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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.

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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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Himachal makes HIV/AIDS test mandatory for all expectant mothers

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The cases of AIDS are increasing in the State. Currently, the official number of the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) is around 5700 in Himachal.

Shimla: The State government on January 22, 2018, launched the nutrition scheme for children living with HIV-positive in Himachal Pradesh. The launch was announced by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur during an awareness campaign organised by the HP State AIDS Control Society to mark the National Youth Day.

The purpose is to deliver nutritional supplement and boost immunity of around 400 HIV positive youth up to the age of 18 years. In addition, it aims to enable them to lead a normal and healthy life.

The government has made it mandatory for every expectant mother to go through the HIV test. It would prevent passing on of the virus to the baby in case the mother is HIV-positive.

The cases of AIDS are increasing in the State. Currently, the official number of the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) is around 5700 in Himachal.

The government said the awareness campaign should be intensified in schools and colleges including organisation of skits, street shows, which are effective ways of communicate to the masses.

The education department will work in close coordination with the health department to provide special facility to educate all children living with HIV-positive.

HP AIDS Control Society also organized a Red Ribbon fair on the Ridge along with flagging-off a half marathon.

The AIDS Control Society also launched its official website and twitter handle.

Further, there is a dire need to initiate massive awareness campaigns about this disease up to rural areas. The Non-profit Organizations (NGOs) and individuals will have to come forward and supplement the efforts of the health department in creating awareness.

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Video: Fire in Shimla’s Gumma devours Rs. 40 lakh property  

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Shimla: In a tragic incident of fire breakout in Gumma area of Kotkhai region in Shimla district on Saturday, about six rooms of a three-story building were lost. The fire brigade saved the two storeys and buildings adjacent to it.

No loss of life was reported, but the estimated loss of assets was initially assessed at about 40 lakh rupees.The owner of the house was identified as Rohit Chauhan.

Rohit’s mother was alone at the house when the fire broke out at about 3 PM. His mother called for help. However, the fire gutted six rooms on the third storey along with all belongings by the time the fire service reached the spot.

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The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit.

While the other two stories housed shops, the third one was Rohit’s home.

The district administration has given Rs. 20,000 as a relief to the victim family.

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Sirmaur Tragedy: 7-year-old mauled to death by pack of stray dogs

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stray dogs maul a kid to death in Hiamchal pradesh

Shimla: In a spine-chilling incident, a pack of about half-a-dozen stray dogs on Saturday attacked and mauled a 7-year-old boy in Amarkot village in Paonta sub-division, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh. As per the initial reports, the brutal attack by the dogs inflicted severe injuries on the head, throat, and neck.

On hearing the cries of the boy, the nearby people rushed to rescue the boy. However, dogs were so aggressive that they bit a couple of these people too.

The boy succumbed to the injuries on the way to the hospital. The boy was identified as Vikki, son of a migrant labour of Uttar Prades. The family was heart-broken after their piece of heart died a horrible death.

The head of the Amarkot village, Rakesh Mehraloo, said repeated complaints were made regarding the growing stray dog menace to the administration. Rakesh told media that some incidents of attack by stray dogs were also reported previously, which were also brought to the attention of the administration.

The administration, however, turned a blind eye towards the complaints and did not take any measure to solve this grieve issue, he said.

If the administration had acted timely, such a horrific incident could have been prevented.

It is pertinent to mention that the state government has also ignored the provision of dog-shelters and showed lackadaisical attitude in regular sterilizing of stray dogs.

Rest, the littering of food waste attract stray dogs and facilitate their reproduction, leading to such a nightmare.

The incident has created panic among the residents about the safety of their children.

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