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Water Crisis Shimla: After widespread complaints of priority to VIPs in supply, High Court takes note

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Shimla: Amid the chaotic situation created by the ongoing severe paucity of water, the Himachal Pradesh Government and the Municipal Corporation of Shimla are facing widespread criticism over discrimination while supplying water through tankers.

From several localities, locals have been complaining that while they are forced to line-up for hours to fetch a couple of buckets in several days, the VIPs and even their near and dear were receiving supply from tankers to directly their personal storage tanks.

In some areas, people even reported overflowing in the tanks of VIPs in some houses of localities like New Shimla.

The State High Court Bar Association had also raised voice against this discrimination and had brought the matter to the notice of the court too.

The High Court had summoned the SMC Commissioner and the Engineer to clear the situation. Today, the court took a cognizance of the discrimination and ordered the suspension of water-tanker service to VIPs except for the Chief Minister and Governor.

The court has also directed to stall services at car service stations until the city recovers from the ongoing water scarcity.

Earlier, the government has directed to bring all construction activities to halt in a bid to save water. Drawing of water for irrigation from Gumma was also stopped so that supply to the pumping scheme could be enhanced.

As per fresh updates, the summer festival, which was scheduled to begin from June 1, has also been cancelled owing to the paucity of water.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goyal had directed the SMC to file a daily report on the availability as well as the distribution of water to the town.

The court had been asking the government to take measures for long-term solutions like drawing water from perennial rivers or creating water reservoirs by constructing check-dams.

Meanwhile, the city appears to have received no respite from the paucity despite Chief Minister’s announcement assuring delivery of water once in three days.

The CPI(M) workers held a protest at the SMC Office. However, the protestors were enraged as they found the MC office empty. A clash was reported between police officials and the protestors. A video has surfaced on a National Media channel showing police thrashing protestors.

Some people, who tried to gherao the Chief Ministerial residence at Oak Over on Monday evening, has also complained that they were allegedly manhandled by policemen.

The city is heading towards a full-on battle after drinking water.

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

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The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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