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Wi-Fi facility in Himachal’s rural areas through MLA funds, claims HP Govt.

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SHIMLA- Himachal Pradesh Government claims to have made a provision for the MLAs to provide funds under MLA Local Area Development (MLALAD) Scheme for setting up community Wi-Fi services in their constituency to enable the people to digitally connected under Digital India Initiative.

The information was shared by Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma. He said that it would be a big step in empowering the rural people and a step towards technological advancements in Digital World.

This initiative was taken under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna Programme of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. as part of Digital India initiative for setting up Wi-Fi Hotspots in rural areas of the country for better connectivity, he further informed.

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HP Gauseva Aayog Constituted With Headquarters in Shimla

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HP GauSeva Aayog Members


Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Gauseva Aayog has been constituted, informed a spokesman of State government today.  The headquarter of Aayog will be at Shimla.

The State Cabinet, in its meeting held in November 2018, had given the approval to establish this Aayog.

Today, this Aayog was constituted under the Chairmanship of Animal Husbandry Minister. Additional Chief Secretary (AH), Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue), Additional Chief Secretary (Forest), Principal. Secretary (Excise and Tax.), Secretary (RD & PR), Secretary (LAC), Dean Dr. G.C. Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Science, Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar CSKHPKV, Palampur Kangra, and Director General of Police, H.P. are the members and the Director Animal Husbandry, H.P. is a member secretary.

He further said that Ashok Kumar of District Solan is a Vice Chairman of H.P. Gauseva Aayog.

This Aayog have ten other non official members that includes Ashwani Kumar Dogra, of Bilaspur, Chet Ram and Swami Abhishek Giri  of District Mandi, Susheel Kumar and Krishan Pal Sharma of District Una, Jagdip of Sirmour, Sushant Destha of District Shimla, Ashok Kumar Sharma, of District Kangra, Ashish Kumar, District Hamirpur and Sher Singh of District Kullu.

Besides non-official members this Aayog have ten special invitees that includes Sandeep Kumar of District Chamba, Dev Raj Chaudhari and Devanand Gautam and Dinesh Kumar Shashtri from District Solan, Ram Rishi Bhardwaj, Roshan Lal and Rajinder Rana from Shimla, Suram Singh of District Una, Chander Shekhar of District Kangra and Dr. Ashok from District Hamirpur.

The Vice Chairman and non-official members of the Aayog will hold office for a period of three years from the date of appointment.

The purpose of this body, the Government said, would be preservation, conservation and welfare of cows in the State. It is also expected to regulate the institutions like Gausadans, Gaushalas, cow sanctuaries, Gau Vigyan Kendras and community animal rearing centres etc. engaged in the welfare of cows. The Aayog would also address the problems relating to abandoned cows.

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NDRF Personnel Saves Woman from Drowning, Sacrifices Life for Duty

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NDRF Constable Rajender Gautam of Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh

Bilaspur-Another braveheart of Himachal Pradesh sacrificed his life while performing his duty as personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). He is being hailed as a true example of selfless service towards humanity.

Rajender Gautam, 36, a native of Laher village in Jhanduta region of Bilaspur district, was serving in the 9th Battalion of the NDRF as a constable.

As per the NDRF Inspector General L Ravi Joseph, he was deputed at Sangam Ghat in Prayagraj. On the early morning of 19 February 2019, an elderly lady crossed the safety barricade while taking a dip in Sangam river during ‘Maghi Purnima Snan’. She was caught in the swift currents of the river.

Rajender spotted her and jumped into the river without a second thought. He saved the woman from being swept away by the strong currents. However,  while rescuing the woman, he was severely injured by a solid object. Despite his injury, he carried the woman to the bank safely and fell unconscious.

He was rushed to the nearest local hospital but considering the severity of his injuries, he was airlifted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on the same day.

The doctors found that Gautam had sustained multiple spinal cord injuries near the neck. He underwent a surgery but succumbed to his injuries on the early morning of February 22.  

Gautam is survived by his wife and two daughters, his mortal remains are expected to arrive at his native place today.   

Gautam joined the Border Security Force in 2004, and he was serving in the NDRF since 2013. He indeed lived up to the motto of the NDRF — ‘Saving Lives and Beyond’ – said Joseph.

NDRF Director General S N Pradhan and several other officials have expressed grief over this loss and paid their tribute.

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Total 332 Bird Species Located in Himachal Pradesh

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Bird Species Count in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-As per the Great Backyard Bird Count (7th Indian edition), the number of bird species in Himachal Pradesh was 332 in 2018, a spokesman of State Forest Department informed on February 21, 2019.  

PCCF (WL) Dr. Savita said that among the Indian States, Himachal Pradesh shared the topmost position with Uttrakhand where the highest number of species was recorded.  

Birding locations included wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, conservation reserves, villages and urban areas. She said that more than 150 bird species were recorded in Mandi, Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur districts.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science initiative intended to encourage both amateur and professional bird-watchers to contribute towards the understanding bird and their biology in a better way.

The Department said that amateur birders from across the state contributed in the count in addition to 287 checklists that were uploaded into e-Bird by 55 participants.

 Participation in the event involved a minimum of 15 minutes bird watching during which all the bird species seen were counted and listed.  It involved bird watching sessions with school teachers and students, birding involving local villagers and panchayat representatives and training of frontline staff of the forest department in bird identification.

The Department said a detailed report is in preparation and will be circulated by the first week of March

This initiative was coordinated by Joint Secretary (Forests) Sat Pal Dhiman, Chief Conservator Forest (HQR) Nagesh Guleria, Chief Conservator Forest (WL) South Sushil Kapta, DFO (Hqr) N.P.S. Dhaulta along with other senior officers of the department.

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