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

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Dera Sacha Sauda in Himachal

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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Total 332 Bird Species Located in Himachal Pradesh

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Bird Species Count in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-As per the Great Backyard Bird Count (7th Indian edition), the number of bird species in Himachal Pradesh was 332 in 2018, a spokesman of State Forest Department informed on February 21, 2019.  

PCCF (WL) Dr. Savita said that among the Indian States, Himachal Pradesh shared the topmost position with Uttrakhand where the highest number of species was recorded.  

Birding locations included wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, conservation reserves, villages and urban areas. He said that more than 150 bird species were recorded in Mandi, Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur districts.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science initiative intended to encourage both amateur and professional bird-watchers to contribute towards the understanding bird and their biology in a better way.

The Department said that amateur birders from across the state contributed in the count in addition to 287 checklists that were uploaded into e-Bird by 55 participants.

 Participation in the event involved a minimum of 15 minutes bird watching during which all the bird species seen were counted and listed.  It involved bird watching sessions with school teachers and students, birding involving local villagers and panchayat representatives and training of frontline staff of the forest department in bird identification.

The Department said a detailed report is in preparation and will be circulated by the first week of March

This initiative was coordinated by Joint Secretary (Forests) Sat Pal Dhiman, Chief Conservator Forest (HQR) Nagesh Guleria, Chief Conservator Forest (WL) South Sushil Kapta, DFO (Hqr) N.P.S. Dhaulta along with other senior officers of the department.

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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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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

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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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

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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