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Snowfall in various parts including Shimla, Manali cheers Himachal’s tourism industry

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Shimla: The heavily overcast sky, whistling winds, chilling cold-wave, and snowflakes; this is it. The winter tourist season of the year has kicked-off officially in Himachal Pradesh as various parts of the Hill State are witnessing mild to heavy snowfall depending on the altitude.

Some high-altitude areas like Pangi are disconnected to the rest of the world due to heavy snowfall during past 24 hours. Rohtang Pass also witnessed another spell of heavy snowfall.

The hospitality industry is cheering as snowfall means humongous tourist footfall in popular towns like Shimla, Manali, and Dharamsala.

A white Christmas would be the ultimate jackpot for the State that has hospitality industry as its second-largest economy.

The honeymooners’ paradise – the tourist towns Manali and Kufri and Narkanda and nearby regions in Shimla district were also receiving lights spells of snow at the time of writing.

The high-altitude regions like Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district, Pangi and Bharmaur in Chamba district, Kalpa in Kinnaur, and higher reaches of the Mandi district also reported season’s first snowfall.

The temperature has recorded a drastic decline during past two days. Before Monday, the maximum temperature of Shimla was recorded as high as 23 Degree Celsius. However, the scene has changed altogether by Tuesday.

As per the HP Meteorological Department, more rains and heavy snowfall is expected during next 24-48 hours. The Met has even issued a warning regarding the same, especially in the high-altitude areas.

From Wednesday onwards, the Western disturbances would begin to recede in the North Indian region, said the Met.

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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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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier, who was identified as Rakesh Kumar (41) of Ghumarpur village, Shahtalai, Bilaspur district, has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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