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CM asks to take effective steps to stop illicit drug trafficking

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SHIMLA- Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today underlined the need for taking up effective steps to check illicit drug trafficking, especially on the border areas of the State as youth were falling prey to drugs. He said youth were the pillars of healthy society and the need of the hour was to channelize their energy in constructive activities so that they could contribute for the welfare of the society.

The Chief Minister was addressing a public meeting at Jassur in Nurpur constituency of Kangra district today.

He also cautioned the chemists to abstain from selling un-prescribed drugs and directed the concerned authorities to keep close vigil on sale of such drugs and initiate strict legal action against the defaulters.

Referring to the development of Kangra district, he said 8842 hand-pumps were installed in the district during last three years and 62 irrigation schemes were in progress including Rs 205 crore Phinna Singh irrigation scheme at Nurpur and Rs. 180 crore Chonch Khud channelisation in Indora.

He said that as many as 66,450 persons were being provided social security pension in the district and during the last three years a sum of Rs 43.55 crore had been spent on giving pensions to people in district.

Virbhadra Singh said that new state of art Industrial Areas were being established at Kandrauri in Kangra district and Pandoga in Una district at an estimated cost of Rs 95.77 crore and Rs 88.05 crore respectively.

Announces Ayurvedic Health Centre at Charuri & Drug Rehabilitation Centre at Nurpur

Virbhadra Singh announced Ayurvedic Health Centre at Charuri and Drug Rehabilitation Centre at Nurpur and upgradation of Civil Hospital Nurpur to 135 bed hospital. He announced Indoor Youth Stadium to be constructed at Nurpur, PWD, Rest house at Suliali, Bus Stand at Nurpur and Sub-Division of Pollution Control Board at Nurpur. He also announced construction of link road Badui Kuttain in GP Badui, construction of link roads from Kukher to Gurchal in GP Ther, from Gangath to village Tariar Anoh in GP Anoh, from Kamalahar to Murdial har in GP Hatli Jamwala, link road for village Ghatta and road from Rit to village Kursan Behdi. He also announced to start science and commerce classes in GSSS Sukhar, starting of science classes in GSSS Aund and upper Khanni.

The Chief Minister also announced a sum of Rs 10 lakh for Community Centre at Jassur and three lakhs for Panchayat Ghar at Kamnallaha.

He announced up-gradation of Government High Schools Jachh, Ghehi Langor and Kopra, up-gradation of Government Middle Schools Fattu-Ka-Bag, GMS Sutrahar and Tikka Nagrota, upgradation of Government Primary Schools (GPS) Badhui Khas, Bhol Thakrain in Gram Panchayat Minjgran and GPS

Balkhore in GP Baranda and opening a new Primary School at Pucca Tiyala in Harijan Basti.

Lays foundation stone of Nurpur-Sanjhi Nallaha-Lahru-Tunnu-Hatti road upgradation

Earlier, the Chief Minister laid foundation stone of Rs 37.50 crore project for improvement and up-gradation of Nurpur-Sanjhi Nallaha-Lahru-Tunnu-Hatti road upto Punjab border and directed to complete the work within a year.

He dedicated a bridge over Harad Khud on Shaheed Joginder Singh road from Hindora Gharat-Hatli Jamwalan-Bhanodu via Pachan road completed with an outlay of Rs 1.88 crore and also laid foundation stone of up-gradation of road from Charuri to Gheta via Mehta Gurah to cost Rs 3.30 crore.

Local MLA Ajay Mahajan listed the developmental activities in his assembly segment. He thanked him for laying foundation stone of Rs 37.50 crore for improvement and up-gradation of Nurpur-Sanjhi Nallaha-Lahru-Tunnu-Hatti road and dedicating a bridge over Harad Khud and other development works. He also placed local demands of the area including drug re-habilitation centre at Nurpur and Bus Stand for Nurpur.

Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Neeraj Bharti, Chairman OBC Welfare Board, Chander Kumar, Chairman, HP Education Board, Balbir Tegta, Secretary, PCC, Manoj Pathania, Chairperson MC Nurpur, Ms. Krishna Mahajan, former President MC, Nurpur, Rakesh Mahajan, President BCC, Baldev Pappi, Chairman, Panchayat Samiti, Sandesh Dhadwal, Vice –Chairman, Ms. Surekha Devi, were also present on the occasion amongst senior officers of the district.

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Snow, rain in Himachal bring little respite from prolonged dry spell

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Shimla: As a little respite from the prolonged dry spell that has rung the alarm bells, some districts of Himachal Pradesh are today witnessing scattered to heavy rain and light spells of snowfall in upper parts of Shimla.

The hospitality industry is cheering at the news of light snowfall in Kufri and Narkanda as snow draws more tourists. An ongoing spell of light snowfall was also reported from Sanjuali adjoining areas.

Chamba and Kangra districts were reported to have received a good spell of rain at the time of writing.

The Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted snow and rain across the state on 23-24 January. However, thereafter, another dry spell has been predicted by the Met.

