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CM Virbhadra under fire for his controversial remark on Gaddi community

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Shimla – Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has annoyed the Gaddi community of Himachal Pradesh by making a controversial remark while taking to media persons. The Chief Minister was on a visit to Basdehra in Una district.

Recently, the Chief Minister has faced criticism for alleged insensitive remarks over grieve incidents like the deaths due to Swine Flu and the mysterious death of forest guard Hoshiyar Singh.

This time, the Chief Minister was targeting Satpal Satti, State president of the Bhartiya Janata Party. He was criticizing the use of cheap language and derogatory remarks made by Satti.

However, what appeared to be an intention to insult the BJP President, the Chief Minister said something that has annoyed the Gaddi Community of Himachal.

Talking to the media person, the Chief Minister had remarked “सत्ती अध्यक्ष हैं तो क्या, अध्यक्ष तो गद्दी समुदाय के भी होते हैं”( What if Satii is the President (of BJP). Gaddi people also have a president)

Soon after the video of the news clip appeared on social media, the Chief Minister came under fire for showing insensitivity towards a Himachal’s oldest communities residing in Chamba, Kangra Mandi, Kullu, and Bilaspur districts.

People concluded the Chief Minister wanted to devalue and prove the position of Satii in BJP to be insignificant by citing this example. However, the reference to the Gaddi Community went wrong as the comparison was seen as an insult to Gaddi people.

Some leaders of the Community openly criticized the Chief Minister for his remark. Among these, Onkar Nehria, a sitting councilor and a Gaddi leader, expressed a surprise over the remark. He said it was not expected from a person holding the chair of the Chief Minister.

Another community leader from Palampur expressed anger through a social media post in which he said Gaddi’s will show the Chief Minister his place in the upcoming assembly elections.
Community leaders also warned the Chief Minister of protest rallies for hurting the sentiments of the Gaddi population.

The social media reactions of some leaders and people associated with the community also hinted damage to the image of the Chief Minister.

At the same time, the opposition has received a political opportunity to show sympathy with the community. The remarks are likely to be used by the opposition against the Chief Minister in election campaigns.

Earlier, the Chief Minister, while addressing a public rally, had said the BJP believes in unruly politics, be it Arun Jaitley, or other BJP state leaders like Anurag Thakur or Prem Kumar Dhumal. They have hatched a conspiracy against by framing false cases against him.

He said that his case of Income Tax was being investigated by three central agencies, which was unlikely a rare example to be seen. No matter how hard they try to suppress me, I will come out unblemished, he said.

Those in opposition should be considered as opponents and not as enemies, he said, adding that now the opposition takes ruling party candidates as their enemy. He said that the politics in the state, rather in the country has stooped to the lowest ebb.

Chief Minister said that in s democratic setup, one should not use cheap language or pass derogatory remarks.

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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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