SHIMLA- Indian public and media that was busy in criticising the government for deceiving ex-army personals after one of them committed suicide over One Rank, One Pension, arrest of Rahul Gandhi, ban on NDTV telecast etc. is now focused on the decision taken by the government to withdraw Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes from economy. BJP leaders have already began to celebrate the decision claiming it to be a victory of good over evil and like all the black-money is back now. BJP leaders from Himachal, too, have issued media statements and congratulated the Prime Minister Modi.
Former RS MP and presently MLA Shimla Suresh Bhardwaj congratulated the Prime Minister calling the decision as patriotic and philanthropic step to demonetize Rs.500 and Rs. 1000 rupee notes from the Indian Economy. Bhardwaj believes that many evils are already erased by this decision.
However, Communist Party of India CPI (M) has claimed it a political posture that would not yield results in unearthing the black-money stacked in overseas Swiss bank accounts.
Modi has annihilated the nefarious designs of the sponsors of cross border terrorism i.e. Pakistan., he said. Pakistan has been a key exporter of counterfeit currency to India and were funding all these terrorists activities mainly through this fake currency and that also in these denominations. Now terrorists will face a liquidity crunch.
The decision, he presumes, would hit the the agents / supporters of these activities in India too. These agents were involved in trading of drugs, narcotics and other illegal commodities, he claimed. Since none of the illegal activities involves banks therefore all these transactions took place in these denominations because of the amounts involved.
He believes the PM (not the Govt.) blocked the obnoxious activities of such criminals and this step will go a long way in curbing the drug abuse threat which is looming large on the youth of the country especially Panjab and Himachal Pradesh.
He further stated that discontinuation of these currency notes has dealt a heavy blow to the lobby financing the elections of the states. In Uttar Pradesh alone an expenditure of 15000 crores was estimated in the ensuing assembly elections. Now the role of black money in elections will be reduced drastically and people will choose a government without undue influence of money power, he claimed.
PM has conveyed a very stern message to the people who have been taking the law enforcement agencies lightly, he said. The PM has also hit the lobby of persons who were holding the country to ransom by hoarding essential commodities like onion , sugar etc.
Similarly, other BJP leaders from Himachal have also hailed the decision and are already celebrating it.
Video: Fire in Shimla’s Gumma devours Rs. 40 lakh property
Shimla: In a tragic incident of fire breakout in Gumma area of Kotkhai region in Shimla district on Saturday, about six rooms of a three-story building were lost. The fire brigade saved the two storeys and buildings adjacent to it.
No loss of life was reported, but the estimated loss of assets was initially assessed at about 40 lakh rupees.The owner of the house was identified as Rohit Chauhan.
Rohit’s mother was alone at the house when the fire broke out at about 3 PM. His mother called for help. However, the fire gutted six rooms on the third storey along with all belongings by the time the fire service reached the spot.
The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit.
While the other two stories housed shops, the third one was Rohit’s home.
The district administration has given Rs. 20,000 as a relief to the victim family.
Sirmaur Tragedy: 7-year-old mauled to death by pack of stray dogs
Shimla: In a spine-chilling incident, a pack of about half-a-dozen stray dogs on Saturday attacked and mauled a 7-year-old boy in Amarkot village in Paonta sub-division, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh. As per the initial reports, the brutal attack by the dogs inflicted severe injuries on the head, throat, and neck.
On hearing the cries of the boy, the nearby people rushed to rescue the boy. However, dogs were so aggressive that they bit a couple of these people too.
The boy succumbed to the injuries on the way to the hospital. The boy was identified as Vikki, son of a migrant labour of Uttar Prades. The family was heart-broken after their piece of heart died a horrible death.
The head of the Amarkot village, Rakesh Mehraloo, said repeated complaints were made regarding the growing stray dog menace to the administration. Rakesh told media that some incidents of attack by stray dogs were also reported previously, which were also brought to the attention of the administration.
The administration, however, turned a blind eye towards the complaints and did not take any measure to solve this grieve issue, he said.
If the administration had acted timely, such a horrific incident could have been prevented.
It is pertinent to mention that the state government has also ignored the provision of dog-shelters and showed lackadaisical attitude in regular sterilizing of stray dogs.
Rest, the littering of food waste attract stray dogs and facilitate their reproduction, leading to such a nightmare.
The incident has created panic among the residents about the safety of their children.
Drought-like situation haunts Himachal as no rain, snow in stock, HP DM holds emergency meeting
Shimla: As snow and rain continue to evade the peak winter season in Himachal Pradesh, which is already facing 49 percent post-monsoon rain deficiency, the State Disaster Management called a meeting to embraces for the impact of the drought-like situation in the State.
Today, the maximum day temperature in the capital Shimla was recorded at 19 Degree Celsius while the day was hottest for Una at 27 Degree Celsius.
While a debate over the role of global warming behind erratic changes in the weather can also be heard, the Met Department blamed the western disturbances, which, it said, are not strong this year, hence, there is no precipitation.
The nigh temperature in winters remains close to seven to nine Degrees Celsius, which is four to five notches above from the average temperature witnessed during this time of the year. If the same pattern continues for the next two weeks, then it will not only hit the Rs. 20,000-crore apple industry but the tourist influx too.
The apple growers need moisture and several hundred chilling hours to ensure ample apple crop, and this year they are short of the required chilling hours.
The apple production, which was over 850 metric ton in 2011, has already been reducing.
Other crops like green almonds, tomatoes, pears, apricots, cabbage, cauliflower etc will also be affected due to dry weather.
The hoteliers and ski resorts are witnessing fall in tourist influx as the chances of snowfall are scarce.
Meeting of HP Disaster Mangement
In wake of the drought-like situation, the Principal Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management) Onkar Chand Sharma held a meeting with senior officers of various departments including the Deputy Commissioners of all 12 districts video conferencing.
Onkar Sharma said the government has analyzed entire rainfall data of all districts. It was found that there is a deficiency of 49 percent in the State (post-monsoon).
The meteorological department has predicted chances of scattered to moderate rainfall during 23-24 January 2018. Except that, the weather is likely to remain mostly dry until January 22 and January 25 onwards.
However, the government said that the state has received ample rainfall during December 2017, therefore, the Rabi crops and the drinking water supply are unaffected so far.
The Disaster Managment will prepare a contingency plan to combat the drought-like situations, said the Secretary.
There are 45 labs of the IPH department for the testing of drinking water supply, he informed.
The Deputy Commissioners were asked to ensure water quality testing randomly up to the subdivision level and arrange water tankers in water-scarce areas as well as fodder for livestock.
All the districts were also directed to take remedial measures to stop contamination of drinking water sources. Besides it, the Secretary directed super chlorination in all districts to prevent water-borne diseases like Jaundice.
Special Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Shri D.C. Rana, Director, Indian Meteorological Department Shri Manmohan Singh, Chief Engineer of IPH Department, senior officers from Horticulture and Agriculture also attended the meeting.
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