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HP Assembly Polls 2017: EC launches new IT Apps for better management

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Apps for HP Elections 2017

Automated reply and missed call facility will be available on number 0177-2620551. Any information regarding election can be obtained by giving a missed call to this number.

Shimla: Ahead of Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Elections 2017, the Election Department has launched an App ‘Himachal Electoral Atlas’. The app is supposed to provide details of important geographic locations of the state including polling stations, details of polling stations, routes and other important features of the area.

Another App ‘Himachal Elections Management System’ will also be used in election management in the State, which will have coordination right from Chief Electoral Officer to Returning Officers and polling stations. Alerts can be generated at any level and will be responded within no time.

For the first time, poll duties of police personnel will be randomized through software on the pattern as being done for other polling staff. In addition to this, an App will be used to update mobile numbers of households in the state. The application can be accessed from this web link provided by the Commission.

The links for these Apps are available on the official website of the State Elections Commission.

Automated reply and missed call facility will be available on number 0177-2620551. Any information regarding election can be obtained by giving a missed call to this number. The call will be responded within 30 minutes. Meanwhile, GIF App will provide information on the functioning of VVPAT.

The Chief Elections Commission AK Joti along with other members of Commission launched these Apps from Peterhoff on September 25.

Postcards would be delivered to every household in the State to provide election-related information to electors, informed the Chief Electoral Officer Pushpender Rajpoot

Comprehensive Booth Level Planning

Sandeep Saxena, Deputy Election Commissioner of India has directed all District Returning Officers (Deputy Commissioners) of the State to prepare a comprehensive booth level planning to ensure free, fair and peaceful election process.

He stressed upon the dissemination of awareness about Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) to every voter and also to motivate them to come out for casting their vote.

The Booth Level Officers (BLOs) should ensure their visit to every household along with form-6 and obtain mobile numbers of the adults of the house. He also stressed for optimum use of social media to educate the people about VVPAT and voting right.

He also directed to ensure that 100 percent licensed weapons are deposited with respective police stations well in time.

Postal ballots should be provided to the force personnel and general staff on poll duty. He further said that for patrolling in vulnerable places, every mobile van should have GPS attachment.

Earlier, the Chief Election Commissioner had presided over the meeting on September 24 to review the poll preparedness. Later in the evening, the Commission also held a meeting with representatives of various political parties of the state.

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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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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

HP Police Presidents Colours award ceremony

The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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