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Regular flights from Shimla to resume from April 27, PM Modi to flag-off inaugural flight

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SHIMLA- Jubbarhatti airport in capital Shimla is expected to resume regular air connectivity from April 28 onwards. The inaugural flight from Shimla airport will be flagged-off by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 27. The decision was taken in a high-level meeting held at Jubbarhatti today The PM will be on a visit to Shimla, and is expected to address BJP rally at the historic Ridge Maidan of Shimla. For this occasion, authority is preparing to give the PM a traditional Himachali welcome at the airport on arrival.

As per R.K.Choubey, IAS, Secretary (Civil Aviation), Govt. of India, the inaugural flight will take off at 11.45 AM on April 27.

Commissioner Tourism and Civil Aviation Dinesh Malhotra informed that 10 tickets for this flight from Shimla are available at Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation’s (HPTDC) Marketing Office at the Mall, Shimla for Rs. 1920/- per ticket. He further informed that the time schedule for further regular flights from 28th April onwards. As per the schedule, flights will departure at 6.10 AM from Delhi and arrival at 7.25 AM at Shimla and departure at 7.45 AM from Shimla and arrival at 8.45 AM at Delhi.

The CEO (Alliance Airways) informed that two students from orphanage, Shimla will be special guests of the Airways. They’ll be taken to Delhi and will be sent back next day via flight. Flight will available for only five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday.

Lack of air-connectivity had been a trouble for the capital of the state despite being one of the most popular hill stations on international map. Shimla is hopeful to find some relief if everything went the way it is planned.

Photo (Jubbarhatti Airport): Amit Tanwar/TNS

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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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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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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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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier, who was identified as Rakesh Kumar (41) of Ghumarpur village, Shahtalai, Bilaspur district, has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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