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Jairam swears-in as Himachal’s new CM alongwith 11 Cabinet ministers

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Jai thakur oath taking ceremony

Shimla: In an extravagantly orchestrated oath-taking ceremony today, Bhartiya Janata Party’s 52-years-old leader Jairam Thakur sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh alongwith ministers of his newly formed 12-member Cabinet.

The oath was administered by the Governor Acharya Devvrat in the presence of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, BJP Chief, Amit Shah, UP Chief Minister, Adityanath Yogi, Rajnath, senior BJP leader, L.K. Advani, and Nitin Gadkari.

The new Cabinet includes the following ministers

  • Mahender Singh Thakur- Won from Dharampur constituency by defeating INC’s Chander Shekhar.
  • Suresh Bhardwaj – Won Shimla-urban by defeating Independent candidate Harish Janartha and Congress’s Harbhajjan Singh Bhajji
  • Anil Sharma- Won Mandi constituency by defeating Congress candidate Champa Thakur
  • Sarveen Chaudhari- Won Shahpur Constituency by defeating independent candidate Major (retired) Vijai Singh Mankotia
  • Ramlal Markanda-Won the Lahaul and Spiti constituency by defeating Congress’s Ravi Thakur
  • Vipin Parmar – Won Sullah seat by Congress’s Jagjiwan Paul
  • Virender Kanwar – Won Kutlehar by defeating Congress’ Vivek Sharma
  • Vikram Singh – Defeated Congress’ Kuldeep Singh Pathania.
  • Rajiv Sahjal – Won the Kasauli by defeating congress’s g Vinod Sultanpuri
  • Govind Singh: Won Manali by defeating Congress’ Hari Chand Sharma in Manali
  • Kishan Kapoor- Won the Dharamshala constituency by defeating Congress’ Sudhir Sharma

The name of the MLA Kishan Kapoor is said to have been added to the list of the ministers at the last moment. If Kapoor is included in the cabinet, then there would be 12 ministers this time.

Except for Mahender and Sarveen, all other faces are new.

For a change, MLA Govind Singh took the oath in Sanskrit. The oath ceremony was concluded with the national anthem.

MLA Rajiv Bindal has been appointed as the Speak of the Legislative Assembly.

In wake of the ceremony, a huge crowd of the BJP supporters had swarmed upon the historic Shimla Ridge Maidan.

Heavy security arrangements were made considering the gathering of BJP’s top leadership and Chief Ministers.

The BJP had wrested the power from the Congress by winning 44 seats out of total 68 in the assembly polls held on November 9, 2017. After the shock defeat of the BJP’s CM candidate, Prem Kumar Dhumal, it took a week full of suspense and drama for the BJP-high command to pick the new CM.

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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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