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Ahead of HP Assembly Polls 2017, Govt. ready to pat its own back via special publicity campaign

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HP Congress Publicity Camapign

SHIMLA-  Ahead of HP Assembly Polls 2017, Himachal Pradesh Government has geared up to pat its own back through a special publicity campaign on completion of four years.  The newspapers, social and electronic media would be stuffed with positive stories about how considerate and attentive the government and its ministers had been towards the people of Himachal.  Government claims the campaign would educate people regarding various policies introduced by the Congress government during last four years so that they could avail their benefits.

The public relations department will  spent a lot of public tax money on multimedia vans equipped with public address system, LED TV, publicity literature, regular press conferences etc. to advertise policies and programmes of the State Government upto grass root level.

Recently, Director Information and Public Relations, RS Negi directed all district public relation officers to prepare road map for the route of the Publicity van for maximum reach and impact.

While most of the government websites including that of the official Public Relation Department don’t even bother to share enough information are now asked  to adopt proactive approach to sing songs in praise of the Government in so called right perspective. Officials, who were earlier avoiding social media, are told to lay emphasis on social media use.  The officers were also directed to hold regular press conference and make friends be with journalists. For this purpose, a special review meeting of the senior officers and District Public Relations Officers of Information and Public Relations Department was held recently.

Currently, in the changing media landscape, the PR professionals aren’t up to date with communication skills, which is why they aren’t able to to catch-up with the changing trends.

All the Officers of the Department  would constantly monitor news and views appearing in the media to sort out negative news and provide sufficient positive stories to the media to meet its demand. In nutshell, this is the season (like apple season) that major media houses await right before assembly elections.

The PR department will also target rural population by using traditional folk media troupes and Song and Drama units to regularly perform in rural areas of the State to enchant (so claimed) achievements.

 

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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. He 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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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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