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Congress silences BJP in Himachal with official declaration of Dharamshala as second capital

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Second Capital of Himachal Dharmashala

SHIMLA- On Thursday, in its cabinet meeting, Himachal Pradesh Government officially declared Dharamshala  as the second capital of the hill state. The confirmation of Chief Minister’s formal announcement in January this year has brought hope for the districts like Kangra, Chamba, Una and Hamirpur. Kangra is biggest and, indeed, a politically very significant district. Out of total 68 constituencies in Himachal, 25 fall in districts Kangra, Una and Hamirpur. The decision can make a dent into opposition vote-bank.

Dharamsala nestling in the lap of majestic snow-clad Dhauladhar ranges has a significance and history of its own and fully deserved to be the second capital of the state,

the CM had said in a statement during his visit to lower Himachal in January.

The decision had also faced criticism for the additional expenditure that establishment of second capital would require along with operational cost. To save some expenditure on new infrastructure, the mini-secretariat at Dharamshala has been handed over to the State General Administration Department (GAD). As per the decision taken, the offices will be refurnished and sitting arrangements will be made for the officials along space for parking government vehicles.

However, with the announcement came probability of shifting some directorates from the first capital to the newly formed second capital. There is no official word about the directorates to be shifted, but some reports suggested HIMUDA and Ayurveda could be the first. Though, it’s good news for Shimla that is in dire need of decongestion. Being the capital and hosting all major government departments and Directorates, the city is facing rise in traffic and migration from other districts. The city is choking with traffic and hills are eroding due to haphazard construction.

The decision also came as a setback to the opposition and critics who were claiming it to a political gimmick to deceive people of lower Himachal regions ahead of assembly elections. The State President of BJP, Satpal Satti, had even taunted that lying and fooling people with empty promises is an old habit of Virbhadra. In January, in his formal declaration, the Chief Minister had claimed that people from these districts will not have to run to Shimla as ministers and government official will be sitting in the second capital for a considerable time.

The official tag of second capital is likely help generate some indirect employment too. Dharamshala is already a popular international tourist destination and occupies prominent space on the map due to its religious, natural and adventurous tourism. The place is also the current abode of the Tibetan Spiritual head Dalai Lama.

For the first time, it was in December 2005, during previous tenure of Congress government, when first full-fledged winter session of the Assembly was held outside Shimla. Virbhadra had also claimed that this tradition of annual winter sojourn was introduced in 1994 during his regime so that people in this region could be given special attention. 
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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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HP Health Dept Scam: Congress Plans Campaign Against Govt Corruption, Wants ‘White Paper’ on Purchases and CM’s Resignation

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Himachal PRadesh Health Department Scam

Shimla-The Congress Party in Himachal Pradesh on June 4, 2020, submitted a memorandum to the Governor Bandaru Dattatraya demanding an enquiry by a sitting High Court Judge in the recent purchases of COVID-19 equipment made by the Health Department.

The Congress Delegation was led by HPCC President Kuldeep Singh Rathore along with Mukesh Agnihotri, Dr, Col. Dhani Ram Shandil, Jagat Singh Negi,  Nand Lal, Mohan Lal Brakta, Vinay Kumar, Vikram Aditya Singh and Ashish Butail.  

Congress claimed that it had highlighted the issue of massive corruption in the health department following which the Director Health Services was arrested. Eventually, when the Congress Party raised a hue and cry, it led to the resignation of State BJP Chief Rajeev Bindal, Congress claimed. Congress demanded a “White Paper” on the purchases made by the Health Department and the resignation of Chief Minister Jairam Thakur since he is also holds the charge of the Health Ministry.

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Yesterday, the HPCC had submitted memorandums to the Governor at district level through Deputy Commissioners.

In the second phase, the Congress Party has directed the senior leaders to conduct press conferences throughout the state from June 6 to  June 15, 2020. The sitting MLAs along with senior Congressmen would highlight the growing level of corruption in the Health Department at the behest of ruling BJP Govt, the party said. In the third phase, Congress Spokespersons would highlight this issue in their respective Districts.

