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No award to Himachal’s teachers willingly serving in difficult remote areas: CM

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Teachers who were willingly serving in very remote and far flung areas of the State in difficult circumstances needs to be honoured on such occasions

SHIMLA- While attending State Level Teachers Day function at Raj Bhawan, referring to the procedure of selection for National and State level awards to the teachers on the Teacher’s Day, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said that the teachers who were willingly serving in very remote and far flung areas of the State in difficult circumstances needs to be honoured on such occasions. It had been observed that none of the teachers who had been teaching the students with commitment since last many years in such hard and tribal areas were not in the list of awardees, he said.

He directed the education department to keep in mind the services of those teachers also who were really committed to their profession and working in tough areas rather than wasting their time in getting adjusted in towns and cities. He also listed the name of the hard and tribal areas from where none of the teachers were in the list of awardees and directed to consider the services of such teachers in near future while nominating the teachers for awards. However, the teachers who got awards today was due to their hard-work and dedication and needs appreciation, he said

Himachal Pradesh today was one of the most literate State after Kerela having attained 88 percent literacy rate, he added.

The Chief Minister added that there was a need for value based education which could make the students excel in future endeavours and teachers should derive satisfaction from the achievements of their students and not from monetary gains. He also stressed upon adopting new techniques in the present era of methodical technology.

During the last 44 months, as many as 1010 schools were either upgraded or opened and 41 colleges were opened in the far flung areas of the State, especially to benefit the girl child, he claimed.

He said it was observed that due to tough topography of the State, the girl child could not pursue higher education far away from their home. The Government particularly focusing on this aspect and realizing the importance of educating girl child, decided to open schools and colleges in remote areas so that the girls could be provided higher education at their door-steps and the results were astonishing as the number of girl students were far more than the boys in these institutions opened in such areas said the Chief Minister.

He said that keeping in mind the importance of education in socio-economic upliftment of the people, the state government had kept a provision of Rs. 6013 crore for education sector in this fiscal.

Under Rajeev Gandhi Digital Scheme as many as 22,500 laptops/netbooks were distributed to the meritorious students of 10th and Plus two and as many as 10,000 laptops were in process of distribution in this fiscal. The Chief Minister said that under various scholarship schemes, Rs 77.72 crore was spent to provide scholarships to as many as 98,541 students.

The State government was also providing a sum of Rs 75 thousand each to the students from the State who qualify for seeking admissions in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and AIIMS, said the Chief Minister.

 

 

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Rs.18 Crore Mandi Shiv Dham Project Tender Allotted for Rs. 36 Crores, Alleges Sudhir Sharma  

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Shimla-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, and Mandi Shivdham project, which he claims to be his dream project, has landed in controversy ahead of the polling for the by-polls scheduled to be held on October 30.

AICC secretary and former minister, Sudhir Sharma, on Saturday released a statement in which he alleged HP Tourism Development Corporation of indulging in corruption in allotment of tender for the Mandi Shivdham development project. He alleged that against the sanctioned limit of Rs. 18 crores, the tender for the development of the first phase of the project was granted to a Mumbai-based company “Generic Engineering Construction & Projects Limited” in February this year.

The project involves structural construction of replicas of 12 Jyotirlings, site development etc., as per the tender.

He also said that the Chief Minister himself holds charge of the Tourism Department.

Sudhir also furnished some documents related to the tender allocation to support his allegations.

He further informed that the tenders were first invited for the first phase between November 24 and 25, 2020. At that time, the estimated cost was mentioned to be Rs. 18 crores. Four companies responded to the invitation and participated in the tendering process. However, by February this year, the tender was allotted to the above-mentioned company for Rs. 36 crores.

Sudhir questioned the state government over doubling the cost and asked the Chief Minister to provide the public with an explanation for this.

“This money belongs to the State and it should be spent on public welfare,” Sudhir said in a statement released on Saturday.

He also demanded action against those involved in this alleged act of corruption.

Sudhir further alleged that instead of taking care and undertaking beautification of already existing temples and religious places in Mandi – also known as Choti Kashi- Chief Minister jumped to a new location with his dream project. He also alleged that the government didn’t even obtain forest clearance for this project and several trees were axed.

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Kinnaur: Horrific Tragedy Unfolds as Bodies of 7 Out of 11 Missing Trekkers Recovered, Two Still Missing

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Kinnaur-A horrific tragedy is unfolding as bodies of seven trekkers, who had gone missing while trekking from Uttarkashi to Chitkul, were recovered by the teams of Army and ITPB from Lamkhaga Pass in Kinnaur district. Two of them have been rescued alive and were receiving medical treatment. Two trekkers are still missing and feared to be dead.

Most of these persons belonged to West Bengal. 

The rescue team could not lift the bodies due to the bad weather on Thursday as it had to suspend the search and rescue operation. The operation was resumed on Friday. The search operation for the remaining missing persons would be carried out on Saturday. The search and rescue teams found the bodies at an altitude of 5,000 metres.

According to the available information, a total of 17 persons – 11 trekkers and six porters- had left Uttarkashi on October 11 on a trekking expedition that was supposed to conclude in Chikul of Kinnaur district on October 19. However, the weather took a drastic turn and the region witnessed heavy snowfall on October 17 and 18.

While six Nepalese porters were said to have reached Chitkul, the trekkers had decided to stay in temporary tents at Lamkhaga Pass. The porters had informed the police about the stranded trekkers on reaching Chitkul on October 20.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur, Abid Hussain, confirmed that nine of these trekkers have been found. While two were alive, seven had died. The exact reason for deaths would be ascertained only after the post-mortem. Two trekkers still remain missing. More information is awaited.

It’s pertinent to mention that the Meteorological Department had issued warning of heavy rain and snow on October 18 alonwith an orange alert. 

Following are the details of the bodies recovered and persons rescued alive:

Deceased Persons

  1. Anita Rawat (38) D/o Sh. Jyoti Singh R/o M 95 Harinagar, West Bengal
  2. Tanmay Tiwari (30), S/o Sh R.C. Tiwari, R/o Kishan Nagar, Kolkata 3
  3. Vikas Makal(33) son of Swapan Maikal, Raghabpur Nepalganj, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
  4. Saurabh Gosh (34) S/o Sushil Ghosh, R/o Nepalganj, South 24 West Bengal
  5. Subhayan Das (28) S/o Kajal Das, R/o 10/1A Nepal Bhatacharia G Streak Kalighat, West Bengal
  6. Richard Mandal (31) From West Bengal
  7. Upender (22) from Uttarkashi

Detail of Missing persons:

  1. Sukenh Manjhi(43) From West Bengal
  2. Gyan Chand (33) from Uttarkashi

Details of Injured Person

  1. Devendra Chauhan, S/o Hariram, R/o Village Gangad, Thana Mary, Uttarkashi. (company guide)
  2. Mithun Dari, S/o Swar Badal Ch Dari, R/o Prasadpur, PostAndhar Manik, South 24 Pargans, West Bengal

 

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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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