As per the meteorological department, the chances of snow or rain are scarce after these two days.

Until yesterday, the temperature in the State was recorded about 6 to 7 degree Celsius higher than the month of January usually witnessed in the past.

The popular cities like Shimla were staring at a dark future this year due to 100 percent dry spell since last November to this day. On the other hand, if post-monsoon rain deficit is considered, it has risen to alarming 46 percent.

Due to the dry spell, the forests of the State were burning due to frequent fires. The rain is likely to extinguish it.

During the previous week, over 100 incidents of forest fires were reported. The fires have destroyed a lot of flora and fauna.  

The peak winter period is about to be over and the State had so far witnessed anomaly in temperature, which was reported have increased by five to six notches upto yesterday. Th

The maximum temperature in Shimla, which otherwise was famous for its bone-chilling winters, was reported to be about 20 Degrees Celsius – about 7 notches above the usual temperature during winters.

In case the state did not receive sufficient spell of rain/ snow during these two days, the two largest sources of income for the state agriculture and tourism will be hit hardest.

Earlier, when the pattern of weather was normal, the State used to receive three to four spells of snowfall by this time with the accumulation of upto 30 to 50 cms snow.

The water level is fast decreasing. The illegal as well legal boring throughout the State for commercial purposes is also adding to the woes related to the groundwater level.

Effect on Agriculture   

The farmers were not able to plough their fields due to the paucity of rain or snow. The Rs. 3,000 crore apple industry is also not out of danger yet. The rain is likely to save the apple trees from burning due to pesticides.

The fresh or new plantation was also in danger. In Himachal, out total 12 states, eight districts namely Shimla, Kullu, Mandi and Kinnaur are the leading producers of apple, which are in dire need of snow.  

Lack of required amount of moisture in the soil for germination of seed had created consternation among the farmers as their seed would have gone waste otherwise.

In Himachal, 70 percent cultivable area is dependent on rain. The farmers would be doomed if the god of rain remained penurious about the rain and snow.

HP Government’s Review Meeting with the IPH Department

The Chief Minister had yesterday called a review meeting of Irrigation and Public Health Department along with the concerned Minister Mahendar Singh Thakur.

So far, the state government was apprehensive about the possible drought-like situation. The government said the state might face acute shortage of water. The IPH department was advised to get ready to deal with the water-shortage in advance.

The water supply schemes could be affected leading to a shortage of drinking in all major towns. The IPH department has been asked to explore the possibilities of installing more hand-pumps and arrange for water tankers if needed.  

Threat of Jaundice Outbreak

The State government has also admitted that the jaundice outbreak threat does loom large in Shimla city as water sources are drying up. Several cases of jaundice were reported during the current month. The Shimla Municipal Corporation has advised people to boil water before use.

The farming community, fruit growers, and hospitality industry are expecting more snow and rain during next 24 hours. 

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Himachal makes HIV/AIDS test mandatory for all expectant mothers

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The cases of AIDS are increasing in the State. Currently, the official number of the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) is around 5700 in Himachal.

Shimla: The State government on January 22, 2018, launched the nutrition scheme for children living with HIV-positive in Himachal Pradesh. The launch was announced by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur during an awareness campaign organised by the HP State AIDS Control Society to mark the National Youth Day.

The purpose is to deliver nutritional supplement and boost immunity of around 400 HIV positive youth up to the age of 18 years. In addition, it aims to enable them to lead a normal and healthy life.

The government has made it mandatory for every expectant mother to go through the HIV test. It would prevent passing on of the virus to the baby in case the mother is HIV-positive.

The cases of AIDS are increasing in the State. Currently, the official number of the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) is around 5700 in Himachal.

The government said the awareness campaign should be intensified in schools and colleges including organisation of skits, street shows, which are effective ways of communicate to the masses.

The education department will work in close coordination with the health department to provide special facility to educate all children living with HIV-positive.

HP AIDS Control Society also organized a Red Ribbon fair on the Ridge along with flagging-off a half marathon.

The AIDS Control Society also launched its official website and twitter handle.

Further, there is a dire need to initiate massive awareness campaigns about this disease up to rural areas. The Non-profit Organizations (NGOs) and individuals will have to come forward and supplement the efforts of the health department in creating awareness.

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Video: Fire in Shimla’s Gumma devours Rs. 40 lakh property  

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Shimla: In a tragic incident of fire breakout in Gumma area of Kotkhai region in Shimla district on Saturday, about six rooms of a three-story building were lost. The fire brigade saved the two storeys and buildings adjacent to it.

No loss of life was reported, but the estimated loss of assets was initially assessed at about 40 lakh rupees.The owner of the house was identified as Rohit Chauhan.

Rohit’s mother was alone at the house when the fire broke out at about 3 PM. His mother called for help. However, the fire gutted six rooms on the third storey along with all belongings by the time the fire service reached the spot.

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The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit.

While the other two stories housed shops, the third one was Rohit’s home.

The district administration has given Rs. 20,000 as a relief to the victim family.

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