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The party said that its Social Media Cell would start a campaign under the hashtag  Health Corruption where the party office bearers, leaders and sympathizers would come online simultaneously at various social media platforms to highlight this issue among masses.

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Himachal-Two Dozen New Cases on June 4 from Nine Districts, 29 Recovers

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Himachal pradesh corona cases on june 4, 2020

Shimla-On June 4, 2020, Himachal Pradesh reported 24 new cases of coronavirus from eight districts – Sirmaur, Kangra, Mandi, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Shimla, Chamba, Una and Kullu. The total for the State has risen to 383, of which 199 are active cases, 175 patients have recovered, five died, and four migrated to outside State.  As many as 29 patients from different districts reported having recovered yesterday.

According to the last daily COVID-19 bulletin released by the State Health Department for June 4 (9:00 PM), among these districts, highest seven cases were reported from Sirmaur district, four from Kangra, Three from Mandi, Two from Chamba, one each from Kullu, Bilaspur, Una and Shimla, and four from Hamirpur.

In Sirmuar district, seven persons who tested positive for COVID-19 include two returnees from Delhi and four from Uttar Pradesh. In the seventh case, a woman from Nahan tested positive. Her case appeared in random sampling. Four others also belong to Nahan while two belong to Kolwala Bhood area.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till June 4, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 cases on June 4, 2020

In Kangra, two residents of Baijnath area who had returned from Delhi in their vehicle tested positive. The third patient also belong to Baijnath area and had returned from the USA in a flight.

In Mandi, two residents of Dharampur and one resident of Gumma testes positive. All three were under home-quarantine.

In Kullu, a woman who hails from Mandi district has tested positive. One case was reported from Shimla, but not much information was available about this person.

In Bilaspur, an ITBP jawan who had returned from Delhi in a cab with another person tested positive. He is said to be a resident of Jhanduta area.

Hamirpur also reported four new cases, of which three were said to be residents of Badsar, while one hailed from Nadaun. These persons are aged between 32 to 55 years.

In Chamba, a resident of Dalhousie, who had returned from Delhi and a resident of Churah, who had returned from Sonipat, Haryana, area tested positive. The third patient was said to be a resident of Tunuhatti area. He was under institutional quarantine at Shahtalai.

Of these cases reported yesterday, most were under institutional quarantine, while a some of them were home-quarantined. 

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HP Met Predicts More Thundershowers/Hailstorm, Issues Orange Alert for June 5 and 6

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Himachal pradesh weather prediction july 2020

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has issued a yellow alert for June 4 and an orange alert for June 5 and 6.

During this time, the State is expected to receive wide-spread thundershowers with lightning, hailstorm and gusty winds (40-50 kms/h) at isolated places.

Intermittent rains from 26 May onwards have caused a sharp dip in the average temperatures. On June 3, various parts of the State including Aghar, Nahan, Mandi, Rajgarh, Baldwar, Kasauli, Dharampur & Pandoh, Kufri, Kahu, Bhuntar, Jogindernagar, Bharmaur, Bilaspur, and Solan received rains and hailstorm.

At the time of writing several parts of the State were receiving a moderate spell of rain.

Himachal PRadesh weather prediction for july

According to the Met, the temperature was recorded to be below average in the State for this time of the year. The average maximum temperature in Himachal on June 3 was recorded to be 5 to 6 degrees Celsius below normal, and the minimum temperature was 3 to 4 degrees below average. The minimum temperature in Shimla was recorded to be 12.3, compelling people to wear warm clothes. A spell of heavy rain and hailstorm hit Shimla yesterday. Una recorded the highest temperature at 34.8 degrees Celsius and Keylong lowest at 8 degree Celsius.   

Further, this wet spell is likely to continue till June 9 except for June 8.

In lower-hills, the rain has brought respite from the heat but the weather has been bothering apple/fruit growers as their season is nearing. Hailstorm and gusty winds have inflicted heavy damage upon their crops, implying financial losses, which could increase in the coming days considering the Met Department’s prediction.

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