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Training on slopes of Manali, this Himachal girl bagged first-ever International medal for India in skiing

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Anchal Thakur of Manali wins skiing medal

Her father expressed his disappointment government saying the bureaucrats in the sports ministry do not recognise winter sports. They don’t acknowledge skiing as a sport.

Shimla: Anchal Thakur, a 21-years-old girl hailing from a small village Burua in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, has won the first ever-international medal for India in a skiing competition.

She finished third to bag a bronzes medal in the slalom race category of the “Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup” held at the Palandoken Ski Centre Erzurum in Turkey.

She deserves a special mention not only for making the first mark of India at an International winter sports competition but also for doing it with minimal support from the Indian government or any sports body of India. The Skiing is an expensive sport that requires accessories worth lakhs of rupees in addition to the expenditure on her tours.

India's first skiing medal

As there is no special infrastructure for the sports, she trained on the slopes of Manali and participated in club competitions since she was 8-years-old.

Her father, Roshan Thakur, secretary general of Winter Games Federation of India, and the International Governing body ‘Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS)’ have been funding her all these years.

The “Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup” was also organized by the FIS.

The Sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore and the Prime Minister of India congratulated her for making the nation proud at an International platform.

The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, also congratulated her through a Tweet.

The Chief Minister has announced a reward of Rs. 5 lakh for achieving this feat.  

Proud of his girl, the father expressed his disappointment with the attitude of the government towards the winter sports.

The bureaucrats in the sports ministry do not recognise winter sports. They don’t acknowledge skiing as a sport,

he told Times of India.

Her brother Himanshu is also a skier, and he has represented India in the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Russia.

Their initial trainer was their father. However, later a former Olympian, Heera Lal, trained them and sharpened the skills.

The brother and sister have their eyes on the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 9 to 25.

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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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