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Himachal Rains: Hundreds of people rescued, over 1500 still stranded

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Himachal Rains and Rescue operation in Kullu and Lahaul Spiti

Shimla: On Tuesday and Wednesday, the water level begun to recede in Beas River in Kullu district and aftermaths of the incessant rains are now becoming visible as wreckages of vehicles and structures swept away during two days can be seen.

The rescue operations are likely to continue for next few days as over 1500 people including tourists are said to be still stranded in Lahaul-Spiti, which was disconnected from rest of the word due to snowfall and rains. There are reports saying that some teams of trekker and tourists are still to be located.

Two days of rain has caused a loss of over Rs. 1230 crore excluding the recent losses due to heavy rains in the State.

Rs. 230 crores Fund Released for Relief/Restoration

The State Government has urged the Union Government to provide liberal assistance to the State Government and Rs. 200 crore as immediate relief for undertaking relief, restoration and rehabilitation works. State Government at its own has released Rs. 230 crores for rehabilitation works. In addition to this, the State Government has decided to release Rs. 30 crores to Kullu district for undertaking maintenance of roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

Three IAF Choppers Carrying Out Rescue Operations

The Deputy Commissioner of Kullu, Yunus Khan,  said the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has rescued 35 IIT Roorkee students who had went missing in Lahaul Spiti while returning after trekking from Hampta trekking pass. The students are currently staying at Mountaineering Institute in Manali

Three helicopters of Indian Air Force has been provided by the Union Government for evacuating the tourists and all those stranded in Lahaul valley due to untimely and unpredicted heavy snowfall.

If required more choppers would be made available for the rescue of stranded people, the Government said. As many as 200 people were reported to have been stranded at Koksar, about 300 in Baralacha.

He said that the State Government has provided them food and medicines and there was no need to panic. All the students of IIT Roorkee were safe and have been evacuated to Army Base Camp at Sisu.

We have rescued five nationals of Denmark and Norway. We will try to airlift and rescue around 100 people today. We will also rescue those stranded in Keylong and nearby area,

DC told ANI

Kullu-Manali Road To Be Restored Within Week

The road from Kullu to Manali which has been damaged badly would be restored within a week. The water supply in Manali has been severely damaged and it would be restored within three days. As many as 378 transformers have been damaged in the district and power supply to about 40 percent area has been affected and the same would be restored within a week.

District Administration Kullu had provided blankets, tents and other required materials to the migrant workers who lost their shelter due to flash floods.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. He also took an aerial survey of the Lahaul valley upto Chandertal to access the damages caused due to untimely snow.

The Chief Minister said that he had word with the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman regarding these natural calamities.

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Two German nationals rescued by Indian Air Force from Pingdom La, Lahaul-Spiti district

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Enraged Over Suspension of 10 Students, ABVP Stages Protest at HPU Campus, Alleges Varsity of One-Sided Action  

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ABVP Protest at HPU over suspension of members

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh University unit of Akhil Bhartiya Parishad today staged an aggressive protest at the campus over the suspension of its 10 members. The student organization alleged the university authority of one-sided action.

The unit secretary Ankit Chandel said that ABVP had held a protest at the campus on July 11, 2019 over delay and irregularities in the declaration of results of UG classes. For this protest, the varsity on Thursday suspended 10 students.
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Chandel alleged that when the employees hold protests outside the office of Vice-Chancellor, no action is taken. However, on the other hand, when a student organization stages protest, then its members are suspended in a biased manner.

Earlier, ABVP entered the office of VC to submit their demand to declare results of UG classes. The organization said that the results for the second and fourth semester of UG classes have not been declared. As many as 5000 students were facing problems in their admissions due to this delay, ABVP said. However, when students did not find the VC or any other staff at the office to attend to them, they shouted slogans against the administration for over two hours.

Chandel alleged that the varsity is adopting various tactics to suppress the voices protesting against the irregularities in the working of the administration.  While thousands of students are facing huge inconvenience due to delay and irregularities in the declaration of results, the varsity is leaving no stone unturned to give itself a pat on its back, he said.
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Chandel reminded that cases of irregularities in admissions to P.hD and MCA were reported about nine months ago. When students protested against it, their voice was suppressed instead of taking action.

