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Health Minister says people praising BJP Govt for its efforts to deal with Shimla City’s water crisis

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 Shimla was facing water crisis only because of mismanagement and lack of farsighted vision on the part of Congress party, Parmar said.

Shimla: Health Minister Vipin Singh Parmar, in a media statement, said that the people of Shimla town are appreciating Bhartiya Janata Party-ruled government the way it responded to the acute water-scarcity of Shimla, which continued today as well. 

While Congress blames the ruling government for not being prepared for the summers, Parmar put the entire blame on the previous Congress government. He was reacting to a statement of Congress leader Mukesh Agnihotri regarding water crisis in Shimla.

Shimla was facing water crisis only because of mismanagement and lack of farsighted vision on the part of Congress party, which held the reins of the state for a very long time in the state. He said that no effective step was taken by Congress, which remained in power in MC also for a long time,

he said.

Parmar said that the situation today had been different only if previous Congress government had made any detailed project for resolving water shortage in Shimla. He said that although Congress governments kept making false promises to people regarding bringing water from Kol dam, Pabbar and Satluj rivers, however, no concrete decision came up.

Chakka jam in shimla city for water

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While the people are still facing water scarcity and staged protests on Thursday too, opposed to the public’s response, the Minister claimed,

People were aware that due to inadequate rainfall, water sources have dried up and the water level has gone down and many drinking water projects were also affected and therefore water crisis has arisen in Shimla.

As a matter of fact, the BJP is facing severe criticism from its own Ward Councillors, especially for Mayor’s China tour in the middle of such crisis. The Councilors of Engine Ghar and Dhalli Ward were today sitting on a dharna (protest) outside the Shimla Municipal Corporation’s office.  However, later, the party managed to convince them to end the dharna.

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The Minister believes that the Chief Minister is taking very effective steps like the division of the city into three zones and water is being distributed according to schedule. He also believed that the people are appreciating these efforts. Water will be ensured to all in one or two days through this arrangement, he said.

The Minister advised Agnihotri to cooperate with the government.  

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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Facebook Account of CM Jairam’s PSO Hacked, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-National Content Posted on Timeline

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HP CM's PSO Facebook Account Hacked

Shimla-Facebook account of the personal security officer of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Tavender Thakur, was reportedly hacked by an unknown person. The hacker reportedly posted anti-national and pro-Pakistan content including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the timeline.

It was reported that calls containing objectionable language and life-threats to the Prime Minister Narender Modi were being made through messenger to people in the friend list of the PSO.   

The Cyber Crime Unit of the police is investigating the case. However, Tavender reportedly had no knowledge regarding it. According to available information, Tavender belongs to Seraj constituency of Mandi district.

The screenshots of the content posted on the timeline were being circulated on social media. It created a stir at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Superintendent of Police, Ompati Jamwal, has confirmed the report of receiving this complaint from some officials of the department. More details are awaited.

The Chief Minister, when asked regarding this news, said that by misusing technology an attempt is being made to create a conspiracy. He said the case has been forwarded to the Cyber Crime unit and culprits behind this hacking would not be spared.  

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Monsoon in Himachal: Over 300 Tourists Stranded as Untimely Snowfall, Heavy Rainfall Disconnect Lahaul-Spiti

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Tourists standed in Lahaul Spiti

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, on Monday, informed that state has recorded highest ever 102 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours.

The earlier record was that of August 2011 when the state recorded 74 mm of rains, but this record  was broken this year. Shimla, Bilaspur, and Hamirpur have reported extremely heavy rains, informed Manmohan Singh, IMD Director.

While Naina Devi recorded the highest rainfall at 360 mm, Shimla recorded 153 mm of rainfall.

Snowfall, Rainfall Disconnect Lahaul-Spiti, Over 300 Tourists Stranded

Lahaul and Spiti district and Keylong have also recorded snowfall on Saturday and Sunday.

Agriculture Minister and Lahaul-Spiti MLA Dr Ram Lal Markanda visited Lahaul-Spiti on Monday to take stock of the situation. He said that over 300 tourists were trapped between Gramphu and Kaza as the National Highway was blocked. He said efforts would be made to rescue these tourists on a priority basis.

He said Lahaul-Spiti has received as much as six centimetres of snowfall, which has disconnected the district from rest of the state completely.

He further informed that heavy rain and snowfall has inflicted severe damage and Manali-Leh road and Gramphu-Sumdo road were blocked at several places. These blockages have resulted in the standing of tourists in Chandratal, Baralacha, Batal, and various other parts of Spiti. However, he said, all the tourists were safe. Media reports, on the other hand, said that one tourist died in the district. 

He said 127 tourists, who were stranded at Chandratal, have been rescued safely and brought to Kaza.

He further informed that due to a shortage of machinery with BRO, private machines have been deployed to restore the road connectivity. As many as 11 private JCBs have been deployed.

He further informed that farmers are facing loss as they are not able to transport their crop of peas to markets. Also, snowfall and heavy rain have destroyed crops in several places. He said the assessment of the damages would be done as soon as possible and a report of it would be sent to the state government.

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