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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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Shimla Police nabs Nigerian man with 25 grams Chitta

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Nigerian man arrested by shimla police with chitta

Shimla: With the assistance of the Delhi Police, the district police has arrested a Nigerian national Kra Basile for alleged involvement in drug peddling to Shimla.

A team led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla (City), Dinesh Sharma, also recovered 25 grams of Chitta (heroin) from his possession during questioning.

During the course of interrogation the said Nigerian National was trying to conceal something. On being suspicious of narcotics/ contraband, a search of the above person was conducted in the presence of DSP City. During the search, 25.46 gram Chitta (heroin) has been recovered from the possession of Nigerian National,

said the FIR registered at the Police Station, Dhalli, under Sections 21,29 of the ND&PS Act.

Related Story: Two Shimla youth held with 19 grams Chitta

As per the Sharma, the said accused is believed to be involved in supply to several parts of the district for some time. His name had appeared during the questioning from some local youth allegedly arrested with Chitta during past week, he said.

Following this lead, the police put his number on tracking, and a trap was laid to nab him by posing as a decoy customer.

It is expected that his interrogation would lead to more revelations and arrests of others linked with this network.

Also Read: Story of Shimla youth who started with smoking charas at 17, ended up in jail at 22 as drug peddler

The DSP Sharma and other staff members were cheering considering it a breakthrough amid heavy pressure from the public due to an alarming rise in involvment of youth in drug/substance abuse.

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15 lakh saplings planted in Himachal by 80,000 people in 3 days, claims Forest Minister

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15 lakh sapling planted in Himachal Pradesh on van mahotsav

Shimla: The Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur today said that three days statewide plantation campaign from 12 to 14 July 2018 was launched in the State and more than 15 lakh saplings were planted in different parts of the State.

He said that the campaign was undertaken in all 13 Forest Circles in the state and Forty-one Forest Divisions participated in the campaign. Plantations were performed at 600 sites of the state. Chamba Forest Division with 99,281 plants was at First position followed by Ani and Rampur Forest Divisions with 81,369 and 80,059 plants respectively.

More than six lakh deodar species were planted beside broad leave and other conifers. He said that the entire plantation campaign was monitored online.

He said that all walks of life including school children, women, senior citizen and youth comprising 80000 people actively participated in the campaign. Plantation activities were performed from the boundaries of the state in the north with Jammu and Kashmir to Yamuna River in south and Kinnaur district in the east to boundaries of the state with Punjab in the west, he added.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had inaugurated state level Van Mahotsav on July 10 from Rajgargh in Sirmaur district. Governor Acharya Devvrat also participated in the campaign at Nehra in Shimla District on July 13 2018.

He said that plantation activities are still going on and it is expected that total 17 lakh plants will be planted by the end of the campaign.

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Gunfight in Naina Devi: One wanted criminal shot dead, 2 arrested

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Nainadevi encounter by punjab police

Bilaspur: Panic gripped the world famous Shakti Peeth Shri Naina Devi in Bilaspur district on Saturday morning due to a gun-fight between alleged gangsters and a team of the Punjab Police. While one of the criminals was shot dead in the cross firing, two others were arrested.

Punjab and Himachal Pradesh Police had sealed the entire area including the bus station and main entrance to the temple. The devotees also faced huged inconvenience due to it.

Some policemen were also injured in the gunfight, however, the police did not make any confirmation about the number of injured policemen.

Naina devi firing

Weapon recovered by the police

As per the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali, Kuldeep Singh, armed with a firearm, these men had allegedly snatched a car from a man in Mohali on the intervening night of 13 and 14 July.

After receiving the information, the police chased them upto Naina Devi where one of the criminals opened fire on the police, and police also responded with firearms.

Naina devi shooting

Area turned into police cantonment

During a cross firing between the police and the criminals. The Superintendent of Police, Bilaspur, Ashok Kumar also reached the spot and confirmed the incident.

The killed youth was identified as Sunni Masih while two others arrested were identified as Amanpreet and Goldy. Sunni was taken to the Aanandpur Sahib hospital where he died.

As per the police, the alleged criminals were wanted in several cases registered for theft and under the arms act in various police stations of Punjab.

The Himachal Pradesh police have registered a case under Section 307 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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