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Shimla records heaviest rainfall in last 13 years, causes damages

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Shimla: Monsoon was active over the state during last 24 hours and a state-wide rainfall was recorded. A heavy rainfall lashed isolated places in the district of Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, Bilaspur, Kangra, and Una.

Shimla recorded 118.6mm of rainfall during last 24 hours, which has broken the previous record. The previous record for highest rainfall in 24hrs was 108.4mm recorded on 15th July 2005, the Met said.

This has lead to damage to public and private property including vehicles. A number of landslides, mudslides, and cases of rainwater flooding houses were reported from various places in Shimla. A mudslide had buried a couple of cars yesterday while residents of Khalini complained that rainwater and mud flooded their houses.

The drainage system of Shimla town, even in the Core Area, gave up completely. As a result, the rainwater flooded roads making it difficult for the pedestrians to walk.

Reports also said that several sewerage lines were also broken following the rain.

Five vehicles were damaged near Deputy Commissioner’s office in Shimla after a tree fell on them.

The lift located on the Cart Road of Shimla city also remained closed due to water blockage. 

SHimla lift closed due to water blockage

Shimla lift remained closed due to water blockage

Some readers shared videos showing the failure of drainage system with Himachal Watcher. In one of the videos, the rainwater was seen flooding the Jakhu-Shimla Ridge road.

Surprisingly, the official residence of the Deputy Commissioner of Shimla is also located on the same road and rainwater was seen gushing outside its gate earlier too.

Similarly, as visible towards the end of the above-posted video, the public and tourist faced huge inconvenience on the Shimla Mall Road too.

The main roads were also flooded by muck, mud, rocks and garbage.

Shimla roads flooded in monsoon

BCS-Panthaghati road Near Vikasnagar Petrol Pump

Such heavy rainfall events generally occur when monsoon trough shift from South to Northward near to the foothills of Himalayas. The Met said tall and dense cumulonimbus clouds are formed over an area and in the availability of sufficient moisture incursion.

Further, the low-level convergence of south-easterlies and north-westerlies wind along the foothills coupled with vertical shear in the wind and orographic uplifting lead to intense precipitation, the Met informed.

The maximum temperatures decreased by 2 to 3℃ over the state and were 2 to 3℃ below normal during last 24 hours. Minimum temperatures decreased by 2 to 3℃ over the state and were 1 to 20℃ below normal during last 24 hrs.

HP Station-wise Temp Details

Station Max. Temp (oC)
Shimla 20.4
Sundernagar 24.2
Bhuntar 22.0
Kalpa 16.6
Dharamshala 25.8
Una 27.0
Nahan 25.0
Keylong 13.7
Palampur 21.2
Solan 24.0
Manali 15.0
Kangra 25.2
Mandi 30.2
Bilaspur 25.2
Hamirpur 23.7
Chamba 24.9
Dalhousie 15.7

Himachal has witnessed an overall rainfall of 153mm from June 1 to July 3, 2018, and it is 33% more than the normal. The details are given in the table below:

District-wise Rainfall                               

District Actual Rainfall (mm) Normal Rainfall (mm) Percentage (%) Departure from the normal
BILASPUR 147.3 128.8 14
CHAMBA 180.6 159.4 13
HAMIRPUR 214.3 172.8 24
KANGRA 282.1 180.6 56
KINNAUR 25.5 42.3 -40
KULLU 114.1 93.6 22
LAHAUL & SPITI 89.3 64.2 39
MANDI 237.8 183.1 30
SHIMLA 163.3 119.6 37
SIRMAUR 196.1 175.5 12
SOLAN 188.6 157.8 20
UNA 249.8 104.3 139
HIMACHAL PRADESH 152.3 114.5 33

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As major achievement, Nauni varsity scientists bag International project on oilseed research

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Nauni varsity scientists bags international project

Solan: Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, was in news last week after Jagriti Thakur, a research scholar at the varsity, won US-based International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Scholar Award for the year 2018.

This week, in a major achievement, the scientists of Department of Plant Pathology at the UHF, have bagged an International collaborative project on developing cutting-edge technology for inducing biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability.

The University will work with nine leading research organisations of the country besides seven renowned research institutes of United Kingdom in the project. The three-year project has a total budget outlay of more than Rs 7.27 crore as Indian component, which will be distributed to the 10 Indian institutes, which are part of the project. Each Indian institute will work on a different aspect of the project with a researcher working on the same area in the UK.

The project has been sanctioned under the prestigious NEWTON BHABHA Fund UK- India Pulses and Oilseed Research Initiative (PORI). The fund has been created by BBSRC of the Government of the United Kingdom and the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, GoI.

BBSRC which is a part of UK Research and Innovation, a body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations and government for promoting research and innovation is also making upto £3.5 million available to support the UK components of this research.

Dr HR Gautam, Professor and Head of Department of Plant Pathology informed that Dr Anil Handa, Professor of Plant Pathology will be the Principal Investigator and coordinator of this project while Dr Rajnish Sharma working in the Department of Biotechnology will act as the Co-Investigator.

He added that this achievement is one of the cherished moments in 55 years history of the department. Dr JN Sharma, UHF Director of Research, said that the University is making continuous efforts to get projects from various funding agencies and engage in collaborative work to strengthen the research capabilities and infrastructure.

India is one of the major producers and consumers of oilseeds crops in the world. The university scientists will work on ‘Genomics-led improvement of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in mustard rape for economic and environmental sustainability’ by utilizing state-of-art advanced molecular approaches like CRISPER/Cas9 for mapping the genes conferring resistance to turnip mosaic virus (TuMV).

