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Three-day Himachal travel mart kicks off to promote tourism in global market



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The number of tourists every year exceeds the state’s population of about 6.8 million

SHIMLA- In a bid to attract more foreign and domestic tourists, the hill state of Himachal Pradesh is organising a three-day travel mart here from Friday.

Delegates from 10 countries, mainly from the tour and travel industry, have been invited to the ‘Himachal Travel Mart’,

Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Board vice chairman Vijai Singh Mankotia told reporters here.

Official delegates from eight states, including Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bihar, will also participate.

The media from Britain, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Nepal and Sri Lanka, who are into writing travelogues, have been specially invited to project Himachal Pradesh as an international tourist destination,

Mankotia, a former tourism minister, said.

According to him, delegates from renowned travel agencies from across the globe, including Aviatour 24 of Germany and Liberty Travel from the US, are also participating.

Mankotia said the hill state was looking for private investment in adventure tourism like mountaineering, paragliding, rock climbing and mountain biking, for which the state has a lot of potential that remains untapped.

Similarly, we need investments in starting cruise services, including ‘shikaras’ and water sports, at the Bilaspur and Chamba lakes. This will attract tourists without causing harm to the water bodies.

Linking the state’s trans-Himalayan areas of Kinnaur and Spiti with the neighbouring Buddhist-dominated Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir will be a major initiative to boost tourism in the region, he said.

We are trying to market the Buddhist sites in both the states jointly. Now that a stable government has been formed in Jammu and Kashmir, we will try to make contact with authorities there,

Mankotia said.

Admitting that bad roads and poor air connectivity are hampering Himachal tourism, he said he had received numerous complaints from visiting tourists about traffic snarls and parking blues at major tourist destinations in the state.

Our focus now is mainly on constructing parking lots in Shimla,

Mankotia added.

Himachal Pradesh attracts tourists from abroad, especially Israel, Germany, Britain and several other European countries, not only for nature-based activities but also for exploring historic and ancient monasteries.

Kullu-Manali is a favourite tourist destination, followed by Shimla and Dharamsala.


Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert



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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7



Plant booking at uhf nauni 2021

Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award



HP Police Presidents Colours award

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

HP Police Presidents Colours award ceremony

The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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