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Himachal may get heavy to moderate snowfall, rain next week: HP Met

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Shimla: Himachal Pradesh might experience heavy snowfall in higher reaches of Chamba, Kangra, and Mandi on February and 11 and 12, predicted the HP Meteorological Department. While the weather is likely to remain dry in plains, the middle and higher reaches can experience rain and snow on February 10.

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Source: Met Department

For the rest of Himachal, the Met had predicted rain with thunder in most parts on the February 12.

If lucky, then Shimla can also receive light spell of rain and snow. The dry spell has not only hit the apple and agriculture, but tourism industry also witnessed a steep drop in the tourist footfall.  

Previously,  lower parts and higher reaches of Himachal had received moderate spell of rain and snowfall respectively on January 23 and 24 after a dry spell of over 40 days.  Snowfall in Kullu-Manali, Rohtang Pass, Dalhousie, and McLeodganj had brought a smile on the faces of hoteliers and all other employed in the hospitality industry.

The apple-belt of Shimla had taken a sigh of relief that did not last for long as it was followed by another dry spell, which the state expects to end next week.

The government has already suggested that the state might face a drought-like situation this year due to critical rainfall deficiency.

The temperature of Shimla remains close to 15 Degree Celsius during last 24 hours. Una district recorded the highest temperature at 23 Degree Celsius and lowest in Keylong at minus 6 Degrees Celsius.    

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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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