UHF Nauni Lab

The Plant Virology laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology

The Plant Virology laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology is an internationally acclaimed laboratory and has facilities for conducting molecular level research for determining the genetic diversity of TuMV in Northern India and developing a panel of Indian TuMV isolates for evaluating European and Indian sources of resistance.

Besides Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, the University of Delhi, South Campus; NIPGR, New Delhi; NBPGR, New Delhi; NRCPB, New Delhi; IARI, New Delhi; PAU, Ludhiana; CAZRI, Jodhpur; DRMR, Bharatpur and IIT Kharagpur will be a part of the project. The University of York, University of Hertfordshire, University of Warwick, University of Essex, Earlham Institute and Rothamsted Research will be the investigators from the United Kingdom.

While congratulating the scientists, UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma said that the project will go a long way in using the latest techniques in biotechnology for disease management to increase the productivity of oilseed crops. This project will also help train our students in using molecular markers for crop improvement.

Through this collaborative project, efforts are being made to encourage multi-institutional collaborations between UK and Indian researchers to undertake high-quality research aimed at increasing crop productivity, resilience, sustainability and quality of pulses and oilseeds grown for food or feed in India. Pulses and oilseeds are important crops in India.

Pulses are relatively under-used crops in the UK but are a major source of dietary protein in India. Oilseeds are grown in both countries and are a valuable source of oil for a variety of uses, as well as animal feed. This collaborative project aims to develop exploit genomic and bioinformatic resources to aid the development of improved varieties for sustainable crop production.

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MoU to construct Naina Devi-Anandpur Sahib ropeway signed

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Shimla: A Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) to build ropeway between Shri Naina Devi and Shri Anandpur Sahib was signed by Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Ram Subhag Singh, Himachal Pradesh and Secretary Tourism Punjab Vikas Pratap Singh, in Chandigarh today.

The MOU in the presence of Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and his Punjab counterpart Captain Amrinder Singh.

This ropeway will be constructed by Shri Naina Devi and Sri Anandpur Sahib Ji Ropeway Company Pvt Ltd with an estimated cost of Rs. 210 crores. The ropeway would cover a distance of 3.5 km.

A 10-member Board of Directors would be formed, and each government would nominate five members. The Chairman of the Board of Directors would be nominated by the Punjab government and the Managing Director would be appointed by the Himachal government. Both the governments will deposit 50 Lakhs each as an initial investment.

Chief Minister said that the lower terminal of this project would be at Rampur near Shri Anandpur Sahib, the Intermediate station will be at Toba in Himachal and the upper terminal point would be at Shri Naina Devi. The tourism departments of both the states would work as nodal agencies for this work.

The Tourism and Local Bodies Ministers Navjot Singh Sidhu said that inking of MoU by both the Chief Ministers on the auspicious birthday of Sheed-e- Azam Bhagat Singh is a big gift to the mankind.

In 2012-13, the efforts were made to build this ropeway and 14 acres of land was also acquired for this but due to some circumstances, the work could not be completed.

Naina Devi is one of the 52 famous Shakti Peethas of the country and is one of the most prominent religious places for not only the peoples of the country but the entire world. Likewise, Shri Anandpur Sahib is also a prominent international the religious place.

This project would boost the tourism sector in both the states alongwith strengthening the bond between two states besides facilitating the devotees visiting these two religious places.

It was informed that 80 percent pilgrims come to Shri Naina Devi from Punjab and during last one year, 20 Lakh devotees paid their obeisance in this Shakti Peeth.

The Chief Minister informed that for the construction of this impending ropeway, the matter had been taken up with his Punjab counterpart Captain Amarinder Singh on February 26, 2018.

The Chief Minister of Punjab said that with the construction of this ropeway the pilgrims of Punjab would get rid of the difficulty in reaching Shri Naina Devi.

He said that people of both the states would like to see this project completed at earliest and three year’s time frame has been fixed for its completion.

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Himachal suffers Rs. 1479 crore losses in 4 days alone, Centre releases Rs. 122 crore for rehabilitation

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Monsoon losses in Himachal pradesh in 2018

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh has suffered losses of about Rs. 1479 crore and during the last four days alone. Five choppers of Indian Air Force had been pressed into service to evacuate the stranded tourists and local people.

Chief Minister, who chaired a review meeting today, informed that the Centre Government has released Rs. 122 crore as the first instalment for the State for undertaking immediate rehabilitation measures.

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Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur during meeting held today

Over one thousand people have been rescued from Lahaul valley out of these 147 have been airlifted and remaining have been evacuated by road.

He said the road would be cleared upto Baralacha by this evening. All the rescued people were being taken for medical examinations. Efforts were being made to restore communication network in Lahaul valley.

He directed the officers to ensure adequate availability of essential commodities in the valley. He said that a team of BSNL would visit Sisu today for the restoration of communication in the area. The Government has assured all possible help to the BSNL in restoration work.

Out of 18 towers of BSNL in the valley, seven were working properly.

It was informed in the meeting that 18000-litre petrol and 27000-litre diesel was made available. LPG and other food items were also in sufficient quantity. It was informed in the meeting that water Supply to Manali has been restored and Lahaul valley was also almost restored.

Till the electricity supply was restored in the valley, efforts would be made to provide solar lamps and lights to the people, it was informed. Small transformers would be airlifted from Kullu to replace damaged transformers.

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