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HP Cabinet Decisions Jan 2018: Nod to fell trees, saplings for four-laning, BBMB arrears settlement approved  

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The Raghunathji Temple, Sultanpur in district Kullu has been excluded from Schedule-I of Hindu Public Religious Institution and Charitable Endowment Act, 1984.

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in its meeting held today, gave approval for the settlement of arrears in Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) projects in compliance with the Supreme Court orders in terms of differential energy return.

The differential energy quantum of 13066 million units would fetch an amount of Rs. 3266 crore to the state at an average rate of Rs. 2.50 per unit, it said.

The government will also carry out negotiations with Punjab and Haryana for a return of the entire differential energy within a period of 10 to 12 years.

The cabinet also agreed for negotiation towards payment of a liability of Rs. 111.53 crore as computed by the Union of India in its affidavit in equal annual installments during the period of return of power.

In case Punjab and Haryana insist for repayment with interest, Himachal will go in for a return of the power with a premium of 6 percent and with no further additional liability for receiving this differential energy of 13066 million units.

The Cabinet approved the proposal of Punjab and Haryana to return of differential power during October 1 to March 31 owing to their constraints of paddy harvest season and also the requirement of Himachal Pradesh during winter months in the public interest.

As per the decision taken by the cabinet,  Rs. 29.310 crores are likely to be spent on the remaining work of widening and strengthening of the Theog-Kotkhai-Kharapathar road beside widening works of Kharapathar-Rohru road.

The Cabinet relaxed the ban imposed by the State Government on felling of trees and saplings in private land transferred/ acquired by the National Highways Authority of India for construction of four laning of NH-22 from Kandaghat to Kaithlighat

The Cabinet gave its approval to Governor’s address to be delivered in the first session of 13th H.P. Vidhan Sabha at Dharamshala from 9 January 2018.

The Cabinet reviewed the decision taken at the Cabinet meeting held on 5th August, 2017 regarding deletion of Rule-5 (1) of the Demobilized Armed Forces Personnel(Reservation of Vacancies in Himachal State Non Technical Services) Rules, 1972 and Rule -5 (1) of the Ex-Servicemen  (Reservation of Vacancies in HP Technical Services) Rules 1985 and decided to restore the benefits to the extent of fixation of pay in civil employment to the ex-servicemen. This decision will entitle them to monetary benefits.

The Raghunathji Temple, Sultanpur in district Kullu has been excluded from Schedule-I of Hindu Public Religious Institution and Charitable Endowment Act, 1984.

The government extended guarantee for loan taken from HUDCO for the housing project at Jathia Devi near Shimla Airport up to 28 February 2021.

The service of retired patwaris/kanungos engaged on contract basis will continue till the new batch of patwaris undergoing training is recruited.

A detailed presentation on state financial resources was also given in the cabinet by Secretary Finance.

The cabinet concluded that the reckless opening of government institutions during previous government has left several liabilities behind.

The 45th annual report of Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission will be presented from April 1, 2015 to  March 31, 2016, in H.P. Vidhan Sabha.

The Cabinet gave its approval to fill up two posts of H.P. Police Service (Class-I, Gazetted) on regular basis through direct recruitment.

The meeting was presided over by the Chief Minister, Jairam Thakur.

 

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Himachal Suffered Rs 490 crores Loss This Monsoon, DCs Directed to Keep Close Vigil on Situation

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Loss in Himachal in Monsoon 2019

Shimla- Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today said that the State has witnessed torrential rains during the last two days resulting in landslides, flash floods and falling of trees. He put the official number of deaths at 18 during the heavy rains during the last twenty-four hours in various parts of the State. However, media sources put this number over 20.

He said that the State has suffered a loss of about Rs 490 crore in the State during this monsoon season.

Chief Minister said that Lahaul & Spiti district has witnessed untimely snow yesterday and today morning due to which heavy damages had been reported to crops.

He said that the State Government would ensure time-bound clearances of all the major roads so as to ensure that the people of the State, particularly horticulturists do not face any difficulty in the transportation of their produce to the markets.

Jai Ram Thakur said that all the Deputy Commissioners of the State have been directed to keep a close vigil on the situation and ensure the safety of the locals as well as of the tourists. He said that the tourists have also been advised to stay away from river beds as there was always the possibility of a sudden rise in water levels due to flash floods and heavy rains.

Jai Ram Thakur said that the Deputy Commissioners have also been directed to take a decision regarding closure of educational institutions in their respective districts as per the situation well in time so that the students do not face any inconvenience.

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Heavy Rains Kill Over 20 in Himachal, Educational Institutes to Remain Closed on Monday in 5 Districts

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Monsoon Damages in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-Incessant rains for the last 36 hours have wreaked havoc in various districts of Himachal Pradesh, killing as many as 20 persons due to landslides, drowning, the collapse of walls etc. Nine deaths were reported from Shimla district only. In a major incident, a landslide near Regional Transport Office, Shimla, killed two girls and their mother. One person died in a wall collapse in the Cemetery area, while one death was reported from Jubbal area where a landslide buried a lady.

People killed in Shimla in landslide near RTO office

Landslide Near RTO Office, Shimla

Chamba and Kullu reported three deaths each. Other deaths were reported in district Solan, Sirmaur, and Bilaspur districts. Over 800 roads and about eight National Highways were closed due to landslide or damages due to overflowing rivers.

Pabbar River in upper Shimla area was seen flowing above the danger level. A large number of trees were also uprooted in Shimla causing damages to houses and vehicles.

Further, the Deputy Commissioner of Shimla, Amit Kashyap informed ANI that over 200 people were evacuated from Chopal and Rohru areas of the district to safe places. The premises of Hatkoti temple also witnessed water-logging. 

Further, the water level in dams like Bhakra, Pong and Pandoh, was reported to be close to the danger level. Like several other rivers and rivulets, the water level of River Beas was also reported to be above the danger level. The water released from the dams added to it. At some places, vehicles were seen being swept away in Beas. The Panchvaktra Temple was also submerged in the water partly. A part of the Manali-KulluNH went under the water near Dwara in Mandi, closing the road for traffic. Water-logging was reported at other places.

Following this widespread destruction, the district administrations of Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, Kangra and Kullu have declared that all educational institutes including government, private and convent schools, colleges, universities, ITIs, Polytechnics and Anganwari Centres will remain closed on Monday.

Though the damage was yet to be assessed, it is said to be in hundreds of crores.

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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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