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World Bank team to visit Shimla over Rs 643 crores ‘Water Supply and Sewerage System’ project

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WOrld Bank Team Shimla Visit

6 member team of ‘Water Supply Specialists’ will visit Shimla to identify the technical, environmental, social, institutional and financial issues related to the project

SHIMLA-Irrigation & Public Health Minister, Vidya Stokes, in a meeting with the representatives of the World Bank on Saturday regarding a proposal submitted by the Himachal Government to the World Bank for funding of Rs 643 crores for Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage System to cater to the needs of Shimla up to the Year 2048.

The World Bank has deputed a six member team of ‘Water Supply Specialists’ that will visit Shimla to identify the technical, environmental, social, institutional and financial issues related to the Project, she said.

The team has so far visited the Kol Dam site and inspected the distribution system in the town. The team will also explore the technical requirements of the designs to provide 24×7 water supplies to Shimla, she added.

World Bank team is also organising meetings and discussions with various stakeholders of the project and will have detailed inspections and discussions with the engineers associated with the Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage System. She said that the team has agreed to the proposal of the State Government and would be reframing the DPR as per the requirements of the World Bank guidelines.

The World Bank will be providing required technical and financial assistance through its experts and specialists, she informed.

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Arrested accused in Kotkhai Gudiya case confesses crime: Reports

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Kotkhai accused confession

Shimla: The police in Kotkhai region of Shimla district of the peaceful Hill State is on high alert as the Central Bureau of Investigation brought the lone accused arrested in alleged case of the murder of a 16-year-old girl after a gangrape back to Shimla on Sunday.

The agency has cracked the case and the accused has confessed his crime if the reports of CBI sources and media are to be believed.

The lone accused arrested by the CBI on April 14, 2018, was taken to the agency headquarters in New Delhi for further investigation.

On Sunday, he was brought back to Shimla for the re-creation of the crime scene based on the statement given by the accused. However, the identity of the accused remains unconfirmed because CBI has been maintaining distance from media.

The accused was on Monday morning was taken to the crime spot in the Halaila forests of Kotkhai Tehsil.

A large crowd gathered to see the accused, however, as per a Hindi Daily, they were disappointed as he was reportedly wearing a helmet as a part of the agency’s measures to keep the identity concealed.

A national news channel, however, claimed that the name of the accused is Neelu and he is a lumberjack.

The round of speculations regarding the identity is likely to continue until April 25 – the next date of the hearing in the State High Court.

The agency had earlier assured the court that it would reveal the real culprits in the upcoming hearing. The agency has not made any other arrest so far while the date of hearing is just two days away.

However, sceptic minds are trying to add up the numbers. It is hard to believe that a lumberjack alone could send the entire Special Investigation Team of the HP Police to jail and fool the premier investigation agency of India.  

Therefore, more arrests are expected to be made during the next few days. 

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Himachal seeks Rs. 300 crore from Centre to promote religious tourism circuit and eco-adventure tourism

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Religious Tourism in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has urged the Union Minister for Tourism, K.J. Alphons to sanction three schemes worth Rs. 300 crore to promote religious tourism circuit and eco-adventure tourism in the state.

The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, during a meeting in New Delhi, apprised the Minister that Himachal was also a major centre of religious tourism and religious tourism circuits will be developed here to provide devotees more facilities.

The Chief Minister also invited Union Minister to Himachal and said that he himself will take him to the tourist destinations of the State. K.J. Alphons whole-heartedly accepted the invitation.

Chief Minister also urged the Centre to provide funds generously for widespread publicity of tourism sites in the state.

The Union Minister of State for Tourism assured the Chief Minister that the Union Government will extend all possible support to this hill state for exploitation and expansion of its tourism potential.

The Chief Minister said that the focus should be on tourism in the state, which was not given before. However, now the state government is giving special emphasis to strengthening infrastructure in virgin natural places, he said.

Himachal has immense potential for adventure tourism and adventure sports like mountaineering, biking, river rafting, and paragliding and the state is considered as a paradise for these adventure sports.

However, it is true that the governments have done very little to polish and maintain the tourism sector.

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262 doctors recruited, 200 more to be recruited through HPPSC: Govt

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MBBS Posts in Himchal Pradesh

Shimla: The Department of Radio-diagnosis, IGMC Shimla, on April 21, 2018, organized Interventional Radiology Outreach Programme.  

The Chief Minister, while presiding over inauguration ceremony, informed the State Government has filled 262 posts of MBBS Doctors through walk-in-interviews and 200 posts of doctors would be filled through State Public Service Commission to meet the shortage of doctors in health institutions particularly in rural and far-flung areas of the Stat. 

He also informed that Rs. 9 crores are being spent on installation of a Digital Subtraction Angiography Machine in IGMC.State Government would provide remaining amount of Rs 1.50 crore required for this machine.

He said that ‘C-ARM’ would also be provided in the department soon.

The government will recruit required staff immediately for making Rs.23 crore Linear Acculator functional, which was lying unused at Tanda Medical College for want of requisite staff.

A similar machine would be installed at IGMC as soon as the new building becomes available, he gave an assurance.

Further, the government has assured that posts of doctors and para-medical staff would be filled up on a priority basis.      

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