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Rampage by rapist godman’s goons hits Himachal’s daily supplies, tourism, apple industry

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh also faced the heat of the widespread violence in Haryana by the goons of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim after the announcement of his conviction by Panchkula CBI court on August 25.

The followers of the Dera in Himachal were reported in tears after the verdict was announced, but no violence was reported from any part of the State.

However, the state has faced losses worth crores of rupees in a single day and is likely to suffer over the weekend too.

The border areas of Himachal were sealed and entire traffic including trains, buses, cabs etc. remained suspended on August 25. The Transport Minister GS Bali and HP Police confirmed that the traffic will remain suspended on August 26 as well. The government will take a decision by evening after reviewing the status of the neighboring state.

Along with common commuters, thousands of trucks carrying apple crop were stuck as all traffic on Chandigarh and Delhi routes was completely suspended by the government in view of the danger to lives of people and damage to public property (buses). The apple growers are facing huge financial losses and are still uncertain how long their crops would remain stuck in Himachal.

Other than apple trucks, thousands of other trucks have become immovable since August 24 evening.

The tourist flow also dipped as the Transport Minister GS Bali annulled all bus services of Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation. The bookings were canceled and tourists are not able to get out of the State or get in, said an official of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC).

The private Volvo service providers also shut down the services in view of the violent conditions prevailing in the neighboring state.

The tourism industry of Himachal faced considerable losses as the hoteliers reported drastic fall in occupancy during last three days. The hospitality industry in all major tourist destinations like Manali, Shimla, and Dharmasala was hit.

State capital Shimla did not receive daily supplies like milk and bread on Saturday. The vehicles are allowed to go up to Parwanoo only, that too under tight security. Daily milk consumption of Shimla stands at about 50,000 liters, which is mostly fulfilled through supply from the neighboring state.

Similarly, Solan and Kasauli too remained deprived of daily supplies.

The Tribune reported that nearly 50 students of Lawrence School, Sanawar, who are in Rajasthan to participate in a hockey tournament, are also stuck there along with their teachers and coaches.

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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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