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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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HP Civil Supplies Selling Onion at Rs. 64 per kg

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HP Govt Onion Sale in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation has purchased 1200 quintals of imported onion from M/s NEFAD Delhi, which is being distributed through various godowns and fair price shops of the Corporation, to provide relief to the consumers from unexpected rise in onions prices.

A spokesperson of the corporation informed that the onion are being made available to the common public at rate of Rs. 64 per kilogram as per the directions of the State Government, which would be available to the public on ‘first come first buy’ basis. Till now, almost 800 quintal onion has been distributed and the remaining 400 quintal onion would be distributed within a period of seven to ten days.

He said that the State Government has bought the onion from imported stock of the Union Government. Spokesperson said that department is keeping strict vigil on hoarding of onion and if any such case is found, strict action would be taken against the defaulter.

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More Rain/Snow in Himachal Till Jan 22: HP Met

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Snow prediction for shimla 2020

Shimla-Shimla has received yet another spell of snow on Thursday, leading to road blockage and blackouts in some places. In Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri and Hatu Peak were covered in thick layer of snow. The traffic movement on National Highway-05 was hit in the upper region of Shimla. Hundreds of people including tourists were stranded in snow.

Local police had to carry out rescue work till late at night. With the help of machines, the road was opened for hundreds of stuck vehicles, buses, and tourists.  

Driving towards Kufri has become a dangerous task due to frozen roads. Therefore, the local police has urged tourists to avoid driving towards Kufri.

Other than Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, peaks of Kullu, and Kinnaur have also witnessed a fresh spell of snow, affecting daily life.

Following it, the state is reeling under a coldwave. Keylong was coldest at -10 Degree Celsius, followed by Kalpa at -4.2, and Kufri -1.8, Dalhousie at -0.8, and Shimla at 0.6.

The HP Meteorological Department has predicted more rain/snow till January 22 except on January 19. According to the Met, while plans/lower hills are likely to witness rain/thundershowers at isolated places, the middle and higher hills can receive scattered rain/snow.

The Met has predicted widespread rain/snow on January 21.

 

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Hamirpur’s Reena Among 100 Meritorious Students Invited to Watch Republic Day Parade from PM Box

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UHF Nauni Dr Reena Kumari

Solan-Dr Reena Kumari, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Vegetable Science at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been invited to watch Republic Day Parade 2020 from the Prime Minister’s Box at Rajpath, New Delhi.

She is among the 100 meritorious students selected from across the country by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India to witness the event. The travel and lodging expenses are being borne by the MHRD. 

Hailing from a small village Kashmir in District Hamirpur, Dr Reena was the topper of her school in class 10 +2 and joined UHF in the year 2009. She completed her master’s and doctorate in the discipline of Vegetable Science under the guidance of Dr Ramesh K Bhardwaj and has worked on improvement and development of new varieties in cucumber. Dr Reena has scored 88.00 and 86.60 % marks in MSc and PhD programme respectively with a gold medal in her PhD programme.

She was the university merit scholarship holder during her graduation and post- graduation programmes. Besides, she has also published eight research papers, one book chapter, review paper and popular article. Dr Reena has qualified various examinations like JRF and SRF.

An ecstatic Dr Reena thanked the MHRD and the university and for giving her the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the grand parade from the Prime Minister’s box. Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor, senior officers and students of the university congratulated Dr Reena on her selection.

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