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In Pictures- A fabulous Art & Craft Exhibition at Auckland House School (Boys)



SHIMLA- On August 12, Auckland House School for Boys, Shimla, organized a fabulous Art and Craft Exhibition under the able guidance of the Principal Michael A John.

Vikas Sood, CEO, Election Department, Shimla, inagurated the Exhibhition. The Boys of Nursery to class X displayed their art skills in various paintings, be it sponge painting, thumb painting, glitter painting. The hall was also decorated with various pastings such as jute, paper, toothpicks, peppercorns, cloth, glitter, sequins, thermocol balls, wool, ice cream sticks, sawdust pasting, grass pasting, cotton pasting, thread pasting etc.



It was done by students with the help of their teachers and of course the parents. In the Exhibition, the students and teachers displayed innovative skills and talent that was appreciated by each and everyone. Scroll down to watch amazing works of craft and art displayed at the event.

The Junior Section boys spoke on the following

Nursery `The Boy who Cried,” Wolf”


LKG– Models of Transport— Athrav Jarial Athrav Uppal

UKG Circus

Shimon- Animals and their food


Dharak Chauhan Form I–Currency

Sannat Verma Global Warming


Shaurya Dutta Form II—Means of communication


Gunagya Gupta Traffic rules and Road safety- Advitiya Bragta


The exhibition of senior classes consisted of Drawing, sketches, paintings such as nature painting, mayur painting, jute painting, handkerchiefs, cartoon bags, cushions, wood sticks painting, puzzle kit, wood craft, spring hung etc.







Cartoon Bags


Wood Craft


Spring Hung






The boys of the senior school displayed models in English, Science, Social Studies, Hindi and Sanskrit and all of them explaining the same with confidence to the visitors. They also made working models on windmill, volcano, water level alarm, burglars alarm and fire alarm.



The Art and Craft Exhibition attracted appreciations from everyone who witnessed it and, of course, ended on a very cheerful note.

Other creative presentations by students included

English Verb- Aadish Verma Collective

Noun- Kirit Singh -III-B

Science Fire Alarm — IX

Arya Bhimta Toy Car VIII

Shreay Verma Burglar’s Alarm —X

Arya & Akshin Water Level Indicator —X

Social Studies National Symbols- Shreyan Sharma— IV-A

National Symbols-Krish Khanna- IV-B

Layers of Atmosphere Aaditya Pathak VII

Maths Roman Numbers Types of Triangles -Shaurya Vatsayan Ishpreet Singh

Manthan Windmill Savir Sharma

Physical Education Basketball Court- X—Mahin Samuel John & Parvaldeep Singh

All Photos: Tarun Sharma

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Amid Steep Rise in COVID-19 Cases, HP Govt to Open Temples/Religious Places from Sept 10




Shimla- The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh had reached 6830 by September 4, 2020. Yesterday the State reported 215 new positive cases with two deaths. The COVID-19 death tally rose to 48 with these new casualties reported from Sirmaur and Kangra districts.

According to the yesterday’s COVID-19 bulletin released by the State Health Department, highest 37 cases were reported in Kangra district followed by Solan (35) Sirmaur (33), Chamba (33), Mandi (32), Una (20), Bilaspur (7), Hamirpur (7), Shimla (8), and Kullu (3). Till Friday evening, the number of active cases in the state was 1815 as 4920 persons had recovered.

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin for August 4, 2020 ( 9 PM)


Amid this steep rise in cases in Himachal, the State Government on Friday held a Cabinet meeting in which it decided to open temples and religious places from September 10.

 The Language, Art and Culture Department will prepare SOP in this regard.  Registration would be required for people entering the State till September 15. The quarantine requirement would be reduced from 14 days to 10 days. The District Administration would strictly enforce the use of masks and social distancing in the field, the government said.

The Cabinet decided to provide wheat flour and rice to the income tax payee APL Consumers under Public Distribution System as was being provided to them earlier on APL rates and provide them pulses, edible oil, salt and sugar on zero-subsidy on actual rates.

The State Cabinet decided to request the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India to sign Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) related to Affordable Rental Housing Complexes Scheme with the state government.

It decided to fill up 10 posts of class IV employees in Panchayati Raj Department.

It gave its approval to transfer Gram Panchayat Kot from Police Station Shimla East (Chhota Shimla) to Police Station West (Boileauganj)  in district Shimla to facilitate the people.

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Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman 2017-18 Announced, These 4 Persons Would be Honored



Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman 2017-18

Shimla– ‘Himachal Academy Shikhar Samman’ Award has been announced for the year 2017-18, informed the Secretary Academy Dr. Karam Singh on June 6, 2020.  

The recommendation of the jury the winners have been announced, he said, adding that four Shikhar Samman (awards) would be given in the field of language, culture and literature for two years and Rs. one lakh each would be given to each awardee.

He said that for the year 2017, Prof. Keshav Sharma would be honoured for contribution in Literature and special achievements. Folk Singer Mohan Rathour would be honoured with Language and Culture Shikar Samman.

For the year 2018, Dr. O.C. Handa would be honoured with Sahitya Shikhar Samman, whereas Dinesh Kumari of Kangra would be honoured in Art and Culture sector.

The ‘Shikhar Samman’ is given to the Himachali writers in the field of art and culture and to littérateurs from the country who worked for the promotion of Himachali language, traditions and culture.

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Video: Replica of Himachal’s Bhimakali Temple at International Surajkund Mela Becomes Centre of Attraction



Bhimakali temple in Surajkund Mela 2020

Shimla- The replica of Bhimakali temple in the ongoing 34th International Surajkund Crafts Mela has become the main attraction. The real temple is located in Sarahan of Shimla district and dedicated to goddess Bhimakali.

Himachal is a theme state for this event. A large number of people are visiting to see the permanent structure of the Bhimakali temple, which has been built in traditional style.

Earlier, in the year 1996 also Himachal was the theme state and permanent replica of Maheshwar Devta temple was set up there. Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism has organized the event in collaboration with the Union Ministries of Tourism, Textiles, Culture, and External Affairs from 1st to 16th February .

Besides this, five temporary gates and one permanent gate made in traditional Himachali style have been set up in the Mela ground, giving a glimpse of the state. Two-storey Apna Ghar made in traditional Pahari style has also been set up and a family from district Chamba is starting in it this family is providing the tourists with an experience of rural culture and lifestyle of the state.

Himachal at surajkund mela 2020

The stalls of handicrafts and handlooms of the state are also being much liked by the tourists. Various cultural programmes reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the state are being presented during the Mela.  A large number of tourists are also visiting the information centre set up at the Mela ground.

 The government claims that in order to attract national and international tourists, the Department of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Himachal Pradesh is marketing and publicizing the tourism potential of the State.

The government claims such international level platform will help in the promotion of Tourism as well as rich cultural heritage, folk songs, handloom-handicrafts, cuisines of the state and these tourism-related products are the attraction for the tourists.


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