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State level function on National Voters Day held at Shimla

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The State level function on the occasion National Voters Day was organized under the theme ‘Greater Participation for Stronger Democracy’ here today. Additional Chief Secretary Ajay Mittal presided over the function.

Speaking on the occasion Mittal said Himachal Pradesh was known as peaceful State and it was a matter of contentment that all elections were held in a peaceful and harmonious atmosphere. He stressed this tradition should be carried forward in future also for which the younger generation should take the lead.

He said the people of the State always participate in the polling process in a large number to ensure their presence in democratic set up for which the State had been appreciated at the National level. He appealed the youth voters to make their voters identity cards as the participation of each person was must in democracy which was basis of political, social and economic growth of the country. He added various reforms had been witnessed in the election process of the country during last three decades which had helped in further strengthening our democratic set up.

Mittal honoured the booth level and Assistant Returning Officers alongwith media persons for their role in election process. He awarded Special Correspondent of Indian Express Ashwani Sharma, Principal Correspondent of The Tribune Smt. Pratibha Chauhan and State Bureau Chief of Punjab Kesari Rajiv Patharia in the media category for media reporting while SDM Palampur Ajit Bhardwaj, SDM Shimla Rural Gian Sagar Negi and SDM Mandi Madan Kumar were also honoured on behalf of State Election Commission for their outstanding contribution in the election process. He also honoured folk singer Vicky Chauhan who was election icon of the State.

He also distributed photo identity cards to the new voters on this occasion.

The message of the Chief Election Commissioner of India was also broadcast on the occasion.

Deputy Commissioner Dinesh Malhotra presented the vote of thanks.

State Election Commissioner T.G.Negi, Chief Electoral Officer Narender Chauhan, Deputy Mayor Tikender Panwar and other prominent persons of the town were also present on the occasion.

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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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