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Himachal’s braveheart awarded Sena Medal for hunting down wanted terrorist Burhan Wani

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SHIMLA- Captain Manik Sharma(26), born on February 3, 1989 in Hamirpur town of Himachal Pradesh, has been awarded Sena Medal for display of bravery and showing nerves of steel in a operation in which three terrorists including a wanted militant of Hizbul Mujahideen, Burhan Wani was gunned down. Wani carried a bounty of Rs. 10 Lakh on his head. Captain Sharma was among three other officers of the Rashtriya Rifles, Major Sandeep Kumar and Naik Arvind Singh Chauhan,who were awarded with the Sena Medal.

It was the same operation that had created high-tension in the valley. After Wani, who had become popular as youth icon, was gunned down by these soldiers, separatist declared him ‘Shaheed’.  Tension gripped the region for months, and even curfew was imposed. The turmoil, the protest from separatists caused over 100 lives and left several injured. 

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Burhan Wani – The Militant That Was Gunned Down in the Operation

Captain Manik was brought up in Hamirpur, attended DAV School, and obtained degree of engineer from an institute in Sundarnagar. His inspiration behind joining Indian Army to serve the country came from his uncle, who is an ex-serviceman. His family is proud and expect him to keep serving the nation with same dedication.

As per the report, in July 8, 2016, a team led by Major Sandeep that included Captain Manik Sharma and Naik Arvind Singh Chauhan too, gunned down three militants hiding in Bumdoora Village in South Kashmir. The team acted on solid intelligence inputs and cracked down the house despite stone-pelting from villagers and heavy gunfire from terrorists.

The information had leaked about the presence of the military in village that is about 18 km southeast of Anantang. The team had to wait for hours before they could enter the house and eliminate all terrorists. The protesting crowd was growing rapidly, and villagers were shouting slogans and pelting army contingent with stones.

An initial attempt by Captain Manik and Major Kumar to storm into the house was spoiled by heavy gunfire. Sartaz Aziz, who made an attempt to escape, was shot down. The soldiers were running out of time as the sun was about to set. Darkness would have made the operation tougher and could have helped the terrorists escape.

Acting under this time constraint, Captain Manik stormed into the house with 2 others. Two terrorist showered bullets on the door, but despite that these soldiers didn’t let the remaining terrorists escape and eventually gunned them down. The other two militants were later identified as Pervaiz Ahmad Lashkari and Burhan Wani. 

Photo: Punjab Kesari/ The Quint

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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