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Himachal gets $80 million loan to enhance job prospects for 515,557 skilled youth by modernizing TVET institutes

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Estimated net demand for skilled workers in the state is expected to reach 515,557 between 2017 and 2022 across various trades such as retail, healthcare, tourism and hospitality, and information technology.

Shimla: The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved an $80 million loan to help modernize Himachal Pradesh’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions and programs to enhance job prospects of the state’s youth.

Himachal Pradesh has been growing steadily, with major development indicators improving significantly, since 2000. But there remain significant challenges particularly on youth employment,

said Shamit Chakravarti, an ADB Senior Social Sector Specialist.

To further boost its economy and productivity, young people in Himachal Pradesh must have the specific skills and training needed for the current labor market,

he added.

Over the last two decades, overall literacy and enrollment rates for higher education in Himachal have increased significantly, yet employability of high school and college graduates remains low because of the lack of alignment to the needs of the labor market.

Estimated net demand for skilled workers in the state, meanwhile, is expected to reach 515,557 between 2017 and 2022 across various trades such as retail, healthcare, tourism and hospitality, and information technology.

The Himachal Pradesh Skills Development Project will help seize this opportunity by providing support in developing relevant and good quality TVET programs to instill young people with skills aligned with labor market needs.
Specifically, the project will align Himachal’s TVET programs to national skills certification standards, thereby, improving the employability and employment prospects of nearly 65,000 youth from 2017 to 2022.

The project will establish a polytechnic for women, six city livelihood centers, and seven rural livelihood centers, upgrade 11 employment exchanges into model career centers to build TVET awareness among youth, modernize training equipment, implement a training information system, forge partnerships with the private sector, and expand market-relevant training and livelihood development opportunities.

Gender-sensitive counseling and outreach material will be prepared, and efforts will be made to raise female work participation rates. The project is categorized as gender equity theme.

The total cost of the project is $100 million, with the Government of India contributing $20 million. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

Established in 1966, ADB is celebrating 50 years of development partnership in the region. It is owned by 67 members—48 from the region. In 2016, ADB assistance totalled $31.7 billion, including $14 billion in co-financing.

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Rave Party in Kasol Busted, Organizer Nabbed, Suspected Addictive Substances Seized

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Kullu-A rave party organized illegally in the middle of a jungle in Kasol of Parvati Valley in Kullu district was raided by a Special Investigation Unit on Thursday. The team raided the spot on a tip and found about 200 tourists participating in the party.

According to the inspector, SIU, Sunil Sankhyan, most of the tourists were Israeli and also included about 50 women.  

 The team succeeded in nabbing the organizers of the party, who was identified as Pratap Singh, a resident of village Chalaal, Kasol.  

The police have filed a case against accused under Section 113 of Police Act 2007, Section 6 of HP Instruments Act, and Section 188 of Indian Penal Code

The Superintendent of Police, Gaurav Singh, confirmed the news.  

As per the inspector Sankhyan, the police received a tip that a party was being organized in the jungle between Choz and Kasol.

“Yesterday, when the Special Investigation Team was present in Kasol at 11:30 PM, information was received that Pratap Singh will be organising a rave party with foreign tourists in the jungles between Kasol and Choz without permission and that drugs and alcohol will be consumed during the party,”

an official told ANI

The team reached the spot at about 2:30 AM and it took over two and a half hours for it to reach the spot. Chaos broke out among tourists as they saw the police.

The SIU team succeeded in nabbing the organizer and seizing electronic equipment, generator, and some substances, which were believed to be addictive drugs. These substances would be sent for forensic testing, the police said.   

Further, the police said while most of the tourists managed to flee the spot, some of them were apprehended and are being questioned.   

 

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ABVP HPU Celebrates Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan With SSB jawans

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh University unit of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) today celebrated the 73rd Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan with the jawans of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) at the Shimla cant.

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Girl students remained present during this celebration.  They tied Rakhis on the wrists of jawans to celebrate Rakhi.

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The campus secretary, HPU, Ankit Chandel, said that being a social organization, ABVP keeps organizing such events.

While conversing with jawans of SSB, ABVP said that like the Indian armed forces remain deployed in service and security of the nation from both internal and external enemies, ABVP is also working towards preparing citizens ideologically to ensure internal security of the nation since 1949.

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ABVP said, it has organized such events time and again and tried to support the armed forces whether it is the war of 1962 or Kargil war of 1999.

 

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HP Govt Announces 4% DA to Employees, Fee Exemption to Girls Appearing in HPPSC, HPSSSB Exams, Hike in Financial Assistance to Ex-Servicemen

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HP Govt Annoucements on Independence Day 2019

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Government, on 73rd Independence Day, made several announcements. The Independence Day was celebrated throughout Himachal Pradesh. Functions were organised at State, District and Sub-Divisional levels.

While presiding over the State Level Independence day celebration function at historic Ridge Shimla, the  Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur hoisted the National Flag and took the salute from the impressive march past by contingents of Police, Home-Guards, NCC, scouts and guides and NSS cadets including school Children.

Chief Minister announced 4 per cent Dearness Allowance to the employees and pensioners of the state government to be paid from January 2019 onwards. This decision would provide an annual additional financial benefit of Rs 260 crore to the employees of the State.

Chief Minister also announced that in future, the girl candidates of the State would not have to deposit examination fee for appearing in the entrance tests conducted by the State Public Service Commission and State Subordinate Services Selection Board.

He also announced free textbooks to government school students of 9th and 10th class, which would benefit over 65,000 students of the State.

He announced enhancement in financial assistance being given to ex-servicemen, widows of ex-servicemen and their dependants above the years of 60 years and those who were not getting old age or any another pension from existing 10,000 to Rs 20,000 per annum.  

The Chief Minister announced an enhancement of financial assistance from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 10,000 per month to fighters of Second World War and from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 5000 to the war widows.

Awards

The Chief Minister presented Himachal Gaurav Purskar to Nishad Kumar and Lt. Commander Pratibha Jamwal. He gave away Prarena Satrot Puraskars to Subedar Rinjin Dorje (posthumously),  Alikya and Himkara Organisation.

He presented the Civil Services Award to HP State Disaster Management Authority, which was received by former Additional Chief Secretary Manisha Nanda.

The district-level Disaster Management Authority awards were presented to Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti districts which were received by the then Deputy Commissioners Yunus Khan and Ashwini Kumar respectively.

 

 

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