ABVP has warned the varsity authority of not interfering with the working of the student organization and instead mind its own job.  The organization has also demanded to revoke the suspension of its members. Otherwise, it warned, a state-wide protest would be held against the varsity. ABVP also demanded to declare complete results of UG classes immediately.   

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HP University Offers Special Chance to Complete UG Degrees

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HPU Special Chance for UG Degrees

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh University on July 17, 2019, issued a notification offering special chance to complete BA/B.Sc/B.Com and Shashtri degrees to candidates who had enrolled for academic sessions between 2000 – 2012-13 but could not complete their course in the given time period.

Such candidates can avail this special chance by paying a fee of Rs 5000 per year. The examination will be held in March 2020 in accordance with the old syllabus (2012-13).

Similarly, the candidates, who had enrolled for academic sessions between 2000-2014, can avail this chance to complete their BCA/BBA degrees by paying a fee of Rs 20, 000 per year. The examination for these degrees will be held in September 2019 in accordance with the old syllabus (2013-14).

The notification was issued after a few amendments in decisions taken by the HPU Executive Council in its meeting held on May 31, 2019.       

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HP Cabinet Decisions July 2019: Nod to ‘HP Construction, Demolition Waste Policy and Strategy’ & ‘HP Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019’

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HP Cabinet Decisions July 2019

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held on July 16, 2019, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur

The cabinet has recommended the Governor to convene Monsoon session of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha from August 19 to August 31, 2019, with a total number of 11 sittings.

The Cabinet decided to provide State subsidy of 30 percent of system cost including installation of solar water heating systems of capacities 100 LPD and 200 LPD only to all the domestic consumers in the state.

HP Construction and Demolition Waste Policy and Strategy

It decided to frame Himachal Pradesh State Construction and Demolition Waste Policy and Strategy to avoid, minimise, reuse, recycle and dispose-off construction and demolition waste and avoid and minimize construction waste through design and construction management. This would help in checking the environmental problems that arise owning to open dumping of these wastes. Under the policy, suitable land would be provided for the dumping of construction and demolition waste and further its processing through private operators/agencies or by Urban Local Bodies.

 HP Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019

The Cabinet decided to approve Himachal Pradesh State Direct Selling Guidelines, 2019. The government claimed it would regulate the business of direct selling and multi-level marketing and strengthen the existing regulatory mechanism on direct selling and multi-level marketing. It’ll also prevent fraud and protect the legitimate rights and interests of the consumers, the government said.  

 The Cabinet approved the change of equity in favour of three power projects and also cleared a policy for imposing a penalty in case of change of equity and name without the approval of the government. Project developers would be given a period of 60 days when to get them approved without penalty.

 It accorded approval to

  •  Fill up five posts of Civil Judges in Himachal Pradesh High Court through direct recruitment to ensure speedy disposal of various cases
  • Fill up seven posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) and 10 posts of Statistical Assistant in Health and Family Welfare Department on contract basis through Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission, Hamirpur.
  • Open Health Sub Centres at Kashimblidhar in Gram Panchayat Kuklah and at Chunani in Gram Panchayat Kashaud in Tehsil Balichowki and in Gram Panchayat Tandi in Chachiot tehsil of Mandi district alongwith creation and filling up of requisite posts.
  •  Open Primary Health Centre at Shilhanu in Mandi district alongwith creation of two posts to man the centre.

 Other Decisions

 Honorarium of Water Guards Hiked

The Cabinet gave its nod to increase the honorarium of water guards from Rs. 2100 to Rs. 3000 and para fitters and para pump operators from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 4000 engaged in Irrigation and Public Health Department. This would benefit about 6220 water guards and about 500 para fitters and para pump operators.

The Cabinet decided to continue the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of apple during the current apple season. It also decided to enhance the procurement price under MIS from Rs. 7.50 to Rs. 8 per kg.  As many as 279 procurement centres would be opened in different parts of the state to facilitate the apple growers.

The Cabinet also decided that state-level function would be organized at Shimla on the birth anniversary of first Chief Minister Dr. Y.S Parmar on 4th August 2019.

 It gave its consent to accord District level status to Nalwar Mela Lambathach in Thunag tehsil of Mandi district.

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