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HPTDC targets Rs. 125 crore business this year, would also fill up 103 posts: CM

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HPTDC Board Meeting 2018

Shimla: The Board of Directors of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. (HPTDC) today said that 103 posts of various categories would be filled up in the Corporation so that the hotels owned by it could be managed properly.

A special thrust would be laid on recruiting specialized cooks and they should be provided training regularly, informed the Chief Minister while presiding over the meeting.

It was informed in the meeting that the Corporation did a business of Rs. 100.84 crore during the last financial year and target has been set for the business of Rs. 125 crore during the current financial year.

Thakur suggested that the suites in HPTDC hotels should be named after some historic places, monuments, temples, birds and animals of the State. He said this step would be a new concept and provide the tourists with a glimpse of culture and history of the State.

Presently the Corporation had a fleet strength of 19 buses including eight Volvo buses. In order to provide better transportation facilities to the tourists, four new Volvo buses would be purchased by the Corporation as replacement of old Volvo buses, he informed.

In addition, a tempo traveller would also be purchased for commuting the tourists opting for heli-taxi services from Shimla to Chandigarh.

He said that the staff of the HPTDC hotels should be trained properly so that the visitors visiting the hotels get quality services. He also emphasized on proper hygiene and cleanliness in HPTDC owned hotels.

Additional Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh, Managing Director, HPTDC Sudesh Mokta, Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry, Additional Chief Secretary Dr Shrikant Baldi, Secretary Finance Akshay Sood and other senior officers were present on the occasion among others.

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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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