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Himachal’s second STPI in Shimla would house 15 to 20 startups: Govt

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STPI Mehli foundation stone laid in 2018

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur claimed it has achieved all 10 targets set for the first 100 days has been achieved with the laying of foundation stone of this Centre.

Shimla: The foundation stone of Himachal Pradesh’s second Incubation Centre of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) was laid today at Mehli near Shimla. The third STPI would come up in Kangra district near Gaggal Airport and the land for the same has been identified, informed the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

The Park would be developed with incubation facility with an approximate built-up area of 14000 sq ft at a tentative cost of Rs 10 crore. The facility is expected to accommodate about 15 to 20 startups with direct employment to 300 to 400 IT professionals and four times the indirect employment in over five years.

The first incubation centre is located in Block-24 of the SDA Complex in Kasumpti.
The Union Minister of Electronics and Information and Technology and Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad was also present on the occasion.

Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the growth in exports by the STPI units from Rs 52 crore in 1992-93 to more than Rs 3,50,680 crore in 2016-17 shows that STPI has played a key role in creating Brand India and transforming the country as the most preferred IT destination. He said that it has also played a phenomenal role in promoting Tier-II/ Tier-III cities of the country.

He said that 91 BPOs have been established in smaller towns of the country during the last four years. This has helped the youth in getting employment opportunities nearer to their homes. He also announced that more BPOs would be opened in Himachal.
The Park is expected to encourage new IT/ITES entrepreneurs and generate employment opportunities and multiple IT prospects.

The Union Minister claimed that the new centre would offer general infrastructural facilities like ready to use Incubation space, high-speed data communication with uninterrupted data connectivity and other amenities required for export of software and services.

The state government claimed that had set up ten targets for the first 100 days and out of these nine have been achieved and the tenth target has been achieved with the laying of foundation stone of this Centre, claimed the Chief Minister.

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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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