To begin with the Urban Development Department has segregated the 54 ULBs in the state into three categories with the main tourist destinations like Shimla, Manali, Kasauli and Dalhousie and all district headquarters placed in category one. The second category comprises of the towns which are important though not district headquarters like Palampur, Sundernagar and Paonta Sahib. The last category is of towns like Bhota, Nadaun and Rajgarh.

The rates that the companies will charge for use of Wi-Fi will also vary from place to place. The charges would be higher in tourist destinations and bigger towns while in the case of smaller ULBs , the charges will be less. The service provider company will offer free services to the Municipal Council or any other local body which is facilitating the Wi-Fi.

Also within the three categories of towns, zones have been created in order of preference,

said Pathania. He said the policy had been finalized and sent to the government for approval. Himachal is probably the first state in the country to formulate such a policy. He added that all government clearances would be granted to the company which applies within 15 days time.

The government will invite Expression of Interest from the telecom companies, some of whom have already approached the UD Department with their proposals. In case the companies use the facilities of the government or of the local bodies, they will make charges on the monthly basis. As per the policy, 20 minutes free Wi-Fi usage would be available to all consumers, including visitors from outside.

During the peak tourist season last year, free Wi-Fi services had been provided in Shimla for about 15 days time. The facility was, however, restricted to only the Mall and the Ridge area. The state government had at that time said that all the major towns would be provided with Wi-Fi facility on a permanent basis and the formulation of the policy is a step in this direction.

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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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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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